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I am Obsessed with Mystic Messenger and I Don’t Wanna Stop

Let’s talk about something that “real” gamers hate.

Otome games (female oriented games usually focusing on romance) and mobile games.

If you’ve ever been on Facebook for any amount of time on your phone, you’ve probably seen advertisements for dating games featuring pictures of half-dressed anime guys. They usually look quite cheesy and I love reading the comments on them to see what people say. However, one of the comments pointed to a game called Mystic Messenger by Cheritz. Several people were praising it in the comments one day so I decided to check it out.

The premise of the game is simple…starting out. The player character is bored one day and downloads an app from the app store to kill time. All of a sudden a mysterious person, Unknown, messages them and asks them to do a favor. Claiming to have found a lost phone with no information but an address on it, the person asks if you will go to the address and see if the person who owns the phone is there. Of course, you say yes because it’s not much of a game if you don’t, and of course there is no one at the apartment. Fortunately Unknown has the pass-code to enter the apartment and always up for a little breaking and entering, you agree to go in and leave a note for the person.

Thus kicks of a whirlwind adventure of fundraising and hot guys. The apartment is associated with a fundraising organization that used to host parties full of influential people. Due to circumstances and such, the parties have been put on hold. But with you there, well, why not try to hold one again?

All of this takes place through the messenger app during conversations that take place throughout the day in real time, phone calls (voice acted in Korean, subbed in English), text messages, and emails. Everything happens at a set time. People are available for conversations during certain times of the day and if you miss them, they post what they were going to say with no input from you. When you are present for the conversations, much like most of these games, you’re given two or three choices to respond with. If you pick the right one, you can earn hearts passed on who likes the answer. The game itself last Eleven Days during which you flirt with the guys, field emails from potential party guests (you have to answer their questions correctly to woo them into attending), and uncover the mystery of just why you were led to the apartment and to the organization.

The characters are super lovable and interesting making in impossible to choose who you want to pursue. Choosing the right choices will open up more of the story, allowing you to find out more about the person, opening up their personality. It’s exciting to go through and learn more about the characters. Currently, I’m on the tenth day and I’m already planning on replaying it several more times to open up the other paths. I love all the characters and want to find out even more about them.

There’s Jumin, a wealthy business man who’s one of the oldest in the group. He’s the heir to large company and probably a robot despite what he says. He’s seemingly unfeeling, treats his assistant like a slave, and is maybe a little too obsessed with his cat.

Jaehee, Jumin’s assistant who may also be a robot. Practically a slave to her boss she’s the less willing to trust you and hates cats.

Zen, a musical actor who’s starting to gain more and more fame. He’s egotistical, vain, and loves posting pictures of himself.

707, or Seven, who is the hacker of the group. The one who set up the messenger and an unrepentant prankster with an apparent love of cross dressing (I dig it). He’s self-referential and will occasionally break the Fourth Wall. He’s also a cat harasser. Plus his glasses are sexy.

And of course Yoosung, the youngest of the group. Naive yet impossibly sweet he’s addicted to gaming and a bit of a slacker. He is also a precious cinnamon roll who needs to be protected and if anything happens to him so help me god…

Ahem.

The last of the main group is V, a mysterious photographer who hasn’t been around much and seems to be both loved and hated with fervor depending on who you talk to.

Through conversations with them you learn that something darker might be at play and also fall in love (with every single one of them!).

I cannot stop playing it. The game is a free game though there are in app purchases. None of them are needed to enjoy the story and though I found myself wanting to learn all of the story at once, I actually don’t mind having to wait for conversations to unlock at certain times of the day. It was pure genius on the parts of the devs to use something so familiar (instant messaging) to tell their story. There’s also a very catchy video at the beginning that I definitely recommend watching before playing; it really gets you hyped for the game.

Cheritz also has at least two other games on steam that I’m planning on looking into soon as well because of how much fun I’m having with Mystic Messenger. I cannot recommend this game enough. Go, play it. And just know you’re wrong if you’re not crazy about 707.

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Getting Over My Fear of Voice Chat

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fear of microphones when it came to games. I’ve never been a big phone person and that translated into never wanting to speak online during games. Add to the fact that I’m a girl and we all know how people online can treat those presenting as female, well, it wasn’t anything I was particularly eager to do. I mean, some of the messages I’ve gotten online just because I’ve mentioned I was a girl were disgusting but at least I just didn’t have to read them. When you’re on mic, you have to at least listen for a few seconds before muting the person so it just seems that much more personal.

But I finally did it!

I used my mic and even though I was the only girl in a group of guys, everyone was super nice. And quite a few of the guys were much younger, still high school age. And we all know how high school boys can be. But they’re were nice and probably more mature than many guys my own age who I’ve dealt with while gaming.

So, gaming isn’t always a negative experience. And this is a reason why I like it. It can push you to do things you normally wouldn’t, with positive results!

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Why Are Gamers So Toxic?

SJW: Social Justice Warrior

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, be grateful. Spawned in some dark basement at Dorito-encrusted keyboard with the stench of a crusty neckbeard hanging thick in the air, this term is nothing but trash. Anyone who uses it anyway but ironic can take those letters and shove them so far up their ass they puke them up.

If you haven’t gathered, I cannot stand this trend of calling anything remotely progressive as being SJW bullshit. It makes being a gamer a miserable experience and it makes people embarrassed to proclaim that they enjoy gaming. Or at least, it makes anyone with any common sense embarrassed to claim it. There are few communities that can be as toxic as gamers and it’s something I just don’t understand. They’re games. They’re supposed to be fun and entertaining. Sure, like most forms of entertainment there can be politics behind it. That’s not remotely surprising. But what is with this sudden trend of calling any little thing tying to be more inclusive as being a bad thing?

Why is it so wrong is a game wants to include a player character that’s female? How is that a bad thing? These toxic little boys need to get their panties out of their ass and realize that it’s a good thing if these companies want to court women as well as men. So many companies underestimate the purchasing power of women. It’s the same sort of thing that led people to say books about female characters wouldn’t do as well because boys wouldn’t read them (The Hunger Games), or that action/comic book movies with female leads wouldn’t do as well (Wonderwoman). It’s been proven patently false. Women have disposable income as well and they are more than willing to support things that include them, and they will support it an insane amount considering so few things come out to appeal to them.

And that’s a good thing. If a game is inclusive and appeals widely to both men and women, it will make more money. If it makes more money there’s going to be more support for the game and the publisher will be able to make more good games. And the cycle will continue and it will be a great thing.

Plus, what’s so wrong with having to play as a female character? I end up having to play as a male character in most of the games I play. And I genuinely don’t have a problem with it but you best believe the moment a game comes out where I can play as a female character or make my own female character, I will support it much more than those patently male games.

But apparently that makes me a bad person trying to kill gaming with the magical game killing power of my vagina or something.

SJW’s aren’t killing off gaming. Whiny men are killing the community.

 

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I May Be An Adult But…

…damn if I don’t love sweet little simple kid’s games sometimes.

Not too long ago I invested in a 3DS. I saved up some money and then had to search all over town to get it since everywhere decided to be sold out of it when I wanted it. But eventually I found it, bought a couple of games, and I love it. It’s great for my lunch break when I don’t feel like watching anything or really doing much of anything. It’s also good for when I’m in a waiting room or something.

And even beyond that, some of the games are just great for relaxing at night after work. I’ve just bought Animal Crossing. It’s my first time ever playing the game and it’s just positively delightful. It’s colorful and sweet. There’s not too much to worry about doing, not too much to focus on.

It seems like so many people just like focusing on the challenge of games. If it’s not Dark Souls they don’t give a shit about it. I think there’s something to be said though for fun little games that don’t require much effort but calm you. We spend so much time just going, going, going that it’s nice to kick your feet up and chill.

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Why is Gaming Culture So Toxic?

No seriously.

Why?

This is something I find myself thinking of a lot of the time. I remember when I was a lot young games were just something that you played. A lot of the time with your family. I feel like there wasn’t this concept of a gamer as we now know it. Perhaps it was because we didn’t really have the internet, wireless wasn’t so much a thing so a lot of those games were couch co-op instead of being online. I imagine that has something to do with it. When you’re playing couch co-op chances are you’re with friends (unless you’re playing Mario Kart) so you’re not going to say all these foul things to them. And it’s fun.

Now though the culture has become so toxic and full of itself. It’s intimidating to pick up a multiplayer game as a first timer because you know you’re going to end up surrounded by people who’ve spent so much time getting good at the game. And there’s nothing quite as unpleasant at the screeching of some asshole upset because you’re not as good at them. It’s almost always men (boys, teenagers, adult men) who go up several octaves and then scream about raping people and toss around the word faggot. It’s unpleasant.

Add in being a girl and it’s just on a whole other level.

I don’t think I’ve spoken in a multiplayer game in a long time. I have a headset but I don’t use it. If I’m playing a multiplayer game I tend to keep the volume really low or off entirely because I don’t want to deal with people yelling at me for not being good. I want to have fun. That’s why I game, that’s why you should game. Sure, e-sports are a thing now. But if you were really that good, I would hope you wouldn’t get that worked up about it. You definitely shouldn’t be getting worked up over a girl playing the game with you either.

Gamers want to be accepted. They always rally against the stereotypes of the anti-social gamer, sitting in a dark basement somewhere but then they refuse to accept that maybe that stereotype has some merit. Maybe some people are taking this all too seriously and making everything shit.

Maybe I’d just like to be able to play a game and not have someone saying they’re going to rape me.

But that may be too much to ask.

 

 

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G-Strings and Video Games

Sexualization of females characters in video games is a…sensitive subject to say the least. On one extreme side there’s a bunch of shrieking man children who complain that the wicked feminist are trying to ruin games for them. On the extreme side there are the people who are completely against any sort of sexualization when it comes to female characters in video games.

And they’re both wrong.

The people in the middle may have feelings that lead towards one of the extremes but in general, the middle ground is right in this case. There’s absolutely no reason it should be something so controversial. Changes need to be made but not extreme changes. And the changes wouldn’t effect the games in anyway.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with a sexy female character. There’s nothing inherently wrong with skimpy costumes. The problem overwhelming is that most of the time it tends to apply to female characters. It’s so rare to have a male character who gets put up as a sex symbol the same way as female characters do.

Imagine a game like Bayonetta (a rather popular title) and then replace the title character with a man who wears his hair and seductively sucks on lollipops. I’d play the hell out of it! New favorite game. 10/10. Four stars! But it’s unlikely to happen. And that’s where the problem comes in. Bayonetta is a great character, even though she just oozes sex. And the big reason is that it all ties into her character perfectly. She is a sexual being; she likes sex. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

But then you get to games that have badass sniper women wearing the skimpiest outfits with the lamest excuses. It doesn’t fit into the character but if anyone tries to suggest that, they throw a huge fit. I see it again and again and again. Games where female characters automatically get skimpy armor, battle bikinis and g-strings, while men are in full armor. And it’s bullshit. But you know what would not make it bullshit? Letting me put my damn male knight in a g-string. Cause why not? It’s just a game, it shouldn’t matter. Maybe it fits into the character I’m playing. You don’t know my life. You don’t know my kinks!

It just seems like there’s such a simple compromise for this argument. Dragon Age: Inquistion did very well without having to put the female characters in g-string armor. There was plenty of eye candy. Sexy men and sexy women. Sexy giant grey monsters with horns and one-eye. Something for everybody. But the idea of making games in that same manner seems to upset people so much.

It just doesn’t make any sense.

 

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The Addicting Mystery of Overwatch

Why is Overwatch so addicting?

On a personal level, I hate first person shooter games. More importantly, I really dislike multiplayer games in general. There’s always some squeaky voiced teenage boy throwing a tantrum because the team is losing and screaming for healing because he keeps charging ahead of the rest of the team. That asshole is always the one that doesn’t play the objectives and leaves the one healer in the team trying to stick around and actually accomplish the main goal of the game. …not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

But seriously, my experience with most multiplayer games has been people yelling and shrieking like they were being murdered because something happened that they didn’t like. It happened in GTA: Online, in the mutli-player version of Assassin’s Creed, and in pretty much every other game I’ve tried to play with other people online.

It pretty much turned me off of playing multiplayer games for the longest time.

And then Overwatch came out and I avoided it like the plague. Another FPS game that would be full of screaming children tossing around slurs like they’re soooo edgy. I did a good job of avoiding it. In fact, I avoided it for almost a year. My friends were really into it, people I watched on youtube would talk about and play it constantly, and I just couldn’t stop hearing about it.

Eventually my curiosity was piqued but I prefer playing first person games on my Xbox and I didn’t particularly want to pay all that money for it (especially since it was so much cheaper to just get the basic version of it for PC). I didn’t know if I was going to like it and after my experience with games like TF2 and Destiny, I wasn’t going to risk my money. So I kept putting it off and off. But I kept finding myself getting more and more interested as more and more people talked about it.

Then Microsoft decided to do a free-play weekend. I downloaded it (which took forever thanks to shitty internet) and eventually gave it a try.

Oh god. I was hooked from the first ten minutes.

I went through the tutorial and I played the test matches against the AI, did the training with the robots to try out characters. I was so nervous about playing with actual people it took me over an hour before I gave it a try and stopped dicking around with the rest of the stuff. My first choice for a character was Mercy. I like healers, I like support classes. People tend to not like playing them but a good healer can change the outcome of a game, even if they rarely get recognition for it.

My first actual quick match against real live people went well. My team won and I feel like I contributed well. Several hours went by and I kept playing and playing. I eventually had to turn off the volume because there was still the problem of screaming teenage boys and there are few things that make my fists pucker up as much as that high, whiny octave they yell in. But with mute on, it wasn’t a problem. People generally worked together really well and I didn’t feel like I was doing too terrible. At least until I tried playing Hanzo or Genji.

I got hooked and I got hooked fast. I played the game constantly over the free weekend and eventually had to give in and purchase the game.

And now I can’t stop playing it. I still love my Mercy but I’ve expanded my the characters I play a lot too. I can do well with Zenyatta and D.Va is my go to. My most favorite thing to do however is go into the game mode where you get assigned random characters after each death. I’ll go whole games getting only characters I never play and though I’m not that great at them, I have a hell of a time playing.

At this point I’ve put way too many hours into it, more than I’ve ever put into any other FPS or any other multiplayer game. It’s still baffling to me how the devs managed to make such a perfect game to appeal to someone who hates everything their game stands for.

By god though, it is a great game.