MY CHILDHOOD

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My brain must be in need of a good nonfiction book because I’ve been playing educational games on my stream.

I picked up Pepper’s Adventure in Time again, for what probably amounts to the hundredth time since I first purchased it in 1993 when Sierra On-Line was still in its golden age of awesomeness. I really miss educational games like these. They really got me into the whole point-and-click genre and from the Discovery Series, I dove right into the King’s Quest series as I got a bit older.

Pepper’s Adventures in Time is surprisingly hilarious. The dialog is top-notch, funny, and I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THE CREEPY DOG HEADSTONE IN IMA’S CLOSET. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stream the entire game all in one go because I knocked into the “out of handles!” error on Dos Box. Whomp whomp. We’ll get that fixed up asap and then we’ll be able to finish the rest on stream. You do not want to miss the finale…it’s quite the ~thing.~ Also bonus fun is having my Finnish partner hanging out playing the game with me because he’s learning American history at the same time and he’s actually enjoying it.

This game was made for ages 8+, and the fact that my chat full of adults struggled during the first ten minutes of the game really says something about the difficulty of the Discovery Series. I wasn’t exaggerating when I told my friends that it would sometimes take me a month or two to solve a puzzle. My parents loved this because it meant they had plenty of time before they were asked to shell out another $40-$60 for a PC game.

We’re going to get to Ecoquest 1: The Search for Cetus and Ecoquest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest as well! These were my favorites as a young girl, and they impacted me so much that I wanted to go to university for ecology. Unfortunately, I was discouraged from science because it had too much math. I still think about what my life would have been like if I had applied myself and just chosen the major that I wanted regardless of the math.

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These games are going to be a part of my new FAMILY FRIENDLY stream. I’ve seen loads of people doing family friend streams and wanting to watch more streams with their kids, so these games are perfect for that.

Still on deck: Bahamian snack stream (with Pirate101 instead of Sea of Thieves), A-Z challenge (which is already giving me issues because my A game isn’t working, so this got pushed back).

 

What’s new on my stream

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Apparently, it was my Twitch 2-month anniversary the other day. Whee!

I try not to get too into how many followers or views that I have. It’s hard. I think everyone struggles with this, which is why so many people decide to switch off viewers altogether. So going forward, I’ll be toggling off my viewers in hopes that it will enable me to not psyche myself out and just focus on creating decent content and fostering better communication/interaction.

So, what’s new?

Let’s see…I finished Shelter 2 on stream yesterday. It was good! A pretty solid experience that made me feel things, which is something I always enjoy in a game. I love games that make me cry, or at the very least tug at my heartstrings. So in this case, Shelter 2 was successful. It’s very cheap on Steam right now for the summer sale (which ends soon, so hurry!), and I would recommend it. I wouldn’t recommend it at full price, however. There’s just not enough gameplay or value there. But at its current sale price? Absolutely.

I still plan on doing some Sea of Thieves with Bahamian snacks. That’s coming up in July.

I will also now be adding Final Fantasy XIV as a main game! I wanted to play something on a more consistent basis, and this is one of the few games I am actually VERY comfortable with. I haven’t played it in a few months though, so it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period as I relearn how to play! There’s a new patch out on Tuesday that looks pretty interesting.

I have a smack load of games that I want to stream for you, so I’ve been thinking about doing the A-Z challenge that I’ve seen kicking around on Twitch lately. This will start the first week of July. Hype!

A new extension has been added to my stream. You may have noticed a button on the screen. When you click it, it’ll prompt you to pick an emoji. Once you find one you like, click it and you’ll see it flutter upwards on the screen. It’s just another way to interact with the stream, and I love seeing the emojis fly! Pretty fun in my opinion.

Anyway, that’s about it for this blog post. I hope to see you all in my stream soon. I stream M, W, F usually at 10 pm EST, though sometimes I’ll sneak in an earlier stream (3 pm to 7 pm EST seems to work well for me) to accommodate other folks. Hope to see you around!

Twitch – On Deck for July!

Hey guys, here’s what I currently have planned for the STREAMS in July! I hope you join me and Archim for some fun games and snacks!

Special 200 follower special! Catnips bubbles! CATS. WITH BUBBLES. INFUSED WITH NIP. It’ll be cute!

JUST FINISHED: Gray Dawn, a psychological horror-adventure game by Interactive Stone. Check out the trailer for the game here. We really enjoyed it, though we’re still processing what we just played. It was crazy, creepy, and we still have no idea what happened but we liked it!

UP NEXT: More Monster Prom. We still haven’t managed to take any monsters to prom just yet and I’m determined.  (Wednesday, June 27th, at 10 PM EST)

ON DECK FOR JULY: Sea of Thieves featuring a very special BAHAMIAN snack stream with Tortuga Brand Coconut Rum Cake (brought back directly from the Bahamas!), Tortuga Brand Coconut Rum (maybe we’ll make cocktails with it?), Goombay Hot Sauce!

Subnautica – I discovered I love to swim! I was in the ocean and everything! It was supposed to be impossible, but I did it! Does that mean I can play ocean-related video games now? Let’s find out together!

Dark Souls 3 – This has been specially requested by some of you. Fine, alright! I’ll play it! But I’m going to be TERRIBLE at you and you know that!

Yooka-Laylee – I’ve been itching for a platformer lately. I’ve had this one for a while and just never touched it. I heard it was nowhere near as good at Banjo-Kazooie, but I think it’s worth looking into, don’t you agree?

Other games I’ll try to sneak in:  Torin’s Passage, The Sexy Brutale, Rime, who knows what else I’ll pull out of left field?

 

 

Snack Review: Simply Organic White Cheddar Doritos

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What I really wanted to eat and review was the new Taco Bell sauce packet chips, but they weren’t in our store yet. Instead, I got my hands on the new Simply Organic White Cheddar Doritos. If you’d rather watch my reaction and take on these new Doritos, please check out my Twitch highlight from May 21st!

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I have thoughts on these new Overwatch hoodies

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Jinx is putting out Overwatch hoodies.

*cues excitement*

But wait.

I don’t…think I like them.

*cues pitchforks*

Okay, please hear me out! I’m an avid Overwatch player, though this is a more recent development. The game has a huge, insanely devoted audience so it would make perfect sense for Jinx Clothing to put out a bunch of new gear to celebrate this. I’m all for it – I absolutely love their Rocket League clothing and have purchased many t-shirts from them in the past. Those t-shirts were mainly World of Warcraft-themed (which I do not play anymore), and I really miss when the company offered more licenses. Alas, this is what we get and normally I would tip my hat their design team.

But these hoodies are confusing me.

Jinx was slowly unveiling previews for the past several weeks, trickling out three designs at a time. Most of them were greeted with a warm reception, especially the Hanzo design. I’ve never played Hanzo in my life, but that design? Hoo, boy. Even I would wear that.

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They previewed a gorgeous Symmetra design with a lotus flower on the back, and even though I never play her either, I was tempted to buy the hoodie. Except…they removed the lotus flower and replaced it WITH A GIANT HAND. I’m not thrilled, and according to many people over on Twitter, I am not the only one. I was left scratching my head with some of the design choices and there was one word to describe them that kept sticking out in my mind: Inconsistent.

Some of the designs are very nice, with excellent color combinations. On the front, they have a small emblem which differs from the one on the back. Except in Sombra’s case. The emblem on the front is the same that’s on the back, and do you see where I’m getting the inconsistency vibe, now? Hanzo has a costumey sleeve that is really unique and cool, Zenyatta (my main) has…barely anything on it. It feels like a missed opportunity, as others have suggested that his orbs should be strewn around the neckline to mimic his design in-game. It’s a great idea, and I’m not sure what the designers were thinking when they made the choices they did. Did four separate designers make these and just not check in with each other?

Still, I will say this: the Jinx hoodies tend to be of excellent quality and last forever. I’ve purchased a couple hoodies from them in the past and have not been disappointed yet. While I probably won’t be picking any of these hoodies up, except for maybe Lucio’s, I’m glad that they’re making them. I hope in the future they put out more Overwatch designs or that they go back and maybe tweak some of the hoodies to represent the ultimate abilities a bit better.

The hoodies are in preview right now and are slated to be available for purchase by the fall.

What do you think of the hoodies? Will you be buying any?

Why you should visit Tallinn in the winter

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I went to Finland (again!) and Estonia this winter. Whenever I tell people where I went, I really only get one sort of reaction:

“You’re going to Finland in the winter? Why?!”

I got this question quite a bit before I embarked on another trip to Suomi in late February. I’m originally from the Northeast USA, so I’m no stranger to snow. I’ve also lived in Canada before, where we definitely got our fair share of hard winters. People who know me also know that I absolutely love snow and the thought of being in a winter wonderland for a few weeks sounded like a great idea. Who could hate that? Turns out, a lot of people. But if you’re one of those rare adults who actually love snow, read on!

We weren’t totally sure where else our trip was going to take us. It could have taken us to Stockholm or Berlin, though we had been considering Estonia despite not having any interviews there. When our other plans fell through, I jumped onto booking.com and airbnb.com to see if checking out Tallinn was even a viable option and I’m so glad it was. Not only is Estonia a gorgeous country to begin with, it’s also very budget-friendly.

For the naysayers who think that once the winter chill sets in you need to flee to Florida, I present to you four reasons why you should give the city of Tallinn a chance to impress you.

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Marimekko is coming to Uniqlo stores

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I’ve been waiting for Marimekko to hit stateside for a while now. The legendary Finnish brand didn’t even become a thing for me until I visited Finland last September, but ever since then I’ve wished that I could purchase the design label’s quirky and colorful patterns in U.S. shops. You can order everything online, but it’s not a good replacement for walking into one of their chic stores. 

Uniqlo and I, on the other hand, have a somewhat strained relationship. I love how gorgeous their stores tend to be and I love their prices. I love stocking up on basics that are perfect for layering in all sorts of weather. I especially love their comfy as all heck underwear. But I just can’t wear their baggy, boxy t-shirts.

“But that’s the style in Japan, and it’s a Japanese company,” I had a friend once tell me. Yes, I know. But I just don’t look great in their tops, despite how cute they are. It’s a shame and it upsets me because the line has some of the best collaborations I’ve seen. Nintendo was a stand out collection for me. Despite my feelings towards the shirts, I’ve seen their clothing look absolutely amazing on other body types so it could work for you! Definitely try everything on!

A pairing between a Finnish brand and a Japanese one may seem odd at first, but it’s not too far off. The two countries seem to have a special kind of rapport going on, aided by cheap flights and Moomin. I see the appeal, since I adore Moomin, too. (For the uninitiated, Moomin is not a spooky hippo.) If you want to learn more about Japan and Finland’s special connection, I recommend reading this Culture Trip article When you’re done, also take a look at this brilliant Finnish-made anime that was created specifically to hype up Finnish youth about voting!

 

Anyway…Finland and Japan, back together again with a Uniqlo/Marimekko collaboration. I adore the Maija and Kukkia Rakkaalle patterns. The former’s intricate floral patterns with red accents will pair with loads of different looks. The latter is less flexible, but would look great paired with denim skinny jeans and sandals or pretty much just anything with a solid color. They range from simple to intricate, which is exactly what I love so much about Marimekko. Their designs are versatile and go with everything.

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Kukkia rakkaalle Also available as a sleeveless blouse.

In the Finnish Marimekko shops, the pieces can get pretty pricey. If you’re ever on a ship heading from Helsinki to Tallinn (totally recommend this, btw), you can snag some of the bags and mugs a bit cheaper during different intervals of the trip. They drop the prices as you get closer to shore, so hold off on your shopping until then. Because of the high prices in Finland, I’m really ecstatic by the price points in the Uniqlo collection. The tops go for around $19.95 USD, with some of the pants going for around $39.99 USD.

The collection goes on sale both in-stores and online on March 29th!

What do you think of this collaboration? Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments.