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GamePlay Blog #11 – Final Blog

GamePlay Blog Week 11, November 20-26

Well, it’s the final week of the gameplay blogs so here we go. This week was a good week for gaming despite me having a ton of final homework stuff to complete for all the courses I’m in except this one. Here’s the rundown of what games I played this week:

-Two Dots (iPhone)

-The Sims 3 (PC)

-Slither.io (iPhone)

-Off the Rails and Skywire VIP (online)

-Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

 

-Two Dots

Duration for the week: 5 hours

Well, of course I played Two Dots this week. I think it’s the only game I’ve played every single week of this blog! Since the beginning of this course, I  have beaten over 300 levels in this game and am nearly caught up. I have about ~100 levels left, so I don’t think I’ll be finishing it by the time this course ends. But that’s okay. I played Two Dots in sessions of 5 to 20 minutes at a time, usually at home. I have gradually stopped playing games while I’m on the bus or at school. I’m not sure why. But the levels are very challenging now so sometimes I feel very frustrated while playing, and afterwards, if I’m not successful in beating a level.

 

-The Sims 3

Duration for the week: 4 hours

I played two sessions of about two hours each at home this week. Still with the same family and I really enjoy playing it. I feel happy and calm. I don’t need a spa to relax, I need the Sims 3.

 

-Off the Rails and Skywire VIP

Duration for the week: 1 hour

I put these two games together because they’re both really simple but addicting Flash games on Nitrome that aren’t super different and don’t really require two entries. I played them both for about an hour total while on FaceTime at home with my boyfriend. It was fun. I started playing these games in grade 3 so it’s been a game I’ve kinda grown up going back to. Sometimes they can be really frustrating because even though they are simple, it can be very tricky to beat the levels.

 

-Slither.io

Duration for the week: 1.5 hours

I played several sessions of slither.io over the week, for about 5 to ten minutes each. Now that I’m aware of the AI mode, it’s really fun again. I feel so smart when playing it hahahah. But yeah, it’s a good simple game. I only play it at home.

 

-Super Mario Odyssey

Duration for the week: At least 24 hours

Ok, this is probably going to the biggest shocking finale out of all the gaming blogs you have to read. Right before the weekend began, after dreaming about playing Super Mario Odyssey, I went out and bought a Switch bundle for a total of $560. A little pricey for this one game but it is SO worth it (and I’m obviously going to get other games down the road) But wow. This game is so amazing. It’s so much fun. I feel constantly in awe of it when I play. I played several sessions over the weekend that varied from 2 hours to 4 hours long. Safe to say I am addicted and will be playing this frequently throughout the holidays.

 

Summary for the week:

Total duration for the week: 35.5 hours

Well it’s the end of the gaming blog and I feel like I have learned a lot more about my gaming habits and preferences from this blog. It’s been fun recording the games I have been playing and I hope the blog has been informative and entertaining. And I GOT A SWITCH!!!!

GamePlay Blog #10

GamePlay Blog Week 10, November 14-20

This week, I played some games that have not been on here yet, as well as some ones that have. Here we go!

 

-Two Dots (iPhone)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone)

-Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

-Soccer (Facebook Messenger)

-Slither.io (iPhone)

-Sims 3 (PC)

 

-Two Dots

Duration for the week: 5 hours

I think I played Two Dots less than usual this week because I was frequently stuck on challenging levels which frustrated me and made me not want to play it very much. Especially since I am on a new mechanic and I haven’t quite mastered it yet. This week, I mostly played it at home and less out and about. I think this is due to the rain and not wanting to use my phone everywhere due to rain drops. Hopefully next week I will be more successful

 

-Pokemon Go

Duration for the week: <30 minutes

I barely played it this week…but I just can’t quit…help me! I only played it at home as well and didn’t feel embarrassed because there was nobody around but also I kind of felt exasperated at myself for CONTINUING TO PLAY! The game is so boring now without an event but I have to just check it once a day, even if for a few minutes…

 

-Super Mario Odyssey

Duration for the week: 1.5 hours

Okay, this may be the best new game I have played all year. Wow. My boyfriend brought over his Switch on the weekend because he was having so much fun with Odyssey and he wanted me to try it out. So I did, and it was amazing! The controls were a little tricky to pick up at first because there is so many, so I was a little frustrated at first. But after that, when I started exploring a few kingdoms and finding some moons, I was having a BLAST. It made me want to go out and buy a Switch and the game right then and there. I would have played longer but he had forgotten the charger so the battery didn’t last too long. It put me in a great mood because I was having so much fun. Hopefully I can play this game again next month!

 

-Soccer

Duration for the week: <30 minutes

I didn’t even consider this a game until my boyfriend pointed out that it was one. It’s the simplest of games- just tapping a soccer ball on the screen to keep it in the air, but what a challenging game it is! It’s tough! And it gets me feeling very competitive because whenever you finish a game it immediately sends the score to whoever is in your chat. So I played this every now and then when I was at home and feeling like a quick round of soccer.

 

-Slither.io

Duration for the week: 30 minutes

I recently discovered that you can play against AI’s on this simple snake game, so I’ve been doing that in sessions of about five minutes each. It makes me feel really good about myself because it’s super easy to be the top snake and they’re super easy to fool. So yes, I’m addicted to slither.io again. I only play it at home because I need a quiet place to play it in.

 

-The Sims 3

Duration for the week: 10 hours

I played a lot of Sims this week because I finished a lot of my assignments earlier than I thought I would (hurray to kicking procrastination in the butt) so I played several two or three hour sessions. I’m getting really invested in this family and having a lot of fun with it. I’m usually in a happy, calm mood while playing it. I love the Sims 3! The adventures are endless! I think this shows, along with other games I play, that I really enjoy open ended games, or games that you can’t ever really complete. I also only played the Sims at home because, well, it’s super weird to play it at school.

 

Summary for the week:

Total Duration for the  19ish hours

This week I think was a good gaming week. Mostly Super Mario Odyssey is on my mind and that’s what makes it so great. I hope to play that again next time Steven and I visit. Other than that, I played my regular games, but that’s all right. I had fun. And I played Odyssey! Odysseyyyyyy!

GamePlay Blog #9

GamePlay Blog Week 9, November 7-13

This week I played some of the usual games and some ones that haven’t been on the blog yet. Here they are:

-Two Dots (iPhone)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone)

-Off the Rails (PC online game)

-Eggggg (iPhone)

-Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS)

 

-Two Dots

Duration for the week: 5 hours

Of course I played Two Dots, something would be seriously wrong if I didn’t. My hours were a little less than usual because I was on a vacation of sorts from Thursday until Monday, but nonetheless I played it when I could. I got stuck on more than a few levels for a longer time than normal which kind of made me feel frustrated because I like to beat the levels quickly. And they added more levels so I’m not sure if I will catch up by the end of this term! I played Two Dots everywhere – at home, on the bus, while waiting for class to start, while eating dinner, etc. Quality game.

 

-Pokemon Go

Duration for the week: 1 hour

My interest in Pokemon Go continued to wane this week as I didn’t have a lot of time to play it, but also, it’s back to being boring now that the event is long gone and it’s just the crappy types of Pokemon to catch. I usually played it on the bus, walking home/to the bus, or walking to class. I felt a bit less embarrassed about playing it this week because I saw various other people playing it on the bus and at school. I think when Gen 3 comes out the hype will briefly return. That’s supposed to be in December, but we’ll see. For now I’ll continue to have my brightness very low while playing it in public.

 

-Eggggg

Duration for the week: 20 minutes

I opened this game once this week intending on deleting it because it takes a lot of space up on my phone. But…I got sucked in and ended up keeping it. At least for a little while. It gets my brain kinda thinking fast because you have to have quick reflexes to keep going. Even though it’s still kinda complicated. I played it once at home. I felt more tense after playing than I did when I started playing, haha. I only played it once because I got stuck on one level which I absolutely cannot beat so I think I will probably give up and delete the game soon.

 

-Off the Rails

Duration for the week: 30 minutes

This is a classic game from my childhood. Despite it being very simple I have never actually beaten it, so this week I gave it a go and indeed still did not beat it. Maybe one day. I played one session of it in the comfort of my home. It always reminds me of grade 3 when I first played it, and grade 3 was a good year, so I guess it made me feel happy.

 

-Donkey Kong Country Returns

Duration for the week: 30 minutes

I played this game for the first time this week for one half hour session while I was at home. I found it fun but also challenging and that may be why I only played it once- after a bit of reflection on this blog, I think I give up too easily when it comes to games. Interesting, because in ‘real life’ I am quite the opposite. The game was cute but also I did’t really ‘get’ it because it’s a sequel game and I haven’t played the first one. But that’s okay.

 

Summary for the week:

Total hours for the week: 8.5 hours

It was a good week for gaming considering I was away from game playing consoles for about four days. It was fun to try some newer games while revisiting one from my childhood and as well playing some ones that I usually do. Good stuff.

GamePlay Blog #8

GamePlay Blog Week 8, October 31- November 6

This week I played some old games and one new one. Here they are:

-Two Dots (iPhone)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone)

-The Sims 3 (PC)

-Eggggg (iPhone)

 

-Two Dots

Duration for the week: 7 hours

Of course I played Two Dots. Did you really think I wouldn’t?! Haha. Anyways, I played Two Dots a lot, as usual, wherever I went, for durations of 5 minutes to 20 minutes at a time. I have less than 100 levels to go until I’m all caught up and temporarily have the game beaten…so that’s kind of exciting! The levels are getting a lot harder though because they contain a lot of previous elements combined which makes it quite challenging. Occasionally I feel some frustration if it takes me longer than a couple hours to beat a level. But most of the time I am in a good mood playing Two Dots. I must be, because I keep playing it.

 

-Pokemon Go

Duration for the week: At leeeast 5 hours that I’m willing to admit

Even though the Halloween event ended this week, I kept playing….ah well. I had kind of forgotten how much I enjoyed it- I was an avid player last year during the school months but when I worked during the summer months I did not play it at all. This week I found out there’s a nest near where I live, and I figured out the raid system, so that was fun. Still felt embarrassed before, during, and after, but I know a lot of people still play, so I cared a bit less this week. Especially when I had to go to a playground to catch some.

 

-The Sims 3

Duration for the week: 4 hours

I cracked open Sims 3 after more than a month of not playing. I’ve been busy, and wary of the game crashing mid-play, which luckily it didn’t this week. I created a family and designed a house and then got a bit bored and closed it. Generally one session is just making the family and house, and then the next time I play I get into actual gameplay.

 

-Eggggg

Duration for the week: 40 minutes

Ah, Eggggg. This is an app I’ve had on my phone for at least four months, but I never played it until the other day for two twenty minute sessions while I was at home. So I gave it a go, and it was pretty fun. It’s kind of like Super Mario Run. The controls were very challenging to figure out so I felt some frustration while playing. I’m not sure that I will be keeping the game for very long because it is very limited.

 

Total hours for the week: 16 hours and 40 minutes

Summary of the week: Consider I watched over half of Twin Peaks season 2 this week, I’m impressed I got such a high number of hours for gaming this week. But nonetheless it was a good week and I enjoyed the variety of games I got to play.

GamePlay Blog #7

GamePlay Blog Week 7, October 24-30

This week was kind of my slacker week. I was really busy with homework and work and other things so the gaming was kinda minimal. Just played two games on my phone.

-Two Dots

-Pokemon Go

 

-Two Dots

Duration for the week: 7 hours

I won the 1hour of unlimited lives twice this week, so that helped me progress some more. Typically I felt the same before, during and after playing Two Dots. It’s one of those games that doesn’t really change me mood, it just gives me a bit of peace and calm while playing it. I think that’s nice and refreshing. It’s no fun when games stress me out. As usual I played it on the bus, in my house, at school, and pretty much anywhere I could.

 

-Pokemon Go

Duration for the week: 2 hours

At leeeeast two hours…I don’t wanna put more because that’s embarrassing, right? Nobody plays Pokemon Go anymore…right? Yeah. Pretty much. Except the gyms are always changing at VIU still so I KNOW some people still play it. Mostly it was the event this week that I played for, caught a few new guys and such. I think my interest will wane again when it ends. It’s a general feeling of embarrassment before, during, and after. Gotta hide my phone screen from others, make it look like I’m texting, etc… Yeah…remember when it was cool to play? Me too. I mostly played PGO on the bus or while walking from class to the bus.

 

Total weekly gameplay: 9 hours

Summary for the week:

Well, it wasn’t my best week but even the two games I played allowed for some insight on how I’m feeling during playing and the like. Hopefully this coming week will be less busy and more full of some fun games.

GamePlay Blog #6

GamePlay Blog Week 6, October 17-23

This week, once again I played some games that have already been recorded on this blog, and a lot of new ones. Here they are:

-Two Dots (iPhone app)

-Virtual Boy Wario Land

–Super Mario: Lost Levels, Super Mario Advance 2, Super Mario Advance 3 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)

-Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone app)

 

 

-Two Dots

-Duration for the week: ~7 hours

Nothing out of the ordinary, I played lots of Two Dots this week, especially as I travelled to and from the mainland this weekend, providing lots of boredom time. I don’t think I’m in any particular mood before I play Two Dots, since I play it so frequently and so often. During, I usually feel content, sometimes peaceful if the levels are easy to beat. If they are more challenging I feel stressed. Often my mood after I play depends on how many levels I’ve gotten through in that session. If I get through at least three, I feel happier.

 

-Virtual Boy Wario Land

-Duration for the week: 1 hour

I had heard lots about the Virtual Boy over the past few months through my boyfriend, who owns one, and decided to play Wario Land for a little while for one and then eventually another session, even though I was apprehensive. Half an hour was all  I could take at a time, because it truly hurt my eyes and gave me a bit of a headache briefly. Also, one has to play it while sitting at a table, which wasn’t very comfortable. The game, however, I enjoyed, and I thought the 3D was really cool, even if the whole thing was just in red and black.

 

-Super Mario: Lost Levels, Super Mario Advance 2, Super Mario Advance 3 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)

-Duration for the week: 45 minutes One afternoon while at my boyfriend’s house, we decided to play some old Mario on his SNES. We just played for fun and didn’t play competitively and tried out the three different games back to back and compared them and talked about what we liked and didn’t like in each. Before I played, I was excited to play some different Mario games that I had never tried before. During it, I felt happy and we laughed a lot every time my character would die a quick death. After I played, I felt kind of tired because we played a lot of different games in a short span of time and some of the game mechanics change. Other than that it was lots of fun.

 

-Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

-Duration for the week: 15 minutes

We played this briefly after the other three Mario games, and I was very tired and losing a bit of interest at this point in the day so I felt tired and kind of restless before and during gameplay. After playing I was mostly reflecting on the game and how it has influenced games like Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64.

 

-Pokémon Go (iPhone App)

Duration for the week: 1 hour

My interest in Pokemon Go actually came back this week, because there is a Halloween event happening right now and some Generation 3 Pokémon are making their first appearance. During play I kind of felt shameful because who really plays this anymore, but since I was catching new Pokémons I usually felt successful and pleased after the gameplay.

 

Total hours for the week: 10 hours

It was a good gaming week, full of a variety of different games on different platforms, and I have enjoyed playing new games as well as the old.

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.

 

-TwoDots

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.

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