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2:54 PM on 08.15.2014

P.T. is a playable teaser for the next Silent Hill title, also known as "Silent Hills", which is being made by Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima. The title will star Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead and The Boondock Saints. This sounds amazing! I haven't played a Silent Hill game since Silent Hill 2. I remember playing that on my Xbox and it is still the best survival horror game I have played. Here are my impressions of what I experienced playing P.T.


I played the teaser for about 15 minutes and it is weird, realistic and actually pretty scary. The first thing I noticed while playing this game is how simple and normal the house you're in seems. I don't like to assume things, but I assume they were using the Fox Engine and it looked great. I mean look at Norman Reedus in the picture above. That looks realistic! There is a radio playing in the background, which had a really odd transmission. They talk about who I assume were the previous owners of the house and how the husband murdered his wife. It was just twisted how the husband was able to commit a gross act like that.

My face when the woman in the bathroom popped out.

The doors really reminded me of the early Resident Evil titles when you transition from room to room. Every time I walked through a door in this teaser, I thought something was going to pop out. Well... that did happen and I screamed when I saw the face pop out of the bathroom door. The doors transitioning from loop to loop got slightly darker each time. When a door would close right before I was going to walk through it, the hairs on my body stood up because I thought something would be behind me. I was playing this teaser for the first time and I did not know what to expect; Kojima is a genius and del Toro is known for his works with horror films. They're the perfect duo.


The Slender man type figure, the woman who comes out of nowhere and the perfectly dark bathroom; All of these made the teaser that much better. I am sold on what Kojima and del Toro can accomplish with this series and I can't wait to have my friends play this so I can see their reactions. I don't normally get scared easily, but this teaser really went above and beyond and I am incredibly excited for Silent Hills. Have you played P.T.? If so, share your thoughts and your experiences!
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I am only twenty years old, but I have played a large number of video games throughout these twenty years. A few games way more than others - probably significantly more but I have played plenty of games nonetheless. For this blog, I thought I would list the three games I have played the most. The total number of hours I have played these three games are what determine my list. Without further adieu, enjoy!

Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction- When I first started playing Diablo 2, the expansion was already out so I'm going to include the expansion in the list. I played Diablo 2 over a 10-year period and it is the game I was addicted to. People have World of Warcraft, Skyrim, other games and I had Diablo 2. I played this game everyday for those 10 years. I had the best gear you could get for all of my characters, all of my characters were just under level 99 and I was in love with the game. I can't estimate how many hours I have put into Diablo 2, but I would guess the number is over 2,000 hours. Towards the latter years of my Diablo 2 experience, I didn't play as much. Maybe it was because I did the same thing over and over for years and it eventually became stale? I'm not sure to be honest. But I'll never forget doing Baal runs with my level 96 Blessed Hammer Paladin. The music? So much nostalgia, my friends. But that is another topic for another time.

Final Fantasy X- The Final Fantasy series is probably my first or second favorite video game series and Final Fantasy X is my favorite in the series.  Being the first Final Fantasy I played, I fell in love with the world of Spira and its characters. Every time I play it, I get lost in the wonderful settings that are complimented by the beautiful music, of course, composed by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu. I have played this game for roughly 500 hours in total. It's worth noting that I have played numerous files, but one file in particular is where I completed the game to its entirety (Ultimate weapons, Monster Arena, etc.), recording around 300 hours in that file. "To Zanarkand" - the track most affiliated with this game is my favorite piece of music ever. I could praise Final Fantasy X for hours.

Super Smash Bros. Melee- I can't tell you how many hours I have willingly poured into the Super Smash Bros. series, but Super Smash Bros. Melee - the second installment - is where I played this series the most. I remember playing everyday with my brothers and friends and never growing tired of the intense, fast-paced action. Link and Star Fox are my bread and butter, though I probably am atrocious at these games today, seeing as I haven't played one in years. But with Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U arriving in a few months, I plan on playing the older games again to prepare myself so I can kick some serious butt!. The nostalgia will burst in like the Kool-Aid man bursting through a wall.

What are some games you have played the most? Share your thoughts! I'd love to see what you guys have poured countless hours into. :D
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Like the title of this blog asks, does Nintendo's Wii U really deserve all the criticism it receives? Whenever I am reading through comments related to the Wii U, I always see people calling the Wii U a "joke" and people say, "it has no games." I am a Wii U owner, and a damn proud owner at that. I use my system more than I use my PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. I will admit that Nintendo has poorly marketed this console and has done a poor job at making the Wii U known as a legitimate home console for gamers, which has led to some issues I have with how Nintendo has put its console out there. But does it deserve to be the laughing stock while the PS4 and Xbox One receive far less criticism? I certainly don't believe so. Here are my thoughts.

Poor marketing: Over a span of two years, I have seen fewer than ten commercials for the Wii U. I also have not seen any advertisements at my local GameStop except for Mario Kart 8. If I am a casual gamer, how am I supposed to know that this console exists? For the commercials I did see, they were around families playing together in a casual manner. Who is your demographic, Nintendo? The families with young children? The gamer that has loved Nintendo for years, like myself? Establish whom this console is aimed towards! I have had friends come over and they did not even know what a Wii U was. These friends, who happen to play video games often, did not even know there was a new Nintendo console. A parent who walks into a store might not know the difference between the Wii and the Wii U. This is a huge issue for me. Nintendo has not provided the Wii U with an identity. Hopefully Nintendo will work on marketing the system - especially when Super Smash Bros. is ready to be released. I feel the major lack of marketing has greatly hurt the ability for the Wii U to sell. Look at the picture below. Are they still trying to attract casual gamers, or do they want the hardcore gamer?

Year One Comparisons: You could argue the Wii U had a pretty decent first year for games, though many of the games  - at least at launch - were ports of older games already released on other systems, which annoyed me because I wanted current ports or more exclusives ready at the system's launch. But aside from these ports, the Wii U had strong first party titles for its first year. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also have strong first year games that are continuing to grow. Why does the Wii U get ridiculed?

Wii U First Party Titles: New Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Wii U Third Party Titles: Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City.

Xbox One First Party Titles:  Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, Ryse: Son of Rome

Xbox One Third Party Titles: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thief, Titanfall, Watch_Dogs, Wolfenstein: The New Order

PlayStation 4 First Party Titles: Resogun, Outlast, Killzone: Shadowfall, Knack, Infamous: Second Son

PlayStation 4 Third Party Titles: NBA 2K14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Rayman: Legends

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for the most part have very similar third party libraries. Like the Wii U's third party games, a large number these games can be played on the previous generation of consoles, like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are getting remakes of games that aren't even five years old. The Last of Us: Remastered makes sense because people have bought PlayStation 4s and did not experience the game last year. But Sleeping Dogs? Metro Redux? I understand that developers are still trying to understand the hardware of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but I want new games; fresh, next generation games that will blow me away. Late 2014 and 2015 will 100% offer that, but I do not want my library to feature games I could have played a few years ago. The Wii U's third party games have the same issue, but why does the Wii U specifically get flak for having older games? It just does not make sense to me.

Can The Wii U Turn It Around? - I don't believe the Wii U will ever surpass the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in sales, but I do believe it can show life and can turn itself around with quality games, which will lead to sales. While this is entirely my opinion, I believe the the Wii U currently has a strong library and this year looks to have some good games to finish the year. Games like Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which looks ADORABLE and most importantly, Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be the biggest releases for the system. I personally think Hyrule Warriors will be successful because Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda have such large fan bases. Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be THE game to own this holiday season and will sell many consoles. 2015 looks even better for the system with games like Zelda Wii U, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Wooly World, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Mario Maker and more. The Wii U has games, people! My biggest issue with Nintendo, though, is the time between major releases. In February we received Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, in May we got Mario Kart 8 and we will get Hyrule Warriors in September. That is too long of a wait period between major releases on the Wii U. Hopefully Nintendo will fix this major annoyance. And hopefully if the system picks up sales and improves, third party support will grow and Nintendo will take advantage of third party games on their system.

Final Thoughts: I do believe the Wii U does deserve some of the criticism it receives, but it does not deserve to be the joke among the video game community. The Wii U, like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, has its issues. The system has games, is getting games and is not a flop. These are simply my thoughts on why I feel the Wii U does not deserve to be the punching bag. Share your thoughts!
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The Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Nintendo Wii generation - also called the "last generation" for games - has had a large impact on me both as a passionate video game fan and as a person. The last generation is where I grew the most in the aforementioned aspects. I learned to appreciate narratives more in video games, rather than simply relying on action based games with poorly told stories. I developed a love for what I experienced with each game. Perhaps as I grew older and matured, I learned to appreciate the beauty in video games? I don't exactly know. But I do know that there are a number of games from the previous generation that caused me to feel moments of happiness, sadness and many more emotions, which was weird at first because I never thought video games could cause me to have legitimate feelings for people that were not friends and family. The most important thing is that video games made me feel immersed in their respective worlds and I legitimately cared for the characters I played as. I no longer viewed video games as a simple hobby to take my mind off of life for a bit; I began to view video games as art. Anyways, enough with the rambling. These are three of my favorite games from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Nintendo Wii generation.

Metal Gear Solid 4- I know the Metal Gear Solid series can get incredibly confusing. But when you know the stories and the characters, the series becomes that much stronger. I played MGS4 (Metal Gear Solid 4) a few years after its release. Leading up to this epic game, I completed Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 and 3 and studied the original Metal Gear titles so I could understand everything prior to MGS4. Within the first five minutes, I immediately fell in love with the setting for MGS4. That OctoCamo? Badass, my friends. The story was gripping for me, even as a standalone story. But because I was so invested in the characters throughout the series (Even though Metal Gear Solid 3 did not invoke Solid Snake), I felt much more attached in an emotional sense. Spoilers: That final fight against Liquid Snake was something else. When they played the songs from the previous Metal Gear Solid installments, chills ran through my body. And at the end when Solid Snake met Big Boss after attempting suicide, tears ran down my face. Metal gear Solid 4 was the perfect ending to the perfect soldier.

The Mass Effect Trilogy- Bioware has created some of my favorite games ever - Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins. Mass Effect, in particular, is my favorite among their works because space fascinates me. The idea that humans found technology, which was able to thrust them 200 years into the future, was an awesome premise for a video game. Role-playing games are my favorite genre in video games, so Mass Effect felt right at home when I played it. The worlds (quite literally) in Mass Effect were unique and different from one another. There were many races, all with different origins, political views and interesting people. The characters were my favorite part of the Mass Effect trilogy. Some characters would travel with you across all three games, others only for one game. But these characters all had back stories and different issues they had to face. Like Commander Shepard, I grew to love these characters. They trusted you and you trusted them. I prefer a smaller cast to grow attached to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the larger group you of people who join Shepard through the trilogy. That was the beauty of Mass Effect and I hope to experience that joy and emotion again with future games.

The Last of Us- Last (Pun intended) but certainly not least, the greatest video game I have ever played. I have written about this game before and my love for it. But The Last of Us - at least for me - is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It has a deep story with complex characters, the world feels realistic and it features a beautiful score to mix this beautiful package together. No other game has given me an experience like the one The Last of Us gave me. I kept wondering why certain characters did or said certain things, I felt so attached to the protagonists and the world. It was amazing seeing how Joel and Ellie learned from each other and how their relationship grew. The scene where Joel and Ellie encounter the giraffes was so beautiful and completely unexpected for me; the second time a video game has caused tears to stream down my face. I felt bad completing this game in less than a week. But because I was so immersed and in love, I could not hold back. The second I completed the game, I played through it again. The picture below epitomizes what The Last of Us means to me.

The Xbox 360/PlayDtation 3/Nintendo Wii generation is quite possibly my favorite generation of video games. I have so many great memories and I hope to grow new memories with the new consoles and new games we will be receiving. There are so many amazing titles. Honorable mentions include Dragon Age: Origins, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Dead Space and many more. What are some of your favorite games from the previous generation? Share your thoughts!
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There are a number of popular games, or well-received games that many people like, but I don't. These games are by no means "bad" games; they are games that I did not enjoy as much as other people because I could not get into them, I did not understand the praise, or they just weren't my type of game. I appreciate these games, but I am not a fan of these games listed. Here we go!

Call of Duty: I respect the Call of Duty series and I was a long time fan at one point. But these games, at least for me, have become boring and repetitive. My annoyance with the series stems from the newest (not so new) installment, Call of Duty: Ghosts. I recently bought a PlayStation 4 from someone, and one of the games I received was Call of Duty: Ghosts. I played about three missions in the campaign, and about ten matches online and this solidified my feeling towards the series. I love when a shooter has a strong story, but those are few and far between. I feel like Call of Duty: Ghosts tried too hard to be something it is not - a popular online shooter with a story that is worth remembering. Call of Duty is known for its competitive multiplayer and I felt bored with its online. Maybe I'm the only person who feels this way? I don't know. I understand why people love these games, but they aren't for me anymore. I prefer story driven games these days.

Tearaway: This game has been highly praised and has reviewed very well. Tearaway is very unique and Media Molecule has done a great job creating an upbeat, joyous adventure. But I could not get into this game. I know it sounds crazy because I am praising the game for being unique and intriguing, but it honestly was difficult to play. The objective of the game is basically to deliver a message to yourself while you play as a piece of paper. Iota, or Atoi the main character, depending on which gender you choose, embarks on a special journey and helps many people along the way. That sounds perfect for me because I love helping others and going on unique adventures. What could possibly be wrong with this game? I hate sounding negative, but I felt bored while playing Tearaway. Maybe it simply does not appeal to me? Probably. I wanted to finish the game instead of being placed into areas that pushed me further from the destination. I understand why people can like this game. It just wasn't for me.

World of Warcraft: I tried World of Warcraft and I liked what I played, but I felt incredibly overwhelmed. It could be because I'm 10 years late to the party, but there was just so much to do and I didn't know where to begin. I would have needed at least three months to better understand the hype and the praise. Perhaps one month isn't a fair judgment for a game this massive, but I could not get hooked in that amount of time. I really do wish I could enjoy it more, but even a few friends who are into this MMO said it takes a long time. Maybe, sometime in the future, I will play World of Warcraft again and truly lose myself in the incredible world the game offers. Again, it is nothing against the game; it's the fact that I'm playing it way later than I should have.

I feel bad that I could not enjoy these games like others have. I do not believe the games I listed are "bad", they're just games that did not appeal to me for whatever reason. Every person has different tastes in games, movies, etc. and I respect everyone's feelings regarding what they like or dislike. What are some games that many people enjoy but do not appeal to you? Share your thoughts!
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All of my life I have loved video games. But when and where did this love begin? Well, it started with my first video game console and my earliest memories on the Nintendo 64. I don't usually talk about the Nintendo 64, but this blog, at least for nostalgic purposes and for an admiration of the console, will include my memories and feelings on the Nintendo 64. I would not love video games if it were not for my amazing parents and my awesome brothers. I love you, you awesome people!

My first experiences with video games are because I grew up with older brothers. Around age four or five, I got my first taste of the legendary Nintendo 64. At the time, this was the only video game system I knew of. I did not know about the NES, the SNES, the Sega Genesis, etc. I thought Nintendo was a company that made an awesome home console and I did not know until later how innovative Nintendo was and how impressive their track record was. Looking back in retrospect, it's funny when your parent refers to every video game console as "that Nintendo game" because that was the most popular name in video games at the time.

My brothers and myself put a colossal amount of time into some of the best games on the Nintendo 64. One memory was experiencing the magical world of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I have so many great memories  playing that masterpiece with my brothers. We beat the hell out of that game and to this day, that is my favorite game ever. I remember playing Goldeneye and Perfect Dark against my brothers and against computers. Rare was a powerhouse in the 90s! I was not as good as my brothers when it came to competitive games, but I still had so much fun. Very recently, one of my brothers and myself played the original Super Smash Bros. for fun and memories from prior times came rushing through my mind. We used to play that game for hours on end - never growing tired of the same game modes over and over again. With the biggest smile on my face, playing the game over ten years later, I got to experience those memories of Super Smash Bros. again. StarFox 64 is also a game we played through well over 100 times. Trying to beat each other's scores and clear each level without getting hit added so much depth to my experiences with the game. "Do a barrel roll!" will stick with me for years. One little phrase like that is funny, but it also means so much to me because I think of bonding with my brothers with video games.

The Nintendo 64 was not just a great console with great games - it was the system that began my love for games. I made my way to other video game consoles and made more memories as I grew older, but none of those memories will ever compare to the ones I have from the Nintendo 64 era with my brothers. The Nintendo 64 is the reason why I want to be in the video game industry in some form. The Nintendo 64 is also why I am excited for the future so I can introduce video games to my child. I want to gain new memories sharing my passion with those I love and I want others to gain memories with people they love. Whether it is an NES or a PlayStation 4, people should play games to have fun and to create memories because video games are a beautiful medium.

What are some of your earliest memories with video games? Share your thoughts!
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