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20 games/series that changed me. Part 1

I’m taking this idea from Terry the Traveller, formerly known as The Traveller of Tyria, were he mentioned 20 games that changed him and briefly described how. I decided to do it in blog format because I knew I wouldn’t be able to condense how some of these games changed my life in 140 characters or less. I decided to break it down in 4 parts.  I tried to make the original list in chronological order, but then I started remembering some other games, so in the end, they are not entirely listed in order. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. Super Mario Bros. series

Super Mario Bros. was the first video game I remember playing (My mom had an Atari, but I don’t remember playing it before the NES). Back then, we didn’t have such easy access to information about games. The closest we had in Puerto Rico was the spanish Club Nintendo magazine, but since it was aimed mainly for Latin America it always contained outdated information (Puerto Rico is a US Territory), but I digress.

I clearly remember talking with friends at school about the secret 1 Ups we found, or the amazing Warp Zone someone discovered that allowed us to skip entire worlds. I was completely blown away when my brothers and I found out the princess was in another castle and we were merely beginning our adventure. I remember running like a mad man when all those Cheep Cheeps started flying out of the water in world 2-3.

To this day, I still feel the urge to play Super Mario Bros. every once in a while.

Super Mario Bros 2. Started my fandom for both Peach (Back known as Princess Toadstool) and Toad, and I didn’t put Super Mario World down until I made sure I found ALL the secrets in the game. I’ll always look fondly at Mario for all the years of fun it has provided to many different ways.

2. Mendel Palace

This is pretty obscure game I’m sure very few people will recognize. My grandfather bought it as a gift for my brother (He got 3 cheap NES games, one for each of us)

This game introduced me to the wonderful idea of playing simultaneously with another person and it quickly became a household favorite. It was also the first game we beat from beginning to end (No save points or passwords for this game!)

3. Secret of Mana

You’ll notice a trend in my list about multiplayer games. While Mendel Palace was the first game that allowed me to play simultaneously with one of my siblings, Secret of Mana let me play with both of them. It was the first text heavy game (being an action RPG). This was just the first of many games that made me grab a dictionary to try to understand what was going on or where I had to go. I can’t credit it for making me learn a completely new language, since I used to speak English when I was very little, but I forgot much of it when I moved back to Puerto Rico when I was four years old.

4. Super Bomberman series

Yep, another multipayer game. I spend countless hours playing Bomberman with friends and family. Games like these made me love multiplayer games even more, and have a blast with them? (Get it? Blast? Because Bombermen use.. oh never mind!)

5. Final Fantasy series

When  I was a kid, I didn’t know what an RPG was, even after I played and beat Secret of Mana. It wasn’t until I played Super Mario RPG that I learned what it was, and that there was even turn based RPG. I can’t really remember which FF was my first: VII or Tactics, but both turned me instantly into definite RPG fans. My English was polished enough not have to rely on dictionaries (that didn’t mean I understood most of the plot, tho) but being able to customize my characters felt awesome, and I loved each game for what it allowed me to do. As older games were re-released, I was able to play pre- FFVII games, never finished them, but allowed me to appreciate them enough still want to finish them eventually. To this day, Final Fantasy Tactics is still my favorite Tactical RPG.

 

One pic is not enough: Humans CAN fly!

 

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After several attempts, I have tried to make my humans fly. Every attempt failed. It didn’t hit me until recently that that now is in the past!

Sure, they’re not exactly flying, more like falling with style… And yes, gliding is limited to the new Heart of Thorns maps.. and let’s not forget this not limited to humans

Look, just roll with it, ok?

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Ever since the wing backpacks showed up in the gem store, I know I was going to be a sucker and get them. The fact that the wings themselves can be used as gliders was a nice bonus for me. I ended up with 2 winged guardians.

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And while I’m a sucker for angel wings, I couldn’t pass up the bat wings for my necromancer. It turned out I loved the reaper specialization, so my collection of winged characters I actually use has grown!

A second blog?

This blog has gone through a LOT of phases.

I started blogging several years ago in GameTrailers.com, back when they has blog pages. A lot of my early blogs were actually reposts of my GT blogs. When GT dropped their blogs, so did I.

Then Guild Wars 2 happened in my life, along with Guild Wars 2 Project 365, and I picked this blog again and injected it with some life and tons of pictures.  I ended up meeting a lot of cool people thanks to that too.

While I haven’t blogged in quite a while (anything of substance), this blog’s identity  has become Guild Wars 2 central(ish) and I feel it has limited me about things I want to write about (Let’s just assume, they were many times I wanted to write, and not just a few rare moment. It is for this very reason that I decided to make a separate blog.

Initially, I wanted the new one to be the Guild Wars 2 related one, but after a lot of consideration, I decided the opposite. This blog will now be called [Insert whatever cooler name I can think of later] while One Life is Not Enough will move here.

This blog will keep anything Guild Wars 2 related, while everything else (other video games, personal blogs) will fall into the other blog. This is kind of a test to see if I can get myself to write a bit more.

So yeah… it’s still a work in progress, but I already made a post over there to kick things off in a probably-too-serious manner. Let’s see how this works out!

Guild Wars 2 Project 365 – Days 337-341: Jumping and dancing

I dread festivals’ jumping puzzle. This one is no exception. Just look at this.

I can’t even go past the snowflake platforms from the begging. I can’t trust those gingerbread men either.Fortunately, you can skip the jumping puzzle and still get the meta acachievementith other events. Aedan waits patiently for the next round of choir bell, hoping he’ll complete one more achievment.

Tyria vs Eorzea: Comparison of a fan

Usually I try not to look into another MMO unless I am I am no longer interested in my last one. I ended up playing  Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the exact same reason I began playing Guild Wars 2: There was a free trial available!

Part of me was getting ready to have to choose one as THE MMO to play while the other faded into obscurity, but I was pleasantly surprised to find them both equally likable for different reasons. This post is not about which one’s better, it’s just a post made by a fan, wanting to point out the things that he liked about each of them.

 

So let’s get Started!

 

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Aster plays Tomodachi Life!

Despite Nintendo’s decision of not allowing Miis of the same gender to become “sweethearts” or getting married, I wanted to give Tomodachi Life a try, and for the moment I am not regretting it. Tomodachi life is the kind of game that will probably make you go “WTF” as you see some gameplay or the Direct Nintendo released a while ago. I want to say it’s like a Sims game, since it shares some similarities, but it’s different enough.

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Youtube, hobos and Steam, oh my!

It’s been a few weeks since I haven’t posted a single picture of blog, and I assure you, there is a perfectly good explanation for that.

As Guild Wars 2 related excuses go, I managed to get a sixth character to level 80, leaving me with 2 classes to go. It turns out that they are my least liked classes. (Why else would I leave them for last?) For once, I didn’t feel motivated to level yet another character. I found some fun in completing my WvW Season 2 meta and trying to get into PvP with my necromancer, but then my wrist started to bother me a bit. Considering that I wasn’t feeling so pumped to play, I decided it was the perfect moment to catch a break.

What have I been doing this time? I can assure you I have put my time into good use and I have NOT gone into a youtube frenzy, watching lots of videos and discovering a lot of awesome channels that lead me to watch even more videos. I can also tell you that I have NOT been feeding hobos to wild animals, or used them as cannon fodder and sacrifices to the gods in Scribblenauts. Now I know why it’s called Unlimited.. the horribles things you can do… or I could do if I have done those things of course!

Now, if you are reading this, you might be wondering, “Why am I even reading this?” All I can tell you is… because you’re probably bored?

 

Anyway, during this break, away from Guild Wars 2, I have been able to give room for some things that made me realize some things about myself.

 

  • I LOVE MUSICALS. I can’t get enough of them. I have been a huge fan of Random Encounters, who make video game musical parodies, and I recently discovered AVbytes, who cover not only video games musicals, but Disney princesses, and other random things. I think this makes me more of a nerd than I thought it was, and I’m very happy with this.
  • I LOVE ACAPPELLA groups. Loving Pitch Perfect must have given it away, but it wasn’t until I discovered Pentatonix in youtube that I realized it wasn’t just a thing.
  • I LOVE VLOGGERS. What people find so fascinating about people making fools of themselves while talking to a camera? For a while I thought it was a bit silly, but I did manage to find some people I found entertaining to see. In fact, I found Pentatonix while browsing the channel of 2 of their members.
  • I REALLY LOVE HOBOS. This sounds very mean, but I just recently got Steam and a friend quickly send me Scribblenauts Unlimited. It’s not a game I would have bought on my own, even if the idea of it sounded interesting to me. If you haven’t heard of it, the premise is a simple one. You are a kid with a magic notepad, and whatever you write in it comes to life. You can also write adjectives to modify other objects and people. Want to kill that soldier? Add “dead” as an adjective. Want a bigger bang? Summon a Mega Rocket Launcher and shoot him yourself. Want some chaos? Make someone a zombie or a vampire and just sit back (not to close tho) Anyway, the idea of the game is making people happy by helping them. The destructive part is just some side plate. Unless you need to feed a raptor to hep other dinosaurs escape. Just throw a hobo at it and watch it get eaten. It works EVERY time. Volcano needs you to sacrifice technology? Throw a scientist in it. IT WORKS. Barber needs tools to cut hair? give him a chainsaw! Need to feed a cannibal? Give him another cannibal, or a hobo. Or if you are feeling particularly evil, feed him a baby! They are tender and at least they don’t scream like the grown ups. Yes… this game twisted me up a little bit. Before anyone calls for psychiatric help, I already moved on to Trine 2, and I’m starting to appreciate gaming on the PC a lot more since I got a Steam account.

 

So, after all this random talk, what’s going to happen now? I WILL complete the Guild Wars 2 365 challenge, but I’m not going to start posting pictures like crazy until I catch up. I’ll probably post 2 per day once the motivation to do so comes back. I also want to make a non gw2365 post every 1 or 2 weeks, but I haven’t decided what to focus that on. After all, while this blog has been primarily devoted to Guild Wars 2 lately (and it will stay primarily devoted to it), it’s just one of my many lives. So… yeah. That is all for now. Hopefully next post won’t be a random filler like this one!

Guild Wars 2 Project 365 – Pic 19 & 20: Mesmer Camp and Spot the difference

Since I started 3 days late, I decided to post 2 screenshots today to catch up  and be able to finish the year with all 365 pictures. As you can see, I am having too much fun with my mesmer in (what I like to call now) Mesmer Camp. I’m not a staff user but it did it’s job at gather all my clones in a non messy way! Now, which one is the real one? Can you tell? I’ll give you some virtual time to guess.

Well?

If you guessed correctly, then you have earned an irreplaceable sense of satisfaction! Congrats!

I have more than one life.

“Get a life? But I’m a gamer! I have many lives!”

I am a magonian, a CasAur, and a GT blogger. I am a farmer, a Super Hero and a rescuer of princess. I am a hunter and a mafioso. I have been a woman in many instances, a lizard, a gorilla, a cat and a hedgehog. I’ve raced, rolled, fought and shot my way trough many problems. I am a gamer. Sure, I have a life. But one life is not enough.

Hey everyone, I am Guarionex and this is my gaming blog, where I’ll be posting anything I feel like talking gaming related, and possibly some stories that come to my mind.  The main reason I’m doing this is to entertain myself, I must admit, so I can’t guarantee you’ll like everything I post. But if you are reading this, I sincerely hope you get to enjoy some of it.