I now have a backlog of posts that were suppose to be done but are not. Go me! One day I will have dedicated time to just write and not get stuck with writer’s block for a week on one topic. Like a unclean truck stop restroom, once this clog is out of the way better things are sure to come.
Anywho hello! I hope this month treated you better than it did me for the most part. I have no idea where the month went, but now we have entered the best part of the year. Summer is gone and the bone chilling air of Autumn is now here! I am not a fan of the heat, so having cooler weather and watching the environment change around me is a nice welcome. Plus, this is the first Fall in a while that I don’t have to waste staring at textbooks and can enjoy the nature around me. It is the small things at this point that keep me going, but that is not a problem when you have good things around you.
There were little posts posted this month due to the writer’s block that I mentioned. I’m happy to say that that is now over. A new post will be out on Monday, and after that should hopefully remain constant for a while. Other than that, work has been busy since we have reached evaluation month. Since I supervise multiple people, I have to write out each of their evaluations and their documents for next year’s performance cycle, so yeah a lot of writing that I’m doing for work. On the free time side of things, I would say that I have been productive in getting somethings lined up.
Finished This Month
I finished one game this month. Not only that, but it was a game that came out this year that I didn’t put on the backburner for once! I finished playing NEO: The World Ends With You after finishing the first game for the first time last month. I had a good time playing NEO. It was definitely more TWENY that I wanted, and the game succeeded in being a good sequel minus a few things. The Backlog Tale for that game is already in the works and should be out soon.
NEO: The World Ends With You
Is it weird to see a game in my “New Additions” section that is also in my “Finished This Month” section? Yeah its weird for me to but at the same time something that feels like this is how I’m supposed to play all of my games. Huh. Weird.
Tales of Arise
The game that I’m currently working on right now. So far I am having a great time with it. It definitely scratches that Tales of itch that I like to play, while also including a lot of new elements that makes this feel like a true next-gen game for what’s that worth. Also any game that has an owl party member and a mechanic where you have to search for more owls will automatically be the best game that I’ve played.
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
I was buying something offline and this showed up in my suggestions area for $11. I borrowed this game from a friend a long time ago, but never finished it since I got to hard stage in the later levels. I still have my save data from the game, so I said sure. Besides that, this is a good game from what I remembered and it has some decent challenge to it.
Final Fantasy (PSP)
This version of Final Fantasy is considered one of the better ones. I found it in a thrift store for cheap one day and decided to add it to my collection. Now I just need to dust off the new PSP I got a while ago and actually play the games on it.
Castlevania Advance Collection
I have been waiting for this collection to be announced. I wasn’t expecting it to be shadow drop the day it was announced, but I do love me some Castlevania and this collection saves me from spending stupid money to buy the originals (or the Wii U versions). I plan on playing as many Castlevania games that I can in October, so these will definitely be in the mix.
I am in the second half of Tales of Arise. I think I can finish this month, as long as I can pull myself from doing every side quest that I see available. On top of that, Kat got Deathloop and has been enjoying that on the PS5. So being the good partner that I am, I am sharing the PS5 with her. While she is playing that, I got sucked back into Civilization VI. I still don’t know how to play the game effectively, but I’m winning so far for now I think. While I think I am bad at Civ, I do have a good time playing it and the meme about “just one more turn” is real. If I do manage to win, I will count that as “finishing” the game and can check it off the list.
Plans for October
Tales of Arise will be done this month. There aren’t that many October releases that I’m excited for. I know people are excited for Metroid Dread, but I’m in the wake me up when Prime 4 comes out boat. I’ll eventually play it, but I’m not in a rush to. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania looks fun despite me buying Super Monkey Ball 2 a few weeks before this was announced… If there are any games that you would like to see get rereleased for current hardware, let me know so that I can go buy it and speed up the eventual rerelease. Other than that, my wife and friends are excited for Back 4 Blood since they played lots of Left 4 Dead back in the day. I have no attachment to it, but I will never turn down the opportunity to play games with friends.
After watching Capcom’s presentation yesterday, the itch to continue Monster Hunter Rise has returned. Even though I finished the main story and everything, there is still a lot of content that I haven’t gotten around to yet. With even more content coming out in Summer 2022, I think now is a good time to head back in.
Also starting this month, I will be streaming Castlevania games over on my Twitch channel (twitch.tv/danamesx). That starts tonight at some point when I make up my mind on which one I’m playing first. My plan is to play, stream, and beat as many as I can during the month of October. Streams will happen on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.
On the gaming front, I’m doing good so far. In the exercise department, the low motivation from last month is still lingering. I have all the desire to workout after work, but when the time comes my body and mind just want to shut down. I do little things to keep myself active so that I don’t feel like a complete failure already. I have a standing desk at work which I have been using more frequent. Since I work behind a close door, I sometimes do squats or push-ups to get my body moving. I have been eating much better at least and have significantly reduce my portion intakes for every meal (maybe not lunches if I forgot to eat/bring breakfast to work). I still haven’t fixed my scale/bought a new one…so this challenge is going greeeeeat.
Weight loss: ???
Pounds to go: 50
Games Finished This Month: 1
Total Games Finished: 3/50
That’s all I got this month. Maybe if I can train my body to stop falling asleep so early I can maybe finish more things.
Pretty excited about the Castlevania GBA Collection, too. I found a copy of Circle of the Moon a few months back, but there’s no way I wanted to shell out $100+ for Aria of Sorrow…
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Yeah. I was originally going to pick them all up on the Wii U Virtual Console…but I got lazy and never did it (glad it payed off at the end!). I’m lucky that I picked up Dawn of Sorrow way back so that I can play that next after Aria.
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