Daniel Heiser

Daniel Heiser has had the blood of a gamer since he could hold a controller. When he isn’t spending time studying for his Game Design Degree from Full Sail University he is gaming, writing, or streaming.
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Verdun: A True War Game?

When we look back at this past year of war games, such as Battlefield 1 and the latest Call of Duty game, we see that of simulated war. But does it really simulate war? Don’t get me wrong, I have and still love Battlefield 1 since the release in October and have been playing it continuously, but it is not a strong depiction of World War 1. Yes, the story mode resembles World War 1, but more so as if it was a film. The online multiplayer is just a bunch of people running willy-nilly around the map collecting and holding points while trying to stay alive. However, there is ONE game on the market right now that truly depicts…
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How Well Does the Switch Travel?

We all saw the trailer for the Switch before its release day. The fact that it was easy to travel with as presented in the trailer made it a huge upgrade from any of Nintendo’s previous systems. Like I predicted in a much earlier article, the Switch indeed has replaced the 3DS for the most part. People I have spoken with haven’t touched their 3DS in weeks. This article however is not about what it has replaced this article is about how well does the Switch actually travel. For the most part the Switch actually travels relatively well. But depending on how you travel the style of the system will be different. Example, I have only tested the built in…
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

Breath of the Wild has been out just over a week and without a doubt I can say this is the best Zelda game out there right now. There are a few flaws that make it from being out right perfect, but all games have their flaws. Whether you play it on the Wii U or the Switch (I recommend the later only because there is a slight difference in distance rendering and it makes the quality look amazing), but whichever system you play the game is still going to be the same. If you read my last article, you would remember that I mention a strange old man you meet in the first two hours of the game. After…
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The Beginning of The Switch and Zelda

Nintendo and Legend of Zelda go together like peanut butter and jelly. We have been waiting so long for these two and we finally have them. The Switch is an incredible and smart and innovated piece of technology, while the Breath of the Wild is an all-around fantastic game. For those of you lucky enough to get your hands on this system yesterday, and believe me, it was nearly impossible to get ahold of one. But if you were you know exactly what this article is going to be about. For those of you still unsure whether to get it, well this article isn’t so much on what the system can do, more so what the first forty-eight hours has…
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Hopes and Dreams for The Switch

In nine hours stores on the East Coast will be opening their doors to release the Nintendo Switch to the public. I do hope I can get my hands on one tonight. That way I can give you a full in depth review of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But we know how well that is going to succeed. I don’t want to talk about the “what we know,” I want to talk about the “what we think.” With the release of the Switch we have been given an in-depth list of what games will be launched for the system in the first year. To my surprise two titles did not make it on that list yet,…
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Should You Be Excited for Quarter One (2017)?

The answer to the title of this article is yes and some of the reasons are obvious. When looking at what is coming out this quarter, I can state proudly that this quarter is the strongest first quarter in the past five first quarters. This statement may be bold, but it’s true and I’ll give you a few reasons on why. Before I go into what is going to be released this quarter I want to explain what I mean by Quarter One, Two, and Three. I’ve stated Q1, 2, and 3 a few times in past articles, but not everyone who reads these articles may know exactly what I mean. The year is split into three quarters each quarter…
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The Switch and Why you Should Buy It

March 3rd is quickly approaching and with that date we have the highly-anticipated launch of the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has done it again and gotten our hopes up with a new system, while some scream, “Stop, Nintendo! Stop!” I’m screaming, “Go Nintendo, GO!” After being one of the first persons to actually hold this system and play some of it at PAX, I am extremely excited for March 3rd. Here are some of the many reasons why you should buy yourself a Nintendo Switch on release day. First, the Switch has many amazing games releasing in Q1 and Q2. Most importantly, two games featured at PAX are being released for the Switch on release day. Obviously, we have The Legend…
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Post PAX South 2017

The day has come for us to return to our normal lives, back to our families, jobs, and school work. San Antonio is starting to quiet down and the airport is piling up. This is the saddest part of any convention. We’ve made our friends and we’ve gained new contacts. We’ve started to panic a little because we think the items we purchased at the convention won’t fit in our bags, but we make it work. Pro Tip: always bring a bigger bag, ALWAYS. With PAX now behind us and the return to regular life, the Post-con Depression begins to settle in, it’s either that or Con Crud, or a bit of both, either way none of this is good.…
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Day 3 of PAX South 2017

As of now, PAX South officially ended 32 minutes ago,. The realization and settling of Post Con Depression has still not kicked in, which is a good thing, however, tomorrow is another story, psst. I’ll tell you all about what happens after PAX and a little on the Post Con Depression tomorrow. So, let’s look at what PAX South 2017 gave us on the final day, which included one fantastic panel, many awesome indie, and some AAA titles – all of which were awesome.This morning we all lined up in the queue for the opening of PAX South’s Expo hall, which opened at 10 AM. Veterans and Noobs alike talked and got to know each other, which is exactly what…
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Day 2 of PAX South 2017

With an hour-and-a-half left, PAX Day 2 is almost finished. Day 2 at PAX South was just as busy as last year considering it falls on a Saturday. The line for Nintendo Switch apparently started three hours prior to the opening of the convention, and had a three-hour wait when the expo hall officially opened. Nintendo Switch had a line for the line. The Expo Hall on Day 2 becomes a little overwhelming, you don’t know what you want to see and the crowd is a bit much. I attended two more panels’ today, one first thing in the morning, and the second midday. The first panel entitled ‘How to Make it in the Gaming Industry’ was from the viewpoint…
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Day 1 of PAX South 2017

It is currently 11:48 PM on the 27th of January and PAX South 2017 Day 1 ends officially in twelve minutes. With the first day in the bag there are many amazing things that have happened, from an unexpected appearance to the meeting of many familiar faces, and some good panels. Many things have already happened at PAX South while there remain many more experiences to come over the next two days. The two panels that I have attended, it was the first one was the best. GeekNights, who has spoken at 21 PAX conventions around the world, presented a panel on The Grind Mechanic. In this panel they discussed the purpose of the grind mechanic, how it was used,…
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Before The Convention: PAX South

With less than twenty-four hours remaining until the opening of PAX South, the anticipation grows stronger. The flight is packed and the next four days will bring new and interesting components to the Game Industry and Tech community. A full line of panels is ready for tomorrow and the crowds have been coming in by the truckloads yesterday and today. While the first day falls on a workday, many attendees will be skipping school, work, or other obligations just to get the full experience. Tip: If you plan on ever going to a convention take advantage and do the entire thing. After looking at the schedule thoroughly, there is no “major” game announcement to happen at this con, which is…
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Steep Review

With the release of Steep, we have seen some funny internet videos of people failing miserably, or achieving really amazing and impossible stunts. This is the life of a professional snow extremist, I would say snowboarder, but this game goes beyond snowboarding and skiing. With this game, you ski, snowboard, “squirrel fly” with a wing suit, and paraglide – you could say that it is adrenaline-junkie paradise. At the start of the game you are placed in the tutorial and cannot skip through it. This is an important factor to the game, not only does it teach you how to play the game, but it guides you on how you’re supposed to build reputation, avoid obstacles, and show you what…
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How To Live Stream Games: Tips from a Twitch Streamer

So, you have visited Twitch, Hitbox, and many of the other video game streaming websites. You’ve watched what others do, from the big-name streamers, to the small, and you think you can do it too. Here is what I say: you can do it, with the right equipment and the correct attitude, but most importantly, your attitude is the key ingredient. Let’s start with the basics which you should use and will make you stand out from the others. First, choose your equipment. Now you don’t need state of the art, top of the line PCs that can handle every game out there, but it does help. As long as you have something that can handle running a game with…
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A Look Back at 2016

Looking back at 2016, a lot of hits and misses happened in the Gaming Industry. Many games were released, many memorable others were forgotten. The beginning of the first quarter didn’t have too many new and exciting games except for Uncharted 4 for the PS4. E3 was a smashing success, and Twitch exploded throughout the summer and made some great changes toward the end of the year. Starting with the games that came out this year, we’ve had many, including: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, FIFA 17, Battlefield 1, No Man’s Sky, and Overwatch. Uncharted 4 extended the series once again, and it was a simple continuation of the same amazing railroaded action adventure of treasure hunting. A strong story…
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Video Games Meet the Cinema

Through the years, Hollywood has been trying to reach out to gaming community. Although in the past they have not succeeded too well when converting video games into movies, most of the time they had been flops. Recently this past summer Warcraft was released and came out with mixed reviews from the gaming community and with the release of Assassin’s Creed we are potentially entering into the year of video game movies. Depending on the success of these two movies we may see more video game movies in the near future. Looking back at Warcraft the story was loosely adapted on the very first game of World of Warcraft. Personally, I liked this movie, it had a story that was…
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