Overwatch Halloween Loot Box Special!! Opening 100 Loot Boxes!!

The Omnic Crisis is reaching a new level of terror as Halloween creeps closer and closer for our cast of heroic characters! Witches, zombies, mad scientists and their monsters galore are now roaming the digital graveyards of Blizzard‘s Overwatch. What does that mean for the likes of gamers like you and me? It means NEW SKINS AND SPECIAL LOOT BOXES!!! In case you missed it, here’s the trailer!

Much like the Summer Olympic Games special event that happened a while back, this season’s Halloween Special is packed with limited edition goodies that can be gained from opening special Halloween Loot Boxes. These special loot boxes are acquired the usual ways: through in game purchases using real money and through leveling up your character. However, unlike the Summer Special, the skins aren’t ONLY limited to being gained from loot boxes, they are now also purchasable! That’s guaranteed to please quite a few of the fans out there who don’t have the luxury to shell out the real world money for mucho loot boxes. Speaking of which, here’s a video of Yours Truly opening 100 loot boxes! Enjoy!

PokeMonday 10-17-2016: Zest In Oktoberfest!

Pokemon GoHappy PokeMonday to all you Awesome Gamer’s out there, it is I, your local Buddha Brotha trying to get back on track after a two week hiatus. My sincere apologies, Oktoberfest can be unforgiving. And, in my best Forrest Gump impression, “that’s all I got to say about that.” Now let’s turn away from lagers and pints, and focus more on the larger point: Pokemon and Halloween! So, with a bag full of Pidgey and Rattatta candy, I head off in search of some scary pokemon!

oMy Poke-Adventures this week took me to Citrus Ranch Park in Irvine. Citrus Ranch is a beautiful hidden gem on Portola Boulevard, tucked away between Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road, that boasts a fully tended citrus grove, bbq grilles, a children’s play area, and a large open field for sporting events such as soccer. However the major draw at Citrus Ranch is the view. The citrus grove is situated on the sides of a hill, with img_5615dirt paths that you can easily navigate towards the top. Waiting at the top is a look-out point, from which you can see all the way to the coast, just barely seeing Catalina Island. This park is fantastic.

img_5577In regards to Pokemon, however, I was unable to verify it’s potential as any sort of nest. 🙁 On my first visit to the park, I was fortunate to run into a few Jynx. I was only at the park for half an hour, but during that 30 minute period I saw a trio of the dancing pokemon, so I had high hopes that I had found a nest.  On my following visit to the park I encountered a Tauros, a couple of Nidorans, and a healthy amount of the usual pidgeys, rattattas, and ekans, and only one Jynx. Alas, further visits to Citrus Ranch, though a great place to visit, failed to produce any signs of Jynx. I did catch a Clefairy, so alls well that ends well! Oh well, such is PokeTrainer life.

Anyway, that’s all from me this week! I’ll be checking out more parks in the next few days. Until then, stay awesome and happy hunting! ebbf504d9867da499d94f573240a2271

PokeMonday 9-26-2016: En Amorado con Coronado!

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Hey there hi there ho there to all you Awesome PokePeople! I hope everyone is having a good week so far, and if you’re in SoCal, I hope you’re finding a way to beat this heat wave! Whooo doggy, it’s a hot one all of a sudden, isn’t it? Well, it’s a good thing that this weeks PokeMonday is all about cool breeze’s and the water Pokémon of Coronado Island!
coronado-islandThe beautiful island of Coronado rests right off the coast of San Diego, connected by a towering bridge, reminiscent of the bifrost which connects Midgard with Asgard. And much like Asgard, Coronado is a mythical place, it’s almost like stepping into another world. The view driving across the bridge is just magnificent, and it really gives the feeling of dimensional travel due to it’s height and the sights visible at it’s peak. As soon as you cross the bridge, you’ll be directed straight through the heart of downtown Coronado. Filled with unique eateries and tons of shopping establishments, I got the feeling that I was driving through a movie set replica of Beverly Hills. img_5443But then I opened up Pokemon Go and got an even bigger surprise! Downtown Coronado was FULL of pokestops! Boom. All of a sudden my wife and I are cruising down the boulevard just swiping at every pokestop we come across. And let me tell you, we came across a lot of pokestops on our drive to our hotel. Our hotel, by the way, was the grand Loews Coronado Bay Resort, which is situated on it’s own personal peninsula from Coronado island. This peninsula proved to be a gold mine for hunting pokemon!
img_5436 Such a wide variety would present itself continuously through the day, with or without a lure or incense active. I took a screenshot of one such incident, actually. You can see in the photo I was just walking around, no incense or lure, and all these pokemon just pop up. It was great! I highly recommend taking a trip to Coronado, whether it’s just for a day, or if you plan a three day weekend. You won’t be disappointed! img_5458 img_5442
Until next time, PokePeople, I hope you have a great week and happy hunting! ebbf504d9867da499d94f573240a2271

Marvel Tsum Tsum zoom! Let me hear you say “Way-Oh!”

Tsum Tsum. Marvel Tsum Tsum. Every time I say it I’m reminded of those Mazda commercials from the early 2000’s. “zoom zoom.” And just like the vehicles displayed in those Mazda commercials, Marvel Tsum Tsum is fast paced, intuitive, slick, and lots of fun.

img_5515The Marvel brand, in it’s continued attempt at total global domination, has teamed up with XFlag Inc. and NHN PlayArt to release another wonderful game for your mobile device, this time forgoing the super muscles for super cuteness! Marvel Tsum Tsum is a fast paced puzzle powerhouse that leaves you tickled and tense for more adorable action. Tsum Tsums, for those who’ve recently unearthed themselves from underneath a rock, are the fluffy stackable gerbil/pill shaped craze that all started in Disney Japan and is slowly, and adorably, making its way all over the map. Marvel Tsum Tsum capitalizes on that cuteness craze by cleverly crafting an addictive connect-a-like-n-collapse game that’s fast paced and fun! Think along the lines of connect the dots and candy crush, but a whole lot cuter, and on crack.

The idea is simple enough: drag your finger across the screen connecting three or more of the cute and cuddly versions of your favorite Marvel characters to score points and build your power meter. The more Tsum Tsum’s you chain together, the faster your mega charge will fill up. Once it’s full, activate your mega charge and perform powerful combos for massive points. Repeat. It’s perfect for on-the-go gaming fun, and with wonderful sound effects and triumphant music, the adventure has never been cuter!


But worry not, faithful reader, Marvel Tsum Tsum isn’t all about cuddly Agent Coulson’s or lovable Loki’s, there’s a degree of challenge thrown in amongst the cuteness. There are multiple worlds that you can visit, and each world is littered with stages that need clearing, stars that need collecting, and bad guy bosses that need battling! Yes, battling. Within each stage is a chance to obtain 3 stars, each star awarded for achieving a pre-designated point total per stage. Once enough stars are collected, more worlds with more stages are become accessible to you. Every few stages or so, you will come across a nefarious ne’er do well. The rogues gallery presented in Marvel Tsum Tsum ranges from a Hydra Minion to Green Goblin and even Ronin the Accuser.

As the game progresses, your character will level up, and in doing so earn points that will also increase the effectiveness of your mega charge. As you level, you will also be able to collect more hero tsum tsum characters, each hero with a different special power. If you select Hawkeye as your special tsum tsum, he will fire a volley of arrows across the screen.  Iron Man’s special skill will fire a photon cannon that will  take care of a whole row of tsum tsums for you. Each character skill is different, and each skill has it’s own special perk to bring to the table. All in all, Marvel Tsum Tsum is a fun and magical title, sure to satisfy young Marvel fans and veteran finger flingers alike.

PokeMonday 9/19/2016 : South Bound To San Diego, the Search For Gyrados continues!

Happy PokeMonday to all you Awesome PokePeople out there! We hope that you’ve had a good week, just like we have. 😉 After my Magikarp adventures in Baby Beach, Dana Point, I decided to drive a little further south and see what the hunting was like in San Diego, and I was not disappointed!

dc06ba20-89e5-4a3f-9558-010b5637ee15kkr-resort-logoimg_5401My beautiful wife and I spent this past weekend at the wonderful Kona Kai Resort & Spa, on Shelter Island in San Diego. Shelter Island is a small little peninsula that plays home to only a handful of luxurious resorts, and plentiful pokemon! If you’re fortunate enough, like my wife and I were, you might even get a pokestop right in your hotel room.

There were plenty types of water pokemon on display, from Tentacruels to Seels, and my favorite: Magikarps. I barely needed to use any lures or incense while I was down in San Diego, the pokemon would just continually spawn. It was amazing! I was even fortunate enough to find a Grimer!

For those of you who would also want to check out some local color, img_5412located a few minutes away is Point Loma Base. Or at least, former base. Now the former military base is a living area and social hub, complete with museums, magikarps, parks, left over cannons and a Luna Grill. While you’re there, be sure to visit Comickaze and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. Comickaze is a great store, with shelfs upon shelfs of graphic novels and collectibles, more than enough to break the budget of any comic collector. However, it was the San Diego Comic Art Gallery that had the superhero fan boy inside my soul doing backflips. Inside the gallery was an extensive collection of Transformers toys, as well as Godzilla memorabilia and other art house collectibles. If none of that catches your fancy, then maybe the trove of pokestops is enough to entice you to take the trip to Point Loma, San Diego.

That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll be looking at another location in San Diego, Coronado Island! Until then, be sure to look both ways before crossing the street, and always walk with your buddy – for candy reasons. 😉  See you next week, and Happy Hunting! ebbf504d9867da499d94f573240a2271