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Book 4 – Odious Optimism

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Rin's Room #14: The Great Gatsby's Fake NES Game. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hi, everyone! How are you guys doing? Today’s post is about an adorable, light-hearted game.

Do you remember high school? When I was a high school junior, my English class read The Great Gatsby. It’s standard reading in almost all American high schools, along with books like Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter. Honestly, I don’t even remember what The Scarlet Letter was about. Some priest and a lady and a red letter? Oh, well. Out of all the books that I read during my high school career, I liked Gatsby the most. Mainly because it was still understandable (thank you, Fitzgerald, for not writing in obscure English!). I liked the story and the idea that it was set in glitzy, glamorous 1920s New York. What do you think the Roarin’ Twenties were like?

If you haven’t read the book yet, you should. That way you’ll be prepared for when you inevitably read it in class. And it’s also a perfect book! In my opinion, anyways.

Apparently someone in Japan also really liked The Great Gatsby, because they made a game inspired by it. Take a look here. You’ll be able to play the game with that link. Just make sure you have Flash installed on your computer.

Here’s what the person who owns the site wrote: “If anybody has more info about this, please let me know! As it is, I really don’t know much about this game. I found it at a yard sale. I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and Jesus. So weird. Apparently, it’s an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called “Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari,” but I haven’t found anything about that either.”

I have some suspicions about this description! They say that they discovered it at a yard sale. We all know yard sales can be some pretty incredible sources of treasure, but at the same time, it just seems too good to be true. So I did some research, and guess what? It was created just a few years ago!

A developer at Barbarian Group named Charles Hoey was messing around on his computer, trying to turn the cover of Fitzgerald’s iconic book into a pixelized version. He added the words “PRESS START” in pixel font. Then, he got a burst of inspiration! He realized that his idea would actually make a pretty cool game.

He started to develop the game. As he created more levels, he found that it was actually pretty fun to play! He talked to his friend, Pete Smith, about what he was doing, and they worked together to launch it. Here’s the original sound track on Youtube:

In the description, it says that the songs were all composed by Pete Malamud Smith. So there you go! It’s nice to pretend that the game had a cool origin story, but in reality, the truth is much more mundane. And hey! That’s okay with me. I love The Great Gatsby a lot, and I think the game is a lot of fun to play! It’s kind of frustrating though, and I haven’t actually played it all the way through. I keep dying halfway into the game. I love the soundtrack a lot. I’m a big sucker for chiptunes, and when I’m working or writing I often play the soundtrack on repeat.

Interested in the gameplay? In the game, you take the role of The Great Gatsby‘s narrator, Nick Carraway. As Nick, you’re traveling through Jay Gatsby’s mansion, the sewers of NYC, a railroad, and the wealthy neighborhood of West Egg. You’ll battle butlers, homeless dudes, flappers, and glasses. Your weapon? Your hat, which you can toss as a boomerang.

This game is designed to play like an NES game. I actually own an old NES console, and it’s amazing to see how similar this game is to the real ones. The NES console is a bit different from the SNES in that the games are more basic, but it’s given me a lot of wonderful memories. I wish that this game was actually playable on the NES so that I could see it in action on my TV and not just on my computer. For those of you who are too young to remember, the NES and SNES were like the older generation’s version of the WII. Except instead of CDs, the NES and SNES used cartridges.

So, what do you think about this Great Gatsby game? Is it as great as Jay Gatsby? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, or let me know if you’ve already played through it!


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Lilos Lair 14 New Xbox One Games This Week

Xbox users can pick up their controllers and rejoice because just this week they’ve added seven new games to the Xbox store. It’s a pretty sweet lineup that includes everything from a retro arcade game to a large open world survival. Don’t fret if you aren’t on the Xbox bandwagon, all of these games are available on multiple platforms. That way everyone can keep on reading and look forward to every new game on this list.

Sonic Mania

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Sonic was the very first game I ever played, so my ears always perk up at the news of a new Sonic game. This game was released August 15 for not only the Xbox One, but also the Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. Later this month it will also be released for Windows. This is indeed a side scrolling game just like their classics for the Sega Genesis–which is precisely what I started on. I’m pretty excited about this game. It is twelve levels, including some revamped versions of the classic maps from games of the past, and also some brand new ones. Find the giant hidden rings in each map to be transported to special 3D-like stages.

Agents of Mayhem

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Released August 15th in North America for the Xbox One but also PlayStation 4, and Windows. Agents of Mayhem is an open-world, single-player, action-adventure game. Pick three agents from a pool of twelve to complete missions in a futuristic Seoul, South Korea. There is the primary campaign to follow but also unlockable missions that can lead to new agents. All the agents have their own personalities and skills, including specific weapons.

Observer

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Another survival game! This one is specifically a horror survival game, oooh. It does look pretty creepy. I might need to avoid this one or only play in bright rooms filled with lots of people-haha. Welcome to 2084 Poland, a world much more somber than our own in this game. There has been a digital plague that wiped out a large percentage of the population as well as war and rampant drug issues. You play as Detective Daniel Lazarski on what is called the Observers police unit. Your job is to hack the memories and fears of people with a device called the Dream Eater. This game is also available on Windows and PlayStation 4.

Pillars of the Earth

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This game is based on a book–which I think is kind of cool. If you’ve read the book, then you’ll be familiar with this game because you get to play as a few of the main characters and change the story line of the book through your gameplay! Therefore this is like an interactive novel. For those unfamiliar with the book this game takes place in the twelfth-century English town and is about building a massive Gothic cathedral in the town of Kingsbridge. It is a gripping story that was a bestseller. This game is also going to be released for PlayStation 4, Mac, PC, and Linux. I love the idea of a game with a vibrant story.

Circuit Breakers

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Released August 16 for Xbox One but this game has actually been out for the computer since 2015. This game is also now available for the PlayStation 4. This is an 80s style arcade shooter. This game can be played as either a one player or up to a six person co-op. You will shoot your way through a robot army with a selection of weapons while trying to rack up combos and earn upgrades. This is a frenzied fast pace game that is very easy to jump into without much learning. Try to get the high score!

Conan Exiles

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Conan Exiles is an action-adventure survival game set in an open world. It was released for Windows in January of this year but just released August 16th for the Xbox One. You play as a customized character that has been rescued by none other than Conan the Barbarian. Now it is time for you to survive the prehistoric world as an exile. You see Conan saved you from your fate to be sentenced to death for crimes you’ve been convicted of. Which is why you are faced with the harsh desert called The Exiled Lands.

Thumper

Thumper is a rhythm gamewhat? A rhythm game is a music themed action game–like Rock Band or Dance Dance Revolution. In Thumper you are guiding a space beetle along a track. You will have to hit your keys in time with the music while also trying to traverse the world around you. Which may mean fighting enemies, jumping over spikes, and more. I really think this game needs to be seen to really get, so here is the trailer:

Thumper is also available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, optional Virtual Reality for Oculus and the PS4 VR Headset.

Which one do you want to try most? I’m not sure I can pick a single one. A few are definitely going on my wishlist–notably Sonic Mania, Pillars of Earth, and Thumper. I can’t get over the Sonic nostalgia. Pillars of Earth calls to me because I’m a huge book nerd, and Thumper just looks fun. I love rhythm games, and this one looks different and cool.


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Rin's Room #13: Discord. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hello, everyone! Today I’m just going to rave and give a short introduction about a messaging app you all might have heard of: Discord.

Discord is a free VoIP app that was designed for gamers and launched on March 6th, 2015. So two years ago. Its stable release was just three months ago, on May 3rd, 2017. The founder of Discord initially started with OpenFeint, a gaming platform designed for mobile games. He sold it in 2011 and founded a game dev studio in 2012 with the money, developing it to be the first MOBA game for mobile devices. It wasn’t very popular, but while preparing the game, he realized how difficult it was to communicate to his friends and employees with the current options. I remember that when I was a regular League player, my friends either used Skype or TeamSpeak, which were laggy, bloated and have been plagued with security issues. Plus their design is just so outdated! In contrast, Discord is fresh, sleek, and beautiful. It definitely fits in with current design trends.

The lack of reliable VoIP services is what inspired Jason Citron (the founder) to create Discord. If you’re active on Reddit, then you’re probably familiar with the phenomenon known as the “Reddit hug of death.” Basically, Reddit’s audience is so massive that if a post there goes viral, it can cause servers to crash because so many Redditors are trying to see the site at the same time.

If you can make the Reddit community fall in love with a program or website, you’ve hit the jackpot. (I’m on Reddit almost all the time and Reddit really is super-influential on the Internet. For example, so many viral posts from online publications are basically just Reddit comments that someone took a screenshot of and turned into a listicle. I’m kind of salty about that, idk). Anyways: Citron pushed Discord to different Reddit gaming communities, and that strategy actually paid off: gamers were switching en masse from their old VoIP services to Discord.

Discord was designed for gamers. It’s usable on PCs, the web, and even on phones. Since it’s designed to work with massive games, it has to be quick and lightweight. A few seconds of lag can completely turn around the outcome of a game, especially for collaborative games where communication is essential. Discord has plans to add video calling and screen sharing within the app, making it even better and usable for–everyone.

The beautiful thing about Discord is that it’s totally free to use. You don’t have to pay to call anyone or send things or make groups. You can make and join as many groups as you want! I guess if you wanted to create 100 different servers you could, but I don’t know what you would use them for.

When I heard that, I actually felt kind of bad for the company because it seems a bit difficult to make a profit, but apparently they’re planning to have monetized customization. You can pay to have an animated profile photo, a special badge, and custom emojis. Discord is a really fantastic app–in my opinion, it’s way better than Skype, TeamSpeak, and other services I’ve used.

Now—I actually first heard of Discord from my writer friends who used it to create a writing club. And that’s what’s so amazing about Discord. It’s not just for gamers anymore. It’s been adopted and touted by so many communities as the best place to meet online. I love all the features. It’s nice being able to react to something people say with different emojis, and I love how you can separate different conversations within one group. For example, in my writing group, there’s are different channels like “bios” for introduction, “self-promotion” to share published work, and “inspiration”, where we can add quotes or posts we found on the Internet that really encourage our craft. I’m in another group for tarot, too. Games like PAD, which I talked about in another post, also have a dedicated Discord server for gamers to join and discuss the game.

It’s crazy to think about how far we’ve come regarding forming communities online. We went from Friendster and Myspace to Facebook and finally to Discord, which is way better than group messages on iPhones with all their crazy notifications! I hope that businesses will also turn to Discord in the future because it’s just so seamless and clean and user-friendly. I used Slack for a while and for some reason I just liked Discord more.

Anyways–what do you think about Discord? Have you downloaded it for your PC? I hope that it’ll be around for a long time and that it’ll become an industry standard!


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Lilo's Lair #13: Ready Player One, The New Spielberg Movie about Gaming. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Everyone loves at least a couple of Spielberg films! He’s certainly made a lot of classics such as ET, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and Indiana Jones. There’s a lot of good ones to pick. Now he has made a movie aimed at gamers and people who love the 80s.

Three weeks ago at Comic Con, the new trailer for Spielberg’s film Ready Player One hit YouTube with a bang! It looks so amazing:

I’m squealing with delight! This movie just is just so visualizing pleasing!

Ready Player One is not a novel story, it’s actually a novel…a story that was a book, a novel’s story? Anyway, in 2011 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was published. Despite being the writer’s debut story, there was a bidding war for it. Publishers knew it was solid gold from the start. The day after the publishing company won the book, they sold the rights to Warner Bros. Cha-ching! A fun fact about Ernest Cline is that he wrote an episode of Red vs. Blue (the web series about Master Chief from Halo). If you want to check that out, he wrote the episode titled Mr. Red vs. Mr. Blue–which is on YouTube.

The story takes place in the not too distant future of 2044, where socioeconomic issues are fiercely prevalent–a result from a combination of things, including global warming and an energy crisis. The hero of the story is Wade Watts, and just like most people, he escapes the uncomfortable reality of their time through a virtual reality world called Oasis. I LOVE virtual reality shows and movies. I slobbered over Sword Art Online through all twenty-five episodes. I have to shyly admit something though…I never watched Sword Art Online 2GAH! Shame on me, right?

Back to Ready Player One. In the story the creator of the MMO/virtual society Oasis died, it was announced that within the game he had left an Easter egg. This isn’t an average Easter egg because the first person to find it gets the creator’s entire fortune. Our hero Wade is one of the many people that spends his time looking for this Easter egg.

The book was a bestseller and even inspired companies like Oculus VR. Oculus often invites the writer of Ready Player One to come sign books and hardware, and they even recommend the book to new employees. The writer, Cline, even had his own Easter egg hunt written into the book. At the final leg of his Easter egg hunt, Craig Queen won and was gifted a DeLorean (the time traveling car from Back to the Future)!

This story has so much gaming nostalgia. In the book, the creator of Oasis was a total 1980s nerd. The movie looks like it goes the extra mile for gaming and movie nostalgia. In the trailer, you can see the Iron Giant, a ninja turtle, Freddy Krueger, a DeLorean, and more. This movie does not hold back for plugging in pop culture. The trailer even manages to show a motorcycle from Akira–the 1988 cyber punk dystopian anime that was one of the most popular anime movies in the United States, ever.

Another great thing about this movie is it has Simon Pegg, the actor who also plays in Shaun on the Dead and as Scotty in the new Star Trek series. Some other familiar faces might be T.J. Miller (from Deadpool), Ben Mendelson (from the Netflix original Bloodline), and Mark Rylance (the voice of the BFG and also in Dunkirk). Lastly, the main female lead is Olivia Cook, who played in Bates Motel as Emma Decody–the quirky girl with cystic fibrosis who had a crush on Norman Bates.

One thing I love about this story is Wade Watts. Just a regular guy, alienated from others who’s risen to fame and becomes the hero. It makes it so much easier to let my head fill with air and imagine myself as some lone ranger who through luck, and obsession, becomes some famous Harry Potter like hero. Don’t get me wrong; I love seeing Bruce Willis‘ shaved head bob as he takes out a crew of evil doers. However, that reality has never felt attainable to me because I’m just a regular person, sitting in front of my computer most days.

Stephen Spielberg inserts so many little Easter eggs just in the trailer. For instance, there is a QR code on a car that when scanned leads to the site jointhequest.io. If you check out the website and inspect the code for the page, it offers details about when the movie releases and the actors in it. Super cool! Keep your eyes peeled for any extra clues, or just wait until other’s find it and point it out–haha.

Ready Player One will be released March 30, 2018–a little over seven months of waiting for us. If you can’t wait that long, then read the book! Though, it seems some people were less than thrilled about the book. Those people claim it’s annoying and over the top with nostalgia. I haven’t read the book, so that opinion (even if from a small population) makes me concerned it might make me less excited about the movie. Though I doubt it could, not much can keep me from a film about Virtual Reality.


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Lilos Lair 12 College Scholarships for Video Gaming

Move over football jocks, college recruiters are looking for some sun-deprived gamers that have dedicated every night to League of Legends. That’s right, you can now not only play video games on college teams, but some colleges will pay your tuition, so you’ll do it. I hardly believed it when I first found out about gaming scholarships, but I researched, and it is very real and makes a whole lot of sense.

Esports is the official term for competitive gaming. Which might bring to mind things like Madden NFL games if you’ve never heard it before, but no. Esports is just a multiplayer video game played on teams competitively. It’s a professional thing happening now, and it’s viral. Newzoo–a site that focuses on eSport data–estimated 2016 eSport saw revenues over $493 million. Which is why methinks colleges are greedily grabbing at a chance to hop on this new sport. They see the opportunity to make some money.

The most popular games played in eSports are League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Don’t get too excited if you fancy yourself a skilled amateur at one of those games; it’s hard to get a scholarship with all the competition. It’s no different than traditional sports scholarships in that sense. That means you need to be the very best of the best. Also, limited schools are doing this so far. However, the number of colleges offering varsity eSport teams and scholarships is rapidly increasing every year.

Check out this list of colleges with eSport scholarships, from The Next Level (an eSport news site):

TNL Infographic 041: 2017 Q2 eSports Schools With Scholarships (Infographic: The Next Level, Source: James Kozachuk)

That’s a list with a grand total of forty colleges offering gaming scholarships. Most of those having started just this year–holy moly! Just imagine what next year will bring if 2017 saw twenty-eight new universities offering college scholarships. There are also about ten schools this year that promoted their eSport teams to varsity status.

Now, let’s take a look at number thirty-eight on the list above–Stephen’s College in Missouri. You may or may not realize this is an all girls school. The very first all girls school to have a varsity eSports. They will have a twelve person Overwatch team, which will be the first all girl’s collegiate eSport team–if you didn’t realize already. Which is pretty neat! Collegiate eSports is dominated by men, so it’s nice to see an all girls school throw in.

Varsity eSports is treated about the same as other varsity sports. They have an arena complete with anything they could need–computers, keyboards, headsets, and mouses. They also have directors to oversee the team and other staff. These college students practice six days a week, for eight hours a day. Wow. Which means some colleges even have workout and nutrition plans for the team members–maybe to ease the parental concern over their kids coming back from college looking like they’ve been on bed rest for months.

However, varsity eSports are not exactly the same as other varsity sports. For instance, the teams are playing games that are owned by a company–which means someone may need to be paid for the intellectual property. Another difference is college players are not prohibited from also playing professionally…for now at least. As this sport gains traction, I wouldn’t be surprised if more rules aren’t developed. Mainly because people are trying to create a national affiliation for eSports much like the NCAA. It’s already been created even, the NACE (or NAC eSports).

This is all kind of cool, getting college paid for through gaming. It doesn’t end there even. Some companies are now offering scholarships for eSports. The video game retailer KontrolFreek is now offering small scholarships for eSports. This is exciting times! I feel down right giddy about people getting to play varsity video games and having their college paid for because of it. New things like this always have me flashing back to science fiction movies like Surrogates. Yeah, eSports is one step closer to humans living through virtual reality to me. Not that I think that’s a bad thing. Although let’s not forget Elon Musk of Tesla just warned us that Artificial Intelligence is a huge threat. Okay okay, I’m getting way ahead of myself. Let me tuck my crazy back in.

You guys getting excited about eSports now? Or, maybe you already were! Well, the professional North American finals are just around the corner! The Quarterfinals are August 20-21, the semifinals follow the next weekend on August 26-27, and the finals happen September 2-3. This is the League of Legends professional eSports to be exact. Check out the details here, including team info. If you are interested in watching then check out this comprehensive guide for doing so. Although I’ll dumb it down, they pretty much just tell you to watch it on YouTube or Twitch, on any device that can get YouTube or Twitch–haha.

I wish I could tell you guys when and where to check out collegiate eSports, but there is a serious lack of information in that regard. I’ll keep my ears to the ground to hear the when the news on that is out. Hopefully, it’s soon considering the fall semester for college is starting up this month.

What are your thoughts on this?


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Rin's Room #12: Mewtwo and other Legendaries in Pokemon Go. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

I still remember when Pokemon Go came out. At the time, it was still summer vacation, and I was able to drive around town and look for Pokemon. It worked amazingly well–no bugs or anything. It seems so long ago–it was released on July 6, 2016. It’s been a year!

Does anyone remember how annoying the location bots were? Sometimes it was so frustrating to go to a gym with my 300 CP Rattata at Level 12 and see trainers who were already at Level 25 with an insanely strong Dragonair. That put me off the game for a while, but Niantic got a lot better at removing the bots and weeding out cheaters. After that, I got a lot more excited to play the game! I especially loved the weird Magikarp hats that were available in the game.

So today I’m writing about Mewtwo! Mewtwo was made available at the Pokemon Go Stadium event in Yokohama yesterday—thousands of trainers came for a chance to catch it. I wish I could’ve been there.  There’s speculation that it’ll be coming to other countries soon. But first, let’s talk about Raid Battles.

Raid Battles happen when a strong Boss Pokemon takes over a gym. The goal is to defeat this Pokemon! If you do, you get rare items and a chance to catch the Pokemon. You’ll probably need the help of other trainers—it’s nearly impossible to do a Raid Battle alone. They’re harder than regular gym battles. There are five levels of difficulty—a Raid Battle ranked at level 5 will be incredibly hard and you’ll probably need a lot of trainers joining in to help out. I really like how Niantic designed this system because it forces you to go out and meet other trainers who are also trying to catch rare Pokemon.

Honestly, one of my favorite things about Pokemon Go is that it makes you interact with people. You could be walking down the road or scoping out a gym and suddenly meet your new best friend! Unless they’re on a different team, and then you’ve just met your new lifelong rival. Most games are designed to be played on a console that won’t move around anywhere, so you often just get stuck inside for hours grinding at it. No human interaction–your social skills kind of start to wither away! But Pokemon Go has always been revolutionary because it’s the first mobile game that actually fosters more interaction between people, neighbors, and communities. It’s always heartwarming to read people who post about how they’ve made new family friends and became closer with their neighbors as a result of the game. In fact, one guy even told me that he was able to spend more time with his son because of Pokemon Go. He was able to relive his memories of one of the best games in history,  introduce his son to the legacy of Pokemon, and spend actual time hunting down Pokemon while spending real quality time together.

I wish I could play Pokemon Go with my mom and dad! Though they’d probably dismiss that idea and tell me to play with my younger brothers. It seems awesome to be able to play video games as a family-bonding activity. I think that once I have older kids, I’ll be the cool mom who plays video games with them and embarrasses them in front of all their friends. “Hey,” their friends will ask. “Why does your mom play video games?”

Aw yeah. Cool mom.

Anyways, back to the story. Whenever a Raid Battle is available, you’ll receive a notification from within your app. There’ll be a countdown that tells you when the Raid Boss will hatch from its egg. This is the cool part: that Raid Egg might hatch a rare Pokemon. Currently, the three famous bird Pokemon from the Kanto region are available for capture, as well as Lugia. Japan just received Mewtwo, so it seems pretty safe to say that the States will be able to catch him too.

Here’s the catch: the Raid Battle for Mewtwo is exclusive. That means it’s invite only! To get an invite, you have to have previously won a Raid at the same gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place.

For now, we’ll have to settle for Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, who are all available at certain Raid Battles until the end of August. If you haven’t caught them yet, you should open your app and try your luck! Just make sure that you’ve charged your phone all the way–Pokemon Go is notorious for draining battery insanely quickly!


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