HP + 25
MP + 8
ATK + 2
DEF + 2
ACC + 4
INT + 7
DEX + 3
SPD + 2
LCK + 1
Your Shade wants to learn who would win in a fight between Link and Aragorn. But, Shade already knows four moves! Delete a move to learn who would win in a fight between Link and Aragorn?
Basic Social Etiquette
1, 2 and Ö. Ö poof!
Your Shade forgot Basic Social Etiquette, and learned who would win in a fight between Link and Aragorn!*
Yep, as you may have been able to guess from that (partially shamelessly ripped off) opening, today is my birthday! By the time I put this up it will be the morning of the 12th of April, which means that 22 years ago to the day you got that inexplicable chill down your spine like a great evil had been unleashed upon the world.
According to IMBD the only interesting person I share my birthday with is Claire Danes (does Brooklyn Decker count as interesting? *Googles* Öoh. Apparently yes, yes she does.), who I only really know from playing that pretty star-girl in Stardust. But hey, I really liked Stardust, so there you go. I mean, whatís not to love about cross-dressing Robert De Niro?!
Either way, I canít talk about presents or anything else yet until later today, probably tomorrow. Itís still early in the morning and Iíll be heading for my parentsí place in a couple hours. Either way, I donít often ask my parents for games or gaming stuff, because Iím fairly sure they donít like giving that kind of thing to me. They seem to think itís boring to give me video games all the time, except for the fact that obviously I love receiving video games and barely ever know something else to ask for anyway. I have a video game wishlist of at least three or four pages, comprising WiiU, Wii, 3DS and potentially PS3 if I ever do decide to buy a used one on the cheap. And thatís not even counting my 51(!)-strong Steam wishlist, nor accessories like a Pro Controller and stuff.
Perhaps they just donít like or understand my video game habits period: my parents donít even like to play board games very much, so I donít think thatís much of a stretch. My grandparents do like board games a lot, but they too donít really understand teh vidya. This is always strange to me, because I actually have comparatively young grandparents, but theyíre still as technology-illiterate as any. The disheartening thing is that on every family get-together my two nephews aged 9 and 6 will be playing their DS and without fail at some point during the day my grandma will ask me in disbelief ďSo you play those kinds of things too?Ē to which I kind of just reply that I play video games, just not even remotely the same ones they are. Regardless, my grandparents are the sweetest people, so I can forgive them a bit of misunderstanding.
Either way, I try to oblige my family every year by asking for things other than video games they can give me. It sounds awful saying it like that (and I personally hate asking for things too), but they actually do bug me as long as they need until I ask for something. Usually these are books (which I do want to read, but rarely find the time for nowadays) or home appliances for my dorm room. Useful, but ultimately not as fulfilling as opening your present and finding Luigiís Mansion 2. Oh well. This year I dug deep and found a couple of things to ask for other than video games though. I asked for Hyrule Historia, which is video game related enough at least, and a 1TB+ external hard driveÖto store my video games on.
Oh, and these Xenoblade posters, because I'm pretty sure it is humanly impossible to grasp how much sheer WANT these inspire.
Let's hope they don't figure it out. Either way, much like all good ones my parents have a knack of always giving me things I didnít even realize I wanted. Weíll see what they have in store this year once I get home in a few hours. Iíll keep you posted!
*Link if he gets all of his items and magic, Aragorn if itís a straight-up swordfight. The real question, however: Brego or Epona?
No matter what the experience was or which game or genre left that strong first impression, such experiences have the potential to open our eyes to the rich history of a series or genre. With any luck, we might find even more to love or something better. A great first experience with RPGs could lead to an undying love affair.
Sometimes a first kiss can be so impactful that the game gets placed on a pedestal and enshrined as a gold standard, which has its own pros and cons. I mean, it is nice to have a basis for comparison, but some folks take it too far. There are people who loved Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Final Fantasy VII so much that nothing after them really got a fair shake.
So first impressions matter -- they can shape and inform our gaming habits. I grew up on arcades, Nintendo, handhelds, and eventually into RPGs, so much of what I play will be influenced by how I acquired my tastes. I probably like Overwatch a ton because it has a passion for RPG roles, but contextualizes them closer to older shooters focused on objectives more than gear builds and grinding out perks for better killstreaks.
So for this month's Bloggers Wanted, we'd like you head over to the community blogs write about your first kiss, the games that positively influenced you or maybe biased you a little too much for a time. What turned you on to a series or genre? Was it love at first sight? Did it set any expectations in stone or possibly lead you to something better?
Whatever the case might be, remember to use the title "First kiss" and place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!
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