Mark Ceb

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Splatoon 2 Reflection: An Abundance of Value

But what if I still want the first one?


Nintendo had the first Splatoon 2 Global Testfire not long ago and folks got to try out the game. The global testfire is generally like a free demo where people can get a peek at the game and I imagine gives Nintendo a lot of real time data and a chance to see the game perform online in a sort of practice run before the game is completed.

Honestly it’s a great idea and while I’m usually cold on concepts like Early Access games, these Global Testfire are so limited that it feels more like a proper demo but it’s also free! Strange to think that for a time, that was normal.


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Breath of the Wild: First Impressions

First Impressions of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


In preparation for Breath of the Wild I play the first Legend of Zelda on virtual console as it was pretty much an open world game and no doubt an inspiration for Breath of the Wild.

I’ve played about 30 hours and have not completed it yet but from what I’ve seen of it I’m pretty certain Breath of the Wild going to quickly become one of my favorites.

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The Media vs Pewdiepie: You Had One Job

A caution on tearing down others for your own gain.


I’m not really a fan of Pewdiepie. I felt his early videos were immature and while he still pushes the boundary of what I consider humor he’s become less of a screaming clown and more of a satirist. There’s been some controversy for Felix, and I won’t go in depth over it because there’s been no shortage of even more popular youtubers that have gone into great detail. The short of it is that Pewdiepie has seen a volley of articles claiming just about anything from him being a racist to him being a nazi. What he’s been guilty of is that he made a few jokes about Nazis, which the media has then taken out of context as endorsing anti-semitism.

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By Design: Zenyatta


Overwatch is Blizzard’s team based FPS in the vein of TF2 but unlike TF2’s tongue in cheek industrial aesthetic, Overwatch beams with colorful optimism that is shown off in its varied cast.

In this episode of By Design I want to talk about what I feel is the most balanced character, both in the mechanical and karmic sense.


As a former monk of the Shambali Monastery, Zenyatta shares the belief that the Omnic, like humans have souls, bestowing in him a calm that comes from the idea of spiritual equality among all beings. While his teacher Tekhartha Mondatta and the rest of his order went on to become global sensations spreading that message of harmony, Zenyatta’s seeks to achieve the same goal in a different manner. After leaving the Monastery in Nepal he wandered the world for years forming bonds and sharing those ideas with those he befriends.

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Nintendo Switch: Can the Switch Succeed?


Nintendo has announced their next console and it is called the Nintendo Switch.

The defining feature of the Nintendo Switch is that it comes with a tablet like device that can be used as a tablet display when the player wants to continue their game away from their TV. Unlike the Wii U there is no double screen experience, which I’m sure is a relief to developers.

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Pokémon GO: Into the Tall Grass


To understand why Pokémon GO has done so well we have to dig into some history on the mobile app games market.

While Nintendo only has partial ownership of Pokémon, Pokémon GO is something Nintendo didn’t want to make. With less than ideal returns on the Wii U, investors demands that Nintendo enter the mobile app market grew ever louder. As a games company that forges its own success rather than playing by the same rules as everyone else, pressure to enter the highly unstable mobile app market was not something the Kyoto based gaming brand would likely do.

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DOOM: No Guts, No Glory


Bethesda Softworks released a new DOOM game and unfortunately it’s a tremendous let down. While this new DOOM is more colorful than the past games it’s clear that they changed a lot of the games themes to meet the unrealistic standards of politically correct critics. There is a strange charm to attacking booger monsters with laser spoons but it’s hard to see this as a successor in the game’s series.

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Who is E3 For?: Or Why We Snark


What was your reaction to the recent E3? Did you see many games that excited you?  Wasn’t long ago so it’s hopefully still fresh in your mind. I have been happy to see more footage of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I’m very curious now of Death Stranding, despite Kojima’s trailer being little more than a music video. I’m very pleased with what I saw of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. We Happy Few also caught my attention and I’ll want to see if the game doesn’t end up being more than a series of scripted events. My excitement wasn’t intense though.

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Star Fox Zero: Saving the Universe takes Skill


Platinum Games is known for making difficult games or at least, titles that have depth for above average difficulty. People who aren’t into these kinds of games will either hit a wall or completely skate through on the surface of what looks like a simple game. I should know, I nearly got stuck in Bayonetta and eventually lost my steam in playing Wonderful 101.

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