orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)
Well, I've been so caught up in the house stuff and other things, that I have fallen woefully behind on my friends list/reading list/social media. So instead of staying up until 2am trying to skim your posts, I'm just starting from today. Sorry about that. I still haven't found a balance between my new home on DW and keeping up with LJ people who didn't switch over and apparently I've just stopped checking everything because of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This Friday we're going to see The Aquabats which is a band I wish I had known about sooner because they are just so geeky and fun. Their TV show is on Netflix now and we binge watched the first season and while we were doing that, they announced a tour so we thought WHY NOT? I mean, Weird Al makes an appearance in their show, they are clearly meant for me.

Also this Friday the contractor is coming out to rip up the wood floor in the kitchen and see if they can dry out everything enough to install new floor soon. We're going to go with porcelain tile. We figured for a room with three water sources, tile was better than wood. And really the only downside to porcelain is if you drop something on it, that thing will break. But I'd rather replace a mug than a floor.

Tim got me hooked on Gwent again. I hadn't played since it was in closed beta, but now it is free to play, open beta. I feel like I'm getting the hang of it but we will see how long that lasts LOL. It's like Hearthstone but a little bit more complicated? I still need to finish the first Witcher game. I really like the story, but it's sooooo clunky because it is soooo old. I could just jump into the second game, but I've got to be close to the end now so why give up?

We finished season 1 of The Expanse but Season 2 isn't on Prime yet and OMG THE CLIFF HANGER!!! I'm hoping one of the nearby libraries gets the set soon so I can request it. Or that Prime gets the second season...but I doubt that will happen until Season 3 starts up :(

I'm about halfway through BBC's Victoria because the library DVD finally had no requests on it so I could keep it for longer than 7 days. I'm enjoying it but I think part of that is my fondness for Rufus Sewell. I do like Jenna Coleman, even if I wasn't a huge Clara fan. She is working for me as Victoria.

OH and I finally watched a few episodes of Gravity Falls and I ADORE IT SO MUCH! Why was I not watching this before??

hmmmm...this makes it sound like I've just been watching a lot of TV instead of reading your posts...not entirely true but I suppose not entirely false either. Sorry about that.

Okay, I should probably sleep now...
orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)

Tim bought this game during a STEAM sale a month or so ago and powered through it. He was far braver than me, sitting int he dark with his headphones on. When he finished it, he insisted I play it next so we could discuss it (STEAM has an awesome "family share" system so I can access games he has purchased).

I started the game on April 30th and just finished it up today. It wasn't actually very long, I took a break after the first day, didn't pick it up again for another 12 days, playing an hour here and there when I could find it.

If you like games that focus on storytelling, puzzles, and that are about more than just shooting things, SOMA is for you. It is sci-fi/horror, but nothing as intense as, say, Resident Evil. It is made by a small Swedish studio, Frictional Games, but they didn't need the big budget from someone like EA to create a beautiful game that will stay with you for a long time after you finish it.

Now, you will get spooked. You will get chased. You will jump a few times. There is more actual gameplay here than a Telltale game like Walking Dead, which is more about conversation choices and quick time events. But there is so much story to discover, to put together the pieces of what has happened and what will happen, that you can't stop playing.

Definitely add it to your Steam/PS4 wishlist (not on xbox, boo!) and grab it next time there is a sale. It's not the longest game ever, but you'll be thinking about it after you've stopped playing.

Has anyone else played this? What did you think?
orangerful: (ME garrus loves orangerful // lostacanth)
UGH I really thought I had dodged the cold that Tim had last week but, alas, it caught up with me today. I called out of work and I just texted to take off tomorrow because while I don't feel totally awful, I work 1-9 tomorrow and when the sun went down today, I could feel it in my sinuses and I just don't think I could concentrate.

Seriously, writing this post is a struggle LOL. Mostly because I don't want to drip on the keyboard...EWWWW!

In between blowing my nose and sleeping I have been playing Mass Effect: Andromedia. It is a Mass Effect game, for sure. I'm having fun playing the story, meeting the aliens, and then shooting stuff. It is still kinda buggy, but I feel like that happens with almost all AAA titles nowadays, with pressure from the publisher to get it released by a specific date they don't test for everything. I had a rough time today with a glitch that wouldn't let me save my game in a REALLY LONG battle and when I died, the autosaves were all screwed up and took me back to the start of the fight. I'm hoping that a patch will appear soon and fix that because I really don't want to go back to that quest until it is done.

Anyone else playing ME:A? I made a custom Pathfinder, named her Samantha because why not! Of course, I didn't know the computer's name was I've accidentally added a whole new layer to the story with the computer my father built kinda named after me...or was I named after the program? duh-Duh-DUUUUUUUH!!!!!

I have noticed the animation issues and I think because I went custom they are even more noticeable. But, whatever, I like her, even if for some reason she came out kind of orange... yes, she looks like Shepard, I didn't mean to, it just happened, I guess I have a type

So I kinda customized my Ryder and now she looks like Shepard...totally not on purpose #masseffect @xbox @biowarebase
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)

I had kind of forgotten about it but while I was setting up the FXNOW app so we could watch the new season of The Americans, I decided to give it a try and OMG WOW. I think I might like it more than any of the Netflix Marvel series. And not just because Dan Stevens is a hot hottie. If you've posted about the show and I've missed it, please link me!

Also, sorry about the lack of commenting. I swear, I have just lost my daily rhythm since sometime in February. I was doing well with my little daily stretch/workouts and reading LJ and getting to bed on time and recently that has all gone *poof*. Goals for next week: get my shit together again.

That and I started playing LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the cuteness was too hard to pull myself away from. I beat the main story mode on Tuesday and it said I only had 26% done. Which is why I love LEGO games because they are HUGE and ridiculous. I started chipping away at the free play missions last night. My Mom got me the deluxe edition so it came with all the DLC so I have a Rebels character pack and I had WAY too much fun running around as Ashoka and then Sabine.

I also started Resident Evil: Biohazard which is SO GOOD but also VERY SCARY. It wasn't so bad after I died a few times, but things do jump out at you. And the whole atmosphere makes me tense. I did have nightmares. I have decided I can only play it on sunny days, early in the afternoon, so my brain has some time to move on to less scary things. The story has me pulled in, I want to find out more, but there's no way I am playing this game when the sun goes down or if I am home alone. NOPE.

Like I mentioned in my last post, I pre-ordered Mass Effect: Andromeda because Christmas money and Bioware. Even a bad Bioware game is still better than most other games out there, plus I just love their whole gameplay style. I'm dodging the spoilers, as people with EA Access can play a 10 hour trial and are, of course, complaining. But I want to play it myself and as the game is technically "free" for me since I'm using a gift card, I'm just going to enjoy it.

The Americans is off to a good start too. I'm glad they've picked an end date for the series too, so it's like they are working towards this crazy finale and not just trying to stretch things out. Anyone watching? Link me to your reaction posts please!

Just noticed today that Hulu has Season 3 of Steven Universe!!!!!!!!!!! Tim and I are going to go sip our tea and watch a few episodes now.
orangerful: (don't starve again // orangerful)
Do you like PC video games? Do you want to support the ACLU? THEN YOU NEED TO SEE THIS!

Humble Freedom Bundle

Tons of games for whatever you want to pay and the money goes to the ACLU, the IRS, and MSF!

It says you get the games through Steam so I'm thinking that if you already own a game (like, I already have Stardew Valley) you can save the code and gift it later on. Some good stuff in the mix, including a few books and audiobooks!
orangerful: (lara pwned bitch // orangerful)
This game has been a challenge - almost overly frustrating at times - but I finally completed a play through!! 💎 rare achievement unlocked! #videogames #acchronicles #xbox

So, after finishing Last of Us last weekend, I've been floundering around for what to play next. Don't get me wrong, there are a TON of games I want to play, but my birthday is coming up so I am resisting purchasing anything right now in the hopes that I will get at least one game on March 4th.

Plus, I've got that good-game hangover, the same way I get good-book hangovers, and nothing I play even comes close to being as enjoyable as Last of Us so now I've just started powering through games I left half finished for the thrill of getting the final achievement.

I got through all of the main quest memories in Assassin's Creed: Unity (though there are SO MANY SIDE QUESTS and DLC in that game, I swear I will never finish it). I also played through the end of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, which was a free game a few months ago...or maybe last year. Whatever, I made it through and got the rare achievement (because Xbox is now ranking them based on what percentage of players that own a game actually get that achievement, which is hilarious because if you look at HUGE games like AC:U, pretty much anything after the 5th memory is rare because so few people play the main story that far - they get distracted by side quests or multiplayer or a new game.)

Tonight I picked up Child of Light again, which is a GORGEOUS turn based RPG by Ubisoft. I had been stuck on a boss and given up but coming back to it after a break was good and I got the hang of it again, managed to get past where I was stuck.

I should pick up Uncharted 2 where I left off, another game I've had for years that I needed a break from after a frustrating battle sequence. I do feel like that game series really shows its age when it comes to the controls.

And these are just the CONSOLE games I have languishing...obviously Stardew Valley is still sitting on my PC, waiting for me to keep going...I'm not sure if that game ever actually ends...I do still have the one quest from the "mysterious Qi" but that is it.

#gamergirlrproblems, right?
orangerful: (lara pwned bitch // orangerful)

I could not stop playing Last of Us this weekend until I had to stop because I ran out of game. SUCH a good game, definitely the pace I like my survival horror stories - lots of tension but then a few cut scenes/talk scenes to let you relax again. Plus, Ellie and Joel were so great, fantastic characters that stay with you long after the game ends. Tim just got me this game for Christmas and I don't think I've just sat down and played through something in a long time.

If you haven't played it, the plot line is what you might expect - a world ravaged by a virus that turns people into zombie-like creatures (it's all plant based, they look like creepy exploding flower things). Joel is a rough guy, just surviving, resigned to his existence now that everything has gone to hell. Then circumstances happen and he ends up having to escort Ellie across the country. Ellie has grown up in this world but her life became extra complicated when she was attacked by one of the creatures but did not become infected. Together they hope to get her to a renegade group called "The Fireflies" and hopefully find a cure.

The story is so well crafted. Naughty Dog Studios does tend to make more cinematic games. They are famous for another Playstation exclusive - the Uncharted series. The first two games of that series feel like interactive movies at time, with long cut scenes that can sometimes slow things down a bit too much. But with Last of Us, they writers and developers found a perfect balance of cut scenes, interactive dialogue scenes, action and stealth sequences.

By the end of the game, you care about Joel and Ellie and you want them to survive.

I played the Remastered edition for the PS4 which also included Left Behind, which includes flashbacks for Ellie and also a story that we "missed" in the regular game. As if my heart wasn't broken enough at the end of the game, this went ahead and jumped up and down on it.

And not only is the story well done and the gameplay fantastic but the game itself is just beautiful. Even as you are sneaking through derelict buildings and fighting monsters in abandoned schools, you find yourself looking at the rays of sunshine reflecting off the broken windows.

Last of Us: Part II has been announced and is expected to be released in 2018. From the brief trailer we see, time has passed, Ellie is now a true young adult and Joel is far more grayer. I cannot wait to find out about their lives and their new stories, even though I fear for the worst with the trailer featuring a blood stained Ellie swearing revenge.

If you have a PS3 or PS4, I HIGHLY recommend picking this up. It's dropped down to about $20 now and it is more than worth it. 5 stars.
orangerful: (lara pwned bitch // orangerful)
Ubisoft is celebrating 30 years as a company and has apparently been giving away games the last half of the year and I didn't even know about it!!! But for the grand finale, they are giving away Assassin's Creed III !!! Which is one of the AC games I don't actually have already LOL.

Anyway, if you have a PC that can handle it, you can get it for FREE right now! Actually, even if your PC can't handle it, you can get the game and just not download it until you're ready. But you might as well claim a free copy!

Only catch is you have to sign up for Uplay, which is Ubisoft's program for distributing their game titles on PC. But they don't need $$ or anything, just email, password etc.

Free games yay!
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
This Thanksgiving, you can really have your friends and family for dinner with this cookbook. #hannibal #fannibal #bookface

btw this is the new Feeding Hannibal cookbook! The library purchased it (I swear, I don't think I requested it!)! It is GORGEOUS! Glossy pages, full color photos from the show AND of the food. I want it for my collection even though I am pretty sure I am not a high enough level cook to attempt half of the things in the book. But it is SO SHINY!

I've been trying to get back to normal, though it is hard to do with all the headlines swirling around. But, gotta move forward, right? Can't sit and cry about how it is all unfair (it is) and we have to overthrow the Electoral College (we can't, they have submitted changes to Congress 700 times and it has never been approved). So, instead, I'm just gonna hunker down and prepare to be there for those in need and fight for things I believe in.

I've also been playing A LOT of Stardew Valley because that is a perfect little world where I go out and farm and live with my wife Leah and milk the goats and sometimes fight and/or grow slimes of my own. Farms Sims are oddly calming.

Pumpkin donut time! (I am a sucker for a BOGO Free deal at the grocery store when it concerns baked goods of any king so we now how donuts and bagels).

And I'm just realizing I forgot my cream cheese at work. DAMMIT!
orangerful: (ME garrus loves orangerful // lostacanth)

I can't tell if this is going to be epic or just an epic mess. The games are fascinating but most of the fun comes from running around and doing missions. I like that they are not doing a direct game to movie adaptation, this is a new character, a new time period, a new assassin.

I just want it to be fun. I know it won't be a five star movie, it's based on a video game, but gimme a solid 3 and let me eat popcorn.

(and for extra fun, watch the video that pops up after of the INSANE STUNT MAN who did an actual "leap of faith" drop for the crazy and everyone is just going to assume it was all CGI.) that I have finished Rise of the Tomb Raider maybe I should pick up Assassin's Creed Unity again. Need to finish that main story, I think I was pretty far in (I'm just really bad at being stealthy...)
orangerful: (don't starve again // orangerful)
WHY is the Fallout Shelter game way more addictive on my PC than it was on my iPad???

We both downloaded this game and managed to lose several hours to it this weekend. is kinda nice though, as I can play it while reading LJ, bounce back and forth to collect stuff.

If anyone needs a time sink, this is an easy one!

I also got sucked into Disney Emoji Blitz which is just like any other matching game, except that you earn the emojis for your keyboard. So now I can send people little Mickey Mouses when we are texting. And also a virtual churro.

Tim is still hooked on Alphabear, though I haven't played it in awhile. It is pretty much Boggle with adorable bears.

Someone mentioned the app at our Social Media Committee meeting so, of course, I couldn't resist downloading that. It is addictive sitting and thinking of things I can make lists out of. Apparently it was created by B.J. Novak (he used to write for 'The Office'). Anyway, if you are on there, please friend me!

And thanks to [ profile] pleasant_valley I am now on a search to collect all of the E.T. Funko Pops. I managed to get E.T. from Amazon with a gift card I had saved up, and I think I should be able to pick up Gertie and Elliot from Gamestop later this week. She warned me they were retired and eBay had some ridiculous prices, but I saw the local store had them in stock so I sent a hold request. SOON!

I also had enough points on my Discover card to get a free copy of 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' so I've been playing that a bit too. I love Lara Croft. I just feel like a kid again playing these games, even if they are shiny and new.

Of course, I have to leave it all behind soon. We travel to Wisconsin again this week for Tim's sister's's a short trip, just going there, seeing the wedding, then coming home. As always, I am dreading the politics of that house. But I will just hide with Sylvia and Nicole and sing Weird Al songs to drown out the crazy.

And I have a buffer day when we return so I can play all my games and relax before going back to work!
orangerful: (don't starve again // orangerful)
The developer behind 'Don't Starve' have a new game coming later this year!! The look of it reminds me a bit of the Fallout app game where you manage your vault colony, except this one is IN SPACE! It's clever title is Oxygen Not Included.

And, being that it is from the creators of 'Don't Starve', I'm sure this game will involve a lot of dying and starting over and will be all about how long you can keep your colony alive. But since it is more than just Wilson running around and gathering food, I'm sure there will be a LOT more to do as you manage all your dufus people (I mean, look at them in their RED SHIRTS, this is not going to go well).

[ profile] teaandfailure - looks like it should be out "late 2016" or "when it's ready"! So, just enough time for you to play through Stardew Valley again hehe.
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
This post is all [ profile] teaandfailure's fault!!!!!!!!!!

I've been meaning to make this post for awhile, but every time I see someone else update about their game I'm horrified at how far behind I am LOL. I'm only in my 2nd year, I still haven't bothered to clear off all the land yet and my flirting attempts haven't been that great (though I think Leah and I have hit it off totally be accident, sorry Abigail)

honestly, only read this if you play the game...otherwise you'll be bored to tears! )
orangerful: (don't starve again // orangerful)
So, this is where I've been spending most of my time the past few days:

That's my new farm, inherited from my late grandfather. I've been learning how to plant crops, cut grass, and mine! OH HOW I LOVE TO MINE! And scavenge. OOH LOOK, A SPICE BERRY!

Seriously though, I'm sorry/not sorry if any of you are friends with me AND [ profile] thistle_chaser AND [ profile] teaandfailure because it is pretty much all we have been talking about the past few weeks.

Well, I haven't been talking about it as much, but I've been sending lots of Snapchats of quests that amuse me etc. LOL.

It's funny that I was playing The Witcher before this, a game with so much story and shiny graphics (okay, well, not the one I was playing, but I was trying to work my way through them all to get to Witcher 3) and now I'm having way too much fun with this adorable pixelated farming sim to worry about Geralt.

Fun fact: both games have hoes! AY-OOOOOOOOOH!

Sorry sorry, that was inappropriate.

Ramblings about the adorable/dirty quests, under a cut in case someone doesn't want joke spoilers? )
orangerful: (star wars figures // spitefairy)
And for those of you sick of reading my Facebook rants, here are some fun links to images from Toy Fair 2016. HIDE MY WALLET!!!!!!!

Scroll down for the Star Wars Clue and BB-8 Operation games!

SO MANY NEW FUNKOS AAAAAAH! Harry Potter fans BEWARE - there is a LUNA and a SIRIUS! I need to get Flame Princess for my Adventure Time collection.

I'm only on the first Witcher game right now but I have listened/watched Tim play the three and these figures are just as gorgeous as the game characters. I think we will have to get Geralt and Ciri for sure...though I think Tim has a crush on Triss, so maybe I will get him Triss for Christmas (they don't come out until the Fall UUUUUGH!)

In mobile app news: Nintendo is dipping their toes into the world of APPS! Miitomo is coming soon! Pre-register now and we can be friends when it launches yay! (hopefully they won't have a stupid "real name" requirement).
orangerful: (lara pwned bitch // orangerful)
Quick quick if you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, get your free copy of Witcher 2 !!! It will be free until February 5th. It says it is available in all markets except Japan (aw, poor Japan).

Tim has been playing Witcher 3 SO MUCH and I listened to him play a lot of the other two titles. Now I am compelled to start playing them because the story is so fascinating. I started Witcher 1 the other night, but since it is in Tim's library on Steam, I can only play when he is NOT on his it's a bit tricky...I still have to finish Fallout 4 of course...
orangerful: (ME garrus loves orangerful // lostacanth)
In honor of the memory of David Bowie, Square Enix is giving away copies of "Omikron". Yeah, it's from 1999 but it is FREE and actually has a pretty high rating on Steam. PLUS - DAVID BOWIE!

Square Enix is giving it away for free until Jan 22nd. Here's the tweet with the important links.
orangerful: (muppets kermit smooshed)
Update on cards/mixes - they are hella late and I apologize! I got half of them sent out a week ago, with every intention of getting the rest in the mail later that week and then things just got busy with New Year's and such. Anyway, they WILL be sent out at some point! I even grabbed the customs forms for those that need to go overseas so I am prepared...except for the part where I don't have all the CDs burnt yet LOL.

I haven't read my friends list in awhile and I apologize. I kept trying to sneak a peek at work, but it has been far too busy and then I come home and get distracted by video games or tv shows. We started Fargo Season 2 and Man in the High Castle plus my brother got us Helldivers on Steam so we've been playing that with him and tonight we're gaming with Casey.

New Year is off to an okay start. I have failed at pretty much all the resolutions I made to myself. Hoping to kick them into gear at some point. I think now that it is finally COLD outside, I have lost the will to do any kind of exercise, even my daily stretches. It's awful but I'm just tired, and then the sun goes down and I just want to sit and play the Steven Universe game on my iPad (SO ADDICTIVE! It was the free download a couple weeks ago and I got it on a whim, thinking it would be too easy, but it is really challenging!)

Okay, back to burning CDs and addressing envelopes!

EDIT: I AM OUT OF ENVELOPES!!!! ARGH!!!!! SO CLOSE! This is what I get for tidying up before we moved and throwing out all of my old Amazon close...hang in there everyone!
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Origin has Sims 4 on sale for 50% off and I am very tempted to get it. But when it was released, there was lots of debate over the quality and that was a year and probably at least 12 patches ago. Do any of you play? Is it worth it?
orangerful: (book belle // orangerful)
It's that time of year! ALL THE BOOKS are being released so that holiday shoppers can buy them for friends and family. Or all of my books I've had on hold for months arrive on my desk:

When all your holds show up on the same week #librarianproblems #books #reading #priorities

I ended up releasing several of them into the wild and putting myself back on hold. I did start reading the new Stephen King. I've always loved his short story collections, plus there is a special place in my heart for him because my Grandma Grady was a big fan. (Mostly hilarious to me because she was this sweet little Southern lady who went to church ever Sunday, so as a kid I assumed he must be a very sweet writer too LOL).

After freaking myself out at bedtime, I decided the King book was best left for lunch breaks and started reading the Felicia Day memoir before bed. As expected, she is adorable. I'm really enjoying the book so far and pondering the idea of using it for the library book club in March or April. I'm just debating the broad appeal of such a geeky memoir but so far I think the awkwardness of just growing up and feeling alone will be easy for anyone to identify with. It's also funny, and I know some of the group have commented about how depressing the last few books were.

Both Felicia Day AND my friend recommended listening to Ink and Bone so I've got that in the car right now (well, Felicia rated the book on her GoodReads, Stephanie listened to it). I'm in the middle of disc 2 and I am intrigued. I'm already cursing myself for starting it because I'm sure it will end on a cliffhanger and it is brand new so book two won't be out for awhile. But it is a cool fantasy story about a world where the Library of Alexandria is the EVIL OVERLORD. I'm a little worried it is about to fall into the YA Trope trap, since we just introduced the side characters and they all feel a bit familiar, but I'm hoping to be surprised.

And for some reason I felt compelled to play Shadows of Mordor again. I never finished it so I've been powering through where I left off, teaching myself all the controls yet again (which are like one step away from the Assassin's Creed controls but not quite so I have to be careful not to try to move like Arno).

Other things happened this week obviously. Horrible things all over the world. I think everyone here has posted thoughts and comments and I agree with them. I have to say, as an American right now, the thing that terrifies me are the current candidates running for office and when I think of them facing a situation like this, or worse...yeah, I just don't even want to talk about it right now. I can't fathom these groups of people who want to hurt other people, to kill other innocent people. My brain can't even begin to figure it out so I am at a loss.

Now to bed so I can get some rest and be ready for the work week! We are planning on going to my parents tomorrow because the wedding pictures finally arrived. Hoping to get some free food while we are there stealing photos LOL. Also trying to convince Tim we should stop by the liquor store there because we have a $10 coupon of a $30 purchase and I'm sure we could find *something* tasty for $30. That is the trick to good coupon use, buying the bare minimum!

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