Part of the allure of narrative, choice-based video games is the chance to steer the story towards a particular outcome. Whether it’s a good one or not depends on the big and small decisions a player makes. Developer Interior/Night’s newest game As Dusk Falls takes the best of the narrative choice-based genre to create a sophisticated and surprising storytelling experience.Continue reading “Video Game Review: As Dusk Falls”
At the beginning of each year I like to set some small goals with the leisure activities I enjoy taking part in. That mainly includes going back to my video game backlog and finishing up anything that still needs to be played, reading a certain amount of books before the end of the year, and trying to watch as many shows as I can with all the numerous streaming platforms now at our fingertips.
My recent move to a new apartment has thrown me off track with what I set out to do with my hobbies, but I’m taking it in stride and seeing what I can still accomplish before we say goodbye to the year 2022.Continue reading “Playing Catch Up: What I Have Been Focusing In On With Video Games, Books, And Television”
After a much longer than anticipated hiatus, the blog is back and plenty has been going on throughout the whole summer.Continue reading “The Return: Blog & Life Updates”
Each console or handheld generation gets updated every few years. The tech is newer and shinier, and the capabilities are greater than what came before. For instance, the Nintendo Switch has become groundbreaking in what it means to game on the go or stationed on a dock to play at home. Whatever your needs are, the Switch has become the gaming device to adjust accordingly. As we move further and further away from what has become outdated and no longer “in”, sometimes, I do appreciate going back to what once was the darling of the gaming world.Continue reading “The Video Game Nostalgia Wave: The Comfort Of Returning To Older Gaming Devices”
There have been plenty of stuff going on behind the scenes last month that has made things particularly busy. I find it crazy that the month of April has flown by at lightning speed since the last time I did one of these updates. Despite my somewhat hectic schedule as of late, I have done a good job balancing my to-dos with a bit of fun. I mean, everyone should fit in some downtime doing something they enjoy, right?
Here’s an update on what I have been doing.Continue reading “May Update: What I Have Been Playing, Reading, And Watching”
Writing any story, especially a full-length novel, is no easy feat. You have to know how it starts and how it will end. A writer needs to figure out how to map out a character’s journey so that when the end finally appears on the horizon, their character arc is wrapped up in a way that feels satisfying.
After spending the past few years diligently working on my YA fantasy novel, I’m edging closer and closer to what instinctively feels like the end of the story.Continue reading “When You Know, You Know: The Ending Of A Novel”
Getting a brand new video game feels a little like Christmas morning. You’re excited and can’t wait to get started. The very idea of it being new is enough to entice you to take a peek at the game, even if you’re already in the middle of playing something else.
I have been guilty in the past for starting games and getting pretty far with some of them, only to stop just as I’m so close to the end. Now, I’m trying to go back and finish some of the games that have been outstanding for a while.Continue reading “Tying Up Loose Ends: Wrapping Up Previously Started Video Games”
Every once in a while a video game will come along that surpasses your initial expectations. Games where you aren’t particularly interested in playing at first, but then wins you over when the opportunity to try it presents itself. That game is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.Continue reading “Video Game Review: Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy”
As far as months go March has been by far the busiest one for me. There have been lots of personal stuff I needed to take care of, most of it good, and a bit of getting outside of my apartment more to see friends and family as the weather begins warming up. Because of all that there hasn’t been as much time dedicated to doing most of my at home leisure hobbies, except maybe reading and writing, as I would have liked. But I find small pockets of time where I can, and if things go well with the bigger personal life stuff I’m in the process of waiting on, I suspect more of my time will be taken up by that for the next few months.
In the meantime, here’s a quick roundup of what I have been up to in games, books, and TV.Continue reading “March Update: What I Have Been Playing, Reading, And Watching”
Having so many interests can be both a blessing and a curse. When the pandemic first started and everyone was asked to minimize social interactions and only go out to buy your essential needs, it wasn’t a difficult adjustment for me to make. Being more introverted than extroverted, it was easy to stay inside and keep busy with what I had at my disposable. TV, books, video games, and writing had kept me occupied for the last two years and made weathering the uncertainty of a new virus we knew nothing about easier to manage. With plenty to do at home, the hard part was figuring out how to make equal time for each hobby.
Between the constant reminders of our ecosystem on the verge of collapse and the horrifying conflict currently happening between Ukraine and Russia, all these unknowns can be crushing and devastating if you don’t have something to distract you. No matter how temporary it is.Continue reading “Coping With Uncertainty Through Hobbies”