Games for the Month: January 2020

Mamori in Tokyo Mirage Sessions wearing a uniform from Fire Emblem Three Houses.

Due to portability and pausability, the vast majority of my recent games have been on Nintendo Switch. Once again, I’m attempting to keep track of the games I play this year.

I think I finished up Fire Emblem: Three Houses in the very first days of 2020. Awesome game. I’ll come back to it with the next DLC update mid-February, when they introduce the “fourth house.”

Pokemon Shield: More putzing around in the Wild Area, and attempts to finish the Galar Pokedex. Nothing too serious.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore: As cheesy as the original, but with some cute additions with the support team dropping in to extend the sessions. I also never paid for the DLC the first time around, so I got to level up in the optional dungeons, and play with a super OP party. Almost done with the main story. I also never did NG+ back in 2016.

Played some Tale in the Desert, though it’s mostly been making sure the animals don’t die. Not much time for major advancements, between work and kids.

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I have not posted in over a year.

Life happens. By "life," I mean "sh*t."
Why I haven’t posted a new entry on over a year.

What can I say, other than “sorry?” Life happens. I often think of subjects I should blog about, but then think that nobody is going to notice or care anyway. And life continues to happen. I have all sorts of tentative plans in the works, such as:

  • Re-playing “Elite Beat Agents” on my Twitch stream
  • Ongoing Magic Hour/GamerParent shenanigans
  • A potential foray into cosplay for New York ComiCon
  • A proper chronicle of my fight against gross incompetence w/r/t obtaining health insurance
  • Other stuff I can’t remember right now

On top of all that, I really want to update the WordPress theme, which means I’ll have to do some tweaking to make it just so. Stick around, and I might get through one or two items by year’s end, ha!

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Tomodachi Life, Redux

Miitomo came out yesterday. It’s Nintendo’s first mobile app, and basically a port of Tomodachi Life. You make a Mii, and it interacts with the Miis of your Facebook and Twitter friends. It’s nifty, but I’m getting bored with it quickly, because I played so much Tomodachi Life in 2014.

However, I did chat for a bit about it on GamerParent’s Magic Hour Show before the fatigue set in.

Dee yukking it up with GamerParent in Miitomo
Dee yukking it up with GamerParent in Miitomo

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Neurodiversity and Operating Systems

Admit it, you want this bad ass mofo kicking alien butt in your game, too.
Admit it; you want this bad ass mofo kicking alien butt in your game, too.

Steve Silberman said in his book Neurotribes, “just because a computer is not running Windows doesn’t mean that it’s broken.” I’ve seen the comparison before, but I can’t remember where. According to the analogy, neurotypical people run Windows. Some artsy types run iOs. But autistics? We run Linux. It’s just as good as the other two, but fewer people use it, and therefore, it’s less commonly accepted.

I’ll take it a step further: autistic people, when trying to appear neurotypical, are running WINE. For those who don’t know, WINE is a Linux program that allows you to run Windows programs. However, there is a cost. You require more memory and processing power to run a program in WINE than you would if you ran a regular Linux program, or, if you ran that Windows program in the Windows operating system.

Oftentimes, I am that computer trying to run Windows programs in WINE. For the most part, the programs work, but they might be a bit slower. Sometimes, if I try to run too many Windows programs at once, I might crash, and need time to recover. Usually, I can feel this coming on, and try to retreat to solitude in order to reboot.

I’ve been thinking of this a lot lately, while trying to play XCOM2 on my desktop computer. While it doesn’t run WINE, the Steam game loading program acts in a similar manner in that it pretends to be a Windows machine in order to play some games. I noticed that I was having trouble loading one of the most fun functions of the game, the character pool. I’ve had a couple of friends create badass versions of me that I’d like to have running around in my game.

After fiddling around with files for hours, I gave in and installed Windows outright.

I’ve often wished, and tried, to do the same to my own brain. To train myself to forget about being Linux-y and install Windows, so I could run it all the time, and have access to all the cool stuff the rest of the world has.If only it were so easy. It turned out not to be that easy for my computer, either. After a couple of days, the display blanked out, and nothing, short of reinstalling Linux, seemed to work.

(Yes, I know the analogy is flawed; Windows is not WINE, and in most cases you can have a machine dual boot with both operating systems. On my machine, each OS failed to recognize the other OS, and I had to format in order to install them. However, that would mean splitting your hard drive into different partitions, so… )

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Games Summary: February 2015

a few of the games I tried this month
a few of the games I tried this month

A quick recap of the games I’ve played this month:
Italicized games are new to me

3DS

  • Final Fantasy Explorers
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza (as always)
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

iOS

  • Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
  • Card Crawl
  • QuizUp
  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper

WiiU

  • MarioKart 8
  • Just Dance 2016

PC

  • A Tale in the Desert (barely – just enough to make sure the livestock survive)
  • XCOM2
  • Viridi

PS3/4/Vita
None, though I downloaded Jeanne D’Arc for Vita

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