Rock Band Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Rock Band RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 9 of the Coolest Alternative Controller configurations https://www.gameskinny.com/81wko/9-of-the-coolest-alternative-controller-configurations https://www.gameskinny.com/81wko/9-of-the-coolest-alternative-controller-configurations Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:07:23 -0400 Joshua Harris

With the evolution of gaming came the ingenuity and innovation of controller technology. However, players have found new, exciting, and strange ways to use controllers that are far from their intended purposes. These nine alternative setups show the genius of the human mind. 

1. DJ Hero Turntable

YouTube user  WhyBeAre uploaded a video last month of his DJ Hero dual turntable setup to play Overwatch on the PC. It works surprisingly well; he has mapped the left wheel to move forward and backwards while the one on the right controls the aiming. The green button on the right table is assigned for the regular firing, the red button is attached to the alternate fire, and the blue button for the special fire.

Interestingly, the crossfader is perfect for switching up Lucio's alt fire from heal mode to speed mode (and vice versa), but for now the speed mode option will automatically move players forward in addition to this ability. And, finally, the euphoria button activates Lucio's ultimate with an added red glow on the controller itself signaling its use. 

At about the 1:30 mark, WhyBeAre shows that the DJ Hero turntable can be used (against bots) and is actually functioning and playable Overwatch matches. Although, it would take extreme dedication to master this setup for PvP play. 

2. Drum Souls

 

Next is "Drum Souls" by YouTube user gbbearzly. As if Dark Souls was not hard enough, he has setup up the Rock Band drum set act as his controller. The red and yellow drums act as the left and right aiming, which would otherwise be used by the right analog stick. The blue pad is used to roll while the green pad is mapped for attacks. To complicate matters, gbbearzly can only move forward with the drum pedal, forcing him to make precise movements with the red and yellow pads either by furiously drumming on to rotate his character extremely fast, or by alternating both to navigate the terrain. The only "normal" buttons used are the menu and select buttons, which are present on the drum set as well. Given how difficult the game usually is, I do not think I could even beat this with a regular controller. Kudos, gbbearzly!

3. Hands Free Since '89

I thought it would be best to showcase one of the more serious alternative controllers because this one deserves the utmost recognition. The only available information on this national treasure seem to come from either the Houston Press or Kotaku.

Dubbed the 'Hands Free,' this controller was strapped to the player's chest and would allow quadriplegic players to use a long black stick with a pad at the end for their tongue, which would effectively act as the D-pad. The A and B buttons were controlled by a straw and would be controlled by a sipping- or blowing-breath action. The Hands Free was released in 1989 and was available to order through the customer service line. Kudos to Nintendo for getting ahead on accessibility for all players. 

 4. World of Dancecraft 

Prominent Twitch and YouTube gamer Rudeism took on World of Warcraft, reaching level 100 using only a pair of Dance Dance Revolution game mats. The button mapping is absolutely crazy, and I am thankful he uploaded the graphic showing exactly where he had to dance in order to survive. I cannot begin to wrap my head around the amount of patience and memory needed to survive an undertaking like this without losing my mind. 

5. He's Still Alive

From the brilliant man who reached level 100 in Warcraft, comes the massive undertaking of an age classic, Portal, with a twist. Rudeism, known for his adeptness with alternative controller setup, also defeated GLaDOS using only a Guitar Hero guitar. Using Xpadder, his configuration was set up with the whammy bar in charge of forward and backward movement, the strum bar for looking left and right, and tilting the guitar for looking up and down.

The color coded keys controlled the portal gun itself: red and yellow buttons were mapped to strafe left/right, the blue button to the blue portal, the orange to the orange portal, the start/power/back buttons for picking up objects, and finally the left button on the D-pad for crouching. The game is playable and Rudeism managed to defeat GLaDOS within the time limit, so we know that Portal can be beaten using unconventional methods. Don't tell him about the cake though. 

6. The Infamous Twitch Controller 

The enigma, known as the Twitch controller, has to be the most difficult setup in beating ANY game. Unlike physical controllers, such as the drum set, guitar, or turntable, the Twitch controller has no physical means by which a player can interact with the game. Keywords were mapped to certain text commands relayed from the Twitch chat to the computer hosting the game, which would in theory would be great if it was a single person playing the game.

But, thousands of people were in charge of coordinating certain commands in order to get through the game, proving to be one of the largest social experiments of all time. They managed to beat Pokemon Red in 16 days and 7 hours, which goes to show that people can cooperate long enough to beat all 8 gym leaders, the elite 4, and make it past the Pokemon champion. 

 7. Super Kongo Brothers 4

If you have rhythm, you can take on the "For Glory" mode in Super Smash Brothers 4 like YouTuber PJiggles. Because the Wii U allows for the GameCube peripheral adapter, he was able to integrate the bongos from Donkey Konga, and essentially map each of the GameCube's original buttons to the bongos. 

If you skip to the 45 second mark, PJiggles showcases the final product of his button mapping. Various actions allow him to use the character's grab ability. Tapping on the edges of the bongos will incur punching, shielding, and jumping. True to spirit, PJiggles takes on "For Glory" mode as Donkey Kong. The downside, however, comes into play in the actual fighting. The character can only face one direction, cannot move, and incurs idle messages during almost every match. I commend PJiggles for having the patience to map the controller and take the bongos out in the Smash ecosystem. 

 8. Too Epona Too Furious 

After picking up the N64 V3 Racing Wheel at a thrift shop, YouTube Gamerdudemat decided that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time deserved to be played through with the wheel (3:04 is when he starts playing it). Walking around proves to be difficult, but it appears that riding Epona works perfectly with the controller. Stepping on the gas pedal will use her carrots, and the wheel can be used to aim the bow while on horseback as well. Interestingly, it also works perfectly for the fishing mini-game in Lake Hylia. 

9. Dancertale

Another Twitch streamer and YouTuber, PeekingBoo, took on the Dance Dance Revolution controller challenge as well. But, this time, he went all out on playing Undertale on the actual, full-sized machine. The arrows on the left control the direction of the player in both the battle sequences and overworld.

However, the arrows on the right control the actions. The left arrow is used for canceling, the right for the menu, and the bottom for confirm. Given that Undertale is a bullet hell game, PeekingBoo demonstrates just how difficult it is to dodge in the battle sequences. Showing that to survive, absolute coordination is the key to mastering this Dance Dance Revolution and Undertale hybrid. 

Conclusion

People enjoy a good challenge, and, by introducing a new method of gameplay, they are able to make a name for themselves in gaming history. One way to do that is through alternative controlling systems, such as the DJ Hero turntable or Dance Dance Revolution dance pads. Seeking other modes of gameplay is not just an ode to developers, it is an exercise in creativity, and it shows the lengths that gamers will go to just to show how dedicated they are to their livelihood. I think we owe these people a round of applause for sticking to their guns and showing us that alternative forms of gameplay are viable and commendable. 

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Games for Grandparents and Grandchildren: Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/fw6is/games-for-grandparents-and-grandchildren-old-dogs-can-learn-new-tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/fw6is/games-for-grandparents-and-grandchildren-old-dogs-can-learn-new-tricks Tue, 03 May 2016 06:16:58 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

“I just don’t understand those, whatchamacallit? Damgummed vidja games you play. They don’t make any blasted sense to me.”

One of my grandparents once told me something not too far removed from that sentence. My cousin and I were sitting down playing my brand-new copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on my still shiny, purple Gamecube. (Oh yeah, I am going wayyyy back to 2002.) My cousin and I did our best to explain video games to the bewildered, older person, but our eleven-year-old selves couldn’t convince the grandparent that games were anything other than the preconceptions they held.

You tell those young whippersnappers!

You tell those young whippersnappers!

Just fourteen years later, I have met several grandparents and older adults who either play video games with their younger family members or have expressed an interest in the idea. With that in mind, here's a list of somewhat recent titles that might be starting points for grandparents who want to play games with their grandchildren. Who knows? Maybe you will be playing one of these games and it will catch your grandparent’s eye like no Bingo game ever could.

This is a varied list. Some of these games will be more difficult to play than others, and some of these games are aimed more at mature players than others. I've included descriptions with each entry so you have an idea of what the game is before scurrying off to entice your victim loved one to play.

Let’s get started!

 

Juju 

Available on Steam, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

Can two players play at the same time?  Yes 

Control complexity?  Minimal

Juju is an extremely cute platformer ( a game where you navigate obstacles and collect floating, shiny things) starring a pink panda bear and his best friend Peyo, who just so happens to be an anthropomorphic snake. (Because video games okay?) Juju and Peyo get into some trouble and wind up releasing an evil bat that kidnaps Juju’s dad and places some dark magic on Juju’s home forest. It’s up to Juju and Peyo to save the day!

The gameplay is almost as simple as the plot for this one. Players control their choice of the two characters, and their partner controls the other. Players navigate levels filled with obstacles, enemies, and tons of floating, shiny objects to collect! The game goes out of its way to entice newcomers to play. The character of Peyo has skills Juju does not, and he is also less targeted by enemies, allowing his player to simply enjoy the game.

The controls in Juju are also simple. You control your character and have buttons to jump and perform an attack. There are five buttons used at most, making this ideal for all newcomers.

Juju’s novice-friendly design makes it a great choice for either enticing grandparents or younger grandchildren. If you want more information about the game, I actually wrote a review about it here! (Shameless self-promotion for the win!)

 

Yoshi’s Woolly World  

Available on the WiiU.

Can two players play at the same time?  Yes

Control complexity?  Minimal

Much like the aforementioned Juju, Yoshi’s Woolly World is a platformer where you navigate obstacles, defeat enemies, and collect shiny objects. What separates the two is the degree of difficulty and art style. The world of Woolly (the full title is a mouthful) is presented as living yarn, and yes, it is as adorable as it sounds. The art style makes the game appealing to players of all ages and can bring a smile to the face of the most cynical of players, such as myself.

The cute is strong with this one.

Players have the options of four different controllers for playing this one. You have the option of the Wii U Gamepad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wiimote, and the Classic Controller. As with Juju, there are essentially five buttons used in gameplay. When playing with another person, both people can also use different controllers, depending on their preference.  

 

Woolly is also more difficult than Juju. If Juju’s difficulty was rated at a 1 on a scale from 0-10, Wooly would fall somewhere between a 2 or a 3. Just something to keep in mind for newer players. The game allows two people to play simultaneously, so grandma can help you snag all of those collectibles!

 

Katamari series

Available on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Can two players play at the same time? Depends on the game from what I can gather. 

Control complexity? Moderate

The Katamari series is an example of simplicity done beautifully. The objective of the game is to roll around large environments and collecting everything into a large ball of, well, everything. There is some story about replacing the stars, but all you need to know is you can collect virtually anything into your giant roving ball of objects. It’s a game that is simple to grasp and enjoy.

Here’s the game in action.

 

The controls are slightly more demanding than the previous titles mentioned, but they don't take long to become comfortable. The controls are similar to controlling the treads on a tank. If you want to go forward, you move both sticks forward. If you want to turn, you push the stick forward on the side you wish to turn. It's slightly more complicated, but not enough to completely alienate people. You can see more of the controls here.

Guitar Hero and Rock Band  

Available on Playstation 3&4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One

Can two players play at the same time? Two and more!

Control complexity? Depends on your difficulty and instrument, but minimal to difficult.

The Guitar Hero and Rock Band series are unique as they can provide an enjoyable experience for newcomers and experts alike. The Rock Band games have modes where you cannot fail, and instead, can simply enjoy the music and your attempts to play it. If your grandparents don’t have the dexterity for the guitar, let them beat the drums to death. If drums aren’t their thing, give them a mic and have them wail to the classics they know and love!

The controls complexity depends on the difficulty you decide to play. Each difficulty adds a new button for the guitar and drums. For singing, it makes some notes harder to hit and adds more difficult pitches and sections. There's a reason these games have become hit party games though. There is a difficulty level for all players to enjoy!

With a large library of songs included with the base game and a huge selection of songs available to download, there’s bound to be some songs your grandparents enjoy. These games can provide an evening of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Before you know it, you’ll have a garage band and participate in the local battle of the bands.

 It may or may not make your grandmother a badass metalhead.

 

Mario series

Available on the WiiU

Can two players play at the same time? Two and more!

Control complexity? Minimal

Gaming’s most iconic mascot has been the star of countless games that have entranced beginners and veterans alike for years. His newest games are no different. The newest titles on the WiiU are a step up in difficulty from the prior entries on this list, but they also have various modes for beginners and support for more than two players. Now grandma and grandpa both can get in on quashing Bowser’s plans!

 The Mario series is one of the longest-running and most iconic game franchises of all time, yet has managed to retain its charming simplicity throughout all of the years. The controls are simple to learn and easy to master, using six buttons at the most. The challenge comes not from the controls but being precise. However, the series has always been friendly for newcomers and remains welcoming to all.

 

Super Smash Bros

Available on the Wii U

Can two players play at the same time? Two and more!

Control complexity? Moderate

Now this might be a confusing entry. The Smash series is known for its depth, and the skill displayed by pros at tournaments is mindboggling. The game still remains inviting for newcomers. I have hooked several unbelieving friends with a few rounds of Smash. The game is more complicated and has more controls than some entries here, but it remains a simple one to learn and enjoy.

This is easily the most complex game mentioned here in regards to controls. The game only uses about eight buttons (no matter which of the four controllers you choose to use), but there are multiple uses for many moves tied to these few buttons. Despite that, the game remains a frantic and enjoyable experience, even if you aren't sure exactly what is going on onscreen (which is me when playing most fighting games).

With all of the sheer chaos occurring onscreen, you may not be exactly sure what just happened, but you know it looked awesome and can’t wait to continue playing. The game allows up to eight people to play, and players can customize the amount of zaniness in matches and adjust things accordingly as needed. Just don’t complain when Great-grandma Anita wipes the floor with you.

 

Madden games

Available on anything. These games are literally available everywhere on every platform.

Can two players play at the same time? Two and more!

Control complexity? Moderate 

Now before you question this choice, hear me out. During some summers, I would visit my cousin, and we generally ending up playing video games. One day my uncle expressed interest in playing. Giddy with excitement, we naturally started him with the worst possible choice, Mass Effect. He called defeat with a few short, but oh so hilarious, minutes.

Next, we tried Call of Duty, he fared a little better, but he could not grasp the concept of operating two joysticks simultaneously. After my cousin met many a death at the hands of his dad’s grenades, we admitted defeat. My uncle then laid his eyes on Madden and being the football fanatic he is, asked to give it a whirl. My cousin and I decided it couldn’t be any worse than the other games, so we gave it a shot. We have regretted it ever since.

My uncle’s knowledge of football outweighed his lack of gaming skills, and he managed to defeat us over and over again. Things got to the point where he was asking us to play him because he wanted to try more advanced tactics.

I mention this story because you never know which games newcomers will do well when first introduced to gaming. If your grandparent has any interest in football, give Madden a shot. The controls are relatively simple, and the commands are usually posted on the screen for quick reference. Plays are assigned to a button so you know which play you are picking. Actions such as running, stiff-arm, and juking are all tied to individual buttons which are usually displayed before the ball is snapped. Each receiver is also assigned a button, so you know which receiver you are throwing the ball to with every play. 

You can also play the game together on the same team to help ease newcomers into the game. It’s a great idea for those who love sports, and an excellent starting point for the world of games.

 

There are plenty of games grandparents can play with their grandchildren, or can be used to entice your grandparent to give the world of gaming a shot. Star Fox Zero for the WiiU has an invincibility mode for newcomers. Pikmin 3 for the WiiU allows two captains to cooperate and attempt to salvage their spaceship to escape a hostile planet. Rocket League is a more advanced title, but for those who want a challenging and entertaining cooperative experience, look no further. For the truly awesome grandparents, look into Portal 2 for some cooperative, puzzle-solving goodness!

All of these titles I’ve mentioned are barely a drop in the ocean of family/grandparent-friendly games available.  Give these titles a shot, and see what happens. You never know. Maybe your grandparents have mad player skills waiting to be unleashed! After all, I can count the number of times I have beaten my uncle in Madden on one hand. Do not underestimate your opponent!

Do you have any games you play with your grandparents or grandchildren? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Is Elite: Dangerous the hardest game completion ever? https://www.gameskinny.com/b7nhl/is-elite-dangerous-the-hardest-game-completion-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/b7nhl/is-elite-dangerous-the-hardest-game-completion-ever Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:45:06 -0500 Alec Pearce

The critically acclaimed space flight sim, Elite: Dangerous, is arguably the best game in its genre. With over 400 billion star systems to explore in a completely un-capped Milky Way, the possibilities do seem literally endless.

The game does have a steep learning curve however, and new players may feel frustrated at first as they start to get to grips with the complicated user interface and controls system. Elite becomes harder still when you take a look at the achievements list and that is what I will be considering. Are the game's achievements so challenging that it has become the hardest game ever made to 100%?

Over the years, since achievements were introduced on the Xbox 360, many games have been created that are pretty damn hard to fully complete, i.e. get 1000/1000 gamerscore. The Gears of War series had the notorious 'Seriously' achievements, Halo had the legendary campaign achievements and Rock Band 2 had the 'Bladder of Steel Award'. You had to invest a large amount of time to complete these challenges but nothing compares to the time you must commit to attain 100% in Elite: Dangerous.

In total, you must put in over 800 hours of your life to get 1000/1000 in E:D!! That's roughly 34 days, or one tenth of a year, of mining and refining materials, buying and selling goods, exploring uncharted systems, raiding trade ships and collecting bounties on pirates. That's just for progressing in the game, to achieve an Elite ranking and save up enough money to buy 20 different ships etc etc. This alone takes great skill to achieve.

In particular, there are 3 ridiculously tricky and insanely time consuming achievements that stand out amongst the rest. Only a handful of players have completed:

  1. A True Champ - Won 250 CQC matches (this also requires a lot of raw skill and even if you boosted this it will take upwards of 60 hours).
  2. Centre of the Galaxy - Visit Sagittarius A (traveling 26,000 light years there and back will take around 30 hours).
  3. Well Trained - Complete all the tutorials

Yes, you read that correctly. The hardest achievement in this game is to complete the tutorials! In the 'Combat Training Incursion Advanced' mission you will face ten waves of enemy spacecraft alone and must survive to defeat them all. It is ridiculously difficult, which is why only 3 tracked players have completed it. 

The game is so hard that, in total, just one tracked player has taken the time to finish Elite: Dangerous in its totality, out of 13,328 gamers. 'Ownasaur' took 820 hours and 51 minutes to earn a well deserved 1000 gamerscore and his accomplishment means that the completion percentage currently stands at 0.01% for the game.

I would challenge anyone to name a game that is as time consuming, challenging and frustrating as Elite: Dangerous. The steep learning curve for new players means many give up after a few hours of play time but, for those who stick it out, it doesn't get much easier. Even the most skilled players, such as Ownasaur, will realise that this is perhaps the most epic grind in a video game that we have ever seen.

You may completely disagree with me and that's okay! I'd love to hear any and all opinions in the comments. What would get your vote as the hardest game to 100%?

Elite: Dangerous is currently available on PC and Xbox One.

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Challenge runs that will make your favorite games difficult and enjoyable again https://www.gameskinny.com/y39c9/challenge-runs-that-will-make-your-favorite-games-difficult-and-enjoyable-again https://www.gameskinny.com/y39c9/challenge-runs-that-will-make-your-favorite-games-difficult-and-enjoyable-again Thu, 18 Jun 2015 02:30:02 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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The Legend of Zelda 3 Heart challenge

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 A Legend of Zelda 3 Heart challenge means you cannot collect heart containers or pieces of heart to boost Link's health. You must remain at the 3 hearts you are initially given as a health bar and complete the game. This gets more and more complicated as bosses and enemies get stronger. Combine this with a no deaths rule, and a no "use of fairies" rule, and you are in for something nearly impossible.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee Ganondorf challenge

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Made by YouTube user ProJared, the Super Smash Bros. Melee Ganondorf challenge pits you (and possibly a few friends) against a level 9 Ganondorf on the Hyrule Temple stage, all with a stock of 3 lives. There's a catch though; you have to use the handicap feature, and set Ganondorf's handicap to 9, and everyone else's to 3. Due to the fact that the handicap system works differently in later installations in the series (in Melee it changes the percentage at which you start easily launching), this can only be done in Melee. Essentially, what these settings do is make Ganondorf very, very difficult to finish off, even once.

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This does not work as well with characters such as Bowser, because Bowser is simply too slow. Technically it can be done with Captain Falcon, but ProJared believes that Ganondorf has the best balance of stats for this type of challenge.

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Play Skyrim as a Vegan

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The concept of playing Skyrim as a vegan is very immersion-breaking, but it also makes for quite a challenge. You cannot use anything that has animal components in it, so that means a lot of potions, armor, armor upgrades, arrows, and food products cannot be used or consumed. Animals cannot be killed except for plot reasons, you cannot ride horses, no use of dragon souls (and thus a lot of shouts cannot be used) and several spells are restricted.

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Sound fun yet? There is certainly no restriction on killing humanoids, so go clean up that bandit hideout full of leather and hide-wearing heathens.

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Sims 4 Apocalypse Challenge run

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This is one really complicated challenge run. The Sims community is known pretty well for its "legacy challenges" and the apocalypse challenge run is one of them. Players must abide by a set of base rules, as well as by restrictions that change over the course of the game:

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  5. Infants and children may not be adopted.
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  9. Certain restrictions are only lifted when a Sim reaches the top of a career ladder, with each career having its own set of restrictions that can be lifted. When they are lifted the restricted actions are then allowed to all Sims in the household.
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There is also a huge list of career-based restrictions that I will not list here, but can be found, along with lots of other legacy challenges, here. The game is won when all restrictions are lifted.

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Pokémon Nuzlocke challenge

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This is a challenge that can be done with any generation of Pokémon game, which is really neat! A Pokémon Nuzlocke has several base rules:

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  5. Players must nickname all their Pokémon.
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  7. A black out/white out is considered a game over.
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Defeat the Elite Four, and victory is yours! There are also a ton of optional rules to make it even more painful, or even mercy rules. There is a pretty comprehensive list at Bulbapedia.

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Minecraft Skyblock challenge

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The concept of this challenge is deceptively simple, and yet it is very difficult to complete. You start on a floating island with limited resources, and your goal is to complete the challenges given to you with those resources or run out of them while trying. There are three base rules, stating that you may not jump off the island to regenerate health, you may not build a bridge to the mainland, and you must play on at least easy difficulty.

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Survival maps are pretty common, but this one I have seen stump even some of the most creative problem solvers.

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Metroid Prime Trilogy hard mode/hypermode with minimum collection rate

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This one is pretty easy to follow the rules on, but extremely difficult to accomplish. Set the game to the hardest difficulty possible, and then collect only the upgrades required by the game: No extra energy tanks, no extra missiles, except what you are forced to pick up. Given how absurdly hard these games can be on hypermode, you had better be pretty good at the Metroid Prime Trilogy or expect to fail. I know, because when I beat Metroid Prime 1 on hypermode, it took me about 10 tries to beat Meta Ridley with all energy tank and missile upgrades available.

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I could just be really bad at the game. Or, it could actually be difficult already. But why not make it even harder?

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Guitar Hero (or Rock Band) "Django Mode"

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Called "Django Mode" after Django Reinhardt, who used only his middle and index fingers for fretting during guitar solos, this challenge puts players in a similar situation. That is, players can no longer use their pinky and ring fingers to hold down the fret buttons on the Guitar Hero or Rock Band guitar. Also, try doing this on Expert for extra difficulty. Given there are people like me who can hardly play Guitar Hero or Rock Band as it is, this is probably pretty challenging.

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Fire Emblem Awakening female only challenge

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Based on Archayanami's Female Only Challenge for Fire Emblem 7 (Blazing Sword), the Fire Emblem Awakening female only challenge basically is what it says on the label: you are not allowed to use any male characters, except for Chrom (because he is a required character). The player's avatar must also be female. Surprisingly, most versions of this challenge run allow for unequipped males to be used to gain supports with a female character, and furthermore, marriage, if that female has a future female child. After that, the male may not be used.

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There are a few other self imposed rules that may go with this challenge, including no DLC (characters or levels), using Classic Mode and a higher difficulty, a limited number of resets, and no marriages except for Chrom.

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This can also be done the other way around with only male characters.

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Final Fantasy VI "natural magic" run

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In a Final Fantasy VI "natural magic" run, you can only use the magic characters gain by leveling up. So that means no equipment that allows characters to learn magic, or Espers. Apparently leveling stat boosts through Espers are also not allowed. While this challenge is fairly straightforward, it can be combined with other challenges such as the CES challenge (Celes, Edgar, Setzer challenge), which requires that you use only the aforementioned characters unless the game forces you to use others.

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This challenge really is a good excuse to pick up this classic game again.

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With the demise of adequate difficulty settings in many game series (or, in the presence of those, the rise of some seriously hardcore gamers), game fans old and new have been searching for ways to mix up their favorite games.

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Enter the challenge run! Some are simple, single rules, and others are lengthy lists of restrictions. Some are near impossible and others are pretty easy. There are so many out there that it is not possible to showcase them all in one article, but here are some awesome choices for those of you interested in giving a challenge run a whirl!

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Bottoms Up: 10 Drinking Games from Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/kqc6o/bottoms-up-10-drinking-games-from-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/kqc6o/bottoms-up-10-drinking-games-from-video-games Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:55:57 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

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There you have it, a new excuse to invite your friends over and play some games (as if you needed another one). Have suggestions for drinks or games to play these with? Sound off in the comments!

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Stay thirsty my friends! 

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Confusion - Adventure Games

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Older adventure games are infamous for their obtuse puzzles and hard-to-find key items resulting in extreme pixel hunting. Now that we are adults, let’s replay the most frustrating parts of our childhood like an adult can!

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The Rules:
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Choose an older adventure of your choice (GOG.com has a plethora of great titles) and play. Whenever you encounter some cryptic hints, obtuse instructions, or illogical puzzle, bottoms up! For every five minutes you cannot progress, have another drink!

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The Drink of Choice:
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The peppermint of a Starry Night shot will open your sinuses and maybe help induce an epiphany. I doubt it though. But hey, at least you will be having fun being stuck right? 

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Dead Nazis - Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Who doesn’t enjoy Nazi killing? The Nazis have been around since the birth of gaming, but The New Order actually gave us personal reasons to perpetrate violent acts against the Nazi regime. You could play any WW 2 shooter, but why not play the great The New Order?

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The Rules:
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A Nazi dies; you drink! Whether the Nazi dies in a cutscene, by your hands or someone else’s, it matters not. All that matters is whenever Nazi blood is shed, bottoms up!

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The Drink of Choice:
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Why a Dead Nazi of course! Is there a more fitting drink for this? I think not. 

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Tower Time - Ubisoft games

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At this point, Ubisoft games have become so predictable; they can be predicted far in advance of release. A key mechanic of each Ubi game revolves around capturing a watchtower of some sort. This mechanic started in Assassin’s Creed, and has been present in nearly Ubisoft game since. So let’s take advantage of it!

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The Rules:
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Boot up the Ubisoft game of your choice. Whenever you capture a watchtower, radio tower, or whatever the hell it’s called now, drink! It doesn’t get much easier than this!

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The Drink of Choice:
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 Instead of a bottled drink, mixed drinks would be better for this game. Bloody Marys and Painkillers would be an ideal choice, since this event happens often, but not enough to justify a bottled brew. 

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Bug Hunt - Bethesda games

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Besides creating huge sandbox worlds for players to explore, Bethesda is known for their bugs. Holy crap the bugs are strong with these games. I understand it’s impossible to eliminate every bug in a huge game world, but it seems reasonable to expect less bugs in their games than Starship Troopers.

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The Rules:
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Before you start, you and each of your friends choose a drink. The first person to spot a bug has the other participants take the drink they chose. After each drink, new drinks are chosen and the controller is handed off to another player. Before you know it, you’ll be more interested in finding bugs than treasure.

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Witchin’ Time - Bayonetta

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I love Bayonetta. I absolutely love the ridiculous over-the-top nature of the combat and enemy design as well as the nonsensical story. One of the main mechanics is the use of Bayonetta’s hair. She uses her hair to empower her attacks, so powerful attacks leave her with less clothing. Did I mention her clothing is her hair? It’s a bizarre title to be sure.

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The Rules:
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Another simple one here, whenever Bayonetta’s clothing becomes slightly revealing, you drink. Needless to say, you’ll be surprised how many drinks you’ll have downed within the hour.

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The Drink of Choice:
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Again, you’ll want a bottled beverage for this one. If you desire, you can hand off the controller between combat pieces and stages so you can spectate and drink, because spectators must play the game too! 

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Hatred - Call of Duty

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We have all been playing a multiplayer game of sorts and then it happens: the toxic player show up. If they aren’t criticizing you for every move you make, they are hurling racist, sexist, and bigoted insults at you and others for no discernible reason except to make everyone as miserable as they are. So why not try to make it slightly enjoyable?

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I named CoD as the go-to game because of its popularity and notorious community. However, you can play any multiplayer game of your choice. Play as you normally would, or play nice if you are a toxic person. When the toxic players show up and start doing their thing, you drink every time they say something nasty. They called your mother something I can’t repeat here? Drink. Hurled a racist insult at someone on a team? Drink. Criticizing your play style despite your score being higher than theirs? Drink. Soon you’ll be happy to hear them open their mouths and spew their spiel.

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The Drink of Choice:
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Since you’ll be drinking fast and often, you’ll want your favorite bottled beverage for this one. Personally, I would take a Dos Equis Lager, a Smirnoff of some sort, or a chilled cider. The choice is yours to make! If you want to play nasty, you and your friends can alternate deciding the drinks before rounds. This way you can finally get your friends to drink that disgusting oatmeal stout you love. You monster.

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Battle Royale or Duel - Rock Band

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Ah Rock Band. It remains one of the greatest party games ever made. So why not use it as a way to show your friends how awesome you are at it?

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This can be played with as many people as you wish and have the instruments for, or you can rotate. First, the roles of guitarist, drummer, etc. are placed in a hat, and everyone draws a role. Starting with a song of “Easy” difficulty decided by the host, play the song. The person with the highest points decides what the losers drink. The winner of the round also delegates roles for the next song, decides the next song, and the difficulty. Keep playing until you can’t!

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You can also play this with only two people, if you just want to get that one friend inebriated. Rock and roll all nite!

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I Wanna Die - I Wanna be the Guy

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I Wanna Be the Guy is legendary for its unrelenting difficulty that will have even the most veteran players curled into the fetal position and sobbing after a short play session. This is a game that has no rules and constantly breaks the rules of all games you have played. You can die on the bloody map screen for goodness sake!

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This is as simple as it gets: you die; you drink. Yep, that’s it. Once you explode in a cloud of pixelated blood and gore, bottoms up! If you can last more than ten minutes at this one, I salute you!

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The Drink of Choice:
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Since you will be dying and drinking a lot, you want something deceptively smooth and enjoyable to help calm your nerves after each death. The chocolate milk taste of a Nut’s ‘n’ Berries or the smoothness of a Buttery Nipple. Either way, you’ll at least enjoy the dying, until the next day anyway. 

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The "F" Bomb - Bulletstorm

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Any chance to write about Bulletstorm is a win in my book. In fact, I just wrote about how awesome it is, and why you should play it! As I mentioned in my piece, the game contains a lot of swear words. A LOT. Enough to make sailors blush and Samuel L. Jackson feel uncomfortable. So how does this translate to a drinking game? Actually, it is quite easy.

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The rules are really simple. Whenever you hear the “f” word or a variation of uttered by our potty mouth characters, you drink. This includes all characters though, not just our main character. So whenever that enemy curses you and you reply with an equally appalling swear, two drinks to you my friend!

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The Drink of Choice:
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Since swearing is not always a good thing, an ideal drink would be something bitter and not very enjoyable by itself. Tequila neat would probably be the best option, unless you like that nasty stuff, in which case a substitute would need to be found. Before you know it, you’ll have been broken of your own swearing habits!

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Errand Boy- Every RPG made

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Everyone’s favorite part of a RPG is when in order to make progress on a quest, we must scratch someone else’s back and do them a favor for some contrived reason. You may be a Grey Warden, a Spectre, a Witcher, or some other powerful character; it does not matter though. At the end of the day, even the most powerful of RPG characters must bow before the power of the errand quest.

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The Rules:
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Any RPG will do. Simply play until you encounter a quest where you must perform an errand for some NPC in order to progress. You must drink upon encountering and accepting the quest and upon completion, this way of playing helps dull the sharp edge of frustration.

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The Drink of Choice:
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There are several shots which could make for an excellent companion to this one. The B-52, Breakfast, and Chocolate Cake shots would be my go-to picks. If you want to play with the grownups though, you could instead use a Three Wise Men or Four Horsemen shots to ensure quick inebriated questing! 

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We all love games, but sometimes our video games can also double as other forms of entertainment. I began to wonder, could I come up with some drinking games which are played with video games? Why yes I can! I’m not a big drinker, but I have a drink every now and then. After brainstorming this list though, I think I need to have a party! As always, please game and drink responsibly!

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New Rock Band Game in Development for Xbox One and PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/l8c4z/new-rock-band-game-in-development-for-xbox-one-and-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/l8c4z/new-rock-band-game-in-development-for-xbox-one-and-ps4 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:25:33 -0500 Nick Boisson

Dust off that leather jacket, slide on those torn jeans, and start calling up your old crew: it's time for Rock Band to make a comeback!

Back in January, Harmonix Music Systems Inc. sent out a survey to their newsletter subscribers seeing if a new Rock Band title for the current console generation was something the fans would like to see. Well, Harmonix must have garnered a widely positive reaction, because a source at Bloomberg tells them that Harmonix is now hard at work on the newest edition of Rock Band for PS4 and Xbox One.

Following the release of Rock Band 2, band game sales began to plummet drastically. Viacom sold Harmonix to investment firm Columbus Nova LLC, and Activision's Guitar Hero franchise closed up shop in 2011. While we have not seen a new Rock Band game since 2012's Rock Band Blitz, Harmonix has been creating a whole new slate of music and rhythm games, including:

 

But with recent Rock Band DLC being released, a current vaccum of instrument-peripheral music games in the market, and time away for Harmonix to grow beyond the games that made them widely known, the next generation of Rock Band games may very well be a huge success and a welcome addition to college dorms and living rooms everywhere.

Are you going to be picking up the new Rock Band game? Let us know down below in the comments!

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5 Games to Never Purchase at Full Price https://www.gameskinny.com/nbo9n/5-games-to-never-purchase-at-full-price https://www.gameskinny.com/nbo9n/5-games-to-never-purchase-at-full-price Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:33:53 -0500 Stan Rezaee

Gaming is an expensive hobby as new releases on average are being sold for $60.00 or more (depending on what version a player purchases). A gamer has to limit what they want to buy during the Summer and Holiday season unless they want to go broke.

A gamer has to make the hard choice of what to get and what not to get on day one. However it helps to know that some titles are worth getting on their release date while other title are better off until its available at a discounted price. Here are five types of games to never purchase at full price.

5. Party and Kart games

Not every co-operative gaming experience is limited to murder and mayhem, like in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. Sometimes a gamer wants to get with a few buddies and play some Mario Kart or Mario Party. Every gamer remembers these good times from back in the day and there is nothing wrong with keeping the memory alive.

These games do create great memories and are fun to play, but they are not really worth the $60 price tag. At best one is better just picking up a used title at GameStop when you actually need a party game. Also not all party and kart games have the same appeal as Mario Kart; most of them have been quick cash grabs of a dying brand.

It’s also worth noting that a party game is only worth purchasing if one has plans to play with friends, because there is nothing sadder than playing Mario Party by yourself.

4. Fad games

Once in a while a new style of game comes out and it becomes the talk of the community. Other developers try to mimic it while the original creators try to milk their possible one hit wonder dry. The popularity of these games only lasts for a while before the community goes back to the classics while the casual move on to the next fad.

An example would be how Guitar Hero and Rock Band were extremely popular when they first came out. It’s possible that every gamer had one friend who bought the complete set because they thought it was a cool game. They must feel like a moron now because its available for only a few dollars online or at some retailers.

Every gamer had one friend who bought the complete set because they thought it was a cool game.

Another example is the fad regarding the motion sensors that was made popular by the Wii. While the feature made the console popular, it hardly has caught on with other major titles on different consoles. Its an option on the Xbox One and PS4, but does anyone actually use it? While on the subject, how is the Wii U doing and do they have Grand Theft Auto V yet?

Developers and visionaries are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of their imagination within the gaming context. However all gamers simply want to do is just sit back and blow each other up. So despite the new trinkets that are introduced during each console generation, in the end gamers will just go back to playing Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

3. First Person Shooters

Just to be clear, this entry is about basic shooters like Modern Warfare and Halo. Open world and RPG’s like Far Cry 4 or Fallout 3 do not apply to this list since there are more to do than just run and shoot.

Shooters are always fun as they do a great job of pandering to our love of action, but sometimes they are not worth the $60 price tag. Sure titles like Wolfenstein: The New Order and Killzone: Shadow Fall were great, but gamers could have waited a few months for the price to drop.

Shooters are always fun as they do a great job of pandering to our love of action, but sometimes they are not worth the $60 price tag. 

Back in the day titles like Half-Life and 007 GoldenEye may have been worth the price tag, but gaming has changed. Now titles like Grand Theft Auto V and Assassins Creed: Unity offer over 100 hours of gameplay for the same price as a shooter with 30 hours of gameplay.

Given the choice between Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or Grand Theft Auto V, the gamer is better getting the latter. Shooters may be fun but one game offers more content for the price. Plus wait for six months and Advanced Warfare will be available for a discounted price.   

2. Sports games

Sports games are like iPhones and Call of Duty, new one comes out every year but its still the same thing. Sure there might be a tweaked feature and graphics that have slightly improved, but overall it’s the same thing from last year.

Unlike the iPhones and Advanced Warfare, almost nothing changes about a sports game other than the athletes on the roster. Sure the graphics may get shinier with each new title but they are not worth the $60 price tag. That being said, they also have the biggest price drops after the holiday seasons.

There is nothing wrong with having NFL Madden in your game collection but don’t be stupid enough to buy it on day one. Wait five months after its release to purchase it and limit it to one title per-console generation.  

1. PC Games

Another reason why it’s so great to be part of the PC Master Race is that you rarely have to pay full price for a major game. We never have to drive to a retailer to pay full price for a game because it is likely available at the Steam Store.

Every time Steam has a sale, gamers will go bankrupt and that is not a joke. Major titles that were recently released are available for at least 20% off while on average a game may be 50% off. That is not even taking into account if the game has had a price drop several months after its release.

Why buy one game when the entire collection is available for $30 or less? 

Why buy one game when the entire collection is available for $30 or less? A gamer could have bought ARMA II on day one for $50 or wait a year and by the entire collection for under $30 during a sale. If you're lucky you could get the entire Grand Theft Auto-series (that includes GTA I, II, III, Vice City, San Andreas and IV) for the same price during a special sale.

Steam may be the most well-known of the digital distribution platforms but it’s not the only one thanks to some competition with Origin from EA. The consoles also have their own digital distribution but it lacks the sales and discounts of Steam.

Publishers will try to convince gamers to buy their product on day one with a few extra trinkets. Gaming is expensive so be smart with your mony and wait for some titles to go on sale.

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Women are Playing More Video Games and Here's Why https://www.gameskinny.com/9k460/women-are-playing-more-video-games-and-heres-why https://www.gameskinny.com/9k460/women-are-playing-more-video-games-and-heres-why Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:26:31 -0400 Chris_Lemus

A new annual report by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) on the video game industry includes a vast amount of figures and numbers, but one set of data is shaking up the gaming culture. The trade association found women are now becoming a more significant group of gamers, being closer than ever to overtaking males.

After taking a slight dip in 2013, the report states 48 percent of all U.S gamers are women, an eight percent increase from four years ago. There are several reasons that explain this increase in female gamers.

One reason for women playing more games is the advancement in mobile technology. The use of devices and smartphones are increasing, with females leading the use of games on these formats. According to a report by Flurry, an analytics company, the biggest group that spends time and money on mobile games such as Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga are women. These types of social and puzzle games combine for 77 percent of all types of mobile games played according to the ESA. With digital format sales surpassing physical format purchases in 2013, women are becoming bigger spenders in the gaming industry.

Then there is the shift away from consoles focusing only on playing game discs and accessing downloaded titles. The idea of streaming videos and music on the same system which access video games broadens the audience of potential buyers, especially to women  since survey research company Nielsen found more females stream videos than men. If video streaming is a draw to women, they would also purchase video games to play in addition to owning a console, which increases the amount of female gamers.

In addition to streaming content, consoles also offer new ways to play games through features such as motion sensors and cameras. These input devices make titles such as Just Dance possible, games great for any occasion or setting such as a party or dorm (or party in a dorm).

But women are not just playing motion-based games. Nielsen also found women were playing games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band in 2009, titles with masculine images and social constructions.

How could the female gaming market grow? Now that women have strength in numbers, the answer lies with whether the video game industry wants to finally recognize them. Regardless of how developers and publishers feel, It is time they finally acknowledge them and represent them in the virtual world.

Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment game producer Fredrik Rundquist revealed to the Wall Street Journal that his group acknowledges the growth in female players. While producers recognize the shift, Ubisoft has landed in controversy for their stance on female characters in their games.

Earlier this year, Ubisoft decided to remove the option to have a playable female character in it’s forthcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity game. After they received backlash for their decision, they introduced a non-playable character named Elise to the story.

Gaming content matters, as the ESA found that 48 percent of gamers “said the quality of game graphics, an interesting storyline…was the most important factor in their decision to purchase a computer or video game.” Not all heroes have to be men, and males are not the only sex with a gene granting them the ability to save the universe from demise by foreign invaders. Females kick butt too, and not only in video games.

Fictional characters such as Jade from Beyond Good & Evil fought for justice against an entire fictional government, while Samus of Metroid actually did save entire universes from their ultimate demise.

Then there are great historical figures such as ancient Egypt’s Hatshepsut who restored her kingdom after invaders attacked and England’s Queen Victoria who not only abolished slavery in British colonies but also shortened factory workdays. With the popularity of historical fiction growing when developing games, figures such as these could easily become major characters in future titles.

To only depict men in video games changing history and saving thousands of people at a time does not recognize all of history. Focusing on one demographic erases the existence of tapping into bringing the personal lives of gamers into a realm of entertainment. Girls want to have fun, and gaming couples want to enjoy a nice date in playing video games with each other. There’s no need to create more Barbie titles like it is a PC flash game made for second graders, but women can certainly share the battlefield with men on their favorite titles.

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New Survey From Harmonix Asks Fans About Current-Gen Rock Band https://www.gameskinny.com/iwm5b/new-survey-from-harmonix-asks-fans-about-current-gen-rock-band https://www.gameskinny.com/iwm5b/new-survey-from-harmonix-asks-fans-about-current-gen-rock-band Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:32:11 -0400 Miranda Kirk

Rock Band and other music games, like Guitar Hero, made a big splash in the game world when they originally released in the mid-to-late 2000s. Although these games were really popular, in recent years they have declined in popularity. 

Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band, want to ask the fans that made them big if they want a current-gen version of the game - the current-gen, of course, being Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Harmonix released a survey today that allows players to put in their two cents about the issue.

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It's great that the studio is asking the potential audience of their game whether they want a new version because it could save the studio an embarrassing and poor numbered launch of a game that's had its time to shine. 

The studio is also working on games like Fantasia: Music Evolved, Chroma, Amplitude, and Dance Central Spotlight, so if they were going to make a new Rock Band it would definitely be an added bonus and not necessarily their primary focus. It's nice that the fans have the option though, something I've not seen many studios do in the recent past. 

I've enjoyed Rock Band and games alike in the past but I don't really play them that much anymore. Would you be interested in a new Rock Band or do you think the ship has sailed? 

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Rock Band Creator Harmonix Is Staging a Comeback! https://www.gameskinny.com/r0em4/rock-band-creator-harmonix-is-staging-a-comeback https://www.gameskinny.com/r0em4/rock-band-creator-harmonix-is-staging-a-comeback Wed, 21 May 2014 11:55:38 -0400 Kaelan Otto

It's been a few years since the last Rock Band and Guitar Hero game, that sort of genre quickly died down back in 2012. I hear fans of both series, sometimes ask "When is the new game coming out" or "Did the series get cancelled?"

Well, if you're one of the many fans of Rock Band or Guitar Hero, then you might get excited you hear that Harmonix, developer of music, rhythm and dance-based games, has a Kickstarter campaign going for their title, Amplitude.

Harmonix was founded back in 1995, but didn't become a full household name til after the success of Rock Band. This was revealed by Harmonix CEO, Alex Rigopulos, while answering questions and promoting their Kickstarter campaign on Reddit.

In 2006, Activision spent over $100 million to acquire the Guitar Hero franchise, then, a few months later, Harmonix was purchased by MTV Networks. Since Harmonix was no longer in control of the Guitar Hero series, the responsiblity was passed down to Neversoft, developers of the Tony Hawk's skateboarding games.

Since then, there was a spammed release of the Guitar Hero games, because of this, some people speculated that this was the reason for the music genre to die-out. However, Rigopulos stated that Activison's over-publishing of the game, was NOT the reason for this.

He stated that the prices of both Rock Band and Guitar Hero were the most expensive games on the market, due to the plastic instruments and DLC song packs. Both of which, is what contributed to the declining music game genre, since both games were available physically and digitally during a bad recession.

Rigopulos then said that, Rock Band and Guitar Hero ultimately didn't bring enough to the music genre of games. The team wishes to discuss this at some point in the next outing.

Alex Rigopulos then states:

"One way or another, it will be back."

Right now on Kickstarter, Amplitude is sitting on its final moments--less than 50 hours left. The project is so close from being completed and I urge any fan of Rock Band and Guitar Hero to help this project succeed.

Check out the Kickstarter here.

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The Gamer Gift Guide: 10 Family Friendly Games For The Holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/7scrt/the-gamer-gift-guide-10-family-friendly-games-for-the-holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/7scrt/the-gamer-gift-guide-10-family-friendly-games-for-the-holidays Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:51:17 -0500 Coatedpolecat

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The Behemoth outdid themselves with this fine 4 player action/adventure, beat 'em up in Castle Crashers. Published by both Microsoft and PlayStation respectively, this gem is up to four players and something the whole family can enjoy.

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Steam, Amazon, and other online retailers are more than happy to sale you this piece of side-scrolling history.

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The Cave, another game by Double Fine was published by Sega, and created by the one and only Ron Gilbert. The puzzle/platformer is surprisingly more fun with just one player using a controller and everyone else yelling at that one player what to do. The game just oozes charm and humor, and would be a great light-hearted game you can enjoy with adults and kids alike.

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You are allowed to purchase this game through Steam, iTunes, and all other platforms even Ouya.

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I'm a fan of Marvel, and though there are many great LEGO games, TT Games really warmed my heart with all the fan service in this great co-op action/platformer. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Studio, LEGO Marvel's co-op one way to make you smile through the cold day spent inside.

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Wal-Mart, Amazon, and many other outlets will have this game at different prices, as it is a multi-platform release, even the 3D's (that's a joke, it's 3DS).

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The Rock Band series was once a staple for family fun in the living room. Why not go ahead and dust those plastic instruments off and get ready to piss off your neighbors? Developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games and Electronic Arts, we all know this is a fun way to spend time with people you don't actually want to talk to.

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Rock Band spans 3 core titled games, Rock Band, RB 2, and RB 3. These games and others of the series not mentioned are available for Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and can be found for varying prices from many different outlets, please shop wisely.

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Created and published by Uber Entertainment (Xbox 360 version is published by Microsoft), Monday Night Combat is one of my first experiences with a MOBA as a console player. You have a handful of classes and small maps for intense 4v4 bouts of combat (pun intended) from the third-person perspective.

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This 3 year old beauty is available on Steam and Xbox Live. 

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Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse has simply got to be one of the most pleasant remakes from the 90's NES era. Though no co-op or multiplayer is built into the game, the lack of any real loss from dying, this begs for the controller to be passed around after each failed attempt. Created by Sega Studios Australia and published by both Sega and Disney Interactive Studios, this is one of my favorite walks down memory lane.

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This nostalgia trip is available on Steam, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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This unmistakable trivia game was developed by Jellyvision Games, Iron Galaxy Studios, and Webfoot Technologies. You Don't Know Jack was published by the former THQ and is possibly the most fun you'll have with two other friends.

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This game is available on Steam, eBayAmazon, and other fine retailers. 

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Double Fine Productions brought those who own a Kinect one of the best apps for the device in Kinect Party. Published by Microsoft Studios, this six player hodge-podge of genres and games is just flat out fun. This game, according to Raptr.com, has given my family over 80 hours of entertainment since its release.

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This is strictly sold on Xbox Live and is occasionally free.

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Carcassone was developed and published by Sierra Online and is a graphical version of the classic board game. Vying for control of roads, pastures, castles, and churches makes for an intense and fun way for 2 folks to have fun.

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The only version available I could find was on Xbox Live only.

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Made and self published by PopCap games, Peggle is one of the most addicting games out there. With bright colors, charming characters, endless puzzles, and a versus mode to boot. Whether passing around the controller or trying to out play your buddy, this game is a must for the holidays.

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You can purchase or download the game for free any just about any device/platform.

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As most of us know, some games are meant to be played with other people. For some reason being able to sit side by side with someone, a friend or family member, enhances certain games and the enjoyment derived from them. I have complied just a few games that are great to play with the family, both young and old. These are easy to pick up and play games with tons of replay ability. Enjoy!

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