Tag: video games

Podcast 5: Killer App!

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Review: Why Monster Hunter?

Some games aim to please every demographic, others fail to attract anybody, but the best games target people who do nothing else, but game. If you fit into that last group I described, then Monster Hunter is the game for you. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a game of infinite frustration and satisfaction, from the first to the last hunt. I had first heard of Monster Hunter when I was scouring the internet for game cheats and it just so happened that advertisements for Monster Hunter Tri plagued every website I visited.

The Sky’s the Limit When Swapping

Skylanders is a game series that started in 2011 that features the ability to use figurines of the Skylanders to bring them to life into the video game. With their new title Skylanders: Swap Force it has the ability of not just summing the toys into the game but you can mix and match different combinations with a certain group of Skylanders called the Swap Force.

Pokémon X and Y

Pokemon has been around for over 17 years and has released over 15 games in just the main series alone. The latest installment in that series are the games Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. These two have given new life to the series with 3D environments and a new set of mechanics and Pokemon.

Virtual Violence

Children can be very easily influenced to do good and bad things, but video games alone don’t make children violent or lead them to turn to crime later on in life.For a child to become so violent and dangerous, they would have to witness it firsthand, e.i their parents or their peers. Babies and little kids are pure and don’t know right from wrong, as they get a little older, they do learn and grow a lot, but I don’t feel that kind of evil is in them, and it’s a little hard to believe playing a shooting game every weekend will send them over the edge.

Console War Gripes

Once upon a time a man invented the internet. Everybody thought that the internet was going to be this wonderful place of discovery, a place that people would come together and solve the worlds problems. Sadly, that future never came. The purpose of the internet is seemingly to breed trolls and create debating grounds, if you can even call them debates. And lately there is one debate that has ruled the front page of the internet. The console wars.

The Evolution of Gaming….Old School Style!!

Written by Russell Sztukowski. Media by Michael Trieb. For many thousands of years, cultures have entertained themselves with games. Board games have been thought to date back five or six millennia to small wooden artifacts found in the tombs of the pharaohs, to carved stone tablets found in South American ruins. While many ancient games still remain, such as Chess, Checkers, Go, Mancala, and Backgammon, since the start of the 20th century, the popularity of board games has increased dramatically. Throughout the 1900’s board games seemed to be a very popular family activity. Tons of new companies sprung up and began producing names we know and love today, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, Sorry, and many others. Into the late 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s, it seemed as if board games reached their pinnacle. New and intriguing ideas and concepts were coming out on the fly, and more complicated games were being created involving moving parts, batteries, small electronic mechanisms, and large colorful and decorated setups. One may begin to wonder where these types of games went to. Today, the, the most common games we see played are card games, classic favorites, or simple setup games, like Apples-to-Apples, Uno, Trivia Games, Monopoly and the like. Why did the board game market find a peak and taper off into a steep decline coming into the 21st century? What happened to the creativity of the game companies?