Quick update

Hey, Gamers. So today was meant to be a post day, and if you’ve come here for a post… I’m sorry. There’s no post today, but there will be one on Sunday. I’ll go into detail in this but I want you to know that I am not taking a break. This blog is good for my mental health and I need it. But I am really sorry that there is no post tonight.

As some of you know, I am in my last year of a History undergrad. Actually, I’m in my last few weeks. I’ve had so many issues recently that have prevented me from working on my course as efficiently as I needed to, so I am now a little behind. I’m fine and everything, but it does mean that I have to spend a large majority of my time now that things are sorted just fully working on my course. I don’t mind this, I love my course and my last two modules are about things that I am passionate about. But this means I have to cut other things out so that I don’t get overwhelmed and burnt out.

I’ve previously taken breaks from my blog due to mental illness, burn out and just needing to focus on university. I do not want to do that. Recently, this blog has been great for my mental health (it always has been but it’s been more obvious recently). I love connecting with you all, sharing my thoughts on things that I care about and just writing. It’s been so long since I’ve loved writing but I do now.

So, as I’ve mentioned, this is not a break. I’m sure this post is too much for some people but I feel like it’s justified. I know there are people who worry when I don’t post and… I’m autistic, so I feel the need to explain myself a lot.

Instead of taking a break, I’m dropping the Thursday posts that I do every other week. Just until around the end of May, to give myself a bit more time to focus on my education in the very last stretch of my undergrad (hopefully doing a masters too!). This way, I’ll be able to keep up the quality of posts that I want without being overworked and having to take a long break.

I hope this makes sense to everyone, and I hope everyone understands. I’ll see you on Sunday (hopefully with a post about Detroit: Become Human). See you then, Gamers!

Things my partner has said while gaming that I never thought I’d ever hear anyone say

Hey, Gamers! So this post has been a long time in the making, and I wasn’t going to post it yet but there’s a lot here so I figured I might do a part 2 when it comes to it. So some background- my partner and I have been together for three and a half years. He got me into gaming and he’s my best friend. So enjoy him being funny and some cute pictures that I wouldn’t normally share. Let me know if you like this kind of content because… he says this stuff a ton!

“I’m having a dance off against Michael Jackson”- Yakuza 0

“Babe Michael Jackson is working at my real estate firm”- Yakuza 0

“I need to kill more people so I can buy their houses”- Fable

“Liam Neeson is my dad”- Fallout 3

“I had to get into a fist fight with a transgender lady to get some real estate”- Yakuza 0

“Oh… that’s a lot to spend on Michael Jackson… I think I’ll just go with Josuke”- Yakuza 0

“Now I have a chicken working for my real estate agency… that I won… from rolling a turkey in bowling”- Yakuza 0

“Gonna higher Michael Jackson to invest in this theatre”- Yakuza 0

“This is the greatest achievement I’ve ever achieved… this beats the time I got a girlfriend”- Yakuza 0, getting 100 in karaoke (yes I am the girlfriend he is referring to)

“I’m in a battle royal and- oh no the TIGER IS- THERE’S A LION”- Yakuza Kiwami 2

“I don’t always make bad decisions, but when I do… they’re god awful decisions”- Bloodborne

“I tried to kick a guy off a ladder and he fell off the ladder but it also drained my stamina so I fell off the ladder as well”- Bloodborne

“This big meat sack just landed on my head”- Bloodborne

“Oh my god oh my god this big naked guy keeps whacking me with his stick”- Bloodborne

“Im gonna help you fly… You didn’t do it right”- Assassins Creed 2

“I SAID I’m going to do it, Assassins Creed, so you didn’t have to yell at me did you *imitates honking noise” – Assassins Creed 2

“I’m gonna walk without my net because I’m slightly scared that I’ve angered the tarantula mafia”- Animal Crossing New Horizons

“I’m pretty sure that mini game is what a stroke feels like”- Yakuza 5

“This kid is a pain in the butt… I’m starting to think the CPS guy should have taken him”- Yakuza 6

So that’s it for today’s post, Gamers! Again, let me know if you like it because I probably have a ton of these. Remember to hit the like button if you did like it, hit follow for more gaming content and if you head over to Twitch, you can find me (and this wonderful man) over at 2nerds_1game. See you next time, Gamers!

Why do you feel differently about Goro Akechi depending on whether you’re playing Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal?

Hey, Gamers! This week we’re making the well needed return to Persona 5 Royal.. and the original. For those who don’t know… I write about these games a lot because they take up about 70% of my thinking time each day, if not more. Persona 5 has been my favourite game for over two years now, and I feel like I know enough about the game that I can write a lot about it (I swear if any of you watch our streams and comments about Ganesh… I will cry). I pre-ordered Royal as soon as I could because I was so excited, and I was very surprised when my feelings towards Goro Akechi changed, so I’ve been overthinking this for a while so now I’m writing this to try and make some sense out of it.

Sidenote: Josh wanted me to write a post about who is the best Goro out of Akechi and Majima but it would literally just be ‘Majima’ so I’m not doing that.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers for Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal.

So, in the original game… I hated Akechi. He made my blood boil. He was the first character to make me genuinely angry, only rivalled with Zenkichi at the beginning of Persona 5 Strikers. I think he just oozes manipulation and it make me mad. After playing the game for the first time, I was able to appreciate how well Akechi is written in the original game. His confidant arc just naturally increased as it would when bumping into someone repeatedly. You were always meant to hate him. You were always meant to know that he was the traitor. The game wasn’t trying to hide that from you; it was trying to hide his intentions, which I think it did well. You’re meant to know what is going to happen, and you’re not meant to like him.

This changed with Royal, though. Akechi’s confidant arc became something that the player had to spend time on. You got to hang out with Akechi and get to know his personality a little better. He didn’t feel as manipulating. The relationship between Akechi and Joker in Royal felt more like a friendly rivalry than arch enemies like it sometimes did in the original game. There’s an element of childish competition that it brought up throughout the arc… it’s like Joker gives Akechi a chance to be a kid again. Their bond is deeper and it feels like much more is on the line. You slowly start to care more about Akechi, despite however you felt while playing the original game.

Goro Akechi is still Goro Akechi. He doesn’t change, but your feelings towards him almost certainly do and this is exactly what Atlus wanted.

I’m sure most Persona 5 fans would agree that the most anticipated thing about Persona 5 Royal was a third semester. And I think, from what I can remember, we knew that Akechi was somehow going to be in that third semester. We would spend more time with him, and therefore, he had to have a better relationship with him. Although by the third semester, the confidant arc is done and Akechi is basically evil (my opinion), we were taken on more of a journey with his character development so that when the third semester came around, there was always the possibility of him changing again. We anticipated it, even.

Sorry for the blueness… this is what happens when Atlus blocks scenes and I have to take pictures on my phone to talk about it (still haven’t written the post I took this picture for because my feelings are still too raw)

Now, I’m not going to talk much about the ending of Persona 5 Royal. Everyone has different opinions on the ending; my own opinion is one I don’t like talking about much because it’s not the most positive. But there was a hint to something that needs to be discussed. Now, obviously now we have Strikers. I know a lot of people assumed that because of that hint, Akechi would be in Strikers. However, Strikers is a sequel to the original game, not Royal, hence the absence of Sumire (although I can come up with a few ideas about why she wasn’t there but that’s for another post). Now a lot of people are assuming one of two things: either DLC with Akechi for Strikers or Persona 5 fighting game. I’m going to say that we’re not going to get either of these, and if we are it won’t be for a very long time. We, in the West, are not going to get anything before Japan gets it, so it’s important to keep in mind that if there was something, we would know about it. Royal was released in the October before our March release, and Strikers was released – as far as I can remember – over a year before we got it. Another thing might be that they’re trying to leave things open ended for Persona 6. But, again, Japan will get it first so we’ll know more then. It could be a similar tie with Persona 3 and 4 (with them both being SEES as far as I know).

Some Sumire because… Royal = Sumire 🙂

But the ending of Royal leaves more to the imagination than the original ending when talking about Akechi, which is good because I feel like a lot of people wanted his character arc to do a full 180 and that’s not what happened. Underneath everything, Akechi is a bad guy. He’s a villain. He’s an antagonist. Using black and white thinking, there’s not much difference in his character between the two games. What changed was the relationship that Akechi had with the protagonist. Using black and white thinking, however, is not always what’s best. Personally, I do not see any redeemable qualities in Akechi. I’ve always said that his ‘redemption’ wasn’t redemption. But I know other people feel very differently and are very passionate about this. And in a world where – to quote The 100 – ‘there are no good guys’, Akechi is the perfect example of what Joker could have become.

So that’s it for this post, Gamers! Did your opinion on Akechi changed when you played Royal? I’m very interested in hearing your thoughts. If you liked this post, give it a like and follow this blog for more gaming content! Check out my social medias to stay updated (I’m posting a lot more on Twitter because it lets me send screenshots straight from the Switch), and if you head over to Twitch you can check out 2nerds_1game where me and my partner stream almost everyday… apart from when I’m sick, but we’re back at it and I think we’ll be finishing Strikers this week! See you next week, Gamers!

Had to throw it in again…

Should Trigger Warnings be used in Video Games?

Hey, Gamers. This post is a little heavy and therefore I recommend making sure you’re in the right headspace before reading. It won’t be too bad but I am going to discuss things such as child abuse, sexual assault and hate crimes. I will also be talking a little bit about my experience with the first two things (for context reasons) so if you’re not feeling up to that, it might be best to skip this post.

So there are a few things we need to make clear. I think we have a general split in today’s society, which is you either hear the word ‘triggered’ and think everyone is too sensitive or you hear the word ‘triggered’ and you immediately know that things need to change to accommodate that person as they’ve been through trauma. So, the word we need to clarify is ‘triggered’. For the purposes of this post (and in general), ‘triggered’ is used by people who have been through trauma to explain that something – whether that be a sound, smell or experience – has triggered a flashback which usually takes them back to the time of the trauma. It is important to mention that you can have good triggers too, but most people wouldn’t mention that they’re triggered by something good. It’s important to note that these flashbacks can be very real and the person will probably not be okay during or after it happens. It’s best to get them out of whatever situation triggered them.

I love games. I mean, I have a gaming blog and a Twitch so I feel like that’s obvious. I also have a ton of trauma, which I am pretty open about (especially on my Twitch). For this post, we are going to be talking about four games: Persona 5 Strikers (so beware of spoilers of the Osaka jail), Persona 5, Mystic Messenger and Life Is Strange 2. This is obviously a difficult subject for me, but I feel like it is an important one too. So, let’s get to it!

I came up with this post idea last Wednesday. If any of you are watching my Persona 5 Strikers runthrough on Twitch… you probably know why. I got to the end of the Osaka jail (despite the spiders making me feel sick) and… I was hit with a huge trigger for me when Konoe’s trauma was revealed. It felt so close to my own. I was abused as a child by my stepfather, and my mother tried to cover it up because she didn’t want to lose me. All of my attempts to tell my teachers and the police were met with my overactive imagination. This is something I don’t get to talk about much in places like therapy as it happened a long time ago and a lot of traumatic stuff has happened since. I tried my very best to go into Persona 5 Strikers completely blind. I mean, it’s the sequel to my favourite game and I wanted to find out everything as I played it. I regret that, because I wasn’t able to prepare myself for a game about trauma after trauma after trauma. And I wasn’t able to prepare myself for the child abuse. It hit me so hard. I wasn’t able to finish the stream properly as I was hit by vivid flashbacks and panic attacks. After nearly a week of reflection, I’ve calmed down a lot and I’m now prepared to play the game again with this in mind. See, the thing with this game in particular is that if there was a trigger warning, that would also be spoilers for the game. Trauma is such a huge part of this game that it would have been hard to implement a trigger warning without spoiling the game. I know that that would upset more people than the game would trigger people. Actually, knowing Persona fans… they’d probably complain that there’s a trigger warning in the first place, even if there’s no spoilers. Moving forward, I think maybe putting a trigger warning maybe on the back of the case may be the best solution.

I have no screenshots from Strikers yet so uh enjoy this Akechi image from Royal 🙂

I feel like it’s obvious when talking about the prospect of trigger warnings in games, we should talk about Persona 5 (both vanilla and Royal). Within the first 10 hours, there’s sexual assault, sexual harassment and an attempted suicide attempt. It’s a heavy game and it is meant to shock you into realising how compliant society is. Obviously if you’re in a vulnerable mental place, it is going to trigger you. Would a trigger warning help? Honestly, probably not. Persona 5 has been under a lot of flack for “not naming things” such as rape. This gives a little more leeway for the brain to make up something else if need be. The use of traumatic things in Persona 5 is completely different compared to Persona 5 Strikers. It’s used to shock the audience, or as a way of explaining how bad people are.

There’s one other game that I’ve been triggered by since my gaming journey began, and that’s Mystic Messenger. Now, I was obsessed with this game last year and I played it from March to… around September, maybe October. Now this is really personal and it serves me right for playing a game in a toilet but I got sexually assaulted in several bathrooms by my ex, which is why I try not to use public bathrooms. But regardless, it happened years ago and since I was in my own house, I didn’t think of it. And then I played Saeran’s route. Now, it is important to note that ‘another story’ has a slight trigger warning at the very start, stating that this version of the game is not appropriate for people under the age of 15. So I play because, I mean, I’m 21 and these fictional characters are the only people blowing up my phone, and… I’m met with threats of sexual assault by the person I am meant to be romancing. And I made the mistake of doing this part when I was in the bathroom so I read this and was suddenly triggered. I finished that route… and I have yet to do another route. Now I have a lot of issues with Saeran’s route as I have DID and feel like a ton of that stuff was harmful to the community but I also know I’m probably being a little too sensitive there. Usually this would all be fine and I am aware that these circumstances are personal… but I can’t help but think of other people who are in a similar situation to me. I would never wish being triggered on anyone, especially something like this. I just feel like this could have been handled differently. If they had just put a trigger warning of sexual assault when you go down his route… I feel like that wouldn’t be a huge spoiler and people could just restart after the four days if they weren’t in the best mental place.

Now, we’re going to talk about something that I haven’t personally been triggered by… but I feel like it’s something that could trigger people. Life Is Strange 2 is a beautifully written game (much better than the first in my opinion). The main characters are from Mexican descent and the game is based in America… so I’m sure you can already tell that there’s a whole load of racism in the game. I’m from Britain, and I felt quite ignorant the first time playing the game (which, if you’re interested, is on the 2nerds1game YouTube channel). I felt like there was so much about the culture in America that I didn’t know. I did some research because I felt like I needed it to fully understand what the characters were going through, and to understand how real their situation was. After talking to some people in America (of different races, family backgrounds etc), it blew my mind that people experience this level of racism and worse on a daily basis. But I’m just a white girl who likes to think that she’s doing good in the world so what does what I think matter? The general census is that some people may be triggered by the scenes in Life Is Strange 2, but because racial attacks happen to them so often, they just use it as a way to make themselves stronger. A lot of people said that you could tell their race from the trailer and therefore racism should be expected. At first I was against this, but seeing how often it happens, I have to agree. So personally, I don’t think a trigger warning should be implemented here but, again, I’m just a white girl so I really have no say in how something I don’t experience affects people that it does affect.

I have no screenshots from Life Is Strange 2 because I played it before this blog was even a dream of mine so uh have a screenshot from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons because they remind me of Sean and Daniel.

So, overall, it really depends on the trauma, how the game portrays it, if it’s obvious in the trailers and all that stuff. I think it’s important to remember that being triggered is a serious thing and trauma is no joke. I know the gaming community can be not the best, but know that if you get triggered by a game, that was not the intentions of the creator and people are usually understanding when its explained… but you shouldn’t have to explain your trauma if you’re not ready. All trauma is valid. All experiences are valid.

Wholesome Persona 5 Royal pic because this post was a bit heavy

So, that’s it for this post, Gamers! Leave your thoughts and feelings in the comments below. Hit the like button for me to do a little happy dance. Head over to my socials to keep updated, and if you are looking for a Twitch channel to follow, I hear 2nerds_1game is great (the voices in my head tell me, because it’s actually me and my partner and we stream almost every day – apart from this past week because I’ve been sick). See you next post, guys!

Bonus content:

If you want to find out any more about the following games, I’ve written something about all of them!

Persona 5 (and Royal) (this isn’t everything, this is my favourite game so I’ve written a bunch):
First impression of Persona 5 Royal (I did weekly updates): https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/04/01/persona-5-royal-first-impressions/
First part of my confidant analysis: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/04/05/confidant-analysis-persona-5/
Persona 5 for Dummies: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/12/06/persona-5-for-dummies/

Persona 5 Strikers:
Why the third jail trauma hits differently (wow I was so naive when I wrote this): https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2021/03/14/526/
Akane’s Joker: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2021/03/29/3-akanes-joker-3/

Mystic Messenger:
Mystic Messenger is… Good?: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/11/22/mystic-messenger-is-good/
In defense of Jaehee’s route: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/12/20/in-defense-of-jaehees-route-mystic-messenger/

Life Is Strange 2 (and the original):
Grooming in Life Is Strange: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/03/15/what-life-is-strange-teaches-us-about-child-grooming/
Life Is Strange 2 Game Review: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/03/29/life-is-strange-2-2018-game-review/
The significance of Mushroom: https://eleanorreesgaming.com/2020/05/06/the-significance-of-mushroom-in-life-is-strange-2/

I will never rely on dialogue again…- Brothers: A tale of two sons

Hey, Gamers! Now, I know that this game is old, but I only recently played it. I was actually interested in it when I first got back into gaming, back when Josh (my partner) was trying to get me into games that weren’t Life Is Strange. I try not to research into games I haven’t played much so that when I play them, it’s my first time knowing what is happening. The story is always the selling point for me, and I don’t want that spoiled. Back then, all I knew about Brothers was that one stick controlled the older brother, one stick controlled the other brother, and they go on an adventure to get some medicine for their dad. I was disappointed when – at the beginning of lockdown last year – I was actually thinking of buying the game and Josh told me that there was no dialogue. It might be because I’m autistic and therefore don’t understand things such as body language, but dialogue is very important in telling a story to me. It’s the main part, even. So I just didn’t get it… until now.

SPOILER WARNING: The following post contains spoilers for Brothers: A tale of two sons. The game itself is short so if you have it and haven’t finished it, I recommend doing that before reading this post.

So I’ve been playing on the Switch a lot more recently. Since I stream a lot on the Playstation, I feel like I have to keep my ‘Playstation energy’ for the streams if that makes sense. So I’ve been playing on the Switch when I’ve been curled up in bed… or when I’m in the middle of making food… or when I’m getting my haircut. It’s hard to pull me away from it. My original game on the Switch was Civ VI, but more recently I’ve been on Animal Crossing lots. But there’s only so much to do at 3am when all the villagers are sleeping, so I was wanting something else to play for my late nights when I can’t get to sleep. I looked and Brothers was on sale. I’ve been talking to Josh a lot recently about how I think I’ve progressed as a gamer this past year or so. I’ve definitely branched out a ton. Finishing the Witcher 3 and Yakuza 0 has given me a whole bunch of confidence and I feel ready to tackle games like Spider-Man, maybe even Red Dead 2 and Metal Gear again. There’s so many games that I think I tried too early on and got frustrated because my skill wasn’t there yet. So, I thought, ‘y’know, it’s only £x, that’s not a lot even if I end up hating it’ so I talked to Josh about my thinking, and he agreed that it was a good idea. Since I’ve been taking gaming more seriously, I’ve experienced so much and been able to do so much and I thought I was ready.

I was not ready.

I mean, gameplay wise it was fine. It was fun and enjoyable and as was expected, really. But what I didn’t expect was to fully understand the story straight away. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster with those two boys and my heart now aches. I wish I was exaggerating. I really never expected to be emotionally invested in this game, but I was straight away. The opening cinematic did an amazing job at displaying how the game’s story is told right away. This isn’t a formal game review or anything (that’s coming), but it was done perfectly. It’s one of the best openings that I have seen to show the audience how the story of the game is going to be communicated.

I think there’s games where it’s just a game with no particular story or a lose story, and I thought Brothers was going to be like that. I thought the most important thing in this game was going to be its game mechanics because, at the end of the day, people who play FPS games know about Brothers because the controls are so iconic. But this game tells an amazingly detailed story though music, tone and pitch, exaggerated and simple gestures and amazing character development.

So for those who haven’t played this game yet and are just reading because it’s me (first, thank you, that’s sweet of you), this game is… in the title. It’s about two brothers who go on a journey to get medicine for their father. Now that I think about it, the title fits it well but we’ll discuss that later. So the two boys go through their town, overcome challenges, meet new friends who help them along the way and get manipulated by people who seemed to help them. It really is a magnificent journey and it’s so beautifully told.

I’m a writer. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. Back when I was younger, I was always told by teachers that I had too much dialogue in my writing. I couldn’t understand how to tell the story without so much dialogue. I get it now. This game taught me that not only is it possible, but it can be done well.

I realise that this post is just a gush about this game but it honestly shocked me because it’s just done perfectly.

So let’s talk about why the title is so fitting for this game. You know how when people go to war, there’s always a cliché thing going round that the men fighting are ‘fathers, brothers and sons’. This game kind of reminded me of that and really put that phrase into perspective. Like, people obviously have different relationships with their parents compared to their siblings and I feel like this is felt heavily at the end of the game. I will be talking about the ending now, so beware major spoilers.

When the little brother comes back from getting the medicine from the tree, he comes back to his big brother. When he realises what has happened, he almost instantly switches from ‘little brother’ mode to ‘son’ mode. He has a duty to get that medicine back to their father, no matter what. He buried his older brother – in my opinion he did this so that when their father was better, he could bring his father to the place that he buried his brother without finding a decaying body – and he ventured on, almost like he was taking a trip down memory lane of the journey he had just taken with his brother… only now he had to do it alone. I think it’s common knowledge that the death of the older brother hits harder because you no longer have control of him. You’re no longer using the left stick (or at least it was the left stick for me). It’s like a whole hand is now obsolete because he’s just gone. And this sense of duty that the little brother has… it’s changed. At first, he was just following his older brother. He was just helping whenever he could, but all in all it was normal for him to just follow his brother’s orders. Now, he was alone. He was no longer a brother, because his brother was gone. He was just a son. That’s all he had left, and he had to make sure that his father didn’t die like the rest of his family.

The brothers really reminded me of Sean and Daniel from Life Is Strange 2. Like, I ended up naming this Sean and Daniel in my head because I feel like there is a huge resemblance. Do you guys agree?

Anyway, that’s it for today’s post, Gamers. Thanks for reading! If you liked this, hit the follow button for more gaming content (I’m hoping to do a game review of this game very soon). Check out my social media to keep updated, and check out 2nerds_1game on Twitch if you want to see me and my partner stream almost every day! See you next time 😊

Gaming Quote of the Week #10

“The ending isn’t any more important than any of the moments leading to it.” – Dr Rosalene, ‘To The Moon’

So this one is kind of corny but I feel like it’s important to keep in mind. If you haven’t played ‘To The Moon’ (I haven’t either but that’s going to change very soon- I have read loads about it though), I recommend it.

Personal touch, but I’m in my last year of University. I’ve focused on education all my life because I was never naturally intelligent. My whole life has been leading up to university and now that it’s ending, I’m lost. This quote made me remember that things don’t have to be ‘leading up to’ something. It’s okay to take time to enjoy yourself without feeling guilty. That’s what life is meant to be about.

I hope your week is going good, Gamers. See you at the next post!

When spoiling games isn’t okay

Hey, Gamers. This is a shorter post but it’s one that I know at least one person out there is expecting. So you guys know that I’m playing through Persona 5 Strikers over on Twitch. I’ve gone into this game as blind as possible (which has caused issues that I’ll talk about again soon) and the other day, someone messaged me on Instagram giving me fake spoilers for the game. So after crying about it for like an hour, I asked my partner to confirm the spoiler, and he told me it was fake. So it was all fine… but it wasn’t, because what happened was not okay. So, apparently some people need to know when spoilers are spoilers and then it’s okay to talk about a game openly… so that’s this post.

SPOILER WARNING: I will be talking about twists in the following games so I recommend you play through them fully before reading this post (unless you’re not interested in the game, of course): Persona 5 Royal, Persona 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Detroit Become Human. I’ll try to do it in that order.

So, let’s talk the big one for me: Persona 5 Royal. This is my favourite game and has been since it came out. I’ve written about it a bunch, but not nearly as much as I want to. For those of you who don’t know, I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and I’ve had a few people ask me whether Sumire has DID. I want to do a post on that so bad because it’s a common question in my DMs so obviously people are interested, and it’s a chance for me to spread awareness of a disorder that I have that doesn’t have great awareness already. The issue that I do have is that the game has only been out for a year… and the title itself would give people huge spoilers. So in this case, using my best judgement, I would class everything from the third semester onwards as spoiler territory. Your really do not want to be bringing that stuff up with someone who has just started the game. The thing is, you just wouldn’t spoil the end of the game for someone, and that whole section of the game is basically the end of the game. It’s new, it’s where the twists happen and it’s just amazingly written and I’m trying not to go on about it but to put it plainly: anything from the third semester is spoiler territory and you should ask the person where they’re at in the game before talking to them about how great the twists are.

Looking at the original Persona 5 game… that’s pretty obvious. You should not spoil anything from the police interview onwards. Because that’s end game.

You wouldn’t spoil Arthur Mogan’s death for someone who is still chilling in Valentine as Arthur. You shouldn’t, at least, because you need to let them come to terms with it themselves. Red Dead Redemption 2 is such a beautiful game that is so well written and you should try to stick to before Arthur gets sick to avoid spoilers. But absolutely no telling people who you get to play as after Arthur’s death because, as I’ve said multiple times throughout this post: end game.

Let’s talk about Detroit: Become Human. Now this is tricky because it’s a butterfly effect kind of game (in a similar way that Until Dawn and the Life Is Strange games are… but less butterfly-y). There are, however, main points to the game that probably shouldn’t be spoilt for people. For example, Alice being an android, Markus leading the androids in the fight to freedom.

Look, what I’m trying to say is just don’t be a douche bag, and use your common judgement. Try to be considerate in your language while talking about the end of a game. For example, and I really hate talking about this but there’s a clear spoiler warning, I actually call Sumire ‘Sumi’ as those letters are in ‘Sumire’ and ‘Kasumi’ so I feel like that wouldn’t be a spoiler, it’s just giving someone a nick name. Now I am not saying to be on eggshells when talking to people. I’m just saying… please be more considerate. Video games are a wonderful medium and tell beautiful stories that people should get to experience themselves without the fear of spoilers.

So, that’s it for this post, Gamers. Sorry it’s a day late. Don’t forget to click the like button if you liked this post, follow for more gaming content and if you’re looking for a chill stream channel to watch, Josh and I stream almost everyday over on Twitch @2nerds_1game. Check out my social medias to stay in touch, and leave your thoughts and feelings in the comments. See you next time!

Top 10 best Pokemon, judged by someone who has never played through a full Pokemon game

I know what you’re thinking right now: ‘Eleanor, how could you admit that you’ve never played a Pokemon game when you have a gaming blog?!?!’. The answer is that it’s pretty easy. I trust you guys. Yes, I am praying that this post doesn’t attract many… passionate people, but I don’t feel ashamed about this. I grew up in a very small town, and I was one of the only kids who had a DS lite. I had never even heard of Pokemon until I was around 9, when my dad got me one of those probably illegal cartridges that had a bunch of games on. Pokemon was one of them. Actually, I played it quite a lot. To be completely honest with you, I mainly played it because I had a crush on a boy and he would go on my DS to play Pokemon sometimes and I wanted something to talk to him about (no, that boy wasn’t Joshua… would’ve been cute if it was but no. As far as I know, that boy is a not very nice person who acts like a nice person, just in case anyone wanted an update on that). My main point is, I wasn’t that interested. But you’re all probably already assuming this, but do you know who is interested? Joshua. He is actually very interested. For reference, his favourite game is Platinum I think… wait I’ll check… yes, it’s Platinum. Which leads me to why I’m doing this post right now: the remakes! Josh very rarely shows emotion like excitement, but he is so excited for these remakes. So I imagine what’s going to happen is – and my regular readers will know this drill by now – he’s going to play it, talk about how great it is, I’ll roll my eyes and probably hate it for a good month… and then play it and suddenly I have a new special interest. So, I wanted to do this funny post before I go down that road. If anything, it would be nice to have this to compare later on. So, after a very long introduction, here are the top 10 best Pokemon from someone who has never finished a game. For reference, I have played Pokemon go back in 2016 and 2017 because my nephew liked it and I wanted to bond with him. I am looking up nothing but names and pictures of these Pokemon, so a lot of my knowledge might be a bit ridiculous. I just thought it would be funnier this way.

Charmander official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

10) Charmander
So Charmander is the baby dragon (not the Yugioh card, an actual baby dragon) that you can pick at the start of the game. But not all the games. I think just the first generation… yeah let’s go with that. I think he has a flame in which when you put it out… well you shouldn’t because he dies and uh that’s not good. I know from Joshua that the fire type starters are the superior ones, so that’s why Charmander is here and not Squirtle or Bulbersaur. I just thought if I gen 1 starter Pokemon wasn’t on this list, people wouldn’t be happy and I didn’t see a problem with putting it on soooo yeah.

Snorlax official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

9) Snorlax.
Just looks like he would be nice to cuddle. That’s the reason. I think Snorlax would be a water type Pokemon. Probably would attack by shooting water out of its nose… which is very gross and I know this from experience because my sister used to do this to me.

Pikachu official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

8) Pikachu
Overrated… but still super cute. I think the Detective Pikachu movie definitely redeemed Pikachu in my eyes. It was hilarious.

Eevee official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

7) Eevee
So I know a lot of people don’t like Eevee because she’s a normal type, but I do. As a few people will know, I have DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and I feel like Eevee is a good symbol for that. I’m actually getting a tattoo with the Eeveelutions (I think that is how it’s spelt?) soon but I want Josh to draw it for me first so that might take a while considering it’s been over a year since I’ve asked him… and the whole pandemic thing.

Jigglypuff official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

6) Jigglypuff
Reminds me of our lord and saviour, Watapon, from Yugioh. Super cute. 10/10 would cuddle.

Ditto official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

5) Ditto
I know this one from Pokemon Go and I only saw it once… I can hardly remember it but it got away from me and that sucks. But Ditto is a shape shifting pokemon, which I think is pretty cool and from my perspective, it’s pretty unique.

Oshawott official artwork gallery | Pokémon Database
By Ken Sugimori

4) Oshawott
Now, despite me not playing a full Pokemon game… I have played bits and pieces, especially since the pandemic started (but even that wasn’t enough for me to go far enough to get to a gym battle). Oshawott is the starter I picked because it’s cute and also it has ‘osh’ in its name which is what a little alter of mine calls Josh, and I thought that was sweet so yeah deeply personal reason there but you get what you get.

Gligar Sugimori artwork
By Ken Sugimori

3) Gligar
It’s the less creepy version of Josh’s favourite pokemon, so not only is it cuter but I hear about it significantly less. I think it would be either a curse or… do they have poison type? If they do, then that. It is generation 4, which is the best generation.

Girafarig Sugimori artwork
By Ken Sugimori

2) Girafarig
My favourite animal is a giraffe. This looks like a giraffe. I imagine it’s a normal type pokemon that bites its enemies.

Gliscor Sugimori artwork
By Ken Sugimori

1) Gliscor
I have a good relationship and do not want it to end anytime soon and for that to happen, Gliscor needed to be number 1. Now that I think about it, Josh might have encouraged me to do this list just so Gliscor would be number 1 on a list. Regardless, it is pretty cool. It’s a generation 4 Pokemon, which means when we met, it wasn’t in Pokemon Go (despite me looking for it for months before he told me this). It’s purple, which is my favourite colour… maybe Josh’s favourite colour is purple because of Gliscor. Probably not. It’s probably a dark or poison or curse type. A flying type, for sure. It’s the evolution of Gligar which was mentioned earlier in this list. It was only on the dark version of the game? I think? And you have to evolve it at night using some kind of stone.

After talking to Josh about the last bit, I realised I need to explain about the ‘dark’ version of the game. So you have black and white, sword and shield, peal and diamond. The first ones are dark and the second are light. You’re welcome.

So, Gamers, that was my very informal list of Pokemon that I know and think are the best. Were you surprised I knew 10? I was! Leave your thoughts in the comments, don’t forget to like this post for me to do a happy dance, check out my social medias to keep up to date, and check out 2nerds_1game on Twitch, where me and Josh stream almost every day!

Where I got the images: https://pokemondb.net/

Where I looked up all the Pokemon: https://www.pokemon.com/uk/pokedex/

Gaming Quote of the Week #9

“Nah, this is the end. If I keep this shit up, I’m gonna forget the joy of punchin’ dudes in the face. I gotta retire my wheels”- Goro Majima, Yakuza Kiwami.

So I’ve mentioned about how I’ve played Yakuza 0 and loved it but preferred playing as Majima. Little update: I’ve started Kiwami! I’ve not got this far yet but Josh has so I saw this quote and it made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with you guys!

Do you have a favourite quote from the Yakuza series? Let me know in the comment section below and don’t forget to like this post, follow this blog and check out 2nerds_1game on Twitch 🙂

What is a ‘Bunny Day’ and where are my fossils?!

QUICK NOTE: This post was meant to go up yesterday evening but I needed pictures from the switch that I was only able to get today, so sorry guys.

Hey, Gamers! So I have mentioned before that I recently got Animal Crossing New Horizons (in January this year). Now, our island is 4 stars so you can probably tell that we spend a decent amount of time with Tom Nook but it’s no where near the majority of people who got the game way back when it came out in March last year. They all got to experience the first ever ‘Bunny Day’, which took place (I think) less than a month after the game came out. I’ve heard many things about Bunny Day and Zipper… most of it negative. But I was excited to experience it for myself…

This year, Bunny Day was shorter. I think last year it was two weeks long, but this year it’s just been one week. The first day was… awful. All three of us have autism and at least two of us hate change. We had a vendetta against Bunny Day and we wanted our fossils back.

For those who don’t know, the time around Bunny Day is for collecting eggs. There are six kinds: sky, water, earth, wood, stone and leaf. You get these eggs by going fishing, hitting rocks, chopping wood, digging up the stars and all the things you would normally do on the island. The initial problem that we had was that we take it in turns to dig up the fossils… but we all wanted eggs. It was frustrating digging up eggs when you wanted fossils and digging up fossils when you wanted eggs.

We just wanted things to go back to normal…

And then today – Bunny Day – happened and things completely flipped. Suddenly we loved it. We got all the eggs, even went looking for more eggs on Nook Miles Ticket Islands, did so much DIY. We were living for it. We went from getting annoyed that it was an egg instead of a fossil to getting disappointed that it was a fossil instead of an egg.

During the leadup to Bunny Day, Zipper informed us that we had to collect a bunch of Bunny Day themed DIY recipes that he had hidden around the island. The main ways (and only ways I can think of) of finding these recipes were bottles that were scattered on the beach that were different to the usual bottle that you find everyday because they were wrapped in a rainbow strip; the other way was shooting colourful balloons with a slingshot.

For Bunny Day, we have to find and create of the Bunny Day DIY recipes… and as tedious as it sounds… it was fun. It was actually really fun.

Overall, I think I enjoyed it. I don’t like that I’ll look forward to it next year… but it was pretty cool. Definitely an experience. I think because of how fun the festival was… it was just too similar too soon. But then again, Bunny Day is for Easter and I know that you can’t just change Easter.

But anyway, Gamers, that is it for this post. Have you experienced Bunny Day? How was it for you? Leave your thoughts and feelings in the comments; check out my Instagram; if you are looking for a stream channel to follow, Josh and I stream almost every day @2nerds_1game on Twitch. See you next time!