Nintendo Switch: Reactions and Thoughts from the Bakemeat Team

Nintendo’s recent news about their new console, the Switch, has been met with a large variety of positive and negative reactions. Nintendo recently showcased the key features and intended usage of its new console in a first look video released online earlier this month, and shared other information like developer/publisher support — to a somewhat mixed reaction from the gaming community. Some like it, some don’t, and some don’t know what to think. Nintendo also has chosen to withhold a lot of information, or at least they have left a lot of blanks for fans to fill about their new console. Here at Volcano Bakemeat, we’ve got our own reactions and thoughts about the Switch, and decided to share them with you in this article.

So please check out our thoughts below!

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Madness Watches Over Me: A Solo Scrub Tries to Get Good

I started playing Overwatch this week. This probably isn’t exciting news to anyone else, it’s one of the most popular games on the market so it’s kind of hard to escape.

For me, though, it’s something weird: It’s an FPS.

I haven’t played a first person shooter for years. Probably not since a sad short bout of Halo with my older cousins where I ran around like a 9-year-old spaz, before making some excuse about how my mom didn’t want me playing M-rated games and going home. And yes, that would have been the first Halo. The closest I’ve even gotten has been the 3rd person shooting of Mass Effect. (Before you unsubscribe from our podcast, please know that our other hosts are much more experienced FPS players and big fans of Master Chief).

I don’t know if it was mechanically and visually diverse characters, cool skins, or realizing I had no understanding of what my friends were talking about that made me decide to try to take on Overwatch, but this weekend, I took the leap.

I tried three modes of Overwatch: Quick play against random humans, AI matches and “Junkenstein’s Revenge” — the Halloween horde mode.

Each one was, um, interesting in its own way.

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Bargin Bin! Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex First Assault Online

Welcome to the Bargain Bin where I buy a game from Steam or GoG with a list price (not a sale price) of under five dollars, and then tell you about it!
I’ll give you:

  • A brief synopsis so you know what the game is,
  • If it works (from a mechanical standpoint),
  • If I was able to put a full hour into it,
  • If I’m happy I own it once I’ve played it,
  • Any closing thoughts or impressions.

If you have a suggestion for other bargain bin games I should look at, feel free to tweet us @sosimplyverygud or email us at sosimplyverygood@gmail.com and I’ll take a look!

Price: Free to Play

What is it?

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex First Assault Online (henceforth referred to as First Assault, because who has time to type all that out) is an online FPS similar to counterstrike if it were given a leveling/weapon progression system similar to PlanetSide or Call of Duty.

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VB Appetizer: Fast Casual Gaming

In our first appetizer mini-episode, Volcano Bakemeat’s crew discuss casual gaming. Grant and Jessica talk about the time a frat’s constant soundtrack contributed to their Robot Unicorn Attack war, Paige admits a shameful love for a terrible gaming genre, and we all try to unpack the stigma associated with casual gaming.

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Doing Your Research: 5 Do’s and Don’ts of In-Game Lore

Over the last generation or two, there has been a notable shift in the way video games are written. It’s not just enough for a game to have strong mechanics and pretty graphics. Gamers now demand that their games deliver an engaging story – in particular, one that transports them to a well fleshed out world. The escapist nature of video games has been covered extensively by Volcano Bakemeat, and the easiest way to establish that element of wonder is by making sure your world has interesting, in-depth lore.

We have all experienced strong lore: a universe that you want to jump into and never leave. We all know what house we’d be sorted into at Hogwarts or which side of the Force we would favor. Many of the same elements that make for strong lore in other media also works for video games, yet many games get it wrong.

The way I see it there are five rules of thumb to making lore that pulls gamers in instead of putting them to sleep:

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How Gordon Ramsay Could be Gaming’s Savior

My friends, these are truly troubling times in the video game community. Gamers are sick and tired of receiving games that are unfinished, or failing to deliver on expectations, especially after being in development for extended periods of time.

There is only one man who can save us. And no, it’s not Batman, Donald Trump, or Gabe Newell (praise be unto him).

The name of our savior? Gordon Ramsay.

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Bargin Bin: The Orphan Dreams

Welcome to the Bargain Bin where I buy a game from Steam or GoG with a list price (not a sale price) of under five dollars, and then tell you about it!
I’ll give you:

  • A brief synopsis so you know what the game is,
  • If it works (from a mechanical standpoint),
  • If I was able to put a full hour into it,
  • If I’m happy I own it once I’ve played it,
  • Any closing thoughts or impressions.

If you have a suggestion for other bargain bin games I should look at, feel free to tweet us @sosimplyverygud or email us at sosimplyverygood@gmail.com and I’ll take a look!

Price: $4.99

What is it?

The Orphan Dreams is a rather macabre, at times extremely gory point and click adventure/puzzle game. You play as an orphan troubled by horrific nightmares that seem to spill into reality. It features a nonlinear story and permadeath is a featured mechanic, meaning no saves and you keep going, no matter what happens.

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