The Unique Blogger Award!

Back in January, Retro Redress (now known as Art of Redress!) nominated me for The Unique Blogger Award! I really appreciate it! πŸ˜‰ There’s a couple questions to answer, so let’s get to it!

1. What is the one game that you just can’t beat? A game that you enjoy playing and have devoted lots of time to, but just can never get to the end?

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The game that comes to mind for me is Bust-A-Move for the SNES! I’ve had this game for a long time, and I’ve played the hell out of it. It’s probably one of my favorite puzzle games ever! Nevertheless, I cannot mark it as beaten, because I’ve always gotten stuck at level 99. There are 100 levels. I’m so damn close, but I just can’t beat level 99! I haven’t attempted to in several years, but I still get annoyed thinking about it.

2. What game do you think is underrated? A personal favorite that no-one appreciates?

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I’m gonna go with a silly choice here. Back in 2012, my husband and I got our first smart phones and we were pretty excited about it, because it was a huge upgrade from our regular phones! I immediately went on the App Store and searched around for games that would be fun to play. One of them was called Kitten Sanctuary. It is essentially a match-3 puzzle type game, but it was really relaxing and fun to play! If you beat the level, you saved a kitten (from… aliens I think, haha). There were no stupid microtransactions and even the later levels were challenging but fair… literally no one I talk to has ever heard of this game, but it was one of my favorites! πŸ™‚

3. What is the gaming challenge you would most like to complete? Is there one specific mission or collectible you want to get? Is it a personal thing that you always wanted to do, just to say you did it?

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Listen, if I can beat a game and knock that number down on my backlog a little more, that’s challenge enough for me! πŸ˜‰ I’m not one that needs to collect trophies or 100% every game. However, one thing I think would be neat for me to do is collect every piece of furniture in Animal Crossing for the GameCube. It’s a more attainable goal than in most of the other Animal Crossing games, since there is no DLC or region specific items to collect/ trade. I actually think I’m somewhat close to doing it, but I have to look back at my guide book and see! πŸ™‚

So there you have it!! Thanks again for the award- I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚ I have a couple other awards to get to as well, so hopefully I’ll be posting those soon!

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How I Overcome Writer’s Block!

The Well-Red Mage loves to ask great questions every now and then, and I’ve answered a couple of them in previous blog entries! His 3rd question (he’s up to 6 now… one day I’ll answer them all!) was this: How do you overcome writer’s block?

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Image borrowed from the Mage πŸ˜‰

I’m by no means an expert on writing, but obviously I enjoy it. Writing is something I’ve done since I was a kid… I wrote my first story when I was 5 about a frog named Jimmy πŸ™‚ I’ve got a whole collection of stories I’ve written since then, including many unfinished works. Plus I write blog entries of course πŸ˜‰ But like everyone else, I occasionally have the dreaded “writer’s block.” So what do I do? My answer is actually pretty simple: I don’t write.

That may sound weird, but I am a firm believer in “you can’t go forcin’ something if it’s just not right.” (Thanks, Green Day!) I often solve my problems by not thinking about them. Sounds counterintuitive, but I feel like focusing on something else for a little while somehow provides me with my solution. So when I want to write but I’m having trouble, I put the pen/ keyboard away for a little while and do something else. Eventually inspiration will strike again! πŸ™‚

First Impressions of Some New Games!

First of all… um, how is it possible that I haven’t posted in a month?! Have I really been that much of a slacker? It’s not my fault though, I swear. My thyroid has decided it really hates me and as a result I’ve been WAY more tired than usual (and that’s saying something, because I’m always freaking tired!). Seriously, even the most basic daily task is a challenge sometimes, never mind trying to compose a post that’s halfway intelligible. Trying to read posts also turned out to be a lot of work, so I’m way the fuck behind on everyone’s blogs. I still love you all and will catch up one day, don’t worry! πŸ™‚ Ah well, that’s life.

Moving on… I did a post about all my Christmas goodies and a subsequent post about some goodies I bought with my Christmas money, and turns out, I have managed to try a few of those games out! My New Year’s Resolution of not waiting forever to try out new games is sort of panning out. I thought it would be fun to do a little mini first impression on each of the games I’ve tried… no screenshots, sorry, I’m lazy as shit. Here we go!

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(As I mentioned previously that I have my 2DS XL for downloading SNES and Game Boy games. I don’t play any actual cartridges on this system, so that’s why the 2DS and 3DS are listed separately.)

Donkey Kong Country

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Have I ever mentioned that I love Donkey Kong Country?! πŸ˜‰ I played this with the intention of just “checking it out” but I ended up getting to Kremroc Industries, Inc. The game looks and plays amazing!

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Kirby’s Blowout Blast

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I was bummed that this game was download-only, but of course I bought it! It is so fun and adorable! I love the simple mechanics, and I love how incredibly fat Kirby can get! I’m currently on Stage 3.

Mario Party: The Top 100

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I love Mario Party games, no matter how much they cheat! It’s like a guilty pleasure for me. This game is really fun- it does have a lot of great mini games included, and a few that made me cringe when I played them. I think I’m on World 4 of single player mode?

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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I LOVE this game so much! When I first saw it being released for the Switch, I figured I’d just skip past it, because I already have the excellent Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. This was a Christmas gift, though, and I’m happy I received it! Nintendo took a great game and somehow made it even better. Plus, playing it in handheld mode is something I do quite often, and I love having this game portable! I’ve beaten all the cups on 50cc and most of the cups on 100cc.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

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Umm… yeah. This game. I LOVE Tetris, I enjoy Puyo- type games, and playing them both together is a fun challenge. So what’s my problem? The menus are a little odd, and the voices… oh my god the obnoxious VOICES that I CAN’T turn off! It kind of makes the whole experience irritating. Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I played it, but I think if I want Tetris, I’ll play one of my other Tetris games, and if I want Puyo, I’ll play Kirby’s Avalanche. At least I got a couple cute keychains when I bought the game!

Super Mario Odyssey

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I’m currently on the Metro Kingdom! I haven’t played this game as much as I should, but I really love it and it’s addicting. I find myself just wanting to play more and more to keep finding those Power Moons! Cappy is a pretty cool partner too. Oh, and the graphics are pretty incredible!

SNES Classic

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My husband and I tried several games on the SNES Classic, just to get our feet wet. We first played Contra III: The Alien Wars, which was interesting. I died fairly quickly because I was an idiot and was looking at the WRONG character! Then we played Donkey Kong Country, probably one of our favorite games to play together! We got to World 2: Monkey Mines. Lastly, we played Super Mario Kart together, in which we beat the Mushroom Cup on 50cc.

So there you have it! I’m also playing games that I’m trying to actually beat as well, which means I’m playing them for longer periods of time. Maybe I’ll detail that progress in another post (perhaps I should resurrect “My Gaming Month in Review” posts? πŸ˜‰ )

P.S. I recently purchased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch. πŸ˜‰

(Sort of) Liebster Award… 2nd Attempt!

A little while ago, I wrote about how my friend The Shameful Narcissist posted some questions after receiving a Liebster Award, and she invited everyone to answer the questions! I happily answered them and after I completed the whole damn post, released I had answered the wrong set of questions! πŸ˜‰ Here’s the post where I answered all the wrong ones. So now, I’m going to attempt to answer HER questions… let’s see if I can do it right this time! πŸ˜‰

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1. When you read, do you visualize characters and settings? As in, do the words create images in your mind?

Most definitely! That’s what I love about reading. I have a pretty vivid imagination even as an adult, so I immediately take the words and form pictures in my mind. That’s probably why I get mad when I read a book and I’ve visualized characters and settings in a certain way, and then I see the movie version and it just doesn’t compare to what I see in my mind!

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Like SpongeBob, I have a big imagination! πŸ˜‰

2. What’s your favorite kind of tea?

Well, I really love iced tea, especially lemon iced tea! I have a few different brands I like but Pure Leaf is amazing. I could drink that all day, every day and not get sick of it. I also love Arnold Palmers, which is a half iced tea/ half lemonade blend. I enjoy hot tea as well, especially Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time Tea. I have to be careful with herbal teas though, because a lot of them make my heart race and that’s no fun.

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Iced tea. Yep.

3. What’s the best game you’ve played or watched this year so far?

2018 is still quite young, but I have tried out a few new games so far this year! This answer may come as a surprise, but so far the game I have loved the most that I first played this year would have to be Thumper for the PlayStation VR. To me, it is amazing and though it is perfectly playable without VR, I can’t imagine doing so. Being immersed in that game with your headphones on and that intimidating, anxiety- inducing music is just an incredible experience!

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Just looking at this image makes me want to play the game!

As far as games I’ve watched… I actually haven’t watched any this year so far! Weird, considering I do love watching people play games. I just haven’t had time to do so 😦

4. What’s the best book you’ve read this year so far?

Again, since 2018 is young, I haven’t read many books yet. Even so, I really have enjoyed Fluidus Rising and Mirror Sacrifice by the very talented Margo Ryerkerk! I did small reviews of both of these books here on my blog, so check them out if you’re interested! Her next book is supposed to come out soon, and I really can’t wait!

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Awesome series!

5. Do you prefer to watch a show one episode at a time or binge watch?

Most of the time, I prefer one at a time… makes the show last longer and gives me something to look forward to! However, there are a couple shows I just can’t do that with and I prefer to binge watch… Stranger Things, 12 Monkeys, etc.!

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So ready for this show to come back on, even though it’ll be the last season 😦

 

6. Do you prefer “people” names for pets or “non-people” names?

I don’t really care what other people do, but in general I like to name my pets “non-people” names. Naming your pets something fun and weird is part of the fun of owning an animal! πŸ˜‰ Note that I do have a turtle named Bob, which is a “people” name… my aunt and uncle actually gave him to me as a Christmas present 20 years ago, and they called him Bob because he bobbed his head up and down in the water. The name just stuck for me, so I didn’t want to change it!

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My sweet old man, who is currently shedding :/

7. What would you change your eye color to if you could?

You know, I’m quite happy with the color of my eyes, so I wouldn’t necessarily change them! They are dark blue and they occasionally look gray… though if I’m wearing a blue shirt, they’ll look a little lighter πŸ™‚

8. Do you tan or burn?

I am really pale so man, do I burn 😦 I often joke that if I just look at the sun, I’ll start burning, which is why I am a goth LOL. In reality, I do enjoy being in the sun, but I just make sure I wear a high SPF sunscreen and always reapply!

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My skin is almost this dramatic… seriously!

9. What’s your fictional/ fantasy job, as in, what would your job be if you lived in a fictional/ fantasy world?

Hmmm…. this is a tough one! So many cool choices! If I had to choose, I would say it’d be neat to be some sort of mercenary that goes after all the rotten assholes of the world… someone who takes them out and looks really cool doing it, then goes home and cuddles puppies afterwards!

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I typed in “cuddly mercenary” and this popped up.

10. What’s your favorite dystopian city?

I’m gonna go with an odd choice here and say New New York from theΒ  TV show Futurama! It may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of “dystopian” but to me it still qualifies. It’s a dysfunctional, futuristic society that might still be all right to live in. Most other dystopian cities from novels and movies that I’m familiar with aren’t exactly fun places to be. In New New York, you never know what you’re gonna get! πŸ˜‰

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Bender is such an asshole, I love him!Β 

11. How close is your blogger persona to your IRL one?

This is pretty much me! I try to write my blog posts in a very casual way, as if I were actually speaking to you in a real life conversation. What you see is what you get- I don’t see a point in it being any other way! After all, I’m not trying to impress anyone here πŸ™‚

Well, there you have it! I successfully answered the correct questions from The Shameful Narcissist! It is always fun doing posts like this. I have a couple other blogging awards I need to get to as well, so hopefully I’ll get those published soon!

Christmas Money Goodies!

Along with the great gifts I received for Christmas, I also received some cash and gift cards, which is always great! That means I treated myself to several gaming related goodies. Did you really think I would spend that money on anything else? πŸ˜‰ Fine… I did buy some photo bins for my 5 billion photos I have printed out… anyway! On to the goodies!

The day after Christmas, my husband and I ventured out to GameStop and Target and came home with several goodies!

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Quantum Break was my husband’s choice, but all the rest were mine hee hee πŸ™‚ They were pretty good deals… Yo Kai Watch 2 was only $11 (Target had it in their clearance section), Summon Night 6 was I think $20, and The Walking Dead was free because GameStop was running a promotion! Sweet! And I’ve had my eye on that Goomba amiibo since it came out!

Side note: the back cover of Summon Night 6 is funny as hell, and the game cartridge has the cutest little character on it! I’m not familiar with this series, but did some research on it and seems like it’ll be fun.

Then the next day my husband ventured to a different Target and found THIS:

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An SNES Classic in the wild?! For a reasonable price?! I could hardly believe my eyes. I’m so happy to have one!

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In a subsequent trip to Target and Cybertron (a local video game store I’ve mentioned before in other posts) we bought this stuff:

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The Zelda case is awesome and holds my New 2DS XL perfectly, so I love it! I took a chance on Tengen for the Sega Genesis because I’ve never heard of it before, but it seems like a fun little puzzler.

I got myself a couple game guides off of Amazon:

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Along with some more Animal Crossing cards. Hey, I only needed to spend only 65 FUCKING CENTS to get free shipping, so I picked some AC cards to throw me over πŸ˜‰

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Then I bought 2 games that made me very happy:

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New Kirby releases are always must- haves for me, and I love Mario Party games even though they are often infuriating!

Then just today, I bought these two games at Best Buy:

The Longest 5 Minutes definitely has an interesting premise: you actually start the game at the final boss, but you lose your memory and have to piece everything back together to figure out who you are and what you’re doing! I’ve been wanting Radiant Historia for a little while and I didn’t realize it was out, so I was happy to pick it up!

I also downloaded Kirby’s Blowout Blast on my 3DS, which is ridiculously cute and fun!

On my 2DS XL I wasted no time starting my SNES/ Game Boy collection, as I bought:

Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Land 3
Pokemon Trading Card Game
Super Mario Kart

Horray for gift cards! πŸ™‚ Now hopefully I can actually play all these games…

Blinky vs. Pac-Man!

As many of you may know, I’m a huge animal lover. I have several pets and while I do love dogs and cats (and have one of each!), I’ve always loved reptiles and amphibians. Some people get grossed out by them, but since I was a kid I’ve always had nothing but love for them!! I have posted a picture of my bearded dragon before, but I also have 4 turtles, an axolotl, a beta fish (not a reptile, but not soft and cuddly either haha) and a Pac-Man frog! πŸ™‚

The Pac-Man frog is my newest addition. I got him at a reptile expo in early December, and he was only a couple weeks old when I adopted him. While trying to come up with the perfect name for him, I thought about Pac-Man and how the ghosts are always chasing him. One of the ghosts’ names is Blinky, and well… the name just stuck!

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While the video game Blinky is always on the move, my Blinky is not so active. Pac-Man frogs spend most of their lives just chilling in the dirt, waiting for their food to pass by their face. They don’t move around a whole lot! I thought it would be fun to get my little Pac-Man stress ball and put it next to Blinky to see if I got any sort of reaction out of him.

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… nope! Blinky gives no shits about Pac-Man πŸ˜‰ I’m not exactly surprised, but I thought it would be a fun picture to take anyway!

By the way, Blinky is just under 3 months old now, so he’s still got quite a bit of growing to do. He is already like twice the size he was when I got him, so he’s on the right track! πŸ™‚

Christmas Goodies!

Yeah, yeah, it’s February and I’m just now writing about what gaming related goodies I got for Christmas… so what! πŸ˜‰ I started off the new year just wonderfully… I had laryngitis that lasted 3 weeks! I finally got rid of it and felt pretty good up until Tuesday night when I started getting stuffy… and now I have a lovely cold. Ugh! I don’t have time for this shit, I have a new piercing and tattoo I want to get and I need to get well so I can heal up properly! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, turns out Santa was pretty damn good to me on Christmas! I received a Nintendo Switch, a Pro Controller and a carrying case along with a New Nintendo 2DS XL:

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Two editions of Monopoly Gamer as well as an additional game piece (Luigi):

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Two Switch games:

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Two Nintendo 3DS games:

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And two more Kirby keychains (dammit, now I have two Meta Knights haha):

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So, I got a lot of great stuff! I am so thankful to have a Switch, and it has received quite a bit of playtime so far. I’ll write about that in another blog post, though! I also am happy to have a 2DS XL, because I had been wanting one to download SNES and Game Boy games on. It’s perfect!

Santa (or should I say Mrs. Claus?) was good to my husband as well, because he has been really enjoying a shiny new PlayStation VR setup! It’s been super fun to play, and it doesn’t make me as dizzy/ sick as I thought it would. I can’t play it for long periods of time, but I’m glad I can have fun with it too!

Of course, I bought myself some more gaming goodies with my Christmas money, so I’ll show all that stuff in the next post! πŸ˜‰