• Harvest Moon franchise

    Harvest Moon isn’t the same game you grew up with.

    A lot has happened since Natsume split from original developer Marvelous Interactive to create their own games under the Harvest Moon moniker – it was a major turning point at the beginning of Harvest Moon‘s 20th Anniversary. In Japan, Marvelous held the license to what roughly translates from Bokujo Monogatari to “Ranch Story”. Natsume localized the Bokujo Monogatari games as Harvest Moon until 2014. Though the company retains the rights to the title, Marvelous has partnered with XSeed games to localize the franchise’s games instead. To make matters more confusing, in 2014 Marvelous announced that their in-house publisher XSeed games would be localizing and publishing the Bokujo Monogatari series in…

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    Sims 4: Discover University | Review + Features

    I had really high expectations for this pack, as did the rest of the Sims community. I think from the day of it’s initial image leak (September, 2019), I had a really good feeling about the release of this pack. I was prepared to feel disappointed but shocked to say that I wasn’t actually disappointed by this pack. There are definitely some issues that I am going to mention but overall I’d say it’s worth the $40. CAS/Build & Buy Items I think that every pack shows that the hair textures in particular are getting better and better. I generally feel like they moved from a more stylized look to…

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    Pre-Review | Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town remake – Nintendo Switch

    I am a massive Harvest Moon fan. My very first Harvest Moon game was released on the Playstation2; I had been visiting a friend and she sat me down to play Harvest Moon: Save The Homeland. Now, in all honesty, from what I saw of that game it kinda sucked, so I never purchased it. Soon after, the GameCube was released and Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life came in the little bundle of video games that my grandmother bought me for my birthday and I was in love! I could not put this game down and I have been hooked on the franchise ever since I was 10 years old.…

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    You Should Be Playing Final Fantasy XIV – And Here’s Why

    Catch my stream here. Let it be known that Final Fantasy XIV bombed hard in its 2010 initial release. Not the game play itself, but everything else wrapped around the game was broken beyond recognition. Just to be clear, flowerpots weren’t the only cause of the server crashing; the developers failed adapt to changing trends in game design, opted to focus on graphics quality, and ultimately failed to realize in the process that their game would just not be fun to play. Their Beta testers knew about these issues for months, and they still released without fixing anything even slightly. Honestly the game play by itself was also broken. Your…

  • Lifestyle

    Why I quit League of Legends.

    When it comes to mental health, you really shouldn’t mess around. Playing League of Legends is the biggest waste of time ever known to man. I think a lot of eSports gamers and fans start in the community by aspiring to be in the Pro Leagues – they spend hours upon hours invested in this game (and there are others: Dota2, Overwatch, Fortnite) only to end up resenting the community, quitting, and coming back again; it’s a vicious cycle and I’ve seen many succumb to it. Hell, I’ve met players that dropped out of college (in fact, someone I played with argued with his parents about going to college because…

  • Reviews

    Fire Emblem: Three Houses | Hard Mode Clear

    Edelgard Hard Mode WARNING: This post may contain spoilers! At 59:16 hours of game play, I finally did it – I beat Edelgard’s story on hard mode classic in Fire Emblem Three Houses a month after the release. It took several tries (11, to be exact) but I managed to make it to the end without losing a single unit; recruits included. Note: let it be known that Nintendo quoted 80 hours of game play for each story! Overall, I learned a lot (I definitely should have recruited more while I had the chance.) I didn’t realize how important recruits were until it was too late. If you read a…

  • Reviews

    I purchased Fire Emblem: Three Houses (…and boy am I impressed!).

    WARNING: This post may contain spoilers! Fire Emblem: Three Houses has launched on Switch, and to the surprise of many, it’s pulling in very, very good reviews (with an OpenCritic score of 88), with many praising it as a big leap forward for the series. I’ve played since Fire Emblem was released on the GameBody (remember Eliwood, Lin, and Hector?) and I gotta say, this game has came a long way. I had just about lost hope when I picked up Fire Emblem: Awakening (Fates was awful, too) and several fans will agree that this is the best game thus far (well, besides the classics, anyway). First things first, I delved in to…

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    About Moonie

    I’ve never been the person to talk about myself but here goes! My earliest memories of video games was in elementary school – all of the cool kids had one of the very first Game Boys and I was jealous. They would sit together during lunch breaks and play Pokemon and I would sigh and whine and go home every night wishing I just had a Game Boy. Life would be so much better if I had a Game Boy. Remember when you were a kid and the week before summer break absolutely nothing happened at school? The teachers would try their best to get a roll call in the…

  • final fantasy XIV weaver class

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    I love playing video games. I also love writing and learning to code; that’s when I started pursuing careers outside of my Paralegal position. After I started streaming with my static group in Final Fantasy XIV, I started filing out applications for jobs in the programming/technical writing field, but I quickly realized I needed something more than just a resume in order to beat the competition. I wanted to write again and blogging allows me to dabble in code, so, here we are – the best of both worlds! On this blog you will see video game reviews, ranting about Final Fantasy XIV, some Twitch streams, and even some insights…