video games

The Beast About To Strike

Tonight is Halloween. The veil between the human and spirit worlds grows thin, allowing all sorts of mischief and mayhem to crossover. Many of us revel in the one day out of the year where scary things are accepted, celebrated, and allowed to roam the streets looking to score a king-sized Snickers bar. As a kid, I loved joining the colorful processions passing through the neighborhood. I’d laugh nervously at the screams coming from “haunted houses,” while anticipating my own shriek when a vampire would pop out from a coffin, or a zombie would reach out and grab my leg. Now as an adult, I prefer more subdued Halloween celebrations. I won’t be frolicking outside in the cold weather amongst the hobgoblins. Instead, I’m going to turn out the lights, burrow in the covers, and play some video games… scary video games! Here are five of my favorite horror games, perfect for a screaming good time on All Hallows’ Eve: (more…)

Welcome To My Reality

My current obsession with the video game, Overwatch, has been officially documented in a previous blog post. Everyone in my life, from parents to co-workers, cousins to friends, knows that I’m a fan. There’s been one unexpected side effect from my new fandom: the desire to watch others play the game. Yes, I love playing Overwatch — despite how frustrating it can be — but I’ve discovered that this game is just as entertaining to watch as it is to play. (more…)

Cheers, Love! The Cavalry Is Here!

When Overwatch was released in May of 2016, there was a lot of hype. Blizzard is an established icon in the gaming industry, and this was their first foray into the team-based shooter genre. I was a fan of the original Diablo and Starcraft. However, I hadn’t really kept up with Blizzard’s more recent offerings. I shrugged off Overwatch for a year until I saw the game for sale at Target and decided to buy it on a whim. I knew nothing about the game: the lore, the characters, the different maps, even the gameplay. I had previously read that it was some sort of FPS-MOBA hybrid (FPS = first person shooter, MOBA = multiplayer online battle arena), which piqued my interest. When I first entered the tutorial, I met the character of Tracer. She’s the cover girl and Overwatch’s representative in almost every medium and even had a cameo in the movie, Ready Player One. Her plucky personality immediately drew me in. For the next ten minutes, I learned the bare essentials of how to play the game. Little did I know that those ten minutes would lead into almost a year of play and a whole new fandom to obsess over. (more…)