Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Strange Video Game Reviews: Ocarina of Time

*This week's GBE2 is to write a post that's 100 words long, so here we go....*

Some strange reviewers   hate the highest rated video game of all time. Why? Because of "no voice acting," (Duh) "it started the decay of LoZ" (seriously?) and "it's hard to turn Epona around corners." (it's really not) And someone called it "linear." *rotfl*

Maybe these people don't know anything about Zelda or maybe they're crazed PlayStation fans. I can understand not liking a popular game, but a lot of these reviewers seem to hate it simply because they're "real, experienced gamers" and real gamers don't play "cutesy games" or such nonsense. Yeah right....

Friday, July 1, 2011

Money in Trees and Other Crazy Video Game Elements

This week's GBE2 challenge isn't a word like usual, it's a picture:

So what does my video game filled brain think of? Why, crazy elements in games like finding money in trees, bushes, the grass, a box, a crate, jar, etc etc, of course! In fact, I wrote an article about this a year ago.

There have been many times where I looked at trees and thought "hey, I could use a few bucks, I'll just go get my sword...." Wouldn't that be pretty awesome? Speaking of crazy money, it could also be nice if bottle caps where currency like in Fallout.

But there are other weird things in video games we have grown accustom to besides money trees and bottle caps. Ammo is another thing that pops up in unexpected places. It's really cool when you kill a zombie and the body dissolves into a nice box of bullets.  Or how about health? Many games have started automatically refilling health, a practice that was made popular with the regenerating shields Halo Combat Evolved.  In the middle of a gun battle and you feel like you're about to die? That's no problem when all you got to do is hide behind a fence or building and wait a few seconds. Of course, this doesn't guarantee that you will never die in  game, but it is convenient, especially in FPSs  and other action intensive games.

Video games don't mirror real life, but when it comes to finding money in trees and bushes, sometimes I wish they did.