My daughters got me playing Pokemon Go. I really don’t care much about it, I catch what I catch and level as fast as I level. I don’t much care about fighting at gyms, I don’t care if I catch them all because it’s virtually impossible to do so, but when we’re all out doing something and their noses are in their phones, at least we have something to talk about. But I’ve noticed something interesting, or maybe sad, about Pokemon Go players.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
Wow, when you get the anti-piracy crazies out in force, you never know what you’re going to get.
Now I’m not going to talk about piracy itself, pro or con, in this article, just the absurd lengths that some people go when arguing against it.
Having been playing these silly tablet app games for a long time now, there’s one thing that I’ve grown to really hate, to the point of considering dropping a couple of games that require it. That happens to be the ridiculous treadmill that some games require that you keep running on to get ahead, a treadmill you just can’t get off of and can’t opt out of. It’s a part of app gaming that I find eminently frustrating.
I was recently contacted by the folks at ManCrates.com to write something about my favorite memories of video games long past. I thought about it for a while, then I thought about it some more and while I can write about a lot of different memories, my video gaming cred goes all the way back to the original home pong machines. I could talk at length about the earliest Atari consoles, my Intellivision, and a whole line of Nintendo games that stretch from the earliest days.
However, I decided that I wanted to talk about a later game, one that doesn’t come from the home, but from the world of the video arcade. Yes, kids today are probably unaware that at one point in time, video games came mostly in a stand-up box that you found mostly in clusters at a video arcade. This particular game, however, I found in the student center at college and, for reasons I really have no understanding, I became obsessed with.
I used to write about various Android app games that I was playing, but I haven’t really done so in a while, mostly because I haven’t changed much. I’ve dropped some games but I really haven’t picked up any and, for the most part, nothing significant has changed. I did want to revisit the first app review that I ever did, Simpsons: Tapped Out, because I have some good and some not so good things to say about the game.
At least I’m honest.
Over on a woodworking forum, someone asked for a recommendation for a new table saw and a lot of people came back recommending the Saw Stop. I won’t deny that it’s a decent saw, I won’t deny that it has proprietary potentially finger-saving technology, I simply have no interest whatsoever in owning one, even if I was in the market for a new table saw, which, granted, I’m not.
I’ve always been a fan of many of Nintendo’s consoles, maybe I just like rooting for the underdog, but I’ve owned every single one of them for generations. However, while they’ve made some really cool systems, they also tend to have some rather sizeable problems.
This is the latest one I’ve found.
I haven’t written about app gaming in a very long time, not because I’ve stopped doing it but because I haven’t really started playing any new games. I have stopped playing a couple, things that I’ve given up on and there’s even more that I’m likely to give up on in the near future and when that happens, I sometimes poke around to find something new to do.
This is the most recent one I’ve tried, Ancient Egypt: Age of Pyramids.
I’ve probably played most of the major Lego games that have ever been made, it’s something my wife and I can sit down and play together and generally enjoy but, to be honest, Lego games have a lot of problems that never seem to get fixed and I, for one, am really getting tired of being frustrated by the games and am considering calling a moratorium.
That’s a question I get all the time, especially because I’m very critical of modern MMOs, the people who play them and the complete waste of time most of them have become. You’d think that, since I don’t really like them as they are, that I should just go play something else, right? It’s been suggested time and time again by people who, I’m sure, are plenty sick of hearing me point out the numerous flaws in pretty much every game out there, but you know what keeps me playing MMOs, at least the little bit that I still do?
MMOs are about the only thing out there with the wealth of content that I want.