Go See Tomb Raider (but not as a gamer)

I won’t lie, I was super stoked to see the Tomb Raider film this weekend. I am a huge fan of the video game series, both the original and the reboot. Of course I had to see the new movie.

I enjoyed it. I really did. They cast an awesome lead, who not only looked the part, but is also a long-time Tomb Raider fan. My wife teased me during the movie when I made a big deal about how Alicia Vikander got the”movements” of the character right. If you want to see an action movie with a badass chick as the lead, definitely go see this movie.

But don’t go watch it as a gamer.

I almost fell into that trap while watching the movie and afterwards when I started to replay the 2013 reboot of the games. No, the movie is not exactly like the game. No, it probably isn’t even close. There were a lot of things I was hoping to see in the film version that were missing because the film went in a different direction. I started to get a little frustrated about it but then I had to rememeber the movie isn’t just made for people like me- the hardcore Tomb Raider fan from the beginning of Lara Croft.

The movie serves as a good introduction to Tomb Raider for people not sure familar with the game or those who haven’t seen the original films. My hope is someone sees it and decides they want to try out the game, so they can experience a more in-depth version of the story. My hope is that we continue to get more badass women role models like Lara Croft in our entertainment. And I hope this inspires more gamers to get into film because we need more video game movies from people who actually know video games.

So go see Tomb Raider. Give money to Square Enix and let them make a another film so video games get positive media exposure and more people want to play them.

 

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Achievement Unlocked: Raised Goal for Extra Life

Hey everyone,

So last Saturday I participated in Extra Life’s Game Day. It was a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for local children’s hospitals. I place for a total of 20 hours. It was both fun and intense.

Every year, you can set as goal of how much money you want to raise. My goal this year, since it’s my first, was $100. I am terrible at fundraising and thanks mostly to my wife, I raised $145. I am super stoked- I got to do sso me I love and help out the community at the same time. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Extra Life, you can click here. If you want t o check out my personal profile, you can visit here.

Extra Life Game Day

So, I decided to put my gaming skills to better use by utilizing them to raise money. Not sure how many of you have heard about Extra Life, but was established in 2008 with the purpose of blending gaming with fundraising for sick children. On November 4, I am participating in a 24-hour gaming marathon. I am hoping to raise at least $100 since this is only my first year. 

Since Game Day is almost here, I am trying to put together a schedule of games and get my streaming set up, so I can hop on at midnight on the 4th and go. I’m not sure how success I will be at playing for 24 hours straiught, I’m sure I’ll plan breaks every once in a while. 

And although I am streaming all day, watching isn’t required. Please consider donating though. None of your donations go to me. They all go to a local hospital.
My profile at Extra can be found here. Check it out.

Dead Space (and other Spooky Games)

In honor of October and Halloween, I have been finding a spooky game to play. I started on Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but I haven’t quite gotten into it yet. Instead, I decided to start one I have been wanting to beat. Dead Space is a pretty awesome series. I have watched gameplay from each of the games and have briefly played the first. Started on it again last night. It’s a lot of jump scares, nothing super scary yet. 

For anyone interested in playing something spooky, here are a few suggestions that I’ve played:

  • Bioshock
  • Fatal Frame
  • Resident Evil series
  • F.E.A.R.
  • Left 4 Dead series
  • The Last of Us
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • DOOM
  • Dead Rising
  • Dead Island
  • Dying Light
  • P.T. (If you scored the demo before it vanished from the PS Store)

Played something super scary? Leave a comment below!

What the SNES Classic is missing

So, you want a SNES mini? Maybe you had one of the original console or you just think it’s cool. It is pretty amazing. It is a great splash into some of the great games the console had to offer. Unfortunately, it is missing some of the other amazing SNES games. 

So, once you finish beating the games on the SNES mini, or if you haven’t gotten your hands on one, you should look into downloading an emulator. There are tons of sites to get the emulator, as well as the games to play on it, dubbed ROMs. My go to site is Emuparadise. If you have a Galaxy smartphone, you can actually get an emulator from the Play Store for free. My favorite is the ZSNES, but there are several. Once you get your emulator, check out these awesome games.

  • Chrono Trigger
  • Illusion of Gaia
  • Terranigma
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Final Fantasy IV & V
  • Secret of Evermore
  • Zombies Are My Neighbors

If you only play one of those games, my recommendation is Chrono Trigger. It has a great story, awesome characters, and a pretty great sequel that came out on PSone (Chrono Cross). 

Well, just wanted to throw my two cents out there. I wish you luck if you’re trying to get your hands on the SNES Classic. And if you’re doing some emulator gaming later, have fun! 

Why I Love my Wife

So, anyone who knows me long enough knows I love video games and if someone would pay me a decent salary to do it every day of my life, I would never want a different job ever. My wife knows I love video games. She doesn’t always quite get it. But she understands it’s something that I love and really love talking about.

So tonight we sat at Walmart for almost 6 hours to get the SNES mini that just released. I wasn’t planning on getting it anytime soon and I didn’t want to ask her to stand in line again after standing outside for the NES mini several times and getting sick to get it for me. But then I got home and she told me we were going to Walmart.

I love my wife. She doesn’t always get me but she loves me and will stand in line for 6 hours to make my day. She’s pretty amazing. And because of her I can play the OG Mario Kart and Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Y’all need to get a wife like mine, just saying.

Deja Vu Gaming: Resident Evil 5

My sister-in-law got an Xbox 360 from my wife and I nearly a year ago. She’s finally gotten to the point of using it for more than Netflix and Hulu and asked for video game recommendations from me. We took a trip to GameStop and I found a remastered version of Resident Evil 5. I offered my sister-in-law my old 360 copy if she liked the game. That began a week-long journey and replaying a great game with a new player to the series, which was both fun and tedious.

Anyone who knows me well enough knows I play games with the intent of discovering everything. My sister-in-law does not share the same attitude. She did well at first helping me track down treasure and ammo but she soon got overwhelmed by boredom or chose to run from enemies rather than stick it out for better rewards. I’ll admit, having nearly ten Lickers chasing you down a narrow hallway can be intimidating, but it’s a challenge I choose to see through. 

Anyone who played RE5 on 360 and enjoyed Versus and the DLC missions will be happy to know it’s an included in the Xbox One remaster. The game itself is just as great as ever. I played the game on 360 several times and the replayable value still exists strongly. (RE4 is also another great title- plays the best of the Wii.) 

Here’s a clip of my adventure replaying this game with my sister-in-law. She had some trouble with the random command prompts (she’s player 2, or Sheva).

Retro Game of the Week – Terranigma

Back before Square Enix became the company it is now, Squaresoft was releasing the Final Fantasy series and other games like Parasite Eve. Another company, Enix, was developing its own games, including an awesome game called Terranigma.
You play the character Ark who has to go on a quest to restore the world. You start by saving the people within Ark’s village and restoring the continents of the world. After the continents are revived, Ark travels to the world and sets out to bring back the plants, animals, and people. The gameplay is pretty simple- you roam around and battle enemies. The battling is real time and you have controls to make Ark attack, jump, and block. You can equip weapons and armor on him and learn a few spells. The game and the story is interesting- the ending was a little sad but I won’t spoil it for you. And if you like this game, there are a few more from Enix you may want to check out like Illusion of Gaia and Soul Blazer. However, you can only play Terranigma on an emulator these days. I think they may have had the game set to come out on the Wii’s Virtual Console but I had trouble researching if it was a release for just Japan and not us here in the states.

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The image is via Wikipedia.

Lessons Learned from Gaming – Perseverance (in Parenting)

You get to Bowser’s castle at the end of the world and a fireball kills you. Then one of those skeleton dudes comes back to life as you run by and you die again. You reach the boss and you die once, twice, then have to use a continue and go through it all again. If you are a gamer, you know this is a typical day in the life.

Parenting is kind of like playing a game.

First off, anyone who survives those nine months before baby is born- mother or partner- you deserve an achievement- 50 gamer points for you! It is definitely an often rough and seemingly never-ending time.

But then your baby is born- yay!

One of the best moments in life- like reaching the end of those tutorial levels in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and not having to hear Werner bitch about every little thing anymore.

That moment times a million.

However, like a game after the tutorial, things get harder.

Babies cry, poop, spit up, and have no way of communicating what exactly they need from you.

Think Terranigma when Ark cannot speak with the plants and animals. It’s sad and confusing, but you figure things out eventually.

The trick in taking care of a baby is perseverance. You may feed your little bundle of joy, change the diaper, and think it’s nap time- right on schedule.

Not exactly always that easy.

Baby might have gas, might want a pacifier, might want to be held before she falls asleep, or all of the above.

Or none.

You go through the cycle of the basic solutions to baby’s possible needs (this is a lesson I am still in the process of learning). And maybe you metaphorically die and fail to soothe baby.

So you try to feed baby, check the diaper, try the pacifier, try rocking or holding baby until she falls asleep, etc. Go through the cycle a couple of times. Or you can be like a noob and consult a walkthrough- aka parenting websites or Google searches.

It’s okay- everyone does it at least once in their life.

The main thing to remember is to never give up (in this situation and life in general) because you only have one life in reality with no respawns or continues. And if something doesn’t work one way, try a different approach. 

Lightning Returns (and it’s pretty badass)

I’m only about an hour into playing the new game and I am in love with it already. It could be because I get to run around as Lightning- one of the most badass chicks in a Final Fantasy history. It could also be because I can put her in sexy and awesome outfits (downloaded my Cloud outfit and excited to equip it). But I think most of my happiness comes from how easy it was to get into the game. The first FF13 I have yet to beat or even get halfway through. I did better with the second because Square Enix did make some overall improvements (and a flying moogle followed me around).
I know- maybe I’m speaking too soon since I’ve only just starting playing. But seeing the trailers and playing the demo both convinced me this game would be more worthwhile and my Facebook wall keeps popping up with good reviews all around, so maybe this isn’t too preemptive.
But anyway- check the game out if you haven’t yet. Once I get farther into it, I’ll make sure to give a better review.