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TableTop, YouTube Gaming – A Game for Everyone (This one’s for writers!)

Haven’t heard of this? This series has been on nearly two years now. I’ve only just caught myself up with the material shared by the fantastic people over at the GeekandSundry YouTube channel. I have to say, I’m a huge fan.

This is a show hosted by the multi talented and hilarious, Wil Wheaton. If you’re a Star Trek fan (or a typical geek such as myself), you’ll know the name holds some weight in the gaming / nerd community. What happens in the show is Wil brings on three other celebrity guests for about anyway from twenty-five to thirty-five minutes places a board game, or a game that can be played on a table.

Hence the name of the show – TableTop.

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Spending a bit more time on this channel then I would have liked to over the break (I linked the channel in the beginning paragraph). If you’re a geek or into learning about new games, definitely check them out. They offer several shows produced that you can find and entertain yourself.

To add, I support those looking on Google+ and adding their page to follow. They’re a fantastic network that I believe many should check out and enjoy in their off-time. Certainly relaxing!

Why do I bring this up? Also, why do I think writers should check it out?

Well, one exclusively I started watching immediately had my head spinning with ideas that could happen within it. What is it? It’s a game titled, Once Upon a Time!

The video below has Wil facing off with some other writers who find themselves weaving a story with the cards they hold. I won’t spoil what’s going to happen, but I believe everyone will enjoy the outcome!

If you haven’t subscribed to this channel, I think it’s time that you do. Gaming is for everyone (something Wil says often) and should definitely be tried by those looking for a little relief in their life. A time that can bring families, friends, and other together for a few hours with laughs, tears, or yells of hatred.

Alright, the last one wasn’t exactly the perfect family moment, although which family ever is? Sometimes you need to be angry and frustrated and your loved ones – board games can be your outlet at one another!

Be sure to check out more that GeekandSundry brings up and more from TableTop!

Survival Games in High Demand

This article by IGN had been a topic I’ve grown fond of. The article’s focus discusses how within the past two to three years survival games have become a fan-favorite players. More and more developers are beginning to create games that have a desire to place the player in a position of being one of the weaker fighters in the game. Creativity and using your brains has become the trend.

Here is a list of games that if you’re unfamiliar with you should and discover them. They are fantastic and are excellent if you want to pit yourself against vastly more powerful foes.

  • Don’t Starve
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider
  • FTL
  • DayZ
  • Farcry 3

This only a small list of the latest in survival games. Gamers have become much more interested in attempting to live off the world to craft tools, ensure that food levels or water don’t go down, and to sneak around foes that may lurk around any trees or broken walls in the world. Why the sudden desire for these types? That could only be asked by each one, I’m sure that everyone has their own reason for wanting to try these out.

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Of the games on my list, The Last of Us is definitely my favorite. Why is it my favorite? The multiplayer features created in the game are fantastic, while not straying too far from the single player experience. Not to mention that Naughty Dog is an excellent company who I’ve supported for years. I grew up with them, and the games that they’re creating lately seem to be growing up with me.

Regardless, the survival demand from The Last of Us does well to balance stealth, gathering crafting supplies, and out matching powerful foes.

It’s a great game to try out for mature players. How powerful is the demand for survival games? DayZ can explain that. Originally, this game had been a mod from another one by the name of Arma II. Someone had created a zombie survival game from the former game that pitted players against each other (or have them work together) while also fighting the presence of zombies all around them.

The map is a massive landscape. Because of the high praise and positive reception from the users of the game, the modders had then created their own standalone mod game that has just been released. While there are several glitches coming from it, it’s a start.

What can we expect from the future of survival games? As of yet, there have only been a handful of other games of this genre coming out in 2014. It’s going to be interesting as the rise of release dates and announcements come out for the holiday seasons.

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I’d be really interested in an RPG survival game. In the term of RPG I mean the whole Bioware experience of having companions, conversations, some inventive fighting and excellent story going on in the background while running around gathering supplies to survival battles to come. It would an interesting aspect to mix these two together.

Are there any recommends others have out there for games to try out in the survival genre? Comment below, I’d love to discuss the future and what else is going on in the gaming community.