So…. What’s an RPG? There’s a lot of different game genres these days. Sports, Racing, Fighting, Hero Shooters, MOBAs, Strategy Games, Battle Royale, Rogue-likes, the list goes on and on. One of the oldest and most pervasive of these genres, though, is the RPG. It’s tropes go back to some of the earliest days of gaming, and today, modern games are still using those same mechanics to expand their audience.
Ever wonder why games need updates? We’ve all been there. Your kiddos fire up their game console all ready to play their favorite game, but no… They’re greeted not by the title screen, but by the dreaded “This game needs an update” window.
I’m not a League of Legends pro. I’ve played a fair number of matches though. I understand the mechanics, I understand the gameplay, I understand the tactics.
At least I thought I did… Until I watched a stream of pros playing the game.
The action was moving so fast, and the jargon was so thick I could barely make sense of what I was seeing. It really drove home both the true complexity of the game and an appreciation of the skills needed to play at the professional level.
It also reinforced for me how difficult it is to communicate what’s going on the game, let alone understand.
I started this post as my favorite game of all time. I couldn’t narrow it down. So, instead, I decided to instead do my favorite game of 2017.
I actually wanted to title it My Favorite Game of 2017 That Wasn’t A Game I Made – (See Super Lucky’s Tale), but it seemed a little wordy… and my grammar checker yelled at me.
Even still, honestly, it was kind of hard. Being in the industry, I play a lot of games… Like a lot a lot. I don’t actually finish many, being a parent – that’s pretty hard – but I play a lot, and across a lot of platforms/devices.
So, narrowing it down to my favorite game of just this year proved a bit of a challenge, but thinking through it (and checking various sites to see if the games I was thinking about were actually released this year) it came down to one.
“So, what are you playing right now?” “The new DLC for Horizon Zero Dawn came out. Thought I check it out.” “That’s the game with the robot dinosaurs?” “… Yes.” “Can I ask another question?” “Is it about the robot dinosaurs?” “No. It’s about the DLC.” “Sure. What’s the question?” “What is DLC?”Continue reading “DLC – Quick Explanation for Busy Parents”
What’s a MOBA? This is a great question, and as a parent of a gamer, an important thing to know. This nonsensical term is tied to several of the most popular games in the world. If you’re a parent of a gamer, chances are they either play – or know someone who plays – a MOBA game.
You ask, beg, even sometimes threaten, but your kiddo still claims they can’t pause their game. Why? What’s going on? Tell me, have you ever had a conversation like this?
“Why can’t you just pause your game?” “I told you, I can’t pause it. It doesn’t work that way.” “It’s a game. Just pause it and get down here.” “Ugh… The game doesn’t pause.” “Whatever then, I don’t care. It’s time for dinner. Just come down.” “I can’t. Their jungler’s down and we’re about to towerdive on mid. And it’s ranked.” “You can jungle your mid or whatever later. I already told you, it’s time for dinner. Get down here” “But why!” “Now!”
I can’t imagine I’m the only parent that’s had this talk. It’s infuriating and can be confusing. Why can’t they pause their online game? I mean… It’s a game. Why can’t they just pause it? Even if it’s online, it’s not like the internet’s going to pick up and leave — So why does your kiddo insist they can’t just stop?