PSA: #NBI2015Safari Deadlines, Rules Changes, and Voting

  • The deadline is ‘a reasonable hour’ before the day of May 31st ends here in the United States.
  • The weekly limitation of one per week is thrown out.
  • However many screenshots you have left to post, post them in whatever order or fashion you like, as long as it is one submission per category and they are all clearly designated in your post.
  • It may be a bit before I narrow down entries for the voting process. I have a job interview on the first, plus its a personal holiday of sorts for me and my family.
  • Depending on the volume of entries per each category, I am likely to choose more than three for people to vote on. I am leaning toward five for Selfie and Landscape, especially.
  • I am STRONGLY considering comments on the round-up posts for which screenshots I do choose. Keep that in mind!

#NBI2015Safari: The Scariest Place entries so far. #NBI2015

In case you missed it, my big challenge for this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative has been a screenshot safari. It has been a huge success in my best estimate, so I would like to spend some time this week highlighting the accumulated entries for each category before the whole things ends with the month of May. Please retweet or share these posts and comment on the links below. Oh and don’t stop submitting your own entries, even if you are late, because there is always time!

Also, feel free to nominate your favorites in the comments below, especially if you have already commented on the submission on its respective blog. Picking only a few screenshots per category will not be an easy task, so any help would be appreciated. (NOTHING DISPARAGING THOUGH OR I WILL EAT YOUR SOUL)


The Scariest Place

If I missed your’s or anyone else’s, let me know.


Be sure to check out the Newbie Blogger Initiative, the forums, the Poetry Slam, and the Talkback Challenge, for more events and information.

#NBI2015: Hitting a high note on a Final Fantasy game. #NBI2015Safari

For my own Screenshot Safari challenge for this years Newbie Blogger Initiative, I submit my final entry, for the High Fantasy Category. (Don’t worry: I am disqualifying myself from competing, just not participating.)

When I think high fantasy, I don’t necessarily think Tolkien or the like, though that is a great example. To me, high fantasy involves a level of the fantastic that exceeds normal or even typical expectations. It is a place or an event that seems far removed from our own world, even if it is internal consistent with its own.

I can’t think of a better game to represent a real sense of fantasy than Final Fantasy XIV:

FFXIV_HighFantasy

I love this screenshot. Not only do we have the tiny hero staring down a monster, but the monster is a giant land squid monster staring right back. It screams high fantasy in a classic sense, despite featuring such an atypical monster for the scenario.

The game excels in doing this, really. The creature design is stunning, especially as it plays off the series as a whole which in turn has drawn from most mythologies or religions from around the world. The Final Fantasy series also initially drew a lot of inspiration from Dungeons & Dragons, which in turn owes much of its existence to Tolkien. Seeing these memes and ideas filtered through years and years of creative differences and variant experiences has helped create within Final Fantasy XIV a truly unique, yet strangely familiar bestiary.

I was just happy to slay one of those many odd creatures.

Splatoon goes splat.

Nintendo really cannot win with me. I almost feel bad for it. Almost.

Earlier this month, I moved in with my girlfriend and her sister. Her sister just so happens to own a Wii U, a console I purchased a while back and then sold off for Playstation 4 money.

It wasn’t that I hated the Wii U – it was a good system with good games – but the little things added up and I got tired of waiting for more games I really wanted. As it so happened, I sold my Wii U just before seeing Nintendo debut their game Splatoon. At the time, I was honestly sad I would miss out on it.

When I realized I would have access to a Wii U again, the opportunity to play Splatoon really interested me. I know, I know. I should have played Mario Kart or Smash Brothers instead already, but those have always been secondary entertainment to me. Splatoon seemed different though; it too had a multiplayer focus, but it was both fresh and familiar.

I read Destructoid’s review for the and I was even more excited until a realization hit me. Who exactly would I be playing this game with?

The Wii U is setup in the living room, where my girlfriend and her sister often watch television every night. There would be a few opportunities to play Splatoon alone, but my preference would be to play it with my roommates, either in versus modes or co-op.

At launch, Splatoon has almost no modes for playing the game on the system console. To play online, it is one person per system, even with the Wii U’s only unique feature, the gamepad which offers a second screen capable of rendering an entire game. I asked Destructoid’s reviewer and he said there was only one option for local-only multiplayer:

Outside of the story mode there’s also “Dojo,” which is strictly a one-on-one offline affair, with one player using the GamePad, and another the Wii U Pro Controller. Your goal is to pop 30 balloons, and you’ll have the ability to choose from every basic weaponset as well as five arenas. It’s fun, but extremely limited, and felt like a momentary distraction from anything else.

Splatoon offers no way to play versus one another via splitscreen or with bots. The single-player, hardly the focus of the game given its multiplayer-nature, isn’t even co-op friendly. I would probably enjoy playing it, but it is also quite short.

These things may come in time or they may not. Nintendo has mentioned plans to add a ton to the game. It sucks that all the wind has been taken out of my sails, however. My girlfriend was even looking forward to playing it too. While controller-passing and playing it when I am online are both fair options, neither seems to justify the waste of buying a brand new game for just that.

It is amazing, really. I loved Super Mario 3D World, especially for its local co-op options, but I was quite upset that it had zero online play options. That’s an entirely different kind of game, of course, but it bothers me how much Nintendo preached about wanting to maintain that all-in-one room feel. Splatoon would be a complete failure if it was offline-only, but leaving out Nintendo’s supposed base of local co-op fanatics seems like a bizarre move.

Oh well, it’s not like I have too few games to play. This saves me the trouble of adding more to my backlog!

#NBI2015Safari: The Heroes or Villains entries so far. #NBI2015

In case you missed it, my big challenge for this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative has been a screenshot safari. It has been a huge success in my best estimate, so I would like to spend some time this week highlighting the accumulated entries for each category before the whole things ends with the month of May. Please retweet or share these posts and comment on the links below. Oh and don’t stop submitting your own entries, even if you are late, because there is always time!

Also, feel free to nominate your favorites in the comments below, especially if you have already commented on the submission on its respective blog. Picking only a few screenshots per category will not be an easy task, so any help would be appreciated. (NOTHING DISPARAGING THOUGH OR I WILL EAT YOUR SOUL)


Heroes or Villains

If I missed your’s or anyone else’s, let me know.


Be sure to check out the Newbie Blogger Initiative, the forums, the Poetry Slam, and the Talkback Challenge, for more events and information.