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This is post #11 for Blaugust 2019

It finally happened, I am out of topics for Blaugust for now. Fortunately I still have the links for topic prompts from last year's Blaugust to look through and get some ideas.

One thing I am noticing is that the majority of the prompts are topics about us or our personal feelings about something. Which I can see why: it is pretty easy to write about something more personal. And although I don't mind to write about myself I am also getting a bit tired of doing such personal topics one after another. Unless something changes I think that will be the nature of my posts until the end of Blaugust.

Also, please don't take me wrong: I am really grateful for all the topic prompts people wrote last year. They are helping me a lot to get through these last days of the event after all. This was just a bit of a digression and frustration with myself. 🙂

Anyhoo, this is a topic suggested by Gracie from Moonshine Mansion: "What gets you hyped about a game?"

Since the topic of hype has been popping up recently on the blogosphere I might as well talk about my personal experience with hype as a whole.  If you want to see other people's opinions on the subject there is this post by Krikket, of Nerd Girl Thoughts where she talks about why she won't board the Hype Train. There is also this one by Belghast, of Tales of the Aggronaut, where he ponders what changed as he isn't as hyped as much about upcoming game releases. If I forgot anyone I apologize and please add the link to the post in the comments.

This post will be also an expanded version of the comments I left in both of these blogs.

P.S.: This post will be more negative and full of snarky than my usual ones.

...continue reading "Some thoughts about hype"

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Post #10 for Blaugust 2019

Most game worlds aren't very memorable as they only really exist to serve as plot devices or fluffy background. Which is fair, not all of them need to be some super-detailed world or would help the story or gameplay by adding more details to it.

Still there are a few that, intentionally or not, end up finding a special place in my heart. So much that if I could choose to live in another world I'd probably choose one of them.

These are some of mine:

...continue reading "Game locations that feel like home to me"

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Rakuno cryingPost #8 for Blaugust 2019

Blaugust is at its mid-point and I only have a couple more ideas for posts. This being one of them and the other is a post I am not entirely sure how I want to go with it and need some time to think. So don't be surprised if you soon see me using topic ideas from last year's Blaugust pretty soon and often. XD

Anyway, this isn't any kind of advice about blog names or internet aliases but rather some personal thoughts that have been at the back of my mind for a while. Apologies to anyone who came here thinking expecting advice!

Also, if I go ahead with any of these things I am thinking of it won't be before the end of Blaugust just to not cause any unintended chaos in the middle of the event.

...continue reading "Of blog names and internet aliases"

Post #5 for Blaugust 2019

There has been a questionnaire making the rounds around the blogosphere  in the form of "Real Neat Blog Award". As usual the rules are pretty simple, you get tagged by someone, answer their 7 questions then make 7 questions of your own and tag 7 other people.

It is all optional though and this time I got tagged by Pizza Maid of PizzaMaid.moe. She also streams some games over at Twitch if you feel like watching something entertaining a couple times a week. 🙂

Alright, time to answer some questions!

...continue reading "Real Neat Blog Award"

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Rakuno checking his Smart TomestoneThis is post #4 for Blaugust 2019

Earlier today I saw one of those tweets of "RT this if X has...". In this case X was Final Fantasy XIV and the rest of the tweet was a small list of things that the game might have helped. I just RTed it because I liked it and then didn't give it another thought.

Later in the day I saw Belghast, of Tales of Aggronaut, made a whole post based on a similar meme. It was then that I realized I could just have done the same!

Since I have no shame when it comes to stealing ideas for topics here is how MMORPGs helped me in real life:

...continue reading "How MMORPGS helped me"

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This is post #2 for Blaugust 2019

There was a post in Dating Sims in the Holodeck about high difficulty in games. The gist of it is that they play games for entertainment and a harder difficult in games gives them opposite sensation. This has been so bad before that they abandoned games before due to a sudden spike in difficulty.

This made me think a bit about the topic, enough that putting everything in a single comment would be too much so time to write it all down here!

...continue reading "Challenge is not for me"

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A note from Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines describing how perception, time and mind are linkedLast night Naitin of Time to Loot suggested the following topic in the "Writing Prompts" section of the Blaugust Discord:

Ways in which you have changed in your gaming preferences, tolerances, needs or wants over time

After reading his post on the topic as well as the two posts that inspired his (one from Baghpuss and the other from Pete) I am not sure mine exactly fit with the prompt but I thought it might be something interesting to write about anyway.

So, let's give this a try, shall we?

...continue reading "Time changes all"

List of 26 questions about the person

Since this is a slow week for me in terms of what to talk about I thought I just jump on the bandwagon with this.

I saw it first in the Deez Wurds blog. There is also a post like this on Moderate Peril and on  GamingSF. If I missed anyone else who answered these questions I apologize as I am still catching up on reading blogs. Feel free to link your post in the comments though!

With that out of the way, on to the questions...

...continue reading "Comfy Questions"

The other night while watching Pizza Maid's stream the topic of how we "codify" our appearance in games came up. It was a pretty good conversation and even prompted her to write a blog post about it which you can find it here. Go ahead and give it a read. I will be waiting until you come back. 🙂

Ok, back already? Like I said, in that conversation I don't usually have recurring themes when picking character appearances in single-player games except that my first character tends to be male, a melee class and whichever race picks my fancy at the moment of character creation.

...continue reading "Codifying myself in MMOs"

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A banner showing the games in this post

A while ago Ravanel made a post about Fandoms that I never though I'd like (bud did)*. It is a pretty interesting post (and topic) and I've been meaning to write about it since then. Unfortunately certain things got in the way so I am only writing about it now.

Anyhoo, unlike Ravanel I can't say I always had an open mind. Sure, if you asked teenage me I would have said that I was the most open and accepting people in the world. But the truth is there was a lot of things I snubbed down or outrighted hated because it didn't conform to what I felt was the way the world and myself "should be". Nowadays I try to police myself better to not fall into those kind of traps and to actually have an open mind. But it is a constant battle for that, one that I do not always win.

So this post is about those franchises I snubbed in the past then through certain circumstances gave it a try and found out that I was wrong, that I actually really like it. Here are my picks, in no specific order:

...continue reading "The franchises I snubbed and end up in love later"