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Three Years of Slick Gaming

Mario vs Donkey Kong ArtWhere does the time go?

I was thinking a lot about this year’s anniversary of Slick Gaming. Unlike last year I actually remembered it was coming up. Despite this, I still haven’t thought of any particularly unique ways to talk about myself. Laura recommended doing something which incorporates the number three, which is actually a grand idea. I think the threes theme will make it a fun retrospective!

Top 3 Success of Slick Gaming

Over the past three years here at Slick Gaming I’ve seen a huge amount of progress, as well as many ambitions yet to come to fruition. Around year two I started the video section of the blog, creating the Modern Classics, Free Play, and Video Reviews areas of this blog. While they have been on the downside as of late (late being last year!), I still yearn to get around to them. Honestly, I always have a lot of fun making these videos, I just find it challenging to get the time to get them done. Even so, I still have a very big desire to continue work on these specific series’. I’ve even debated working full time on this blog, in hopes that my videos would take off and I could sustain myself and Laura on YouTube/Google revenue. That would be the day…Sonic the Hedgehog Art

More recently than the video reviews series, I started the Game Hunter series. Focused solely on video game collecting, Game Hunter is meant to be a resource for aspiring and avid video game collectors. What started as a video series evolved into written articles as well, both of which offer tips and advice on how to start a collection, what to look for in games, and some clarification on terms game collectors use. The video series was met with a great response, and I am continuing to write/script more episodes to this day! I wanted to offer something new to the gaming world with these videos, and I feel like I have been achieving that with each entry, so definitely look forward for more!

When I first started writing this blog back in 2011, I had the intention of using it as a means to catalog all of my video game work. Videos, reviews, articles, game collecting stuff, all in one place. I never thought I would be sitting here three years later maintaining three separate blogs, a couple of social media accounts, and a registered domain name to advance in the future! Slick Anthology has been on the sidelines for sometime now, but I still put way too much work into it to let that go away. A World of Games got a complete redesign less than a month ago and looks better than ever (with new content arriving steadily, including videos!). The YouTube channel has been picking up steam with the more content I put on it, as well as this weird Google+ integration that has suddenly happened. I find myself using Twitter solely to talk about video games and promote awesome content from myself and others. While all of these blogs are currently all over the place, I’ve started taking steps to unite them all under one brand. I’ve already registered a domain name (DownStab.com) to become the new hub for Jason, Slick Gaming, and all my works. I’m looking forward to getting that up and running within the year!

Mega Man Powered UpTop 3 Upcoming Projects For Slick Gaming

It seems like every year I have projects I am working on, or at least want to start working on, to make Slick Gaming an even better place. This year is no exception. I want to start by reviving the Comics section of this blog. I’ve still been reading comics based on gaming characters (coincidentally the two series’ I’m reading recently had a crossover event!) and want to expand my thoughts on the medium and give you my own thoughts. There are other video game comics as well, so if nothing else this will give me an excuse to start reading those as well!

I have been debating if I should include a Board Games section on this blog, or at least include a few articles about the games I’ve played. Board games are pretty big amongst my friends and family here, so much so that this past June for my birthday I received an equal amount of video games and board games as gifts! I think the mainstream appeal of the more complicated (so non-party like) board games has picked up, so it might be the right time to step into that circle.

My biggest project this year is one that I have already begun and just need to dedicate more time to completing: YouTube. I really want to be more active on YouTube. I want more reviews/shows for series I have already created, as well as general gameplay videos and possibly Let’s Plays. I recently activated a Twitch account, and bought myself a sweet new video capture card, so the only excuse for not getting it done now is on me. Here’s to a year of solid video related content!

Super Mario Bros EndingThank you to everyone that has read and enjoyed my blogs over the years! It’s funny for me to think that three years ago I wrote my very first article here, and to think how much this site has evolved since then. I’m looking to the future, hoping that I can say that exact same phrase next year, and the year after, and the year after, and one day on some random anniversary I can say that Slick Gaming is everything I wanted it to be and more. Until then, thank you all, and game on!

Happy Anniversary!
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 07/23/2014 in Randomness

 

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Sunday Roundup: 7/20/14

 Earth Defense Force 2017 CoverEarth Defense Force 2017
Xbox 360
Release Date: March 20th, 2007
Purchased at: GameStop (San Jose, CA – $9)

My brother is really into the Earth Defense Force series. He got me into Insect Armageddon a few holidays back and I must say that it was fun. Mindless fun, but fun nonetheless. This is the first game in the series to be released in the US and follows the exact same premise as other games in the series: kill giant insects which are threatening Earth. I’m hoping this one is just as fun as Insect Armageddon. So long as it has some upgradeable weapons/levels and co-op I think it’ll be fine.

Pilotwings Resort CoverPilotwings Resort
3DS
Release Date: March 27th, 2011
Purchased at: GameStop (San Jose, CA – $5)

The steal of the day! I had been looking for a complete copy of Pilotwings Resort for years now, and this GameStop happened to have it on the shelf, making the entire venture worthwhile. Pilotwings Resort was a launch title for the 3DS, and I remember it being mostly praised for it’s fun use of the 3DS’ features, but not really that great in terms of gameplay. Like Pilotwings 64 before it, you mostly guide your character around the island looking for fun stuff and not really doing anything in particular. Still, it’ll be fun to get into someday, and now I’m even closer to owning all those 3DS launch games!

Wicked Monsters Blast CoverWicked Monsters Blast!
Wii
Release Date: July 7th, 2011
Purchased at: GameStop (San Jose, CA – $5)

Usually this game is packaged with two bonus gun holster things for your Wii Remotes, but this is just the game itself. Still, I’m kind of looking forward to playing Wicked Monsters Blast! From what I can read online, it’s a mostly generic on-rails shooter, but it does support four-person multiplayer, and it has a charming visual style. I was willing to drop a few dollars on this one, hoping it’d turn out to be a hidden gem or something, late in the Wii’s waning years.

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 07/20/2014 in Collecting, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360

 

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California Extreme 2014

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Last year I was content to leave all of the California Extreme related posts to my Tumblr, which focuses entirely on video arcades and memorabilia. Coincidentally you should check that out if you want to know more about arcade games! This year however, I’m going to grace you all with the retro-filled weekend that was California Extreme 2014. Plenty of great games were played, a lot of machines I otherwise wouldn’t have played in my life were dabbled with, and some games were completely beaten thanks to the wonderful Free Play setting. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 07/16/2014 in Randomness, Retro

 

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Review: Gunman Clive

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Posted by on 07/02/2014 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Sunday Roundup: 6/29/14

New Games (6-29-14)Wow, what an amazing week! It was my birthday on Thursday, and Laura picked up a few great titles for me to add to the collection. Not only that, she thought about the ones that we could play together and grabbed a few of those as well! My brother actually delivered a few games as well, both of which were very unexpected! Lastly, I checked out a GameStop I hadn’t been to in several months and found two awesome Wii games. I took a couple days off from work, so I was actually able to play some of these games as well. One of the game’s wasn’t as good as I was hoping, but I knew it wouldn’t be great to begin with, and the other really makes me want to play more.

 

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Review: Tomodachi Life

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Nintendo’s Mii characters have been around since the onset of the Wii console back in 2006. The super-deformed versions of you, your friends, or really anyone that you want to put into the game usually show up as characters to represent your profile when playing certain video games, or make cameo appearances in the background of some titles. Occasionally you’ll be able to play as your Mii (like in the recent Mario Kart games as well as the upcoming Super Smash Bros.), but they’re usually just added on as a fun diversion from the main protagonists. Tomodachi Life puts your Mii characters into the leading role, as you get to witness and interact with their daily happenings. Who knew the Miis lived such insane lives! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 06/25/2014 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Pro Tips for Playing Mario Kart 8

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You’ve been playing Mario Kart 8 for a few weeks now and have been having a great time. The 50cc races were a piece of cake, and the 100cc races weren’t too challenging, but the 150cc trails were tough. Harder yet, securing top honors while playing online seems near impossible with some players clocking in nearly 30 seconds ahead of you! I know; I’ve been there. Without a doubt I’m still there, but I have been steadily getting better with each passing day. Practice most definitely makes perfect, even in the world of Mario Kart 8, but there are some bonus tips you can use to better your odds of winning in every scenario. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 06/23/2014 in Wii U

 

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