Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you to Tales From the Backlog for The Real Neat blog award! Tales From the Backlog is a gaming blogger who recently wrote about Animal Crossing: New Horizons! It is such an adorable game!

The Rules

  1. Display the logo
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers
  5. Ask these bloggers 7 questions

Questions and Answers

Yes or No?

Yes? I have no idea what I am answering yes to, but sure!

Do you experience any aches or pains in your body?

Sometimes I get shoulder or neck aches from working at a desk or just tension from anxiety. But, that’s about it.

If you could create a new type of sport, what would it be or similar to?

I’m not much into sports, but I do like figure skating. I wonder if there was a way to maybe make a figure skating obstacle course and the skaters get graded based on how well they did and any tricks they did during the course.

What is a game that is generally received as bad but is your guilty pleasure?

I’m not sure if I have one that has been generally received as bad, but I do have one that is obscure that I love! Ghost Master. My mom bought it for my brother when he was a kid, and then I got it and I love that game so much! I was really happy when Steam reunited me with it! Basically it looks like The Sims and you scare people using ghosts!

Do you prefer writing with a pencil, pen, or keyboard?

I prefer a keyboard, but that’s because I am left handed and have terrible handwriting. Sometimes I don’t even know what I wrote! So, it’s better for me to type everything.

When was the last time something made you laugh so hard?

For Persona 5: Royal I had to name my phantom’s thieves group. I had named them last time when I played Persona 5, but decided to let my friend name them. He said “Hmmm”, but then did not reply back. It was getting late and I had to get up for work so that’s now the name for my Phantom Thieve’s. It’s appropriate as the main character does say “hmmm” a lot!

Do you play an instrument? If so what is it? If not, do you have an interest in learning how to play one?

I play piano and I am currently learning guitar! I really love rock and metal music so I decided to start electric guitar about 2 years ago.

My Nominations

  1. Brink from the Brink of Gaming
  2. Ry from It’s Dangerous to Go Alone
  3. The Dragon’s Tea Party
  4. Joe from Game FES
  5. Skyler-Mei from gamergal.exe
  6. Dan from nowisgames.com
  7. Sebastianlondono96 from The Platformer
  8. Lloyd from Uncapt

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite video game genre?
  2. What is your favorite music genre?
  3. What games do you play when you want to relax?
  4. What are your favorite hobbies?
  5. What shows or movies are you watching right now?
  6. What is your favorite video game and/or TV series?
  7. What helps you feel calm?

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

Real Neat Blog Award!

 

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Thank you to AK from Everything is bad for you for this Real Neat Blog award! AK has been reviewing the Cop Craft anime and you can find his latest review here!

The Questions

What’s your favorite game genre?

My favorite video game genre is RPGS especially JRPGS. I love the stories, the world that I can explore, and I do like when I am exploring the game with a party that I can interact with!

Is there a game genre you will never touch, no matter how much praise a game in that genre might receive? What puts you off about it?

I have not played a visual novel yet only because I would like to take part in the story instead of reading it. I do like to read, but I like an active part in video games where I can walk around, battle, and interact with the world around me. That’s not to say that I think visual novels are bad games, they just are not my type of game!

What’s your favorite controller?

I think my favorite controller is the Nintendo Switch JoyCons just because I like that they are versatile! They can be separated from the Switch and can be turned into a controller. They can also be used for multiplayer with friends where one person gets one JoyCon and the other person gets the other JoyCon. I just love how flexible the controller is!

What’s your least favorite controller?

Definitely the Wii controller! I tried it once after I got my Wii U so I could play Skyward Sword on the Wii U. Pointing the Wii remote at the screen to control it was not easy because the Wii remote had to be calibrated and you have to hold it straight so it can be picked up by the sensor but, it is really sensitive to movement which made the Wii remote difficult to control. Also, the nunchuck that came with it was broken because I bought them used at my local game store so it did not work and I could not make Link move. I ended up returning it and the game to my local game store and definitely do not want to try a Wii again!

What game would you like to see get a full-scale remake? Complete with any updated graphics, features, and game mechanics you’d like.

I would love to see an updated Ghost Master game. There was only one made in 2003 and I played it when I was a kid and played it again on Steam. I would love to see how the game would look updated and also what features they could add like maybe extra levels or more ghosts to collect!

How do you approach difficulty levels in games that offer that option? Do you like to jump into the deep end right away or take a more measured approach?

I tend to approach difficulty by choosing easy mode whenever I can. I just like to enjoy the story and want to relax.

How do you feel about the “casual/story mode” difficulty levels that are easier than the standard easy mode? Is there any situation in which you’d play a game in that mode?

I generally do not take this mode despite liking easy mode just because I like a bit of a challenge. Story mode usually would make the game a bit too easy. But, if the game was known to be notoriously difficult even on easy mode I would probably choose story mode.

My Questions

  1. What do you think about games that are designed to be difficult such as Dark Souls?
  2. What are your thoughts about lootboxes and the lootbox controversy in games?
  3. What do you think about games that have controversy leading up their release such as Borderlands 3? Would you still consider playing a game despite the controversies surrounding it?
  4. What game would you like to made into a TV show or movie like The Witcher?
  5. What game music would you like to be seen turned into a live concert such as the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra?
  6. What video game do you find the most comforting?
  7. what is your favorite part about the blogging community?

My Nominations

Thank you AK for the nomination!

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!

 

 

 

 

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!

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

 

 

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!

Upon Completion’s Backlog Attack

With April just finishing, I’ve just completed my fourth game in Khinjarsi and mine’s backlog challenge. Read on, to see how I got on!

via Backlog Attack- April Challenge Update. — Upon Completion

Thero159 wrote for Until Completion about working through their backlog. They managed to finish Her Story. This post reminded me about trying to finish my own backlog. I am currently attempting to finish all of the Xenoblade Chronicles games I have.

I do love these games, but they are long open world games which is why I get distracted. I love the stories and the world building. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 both take place on living beings with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D taking place on organic robots and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 taking place on Titans. Xenoblade Chronicles X is set on an alien planet which is also a really intriguing setting.

I have not been too successful because I get distracted by other games. I recently got distracted by Tales of Berseria and Oblivion which are both on the PC. It will take some time to get through the Xenoblade Chronicles games, but I am excited to finish them! Check out Thero159’s post on Until Completion here!

Underrated Ladies!

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A Geeky Gal included me in a list of women bloggers which you can read here! I highly encourage you to check out the bloggers she included so you can follow some more awesome bloggers!

Rules

  • PingBack to Kate at Melting Pots and Other Calamities and pingback to a post of hers!
  • Answer the questions
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people
  • Have fun!

Questions

Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story

Cindy from Final Fantasy XV. She is so cool and I love how intelligent she was with cars! I wanted to know more about her as a character, but most of the time is centered on Prompto, Noctis, Ignis, and Gladiolus.

For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story

Sweet Pea from the film, Sucker Punch. The attention is mainly put on Babydoll, but Sweet Pea was level headed and tried to keep all of the girls safe. She was also caring and looked after all of the girls especially her sister, Rocket.

Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story

Lunafreya from Final Fantasy XV. She barely got any screen time and I wanted to see more of what she could do.  She was also powerful because she was able to heal others, summon the Leviathan, and she also gives Noctis the power to fight the Leviathan! I would have loved to play as her or see what else she could do with her magic!                                               

Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I found both portrayals of her to be perfect! She was the first character I could relate to as a child since we both loved reading. I admired her courage in the books and films and loved how Emma Watson portrayed her character!

Name a character who you want more backstory on

Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City. I wanted to know more about her as a character because she seems so interesting! The story focuses on the Joker so she is mainly just shown with him. She seems intelligent and funny and I would like to know more about her.

Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone

Senua from Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Senua is so strong. She’s brave for trying to save her significant other. She is also a really strong and capable fighter when you have to fight against her demons. She is also brave for being herself and fighting her illness despite having no support from her community except for her husband.

Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)

Poison Ivy from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Basically she loves plants so much that she wants to take care of them. She also despises people because they are hurting the environment. I love how caring she is for her plants and that she is an intelligent scientist. She’s also a fun character because she is confident and a powerful enemy when she uses her plants.

A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous

Babydoll from the film, Sucker Punch. This film really needs more attention! I love the story of Babydoll trying to escape from an asylum she was put in by her abusive father. Babydoll is cunning and all she wants is freedom after being stuck in abuse. I highly recommend you watch this film if you have not already because it is a really interesting film that makes you really think about what you have watched after you finish it.

A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous

Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena. I just started reading the manga before I start the anime. I am putting her on this list because Utena is a really interesting character. She wears suits because she does not like dresses and I am currently at the part where she is fiercely defending another student from an organization. I’ve barely begun the story, but I am interested in learning more about Utena and I wanted everyone who reads my blog to know about her too!

Lady Bloggers to follow

I am including followers I did not see on A Geeky Gals List so refer to hers for even more awesome lady bloggers! Bloggers on this list, feel free to make your own underrated ladies post, but only if you want to!

1brokegamergirl from 1 Broke Gamer Girl

Cilla from Cilla Vs Games

Kris and Rachael from Double Jump

Elle from Elle May 

Luna from Gamers United GG

Ellen from Livid Lightning

Veleda from Our Shield Maiden

Susan from Purrsian Tea

Meagan from Quibbles and Scribbles

Siobhan from Siobhan Aisling

thegamingdiaries from The Gaming Diaries

Jet and Dom from Two Girls Gaming

 

 

 

 

The T.A.P. Tag!

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I was tagged by A Geeky Gal to do a T.A.P. Tag! Thank you for tagging me!

Rules

  • Headline post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags
  • Link back to original post that started the tag (right here)
  • Mention the person who tagged you
  • Pick 1-3 of your favorite anime or video games
  • Write you tanka about the anime/game you’ve chosen
  • Tag at least 3 or more bloggers!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Tanka

 

The Witcher protects

The Continent from monsters

Ciri is running

The Wild Hunt is coming

Help the people and Ciri

This was my first tanka and it was a lot of fun! I do not usually write poetry so I really enjoyed the challenge of writing a tanka!

Nominations

A Reluctant Hero

The Gaming Diaries

The Hannie Corner