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    All the Vita stuff stuff I was playing lately I was going through while staying with family for around a month (first time seeing most of my family in three years and first time most got to meet my daughter), and like usual, my motivation to play whatever I'm messing around with while "on vacation" (not really, because I was still taking work here and there) peters out when I return home and get back to the normal grind. So I'm just wrapping stuff up to eventually start up something new. I mentioned in the Beaten in 2022 topic that I returned to Tokyo Tattoo Girls after years. Actually, the last time I had been playing that was the previous time I visited family. This time, I finished clearing all four difficulties with all six girls. The Extreme/Expert difficulty (the game can't decide which to call it) actually wasn't as challenging for me as Hard. I guess I had solidified my strategies by then, and all the items I unlocked for the HQ probably made a big difference. Anyway, that's completed enough for me. The platinum trophy is impossible to get because another trophy is glitched and unobtainable. The only thing left I could do is go for the trophies where you gotta play through the game eight times with each girl. But that's just mindless grinding busywork. I'm not gonna run through the game 24 more times. So that's been shelved and so has Proteus. I did quickly get to the end of my third file in Proteus to get the trophy for that, but I just can't be bothered to do the ones with the stones and plants. Another "maybe someday but probably not." Pix the Cat I haven't touched in over a month, and I'm torn on if I want to get back to it. It is a fun game, and my in-game percentage was 91%. I was also pretty close to getting the flower bonus in every Nostalgia stage. But there's not much left for me to do in the game, and what's left is so tough that I don't know if I'm in the mood for it.

    I did return to BoxBoy on 3DS, which I dropped when I left home because I didn't want to pack the 3DS. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to jump back in, even though I left off on the post-game bonus stages. I pretty quickly blew through those, and I've collected all the crowns in the game (never beat a stage without doing so, actually), so I've unlocked Marathon mode. I also still haven't tried out the challenges unlockable in the shop. So I'll check out that stuff, but I don't foresee myself playing this much longer either.

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    Any game time has been consumed with Zelda: BOTW on Switch. I took the plunge again and finally overcame my mental hurdle with this game: I'm not used to having a buffet of abilities early on coupled with having free range to try almost anything. This became apparent when I was freeing the divine beast Ruto (? the elephant with the Zoras). I was looking for a switch to open a gate to get at the map terminal and one of my step sons said "just you the cryo glyph to lift it". Duh....water...ice blocks....I felt stupid but it was the "aha!" moment that caused me to cast off the years of Zelda-instilled expectations. Shrines and such have gone a LOT easier since this obvious revelation to me. I've got two divine beasts down, the Master Sword and now I'm hunting shrines. It's getting a little tedious as some require "UPS" services (go do this, come back to NPC or location to gain access). I like some of the stuff, like being able to go anywhere provided you have the stamina and what not. However it's starting to get long in the tooth for me. So once I get some more shrines and the rest of the beasts, I'm gunning for Ganon to put this to bed. Then I can pass the game on to the younger of my twins as she never gets a chance to hop on the Wii U version as her twin plays to "kill horses".

    Not much else in the digital realm. I think I might gravitate back to PC for a while as I have been looking at my Steam list with more interest.

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    Still playing BoxBoy on 3DS. I've been dabbling in Marathon mode, and I cleared all the challenges. Overall, I'd say this stuff isn't as fun as the regular levels. I don't particularly like racing the clock, not when I was enjoying the main game being so chill in its pace. I liked the score challenges more than the time attack challenges and had an easier time with them too. I've only cleared the first couple worlds in Marathon mode with a perfect all-S ranking. But I do kinda like improving my rankings, without stressing about being perfect. So that's what I'm working on at the moment. One thing that's funny is that Nintendo, despite being being so strict about not allowing people to name their characters curse words in many games, didn't even consider the combinations you can get when you get three categories ranked on each world that can be D, C, B, A, or S (from worst to best). To get to the point, I've got one world where my ranking is "A S S", haha.

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    Seems like, in recent years, I don't as often make a conscious choice to stop playing a game like "Okay, I'm finished with this now. Time to put it away." Instead, things just sort of fizzle out, and before I know it, I've realized I've stopped playing and don't have the desire to get back to it. That's what happened with BoxBoy on 3DS. I kept toying around with Marathon mode, but once it got harder to improve my rankings, I just didn't have the motivation to keep repeating the same stages to basically do perfect speedruns of them. So after not touching it for a while, I decided to move on to something else, which I had also once dropped, but for an entirely different reason.

    I resumed my file in Illusion of Gaia on Super Nintendo that I started in 2020. I say "resumed", but I was at the beginning of the first dungeon, so I could've just as well started from scratch. I originally started the game very shortly before I found out I was pregnant, which was about the same time the "morning" (aka all day) sickness kicked in. I felt too nauseated to play anything for a couple months, and by the time I did feel well enough to look at a game screen, I just didn't bother to return to Illusion of Gaia. So my file sat for over two years, and now that particular file has been dropped again, even though I'm still playing. Before I started playing the first time even, I made up my mind that I definitely wanted to collect all the Red Jewels. This is basically Missables: The Game, so I knew I had to be careful about it. I downloaded a PDF of the manual (wish I had a real copy but whatever) which has a nice little walkthrough that includes every Red Jewel location. Yet one night, I got careless and missed one at a place you're at for all of maybe two minutes before never seeing again and then saved in the town after. That really took the wind out of my sails and I almost dropped the game then and there, but my husband was kind enough to start the game from scratch and get me nearly to where I left off, with all the Red Jewels (thankfully, it wasn't especially far into the game), so now I'm playing that file. It's aggravating that you can't just save to any slot and leave yourself backup files you could return to, but honestly, the game is kinda trolling with the Red Jewels and expects you to miss some. There's other annoying quirks about the game, like how sometimes text boxes appear instantaneously and disappear with seemingly any input, causing me to unintentionally miss text sometimes, and how it often forces you forward with no warning (talk to a certain character and *boom* you're off to the next place, whether you were ready to leave or not). The difficulty level is also questionable because they increased it in some ways. The first boss, made more difficult than in the Japanese original, was easily the hardest boss I've faced thus far, but other changes probably were for the better and keep the game from being pathetically easy. Anyway, I'm currently in the city of Euro, with every Red Jewel thus far, and quibbles aside, I'm having a fun time with it, and even the story, as poorly localized as it is, is kind of interesting. They got a famous author who normally writes novels and never worked on a game outside of this to do the story, and it does have a weird way about its narration and pacing that feels more like the storytelling of a novel than a game. Most of the game feels very polished, and I think, if I had played it back when it was new, it probably would've become a childhood favorite of mine.
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    Last weekend my youngest stepson asked me about "this game where you play two aliens" which translated to "Toe Jam and Earl" for the Genesis. He proceeded to ask me if I wanted to play it and I agreed. Any time a child asks to play an old video game....you grab that opportunity! Anyway, I fired up my Genesis Mini and we got into the game. It took us a bit to get the brains wrapped around the game (him it's first time playing a game like this, me I haven't played this in forever) but we dove into our quest for the funky ship pieces. He did really well, making due with the presents and avoiding the Earthlings. I was hoping to get the rocket skates early so I could get us to the little island on the first level but got them late and coudn't fall off the levels fast enough. We stopped at Level 5 and I saved the game (thank goodness for the save feature!). He wants to play this weekend but I have a queue of folks that want my time (D&D of different campaigns, my daughter wants to play "Rainbow Friends" on Roblox as I type this).

    I got some solo time in and it was split between playing "Shadow Warrior 2" on PC and continuing "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild". I got to the second stage in "Shadow Warrior 2" and it's been pretty slick. The melee combat is a little disorientating but it pays off in the sheer visceral graphics. In Zelda I've taken care of the Bird divine beast and I'm working on the camel. The Yiga Clan hideout I thought was going to be a tough stealth session but it was really short, thank goodness.

    I find it interesting how my kids approach this game compared to me. One of my step sons said I "really was into finding shrines" as I had a bunch of hearts AND almost three wheels of stamina. I told him my goal was to beat the game and I wanted high enough stats. He just goes into the game with the thought to "go hunt guardians" or go climb some mountains to find stuff to max out his outfits' stats. The elder of my twins like to play to "kill horses" (she finds a better horse but her slots are full at the stable) and putzes around here and there. My second eldest step son is trying to see how far he can get without getting hearts. He's been focusing on maxing out his stamina and tackling various challenges.

    That's been about that for me.

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    Still plugging away at Illusion of Gaia on Super Nintendo with the roughly half hour to an hour of gaming time I tend to get before bed each night these days. I'm now up to Dao, so I guess the Pyramid is the only dungeon I have left before the final stuff. Not too many Red Jewels left to hunt down either. My husband was watching during the infamous scene with Hamlet and was devastated, haha. I knew the scene was coming at some point, since, to this day, I remember Nintendo Power describing the scene in the 100th issue of the magazine for the Illusion of Gaia entry in their top 100 games ever list (on Nintendo systems only, of course), so it wasn't nearly as shocking to me. Still, though, what a noble pig, as Kara says.

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    Beat the u.s version of Castlevania III Dracula Curse recently and most of the time i just play the japanese version instead.Hmmm,maybe i'll try to complete dracula kid next.

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    I finally beat Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Since my last post I took care of the Divine Beasts, found every memory and maybe about half of the shrines. I had Rivoli(?) Bow, a bunch of guardian arrows, a full suit of guardian armor and away I went to the Castle. I swam up the waterfalls at the back and made my way into the Sanctum without much fuss from guardians. Then came the showdown. After a very cool cinematic of Calamity Ganon getting whupped by the power of the Beasts, we squared off. This was it-the first form before he goes to his big beast mode (that I read about) not unlike Twilight Princess.

    So we fight. Well, that's an understatement. For all his size and arms and combative pomp....he didn't last long. Not that I'm the greatest BotW player out there-my third eldest step son hunts all forms of lionels for FUN and has few problems, so I think I pale compare to him. But going into the second phase of the first form-if you are good at reflecting guardian beams and you have all the divine beast powers, Ganon will fall very quickly without much effort. The second form was visually impressive but he was easy to take down. The only opponent I really had was the camera. Roll credits. It was bittersweet that it wasn't this grand battle that you'd think it'd be. The aforementioned centaur-race of Hyrule packs more challenge than the Hyrulian Master of Disaster. Truly, it was about experiencing the journey than it was defeating Ganon and saving the world. How the hell Link lost a hundred years ago blows my mind.

    With that out of the way, I got to experience my first Halloween in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I had a lot of fun with it, got pranked but got some cool virtual swag in the process. The music and atmosphere were great! Got some more Toe Jam and Earl in. Made it to Level 14 with my step son before he wanted more Roblox. I played around with the Genesis Mini 2 and it's pretty dang sweet. If there's lag....I don't see it. I can get as far as I used to get in After Burner 2 so that was a good sign things were on the up and up.

    Right now Atari's new "Atari 50" cart is keeping my attention. You can't go into it just going for the games as some folks crap on the list of games, the age of them and the price. If you go into this like it's a museum, you get more out of it. At least I did-I'm going through all the pictures and videos like exhibits. Some games I play, some I don't as I know it won't play well with a stick (Breakout for one). I'm currently in the Computer part of the saga, which has a bunch of commercials thus far.

    Thanksgiving Day, after cooking a feast for my family (which will probably be devoured in 15 minutes) I'll sit back with more Animal Crossing. Time to experience that holiday.

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    Bought it years ago on the cheap digitally figure i sit down play them through finally.Once i'm done with that series it's off to playing elden ring,since i got a copy recently for ps4 since it was on sale this past black friday.

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