A New [Fighting Game] Enters the Match!

Give me thine fighting games, and I shall give thee more videos! …well…perhaps. But what’s a girl to do when her beloved PS2 dies and all prospects of utilizing it to play some of the best fighting games ever die with it? She searches for new games to play, that’s what! My musings on this situation reside here only on United We Game.

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Some of you reading may know that I’ve been running a fighting game series over on United We Game’s YouTube channel called “Not Zangief.” I started it as a way to revisit a number of games from my past, and, of course, to simply play more fighting games. In recent years, I’ve just not played many as other, non-fighting games have taken center stage. But growing up, however, fighting games were regular fixture in my household. Street Fighter was preferred, but the occasional Mortal Kombat game slipped in there too. When I moved out and, eventually, met my husband, I found a kindred soul, someone who enjoyed fighting games as much if not more than I did. And his preferred platform was also Street Fighter, with the occasional dash of Mortal Kombat.

Over the years we collected…

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Play or Pass: The Elder Scrolls and The Secret of Monkey Island

Welcome to the next post in my year-long series “Play or Pass” that takes on the proverbial “must before death” theme with video games. Every other week I will be covering one or two games from “32 Video Games You Have To Play Before You Die,” a list compiled by BuzzFeed based on a reader poll. I will not be critiquing the list itself, but rather I’ll be discussing each game or games in whatever manner feels fitting and will attempt to answer a couple simple questions: Have I played [insert game name here]? If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why? If no, do I want to play the game before I die? I’ll be going through the games in the order in which they appear on the BuzzFeed list. Good? Good. Let’s get on with the games!


Week sixteen: (20) The Elder Scrolls and (21) The Secret of Monkey Island

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First up in Play or Pass this week is…”The Elder Scrolls.” Huh. This is, uh, interesting. Because The Elder Scrolls is a series, and no game in the series is singled out so… should I go with the notion that the entire series is a must? Because that seems a little extreme. The only Elder Scrolls game I’ve played is Skyrim, so perhaps I can riff off the following question: “Having played Skyrim, would I want to go back and play other games in the series?”

Maybe. I think?

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Unforgettable: Thresher Maw vs. Reaper Destroyer

United We Game‘s “Unforgettable” series is all about those moments in games that stick with you well beyond the credits. Having recently completed the Mass Effect trilogy, “Unforgettable” provided me the perfect opportunity to relive and discuss one of the series most memorable and jaw-dropping scenes: the Thresher Maw vs. The Reaper destroyer in Mass Effect 3. The scene between the two giants is brief, but it remains one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed in a game.

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Image from Flickr user Ryan Somma (CC)Image from Flickr user Ryan Somma (CC)

One of my favorite general moments in entertainment, from books to movies to games, is the unexpected save from the jaws of doom. Someone or a group of people is in the gravest of grave danger. The situation looks absolutely bleak, and things are only going to get worse unless help arrives. Only, there’s no chance of help. The end is truly nigh! But then, suddenly (or seemingly so) a savior comes out of nowhere to snatch the person or group right out of the clingy hands of death! And doom is abated once more.

It’s a classic scenario that we see over and over again – from Star Wars to Jurassic Park — and it gets me every time. I’m easily sucked into watching or reading scenes where it looks like curtains for our heroes, only for them to find…

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Please don’t put beans on my sandwich

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I’ve been hanging around the world of vegetarianism long enough to know that many folks, particularly those in the business of making and selling meals to the public, don’t know what to do when it comes to making a vegetarian sandwich. This is not to say that I’ve never had a good non-meat sandwich; in fact, I’ve had many. But with the sheer array of foodstuffs available to us today, it saddens me to see the creativity stop when it comes to making a decent sandwich without the likes of ham, turkey, or beef. Some sandwiches I’ve had were the equivalent of dry, loose salad placed between two slices of bread. Others have been soaked to the bone (or maybe I should say “stem”) with overpowering dressings and flavored goop. Still others have contained mountains upon mountains cheese, which, while fine in principle, is hell on the ol’ choppers. (Seriously, try biting into 2 inches of sliced deli cheese some time. It is not a good chewing experience.)

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[REVISITED] The Wiimote and Me: An Onerous Ode

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Following up on my most recent Twilight Princess update and the issues I’m having with the Wiimote and the Lakebed Temple boss Morpheel, I decided this week to re-share an article I wrote (from April 25, 2013) that’s all about this dastardly controller. (Actually, it was, and can be a pretty fun controller…when it works. And mine’s just not working grumble grumble…)


I hate the Wiimote.

I know people have been saying it for several years, but now I’m saying it. I hate the Wiimote. I don’t hate the Wii, just the stupid remote and nunchuck controllers. I can’t stand them. And only just recently, I caved. Finally. I bought a Classic Controller. And it is good. Oh, so, very good. Now, I still have and will regularly use my favorite, purple Gamecube controller, but not all games accept it. Heck, not all games accept the Classic…

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Play or Pass: Kingdom Hearts

Welcome to the next post in my year-long series “Play or Pass” that takes on the proverbial “must before death” theme with video games. Every other week I will be covering one or two games from “32 Video Games You Have To Play Before You Die,” a list compiled by BuzzFeed based on a reader poll. I will not be critiquing the list itself, but rather I’ll be discussing each game or games in whatever manner feels fitting and will attempt to answer a couple simple questions: Have I played [insert game name here]? If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why? If no, do I want to play the game before I die? I’ll be going through the games in the order in which they appear on the BuzzFeed list. Good? Good. Let’s get on with the games!


Week fifteen: (19) Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts cover art © Disney, Square, etc. (source)
Kingdom Hearts cover art © Disney, Square, etc.

I’m not sure where to begin with the original Kingdom Hearts. I’ve played it, and I did have fun with it…mostly. It’s a game that beautifully combined the worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy. It’s a game that became one of the PlayStation 2’s flagships. It’s a game that I wanted to enjoy so much more than I think I did.

But now I’ve forgotten that this “Play or Pass” series that I’ve conjured up isn’t really about me, it’s about the games.  (And my opinions, my choices, my senses about a game and it’s place within my own gaming world…hey…wait a dang minute…) Sure, I found the game to be overly frustrating at times, which is what’s leading to my tainted memories now, but the fact of the matter is that Kingdom Hearts was one of the better action RPGs of its time. It was followed by many sequels that modernized the look and feel of the series, and of course, there remains the (futile?) hope of Kingdom Hearts 3, but Kingdom Hearts holds its own.

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Making Nice with the Twilight Princess: Update #3

Think that I’ve abandoned Link, Midna, and the world of Twilight…well, think again! My time with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has slowed some, but the game’s not over, and neither is my playthrough of it. Here’s another update on my progress, shared from the one, the only, United We Game.

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Lest you think I’ve totally forgotten about Link and the shadow realm, I’m back with another The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess update!  Now, I wasn’t lying when I said it’d probably take me longer than normal to get through this game. Even this update might be a meager one comparatively in terms of content. But since more busy times are ahead, I figured it’d be better to post an update now over doing so in a couple, or more, months. So let’s get on with it, shall we?

At the end of my last update, I had just located the Lakebed Temple in Lake Hylia and needed to figure out a way to get Link to it. In no way did he have the lung capacity necessary for swimming to the bottom of the lake, so my guess, which was actually little more than a hint taken from the…

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In Memoriam: PlayStation 2 (2006-2016)

If any of you happened to catch one of my “Not Zangief” videos over on United We Game’s YouTube’s channel, particularly the one involving a first stab at Mortal Kombat vs. D. C. Universe, you’ll know that our PlayStation 2 recently passed on to that magical kingdom of video game hardware in the sky. If you didn’t know that, you know now. But…maybe you should check out that video just in case…

Of the game consoles that we own or have owned, this particular PlayStation 2 probably had the most unusual life of them all.

PlayStation 2, this is your life.

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