Real Life Boss Fights

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This post was inspired by this tweet from The Well-Red Mage. When I saw this tweet, I started thinking about my real life boss fights. The two that come to mind are job hunting and mental health.

Job Hunting

While I am working for my family, I am currently applying for jobs in social media. My desire to work for social media started when I was in grad school. I took a course on social media and one of my assignments was to begin a blog. At first, I was really nervous because it would be my thoughts in public and what would I even write about?

But then, I remembered how much I enjoyed gaming blogs because at the time I was really enjoying reading gaming blogs and I have always loved playing games. So that’s how this blog started! I started to really love the idea of having a career in social media after that because I saw how amazing social media communities can be and how we all support each other. I just decided that I wanted to use what I was learning in social media to work for a company and help them with their social media.

But, job hunting for your first job is not easy and can be really stressful! It can feel like a boss in Xenoblade Chronicles where it’s really tough and you don’t know what strategy to use to get through the fight. Maybe you find tips that might help you out, but you still don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. But, that first job in social media will be a sweet reward just like when that boss finally goes down!

Mental Health

I do have minor anxiety that I am learning to take care of. My anxiety is mostly well-behaved, but it can have it’s Bowser days. Anxiety can feel scary when I get panicky or start worrying about everything, but it is exactly like Bowser.

Bowser is a giant flame breathing tortoise with spikes for shells so he does seem like a threat. Except, he constantly gets his butt kicked by a really small plumber. Mario is like 1/4 of his size.

So I have to remember that even though things can seem scary, it’s just like Bowser. It’ll just blow right over with little issue! If Mario can take on Bowser, surely I can take on whatever my anxiety is afraid of.

Fight On!

This was a fun exercise to think and write about because putting things in the perspective of video games soothes my anxiety. I am going to continue applying and every year I always strive to take good care of my mental health. I hope you all get through your boss fights too!

What are your boss fights for this year?

 

 

 

 

In Third Person’s Playing Multiple Games

From what I gather, Luigi’s Mansion 3 isn’t a particularly long game. And yet here I am, having owned it since launch, still just a fraction of the way through it. A lot of things arose in the last few months that got in the way. Running the Extra Life marathon. The holidays. Writing for […]

via The Gaming Rotation – How Many Games Are You Juggling at Once? — In Third Person

In Jett’s post, he talks about his backlog and playing more than one game at once. I also have a backlog, but I am doing things a bit differently. Jett decided to get rid of most of his backlog while I do still have games to play, but I did trade some games in if I knew I was not going to play them. I have not picked up Luigi’s Mansion 3 as I still want to finish the first game. But, I am juggling Tokyo Mirage Sessions for the Nintendo Switch and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for the 3DS. I have been trying to finish Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for a while and decided to try again after I heard news of the Switch port. I will not be getting the Switch port because I have 60 hours into Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and that’s just halfway through the game. It is really long! Let Jett know what games you have been playing and about the state of your backlog here!

Saints Row: The Third – A Unique Game For The Switch

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I decided to try the Saints Row series after Saints Row: The Third was released for the Switch! I really enjoyed this game and I would highly recommend it for anyone who has a Switch!

Performance

I wanted to address this because this was an issue at launch. When I first played the game after it was released, it did need to be put at a high sensitivity to make it easier to play and it was easier to play it in docked mode. I also did have an issue with weird textures like fog staying on the screen.

After the recent updates, the game runs perfectly! There are no sensitivity issues and now there’s an auto lock on to make the game even easier. There are no weird issues or bugs that I had. The next time I pick this up it might even have gyro controls because they did want to add that.

Basically, if you were worried about the performance on this game, it is definitely fixed and running perfectly now!

Plot

There are a few twists but the basic plot is to go after the Syndicate and the gangs involved in Syndicate to clear The Saints name as well as avenge Johnny Gat’s death. Other enemies do appear throughout the game with my favorite and toughest being STAG. I also liked that the game did have branching options depending on how you treated certain characters or which reward you picked.

Activities

Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV have similar activities such as Mayhem where you cause mayhem in Steelport. The biggest change was escort missions in Saints Row: The Third. The most entertaining escort missions were escorting Genki because he liked you to cause mayhem when you drove and escorting a tiger because the tiger would mess with your vehicle and would calm down when you power-slid the vehicle.

Completing these activities as well as doing missions, owning property, and taking out gangs would unlock a city take over which would cause the city to belong to the Saints again. I only managed to do one city as the others I still needed to drive around and finish all their side content.

Fun Moments

  • Defeating Matt Miller in cyberspace because the game kept changing from a first person game to a text adventure and sometimes the controls would switch or I would shrink. I just loved how chaotic that level was!
  • Meeting Zimos who only talks with an auto-tune mic
  • “Holding Out For A Hero” playing during the final mission
  • The Gangstas in Space DLC where I had to deal with an over dramatic director
  • The Trouble With Clones which allowed me to unlock Super Gat

“Holding Out For A Hero” Finale

I loved that this song played and it made the finale perfect! This finale is unique because you get two different paths. You can choose to either take down the main villain or save your friends. I chose to save my friends which made The Saints popular and heroes again! I loved that my version involved me climbing Steelport’s version of The Statue of Liberty; It was really fun scaling the statue!

I also did still take down the main villain, but it was in a movie called Gangstas in Space. This was a story mission at the end of the game with dramatic lines and over acting. The main villain was in a super suit in space so I had to throw lava crystals at him to lower his health.  The game ended showing the film reel wrapping up the final scene and then the credits began!

Final Thoughts

I loved the credits for this because it had pictures of the staff and they did sing a song together. My favorite picture was the ones where one of the staff members was wearing a a hot dog suit! Overall, I found the game to be really fun although the activities can be challenging. But, I found the rewards to be worth the challenge. The main story was fun and I had a good time playing through it! The DLC was fun especially the ones involving Genki. I loved this game and I am so glad I decided to try it on the Switch!

What are your thoughts on Saints Row: The Third?

McKenna Talks About Games’s Favorite Things in Games

When I first started planning out this series, it was intended to be one post. But I kept thinking of more and more things that could fit in it, and I decided I was going to need a few posts – and the list could get longer as I play more games. So I’ll call […]

via Things that Should be in Every Video Game Part 1 — McKenna Talks About Games

I loved this post by Mckenna and I am looking forward to part 2! It’s fun to think of the little things you like in games! I do also like looking at auroras in video games because I like looking at night skies in video games! I have always loved looking at the stars so it is fun for me to see them in fiction. Another thing I like looking at is animals especially if they are fictional ones. I generally enjoy nature in video games. I like fishing in video games despite not enjoying it in real life because I find it relaxing! Let McKenna know what your favorite things in video games are in her post!

Saints Row IV: Having a Good Time

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I really loved playing Saints Row IV! It was so much fun with a funny story, interesting gameplay, and kept me laughing and smiling while I was playing!

Plot

Basically you are the President of The United States who has to escape a simulation and rebuild Earth after it was taken over by aliens being led by Zinyak.

Fun Story Moments

I loved saving my team from the simulations to help defeat the aliens

  • Saving Kenzi from a 1950’s simulation by blasting Rock music and using a dubstep weapon.
  • Saving Matt from a text based computer game
  • Saving Johnny Gat from a side-scrolling beat ’em-up game

I also enjoyed having super powers in the simulation such as being able to jump, glide, and smash. I loved gaining power over the areas by defeating aliens or climbing huge towers.

Fun Side Quests

I enjoyed spending time with Pierce singing “Opposites Attract” and “Just a Friend” until that song changed from rap to opera because Zinyak wanted to mess with us. I also enjoyed showing Gat Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax which he enjoyed. There was also a funny side quest involving hanging out with Fun Shaundi who was Shaundi’s younger self who was more carefree.

Ending and Credits

The game ended with a long boss fight against Zinyak. My favorite moment was a minor bug that happened during my game. Basically the game has you kill Zinyak in a Mortal Kimbat like style. The problem was is that my character was supposed to drop his head, but didn’t. So it stayed there any time my character appeared on screen from the ending to post-credits. This was especially funny when there was a dance scene to begin the credits and Zinyak was in it.

The credits made me like cry like they always do because of the adorable pictures of the staff and they voice actors sang two songs together like “Just a Friend” I just thought it was an adorable way to end the game. I also liked that there was a finance guy with the nickname “Financy Pants”.

Good Time

This game was crazy and just a lot of fun! I found the game to be really relaxing and it made me smile and laugh! I really enjoyed playing this game and I am looking forward to the next Saints Row game.

Have you played Saints Row IV? What was a game that you had a lot of fun playing?

 

Yuna: The Character That Defines Us Collab with Normal Happenings

We grew. We learned and overcame our circumstances. We managed to keep being true to ourselves while becoming stronger and putting ourselves first for the first time ever.

via Yuna: The Character That Defines A Geeky Gal — Normal Happenings

I enjoyed this post by A Geeky Gal on Normal Happenings. I am somewhat familiar with Yuna from the time I’ve spend playing Final Fantasy X. I love that she uses healing magic to heal her party and is also a powerful summoner. I really enjoyed A Geeky Gal’s analysis of her and also how she related to Yuna. Read the post here and enjoy A Geek Gal’s perspective on Yuna!

Gaming Resolutions for 2020

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This year I want to focus on playing more games in my backlog and enjoying some new games! I want to:

  • Finish Saints Row The Third 
  • Finish The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Finish Dragon Quest XI S
  • Finish Borderlands 3Catherine, and Outer Wilds on the PS4
  • Play and finish Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Finish Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
  • Play more Final Fantasy games in my backlog on the Vita and Switch
  • Play and finish Cyperpunk 2077
  • Play more Ring Fit Adventures because I love using the game to work out from home

I just finished Saints Row IV so I will finish Saints Row The Third next and then play either Dragon Quest XI S or Outer Wilds. 

What are your gaming resolutions for 2020?