2017, Year of Final Fantasy

Happy 2017 internet!

At long last, the evil 2016 has been defeated, and I’m looking forward to a productive gaming year, for once. I’m still struggling with this backlog monster, and most days my quest truly seems hopeless. The sad reality is that there are just too many great games I want to play, and not enough precious hours in the day to spend in virtual worlds. Yes, my main quest is nearly impossible, but to give myself hope, I’m going to start focusing on side quests. Last year, I made it a mission to beat the original Zelda and Metroid games on my NES. I’m proud to say mission accomplished*!  It felt good to finally experience these great games. Not only that, it felt like I struck a critical blow against my omnipotent backlog.

You’ll never guess what game this fireworks scene is from…

I’ve decided I’m going to create another side quest for 2017. There are many iconic Video Game franchises that I haven’t even looked at yet. God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Gears of War, Crash Bandicoot, Sonic, and Mass Effect, to just name a few. There are also many games left for me to see in these great universes: Metroid, Zelda, Resident Evil, Uncharted, Dragon Age, Halo, Spyro, Pokemon… My list of places to visit can go on forever. Instead of focusing on the ocean of great games I’ll likely never see, I’m going to focus on a series that is very close to my heart, and happens to have its 30th Anniversary this year, Final Fantasy.The Shameful Narcissist’s Final Fantasy Tarot project also introduced me to many characters from this series that I want to meet in game.

It has almost been two years, but I still miss my WoW Druid and Hunter *sobs*

New Quest Unlocked- Finish the following Final Fantasy games in 2017: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX, XII, XV, Type-0 HD, World of Final Fantasy, and Dissidia 012.
Optional Objectives: Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, X-2, and the first Dissidia.

For the order, the only thing set in stone is IV, then XV. Cheap Boss Attack’s detailed review of XV convinced me move it to the top of my list. I enjoy a good togetherness story and I want to see this beautiful brotherly love thing, before I read something that spoils the plot for me. The rest will probably fall in sequential order, hopefully. The optional objectives are games that I’m not really interested in, but would like to at least try out, time permitting.

I think I can… I think I can… I probably can’t, but I’m going to have fun trying!

Square Enix’s universe of complex, likable, and pretty characters will be my focus, but I do plan to visit a few other places. My weakness for shiny figures has caused me to preorder Sonic Mania, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World. I’m not a huge fan of shooter games, but I will be buying Battlefield I when I see it on sale. Physic’s great 2016 GoTY post reminded me that the campaign is a tragic war story I need to experience. There are also many Indie titles I plan to check out this year, hopefully including a retr0pia developed SketchQuest. Oh, and I will squeeze my copy of The Last Guardian in there somewhere.

Other than that, I’m trying not to buy another damn game this year (unless it comes with an Amiibo. I need to make exceptions for my habit). After much soul searching, I’m still flip-flopping on the Nintendo Switch. The benevolent Mr. Panda made a great post highlighting the reasons why I really want one. I shouldn’t get one since a new system with an open world Zelda game will only buff the backlog monster. I might force myself to stay away until Final Fantasy is conquered. I’ll keep pondering the question, while searching for my willpower.

Other 2017 Things

Collecting Swag – I will not be kicking the Amiibo habit this year. 5 have been announced so far, 2 of which I have preordered already, and I have a feeling Nintendo will be pushing many more. Oh and Kuribo’s awesome Nintendo Figure website is not helping with my addiction problem, but I forgive him. Ironically, if an exclusive Amiibo is bundled with the Switch, my dilemma will be solved. I will also keep my eye on eBay for cheap figures of my favourite game heroes. A Cecil Harvey figure may already be on its way to me now.

I crashed through rock bottom long before 2016 even started.

I also want to start collecting guides/art books for my favourite games. The amazing Athena from AmbiGaming mentioned that she collected hardcover Prima guides, and it really made me want to pursue a similar collecting quest. My memory is horrible and it’s a great way to look back on the game. To start myself off, I snagged a pile of cheap guides from a local Kijiji human last week. I was extremely happy that the collector’s edition guide for Final Fantasy XIII and the regular XIII-2 guide were among the lot. I really want the Lightning Returns CE guide too, but the prices people are asking for it are stupid. It must have been a limited run or something. I’ll keep an eye out and hope a cheap copy surfaces. I also got smoking Boxing Day deals on the CE guide for FFXV, and ta regular guide for World of Final Fantasy.

My humble video game literature collection thus far.

This Blogging Thing – 2016 was my first solid year of blogging, and I intend to keep it up. The weekly update posts I started doing are forcing me to make time for games, a very good thing. I don’t really care how many views I get or how many people/bots decide I’m worth following. I truly enjoy rambling about gaming things, and I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me this amazing community to interact with. I’ve found people here that I consider true friends, and that is a true blessing for this socially inept INFJ. Since I spend so much blissful time here, I paid off WordPress to get one of those fancy .blog domains, and to banish evil advertisements from my corner of the internet.

I really can’t wait to see what everyone here accomplishes in 2017! I want to try out more #FrozenFoodFriday treats, before an Evil Wizard destroys us all. I can’t wait to read more great game reviews from The Otaku JudgeMatt of Nintendobound, and Red Metal of Extra Life. I’m wondering what projects the Well-Red Mage will have after an entertaining StuGhiFeaFilReMo. I’m looking forward to many more amusing video game insights from Astro Adam. I’m sure Paticlebit’s review compilations will fill me in on the new 2017 games I won’t have time to play. I want to learn more about the history of video games from the knowledgeable benez256. I know The Late Night Session will keep me up to date on the latest gaming news.

I want to see more incredible drawings from Beal and Arch’t. Michael M. de Leon. I hope susiesopinions keeps distracting me from winter with her blogging from sunny Florida. I’ll no doubt be testing out many apps mentioned by Apps Reviewed. I think 2017 might be the year they finally haul away a Professional Moron, for silly public safety reasons. I know I’ll get to see many more beautiful street art masterpieces on Resa’s wonderful Graffiti Lux and Murals website. Plus tons of other awesome blogs I want to mention!

Looking back on 2016, Year of Real World Chaos

I’d like to pretend 2016 never happened. It sure seemed to go out on a damn killing spree, and don’t get me started on the dire problems it created for many innocent nations. But since all the cool kids are doing it, including the super cool iplayedthegame, here is my list of top 5 games I finished last year. Spoiler: None of these games were actually released in 2016.

5) Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4)

I missed out on all the floating eyeball fun since I started this game post-patch.

Unity shook my faith in the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise. Arno was certainly no Ezio, the game was plagued by humorous launch bugs, and I hated the forced multiplayer missions. By the way, there is one stupid trophy I need for the Platinum that I can’t get because of this. However, this was my very first PS4 game and the beautiful Paris scenes were spectacular. I did enjoy prowling around the rooftops, the murder mystery side missions, and other trademark Assassin’s Creed gameplay moments. I also learned a lot about the French Revolution, and got to know many historic figures from this time period.

4) Metroid (NES)

The Metroids were easy. Mother Brain’s damn red dots on the other hand.

This game is still fresh in my mind since I just finished it a few hours ago. Starting out, the difficulty was crushing. Everything seemed to destroy me, but then I started getting upgrades. After I snagged some missile expansions, a few energy tanks, the Varia Suit, and the Wave Beam, Kraid and Ridley fell with ease. It truly felt like Samus grew stronger with every upgrade. It was very easy to get lost with all of the fake walls and traps, but it was incredibly fun to simply explore and stumble upon secrets.

3) Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Impa is now a true kick-ass protector of Hyrule’s Royal Family.

Normally I get bored with beat ’em up games fairly quickly. I happen to be a huge Zelda fan, so when you give me one where I can play as many different Zelda characters, I’m hooked. I spent a total 132 hours and 17 mins playing this game, broken up in ~30 minute sessions at a time. I loved slashing through waves of familiar Hyrule bad guys and iconic bosses. If I ever see The Imprisoned in another game though, I will be sending several angry Tweets to Nintendo. I should also mention this game started my crippling Amiibo addiction, all because SSB Amiibo Link unlocked the Spinner weapon.

2) Mirror’s Edge (Xbox 360)

I’m terrified of heights IRL. It’s a good thing Faith isn’t.

My dearly departed Xbox 360 decided to Red Ring while I was playing this, but I truly enjoyed the time I got spend looking through Faith’s eyes. The story was sort of forgettable, but the first-person platforming experience was simply breathtaking. It was something special to witness all of the death defying leaps and a treat to master all of challenging hand-to-hand combat moves in this perspective.

1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

You haven’t lived until you’ve been mauled by a pack of smartass Darknuts.

As I mentioned, I love The Legend of Zelda. It will always be my favourite video game franchise. I was very happy to finally play and beat the original game in 2016. The Like Likes ate my big shield several times, the wicked Wizzrobes tore me apart frequently, and don’t get me started on those devious Darnuts. 8-Bit Hyrule was an unforgiving, but incredibly rewarding experience. I’ve been spending a lot of time on my elliptical these days (penance for my holiday overindulgence), and I’ve been watching a very entertaining Let’s Play of this game to pass the grueling exercise time. I highly recommend you check out hungrygoriya’s epic journey through this harsh land. I just finished part 8, and I can’t wait to see how she defeats Prince Darkness Gannon.

2016 Backlog Battle – Final Stats
Games Shamefully Added: 37 
Games Conquered: 17
Net Battle Progress: -20
Total Games Left To Conquer: 113
Estimated Battle Time Remaining: 109 Days 20 Hours

I know I’m not the only one trying to beat a backlog boss monster, so best of luck to everyone fighting out there! Here’s to hoping 2017 is a victorious year for all of us.

“Fighting without hope is no way to live, it’s just another way to die.” – Lightning, Final Fantasy XIII

*Okay, I did beat Metroid on Dec. 31st, but I had to cheat a bit to kill Mother Brain. I legitimately tried several times, but her crushing army of red dots kept killing me. I got frustrated and used the infinite health cheat to exact my revenge. I still had to complete that stressful platforming section at the end of the game though.

[2017/03/18 Update – Ahahahaha! Now that I’m done laughing at my past self, this so isn’t happening this year. I’m just playing whatever the hell I want now 🙂 ]

58 thoughts on “2017, Year of Final Fantasy

    1. Aw, thank you! The 3DS version comes with all the DLC too I think.

      Oh and for some strange reason, WordPress was marking your comments as “spam”. I’ve corrected the problem since you’re obviously not trying to help me make “$100 an hour from home”, haha

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  1. Like Earthbound Beginnings, I think Metroid (which I, by sheer coincidence, completed for the first time this year myself) is one of those games where I appreciate the impact it had on the medium more than actually playing it. I still felt a moment of triumph when I ultimately beat it, though. By contrast, I’m surprised how well the original Legend of Zelda has held up over the years because it offers a very different style of gameplay from its successors; it comes across as an early interpretation of the sandbox genre compared to its sequels, which are noticeably more linear. In other words, A Link to the Past didn’t make the original feel like a prototype to the same extent that Earthbound and Super Metroid did to their respective predecessors.

    Anyway, thank you for the shout out! 2016 was rough, but we made it. Here’s hoping 2017 is better! I know I’m looking forward to certain games such as Persona 5 and Yooka-Laylee.

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    1. I remember reading your review for Metroid last year too! I would have never completed it without using a guide, haha. It was nice to see the origins of the Metroid series but it definitely didn’t stand the test of time like the original Zelda did. I hope to play Earthbound someday. I have the virtual Wii U version on my backlog list.

      No problem! I can’t wait to read more of your reviews this year. As a huge Banjo-Kazooie fan, I have high hopes for Yooka-Laylee.

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  2. If it makes you feel any better, my backlog has also grown during 2016. I may spend some time focussing on the short ones to clear a few out
    Looking forward to seeing you power through the FF games. I notice you’re (perhaps wisely!) avoiding the online iterations.
    Thank you for the shout out, and good luck in the ever growing backlog battle this year!

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    1. It’s good to konw I’m not the only one 🙂 Good plan! If I need a moral boost I have a few short games on my list to conquer. I’m staying far away from the MMO FF games for a reason, lol

      No problem! Let’s hope 2017 goes well for everyone.

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  3. Appreciate the name drop. Happy to have made your acquaintance in 2016, at least this year wasn’t a complete waste. Looking forward to more great blogging from you in 2017… assuming the world isn’t destroyed by an asteroid, then nevermind.

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  4. Mass Effect… there’s an odd one. I recently tried to play 2 and 3. I like the character design option at the start – my dudes ended up looking like total freaks of nature, which was hilarious in the many, many, many, never-ending, relentless cutscenes. That’s why I gave up, I don’t have time to wade through hours of dialogue, unfortunately. They seem like great games, if you have the thyme.

    2017 is all about that woolly poochy amiibo.

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  5. Yay! Congratulations on finishing Metroid! I find it quite reasonable to use, ahem, game enhancement codes if you so choose 🙂

    Those are some great series you’ve picked. I’m quite a fan of Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect (cough or anything BioWare), and God of War is on my never-ending list of games to play. I know ME and MGS are both time investments, so they’ll certainly keep your hands full!

    And thanks for the shout out! I’m looking forward to following your next video gaming adventures!

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    1. Thank you! Enhancement code sounds so much better 🙂

      The only Bioware game I’ve beaten is Dragon Age II, and I loved it. I hope to play the others before my ultimate Game Over, lol.

      No problem! I hope I get to watch some of your Let’s Plays this year.

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  6. Congrats on beating Metroid and thanks for the shout out. Yeah, 2016 was an evil year. If 2016 was a video game it would be Dark Souls.

    I must admit that Amiibos look gorgeous when displayed like that. You haven’t played Mass Effect or Metal Gear? Wow, you are in for a treat.

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  7. Thank you for mentioning my Zelda LP 🙂 You are too kind, and I am happy that my trials and tribulations through the first Zelda game keep you focused while exercising! I once tried to mix gaming and exercise and nearly fell off my treadmill. It was Grand Theft Auto with a wireless controller…

    Your Amiibo shelf is truly impressive! When you said you had a shelf, I didn’t realize that it would be so big and so full of figures! I’m glad to hear that you’ve got a Cecil figure on its way… that’s pretty awesome! I’m glad you’ll be able to get back to FFIV now that Metroid is finished. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences playing through the Final Fantasy games. I haven’t gotten through many of the games in that franchise myself, but the ones I have played I’ve really enjoyed. I think you’re in for a treat.

    You’ve come a long way this year, and I can’t commend you enough for working through your games! Don’t feel bad about only being at -20 in your backlog quest… I can’t even count the number of games I bought this year, and I can’t say I’ve beaten a single game I haven’t beaten before in 2016… soooooo I’m in bad shape. I’m looking forward to where your backlog journey takes you this year.

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    1. No problem! Knowing I have something awesome to watch really helps motivate me to use my elliptical. I tried playing Assassin’s Creed while on it once, and no, it didn’t end well 🙂 Once I’m done watching your Zelda LP I plan to watch your other ones.

      Thank you so much for the encouragement! My gamer cave is quickly loosing shelf space, but I guess that’s a good problem.

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      1. We can make a club for people who fall off of exercise machines while trying to game. It’s really an exercise in multitasking, and I’m pretty horrible at multitasking!

        And yes, shelf space loss is a symptom of having a great collection! We desperately need more shelves as well, but we have no room for them. We were silly and tried to double our Nerd Room as a guest room, so we have a big pull out couch in there. If my boyfriend has his way, my electric piano will be shoved to the basement so we can have more shelves.

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  8. Awesome end of year post, and best of luck with the Final Fantasy challenge! My jaw hit the floor seeing how many games you want to beat (post-SNES Final Fantasy games are long!), so I hope it all works out. I’ve been going through VIII very slowly these past few months and am enjoying it quite a bit.

    Also liked reading your impressions of Hyrule Warriors. I had a similar experience with it this year too, I put well over 100 hours in as well… the Zelda fanservice combined with addictive gameplay really hit the spot! Still not bought an Amiibo though 😛

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    1. Thank you! I have a feeling my mission is doomed but it will be fun trying 🙂 Long ago, I got to the second last boss in VIII before giving up. I hope I’ll have better luck with it this year.

      It was so awesome to play as Darunia, Impa, Ruto, etc. I was instantly hooked. Good! Keep staying away from Amiibo, trust me 🙂

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  9. Backlogs are daunting, and I definitely added to mine this year (especially over Black Friday). Congrats on finish off two of my favorite games of all time, though! Metroid and The Legend of Zelda will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Your amiibo shelf is definitely impressive! I own *looks over* six. Lol. I love them and I wanted to collect them, but I had a hard time decided on amiibo over other games that I wanted to play (and by “play” I mean put on my shelf or DL to my console and just add it to the backlog). I want all of the new Link ones though! I have one last Christmas event to attend this weekend and if I end up with a Best Buy gift card or something, maybe I’ll grab those.

    Thanks for the shout-out on my Final Fantasy XV review! When you do eventually play it, I hope you enjoy it as much (or more than) I did. It was my favorite game of 2016, just edging out The Last Guardian.

    I’m glad I found your blog in 2016! I’m not sure if it was The Shameful Narcissist or someone else that directed me to it, but I’m thankful they did. Keep up your weekly Wednesday post! They’re great ways to stay motivated and track your progress! Plus, it’s always fun to see what everyone else is up to. =)

    Looking forward to your posts in 2017!

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    1. Sales are my weakness. It’s just so hard to pass up on cheap games. I’m glad I got to experience the beginnings of 2 great game franchises.

      Be careful! 6 Amiibo can exponentially grow, without any warning, lol. They like to bundle exclusive Amiibo with games… I’ve added a few games to my backlog for that reason alone.

      No problem! You made XV sound so fun. I’m excited to go on the epic road trip with them.

      Thank you! The Shameful Narcissist always spoke so highly of you and I’m glad I met you through her blog. I can’t wait to read all of your posts this year. 🙂


  10. Congratulations on another year of vanquishing that backlog! I shamefully added six games this Christmas, though they were presents so you could say that they were challenges bestowed upon me, haha. Thanks so much for the mention! I loved reading your top five and the rest of your yearly recap! That amiibo display case looks magnificent. That’s the kind of display I want for all of my amiibo! One day… Also, I love how collector’s edition guides and artbooks look nowadays and am trying to amass a collection for my coffee table and bookshelf. Many cheers for 2016, and I wish you a Happy 2017!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I always appreciate you taking the time to drop by my blog and leave such encouraging comments. Game gifts shouldn’t count since we have no choice but to accept them, haha. The CE guides are amazing these days. Good luck with your collecting quest this year too!

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  11. Wow! Good job on your working on your backlog. I’m completely amazed. I am excited to see your updates in 2017. I’m an INFJ too! lol So totally get the social awkwardness, but I’m happy to be able to read your journey through all the games.

    You were saying there are so many games and only so much time….yeah I’ve been feeling that in life lately with all the things I want to do for the new year. Good luck and best wishes.

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  12. Good on your backlog! More progress is good! I’m looking forward to alot of games this year, most specifically getting my mittens on that sweet Battalion 1944 ( hoping to jump in on that beta once May rolls around.) and Mass Effect: Andromeda, alongside Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Big Tom Clancy fan.

    I added to mine this past christmas with Batman: Telltale, I haven’t gotten to a chance to hop into that since IRL has a way to kicking you in the nuts some times. Thanks for the shoutout! You’re too kind!

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        1. I’m not sure if you will like Battalion 1944 since it’s Multiplayer Only like Battlefront, Evolve, and Overwatch but it is set to release sometime in 2017. I’m guessing Fall or Winter!

          I can’t wait to get my mittens on that game, that game looks super good. It is indeed, I was flooded today and I had no chance to play videogames today although the night is still young!

          I might get to them sometime this week.

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            1. There are plans to have single player in it but I’m not sure if they have enough money to fund that portion of the game. I can’t wait to get my hands on it, I’ve been dying to get a chance to play another World War II shooter. It’s been a while.

              Thanks! The same to you, I’m currently going through Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare!

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  13. Making 2017 the Year of Final Fantasy is a brilliant idea. Final Fantasy is all about fighting tyrannical and fascist governments/corporations/government corporations and not sitting down when the powers that be are in the wrong. Yes. I should make this my inspiration when I finally get out of my beanbag chair and lead that revolution I’ve been talking about.

    It seems to me you had a very productive year in gaming! It’s not necessarily about conquering the backlog, it’s often about not letting the backlog conquer you 🙂

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    1. I just wanted to meet all of the interesting characters you showed me in the FF Tarot card project you did. It was a pure coincidence that this year also happened to be the 30th anniversary of the series, and the 20th anniversary of FFVII, haha. I got your back when you’re ready to start that revolution! I’ll have to crawl out of my gamer cave first though.

      Thank you! 🙂 That’s a much better way to look at it.

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      1. For some reason I thought the first game came out in 1986! I guess I was off by a year. I know FFVII came out in 1997 (January 31 in Japan and September 7 in NA). Cheap Boss Attack mentioned something about how they’re going to release all of the FFs from I-XII on the PS4 or something wonderful like that. Actually, I think the XIIIs are included in that, too. I suppose I’ll just throw my money at it now.

        Oh my enemies are going to RUE the day I get out of my beanbag chair.

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  14. Wow! That’s an impressive amiibo collection! Good luck with attempting to get through your backlog of games this year! I’ve got a decent amount of games that I need to finish or get back to as well. There’s never enough time haha.

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  15. OMG! I just got the notification for this post… like 10 minutes ago.
    Happy Next Year!!!!
    Whew! That’s quite the backlog to conquer. I love gaming, but I developed this passion for Street Art. I spend hours walking the streets in search of it. Then there’s my repressed Chef’s habit aka cooking, blogging, well… working for $, there’s more, but I just ran out of hours in a day.
    I totally agree with you about Unity, and do hope you will try the earlier Resident Evil and Metal Gear games. (I have a hard crush on Snake with the eye patch, never gotten over it)
    Thank you so much for the shout out in your post. I hope I find some street art that I can dedicate to you.

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    1. I was cleaning up my old posts and it seems this made WordPress spam a bunch of people I had linked to… Oops, haha.

      Happy New Year though! I’m so glad it’s almost Spring 🙂 Thank you! I’ll keep an eye out for some street art I can submit to you this year.

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