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!

Living for Now’s Favorite Game Places

Have you ever loved a place so much that it’s addictive? Well, that was me with the Tower of London a while back. And Laura with New York. And now computer game worlds are so immersive, they’re revealing themselves to have the same effect! So here are some of my personal favourite places in gaming.…

via 5 of My Favourite Places in Gaming — Living for Now

I loved this article from Living For Now! Some of my favorite places are: Altissia in Final Fantasy XV because I loved that the city had canals and reminded me of Italy, Eryth Sea in Xenoblade Chronicles due to the beautiful sea and night sky,  and Persona 5’s Shibuya because I’ve always wanted to see Japan and I got to see it in this game! Check out the article here and let Amy know what your favorite places in games are!

Importance of Bonds in Xenoblade Chronicles

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I am currently working through Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on my Nintendo 3DS. I have now played 99 and a half hours and I still need to complete the main story. This game is long! While playing I have come across two main theme I wanted to write about. The first being about love and relationships and the second one I will write later once I have finished the game. The second theme requires more story in order to discuss it properly. Warning: Full spoilers up until the Gadolt boss battle where I stopped.

Party Relationship

The standard for any RPG is usually some form of party. This game has a special mechanic were the more you sync up with your party with attacks, the more a link for fills up. Once this link fills up, you can do chain attacks. You also need to encourage your teammates in battle when they get discouraged. During battle, team mates will cheer each other on like “We can definitely do this”. Battle also encourages skill links which create special effects during battle such as an Agility buff when the battle begins with higher level enemies.

There’s also Heart-to-Hearts which unlock special cut scenes from a character’s affinity link. Affinity links are basically how much they get along which increases as they battle together.

In terms, of story the party generally bonds as the story progresses. You see Reyn and Shulk, the first main party, deepen their friendship as they work to save Bionis. Sharla, a woman who joins when you meet Colony 6, and Reyn get closer along the story as well. Reyn clearly likes Sharla and tries to bond with her which she does find adorable.

Family Bonds

Family is also an important part of Xenoblade. Dunban and Fiora are brother and sister who look after each other. Fiora nurses Dunban back to health after he injures himself wielding the Monado and he looks after her when she gets a Mechonis body and needs to stay hydrated.

Melia has a brother named Kallian and a father named Emperor Sorean. Melia is very close with her family. She loves her father and her brother looks after her. When Sorean dies, Melia is devastated. She is made the new leader of the High Entia, but asks her brother to stand in for her while she accompanies Shulk to fight the Mechon.

A bond that has become tense over time is Miqol and Egil. Miqol is the father of Egil. Egil is, at the moment, responsible for the tension between the Homs and Machina. He has led the Mechonis to fight and kill the Homs. Miqol does not want the Homs to die over past history and is currently tell Shulk to kill Egil. We’ll see if this changes over time.

Community Bonds

During any time in the game, you can look at the Affinity Chart which shows your relationship to the different communities in Xenoblade Chronicles. My highest community is Central Bionis which is at 3 stars. This is where the Nopon live.

During Xenoblade you come across different communities. These can be other Homs communities like Colony 6 or other races such as Nopon (basically sentient fluffy creatures), High Entia (similar to elves in intelligence and life span), and Machina (the machine people). Some of these are even added to your party.

Nopon can seem annoying at first, but Riki is kind and determined to help his friends. His moves can even help friends like healing. Melia is a High Entia. At first, they seem like they only care about themselves, but they do decided to help the Homs. Melia uses magic to either hurt enemies or give her allies buffs. The Machina really want to stop Egil and are willing to help the Homs. All they want is peace.

Romantic Bonds

The first romantic bond is Shulk and Fiora. They are friends that are clearly interested in each other. Before they can form a romantic bond, Fiora is killed by a Mechon. This drives Shulk to want to destroy all Mechon. He doesn’t change his mind until he sees Fiora in a Mechon’s body. This Mechon behaves strangely because the Mechon clearly knows how Fiora feels about Shulk and decides to protect them. In fact, the Mechon destroys itself protecting Shulk.

After Fiora has been released from the Mechon, her and Shulk kiss beginning the romance they were too nervous to start at first. Fiora is actually nervous about the possibility of becoming fully human again because she desperately wants to help Shulk when he is fighting. She also is originally afraid that Shulk wouldn’t want a relationship with her now that she is part Mechon, but he just loves having her in his life again.

The other major romantic bond is between Sharla and Gadolt. Sharla and Gadolt were in love and had a close bond together. She tried to console Gadolt during the war against the Mechon. Gadolt went missing during battle and was perceived to be dead. Turns out he is alive, but one major problem. He is a Mechon and this time he has no memories of his past. After Fiora turned rogue from her memories and Mumkhar’s obsession with Dunban led to his demise, Egil decided that completely erasing memories, thus erasing bonds, would ensure that his next legion of Homs-Mechons would be even better warriors. Sharla is devastated that Gadolt no longer remembers her and that their bond has dissolved. But, it seems he may remember her because he purposefully misses her when he attacks the party.

Future Bonds

I am hoping that Sharla and Gadolt will have a mended bond. I am hoping that there is some way to regain his memories. I am also interested to see how Shulk and Fiora’s relationship will deepen now that they are together again. I also am hoping that there might be some way to stop Egil without killing him. Maybe if they get through to him that destroying another race will not help him with the pain of his past, he’ll stop this violence. That one unfortunately I think is the least likely outcome.

What are your thoughts on the bonds in this game? Maybe there is another game you can think of that focuses heavily on bonds.

 

 

Later Levels’ Thoughts on Odd Couples in Video Games

It’s Valentine’s Day, and gamers all over the country will be putting down their controllers in favour of red roses, soft music and candlelit dinners for two. But there’s no reason why video games can’t feature on this day of love for some of the most emotional stories ever known have been told through the […]

via Gaming’s unlikeliest couples — Later Levels

Kim from Later Levels had some great points on why some of these couples just are not a good match! The weirdest one was The House of the Dead! I have no idea who thought that was a good idea to match those two in the first place, but that was a terrible idea! I also agree with Matt and Emily in Until Dawn because Emily was really bossy while Matt was more easy going. That would never work in real life! As for my own experiences, I’ve been thinking and honestly the couples that are in my video games do tend to go well together. Let Kim know here what couples in video games did you think made no sense together!

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?