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More Video Games Recently Bought.

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition (PS4) - $12.99
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) - $14.99
  • The Last Of Us: Remastered (PS4) - $29.99
  • Assassin's Creed Unity- (PS4) $29.99

More of patiently waiting leads to more saving. At least when it comes to most video games. But, of course, you shouldn't wait too long for some video games because those can appreciate in value. That wasn't going to be the case with these games since a lot of these are fairly new. With that said, I'm surprised to see Assassin's Creed Unity and Last of Us Remastered go down in price so quickly. As for the other two games on my list, Lightning Returns and Injustice, I've been waiting for a quite a while for those games to go down to a decent price. It's also perfect timing to get Injustice for the PS4 since I got a new fighting stick coming to my front door today. I can't stand playing with a controller anymore. Once I learned how to use a stick I never went back to a controller when it came down to playing fighting games.

Here Are The Books I Read In A Year (2013 - 2014)

When I started working 3rd shift at my various jobs, I would often read books while there because there was usually a lot of downtime. I've always been somewhat of a reader, but I wanted to take it to the next level. I wanted to expand my interest beyond science fiction, fantasy, and psychology. So, what I did was read at least two hours a day during workdays, and three hours on my two days off. At first I said I'd comprise a reading list of twelve books to get through, but eventually I shortened it to 10 books per reading list because I like the number 10 more. And buying 10 books is cheaper 12 books per reading list. I would make up a list of ten books when I came to my second to last book, and then only buy 10 books once I was started my last book the "To be read" list.

I've never read this much in my life. I always have enjoyed reading, but disciplining myself into getting these books read has made reading a lot more enjoyable. I've expanded my interests, bettered my vocabulary, and made my thinking clearer. Reading has become so enjoyable that I prefer to read over playing video games now. Don't get me wrong if I have enough time, energy, and lack of eye soreness I will put some time into video games. Most of my disposable income has gone towards books. Maybe next year I will go back to video games being my primary hobby, but, as of right now reading is my number one hobby.

Here is my list of books that have been read between 12/8/13 - 12/8/14:

Reading List # 1 (Started 12/8/2013)

1. Brave New World ( 12/11/13)

2. Of Dice And Men ( 12/14/13)

3. Outliers (12/21/13)

4. You Are Not So Smart ( 12/27/13)

5. Prozac Nation (12/31/13)

6. The God Delusion (1/6/14)

7. Stories of Your Life And Others ( 1/10/14)

8. Art of War (1/12/14)

9. Rise of The Warrior Cop (1/17/2014)

10. Wool (1/27/14)

11. Extra Lives (1/31/14)

12. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria (2/2/14)

Reading List # 2

1. Newtown: American Tragedy (2/7/14)

2. The Black Count (2/15/14)

3. The Emperor’s Blades (2/22/14)

4. The Shining (3/3/14)

5. Collapse (3/15/14)

6. The Shift (3/24/14)

7. Shovel Ready: A Novel (3/27/14)

8. Necronomicon (4/13/14)

9. Quiet (4/17/14)

10. How To Be Black (4/19/14)

Reading List # 3

1. The Way Of Kings (5/6/14)

2. The Third Chimpanzee (5/10/14)

3. Appointments With Heaven (5/15/14)

4. The Companions (5/20/2014)

5. Dust (5/26/14)

6. A Theory of Fun For Game Design (5/29/14)

7. Is Marriage For White People? (5/31/14)

8. Dune (6/8/14)

9. Never Let Me Go (6/12/14)

10. The Future of The Mind (6/17/14)

Reading List # 4

1. Dune Messiah (6/21/14)

2. Dr. Sleep (6/28/14)

3. Fast Food Nation (7/3/14)

4. Words of Radiance (7/19/14)

5. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (7/26/14)

6. Decision Points (8/5/14)

7. Console Wars (8/14/14)

8. A Visit From The Goon Squad (8/18/14)

9. Frames of Mind: Theories of Multiple Intelligences (8/25/14)

10. Infidel (8/29/14)

Reading List # 5

1. Beyond Good And Evil (9/2/14)

2. What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite (9/6/14)

3. Sand (9/11/14)

4. The Brief And Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (9/16/14)

5. The Opposite of Loneliness (9/19/14)

6. Roots (10/3/14)

7. Children of Dune (10/9/14)

8. A Clockwork Orange (10/11/14)

9. How To Win Friends And Influence People (10/15/14)

10. Mein Kampf (10/25/14)

Reading List # 6

1. Plutocrats (10/30/14)

2. Lord of Flies (11/1/14)

3. Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership (11/7/14)

4. The Stand (11/25/14)

5. Allah Is Not Obliged (11/29/14)

6. Star Wars: Path of Destruction (12/4/14)

7. Genghis Khan: And Making of The Modern World (12/8/14)

Games I bought around Black Friday.

  • Infamous: Second Son Standard Edition (PS4)- $19.99
  • The Evil Within (PS4)- $29.99
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4) - $24.99
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4) - $29.99
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue (360) - $24.99
  • Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (XOne)- $24.99

There you have it. Those are the deals I've been patiently been waiting on for the passed few months. It was well worth the wait. I was sad to see I couldn't find a good deal on Assassin's Creed Unity. That's the one game I was especially waiting on to drop down in price. And as for Nintendo 1st party games, I think we all know how hard it is to get a decent deal on those games. They often take almost a year to go down in price. Sometimes maybe even longer. I probably should have checked out Steam while I waiting for lightning deals on amazon.com, but I was mainly focused on that site and not really any other because I didn't want to go through the ordeal of signing up for anything.

Happy hunting, gamers!

I'm a video game collector now.

It's 2014, I'm 30 years old, and I have hundreds of video games. I don't have time to play them all, and I don't want to sell any. I tried to avoid the video game collector label for a long time. I said to myself in my youth that I only want to own and play good video games. Which is still somewhat true, but I noticed something after reminiscing about the "bad" video games I played like Superman 64, Quest 64, and etc. Sorry, Nintendo 64, I remember there being a lot of bad games from this system. I'm not trying to pick on the N64 at all. When I play "bad" games or those deemed bad by video game critics there is always some bit of fun I can get out of these games. It could be laughter, learning about what makes a video game bad, and being grateful to have much better developers out there that do make good video games.

When I'm not playing video games I want to learn about them, and talk about them. Another way of learning about video games is going back to the older games and learning about the history series I may be interested in. This is a good enough reason to collect video games. There is no reason trying to avoid being called a video game collector anymore. The main reason I was afraid to be called one is because I was afraid of spending too much money. But, I don't think I'll have that problem being older and wiser when it comes to video game deals. I hope I continue to make wise purchases and keep my collection neatly organized.

Gamespot's got some tough critics.

And that's what I love about this site. They are not afraid to tell it like it is. I've been coming to this site for over a decade, and I can put my faith into these critics who are relentless in doling out the punishing critiques among our favorite pastime, video games. Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue both received scores that were below the anticipated score the System Warriors have predicted. I was expecting the games to score between 8-9, but I know I should be expecting less from such harsh critics as Gamespot. I hope this site continues to have no fear and telling it like it is. You guys may have put a blemish on your integrity with the Jeff Gertsmann incident in which a review almost got pulled, but I still believe in you guys. Keep up the good work!

Valve and Blizzard. I'd like to learn more.

Being primarily a console user, my attention is focused more on the developers that make games mainly for consoles. For example like Capcom, Nintendo, Rockstar, and Ubisoft are some of my faves. And my gaming preferences usually come from the Japanese developers. I grew up on Mario, Sonic, and Final Fantasy so it's easy to see why I want to play mostly Japanese games. But, recently this new Blizzard game called Overwatch has been announced. It looks like a long awaited answer to Valve's Team Fortress. I've played a few Valve games like Half Life 2, and Team Fortress for a short amount of time. As for the Blizzard games I have played Starcraft II and Diablo 3. Both, good games, but I just never had the time to get into them. My attention goes back to the console games. The thing about Blizzard games is that a lot of them require a lot of time investment. I didn't play World of Warcraft because of this, but I have ventured into a Hearthstone, and it is quite an addictive games that I'm waiting for to come on iOS for the iPhone which is a good game for pick up and play.

After coming near the end of this article I'm starting realize I have played a good amount of these games from Blizzard and Valve. My main concern is that I do not know much about these two gaming companies ,and would like to gain more knowledge on these two behemoths of gaming companies. I not only like to play video games, I like to learn, and discuss video games. I don't want to get into a conversation with another gamer and not know what he or she is talking about when it comes to Blizzard and Valve. I will continue to watch out for more news on Blizzard and especially Valve. I like to know why fans are screaming for a Half Life 3 because, quite honestly, I don't think Half Life 2 was that great. Maybe it's because I played it much later after its release.

My Flame For Video Games Has Been Rekindled

I was off all last week. My main goal for my vacation was to finish Assassin's Creed IV. I played the game 3-5 hours each day, every day until the game was completed. I finished the main story, but I did do a lot of the sidequests. Up to 70% of them were completed. The main reason it took me so long to beat this game was because I wasn't focusing on the main quests. I kept looking for treasure, fulfilling assassination contracts, harpooning, robbing ships, upgrading my ship. and taking down forts. There is still more left me to do. I don't know if I want to back just yet. I want to focus on beating other video games.

As the year is coming to a close I'm looking for games with short lengths, and aren't too open world. It was made apparent to me that with sandbox games I tend to lose focus on the main story because there are so many objectives pulling my attention away from the main game. Therefore, I will probably play a FPS or some type of adventure game. Something linear. I'm one of the few gamers out there that does not mind linear games. It doesn't really matter to me I'd probably play anything.

Assassin's Creed IV reawakened my passion for gaming. I don't know how long I'll be able to keep this burning passion flame alight. I haven't played a video games since starting work again. Sadly, looks like most my gaming will be done on the weekend. As I'm writing this I have a headache, and I am very tired. But, it was nice to be able to have so much free time to play video games. I'll try to play video games more, and post more in this blog.

My Top Three Video Game Related Books

Video games consume a good portion of my free time. If I’m not playing video games I’m watching someone else play them on twitch.tv, or watching/listening to a podcast. I also read about them. Magazines and gaming websites are a great way to keep up with the video game news, but a lot of times these forms of media do not get to the details that my gaming obsessed mind craves. Therefore, I look to other avenues to satiate my gaming needs. So, I turn to video game books. Books focused on gaming have been able to answer a lot of questions, or questions I did not know I had until I started reading these books. I love reading, and I love video games. It would only make sense I start reading books based on games. After reading a couple of books on gaming I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with others.

3. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

This is a book that befits the atmosphere of this website (or at least the System Wars forum). After years of debating, posting inflammatory pics, and trolling on System Wars I took a break from it. I still visit the site every once in a while. I yearn to hear about what my fellow gamers were arguing about by lurking on the System wars forum. But, what I really craved was concrete facts and information to help me decide on what is my favorite console. I did some research and found a book called Console Wars. It doesn’t really answer my question of today as to what the best system there is out there, but it did give an entertaining story while learning about the history of the early 90’s console wars.

As I was reading this book I was expecting to get a two sided view of Nintendo and Sega. The book focuses more on the underdog, Sega, in this book. Although the book does focus on Nintendo’s side of the battlefield I would suggest taking a look at the book called “Super Mario” if you want to learn more about Nintendo.

Since I was a kid in the 90’s and have actually lived through the Nintendo vs. Sega console war, and was admittedly a Nintendo fanboy, I thought I knew much about it. This book taught me a lot about how Sega’s marketing team strategized cleverly to outdo Nintendo in the gaming industry back then. What also made this book such an entertaining read was how the Nintendo and Sega execs got really dirty in their tactics to outdo each other. If you’re the least bit curious about the background of the 90’s console war this is a must read. There is a movie based on this book coming out too.

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is most definitely my favorite fictional video game book. I don’t think there are too many out there since video games are still such a nascent medium which is finally starting to become mainstream. What caught my attention the most about this book is how relatable it is to life in the web space. There are a lot of 80’s references in this book, and some of them I did not get or had to look up to understand, but everything else such as the online gaming community really kept me interested in this book.

The author of this book knows his audience very well, and knew how to target it to. Even if you’re not into video games it has a story that just about anyone can relate to. The story focuses mainly on online relationships. It also has many surprises you can look forward to. If you’re into dystopian science-fiction, video games, and 80’s pop culture do yourself a favor and give this book a read.

1. Masters of Doom by David Kushner

I’m more into reading fiction than reading non-fiction. I thought Ready Player One would have been my favorite video game centric book. After actually dwelling on what my favorite video game books are I came to the conclusion that Masters of Doom is the best video game book I’ve ever read.

Last generation of video games (X Box 360, Wii, PlayStation 3) was dominated by first person shooters (FPS). I can understand the fascination with FPS myself since I was obsessed with Goldeneye 007 in my childhood. JRPGs abated my obsession with FPS, but never entirely. I love the Halo’s, Killzones, and Battlefields. I wanted to know where and how FPS became so popular amongst gaming culture especially here in the United States. Curious about the history of the FPS I did some research, and came up with the book called Masters of Doom.

I’ve known about Doom, but I never knew how much of an affect it had on video game media, and how it pioneered FPS. The book focuses mainly on the two Johns: John Carmack, and John Romero. What made the read so interesting was how the John’s were polar opposites. One was an impulsive troublemaker, and the other was what you’d expect working for in a video game company, a highly intelligent obsessed geek. Read the book to find out which description belongs to which John.

The book also details how Doom, and other games such as Wolfenstein changed the way the world looks at video games. If you’re into first persons, or just video games you owe it to yourself to learn about two of the greatest video game developers in gaming history.

Honorable Mentions: Jacked, Super Mario, Reality Is Broken

F*** Stacks I Want The Old Way Of Sorting Back!

I just recently finished a game, and when I finish a game I come to this website to look through my list of games to see what games I want to via my personal games collection list. Right now I want to look through the list of 3DS games I have. It's not as easy as it use to be like when I was able to sort my list by platforms. Now I have to browse through hundreds of my games to see which 3DS game I want to play next. The old way was much better. Do you feel me on this my fellow gamespotters?

Disasters Waiting To Happen... In Gaming

Disasters Waiting To Happen… In Gaming

Some gamers can’t wait till their most anticipated games come out so that they can put countless hours into them. But, some gamers like me do not have hours upon hours to put into gaming. That’s probably why now a days I’m not too thrilled about a lot of the upcoming games. I have to be very choosy as to which games to play. And also there aren’t that many games that appeal to me nowadays. What is an underwhelmed gamer such as I to do in this situation? Ah, I know! Look for upcoming video games that seem to have impending doom written all over them. I have compiled a list of upcoming games that have caught my interest, and will keep me entertained until something that I actually want to see released comes up in the news.

Watch Dogs (Wii U Version)

When I first saw the trailer for this game at E3 I wasn’t too impressed with it. Nothing seems to be innovative about it. It’s another open world game, but this time you get to control the environment via an iPhone looking gizmo. It really gets the imagination going since it makes us wonder what could be done with future iPhones. This will sell. The graphics look sleek and smooth especially with the rain effects. But, that was just one trailer.

Months later there are releases of some photos for the X Box One and PS4 versions that look like a downgrade. The internet went in the uproar, and hilarity ensued. I could not stop laughing as my eyes wandered across the screen looking at the muddy looking textures. I wasn’t very interested in this game until this moment, but then came the Wii U version of Watch Dogs.

At first I almost died from laughter, but something ended my mirth as I realized that people cannot afford an X Box One and PS4 are stuck with this ugly version of the game. I felt bad for Wii U owners, well, maybe not the ones, like me, who have a PS4 and/or X Box One and will have a choice.

The X Box 360 and PS3 versions are probably going to look just as bad. But, why pick on the Wii U version? That’s because the Wii U version is going to try and force that cumbersome touchpad into the gameplay. The X Box One, X Box 360, PS3, and PS4 versions all have similar controls based on the controllers’ designs. The Wii U Watch Dogs version will stand out as very flawed in controls. The 360 and PS3 versions will be shitty, not quite as shitty. Basically it’s like being asked which pile of shit will smell the worst.

Driveclub

Gamers get very hyped for racing games when those games are being released near the beginning of the generation because there isn’t much to choose from and it really shows how powerful the new consoles can be. Driveclub was looking immaculate.

The Gran Turismo franchise looked like it had some more competition other than Forza. I don’t care much for car games unless they have a standout gameplay mechanic that makes it very interesting and addictive like “kudos” in Project Gotham Racing, or an arcade racer like Mario Kart. Although Driveclub looks on par with Forza and Gran Turismo it seems like it might be just as boring as those two franchises.

The developers of Driveclub highly emphasize the “social” aspect of the game. What I had guessed was there would probably a lot of car collecting and showing off. As I delve further into the game information across the net I found out that there is a team aspect where gamers can meet up and race against each other in teams. Doesn’t seem like nothing much to fear, right? Well, I was wrong.

Driveclub was sent back to the “drawing board”, and has been delayed into October of this year. I haven’t heard about a game being sent back to have such a huge revamp sine NBA Elite 11, and that game was cancelled because of how much a fiasco it was going to be.

Evolution Studios has made a lot of successful games for Sony, and I’m hoping Driveclub doesn’t tarnish its reputation. I, personally, have never enjoyed their games like MotorStorm that much, but many fans of the game have no problem overlooking the shoddy controls. I don’t want them to be disappointed. I’m considerate.

Destiny

I love the Halo franchise and I love ones behind it, Bungie. When I heard this team broke away from Microsoft I was sadden that they were no longer making Halo games, as I was with Halo 4 being made by 343 Studios. Halo 4 wasn’t bad, but it was too grim and serious, and obviously did not have the lighthearted Bungie touch. They kind of went away from that with Halo Reach, but that’s for something to write about in another blog.

I was anticipating for months to find out what their next big project was going to be. They changed console gaming with original Halo making first person shooters more mainstream. Thus I’d expect Bungie to make do with newest IP by innovating again.

Destiny is the name of this game that will hopefully do what Halo did for FPS by changing the game. Activision has given Bungie a $500 million dollar budget for Destiny. This game will have to be bigger than the Halo franchise, and even the reigning king of first person shooters, Call of Duty, to make a profit.

I’m expecting this game to fail because it seems Bungie doesn’t know which market it wants to attract with Destiny. They don’t want to call it an MMORPG or a first person shooter, but it looks like a combination of both. And it’s sad to see Bungie leave Microsoft Studios for Activision because they’re sick of working on Halo. Activision is going to do same thing with Bungie trying to rehash the life out of Destiny until they finally make back the money that was put into it.

That’s enough pessimism from me. I’ll probably have more upcoming games with a bleak looking future to write about in another blog, but for now I’ll continue scouring the internet, magazines, podcasts, etc. to find games that I might want to buy.