I know, I know. This is strange! Why would I be writing about this? Well, in my Leadership class, I (again) have the wonderful opportunity to write something that would persuade another. And this is what I've chose to discuss. Why the particular subject of da video games? Well, I believe that there is a lot of hate and negativity on playing video games going around and I would like the ability to voice my thoughts and opinions on this subject.
I was talking to a friend of mine and he said that he had "no life" because he played a lot of video games. And I thought about this. When I think of somebody that has no life, I think of someone who is a couch potato and watches shows and eats all day long. But he told me that his "no life" was spent by playing video games.
Playing video games = "no life"?
Sir, I think not.
Why would immersing yourself in another world that our universe doesn't contain "not a life"?! How does learning important skills (some of which we will cover later on in this post) that can be taught in the comfort of you home "not a life"?!?! How is experiencing a life beyond your own, one that has different emotions, one that possibly bonds with creatures or plants, and watching them develop as a being "NOT A LIFE"?!?!?!
And now, my fellow Twisters, here are the few reasons why you should play video games:
In the world of video games, there are moments when it's going to get tough. And in those moments, you can't just look down at your controller and spam whatever buttons because you're confused (though this will happen many, many times; this has happened to me waaaaaay too much). So, as you continue to play video games, your hand-eye coordination becomes better. You've memorized what button is where, what each of those buttons do, and when a difficult situation arises, you will have everything down.
Another thing that is very evident in the world of video games are the puzzles. There are a lot of puzzles. Too many, in all honesty. One of the key features of the Legend of Zelda is the puzzles contained inside. And trust me, they do get tough (just try beating Hero Mode). In these types of situations, you'll need to think and use your knowledge that you've gained from the game and just basic logic (both will soon grow) to solve them. Puzzle-solving is also very wonderful if you ever want to tackle an escape room. These are known for being very tricky and you need to think outside of the box to solve them (just like in Fetch!).
*throws hands up into the air pointing at the skills* See! Important skills!
A Visual Story
Have you ever read a book and bonded so much with the characters you felt as if you were travelling alongside them? Have you ever wanted to see what was actually happening and what the places actually looked like? Playing a video game lets you see all those things.
A video game is a book and a movie combined. It's a playable movie; it's a visual story. You still get very attached to the characters. You still get to cry with them. You still get to laugh with them. You still can experience heartbreak and sadness with them. But you can also see (in clear high definition, hopefully) what it was like for them. How it all, those emotions, those experiences, their position in life, came to be.
You're definitely not getting cheated out of an experience. Not at all.
You're getting an enhanced version of one.
Have you played video games before? If so, which one is your favorite? If you haven't, do you want to? Tell us in the comments!!
Bianca and I had the awesome opportunity to watch Nintendo's E3 live on Twitch on the 14th and the 15th. We knew that some awesome games were going to be introduced, demonstrated, and there was going to be some intense game-play, but what we saw was beyond anything I had imagined!
At Nintendo E3 Day 1, these two games were shown:
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Pokemon Sun and Moon @ E3 2016
and the new
Legend of Zelda
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild @ E3 2016
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Anyways, the trailer showed the new Alola Region, consisting of 4 different islands, one being man-made, the cute new Starter Pokemon: Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, the awesome Legendary Pokemon: Solgaleo and Lunala, the options of choosing your hero or heroine (which now has 4 different looks instead of the 3), and some of the characters that you'll be encountering (like the Professor, his assistant, and your new friend in Alola).
The trailer was truly outstanding, but then they jumped into gameplay. I got to say, this has got to be my first time really watching Pokemon gameplay (I watched a bit of Pokemon X and Y, but really just the beginning) and it was great! It was also Nintendo Treehouse's first time for live gameplay of Pokemon! It was super great to be a part of that, even if Bianca and i were at home watching on the couch. :P
The Pokemon game-play had so many pluses going for it that portraying it all will be kind of difficult. So let's just start with the first one on my list (because I took notes so you all can hopefully experience the awesomeness):
- Great Graphics - The graphics for the Pokemon games have been vastly improving, but this game's graphics are pretty amazing. The simplicity of the detail is evident in the way the characters and the Alola region were developed and created. Everything is vibrant and capturing, instantly drawing your attention and mindset into the world of Pokemon from the very beginning.
- Wonderful, Catchy Music - The music really does transport you into the Alola region. The music presented in the game has a very tropical feel to it, giving the player that sense of adventure and excitement. The music in the battles are also beautifully done. You feel the intensity, but also the enjoyment of battling.
- Intriguing Pokemon Battles - Like I have said before, I've never really seen Pokemon game-play, so when I got to see a Pokemon battle, I was shocked at how complex, yet simple the battle mechanics were. For Pokemon Sun and Moon, they have added a new element: You can see yourself and your Pokemon battle. I found out that this was a new feature in the Pokemon series and I had always thought that it was like that from the beginning. (See, I'm a novice at all things Pokemon.) That's not all, you are able to constantly check you and your opponents power status, their accuracy, etc. which can all be viewed on the touch screen.
- Multiplayer Battle Mode: Battle Royal - When they introduced this at Treehouse, I was so excited. The way Battle Royal works is that there are 4 players, each one picks up to 3 different Pokemon, and they battle with one Pokemon at a time. Battle Royal is a free-for-all battle, so the first trainer who loses all of their Pokemon signals the end of the battle. Though the way the winner is determined, the game tallies up how many Pokemon each player has defeated and how many Pokemon they have on their team. Whoever has the highest number is the winner of the Royal.
- Customize Outfits - People. This is what we've ALL been waiting for. They have finally given us the ability to customize our outfits. This was evident during the Battle Royal game-play that Treehouse did. I don't have a lot of information about this, but I know that the outfits that were seen are adorable.
Next is the Highly Anticipated:
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda games are held dear to many gamer's hearts, and I'm quite sure that this game is going to join that fast growing list.
Treehouse members, who was joined by the amazing Mr. Aonuma and Mr. Miyamoto, said that this game was to break the barriers between all past Zelda games. This got me super excited because in the trailer the super long bridge that was shown was seen and used in Twilight Princess. Then my mind got theorizing about how all the games could be connected and this timeline was created: (Spoilers Ahead!) Ocarina of Time - because it's the beginning, Marjora's Mask - Link is searching for Navi because she left him at the end of OoT, Hyrule Warriors - Link's admittance to the Hyrule Knights, Twilight Princess - reason being the Hero's Shade is said to be Link from OoT, then Skyward Swork - The floating islands were also in Twilight Princess, also it's a great progression with technology, lastly this game. It all sort of ties in. You know, with creativity. But anyways, moving back to the report.
The rest of Day 1 for Nintendo's E3 was spent viewing gameplay of the long awaited Legend of Zelda game. Because of that, I have a lot of points to go over on my list. So instead of completely boring you, I'm going to shorten them quite a bit:
- HUGE Open World - And I mean massive. It's crazy huge people. For the whole game preview, we only got to see what the E3 Demo area was, which was the Plateau. Guys, they didn't get to explore all of the Plateau because it was that big. And, according to IGN, Breath of the Wild's open world is 12 time bigger then Twilight Princess's. Twilight Princess was unbelievable big. So this, this is crazy big. Kudos to the designers. That takes a lot of time and that detail, crazy amazing.
- Outstanding Graphics - The detail in every is gorgeous. They actually to their time to deliver the awesomeness that the fans and players have been craving for. Everything is subtly bright, nothing too eye shattering, but it does instantly grab the attention of the player because of the color and the detail of the surroundings. You really do feel as if your there, exploring the changed world you awoke to.
- Survival Game - This game is very different from previous Zelda titles. When you cut the grass, hearts nor rupees come out, you're really just cutting the grass. Because of this, you'll need to find different ways to regain your hearts, and that also means you can't just start hitting enemies. They don't drop hearts either, so you'll have to think strategically to survive. To add to to the element of survival, to regain hearts, you must find and/or cook food. But there's more! There is a day to night cycle and also a weather cycle. These cycles affects the enemies in that area and also the terrain. So seriously, you will need a strategy. Though that's not the end! :P You scout out enemies camps and, using the Sheikah Slate, you can evaluate and identify the power and health of an enemy. Once you attack an enemy, they will probably always drop their weapon, and you can use their weapon against them. But, like I said so many times before, this is a survival game. So all weapons that you gain will eventually break after a certain number of uses. You can gather multiple different weapons, but they'll all break in the end.
- Amiibo Compatible - This game also has Amiibo compatibility. The Twilight Princess Wolf Link and Midna Amiibo can be used in this game. If you tap it in, then you can get Wolf Link as a adventure companion, because you are really going about this whole game alone. If you've played the Cave of Shadows, the hearts that you have saved on that game will transfer over to this game (that was my understanding, in the least). If Wolf Link dies, then it will take 1 day in real life for you to able to use the Amiibo for Wolf Link to come back. There are also some new Amiibo coming! Archer Link, Rider Link (Link is wearing a hood... :P), and a Guardian. These Amiibo that are coming are absolutely beautiful!
- Creative Element - A lot of creativity went into the creation of this game, so I wanted to say just a little bit about it, because I can't whatsoever portray the creativity that game has into words. The Treehouse members noticed that the art-style of the game was deeply based off of Japanese-style animation. You get that feeling when playing through the game, or watching someone else play. Most Japanese-style animation puts a lot of time an effort in giving the viewers/player the best that can be given (or all the things I've seen). Also, in the background there is piano music. This gives the game an emotional effect, and it also matches the surroundings you're in. Again, kudos to all the people who worked on this game.
There's more game excitement coming up in a few days. Because Day 2 of Nintendo's E3 covered a lot more games, I'm probably going to put Day 2 into quite a few parts. So be on the look out for those! The other posts will be in the "Game Reviews," just to give you all a heads up!
Also! I want to know all of your opinions on what Bianca and I should call you. Like Parker Games' followers are called Jeffery's, so we wanted to do something like that. Here it is:
Are you looking forward to any of these games? Tell us in the comments!
What? What's out?
Majora's Mask 3D is finally (and officially) OUT!!
Yup! You read correctly, and I'm just excited about it as you are! (Assuming you're excited about... you are excited about, though. Right?) Majora's Mask was the first Legend of Zelda game that Bianca and I have ever played! We didn't know that it was an LoZ game at the time, we were just playing it for the fun of it. (Well, Bianca was playing most of the time. I just watched and observed.) Man was that game stressful! If you want to look at all the little details and such, visit the Nintendo site and discover all the wonderful nicks and nacks for yourself!
Please leave a comment to tell me what you think about the releasing of Majora's Mask for the 3DS!
Okay.... That might just be me who thinks that... Might, but I truly do think that. I mean... LOOK!
And let's up not forget about the OTHER Legend of Zelda games... (I've only played one and seen walkthrough's for the other... -_-)
- Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (let's add this one for safety measures)
- Legend of Zelda
- Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
- Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
- Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
- Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
- Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- The Adventure of Link
And then comes FIRE EMBLEM. Never played one of their games or watched any walkthroughs, but one day... I'm going too. But here is the reason why Fire Emblem...
Thanks and tell me what you think in the comments!
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Yup! Today, I'm going to be talking about school. I know this may sound very boring, but hey, it may be useful in the days ahead. Okay, so to the point. NEVER EVER SAY SCHOOL IS WORTHLESS OR IT WON'T HELP YOU.
- School will so help you in life, if you don't learn it now, you'll learn it the hard(er) way when you're older.
- If you say school is worthless, or boring, or undeniably hard, it's going to get harder. If you say something is hard even though it's easy (or if you say that you computer is a piece of junk). Then you are jinxing EVERYTHING.
And school WILL help you in life. Math will, Science will, Literature is just amazing (if you want to be a game designer READ), Grammar, Usage and Mechanics helps you speak right and vocabulary lets you learn new words. But if you say that it's hard. It'll be just like your computer. It'll get harder if you don't learn to love it. I'm still trying to love doing school, but I can tell you this, it has been getting easier.
And now, you've all been seeing that the post title says 'And The Number 'Eleven'?'. I was looking at Pinterest (no, I don't have an account, -_-) and I found this funny image.
Hehe, people will have no idea what I'm talking about... :D Remember love doing school and be kind to your computer.
Thanks and please comment!
I apologize for not blogging lately, life has been pretty busy. So I found a friend showed me this cool thing called, Pixlr Express, and I've been using it a ton lately.
Ya wanna see?
On the right hand corner you can see the pictures. The left are the originals and the right are the ones I edited. Also, know that the pictures have been on my computer for a long time, so I do not know their origin, but the third, fifth and sixth picture I found on Club Nintendo.
So as you can see by the title, I've been playing video games for the past week and it has been AWESOME! So far, Charisma and I have been chilling out with some Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, then we played some Mario Karts: Double Dash on the GameCube and then I've been obsessing over the new Legend of Zelda game that's about to come out.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Awesome sounding, right?
It's coming out Spring of this year (2015) and I'm just freaking out. (Here is the reason why I'm freaking out: Click Here) And since it's coming out to the 3DS, I'm even more happy! So, once I can get the game, I'll be happy and satisfied till I'm done with both games (like 100% done).
So, I've been drawing Majora's Mask and it's turning out pretty good so far actually. It's much better than I thought it was going to turn out. But, I'm kind of scared to continue, because I might mess it up (which would be terrible). But here are pictures of what the Majora's Mask looks like.
So what's your favorite video game? Tell me in the comments!
So today, as you can see in the title, I've been burning pop-tarts, I'm going to boast (or brag, which ever you like the most) about my Christmas presents, and I'm going to be talking about the new Girl of the Year (GOTY) from American Girl!
First, the burning of the pop-tart...
Yup! I killed a pop-tart today that was suppose to go in my tummy. I wanted the pop-tart to be a LOT hotter than 30 seconds in the microwave would've done, so I put it on 1:00 minute. And then the inside of the pop-tart spilled out in the microwave and it turned black. BLACK PEOPLE, BLACK! And when I opened up the microwave, it was FULL of smoke. Just smoke. It was terrible. So, I rushed around trying to get the smoke out. I opened the back door, turned on the microwave fan on high, grabbed a towel and started fanning the smell out the back door. It took a LOT of effort, like a ton. So now, all I can smell is burnt pop-tart. It was so sad....
Next, my Christmas Presents...
I'm going to be talking about my Christmas presents! I got a ton, so I'll just tell you my four favorite presents and the present that Santa got me (yes, I do believe).
- A Rose Gold Necklace that I got from my Grandparents
- A Nail File Kit that Charisma gave me
- A Mustache-Shaped Chalkboard that my dad got for me (A Mustache everyone, A MUSTACHE!!!! I love mustaches... :3)
- And last but not least, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that a friend gave Charisma and I.
When Charisma and I saw that we got THE Legend of Zelda game, we freaked out. It was the BEST THING EVER. And Santa got Charisma and I a vanity! :D
And Lastly, the new American Girl: Girl of the Year doll, Grace Thomas!
2015 not only brought us a new year, it got us a new American Girl of the Year too! Meet Grace Thomas everyone! I feel as if she's different than your normal GOTY (Girl of the Year) What do you think about her?
Well, that's it guys (so far).
Thanks and please comment!
And so, I've got some amazing pictures to show you.
(P.S. My favorite Hero is "The Hero: Link".)
Isn't it really pretty? It just looks mystical, and the fact that it's Legend of Zelda, makes it WAY cooler!
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