Becoming the Grey Warden

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the a large part of Dragon Age Origins. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on August 20, 2017. Enjoy my past self’s mostly unedited ramblings! Something interesting I’ve noticed (other than bad grammarz) is that I now understand my “gushing” over Alistair. Since the original post I’m proud to say I’ve discovered I’m a demiromantic asexual. That’s a whole other post (which is here), but suffice to say, I’m not interested in sexual relationships with any gender and there’s nothing wrong with that, eh! I know mostly everyone out there gets the whole sex without love thing. I just want to say that love without sex does exist too.

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Okay, so 30+ hours into a game is a little late for a first impressions type of post thingy, but I don’t care – here it is! Sometimes I just have to play a game instead of wasting time rambling about it online. Anyway, I’ve fallen way behind on BioWare’s great games so I’ve randomly decided to focus on them for the foreseeable future (of my own freewill I assure you). In fact, I’ve only played one BioWare game before now: Dragon Age II. And yeah, it’s the same tired old story with that one – I love it, the internet hates it, and whatever… let’s move on. One of the things I respect most about BioWare is their character diversity and development style. It’s about time I started meeting more of their fantastic fictional people!

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Things on the XIIIth: November 2018

Welcome to my monthly progress post that happens on the 13th, which marks the start of a new fiscal month here on Livid Lightning. Get it? XIII is my favourite number.

Where is time going?? C’mon… it’s freaking November already… I blinked and another year of my life is almost gone. Wow. Anyway, new this month I’ve decided to contain all my personal babbling to a new section called “Life & Other Things”. Feel free to skip that if you don’t wanna read about me whining about life, eh.

Here’s the full gist of what I’ve been up to this fiscal month!

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Ugh… That Thwomping Writer’s Block…

While working my way through a backup of posts from my deleted website that I want to restore here on Livid Lightning, I found my old answer to the Well-Red Mage’s Asking Big Questions 003 community event: “How do you overcome writer’s block?”

I’ve sadly seen a lot of bloggers being vocal about having writing issues lately, and that whole NaNoWriMo thing is happening at the time of this post. This seems like a great time to babble about my battle with the block! My old response is way too out of date to re-post (especially since I didn’t follow my own advice and actually broke down and deleted my old website… oops) so I decided to provide a newer answer in this post. I’m keeping my weird Thwomp analogy, though, since it amused me… a lot.

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Wait… I need a cape to be a real writer, right? That’s my problem!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: Switch
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Racing
Release Date: April 28, 2017

Let me get this out of the way first: Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64 will always be 100 times better than any Mario Kart game ever, in my eyes. That’s my opinion and I’m stating it. It’s totally cool if you disagree. The Mario Kart series has more of an emphasis on needing multiplayer to be truly fun, which is a huge reason why I like Diddy Kong Racing’s single player story mode style a lot better (even if the story is hilariously nonsensical… giant space pig… LOLz). Plus David Wise music… sorry, Mario. That being said, I’ve still enjoyed the few Mario Kart games I’ve raced around in, including this one!

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Lightning Fast Mario Karting!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on June 10th, 2017. I recently finished everything I wanted to do in the game and plan to write a review here very soon, eh. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings!

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All the cool kids who are lucky enough to own a Switch seem to playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lately. I didn’t want to feel left behind, as usual, so I decided to pick up a copy a few weeks ago. I completely missed out on the Wii U version, making this title a brand spanking new experience for me. I must say that it has been ages since I played a racing game. I’ve spent hundreds of blissful childhood hours dominating the beautiful tracks of Diddy Kong Racing, but I’m a cranky old woman with slow reflexes now. What I’m getting at here is that I suck, but it’s so much fun! This is the perfect game to play alongside Horizon Zero Dawn. When I need a break from robot animal controlled Earth, I can relax by getting Blue-shelled into last place by another game’s evil AI.

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Solbot Energy Rush ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Freakout Games
Publisher: Freakout Games
Genre: Casual Arcade
Release Date: July 22, 2018

Well, then. Consider me super flattered! An indie developer took the time to reach out to me on Twitter and requested that I write something about their game. Wow. That’s cool! Anyway, I think Freakout Games has an excellent marketing strategy here. By reaching out to a bunch of the lesser known websites on the wild web, it’s win-win self-promotion scenario, eh. Most importantly, it shows me that they care about their game. And that, my friends, was more than enough of a reason to check out this game and give a fair babbling about on my website!

The Android version of the game can be found here. The iOS version of the game can be found here.

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Ace Ace, Baby! Moar Asexual Representation in Games, Please.

It’s time I got brave enough to officially come out in the form of a blog post, internet. My name is Ellen, and I’m a demiromantic asexual. What exactly does that mean? Well, I’ll happily try to explain it! It’s complicated, but I’ll try. Ahem.

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I’m sure everyone is aware of that sexual orientation thing. You are defined as straight if you are sexually attracted to the opposite gender, you are defined as gay if you’re sexually attracted to the same gender, and you are defined as bi if you’re sexually attracted to any gender. But what if you aren’t sexually attracted to anyone? No. There’s nothing wrong with you. That, my friends, is defined as being asexual. And it is indeed a valid sexual orientation representing about 1% of the human population. For my whole life I thought I was broken and that something was wrong with me. While talking with a very good friend I finally discovered what asexuality was early this year, at last explaining a whole lot of things about my life so far, and most importantly, showing me I’m not alone in the way I feel about love.

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