Posted in Blogging

2015 Stats via WordPress

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I love these stats reports! Did pretty well considering this was just a silly microblog side project! 🙂

Here be the stats! 

 

Posted in Gaming

FF:RK Holiday Edition

This week, I finished the FFV hero roundup in FFRK – I think I have all of the main FFV heroes now.

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I’m wondering if Lenna might train up to be better than the standard White Mage I’ve been using up until now. The only reason I haven’t changed her out is because I like having Prayer as a soul break.

Aside from that, I picked up the Yule Blade for the holiday relic, and I did a few 11x relic draws since they upped the chance of getting the Rune Axe for Golbez again. Of course, I didn’t get one, but I did get four other relics. I did a lot of sorting through inventory and re-arranged some of the equipment. Most of my characters are sitting at about level 45 now, so it’s going to get to the point soon that I need to look at more advanced gameplay, relics and such.

Posted in Gaming, Wii U

A Very Wii U Christmas

 

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I know I mentioned that I didn’t think I’d be writing much while on holiday vacation, but I have a little down time tonight, so I decided to post. I just got back from my sister’s house and am currently staying at Syn’s abode, waiting for her to fly in tomorrow so we can start our traditional post-Christmas festivities. We still have presents to exchange and a New Years to see in. Plus, my sister, Syn and I all plan on hitting up the new Star Wars movie sometime next week.

Earlier this year, I picked up a travel bag and a second controller for my still fairly new Wii U all in order to bring it along on this trip. I wasn’t sure how much interest I’d get from my sister. It’s been many, many years since we’ve sat down together in front of a Nintendo console and spent time just plain-out gaming.

We started out messing around in Smash Bros, which was fun. It’s been many years since either of us have picked up a Smash title, so learning the controls and figuring out all of the (sometimes overwhelming) new features and locations was a bit for us to process. I’m sure with practice and time, we’d be just fine. But we only had a few days to mess around with it together.

When we decided to pop in Mario Kart 8, everything changed. I’d dabbled with it a bit when I first got it, having already unlocked a few characters, some tracks, and some kart upgrades. But when we started playing, we were hooked. And, suddenly, we were back playing Nintendo late into the night like we did when we were teens.

I’m not quite as skilled as I used to be, mostly because I’ve gravitated towards playing on the PC for the past 15 years more than consoles. It doesn’t help that the Wii U default controller can be a bear to handle for someone with smaller hands. But we were still able to clear all tracks on 50cc, unlock all the characters, and several kart upgrades.

I think the unlocks were a big thing that kept driving us (see what I did there?) to play, though we were having enough fun even without it. By the end of the first night, my sister wanted to play Link as a racer, so I didn’t even blink an eye to pick up the DLC patch. I’m actually happy with what I got from those packs – the tracks ended up being some of our favorites. Also, having all my favorite versions of Rainbow Road in one game makes me a super happy camper.

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Hoping you’re having a fantastic holiday! I’ll break down some of my gaming gifts in another blog because I did get some very cool stuff! 🙂

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

2015: My Year in Gaming Review

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This may very well be my last blog post this year. I’m going to be road tripping down south to spend Christmas and New Years with family and friends, and I don’t foresee myself finding time to put down any major writing.

In fact, I’m going to avoid it and take some time off. I’ve been pretty consistent with my blogging, even though I haven’t blogged every day. I’d say that the amount of writing I’ve produced has been pretty comfortable in a casual sort of way. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it.

So what’s happened in 2015?

One MMO to Rule Them All

This has been the year of one MMO. Namely, FFXIV.

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Similar to 2014, FFXIV has demanded most of my online gaming time and staved away other MMOs. Part of this is due to the nature of the subscription game. Part of this is due to the efforts to foster a Free Company and a community that I wanted to be a part of.

Heavensward was a welcome expansion with many enjoyable new features. Though I struggled to decide what to do with Zuri for a while, I did push Tai to end game, got him fairly well equipped and even did some light raiding on him. For a player who was always largely casual, honestly, I have been playing quite a bit! I even tried to hook up with other bloggers on Cactaur, but playing three (or four) characters on the time that I have isn’t too viable.

Though I picked up WildStar and ESO during their conversions and sales, I’ve hardly made progress in either of them. That’s not because they are bad games… I just think that I’ve set roots down on Midgardsormr in FFXIV, I’ve made friends there, and it’s the game that Syn seems to be addicted to (even more than me).

I still have tons of things to do in FFXIV with leveling new classes, crafting, gathering and gearing up. I honestly don’t see this changing in 2016.

Survival Games

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The other big trend for me is multi-player survival games. I play these with my Zombie Hunting Troop… things like 7D2D, ARK and occasionally H1Z1 (yes, I know it’s an MMO, but I play it like a team survival game).

This started back in 2014 with 7D2D, and it’s a trend that I enjoy. I’ve also explored single-player survival games like Salt, which I really like. I think the whole survival-crafting genre is a good fit for me.

Single Player Games

I’ve noticed that though I don’t pick up other MMOs lately, when I need something new, I’ve been turning to single player Steam games. While I still haven’t broken down my Steam backlog all that much, it’s helpful. I also keep discovering new games that I really enjoy such as Cities Skylines, Kingdom, Child of Light, and Darkest Dungeon.

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Sorry about that…

Wii U

I also picked up a Wii U this year and have been sampling many new (and old games) on the system. I’d like to put more time into the Wii U since I have games such as Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart and Xenoblade Chronicles X that need playing. I’m hoping to find some time this holiday with friends.

For 2016

Going into 2016, I can’t foresee a lot changing. FFXIV will still probably be my MMO of choice. I may poke around in beta games like Project Gorgon and Shards Online. I still see plenty of zombie and dino survival in the future.

But really, what I want to focus on most isn’t gaming at all. I’ve put a lot of free time into FFXIV and end game goals. This is fine and it’s gotten me a lot of things that I want in game. However, what I really need to focus on is IRL.

The biggest goals I want to set this year is for my personal health. My health isn’t terrible, but I’m not getting any younger. And, I’m sad to admit, that I’m probably more out of shape now than I have ever been. Part of this is gaming habits. Part of this is poor eating and life habits.

In 2016, I need to drastically turn things around. This probably means more moderation and time management. I’m lazy by default and I need to break myself from just flopping down to play stuff after a long day of sitting in front of a computer at work.

So, my biggest goal isn’t end game gear, crafting leveling or anything like that. I want to live a healthier lifestyle and have fun doing it.

Who’s with me?