Gaming

Pokemon Go

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Remember that April fool’s joke Google pulled a while ago? Who would’ve thought it’d be such a major phenomenon. I started playing Pokemon Go a coupla’ days after it came out and boy am I addicted! You will be too, and if you’re not, its high time you join the bandwagon. I’m a newly minted 30 year old, with my child-at-heart and I-won’t-grow-up tendencies in overdrive so thats probably why I’m nuts about the game right now(?), and I’ll tell you why this is SUCH a great addition to my daily routine. (I wish I talked about exercising this way)

1. Bonding time with your Significant Other!

The husband and I are charting out elaborate Pokemon hunting plans and evolution strategies and are spending hours together walking around to catch these cute li’l critters. I gotta admit, that we’re mostly bonding over our frustration when the app freezes, but any bonding is good bonding, no? Also, I get the warmest hugs when I lose a high level CP Pokemon or when something upsetting happens. Bear hugs in the cold, foggy San Franciscan nights are a BIG deal you guys!

2. Exercise

If you are a lazy bum like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about going to or training at gyms. Also, you need to walk to hatch some eggs that might contain a rare Pokemon, and that pushed me to get off my couch and walk around and sweat it out. Also, I’ve found some wonderful spots in my neighborhood which I didn’t even know existed. More content for my IG feed y’all.

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3. SO many new friends!

This game facilitates a ton of social interaction amongst introverts and that’s amazing! I’m usually the silent type who’d much rather stay away from crowds and not be amidst loud people who talk too much extroverts. The other day, I was at the university, dropping lures and waiting for some Pokemon to show up and I can’t say much for Pokemon appearing, but a bunch of people started gathering at the lures. We chanced upon a Pikachu and in an instant, 15 strangers were cheering each other on and frantically resorting to throwing curve balls with index fingers to catch the li’l guy; and we were talking like we’re old friends. I never knew social gatherings to be more fun!

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4. Nostalgia, hello!

As a kid, I remember that red cartridge I put into my Gameboy and this game brings back all those memories. There’s nothing like a good dose of nostalgia to get your spirits up and I love how Pokemon Go does that; and the entire augmented reality aspect of it is so exciting!

5. The endless marketing possibilities!!

You can’t expect me to be a marketer and not think of all the creative ways in which businesses could use this app as an aide to boost business or spread buzz. With the app’s user base exceeding that of Twitter, there’s no question it makes for some good real estate for ads, but I’m loving seeing creative ways local businesses are using it to come up with some creative guerilla marketing tactics. Yelp has already started adding a search filter for restaurants that gives you results based on whether theres a Pokestop nearby. I’ve also seen a coupla’ local bars and eateries handing out some cool incentives to PoGo trainers and making most of foot traffic.!

I’m sure as with any game, there are downsides to this also (phone battery life and app crashes aside). Once life’s priorities take over, I might spend lesser time with it, but whilst its still fresh, fun and an active part of our daily routines, lets enjoy the madness 🙂

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Borderlands 2: To OP or not to OP?

I’ve been a major major Borderlands fan ever since I started playing the game. I’m very picky about games and I consider finding that one perfect game to play almost equal to finding a soulmate. Or maybe I’m just a crazy nerd who finds way too much comfort in virtual reality. So, this post is basically my experience OP-ing it up in Borderlands 2.

First off, there’s just way too much confusion about what OP is in Borderlands 2. Initially, when the game released, you had a normal play-through which let you get to level 25-30 and then you had to play it in True Vault Hunter Mode (TVHM) to get to level 50. 2K Games then increased the level cap and let you go up till level 61, if you purchased the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack 1 (Included in the Season Pass). Then, they introduced the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack 2 (which costs $4.99) that raises your level cap to 72 and offers over powered levels.

Once you purchase this content, a new area called “Digistruct Peak” should appear on your fast-travel. You can play the game in UVHM, and do quests and all to get from Level 61 to 72 in the regular manner. Once you get to level 72, you go to the Digistruct peak and finish the challenge, which is basically fighting enemies in a stupidly HUGE arena. Once you finish a round at lvl 72, you unlock Overpowered Level 1.

Once you gain an OP level, make sure you exit the game, log back in and increase the difficulty and then begin the next round. You go on doing this 7 more times till you beat the enemy waves in the arena and you’re OP8! Doing this challenge is extremely frustrating and dying a million times just makes  it even worse. Also, with each round, you have to have guns/gear scaled to that level and the enemy drop rates during the challenge are abysmal. you’ll only get some random stupid green guns from enemies. The only way to get a decent-ish gun is to spend your Eridium to generate loot chests in the arena. You’ll gain access to these chest-spawning junctions in the middle and the ends of the rounds. This is best done with more players, or atleast that’s what I feel. Its way too overwhelming to complete the levels solo.

Ok, so back to the big question. Should you or shouldn’t you even bother getting to OP8?

The only reason I did it, was to use my OP8 Sandhawks, a friend traded with me 🙂 Also, there are a bunch of gamers who’re doing a crazy number of legendary infinity drops in the game and mostly all the loot they drop is OP8. So I kinda’ got excited picking up some of this loot and really really wanted to use them, so had to go through the ordeal of getting to OP8. So if you’re like me and are stuck with legendaries you can’t use unless you have advanced to a higher level, you SHOULD do the digistruct peak challenge.

Another pro to OP8 is that when you get back to normal gameplay, you can choose to scale down the difficulty level of the game. I found this to lead to a less stressful gameplay, especially when you’re running solo. I love playing solo and its just so much less stressful beating the super badass bosses like Terramorphous and Hyperius when they’re somewhat scaled down a coupla’ levels.
Also, I have some decent legendary and seraph gear and am not looking to farm anymore, so being OP8 and playing lower level enemies feels so good!

If anyone needs help, and an extra player (I play the Siren) getting through the digistruct peak, I’d love to help out. My xbox gamertag is neuwin.