My Reason for Being MIA

Why I’ve Been Gone!

Hey guys, I know I didn’t post at all last week, which is very unlike me. And I have to say I’m really sorry for that. I needed to take some time for myself. I honestly still think I need to take some more time for myself but I’m going to try and balance both posting on here and taking time for myself. We will see how it goes 🙂

Nothing too bad has happened. I just have a feeling of being stuck and trapped where I am at and by a lot of different things. Which makes me feel quite down. I know it’s not a bad thing to be at a standstill and to wait but sometimes it just does feel bad. I’m working through being okay with it while also figuring out what all I really want as well as how to go about getting it. And then making sure I stay as close to that path as I can to ensure my success in all ways and all facets of my life.

But back on the up and up! I finally put together a Google document of all the GameCube games I still need for those of you interested. It can be found here.

I hope you all had a wonderful, safe and magical weekend! Be warriors in all ways, and be kind to one another. And as always stay classy and sassy.

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How I Know I’m Getting a Deal

Hello and welcome back to this great corner of the interwebs!

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I do to know I’m getting a good deal on a game or even a console.

I like to make sure that I am decently versed in the specific types of games I am looking for. So for me, I keep up with GameCube, PS2, DS, 3DS, and N64. A good way to do this is to be a part of the game collecting community. I personally do this through frequenting r/gamecollecting on Reddit.

Once I have more knowledge about the systems I’m looking out for, I make sure that I have a good set to resources to access. I tend to use Ebay, Pricecharting.com and some actual game store websites, (Mainly estarland.com for me, they’re amazing). How do I use these resources you ask? Well I use Ebay to see what games have been sold for when I have a game I’m interested in right in front of me. I browse listings by sold and completed listings and compare that to what I have in front of me. It’s important to look at the completed and sold listings because if it’s listed for 40 bucks that doesn’t mean it’s actually selling for 40 bucks. I will use Pricecharting.com to see what the trending value of a game is, as well as it’s highest and lowest values. I also like to look at the trend of a game to see if it’s been increasing or decreasing to determine if I need to snatch a game up now or if I’m safe to wait a bit. And last but not least, I will use other game store’s websites, typically estarland.com for me. This site is honestly great. They let you know the condition of the game and the price differences due to the varying conditions. With their used games its typically, complete, no manual, and disc only. That way you can see what the game in front of you is being sold for in its current condition at another competitor.

Now besides just purchasing the item as is, what else can you do to try and snag a better deal? Great question. You can use all of your knowledge to try and haggle a better price. Yes. Ask for a better deal. Pull your resources. Prove your knowledge. The worse thing that can happen is someone says no. It can be unnerving and scary at times but trust me. It DOES work. Sometimes. Not always.

Also be sure to ask them about deals or coupons. Especially if you’re in an area you don’t frequent. You could get lucky and find a discount or better option that you never knew existed.

Add yourself to the email lists, a lot of local game stores send out weekly or monthly emails with deals and coupons. It’ll be a few more emails to go through every week or so, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Make sure to be friendly and talk with the store clerks. So many times I have found myself in better positions by striking up a conversation with the clerk. And I have made a friend or two along the way as well. Those clerks might even set things aside for you when they come in just because they know you’re looking for it. Making your life a lot easier.

One last tip I have is carry some cash. When you’re frequenting small independent game stores, taking the credit card cash out fee and waiting for that money to be deposited can mean life and death some days, a lot of the time they’re willing to give you a discount IF you pay in cash. Always offer and see what happens. Again, the worst thing that can happen is they say no.

Stay classy and sassy!

What I’ve Been Playing Wednesday!

Take a look at what I’ve been playing and my opinions on them! 🙂

Wow. What a two weeks.

You’ll all be happy to know I got some great gaming in. Some good games, some not so good in the sense that they weren’t what I was expecting or looking to play at the time.

Let’s get right to it!

GameCube: Ribbit King – I don’t know what I was expecting with this game honestly but I wasn’t expecting what I got. I had always been told that if I enjoyed Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon then I’d really enjoy Ribbit King. So in my mind it’s somehow similar to the two. Well that’s just not right at all. In Ribbit King, you just play a golf like game. That’s all you do. Which is cool and great if that’s what you wanted turning it on and that’s what you expected. But I didn’t. I was just really disappointed with it. Maybe when it’s what I’m looking to play I’ll like it but for now I’m just happy to have it as part of the collection.

GameCube: Sims 2 Pets – This game turned out similar to Ribbit King for me; not what I was expecting or wanted at the time. I am just so used to Sims games on the console having a story mode and a free play mode. I personally stick to the story mode because I’d much rather play “free play mode” on the PC in the traditional Sims. So when I turned on the Sims 2 Pets and was met with no story mode I was surprised. And then I immediately turned off the game, no joke. If I wanted to play a traditional Sims game I would turn on my computer where it’s easier to control, not my GameCube.

PC: GTA V Online – I hadn’t played this in so long on the PC that I had forgotten a lot of the controls which made playing again a lot of fun. 😉 I also was finally able to play with Mathew and my family which makes the game that much more fun. I have a long way to go to get my character back to where I’m used to being but in the mean time, I’m really enjoying causing mayhem and destruction wherever I go. And I can’t forget about the random goofy glitches. Random gaggle of skydiver NPCs dropping from the sky anyone?

PC: Golf With Your Friends – So there’s a new level and a new game mode that’s been added. Like what?! YES! First let’s discuss the new level, which is a prehistoric level and it’s a lot of fun with all the twists and turns and trick shots you can make. BUT it’s really hard.  As I’ve said before, the game is still in Beta so tweaks can and will be made and with a couple of these holes on this level really need it! The last level especially. It seems almost impossible to make it through with 12 strokes and two minutes. Now for the new game mode. It’s called dunk. So instead of having a hole to put your ball in to (that’s what she said, I’m not sorry, it had to be said ;)) You bounce your ball in to the basketball hoop. It’s hard because the hit area seems to be kind of flawed but it’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait to try all the levels out this way. It takes a lot of the work out of navigating through the levels. Your bounces most definitely have to be times just right through!

PC: Sims 4 – The Sims 4 Parenthood pack just came out so I, of course, had to give it a go. The Sims is getting extremely real for those of use who play with families. You now have a parenting skill you can build up! There are so many new interactions with children and it’s honestly now a lot harder to raise kids. You have all this influence over your child but at the same time there’s so many things that just aren’t in your control at all. There are not phases that your child can go through, they ask for advice, they have different things that can be influenced like emotional control, manners, etc. A lot of the time one thing will be influenced positively while something else will be influenced negatively at the same time. It’s a lot of  fun and brings a lot more challenge to the Sims 4 so, as of right now I’m currently still enjoying what I’m experiencing. We will see if that changes. 😛

Stay classy and sassy y’all ❤

Collection Update!

See what I’ve picked up and how my collection has grown!

Hello friends!

So it’s been a bit since my last collection update. And I have been a very busy girl.

This is what I’ve picked up.

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I was lucky enough to pick up the bulk of the games in Louisville on my recent day trip with Mathew ❤

I did make a big decision though!

So with the generation that I”m currently focused on, I made the choice that I’m still going to go with a full GameCube collection but I’m only going to collect Xbox exclusives and everything else that’s not on GameCube on PS2. So that meant getting rid of quite a few games…

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Some of the games still on the shelf will go eventually but I just can’t stand to part with them just yet.

My GameCube collection just recently passed the 230 mark. That’s over 34% complete with the entire collection.

I’m slowly crossing games off the list that are a part of my new 2017 goal of completing certain letters of the alphabet. Soon I’m going to have to come up with my third 2017 game collecting goal.

Wow, I just have to say I am very blessed to be able to live this life and be able to afford to purchase these games and collect like I do. With that being said, I am going to be slowing down on the collecting front. Some things have come up in my life and I just need to take a step back for a few months. But don’t worry. I will still be looking and purchasing if the price is right 😉

I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with this collection. And be on the look out too. I will be posting in the new few weeks what I am still looking for and what I have for those of you who are curious!

Stay classy and sassy ❤

Favorite Games

Let me tell you about Harvest Moon on the GameCube!

Hello my wonderful and favorite friends!

Today I’m going to tell you about another game near and dear to my heart. The Harvest Moon series in general BUT specifically Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life.

Remember the string of games that I talked about before that if you explain them to others they don’t sound that fun or interesting? Well this one falls in to that category. But I promise it is fun. At least I find it fun.

So! What is this game you ask? Well, it’s kind of like a farming sim/RPG. In this installment you are taking over your father’s barren farm after he passes. You leave your city life to come to the country to run this farm. You’re not alone in your efforts. You have Takaura helping you. He had worked for your father and had been a good friend to him. He does what he can to help you succeed by taking things into the city to sell them, giving you information and advice, etc.

While you are tending to your farm you can also go fishing, build relationships with the villagers, excavate in the dig site, and find love.

Now when it comes to farm life you can raise animals and harvest crops. With the animals you can sheer your sheep, milk your cows, and sell the eggs that your chickens lay. Some animals are just for companionship like a cat, a dog, and ducks.

As you’re more successful on your farm you can buy things and buy upgrades to make life easier such as a milking room for your cows or a cheese room where you can make cheese for higher profits.

There’s also a cooking mechanic to keep your stamina up so you’re able to do more around the farm. Different ingredients and combinations of ingredients will produce different outcomes, a lot of them bad outcomes in my personal experience 😛

The game likes in a calendar like way. There are four “months” which also act as seasons so you work your way through years and your life. You get married and have a child in the game. The child is your heir basically. The cool thing is, you get to pick your wife based on the three eligible bachelorettes in the village and your relationship with them. Some are easier to win other than others and they each have a distinct personality of their own. Who you marry also determines how your child looks and some of their personality. You as the play are able to influence their personality with toys, your friends, and how you care for your little one.

This game has a lot to it but it’s a lot of fun. There’s a mini game or two to keep things interesting as well. You get to watch the village change and flourish. You get to directly see your hard work pay off with how your farm looks which is something I really enjoy. The different personalities of the villagers are fun and humorous to see their moods and how they react to certain things.

I find the replay value of this game to be high because I always want to do better than I did the last time I played. Or I want to try something different, end up with a different lady, raise my kid differently, make my farm different, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Stay classy and sassy y’all ❤

What I’ve Been Playing

Recent playings of the video games!

Today is Wednesday and you know what that means! Either I’m doing a favorite games OR a what I’ve been playing. And based on the title it’s a what I’ve been playing Wednesday!!!

So what have I been playing?

PC: HuniePop – You can thank my boyfriend for this one. I found it on his Steam and couldn’t help but play it. I legitimately called it his waifu for laifu game. Yeah, I’m just so nice 😛 This game is hilarious and really entertaining. It’s a puzzle game for those who don’t know. A game where you complete puzzles to have successful dates with the women that you are trying to make fall in love with you. But really it’s just to get in their panties, let’s be honest. The puzzles get progressively difficult, you have the say the right things to the right girls, remember things that they tell you (which is hard when you have like seven girls), and complete the puzzle successfully in the deemed amount of moves. If you don’t you have a bad date and wasted some time and a (what will later be deemed) easy puzzle. I like it, I recommend it. It’s fun and very fun to make fun of 😛

GameCube: Sims 2 – I recently have been watching a YouTuber that I follow play this game and it pushed me to play it again. Oh my gosh. So much nostalgia. This game was so annoying but so much fun. It was different than the Sims on PC. How you ask? There was an actual story line. You used a controller. You had to do certain things to progress the game further and you didn’t stay living in one place. Sometimes you controlled all the Sims in the household and sometimes you did not. Which was an interesting concept to me, especially back then. I recommend highly for those who don’t want to delve completely in to the Sims pool. This is a good foot in to start with.

Switch: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – This game is easily, in my opinion, the best Mario Kart game out. I instantly fell in love with Mario Kart 8 because it was both beautiful and fun. How cool is it to go zero gravity? Answer: REALLY COOL! I think the levels are the right balance of easy to medium to harder. You have a gradual curve especially within the cups. I also appreciated the fact that there wasn’t such a harsh learning curve when it came to the different cups. I have found in previous Mario Karts that the difference between 50cc and 100cc is way too much. The upgraded installment on the Switch adds a couple things that I had wished they had put in on the Wii U version such as multiple item slots. Having two item slots is like a complete game changer. It just adds so much more to the game. Like giving the person in first two opportunities to have coins instead of one 😉 Go out and try it when you get the chance!

Not too many games this time around but at least I was able to squeeze some gaming time in! Better than nothing!

Share what you’ve been playing! Tell me what I absolutely have to try!

Stay classy and sassy 🙂

Recent Pickup Haul!

Recent video game pickups! Need I say more?

GUYS! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these.

So I have slowed down a bit just because I haven’t had much time lately to go hunting. I know. It’s just so sad.

This is what I have acquired since my last pickup haul:

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The most exciting thing about this? I am TWO GameCube games away from my 2017 goal of 200 games and hitting 30% complete with the entire collection. TWO GAMES AWAY! And it’s only MAY! Oh my gosh. I honestly didn’t think I would be at this point so soon.

So now I need to re-evaluate my collecting goals for this year.

And those goals are to hopefully (besides non-North American games) shut out some letters of the alphabet. I’m going to try to close out numbers, A, X, and Y. It’s not too many games so I know I’ll be able to do it. Which will be nice so I won’t have to move games around too much at the beginning of my collection anymore. 😛

Now, on to my pickups. My wonderful and amazing cousin was so gracious to give me the games I didn’t have from what he had of GameCube games (with the stipulation that he can OF COURSE borrow games). Thank you so much best and favorite cousin ever!

Mathew and I also stopped at a game store on our way back from Chicago which resulted in the bulk of my pickup. I was happy to get my sports games closer to complete (that way I don’t have to look at them anymore ;)). I also made the decision to start working on getting my 3DS collection back to where it was before I was robbed. Which is a huge step for me so I am very proud about that. Plus this store had some amazing deals. The prices were good on most games, especially Kingdom Hearts and Pokemon for the 3DS. And on top of that they were doing a buy 3 get 1 free on all used games. Win for me. I was sold. Plus I also try to pick up PSP games that look interesting whenever I find them because they’re honestly quite hard to find and purchase.

Have you guys picked anything up lately? What was it?! What are your collecting goals?

Until Monday, stay classy and sassy ❤

Also have a safe weekend loves!