Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Caught Me Some Yokai

I don't think I ever mentioned that I got myself the New Nintendo 3DS XL in February of this year - I really like the stable 3D though the second stick sucks - and ever since I had it, I have never taken it out of the house. I own one of those carry pouches for the original 3DS that is of course too small for my new XL. I really miss accumulating play coins, collecting miis, and playing the Mii plaza games so I started looking for a nice case for my newer system. Since the New Nintendo 3DS XL is already pretty bulky, I opted for a different carry solution instead. I decided to get a Hori Duraflexi Protector:

A clear, translucent option is available but that's kinda boring, no?

I want to be able to just slip my system into my pants pocket but I want it to be protected from potential bumps and bruises. The duraflexi covering is rather thick but covers almost the entirety of the system except for the top part. I wish they would have included some kind of shoulder caps to protect the shoulder buttons but having this protector on my system makes me comfortable enough to finally carry it around outside the safety of my Game Room. The system definitely feels more sturdy with the protector on and the smooth, thick surface feels good in my hands. There is no reason for you to just be turned off and sit around anymore my New Nintendo 3DS XL... It's time to introduce you to the world!

The system is now ready to accompany me on my Target runs.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Recurring Nightmare Turned Reality

Well, it finally happened. My unconscious mind has been preparing me for this for the longest time through the recurring nightmare of me being transported back to my undergraduate years being late to a class or even skipping it entirely. Today, ladies and gents, for the first time in my life, I have actually missed an appointment. It was for my routine dental check-up.

There's a first time for everything.

When I got to the office to check in for what I thought was my 4 pm appointment, the lady at the front desk told me that I missed my appointment by an hour. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. My husband thought it was funny because he knows how organized I am when it comes to these things. I have been feeling under the weather these past couple of days and since I have another medical appointment next week at 4 pm, I can see where the mix up happened. It's either those things or perhaps I have to accept that I am just... getting old? My husband simple said "Welcome to being human".

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September Is for the Figurines

As I have mentioned before, I don't buy into the Special/Collector's Edition releases or whatever crazy thing they are called anymore but every now and then, if the price is just right, I would allow myself to indulge a little bit. Enter Doom: Collector's Edition for the Personal Computer:

I can't even recall the last time I inducted a game box this huge into my Game Library.

Regularly priced at the ridiculous amount of $119.99, I thought $40 was definitely a fair asking price for it. Basically, the most attractive part of this package is the 12" Revenant statue that came with it and wow, it is surely a sight to behold. I showed it to my husband and even he was impressed.

Why can't the amiibos be this huge?

The craftsmanship of this thing is certainly exquisite and they even added a slow rotating fan under the base that the Revenant is standing on, complete with LED lights below it to create this really cheesy lighting effect that sounds cool conceptually but doesn't look as impressive as it should. Is this statue plus the game and Demon Multiplayer Pack worth the original $119.99? Heck no but at the price I paid for it, it does feel like I got a really premium bundle at a really nice price. I may end up enjoying this statue more than the game.

Speaking of cool-looking statues, I decided to pick up the Donkey Kong Display by PDP for my amiibos. We don't get a lot of options at all when it comes to amiibo stands unfortunately and this one is certainly the most attractive looking and functional for me.

Because your amiibos deserved to be displayed in style.

It took me about 10 minutes to assemble the display and the first step which involved attaching three of the bases was a little confusing, especially the fact that the manual uses only pictures and arrows to show me what I needed to do.

Clever and relevant. A display masterpiece.

I really love this display. The colors really pop and the little details like the segmented platforms stay true to the classic game it alludes to. I may get another one of these for the rest of my amiibo family.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Drew the Devil, Won Drawful 2

Last week, I tweeted this drawing that I did during a Drawful 2 session with a random twitch channel. For those who are uninformed, Drawful 2 is a game where basically you are tasked to draw from a random prompt then the other players have to guess the title of that drawing before selecting from a list of options which include the answer plus the other players' suggestions:

I didn't know that the game's developer, Jackbox Games, was monitoring these Drawful 2 creations so I was very surprised when I got a retweet from them:

As if that wasn't cool enough, today, they have also provided me a copy of the game as a reward. Oh my! These guys are awesome! I am so happy to now have this game in my Steam library.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Uplay Be Stylin'

People are weird when it comes to any other form of digital rights management for personal computer gaming outside of Steam - most are not even smart enough to understand that Steam is a form of DRM - so Uplay gets a lot of hate from the community. I don't mind Uplay at all. As a matter of fact, I thought it was pretty cool though I hardly play Ubisoft games on my PC via the Uplay client these days. I received my copy of The Division today so I thought I would update my profile since I was already accessing the Uplay client and I was very surprised with how beautiful things looked now:

So neat and the profile banner is customizable. Good job, Ubisoft!

Don't avoid buying Ubisoft games just because they use the Uplay client. Embrace variety. Surely you wouldn't say no to the possibility of a PlayStation and perhaps even a Nintendo game distribution client that may be coming our way in the future now would you?