Lightning Fast Mario Karting!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on June 10th, 2017. I recently finished everything I wanted to do in the game and plan to write a review here very soon, eh. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings!

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All the cool kids who are lucky enough to own a Switch seem to playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lately. I didn’t want to feel left behind, as usual, so I decided to pick up a copy a few weeks ago. I completely missed out on the Wii U version, making this title a brand spanking new experience for me. I must say that it has been ages since I played a racing game. I’ve spent hundreds of blissful childhood hours dominating the beautiful tracks of Diddy Kong Racing, but I’m a cranky old woman with slow reflexes now. What I’m getting at here is that I suck, but it’s so much fun! This is the perfect game to play alongside Horizon Zero Dawn. When I need a break from robot animal controlled Earth, I can relax by getting Blue-shelled into last place by another game’s evil AI.

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Solbot Energy Rush ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Freakout Games
Publisher: Freakout Games
Genre: Casual Arcade
Release Date: July 22, 2018

Well, then. Consider me super flattered! An indie developer took the time to reach out to me on Twitter and requested that I write something about their game. Wow. That’s cool! Anyway, I think Freakout Games has an excellent marketing strategy here. By reaching out to a bunch of the lesser known websites on the wild web, it’s win-win self-promotion scenario, eh. Most importantly, it shows me that they care about their game. And that, my friends, was more than enough of a reason to check out this game and give a fair babbling about on my website!

The Android version of the game can be found here. The iOS version of the game can be found here.

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Ace Ace, Baby! Moar Asexual Representation in Games, Please.

It’s time I got brave enough to officially come out in the form of a blog post, internet. My name is Ellen, and I’m a demiromantic asexual. What exactly does that mean? Well, I’ll happily try to explain it! It’s complicated, but I’ll try. Ahem.

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I’m sure everyone is aware of that sexual orientation thing. You are defined as straight if you are sexually attracted to the opposite gender, you are defined as gay if you’re sexually attracted to the same gender, and you are defined as bi if you’re sexually attracted to any gender. But what if you aren’t sexually attracted to anyone? No. There’s nothing wrong with you. That, my friends, is defined as being asexual. And it is indeed a valid sexual orientation representing about 1% of the human population. For my whole life I thought I was broken and that something was wrong with me. While talking with a very good friend I finally discovered what asexuality was early this year, at last explaining a whole lot of things about my life so far, and most importantly, showing me I’m not alone in the way I feel about love.

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Things on the XIIIth: October 2018

Hello, internet! Welcome to my monthly progress post that happens on the 13th, which marks the start of a new fiscal month here on Livid Lightning. Hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the spooky month of October, eh? And damn, A LOT of people sure get creative with amusing Twitter names and such. Alas, I tried really hard to come up with something creatively creepy, but my brain just couldn’t think of anything cool. A huge shout-out to Lodestar Valor (or should I say @LodesOfScare_Valor) for suggesting this:

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Personal health problem wise, not much has changed since last month. I’m still anxiously awaiting a diagnosis from my country’s incredibly slow-ass healthcare system (at least if you live in one of the “poor” provinces of Canada), while hoping symptom progression is all in my imagination. Next up, I have to get one of those dreaded spinal tap tests done in a few weeks… and well, that test sounds like it really sucks. At least it should tell my neurologist with 95% accuracy if I have the sorta scary thing they think I might possibly have. Only took a few weeks to get an appointment with that neurologist too, by the way.

Yeah… I’ve been pretty moody, and way more withdrawn than usual in real life, so thank you very much for being supportive and distracting, internet world. Enough babbling about my problems, eh! Life’s short and we all must conquer those obstacles we come across, no matter how impossible they may seem to overcome. On October 22nd, work is also sending me to the Western Canadian province of Alberta for a week, and as much as I’m not looking forward to flying and 10 hour travel days, it’ll be nice to get a change of real world scenery.

Anyway, here’s the gist of what I’ve been up to lately!

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RiME ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: Switch
Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: Grey Box, Six Foot
Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the RiME Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on April 7, 2018. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

Games that care about things… I love games that care about things! With promises of an epic emotional experience that deals with the difficult topic of grief, I was expecting something special. I also read numerous criticisms about technical faults and “terrible” level designs. Well, I go into every game with an open mind to avoid disappointment and with the hope of being pleasantly surprised. I had already made my mind up that I was getting the game so I ignored the internet crying about technical imperfections. The best way for me to know if I’ll like something is if I actually play it myself. RiME seemed more than worth taking a chance on so I did. I had to, especially with that cute fox I kept seeing in the screenshots people were sharing!

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Ori and the Blind Forest (Definitive Edition) ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PC
Developer: Moon Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Genre: Platform-adventure
Release Date: March 11, 2015

Yep. These popular Metroidvania style platformers are not my forte, but I do enjoy the special ones on occasion. This one came very highly recommended by the great Mr. Moron so I thought it was mostly safe to assume I’d really enjoy it (okay… trusting his opinion was a huge risk, I know). He was totally right, though! I was not emotionally prepared for the awesomeness of this masterpiece game…

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Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PlayStation 4
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Ninja Theory
Genre: Action-Adventure
Release Date: August 8, 2017

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 10, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings! Oh oh oh! And I thought it was worth mentioning that THE Melina Juergens, Senua’s actress, liked my original review tweet on Twitter!! 😱 It really means a lot when famous people take the time to do stuff like that for fans.

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*fangirl squeal* Original tweet can be found here.

It’s rare when a game changes my perspective on life and makes me seriously consider why the hell I’m on this planet in the first place. Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice is an experience unlike anything else I’ve ever lived in a game world. It left me with an inspiring message at a time when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by my own shadows. We all see this crazy world of ours in a different light. At the end of it all, and in the grand scheme of things, do we really matter anyway? It’s a harsh reality that is both depressing and inspiring at the same time, just like this game. “When the illusion of self is shattered, you simply cease to be.”

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Hellblade can be summed up in two words: disturbingly beautiful.

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