Things on the XIIIth: July 2018

Gosh, the year is more than half over already… wow. Anyway, I see a lot of cool blogger people doing these monthly update feature posts where they talk about what they did last month, goals for the current month, future plans, and other monthly stuff. I’m not above stealing blogging ideas, so here’s my new monthly update thing! Ahem.

Oh and here at Livid Lightning, my fiscal month begins on the 13th (for reasons) so this will be the day of the month I do this, if I actually continue to do these. I commit to nothing…

Full Disclosure: Way back in the old blogging days, I tried doing weekly progress updates but quickly burnt out on them. A monthly pace seems like a less stressful way to keep track of things so this may, indeed, work out! I’ll just get on with it now.

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Operation! NES Edition

This was probably the first non video game review, or Amiibo, related post on my old website. Basically, I had lots of fun taking apart an old NES system and replacing its faulty 72 pin connector, thus deciding to babble about the procedure in a blog post. This is also perfect timing because I recently scored a NES Classic during the restock a couple weeks back. My original NES can now happily retire to its cozy original box.

For whatever reason, this post also attracted the most (and weirdest) spam-bot comments for my old site. The internet spam-bot swarm hasn’t found my new website yet, so I’m hoping this lures them back! Alas, they make me feel better about my view stats and are always good for the lulz. I miss them.

Anyway, here’s past me playing Video Game Console Surgeon!

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Are Video Games All Artsy?

This re-post is brought to you by the Well-Red Mage’s 2nd community question: Are video games art? This was such a fun post to write I thought I’d restore my answer on my new website, eh!

Before I jump into the bulk of my relatively short old post, I must stress (again) that I have NO IDEA what I’m talking about. I also have no education background in anything important, but here is my brain’s rough answer to the question!

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue ⚡Review

ACRogue 1

Platform Played On: PlayStation 3
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-adventure

My review of Assassin’s Creed Rogue was the very first post on my old website. And here it is again on my new website! I’ve tweaked a few things but this is mostly what I said way back in Sept 2015. My style has changed A LOT since then (read: I’m way more wordy these days) but it’s always nice to see your writing style evolve over time, right?

I picked up my copy of this game on launch day (November 11, 2014) but it almost took a year for me to get around to finishing all my goals for the game. I was once a huge Assassin’s Creed fan but fell out of the series after I beat Unity (hopefully I’ll catch up someday). In Rogue, being on the Templar side of the fight gave me a new perspective on their organization, which was neat. Before playing through this game I always felt that the Templars were unquestionably the “bad” guys. After getting to know Shay and his new friends, both sides seem to be operating in a grey area on the morality scale. Now I’ll let past me do her review rambling. Enjoy!

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Oh the Andromeda Drama

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Mass Effect Andromeda. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Mass Effect Andromeda 1

Yeah. I think we’ve all seen the negative reception this game got on launch day. All the goofy facial animations were the subject of many a meme on the interwebz, that’s for sure. During my blogging and social media, um, hiatus, I was able to clear Shepard’s Mass Effect trilogy, and damn, that was one of my greatest gaming experiences ever. I think Andromeda had A LOT to live up to by carrying the Mass Effect title, thus crushing a lot of fan hearts when it didn’t have the same, uh, standard of excellence. Now despite their flaws, I love Dragon Age II and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy – games that are perceived to be awful by the “majority” of the internet. I’ve had many people tell me to stay away from Andromeda, and some others tell me they had fun with it. I decided to ignore all the internet drama and give the game a try for myself. As my gaming track record has proven, I usually love games people hate and vice versa.

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Blogger Blitz – Grand Finale

And here we are at the final part of my trip down Blogger Blitz 2017 by Adventure Rules memory lane! The whole event was quite the emotional writing journey for me but this last match literally forced Lightning and I to face the feelz head-on. Twas the most INTENSE scenario ever, too. I can’t even begin to try and re-explain it all so I shall quote the host’s description of the fun:

“You have been invited by the steward of the Mushroom Kingdom to assist them with a royal problem. The infant princess, Baby Peach, has begun to develop strange abilities based on her emotions. She literally cries rivers, when she’s angry she bursts into flame, her happiness causes her to float in the air and produce bursts of wind – the only emotional state in which the castle and its staff are safe from her is when she is calm. A doctor is preparing a cure but a courier has to make an overnight trip to pick it up. So the steward needs someone to protect Peach’s Castle from her emotion powers until the cure is delivered.
‘Why not just take her out of the castle?’ you might ask. As fate would have it, there’s an issue with the castle’s power source, the Power Stars. They’ve malfunctioned and now the only thing keeping them running is Peach’s presence in the castle. If she leaves, the Stars will fail and be scattered across the kingdom.
‘We tried having the castle wizard place a spell on her to make her sleep through the night,’ the steward explains, ‘but she is immune to any magic that influences her emotional state.’ There’s another problem too – taking advantage of the castle’s current vulnerability, the evil wizard Kamek has summoned six warriors from other worlds to attack the Mushroom Kingdom. You might recognize them as the defeated competitors from the Blogger Blitz challenge. These warriors, under Kamek’s control, will stop at nothing to kidnap Peach and leave the castle in ruins.”

Whoa!! Right??

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Blogger Blitz – Semifinal: Soccer Survival!

Continuing to re-post my Blogger Blitz entries from last year’s big community event hosted by Adventure Rules, here is my overly emotional semifinal post. And wow, this one was a real challenge…

In the semifinal event, amusingly called Soccer Survival, Lightning and I had to survive in Mega Man’s universe for 24 hours, and then immediately play a game of soccer (otherwise known as football to anyone not in North America) against a team led by the Blue Bomber himself.

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