Save Point April 2018

Holy convention Batman! This month I went from having never been to a convention before to having attended 2!

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I was at Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year, volunteering with Chicago Loot Drop. We’re an organization of Chicago land nerds uniting to raise money for Comer Children’s Hospital. After a few hours helping out at their booth I was free to roam the show floor and wow, was there a lot to see. And you all can see it too via my extended vlog:

or if you’re looking for something shorter I have a mini vlog version as well,

I’m especially proud of this one (and all my convention coverage, really) because it was totally out of my comfort zone. I’m not used to vlogging in public and have never worked with this much footage. It was a trip.

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Speaking of trips: I made my way over to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Midwest gaming Classic.

Check out the weekend here:

More feminist killjoy content

I wrote an article about how fighting for representation can’t end with Geguri as a written follow up to some things that have been weighing on me since that initial video.

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A Way Out is damn excellent

This is a game that has been on my radar since it’s initial announcement. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be (in terms of puzzles) which concerned me because I was planning on playing with my brother Edwin who is notoriously bad at puzzles. Fortunately it wasn’t very hard (but wasn’t so easy that it got boring). Anyway, A Way Out is absolutely brilliant. What shocked me the most was that the narrative was one of the best I’ve ever experienced in a video game. And while I don’t think it’s the best game of the year (Celeste is definitely “better”) it’s my personal favorite game of 2018 so far, although God Of War is quickly coming for that title.

I wrote about how the mandatory co-op element truly drives the experience which you can read about here.

And I did my first video review:

Kirby was not

I absolutely adore Kirby but Kirby Star Allies legitimately sucks. If you haven’t picked it up yet, don’t. It’s an adorable game with some good ideas but it’s way too easy and monotonous. I detail the experience in this article.

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Coming Up…

  • Midwest Gaming Classic Pickups video
  • Gamecube HDMI Unboxing/Review
  • E3 predictions video (for Nerd Much)
  • Some tech reviews (for Nerd Much)
  • That inevitable God Of War related content (hopefully!)

What I’m Playing

  • Kirby Star Allies // is it over yet? (sort of on pause rn)
  • Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime // love this but I’m moving through the campaign quite slowly (sort of on pause rn)
  • FIFA 18 // back on my tournament grind! This one is Bitch Planet 3. The theme is all women’s teams.
  • God Of War // My #1 focus going into May. I’m loving it so far but I’m sad I can’t marathon through it since hearty campaigns can end up taking me a month (at best).
  • I’m ignoring Doom and Dishonored until further notice; too many games on my plate and Funky Kong is almost here!

 

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Save Point March 2018

Hey all, it’s been a while. Rather than try and encapsulate 2 months into 1 I’m going to mainly focus on March.

A few things from February though…

I had an article go up on Kotaku: My Grandiose Quest To Play (and Love) FIFA’s Most Underappreciated Teams. Which involved me breaking down those elaborate region based FIFA tournaments I do with my brother Edwin and explaining the beauty of FIFA (18): it connects us with those around us and the world at large.

I had another article go up on Nerd Much: The Value of Finishing Video Games You Don’t Like where I shared my experiences finishing games I’m not crazy about, what I got out of that, and how this doesn’t mean I finish every game I start (an important distinction).

I GOT A GAMING PC

That’s right; that’s right. It finally happened and wow this has already drastically improved my life. So many more video games are available right at my finger tips and (perhaps more importantly) editing/video recording is so much smoother.

I bought a Cyber Power PC AMD Ryzen 5 1600X which you can watch me unbox on my channel. I linked everything I purchased, in detail, in the description.

Speaking of YouTube

Things have been going great. I’m almost at 250 subscribers so make sure you’ve subscribed if you haven’t already.

I finally got around to doing my 100+ subs celebration (an ask me anything video):

For 200 subs I’m doing a room tour. I already recorded the footage: I just have to edit it together.

Lastly, I had my first ever guest on the channel! My brother came through: he gifted me a surprise gift from Kickstarter. The Brawler 64 Gamepad aka a N64 controller with modern updates. We open it up, give first impression, and play it to get a feel for how it actually controls. I loved doing this collab. We got almost 500 views on this video, 23 likes, and a lot of comments so I’m happy to say the community loved it too.

Speaking of Collabs

I guested on Nintendo Domain Podcast again. This Nintendo podcast has such a great cast of guys. Conversations always feel relaxed and well balanced so if you’re a Nintendo fan definitely check this out.

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This time around I talk about Kirby.

I also featured on We The Nerdy’s Gamer Cast for the first time.

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Sean Capri, the host of this podcast, reached out to me to collab. That’s when I went through the archives of his show and I have to say: WOW. He has so much energy. He’s a quirky passionate person and his podcast is definitely a must listen. I was so inspired going through the archives and hearing him talk to other creatives. You can check out my guest feature here.

Lastly, I guested on The Bad Bit Show podcast

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and talked about what it’s like being a woman trying to make it in the industry (among other things).

Website Updates

Logos

You may have already noticed but I completely updated this site thanks to some work from my friend Katherine and my Ally Almore. Katherine does 2D art for fun and Ally is a professional photographer in Chicago, IL.

Katherine designed some logos. Here is the one you can find on the website.

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You can see those photos across my platforms online but here are a few you might’ve missed/that I may not have used yet. For more of Ally’s work you can check out her website.

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Patreon is going strong

I gained 2 new folks on Patreon and one of my Patrons raised their pledge! If you’re not familiar with my work on Patreon you can watch this video:

I’m about $22 shy from doubling my video output. Yay!

Coming Up…

  • 2 videos for The Bulletin, a series I’m running on Nerd Much’s YouTube channel
  • More articles for Nerd Much.
  • My first ever convention! The Midwest Gaming Classic
  • Reviews on my channel

What I’m Playing

  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Dishonored
  • Doom

To keep up with the games I’m playing, have played, etc check out my Grouvee page.

Website Update

When I started this website I decided it would be a hub world for all my gaming thoughts: it both has and hasn’t been that. Currently gameonysus.com is schrödinger’s blog. I want to make the focus clearer so here’s what I have in mind going forward. 

Rather than trying to make this site both a portfolio and a blog in itself, I’m going to take the former route. This will officially be a hub world rather than its own world as well. Here’s what you can expect from here on out:

  • Updates featuring the work I’ve done in a give month.
  • Permanent links to all the places you can follow me and view my content.
  • As necessary, informal posts updating you on my gaming life & career in the games industry.

So what does that mean for the other series I’ve started here? 
Rest assured, I will be adding to my fuckboys in gaming history series. It’s what the world needs.

I don’t want to announce anything just yet but my plan is to create another blog (or two!) so that my content can be given a proper home and space to grow. This will help me be more organized because now my website will have a clear purpose. I also hope this will be helpful to all of you. Maybe some people like the writing I’ve done here but don’t care for updates on my other projects or vice versa. By separating everything and giving it all a clear mission statement, I can be more organized and you guys can get the content you actually want. Remember you can read my articles on NerdMuch.com, check out my YouTube content on Bit By Bit, like my Facebook page for gaming updates and some live videos, and follow me on Twitter.

Stay tuned!

–J