Things on the XIIIth: August & September 2018

If you’re reading this, I finished another monthly(ish) update post AND I haven’t deleted my new website yet. Look at me sticking with things. Yay me! Just a reminder, Livid Lightning’s fiscal month begins on the 13th for reasons.

Anyway, life’s A LOT messed up for me lately, and I needed to take an extended break from everything (thus missing my 2nd monthly update post thingy). BUT gaming and blogging things are moving along again, so that’s good! Also nice and distracting. Thank you, video games and social media world!! Once I get a diagnosis from my country’s slow-ass healthcare system, I’ll likely vent a bit about what’s going on. Until then, everything is fine…

Blogging Things

September marks my 3rd year in the wonderful WordPress community! I love you guys and I’m grateful for all the friendships I’ve made here. WordPress even gave me a shiny award to show off:

3 Years

I haven’t posted much, due to my break, and I have a lack of motivation to write new material at the moment, due to health, but I do have 23 of my old website’s articles formatted and ready to post here. Those will be coming slowly and soon-ish.

I also did a bit of format tweaking with CSS since I went all Premium for Livid Lightning. Links are now pink with no underline (they were just plain text with underline before). I definitely like the new aesthetic better.

Blogging Stats
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Livid Lightning Articles

Mass Effect Minutes (Part 1)
Blogger Blitz Black Sheep โ€“ Round 1: Totalitarian Teatime
Mass Effect Minutes (Part 2)
Charming and Open โ€“ My Recurring Villain

AmbiGaming Articles

A Case Study of Amiibo Addiction

XIII Random Great Things I Read From Others

Alas, I don’t have the time or energy to obsessively read blogs like I did in the past. But here’s a random sampling of cool posts I was able to read lately. Keep being awesome, everyone!

Fiscal Month August (July 14 to August 13)

I) Nana Marfo wrote a really awesome post about emotionally connecting with characters, looking beyond the superficial things about them. Thank you for including a link to the article I wrote on AmbiGaming about the Importance of Imaginary Idols!

II) The judgey little Blogger Blitz Black Sheep punk, Pix over at Shoot the Rookie, hosted her very first community event called the Video Game World Cup. And damn, the results were fantastic! I’m not just saying that because Lightning made the Blogger’s 11 Football team, I swear (and soccer, football, kick the ball in the net and fake an injury… whatever ya call it in your part of the world, eh).

III) The Professional Moron continues to entertain me with his masterful nonsense! Check out his epic short story about a reporter on a moon… or something like that.

IV) Losing someone close to you sucks beyond words, and pets truly are like part of the family. NekoJonez wrote a very touching post in memory his cat of Sparta.

V) Talking about mental illness is hard and the stigmas attached to that are still all too common. Kudos to Kim of Later Levels for encouraging these difficult discussions!

VI) Just from my brief experiences in college classes I took, I can tell ya programming is hella hard. It’s easy for us as gamers to tear apart coding bugs we see in our games, so shout-out to Falcon Game Reviews for highlighting just how easy mistakes can happen, even to the best game programmers.

VII) The awesome Shameful Narcissist is one of the best bloggers out there and she is so supportive of so many people in the blogging community! I was honored to be nominated for her very own blogger award: The Eclectic Blogger Award (I keep reading it as the Electric Blogger Award… sorry, I have a one track mind โšก)

VIII) Video games are truly something magical, and they usually have actual magic as mechanics. I really enjoyed reading the Adventure Rules expert examination of unique magic systems in video games.

IX) It’s a habit I’m trying to break – rushing through games to get to the next one on my near-infinite backlog list. Overthinker Y wrote an awesome article about stopping to smell the fire flowers!

X) It’s something I’ve been pretty quiet about, mostly because it’s hard to explain and I don’t wanna come across as a “prude” or ruin anyone’s fun, but I’ve figured out that I’m asexual (TL;DR – I’m not interested in sexy time at all, or with any gender). I was truly shocked in the best way possible when I stumbled on Clan Geek’s fantastic post asking for more ace representation in games. The more representation the better, eh!

XI) I definitely don’t want to meet a real shark, but I sure want to see more shark drawings by the talented IgnitedMoth.

XII) Nope. I never really heard of Banner Saga before… Leave it to the amazing Mr. Panda, and his epic video reviews, to add an entire game series to my Must Play list.

XIII) Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice was my Game of the Year 2017. I was super-hyped to see the Goddess of Wisdom at AmbiGaming do an expert article about differential diagnoses for poor Senua.

Fiscal Month September (August 14 to September 13)

I) I always enjoy learning about video game history, and those classic games I’ve never heard of. I’ll be staying far, far away from a NES game called Hydlide, based on 3PStart’s case study of the game, but it was nice to know about it.

II) I can’t remember the last community Question of the Month I did, but my August answer (to the question of who I’d want my video game family to be) would have been obvious (the entire Final Fantasy XIII crew, if you’re curious). I really loved the answer the Gaming Diaries submitted! Bonus points for including Aloy and Commander Shepard!

III) I fell off the Assassin’s Creed bandwagon after Unity, but reading Thero’s reviews of the Ezio trilogy is sparking my interest in the series again. Check out this awesomely fair review of Revelations.

IV) Nothing makes me eye roll harder than the hate bandwagons I see lots of people mindlessly jump onto. Shout-out to iplayedthegame for showing some hated titles in a better light. “Good” and “bad” games are subjective, in my opinion. Just seriously respect each other… is that so much to ask?

V) As if all the Spidey selfie screenshots on Twitter weren’t enough to get me interested in the new Spider-man game, Drakulus wrote an awesome review that makes me wish I had time to play it now. Some year!

VI) I can definitely respect the Well-Red Mage’s differing viewpoints on characters I love, *cough*, and I really enjoyed his review of Horizon Zero Dawn Complete edition. I’m never getting the Frozen Wilds DLC so it was nice to read about it here!

VII) Oh, how little I know about famous authors and stuff… Good thing the Shameful Narcissist is a freaking genius about books and stuff! I really enjoyed reading her analysis of Metamorphosis and Other Stories by a well-known Kafka guy (who I know almost nothing about).

VIII) I always enjoy reading about the gaming treasures Hungrygoriya finds! Her latest post triggered some vague memories about a Bugs Bunny game I played as a kid, but don’t really remember a lot about it…

IX) Does a reality house filled with video game characters sound fun? You bet it does! Check out Luna’s newest blogging community event to get involved.

X) Props to anyone who can produce a Top 100 list about anything. I’m very impressed by Cheap Boss Attack’s on going project to list his Top 100 favourite games. The #70-61 edition includes such awesomeness as Ocarina of Time and Mass Effect.

XI) Red Metal of Extra Life Reviews recently completed a big Zelda Retrospective project with no doubt superb reviews for games in this series. I’m far behind on blog reading, but will definitely be checking out the reviews when I can.

XII) I don’t get to travel much so I really enjoy reading about Fed’s real life adventures on his blog. This one about his trip to a place called the Japan Centre looks so fun! Rare Japanese Whisky also sounds superb, eh.

XIII) I was kinda sad, but mostly happy, to get pwned out of this year’s Blogger Blitz event by one of my best friends, Athena over at AmbiGaming. I was very, very honored to see that she gave Bowser a huge spotlight in her epic semifinal entry!

Gaming Things

Games Completed So Far in 2018: 10

Newly Finished Games

Ben There, Dan That!

Mass Effect Andromeda (Platinumed, baby!)

Things I’m Playing Now

Metal Gear Solid 2

Not sure how they got them, but Snake and Raiden were rocking some badass shades during my 3rd playthrough!

As planned, I jumped right into Metal Gear Solid 2 after I Platimuned Mass Effect Andromeda (sorry, I’m really proud of that). Since I have the PS3 HD collection, I’ve decided I want to Platinum this game too. It’s rated 8/10 Hard on the trophy guide I’m following, but dammit, this is a fun challenge. The hardest part will be downing the bosses on Hard and Extreme modes for the Dog Tag item trophies. So far I’ve done Easy, Very Easy, and I’m at the end of Normal currently (struggling to get my Metal Gear Ray rhythm down now). Oh and I have to complete 380-something VR missions. We’ll see how that goes!

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest
Gravity challenges are not my friend…

Good news! I got passed the rising water part that was kicking my ass last month. Bad news… I’m stuck in some temple place with gravity mechanics I’m not so great at figuring out. This game is such a frustrating treat to play! The calming music definitely helps control my gamer rage.

Big Gaming Plans (subject to change at any time based on moodiness level)

I think I’m going to tackle the entire Metal Gear Solid series as my next mission. After that, I’ll go old school JRPG with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI. OR get back into the Assassin’s Creed series with Syndicate and Origins. I have lots of time to think about it!

Collecting Things

New Swag

Pearl and Marina Amiibo – Nope! Still not saying how many Amiibo I own (it’s all of them currently available ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

August 2018 1

Loot Crate – I’ve heard of these loot crate thingys (a random box of swag delivered to your door monthly), and decided to pull the trigger on just one when it was on sale. Most importantly, there was Mass Effect and Banjo-Kazooie swag included. I would never buy these at full price, but was happy with what I got this time: A Mass Effect Normandy bathmat, Super Mario mug, Altered Beast T-Shit, Loot Gaming pin, and a Banjo Kazooie tin plate on the way (it wasn’t manufactured in time).

Preordered Swag

Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition – Ada Wong was my shero before Lightning existed, and it came with a cool statue of Leon. Pumped to see how this remake turns out!

Lots of Amiibo – Solaire, Wolf, Inkling, Ridley, Octoling 3 pack… Help me!

Reading Things

Books Read in 2018: 4

Newly Finished

A History of Video Games in 64 Objects – Very interesting read! I liked learning about video games’ evolution as a medium. I really appreciated that the book made sure to include accomplishments from both female and male game developers.

Now Reading

Nothing at the moment. I lost my To Read list…

Watching Things

Movies Watched in 2018: 0
TV Shows Watched in 2018: 0
Let’s Plays Watched in 2018: 2

I vow to watch one movie in 2018. I can do it!

In other news, I finished watching Athena of AmbiGaming’s Mass Effect Let’s Plays. Very entertaining and informative!

There you have it! My monthly progress post thingy. What’s anyone reading this up to these days? Comments section is down below if you want to share your thoughts on things!

โšกThanks for reading!โšก

If for some odd reason you want to read more of my posts, you can find a somewhat organized (and usually up to date) archive of my ramblingsโ€ฆ I mean, articles here!

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63 thoughts on “Things on the XIIIth: August & September 2018”

  1. Thanks for the shout! Completing that retrospective may have taken me a little over a year, but it was totally worth it.

    Sorry to hear things have been that way. Hope your situation manages to improve. Either way, Happy Blogging Anniversary!

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  2. Welcome back! You have definitely been missed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Some great picks here, and I’m flattered you finished my embarrassing LP of Mass Effect haha. And A History of Video Games in 64 Objects looks very interesting!! (haha :P) Good luck with your MGS goals, too. It’s quite a series.

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    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your Mass Effect LP was awesome! I really found it entertaining and I learned a lot about the universe (I don’t care if you believe me or not ๐Ÿ˜› ). I hope you finish the whole trilogy someday (oh and Dragon Age and FFXIII LPs would be cool too, eh).

      Yup. MGS2 is amazing so I can only imagine how good the other games are. Thank you for getting me hooked on all these great games, my friend!

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  3. Thanks for the shout-out! I’m sorry to hear that health care is slow going for you – it seems like no matter where you go, the system is broken in some way or another. Here they schedule 15 appointments before they actually do anything medical to you, and charge an arm and a leg to do it all. Here’s hoping you get an official diagnosis soon and that with it comes a treatment plan!

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    1. People don’t realize how important healthcare is until they need it. Canada has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world, no question about that. Don’t be fooled by the “free” thing I see people bragging about, haha. The big problem is Canada has way more older retired people than younger workers paying for it through taxes (it’s not free, it’s a limited mandatory insurance plan, basically). The result is a system that’s about to collapse. But yeah, healthcare is a mess in a lot of countries, unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Anyway, sorry for the mini rant, haha. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. No need to apologize, it’s interesting hearing your perspective. American liberals pretty much worship the healthcare systems in Canada/Europe, so knowing that – just like with our healthcare system – human error and corruption cause it to work poorly is a good dose of reality, haha.

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  4. Lovely post – looks like you’ve busy! I hope you get a diagnosis soon for whatever you’re suffering from. I’ll keep an eye out for those articles. Also thank you for the shout out – the Japan Centre is heavenly ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Glad to see you back and sorry to hear youโ€™ve only had slow progress with getting stuff sorted. Thanks for the shoutout! Iโ€™m so chuffed that through that post I met another ace gaming blogger ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™m still hoping for us doing that post on it in October if you feel up to it? Until then I hope everything works out and the problems you have been having become a thing of the past ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Welcome back and thank you for the shout out! I hope everything turns out okay for you!

    Congrats on the Andromeda platinum as well. I really loved that game and hope more people give it another chance. That Metal Gear platinum was far above my paygrade, haha. You’re already doing better than I ever did! And I know the exact part you’re talking about in Ori with the rising water. I thought I was doing great but that part kicked my ass for a good 30 minutes before I finally nailed it.

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    1. Thank you!

      I’m addicted to hunting Platinum trophies… Mass Effect Andromeda does deserve a chance. I loved the story once I got into it. I actually downed 12 Metal Gear Rays on Hard mode… and I can’t believe it. Working on Extreme mode Dog Tag collecting now. Once I get a Platinum goal in my mind, there’s no going back, haha.


  7. Love it!!! It’s always wonderful to have you around, and I’m so happy to hear you’re okay! Know that you are missed anytime you’re gone, but we totally understand taking a break. I’ve considered taking a break too, so I will always admire your honesty and willingness to improve! Thank you so much for the shoutout! I’m so glad you appreciate my video reviews, and that The Banner Saga is going on your must play list! I’m honored and I hope you enjoy it! Excellent post! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. Yeah, Ori is a SOB in terms of difficulty. It’s actually worth revisiting it once you’ve had your first run through, as you can then whoop its butt. Again, my advice is just to serve as regularly as possible.

    And fanks v. much for da mention. Is good. Ja.

    And having had mental health demons myself this year, I’m wishing you a sound recovery.

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  9. Thank you for the shout out! I remember playing a Bugs Bunny games when I was a kid! It was called Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble. That brings back some memories :).

    I can’t help you with your Amiibo addiction, but I can say how jealous I am of your collection :).

    As far as books go I’ve read a few this year. The entire collection of Witcher books and they’re great. I plan on moving on to the Metro books or finishing my Ocarina of Time book.

    I’ve never been interested in loot crate, but the stuff you got sounds interesting. I might sign up for one and see what I get :).

    Welcome back! I hope your situation improves and when/if you’re ready to share with everyone you have my support. I’ve gotten personal on my blog a few times lately and it’s helped me cope with everything that’s been going on in my life lately. Writing things out is often easier than saying them. Good luck with everything.

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    1. Stay far, far away from Amibo… They’re cute and addictive, haha.

      I never thought of reading video game books. Good idea! Ocarina of Time is my favourite Zelda so I’ll have to check that out.

      If you can get a sale on a Loot Crate for games you like, I recommend it! Otherwise they seem a bit overpriced in my opinion.

      Thank you! Venting on the internet definitely makes me feel better about everything ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everything is going better for you and your family! All the best.

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      1. The Witcher books actually have nothing to do with the video games. The games take place after the books, but reference the books a lot. They’re really good.

        I looked up those Loot Crates and they’re expensive. I can only see myself getting one if I REALLY want something included in them.

        I’ll take your word on the Amiibo thing :).

        My family is… getting there. There’s still a lot going on, but it’s not as bad as it was a few months ago.

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          1. The books are quite old. They written in the 80s if I’m not mistaken. They’re definitely worth the read. I spent about $60 on the entire collection on Ebay. You can easily find them cheaper now.

            And thank you! I hope things turn around for you too and if you ever need to vent I’m one DM away :).

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  10. Yay! Welcome back! โค And Thank you so much for the blog/shark love. ๐Ÿ™‚
    That loot crate you got sounds pretty snazzy. Hopefully you'll get that Banjo Kazooie swag soon! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I hope things get better for ya soon and that you get the answers you're waiting for. โค And congrats on 3 years at WP! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Damn health problems *shakes fist at heavens* I’m to the point where I’m sick of doctors since all they can seem to repeat is “Lose weight!” How to when TSN has zero energy *grumble* I miss my dance aerobics classes and jogging. I’m still planning on running the 5 and half mile length of the park one of these days. Health stuff is so frustrating especially when you do things to facilitate it, but alas it’s not always in your hands, which is enraging to a semi-control freak like me. I’ve had to learn to be nice to myself, because I used to get so angry when I couldn’t do something, but it’s like if you want to make a phone call with limited service. You’re doing the best you can.

    Hooray! I love when people feel comfortable enough to come out. I was thinking about Ace-ness yesterday because BoJack Horseman is back and one of the main characters is ace. He’s dating someone (who is also ace), and they even talk about how ace and aromantic (aro) aren’t the same thing. I’m pretty sure they have someone on the writing team who is ace. I’m liking where that story line is going because he wants to start an ace dating service because he doesn’t feel like he and his current GF have much in common and he’s thinking about how two people might only date because they’re both ace and it can be difficult to find someone else who is :\ There are so many misconceptions about non-hetero groups that seeing rep in a really popular show is heartening.

    D’awww me not that smart :p I’ve been going a bit cuckoo lately because I was terrified that I didn’t know ANYTHING about FFVII (…I…don’t even know how to explain that), but really it was that I needed to organize that stuff I need to study. What happened also was I watched the Death Match video between Sephiroth and Vergil and they had info about Seph that I guess I didn’t think about (??) and I felt weird like “Oh my god how am I talking about this without KNOWING it,” so I made this huge list of things I want to ready and reference as part of my gigantic essay project. I wanted to write one while I was on vacation, but I just wound up doing research which is totally okay. As long as I’m making progress I’m happy.

    Ori is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever seen, but it looks hard as hell. I watched a Let’s Play of it and realized I could NOT play it myself. The soundtrack and visuals do seem like they’d make up for the frustrating platforming, but that part where the water starts rising looks brutal. Good luck with all of that!

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    1. Ugh! Sorry you have to deal with all that. Why can’t we all just be healthy?? Extreme fatigue is part of the symptoms I’m battling so I hear ya there. I’ve been forcing myself to do normal things and seem normal, but I can’t maintain it forever. The good news is I finally got an appointment with a specialist, so we’ll see how it goes, I guess.

      I think BoJack is on Canadian Netflix now!! I seriously have to watch that show. All the ace things are making me smile! Normally characters who don’t like sexy time or romance are the butt of jokes on shows like that… sigh. There are so many different forms of love. It’s sad so many people are so close-minded to that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      You are very smart! Yikes. Honestly, my memory about FFXIII is embarrassingly out of date I think, haha.

      I’m determined to get through Ori! I respect a platformer with a story that made me cry in the first 10 minutes of the game, haha. That’s why LPs are awesome! Game mechanics may not appeal to some people, but they still want to witness the story ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I wonder if it has something to do with modern pollution or something in the water. Science needs to study that.

        Ahh the show is so good. The character doesn’t realize he is until around the fourth season, but re-watching it, it’s pretty obvious. I never thought the most progressive show would be about anthropomorphic animals in fictional Hollywood, but the world is a strange place.

        Omg I don’t feel so bad then. I think we know so much about our respective obsessions that we forget things lol.

        Yuuup, me too. It was over for me in ten minutes. I think the only other story that did that was Up.

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          1. It really feels like it’s constantly playing defense. I mean I actually argued with a legitimate flat earther *head desk*

            If I didn’t keep notes I’d probably forget my own name lol. I was at this part of Octopath Traveler where we were in a creepy, underground library and it took me about ten minutes to figure out WHY I was so creeped out by it (it was FFVII). It’s like I think about it so much I forget I’m thinking about it (which makes no sense).

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  12. Ello, old friend! Welcome back! We’ve missed you. That loot crate you received sounds pretty cool, I just wonder how much did you pay for it? Was it a solid 19.99 from the MTX gods and did you recieve any P2W aspects?

    I hope things get better for you and we’re here for you if you need help with anything! Congrats on 3 years, I’m currently writing my 3 years annual tradition thingie.

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  13. LOVE the new look! A Case Study of Amiibo Addiction, hahaha! LOL! I will check it out!
    Great that you are playing Metal Gear! I have had a huge crush on Snake for years, esp with the eye patch. Even eating snakes he couldn’t turn me off!

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      1. Snake is awesome! I was in a line-up at a game store several years ago. I made an out loud comment about how Snake was the sexiest vid game guy…ever. An argument broke out amongst everyone in the line-up about who was the sexiest game guy.
        Can you believe that he didn’t even make the top 50 sexiest list? Well, I suppose badass is different…. still,

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  14. Thank you for the nod! And yeah- I’ll happily pick the history out of a bad game so that you don’t have to worry about checking it out yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So far as current gaming goes, I’ve been getting addicted to Golf Story and Octopath Traveler recently, so I’m giving my Switch some much-needed love! I’d love to get back into MA:Andromeda, though, so I’m happy to hear you seemed to enjoy it!

    It’s awesome to have you back around, though I’m glad you took the time you needed to away. Be well, and I’m looking forward to getting into some of the articles I missed/your upcoming work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Much appreciated, haha.

      I’ve heard great things about both of those games! I hope to get a chance to play them someday. There are seriously too many good games out now. A good problem! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you! I really appreciate the support.


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