August 21, 2016

No Man's Sky: First Impressions

OK, I'll give you some space to laugh at me- I pre-ordered No Man's Sky back in March. However, knowing that I was going to play the game no matter what, I felt like ordering it while it was on a lower price would do me better just in case there were issues. As No Man's Sky has just become available for people to play on PC, I've started my attempt to play it out at least to the point where I will have spent a dollar for each hour, forty hours in total, before making the decision on whether I'd like to keep the game in my normal repertoire or let it sit in my Steam library without feeling so much shame on my part. So far, I've played for two hours, and here are my thoughts so far:

August 6, 2016

Kentucky Route Zero Act IV Sc. I | Let's Play and Thoughts

So, this marks the very first installment of my Let's Play series! In my greatest effort not to be a complete noob, I decided to skip my mic and not even think about a camera so that Kentucky Route Zero's well-awaited fourth act could be appreciated without interruption.

August 1, 2016

Making the Most Out of Your Convention Experience

Now that the PAX hype has picked right back up with passes in the mail, convention season seems to be getting underway. For me, that means the WA State Midsummer Renaissance Faire in just a couple of weeks - and a cool cosplay to go with it - as well as PAX, and, you guessed it, more cosplay. Finally in October, I have GeekGirlCon, where I'll be paneling and reporting. With everything that's going on for me and many, it's just about the right time to raise a few good points about making the most out of your convention season. 

July 6, 2016

So I Just Got Pokemon GO

Rest in Peace, my phone battery...

Anyways, it's been great so far! For those who have been completely blind to the whole world for the past day, Pokemon GO (real-life Pokemon exercise-encourager phone app from god) is here and ready to play for anyone who's in the US, Australia, New Zealand, probably Canada by tomorrow, and ready for servers to be crash-y as heck!

My first impressions are as follows:
  • Character style is kind of cool. I chose the male character because his hair was closer to mine and I liked his pants. I wish style options included more variety between pieces instead of just color differences, but I'm alright with it. This game is about Pokemon, not me.
  • OK, whoever took the name Soultamer ought to battle Pokemon with me for who gets the name
  • So I would definitely want to jog everywhere with this. It's fun to run around and actually get random rewards in the shapes of happiness. Plus, there are a ton of little shop stations across town, so it wouldn't be hard for me to keep having a good time.
This is the 'please don't walk into traffic' screen
  • When do the break-and-enter charges happen?
  • The Zubat I wanted was in my neighbor's yard.
  • Pokemon GO, rated M for Morality Crises
  • When are we going to call them Gokemon?

  • Phone dead, went back to write a blog post
  • Segment ideas include: GoPro Pokemon GO runs, Pokemon GO hunts with Seattle Crew, portable phone battery charger reviews
  • My Pokemon Journey starts tomorrow. Yes, because I'm lazy, I didn't start straight out of Pallet Town the second I got my starter and in fact spent one last night at home. More soon...

June 27, 2016

Pirate101's Valencia pt. II, As Told Through Star Trek GIFs (spoilers)

Let's talk Pirate101 and the fact that I just finished Book 15 oh my freaking gosh. It was a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. In the beginning, I was this huge pessimist. I wasn't expecting anything great out of this next expansion. Only five levels for the big finish of Kane? If you say so...

June 18, 2016

Viridi for Mobile Releasing on Summer Solstice!

Hey everyone! School just let out in time for me to enjoy some summer sun and even better, the Fremont Solstice Parade going on this weekend. I'm going to be doing the dog walk tomorrow (but I'll be skipping the bike race because of the rain...and other reasons...). Summer's also a good time for me to start some new hobbies. For instance, I thought of something when I made a friend the other day. Everyone, meet Paul:
isn't he precious
I pretty much cried when I met him, and I know that I want to start raising plants of my own. Wouldn't it be awesome to have some succulents growing on my desk and have cute names for all of them? Then, I came to a few conclusions a few hours later.

1. I live in the shade
2. I'm too broke for a UV plant light
3. Between books, tech, and the microscope, there's no room in my own living space for plants.

So, I opened up Viridi instead. As I've said before, Viridi is a free, meditative succulent-raising game that works in realtime so you can grow and enjoy plants without having to worry about little bugs crawling around or spilling nutrient water all over the place. It's been lots of fun on PC, and it's gotten great reviews all over the place. Even HuffPost says that, "Yes, you do need an ultra-zen video game about growing succulents ... tending to these digital plants offers a seriously calming experience". And I agree.

Ice Water Games, developer of Viridi and calming survival game Eidolon, poked me just last week and announced that Viridi would in fact be making its epic iOS/Android debut soon! In fact, it will be hitting the mobile shelves on the summer solstice, which is June 20th at about 3:30ish here in Seattle.

What's new in Viridi mobile, besides that now you can carry your own little Velmas and Roxies and Amoses* with you? Some additions include...

- More consistent visual treatment  
- In-game camera with much more sophisticated rotation/shot-framing capabilities 
- Different snails in different environments (YAAAAAS)
- Plants take longer to grow, are more resilient, flower more sporadically, selection is easier 
- Ability to start a fresh pot for free if all of your plants die 
- New Apartment environment 
- Updated Cat House environment

I think mobile Viridi will be a much bigger influence on my life than PC Viridi, since it's normally when I'm away from home that I need to escape to my little plant-filled happy place and enjoy the progress I've made. 

Whether you're there for the plants, the snails, the atmosphere, the music, or the euphoria of plucking those gosh-darned weeds, Viridi seems to worm its way into the hearts of whoever touches it. It will be free and can be played for free for a very complete experience, so why not give it a try? If you need more convincing, definitely check back here for my complete free-to-play rundown of the mobile version after release. 

*yes, I did name my plants after characters in Chicago. My Grove pot is all from Macbeth.