Staying Positive

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This quarantine period has not been easy. I am extroverted and like being around people. All I can do is currently is work and then go home. I know it hasn’t been easy for everyone else as well so I thought I would make a post of things that are helping me stay positive and I hope that you can find some things or use some of these things to help you find positivity as well!

Music

These artists help me stay positive with their upbeat or fun music!

  • Ninja Sex Party (A comedy band)
  • Panic at the Disco (rock)
  • Walk the Moon (rock)
  • Lil Nas X (rap)
  • Halestorm (metal)
  • New Years Day (metal)
  • The Haxans (goth pop)

Reading

I recommend reading some old favorite series or new series that will last you a few days. I am going to read the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I have read the first book, but I never finished the whole series.

YouTube

I recommend these channels to help cheer you up!

  • Call Me Kevin (love his Harry Potter game playthroughs)
  • Game Grumps and The Grumps (Their Mario, Zelda, and Phoenix Wright series are really funny and The Grumps have 10 minute episodes where they will sit and do something like bobbing for apples or making Nintendo pancakes)
  • Gab Smoulders (I love her playthroughs of Fatal Frame because she teaches you Japanese)

I am going to watch the playthrough of the Desperate Housewives game by KPopp because that looks like it’s going to be a really funny and dramatic game.

TV Shows

I would recommend comedies or feel-good series here like:

  • Queer Eye on Netflix
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race on Hulu
  • Derry Girls on Netflix
  • Scrubs on Hulu (an old favorite show of mine!)
  • How to Keep a Mummy (an adorable anime)

Games

I would recommend anything with a party mechanic or social aspect.

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition 
  • Persona 5 (Cannot wait for Royal!)
  • League of Legends
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Can’t wait to play today!)

Activities

Here are some relaxing activities you can try:

  • Yoga at home
  • Meditation
  • Drawing
  • Writing or Journaling
  • Taking walks outside
  • Playing or Learning an instrument
  • Skype friends and do online hangouts
  • Spend time with family, people you live with, or pets

Spread the Positivity

I encourage everyone who reads this post to post something you do to stay positive in the comments or on the Tweet. I would like this to be a way for us all to help each other be positive or stay calm. I hope this helps you all and stay safe! You could also make your own post on staying positive if you want!

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?

 

 

 

 

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?

My Top Ten Games of the Decade

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Happy New Year everyone! This was a fun list to do, even thought it was hard to number everything! These games were games I loved and have special memories with!

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This is the only game on this list that I haven’t finished, but I think it should be on here! I just love that it encourages exploring, there are memorable side quests, and it’s also kinda like the Sims where you built a family and get a house. I definitely am glad I got this on the Switch and I really enjoy playing it!

9. Yakuza 0

This is the game that got me into the Yakuza series. I loved playing as Kiryu and Majima! I also loved the activities like disco and karaoke. The story is great because it’s very emotional, but also breaks things up with funny side quests. This was not a game I was sure I would like, but I am definitely glad I decided to play it!

8. Final Fantasy XV

This game was the first game I ever played on my PlayStation 4! I got the PlayStation 4 bundled with this game so it is decorated like Final Fantasy XV! This is also the series that got me into Final Fantasy. I loved the music and the story and loved the story of three friends going on a journey together!

7. Super Mario Odyssey

I really enjoyed this game! I loved exploring the worlds and collecting moons. The game was really relaxing and just made me smile. It was also the first game that I beat on the Nintendo Switch.

6. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I really wanted to put this game on the list as I feel it is an important game to play. This game allows you to understand what it is like to have a mental illness like schizophrenia. I was impressed that the developers worked hard to make sure that their game accurately represented schizophrenia.

5. Nier Automata

This game was just amazing! I loved the story, the side quests, the multiple endings. I loved playing this game and the story definitely made me cry a few times! I am really glad I got to experience this game!

4. Zero Horizon Dawn

I loved Aloy! It was fun playing as her and exploring the world! I loved that I got to define her character based on my actions. I also loved battling the different robots.

3. Persona 5

I loved the characters, the music, the combat, and the story! This game was so much fun! I loved taking down palaces to change the world for the better and the twists in the story.

2. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Playing as Kassandra and exploring ancient Greece was amazing! I also loved the branching story paths and how things would change depending on what you did during the story. I loved how Assassin’s Creed was changed for this entry!

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This is my top game of the decade! I loved this game; I loved Geralt! I loved that there were different choices to make, the multiple side quests like contracts, and the main story was really fun. The expansions were fantastic too! This is the game that got me into The Witcher game series, book series, and now the Netflix show.

What were your top 10 games of the decade? Did any of yours make this list?

What I Have Been Doing For This Month’s Halloween!

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I love Halloween so I’m dedicating this post to what I have been doing this October and what I will be doing on Halloween!

Films and Shows I’ve Watched

Hocus Pocus

This movie is considered a 90’s classic and somehow I missed it growing up. So I decided to watch it on Freeform! I enjoyed the three witches the most. I think my favorite witch was Winifred! I loved how she led her sisters and some of her quotes made me laugh such as “I AM CALM!”. I thought it was an enjoyable film!

The Witch Files

This is an interesting film I found on Netflix. It’s about a bunch of women who gain powers by joining a coven and it is a found footage film. I enjoyed the plot and thought it was a great film if you love witches!

Scream Queens

This is a horror comedy show from Fox and I am watching it on Hulu. There are two seasons and I am still on the first one. I saw the first two episodes on TV when it first aired, but lost track of the show because of being busy with college classes. I am now hoping to finish it because I love the characters and I am enjoying the story.

Music

Party Monster 

This album was made by The Haxans which has Ash Costello from New Years Day as the lead singer. I was interested in this album because I love her voice. This is the perfect album for Halloween because it is a horror themed album. My favorite song on this album is “Dirty Magic”!

Games

I am not planning to play any horror games. I am just enjoying the ones I have been playing!

Dragon Quest XI S

When I last played, I had just gotten Sylvando in the party. I am excited to see more of the story! I think my favorite character is Sylvando now just because he’s a really sweet character. He just wants to make everyone happy!

Borderlands 3

I am on Promethea. I am still early in the game, but so far I am really liking the story. The event that led me to travel to Promethea (I will not spoil it) led me to really want to defeat the Calypso twins!

Costume

I went to Spirit when it opened to pick out a costume early! I am going as Kairi from Kingdom Hearts 2. I love that the costume has a hood if it rains. I also love that they also had a keyblade so now I have my own keyblade!

What have you been doing for the month of Halloween? Are you going to dress up as a character?

 

Why I Love RPGs

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My first RPG was Pokemon Red, although I remember more from Pokemon FireRed. I got back into RPGs when I bought a Nintendo 3DS and got Pokemon YThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. I am currently playing Dragon Quest XI S so I decided to talk about why I love RPGs so much.

Setting

The settings are usually fantasy based so I get to explore beautifully designed locations. The setting also tends to be massive because RPGs tend to be long which means that I get to explore different environments.

A great example of this is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. First, the whole settings is basically on two beings that fought with each other then froze in time and people now live on them. Then, the setting itself has beautiful worlds such as Eryth Sea. The water is a clear crystal blue and I love how this sea has floating islands you walk across.

Characters

RPGs typically have a party. I love meeting new party members and seeing what their skills are. I also like bonding with these characters in the game. You generally are spending several hours with these characters so you get attached to them.

Persona 5 has a party that you get close to as you learn more about them. You become like a family to each other, hanging out together and bonding. The game also emphasizes bonds so you want to get closer to your party members as well as supporting characters in the game.

Right now, my favorite party member is Erik from Dragon Quest XI S. I just find him to be really funny and appreciate that he just goes along for the ride to help your character.

Enemies

You level up by fighting enemies in RPGs. I love fighting enemies because I appreciate looking at the different designs of the enemies. Each game also has different styles to their enemies such as Persona 5‘s style being different from Dragon Quest XI S’s style.

I also like the strategy involved because generally enemies might have different types like maybe they have fire attacks so you need to hit them with ice attacks.

My favorite enemy designs are from Kingdom Hearts games because the Heartless are really adorable. I love the different designs for the Heartless!

Bosses

There are many bosses in RPGs and there is always one major boss at the end. I love seeing the different boss designs in games and I love how you need to really strategize to defeat them especially the final boss.

Legend of Zelda games uses dungeon bosses to prepare you for the final boss. There are usually two bosses per dungeon, a mini boss and the major boss of the dungeon. These bosses get more and more difficult as you get different items, but they prepare you for the final fight which usually involves fighting Ganondorf.

Plot

JRPGS are very long so I love the journey! Plots differ between each game, but they usually consists of main quests and side quests. Main quests are what you need to do to complete the game whereas side quest swill give you experience and optional story.

The general story usually involves something about a chosen hero going on a journey, but not all RPGS follow that formula.

Horizon Zero Dawn follows the typical RPG formula because only Aloy can protect her people from the threat of the robots growing stronger.

Extras

Every hero needs a break from fighting! Sometimes RPGS have extra things you can do for fun like fishing or taking pictures or races.

Final Fantasy XV  has a fishing mini game, photography, Chocobo races, and a festival that allows players to take a break from the story and have some extra fun! I like fishing minigames despite not having a desire to actually learn fishing in real life.

Favorite RPGS

Now that I have listed why I love RPGS, I want to end with some of my favorite RPG games so here’s my list. I am only listing games I have completed so some games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D have been left off

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Persona 5
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Assassin Creed Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

What do you like about RPGS and what is your favorite RPG?

 

Bayonetta and Embracing Femininity

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Bayonetta is one of my favorite characters of all time! She is my favorite character because I like how she is an extremely powerful witch who is also very feminine. I like that she takes on enemies wearing high heels and pokes fun at her enemies. She reminds me that being feminine is a strength.

Bayonetta as a Character

Bayonetta is an Umbran witch. In the first game she is trying to uncover her past. In the second game, she is trying to save her friend, Jeanne, from the Gates of Hell. Bayonetta wears a skin-tight body suit with high heels that have guns attached to them. She is known not only for her signature outfit, but also for being a feminine and sexy character. She does dances when she summons monsters to help her. She makes jokes about “pillow talk” when fighting one of the bosses.

Her character has gotten some critique for how she dresses and acts sexually, such as from Feminist Frequency’s video “Lingerie is Not Armor”. In this video Anita Sarkeesian describes how Bayonetta’s sexuality is supposed to be seen as empowering, but the target audience is a straight male so it is not actually empowering and she is being sexualized.

I do not see Bayonetta’s empowering sexuality to be a bad thing. While I understand that her character is sexy, I do not really see her as being sexualized. It’s how she owns her femininity and her looks. Bayonetta as a character wants to be seen as sexy. She wants the camera to look at her when she moves around. She enjoys being the center of attention and showing off how confident she is in her moves and strength. Her sexuality is part of her character and cannot be separated from her. Her sexuality also gives her power because she uses it to take down her enemies. She is both feminine and strong.

An example of a character that is sexualized that Anita Sarkessian brings up is Quiet. I see her as being sexualized because she isn’t dressing sexy because she wants to. She does it because she breathes through her skin. This allows the developer to sexualize her character and pass it off through this odd logic. I also noticed in this scene that the player is free to use the camera to stare at her body because Quiet is locked in a cage.   Bayonetta’s character is sexy and confident, Quiet has been forced to dress a certain way due to story elements and she is being sexualized by the player.

My Journey with Femininity

I always liked dressing in feminine clothes, but there were some things I did not want to do at first. When I was younger, I did not like wearing makeup or wearing revealing clothes. I felt that those were aspects of femininity that girls were being forced to do. So, I decided to not do it.

But, as I have gotten older, I have grown to love more feminine things. Makeup is super fun to play with! I just love taking the time to match my eyeshadow with my outfit. Or maybe add a nice red lipstick to make me feel bold and confident! Makeup has become like art to me. I am wearing it for myself and to make myself feel great, not for anyone else. If I want to have orange and red eyes so I look like a Pheonix, then I will do so.

I also do not mind wearing more revealing clothes. It feels better when I am wearing it to make myself feel good and I feel comfortable. So what if the top is backless? It provides me comfort when it’s cold out, but I do not want to overheat with a full sweater.

So that’s what I have found when it comes to my femininity or femininity in general. It’s all about you! Whatever makes you happy and comfortable, do it! If you want to wear makeup one day and not the next, do it! It’s your body so wear whatever makes you happy and don’t take pressure from others on what you should or should not be doing!

What Bayonetta Can Teach Us About Femininity

She teaches us that it’s not a bad thing at all to be super feminine if you want to be. She also teaches us that femininity can be a strength since she can still kick ass in heels! There’s nothing wrong with being too little or super feminine. What matters is that you’re happy and you’re dressing and acting in ways that make you happy! I do not mind that Bayonetta is portrayed as sexy because that’s how she shows her confidence. I like that she knows who she is and she is confident in her abilities!

What do you think of Bayonetta as a character?