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    The Dangerous side of Gamification

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Gamification is something we here at Blendedgaming like quite a bit, something we talk about as being a good thing for everyone. But we have never really talked about the bad sides of it and I don’t mean how it gets people to spend hours playing games. Gamification is a powerful tool but with all powerful things when used wrong it can do quite a bit of damage. Today, December 16th, 2015. Extra Credits put out a video on just this topic. Speaking on a new system the Chinese Government is trying out. A system that uses gamification in a scary way and a way that will most likely not been seen as bad by the uses of it. A system that promote falling into line and being an obedient citation. I stand in the same boat as Extra Credits and hopping that this new idea is being miss understood or is going to be stopped before it becomes mandatory. Please check out there video on the topic and decide for yourself what your feelings towards this use of gamification. Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit - The True Danger of Gamification - Extra Credits

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    Faitak updated an existing blog post, Habitica - You're Life the RPG

    Habitica - You're Life the RPG

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Sunday, 13 December 2015

    Habitica is a free online Role Playing Game where doing your habits and daily routines or making new ones helps you level up, get rewards and battle monsters. Habitica is meant as a way to build good habits or break bad ones in a fun and game like manner. As you complete your habits and daily goals you earn gold, experience points (XP) and gear. Allowing you to level up your character and suit them up with weapons, armor and more. You also have the option to join groups and battle monsters. Completing your habits and dailies now not only benefits you but you’re entire group by helping damage the monster you’re facing. So if you slack off it could hurt the people you’re working with and that’s not something you want in a game like this. If you’re looking for a way to build some new habits or just keep track of them or just a fun game to play. Habitica might be for you, with its fun leveling up and rewards that help you advance in the game while you advance in real life. It just goes to show what powers elements form games can have on our daily lives when used to enhance our enjoyment of the little things. Here is a link to a video on how to use Habitica by Collage Info Geek. His video is a good introduction to the system and how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxxKm7tSL6I 

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    Habitica - You're Life the RPG

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Sunday, 13 December 2015

    Habitica is a free online Role Playing Game where doing your habits and daily routines or making new ones helps you level up, get rewards and battle monsters. Habitica is meant as a way to build good habits or break bad ones in a fun and game like manner. As you complete your habits and daily goals you earn gold, experience points (XP) and gear. Allowing you to level up your character and suit them up with weapons, armor and more. You also have the option to join groups and battle monsters. Completing your habits and dailies now not only benefits you but you’re entire group by helping damage the monster you’re facing. So if you slack off it could hurt the people you’re working with and that’s not something you want in a game like this. If you’re looking for a way to build some new habits or just keep track of them or just a fun game to play. Habitica might be for you, with its fun leveling up and rewards that help you advance in the game while you advance in real life. It just goes to show what powers elements form games can have on our daily lives when used to enhance our enjoyment of the little things. Here is a link to a video on how to use Habitica by Collage Info Geek. His video is a good introduction to the system and how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxxKm7tSL6I 

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    Faitak created a new blog post, Habitica - You're Life the RPG

    Habitica - You're Life the RPG

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Sunday, 13 December 2015

    Habitica is a free online Role Playing Game where doing your habits and daily routines or making new ones helps you level up, get rewards and battle monsters. Habitica is meant as a way to build good habits or break bad ones in a fun and game like manner. As you complete your habits and daily goals you earn gold, experience points (XP) and gear. Allowing you to level up your character and suit them up with weapons, armor and more. You also have the option to join groups and battle monsters. Completing your habits and dailies now not only benefits you but you’re entire group by helping damage the monster you’re facing. So if you slack off it could hurt the people you’re working with and that’s not something you want in a game like this. If you’re looking for a way to build some new habits or just keep track of them or just a fun game to play. Habitica might be for you, with its fun leveling up and rewards that help you advance in the game while you advance in real life. It just goes to show what powers elements form games can have on our daily lives when used to enhance our enjoyment of the little things. Here is a link to a video on how to use Habitica by Collage Info Geek. His video is a good introduction to the system and how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxxKm7tSL6I 

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    Faitak featured the blog post, First Time - The Forest

    First Time - The Forest

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Friday, 15 May 2015

    So the second episode of my new YouTube show First Time is done and should be live later tonight or tomorrow. First Time is a show in which I take friends into game they have not played or played little off. We then talk about the game while playign it before closing off with a few final thoughts. In this episode of First time I ventured into The Forest with my good friend Richard. Due to some problems with the recording not found out until I went to watcht the fotage we lost audio part way though. Which means this episode took a bit longer then I would haved liked since we had to get a bit more fottage and re-film the ending. Even though I hope you all enjoy it. First Time can be found on our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/blendedgaming

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    Faitak created a new blog post, First Time - The Forest

    First Time - The Forest

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Friday, 15 May 2015

    So the second episode of my new YouTube show First Time is done and should be live later tonight or tomorrow. First Time is a show in which I take friends into game they have not played or played little off. We then talk about the game while playign it before closing off with a few final thoughts. In this episode of First time I ventured into The Forest with my good friend Richard. Due to some problems with the recording not found out until I went to watcht the fotage we lost audio part way though. Which means this episode took a bit longer then I would haved liked since we had to get a bit more fottage and re-film the ending. Even though I hope you all enjoy it. First Time can be found on our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/blendedgaming

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    Faitak created a new blog post, Let’s talk about the Wii U

    Let’s talk about the Wii U

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Friday, 27 February 2015

    Let’s talk about me feelings on the Wii U Nintendo’s newest home console following the Wii and building upon the ideas already in place. First released in 2012 the Wii U has not seen optimal sales figures with many people not really fans of the system. It’s true that it doesn’t have the ‘hard core’ games like the other two big systems, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But does this mean that the Wii U as a hole is just not as good or do the other options it brings to the table add up? Game, games are what a console is all about since well it’s what they started out doing before branching to more of media devices. While when the system was first released I as a game didn’t see much there for me, I was not a fan of many of the games it has and while its tablet gameplay looked interesting only one game really had my interest in it. Though that all changed once Mario Kart 8 hit the shelves. That was the start of what I feel is the wave a great Nintendo games. Adding in all the great looking games announced at E3 2014 really put the Wii U head in my books. One of the great things about the Wii U is its ability to act as a party system. With a game like Smash Bros which allows 8 players play at a time. As well as the option to use a 3DS that has the game as a control makes it more accessible and fun for a large group. Though not all games on the system offer the same options, Smash Bros is special. One of the nice things about this generation of home consoles is that they are media machines allowing anyone to enjoy things like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or just the internet on their TV without having to own a computer or other media device. This also allows the whole family to sit down together and enjoy there favorite shows. Now keep in mind that the Wii U is older and lacks the power of its competition so things might be slower if you chose to use this console. Another downside depending on your view it is that there is no Ethernet port on the system, meaning that if you don’t have a wireless connection you’re out of luck. The Wii U’s tablet ads and interesting addition to games which make use of it as well as another place to play when the TV is occupied. While some games don’t really tack advantage of what the tablet offers some do in small ways or big ways. I personally use it to play on over my TV as that way nothing other than cats can get in my way, most of the time. I’m also able to move around with it so I can keep playing even if the living room is being used for something. ...

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    Faitak featured the blog post, Q.U.B.E Game Review

    Q.U.B.E Game Review

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Friday, 13 February 2015

    QUBE, Physics based puzzle game, developed and published by Toxic Games is a wonderful gaming experience. With challenge and struggle in its puzzles it really makes you think about what is needed to be done. But also allows you to restart at any time if you are stuck or mess up. The game is only single player so you can’t rely one a second player showing you the way past each puzzle, unless they are sitting on the couch next to you. First released in 2011 on Desura a platform for games on the Computer it was later brought to Steam in 2012. And then in 2014 it the game was added to consoles and IOS devise for more peoples enjoyment. Q.U.B.E is a wonderful puzzle game where you must push, pull, roll, switch and many more. If you want to get though one of the games puzzle rooms you better be ready to do try and try again. Just when you think you have it figured out you move one block to are and bomb you messed up and have to start over. Or maybe you panic and send the ball you had to roll down a slope into a hole flying over the slope and landing next to the hole. But with nothing to move it you can’t get it into the goal five feet away. Well to bad looks like you are starting over form the start of this puzzle again, better luck next time. Puzzle games like Q.U.B.E help the player build problem solving skills with their large focus on well puzzles. Having to really think outside the box when it comes to moving the walls of a room around in the right order and at the right time, while spinning in place to move other blocks can be a hard task. Let alone having to get the timing right so you don’t miss the goal. But if you can’t get to that point then you won’t need to worry about the spatial awareness needed to remember just how far you turn to the left to hit the right spot. Beating a puzzle in Q.U.B.E not only feels really good but it always help you build on the skills you used to best it. Being able to see problems form different angles is something sometimes needed when it comes to tackling a big problem or task. Over all Q.U.B.E is a wonderful puzzle game with fun and interesting challenges for those who enjoy that. If you’re not the puzzle game type this game might not be for you, but hey you never know so why not give it a shot? You might find this game to be the start of a wonderful relationship with puzzle games.

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    Faitak featured the blog post, Hyrule Warriors Review

    Hyrule Warriors Review

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Saturday, 17 January 2015

    Hyrule Warriors is a hack and slash action game set in the world of the wildly popular Zelda universe. While not being part of the universe main cannon or story it’s a fresh new feel to this RPG franchise. Releasing in September 2014 for North America finished the games world wide release. Hyrule Warriors was developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja and not by Nintendo since it was not a core Zelda title and more of a fun experiment. The game is really a Dynasty Warriors game set in the Zelda world. Is this a bad thing? I think not as it makes for one fun Zelda game. The game opens with the Kingdom of Hyrule under attack by evil forces. It’s your job to push back the enemy and defend the castle. Fighting alongside you are well known heroes of the Zelda universe. Zelda herself joins the battle along with her trusted guard Impa and as always you play as Link. Throughout this game you have the option to play as any of the many characters in the game. Taking advantage of their special moves to crush tons of bad guys under your mighty sword swings or magic attacks. Hyrule Warriors fast paced and hectic gameplay is quite enjoyable and is a nice change for the style of the normal Zelda games. While it might look like just a hack and slash Hyrule Warriors offers more than most people might think. The way the game handles the larger boss, forces the player to think about their assault and not just mindlessly hack away at them. While doing so might work it would take forever and you mostly end up dead. Making the player watch the boss and read what moves are coming next and how to react is a skill that players of MMO’s are used to but players of games like shooters are not. Patience and a clam help will help you overcome anything this fun title wants to throw at you. Add in that to pull off your characters big hitting combos you need to know just what button to press and how many times you have pressed it. Helping build your memorization skills as you hack away to save Hyrule. While at its core it’s not really a Zelda game it still adds quite a bit to the name and gives players who don’t enjoy the old dungeon style of gameplay a way into the wonderful world. If you enjoy Zelda games or hack and slash one this might be the game for you. With it’s fun and compelling gameplay it just might hook you in.

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    The Long Dark Early Access Review

    Posted in Blended Gaming on Friday, 30 January 2015

    The Long Dark is an early access first-person open world survival simulation game. In which you play as one of two characters trying to survives after your plain is brought down somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. To make matters worse something has happened to the planet a global disaster. So you’re unable to just walk up and knock on the first door asking for help. You must survive in the wilderness with only what you find and your mind. The game will offer a story mode later on but right now there is only a sandbox mode that tests your skills. How long will you be able to make it in the frizzing north that is Canada? The main thing to look out for is not people, or animals though keep an eye out for wolves. But hunger, thirst and temperature are all out to get you and if you’re not on top of them you will die. Starting with next to nothing you must make your way through the snow and ice as you try to find shelter and food. A cabin and be a good sign but it can also hold nothing helpful and only provide with a slightly warmer resting place. The game won’t respawn anything other than animals. So after a while hunting will become your only way to get food. You can start with something easy like bunnies or dear all while watching out for the wolves. While the game offers different modes to play on it still makes for an intense atmospheric experience. A game like The Long Dark really hammers home choice and consequence with its game play. You have to decide if using your last bit of food to distract a wolf Is worth it over starving to death. The dream that more food is waiting nearby, if you should drink the dirty water even though there is a risk of getting sick. In a game where your only goal is to stay alive as long as you can making the right choices at the right time makes the difference between life and death. Though there is no story in The Long Dark as of yet there is still the story you as the player make, stories of your victories or near death situations. Stories you can share with your friend who might also play the game. While it’s still not finished The Long Dark is a very fun and fulfilling game if you are into the survival style of gameplay. Seeing how many days you can last is stressful as well as fun as you manage your resources and fight off the cold. If you have been thinking about trying The Long Dark I say go for it. In my eyes it’s worth the money right now.

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