Your Game is in Another Castle

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I have a bunch of games I want to play, but I keep end up watching another episode of Chicago Med or Kim’s Convenience instead. Nothing wrong with the games I have to play either. Sitting on my floor, beside my bed, are:

  • Brew
  • Wingspan
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
  • Unsolved Case Files – Avery and Zoey Gardner

All board games have been opened and their instructions looked through. Just haven’t had the time to bring said board games to the table. As you can see with my above list, each of these games require an hour or more of play. Not too big of a deal. What is a big deal though is having to learn and then teach said games. Which sounds, quite frankly, exhausting! Or at least requires a good bit of steam that I just haven’t had.

On the video game front, I have:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Plus some others I’m just not remembering right now.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla speaks to me. I haven’t been this captivated by an open world game since Mass Effect 2 or even Assassin’s Creed II. I’m hesitant to write about Valhalla lest the spell be broken. Know that I love this game. Love it! And I’ve probably played six or seven hours so far.

Super Mario 3D World speaks to me for an entirely different reason. The level design in Super Mario 3D World is short and to the point. No fluff, no filler. You could call this game the Captain Toad of Mario games. Wyatt and I have been battling it out to see who gets the most points. I’ve even been called a “Star Stealer”. I’m proud of that title.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life… is a Yakuza game. I didn’t realize these are essentially old school adventure games where you break out into an arcadey fight from time-to-time. I’ve put an hour or two in and don’t know if I will continue. Just not feeling it right now.

Overall I guess you could say that I’m not playing board games but have been playing video games. Which is a change of pace. I’ll be playing Brew, Wingspan, and Unsolved Case Files (these are seriously good) soon. Unless I continue to pillage all the things in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Pillage.

Plunder.

Raid.

From Across the Net – “Preaching the Funeral Sermon I Once Most Dreaded”

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I have always hated attending a funeral service of a non-believer. The loss, the lack of hope, ultimately knowing that Christ’s redemption did not happen for the individual. Hershael York writes:

We prayed for him, witnessed to him, sent others to talk to him, and five years ago even took him to Manaus, Brazil, to go fishing for tucunaré (peacock bass), but with the real intention of sharing Christ on the entire trip. We colluded, cooperated, and conspired for his soul.

Read more here

Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

1, 2, 3, 4, Review Scores Are Out The Door

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Today, on my commute to work, I was listening to The Reformed Gamers Podcast – Episode 197. The host of the podcast, Logan, had on Colin Moriarty. Now you may now Colin from his work at IGN or from his podcast Sacred Symbols: A PlayStation Podcast. Anywho, Colin was talking about how for years he had passionately argued against review scores. How ultimately a review score of 8.5 or even a 9.0 doesn’t tell you a lot about the game in question. This got me thinking about review scores in general.

Here at JohnnyBGamer, I used to score games on a 1-5 system (1 being awful; 5 being the absolute best thing ever). For example, Josh and I rated Firewatch a 4/5:

4/5 – Plot holes mare what could have been a revelatory narrative experience.

We talk, in the review, about the game. What we liked, disliked, and what resonated with us. It is a fine review (wow, wrote that in 2016!). I even stand by the review score. But, sometime within the last year, I have decided to let the review scores go. I want to present what we like, dislike, and what resonates or doesn’t resonate. I ultimately want to be able to review a game without attaching a review score to it (see Biomutant review).

I realize, by listening the Colin today, that I do not have any sort of weight on Metacritic (nor do I want to). I want to:

  • Experience the games I play
  • Write about them
  • Post pictures
  • Share how they feel / play

I won’t be attaching a review score any longer. I realized that this is a decision I had already made but felt it was important to share.

Happy gaming.

Percy Jackson Vs. “Percy Jackson”

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I had a dream about blogging the other night. A dream in which I compared and contrasted Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1) (Percy Jackson And The Olympians) versus Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

I noted that there are some book series where the series author and the movie’s director work hand-in-hand. Listing examples such as:

  • Harry Potter
  • The Hunger Games

And then went on to describe how bad the Percy Jackson movie is versus the book.

The movie is basically the story of a wannabe Zac Efron, who turns out to be the son of a god, who goes on a quest to save the world. Beyond the Zac Efron part (in the Lightning Thief, Percy is 12 years old), this lines up with the book so far. But then the movie strips out everything that made the first book special. Down the toilet. Flush. It takes names (literally), skimps on essential story and characters, and rushes to the films conclusion. The film borrows key elements from the book without ever owning them. Don’t even get me started on Pierce Brosnan’s character. Ugh.

If you want to watch a movie that misconstrues characters, plot, and has a bunch of CG, then this is the movie for you.

As for me, sign me up for author Rick Riordan’s Disney+ series. Should be good.