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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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™‚

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Are Video Games Art?

Back in September,Β The Well-Red Mage asked another thought provoking question that I thought would be fun to answer! Took me long enough to answer, right? *rolls eyes* Anyway, his question this time around was quite simple: Are Video Games Art?

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Obviously not my photo… credit belongs to the Mage πŸ˜‰

There were many people that gave excellent, thoughtful responses to this question. If you haven’t yet checked it out, click on the link in the first paragraph and go read them! Anyway, I’m not going to give some long, philosophical response on what is considered “art” and why something should or should not be considered art. For me, the answer is simple: yes.

To me, video games are considered art because they are created for us to enjoy. That creation (whether it ends up well-received or not) is the result of someone’s hard work and dedication. And yes, every part of the game is art to me- from the graphics to the musical score to the story- it’s all art. Of course, whether we like the game or not is totally subjective, just like every other artistic medium. Not every type of game will appeal to everyone, and that’s okay! πŸ™‚

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 30!

Day 30: Your Favorite Game Of All Time.

Well, I’ve spoken of it many times before:

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Of course it’s none other than Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars! I’ve gone into detail about why this game is my favorite, so I won’t repeat myself. Please click here if you haven’t read my post dedicated to the game that I’ve loved since it first came out in 1996!

And that wraps up the 30 Day Video Game Challenge! It was a lot of fun, and most of the questions were pretty easy to answer.

I have quite a few posts planned, but the first one I am going to put out is a First Impressions post of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! I’m probably going to be doing some behind-the-scenes work with my blog, too: cleaning up categories, maybe changing the layout, etc. I’m also going to do more posts dedicated to Kirby games since, you know, I’ve totally sucked at celebrating his anniversary! I had plans to play all of his games and I’ve played like 2 of them. Whoops!

Anyway, thanks so much for reading! πŸ™‚

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 29!

Day 29: A Game You Thought You Wouldn’t Like, But Ended Up Loving.

Hmmm…. another difficult question! I don’t typically buy games unless I’m sure I will like them, though I have taken chances on games every now and then (but that’s only when I THINK I will like the game). However, one game comes to mind that I never really considered playing when it first came out:

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Smuggler’s Run: Warzones. It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t like this game, but it just kind of flew under the radar for me for awhile. Then one day my cousins came over with a bunch of their GameCube games, and this was one of them. Turns out it’s a pretty fun game! You spend a lot of your time driving illegal contraband to drop off points and of course, there are many complications that can arise from doing so! I borrowed the game for a few days, but my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time, haha) and I were enjoying it so much, we bought our own copy!

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 28!

Day 28: Favorite Game Developer.

Well, this one is super easy for me, and you probably won’t be surprised by my answer!

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Of course it’s Nintendo! There are many game series that I love, but Nintendo has consistently created some of my favorite titles. I’m partial to them anyway since some of my fondest childhood memories involve me playing Nintendo games. πŸ˜‰

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 27!

Day 27: Most Epic Scene Ever.

Meh… WHY am I feeling so uninspired these last couple questions? It’s like I can’t think of anything at all for my answers. Most epic scene… hmm… oh, I know! When Baby Bowser turns into gigantic Bowser in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island for the SNES!

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The first time I saw this scene (hey, I was 9) I was really blown away. I couldn’t believe how huge Bowser got! It definitely threw me for a loop, and I probably would’ve described the scene as “epic” had that been a thing when I was 9. Yep, it’s the best I can come up with right now.

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 26!

Day 26: Best Voice Acting.

Um… I’m probably not the best person to be asking this question. I feel like I haven’t played many games lately that had significant voice acting in them. Since I’m pretty much drawing a blank, I’m going to draw inspiration from my answer yesterday and say Persona 4: Dancing All Night!

Though I haven’t played all the way through the game, I was pretty impressed with the voices thus far.

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I read online that some people disliked Rise’s voice because they got a different voice actor for this game. I had nothing to base it on, though, so I don’t mind her voice. πŸ™‚