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It's official: I'm a cat person

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Well, I'm more like a rabbit-cat person. BUT! Upon seeing Sprigatito (roughly translates to Grass/Spriggan Kitten), I've finally confirmed that I am not a dog-person. That doesn't mean I don't like dogs, but I have more affinity toward cats. It's ironic though that I've never had a cat for a pet before. I've had dogs. Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet have released their announcement trailer today showcasing an open-world game planned for release this late 2022. A new Pokemon game means new Pokemon! Including a new set of adorable starters. BREAKING : we're seeing a lot of Sprigatito fan art as we speak! Possibly the new starters. Fuecoco is my second choice. Aww and Sprigatito is an attention seeking Pokemon in its lore . The game changing mechanic which has been partially introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and had been fully showcased on Pokemon Legends: Arceus is its open-world design in the game. Ever since Gen 1, fans have been imagining an o

Cheriwaves, my third island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Cheriwaves was created because I wanted to buy the Coral Switch Lite. It's also a nod to Deftones' Cherry Waves song as it was stuck in my head. Plus its island native fruit is cherry (well it's pear, but I'm removing every pear tree). Cheriwaves will feature a theme of blue, white, and reddish/pinkish motif similar to the ocean waves with cherry. It's a work in progress where I got stuck in the middle. But since the latest 2.0 update + the expansion, I think I'll go ahead with the current theme in mind and explore the massive amount of items added. I'm imagining a splash of colour from a crash of cherry waves.  More importantly, here is to feature my top three favourite villagers of Cheriwaves (again, in no particular order) . 3. Roald Roald and I go way back in ACPG. I've had Roald twice in ACPG: as a starter villager and as someone who moved into my village from another GC memory card while fruit transferring. I thought that having a penguin was inter

5 Games to Play this Winter Break

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The winter break is in order. There's time now for binge gaming on a deep storyline or building your own grand empire. Get cozy and enjoy. The winter break is the ideal time to unwind. Here are five games for this winter session: 5. The Guild 2: Renaissance The Guild 2 can get you immersed on building your business empire as soon as you're able to find that sweet spot of a steady profit. Guild 2 is a hidden gem of a sim game as you compete and outlast rival families by being the top mogul of the renaissance era. The dynasty mode is ideal during the winter break as Guild 2 is meant to be played for long gaming sessions.  In the Guild 2, you start off with your sole avatar and decide on one of four professions: a patron, a craftsperson, a scholar or a rogue. I recommend starting a craftsperson to start a simple production business. But Guild 2 offers more than managing your own business; your family member can participate on civic duties to help the needy or serve your own intere

dev diary: Getting back in the Groove

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I posted last month about burning out and I have to jump over this block before it gets worse. One way that I found helpful in getting back into the groove would be to (forcefully) code for an hour at minimum. Similarly to getting back to writing. If the hour is unproductive at least it's spent on my life's project. It's working so far. The last few sessions had my mind working again on my list. Although there are a couple of things that I'm stuck with namely the design and a few gaps on my storyline, it's worse to fall behind. Thus I have to keep working on it in as little or as much as I can.  My core vision is to create a game that I want to play. Frankly, I think simply being able to have a project published is already an achievement; as long as the game is fun and makes sense; so I don't really care if it bombs. Here are the short synopsis of the games I'm developing which I think are worth working on: Project: Myth* (Genre: Single-player, Story rich, A

5 Games to Play on a Carefree Morning

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Maybe you've called in sick today or it's your banked day-off and the kids are in school, so it's just yourself at home on this weekday morning. The birds are chirping outside, the coffee has kicked in because you've decided to get up, and your heart is excited of the fun possibilities of this morning. Sure, you can go outside for a jog but do you really want to? You've been jogging for most of the time, and today is a rare occasion. You decide to play videogames instead since you've been waiting for this moment.  Here are five games that I found worthwhile to play on a carefree morning: 5. Fable I've never played a third-person RPG with real-time combat similar to Fable before in 2004 where your character is also able to purchase a home and start a family. I thought it was ingenious to have this aspect of having a life away from being a hero. And able to purchase properties that generate passive income during the adventures as well. It makes sense for anoth

Rune Factory 4 is nostalgia

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I still remember the time I bought RF4 for the 3DS XL. Good times. So good, I decided to buy it again for my Switch. Rune Factory 4 is a fantasy RPG that seamlessly blends sim-farming on one hand and an RPG with real-time combat on the other. If you're familiar with Harvest Moon, then Rune Factory is definitely for you. Players will experience the staple of farming, crafting, and ranching. In addition, players will explore and fight monsters to find materials. They will also need to make friends and be able to get married in the game as well. Unlike in RL where getting married is intense.  The Rune Factory 4 Special for the Nintendo Switch is the full package. As the main character, part of story is building friendships and relationships thus these friendly characters have to be acting as themselves rather than the player controlling them including combat. This is what stood out for me on game design in general. The graphics do look dated on the Switch, but the gameplay is still so