Creative Christmas: The 9 Days of Christmas

For those of you who missed it due to Christmas and New Year Holidays, recently I took part in the Later Levels Creative Christmas challenge, which was set by Kim. The challenge? To write a response to a gaming based prompt on a daily basis across the twelve days of Christmas and New Year.  I managed nine days (with a couple off for family Christmas celebrations). Here, in their entirety, are my responses.

Day 1: A Gift for Someone Special

Day 2: A Merry Gaming Memory

Day 3: A Helper for Santa

Day 4: A Gaming Soundtrack

Day 5: Of Mistletoe and Lamposts

Day 6: CHRISTMAS EVE (no post)

Day 7: CHRISTMAS (no post)

Day 8: BOXING DAY (no post)

Day 9: Time for Food!

Day 10: A Christmassy Game

Day 11: A NYE Outfit to Stun

Day 12: In the New Year I’ll play…

Day 13 (BONUS): The results are in…

Very special thanks go to everyone that participated in Creative Christmas as well. Let me know which of your posts you liked the best and I’ll link to them at the bottom of this one!

 

Creative Christmas: The results are in…

We’re finally here!

It’s the last day of the fantastic Creative Christmas challenge! The wonderful Kim over at Later Levels set a challenge to answer questions and prompts every day over the Christmas and New Year period, and it was all about games!

Today’s question: You wake up the following morning, hungover but happy – you have an entire day of gaming ahead of you. You start thinking back over the video games you played during 2017; what was your game of the year?

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This prompt was actually so difficult that I seriously considered not answering today’s question. But I’ve enjoyed taking part in Creative Christmas so much that I simply couldn’t not take part in the final day!

Why do I find it so difficult to name my favourite game of the year? I don’t really play new releases.

I could say that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was my favourite game because it definitely looks right up my alley, and I’m really impressed with how responsibly Ninja Theory handled a sensitive topic.

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But I didn’t get around to playing it…

I could say that Persona 5 or Yakuza Zero was my favourite game because I loved playing them and existing in different areas of Japan that I haven’t been able to visit in real life. Plus minigames! ALL OF THE MINIGAMES!

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But, I don’t feel as strongly about either as I think I should feel about my game of the year…

Ultimately, it comes down to a game that, although it was released in 2015, I only started playing in 2017. It’s the conclusion of a series I totally fell in love with last year. I’ve written lovingly about the first and second instalments already on this blog and mentioned multiple times that once I started playing this games, I’ve been unable to pick up anything else. It may not be eligible for Game of the Year, but it’s certainly the game of MY year, and it’s Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.

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Would you like to check out my answers to yesterday’s question? Take a look here.

Would you like to see all the other bloggers Games of 2017? Take a look over here.

Most importantly, a HUUUUUGE THANK YOU to everyone who took part in Creative Christmas with me! I have loved reading your blogs and comments so much!!!

 

Creative Christmas: In the New Year, I’ll play…

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been taking part in the Creative Christmas challenge, set by Kim over at the fantastic Later Levels blog. She challenged bloggers to answer a series of questions all relating to Christmas, New Year and gaming, and it’s all been a heap of fun!

Today’s question: Midnight eventually rolls around, which means it’s now time to pick a New Year gaming resolution to see you through the next 12 months. What’s your choice for 2018?

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My new year’s gaming resolution is pretty much the same every year, I want to finish more games. I think a lot of gamers suffer from the same cycle I do: initial excitement after purchase, playing the game for several hours, getting over it (or sometimes frustrated) and putting it down in favour of the next purchase (or often in my case, an old favourite. There’s a reason I’ve completed Dragon Age: Origins three times, but have never finished Invisible Inc. It’s that after several hours, I often get sick of sitting there being challenged.

I don’t like easy games, but I don’t like struggling for every new piece of the story either. Ultimately, my perfect game would sit somewhere in between, but there is no such thing as a perfect game (although Mass Effect 2 gets damn close, in my opinion). Instead, what often does it for me are games that make the next bit of story worth fighting for, games that have you in tears, cheering out loud and at the edge of your seat. I’m pretty lucky, they’re coming back into fashion right now, with games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Yakuza 0 and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice all released in the last year. It’s games like that that makes my resolution easier, games that make me what to follow this thing all the way to the end.

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Also, I want to do a full mage playthrough of the Dragon Age series, because Alistair.

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If you’re interested in looking at the answer to yesterday’s question, have a look here.

If you’re interested in reading everyone else’s answers, try looking over here.

Creative Christmas: A NYE Outfit to stun

For the last few days (with a couple of days off for Christmas itself), I have been taking part in the Creative Christmas challenge set by the awesome Kim at Later Levels. The challenge? To write a gaming related Christmas/New Year story based on prompts and questions across the holiday period. It’s been a great deal of fun so far, and if you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend jumping in for the last few days!!!

Todays’s Question: You’ve been invited to a swanky New Year’s Eve party but have nothing suitable to wear! Which video game character do you call to ask if you can borrow an outfit?

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In many ways, today’s question was one of the most difficult for me. After all, there are SO many pretty outfits in video games. I could go for the iconic Bayonetta catsuit!

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But I really don’t have the body (or hair) to pull that off! Plus I lack the skill to be able to walk in heels without collapsing after a knee injury.

What about Morrigan from Dragon Age’s default outfit? She even has a chantry robe or two she could borrow while I use it (though how happy she’d be about looking like a priestess is another issue entirely).

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Unfortunately, I’m not comfortable enough or trusting enough of my body that the awesome top wouldn’t spend the whole night wardrobe malfunctioning, even with a mountain of Hollywood tape holding it on. Morrigan must use magic to make it stay in place so well!

In reality, the outfit I would borrow is the same one I’ve been wanting to wear ever since I first saw it in my teens: Lulu’s outfit from Final Fantasy X. It has a corset to keep my tummy in and my back from hurting, it has a belt skirt to hide my doc martins from anyone who thinks heels are the only way to go at a swanky party AND I’m lucky enough to be able to naturally hold it up (ahem :P). Plus, from the first time I saw it to now, it’s been my favourite outfit I’ve ever seen in a game. It’s just so COOL!

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Also, I could take my cat with me as my moogle “weapon”

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Want to have a look at yesterday’s answer (the perfect game to play on Christmas day)? Click here.

Want to check out everyone else’s answers? Try looking over here.

Creative Christmas: A Christmassy Game

For the last few days, a bunch of bloggers (including myself) have been challenged by Kim at the always awesome Later Levels blog to write a series of games-related posts across Christmas and New Year. All of them are in response to a question or prompt, and so far have been heaps of fun to write (even if I did take a couple of days off for Christmas).

Today’s question: The presents have been opened and dinner has been eaten, so you’ve got a bit of time for gaming while Gran is snoozing on the sofa. What’s the best video game to play during the holidays?

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I have to admit, a couple of answers spring to mind when I think of the perfect game to play on Christmas day. I could answer Darkest Dungeon as I had so much fun playing it on Christmas day last year. I could answer Witcher 3 as it was the game I couldn’t wait to get back to playing after my Christmas day celebrations ended. I could answer Sexy Brutale as the game my other half most wanted me to check out on Christmas day so he could live vicariously through me. But none of these games really capture the fun of my Christmas this year. To me, at least, nothing captures fun like a quite frankly ridiculous amount of minigames.

And for a quite frankly ridiculous amount of minigames, there has only been one place for me this year, and that is Yakuza: 0.

Yakuza 0 is about Kiryu Kazama who, upon being thrown out of the Yakuza for a murder he did not commit, finds himself working for a shady real estate company playing literally every minigame there is to offer in Kamurocho. As far as I’m concerned it was worth getting kicked out of the yakuza to become slot car racing champion and a whizz at disco dancing. It certainly seems to be a lot more fun.

But when we talk about Yakuza 0 and minigames, really there is only one for me. As much as I enjoy chatting up hostesses and playing the telephone club game, the one minigame that gets me the most excited is karaoke. Why? Because I became totally obsessed. I played the song Judgement over thirty-four times during the course of my first playthrough so I could become good enough to beat the Leisure King when he challenged me to a game. Practising it over and over again, with breaks to play Heartbreak Mermaid and Rogue of Love is genuinely my favourite gaming memory of 2017.

There’s nothing like playing some old favourites on Christmas day, and I think that playing some new favourites would be equally fun. I definitely think that Yakuza: 0 would be my go-to this year.

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Interested in having a look at the answer to yesterday’s question too? Have a look here.

Interested in seeing everyone else’s answers? Direct your eyes over here.

 

Creative Christmas: Time for Food!

I (and many other talented bloggers) have been challenged to write a series of blogs on gaming, Christmas and New Year by the wonderful Kim over at Later Levels. I have been absent for the last few as I have been away spending Christmas with my Mum and good family friends. I hope everyone else has had a Christmas as amazing and loving as I had. But back to today’s question:

Today’s Question:  It’s now time to head out to the kitchen to put on your oven gloves and start preparing Christmas dinner. It consists solely of video game food; what’s on the menu?

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I have been reading high fantasy almost my whole life, and although Christmas in Australia is pretty warm, I can’t think of a better Christmas meal than the typical high fantasy feast: mead, potatoes, fresh bread and roast meat. And no one does the high fantasy feast better than Skyrim.

I’m a big fan of spending Christmas at home or at a friend’s house rather than at the local tavern, so on this day, I would choose to abandon The Bannered Mare and share the meal with my family and trusted friends at Heljarchen Hall in the Pale. Not only does it have an amazing view of Whiterun, it has all the modern-day feasting equipment necessary for the perfect Christmas feast.

We would enjoy freshly roasted beef from the spit, freshly baked vegetables and bread made from wheat milled at our own grain mill. Platters would overflow with cheese, roast rabbit, and grilled leeks. And for dessert, nothing beats snowberry crostata and sweet rolls fresh from the oven. Naturally all this would have to be washed down with Honningbrew mead and an obligatory couple of bottles of Nord mead, during which our bard would have to be quiet while we sang the traditional Skyrim drinking song.

The whole thing couldn’t be more different from the type Christmas I celebrate every year, but it’d be so much fun! Maybe that’s something I could consider doing Christmas in July for this coming year…

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If you’d like to see my answer to the always infamous mistletoe question, take a look here.

If you’d like to check out everyone else’s answers, take a gander over here.

Creative Christmas: Of Mistletoe and Lamposts (spoilers)

This post contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins.

For the last four days, I have been taking part in a Christmas game-themed challenge set by Kim over at the exceptional Later Levels blog. It’s been an enormous amount of fun, and I highly recommend joining in for a couple of posts!!!

Today’s Question: The party is still going strong and you find yourself conveniently positioned under the mistletoe. Which video game character would you call over for a cheeky kiss?

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I’m fairly sure pretty much everyone who knows me had guessed my answer already. I love this character so much I named my cat after him. There is only one game character for me and that character is Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins.

My relationship (because it is serious enough to call it that) with Alistair began when a friend of mine handed me the game when I was upset about missing out on a relationship with a crush. He told me that this game had a character who would make me feel better through his wit and prettiness. I scoffed. I’d never found animated characters attractive, in games, television or otherwise, what would be the difference here?

How wrong I was.

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As soon as I saw that blonde hair and impish grin I was totally hooked. Suddenly my sulky Dalish elf rogue was falling over herself, trying to get this gorgeous grey warden to like her. It didn’t matter what I did and thought in the game, WHAT WAS ALISTAIR DOING!? I was more than a little obsessed. I was over the moon when my character had her first kiss with him (persistence, in this case, works), but then… then it all fell apart. I knew Anora wasn’t to be trusted, so I made Alistair the king of Ferelden. And if he was king, he decided, then he couldn’t be with someone of non-noble blood.

I was angry. I was upset. I was heartbroken. I genuinely had pizza, a tub of ice-cream and half a bottle of wine. In real life. I cried for a couple of hours. In real life. It felt like an actual break up. To be fair, I did calm down after that evening, but the scars on my heart remain.

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Having said that, those scars are somewhat healed by the fact I have since played the game as a human noble and become Queen of Ferelden twice. What can I say? I’m petty.

Even after all that, I can’t think of a fictional character I would like a Christmas kiss from more. And if it can’t be under the mistletoe, maybe be it can be outside in the snow under a lampost 😉

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If you enjoyed this post and would like to read my answer to yesterday’s question, have a look here.

If you would like to see everyone else’s answers to the infamous mistletoe question and would like to join in with tomorrow’s question, have a look over here.

Also, especially for Ms LightningEllen, here is a picture of Alistair the cat. Almost as cute as his namesake 😛

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