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Neil Gaiman Announces First Video Game

Neil Gaiman Announces First Video Game

I am a huge admirer of Neil Gaiman, his writings are inspiring to me and, although I haven’t bought it yet, his new book is on the top of my “to read” list.  So, when I found out that he was developing, and finally announced, his first video game I was giddy.  Wayward Manor, published by Moonshark, will be released on PC, Mac and tablets this fall.  The game is set in the 1920′s in a manor where a grumpy ghost wants to scare the new people living there.  As he finds new ways to scare the humans, he learns more and more about his own demise, which will undoubtedly add to the storyline.

Visit the official site to pre-order your copy for only $10 and gain access to a song from the game.  $30 will get you the digital soundtrack, and $45 will add on some digital art.  There is even a $10,000 version that will give you all that was previously mentioned, as well as dinner with Mr. Gaiman himself (man, I wish I was rich!).  If you are worried about the steep prices, after the initial $10 price tag…I mean how much more can digital art and digital music cost, Don’t worry, they will go towards developing the next installment in the series.

 

Posted by Essel Pratt 26.07.2013 in Uncategorized
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New Jersey Governer Chris Christie Proposes Video Game Bill

New Jersey Governer Chris Christie Proposes Video Game Bill

As a parent, I like to think that I know what  video games my children are playing, what music they are listening to, and what movies they are watching.  As a parent, I am not actually that naive.  I know that regardless of what I allow in my household, their friend’s parents may not follow my same policies.  I am pretty open to what video games they can play, because I have taught them the difference between real, and a game.  I believe that many parents out there have also taught their children the difference between real and a game.  What I don’t understand though, is why the various levels of government think it is okay to tell us how to raise our kids and what video games they should play.

In an unsurprising announcement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has jumped on the “control video game” bandwagon.  The bill would prevent children/young adults from buying video games rated M, for mature.  If a child wants the game, then a parent would need to purchase it for them. It seems that anytime a horrible act of violence occurs in our country, especially when committed by a child/young adult, someone/somewhere attacks either the video game industry (current target), movie industry, or music industry.  Please help us gamers if a new FPS game arrives directed by Quentin Tarantino, with a soundtrack provided by Marilyn Manson.  Like clockwork, someone tries to be a hero and save us from the mind altering affects of a splash of pixels

Now, many would think that this is already in full effect, much like having an adult present when a child is taken to see a rated R movie.  However, at least here in Indiana, the rating system is currently a joke.  My 11 or 16 year old daughters could walk into on of the gaming stores nearby (4 Gamestops, a couple pre-owned local stores, and the big box stores), strike up a conversation with the clerk, and walk out with the game.  Why?  Because many gamers think the rating system us biased.

The problem with Christie’s bill is that, if passed, it wouldn’t be long before someone in the state disagrees with the rating given to a game.  Then, we will see the state regulating the ratings internally, which will cause the industry to spend more money to abide by the terms of that state, and give, in this case, New Jersey a different rating than other states.  Before long, every state will want a different rating.

In the end, I don’t see this bill even coming close to passing.  It has been tried before, and the High Court ruled that video games are a form of speech.  So, as long as we have free speech, we parents should be able to continue monitoring our children’s gaming experience without government control.  What are your thoughts on this proposed bill?  Do you agree with it, or disagree, and why?

Special thank you to MikeisaPoet for originally bringing the proposed bill to my attention!

Posted by Essel Pratt 29.04.2013 in News
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What if Characters Switched Games?

What if Characters Switched Games?

We all have our favorite characters and our favorite games.  I have found that many times the two are not the same.  For example, My favorite gaming series is a close tie between Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, but my favorite character is Mario.  Obviously Mario is not a good fit for my favorites.

But what if the characters swapped games?  Would they be as fun, or funner?

Imagine killing Zombies in Call of Duty as Kirby, or if Link was out to destroy Mother Brain?  Or what about a simple swap such as Zelda trying to save Link from Ganon (Although many out there think this is true already)?

I have played some flash games out there that have inserted characters such as Mega Man, Samus, and Ryu Hayabusa!  It is great to switch it up sometimes, but can also be frustrating, for example Mega Man doesn’t jump as smoothly as our buddy Mario.

Even though it is fun to play the mixed up games, I always seem to go back to the originals.  I guess you just can’t beat the classics!

What would be your ideal switch, and why?

 

Posted by Essel Pratt 23.02.2012 in Roundup, Uncategorized
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Video Games to Blame for Violence?!

Video Games to Blame for Violence?!

I know this is not an upbeat story, but I feel that too many times video games, anime, comic books, music, cosplay etc… get a bad wrap.

In Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture Japan, a 14 year old boy was arrested  on February 19, 2012 at approximately 5:40 PM for stabbing his mother.

Why did he stab his mother?

According to “Japan Today” the boy bought a video game without his Mother’s permission.  The Mother was clearly upset that the Young boy had bought the game without her knowledge, so she took it from him.  The Student lost his temper and stabbed his mom in retaliation.  Luckily the Mother was okay and Paramedics were able to treat her wounds.

The young boy, who’s name was withheld due to his age, was arrested on charges of attempted murder.  There is no word on whether he has been released or what game the quarrel started over.  I had a brief conversation with a friend about this sort of happening recently.

  Are video games to blame for this violence? 

I have to believe that they are not the cause of violence, nor do they stoke the flame.  It seems that too many times violence of this nature is blamed on Video Games, Loud Music, Anime, etc…  For many, these video games, Music and Anime become an escape.  It is the one place they can go and be free of bullying from their peers, or abuse from those that claim to love them.  A place to meet people like them, without judgement or pain. 

To be honest, I was bullied as a kid in school and my home life was not happy and cheerful, in fact it was pretty horrible at times.  My escape from the pain was Comic Books, Music, and Video Games.  I would immerse myself in the World’s of Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior,  and Hyrule.  In the background my stereo would wear out the cassettes that I played over and over.  My Room became a fortress from outside harm.

 

During those lonely times, not once did I feel the need to fight off the urge to mimic my characters and act out against my Bullies.  Video Games, Music and Anime did not teach me that.  In fact, they taught me the opposite.  They Taught me to be myself, to follow my Life’s path and I would become what I am supposed to be.  I suffered through the hard times, and made sure that I shared some happy times and created some good memories.  I battled through the mental obstacles and became the Man I am today.  I am a Father, a Husband, and I am Me.  I would not say that I am the “perfect” Husband or Father, but I do my best to give my Family what I did not have.

I did not have a computer when growing up, so I did not have the opportunity to meet people like myself on forums such as Infendo.com, or Nerdzy.com.  I had to go to local game stores that were similar to Nintendosforsale.com to find others like me.  Even then most kids my age did not feel comfortable sharing their stories.

Today, I still enjoy losing myself in games such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Many others.  In fact, over the last year, I have meat some really great people in a Kingdom Hearts group.  Within that group I found some people that have a similar background as myself.  Some are experiencing the pain and bullying now, and others have been through the pain and hurt.  After one conversation in particular, I created a page called “the Zone” where people that are misunderstood and bullied can hang out and share their stories and get support.  Many times we just discuss various topics of interest but other times posts can get serious. 

During the serious times, we all band together to help each other out.  It is never easy to learn that someone is suffering from depression, abuse, or even suicidal tendencies.  But gaming, comics, and anime has brought us together to help each other out. 

Very recently a member inspired me to write this article after he shared the story about the young boy that stabbed his mother.  He l

reach out to those that might be showing signs of depression

ater shared a s story about his life that was very open, honest, and demonstrated more bravery than anyone I know.  We may not hear from him again on the page, but if he is reading this I want to say” thank you” for being our friend.  I hope that by being a friend , we have helped to put a smile on his face a few times and maybe help him through a few rough patches.  The zone is an open group for anybody that would like to join and hang out with people just like themselves.

If you know anyone that is showing warning signs of any sort of depression, abuse etc.., I urge you to reach out to them and just be a friend.  show them that they have someone they can go to and talk to.

Video Games, Music, and Movies didn’t cause our problems…they were our escape from the pain.

Do you have a go-to-game that you lose yourself in when things aren’t going well for you?  What is it about the game that makes you feel free?


 

Posted by Essel Pratt 21.02.2012 in News, Uncategorized
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Gaming Tattoos: Good or Bad Idea?

To be honest I do not have a tattoo.  I want one, but do not know what I would want on my body for the rest of my Life.  What are your thoughts, are tattoos in general a bad idea, or is it the perfect way to pay homage to your favorite game?

Feel free to post your video game tattoos in the comments below!

Posted by Essel Pratt 05.02.2012 in Humor
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