I had read an article about A "Video Game Church" over at the Dtoid Facebook Group.
While I did find the post amusing, it did bother me a bit, which resulted in this comment, and a reply:
A Good point and counterpoint, and I came up with a good reply (and so there is no confusion, this is a general chit-chat you are reading - I'm not pissed off at anybody)
This is the reply below, but I want to add more to it here, because FB has a text limit:
I have nothing against his religious beliefs, or anyone's personal views: to each his/her own. It's just that - a video game is a video game. In the 80's the Video game industry was leveled by pumping crappy games into the market...Now, I feel like the same thing is happening, but with real-life situations being thrown into the mix.
There is nothing wrong with a little realism in games, but I think we take it way too far sometimes. "over-sexualizing women", lack of over-sexualizing men, this shouldn't be like this or that, etc.
A Video Game is a work of art. It's OK to embellish reality to suit the needs of the GAME, provided it doesn't go to far and has a purpose therein.
The same can be said for movies: A naked woman showing up out of nowhere without rhyme or reason is just silly - the same ideal can apply to games too.
This article really resonated with me, because of the game I'm making. There is gonna be a part of the story that will involve boobs, but it will have a purpose to the story. As a matter of fact, the way I have the storyline planned out, it will be more funny than offensive, and it actually plays an active part to the game. I know that some of you will find it cheesy (and I'm sure that those in question might be a mix of men and women), but It will be done with tact and cunning.
And I won't be doing it the way I want because I don't want to offend people, I'm doing it because that is how my story is written. It should surprise you, it should make you laugh, and maybe shed a tear or two.
That's how good Video games...no, that is what makes ANY game a great game to play.
It's one of the main reasons I love Indie games so much - they are creative because they are the game designer's vision: it isn't about appealing to the easily offended - that is what hurts a game more than anything. It's about expressing one's vision for a game.
I'll say it till my dying breath: "A game is a game. You play it, you enjoy it, you have fun. It's an escape from reality, not an extension of reality. Leave your real life issues at the door, pick up that controller, press start and enjoy."
If you want to read that article that I read, you can click here. I welcome your comments. Now if you'll excuse me, I have art to make and a vision to complete.
About 2 months ago, I mentioned that I was getting into the Indie Game Dev business...but I forgot to update you all on my progress thus far.
So, here's what been going on...
I have spent the last 2 months trying to learn how to use RPG Maker VX ACE Lite, and I'm making good progress. I've also been writing the storyline and building towns and characters too.
The Game also has a title: "The Adventures of Sam and Hunni" - catchy, isn't it?
This is the City I was working on for the game, when I started out:
And here it is now: 80% Finished:
The Town is named Cellno, and it is the Home and locale of our heroine's shop.
Even though it took 2 months to make the progress I've done, I've still got a long ways to go. I'm really glad of what I've done, and I'm only encouraged to keep on going.
I'm having fun making this game.
I'm working on making the intro and building the cutscenes, which I have learned are WAY too short - I get why there is so much dialog in a RPG now.
The One thing that won't be going into any game is crap that isn't needed.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention that I have a Tumblr blog for all the updates on this and all my future games: PBMgames.tumblr.com, and there is a twitter as well: @PlayBoyManGames.
If you have any ideas, suggestions, want to offer help, etc., feel free to chime in. I'm making this game for my fellow gamers (That's you guys), and I value any input and/or assistance you guys can offer.
Oh yes, I went there. I watched Mircosoft's reveal of their newest “Gaming Console”, which they foolishly called the “Xbox One”. I'm pretty sure that most of us all over the world were saying the same thing all at once:
And no one would blame you for doing so. There are so many things wrong with this device. Microsoft calls it the next gen console and it's an “all in one” device – NOTHING can be further form the truth.
First off, next gen devices have a Next Gen feel and design. That means the device mustn’t look like something you have seen before in the past.
The Xbox One looks a lot like a combination of VCR's and DVD Players I've owned throughout the years. I mean look at it:
It looks like the love child of a Fat-PS3, A Betamax Player, a Toshiba VCR from the 1990's, and the First Gen DVD players when they hit the market (Those bastards were huge, btw), and the gene pool was too funky for anything good-looking to come out as a result.
Who would seriously take this as a next-gen device? Where the hell would you put it in your house where it WON'T get in the way? It's big and clunky, and I swear it might be able to play my old VHS Cassettes if I push the right buttons. You can fit an Xbox 360 inside of it. Damn.
Let's move on to the 2nd biggest issue I, and many others have with this mash up of fail: The NAME.
“Xbox ONE”?! Really?
I don't know about you, but when I hear that name, I think of the first ORIGINAL Xbox:
You see, when something is the first, is should get the number 1, because it's the first in of its kind in a series. The same thing goes with the iPhone – when the second one came out, it was called the iPhone 2. This continues whenever you make a never version of any product or device. The Xbox 360 may not have been called the Xbox 2, but we all knew it was the 2nd in the series of Xbox consoles.
And now, after all this time, Microsoft calls the 3rd console in the Xbox line the “Xbox One”, instead of something like, oh I don't know, Xbox 3? or how about the Xbox 720? A lot of gamers and tech news services called the latest Xbox the Xbox 720. You don't go back to 1, because it wasn't the first console. You are supposed to go UP in the version number, and keep going up in the number.
Are they gonna do this with the next version of their PC Operating System? The current one is called Windows 8, does that mean the new one is gonna be called “Windows 6”? I'm serious here. It's just dumb.
In addition of making devices that look like they belong in sci-fi movies from the 1980's and giving them dumb names, they love embracing two things gamers all over the world don't like very much nowadays: EA and DRM.
EA is the biggest fail-horse in the gaming world. So many bad moves and choices, and apparently, Microsoft is taking to them like a fish to water. If you were one of the unfortunate number of people who wasted an hour of their time not doing anything good by watching the reveal, you would know that EA wants to make a ton of Sport games for the Xbox One.
FIFA, NBA, NFL, Racing, and maybe a Hockey game, were the “major” highlights of the whole presentation. What about the rest of us who don't even PLAY these games? Where are the Action and Platformer Games? Puzzle Games? RPGs? Adventure Games, perhaps? Anyone? Anyone?
And then, as if this golden nugget of WTF couldn't get any bigger and smellier, they pump the fail box full of DRM.
From what I know (And readers please correct me if I am wrong), Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid. This KILLS the used games market.
The damn thing is trying to be everything to everyone, and it fails big time. There is nothing wrong with a device or gadget that can do many things, but all of it's features cannot overshadow its primary purpose.
It's supposed to be a gaming console, first and foremost. All I heard about was how you can manage your Netflix account, and/or be on a Skype call while you are either watching TV or playing a game. I don't know about you, but When I'm watching TV or playing a game, the phone is not within reach, and I like it like that.
Its a household device that allows you to do all the things you do on your computer without leaving your living room, and can play games when you are bored with all of that mess.
And NOW the Xbox can play Blu-Ray Movies! WOW! It can play a medium that has been around since 1999! How cool is that?! It's not cool. Not at all.
We don't know about how good the gameplay is (Cinematics, is NOT gameplay btw), how much it costs, and why indie developers are snubbed from making their games available on the damn thing.
On the other hard, when you think about all the shortcomings I've mentioned, that's more like a blessing in disguise.
THIS, my fellow Dtoiders, is what happens when businesses, developers, and designers stop listening to the needs and demands of their customers, and just start focusing WAY too hard on the money and the Intellectual Property rights of publishers, which are only threatened by the stupid ideas like this.
The only people I can see buying this ridiculous console, are mega noobs with really a poor sense of design and context. No offense.
We are gamers. We are Geeks and Nerds. We are not a minority, and we are not stupid....We are a way of life, and Microsoft is insulting all of us with this craziness of a device they have come up with.
It's just a bad product all-around, and I'd rather wait for the PlayStation 4 instead.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off – I love that film.
Btw - the Original Xbox was beautiful.
For those of you who are new to the scene, I am a caster on Twitch.tv.
My twitch username is GodOfKonckers. It's supposed to be GodOfKnockers (spelled n-o, not o-n), but that is what I get for typing way too fast, and drinking coffee all at the same time.
I don't stream much, but when I do, I rock it like a boss. I play Retro games and indie games, not because I LOVE them, but because my Capture Device is a true pain in the neck, and that is putting it nicely.
Now, I don't have a webcam, but I DO have YouTube clips of my gameplay.
Here is a highlight of one of my streaming sessions from May 14th, (Runtime 12 Minutes, NSFW):
Was that not cool, and funny as hell? Yes? I think so too.
Now as for that crappy capture card...I have a Hauppauge HD PVR - the one with the air intake vents on the bottom, and no exit vents on the top. It overheats a lot, the Capture software seldom captures the dimensions properly (Its set to capture in 16x9, and it stretches it to 4x3), and even though it hasn't happened lately, the capture software crashes so bad that I have no choice to reinstall Windows 7 AND ALL THE APPS I USE.
Can the Technical Support for the damn thing help me? Nope. They don't even know what causes the crash in the first place, and reinstalling everything is the only thing that works.
And that sucks so much, because I have a PS2 and a TON of games, but the PC I'm on is not strong enough for the PS2 Emulator, and I play Classic Nintendo better on the Psychical Console anyways (Yes, I have the original 8Bit NES).
I could really use a new capture card, because I REALLY want to play PS2 games for the masses. I have over 100 games for that lovely console, and many of them are just kickass. Can you imagine me playing Resident Evil 4?
I'm good at it. I love that game. Hell, I plan on playing it after I finish this essay.
I play a lot of games, and I'd love to expand on that list. Streaming was something I had never considered before, and now that I have been doing it, I can't imagine my day without it. It's fun, and I have met some really cool people both on Twitch and DTiod.
It would be hella cool to win that card - and even if I don't win, that's OK too. It won't stop me from streaming and having fun.
Before I go, I think I'll post one more clip of my gameplay. CastleVania (NES):
But, despite how good the blog is, I did take issue with one part of the article: Realism.
I was gonna Comment on the article, but there is an error with Disqus. I couldn't login and post a comment, so I'm gonna copypasta my comment here instead:
[b] "A Good read, but I take issue on the realism concept. A Video Game is a work of art and fiction. The Second we start trying to or continue to pursue realism into a work of fiction, it stops being artistic, and becomes boring.
I'm going into Indie Game design, and I can tell you right now: there will be zero realism in any game I make. I have always seen Video Games as a work of art and fantasy, because that is what they are. Realism should only be in the graphics, visuals, and the movement on the characters in the game...nothing more.
If anyone wants more realism than that, then go outside and enjoy life. When Life starts to become boring, come back inside and escape into the fantasy world of Video Games." [/b]
Now If you'll excuse me, I'm gonna get back to a pimping mission I've got running in GTA:LCS - The Johns aren't treating my ladies right, and I gotta problem with that.
UPDATE: Esquire has moved the Rebranding to the Summer instead of Next week.
So, this is it....
This is the final week of G4TV's Existence. Beginning next week, the rebranding begins. G4 will change to the Esquire Network.
I know very little about the changes, but here is what I got:
There are only 2 shows that I know of that are "Original" from the new network.
The First one is "Knife Fight"
I know right?! It sounds really good, doesn't it? You are probably thinking of a bunch of guys fighting each other with knives, am I right?
I hate to disappoint you - but "Knife Fight" is a, wait for it.....Cooking Competition. Yes, a Cooking Competition. This guy is a chef (I forget his name) who invites his famous celebrity friends to judge the meals made by 4 chefs, who are all using weird-ass ingredients.
So....It's a lot like "Chopped" on the Food Network, but with an audience and no 10,000 Bucks to win.
The Second show is called "The Getaway"
Celebs travel to remote locations and enjoy the local cultures.
It sounds a lot like E!' "Wild on...", HDNet's (Now known as AXS TV) "Get Out!" and a Show on The Travel Channel called "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches (2009)", Starring Bridget Marquardt, except the hosts aren't in skimpy bikini's doing photo shoots.
*Sighs* how I miss those shows. "Get Out" was Crazy good. Should've recorded those episodes more often.
Anyway, Those are currently the ONLY TWO SHOWS THEY'VE DONE.
Cue up WTF Cat:
And we move on....to shows that will be on the network, after being on other networks.
The Shows that are gonna fill up the void the network currently has are shows that we have already seen before on other networks:
"Party Down", which was on the Starz Network for only 2 seasons before getting the axe, 20 episodes in all and "Parks and Recreation", which is still on NBC in the latter half of its fifth season.
Both shows will supposedly air in 3 hour blocks 8pm-11pm, so I have heard.
Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior is going to be aired like a mofo this coming Monday and Tuesday, along with "Cops", and Movies that don't suck.
To fill up the late night hours, "Quantum Leap" and Knight Rider will run from midnight to 4am, and from 4am to 9am, Paid Programming and crappy Phone sex ads. Yay!
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" was supposed to air on the coveted 7pm EDT Time slot, but it won't show up until the Summer. I call the time slot coveted, because that is the time my beloved "Attack of the Show" aired.
The only thing that hasn't changed, is the Airing of the now defunct (And equally just as good as AOTS), XPlay, Which STILL gets aired at the 6:30pm Time Slot, along with the g4tv.com website (Although it is very barren right now).
So just as I, and most of you thought was going to happen, is actually going to happen.
G4 is going from a Channel that had only 2 really good shows on it, to a channel that is going to contain a mash-up of different shows that we have seen on other networks.
Will I be watching? I'd rather try swallowing a pocket knife in one gulp, with the blade sticking out.
I was thinking of downgrading my cable service to save some cash, now I have a valid reason to do so.
Goodbye G4. It was fun.
To help ease the pain of what you all just read, and to help ease the sting we are going to get next week, Here is a pic of Former Playboy Playmate Sara Jean Underwood, dressed as a stormtrooper, washing a car:
Seeing that I am going into the business of making Video Games and apps, there are a few things I'd like to say....
One: The Game I'm working on is going to be 100% DRM-Free - No Steam or Desura or that shitty EA Origin. And even IF the game or any future games make it to Steam, The Price is not Gonna break your wallet.
Second...if my game should find its way to The Pirate Bay, or any other Torrent site, Fine by me. If its a Paid game or free, Share away...I'm not gonna sic the Cops on you, or call the lawyers. Even though I want to make money from this, I want everyone to play my games more. The "Making Money" part is a pleasant side effect, and will always come second in my mission statement.
I have a great idea for a game, and I'm giving it form as we speak, so you all can play it. Just have fun, is Mission #1
Now if you'll excuse me, Time to start building my game, which now involves A bag full of Pens. Yes, you read that correctly. read
As of Today, I, PlayBoyMan, aka GodOfKonckers, am throwing my hat into the ring of Game Development. That's a fancy way of saying I'm making a game. For Serious.
I've always had a passion for playing Video Games. Been playing them since I was 4. And now, after 30 years of gaming, I figured its high time I started making them. It's always been a dream of mine to make a video game, and now with all the technology we have nowadays, I'm going to give that dream form.
I'm making an RPG game for the PC, using RPG Maker VX Ace Lite on Steam. I would buy the full version of RPG Maker VX ACE, but its pricey, and as despite my best efforts, I can't crap money – just crap. Damn it. That high fiber diet did nothing for me. Expect lose weight, which was nice.
Anyway, because I can't buy this software right now, the game will be a non-commercial title, which I'll distribute myself. I'll be giving the game away for free. I might get a kickstarter going, once I figure out how much it'll all cost to make the game a commercial product, and try to get it on Steam, and maybe Desura. – Sidenote: The Commercial price of this game is not going to break you. No $60 titles from me. Ya hear that, EA?
I'll tell you some of the story which I'm working on as we speak:
“You play as a Woman named Sam (Yeah that's right, a WOMAN). She is a baker, who is enjoying her life running her bakery in a close knit town, and growing the sticky-icky for sale and leisure in the back (Liking this game already, aren't you?).
One day, she gets a mysterious package on the storefront's step. After receiving this strange package, her life gets turned upside-down, as she is chased and tormented by an unseen force.”
Not bad, yes?
If you want to help out, feel free – Money, resources, spreading the word – However you want to help out, go for it. This is a game I'm making for my fellow gamers out there – I value and welcome your support.
This is the part where I tell you the release date for this game, but I won't. It'll be done when It's done.
PLEASE....no Duke Nukem Forever Jokes.
Yesterday, on the DToid Facebook, a lovely posting appeared for a really really, REALLY good game called "Bomberine".
It's a Browser game, that is in beta. It's coded in HTML 5, and plays great.
For serious, it's a great way to waste time and lose productivity any time if the day.
No, I'm not joking, this game is crazy fun. Here's how it plays out (From what I can tell):
You are a Bomberman (That's Not a typo, I'll explain in a bit), and your goal is to mine for gold and treasures buried in blocks of dirt and, well...blocks. You play each game in rounds, each one lasting 20 minutes at a time.
Sounds boring right? It's not, I haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet -
You start with the ability to plant one bomb at a time, and you move as slow as a snail. Thankfully there are powerups all over the place.
Bombs icons which give you more bombs that you can lay down at one time, Powerups that look like orange fireballs with a face, which increase the power of your bombs, and there are these "Radio Bombs" - Bombs you can blow up ON COMMAND.
There are powerups for speed, and a powerup that can help save most of your powerups if you die and come back (Without it you go back to square one when you die).
Oh, and you can play with others. You can become groups of teams of 4, and just have fun bombing others.
Which brings us to the amazing part of all....As you, yes you, the guy or gal who is reading this blog, will be play with other players: 999 Other players.
You damn right - 1000 people are playing the bombermine game - at the same time.
At first, the game is a little "Ok...yeah I get it Web browser version spoof of Bomberman", but after a few minutes you are saying, "This game is Hella COOL!!!!! YAY!!!!"
Oh, and here is a screenshot of the game:
Looks crazy good, huh? It is. BELIEVE me it is so fun.
Its free to play, and as I said before, it's fun. There is a whole bunch of other things I didn't mention here, and you should go and play this amazing game.
Yeah that's right - If your an Xbox Kinect owner, I strongly feel that you wasted your money on a bad product idea, or what is commonly know as a Gimmick.
Wow hold on - before you get out the pitchforks and rip me a new....anything, there is a few valid points I'd like to make first as to WHY I think that.
The First thing that sucks about the Kinect is: YOU are the controller.
What the ...???
I am the controller? No, I am the Player, i.e. Gamer - you know, the person that is playing the game the Kinect was made to run with. If I have to stand or sit a certain way just to play a game, Its not worth my time.
For serious, how hard is it to make a handheld controller? All you have to do is put buttons in places that aren't hard to reach, and feels comfortable in my hands. Does that sound hard? NO.
Does Microsoft make it hard to do that? In this case, YES.
You know that Madden game that is out? It uses both the Kinect AND Xbox Controller together.
The Mic in the Kinect allows the player to issue calls by voice command to the teams, and the controller allows you to control your character. But check this: You can call those same commands with your controller. Your Handheld controller. THE CONTROLLER IN YOUR HANDS.
That is the major issue I have with the Kinect - It's very limited to what it's for. And not every game made to use the Kinect is a slam dunk like Madden is (btw, that's ONE of TWO games I think it's good for), there are other games that don't use it well at all.
Four Words: Steel. Battalion: Heavy. Armor.
To help quickly prove my point I've posted a link to the review of the Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor game from XPlay. Yes, that's the show got cancelled on G4, just like G4 got cancelled from my list of channels to watch on my TV - Yeah, I went there.
And to make sure there is no confusion (and just in case the G4 website goes poof from the internets), here is a snapshot of the written review of the game from the website itself:
Now there is a understandable, and barely acceptable usage for the Kinect I can accept - Just Dance 4.
I will admit, that people do like to dance, myself included and it's nice to be able to do so, without dealing with all the crap and BS you would find in a Nightclub, and I guess you could say its a good idea to get up off your lazy butt and get moving.
So, why to I barely accept this? That Question brings me to the second reason the XBox Kinect is a waste of money:
People get hurt!
We've seen the video on youtube - this is a thing:
It is very easy to get hurt using the Kinect - and not a lot of people will follow the directions on how to use the Kinect to avoid this, so 9 times out of 10 - things like this will happen:
Do you know how many times this would happen with a regular controller? Never. Zero. None. Nada. If you give me a number higher than zero, you will be officially declared the worst liar in gaming history.
And I didn't want to go there with this, but I am trying to make a point:
For those of you who have never seen that clip before, the kid was fine. She is OK.
But we can't ignore the fact that this kind of crap never happened with a handheld controller. I've never knocked anyone out with a controller, and I've been gaming for 3 decades.
And I don't feel old saying that either.
My Final thought - man, I just don't see a real big need to own a Kinect, and even though the technology behind it is cool, the application for it....not so much.
It's just another gimmick you don't need, taking up space that could be put to more important use - like keeping your porn dvd's, or a bowl of condoms. Yeah, that kind of stuff.
And if you lol'd at that poor kid getting smacked in the face by accident - for shame. What is wrong with you? Call Dr. Phil.
In my last blog post, which in the blogosphere is still warm, I talk briefly about the chipin web service going bye bye.
Today however, As I was wondering how to place a paypal link on my twitch page, I went thru my twitter page, and saw that I got a tweet from a user named @ImRaising:
Curious, I told them I'd give them a follow, to which received a reply:
Knowing that a there is a website now, I shot over to ImRaising.com, and was this very welcome intro to the service:
If you can't read the text in the image, I'll paste it here:
[center][i]A New Movement
Friends, For three months, we've worked tirelessly on I'm Raising. For three months, we've kept everything a secret. But now, as you're well aware, the secret is out: I'm Raising, the ChipIn alternative, is coming, and it's coming fast. We've announced I'm Raising abruptly, and understandably, it's worried some of you. I'm here to hopefully alleviate some of that concern. Let me start by making something clear: We had no intention of announcing I'm Raising so quickly. We wanted to send I'm Raising off with a pat on its head, but instead, we were forced to send it off with a jet pack. You see, once we heard that ChipIn was closing on March 7, 2013, we had to move, and we had to move fast. So, here we are. This is us moving. You're reading this letter, and we're building our site, bit by bit. We probably won't sleep tonight, we probably won't eat tonight, but come tomorrow, you'll understand everything, and I mean everything. I'm Raising marks a new movement in internet fundraising—one that's personal, one that's powerful. It's time for a new service, and ours is three months in the making. Friends, it's time for I'm Raising. Our demo goes live on February 6, 2013 at 6 pm PST (-8 GMT)! All we ask is that you give us a chance. Thank you, Ethan Smith, Media Coordinator In the mean time, please check out our Release Schedule and Features.[/i] [/center]
The Live Demo goes live TONIGHT at 9pm PST, which is less than a couple of hours away.
Jump over there and lets see what this service has to offer.
Not long ago (40 Minutes as of this posting), I found out that the chipin.com website is closing it's doors for good. On March 7, 2013, chipin is hanging it up. It's blowing the set. It's laying down. CLOSING.
Here is a statement from the main site:
[b][i]Thanks For All The ChipIns
February 4, 2013
InMobi will continue to own and hold on to the ChipIn brand, domain, and technology.
As of the date of this notice it will no longer be possible to create new accounts or ChipIns. Those with existing accounts will still be able to log in, copy and export data, manage ChipIns, update ChipIn pages, and accept contributions until the End Date. Chipin.com was started in 2005 as an easy way for individuals to raise money collectively and was one of the pioneers in this field. In six years Chipin.com helped thousands of users raise millions from contributors for wide-ranging purposes, including heart surgeries, pet adoptions, college graduation, disaster funds and much more.
Thank you for being part of the ChipIn community! It is gratifying to know that it has made a positive difference for many.
Now for some twitch users, chipin was an easy way to drum up cash for projects and donations people were supporting and working on.
I, was for a brief time, a Chipin user. I just came up with some chipins - two of them. The First was for Getting money to buy Steam games (I'm a broke bastard man), and the other was to get a couple of graphics cards for my Dell Optiplex 745 PC.
Games + Graphics cards = More Games to play on Twitch. Nice Idea right?
But now, after reading this statement from Chipin, which I really don't think was up and running Feb. 4th, but may have been (I don't pay Attention to that kind of stuff anyways), I can't help but feel pissed off over this.
I JUST STARTED USING THE SERVICE[i]
It was all setup on my Twitch page, and it looked really good for the few days I was using it.
I know this isn't a big deal, and there is a fix for this (PayPal), It just really sucks that I have to work on my twitch page some more.