I Used To Be The Girl Who Just Watched GamePlays, Now I'm Kicking Butt With Every Button

I Used To Be The Girl Who Just Watched GamePlays, Now I'm Kicking Butt With Every Button

Gaming is its own wonderful world!

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I have always enjoyed video games, but I had never been the best at playing them. I had a GameBoy and a Nintendo DS as most of my generation did, but I never really got into some of the bigger chains of gaming (i.e. PlayStation, Xbox, etc.). Well, that was until recently. I got a PS4 as an early Christmas present and I have absolutely fallen in love with gaming again. I have watched so many people play all of these different games that I really enjoy but never thought that I'd be able to play them. But since I got my system, I have been able to play them.

There is a huge difference between watching someone play the game vs. playing the game yourself. Let me tell you, playing the game is so much more impactful and how the game is supposed to be experienced. You get the intensity and the heart and you feel the anticipation of what your decisions will actually mean for the rest of the game.

I always thought that I was could never learn how to play games on this kind of level, but I found a game that I love and I really wanted to play and I took the time to learn how to play. That was one of the best decisions I could have made because I have been able to come and play through a handful of these games that I love and now I really get the chance to experience them. It is like if someone told you everything that happened in your favorite movie compared to you actually sitting down and watching it and experiencing it for yourself. Certain mediums are made to be experienced first hand and video games are one of those mediums.

Even though I can say that I am able to be a gamer, it doesn't mean that I am perfect or always really good at it. There are times where more often then not, a big battle or a quick time scene is still really hard. It is definitely a learning curve and memorization of which buttons are being used, but it is still so much fun. Learning your gaming system is like learning anything else that you want to be able to do as a hobby. It takes time and patience, but in the end, it is such a great experience.

Whether you have been gaming your whole life or you just picked up a controller for the first time, it doesn't matter who you are, you can be a gamer. If it is something that you want to do, go for it and learn how to do it. Also, don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything. If you put your mind to it you can do just about anything, even learning how to play video games at a pretty okay level. It never hurts to try because you never know what will come out of it!

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7 Online Multiplayer Games That Even The Non-Gamer Will Enjoy

These simple games allow anyone to connect and laugh with their friends.
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The phrase "Online multiplayer game" may first conjure up images of popular games like World of Warcraft or Overwatch. While entertaining for many, these kinds large intensive games are not for everyone, and non-gamers often find that they aren't quite up their alley. This can be frustrating for gamers and non-gamers alike who fail to find ways to enjoy time with one another when living far apart. But, rest assured that the world of multiplayer games extends far beyond these types of games, and even the non-gamer can find multiplayer games that allow them to laugh and connect with their friends far away. Here are seven free browser games to play with your friends that everyone can enjoy.


1. Cards Against Humanity

How to play: Each round, a card czar presents a black card with a prompt, and all other players present the funniest white card(s) that they have in their hand to answer it. The czar chooses the funniest card of them all, and the owner of that card gets a point. The first to reach a number of points set by the host wins. Beware though, the game includes raunchy and potentially offensive cards, something that Cards Against Humanity is renowned for. Though the game is not intended to be taken seriously, it may not be for the faint of heart.


2. Never Have I Ever

How it's played: A scenario is presented and you and your friends all say whether or not you've been in that scenario or not.The big difference from the in-person game is that you can't see who answers yes and who answers no, just how many players answer yes or no. The anonymity makes it more likely that players will be truthful and adds a humorous extra layer as players try to figure out who it is that answered yes or no. The game has three modes: innocent, normal, and offensive so that you can tailor it to your audience.


3. Skribbl.io

Skribbl.io is your go-to for online Pictionary. Since drawing with a mouse or track-pad is notoriously difficult, this game makes for extra hilarity.


How it's played: The host sets the number of rounds that will played, and one by one, each player takes turns drawing pictures to represent one of three word choices. The artist has the objective of getting the most people to recognize what word they are drawing. Players type what they think the drawing is of, and the more players you beat in guessing the word, the more points you get. The player with the most points at the end wins. At the top of the screen, you can see how many letters are in the word, and as time runs out, more letters will be revealed.


4. Petri Dish

How it's played: You start out as a small cell with the objective of getting as big as you can by eating other cells, whether they be small particles generated by the game or other players. The larger you are, the more you can eat. But, being large also makes you slow. You can split temporarily using spacebar, but the small size leaves you more vulnerable. Different modes add different features to the game, and each mode offers a specific explanation of how to play.


5. Uno

How it's played: Like the classic card game, the goal is to be the first get rid of all the cards in your hand. You must say (or in this case click) UNO when you get down to one card. Cards may only be played if the last card discarded is the same color, number, or symbol, as the card you are putting down, except for certain special cards that can change the active color and/or make the next player draw four cards.


6. MegaProRacer

If you've ever yearned to play a game of Mario Kart with your friends but someone in your group didn't have the game or console, this is for you. The cars are customizable so that you can tell who is who, and you can even edit the track design and layout.

How to play: Use the arrow keys to move and steer as you go around the track. Handling can be tricky and other players may slide into you, which is what makes this game so funny and competitive.


7. Tiny Tanks

Tiny Tanks is an adorable game with customizable arenas and a desktop theme. Though the concept is markedly simplistic, it offers no lack of interest , competition, or fun. Three modes are available: capture the flag, last tank alive, and death match.

How to play: By steering your tank with the arrow keys and shooting with the space bar, you can complete the objective of the mode you're playing. In capture the flag, tanks will be divided into two teams and your team must bring the opponent's flag to your own side without being killed, all while defending your own flag. Last tank alive is a free for all in which all tanks shoot at each other and the last tank standing wins. Death match is similar, but tanks are divided into teams.


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Meet 'Zamb! Redux,' The Worst Game I've Ever Played

Nobody should ever have to play this game. Ever.

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So for a while now I've been reviewing games for many different websites. Most of the games I review are either good or meh. One game, however, made my list for one of the worst games ever. "Zamb! Redux."

"Zamb! Redux" tries to take the tower defense genre and make it so cooperation is necessary to survive. The way that the game mechanics work in some situations forces you to work with your partner you fight side by side with. It feels like the game is meant to be played with another person in order for you to fully enjoy your playthrough experience. The question at hand is: Does this work with the game, or is it its downfall?

The main plot of the game is very simple and lackluster. The story is told through a short comic book-style intro. The main two characters are space marines Chrome and Cye, and they're tasked with stopping a mad scientist named Dr. Hundertwasser from spreading evil super mutants in the galaxy. There's nothing else to it. The trailer for the game is literally the story. The story answers the who and the what, but not the where, when, why or how.

Moving onto the gameplay side of things, each of the characters has their own attacks and abilities. Chrome is a range/builder character who can place turrets down and uses a blaster to deal damage to enemies. Cye is a melee character who uses blades and energy blasts to defeat enemies. I prefer Cye over Chrom because turrets are more useful and Cye's melee slashes don't really seem fun to use. When looking at Chrome's turrets, you're able to pick them up freely at any time you want.

One good part about the game is that it allows you to switch characters on the fly, and you don't have to stick with just one (but only when you're playing by yourself). When playing the game solo, your AI partner isn't helpful whatsoever. Most of the time he stays off in the distance while you're fighting for your life, and you have to switch to him and bring him over to you. At the same time, the character you switched from is still taking damage.

The one unique part of the game is that you can take Chrome's turrets and Cye's energy blasts and traps to make certain combos that do different amounts of damage to certain enemies. The enemies are pretty basic, and most of the time you'll be fighting spiders and mutant-looking creatures. Overall, unless you're playing with your friend, the game is very tedious and you'll end up getting bored at the fifth level... and the game has 27 levels. Even when I was playing with my brother we got bored and ended up just playing a different game within 15 to 20 minutes. Unless you want quick and easy achievements to unlock, the replay value on this game is very very low. All the levels look the same but with a reskin to attempt to make it look different.

The point of a strategic tower defense game is to make the player think about their every move like their life depended on it. Never did I ever have that feeling during my playthrough. You can literally place turrets anywhere you want to and still pass the level. The only time I was required to think was what combo does what and how to perform it. Overall the game itself is below average. My expectations were below what I thought the game was going to be, and even then they weren't that high. I do enjoy the fact that the game tried to make it a cooperative experience, but if that's the case there's no online multiplayer option. I love the combo usage, but those two features don't make up for the lackluster story, fun factor and overall attention grabber.

Overall I give the game a 4/10 and would not recommend anyone play this game. I know that this is just a start for the list of bad games, but don't worry. I'm ready for them.

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