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Should I Buy Resident Evil 7 Biohazard? – Resident Evil 7 Review

Should I Buy Resident Evil 7 Or Not?

This video goes into great detail without spoiling the game on if Resident Evil 7 is a return to form for the grand daddy of the survival horror genre. But if you don’t have time to watch below are my detailed thoughts.

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First of all this game is seriously terrifying. If you have PSVR, the effect is even worse…frankly I’m too much of a wuss to even consider playing this game with something over my eyes. Instead I opt to play the game wearing turtle beach headphones and a good old-fashioned controller. Even in that classic environment the game is enough to give you nightmares.

Is RE 7  Worth it ? – REALLY. 

The game is definitely a buy even if it’s not the absolute best in the series. That distinction goes to Resident Evil 4, which is when the game went for a more action based style. This game is still good and I’m only half way through so this might change, but for now I’m just not as immersed as I’d like to be.

Then again there’s no president’s daughter to annoy you here either so there’s a good chance that RE7 could come out top.

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Some of the reviews for this game judged it harshly for not being original but if you ask me these days it’s hard to be original when you are the one who started it all in the first place. This may not be Dead Space, but there’s also no current Dead Space IP to play so I’ll take this and enjoy it. RE7 is a good game, point blank.

My verdict? BUY IT. 

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Players Have Problems, First World Problems.

Real Pokemon Sun and Moon Problems

Pokemon Sun and Moon is the latest generation of the Pokemon series, and arguably one of the best. With updated graphics, mechanics and even Alolan Pokemon forms this game has evolved the once formulaic franchise. That however does not mean it’s a perfect game.

This video by vlogger Chris Sanders aims to not only poke fun at the many problems facing Sun and Moon trainers but also the issues of those that simply watch the anime or have ever found themselves explaining to their friends that Pokemon Go is not a real Pokemon game.

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Chris has it all covered, from a song about the Get in the Bag, Nebby Meme to the speed and frame rate issues of playing a doubles battle while using the original Nintendo 3DS.  Lillie would be proud of you Chris, damn proud.

Source: NerdyVideos.com

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Video Game Delays in 2016: Kingdom Hearts 3 in 2020?

Video Games get delayed every single year but with Kingdom Hearts 3 being pushed back because Square Enix is choosing to re-tool the engine that runs both Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and the latest Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy XV, it’s starting to get ridiculous.

Rumors are popping up that the long-awaited game won’t reach gamers until year 2020.

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Video Game Delays in 2016 and Kingdom Hearts in 2020 Video:

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Pokemon Go is a Pokemon Scam Following Update

Why Pokemon Go is a Scam

Pokemon Go recently decided to release an update to the mobile game in which it removed some broken features, updated others and improved the UI slightly. All in all it was your standard update until you start playing and realize that it’s now become significantly harder to play. Before the update I noticed that the higher I rose in rank, the more Pokemon would escape from balls, which made sense because I was encountering more challenging monsters with Combat Power in the triple digits.

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Where it became problematic was when the same thing was happening with Pokemon at level 10 and 60. Technically speaking as I get stronger, these weaker Pokemon should not be a challenge but they are, and after this update they are even harder resulting in the need to buy more Pokeballs in order to be prepared for a rare Pokemon that might pop up. In addition to all of this, as you grow in rank free Pokeballs that you get from Pokestops populate WAY less often. Coincidence? Don’t make me laugh.

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How to Fix Pokemon Go on the next Update

You have to commend the programmers for both being smart and dumb at the same time. It’s genius to get us to spend money this way but also dumb because they have so many ways to get us to take out our wallets that won’t insight nerd rage. It makes more sense to me that STRONG Pokemon would escape, not Pokemon at levels I used to catch casually. How about making the rare Pokemon more challenging or just have more rare Pokemon pop up more regularly giving us something waste balls on that not only makes sense but fulfills the need to “catch them all”. There are almost 1,000 Pokemon at this point, you have no real excuses.

Making low level Pokemon stronger is not the way to repay the people that made this game a hit.

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4 Social Tips to Help Socially Awkward People Break Out of Their Shell

Growing up I was always socially awkward. Heck, even now I have episodes where I feel my old anxiousness return and I have to remind myself how far I’ve come. Like any other struggle it’s a battle I find myself fighting everyday. Some days I want to hide and avoid social interactions all together but I think we both know that is no way to live. In choosing to live I developed the following list to help myself and others with improving their social lives and break out of their proverbial shells.

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The Best Social Tip for Socially Awkward People

As we’ve established, I definitely know what you’re going through and the best tip I can give you is to tell you to be up front about your situation. What I mean is, be open about the fact that you are socially awkward. It allows others to utilize empathy, it provides a serious conversation starter and lastly it removes a lot of the actual awkwardness due to the spot light on the elephant in the room.

Normal people are empathetic by nature and they want to see you succeed, even more so they want to HELP you succeed! The number of self-help books and YouTube guru’s is astronomical and frankly they all come from a place core in the human brain that says, “I have beaten a thing, now let me show others how to beat that same thing!” Think how when you figure out how to beat a certain boss in a video game and run to tell your friends that are struggling on that same boss how you did it. Sure, you want the bragging rights but more importantly you want to help a fellow human stop struggling.

My point in all this is to say, Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In a way this exercise is secretly just another way to get you talking and acting social.

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How To Ask Others For Help Socially


The concept of asking for help is easy but the act is the hard part. If you are like me when you get nervous you talk faster, you start sweating, you may even shake a little bit. All of this normal. My suggestion to combat these reactions is to fail. Through failure you will ultimately succeed. Essentially, you have to go out and practice talking to strangers. Pick easy topics like asking for the time or asking a fellow nerd where they got that cool shirt.

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Today Pokemon Go is an easy topic to break the ice with. I myself have met dozens of people this way and while at times it was awkward, it worked! Don’t be afraid, the more you do this the more comfortable you will be. In time the conversations will be easy and before you know it you will be ready to ask people what you really want to. Small talk is the little brother of conversation. Start with small talk and proper convos will follow.

The final Tip I will leave you with is really just encouragement. You absolutely can do this. It may seem hard but with determination and belief in yourself you can do anything. Awkwardness doesn’t feel like a choice but is and when you embrace it for what is, this when you will be set free from the supposed trappings of the awkward life style. Good luck!

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Pokemon Go US Review: Bugs, Errors & Still Fun!

Finally Catching Pokemon Go in America!

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Pokemon Go is finally in the United States and as games login for the first time everyone is wondering will the game meet expectations set by the commercial that introduced us to the concept of capturing Pokemon IRL? Of course not. Anyone expecting this game to play anything like that commercial can be considered quite delusional. As with any game dependent on servers and mobile connections there are quite a few bugs and errors that plague this game.

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For instance I had one hell of a time trying to sign up for my chosen name, I wasn’t able to get it to work until I reset my phone and tried again. Initially when I first attempted to sign into the game I repeatedly got the same error and decided to just put my phone down and come back to it later. After the 15th try I got in the game and caught my first Pokemon, Charmander.

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Pokemon Go Review Advice: Walk the City

After walking around my city, I managed to catch about 3 Pokemon and almost wasted all my balls on the Ratticate pictured below.

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I’m pretty sure the people who were standing near me thought I was trying to take pictures of them but you gotta do what you gotta do if you want to be the best.

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I also missed out on catching a Rattatat because of an error that caused my Pokeball the freeze after landing a successful capture. I came across a few Pokestops that never loaded and told me to try again but this was mostly a problem I experienced while out in the suburbs, where I work. When I’m home in the big city the game works just fine.

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I still haven’t had my first gym battle but I’ll update this post when I do. Until then this Pokemon Go review is incomplete and cannot be trusted.

What’s your experience with Pokemon Go been like?

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How Sega Can Really Make Sonic The Hedgehog an “Entertainment Icon”

I read a story yesterday about Sega wanting to make Sonic an entertainment icon and my first thought was immediately, HOW? Just how are you going to make sonic a master across multimedia when you can’t even seem to get his core mechanics and current dominate platform in video games right?

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Sonic Cartoons and Other Media

I’m not saying all of this put down Sega for its ambition, but honestly they need to get their priorities straight. Before you do anything you need to get the games right. Sonic has had some lofty hits in the past like the original Sonic games on Sega Genesis and my personal favorite, the Sonic Adventure series but following that Sonic games have all been pretty mediocre or just plain unplayable (Shoutout to Sonic 06!). Outside of gaming Sonic had some hits on TV with a couple of awesome TV series and one very very bad one that I will not even mention by name because doing so gives it power. The best of these in my opinion is Sonic SATam. It featured a stellar plot and managed to make Dr Robotnik scary and at times relatable. Point is, there have been times that Sega has gotten Sonic right.

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The Sonic Boom Generation

Recently Sonic got a refresh with a brand new TV show and game called Sonic Boom and both are very mediocre. They gave sonic a neck bandana, some bandages and absolutely no soul. The show and the game both feel unfinished and lacking. If this is how you plan on making Sonic an icon, you’ve got a lot of work to do. I read a quote in the article that said the producers of the new games are making an emphasis on quality for Sonic from now on and my thought is, Shouldn’t that have always been the case? Gamers have been complaining about Sonic properties for years, why are you just now making sure the vehicle that got him started is handled right?  A lot of fans have written Sonic off and just look at him about as fondly as they do Bubsy and that’s a shame because Sonic really does deserve to be an icon.

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How Sonic the Hedgehog Can Become an Icon: Be Like Mario

So how can Sega achieve their goal to get Sonic superstar status? It’s easy. MAKE GREAT GAMES. FOCUS ON THE GAMES FIRST AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. Super Mario had a terrible movie, a pair of bad run of the mill cartoons and yet his star shines brighter than ever. Even if you don’t play video games you know and love Super Mario.  Nintendo achieved this by making a quality foundation for their character. 90% of the games that feature Mario are amazing, challenging, fun and work to cement his status in our hearts and minds. Sonic can follow this formula and he too will finally get the respect we know he deserves.

Good luck Sega!  I’m rooting for you. 

-Chris 

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Voice Acting in Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Confirmed ? – Opinion [UPDATED]

Zelda Breath of the Wild Voice Acting?

Watching Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild debut at E3 2016 was almost a spiritual experience but nothing made me more excited while watching this game in motion than hearing a real human voice speak to Link. It wasn’t the usual sound effects Nintendo is infamous for but a real (possibly) human voice saying complete sentences.

The beauty of the scene gave me chills but it also gave me a sense that Nintendo is learning. Nintendo seems to be finally listening to us and giving us a Zelda game on scale with others such as Gears of War. That may be wishful thinking but frankly let me dream. Nintendo does a great job of setting themselves apart and I’d like to see them on par with the rest of the class. But I’m getting off topic.

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Will Link have a voice?

The one disappointing thing is that Link himself did not talk, nor did any of the villagers he encountered but the voice over we hear throughout the game still gives me hope. The fact that this voice also called Link by name, saying to me that he’s no longer a proxy for the gamer but rather his own man, which gives us a whole new way to think about how we will be playing this game and if it possibly changes the world of Zelda (Hyrule) forever.

[Update] 6/23/2016

According to an article on Polygon released today, not only is voice acting confirmed for this game but according to one of the games producers, Link is confirmed to be remaining mute!

“It’s really difficult to leave an impression on players with just text,” Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma told Polygon. “It’s not that I made everything voiced. But I have these moments where I want to leave impressions on users. I add voice there.”

Aonuma recalled a moment early in the new game’s development where he first heard a character with “actual human voice.” According to the long-time Zelda developer, that moment “touched [his] heart” and “was really striking emotions.”

However, Aonuma reiterated that the series’ protagonist, Link, will be remaining voiceless for the foreseeable future.

That’s some excited news and frankly I know I’m in the minority but I do wish Link had a voice. Voice acting in Zelda Breath of the Wild would only bring it a new level and in my opinion if done right improve the franchise.  If new games can get this right there’s no reason Nintendo and and the Legend of Zelda franchise can’t.

-Chris

[Source] Polygon