Once again a Harvest Moon game is releasing on iOS, and once again I feel the twinge as I open the email. "Could this be it? The Harvest Moon I've…
The world of “mobile” gaming is surely evolving (accidental pun intended) as the gamer demographic expands. Mobile gaming used to be my brother and I playing our Gameboys in the backseat of the car during family vacations. Mobile gaming used to be restricted to the fewÂ who owned handheld systems. Now, mobile gaming is done on just about every device in our pockets or on our wrists.
The Pokemon Company has dabbled recently into how their namesake can be implemented onto other devices. Previously, Pokemon as a video game was a Nintendo handheld gaming franchise. Then, it lightly expanded into guest appearances in other games and occasionally a few standalone console titles. Now, Pokemon is being taken to the masses on mobile games.
You might recall that Nintendo partnered with DeNa back in March of this year to start bringing games to smartphones and other devices. So far we havent’ seen anything come from this partnership, at least not that I am aware of anyway, but we have seen Pokemon begin its journey into the mobile space much more aggressively in the past few weeks. I attribute most of this to how Pokemon is owned partially by three main companies: Nintendo (33%), Gamefreak (33%), The Pokemon Company (33%-2% or so to some anima people). I think I saw that Nintendo owns 54% of Gamefreak, therefore putting Nintendo technically in big control, but it just gets too complicated. Suffice it to say, Pokemon gets around.
Let’s first take a look at the just announced Pokemon Go.
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Sensationalized in every imaginable way. Obviously the city of New York will not band together to defeat Mewtwo, and Blastoise won’t be making waves in any major bodies of water. You won’t see these things in real life, and you won’t throw or even mimic throwing anything to catch a Pokemon. This will all take place on the phone, maybe utilize the camera, but at best still be a digital experience.
The point they’re trying to get across in this video is that Pokemon can transcend a game you play on a device where you control a trainer. YOU can become the trainer. YOU can set out on the adventure. Just a few problems with that…
I don’t want to go out and adventure. I’m simply not going to bust out my phone and geolocate Pokemon. I’d rather sit at home in the air conditioning and explore a fantasy world.
Gamers — specifically Pokemon gamers — aren’t into traversing mountains, seeking out vistas, or exploring the world. They are definitely (especially in Asia) into the whole street pass thing where people carry their system around with them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a group of Japanese tourists at Disneyland all playing on their 3DS while waiting in line for rides. That’s a far cry from seeking out the experience of hunting pokemon by traveling to different locations. (more…)
I've had the same iPhone 4 since 2010, and I'm finally looking to make an upgrade. I've never felt the desire to be the type of consumer to upgrade my…
Albion Online is a F2P sandbox MMO currently in alpha. Â We received keys to participate in the alpha test that began this evening which ended up being so much fun that I had to jump on here and share my thoughts. Â I would have had this post up yesterday evening shortly after playing, but my poor little laptop BSOD’d and I lost the whole thing. 🙁
Think of Ultima Online + a little bit of action RPG and you’ll start to form the foundation of Albion Online. Â Played from an isometric perspective, Albion Online offers a completely sandbox experience on any device. Â I was shocked to see that you can play cross-platform on iOS, Android devices, PC, etc.
Players in Albion are able to build structures out in the world. Â From what I can tell, there appear to be pre-designated spots close to the main city. Â I haven’t explored far (the world is pretty dang big) enough to see if it opens up to more of a ‘place anywhere’ mechanic. Â You can place storage buildings to help you store all of your heavy resources (there is a carry capacity), crafting stations, buildings to decorate, etc. Â Like UO, you are safe in your building unless you built in the guild warfare areas.
Gathering and Skills
From the moment I started playing I realized how much time I could lose to this game. Â The very first thing I had to do was gather wood, stone, and hides to craft myself some basic tools and armor. Â I recommend making a shield and adding the Shield Wall spell — great survivability! Â After crafting my tools I realized that everything in-game seems to be driven by the skill menu. Â This skill menu is MASSIVE and makes Path of Exile look tame. (more…)