“Walking Dead: Season 1” Made Me Cry

John and I have been playing a ton of great video games lately. I’ll definitely be blogging about them, but for this post, I’d like to talk about “Walking Dead: Season 1.” We recently finished the game and it was incredible.

At first I wasn’t so sure about this game. It was super cartoony and hard for me to take seriously for the first 5 minutes. But then the story developed and…well, wow.

The main character in the story is Lee Everett, a college professor in Atlanta heading to prison after recently being convicted of killing his wife’s lover when the Zombie apocalypse strikes. He has no clue what caused it or how it happened, he can only react and do his best to survive. This was enough to keep my interest, but it’s the relationship he forms with a very young girl named Clementine early in the game that sucked me in.

The most fascinating part of the game is the freedom to choose your dialogue in the game, which in turn can affect relationships with other characters and change how the game actually plays out for you. It’s very similar to the Mass Effect Series, but Telltale games took the concept to a whole new level. The options you have range from good intentioned to very dark. Some of the options made me question if I was actually capable of those choices in real life, making me scared to select them for fear it would reveal that I am capable of such darkness…even though it was just a game with no real consequences!!! It messed with my head big time.

As for the action sequences, a.k.a. shooting sections, I found it really easy to maneuver the controller to aim and fire quickly. That’s surprising for me because normally it’s usually the weakest area of my gaming skills. But Walking Dead’s Game play made it easy for me to play confidently without worrying John would heckle me…because he didn’t have to as much for this game. In fact, I didn’t have to throw the controller at him. It was a huge victory.

WARNING: Video Producer Perspective/Analysis/Love Fest Ahead

The number one reason I absolutely loved this game though is because it actually made me cry. I mean sobbing emotionally at the end kind of crying. I won’t spoil it and tell you why, but the ending is incredibly powerful and kudos to Telltale Games for creating such a fantastic storyline with incredibly rich characters in a game that cause THAT kind of emotion. Seriously, I’m shocked that I played a video game that actually made me cry like that. It’s made me an instant fan of their games and I’m excited to see how they continue to expand their emotional storytelling capabilities.

If you’d played Walking Dead: Season 1 and want to discuss it, please hit me up because I’m STILL thinking about it!!!

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Zelda: The Link between Us

John was appalled when he discovered I had not played the Zelda series at all. Appalled is putting it lightly too. He looked at me like I had been living under a rock my entire life. I mean, it’s still better than how he looked at me when he found out I was a Packers fan (He roots for the Bears), so I took this in stride. Little did I know that it would be his determination to play this series with me that would get me back into gaming.

It was November 2011, and only a couple months before I would start working at NBC Chicago in addition to CBH Video. Zelda Skyward had just come out and John was adamant we play it together. We were living together at the time so it seemed like a fun way to bond.

It was more than that. Yeah, sure flying the bird around was a pain in the ass and led to me throwing the control numerous times at John.. But the storyline! The side missions! The graphics! It. Was. Awesome. I was hooked.

I was also lucky because it turned out Skyward Sword was first in the Zelda Timeline. Since that first game, we went on to play Ocarina of Time, A Link to the Past, Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda, Wind Waker, and Spirit Tracks.

I’ll give you more in depth thoughts on those, but in the meantime I’ll give you the important stats for my first playthrough of Skyward Sword.

Rating: 9/10

Times Controler was thrown at John: 20+ (it’s hard to remember the exact amount)

Video Gaming: My Beginning and Reunion

I’ll never forget when I was five years old and my dad bought a Nintendo. I was the oldest and a girl – I don’t delude myself into thinking that my dad truly felt like my childhood would be deprived without being able to play Duck Hunt. He clearly bought it for himself to play, but little did he know it would unlock a new world for both of us…and make me the talk of the dorm my freshman year in college.

Super Mario was the first Nintendo game I ever obsessed over. While my dad only allowed me to play Duck Hunt at first, when he was at work I totally popped in Super Mario and went to town. You can imagine his surprise when he sat down to play one weekend and his young daughter start shouting out what he needs to be doing. After that moment, my dad fully supported my video game habit.

There was one night I had a fever of 103 and was home from school for two days. During the moments I was lucid, I was hard at work trying to beat Tiny Toon Adventures on Sega Genesis. The night I beat it, a school night, my parents were in a huge fight over whether or not I should be in bed sleeping. In fairness to my mom it was 11:30 p.m. But to my dad’s credit, he fully understood that Max Million needed to be stopped ASAP. It was one of the rare fights my dad actually won, and the good Lord was on his side too because my fever finally broke while I was playing the final boss. Ron Sr. made sure I was able to stay home from school an extra day as a reward. It was glorious.

EU Box cover (It was similar to the US one). Picture was taken from Wikipedia and you can read more about it here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Toon_Adventures:_Buster’s_Hidden_Treasure

From there, I graduated to Playstation, N64, Game Cube, PS2 and the list goes on. My favorite game growing up had to be a tie between Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007 on N64. I had those two games down to an art that had me whooping guys’ butts! I was the only girl in my dorm to bring a game system and it brought me immense pleasure hearing guys moaning and groaning over the ass kickings I served them. My biggest regret in college was that I gave up gaming mid-freshman year because I had let a guy bully me into being more like a girl, which included joining a sorority.

After that, I kinda wondered aimlessly and put way too much energy into things that didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I won’t bore you with those details.

Eventually I met John who reunited me with gaming. At first I tried to impress him by trying to beat him at Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007. But it was useless. I was totally out of practice, and humbled completely. Admittedly, he’s better than I am and there have been numerous times I’ve thrown the console controller at him while playing. In my defense, he yells the most ridiculous advice out at the worst times and totally deserves it.

This is all my way of saying that you’ll see video game reviews from me a lot more on this blog. It’s also my way of setting you up for a feature with those posts – “Times Control was Thrown at John – ##.” Looking forward to sharing those with you! 🙂