Quote of the Week

Week: 27th March- 2nd April 2023

Game: Yakuza 5

Character: Taiga Saejima

Quote: “(Blizzard’s still ragin’ like an angry wife with a fryin’ pan)”.

Reason: I have unfortunately not been able to play as many games as I would have liked this week. I find that the end of the month is deadline heavy, and I put a lot of pressure on myself which tends to mean I spend a lot of time on my laptop and not a lot of time on a console. The biggest reason I changed the way these Quote of the Week posts work is because I wanted to make sure I gave myself time to do the things I enjoy each week. This week, I spent that time in Yakuza 5. I’ve been on Saejima’s part for… a while (we all know how slow I’ve been playing these games) and I’ve just unlocked the hunting aspect which is fun. But this one line made me laugh. I don’t tend to play Yakuza unless Josh is around as he loves watching me play it, but this week I decided to play it when I was letting him have a lie in (because I felt like Saejima’s story was slow) and I swear as soon as he wakes up, we get this line. We both got a laugh out of it, and I reminded him that I am yet to be his wife (because he clearly needs a reminder). It made me laugh after a very stressful week, and I’m thankful for that. It reminded me to be grateful for the little moments in life that bring you joy and laughter.


What Pokémon means to me as an autistic person who obsesses frequently

Hey, Gamers! This is a very personal post, so if you are new here, I’ll leave some links to some other posts you might be more interested in; but if you’re not new here, this is another pretty deep post about a game for children. I was diagnosed as autistic in 2020, but if there was anything that could’ve clued my parents in, it would have been my obsessive nature. I have been ‘obsessed’ with many things in my life, and since my diagnosis I’ve been able to identify them as special interests. My most recent special interest is Pokémon, and it’s actually changed the way that I think and feel about my special interests, and it’s helped me understand myself a little more, so I wanted to talk about that.

Before I get into this properly, I need to explain some things. I was a weird teenager who was very insecure about… everything. My mother was very sick, and my father didn’t live with us. I lived on the internet. I have always had trouble making friends. The Taylor Swift lyric that I relate to the most is “no one wanted to play with me as a little kid, so I’ve been scheming like a criminal ever since, to make them love me and make it seem effortless” from Mastermind. I say this because I am aware that a few things that I bring up here are questionable, and I want to make a point to say that I am aware of that, and I am actively trying to be better as an adult.

But we need to talk about this thing that Josh and I call ‘the ick’. It’s a feeling I get where I feel physically sick. My heart rate speeds up, and it’s almost like a panic attack. The main problem for me is that it makes me feel like I need to vomit. I can hear my heartbeat in my ears, my vision sometimes goes blurry too. Sometimes it’s not too intense, but other times it was. I used to get this every single time someone brought up one of my special interests in real life.

I was always that weird kid that loved things too much, and I think that it was mainly because of the ick. I would get so insecure that I would purposely overwhelm people with my love for this thing… just so they would drop the subject. I was worried they’d know more than me, and that would mean that they would love it more than me. But how could anyone love this thing more than me? It was like a bad adrenaline rush. After talking to Josh about this (we talk about this a lot), we’ve decided that it was mainly because if someone else liked something, I thought I wasn’t allowed to like it as much as I did. Like, it became their thing. And because I make these things that I like my entire personality, it felt invalidating to me as a person. It was like they were saying that who I am is wrong because they like this thing so I couldn’t.

I recognise how wrong that is. I recognise now, as an adult, how unhealthy this was for me. I spent so much of my early adulthood wondering why I was always “too much” for people, and I think that part of it is just the fact that I’m autistic but another part of it is probably that I’ve done this my whole life. The only vague analogy that I can think of is that I was Gollum, and my special interests were the ring (although there were multiple special interests, and there was only one ring… so even this analogy sucks).

I got into Pokémon because the day before my 22nd birthday, I watched an episode of the anime (Indigo League, I’m not a part skipper). I then got a Pokémon cake for my birthday as a joke, and continued to watch the anime because Josh got me a “scratch off the anime you’ve watched” poster. I got to the episode with the Squirtle Squad and my life changed. I spiralled. I now wake up each morning, paint my skin blue and put my homemade clay shell on. I am now a Squirtle.
Obviously I’m joking, but I do love Squirtle a lot. It is my favourite Pokémon and it helped me decide my starter for each new game I play (because I’m never going to pick something that could bully Squirtle, but I’m also not going to pick something Squirtle could beat easily… so water type it is!). It was late November 2021 when I watched my first Pokémon anime episode. Then for Christmas, Josh got me Let’s Go Eevee (because Eevee was my favourite Pokémon before I got into Pokémon), I completed it within three days and found my first shiny (thought my game was broken). January came, we got a Switch lite and Shining Pearl. I finished that, played Sword and… you guys get the picture.

I think the thing that was most different about Pokémon was that… I never intended on liking it. It was already Josh’s thing in my eyes. But instead of getting possessive or upset or ‘the ick’, I love talking to other people about Pokémon. I love being able to ask Josh questions, for him to know something that I don’t and not feel insecure in my passion for this thing. For the first time in my life, I’m not only okay with not knowing everything about this series, but I enjoy being told about it. I love hearing different people’s experiences, what different people’s favourite Pokémon are, what gym leader people struggled with the most. For the first time in my life, I’m basking in the glory of being new to a fandom.

It feels… peaceful.

I think that since being diagnosed as autistic, I’ve been thinking back a lot about my childhood and teen years. In my early adulthood, I really struggled to make friends- which was a pattern that emerged from my childhood. Now, I can reflect and recognise that a lot of it was self-sabotage. Now that I have Pokémon, my life has changed. I can look back on other special interests of mine and know that ‘the ick’ isn’t something to be feared but something to be fought.

I can watch videos of people talking and playing Pokémon. I have made friends with people because I can talk about Pokémon so openly. I even started to talk to one of those friends about Persona 5. I still get ‘the ick’ about that… but for the first time, I’m fighting it. I have experienced peace because of Pokémon, and I am going to fight for the rest of my life so that I get peace with everything I like.

When I say that Pokémon has changed my life, I mean it. It’s finally brought me peace, and that’s all I ever wanted. I just didn’t know how to get it.

So, that is it for this post, Gamers! I’ll drop some links to some other posts if you’re interested in reading more of my content. If you are interested, maybe hit that follow button to receive updates whenever I post here. Remember to like this post if you liked it and leave a comment if you feel like it. See you next post, Gamers!

Gaming Quote of the Week

Week: 20th-26th March 2023

Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Character: Teddy

Quote: “I was testing a new workout routine, but it’s been tough to stay motivated without you around”

Reason: So, during my absence here, I was going through some pretty intense stuff. There was one game I didn’t want to play while I was going through that, and that game was Animal Crossing. I just felt like it was… too pure for what I was going through. I know it sounds weird, but I didn’t want my villagers to know about what I was going through. I didn’t want to put that pressure on them. I went on the game a few times during the 6 months, but it was early on. I imagine it was when I thought that the experience wouldn’t last 6 whole months. I finally got around to switching the islands (Josh uses the big switch more now, whereas I use the little one more, so I wanted our island on the little one, but it was obviously on the big one. This meant that Josh had to give up his island, but he had only had it for like a week before forgetting it, so I don’t feel too bad. Going on it now, after everything… it made me so emotional. To see that all the villagers were still there, and they were worried about me, and nothing has changed was… wonderful. Teddy has always been a favourite of mine, but this quote just hit different. It made me realise that if I hadn’t decided not to play the game for so long… my mental health might have coped a bit better. It could have helped with all those times where I felt hopeless, like I couldn’t go on. And Teddy loves his workouts, so this was super cute.

2023 Gaming Goals

Hey, Gamers! This is the first fresh post that I’m writing, so I’m excited. I know it’s February (at the time of writing) and most people get this out in January, but I thought I might as well share the goals that Josh and I have.
If you’re new here, hi! My name is Eleanor, and my blog is a safe place for gamers of all kinds. I’ve been writing here (on and off) since early March 2020. I also stream on Twitch with my partner, Josh. Our channel is called 2nerds_1game. I recommend the posts linked at the end of this post for any newbies who want to get more acquainted with my blog!
Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Yakuza 5

My goals:
I have been trying to reflect on my 2022 goals. In all honesty, I did not achieve many at all; that was mainly because we moved and the situation was difficult. So, here are my 2023 goals:

  1. Play 1 new game a month.
    This was one from my last goal list and the main one I know I could’ve achieved if the situation was different. In January, I played Thronebreaker, and for my February game of the month, I am playing The Last of Us, the PS4 remaster to be precise.
  2. Finish at least 3 pre-Switch Pokémon games.
    I love Pokémon, but I’m a fairly new player. As some of you might know, I got into Pokémon after watching some of the anime and Josh got me Let’s Go Eevee for Christmas. Since then, I’ve played Sword, Shining Pearl, Legends Arceus and Violet. I have started Emerald about 3 times, Platinum 2 times and I am – I think – over halfway with White. This year, I’m making it my mission to actually finish at least 3 pre-Switch games.
  3. Finish Skyrim.
    I have had an exceedingly difficult relationship with Skyrim. I’ve tried it on different consoles, on different difficulties, with and without mods. It’s one of Josh’s all-time favourite games. I am trying to like this game. I am trying to get something out of it. But oh my gosh it’s so hard for me. It’s just so… unappealing. But I know how game changing this game has been. I know that it set the stage, in a sense, for open-world RPGs. I know it is meant to be such a great game. So, I want to play it. But I want to actually finish it this time. So, this year, I will finish Skyrim.
  4. Get 100+ hours in a game that is not Persona 5 related.
    Every game that I have 100+ hours in is Persona 5 related. I want to expand my horizons more. I know I play games, but I think I rush them. So, I want to get over 100 hours in a game that isn’t Persona 5 related.
  5. Get 3 Platinum trophies.
    I’ve gotten like, one a year since my first one, so I want to try for more.
  6. Get 3 victories in Fortnite (for a total of 5).
    I don’t know if this is the first post I’m publishing since my hiatus, but this is my first time writing about me playing Fortnite on my blog. Truth is, since I gave this game a real chance, I’ve loved it. But I got my 2 victories within 24 hours of starting, and within 24 hours of each other. So, I want to get at least 3 in 2023.
  7. Make our island pretty in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
    This is another one that is pretty much copied and pasted from last year’s goals. During my rough patch, it was incredibly difficult to go on Animal Crossing. Why? Because for some reason, it reminded me of better times. But this year, I’m going to completely change our whole island and make it pretty.
  8. Play and finish at least one game that comes out in 2023.
    This goal is dependent on our financial position throughout the year, but I always take so long to finish a game. I almost never finish a game the same year it comes out. But this year, I’m going to try to make a point and complete a game that comes out this year.
  9. Complete the Pokédex in Pokémon Violet.
    I never intended on completing the Pokédex in this game when I started playing it. However, after finishing the post game… I love it so much. After seeing Josh do it, I feel like it’s achievable now. I’m not too far off, I think I’m around the 300-mark, so that’s cool.
  10. Finish the Yakuza series.
    This is another one that was on last year’s goal list, but at least it’s one I’ve made progress on. I’m currently on Yakuza 5. So I’m going to do Yakuza 6, and then I think I’ll do Judgment, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and then Lost Judgment. Obviously, we have more Yakuza/Like A Dragon gamescoming soon too, so I’m hyped for that. I just want to be able to play new games when they come out instead of feeling like I have other games to finish first.
  11. Finish Bloodborne.
    If there’s one that I don’t achieve, it will be this one. This one is on this list because I need revenge. Bloodborne is Josh’s favourite FromSoftware game. It took me over a year to beat the freaking Cleric Beast. I’m so mad just thinking about it. Beating Father Gascoigne took less time, and if I have edited the footage before this post comes up, I’ll include a link to the clip. But oh my gosh I need to beat this game purely because it angers me. Something in the pit of my stomach stirs whenever I think of this game and I just need it to end already.
  12. Play the first 2 Witcher games.
    I love this series. I have played The Witcher 3, I have read the books (it’s what got me back into reading, and I’ve been reading every night for over a year now because of the Witcher books), and I own both the original Witcher game on PC (the enhanced edition) and The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 (I know, I know, I’m a PlayStation girlie, but I wasn’t always and it’s not on PlayStation), although I’m hoping it will run on my bad laptop because I think the gameplay would suit laptop more than console (from what I’ve played of the original game, at least). I didn’t play it on my break and therefore want to start again, and I want to write all the controls down this time because my memory is awful.
  13. Finish The Witcher 3 DLCs.
    I’ve spoken a little about how TW3 was the first big RPG I ever truly tackled, and how I opted to play it on easy. Then, I played Persona 5 and Josh gave me several hundred pep talks about my self-worth and confidence, so when I went back to finish The Witcher 3, it felt weird. It was the last game I played on easy; it felt like I was cheating. But I finished the game, went to do the DLCs… and the guards destroyed me. So I… I went back to Persona 5 immediately. But with the PS5 upgrade, I’m playing it on the Blood and Broken Bones difficulty (no, I’m not okay) and it’s basically what I’ve been waiting for. I’m so, so hyped for Blood and Wine because Regis was one of my favourite characters in the books and I’m hoping there’ll be references to the likes of Milva (my favourite character in any piece of literature, ever) and Cahir (who is not a Nilfgaardian).
  14. Reach 100000 all-time views on this blog.
    This one is self-explanatory. I’d like to get to the point where I’m posting consistently, and my posts are being viewed consistently. I’m just over halfway there, so I’m being a bit ambitious with this one, but I also know it’s not really in my control (apart from writing quality posts, posting consistently and promoting myself where I can).
  15. Reach Twitch affiliate.
    Again, this one is self-explanatory. As I am writing this, we have not started streaming but we’re in the “preparing to stream” stage of moving. Decorating, ordering lights, making sure things are in a good place to stream. I was actually going to record a few videos, just to finish up the two series that I started before we moved (for those who can’t remember or weren’t here, it was my first Pokémon Nuzlocke and my Persona 5 Royal AI Take Over). I wanted to finish them as videos because we have spent so long talking about streaming (because we couldn’t stream) that it became apparent that to have a nice, clean schedule, and to do what I want to do… I need to not stream these. But I want to at least finish them in some way, so video form it is! I’m hoping that by the end of the year, we reach affiliate. We were so close when we had to stop. We were streaming consistently and we were feeling so good about it. I want that again, but with the added bonus of being able to tell people I make money from “playing my games” (which is what my family calls streaming).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Next, we have Josh’s goals. I wanted to include him because I talk about him in my gaming progress report, and this is the first time he’s set gaming goals. So, here we go:

  1. Earn 5+ Platinum trophies.
  2. Get the platinum in at least one RGG Studios game.
  3. Finish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
  4. Earn a platinum trophy on a PS3 game (PS4/5 remasters do not count).
  5. Get 30% completion on PSNProfiles.
  6. Finish Dragon Quest XI.
  7. Finish Ni no Kuni II.
  8. Finish the Dishonored series.
  9. Try at least 10 games I’ve not experienced.
  10. Finish either Hollow Knight or Cuphead.
  11. Finish the Desolation of Mordor DLC for Shadow of War.
  12. Give Death Stranding another go.
  13. Finish Persona 5 Royal and Persona 5 Strikers.
  14. Finish the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
  15. Play more multiplayer games, both with people I know and with strangers.
  16. Reach Affiliate on Twitch.
  17. Get the platinum in Demon’s Souls Remake.

I asked him for explanations, to which he replied, “nah it’s fine”, so… that’s all you’re getting. Obviously since we share a Twitch channel, we both want to become affiliate, and we have clearly influenced each other’s lists because we live together and do a lot together. Most of our conversations are about gaming, because that’s what we like.

But that’s it for this post, Gamers! I will be doing a review at the 6 month point and then again in December. If you want to know what we get up to, I will be posting monthly progress reports on this blog so hit the follow button. Feel free to share your gaming goals in the comments. While you’re at it, if you use Twitch, why don’t you go follow us @2nerds_1game so you know when we’re streaming? I think you should do that. See you next post, Gamers!

Posts to get to know my blog better:

Last year’s goals:

My first Pokemon TCG box!

Hey, Gamers! So, most of you have probably picked up on the fact that I’ve been pretty into Pokémon recently. I’m still struggling to put into words how much it means to me, but when I eventually do, that’ll be its own post. It’s something incredibly special to me. And those of you who have been around for a while might know that Josh is actually into the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG. He got me into it too (it’s actually how we started hanging out), but it’s always been his thing. Sure, I have cards that I’ve bought for myself and I’ve even attended a tournament (one of the worst experiences I’ve had with people, but that’s another story), but it was always Josh’s special interest. It was never something that I was interested in because I wanted to be, it was more because I wanted to share something with him and spend time with him.
Josh likes Pokémon, he’s even the reason I even started watching Pokémon in the first place… but this is different. Pokémon is one of those things that I sit back and wonder how the hell I went my whole life without being completely immersed in it. Like, it’s a honest wonder how I went so long not being interested in it. I even had friends who loved Pokémon.
Since Josh collects Yu-Gi-Oh cards and I wanted to immerse myself more into the world of Pokémon, I thought about it for about a week before deciding that I wanted to get into the Pokémon TCG. Maybe not so much the meta, I know a lot of TCGs are very much “I have money so I have the best cards”, and I’m not so much in it for that. I just want to collect something that I love and maybe play a few casual games with people if they’re interested. It was never going to be – and likely never will be – a serious collection. Like everything else on my blog, I just want to keep it casual.

So with that, after about a month on trying to look at what the best thing for me would be (and learning the game via Pokémon TCG Online), Josh and I allotted some money to it and took the plunge. I got a box, a binder and I think 2 booster packs because Josh picked up some Yu-Gi-Oh booster packs so I got some too.

The box I picked had Arceus on (I think I had just finished Shining Pearl and I believe we had watched all of the Sinnoh movies), as well as Charizard, Shaymin and Whimsicott. It was the Brilliant Stars ‘Build and Battle Stadium’, which came with two decks so Josh and I could battle right away. It came with a bunch of booster packs (I think it was 8), and I believe it was 40 energy cards.

I just wanted to do a little review for anyone who’s interested in the game the same way I am. I was really impressed by it and think it’s a great start to my collection. It was a great first purchase; I was lucky that I chose this as it meant that we could battle right away and I could also enjoy organising my cards into a really complicated system that fell apart the moment I got a new card. It was perfect for what I wanted, which was just a good starting point. I know my collection will likely never be as big as Josh’s Yu-Gi-Oh collection, or as impressive as the collections I’ve seen on Reddit… but it’s mine and it makes me happy. I’m excited at the prospect of advancing my collection now that I have started it.

I have since bought more Pokémon cards. I bought the Battle Academy that had the Pikachu, Cinderace and Eevee decks (although I’d just call it a dark deck that was missing an Umbreon) and the Astral Radiance Elite Trainer box (the one with Darkrai). I got my first V Star card from the Elite Trainer box, which was Husuian Typhlosion. The feeling that I have when I get new Pokémon cards is something I hadn’t previously experienced. I even get excited when I get a duplicate. It makes me so happy and excited.

I wanted to add a personal note to this post, for those who want to know. Josh and I have been together for nearly 5 years now, but I feel like I’ve began to understand him better. His love for Yu-Gi-Oh is always something I’ve… accepted and I thought I understood it, but since I’ve started playing Pokémon TCG, it’s like I understand him on a whole new level. I feel like it’s made us closer and it’s… nice. I like it a lot.

But that’s it for this post, Gamers! The next post should be the June update, and it’s a big one because we played a whole lot in June. Remember to like this post if you liked it, follow this blog for more gaming content, check out my socials to be social and come chat with Josh and I on Twitch when we stream @2nerds_1game (everything should be linked somewhere). See you next post, Gamers!

In defence of Yakuza 3

Hey, Gamers! Welcome back to my series where I defend things that most people feel like they didn’t need defending but I’ve heard bad stuff about, so I go on the defensive. I’ll link my other two posts at the end of this one, just in case anyone reading this is interested in the defence of Jaehee’s route from Mystic Messenger or Haru Okumura from Persona 5. Doubtful, but I’ll still do it. This post will cover Yakuza 3. Yes, instead of defending branches of games or a character from a game, I am jumping straight into defending a full game from a pretty well-known franchise. I thought this was a good idea until I started writing, but now I’m realising the issues. We’re still doing this because of course we are. Let’s go!

For reference, I’m a new Yakuza player. I started with 0 back in 2021, then Kiwami took me a super long time to complete, then I feel like Kiwami 2 took me longer but then I walked into Yakuza 3 fully expecting my journey with this series to end. I can tell you right now that this did not happen. I’m currently playing Yakuza 4. My partner has played all of the Yakuza games apart from the ones that were not brought out in the West (so including Judgment, but not Ishin). He’s going to check over this post before I post it… just because I know if I say something wrong, I’ll get attacked and quite frankly, I’d rather Josh make fun of me for the rest of my life than some random people on the internet in one comment. Regardless, my start to the Yakuza series was clearly modernised. That’s why I was so worried about 3. When I finished Kiwami 2, I went on the subreddits and all I saw was about blocking. The blocking is so bad, the normal enemies’ blocking is ridiculous, Majima is the most difficult boss fight… that’s all I can remember.

There are far worse things in Yakuza 3 than the blocking- like the chase sequences!

Okay, okay. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: blocking. Yeah, it’s annoying. But it’s not like in the Dragon engine where Kiryu spends like 5 seconds recovering from the shock that someone dared block him. To be completely honest with you, I barely noticed the difference in terms of gameplay. Even when it comes to Majima’s boss fight… it’s not as bad as it’s made out in the community. Yakuza 3 is not the worst Yakuza, and the ones who believe it is are clearly getting more frustrated about the gameplay and are ignoring the story.

Because you know what? Yakuza 3’s story is probably my second favourite so far, just behind Yakuza 0 (because Majima is my favourite character and therefore 0 will probably always be my favourite). It’s beautifully written, complimented by the side stories that the Yakuza games are known for and some that carry over from previous games. It’s a wonderfully crafted masterpiece that deserves some respect for what it is.

The Yakuza series is an old one. Whatever game they didn’t remake would automatically be seen as the ‘worst’ just because it’s the oldest and in this case, it’s not really fair. I know there’s always some people who will comment that they always thought Yakuza 3 was great, but from my experience in the community, they’re usually the quieter ones (or just drowned out by the love for Yakuza 0 and other, newer games). Just because there are newer, cleaner, better-looking games, that doesn’t mean the game is bad. It just means it’s old. Bad is not old, it’s just bad.

Of course there are bad parts of every game… like the chase sequences. But in Yakuza 3, the bad parts aren’t prevalent enough to overshadow the good parts. Yes, the combat is blocky but it’s a Yakuza game. The combat is such a prevalent part of the game that you get used to it… as long as you are willing to adapt. I know that might sound weird, saying the bad parts aren’t prevalent enough to be a big thing and then saying that the combat is a vital part of the game. It’s almost like the combat isn’t a bad part of this game… because it’s not. It’s just something you have to adapt to. I know that adapting to new things can be tiresome and frustrating (as an autistic person, I get very easily frustrated when I have to change my playstyle for the game I’m playing, so I get it) but when the game is as good as Yakuza 3 is, it’s worth it. It’s completely worth at least trying to adapt. The story is phenomenal.

I think that’s really my main point. If a game’s story is good enough, trying to adapt to the older gameplay is 100% worth it. In the case of Yakuza 3, the story is worth it. The characters are great, the story is well-paced and the side stories are as hilarious as always.

The Majima boss fight happens pretty early in the game. If you’re used to Yakuza games, even newer games, you’ll be fine. Yes, it’s hard but it’s a boss fight- it’s not meant to be easy. It might be annoying, and it might take you a couple of times. I’m not particularly good at these games; my biggest problem was that I didn’t think about getting healing items before it. So, get some good healing items and you’ll be golden. It’s not the hardest or most annoying boss fight in the series (in my opinion), there are at the very least equally difficult and annoying bosses than Majima in Yakuza 3.

But the fact that the Majima boss fight is so early in Yakuza 3 kinda helps you to adapt to the game. It helps you “get ready” for the blocky regular enemies. They’re not half as bad as the Majima boss fight that wasn’t as bad as everyone says it is, so it’s fine, right? There are so many enemies in Yakuza games that randomly make you fight them; you get used to it. It’s such a big part of the Yakuza games that when you really get into it, it’s fine. Especially after the Majima boss fight. I fully believe that the Majima boss fight was strategically placed to help people get used to the combat of the game. By the time his second boss fight comes around – still early on in the game – you’re used to the combat. He goes crazy defensive, yeah, but it’s not like there are little to no openings there. I repeat, there are much more annoying things in the Yakuza series than either of Majima’s boss fights in Yakuza 3. Majima everywhere, for one (that being said, I enjoyed Majima everywhere sooo).

I feel like this post has gone from “defending Yakuza 3” to “it’s fine, just play it, trust me, ok?” and while that wasn’t the intention, it’s hard to defend a full game to people that might not have played it. This game is so special and the idea of people being put off it because it’s the oldest without a remake makes me sad.

Lastly, let’s just take a second to appreciate this game for what it is. Yakuza 3 came out in 2009, on the PS3. That’s 13 years ago, and two console generations ago. It was the first Yakuza game to have Karaoke – a mini game that has become an iconic part of the series, to the point where people who haven’t played a Yakuza game still know Yakuza karaoke songs – , it brought so much of what we love about Yakuza games to the Yakuza series. I repeat and will continue to repeat: old does not mean bad.
Talking about what it is now, though, is just as important in this conversation. Yakuza 3 is the bridge between Kiwami 2 and Yakuza 4. Kiwami 2 was made in the Dragon engine (maybe not the best use of the Dragon engine, but it’s still a huge difference) and Yakuza 4 came out in 2010, again on the PS3. The jump between PS3 and PS4 games are massive and should never be overlooked. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone complain about the combat in Yakuza 4 because it’s such an improvement on the combat in Yakuza 3; I’ve not long started playing it and I already see so many quality of life improvements. But we see those improvements because we have Yakuza 3 and not Kiwami 3. They were never going to remake up to Yakuza 5, because each game has so many quality of life improvements that there is no point. Yakuza 3 is just the game that drew the short end of the stick. It’s a bridge game, but it’s still such a great game in itself and that should be talked about more.

That’s it for this post, Gamers! If you liked this post, give it a like. Follow this blog for more gaming content. Check out my socials if you want to be social. Remember that Josh and I stream over on Twitch @2nerds_1game (linked on my homepage) if you want to watch something chaotic. See you next post, gamers!

Some links you might like:

In defence of Haru, Persona 5: http://eleanorreesgaming.com/2021/09/06/in-defence-of-haru/

In defence of Jaehee’s route, Mystic Messenger: http://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/12/20/in-defense-of-jaehees-route-mystic-messenger/

A previous Yakuza series post: http://eleanorreesgaming.com/2021/08/30/why-i-believe-kazama-ruined-everything-for-everyone-yakuza-series/

Returning to Pelican Town

Hey, Gamers! This post is a very personal one, but I wanted to write it anyway. If you’ve been following this blog for just over a year, you might remember that around last May… I was going through some rough stuff. My own mental health has never been great, my dad’s health decreased and I had so many deadlines as well as huge changes coming up. Everything seemed unmanageable. After I got through it all, I wrote a post about the game that helped me. That post will be linked at the end of this one, but that game was Stardew Valley. It’s such a simple game; usually, I would hate it. I like being told what to do in games. I like story, I like just knowing what’s going on. After getting over 180 hours in the space of a month, I quickly got burnt out after finishing the community centre. This post is about going back to Pelican Town after that burn out.

But Josh (of course, all of my stories start with Josh) started watching a bunch of Stardew Valley stuff on YouTube. He started playing it again (not much, but enough to get me thinking about it). One day, I decided “you know what? I am relatively stable right now. I might as well check on the chickens,” and with that, I got on my Switch and opened Stardew Valley for the first time in months.

I will mention that I did very briefly go on SV a few months after the aforementioned burn out… but just looking at all my crops gave me anxiety. I assumed that this was why I stopped playing and moved on with my life, assuming that while Stardew Valley got me through a tough time, it wasn’t for me during my ‘normal’ life. Jokes on me, nothing about my life has ever been normal, and I was very mentally ill at the time so spilling some milk would have made me cry, never mind over 100 crops.

What an experience it was.

Just before giving up Stardew Valley (unofficially, of course), I had decided to get the all bachelor/ bachelorette 10 heart event thing. Despite getting down with all of the candidates, I had decided that 1) I will never marry Shane again and 2) I will go for Penny. Penny was so sweet and I wanted to get her far away from Pam. I didn’t feel this way going back to it, though. Instead, it was Elliot who caught my eye. I know Shane, Harvey and Sebastian are the usual candidates for most people, but I think this time around, I appreciated Elliot more. I’ve recently started writing fiction again, taking it seriously for the first time in a very long time and I aspire to be able to just go to a small, peaceful place and just write. It’s a luxury very few authors are able to afford, and the fact that Elliot has this is appealing to me. Not only that, but Elliot is so chill. Since we’re both writers, I can’t help but think of the wonderful conversations we could have, fuelled by our passions and our own worlds that we created. It just seemed so much more idealist to me than any of the other romance options. I first married Shane because he reminded me of Josh when we first got together. I now realise that… we’ve been together for nearly 5 years. I’m not looking back at the early days when I was the only person that he would talk to with awe. What I am happily looking back at is the 2am talks about video games and how he questions my ideas instead of letting me just ramble without listening. The validating moments when I’m talking about a character that I created and he stops me to make sure he’s thinking of the right one. The times when we have in detail discussions about pokemon and the eco-system in the pokemon world. The times when he rambles on and on about a game that I haven’t played but I know the plot of because he’s rambled about it so much that it’s stuck in my forgetful brain. The times when I’m talking about my favourite thing in the world and he corrects me. There’s a lot to look back on when it comes to Josh, but a lot of it is not when he was an arrogant idiot who thought it was cool to not have friends. It’s all about how he’s been since that façade dropped, and I think that’s where I went wrong in Stardew Valley. This whole time I thought Josh was like Shane. No, my Josh is like Elliot. Not everyone’s cup of tea; he can be stand-offish but he’s an absolute genius and he challenges me and encourages me and I really think Elliot would do the same. I mean, as much as I can think about a simple character from a farming game doing. I was so wrong at first, and now that I’ve realised that, I’m thinking of starting the game all over again so I can do it right. Elliot was so hard to find, so I left him until last and glossed over him. But Josh was also hard to find, and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time for him. I think Elliot is worth it.

Okay, romance and rambles about Josh over, time to talk about the real emotions. The first thing I did when I loaded my game is look over my farm (naturally). Something I didn’t notice in that very brief time that I went on Stardew Valley before this is that… all of my crops were watered. Every single outside crop was covered by a sprinkler. I cannot explain the relief and joy that I felt when I realised that. During my lowest point, I went out of my way to make things more manageable for myself. I’m the type of person that usually makes things harder for themselves, so this was a shock. I felt so… peaceful. I went around to pet all of my farm animals (and laugh because I had named all of the barn animals after UK politicians), I checked in the greenhouse and sold a bunch of stuff. I quickly picked up where I left off, which is something I never imagined myself doing.

I think that since I stopped playing, Stardew Valley has been a game that I always said that I’ll go back to it to 100% it, but I never had any real intentions of doing so. Finding the golden walnuts were what put me off doing that. But now, I find peace in the everyday activities that I would sometimes call boring. The only other example that I can think of that makes me feel the same way is Pokemon (because of course it’s Pokemon). When you’ve unlocked the national dex in the game and you have so many Pokemon to catch that you just… relax. You’ve beaten the game, it’s time to chill and catch what you catch. That’s exactly the same feeling I had with Stardew Valley. Obviously Pokemon is a new interest of mine, and it’s a special one (and I will be doing a post soon on why it’s so special), so I’m wondering if… if I hadn’t gotten into Pokemon, would I still be able to feel this peace? I guess we’ll never know the answer to that.

Walking into Pelican Town for the first time being back made me feel… nostalgic? I think that’s the right word. I remember how many hours I had spent, how many requests I had taken. I felt… I guess it kind of felt that I was home again. It was overwhelmingly emotional (especially considering we’re about to move in real life) and it just felt right. I think at first, I wasn’t planning on playing the game properly again. I was just going to go on it and then go straight back to Pokemon. But the second I walked into the town square, I knew I couldn’t leave.

I think the most important thing about Stardew Valley, for me, is that it made me feel needed. I’ve always had a problem dealing with my emotions when I felt like I wasn’t needed anymore. I’m the youngest of 3 girls so I wasn’t really needed growing up, but my parents did a great job when they were together at making me feel like I was needed and important. During the early years, I was the baby of the family and that was my role and I knew it well. I had to just sit there, be cute and get attention. I think as I grew older and my role became less clear, my emotions began to be unstable and as an undiagnosed autistic kid, I was a mess. Everyone assumed I was jealous, attention-seeking, everything. But really this whole time, I just wanted to feel important and to know what my role was. I think that’s a compartment of my relationship with Josh that’s pretty important and we don’t really talk about it. We are both super co-dependent on each other in different ways, and it works for us because we both need to feel needed and having each other is enough. But coming back to Pelican Town reminded me of that time last year when I felt utterly useless and like all I did was make things worse and how these NPCs literally kept me going. They always made me feel so needed and wanted and loved, and that was what I needed at the time. I thought I was fine without it after I stopped playing, but when I went back to it… I felt more needed than I have in months. I felt helpful. I felt wanted. These feelings are incredibly difficult for someone with mental illness.

On reflection of this post, I do know that I need to go to therapy instead of using gaming to cope with absolutely everything in life… and I am moving to get that therapy. I don’t usually like to state what’s going on in my life as it’s happening but I’ve decided that I need more mental health support than can be provided in my county, so I’m moving back to where we used to live because the support is significantly better there. I wanted to include this in this post because it’s insanely obvious that I need actual therapy here and I didn’t want all the comments to be about that.

But that’s it for this post, Gamers! Do you have any experiences like this? Let me know in the comments! Follow this blog for more gaming content (I’ve just planned the next month and I’m super excited for you guys to read them!), follow my socials to be social and follow us on Twitch to check our streams. See you next post, Gamers!

EDITING NOTE: Today we hit 50K views! I just wanted to add a quick note to this post to thank each one of you that visits my blog, likes my posts and even comments. You all make my day. Thank you so much for your continued support, and I forever hope to become a better blog person for you guys. -Love, El.

Link to mentioned post: http://eleanorreesgaming.com/2022/02/10/how-the-simplicity-of-stardew-valley-helped-me-through-a-rough-time/

Top 10 weird things that my partner has said while gaming (Part 2)

Hey, Gamers! I did this post about a year ago, and it quickly became my most popular post. It’s what made me start to include Josh more in my blog posts. For any new people, Josh is my fiancé and he’s hilarious (in my opinion). He’s my favourite person in the world and I am so happy that you guys enjoyed the last post so much. I think I’m going to do these posts annually because he says some crackers. Without further ado, here is the list:

10) ‘Breaking News: Detective cannot work out how to open a door”- Judgment

9) ‘Why is Diego listed as a stand user? He’s not, he’s a dinosaur!”- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

8) “You know what would be hilarious? If you go to fight the hydra after the second time, and as it does the slamming head attack you need it to do to attack it, it just whispered ‘you thought I was a hydra, but it was me, Dio!’” – Dark Souls

7) “Oh man, that guy’s still angry about yesterday… I don’t know what happened yesterday”- No Man’s Sky

6) “Just a few minutes, I’m doing a puzzle to prove to a talking statue that I’m worthy of becoming ding of za warudo”- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

5) “The game doesn’t tell me who my target is… OH I KILLED HIM… oh… oh no… I’m dead” – Hitman 3

4) “I don’t want an authentic claw machine experience, I just want to win!” – Lost Judgment

3) “God isn’t meant to cheat!” Pokemon Legends Arceus

2) “I can’t believe it, I’ve been playing Elden Ring all day and I don’t even have the Platinum yet”- Elden Ring, at 19:37 on release day.

Okay so this one was unbelievable but trust me, it happened and I am still in shock.

1) “My turn… and I’m gonna play MAGICAL DIMENSION *pulls a Yugioh card out of absolutely no where*”- Pokemon TCG

And now for some ‘honourable mentions’.

“If I close my eyes and Imagine a shiny then it looks shiny” – Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

“Come at me Broseph… ow I got hit”- Pokemon Legends Arceus

“Let me check my hand… yeah, still pants… about as pants as Leon’s direction skills” – Pokemon TCG

“It’s not a Joshua Higgins Gen 4 run without an Unown box”- Pokemon Legends Arceus (I realise now that I could’ve pointed out that Legends is not Gen 4, but oh well).

“Polite threatening always works!” – Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

“You are legally not allowed to attack me without my consent… now I consent to it”- Demon Souls

“Pro gamer tip- don’t be an idiot” – Bloodborne

“All it took was 86 life gems” – Dark Souls II, after beating Fume Knight

“I’m just a torso from a tor family” – No Man’s Sky (yes, it was sung)
“What the hell is this, Sean?” No Man’s Sky (yeah, it was a glitch and he was yelling at the creator of the game who was not in the room)
“No one wants help from their all powerful overlord”- No Man’s Sky

“Wait guys pots can’t move very fast!!!” – Dark Souls III (this is my personal favourite; it was said over voice chat with me and his brothers)

“Oh my god stop going into cream!”- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

“As it turns out, drones can’t trigger the automatic doors to open… good to know” – Judgement

“Oh no! I’m being sucked!” – 10 second Ninja X

“Oh no, the panties are giving him power!” – Judgment (this was yelled when the window was open so this was the worst for me)

“Ah shit, that’s a bomb!” – Judgment (9/10, most quotable in our everyday life. Sometimes I just remember about it randomly and quote it 5 times a day for the next week because it’s funny and random)

So, that’s it for this post, Gamers! While it’s a short one, I hope that it made you laugh. I’ve been keeping these notes for the past year, and I did not want to get rid of my without posting about them because to me, this man is a comical genius when he doesn’t put any thought into it. Remember that Josh and I stream on Twitch (the link is on my homepage but it’s 2nerds_1game), so you can check out more of his one liners there. Check out my socials to stay updated (and follow me on my fiction writing journey). See you next post, Gamers!

Have a Squirtle pic as a thank you for reading 🙂

What I want from Atlus, as someone who has spent 70% of the past 4 years thinking about Persona 5

Hey, Gamers! So I thought, since so many people are disappointed with how the 25th anniversary of Persona is being handled, that I would share my thoughts on what I would like from Atlus, if they were to pull things around and make fans happy. I know these things are probably unrealistic, and not everyone is going to agree but since this is my blog I thought I should share my thoughts somewhere.

For reference, Persona 5 was my main special interest for about 3 years. I’ve written a lot about it on my blog and I felt like it was ‘my thing’ for the longest time. I’ve tried playing older games (specifically Persona 3 FES) and spin offs (my copy of Q2 was Japanese so I can’t play it due to the region lock). I don’t have a lot of experience, and that is the main focus of most of this post because a lot of the games are inaccessible for a lot of people and I want to change that.

The main thing I want is a Persona 3 FES Remake. I’ve played bits of FES and Portable and I was enjoying FES until the controls became so annoying that I haven’t gone back to it (I was having a bad day and recognise it would probably be alright now but it’s an old game, guys). I’m fine with old games, but since they’ve made dancing games for 3 and 4 that are accessible on newer consoles, I don’t see why they can’t just remake Persona 3. That being said, I would honestly be okay with just a port. I only have access to Persona 3 FES because we have a PS3, which a lot of people don’t have so the only way they can really experience it is illegally. Fans do not want to do that, but if there’s no legal option for them, they’re going to look elsewhere. They clearly have the models for it, because Makoto and a bunch of personas from 3 are in Persona 5 Royal. But at the very least, a port would be nice.

Speaking of ports, let’s talk Persona 4 Golden. This game- the lack of a port for this game genuinely makes me angry. There’s now a fighting game and a dancing game on the PS4… spin-offs of a game that isn’t on that console. You see why it makes me mad, right? I don’t think I’m being irrational about this. They’ve shown that they have the ability to port it because it’s on PC. Why not just port it to PS4? Just a port, no changes. It just doesn’t make sense that they’re making new games based on a game that the majority of people who like the series cannot play it (this is based on the assumption that those who like the series have PlayStation 4, because the latest additions to the series have been on said console). It just doesn’t make sense that this isn’t already a thing.

Another thing I would like (and I know people are tired of Persona 5 but I’m not and it’s okay if you disagree) is Persona 5 being converted to other medias. For example, a novel. I really think that would be super cool. Maybe even a movie, since they have made movies of Persona games previously and Persona 5 was successful enough but most people don’t like the anime. I don’t think I want another Persona 5 game. I wouldn’t object to it, but I don’t feel like it’s necessary. Maybe a DLC would be nice, but that’s pushing it. Even if there was a huge DLC to add characters from Royal into Strikers, I just… feel like that’s unlikely considering the game is over a year old at this point. But yeah, I would totally love a movie or a book or something (I know there’s manga, but novels are paced differently and I prefer that).

Again, most of this stuff is unlikely to happen and I know that.

Lastly, let’s talk about Persona 6. I think we all expect it to be announced by the end of the year. I’m not convinced anymore. Every surprise announcement so far has been a let-down, and I doubt that they’re going to whip out Persona 6 at the end of it. I do feel bad at this point, because if they do announce Persona 6, there’s always going to be people who aren’t happy. I feel like whatever Atlus does right now, there’s always going to be someone with something negative to say. I hate contributing to that, and for the most part I don’t. I think the only thing I’ve previously been vocal about is the Persona 4 Golden situation because it makes me frustrated. But Persona 6 is going to be no different, I think. People aren’t going to want a new Persona game, they want new versions of old Persona games. And then when those old games don’t have the same values and morals that today’s society has, people are going to be mad about that. Personally, I would like Persona 6. I’d probably play it; I don’t think I’ll be attached to it the same way I’m attached to Persona 5 but that remains to be seen. I think it would be cool if they did something new.

So, that’s it for this post, Gamers! Do you have something you want from Atlus? Do you agree or disagree with what I want? Let me know in the comments below. Check out my socials to keep updated, and check out 2nerds_1game on Twitch to see Josh and I stream. See you next post!  

EDIT UPDATE: Uh, I feel a little stupid posting this post now. For those who don’t know, we’re getting a PS5 port of Persona 5 Royal (unsure if this means an upgrade or just a port) as well as a port to PC and Xbox. Eventually, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden will also be ported to these consoles, but we don’t have a release date yet. The fact that it’s Persona 3 Portable and not Persona 3 FES being ported is making me hopeful for a remake. I still wanted to post this post because there’s still things that Atlus haven’t revealed that I still want.

Progress Report: April/May

Hey, Gamers! Long time, no… write? University engulfed me in a massive research bubble so I didn’t really have time to do anything other than reading and writing my assignments. So, I didn’t do April but so little happened in April and May (because of the research bubble) that I think it would be okay to fit it in one post. I did not keep track, nor did I keep up with my bullet journal so this post is the most I’ve had to rely on my memory since January. And Josh’s memory, obviously (so there’s some hope for us, at least).

Elden Ring! Josh finished Elden Ring in April, and by finish I mean he got the Platinum trophy. He used his trial for PlayStation plus to upload his save file (he does have PS+ on his other account, but he plays on a different account). He says 10/10 wouldn’t do it again because it was ‘way too stressful’ but honestly, he probably would do it again. He has since mainly been doing PVP with his brothers. I believe they enjoy ‘ganking’ people.
As for me, I decided to start Elden Ring again. I’m going to do a separate post about it but basically, I’ve replaced Yen with Ciri because Ciri has a sword. I haven’t played much because I haven’t had time, but I remember having a significant amount of issues in comparison to my original character. But hopefully, over the next month or so, I’ll be able to focus more on it.

The special game for April was Beyond Two Souls and I actually completed it. I really enjoyed it. It’s not too surprising considering how much I enjoyed Detroit: Become Human but I’m glad I got to play it because I don’t think I would’ve played it if it wasn’t my randomly picked special game. In the end, I chose life and I went to live with the group that Jodie was with when she was homeless. I do plan on playing it more and maybe even getting the Platinum trophy, but I’m satisfied with my one playthrough for now and the Platinum for Detroit: Become Human is something I’m already after but the games are similar enough that I wouldn’t want to try for both of the trophies at the same time.

Since we’re on the topic of special games, I might as well talk about May. It was, unfortunately, Spider-Man (PS4). I say unfortunately because I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to enjoy this game. But at the very end of the month, I did. I spent some time getting used to the controls, understanding the map and I am really enjoying it. This is one that I didn’t finish because I didn’t have the full month on, but I 100% plan on continuing to play. I’m not sure I’ll do the DLC’s but I want to at least finish the game. It might take me a couple of months, but I am enjoying it which is a different story from when I first tried playing this game.

Speaking of finishing games: I finally finished Yakuza 3. In the space between the last update post and this update post, I finished it and I cannot give you a more precise time. I’m going to do a post on it because I adored the story and I think it’s one of the best that I have played so far. One thing, though, is oh my gosh I wish Kiryu would let Haruka have a childhood instead of giving her all these responsibilities and dragging her to Tokyo because he thinks he’s going to die. Like, let the girl live. I know she’s responsible and mature for her age but she’s still a child. That is all, thank you for coming to my TED talk. Please let children have their childhoods. (Editing note: I will write a post about the big death in this game… I need some more time to process it first, though).

Since we’re on the Yakuza front, Josh finished the Kaito files in April. This was one of the things I did actually write down so what I write next will be directly from the interview I did when he finished the DLC: “it was fun. A bit short which y’know Kaito is one of the better characters in the Yakuza/Judgement franchise, so it’s sad that there isn’t more of him… #kaitofornextprotag. I think the story was pretty straightforward which I felt was a breath of fresh air because the stories in these games try to one up themselves in terms of twists but this one felt more down to earth. I think the story was quite compelling, like, it was good at making you feel a reason for actually carrying on which for how much these games drag on it can be hard to find the will to carry on sometimes. Kaito’s fighting styles were okay but they weren’t as fun as I thought they could’ve been because it’s only a DLC he only had two whereas Yagami had 2 with a 4th one added as DLC. His fighting styles were very clearly reused Kiryu Yakuza 0 fighting styles but they were different enough to be their own distinct thing. Kaito’s tank style had a unique thing that if you did a guard at the right time it would completely negate the damage and his brawler style would knock people back at the right time which was good but they were tricky to trigger. It didn’t have enough Hagashi in my opinion. All the characters you want to survive in the end survive, which is a nice change.” And then two days later, he talked about the difficulty being too easy and that he made the last boss more difficult by not using healing items. He said some stuff about colouring books, but I’m a bit confused about that so I won’t write it.

Another game that took up a lot of Joshua’s time was Cyberpunk 2077. Remember when he played Persona 5 and I hated it but he told me I would like it and then it became my favourite thing? Well, uh, we basically did a UNO reverse of that. We got Cyberpunk because I wanted it, I played it and all I could think of was ‘Josh is going to love this’ but then… he tried it and didn’t like it. He then tried it again and absolutely loved it. I think he has 85 hours, and that was (I think) just April because he did get burnt out because of it. He seemed to have a lot of fun. He loved Johnny. He got the ending where they joined the nomads and Judy went with them because Judy was his girlfriend (technically her girlfriend because he used female V for once) and Mitch survived but Saul died. I think it’s going to be a game he goes back to quite frequently, but he needs some time away from it to get over the burnout.

Josh also started Slay the Spire in April. He played it for a bit but got bored. It’s a fun game but not something he’s willing to dedicate a bunch of hours to. I am yet to play it but it’s definitely on my list. Josh also played Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom but got bored pretty quickly. He also tried Table Top Racing: World Tour, but he didn’t like it. Josh started Mafia 2 on the last day of May (he has rage quit that game more times than I’ve rage quit Dark Souls sooo).

Something else that Josh has been playing a lot is the Uncharted series. He finished the first and second ones, and he started the third but I think he’s a bit burnt out from it. Something else he finished (finally) is Dishonoured. He did the DLCs and started Dishonoured 2 but picked Corvo over Emily and then stopped playing it because it wasn’t what he imagined (even though this whole time, he said he was going to pick Emily but changed last second, so really what did he expect?).

Pokémon time? Pokémon time.

I feel like Pokémon will forever be this thing that’s just a big chunk of each post. I have so much love for this series, and I can feel it growing each month.

First, let’s talk about Pokémon Emerald. I got to the second gym. I beat it… and then forgot to save and my laptop ran out. I have since tried this gym three times and none of the times were successful. I went back to the mainland to grind, then tried the gym one more time before rage quitting and uh, I’ve not been on it since. To be completely honest, I was not enjoying it as much as I enjoyed the newer Pokémon games. However, since playing another older game quite a lot, I think I’m going to restart Emerald in June/July (probably July, I have like 4 Pokémon games going right now). I just want to give myself the best experience.

Speaking of the best experience, I finished Pokémon Sword! I loved this game so much. Like, oh my gosh my heart. We also got the DLCs for it; I’ve only started the Isle of Armour. I beat Leon, obviously, because I’ve finished the game. I am going to go into more detail about my team in another post (comparing all of my league teams), but I do remember finding Raihan’s gym harder than the league match. I found Pierce’s gym to be the hardest; I won with a fraction of health on my last Pokémon. I really, really enjoyed Pokémon Sword and I’m looking forward to Gen 9 even more now!

In BDSP, I finally, finally, finally caught Heatran. I also caught Darkrai, which made me happy because we had just watched the Darkrai movie a couple of weeks before the event. Josh has been doing a lot of shiny hunting. The release of Pokémon Home compatibility really got him back into it and he’s been playing it a ton more recently, which is nice. We’re both still yet to find any shiny Pokémon, though.

Lastly, Pokémon White! Yes, this is the old game I was talking about. Josh and I have been playing Pokémon Black/White together. We battle after each gym and it’s really fun (even though I lose a lot). It’s like playing Pokémon with my own real-life rival! I struggled with levelling up my Pokémon at first, but I think I’ve got hang of it now… sometimes it’s still a drag, but I finally have the EXP share item so it’s so much easier. I have to say that while I get that some people liked the difficulty aspect of it, I like that I don’t have to spend 10 hours grinding my Pokémon in between each gym.

I think that that’s all I have to say about Pokémon right now. I’ve still not started Legends Arceus but I am hoping that I will in the next month. I do regret saying that I want Violet over Scarlet… because the professor in Scarlet is cuter than the one in Violet. I do prefer the box art legendary of Violet, though. I also kind of regret it because Scarlet is going to be more past based and I studied history but at the end of the day, I am constantly trying to heal from my past and I’m constantly hoping for a better future so maybe Violet is the right one for me. Yes, I am overthinking which Pokémon version I get because, if you haven’t noticed by now, I overthink everything.

Lastly, we both started playing Stardew Valley again. I’m going to put my thoughts on that in a separate post because it was really emotional for me. If you want to know why then check out the post linked at the end. Josh has been watching a lot of Stardew Valley content on YouTube, so he got super invested… and then didn’t really play it much. He didn’t even make it out of Spring.

So, that’s all for this post, Gamers! I know this post is super late but I hope you guys enjoyed it. I have changed several things around my blog. I will now be posting every Monday and Thursday, and I have a cool new logo! If you want to check out our Twitch, it’s linked on my homepage (it’s 2nerds_1game). Check out my socials to stay updated (I am trying my best). I am actually going to be starting something new on my Instagram this week called ‘Fiction Fridays’ where I update you all on all the fiction writing I’ve been doing. Just thought it might be nice since my account there is more focused on writing rather than just gaming content. See you next post, Gamers!