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Top 5 Games I Want to Try Now That I have a Gaming PC

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…uuuuuuuuuuuuggggghhh. Sorry, its been hard to muster up any kind of energy given the last week. Whether it be current events and the country slowly falling into fascism or always having 20 assignments due, lets just say its not been particularly motivating. However, one bright spot did occur over the weekend: I was able to get my first ever PC. Despite not actually building it myself (shout out to my friend Jeremy who is also a Team Fight Tactics and variety twitch streamer), aside from plugging in wires and downloading software, I’m still incredibly happy about finally having one. Now that I do have a PC, I have begun to think about all of the games I want to play. So here is a quick list of my most anticipated games now that I have one.


Its hard to say that I haven’t felt at least a little behind or even left out because I have been playing on console for so long. Granted, many PC gamers have made others feel bad about their preferred gaming setup, but it still felt bad knowing their were certain games I just did not have access to, and games like “Valorant” are why I felt that way. Not only does it have a sleek and interesting design, its game play, aside from just being similar to “CS:GO,” looks incredibly fun and rewarding, and definitely something I want to get my hands on.

League of Legends

Alright, listen, I can explain. Remember how I just said that I felt bad about missing out on trends? Well, “League” is kind of like the trend that never dies, at least not yet anyway. Despite the fact that I have been playing Smite for well over 4 years now, I still have wanted to the game for the sole fact that it seems to draw a lot of attention and, at least when played with similarly skilled people, appears to be a lot of fun.


Persona 4 Golden

It is almost crazy to think about just how much fun I have already had with the “Persona” series solely through its most recent entry. “Persona 5” has already cemented itself as one of my favorite games of all time, and I think it would be a miss to not check at the series older entries. From my experience playing “Smash Ultimate,” the game has a wonderfully vibrant soundtrack, and even though I do find myself being a bit biased because of what games look like now, it still has a fairly impressive set of graphics.

Rivals of Aether

The next two games on this list are games that I actually have already played, but would like to experience on a better graphics card than what my laptop can provide. As for “Rivals of Aether,” I have always enjoyed its faster, more adaptive game-play, relative to other platform fighters. However, the game never looked quite right playing on a laptop, and it was always hard to play with multiple people because of having a smaller screen. Now, thought, it should be a much more comfortable experience.


Like I mentioned before, I have had a long and storied history with “Smite,” a lot of it bad, but most of it good. As with “Rivals of Aether,” the game just never felt quite right on a non-gaming focused laptop, with the hundreds of stutters and disconnects, so I never really bothered trying accept on PS4. I definitely prefer “Smite” conceptually to a lot of other MOBAs because of the third party view, and now I hope I can experience a slightly more competitive version of it.

What games have you all been playing, and what should I add to this list in the future? Let me know in the comments below.

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Top Five Things to Look Forward to in 2019

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Alright, I am not going to beat around the bush: 2018 was slow and painful. Maybe its just because I am at the age where I have a consistent job and so everything feels a lot slower because of that, but honestly, that’s not all there is to it. Emotional, politically and cultural it was tough. I lost a lot of friends and family, either through them passing away or just not being able to talk to them as much. I try to keep politics off of this blog as much as possible but it was an absolute dumpster fire when it came to U.S. politics this year. We also had a lot of unfortunate deaths this year, from people like Stan Lee to geniuses like Stephen Hawking. Overall, the year sucked. But as time mandates, the year will soon pass us by and into 2019 we will head. However, there are a lot of things, both anime and non-anime related that I am looking forward to in 2019. So, here are my top five things to look forward to in 2019.

5. Haikyuu! Season 4

Coming in at number five is something that I did not even realize was happening until a few days ago when I happened to stumble across an article on twitter: Haikyuu Season four. The show’s third season left it on a huge cliffhanger that made many fans wondering if a fourth season was even planned, but luckily fans will not have to wait to long, as the fourth season is planned for Fall of 2019.

Haikyuu was one of the first sports anime that I genuinely enjoyed watching. Volleyball is a sport that just seems much more interesting to watch because of how dynamic it can be in a matter of seconds, and most of the time Haikyuu manages to portray that extremely well.

4. Smite

Yeah, sorry League fans, I just have not had the chance to get into it yet, but I will try it at some point. Smite has been one of my favorite past times for about two years now, and it always relaxes me when I can just Que up into a ranked game and have some fun.

The developers at Hi-Rez have already made a few announcements about what the next version of the game, called season six, will look like, including new gods and changes to the main map. All of it has me pretty excited, and I can’t wait to see what they decide to do with game going forward.

3. Hearthstone

Much like Smite, Hearthstone is a game that I have a lot of fun within the time that I have been playing it. Getting involved in the Meta and trying to perfect my decklists are what keep me coming back. The newest expansion, Rastakan’s Rumble, has also added a lot of interesting mechanics and to the format. If I had to complain about one thing, its that Hunter is dominating the format pretty hard, and it is not super fun to have to go up against the same class and the same three decks 50 percent of the time, but other than that I eagerly await to see what will come.

2. Kingdom Hearts 3

It is finally here, the game that a lot of people, including myself, have been waiting a long time for. There are plenty of people, both outside the Kingdom Hearts fan base and within it, that will tell you that the series has a lot of problems, and chances are that a lot of those criticisms are correct. The series’ plotline has way too many characters, the story has become an absolute absurdity, and the number side games that are necessary to make it somewhat coherent only bolster both of these problems.

However, despite all of these problems, the series has still provided as lot of fun. Even if the series final installment ends up being complete garbage, I still feel good knowing the series will finally come to an end.

and now, finally…

1. The Aniwriter

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Honestly, it would be a total lie to put anything else in the number one spot. Blogging has been a lot of fun for me, but more than that it has become a home for me, a passion. Here, I can do and say what I want without censorship. I have the creative freedom to write what I feel about any topic I choose.

So yeah, the thing I look forward to in 2019 is doing more of what I love, which is writing on this blog.

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My Favorite Things – 10/15/17

Back in July of this year, YouTuber Super Eyepatch Wolf released a video talking about his favorite things of 2017. It was a well structure video where he talked about all of the things he was enjoying this year, and I thought it was a cool concept. As such, I decided I would do something similar, and list everything I’ve been enjoying as of late.


March Comes in Like a Lion:

March-Comes-in-Like-a-Lion-CoverI started March Comes in Like a Lion during the summer of this year, and I have been in love with the show ever since. Shaft’s vividly expressive art style combined with the depressingly somber tale of Rei Kiriyama’s journey to find happiness in his current situation makes for one of the best shows to come out in recent years. It takes everything I love about a good slice of life, mature themes, diverse and deep characters, and cranks it up to eleven.

As I somewhat ramblingly documented in another post, I can also very much relate to Rei’s sense of being unsure as to what he wants out of life. His journey is one that, while not many people are likely to go through themselves, many can find comfort in because of the similarities to situations that we all have. For Example, even though Rei has been playing shogi his whole life, he doesn’t really enjoy it the way many of the people he plays against do. The only reason Rei even plays shogi in the first place is because of his late father. Rei plays shogi because it reminds him of his father, not because he has fun with it.

With the start of the second season just recently, My interest has been thoroughly renewed. I’m eager to see if the show’s second iteration will do it as much justice as the first.

Log Horizon:


While I haven’t actually watched the show in over a year, Log Horizon has continually held my interest because of the large cliffhanger that concluded the show’s second season. After ending the show in the middle of a vital point of the story, I got more than a bit mad. Of course, I later found out that there wasn’t any more material to adapt, as the light novel author had been thrown in jail for tax evasion, and proceeded to get even madder.

Regardless, Log Horizon is a show that is very much worthy of praise. Many have called it the smarter version of Sword Art Online, but I don’t think it should have to cast in the shadow of a show that came before it. Log Horizon takes the premise of being in an MMO and does it very accurately, from the leveling system to the cooldown on abilities and the combat, and in that way exceeds SAO, with maybe a few exceptions.

I hope that in the future Log Horizon will get the continuation it deserves. There is no reason of this high a quality should be left by the wayside to be forgotten.

Phi Brain:


One of my favorite shows of all time and a show that will never not be one of my favorites, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God takes what is possibly one of the stupidest premises of all time and makes it entertaining as hell. Kaito, an orphan whose parents died while on a trip for work, has always loved puzzles. One day he discover’s that a group called P.O.G. wants to solve the puzzle of God, and obtain all of the immense power that comes with it.

The show immediately becomes a game show like battle series where the characters are fighting against in each other in a puzzle of the week format for a majority of the show, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun.

Most of the writing in the show is admittedly quite basic, and most of the characters, aside from Kaito and some of the villains, are a bit one-dimensional. Phi Brain is a show that really focuses on the things it does well and gets by doing the bare minimum with other elements. However, I still love it to death.

Video Games



I am a man with many interests, and video games are very much one of those interests. In Fact, I like a lot of different genres, from shooters to MOBAs to, especially, RPGs. Divinity is a game that I discovered only recently after it was recommended to me by a good friend, and boy am I a fan.

Divinity is a turn-based RPG focused around your customizable characters known as “source hunters” who help fight evil in the world. Your first mission is investigating the murder of a council member in a small town, and in there, you discover your destiny.

Despite the somewhat cheesy story, the game is both challenging and innovative in the gameplay department. Unlike other RPG, the enemies in the game do not respawn, so you can’t level grind in any one area. This makes it much harder to level up and progress through the game, but not to the point where it becomes frustrating, as there is an abundant number of side quest made available to you as the player.

Divinity has been critically acclaimed as being one of the best games in recent years, and I can’t say I disagree. With fun and challenging gameplay, it is definitely one of my favorites.



Not exactly a niche game, but still worth mentioning as being one of my favorites. I remember the first time finding out about it and then realizing I had no experience with MOBA’s whatsoever. Even so, I dived in and gave it a try. I eventually got my immediate friend group into the game, and we spent hours upon hours practicing and having a great time.

Aside from personal enjoyment, Smite has a few elements that make it fairly distinct. The third person view, as opposed to an overhead view, is one that is very often cited, but Smite also has a much lower barrier to entry, as you can buy all of the characters, and any future characters, for just 30 bucks, and there are a ton of characters in free rotation at any given time, which makes it much more accessible to an average player.

What I enjoy most about the game is its lore. Smite is based on the ancient gods of different Mythos, which most recently has included gods from the Celtic Pantheon. Getting to read about the characters and realize that these were deities that people believed in at one point is kind of surreal.



Based off a game within a game from the well-received Witcher 3, Gwent is a card game that plays somewhat like poker. Each player puts a card on the board each turn, trying to put more power on the board than your opponent. This happens in a two out of three style match, but aside from drawing a few cards after each round, you only play with whats in your hand.

Gwent is, for the most part, a well-designed card game that brings a lot of new ideas to the table. It combines the well-crafted card are of a game like Hearthstone with a completely different game structure to make something new and fun.

Not having played Witcher 3 before, almost all of the cards go over my head, but the lore of the game is still interesting, and even though I haven’t played as much recently, It’s a game I will likely continue to play for a while.


Spectrum Pulse:

Being someone who listens to just about everything when it comes to music, there a few places where I like to go to get recommendations for what to listen to. Spectrum Pulse, run by Mark Grondon, is a Music, Movie review channel that also reviews just about everything, be it pop, rock, jazz, country or whatever.

His reviews are well researched and often times he’ll bring up things that I didn’t even know about the artist and/or movie he’s reviewing. Mark also does a series called Billboard Breakdown where he looks at and talks about all of the activity of the weekly hot 100 list. This series is where I get a lot of my news about popular music and also some things to listen to as well.


In a somewhat similar vein, and also pertaining to anime, LeeandLie is a channel run by Amanda Lee who does fantastic covers of anime and video game songs. She does almost everything, from Angel Beats to the recently aired Re:Creators, all with a fantastic voice.


And that’s everything I’ve been enjoying recently. I might start doing a smaller version of this list on a more regular basis. If you guys enjoy anything here let me know in the comments. Until next time, see ya.