my current games list: zelda nostalgia, storytelling and more

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With all the excitement of E3 and recent developments in the gaming world, it’s been a good time for me to get back into the hype and explore playing some titles again! Being an adult is tough sometimes, but this year has given me some time and space to enjoy outside activities outside of dance… For the first time in a long time, there’s suddenly of TON of new content I’m extremely excited for that has me feeling like a little kid again! I’m trying out new games and looking forward to upcoming ones!

Titles I’m currently playing:

  • Overwatch
  • Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Upcoming titles I’m looking forward to:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Death Stranding
  • South Park: Fractured But Whole
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
  • Pokemon Moon

One of my favorite smaller studios, Crows Crows Crows (which is directed by the creator of The Stanley Parable!) is also on my radar for fun and upcoming projects!

I freaked out and even got a little emotional when Zelda was announced- but I’ll write more about feelings on that another day! Overall, I just wanted to share how incredibly excited I am by the writing, storytelling, and innovation all the games above are putting out!

Anyway, I have a backlog of projects and some exciting web/photo news I want to work on and share by the end of summer (yes, yes, I keep announcing this… but when does planning ever end?). Looking into other CMS platforms as well, and a redesign of a website or two. Look forward to it!

 

June 24, 2016 - 3:16 pm | Comments

time traveling

I’m a little late to the party, but I finally finished Life is Strange not too long ago. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and feels and choices and all that, and I’ve mentioned before that narrative/story driven games were my favorite ones. So, the game hit me pretty hard in all the right places, and I enjoyed thinking about how it made me felt and how I related to it in my own past. How would I change my own past, if at all? If I had any sort of time traveling power, I think I’d be too afraid to use it. I’d be too afraid to lose whatever present I have now, that I worked hard to gain, despite being given the choice to make things “better.” And yet, I would enjoy revisiting old times again and again, just to feel again how I felt back then. Because I do that even now- searching through old diaries, old photos, old music, time traveling in my own way. Too often for maybe the regular amount for someone my age, like a bad habit.

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Funny enough while I was playing through and finishing up the game, I had a series of strange and coincidental occurrences happen in the last week.

I somehow randomly found my old internet chat/RP group from way back when I was a freshman in high school (lol, like 10 years ago?) and did some internet sleuthing. I found them and got connected again, to see how things were. I was welcomed back in the group and scrolled through the mindless chatter and clever jokes- like nothing had changed. I got a teeny bit emotional and amused at how much they remembered of high-school, internet-persona me.

I suddenly ran into someone from years past while walking down the street toward downtown. A stranger from a time once past and a different world now, an 18 year-old me coming of age. I was on my iPod, earbuds in, when it happened and this frikken song from Life is Strange was playing too clearly and too fittingly (seriously wow wth)- I wish I made that up, but it happened. I was unsure how to handle it. And a little annoyed at how surreal of a moment it was.

Facebook keeps doing this thing where it brings up past photos of my dancing from 4, 5, 6 years ago and asks me if I want to share these old memories, again and again. Every time I see a photo, I think about it all over again. How things have changed for me, as a dancer and a person!!

A neighborhood wandering cat that my dad fed consistently passed away yesterday. It looked like got hit in the middle of the street in front of my house. I had just discovered it on my way walking home, and it looked fresh. I think I was the first to see it. We’re pretty sad about it. What kind of an omen is THAT?

From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a new word I randomly came across on the web the other day, that resonated a little more than I expected:

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n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Just a few poignant moments that come in waves, that choose to come in spectacular phases in life, that probably mean nothing but mean so much at the same time, as the way life usually does. Anyway… I really enjoyed Life is Strange, and am looking to be inspired by games similar to it! Other titles off the top of my head that I enjoyed in a similar vein: The Stanley Parable, Bioshock Infinite, The Beginner’s Guide, To the Moon. I’ve heard of: Oxenfree (though I’m not good with horror), Firewatch, Heavy Rain. Other recommendations?

Also, did a ton of dancing and competing lately. It’s been great. Fun photos and thoughts on those to come!

March 7, 2016 - 3:56 pm | Comments

games, stories, and nostalgia

Recently, a former colleague from a previous job posted a link to an article he wrote about a game called Emily is Away. It was an excellent read, and the game sounded really interesting, so I played through it- flashes of previous AIM conversations with friends, waves of nostalgia, and funny freshman year high school feelings hit me. Funny enough, that same day, I was reading through old 2008-09ish blog posts of my senior year in high school, and marveled at how time had passed and the kind of person I was back then.

I tried explaining this game to the BF, and realized how difficult and weird it was to try to convey why this unusual game was so cool to me – the game’s emotional impact seems to target such a specific audience from a specific time period. How interesting it is when teenage moments and dated technology combine to create such memorable experiences!

Whenever I have discussions with friends or other games about my favorite part of a video game, it usually comes down to: graphics, story, mechanics. Story and narrative have always been the most appealing and important aspects of a game for me, and its influenced my decisions and preferred genres when picking up and playing games.

I haven’t been playing many games recently, because dance and work have taken a lot of my free time… But I felt inspired to explore story/narrative driven games whenever I can lately, including revisiting one of my favorite Steam titles, The Stanley Parable. (The Stanley Parable inspired my undergrad senior art show, which you can read more about here!)

My list of current game interests and playthroughs are:

  • Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain
  • Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty
  • Life is Strange
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Emily is Away
  • Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald
  • The Beginner’s Guide

Anyway, I thought I should be inspired to write and post about personal stuff more often, maybe add something like a current video game, music or movie list… since the bf actively enjoys reading my blog lately?!

Have you heard or played any of the mentioned games? What do you think?

February 12, 2016 - 3:01 pm | Comments

finally beat final fantasy x

What a game!

I just started on FFX-2. It’s quite a change.

July 2, 2011 - 6:51 pm | Comments

video games!!

The recent Nintendo news from E3, a sudden wave of nostalgia, and a good amount of free time thanks to summer have made me want to replay a bunch of Zelda games lately! Currently, I am going through The Legend of Zelda: OoT Master Quest again, and it’s just so cool.

I haven’t gotten much into video games recently due to being busy with school and other responsibilities, but it feels good to have something to really enjoy and look forward to again!

June 11, 2011 - 3:59 am | Comments