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Read Play Blog – Surprised by a Game

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Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.

I’m apparently very bad at keeping track of time, so my historical rate of doing these posts is every other month. I’ll try harder to remember from now on, I promise!

Anyway, this month’s topic is:

Is there a video game that surprised you when you played it, whether in a good or bad way?

My Sims Kingdom

I don’t remember how we ended up with a copy of My Sims Kingdom for the Wii, but I wasn’t optimistic. I had never played The Sims to begin with, plus the whole concept of the game just seemed off. Basically, you have to travel around and complete different objectives in different areas to make the citizens happy. I remember in one area, I had to connect some pipes so water would be directed to some tomato plants. In another, I had to build a shop with certain specifications. It just didn’t sound fun at first, but then my roommate played it and it looked AMAZING! So of course I had to play it, then my other roommate played it, and we all got hooked. Another game in the series, My Sims Agents, is also really fun and worth a go!

Batman: Arkham Asylum

I’ve never been a huge fan of superheroes, so I resisted buying Arkham Asylum for as long as possible. I didn’t understand what all the rave reviews were about, and I definitely didn’t understand why people kept saying this game was different. All I knew was that you played as Batman and tried to round up villains. Like any superhero story, right? Wrong. Arkham Asylum is so much more. Fluid combat, the creepy and limited setting of Arkham Asylum, and some mind tripping story sequences got me hooked quickly. I loved the game so much that I didn’t even mind when my save file got corrupted and I had to start over. It’s the game that made me Batman obsessed. The rest of the games haven’t lived up to my high expectations, but Asylum is definitely one of my favorite games of all time.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

I love RPGs, and this was described to me as a mixture of Fable and Skyrim. More open than Fable, smaller than Skyrim, with some interesting mechanics. When I first started playing, I was dubious. The game started off on a very generic tone, and I was afraid that it would continue throughout the game. But I kept playing and my mind was blown. Kingdoms is gorgeous and I had a badass sword that rendered me unstoppable. With plenty of quests, diverse areas, and an interesting level mechanic, I played this game obsessively until I finished. I was super sad when the company shut down. Looks like no sequels for me. 😦

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Currently Playing

I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but I’m currently playing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for PS2. I recently finished up Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and I just needed something light and quick to play between bigger games, OK? And the thing is, HP 1 on the original PlayStation was an amazing game. 2 and 3 were okay, 4 was atrocious. Order of the Phoenix is a fetch quest from hell. The meat of the game lies in getting all members of the DA to the Room of Requirement. Typically, each student needs you to complete a task (or 3) before they’ll go. And there are 28 members. The major events from the book are little more than cutscenes, and the mechanics are clunky and slow. Graphics are terrible also, which I guess is understandable since by then the PS3 was already out, so why waste time and money making a good game for an old system, right? Still, I’m glad this is short, so I can move on to something else.

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I’m hoping to start something new over the weekend, but I’m stuck. Do I start Bioshock 2? Replay Kingdom Hearts 1? Finish Arkham Knight? Help, I don’t know what to do!



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Read Play Blog – Geek Conventions

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Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.

Geeky Conventions

This month’s topic is geeky conventions. More specifically, what conventions we’ve attended and what conventions we want to attend at some point. Now, I’m very much an introvert, so being in a huge convention hall in a crush of people is not really my thing. I love the theory of conventions much more than the actual experience. Still, there’s something to be said for being among your people, the people who understand you and share your passion for all your favorite fandoms.

I’ve only been to one convention, a local convention here in Lexington, KY. Each year in the spring, the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention takes over Rupp Arena and brings in celebrity guests, local artists and vendors, and more. I went a couple of years ago with my roommates and life group, and it was so much fun! We didn’t go to any of the panels, but we had a blast walking around, looking through all the amazing merch, and admiring all the cosplay.

Now then, conventions I would love to attend. Let’s see. Of course I would love to go to the biggest convention of them all, San Diego Comic Con. I don’t know how long I would last (So. Many. People.), but it would be fun for a while at least.  An anime convention would be fun, although I have limited knowledge of the varying fandoms. On the local level, we have a great annual board game convention, LexiCon, that I can’t wait to attend for the first time. I’ve recently become hooked on board games, and my roommates and I have started going to a weekly game night at a great local game shop, The Rusty Scabbard. And of course, E3, but I’m not sure if that counts as a convention.

Gaming Recommendation

I love a good JRPG. And one of my favorite JRPGs is a great team-up by Level 5 and Studio Ghibli. Cute, charming, and completely adorable, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch messed with all my emotions. It’s the story of Oliver, a young child who loses his mother and then is shocked to find out that his stuffed animal is actually a fairy lord from a parallel universe. He tells Oliver that there’s a chance to save his mother…and the world. Along the way, Oliver meets loyal friends, explores new worlds, and battles a variety of monsters. The story is creative and high-quality, making this one of my favorite games of all time!

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Currently Playing

We just got a PS4, and one of the first games I bought was Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The only problem is that I’m not all caught up on the series. So I went back and picked up Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. I started playing a long time ago, but quickly lost interest. Naval Combat is not my thing, the storyline did nothing for me, and being a pirate? Not as fun as it sounds. But I need to finish, so I picked it back up. And then I fell in love. I don’t know when I’ll be finished, but for now, it’s the perfect game for me. Pirates? Totally as fun as it sounds! All it takes is a different mood and mindset.

That’s it for this time. See you next month, folks.


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Read Play Blog – My Gaming Setup

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Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.

I’ve noticed Brin from Brin’s Book Blog doing this meme each month, and I keep meaning to join in, so better late than never, right?? I may or may not have mentioned this a few (or a thousand!) times, but I love video games. I didn’t start playing seriously until college, although I’ve always grown up with a console or two, but when I really got sucked it, I just couldn’t stop! So I think this meme will be something I really enjoy, as it’s always great to find and connect with other gamers out there!

My Gaming Setup:

People are always surprised by how many consoles and handheld systems we own. I live with two roommates (we’re all gamers!), so we have a lot of gaming stuff lying about. Let’s see. Pictured are our SNES, PS2, Gamecube, N64, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U. We also have a Wii, Sega Genesis, and a few handhelds lying around (mostly iterations of the DS/3DS). Recently, I preordered the limited edition Batman PS4 console, because I love Batman and I just couldn’t help myself. I have no idea where we’re going to put it. We keep all of our games and gaming peripherals (controllers, headsets, etc.) in special baskets and CD cases for easy storage.

Gaming Recommendation:

I never played Duck Tales growing up, so I don’t have those fond memories everyone else seems to have for this game. Still, I played it recently in the remastered version, and it was gorgeous. It really brought out a joy of gaming that can get bogged down by darker, more complex games. This made me feel like a child, with pretty easy controls, clear cut levels, and a simple story. I played on an easier setting and finished it pretty quickly, but I would definitely play this again!

Currently Playing:

I played Fable a long time ago, maybe in college or in our first apartment after college, but for whatever reason I’ve never gone on through the series. I’m really something of a mood player. I may start a game 4 times before it takes and I get hooked. Here’s looking at you, Skyrim. Anyway, my roommate tells me that the Fable games decline in quality as the series progresses, but so far I’m really loving Fable II. It’s bigger than Fable I, much smaller than something like The Elder Scrolls, and hits a sweet spot for the RPG genre. There are side quests and you can have a family and a job in addition to playing through the main quest, and your actions do result in later consequences to a degree. Super fun game!

Anyway, I hope I actually remember to do this each month! Friends, do any of you game? I’d love recommendations or just to geek out over gaming in general!


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