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?

 

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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?

Healing with Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Dragon Quest XI S Demo

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I had one wisdom tooth removed two weeks ago. The surgery was quick, but I was anxious after surgery due to my mouth being sore and have stitches in my mouth. I also had a delayed allergic reaction to amoxicillin which led to a full body rash and my lips swelling up! Luckily, I was able to see my doctor and get some medicine to heal my rash up and it’s finally gone! My wisdom tooth is also healed and I just have to rinse my mouth with salt water for one more week and I’ll be all set!

What got me through the panic of having a surgery and feeling sick was Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Wii U. The Dragon Quest 11 S demo helped me feel better about my rash because it was actually released the day my rash broke out and I had to see the doctor! That was a nice way to end a stressful day!

Tokyo Mirage Sessions

I decided to play this game to help me feel better because I wanted to play a game that was not too challenging and since the combat of this game mirrors the Persona games, I thought it would be easy to play when I was not feeling well.

It made me so happy! I loved doing the puzzles because I was in a dungeon with cameras that you could not face or else you would be transported back and lose progress. It also had a really cool boss named Gangrel. He could attack multiples times and summon enemies to guard him so he was a fun challenge. I loved his boss design because he attacks with his head! His collar will attack you and he does a good amount of damage! I also liked that he had a smirk during the battle which made him look over confident.

The best part was the concert performances! I actually had 2 concerts happen while I was playing which made me happy! I enjoyed the singing and the choreography and the costumes! It was like I was experiencing a live performance in my house! It just put a smile on my face and helped me relax and forget that I was still recovering from my wisdom tooth!

Dragon Quest XI S Demo

So this will be my first Dragon Quest and I am so excited to play the full game when it comes out! This game had me smiling as soon as I booted it up and it proceeded to blast the main theme through my TV! I was not expecting it to be loud so I had to quickly turn it down, but it just made me laugh!

I loved the opening village. I spent time exploring it and the game is so pretty! I also love the soundtrack especially the battle theme. I purposefully trigger battles just to hear the beginning of the battle theme play! I also love that the monsters walk around on screen and I love their character designs! I think my favorite so far is the Bunicorn since I love that it is a bunny with a horn; it is adorable!

I am interested in hearing more about the Luminary! I stopped playing the demo when I reached the town of Heliodor! The demo is really long, I was expecting it to stop once I  left Cobblestone! I am glad I decided to try the demo because now I know i will love the game!

Games as Healing

I love that video games can allow you to feel better when you are sick. Tokyo Mirage Sessions helped me forget I had surgery a few days ago and helped me feel normal again. It put a smile on my face watching the performances and fighting a boss!

The Dragon Quest XI S demo helped me feel less scared after I had a sudden bad reaction to the amoxicillin I was given for my wisdom tooth! I was scared because I did not know when the rash would lessen and I was not expecting to be allergic to an antibiotic. But, I again forgot I had a stressful day when I downloaded the demo and started playing. The game was just so bright and happy that I had to smile and laugh!

What games have helped you feel better when you were sick?

My Writer’s Room

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I love this idea of talking about Writer’s Rooms! Thank you to Normal Happenings for tagging me for this Daily Inkling! I am excited to see what other bloggers have to say about their Writer’s Room as well.

Writer’s Room: Bedroom

My Writer’s Room has always been my bedroom. My bedroom is painted yellow on the sides and blue on the ceiling so it kinda resembles daytime. My room consists of white furniture where I keep my clothes. I also have a makeup mirror to do my makeup whenever I want to and I have one bookshelf filled with Young Adult books.

The room is full of things that make me happy. By my bedside, there is a noir Wonder Woman figure I found at Barnes and Noble. I love how strong Wonder Woman is and she reminds me that I am also a strong woman. I also have pictures of my best friends on my furniture. Finally, on the wall, I have a framed quote: “She believed she could so she did”. It just reminds me that I can do anything I want to because I have perseverance.

I actually write on my bed. So I have a reflux pillow that sits upright and feels really nice on my back and helps with good posture. I then wrap a warm blanket around myself, sit up, and just begin writing. It just allows me to relax as I write so my writing is not rushed.

Bonus: Places Where I Get Ideas to Write

While I was thinking about this post, I also thought about rooms or places where I get ideas to write so I decided to throw them in here!

My top place where I get ideas to write is actually in the shower. For some reason, that’s when my brain will most likely get an idea to write about for blogging or for papers when I was in college.

The second place where I get ideas to write is while I play games in my game room since I am writing about video games. For example. my next post will have something to do with how Tokyo Mirage Sessions helped me feel better while I was recovering from wisdom tooth surgery. I thought of it while I was playing the game and started to relax!

My newest place to find inspiration has been meditation. I started doing it for anxiety relief. But, sometimes when I get relaxed, my brain will come up with ideas.

Write about your own Writer’s Room by participating in the Daily Inkling! Also let me know what places you get writing ideas from!

 

 

 

 

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?

1 Year of Blogging!

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At the end of May, my blog turned 1! I have now been blogging for a full year and I am super excited for the future! I would like to say thank you to the blogging community for being supportive of my blog! I am glad that I have met new friends through blogging and I enjoy reading all of your posts! Thank you for your support and I am looking forward to writing more about video games and why we play them!

Managing Anxiety at Concerts

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I went to a concert this year to see a band I liked. I had not been to a concert in a long time because I got sick from going to an outdoors concert a few years ago because it was so hot outside. Now that I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, I was anxious about going to another concert because I was afraid of getting sick again.

But, I had a fun time at the concert without getting sick and I wanted to share some tips on how to manage concerts when you have anxiety like I do!

Bring a Friend

This is the most important rule for me! Going with someone made the concert really fun and helped me stay calm! I asked a friend to go who I am really close with and helps me with anxiety and panic attacks. Having them there helped me feel calmer and allowed me to enjoy the night with a close friend!

It does not matter if they know the band or not. My friend did not know anything about the band I saw and we still both had a good time!

Protect Your Ears

I brought headphones that were sound proof and had foam ear muffs. The foam helped my hearing because it made the noises at the concert at a perfect level so it did not hurt my ears. Make sure to bring ear plugs or headphones to protect your ears.

I would also note that you should take time to adjust to the bass. The bass at concert can feel uncomfortable at first because it thumps against your chest. But, you get used to the feeling especially when you’re surrounded by good company!

Don’t Get Too Close

It can be tempting to want to stand in the front, but you can get squished. It can also feel like it’s hard to breathe and the crowd tends to squish together really tight so you can feel like you are trapped.

This time I stayed in the back! This allowed me space to move around and to not be crowded. There were TV screens in the back so I could clearly see what was going on in the concert and I still had a good view anyways even though I was far away.

Wear Proper Clothes and Drink Water

When planning to go to a concert, make sure you wear clothes for the right weather! When I went to the concert, it was still cooler out so I had jacket on to stay warm, but I could also take it off if I got too warm since concerts can get hot.

Water is also important to drink so that you stay hydrated and cool while you are standing and listening to a concert for hours.

Hope these tips help you and leave any other tips you have about going to concerts in the comments!