• My 2020 in Gaming

    Nintendo Switch

    • Finished Link’s Awakening and absolutely enjoyed the change of pace, lighter tone compared to Breath of the Wild. I wish they would make more remakes of Zelda games.
    • Currently playing Hades & Hollow Knight. Hades is kicking my casual gamer butt, Hollow Knight is charming in a creepy, crawly way.
    • I have a Breath of the Wild Master Mode save file ready anytime to scratch the Zelda itch.
    • I was playing Witcher 3 earlier in the year, took a break on it due to “quest fatigue”. Now starting to miss it, once I finish Hollow Knight, this might be my next game.
    • Planning to also play Age of Calamity, Celeste, and Super Mario Odyssey for 2021.

    iOS

    • Good Sudoku is my new go-to game. Zach Gage always has a spot on my iPhone.
    • Still have Alto’s Odyssey as a backup go-to game. Eventually I will finish this😅
    • Finally deleted the Hearthstone app finally. I’ve been on the fence on quitting, especially after the incident with the HK grandmaster getting “silenced” last year but I just don’t enjoy the game and the community anymore.
    • Tried Legends of Runeterra and I am intrigued by it. However, I can’t play it on my iPhone 11 Pro Max. I might need to play on my iPad.
    • Planning to play Diablo Immortal next year (if it releases) due to the promising reviews of the Alpha.
  • Moblins are cuter in Link’s Awakening than Breath of the Wild. 🎮

  • Breath of the Wild vs Witcher 3

    I’ve been playing Witcher 3 in Blood and Bones difficulty over the better part of the last 2 months. But while it is challenging, fun, and has great storytelling it became a bit repetitive cycle of doing quests, contracts, seeking out the next level of Witcher gear. It started to feel like a burden to finish and that’s not the right way to play games.

    So I decided to try playing Breath of the Wild in Master mode. I’ve spent already about 30+ hours playing this past week and it just feels refreshing. I’m enjoying it like it was a game that I haven’t played before. The higher level of difficulty and additional objectives is making me change my decisions and plans in progressing through the game. I wasn’t expecting this kind of experience!

    I’m still planning to finish Witcher soon, maybe even on a lower difficulty just to find out what happens with the story but I’m pretty sure I’ll be spending the better part of my gaming time to Breath of the Wild for the next few months.

  • Just finished Oddmar. I enjoyed this game a lot!

  • Thoughts on iOS Games for Your Inner Gamer

    What do you do if you’re in your late 30’s and that young kid inside you that loves playing games came back after a very long time? How do you satisfy the need to re-immerse yourself again into these artificial worlds and forget about your troubles for a few moments?

    I’ve been considering buying either a Nintendo Switch or a Nintendo 2DS XL for the better half of last year. But the price of these consoles are a bit expensive for a new couple building their savings. In the future, it would be a great activity for me and my kids to play games together.

    Then I realized that the reason my inner gamer kid was rejuvenated is because I’ve been playing a lot of games on my iPhone last year.

    There were so many premium iOS games released for 2018 - Fortnite, Civilization VI, Grim Valor, Stardew Valley, OddMar, Donut County, Alto’s Odyssey, Brawl Stars to name a few.

    So instead of buying a different gadget to play games on, I’ve decided to play games exclusively on my iPhone. I started following iOS gaming sub-Reddits, subscribed to Pocket Gamer’s youtube channel, and looking at Amazon for good Mfi game controllers for my iPhone X.

    Now the only thing that gives me anxiety is time to play these games. To be honest, I only have a few hours per day to play. I only get these free moments between work, chores, and other regular family activities. And this precious free time doesn’t automatically go to playing games either, sometimes it’s better to spend it watching a favorite show on Netflix with my wife. Naturally, simple pick-me-up games like Alto, Threes, Hearthstone, or Pocket Run Pool easily fit into my needs but sometimes I want to play those grand RPG games like Banner Saga or Stardew Valley where you normally spend a lot of hours on. Sometimes I think that I can only enjoy the former and just leave the latter to people with more time on their hands.

    Next thing is what do I look for in playing games? Games usually involve goals and some games offer rewards for very exceptional achievements. May it be dances in Fortnite, completing your card collection in TCG games, or just collecting every character and legendary weapon in an RPG. I admit that I am a bit of a completionist but that again involves devoting many hours to the game and usually sucks the experience of just enjoying the game. Do I also stay away from chasing achievements and getting rewards?

    So these are all the thoughts I have related to iOS gaming. I’ll be sharing a lot more about my experience throughout the year and hopefully I can share a lot of good stories on my iOS gaming experiences.

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