So a while back, I wrote a blog about my favorite police officers in video games. It was a fairly popular topic, so I decided to revisit it, only change it to be my favorite firefighters in video games. It won’t be as long of a list, because I couldn’t think of too many firefighter game characters. I’m a little surprised there aren’t more firefighting games out there. Real life firefighters are true heroes, risking their lives and being brave to save others in danger. So I’m surprised that more video games haven’t capitalized on that. Also, according to where I work now, this month is fire safety month so it’s topical. But anyway, here are my favorites.
This year, Dungeons and Dragons is all about the giants. The various types of giants (fire, hill, cloud, etc…) have gone to war with each other to determine the best kind of giant. Since the release of of 5th edition, Wizards of the Coast has picked an overarching storyline and theme for the year’s releases. This year focuses on a disruption of the natural order of giant seniority, and the infighting between the giant types to get higher in the pecking order. Player characters get caught up in the political intrigue and can even steer the outcome in one way or another before the tale’s final denouement.
Over this past summer, and even some after that, there were a lot of news stories about police officers not doing what they should be doing, and it caused a lot of heat. Sometimes even in the form of riots. While I’m sure that there are police officers who are corrupt and some who lie and make mistakes, I think the majority of officers are trying their best to do the right thing, and need our support. But that’s just my personal opinion. So to show my support, here’s a blog about my favorite police officers in video games, and I’ll also share some ways I helped support our local police force in real life.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, “Trek-ifiying” things is rampant and the world of boardgaming is no exception. While there are probably Star Trek versions of Monopoly, Risk, and Trivial Pursuit, I intend to take a look at Star Trek versions of games popular with boardgame hobbyists. These games, sometimes called Eurogames (since they are popular in Europe) or designer boardgames (as the game designers are recognized for their efforts just like authors or directors) are popular as they emphasize player interaction and minimize luck and player elimination. Episode 2 deals with a couple games best for more serious strategy gamers.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, “Trek-ifiying” things is rampant and the world of boardgaming is no exception. While there are probably Star Trek versions of Monopoly, Risk, and Trivial Pursuit, I intend to take a look at Star Trek versions of games popular with boardgame hobbyists. These games, sometimes called Eurogames (since they are popular in Europe) or designer boardgames (as the game designers are recognized for their efforts just like authors or directors) are popular as they emphasize player interaction and minimize luck and player elimination.
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.