Overwatch: New Hero Brigitte First Impressions

Overwatch: New Hero Brigitte First Impressions

Overwatch’s newest hero, Brigitte, was released earlier this week. I’ll be avoiding the more technical aspects of her gameplay (which can be easily found in-game or in any Overwatch Wiki) and will focus on how she more practically works in the game so far. After getting to play her a little bit this week outside of the PTR, here are my initial thoughts.

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What Violent Video Games Really Mean to Young Men

What Violent Video Games Really Mean to Young Men

Yesterday, President Trump held the hardly anticipated video game summit he announced shortly after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Shockingly, nothing of significance was resolved during Thursday’s meeting. I mean, its entire point couldn’t have been to simply flood headlines with the words “violent video games” and “guns” in the same context. (Please read the thick, THICK sarcasm)

Simply put, no one has been able to find a significant link between violence in video games and violence in real life. Personally, I don’t enjoy violent video games but it’s a fact that millions of players do, and somehow the large majority of them manage to not be violent individuals.

Since I don’t enjoy violent video games, I wanted to discover what the appeal exactly was to young male gamers. In 2016, I did a qualitative case study involving a male participant and extensive research surrounding masculinity and video games. My goal was to discover how these wild, larger-than-life displays of masculinity in video games related to a male gamer. Originally titled,

“Dude, Do You Even Have a Penis?”: Affirmations of Masculinity in Grand Theft Auto V and How They Relate to Male Gamers

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Chapter 2 part 1 (Photo-Heavy)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Chapter 2 part 1 (Photo-Heavy)

After a short break, I picked XC2 back up. Definitely in chapter 2 is where the game starts to reveal itself, in contrast to the heavy tutorial based first chapter. The second chapter still has quite a lot of helpful hints and tips, but to be honest I’m pretty much ignoring them. I know everyone gets mad when a blogger or streamer skips the tutorial and has no idea how to play the game but honestly I feel like I’m not having any trouble despite not really having any idea what I’m doing.

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Super Mario Run and Pocket Camp

Super Mario Run and Pocket Camp

So a whopping 14 months after its release, I finally downloaded Mario Run onto my phone. Initially, I stayed as far away from it as possible thinking that any mobile app with “run” in the title is just going to be Temple Run with a different skin. It’s so easy today to slap on a license to a terrible game, make a ton of money off of the initial frenzy, and then forget it ever happened (*cough* literally all the Harry Potter games *cough*).

However, that’s not at all the case with Mario Run.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2: First Impressions (No Spoilers)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: First Impressions (No Spoilers)

My $300 Zelda machine is no longer just that! I picked up Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on a whim, firstly because it looked like Anime: The Video Game and secondly there is a side quest in BOTW that references Xenoblade, so I thought I would check it out. Here are my thoughts and first impressions.

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