Pokémon GO avant et après la 2G / Pokémon GO before and after the 2G

Depuis un peu plus d’une semaine, les joueurs de Pokémon GO ont vu apparaître 80 nouvelles bestioles issues de la deuxième génération. De nombreuses nouveautés ont été associées à cet événement et je vous livre mes impressions après quelques jours de jeu à base de comparatif personnel avant/après.

About a week ago, Pokémon GO players saw appearing 80 new creatures from the second generation. Lots of new things have been associated with this event, and I am sharing my impressions after several days of gaming based on a personal before/after comparison. 

Maman, je deviens entraîneur de Pokémons et je pars à l’aventure !
(je sors la poubelle, je reviens dans une heure…)
Mom, I became a PokéTrainer and I am going on an adventure!
(Taking out the trash, be back in an hour…)

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Dans la peau de Lara Croft + CONCOURS /// In Lara Croft’s shoes + GIVEAWAY

Il y a un peu plus d’un mois, à l’occasion de Paris Games Week, j’ai battu un record de Guinness. Si si, c’est vrai en plus ! Mes grands parents seront fiers sans aucun doute… Il faut encore que je leur explique que non, le cosplay n’est pas réservé aux enfants pour les fêtes à l’école. Mais passons sur ce détail ; en compagnie de 270 fous furieux, nous avons établi le nouveau nombre de personnes réunies en cosplay de l’héroïne probablement la plus populaire des jeux vidéo – Lara Croft de Tomb Raider.

A bit more than a month ago, during Paris Games Week, I became a new Guinness record holder. And it is really true! My grandparents will undoubtedly be very proud… once I manage to explain to them that cosplay is not only for children school parties. Aside from this detail; along with 270 other maniacs, we established the new record of people gathered in one venue cosplayed as probably the most popular video games heroine – Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.

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Hello sunshine!

Une petite aparté en attendant le prochain article. Il fait beau, il fait chaud, la plupart de vous est en train de chasser les pokémons dehors de toute manière… Du coup, moi aussi je me mets en mode été, avec de l’équipement fraîchement acquis lors de la Japan Expo ! Je reste geek même quand je fais bronzette avec ce maillot de bain Super Mario et je m’hydrate avec les délicieux Ramune, un soda japonais aux différents goûts avec la petite bille en verre à l’intérieur. Et vous, quels sont vos objets indispensables de cet été ?

Little side bar while waiting for the next blog post to appear. It’s sunny and hot outside, you are all probably chasing pokémons as we speak anyway… So I am also turning the summer mode on with my brand new geeky gear acquired just a few days ago at Japan Expo! Keeping it nerdy even while sunbathing with this Super Mario swimsuit and hydrating with the delicious Ramune, a Japanese soda drink that comes in several flavors with a small glass ball inside the bottle. And what about your must-have stuff this summer?

Love is in the game

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day everyone; may you find the droid you are looking for! ^^

Today, instead of making some cheesy content as there are already tons of out there, it seems like an excellent opportunity to talk about love in the world of MMORPGs. Through several years of gaming, I noticed a bunch of different types of the love’s appearance and, of course, different points of view, and I would like to share them with you!

Role n°1: Cupid’s little helper

The big old classic in MMORPGs is simply to play the love messenger with some easy quests, such as A is secretly in love with B but has no guts to say it. That’s generally our cue to bring some flowers, a love letter, kill some savage creatures threatening B’s family/village/spaceship and let finally the two lost souls have a lifetime of hapiness together.

One of my favorite examples can be found playing the Lord of the Rings Online.

The first one is a series of quests during the spring festival at Bree, where we try to help by delivering some splendid tokens of affection (very classic flowers, chocolate box and so on), but we even end up by leaving them at the wrong adress and there’s a lot of fun involved.

And of course, let’s not forget the beautiful albeit sad love story of Elessar and Undomiel of which we learn more details by asking several Elves in the Lothlorien region, all while listening to heartwarming elvish music and being surrounded by the natural paradise of  the Golden Wood…

Sad and beautiful... like anything else that is elvish, their love stories can surely be qualified as such.
Sad and beautiful… like anything else that is elvish, their love stories can surely be qualified as such.
Role n°2: being involved with another character

Less common than the first one, a series of quests or the role playing pattern makes our character involved with an NPC (non-playing character) or a companion. I am a huge fan of this type of love episodes in the game; it’s like having a mini romantic movie inside something completely different.

In order to illustrate this, I cannot think of a better example than Star Wars the Old Republic and its companions system. Either you choose the Republic or the Empire, using the Force or blasters, you always have several companions at your side, and some of them may engage a romantic relationship depending on what you do. Your actions in the game, as well as gifts you might offer them or answering in a special manner during conversations with them should bring you closer.

My favorite love stories from SWTOR are definitely with Malavai Quinn (Sith Warrior), and most of all with Corso Riggs (Smuggler). The moment the latter and my smuggler kissed and decied to get married was so cute! Even after you’ve finished your companion’s quests, he still sends you love letters and gifts through ingame mail. Now how sweet is that?

Corso, you heart-breaker…
Role n°3: real soul mate!

The name « MMORPG » kinda has « massively multiplayer » written in it, no surprise that you can actually bond with humans thanks to this type of gaming. For some, this could be a real opportunity to meet someone, even fall in love and bring this great new relationship beyond the virtual world. For others, playing MMORPGs will simply mean meeting new people through guilds, raid rosters and whatnot, and why not making new friends.

Some MMORPGs have in-game relationship systems. The most common is to marry another character, giving special bonus like an extra teleportation or combat enhacements.

Runes of Magic had (don’t know if it’s still the case, I played RoM a long while ago) a rather extended version of relationships that you mave have with other players. There was of course the marriage system, but you could also become a family member or a friend. Each of those relationships could be leveled-up by playing together, and you could gain different bonuses such as more HP, mana, attack of defence. All the more reasons to play with lots of people, I liked it a lot.

Love was really in the air at the ceremony... Although we could have worn something more suitable to the occasion!
Love was really in the air at the ceremony… Although we could have worn something more suitable to the occasion!

However, my favorite in-game marriage ever remains the one I did with my boyfriend when we were both playing Final Fantasy XIV. Not only you have to accomplish together a series of special quests preparing you for the ceremony, but also you can plan the whole wedding to the smallest details, such as decoration or music. The wedding ceremony is just lovely; there are adorable cinematics, the rings exchange, the final kiss… And to be honest, the wedding gown is just gorgeous.

... and they lived happily ever after!
… and they lived happily ever after!

What about your favorite love episodes in the MMORPG world? Do you like to enjoy some player relationships or you rather leave all that stuff aside from the « real » gaming? Or maybe you’ve witnessed another role a player could have in romantic scenarios in this type of games? Tell us all about it!