What I’ve Been Playing – September 2019

Right now I’m replaying Pokemon Y, this time with EXP Share turned off to make it more of a challenge.  I completely forgot how awesome the X/Y games were!  It makes me excited to have seen the in depth footage from the Nintendo Direct about Pokemon Sword/Shield.  The new game looks amazing and like a lot of work was put into it.  The character customization options looks great too. I really wasn’t a fan of Sun/Moon so I’m ready for a new adventure!

I’m continuing to play Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, 57% completion as of now.  I took some time off from playing games when I wasn’t doing well so I’m not as far as I probably would have been by now.  Still love it and am amazed with all the different areas and crafting abilities.  It’s really an underrated game.

 

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The 3rd game I’m playing is Assassins Creed III.  I had never played any of the Assassins Creed games before and got a couple from my brother in-law when he gave me his old Xbox 360 so I thought I’d give them a try.  I’m really enjoying it so far, it seems like it will be a lot of fun.  The only thing I don’t like is that it takes awhile before you’re able to free roam and explore but other than that I like it very much.

 

Update – Eating Disorder Relapse and Other Stuff

I had, I don’t know, I guess it would be called a relapse with my eating disorder.  Yesterday was rough. I feel like I’m failing with recovery but I’m going to keep moving forward. There’s no such thing as perfect, people make mistakes.

Anyway, things are going pretty well otherwise. My ceiling is in the process of being repaired from the water damage. That should be finished this week thankfully, it says been giving me a lot of anxiety.

I’ve been playing a lot of Stardew Valley, it’s such a relaxing game. It’s fall right now in my game so I’m growing a bunch of pumpkins 🎃. I’ve also been playing Hexalogic, it’s a sudoku type game, I got it awhile back for $2.99 on the Nintendo Switch Eshop. There’s well over 90 levels, the graphics are beautiful and the music and sound effects are very chill and relaxing.

 

 

Currently Playing… #1

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been having internet issues on and off the past week or so.  Anyway, things are going very well!

I started playing The Hobbit LEGO on my Nintendo 3DS.  I have it for my Xbox 360 as well, which I’ll play through eventually too.  It would be nice if a remastered version of that and The Lord of the Rings LEGO for the switch like they did with the Harry Potter games.  I’ve been meaning to re-read the books at some point as well, such a great story!

On my Xbox 360 I’ve started playing Red Dead Redemption.  I’m basically just getting the hang of the game and controls right now since I’m not very familiar with it and it’s been awhile since I’ve played.  I love the scenery and am saving money for an Xbox One so I can play RDR 2 eventually which looks amazing.  Right now I’ve been doing a lot of bounty hunting which is pretty fun.

With Animal Crossing New Leaf I’m getting closer to paying off my entire house loan with all the expansions.  I’ve put 150 hours into the game over the past 2 years and am finally getting there!  It’s taken so long but I don’t mind because of how relaxing the game-play is.

I saw that the Nintendo Switch Lite is available for pre-order.  I’ll likely eventually get the yellow one and also the Pokemon special edition version.

Feel free to comment with whatever you’re currently playing! 🙂

Animal Crossing, What it’s About and Why I Love It

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Animal Crossing is one of my favorite game series. I love it because it’s charming, relaxing, laid back, and can be played endlessly as there’s really no beginning or end/complex story line, which may sound unappealing to some but I find it to be wonderful and freeing, giving players the ability really make the town their own.

I had never played an Animal Crossing game until I bought New Leaf, and instantly fell in love.  It’s a series that began all the way back in 2001.  Somehow, I never heard much about it, probably because I wasn’t seriously into gaming aside from the Pokemon titles until a couple years ago.  In AC New Leaf, you become the mayor of a town full of Animal characters.  As the mayor, you have many duties such as keeping up with maintaining the environment (pulling weeds, watering/planting flowers, disposing of any garbage found), doing tasks requested by the villagers which may include things like getting them a certain type of fruit, fish, bug, or piece of furniture.  You also get to do public works projects which are different features you can fund to be put into your town like water fountains, bridges, windmills, and many others.  Another responsibility as mayor is enacting town ordinances.

As the mayor you get to have your own house and expand it by paying off home loans from a character named Tom Nook.  To do this you can sell fruit, fish, sea shells, fossils, and any items you acquire throughout the game.  That’s another amazing aspect, there are SO many different items, wallpapers/flooring and furniture that can be used to decorate one’s home.  Another task is bringing fish, fossils, bugs, and pieces of art to the town museum run by an owl named Blathers.

There’s endless possibilities to make the town and your home into whatever theme or style you want.  It’s the most laid back game I’ve ever played, and the music is very relaxing.  I often find myself playing to relieve anxiety and stress, which from what I’ve read many others experience mental health benefits from playing.

After falling in love with New Leaf I discovered there was another AC available for the DS previously released called Wild World.  I’ve been playing around with that one and it’s a lot of fun as well.  The new AC game (titled New Horizons) for the Nintendo Switch was announced last week at E3. It’s not being released until March 20th, 2020 but I believe it’s definitely worth the wait.  The trailer/gameplay looks wonderful and I’m looking forward to playing when it’s released.  It happens to be coming out on International Happiness Day, not sure if that was intended or not but it certainly fits as Animal Crossing brings happiness to many. 🙂

Random Post/Playing with My Camera

 

Have been having fun with my digital camera lately.  I still use my 3DS despite having a Nintendo Switch, it has a wonderful library of games available too so I will keep on playing it.  The one I have is the Galaxy New Nintendo 3DS XL.

The Arkham Horror thing is a living card game one of my friends got me into, I finally have a desk set up so I can play.

The Animal Drawing book I got for $2 at a used bookstore the other day, really can’t beat that!  I love going there, they have such a huge variety of books for awesome prices.  Hopefully it will help guide me in my drawings.

Of course Pikachu is there, huge Pokemon fan, have been since I was a little kid and probably will be till the day I die!

What am I Playing?

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On my Nintendo Switch I’m playing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.  This is a fun, relaxing game with beautiful graphics.  It’s been described by some people as being kinda like a cross between Zelda and Stardew Valley, and in my opinion that is a fantastic combo!

On my Xbox 360 I’m playing Smackdown Vs Raw 2009.  I don’t have an Xbox One yet, I plan on getting one, but I only just recently (One year ago) received the 360 as a gift from my brother in-law since he upgraded to the Xbox One.  Prior to that I had never had any consoles by Microsoft, I mainly had Nintendo systems.  I always loved the Smackdown Vs. Raw games, I used to be a huge wrestling fan, it started with a crush on John Cena over 10 years ago haha but I eventually really got into it.  I remember playing one on my PS2 and loving it so much, I really enjoy the character creation thing, I love making really bizarre characters 🙂  It’s very nostalgic for me.  The main reason I got the 2009 version (I’m aware there’s much more recent versions) is because I know all the wrestlers from then, I’m not familiar with any of the newer ones.

Of course, I’m still constantly playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS. It’s so relaxing, and I’ve had the game for over 5 years but I’m just this past year getting into it since I’ve discovered all the things you can do.  I’m still paying off my home loan from Tom Nook, it seems like it’s taking forever!  But it’s a lot of fun.  My town is called Mapleton, it has a long way to go. I’m really hoping for news on AC for the Switch tomorrow. Either way I have lots to do in New Leaf for now.

Here is my backlog of games, there’s 17 of them I own that I’m wanting to play within the next year or so.  I have many other games but these are on my priority list.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Sims 4

The Sims 3

LEGO The Hobbit

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Alan Wake

Minecraft

LEGO Harry Potter (Years 1-4 and 5-7)

Grand Theft Auto IV

Fantasy Life

LEGO The Incredibles

Call of Dury 2

Skyrim

Red Dead Redemption (The first one)

Yo-Kai Watch

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Spring Cleaning

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I’m thinking about volunteering this summer. I’m not sure where yet but there are many opportunities where I live.  It would be great to get out of the house, deal with my social anxiety, and gain some experience.  I’d like to eventually get a job of course, but I’m taking things one step at a time.  I have volunteered a few times during the past year at different places, one time serving a community meal at a church/charity organization and one time at a local festival and I really enjoyed it.  It was difficult to put myself out there and do something I had never done before but they both ended up being great experiences.  I get stuck in a rut, the more I avoid social stuff the harder it gets to get out there and do new things.  I’m working on it though, I’m setting reasonable goals for myself.

I’ve been getting a lot of exercise in lately so ended up being exhausted and taking a nap today which I usually don’t do.  It was definitely needed though.  I downloaded The Sims 4, it’s free to download on Origin until May 28th in case any Sims fans are reading and would like to get it.  I also finally found out about Nintendo platinum and gold points, so I redeemed some for a few themes for my 3DS.

It’s been hot here lately, but we had thunderstorms today which was nice.  I’m hoping to get some drawing done this weekend.

It’s spring which means I’m going to spend a majority of the weekend cleaning like crazy, I want to make my place look great.  It needs a deep cleaning and I need to go through my clothes and figure out what I need, and don’t need anymore, then put away my cold weather stuff.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Hello, another random update

Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch was announced yesterday! I’m so excited, the graphics and locations look phenomenal in the video from the Nintendo Direct. I’m not sure which one I’ll be getting, it won’t be out till December 31st, 2019 but it’s available for pre-order already. I’m finally getting a Switch in a few weeks! Can’t wait 😃

It snowed a few inches last night so I took the above picture. I love pine trees, they’re beautiful, especially covered in snow ❄️

So, I’m trying to improve my concentration, it’s been terrible lately. I know the only way it’s going to get better is if I work on it consistently. I watch a movie or even show and pause them like 15 times throughout and do other things. It’s taken me over 2 months to get three quarters through a book that normally would have taken me a few days to a week max.

Update: Books, Games, and College

Things have been going well lately.! I’ve been getting good sleep and haven’t been having panic attacks.  I’ve only heard voices  two times in the past week and both times I was able to pull myself back into reality and disengage from them.  I’m so happy about that, I feel like I’m getting a break for once.

I’ve been dealing with my anxiety pretty well.  I have tons of ways to distract myself.  Lately it’s been reading and videogames.  I’m reading The Chronicles of Narnia right now.  I can’t believe I never began reading it until now, it’s been on my “to read” list forever.  I’m really enjoying it, the imagery from the story is amazing.  It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten into any good fantasy novels.  I love them but have been reading more non-fiction lately.

These are the games I’ve been playing (all on my Nintendo 3DS)

  • The Lord of The Rings (LEGO)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

I know there’s a new Animal Crossing game coming out this year and I can’t wait!  I don’t have a Nintendo Switch yet but will be getting one soon.  I still have so many games I own that I haven’t played yet or much of with both my 3DS and Xbox 360.

The new semester begins tomorrow.  I’m extremely anxious, but in a good way.  I’m so excited that I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight, I never am the night before something I’m really looking forward to happens.

Oh yeah, we got over a foot of snow, 15 inches to be exact.  I love it!  It’s super cold outside. 😀

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