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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My First Hour In Post-Apocalyptic Boston

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Fallout 4. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on February 27, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I STILL haven’t found time to finish the game yet…

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After having it since launch day, I’ve finally cracked the seal on my Pip Boy Edition of Fallout 4. It took a bit of time before the game fully installed on my PS4, but Bethesda included some hilarious “educational” videos to help pleasantly pass the time.

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Falling Off Buildings & Running From Blues

Caution – This post contains spoilers for the beginnings of Mirror’s Edge. Some people like going into games knowing as little as possible (like me) so just thought I’d give you fair warning!

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This first impressions article was originally posted on my old website on May 28, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings!

Mirror's Edge Impressions 1

I was innocently cruising a local game store’s website when suddenly, a cool Collector’s Edition of a game series I’ve vaguely heard of catches my eye. Said Collector’s Edition includes an awesome statue of the main character (my swag addiction is a curse). The game is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and it’s coming out June 7th. I look more into the series and apparently the first game, Mirror’s Edge, is suppose to be a masterpiece that I’ve missed out on. A few minutes later, I’ve ordered a copy from eBay. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I dusted off my Xbox 360 to start it today.

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A Torch Against the Night 📕Review

I have a huge pipe dream goal of getting my forever in-progress original novel published someday. Unfortunately, I haven’t been much of a reader for most of my life. I’m improving my reading skill in order to level up my novel writing ability, and also trying to write book reviews for the things I read these days. This is one of my book review thingys… enjoy!

a torch against the night cover

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: August 29, 2017

Spoiler Warning: This is the review of the second book in a book series. Therefore, spoilers for the first book will happen. Reader discretion is strongly advised… oh and if you’re at all interested my review of Book 1, here it is!

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Dragon Age Inquisition ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Inquisition Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on April 4, 2018. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!

When I stop and think about it, I’ve been focused on playing the Dragon Age series since June 2017. Wow… Now I can proudly say I’ve beaten all 3 of these glorious games! Each one offers a totally different gameplay experience. Inquisition is big the ol’ open world one with about a million side activities that distracted me from the main plot. When I started this game, I had come right off of beating Dragon Age II (the “too linear” one) for the fourth time so the transition was pretty jarring, to say the least. To be honest, I felt overwhelmed, but once I settled into the controls (and finally left the Hinterlands), I fell in love with this version of Thedas.

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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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