When it comes to Final Fantasy games, most gamers will almost always tell you their favorite installment in the series, either debating or exchanging stories about why they feel Final Fantasy VII is the crowning jewel of the series or dismissing it as highly overrated in favor of Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy is no stranger at trying to extend their property to film by creating an original story with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within or extending an already established video game universe with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The latest entry into the Final Fantasy movies venture is Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
Last week I wrote about my own personal disinterest and investment in most app games you download to your smart phone. I rarely use my phone to play games on it and the few I have decided to keep are most likely wasting space on the low chance I may actually feel like playing some of these again. I pretty much swore to myself I wouldn’t download another app game again until a very close friend of mine convinced me to give Neko Atsume a shot.
The first time I ever got a smart phone, and I’m sure the experience must be the same for everyone to a certain extent, it was a shiny new toy capable of doing so much more than sending out text messages or making phone calls. You can surf the Internet with it. You can carry it around as your own personal MP3 player without needing an iPod anymore. You can take photos instantly and share them on your social media accounts in seconds. Or you can download and play games on your phone for free. Owning a smart phone has become a device with the convenience and functionality to carry your entire life around in your pocket. As someone who has owned and gone through different smart phones in the last few years, the one thing I’m wanting less on my phone are the mobile app games.
I haven’t really discussed it much on the blog, other than as a passing reference here and there when I’m writing about something else, but I’ve been pouring all my attention and energy into writing the novel I want to finish. Writing a book isn’t exactly a small feat and to avoid making the whole process completely overwhelming, you set up tiny goals you feel you can meet. The bigger goal is to finish the first draft. The smaller goal is to set up a consistent schedule to keep writing, even on those days when you don’t feel like it.
There are times when I set up these challenges for myself and I wonder if I’m either taking on too much or expecting too much from myself. Despite doing what you can to meet the goals you set out for yourself, sometimes you’re going to encounter a few setbacks. It’s in these instances where you go easy on yourself and readjust where you can. The bottom line is you don’t quit when you still want to achieve something. It’s time to report on how I did with the redux edition of my Apollo Justice video game challenge.
Trends are funny things to predict. Companies and developers release a product or game thinking they have a huge hit on their hands only to discover, after the release date, that it’s anything but a hit. Others quietly release something without a ton of marketing leading up to its launch date and find it has become a nationwide or even global phenomenon. The recent release of Pokemon Go for Android and iOS devices has brought forth an accidental perfect storm of utilizing the ever popular casual gaming app market and blending it together with a well-known and ongoing franchise that is Pokemon.
I don’t necessarily call myself a collector of anything. Collectors often buy cool but expensive action figures, toys, or memorabilia from their favorite video games, TV shows, or movies. The hardcore collectors often have whole shelves or rooms dedicated to their geeky treasure trove of awesome to put on display. Despite not really being a hardcore collector of anything, I’m not entirely opposed to collecting a few trinkets here and there to represent my most geekiest of passions. When my older sister convinced me to give one of those monthly subscription boxes a try, I opted for a three month subscription and I learned quite a few things from having received two boxes so far.
The older you get, the more you discover who you are and what your personal tastes are. This also translates into the type of clothes you like to wear. I naturally gravitate towards styles that are simple, feminine, and a bit dressed up. I’m a modest dresser who shies away from anything exposing too much of my body or skin to the public. A principle I have learned and adopted from my mom growing up is this, “Leave behind an air of mystery.” While some women are confidently showing off their hot bodies, I prefer to be covered in all the right places but showing a peak of skin when I want to feel a little sexy. The comeback of off the shoulder tops and dresses makes this spring and summer trend a huge personal style favorite for me.
Tackling a challenge will always prove to be exactly what it is––a challenge. The biggest challenge for me is keeping up with my one month goal of finishing a video game in its entirety. You eventually learn life will constantly shift in unexpected ways despite your best set intentions. Without further ado, let’s see how I did with my redux video game challenge.
My relationship with board games growing up as a kid was largely limited. My family was never the kind of people to gather around a table on a Sunday afternoon to play Monopoly, Clue, or any other classic board game you can think of from your childhood. Playtime at my house meant being alone in your room with your imagination and your Barbie dolls to act out whatever story was in your head. This suited me just fine as a child who often felt shy and uncomfortable in a crowd and preferred the quiet solitude of her room. Lacking the experience and memories other friends had of playing board games with their siblings or entire family meant I had to learn how to play these well-known board games later in life during a group hangout at someone’s place. When the opportunity to try out a very old but equally known game called Dungeons and Dragons (D&D for short) presented itself to me, I decided I wanted to dive right in.