Tekken 7: My Thoughts

I was really looking forward to Tekken 7.  As a fighting game fanatic, I approached the game with sheer excitement. However, after playing the game I felt like it was missing something. Sure it has nice graphics and the combos that you learned over the years still work.

Well what’s missing? I don’t know how to answer this question. The game seems incomplete especially when it comes down to the story. Its short like this post! HA ,there, I said it. I expected so much more from this game.

Tekken 7 also introduced rage art which allows you or your opponent to launch a devastating attack in a last effort to win. This is where Tekken 7 loses its fun in my  opinion. All a losing person has to do is launch the particular move and they will win the match. This has been a complaint I have been hearing. Its a good fighting game to say the least.

In terms of Tekken games I prefer Tekken Tag Tournament. Its something about this game.  Perhaps its the fact that it came right after Tekken 3, which is another favorite.

What’s your favorite Tekken game? Do you agree with me about Tekken 7?

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My thoughts on MKX

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It’s time for the next Mortal Kombat tournament are you ready? Mortal Kombat x is one of the most graphic video games to date. The amount of gore that it has is unimaginable. Much like the other Mk games, earth is fighting against the Out world to save humanity. There are new faces, one of which has become my favorite, Cassie Cage.

Smack, stab and jab your opponent to ensure victory.Once you are successful you can finish your opponent. Mortal Kombat X offers a slew of gut busting fatalities.

The story mode shares the same depth as MK9 taking a while to complete.

Characters have distinct move sets where you will be able to tell them apart.

Overall Mortal Kombat X is a solid fighter which I recommend you pick up.

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NBA 2k15 A Reskin?

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NBA 2k15 is out now and is experiencing bugs and server issues. Deep down under the new number and fresh paint could there still be the same game?

NBA 2k14 was plagued with server issues and the ever infamous jersey gitch but has there been enough improvements?

The answer yes. They are probably experiencing large traffic which is why the servers are having connection issues.

I know it seems cool for one to think that they are playing the same game but its no true. There are more features in this game starting with the players themselves.  There is more faces to be used when making your person for starters,

For those who have this game and are experiencing issues give it time. You will be ball’in down the court in no time.

Does it Really Matter?

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It’s been a little while since I wrote anything.  I had this question in my head for a long time as it relates to video games and or other media such as Blue Rays and Dvds.

Does the cover art really matter? Is there something significant in looking at cover art?

Should gaming companies pay attention to the art that covers the box of our favorite games?

I think this question differs depending on the person. We all look forward to taking the plastic off of our games and media but the level of importance as it relates to the cover art varies.

There are special editions of media that obtain more content or different art which I can understand, in this instance cover art is important.   On the other hand, its not like you can take the art off of the cover and play that.

I guess looking at the cover is a indication of what you can expect during gameplay? Do you agree with this statement?

This was a short post but I just wanted to ask that simple question.

What are your thoughts on this? Is cover art something to get excited about?

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Milking the Cow,Micro-transactions the death of Gaming?

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Chances are if you in your 20’s you know of a time where games used to ship complete. When you heard a game went gold you knew you had the beginning, middle and end of a story all intact.

If there were any extra characters you usually had to beat the game on various difficulties to unlock them.

I’m not even sure if DLC was a word back then, come to think of it I think it was a curse word. A places of forbidden territory.  If a game required extra content, extra game discs were including at no extra cost.

All this has changed. In a world of what you see if not what you get you have to be careful in which product you choose to invest your time in.

Today games come out unfinished, half storied, with the other half as DLC.  Then the cow went a mooing, cows started showing up in games like COD, Battlefield to name a few.  No literal cows but you get my point.  It’s like the famer’s said, “Lets milk these cows and the cows said moooooooo”.  Squeezing out every possible reason for a transaction.

For example, A wolf skin covering a dog….. Really? How about chapters to a game that should have already been included in the first place but using the excuse that it wouldn’t fit in the game?

I think this will be a trend that will be happening more and more in the future as gaming continues. If you are not a fan of this practice be sure to stay away from games that have it. I mean you can ignore the option all together by not buying any extra content outside of the original purchase of the game itself.

I don’t think that this will end gaming but I feel it will however, make it a common practice to see such options made available.

I guess this can be a positive as well. What are your thoughts? Do you support micro-transactions? Do you think they will be the end of gaming? Will we see it more often?

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Starting From the Bottom

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Much like the song  “Started From the bottom”, we all have our starting points in life . Some start from the bottom others start from the top.

Some have silver spoons in their mouths, others have to fight for the spoon. Wherever you find yourself the great news is that you don’t have to stay there. The sky is the limit for either situation.

When you are starting from the bottom, be it financially, socially, or location wise you have to focus on the positives.  You have to take chances and risks that others might not agree with. I’m not saying do anything drastic, I am saying do something to climb from the bottom to the top.

As I mentioned in my last post, I talked about feelings. Those are very important in the process of transitioning. You must have the right mind set as it relates to progress. You  must believe in yourself first and be willing to wait if you have to.

If you feel that you will always be at the bottom you will. If you never do anything to leave the bottom, wherever that maybe, you will still be there.

One of the most important things is to remember that no matter what you do, you will be critized. You might make a mistake, you might do something that people never want to admit that they have ever had the audacity to do. You might do a good thing and it might be evil spoken of. Never let that stop you.

You can take from your time at the bottom. If your  bottom is lack of money and your working towards  that goal of being financially secure once you finally reach the top, your then able to help someone else.  Being a witness that because you start at the bottom you don’t have to stay there.

Much comes out of nothing, rather it be revelation, determination, new dreams, hopes, goals and ideas.

Don’t be discouraged when your at the bottom by people who pretend to be better than you. For they have something hide for all their need to eject their arrogance. It takes time to make progress as it s not a over night thing.

Always remember there is room at the top. That’s where I am going.

Who’s coming with me?

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Video Games, Life and Theories

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Should video games only be played by those who are responsible?

What do you mean by responsible you ask? I mean those who are able to make the choice between right or wrong and accept responsibility for their actions.

This post is going to be pretty deep. I have had the chance to write on various topics as it relates to video games and there have been a few theories that I have ran across.

*Let me make a disclaimer, I am not trying to be politically correct, I am just stating my opinion and talking about theories that exist. My use of these theories just taps the surface as it relates to people. If your are interested in them please do study further!*

One theory is rooted in Criminology and the other psychological.  Two philosophers come to mind, Bandura and Akers.

First Albert Bandura, with the Social Cognitive Theory, which suggests that learning occurs from society and it’s actions and what is learned through observation. We are also influenced by those who we can relate to.  There is also indirect learning which is not always applied to our behavior. The product of who we are is the product of interaction of interaction between cognitive, behavioral and contextual factors.  We as people are influenced in ways that we aren’t even aware of.

Next, The Social Learning Theory as it relates to crime, by Ronald Akers states, The chances of a person engaging in criminal and deviant behavior is increased and the chances of their conforming to this norm is decreased when they differently associate with others who commit criminal behavior are more exposed in person to criminal/ deviant examples and expect greater reward than punishment for their behavior.

 

So what does this all mean? What does this have to do with video games?

Well, let’s start with the first theory, though both are similar they differ a bit. Social cognitive theory, speaks to learning through observation and being influenced by those who you can relate to. In terms of gaming, this can mean one playing a game and immediately begin to be influenced by the character on the screen. For example, someone is playing Grand Theft Auto they would go around in real life killing (an extreme example) though relevant.  They are influenced by the character and or the environment in the virtual world. This also speaks to the environment and surroundings as well in real life.

The next theory Social Learning theory speaks to the criminal side of things. Perhaps one direct environment. You are a product of your environment and as such are influenced by it. If one is in a high crime environment they can be influenced by this and the chances are high that they will participate and the decision is based on the pros and cons and punishment of a particular crime.

 

How does this relate to gaming? Gaming is a fun hobby to be a part of and sometimes it is blamed or comes up in the most violent crimes. Mass murders occur and it is said that the killer was an avid video game player. Most of the time these people might have mental disorders which all affect reactions and influence and their ability to separate the real from the fake.

This brings me back to my question, should responsible people only be able to play video games? Should people who know how to separate real from fake only be allowed to play?

Is there a method to find out if someone will not copy the actions of a particular video game?

Ok, I’ll answer this. I think by looking at past history as it relates to responses to situations should be the deciding factor. I think that video games are fun and those who play them should have fun but not be influenced by them.  Video games should be played by those who are responsible.

What are your thoughts about video gaming should it only be played by those who are responsible? Do you agree with the theories as it relates to human behavior? How do you feel about video games getting a bad rap in cases of extreme crimes?

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Thomas Was Alone

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At first glance this game did nothing for me. It appeared that the creators had big hopes for it.

Most games of indie decent fail to capture my attention like this one.

So how is jumping around as a rectangle any fun you ask? It’s not. I’d say it’s a puzzlematic experience instead, (I know I made up my own word). You play as this block or shape named Thomas who is always trying to make his way through various obstacles and levels.

Half way through the game you are joined by another character in which you have to manipulate and help out as well.

Though simplistic in design and structure this game has managed to capture every part of my being. I haven’t beating the game yet. I just wanted to talk about it and encourage those who have a PS Vita or another system that this game is on to try it out.

For those who are not familiar with this game, I would link it directly to Sound Shapes which can be found on PS3/PS4 and PS Vita.   Music plays a significant role in Sound Shapes as well as this game.

Once you try this game you will not be alone and neither will Thomas!!! Check it out when you get the chance!

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Gaming and Religion

Sometimes I wonder if games the games that we play will send us half way to hell! Yes hell is real.

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Kill this, Stomp him, and Finish her, all these things make me think about how religion has apart if any, in the games that we play.

As a Christian, I look the Bible in which says not to kill but as a gamer in the games that I play killing is not an option, it’s a requirement.

I have encountered people who were changed mentally by their personal beliefs and religion to the point where the games that they played, they could no longer play. For example, Gears of War was suddenly too violent, Injustice Gods among Us, had the name of God speaking to many God, not just one.

The games began to conflict with their personal relationships as well. I think that gaming is a great hobby to have and should not be taken seriously as you are not committing the crimes and or actions on your own in real life.

Virtual gaming is just that, virtual. I don’t think that gaming should affect ones religion.  Where religion would affect our gaming is if you begin to imitate the actions that your characters are doing on screen in real life.

I believe there are consequences to our actions and the road that you take in life can lead you to your destination, the one that you choose, Heaven or Hell.

This is why I don’t think gaming should influence our behavior though, in my research I found that it does influence some.  I belief that with a balance of religion or some type of belief, one will stay clear from the influence of the characters on screen.  Not only religion but some type of moral and or standard will also stop one from engaging in negative behavior.

 

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My review of titan fall- Xbox one, my final verdict

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When I first played this game in during the beta stages, I was hyped and eager to experience something new.

Titan Fall offered a Call of Duty pace and with a fresh spin on gameplay with the inclusion of mechs. My thoughts were for the better in terms of what was to come.  I did enjoy myself.

Fast forward to the current release of the game. Heads were pumped to the sky, Microsoft fan boys were out in full force toting this game as the savior of the Xbox one, though the game would be released on PC and Xbox 360.

The game seemed to be lacking in content from the start. After the first few weeks of playing the game seemed slightly boring. The hype train was real with this game, not saying that it wasn’t fun to play but it becomes a well-known traveled road after one takes the time to play.

Graphically, the game looks ok but there aren’t too many differences in the Xbox 360 version to warrant a purchase of the system as the Xbox 360 version is just as good.  I feel that the graphics could have been a bit better taking full advantage of system power. Perhaps, the engine that was used could have been updated as well.

 

The graphics and resolution do not take away from the fun. There’s something to be said about having a light beam from space to earth during a Titans arrival.  If I were to change one thing, I would say that the Titan Fall’s should be tied to skill level and not time. However, this would make the game seem like a COD clone.

This game was fun but I find myself waiting for the complete package. There is free downloadable content coming for the game which is a good thing as the game has gotten dry.

As the case with any game, playing with friends makes it so much better. If you don’t have the game pick it up and try it out. Its fun and full of action, just make sure you have the right people to play with or it could become a bit dry.

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