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2 Free Games and JayzTwoCents Giveaway! GET THEM NOW BEFORE THEY ARE GONE!

Hey guys! Epic games has 2 free games this week. Rogue Company Epic Pack and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure! This deal is available over at Epic Games.

Meanwhile, tech channel JayzTwoCents is teaming up with NZXT to offer 2 winners a NZXT Streaming Plus Build and a microphone!
Check that video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w97bjcRwWDU
Both of these deals don’t have much longer to go so get them now while you can.

These deals are almost over so be quick if you are interested. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Adding A Gamecube Game to the Collection!

Hey guys. Admittedly this video was recorded a month or two ago. But I added a new Gamecube game to the collection, Zoocube.

I planned to do a breakdown of what this meant for the collection but I’ve gotten games for the Gamecube since this video. So maybe in another video.

Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/om1WA0AQ3wM

Thank you guys for reading and have a great day! What games are you guys currently collecting or going for? Let me know in the comments below!

Check out Humble Bundle for some awesome discounted video games! (Get Borderlands, Bioshock. Soul Calibur VI, Sonic Mania and many more!)

Hey guys. I’ve been at work all day so I’m having to do this post from my phone. So sorry if it isn’t as in depth as my other humble bundle post. Feel free to watch my video I posted on the topic here: https://youtu.be/eR1CpU56lOw

First up is the Aspyr Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/aspyr-25th-anniversary?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_2_c_aspyr25thanniversary_bundle.

This Bundle is highlighted by Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection and Bioshock Infinite.

Next up is the Fighters Bundle:

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/fighting-juggernauts-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_2_layout_type_threes_tile_index_1_c_fightingjuggernautsbundle_bundle

This Bundle has a lot of good fighting games from Soul Calibur to Mortal Kombat XL.

Lastly, is the Sonic 30th Anniversary bundle:

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/sonic-30th-anniversary-bundle?hmb_source=&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_3_c_sonic30thanniversarybundle_bundle

So there you go. 3 awesome game bundles and 2 more I didn’t even spotlight so make sure you head over to Humble Bundle and check out these sweet bundles.

Thanks for reading and have a great day guys!

Start November Off With Free Video Games! (Free and Discounted Games Vis Steam, Amazon Games and Epic Games)

November is upon us. Let’s look at some sweet game deals! (Some are free).

Speebots

Speebot - SteamSpy - All the data and stats about Steam games

For $5.99 you get a sweet adorable fun looking 3D platformer. If you enjoy New Super Lucky Tales or Mario 3D World/Land, this looks like it would be up your alley. You take control of a Speebot and try your best to navigate through a variety of levels.

Buy cheap Speebot cd key - lowest price

Rgoue Heroes Ruins of Tasos

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos - Nintendo Switch Announcement! - Team17  Digital LTD - The Spirit Of Independent Games

Free via Amazon Games, Rogue Heroes looks to be a mix of Zelda 4 Swords/Link to the Past with contemporary games of this nature (like The Swords of Ditto), this game looks to be a blast for all you rogue-like dungeon crawling fans. It has a single player and multiplayer campaign. So grab a buddy, a sword and a bow and get to questing!

SuperPhillip Central: Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (NSW, PC) Review

Tomb Raider Franchise

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary (2007) PSP box cover art - MobyGames

Maybe the best deal on here, the old school Tomb Raider games start at less than a dollar! All the PS1 and PC classics are found at around .97 or .98 cents! That is insane value! The Tomb Raider reboot is discounted all the way down to $2.24. Rise of the Tomb Raider is just $5.99. The latest title Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is confusing but seems to be going for 13.05. There’s a Tomb Raider bundle chalk full of goodies for a little over $40 dollars. This deal is found over on Steam.

Tomb Raider (TV Series) - IMDb

BAFL – Brakes are For Losers

BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers on Steam

Brakes are For Losers admittedly isn’t really up my alley. However, I have a wife who I like to torment with stressful looking games. So this game has Wes and Jess Try Out Thursday written all over. This game is a top-down arcade racer where all players share one screen and try to cause as much chaos as possible!

BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers | Blacknut Cloud Gaming

Darq

DARQ: Complete Edition | Bugün Satın Al ve İndir - Epic Games Store

The last game we will talk about today is Darq. Darq looks like a modern day Tim Schafer adventure game. The game is promisingly dark and designed around puzzles and exploration in a 2D/3D space. You wander from room to room completing task in a manor that looks like its out of a halloween special. I can’t say this game really appeals to me, but the vibe definitely has Jessica’s name on it. To make it even better, this game is free thanks to Epic Games. Worth noting, it is free until tomorrow at 11am. So if you want this one, act quick!

DARQ: Complete Edition on Steam

So there you have it. De Blob 1 and 2 are also on sale if that interest you. Let me know which of these games catches your eyes! What are some games you plan to get this month?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Characters I Would Have Liked in Smash Bros!

All the roster spots are taken, but many were left out. Here’s some characters I wish had made the list.

Protagonist (Shin Megami Tensei V). Admittedly, I do think going 3rd party was the right choice. With Shin Megami Tensei V set to be one of the major holiday releases for the Switch, this felt like a perfect fit. One sign it wasn’t going to be Protagonist was that we already have Joker, a big Atlus character. Secondly, SMTV was already announced. Having Sora as the last character let Nintendo sneak in another major holiday release, Kingdom Hearts to the Switch.

Howard (Astral Chain)– If Nintendo was going to go with a character they published, my vote would have been the Astral Chain characters. Honestly, I have not played Astral Chain. It is on my list but Switch games rarely go on sale and I have so many Zelda games to play through as well. Either way, I would have loved for one of the Astral Chain characters to sneak in that way Nintendo could diversify their Nintendo published line up. A huge percentage of the roster stem from Mario, Zelda and Fire Emblem. The biggest con I think for pulling from Astral Chain is it would have been underwhelming to the gaming landscape.

Master Chief (Halo)– Master Chief isn’t my favorite third party character nor my first choice, however I think he would have broke the internet. Nintendo and Microsoft have a working relationship so I think this was doable. I thought for sure Banjo Kazooie making it in was a hint that Master Chief might be lurking in the future. Master Chief is arguably Microsoft’s greatest character and would have been a heck of an addition to the overall roster. I cannot really think of any cons. He is not just another sword character, he is a major member of the video game community, and Halo has a new game coming out next year. I think Nintendo and Microsoft really missed an opportunity here. Oh well.

Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil)– Leon Kennedy might just be my favorite video game character of all time, he’s definitely top 5. He probably would have played like Master Chief if either made the final roster. They probably would have relied on fire arms with close range melee weapons if needed along with grenades. Recovery would probably be the hardest thing to pull off. Of course the con would be that Leon hasn’t really be involved with the Resident Evil franchise lately as 7 and 8 have gone away from the traditional cast. Most of the Resident Evil games have already been ported over to the Switch. Still he is an awesome character and it is a shame he did not make the list.

Hat Kid (Hat Kid)– Anyone following my Youtube channel knows I love A Hat in Time. Of course this is a bias pick. She is my favorite Indie character and would easily be my choice. Imagine announcing Hat Kid as the final character and then showing off A Hat in Time 2 or a Mario Odyssey kingdom inspired off of A Hat in Time. I think it would have been awesome to have her. Of course she was never going to make the roster if bigger indie characters like Shovel Knight did not even make the official roster.

So, there’s my list. There’s plenty of other great character’s like Crash, Kratos and Rayman that missed the roster as well. So let me know how you rank the final cast. Who would you rather have?
Thank you guys so much for reading. Have a great day!

Sora is the Final Smash Brothers Character

Earlier this week Sora was revealed to be the final Smash Character. There was a lot riding on this as we have been informed this is the last Super Smash Brothers DLC character. There was great wonder if it would be a Nintendo first party character or if they would go internet breaking third party. I figured it would be either the protagonist from Shin Megami Tensei V or Master Chief. So personally, I was a little disappointed to see it be Sora.

Obviously, Kingdom Hearts and Sora have a beloved, devout and dedicated fan base. I do think Sora was worthy of the final spot even if he wasn’t my first choice.

So that’s it. Are you happy Sora got the spot? Who would you have over Sora? And what do you think of Kingdom Hearts coming to Smash Bros.

N64 Games Coming to the Nintendo Online Service!

Last week’s Nintendo Direct brought so many goodies such as Bayonetta 3 and Kirby’s Forgotten Lands. But one of the major highlights was the N64 package coming to the Switch Online Service! Today, let us look at the 9 games coming to the service in October!

Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 (1996) box cover art - MobyGames

The iconic 3D Platformer of its era, Super Mario 64 is one of the catalyst of the 3D boon at the end of the 1990’s. Players take control of the titular jumping plumber as he traverses through over 15 levels collecting coins, stars and the souls of his enemies!

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time wallpapers, Video Game, HQ The Legend  Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time pictures | 4K Wallpapers 2019

Ocarina of Time was ground breaking at its time and is still a force to this day. This was a must have as it is easily one of the best N64 games out there. Legend of Zelda is an adventure game that has Link conquering several dungeons, monsters and puzzles.

Star Fox 64

Star Fox 64 (1997) box cover art - MobyGames

Star Fox 64 blends a space shooter and an on rail shooter to make this a unique 3D shooter. This is the only shoot-em-up I really play. The characters are memorable, the gameplay is fun and the branching paths make each playthrough its own adventure.

Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 Wallpapers - Top Free Mario Kart 64 Backgrounds -  WallpaperAccess

While Mario Kart 64 was not the first in the franchise, I would argue it took full advantage of racing games leaping into full 3D. Tracks are enjoyable and diverse, racer’s sizes matter, and you feel like you are exploring the Mushroom Kingdom. It is just a fun way to play as the Mario gang.

Yoshi Story 64

Yoshi's Story (1997) Nintendo 64 box cover art - MobyGames

Yoshi’s Story is the only side-scroller to make the initial list to this point. This was a dying time for 2-D side scrollers as there are very few note worthy entries for the genres. However, the lovable Yoshis, the addicting music and simplistic gameplay make this a must add for Side Scroll faithful.

Dr. Mario 64

Dr. Mario 64 (2001) Nintendo 64 box cover art - MobyGames

Dr. Mario 64 is the only puzzle game to debut on the service. I’m not a huge Dr. Mario or puzzle game fan so I don’t have a lot to add. I see why they chose their mascot over a generic puzzle game such as Tetris. I think this will be a nice addition for casual fans and hardcore gamers alike.

Mario Tennis

Mario Tennis (2000) Nintendo 64 box cover art - MobyGames

1 of 2 sports games, if we’re counting Mario Kart, on the list. I have never played any version of Mario Tennis. However, with the release of the Switch version of Mario Tennis, this may attract new fans to flock to this rendition of Mario Tennis.

Operation WinBack

WinBack: Covert Operations Cover Artwork

WinBack definitely stands out among the other games. It is the only North America release that was not developed by Nintendo on the list. It also is rated T for Teen, one of only 2 games to score that rating. The gameplay is also a complete contrast from the other games on this list. It is a 3rd person, over the shoulder, cover shooter. I’m glad a game like this exist on the service for the older audience that is not interested in kiddie games or first party titles. It wouldn’t have been my first selection, but I think it is a solid pick nonetheless.

Sin and Punishment

Sin & Punishment For Nintendo 64 Now Has An Official Western Box Art -  Nintendo Life

Sin and Punishment may or may not be the main reason to pay for this service, but it is definitely the cherry on top. This game never made it stateside during the N64’s original retail relevancy, formerly you could only play this game via the Wii’s Virtual Console. It is rated T for Teen and is another on rail shooter. Sin and Punishment is the N64’s equivalent to Star Fox 2 when the SNES mini released a few years back.

So there you have it. I’ll give more in-depth thoughts and opinions in a later entry but for now that should get you caught up on if you are interested in these titles. There’s really no weak games here, but I think the additional titles will help solidify the line up later on.

I Could Be A Minimalist- The Hobby of Collecting and The Burden of Consumerism.

I have been a prisoner of consumerism for years now like most of us. As someone who went to school for business and sustainability, I am well aware of this problem. I knew a day would come when I would care a little less about consumerism. As days go on, I get closer to that goal. The big reason is because I plan to move. I don’t want more clutter. I don’t want to blow my whole paycheck on comic books and video games. Another reason I am getting closer to being over the addiction of retail therapy is because I have started investing. (Currently, I have $1,600 invested since around January.).

I was okay with consumerism for about 4 years because it was new to me. It started with buying Elemental Hero Yugioh cards to build decks I wanted to as a kid. Than I moved in with my mom and found my N64 games and wanted to start collecting N64 games. Than Jessica took me to her brother’s comic book store and that awoken the trifecta. I was obsessed with card games, video games and comic books. And over a 3-5 year run, I built a collection I was truly happy with. When I pop in my copy of Pokemon Stadium 2, or when I see my Daredevil #2 on my shelf, or when I duel my wife in a card game, I am truly happy with where my collection is. The problem with collecting is that it never ends. Even when you are happy with where you are. Even when you complete your original goals. Even when your priorities change in life. I am still looking forward to new comics each week or the holiday games.

What a sexy book!

And yes. My collection is not insane. Though, I have probably hit that point where if I never added another game I could still probably never play every game in my collection. I thought that would be a wake up call but it wasn’t. That’s mostly because collecting and gaming are two different hobbies. The first one makes you excited you scored a new 3D platformer that you will play for the next 15 hours. The other makes you excited you added 20 O.G. Xbox games for a dollar a piece to your collection. So, who cares that there is no way I’ll ever play every Gamecube game I own? Who cares if I have no interest in the sports games I buy? It’s two different hobbies. Each are equally satisfying in my opinion.

Pokémon Stadium 2 | Nintendo 64 | Games | Nintendo
Love this game!

I had an epiphany last week. A month or so ago I bought a copy of Skyward Sword on Switch for $60 dollars. I have played about 2 hours into it (I’m at the first dungeon.). Why haven’t I played more you ask? Because Pokemon Unite, a free to play MOBA, released in the same time window. So I have put countless hours into a Free to Play game and two hours into the game I have paid for. Something is not adding up. And this trend is pretty consistent right now. I have been playing Final Fantasy 15, a game I own, over Gamepass, a service I pay $10 a month for. My phone apps and my computer apps (Hearthstone, MTG Arena, and Bloon Tower Defense 6) are all free to play at this point. I’m playing a bunch of free games and not the ones I am putting money into. And with the way the Nintendo Switch is set up, I do not even need a T.V. to play on my Switch. Other apps I use like Pokemon Showdown are also free. Not to mention I am bumming streaming service accounts like HBO Max, Disney and Crunchyroll.

So being a gamer does not even have to be expensive in 2021. There’s my massive collection of backlog games, movies and comics that would keep me busy without having to spend another buck. And in the digital era, I don’t even have to own the clutter. Marvel comics can be bought on an app. Shoenen Jump has an app. Gamepass has hundreds of thousands of games on there for 9.99 a month. So why own this junk?

Because I like it. There’s a lot more to go into such as the fact I actually own my stuff. Digital properties are prone to being censored upon rerelease, being pulled from e-stores at any point, and the fact you do not own the assets. I like being in a house that is composed of my favorite things. Things that remind me of my childhood. Things that make me happy in a world that is generally depressing currently. I look forward to playing, reading and watching these things with my future kids and with my wife, Jessica. Jessica and I have game nights, movie nights and card nights all the time. We enjoy them.

However, space and time are two major things that are hard to get back when they are gone. And money I invest into my collection is money I cannot invest in my retirement. Those three factors heavily encourage me to slow down. Now, in a month I have added 6 Gamecube games to the collection, but I used store credit so my wallet did not feel as burdened by it. I am liking the strategy of using store credit to fund my hobby. I will continue to do that until space becomes a real issue.

So, at the end of the day, I could become a minimalist, but I probably wont until I absolutely have to. I will cut back on spending, definitely. But I still enjoy adding to my collections and chipping away at the goals. However, I am probably done spending hundreds of dollars on collectibles. For now. My money situation and life situation just make it to where it does not make sense. So I am not a prisoner to consumerism anymore. I am just enjoying life and trying to be smarter in all decision making moments. Surely, I will fail at times, but I am always improving.

Pokemon Remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Adding a New Type! Is This Clickbait?

Let me start by saying this is in no way bashing this article or its writer. I think it’s a great article actually. Read the original article here before reading my take on his article.

Secondly, I am making a YouTube video to correspond with this blog if you prefer the video or spoken form more. Watch it here!

Okay, so both of those disclaimers out of the way, let’s jump into it.

So this article by Comicbook.com caught my eye late the other night before bed. Many profound thoughts ran through my head. My first thought was obviously what the new type was going to be? X and Y was the last Gen to introduce a new type, Fairy. And only the second generation to do so. Johto added both Steel and Dark. I would like to think all 3 have been welcomed additions to the core typings.

All The Dark Pokemon

Secondly, I questioned why they were introducing a new type in a spin off game. Yes most remakes have been well received and I think many are excited to revisit Sinnoh. Still, it felt risky creating a new type in a remake, something that has never been done before (and stuck. Like how Shadow Pokemons never made it past the Gamecube spin off games.)

When Shadow Pokemons were a thing.

Very early on the jig is up. ” A lot has changed since Pokemon Diamond and Pearl first released in 2006, including the addition of Fairy-type Pokemon.” Starts Marc, the author of the article. “There are still a lot of questions about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but we now know that Fairy-type Pokemon will be represented in the remake when it releases”

Screenshots from in game.

The new type he is referring to is Fairy. As anyone who has followed Pokemon with any consistency through out its last handful of installments, X and Y came out 3 generations ago back in 2013, you wouldn’t exactly think of Fairy as a new type anymore. However, the point he is getting at is Fairy wasnt out during Pokemon Diamond and Pearl’s initial releases.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl launched on Nintendo DS all the way back in 2006. Hot of the release of GBA staple Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, Diamond and Pearl were Pokemons first foray onto Nintendo’s newest handheld at the time. For those doing the math, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were released 7 years prior to Pokemon X and Y and two whole generations before.

Screenshots from in game.

So the first time the players traversed the wonderful region of Sinnoh, Fairy types were nearly a decade away from emerging as the newest type. So in some way, Marc is absolutely right. Fairy is a brand new type to Sinnoh. New moves, new weaknesses and strengths, and brand new strategies await those returning to the region in the fall.

However, as we have demonstrated, Fairy is far from a new typing. Thus I found the article title to be misleading. As I said, I do actual like the article. It gives historic Pokemon background and states its point and view and even mentions how Fairy types add a whole new dimension to a game some of us may have logged hundreds of hours in. I just didnt care for the name.

So if you made it this far into my article, I would like to know if you considered this title or article to be clickbait. As a good journalist, your article will always rely somewhat on clickbait. Its just the nature of the beast. I’m just curious if, after reading the original article, you found that article to be misleading. It’s a question on modern day journalism and how much can a title get away with. This is far from the worst example I’ve seen. However, as someone who does video game reviews and news topics here, I’m very interested in what my audience thinks about this topic.

Thank you guys so much reading. Have a great day!

Obtain Cinderace for Free in Pokemon Unite (Day 8 Log In Reward)!

Cinderace is an all out attacker in Pokemon Unite. Technically, as Cinderace is the day 8 reward, you could have got Cinderace yesterday, Thursday July 29th. However, I wanted to spotlight Zeraora and Gardevoir.

I played a few rounds with Cinderace and enjoyed him way more than I thought I would. I found him to have a little more health than Zaraora. However, in the two rounds I got to play with him both rounds were lopsided. One time my Cinderace didnt die until 30 seconds left and I easily won MVP scoring over 200 points. The second time my team was destroyed and struggled to get any momentum going.

So be sure you’ve logged in 8 times and claim your free fighter ASAP! Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!