Why Kongregate Rules

For those of you who don’t know what Kongregate is, it’s a website “www.kongregate.com”

“Kong” is awesome because it’s full of games. They are awesome. well, most of them are anyway. from “bloons tower defense” or “protector V”, there are a ton of options for anyone who wants to game a little bit or a lotta bit.

lets talk about some of the great games! and i’m not going to name specific games, but if you want to leave a comment about a certain type of game and we can talk about it, or go check out the website and see how awesome it is! and when i talk about a genre just know that i’m well aware that i know that there are terrible games that are rated very low. i’m talking about the highly rated games and the most popular. ok? cool. glad we got that squared away 🙂

Tower Defense: in a tower defense game, you build towers that shoot enemies that go along paths, or paths that you make via your towers. towers can include towers, people, robots, monkeys, or basically anything you want to make them! it’s based on the game. towers are the general name given to them. these games are awesome because they give you the opportunity to make some sort of strategy and use it depending on what the map is. you can make the paths have teleports or even make the enemies have to carry something back so they go through the paths twice. you can add insane difficulty depending on what kind of game you want to make this. it’s one of my favorite types of games to play because in most games you can upgrade your towers or choose to build new ones. tons of strategy involved.

Action: action games are like platform games or games where you control a character and go out exploring. these games on kong are awesome because most of the time they are small, 5 hour pieces of heaven – like mini Zelda games. and that’s where the beauty of kong really shines. you’re able to get into a game that may not take days to complete, only a dedicated sit down session. it’s really fun to learn little bits of lore about a small game that the dev might have wanted you to know or learn mini combos or something like that. with even mediocre writing, most of these games can be really good.

Point-And-Click: a lot of people may not enjoy these games, and I can see why. some “PAC” games can get way too difficult way too fast or for no good reason. i’m going to tell you how to make a good PAC game the way i would want to play it. first, you can’t make the items that you have to click on to gather into your inventory too small and you can’t make them too hard to click on: such as a small pebble on the bottom of the screen that looks like all the other pebbles and your mouse pointer has to be JUST right to be able to pick it up. also, with no hints that you even need that pebble also sucks because you’ll be 4 screens away and realize that you needed that pebble and you may forget that it was even there in the first place. second, dragging items around sucks. it can’t be that hard (i don’t know for sure) to code into your game that if you click on something it goes right into your inventory or if you click on something from your inventory it’s ready to use. third, you can’t make it too long. most people who play PAC games don’t want to play your game for more than 20 minutes, and if it’s longer than 20 minutes the items in your inventory can get overloaded and items can sometimes stay in your inventory far too long.

Puzzles: puzzle games on kong will blow your mind. there are numbers, color, shapes and all other kinds of puzzle games to choose from. some of the puzzle games are so elaborate that the average person can’t even complete them. I’ve gotten frustrated beyond belief plenty of times and have straight up quit playing because these games are so hard. but that’s a good thing. sometimes a flash game isn’t meant to be completed. or it’s meant to challenge us to the point of where you HAVE to keep up with the difficulty to keep learning and challenging yourself. I’m not mad at these games, i’m actually floored by these games and by these devs who come up with these puzzles who can get the best of me.

WOOOO long post, and 3 more to go!

Shooters: shooting games run the table. any game that you put a gun or a bow and arrow in a someone’s or something’s hand is a shooter. so you can imagine the amount of shooting games available. even if you aren’t a fan of shooters, there is a shooting game on kong that you will enjoy. there are insane first person shooters with intricate controls and there are fun, cute and little shooters that require far less skill. there are even games on kong that play just like Gallaga. how cool is that?! you really will find a shooting game that you will enjoy, even if it takes you a few tries to find the exact thing you’re looking for.

Music: music games are hit or miss for me. but you can’t go wrong with a really good game focused on music. whether it’s catching falling music notes or creating your own tune, there is something you can find with the type of music you love.

Multiplayer: multiplayer games are on kong! you have a sign in and you play via your sign in name on kong. these games can be fun strategy games such as games based on risk, battleship or even world of warcraft! you can play MMO type games on kong and it will track your progress. it’s really fun to talk smack to people on kong and play, or jump on with your friends and go kill stuff in another world. there are no shortages of great games on kongregate.

So there it is guys, my take on why kongregate is so cool. I totally recommend it for anyone looking to kill some time or even really good gamers looking for a challenge. and keep on going devs, i look forward to your awesome games and keep making them, because there are millions of gamers out there who enjoy your games….And I am clearly one of them!

My thoughts on Skyrim after 100 hours

I have a lot of thoughts on Skyrim. Some are pretty good and some aren’t. I wish I could say nothing but great things about the game but I just can’t. I wish I could…really.

First I’m going to tackle all the good things about it:

Graphics: The look of the game is fantastic. Sometimes in my videos I will just look at the sky and comment on how beautiful it looks. Other times I will just look at enemies for a while and check out the detail that they have. The towns all have their unique look and feel to them. They all look so different that you can tell which town you are in just by looking at a certain building and knowing what kind of architecture that city uses. All the weapons and armor in the game look amazing and even some of the items in the game are worth zooming in and looking at. It’s really beautiful.

Sound: The sounds of Skyrim…oh how they woo me. You can easily hear everything that’s important to hear, and muffle everything that’s not. In my sound menu I have the footsteps lowered so I can hear enemies yelling or wolves howling better. I also have the voice option higher because of everything that is said in the game can potentially lead you to a new area you have not discovered yet. If you just listen to a conversation, sometimes they will talk about a den or something that you haven’t heard of yet and it marks it on your map. Simply amazing. The spells and dragons all sound fantastic, they really did a great job with the sound.

Content: The sheer amount of content in the game is astounding. The amount of things to do in Skyrim can lead you astray from real life for hours. I found myself 2 hours deep in the task of getting all my homes situated just how I wanted them. I put everything where I wanted it to go, when I can’t even bring myself to do that in real life! My girlfriend hates me lol The amount of quests you can get in Skyrim can overwhelm you, but never seem to overwhelm you to the point of which you stop playing because it becomes too much. All the quests are easily differentiated and all of the misc quests go into one pile. Things like fetching quests or killing a group of bandits for gold are all grouped into one. You can pick out these quests one by one and do them which is amazing. Map markers help too. Some of the misc quests develop into larger ones, which is just one more way the game exceeded my expectations.

Leveling: The way you level up has been done before. The way they have perfected it just amazes me though. The more you use one handed weapons, the more one handed skill goes up. Simple enough. But instead of getting a little better with one handed weapons, you reach skill levels and you get to assign perk points to increase one handed attacks more impact-fully. For instance, once you get to level 35 in one handed (it goes to 100) you get to chose a perk on a perk tree to increase your sword, mace, or dagger damage. From there, you can go further up the tree depending on where you put your perks. You get one perk point to every level you gain. Playing only for 20 hours will get you to about level 20 which gives you a lot of gratifying choices, but slows down after that so you don’t become a powerhouse too early. There are exploits, which I highlight in some of my videos, but other than that it’s really fun to level up your character.

Quests: Now here is where I start to go into things that worked and some that didn’t. Some quests are bugged. Yup…bugged to the point to where you can’t go any further in that quest. I’m not talking about quests that are bugged in the sense of where they just award you with the quest completed or whatever, I’m talking about the quest is broken. In one of my videos, the character wouldn’t talk to me at all once I had completed her task, therefor not letting me continue on with the quest at all. It’s really disappointing that all of the quests, even though there are a lot of them, don’t let you complete them or always run smoothly. Some people have commented on my videos about how they have doors that won’t open, or items that won’t be there. Maybe they are missing something, but the majority of them have real issues.

Dragons: Although they are cool and deadly and awesome to look at, the dragons just are a nuisance after a while. You get plenty of souls to absorb and use as powers, and you get enough dragon scales and dragon bones to last you a lifetime. But after a while, the fights are all the same as you shout at them to knock them down and hammer away at them. I’m at level 60 right now and my character doesn’t die at all from any dragon, even the toughest of them. Maybe I’m really strong with too much health, or maybe they just don’t do enough damage. I’m not sure, but what I DO know is that I find myself running away from them most of the time. Sometimes they come into towns and kill people, and sometimes they just annoy you to the point of which you can’t fast travel away from the area so you have to chase them down to kill them because they just hover in the sky.

I’ll update this post with more thoughts on what is good and bad about Skyrim.