Category Archives: Games

Watch Over

Nate has gotten me into Overwatch, because I’m always all about a good FPS and the game looks interesting on its own. I have like zero time to do anything but walk and frantically churn out school stuff right now, but we’ll see how things go once I get a chance to get into it!

Edit: my favorite is Pharah. Thrusters!

Edit 2: I’m so freaking bad at this. It’s just like everything else I do!

Edit 3: new favorite: Roadhog. Pig dude + shotgun-like weapon? I’ll take it.

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Pokemon babies?!?!

AAAAAAAAAAA THERE ARE POKEMON BABIES NOW CATCHABLE IN POKEMON GO

I WANT A CLEFFA

LOOK AT THAT ADORABLE LITTLE NERD

CAPS LOCK

HAHAHA THIS IS GREAT

Welcome to Half-Life.

I laugh because he made a lot of obvious mistakes/missteps, but I guess if you’re someone who hasn’t played 600 hours* of Half-Life, those mistakes/missteps might actually not be so obvious.

*It’s an estimate, but it’s probably a conservative estimate. I’ve played a lot of Half-Life.

Cat Collector

Okay, so I know I’m behind the times in this (most likely) because that’s just how I roll, but I just downloaded the cutest app: Neko Atsume!

You get a yard and some cat food and can use the food to entice cats to hang out in your yard. The cats show their gratitude by bringing you fish, which you can then use to buy all sorts of goodies to fill the yard and keep the cats coming.

There are a bunch of “regular” cats and then there are some rare ones that appear every once and awhile if you’ve got the right items in your yard.

Seriously. Is this cute or what?

You get a little album for each cat and if they enjoy your yard, you get a little memento from them.

FreeArcade Fire

I just realized that I still have freearcade.com in my bookmarks. Did you guys ever use freearcade.com? When I took typing in 7th grade, one dude in there would always visit there after he was done with his daily work (luckily our teacher was cool with this). He got us all addicted to it and we’d all work as fast as possible in order to get as much arcade time per day as we could.

My favorites:

  • Fill It
  • Wiz 3
  • Javanoid (we were OBSESSED with this, holy crap)
  • Pixie

Party time.

Clefairy and Clefable are the best so deal with it

I forgot to mention this yesterday, but THE POKEMON BUDDY SYSTEM IS OUT ASLDFJWEOIFJASDLF

Look at my super cute n’ pudgy Clefable. He’s the best. I’m going to have like 400 Clefairy candies in the next month, watch me.

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(You get a candy each time you walk a kilometer with a Clefairy/Clefable.)

I like the sizes of some of the different Pokemon when compared to your avatar.

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I really suck at titles, sorry

Pokemon Go is dying, you say?

Behold, Prince Island Park!

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These pictures were taken last Sunday, not today, but still. Lots of people. 99% of them playing Pokemon Go. While I was setting my first lure module on a Pokestop, Nate and I saw a bunch of people sprinting over to a certain area of the park. Turns out there was a Nidoking there. Later, a bunch of people went sprinting off in search of an Omanyte.

This game is fantastic.

SPEAKING OF POKEMON GO…

Here’s a calculator that estimates how long it will take you to get to level 40. It does so by taking your current amassed XP and dividing it by the number of days you’ve been playing to find your average daily XP gain. Then it calculates how many days it will take you to reach the 20,000,000 XP needed for level 40, assuming you continue to gain your average XP every day.

Here’s mine, by the way:

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Ouch.

Well, Niantic certainly built this game to last, haha. Look at that bar at the bottom, showing the “distances” between levels. Here’s a plot I made to further illustrate it:

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The amount of XP needed to go from level 39 to level 40 is more than the amount of XP needed to go from level 1 to level 34. That’s awesome.

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Hot damn, I want one.

Super cute.

I may or may not be a little obsessed with Clefairy and Clefable right now. Blame the noises they make in Pokemon Go. And how soft and happy they look.

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SUPER.
CUTE.

Pokemon Go Meme Party 2016 BYOB

I love all of these, haha.

So many Pidgeys

Truth

 

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If variety is the spice of life, then GET ME OFF THIS FLAVOR TRAIN

So Pokemon Go is fantastic and you’re going to have to deal with me talking about it every once and awhile, ‘cause I enjoy playing it and so does Nate and we go on Pokemon-catching adventures ‘cause we’re Real Adults™ with Real Adult Responsibilities and Life Goals©.

Here are some pictures of Pokemon in random places!

Ghastly in the bathroom.

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Caterpie in our living room.

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Pidgey in the hallway in the math department.

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And Pidgey on my textbook.

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PIDGEY GO THE HELL AWAY I NEED TO WORK

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A Zubat near the hospital.

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OH AND I WAS A GYM LEADER FOR LIKE FIFTEEN MINUTES.

Nate and I are still pretty low level compared to a lot of people I’ve seen (give us a break, the game legally launched in Canada just a few days ago and we didn’t download an illegal version beforehand). In fact, we both just hit level 5, so we wanted to try out a gym.

We went walking around late tonight and eventually headed toward the gym at the hospital. It took us a few tries to finally figure out how things worked, but I eventually took control of the gym with my Staryu. Proof:

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I got demolished very shortly after this by people who had MUCH stronger Pokemon, but hey, it was fun while it lasted, haha.

I love this game.

Edit: holy crap, the first egg I hatched gave me a Pikachu. Rockin’!

Pokemon GO?

More like Pokemon GO DOWNLOAD THIS APP IT IS SUPER COOL AND SUPER FUN AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY FIANCÉ WITH A PIDGEY

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(It’s dark in that picture ‘cause we were walking around until 11 PM catching Pokemon and being awesome)

Seriously, though. After a glitchy first few days, Pokemon Go is up and running (legally) in Canada. And you can tell. I took a walk down by the river today and there were literally groups of people wandering around searching for Pokemon to catch. I’ve heard people diss this game ‘cause it’s increasing the number of people staring at their phones while out in public, but really? The people out wandering around in the park are the same people you’d complain about never leaving the house. I really enjoy how there are already so many people just outside and playing this game. It makes me super happy.

I highly recommend giving it a play!

OH GOD I’M SO BAD AT THIS

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I thought I was cool. I am not.

Pokemon

So Pokemon Go has been out for a little over a day now and I already want it. I hadn’t really been paying much attention to it before now, just because I thought it was just another “regular” Pokemon game (and in my opinion, nothing can beat Crystal) and because I basically have zero time to play any games (I say as I start a new Sim family).

But now that I’ve seen what it’s all about, I needs it. But it’s not even out in Canada right now, so I’ll just have to wait until Niantic decides that Canadians can be trainers, too.

(Hurry up, Niantic.)

BLACK MESA: The Update

THIS FREAKING GAME IS FANTASTIC.

I’ll post more about this when I don’t feel like crap (I’ve got a really bad headache right now), but here are some of the things that are great:

  • Better graphics. WAY better graphics. Like, holy crapples.
  • More diverse set of scientists. It’s not just the same three guys and a gaggle of their clones.
  • The scientists/security guards are hysterically snarky towards Gordon. It’s fantastic.
  • While most of the game is the same, there ARE some new/different parts, which is great because I’d basically memorized the original and could go through it quite easily.
  • Gordon Freeman is still very much Gordon Freeman.

WOO!

BLACK MESA

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS

WHY THE HELL HAD I NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?

Half Life is my favorite game, dudes. I want this.

Edit: Nate bought this for me. Nate makes bad life decisions.

Construction Complete

I am DONE with grandma’s house in The Sims! Finally!

The outside/front yard:

Outside

The dining room/kitchen:

Kitchen Dining Room

Another shot of the kitchen:

Kitchen

The living room (and the other dining room past it):

Dining Room

The living room as viewed from the dining room:

Living Room

The bottom floor:

Downstairs

Another shot of the bottom floor:

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The backyard/pool:

Pool

The master bedroom:

Bedroom

Another shot of the master bedroom:

Bedroom 2

And the bird’s-eye shots from above for each of the three floors, because getting good/close screenshots of every room in this house is impossible:

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I miss you, grandma!

I’m ignoring yesterday’s events by playing The Sims

I HAVE AN IDEA!

Since both my grandpa and grandma on my dad’s side have passed away, my dad and my aunt/uncles have decided to put their California house up for sale.

This makes me super sad; I always liked grandma’s house—it’s huge and weird and has a pool—and given how often I’ve moved houses in my life, it was nice to know that that house would always be the same. But now it will soon belong to someone else.

SO, what I’ve decided to do is build the house as accurately as I can in The Sims, including accurate (well, as accurate as possible) furniture and décor and all that fun stuff. It’s going to take a while ‘cause that house is huge, but I’m going to do it! I’ll post screenshots here when I’m done (as if anyone cares).

Is an admirable bakery product considered a roll model?

OH GOD I DOWNLOADED THE SIMS 3.
I haven’t played it since 2012, I’m pretty sure. But I got the urge to play it again the other day and magically remembered my old Origin username and password so that I didn’t have to buy a new copy.

(Like that would have deterred me.)

TIME TO MAKE A FAMILY!

Update: I made a dude named Dominic. He’s got a crap job and no money ($14 as of my writing this) and a house that contains the bare minimum furniture to keep him alive and somewhat happy.

Update 2: HE GOT FREAKING ROBBED. The robber stole his fridge. Seriously? The dude was so desperate for a fridge that he broke into the crappiest house in the neighborhood and made off with the crappiest fridge that had no food in stock? Why didn’t the robber steal Dominic’s last $14 to go on a McDonald’s binge or something?

Update 3: Oh good, the cops recovered the fridge. THANK GOD, THAT WAS ALMOST TRAGIC.

Update 4: Dominic was super lonely (he’s a social Sim), so I made him a roommate named Leon The Lion to keep him company.

Update 5: Aww, they’re in love now!

Update 6: Leon proposed! Time to plan a wedding. Unfortunately, Dominic wants a lot of people at the wedding, and as of right now him and Mr. The Lion are the only two Sims in the neighborhood. Time to build friends!

(Further updates to follow, most likely.)

War of the Words: Nate and Claudia Play Scrabble

Hello, people! So I did all of this stuff over the weekend/in the airport, but because of craziness with the flight and everything yesterday, I’m just posting it now.

Okay? Okay.

Nate and I have been playing Scrabble approximately once a week since the beginning of the year.* We have been recording our scores since we first started playing (for a total of 26 games), and I have been taking pictures of our completed Scrabble boards for the past 17 games.

NOW IT IS TIME FOR OUR SCRABBLE GAME-RELATED STATS.

Before we look at our performances, I want to preface this by saying that Nate has the incredible talent of pulling all the vowels all the time, which is the only reason his average is lower than mine. I’m sure if he didn’t have the Scrabble Curse of Vowels and was able to pull the Q, J, and X as often as I do, our scores would be much more equal.

Just sayin’.

Here are our point stats.

Score Stats

Holy crap, my standard deviation is huge. Nate’s super consistent; I’m all over the place.

Here are box plots!

Boxplot of Scores by Player

I should do a test of equal means (paired t-test) and a test of equal variance, but I’m pretty sure they’d both come up as significantly different.**

Here are our score trends across the 26 games.

Scrabble Scores by Game

I also made a heat map of the Scrabble board! Here is a heat map of our most frequently used tile spaces based on the 17 pictures of our completed boards. Yellower squares indicate more frequent use; bluer squares indicate less frequent use. Obviously the center square is the yellowest because the first word in every game has to touch it. This center square had the maximum number of uses (17), but all tile spaces were used at least once.

Heat Map of Scrabble Square Usage

There was another heat map I made which highlighted which squares had the highest number of points placed on them across the 17 games (calculated by just summing the point totals of all the tiles placed on each given square over all the games), but that wasn’t as interesting.

Now we have SUPER SCRABBLE, so that’s going to start happening soon. New data!

 

*Not every week, though, and we played a few games in 2014, but that’s all irrelevant anyway.
**They did.

So this is awesome

Dudes. This is so cool.

From what I’ve read about it, all the player has to do is press “forward” and the track does the rest with the power of PHYSICS.

Also, that music rocks. It’s The Pink Fields by Doxx & Feint, just fyi.