Hi there from the sunshine state! =]
This is mainly a blog about screenshots ive taken of games like Bioshock (my all time favorite), Portal, Dead Space and Skyrim as well as a few others. Plus a little bit of stuff i like, and even some me. Anything not tagged jlbiggs isnt mine, if you would like me to credit you, just send me a quick message and i would be more than happy to.
I feel that sometimes games aren't given enough credit. To me, they can be like works of art. They contain engaging stories like books and beautiful visuals like movies. The music can give you chills just like your favorite band. But my favorite thing about them is the atmosphere they pull you in with and before you know it, you've stayed up till 4 in the morning, eyes all blurry with a controller in your hand.
There's nothing special about me or the screenshots i take. I just like to explore game worlds and snap some screenshots along the way. :) Whether you're taking a picture of a game on a black and white TV with your Indestructible Nokia, or you're taking a screenshot on a beast of a computer, they are both equally as amazing. When taking shots (as well as playing), i love finding all the little details the game designers put in a level. They did all the hard work, im just along for the ride. :)
Bioshock is very very special to me. It came out at a great time in my life, and in my opinion, was an almost perfect game. The atmosphere, the music, the setting, the look, the gameplay. It all came together to form a masterpiece. For christmas one of my best friends got me the pc version and the second i noclipped through the lighthouse and flew through the city down below, i saw Rapture (and every other game afterwards) in a whole new light. I was able to see how they put it together, how they added the tiniest details in to make it a believable world. I could almost feel the time, love and effort they put in to it. I started taking screenshots and posting them on the Bioshock forums and a few years later, they wound up on tumblr. Since that christmas in 2007, ive played through Bioshock more times than i can even count. I know every inch of every level. And i still cant get enough. There are games where i put the controller down after 5 minutes. That Rapture is still this interesting after all this time, is a testament to what the developers created.
Some of my favorite things that may or may not wind up on my tumblr-
Cookies, calvin and hobbes, owls, exploring (everything but mainly woods), piano, computers, drums, dogs, chocolate covered pretzels, nighttime, penguins, cold days, books, adventures, cookies, guitar, Disney, sweaters, riding bikes, retro futuristic things, aquariums, cookies, snow (ive never seen it), space.
One of the most wonderful human beings ive ever met, Audrey, is the reason i have this tumblr. She pointed out to me one day that my pictures were on FYeahBioshock and that led me to make my own page. Thank you Audrey!!
And thank you for taking the time to check out my page!
15 years ago today Final Fantasy 7 was released in North America. In my opinion, its one of the best games ever made. To this day when i play it, it captures my attention just like it did that very first rainy night when i popped it in my Playstation. The characters are still some of my favorites from any game. Cloud was the perfect calm and cool, yet badass hero. Sephiroth was the immensely powerful and insane villain. But you couldnt help wanting to be him or at least have him on your side sometimes. The music is classic. The graphics for the time were incredible. The atmosphere of the world just drew you in immediately. The story was deep and engaging. And the game play was so good, it kept you coming back hour after hour. I could almost feel my Buster Sword slice through an enemy. I think FF7 was one of the main things responsible for bringing gaming into the mainstream. I remember guys who had never played a game in their life talking about what level they were, or my best friends little sister staying up all night with us, waiting patiently to get her hands on the controller. Truly a masterpiece. These are a few of my favorite images ripped from the game disc.
When FF7 came out, i heard from a guy at my game store that you could use a device called a Gameshark on the PlayStation to do things to the game that you couldn’t normally do, like infinite health and money, or even get back into places that were off access later in the game. Once i started looking codes for that device up, i saw you could have Aries in your party after she had died, and much to my extreme happiness, you could have Sephiroth in your party.
He was one of my all time favorite game characters so my goal was to play the whole game with him in my party. That proved to be challenging because having him would glitch certain parts of the game. So i had to take him out at certain places and then put him back in. It took forever, but i finally made it. The thing i wanted to see most, was at the very very end when you face down Sephiroth, one on one. But i wanted to replace Cloud with the Sephiroth in my party. I don’t know why, but i had to see them face each other. lol I was so excited, i taped it on my VHS player. :p Years later i was able to do it again on an emulator on the PC.
Shinra Headquarters, Final Fantasy 7. Other than Rapture, Midgar was probably my favorite place in any game. This was taken directly from the PC version.