Mickey Mouse: Memorabilia. Is it really that unsettling?

So,

it’s September. It’s the time when children go back to school and parents sigh as they have to drag themselves out of bed to make sure their children actually do go back to school. For me, someone who doesn’t go to school anymore, this isn’t the case. However, I do still drag myself out of bed at least before 9am every morning to keep me sane. Or sane enough anyway.

Speaking of sane, playing video games helps me not to get too bored with the amount of free time I have. There have been a handful of games I have been playing recently, one of them being Epic Mickey 2the sequel to Epic Mickey (if you didn’t figure that out yourself already).

Epic Mickey 2 to me felt like a polished up version of Epic Mickey, but this is probably because I played the sequel on the PS3 rather than the Wii, which is the platform I played the first game on. I must admit the second game was quite a bit easier, and I had many flashbacks to the last levels of the first game where I died and fell off things more than I wanted to.

But anyway, the games are pretty darn good. They both have fairly decent and positive reviews and even though tedious at points, the gameplay was fun to me personally. The style of the games is what’s number one though. Broken dolls, robotic Disney characters, and levels with lava? I really can’t get enough of that creepy Disney atmosphere, and the concept art is even better (credit to Shawn Melchor for picture number one and Kevin T. Chin for picture number two. It’s such amazing work! I could browse through this stuff all day-.
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Something tells me that Pinocchio still isn’t feeling like a real boy…
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I think the shrinking potion would’ve been more useful to you there, Alice…

Talking about creepy though, there are certainly a handful of Mickey Mouse trinkets, toys and the like spread across the Universe, and eBay. I for one would love to have a shelf dedicated to Mickey Mouse, for some reason I just love that cartoony rodent.
Mickey Mouse definitely has a rather disturbing history in terms of the merchandise that was released, and if you have seen some of the Haloween costumes from circa 1930, you’ll also probably have a good idea about what I’m talking about.
But let’s have a browse over some of the items that used to be in circulation, which will probably give you nightmares more than anything.

Honestly, what even is this? Sure, it’s from the 1930s, but it looks like something that’s come straight home from a drunk boxing match, and it really is rather unsettling.
The problem is that there are so many of them. You can search ‘mickey mouse 1930 doll’ on eBay and get pages and pages of fairly expensive results.

I mean, I don’t know why you’d want to, but if you did want to make some of these yourself, then here is a retro vintage sewing pattern you can buy (don’t say this blog never helped you).
If you’re not really wanting to make them, then you can always go and visit The Walt Disney Family Museum which has its own collection of the 1920s and 30s Mickey Mouse memorabilia. This time was when character merchandising became a novelty, and Mickey Mouse, in particular, became a craze.

If you want to see more about the weird and wonderful merchandising of this particular era, then give it an internet search! There are definitely plenty of disturbing Google results waiting for you, and with Halloween next month, you might as well prepare.

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Mickey Mouse himself has starred in a number of films, video games and probably many many other things that we surprisingly wouldn’t know about it we didn’t research. Of course, Mickey Mouse’s Debut was Steamboat Willie, and to me, this is one of my favourite versions of Mickey Mouse. Even though I still love him now, the vintage look is actually kind of dark and perhaps not so much for kids as you would have initially thought. Then, in 1984, Mickey Mouse made his first video game debut on Game & Watch systems. I don’t have much of an interest in Game & Watch games as of now, but I can’t wait to try and collect a bunch of Mickey Mouse-y items to show off to, well, myself.

To finish off with, here is a picture of the great Walt Disney surrounded by an original set of plush dolls at Disneyland opening day in 1955. Wow, such history! And Disney history at that.

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So, all in all,if you’re interested in a more modern Mickey Mouse game, with a great style and pretty fun gameplay and lots of co-op action if you really want, then I recommend Epic Mickey 2. Of course, I’ll be playing, watching, collecting and exploring other Mickey Mouse titles in the near future, and if you have any recommendations, then please comment them down below!

Thank you for reading! – Hannah. 

When You Suddenly Don’t Feel Like Playing Games (or doing anything)

JUNE ISSUE: POST #3

I’ve hit a brick wall. Not literally, because that would hurt way too much and I don’t have enough money to buy new glasses again. But it’s gotten to the point where I look at a controller and I wonder how do I use this? What is this contraption that I hold before me? I start up a game on the PS2 and I’m fumbling around with a Wii remote bellowing why on earth won’t the dude on the screen run? I’m pressing ‘Y’ goddammit! I’ve literally become a temporary angry Granny at 22 years old.

I say temporary because this has happened before. I’ll suddenly lose all interest in what I’m doing, lose all basic skill and put my undivided attention into something else (although that new hobby hasn’t been knitting winter sweaters just yet). Although, thinking about it, I’m lucky that this doesn’t happen with people because I think both my Dad and my husband would be very upset with me at this point.

But with that being said,  I know that some people on this earth must feel the same as I do, right? Suddenly you wake up and you don’t feel like doing that one thing that you thought was your passion for the last month or something that actually made life enjoyable, and then you’re like, crap, well that’s the endI’m ready for the sun to explode and obliterate all existence.

But really it’s not the end. I know you must think I’m crazy, but if you’re anything like me, you just need a break (and a kit-kat).

I understand that some people never technically need a break though. They could play games (or do anything- …, no, not that) forever if they didn’t need to sleep or eat or, well, live, but we’re not infinite (unfortunately) and we’re not a cyborg. We’re like a Sim. That bladder meter is going to go into the red at some point, and if you don’t attend to that need, then someone’s gonna need to fetch a mop, and possibly a paper bag to hide your shame.
I understand also that there have been some stories of people actually dying because they get addicted and forget to tend to their basic human needs, which is a scary thought, and which is why the fact that I don’t really get ‘addicted’ to things doesn’t bother me as much as I thought. (I also would never put a hobby before food. Food is too important.)

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What I’m basically saying is, losing interest in something for a while is okay, and losing motivation is natural, and this is what I’m trying to tell myself (even though it is gaming, which should be a crime). I received some really lovely replies and messages from people, saying that it’s okay if I need to take a break from gaming or writing, and while I feel kind of defeated, they’re right. It’s hard to discipline yourself and do something day in and day out, without it getting at least 1% tedious. We’re humans, not a bloody machine. As much as we’d all probably like to sit mindlessly at a computer with a mechanical brain doing all the work for us, it wouldn’t make life very interesting.

I ramble a lot, I know, but whilst gaming and writing isn’t my biggest passion right now, I have been attending to some other hobbies that I’ve neglected, such as language learning and art (and eating spaghetti). I find it hard to stick to everything at once, but my interests are always deep inside me somewhere (which makes me slightly uncomfortable. I’m glad they don’t talk to me.) and they’re ready to jump out again at some point, I know it. They just need time to reflect.

Sure, it’s a completely different story when you’re talking about work versus hobbies, because sometimes we just can’t control what we have to do for work. But as for hobbies, we can do them as little or as much as we want. So we have to be kind to them, otherwise, we may burn out and lose them forever.

So please, don’t be like me and feel guilty for taking a break from an interest or hobby. You shouldn’t force yourself to do something, because it might take the fun out of it and then where would you be? You’d be a grumpy Granny, and nobody wants that.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming (or Happy whatever-you-do-for-fun!)

LDG

 

Six Horror Games from Different Countries

JUNE ISSUE: POST #2

My previous post that featured horror games is actually one of my more popular posts, so I figured, hey, why not do another post on horror games even though you never play horror games? Great idea if you ask me. But, this post will also be tailored towards people who like non-English titles (as in, created by people where English isn’t their first language. Since everything is translated nowadays anyway), or towards people who are studying languages (like me) or just like to experiment and be open-minded (I like those people.)

So, let’s begin and take a look at what I found.

Unforgiving – A Northern Hymn (Sweden)

The first game I stumbled upon is a Swedish horror game inspired heavily by Swedish folklore. First of all, this what I love about Scandinavian games, I swear they just try and fit in some folklore at some point, and I don’t blame them. It’s interesting, fascinating and downright awesome. (Also the studio that made this game is called Angry Demon Studio. I’d like to know why they have a demon, and why it’s so angry.)

Back to the game though. This game, in particular, is a first-person adventure that uses the folklore and mythology to scare your nuts off. There are a bunch of famous creatures from Swedish folklore, that have haunted real-life children for decades. The game is noted to have a great atmosphere, great music, and a great story. So, overall, it seems great. I also read that it’s not full of jumpscares and puzzles, which is something I like. It sounds unique and it seems like there’s a lot you can learn and take from this game. I hope I can play it someday, but to be honest, I think it would give me the willies.

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I just hope that’s a big fluffy teddy bear. 

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (Korea)

Even though I love Asian games, I don’t know that much about the Asian horror market. What I do know if that there are quite a few that seem to be set in High Schools, but I mean, schools are creepy, I’ll give them that.

This game is a Korean title from SONNORI Corp, which follows the story of student Hee-Min Lee as she braves the horrors inside of the school. He slips into school one day to hide a box of sweets for a girl that he likes, but then he suddenly gets trapped (that’s what kindness does to you) and is locked in the school with goodness knows what (well, a ghostly dead janitor apparently).

Apparently, there are lots of puzzles, multiple endings, and difficulty levels which change how scary the game is. The reviews of the game are quite varied, but overall it seems like a decent title, and definitely something you should check out if you like this style of game.

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He looks like he needs some sleep.

The Town Of Light (Italy)

I had actually heard of this game before I was doing research, so I’m not sure if it’s one of the more popular titles or not, but it does seem to be getting a fair amount of good reception. Developed and published by Italian developers LKA, this game is set in a hospital in Tuscany, Italy. You play a 16 years old girl called Renee, who was a patient at the hospital in the 1940s. You explore the world around you and relive the history of the main character and her confusion of the world.

What’s interesting is that the story can develop in different ways and that the story is actually based on real facts and events, and horror games are always scarier when they’re supposedly based on true stories.

Also, this game supports VR. So, if you really want to be transported to the first half of the 20th Century to a place that actually existed, then this is your chance.

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Stifled (Signapore) 

Now, this next game’s design (from Singapore developers Gattai Games) looks so amazing.  You see and hear your enemies through your microphone input. Yep. You heard me correctly. This is a game where you use ‘echolocation’. You create sound waves to reveal things. How rad is that?!

The sounds made by your in-game character and yourself reveal objects, however, by doing this it also makes enemies and creature aware of you, which is downright terrifying in my opinion. You have to make the choice of being quiet and staying hidden or making noises to progress (of course, you don’t have to make noises. You can bind it to a key if you want instead. But where’s the fun in that? I want my neighbours to think I’m crazy.)

This game follows the story of David Ridley, whose memories of trauma are turning his world into darkness. The developers of this game previously also made a game called Lurking, so if this style of game appeals to you or you want to try something new, then I suggest you check them out.

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Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale (South Africa)

Then we have the walking simulators of horror, although I believe that this is more of an adventure thriller game. Plus, there’s also point & click aspects, so it’s not entirely a walking simulator. I read that this is basically a ‘spooky adventure game’ with puzzles rather than a thrilling game with jumpscares, so that makes a nice change. The aesthetic of the game is inspired by horror though, as is takes place on an abandoned farm in the eastern Free State in South Africa. And nobody likes abandoned places.

The game follows struggling writer Peter York who becomes trapped in this place and has to confront a dark history in order to have his freedom. Your character is dealing with pain and loss, and you’ll be engaged in a story which spans multiple decades.

This game is the first of five planned instalments to the series, so I think it’s worth keeping an eye on (or two).

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Doorways (Argentina)

Doorways is an episodic first-person horror game, filled to the brim with horror and atmosphere. Again, this is a game that doesn’t seem to focus on jump scares but just makes you feel more and more uneasy as you progress. So that’s lovely.

You play as Thomas Foster, a special agent who has to find and track down four psychopaths. I always wondered what it would be like to have that kind of job, and now I can experience it virtually. The best chapter with the highest reception seems to be Chapter 4: Holy Mountains of Flesh (which is a great name for a chapter, by the way). All of the chapters are available in English and Spanish, so if you’re learning Spanish and like horror games (and tracking down mean people), then perhaps you should give this game a go.

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So there are some horror games that I stumbled upon this morning! I really enjoy looking around and searching for games like this, it really makes a change and some of them are really really awesome. Especially ones that incorporate history and mythology into them, I would certainly do that if I knew lots more about that sort of thing. I really need to crack out some folklore books.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

–LDG

Looking Back at May and A Fresh Start

JUNE ISSUE: POST #1

Recently, I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to writing. I’m not sure how often or how much I want to do it, and I don’t know what to write about and if it’s even good in the first place. But, I woke up today feeling like writing about something. So here’s a post for you. Apologies for not posting much this last week, but it’s June now so perhaps I can have a fresh start (hence part of the blog title, “A Fresh Start”. I knew the title would link to this post somehow). Although I guess I’m on a semi-hiatus? I’m still experimenting with my hobbies and every now and then I need a break to rethink things, since writing is by no means easy (for most people anyway), especially when it’s only something you got into a few months ago.

I do enjoy writing stories, however, and I was thinking about writing some based on video-games, but whether people would enjoy them or not, I have no idea. But again, I just want to do what I feel like doing, even if one day I have passion and other days I don’t, I think it’s okay. If one day I want to try something different- I want to be open-minded and give it a shot. So that’s what I’m aiming for. Perhaps you’ll see more stories and artwork on here for the month of June. Maybe even some photography. Or something completely different. But, whatever I post, I hope I’d have some support. Even knowing that one person is supporting me makes me happy. So thank you. And here’s to another month!

That means that yes, somehow May is already over, and if you look over at this post Ten Gamer Goals for May you’ll see that I was trying to complete some goals. And, I think I failed. A lot. But nevermind, I’m going to be trying out some of these same goals for June, so perhaps it’ll go better this time around! Let’s have a look back at how I did.

1) Do a video game book reading challenge

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I did finish the novel adaptation of Alan Wake by Richard Burroughs. It was pretty good. I really felt like I could imagine the whole game while reading (it’s a great game, by the way). The writing could have been better, but I’m happy I read it nonetheless. Next up I want to read the books for BorderlandsDragon Age, and BioShock. So, wish me luck!

2) Read Game Studies books/articles

I didn’t do this at all. I really should have since I have some Game Studies PDFs and all, but it’s okay. It’s just another fresh goal for June. Bring it on.

3) Read Game Magazines

I didn’t really do this that much either, but luckily I did pick up a few more for super cheap. So even though I didn’t read many, I did improve my collection at least. (Picking up more things instead of playing them? I think everyone can relate, right?).

4) Beat 5 Games

Last month I beat, let me see… 3 games. Which is a lot less than I wanted to beat, and a lot less than I was beating monthly last year. But hey-ho, they were games I really wanted to beat so I’m cool with it. They were the Dreamfall Chapters, Beyond Good & Evil and Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, so I’m pretty happy. I recommend all of them, too.

5) Earn one Platinum

Nope. Noppity-zero-none-nope. Nowhere near, unfortunately. This month I will conquer a game once and for all! (I hope.)

6) Play Silent Hill

Well, I did play it. I played some of it. I tried it. I was terrible at it. I really am not used to those controls. This isn’t going to be a goal for June since I’m probably not going to pick it up again for a while. Not until I do some hand exercises anyway.

7) Get 50 WordPress followers and maybe some gamer buddies? 

Oh! Neat. I actually did get over 50 WordPress follows, so that’s awesome. I won! I completed a goal. Now, am I trying to get to 100 follows in June? We’ll see. (Thank you to all my followers and readers, by the way).

8) Become more knowledgeable about games in general

I probably am somewhat. I read about games every day so I’m pretty sure my stats in gamer knowledge have risen. So, yay for that! More stats!

9) Watch some tv shows/movies based on video games

I thought I did this, but I actually didn’t. I went on a Jimmy Neutron binge instead. Oops.

10) Have fun!

Oh, I try. It’s hard, but I try. I need some tips to try and have more fun. How do people have fun nowadays? Please do let me know in the comments.

So, yeah! Those were the 10 gamer goals that I had set up for May, aaaaand I didn’t do so swell. But that’s okay, I mainly want to focus on beating more games and reading and trying to write what I can for this next month. Having goals is nice but you shouldn’t let them control your life.

What goals do you have for June? Let me know and we can support each other!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

My Favourite Songs on Rock Band (Wii)

MAY ISSUE: POST #30

Since I lost a lot of motivation to write anything today, I thought I would do a simpler post and also share some good (or good in my opinion at least) music while I’m at it. I like rock music, and I like Wii games, so when I finally received Rock Band for Christmas one year, I didn’t put it down for months. Years, even. I was constantly rocking. I didn’t actually play Guitar Hero at all until 2016. I was a full-on Rock Band person.

The first Rock Band game was released on Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii around 2007/2008. It was developed by Harmonix, distributed by EA and published by MTV Games. The game allows you to play with up to four people (or you can wing it solo, like me. Because I didn’t have friends that were as cool as me. Cough cough). You can play guitar, bass, drums or sing (if you want to deafen your neighbours), and even keyboard in the later editions of the game. The great thing about it is that you actually play physical plastic instruments, and that was the real fun part.

So what songs can you expect from Rock Band? Well, I’m mainly talking about Rock Band 1 and here, although there is, of course, another two games and Rock Band: The Beatles and Lego Rock Band to browse through if you so wish.

Let’s have a listen. Here are some songs that I played many many times.

Thank you to all the YouTube channels I got the videos from, and 
thank you to all the bands for making these great tracks in the 
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1. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers

No, I’m not singing along at all. Why would you even think that?

2. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

This song was on the first Rock Band but I’m linking this video because of the good quality. I love this song to death. This is probably one of the songs that I’ve continued to love and listen to for years and years.

3. Detroit Rock City – KISS

Can’t go wrong with some KISS. I remember buying the song after I played it in the game, although I don’t really love it as much recently. But, of course it’s still great, and I would love to be able play it on guitar one day.

4. Foreplay/Long Time – Boston

Boston is a great band. ‘Nuff said.

5. Tom Sawyer – Rush

This song is one of the best songs in existence though, to be honest, and I’m going to bless you with Rush playing it as well as the song itself. I’m too kind. Please, rock out all you wish, but don’t give yourself a concussion.

6. Welcome Home – Coheed and Cambria

I definitely played this song the most. Oh man, this was one of my favourite bands for a while, and a lot of their songs are still my favourite songs to date. I really need to play this on Rock Band again. I’m ready for some nostalgia.

7. Aqualung – Jethro Tull

I actually have a big history with Jethro Tull and his music. My Dad was and still is an avid fan, and he passed that onto me. So, I’ve seen him live numerous times. He’s incredibly talented.

8. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Come on, you have to mention this song. I’d be a criminal if I didn’t.

9. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains is another great band. I’m so glad this game introduced me to a lot of this genre music, whether it’s good that it was the game that did that though, I don’t know. But, hey, at least I got into rock even when I was a weird looking nerdy kid.

10. White Wedding – Billy Idol

And finally, don’t lie and tell me you don’t do a little shakey-head-nodding thing at the opening guitar riff.

What were your favourite Rock Band songs? Comment below!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

A Few Video Game-Related YouTube Channels You Should Watch!

MAY ISSUE: POST #27

I’m looking at the clock, and I literally have one minute to type this post. The reason being that I didn’t sleep too well and I woke up late and I missed my deadline, but since this is the first time ever that it’s happened since creating this blog, I’m allowing it.

Therefore, (as much as I don’t like YouTube anymore), I thought I would write a post about some YouTube channels that I don’t mind watching.

I used to be on YouTube myself and I used to use it probably close to 24/7, but its changed so much in recent years, and with all the drama that goes on behind closed doors, I don’t really feel comfortable browsing around it anymore. Of course, this is just me personally. It’s like this nostalgia thing. I love nostalgia, and YouTube is so different to when I used to use it back when I was an early teen. It seems crazy that so many people now use YouTube to earn money or to spread so much good or bad information, and that you have to have the most high-tech equipment and well put together videos to be popular and- no, it just doesn’t feel right to me. I miss the bad quality microphones and video. But of course,  I do respect people who do earn money from YouTube, don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome. But I personally only stick to channels that I like and make me feel good and happy or nostalgic. I do also watch a number of gameplay videos in other languages, mainly Japanese, but I won’t be mentioning those this time around.

So, without any further delay (since this post is already late) let’s get to it.

MetalJesusRocks

This is my ultimate favourite channel, which weirdly I only started watching no more than half a year ago. MetalJesus‘s videos feel more like a chill TV show of some sort (with a rad opening tune), and this is why I like it so much. He puts a lot of time into his content, and he has a crew with which he often records videos with and a massive growing collection which is a must-see. There’s a lot of information to be gained from this channel, and it’s entertaining and funny, and it’s easy on your ears if you want to leave something on in the background for a while. He currently has 538K subscribers, and I think he deserves way more as his videos often revolve around hidden gems on different systems, buying guides and pickup videos. My favourite videos, in particular, are the pickup videos with Radical Reggie, which is another channel you should check out because he seems like such a chill and nice dude, and definitely needs some more support. Let’s give these channels some more love, people (I’m counting on you!)

Yogscast/Angory Tom

Now I’m really opening up the doors to nostalgia. Oh man, the Yogscast channel is the channel I binged watched for years and years since around 2009. I watched right through their original Minecraft videos, and right through all their other early gameplay content as well (I even experienced their face reveal days! I also have an old t-shirt. I’m not trying to brag or anything). Recently, I haven’t watched their videos as much as their content has changed quite a lot, and I for one, love Lewis and Simon the best, so it’s been sad to not see them be a duo as much anymore. However, the whole crew is great, and they’re always up for a laugh and that’s what makes the channel fun to watch. I for one, will always watch their old videos and listen to their old podcasts, but as a channel as a whole, and with 7.2M subscribers to date, you can’t really miss out on giving them a watch.

Simon of the Yogscast has recently been in videos with Angory Tom a lot (fyi. who’s also part of the Yogscast), and Tom has one of the best voices for laid-back videos ever. Seriously, not being weird, but you could fall asleep to it. I absolutely loved his City Skylines and Planet Coaster and Parkitect videos, and now I’m obsessed with any new video which features Simon as well. He currently has 141K subscribers, but with content on the Yogscast channel as well, you can’t really miss him.

Game Grumps

Okay, I admit it, I haven’t been watching Game Grumps as much recently, and only because I haven’t been watching YouTube in general recently. I do miss them though, and although I’ve only been watching them for a few years, I do prefer a lot of their older content (Danny is my favourite. Just to say. I fangirl). One of my favourite series by them is, of course, their Sonic Boom series. It’s hilarious, and you really should take a look if you haven’t seen a Game Grumps video before. With 4.5M subscribers, you could also say that they’re on the popular side. They’re super nice people though (or so it seems), and they contrast nicely with the Britishness of the Yogscast, and Danny is also part of a band called Ninja Sex Party (you know you want to click that link).

ProJared

Last but not least, let’s go for another pretty calm channel. ProJared is definitely a smart guy though, and his videos are a great insight into a lot of games, and he gives very professional opinions (but also whilst being comedic. Which is important.) With 1M subscribers on his main channel, he talks to us as if he’s having a conversation with us, and that’s always nice when you want to feel less lonely but also want to become more knowledgeable about certain games (and also be a nerd). He uploads gameplay videos on his other channel, and they’re definitely work checking out too. Again, ProJared’s videos are nice to leave on in the background if you want to, for example, play games while listening to something. Then you’re double gaming almost. Or not. Just go watch his channel and stop reading whatever I’m rambling on about.

Something I’ve noticed with all of these channels though, is that they’ve been on YouTube for a long ass time. And maybe that’s why they’re so good. They’ve been through it all, so to speak, but I also believe that there hasn’t been much drama revolved around them, which is also nice. People have tried to show me other channels, but I’m pretty darn picky, and that’s okay. We all have our preferences. So with that being said, what are your favourite gaming-related YouTube channels? Should I go out of my comfort zone and check them out? Comment below!

Thank you for Reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

My Sims Game Collection

MAY ISSUE: POST #36

Hello everyone, and welcome to another collection post, where I showcase a random selection of my gaming collection. This post, in particular, is all about my Sims collection. Of course, The Sims series is huge, with a few spin-offs too to keep you going. This time last year, I actually only really had The Sims 3 games on PC, but my interest in the series grew and I scoured charity shops and car boot sales and this is what I’ve managed to pick up (so apologies for any ugly stickers. I know, I’m a mess). I think, surprisingly, the console editions were the first games I ever played from the series, and then I played The Sims 3 on PC through my teen years after that. I remember coming home sometimes and being obsessed all night. As a lot of people were. Ah, good times.

I still have a long way to go (miraculously) and unluckily, I’m currently in a bit of a pickle with The Sims 4 game I purchased (I hate how it’s the only one in the series where you can only register the code once) so I won’t be including that in this post (since it makes me sad- especially with the recent announcement of The Sims 4: Seasons).

But enough of my wallowing, I still have enough Sims games to last me a lifetime (actually, you can never have enough). So, let’s take a look at what I own.

First up, is, of course, the first Sims. I actually really enjoy this game a lot and I was playing it on my Windows XP computer not so long ago (as in, half an hour ago). It really was an absolutely great start to the series, and actually, some of the items that are available are better than the items in the games that follow (in my opinion). I feel like this Sims was the most mature in the series too since the more recent releases definitely have taken a more family-friendly turn. I’m missing only two more main expansion packs for The Sims, and I can’t wait to grab them and finish off this particular part of the collection.

Then we have The Sims 2. What interests me the most is the giant leap between the games, since it’s pretty incredible how far they’ve come. I actually only have one main expansion pack missing (I have The Sims 2: Fun with Pets Collection but forgot to include it in the photo) but it seems to be a tad more expensive and a little hard to find. This is a really great set of expansion packs though, and overall, you get a game full of lots of content. I personally really like Seasons, because I like seeing my Sims trying to work out what on earth to do with all that snow (and slipping over. I think I’m a sadist).

The Sims 3 definitely has my favourite cover art from the series, and I also remember explicitly when I first tried to play the game on my PC and it ran terribly. But then I came home from school one day and my Dad had installed more RAM or something like that, and it ran smoothly from that day forth. I had never been more excited, and that’s when my addiction began. So thanks for that, Dad.

Now moving onto a series that I want to get more into. I’ve hardly played any games from the Sim City series, but I know I love city building games, so I can’t wait to dig into these. The whole idea of the games is great, and it seems like another set of games that has developed a lot over the years.

Let me just say, I LOVE the MySims series. Well, the two games on Wii anyway. I played them so much when I was a kid, and I beat them both earlier this year for nostalgia reasons (and because I genuinely think they’re great). I don’t know what it is about them, especially MySims, but I find them so relaxing and the feeling I get while playing them makes me feel pleasant and happy. You really have to give the Wii ones a try if you love cute and laidback games. I really need to get Agents, Skyheroes, and Racing.

And, lastly, we have the console editions of The Sims series. I only recently got The Sims: Bustin’ Out, but I can’t wait to try it. I also haven’t really played Urbz much yet either, but from what I have played, I know I’d love it. As for The Sims 1 and on PS2, I played those quite a bit when I was younger, and they were so cool to me. To be honest, they still are. The fact that they had story modes and that I actually found the first game difficult was shocking to me, and I had so much fun with it. The Sims 3: Pets to me was a lot to be desired, but it’s still cool that there are console releases like that, and I never say no to adding them to my collection.

And there we have it! Those are all my Sims games so far! I think I have a pretty neat collection built up (and they definitely take up quite a bit of space on my shelf). Maybe one day I’ll have a full collection, but until then, I really should focus on playing them more. 

Oh, and of course, with rumours spreading about EA being an apparent bitch recently, we probably won’t be getting any more Sims games apart from the mobile ones. Which is pretty sad, but, maybe it has run it’s course. The older ones will always be my favourites anyway.

What is your favourite Sims title? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG