Zelda Month 2019

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Happy November! For the past few years, Kris and I have dedicated November as Zelda Month, dedicated to The Legend of Zelda series. This idea wasn’t ours. PeanutButterGamer on YouTube started Zelda Month a long time ago and since then it’s stretched across many platforms as people participate. The Legend of Zelda is one of our favorite franchises of all time, so this is something we love to participate in each year.

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Like with the previous couple of years, the majority of our joint posts for this month will celebrate the franchise. We have some fun posts planned and we hope that everyone else enjoys them, too! This year alone, we’ve gotten some great news about the Legend of Zelda franchise, with games like Cadence of Hyrule and the remake of Link’s Awakening, as well as finding out that a Breath of the Wild sequel is in the works. We’re really excited!

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Yes, there’s a lot of Legend of Zelda stuff already here and announced. We’re looking forward to it all. While there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to these games, the posts we write together (Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) will be Legend of Zelda related. Our solo posts (Monday & Friday and Tuesday & Thursday respectively) may or may not be Zelda related as we don’t want to burn ourselves (or you guys) out talking about this one franchise.

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The Legend of Zelda is so lore-heavy, with plenty of fan theories to go along with the canon stories. We’ll be able to explore much of the franchise this month, but I have a feeling we’ll only cover the surface of series, as we have been doing for the past couple of years.

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In addition to posts on the blog, we’ll also be live streaming a Zelda game all month long. We’ve decided to go back to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii. It’s been a while since we’ve played that game, but it’s a favorite of mine. Plus, according to the timeline, it’s where the story of Zelda and Link began. So, be sure to tune into our Twitch channel to watch us get screwed over by the motion controls on the Wii!

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By “watch us get screwed over” by the controls, you mean me, right? Generally speaking, it’s usually me at the controls, so it’ll be great to see Rachel take her turns with the controls for this game! Let us know what you think of Zelda month as well!

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Join Us For An Extra Life 25-Hour Charity Stream!

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Like last year, our good friend Jett over at InThirdPerson is hosting a 25-hour livestream for the charity Extra Life! It’s starting today at 9 am EST over on his twitch channel.

For those who may be unfamiliar with it, Extra Life focuses on helping sick kids in hospitals and is popular with the gaming community. It’s a fantastic cause, so if you’re interested in helping out a charity stream and enjoy video games, please go and hang out for a while if you can!

We’ll be making a remote appearance on the stream as well for a couple of hours, around 10 am to 1 pm, so come and join us! We hope to see you there!

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Friday Favorites: Asexual Characters

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Asexual Awareness week was October 20 – 26 and, as some of you may know, I identify as asexual. Representation of any kind of diversity has always been important to me, even before I realized my sexuality. In a belated celebration for Asexual Awareness week, this Friday Favorites post details a few characters that I headcanon as asexual.

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Lukas (Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)

Cool, calm, and collected, Lukas is a soldier of the Deliverance who invites the main character Alm to join the cause. While he ended up being a favorite for his personality in the game, there was a specific DLC support conversation he has with Python where Lukas confesses that he doesn’t feel the same kind of “fire” that Clive and Mathilda — the resident battle couple — has. That little nudge towards not experiencing that longing cemented Lukas as a favorite.

Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney series)

I adore Edgeworth’s character arc throughout the Ace Attorney series. Considering it’s canon that he’s not interested in marriage and turns down dates, he’s always been one of my favorite characters to headcanon as asexual. Focused on his work and his tight circle of friends (despite seemingly grumpy at times when he has to deal with them), Edgeworth is a character I can relate to.

Cyrus (Octopath Traveler)

Cyrus was the biggest dork in the bunch in Octopath Traveler, and he ended up amusing me to know end with his love of learning and absolute obliviousness to all the women trying to flirt with him. He was an easy character to headcanon as asexual due to said obliviousness. Even though romance wasn’t really prominent in any of the eight main characters’ paths, it was still rather nice to see a character who had no romantic inclinations whatsoever.

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Halloween At The Pokemon Center

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my least favorite holiday. I’m easily spooked and will get nightmares at the slightest thing. I don’t even like the dark. Though I do like Pokemon. And I like ghost Pokemon. So, naturally, I want all the Halloween stuff from the Pokemon Center.

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The Pokemon Center website is a place that I need to have restricted access to. I’m good with my money and don’t buy things on a whim from Pokemon Center, but I always go on the website and stare longingly at everything I want… which is pretty much everything.

In the spirit of Halloween, Pokemon Center has some new things up. I, of course, want them all. But there are three things that stick out to me that I would love to have.

Pumpkin Pikachu Tealight Holders

These things are adorable. I enjoy candles, though I don’t use them as much. But seriously, if I had these Pikachu Pumpkins, I’d be burning tealights all the time.

Gengar Treat Bowl

I do not need a treat bowl. I have one and, if I’m honest, I hide with the dog while trick-or-treaters come to my house and my mother answers the door. But this Gengar bowl, as heavy as it looks, is too sweet to pass up. If I had my own house, I’d be buying this in a heartbeat and using it this Halloween, tonight.

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I don’t need any more mugs, but that’s not going to stop me from buying them. I would love to get a mug for every game that I play so that I can sip my coffee while live-streaming matching the game to my mug. Why? Because that would be cool, I don’t care how ridiculous it sounds. And who doesn’t like things that match? Plus, Gengar is one of my favorite Pokemon and I don’t have a mug with his face on it.

I’m not one for cutesie decor like this, but… come on, Pokemon, take my money.

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Double Jump Bakes Boo Sugar Cookies

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It’s been a while since we did a baking post on the blog! We did want to do something for October, however, figuring it would be perfect to do something that showcases the Boo characters from the Super Mario series. Boos are a staple to the franchise, so we figured why not try to do sugar cookies decorated as them?

After a false start (let’s just say that if a recipe says to “stir” the ingredients together, don’t use a mixer, because the consistency of the dough will be all off), we decided to make some simple place-and-bake sugar cookies because those are delicious. They had little ghosts on them already, but we also wanted to try our hand at doing a little decorating ourselves.

We had a little bit of frosting and some icing to decorate with, so we slathered some of the white frosting on the cookies and delicately piped little details to make the cookies look more like the Boos from Super Mario instead of the squashed semi-recognizable ghouls already printed on the dough. Most of our Boos didn’t come out half-bad.

Even better, our cousin recognized that the decorated cookies were the Super Mario Boos (and then promptly ate one). That has to count for something!

We kind of cheated with our baking, considering we used ready-made dough, but it was a good time nonetheless. Rather than staring at screens and lamenting over day jobs, we spent a little while hamming it up in the kitchen, ruining our first dough before taking the simple way out and enjoying place-and-bake cookies. It was like switching to easy mode on a video game, just taking our time and relaxing instead of forcing ourselves to take a more challenging route just because we could. It’s important for everyone to take a break once in a while.

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That, and those place-and-bake cookies are delicious!

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Character Spotlight: Professor Egad

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I couldn’t do a Character Spotlight close to Halloween when Luigi’s Mansion 3 is around the corner without showcasing a special character from the series.

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Professor Elvin Gadd, known as Professor Egad, first appeared in Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001. He was an unplayable side character who helped Luigi find his way through the mansion to defeat King Boo and save Mario. Professor Egad is an inventor who created the Poultergiest 3000 that Luigi uses in the game. Professor Egad had the knowledge and tools to turn the ghosts back into portraits and to reverse Mario from being into a portrait and back to his human self.

Professor Egad shows up again in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon with upgraded, new and improved, inventions to help Luigi find his way through yet another mansion. The same goes for Luigi’s Mansion 3.

He created F.L.U.D.D. that Mario uses in Super Mario Sunshine, though the professor doesn’t make an appearance himself. There are a few other Mario games he appears in as well with his inventions.

While Professor Egad tends to show up in random places with wacky inventions and he doesn’t do too much (other than when he’s in the Luigi’s Mansion series), he’s certainly made a name for himself and everyone seems to know who he is.

I’ll admit, when I first played Luigi’s Mansion back in the day, I thought he was a bizarre character and I didn’t care for him too much. I did enjoy his speech and the theme song of his bunker though. Over time, this character has grown on me. He’s iconic with the various tools and machines that pop up in Mario games and if he himself makes a cameo, people instantly know who he is and where he came from.

I love Professor Egad. He’s a loveable dope, in my opinion. He’s definitely grown on me and I always enjoy seeing him pop up somewhere. I would totally play a game where he is a protagonist.

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Interactive Storytelling

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

One of my favorite genres of video games is RPGs, mainly due to the storytelling elements and the choices I get to make while exploring said story. Interactive storytelling is on the rise in other mediums rather than just video games.

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Has anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? It’s about a “fireman,” whose job is not to prevent fires but to burn books. One of the mindless ways of entertainment that is described in the book are these parlor walls, giant televisions that span across entire walls. The main character’s wife in particular really enjoys the programs, particularly some family sitcom-like shows that the viewer “participates” in by reading from a script at designated moments in the show.

I was reminded by that detail of the book when I saw that YouTube debuted a trailer for “A Heist with Markiplier,” an apparent choose-your-own-adventure YouTube series that will start streaming this week. Markiplier has reportedly done other choose-your-own-adventure series on YouTube, and I know Netflix has series as well that use the viewer’s input to help determine the course of the story.

Interactive storytelling is popular in its own right, and one of the reasons why I adore video games, even in games where the plot is fairly linear. To see that method used outside of video games — and the book series’ that made it popular — is interesting, especially with television. A click of a button to make a choice and alter the outcome of the show is something that I believe will become more popular as time goes on. Nowadays, people want the interaction and to be part of their favorite universes.

Still, I find it odd regarding television shows, as there’s not much for the viewer to do other than clicking a few buttons and making a choice here or there. Case in point, Rachel and I did a short review on Minecraft Story Mode last year for Netflix. It… wasn’t that great, but it could have been due to the story aimed probably at younger viewers than ourselves. We found it a bit boring and redundant with the choices, even if we admit that was well-done for the medium.

With that said, I suppose one could say the same for the visual novel genre of video games, a genre which I generally enjoy. It’s also probably why I’ve been enjoying Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a wonder what other kinds of shows that both YouTube and Netflix — and, presumably, other streaming services — will imbue with interactive storytelling in the near future.

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Would You Rather: Halloween Edition

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Our next Would You Rather post has to do with the little holiday that happens at the end of this month but likes to invade everything earlier and earlier each year… Kind of like Christmas, actually. Anyway, we’re going to try to put a video game twist on these Halloween questions. For example, Rachel, would you rather explore Luigi’s Mansion on your own or help Link navigate the Shadow Temple in Ocarina of Time?

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I would rather explore Luigi’s Mansion on my own. It’d be creepy, but it’s really not that big of a place. And yes, while there are ghosts, there are no redeads, so… that makes it 10-times better already. Kris, would you rather get stuck in some horror game and have to beat it to get out or try to make it through the house in Hello, Neighbor?

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So, my choice is either Hello, Neighbor or some other random horror game? I’ll take my chances on another random horror game. At least the majority of those have weapons and such for me to defend myself instead of a creepy guy with a secret in his basement. Rachel, which Pokemon treat would you rather have your trick-or-treat bag filled with: various poffins or malasada and curry?

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Probably various poffins. I feel like those are sweeter than malasada, which isn’t my usual. However, I think I’d be more inclined to like how those taste more so than malasada. Of course, they all come in different flavors. Would you rather have Halloween night be infiltrated by ghost Pokemon or by the ghosts from Luigi’s Mansion?

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My first instinct is to say Pokemon, but some of the ghost-type Pokemon are actually pretty creepy. Have you ever dived deep into the Pokedex entries on some of those? The Boos and other ghosts from Luigi’s mansion may be tamer… You know what, though, in the spirit of Halloween, I’ll stick with the Pokemon. From Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, would you rather have to work with the witches Koume and Kotake or with Dampe the Gravekeeper?

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Dampe the Gravekeeper. I don’t know why, but the witches seem to actually know what they’re doing while Dampe seems to derp around. Also, I might as well stick with my ghosts. Last question, would you rather play Hello Neighbor in VR or some sort of zombie game in VR?

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Again with the Hello, Neighbor? I’m going to go with the zombie game, haha! The undead can be scary, yes, but I presume I’ll have some chainsaws or something to deal with them in VR. The neighbor is just too creepy for me.

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Flashback Friday: Ada Lovelace

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

I’m doing a little something different this month in regards to Flashback Friday. Instead of celebrating an older game, this post will be about a person who has influenced the history of technology with her contributions in the field.

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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace — also known more simply as Ada Lovelace — was a woman born in 1815 and only lived until 1852. She is often credited with creating the first computer program, creating an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine.

Ada’s father, the poet Lord Byron, disappeared out of her life only a month after she was born, separating from her mother. Considering Lord Byron fled from their family to sire more children — and having fathered one, most likely two, other children before Ada with other women — Ada’s mother was bitter and encouraged Ada’s love of mathematics and logic to steer Ada away from Lord Byron’s way of waxing poetics. Despite this, Ada still admired her father’s work, requesting to even be buried next to her upon her death.

With her skills and learning in mathematics and logic, Ada’s studies helped her meet fellow mathematician Charles Babbage, who is considered the father of computers. Indeed, he created the first Analytical Engine, piquing Ada’s interest. Babbage’s notes had fragments of programs, but Ada’s was the first complete algorithm to be written and published.

Aside from publishing the first program, it is also written that Ada was the first person to see greater potential in the Analytical Engine. Rather than just performing logical equations and math, it was Ada who expressed that the Engine could potentially create music and art with the right programming. Considering the major steps programming and computers have taken within the past couple of centuries, Ada Lovelace was definitely ahead of her time. Can you imagine if computers and algorithms were mainly used just for number-crunching? How video games would have been affected?

Due to her feats in this field, every second Tuesday of October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women and their achievements in the STEM fields. I am sad to only have just discovered this. To see an event that promotes women in typically male-dominated fields and, in turn, tries to encourage more girls to join these fields and helps to sponsor them.

I remember vividly in college that I was one of only two woman in most of my computer networking class. While the majority of my classmates weren’t bad, there were a couple of instances where it was joked that I did well on a project here or there because I was a woman and the professor was male, a suggestion that may not have been made had the men known about more women in technology fields. I hope that Ada Lovelace Day, which is only a decade old, continues to reach, support, and encourage people — women, men, and others alike — in the coming years.

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Throwback Thursday: Mii Channel

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

The Nintendo Wii and Wii U are sort of old news at this point and I know they’re not favorite consoles for most people. However, I still enjoyed my time with them. One of those reasons was because of the Mii Channel on the Wii.

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The Wii, which originally came out in November 2006, added a new thing to the Nintendo world – Miis. Kris and I use our own Mii all the time on this blog if you haven’t yet noticed. Miis weren’t exactly a revolutionary thing. They were simply Nintendo’s way of creating avatars for their console and games.

However, I great up in the 90s so when the Internet became a thing, I played Dollz. A quick Google search will show you what Dollz was, I’m not going to explain it here. But it was a lot of fun and those Dollz were often used as my profile picture or to create characters in various role-playing websites I was part of.

Needless to say, when the Mii channel was introduced, I was in love with it.

I created myself. Kris created herself. I made my mom, dad, and my other sister, Lisa. My cousins created Miis for themselves. We had a decent amount.

Now, at this point in time, I preferred to watch Kris play games rather than me play them myself. There were a few games I played such as Pokemon Ranch, Pokemon Rumble, and Paper Mario when we downloaded it from the virtual console. For the most part, though, I played the Mii Channel. Usually, when I waited for Kris to get home from work or finish her homework, I’d be playing that.

But what was there to do on the Mii Channel? Create Miis. That’s it.

Needless to say, I had a lot of Miis. You can imagine how disappointed I was when the console capped me at 100 Miis. Yes, the Mii Channel could only hold 100 Miis. And yes, I had created 100 Miis.

I can’t remember who I had created. I don’t know 100 people, that’s for sure. All I remember, aside from making my family and probably a friend or two, was that I made the Ninja Turtles. I had Raph, Donnie, Leo, Mikey, Splinter, Casey, and April. The turtles even joined me, Kris, and Lisa as ranchers in Pokemon Ranch.

I had a lot of fun with it and spent many hours using the Mii Channel when the Miis couldn’t even really do anything. They were still fun to make though. It was like a game itself to me.

Someday, the next time I turn on the Wii, I’m going to have to go onto the channel and see them all. That would be a real blast from the past.

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