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This week, there’s Discord among the ranks as we discuss the digital gaming marketplace. Then we (Let’s) Go headfirst into the latest Pokemon game as we round out the year and look forward to one last episode to round out the year!

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John Marney

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Derreck Mayer

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Lifeformed

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GH40: KCCC 2017 Panel

Catch our KCCC (Kansas City Comic Con) 2017 live panel! We talk with the audience about guilty pleasure video games including some classics from the N64 era, DOS PC gaming, and maybe a few arcade additions!

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Best Prank Gift Games on Steam

Here’s a list of some of my favorite games to prank gift on Steam, the PC game platform. Sometimes you want to get back at friend who let you die in a co-op mode. Other times it’s a real life friend you want to give a chuckle. The best games tend to be obviously horrible and don’t cost much and sometimes you can find it on a Steam sale very cheap. I buy’em in bulk and dole them out later.

Best Prank Games on Steam



Lovely Weather We’re Having

Lovely Weather We're Having - On Steam
This game takes an interesting idea, and well … fiddles with it and then lets it die. Using your local weather data to affect the game’s environment is a great way for your friends to waste time. Imagine the weather sucking outside so your friend has to stay indoors and play games and then they find this dud waiting for them. On top of all of that, the game is buggy to boot, a decent choice for a prank gift. Check out the game here.



Bad Rats

bad rats - On Steam

Ugliest of all the Prank Games

Ever longed for those awkward days of video games, the ones with the early Playstation, when game makers were way too ambitious with the graphics and didn’t have any of that 8-bit nostalgia going for them? This is that kinda game; however, it is made fairly recently and looks horrible. So much so that the online website Kotaku described it as “putridly awkward.” And it’s a physics puzzle game for some reason. And oh yea it has something to do with rats killing cats or something. I’ve actually never played. I just give it out to friends. At least it’s cheap prank gift. Check out the game here.

Bad Rats Gif



Barbie Dreamhouse Party

Barbie Dream House - On Steam

Pinkest of Prank Games

The first reflex to give to all of your Black Ops teammates this game isn’t a bad choice. Though it’s usually not on sale, it’s overly pink and girly atmosphere will never let your teammates forget your gesture. Some of the more interesting Steam user tags I’ve seen for this are “Demonic”, “Gun Customization”, “Pyschological Horror” and “Female protagonist”  … naturally. Check out the game here.



The Graveyard

Grave Yard

Most somber of all the Prank Games

Sometimes I like my prank gifts to be summed up in a single sentence. This one would be: “Old lady walks around a grave yard.” That’s it. Judging by the screenshots and the trailer that sums things up succinctly. This is the king of Walking Simulators. Give it to your deep, self-righteously intelligent friends. Tell them to look for the hidden meaning of the game, you know, symbolism and stuff like that. Check out the game here.



Viscera Cleanup Detail

Viscera cleanup detail - On Steam

This is another great game for shooter fans. It has actions scenes with blood, gore, and mayhem. Not that you’ll be participating in any of it, you’ll be cleaing up after everyone else. I hope my shooter fans enjoyed the realistic physics as they put gibs in the trash. Check out the game here.

Viscera cleanup detail



Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015

Shower With Dad - On Steam

Best Prank Gift of All Time

Simply put, this is the best prank gift of all time. With users stating “this game lost me 12 Steam friends in 53 minutes…” and “perfect game to gift to random people.” This is game is perfect for all of your friends, not just the long term Team Fortress friends but even real life friends as well.  Even if you don’t give it away and instead keep it for your self, your friends will be seeing you playing this gem of a game. With an awkward title that is… hard to ignore, what makes this such a great prank gift is not just the title or implied nudity and awkwardness but its price. It usually goes for just twenty five cents when on sale. I usually buy a couple and keep them in my inventory, giving them out to people on servers who irritate me for some reason. Check out the game here.



Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator - On Steam

Goat Prank Games

This is proabably the most classic and best known prank gift. No one actually wants to play a goat, don’t believe the reviews, they’re trying to take advantage of your gulbility. But if you can find a person who’s new to Steam gaming, then throw this at’em. It should at least make them pause and wonder why … Check out the game here.



Confrontation

confrontation - On Steam

Where a lot of prank games are never too serious this game is an honest attempt to make a fun dungeon crawler game. Except that it falls flat on its face due to sub-par graphics, poor game-play, barely functional mechanics, and terrible story. This game deserves its Steam reputation as one of the worst.  I mean even the trailer for it looks bad. Save this one for a birthday to surprise your friends, sneaking it beneath the radar, tricking them into installing it and making them think you care about them. Check out the game here.

confrontation Scene



The Secret of Magic Crystals

Secret of Magic Crystals - On Steam

All I know is, this game has ponies that you groom and train. There is also something about getting special horses like unicorns and stuff. You go about unlocking brushes and other treats. Imagine a horse stable simulator but gone horrible wrong. I usually give this to my online friends who are wound too tight. Pets help with this right? Check out the game here.

Secret of Magic Crystals Horse

Horse Prank Games

Are there any other great Steam prank games out there that I missed? Comment below with your favorite prank games to give out to friends or that annoying online player!

Best Prank Gift Games on Steam

Zombie Vikings – Review

Zombie Vikings.  The name is enticing.  I certainly do love vikings, and zombies are still cool..ish,  so I was excited to give this game a shot.  The basic premise is that you are one of four different zombie vikings summoned to life by the Norse god Odin, to recover his one good eye from the trickster Loki.

The first thing that catches your eye is the unique art style.  It is different and interesting to look at, and certainly fits right in to what the game is trying to be.

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You choose from four different characters to play from in each level: The very tiny and very spiky Hedgy, the large armored Gunborg, the small but powerful Caw-Kaa, or the “has-an-Octopus-for-a-stomach” Seagurd.  Each character plays very similarly, with each having a unique special move.  For me, it came down to which one I thought looked the coolest, as none of the special moves really appealed to me one way or another.

The gameplay wasn’t at all a game changer or impressive.  It feels nearly identical to other games in the genre, wrapped in a different package.  That’s not to say it isn’t fun, or a good game; it’s just that nothing about it really stands out among other games in the genre.  Simplistic controls and a low difficulty level means that even the most novice of gamers will be able to be successful playing this game.

The first boss you run into was pretty obviously a throwback reference to one of my favorite characters of all time, “Earthworm Jim”.  That was a positive point in the play through, as appealing to a players nostalgia is a path straight to their heart if executed well.

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As far as the writing and humor in the story goes, there were some moments that gave me a slight smirk, but it seemed to rely mostly on crude bodily fluid humor.  If you love poop jokes, you will most likely love the humor in here.  For me, it wasn’t really doing much.

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The music and sound effects managed to not get overly repetitive, which is a solid plus on a game of this type. 

Overall, a fun game that doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, but still manages to be a fun mindless game to play with your buddies.  I can’t recommend it fully at the $19.99 price point on Steam, but if you can grab it for $5 -$10 during a sale, do it.

Ryan’s rating: 5 out of 10 random Octopus appendages.

The Grid Rating Saucer 2.5

 

 

If you’re looking for more information, check out Zombie Vikings here – Zoink Games Website

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Zombie Vikings – Review

Atom Bomb Baby – A.K.A. My Experience with Fallout 4

Fallout 4.

I couldn’t believe it was happening.  The excitement for this game’s announcement was near Half-Life 3 levels and deservedly so.  The last 2 games in the series were some of my favorite games of all time.  Yes, even New Vegas.  Don’t be a hater.

The game opens with you in your quaint 1950’s house, having discussions with your spouse about your baby, how you need to get your Mr. Handy serviced soon, and eventually goes to the topic of the inevitable nuclear war.  Just then, a salesman from Vault-Tec knocks on your door, wanting to ensure your spot in Vault 111 when the bombs drop.

Wouldn’t you know it?  Within minutes of him leaving, you are running for your life.  Running past all your friends and neighbors, the rest of civilization that doesn’t have a spot in the vault.  As you get to the vault and the elevator starts to drop, BOOM, you see an explosion. The world turns a terrifying shade of orange, and the doors close above you.  You and your family are safe.

I’m not going to dig deep into the story, as I want you to be surprised by the twists and turns that it takes.  The main storyline is great, and as with other Fallout games, your choices can change the wasteland in a very visible way.

Let’s get real here, though.  The draw for Fallout games is never the main storyline.  It’s everything else you can do in the open world.  It’s dealing with the different factions, finding companions, getting that perfect suit of armor, scavenging for that perfect gun, and finding that next bobblehead.  It’s popping that super mutant’s head off with a sniper rifle from an obscene distance.  You get all that and more in this game.  If you thought you were testing the limits of your marriage with the last game, this one adds new mechanics that might just push it to the breaking point.  Call your lawyer and get the divorce paperwork ready, and let’s dig into this.

First of all, when I play a game with role-playing elements, I always pick a female character.  DON’T JUDGE ME!  Anyway, something I love about Fallout games is all the different clothing options available to you.  A downside to this particular Fallout game is that you have to make a choice: Either be fashionable, or have armor and not die immediately.  I’m hoping that’s something they patch in later.  I did my best to find a compromise i could be happy with.  This is, seriously, the outfit I have worn through the majority of my play time.

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Though, sometimes, a lady just needs a suit of power armor to get the job done.  You get your first suit of power armor very early in the game, which I wasn’t a huge fan of.  I haven’t used my suits of armor more than a handful of times, because they made me feel overpowered, as well as the fact that I didn’t spend all that time creating my characters look just to cover it up with a big metal helmet through the whole game.

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I am a dog person in real life, so it makes sense that in the game my character would use Dogmeat as a companion whenever possible.  When I first found him, mere minutes into the game, my first thoughts were “YAAAY PUPPY TIME” followed shortly with “I need to find him some armor.  Wait, is there even armor for dogs in this game?”  After my 60+ hours, I have finally found the last pieces to make Dogmeat look like the wasteland rock star he is.

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There are downsides to having Dogmeat as your companion, though.  The biggest downside, in my opinion, is that Dogmeat can be hurt.  It’s not a bad gameplay mechanic, because an invincible companion would be stupid.  Its a downside because seeing a raider kick my dog, and hearing his pained whine, sends me into an uncontrollable killing frenzy.  A bloodlust that can only be sated by the complete annihilation of all living entities in the vicinity of my puppy.  Also, I have wasted so many valuable stimpacks because it pains me so much to see my poor Dogmeat dragging himself around, barely able to move after a big fight.

A second downside is that now, when a raider sends an attack dog after me, I kill the raider and let Dogmeat handle the dog.  I then praise Dogmeat after he rips the other dog’s throat out in an epic finishing move.  QUIT JUDGING ME!

Really the only gameplay reason why Dogmeat sucks is for the sneaky type players.  If you shoot at an enemy, he runs in, thirsting for blood.  It makes sneaking much more difficult, and it may be a problem among all companion AI. Having only used Dogmeat, I can’t comment on that.

The biggest new mechanic that they added to the game is the addition of “Settlements,” and it’s a doozy.  Think player housing, x1000.  In the first 10 hours I played, I would bet that at least half of those hours were spent just customizing my first settlement, not knowing that I would be able to get other settlements in the future.  Truth be told, I have no idea how many settlements are actually available, but there are a ton, and you can customize every single one.  When you first get a new settlement, it’s usually a trash covered pit of junk, and it’s your job to change that.  From clearing out fallen trees and piles of tires to building new houses, trading depots, salvage stations and supply lines, to keeping your current settlers happy, it’s all up to you and your creativity.

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So, because you have to build power lines, water pumps, houses, turrets, guard posts, etc., you need materials.  You get materials from getting rid of all those fallen trees and tires, sure, but the good stuff comes from exploring the wasteland.  Everything in the game can be salvaged.  This has changed the loot mechanics in a very interesting way.  Now, when you are in that final room of a long quest, having just killed a boss, you will be more excited to pick up that desk fan for its sweet, sweet screws rather than the missile launcher sitting on his dead body.  It is a very smart way to make all that junk you see sitting around useful, and you will wish you maxed out strength to carry it all home with you.  I did not, so I found myself loading up Dogmeat with as much as he could carry just to get a little bit more back to my settlement.

Along with crafting for your settlement, you can also use materials to upgrade your guns, clothing, and power armor to suit your playstyle.  One thing you can’t craft, however, is ammunition.  It sucks, and is something I hope that they will patch in later on.

The game isn’t perfect, I have run into a few bugs, but not nearly as many as others have claimed.  Because I am playing the PC version, every bug I have encountered was easily fixable by using a console command or two, but I imagine those bugs would be pretty irritating for you console peasants out there.  Also, the radio is entertaining for the first hour of the game, but after the fourth or fifth play through of “Atom Bomb Baby”, you will find yourself switching to the classical station, or putting pandora on while you play.

So, how would I rate this game?  It’s a really great game with a solid storyline and no shortage of things to do.  The positives far outweigh the negatives.  With that said, I give the game 9 out of 10 Dogmeat throat-rips.  I highly recommend buying this game for PC if you have a system that can handle it, as there will be a ton of mods released in the coming months to fix the bugs and add all new gameplay elements.

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Thanks for reading!  Let me know if you agree with me in the comments below.

 

Atom Bomb Baby – A.K.A. My Experience with Fallout 4

Day in Review – June 23rd, 2015

Today was a big day for movies and video games.

First, as you may have seen in one of our posts earlier today, James Horner, long time movie composer, died in a plane crash.

Then, Marvel announced they had found their new Spider-Man in Tom Holland. This incarnation of Spider-Man is expected to show up in Captain America: Civil War next year and he will be getting his own solo film directed by Jon Watts. The Untitled Spider-Man film is slated for a July 2017 release. Tom Holland’s resume is a little short with noteworthy performances being released this year including In the Heart of the Sea. Jon Watts also has a fairly short director resume having directed several episodes of The Onion News Network and Onion SportsDome. His movie Clown came out last year and his latest work, Cop Car is slated for 2015.

Marvel continued their announcements by noting that Dr. Strange has headed to London to begin production. Dr. Strange, which is set to release in December 2016 stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Remember that Independence Day sequel? Well, it’s really happening AND it has an official title, Independence Day Resurgence. The final is set to star Liam Hemsworth in addition to some returning players including Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, and Brent Spiner. Will Smith will not be returning to the franchise. Many think it might have to do with the rough reception After Earth had but that is mainly just speculation at this time.

Star Trek: Axanar‘s latest Kickstarter is set for July 8th, per their blog. This will be their third crowdfunding campaign if you include their original Prelude to Axanar Indiegogo and their first Kickstarter. This new one will focus on production while the first had more to do with construction of the bridge set, finding warehouse space, and other pre-production tasks. I’ve actually contributed to both of their first two campaigns, so I’m sure I’ll continue with this one.

Remember the old video game Rampage? Well, whether you do or not, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in a film adaptation of the classic city destroyer arcade game, produced by New Line Cinema. In the original game, players got to choose from one of three animalistic monsters, George, Lizzie, and Ralph. You then tried to destroy more of the city than your competitors. Well, this time, it looks like Dwayne Johnson will be the hero but we’ll have to wait for Ryan Engle (Non-Stop) to be done with the script. Do you think Johnson will play a human or a giant monster terrorizing a city?

Speaking of video games, GameStop started their Retro Classics sales today, providing vintage video games and consoles including the NES, Genesis, and even Dreamcast. Check out our full article on the story.

To those excited for Batman: Arkham Knight, I hope you didn’t buy it on PC. Reports show that while xBox One and PS4 show no issues, the PC version has been loaded with graphics and performance issues. So keep an eye out.

What was your biggest news moment of the day? Anything we missed? Comment below!

Day in Review – June 23rd, 2015