My Favorite Disney Movie?

Last night was a perfect example of why I love gaming as much as I do. As soon as I got home from work, I logged into Final Fantasy XIV because I knew the servers were going down for maintenance in two and a half hours. I still needed to work at capping my red gatherer’s scrips, after all. I putzed around a bit, sending my retainers on ventures and all that jazz, when someone typed into chat, “Anyone interested in a Midas learning party?” YES. I still haven’t cleared all four floors and I had only ever cleared the first three once. So the opportunity to play with a bunch of other people who were still learning sounded PERFECT. I was not disappointed. I joined as Paladin and my husband as Scholar. We got through the first three floors before the server went down. We communicated really well over voice, so I’m hoping to play with these folks again so I can learn/clear the fourth floor.

Once the server went down, I took a shower, ate dinner, and started streaming Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. As I played, I explained that I loved Disney A LOT, so one of my viewers asked me what my favorite Disney of all time is. How can I pick just one? We chatted about different movies, their strengths and weaknesses, but even after all that, I still can’t decide! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Disney movie that I straight up didn’t like at all. Admittedly, I haven’t watched a lot of the direct-to-video iterations of popular series or a lot of the live action movies from before the 1970’s, but when it comes to full feature length films, both live action and animated, Disney has never disappointed me.

After skimming through this list of every Disney movie ever, I can’t even narrow it down to five! HELP! LOL I am also reminded that there are several movies that I STILL haven’t watched and really need to. (Big Hero 6, I’m looking at you!) All this talk about Disney movies makes me want to watch one. But which one? I remember seeing a post on one of the Disney websites about excuses to watch Disney movies. Basically, EVERYTHING is a reason to watch Disney movies. I completely agree. That’s it. I’ve decided. I’m going to watch a Disney movie sometime this week.

Still trying to decide if I can pick just one favorite Disney movie and I’m failing miserably, but here are a bunch that come to mind: Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, Mulan, Hercules, Snow White, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Escape to Witch Mountain, Return to Witch Mountain, Mary Poppins, The Black Cauldron, The Sword in the Stone, Ratatouille, Tron…

ALL OF THEM. OMG.

Anyway…

Today in Game News:

Wasteland Workshop, the next DLC for Fallout 4 is arriving on April 12th. Looks like Pokemon. 😀

The next Playstation 4 update is happening tomorrow and it includes features like appearing offline, friend notifications, and remote play. Cooooool…

Not much else going on. Lots of people are talking about the Vive today. If you’re interested in reading reviews on that, just Google it. When I can afford it, I’ll be picking up all the VR stuff. For now, I’m just focusing on the stuff that I already have. Sort of. LOL

My birthday is this month, so that means I’ll be spoiling myself, as always. Dark Souls III and Bravely Second: End Layer are my current gifts to myself.

Tonight on Twitch:

Last night was reset for Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll be starting on my weekly tomestone grind while working on gathering red scrips. (Crafting and Gathering stuff resets on Wednesday nights, while Adventuring stuff resets on Monday nights.) Once I do some daily FFXIV stuff, I’ll be switching to Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix and working on that. Pretty sure it will make me obsess more about Disney movies. ❤ Come by and say hi!

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Extra Life 2015 Silver Medal! For the Kids!

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I don’t remember exactly when or where I first learned about Extra Life. Since I am a rabid follower of video game news, it was probably when one of the websites I follow announced that they had a team and that they’d be participating in a gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. I remember thinking, “Ooooh, that sounds cool!” I checked to see if there were any groups in my state participating, but couldn’t find anything. Since all of my experiences with fundraising for charity always involved groups of people organizing together and doing things, I didn’t think I could actually participate alone. (I was totally wrong about that, of course.)

So how does Extra Life work? Basically, on one day every year, gamers across the country play games for 24 hours to raise money for their chosen CMN hospital. The rules are very flexible, though. It doesn’t HAVE to be the designated day if that day doesn’t work for you. And you don’t have to play 24 straight hours (although a lot of people do). You can play board games, video games, outdoor games, whatever. You’re encouraged to stream your gaming and post on social networks to raise money and you’re absolutely encouraged to HAVE FUN.

I participated in Extra Life for the first time in 2014. I joined a team organized by the board game store I frequent, The Armchair Adventurer. (If you’re into board games and live on Oahu, this is THE PLACE.) I spent part of my time playing games at home on my computer and consoles and then spent several hours at the store, playing board games with other gamers. Naturally, I dragged my husband along. (That guy really does support me in EVERYTHING I do. I’m so lucky.) We had so much fun and I raised $405.00. I couldn’t wait to do it again.

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So naturally, I signed up as soon as I could for 2015. I even got a special gift for signing up early: a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals wrist band. I increased my individual goal to $500. I joined the same team, but never actually made it to the store that night. Again, I had a BLAST! This time around, I streamed my gaming on Twitch and even played games with one of my viewers. I beat my goal and raised $610.00 plus a monthly recurring donation of $10/month. That’s how I scored the silver medal – raising more than $500.

I love playing the hero in video games and Extra Life lets me be a hero in real life, too. It doesn’t get any better than that. Did I sign up for 2016? ABSOLUTELY! Game Day is November 5, 2016, but raising money to help sick and injured kids is something we can do 365 days a year. If you don’t already participate, I HIGHLY recommend it. DO IT.

If you want to donate, you can click here for my donation page. (I also have a link embedded on my Twitch channel page.)

For the Kids!

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Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition

I’m pretty sure that even when my son is all grown up with a real job and real responsibilities, I’ll still be contacting him and asking, “Hey, do you want <insert game here>?” And he’ll say yes and I’ll buy it and send it to him. (This should make his kids happy if he has them.) Anyway, my latest purchase for him was the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition for PS3. Since he’s away at college on the other side of the country, I just shipped him the game. I wasn’t about to try and figure out a way to ship this huge ass box. When he graduates and has a place of his own wherever he ends up living, I’ll figure out how to ship all his special editions at that time. As collector’s editions go, this one is pretty awesome:

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I was surprised at the size of the box when I went to pick it up from the store. I had seen posts on the internet about what was going to be in it, but somehow I figured that the figure would besmaller.

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I thought this was funny simply because if someone spends this kind of money ($120) on a collector’s edition of a game, chances are that they are going to be careful with it. DSC01749 DSC01750

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Of course there was a lot of different stuff in the art book, but I’m a fan of Deathstroke, so I took a picture of his page. As a side note, he’s a villain in this game according to this book. Why is Deathstroke a villain? He’s more like an anti-hero if you ask me… /shrugDSC01752 DSC01753

I thought this was a pretty neat addition. I love how it really looks like an old photograph.DSC01754 DSC01755

(Sorry for the background. I really need to find a better place in my house to take photos of stuff.)

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I love the detail on the statue. It apparently also lights up.DSC01761 DSC01762 DSC01763 DSC01764 DSC01765 DSC01766 DSC01767 DSC01768 DSC01769 DSC01770 DSC01771 DSC01772 DSC01773 DSC01774DSC01759DSC01760DSC01757DSC01758These evidence bags were probably my favorite things in the box. I’m not really sure why. I just thought they were cool.

FFXIV:ARR Bomb & Cactuar Earrings

This year at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix held a Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn event where players had to beat a special version of the Titan primal. If they succeeded, they would pull the name of a server out of a hat and everyone on that server would get a pair of cactuar earrings. People quickly defeating Titan enough times so that every server got the cactuar earrings. So then they had another event where they had to defeat Titan. This time if they succeeded, they would pull a server name out of a hat and every player on that server would get bomb earrings. It should come as no surprise that again Titan was defeated enough times so that all servers received the earrings.

As I was running around doing the Halloween event stuff, I grabbed my earrings from the Itinerant Moogle. Here are pics:

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Journey (PS3)

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I actually played through this game. I know what you’re thinking. It only takes two hours tops to complete a single play-through of this game. What’s the big deal?

First of all, it’s not a JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game), MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), or ARPG (Action Role Playing Game). Criticize me all you want, but I like what I like and it’s REALLY RARE for me play a game in any other genre than the ones I like. In addition, I am particularly proud of the fact that I’m generally not susceptible to hype and media brainwashing. I’m always suspicious of claims that games are amazing, especially if it’s an action game or first person shooter game, but when gamers sing accolades about a game that doesn’t contain any real physical violence to speak of, I will pay attention. I honestly don’t know what made me want to try it. In fact, since one of my best friends kept raving about it, I really didn’t want to play it. He and I almost never love the same games, so if he loved it, I’d probably hate it. (Seriously, I can only think of four other games that we both love: Xenogears, FEZ, FFXI, and FFXIV:ARR. There are probably more, but I can’t really think of them, so you get the idea.)

I mentioned in my first impression post about this game that the multiplayer aspect of it really stressed me out. So much so that I had to quit playing. Since I hadn’t completely figured out how to play, the pressure to perform adequately with other players was overwhelming. The next day, I explained this experience to my friend and he helped me out a little by explaining what the circle button did (sing) and how I could use this to interact with the game. Armed with my new knowledge, I sat down with the intention of completing the game. Instead of dreading the appearance of other players, I was now looking forward to it.

I had a friend throughout the majority of the rest of my playthrough. The inability to directly communicate with the other players forced me to really think about how to cooperate with them. I felt like I was interacting with another being from another world where our only mode of communication was through action or gestures. The new age music throughout the game only served to reinforce that feeling. It is said that actions speak louder than words and if this game does anything, it proves that. I often felt more connected to my silent partner on the screen than I do in games like World of Warcraft, where I can talk or type to the people I’m playing with.

So it stands to reason, then, that when I was alone, I felt VERY alone. I never felt lost per se because the goal was almost always in front of me, but the feeling that I had to overcome obstacles alone was unmistakable. People who play this game often compare it to the journey of life with a spiritual ascension at the end of it. I think this is a good analogy. Sometimes you have help during challenging times and other times you feel very alone. One of the times in the game that I was alone was in the “underwater” level with the seaweed and the monsters. With no other player to follow or work together with, along with the dark colors of the environment, that level was dismal and terrifying. The other part of the game where I was alone was during part of my climb up the snow-pelted mountain. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone for entire climb, just part of it. In fact, the game mechanic that impressed me the most in this game was during the time that another player and I were trudging up the mountain. We shared body heat. If we walked close together, we weren’t quite as frozen and had slightly better freedom of movement. If we moved apart, we slowed down considerably because of the lack of body heat. Ultimately we both got pelted by a flying monster and were sent flying in different directions, so I had to journey to the summit alone. How I craved another person’s body heat at that point!

The final level of ascension was amazing. It was like having one of those dreams where you’re just flying through the cosmos, able to go anywhere, see everything, and do anything. I didn’t want it to end. I am looking forward to playing through this game again. I’m pretty sure that multiple playthroughs will be unique experiences since you never know what kind of person you’ll be paired with or when you’ll be alone. Maybe I’ll get a partner during that scary underwater place next time. I can only hope…

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

Yes, please.

Of course, I’ve still got the 1.5 remix sitting on my shelf unopened because of FFXIV:ARR. Seriously, MMO’s are EVIL. They keep me from playing all my other games. But I’m having so much fun! /sigh I DID finish Journey, believe it or not. I also beat the first chapter of rain.

I really wish I could devote all my time to playing games and blogging about them. That’s my goal. That and getting a degree in neuroscience. If only paying off real life student loan debt was as easy as paying off my home renovation loans in Animal Crossing… Seriously, I’ve paid Tom Nook MILLIONS of bells from catching and selling bugs.

First Attempt – rain on PS3

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I bought rain and Journey at the same time. Seriously, I don’t know what came over me. Again, the art and music compelled me to buy and try to play a type of game that I don’t normally play. Seriously, if you think I’m bad at 3D platforming (which I AM), then I’m REALLY BAD at stealth. I don’t even like playing rogue-type characters in MMO’s. I’m definitely more of a bash-your-skull-open-with-a-giant-hammer kind of girl. However, the trailer intrigued and mesmerized me, so I decided to try it.

Like Journey, I didn’t get very far, but I have every intention of trying again. The problem this time was that I had NO IDEA how to run. I eventually figured it out by trying different buttons, but by that time, I had died a couple of times and was frustrated, so I quit the game. During the loading screen at the very beginning of the game, a picture is shown with the controller and what all the buttons do. I had only read through the buttons on the left half of the picture before the screen faded because the game was done loading. I went into the options menu to see if I could look up key bindings there to no avail and the game doesn’t explain what the buttons do once you start playing. It simply tells you things like the fact that the boy can’t be seen if he’s standing somewhere sheltered from the rain. Yeah, thanks for the tip. I think I figured that part out, but if I can’t outrun these freaky ass monsters, I can’t stand in shelter now, can I? After failing to get to safety three times, the game offered to give me a hint, which I happily took. It told me to get out of the rain. Ugh. Seriously? I finally figured out that in order to run, you need to hold down the square button.

Now that I’ve figured out the controls, I’ll definitely try again. The game is aesthetically beautiful and haunting. I will post again when and if I manage to beat the game.

And a note to game developers: Not all of us are capable of memorizing all the controls of a game in such a brief period of time. At least give us the option to look at the controls in the menu or something!