READER VOTE: New Name

-by Dylan DiBona

Hope everybody is having a great Sunday! I’m at a bit of a crossroad and I need your guys’ input. I’ve hit my first set of goals here on my site:

1,000 Blog Views

100 Followers

500 Unique Visitors

I promised myself that once I hit and then top those goals, I would buy an official domain name and rid myself of the “.wordpress.com” in my URL. My problem is PlayingWithThoughts is taken!

It’s a very annoying situation because I love the name for so many reasons; I always felt like the name could be explained in multiple ways. I’m playing video games thoughtfully, then in turn I play with those thoughts and try and arrange them in written form. But because I cannot use that domain, it’s time to look elsewhere. So here are some ideas I have written on paper (I want the main theme to stay the same):

  1. PlayingWithThought (No S at the end is okay!)
  2. InteractingThoughts
  3. TheThoughtButton

Can you see the trend? I’m pretty sure I know which one I want to go with, but I always value you, my friends, opinions. Vote with 1, 2 or 3 and then I’ll decide soon enough. It’s a sad idea that PlayingWithThoughtwon’t quite exist anymore.


Thanks guys for your input and your time! The new domain might be coming in the next week! As always, thanks for reading.

Gaming Question Sunday #8: Reviving a Franchise

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, time for the eighth question:

What franchise that hasn’t seen a release in at least ten years would you like to bring back?

It may be cheating since it technically wasn’t a franchise, but I’d go Beyond Good & Evil because of its obvious intent on being a series. The original game was one of the best action-adventure games I’ve enjoyed and simply put, I want more.

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So how about you guys? Leave your answers down below and I’ll try my best to reply! As always, thanks for reading this week.

Gaming Question Sunday #7 – Unique Disliking?

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, time for the seventh question:

What game do you feel unique for genuinely disliking?

Off the top of my head I gotta go Final Fantasy VI. I don’t like how slow the beginning is and the there’s so many characters I just can’t care about them all. I want to retry it again very soon though!

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Let me know your answers down below guys and I’ll try my best to reply! As always, thanks for reading this week.

Gaming Question Sunday #6 – Video Game World

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, the sixth question is a tad cliché

What video game world would you like to live in?

I think I would have to go with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I love the idea that in this world anybody with some courage can take a blade and go out to become a hero. The reason I didn’t choose the land of Skyrim is because it’s always freezing cold and they have a problem of pesky dragons.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with normal posts, continuing my everyday schedule. As always, thanks for reading!

Gaming Question Sunday #5: Only One Console

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, the fourth question:

If your collection was magically diminished to only one console and it’s games, which console would you want to be saved?

Nostalgically and logically I might have to go with the PlayStation 2. Aside from being the very first console I’ve ever owned, it had a gigantic library of great games. The variety of experiences on the PS2 is insane.

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Let me know your answer down below in the comments and I’ll try my best to reply! As always, thanks for reading this week.

Gaming Question Sunday #4 – Best Video Game Book?

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, the fourth question:

What books have appealed to you the most as video game fan?

I’d definitely have to go Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; it’s an exciting treasure hunting book that takes you through both physical and virtual reality. I highly recommend it even for non-readers who just like gaming. A movie is coming soon so there’s no better time to jump in wither.

I’m looking for any and all types of books related to gaming, it could be behind the scenes stuff or design books.

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Let me know your answers down below and as always, thanks for reading!

 

Gaming Question Sunday #3- A Good Character

-by Dylan DiBona

*First off I want to apologize for missing a blog post yesterday; life kinda just happened. it stinks I messed up especially after posting everyday on my vacation. I’m keeping count of the times I messed up: twice, hopefully that’s all. I’m back home so expect some interesting topics again!*

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, the third question:

What makes a good video game character and why? List some examples!

I’ve been binge playing JRPG’s and visual novels lately and in most cases, those games are very story and character driven. I’ve met a lot of virtual people and a lot of them stick with me, but it’s rare that a character really blows me away ( it just happened minutes before I’m writing this). I would like to provide two answers for very different reasons:

Image result for link majora's mask

We all know Link, and it first it may seem stupid to choose a silent protagonist. I’m choosing Link not from a story standpoint, but from a design perspective.

Link is a living blank canvas, meant for the player to imagine him however they want. For some, Link may be a ladies man, for others he may be a hothead. There aren’t any signs in the game telling you otherwise. We know a couple of things about Link like his love for sleep or his courage, but other than that he’s like a ball of clay we can mold anyway we want.

Now for the other character…
Image result for bioshock elizabethElizabeth from Bioshock Infinite is by far one of my favorite video game companions. Not only is she smart, helpful and even sometimes witty; Elizabeth adds to the story and even adds to the main character Booker Dewitt. Simply put, she has a great personality, backstory and purpose.

Are those the three elements to a good character?

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Who knows! Let me know your answers down below and I’ll try to reply! As always, thanks for reading this week.

Gaming Question Sunday #2 – Your Special Gem?

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome back to Gaming Question Sunday. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff for the work week. So anyway, the second question:

What game does nobody you know in real life like, except for you?

I gotta swing it back to virtual novels. Much like I said in my Danganronpa review, I know zero Ace Attorney fans personally. I’d also add Danganronpa into the mix. I kinda like it when I don’t know any fans of a certain game, it makes it feel like it’s all mine, my special little gem.

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Answer down below and I’ll try my best to reply! Thanks for reading this week!

Gaming Question Sunday #1: More Than One Try?

-by Dylan DiBona

Hey guys! Welcome to a new segment I’m going to be doing on Sundays. Basically I’m going to ask everybody a question in hopes of getting a good discussion going on in the comments. This will be fun and also make Sundays a bit easier for me so I can focus on writing better stuff during for the work week. So anyway, the first question.

What video game took you more than one try to like?

I can be very impatient and quick to judge. If a game doesn’t do something impressive within it’s first five minutes, I might just quit it forever. The biggest answer for me is Bioshock Infinite. I was so scared of this game for no reason, it actually took me three times to like it, now I love it!

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Thanks for reading this week! Can’t wait to read and reply to your comments!