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Gamers blog party: winter 2019 invitation

Christmas is less than two weeks away, anticipation is in the air and everyone is getting into the party mood. So put on your best frock and dancing shoes, grab your laptop and join in with the latest blog party here at Later Levels – there’s no better way to celebrate this time of year.

The rules are simple:

🎉   Arrive at the party: don’t be shy and stand in the corner – say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below! Give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers and let us know what you’re all about.

🎉   Present your gift: think about the posts you’ve written during the past three months and choose your favourite or one which was fun to write. Leave a link to it in your comment and explain why you’ve picked it.

🎉   Show your festive spirit: a blog party is nothing without good music and video games. Tell us which favourite festive tune you’ve brought with you, and the video game you’ll be playing this holiday season.

🎉   Be sociable: grab yourself a drink, put on a party hat and get to know your fellow guests! Check back on the comments throughout the day to discover excellent sites and meet new bloggers.

🎉   Party all day: the comments below will be open for 24-hours until 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 so you’ve got plenty of time to meet and greet. Plus your posts will be shared on the Later Levels’ social media channels!

These blog party events are my way of giving something back to the amazing WordPress community and showing my appreciation for all of your support. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some lovely people and talented writers over the past three years; here’s a little thank you and a way of finding some awesome blogs you may not have come across already.

We beat the record number of posts shared in a single event at this summer’s blog party, hitting 36 articles and 348 comments. Can we beat it yet again? Have fun – and excuse me while I top up everyone’s drinks and turn the music up louder!

Kim View All

Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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  1. I’m early again! Technically it is late for me but whatever.

    Happy holidays! For those who don’t know me, I’m Michelle of A Geek Girl’s Guide. I write about a lot of different topics including gaming. I’m also the admin for a geeky blogger group called Geek Blogs Unite. I’m sharing a post from a recent series I started where I recommend board games based on popular games. This one is suggestions for D&D lovers!

    https://ageekgirlsguide.com/2019/12/04/love-dd-try-these-games-too/

    To get the festive tunes going I’m bringing A Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney. And for games I’m playing, I have Sayonara Wild Hearts as my current play.

    I’ll be back to chat later in the day!

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  2. Hello everyone! Merry Christmas! 😀
    I’m Naithin, and I currently write at Time to Loot. I returned to game blogging (after quite a long hiatus) just this year. Almost a complete year behind me now, but not quite! I have a particular love for RPGs and Loot-games (as the blog name might suggest), but cover everything from there through to Tycoon style games. Heck, if we’re being honest about it — I just love games in general. One might even say, too many games.

    Which I suppose is a good segue into the post I’d like to share from the past little while — all about attempting to put a little more focus on extracting value from the games I have. It was inspired heavily by seperate posts from Krikket and Paeroka.

    https://www.timetoloot.com/gaming/five-game-challenge-day-5-extracting-value/

    In terms of Christmas song, can one ever really go past Snoopy’s Christmas? I think not. I’d bring that along to share. 🙂

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    • Ooh, forgot to mention the game I’ll be playing this holiday season!
      With the recent release of the Empyrean update (aka, the one with pilotable multi-crew Space ships), I’ll be back into Warframe for sure.
      No doubt supported by a bunch of others though. 🙂

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    • Hey Naithin, lovely to see you here! 😀

      I love the sentiment of your post. This year I was determined to complete more games and realised recently that I’ve managed 44 out of 54, so not bad. But did I play them to the point of satisfaction? I have to admit that some of them I finished even though the end credits were far past the point of enjoyment. Perhaps my focus for 2020 therefore needs to be slightly different, but I guess I need to figure out what that ‘satisfaction’ point is.

      Confession: I’ve never heard Snoopy’s Christmas before. 😳

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      • 😮

        There you go. Not the best audio quality unfortunately, gets started around the 27 second mark.

        In terms of value from games and playing to satisfaction, it’s still very much a work in progress for me too. Not quite sure how it’ll settle yet. 🙂

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        • I’m going to think on this some more… I’ve just started thinking about goals and resolutions for next year, so the timing is perfect. I’d be interested to hear how you get on. 😉

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    • Nice article. Interesting to consider what the point of satisfaction in gaming is, the end credits, platinum trophies, point of exhaustion 🤷🏼‍♂️ All interesting things.

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      • I think the point is that it can vary from game to game — depending on whether you are or aren’t enjoying it any longer. if you’re still enjoying it — have at it! Play to the end! Past the end! Platinum!
        If not? Let it go. Don’t let there be any shame or self-recrimination around not finishing a game or otherwise having a sizeable backlog. 🙂

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        • If there was shame in a backlog…I’d be the…shame lady…from game of thrones. She’s stand in front of my backlog waving her incense or bell and saying shame…

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        • Wow! That IS old. It’s like my dad always says: “Only good things really get old.” (although he mostly says that on his own birthdays xD)
          But come to think of it, it’s not that surprising. Snoopy came out around when most of our parents were born.

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    • Great post. I’ve found that my site has really helped me focus on things, especially since adopting the format I do right now: I play a single game (or, in some cases, series) through to completion at a time and cover it in detail as I go. As part of that process, I make sure I beat it to my satisfaction — sometimes that’s just beating the story but in many cases it involves full completion, platinum trophies or whatever.

      I used to have real trouble hopping around between games and not focusing on anything, but I’m much better at focusing now. I still buy a lot of games, but I do so now knowing full well that I might not get to them immediately — but that I will probably want to write about them in the near future.

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      • Nice, Pete.

        MOST of the time, I would say my blog helps me focus a little more. But it isn’t always enough. Over the November just past, I attempted to stick to a preset selection of just five games. I only ended up using two of them and focused fairly successfully, but the moment the month was up and I released myself from the challenge?

        MUST PLAY ALL THE THINGS! xD

        So like I said to Kim, it’s a definite work in progress for me.

        Certainly part of it simply is that I value variety as a part of how I play, and I have no desire to eliminate that completely. Still — it would be nice to get a little more from the things I pick up. 🙂

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    • So good to see you here, Naithin!

      I love the idea of focusing on the value you personally get from games. I currently have an extensive backlog of older games that I was having trouble enjoying. I’m happy to say that is no longer the case, and I’m finding the ‘value’ in them again. In fact, I am replaying Kingdom Hearts so I can feel ready for KH3 (finally) and my husband noticed how differently we approached the same game. He plays for completion (all trophies, all challenges cleared, all items obtained) while I usually* play to progress the story of RPGs. Hmm… you may have inspired a post from me! *By usually I mean there’s always exceptions to the rule! I do have games that I prefer to complete at 100% to unlock multiple endings, etc.

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      • Nice to see you here too, Megan! =)

        I’m with you on RPG play style… Usually. =)

        I might start from a position of deciding to do ‘everything’ but there invariably comes a point (sooner than later, generally) where I acknowledge that I just want to push through and really get the story beats moving.

        Unless it’s a Bethesda game, then all bets are off as to how the playthrough will go. Often nowhere near the main story for great chunks of time. Hehe.

        Anywho, if you do end up posting on the topic, I look forward to reading it!!

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    • I have such a huge back catalogue and I just keep getting more games without playing them and sometimes I play something for an hour and get distracted by something else. Reviewing games had actually helped me so much to play games to satisfaction however I do believe to accurately review a game it needs to be played to the credits. Loved reading your post!

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      • Hehe, I hear you on the play for an hour and get distracted bit.

        In terms of Reviewing, I don’t think I agree that play to credits is necessary. But I do think it a matter of required transparency to *say so* if you don’t go to credits.

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  3. Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone 🙂 (timezone depending)

    I’m Charles and I write at the Around The Bonfire page. Have been writing consistently for about a year and a half now about all the fun gamey media stuff as well as a few more serious opinion pieces. Outside the digital bubble, live and work in north west London and attended my first convention this year. Such fun.

    For my gift, probably my most minimal physical effort adventures I undertook exploring Wells in Somerset, home to many of the locations in the movie Hot Fuzz (and about 2 miles from my folks home in Glastonbury)

    https://atbonfire.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/on-tour-with-hot-fuzz-in-wells/

    My favourite Christmas song is of course, Christmas, baby please come home by Darlene Love. Cheesy, Christmasy, all good things. To celebrate this winter period of joy and happiness I’m currently playing Grim Fandango…😗👍🏻

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    • Ah Grim Fandango… great choice! I bought the game when it originally came out but I didn’t end up finishing it, although I can’t remember why. So glad I was able to finally get there with the remaster a couple of years ago.

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      • 😗I think I had it originally on the Mac ‘back in the day’ when Lucas Arts stood for quality point and clicks. Playing the remaster now, do feel for the skeleton

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        • Weirdly, there seems to be a bunch of people playing classic point-and-clicks at moment. Something to do with Christmas maybe? It’s making me fell all nostalgic and wanting to revisit them all!

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          • Does inspire the old school nostalgia for those of a, certain age 🙈 next on the playlist is day of the tentacle. Will say it was part inspired by the point and click collab, lot of fond memories from reading some of the pieces.

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            • You know what, Day of the Tentacle was one I’ve just never been able to get into. It’s the character-switching; I just don’t seem to gel with games that use the mechanic. Funnily though, I was chatting to Gao Li about it yesterday and we realised how horrible some of the characters are! ha ha

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    • Somehow, Grim Fandago feels like a great game for Christmas. Ah, those were the days, when LucasArts was synonymous with great games and almost everything they did was golden. Good times…good times, indeed.
      Isn’t it funny how history constantly seems to repeat itself? In the early-mid 2000’s it was Ubisoft who’s games you could buy without thinking about (at least for me), before that is was Blizzard, and now CDPR seems to be on the rise. Let’s see how long they hold themselves 🙂

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      • It’ll be interesting to see how 2020 goes in terms of video games. 2019 felt like such a transition year and there wasn’t much which really stood out for me personally… I’m hoping there’ll be more to look forward to next year. 🙂

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        • I’ll probably get around to play the 2019/20 releases in 2025 earliest. Yes, I admit it, I’m a stingy sales-only buyer (and I have around 700 games waiting to be played…) 🙂 But you’re right, there was nothing really where I said “Oh boy, I don’t care how expensive, I NEED IT!”

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            • The last time I felt that way was in 2016 with The Dwarves, because it’s my favourite Fantasy series (by Markus Heitz). And while it started great, it ultimately felt rushed 😦

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              • I’m trying to remember the last time for me… it’s so difficult to remember. I don’t recall feeling hyped for much at all over the past year. There are a few smaller indie games I’ve got my eye on for 2020, but not much big-budget stuff.

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    • Hi Charles, nice to see you here! Yay for Grim Fandango! Also, yeah, exactly what Kim said. I didn’t finish it when it first came out but was very glad to get the opportunity to try it again with the remaster and I ended up loving it. Especially Glottis 🙂

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  4. Hello, beautifu…damnit, I’m stuck in the chimney again! I really need to go on a diet 😦

    I’m seeing quite a few familiar faces here! While this is lovely, I do hope to meet some new people with whom I haven’t had the pleasure yet.
    Anyway, I am Quietschisto, and while I mainly write reviews and various bits about game design, my favourite post so far deals with a different topic: mixing cocktails.
    Even though my first drink needs a lot more tweaking to be actually good (I was too excited about it, I *had* to share it. For the next one, I’ll bide my time, I promise!), here’s the post:
    https://quietschisto.com/drinks-in-video-games-grog-from-monkey-island/

    As for music, I’ve brought “Gummibaum” by Maybebop, a German comedy a-capella band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20U_NwQiZAc
    Since most of you probably don’t speak German, let me explain: it’s comedy song about a Turkish man in Germany who tries to understand Christmas, but instead of a festival of love, he only sees how stressed everyone is, and how people want to “forbid” him from partaking because he’s not a Christian. Still, he does his part, and in the refrain, he bakes cookies and decorates his gum tree (Gummibaum).

    Ironically enough, because of my blog, nowadays I have far less time to play video games than before. This holiday season, however, there’s a different reason for me for not playing: Sometime next year, I’m opening my own bar! This takes faaaar more effort than I had ever anticipated. So while I volunteer to mix up some drinks for this blog party, anyone who plans a trip to Austria might as well hit me up 🙂

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    • A song about a Turkish man… in Germany… who isn’t allowed to celebrate Christmas… but bakes cookies and decorates his gum tree anyway. Ok, I’m going to have to watch this video all the way through when I get a moment! ha ha

      Give us a sneak peak: what gaming-related beverage can we look forward to next? 😀

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      • The song is very light-hearted, and not some political correctness sledgehammer. But that’s what I like about this group, they do it subtly (at least for a German band).

        ALright, sneaky peaky time! Next up will be Estus from Dark Souls. Since references are very scarce, I have a lot more freedom to experiment, but I already have a few ideas of how I want to go about it. What will be in there? It’s a secret to everybody!

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          • Haha, no. I even consider making it non-alcoholic, depending on how the flavours of the base turn out. Which begs to ask the question: Can undead get drunk? Can they process alcohol? I mean, they don’t rely on their bloodstream and their livers don’t function any longer…

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      • I probably will sneak a few songs from video game soundtracks onto the playlist. Oh, and I’ll strategically place my ever-growing army of rubber duckies around the place.
        Other than that, it will be a fairly “neutral” cocktail bar. My basic concept is to act as some sort of “gateway” into the bar/cocktail scene, with a rotating list of drinks where you only pay for the ingredients (maybe rounded up just a little bit), so you can be sure that you don’t “waste” money while trying new things.

        But I’ll talk about my plans in detail once the flat is free (Jan 1st) 🙂

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    • Hey Quietschisto!

      I’ve been meaning to say that I enjoyed the best/worst point-and-click puzzle collab you did with Kim. I totally concur on the monkey wrench puzzle (I wrote a similar post berating it, haha). I didn’t recognise many of the others but it might come in handy if I ever have to tackle those tricky ones!

      That grog sounds lethal so I reckon you’ve got it pretty spot-on 😉

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      • That collab was super-fun to do (even if it was not smooth sailing all the way^^).

        It only seems like the final puzzles to get to the coronation were a bit too hard. As far as I can tell, only one person made it through the gauntlet 🙂

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      • The way it is now, it’s not much more than a thought experiment. I made one this weekend, and it’s still pretty far removed from any balance 🙂
        But the important part is that people like to read it, and maybe even learn something. But I’ll definitely update the Grog, and come up with more recipes.

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  5. Hello!
    I’m Chris, and I’ve been on kind of a hiatus from blogging for a while because I’ve been working on getting a novel ready to self-publish. And I started a podcast (as part of The Well-Red Mage content family) about video games and philosophy, so… I’ve still been busy!
    I did a bit of a summing-up of things I’ve been up to lately in this post: https://overthinkeryblog.com/2019/11/25/oh-hey-im-still-here/ – so I guess that’s the one I’m bringing because that’s where you can find the other stuff I’ve actually been doing 🙂
    Over the holidays I’ll be playing Pokémon Sword and Shield, some Mario Party, and probably a bunch of silly board games. (We’ve got one where you throw squishy burritos at each other. It’s great.) For a festive tune, The Darkness’s ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’ is surely the GOAT and as such I shall force everyone here to listen to it many times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQhuoY5h2kE

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  6. Hello everyone! My name is Kelly from Why We Play Games. I love to analyze video games and why we love to play them.

    I am currently writing posts about The Witcher due to the upcoming Netflix adaptation so here’s my post about the third game! It was the first one I played that got me into The Witcher games and books!

    kellycwhyweplay.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/why-i-love-the-witcher-series-witcher-3-the-wild-hunt/

    My favorite Christmas song is “Jingle Bell Rock” and I will be playing The Witcher: Enhanced Edition to prepare for the Netflix show coming this week!

    I’m going to drink some hot chocolate and dance!

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  7. Good morning, Kim!

    The third definetly is the strongest game. It has the strongest story, most memorable quests, and a beautiful world to explore! I highly recommend trying it!

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  8. Morning all, I’m Pete, a former professional games journo who now spends his days moaning about his boring day job and, when that isn’t something he has to think about, running his site https://moegamer.net and his YouTube channel https://youtube.com/user/ejaypierre — both cover a combination of overlooked, underappreciated and classic games from both modern and retro eras, with a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on stuff of Asian origin.

    My gift to you all is this article: https://moegamer.net/2019/12/06/pokemon-sword-and-shield-a-grand-tour-of-galar/ — it’s an extensive look at Pokémon Sword and Shield’s various locales and how they relate to various places in the UK. In my experience, at least!

    The festive tune I’ve brought with me is the AdLib version of the Holiday Lemmings soundtrack. Enjoy the FM goodness.

    Over this festive season, I’ll be continuing to play Pokémon, and also delving into my first featured game of the new year: visual novel LAMUNATION!, which appears to have been written by Japanese writers obsessed with Western memes and is something to do with traditional Japanese fizzy pop. I’ve played like an hour so far and it already feels like a drug-addled fever dream, so I think I’m going to enjoy it. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1025140/LAMUNATION_international/

    Pleased to “meet” you all… or indeed to see you again in quite a few cases!

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    • Morning Pete! Anyone who brings along a soundtrack like this is more than welcome at this party. I bought the original Lemmings game for my PS2 at a gaming market earlier this year and am saving it for our charity streams next month – I’m really looking forward to playing it.

      I’ve been following along with your awards posts, and I think you’re worthy of your own award: ‘The Blogger Who Has Widened My Gaming Horizons More Than Any Other’.

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      • Thank you! That’s always exactly what I want to hear about what I do, so it’s good to know I’m on the right track, haha. Gaming is a broad, diverse and oftentimes incredibly weird medium, and I love exploring it — particularly those dark and scary corners no-one else goes in!

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        • Who doesn’t love dark and scary corners ha ha! You’ve definitely introduced me to games and genres I might not otherwise have checked out. I may not have played them all, but it’s good to know they’re out there if that makes sense.

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      • Love it! A lot. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it 🙂 My podcasting buddy and I talk at great length about it on the new episode which is out later today if you want to know more!

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    • So glad you popped in, Pete!

      I gotta say, I greatly admire everything you do. You have such great and detailed write ups, post daily on YT, and run a podcast. I’ve heard you even post daily on Patreon! Please tell us aspiring creators how you manage to do it all on top of a day job.

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  9. Hello and happy holidays everyone!

    I’m Will, one of the peeps from Geek Sleep Rinse Repeat.
    Personally I tend to cover mostly indie games and board games on the site. However we do cover a wide variety of games.
    We’ve recently had a total rebrand for the site and absolutely love it. So is be super chuffed to hear your feedback on that.
    But I also thought id share my article about why I love indie games with you all.
    https://geeksleeprinserepeat.com/2019/10/31/why-i-love-indie-games/.

    I hope everyone has an awesome holiday!

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  10. *Stumbles in to the party brandishing an inflatable velociraptor, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and cargo shorts*

    Hellooo!! I’m Luke from over at Hundstrasse.com (where I ramble games and whatnot of all types, but increasingly recently about Resident Evil 2) and this year I’m dressed as Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park…

    *Sheepish look around the room*

    Wait, what? This isn’t the Halloween blog party!?? … oookkkay… I’m erm… in my best tropical Christmas outfit complete with dinosaur, and I’ve brought you all off-brand lemsips and a cold.

    … I’ve also brought you my thoughts on the portrayal of the zombie apocalypse through the lens of Romero’s original dead trilogy. That’s pretty spookkyy….. erm… festive right??
    https://hundstrasse.com/2019/09/26/gaming-of-the-dead-what-would-george-a-romero-think/

    For my festive tune I’ve got a recorded from radio minidisc of …. The Monster Mash… now, where’s that hifi, you’ve got a minidisc player right?

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  11. Hello everyone 😀
    My name is sebastian and this is my first blog party! I run The Platformer where I talk about games in many, many series 😂 my personal favorite posts are my Metroid & Vania posts where I introduce games to others, I recently played Pokemon Sword and wow a don’t about our battle ☺️

    https://theplatformerfamily.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/metroid-vania-pokemon-sword-shield/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    I also write about my struggles to lose weight and my dream to get a job in gaming in my series Sleek Design

    https://theplatformerfamily.wordpress.com/category/sleek-design/

    I also do reviews, just like everyone else I guess, however I’m on a personal journey to discover my personal favorite game of all time – Super Mario Odyssey is currently #1

    https://theplatformerfamily.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/super-mario-odyssey-is-1/

    I wrie about other things but in small capacity, relatively new to blogging and writing in general and I’m really proud of where I’ve come in the last 3 months ☺️.

    I tend not to listen to Christmas music however I have watched my yearly Christmas movies such as Polar Express, love actually, and Doctor who’s Christmas Carol.

    What are some of your favorite Christmas movies 😀

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  12. Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay, I got distracted by a cat outside.

    I’m Kate, aka PiecesOfKate from Musings of a Nitpicking Girl, which is my blog about (retro)gaming. I’m a big fan of old adventure games and a veteran X-Phile.

    I enjoyed writing this musing about whether nostalgia is necessary to enjoy older games:

    https://musingsofanitpickinggirl.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/is-nostalgia-necessary-to-enjoy-old-games/

    I would’ve liked to have delved a bit deeper into it but didn’t want to write a mammoth post 😀

    I’ve brought A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris de Burgh because I think it’s underplayed, and it’s great when it gets going (“WAITING TO HEAR THE SONG AGAIN!”) This holiday season I’m looking forward to playing Superliminal. I only discovered it yesterday but I’m rather excited – it’s a recent puzzle/adventure release and looks like a really cool cross between Portal and The Stanley Parable.

    I’m at work today (shh) but hoping to pop back later to check out some of the other posts 😀

    In the meantime, here’s a solid block of Turkish Delight. It started out as separate pieces but I left it in the Tupperware too long and now it’s fused together. (True story.) Party on!

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    • Hey, it’s my favourite adventuring lady – with my favourite Christmas sweet! And great choice on the song too. 😀

      Your description of Maniac Mansion sounds just like what I’m experiencing now with Toonstruck. Although I was aware of the game at the time of release, I didn’t actually play it myself – but it feels like something I *would* have played. It’s like being nostalgic about playing it without the nostalgia.

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    • Hey, Kate!

      Oh man. I feel like Kingdom Hearts I fits this post for me. Playing through the first time was magical. Playing it now makes me want to throw the controller. I have 1.5 now so a lot of the kinks are fixed (yay for skipping cutscenes).

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    • Oh, no. People don’t get “distracted” by cats. People rather find themselves pondering over the beautiful things in life, while overcome by a feeling of inner peace.
      That pretty much sums up what cats do to humans 🙂

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  13. Howdy,

    I’m Mailvaltar and I mostly blog about the games I play at any given time, MMOs more often than not.

    The post I’d like to share is one where I talk about ArcheAge and why I think it’s more like a ‘virtual world’ than most of its peers.
    https://mailvaltar.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/a-virtual-world-archeage-unchained/

    I won’t be playing much over Christmas because except for the holiday itself I’ll have to work a lot, but when I play it’ll probably more ArcheAge and maybe a bit of Black Desert (its winter weather is the most beautiful there is!).

    My festive tune is Everquest II’s Frostfell theme, of course:

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    • Hi Mailvaltar, welcome to the party! Have an early Christmas present: here’s a new follower. 😀

      I haven’t played ArchAge myself, but I did read an interesting paper about it a while ago: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.01500.pdf. It was an experiment to find out how we’d react to the end of the world – and it wasn’t as riotous as you might think.

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    • Nice to meet you, Mailcvaltar!

      I gotta ask: how are you enjoying Black Desert? I really wanted to get my hands on it just for the ads on character creation before it was released but haven’t heard many good things about it since it went live.

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      • It’s a great game in my opinion. Very well crafted world, nice gameplay systems.

        You need to get used to two things to really enjoy it though.
        One, leveling your character revolves purely around grinding mobs. Hundreds of thousands of mobs. It isn’t as bad as it sounds though as basically every class is an AoE damage dealer, and the combat is pretty fun.
        Two, the game has a lot of AFK activities like fishing or levelling your horses. If you really get into the game your PC will run pretty much 24/7.

        I still highly recommend giving it a try.

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  14. Merry Holidays, ya’ll! I’m currently snowed in so I’m a bit early on Central time!

    I’m Megan from A Geeky Gal! I write about all things geeky like video games, cosplay, and anime but also mental health, poetry, and more. I put on yearly 30 day challenges for the geek community and even recently branched out to YouTube. I love meeting fellow geeks and bloggers so don’t be shy about starting up a conversation with me!

    For my gift, I brought one of my geeky gift guides for this month: https://ageekygal.com/2019/11/29/geeky-gift-guide-the-gamer/
    But I also wanted to give a little attention to one of my mental health posts that I wrote in November because I just really enjoyed writing it and sharing it with my readers: https://ageekygal.com/2019/11/06/10-ways-to-practice-real-self-care/

    The game I’ve brought isn’t very festive but the one I’ve finished playing the most recently, Catherine: Full Body. For my Christmas tune, I brought Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.’ I recently heard a mash up of it with Marilyn Manson’s ‘Beautiful People’ so it’s been looping in my brain for a few days.

    I’ll be in the comments throughout the day seeing as I’m snowed in. What a lovely way to spend a snow day! Thanks for putting this on, Kim. It’s always a treat!

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  15. Hohoho!! Thanks so much to Kim for putting on this awesome party! Before I settle down with a glass of mulled wine I’d better introduce myself! My name is Pix and I run a wee gaming and anime blog called Shoot the Rookie. I haven’t written much gaming stuff recently (because I’ve been playing the same game for over a year and have therefore run out of things to say), so my gift to you all today is anime related – it is a piece on a few shows I finished recently that I highly recommend people watch. There is something for everyone in the list so please don’t be put off by the whole ‘it’s anime’ thing: https://shoottherookie.com/2019/11/21/anime-completions-update/

    The song I’ve brought for our wonderful party playlist is Must Be Santa by Bob Dylan – I didn’t know it until last year and now it is one of my faves! In terms of gaming over Christmas, I’m sure there will be lots of it! I’m planning on wrapping up (get it?) Persona 5 this week, then I can move on to the games I received last Christmas which I haven’t got round to yet – Tales of Berseria, Resident Evil Zero and Life is Strange. Fingers crossed I get a few more under the tree!

    I just want to say a big Happy Holidays to everyone, these parties are always full of such awesome people and I am really grateful to be able to hang out with you all here and hopefully get to know some new folks!

    Much love xxx

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  16. Hey, sure, I’ll join in as well. I go by AK here, and my site is called “Everything is bad for you” — I picked that title back when I wasn’t sure what it would be about, but it’s now about anime, video games, game music, and related kinds of stuff. I don’t have any Christmas music really; I’m not a huge fan even though I do like the holiday. But I did write a post recently about some great video game tracks that you can throw into your Christmas playlist if you feel like it: https://sonatano1.wordpress.com/2019/11/22/seven-great-video-game-tracks-part-3/ I highly recommend any of them, but Every Day is Night could have a Christmas feel to it depending on what kind of crowd you’re around. If you’re in a cyberpunk bar, it should be perfect.

    I’m pretty busy over the Christmas holiday with work, but I am replaying some of Disgaea 1 and 5, which are both a lot of fun. I really hope that series is revived somehow; it’s one of my favorites.

    Happy Christmas, happy holidays, etc. to everyone and all the best.

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    • Hey AK, how you doing? 😀

      Great choice of track from Undertale there! Although the game itself wasn’t entirely for me, the soundtrack is excellent. I love Waterfall because it’s just so melancholy and fits the situation perfectly; and we had a harp version of Oh! One True Love played at our wedding.

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      • Hey, I’m okay. Hope you’re doing well!

        I did like Undertale, but I also liked the soundtrack more than the rest of the game. Waterfall is a nice atmospheric piece. Pretty nice to have game music played at your wedding — some people might be surprised by its origin if they don’t know it already.

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        • We had four video game tracks played during the ceremony and nobody had a clue. Play anything on a harp and everyone assumes it’s classical music – sneaky!

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  17. Hello everyone and happy holidays! I just finished petting the dog/cat in the corner and I think it is now time for me to introduce myself!

    I’m DanamesX (or Carlton) and I run the blog page Tales from the Backlog. I am a fairly new blogger starting back in October. Since then I have tested my writing style and still looking to improve my content. I normally talk about video games all the time and I like to share some of my stories from gaming past and present (just need to find future me to share stories and then find someone to haunt on Christmas Eve). Right now I am in the middle of an advent calendar event where I (attempt) to post everyday leading up to the 25th. This years topic is Video Game Openings.

    My favorite post that I have made so far would have to be my story about the ice pigeon. These are the type of stories that I would like to tell, but with a little less vulgar language (unless I need to keep the story authentic). I have many other stories planned for the new year and it is content like this that I am most excited to share. http://talesfromthebacklog.blog/2019/11/05/the-co-op-tales-the-ice-pigeon/

    Current holiday song stuck in my head would probably be We Three Kings. I recently stood in for a jazz gig and the band played this featuring three amazing musicians. Ever since it has been stuck in my head. For the rest of the month I will try to play something besides Pokemon Sword and Final Fantasy XIV. I have three fighting games that I can easily knockout before the year ends and I will try to focus on those.

    Okay I have talked enough. I will be floating around the room drinking my punch, talking with more people, and looking for more animal friends. Enjoy the party everyone!

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    • Hi Carlton, lovely to see you here. 😀

      I’ve been following your advent calendar and it’s such a good idea! I think my favourite video game opening would have to be Myst; I know some people doesn’t like it because it doesn’t explain much, but I really like the way it leaves the player just as confused as the protagonist. Have you got any plans for next year’s theme yet?

      Bring catnip to a party at our house and my cat will be your best friend! ha ha

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      • Thank you for the invite! I’m unfamiliar with Myst’s opening so I will have to give it a look. I have ideas for next year but nothing official yet. Glad that you are enjoying it!

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        • It’s a classic game if you like adventures… but if you’re not a fan of the genre, I can understand how you might find it a bit boring. It’s a little slow-placed but the story is excellent. 🙂

          I’ll keep an eye out for the rest of your advent calendar!

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  18. Always a pleasure to be here, I’m something of a regular now.

    I’m from alexsigsworth.wordpress.com where I’m currently preparing for next year’s “theme”. I’m taking part in The Characters That Define Us at Normal Happenings, a year-long collaborative project with a new post by a different author every week, so my output for 2020 will mostly consist of reblogging those articles and maybe responding to the Daily Inklings inspired by them. I’m also on Twitter @AlexSigsworth which I use as a microblog – I’m currently preparing my decade-end “best of” lists that I’ll be putting out on New Decade’s Eve.
    Also, back in spring of 2018, I teased a new video game podcast I’m doing. Well, earlier this season, I finally recorded the first episode and hope to have that edited and published as soon as possible. I haven’t forgotten that I reserved episode #2’s guest spot for you, I think you’ll like the concept when you eventually get to hear it. That’ll be published on YouTube, unless something changes.

    One of my decade-end best-of lists is for my 10 favourite comic book films of the decade, which I’ve been posting as reviews. I’m only on #5 right now but I hope to be finished by the time the decade’s out. Here’s the first entry, #10, for anyone who wants to start following it:
    https://alexsigsworth.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/top-10-comic-book-films-of-the-2010s-10/
    This list will probably be my final output before The Characters That Define Us.

    The song I’ve chosen is “A Kind of Christmas Card” by Morten Harket. There’s a line which goes, “You were my age once, mama/Twenty-three” – Same age as me and I can only say that for this one Christmas.
    Meanwhile, I’ll be playing WRC 8, my current obsession. I keep working on the weekly challenges, trying to trim those extra few seconds off my best time. If you see me getting intensely into the moment, please, leave me be.

    Also, if a man from the “press” shows up, tell him I’m not here…

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    • Hey Alex, great to have you with us at another blog party! 😀

      At each event, I’m always amazed by how much you manage to do – not just with blogging but with other stuff too. Any tips on how you fit so much into your time?

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      • It’s ever since I learned how to timetable. I didn’t used to like timetabling because I didn’t like the idea of my day being restricted. It seemed to be something which told me what I had to do instead of what I wanted to do. But then I learned to start timetabling my life in a way which gives me the day I want – outstanding business as well as hobbies.

        So now, whenever something comes up or there’s something I’d like to do, it’s all about fitting it into my schedule. This way, I never need to worry about whether I’ll have time to do something because I know that whatever it is is in there somewhere. “I won’t have time to record my podcast this week … That’s fine, I’ll have time to do it on this day between such-and-such a time and such-and-such a time”. I understand how it could seem that I’m always doing this sort of stuff but my approach isn’t to try and do as much as possible in as little time as possible.

        Instead, it’s about knowing when I’ll be able to do it, regardless of when that is. You know when you’re in a crowd of people who don’t realise that you’d all be able to move much easier if you stopped pushing each other? The same happens when you try and cram everything in. Instead, I agree with myself when I’ll do something because if I know it’ll happen at that time, I don’t worry about if I’m getting it done right now.

        So I’ve found it to be less about doing things all at once and more about always knowing when I will be doing it.

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        • I love this. It sounds as though it takes the pressure of feeling as though you have to get everything done all at once away, while still managing to be really productive.

          Over the past couple of months I’ve realised I need to stop committing to so many collaborations and joint-projects because I just don’t have the time, and it’s not good feeling guilty when I haven’t given them as much focus as I should have. Alongside that, I think I’m going to make timetabling for 2020 another resolution.

          Thanks for the advice!

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  19. *Slides in with some fancy chocolate Yule Log & Mulled Wine!*

    Hey everyone!

    Nice to see some familiar names and some new names here! Thank you for hosting another Blog Party Kim! Happy Holidays to you all 😀

    I’m Krista and I have a little blog called LeeksEverywhere. I’ve been pretty occupied with work lately so I haven’t had much time to sit down and play many games, however, I did write a little post about the video games that have defined this past decade for me in one way or another (https://leekseverywhere.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/games-of-the-decade/)

    Got to run! Break time is nearly over at work but I look forward to catching up shortly!

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    • Anyone who brings chocolate and mulled wine is more than welcome – they’re some of the best things about Christmas. 😉

      I loved reading about your experiences with Skyrim and Horizon Zero Dawn, two games that would probably make my own list. It sounds like my experience of the former was pretty much the same as yours: I didn’t know anything about the Elder Scrolls series but picked up the game after friends started talking about it. I played it every evening for months and used to discuss the previous night’s progress with a work colleague over a cup of tea in the morning before anyone else arrived in the office. Good times.

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      • *I have some Bucks Fizz if we run out of Mulled Wine by the way*

        Thank you so much! I’ve been loving playing Skyrim again and just rediscovering every little bit of the game. It really makes me wonder what we will see in the next Elder Scrolls game when it is released.

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        • It’s hard to believe it could ever top Skyrim… but if it does, we’re going to be wrapped up in it for hours. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long!

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  20. Hello and Happy Holidays everyone!
    I’m Nathan and I write on my site Gaming Omnivore which I use to endlessly ramble about anything video games. I try to stick to what I know best, but also enjoy the usual – music, movies, etc. I approach my blog site in a similar matter as you’d see with food tv shows where I go about indulging in whatever games I come across…how I could describe my typical Christmas season. I really just love talking about video games whether a specific game, console generation, or even industry in general.

    A post that I liked would probably be from my Halloween “Blogtober” entries. I was sitting at work and had the idea for terrible travel ideas within horror-themed games. It was a fun idea felt it turned out reasonably well, and perfect for the Holidays. The fact I wrote something more enjoyable that I thought up in a matter of minutes versus something I spent considerable time working on seems….ironic.

    My favorite Christmas music is generally the older classics like Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole, so my party playlist contribution is Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters – Mele Kelikemaka. The song provides a sunny tropical feel to the party and totally compliments Luke’s Hawaiian shirt 😉

    Over the holidays I intend to keep chipping away at the pile of games I picked up over Black Friday weekend. I believe I can finish up The Outer Worlds and Control, I finally started Devil May Cry V and then there’s Sekiro….I’m not as confident I’ll finish that by the year’s end. There’s also quite a few Switch indie games in my grazing rotation.

    Now to pour up a drink and listen to some Sinatra by the record player, like the classy individual I am…

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    • I love the fact that someone bought along a tune to compliment the Hawaiian shirt. That shirt is pretty much a mandatory guest at blog parties! ha ha

      I must have missed your travel post the first time around, it’s excellent – I’m booking my ticket to Rapture straight away. Have you considered doing a special Christmas edition for winter? 🙂

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      • I hadn’t, but that does sound like a fun idea. My years of experience doing customer-service type jobs obviously came into play when spinning the idea of traveling to these terrifying places into something of a “dream vacation”. That experience is also evident when I can use lots of words, but not really SAY anything 🙂

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          • Thank you! Most of what I say isn’t what but HOW I say it, so my usual dry sarcasm doesn’t always come across as well in other posts. The travel ideas post seemed to translate this well…

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  21. Hey everyone! My name is Brandon Green I run the blog That Green Dude which is primarily about video games but I write about other things from time to time.

    I’ve brought along a couple of tunes but the one that I want to play the most is Avenues and Alleyways by Tony Christie. I’ve been listening to it non stop for several days now and it is well and truly stuck in my head. 🙂 I’ve been playing Death Stranding for the past week and I think that and Darksiders 3 will be the games that I will be playing over Christmas. Also it’s nearly time for me to watch all three Lord of the Rings films again. This is something I do every year and have done since 2011.

    I’ve brought along my most recent piece and is one of the biggest things I have ever done on my blog; The Films of L.A. Noire – https://thatgreendude.com/2019/12/06/the-films-of-l-a-noire/

    I’m very proud of my L.A. Noire post. It took a while to do but the response to it has been absolutely lovely. I’ll have a few more things out on my site by the end of the year such as game of year lists and so on.

    I’m going to check out other people’s content whilst drinking some Pepsi Max Raspberry and getting ready to go to work, and listening to Avenues and Alleyways again.

    I hope everyone has a great time at the blog party and has a fantastic Christmas.

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    • 🤔enjoyed the LA Noire article, a great many of the films and influences went straight over my head so interesting to see some of those flicks. Also, an interesting read on Resi 6. I do look back and wonder whether I was to harsh as really enjoyed 5 for the co-op and 6 just didn’t click. Cheap enough now to give it another go at some point.

      Also, extended LoTR or theatrical? I have the same routine but go for Extended 1&2 and theatrical for 3.

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      • Rockstar tend to use films as an inspiration for their games but I think the clearest example of that is L.A. Noire. It will be interesting to see if Rockstart return to the series whether it be set in 40s, 50s or maybe even the 60s

        RE6 was one of the most divisive games released imo. Playing through it again earlier in the year made me appreciate some of the design choices that game has. A good, fun game but a bad Resident Evil.

        Theatrical versions 2011-2015. From 2016 onwards it has been the extended versions for all three. Might watch The Hobbit trilogy as well this year. It’s been a while since I watched them

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    • Glad you could make it, Brandon! I need to know: do you now know all of the lines from The Lord of the Rings films off by heart? 🤔

      I absolutely adored L.A. Noire when it was first released, so much so that I actually kept hold of my original copy. It was one of those games I couldn’t wait to get home to play after work. I’d love it if a sequel was made one day; we’ll need to plan a collaboration if that ever happens!

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      • I’d say I know 90-95% of the lines in The Lord of Rings films off by heart. 😁

        I love L.A. Noire, came out at a time when I was broadly expanding my gaming tastes and it hit the spot. I like that it was a slower paced game to GTA but wasn’t that slow that it felt like it dragged on. I got the game again on PS4 and 100% again. One of the few games that I’ve 100% multiple times.

        I’m definitely up for a LA Noire collaboration in the future. I think a sequel to Bully is the next game from Rockstar.

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    • I loved the LA Noire article! I’m always a bit partial to games within a historical backdrop like LA Noire or even Assassin’s Creed games. I’m going to need to play through the game again, I first played through it shortly after it was released on PS3 and am a bit embarrassed that I don’t really remember collecting the film reels. I don’t think I spent as much time on all the side stuff and probably have been saying the “I’ll come back to it” line about the game for nearly a decade.

      I haven’t played any of the Darksiders games, though I know of them and assume I would enjoy them. I’d always heard they had similarities to the God of War games. What do you think of Death Stranding so far? I’m having a hard time finding others to discuss it with…

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      • Picked it up at launch on the 360, finished it this year, boy was it one those games to finish later. Enjoyed it though, a lot tighter I felt than GTA in terms of the mission structure.

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      • I love games with a historical backdrop, one of the main reasons as to why I’m a huge fan of Assassin’s Creed.

        The Darksiders are pretty darn cool. The comparison to God of War is fairly accurate. Darksiders 2 is like a more “mature” Zelda game. I don’t know about the third game but from what I’ve read it has taken some inspiration from Dark Souls.

        I’m enjoying Death Stranding so far, currently on Chapter 5. It’s weird (not just the story) because it is a type of game I wouldn’t usually get into but its story and world is compelling. There’s something oddly satisfying about the gameplay loop.

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  22. Hi, I’m McKenna from McKenna talks about games and I write about various aspects of video games (often times fun topics like food and music).

    I loved writing my Food in Video Games post (https://zeldaisthegirl.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/food-in-video-games/) because it combines two of my favorite things, and at some point I’d love to try making some of these things and blogging about them.

    I’ve brought the Snowpoint City theme from Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (really hoping for those remakes in the next couple years) It’s beautiful and perfectly captures the feeling of a snowy day.

    I’m playing a few games at once right now – Pokémon shield, Okami, A Link to the Past – but I’m really looking forward to playing the ps4 Spider-man, which I picked up a couple weeks ago.

    I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and has time to relax!

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    • Is there anything better than food and video games? Well, food and video games combined, obviously. 😀

      I can highly recommend the official Elder Scrolls cookbook for the sweetroll recipe, if you don’t have it already! I’ve made it on several occasions now and it has kind of morphed each time – it now contains more honey, raisins and cinnamon. Speaking of cinnamon, I’m going to have to find a recipe for butterscotch and cinnamon pie because I have a feeling it would be amazing.

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      • I’ve seen the cookbook, I’ll definitely have to get it! I’m looking forward to getting a Legend of Zelda cookbook I backed on kickstarter earlier this year – I should be getting it in March. You’ll have to let me know how your pie turns out!

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  23. Wow, looks like I’m a little late to the party. Sorry, but traffic was a nightmare.
    I’m Harry, from Escape Reality Through Video Games: http://compulsivegamer228797164.wordpress.com. The place I like to sit and drone on and on about the video games I play and the industry itself. This is my first time ever coming to something like this and I gotta say it looks like a blast. My music of choice has to be Jingle Bell Rock (I know how boring). An old classic but it never fails to get me in the Christmas spirit.

    As for the post I’ve brought along. It’s a recent collaboration with another Video Game centered blogger, Robert over at Adventure Rules. An interesting question asking which of the three main consoles do I think will have the hardest time in the next generation of console wars. Made even more interesting with the recent reveal of the Xbox series X. At the end of the day as long as we all love the games we play it doesn’t really matter what we play them on right? Still, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. https://compulsivegamer228797164.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/the-next-generation-of-console-wars-an-uphill-battle-for-xbox-charming-and-open/

    I’ll be able to stick around a little while longer and I look forward to checking out some of the great work here. Merry Christmas guys!

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    • Hey, if it isn’t my favourite VR fan. So glad you could make it! 😀

      That’s a tough question that Ian posed right there… I’m not entirely sure how I would have answered it, but I can definitely see your argument for the Xbox. Saying that though, I was all about the PlayStation 4 until I started using my other-half’s Game Pass; but now that I’m almost done with the games I really want to play I’m finding myself gravitating back towards my PC. That might be because it’s Christmas though and I always want to play point-and-clicks at this time of year for the nostalgia.

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      • Xbox’s Game pass looks like a fantastic service, even if it is slowly killing Xbox Games with Gold. I decided to leave PC out of the equation because let’s face it, in this generation at least it’s hard to argue against PC is superior. And thats coming from a PlayStation loyalist. PlayStation has at least let me experience God of War in the run up to Christmas which I’m ashamed to say I’ve haven’t played until now. Still what an amazing game.

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        • God of War was amazing! As a fan of the series since the beginning I’m downright ashamed of being even the slightest bit skeptical about it. I remember thinking a reboot(it wasn’t really) of the franchise combined with the newer camera angle and combat wouldn’t translate over well. I was dead wrong and it is currently in my top five games of this decade.

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    • Ah I remember being introduced to this song at last year’s winter blog party! It ended up sticking in my head for days afterwards. 😊

      I haven’t worked in retail for a very long time, but the few years I spent there was enough to make me appreciate what workers go through even now. They work especially hard at this time of year to make Christmas that little bit easier for the rest of us.

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    • I love that song! I used to hear it every once in a while on the oldies station growing up. The funny thing is it always winds up on the lists of “least favorite Christmas songs”

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  24. Hi everyone! Late to the party as usual! Merry christmas everyone, hope you have a good one!

    I’m Dale and I write at UnCapt, posts have been less frequient lately because of university work! God damn responsibilities 😭 but it’s nice to be at the party, what song do I choose? Since it is christmas I guess it has to be ‘merry xmas everybody – Slade’.

    I am not quite sure what I will be playing over christmas, I’ve been playing a lot more monster hunter world again, but I imagine will all the family parties there will be a bit of smash bros too.

    My post to share this time is https://uncaptreview.com/2019/12/09/opinion-bringing-videogames-to-the-classroom/

    I’ll be around trying to find some food and drinking my beer! Thanks for throwing this awesome party! 😁

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    • Morning Dale! Hope you find time for some video games among all that university work. 😀

      Speaking of which, I work at one and we’ve just started toying with the idea of providing the education edition of Minecraft to certain departments so they can use it to run simulations. I’m not sure how well it’s going to go down because some faculty can be quite ‘traditional’, but others are really embracing technology. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

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      • Oh that sounds interesting! As a video game, minecraft has so much to offer, it would be interesting to see how that idea plays out! The hardest part is making the traditionally minded see their value, I’m lucky in uni that a few of my tutors do actually have positive thoughts towards games 😁

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        • They’ve become more acceptable among colleagues over the past few years but before that, to talk about them was frowned upon! There were also quite a few people who couldn’t believe that ‘girls played games’. *sigh*

          Fortunately things are changing, and I regularly have conversations about what I’m playing with my new team. Now if we could just starting getting our faculty to use them to assist with teaching… hopefully my uni will become more like yours. 😉

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          • I’m glad they’ve become more accepting about it, sigh, the old ‘well games are for boys’ opinion… it’s sad that it’s still an opinion people hold! 😥

            Honestly, I think after uni it will be a goal for me to help bring games into teaching! It would be awesome and help engagement! 😁

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              • I went to uni with the intention of teaching, but now I think I’m going to go another route and use the blog as my platform for now 😁 (sorry for the late reply, have not checked my notifications in a few days!)

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  25. Hi Kim and friends! I’m late to the party, but I’ve chosen the blog post below because it’s the only gaming piece that I’ve managed to write this year, so is quite special to me:
    https://jellypuffplays.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/jelly-puffs-top-5-pc-multiplayer-games/

    And you better bet that I’ll be playing Overcooked 2 with the new Christmas update (maybe along with some Don’t Starve Together along the side) (^人^)

    As for a festive tune, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite Christmas films ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and Jack singing ‘What’s This?’

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    • Hey Jelly Puff, you made it! *waves*

      It sounds as though we’re really similar when it comes to FPS games: I don’t play them very often because my coordination is terrible, and I don’t particularly enjoy the competition aspect. So your list is perfect for me! I’ve played Towerfall Ascension and Overcooked but the others are new. I’ll have to check them out – I have a feeling my stepkid would love Golf With Your Friends. 😉

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      • Yes! I’m so glad. Thanks for having me 😀

        Golf has simple controls but the game is not easy at all which makes for a lot of frustration and fun. And Don’t Starve Together is great for co-op play, while teaching resourcefulness. Hope you have great times playing together!

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  26. Hello I am awake and ready to attend!

    I haven’t been publishing anything as of late because I have been very busy but I bring along some film reviews that I recently published and I want to say that this Friday is my yearly Best of 2019 Videogame Award Nominee announcement so pretty excited for a useless award show that nobody cares about… lmao!

    Here are the film movies and my song is “Santa Baby” and here are the links: https://overpoweredaf.com/2019/12/11/film-review-waves/ and https://overpoweredaf.com/2019/12/16/film-review-richard-jewell/

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  27. And that’s the winter 2019 blog party done! Feel free to continue adding comment below, but please note that no further posts will be shared on social media.

    Stats coming soon…

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  28. Hello everyone,

    My blog is VideoGamesIMO and it’s primary function is for me to reflect on my gaming experiences. I tend to dive a bit deep on very specific topics.

    My favorite blog entry so far is also my most personal. It is in regards to the 25th anniversary of PlayStation. https://videogamesimo.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/25-years-of-play/

    A few of you have already been following me and interacting.. I’m very new to all of this and it feels great to be part of a larger community of bloggers.

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    • Hey there, and welcome to the community! 😁

      It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years already. Strangely, I don’t remember the original PlayStation being released at all; but I think that might be because it feels as though it’s always been there. It was lovely reading about your experiences with the console and I look forward to more posts in the future!

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