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Borderlands

I started and finished Borderlands months ago. It got me through a weirdly tough time in my life. I felt incredibly discontented and didn’t know what to do with myself, and on a whim I began playing it. It was exactly what I needed.

Friends had told me that the first Borderlands game was slow and boring, so I might have a hard time getting through it. That was not the case at all. It was a perfect mix of action, humor, and story to cheer me up.

Like I said, I started it back in April and finished it probably sometime in May or June. Since it has been a while I don’t remember every detail, I just remember having a lot of fun with it. I know I meant to write more of my ideas and thoughts on the games I play, but I definitely waited too long on this one. I really do want to keep this blog going and another function of it is to keep track of what I play, so at least this post does that!

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OOPS!

So i realize I haven’t updated my blog in a very long time, and I definitely regret this now. I’ve played and finished so many games since my last post, which was about Undertale. (side note: maybe someday I’ll play Undertale again and try the other routes besides True Pacifist which I did for my first playthrough. But I like to focus on finishing games that are new to me since I’m so far behind, rather than replaying other ones! I’ve also been itching to play the Mass Effect trilogy again.)

Since my post about Undertale in February, I’ve finished

  • Gone Home
  • Firewatch
  • Borderlands 1
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • (and I’m almost done with Borderlands 2, I just have some DLC to finish up!)
  • Never Alone

And I recently started playing Bioshock 1 as well! I have a lot of writing to catch up on if I decide to go back and talk about all the games I’ve completed, but I think I’d like to try. I waited too long and began to miss writing all my thoughts down, even though so few people ever see them! However, I also started to feel weird about coming back after so long. But tonight I decided to just go for it. You can expect to see more action from this blog in the near future! Also, feel free to watch me stream here.

 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, part 2

As you may know if you’ve paid close attention to my blog, I sometimes have issues with anxiety. It’s nothing too major but just enough to occasionally be an inconvenience. When it does become a problem, I love this game so much. It is just so calming and free. It gives me a chance to just slow down and do whatever I want in its cute, happy world.

I especially love it right now, because I live in a place where snow is unheard of. I know plenty of people who have never even seen snow. And in Animal Crossing right now, there is lots of snow and you can even go catch snowflakes and build snowpeople. It makes me so happy. I’ve been hard at work catching the snowflakes and collecting everything in the ice series. I’ve always loved the look of ice, and the floor and walls make my house look like Elsa’s castle in Frozen.

The holidays have always been a bit tricky for me. Family issues tend to flare up with the added stress the holidays bring. Things were better for a while when I could see my boyfriend’s family and do fun holiday things with them, but we broke up in January. This is my first holiday season as a single person since 2009 and it’s been a bit hard to accept that. But thank goodness for this game. It has helped me get excited for the holidays and looking forward to giving and receiving gifts.

Mass Effect 3 Masterpost

Happy N7 day everyone! I realized I never put together a masterpost of all my Mass Effect 3 posts and today is the perfect day to do so. Even though I finished the trilogy almost a month ago now, I still love it and I really miss playing it. It was such a fantastic game, probably my favorite that I’ve played so far.

Mass Effect 3 and Streaming on Twitch

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3: Tuchanka part 1

Mass Effect 3: Tuchanka part 2

Mass Effect 3: The Rachni and From Ashes DLC

Mass Effect 3: The Citadel II, Kai Leng, Saving the Council, and Thane

Mass Effect 3: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery and Squad Bonding

Mass Effect 3: Rannoch, the Geth, and Thessia

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC

Mass Effect 3: Omega DLC

Mass Effect 3 DLC: The Citadel

Mass Effect 3: The End

Update

Oops! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Part of the reason is I’ve been quite busy and haven’t had much time to play.  Another reason is that I’ve had trouble deciding what can even follow Mass Effect 3.

I was busy visiting my grandparents in Idaho, so there wasn’t much opportunity for gaming there besides my 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf!

And when I got back from that I went to IndieCade, an independent games convention that was happening not too far from where I live. I was excited to go and meet the woman who founded a blog that I’ve contributed to a few times. She was very cool, and so was the conference. Nobody had any assumptions about why I was there. People would ask me if I was a developer. I felt very welcome and there were all kinds of cool indie game demos to try out. It gives me hope for a future where everybody is welcome in gaming and more people can be represented in games. As I’ve written about before, representation is very important.

The whole experience made me more interested in the possibility of developing games, but I’m still just so intimidated and have no idea where to start. I’m at least so happy that I know this event did inspire others to become developers. I think I’m better off showing my support by buying and playing more indie games. I already have quite a few that I got as part of Humble Bundles and such; perhaps it’s time to actually play them.

I’ve started playing Life is Strange, so I’ll be writing about that. This is just about the first time I’ve been able to play a big game close to the time it actually came out, so that’s kind of exciting. I’ll be writing more soon! Thanks for reading!

Update

Oops, it’s been a while since I’ve updated! I’ve been a little busy, but mostly with fun things. Since it’s summer now, most of my friends have more time so I’ve been doing things like going to the beach or the pool.

I have still found a little time to game, since a lot of my friends are also gamers. I just don’t have much to update on. There’s been some sessions of firefight in Halo Reach. While I’m not nearly as good as my friends, they like to play with me because I guess I have a good head for tactics.

I have improved a lot too. I am much better at remembering the controls and I’m getting down the reflex to switch weapons or reload when I need to. I have also had trouble at keeping track of everything on the screen, because there is always a lot going on! Now I’m better at keeping track of my radar and any enemies near me, as well as how my shields are and if I need to reload.

I hope to keep improving, because I ordered Halo 3 and ODST and they should arrive on Friday! I’m excited to play more Halo. I also got an XBox controller and figured out how to use it with my PC. Hopefully, that will make my playthrough of Mass Effect 3 go more smoothly once I finally get to it. While I loved playing Mass Effect 2, the keyboard and mouse controls for it just didn’t feel as natural to me as the XBox controller. \

Hopefully, I’ll have more interesting things to write about next time!

Half-Life

This post will contain spoilers.

I first got Half-Life a couple of years ago, while I was still in college. However, I didn’t have much time to play it. I graduated about a year ago, and have given it a couple of tries since then.

I kept getting stuck and not knowing where to go next, which was very frustrating. I also have decided that survival horror games are just not my thing. I really wanted to like it, but I just haven’t been enjoying it at all.

I have been giving Half-Life another try this past week, because I know I have gotten a lot more confident in my playing ability and I don’t scare as easily as I used to. However, it still scares me too much and I just don’t have fun playing it. In addition, the old graphics didn’t used to bother me but I got spoiled by Mass Effect 2 and now I can tell how old it is. Maybe it makes me a wimp but I don’t want to punish myself and play all the way through so I am not going to keep playing it. I do know a lot of people who love the game though, so I’m planning to watch other people play through it on YouTube because I still want to know the story. For some reason, watching someone else play doesn’t scare me at all!

I also have Half-Life 2, but I will give that a try. At least it will have better graphics, and I’ll see if it seems any less frightening for me.