Unplugged: Pokémon: The Trading Card Game Mythical Pokémon Collections and Steam Siege Booster Packs
When I was in college I used to write game reviews for The Dallas Morning News. This was in the late 90’s and when Pokémon first got popular, I was writing tons of articles about the franchise. I even like to say that Pokémon helped pay my way through college! I even covered Pokémon card game tournaments back then, and purposely learned how to play just so I could write about them better. I have to say that because of having to use energy cards to perform moves, I didn’t really like the card game as well because I felt that slowed the game down. Me personally, I prefer SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash on the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Anyway, Pokémon has always been big since then, but with the recent release of Pokémon GO on mobile devices, I imagine the franchise will get a boost of popularity this holiday season, including the card game. So parents, here are some new things you may want to look out for this Christmas if you have a Pokémon card game fan in the family.
So in this last PAX article, I’m just going to show some pictures and things I did that I just couldn’t fit into any other category. Lots of crazy stuff and people dressed in costumes of video game characters! Let’s check it out!
In Part Two of my PAX West 2016 coverage, we’ll take a look at games I checked out from smaller developers. But just because they’re smaller, it doesn’t mean that they’re any less important! I even got to play a brand new Toe Jam & Earl game! Also, I was able to try VR gaming for the very first time, so you can read my initial impressions here, too!
The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public. I’ve been going to it annually for nearly ten years now. PAX West in Seattle was last weekend, so here are my impressions of the show! The convention is so big that I had to split my articles into three parts. Before I get started, I wanted to let you all know that I couldn’t cover EVERYTHING at the show. I’m just one person and just tried to focus on games that interest me and what would fit the theme of this site. Anyway, in this first part, we’ll go over games featured by major publishers, like Nintendo, Bandai Namco, Capcom, SEGA, and Square-Enix!
I’m not sure how you pronounce it, but Shephy plays like one of those indie card games you buy at those fancy gaming and comic book stores. In fact, while looking up pictures for this review, turns out that Shephy IS a real card game. You can even buy it on Amazon. It’s a Solitaire style game where you try to build your flock of sheep up to 1,000 by strategically playing cards that add and take away from your flock. It’s a free-to-play downloadable title on iOS and Android, but reviewed on iPad here.
Hey folks, I’ve got a big announcement to make! This August, I will have been writing video game reviews semi-professionally for 20 years! Yup, it all started back in 1996. I bet most game reviewers don’t even last that long! So in honor of that, I decided to write an article about it, and share with you all how I got started, what I’ve done in the past 20 years, and some of my highlights and favorite memories. Oh, and I’d like to apologize in advance if this article sounds a little too self-absorbed and ‘braggy,’ as it is all about me. I promise I won’t be like this all the time in the future. But I figured that 20 years really IS a reason to celebrate, so I hope you don’t mind this, just this once.
Last year, Splatoon made a big splash on the Wii U, and it still must be popular because Nintendo recently released some new Splatoon amiibo figures! There’s figures of the squid sisters, Callie and Marie (get the pun in their names?), as well as alternate colors of existing Splatoon amiibo. I got them all so let’s check them out!
Yogurtland is a chain of frozen yogurt stores, and now they’ve partnered with Nintendo for some summer fun. From now until the end of August, you can go to participating Yogurtland locations to get flavors based on popular Mario characters! They decorated their stores and everything, so I took some pictures so you all can see what they did!
For the longest time, I didn’t own Sony’s newest handheld, the PS Vita. Which may seem strange at first, because I loved the PSP, Sony prior handheld. In fact, other than the Neo Geo Pocket Color, the PSP was the only other handheld I bought that wasn’t made by Nintendo! There were lots of PSP games I loved to play: Loco Roco and its sequel, Ys Seven, Half-Minute Hero, Gurumin, Mega Man Powered Up, and many more. But the Vita just didn’t have as many games that I wanted to play, or at least not enough to warrant purchasing one. But after a few years they’ve built up enough games that interest me, and since I couldn’t think of anything to ask my family to get me for Christmas, I just threw a Vita on my list and to my surprise I got one late last year as a present! So here’s my impressions on the Vita and some games I got for it (probably a little too late, but hey, better later than never).
TANKS: Panther vs Sherman Starter Box
Designers: Andrew Haught, Chris Townley, Phil Yates
Publisher: Gale Force Nine, LLC
Time: 30 minutes
TANKS is a new, lightweight system of miniatures from Gale Force Nine, focusing on (surprise) the tank battles of World War II. The idea is to have a fast-playing miniatures wargame to serve as an introduction to the hobby. This is the first wargame by Gale Force Nine, who produce a prodigious amount of pre-painted battle terrain, presumably usable in TANKS games as well as the more complex Flames of War game owned by GF9’s parent company, Battlefront Miniatures.