After the fun of 2015’s convention, Daily Geekette just had to scope out this year’s TempleCon. A switch from February to August was only one of several noticeable changes at this year’s event. The con expanded, not just further into the Crowne Plaza Hotel, but outside as well! Vendors were now available in two locations: The Clockwork Bazaar, composed of folks cleverly advertising wares from hotel rooms, and The Garden Pavilion, a large outdoor tent with dealers at individual booths. My favorite, of course, was Leanna Renee Hieber’s table. Hieber is a talented author and actress (among many other things), whose name you may recognize from a guest post right here at DG.
On July 6th, Pokémon fans everywhere grabbed their cellphones and raced to the app store to download Pokémon GO. One step outside and it was clear that everyone was out to catch Pokémon. The word spread like wildfire, and the Daily Geekette sparked a great idea. We wanted to share our experiences of our Pokémon GO journeys with each other and with our readers. Without further delay, here are the different perspectives of the Pokémon trainers at the Daily Geekette. Ready, set, go!
It’s 2016, which moves us one step closer to the release of Pokémon Go! Pokémon GO is the dream app for all Pokémon trainers that will be available through IOS and Android devices only (rather than on Gameboy devices as has been the norm for Pokemon games). Players can now experience catching their own Pokémon in the outside world. That’s right, you no longer have to search for Pokémon through a tiny, virtual, playable character; YOU and only you are the Pokémon master with this app, where mobile location and expanded reality collide to create a Pokémon app to do this generation justice. Whether you are a new trainer or a Pokémon veteran, this app will drive and inspire players to go beyond any boundaries they’ve seen before.
Get your calendars out because the release date for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon has been revealed! That’s right, you can now begin your own Pokémon journey with your nintendo 3DS, starting November 18, 2016 in the U.S! Pokémon fans have had limited details since the announcement of the games back in February, which left us wanting more. Have no fear, the trailer is here! The new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon gives players much more insight: it’s our very own TM70 in the darkest of caves.
Alongside my gamer wish list for December, here is the list of games I am amped up about in 2016. 2016 is a big year for current franchises and small indie groups to step up and it’s plenty of time to start gaming and trying new things.
- Dishonored 2
If you loved Dishonored 1 and had a blast, I bet Dishonored 2 won’t disappoint. It will be released for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Windows. This game is full of interesting plot and tedious skill. Currently, there is no scheduled release date for this game.
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider
This is the sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider game, and is an action-adventure game packed with plenty of skill and puzzles. This was already released for most in November, but will be available for Windows early 2016. This is a cool game to play if you haven’t already and if you love Tomb Raider, you better get on it.
3. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
We have already received China in 2015, and in January we should get India and Russia in the next few months. You will be able to play these on most platforms. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchises have really taken off with many adventures in different parts and times of the world. If you have not played the China one already, use your gift cards from the holidays to pick it up. I am really looking forward to playing these next two games.
4. Dying Light Expansion: The Following
This is a standalone expansion for one of the most horrifying games I have played in the last two years. It was a new zombie game that had everyone on their toes (and having nightmares) with plenty of hard missions and skill. The expansion is set to come out in February. This will be free to anyone with the season pass, and contains more story, a new map, and vehicle piloting. If you do not already own Dying Light, you can get all of these together when it comes out.
This game is set to come out in February, and is a first-person adventure game. It will be for Windows and Playstation. This has been in the making for some time and I am really looking forward to trying something new. Campo Santos Productions has me really excited to play this game, as I love adventure games. You follow a volunteer working in the Fire Outlook in Yellowstone Park after the fires of 1988. This is a totally new setting and you get to do some exploration and investigation on the cause of the fires.
CALLING ALL 90s KIDS – Did you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? Dust off those dreams, Poké-trainers, because your time to shine is coming! In 2016, you can actually start catching them all – not on cards or a DS screen, but in the real world!
The Pokémon Company has partnered with Nintendo and Niantic for an augmented reality app called Pokémon Go. In conjunction with a Bluetooth-powered device, the Go app will notify you of wild Pokemon in the area. Once you spot them with the app on your phone, you can throw a virtual Pokeball and add them to your collection!
But the app won’t stop there. You can trade and even engage other trainers in battle! Based upon the final battle in the trailer, I wonder if there’ll be group battles for tougher, rarer creatures? Maybe that’s one of the new gameplay options that Junichi Masuda (director of the Pokémon video game series) will explore during his work on the project.
Pokémon Go will be available for iPhone and Android at no charge, with optional in-game purchases. It launches in 2016, which totally can’t come fast enough.
The summer is the hardest time to be a gamer, for me. I like to be outside a lot, and I budget for outdoor adventures like kayaking and hiking instead of games. Now that the weather has turned here in New England, I am starting to see my weekend time consumed with games and working on my Warhammer 40K army again. Hooray! Continue reading Fall Game Titles I am Looking Forward to: Highlighting Indie Games!
In my previous post I talked about why gaming can be good for you and made references to people I see on the internet reporting back, my own balanced life, and the broken gamer stereotype. Gamers can be healthy people with balanced lives and great hobbies all while engaged in a good game. While I alluded to it, I didn’t discuss exactly how gaming impacts my lifestyle. I’d also like to discuss a challenge I have for myself and all of you.
You’ve heard about #Gamergate, you’ve heard about harrassment in online games, you’ve heard about Anita Sarkeesian — probably from conflicting stories or multiple sources covering different time periods and perspectives. Well, what if you could see it all in one convenient location?
I find myself constantly feeling like I have to defend myself. It seems like so many people in my life don’t understand that not all people who play videogames are couch potatoes, homebodies, jobless, and overweight. This is actually a stereotype about a huge group of people interested in a range of genres, like every other art form. Does the person who enjoys music instantly come to mind as a punk or goth? Or maybe someone in a cutoff shirt with “horns up” in their hands? No. You know that music has so many genres, and all kinds of people like different music. You can’t really successfully stereotype based on that.