Category: Other Game Stuff

State of the Blog: Where have I been?

You may have noticed, but I have been on hiatus over the past several months, for which I apologize profusely. I wanted to thank those who continue to stop by and catch up on my posts. I started this blog back in spring of 2019 and I was writing so much, so frequently, that eventually I hit burnout about two months after my PAX West trip last year.

In addition, my hobby interests have turned away from gaming and writing to other things for a time, namely Tarot (the happy fault of Sayonara Wild Hearts), drawing, and online community building. I tend to go through periods of “hobby rotation” where I’m really into one thing or another for a half year or so and then move to something else, eventually circling back to an intense focus on gaming. I do plan on writing more in the future when the burnout wears off.

It would warm my heart to see some of you on Instagram in the mean time. I’ve included a few of my art posts from Instagram between paragraphs below for anyone interested. 🙂

Since you last heard from me I’ve mostly been playing Dead by Daylight on PC with friends when I do game. I did play and finish Pokemon Shield, which was fun but too easy, per the usual for Pokemon games, and at the middle point of the story, the game was completely and clearly a rush job, which was rather disappointing. When the DLC releases, I will move my collection over via Pokemon HOME and likely start breeding competitive Pokemon again. I have both a massive IV breeding collection as well as a hefty competitive-grade shiny collection, so I very much look forward to seeing those on the Switch!

During autumn I put a lot of time into the Digimon Cyber Sleuth port for the Switch, which is what I WISH Pokemon could be like, a more mature experience following it’s audience as they age. I started writing a post about it, though never finished it. Here’s the beginning of that review for those curious:

“I need to talk about Digimon, the other beloved ‘mon of my life. Digimon Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition released last week on the Switch recently and goodness gracious is it good! This is everything I ever wanted in a Digimon game, everything I’ve wanted in a Pokémon game for that matter, and the Switch port is simply flawless. Game industry take note, THIS is what a Switch port should look like. It’s smooth and clean, functions perfectly, and has no bugs to speak of, with high quality graphics. The only thing it’s missing is an English dub, but I can live with that. Cyber Sleuth takes place in its own Digimon universe that reminds me the of the meta narrative found in the Digimon Tamers TV series.”

I’m also digging back into Fire Emblem Three Houses, starting with the Ashen Wolves DLC and a Golden Deer play through. Next up on my hype list is Animal Crossing New Horizons, and I want to do a village life “in character” diary if I can. I hope to find some motivation to start blogging again with Animal Crossing, but I don’t want to force it or it will make the writing fatigue come right back.

Thank you for supporting Backlog Crusader and for bearing with me! I appreciate all of my readers very much. If you would like to stay in touch with me, please feel free to visit either of the Discord servers I admin where you will find me in the chat daily. 🙂

Love,

Angie

Games of Our Childhoods

The Autumn colors outside have had me feeling somewhat nostalgic lately and I wanted to expand a little on my older piece about how video games influenced the different phases of my life. It is less common than you’d expect for a non-sport hobby to stay with a child into their later adult life. What is it about video games that allow them to stick with us on such a deep, sentimental level for so many years?

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Fire Emblem Three Houses Concept Art

It seems I’m fighting off a bit of writer’s block this week so instead of a text article I’ve got some official Fire Emblem illustrations to share with you from the concept art book that was included with the collector’s edition of the Three Houses. Obviously don’t view the rest of this post if you haven’t finished the game because some of the images have spoilers. In case you missed it, you can find my review of Fire Emblem Three Houses here.

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Field Report – PAX West 2019!

PAX West was a blast! My better half and I flew in on Thursday afternoon and spent each of the following four days at PAX from open to close and beyond. I played so many games and met so many people, some of the days are a bit of a blur, but I’m certainly not complaining. This will be a general experience overview and I have another post coming that will focus purely on all the demos I tried. Spoilers- They were fantastic!

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Quantic Foundry Gamer Motivation Profile

I saw this fascinating Gamer Motivation Model by Quantic Foundry over on Krikket’s blog and instantly thought the topic would make for a GREAT new gaming blogger tag! You can take a thorough survey about your gaming preferences on Quantic Foundry’s website that will map out the motivations behind your video game preferences and gaming behavior.

I took the survey myself and was interested in the accuracy and articulation of the descriptions for each type of motivation. I’ve created a set of questions for the gaming blogger community and answered them using my results to get things started!

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Binge-Worthy YouTubers – Video game design, analysis, and critique

In the spirit of content creator appreciation week, I’ve put together a list of my favorite gaming YouTube channels about game design, critique, analysis, development, and industry issues (even some comedy) to help inspire your video game writing! Let me know which you like the most and please share any channels like these that you watch in the comments. I’m always looking for new channels to subscribe to!

Extra Credits Gaming

Extra Credits is most well known for its history series, but they have great videos about gaming too! Most Extra Credits gaming videos are around 10 minutes and focus on game design, development, or the game industry, complemented with adorable hand drawn graphics.

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Upcoming PAX West Exhibit Dev Chats – Collecting reader questions!

Dear Readers,

I expect to be meeting with a number of developers at PAX West to discuss their upcoming or recently released games, and I want to include interview questions from you! I’ll happily incorporate as many questions as I can in any time I have with the devs for these awesome indie games.

Below, in no specific order, I’ve listed each of the respective studios and the games they are showing that I’ll be trying to speak with a representative about. You can look forward to eventual reviews for almost all of them!

Haven – The Game Bakers

Haven is one of the games I’m probably most excited about at PAX West. I’ve had my eye on it from the moment it was announced by the team that made Furi.

“Like Furi, Haven is about fighting for freedom. 

Haven is about two characters, Yu and Kay, a couple in love. They escaped to a deserted planet to stay together. You play both of them, you live with them, you explore fragmented planet Source with them, gliding over the tall grass.

It’s a completely different pace. It’s a game that aims at making you feel relaxed, making you laugh, making you fall in love with Yu and Kay. It feels good for all types of players, skilled and less skilled. It’s a solo game that’s welcoming for another player to tag along, so you can explore and progress together.  “


– The Game Bakers

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Field Report – Super Smash Con 2019!

Super Smash Con is widely considered to be of one the definitive Super Smash Bros. events in the global competitive scene. With over 2,700 tournament entrants for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles tournament alone and hundreds more spread across the 9 other major SSB tournament categories, Super Smash Con is one of the largest Smash Bros. events and tournament series in the world. If you have ever thought about making the trip to attend Super Smash Con in Chantilly, VA, I would highly recommend adding it to your 2020 convention schedule!

Note: Above billboard art in front of the Dulles Expo Center is by @TheFunkyEngineThatCould.

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Backlog Crusader is going to PAX West!

It’s happening! We’re legit now, people!! I just wanted to thank my readers and fellow gaming bloggers for all of your support, especially my first Patrons on my Patreon, Normal Happenings and the Well Red Mage! I would never have been approved for a pass without all of you and I’m so grateful.

Anyone going to be at PAX or live in the Seattle area? Leave me a comment or email me if you’d like to meet up. 🙂

Steam Key Giveaway Winners!

Good evening gamers! I just ran the 15 entrants through a Random.org list randomizer and below is the list of winners with the games each will be receiving. I’ll be sending out these codes via email tonight and tomorrow as time allows. Thanks for participating and for all of your support! ❤

  1. Relsre – Epistory: Typing Chronicles
  2. CJW – The Bridge
  3. Santo – Dreadout
  4. Robot – Getting Over It
  5. Kassitar – The Road to Balhalla
  6. Frostilyte – QUBE: Director’s Cut
  7. This is Art Not Real Life – Her Story
  8. Florian – Rising Storm 2 –
  9. JB – Scanner Sombre
  10. Fluxx – Insurgency
  11. Nitro – Thirty Flights of Loving
  12. QuietChisto – The First Tree
  13. Odin – Kathy Rain
  14. Tregs – Wargame: Red Dragon
  15. Cvillian – Superbrothers: Swords and Sorcery