December 31, 2013

Game Over: 2013

Apparently I have readers in Bolivia. That's freaking cool. Hello, Bolivians!

This entry is going to be a little on the pathetic side, because I've decided to mostly include only the games that are mentioned within the website, but my hope is that in the coming years my 'Game Over' series will be a better reflection on each year in gaming as well as an accurate summary of my year in gaming which of course includes games from everydamnthing/time.

December 26, 2013

That's A Wrap: Catherine

warning: may contain spoilers 

I've been fortunate lately, that I've been able to gather friends together a number of times for nights of epic gaming sessions. This week's adventure chronicles the most fun I've had torturing men in a long time…

Catherine is a pretty cool game that manages to weave together a puzzle gameplay concept with an intense story. In addition to that, it features some cool arcade elements, and everything is narrated. Even "pause". It's a pretty strange way to go about things but I feel like it works for Catherine. 
I remember having a conversation with a friend shortly after it came out, and discussing how it appeared to be a boring "porn" game. It turns out, this game has a magic ability to make a lot of men really uncomfortable. Especially when they're playing this game with a woman who knows all their wives.😁

Gameplay this time through was handled predominately by myself and and my friend Mike, with a sort of "his hands, my head" approach, as I'm usually pretty good with puzzles, and Mike has a history of beating games in record time. With this plan, we attempted to beat the game (story only) in one session. It took us 15 hours to do so. I'm reminded once again that Catherine is a surprise, a much better game than any of us had expected, and it was a lot of fun to revisit it.

December 19, 2013

Backseat Gamer: Lollipop Chainsaw

warning: may contain spoilers

So this wasn't so much a proper backseat gaming session as it was a collaborative drunken experiment. The first time I saw Lollipop Chainsaw it was clear to me that this was going to be what I consider a mindless hack and slash game with an extra dose of cheese, but everyone seems to insist that the game is a lot of fun, so my pal Brian and I decided to make an experiment of it, since we were overdue for a night of good fun anyway. The experiment was this: take turns playing Lollipop Chainsaw while consuming immense amounts of alcohol.
The result: the game got progressively better as we got more and more inebriated. Surprise. So I'm going to do my best to give you my thoughts on Lollipop Chainsaw, even though it's all a blurry memory*...

First of all, the game is quite pretty! I rather enjoy the comic book motif and the style of graphics during gameplay as well. It's very well done, which is a little surprising considering the genre. The developers obviously put quite a bit of work into the details and it helps boost this game's reputation a bit.
I'm not even sure there was music in this game, but this was likely due to the overdose of laughter in the room at any given time, so I will withhold judgement until further notice.

December 12, 2013

That's A Wrap: Bayonetta

warning: may contain spoilers

Bayonetta is a game I think highly of, but haven't replayed in a really long time. This playthrough reminded me that some games are better appreciated from afar. Nevertheless, I persevered, and finished Bayonetta.

My first impression of Bayo is that it was a sort of girly hack and slash, with a healthy dose of fan service. It's hard to get a good immediate read on it for a number of reasons, the first of which: while you're acquainting yourself with the game, you're concentrating on executing combos and avoiding your enemies and you don't hear a damn thing the guy talking to you says. If you can tune in, or replay the level a bunch of times, you get an introduction to what is actually a really interesting game, with great twists on a lot of popular themes.

The thing that stands out most about Bayo is the concept: a hack and slash game with a lot of femininity; about a witch searching for her past and purpose while interacting with a cast of characters who don't seem to fit the puzzle. The game starts off with a look at religious juxtaposition, and introduces you to some shady characters that turn out to be your friends, so to speak. Joe Pesci... I mean, Enzo, is the first guy you meet and is the driver (literally...?) for the first segment of the game, but is virtually non-existent after that, save for a reprisal at the end. He does however, help you bring back your good friend Rodin, who is a sort of emcee in the game, teaching you things, and selling you stuff, but more on that later.

November 28, 2013

That's A Wrap: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

warning: may contain spoilers 

So here's an excellent PS2 classic RPG, guaranteed to burn 100 hours of your life away: Dragon Quest VIII! I remember playing this thoroughly when it first came out in 2005 and loving every minute of it, so it was high time I revisited it. And it's as good now as it was then! A title more than worthy of its name, DQ8 is a wonderful fantasy RPG. It had some pretty ground-breaking qualities for its time, with its great big overworld (unlike so many others, it actually takes forever to get from point A to B), cool "day and night" effect and character interaction that wasn't very common back in the day. It was also the first Dragon Quest (or Dragon Warrior, if you prefer) to be released for the PS2 which meant it was another long-running title for fans to experience on new hardware.

And that meant shiny new graphics! Well, sort of. DQ8 is by no means the epitome of the PS2's capabilities but it's a very bright and colorful game that still looks stunning on my 50" Sony. The graphics have held up very well over the years and with the exception of miscellaneous characters, it loads quickly and painlessly. I think the thing that stands out most in DQ8 is the backgrounds; beautifully designed and detailed, varied... lovely. Well that, and that every character has my brother's haircut from 1996. Characters will look very familiar to fans of Toriyama anime and manga of the time.

The soundtrack for DQ8 is not exactly breath taking, but it does grow on you over time. It suits the game just fine, but it's just not as memorable as other soundtracks. The battle theme doesn't exactly inspire a fighting spirit so much as it makes you think you've signed up for some kind of timed cooking competition. I maintain the menu music is some of the happiest I've ever heard.

November 21, 2013

Backseat Gamer: Batman: Arkham Origins

I consider video games to be a very legitimate form of entertainment, and just like books, movies or music, some people are especially fond of them, and some just don't take. Video games are no different, and while I am absolutely a lover and player of them, some games just aren't for me. Fortunately, I've a few friends who feel differently towards these games. 'Backseat Gamer' will showcase the games that I was interested enough to watch, but just not cut out to play.
Case in point: Batman: Arkham Origins.

Let me start by explaining why I chose not play Arkham Origins, apart from having no time. I began this journey with my pal Brett (candidate for biggest Batman fanatic ever) who got the game the day it was released and brought it to a gathering for everyone to check out. We concluded that the game was reasonably similar to the previous 'Arkham' series Batman games. I should probably mention that I did play Arkham Asylum a few years back, and found it pretty difficult to stick to, but a decent game overall. Brett was with me for most of that playthrough as well and he really held my hand through it, and took over some of the bits that I was too fed up to continue through. This is what mainly fueled my declination of Arkham Origins. I find the controls are a bit too cumbersome, the mechanics a bit too dense, and I sometimes struggle to figure out what to do, as there is so much you can do. I'm sure, as with most games, you get used to it after a while, but with all the other games I have on my plate right now, AO just failed to present enough interest for me to insist on playing it myself. I'm glad I watched Brett play though! The game has a few neat features but the story only answers a handful of questions. I certainly found it enthralling enough to stick around for the day-and-a-half it took Brett to conquer it, but all in all, I'm not as enthused as some Batman fans.

November 14, 2013

Out of MP: Bioshock Infinite

I've chosen a very bad game to introduce this article type to you. Bioshock Infinite is not so terrible a game that I couldn't stand it, I just simply had no motivation to finish it. It just so happens I had some extra manpower laying around to take the reins after I gave up, so I still got to experience the game to the end, and I'm kind of glad I did. Out of MP blogs are meant to showcase terrible or misleading games I couldn't finish. Since I technically didn't complete the game myself, here it is. Bioshock Infinite.

warning: may contain spoilers

The very first Bioshock game remains to this day one of the very few First-Person Shooters I've ever felt compelled to play. I enjoyed it quite a little more than a bit and it has engraved, in my head, a mighty reputation for any title that begins with "Bioshock". Sadly, I am still waiting for a title that matches or exceeds the quality of that first game. But let's get to Infinite. Some pals of mine came by for what was supposed to be a game binge, before I got completely side-tracked by The Last of Us, and Bioshock Infinite was one of the titles we intended to check out as most of us hadn't yet. After my pal Simon made off with the copy of TLOU I had been playing, Bioshock was next on deck and once again, I got a bit carried away. I think I have both my expectations of the Bioshock series and the fact that I've been craving more action games lately to blame for that, but as I progressed into BI, I became more and more tired with it, and eventually didn't even care to play anymore. Since I was already a few hours in, my buddy took over, insisting we finish what we had started since we already put the time in.

November 07, 2013

That's A Wrap: The Last of Us

warning: may contain spoilers

I've detailed this story several times already but for completion's sake, I'll tell it again. In case it's not already clear, I seldom get around to playing games at or shortly after release. They often come out too quick, cost too much and my backlog is already so overwhelming that new releases usually just get added to the bottom of a very long list, and as such, I'm always late to the party. October of 2013 was a month in which I broke this "rule" of mine several times, beginning with The Last of Us.

Having seen the promos like I everyone else, I vowed to pick this game up some day, but with no haste. I had intended to have a small get together with friends and play some older games, as many of my game-playing friends don't often check out the older stuff. My friend Simon had flown in from overseas to visit so it seemed a perfect time to get everyone together. Simon is not someone who participates in gaming heavily, but every now and then something catches his eye and he feels obligated to annoy the hell out of us about it. In this instance, he brought a copy of TLoU and ordered us to "play the first 10 minutes, and get a feel for the game". All but one of us, apart from Simon, had not yet played the game, so I stepped up to bat and volunteered to give it a whirl...

...6 hours later I was in the middle of Pittsburgh hunting for ammo. If I had to sum up my first impression of TLoU in one phrase: blown the fuck away. I immediately fell in love, and as Simon took his with him when he left, I ran out the next day to fetch a copy of my own.
I guess it's worth noting that this doesn't happen to me very often, that I'm so engrossed in a game that I don't even notice the time, my phone going off, or the various people passing out on my floor at 5 or 6 in the morning. What's more is that in spite of having my own shiny new copy, I decided to put off the game until I'd finished my current endeavor. That didn't last long. The game nagged at me until I finally gave in and played it through to the end. And it's still nagging me! I still haven't stopped thinking about this game. It's been a very long time since I've been this impressed by a game, and an action game no less! I'm usually most drawn to RPGs, but here I am, raving about The Last of Us.

October 28, 2013

Kicking Gnomes: Autumn 2013

Well here's something new. Introducing 'Kicking Gnomes,' a blog where I can share my game and game-related finds and purchases! I'm not yet sure how I'm going to go about this, as I purchase sporadically (I'm not as hardcore as some of you!) and I've not yet thought of a system that guarantees both frequent and full blogs. But for now, here's a blog showing a few things I've picked up over the last month or two!

For the PS3,
I recently caved into purchasing Valkyria Chronicles and The Last of Us. I actually know virtually nothing about VC except that it's got a decent reputation; everyone (including the chap that sold it to me) seems to think it's a really great game. A first impression play leads me to believe it's almost like a video game version of RISK. It's really beautiful and I look forward to playing it.

October 13, 2013

That's A Wrap: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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That's a wrap! Someone cross Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch off my list.

I'm sure I don't need to remind of you how highly anticipated this game was at its release earlier this year, and many of you have already played it and either loved it or hated it. (More love than hate, according to my non-existent research, a.k.a. Twitter).
My fist impression of this game occurred as I was loading it on my PS home screen. I thought to myself, "Jesus. Even the loading music is impressive." So I suppose we'll start there for a change. Y'know, shake things up a bit.
Allow me to preface this by saying I am absolutely a fan of Studio Ghibli's movies, and in turn am absolutely a fan of regular Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi. That said, I was pretty much sold on the Ni No Kuni OST without even hearing it. (In case you don't understand. OST stands for original soundtrack, the music in the film/game). Having spent many nights in bed reading books to the NNK OST, I've concluded that this is definitely no black mark on Hisaishi's resume. He has a magnificent way of making magical music that suits Ghibli's works so well, and this soundtrack is no exception. The orchestra sounds massive, diverse, and the music they play is characteristically enchanting. At the end of the day, I'd say only 4 or 5 tracks are completely astounding, but the rest of album definitely makes par. Or maybe Bridle. My favorite is 'The Fairyground'!
The only noticeable downside to the music is that it wasn't written or recorded to loop, so it sounds kind of strange in-game, constantly ending and restarting. I also noticed that the soundtrack (on iTunes) is incomplete! There are tracks missing!

When I first heard Studio Ghibli was going to help develop a video game, I was excited because Ghibli's films never fail to impress me. I had high standards for the game and was interested to see if they'd be able to carry over the studio's distinct style and quality over to the video game world. They absolutely did. This game is gorgeous. Very familiar art style, bright and colorful; a little bit strange, conceptually, but gorgeous. The effects blend in well and constantly remind me of Studio Ghibli films.

October 12, 2013

Don't Panic: A Guide To And Then She Games

Included with your purchase is this guide to and a limited edition attitude problem in the form of one Lo Burton.

I've gotten a lot of feedback regarding content and updates, so I'm going to start adding new content to the website. I've always got a few ideas cooking in the back of my mind, but it's going to be a while before I can really implement them all.

Also, should you have any questions after reading an article, or wish that I'd add something, please say so! Each article I write grows and varies slightly, as I try to cover all the bases and include everything I notice or think of. Feedback is good!

In the meantime, I'm going to provide a quick guide to 'And Then She Games'. If you haven't noticed, all of my article titles have a sort of "classification" preceding the game/subject(s) they discuss. This is my effort to organize my thoughts and deliver them to you in an predictable fashion. So, as I add new content, I'll invent new article types to accommodate it.

Below is a list of the types of content you will find on And Then She Games henceforth:

October 10, 2013

Minor Distraction: Final Fantasy IV

To make up for the complete lack of posting lately I'm going to introduce a new type of article tonight: Minor Distraction! Minor Distractions will function an awful lot like "That's A Wrap!" entries, except they will be few and far in between because they will feature games that I play passively, and usually on a handheld device.
First up: continuing with my backward saunter through the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy IV!
I have no idea when I began playing it, you can probably bet it was shortly after I finished FFV and VI, if anyone wants do dig up that article. To switch things up a bit I decided the play the DS remake for the first time.

warning: I tried to go easy on the spoilers, but I can't sugarcoat everything!

If you've been reading my site and/or following me on twitter, you likely know by now that I'm the RPG Queen, and I've got a lot of love for the Final Fantasy series in general, so I'll spare you the love letter and try to focus on key things here.
Chief among them: the reboot-ness of the game. I'm surprised and disappointed in the DS reboots of FF III and IV. III doesn't score a lot of points with me to begin with so I wasn't too heartbroken when I found the DS reboot of that to be lackluster, but I'm saddened that IV followed suit.
FFIV is by no means my favorite FF, in fact it ranks relatively low on my list (see Chronicles: FF), however, it has a lot of nostalgia points for me; I remember playing the original version on SNES many moons (tee hee) ago, and loving it for its growth (of the series) and its neat story. IV has some of the best plot twists and interesting concepts - i.e. the underworld and moon realms, things we hadn't really seen in previous FFs - and the way the villain is tied to the protagonist.

September 08, 2013

Game Binge - Episode Two

On this episode, we join our heroes in the heat of batt-

Okay, okay so it was just me and S eating muffins and playing video games. We got together again this month for another round of "Let's show Lo a bunch of hack and slash games she'd never think of picking up" fun. I'm afraid it's a rather short list this time, because we got totally caught up in…

August 30, 2013

That's A Wrap: Shining Force 2

warning: may contain spoilers

That's a wrap! For real this time! Shining Force 2 on my beloved Genesis.

I've got mad love for this game. It's one of the first RPGs I vividly remember from my childhood - which is saying something. One of the best parts about replaying this, is how much I can immediately recall as I play through the game.
To be honest, I'm not sure how to write this entry. It's tricky to write about retro games because they can't really be held to the same standards as today's games, and I'm pretty sure I'd just end up writing the same love letter to them all anyway. So instead, I'm going to walk you through my experience this time 'round, maybe throw in some tips for anyone who plans on taking on this masterpiece in the near future - and hopefully mildly entertain those who aren't - and point out video game-y things along the way.

When you pop the cartridge into the Genny, you're immediately treated like a movie audience. Before anything else, there's a pretty lengthy intro sequence setting up the story. You learn to hate Slade before he's even introduced to you! What follows is, of course, the iconic Shining Force 2 theme and your start menu, after which you meet some creepy old lady who asks you to set up your game.

That's A Wrap: Shining Force 2

That's a wrap on Shining Force 2!

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Shining Force 2 - 30x106

August 13, 2013

That's A Wrap: Eternal Sonata

warning: may contain spoilers

That's a wrap! Add Eternal Sonata to the "games I've played" list. This game has been a bit of a whirlwind, and according to my twitter friends I'm not the only one who thinks so. This is my most requested/anticipated blog to date, so I will try to cover all the bases to give you guys all the information you need to decide whether this is worth a play or a revisit. My goal is to keep it linear and making sense, as I have about 30,000 opinions to reiterate here and I fear I may not be able to organize them.

My brother and I share the similar taste in video games, and when I told him I had finally accepted the Xbox360 into my life he gave me a few of his favorite RPGs to try. Eternal Sonata was amongst these culprits. In theory, it's a great match for me. I am a classically trained musician, I began on the piano and Chopin was (and still is) one of my favorite pianists and composers. I was really interested to see how the video game world would treat our dear Chopin. Additionally, it's a gorgeous Japanese RPG, and those are right up my alley.

Shall we begin at the beginning? No. Because I have no idea where the beginning is. It sort of takes a while for the pieces to fall into place so that you have an idea of what this game is even about, and frankly, I'm still not sure if it's an ode to Chopin or a random fantasy about a girl named Polka. Also, how long before some celebrity names their kid 'Polka'? It seems, in the beginning, to be two separate stories altogether, and they eventually intertwine. The point of the story isn't extremely clear, which leads me to make horrible jokes.

August 01, 2013

That's A Wrap: Mass Effect

warning: may contain spoilers

I know Mass Effect is old news to most, but I received a lot of great feedback on twitter during my playthrough, so maybe a newcomer's opinion will spark up some fun. That said...

That's a wrap! A timespan I can't even measure in July 2013 was devoted to slowly hacking away at, and then eventually becoming addicted to Mass Effect on Xbox360.

Shall we begin at the beginning? The setting and story had me hooked right away. ME is kind of tugging at my Sci-Fi heart strings a bit and I thought the premise of the game was great. You get to make a bunch of decisions about your lead character before the game even begins, so you have an idea what you're working with, and the introduction of other characters is steady and appropriate. I didn't find at any point in the game I was confused or lost or unable to follow the story, which is a good sign; it was consistent, linear and entertaining.

I ended up choosing a female Shepard at the suggestion of my twitter friends. She's a bitchy, Earth-born Vanguard I affectionately refer to as LoShep. I chose Vanguard because the reputation surrounding biotics is favorable, but having never played the game before I knew I'd be relying on guns at some points or another. I never did master biotics, but I did fall madly in love with my shotgun, so I think I picked the right one.

July 21, 2013

Chronicles: The Final Fantasy Series

I've been meaning to get this down into blog format for a while, and since Stealth posted his version, I'm now inspired to add my two cents to the conversation. Also I haven't blogged in a while, so this should make for nice filler, no?

I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you by now that Final Fantasy is one of my favorite RPG series of all time, and the way the games have changed over the years has had a pretty prominent impact on someone like me, who's been playing since the beginning.
Obviously what follows is my own personal opinion, and I welcome yours as well. I recently blogged about my latest playthrough of V and VI, so if you've read that you'll already know how I feel about them, but I believe I promised a more thorough opinion about the other titles as well.

So without further ado, here is how I rank the current main entries in the Final Fantasy series of games:

July 01, 2013

That's A Wrap: Tales Of Vesperia

warning: may contain spoilers

That's a wrap! I've devoted the entire month of June to my very first playthrough of Tales of Vesperia. I'm ashamed because I've always been a fan of the 'Tales' series and I've played a lot of the other main titles at least once, but - like always - I fell behind at some point after Abyss and only just got around to Vesperia now... five year later (than its release). I had a go at the demo on the 360 and immediately hated myself for waiting this long to play it. So I got my paws on a copy and "here's go nothin'..."
Excuse me while I tell my computer to learn to recognize 'Vesperia' as a word.

In a nutshell: I love this game. It is an excellent example of what 'Tales' is capable of; it's ridiculous good fun, well written and beautiful. It's also absurdly long. Most JRPGs are long but I think this one takes the cake for longest I've played since I-don't-know-when. I clocked 135 hours. Xbox was like, "Jesus, this lady has way too much time on her hands, let's give her an achievement".
A lot of those hours were spent randomly discovering the millions of side quests. Towards the end of the game, pretty much everywhere you go prompts a new side quest. Typically I don't engage in all the side quests the first time I play a game, 'cause I'd rather stick to the story and experience the game in one, fluid playthrough. But I just couldn't help myself. Things needed doing, dammit! Also, all of the dialogue in this game ceases until you prompt it to continue, which surely added a lot to the hours, as there is quite a bit of dialogue and I am a snail-pace reader. But it gets points for being well written. I don't know exactly how true a translation it is, but I don't even care, I laughed endlessly playing this game.

June 21, 2013

The E3 Blog: 2013

So once again I'm the king of procrastinators with this blog. In my defense, I have massive nails right now and typing is damn near impossible. Anyway... here is my interpretation of this year's E3, just in case anyone cares what I think. Please note, this blog was written before Xbox announced changes to their DRM policies.

That was exciting. Right? General consensus is that 2013 was a good year for E3. There was certainly a massive amount of hype going in, and few surprises coming out...

June 13, 2013

That's A Wrap: FFV & FFVI

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This is way overdue but...

That's a wrap! May 2013 saw the revisitation and completion of Square's famous 'Final Fantasy V' and 'Final Fantasy VI'! There probably isn't much to say that you don't already know; these are highly popular games among many gamers, but especially RPG enthusiasts. And it's no wonder.
I find, in this day and age, most gamers under a certain age completely overlook the brilliance of the early Final Fantasy games. Everyone I talk to these days seems to have started with either VII, X, or XIII. But I started with the original, when it was FINALLY released to us in North America (thank you Nintendo!) so I've been with the series from the beginning, I've watched it grow into the hideous monster it is today and I've got to say: if you haven't played these games, you're missing out. Straight up.
V and VI have reclaimed my heart. I'll try to express why in this article. Quick disclaimer: I have played and beat every main entry in the Final Fantasy series between I and XII. After that is a touchy subject, but I'll probably do a separate entry about that someday...

June 04, 2013

Game Binge - Episode One

So the beginning of June marks another game binge: essentially, when I get together with any number of people and stay up 'til 4 a.m. playing different video games, often for the first time. And pizza. There has to be pizza. 
This time around, my old friend S came by the game room. S and I have been friends since we were kids, and video games were one of the many things we bonded over. We also used to rent anime tapes and stay up for days watching those (remember when you could RENT tapes?! Remember TAPES?!). Anyway, we used to spend every possible moment together but at some point, life started, and one of us moved far away, and now we're reduced to the occasional weekend of bingeing on games. And pizza. Not-so-much anime.

May 28, 2013

Don't Panic: An Introduction to And Then She Games

Well hello there!
Hopefully this will offer a little insight as to what the hell is going on here.

Howdy! I'm Lo. It's probably short for something but I tend to respond to anything that begins with 'L-O'. Or even just 'L'. I once responded when a woman called for her husband 'Larry'. 
I am lifelong gamer; I probably owe this to my older brother, to whom I was a replacement shadow as a child. I still passed for "young" when home gaming consoles became a thing in North America but that didn't stop me staring at him and vowing to figure it out for myself. Naturally, I'd delete all his files (this was back in the day when you could only save one, if even) and make my own and then frustrate the hell out of myself when things didn't go as expected. 
Now, I am older and wiser (pfft), and armed with nearly every major home gaming console released since the 80's and I've decided to share my patented gaming reactions with y'all! That said, I play old games and new. All consoles.
Note that I did not mention computers. I am familiar with PC games - especially from way back when - but I do not at present have a gaming-worthy PC, nor do I really want one, so I'm restricted to... well, everything else.

The name of the website refers to the fact that video games are my hobby. Unfortunately I have not yet found a way to live off them. It turns out, when you enter different worlds via your television or computer screen, you have to come back out at some point. By day she works, and then she games.

On twitter (@nintenlo), I often live-tweet games while I'm playing and crack wise. Occasionally I'll litter the page with other pearls of gaming-related nonsense and otherwise geeky calamity, and I love interacting with others. Follow me for potentially humorous one-liners outlining my favorite games and give me ideas on what to play next! I want to talk to you!

This website - created to log my thoughts on the various games I play, motivate me to actually complete as many as possible, and I guess to help you get to know me better! If there's something you'd like to know, toss it out there. Yes, I am actually a woman. A pretty pathetic excuse for one, but I make do. 
Some things you should know about me:
  • I'm the only one in my family (apart from aforementioned brother) really plays video games.
  • I can't remember what my first game was, nor my first console (although I strongly suspect Colecovision).
  • I spent a lot of time in arcades as a kid.
  • Apart from video games, I collect books and shoes. Yes, shoes. I told you I was a girl!
  • I'm incredibly sarcastic, uncensored, and my sense of humor is often dry. Please do not take me too seriously.
  • I use profanity. A lot. I'm sorry if this offends you, that is not my intention, but it's part of who I am now and that's not going to change any time soon.
  • I am the RPG Queen. That is my domain. 
  • But that doesn't mean that's all I play. Bioshock, Golden Axe and Sonic the Hedgehog are among my favorite games of all time.
Eventually, I'll share my video game experiences here and comment on what's going on in the gaming world. I'll be the first to admit my style is incredibly old school, and I have a tendency to fall behind quick, but I'm hoping you guys will help keep me on my toes. 

So let's talk games!

-Lo Bee