General Gaming

My Goals for 2019

More Writing and Blogging

I love to write! One of my goals for this year is to get back into journaling on a semi-daily basis. When I was younger, I was very dedicated to journaling but stopped somewhere during my senior year of high school when I found out someone I really trusted had been reading my private journals. It made me realize how permanent things in writing can be. The who “pen is mightier then the sword” has always really intrigued me.

However, I’ve also noticed how much of my life I have started to forget as I’m getting older. Without these journals to remind me, I’ve started to forget some of the main details (such as who was there, where we went, etc.). In fact, I wanted to write an overview post for 2018 but I was struggling with really remembering all the adventures I went on this year. Sure, I remember quite a bit of them but the details are already a little fuzzy (grow old is so much fun…*sarcasm*). Along with journaling, I want to be more dedicated to my blog(s). At the moment, I’ve been a little lazy with posting regularly because I had a lack of ideas for what to talk about. However, some new inspiration has hit me so I’m looking forward to a new year of blogging.

More Reading – Read 30 Books

This will be the third year in a row where I will attempt the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. I’m not sure what it is about this challenge but I have yet to complete the challenge. This year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge but instead of reading all 50 book prompts, I will focus on completing at least 30. As part of this challenge, I would also like to read more graphic novels and start reviewing them on this blog. (More to come soon!).

More Streaming – FTWRuubin

Last summer I started streaming on Twitch and it was a blast. My friends and I started a little guild called the GamingPuff Girls and we streamed together twice a week. Unfortunately, life happens and it became harder for us to sync our schedule so our streaming channels sort of died. In addition, I’ve been having the worst luck with getting my internet to support streaming (in addition to playing an online game). One of my goals for this year is to bring my channel back to life.

What are your goals for 2019?

❤ Ruubin

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General Gaming · World of Warcraft

2018 Recap: Favorite Games of 2018

For the next week (as we finish out 2018) I wanted to do a short series of blog posts to share my favorite from this year. This includes:

  • My Favorite Mobile App Games
  • My Favorite Games Overall
  • My Favorite Gaming Blogs
  • My Favorite Movies
  • My Favorite Anime
  • My Favorite Graphic Novels / Comics / Manga

My Favorite Games from 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

It should come to no surprise that my favorite game I purchased this year was World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. I had actually taken quite a long break from World of Warcraft. Especially after Warlords of Draenor and Legion just didn’t quite meet my expectations. However, returning back to the world of Azeroth has become one of my biggest highlights this year. Not only did I start playing one of my favorite games again but I also finally convinced my best friends to start playing. Now, they don’t play nearly as often as I do but I still really love that the option is there is we want to hang out and do something fun. 

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – World of Warcraft is owned by Blizzard.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III is my husbands favorite game so when I discovered that the Reaper of Souls included a new character (the Necromancer) we just had to buy the upgrade. Which also resulted in us upgrading from the PS3 version to the PS4. Over the last month, we’ve played this game almost every night and are loving the subtle changes to the maps and the new loot options. In addition, I think the Necromancer is my new favorite class (however, Demon Hunters will remain in my heart forever). 

Other Games

I can’t believe I’m saying this but Diablo and WoW are the only games I actually invested in this year (and are the only games I was committed to playing). There was a week or so this year where I went back to the PS3’s Little Big Planet 2 for an adventure but the rest of my year was focused back in Azeroth. 

What games did you play this year and what games do you recommend I try for 2019? I’m wanting to get back into streaming on Twitch so I’d love some free/cheap Steam recommendations. 


❤ Ruubin



General Gaming · Mobile App / Game

2018 Recap: My Favorite Mobile Apps and Games

Whew! I’m finally back. After a crazy last three weeks, I’m finally on vacation which means I can catch up on my blogs and begin to map out my goals for the upcoming year.

For the next week (as we finish out 2018) I wanted to do a short series of blog posts to share my favorite from this year. This includes:

  • My Favorite Mobile App Games
  • My Favorite Games Overall
  • My Favorite Gaming Blogs
  • My Favorite Movies
  • My Favorite Anime
  • My Favorite Graphic Novels / Comics / Manga

My Favorite Mobile Apps & Games from 2018

I’m no stranger to mobile games. I think they might be my favorite type of games because they are simple and always accessible (however, they do drain my cellphone battery).

One major change that I made this year was I finally upgraded from my iPhone 5 (with a battery that would only stay charged for 3 hours….) to the Galaxy S9+. Switching from an iPhone to an Andriod was a tough switch but overall I needed 1) more space and 2) a cheaper device (the struggles real!). Since upgrading, these have been my most used apps/games:

Clash of Clans

I’ve been playing Clash of Clans for over three years and it still is one of my favorite mobile games. One of my favorite updates to the game is the Clan Games! I have a really small clan but we are a tight group that is very dedicated to achieving the highest rewards we can get considering the number of people in our group. Clan Games have become my new favorite feature because I like earning rewards for the clan outside the usual Clan War. I also love that this mobile game is my husbands favorite so we play this together and are often competitive with each other. While I started playing the game at least a month before he did, he has out leveled me and ranks the best in our guild (love to brag, haha!). I’ve tried to play other SuperCell games (like Boom Beach) but Clash of Clans is by far my favorite.

Gardenscapes

I started playing this game last year on my Kindle Fire and after moving it to my mobile device I play it all the time. It’s extremely relaxing to play the puzzles but also really fun when it comes to decorating the garden. This game is very similar to bejeweled which was one of my favorite games as a kid so I love how they style of the game has been updated to include an engaging storyline.

Habitica

This isn’t a mobile game but a to-do list and daily tracker which utilizes game based learning to keep the user engaged with completing their daily tasks and projects. I’ve used this app for a few months now. If you are interested in more about this app, check out my review here.

Other Apps / Games I Love

I just wanted to take a minute to share my top three most used apps. I could share more but that would make this post extremely long (and possibly boring?). So, other apps and mobile games that I love are:

  • Mobile Games
    • The Sims
    • Dream Piano
    • Merge-Dragons!
  • Apps
    • WebToon
    • Noom
    • Ambient Mixer
    • Flixster

Now, what apps and mobile games have you been playing this month and/or that you would recommend I try for the new year?

❤ Ruubin

[Images are screenshots from my phone. Clash of Clans is owned by SuperCell and Gardenscapes is owned by Playrix.

General Gaming · Writing / NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Recap 2018

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It’s November 30th and I’ve finally finished my NaNoWriMo journey, by 67,405 words (total). That’s over 17,000 words then I had expected since the goal was to shoot for 50,000 words. And…even though I’ve passed the standard 50,000 word novel length, I would say that I’m only a little over half way into my novel. So, what did I learn this month while participating in this journey….?

  1. Consistency really is the key — In the past, I’ve usually started late (like this year….*face palm*) but one thing I did differently this year was I had a schedule. I made a point of ending my day by doing some quick writing. This helped me meet my daily word count but also allowed me to get ahead so that when the holidays rolled around, I could just relax.
  2. It’s okay to be a back seat driver — Sometimes I like just letting the story take me where it wants to go but other times, I felt that giving my characters too much freedom to dominate the story made the story go a little out of control. This was usually when I would break out my outline and map a way back to my final “destination” (or, what I would call, the predicted ending).
  3. That I have what it takes to be a “writer” — I might not be the next Steven King or James Patterson but completing this challenge has helped confirm that I have a desire to tell stories.

Next on the list is to start editing up the draft and begin mapping out the actual “graphic novel” outline for my artist. I’m looking forward to sharing more about this project as it evolves in the future.

Did anyone else participate in NaNoWriMo?

❤ Ruubin

General Gaming

Borderlands | The Game That Defines FTWRuubin

Being a part of this collaboration has been a valuable experience where I have made new friends and have discovered new video games. I think we make an awesome team of gaming bloggers. A huge thank you to Normal Happenings for including me in this project. You can read my article from the link below. Enjoy!

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The Games That Define Us features carefully chosen music and remixes from the franchise of the game represented. Music is a key component of sharing the emotions one feels about a game, so we hope you will press the play button if you’re in a position to do so. 

introductionJust a brief summary if this is your first time here: This collaboration is a 34-day long adventure through video games. Each piece is its own unique audiovisual experience, complete with artwork, designs, music, and (most importantly) amazing works of prose by brilliant bloggers around the world. This adventure will take you through nostalgia, joy, ambition, self-discovery, regret, anxiety, frustration, mourning, and every human experience in between. Video games exist as fragments on the timeline of our lives, and each one of us have chosen the adventure we feel most defines us.

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General Gaming · Movies · Writing / NaNoWriMo

My Harry Potter Adventure

I was recently tagged (as in earlier this month) to participate in another one of Normal Happenings blog projects. This one is part of their Daily Inkling project…Rewind. Replay. Basically, my task is to respond to the following prompt: 

If you could experience one movie over again for the fist time, which one would it be and why?

We’ve crossed over the bridge of no return where I make a HUGE confession. I am a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. As in, I’ve seen all the movies and read all the books over a dozen times, have written my own fan fiction, and have several posters. I have wands, jewelry, sweaters, etc. Oh, and I’m a proud Ravenclaw. 

The first time I ever heard of Harry Potter was when my dad bought the first movie (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) for my brother, who was already reading the books. At the time, I really wasn’t into supernatural/magic types of stories and spent more of my time playing with Disney characters and reading books like The Boxcar Children and Junie B. Jones. Which is probably why my dad didn’t even bother to ask if I wanted to watch the movie with them as the gathered in the living room, popcorn in hand. 

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During the middle of the troll scene, I happened to come out of my room, curious as to what the excitement was. I watched in silent awe as Ron and Harry took on a huge troll. Inspired because I noticed that Harry and Ron were the same age as I was. I watched the rest of the movie with my dad and brother, completely overwhelmed that there was this completely other word full of wizards (my younger self believed most fantasy creatures were real). I also remember hearing Ron shot Hermione’s name which sounded to me like “Hermie”…afterall, Hermione just didn’t sound like a real name. So, for the longest time I believed the trio was Ron, Harry, and Hermie. And from that moment forward, I became a huge Harry Potter fan. I read all the books the moment they were released (usually within the day) and we always saw the movies once they were in theatre. 

Which comes to the point where I actually answer this prompt. I would never want to change this moment where I first discovered Harry Potter. However, if I could rewatch a movie and experience it again as if for the first time, it would be to see the rest of the movies in the series. Mostly because I want to experience the magic once again as if seeing, hearing, and living each moment as if it’s a new adventure. 

Any other Harry Potter fans out there? 

❤ Ruubin

P.S. Thanks to Matt from Normal Happenings for tagging me in this prompt so that I could once again be involved in the awesome adventures! 

General Gaming

My First Sunshine Blogger Award

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I won a Sunshine Blogger Award, thanks to the awesome Skylar Mei from GamerGal.exe. I virtually met Skylar-Mei through a blog series by Normal Happenings’ “The Games That Define Us” which will be released next month. Then, I participated in A Geeky Gal’s 30 Day Anime Challenge and was introduced to several awesome anime recommendations from Skylar-Mei. Anyways, the questions that I was asked are:

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1. If any gaming controller could work with any console, what would be your preferred gamepad?

This is an easy question for me since I’m actually extremely picky when it comes to my remotes. I’m not a fan of xbox controllers which is basically why we don’t own one. I also have never liked the Wii remotes. Something about trying to point and aim just never worked for me. For the most part, I’m a Playstation gamer and I prefer the remote over any. However, I do miss the original Nintendo remotes. Having just a few buttons was so simple and sometimes truly missed.

2. Has there ever been a time where you gave up on a section in a game and never looked back?

Haha, unfortunately, this is me…often. I wouldn’t say that I’m a quitter. It’s more that I get distracted easily and when I take a break from a game I usually find another game to play and am immediately addicted until I hit a section I give up, take a break, and start another game. The cycle just repeats.

3. What is your favourite name of an achievement/trophy?

World of Warcraft’s, What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. This achievement has a long history for me. It’s an achievement that you have to complete all the world events and you earn a Purple Proto-Drake (flying mount). If you are familiar with my blog, you are probably aware that this is my most sought after mount and I will one day complete this achievement.

4. What is your favourite video game soundtrack?

Skyrim! The opening song in Skyrim is one of my absolute favorite video game songs. Here is two of my favorite YouTube musicians, Peter Hollens and Lindsey Stirling, performing it.

 

5. Which game has the best loot system?

I’ve actually never considered this. I suppose Diablo III has the best loot system because the loot just drops out onto the map for you to run over (PlayStation 3) instead of clicking the body and “auto looting.” I also think it’s funny how you run over things (jars, bodies, etc.) and money just flies onto the map.

6. What’s the most difficult game you’ve ever beaten?

Here is a confession….I’ve only beaten a few games in my entire gaming career. I’m just not good at finishing games because I hate the idea of the story ending. However, of the games I have actually beaten, the Borderlands series was the hardest.

7. Which game have you played the most and approximately have many hours have you spent on this game?

HAHA!! Hands down, World of Warcraft. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many hours I’ve played. I can tell you that I’ve played since 2009 and from at least 2009-2011, I played every day for at least a few hours. Then, from 2015-2018 I’ve had a steady gameplay where I play an average of 10 hours each week.

8. Was there ever a game that made you think “I really want to play more games like this”?

I wish there were more multiplayer-like games like Borderlands. So many multiplayer console games are one console only which means that typically for those awesome games my husband and I have to purchase one of each (which also means we have two Playstations). I love that with Borderlands, we can sit on the couch (with a third or fourth player) and play without having to purchase extra devices, extra games, and worry about syncing equipment (like with friend invites).

9. Hard copies or digital?

I love the idea of digital and mostly stick with digital games through my BattleNet and Steam accounts. However, for the consoles, I prefer to purchase hard copies for games because I worry that I will run out of storage space (which is now happening in our PlayStation 4).

10. Since it’s nearly Hallowe’en, what’s you favourite horror game (or film if you haven’t played any)?

Update, it took me a while to respond to this list (frowny face) but I wouldn’t have a good answer for this anyway. I don’t play horror games….like, at all. I’m such a wimp when it comes to scary things (movies, books, games, you name it). However, there is one game that I do play regularly that actually scares me and that’s Skyrim. I know, surprise! I absolutely hate doing the storylines in Skyrim that require going into the crypts. Even more, I hate having the sound on because the sound effects and music really get to me. Now, I save those quests for during the day (with all the lights on in the house) and when I know my husband is home. Although, sometimes with him home, I get scared even more because he’s like a stealthy ninja that creeps up on me (which I think he thoroughly enjoys).

11. As we’re both fairly new to Twitter, who should we be following?

Hmm….I’m honestly more of an Instagram nerd but my favorite accounts to follow on Twitter are:

 – If you haven’t heard of Nerdy Nummies, it’s probably the most amazing cooking show out there. 

 – If you’re interested in World of Warcraft. 

 – Creator of the webtoon, Let’s Play. 

 – I love this blog and their passion for trying to get gaming bloggers together to share ideas, memories, and laughs. 

 


My Nomination:

We Nominate… You!

Matt and Nikki, Normal Happenings

Megan, A Geeky Gal

The Well-Red Mage

Sam Foden, For Fods Sake

Ani, Doki Doki Otaku

Heather, Just Geeking By

My Questions:

  1. What was the very first video game you ever played?
  2. If you could only play one game for the rest of your life, what would that game be?
  3. What video game do you wish had a sequel (or prequel)?
  4. Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening gamer? Weekday or weekend?
  5. What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?
  6. What video game character is your spirit animal (as in, what character do you relate with the most)?
  7. What’s your favorite video game villain?
  8. Kiss, Marry, Kill: Name one video game character you’d kiss, one you would marry, and one you would kill.
  9. What video game has the most intriguing storyline?
  10. What’s the most money you’ve spent on a video game?
  11. If you could teleport into a video game and live in that world, what would it be?

 


Please feel free to join in even if you haven’t been nominated and link your answers back to this post (or you can even play along in the comments section), the more the merrier! We look forward to reading everyone’s answers!