My Gaming Month in Review: September 2017!

It’s officially fall, October is here, Halloween is right around the corner… this is one of my favorite times of year! We don’t really have much of a “fall” where I live, but I live vicariously through my Animal Crossing towns! Wow, I just realized how sad that sounded… ha! Anyway, here’s a look at the games I played in September!

I continued playing Doubutsu no Mori for the N64 so I could pay off more of my debt! The rainy season continued… nearly every time I played, it was raining!

However, on September 30th, it was a nice, sunny day with lots of bugs jumping around. It was as if summer was saying goodbye!

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I was eager to make more money to pay off more of my mortgage, but when I went to Nook’s, I discovered the lottery was happening! I forgot that on the last day of the month, there is a lottery and you can’t sell anything. Dammit! I couldn’t even play, because I didn’t have any tickets. 😦

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I still made a small payment towards my mortgage anyway. I now owe 213,000 Bells!

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In Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii, Owen sent me a love letter!

He still seems a little pushy, haha.

I entered the Harvest Festival vegetable contest, but apparently I had no idea what I was doing, because I got last place! Ugh!

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Finally, Fall turned into Winter! Winter is so beautiful… and I love when the snow falls! I also love the music that plays during this season. It’s like a mix between Animal Crossing and the Sims! 🙂

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However… why the fuck do giant rocks randomly appear in my field sometimes?!

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I had enough money and materials to upgrade my house, woo hoo! I was surprised the change was immediate. I figured I’d at least have to wait a day!

Finally, I got Renee’s wish! Three people down, seven more to go!

I decided it was time to get another animal, so I bought a foal and named it Rodeo. How cute!

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I also met the snowman, who is totally awesome! He gives you presents every morning if you give him a nose, haha! I gave him a carrot to use as a nose, which was just what he wanted!

The first present I got from the snowman was a perfect potato. This is just what I needed to make Humphrey the Hippo a veggie pizza so his ass would go back to the circus. Whew!

Lastly, Owen said he wanted to talk to me. He asked me to be his girlfriend, so now it’s official! 🙂

As of the end of September, I was on Year 1, Winter, Day 8.

Oh, and, um, it said my pet snake and I were practically twins. Thanks?

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I wanted to get into the Halloween mood, so I decided to play a game I’ve had on my iPad for awhile called Haunted Halloween Escape.

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This game is exactly what it sounds like- you have to escape from a haunted room. The graphics are a bit blurry and not that great.

Some parts of the game are silly- like, why is this ghost blocking the desk?

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Don’t get me started on this cheesy vampire.

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I found the recipe to escape… and discovered I kind of suck at puzzle solving.

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When I escaped, Dracula was at the door, but after I gave him some candy, he went away. No, I’m not kidding.

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Maybe I shouldn’t have played this game before bed, but I felt like it was more irritating than anything. The graphics weren’t great, some of the puzzles weren’t even clear, and there were also a few misspellings that were kind of silly. A decent game to waste a half hour on, I suppose, but not one I’ll be playing again.

I did make a small amount of progress on Juice Cubes for the iPhone, stopping on Level 36. It forces you to wait at this point until you collect “map pieces” which is kind of lame. But since summer is over, my time playing this game is over for now! 🙂

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I made a little bit of progress in The Legendary Starfy this month too. I played a level in which you had to swim through bubbles, and surprisingly it was kind of fun!

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Overall, though, I feel like I just want to get through these levels as quickly as possible. I don’t really care about finding any extras, I just want this game done.

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I beat the boss of Sogwood Forest and got the 5th shard, go me!

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Another stage, another annoying gameplay mechanic… you have to spin/ step on a button to make the water rise, and it really sucks!

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As of the end of September, I was on Stage 5-2 Glitzem Grotto: Rickety Ride.

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Lastly, this month I checked in on all my little friends in Tomodachi Life! Since my cousin recently had a baby, I decided to add him into the mix. Welcome, Cameron! 🙂

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The first food I fed him- a cheeseburger- turned out to be his super all time favorite food!

Meanwhile, Don dreamed that he was a skeleton keychain dangling off of a backpack. Wow.

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So, that about wraps it up for my gaming month in review. See ya next time!

 

It Sucks To Be Writing A Post Like This Again…

It was really sad to dedicate a blog post to my grandfather after he passed away a couple months ago, and here we are again… a few days ago we had to say goodbye to my mother-in-law, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 59.

My mother-in-law was a super sweet lady who led a simple life, never needing or wanting much more than to hang out with family and take care of her animals. She always had kind words to say and would never let anyone leave without giving them a hug and telling them she loved them.

Just like with my grandfather, my mother-in-law is forever immortalized in Tomodachi Life, hanging out with everyone else in the family.

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Here she is with my father-in-law…

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Her three kids…

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And her seven grandkids.

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It sucks to be going through another loss so soon, but once again, Tomodachi Life is helping me out in its weird, wonderful little way.

I’ll be back with more posts soon, just wanted to dedicate this one to my mother-in-law. Thanks for reading.

My Gaming Week in Review (2/18- 2/25)!

Console

No console gaming this week!

Handheld

Nintendo 3DS

I peeked in on my little Look-Alikes in Tomodachi Life this week. It was late at night, so a lot of them were sleeping when I visited. Anyway, Ryu and Leilah became friends…

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Carol loved her new reggae hat that I gave her…

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Someone had a freaky dream about worshiping soft serve ice cream…

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and I solved 700 Mii Problems!

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Mobile

iPhone

So, I decided to try out Fire Emblem Heroes this week. The graphics are really nice!

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I tried out a few of the levels, but… I just can’t seem to get into it!

The game isn’t too hard to figure out, and the story isn’t bad. I just feel like there are a ton of characters I know nothing about, since I haven’t played any of the previous Fire Emblem games.

I did use orbs to summon a few heroes, but I should’ve waited until I had a couple more, since I only had enough to summon 4 of them! Oops.

Anyway, it really is a bummer, because I WANT to like this game so bad. Nothing about it really grabs my attention and makes me want to play it again, though. Plus with all the different characters and different stats, etc. etc., it’s a lot to learn- and I don’t really feel like learning it right now. I’m glad to see so many other people enjoying it though! For now, though, I’ll probably focus my attention elsewhere.

I played a little bit of Pokémon GO this week, and I caught 3 new Pokémon! They were Natu…

Teddiursa (HOW CUTE)…

and Hoppip!

I played through some more Super Mario Run this week. I am loving this game! I still plan on doing a First Impressions post of it sometime this friggin’ year (I’m sooo slow) but this is the level I am currently on:

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PC

No PC gaming this week!

Misc.

No Misc. gaming this week!

So overall, I didn’t have a lot of extra time for gaming this week, which is a real bummer. I need a vacation!

My Gaming Week in Review (1/08- 1/14)!

I haven’t done it in a little while, but I thought I’d bring back My Gaming Week in Review for the new year! I always enjoyed writing this type of summary post, and it helps me keep track of my gaming! Let’s see if I can keep up with this on a regular basis- I tend to be awfully flighty, haha! 😉

First, though, I want to say thank you to The Shameful Narcissist who has so nicely awarded me with a blogging award called The Sunshine Blogger Award! 🙂 I’m so excited to receive another reward! I have a couple more blog posts planned, and then I will post all about it!

So, let’s get to what I played this week!

Console

Wii U

Michael and I continued playing Yoshi’s Woolly World this week. We both love this game! It’s so cute and vibrant. Here are some screenshots from World 2:

This level’s name really cracked me up for some reason:

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Although the “Blargg” was a very rude creature who kept trying to attack me and push me into the lava! I remember those jerks from Yoshi’s Island…

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The best part about World 2, though, was POOCHY!

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I love Poochy! Here’s a few more screenshots of him just being awesome!

So we then moved on to World 3…

And we knitted together a few more Yoshis, but I’ll get better pics of them later! We left off on World 4-1, so I’m sure we will continue on with our adventure this week!

Handheld

Nintendo DS

Something I do every now and then is play an “easy” game before bed. Something I don’t have to spend a lot of time or effort on but that is still fun. I decided to resurrect this idea and play a game that is cute, simple, and one that I never played all the way through- The Legendary Starfy!

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This game is so adorable. I previously only played through the first 3 levels (shame on me!) so I just started a new game. Despite being underwater most of the time, the controls are actually pretty easy.

Plus, Starfy is just so HAPPY. I mean, just look at the joy on his face when he does something as simple as jump in the air!

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Ironically, I left off where I did before, but I don’t plan on stopping here! I want to play the game through this time, even if I just play one level before bed at night. In the meantime, enjoy Starfy in his beachwear outfit and sunglasses!

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Nintendo 3DS

As you probably figured from my last entry, I also played some Tomodachi Life this week. After doing those pictures with my Grampy, I decided to check in on my islanders, many of whom told me they hadn’t seen me in 3 months! Oops!

Anyway, one of the first things I noticed was that Kevin was sad that he and Marge had broken up. He replayed a montage of good times in his head, and it took me forever to get him out of his mopey mood!

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However, not more than 15 minutes later, Jason begged Marge to be with him. Frank (Grampy!) tried to say he loved her more, but she still went with Jason. Kevin who?

Also, Dani attempted to hook up with Steve, but he stood her up at the cafe. That bastard!

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I found Isabella’s super all-time favorite food…

As well as Skye’s worst-ever food!

And Steve, paying no mind to Dani’s broken heart, wanted some clothes to “up his cool factor.” I found an outfit that said just that in the clothing store, and he loved it!

So, things are just as quirky as ever on Crickie Island. Never a dull moment there!

Mobile

I didn’t do any mobile gaming this week!

PC

Steam

I FINALLY bought and started playing Stardew Valley this week! I have been wanting this game for quite some time, but was holding out for the Wii U version. Once that got cancelled, I decided to buy it on Steam. I’m going to do a First Impressions post of this soon, so stayed tuned for that. But here’s what the adorable icon looks like on my desktop! 😉

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Misc.

Retro Machine

Finally, I played a little bit of my Retro Machine that Michael got me for my birthday last year! For those that aren’t familiar, it’s a cute little tabletop arcade system with 200 games built in! I’ve played some of the games, but not all of them. I want to eventually play through all of them, so I started right at the top with F-22!

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F-22 is a pretty cool little shooter. It’s kind of like a mix between Space Invaders and Galaga, and its difficulty is pretty unforgiving.

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At one point, I did get to a boss…

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but right after I took that picture, I died, and I had to start the level ALL OVER. Bullshit! Oh well. Still fun though!

So those were my gaming adventures this week! See ya!

Thanks, Tomodachi Life!

We laid my Grampy to rest yesterday. While it definitely is not easy to accept the fact that he is gone, there is at least one place where he is immortalized in the gaming world. That place is Crickie Island, my family’s virtual home in Tomodachi Life!

Here, Grampy will be forever hanging out with everyone, free to do what he wants! Here he is striking a pose with one of his signature phrases…

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Here he is with my grandma…

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His 6 children…

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His 7 grandchildren…

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And his 5 great-grandchildren!

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I wanted to pose him with all of our spouses too, but it only let me put a certain number of people in each photo even though it was a “group shot.” Ugh!

Anyway, playing this game and seeing him alive and well in it actually brings me some happiness because I can actually see aspects of his personality in his Look-Alike! It’s not the same as being with the real person, of course, but knowing that I can at least visit him in this virtual world whenever I want makes me feel just a little bit better.

My Gaming Week in Review (8/28- 9/03)!

Console

Nintendo Wii

Last week, I dusted off my Wii Fit board and started playing Wii Fit Plus! Despite the fact that it had been a LONG time since I’ve played, I jumped right back in. I played for a couple days, trying out all the different activities to just get a feel for them once again.

This week, I played twice. I like to do a Body Test every time I play, just to see what my Wii Fit Age is. On Tuesday, it was 32- only 2 years above my actual age, so not bad!

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Despite this fact, the game felt it necessary to antagonize me a bit…

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Anyway, I decided to focus on Yoga…

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And despite my “poor balance” I managed to snag a high score on one of the exercises!

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I played again on Thursday, took another body test, and was happy to see that this time my Wii Fit Age was 29! Suck it, Wii Fit!

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I focused on Strength Training this time…

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And the game found it necessary to antagonize me again!

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Oddly enough, my right ankle was hurting me that day, so maybe there was some truth to that statement. Whatever! Then I did a plank and I cracked up…

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Those that know me would definitely not describe me as a body builder! Haha! Anyway, I am enjoying the fact that I have gotten back into this game. It has exercises that are easy enough for me to do without feeling like I am going to die, so hopefully I can stick with it for awhile! 🙂

Nintendo Wii U

I decided to show my Wii U some love this week and play Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Despite this being a slower-paced game, I still enjoy it. I’m months behind, so I picked the March 2016 board and started playing!

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Goldie was the host of the game, and she looked adorable as usual!

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Right off the bat, I lost money on almost every space I landed on. Ugh!

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Lots of special characters came to visit, including Katie, Katrina, Phineas, Shrunk and Red.

Shamrock Day was the 17th, but nothing really special happened. 😦

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There was a Fishing Tourney on the 19th. I caught a bluegill, which got me 3rd place.

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I laughed at one of the computer characters, who had an unfortunate incident:

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The 27th was Bunny Day! Zipper T. Bunny showed up and told us to look for eggs. I earned 11 Happy Points for finding 11 eggs.

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In the end, I got 3rd place. Oh well, I never seem to win when I play this game!

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Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy

I made a little bit of progress in Pokémon Blue this week! First of all, my Butterfree learned Poison Powder, yay!

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Finally, I leveled up all of my Pokémon to Level 15, so I was ready to challenge Brock in the Pewter City Gym.

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When I arrived at the Gym, some chump dared to challenge me while I was trying to find Brock. I made quick work of his Diglett and Sandshrew. In between fighting his two Pokémon, Squirtle leveled up!

After the battle, my Squirtle evolved into Wartortle! Hell yeah!

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I proceeded to Brock, who didn’t seem like that bad of a guy. I kicked his butt anyway! He had a Geodude and an Onyx, and I made quick work of them both.

Wartortle grew to level 17, too! I then received the Boulder Badge for my troubles.

Honestly, I think I may have leveled up a bit TOO much before that battle. My Squirtle/ Wartortle had A LOT of power. Oh well. On to the next Gym!

Nintendo 3DS

I took some time to pay a visit to my little look-alikes in Tomodachi Life, which I haven’t done in forever! It was pretty late when I played, so a lot of them were asleep. My look-alike (not surprisingly) was still awake and was playing with a puppy!

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I decided to give her a makeover and change up her interior design. She seemed pretty pleased with it!

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Marge seemed pretty… thrilled to see me…

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While Frankie was too hungry to think about anything else! I gave him some barbeque, which he loved.

Cheryl complained about her hair…

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And I fed Diana something she totally hated! (Can’t remember exactly what it was though, haha!)

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Ryu learned to rock & roll…

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While Lee and Tové both wondered the same thing!

I discovered that although I had made her awhile ago, I had NEVER stopped in to say hello to Judy! Oops! I felt bad, so I fed her, gave her a new outfit, and changed her interior. Hope we are friends now!

I also realized that I had never spoken to David, but that’s not that big of a deal- I made him the last time I played, and turned the system off before speaking to him.

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I then created Jenn, who seems to be quite the happy camper, despite the scowl on her face!

Before I turned the game off, I noticed someone was on top of the tower. I zoomed in and witnessed Carolyn doing something incredibly bizarre. She was leaning backwards, staring at the sky. Occasionally she would wave emphatically! Was she staring at aliens? Is she just nuts? We will probably never find out!

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Mobile

iPhone

As I wrote about in my last entry, I tried out- and quickly deleted- the monstrosity known as I Am Bread. Uggh! Moving on…

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I had quite a productive week in Pokémon GO! In one trip,  I managed to catch a Krabby, an Eevee, and a Staryu!

 

I then hit Level 5 and caught an Oddish! I really like his little smile 😉

An egg I had been incubating hatched, but it was only a Rattata!

I then caught an Exeggcute!

After all that, it was time to choose my team. I listened as each team told me why I should join them.

In the end, I chose team Valor! I love the phoenix logo.

My next trip, I quickly caught a Bellsprout. I was heading through downtown in my city- there are a shit-ton of Pokéstops around here! Lucky me!

Next, I earned a medal for catching 10 Flying-type Pokémon. I was then thrilled to catch a Raticate! He was a little asshole too, he broke out of like 5 Pokéballs before I nabbed him! After catching him, I earned another medal, this time for catching 30 Pokémon.

Next, an Abra popped up, followed by a Nidoran! After catching those two, I leveled up, then earned yet another medal!

Overall, I would say it was a very successful week for Pokémon GO. I am still only playing it casually, and I am really enjoying it. I haven’t been to any Gyms yet to train, but hopefully I will soon!

So as you can see, I was able to enjoy several games this week, even if I didn’t play any of them for long periods of time. I am super happy when I get to relax and enjoy gaming, so it was a good week for me! 🙂

Life Goes On, Crickie Island Style!

Today has been a bummer of a day for me. First off, seeing my hand surgeon this morning indicated that nerve damage may be more extensive than I thought. I will be following up with more testing in the coming weeks, which sounds like NO FUN at all! By the time I am allowed to play video games unrestricted again, I’ll have lost some of my edge 😉

Second off, my Uncle Ronnie passed away this morning. It makes me horribly sad, but there is one way I know he is always going to live on: as a character in the game Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS.

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The Ronnie of this physical world may have passed, but the Ronnie who is a resident of Crickie Island (my island’s name in the game) is alive and well. In this world, he is with his wife, my Aunt Carol, and they enjoy many adventures together.

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That’s one of the beautiful things about the gaming experience. Even in sad, dark times, gaming can take you on an adventure. Any time I’m missing Uncle Ronnie, I can pop in for a quick visit to Crickie Island and see his look-alike. It’s no substitute for the real person, of course, but it makes me feel better nonetheless. So life is gonna go on for Uncle Ronnie, Crickie Island style. There, a piece of him will live on forever.