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4:53 PM on 10.27.2012

Why do we buy games?

I recently bought two games both very different in design and scope. Both have history and are part of a franchise that are revered by its fan base. One is Resident Evil 6 which is cross platform and has gotten poor to mediocre reviews, but sold remarkable well. The other is Xcom: Enemy Unknown, again a cross platform game that has gotten great reviews but sold poor to mediocre. I know RE 6 is more mainstream and its franchise has been consistent with no long gaps between games, while Xcom is more of a niche market with its emphasis on strategy. It has also been years since we've gotten a game from this franchise.
Yet what drives gamers to buy one of these games over another? For me I bought both because I've been a long time fan of both franchises. I had fun with both games, granted I enjoyed Xcom much more the Resident Evil 6 but I saw RE 6's value and could enjoy it for what it was. Would I buy the game again after I had a chance with it? honestly no it is a rental game or something that I would pick up so I could play online with friends. With this knowledge I just wonder why we as gamers continue to spend money frivolously on things that, if the reviews are any indication, are not very good. I can say that after my purchase of RE6 I will not buy another Resident Evil game.
If I want any change to occur within this franchise I must show Capcom (or any business) that I will not continue to support products that I find sub-par. The only way to make business see this is by reducing their profit margin. I think we as consumers are so impulsive that we buy things before truly understanding what we are buying. If we held off for just one month we might be able to effect real change in an industry that we all love so much.   read


6:18 AM on 07.18.2012

Games games and games

Our event is fast approaching, in 4 days we are undertaking something rarly attempted. 24 hours of board gaming on July 21-22nd. We have Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Bang, Star Wars Monopoly, Formula De, Hero Quest, Risk, Battlestar Galactica, Shadows over Camelot, Game of Thrones, Galaxy Trucker & many more. It has been proven to be a bit of a logistical nightmare as we are still waiting on parts for the streaming component. Having a massive charity event that I've been rebuilding from the ground up has been a bit more challenging then I thought.
But it is all worth it as many sleepless nights as I've had, and with the budding ulcer that I am sure is developing I wouldn't change anything in the world. This is the fun part and I would like to invite everyone who listens to my rambling to join us. You can find the stream at our twitch TV page: http://www.twitch.tv/retro_transmission or through our Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benefit-Evil/146541672056107. It should be a fun time as we get slowly sleep deprived.   read


6:18 PM on 06.06.2012

Nothing going to keep me down

The other day I had an major accomplishment in my zombie survival plan. I reached the prestigious milestone of running non-stop for 2 miles. How does this pertain to a zombie outbreak? I figure as long as I am faster then the guy next to me I won't get bitten... at least not right away.
This is a big deal because i have entered the Run for your lives zombie marathon and will be doing a 5k with obstacles all while zombies chase you. What better way to train for the coming zombie apocalypse then practice scenarios. If you are interested in my journey you can follow me and my charity on our facebook page.
Until next time, stay watchful for those pesky zombies.   read


8:27 PM on 05.30.2012

Big Things on the Horizon

Another week has gone by and it seems like their just isn't enough time to get everything ready. Their are people to invite, invitations to make, and zombies to slaughter. I hope people have a zombie plan in place because there have been several news stories as of late that are a bit disturbing. We have a guy who was eating human flesh and then took seven shots to take down... I think its time to start preparing for that zombie apocalypse if you haven't already.
For those of you who do not know in about two months (July 21-22) the Benefit Evil group is going to be hosting a 24 hour board game event. You can find us at BenefitEvil.com for all the action. The game list is coming along nicely with a good mix of games from the past 3 decades. If any of you are interested in joining us please visit our website and like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benefit-Evil/146541672056107). If you would like to see a particular game please let us know!   read


7:31 PM on 05.23.2012

The Zombies are Coming!

Since the last post the zombies had regrouped and attacked our base causing no end to our misery. Around mid day we finally drove them off, surveying the surrounding chaos I realized that we needed a way to boost morale. So in two months starting July 21st Benefit Evil will be hosting a 24 hour board game marathon. To help raise the team's morale join us in all of our craziness at http://retrotransmission.com/BenefitEvil/index.html   read


11:05 AM on 05.20.2012

This is What we do!

Benefit Evil is a fund raising event for Child's Play Charity. Our mission is to eradicate zombies, search for the survivors, and share a few laughs while the zombie apocalypse rages around us. Join us on Thursday November 29th as we play the Resident Evil series of games for 75 hours and act like fools so children all across the country can enjoy some small creature comforts while away from home. Find us at http://www.benefitevil.com/index.html http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benefit-Evil/146541672056107   read





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