Mystery Blogger Award #4

I am four times more mysterious than I ever could have imagined.  Apparently my mysterious nature is a mystery even to me.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma, and I am delighted and honored to have been nominated for the award by  Dani of Touch My Spine Book Reviews, a wonderful book blogger and an ultimate sweetheart ♥

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Well, we’ve already accomplished the first four items on the list, so I believe we’re doing passably well.

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Liebster Award #4

I was nominated quite a long time ago by the deliciously dangerous Cupcakes and Machetes.  If you’re looking for awesome recipes, honest and hilarious book reviews, and adorable doggies, there’s no better blog on the internet.

What is the Liebster Award?

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger.  They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

The Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

1.  Do you consider yourself an artist in any way when it comes to music, arts, crafts, or hobbies?

I guess since I consider myself a writer, I suppose I could be considered an artist.

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Games Alive: 1980-2017

The Well-Red Mage asks: “What’s your favorite game every year you’ve been alive?”  I’m one of the last to answer, because I’m always late to these types of parties.  I’ve seen plenty of “Favorite Game” posts, but never one quite like this, and it was both challenging and enjoying to put together over the last two months.  I’m one of the oldest people to respond, meaning I have quite a lot of years to go through, so without further ado…

1980 – Pac-Man

This one was more difficult than I’d like to admit, but there weren’t too many games I could draw from at this point in time, which led me to this classic among classics.  I wasn’t very good at this game, but if you stick your finger in your ear and wiggle it around, I think you’ll hear something familiar 😀

1981 – Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong game coverBack when Mario was merely Jump Man and Pauline was a kidnapping victim, long before she was the mayor of New Donk City, there was this arcade classic.  I was better at this than Pac-Man; I’ve always been better at platforming than avoiding random enemies.

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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia by Patrick Thorpe et al

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Authors: Patrick Thorpe, Various Artists, Translators, and Others
Date Added: October 30, 2016
Date Started: April 11, 2017
Date Finished: June 4, 2017
Reading Duration: 54 days
Genre: Art, Reference

Pages: 274
Publication Date: January 16, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Media: Hardback

Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga – Akira Himekawa!

I would recommend this book too Zelda lovers both young and old.  It not only has amazing artwork, some of which is conceptual, never finding its way into any games, but it gives a well organized explanation of the quite confusing and convoluted timeline as well as background information on each game’s individual narrative and the overarching one of the Legend.  For example, it confirmed that the loftwings introduced in Skyward Sword were indeed based on a real life bird, the shoebill.

The importance of these birds transcends the game they originated from for they are preserved for all time in the insignia on Link’s Hylian Shield.

Legend of Zelda is the first game series I’ve ever seen with a contingency for the hero’s failure with Ocarina of Time as the appropriate turning point.  If Link succeeds in defeating Ganon, Majora’s Mask is the continuation of the story, but if he is defeated that loss leads to Link to the Past in hopes he can save the future.  There’s also the Child Link Timeline and the Adult Link Timeline, which begins in Ocarina as well.  That game serves as a hub of convergence, which makes sense since it’s the first (in release, not chronological order) to feature the Temple of Time.

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The State of the Gamer: 10/11/16

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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.
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Game Currently Playing

Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Date Started: Unknown


For the third time Zeromus defeated me, but I believe my strategy is sound.  I just got too cocky and took a chance, which proved a fatal error.  Here were my stats for the battle:

Rydia – 65
Cecil – 69
Kain – 73
Edge – 63
Rosa – 63

Compared to last week:

Rydia – 64
Cecil – 68
Kain – 73
Edge – 62
Rosa – 62

I decided I was going to have Rydia cast Asura to help with the healing.

Asura by Amano

Asura by Amano

So the ladies would heal and the guys would fight.  This makes me a little grumpy, which I’ll talk about more when I review it.  Either way, I was doing pretty well so decided to have Rosa cast Holy, because Rydia had already healed the party with the summon.  Bad move.  That set off a disastrous chain reaction.  Once even one character goes down, it’s exceedingly hard to resurrect and heal them.  If Rosa is free, she can cast Life 2, which revives with full health, but if your other characters are weakening, you really can’t waste a turn doing that.  While other characters can use Life as an item, it brings you back with low HP, which is easily wiped out by Big Bang, and Zeromus loves casting that back to back.

I think if I’d just kept up with Asura and Cure 4, while allowing the guys to physically attack, I would’ve won the day.  I think I’m done with leveling (for now) and am going to implement my strategy this weekend.  Hopefully fourth time will be the charm!

Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: November 16, 2007
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: September 29, 2016

The last big thing I watched was the fight with the Thorian on Feros and the treachery of the ExoGeni Corporation.  I was going to say video games sure love their evil corporations, but that’s not accurate at all.  Nearly ever medium uses that trope.  The Thorian has mind controlling and telepathic abilities, because I’ve certainly never heard of a narrative with an evil corporation using such a “ancient” being like that before *cough cough*  This is not remotely a critique.  I love when other narratives utilize the paradigms from my favorite well.  It is severely fucked up that the ExoGeni Corporation used the colonists as a control group to see what the Thorian would do to them.  I truly does appear that all power hungry corporations are the same.

I believe the dauntless LPer is in the midst of some side missions now.  I forget which planet, but he’s going after criminals and privateers as well as surveying the land for minerals aka money.  Watching him play, I’m a little sad that I’d really suck at this game in terms of combat.  I love the RPG aspect of it, but I can’t do the action parts.  This makes me sad for other reasons outside of ME 😦

Games Added To Play List: 2

Title: Firewatch
Genre: Adventure – Mystery
Developer: Campo Santo
Original Platform(s): Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Original Release Date: February 9, 2016


Title: Virginia
Genre: Exploration – Mystery/Thriller/Adventure
Developer: Variable State
Publisher: 505 Games
Original Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Original Release Date: September 22, 2016


I was listening to an awesome podcast by Cheap Boss Attack and Counter Attack Games (the latter whom I just started following today, too).  It was really chill.  Just two gamers talking about the things they love and eschewing the negativity that often seems to overly occupy the gaming sphere.  I feel a bit spoiled in finding this WordPress community, because while there are critiques (as there should be), it’s more constructive instead of bashing, and there’s much more emphasis in bolstering what’s beloved.

Anyway, these two games were mentioned, and I remembered I wanted to add them to my gaming backlog.  Firewatch just looked interesting, and the voice acting seems really solid.  Virginia makes me think of Dear Esther, though it seems to have some mixed reviews.

There was also some board game talk (and I myself was not bored *groan*) about one called Eldritch Horror.  Well, I’ve got some board game loving IRL friends whom I can probably talk into playing!  I’m a fan of Lovecraft’s work and the many things that have been inspired by it, and while I’m a wuss puss 365 days a year, it is Halloween season so some scares might be warranted.  It’s a little pricey, but that’s why I have an Amazon wishlist and a belief in Santa Claus :p

Games Added To Watch List: 1

Title: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Series: Castlevania
Genre: Platform, Action-Adventure, RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Konami
Original Platform: Playstation
Original Release Date: March 20, 1997


Ahhhh Alucard, so beautiful ♥♥♥

Yes, the son of Dracula is definitely one of my fangirl crushes.  I can feel your shock emanating through the interwebs.  The “Wow, the Shameful Narcissist is obsessed with another white haired pretty boy” faces are so clear in my mind.  At least this one has a good guy arc that I didn’t need to speculate/make up myself for fanfiction, speaking of which, I wish there were more for him.  I suppose I could watch the game and write some myself at some point.

*la swoon*

Symphony is also known for its amazing soundtrack (if it wasn’t, that would be painfully ironic given its name), so I’m not only adding it because of a beautiful vampire.  I’m not that shallow (yes I am), and it’s a definite perk.

It also bears mentioning that this game became a cult classic and is considered one of the best video games of all time.  It’s also another “spooky” offering for the season.  What’s more Halloween than Dracula and his inverse?

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?

I look forward to your comments!

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