The State of the Gamer: 6/27/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/20/17          The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17–>

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 1

I didn’t wake up early enough on Sunday to play this, so I haven’t logged any more hours on the game this week.  I’m off Monday and Tuesday of next week for 4th of July, so I’m sure I”ll get some time in then.

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: Abandoned ship yard

I was wrong with how Faris’s secret is revealed!  I’m just going to tell you, because it’s not that big of a deal, and I like some of the dialogue around it.  Faris is a woman, and I thought the big reveal would happen when they went through the canal, and the monster therein attacked them because it only attacks women.  Then I remembered that Reina is in the group, so even if the attack did occur (which it did as part of the plot), it really wouldn’t matter.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/16/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/9/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/23/17–>

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: 2

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

So much pharming and grinding.  I’ve made a little bit of progress in the story, but I feel really behind in terms of where my characters are.  I’ve only been playing for a few months so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.  The game is still fun though there are some days where I don’t do anything besides collect my daily rewards.  The plot is still interesting enough to warrant me spending so much time leveling to see more.

Title: The Room
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: September 2012
Date Purchased: April 16, 2017
Date Started: April 16, 2017

I’ve finished the chapters and am currently in the epilogue that I didn’t know existed.  I thought I’d be able to say I finished it this week, but I’m enjoying the extra level and the eerie little story that goes along with it.  I do think it’s much better to play through each chapter in one sitting, since you might forget where you leave off or certain clues you found in the beginning.  There are clues, but it would be nice to figure out a level without using any of them.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/9/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 5/2/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/16/17–>

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: 2

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

I seem to have fallen into a cycle with this game.  I’ll log on every day so I don’t miss my daily reward.  Send/receive friend gifts, summon a unit if I receive enough friend gifts (the units usually aren’t very good).  Next I’ll grab the daily reward and check the daily deals.  If it’s a good one, I’ll buy it.  Then I’ll usually spend 100 lapis for 20k gil, which I’ll use to purchase the daily metal cactuar deal for experience.  I’ll level up my characters (usually using the “friend” summon unit, too) and see if I can awaken anyone.  The items I’m usually missing for that are Sacred Crystals and Heaven Ash.  So it’s off to the Chamber of Awakening to pharm those items. I was doing the Shadow of the Empire Vortex mission, too, but the PRO one kicked my ass.  I made it to the fourth boss, but not even the ultima spell was doing me much good, and he killed even my higher level companion character (the one who could cast the ultima spell) with one turn.  Besides the vortex mission, I do the other stuff while watching either Mass Effect 3 or Bob’s Burgers on Kisscartoon.io (they changed the extension from .me).

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The State of the Gamer: 5/2/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 4/25/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/9/17–>

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: 2

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

I’m starting to get into a rhythm with this game.  I start it up, send and receive my friend gifts, summon a unit if I have enough friend points to do so, check the daily deals, purchase the four available cactuar (experience) units, buy the 100 lapis 30k gil bundle, and redeem my rewards including the daily one (I try to log in at least once a day even if I don’t play).  Then I upgrade some units, and I’m trying to figure out an organization for that like just enhancing one at a time.  After that I check my open missions and then go out into the world.

I want to start concentrating on awakening my units, but for that I need to collect awakening materials like Heaven Ash and Sacred Crystals, which randomly drop in the Chamber of Awakening in the Vortex.  I may make a spreadsheet for this, though I know I said I’d make one for the characters.  I realized this was an uphill and futile task since I draw and fuse characters constantly, so they’re never static.  The idea is still in the back of my head, but since I also can’t think of the best way to do it, I’m going to leave it for now.

I’m in the Lanzelt Ruins right now for anyone else who’s playing, too.  I’m not as far along as a lot of people, and I really want to know why some of the announcements are spoiling the story!  Like saying things about Fina, one of the main characters.  I just kind of skim through it and go back just to remove the notification (I hate those), but I want to work on my characters before I continue on with the story.

I really, really wish they’d give you the option of paying for a particular character you wanted, though I suppose I could spring for 5000 lapis and the 11 draw.  Maybe that will be my weekly FFBE budget.  Granted with my luck I’ll do that and still not get Setzer.  I ask again; how am I going to have my white haired pretty boy band if I don’t get him and (hopefully) eventually Sephiroth?!

Title: The Room
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: September 2012
Date Purchased: April 16, 2017
Date Started: April 16, 2017

I completed Chapter 2 of this this week, and this game is so addictive.  Once I started the chapter, I couldn’t stop until I had opened the puzzle box.  I’m going to try to do Chapter 3 with minimal hints.  Three’s a Room 2 and 3 out, and something tells me that they probably cost money.  Reel them in with a free sample then charge them once they’re addicted.


Games Currently Watching

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

I can’t recall what happened in the last episode I watched!  Oh, I remember.  Alis and company found someone to make them a spacecraft, but they need to find a robot named Hapsby to pilot it.

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

I finished watching the siege of the Citadel where *spoiler* Shepherd kills the traitor Udina, never liked that guy anyway, and then that scene with Thane ;_; *end spoiler*  I’m not going to lie; I got a bit misty, especially when *spoiler* his son *end spoiler* read that beautiful prayer along with Shepherd.  It can never be said that Mass Effect does not evoke a strong emotional response.


Games Added to Playlist: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 102
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 22
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Purchased This Week: 1

Title: Abzû
Date Purchased: May 2, 2017
Price: $0.00
Retailer: PlayStation Network (PSN)

It’s currently free on the PSN.  Pick it up now!  I’m going to check the network as soon as I post this to see what else is free or cheap.


Miscellaneous

Nothing interesting this week.


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: 4/25/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/9/17–>

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The State of the Gamer: 4/25/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 4/18/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/2/17–>

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: 2

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

Well it’s happened.  I’ve spent money on a freemium game.  $30 to be exact.  I dropped $20 about a week ago because I wanted to have enough lapis to make several summons in the hopes of getting Setzer.  I did not succeed, but I do now have Terra (actually drew her twice).  Then I had to spend $10 because I was completely out of lapis.  Pretty much lapis is the real currency of the game.  You earn it through completing quests (which cost NRG), and you can earn additional per quest by fulfilling certain variable requirements.  It’s also used to purchase more things than even gil, which can be obtained by spending lapis.  I only had 75 of the latter and I was out of material space.  In order to increase your slots, you need (you guessed it!) lapis, so I bought $10 worth.  So you can spend legitimate money in order to obtain lapis, which is in game money, which can also be used to acquire gil, which is typical Final Fantasy currency.  If I wasn’t so tired, I could think of an overarching term for what this is called, but the Narcissist had to take a nap when she got home from work, and that always throws me off a bit.

I’m currently trying to pick up espers I missed with the help of my good friend LightningEllen, and I’m a little embarrassed I missed Ifrit whom I was on the way to get, but I think I decided to leave the continent he was on and promptly forgot to go back lol.  I would not have discovered the location of Golem without help, and I’m not quite to where Shiva is located yet.  I would’ve gotten Golem last night, but I ran out of NRG, which is another consumable the game makes you expend in order to do any quests.  Once again Squeenix has me in its grip.

Title: The Room
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: September 2012
Date Purchased: April 16, 2017
Date Started: April 16, 2017

Haven’t had a chance to play this this week, but it’s now on my day planner instead of FFV (I know, I know).  I figure this counts for my two game limit, so I might as well treat it as such.  I’m hoping to finish at least Chapter 2 before next week.


Games Currently Watching

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

The Gothic Forest isn’t nearly as gothic as I would expect!  Though no one will really give Alis any information, they seem more petulant than artsy or emo.

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

I don’t think I’ve watched a full episode since finishing up the ones about the genophage.  I’m recalling I started one, but I got distracted and didn’t finish it.  I’m seriously slacking this week.


Games Added to Playlist: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 102
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Added to Watch List: 1

  1. Okami – Per a review by Nintendo Bound, I added this unfortunately underappreciated game that seems to have been wholly missed by the mainstream.  I considered putting it on my play list, but though the story sounds gorgeous, it seems more like an action RPG, though it still might find its way onto my backlog.  If I can find a Let’s Play, I’ll watch just to see how the battle mechanics work, and if I think I can handle them, I’ll play it myself.

Total Games on Watch List: 22
Change from Last Week: +1


Miscellaneous

So this Friday is my birthday.

Using this everywhere, don’t even care.

Yasssss, damn right pallas cat!  I’m going to be 37.  I took off work because I can, and I’m hopefully driving down to West Chester to talk to my tattoo artist about my next inking.

Anyway my husband received a large Amazon box on Monday, and since I was working from home that day, I answered the door, put it on the couch, figured it was for me, and forgot about it.  When he came home, he confirmed my suspicion and asked if I wanted to open it.  I’d also received a birthday card in the mail from my father with a $50 check in it (I need to call him to thank him btw), so I figured what the hell, I’ll open the box.

I got…another box!

The game Eldritch Horror and a webcam.  A while ago I listened a podcast run by Cheap Boss Attack and his friend Chuck Zodl at Counter Attack Games (the first one I had the pleasure of experiencing), and CBA started talking about the fore mentioned game (I can’t remember what specific podcast it was, so the link just goes to the list).  I looked it up on Amazon, and it looked like something that would be fun plus I have an IRL friend who is into games of all shapes and measure who would probably be on board to play this with me.  Once I look it over, I’ll give him a buzz (as in message on Facebook.  The Shameful Narcissist avoids calling people at all costs) and make some plans to play.  Huh, I just looked at the box a bit closer and it says “1 to 8 players,” so I could play this by myself?  Haha, nooooo, I’m not doing that.  No slithering down into the bowels of insanity for THIS Narcissist.

As for the webcam, my next step is to research adequate lighting and set that up, but this is just one of the many pieces involved in the blog update I’m planning to do in June.  Hm, I should probably start prepping better for that.  I’m woefully under prepared.


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: 4/18/17          The State of the Gamer: 5/2/17–>

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The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17

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

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: 2

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016
Date Started: November 5, 2016
Date Finished(?): February 19, 2017

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I didn’t get any time last week to play WOFF, but it’s still on my radar.  To be honest, this is the kind of game that you don’t really have a definitive “finished date.”  You just kind of stop playing once you run out of things to do or don’t feel like doing anymore.  If a month passes without me picking it up, then I’ll remove it from my Currently Playing list (it’s already off of there on Grouvee).

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

So I made the sort of “mistake” of telling one of my old friends I was playing this.  He’s…extroverted and apparently thought I needed lessons on how to play (wtf?).  I’d mentioned I was playing in passing, and he kind of happily freaked out.  Let me just say I’m glad we were separated by text, because TSN does not have the energy to deal with hyperactive extrovert freak outs #nope  He then decided to sporadically text me unsolicited novels on how to play.  Now this is the thing.  If I ask you a specific question or we’re talking about something and exchanging tips/information that’s all cool and fun.  If I wake up to see paragraphs and paragraphs about shit I didn’t ask you about and probably won’t remember, that’s kind of patronizing and annoying (though I know the former wasn’t meant to be).  I had to be kind of mean and ask him to cut it out.  One, I’m more than likely not going to remember any of the stuff he’s telling me; and two, I have the Google, which I’ve been using.  The Brave Exvius Wiki is actually quite comprehensive and informative.  I still felt bad about having to say that though.  I don’t like to shut down exuberance, but it was just really out of left field to have someone text you what they literally call “your next lesson,” when I didn’t ask for it.

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The State of the Gamer: 4/4/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/28/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17–>

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: 2

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016
Date Started: November 5, 2016
Date Finished(?): February 19, 2017

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Yeah, I’m still playing this even though I don’t think I logged any game hours this week, or did I?  I can’t remember what I did last Wednesday.  It doesn’t look like I did any of the things I was talking about in the last entry.  Oh!  I remember, I played Wii DDR and attempted to play FFV, which is when I discovered my controller was busted (I’m not throwing Widder on this list, because it’s just going to be me playing sporadically when my knees and lungs tell me I can.  Silly, decrepit body…).

I think I might boot WOFF up tomorrow…or possibly tonight (if I get the time) since my husband went to hang out with our friends at a diner 30 or so minutes away.  I…was supposed to go, too, but I came home and passed out for a few hours.  So tired 😦  I’d sort of made a half-promise I was going to go out, and I’d planned to schedule this very post on Monday, but I had too many things to do yesterday to schedule it, so I’m writing it now.

Anyway, my plan is to possibly play a bit tomorrow and see if I can get the Quacho Queen trophy, the one where Lann has to deal the finishing blow.  I’ll take one or two Magitek Armors with me to see if I can fulfill the “kill many enemies with Magitek Armor” trophy (how vague can you be?), and I believe there are still some murkrifts lurking around.  I’m certain they’re in the dungeons, because I’m pretty sure I scoured the world map with the airship.

Oh, and the review of this is coming along, though this is technically not the post for that; there’s a bit of crossover with SOTW, since I’m writing about gaming, wouldn’t you say?

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

I am obsessed with this game now.  Holy lord.  I think I’m starting to get the hang of it, and LightningEllen pointed out that NRG, is “energy.”  How the hell did I miss that lol.  Between this and WOFF, Squeenix is becoming the pun masters (hire me please!  Notice me, senpai!!!  I will write dialogue for the nonexistent, never happening DLC where Sephiroth meets his real mother.  OMG PLEASE!!!) *ahem*

So far I haven’t had much problem playing as much as I want, but I’m only on Level 12 or Rank 12 or something like that.  I’m still in the learning phase.  I had no idea what the Rare Ticket Summons did or how to use them until a few days ago, so I now have 15 characters to toggle through including Cecil and Rydia from FFIV, Kuja from FFIX, and Sazh from FFXIII.  I made some promises that if I happen to pull the legendary Lightning, I’ll be more than happy to trade her for the less than stellar Hope hehe, because I know if Sephiroth is somehow drawn, the same will be done for me.  That would be the perfect trade actually lol.

I spent about 2-3 hours last night equipping everyone and doing a slapdash organization of parties.  You can have five separate ones, which is pretty convenient.  Story wise, I accidentally entered the pier in Lodin and was whisked to the next continent, but thankfully, you can still go back, and I have a bunch of missions to complete: two still from the royal capital, and I just picked up a ton from Lodin.  The two capital ones have to do with defeating five sergeants and three hill gigas’.  I found one sergeant in the Grandshelt Castle Throne Room, but apparently, I can traverse the entire castle and both enemies should be there.  They apparently become less rare further along in the game, so if they’re not forthcoming, I might just move on.  The one good thing about doing the same dungeon over and over again is you can level up your characters.  I’m still not sure who I’m going to keep (since I’m not really sure under what parameters I should use to decide that) so for now I’m going to try to rotate them.  Cecil, Rydia, Kuja, and Sazh are most definitely here to stay since they’re from specific games.

This is my first freemium game, and I absolutely love it.  Not surprise it was a Squeenix JRPG.  If you play or decide to play, my player number is 767,052,992.


Games Currently Watching

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

Hoorah!  I received the email notification that another video is up.  This makes my night.  I can’t wait to see more of the adorable, talking cat.  How could you sell a sentient, talking kitty? D:

In researching this game, it seems that there are other ports for it outside the SMS.  I might check those out, but this doesn’t dissuade me from wanting to try the original.

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

I watched two or three videos this week, and the Omega DLC has gotten interesting.  I like the dynamic between Aria and Nyreen, and I really love that since Olizandri is playing a female Shepherd, it’s three women trying to take back what’s theirs (or Aria’s) from a man.  Yassss.

Nyreen is the first female Turian ever seen/introduced, and she kind of has a General Grievous look about her.

Nyreen looks less sinister (though still bad ass), but it was the first thing I thought.  Also, I didn’t think Turians had slit pupils, but if you look, Nyreen definitely does, but Garrus doesn’t (I double checked).  Are slit pupils unique to female Turians?  Is there an evolutionary advantage in that?  Or is it an error on the game designers’ part, which I highly doubt since ME is very well done.  If the females were the main hunters, and they did so at night, then it would make sense that evolution would select for having the genes for slit pupils on the X chromosomes (if Turians have similar genetics to humans in that regard), and it would have to require two X chromosomes (unless there are some male Turians that have slit pupils, too without an additional X chromosome so no XXY).  Why am I thinking about this so hard??  Well considering I did enough research on cat’s eyes to write a dissertation, this is a drop in the bucket :p


Games Added to Playlist: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 97
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Added to Watch List: 0

Total Games on Watch List: 22
Change from Last Week: 0


Miscellaneous

Adventures in console buying (someone “console” me *runs away*).

At the mall last weekend, we found a PS3 at the GameStop; $150 with 500GB.  I had my husband ask about it, because I’m incredibly shy and awkward asking for things in stores.  Okay, I’m not that awkward, but I have to rehearse what I’m going to say before I say it so I don’t sound super awkward, or so I don’t think I sound super awkward.  While hubby was doing that, I took a look at the figurine wall where the Funko Pops hold sway, but amongst them was a non-Funko Pop Spock that was too cute for words.  The company is called Dorbz, which I’m assuming is short for aDorbz, a word I use all the time.

Don’t act like this isn’t the cutest thing ever.

I initially thought it was Captain Picard, because of the round head, but I was not remotely disappointed by Spock.  While I’m more of a TNG girl, I still fell in love in Leonard Nimoy (RIP), especially considering how he stood up for Nichelle Nichols and made sure she was paid fairly for her work.  I also loved him in the newer movies and the older TOS ones, plus I enjoyed his cameos in TNG.  He and Picard have a special bond since they mind melded.

Anyway, I handed Spock to my husband and went off to return some shoes, figuring he’d do the right thing in regards to the PS3.  He did and bought it with a $20/two year warranty.

Yesterday, I came home from work and organized the PS2 and Wii games we have sitting by our bedroom door, since one or both of us keeps knocking it over.  There’s a high bureau with the bedroom TV sitting on it, so I just put the games into one of the drawers.  Brian (my husband, I’m sick of just saying “husband” or “hubby;” he does have a name lol) knocked a hole in the back of the bureau to thread the PS3 cords through.

I unboxed the system and immediately put on my snooty face.  Don’t judge me!  For some reason I thought it was going to be a new PS3, so I was prepared to see a new PS3; don’t ask me why.  I have absolutely no problem when used games or anything like that. I’ve padded my collection with them, and I may very well be receiving a Wii U from a friend soon; the same one who gave me her Game Cube.  It was more that it was unexpected, though I don’t know why I’d think I’d find a new PS3 anywhere.  I think because the one on Amazon looks like it’s new, so I thought the one bought from GameStop would be as well?  Who knows how my mind works.

We plugged everything in, flipped the TV to the right channel, and turned the system on, and this is where my snootiness was vindicated!  The red light came on, showing the system had power, but when we hit the button again for the green light, it stayed on for maybe three seconds before turning off.  We tested this numerous times with a game in and not, but the system just wouldn’t stay on.  The Twitterverse (and I thank you all for that!) suggested that there was something wrong with the OS, which it very well could be.  Either way, we packed everything back up as it was (I was kind of sad to lose the controller that was clearly used for Call of Duty with its camouflage markings), and Brian returned it today with no issue.  He’s going to purchase the Amazon one, which is around $207 right now, but from all appearances it looks new.  I think a warranty would be a good investment with it, too.  I’ll keep you informed about the developments!


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: 3/28/17          The State of the Gamer: 4/11/17–>

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