The State of the Gamer: 1/9/18

<–The State of the Gamer: 12/26/17            The State of the Gamer: 1/23/18–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

Story Based/Definitive Ending Games

On Hold
  1. Final Fantasy V – I’m going to wait until I clear out some of the games I’m in the midst of before picking this back up.  I’ll still count this time in my Playing Duration, but I’m not going to include it in this update until I pick up the sticks again.
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Origins – Same goes for this one.

Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer/Puzzle – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Date Started: October 29, 2017

I was hoping to count this among my finished of 2017 (and if any list needed padding, it’s that one.  I’m pretty sure I’m the sandbagger among my blogger buddies hehe), but alas it was not to be.  I’m right at the end, too, in Bowser’s Kingdom, fighting the Broodals for (what I’m hoping is) the last time.  I made an attempt, but sadly failed.  I couldn’t figure out how to knock off the legs so that the final Broodal bubble is in the right spot for pecking (that…is a weird sentence).  Of course there’s a shit ton of after game, er, afterwards, so I’ll have to figure out how I’m going to count that when I get to it.

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Creative Christmas – Who’s Got the GOTY?

Tis the Christmas season (or Advent to be theologically accurate), and in the spirit of the season, the lovely blogger over at Later Levels has decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas a few days earlier with 12 gaming related questions for all of us good, little gaming elves out there.  These are my responses.


🎉   01 January 2018:   You wake up the following morning, hungover but happy – you have an entire day of gaming ahead of you. You start thinking back over the video games you played during 2017; what was your game of the year?

Ah you’re making me post this before I even have a chance to do my Top 10 list!  This is a bit of a complicated question for me since I both play and watch games, so have to consider both for the Game of the Year.  I wish I’d played the Game of the Year (Breath of the Wild) before it was announced, but since I trust my friends, I believe it was a laud well earned.  I wish I’d played more of Assassin’s Creed: Origins before this question too, so I could factor it into my assessment.


Played: Super Mario Odyssey

As if there could be any doubt.  This is the best game I’ve played all year by a wide margin.  It’s just so much fun and so forgiving for a 3D platforming noob like me (though I am having some trouble defeating the Lord of Lightning o.O), making it a game anyone can play and enjoy.  From the long time gamers to the newest generation of players, SMO’s ubiquity, ease of access, and just all around fun easily earns it the coveted title of TSN’s favorite played game.

“I’m going on an adventure!” -The Hobbit

Watched: SOMA

This is the reason I need that Top 10 or at least Top 5 list.  I watched so many wonderful games this year, and in all honesty there are games that either are tied or are so close to SOMA, but what really puts this title over the edge is how much and for how long it fucked me up.  I studied psychology in college, so the subject is near and dear to my heart (brain?), and the main question SOMA asks, “What is consciousness?” is not so much answered as explored to its darkest depths.  This is not a game I could ever play since I spent much of the Let’s Play covering my face, because I hate chase scenes, but those aren’t really what make SOMA scary; it’s the horror behind the monsters that’s the most disturbing of all.

“Where only the most listless of creatures swim…” -Dear Esther


What’s your game of the year?  Did you have to categorize them?  Have you made a Top # list?  Are you planning to?  Let’s talk about our 2017 gaming favorites in the comments!

The State of the Gamer: 12/26/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 12/12/17            The State of the Gamer: 1/9/18–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

Story Based/Definitive Ending Games

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Release Date: December 6, 1992

Date Started: June 17, 2017

Nope, didn’t play it again this week.

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Creative Christmas – Games of Christmas Past

Tis the Christmas season (or Advent to be theologically accurate), and in the spirit of the season, the lovely blogger over at Later Levels has decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas a few days earlier with 12 gaming related questions for all of us good, little gaming elves out there.  These are my responses.


👪   20 December 2017:   You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?

I’ll never forget the Christmas I received my (at time) favorite game ever.

I’ve already talked about this in my 30 Day Video Game Challenge, but I was as obsessed with this game then as I am now with Final Fantasy VII, speaking of which, I received that for Christmas one year, too, the Eidos version for the PC.  My brother got it for me, though I had no interest in it at the time, because I thought it was “too sci-fi.”

Talk about a life changing experience

SMB2 is my first favorite game, and I think I was so obsessed with it because one, you could play the princess (she wasn’t a kidnapping victim, whoohoo!), and two, it was different from the other Mario games.  I know now it was supposed to be a game called Doki Doki Panic, and of course only fits into the Mario canon because it was “only a dream,” but I love how quirky and different it was.  Like FFVII, I’ve never finished SMB2 myself, though of course I’ve seen the ending.

Even though Final Fantasy VII is my forever favorite game, I have more fond memories of the year I received Super Mario Bros. 2, because VII came to me at a much more tumultuous time when things were…different.  SMB2 has the innocence of youth splashed over it with far more rainbows and far less ash.


What’s your favorite holiday gaming memory?  Let’s hear about it in the comments!

The State of the Gamer: 12/12/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 10/31/17            The State of the Gamer: 12/26/17–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

Story Based/Definitive Ending Games

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Release Date: December 6, 1992

Date Started: June 17, 2017

I still haven’t done Karnak Castle.  Really what it is is picking this back up again would be a production.  I need to set up the table for my laptop, because the instructions I wrote for myself are in OneNote.  I seriously hate timing things in games.  It ramps up my anxiety tenfold because I know I have to rush, which amps up the chances of me messing up or missing something.  I know some people work well/better under pressure, but I am not one of those people.

Owing to the hectic nature of the season, I may not be playing this again until the new year.  I’m actually now wondering if it’s on a handheld system.  Due to their convenience (I can literally just pick one up), I find myself more prone to play games like that.

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The State of the Gamer: 8/29/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 8/22/17          The State of the Gamer: 9/5/17–>

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!

Currently Playing: 2

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 – Preparing for second official mission

I liberated the town of McTighe and gathered all of the citizens for the mayor’s speech.  For my trouble, I received a turbo ether.  I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to gather phantoma, so I quick google search was necessary.  I may do the McTighe mission again just to make sure I’m collecting as much of it as I can.  The coliseum still hasn’t opened, but I have faith.

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The State of the Gamer: 8/22/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 8/15/17          The State of the Gamer: 8/29/17–>

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!

Currently Playing: 3

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 – Leaving on first official mission

No time to play.  Hopefully this weekend; if not, when I’m on vacay in September.  Then I’m playing the hell out of this every day and finishing it.

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 Tower

I finished Walz Tower, and with the levels gained there, managed to take down Shiva.  So now I have a new summon, and I have more Jobs I can switch to, which I haven’t done yet.  I might wait to gain some levels on the Jobs I have now, which are:

  • Knight – Bartz
  • Black Mage – Reina
  • White Mage – Galuf
  • Blue Mage – Faris

I think I’m only around Level 12, but I don’t know the exact ones.  My next stop is Karnak.

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30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 28

Day 1

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Day 29: Favorite video game developer.


It is with intense annoyance that I have to say Square Enix or as I like to call them Squeenix.  Beginning as Squaresoft, the company nearly became defunct and on the verge of declaring bankruptcy back in the 80s when they released what they thought would be their last game, aptly titled Final Fantasy.  Fortunately for them (but unfortunately for avoiding irony), the title was a huge success and not only for saving the company, but also defined/redefined the genre of (J)RPG.

More than thirty years later, now as Square Enix, they’re still going strong at least in terms of still being active and relevant.  I believe a good fan should also be a good critic, and I have been quite critical of some of Squeenix’s decisions.

This. They decided to make this into a VR game.

But like Nintendo, we keep getting caught…hook, line, and sinker.

I’m so sorry…

Though I do have to admit, I’ve fallen victim to the fad of judging based on other’s accounts, which is what I did with Final Fantasy XIII.  I’ve never played it, but not long after it came out, I hopped on the bashing bandwagon due to listening to people whose opinion I thought was worth something, since they, too, were huge Final Fantasy (especially VII) fans, but I should have known better, based on the derisive things they said about Final Fantasy IX  Thankfully, I’ve met people (and one specific person) who’ve shown me the error of my ways, and though I’ve yet to play XIII, I’m at least going to give a chance.  You’d think by this point in my life I would’ve learned not to judge things entirely on other’s opinions until I try them myself, but that pesky “J” in INFJ likes to rear its head in all instances even when it is most inopportune.

I love to judge, but I need to make sure when I do so, I have all the facts.

So while Squeenix might annoy the hell out of me at times, I still have to begrudgingly admit that they’re my favorite developer.

Honorable mentions to Nintendo and BioWare.

Who is your favorite developer?  Do you have as complicated a history as I do with mine?

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30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 27

Day 1

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Day 27: Most epic scene ever.


I’m sorry.  You know I have to mention one of the most iconic scenes in video game history:

It’s epic for the fact that like Aeris, none of us saw that coming (I’m a terrible person), and the fact that to this day, the rumor mill spins with ways to bring her back and hopes that the Remake will allow it (I really hope it doesn’t).

I was also blown away by Midna’s reveal at the end of Twilight Princess:

I was as dumbstruck as Link.  Though he’s ever the silent protagonist, I think his inability to speak was due to finding the Twilight Princess was even more beautiful than Princess Zelda (imho).  This one is more on my personal epic scale; though I’m sure many of you would agree with me about it, I don’t know if it will wind up in the annals of video game history like FFVII will.

Epic is a subjective term, though there is a cultural consciousness about it.  What one person might consider epic, another might think is mundane, while some things foster a general agreement   The original definition of epic pertains to a long, poetic composition usually centered upon a hero in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.  Going by this both Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda could be considered epics in their own right, because what are these games but long compositions centered upon heroes where a series of great achievements/events are stylistically played out?  This definition extends to all manner of video games, so even though epic is a specific idea, what one considers epic can be both ubiquitous and intensely personal.

What video game scene wakes your epic sensors?  Do you go by the standard definition of the term or your gut emotion in this determination?

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30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 24

Day 1

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Day 24: Favorite classic game.


We need to define “classic.”  What do you consider to be a classic game?  How far back do we go in order to classify a game as classic?  If the PlayStation era is considered classic, then my favorite classic is my favorite game:

but if we’re going back further then my favorite classic is my first favorite game/obsession:

I have a thing for numbers…

I can’t go back much further than that, because no older game sticks out enough for me to say it’s my favorite, but I think I’ve talked about SMB2 before, and lord knows I do nothing but talk about FFVII.

What’s your favorite classic game?

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