Being a gamer in an increasingly busy world

As you well know, I’m running this blog on my own which is why I’ve decided not to post news-related things here – it’s too much! At the same time, I’m also a freelance photographer and as of writing this piece I’ve got another year to go before I become a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, which I’ve been doing for the last few years as a distance learner.

I feel like as time goes on, it becomes a lot more difficult to do the things that I love to do and I really wish I didn’t have to write this. But shutting my thoughts away doesn’t make it any less true.

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Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle & the Millionaire’s Conspiracy (Switch, 2019) leaves no mystery or puzzle unsolved…literally

The Layton series played a big part in my schooling years. Little ol’ me and my Nintendo DS, absolutely stoked to have this series in hand. If there was any gaming franchise that kept my mind alight, these were it, thanks to all its puzzles.

There are now seven games in the Layton series. This is also the first to feature a different Layton as it’s protagonist, and a female one at that!

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From combat sports to esports

Last year, the SEA Games held in Indonesia held the first ever esports event albeit only  a demonstration event. This December, at this year’s SEA Games in the Philippines, there will be the first ever medalled esports event in the world. The Olympics have been contemplating adding esports as a demonstation event and looks to be making moves to make it a reality already. Next year, in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there will be the first ever Olympics-sanctioned esports event: the 2020 Intel World Open.

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Esports is big and looks to only be getting bigger from here. Its no wonder some companies are diversifying into the scene.

One Championship has been a major player in the mixed martial arts scene for almost a decade and last November they announced their new event-ure: esports. It shouldn’t have been that great of a surprise though, with the signing of known gaming enthusiast Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson late last year and One’s general acceptance of his hobby.

My first question really was: “when?”. They didn’t exactly mention a specific date during their announcement and had given a vague “we plan to have esports alongside our main MMA-events” description. At each MMA event they’ve had this year, you’ll catch their promo ad showing that their first esports event will be “coming soon” in 2019 and as a teaser, One Esports had minor Tekken and Street Figher competitions alongside their “Martial Arts Fan Fest” event organised in conjunction with their 100th event in Tokyo, Japan last October.

But now their first-ever esports event is just around the corner: December 20th to the 22nd in the home of One: Singapore.

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They seem to be starting off simple with their first major event: one event, one game – DOTA2. Thus far they’ve announced the attendance of some pretty big teams, with the likes of Evil Geniuses, Team Secret and Gambit on the list. With the recent run of The International finishing with record numbers and a record prize pool, its no surprise that the company decided to test the waters with DOTA2 instead of Street Fighter or PUBG, games that “Mighty Mouse” is known to dabble in.

Maybe in the future they’ll hold a more mixed bag event, maybe they’ll stick to the one event, one game route. Only time will tell.

I’ve personally never seen a company from a completely different genre of events decide to dip their feet in the world of games. What will the transition be like? Smooth? Rocky? We’ll see in December. They already have another event planned for April next year in Jakarta, Indonesia so its safe to say that they’re feeling confident.

Anyway, if you happen to be in Singapore and are interested in snagging some tickets,  click here (non-affiliate link). Psst! They’re currently running a 20%-off promo, so get your tickets quick! If you’d like to know more about the upcoming ONE Esports DOTA2 Invitationals, check out their event page.


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#FitTober: I challenged myself to Fitness Boxing

I’ve got something super different for you today!

I read somewhere that Japanese people lost an average of 2.9kg to 4.8kg in a month by playing Fitness Boxing. Thanks to that ‘fact’ going viral, it has become tough to find a physical copy of the ‘exergame’ in Japan. So, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to put myself through since I’ve been meaning to get myself back into exercising but haven’t found the money to be able to afford a monthly gym membership.

And here I am, digital copy on hand… And here’s my daily diary of that journey.

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The Complete Noob’s Incomplete Guide to Smash Bros.

I have to admit: I’ve never played Smash Bros until I got Smash Ultimate the moment I got my Switch. I like to call myself a “fighter” (read: gamer who likes to kick butt in-game via fighting games) and Nintendo-lover but I’ve never once laid my hands on the ever-popular brawler.

A lot of gamers tend to shy away from the unfamiliar, or when they do they blame it on the game and refuse to admit that they may just be a noob at that one game. Smash is a whole new ballgame for me but I’m not afraid to say it: ich bin ein Noob!

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The changing landscape of Youtube & Gaming

Here’s a random little piece, but I have been thinking about this a lot lately and what better way to express one’s thoughts than to put them down into words?

YouTube Gaming was a really big thing not too long ago – such that almost everyone wanted to bank-in on it one way or another. But now things have changed, and I really can’t say it has been for the better.

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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince brought back some good memories (Review)

The Trine series of games has been quite dear to me since my boyfriend introduced the sequel to me a few years ago. Its not very often that you get a puzzle role-playing game where you have to use the different abilities of such an eccentric bunch of characters and its not often that you get to share that experience with someone else. And now, Frozenbyte has brought back Zoya the Thief, Pontius the Knight and Amadeus the Wizard for a new 2.5D adventure in The Nightmare Prince.

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How I Lost Faith In Pokémon GO

I love playing Pokémon GO. At least, I used to until I started to feel like it was unfair… I wasn’t rewarded for my continued support of the game and the longer I played, the more it became apparent. The more apparent it became, the more I got bored and the more I lost faith.

Over a year and a half ago, while I was working at my previous job, I wrote a piece about why I love playing the game. Oh, how times have changed…

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Untitled Goose Game Review: HONK HONK beetch

I’ve been looking forward to this game forever, as I’m sure everyone else in the gaming community has. Last week, Melbourne-based House House has finally launched Untitled Goose Game on the same day as Link’s Awakening and this little indie company has topped the charts.

But what’s so great about a game about a goose? Well, let’s find out!

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Daemon X Machina Review: Pew pew pew, rinse & repeat.

Its been about two years since Daemon X Machina was announced at Nintendo’s E3 Direct and its finally launched on the Switch. From the trailers it looked like an amazing mech game with lots of potential. But reviews out thus far have been mixed, according to their headlines. I tried to avoid them before embarking on the journey myself, with slight failure.

So, game in hand, let’s see if it does well.

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