King Boom Boo Vs. King Boo [Debate]

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Alright, we got a doozy for you guys this month! Being October and the month of ghosts, it was logical enough to stick King Boo in the debate, especially since he’s one of Rachel’s favorite characters in the Super Mario universe. The other game ghost we’re pitting against King Boo is King Boom Boo from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It’s a silly choice, but the game is one of my guilty pleasures, so we’re going with it.

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It was a choice made from a joking remark from Kris and I totally went along with it, much to her dismay. Because King Boom Boo was her idea, I’m taking the side of King Boo and she’s on the side of King Boom Boo. Kris, go ahead and start the debate!

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King Boom Boo is one of the boss battles from a Knuckles level and he is one of the most random bosses in the game. From a game that is already ridiculous in terms of gameplay and animation, King Boom Boo fit right in. I remember his appearance made me laugh, with the rainbow-colored tongue and speaking only in babble. I couldn’t blame him for trying to kick Knuckles out. Knuckles, after all, was tearing up the pyramid where King Boom Boo made his home while looking for some of Eggman’s keys.

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His name itself is kind of ridiculous, to be honest. All in all, I think King Boo from Luigi’s Mansion has a better reason for being mean. He was practically locked away and wanted his freedom… and also to take over everything, but oh well.

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…Dude, he was a ghost, couldn’t he just go off and do whatever he wanted? All King Boom Boo wanted was his own place. King Boom Boo was also enough of a, erm, ghost to try to defeat Knuckles on his own. King Boo had to impersonate and spook poor Luigi as Bowser during their fight. King Boom Boo also had a legitimate weakness to sunlight, making you race around the ring to catch up to him and puzzle out the sunroof to make him hide in terror. King Boo gets bested by a vacuum.

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King Boo had added protection in the Bowser suit, which is more defense than what King Boom Boo thought he had. Also, King Boo just has a really cool laugh and he has a jeweled crown. Not to mention, he has a lot of Boos backing him up. He has a whole army.

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King Boom Boo has his own army as well. There were ghosts all over the place in the pyramid level, as well as one really stupid minion during the boss fight. Actually, if it wasn’t for that minion holding the trigger for the sunroof windows in the fight, King Boom Boo would have bested Knuckles because, you know, he’s an actual threat with pyrotechnic abilities instead of a little ghost acting as a puppeteer. King Boom Boo didn’t need an army to protect his home and little minions.

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Okay, well all I really need to say is that King Boo is much better than King Boom Boo. He’s more well known. This is the weirdest debate we’ve ever done, so I’m just going to end it and say I win.

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Friday Favorites: Dark-Type Pokemon

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Last week was about Ghost-type Pokemon, and this week I figured I would give one of my favorite types a little more attention. This does not include any of the revealed Galar Pokemon just yet, although I’m looking forward to seeing them in action when Sword and Shield are released!

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Umbreon

One of the first Dark-type Pokemon that I ever trained, Umbreon was always one of my favorite Eevee evolutions. True, it’s not the strongest of the evolutions, but the design was on point and I love the glowing rings, both with its normal coloring and its shiny state.

Mightyena

When I first saw Poochyena in Ruby and Sapphire, it reminded me of a scrappy little mutt, and its evolution became a staple in my Hoenn teams. It’s always been a powerhouse amid my other Pokemon with its sturdiness, and it always reminded me of a wolf, one of my favorite animals.

Scrafty

Seeing this guy classified as the “hoodlum” Pokemon always made me laugh. With strong attacks from both its dark and fighting typing, Scrafty was one of my favorites in the Unova region. The loyalty that many of its dex entries describe was always endearing, as well.

Houndoom

Despite their prowess, Fire type Pokemon were usually passed over on my teams for other favorites, like Ground, Flying, and Grass. Rachel was enough of a pyro for the both of us, I figured, but Houndour and Houndoom, especially, were great in my Johto teams. Their designs were always a favorite!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Puzzle Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Even though I’m not very good at puzzles, I do enjoy them a lot. There are a few puzzle games I play here and there and have a good time with them. In no particular order, here are just a few.

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Professor Layton

I think this one is kind of a given. I enjoy games with rich storytelling and the added puzzles add more fun to the game. Professor Layton is a well-rounded great game with intriguing puzzles, good storytelling, and awesome characters. While there are similar puzzles here and there, they’re all unique from each other so that you never get the answer right away – unless you’re super smart. (Maybe I’m just bad at puzzles.) With many games in the series, you can’t go wrong with everyone’s favorite puzzle-solving professor.

Tetris

I’ll admit I didn’t really start to play Tetris until Tetris 99 came out. I had known of the game and wanted to play it, but the original game came out in 1984 and I wasn’t going to be born for quite sometime after that. Therefore, it was in the back of my mind for some time, but never really on my radar. When Tetris 99 came out, and it was free to play, I hopped on that train. I’m terrible at the game, of course, but it’s a lot of fun.

Brain Age

I haven’t thought about this game in a while, but since Japan is getting a new Brain Age game for the Switch, it reminded me the game exists. I had Brain Age and Brain Age 2 for the Nintendo DS and enjoyed them both. I have fun with the brain teasers and even the quick math facts even though I dislike math. What I really enjoyed most about the game though was that it had Sudoku. I beat those puzzles pretty quick.

Bejeweled

I haven’t played this one in such a long time, but Bejeweled was always a favorite of mine. It was simple three-in-a-row gameplay with pretty gems. You can’t go wrong with that. I think I played it mostly through Facebook and as mobile apps. I never had it for any consoles.

Picross

This is a game I got into fairly recently. By recently, I mean within the last year or so. It reminded me of Sudoku in some ways and even though you have to think, it’s kind of a mindless puzzle game… if that makes any sense at all. You make a picture in a grid coloring in certain squares and leaving others blank depending on how many the grid tells you are supposed to be colored in within that row and column. I have an app on my iPad that I’ve just about played every single puzzle. Now I need to pace myself before I run out of them.

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Galarian Ponyta?

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Did anyone watch that 24-hour livestream of the Galar Region to try to spot new Pokemon or information for the Sword and Shield Pokemon games? I did not.

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So, recently there was that livestream of, I don’t know, a forest scene of the Galar Region that was set up to tease everyone regarding new Pokemon for the eighth generation. I didn’t watch any of it, admittedly, but I did see enough people on Twitter mentioning the few things of interest and then a lot of disinterest in supposedly the dead air that the livestream offered at times.

By the sounds of it, the best thing to come out of that livestream was the reveal of the Galarian Ponyta. With a mane looking as if it was made out of clouds and some of the biggest eyes I’ve ever seen on a Pokemon, it looks adorable!

Was it confirmed as a Galar form of Ponyta yet by Nintendo? Could this actually be an entirely new line of Pokemon?

(Seriously, do you all remember Bouffalant from Gen. V? How we were all sure it was part of a Taurus evolution line but they’re both stand-alone Pokemon? Yeah.)

There’s been plenty of speculation about the Pokemon’s typing as well. I’ve seen Fairy as a good contender, and due to the forest location, some are speculating Grass as well. The Pokemon’s eyes and fluffy mane first reminded me of the Vulpix line, admittedly, particularly their Alolan forms. It makes me think that this Pokemon may be Fairy and Ice type.

Flying may be a good contender, though, especially for an evolution. Imagine Galarian Rapidash sprouting wings to go with its cloud-like mane and tail, becoming a Pegasus Pokemon!

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Friday Favorites: Ghost Pokemon Pokedex Entries

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October is a time for spooks, and what better way to celebrate it than talking about Ghost-type Pokemon? Sure, you could argue that a better celebration would be to play horror games, but I’m not that type of gamer, so Pokemon it is!

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Cofagrigus

First appearing in Gen. V, one of the main game Pokedex entries of this Pokemon states, “They pretend to be elaborate coffins to teach lessons to grave robbers.” In this case, that lesson is to swallow the person. Indeed, even the anime’s Pokedex says, “People who approach Cofagrigus are swallowed and turned into mummies.” Who in the Pokemon world witnessed this happening in order to write these entries? Did the writer’s friend end up dead when they were investigating Ghost Pokemon?!

Phantump

Phantump is an adorable Ghost and Grass Pokemon that appeared in Gen. VI. Its first Pokedex entries says, “these Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest,” which is heartbreaking enough in itself. However, the Gen. VII Pokedex entries talk about how, “By imitating the voice of a child, it causes people to get hopelessly lost deep in the forest. It’s trying to make friends with them.” Imagine the spirits entombed in these Pokemon as lost children crying out for friends!

Lampent

This whole line of Pokemon talk about how the flames they have are the result of sapping the life force of people and Pokemon. Lampent, the middle tier of the evolution line, has entries speaking of how “this ominous Pokemon is feared” and “hangs around hospitals waiting for people to pass on.” Liking to steal spirits from people’s bodies, the anime Pokedex blatantly mentions that it helps lead “people and Pokémon to the Ghost World while stealing their life energy.” If the strength of this Pokemon’s line comes from life force energy, what happens to Lampent with a trainer? Is the Lampent stealing — or “borrowing” — their trainer’s life energy to grow stronger? The more life energy the line steals, the stronger their flames burn, after all.

Palossand

A new Pokemon from Gen. VII, Palossand’s entry is pretty terrifying to me. All of the game entries speak of how Palossand’s castle and mounds of sand are the result of the sapped vitality of its victims: “Each of its grains of sand has its own will. Palossand eats small Pokémon and siphons away their vital essence while they’re still alive.” It’s not just Pokemon, of course. It’s sand castle is the result of the transformation of “possessed people controlled by this Pokémon.” Moon’s Pokedex entry goes one step further with, “buried beneath the castle are masses of dried-up bones from those whose vitality it has drained.” As someone who is personally a bit hydrophobic and not thrilled with the beach, I would not live anywhere near sand in the Pokemon world.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Updates

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Pokemon Sword & Shield are getting closer to being released. We have a little over two months left to go and they’re still talking about new mechanics and features of the game.

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The Gyms

First off, these games are going to have 18 gyms. After Sun and Moon where there weren’t any gyms at all, I’m excited to get back into the gym battles. To make it even better, instead of having the eight gym badges and then moving onto the Elite Four and Champion, there will be 18 gyms to go through – one for every Pokemon type. Apparently, the gyms are split between the major leagues and the minor leagues and I don’t know if you need to go through them all in order to reach the Champion (assuming there is one) or if you can pick and choose. Me, personally, I’d love to battle them all and collect 18 badges (assuming there are badges).

I’m mainly excited about this because the types for the gyms and Elite Four have been so uneven over the years. I made a list of how many times each type is the main for a gym battle or Elite Four member or Champion and it’s crazy uneven. Champions and Elite Four members tend to favor Ice and Dragon types and, of course, even though Dark was introduced in Johto, it has never had itd own gym. Three different Elit Four members have mained in Dark, but there are no Dark gym badges. Fairy got its own gym when it was introduced in the Alola region, but that’s the only time it’s appeared.

I think it’ll be cool to have a gym battle for each type this time around.

Auto-Save

People have been talking about this one a decent amount. There will be an auto-save feature in the game. While I think this is a good idea, I’m happy there will be an option to turn it off. Supposedly, “it’ll constantly save the game” and I like to save before gym battles or if I’m searching for a certain Pokemon. If I try to catch a legendary and miss it, I just reset my game and try again. If it saves after a battle and I missed catching a Pokemon, I’m going to be pretty sad about that.

Still, I do think it’s a good idea to have the option to auto-save, just in case.

EXP Share

In Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, there’s no EXP share. If you have Pokemon in your party, they automatically get EXP for every catch or battle. It seems as though that will be the case for Sword and Shield as well. I don’t really mind this, though I have turned the EXP share on and off in the past in case one or two of my Pokemon get a few levels ahead of everyone else. There’s no word on whether this will be able to get turned off or not but it’ll be there.

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Always A Team

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Last month, Rachel and I did a post about the card game Skip-Bo. While we were playing the game for the review, we were obviously playing against each other. However, there were times when we looked at the other and made deals, promising to play certain cards so the other could get rid of whatever card was on her stock pile to keep the game moving. We came to the realization that we tend to always play as a team, even in games when we are supposed to be against each other.

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It’s true. We tend to team up even when we’re not supposed to be on a team. Of course, the game was lasting longer than we thought it would and I needed to go out so we wanted to keep it moving, but still. I feel like we would have “teamed up” anyway.

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It’s pretty apparent in Mario Party games. Generally, if it was one of the games where we could be on a team, we would work together. The games where it’s every character for themselves, Rachel and I still tended to ban together and try to prevent the computer characters from winning. It doesn’t always work, haha!

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True, true. I forgot about Mario Party. We always played the team games us ganging up on the super hard CPUs. When team wasn’t an option, we still competed against each other a little, but if it were between one of us and a CPU, we chose to take down the CPU.

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Granted, we still have a competitive spirit between us, but we’ve just grown up playing video games that way. Two-player games had us working together while single-player games had us passing the controller back and forth. If you think about it, we were always hanging around each other, so it probably seemed natural to us to have that team mentality.

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That’s a good point. We did always play together even when it wasn’t multiplayer. I wasn’t adventurous when I was younger when it came to gaming, so I just did whatever you did anyway. So, if you think about it, I probably didn’t give you much of a choice when it came to being “against” me.

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Apparently, I was nice enough to actually be on a team instead of demolishing you in the games. Considering, though, that our older sister’s interest in video games was short-lived during the Super Nintendo days and you and I were always close growing up, it was inevitable that you became Player Two. Those were the days before the Internet was such a social hub, so I needed someone to play games with me!

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You probably were nice enough because you just wanted someone to play games with you. Of course, that backfired quickly when I wanted you to play games with me such as Goof Troop or I wanted to watch you play Banjo-Kazooie. With Goof Troop, even though we were on a team, we sometimes sabotaged each other. I remember picking up barrels and throwing them at each other.

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While I wasn’t a fan of the game Goof Troop in general, it was great trying to sabotage each other. It’s like when we had the game nights with our friends while playing New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe on the Switch. While all four of us were on a team, there were definitely times when we tried to shove each other aside for the best power-up. Granted, there were also times when we sacrificed ourselves for each other, too.

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Well, Mario games are notorious for sabotaging each other – even if it’s by accident. The characters slide around so much, but that adds to the fun it. So, I guess, overall, we tend to stick on a team regardless of whether we’re supposed to or not. But there are times when we tend to gang up on one another. I guess it all depends on the game.

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Gotta Collect Them All

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We’ve spoken time and again about how expensive gaming is as a hobby, and it’s a bit more difficult when you have a compulsive need to have complete collections. For example, we were talking about the Sims 4 expansion, game, and stuff packs, especially with the newest pack Realm of Magic having been released for the PC a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t gotten it just yet, mostly because we’re hesitant of splurging our money and data on our computers, but we are itching to add the pack to our collection.

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There are a couple of The Sims 4 packs, expansions, what have you, that we haven’t gotten yet. We still don’t have Strangerville or the Island Living. I don’t care much about the former, but… I still want it anyway. I think it would be fun to at least try out even though I’ve seen a couple of let’s plays about it.

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See, I have absolutely no desire to play Strangerville, and there were a few other game packs that are on the bottom of my list to get, but I know that we’ll still get them one day because that’s how we are. The Sims 4 wouldn’t be complete without those extra packs.

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It wouldn’t be complete, especially since the main menu has them all listed and grayed out. It looks sad. Although, at least they’re different from each other and add new things. Take Pokemon for example – we each have a copy of every single game. Granted, there’s only one file for each so it’s not like we can share the cartridges, but we each needed to have both versions. I couldn’t have Pearl and you Diamond. We both needed to have Pearl and Diamond.

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Oh, absolutely not. Our Pokemon game collections need to be complete and it’s only been until the Nintendo Switch Pokemon games where we could “share” the cartridge due to our save files being on our individual accounts. It is strange that we only have one of the Let’s Go duo each, though, and the same will be said for Sword and Shield.

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It is strange. Now that we’ll each have our own Switch Lite in addition to the original I will get the urge to buy multiple copies of games. However, most of our games are digital now and will be able to swap between the consoles. So… this will actually be interesting.

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It is, it’s a new ballgame that I’m trying to keep up with. I prefer the physical copies, but it is simple to have digital downloads. With that said, I’m not sure if digital games will help curb our collector tendencies or not. On one hand, if we have a collection of anything, I’d prefer for it to be physical objects — like our slowly-growing amiibo collection — but having the room for it all isn’t feasible. On the other hand, being able to collect digital games and their expansions is as simple as throwing money at the companies.

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I think the digital copies will end up being better for us in the long run, especially since we want to play the same games on our Switch consoles at the same time. But I do know what you mean. I love being able to see all the physical copies lined up on our shelves. It’s satisfying in a way.

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A digital collection will probably be better in the long run, yes, but it may not satisfy our collectors’ itch as much as seeing the physical copies on our shelves. Granted, if we have less physical games, we’ll have more room for other collections, like binders of Pokemon cards or all of our puzzle boxes, haha!

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I mean… we definitely need a separate shelf for all the Pokemon cards. Who knows what’ll happen though. Everything is being digitized or streaming in some way. Our physical collection will be known as antiques some day!

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Throwback Thursday: Donkey Konga

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I still have the bongos.

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Donkey Konga is a rhythm game that came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in fall 2004 in North America. It starred Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, of course. The story behind this game is that the two Kongs found bongos, assuming they were barrels and some sort of evil from King K. Rool. Cranky Kong deems them idiots and explains to them it’s a musical instrument and that they should practice because they’re terrible. Once DK and Diddy realize they can become famous bongo players and buy a ton of bananas, they play as many songs as they can.

Thus, Just Dance in bongo form was born… of course, Just Dance didn’t come out until 2009. Still, I’m going to think this was the start of the idea.

Donkey Konga is probably the only rhythm game I’ve ever played, though I’ve wanted to try out some other games. I believe I got this game and the bongos that came with it for Christmas the year it came out. I’d sit in the basement, playing away on the bongos all the while dancing in my seat.

(I probably had way more fun with this game than it actually is. I’m sure if I played it again now it wouldn’t be as much fun.)

My cousins, who were super young at the time, even played it with me. This was one of those games where we gathered around and passed the bongos around doing different songs. We all had our favorite – mine was Whip It if I remember correctly. And We Will Rock You? Is that the title? Was that song even on there? It’s vaguely familiar to me but it’s been a while, so bear with me.

I just remember that I played the crap out of this game. Like how my cousins and I go to Overcooked and Mario Party and Super Smash Brothers, we used to go to Donkey Konga back in the day.

Donkey Konga 2 came out only eight months later for North America in May 2005. It… wasn’t that great compared to the first one. I played the first one a lot and barely the second one at all.

Still, I have a lot of great memories with Donkey Konga and still have the bongos. I will never get rid of those things.

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What We Each Bring To Our Live Streams

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We began live streaming on Twitch in August 2018. It’s been a little over a year and while we haven’t been the best with our schedule, we’ve done a lot of live streams in the past 12 months. We aim to live stream three days a week – one together and each do a solo stream. When we first started, a friend asked me, while I was doing a solo live stream, “What does each of you bring to the table when you stream?” What makes our solo streams different? What makes our streams together click? I didn’t have an answer. We were new to streaming and we’re both so similar to one another, I had no idea what to say. Well, a whole year later, we finally figured out the answer to that question.

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We work really well together, hence why we started doing this blog and streaming with one another. Trying to figure out our personal strengths when it comes to streaming threw us for a bit of a loop. Talking about it more in-depth the other night, after about a year’s worth of streaming under our belts, it became a little clearer. For one thing, while our taste in video games is similar, our play styles aren’t. My streams tend to be ones that focus on some story elements, games that I want to complete and share the journey with those in the chat.

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We do work really well together. It’s fun to bounce ideas and conversations off one another while we stream. We do have a difference in opinion once in a while too. I think, when the question was first asked, I said we chose to do our stream schedule the way it is because of time. We wanted to stream a few times a week, but both of us doing three streams a week was unrealistically due to work and other life obligations. For the most part, we’re each able to commit to two streams a week. Through our solo streams, as Kris said, we realized we have totally different play styles. She always focuses on beating the game while I tend to play more “ongoing” games. I don’t 100% games, but I do try to collect as much as I can during my play through. I do my best to make certain games last.

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Yes, Rachel is the collector while I’m more invested in the stories and characters. We both enjoy exploring in games but for different reasons. Mine is to find secrets that have to do with the adventure, while Rachel generally enjoys getting as much money as possible, haha! Case in point was when we did our joint Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures streams. Rachel was focused on the Force Gems — which, technically, wasn’t money in the game, but the essence was the same — while I wanted to move the plot along. Both of our play styles were necessary for continuing the game.

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I also wanted the Force Gems because there was a small competition between multiplayer to see who got the most. So, my competitive side definitely came out for that. Anyway, we came to this conclusion the other day when we were trying to figure out our stream schedule for the following month. I noticed Kris’s game are plot-based and have a solid end goal. For example, Super Mario RPG. Most of the games I’m playing are ongoing. For example, The Sims 4. I’m doing the 100 Baby Challenge at the moment, but it’s a longer goal and even when that’s complete, there’s so much more to do in that game. Kris played through Donkey Kong Country and I started Animal Crossing. We have vastly different goals when it comes to “completing” a game or simply playing a game for the long run.

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And, while we have similar taste in games, the genres that we prefer do vary. During joint streams, Rachel always beats me in the races in Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and I do better during the platforming levels of New Super Mario World Deluxe. Super Smash Bros. is a toss-up, a cross between luck and skill, while our early Nuzlocke adventures had me at the helm talking to the NPCs in the RPG and Rachel wanting to just see what Pokemon we can collect in each route. Our About Me page has mini bios with some fictional game stats but, honestly, they’re pretty close to home.

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I find it amazing that streaming – and even the blog as well – has made us realize so many things about ourselves and each other. We often have a hard time coming up with post ideas, especially debate topics, because we have such similar tastes and opinions when it comes to certain video games and gaming in general. Though we do not “play” the games in the same way even if we may interpret certain plots in the same way and have a similar meaning to them, if that makes sense. And it makes me wonder, how we each got to play games the way we do? Is it a player-one, player-two thing? Just our personalities? I don’t know.

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That’s a fascinating topic in and of itself. Do our play and stream styles come from a nature or nurture standpoint? I grew up playing games like Super Mario RPG and Ocarina of Time, while I believe one of Rachel’s first games was Diddy Kong Racing when she could first pick up a controller. While I don’t believe you understood what was going on, Rachel, you enjoyed zooming around, eluding Dad and me, while collecting all the pretty balloons, haha!

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When I was younger, I gravitated toward games that I thought were “easy.” I loved watching you play Zelda, but the bosses and puzzles intimidated me. I wanted to stick with Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and casual games like Pokemon. Of course, all those games aren’t too plot-based. In Mario Kart, you work to unlock new race tracks, karts, and characters. Smash is similar. Pokemon, you gotta catch ‘em all. I remember playing Gold & Silver and trying so hard to do just that – catch them all. I also didn’t talk to people either. I just went through the motions and you needed to tell me which people to talk to so I could get certain HMs to progress the game.

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Which is interesting to think about, as you don’t seem to mind puzzle games now, but I suppose many of those tend to rely on collecting and unlocking more items and levels, which is on par for you. As for me, talking to the NPCs and exploring the areas to dig deep in the games’ stories are what I’m all about. With that said, our streams tend to benefit from our play styles. With Rachel’s excitement with collecting, that energy follows her into her streams and allows her to be so engaged with the chat and her personal goal with the games. While I do well with the chat, I’m interested in bringing the topics around to deeper questions about the games themselves, maybe gaming news that we’ve heard recently and what that may mean for how we play games. During joint streams, I play off of Rachel’s energy but I also tend to focus on the gameplay, especially during single-player games we may be streaming.

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The puzzles, as I move up through the levels, give me a good sense of accomplishment and I feel like I’m making progress, which is a similar feeling that collecting things makes me feel. Because yeah, I do enjoy puzzle games now even if I’m terrible at them. Also, “energy” is a good word to describe the way I stream. I love engaging with the chat about the game I’m playing and also general chit-chat, but I also get super distracted. I either lose my place in the chat because I’m focusing on the game or I screw up in the game because I’m too busy reading chat or responding to something. My brain can’t do both.

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Your energy is something I want to try to mimic during my solo streams, haha! Granted, when streaming together, it works great. Your energy and my focus on the gameplay keeps both the chat and the game moving, which hopefully creates entertaining streams. As we keep streaming, both together and on our own, I bet we’ll mold our own entertainment brand. We’ll see what another year of streaming brings!

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