VGC Day 25: What is your comfort game?

VGC Day 25: What is your comfort game?

When I need a comfort game, I look for something that doesn’t involve a ton of thinking, challenging puzzles, or a complex story line. I look for a game that I can snuggle into a blanket, eat a snack, and hold my dog Padme all at the same time. The Sims 3 (and 2) is my comfort game.

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The Sims has been one of my favorite comfort games since I got the first one from my aunt. Our little family computer could run the game fairly well and I enjoyed decorating houses and even building them. The Sims was not a complex game and it was easy for an 8 or 9-year-old to enjoy. When Sims 2 went down to a mere $20 at my local Walmart, I grabbed it up. Little did I know this would lead to spending more money…

On expansion packs! Our little family computer could only run one or two expansions so no other expansions were purchased for Sims 2 until I had my own computer. Then I had at least 5 expansions and enjoyed them all! Most were furniture and house expansion packs and I didn’t get any that added to game play until The Sims 3.

I went a little crazy with The Sims 3 if I’m being perfectly honest. I bought the base game and the Supernatural expansion. Then I went to a friend’s yard sale and picked up 5 or 6 more expansions packs. Is it an obsession? Maybe. But nothing beats a rainy day where I’m snuggled into the couch under a soft blanket, playing The Sims with a bowl of chips to eat and a long haired chihuahua cuddled into my side.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What is your comfort game? Let me know in the comments!

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VGC Day 24: What game had a big emotional impact on you?

VGC Day 24: What game had a big emotional impact on you?

On Day 7, I mentioned Heavy Rain. Heavy Rain will be the only game repeated in my 30 day challenge for one reason only: the emotional impact it left on me.

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I had never played a game like Heavy Rain before and went into it completely blind. In fact, I picked up a used copy from GameStop, and the associate said he loved it. With a recommendation so high from a Game Stop employee, I figured it was worth a shot. After all, I do have a fascination with serial killers.

Heavy Rain is about four separate protagonists and the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses long periods of rainfall to slowly drown his victims. Each of these protagonists have a choice-driven story and can die based on how you play the game. These protagonists are Ethan Mars, Norman Jayden, Madison Paige, and Scott Shelby.

Without spoiling the ending(s), the interactive story telling very much sucks you in. I beat this game in about a week (that’s with taking breaks from so many emotional scenes). You are these characters and watching their stories unfold to save a child’s life hits home in more ways than one.

“How far are you prepared to go to save someone you love?”

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VGC Day 23: What game do you love to play with friends?

VGC Day 23: What game do you love to play with friends?

I don’t get the chance to play video games with friends too often. When I was younger, my brother and I loved fighting games like Soul Caliber and Mortal Kombat. However, I found most 2 player games lacking. It was pretty hard to find an enjoyable two player game that wasn’t a shooter.

A year ago, during a trip to visit my then-fiance/now-husband in Ireland, Alec introduced me to Lego Star Wars. It was pretty fun, and I didn’t have a problem with the game itself. The real fun came later when my husband arrived in the US. He introduced me to Lego Harry Potter.

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Initially I thought these games were just for young kids and had zero interest in playing them. That all changed one Saturday night on the couch when we popped in Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4. I loved playing this game. And I loved it even more playing with my husband as it really required some team work for puzzles, but we could both loot individually.

It was an experience to see Hogwarts as well as Diagon Alley and other locations in lego form. My favorite part is definitely being Hermione and using magic. The game makes it fairly simple to use magic, and the puzzles are really fun. Alec and I really have to pick this one back up for another Saturday game night.

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What game do you love to play with friends? Let me know in the comments!

 

VGC Day 22: What game were you so enraptured by that you beat it extremely quickly?

VGC Day 22: What game were you so enraptured by that you beat it extremely quickly?

If you recall Day 12, I talked about why I went with a PS4 and how it was all for one video game: God of War III.

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God of War already had me hooked with its predecessors. I love Greek mythology. I love the game’s take on it. I love Kratos as a character. I love the combat system. It’s simple, easy to pick up, and so much fun. I love the moody classical musical that ties this game up into a neat little bow. It is truly a pleasure to play.

God of War III sucked me in with those amazing graphics which were stellar for the time and PlayStation 3. Kratos just looked phenomenal. The enemies seemed larger than life and were nothing I had experienced before. The puzzles were well-crafted and enjoyable. There were also new weapons to try out that had some unique powers which I was excited for.

I could not put this game down until I finished it. I felt breathless, my heart pounding all the way up until the very end. Then the game literally took my breath away with its ending. It’s been awhile since I have felt that way about a game if I’m being honest here. I really should make the time to pick this gem back up for a round 2.

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VGC Day 21: What is the weirdest game you played and enjoyed?

VGC Day 21: What is the weirdest game you played and enjoyed?

I don’t get the chance to play too many visual novels despite really enjoying them. When I spotted Doki Doki making the Let’s Play rounds on blogs and being praised as one of the weirdest psychological horrors VN’s of the year, I knew I had to give it a try.

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Trigger warning for suicide, self harm, and other disturbing content.

Doki Doki Literature Club received it’s very own Saturday Suggestion post awhile back back. You can check that out here. Rather than rehashing what I already poured over in the review, I’ll talk a little bit about what made me enjoy it even though it was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played (and I play so many weird games).

There was something about the psychological terror that I enjoyed. That “something” was the creeping feeling that something just wasn’t right. I wanted to keep staring at the game until the pieces started to come together. But they don’t until you’re nearly halfway done with the game. and then you can’t stop it. You can’t stop what’s happening and can only continue to click and read the dialogue as the next scene unfolds. It’s completely out of your hands.

Doki Doki delivered on psycho-horror. Very few times have I played a game in a few hours or a couple of days to see how it all ends. I usually like to take my time and absorb information, get to know the characters and just be in the environment. Doki Doki made me sit on the edge of my chair, eager for the next scene, eager to see when I would glimpse the seams starting to unravel.

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What is the weirdest game you played and enjoyed? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

VGC Day 20: What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game?

VGC Day 20: What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, A Geeky Gal was a middle schooler who played a game called Runescape.

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Runescape was definitely an outlet for me as a kid. Most Friday nights and Saturday mornings, I was on the family computer playing RS with my cousins and strangers on the internet. I enjoyed the quests and learning the lore behind RS.

The quest that has always stood out to me was not the hardest but the longest at the time. That quest was One Small Favor. And it was definitely NOT one small favor. The entire quest takes about two hours if you come prepared (thanks to that walk-through that you printed out the day before). When you’re a kid, two hours seem like forever.

So One Small Favor starts off with this guy wanting some rare logs for some polish. Cool. I go to the location where these rare logs will be. The Forester there says I can have the logs if I take their hatchet to a boat where it will be shipped off to get sharpened. Cool. I take the hatchet to the boat but the Captain tells me to take the hatchet myself. Cool. I set sail to Port Sarim. When I get to the battleaxe shop, the shop keeper is too worried about his friend to sharpen the hatchet. He needs me to talk to a witch in Draynor… Alright now things are just getting ridiculous.

The quest continues like this until you reach the very last favor you have to perform before back tracking through all the now completed favors to the original guy who just wanted some freaking logs for polish. I wanted to slap every single one of those characters before the quest was over. It was a quest of total patience.

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VGC Day 19: What is the last game you played?

VGC Day 19: What is the last game you played?

Every Monday, I get on Steam with a few friends, and we play Divinity: Original Sin 2.

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This game is practically brand new to me. I jumped in a single player game for about 2 hours and barely got into any battles. Then I was asked to join a co-op multiplayer play-through with the origin characters for the game. Now my friends have already played the entire game through once before with their own characters. This time they wanted to try it with the origin characters and needed at least 4 people.

Being turn based strategy has been a bit of a challenge for me personally as I forget I’m a rogue and need to get in there, get in hits, and get the F out. If I can’t get out during my turn, I try to find other ways to help the party. Sometimes I forget though and die. I die a lot.

The story has been a little slow paced and sometimes confusing. With all of us discovering our own stories, it can be a little much. The great thing though is we can all “listen in” on each other stories and conversations. The quests have been great and engaging for the most part.

The best parts for me: talking to animals (well, not my character because I didn’t know it was thing until my friend got the ability!), watching enemies slip on ice, Fane “playing dead,” everyone giving me body parts because elves eat flesh, collecting every single painting, and playing as a ruthless and cut-throat Sebille.

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What is the last game you played? Let me know in the comments!