Things on the XIIIth: October 2018

Hello, internet! Welcome to my monthly progress post that happens on the 13th, which marks the start of a new fiscal month here on Livid Lightning. Hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the spooky month of October, eh? And damn, A LOT of people sure get creative with amusing Twitter names and such. Alas, I tried really hard to come up with something creatively creepy, but my brain just couldn’t think of anything cool. A huge shout-out to Lodestar Valor (or should I say @LodesOfScare_Valor) for suggesting this:

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Personal health problem wise, not much has changed since last month. I’m still anxiously awaiting a diagnosis from my country’s incredibly slow-ass healthcare system (at least if you live in one of the “poor” provinces of Canada), while hoping symptom progression is all in my imagination. Next up, I have to get one of those dreaded spinal tap tests done in a few weeks… and well, that test sounds like it really sucks. At least it should tell my neurologist with 95% accuracy if I have the sorta scary thing they think I might possibly have. Only took a few weeks to get an appointment with that neurologist too, by the way.

Yeah… I’ve been pretty moody, and way more withdrawn than usual in real life, so thank you very much for being supportive and distracting, internet world. Enough babbling about my problems, eh! Life’s short and we all must conquer those obstacles we come across, no matter how impossible they may seem to overcome. On October 22nd, work is also sending me to the Western Canadian province of Alberta for a week, and as much as I’m not looking forward to flying and 10 hour travel days, it’ll be nice to get a change of real world scenery.

Anyway, here’s the gist of what I’ve been up to lately!

Blogging Things

If you’ve noticed my avatar looks different lately, that’s because it is different! The super talented artist @RinNokuno finished the commission for a custom avatar I asked her to make for me (if you need cool art created, seriously consider checking out her page). Basically, it’s a digital art image using my real life likeness with a dash of Lightning. I really love how it turned out! As much as I wish I was, I’m not actually Lightning so it’s nice to let a little more Ellen show in my online persona.

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I wish real life Ellen looked this badass!

I’m still riding the “re-posting of stuff from my old website’s backup” train, and will likely continue to be for a while yet. When I have the motivation to write new things, I definitely will! Otherwise, if I just want to post something without thinking too hard, I shall shamelessly reformat something from my old blog and post it here.

I do have a very special to me collaboration post coming out on the week of Oct. 21st… very excited to see what the internet thinks of that! Also, I’ve been really slacking as an AmbiGaming writer and will hopefully post something spooky themed there later this month. Unfortunately, I can’t really force my brain to write. I can only make words happen when the mood strikes me. Sigh…

Blogging Stats
Total Views: 2,177
Total Likes: 538
WordPress Followers: 111

Things I Wrote Here

The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D ⚡Review
Lining Up Pictures of Strange Pokemon
Pokemon Shuffle Mobile ⚡Review
Lightning Will Not Leave Me
Super Mario… Meh
Super Mario Odyssey ⚡Review
In Appreciation of the Always Awesome: Adventure Rules
Suffering From Secondhand Psychosis
Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice ⚡Review
Ori and the Blind Forest (Definitive Edition) ⚡Review
RiME ⚡Review

XIII Random Great Things I Read From Others

Alas, I don’t have the time or energy to obsessively read blogs like I did in the past. But here’s a random sampling of cool posts I was able to read lately. Keep being awesome, everyone!

I) As Thero has proven in this post, sometimes it’s really fun judging books by their covers. Take that, sayings!

II) Always entertaining to read a well thought out ranked list on things! Red Metal wrapped up his Zelda Retrospective perfectly by making a list of worst to best Zelda games.

III) Don’t let delinquent technology stand between you and playing classic PC games. Check out Richenbaum’s expert guide if you have problems getting technology to behave itself.

IV) David Rambles posted some very interesting thoughts on how gaming has moved into the hip and trendy spotlight these days.

V) I’m under so many NDAs that I don’t like even mentioning my day job usually, but TL;DR it involves testing cell phones. I really enjoyed reading and talking to NekoJonez on his cool post about apps on his phone.

VI) Like iplayedthegame pointed out, beat ’em ups can most certainly be brilliant. And a great stress release!

VII) Thanks to the compassionate care of the Great General, things are moving along for poor Aeris in Chapter 11 of the awesome Shameful Narcissist’s Broken Rose fan fiction. Definitely take heed of the content warnings and start at Chapter 1 if you’re want to experience this powerful story.

VIII) The soundtracks in the Donkey Kong Country games are freaking fantastic masterpieces, and TWOTALL4UFOOL picked out a lot of great gems in this post.

IX) Not bragging but I Platinumed Fallout 3, meaning I spent A LOT of time with the game. Reading about Cary’s journey through the wastes on Virtual Bastion was a great trip down memory lane for me.

X) Besides Halloween, another cool thing about October is the Inktober thing where very talented artists post cool drawings each day. I was really impressed by thegamingdiaries’ video game related masterpieces for Week 1.

XI) This whole blogging thing is a seriously time consuming hobby, but so worth it thanks to all the wonderful friends I’m grateful to have met by doing it. Kim’s post about the hardest thing she finds about blogging was a really good read, and very relatable!

XII) From the creator of, Kuribo, a cool new website about trading cards now exists! Collecting cards of the Pokemon, Digimon, and Yu-Gi-Oh varieties was something I was obsessed with as a kid. I really liked this Bowser card the website mentioned! Anything about Bowser is badass. Bwahahaha!! 😈

XIII) I can seriously stop buying games I don’t need or have time for whenever I want… honest… okay. I have a serious backlog problem, and Athena’s post on the psychology behind buying games is absolutely brilliant!

Gaming Things

Games Completed So Far in 2018: 11

Newly Finished

Ori and the Blind Forest (and actually reviewed it here)

Things I’m Playing Now

Metal Gear Solid 2

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Poor Snake fell into the abyss quite a lot while I struggled with grip timing in VR Variety Mission 3.

Just wow… the Platinum trophy seems so far out of reach, still. I managed to get ALL the Dog Tag related trophies for the main game. I was really proud of myself for beating the Plant chapter on Hard and Extreme difficulty, by the way. Then the cruel reality of these VR Mission challenges set in. For the Virtually Impossible trophy, I need to beat all 511 VR missions across multiple characters. So far, I managed to complete all of Raiden’s missions (including Ninja Raiden’s sword swinging ones and X Raiden’s hilariously hard Streaking Mode mission), and several of Snake’s missions. I’m sitting at 41.6% total mission completion… in 15 hours. Yikes!

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And then Variety Mission 4 is infinitely more hard than Variety Mission 3. Gah! Why must I suck at sniping? No amount of Pentazemin can help me with that 😦

Unfortunately, the difficulty just keeps spiking as I go on. Right now I’m stuck on Snake’s Variety Mission 4. This one needs me to protect an unconscious Meryl (don’t tell me exactly who she is… I haven’t played MGS1 yet) by sniping 26 guards who are constantly moving towards her, really quickly. If just one gets to Meryl, Game Over. The missions are starting to cross the line into unfair territory, and I might just have to give up on this Platinum trophy goal if I get permanently stuck somewhere. For now, I’ll keep trying at my leisure, while shifting my gaming focus to the next game I’m going to babble about!

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (Complete Edition)

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That and “Fascinating story. Any chance it’s nearing its end?” are tied for my favourite Geralt remarks, so far.

Did my backlog monster laugh at me when I impulse purchased a huge open world game that can take forever and a day to complete? Yep! And I’m directly blaming Athena, Professional Moron, Drakulus, and Falcon Game Reviews for what happened when I saw the Complete Edition of the Witcher 3 on sale at a local game store (thanks guys!). I decided to pick up the Xbox One version for two huge reasons: 1) So I wouldn’t have yet another PlayStation Platinum trophy to become obsessed with obtaining (see above game for addiction example). 2) It’s been over a year since I turned my Xbox One on and figured the big guy could use some attention.

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Ignoring all the violence and depressing themes, this game is quite a beautiful place to be lost in.

I want to do an official first impressions post of the game, but in case I don’t (very likely I won’t since I’m already 15+ hours in after just getting it on Tuesday) my TL;DR opinion is: Geralt is a sarcastic badass (and I love him for it), the side questing is intense and overwhelming (even the main quests branch off quickly when people want stuff done before they’ll do stuff for Geralt), I suck at combat and die a lot (I gave up on a werewolf side quest that was kicking my ass), I’m not a fan of the card playing mini-game Gwent (which I’m totally ignoring), loving the main story a lot so far (created a lubberkin guardian spirit in a very depressing quest, and then helped a, um, scantly clad witch lady – that Geralt seems to have met in a previous game – find a magic lamp after pwning a Wild Hunt minion), and the hauntingly beautiful environments are fun to get lost in (wandering around in the swamps of Velen at the moment).

Big Gaming Plans (subject to change at any time based on moodiness level)

My main goal: I’m going to keep alternating between hammering away at unfair MGS2 VR Missions and making tiny dents in The Witcher 3’s massive world.

As I mentioned in my intro babbling, work is sending me on a long trip for a week soon. I’ll likely be taking my Switch for the journey, which means I’ll start playing Mega Man 11 and be giving Breath of the Wild another shot then. Oh and the last weekend in October I want to give the really spooky game Soma a try. Tis the season for spooky existential crisis triggering things!

Collecting Things

New Swag

I’m now the proud owner of the Mega Man 11 Amiibo bundle edition. Gotta collect all the Amiibo!! Plus this will be the first Mega Man game I’ve ever played, which I think is way overdue based on all the praise I see for this series.

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Reading Things

Books Read in 2018: 4

Now Reading

On a whim, I downloaded a sample of the novel An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m liking the 25-ish pages I’ve read so far. I like how the author writes in a very simple style that conveys a lot of information with few words. And damn, the words have been quite powerful so far. Those Martial Empire assholes, especially the Masked ones, are pretty cruel… We’ll see if I want to buy it by the time the sample ends!

Watching Things

Movies Watched in 2018: 0
TV Shows Watched in 2018: 0
Let’s Plays Watched in 2018: 3

Yeah… I still haven’t watched a single movie or TV show this year. I’ll try really hard to watch something before my next update. I did finish watching Hungrygoryia’s Phantasy Star LP on YouTube! I really enjoyed watching the journey, but there’s no way I’d ever make it through all those tricky maze-like hallways myself.

There you have it! My monthly progress post thingy. What’s anyone reading this up to these days? Comments section is down below if you want to share your thoughts on things!

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

40 thoughts on “Things on the XIIIth: October 2018”

  1. Thank you for the shout out! One of these days I hope to dig out my Pokemon card collection and write a little bit about it on the site 🙂 I also hope that your health issues get resolved soon!

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  2. Thank you for the shout out! I hope things turn out to be better than they seem to be (badly put together sentence). Medical worries are always horrible.

    I also hope you manage to get through the MGS2 VR missions though! I remember some of the ones in the previous MGS game being pretty brutal.

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  3. Witcher 3 is ruddy difficult. I’ve turned to a help guide now to save a bit of time. But when of the best bits is just touring through the massive world and scaring peasants. But this is a 200+ hour one I think really… I’m making time for it.

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    1. I found I trick – I need to heavily out level the area to not die a lot. Bah to learning how to dodge, I say! It’s a game worth making time for, eh 🙂

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      1. It is indeed, it’s very good. But I lack thyme these days, sadly. I need to “grind” as the gaming term goes. But so long as you out level the area that’s great. I’ve just no idea where to go. So I’ve taken to wandering about listening to the trees.

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  4. Thanks for the shout out! I’m glad you have been enjoying my drawings. I hope that you find out about your health things soon, I hope it turns out as ok as possible. Good luck with you MGS2 VR missions, I hope you can manage them all. I have never played it but it sounds very tough.

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  5. Meryl! No!!!
    Ahem. Excellent 13 as always, and good luck with the platinum (you can do it!). Have fun with Geralt, too! (And I’m still only a little sorry). Thanks for the shout-out; I’m glad you liked the psych behind buying games, and hope you will only use the knowledge for good 😉

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    1. Gosh. I really wish I knew who this Meryl person is… but don’t tell me.

      Thank you! OMG…. you… you’re in league with my backlog monster, aren’t you? Admit it! 😛 And I swear I will never use your wisdom on the psych behind buying games for evil… probably.

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  6. Jennifer and I recently picked up some new books at a local bookstore. I ended up getting the book series of Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars… I’m a Sci-Fi nut after all. Other than that, I’ve just been working mostly. Not really getting much done outside of that, but I have a couple things on the horizon that I don’t want to share right now, because despite being relatively logical, I’m still paranoid that I’m going to ruin it by speaking about it.

    I have been playing Forza Horizon 4, Skyrim, and Cities: Skylines lately though. Good times!

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    1. That book shopping trip definitely sounds fun! Can’t go wrong with a good sci-fi story. Now I’m super curious about the secret things… good luck with them!

      Happy gaming 🙂

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  7. Aw, I made the list — thanks! 😍 Good luck with The Witcher 3! I would love to tackle it someday…someday when all I can do for a week straight is play a game without any distractions. Ah, sounds like a dream, it does…

    And congrats on finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, too. That game beat the emotional snot out of me, and it took me awhile to recover. Still, can’t wait for Will of the Wisps!

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    1. You definitely earned that spot on my list, haha. Thanks! 🙂 I need to win the lottery so I can just play video games for the rest of my life. It’s the only hope I have of ever conquering my video game backlog.

      Ori has so many feelz! I still can’t think about the opening scene without wanting to cry like a baby… sniffs. Can’t wait for Will of the Wisps too!!


  8. I definitely know what you mean about not having as much time to read all the blogging posts. It’s so hard to remember to check on everyone and by the time I do it tends to be the next week. I’ve messed around with my subscription settings like going from weekly to daily and vice versa to try and get a better handle on things. If only each day had an extra 2-3 hours that would help out a lot. Then as far as games go, with Christmas coming up I’m sure a bunch of a big ones are almost here. It’s definitely going to be an eventful next few months, but my big goal of the year is to stay under 100 games on the backburner

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    1. Yep! I’m usually torn between gaming, writing my own posts, and reading other blogs. I agree the days need more hours! 🙂 Good luck with your goal. I think I own well over 100 games I haven’t played yet. Sigh.

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  9. Yay! I’m playing Witcher 3 right now too and I love the game. The graphics and story are perfect. I feel like it is a bit easier to get into compared to the first two which required a fair bit of learning how to play the game to be successful. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the game! 🙂

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    1. I’ve spent so much time wandering around in the swamp, haha. Finally in Novigrad moving the story along now. Fantastic game! It’s my first jump into the Witcher series, and I have to say Geralt is quite the badass 🙂

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      1. The first game is a bit on the obtuse side but the second one is really good and the third seems to be even better thus far. There is so much to do! I’m done in the swamp too but now I want to explore more of Velen and do all the side quests!

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  10. Spinal Tap should remain a fake band and not a real thing that needs to happen. Oof. I, too, couldn’t think of a cool, Halloween name, so I just added pumpkins. I was going to be The Spooky Narcissist, but Narcissists are already spooky! Maybe I’ll be a Shameful Turkey and Elf for the next two holidays. I love that new artwork! It’s got that Assassin’s Creed vibe going on! I’ve seen a few movies in the theater, but I’ve made no dent whatsoever in my gigantic backlog. I’ve mostly watched LPs and am currently working my way through Silent Hill. I’ve watched some shows only because I put them on my to-do list. I’m hoping I finish five games this year :p

    As always thanks for the shoutout 😀

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    1. It definitely should remain a fake band name… it’s also referred to as a lumbar puncture, which doesn’t sound any better. I got through it and it sucked. My back hurt and I felt so uncomfortable for a week 😦 Now waiting 6-8 weeks on the results… sigh.

      The Shameful Elf and Turkey sound awesome, haha. Thanks! I told Rin to make my avatar a mashup of me, my shero, and the badass hoods from Assassin’s Creed. I love what she created 😀

      I watched something since I posted this! The first season of Disenchantment on Netflix. It’s an original animated series created by Matt Groening. Was interesting to say the least, haha.

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      1. Ugh I can only imagine. That long for test results, too? I’d be going bonkers. I hate when it’s only a day when I’m waiting for something. I guess distraction is always an option.

        Ah what did you think? I couldn’t get into it, but I heard the episodes improved as the season went on.

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        1. Yeah… I won’t go off on a rant about Canada’s healthcare system. It’s not exactly “free” and it’s notoriously slow (people have been known to die on waiting lists to get help). In addition to the thing I’m going through now, I reached out for help with depression/anxiety in May of this year. My appointment with a professional is in Feb 2019. Yes. I have to wait almost a year to talk to a mental health professional 😦

          Disenchantment was… ok, I guess. I watched all the episodes, but some of them were way too gruesome, in my opinion. I did like the cute little sarcastic demon character a lot though 😀

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          1. Yeaaaaah, unfortunately, I’ve heard about that from other Canadian friends with disabilities. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, but I think people like to idealize things when they’re in a less ideal or worse situation. I think it’s because you hear about the people who are just adamantly against universal healthcare talk about “death panels” ugh. You know what’s sad though? I’ve waited nearly as long and we certainly don’t have universal and I have decent healthcare through my job! When it comes to specialists it’s a longer wait, though I think six months was my longest time. I can’t wait until I see the rheumatologist and figure out what the heck I need to do with my back. I need to do the mental health thing, too, but I know what slog it’s going to be so I’m dragging my feet and not acting very adult-like.

            I’ve heard everyone loved him! I think Groening was trying to capture what he found with the Simpsons and Futurama, but that’s really hard to do. Speaking of which, one of my projects next year is to watch ALL of The Simpsons from episode 1 to whatever the current Season 30 is 😀

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            1. Healthcare is a mess everywhere for different reasons 😦 I wish that would be the primary focus of these heartless politicians. I think people’s lives are more important than many other things. All the best with the battle through your healthcare system, eh.

              Yeah… I think he may have tried a bit too hard to capture the Simposons and Futurama magic. I hope Season 2 gets better. That sounds like an amazing project!! Keep me updated 😀

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              1. That’s what it comes down to. They’re more interested in lining their pockets than helping people. I’m becoming *very* cautiously optimistic after our midterm elections. There are some things that still make me angry like how people were getting purged from ballots and all kinds of hogwash, but there may finally be some accountability for people who desperately need it.

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