Thank you, JudoJesus

This isn’t a review. This is a thank you note to a person I’ve never met. It’s pretty sappy.

I met JudoJesus in a 1v1 match in Overwatch.

I’ve always hated playing against real people in multiplayer games, because I’ve always heard about how awful the communities are. And yeah, sometimes there’s a lot of mean-spirited people who seem to be on whenever you are, but it’s a given in the gaming world, right?

Well, today I clicked on 1v1 after growing confident enough with the different arcade modes. I hadn’t met too many mean people, and I was hoping that maybe the person I was playing against would be kind enough to let me just get the lootbox and go back to fighting A.I.

I entered the game, and was paired up against someone named JudoJesus. We were both playing Bastion (not of our own choice; in fact, their first word was “ugh” as we watched the intro), and I noticed their skin was no where near my basic skin. I checked what level they were.

74.

I’m only level 34. I figured I was doomed, but I tried to start a conversation anyway.

“lol yeah, i’m just in it for the lootbox anyway”

“same here”

They didn’t want to be in that situation just like me. I decided I would take the high road.

“i’ll let you win so you can get your lootbox,” I typed, knowing that would leave me with another match, and another moment of stressing about my opponent.

“what about your loot?” They asked.

I told them I would just play again, and they agreed. They seemed hesitant, however, watching me with Bastion’s eye-less face for a minute before killing me.

On to Symmetra, one of the numerous characters I’m bad at.

While I was waiting for death, JudoJesus said something I didn’t expect, however.

“let’s just make this even. if i lose, i lose,” they said.

I laughed and typed back, “sure, but i’ll still lose lmao”

They told me to just try.

Somehow I beat them that round, and they beat me in the next.

I don’t know if they felt bad, but for some reason they left during that final round, leaving my Tracer to run around aimlessly, confused as to why I couldn’t hear them.

I got my lootbox and watched my (terrible) play of the game. I messaged them after, thanking them for the match.

JudoJesus reminded me that the Overwatch community isn’t just a bunch of frustrated nerds, even though I find that fact shoved into my face often with songs on youtube, posts on tumblr, and messages from friends. Sometimes we’re good, even in situations where it doesn’t matter that much.

They could have easily left me to play another round with another stranger, but instead they gave me the easiest win possible (and a decent conversation).

My Top 5 Games of 2016

The hell year of 2016 is finally over, which means we may soon be able to enjoy the games that were teased to us at E3 2013 (looking at you, Kingdom Hearts 3)! But before we dive into uncharted waters, here’s my list of the top five games of 2016.

5. Pokemon Go

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: Why?

Well, even if you don’t like physical activity, Pokemon Go is fun. We get to meet three new characters as well as make new friends when players go out into the world.

It incorporates something the populous loves into something a lot of us hate. I know for a fact that I have walked far more this year than usual, and looked forward to my walks along my campus because of eggs and rare Pokemon.

Sure, we got made fun of by people who don’t understand, but it still brought groups of people together and was one of the most influential video games of 2016.

Pokemon Go came out July 6, 2016 for smartphones.

4. Firewatch

Holy shit Firewatch. The art. The writing. The music.

Holy. Shit.

Firewatch is a game from developer Campo Santo, focusing on the seclusion of nature and the intricacies of human longing and privacy.

The game takes place in 1989 in Wyoming, with you playing a man named Henry with a tragic personal life. You’ve taken refuge from the real world in the wild, taking a summer job as a fire lookout.

The summer is dry, and your supervisor, Delilah, is telling you to be on the lookout for any smoke in-between talking about your lives.

But one day you’re drawn out of your watchtower into the wilderness below. You discover secrets, mysteries and drunk teenagers, as well as more about yourself.

Firewatch came out February 9, 2016 for PS4 and PC, and September 21, 2016 for Xbox One.

3. Dishonored 2

I’ve written about Dishonored 2 before, begging for people to play this amazing game.

As the sequel to the award-winning Dishonored game from Arkane Studios, it has a lot to live up to. And it does.

Dishonored 2 reminded me why I loved the Empire of the Isles, why I loved the Kaldwin women and Corvo. The storytelling remains beautiful, just like the graphics. It matures from its roots, much like any sequel to a game should.

Dishonored 2 came out November 11, 2016, and is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

2. Pokemon Moon/Sun

More Pokemon! I’m not an adult with no time for a childhood classic! I have too much time.

The new game in the main franchise follows your 10-year-old protagonist to the island region of Alola, based on Pacific Island cultural hubs like Hawaii and Polynesia.

There are rare Pokemon found only here in Alola, only on certain islands. There are also variations of series favorites, including Raichu and Meowth.

The villains of this game follow in the steps of greats like Team Rocket, Aqua and Magma, but aren’t really made to be taken seriously. Team Skull is more like if you took all the millennial jokes on Tumblr and made them a reality.

One Skull Grunt says he’ll do anything for money, adding, “Do you want to see me get hit by a hyper beam?”

Oh, Nintendo, what did we do to deserve you?

Pokemon Sun and Moon came out on November 18, 2016, and is available on Nintendo 3DS.

1 Overwatch

Wow what a surprise. For someone who didn’t have enough time to play a lot of games, I made a ton of time to play this.

Blizzard drew me in when they first announced Zarya back in March of 2015. I was amazed to see this beautiful woman that hadn’t been made with the tiniest waist in the world. Well, she wasn’t tiny in any respect!

It wasn’t the first time I had heard of Overwatch, I’d seen Tracer and Reaper before, but this was something completely different.

I followed the game for a while until it was finally released. And then I didn’t have any money.

My wonderful girlfriend stepped in and bought it for me (after I pestered her enough), and we played together for a while. But then I played more. And more.

Eventually I passed her in level and time recorded, and I was playing on my own. I’ve made so many friends from this game, both in-game and off. I’ve gotten better at PC controls than I ever expected to be. I’m better under pressure.

Even more than that, however, I’m feeling comfortable as a girl in the gaming community.

With each announced update over the past eight months, I’ve been getting more and more excited for what’s next.

Overwatch came out May 24, 2016 and is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Here’s to a wonderful 2016 with games and to an even more amazing 2017!