End of Decade: Surviving Gacha Games

So it is no secret I love Gacha games. I don’t spend much money on them, aside from the occasional 99 cents bundles/sales some games have. If I had the money, and time, I would totally whale a game or two to get those sweet, sweet rare items, characters, etc.

Since the advent of smart phones, and phone apps, a lot of game have come and gone. I remember playing a lot, but none really stuck around. Does anyone remember The Simpsons: Tapped Out? I played that for quite a while. I got pretty far, and then dropped it. I can’t remember when I dropped it, but maybe after a year or two. Who knows?

What are these terms I am talking about? Well, here is the run down:

Gacha: Gacha games are video games that adapt and virtualize the gacha mechanic. In the monetization of video games it is similar to loot box, in inducing players to spend money. Most of these games are free-to-play mobile games. (So basically, it is like a virtual lucky box or capsule machine.)

Whaling (whale): a.k.a. players who spend a great deal on in-app purchases—bring in the majority of revenue for the free-to-play (F2P) mobile game market, despite there being fewer of them to support a game. … A better definition for 2018 is someone who spends more than $100 per month on a game.

Since the 10s decade is ending, I decided to do a post on which games I have currently on my phone, in order from the oldest to the newest. Not in terms of release dates mind you, but in terms of how long I’ve been playing them. Let’s get started!

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Puzzle & Dragon: It originally came out in 2012, but I didn’t start playing until 2014. I actually only started playing so I can play with an ex of mine, but even after that relationship ended I still continue to play to this day.

All you really do is match three orbs of the same color. Not that hard. The monsters and characters you can use all have their own strength and weaknesses, not including their abilities as well. One thing I love about this game is that they have special monster collaborations with different games, shows, anime, etc. Most recently, they had a Power Rangers colab. 🙂

Pokémon Go: Probably one of the games I have been playing consistantly, yet I am not at level 40, what the hell. I played from when the game first came out, I still have my Abra, the first Pokemon I caught (and I caught it at the mental hospital I work at.) I did take a break my first time in Korea, since my mobile data was limited. It is still fun, and it has been great watching is game grow and develop. There is still quite the fan base in bigger cities.

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One Piece Treasure Cruise: This game came out sometime in 2014, but I didn’t start playing until 2015 or 2016. I don’t quite remember. I am surprised it took me so long to play it considering I am a big, die hard One Piece fan (if it isn’t obvious). I don’t play a lot, mainly for events. However, I do log in everyday for the login bonus. I do love the high quality art of the game. That is reason enough to check it out.

King’s Raid: I started playing in late 2016, and I am not sure why. The art style is amazing, and if you set up your team right, you can auto play. It is mindless and relaxing. I have a lot of husbandos for this game, trying to avoid all the waifus they shove down your throat. I do like the events and character skins they often have. They are constantly adding characters and features too. Plus, and this is a huge plus, you can earn premium currency quite easily, so you don’t really have to spend money if you don’t have to.

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BTS World: Everything about this game I wrote is here. Nothing has changed. It still gets the occasional updates. The events are kind of bland, but the card collecting and photos are still nifty.

Dragalia Lost: This game recently came out late last year, and it is published by Nintendo. It is fun and addicting. The characters are great, and the events are fun and unique, at least story wise. They cycle through the same three type of events, but it hasn’t gotten stale yet. Unlike other gacha games, they occasionally bring back past events so late/new comers can have a change to reap those rewards.

Pokémon Masters: What can I say that has been said by others already. The game is simple, and fun. It a little unfair at times. The main story is short. Once you finish, there not much to do. The events are short, and the event currency requires too much for even the most basic of things. The premium currency is quite expensive, and it cost a lot of gems to pull, and the gacha rates are quite bad. This is really, really pushing the pay to win. Like me, you can find fun stuff about this game too.

KOF Mobile (The King of Fighters): This game just recently came out and I only got into it because of Twitch Prime. I am still making up my mind about how I feel. It has a steep learning curve.

That all there is right now. Do you like or play any of these games?

Peace!

Big T’s Top 5 Generation 2 (Johto) Pokemon

With the new Pokemon games coming out in roughly two months (November 15th, 2019), I decided to do a post of my favorite Pokemon from each generation. These are my personal bias so don’t get hurt if your favorite is not on here. Also don’t be mad that this is a rare top 5 list that doesn’t have the overrated Charizard.

#5: Tyranitar

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Yes this guy. He should be higher on my list, and higher on your list. He is a mother fucking dinosaur. I love dinosaurs and I love Godzilla, and this Pokemon resembles him. Fun fact, he was cut from the first generation of Pokemon due to cartridge space. In generation 6 he gets a mega form that looks kinda cool. It is too bad you get him so late game in Silver/Gold so you can’t use him throughout the game. I would have loved to use him against Whitney and her god damn cow (Miltank!)

#4: Houndoom

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The fire puppy. Yes. Don’t be surprised. You know I am self-appointed hardcore, dark, edgy, punk, etc. Its a dog, with fire power, but also has bone armor. This and its pre-evolution form are pretty cool looking. It is another late game Pokemon, which surprisingly you can only find in Kanto (Generation 1). In generation six, it gets a cool looking mega form.

I think the pattern is, looks first, everything else second. I play Pokemon using ones I think look cool, and worry about everything else later. Hell, when I use my team it is mainly sweepers. Then again I first played when I was in elementary (the same with Red and Blue).

#3: Donphan

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The first time I saw this Pokemon was when my father took me out of school to see the first Pokemon movie. It is one of the few pleasant memories I have of him.

Why I like this one? I am not sure. Maybe it was because the hunky pirate used him in the movie. Maybe because it curls up and rolls around like a ball. Maybe because it looks kinda like an armored elephant. Looks cool. That is all that matters. I think I found it right outside after beating the eighth gym, so I couldn’t use much during the main story line.

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Hunky Pirate and Donphan. 😉

#2: Espeon

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A psychic kitty, who is purple. It’s shiny form is lime green and I love it. I unironically love it. It evolves with friendship during the day, so it means your Pokemon loves you to change. Wait. I am now thinking about friendship-based evolution and makes me questions everything I know as a psychologist.

Regardless, it is a nice elegant Pokemon to balance out all my rugged and more manly Pokemon….and it’s can be the color of Jello!

#1: Typhlosion

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Yes, the final evolution of the fire starter. It looks cool, evolves early, and saved my butt countless times. It’s smokescreen helped me out in my battle with the cow bitch too. Excuse my language. I love how it looks so cute and docile, but when it is angry and gets defensive the fire comes out and it looks fierce. If Pokemon were real, other than my bro Porygon, I would probably try to get my hands on one of these.

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What do you think of my top 5 pick? Who are your favorite, non-Charizard Pokemon?

Look forward to next week where I post my Top 5 generation 3 Pokemon.

Peace!

P.S. I actually don’t know if I will get the new games for the Switch or not yet.