Gaming

Scarlett has qualified for SC2

Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn has qualified for GSL 2017 Season 1 Code S, becoming the first woman to compete in the top Korean league and the first foreigner to compete there since Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri played in spring 2013.

I’m so happy for her! However was she the first to qualify? I thought there were other foreigners who qualified as well Jinro and Idea qualified in 2011?… If I remember right it was an open tournament I think

Check out some Best Of Scarlett!

My 2017 Wisthlist

Gaming has changed so much for me over the years. I used to look forward to that one big game on the horizon but lately it has begun to spread out. I guess I have more money now and can afford more. 2017 has a lot of titles that have really made the top of my list. This is this years wishlist.

  • Persona 5
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2

The first for outstanding writing and characters, the second for endless roleplaying hijinks with friends (plus the battles are tactical and fun).

  • Final Fantasy XII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy VII Remastered
  • Mass Effect Andromeda

I am crossing my fingers for a PC versions of Final Fantasy.

  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8 (Pre-ordered)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I am so excited for this! just got a PS4 a few weeks ago almost exclusively for KH. I grew up with the KH series and it’s still my favorite game series to this date.

Final Fantasy VII Remastered

I love/hate this game and that is why I am looking forward to it.

This game is the obsessive compulsive grinder’s NIGHTMARE. I”ve started the game 3 times over and all of those times I’d spend a good amount of 10 or so hours grinding in the first dessert when Migelo sends you to recover his stuff.

In all honesty I have never even finished the game.

Before I do I always get a little tired of it and give up 10 hours before the end boss.

I ended up watching the rest of the story on youtube instead. Which left me a little unfulfilled.

This game is still fun though. Don’t be mistaken. Probably one of the best in the series and my 5th favorite despite never beating it. I can’t wait to get it in HD on Steam.

TF2 Girl-On-Girl Hate

Have you ever been playing a game and you suddenly get this girl-on-girl hate? This is “one-of-the-guys” or “the cool girl” syndrome.

Some girls believe putting down other girls will make them safer by endearing themselves to guys as tough and edgy.

It does – temporarily. The moment they do something the guys don’t approve of, though, that safety is gone.

It happens a lot with minorities as well. People try to fit in and if the community they belong to is bad towards a gender or race they tend to copy it.

It is a shame really.

Horizon: Zero Dawn X Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I have seen talk about Zelda: Breath of the Wild looking like it’s trying to be Horizon Zero Dawn.

For those of you who have been following Zero Dawn, you can start to see how the game is going to be pan out.

And with what I have seen from BOTW, it actually seems like it will be superior. I don’t like admitting that, but I’m not going to be a delusional fan either.

That’s just my opinion, the truth is we don’t really know which one will be the better game, but they are coming out in the same week so we will know very soon! Horizon Zero Dawn and Guerilla Games need to deliver if they can make something else than shooters.

Zelda games are always incredible good. The graphics are sure not the best, but just watching the newest trailer gave me already chills. And gameplay wise has Zelda more to offer with hatching, cooking, sliding with the shield, para-gliding and the new abilities.

What i want to say is, that both games have the potential to be outstanding. Interesting how they now both releases only 2 days apart from each other.

I honestly don’t see the issue with them launching the same week as the release of the Switch. However, I don’t need to make any hard decisions about buying a new console or buying a new game in the same release window. I know that not everyone has that luxury. I honestly don’t see anything hurting them if they decided to move up the release of Horizon.

My only issue is I have been dying to play HZD, but my fav series of all time is Zelda. Which is now gonna be out 4 days later.

Part of me wants to wait and just play Zelda first. I’ve been waiting almost 6 years for new Zelda, while I’ve only been waiting maybe 6 months for HZD and I’m worried I may subconsciously rush through horizon to get to Zelda.

I also wanna play Zelda first since its only 900p, while i just bought a 4k tv and pro for HZD. So if i play Zelda after its going to look just awful.

StarCraft: State vs Classic

I just remember the very fist game I ever saw of Starcraft. It was at a big Korean tourney and a foreigner was playing his very first game in Korea. The casters kept mentioning the fact of how huge this game was for his career.

And then the Korean just proxy gated him and the game ended after a “one zealot one stalker on each side” micro battle. That game is what caught my interest for this game.

Picked Up Fallout 4

People like to pick apart Fallout 4 like their life depends on it, but I can’t recommend it enough. It’s immersive and filled with stuff to do. Just make sure you have enough spare time to spend on it.

I’m really enjoying Fallout 4, I know it’s been talked about to death all over on other websites but if you’re looking for a great single player game on ps4 I’d recommend it.

That is if you like FPS games with minimal RPG elements.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Delayed to January 2017

My story goes like this: I bought KH1 and 2 when they came out!

KH2 broke so I bought it again. I then bought both collections for PS3.

Now they are preparing to take my money again for a third time.

http://ign.com/articles/2016/09/13/tgs-2016-kingdom-hearts-hd-28-delayed-to-january

I think it’s bizarre that they release 2.8 in January before they release 1.5+2.5 in March 2017. But then Kingdom Hearts isn’t exactly known for making sense.

Where Are Our Female Protagonists?

I felt really conflicted about the Tomb Raider when it was released.

For me, there are four different types of female characters in video games. One, obvious eye candy, two, obviously girly (Barbie, for example), three, gender doesn’t really matter (pokemon girl trainer), and four, characters like Tomb Raider.

I wouldn’t say Tomb Raider is totally devoid of eye candy (even Conan O’Brien was commenting on the awkward camera angles), and the nearly rape scenes near the beginning made me think. Would they have done it if it was a male lead?

I don’t want to focus just on that scene, and maybe I’m a bit more sensitive than others when it comes to it, but this is what I thought.

Would the game have been any less if they left it out? Lara simply gets captured without getting her face caressed, then caught without groping hands. My answer is no. The captors already seem “evil” enough, willing to kill innocent people, even without the threat of rape. So for me, that scene was mostly used to emphasizes the vulnerability of being female. It’s very humanizing, in a way, because as you say, it’s a very realistic scenario. But at the same time, I wonder how many people (of both genders) took it as gratuitous fan service?

This bring me to the next thought: a lot of people praise Tomb Raider as an example of not only a strong, female protagonist, but also as a very human character. She has her strengths and weaknesses, and you can see her struggle to stay strong and survive. I would go as far as to say that it’s her “femininity” that makes her so strong, but weak at the same time.

I agree with you. She’s not scared, per se, but she does have doubts about her survival. Can you imagine Indiana Jones shivering in the cold, wondering if he’ll survive the night? James Bond? Nope, cuz you know they’ll make it through. They’re written that way.

But do we really want a female James Bond who doesn’t seduce enemies with her feminine wiles and degrade into fan service? Let’s say we do have something like that. She won’t be supermodel skinny or super booby. She’ll be cool and collected, capable and efficient. Not show anger or emotion, really, she won’t be an irrational ball of emotion that women are always accused of being.

But how will this differ from being t he girl pokemon trainer? Would it matter at all if the protagonist was male or female?

I’m conflicted about that.

Side story: was in game store before the Tomb Raider launch. Dad comes in with 6-8 year old son. Makes joke about Tomb Raider being “top heavy”. All the guys laugh. Son doesn’t get it. He keeps bugging them to explain the “joke”.

I’ve hung out with enough guys to know these jokes, kind of like racist jokes, are not likely to disappear. And really, most of the time, it’s not intended to be offensive. What I found offensive was that it was told in public, and passed onto a child, kinda perpetuating the Tomb Raider stereotype. Would they ever play the game? Perhaps. But probably not for the same reason.

I think another question is, will the gaming community respect female protagonists? I think they’re acknowledged just fine, just not in the way we’d like.

The new Lara Croft (2018) movie may do some to fix this. They have gone on record as saying that the reboot which will be darker like other reboots Batman Begins (2005), Casino Royale (2006), Man of Steel (2013). Lara Croft will be a much darker, more realistic incarnation of the iconic video game character and she may not have the big breasts, in order to make her a more believable character. It’s possible that Lara in the reboot may not have the signature big breasts.