On Video Game Violence and Misconceptions

On Video Game Violence and Misconceptions

Yesterday, I was writing a lovely little post about how much I identify with my character in Final Fantasy XIV when I got triggered.

I was typing out a line about how she can help me channel all the savagery and saltiness that I collect throughout the course of a bad day, and all I could think about after was how people tend to assume video games are violent (and therefore make their players that way, too). Continue reading “On Video Game Violence and Misconceptions”

The Psychology of Online Characters

The Psychology of Online Characters

About a week and a half ago, I walked into work, just like any other day. It was 8:36 a.m., I was a few minutes late, and I was eager for a coffee from the magical machine that makes more varieties than you can shake a mug at.

There was just one teensy little thing that was different that day.

I was sassy.

Okay, so this wasn’t entirely out of the ordinary. As my poor coworker (yes, the Beyonce one from the other week) can attest, I usually have some level of sass in my everyday conversations. Continue reading “The Psychology of Online Characters”

The FFXIV Companion App: A Girly Geek Review

The FFXIV Companion App: A Girly Geek Review

Okay. At this point, I’m just going to suck it up and admit it: I may be mildly obsessed with Final Fantasy XIV.

A few months ago, in a haze of sleepiness and coffee deprivation, I saw a news item on the Lodestone for Final Fantasy XIV Online GO and got far too excited.

It was supposed to be an app in the style of Pokémon GO, except instead of catching Pokémon, you could take your gathering classes outside to find some rare materials and goodies. Continue reading “The FFXIV Companion App: A Girly Geek Review”

On Unplugging and Hitting the Reset Button

On Unplugging and Hitting the Reset Button

Last week, I was feeling pretty stuck for something to write.

I mean, I had a few ideas based on Final Fantasy XIV, but I’ve been getting into this self-conscious funk where I feel like all I ever talk about is that game. I wanted something fresh, but we haven’t been able to afford any new games, and voilà, consternation.

So I sat and I twiddled my thumbs, telling myself I’d come up with something. I didn’t. Continue reading “On Unplugging and Hitting the Reset Button”

Why I’m Excited for Pokémon on the Switch

Why I’m Excited for Pokémon on the Switch

A few months ago, we got one of the fastest Pokémon remakes ever in the form of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

These two followed just a year after their original releases, which was a bit of a surprise when, you know, it took us 11 years to get a Hoenn remake, and we’ve pretty much given up on ever seeing Sinnoh again.

At the time, I was very happy to dig through everything the Internet would tell me about the new games. I spent several hours busily investigating new features, reading up on fan theories, and just generally learning new things. Continue reading “Why I’m Excited for Pokémon on the Switch”