Video Wrap Up! December 2018

Greetings, it’s me, and it’s time to look back on my videos from December 2018! November was a good start to my channel, but December was an even better month for growing and improving. I’m being totally serious when I say that I am really proud of myself, and I’m super happy with how I’ve progressed so far. Of course, it’s January 2019 now, so I’m even more excited for what this year will bring.

Thank you so much for any support so far! And I hope you had a Happy New Year.

Here are all the videos from December 2018 ūüôā My favourite being the one I uploaded on New Years Eve! So that one shall get the spotlight.

let’s try RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and fail to make a good park

And here are the other videos that were uploaded to my channel during the month of December:

let’s try Jet Set Radio and fail to run away

let’s play Magicka and fail to have control (#2)

let’s play Psychonauts and fail to stay calm (#4)

let’s try Wuppo and fail to contain myself

let’s try Captain Spirit and fail to be awesome

let’s play Psychonauts and fail to navigate (#5)

let’s try SimCity 2000 and fail to not destroy

let’s try Jade Empire and fail to be nice

let’s play Psychonauts and fail to stay sane (#6)

let’s try Mad Games Tycoon and fail to make games

let’s play Psychonauts and fail to build an army (#7)

let’s try Sundered and fail to marry

I also made a Christmas special which was extremely fun!

I tried to make a 2018 Christmas Special

Again, thank you so so much. I am eternally grateful for any subscribers or views I get. I will certainly try my best for 2019! ūüôā

-Hannah

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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 2,¬†the 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! РHannah. 

UPDATE: I’ve Returned

So, here I am, once again, with a blank canvas in front of me. Of course, there isn’t that much pouring out of my rusty dusty brain at the moment, as much as I wish I was drowning in ideas, I’m still in quite a slump, and the cogs are trying to turn. But, with that being said, at least some of my motivation is back.
Around the beginning of June I lost a lot of interest in playing games, and I mean a lot,¬†and for the next two months, well, I’m really not sure what I did, since I didn’t even update my blog either during that whole period. I think I was in another world somewhere. But since my husband moved in with me a few weeks ago (after his visa was accepted- booyah!), I’m feeling a bit more, lets say, addicted to gaming again.


With that being said, I’m sitting here next to him repeatedly asking him to help me with ideas for a post. “What should I write about?” “Should I do this- should I do that?” Bleh, I don’t know. It’s pretty hard to come straight back into something after being in a big flop, but I think I want to take a more organised approach (ha, I’ll be lucky).

I’m still trying to decide how I want this website to be, so I’m jotting down some ideas because I really¬†really¬†want it to be cool, you know. If there is at least¬†one¬†cool thing in my life, I want it to be this. So there we have it. This week, my goal is to make this website a cool, fun place to be (please have mercy).

I’m not writing much for this post, just because like I said, I really want to get organised and make sure I know what on earth I’m talking about (which is never, usually). So please, bear with me, and more video gaming stuff will be coming soon. Very soon.


If you have¬†any¬†suggestions, please let me know. I’d be happy to write requests (as long as it’s not some sort of steamy fanfiction you want or something, I think I’ll need more practice before I delve into that sort of world -cough cough-)

So yeah!
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¬†2¬†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 
first place.

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

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¬†2¬†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

The Beaten Diaries #13: Dishonored and Why Stealth is Fun for Some People (and not me)

MAY ISSUE: POST #35

So, I’m really bad at stealth. I mean¬†really¬†bad. First of all, it makes me paranoid, and who enjoys feeling paranoid? Well, some people, maybe, but I don’t get thrill out of it at all (I don’t even like the tension in games shows). With that being said, I have enjoyed¬†some¬†stealth aspects in video games. Recently,¬†I played¬†Beyond Good & Evil, and it became one of my favourite PS2 games. But with that being said, I think there’s a difference between stealth on the PS2 and stealth in more modern gaming. I for one think it’s more difficult nowadays, but then again, maybe I haven’t tried enough sneaky games to really have a proper opinion (so don’t trust what I say, basically).

With that being said, I was really excited to try Dishonored back at the beginning of 2017. However, I had no idea that it was technically a stealth game, and I went in weapons ablazing, and then got miraculously stuck when it came to having to sneak past some guards.

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I don’t know whether it’s because I get really nervous, or because I rush things when I’m nervous, but I was terrible at those parts of the game. I did beat the game though (I know, it’s shocking)… on high chaos that is (meaning that I shot a lot of people and kept stealth attacks to a minimum. Oops. Well, at least I got a trophy for it). Overall¬† I beat the game on normal difficulty, but it felt harder than normal and I didn’t even get more than 25% trophy percentage. I felt pretty ashamed.

But anyway, before I delve into the world of stealth, let’s look into the game¬†Dishonored a little bit because it is a well-loved franchise after all, and a lot of people enjoy it and I understand why.¬†Dishonored¬†is a stealth (well, it’s¬†meant¬†to be stealth. I changed it into the least stealthiest game in the world) action-adventure video game, published by Bethesda Softworks (also known for the¬†Fallout¬†series, of course, among other titles) and developed by Arkane Studios.

The game throws you into the word of an assassin, who seeks revenge! Set in Dunwall, you begin as the bodyguard for the Empress, but then she gets killed and her daughter is kidnapped, so that’s not very good. Your character, Corvo, escapes just before his execution (lucky for him), and with the help of some loyalists, you become an assassin to help restore the Empress’s daughter, Emily, to the throne. It’s all very exciting, I must say. I really wonder what being an assassin must be like. I’d be too nervous to be one, to be honest. I’d constantly ask if it’s okay to assassinate people and then apologize for killing them for weeks afterward.

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So what about stealth games? And why do some people like stealth more than others? This is the question I’m raising for this post today.

I’ve been browsing some forum posts revolving around this type of question, and these are the thoughts that I’ve decided to note. Someone said that they’re a fan of stealth because it requires a lot more thought and planning, and they say it’s a lot more satisfying when you complete a mission without setting off alarms or killing anyone. But somebody has also commented, that if a game gives them guns, they’re going to use them, and they find it boring to sneak past enemies rather than straight-up shoot them. I personally side with this second comment to an extent. I definitely find it way more fun to run around and shoot everything and laugh manically, but really,¬†should¬†it be fun? Why is killing in games fun in the first place? Maybe it’s because doing bad things is stimulating, but of course,, in games you don’t experience the consequences like you would in real life.

So maybe that’s why stealth is fun for some people. Maybe the thrill of¬†almost¬†getting caught but then managing to quietly kill your enemy is way more satisfying than getting noticed and then shooting everyone around you in¬†a frenzy. Especially since you can’t really do that sort of thing in real life. I for one actually have definitely enjoyed killing¬†some¬†enemies in games by sneaking around a corner and grabbing them and smashing their head against a wall and strangling them (it’s hard not to sound like a psycho, but seriously, I’m not). But playing a¬†whole¬†game stealth? It gets a tad boring for me.¬†So I guess, all in all, I enjoy games that let you choose and strategise. I like having control and choosing what to do in the situation, rather than being limited to one particular tactic.

Some people really enjoy strategizing in games and spending the time to think about what they’re doing. I suppose these are also the same people who like puzzles and are very patient, perhaps, But then again, I love puzzle games and have patience but hate stealth, so I guess it just depends on the person (and how they like to kill people). But again, I hate tension a lot. So crawling around a room for a while trying not to get caught just makes me feel on edge a bit too¬†much. But I guess playing a game stealth changes the whole experience entirely too, and it gives you more options. Some stealth games actually give you the choice not to kill¬†anything, and I understand the satisfaction with that, especially if you finished playing a game like¬†Killing Floor¬†or something beforehand. It definitely makes a nice change.

The main thought I have here is about tension. I suppose stealth is seen a lot in horror games too because of this reason. Which is why I absolutely screamed my head off when my husband was playing¬†Alien Isolation¬†and I accidentally watched at the wrong moment and he was stealthing and something was behind him and he didn’t notice and- shudder. Stealth definitely makes horror games more intense, and I guess, more fun and scary for certain people.

Another point is that I also think that stealth can make you feel cleverer in the long run, especially if you outsmart enemies or aliens or whatever you’re up against, and your actions really do matter. So really, it’s up to you to decide what sort of gameplay you enjoy, and whether you can handle the¬†anxiety of nearly getting caught.

Thus, even though this was a mishmash of thoughts regarding stealth, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the topic.¬†Do you enjoy stealth games? Or do they make you too nervous like me? Let me know in the comments!

Examples of games where you can stealth-it-up include:  

‚ô¶Metal Gear Solid (another series I was absolutely terrible at, but 
I think I just need practice)
‚ô¶The Evil Within
‚ô¶Batman: Arkham Asylum
‚ô¶Splinter Cell
‚ô¶Deus Ex
‚ô¶Hitman
‚ô¶Thief

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Artist Spotlight #7: Sebastian G Hyde

MAY ISSUE: POST #32

Since I’ve been on a¬†Sims¬†kick recently, I thought I would look into some of the artists for at least one of the games in the series (and it wasn’t easy to choose). I’ve seen a few pieces of art for¬†The Sims¬†series before and it’s actually really awesome. I don’t know about you, but when I think of concept art, the first thing that comes to mind is like, adventure and giant landscapes and protagonists and heroines, but no, of course, there’s also the art for chill games like¬†The Sims, and that’s exactly why I’m showcasing¬†Sebastian G Hyde with you today.

I personally love¬†The Sims, and that goes for both the PC and console releases. The first game on PC was released in the year 2000, and of course, has been very popular and still holds up today. The style of the series has definitely gone through a lot of changes though. I personally like the earlier eras, but that’s probably because I like retro and nostalgic things.

So, who is this artist I’m showcasing anyway? Let’s have a look.

Name: Sebastian G Hyde 
Links: Webiste Fine Art Website 
All artwork owned by Sebastian G Hyde. Images are gathered are from
his websites.

Sebastian G Hyde was probably born drawing or at least started at a very young age. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised just north of Seattle, Washington. He graduated with a BA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1989. What’s awesome is that he holds (or did hold) a weekly drawing session at his home studio, which many local artists attended. I really¬†really¬†wish I could’ve attended too. Woah, is that motivation I feel?¬†

But anyway, first off, let’s take a look at some of his concept art, and then move onto some of his more personal work. He has created a range of art pieces and really awesome ones at that.

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He produced artwork for games in¬†The¬†Sims series such as¬†Pets, Castaway¬†and¬†Urbz, and honestly, there’s so much work on his website(s) that you can’t go wrong with having a browse. I don’t think you can blame me for including so many either. I love his pencil work and the shading that he does, and also the few pictures that do have colour are coloured so nicely. It really captures the fun and light-heartedness of¬†The Sims¬†series in general.

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He has of course also produced concept art for other games and game concepts, including Motor Derby, Crystal Castle, Mutants,  and Master of Magic II. Even his artwork alone makes me want to try out these games, even though Mutants was only a concept.These images in particular have a pretty unique style to them.

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There are also illustration and 2D and 3D art pieces on his website, but I want to move onto his other website, which is a compilation of his fine art pieces. I don’t think I’ve yet really talked about fine art when it comes to concept artists, and it’s nice to finally feature some. There are lots of drawing to browse through, so I recommend you take a look for yourself. But first, here are some of his figure drawings. I took some figure drawing classes for a while, and I can tell you that it’s not easy at all. Although, Sebastian sure makes it¬†look easy. But these pieces are really beautiful, and the colours¬†are really nice too. He’s definitely a talented dude.

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Finally, I think we should finish off by looking at some wonderful landscapes. I know I say this a lot, but you really can’t go wrong. He really has experimented a lot, and that is definitely what makes him a great artist.

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And he clearly has a sense of humour too.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG