Gaming & Blogging Things of 2017

Hey internet!

Happy New Year and all that. Sorry, and I must confess, I haven’t been my usual pesky self lately. BUT I’m going to try to do this yearly wrap up post thingy because… why not?

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This picture sums up my mental state from the end of 2017 to now.

-Gaming Things-

Completed Games

I beat a grand total of… wait for it… 8 whole games last year! Go me! Yeah… my backlog monster will rule me until the end of my days, Ah, well. I blame the two open world games I got lost in. I enjoyed all 8 of these games a lot, but here’s my order of liking them for no reason other than all the cool bloggers do top game lists.

  1. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  2. Dragon Age Origins (Ultimate Edition)
  3. Horizon Zero Dawn
  4. Dragon Age II [Will probably do a review sometime… maybe]
  5. Final Fantasy IV
  6. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
  7. Unloop
  8. Cthulhu Saves the World

In Progress Games

Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy

2017 1
Thanks, Vanille! I forgot which way happiness was…

I was feeling really miserable… and I heard Scout Harding (voiced by Ali Hillis) talk in Dragon Age Inquisition (more on this game below)…Β  and I almost cried… and then I saw the Steam version of FFXIII trilogy was on sale…. so I bought the games (even though I have the PS3 versions)… and a cheap PC gaming controller… and now I’m 5 hours into my second playthrough of Final Fantasy XIII. Sigh…

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I CAN TAKE SCREENSHOTS IN THIS VERSION OF THE GAMES!!! *calms self* It looks like Light missed me as much as I missed her πŸ™‚

For those of you who don’t know, I have some serious feelz for the entire trilogy. I haven’t been able to bring myself to do another playthrough, before now, because it reminded me of the mess I was when I played the games back in 2014. Well, I’m sort of a dark little ball of anger and sadness again, so I needed to see my shero again. Yes, I cried like a loser during the first tutorial boss, but after that I couldn’t stop smiling. I really missed Lightning and her crew. I love the comforting music, inspiring story, stunning environments, and all of the interesting characters mean the world to me (including cranky little Hope). There’s just something special about these games that makes me really happy, no matter how miserable I am. I really can’t explain it.

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But gosh darn it, I forgot how boring all those linear hallways are… NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜›

So yeah, most of my 2018 will likely be spent on Cocoon, Gran Pulse, Valhalla, andΒ Nova Chrysalia, again, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Obligatory “haters gonna hate!” but the XIII trilogy will always be myΒ second favorite video games of all-time (Fun fact: Ocarina of Time is my favourite).

Dragon Age Inquisition

2017 3
You know what? I was in no hurry to leave the Hinterlands.

Oh, Maker… did BioWare ever overreact to the linear criticism from Dragon Age II. Don’t get me wrong! Inquisitor Ellen is having a blast. It’s just that I spentΒ 15 hours in the Hinterlands (it’s, like, the first area). I have an obsessive need to side quest so the open world bloat trapped me, I guess. However, I loved exploring the peaceful area while picking away at those near-infinite side activities. There is structure to it all, and it feels like I’m making progress (unlike Zelda BoTW… more below). I hit a wall there and moved on to Fallow Mire (super creepy), and now I’m in the Storm Coast (found out the Inquisitor can’t swim, sadly). These areas seem to have nothing to do with the main story, but I don’t care.

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Scout Harding rocks!! ⚑⚑⚑

I can safely say that Scout Harding is my most favourite Dragon Age character ever! Yes, and for reasons, I like her even more than Alistair.Β I’m 20 hours total into this game and will likely be playing well into 2018.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD

2017 5
Stealth is a hard mindset to get into.

I picked up the PS3 version of the HD Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection for cheap last year. I randomly gave MGS2 a spin on the last day of 2017, while bugging an amazing friend who was playing alongside me. I loved it! I’ve been playing a lot of lengthy RPGs lately so a stealthy action game was a great change of pace. It did take me a while to force myself into a stealth mindset though (my default playstyle is the “brute-force guns a blazing” type). There are so many cool things to discover in this game! Snake just rocks, Raiden is amusing, don’t equip the pack of cigarettes, and almost everything you can think of doing is possible. Wanna stuff that guard in a locker? Go for it! Wanna hide in that box and run around with it on? Definitely try it! The story is hella confusing (especially since I haven’t played the first MGS yet), and some of the fixed camera angles are frustrating, but this game is a true gem. I plan to go for the sweet Platinum trophy. I’m 8 hours into my first playthrough, so far.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

2017 6
I was almost to the Zora place before Aloy stole me away to HZD.

Sorry. Almost everyone else may consider this the GoTY 2017, but this game is my BIGGEST disappointment of 2017. I was so pumped for the next big Zelda game. As you can tell from my first impression post, I tried really hard to convince myself I loved it (c’mon it’s Zelda!). The truth is I dislike the weapon mechanics, I never wanted survival or stealth mechanics to be a big thing in a Zelda game, the story is weak, and all those shrines scattered across an empty, directionless (albeit pretty), massive open world fell flat with me. I much prefer the classic Zelda dungeon experience, thank you very much. Since it’s freaking Zelda, and I don’t hate it, I do intend to give it another chance later this year. I guess Horizon Zero Dawn is partly to blame for stealing me away from Hyrule too. I am happy for everyone who loves this game though! This is just my wrong opinion of the best game ever. I love FFXIII a lot so that should already tell you I have a horrible taste in games, eh?

Super Mario Odyssey

2017 7
If you’re not a cranky mess, this game is very cute!

At first, I was too cranky to enjoy the whimsical charm of Mario’s latest adventure, but it has grown on me since. I had a chance to play this a lot on my super portable Switch over the holidays. The game finally stole my heart when I found out Mario had a pirate costume! Yarr!! Anyway, I’m in the Luncheon Kingdom now. I’ll likely pick it up occasionally during the year. I heard it was short so I’m in no rush to beat it.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

2017 9
It’s the Blue Shell’s fault… and not my terrible racing skillz… I swear.

Single player is mostly frustrating with that stupid Blue Shell, but the game is still fun (especially since I created a Lightning Mii to race with). The computer AI always cheats when you’re in 1st place, and I’ve accepted that. My goal is to just get first place trophy in every 150cc cup, and maybe play online a few more times until Nintendo starts charging for online services.

Fallout 4

2017 10
That’s the spirit, Wanderer Ellen! We’ll find out what happened to your son this year, I promise.

This game just doesn’t hold my interest long. I bought it on launch day, and played it on and off over the years as the needy settlements constantly distracted me from my main objective (save my son or something, right?). I last picked it up in Feb. so it has been a while. Maybe 2018 will be the year I beat it, finally?

ReCore

2017 11
Someday, Joule… someday!

I love the Jak and Daxter style platforming, the simple combat is fun, but the environments are kinda dull. I like the main character Joule, and the bond she has with her Corebot buddies is adorable. The long load times were what bummed me out on this game. Plus it being from the creators of Metroid Prime skyrocketed my hopes to an unrealistic level.Β I will turn on my Xbox One again this year. And then I will give this fully patched version of the game a serious go. When exactly? I don’t know. But I haven’t forgotten about Far Eden.

Fire Emblem Heroes

2017 12
Lightning attacks are awesome!

I installed this game on my cheap Android device last summer. I played it maybe 4 times since then so I haven’t really mentioned it. The freemium mechanics are annoying (as always), and the strategy combat is very simplistic. The graphics are stunning, and this game would be great for anyone who wants a bite sized taste of the Fire Emblem series. I’ve only played a few Fire Emblem games, meaning most of the characters are new to me. I do however have Nowi – an overpowered dragon lady who breathes lightning (awesome). She often solos most maps because my other people suck, and Lightning based attacks pwn. I just want to finish the main campaign before uninstalling the game to free up precious phone memory.

2018 Gaming Goals

I’ll aim low-ish this year, but these are all subject to change based on my miserable mood swings throughout the year:

  • Clear out the mess of in progress games listed above (either finish them or officially give up on them)
  • Enjoy kicking ass with my shero in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, releasing later this year. I have the game preordered and you get one of three steelbook designs for the game… I better get the one with Lightning on it.
  • Play a Mass Effect game. Ideally beat all 4 of them, but I’m being realistic here.
  • Beat RiME.
  • Beat the Horizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds DLC.
  • Beat Ori and the Blind Forest.

-Blogging Things-

2017 Blogging Highlights

Sorry, I was a bit of a dramatic self-loathing blogger for most of the year. Right off the bat, I axed my old domain (conqueringthegamingbacklog.blog) and went in a more whatever I feel like doing direction, thus becoming lightningellen.com

I mostly stuck to babbling about games after that, but community collaborations were definitely the highlight of my blogging year! Here’s a few of my favourite things that happened:

  • Adventure Rules Blogger Blitz competition – Round One, Semifinals, Grand Finale – I actually won this… and I’m still in a state of grateful shock! Thank you to everyone involved.
  • Later Levels Question of the Month Challenge – September, October, December – I never won any, but it was fun to talk about other characters besides Lightning for a change.
  • Later Levels Christmas Collaboration – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10 – Sorry, miserable me rage-deleted my Day 11 and 12 posts and they were never published 😦
  • Well-Red Mage’s Asking Big Questions – 001, 002, 003Β – I want to do 004 soon-ish.
  • My babble-through of Dragon Age Origins (links are in my review) – This got hardly any views and took a lot of time, but I loved doing it! I always have something to look back on now.
  • Various Horizon Zero Dawn Ramblings (links are in my review)

Stats ‘n’ Stuff

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At least I’m growing exponentially! Yay πŸ˜€

For the first time ever, here are some traffic numbers for my blog! I’m very pleased with them. This year was my best year ever for views, but I’m pretty sure most of them are from the army of spam-bot minions hovering on my homepage (not sure where I picked them up?). Based on my viewer-to-view ratio, it does seem like I have a few loyal readers who keep coming back, so thank you kindly to those fine folks! I like interacting with people more than seeing heartless numbers accumulate, so double thanks to any humanΒ (keyword) who has taken the time to leave a comment on anything. πŸ™‚

Total Posts: 120 (including this one)
Followers: 319
Amusing Search Terms That Brought People Here:

  • lustful lali ho (Oh, Final Fantasy IV… tee hee)
  • horizon zero dawn badass (True story)
  • aloy asleep (I could see Aloy being tired after all the open worldness)
  • almighty: fantasy clicker game! (NO IDEA what this is and scared to Google it)
  • amiibo prototype for sale (I do love Amiibo but don’t deal in prototypes, sorry)
  • when was the nintendo wii invented (I don’t know this)
  • creative ways to tackle retro game backlog (No answers on that concept here)

Top 5 Viewed Posts in 2017:

My homepage and About me page racked up the vast majority of views last year (meaning people aren’t actually reading my posts so I can say whatever I want πŸ˜› ).

  1. A New Direction: What Is Blog Anyway?Β (211)
  2. Have I Really Learned Anything From Blogging?Β (179)
  3. Blogger Blitz Grand FinaleΒ (160)
  4. Happily Ever InkedΒ (156)
  5. Blogger Blitz – Round 1, Fight 1: Retail Rumble!Β (151)

Plans For The Scary Future

If I don’t finally give up and delete this ol’ blog, I will likely continue my game reviews in the form of Post Playthrough Roundups (I LOVE wordy titles πŸ˜€ ). Here are some other blogging ideas I’m pondering:

  • Babble-through post for Dragon Age II, before my review. I do want to remember everything my fourth Hawke did, and my memory slips further with time. Maybe Inquisition too, but there is A LOT of stuff to do in that game.
  • Babble-through series for the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. This would be so FUN for me!! If any trolls show up, I’ll edit their comments to say how amazing Lightning is. My blog, my rules. Bwa ha ha ha!! 😈
  • Book reviews, maybe? I’m not really qualified for these but I want to try.
  • Reviews for swag I buy, like Amiibo and stuff.
  • Throwback posts from my old blog I had in high school. These horrible posts could be great for laughs.
  • I’m always open to collaborations so let me know if you have any!

Shout-outs

Firstly, special nod to my top 5 commenters:

  1. The Shameful NarcissistSephiroth is to TSN as Lightning is to me! It’s so nice to have a friend who understands how important fictional characters can be to people. She is very supportive and a fantastic blogger. I have no idea how she keeps up with all of her “State of the…” posts. Impressive! Also, her knowledge on the iconic Final Fantasy series is second to none.
  2. The Otaku Judge – The awesome dude has taken the time to read, like, almost all of my posts and leave comments. Thanks!! I’m not big on anime but I love reading his entertaining reviews on the subject, as well as cool thoughts on video game stuff. Bonus points for loads of amusing puns!
  3. Mr. Wapojif – I may be a n00b who doesn’t love the latest Zelda and Mario games, but he has forgiven me and still takes the time to read my wrong opinions. I’m also grateful for the daily dosages of surreal humor randomness, expert book reviews, and cool video game opinions Mr. Moron dumps on the internet. Oh and check out his fantasticΒ houmous-related short story too.
  4. Aether – Honest and knowledgeable, this blogger rocks! I’m really enjoying reading his Fallout playthrough series, and was intrigued by his thoughts on female characters in games. He may not like FFXIII, but he respects that I do! The internet would be better off if we all respected each other, eh?
  5. Athena of AmbiGaming – The Goddess of Wisdom’s blog is easily one of my favourites to read! I was so inspired by the video game coping project she did last year, there are always fun discussions going on, AND she makes badass booze mixes based on video game characters. I’ve personally tried all of them and they are all superb… hic. Oh, and it’s her fault I’m in love with BioWare now… thanks!! Check out her Patreon page if you want to support her video game relevancy crusade!

In no logical order at all, here is a small sample of cool blogs I enjoy following:


TL;DR –Β  I’m still just doing what I feel like, and I’m honored to be a part of this wonderful WordPress Community. Good luck with your goals in 2018! As my shero says – “It’s not a question of can or can’t. There are some things in life you just do.”

⚑Thanks for reading⚑

88 thoughts on “Gaming & Blogging Things of 2017

  1. So Lightning is a Star Wars fan?? “Do or do not, there is no try.” Hm… hahaha

    Anyway, fantastic year!! As you know, I always enjoy your thoughts on games, and am looking forward to what 2018 has in store!! Congratulations again on the Blogger Blitz win, and it sounds like your friend who got you into Metal Gear Solid 2 should apologize for subjecting you to some of the most convoluted lore out there! haha. BUT it looks like you’ll have some exciting gaming ahead of you this year, so that’s all that matters πŸ™‚ Also, thank you kindly for the shout-out. Always happy to ramble… haha

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    1. Now I want to write a FFXIII/Star Wars crossover fanfiction….

      Thank you! I really need to thank my friend for introducing me to that badass Snake guy. and dude, you never ramble. Thanks for all your comments! πŸ™‚

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  2. Happy New Year Lightning!!! Sounds like you had a super fun year! I count fun in terms of quality not quantity of games conquered. πŸ˜‰ Also, I loved your breakdown of all the games you’ve played and your goals. And I’m glad you’re enjoying Super Mario Odyssey, since that was my top game. (BotW was my second, but I totally get your issues with it!)

    Thank you so much for the shoutout! That means so much to me! And thank you so much for your support – it has always made me smile. πŸ™‚ I have a lot of catching up to do myself: so many wonderful people, so little time. But I wanted you to know it’s always been my great pleasure to follow your blog and an honor to be friends with someone as awesome as you! Congratulations on a successful 2017! I hope 2018 is even better! Conquer it!!! πŸ˜€

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  3. I’m not going to lie; I had no idea I would reach 100 reviews by the end of 2017. At the start of that year, I was hovering around the 50s range, and I ended up rewriting three reviews (Earthbound, Mother 3, and The Last of Us).

    Either way, thank you for the nice shout out! It looks like your blog got a lot more attention than the years leading up to it. I myself had roughly the same amount of views as 2016, but I ended up getting more people to comment on and like my posts, so it balanced out.

    Super Mario Odyssey is a great game that, like Breath of the Wild, lives up to the high amount of critical hype surrounding it. I think the Metro Kingdom is what won me over; that festival was something special. I managed to do a 100% run, collecting all of the Power Moons, and I’d say it was worth it.

    I hope you end up checking out more Fire Emblem games because it really is a great series. I’m glad that Fire Emblem Heroes exists because it’s continuing the newfound success the series has been having in the West.

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    1. That must have been a really nice surprise! It seems like you put a lot of work into your reviews too, so double awesome πŸ˜€

      Thanks! I definitely like getting comments and likes more than seeing view stat numbers. I’m pretty sure I have a bunch of spam-bots hovering here based on what my spam filter picks up.

      Yes!! I really loved that part in the Metro Kingdom. I need to download that song somewhere, haha.

      Fire Emblem is definitely a series I need to see more of. Someday, I hope!

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      1. Indeed it was. I wasn’t expecting to write that many reviews in one year. Thanks again! That you consider my reviews some of the best is a true compliment that means a lot.

        I’d say the best ones to start with as of now are Awakening and Fates on the 3DS. I’m hoping GameCube games become available on the Switch because Path of Radiance is an underappreciated classic.

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  4. What a great wrap up! I hope the miserable rage has ended and a brighter 2018 will be yours. I totally understand that desire!

    I’m sorry you weren’t a BOTW fan. As a hardcore fan, myself, I love it. It’s my first ever open world and I’ve enjoyed exploring and finding every shrine. I feel like it’s my personal mission to go to every single square inch of this map… But i miss the traditional dungeon/temples. The shrines are way too easy, the divine beasts were cake, and I want something with a little bite! That’s alright. 2018 will see me doing a playthrough of the older stuff so it’ll work out!

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    1. Thank you! I’m feeling a lot better now. Good friends and video games always make me smile! I’m glad to see you back on WordPress. I hope you had a good holiday!

      BoTW just didn’t click with me, I guess. Ocarina of Time will always be my favourite! I loved the temple and dungeon layouts. Some of the bosses took forever for me to figure out, haha. I’m glad you enjoyed BoTW though! I’ll give it another shot this year πŸ˜€

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      1. OoT will always be my favorite. It was the most clever and the most immersive to me. I could listen to the music all day and I break it out and replay it every few years so I understand your feelings exactly!

        I’m glad you’re doing so much better! It’s nice to be back. It was a bit of a rough few months and I was struggling too much emotionally to feel invested in my blog. But I’m feeling much better and want to dive back in!

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        1. I’ll never forget the first time Link pulled the Master Sword! One of my favourite gaming moments πŸ™‚

          Thanks! I’m feeling moodier than a Final Fantasy protagonist lately so I hear you. Glad things are better for you now too, and I wish you all the best!!

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  5. Aww, thank you so much for the shoutout! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚ I always love reading all your blog posts, even if I do get way behind sometimes. One day I’ll be all caught up with everyone!

    Don’t feel bad, I only completed a small handful of games in 2017! However, I added lord knows how many to my backlog. Hopefully this year will be more productive, but I’m just going with the flow and hopefully I’ll accomplish more πŸ˜‰

    Can’t wait to see you on The Well-Red Mage as Te Livid Lightning Mage!! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Anytime! πŸ™‚ I appreciate you reading my posts! There really needs to be more hours in the day, I swear…

      I didn’t even mention how many games I bought and never played last year, haha. I’ll leave it at that…

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see all your posts this year πŸ˜€

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      1. There definitely does need to be more hours in the day! Or, if there can’t be, at least maybe more hours to do what we ENJOY. If I only had to work for like 1 hour and have the rest of the day to do what I wanted, that would be a much better balance! πŸ˜‰

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  6. Daww, I was just saying the other day that I found people who know more about Star Wars than I know about FFVII, which is SUPER impressive lol. I love finding other obsessees regardless of what it’s for, because even if we’re not obsessing over the same thing, we still understand that feel!

    You’ve beaten more games then me last year. I think I’m the sandbagger of the bunch hehe. I’m okay with that though. I watched a bunch of awesome LPs, and I got to play games with you fine people! I was always saying I don’t play well with others, but Mario Kart 8 is hella fun even when I lose by a hair :p

    There’s a Valhalla in FFXIII? Omg I can see that, Lightning is such a Valkyrie. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about that when I play it, which is one of my plans this year. Ugh, I just posted my Top 10. I think I need to do my Year in Review AND plans for 2018. Too much to do.

    Thanks for being my friend through another crazy year, and you should get that thing I sent you that I JUST remember some day. You kitty knows what’s up. I, too, like to sleep in warm spaces. The average temperature has been 5. It’s literally warmer on Mars than it is on the east coast of the US.

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    1. Dude, this weather is ridiculous. It hit a whopping 14 degrees here this afternoon and I went out with my jacket unbuttoned. Mars sounds balmy.

      And I also agree that Lightning is absolutely a Valkyrie. As long as her real name isn’t Freyja…. πŸ˜‰

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    2. Exactly! Obsessing over something you love is a great thing πŸ™‚

      You destroyed me with all the LPs you watched though, haha. We need to play moar Mario Kart before Nintendo starts charging for online! That was so fun πŸ˜€

      In XIII-2 actually…. and Lightning is a TOTAL Valkyrie in that game, especially…. That’s all I’ll say πŸ˜›

      Thanks for being my friend too! I’ve noticed my years are getting more awesome since I met you. Thanks again for sending me something! You didn’t have too… I’ll let you know when it arrives πŸ™‚ It’s a balmy 26F here lately. It will drop below -22F before winter’s over… I know it…

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      1. I want to count the LPs, but I just can’t bring myself to do that! It feels like cheating lol. Agreed, we’ll make the arrangements on Twitter, though I’m terrible at checking that. Ever since I got my anxiety under control, I don’t freak out if I see I have a notification so they just kind of linger, and I’m like, “Hm I suppose I should check that.” Even for text messages and messages. I used to HAVE to check it right away, but now I’m like, “Eh, it’ll be there.” It would be nice to have a monthly race, and the winners get bragging rights πŸ˜€

        It was a nice 32 degrees here! It’s been so damn cold that it felt almost springlike when it went up around 40. I wore my winter coat, but left it in the car, because I didn’t feel like wearing it. Of course I paid for it tonight when I left work in the dark. It iced up a bit again because of the temperature drop, and I had to fix my car, because it’s hard to see the lines with the lingering snow. I didn’t want to park like one of THOSE people.

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        1. It’s not cheating, haha. I get ya. I’m still feeling moodier than a Final Fantasy protagonist so I haven’t been around much… sigh. I have the Twitter app on my phone so if you DM me I’ll get it right away. Monthly racing is a good idea!

          It was 52F here yesterday. BBQ weather πŸ˜€ I have a feeling winter will come with a vengeance soon….

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          1. I understand the moodiness. I think the winter does stuff to the brain, and I can’t deal with the fact that it was 60 freaking degrees the other day and now it’s below 30 again. I need to remember to check Twitter…I’m so bad at it yet FB annoys me so much sometimes.

            We had to turn out AC on when it was in the 60s because I’m pretty sure the people below us had their heat on. Today I had to take the fan out the window, because it was really cold in the bedroom, and we have a furry house guest lol. We’re babysitting my sister-in-law’s adorable kitten. She has absolutely NO interest in my male cats, so there’s a strictly no boys allowed policy wherever she is :p She won’t attack them, but she growls if they get to close and then hides away.

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  7. Ohhhhh, I loved reading your DA posts and look forward to your thoughts on the ME series. I want to go back through all of them soon. I also really want to finish XIII, which I’ve been loving on ps3. Thank you for the shout out! It means a lot!

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  8. Thank you for the shoutout, and hooray for being part of the Canadian sisterhood! It’s awesome to see you enjoying your blogging adventures more post-reinvention. I’ve really enjoyed your content this year and am looking forward to more from you in 2018. My list of completed games was tiny, and it’s not for a lack of trying either! I hope you can find something that’ll top Dragon Age in your books. The quest goes on!

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  9. Thank you for the shout out. I didn’t get the chance to play many games in 2017, even if I managed to beat slightly more of them than you did. That’s not saying much though because some of the titles I played were short and I don’t 100% them like you do.

    Wow, the increase in views you have gotten in 2017 is incredible. Keep up the good work! If you are planning to play a Mass Effect game I would recommend the second one. Mario isn’t usually my cup of tea, but Odyssey came with my Switch so I decided to give it a go. To my surprise I enjoyed it too. I’ll have to review it some day.

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  10. Oh my gosh, thank you for the shoutout! You are amazing! And congrats to an AMAZING 2017!!!!🀣

    Please for the love of all that is sacred, don’t give up blogging! I love reading your stuff (whenever I find time… I have a massive backlog to catch up with)

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    1. Ack! I wasn’t done yet! (Goddamnit technology… Stupid thing posted without me finishing up πŸ˜’)

      So, as I was saying, let me be the first to raise my hand towards collabing with you sometime! I’d be stoked for that! Also, I’m on Twitter now too!

      I wish you all the best in 2018!

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  11. Hey, if you read books and have an opinion about them, then you are totally qualified to review them! I had zero technical qualifications and now a nice author approved me to read an ARC of their new book thanks to my blog. πŸ™‚
    (Thanks for the shout out! <3)

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  12. Hey super awesome post! Glad to see your stats are increasing! Great work on putting in the work to make that happen! Thanks for the mention, as well, my friend. I’ve been thinking about BotW and as much as I loved it and thought of it as my GOTY, I don’t want the next Zelda to adopt the same structure. I want it to be more traditional and for BotW to be the rare exception, not burn out its style. You’ve got so much going on this year, I hope it’s a good one for you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Boss Mage! πŸ™‚ I really hope the next Zelda goes in a different direction too. I’ll be giving BoTW another chance later this year though! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it more. All the best this year!

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  13. Yurr, you see I champion different opinions, so long as one can voice them with clarity (“itz crap lol” doesn’t qualify), which 90% of gamers can’t manage, unfortunately. The trick is to realise it is one’s opinion. I hate it when the games press print reviews as facts. The arrogance. Curse them. CURSE THEM!

    Fanking you for the mention though, madam, I are always enjoying your blog *giggle snort guffaw*. You see, Odyssey was the disappointment for me as it’s so short! Whereas Breathe of the Mild is, for me, like honey glazed with more honey.

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  14. Happy New Year dear Ellen!
    So, the MGS series is my 3rd fave series. I played it loyally until they retired Snake. What a mistake!!! It was no fun after that.
    He is bar-none the sexiest dude in gaming. I’ve always preferred stealth games over RPG.
    Anyway, I had a mad crush on Snake… still do. In MGS5 he has an aging disease & wears an eye patch. Be still my throbbing heart! Marry me! Alas, Snake is not the marrying kind.
    After the eye patch Snake game, I was in a line-up to buy a new release of a game, and got into a very heated argument with another gamer over who was the #1 sexy game dude.
    I stuck with Snake. He purported Drake, (not the rapper). I was ready to puke!
    At risk of being kicked out of the store, we calmed down….oh but if looks could kill, I’d be the winner.
    Later, in a generation of Yakuza 4, I got the hots for Mr. Akyama. Still, he’s no Snake, but can fight like a hurricane.
    What kind of an adult woman gets crushes on cartoon guys?
    This is an awesome post, and thank you so much for the shout out!!!
    The Duck family is doing well, and as you know, a new egg is awaiting hatching!
    There should be a Duck Family Game.
    I hope you have a great year, and I hope this is the year I pick up gaming again! xo

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    1. Snake is really amazing, and I can’t wait to see more of him!! πŸ˜€ There’s no shame in crushing on amazing characters, haha.

      Thank you!! All the best to you and your family this year. A duck family game definitely needs to happen, and I hope you do get back into gaming soon! πŸ™‚

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  15. Good luck on your goals this year.

    I have similar feelings towards Breath of the Wild as well. I understand why people like it but I don’t think it is a game that works for everyone but the hyperbole surrounding it is such that we are wrong and crazy, which I think is a shame because if we could all get better at listening to criticism of our favorite things, we’d be in a much better place.

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  16. Thank you for the shout out! I hate to reveal this but I am paid by Nintendo to keep your money flowing into “our” account. It sounds like I’m doing my job well πŸ˜‰ I look forward to seeing all your posts in 2018!

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  17. Aw, thank you so much for the shout-out! ❀ That made my morning. πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to reading plenty more of your awesome posts this year. Here's to a great new year with lots of wonderful books and comics to be read and fantastic games to be played! ❀

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  18. Great post! Thank you very much for the shoutout! I am happy to see that your blog is growing and that your stats are amazing! I hope that 2018 goes very well for you and your plans. I would love to read your take on book reviews! Also, I’m extremely interested in your swag posts, I’m a pop collector so I love looking at other people’s collections and setups! Maybe we can do a collection collaboration post one day! Enjoy the year!

    -Luna πŸ™‚

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  19. You clearly put a lot of work into this post. It’s massive!! You’ve definitely accomplished a lot over the course of the year and the views really spiked. It may not seem like a lot of games since they were all such long RPGs, but the important thing’s that you liked them all. Going back to play the legendary FFXIII trilogy is a bold move though. What if going back to such an iconic series makes every other game start to pale in comparison? ;p I’ll look forward to seeing your post on the Red Mage’s site as well. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more consistent with commenting on the posts when they come out with 8 days being the latest I should comment. I keep pushing off a bunch of articles until they’re so old I figure it’d be weird to comment so then I just end up not commenting and starting to wonder if I’m a spam bot (-_-b’) I already broke my first New Year’s Resolution of no chocolate for a month though…..

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    1. Thanks!! I always appreciate whenever anyone leaves a comment πŸ™‚ The spam-bots are usually trying to direct me to rather, um, questionable sites, haha. You’re right! No game can compare to the FFXIII trilogy πŸ˜› I’m a bit behind on my own blog reading too. Life sucks without chocolate. Just saying, haha.

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