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Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

Final blog award nomination post that I was due to write. thanks Extra Life Reviews for the nomination.

via An Extra Life of Sunshine Blogging — The Gaming Diaries

I was nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award by The Gaming Diaries and I am so happy for the nomination! I also love how the award is all about positivity because I think it is important to spread positivity especially through blogging. Thank you to The Gaming Diaries and make sure you check out her post and her blog!

She listed some rules on her blog for this nomination so I will make sure to list the rules as well for the people that I nominate:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions and Answers

Name 5 things that make you happy.

The 5 things that make me happy are:

  1. Playing Games
  2. Reading Books
  3. Spending Time with Friends and Family
  4. Learning Guitar
  5. Looking at Nature

Favourite video game character?

Aloy. I love how brave she is and how strong willed she is. She is a well written character and I loved playing as her in Horizon Zero Dawn.

What was the last game you played?

I got a Wii U recently so I have been playing The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. I love it because I get to control a boat and visit islands. It is so much fun so far!

If you could experience one game again for the first time, what game would you choose?

I would choose Final Fantasy XV because it was my first console game on the PlayStation 4 and I love the memories I had playing that game and finishing it! It would be fun to experience the game and those memories for the first time again!

Are there any games that you wish had got a sequel?

The Last Guardian. I really want to learn more about what happens to Trico and the boy after the story ends. Plus I just want to see another game with Trico in it because I love how adorable Trico is!

Favourite way to play: PC or console?

I would say console just because I like playing on my TV. Plus, I like how inventive the controllers are and how easy they are to hold.

Home console or handheld (or in the case of a switch – docked or handheld)?

Depends, but I would learn towards home console because then I can play on my TV. But, if I am on vacation, it is nice to have a handheld with me to play games on the go.

If you could have a video game character as a sidekick who would you choose?

I would choose Bayonetta. She is fun and confident. She would definitely be a strong sidekick and I would enjoy her sass.

Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon?

Spyro the Dragon because I love dragons!

Pikachu or Eevee?

Pikachu. I have always loved Pikachu and find him so cute! I have a stuffed Pikachu and Detective Pikachu on my Nintendo 3DS!

Games based on films or films based on games?

Games based on films. I have played a few great games based on films that I played as a kid. I liked The Emperor’s New Groove on my PC when I was little and played it plenty of times until I gave it away when I got older. I was able to play it and finish it again when I got my Vita!

My Nominations

I nominate:

A Geeky Gal, check out her post on “Gamer Confessions Tag.”

A Reluctant Hero, check out his post on “30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 29 A Warm Fuzzy Early Gaming Memory.”

AmbiGaming, check out her post on “Totalitarian Tea Time: Marjolaine vs. Bowser.” 

Double Jump, check out their post on “[Review] Octopath Traveler.” 

Later Levels, check out her post on “It’s time to talk.”

Livid Lightning, check out her post on “Blogger Blitz Black Sheep – Round 1: Totalitarian Teatime.”

NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog, check out his post on “Gamer’s Thoughts: Super Mario Odyssey isn’t a perfect game.”

Shoot the Rookie, check out their post on “Shoot the Rookie Turns One.”

Strange Girl Gaming, check out her post on “Video Game Bosses: Ep 1 The Bed of Chaos (New YouTube Series) .”

The Well-Red Mage, check out his post on “My One-Hundred Eleven Favorite Games.”

TurnBasedTurnip, check out her post on “The Witcher – No I Will Not Kill Stray Dogs!”

Questions

Here are the 11 questions I have for you if you would like to participate in the nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

  1. What is the game that you play the most?
  2. What is your favorite gaming memory?
  3. What is your favorite gaming series?
  4. What is your favorite part about gaming?
  5. What is your favorite genre of music?
  6. What is your favorite book or book series?
  7. What things do you do to relax?
  8. What inspired you to start blogging?
  9. What is one of your favorite articles that you have written?
  10. What is your favorite part about blogging?
  11. What is one piece of advice you would give to other bloggers?

Thank you to The Gaming Diaries for my nomination!

 

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Adventure Rules’ Comments on Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct

I never expected us to get so much quality information!

via Shattering Expectations: A Reaction to the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct (8.8.18) — Adventure Rules

This is an upcoming game that I am super excited about! Adventure Rules wrote a post about what he think of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Show. I am excited to play the single player mode of this game and also to play with my friends when they come over! I will not spoil the article so I recommend that you read it here if your are interested in the upcoming game!

My First Zelda Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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Everyone talked about Zelda at college in my friend group. I did not grow up with the series, but I was interested. Why is there so much love for the series?

I decided I had to play one of the games. So I got a Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

There will be minor spoilers for the game just so you know.

Starting the Game and Kokiri Forest

When I started the game, I decided to name my character something stupid because I thought it would be funny: I named him Balls.

As soon as I started the game, I was amazed by the 3D graphics and the beauty of the forest. I loved how cute the characters were although Navi could be annoying when she told me I was playing too long.

I liked the first dungeon inside the old tree. It was a simple way of introducing me to the game. I was terrified by the spiders because I do not like spiders especially when they have skulls on them and they are bigger than me! They are creepy enough tiny!

The first boss did not help things with the spiders. Her name was Queen Gohma. I had to fight her in the dark with her one glowing eye. It was scary being in the dark with a giant spider! But, I defeated her and beat my first dungeon.

Getting Out Into the World: Favorite Parts

Meeting Zelda

I had to sneak in to meet Zelda.  I had to move slowly past guards to get to her and it was fun being stealthy. Zelda was adorable, she was so nice to me. I also loved learning my first ocarina song: “Zelda’s Lullaby” after I met Zelda. I loved playing  the ocarina and learning all the songs for it.

Getting Epona

I was so excited to get Epona because I loved riding horses when I was a kid. I learned her song from Malon and then won a horse race as an adult. I then had to jump the horse over a fence to keep Epona. I loved riding her and that I could call her with my ocarina.

Gerudo Fortress

I loved this area because of the Gerudo women. I loved the design of the women and that they were fierce warriors. I got captured by them and had to sneak around them. I liked fighting with them because they would guard and fight with two swords and do backflips.

Favorite Temple: Forest Temple

I liked the Poes and having to find them and fight them. It was fun exploring the temple and looking for them. I also liked fighting Phantom Ganon. It was intense waiting for him to come out of the paintings and having to hit him before he attacks you. I remember being so jumpy the entire fight because I was so afraid he would hit me!

Favorite boss: Ganondorf

My favorite boss is Ganondorf. When the boss fight begins, he crumbles the castle so you cannot get close to him. He would fire balls of light at me and I would have to time my sword strike to hit the ball of light back at him to stun him. Then he was stunned, I would hit him with light arrows. I loved the environment that we were fighting in and how the combat required precise timing.

Final Thoughts

I loved this game! This game started my love of Zelda games. I loved the music in this game especially the ocarina. I also loved the story and the use of time travel. I think it is a great game!

What was your first Zelda game? What are some of your favorite memories from that game?

Livid Lightning’s Recurring Villain: Bowser

In honor of Bowser after his crushing Blogger Blitz Black Sheep defeat, here’s the re-post of my Bowser themed response to the Adventure Rules Charming and Open event!

via Charming and Open – My Recurring Villain — Livid Lightning

Livid Lightning recently posted about what would happen if Bowser was in her life. I wanted to share this because Bowser is part of a lot of gamer’s childhoods and I talked about one of my favorite childhood games in my last post. I did not grow up with Bowser, but, I really got to know Bowser in Super Mario Odyssey. He sounds like he would be fun to have around according to Livid Lightning’s thoughts about him. Make sure to read Livid Lightning’s post about him by clicking here!

The Emperor’s New Groove and Childhood Games

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I had the The Emperor’s New Groove game when I was a kid on my PC. I do not remember when I got it but I guess it must have been around when the movie came out. It was my favorite game as a kid, but I gave it away when I got a little older. I was so happy that I was able to replay it on my Vita.

The game is all about collecting Kuzco idols so you can reach the end of the level. The game is split up into little worlds that are split up into levels so it is not an open world game. The story follows the movie where Kuzco is turned into a llama by Yzma and Pacha decided to help Kuzco be a human again.

First World: Village

The game starts off with a tutorial. It introduced how to play the game and what the game was going to be like. The game immediately shows that it is funny and likes to break the fourth wall.

The game’s humor comes from Kuzco’s sass because he is sarcastic to everything that the game does. He will even sass the tutorial. The fourth wall is broken in different ways such as characters will tell you that this is a game or tell you how to use the camera and then comment that they do not know what a camera is.

It also introduced recurring characters. An example was a kid on a llama bike. You had to break his bike so he would give you an idol to progress through the level. All of the game’s main boss fights were with Yzma since she is the main villain.

First Favorite World: Catacombs

This was my favorite area as a kid and still as an adult because some parts of this area are roller coaster levels. I loved them as a kid because I could ride a roller coaster on my computer.

The roller coaster levels are actually tricky as an adult. They tend to go very fast and requires quick reflexes. Sometimes the game will reverse the controls so I have to control a fast roller coaster while the controls are reversed.

I struggled with the areas that were not roller coaster levels in this world. They were challenging because they involved platforming that was precise. I did not lose all of my lives, but I did decide not to 100% levels just because of how hard the platforming was.

Second Favorite World: River

This entire area is just a water level. You control Kuzco and Pacha who are tied to a log. I loved this area as a kid because it was fun to go down waterfalls and imagine myself on a water ride.

My favorite section of this area was a level where I raced the bike kid except for this time he was on a floatie. The level was fast paced and it was fun trying to beat the kid in a race.

Final Thoughts

This game was fun as a kid and it is still fun to play today. I love the soundtrack in this game. There were a lot of songs that I would just pause and listen to before I continued playing. I would describe the music as jazz because of the quick piano and the horns.

I also loved the humor in this game. My favorite character and funny part in this game was a man called Condorman. He believed he could fly. He was part of a puzzle where you had to aim him at a button so he would fly into the button. If you missed he would hit the wall, get dizzy, and climb back up while flapping his fake wings. He would make me laugh so hard as a kid and I still found him funny now. Clearly my humor has really developed as I grew older!

The boss fights with Yzma are simple, but they are still fun. My favorite boss fight was in the River world where you had to defend yourself against exploding balloon animals.

What was one of your favorite childhood games and what was your favorite part about that game?

 

Detective Pikachu and My Love of Mystery Games

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Detective Pikachu for the Nintendo 3DS combined my love for mysteries and Pokémon. I have always loved mysteries. I played mystery games as a kid and enjoy reading mystery books. I also grew up with the Pokémon anime and the Game Boy Color games. I was excited to play this and even got the Pikachu amiibo for it.

Pikachu

I enjoyed Detective Pikachu because I liked Pikachu. I enjoyed his personality and how he was a good detective. I also thought it was really cute that he liked coffee so much because he reminded me of my mom and her love of coffee.

I also like pressing the Pikachu icon to see what he would do.  I enjoyed the detective tips and Pikachu talking. That button was also useful to hear dialogue about the case when it lit up.

It was fascinating that Pikachu could gather testimony from the other Pokémon. Tim, the main character,  and I would hear Pokémon sounds but Pikachu could hear what they were saying. It added a fun twist to the detective mystery when I could gather testimony from humans and Pokémon.

First Case

The first case involved trying to find a lost necklace. Some Aipom take the necklace and then the story branches out to find which Pokémon took the necklace. It was a fun introduction to the characters and how sleuthing works.

I enjoyed looking for clues and gathering testimony from the humans and Pokémon. The clues were not too hard to find in the first case because the game guided me through it. A big part is not only gathering clues, but working with Pikachu to figure out what the clues mean to figure out how to progress the story further such as which direction did the Aipom with the necklace go.

I enjoyed that the first case was well thought out with little twists instead of being super obvious. The game was not too hard because it is for children. But, I still had to take time to think and examine my clues so make sure I figured out where the necklace went.

Main Story

The main mystery involves the disappearance of Tim’s father and why some Pokemon are going berserk. I will not spoil either one of these mysteries, you will have to play the game to find out what happens!

I will say that the main story is interesting and there are plenty of twists and turns. Most of the cases revolve around the main plot of the story and figuring out where Tim’s father is. I liked how the plot developed and loved going through each case until the story reached a conclusion.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed the game and I am hoping that they might might make a sequel because I really enjoyed this game. I thought it was a good detective game with a good mystery. It was also not too challenging, but there was a couple times where I did need extra time to figure clues out.

I recommend that you get this game for the Nintendo 3DS. It has cute mysteries with a great main story. It is perfect for fans of Pokémon and mystery games!

What are some of your favorite mystery games?

Gamer Confessions: Inspired by A Geeky Gal’s Confessions

I found this tag over at A Geek Girl’s Guide and thought it be a great post to feature on my blog! (And I’m writing waaayyy too many long posts this week that just aren’t ready yet so have a cool tagged post for now!) I encourage all of my blogger friends to participate and […]

via Gamer Confessions Tag — A Geeky Gal

A Geeky Gal  recently did a post on Gamer Confessions and I decided to do my own as well. Check out her article for her Gamer Confessions!

A game everyone loves that you can’t stand

I am not a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series. I just never got into the games because I did not like the characters that you played.

A game that you love, but no one else seems to

For this one, I am going to go with a game that I had as a kid that is not well known. The game is called Ghost Master. You play as a “ghost master” who controls ghosts and you scare people. It is a fun game that I had as a kid and was able to play it again once I started using Steam. I recommend getting the game on Steam and giving it a try. It is a lot of fun!

An older game you haven’t finished, and probably never will

An older game that I have not finished was Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue on the PC. I had the game when I was very little, but somehow lost it as a kid. I was able to get the game again on the Vita, but the game is super tricky with the platforming so it will be tough to finish.

A guilty pleasure game

I just recently bought Just Dance 2018 which is a lot of fun. I have it on the Switch which makes it fun because the Joy-Con rumbles in your hand so you know the beat of the music. It is a fun game and it gives me an excuse to dance which I love doing despite having no idea how to actually dance.

A game you really love but haven’t played in a long time

There’s quite a few of these because I have new games to play. I think one that I have not played in a long time is Borderlands 2 which I have for the PC.  I love the wacky humor and comic book style.

A game you never play seriously but others do

In general, I do not play games seriously. I do not play games on hard, I always play on easy. An example would be the extra bosses in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. I tried to do a couple of them, but I cannot beat all of them. I am never going to beat Sephiroth. He moves too fast.

A game you completed but hated it by the end

I have not had this problem. I am easy to please when it comes to games and I tend to stick with games I know I will enjoy. If there was a game I truly did not like, I would probably not finish it.

A game you thought you’d enjoy, but didn’t

Alien: Isolation on the PC. I thought I would enjoy it because at the time I liked horror games. I did manage to beat the game, but it was just too scary for me.

A game you didn’t think was for you, and then loved

The Yakuza series on the PS4. I did not think I would enjoy the game series. But, I love the humor and the emphasis on family. Plus Majima is such a funny character and Kiryu is so serious. I played Yakuza 0, then got Yakuza Kiwami, and finished Yakuza 6.

A game you are still excited for that hasn’t come out yet

Kingdom Hearts 3! I cannot wait to play it!

 

 

The Last Guardian and Trico

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(Doesn’t look like Trico, but the puppy is still just as adorable as Trico! Besides Trico’s face kinda resembles a dog!)

The Last Guardian was the first game I got for my PlayStation 4 along with Final Fantasy XV. I got it because I wanted to learn more about Trico. I have always wanted a pet so having a pet on my PS4 was amazing!

Intro

Trico and I did not get off to a good start. Trico was wounded and hungry so he freaked whenever I went near him. I fed him and he eventually trusted me. I was able to remove the arrows from him and remove his chain that was tying him down.

Once Trico was free, he would respond to his name. I also spend a few minutes petting his head because that was his favorite spot. I felt bad that poor Trico was left abandoned and hungry so I wanted to make sure that he got lots of love and food from me. I tried to find every food barrel in the game to make him happy.

Trico and I started to trust each other more. I had to rely on him to solve puzzles in the game and he relied on me to give him food and pets. Trico especially loves having his head petted and I love spoiling him so we quickly became close.

Trico and Bonding

Trico and I are actually very alike. He was prone to panicking and I have anxiety. I began to pick up on what would make him panic and what would calm him down, just as I have picked up on what makes me panic and what calms me down.

Trico would panic when enemies would attack me or attack him. He would fly into a rage and take down the enemies. But, he would freak out for a few minutes afterwards until he received lots of pets and I removed the arrows from his body. Apparently if you wait he can calm himself down, but there was no way I was going to leave Trico alone while he was panicking. Besides, Trico does not like being left alone. If I went into a small hole, he would stick his head in the hole and paw for me and whine. I would feel so bad but I needed to do the puzzle so I had to leave him.

Because I gave Trico so many pets and we became close, training him was not too hard. You train Trico to do commands to help with puzzles. But, Trico is a wild animal. So he may not listen or he might do his own thing instead. I found that because I bonded with him early on he would listen to me and be more eager to help me out.

Trico and Friends

My friend that I mentioned in my first blog post came over my house so we could cook dinner, make our strawberry cake, and play games. I wanted him to play this game while he was at my house because I wanted him to meet Trico. He loved Trico just as much as I did.

When he played, it was actually at a part where we were high up and could easily fall. It freaked me out; most of the time I was hiding behind my friend or gripping his arm while he played because I was scared of us falling.

We both had to trust Trico and this is where things got interesting. At one point, we were stuck because we could not figure out how to get past a section and we kept falling. We would switch the controller any time we failed or got stuck. When I took control, we saw Trico jump and he just kept making noises. I had no idea what was going on, but my friend said that Trico was telling me to jump. I took a chance and he caught me at the last minute. My friend and I cheered and sighed with relief that we were safe.

Ending

Just like all adventures, eventually my adventure with Trico came to an end. I will not spoil the ending for anyone or major plot points because I encourage you all to play this game for yourself. I cried at the credits because I remembered my journey with Trico and I missed him already. I was happy to see the story reach a conclusion, but I was also sad it was coming to a close. I loved The Last Guardian and Trico! It is easily one of my favorite games on the PS4!

Have you played The Last Guardian? What did you think of the game?

GamersUnitedGG and Women in Games

Happy Monday Novas! Today we will provide another entry into Cupcakes and Machetes Women’s History Month Challenge! In honor of National Women’s History Month, bloggers are providing their own versions of posts dedicated to women in history! You can join in and read other great posts for the month by clicking here! Power up Players […]

via Women’s History Month: Video Game Females at the Forefront! — GamersUnitedGG Blog

After writing about Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn, I wanted to share an article about other female characters that gamers like. GamersUnitedGG has a list of popular women characters that she wrote for Women’s History Month.  I think it is important to talk about female characters we enjoy because it shows how important it is to have well thought out female characters in video games. Enjoy her article!

Horizon Zero Dawn and Appreciating Aloy’s Character

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I finished Horizon Zero Dawn a few months ago. I picked it up because of Aloy and my love for strong female protagonists. I ended up relating to Aloy which made me enjoy the game!

Backstory

The game introduced me to Aloy’s origins. I learned that she is an outcast of the land. I also learned the mechanics of the game with Aloy’s father figure, Rost. He teaches Aloy how to take care of herself. This is an interesting way of teaching the game mechanics because it flows with the story instead of being a separate section of the game.

Next I learned that I can choose Aloy’s personality. She has set ways in which she will act, but there are dialogue options that allow me to influence her character. The first incident involved her being harassed by kids for being an outcast. I loved that they had this option because it really made me think. My gut reaction was to sometimes use the more aggressive options to fight back against how Aloy was treated, but I ultimately would always choose kindness.

Proving

After the tutorial, the story begins with Aloy wanting to learn more about her past and why she is an outcast by proving herself at the Proving. At the Proving houses, I was given another chance to show how Aloy would handle opposition. It was not easy picking what I know is right. I did not like how people treated Aloy for being an outcast, but I knew that it was better to treat those who treated her wrong with kindness rather that fighting them. I could relate to her being bullied because I have been bullied, but as an adult I believe that kindness is the better option.

At the proving, I loved how Aloy was portrayed. She was an athletic character despite her small size. She could take enemies down with spears. She could easily climb up structures like mountains and climb across thin ropes or rappel down surfaces.

Aloy is also cunning. She is able to track down enemies using her Focus. She can easily craft arrows and think of multiple ways to take down an enemy. I was awed by how inventive she was and how intelligent she was.

Journey Outside

The Proving turned out to be a massacre and Aloy is sent out as a Brave to find out who caused the massacre and why machines are being corrupted. Once I moved outside the introduction area, I found new monsters. I had to learn how to take them each down with the help of Aloy’s wits. The worst was a giant dinosaur like monster that took forever to defeat and was tough.

I also needed Aloy’s cunning and her athletics to gather collectibles in the game such as Vantage point that are on hard to reach and tall spaces. I had to climb up and try not to look down because the vantage points were very high up. Aloy did not care, she was not afraid of the heights or climbing because she knew she would land safely if she relied on her wits.

Why I Love Horizon Zero Dawn

I was so happy to play Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn. I enjoyed her story and watching how her character developed and how I was able to influence her character through the dialogue options.

I also like the armor in the game. Aloy’s armor was realistic. It looked like real armor for the time period. It was not armor that tried to sexualize her character. It was just there to protect her from the elements or from the machines.

I enjoyed that Aloy felt like a real person because she was someone I could easily relate to. We are both strong willed people that try to be brave. We also always try to do the right thing, at least in my portrayal of Aloy. I loved how much thought the developers put into creating Aloy’s character which is clear in how easy it is for me to see aspects of myself in her character.

My question for this week is what do you think of Aloy’s character? What female characters do you relate to?