April 28, 2016

#Pirate101 - Book 15's Teaser, as Analyzed by a Skeptic

Swordroll - a reliable blogger-friend of mine - and I shared our adventures in the Wizard101/Pirate101 blogging community for years. When Pirate101 began to slow down, I bowed out and moved on to other topics, while he made the best of the situation and continued to grow his now hot-topic KI fansite, Swordroll's Blog. However, just recently, KingsIsle announced that Pirate101 would be seeing a continuation after all...and from their recent Book 15 teaser, Swordroll and I found a difference of reaction worth a couple of posts. Read his opinion on the matter here.

April 9, 2016

Replaying Games

I'm not one for replaying games. I find going through the same storyline again, even if an ending is different or if there's different flavor text, just boring. So, when I finish a game for the first time, I put it down. I finished Transistor a few nights ago. Awesome game, would totally recommend, but that's not the point of this post. Let's get into the meta here, actually: After I finished, I thought to myself four things:

1. What a fantastic game, I'm going to go and write a post about it!
2. Hey, this reminds me a lot of Bastion. That post should be about the comparison of them both.
3. OK, so do I actually remember a lot about Bastion?
4. No.

March 30, 2016

Field Notes From Being an Internet Teen


I read once, etched into the top of a toilet paper holder in middle school, the phrase 'Internet kids never sleep'. I'd slept at all the night before (I had testing that week, it was probably for the better), but I still felt a pretty large grain of truth in it. On my Twitter page, one of the first Tweets recalls the fact that most of my friends 'live' in the information-sphere known as the Internet...or to some of us, 'home'.

I get out of school at 1:55 and off the bus at 2:30. The rest of my afternoon is in town at the Barnes and Noble, where I'll leech free wi-fi and write a post until it's finished or until I go back to my house. That's when the better portion of my day starts, because where at all is better than home sweet home? (Hint: It's decked in virtual furniture and I call it 'Twitter'.)

March 16, 2016

Alpha Sapphire, My Escape

btw - Kale Ginger Jamba Thing only 6/10 
When I picked up my DS over the weekend, I was only really intending for it to be a convention take-along so I could have some fun in lines, or to battle Pokemon with my friends. And while the only title I have is currently in the Pokemon line, I have come to realize that my DS is going to mean a whole lot more to me than I expected.

March 6, 2016

Kielbasa, Gigantic, and Pre-Order Mania

(pictured above: Pakko, the new hero in Gigantic!) Hey, all. If you don't frequent my Twitter feed, then the hot news is that I've been so completely overworked for the past few weeks, and the load won't lighten until exactly a week from now. Just remember that there are The Wolf Among Us and No Man's Sky write-ups on the way- They're looking great, but it's hard to focus when all I can think about are related to the Washington State Noxious Weed List.

Have a plant fact before I try to string together a post: Did you know that the Latin name for the "Princess Tree" includes the word 'Tormentosa'? Some princess. Heh.

February 20, 2016

How Gigantic is Changing the Way I Play Games


I thought I knew my type when it came to games. Whether in reading or in my early gaming attempts, I gravitated towards the ranger-type, the one swinging through the trees or handy with a bow. This was true with my first D&D character, my first GW2 character, and the belief remained steadfast when I began playing Gigantic. Voden was an immediate first pick, and while all the heroes were unlocked and available, I played only him the entire time, finding places to snipe from and leave my clone for easy teleportation.

And then, once upon a two weeks ago, all but five of the characters became locked, and none of them were Voden.