Gamescon 2014

Gamescom in Colonge is going on right now…

Games that I’m super excited about!

Games on the PS4:
Bloodborne
Journey
LittleBigPlanet 3
 Destiny
WiLD 
Rime

Games on XB1:
Rise of the Tomb Raider 

Games on WiiU:
Yoshi’s Woolly World – Doesn’t this just look amazing??
Splatoon
Hyrule Warriors

Cross Platform:
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – PS4, PS3, XB1, X360, PC
Nom Nom Galaxy – PS4, PC
Dragon Age: Inquisition – PC, PS4, PS3, XB1, x360
Far Cry 4 – PS4, PS3, XB1, X360, PC
Silent Hills – TBA

What games are you looking forward to?
Support my loot crate addiction!
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Game Music Discussion


How vitally important is music in a game to you? Music affects your brain in more ways than you think it does. It obviously has an impact on your emotions and it even affects how we see “neutral” faces. It can improve our creativity and can trigger memories. That being said, how do you think music affects your gaming experience?

Personally, I hate admitting this, but I generally don’t listen to game soundtracks for very long. Wait, before you all flame me, I listen to the soundtrack during important parts but I cannot just listen to the music constantly – especially if it is a game like Skyrim where the soundtrack is AMAZING but it starts to feel repetitive and therefore makes the game start to feel repetitive for me.  If it is a game that I’ve played for a long time, I don’t listen to the soundtrack. I don’t listen to the sound track in MMO’s unless I’m in a dungeon for the first time… I own very few game soundtracks and seldom listen to them. Not because I don’t enjoy them, but because I hate getting worn out on the OST.
There are so many games that you can hear a few notes from and it instantly takes you back to that game – Zelda, Mario, Halo… It is always such an important part of the atmosphere of the game that I feel guilty leaving it out. It really makes a good game, great and memorable.  There are games like Limbo where there is a distinct lack of audio that makes you feel really uneasy about certain parts of the game and it just blows my mind when I think about how much I love all of that game, the audio, the art and even the gameplay. 
The point is I wonder how much I’m missing by not listening constantly to a game’s audio. I understand how much a gamer is influenced by the OST and I’m starting to wonder if I am just being defiant by not listening to the music or if it is something else. I’ve played a number of MMOs and we all know how annoying the music is in those, right? I could blame it on that or I could blame it on my very specific music tastes or… I can just say that I’m a rebel without a cause at heart and hate feeling forced to do something because somebody wants me to do it.
Discussion:
What are some of your favorite game soundtracks?
How do you feel about game soundtracks, do you listen to them or just mute them? Why?

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10 Things You Should Never Say To A Gamer


This is a list to go along with the “15 Things You ShouldNever Say To A Female Gamer”.  It’s just a collection of things that people have said to me that I can’t stand!

1.       “Just fight that guy. No, you’re doing it wrong!” Backseat gamers are the worst! Let me play my game!

2.       “What’s your K/D ratio?” Just because I am a gamer doesn’t mean that I play CoD or Battlefield.

3.       “You’re too old to play video games.” Games are for everyone.

4.       “Just pause it.” Sometimes you can’t just pause a game! It’s not that we’re trying to be jerks, we just can’t always pause a game.

5.       “Turning the controller doesn’t really help.” Shut your mouth. It totally does! 😉

6.       “You’re a gamer?  I bet you don’t get laid.” Bahaha. Sure.

7.       “This is such a lame game…” Excuse me? Did I ask you to watch me play? Did I ask your opinion on it? No, I didn’t.

8.       “Oops, I spilled something on your controller/mouse/keyboard/whatever.” Okay, I’ve really had this happen to me. I had some friends over and I was letting one of them use my spare keyboard and they spilled an entire energy drink on my keyboard… AND DIDN’T CLEAN IT UP. It ruined my keyboard and it made me so sad. Clean it up and if you’ve ruined the controller/whatever then you should replace it.

9.       “Haven’t you already played this game?” Yes, sometimes we enjoy the game so much we play it more than once.

10.   *Playing on Playstation* “Oh, I love playing xbox!” Okay, this one still blows my mind. I have had people call Playstations “Xbox” and vice versa. It is funny that people don’t know the difference between the difference consoles. Things that also apply to this are calling all Pokemon, “Pikachu” and calling Luigi, “Mario”. Does anyone else have a Mom that does that??

Have you ever encountered any of these things? What are some of the things that people say to you that get under your skin?
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Gaming Lingo


Question: I don’t understand what these guys are saying to me in my game! Can you explain common gamer terminology?? *
*the question was a bit more long-winded than that … but I decided to summarize it for you. 

 

-General-

Easter Eggs: these are hidden features like new characters or secret levels. (i.e. the cow level in Diablo II or the whimsyshire in Diablo III)  
Grinding: This is basically performing a certain element of the game. “Grinding levels” means that they are just working at leveling their character up through quests, fighting monsters, etc.
Clan/Guild: It’s a group of players that form a team in the game. You play with them and if you don’t like that group, you find another one.
Camper:  This is used in online shooters to refer to people who  stay in one spot rather than moving around the map. It’s highly frowned upon.
K/D: Kill/Death ratio. You’re ranked on how many kills versus how many deaths. You want a high kill number and a low death number.
Ping: This is the time in milliseconds it takes for information to travel to the server and back. The lower the number the better.
Lag: If your ping is too high then you may experience lag. This is when your real-life actions take too long to translate to the actions on screen, making a game virtually unplayable. It is also a term used when you suck and you just don’t want to admit that you suck.  
Nerf: to reduce abilities and/or effectiveness in battle.
Toon: Cartoon or character.
Twink: A low-level character wearing gear far superior to what they could afford on their own. Usually this is an alt character.
Buffs: Spells that enhance strength, power, etc.
Main: Your highest level, most played, or first character. 
Alt: Alternate character. 
Farm:  Staying in one area, killing the same mob over and over and over again for xp and/or loots.
-Common Chat-
AFK: Away from keyboard
BIO: you’re taking a potty break
BRB: Be right back
Ding!: Basically you’re telling everyone that you’ve leveled up! Good job.
DC: Disconnected from server
FTW!: For the win!
Gratz: Congratulations.
IAMF: It’s all my fault
LC: Lost Connection
Noob: A newbie. A player who is new or a player that really sucks. 
PUG: Pick-up group
Pwned: Owned
RL: real life
STFU: Shut the f*%k up.
WTB: Want to buy
WTG: Way to go!
WTS: Want to sell
WTT: Want to trade
Woot!:  Hooray! It’s used to express joy.
ZOMG:  it means the same thing as OMG but with more excitement

 

-Game Play-
Adds: additional monster … kill it.
Agro: The agro is the monsters attention.
AOE: Area of effect  
DLC: Downloadable Content (maps, characters, costumes, etc)
DoT: Damage over time.
DPS: Damage per second. 
FPS: First Person Shooter
HoT: Heal over time
MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.
Mob: A dangerous monster. Kill it.
Nerf: to reduce abilities and/or effectiveness in battle.
NPC: Non-Player Character
PvP: Player versus Player
Toon: Cartoon or character
-Roles-
Tank: Heavily armored fighting class such as warriors and paladins. They hold the agro.
DPS: Melee, ranged, caster classes that do damage.
Melee:  (pronounced may-lay) Combat involving non-projectile battle, particularly with fists, club, etc.
Ranged: They have the ability to stand back and do damage on the mob.
Caster: Magical spell-casting classes such as mages, wizards, shamans, etc.
Healers:  The class that heals the other classes. Keep the monsters off the healer. If the healer is dead, you’re dead.
Rezzers: Classes that can rez (resurrect) the dead.

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Interview with That Wonderful Lemon

Lines! The first game from us here at That Wonderful Lemon Co! We are proud. Our mums are proud. Our dads are in agreement that we should probably now go and get proper jobs.
Lines is a puzzle game where you race to match colours to make lines. The longer the line, the higher the score and the more envious your friends will be! Connect to Facebook to see your friends’ scores, to send and receive gifts, but, most importantly, you can allow others to bask in your fabulousness! 

Readers, meet Andrew from That Wonderful Lemon. He’s produced the game ^ above and is now working on a game with robots. Who doesn’t love robots??

For those who don’t know you, who are you and what do you do?
Hi, my name is Andrew and I make coffee. Really great coffee. I also make games. I’ve worked on AAA games that have been cancelled (Star Wars Battlefront 3 for instance) and others that have actually been released (Silent Hill: Shattered Memories). In addition to that I’ve also worked on brands you have probably heard of including Infamous, Little Big Planet, Killzone and DC Universe Online. Recently I decided to start my own thing with That Wonderful Lemon Co. (http://thatwonderfullemon.co).
Tell us a little about your game:
The latest project I am working on is Super Massive Awesome Robot. It’s a platforming, run-em, gun-em, dash-em up. At the moment we are only concerned with pulling together a Vertical Slice of the game.
How did you come up with the concept of your game?
We wanted to make a game we would love. I personally have a massive amount of respect for God Hand, Demons Souls and Sonic. Originally we were playing around with something like a reverse Katamari type of game, but it slowly evolved into something completely different!
How many people are involved in the making of your game?
At the moment, one person full time, with a few others lending a hand here and there.
What have you done marketing wise?
Not a whole lot yet. We are one month into the VS and have a long way to go. Dev blogs and the like are probably where we will start as we begin to bring together a cool set of people interested in the project.
What has gone right/wrong during development?
Not an awful lot of project to comment on yet! Lots of hardware failures at the moment, hopefully which will get sorted as we progress. :/
What lessons have you learned from developing your game?
Platforms and robots are awesome.
If you’ve developed games for different platforms, which were your favorites or which platforms would like to develop for next?
PC is by far the best platform to develop on – build and run and you’re done. Nothing beats the satisfaction of running your game on a console connected to a stupidly sized TV. For me I am not particularly fussed over platforms so long as they are not a headache to build for.
Most asked questions by my readers:
What do you feel like the key programming languages to learn are and why?
Really does not matter. A really good understanding of programming principles is far more important. The better understanding of how things work closer to the hardware layer is also fantastic. If you are seriously thinking about programming for games (or anything else for that matter), learn the basics. Skills will transfer between different languages and make your life far easier.
Do you have any advice for aspiring game developers?
Specialise and master the subject area you are interested in. For instance, if you want to learn programming, go study it, learn AI principles, rendering, mathematics, etc. If you want to make art, go study art history, design, life drawing. For everything else I’d suggest studying English, Mathematics, Business. To be honest I would avoid game design courses like the plague (from the portfolios I have seen maybe 1 student in 20 is of an entry level standard after graduation, if that!).
Making games requires a massively broad set of skills which take a long time to cover. To give yourself the best chance of working for a company I would suggest specialising then learning sideways subjects that interest you. If you want to be an instant director / creative director out of education then I would suggest studying business with an eye towards running a start-up.

One last thing – work on your stamina! 

Andrew sent these questions back to me and said, “Hope this finds you in exceptional health! You can find my answers below highlighted in a delightful shade of red.” … So I decided to keep the delightful shade of red. For character. 

LINKS! 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WonderfulLemon
Website: http://www.thatwonderfullemon.co/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ThatWonderfulLemonCooperative

Thank you, Andrew! I love the amount charisma emanating from this interview. 

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Crowd-Funding

Let’s just talk for a second about some silly games that are getting crowd-funded.

Rock Simulator… 

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/rock-simulator-2014/embedded
“For a long time, there has been one game missing from the market, a genuine rock simulator. I am here for you today to introduce you to Rock Simulator 2014.” 

In case you’ve always wondered what it’d be like to be a rock. If you fund a certain dollar amount they’ll send you a REAL rock!

And then there is:

Grass Simulator

Hey you! Yes you! Man in the blue sweater, Lady with the pink shoes, Little boy with your pet goat.
Have you waited all your life for a game that brings plot and gameplay together?

Well we have the game for you, With full realistic grass physics, beautiful sky-boxes, Cows?!

Grass Simulator is the game of the next generation, Here are the awesome things possible in Grass Simulator.

– Grass
– Dynamic Grass Graphics
– Realistic Weather
– Wonderful Environment
– Cows?!
– More Grass 





Guys, people are playing real dollars to fund these games. Let me say that again, people, human beings are paying real money to make these games a reality… 

Let that sink in for a moment.

Why not put that money to cool games like:

Timespinner
“Timespinner is a 2D Metroidvania Platformer for PC, Mac OS X, and Linux. At its heart, the game is a child of the great pixelated classics of the SNES and PS1 age. From the rich story worlds of Star Ocean, the expansive gothic castle exploration in Castlevania, and the tight gameplay of Megaman X, Timespinner seeks to weave all of these elements into one amazing game.”

or

 Together: Amna & Saif
“The core of Together is interdependence. Everything requires two players, working together.  Designing co-op from the ground up we are able to explore and do things that would otherwise be impossible.
Every aspect of the game is designed for player interaction. To progress you have to think about what is best for each other, not just yourself. Together highlights the benefits that gaming can have on a relationship. It goes beyond having a conversation or doing something together. Interdependence is a key quality in a rewarding and successful relationship and Together allows you to experience and practice it in a tangible way. “

 

I just want to see some potentially awesome games get crowd-funding and these … “simulator” games to be over with.

What do you think of these silly simulator games becoming a reality?

also… 
rabbit, rabbit.

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Books and Video Games

Books. 
I have this problem when it comes to reading… 
I devour my books. As in.. I usually read them in about a day. This is both terrible and great. Terrible because I always suffer from a book hangover and great because I get to start a new book .. every other day or so. Some of my blogging friends have been talking about their summer reading list and I’ve realized that I don’t have a summer reading list…
HELP!
What books should I put on my list?  
 

 Also, let’s just talk about this steam summer sale.
My ever growing game backlog is getting ridiculous.
This summer sale is killing me… 
 So far I’ve purchased:
Bioshock
Bioshock 2
Bioshock Infinite
World of Goo
Bastion
Portal 
Portal 2 
Terraria
Don’t Starve
Castle Crashers
Battleblock Theatre 
and
I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need:
Brothers
Gone Home
Child of Light
Mass Effect
The Fall 
and
Dragon Age: Origins
What games have you gotten so far??
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