Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Weekly Link Round Up

Happy Tuesday! It's an early edition of the Weekly Link Round Up for two reasons: 1, lots of funny lists have cropped up overnight that I have to share them. And 2, all of my attention is focused on Dragon Quest Builders. The joys of having a gamer mindset. So, let's get started!

- Gamers are poised to be the next generation of leaders, according to an article in the Huffington Post. Admittedly, this reads like a sponsored post. It's written by the Anthony Hughes, the founder of a company called Tech Elevator. And at the end of the article there's a link to his company's website to take an aptitude test for coding skills. But there isn't a warning that it's sponsored content so...question? I'm not sure, but! there is good content in the piece that's worth a look. The mindset of a gamer has evolved over the years. As games have become more challenging, visually and technically, we spend more time analyzing them. A number of today's top tech executives started out playing games and learning how to code them. It shouldn't be a surprise that we'll move forward in the board room soon enough.

- Business Insider has created a list of 12 of the best PlayStation 2 video games. Because they could. It's not an anniversary. While most of the gaming critics would probably agree with the list, God of War II was much better then the first, I'm sure there will be gamers that cry foul. 

- GamingBolt has the 15 greatest button-mashing gaming moments. Ever. Some of them involve Metal Gear Solid, which I will admit should be on the list a few times. But then they throw in "every fighting game where you don't know the combos" and all list credibility goes out the window. Also, Doom? Really? That's the best you can come up with? This is a list fail.

- BoingBoing would like to remind you that video game eyes are creepy. That is all.

- WhatCulture looks at 10 horrible levels that haunt good video games. Levels that are so bad, they make you wonder what the designers were thinking. They list the dream sequence in Max Payne, which I think is a good level concept, and riding on the train tacks in GTA: San Andreas. Okay that quest was a mess of bad gaming physics. 

- I haven't seen the new HBO show 'Westworld' but I'm already sick of hearing and reading about it with the gaming comparisons. But for those interested, here's a list on Gamerant for 7 gaming theme parks that are more dangerous then the HBO show. Whispering Oaks Amusement Park (Left 4 Dead 2) wins as far as I'm concerned. That pace is a mess to work through.

- Interested in knowing which games are popular for streamers in each country? YouTube has you covered with a comprehensive listing of games by region that have the most streamed/viewed content. This does exclude Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V which transcend all cultural barriers. I'm a bit disappointed in the US. Madden NFL? Really? That's the best we could do? Lame.

- Finally iTech Post gives a list of 3 reasons why non-gamers will become gamers after playing The Last of Us. Yes, it's a great game. But it is not one for the faint of heart, and definitely not one that non-gamers should play without some experience. The Last of Us does not baby-step their controls, action, or game play. It's action-horror that can be quite in-depth and if you don't have experience playing those types of games, the quality of the story will not matter. I've seen puzzle and RPG players give up on it for it's difficulty. Great game, but not meant for everyone. Go read the wiki page on it instead.

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