Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy’

 

Cell phone games seem to be the only thing I’m interested in lately (after Animal Crossing and MONSTER HUNTER.) They are great because in the summer I’m often stuck on a city bus for an hour or longer to get home. One of the best ways to find a new cell phone game, look around you on a bus. I have a bit of an advantage because Big Fish Games is on my way home. A large number of their employees get on the bus only a few stops after mine. If you take time to look up, sometimes you’ll see someone playing a game. It doesn’t hurt to watch them for a bit. If they are next to you, just ask them what the game is. Since they are developers, they often play other games to either research different genre of games, because they like those games or because they hear what other developers are making.

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Friend I made on the bus

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I’m on a bus!

Even if you don’t have a game company conveniently on your bus route, take a look around during your commute. That’s how I found 2048. There were a few people sitting near me playing the game. Every day for a week, I saw someone playing it. When the lady next to me started playing it, I had to ask her what the game was because I was fascinated. If you’re uncomfortable asking a stranger what game they are playing, ask your friends. My friends, even though they are hard-core gamers, always have one of two games on their phones.

Another great way to find cell phone games is to look at the indie games that were at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) or your local video game convention. You can browse through the games and pick the ones that sounds fantastic. It takes a little more work because you might have to research them. Most conventions though have these games in the INDIE area. That’s where I’ve discovered some really fun games.

There are a few companies like Big Fish Games that have apps to help you find their games. The app lists the new games, top games and allows you to search for genre games. They also use the app to notify you when a new game is being released.

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Big Fish Games game App

If you’re lwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-38-31.pngooking for game on the play store, you can search by categories. After you’ve played through one or two games, it will suggest other games based on your downloads.  The play store also has a section for free games. Half the time the free games are limited versions of a full game. These allow you to play a few levels before you have to purchase a full version. The plus side is you get to try out the game and often, it explains the mechanics that are unlockable in the full version. Dinner Dash mobile edition is like this. You can play through three restaurants before you have to purchase the full version of the game. I can’t stress this more though, if you can buy a game out right, it’s better than games that need continuous “optional” in game purchases. When I like a game with a free version, I give those people my money. Take it! Take my money! You deserve it. Stop asking me to view adds though. If I buy your game, I want the freaking game. I’ll even rate it or review it. (Although Word Crack keeps asking you to rate it, even after you rate it. Super annoying.)

 

When purchasingwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-39-03.pngg or browsing free games, I like to sort by category. I tend to stick with puzzle games, strategy games and word games. There is a multitude of different styles including action, rpg, visual novels, hidden object, adventure, card and sports games. You really can find a game of any style. Some PC games are even available on mobile as well like Plants vs Zombies and World of Goo. Finally, a not so new phenomenon is the porting of old games to mobile versions. You can download several different emulators in order to play FFVII or any of the Final Fantasy franchise.

 

I still think the best way to find a good cell phone game is though is looking around your on the bus.

 

Ways to find games:
1. People Watching
2. List of games at conventions
3. Talk to Friends
4. Company Apps
5. Play Store recommendations and searches
6. Emulators

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I’m so excited for PAX 2014! Every year Kane and I head down to the convention center for this fantastic romp through video game heaven. I’m looking forward to all the flashing lights, nifty swag and good times. Every year I get a little more into going to panels. I’ve picked out a bunch but here are some gems that you should look into.

Friday

10:30 AM  – Story Time with Mikey Neumann is the keynote speech this year. The Keynotes have been awesome, even if I didn’t really know who the speaker was that year. Mikey Neumann works for Gearbox Software, so it should be an interesting talk.

11:30 AM – Building Inclusive Community in Analog Gaming Spaces – The panel is a great  conversation about how to bring in various groups of people and get them involved in gaming. They really mean it too. They discuss bringing in families with children, more women, getting girls interested at a young age, minorities and people with disabilities. They also bring up how to get new players involved! I’ve been to the panel before and I’m an acquaintance of Donna Prior, who is on the panel. It’s always a good conversation that involves the audience.

3:00 PM – Pop Cap – How We Make Games – I really just want to go to this panel because I disliked the second Plants vs Zombies. I think I deserve an explanation.

5:00 PM – Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection, Past, Preset and Future of RPGs – Hironobu Sakaguchi is the creator of Final Fantasy. It will interesting to hear him talk about the evolution of the genre.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Concert – The Doubleclicks are playing! I love them. Caught them last year and I’m addicted. They have catchy tunes that hit you right in the feels. They also have the Triforce Quartet and Paul & Storm performing.

Saturday

12:30 – Firaxis Mega Panel – I am so excited!!! They are going to show off what they are working on for the sequel to Alpha Centauri, Sid Meier’s Civilization:  Beyond Earth. I’ve been waiting for this game playing Alpha Centauri over and over.

4:30 PM – Grim Fandango: Bringing the Dead Back to Life – I loved Grim Fandango. This panel will be talking about how they are remastering the game for PS4 and Vita.

Sunday

10:00 AM – Are Twitch, YouTube and Podcasts Killing Traditional Games Journalism? – I am curious to see what the panel has to say. Maybe it’s not killing the traditions, maybe it’s giving them competition that they need to become better. Although, by Sunday I may be too tired to get there by 10AM. We’ll see.

12:30 – Women in Games Development: We Have the Best Job Ever! – I am a bit of a feminist. I do tend to go to panels that discuss women and their roles in my world. I want to contribute and be a part of this panel that discusses the industry spanning from big games to indie games.

2:00 PM – Bridge to Japan: The Process of Localizing Japanese Media – This will be all about bringing over Japanese shows, games, cards etc and how mistranslation can cause chaos with an American audience. They actually mention Cardcaptor Sakura. I am glad they do because there was originally a lesbian story line that was taken out to spare American audiences. Weird.

8:00 PM – Three Old Guys Playing Falling Block Games – I love Tetris. They are going to be playing a variety of games. I am curious what they are going to pull out.

Monday

12:30 PM  – Video Game Memories: What Makes a Game Special – They have a group of games journalists talking about what makes a game special. I’ll tell you what, FALL OUT. That is all you need to know about games.

2:30 PM – Beyond the Stars: How Games Are Keeping Science Fiction Alive – I don’t know who any of the panelists are but I like the subject. Being a science fiction writer, I try to keep games and movies in mind when I write my descriptions. That way if they are optioned, I’m all set!

I’m mostly just excited for the convention. I buy dice there every year and I want more of the Q-Workshop dice. I also want to visit the Funko booth and buy some bobble heads.

I’m only cosplaying two days. I have a Muad Pie outfit and a Star Trek costume. Although, I dyed my hair for Muad! 🙂

See you there!