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Sunday, September 8, 2013

A couple gaming Kickstarter recommendations.

1. Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero

I love Wayforward, everything I've played from them so far has been fantastic. So when I heard about this Kickstarter, I was immediately on board, despite not having played a Shantae game before. I recently acquired the original Gameboy Color game and have been playing that, which made me even more excited for this. Coming to Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbone and PC via Steam. Anyone who likes the Shantae series, Wayforward or good games in general should give this a look.

Kickstarter link

2. Mighty No. 9

It's not like this Kickstarter needs any more promotion, but here you go. An awesome looking game by the original creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune. Coming to PC, it will also very likely make it to Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3. It may have by the time you read this. It's getting a ton of support and is definitely worth checking out.

Kickstarter link

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Product Review: Dust An Elysian Tale.

I recently finished one of my favorite games in recent history and thought I would recommend it to you. It's called Dust An Elysian Tale and it's awesome.

Why is it awesome? Well, a few things. The graphics are beautiful. While not quite as high res as something like Rayman Legends, the art is very well done. It's just wonderful to look at, especially in motion. The characters are hand drawn and everything else appears to be painted, either by hand or digitally I'm not sure.

The game play is very fun. Lots of exploration and melee combat with your giant talking sword, Ahrah. I never got tired of combat as doing combos and slaying enemies was always enjoyable. The game is sort of a "metroidvania" with multiple paths and back tracking as you gain new abilities that allow you to reach previously unreachable areas. Going back to previous areas was never annoying, especially since the art is so nice and absolutely wrecking the enemies with your now higher damage. The game has light RPG elements with the ability to level up and upgrade your health, damage and other attributes to make yourself more powerful. Purchasable items such as armor and trinkets further improves your character, although they don't change your physical appearance.

I can't go much into the story, for the sake of not spoiling anything for you. Your character begins the game not knowing who he is or where he came from. You acquire Ahrah, meeting Fidget (your sidekick throughout the game) and begin the quest to discover the answers to those questions. During the course of your adventure you meet many interesting characters and accept various quests you can complete. Some of the quests are minor, but they're fun and allow you to learn more about the amusing and well written characters throughout the game.

And finally, the characters. My favorite part of the game. The three man characters, Dust (you) Fidget (your sidekick, a small flying creature called a Nimbat) and Ahrah, your talking sword. The dialog between Dust and Fidget are an absolute joy to witness. Fidget is probably my favorite character from a video game in a long time. She's cute, funny, and yet still manages to grow as a character throughout the game and has some real emotional moments. She's voiced by the incredible Kimlinh Tran so check out her YouTube channel. Although if you haven't yet played Dust, some of her videos may contain minor spoilers. The rest of the characters are great and the voice acting is well done for everyone. I found myself wanting to continue playing just to experience more of the story and find more cutscenes, which doesn't happen often with me and games.

I could probably ramble on some more but the bottom line is, the game is fantastic. The game is available for PC on Steam or for Xbox 360. I highly recommend it.

Verdict: 5/5

Sunday, September 1, 2013

What would it take for me to vote again?

So for most of my life, I didn't pay much attention to politics. My first bit of actual attention payed to it was George W Bush. During the Bush vs Gore race, I didn't really have a preference. I didn't know anything about politics at that point, so I didn't understand much of it, I didn't care to. After Bush was elected, I learned a lot very quickly. Bush was a moron, absolutely terrible for the country and the entire world as a president of the USA for a variety of reasons. As much as I disliked Bush, I didn't bother with actual elections at that point, I didn't even bother to vote for Kerry.

That changed when the 2008 election started. I payed attention, watching speeches from most everyone. I liked Obama, but didn't think he had much of a chance of actually winning because he was black. That sounds very odd now, doesn't it? I didn't have any kind of racist feelings toward him personally, I just didn't think America would vote for him over a white guy. I'm definitely glad I was wrong about that, though. As soon as it appeared he had the support of the American people and had a real chance of winning, I supported him 100% myself. I got me and my family to register to vote so we could vote for him in the primaries and then again in the general election. That's the first time I had ever voted for anyone.

I didn't bother to vote for him again when he came up against Romney, partly because of apathy and partly because I didn't think Romney stood a chance in hell. I've been fairly okay with Obama since... until the NSA revelations.

We know what happened with that, so I won't recap it here, but it completely changed my feelings about Obama. Now I think he's a traitor to the country and to the constitution. And yes, I'm aware that Bush started this, but Obama is just as guilty by continuing it. With Bush, spying on everyone in the name of "security" was expected, but with Obama it's like a stab in the back. It made me realize that politicians are shit, all of them. No matter how many great speeches they give, no matter what promises they make, no matter how likeable they are. Absolute shit. Every single one.

So that leaves me with a question, if Mr Hope-and-Change Obama turned out to be shit, how could I vote for anyone else? What could anyone else say that would convince me at this point? That they won't spy on everyone? Well, Obama spoke out against a lot of the things he's supporting now, such as national security letters. Could someone else be more likeable than Obama? Give better speeches? Make better promises? Maybe. Would it matter? I don't think so.

I've asked myself that question for a while, and I think I finally have an answer. What could convince me to vote for another candidate is... they have to pardon Edward Snowden. A full, presidential pardon. In fact, along with the pardon should come an award for giving up his life in America to reveal all the dark and dirty shit that was going on with the NSA. Anyone that values privacy or the constitution owes him a great deal of gratitude for that. I think that's the only way a presidential candidate could convince me that they were serious about ending the warrantless spying on American citizens, and indeed citizens of many countries.

A full pardon for Snowden being the bare minimum, I'd also love to hear exactly what kind of reforms the candidate would make to the NSA surveillance programs. I want to hear about protections that could be, and would be enacted for future Edward Snowdens who have the guts to inform the American people of illegal actions by the government. If a candidate stepped forward and did these things, I would give them a chance and vote for them. Otherwise, I'll probably never vote again. Why should I? Why should you? Why should anyone? Thoughts?