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What will be the death of this industry that I have come to love throughout the years? The thing that gives me solace after a crappy day or what I look forward to doing on my days off, the thing that for so many of us allows us to do things that might never have been possible in the “real world”. Why would something that brings joy to so many of us out there ever be threatened, why would it ever be systematically dismantled?
I’ll tell you why…
Humans, humans can really suck!
What is the first thing that is talked about when thinking about a new concept for a game?
The story, the characters, the world, the amazing new advancements in development that could be achieved through the making of the game? Nope. Its money, how much profit can we make?
Don’t get me wrong money is needed, needed to be sustainable, needed to pay the great talent that is required to create the fantastic worlds I so enjoy. But does it really have to be the most important? Does it really have to cripple amazing ideas that would have made alot of money if they hadn’t been sidelined by greed?
Ask any gamer, what do you want from the games you play? I promise they will all say I want a good game!
You are probably wondering, whoa were is this all coming from?
Recently I read an article in a video game magazine that talked about the sad story about how a once powerful gaming company slowly and tragically died and the whole time I am reading this story I am literally screaming inside. What idiots! How could you let people that have no business running these companies literally run them into the ground? Last I knew for anyone else in the business you actually have to have experience that is relevant to what in the hell you are creating. You had to have intimate knowledge of all the facets of what makes your company continue to make money. The teams working the code have to have an intimate knowledge of how to code, the animators have to understand how textures and lighting will affect surroundings, the artists have to actually be artists and know how to draw an awe-inspiring character from their imagination, the game testers have to know how to play the game. So why is it ok that the heads of these companies, these CEO’s and presidents don’t know a damn thing about what is paying for, what is most assuredly a ridiculous salary that they do not deserve? Reading some numbers that a statistical analyst provided you with and deciding to create deadlines that are ridiculous to meet and therefore have to nerf what would have otherwise been a quite profitable game to then turnout a mediocre game is not going to inspire the masses.
If the first thought was to create a game that will inspire the masses, that will be the talk of the next E3, that will push the envelope of the current gen systems, then maybe we wouldn’t have so many crappy titles launch that don’t meet those aforementioned analysts targets. Last time I checked pizza and video games are different, sports equipment and video games are different, so why are theses the people that are making the decisions about video games?
Profits need to be made, the talent needs to be paid, money is required to make more games. These are all true, but what if we actually had people leading these companies with more of a vested interest than just money? What if these CEO’s and Presidents actually played video games, what if they had stayed up until 3am trying to beat the last boss of a game that was reaching the end of its development, what if they had felt tears sting there eyes when they witnessed one of the main characters having to shoot his wife, what if after a crappy meeting they unwound playing a quick round of a fighting game? I’ll tell you what would happen, the industry that we all love so much would be strong, sustainable, profitable, and looking forward to another 20 years.
And that my friends is a world I would love to live in!

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This Friday, the 22nd of November has been a long awaited day for alot of gamers out there! Could this day lead to the end result of the next-gen console wars, could the next installment in the Mario franchise help sell more WiiU’s, is the next Zelda gonna be just as good as the original…
Theses are all questions that I am sure are plaguing many minds as we enter the almost 24 hrs to go mark. I for one have already dived head first as last Friday I enjoyed tremendously walking out of my game store of choice just a few minutes after midnight with my glorious new PS4 in hand, I decided that this time around they were the one that I would support in this latest edition of console wars. My house has always been a multi console friendly home not really giving anyone any extra love than what was deserved (except Nintendo, they don’t count, they will have my love until my fingers are no longer able to grasp a controller!). But this time I have said no, no to the crappy marketing schemes, no to the massive drone-tastic consumerism, and no to a company that is paying its interns to try and sabotage the competition because they are afraid there product might not be as good. I don’t want my machine to be an all in wonder box, I don’t want it to be focused on social networking and I definitely don’t want it to be more concerned with TV than my TV is, what I want is a solid GAMING console! One that I can sit back and enjoy for hours until the little pinky on my left hand goes numb (that actually happens sometimes), if it can do all the extra stuff like stream Netflix and Hulu thats awesome too but its main function, the whole reason I pre-ordered and waited patiently in line at midnight was to play video games. Sometimes I wonder if in the zeal to stay relevant and keep up with the competition some of these companies have forgotten that one simple fact, from someone that owns a tablet too that is not where I want to spend hours gaming.
So for me, this Friday I will not be skipping to my car with an XBOXone in hand, I’ve already decided who won for me, but I tell you one thing… I will definitely be skipping to my car with the latest entry into the amazing world that is The Legend of Zelda! May the best machine win!

The Loss of a 3DS XL

Posted: November 8, 2013 in Musings, Nintendo
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Just forty eight hours ago someone decided that they should help themselves to my purse and all of the belongings that I have worked so hard for and painstakingly collected along my journeys in this life. They decided that there existence on this planet was so great that in less than a minute time span they could take what took me a far greater time to acquire! Inside this bag I had all my most portable possessions, as most of us do it contained my iPhone (brand new 5s no less that I waited in line for at the crack of dawn on release day), my new amazing limited edition Hello Kitty clutch, a custom made Pokemon makeup bag, and various other treasures, (namely some amazing trinkets I brought back from a recent trip to Tokyo, I was working on a collection of Evee’s). But the item that has left the biggest hole in my life is my Black 3DS XL! I have had a 3DS almost since day one (just a few months shy) and I lovingly covered my original one in a beautiful decal of a Hyrulian crest. When they announced the XL I was giddy with excitement but decided that I could wait until they released it in black and an eternity later my patience paid off and as a good little Nintendo girl I showed up at the store day one and came home with my beautiful new XL. Such was my love for my original “customized” 3DS that I am not ashamed to say I shed a little tear as the system transfer became complete and it took me a few days to be good with my new friend but quickly we became inseparable once again. Since the first day I held my original and last 3DS in my hands there has not been a day that has gone by that I have not had a smile brought to my face as I opened my machine and sat back and enjoyed the fabulous new/classic worlds I was being transported too, with one exception of a few days of surgery and recovery earlier this year. This machine that has been my friend through good and bad was lovingly folded into a black case that I annoyingly had to find the perfect one and finally did, with 7 of the most important games I can never leave home without (just to name a few, Pokemon, ACNL, Monster Hunter) and it was currently awaiting my final decision on which fabulous decal would grace its sexy black surface, until forty eight hours ago. I am generally a very good natured soul and I always give people the benefit of the doubt even through the darkest of scenarios, I prefer to see butterflies and rainbows than clouds and lightning but 2 days ago a crack appeared in my shiny candy coating…

When are you too old?

Posted: February 15, 2013 in Musings
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When are you to old to like something?

I am an adult female and I love Hello Kitty, anime, and video games. To me none of this is strange, I have a huge amount of diverse things I like. But I have noticed to the majority of others this can be viewed as a little odd and dare I say childlike. Why, who decided that once you reach a certain age you have to give up things you like? Are not your likes and dislikes part of the spice that makes you an individual?
So here are the facts…
I am successful female leader of a multi person team who has numerous passions and just a few of them happen to be Hello Kitty, Anime, and video games!