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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and waifus as marketing

One of the first posts that I published when I launched this blog was my impressions of Xenoblade Chronicles X, a WiiU title from Monolith Soft. Despite really liking it at the time, I grew more frustrated with it the more I tried to play: the game’s internal systems just didn’t work for me, and […]

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Finding inspiration in games: Adieu, Persona 5

Warning: there’s some heavy spoilers of the mid-to-end game of Persona 5 here. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read. I finished Persona 5 a couple days ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The games in the Persona series have a reputation of leaving something mental with you when you’re done, and I think […]

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Voiding warranties and modding a Wii U

This week, I decided to undertake a project and hack my Wii U. I didn’t really need to; there isn’t really any reason beyond a few tweaks and piracy. To the latter point, I’m at the stage of my life where I can afford paying for my games.

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The Nintendo Switch and the fallacy of sunk costs

I was worried when I bought my Switch. I got burned by my purchase of the WiiU, which I had primary gotten to play Super Mario Maker and potentially stream it. I kind of fell into a trap I’ve become more cognisant of lately: the “gotta play with friends while the game is still hot” […]

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Valve’s Artifact, and what it needs to get right

Yesterday when I was watching The International’s broadcast, something perked my ears up. Valve announced that they were revealing a new game, right then and there.

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Training, execution, and mindfulness

I have a hard time being present. It sounds simple enough: focusing and engaging with the moment in front of you. My biggest distraction there is thinking about what’s down the road, and the consequences of wrong choices. This is pretty much the foundation of my anxiety and a lot of my mental health issues.

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The pro wrestling entrance, and what esports can learn from it

Over the past year I’ve gotten more comfortable with my fandom for pro wrestling because of a couple reasons; the most prominent is that it introduced a love of pageantry and storytelling that I didn’t know that I had. For the uninitiated, almost all of pro wrestling is pre-determined. Depending on the performers, each match […]

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Lost in the plot : streaming story-based games

The last few months of my stream have mainly moved away from anything competitive; I’ve been playing games that I’ve been meaning to cross off my list for one reason or another, and the idea (like many people will tell you) is to play while focusing on my enjoyment.

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To 3220 and back – an update to my Dota 2 journey

Despite not making it “a project” for the last little while, I’ve still been playing Ranked Dota 2. My mindset is starting to shift in that I haven’t been entirely tilted by my performance or MMR (matchmaking rank) number, because by playing with my friends I’ve been able to see a marked improvement in how […]

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Making a list: Dota 2 Support heroes

The last little bit of my Dota career has been frustrating; I seem to be hovering around the same MMR without any improvement, and no real consistent growth that moves me forward. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is my own fault, as I haven’t been setting concrete goals. Before, with BetterDota (my previous […]