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.
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.
Continue reading Ace Ace, Baby! Moar Asexual Representation in Games, Please.
Platform Played On: NES
Release Date: February 21, 1986
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of The Legend of Zelda review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on November 6, 2016. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings! Figured I’d do a timely re-posting of this for the game’s 33rd release-o-versary, eh.
Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series easily tops my list of favourite video game franchises, yet it took me this long to sit down and play the game that started it all. The modernized gamer I have become was thrown off by the lack of direction at the start of the game. I wandered into a cave, picked up a sword that was carelessly on the ground, and was warned about how it’s dangerous to go alone by a kindly old gentlemen. Then I was turned loose on the original land of Hyrule, and left to fight my way to whatever map square I pleased. Overall, I enjoyed my time with the granddaddy of open world games. I can see that this title gave a strong foundation for what has today become the imposing tower of Legend of Zelda games.
Continue reading The Legend of Zelda ⚡Review
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… because I like Final Fantasy XIII a lot? Jeez… tough crowd.
Tis the month of love… or at least that’s what the Hallmark Corporation wants it to be. I won’t go off into a rant in this progress post, but damn, I’m not really a fan Valentine’s Day. It’s mostly the annoying subliminal (super-liminal?) messages that businesses use to push subpar chocolate, overpriced jewelry, and wilted flowers. Yeah. I’m probably jealous on some level… oh well!
Alrighty. I’ve sated my need to whine a bit, so on with the things I’ve been up to this month! Is it St. Patrick’s Day yet? This will also be shorter than usual. Long work day with tons of things going on so I’m not feeling as babbly as usual. Here we go, though!
Continue reading Things on the XIIIth: February 2019
“Backlog: just a small word but one which tends to send a shiver down most gamers’ spines. That sense of unease and discomfort experienced when looking at our pile of unplayed titles is a feeling we’re all too familiar with. Yet try as we might, we just can’t stop ourselves from adding entries to our library of games to be played and feeling oh-so-guilty about it.” – Kim of Later Levels
Tell me about it! Oh and you’re now reading the words of someone who started blogging in the WordPress world under the theme of “Conquering the Gaming Backlog” (me, in case it wasn’t obvious). Ah, those were the days… if only I could yell some words of advice back to 2015 me. So. Many. Things. I’d do differently. Alas! But I digress. The learning point I got from that experience is: I’ve accepted that I can never keep up with the pace of games I wanna play, thus the backlog monster in unconquerable. But why make thy video game backlog thy enemy? If you can’t beat ’em, embrace ’em!
The awesome Kim over at Later Levels is running a cool collaboration, that I sorta helped with, called #LoveYourBacklog. You can check out the details on Later Levels for more info on how you can get involved. It’s really cool! There are badges and award categories too. The major message is: we all have backlogs and should be proud of them! So show off that fine backlog monster of yours, eh.
Anyway, here’s my entry in the collaboration that I totally helped with!! This is so cool. I’ve never really played a role in shaping an event before. Thanks, Kim! You rock.
Continue reading Embrace Thy Backlog Monster!
Nope! I’m NOT a fan of the horror genre in any medium and extra especially video games. Getting thrown into a world with various terrors and all that… no freaking thank you. I do make exceptions for certain special horror games, though. For whatever reason, teenage me was a super fan of the Resident Evil series. I’ve recently babbled about my thoughts on the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo and that’s about it for my ramblings about the series here. While I enjoyed the demo, it definitely reminded me I’m a wuss when it comes to this stuff. Let’s just say I spent a sleepless night binge reading a friend’s blog… with my cats close by because I had no one around to talk to… ahem. Be brave, Ellen!
Anyway, with the exciting launch of the Resident Evil 2 REmake
upon behind us, I decided to contribute something to the awesome That Green Dude‘s Resident Evil Memories community project (and this is late since the deadline was January 24th, 2019… sorry, life happens).
So without further intro babbling, here’s a brief glimpse at my terrible memory’s Resident Evil related files. Jeez. I last played these games, like, 10 years ago now. Wow… I’m old.
Continue reading Ah!! The Belated Resident Evil Memories…
⚡ Caution ⚡ – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Fallout 4. 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 February 27, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I STILL haven’t found time to finish the game yet…
After having it since launch day, I’ve finally cracked the seal on my Pip Boy Edition of Fallout 4. It took a bit of time before the game fully installed on my PS4, but Bethesda included some hilarious “educational” videos to help pleasantly pass the time.
Continue reading My First Hour In Post-Apocalyptic Boston
⚡ Caution ⚡ – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Mirror’s Edge. 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 May 28, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings!
I was innocently cruising a local game store’s website when suddenly, a cool Collector’s Edition of a game series I’ve vaguely heard of catches my eye. Said Collector’s Edition includes an awesome statue of the main character (my swag addiction is a curse). The game is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and it’s coming out June 7th. I look more into the series and apparently the first game, Mirror’s Edge, is suppose to be a masterpiece that I’ve missed out on. A few minutes later, I’ve ordered a copy from eBay. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I dusted off my Xbox 360 to start it today.
Continue reading Falling Off Buildings & Running From Blues
I have a huge pipe dream goal of getting my forever in-progress original novel published someday. Unfortunately, I haven’t been much of a reader for most of my life. I’m improving my reading skill in order to level up my novel writing ability, and also trying to write book reviews for the things I read these days. This is one of my book review thingys… enjoy!
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published: August 29, 2017
Spoiler Warning: This is the review of the second book in a book series. Therefore, spoilers for the first book will happen. Reader discretion is strongly advised… oh and if you’re at all interested my review of Book 1, here it is!
Continue reading A Torch Against the Night 📕Review