What’s the deciding factor that makes or breaks a great video game experience? What is the sole reason that we wake up everyday, push the power button down on our consoles and devote countless hours of our life to these fantasy-filled landscapes? Is it the setting of these games that traps us in these far away worlds? Could it be the graphics and latest specs that these powerful game engines have to offer? Or do you prefer an engaging narrative, that’s scripted like a full feature film?


For me, the most important component to a great video game experience lies dependent upon the protagonist that carries our story. Whether our hero is a towering brute that handles issues hands on , or a plumber that stomps on all of his enemies’ heads, or a tech savvy genius that sits behind a giant computer screen, these protagonists usually determine how much I enjoy these stories. Below I’ll give everyone my top 5 list of video game protagonists. These posts are obviously my opinions so if you feel differently please feel free to leave your top 5 in the comment section !



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5. Mario (usually any and every game that has his name in the title)


Rounding out the fifth spot on my list is none other than everyone’s favorite plumber from Brooklyn. Mario is the template and embodiment of a true video game protagonist. Our mustached hero has been saving his princess and the world for decades. No matter how great the task may seem, Mario always get the job done usually putting the safety of others before his own. Oh, and did I mention consistency?


4. Naked Snake/ BIG BOSS (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)



The fourth spot gets locked up by the legend himself, Big Boss. During MGS3 we are treated to one of the greatest video game arcs of all time. Naked Snake (Big Boss) is a CIA agent during the cold war era that is given the mission to rescue a scientist that’s working on a weapon that would become the first “Metal Gear”. During the story, Snake takes some of the biggest L’s in video game history (physically *wink wink* and emotionally) and still manages to dismantle a team of super-powered mercenaries, stop the metal gear, and defeat his mentor while becoming one of the most feared names on the battlefield. Plus he was cloned to give us Solid Snake, thanks, man!


3. Jill Valentine (Resident Evil, Resident evil 3)

The one who survived the horror. Jill is easily one of my favorite video game protagonists of all time. She’s one of the survivors of the “mansion incident” in the OG Resident Evil and has proven that she has what it takes to survive in the face of certain defeat. Her arc as a member of S.T.A.R.S  that transitions into to a zombie killing, monster-smashing survivalist is one of the most satisfying arcs ever. Also, she starts out her story with a handgun for your issues with the undead.




2. Sora ( The Kingdom Hearts Series)

Runner-up on my list of faves would have to be Sora, from Kingdom Hearts. Sora is a constant reminder of how friends should treat each other as we constantly see him doing any and everything to protect the ones he loves using the power of his keyblalde. Literally traveling across different worlds to foil the plans of Organization XIII, the Heartless and many other Disney villains. Sora also has one of the best time jumps in video game history as we see him age between the first two games from a kid into a young adult.


1. Marcus Fenix ( Gears of War 1-3)



War hero turned traitor turned legend. Marcus Fenix has been exactly what the COG needed him to be from day one. A leader, a soldier, a brother, but most importantly a hero. Marcus’ arc to redeem his name and the name of his family is as emotionally gut-wrenching as it is beautiful to watch. Giving support fire when needed, rescuing loved ones from the clutches of the Locust Horde, losing loved ones to the Horde (and even becoming a farmer/father?). He has risen time and time again to save whats left of humanity one grub at a time. If there’s one person you want on your side when the shit hits the fan, look no further than the Fenix.

So I was wrong about Breath of the wild



Ten months and forty-five hours later I can, without a doubt, say I was absolutely wrong about Breath Of The Wild. I’ve been known to say – on record – that I feel like botw’s world felt empty. While I still sort of stand by my claim, it’s subjective to the player. From a story standpoint, I think it’s reasonable to feel the world was barren. There are monsters & guardians lurking all throughout Hyrule Plains; one of the larger areas of the game. A great deal of my initial playthrough was in this area so I felt the game had no life, especially when comparing it to other open world games.

Fast forward to a week before the new year and my entire opinion on the game is shattered. The last two Divine Beasts are probably some of the most fun I’ve had in gaming all 2017. Last year, for some strange reason, I wasn’t all that compelled to beat a lot of the games I bought. I slacked on a lot of good titles by never getting around to beating them, but Zelda was one of the games I knew I had to beat before the year’s end. All the Divine Beasts are fun and unique in their own way, but Vah Medoh & Vah Naboris are my personal favorites. The atmosphere and music in both dungeons were spectacular and soothing while puzzles were engaging and took some creativity to solve.

The other Divine Beasts aren’t hard but can provide a slight challenge if you aren’t paying enough attention. While Windblight Gannon was cool, trying to figure out Thunderblight Gannon turned out to be more challenging than the others, for me. Its first phase is easy enough but his second phase with his fast movement was intense. It caught me off guard my first go (and I only had two shields at the time so blocking normally wasn’t going to work for me. My perfect dodge game had to TRANSCEND HISTORY AND TIME)!

Needless to say, I died quite a few times. After beating those two, just exploring the world finding random items was a blast. I found this evil shrine where I can exchange stamina for hearts. It was a life and time saver for me, being that I prioritized stamina over hearts. (You still need 13 heart containers to get the Master Sword. Way to cheat the system Link).

Now storming Hyrule castle for the final battle was epic; fighting guardians along the way, parrying the laser shots to advance further to Gannon was just epic. All the different ways you can traverse the castle? Just dope. I was too excited to explore the castle my first run so I just climbed up to the very top. Finally getting to Gannon after freeing all the Divine Beasts, to have them attack him all at once was a huge payoff; Not only the story but the atmosphere of the final battle to come. Beating Calamity Gannon then Dark Beast Gannon, to have Zelda go full-on God of Destruction mode was well worth the time it took me to beat this game.

All in all Breath Of The Wild left an amazing impression on me after months of negligence. After having a bad taste in my mouth from non-open world games’ transition to open world, to games just not being as good as they should be (*Cough*Destiny 2*Cough*). BOTW was clearly a game born of passion & love; something that games seem to be missing these days. So to Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Eiji Aonuma, Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata & the rest of the talented folk at Nintendo who helped make this game thank you!

PS: I didn’t collect all the memories when I beat the game the first time I beat the game but I did the second time ;D


When Do You Stop Being a Real Gamer?


For the past three years, I feel as if my interest in playing video games has been dwindling away. There’s been a steady release of disappointment after disappointment whether it’s Cut Content, micro-transactions, open world fiasco’s, etc. After having a conversation with a friend of mine, a specific question kept ringing in the back of my mined to anymore. Now, I love watching live events and speculating about new release rumors, leaks, hearing; or reading about extended universe content. But what exactly is the culprit for my lack of motivation in playing? Is it because I’m in a relationship and don’t have as much free time as I did before, is it because I no longer work in a stressful work environment or does it have anything to do with age these are questions I ponder on.


In this very opinionated and sensitive day and age, it’s hard to define anything or anyone in just one classification. However, before I can really answer the question of “if I’m a real gamer or not,” I think it’s significantly important to address my definition of what a “real gamer” is. I took the very broad idea of being a gamer and boiled it down to three:


  • Competitive gamers- the one who plays a game/games in a single genre for the most part and must be the very best puts in hours of practice to hit a high number on a leaderboard or maybe even compete in a tournament they take the skill of the game very serious.
  • Hardcore Gamers- Secondly you have your Hardcore Gamer Who tries to play and enjoy as many games as possible from vastly different genres loves everything the game has to offer from the Music to the Multiplayer and art direction.
  • Your Casual Gamers- Lastly you have your casual gamer who may like games but might not have the time to be competitive or Hardcore might beat a game on easy just to have the achievement of beating a game under their belt. Your Typical Causal gamer is someone who might like the thrill of the game but doesn’t mind taking long stretched breaks.


Now if I’m being honest I consider all of these “categories” to be “real gamers”. Simply because they add to the diversity of our gaming community. In their own way, each “gamer” contributes his/her special insight on what it is to be a gamer Good or Bad.


Now it all falls back to the magic question am I still a real gamer?  I say yes, I am a part of a community that is constantly evolving and adding some new flavor to the gaming scene. I’m an evolved gamer. Although my drive to be the best I can in games isn’t what it used to be, I find myself just enjoying the general sensation of playing video games. Playing video games used to be my source of therapy growing up. It gave me a sense of stability, it helped me cope with things I could not understand as a child, it helped through heartbreak etc. As I’ve gotten older and experienced more, I started to realize there’s other ways for me to deal with things besides drowning myself out in video games.


I’ve found myself appreciating and engaging in the many other aspects of video games (besides the game itself), such as the articles and content that comes along with it. My love and appreciation for video games has grown to new heights over the years. It’s helped me discover what exactly I want to do with my life.


To my point: If you can love and appreciate video games- you are a real gamer. If you can sit down and talk about a game’s story or an epic moment you’ve had while playing a game- you are a real gamer. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


If you feel the same way let’s get a conversation started and share this around to get more people involved in the conversation!


From a Real Gamer to Another,


Don’t Forget to Keep It Between Villains.

Aaron’s Top 6 Favorite Game Trailers


  • 6

I remember the first time watching this trailer after school around 2006 this is before I frequented game sites so I  had NO idea this was being made and I was super into dmc3 at the time. Everything about this trailer was super dope at the time Dante seemingly being evil to thinking Nero was Vergil without his memories even though the game to say the least not as anticipated I still thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was worth!

  • 5

Final Fantasy Versus 13 AKA Final Fantasy 15 I can’t even tell you the levels of hype I had for this game from its initial ps3 trailer I had a 360 around that time so I would ALWAYS talk about how as soon as it comes out I’m getting a ps3 which never happened and when we I did get to play the game it was also like dmc4 vastly different from expectations but the trailer was still amazing nonetheless.

  • 4

Im going to start off by saying I LIKE ZELDA A LOT! but I have no beaten any zelda game in my life(I OWN BOTW btw it’s just so vast I got lost in the world still playing it) ive played a majority of them but never beat them blashpemy I know but this trailer for breathe of the wild is not only what wiped away any doubt I had the Switch following the Wii U’s lackluster life cycle it gave me a sense of dread that if I did not play this game I was missing out on something major this trailers music atomosphere voice acting particually the japanese trailer is amazing. The Pain in Zelda’s voice spoke volumes to me! This trailer was absolutely astonishing.

  • 3

Not much has to be said about this trailer Gears Of War trailers were almost if not on par with halos trailers I still get goosebumps from this I was super excited for this game the good old days in the Golden Age of Xbox.

  • 2

IT’S FUCKING SUPER SMASH BROS MELEE! WHAT IS THERE TO SAY IF YOU DONT LIKE THIS GAME OR INTRO JUST WOW. The intro for the game is a cutup version of the original e3 trailer from 2001 damn I feel old.

Honorable Mentions

  • 1

I am not a sports fan but on  December 4, 2006 YOU BET YOUR ASS I WAS watched the super bowl that year just to watch this trailer Halo 3 means so much to me and is one of my favorite games of all time this game DOMINATED so much of my early teen years it’s not even funny to this day this trailer gives me the same levels of excitement I did when I first saw this trailer just waiting for the game to finally come to my hands. I bought an Orginal Xbox to play Halo 2 the 360 was already but they were rather expensive at the time ill never forget when my mother took me to a black Friday sale and bought an Xbox Arcade edition for me and I just KNEW that come Christmas time Halo 3 would be mine and my excitement and joy from this trailer would be Fulfilled. Bungie may have fallen from grace in recent years but this game and trailer will forever be a testament to there love and passion for video game creation.