The State of the Gamer: 7/11/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17          The State of the Gamer: 7/18/17–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
I have an account at Grouvee, which is a essentially Goodreads for gamers, so please feel free to friend me there!
Original source of the banner art is located here.

Currently Playing: 4

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 2

I haven’t had a chance to play this week so I’m still at the school right before I enter the classroom.

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Platform: PlayStation
Release Date: December 6, 1992
Date Purchased: Unknown
Date Started: June 17, 2017

Progress: Walz Castle

I visited Walz Town first then triggered the event in the castle.  Currently, I’m saved outside.  My next task will be to tackle the basement and hopefully defeat and gain Shiva.

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Started: March 27, 2017

Progress: Rank 27

So many new Vortex adventures.  It’s the year anniversary of the game, so there are a bunch of bonuses and whatnot.  I really like the new Expedition feature where you can have your characters go off and do some task.  It can take up to a day to complete, so I usually start and finish a play session with that.  You gain experience and can collect valuable materials including ones for awakening.

Title: The Room Three
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: 2015
Date Purchased: May 28, 2017
Date Started: May 28, 2017
Date Finished (1): July 4, 2017
Playing Duration: 37 days

Progress: First ending completed

I haven’t had a chance to play this this week either.  I still want to try for some of the other endings.

Games Finished Watching: 1

Title: SOMA
Genre: Survival Horror – Science Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Developer: Frictional Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Let’s Player: ChristopherOdd
Date Started: June 24, 2017
Date Finished: July 9, 2017
Watching Duration: 15 days

Progress: Finished

I think I said what I needed to say about this in my latest State of the Writer post.  It’s been a long time since a game gave me an existential crisis.  FFVII has those honors, but with VII it was different, more geared to my own experiences/trauma.  SOMA is more of an existentially human crisis, since it blurs the lines between what humanity is and what/who we can call human.  Is humanity only your species?  Your 46 chromosomes?  Or is it something ineffable?  All this and more will be discussed when I do my review.

Games Currently Watching: 2

Title: Phantasy Star
Series: Phantasy Star
Genre: RPG – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Developer: Sega
Original Platforms: Sega Master System
Other Platforms: Sega Genesis, Wii Virtual Console
Original Release Date: December 20, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: March 24, 2017

Progress: Ongoing

I need something lighter to watch after SOMA, and this fits the bill perfectly!

Title: Mass Effect III
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 6, 2012
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: January 23, 2017

Progress: 86%

I haven’t watched any of this this week since I was so obsessed with SOMA.  I think it’s on my planner to watch tonight, but I’m going to hold off.  I need some less dark narratives in my life right now.

Games Added to Backlog: 1

  1. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest – I’m shocked I haven’t played this before!  I loved the first DKC, so I’m glad I had a conversation with defythemajority about the second one so I knew to add it 🙂

Total Games in Backlog: 119
Change from Last Week: 0

Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 32
Change from Last Week: -1

Games Purchased This Week: 0


Looks like I missed the Steam sale.  I thought it went on for a little bit longer, so I slept on it.  I did at least browse it and the PSN sale, but I didn’t make a purchase.  I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do about PlayStation Plus since I have no access to it on my own PS3 unless my husband signs on.  Chances are I’m probably just going to get one of my own along with an Xbox Live.

I spent around two days trying to find a replacement banner for this weekly update, but with no luck.  I’d love to find a controller banner, showing them from oldest to newest along the bottom or middle, leaving space for me to put in words.  The banner I have now was chosen because initially I saw myself more as a retro gamer, but I don’t think I’m exclusively that any more.

I’m also working on an Excel spreadsheet for my games similar to what I have for my books.  So far I have all the game I’ve played and watched this year on it.  I need to add “To Play Next” and “To Watch Next” shelves to my Grouvee like I have with my Goodreads.  I might add a “To Buy Next” as well #organization

What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

<–The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17          The State of the Gamer: 7/18/17–>








32 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 7/11/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. How does this ‘State of Gamer’ thing work? Because I might even try on my own… (Also, in order to optimally do this, what kind of job do you have? I feel like I have a lot of day job preventing me from doing this)

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    • It started with me doing a State of the Reader post actually! I wanted to start keeping tabs and statuses on my reading, because I knew if I had to update once a week, I’d make sure I had something to show for it. That led to me doing a status post for writing and gaming (though I forget the order lol).

      I have a day job, as well! State of the Gamer used to not take me too long, maybe a couple of hours, but then last week it was like 5-6, so I knew I’d have to start updating it a little bit daily like I do State of the Reader.

      Basically, I draft the posts on Saturday and then update them on a daily basis from Sunday until I post them. That has saved me so much time.

      I’ve given you a follow so if you do it, tag me! I see you’re quite fond of Overwatch, and I like your top 10 lists 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, too! I love connecting with more gaming bloggers, though it’s so weird for me to think of myself as such hehe. I always considered myself a writer first, though I’ve been playing video games for even longer than I’ve been writing! And, well, even my original (aka non-fanfiction) stuff is game inspired, so I suppose one cannot live without the other.


      • …. (is a newbie in WordPress terms and such) …. How do I… tag a user like you in my post? That said I actually have followed you before I made this comment, so…

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        • Oh! You just link to my main blog page, About page or any post. It took me a while to figure out what the hell people meant when they said that, too.

          Ah your comment came up that I had to approve it, which usually only happens for first time commenters.


  3. I hit the Steam sale like the crazed SOB I am. It’s best for indie games, really, as you can bulk up on a load of groovy titles. Plus my laptop is too old to play the AAA games. Thyme to save up for a new one!

    Awesome to see you included INSIDE on your games list there. What a bloody game that is! The use of music in that is analogous (check out the fancy word) to Half-Life 2, actually. Those water things really freaked me out… the way they come rushing up to you to pull you under. Freaks!

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  4. SOMA seems right up my ally. I will have to add it to my list of games to watch 🙂

    I’m still plugging away at Andromeda. I was interrupted by a wild Final Fantasy 13, but I REALLY want to know how MEA ends, so I might be plowing through that in the next few days.

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    • I cannot WAIT for you to watch it. If I were teaching a psych course, I would use it especially to illustrate consciousness and what it means to be human in terms of how far the bonds of these concepts can be pushed. I have this fantasy/dream about setting up a live chat with people to discuss it. I need to watch the one that ChristpherOdd, the LPer, did afterwards, but I’m creeping up on my data limit, and it’s too late at night to delve into it right now lol #wusspuss

      I’m so close to the end of ME3! And since I know the ending of it is another head scratching/brain tickler, I want to get through that so I can write a review for that trilogy as well.

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  5. I love DKC 2 so you’re in for a treat! The soundtrack in that game easily tops my list of all-time favourites.

    I went and got myself addicted to Dragon Age Origins, instead of finishing my big list of in-progress games. Damn that game is good though! I put 15 hours into it over 2 days, haha. I still think DA II is still good too, despite what the internet says. What can I say? I love the worst games ever!! 😀

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  6. I just started FF XII: The Zodiac Age last night. That game still has an amazing intro (and it looks even better now) but then the gameplay starts and I remember why I struggled with it. We’ll see if I do better this time out.

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      • The gambit system never really clicked with me and I’ve put over 60 hours in to the game previously. Maybe this time will do the trick.


  7. You’ve really been making me curious about checking out SOMA with all the interesting things you’ve had to say about it.
    My boyfriend and I just got back around to playing Shovel Knight again this weekend and we beat it. 😀 It was such a fun game. I’ll probably write something up about it soon. The music in the game is so good, too. All in all, it’s a lot of fun. 🙂

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  9. Let me know what you think when you get around to playing DKC2! 😉

    Ugh, I missed the Steam sale too! I had a few games written down that I wanted to buy since they were super cheap, then I forgot all about it for a couple days! 😦

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