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!
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!
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Things I Wrote Here
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) BioWare, and any other developer’s out there, should heed the advice Athena gives in her epic letter to BioWare for N7 day.
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.
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
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. 🙂 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
Books Read in 2018: 7 (+3)
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.
Nothing at the moment. Still recovering from the binge read.
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!
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.
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!
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