Final Goodbye

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So this is it. Let’s talk about games has run its course and the game is about to end soon. i hope you guys learned as much as i learned about gaming from spreading you guys some interesting articles and thoughts in the process.

i hope you all learn that gaming isn’t all about the solo competitiveness or the kills death ratios that you get but rather the people you share that with. Your friends, family or even friends that have never played consoles before! I hope this gives you a new perspective into what gaming can do in your life and i hope it does give you a better insight too.

So remember guys, JOIN UP. LEVEL UP.

And Eric signing out.

Ps. i’ll keep this blog up as long as it is needed so when people can still read some of it 🙂

Why Don’t Women Care About Esports?

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Despite stubborn stereotypes about video games being an overwhelmingly male indulgence, women make up a significant chunk of the gaming public. Almost half, in fact, according to a 2013 report from the Entertainment Software Association. But what about esports specifically?

Games like StarCraft 2 and League of Legends have exploded in recent years thanks in part to the ascent of online services like Twitch that have helped turn all manners of gameplay into a spectator sport. And while it’s hard to find solid demographic data on the burgeoning community, the bits and pieces of information that can be found don’t paint a pretty picture.

First reported by The Daily Dot, the esports production company WellPlayed recently posted the results of a survey about its viewers on Team Liquid, a popular online hub for all things esports-related. The study was conducted over the course of 2013, and covered three major competitive events in StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. Of the 2,040 respondents, just 69 listed themselves as female (an additional 33 put themselves down as “other”).

Video Game Brains

Here’s another side of Gaming, you didn’t think about. Gaming for the brain. Great read Levelling Up In Life

Most of us have heard about the purported negative effects of playing video games; the the ‘gamer’ stereotype which is characterised by obesity, aggressiveness, addiction and social ineptitude is a popular social archetype. It is however important to recognise that a lot of these negative effects that the media loves to focus on tend to affect those who genuinely spend a disproportionate amount of their time in front of the screen. We all know that most things should be enjoyed in moderation, and gaming is no exception… but unfortunately the sunnier side of the gaming practice is often over-shadowed by the bitter bits, and that’s a shame.

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Fallout 4: It’s Nearly Here.

We are excited as you guys are! Seriously. Back to the wasteland? Doggy Companion? What more could we ask for? WE LOVE IT! Are you guys planning to get it the minute it comes out? We are definitely going to!

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All aboard the hype train to Fallout 4 Station, arriving on the 10th of November! One of 2015’s biggest titles is upon us, and we thought it would be a good idea to keep up to date on what we’re looking forward to, and how this title builds on the critically acclaimed last instalment…

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Horror Games This Halloween

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Do you feel like getting scared this halloween with your friends ? We at “Let’s Talk About Games” loves horror games (and scaring our friends). We compiled a nice recommendation list for you to try out this halloween!

BLOODBORNE

Ok, So maybe Bloodborne isn’t the really scare-the-pants out of you type. But it is still creepy in every way.
what makes this worthy of the list? The enemy that you encounter are just down right terrifying. Seriously. oh and also the dying a lot part, that’s frustrating but thats what makes the game more fun doesn’t it?

SOMA

Feel like getting the tingling feeling that something is watching you? or just want to watch your friends freak out at nothing? SOMA is the latest game from the creators of Amnesia! This dark dystopian future game puts the players in the controls of a character that has to escape from what seems to be an underground laboratory while discovering what it means to be human and what it means to be a robot.

Check out the trailer below here!

UNTIL DAWN

Like Teen-Horror flick? Like Slasher Films? Like mysterious stories? Like to have control over the story? Then UNTIL DAWN is the perfect game for you and your friends to play this halloween! Not only do you have a chance to write the story for the characters in the game but you get to decide their fate too!

Check out the trailer!

DYING LIGHT

Maybe you are up for a zombie killing fest? and what better way to spend that time with your friends killing zombies while Parkouring. Guys, Parkouring. I don’t know how that is not a movie yet. But while it is still fresh.. grab Dying Light and have fun Killing zombies with your friends!

Check out the trailer below!

OUTLAST

No weapons and just a camera with night vision. That is not too scary is it? Outlast is one of the deserving one in the list due to the nature of the game. This makes SOMA quite tamed compare to this game. I would recommend this game for you and your friends to wet your pants at night!

Check out the trailer below!

ALIEN: ISOLATION

Want to feel like you are alone in space? Seriously. Best game i have played so far.. Horror wise. it’s slow and it’s meant to be slowly progressing to the point where when you let your guard down you are killed. Seriously this game makes me so paranoid, every where i look i jumped. even if it’s not meant to be scary.

Check it out!

We hope you enjoy the list! and we hope you take time to play this! We encourage you to play this with your friends tho! grab a popcorn, tuck in your safety blanket and game on!

So.. what game are you guys going to play this halloween?
write to us in the comment section below! 🙂

EN

Xbox One Vs PS4 : The Console War

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As we prepare to head into the holiday season, we ask ourselves: can Microsoft’s Xbox One possibly catch up to Sony’s uber-succesful PS4? At the beginning of this console generation, the two machines were unquestionably head-t0-head rivals: both companies drenched the media in advertisements, the blogs went wild, and one launched the week after the other in dueling blue and green. Things changed pretty quickly after that. The PS4 took off with unprecedented sales, leaving the Xbox One behind as Microsoft did several much-needed about faces and reconfigured the console to be something that would have a chance against Sony’s machine.

Flash forward to now, and Sony is sitting on an install base somewhere north of 25.3 million, and it outsold the Xbox One 2-1  last quarter. Going into the holiday season, Xbox One would appear to have all the advantages: it’s cheaper, it has more exclusives, and it’s already showing up with some aggressive bundles. But Sony has one single factor that may more important: momentum.

Question is.. the gaming community are very split apart about which one is winning the console race?

and Write down your opinion on which Console you guys use and which one holds a  better service that caters to your needs. 🙂

How do we make a better/ friendlier gaming community?

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If the term is unknown to you, ‘Gaming Etiquette’ is the collective term for the unwritten social norms and rules that players follow within the world of video games, when interacting with others. Said etiquette exists to ensure that each player’s experience is easy-going and enjoyable. It is supposed to prevent people from playing in a way that is a detriment to others around them. It is supposed to be a guide for people to follow, simply to make playing with others more fun and less messy.

What gaming etiquette exists to do is, unfortunately, not always what it achieves. There are a few reasons why this is so, and these are usually caused by certain kinds of players. One such type is the newbie, the player who hasn’t been around long enough to have had time to adjust and learn the etiquette. Dave Cook from VG24/7’s own example of gaming etiquette that he experiences regularly “… as a big CoD fan is people on your team not stealing your care packages. You just don’t do it. But I think as the rules are unwritten then they can be broken by newcomers”.

What do you think some of the unspoken rule for players to learn when playing with the gaming community?

Remember You’re Playing with Real People

When you’re playing a game online, you’re not just playing with the computer anymore. You’re playing with real people! Some people tend to forget this and think it’s perfectly okay to start using insults, ignoring the main objectives to go off and do their own thing, or just acting really selfishly, trying to get all the glory for themselves.

Shouting out insults and being a selfish player and a sore loser gets you nothing but hate and maybe even banned from a server. Supporting your team, helping those who need it and even something as simple as saying “good game” at the end of the match can get you new friends and a good reputation. It’s pretty obvious which one is more desirable!

It’s a team effort, and you’re playing with real people who want to relax and have a good time, just like you!

Don’t Use Cheats and Hacks

The first and most obvious reason not to do this is that it’s against the rules of pretty much every online game and can get you banned when you’re found out. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

Secondly, this takes the fun out of it for everyone else! And really, you don’t even gain that much from it except for some extra points and a lot of hate from frustrated players. It’s not worth it. The game is always more fun when you’re using your own skills!

Help Out the Newbies

Do you remember when you started playing the game? You were probably pretty bad at it, getting killed a lot and not really understanding the controls or how things worked. You also probably wanted other people to help you out.

So instead of insulting or taking advantage of someone who’s obviously struggling, take a little bit of time to give them some advice you wish you had when you were starting out. You could tell them what they’re doing wrong or suggest how they can improve – in a nice way, of course!

Remember to Have Fun!

It is only a game, of course. Taking things too seriously and getting mad over every little kill takes all the fun out of playing a game and annoys your teammates who are just playing to relax and have a good time. Honestly, if you’re spending all your time yelling and rage quitting, you’re just making yourself look pretty bad and no one’s going to want to play with you. So just have fun!

What Do I Do if I’m the One Being Trolled?

Don’t know what a troll is? A troll is someone on the internet who wants nothing more than to tease you or make your life a bit harder. Basically it’s the internet term for a bully in gaming or forum social circles. It’s easy enough to deal with trolls if you know how.

Ignore Them

If there’s one thing trolls love, it’s getting attention. If they’re harassing you, don’t let it get to you and definitely don’t give them the satisfaction of getting a reaction out of you. Make sure your friends ignore them too. Trolls are never worth your time or your effort.

Block Them

Sometimes trolls just can’t be ignored, especially if you’re playing a game where the troll can constantly target you in a way that can kill your character.

When this happens, it’s best to just block them. Thankfully, pretty much all online games will have this feature. With the click of a button your life can be made a lot easier. For example, in World of Warcraft it’s as simple as going into the text box and typing /ignore [player name].

Report Them

Unfortunately, trolls can sometimes be persistent. If you block them, they might just come back with a new account or a new character to hassle you all over again. When this happens you can simply report their account, which usually results in a ban that they can’t get around. That user is permanently blocked from making a new account, and your life will be a lot easier.

For example, games like Call of Duty or Battlefield run through a program called Steam, as you’re probably aware. To report a player using Steam, click on “View” on the top toolbar, select “Players”, and search for their profile name under the list of recent players.

Once you’ve found them, you can go to their profile, and in the top right hand corner you have the option to report them. This will work for any game you run through Steam.

Find a New Server

The thing about online games is that there are a lot of different servers to play on. If you don’t like one server, or if a troll is particularly persistent, you can simply message your friends and direct them to a new server. In some games, you can also password protect the server so that only you and your friends can access it.

Finding a new server may be a little bit difficult at first, but look around. Do your friends play on any other servers? A quick Google search for servers might reveal a community or guild with similar interests to you, who play on a separate server.

Find a New Game

This might seem a bit extreme, but you have to remember there are a lot of different games out there. If you’re not enjoying a game because of a troll, maybe it’s time to move as far away as possible and try a new game. It might take a while to get used to the new game, but you could meet a lot of new friends and find that you even enjoy this game a lot more than the old one. Of course, this is a last resort and hopefully it won’t have to come to this!

Games are Supposed to Be Fun

The next time you’re playing an online game, keep all these things in mind. Remember to be considerate of everyone you’re playing with, and if someone decides to troll you and ruin your day, you always have a lot of options at your disposal to get rid of them and keep on playing.

Whatever your game of choice is, just remember: the most important thing is not to take it too seriously and just have fun! That’s why games were created, after all!

Eric Ngoei

What is Destiny: The Video Game?

So right now, Players are scowling around for the Sleeper Simulant, while there are some that are pushing hard for the King’s Fall Raid and at some point in this Blog you’ll see me post a lot about this game and probably some of the really Overpowering gun.

So… You’ll Probably wondering. What is Destiny? and Why is the community loving it? and.. the most probably question is should you?

What is Destiny?

Destiny is a first-person shooter (FPS) from Bungie, the development studio that created the Halo series. It came out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 9, 2014. It’s got the same kind of high speed, in-your-face action that Halo offers, but it mixes in a significant focus on role-playing game-inspired elements.

The story picks up in Earth’s far future, at a time when the remainder of humanity lives in relative safety behind the barriers of a gigantic, walled-in city. The story in last year’s game wasn’t the greatest, but it boils down to this: There are bad causing trouble in our solar system, and only your Guardian can stop them.

Why is Destiny so popular?

Well.. it’s hard to say. Bungie’s sizable fanbase from the Halo days certainly plays a role, but they’re very different game since this is more bigger in general. Destiny‘s popularity probably hinges on its extremely satisfying FPS gameplay — it’s just fun to shoot aliens in the face — and how that mixes with the long-term investment of an MMO, or massive multiplayer online game.

And then there’s the sweet, sweet loot. Destiny keeps players hooked on its ever-growing arsenal of guns and gear, all of which is color-coded by rarity and drops randomly from various activities. Loot is Destiny‘s ultimate reward, and the rarest, most powerful items come with game-changing bonuses like regenerating ammo and special fire (or other elemental) effects.

How.. wait.. is Destiny an MMO then?

Well, yes sort of. Some of the most popular content is designed to be played with a team of 2-3 or up to 6. While you have to farm for materials and exotic loots. Plus it’s one way to play around with your friends or the online community.

Will i like Destiny if i never played an MMO before? 

It’s never a bad time to jump into online gaming, and Destiny is a great way to do it. There’s a very large and active community that’s formed around the game, and it’s a pretty friendly bunch. Just spend some time poking around on the popular Destiny subreddit and various community wikis or fansites to get a sense of things.

Also, it’s worth noting: you’re not required to put on a headset and play with people actively. Avoiding that aspect of the game leaves certain activities out of reach, but there are vast portions of Destiny that you can enjoy without ever assembling a fireteam.

But i see people complain about Destiny all the time! What is that all about?

As Facebook might say: “It’s complicated.” For all the things that Destiny does really well, there are plenty of other things at which it fails. The original game’s story was almost completely incomprehensible, especially since it was saddled with uneven writing and voice acting.

The overall progression from one thing to the next also felt like too much of a grind for a lot of players. It was easy to spend hours on tedious activities in your efforts to reach the next threshold of content in the game. The Dark Below and House of Wolves both injected new content, but neither the add-ons nor the free updates that preceded them successfully fixed that core problem.

A lot of the complaints you hear are Destiny fans expressing discontent with the fact that there’s not enough to do in the game.

So, What’s the final verdict?

Destiny, itself is not a perfect game. But overlooking the imperfectness and looking at how they are building a great social community game says a lot how the industry realised that community is a very important aspect in gaming (and mentioned A LOT in the game). Plus, seriously who doesn’t like shooting aliens in the face? or facing your friends in a game of PVP? So grab a new controller and try out the game! Who knows we might just end up in the same fire team!

So what do you guys think? Would love to give the game a try? 🙂
Or if you have any other games you would love to see me cover or talked about?

Just post it down in the comment section below and i’ll definitely give a response! 🙂

Eric Ngoei

10 Top Upcoming Games in 2015

There are plenty of upcoming multiplayer games to be excited about. There’s the usual yearly installment of Call of Duty (Black Ops 3), of course, but there are some others to be excited about as well. Some of the games revealed at E3 2015 look incredible, and add those to the games we already knew were on the way and we’ve got an interesting slate of upcoming multiplayer games.

Here are the top 10 upcoming multiplayer games of 2015 & beyond:

Developer: Massive Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: TBA 2016

Tom Clancy’s The Division looks like a solid multiplayer game. It’s a large, open-world online RPG in which you play in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly virus in the near future. It’s not an MMO, but there’s an emphasis on 4 player co-op, and it can also be played alone in its entirety. It looks to have a great story with truly new-gen graphics and ideas on a large scale, thanks to Ubisoft’s own Snowdrop engine. But, this is Ubisoft, so we’ll see if it actually lives up to the hype (I’m looking at you, Watch_Dogs).

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: TBA 2016

One of the most exciting new game reveals at E3 2015 was Ubisoft’s For Honor, which puts you and up to three of your friends onto a battlefield as a viking, samurai or knight against another team of 4. It looks to be an incredibly unique concept, and hopefully it’ll pan out nicely.

Developer: ID Software
Publisher: Bethesda
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: Q2 2016

We don’t know much about the Doom multiplayer, except for the fact that it’s on the way. We also know that the original Doom 4 was scrapped because it had multiplayer too similar to Call of Duty. Still, we know it’ll have multiplayer, and hopefully it’ll turn out to be formidable.

Developer: PopCap Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: Q2 2016

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was hella fun, so its successor, properly titled Garden Warfare 2, will undoubtedly follow suit. New zombies, new weapons and new modes have all been added, and we can’t wait to see more from the upcoming multiplayer game.

Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: November 17, 2015

We have a lot of concerns about Star Wars Battlefront, since we’ve yet to see an actual match played. Still, we’re excited for the next Star Wars game, and since there’s no single player component, we’re hoping DICE has produced a love-child as opposed to the cash grabs that have become Battlefield. 

Developer: 343 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Halo 5: Guardians will have multiplayer that feels more like Call of Duty than it ever has before (at least, if the beta was anything to go by). We’re not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but we love all things Halo, and hopefully it turns out to have a beefy online component.

Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release Date: November 6, 2015

We were hoping that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 would bring the franchise back to basics without all of the hoopla that was Advanced Warfare, but unfortunately there are still exosuits of sorts. Still, it’s a new Call of Duty, and most people are highly anticipating it.

Developer: Harmonix
Publisher: Harmonix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Rock Band was always better than Guitar Hero, at least in my eyes. Rock Band 4 will go up against Guitar Hero Live in the fall, and we have a feeling that Harmonix is going to get the victory.

Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Epic Games
Platforms: PC, Mac
Release Date: TBA 2015

Fortnite is also a unique concept that will revolve around players scavenging by day and fighting by night with what they’re able to scavenge (which they use to build a fort). The object will be to destroy your opponent’s fort before they can destroy yours.

Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: Q4 2015

We know nothing about Star Fox Zero’s multiplayer mode just yet, but we have no doubt that it’s going to be awesome.

Eric Ngoei

Table Tops: Where do we start?

Tabletop game is a general term used to refer to board games, card games, dice games, miniatures War-games, tile-based games and other games that are normally played on a table or other flat surface.

Tabletop has always been the corner stone of games since the early years of gaming. But what makes it fun now is the incorporation of newer games such as Cards against humanity, Monopoly Go and my personal favourite: Werewolf! Though there are many more we have yet to talk about!

Games such as table tops can be very intimidating because not everyone can start playing tabletop games on the go. Here’s a list of beginner game that Colin from Geek and Sundry compiled!, so you and your friends can start gaming this mid-break! have fun!

1. Zombie Dice

Roll dice to see how many brains you can eat before taking three shotgun blasts to the face. First to 15 brains wins. This one’s so easy to explain that I just did in two sentences.
Play time: 10 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “It’s like Yahtzee with zombies. Who doesn’t like zombies?”

2. Grave Robbers from Outer Space
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Compact and ridiculous, this quick-playing card game seats you in the director’s chair of your own B-list sci-fi flick. Players take turns casting characters, setting scenes and sabotaging each other in the hopes of creating the best bad movie science fiction has ever seen.
Play time: 30 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “Hey, did you like Sharknado?”

3. Tsuro of the Seas
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Lay tiles to navigate across choppy seas, all the while avoiding falling off the board’s edge, the rest of the players, and hungry #&%@$ dragons. The constant threat of your imminent demise is what makes this game so fun. Bonus: play without the dragons and you’ve got the zen garden-esque original Tsuro.
Play time: 30 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “It has more dragons than Game of Thrones, which I’m pretty sure is over. Put down that remote!”

4. Dixit

This visually-stunning social game is a great way to get people of all ages into the wonderful habit of telling half-truths. Basically you win by describing each picture you play juuuust poorly enough.
Play time: 30 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “It’s about bunnies and lies. Bunnies and lies, Diane!”

5. 221B Baker Street

Pre-dating Cumberbund Babberpatch by a couple decades, this traditional look at Sherlock Holmes merges an board reminiscent of Clue with massive replay value. Each play through, players are tasked with solving one of 20 cases taken directly from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original short stories.
Play time: 60 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “It’s like actually being Sherlock Holmes, without the opium addiction.”

6. Ladies and Gentlemen

Aimed at the social set, this card-based game splits players into pairs (one “lady” and “gentleman” in each pair). They are then tasked with out-doing the other teams by becoming the most affluent, arrogant couple at a dinner party. Role playing is highly encouraged.
Play time: 30 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “It’s just like reality TV, but less scripted!”

7. King of Tokyo

Take the reigns of a massive monster and wreak havoc in this hybrid dice and card game. While it may be marginally less intuitive than some of our earlier entries, this game is a knock-down, drag-out brawl of a good time. You only win by either all opposition or the city of Tokyo itself under your massive heel.
Play time: 30 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “It’s Rampage, only with more players. I defy you to find fault in that concept.”

8. Forbidden Island

In this cooperative game, you’re tasked with finding four treasures and escaping before the game board self-destructs and kills you all.  You’ll seriously need to work together though, because this is one game with a serious death wish.
Play time: 30 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “Think of us as Indiana Jones, and this $#!+ here (gesture at game) as a massive boulder.”

9. Mice and Mystics
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Another of the more complex entries on this list, this cooperative game gains its spot because for two specific reasons: it changes every time you play (evening the learning curve), and it opens the door to more complex dungeon-crawling games—you know: the paper-based kind people tend to think are “too out there.” Only attempt the non-gamer conversion here if your victims are ready for a longer haul.
Play time: 60-90 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “Hey, listen. Before I let you join my guild, let’s see how you handle a quick quest. You liked Redwall, right?”

10. Betrayal at House on the Hill

Similar to #9, this game is cooperative—to a point. You’re a member of a rag-tag group of morons who elect to explore a clearly haunted house. Players build the board as they go, eventually triggering a haunting that turns one of their number into the game’s villain. After that, exploration flies out the window as players battle for survival.
Play time: 60 minutes. Non-gamer pitch: “I have no idea what this game is going to throw at us, and I’ve played it a bunch. You in?”about your favorite gateway games too!

Eric Ngoei