Things on the XIIIth: November 2018

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.

Where is time going?? C’mon… it’s freaking November already… I blinked and another year of my life is almost gone. Wow. Anyway, new this month I’ve decided to contain all my personal babbling to a new section called “Life & Other Things”. Feel free to skip that if you don’t wanna read about me whining about life, eh.

Here’s the full gist of what I’ve been up to this fiscal month!

Blogging Things

I enjoyed writing this month! The highlight for me was Clan Geek and I’s collaboration for Asexual Awareness Week, which was a huge success in my opinion (I know my post now holds the title of the most viewed thing I ever wrote). If you haven’t already, check out Clan Geek’s awesome post about the invisible orientation. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive!

In the next fiscal month, I want to finish my Mega Man 11 review, finish my Witcher 3 first impressions post (at the 55 hour mark… oops), and re-post my Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series from my old blog. I also might be making guest appearances on Normal Happenings tomorrow, and on the Well-Red Mage’s website Dec. 13th… stay tuned!

Blogging Stats
Total Views: 2,813 (+636)
Total Likes: 691 (+153)
WordPress Followers: 120 (+9)

Things I Wrote Here

Ace Ace, Baby! Moar Asexual Representation in Games, Please.
Solbot Energy Rush Review
Lightning Fast Mario Karting!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review
Ughโ€ฆ That Thwomping Writerโ€™s Blockโ€ฆ

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!

I) A wonderful satirical piece by Overthinker Y about how diversity in fiction is a good thing. Any racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, xenophobic idiots should please take notes!

II) Home Button gaming did an amusing take on Inktober this year with a Smash Bros. twist. Check out days 6-10 here!

III) If you find yourself in Glasgow and need to see some gaming related sites, check out Shoot the Rookie’s travel guide.

IV) Gamers really do care about the sad state of our world! True Video Games wrote an excellent post about various gaming charity events and a group called 5th Squad.

V) Normal Happenings has a badass collaboration going on this month, The Games that Define Us, featuring the wonderful words of 33 fantastic writers (plus my babblings about Banjo-Kazooie). Check out the Adventure Map here for links to everyone’s work. I can only imagine how much work Matt put into this project!

VI) Can you name the first game you played for each console you own? Check out I Played the Game’s superb list and maybe come up with one of your own.

VII) Yep. Ignorance is probably a much greater threat to the world than surprise aliens… The Shameful Narcissist wrote an entertaining book review that might possibly mention those two things!

VIII) I probably put about 120 hours into the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors. It was interesting to read about Adventure Rules’ thoughts on the Switch version.

IX) I could almost hear Baby Mario crying as I read Extra Life’s excellent review of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. One of my all-time favourite games!

X) I think we all heard about a popular game reviewer’s comment about not being a gamer if you don’t play the latest masterpiece Grand Theft Horse game. HannieBee games wrote a fantastic article about why stuff like this is so toxic to gaming culture.

XI) I’m not sure what’s going on, but there has been an odd outbreak of positive things being said about Final Fantasy XIII on social media lately. Woot! Anyway, if you’ve followed me for a bit you’ll know how important Lightning and her games are to me. I honestly can’t talk about the games logically, but a new mage working for the Well-Red Mage sure can!

XII) Feel like you’ve forgotten what “fun” means in terms of playing video games? You should definitely check out Cary’s post on Virtual Bastion.

XIII)ย BioWare, and any other developer’s out there, should heed the advice Athena gives in her epic letter to BioWare for N7 day.

Gaming Things

Games Completed So Far in 2018: 14 (+3)

Look at me being productive! Two 12 hour travel days for work + Switch = dents in backlog. Woot.

Newly Finished

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Review can be found here. Damn you, Blue Shell!

Mega Man 11 – I beat 75% of this while 35,000ft in the air on a plane… that was a nice way to not think about being on a plane. My review is in progress!

Solbot Energy Rush – Review can be found here. A fun way to kill some time on your phone, for sure!

Things I’m Playing Now

Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

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I’m… caught somewhere between a “D’aww!” and an “Ugh!”. I’ll just go with “Uma!”

Let’s see. I’m passed the 55 hour mark with no end in sight, and I’m perfectly okay with that! I needed to take a few day break after a very disturbing side quest in Novigrad really got to me, man (It was called Carnal Sins… damn). Now I’m back into the swing of things. I won’t say spoilers, but I think I might know where Ciri is after finding out about her path though Velen, Novigrad, and Skellige plus some curse-reversing in Witcher HQ… I’m just going to wrap up a TON of unrelated side quests and Witcher Contracts around Skellige first. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and Geralt and Yennefer decided to do something relating to a stuffed unicorn that I can never unsee…. *shudders*

Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty

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A rare screenshot of my past success… I forgot what that looks like.

I’m hella stubborn, but I’m going to have to call my Platinum Trophy quest for this a big FAIL! Soon… not quite ready to throw in the box, but if I don’t beat the sniper VR Mission where you have to protect knocked out Meryl from an army of guards this week, that’s it. I’m just not skilled enough with the sniper controls, and I’ve read that there are even harder sniper VR Missions for Snake’s other costumes down the line… I could spend forever getting frustrated, or move on to enjoy the rest of the MGS series I still need to play. I’d like to know who Meryl actually is since I haven’t played the first game yet, ya know? Hm.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

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Onward, my Zora Prince!

I’m trying. I’m really, really trying to see the Zelda magic in this game… but I’m not. I picked it up again for the first time in over a year while on my work trip last month. I got my first Divine Beast at the Zora place. I have to say, that part was really cool and the reward was awesome! Now I’m back to wandering around this big empty world, wondering what the heck to do next. Link drowns a lot because of course there’s a stamina bar for that, he catches on fire and dies because volcanoes are hot, and any badass weapon I find is destroyed after using it once or twice. It’s… just not my cuppa Zelda, but I do like it enough to keep picking away at it. I have another long work trip at the end of the month so more progress will be made then, I hope.

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

I shall primarily focus on Witcher-ing, while shifting that focus to Breath of the Wild when work sends me away from home for a week… again. On the side, I’ll make my final decision about quitting the crazy MGS2 Platinum Trophy Quest I started.

Collecting Things

New Swag

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Solaire Amiibo – No intention of ever playing Dark Souls (way over my skill level), but the Amiibo looks so awesome! Not the first Amiibo I own for a game I’ll never play, and likely won’t be the last. I still own every Amiibo launched to date. Help… me…. please.

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Banjo-Kazooie License Plate – A late item from my first Loot Crate I got back in September finally came (Previous items: A Mass Effect Normandy bathmat, Super Mario mug, Altered Beast T-Shit, and a Loot Gaming pin). I guess there was a manufacturing delay or something with the plate. A neat item, for sure! But I definitely would recommend NOT paying full price for Loot Crates. I got this one on sale and I’m overall happy with the value on that, but I’m not getting another one for a long time, if ever.

Preordered Swag

My Amiibo addiction knows no limits… The first wave of the new Smash Bros Amiibo isn’t even out yet, and I’ve already preordered the second wave through Amazon Japan (Ken, King K. Rool, Isabelle, Daisy, Piranha Plant, Ice Climbers). Yep. North America is plagued by store exclusives and “rarity” issues, so I learned to just import them for best results. The funny thing is that ordering them from Japan only makes each Amiibo 40 cents more expensive than if I would’ve bought them at my local store here in Canada. That’s including exchange rates, shipping, and import fees… whatever. They should be here in early 2019!

Swag I’m Excited For

Blizzard announced a 3rd Party Loot Goblin Amiibo from the Diablo series is coming soon. OMG!! I also seriously don’t care about that silly mobile game announcement during a show thing that people are complaining about on the internet. Back to the Amiibo, looks to be a GameStop exclusive in the US of A, so I’m gonna keep my eye on the Canadian version of that corporation (EB Games).

Reading Things

Books Read in 2018: 7 (+3)

Newly Read

An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, AND A Reaper at the Gates – Yep. Just couldn’t help it…. I ended up binge reading all the released books in Sabaa Tahir’s Ember in the Ashes series. It’s a really cool story focusing on 3 characters I think are pretty badass – Laia, Elias, and Helen (she’s my favorite). There is huge character growth for everyone, and the world is just so… brutal (rape, slaughter, war, and torture are ever-present themes… yikes).

The overall story and plot twists really pulled me in! My only complaint is I hate all the romance-y parts since they felt so unnecessary and just thrown in for fan service… the kind of service this fan doesn’t care for (there was two freaking love triangles at one point… blah!). Despite that, I can’t wait for the 4th book!! Just going to say that the Bitch of Blackcliff better get what’s coming to her.

Now Reading

Nothing at the moment. Still recovering from the binge read.

Watching Things

Movies Watched in 2018: 0
TV Shows Watched in 2018: 1 (+1)
Let’s Plays Watched in 2018: 4 (+1)

Hungrygoryia’s Spellcaster (SMS) Let’s Play – I’ve loved all of HG’s retro Let’s Plays that I’ve watched so far! Spellcaster is like an odd mashup of a point and click with platforming elements. Looked insanely hard, but she expertly pwned the game (the last boss fight was so weird). I’ll also never forget the sword dance dialogue… still laughing. Check out her Let’s Play here!

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Disenchantment (Season 1) – I did it! I finally watched a TV show this year. I’m a huge fan of the Simpsons (maybe was is a better word) so this Netflix Original by Matt Groening was a must check out. It follows an alcoholic trouble-making princess named Bean, and her two buddies (Elfo the elf and a sarcastic demon). I have to say, my verdict for Season 1 is a meh overall. I never found anything LOL funny, and some parts were just downright gruesome for no reason (one episode in particular). It was mildly amusing, the animation was neat, the sarcastic demon was my favourite part of the whole show, and the ending was intense, to say the least. I will certainly be checking out Season 2 when it’s out. I hope it improves!

Life & Other Things

This whole year has been absolutely stupid for me in terms of personal drama. Besides the medical investigation I’m going through, that I needed a spinal tap for (those results are 6-8 weeks out, and damn, it hurt a lot after.. ow), I’ve also been trying to get help for depression and anxiety through my country’s slow system. And when I say slow, I mean slow. After reaching out to my doctor in May 2018, I have an appointment to talk to a mental health professional… in February 2019. Yep. The wait time for Mental Health Services in my province is over a year on average… beyond stupid.

Whining and worrying will change nothing, though. The results of my medical tests are what they will be, and I can’t change anything by worrying about them. I’ll also get to see someone professional about depression and anxiety, eventually, I just have to wait. But maybe I can at least do something that might let me help someone else. On my own time, I signed up to take a Mental Health First Aid course. With a critical shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists in my province, having more regular people around who are comfortable talking about mental health issues is a damn good idea, I think.

In the course, I learned A LOT about how to interact with someone suffering from mental illness (the difference between empathy and sympathy is very important), how to assess someone for the risk of suicide, and an overview of various mental issues, including depression, anxiety, drug abuse, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I truly feel like I’m more comfortable talking about this stuff with people now.

I suggest anyone out there should seriously consider taking a Mental Health First Aid course if you can. You won’t be a psychiatrist or anything like that. But you will learn how to encourage people to seek out the mental health resources that are available, the hardest thing ever. You will also learn how to just simply understand someone who is struggling with a mental illness. And that understanding can truly mean the world to them.

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“Lightning” Ellen – Mental Health First Aid certified.

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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I'm a wannabe writer and an avid video gamer with a slight (okay, maybe extreme) Amiibo addiction. I'm from the coastal province of Nova Scotia in Canada, eh. When I'm not gaming, I have a steady job thing I have to go to. It pays for the gaming thing though. :)

44 thoughts on “Things on the XIIIth: November 2018”

  1. What’s this?? I actually like and comment on something when it comes out?? Is hell freezing over??? Hehe, I was checking my comments and I saw the “you’ve been linked” or whatever it is. I shoveled a bunch of stuff to the side for NaNo, and I actually finished doing all the things I had planned today, which is…shocking. Speaking of Link…you’re not the only one not wowed by Breath of the Wild. I haven’t played it yet, but quite a few of our blogger buddies don’t seem super impressed with the system. I do like that the series is constantly trying new things so there’s a very good chance the next one will be something more appealing!

    When in doubt, aliens *headdesk*

    *mush alert* I’m super proud of you for making the mental health appointment! *mush over* I take medicine which has helped me IMMENSELY, but I know I need to do the adult thing and talk about feelings ughhh whyyyyy? I’m just going to convince people I’m a robot. I was complaining the other day about how we don’t have bionic parts yet. It’s 2018. What is science doing?? I’ll take bionic knees and a new lower back please.

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    1. Yay!! I’m glad you could drop by ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t madly in love with the new Zelda, haha. I don’t fault Nintendo for trying something new. It just doesn’t click with me. I hope the next game is something I’ll enjoy more.

      Aw! Thank you very much. I’m so glad you have medicine that helps you out. All the best with the talking part too. That’s really harder than people realize. The feelz are really SO HARD to talk about. I’m pretty open when babbling online for some reason, but IRL I like to maintain that I have no feelings.

      Oh and we can send people to the moon, but there’s no bionic parts yet… c’mon, science! I’ll also take so Biotic Powers from the Mass Effect series, please ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I will give Nintendo that, and they’ll probably pull back and do something new with the next. I think it’s Draculus who shares your views of BOTW for pretty much the same reasons. He was huge on Odyssey either. It’s funny. With Odyssey, Nintendo pretty much did the same old thing in terms of story with Mario, but with Zelda went out on a limb and changed the whole scene.

        I think it’s the buffer. I find it easier to talk about emotions and stuff here, too (or through text) because I can gather my thoughts and say it much better than making mouth words lol. I’m so bad at that it’s laughable. My brain often exists in this fog and it’s like, “Okay I have to figure out what I’m thinking and how to put it into words. Okay so now I have to figure out how those words will make sense and which ones to use. Now I have to talk. This is too much. I’m just not going to say anything.” I can cut out that “talking” step when I write and if I make some error there’s the delete button.

        I can’t believe we sent people to the moon with less than an iPhone back in the 60’s, but I don’t have a legitimate hover car. This is why we need to get to Mars, discover the ancient civilization, find the Mass Effect relay, fight the Reapers and get this future party started.

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  2. I’m just going to skip to the important part here, go play Dark Souls. GO PLAY DARK SOULS. If nothing else, check VaatiVidya on YouTube if you haven’t already. He makes Amazing lore videos concerning Dark Souls and Bloodborne. If I’ve never mentioned it before, I’m a huge Souls fan. Kinda suprising I’ve never created any Souls/Borne artwork…

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      1. Canada will be fine, America might not make it though. FYI, the key to having a good time with Darksouls? CO-OP! Not sure how active the player base will be by the time you jump on board, but co-op makes those games go from good to great in my opinion.

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  3. Ooh, I’ve been debating reading An Ember in the Ashes. Definitely more inclined to give it a try with your glowing recommendation! I personally love romance in my books, so your one negative probably will be a positive for me (unless the romance is just awful, which is always possible in YA books).

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    1. I have a low tolerance for romance so I hope it’s something you’ll like! It’s not often I binge read novels, let me tell you, haha.

      Thank you for reading my thoughts on it! I’d like to know what you think if you give the series a read.

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  4. Hey, Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed my Yoshiโ€™s Island review enough to link to it! Its immediate follow-up, Yoshiโ€™s Story, may rank as one the worst sequels Iโ€™ve ever played, but it absolutely does not diminish the quality of the original, which remains to this day one of the best 2D platformers.

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  5. Thank you for the link! Itโ€™s always nice to see on pop up in my notifications. I remember the VR missions in MGS being ridiculous in places so Iโ€™m super glad I never bothered with the MGS2 ones. Good luck with those ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  6. Great post and thanks for linking to our colab it was super fun to do and all youโ€™re right all the comments and support on the posts was super amazing ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™m going to have to check out some of these other blog posts that youโ€™ve linked to I think!

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  7. Oh man, the Mental Health First Aid training is so good. I’d definitely second your recommendation, as I found the experience to be both very fun and very educational!

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  8. I liked Breath of the Wild more when I gave it a second chance. Never managed to complete it though, as is often the case with open world games. Even with better gear I kept dying, which wore me out.

    Might give that cartoon a chance, now that I have Netflix. Futurama was a hoot back in the day.

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  9. I’m glad to hear the Witcher is still treating you well. I’m having a great time with it and I’m crazy enough to hunt down all the little ?’s on the map too. Needless to say, I’m kind of far behind you still. I really enjoyed reading this post and look forward to Dec. XIII now ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Haha, I know! I don’t know if I should keep doing the ?’s but I think I’m going to for now since they’re fun. I’m way over-leveled as I look for Dandelion because of them but that’s okay. I may be playing this game in 2020 still because it is so fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Thank you so much for the shout out (and apologies as to how long it has taken me to reply!).

    It’s awesome that you’ve done the Mental Health First Aid Training, I did it earlier this year and I found it incredibly insightful. I actually found the course itself quite therapeutic although after each session I was emotionally exhausted. I think it’s really important for it to be made available to as many people as possible.

    Also: Grand Theft Horse…..๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. No worries! Look how long it took me to reply to you ๐Ÿ˜› That life thing is crazy sometimes, I tell ya…

      Thanks! I actually saw your Tweet about Mental Health First Aid and it inspired me to take the class. I was definitely emotionally exhausting but worth it!


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  11. I think that Mental Health First Aid course is a fantastic idea! In my line of work , I work with patients with memory loss, and the tests I give can help determine if their memory loss is due to aging, dementia, etc. or if there is something else going on like anxiety or depression. I think the importance of learning about the effects of anxiety, depression and similar issues is severely understated, so I REALLY hope mental health continues to become less of a stigma!!!!

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad I took the course. I learned so much! And wow! It sounds like your line of work is challenging, but really rewarding. Mental health is getting a lot more positive attention these days, but those stigmas are still around. Education and understanding are the keys to getting rid of that once and for all.

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      1. Did you take the course online or was it a place you went to? I definitely agree… education makes a huge difference, because people are often afraid of what they don’t understand! That’s part of why I love being in the psychology field, because I get to help people understand that the issues they have are nothing to be ashamed of ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. I took a course through a first aid teaching company! It was nice to get hands-on case studies and stuff. Plus all the people in the class were in the mental health services field. I learned a lot of behind the scenes info from their stories during class. It was really neat!

          If I could do it all over again, I’d definitely pursue a career in psychology instead of electronics. I love helping people ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. Oh wow, that is really cool that they offer classes like that! Seems like an awesome learning experience.

            Well hey, it’s never too late to change your career path ๐Ÿ˜‰ If school wasn’t so damn expensive I might’ve kept going, but I don’t want to be in debt for the rest of my life!

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