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A Little Rant about Games and Food

I have been going through my video games backlog. I finally beat Nova-111 , developed and published by Funktronic Labs. It was a fun addicted little sci-fi puzzle game. I still have yet to collect all the scientists! The game was originally released on 2015 and I bought it a few years ago. I played it on Steam which it’s currently on sale for $2.49 until July 7, 2022! Woah what a deal. For that price, it’s better than going to the theme park and/or it is a good substitution for anti-depressant pills. It’s a feel good game that gives you that lighthearted solitary escape. Then again, this game appeal to me because I’m an introvert who don’t do well in crowds and no, that doesn’t mean I suffer from social anxiety. It is also available on Switch, PS4, Xbox One (I just read this paragraph again and laughed. I wish I was advertising but I am not. I can only sell what I genuinely like).

I thought I would do a little review for it, but I didn’t have much to say about it other than it’s great if you are looking for a turn-based game that progressively gets harder. The end boss took me about an hour before I finally learned the moves and strategy. I became so good at it that when I played the stage again, it only took me 5 minutes or so to beat. It’s just show that practice makes perfect. No one is born good. Anyone can get better if they keep practicing. I am only saying this because I realized that as a kid, I used to be very harsh on myself. Everything had to be perfect. Isn’t it a silly mindset? If you always feel inadequate, you will never find happiness or contentment. This realization makes me a lot more happier.

I still feel that I could go back and replay the game, but I decided to move on because I don’t really care about improving my scores/grades and getting all the trophies like I used to. Actually, I don’t care about ranking up in leaderboard. I am just glad that I am reducing the size of my gaming backlog, but more importantly playing games thoroughly until I am satisfied.

Ending for Nova 111
Noval-111. I appreciate when devs say thank you to the player; after all there is a human behind the screen

The sad truth is that when you become an adult it means your life priority changes. The little things I used to take for granted– my parent’s cooking. I have not came across a restaurant that serves pine mushroom soup. Let alone, my mom’s recipes. I am missing it a lot. I do struggle finding a good meal that I noticed my attention lately have been leaning toward researching recipes and prepping meals rather than researching on how to defeat a difficult boss. I learn tons and feels accomplished when I do find a decent meal, but so far none hit the spot like my parents’ food. I don’t know why, but eating well has been my top concern. There’s something about fruits and vegetables and lean meat that I gravitate towards (I am not a vegan or vegetarian as some people might mistake. I do enjoy seafood), I learned that Western diet, particularly American is not the most healthiest (my body can only take so much diary products). So, my attention these days has been focused on food and not games-which means I don’t have much to write about. Unless you want to read up on my cooking progress? I definitely no expert when it comes to cooking/baking, but at least I am trying.

Attempted baking on 2018. . Even though cookies weren’t pretty, it was still good with a glass of milk.🥛 I still have yet to find a good cookie recipe that won’t clog my arteries.

Speaking of games, I went back to playing Dark Souls DLC and Drakengard 3 and plan to focus on my unbeaten games for Playstation3. Finally, I might be able to write something about Yoko Taro games in greater detail. They are thought provoking and weird. You can find my notes here. However, a part of me feels like I have outgrown all that “deep thinking” stuff. Not to say, I have the answers to life’s mystery (woah such a bold statement. I feel like I know nothing at all), but the older I get, the more pragmatic I become and I am okay with that. It keeps me curious. It keeps me entertained because I get bored easily. Did I just contradict myself? I am only human. Why do we have to be so complex?

That is it for this week’s rant. Thanks for listening to my shenanigans. It’s not much. Normally I post on Monday, but it really depends on my mood now. Until next time, see ya!

Code Vein Avatar in Photo shoot
Halsdoll in Code Vein

Halsdoll Gaming Rant: Dark Souls II Photo Shoots

There are hundred of games. So many games and so many options sort of paralyze me from picking a game and finishing it thoroughly. I look at the pile of games and thought, there’s no way to beat all these games in a year and setting goal to beat them is not my thing despite the fact I feel tempted to sit down and make a list right now to put things into perspective by creating some sort of checklist to help ease the feeling that I have a lot on my plate. Who am I kidding? The thought of it always excites me. But following it through is a different story.

I do like to make list for mundane stuff. Checking off to do-list helps me get over unpleasant tasksbut games?

Sometimes that enthusiasm wears out and I just rather play something that I’m used to or not play at all. I’m no cheerleader for all video games…no way…

Halsdoll playing in dark souls 2
Where are you going, Halsdoll?

So, I went back to my PS3 and played Dragon Age Origin, which I never finished and I was like wow…so laggy, but the cutscenes and the music is great. I am digging it. Then I revert back to my pile of games and saw that maybe I should play Sakura Wars and then I got annoyed with the main character for having to flirt with girls. The concept of a rooster surrounded by several romantic prospects is a new territory for me to explore. It’s curiosity more than anything which is why I picked up the game. And yet in my mind, I kept thinking…let’s go back to DARK SOULS 2??!! Dominating the world is more appealing than idle pointless chit chat. But oh, there’s more to Sakura Wars…why don’t I give it a shot? I guess when I feel like flirting with girls but I don’t know when the time will come around because as much as girls are cool, I’m pretty darn straight. All I just want to do is take photo shoots.

Halsdoll playing dark souls 2
Halsdoll playing Dark Souls 2
Halsdoll playing Dark Souls 2
Halsdoll playing in Dark Souls 2

I had fun gathering the pictures for this blog post. They were taken from Crown of the Ivory King DLC. I managed to defeat two bosses out of three. One more to go in the cold blizzard… I think I ran out of patience. Dark Souls II is a great game, but the DS II: Scholar of First Sin edition, might not be so much. It’s obvious that the game was intended for people who play for difficulty’s sake. It’s not really that cool. For the most part, I got what I want from the DLCs. It’s all about the adventure, shiny objects, pretty cool weapons, armors and the exploration. I can platinum the game, but for now I decided to move on to Skyrim.

Check out my other posts for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin:

I will try not to write so much about this game. There are other games that deserve some attention too. And that is it for video game updates. Until next time, bye~

My Video Game Shopping List: Video Games to Cool Down in Summertime

We had a heatwave which made it unbearable to play games without sweating and most older apartments and houses where I am from don’t come equipped with AC. Typically, the temperature tends to be on the mild side throughout the entire year. This year was odd. It was unusually cold in the winter and scourging hot in the summer. Luckily, it was only brief. Call it Global Warming or it’s just Mother Nature’s way of throwing a tantrum and trying to burn things alive and reduce it back to ashes–I need to find games that will cool me down quick, and not burn me. Even just looking at a burning building in Sekirko: Shadows Die Twice, I feel dehydrated. As a result, there’s not much I could do other than literally be a couch potato with an ice pack on my forehead, drinking iced water to keep cool. No seriously, I was on the couch staring at my ceiling-fan spinning round and round like a merry-go-round. The heat was slowly turning me crazy.

I am back with my 3-list post. I browse games and window shop all the time for games. Writing this 3 list post is always fun for me and it gives me a break from thinking things too deeply. So let’s go! What’s in my shopping bag?

1)Tales of the Black Forest

There’s no mystery by now if you have been following this blog that I really do love horror–the suspense and emotional stories that come with it always make me feel as if I gained something out of it and that is appreciating life. Want me to elaborate on what I meant by that? Check out my Kwaidan‘s analyses where I break down the stories and defined horror. So, when I find a horror game that looks interesting to me, I automatically put in my shopping list. Tales of the Black Forest made it on my list for the price which is currently $1.59 on Steam. It’s a deal, I think. Whether you are on the budget or not as I am at the moment due to moving expenses–this is a deal worth checking out.

2) ABZU

I got this game for “free” for having PlayStation Plus. It’s one of those free games that sits in your library as long as you are a member. On Steam it is currently $9.99. I don’t really think it’s a bad price for the content. Normally, I don’t play this sort of game to past time, but the summer heat does get to me and I don’t think there is a more perfect game to dump myself in the ocean to feel refresh mentally.

3) Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I have seen a couple gameplays and bloggers writing about this game and I have always wanted to play it. If I were to make a video game purchase, I think I’d go for this one which is currently $14.99 on Steam. The visual is stunningly beautiful and the adventure, I am sure, will help me escape from the summer’s heat. In addition, the undertone of the plot seems positively mystical, which is something I prefer lately. With all the chaos going on, watching Death Note the anime got to me. I’m not in the mood for a battle of the wit where teenagers make big godly life decisions over another life or simply I’m just not in the mood for dark content at the moment. I still have a couple of more episodes to go before I give it a proper assessment.

Well, that’s it for my 3-list post. It was fun looking for games to play like always. Now I just need to sit through and play one of them. Currently, I am playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Playing a calmer game on the side might balance things out for me. There are times, I cannot sit and play for a long time because of the heat. And then I often wonder in my youth why my favorite season has always been fall.

P.S

I did not purchase any of the games above but decided to resume Dragon Quest XI. Game has a calming effect compared to Sekiro for obvious reasons.

Ranting about the Demon’s Souls Remake Trailer

Woke up to the sound of idiots racing down the streets. Normally after a few minutes, it follows a blasting sound coming from the cop siren, but not this time. I hope no homeless person camping out on the side of the street got hit. We live in a strange time and I know I’m overdue for a post. I hope my introduction didn’t leave you perplexed. It’s kind of hard not to feel on the edge when chaos is slowly taking control over the world. But I feel like I have prepared myself for this insanity a few years ago. What better way to prepare it by sharpening your mental agility by playing Demon’s Souls, a game praised for its difficulty, released in 2009 for the PlayStation 3? It’s good for brain exercise and will make you feel alive if you are the type who like a fair challenge.

Quite frankly, I am not too hasty about playing the remake as I’m not in the rush to purchase PS5 and it may be a year down the road that I might pick it up. But what really turns me off is how bright the game is. I originally played the game for its dark dreamy, fairytale-like atmosphere but the remake just looks too sharp and polished. There’s also too much noise coming from the character’s footsteps and his clunky armor. It’s too loud. In the original Demon’s Souls it’s more quiet and subtle and the more you die, it becomes more quiet as quiet as the sound of a feather falling down.

The only reason why I would only consider picking up the remake it’s because it’s one of the few co-op games that I actually enjoyed. Unless the remake has the ability to use mic–then that will surely destroy the atmosphere. From what I remember, the game is immersive and fun. It feels as if I was transported into a different world–thanks to the soundtrack and it’s beautiful world creation. If I can recall, players can rate people as well on their gameplay’s performance. Some people are nice and will give you a good score, some are just plain assholes. Nonetheless, there aren’t many games that made me feel so attached to a world. It’s one hellish adventure, but a strange one that I can’t pinpoint. I guess that’s the power of immersion.

This is one of the games I am proud to say I own the Deluxe Edition. It comes with the original soundtrack, artbook and official guide. It’s my treasure and I am not going to sell it unless I’m desperate for money or I am on my deathbed and I need to pass it on to a passionate gamer so my soul will depart the earth peacefully without care. Okay I am dramatic. I know. That’s how much I love the game and that’s why I am wary of the remake.

Amazon.com: Demon's Souls Deluxe Edition: Demon's Souls, Game: Video Games

Horror Games for Halloween

It is beginning to feel like fall thank goodness. Warm weather makes me sleepy. I think it’s safe to say Halloween is approaching and it’s time to be in Halloween festive mood? Horror games and horror movies–and no Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! does not count as being a scary show– not even for a kid.

Scooby-Doo - Wikipedia

Today is a lazy post as I ordered a game recently so I will post less sporadically, but will post lighter content as I want to keep this blog rolling. Plus October is a very busy month. The volume of work is exhausting. I wish I had more time to work on this blog, which is probably why I deleted my old blog in the first place because I was so exhausted mentally. Blogging can be very addicting (congratulations WordPress, you are the 2nd place I go to on the web. First place is Youtube). Although I must admit, I wouldn’t be blogging if there is a part of me who feels a little lonely from time to time. After all, regardless how introverted you are, especially during this strange time, humans are meant to connect so thank you to those who take time to read and visit my blog. It means a lot.

There is a part of me that is not so proud to tell people I like to play scary games because of the look on their face. After all, I am the gal with the stuffed animals on my desk. They cheer me on while I am working so I don’t stress.

As long I earn money, I have the right to spend my free time however I want. Plus my co-worker, who is also like a mentor/friend said I should find a community– I’m trying to find like minded people but it’s harder than I thought. Oddly, I don’t classify myself as a geek, nor do I classify myself as a nerd, nor do I classify myself as a sexy girl gamer (I am far from that) and definitely not a goth. I don’t know what I AM!! Oh you better not think I am weird because I hate that word. I am not weird. I’m just content. You can achieve nirvana if you learn to find love within yourself. I feel as if I have finally found my voice.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some horror related- posts I enjoyed writing for this blog that you might enjoy.

  1. Rule of Rose is probably a game that I would classify as art, unfortunately I don’t have the actual copy of this game. Due to its content it was banned. My biggest mistake was listening to the store clerk at the time that it never got a release. I should have checked elsewhere because I heard it did get a U.S release.
RuleofRose

2) Kuon. This game is ironically soothing and relaxing to play even though it’s a scary game, but it’s scary in a different way. It’s quiet that’s why I like it so much. The storytelling is superb in my opinion. If you like strong female characters, this is the game.

Kuon

4) NightCry. This game is underrated despite what reviews say how clunky the game is. It’s charming. It’s like going through a maze and playing peekaboo. I love it and it made laugh. Sad thing is–I was playing this game while visiting my mother in the hospital. I guess now you know why I enjoyed playing horror games because that was the mental state I was in.

scissorwalker

Now I don’t really feel the need to play horror games nowadays. I am actually swimming for a fresh of air. Bright colored games are appealing to me. Blue sky, and children laughing–I like that. The game below is the game I will spend my majority afternoon with–it’s date night with 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim. Okay bye bye for now.

13 Sentinels Aegis Rim cover art.jpg

Movies Become Games and RPGs become Series

This is more like a ranting postI know I don’t hold popular opinions but I am going to speak my mind anyway.

I wonder if it is just me or I am going crazy. After I finished watching #Alive, a Korean horror zombie movie, I can’t help but feel as if I just watched someone played survival horror game. It’s weird. Then you have all these RPGs shows such as Dragon Dogma and the Witcher turning into series. It made me think, wow they really want to milk people out of their pocket and reach to wider audience. In fact, my co-worker who told me that gaming is a waste of time said he watched a really good series called the Witcher. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of anger–when I replied to him politely that it’s actually based on a video game which was based on a novel. In fact even Stranger’s Thing, a popular show was inspired by Silent Hill and Silent Hill was inspired by a book. Video games and movies are interchangeable; it’s just the way how it is consumed that distinguish the two apart. To be frank though, (don’t throw eggs at me now for being a literature snob) great story comes from great books and then it takes shift and form into other mediums to reach wider audience, hence it’s why movies seem to be the popular route if you want to make big money.

That’s why I am not really a fan of cinematic games. It destroys a lot of creativity in the making of games. These days I find myself playing solitaire! What’s the point of playing if I can watch? When Last of US II came out, I didn’t even bother purchasing it. From my first experience with the first game, (click on the link for my review) it left me a neutral taste. If you want to play a good survival horror game, just stick to Resident Evil series. They are the master at it. In fact I think I just convinced myself to go kill some zombies now. Bye Bye now.

Amazon.com: Resident Evil 4 - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition: Capcom U S A  Inc: Video Games