Overwatch Anniversary

Happy anniversary Overwatch! I play a few games of the hero shooter while we discuss the NBA Finals, Devolver Digital’s sale on the Nintendo Switch, double-dipping on a potential next-gen Overwatch, and more!

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I Need to Pay More Attention to Granblue Fantasy Versus

For the past few weeks, I’ve seen the name Granblue Fantasy Versus floating around the fighting game community websites I frequent. However, I didn’t really bother investigating until recently, as there’s a beta for the game happing right now. And oh my goodness, I should have had this game on my radar sooner.

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Overwatch and Bad Guitar Playing

Randy and Jenna join me for a few games of Overwatch before we end the stream with a few life stories and some awful guitar playing! Also, Skittles are all the same flavour!

Highlights

Four Quick Eliminations

Your Shield vs. My Dragon

Clever Use of Ashe’s Shotgun

Dynamite Past the Wall

Seeing the Temptations in Concert

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Early Impressions of Mortal Kombat 11

[NOTE: I’ve sampled a little bit of everything that the game has to offer, but I’m not gonna be able to spend enough time with some of the game’s more involved single-player content to provide a thorough judgment on the game. As such, I’m keeping the scope of this piece just to the parts I’ve played so far.]

Ever since the release of Mortal Kombat 9, NetherRealm Studios has set the gold standard for what a complete fighting game should be. Sharp visuals, tons of single player content, and combat – er, kombat – that’s appealing to casual and competitive players. They’ve never rested on their laurels either, as the Mortal Kombat and Injustice games have introduced a number of innovations to the genre, from a Variation system where different versions of the same character will have altered move set and costumes, to the ability to leverage background objects as weapons or jumping-off points in battle.

Based on NetherRealm’s glowing track record, Mortal Kombat 11 should have been as close to a guaranteed home run as one could get in the genre. Based on what I’ve played, it reaches or exceeds those lofty expectations.

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Overwatch with Randy

Randy joins me for another Overwatch session! We talk about my time playing the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience, Mother’s Day, musical instruments, and more!

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Overwatch With the Family

Due to technical difficulties, the stream fell apart towards the end, forcing me to split this into two. However, it was a lot of fun playing Overwatch with Randy while discussing a number of topics, including the new Overwatch workshop, the new Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, PlayStation Classic, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, LGBT+ support in schools, and more!

Highlights

Shout-outs!

I appreciate everyone who supports my work, especially those that go above and beyond! Going to try out a shout-outs section to thank those special people! If it feels right, I’ll continue to thank those who supported me during the stream with something like this!

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Exploring Combo Systems in Fighting Games

Earlier this year, I was enjoying the indie fighting game Blade Strangers. Despite having put a number of hours into it, I hadn’t been playing it in the traditional sense ever since I wrapped up the review. The online community is virtually dead, making it extremely difficult to play with another human. I haven’t even been fighting against the computer much.

Instead, my primary focus was to explore the game’s combo system through training mode. One by one, I’ve been training with each character as a means of understanding the game’s combo mechanics. Will be the first to admit that this is an odd way to consume a fighting game, but let me explain. Continue reading

Mortal Kombat 11 – Story Mode Chapters 1-3

Due to some time manipulation tomfoolery, everything old is new again in the world of Mortal Kombat 11! I play through the first three chapters and get a sense of how everything got weird!

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How Mortal Kombat’s Dial-a-Combo System Impacts the Initial Learning Curve

Starting with Mortal Kombat 3, the franchise has used a dial-a-combo system for multi-hitting strikes. Quickly dial in the predetermined sequence of moves into your controller and watch your character rattle off each move in succession. Can’t speak to how the games between Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat 9 handled it, but all of the modern games in the series use the dial-a-combo system as its foundation.

While this is a dramatic departure from most fighting games, where combos are usually created through links and cancels, the benefits of this system are clear. For one, players don’t have to worry about spending weeks in the lab trying to get the feel for that one-frame link that allows you to connect a standing medium punch from a standing light punch. The system is loose enough so that as long as you hit the buttons in quick succession, the combo will complete itself. Two, it allows characters to perform more unique moves without having to add extra buttons to your controller.

Even within such a rigid system, there’s a lot of room for creativity. Between the modern Mortal Kombat and Injustice games, I can easily spend hours in training mode, stringing together combos that seemingly juggle forever. As fun as it can be, the dial-a-combo system is not without weakness.

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Join Me at 8pm EST for Mortal Kombat 11!

Come here! With the Toronto Raptors winning their series in 5, I’ve got time today to stream some Mortal Kombat 11! Let’s dabble in the story mode and maybe play a few matches online?

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