Check out part one here. Even though my Facebook post didn’t quite get more than eight likes as of the creation of this file, I press on, determined to complete the answers.

Best Soundtrack

This one is super subjective, and I have many favorites. Currently, I’d say the soundtrack that I feel is the “best,” in my book, is the soundtrack to Journey: The Game, by Austin Wintory. Even though I’m not ready yet for another playthrough of the game, I will regularly start that soundtrack up. It’s very relaxing and adventurous, all at once.

Saddest Game Scene

This one I almost didn’t do because it’s going to be a spoiler, no matter which scene I choose and loses some impact once you know the outcome. So, I’ll leave it simple: the end scene from the game The Walking Dead: Episode 5: Out of Time. Play this game, feel the feels. Here’s a hug in advance.

Clementine takes aim, but at who?

Best Gameplay

To be here, the game needs to be playable without any written documentation. That’s not so hard these days, but I have a high standard here. It also should delight whenever possible. I still feel like this is held by Super Mario games, and most especially by Super Mario World.

Gaming System of Choice

For now, it’s currently… wherever the games I’m interested in are! I don’t always have the latest systems either. I have both a gaming desktop PC and laptop, a Wii, a PS3, an XBox One, a 3DS, an iPhone, and an iPad. My last choice for gaming, however, is currently Macs, but that’s purely from a performance standpoint. The hardware in use just isn’t optimal on Macs right now, and that’s sad because I get work done most easily on Macs, so I’d love to consolidate back there.

A game everyone should play

I think that everyone that has a chance to needs to play Chrono Trigger. Time travel in an RPG, with a good story, is a good combination.

A game you’ve played more than five times

That would be most of the games that I’ve liked. I’ll just choose one that has come up a few times every few years. Halo: Combat Evolved. It will be time for another legendary playthrough soon.

Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper

Genji Shimada (Overwatch) – Full size found here:

Post a screenshot of the game you’re playing right now

Screeps –

There will be more in part 3. Stay tuned!!!

Source: 30 Videogame Answers, No Likes Part 1 | Through Wolfy’s Eyes

Featured image credit: thatgamecompany

I saw this posted on a blog I follow and it feels like the right time to create a listicle post, so here it goes.

Very first video game

This is getting to be very tough to recall. The reason being that I only remember my love of games starting in general in an arcade, but am fuzzy on exactly which game I played first. I’ll go with Space Invaders, as a kid, in an arcade. The location of that arcade escapes my memory, but it was somewhere in Los Angeles.

Your Favorite Character

Link. The reason is pretty basic. Link represents the actual player of the game more than some fictional character, like Mario. That first quest through The Legend of Zelda was so much fun because the person exploring the dungeons and overworld of Hyrule is you, not some plumber. The TV commercials were cheesy, but fun, as well.

A game that is underrated

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. I almost didn’t play this game because I wasn’t sure another portable Zelda game could surprise and delight me as much as Link’s Awakening did. It did.

Your guilty pleasure game

This one’s tough because I tend to stay pretty mainstream with my gaming. I’ll say Pokemon Go is the one currently. I was never a fan of any Pokemon games, so this might be my gateway game. It’s not the only Pokemon game I own currently, after all.

Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were.)

Gordon Freeman from the Half-Life series. He’s a very lucky, for being a really nerdy guy, and who, with no combat experience, proceeds to save the world. I want to be a bit like him.

Most annoying character

Navi from Ocarina of Time. Hey! Listen!

Favorite game couple

John 117 and Cortana.

That’s it for now. The list will continue in part 2.

Source: 30 Videogame Answers, No Likes Part 1 | Through Wolfy’s Eyes

Apologies, but I need to get something silly out of my system. It’s not that silly, but just on loop in my head.

OK, now that that’s out of my system (3 months isn’t long at all), it’s on the to the rest of the blank page. It’s putting up quite a fight today. I won’t let it win. There will be words that form thoughts. Soon.

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. -Albert Einstein

This writing thing is tough on days like today. That’s because I can think of not a single original thought to put forth here and it’s annoying. I’m also fighting off a buzz of distractions that are in my head. Those thoughts, that have no substance, are the hardest to get away from because they keep playing, like an old radio station, in a tight loop.

Like right now, suddenly, I’m thinking of a different song than the one above and it’s stuck playing its hook over and over again. Maybe I can purge it if I listen.

Well, that was fun, but I don’t think it worked so well. The page is looking less blank, so I’ll consider this battle a draw and return for more combat tomorrow.


Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

It’s one of those days. I’m not sick, but I did not sleep well, so I’m partly in zombie mode. Funny thing about days like this is that they usually come when you need to focus on at least one important thing. Today: self-assessment for work.

It’s a necessary thing that one gets used to over time but is still no less harrowing.

Even after all these years of steady work, I still think that I have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to my performance.

On a brighter note, there’s more sunlight visible this morning. Perhaps my outdoor walks today will be a bit less chilly and breezy. I can always stand for less watery eye time during the day.

Hopefully, a combination of more sunlight and a few strategic naps are just what I need to make it through the day without crashing badly.

Image credit: Overwatch Wiki

On an entirely unrelated note, I’ve been missing Overwatch a bit more lately. Somehow, I put myself on an extended hiatus from playing it, but I think that with the Lunar New Year celebration kicking off in-game soon™, I’ll make a comeback.

I’ll still mainly play Genji, though. The world could always use more ninjas. 🙂


Featured photo by paul morris

The problem: my name, when ordering food or drink always gets mispronounced or misspelled. Or both.

Some of you know my struggle. Some of you just resign yourselves to live with it. Some of you have fun with it. It’s the latter group I envy and want to join.

I know. I know. It’s a silly thing to obsess over.

That’s me, though, with the name Ryan, and I suffer along with the Bryans and Brians of the world in that it’s sometimes also misheard when I say it and when I hear their names shouted out instead of my own.

So, one solution my friends (and one close to me in particular) have resorted to is to use a different name for themselves when ordering. One that is different than their real name names. A name that will not be misspelled or mispronounced. Their “coffee” (or tea, or a smoothy, etc.) name/

This name thing is harder than one might think.

So far, I’ve not had much luck, and the most recent attempt, “Joe,” resulted in Joey on the cup, cheerfully written. If it gets to be too frustrating, then that’s why you see this post because I need your help.

What names have you had successfully being pronounced and written?

Something silly, but slightly romantic follows.

Due to reasons, I suddenly have a memory pop into my head of a movie from more than a few years ago. I do not recall the actual movie itself, or even what the main plot was, but I remember this one simple concept from it.

Every now and again, when the main protagonist was doing something important, this couple, a man and woman, would appear in the background, and gain focus, and the only thing they’d do is say each other’s names in that whimsical voice that people falling for each other seem to develop.
I can remember only that. Not the names they said, or anything else about the movie. I do not like this because I want to know the reference because I want to watch whatever movie it is. I can’t do an internet search with such a vague concept, so that brings me to the point of this post.

My dear friends and family, do you know this movie of which I speak? Please comment on this post of you do. I’d be eternally grateful.

A Hopeless Romantic

If we were having coffee, I’d first agree with you that 2016 was a crazy year, but it’s also full of fun times.

After going on at length about the grand Star Wars celebration this past summer in London, I’d transition briefly into the surprisingly good gaming(and a few salty moments) had with Overwatch. I’d probably need a new drink at this point. After a brief nod to San Diego Comic Con, it’s on to Blizzcon. So much fun!!! Met a lot of gaming buddies.

Then we’re heading into the insane election and the somewhat troubling outcome, wrapping up with how we intend to keep our part of the world sane.

Happy New Year!

Inspired by and participating in: #weekendcoffeeshare

past hosted party,
gave future as the present,
present is partying.

My take on this poem is a pretty cool interpretation of the meaning of time. A person exists because of events that happened in the past. The present is always present and a gift of the new past. Then, the dreams of the future exist as an ideal (a party!)

I feel like that’s on optimistic take on time’s meaning. Seems good.

Prompt: IBMC #04: Hunt a Haiku Challenge

Sometimes I wonder about what’s next in life for me. Winter is pretty much here. You’ve got to be kidding me! A steady blade balances the soul. That’s what I’m going to do. I can’t stop the feeling. Let’s see what I think of next. That was lucky. I’m almost there. The toughest sentence is the first.

Prompt: Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #03

The $15 “Survival” expansion to 2016’s second most-intense emotional rollercoaster, The Division, seems to be a very good addition to the game. Emphasis on “seems to be,” because I can only extend so much praise to a clever but brutal game mode that keeps killing me. Read more…

via The Division’s New Survival Mode Is Intense — Kotaku

I’ve seen some play-through video of this expansion, and this review definitely makes me lean more towards getting this particular content. Sure, it’s brutal, but it’s not unreasonably so. It also doesn’t appear to be as complex and “without any hints” as survival Minecraft is.