Thursday, April 17, 2014

Honey, I'm a Skylanders Addict

Did I make the right choice when I decided on getting Skylanders Swap Force for the PlayStation 4? Maybe I did, because you know... As much as I tried to pace myself with the figurine intake after the last slip up, especially the fact that the spouse got me to a running start to begin my venture into the game, this happened to me tonight while I was out and about with the spouse:

The spouse finds it funny that I am now into "children's toys".

As I was sitting down in the Game Room opening up my new figurines, it hit me. When I was little, I used to collect action figures. I remember now that I used to enjoy those from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series but of course, that interest dissipated once I was introduced to video gaming. Perhaps this is the reason why I find it alluring to own these Skylanders figurines. Apparently, there is still a part of me that finds much joy and fulfillment from them. Perhaps getting myself involved with these Skylanders is not a mistake after all. I am beginning to think this whole thing has a deeper significance in my life at a subconscious level.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Skylander Danger

As you may know, I have recently convinced myself to give Skylanders Swap Force for the PlayStation 4 a chance and my Starter Pack is finally here. I have played the game for a bit and this action role playing game is pretty darn fun. I sure wish that the "Portal of Power" where you place the figurines on to summon your Skylanders in the game was a wireless accessory though because having that USB cable hanging from the PlayStation 4 console all the way to the small table in front of me is rather unsightly. Now the extra figurines that the spouse got me definitely provided me with quite a good amount of character variety while playing the game but you know what? That is not going to be good enough to keep me from hunting more of them. Yes, this game is very dangerous indeed for those who are an obsessive compulsive gamer like myself because to access all of the game's contents, you must have at least one Skylander of each elemental properties, swap techniques, and even one of the Skylander giants: Of course I have calculated this risk before but I didn't anticipate that I could be a bit impatient about the process of getting these requirements fulfilled. It certainly didn't help that the Starter Pack comes with a cool poster that lists all of the newer Skylanders and there is a section underneath each of them where you can post the stickers you get with all the figurines. Oh my galaxy, this activity is quite addicting indeed, it really reminds me of those sticker books from my childhood. Whoever thought of this must be quite an evil genius:

That's going to require a lot of cash.

I kept telling myself to stay calm, and that all the Skylanders I need and want will eventually come to me, that I really do not need to rush myself. Yet, I found myself at the store this evening to get a bottle of mouthwash and yes, you guessed it, I also stepped out of the store with a new Skylander:

I couldn't say no to Hoot Loop...

Yes, this whole venture is getting a bit out of control... I must not look at the figurines online! Nor should I gawk at them at the retail stores because I have a feeling that they are going to possess me to buy them! I must wait at least a couple of months in between doing those things from now on!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Here Come Those Crazy Skylanders

When the spouse learned about my venture into Skylanding, I didn't expect a crazy plan to get additional Skylanders figurines to show up on our doorstep before my order of the actual game even got the chance to arrive here. Though I planned to look into getting more of them, I originally planned to spend a lot of time with the three characters that came with the Starter Pack for Skylanders Swap Force but it looks like now, I can have a lot more variety in my upcoming PS4 revitalization adventure thanks to the ninja-like spousal intervention:

Okay, that Super Gulp Pop Fizz is pretty darn cute.

I didn't expect much from these figurines and even though I have seen them physically being displayed in retail stores before, I have never paid much attention to them. Now that they are sitting in front of me, I must say that these figurines are quite well made. There are plenty of little details to them and the coloring looks great. I really like how the bottle that the Pop Fizz character is standing on is actually hollow inside and that wicked set of horns on the Mega Ram Spyro looks really mean. Oh no, am I falling in love with these things?  I have a place to display them too - they will line up the window sill on the left hand side of the Game Room. Hope they all could fit there if (when?) I get more of them:

Confirmed: Skylanding is more dangerous than skydiving...

Games Played 04/07/2014 - 04/13/2014

- 04/07/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC
Resogun - PlayStation 4

- 04/08/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC

- 04/09/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC
League of Legends - PC
Plasma Sky - iPad
Resogun - PlayStation 4

- 04/10/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC

- 04/11/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC
League of Legends - PC
Sports Champions 2 - PlayStation 3

- 04/12/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC
League of Legends - PC
Sports Champions 2 - PlayStation 3
World Series of Poker: Full House Pro - PC

- 04/13/2014 -
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - PC
League of Legends - PC
The Secret World - PC

Screenshot of the Week:

It's fatty time!
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (Personal Computer)

Motion Gaming: The Underestimation

I may not have an X-Box One and neither do I plan to ever getting the game but I must say that the recently released Kinect Sports Rivals does look like it is a lot fun and the graphics look pretty darn nice as well for what is a basic motion game. Watching that game being played on prompted me to get into Sports Champions 2 for the PlayStation 3 over the weekend and I had a blast playing that game. Tennis and bowling are both really fun with the PlayStation Move controller because of the combination of motion performance and button inputs. I haven't rebooted my daily exercising regiment yet ever since that shoulder injury with Wii Fit but I know that I need to do that very soon because since yesterday, my body has been aching like mad, especially my arms from all that bowling ball throwing and tennis racket swinging action.

Hitting those balls hard is so satisfying... until later.

It's easy to criticize motion games, sports-themed or otherwise, as something that is too light weight to have an impact on one's physical well being but the fact of the matter is, if one is not a gym rat or if one doesn't own that sexy hard bod, these little things can actually be quite beneficial and they need to be implemented more into one's gaming routine. All these current nasty aches tell me that I need to get into the program and start working out again because surely, I shouldn't be that impacted from two separate hour sessions with the game. Motion gaming may be a gimmick, but it has its place in our gaming lives.