Top Tuesday: Favorite CD Games As A Kid

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When I was a kid, I didn’t play video games on a console. At least, not until I got a little older. I played a lot of simple games on the computer. Here are just a few.

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Petz (Dogz & Catz)

Let’s be real – if there’s a pet simulator out there, you bet I’ve played it. Petz was a series that had five installments. It was always Dogz. Catz wasn’t introduced until the fourth installment, I believe. These games were as it sounds – you adopted a dog or cat (as many as you’d like), play with them, give them baths, feed them, and breed them and take care of the puppies and kittens. You could name them and dress them and it was so much fun. You couldn’t take them on walks, but you could take them to other places to play mini-games where you could win toys for them or something.

What was really special about this game to me was that there were different rooms to the house. If you wanted to feed them, you needed to bring them into the kitchen and open the fridge to get their food or a bottle, if they were a puppy or kitten. Using the cursor, you picked up the bottle and feed the pets until they were done or the bottle was gone. It was small touches like that that made the game unique.

I believe we still have this game in our office. If only we had a computer old enough, I would totally play it again.

Arthur’s Computer Adventure

I was recently reminded of this game. This was a gem, even though it was buried deep into my memory. In fact, I don’t remember too much of this one. Arthur plays too many computer games and you play the computer game he’s addicted to. It’s some underwater adventure, that’s all I can recall. It’s on Amazon and the cover may seem familiar to some of you. It brought back some nostalgia for me… I just can’t remember the actual gameplay.

Disney’s Activity Center

We had quite a few of these. Although I have to admit, I can’t remember which ones we had exactly. I know we had The Lion King and I believe 102 Dalmations. We had a 101 Dalmantions game but I don’t think it was exactly “Disney’s Activity Center.” I couldn’t find it, but I believe it was a storybook type of CD-ROM with mini-games and the like.

I remember spending hours on these games. There were pictures to color, mini-games such as Timon catching bugs from Pumbaa, or playing a matching game in 101 Dalmations trying to match the dogs with their owners. They were short games, but they were games I played all the time, on a loop. I never got tired of these.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Expansions For The Sims

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We all know I love to play The Sims. I’ve been playing the game for years and I always get excited when a new expansion pack comes out. There a few of them, however, that I always wish for whenever a new Sims generation is released.

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Pets

You can’t not have pets. If you’re going to create a virtual family to love and cherish (or perish), you need to throw pets into the mix. Cat, dog, horse, hamster, whatever. You need to have a furry companion.

A lot of times when I play The Sims, I tend to create myself and see what my virtual self would do in certain situations. With pets, I can create my real-life pets: Chip the dog and Chase the cat. Unfortunately, I can’t have a pet turtle in the game, otherwise, Raph would be there as well.

The pets don’t necessarily do anything (although they could get jobs in The Sims 2) but they’re fun to watch and it’s great to see your human Sims interact with the pets.

Seasons

The Sims is realistic but it’s not at the same time. You buy a house, get a job, pay bills, get married, have a social life, have children, get pets, of course, and there are so many other things.

I remember playing The Sims 2 and seasons hadn’t come out right away. The game was sort of bland without the weather and season changes. I don’t know why, but there’s something so cool about your Sims looking out the window amazed at the snowfall and a then a few in-game days later, they’re having a water balloon fight in the front yard with their neighbors.

There’s just something so cool and extra about The Sims having different activities to do based on the season as well as different outfits to wear based on the season.

Get To Work

I have to admit, I never really cared too much about going to work with my sim. I think it’s a fun experience and it’s cool to go with them once or twice, but I don’t necessarily enjoy the timed quests they have to do in order to do a good job during the day. The first time is fun but after doing it a couple of times, it’s repetitive.

Still, I’ve always liked the option to go to work with them, especially since you don’t have to go with them all the time. Not to mention, more job options. The Sims has a decent amount of jobs to begin with, including self-employment options which is nice, but it’s always great to get the pack so you can have more job options and even more stuff based on the jobs.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Things To Do In Animal Crossing New Horizons

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I’ve been playing my fair share of Animal Crossing New Horizons and I honestly can’t get enough of it. There’s a lot to do in this new version of Animal Crossing and it’s hard to get everything done in one day. I’m enjoying my time with it though and I’m loving every minute of it.

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Go fishing

Fishing is something that’s been part of the Animal Crossing games since the very beginning. It’s my favorite thing to do in Animal Crossing. I find it relaxing and New Horizons makes it all the better. The graphics are great, but the sound effects of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks or the rain creating ripples on the surface are wonderful. It completes the experience and I enjoy walking up and down the sandy beaches in search of the rare fish that will pay the big bucks.

Pay off my debt

Another one of my favorite things to do in Animal Crossing is to pay off my debt. I know, it’s practically the whole premise of the game. I never get excited about paying bills in real life, but Animal Crossing makes it so easy. There are so many things to collect in the game as well that discovering something new to see how much it is, is fun for me. (Yeah, I know.) Not to mention the reward for paying off debt and then expanding your house again so you can collect more stuff to fill your house is a great feeling. Paying off my debt over and over again is always the first thing I do in any Animal Crossing game.

Visit mystery islands

I realize my favorite things don’t cater much to New Horizons. Fishing and paying your debt is something that’s in every game. Visiting the mystery islands is a fun new feature that’s been added to the game. Plus, it’s a unique way to add villagers to your island. Even though the villagers are random you can still choose whether you want them or not.

Even though you can’t have more than one island, I enjoy the mystery islands as a way to get more materials for the DIY projects. The rocks on my island can only go so far and sometimes it’s nice to occasionally get different weather where ever I go.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Things To Do In The Sims

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The Sims is a game I’ve played and loved for years. While I skipped over The Sims 1 and 3, I had a lot of fun in The Sims 2 and still have fun in The Sims 4. I could never get sick of these games and, even though I do the same things over and over again, there are just some things I love doing in The Sims.

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Build a house

Aside from creating myself and giving my Sim a life, I think I deserve in the real world, I enjoy building houses. When I played The Sims 2, I think I built houses more so than actually playing with the sims. I would spend hours building a single house. They all looked the same. They were all mansions. I never improved my craft, but I had fun with it anyway.

The Sims 4 makes building houses so much easier. I still haven’t improved that much, but I still have fun with it and can spend hours on a single house. My houses are always massive and I usually have only a single sim – maybe two – living there. But it’s cool regardless.

Begin from scratch

In The Sims 2, I knew all the cheat codes. I’d create a family, use “motherlode” a bunch of times, move them into a ginormous house, and keep cheating. I’d fast-forward so my sims could max out their skills quickly all the while being able to simply “max motives” so they wouldn’t have to eat or sleep during it.

I did this because in The Sims 2 having friends and maintaining those relationships were required to get a job promotion. This was so I could focus on having friends while working. We can’t work, socialize, and build our skills in 24 hours. That’s crazy!

When The Sims 4 came out, I vowed not to do that. I wanted to play and build my characters from scratch. Of course, friendships aren’t required to getting job promotions (thankfully!) in The Sims 4. I still try to do it legitimately though. And, I have to say, I have a lot more fun with it.

Create an entire town (sometimes using one family)

Unfortunately, I can’t really do this in The Sims 4. Not unless I evict NPC families, there aren’t too many empty lots or empty neighborhoods for me to have creative control. In The Sims 2, I used to start in an empty neighborhood and create a family. They’d have kids and when their kids moved out, I’d build them a house in the same neighborhood. Before I knew it, I created an entire town using the same family tree. That was a lot of fun and something I’d love to try to recreate in The Sims 4 somehow at some point.

Try a challenge and make a story out of it

The Sims doesn’t have any story to the games. Of course, that’s kind of the point. You create sims and make your own story using those characters. Tell them what to do or sit back and watch them make their own decisions and mistakes. It’s a lot of fun and challenges help out a lot with that.

I had always wanted to try a challenge or two in The Sims 2 but never did. I was too busy building houses. In The Sims 4, I started the 100 Baby Challenge which is… proving to be more difficult than I originally thought. It’s stressful, but I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Overall, there are so many things to do in The Sims. I have hours of fun doing the same things I always do or try something new once in a while. It’s a time sucker, but it’s fun.

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Top Tuesday: Most Creative Bosses In Cuphead

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Kris and I have Cuphead. We played it and didn’t beat it. We were terrible at it and didn’t get far. Someday we will go back to it and defeat the devil. Until then, I’m going to stick to watching others play the game. While I haven’t gone up against most of the bosses, there are some I absolutely love for how creative they are.

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Hilda Berg

Hilda Berg is an interesting one. Her final phase is the moon which I love considering her attacks are based on the Zodiac signs and other sky-like happenings. I haven’t fought this boss myself but watching others do it, it seems difficult and annoying. Not in a bad way, of course. It just seems hard. I like the theme and her style though.

Grim Matchstick

He’s a cute little dragon! Well, I guess he’s not actually little… and his third phase is actually kind of creepy since he gets three heads instead of one. But hey, any dragon boss is an awesome boss. His attacks are fun too. He shoots fireballs. You can’t go wrong with fireballs even if they are aimed at you.

Cala Maria

I love the design of this boss. She’s a mermaid in the ocean, but she’s a big mermaid and pokes her head of the water and yells at you and throws fish at you. I think it’s a creative way to show off a “siren” because we all know mermaids are not like The Little Mermaid. They’re actually quite mean. But then to also mix her with Medusa for her final two stages is extra cool. I thought it was clever how they combined the two.

Phantom Express

It’s no secret I like ghosts. I like that kind of creepy stuff. I don’t know anything about trains but it was a cool setting nonetheless to have the train come alive. I don’t have much to say about this particular boss other than that I think it’s pretty cool.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Pokemon Theme Songs

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Pokemon music is glorious. Whether it’s in the games or in the anime. If you’ve ever watched Pokemon ever I’m sure you know a theme song or two and get them stuck in your head once in a while. I’ve totally behind the anime but I do love all the theme songs and here are my top three.

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Stand Tall (Pokemon XY)

Stand Tall is a song by Ben Dixon and The Sad Truth. I’ve never heard of these people before, but this song is easily my favorite Pokemon theme song. This particular song was used for the final batch of episodes in the XY series. I love this guy’s voice and the song itself is perfect for Pokemon. It’s about never giving up and doing your best and… well, basically every other Pokemon song is about. But it’s fabulous.

Pokemon Theme (Pokemon Original Series)

The famous theme song by Jason Paige that’s used for the first 80 episodes of the series. This is the song everyone knows. Everyone sings this when they want to be the very best at just about anything. But most importantly a Pokemon trainer.

Pokemon Johto (Pokemon Original Series)

This is the theme song for the beginning of the Johto region. It’s still technically considered part of the original series but there are brand new Pokemon involved. PJ Lequerica sings the first theme song of the Johto region and it’s certainly a catchy beat.

Of course, all the Pokemon theme songs are great. The anime never disappoints when it comes to the songs. I could listen to these songs all day long.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Bosses In Luigi’s Mansion 3

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It’s no secret I absolutely enjoyed my time with Luigi’s Mansion 3. It’s hard not to talk about this game all the time. I beat it within of week of having the game and I can’t wait to play through it again when I have the time. In the meantime, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite bosses in the game. Please note, this may contain spoilers if you haven’t beaten the game yet.

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Kruller

The third floor mimics a shopping mall and the boss is none other than the security guard. Except he’s scared. He sees Luigi and hides behind his desk. I think it shows the personality behind the boss and it made me feel bad to fight him. Kruller found a water gun and fights you using that which is cute. I know it’s to show off Gooigi’s weakness, but still. I enjoyed it.

King MacFrights

This boss was actually pretty annoying. It took some getting used to when it came to figuring out how to fight him. However, the atmosphere was great. This battle is in a ring and King MacFrights is on a horse with a joust. Meanwhile, ghosts are sitting in the stands cheering when you get hit and booing you when you hit him. It’s quite funny.

Morty

This floor was pretty tough. For the first time in the game, I had to look up how to solve the puzzle. It was fun though and well designed for the most part. When you complete the puzzle and trigger the boss battle, Morty, a film director, is so excited to have you. He thinks Luigi would be perfect to play the star in his movie. Thus, the boss battle is between you and a ghost dressed in a Godzilla-like costume. Again, it’s a lot of fun. Morty is the main boss and it’s optional to catch him or not. Of course, you don’t know that right away until you catch him and get an achievement… I felt so bad that I captured him.

Serpci

Serpci is a female pharaoh. You fight her in the Tomb Suites by a temple surrounded by sand. This battle was the first battle that killed me. I died multiple times, I’m sad to admit. The battle itself isn’t too hard but for some reason I kept messing it up. I enjoyed my time with it though. Serpci creates faces and hands out of sand that attack you. And yes, it is just as creepy as it sounds.

DJ Phantasmagloria

What a mouthful, right? I don’t care, this is the best floor, hands-down. This boss was so much fun and I wish it lasted longer. You fight on a dance floor while the DJ plays music and her minions, ghosts in red hoodies, dance to the beat. Yes, this is the actual beginning of the fight. No, I didn’t know that right away. Luigi stood still tapping his feet and snapping his fingers (adorable!) while watching the ghost dance. I was totally mesmerized and watched them dance way longer than I should have.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite New Features In Pokemon Sword & Shield

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I’ve been playing Pokemon Shield almost non-stop. I’ve almost completed the Pokedex and am prepping to begin a new journey in Pokemon Sword. I love the game if you couldn’t tell. Here are some of my favorite new features from it.

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The Wild Area

I guess this is kind of a given, but the Wild Area is such a cool place. I lost so many hours in this part of the map even before I beat the game. There’s just so much to do even if you can’t do it all right away. Seeing Pokemon wander around in and out of the grass but have different strengths depending on where they appear are cool. I also like the fact that most of the Pokemon live in harmony in the Wild Area. It almost feels like a reserve (despite us all barging in there to catch them all) and it’s awesome to see so many species in one place, yet they stick to their own biomes.

The Weather

No, the weather isn’t new, per se. And yes, this is another feather of the Wild Area. I enjoyed how vast the Wild Area is that each section has its own weather. Depending on what weather you have, different Pokemon appear. Even a gym leader uses weather as a battling tactic which was interesting. Other than having a specific type, the gym leaders never really had too many “strats.” The weather was fun to work around and counter.

Pokemon Camp

Okay, they finally did it. They upped their game when it comes to playing with your Pokemon. I enjoyed Pokemon Aime but seeing them actually walk around, engage with one another (and you), and play, the Pokemon Camp is awesome. I could spend hours in there with my team and everyone in my box. I love watching them race each other (poor Drednaw and Eldegoss are so slow compared to Cinderace and Boltund).

In addition, you get to cook for them. It’s not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I enjoy watching the Pokemon eat and it’s always great to give them a boost in experience points or heal them.

Character Development

I know this isn’t exactly a “feature” but I needed to talk about the character development. Every Pokemon game is the same. There’s a bad guy team that wants to steal Pokemon and take over the world. It’s up to you, a child, to stop it all. There wasn’t any of that (for the most part). Every character – your rivals, gym leaders – all had their own stories. By the end of the game, they all had an ending to their story or a new beginning. It was great. I wasn’t just invested in the Pokemon and the gameplay, I was invested in the characters. No, there wasn’t much of a story, but there was still more to the game than just Pokemon battles and I thought that was really cool.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Dungeons In Skyward Sword

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Since it’s Zelda Month, I thought I’d talk a little bit about some of the games. Majora’s Mask is one I have never played personally, I’ve just been other people play the game. With that said, there are some masks that I love because of what they can do but also because of their design as well.

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Skyview Temple

The Skyview Temple is the first dungeon of the game and it’s one of my top favorites. I don’t know what it is about this particular dungeon, but I’ve had a soft spot for it. Maybe it’s because it’s the first for the game or maybe it’s because the first in general for Link and the series as a whole – if we’re looking at the timeline.

Skyview Temple is simple and it has a pretty design. Plus, Ghirahim is the boss, which is great.

Earth Temple

I had to pick this one as a favorite. It’s fire. You can’t go wrong with fire. Anything that has to do with fire is my favorite. Enough said.

Sandship

This particular temple always stood out to me. New mechanics were introduced for this one where Link has to take a time thing back and forth to places and go back in time in order to figure out the puzzles of the dungeon and get himself through it. The atmosphere of the desert and pirate ship are ironic which makes it that much cooler. The Sandship as a whole is a great idea and it’s fun.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Masks In The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

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Since it’s Zelda Month, I thought I’d talk a little bit about some of the games. Majora’s Mask is one I have never played personally, I’ve just been other people play the game. With that said, there are some masks that I love because of what they can do but also because of their design as well.

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Bunny Hood

The bunny hood used to be one of my favorite items in the various Super Smash Brothers games. To be honest, it took a long time for me to realize where the bunny hood came from. I think a particular mask (even though it’s more like a headband) is a nice addition to the rest of the collection. Majora’s Mask is a dark game and the bunny hood is a fun, lighthearted mask to have.

Stone Mask

This mask is creepy to look at but I absolutely love it. I enjoy the fact that they made a mask that makes you invisible. I find it funny that a “stone” would make you invisible as though you’re hiding under a rock or something. It’s an interesting idea for a mask and a cool design despite how weird it looks.

Majora’s Mask

Yeah, it seems cliche I’d put this one on the list. But this particular mask fascinates me since it has a mind of its own. I also just really love the design and coloring of the mask. It’s creepy, yet inviting which is the perfect combination for an evil spirit to be possessing a mask.

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