Author Archives: Emmie Mei

Revisiting MMOs: Sometimes you CAN stay friends with your ex’s!

It’s been years…. but you can never forget your first love. That feeling of infatuation, the hours of sweat and tears put into your new blossoming relationship. You blew off plans with friends just so you can spend time together, and your PDA (Private Displays of Addiction) were intense… But sometimes, feelings fade. You look down the aisles of stores and find so many new options; new adventures. Next thing you know, you and your very first MMORPG drift apart….—

Wait, you thought I was talking about a person? What on earth made you even think that?

Any who, my point was that you never forget your first MMORPG. However, while you may never forget it, it’s commonly said that going back to your first ever MMORPG doesn’t feel the same. While you may try to replay it after years of a hiatus, the slight feeling of nostalgia doesn’t compare to the excitement and sense discovery you had when you had first made your account and character. In some occasions people have even gone back to their first love for a few months, but even in those cases the game-play doesn’t last long. The game-play is outdated, and MMORPG’s themselves tend to have communities full of veteran players that tend to not be friendly to noobies (this isn’t ALWAYS the case, but it’s defiantly something people have noticed, including myself).
Although the chances are low, it is still possible to go back to your first MMORPG and fall in love all over again. Maybe you see a new appreciation for the game, or maybe at the time you first joined, you were young and dumb and didn’t even know how to play the game properly. Maybe the game did a brilliant job at keeping the game play fresh and up to date, or has a formula that other games just haven’t been able to pull off. While unlikely, sometimes you can be friends with your ex! Just remember, an ex is an ex for a reason!

Have you guys experienced anything like this? I know I have! (Rest in peace Mabinogi…) Did it work out for you guys, or were things just not the same as they once were? Let us know, and thanks for reading!


– Emmie

Splatoon 2: A look into Splatfests.

 

Let’s talk Nintendo for a moment here. Splatoon 2 is a third-person shooter that was released for the Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2017. Today, however, I will NOT be talking about Splatoon in it’s full glory. Instead, I’m going to be talking about an event that is held once every few weeks in the Splatoon series: Splatfest.

Nintendo, a week before Splatoon 2’s release, put up a free demo of the game to spread word of the game itself. The catch, if one can really call it that, is that you didn’t play a demo of the story mode of the game. Instead, you got to play 3 free hours of Splatoon 2 during a Splatfest. “But.. What IS a Splatfest?” A Splatfest is when the game divides itself divides into two teams, each representing something different per Splatfest. Some examples of past themes have been cats vs dogs, winter vs summer, ect. The Splatfest that demoed the game, however, was ice cream vs cake.

Here’s a bit of general knowledge on what a Splatfest is: you go to a booth in-game, and pick what side you want to win. Once you pick, there’s no going back, and you now represent that certain team when Splatfest begins. You get a t-shirt with your teams name and logo on it, and into the fray you go! You pair up with 3 other people who have chosen the same team as you, and you fight 4 members of the opposite team for 3 minutes. Who ever wins gets points added to their team, and the winners are revealed an hour after Splatfest ends. Unfortunately, to prevent people from just picking the winning side, you don’t actually have any real idea of who’s winning or losing the Splatfest until the end result. I think it adds to the fun and excitement though. Why stress over something you don’t know and can’t control?

Everyone wins upgrades for their gear at the end of Splatfest, but the winning team gets more than the losing. I think it’s a nice touch for those who put hard work into the Splatfest. Overall, I think Splatfests are a great way to bring those who may stray away from Splatoon 2 back into the game for a weekend of fun. In fact, there was a Splatfest just this past weekend: ketchup vs mayo. I’m team ketchup, but what side would YOU pick?

Video Game Summit 2017 – Villa Park, IL

The Video Game Summit is a retro video game convention that I’ve been trying to attend for the last several years, but for whatever reason I always happen to have something big going on that weekend and I’m forced to miss it. This year, I almost missed it again; but thanks to my wife reminding me about it I was finally able to attend the Video Game Summit 2017. I checked with a few friends to see if they were interested in going and as luck would have it, fellow Gamer Logic admin Emmie was wanting to check it out as well; so off we went.

The VGS took place this year at the Odeum Sports & Expo Center in Villa Park, IL and admission at the door was $10.00. For those of you who attend video game conventions like the Midwest Gaming Classic, the small size of the event may surprise you at first; but the event still packs a lot punch. Housed in the Odeum Upper Convention Hall, one can walk through the entire convention in minutes; but doing so would make you miss what over 40 vendors had to offer. If you’ve been in the hobby long enough, you know you must look at a vendor table at least 5 times to really see everything. Just exploring the vendor tables alone; Emmie and I spent about two hours searching for things and we both ended up with an excellent number of pickups. Many of the vendors were very friendly and the first thing you heard most of them say was that they were flexible with their prices. Bundle deals were being made left and right and there was plenty of variety to found at the seller tables.

The Summit attendees were also very friendly and I had several pleasant conversations with them at random moments during the event. That’s something I don’t think you can really experience with many of the larger gaming conventions these days. Perhaps that’s due to people just wanting to get to point A to point B and get out of there, but that wasn’t the case at VGS.

“Hey guys, Emmie here to interrupt this program to give a lil’ bit of my side of what happened at the summit! At one point, Mike & myself came across a table with TONS of Amiibo cards for Animal Crossing and Yo-kai Watch medals (both of which I collect!) While looking, I said hello to the vendor, and he ended up being Paul Zimmerman; one of the Berserk world champs! He was extremely kind, and even gave me a deal on the cards and medals! I even looped back around to his table after browsing the other tables and spent the rest of my cash there, not just because of what he had to sell, but because he was so nice to me as well! He helped me sift through his card decks to look for a specific neighbor to add to my collection as well! I definitely look forward to going back next year, and I hope Mike & I will be able to help out at the event, instead of just being attendees! Alright, back to you Boss! Emmie OUT!”

I’ll be attending the VGS again next year! Even though the event is small, I walked out of it with a pretty positive experience. Perhaps Gamer Logic will even have a presence there next year. We shall see.

Check out the official VGS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VideoGameSummit/