Monthly Round-Up: July 2015

This little corner of the internet has been kinda quiet this month, but elsewhere –

Women Write About Comics

With the announcement of the FFVII Remake at E3 this year, we all reminisce about the original. I ventured forth into the depths of space, where no one can hear you bone, with Starfighter: Eclipse by Date Nighto (based on the 18+ webcomic – NSFW). I also took a look at why film/TV adaptations of manga are more successful and well-received compared to their Western counterparts. Lastly, we talk about our experiences with partners and their feelings towards our feminist opinions.

lordwelshi & YouTube

In the land of YouTube, Danny Sexbang of Ninja Sex Party accidentally ruined my birthday present, and Welshi is not pleased. We also dove back into the world of Elder Scrolls Online, following from our mini-excursion in the Beta days.

Anook

Not much on Anook this month – at all, actually! In the homeworld, we’ve had some routine-changes because…

Homeworld (aka Real Life)

…Welshi got a new job! He’s finally left retail and now has an office job at my company. Now that he has weekends off and better hours, we’re playing a bit of catch-up on things like HAVING A LIFE. Because of this, we’ve done a lot more game-playing and recording, which means I’ve done less artwork for Anook and writing for WWAC. We’re still adjusting to this newfound thing called “spare time together”, so it might take us a little while to get into a normal, balanced rhythym. So please bear with me!

The Sims 4 – Wish-List Upon a Star

The Sim 4 has been out just over half a year. In that time, we have seen Outdoor Retreat, which reintroduced vacation getaways, and Get to Work, which let us follow our Sims to their jobs for specific careers. That’s not too bad for roughly 6-months in, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all dream, right?

Here’s my list of things I would love to see come out for the Sim 4, either officially or as mods:

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Monthly Round-Up: June 2015

Since I’m doing so much stuff elsewhere, I thought it’d be good to do a monthly round-up of what’s happening elsewhere on the net for me, as well as any highlights or news bulletins.

 

Women Write About Comics

This month, I ventured into the red-light district of webcomics with others to give our quick suggestions for NSFW webcomics. E3 happened this month and everyone lost their minds when we saw cherry blossoms float across the screen. Shenmue III is upon us, like a gift basket from the heavens! Lastly, we talked about our game shames: series we’ve never played, games we don’t like that everyone else does, and things we really want to give a try.

lordwelshi & YouTube

lordwelshi‘s PC has FINALLY been fixed (we think/hope, fingers crossed!). Now that it’s back, we’re doing some quick runs through a few games to put it through it’s paces and make sure we don’t still have a disaster on our hands. Those videos will be coming up later this week or starting in July.

Anook

I mentioned Anook in my previous post, a social network site for gaming. What I didn’t mention is that I volunteer as a designer there, doing some of the artwork for the various game nooks once they go up. I’ll be announcing them on Twitter as well, but I thought a little collection of the games added this month would be helpful here, too! A lot was added this month thanks to E3. Not all of them are up yet, but they will be with time!

+1 Creativity (aka HERE!)

I’m finally getting used to it just being little old me on this tiny corner of the internet, to spreading myself across a few different sites/platforms. Now that I’m getting the hang of it, I’m working on more balance so that I’m not monopolised between any of them. What does this mean? I’m trying to make sure I have content for HERE, that’s what I’m saying. I’m working on a few pieces that will be for here, as opposed to on WWAC or on YT Let’s Plays. So look out for that in the future!

Quick Update

Hi everyone! I know the blog has been a little sparse. I have been busy though, I swear!

Some of you may recall that I did a guest post on Women Write About Comics back in February about otome games on the mobile. Since then, I’ve contributed to a few roundtables as well as an additional article about Skyrim’s attempt at monetised mods. There is a lot of crossover between my blog and my contributions to WWAC, so sometimes, my blog posts end up there rather than here. I suppose that means I just need to start upping my output so I have enough for both, huh?

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What is Your Malfunction? – An Update

As I said in my previous post, my husband lordwelshi got a new gaming PC. It worked well for a few days before introducing us to the Red Screen of Death. It’s since had the graphics card replaced, but we’ve not had a lot of time to test it with the holiday weekend. As such, we’ve not played any co-op games in earnest for fear that the PC will just crash midway, which has happened a few times now.
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We Get System!

Just as a head’s up, my husband lordwelshi has just gotten a new gaming PC. So this will mean one of two things: 1) I play more games, so I can bring you more updates, 2) I play more games, and don’t have as much time… Uhh, let’s hope it’s not the latter, okay?

With that, I’m sure there will be more videos popping up on his channel featuring us running around and partaking in shenanigans.

In the meantime, enjoy this lovely nostalgia-fuelled picture of mine and his characters in Dragon Ball XenoVerse.
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Oh My Otome! – Follow-Up on Otome Mobile Games

Last month, I explored the world of otome mobile games on the Google Play marketplace over at Women Write About Comics. If you’ve not read it, then this one might be a little confusing! Following my initial thoughts, I continued to play many of the games. In some cases, it was because I wanted to see it through. There were some genuine moments, however, where I just enjoyed the stories presented. A month on, here are my thoughts on specific games I’ve tried.

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Mobile Otome Games – Guest Post on WWAC

Hey everyone! I recently tried out mobile otome games and through a mutual interest with the gracious Wendy, I did a guest blog post about my findings over at Women Write About Comics. While I am pleased by the effort to provide the ladies with their own dating sim games and surprised by how many there were available on the mobile market, I quickly noticed a disturbing trend in the “romances” available…

You should check it out, for reals.

Also available in Tumblr flavour!
Thanks again to Wendy and WWAC for being awesome and allowing me to contribute a guest post to their site!

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Hopes for the After Game [Spoilers]

While I will avoid at all possible points to avoid spoilers, ESPECIALLY of the end game, there are a few thing that I will be bringing up in light of said-end.

This means that side quests, romances, etc. may be spoiled. I will be putting each section in spoiler tags with a label, so you can decide for yourself whether you want that particular thing spoiled or not.

You have been sufficiently warned.

120 Hours – and the game is over. I have finished my first playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. And while I told myself I would wait a little while before starting another playthrough in earnest, it was really that I just couldn’t decide who to play as next. Having finished all of the side quests before tackling the end quest (I was just so afraid of losing anything that I didn’t risk it), I found there was nothing really for me to do in the after game. So it got me to thinking – if any DLC or expansions come out, it is likely that some of them will add to this after-game section. Now that my first playthrough is behind me, there are a few things I’d like to see come out in after-game content.

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My Revelations from Dragon Age: Inquisition

 [Insert Monty Python “Inquisition” Joke here]

I have had a lot of difficulty staying invested in games lately. Mostly, I can only handle small spurts before having to stop due to an utterly-shot attention span. Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, has been the combo breaker. It took me a little while to sit my butt in the chair long enough to really get going, I admit, but once I did – whoo boy, you could make an impression of my rear-end from my computer chair. (Please don’t.)

Is it a game for everyone? Of course not – no game is! But the overall response has been positive – BioWare did good. That extra year of development disappointed us all at first, but they have definitely delivered. To think, if they had released it on the original release date before next-gen, there would have been no Iron Bull romance for all races OR no Cullen romance at all! I don’t know how I would have coped! If you compare the graphical progression from Dragon Age: Origins to Dragon Age II to Dragon Age: Inquisition, DAI took a gigantic leap for gaming kind. And the world-size is immense! It’s not open world like Skyrim, but with the sheer mass of each area, it really doesn’t need to be.

There are plenty of blogs, reviews and Let’s Plays to show you how the game looks and plays. So rather than extol all of that again, I thought I’d contribute a list of things personal to my experience.

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