Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to namesmelanie

In the early days, when my curiosity guided the course of new streamers to follow, I would occasionally click into streams where the host didn’t even speak English. Italian, French, Spanish, and in this case Dutch, language barriers did not prevent me from watching gameplay. It was kind of enlightening to be able to sit in with people outside my country and experience the same joy that gaming provides to anyone.

If the mood struck me, I would go to Google Translate and convert a little greeting from English to whatever language applicable, just to let them know I was around. With this particular streamer, something surprising occurred: she started speaking English after I made it apparent that I spoke it. Even more, she spent the entire rest of the stream speaking English so that I could understand. Such consideration was not necessary, yet she took the time to ensure everyone was included.

Introducing namesmelanie. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to GameAndSound

Some longtime readers will see this name and find it somewhat familiar. The deja vu is not unwarranted; I have actually written an ode to this person before. As a result, this might be somewhat redundant, so I’ll do what I can to supply new information concerning his streams primarily.

As the October train of follows continued, one particular channel stood out among the rest. Unlike other channels on Twitch, this one did not have anything to prove before I hit that “Follow” button, and I did so the moment it came to mind. “Of course I should follow him, I’ve been doing so on YouTube for years!”

Introducing GameAndSound. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MinishKat

On October 1st, 2020, I quit my retail job of three years. Mentally ravaged by the pressure of abiding by COVID regulations and hardening myself to vile, confrontational customers, I managed to start work full-time remotely. This meant a lot more time online, along with more opportunity to attend Twitch streams.

After six-plus months of not following more than three people on Twitch, October laid the seeds to grow that number exponentially in the months to come. One of the first to really establish themselves as a channel to remember came very… randomly.

Introducing MinishKat. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to RaeRaeSenpai

Opening up this month of shoutouts is someone particularly special to my history with Twitch. My introduction to her came through extraordinary means, resulting in a “right place at the right time” sequence of events that laid the path to my residency on the platform. A joyful exuberance of positivity and affection, each stream is a showcase of fun, coziness, and elation.

Introducing RaeRaeSenpai. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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I’ve Made a Home on Twitch

This will be a somewhat unusual post for the purposes of this blog. Typically, the formula to success here has been taking a topic and either analyzing it from top to bottom or ruthlessly criticizing it in ways that the general public normally wouldn’t outside of extreme cases. Something tells me I’m usually the person people turn to for bad news, or an otherwise grounded take on specific topics, whether it be anime, games, or whatever else.

But this will be somewhat unique, yet not unique in the slightest in hindsight. What I’m about to embark on is something that is generally more expected from an online blog format: a personal story about discovering a new hobby (pastime?). I have officially come full circle and am now blogging about random, sudden passions, some seven years into my blogging life.

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Top 10 Anime So Good That I Forgot Everything About Them

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Has this ever happened to you? Starting off that anime ride, you end up devouring at lightning speed, racking up your total anime-viewed count like it’s a drug addiction. Eventually, you start getting a big head, so you rate all of them and start ranking them in a notebook based on enjoyment and objectivity. Then years go by and that notebook is long abandoned. You don’t have the appetite you used to, and all those impactful titles that you used to hold dear are but vague images, dancing in your subconscious. Awful, isn’t it? Such a specifically common occurrence that totally wasn’t just describing me. Continue reading “Top 10 Anime So Good That I Forgot Everything About Them”

Old Games Are Fast, New Games Are Slow | One of Many Personal Predicaments

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It’s been some time since I’ve done one of these “personal predicament” posts. Typically, these are things that I experience in my day-to-day life revolving things that interest me, that which confounds me or seem interesting enough to think upon. The “art” of critique and critical thinking is something that floods my mind often, and recently, Animal Crossing has been the primary subject. This will not be a full-on review of New Horizons (though I do have one), nor will it be a dissertation on why the original game is so much better. This will cover something I’ve felt a common occurrence in games from then and now, which has affected the way I approach and appreciate titles: speed.

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A Farewell Ode to Excalibur: World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Private Server

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In November of 2015, I made a discovery that would revert my adult form back to its glorious teenage years. You didn’t have to pay to play World of Warcraft, assuming you didn’t mind playing earlier builds of it. Private servers have always been pretty common, and yet it took me years after quitting retail to realize the possibility of going back to the game that I preferred. After some searching, I stumbled upon Excalibur, a private server that had been running for over five years at the time, had a decent population, and promised a near-Blizz-like coding script. It ended up being the right decision, as while my interest in it waned as time passed by, I would never leave it for good. I elaborated my thoughts in an early 2016 post. Continue reading “A Farewell Ode to Excalibur: World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Private Server”

Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon LeafGreen, and the Unfortunate Consequence of Playing Better Games

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In major parts of November and December, I played through and thoroughly enjoyed Pokémon Platinum, which was particularly surprising considering I didn’t think I liked the fourth generation of Pokémon. Upon its release roughly seven months ago, Fire Emblem: Three Houses destroyed my social life and ended up being my 2019 GOTY. Both would have a profound impact on my experience playing games from their respective franchises that came before: Fire Emblem: Awakening and Pokémon LeafGreen, both of which I had previously completed and enjoyed. Said impact, unfortunately, did not end up positive. Continue reading “Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon LeafGreen, and the Unfortunate Consequence of Playing Better Games”

Frustration in Video Games Is Just Part of the Adventure

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I cannot recall if I’ve ever described this phenomenon I have with the more trepidatious moments of a video game’s whole. Briefly, perhaps, I’ve mentioned my leniency towards these moments, but for today, I shall expand upon this topic in the hopes that it may reach you, reader, and you will be able to sympathize with my insanity. That, and it’s become a running joke in the family recently. It’s on the mind and I felt it’d be neat to share a little more of my gaming expectations. Continue reading “Frustration in Video Games Is Just Part of the Adventure”