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…
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:
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.
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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).
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 ⚡)
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.
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!
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…
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!
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
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
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!
Pearl and Marina Amiibo – Nope! Still not saying how many Amiibo I own (it’s all of them currently available 😦 )
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).
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!
Books Read in 2018: 4
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.
Nothing at the moment. I lost my To Read list…
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!
⚡Thanks for reading!⚡
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