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GamePlay Blog #5

GamePlay Blog Week 5, October 10-16

This week, I played some games that have already been recorded on this blog, and another one that hasn’t made an appearance yet. Here they are:

-Two Dots (iPhone app)

-Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

-PilotWings Resort (3DS)

-Smashy Roads (iPhone app)


-Two Dots

-Duration for the week: ~5 hours

As usual, I logged some solid hours playing Two Dots wherever I went. Game time varied from 5 minute to 20 minute sessions. It depended on how easy the levels were and my patience at the time I was playing. I’m now in the 1100 levels, so catching up to how many levels are actually in the game. I think catching up by the end of this course is a good goal to have. Hopefully I can do that. We’ll see.


-Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Duration for the week: 30 minutes

I did not play this game much because it continued to frustrate and confuse me, so I will be returning it to my boyfriend this week in hopes of playing some other new games that make me feel happier and a lot less frustrated. I played it while we were FaceTiming, one time in my house.


-PilotWings Resort

Duration for the week: 1.5 hours

I played PilotWings Resort a few times this week inside my home, during sessions of about 15-20 minutes each. I discovered that there isn’t much to do in the game, so I didn’t play it for very long. But I did play it when I was feeling tense or stressed. It calmed me right down and made me feel very peaceful. I think I will be keeping this game around until the end of the term!


-Smashy Roads

Duration for the week: ~30 minutes

I was introduced to Smashy Roads in the summer by my boyfriend, and it’s a quick little game that I played a few times while at home. It kind of makes me feel anxious while playing because I’m being chased by police, but it’s lots of fun and improves my reflexes, I’d like to think.

GamePlay Blog #4

GamePlay Blog Week 4, October 3-9

This week, I had the opportunity to play a few newer games, as well as some that I have already played. The games I played were:

-Two Dots (iPhone app)

-Just Dance Now (computer game)

-Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

-PilotWings Resort (3DS)


-Two Dots

Duration for the week: 4 hours

Of course I played Two Dots this week. Nothing out of the ordinary, I played it for several sessions varying from 3 minutes to 20 minutes long. I was usually in a happy mood while playing, although I was stuck on a tricky level for a couple days which increased my concentration and made me feel lightly frustrated. I played it while at the bus stop, in my home, and while waiting for class to start. As well, sometimes while I was on the bus. I really want to beat all the levels up to what’s currently been released. I think it will give me more free time.


-Just Dance Now

Duration for the week: 40 minutes

I played Just Dance Now in the comfort of my own room for one session this week that was about 40 minutes.  A lot of the time it was configuring the game and understanding the whole computer/iPhone concept. I am still very accustomed to playing it on the Wii. Even though I was playing Just Dance Now alone, I was still feeling fairly embarrassed to be playing this game, alone in my room. Me, a 19 year old. Maybe it was the fear my housemates would hear me, or just fearing someone finding out somehow. I don’t know. I had fun though, and liked dancing to some new songs that I hadn’t tried yet. Playing this is partly what inspired my TKQ proposal.


-Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Duration for the week: 1.5 hours

This was an interesting experience. It was my first time playing this game, and it was difficult for me to pick up and enjoy. The gameplay is challenging, and I think it is more directed at players that have played the first Luigi’s Mansion game. I have not played that game. Most of the time playing I was feeling frustrated and angry for not understand how to play it for most of the time. There’s not a lot of instruction in the game so it was hard to learn. This did not make me want to play more, and I was reluctant to look up how-to’s because that’s effort and time and I don’t have much these days. I played this game in the comfort of my own home.


-PilotWings Resort

Duration for the week: 2 hours

This game was suggested I play by my boyfriend after my increasing frustration with the other 3DS game. It was exactly what I needed- I felt so relaxed and happy while playing this! I played several twenty and thirty minute sessions in my home during the weekend. It was lots of fun, and this game does have a few missions, but for the most part I just free-played and flew around Wuhu Island. It was awesome.

GamePlay Blog #3

GamePlay Blog Week 3, September 26-October 2.

Monday October 2

This week, I was on a kind of mini-vacation for my birthday, but luckily, it was to my boyfriend’s house, where there were lots of games, so this week I get to write about playing some new ones. He also gave me some 3DS games to play in the next two weeks before I visit again.  The four games I played this week were:

-Two Dots (iPhone game)

-Super Mario World (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)

-Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)

-Just Dance Now (iOS)


Two Dots

Duration for the week: 2 hours

This week I obviously played Two Dots, because it’s my favorite game, but I only really played it in the days I was on the island. I was too busy and had other things to do for the rest of the week. However, one of the nights I won a “free hour of unlimited lives” so I was pleased about that and beat some hard levels. I was in a good mood when I played Two Dots, and often played it when waiting for a class to start or the bus to arrive.


Super Mario World

Duration for the week: 2 hours

I played two player mode with my boyfriend in his house for two hours. It was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot. Super Mario World is probably my favorite Mario game ever because it is very detailed and has lots of secret levels and is actually fairly challenging. We played on a file that we had started in the summer and played just for fun, although we ended up beating Bowser too. I felt really happy and content when playing it.


Mario Kart 7

Duration for the week: 20 minutes

My boyfriend and I played on DS Download play for about twenty minutes while on the bus to the SkyTrain. Since I was playing on a 3DS, it started to hurt my eyes quite quickly, but when I turned the 3D off, it seemed boring. I enjoyed Mario Kart on my DS when I was  younger, like about a decade ago, but now I more enjoy playing it on the Switch. We didn’t play long because I was feeling bored and frustrated- because I was bored and my eyes hurt, I wasn’t playing well and got last place on every course we did! Definitely not my usual!


Just Dance Now

Duration for the week: 2 hours

This was my first time playing Just Dance Now- a console is not needed for the game- just a screen, and my phone was my remote. I had played Just Dance before and own several of the Wii games. However, my boyfriend and I were also playing with his three little brothers and another of our friends, so I was a little embarrassed at first as I was the only girl but I slowly got more comfortable. I had fun while playing it and enjoyed the new concept of my phone being a remote, even though it was glitchy at times. I would like to play this in my own home now that I know this is a thing. Just Dance is a great way to get in shape while playing video games. All in all, a good week of gaming.

GamePlay Blog #2

GamePlay Blog Week 2, September 19-25.

Monday Sept 25

This week, I was also very busy but managed to play at least three games. This coming week I will be going to my boyfriend’s house, and he owns every Nintendo console ever made, so I will have a lot more variety this coming week.  The three games I played were:

-The Sims 3 (PC)

-TwoDots (iPhone game)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone game)


Sims 3

Duration for the week: 5 hours

This week I played Sims 3 for five hours one night and one night only. I managed to redo all my hard work that was lost last week when I didn’t save.  I felt kind of anxious because of the last time I played. I saved the game every ten minutes and luckily was able to create all my families and houses before the game eventually did crash. Because of this, I didn’t play the Sims 3 any more this week- also because I was tight on time and felt discouraged that my game keeps crashing- I may have to reset my game once again. Instead of feeling calm and at ease like I usually do when playing Sims 3, I felt anxious, distressed and frustrated at the end when it crashed. Why! Also, I played Sims 3 only at home, because my computer battery drains so fast when I’m playing, so it needs to always be plugged in, and also, I’m pretty sure I would judged very  hard if I was playing the Sims 3 in the VIU library.



Duration for the week: 7 hours

My game review was about Two Dots, so this week I put a lot more time and observance into the little game. I played it for at least an hour today and turned on the game notifications so that I would know when all my lives were refilled. I was feeling analytical when playing around the time I was writing the review. It made me enjoy the game less and I felt distracted from just playing and figuring out the puzzles. Also, the power up that I’m currently at is quite challenging and makes it harder to complete the levels, which means they take longer, and I run out of lives faster! I will be happier when I’m on to the next power up phase, which I think is a fun one. After I finished the review, I found playing the game more fun, and often played it while I was on the bus, or waiting for class to start, or simply when I was relaxing at home.


-Pokemon Go

Duration for the week: <15 minutes

I played Pokemon Go sparingly this week, even less than last week, and only when I was waiting for the bus or in an area I knew there was a Pokestop. The game totally bores me now and I have no idea why I still play it, it just makes me feel annoyed whenever I play it. The game is slow, the gym system is dumb now, and the game is littered with so many common Pokemon that I can’t ever find anything I actually need. But I just can’t bring my self to stop playing it, because I beat the first generation and still oddly feel like this is something to be proud of. Even though it isn’t.

GamePlay Blog #1

GamePlay Blog Week 1, September 11-18.


Academic methodology:

In these blog posts, I will record what games I’ve played throughout the past week. I will also include a brief recording of how I feel about the game play I’m recording. My recording will include duration, game, location, time of day and anything else that seems important. On Mondays each week, I will post this daily information in blog posts just like this one.


Monday Sept 18

This week, I have had a very busy week, but nonetheless managed to squeeze in some gaming during my rare gaps of free time. The three main games I played were:

-The Sims 3 (PC)

-TwoDots (iPhone game)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone game)


Firstly, the Sims 3, I played twice for about four hours each time on two different days.  Since it is a game on my laptop, I only play it in the comfort of my own home, usually in the evening or night time. The first session, I was playing aimlessly and did not make any goals for myself, which is rare. It was kind of fun, but I didn’t feel very absorbed or engaged in the game. The second time I played it, I was designing and creating several families for a story plot I had in mind, but near the end of the four hours, the game crashed and because I had not saved anything, all data was lost. Sue me. I was a bit annoyed but knew I had nothing to blame but myself as I hadn’t saved anything. That turned me off of playing it for the rest of the week. Maybe I will try again this week.

Next up is TwoDots, which is a puzzle game on my phone, that I will probably end up doing my game review on, because although it is a simple game it is very captivating. This week, I played it for at least six hours, usually while waiting- whether that’s for the bus, a class to start, or food to cook. Although it’s a time killer, I genuinely love this game and it challenges me with all its little objectives and such. Sometimes it is frustrating if I don’t beat a level in the 5 tries I get (each try takes 20 minutes to recharge) but it’s also great because it forces me to take a break from it for a while. On the other hand, beating a level in one try is very satisfying and makes me feel happy. My duration of gameplay depends on how fast my lives run out, but it’s usually about twenty minutes at a time, any time of the day.

Lastly is Pokemon Go, which I barely play anymore, compared to last year when I was actually obsessed and collected all the mons from Gen 1. Now I only open the app when I am riding the 40 bus downtown twice a week for work, or if I am extremely bored at school in an area I know a Pokestop is. I would say my total hours on this for the week would be less than half an hour, and duration of gameplay about a minute each time, because it is boring now, and I stopped playing it for four months in the summer while I was working at a summer camp. So it has been updated a lot and I don’t understand the new gym setup. Also, it is kind of shunned these days- similar to someone who still plays Webkinz. Yknow? It’s a dead game. Makes me feel dead inside.

That’s all for this week! Check back next Monday night for a brand new entry.

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