The Brink of Gaming’s Comparison of RPG to Life

How many times have you felt stuck in life? If you’re anything like me, the answer is probably uncomfortably often. Even when we know what our days have in store for us, it is an easy thing to tumble off the path and lose sight of exactly where we are heading. Even the destinations within […]

via The RPG Quests of Life — The Brink of Gaming

The Brink of Gaming wrote this wonderful post comparing RPGs to real life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! RPGs are my favorite video game genre and they can remind me of life. The Persona games come to mind because they are all about balancing social life and creating bonds while going through the main quest! There are also side quests along the way to gain more experience and things to do throughout the day that raise your character’s stats. Enjoy The Brink of Gaming’s post by clicking on the link here!

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Fire Emblem Update!

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I am slowly making progress through Fire Emblem: Three Houses! I am really enjoying the story and teaching!

Story

I have stopped someone who was building up an army against the monastery. There is a plot to murder the high priestess Rhea and we are to guard her.

Teaching

Some of my students have reached level 5 and have done certification exams.

Others have asked me to change their goals and I have accepted all changes so far. Linhardt wants to be a Bishop, Hubert wants to focus on ranged spells, and Petra wants to do up close combat and also use use bows.

I have done another group task with Fernidand and Petra to begin to learn how to fly and it has been going well! I am not sure where I want Fernidand to ride or fly which is why I have been switching him between the two group tasks.

Bonding

Characters have started to form bonds which have unlocked Support conversations. I have increased my bonds with Bernadette and Dorthea through combat. Others have increased their bonds through combat, outside activities, or group tasks.

I am hoping to have my character get a C rank with all the characters before Chapter 1 is done, but I am specifically focusing on getting Edelgard to a C rank since she is the house leader. It has proven to be difficult even though I have been putting her in combat near me and have also done activities with her. Hopefully by the end of Chapter 1 I will eventually have a C rank with Edelgard!

Next Fire Emblem Game

I have decided that my next Fire Emblem game will be Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. It started with me finding a random GIF of a Fire Emblem character and showing it to my friend. I found out this was Camilla from the  Fire Emblem: Fates series.

It was at first really confusing because Fates consists of three games. I did not know which one to start with. Because I took an interest in Camilla, I decided to go with Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. My friend has played this game so he offered to help me with strategy if I got stuck.

I am interested in the story of this game because it has something to do with your main character trying to choose between two kingdoms. I chose the kingdom where you were born. It is also apparently the harder game, but I play on easy so it should not be too bad!

How are you all doing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses? What do you think of the game so far?

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My First Fire Emblem Game; Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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I decided to try Fire Emblem: Three Houses mainly due to a friend’s recommendation. My close friend is a huge fan of the Fire Emblem games. When I saw this game, I was intrigued by the story and the three houses concept. I liked the idea of being a teacher; it reminded me of Hogwarts and I am a huge Harry Potter fan! Here are my thoughts on the game!

Story So Far

The three houses come together to teach their students different styles of combat. You are offered a teaching position there after you aid the three leaders of the houses in combat and save Edelgard. I am currently on the first month where my mission will be to fight bandits.

Character Customization

I was surprised that there is some minor character customization! I knew about choosing the gender of my character, but I was also able to pick my character’s name. I decided that Azura would be a great name for my character and it reminds of the daedric princess in Skyrim!

I was also able to pick my birthday! I could have chosen my actual birthday but I liked the idea of the Pegasus moon because I love Pegasus so I chose February!  I enjoyed that I was able to add some personal touch to my character!

Houses

There are three houses to choose from. I went with The Black Eagles. They are known for their history as being the oldest empire. They are also magic users which I loved and I also loved their leader, Edelgard!

The second house I liked was The Blue Lions. They appear to be mainly knights and they fight more close combat. Their leader is Prince Dimitri Blaiddyd.

The last house called The Golden Deer was the youngest and does not have many nobles. This house stuck out the most to me when I saw the trailers. I liked that they followed their own rules. Claude was interesting when I met him since he was more informal than the other house leaders. They specialize in ranged combat which is why I chose not to go with their house. I thought magic could give me up close and ranged combat.

Teachers

I have met three teachers so far. Manuela is interesting so far. She seems to love the spotlight. I also like that she has a flexible career. She is a teacher, a doctor, and a singer (or songstress as they are referred to in this game). I am interested in learning more about her as a character!

Hanneman knows about crests! He seems very knowledgeable and I would love to learn more from him! I hope he can teach more about crests throughout the game! I am also interested in why my crest is unique.

Jeritza is responsible for combat training. He is aloof for now. He does not appear to like conversation. I hope that I can learn more about him throughout the game. For now, he does not really want to talk to me!

Black Eagle Students

Some of these students I know more than others, but I hope to learn more about each of them soon!

Edelgard

Edelgard is the leader and also a student. She is next in line to rule the Adrestian Empire. She seems like she is trying to fit in as a student despite her prestige.

Hubert

Hubert is loyal to Edelgard. He wants to protect her. He appears to also be aloof, but not as bad as Jeritza. I am hoping that he will connect with the other students as well because connection is important for teamwork.

Dorothea

Dorothea is also a songstress. I have not spent too much time with her. What’s most interesting about her is that she is the only commoner in this house. She is known for her singing and she appears to be really sweet! She is a magic user so I hope to increase her magic and hopefully she can learn healing magic.

Ferdinand

I have not spent much time with them. He is a noble and acts like one with his manners. I do believe I gave him a team riding class and he did good. I think I may give him more riding lessons. Maybe he might be a good knight considering he reminds me of Prince Dimitiri of the Blue Lions. He is good with a lance so that would also make him a good knight.

Bernadetta

I have taken a liking to her and really want to help her! She is very shy so she reminds me of me as a kid. I did put her out into combat during the battle against the houses to help build confidence. I’m hoping that she will gain confidence through my teachings!

Caspar

Funny enough I keep thinking his name is Casper because the blue hair reminds me of Casper the ghost! He is way over confident! I am hoping he will mature throughout the game. Right now, every time he sees me, he wants to fight me because he think he can beat me! We’ll see about that. I did put him in one battle and he needs to work on his axe so I am hoping to make him a better fighter.

Petra

I love her violet hair! She has a really cool character design! She is the talk of the game so far due to her eye tattoo. She is really good with a sword as I also had her fight against the three houses. I love that she already does a double attack! She has a slight language barrier where she does mess up phrases, but she is really trying to learn the language! I hope to see her improve in up close combat with more powerful attacks!

Linhardt

I’m not sure what to say about him yet. He comes across as lazy and seems to prefer naps. I’m hoping that I can encourage him to be more studious and help him grow as a character! He also does really well with offensive magic so I hope I can teach him more offensive spells.

Combat

This was originally my least favorite part going into the game. I was not really sure I would like the style of combat with the movement squares and the top down perspective. However, I found that I really enjoy it!

I like that there are different types of terrain which helps me in combat. When you move to a square, you can see if the enemy can attack you. You can also view the whole map to plan out what you are going to do.

I like that there is a forecast on how my attacks will go so I can plan out my attack. I am really enjoying the strategy of the game. I also like the durability aspect so I am discouraged from constantly using combat arts. Combat arts do more damage, but take down the durability of a weapon.

Teaching

I also saw a little bit of the teaching. I was able to do one lesson so I experimented. Your teacher level determines how many students you can teach at a time.  You can plan out which skills you want to improve. The group teaching allows two students to bond and also figure out a skill like horseback riding. I had Ferdinand and Edelgard do horseback riding. They did good, but it would have gotten better if they knew each other more. But, by the end of the week they did have a perfect score!

Students can also take tests to change classes and you can also do seminars for your character to raise skills!

Activities

Fishing

Fishing was a mini game that was simple and fun. You can get fish for food for the dining hall. I was able to do it once as a tutorial

Gardening

You can grow and cultivate plants for further recipes. I like that there is a relaxing section with gardening, but I do wish you could see your garden.

Dining

You can choose you to dine with your students. This allows you to bond with students and increase their motivation. I like that you can see the delicious food and can spend time with your students.

Singing

Another way to bond with students. Two students can sing together. I chose Dorothea because she loves to sing and it would improve her Faith magic.

What do I think of Fire Emblem now?

I really love this game so far and can see why it is such a beloved series! I cannot wait to see more of the game and maybe I will try other Fire Emblem games after this one! Overall, I am really impressed with the game and I enjoy how much strategy is involved with the game!

What do you think of Fire Emblem: Three Houses so far? Let me know in the comments!

A Geek Girl’s Guide: Zodiac Video Game Recommendations!

Zodiac, to me, is a fun thing to look into and maybe get some momentary insight. I don’t take it super seriously myself, but I thought it would be a fun post idea to recommend games based on your zodiac.

via Video Games to Play Based on Your Zodiac Sign — A Geek Girl’s Guide

I love this article by A Geek Girl’s Guide because it’s a fun way to find new games to play! I enjoyed the creativity of picking a game based on a zodiac sign’s personality. I am an Aries and she recommended FPS team games. I have not played one before, but I have played solo FPS games like Bioshock Infinite!  Check out the post here and see what she recommends for your zodiac sign!

Favorite Creatures in Video Games

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I love really adorable fictional animals! So I decided to make a list of some of favorite video game creatures! I will group them by series!

Final Fantasy

Moogle

They look so fluffy! I love their little faces and the pom-poms on their heads! Definitely my favorite creature from Final Fantasy!

Chocobo

I just love that they are basically giant chickens you can ride. They also look super soft and the baby chocobos are adorable!

Harry Potter Games

Hippogriff

I love how royal they are. They only let you ride them if you show them respect first. I would love to ride them and I got to in The Prisoner of Azkaban for PC!

Phoenix

I love the symbol behind the phoenix being able to rise up from its ashes. I also love that they are fire birds. They are also loyal to their owners.

Kingdom Hearts

Dream Eaters

They are all so adorable! My favorite it the Meow Wow because it is both a cat and a dog! I also love that they are bouncy and I love the little squeaks they make.

The Last Guardian

Trico

I have talked about how cute Trico is before! I definitely treated Trico like he was my real pet and gave him lots of affection! I would love to have my own real life Trico!

Xenoblade Chronicles

Nopon

They look almost like big bunnies and I love that they are really intelligent. They only thing that can get on my nerves in their voices. They can get a bit irritating, but mostly I adore them.

Who’s The Favorite of Them All?

It’s between Trico and the Moogle, but I’m going to go with Trico! I had a lot of time to bond with Trico in The Last Guardian and since that was one of the first games I got for PlayStation 4, I do have fond memories with the game!

What are your favorite creatures in video games?

Trico and Patience

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I have been trying meditation for my anxiety. I have been using the  Calm app to teach me meditation.  It took time for meditation to start working. Meditation requires patience which can be difficult for someone like me who tends to not take time to sit still and relax. In a way, meditation is like The Last Guardian because the more patience you have with Trico in the game, the easier the game gets just as meditation gets easier with patience.

Meditation Struggles

The struggles began when I started my first meditation. I picked up a class targeted for anxiety instead of a beginner’s course so it did feel frustrating. I tried to do what they said and close my eyes and relax. But the meditation was almost 13 minutes. For someone that’s only done meditation a couple of times, that is a long time to sit there.

So what happened? Well first I decided to do it outside when it was hot so I got overheated. Then I just started feeling restless just sitting there doing nothing. I just did not want to sit still.

Trico Struggles

The beginning stages of handling Trico can also be frustrating. First, you have to get Trico to trust you and he just gets angry. You have to help him out of his chains and feed him so he knows you are not a threat. He learns to follow you, but he is still unsure of you. I gained his trust faster by petting him a lot which seems to make him like you more. I also purposefully looked out for treats because he liked them so much.

Trico also was afraid of water at first. He’s this big animal but water terrifies him. I had to coax him down with food and suddenly the water was not so bad anymore because it had tasty treats!

Meditation Training

So I switched to the 7 Days of Calm beginner session which helped me. I slowly understood how to meditate and how to stay patient. The narrator is aware that restlessness is common so they encourage through the restlessness.

The app is also encouraging because it lets you like your favorite sessions. It also has day streaks of how long you have been meditating and every sessions ends with a beautiful quote. Then there are also daily sessions which are really enjoyable and want you to come back every day.

Trico Training

Once you get far enough in the game, you can teach Trico commands. These can be used to help you get up to platforms that you cannot reach or jump across large chasms.

But, Trico is a wild animal so he may not want to do what you say. However, I found that through attention, such as pets and treats, he would respond to me faster and would help me faster. I would say he might be close to training a real animal.

Meditation Now

I have been doing meditation every day. If I do not do it first thing in the morning, I do it at night before bed. I am on the 21 Days of Calm which is the intermediate course and then from there I will focus on the anxiety courses. It does help me relax and I am trying to take what I learn from the meditation sessions and incorporate them into my life.

A common theme throughout meditation is patience and non-judgement. I have learned to be patient with my anxiety and I have learned to not judge my brain when it gets anxious. Instead I am more compassionate which helps my brain relax faster.

Trico at The End of the Game

Trico was well-trained by the end of the game. My patience and understanding of Trico led me to have a close bond with Trico. Trico would quickly respond to my commands and teamwork led me to complete the game and Trico’s story. I did not struggle with Trico not listening to me because I gave him attention throughout the game even when I did not have to.

Calm Future

I am hoping that through meditation and therapy I will be able to take better care of my anxiety. I want to be more patient with my anxiety and meditation is helping. I would recommend the Calm app and might make a future post about it!

What video game taught you the importance of patience?

Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Thank you to Megan Plays Games for nominating me for this award! She recently wrote a post on Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy which you can check out here! I am honored to receive another Sunshine Blogger Award and I am excited to answer the questions Megan picked!

Questions

1. Favourite female character in a video game, and why?

My favorite female character in a video game keeps changing! I would normally pick Aloy, but after playing through Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I am going to pick Kassandra!

2. Game you loved but feel like no one else remembers, or is really underrated?

Ghost Master. It’s a puzzle game where you control ghosts. I had it as a kid and then got it again on Steam.

3. A game whose ending you felt was really disappointing? Why?

Yakuza 6. I loved the game, but I found the ending disappointing because it felt anticlimactic.  It was still a good ending to Kiryu’s story because he finally found peace.

4. Favourite indie game? Why?

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. I love its portrayal of mental illness and schizophrenia. I learned more about what it was like to have schizophrenia while playing the game. I believe that it is an important indie game to play because it tries to help people understand what it is like to have a mental illness.

5. If a friend who wasn’t a gamer asked you for a sort-of ‘first game’ recommendation, what would you suggest, and why? Let’s say they are open to all platforms and all genres.

I think Okami because it is such a calming game and it has a beautiful art style.

6. What game would you credit with sparking your love for gaming, and what about it was so special?

The Nancy Drew video games, specifically Message in a Haunted Mansion because that was my first game in the series. I loved solving mysteries and playing as a female protagonist!

7. Favourite, or most memorable video game villain?

Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2. I loved his personality and how he taunted you throughout the game. He was also a really funny villain!

8. What are your personal thoughts/opinions on video games as ‘live services’? Do you think this is the path video games will take in future?

Honestly, I am not sure. I haven’t really played any games with live service. I have played games with DLC that continued the story. I think that it could work for certain video games, but not ones with a definitive story that ends.

9. Most memorable side quest/NPC questline in a video game?

I love so many side quests in video games so this is a tough question! I love the side quests in Witcher 3 so I am going to pick “The Volunteer.” I just loved that I got to meet a really funny troll called Trollololo!

10. Some video games, due to their popularity or following, are considered above criticism. Is there a problematic element, or something that really bothered you in a title that has received universal acclaim? Give me your unpopular opinions!

The protagonists in Grand Theft Auto: V were problematic to me. But, I am not a fan of this series in general.

11. Let’s say you have to make a playlist of songs for a particular video game character – songs that represent who they are. Choose any character, and list at least 1 song that you feel would be on their playlist. Any musical genre, no limitations!

I feel Kassandra from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey would love “Viscous” by Halestorm. The song is about overcoming obstacles and Kassandra grows as a character through the obstacles she faces throughout the game.

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite theme song from a video game?
  2. What is your favorite video game soundtrack
  3. What is your favorite video game genre?
  4. What is your favorite place in a video game?
  5. What is your least favorite place in a video game?
  6. What video game did you find visually stunning such as the landscapes or the art style?
  7. What video game food would you like to try
  8. What is your favorite video game series?
  9. What fictional game character would you like to hang out with?
  10. What deceased video game character would you bring back to life?
  11. What abandoned video game series would you like to see come back?

You can substitute these questions for anime or TV if you would prefer!

My Nominations

Adventure Rules

Around the Bonfire

Later Levels

Monsterlady’s Diary

OverThinker Y

Nerd Side of Life

Penguin Snacks

Pop Culture Literacy

Shoot the Rookie

The Brink of Gaming