Video Game Challenge: Day 3 – Favorite Sidekicks!

Happy Sunday Players! Welcome to Day #3 of the GamersUnitedGG 30 Day Video Game Challenge! Yesterday we visited our Favorite Video Game Worlds and a few places made my list. Want to know where I’d live? Click here to find out!  You can join us and read the official rules by clicking here! Power up Players for Day 3 of the 30 Day Video Game challenge!

Today’s Question:

Who is your favorite video game sidekick?

 

Sidekicks to me are great additions to any story or video game. Holding a similar place in my heart as villains. Notable sidekicks like Daffy Duck, Tom from Tom & Jerry and Donald Duck have always been my favorites. But what about video game sidekicks?

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Diddy Kong is a sidekick that made a name for himself. Following behind his famous Dad Donkey Kong, Diddy was inserted into games where he is the secondary character. Currently, my friend Emily is playing Donkey Kong Country on the SNES Classic. Diddy has climbed the ranks and started starring in his own titles, most notably, Diddy Kong Racing. While Diddy is a great candidate, he is not my favorite video game sidekick.

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Miles “ Tails” Prower is my favorite video game sidekick of all time. Tails is amazing, he can fly, he’s kind and he’s super smart. My first encounter with Tails happened in Sonic 2 where you could play with the two-tailed fox. I really loved having Tails as the sidekick and longed to play with him alone. Low and behold Sonic and Tails allowed me to do just that with playing with Tails, Sonic or both characters. A good sidekick has the main protagonists back, provides assistance when needed and can always be called upon to help. Tails has definitely gotten Sonic out of sticky situations and his willingness to stay by his friend’s side, earns him the spot as my favorite video game sidekick!

 

Tomorrow’s Question:

Day 4: What was the toughest boss that you had to face?

 

Who are your favorite video game sidekicks? What sidekicks do you like in general? Let’s talk video game sidekicks!

-Luna 🙂

GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition & The Winner is…

Happy Wednesday! It’s been a great (& busy) month to start off the year and our GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition comes to a close today. We have had 3 awesome participants building their own video game and I think that the responses were fantastic in each instance. At the end of Week 2 we had a tie for 1st place between Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie and Daniel from Home Button. Flying Colours has been a great participant and mathematically locked in the 3rd Place prize. Let’s analyze each of the 3 participant’s video games and award the final points to determine the winner.

Flying Colours was the first participant and took a different path than the other 2. Colours placed their responses in the comments of each prompt and came up with a video game that I think is a superhero adventure. The main character was tall, dark and handsome with awesome abilities like flying (I see what you did there) and mind reading. In week 2 we meet a villain that is obsessed with power and control.

Pix1001 really piqued my interest the first week with the main character Osha that I really liked. Osha is a nerdy girl that wants to save the planet, not just it’s inhabitants, but the environment as well. Pix provided a very detailed description of the main character and the description was vivid enough to paint a picture in my head which was awesome! In week 2 Osha’s nemesis and the main villain of the gain was a political mastermind called Mira. Mira is an extremely intelligent villain that did not always start out as an evil mastermind. Mira seems to have become jaded with the way people in the world are and is planning to destroy everything and use the presious resources of the planet to escape to another world. A great villain is relatable and has a story that draws you in and feel as if Mira exemplifies those characteristics. Going into the final week I was questioning how battling would work but Pix delivered! She answered that in her week 3 response with the party battle system. We find out that the game takes place on a planet called Gaia and that you are playing a JRPG game.  The game will launch as a Nintendo Switch Exclusive.

To Pix: “You set distinct goals and it made sense. I loved the dialogue inclusion in your game. Some of the best games have sassy one liners or undercutting remarks that make the game smirk a little. Having your characters make colorful remarks is almost synonmous with Nintendo. I fell in love with your main character and most of your game mesh elements mesh together very well.”

 

Daniel took yet another approach from the other 2 Players by starting his posts as a dossier or FBI type rundown. I immediately envisioned the voice from unsolved mysteries in the opening package to the game running down the file on Jin Usagi while the typewriter sound plays in the back. In week 1 we are privy to the confidential file of the truth tellers who we find out later are actually the villains. Jin is a man with considerable skill and was apart of the title organization known as Full Arsenal or F.A. In week 2 we get a glimpse of the organization and some of their members from a Truthers perspective. It’s a Suicide Squad type of feel where the government or people in power put together a band of rogues and mercenariess to form a special task team. But of course, being self aware the team realized that they could go out on their own and didn’t need bosses. In the final week Full Arsenal is unveiled at E3 2020 and the trailers along with the developers talk about how the game will function. It’s an open world, choice driven game that will launch on PS4 and Xbox One.

To Daniel: ” Your premise and your methods of delivering your game each week was exciting and a great read. Your character, plot and villains are all outstanding and I can see the game vividly in my head. I really like the choice driven aspect and the option to kill your enemy and take pieces of their armor or spare them and possibly turn them to your side. This element would be cool in many games today.”

All 3 Participants did an amazing job with their video games and thank you for participating. Here’s a reminder of the prizes:

Rewards:

  1.  1st Place will receive a large Mystery Box of gaming and geeky items!
  2. 2nd Place will receive a small Mystery Box of gaming and geeky items!
  3. 3rd Place will receive a giftcard!

And the Winner of the GamersUnitedGG competition is…

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Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie! 

Congratulations to all 3 Players in the competition! I will reach out to each of you individually so that I can send your rewards. Don’t forget to give them a follow if you enjoy their blogs! I think we will host blogging competitions each quarter so make sure to join us again in April! Have a fantastic Wednesday!

-Luna 😀

GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition Week 3!

Power up Players for week 2 of our Mystery Box Giveaway blogging competition! In honor of our anniversary, we will be giving away a mystery box filled with goodies (pops, comics, etc) for the winner of the blogging competition. We will have 3 winners, 1st place will receive the mystery box, 2nd place will receive a gift card and 3rd place will receive a gift card. We encourage everyone to participate (don’t worry if you’re not the best writer, try out the competition anyway)!

Game Guide:

  • Each week there will be a topic due that you will write about ( I will display the 3 topics for each week so that everyone has time to write their post).
  • On the designated due date all posts must be posted (you can post anytime before the due date)
  • Make sure to link back to the prompt post (This Post) each week and you can place a link to your post in the comment so that the judges can read your post.
  • Each week the top 3 posts will receive 10, 7 or 5 points. All other participants will receive 3 points. The winner at the end of the 3 weeks will be determined by whoever has the most points.
  • If you missed a week, no worry. You can submit the post to receive the 3 points at any time during the competition.

Week 3: January 22nd – January 29th – Now that your main character and villain is created you have to give them a main objective. What is the genre and type of game? What is the premise of the game? Finish your video game!

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The participating points for week 3 will go up on Wednesday! Make sure to submit your week 2 prompts by Wednesday! You can also still submit week 1 if you want to participate (week 1 posts will receive the 3 points for participation). Let’s finish off this competition strong!

Happy Monday!

-Luna 🙂

 

GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition!

Power up Players, Novas and Superstars today we are announcing our Mystery Box Giveaway blogging competition! Here at GamersUnitedGG we aim to build a community of bloggers and gamers that share their interests! We are approaching the 1 year mark for the blog and would like to say Thank You to everyone who has read our posts and supported our efforts. In honor of our anniversary, we will be giving away 2 mystery boxes filled with goodies (pops, comics, etc) for the winner of the blogging competition. We will have 3 winners, 1st place will receive the mystery box, 2nd place will receive a smaller mystery box and 3rd place will receive a gift card. We encourage everyone to participate!

Game Guide:

  • Each week there will be a topic that you will write about (the prompt posts will be released each Monday at 11:30am EST). This is a 3 week competition!
  • On the designated due date all entries must be posted (you can post anytime before the due date). Submissions after the due date will be reviewed but not submitted for the challenge that week.
  • Make sure to link back to the prompt post (This Post) each week and place a link to your submission post in the comments section.
  • Each week the top 3 posts will receive 10, 7 or 5 points. All other participants will receive 3 points. At the end of the 3rd week, the participant with the most points wins (There will be 3 Winners).

Rewards:

  1.  1st Place will receive a large Mystery Box of gaming and geeky items!
  2. 2nd Place will receive a small Mystery Box of gaming and geeky items!
  3. 3rd Place will receive a giftcard!

Challenge Prompt:

  • Week 1: January 8- January 15thYou’re designing a video game and the main character needs to be created. Describe your main character. What 3 power ups or abilities would you choose for the character and why?

 

Thank you again for gaming with us and good luck!

-Luna 🙂

Happy Sunday & Reminders!

Happy Sunday Novas! My few days off have been great and I’m now focused and ready to get back to blogging! Today’s post will be short and is a reminder of the Blogging Competition starting tomorrow as well as other exciting updates and announcements. I hope your day is going well and let’s get to it!

GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition – Tomorrow, January 8th, 2018 we will release the rules and the 1st week’s prompt for the blogging competition. This competition will have 3 Parts and will span over 3 weeks (1 writing prompt each week). The total points for each week will be tallied and the top 3 winners will receive prizes! I definitely encourage everyone to participate so feel free to spread the word!

YouTube –

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It’s finally here! I have been preparing for the launch of the GamersUnitedGG YouTube channel and the first video will go up tomorrow afternoon! Currently, my schedule is to upload videos 2 times a week. I’m thinking of uploading videos on Mondays and Wednesdays! The first video will either be the Final Fantasy XIV Online gameplay or the card game Faeria!

 

Upcoming Posts:

  • Monday January 8th – Blogging Anniversary Post Competition
  • Tuesday January 9th – Luna’s Rankings Favorite Star Wars Movies
  • Wednesday January 10- Final Fantasy XIV Online First Impressions
  • Thursday January 11th – The Perfectly Imperfect Tag!
  • Friday January 12th – Hulu Series Review: Harlots
  • Saturday January 13th – Reminder of competition and YouTube Videos

 

What are you currently working on? Do you have any plans for this week in gaming, blogging or in general? Let’s talk!

 

-Luna 🙂

Holiday Guest Post Challenge!

Happy Monday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s post which is going to be another community event! The last Guest Post Challenge we hosted on the blog asked bloggers to write a story on the prompt provided! The winner at the end of the week was able to provide a Guest Post on our blog! This time around the rules will be the same, but this time we’re getting festive!

Game Guide (Rules)

  1. Each week on Monday at 11:30am EST, we will post a writing prompt. Interested bloggers will write a post of 800 words or less on their blog, in response to the prompt.
  2. Once your post is live, paste a link to your post and blog in the comments of the prompt post (This post). All responses are due by Sunday night.
  3. On the following Monday, I will post the next prompt and the voting poll for the previous week’s participants. The blog with the most votes will win and be able to write a Guest Post of their choice on GamersUnitedGG.

 

This week’s prompt: It’s Christmas Eve and you find out Santa is missing! What happens next? Do you find Santa? Was he taken? What’s your story on what happens next?

This challenge is open to everyone so have some fun and write with us! Vote for next week’s topic below!

  1. You’re playing a video game and you need to select a partner to join you, who do you choose? Choose 1 Holiday character to help you through the game : Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer or Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster! Talk about your game, why you chose this sidekick and what you will be doing!
  2. Santa wants to upgrade his sleigh, what recommendations would you make for his new ride?

Make sure to check our the Question of the Month for December, hosted by Later Levels! This month we were tasked with answer Which video game character would do a better job than Santa? Check out the answers from each blogger and vote on this month’s poll!

Have a great day!

-Luna 🙂

 

November Recap & December Goals!

Happy Sunday Players! November was a great month for me in a personal sense, but let’s see what has happened on the blog!

Surprisingly, we published 24 posts in the month of November! I was participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge all month, so I was not as active as I have been due to the challenge. Yet somehow between myself and our contributors we still had a decent number of posts!

We have 1064 Views, 668 visitors and 316 likes!

November Goals

  • Complete NaNoWriMo – Since we are in the month of November, I have been working on the NaNoWriMo challenge and my personal goal is to complete it!
  • 1 Steam Game Review  I have a few steam games that I have yet to play so I look to play them and write up a review this month (Thank you Thero159 for Offworld Trading Company and Amello!).
  • Post at least 3 times per week – The blog activity may not be as frequent as previous months because I’m focusing on NaNoWriMo, but I will try to have at least 3 posts per week for the month of November.

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The only achievement that we earned last month was the one for Completing NaNoWriMo! The novel is about 51,000 words (I’ve been editing it) and it is a Young Adult, period drama series.

December Goals:

 

  • Complete a Steam Game Review!
  • Set up the GamesUnitedGG YouTube Channel!
  • Launch a community Guest Blog Challenge!
  • Set up the GamersUnitedGG Podcast

 

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Those are my goals for December! As you can see it’s a lot of prep work for our anniversary in January and the launching of extensions to the blog!

Here are our top  posts from the month of November!

  1. Creating a Compelling RPG Villain
  2. Wooden Block Puzzle Mobile Game Review
  3. NaNoWriMo Update & Excerpt #2

 

Upcoming Posts:

This month we have a few collaboration posts for the holidays so be on the lookout for those!

I’m completing the Memoirs of a Villain post for Bowser!

Launching another community Guest Post Challenge tomorrow Monday 12/4/17!

Thank you for playing with us all year! Now let’s deck the halls and engage in Holiday cheer! Have a fantastic week!

-Luna 🙂

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NaNoWrimo Update & Excerpt #2!

Happy Sunday Novas! Our good friend IgnitedMoth posted an update from the NaNoWriMo challenge for her first week. Check out her progress and say hi! Since the posts have been less this week due to my focus on writing, I’ve decided to follow suit and post my progress so far. Below you will find my word count for each day of the challenge so far!

November 1st – 1788

November 2nd – 2846

November 3rd – 1393

November 4th – 2194

November 5th –2107

November 6th – 2446

November 7th – 182

November 8th – 1766

November 9th – 1453

November 10th – 2457

November 11th – 1255

Total Count 19986 (includes 99 words left over from last night).

I’m really proud that I have been making so much progress on the novel. I’m trying to stay motivated and dedicated as this will be the first novel that I have completed if I meet my goal. This post will include another excerpt from the novel. If you would like to read my first excerpt, please click here!

La Roja City, Mythonia  April 15th, 1523

“I am sorry to have to bring you this news Adrian, but you are now the head of the House of Star.”

The crown of his father was too heavy for the young prince and the burden of a country now lay at his feet. Adrian was a rambunctious boy who lived life as he saw fit. The day I had to tell him that he and his little sister Princess Lara were the last 2 remaining heirs of House Star, was the saddest day of my life. I could see his joy and happiness slipping away, but immediately I had to make sure that he was aware of the magnitude of this honor and on how quickly we had to move to install him as ruler.   son_of_morzan_by_murtagh231-d4by9kl

There’s no time for Adrian to grieve. His uncle is starting a petition throughout Mythonia to be installed himself, as king. It’s no secret that his uncle Bastion has been an envious brother to the deceased king. It’s no surprise that Bastion is reaching for the throne before the king’s body’s even cold yet. We have to make sure that the council and kingdom views Adrian as the heir apparent and a strong leader to place on the throne.

I have convinced the council to hold off on the coronation of Adrian until he has found a suitable bride and married her. We need a strong marriage and hope for an heir to really solidify Adrian’s position. My prince is very “Fluent” in the language of love. His courtly love games and flirtations are known throughout the kingdom and it has damaged his image as he is now expected to turn into a respectable citizen and ruler. We have to get him married quickly and before anyone realizes that there is another candidate in contention for the throne.

I’ve received numerous messages from kingdoms offering up their princesses to Adrian. He is handsome, rugged and has a zest for life so I’m in no way concerned about the suitors not being attracted and faithful. But we need supporters. We need a country that brings wealth, a strong lineage and a great reputation to bring validity to Adrian’s rule. When I received a letter saying that the Princess Ariana of Tamlonia had come of age, I knew that we had a perfect match. Tamlonia and the House of Tamlin is one of prestige and respect. Their trade routes are some of the most lucrative and the princess is the most eligible bride on the market. I contacted the ambassadors of Tamlonia and proposed the betrothal of Adrian and Ariana. 2 Young, beautiful rulers that will most definitely create heirs and unite the 2 kingdoms.

Sterling, Prince Adrian’s Advisor

 

What do you think so far? I’m really proud of my work and I know that the editing process will be the hardest part, but I’m optimistic! Are you currently tackling the NaNoWriMo challenge? If so, how’s it going? Are you currently working on any projects? Let’s talk writing!

-Luna 🙂

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Halloween Story Challenge!

Happy Monday Players and thank you for turning on GamersUnitedGG! Last week we started a Guest Blog Challenge in which we want you guys to write short stories (500 words or less) in regards to our themes and submit them! The prize, well recognition of course, a spot on our Game Credits thank you page with your blog linked and a Guest Blog Post on GamersUnitedGG! We love interacting with the community and we’d love to get more bloggers to be featured on the site so have fun and participate!

Here’s my thoughts on the posts submitted:

I loved how Chris described the scenery of the mansion. He exhibited video game tendencies by allowing the reader to see the choices that were before him. I really felt like I was playing the game alongside of Chris and it was a big plus!  We’ve all been there choosing the wrong path like in Crash Bandicoot and having to go back to the fork in the road. This post brought back nostalgic memories for sure! And is it me or does it remind your of a Goosebumps Choose Your Own path book?

Ellen’s comedic response had me laughing from the start. I like how she incorporated other gaming classic characters in her response.  Her response reminds me of myself when playing games, if I hear something creepy I’ll try to not look at it. Because if you make eye contact it will eat you right?

Incognita’s post was really funny. It starts out very professional and sounds like a Memoir of sorts. She references the type of puzzle games where you have to find the key to get inside which was all too familiar. She exhibited typical video game behaviors like listening for footsteps and looking for clues. I could envision the game and the steps that were taken.

Each response was great and made me feel like I was playing the game so great job everyone!

The winner from the first week’s post is…. They will be choosing the theme for Next Week’s post! The Winner is… Drum roll please… drum-roll-gif-16

Lightning Ellen! Congratulations! Thank you to all participants!

Take a look at all 3 entrants in the challenge for last week and comment below on which one you liked the best!

  1. A Super Spooky Tale of Spookiness – Submitted by Chris at Overthinker Y
  2. Haunted Mansion Mania – Submitted by Lightning Ellen
  3. Spooky Story Time – Submitted by Sincerely Incognita

On to this week’s theme and prompt!

Game Guide (Rules):

  • Each week there will be a theme revealed for the challenge (these themes can be anything from pop culture, to movies, to of course video games and more)
  • You will submit your blog post of no more than 500 words relating to the theme
  • Link back to the themed post and paste your link in the comments
  • Each theme will go up on Monday and all posts are due by Sunday Night
  • Each week the winner will be able to choose the next week’s theme, and receive a Guest Blog Post of their choosing on GamersUnitedGG !
  • This week we will try a poll, you can vote for your favorite on the Monday post

This week’s theme is: Survival!

Prompt: You woke up to find out the world is now an apocolyptic place infected with traditional zombies. List your rules of survival, places to go to or hold up in, and your plan to get there. How do you survive?

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Good luck to everyone that participates! Complete the scenario and write your Halloween Themed post of 500 words or less! Once you are completed, post your link in the comments for everyone to read! The posts are due by Sunday Night October 15th and the Winner will be announced Monday October 16th!

Have a great week and I can’t wait to see your Zombie Survival Post!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Sunday Update!

Happy Sunday Players! October has been a greta month and it’s already flying by. This is a quick update post on what’s to come this week! Also, thank you to everyone that’s commented on the Opinion Post. It’s really provided me a layout on what type of posts you all like to read.

Sunday 10/8/17 – Today is the Hell In A Cell Payperview match so I will be watching after work. I posted my preview post yesterday and tomorrow will be the results post!

Memoirs of A Villain- Today’s Memoirs of A Villain post was created by my friend Emily.

Also, today is the last day for the Guest Blog Challenge! If you want to enter, review the rules, write up your 500 word spooky story and leave a link to your post. The prize is a Guest Blog!

Monday10/9/17 – A recap of the WWE HIAC Event and the 2nd week of the Guest Blog Challenge!

Tuesday 10/10/17 – Luna’s Rankings with Guest Emily! Ranking our top Horror Games! Also a Poem will be uploaded.

Wednesday 10/11/17 – Creative Writing Series Start

Thursday 10/12/17 – Destiny 2 First Impressions Post (working on Fortnite and Divinity Original Sin 2 posts for later this month).

Friday – TBD

Saturday- TBD

Those are the posts that we have coming this week! What are you working on? Any plans for the week? Let’s talk plans and goals!

-Luna 🙂