Social Anxiety, video games, and you!

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This weekend I played the Star Wars Battlefront Beta, it was fun, but I chose to play without a microphone, or headset.  I also have been playing Destiny, again without a headset or a microphone.  I may not act like it but I, like many people have some social anxiety when it comes to meeting new people, even in the video game world.

I think this is the reason why I skipped World of Warcraft and other MMOs, I purchased Guild Wars 2 when my PC was able to play computer games, and did most of the quests myself.  I’m not sure why I don’t like to play games with other people.  I’m fine with playing with friends.  My friends and I used to play Call of Duty weekly, almost daily, but I know my friends and I know what they’re going to say pretty much and how they’re going to interact with me.  I kinda play online games running away from strangers.  I guess I’m just programmed like that.

This brings me to my point, most of the time that I have played games online against other people it’s not been a pleasant experience.  Little kids calling me names that they shouldn’t be saying, dude bros, people playing music loudly.  I’m not saying everyone is terrible, I’m sure some people are cool, and I get that not everyone is a terrible person, and part of it is me.  I have social anxieties in real life too, like a lot of people, I’m awkward.

That being said, I want to hear from you, do you have fears and social anxieties when it comes to gaming? Are you afraid to make new friends online?

I’m going to try to be a better gamer, and face my fears.  I’m going to play games with a headset again, and try to make some virtual friends,   Destiny awaits.

Chachi responds to Rizz Rant: Pixels!

So Rizz wrote this: http://insertcointobegin.com/2015/07/27/rizz-rant-pixels-what-did-you-expect/

I can respond now.

I know on the outside the ICTB family seems like a cohesive unit that gets along nicely, that’s not entirely true. We argue all the time. Rizz is usually wrong. I usually let his wrongness go, but he wrote a rant about Pixels, again I typically would let it go. However, he NEVER WATCHED THE MOVIE! How can you review a movie without seeing said movie? A movie is not the 2 minute trailers. So I sat down and watched the movie.

Now to shutdown Rizz.

Pixels was written by Tim Herlihy, Tim Dowling, Patrick Jean. Not Adam Sandler. Produced by a total of 19 people, one of which was Adam Sandler, but let’s be honest it was title only. Adam Sandler wasn’t the casting director either so really the only thing he did was act which is what someone hired him to do. The only reason Rizz jumped on Adam Sandler’s hate wagon was because that’s the “cool thing to do on the internet these days” No one complained with Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Big Daddy the list goes on and on. Most of the people hating on him haven’t seen the great films he has done such as Reign over me or Funny People. Not every movie an actor does is going to be a hit but to poo all over him for anything he does is uncalled for.

Shut it Rizz. next time watch a movie before you review it.

indexThe cast in this movie is exactly what you expect. 4 super ass nerdy guys who are into video games. It’s the classic tale of NASA sending samples of earth life to space in hopes that a friendly alien life form sees it and communicates nicely with earth and helps us become super advances. However it all backfires when the alien life form tries to kill everything using our beloved video games.

The plot was solid and the sound track matched the movie. The movie was entertaining from start to finish. I’ll probably watch it again sooner rather than later to pick up the little things that I may have missed. It was an awesome take on what originally was just an internet short. This is the movie premise we needed.

here is the original short for reference.

Until next time I only have one thing to say.

Let the nerds take over!

Why Do Video Games Based on Comics Suck?

I knew that title would get you, but it is actually a good way to start.

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Soon, I am doing a show called Panel Riot with my good friend DJ Lunchbox and he actually posed the question as to why most video games based on comic books sucked. This has been a conversation for a while and I think I might know where my answer lies.

They aren’t good representations on the comic book themselves.

When you picked up a video game from the NES days to today, you wanted to be enthralled in that world and taken to a place where they said that this game was taken place in (in this case, the DC universe or Marvel universe or other).

Also, they had the name element to it. You knew the heroes and you knew the world you were in and, honestly, the powers that you possess and some of those games (Superman 64) failed miserably to bring that aspect to it.

So…why? Why do so many video games based on comic book characters fail to miss the mark?

It’s simple: Most of the video games that were “based” off of super heroes weren’t exactly “based” on anything. They were “based” on the bidding war that took place on who could get the most money squeezed out of the company in order to make the video game and in order to make the company money.

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You smack the name of “Hulk” or “Deadpool” “Thor” or “Catwoman” or (if you want to go this far) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (the first one) or “Silver Surfer” no matter how shitty the video game is, you’re going to have their fanbases come from far and wide to play your game and, more importantly, put money in your pocket.

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Lately, though, the video game/comic book market has improved. With the emergence of Telltale games and their releases of the highly popular The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us (based off of Fable) but with that comes the notion that there are more ideas in people’s heads and, hopefully, it will turn out better than the Uncanny X-Men.

Rizz Plays Games and Might Make Opinions: Jimmy Kimmel

This past week Jimmy Kimmel, from Jimmy Kimmel live spoke up and against YouTube Gaming, the new wing that YouTube released this past week where everyone can stream videogames and, of course, post them on YouTube directly from YouTube.

Above is a video I made in response to Jimmy Kimmel and the response of other irate gamers.

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PewDiePie Makes Over Seven Million Dollars…And?

Why is this an issue?

Why are we discussing how much PewDiePie makes playing video games on YouTube?

Simple.

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It’s an issue because it’s not you. It’s not me, either. I wish it was. I really do. I was making enough money to, you know, support myself, get a good house, start a life for myself. Why is it so hard knowing that PewDiePie is making that much money a problem? It’s because he’s not a Kardashian or Lebron. He doesn’t flaunt it, spend it all and make it rain on anybody, he doesn’t have 5 or 6 Mercedes Benzs in his ginormous parking lot. He’s a normal human being that makes money, that’s it. It just so happens he makes a lot more money for doing something that we all wish we can do for a living.

We are supposed to group YouTube celebrities in the “Celebrity” genre, where you’re not sure why you hate them, but you do, which is wrong. Guys like Pewdz are normal humans with normal problems. He’s more like us than you think he is. In his video, he mentioned that before he got famous he had student loans up the butt, just like us.

I would like to compare how much PewDiePie, a YouTuber, actually makes in comparison to other more…notorious…celebrities and how completely different :

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Larry “The Cable Guy” makes pretty racist jokes and he still has a $60 million payday. Jeff Dunham, who is just as bad…but uses puppets so it’s just peachier than Larry, makes $22.5 million. Both uses a persona that isn’t really theirs in order to make pretty darn racist jokes, yet we’re pissy because PewDiePie decided to keep his $7 million?

Or how about the Kardashians? One of them has a big ass, a sex tape, a crockpot family and they all have made more money over the years doing absolutely nothing but bang Kanye West. PewDiePie, at least does charitable deeds and gets posterized as a YouTuber that gets way too much money from being famous at what he does.

So maybe calm down on the PewDiePie hate and try to become as popular like he is and be even more genuine than he is. If you don’t, it makes you guys look like jerks.

 

How To Record Let’s Plays From Your Gaming Console: TIME

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Well, good evening everybody and welcome to a new venture that I want to focus my attention here on Insert Coin to Begin, home to all things games by gamers.

You heard us all talk about watching Let’s Plays, I even mentioned who are my favorite YouTubers when it comes to Let’s Plays. Now, I’m no Peanut Butter Gamer or AVGN but I find myself liking the stuff that I do on my PS4, that I want to bring something to the table because I like video games, you like video games so why not do a Let’s Play about playing video games?

As mentioned on the title screen, all I have is a Playstation 4 and most of these come from my experience with my console being the only thing that records other things.

Both Xbox One and PS4 give you opportunities to record your videos on either UStream or Twitch, I utilize both for different things (which I will get into in future How To’s) but today, I will discuss with you about timing and how to utilize that time to make sure more eyes are watching.

When I first started recording my videos (and you will see this in my early works down below after this paragraph), I was that guy that kept on rambling on and on and on about nothing, and it showed in my play thru. I was doing it on, possibly, the worst game to have my attention on something else. However, I spent 20+ minutes discussing a topic and after a while, I needed to just cut it loose.

So my first tip to you is make sure you cut down you game in meaty morsels.

The best way to do this is once you hit that record button on your PS4 or Xbox One, get a timer ready and find a solid timeframe to play. Normally, the average Let’s Play video goes for about 10-15 minutes plus some spillage, so using a timer on a watch or even the app on your phone will do.

10-15 minutes is the average length because it’s enough time for someone to watch you play the game without getting bored, and I’m a culprit that thought a 20+ minute video of me failing at playing Bloodborne while talking to you guys about video games is a boring 20 minute video.

Using Ustream, although cumbersome by starting and stopping and starting and stopping, is a good clean way to start and stop and control your time. Once you stop recording the video, you’re allowed to do whatever you want to set up for the next video.Not only that, you can spend your entire week within those few minutes. Personally, I normally knock out four videos in a mere hour, hour and a half.


It’s all on timing and how your use it, make it small and make it meaty.

Join me next week where I discuss another topic in making a Let’s Play on your home console.

Last thoughts on E3

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I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets)  and It’s led me to this decision.  Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.

Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.

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When it comes to the argument of video games being art,  There were a few games at E3 we can now point to  and have validation in that argument.  Cuphead is one of the games.  You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life,  and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.  
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games.  It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom,  If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately.  But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic.  It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art,  This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony.  This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game,  I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4 
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Another strong candidate for Sony,  The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony.  Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3.  Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.  
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid,  In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out.  I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it.  I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one.  I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead.  But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system.   This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World.  Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.  
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites.  There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption.  Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One,  Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game.  Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.  

E3 2015 Predictions!

It’s coming up. The yearly event of geek Christmas that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo. A time were we look at what the video game industry is going to wow us with each year.

We’re going to be doing our best to comment on the big announcements all next week, so follow us on the Twitters!

What’s going to happen?  We have no idea!  But we have guesses.  I asked our illustrious Insert Coin to Begin staff to give a realistic, and while, irresponsible predictions!

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Realistic: The Last Guardian will finally be revealed by Sony,  I think Nintendo will announce another new IP, and A brand new Mega Man game from Capcom since they’ve been announcing a lot of Mega Man stuff lately. 

 

Batshit: Valve will swoop into E3 and announce Halflife 3, Portal 3, and Left 3 Dead, I think Xbox will announce a new use for Kinect and I hope reveal Street Fighter V in a huge surprise.  

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Realistic: Electronic Arts releases gameplay footage for Mass Effect 4.

Batshit: Nintendo goes all Oprah on everybody and releases Zelda U the next day.

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Realistic: I believe we will see new Assassin’s Creed footage, a Watchdogs 2 announcement and some new sports and racing bullshit from Electronic Arts.

 

Batshit: I agree with Rizz on the zelda but also throw in the new console reveal from Nintendo.

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Realistic: The PC Gaming Keynote is going to remind us why we don’t necessarily need a console, hopefully push Steambox, and will likely talk about innovation and Oculus Rift.   

 

Batshit: Nintendo releases Zelda U like Rizz says, but lets us know it’s available for PC as well, NX is going to be Android, open source, and run Google Cardboard VR with an add on peripherals called Virtual Boy 2.  But we’ll actually want to play Splatoon 2 on it! 

So there you have it!  What do YOU think is going to happen at E3 this year?

RIZZ RANT: Is E3 Relevant?

Let me be straight forward with you guys. E3 is amazing. The pageantry, the set-up, the pitch, the announcements, the conferences, the Reggie.

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However, is it still necessary to have these drawn out conferences?

Hear me out. We, now, live in a time where there are multiple places to get the news. Before, E3 was the thing because there was no Twitter, no Facebook, no real news coverage on video games so when they announced big games at those E3s, it was amazing.

But now? We are a week away from E3 and man oh man we already have Star Wars, Fallout 4, Mass Effect and a slew of Nintendo titles that you see already with their Nintendo Directs (Star Fox, Zelda, etc.).

Not to mention look at the schedule this year: you have the big three Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Then you have the software of EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Square Enix. THEN you have PC Gaming. That’s a lot of previews and games and there’s going to be anton of overlap. Tons.

So it’s not really important when your exclusives are already announced during their presser or a news release or a Nintendo Direct.

It got to the point where Nintendo didn’t even have a presser and did all of their stuff via satellite and still announced amazing things. So. Is it neccesary to continue to shell out millions to reserve the main stage?

RIZZ RANT: Another Five Nights? No!

So when the third Five Nights at Freddie’s came out, the official website of Five Nights showed just one image.

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The image, as you can see, is a spotlight and Freddie’s stove-top hat on in the center of that spotlight. Many have thought this means that Freddie was done and that the third Five Nights was going to be the last Five Nights. However, something has changed. The developer has posted a new picture.

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Where did it go? Where’s the hat!? WHERE’S THE HAT!?

THAT’S RIGHT, FOLKS!

Months after FNAF3, we are now expecting to hear that ANOTHER FIVE NIGHTS is about to come. Five Nights has been, probably, the most worked on franchise in the past year. Why? Because Five Nights has had their entire life in one year. One. There’s no stopping this machine, if it’s true that Freddie is coming back (and all signs are pointing to “yes”) but…why?

FNAF was a masterpiece that could not be matched on Steam. I don’t know how many times I sat there and jump scared with the people playing FNAF on YouTube. They didn’t need a sequel, and they didn’t need one three months after the first one.

Within a year or two, we have burned Five Nights twice and then turned into a horror show, which I’m pretty sure burned down in the end. What the hell is there to do?!

I haven’t played all of them yet! I’m, actually, a few games behind! Now, there is a chance I am going to be two games behind? I don’t want to be two games behind! Why did Freddie take his hat before I am caught up?! Maybe take a breather, guys.

What do you guys think? Is this too much? Do you want more FNAF? Leave it in the comments below.