Allow me the opportunity to tell you the legend of the Burger Bunch. The year was 2013, and myself, Daniel, Jordan, Ethan, other Daniel, Alix, Adam, Emily, Daniel #3, and Dov were coming up on the end of our first summer as camp counselors. With mere weeks to go before we spread across the world to begin our first semesters of college, we knew we needed one final adventure. As we ate the camp's modest attempt at burgers, it dawned on Alix.
Comfort is crucial when gaming. Like collapsing into a soft bed with firm pillows after a long day of work, or going on a run in your favorite sneakers, you're at your best when these accessories fit your preference. If you’re like me, you probably spend more time playing video games than you do running, and sleeping just barely has the lead between all three. And also if you’re like me, you probably got your start in gaming in the living room on a big couch, or your dad's extra large reclining chair, or, in times of great need, the floor.
There is no way around it anymore, if you’re a gamer, you need a pair of gaming headphones. For one, you’re at a major competitive disadvantage if you don't have them. For another, you can't help but experience a break in immersion every time you hear a siren go off outside, your roommate going on about his or her business a few feet away, or when the terrifying monster you’re supposed to be hearing as it creeps up behind you can only be heard from the stereo speaker right below your screen.
Walking out of the theater into the cold New York night, I found myself repeatedly asking my friends, “Well what was the point?” The Last Jedi was unlike any Star Wars film I had seen before, and for the first time, I wasn’t reminiscing about the space battles, clash of lightsabers, or Chewie’s mighty roar. I was left with a profound sense that what we had just seen was not about these things. It was not about giving me the Star Wars that I had grown accustomed to. This is fine. Star Wars is not the franchise it once was. It is not helmed by a single man with unlimited power. After seeing The Force Awakens, my view of the great saga had shifted to fit the new message that Disney, not J.J. Abrams or Lawrence Kasdan, was sending me. Star Wars has joined their dark side. From now on, fan service will play a large role in the saga. This was refuted when I saw Rogue One, and again upon hearing the next Star Wars story would be following Han, and the next Obi-Wan. To be fair, I really adored TFA and have watched it numerous times. While it was not a brave film, it was clean. It had so much riding on it. While it will never compare to its several-decades-old predecessors, it will always be an enjoyable ride. But I was left disappointed, feeling that this trilogy was going to feel all too familiar. As it turns out, I was wrong.
While virtual reality presence in gaming continues to push out of being a “gimmick” and into a full-fledged experience, the bar for quality and innovation is being raised constantly. With Sony’s PlayStation acting as the only console for VR presence, the future and success of their VR platform lies on whether they are able to present high-quality immersion and gameplay. With their initial VR release in October 2016, it seems like the game lineup is finally beginning to showcase the best and brightest of console VR. From arcade combat to Sci-Fi ship decks, the best VR games for PS4 hint at a bright future for this encapsulating branch of gaming.
For years now, the Lego video game series has infused classic stories with over the top humor and fun couch co-op. With new installments every year, and more features added, there seems to be no end in sight for this childish yet alluring franchise. Sometimes, when modern gaming culture becomes overly cluttered with in app purchases and loot, its nice to journey to the the most recognizable of worlds for some light hearted takes on our favorite legends. Thankfully, most of the lego series can be played on the go if you don't feel like a lego game is a good use of hard drive space on your console. And what better way to bolster your already stellar 3DS Library than with some classic stories? Here are the top Nintendo 3DS Lego Games.