The Games I’m Thankful For 2017

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do another article like this one, but last years did pretty well and I’ve finally got enough time to do some writing, so I figured “why not”. So here are a few more games that either had a profound impact on me or were the catalyst for something great in my life.

Kingdom Hearts

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Kinda sucks i didn’t talk about this one last year so i could make an easy “when is KH3 coming out” joke. Meh, fuck it: WHERE THE FUCK IS KINGDOM HEARTS 3

I moved in with my mother the summer before I started high school. I wasn’t expecting too, I thought it was just going to be a visit, but that turned out not too be the case. Because she had to work I had decided to bring my PlayStation 2 with me, and since I knew I’d probably be spending a lot of time with the sister I hardly knew, I decided to pick up a game for her. Something she could play if she wanted, and something I wouldn’t go nuts having to sit though. I remember hearing good things about this odd little Disney/Final Fantasy cross over and it seemed like the perfect game for a young girl. At the time, I’ll admit to my great shame, Disney meant “princesses” and “princess” mean “boring girl stuff”. I figured the Final Fantasy stuff would balance out the Disney stuff so maybe it would be tolerable.

The game was….not quite what I was expecting. For one it was good. Like, really good. Secondly, it was way more difficult than it had any right to be. I’m not sure how I beat the final boss the first time and my sister….well, I ended up playing most of it for her. But the game did it’s job. We and her bonded a lot over it, and when Kingdom Hearts 2 came out we spent a lot of time playing that one together too. Along with the band Coheed and Cambria, Kingdom Hearts may be the reason me and my sister got along so well.

Volchaos

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Volchaos isn’t really a good game. But it is the game that proved to me that I was doing something right with this site, and it cemented the best friendship I’ve ever had. I had been following and talking via twitter to Cathy from IndieGamerChick.Com for a while. The day after her birthday last year (I remember this because a happy birthday post I made was the catalyst for event), she had decided that I was cool enough to be actual friends with. She friended me on Facebook, and we started talking more on their. When I told her I also did game reviews and stuff, she asked me to send her some of my work. I did, and about 15 minuets latter she messaged me saying “yeah, look, I’m going to be your editor now”. I know that sounds harsh but, it was much nicer that that. She had helped me with a few things I was writing at the time, then asked me if I was getting review codes. I told her I wasn’t and that I didn’t really know where too start with that. A few minuets latter she came back with a code for Volchaos. A friend of her’s developed it, and she went to bat for me to get a code. It was the first game I had gotten a review code for, and I had only gotten it because someone saw something of worth in my writing. Someone saw value in me succeeding in the field I wanted to be in. That was the moment any and all doubt evaporated: I had met my best friend for life. But for fucks sake Cathy, you couldn’t have gotten me a good game? God, friendship over. :p

(On a related note, you can read that review HERE)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

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Guys, look, i know. I’m supposed to be better than this, you expect more form me. I know. It’s embarrassing to admit, Let’s just get though this like that awful political speech your drunk uncle is going to give. We can do it together, we just have to push on and persevere.

I’m sorry. I’m sorry i’m sorry i’m sorry i’m sorry. But, I do have to be honest here. If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know I freaking love Overwatch. Even though I haven’t played it in a while (god, this quarter fucking sucks.) I’ve been keeping up with the news and it’s one of the things I’ve missed the most since school started up again. Well, truth be told I wasn’t always the kind of guy that would have liked it. See, once upon a time, I didn’t really care about multiplayer. At all. But when I got my PS4, the only one in stock came bundled with Black Ops 3. I never imagined I would play it, but I wanted that PS4 so damn bad. That was i’d be able to start this site and focus on more topic games, where as with my last site it was pretty much whatever I could get my hands on. Well, being that I was (and still am) poor as shit, I ended up running out of games to play pretty fast. So, one day I decided to just bite the bullet and try Black Ops 3. And to my great surprise, I had a lot of fun with the multiplayer. I was even pretty good too. It wasn’t uncommon for me to be in the top three for my team, or even for me to be #1. That ended up turning me from a “multi-player is a wast of time” kind of guy to a “if I dont get at least one good game of Overwatch in during this break i’m going to FUCKING KILL SOMEONE” kind of guy. I’m not 100% sure that’s a positive change, but it is a change nonetheless.

Well, that’s it for this year folk. Have a happy (and safe, I need you fuckers for the page views) Thanksgiving.

The Games I’m Thankful For

I wrote a while back about how Dark Souls made me a better student. Thinking about that and knowing that tomorrow (as I’m writing this) will be Thanksgiving, I decided to do something of a listicle detailing other games that have made a positive impact on my life. So please, enjoy this little bit of year end positivity and feel free to share your own stories in the comments.

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This came out when I was in middle school, and at the time I had only met my mother twice in my life. As fate would have it however, I was living with my grandmother on her side, who thought it was important for me to have some semblance of a relationship with her. So every Saturday she would call me on the phone (you know, that thing phones did before the rise of texting) and we’d talk for at least an hour. One of the things the two of us found we had in common was a fondness for cartoons, specifically the then still child-friendly Toonami showings. At the time Toonami ran game reviews every now and again. One of those was for The Sands of Time and I was instantly hooked on it. What really made this game stick with me over the years however, is just how in tune it made me feel with my mother. The Saturday after seeing the review (or, lets be honest, glorified trailer) my mom said it looked cool and, with out any form of prompting, asked me if I’d like a copy as a gift. Even if the game had been total crap, the instant connection I felt over how much I had in common with the mother I’d never gotten to know was enough to keep the game in my good graces.

 

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I remember being in awe of how “realistic” this game looked.

This was the first game I ever played. I moved around a lot as a kid for reasons I wouldn’t know until much later in life, and as such making and keeping friends wasn’t something I was good at. Add to that a home life that i’ve only recently feel like i’ve been able to recover from, and its not hard to see how I was maybe a little more isolated than I should have been in my formative years. Well, in one of the houses me and my father moved into the previous owners left behind a Playstation 1 and the first disk of Metal Gear Solid. The disk was scratched to hell, so I didn’t make it every far in those early days, but I was completely engrossed with the parts I could play. It also didn’t hurt that it was pretty much the perfect game for me at the time: Solid Snake was pretty much everything young me thought of as cool meaning he was also my complete opposite, making him the perfect avatar for my much needed escapism. So when ever home became unbearable I could beat the shit out of a bad guy and was rewarded for doing it, plus this was a “friend” I could take with me. While this wasn’t “the” game that made me an avid gamer, it was the beginning.

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As far as I can recall, i’ve lived with 8 distinct family set ups. Most of those were christens. Most of those were the crazy kinds of christens. My first stepmother was not an exception to that rule. See, me and her two sons, in our time together, had met an older guy in our neighborhood and had formed something of a friendship by playing a streamlined version of Dungeons and Dragons. Stepmom#1 did not like that. Even though our game was streamlined to the point of being near unrecognizable to real fans, to her it was the same “satanic” game alarmist news had warned her about. I didn’t take that kindly and ended up get myself grounded for my…less than tactful attempts to persuade her to let us keep playing. While I couldn’t go out and play, I was still allowed to play video games. And the one I played the most, the one I got hooked on was one of my stepbrothers copies of Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64. I sucked at it, but everyday after school I went back to it hoping that would be the day I’d power on through it. By the time my two week prison sentence was up, I really didn’t want to do much else but keep playing.

So those are three games I’m thankful for: the one that started it all, the one that cemented my love for gaming and the one the made me feel like I really had a family. There are so many more I could talk about, but I’m going to end there for this year. If you’re reading this I hope you’re having a happy thanksgiving, and I hope to see you again soon.