Adventures In Video Game Driving Revisited: Never Put Me In Charge Behind The Wheel

There’s always a nervous unease whenever the video game I’m playing expects me to drive anything. My palms sweat and my heart rate speeds up to levels I’m convinced will send me into cardiac arrest. If people think driving in video games is the same as driving in real life, well, they haven’t witnessed me behind the steering wheel as my character. It occurred to me that no matter how many games I play, I’ll never be the one you’ll want to rely on to drive the getaway car.

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Four Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters I Enjoy Playing When Kirby Isn’t My Main

Ever since I got a Nintendo Switch one of the games I adore picking up from my, albeit, small Switch library is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I often play as Kirby because, well, what’s not to like about Kirby? He’s cute, pink, and effective in most of the matches I play. Getting in a quick game or two during the times my schedule is particularly tight gives me the opportunity to not only unlock the remaining characters I’m still missing from my fighter roster, but also a chance to try out some other characters I may or may not be aware of from Nintendo’s sprawling video game history. When I’m not so inclined to play as Kirby, there have been four standout characters I like to play as from time to time.

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Summertime Play: A Video Games Update

The summer season tends to encourage people to go outside or plan vacations. Other times it’s a good reason to catch up on other leisure pursuits, like gaming. My summer has been getting away from me with vacations, social engagements, and general errands that have been keeping my schedule jam packed. But I have managed to fit an hour or two of gaming on some weeknights and weekends.

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simpleek Guests On Simply Otaku Podcast

Being a blogger often means that your voice is primarily heard through the written word. As a reader you have to imagine what the writer may sound like in real life. At least I personally do. When an opportunity presents itself to have a blogger you follow be a guest on someone’s podcast, I’m always eager to listen to it to finally hear the real voice of the person whose writing I enjoy and admire greatly. If you have been following my blog for a while now and have always wondered what the lady behind simpleek sounds like, this is your chance!

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To Pre-Order Or Not Pre-Order: Deciding When A Game Is Worthy To Be Purchased Months Ahead Of Its Release Date

When CD Projekt Red revealed more information about their current project Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 last month, those who have been watching this video game closely had every reason to be excited. Not only did gamers get new footage of the game and a release date (April 16, 2020), there was that big unveiling that Keanu Reeves would be in the video game playing a major character named Johnny Silverhand. The hype factor for Cyberpunk 2077 ballooned ten-fold. Long after the conclusion of E3, more news and interviews about the game’s development and features have been coming out since then.

The more we know about Cyberpunk 2077, the more the temptation to throw money at this game keeps getting stronger and stronger each day. This brings me to my own personal conundrum I have been struggling with as of late—should I pre-order this video game?

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Walking On Sunshine: Sunshine Blogger Award

The blogging community is full of wonderful, creative, and supportive people. Ever since I started my blog back in 2011, I didn’t know what to expect. I made the brave decision to put myself out there. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. I have continually come to this corner of the Internet time and again, and I still wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world. Being a blogger and a part of the community has been a constant source of joy and inspiration. When one of my fellow bloggers decided to recognize/nominate me for a blog award, I’m always surprised and deeply grateful for the consideration. The Sunshine Blogger Award is the most recent honor I have received.

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Reviewing Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Ardyn: The Tragic Tale Of A Man’s Fall From Grace

Final Fantasy XV is one of the few games that has been continuously coming out with post-game content since its release back in 2016. Episodes Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis gave players dedicated backstories into Noctis’ friends and provided some additional insight into key plot points that happen during the main story of the game. To firmly mark the end of Final Fantasy XV and the DLC content it added over the last few years is the recent release of Episode Ardyn.

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All Things Must End: Bidding Telltale Games The Walking Dead Series A Fond Farewell

The most difficult part about playing a video game is the ending. When starting a game for the very first time, we’re still figuring out what kind of experience we’re going to get. What is the story about? Will I like these characters I’m about to spend my time with? Does this game play smoothly enough for me to exert the effort to continue? All these questions and more might be running through your head, and the furthest thing from your mind is getting to the end. But when the end finally arrives, especially when you spend a considerable amount of time sticking with an ongoing series for a number of years, you struggle with saying goodbye.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season concludes the story of beloved character Clementine, watching her grow from the sweet and innocent little girl who needed protecting in Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Season One to the tough young teen who knows how to survive and be a protector in her own right in subsequent seasons that followed. Although The Final Season is truly the end of Clementine’s story and is the last remnant of a series that once elevated Telltale Games as a leader in narrative and choice based games, it’s a fitting end to an unforgettable video game series and the characters we’ve grown to care about. Warning: Some spoilers ahead for all four of the main Walking Dead seasons.

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PAX East 2019: A Recap Of My Single Day At The Convention

There are two conventions I always look forward to attending once a year—New York Comic Con and PAX East. Spring is always PAX East season, and I closed out the month of March with a weekend trip to Boston to go to the convention for the fourth time. My impression of this year’s PAX is…well…a bit disappointing.

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Overlooking Gameplay Mechanics: Is The Story Enough To See A Video Game To The End?

One of the biggest reasons I got into gaming are the well-crafted stories behind the cool graphics and fun gameplay. Stories with an emotional heartbeat and memorable moments that will remain with you even after the last credits have rolled. It’s a connection I seek out in much of the video games I play. So what do you do when you encounter a game that has a potentially mind blowing story, but to get there, you have to slog through gameplay that’s less than what you expected?

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