Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot and Insomniac Games Spyro the Dragon is back. During the PlayStation 1 era, these games were the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog of Sony. Both Crash and Spyro are 3D adventure platformers. Crash Bandicoot plot is about titular character stopping Doctor Neo Cortex from conquer the world. Spyro the Dragon storyline changes drastically throughout the series. The first Spyro game, Spyro and his companion Sparx, journeys thought the dragon kingdom to stop Gnasty Cnorc. Both Spyro and Crash crossover in the past. They have appearance in Skylanders series because Activision acquired the rights. A crossover game on Game Boy Advance called Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy. Enough about that, I will tell you what is the difference between them.
Staring with Crash Bandicoot gameplay mechanics and playstyle. Crash movesets is simple but changes throughout course of the series. He could jump on enemies and spin like a Tasmanian Devil. Players could collect Wumpa Fruit to gain extra life. Crash has a helper called Aku Aku, collect three and gain invincibility. In Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, he could body slam and slides on the ground. There are bonus level just like Donkey Kong and ride on animals. Spyro mechanics is little different than Crash Bandicoot. He could breathe fire and charge with his horns. He could glide and eats dragonflies to recover health. There are other abilities in Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage by earning money bags. Spyro could fly and look for loot in-game. In comparison, Spyro has the most abilities than Crash Bandicoot. Let talk about Spyro and Crash remakes.
Top 5 lgbt and ships character in video games what is the fandom wants. This blog post is about love and what makes it go around. February is the day of Valentine’s Day and spread it around. Love is in the air and it doesn’t matter who you are. The method of love can break anything that cause hate. For example, Sam from Tomb Raider being more than a BFF to Lara Croft. We the fandom ships these characters and some might come up the closet. Certain people are not happy with lgbtq culture. Hand full of people will embrace it. You are not born lgbt but it’s a choice. If you want to love your life that makes you happy. Go for it and be proud of who you are.
In the past, I had problem with lgbt but I am pass that. That being said, I will talk about some ships that fans will enjoy. I will talk more about what you think in the comments. Let’s get the ball rolling shall we?
Apex Legends vs Fortnite are both battle royale games. These video games are very popular amongst gamers. Apex Legends was recently announce on Twitter last week. Streamers can’t wait to get their hands on it. A popular Fortnite streamer Ninja was on top of Twitch page already. Respawn Entertainment the developers who created TitanFall is involved. The gameplay has an inspiration from Fortnite (go figured), Gear of War, Halo and many more. The concept is be the last squad standing. Players have to be in a squad. There is no duos and solo (if player drops out). You can play a legend in the hub, but have to wait your turn. Each Legend has one skill and ultimate. Unlike Overwatch and Paladins that were 3 skills. There is a mechanic called “Jumpmaster” which you guide your team on a certain spot.
If you are not jumpmaster, it’s optional to follow or not. While on the ground, you can ping locations, gear and etc. You and your team search for loot like PUGB and Fortnite. Players can only carry two weapons like Destiny. When you’re defeated by the enemies in battle. Your squad mates can revive you by going to a beacon. First, you must acquire teammates banner to bring them back. There is wall climbing and care packages for more loot. When you defeat a opponent, there is a finisher to execute. You can get their loot and gear. Apex Legends is just a starter will have more to come. It does have loot boxes for unlocking skins and legends. We will talk about Fortnite that inspired this game.
As you know it’s Black History Month and I know there is a majority of White protagonist in video games. What about the minority groups who take up the role of the hero, villain and supporting? I am counting down top 5 African American characters for Black History Month.
5. Franklin Clinton – Grand Theft Auto V
Franklin is a former gang banger who want to make big money to get out the projects. He is one of the three protagonist along with Trevor Philips and Michael De Santa. As a African American man he is stereotype as a thug in a projects especially in the black community. Franklin is doing what black should be doing getting a real job instead of selling drugs and going to jail. He does care for his friend Lamar Davis for example saving him from a rival gang called Ballas and he lives with his aunt. Franklin is also voice by Shawn “Solo” Fonteno (Having not worked as an actor since The Wash) Fonteno ask Ned Luke and Steven Ogg for acting tips. I pick Franklin because he want to get out of that gang life and young black males can related to him.
Lee was a college professor at University of Georgia and afterwards send to prison for murdering a man for having an affair with his wife. While being transported to prison walkers came and manage to escape and find Clementine (will be the protagonist of season 2 and 3). Lee plays a role of the father figure of Clemetine and he is the voice of reason to the group on doing what is right. He is portrayed as modest and kind to others, Lee Everett voiced by Dave Fennoy and a great leader of the group of survivors.
Zack is a DJ who uses Muay Thai boxing style and he is an eccentric person who participate to earn money.He owns an Island named after him (that what the Xtreme series takes places) and is the host of the DOA 5 tournament along with Helena Douglas (save her from a burning building). He has a love interested in Tina Armstrong (she is hot btw) but never return his feelings, Zack is voiced by Keith Silverstein (DOA 5) and Khary Payton (DOAX2-Dimensions),. Zack is what black enterprise want to invest in money to build your own business and make something of yourself.
2. Riley Abel – The Last of Us
Riley was a member of the Fireflies and has a close relationship with Ellie. In Left Behind DLC Riley and Eile met at a military boarding school and became BFF afterwards. The Last of Us American Dreams, Riley is described as “an extremely strong personality. Who also support Eile no matter what and one of the first African American LGBT character in video games. Riley Abel is voiced by Yaani King and Riley was a great supporting character for Elie and great friend.
Barret is the leader of eco-terrorist croup called AVALANCHE to stop a megacorporation Shinra. He takes care daughter Marlene (who is adopted and her real father is Dyne). People compare Barret to Mr.T. He dislikes the main protagonist Cloud Strife. Barret is voiced by Beau Billingslea, fights with a gun-arm and speaks in slang. He listed as of the best sidekicks in video games.
More African American characters in the future
Those are my picks and I am sure there are more about there and I know we as African Americans we are portray poorly in media but in video games we can take on any role. We need more African American characters in video games.
Latest gaming equipment I have will revamp your recording and streaming experience. I will give you the rundown on how to get gaming equipment. First off, getting gaming gear and equipment requires money. You have to work and invest in some top of the line gear. Look at the big YouTubers and Twitch Streamers rig. That’s what you called “Streamer rig”, which consist on mouse, keyboard, microphone and chair. Streamers get donations to get a graphic card, new laptop and etc. Technically speaking that viewers want a great experience. In Social Media, streamers apply for sponsorships for promoting brands. It’s called “Affiliate Marketing” which Streamers and YouTubers get commission from sales. Let’s say someone click on the Affiliate link on your Twitch panel or website. If that person decide to buy that item. You will get a cut from the profit.
The profit may range from 5% to 20% sales. Take Gamestop game sales, I remember Troy Baker stating them in Anime USA. Gamestop gets 60% of game sales and video game developers get 80%. I might be wrong (correct me in the comments). Gamestop is an advertiser and affiliate marketer. They’re selling products from other brands to stay afloat. I am not a big time gaming store like Gamestop. Gamestop is a giant and well-known company. I am just a publisher of a gaming blog. However, I am a Affiliate Marketer and do promote gaming brands. One day, I am hoping to get sponsors and help brands. You don’t have to have a website for that. Promote them on your YouTube channel in the description. Also on Social Media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to drive traffic.