Embrace Thy Backlog Monster!

“Backlog: just a small word but one which tends to send a shiver down most gamers’ spines. That sense of unease and discomfort experienced when looking at our pile of unplayed titles is a feeling we’re all too familiar with. Yet try as we might, we just can’t stop ourselves from adding entries to our library of games to be played and feeling oh-so-guilty about it.” – Kim of Later Levels

Tell me about it! Oh and you’re now reading the words of someone who started blogging in the WordPress world under the theme of “Conquering the Gaming Backlog” (me, in case it wasn’t obvious). Ah, those were the days… if only I could yell some words of advice back to 2015 me. So. Many. Things. I’d do differently. Alas! But I digress. The learning point I got from that experience is: I’ve accepted that I can never keep up with the pace of games I wanna play, thus the backlog monster in unconquerable. But why make thy video game backlog thy enemy? If you can’t beat ’em, embrace ’em!

The awesome Kim over at Later Levels is running a cool collaboration, that I sorta helped with, called #LoveYourBacklog. You can check out the details on Later Levels for more info on how you can get involved. It’s really cool! There are badges and award categories too. The major message is: we all have backlogs and should be proud of them! So show off that fine backlog monster of yours, eh.

Anyway, here’s my entry in the collaboration that I totally helped with!! This is so cool. I’ve never really played a role in shaping an event before. Thanks, Kim! You rock.

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Ah!! The Belated Resident Evil Memories…

Nope! I’m NOT a fan of the horror genre in any medium and extra especially video games. Getting thrown into a world with various terrors and all that… no freaking thank you. I do make exceptions for certain special horror games, though. For whatever reason, teenage me was a super fan of the Resident Evil series. I’ve recently babbled about my thoughts on the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo and that’s about it for my ramblings about the series here. While I enjoyed the demo, it definitely reminded me I’m a wuss when it comes to this stuff. Let’s just say I spent a sleepless night binge reading a friend’s blog… with my cats close by because I had no one around to talk to… ahem. Be brave, Ellen!

Anyway, with the exciting launch of the Resident Evil 2 REmake upon behind us, I decided to contribute something to the awesome That Green Dude‘s Resident Evil Memories community project (and this is late since the deadline was January 24th, 2019… sorry, life happens).

So without further intro babbling, here’s a brief glimpse at my terrible memory’s Resident Evil related files. Jeez. I last played these games, like, 10 years ago now. Wow… I’m old.

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A Letter From Inquisitor Ellen

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of my Inquisitor’s letter to the wise Athena over at AmbiGaming for her awesome Year of the RPG project. It took like the first 3 months of 2018, but I beat Dragon Age Inquisition after 118+ hours of playing it. And yeah, at least 60 of those hours were spent wandering around and side questing… oops. I also bought the Trespasser DLC, the first DLC I ever bought separately from a game (will likely babble about that at some point too). Anyway, the point of this letter is sum up my Inquisitor’s journey through the main game. Enjoy!

MAJOR FREAKING SPOILER WARNING since I will be summing up the entire main game, complete with screenshots. Now I need a moment to get into character – RAWR! DRAGONS, SMASH! Here we go!

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12 Days of Blogmas: And the Best Reason Ever to Play Games!

Hey! Listen. You know that popular Christmas song called the 12 Days of Christmas? Athena over at AmbiGaming came up with a cool holiday themed community collaboration idea to gamify that kinda-as-annoying-as-Navi song (that we all love or hate). Basically, it’s a countdown list each day that ends up with 364 items, times however many bloggers do this, at the end of the event (something like that… my maths is bad). Be warned that my singing voice is terrible, but here we go, eh!

🎶 On the 12th day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me: Tell us the one best reason to play video games 🎶

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12 Days of Blogmas: 2 Games to Improve

Hey! Listen. You know that popular Christmas song called the 12 Days of Christmas? Athena over at AmbiGaming came up with a cool holiday themed community collaboration idea to gamify that kinda-as-annoying-as-Navi song (that we all love or hate). Basically, it’s a countdown list each day that ends up with 364 items, times however many bloggers do this, at the end of the event (something like that… my maths is bad). Be warned that my singing voice is terrible, but here we go, eh!

🎶 On the 11th day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me: List two games you’d improve 🎶

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12 Days of Blogmas: 3 Gaming Things in 2019

Hey! Listen. You know that popular Christmas song called the 12 Days of Christmas? Athena over at AmbiGaming came up with a cool holiday themed community collaboration idea to gamify that kinda-as-annoying-as-Navi song (that we all love or hate). Basically, it’s a countdown list each day that ends up with 364 items, times however many bloggers do this, at the end of the event (something like that… my maths is bad). Be warned that my singing voice is terrible, but here we go, eh!

🎶 On the 10th day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me: What are three things you want gamers to know about games for the new year? 🎶

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12 Days of Blogmas: 4 Dramatic Moments

Hey! Listen. You know that popular Christmas song called the 12 Days of Christmas? Athena over at AmbiGaming came up with a cool holiday themed community collaboration idea to gamify that kinda-as-annoying-as-Navi song (that we all love or hate). Basically, it’s a countdown list each day that ends up with 364 items, times however many bloggers do this, at the end of the event (something like that… my maths is bad). Be warned that my singing voice is terrible, but here we go, eh!

🎶 On the 9th day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me: Share four dramatic/memorable game moments 🎶

!!!HUGE SPOILER WARNING!!!! for The Last of Us, Dragon Age II, Resident Evil 4 and Lightning Returns. STOP reading if you don’t want me to ruin these great games for you. You’ve been warned! I’m guilt free if ya didn’t listen to me. I mean, c’mon… my warning is in all caps.

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