One Step:

I had a bunch of toy dinosaurs when I was younger…Most of which went missing over time…I used to play this game, it was fun the first time, but the other times were really boring…I didn’t really care what people thought of me, so I was the only one who could really get into it…It was called “One Step”, which is a much better name than what I called it when I was younger, “One Step Dinosaur-Kill”…

The rules:

  1. Each player takes turns picking dinosaurs out of what I had (a lot)…
  2. Both players arrange their dinosaurs in their base…The bases would have no real purpose other than where we’re setting out dinosaurs up…
  3. Every turn, a player can move one dinosaur one-step in any direction (For some reason, we would always say “one step”, but that wasn’t necessary)…
  4. If your dinosaur is close enough to an opposing dinosaur (one-step distance, which I’m sure was calculated fairly), you could kill…
  5. Flying dinosaurs could fly forward and attack the first opposition it crossed…I don’t think there were limits…I was like 7, and while I realized how broken this was, I didn’t really think about putting a limit on it…
  6. The game was over once every dinosaur on one side was dead…(There was no differentiation between herbivores, omnivores, or carnivores, though big dinosaurs could get away with moving further)…Or when my friend gets sick of it and decides he doesn’t want to play anymore…(u_u)…
  7. Game is perfectly fair and balanced…
  8. If you disagree, you’re a liar…

I think I remember trying to play this like 3 times…I have a huge backyard…There’s a large field of grass, which then changes to dirt, we’d play in a large circle in the dirt (I once thought having a bigger playing field would be more fun, how wrong I was)…

Oh the fun we hadn’t…

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Bored…I wanna leave…

I do wanna leave the state…But I think, for now, just going for pizza will do…Been out of work for a while, though…Waiting on my refund…Gonna go for pizza when I get that…

There’s a pizza place near my house that has cartoonish looking pizza…I always associated it with the pizza from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (First cartoon)…Minus the disgusting toppings…

It’s very distinct from other pizza, in my opinion…It’s called Andy’s pizza, it’s in Pennsylvania and that’s as detailed as I’m getting…If you happen to be in Pennsylvania and happen to see an Andy’s Pizza, go in there…Get pizza…

When I was really young, I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…Was one of my favorite things…So, these turtles like pizza, we know this, they also like disgusting things…But one thing that didn’t immediately seem disgusting was anchovies (I think that is still grammatically correct, but it is a bit fishy, so I don’t know, also, not sorry)…

So I decided I wanted anchovy pizza…My parents got it for me one day…It was disgusting…

What the hell, I don’t care if you’re a turtle, you’re sick for liking anchovies…

That’s all…later, dino…

Snow…

Got hit with a big snowstorm, it was the first time in a long time I’ve seen such a massive amount of snow…There was a pile on our rock garden that was taller than me (I am 6 feet)…

While shoveling the snow, it made me think of Winter time in Animal Crossing…Well, that’s the most accurate depiction I can think of for it, anyway…When I was younger, I used to think about how awesome and pretty it would be to live in a small town decorated with christmas lights all year round…

Not that I’m super hard for Christmas, but it looks pretty…

But more to the point, I always wanted a winter world to explore…Like, just imagine finding a door like the Christmas Tree tree (hmm) in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and finding yourself in a world of snow?…And the whole purpose is exploring…I assume I’m not alone in wishing we could’ve explored Christmas Town for ourselves…And Halloween Town was just as awesome…

Honestly, it’s kinda funny that I compare my visions more to Animal Crossing, cause it was a trailer for Nightmare Before Christmas that got my, I don’t know, 5 or 6 year old imagination running?…And since then, there’s never been a point in my life where I didn’t love Nightmare Before Christmas…Perhaps it’s because Winter time in Animal Crossing was just a more accurate to my personal visualization…

Kingdom Hearts II would be the first time I got to explore Christmas Town…Unfortunately, games can only hold so much…It was partially destructive to my imagination of Christmas Town, as it was incredibly small and only had a few explorable areas…And the path to the tree was very “How did it take Jack so long to this?” straight-forward…

It was lively, it was fun for a few minutes…I still cite it as my favorite portion of the game, even though, if I replayed the game (I have had the untouched HD ReMix for a year or two or three, now, that I haven’t touched), I’d probably pick a different part of the game…

Unfortunately, that’s the sacrifice that comes with dealing with crossover universes…You need to make sacrifices in every area, while scaling which ones are more important, story-wise…

Note:  I am aware that there is a Nightmare Before Christmas game for the original PlayStation, but I never rented or bought it…I had experience with Disney games that weren’t 8 bit or 16 bit, so I just ignored it…Now, I’d play it out of curiosity…But back then, I could rent a game once, maybe every month or so, for 5 days, I didn’t want to waste my rental on a game I assumed was gonna be bad…

So, my adorable dog was out in the snow with me, too…And it made me want to move to a winter wonderland, where he can just roam in the snow as long as he wanted, but then I remembered he also hates emptying his bladder in the snow, so, that’d be annoying to deal with…

Later disnow…

Friendship Levels?…

So, one major purpose for this blog was to talk about things that inspired some game ideas I had…

So, a while back, I took a little adventure, hopping around various cities in Colorado…As various different friendships of mine were tested, I was also forming tons of new friendships, due to the way I was living…Moving from place to place, constantly, was overall a stupid plan to stick to for longer than a month…But that’s not the point here…

You meet a large variety of people and can end up in a variety of different settings using AirBnB…

Sometimes, you’ll find yourself with an entire family that feeds you and helps you out the best they can, sometimes you’ll find people who are just roommates, and sometimes you’ll have your own little apartment building…Do note, that while I didn’t really even attempt to take many precautions (The only immediate red flag to me was potential bed times), I never ran into anything shady (related to BnB) in the 3 months I was in Colorado…

I’ll go into specific experiences, maybe some other time, but focusing forward, you move to a new area, you go exploring, you meet people, woo, obvious big deep point…

But for real, it’s obvious it’s going to happen, but you can’t get the full effect simply knowing that…

Moving on…

Animal Crossing is a wonderful game, look it up…A GameCube is like -$23, go find one online, get a copy of Animal Crossing which may admittedly be a slightly high price, depending on condition…Give yourself a week, at least, with Animal Crossing…Preferably a month…I have been playing Animal Crossing games for around 15 years (First year of release in the US)…

In short, they’re life simulation games where you’re a human in a small town of anthropomorphic animals as residents and workers…The main goal of the game is to pay off your debts, but the game never ends…It creates the illusion of a world that’s always alive…

Life simulation games are a neat bunch that somehow manage to make us forget that we’re playing a game about chores and bill-paying…Another common feature that all of them share is friendship building…

It’s simple friendship building…It’s all just an invisible counter that increases when you do positive things or decreases when you do negative things that have a direct impact on the character you’re trying to build a relationship with…Hell, there are many cases where the number isn’t even invisible…

I wanted to make a life simulation game and an adventure game, based on a more realistic version of relationship building (Albeit, I have no reliable experience on the romantic side, but I’m talking about friendship, exclusively)…

Relationships, in reality, are affected by more than just direct communication or lackthereof…Befriending certain people won’t just lower your friendship level with other people, it will put a maximum cap on it, in many situations…You can get along with everyone, but the people your closely associated with will, in some way, no matter how significant or insignificant the impact, hinder your ability to befriend others…

Aside from this, actions you do that only affect yourself will still have an effect on your friendships, in some cases…They may think less of you or lose respect for you…The opposite may happen…It might make your positive actions stand out more to them, while they become more understanding of what they see as a negative action…

It’s all fun…That’s all I’m going to write about for this entry…I know it’s nothing groundbreaking, but I’ll go into more detail in a future blog post (I’m never going to specify exactly what my next post is gonna be about or when I’ll return to a related topic)…

I just wanted to talk about a specific mechanic in video games that has my interest…Later, Dino…