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All I want for Christmas

(Editor’s Note: The Noob of All Trades goes back to the future of two years ago to finally maybe join the present of video games.)

Regular visitors to the page (shout out to the both of you!) know that Chris and I are traditionalists–grumpy old men–when it comes to games, especially video games. A�We have Magic as our go to table A�top game, but we have branched out to others like Herclix and Dicemasters. A�Rarely do we ever branch out into new video game territory. A�Hell, neither of us even owns a PS4, XBox One or Wii U and those are soon to be last gen.

It’s not that I think new video games are bad. A�I will be the first to admit that I don’t understand the appeal of all of the Call of Duty games. A�Most new games, however, impress me with their graphics and story. A�I guess that I just haven’t been impressed enough to spend the money on one of the systems. A�If you know anything about building drama, you know that this is the point where I write, “Until now…”

Then again, games are tough to enjoy when you spend most of your time waiting for the respawn timer to expire.
Then again, games are tough to enjoy when you spend most of your time waiting for the respawn timer to expire.

Until now, none of the next generation systems from the last couple ofA�years have not dropped in price to the point that i’m a comfortable paying yet, but I am considering a purchase of two of them if Santa doesn’t bring them. A�Which two? A�You may be asking. A�If so, thanks for asking and let me explain.

The first one should be obvious if you’ve followed my articles over the past few weeks. A�Actually, both of them should be obvious, but one is maybe slightly more obvious, so I will start there. A�I grew up with video games. A�We owned an Atari 2600 and even a 7800. A�I played (and beat) the game considered by some to be the worst of all time, E.T. A�I received Jungle Hunt as a gift after receiving 14 stitches in my head. A�I can still play Pitfall to a stand still in the timed mode.

Doesn't look so bad does it?  Certainly not deserving of its reputation as a barren Hellscape of a game.  There are plenty of games I'd put below E.T.  Call of Duty among them.
Doesn’t look so bad does it? Certainly not deserving of its reputation as a barren Hellscape of a game. There are plenty of games I’d put below E.T. Call of Duty among them.

Our parents bought us an NES one year for Christmas. A�Upon playing Mario for the first time, I immediately switched allegiance from Atari to Nintendo. A�I had a brief fling with Sega during the Genesis days and overpaid for a Playstation, but Nintendo remains my favorite system and game maker. A�Even now, during a time when other gamers flock away from the “casual” nature of Wiimotes and Amibos, I remain firmly in the corner of Big N.

Two games, especially finally have me excited about the prospects of owning a Wii U. A�The first is Super Mario Maker. A�I know nothing about this game, but the name alone makes my heart flutter. When I mentioned it to him, he seemed less than enthusiastic about it. A�I started to wonder if maybe my own enthusiasm might be misplaced. A�Nintendo is capable of making bad games, after all. A�However,A�A�Liam has since filled me in on some of the details and I’m even more jazzed about the game.

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Nintendo can make bad games. After all, remember this turd? Yeah, me neither.

He said to me the other day, “I thought you could just make levels, Dad. A�But, now I realize that you can share them with people, too. A�That’s really cool.” A�See, I was under the impression from the beginning that was the appeal of the game. A�I’m glad that I was not wrong. A�I’d have been very disappointed otherwise. A�I mean, how many times have you played a Mario game and thought, This level would be so much cooler if they did this. A�If you anything like me, you’ve lost count. A�I can’t wait to unleash those ideas on unsuspecting gamers.

The other game for Wii U–the one that pushed me over the edge–is Smash Bros. A�I played the first one many years ago. A�I’m a fan of fighting games and a fighting game with all of the Nintendo characters sounded great. A�Unlike MK and SF, games that both have a robust one player mode, Smash Bros is a fighting game for people with friends. A�Now that Liam and Aiden are both old enough and taking an interest in games, I want to try Smash Bros as intended. A�Other games interest me, too, but those are the two games that make me most want Santa to bring a Wii U.

Come on, Fat Man!  Don't let us down!
Come on, Fat Man! Don’t let us down!

My second system of choice on the list is also obvious, though maybe less so. A�I went with Microsoft during the 360/PS3 generation mainly for the Kinect that now lies buried in my big box of dead electronics. A�I thought about continuing with the XBox One because I figured that both machines were the same and I wanted to stay consistent. A�That attitude persisted until recently.

I mentioned to Kevin (he of Episode 2 infamy) that I wanted one of the systems and that I was leaning in the direction of XBox One. A�He stated flatly that the PS4 is better. A�I trust his advice and now I’m definitely going to get a PS4 at some point when I have the spare cash. A�I don’t have to explain two of the reasons for my interest, as I went into it in an early article.

i will write, briefly, on another game that recently got my attention again. A�I loaded up DOOM on my Steam account the other day. A�I’ve been thinking of doing some playthrough videos of the game to show secrets. A�While playing, it triggered in my brain that a new one is in development for the PS4 and XBox One. It is also coming out on PC, but I need another reason to convince my skeptical wife that I must ahve another video game machine. A�None of it, of course, will change her mind, but a new DOOM game has left no doubt that I’m soon going to own a PS4. A�Maybe I’ll buy myself one for my birthday next month.

Posted this to the Instagram account with the caption, "Still one of the best feelings in gaming."  I hope that your character gets that same grin in the new game.
Posted this to the Instagram account with the caption, “Still one of the best feelings in gaming.” I hope that your character gets that same grin in the new game.

Quick Hits: Thankful for Gaming

(Editor’s Note: A�There was supposed to be aA�weekly series this month in honor of Thanksgiving and to fight, just a bit, against what has been called Christmas creep. A�As with most things around here, that plan has been completely ignored in favor of no plan. A�Hey, it’s part of our charm.)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about the things that made me thankful. A�A�The list was incomplete and not only because I refrained from most mention of the usual reasons to be thankful. A�If I truly listed everything for which I’m thankful, it would come in much longer than the usual 1000-1500 word articles that I usually write. A�With more and more pages pushing video content, and the slow death of the written word as most recently evidenced by ESPN killing Grantland, I should probably refrain from such marathon articles. A�Don’t worry, I won’t. A�Because YOLO. A�Are the kids still saying YOLO? A�I really need to research popular culture more.

Apparently, Sam Jackson doesn't think that the kids should be saying that anymore.
Apparently, Sam Jackson doesn’t think that the kids should be saying that anymore.

Nevertheless, I did want to take a stand against “Christmas creep” this month and it has proven difficult to come up with topics for this particular holiday. A�Unlike Halloween or Christmas, there aren’t a ton of Thanksgiving movies. A�You decorate mostly in a generic Harvest theme like you would if you don’t want to go overboard for Halloween like we did this year. A�I’m not desperate enough yet to do a Food Channel style “Top 15 sides or deserts”…yet. A�Stay tuned. A�It might be coming over the next few days. A�There’s just not a lot that defines this holiday other than the “thankful” bit.

One of the things that I mentioned in the previous article that I’ve been thinking about is the bit about this being a good time to be a gamer. A�The article didn’t specifically talk about games, but I’m narrowing the focus for this article. A�My nerd cred isn’t as deep as it used to be. A�I don’t read comics monthly. A�I’ve all but given up on zombies. A�All I have left is games. A�In keeping with the spirit, I present some of the reasons that I’m thankful to be a gamer.

  • I will start with the obvious. A�There are so many different types of games available and so many different games available of each of those types. A�Just this year, I’ve discovered Dicemasters and Heroclix on the tabletop, too many free to play games to mention via Steam and mbile (some that I haven’t even played yet), and Fallout 3 on the XBox 360.
  • I know that some of you will disagree with this bullet point. A�Two of my closest gaming friendsA�do, but it is finally time. A�Given my near allergic reaction to the thought of facing Black Friday crowds, I’m not sure how to do it, but I really want one of the Wii U bundles. A�I know. A�Wii U sucks. A�It barely even gets mentioned in the fanboy console wars. A�Just another terrible Nintendo gimmick with no real games. A�Blah, blah, blah. A�Liam and I are unapologetic Nintenerds, though, and the Wii U is one gimmick that has us both excited.
I've often said that Nintendo just has to make a new Mario, Zelda, and Metroid game and they've sold me a console. Whoever made this picture, please adopt me.
I’ve often said that Nintendo just has to make a new Mario, Zelda, and Metroid game and they’ve sold me a console. Whoever made this picture, please adopt me.
  • Times are especially great for cheap gamers. A�I already mentioned the F2P and Freemium movement. A�Again, you may have different attitudes about those games, but I love the idea. A�Putting our differences aside, I think that we can all agree that finally getting a PS3 because they are so cheap is a great idea.
  • Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront. A�I haven’t played either but I’m completely obsessed with both. A�The announcement of Fallout 4 had me more excited than any other game except for Portal 3 if it ever happens. A�Star Wars wasn’t even on my radar until I started hearing reports from people that it felt like playing the movies. A�Now, both of the games have me thinking that I need to find a way to get a PS4 instead of a 3.
Nevermind. Whoever made this needs to adopt me. Wait, you can both adopt me. It doesn't matter if you're both dudes, I live in Massachusetts and we're totally cool with it. We could be like that old TV show. Full House.
Nevermind. Whoever made this needs to adopt me. Wait, you can both adopt me. It doesn’t matter if you’re both dudes, I live in Massachusetts and we’re totally cool with it. We could be like that old TV show. Full House.
  • Gaming led me to create this web page and other accounts as a result. A�It hasn’t had the reach that I hoped it would, but I’m having fun. A�Similar to my other writing, hopefully people discover and enjoy it.
  • Many of the games that I play have given me something else to share with my kids. A�Likewise, they discover and share games with me on a regular basis.
  • Still other games have rekindled old friendships, opened up aspects of friendships never considered, and have the potential to open up entirely new friendships.
  • Overall, as I mentioned, this is a great time to be a gamer. A�There are just so many games of all types that bring together family and friends.