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Your M rating does not make you more Mature

As our society ages so do our views on life. What was once unacceptable in society 20 years ago is now readily available to the general public. Recently I’ve been reading more and more about games on the horizon like Age of Conan, Witcher, and other games with adult content. These games are being developed to include intense violence/gore, nudity, strong language, and other suggestive adult themes which are all being marketed for adults. Honestly that’s fine. In the U.S. our country was founded on these principles of free speech and video games are covered under that right. Other countries have similar rights for their citizens. Let me be clear now, as I know there are those of you just chomping at the bit to bite my head off, put as much of this in your games as you choose – it’s your right.

Where I start having a problem is when people start praising that they finally will have a game for “mature” gamers and won’t be surrounded by “kids” anymore. They continue on about how adults really don’t have any form of gaming entertainment and that everything is being developed for kids. Today I read an article that stated Nintendo games are designed for kids. It’s uneducated ignorant statements like that which tick me off. If any time is taken to become informed anyone will see that the past few years Nintendo’s marketing has been entirely aimed on including everyone. The Wii has been constantly pushed as being the console that everyone can enjoy. Mario might have a “cartoony” look to him but is stopping a “mature adult” from enjoying Mario Galaxy? It may be on a Nintendo system but what makes Metroid any more aimed at kids than adults? I hope this doesn’t crush your world but there are M rated games on the Wii.

What about the PS3, Xbox360, and PC? If your “M” rating is so important to you then open your eyes and see that a vast number of games are receiving these ratings. Mass Effect, Gears of War, Resistance Fall of Man, Grand Theft Autos, and Diablo 1 & 2 are just the games that come to my mind immediately that received M ratings and have been enjoyed by adults. So what really sets these apart from Age of Conan, Witcher, and the other “mature games for adults” coming out? Is it the nudity and suggestive themes that you need to justify your adulthood? I hope not because that doesn’t speak much to your maturity at all.

Let’s also take a look at those thinking they can escape the current crowd by playing a more “mature” game. Are you kidding yourself or are you really blind to the fact that the same people who play WoW (and other MMOs) will also be playing AoC? Do you think the nudity will scare away the “MMO Kiddies”? If anything that is going to attract the “immature” crowd to you like a magnet. And that’s just the above 18 crowd lacking maturity. I don’t even need to remind you the countless underage gamers who will get the game because their parents do not care.

So I ask you “mature” gamers out there who are so relieved that they will finally have games for them – am I immature because I like Mario Galaxy, EQ2, WoW, Pokemon, Viva Pinata, Diablo 2, etc etc etc? Or am I in fact more mature than you because I can enjoy and find myself entertained by all forms of entertainment and not just those ‘restricted’ to adults only? You go ahead and play AoC and Witcher – enjoy your mature community.

I’ll be enjoying my Waaaagh! in Warhammer Online (shooting for a Teen rating), rescuing the princess from the evil Bowser, and trying to catch’em all.

Happy Thanksgiving

From K&G’s Gaming Blog we wish all in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.  May you stuffeth thy stomachs full of turkey and all the fixings.

Have a great day everyone.

HappyThanksgiving

Keen and Graev Reviews

We’ve been writing reviews of the games we play here at K&G’s gaming blog since the beginning. We haven’t however had a system for ranking them more than stating our general opinions. As of now yesterday we decided to implement a very basic system where we will give the games an overall score out of 5 (5/5 being perfect). There really isn’t much to explain here other than 1/5 would be incredibly poor, 2/5 would be well below the average game of its type, 3/5 would be average, 4/5 would be a good game, and 5/5 would be near perfect in every way.   Reading the review is more important than our scores though.  The score is simply a very broad classification for the game and in the review you’ll find the details.  If you know us you know we’re not in the business of shoveling crap and calling it ice cream – hey what can I say? At least we’re honest. We plan to review more games than we have in the past because one of the biggest reasons we started this blog was to relay to our readers the good and the bad of what we play.

In addition to the rankings we have also created a Seal of Approval that we plan to award to the games we feel should truly be owned and played by everyone. It will be an immediate indication to our readers that without even needing to read the review you can know the game is worth your attention. We hope that combining the Seal and the ranking system will further our ability to reach our readership with the information important to us.

As always, if there is a game you feel we should review or that we should give our opinion on we are happy to oblige if able. Below is a sample of the graphics to look for in our reviews. You can also find a complete compilation of the reviews we have done under the reviews category or the reviews page.
Sample Review Scores (X/5):

Rating System

Keen and Graev’s Seal of Approval (Awarded to only the very best games):

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune… Treasure or Trash?

The Playstation 3 has had a pretty dry patch when it comes to games, but lately a couple of gems have been popping up. Among these games there’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the latest game from developer Naughty Dog who have given us such games as Crash Bandicoot and the Jak & Daxter series (One of my favorites). Right from the start I had high hopes that this would be another excellent title from them, and fortunately it is.

KG Seal of Approval You play the role of Nathan Drake, a fortune hunter of sorts that claims to be a descendant of Sir Francis Drake the renowned English Privateer. Nathan discovers the alleged coffin of Francis Drake, only to discover that it’s missing a body and contains only a journal detailing a forgotten island the fabled treasure of El Dorado. Moments later Nathan and associates are ambushed by pirates (the modern variety) and eventually find themselves stranded on said island as they try to unravel the clues behind the treasure. I won’t spoil any more for you, but it’s safe to say that the game features a pretty interesting story. A few elements of the storyline feel somewhat familiar, but for the most part it’s a fresh experience that is somewhat reminiscent of an Indiana Jones adventure, minus the whip and hat.

The visuals in the game are quite stunning. The game definitely makes good use of the hardware and shows off just what the PS3 can do. Lush green jungles and crumbling ruins show great detail and really set the mood for the game. It’s definitely one of the best, if not THE best, looking games on the PS3. There aren’t many problems to speak of, other than some screen tearing, but even that isn’t bad enough to ruin the experience for you.drakes fortune 1

You might be wondering by now, if you don’t already know that is, what kind of game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is. I’d consider it a third person action/adventure game. Throughout the entire game you’ll either be jumping off and clinging onto ledges or climbing vines and swinging in order to reach various out of the way places. It’s sort of like a mixture of Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia in that aspect. Other than that you’ll be ducking behind cover and shooting at mercenaries and pirates. The shooting mechanics are similar to what we’ve been seeing in a lot of games these days, such as Gears of War and R6: Vegas. You can hide behind cover and either shoot blindly or pop out and aim at your foes. It works pretty well and can sometimes be quite a bit more dynamic when you find the cover you’re hiding behind is slowly getting chipped away. In all, the controls are pretty good and responsive, and they make little use of the Six Axis, which in my opinion is a good thing.

drakes fortuneUncharted: Drake’s Fortune won’t take you too long to play through. It’s of decent length for the kind of game and wraps up right when it should. The game features a wide variety of things to keep you playing, however. The game features its own achievement system asking you to do various things from getting a certain number of headshots to getting a certain number of kills with chosen weapon. These achievements in turn have point values and allow you to unlock certain rewards when acquiring enough points, such as using a different character skin or playing in a mirror world. Naughty Dog has done this kind of thing before with the Jak & Daxter series. Other than that there are also four difficulty settings to play on. One of which you need to unlock. And trust me when I say that it can be pretty difficult. I just beat the game on Hard and found myself repeating certain areas multiple times.

So in conclusions, I’d say that Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is a compelling and thrilling title that belongs on every PS3 owner’s shelf. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Drake in the coming years.

Review Score (4.5/5) and KG Seal of Approval (Awarded to only the very best games)

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Kunark Dungeon Exp Boosted

This should make some people very happy. See? Getting your voice heard out there isn’t necessarily as difficult as some may think. It pays off to voice your concerns constructively. Grats to all those who can take advantage of the exp and keep at it. Maybe they’ll keep it this way.

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