Can’t Put It Down: The Irresistible Lure Of Replaying A Video Game

Being a gamer for a while has made me realize that video games will often be separated into a few categories: games we enjoyed but are okay with playing once, games we didn’t enjoy and will never play again, and games we loved so much you want to replay it again to relive the story and characters all over again. There are maybe a handful of games I played that fall into the latter category. Games where I was mesmerized by everything from start to finish and was actually sad when it was over.

I could tick off every game I would gladly replay, and always intended to do, but most of the time I don’t get to revisit. Year after year new games come out to inevitably entice you to move forward with those and never backward with the ones you’ve already played. But somewhere along the way one game comes along where the urge to replay finally takes hold and you answer the call without hesitation.

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November Update: What I’ve Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As the weather gets increasingly chillier, at least from where I am, many of us are opting to stay inside and curl up with a good video game, book, or show. While the end of 2021 isn’t quite here yet, here are some of what I’m hoping to have finished before the year is out.

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A Blogging Milestone: simpleek Turns Ten!

If someone had told me I’d be blogging for ten years I probably wouldn’t believe it. Not because I don’t think I could maintain a blog for that long. When I’m determined to do something, I don’t quit until I accomplish it, no matter how long or hard the road to get there might be. What I mean is I thought life would eventually make sustaining a blog impossible until I either gave up on it all together, or my posting schedule would be infrequent or non-existent.

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New York Comic Con 2021: What It Was Like Attending A Convention During An Ongoing Pandemic

The return to normalcy in the age of COVID-19 comes with plenty of caveats and uncertainty. The things you used to do before COVID times feels like a distant memory, where people didn’t have to weigh the potential risks and comfort levels of doing certain activities you never gave much thought to before. While the virus, unfortunately, is not over us as much as we’re over it, even with the vaccines, life does have to keep going on in some capacity. Including attending fun events like a comic convention.

Last Saturday I attended New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City like I have done numerous times before the pandemic, and the experience was definitely different but fun despite the circumstances we’re still living with.

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One Is Never Enough: Collecting Journals

The first time I kept a journal was back when someone had bought me a Mickey Mouse diary. Back when girls called the records of their innermost thoughts a diary, and began each entry with “Dear Diary”. I was around middle-school aged and it was the type of diary that had a lock and key to open it. I didn’t know it at the time but opening that diary for the first time and seeing the blank pages within, waiting to be filled with my own thoughts, gave me a thrill before I even knew writing was something I would come to enjoy as I got older.

I’ve obviously since graduated from Mickey Mouse diaries, and the kind of words I put in journals now are a lot more thoughtful and meaningful than, “Matt said something funny today.” But what hadn’t stopped from the first time I was gifted that diary all those years ago was my love of collecting beautiful new journals for writing.

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Q & A With Simpleek — The Bipolar Gamer

Today’s post is a reshare of my collaboration with The Bipolar Gamer where we both answered 5 questions about video games! Learn how we got into gaming, what game made us cry, and so much more! And after you’re done reading this, be sure to check out more from The Bipolar Gamer. Not only does he talk about video games, but he also discusses how he manages his Bipolar 2 Disorder and mental health. His posts are personal, insightful, and great to read. Don’t forget to give him a follow!

I recently had the pleasure of doing a collaboration with Simpleek. She’s also an avid gamer with a knack for writing as she creates very compelling content for her readers. I highly encourage you to check her out. What’s your favorite game of all time? TBG: Without a doubt, The Last of Us and The […]

Q & A With Simpleek — The Bipolar Gamer

First Few Hours With Neo: The World Ends With You

Of all the video games to come out of the 2021 season Neo: The World Ends With You is by far the highest on my list of games I’ve been looking forward to play. Now that the game is fully released, I have spent a good many hours diving back into Shibuya and the Reapers’ Game.

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Tomb Raider: A Thrilling Story Of Survival And How A Legend Was Born

Whether you’re a gamer or not Lara Croft has been one of the most recognizable video game characters since her first introduction to gamers in 1996’s Tomb Raider, and movies based on the games, starring Angelina Jolie, followed in 2001. Crystal Dynamics’s 2013 game Tomb Raider, and published by Square Enix, sought to refresh the series by giving Lara an origin story, and serves as a wonderful entry point for those who may not have ever played a Tomb Raider game before.

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Stitch Fix: Clothes Catered To Your Personal Style Preferences

These days there’s practically a subscription service for everything to make things more accessible and right within your fingertips. If you find clothes shopping a time consuming chore and wish you had someone to make those decisions for you, based on your personal style preferences, Stitch Fix is here to help.

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GRIS: A Deeply Moving And Affecting Video Game On Grief And Depression

Sometimes you’ll go into a video game not knowing what to expect, but give it time, and you may find the hidden jewel underneath. The 2018 game Gris by Spanish developer Nomada Studio, and published by Devolver Digital, is one of those games that will stand out in your mind as a uniquely crafted game full of beauty and emotional depth.

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