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The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “G”

Due to a new schedule last week, I didn’t manage a blog. So I’ll be posting 2 letters this week!

Okay, so I recommend this game to everyone with a DS/3DS all the time, but can’t remember if I did here. Anyway, it absolutely must go on this list!

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was one of the few games that stuck with me, in that I STILL think back on the story years later. It’s not a long game, you only need about 10 hours max, but it has that emotional punch that all great stories do. The gameplay is interesting, puzzles are good, and the characters will leave you in tears. Yes, I sobbed like a baby at the end, but to say anything more would be spoiling. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

Gabriel Knight series. I was originally drawn in by the second game, The Beast Within, because it featured a writer, werewolves, and a mystery, which was all I needed. The FMV is probably one of the best ever made too, and it made me geek out that I had the same pen as Gabriel Knight and I would try to emulate the way he acted/walked (I was perhaps a strange kid). The first one was good too, but I played the second one about 3 times (always with a walkthrough, as the end maze is quite intense!).

Golden Sun series. Golden Sun was well…gold, okay? I absolutely loved this series, though Dark Dawn on the DS (which came years after the second) is the weakest. I started with the first, then played the second, and greatly appreciated seeing both sides as the second is the same game told through the view of the first game’s “enemy”. It brought up the idea of morals and that classic question of good vs bad. Yet overall it was just fun. I even named my ACNL town after the town I loved to waste time in, Tolbi. Collecting all the djinn was fun too, along with the powers they gave. Plus, they were cute! Hmm, maybe I should try to make an amigurumi of one…

What are your favorite G games?

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The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “F”

We’ve made it to the 6th letter, which means we’ve got 20 more to go! Without further adieu, let’s get started. I’m covering a nice range of genres today.

Fantasy Life (3DS) was unbelievably fun and I was HOOKED for months. I loved this game so much. I only have crafting jobs left, as they tend to be more difficult. It has that addictive quality I love, fun quests, RPG elements, and a good story. I like that you see the monsters, so they’re aren’t random battles and you can go after what you need. I can’t speak to the multiplayer aspect, as I haven’t played it online, but I’d love to see a future Fantasy Life on Switch.

Forza Horizon (Xbox 360) is a game just makes you happy if you find joy in racing games with casual driving. I will fire up this game just to drive around at various speeds, and occasionally join races. I’m not sure why I find that so fun, but I do (perhaps this harkens back to my love of the Midtown Madness games). I haven’t played 2 or 3, just the first which is set in a fictional Colorado. I have no idea how accurate buildings or scenery are, since I’ve never been there, but it’s fun to stop and take it in after awhile.

Fortune Street (Wii) holds much memories of summer fun at a time that honestly wasn’t. It kept us sane and gave us some great moments playing with family. It is very much like Monopoly with a stock market. The game can be unfair, as you can lose at the very end no matter how well you’re doing. Even so, the memories make this a top game for me. Plus, you get to play with Dragon Quest and Nintendo characters!

Honorable Mentions:

Fable series. (Xbox 360) I haven’t finished any of the series, but enjoyed 1 and 2. I haven’t yet tried 3. I loved the freedom of choice, but due to my need to steal in RPGs, I’ve been hated in some towns lol. And then I kept being followed by a creepy guy in the second game, did all possible turn offs because he annoyed me, and he still followed me like a puppy dog, even when I married someone else. Then I never played it again lol. But really, 1 and 2 were fantastic, and I wish the series had kept getting better.

Fire Emblem series. Because I can’t end this without mentioning this. I loved Shadows of Valentia, and Awakening had a cool romancing aspect (but picking people’s partners and who should have kids was agonizing to me). I’m not so much a fan of the earlier games with permadeath, those kind of stress me out. I really don’t like permadeath.

So that’s it! What are your favorite F games?

The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “D”

So, since I love a lot of games that start with D, this one was tricky… I have two series from my past that I have great memories of, two newer games, and one under the radar game that I wish had more attention. Honestly D could have been broken down to genres but we don’t have time for that. So let’s get to it!

Diablo was my introduction to online multiplayer and I spent a large portion of middle school playing the first game online with my friend. It was awesome to me, and I had many characters. Every time we summoned a skeleton, we’d name it Fred. We also cheated when we learned how to dupe, so our characters were super rich. It was just loads of fun to destress from life and chat while fighting demons in the catacombs. Then when Diablo 2 came out, it was years before I could play. At that point I was already with my boyfriend who became my husband, and so there’s some nice memories of playing co-op together. I have yet to play 3, but would like to.

Dungeon Siege was one of my first online games I played with my best friend so it also holds lots of good memories. I introduced this one to my husband and we started playing together but never finished. It’s very similar to Diablo so it’s no surprise I love them both.

For newer games, Dragon Quest Builders became an instant favorite when I bought it for the Switch. It’s a good game to relax with and I love playing it handheld. Though a spin-off, it’s my first Dragon Quest game technically, since I only played DQ9 for maybe 2 hours (and yes, I do plan on going back to it, along with 5, 7 and 8, all of which I own. Backlog is massive!). There’s just something really addictive about Builders.

Dust: An Elysian Tail really impressed me on every level and I’m still blown away by the fact that it was made by a single person. It was among the first games bought on GOG and I loved everything about it. It’s deep, gorgeous, has stunning music, has a lot of soul, a lot of heart, and I think everyone should try it out. If you like indie games, it is simply a masterpiece.

For my honorable mention, Drakan: Order of the Flame wowed younger me when I learned I could have a dragon friend and ride it. Seriously, that was just the coolest thing to me as I love dragons. This was one of the first games to do this (to the best of my knowledge), as dragon riding wasn’t really a thing, and even now it remains rare. I haven’t played the sequel, and the PS2 versions are difficult to find, but hopefully copyright issues can be worked out for a remake someday.

I could list so many more, like Duke Nukem 1 and 2, Donkey Kong, etc, but like I said, I had to narrow it down. What are some of your favorite D games?

The ABC’s of favorite video games! The Letter “B”

I want to try to post these more often (or it’ll take ages to get to Z), I’ve just been quite busy! Anyway, I have more games for this letter than the first, so had a bit of going back and forth over what is my top pick. But as much as I enjoy Breath of the Wild, I went with the game that created a love for match-3 games.

The Bejeweled series was amazing at the time. My boyfriend (now husband) gave me a copy of Bejeweled 2 years ago, and then we went on to play Bejeweled 3. I loved Zen mode just to relax with the soundtrack, and loved the puzzle mode in both. It’s a game I really need to install again as I still haven’t since getting this computer. It was just so addictive.

I want to talk about Breath of the Wild too, because I just enjoy climbing mountains, riding horses, and paragliding as I discover the world. I also love to bomb the enemies, even if it’s a slow way to combat. I’ve barely made progress, because when I play, I just busy myself with exploring. I will probably never “beat” it, as my joy comes from just seeing the weather elements and searching areas. Though I can’t stand when rain stops me from climbing.

Honorable mentions:
1. Bastion was a beautiful game, and I loved the story. It was well done and sometimes I still think about it, like a good book.

2. Bayonetta, because I love her. She’s pretty epic and it’s just plain fun to play.

3. Bravely Default was great, until you hit the halfway point where it gets repetitive. Up until that point though, I would have sung praises. It’s still a great game though, and I did buy the sequel to try. Unfortunately I’ve taken quite a long break because of that repetition so I still need to finish the game.

The Alphabet of Favorite Video Games – Letter A

I saw someone doing this on Twitter and thought it was a great idea for the blog. I’m going to dedicate regular blog posts every week with a new letter until the alphabet is finished. So yay, more activity on the blog. Now let’s get right to it!

For the letter A, I obviously have to go with Animal Crossing. I started with the original game on the Gamecube and loved the relaxing gameplay, collecting fossils and interacting with my villagers. I was into it enough to get an extra memory card for a second town to trade with. And then New Leaf came out.

I spent so much time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, nearly 500 hours. The ease of multiplayer was a blast and I made a lot of friends, had great conversations even within the limited text space, and there was more to do than ever. It barely left my 3DS for a very long stretch of time. It is my most played 3DS game, and most definitely my most played console game as a whole. The only possible exception is casual games over several years, but that hardly counts.

Some honorable mentions: Age of Mythology, Age of Empires II. Both of these introduced me to the RTS genre and I had lots of fun using the cheats. Anyone remember the flying purple hippo or the lazer bear? Those were my favorite.

What are your favorite games that start with A?

E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?

Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.

That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!

As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.

I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?

The Story of How I Became a Gamer

While I’m pretty obviously female as you can tell by my videos and icons, I certainly have my own story of what made me a gamer. I had a friend in elementary school and he had an NES system. I would go to his house after school pretty regularly. Even though I was a “girl” (this was back in the 90’s after all), he decided one day that I could play with him on the NES after we got bored doing origami. So he introduced me to Duck Hunt and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever back then. I was so amazed by it, just sitting there and having essentially an arcade game to play at his house. Seriously, Duck Hunt blew my little kid mind back then. We spent hours taking turns shooting those darn ducks. It was also the moment I knew that I loved Nintendo (many years later, I now have a Gamecube, N64, DS Lite, 3DS, Wii U and a bunch of Club Nintendo stuff too). Later I was introduced to the Zelda series at my best friend’s house, as she had an SNES with A Link to the Past, though I didn’t properly play a Zelda game myself until Windwaker. Those are my first console memories outside of a Commodore, which I played with my neighbor (Bubble Bobble being the game of choice, along with a game that I cannot remember the name of sadly).

So what made me call myself a gamer? It’s a toss up really. I sunk many many hours in Diablo 1, solidifying my absolute love for RPGs. I spent probably even more time with The Sims. The first Sims game offered so many hilarious situations and me and my friends were addicted. Seriously crazy things happened; I had a house where I made Sims of me and my friends and we all had husbands and lived in the same house. Two of the husbands fell in love with each other, leading to constant fighting between our sims. And the situations would just get weird; it was always a soap opera when I played. And then Halo 1 came, ensuring the fact that I needed games in my life and did not want to go without.

All of these games have given me very positive memories, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. In a way, like books, these games kept me going in a time of darkness and turmoil. It’s not so much where I played them or what we ate when playing (I’m not really even sure, but M&Ms and potato chips stand out in my mind), or drinking soda (though I’ve cut that habit long ago now) while playing, but just the fact that these games connected me to friends, brought me much laughter, allowed me to be a kid and gave an escape from the bad stuff I was dealing with.

If someone were to create a personal nostalgia crate for me, it would probably include a plush of one of the Bubble Bobble dragons, a zapper gun or USB gamepad, a bag of M&Ms, a soundtrack of classic Nintendo songs, and a classic game or two (looking at you, Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland).

I was recently introduced to Man Crates, a small company which sells one time gift boxes catered to men, wooden crates that include their own crowbar to open them. Among their most popular boxes is the Retro Gaming crate (they also have a Super Retro Gaming crate). I did not receive any compensation for writing this blog post. If you’re interested at all in what the Retro Gamer Crate or Super Retro Gamer Crate include, check them out at http://www.mancrates.com.

GOG.com’s Huge Mutator Sale Event

So first off, yesterday I learned about GOG’s Mutator sale. It’s a great way to get some games for real cheap. I spent less than $15 both times. You pick 3 games out of the list, and then buy additional mystery titles for $2 each, up to three times.

The first time around I bought Long Live The Queen, Sword of the Stars: The Pit, and the expansion DLC to The Pit.

Mystery titles I received from that round were: Blackwell Bundle (a cool indie adventure game), Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (pretty but, not sure), and Wing Commander 1+2 (meh).

I tried again today, buying Two Worlds, The Book of Unwritten Tales and The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles.

Mystery titles received today were: Capitalism 2 (Ok, looks like fun), Legend of Grimrock (one I wanted!), and Eador Genesis (looks great).

Definitely check it out if you like big sales like this. This round of titles is only available for the next few hours; it ends tomorrow. Then there will be new titles at discount prices and a new batch of titles for the mystery ones. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next. This lasts through the weekend, with each new round lasting 48 hours.

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