Are Video Games All Artsy?

This re-post is brought to you by the Well-Red Mage’s 2nd community question: Are video games art? This was such a fun post to write I thought I’d restore my answer on my new website, eh!

Before I jump into the bulk of my relatively short old post, I must stress (again) that I have NO IDEA what I’m talking about. I also have no education background in anything important, but here is my brain’s rough answer to the question!

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue ⚡Review

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Platform Played On: PlayStation 3
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-adventure
Release Date: November 11, 2014

My review of Assassin’s Creed Rogue was the very first post on my old website. And here it is again on my new website! I’ve tweaked a few things but this is mostly what I said way back in Sept 2015. My style has changed A LOT since then (read: I’m way more wordy these days) but it’s always nice to see your writing style evolve over time, right?

I picked up my copy of this game on launch day, but it almost took a year for me to get around to finishing all my goals for the game. I was once a huge Assassin’s Creed fan but fell out of the series after I beat Unity (hopefully I’ll catch up someday). In Rogue, being on the Templar side of the fight gave me a new perspective on their organization, which was neat. Before playing through this game I always felt that the Templars were unquestionably the “bad” guys. After getting to know Shay and his new friends, both sides seem to be operating in a grey area on the morality scale. Now I’ll let past me do her review rambling. Enjoy!

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Oh the Andromeda Drama

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

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Yeah. I think we’ve all seen the negative reception this game got on launch day. All the goofy facial animations were the subject of many a meme on the interwebz, that’s for sure. During my blogging and social media, um, hiatus, I was able to clear Shepard’s Mass Effect trilogy, and damn, that was one of my greatest gaming experiences ever. I think Andromeda had A LOT to live up to by carrying the Mass Effect title, thus crushing a lot of fan hearts when it didn’t have the same, uh, standard of excellence. Now despite their flaws, I love Dragon Age II and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy – games that are perceived to be awful by the “majority” of the internet. I’ve had many people tell me to stay away from Andromeda, and some others tell me they had fun with it. I decided to ignore all the internet drama and give the game a try for myself. As my gaming track record has proven, I usually love games people hate and vice versa.

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Blogger Blitz – Grand Finale

And here we are at the final part of my trip down Blogger Blitz 2017 by Adventure Rules memory lane! The whole event was quite the emotional writing journey for me but this last match literally forced Lightning and I to face the feelz head-on. Twas the most INTENSE scenario ever, too. I can’t even begin to try and re-explain it all so I shall quote the host’s description of the fun:

“You have been invited by the steward of the Mushroom Kingdom to assist them with a royal problem. The infant princess, Baby Peach, has begun to develop strange abilities based on her emotions. She literally cries rivers, when she’s angry she bursts into flame, her happiness causes her to float in the air and produce bursts of wind – the only emotional state in which the castle and its staff are safe from her is when she is calm. A doctor is preparing a cure but a courier has to make an overnight trip to pick it up. So the steward needs someone to protect Peach’s Castle from her emotion powers until the cure is delivered.
‘Why not just take her out of the castle?’ you might ask. As fate would have it, there’s an issue with the castle’s power source, the Power Stars. They’ve malfunctioned and now the only thing keeping them running is Peach’s presence in the castle. If she leaves, the Stars will fail and be scattered across the kingdom.
‘We tried having the castle wizard place a spell on her to make her sleep through the night,’ the steward explains, ‘but she is immune to any magic that influences her emotional state.’ There’s another problem too – taking advantage of the castle’s current vulnerability, the evil wizard Kamek has summoned six warriors from other worlds to attack the Mushroom Kingdom. You might recognize them as the defeated competitors from the Blogger Blitz challenge. These warriors, under Kamek’s control, will stop at nothing to kidnap Peach and leave the castle in ruins.”

Whoa!! Right??

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Blogger Blitz – Semifinal: Soccer Survival!

Continuing to re-post my Blogger Blitz entries from last year’s big community event hosted by Adventure Rules, here is my overly emotional semifinal post. And wow, this one was a real challenge…

In the semifinal event, amusingly called Soccer Survival, Lightning and I had to survive in Mega Man’s universe for 24 hours, and then immediately play a game of soccer (otherwise known as football to anyone not in North America) against a team led by the Blue Bomber himself.

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Blogger Blitz – Round 1: Retail Rumble!

Way back in 2017 (I can barely remember yesterday), the awesome website Adventure Rules hosted an amazing community event called Blogger Blitz. Basically, you chose your favourite character (I, of course, went with my shero Lightning Farron) to go head-to-head against another blogger in a bracket style elimination tournament, complete with a panel of judges. The crazy scenarios were intense, the judgey little punks were tough, Ian’s results posts were masterpieces, and oh man, I was absolutely terrified when I entered it (and every time I had to write a post).

By some miracle, Lightning and I won the whole thing (I didn’t bribe the judges… I swear). It was the greatest feeling ever when I finally realized other people may have actually been entertained by my writing. And, wow! That entire event was the most fun I’ve ever had blogging. I really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts for the competition, in addition to learning so much from having my own work professionally judged by awesome folks. It was the first time I truly felt how special the WordPress blogging community was.

Anyway, when I deleted my old blog my entries were wiped off the internet. I’m actually really proud of those posts so I thought I’d re-post them on my new site! I do believe Blogger Blitz 2 is happening very soon, so this will be a nice throwback for anyone interested 😉

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Hello, World… Again!

Woot! I’m alive!! Sorry to disappoint the internet, but here I am with another website. Wait… I’m getting ahead of myself, as usual. Ahem.

Hello, internet world!

My username is LightningEllen and welcome to my third try at maintaining a blog! They say the third time is the charm and all that, but we’ll see I guess. If you remember me at all, or have heard of me before, you may possibly be thinking “What the hell happened and why did you suddenly disappear and delete your old WordPress blog?”

It’s, um, complicated and sorta hard to explain. Short answer is: I’m really, really good at sabotaging myself when I start to succeed at things. Hm. Perhaps looking into the past first will provide some clearer answers later in this post, so let’s explore my troubled blogging history, shall we?

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Alas, punching the bad feelings doesn’t make them go away. Lightning knows how it goes… 😦

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