Charming and Open – My Recurring Villain

I’m still kinda devastated by Bowser’s heartbreaking Blogger Blitz defeat last Friday at the hands of Marjolaine. Alas, I should have never trusted her! Anyway, I decided to honor the big guy by re-posting my Bowser themed response to another great Adventure Rules community event I participated in last year called Charming and Open. Basically, you asked the gracious host Ian a question, and he gave you a question to answer in response. The questions were answered in the form of blog posts, thus creating a great sense of blogging community togetherness!

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Mass Effect Minutes (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Mass Effect babblethrough series! You can check out Part 1 here, if you want, but the TL;DR version is after exploring the Citadel for first time, I just legally gained control of the Normandy at the expense of poor Captain Anderson (galactic politics at its finest). The game gives you lots of freedom on what order to do things in, so my next mission is Priority: Liara T’Soni. Even before I knew anything about Liara, I had a strong feeling she was going to be my favourite Mass Effect companion… Ali Hillis voiced characters for the win!!

Obligatory: !!!MAJOR FREAKING SPOILER!!! warning. DO NOT keep reading if you have not played Mass Effect and plan to.

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Blogger Blitz Black Sheep – Round 1: Totalitarian Teatime

Ladies, gentlemen, dear friends, and heartless spam-bots!

OMG!! It’s time for the 2nd annual Blogger Blitz event brought to you by Ian of Adventure Rules. I had a freaking blast (even though it was hella hard) partaking in last year’s Blogger Blitz insanity with my shero, Lightning Farron. This year the rules are a little different… Only villains are allowed to play and they are bumbling their way through scenarios the blogging community created in the months leading up to this (very cool idea!). I decided to go with my all-time favourite bad guy, Bowser from the iconic Mario series. Bwahahaha!! Sorry, I think I’m still in character. Ahem.

I was actually on the fence about jumping into the action again this year. Distracting health issues and whatnot, plus I knew there would be extra pressure on me as the returning “champion”. I decided to just go for it and, well, here I am. My primary goal is to have fun. I’m not a competitively driven person at all (probably a big reason why I’m not a fan of multiplayer games) but I do love the community togetherness aspect of Blogger Blitz, a lot! And one of the greatest qualities I admire about Bowser is his ability to lose with style. I certainly want to stay true to his character, above all else. Gwahahaha!

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Mass Effect Minutes (Part 1)

Welcome to my first new babblethrough series on Livid Lightning! On my old blog, I really enjoyed writing posts like this babbling about my adventures through Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age II, Horizon Zero Dawn, and what little I had done in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (at the time of this post, I do intend to re-post/finish my older ones at some point, by the way). I guess these are kinda like a Let’s Play in written form using the tons of screenshots I take in games. I don’t have the verbal skillz to do the traditional video Let’s Plays, but I sure enjoy rambling about stuff in written form! These are also a great way for me to look back on a gaming adventure when I’ve long forgotten about it.

During my blogger breakdown, I focused heavily on playing through Shepard’s Mass Effect trilogy (for the very first time) to help me forget about this planet’s problems. I loved every precious second I spent with my Commander Ellen Shepard, so I’m very excited to start babbling about the entire trilogy journey I had, starting here with the first game. Not sure when/if I’ll get around to finishing it, but I’m cool if this remains an in-progress labour of gaming love. Oh and I was dumb and pressed the wrong screenshot button on my keyboard at first, thus missing many screenshots for the Prologue. Alas!

Obligatory: !!!MAJOR FREAKING SPOILER!!! warning. DO NOT keep reading if you have not played Mass Effect and plan to.

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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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