Video game devs, take my money already!

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My name is Rinn, and I think I have a problem.

I can’t stop buying video games when I already have so many unfinished ones.

And it certainly looks like 2019 is not going to help me on that front. There’s a lot of great releases that I’m really looking forward to! I also treated myself to a PS4 in December, which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, and another game library that’s going to take me a lifetime to get through.

(All game titles link to respective Steam store pages, or websites if there isn’t one)

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The Outer Worlds (TBA): Developed by Obsidian (who brought us Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, no less), The Outer Worlds is an open-world sci-fi RPG. It promises to have recruitable companion NPCs and dialogue decisions, amongst other things, but really I was just sold by the excellent trailer that was premiered at the Game Awards.

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Dying Light 2 (TBA): The sequel to one of my favourite games played in 2018, I cannot WAIT for Dying Light 2. I was never a fan of zombie games until I tried Dying Light, and that was purely from watching some friends play it. The co-op is fantastic, and I hope this continues in the sequel.

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Tunic (TBA): This game basically looks like a fox version of The Legend of Zelda aka it looks ADORABLE. And there’s no release date yet 😦

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Mineko’s Night Market (TBA): I have been playing a lot of farming/exploration type games, such as Garden PawsMy Time at Portia and Stardew Valley, and this looks in a similar vein, although perhaps even more like Animal Crossing. And yet again – no release date!

And these are just a few of the games I have my eye on! Others include Willowbrooke Post (March), Concrete Genie (TBA), In the Valley of Gods (TBA), Babylon’s Fall (TBA), Control (TBA), Days Gone (April), Judgement(TBA), Sea of Solitude (TBA), Twin Mirror (TBA) and Crackdown 3 (released this month).

I also added Far Cry: New Dawn to this list, but I am currently playing/streaming it already and having an absolute blast!

What are you hoping to play this year? Do you have your eye on any of these titles?

P.S. Did you know I am a Humble Bundle Affiliate? You can use my link to buy games from Humble Bundle, and it will support me directly! Additionally, if you’ve never signed up for Humble Monthly before, you can use my referral to help me out.

 

 

 

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Rinn Reads – January 2019

Somehow February is now upon us, and we’ve already gone through the official worst month of the year – January. The post Christmas haze has cleared and life is back to normal. For me, that means reading as many books as I can get my hands on.

So what did I read in January?

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller – an excellent novel from Madeline Miller, who also wrote the absolutely heartbreaking The Song of Achilles. This one focuses on Circe (surprise), her growing witchy powers and her exile to a deserted island.
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – this is really not a book I expected myself to pick up, let alone enjoy, but I watched the Netflix film in December and really enjoyed it. It was a fabulous coming-of-age piece with lots of Dolly Parton and cameos from some excellent drag queens. The film was a good adaptation, leaving out the stuff that dragged the book down.
  • Skullsworn by Brian Staveley – apparently this is technically a prequel/set in the same world as Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series, but can easily be read as a standalone. Which is lucky, because I’ve read the first book and don’t remember a thing about it. It’s a serious disorder called book amnesia, and affects something like 75% of all book bloggers* because our brains are just overflowing with plots, characters and infuriating story arcs, so some of it just has to get pushed out.
  • Cold Earth by Sarah Moss – this was lent to me by my mum, who recommended it to me as it’s about archaeologists on excavation in Greenland. It’s told from multiple points of view, and the first character, Nina, seriously needed to get a grip. I was hoping for some redeeming qualities but then her section just suddenly ended, which was frustrating. The ending of the book itself was also super disappointing.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir – I re-read this book, which I’ve been meaning to do ever since I watched the film. First time round I read it on my Kindle and I think that dampened my enjoyment a bit. It went from a 3 star rating to 4 stars!
  • Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – a sequel to Dumplin’, this was some cute fluff but not as enjoyable as the first book.
  • Yes She Can by Ruth Davidson – I grabbed this in the library because I was interested by the premise – women who are ahead of their fields or the first to do something. Just goes to show how little I know about politics – it’s written by the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Definitely a interesting read though.
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu – this was another random library choice, and it fell really flat. I didn’t quite know what the whole point of the story was…
  • Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas – the conclusion to the Throne of Glass series that first appeared when I started book blogging, I’ve really enjoyed the stories of Aelin and her companions. There are moments in these books that have me unintentionally laughing out loud, especially some of the sex scenes, but in general it’s been a fun fantasy series to follow.

(* not scientifically proven)

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What did you read in January? Have you read any of these titles?

Gaming Goodies – January 2019

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It looks like 2019 is going to be a pretty big year for games.

Which is amazing, but what am I supposed to do when I’m years behind on my Steam library, and more and more titles that I MUST PLAY NOW just keep appearing??

I valiantly work my way through them, of course. Here’s what I’ve been playing this month:

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (PC): I actually started playing this in October, and it took me about three months to finish because I wanted to do EVERYTHING. I completed every quest and side quest, found every location, cleared every enemy base… I really enjoyed it. The ending was pretty trash, but the game itself is gorgeous. And considering I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis on that period of Egypt AND about the god Serapis, who appears quite a lot throughout the game, I was enthralled.
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I had a LOT of fun with the photo mode in Assassin’s Creed Origins.

  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (PS4): This was one of the games of my childhood, and I may have gone out and bought a PS4 just so I could play it. Okay, maybe not just for Spyro, but it was definitely a major contributing factor. I’ve nearly completed the first game, and started the third because that’s the one I played the most and I’m too impatient to wait.
  • Vampyr (PC): I started playing this at random one morning and soon found myself sucked in. I finished it in about a week, which is pretty speedy for me. I had a friend staying who helped with a few of the bosses, and we both got involved in seeing how our choices played out. You play a doctor in 1918 London, during the Spanish influenza epidemic, who gets turned into a vampire. He is then torn between his vampiric urges and keeping the Hippocratic oath he swore when he became a doctor.
  • Jurassic Park Evolution (PC): I CAN RUN MY OWN JURASSIC PARK!! This game is a little bit addictive, and sometimes hilarious. Especially because I’ve given all my dinosaurs normal names (such as Nigel and Arnold the ceratosauruses). It can be quite challenging, and the islands never feel big enough for everything. But all the same, I will unlock all the dinosaurs, oh yes, I will.
  • What Never Was (PC): A very short free game on Steam about a girl clearing out her grandad’s attic after he dies. She finds something very unexpected and I really can’t say any more! It only took me maybe 20 minutes to finish, and I’m assuming it leads onto a full length game.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PC): More Assassin’s Creed-ing around my degree subject, this time Ancient Greece! Although this game is very different from the rest of the series, and you’re technically a mercenary not an assassin, it’s still super fun. I had to just stop and stare at my surroundings 90% of the time, as they were locations I’d only ever previously visited through textbooks and university research. It was amazing to see them brought to life in this way.
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Hanging out at a shrine to Athena in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

  • Garden Paws (PC): This game is ADORABLE. It’s like a mix of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley – you look after your grandparents’ farm whilst they’re off travelling the world, but the twist is that the village is populated by animals, and you’re one yourself! There’s loads to do, from helping to rebuild the village to crafting, farming, exploring, raising animals and it’s all just so cute. I’ve been streaming it a lot on Twitch lately, and it even has Twitch integration so that viewers appear as NPCs at your shop. I’ve currently played about 30 hours and probably streamed half of that in the past week.
  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (PC): My friend CrimsonGargoyle bought this game for me two Christmases ago, and I finally got round to playing it. I streamed it and it was a perfect stream game – so weird and quirky and very unexpected! Unfortunately it’s unfinished, and there will be no second half of the game, but I enjoyed what I could play.
  • Adam’s Ventures: Origins (PC): I streamed this yesterday – it’s a puzzle game about an archaeologist but has NOTHING to do with archaeology and is in fact a total trash game. I spent 5 hours on this garbage, but I finished it and that’s one more ticked off my list!

What have you been playing this month?

The Life of a Bookworm (in GIFs!)

This was originally posted on my book blog, Rinn Reads.

Who doesn’t love GIFs? They can be used to demonstrate a wide range of situations, and you can express so much through them. So what about the life of a bookworm, as shown through GIFs? Obviously this post is image heavy!

When you don’t want to be disturbed whilst reading:

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When someone says they don’t like reading:

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When you think about tackling your TBR pile:

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On entering a bookshop/library:

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On finishing an amazing book:

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On finishing a rubbish book:

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Packing for your holiday:

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When you REALLY want your friends to read a certain book:

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When you both love and hate an author for writing such amazing, heartbreaking stories:

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The smell of books, new and old:

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Have you got any others to add? 🙂

Rinn’s Year in Books 2018

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Just like last year, I’m sharing my year in books for 2018!

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I read 42,948 pages across 106 books. Quite a bit less than last year (147), but I joined Twitch at the end of 2017 and started playing video games even more.

The longest book I read was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, at 704 pages. This was a re-read of a book that I’d previously loved, but it just didn’t seem to be all that great the second time around.

The shortest book I read was The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s only 168 pages and is a pretty interesting self-development book.

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My rating breakdown looks like this, with an average rating of 3.3 stars (lower than last year), which doesn’t sound great!

  • 5 stars: 11
  • 4 stars: 37
  • 3 stars: 30
  • 2 stars: 26
  • 1 star: 2
  • Did not finish: 0

Unlike last year, I didn’t DNF any books! However, I seem to have read quite a few books that I didn’t particularly enjoy, and I’m amazed I only gave 11 books 5 stars. Maybe this year I need to be more picky about what I read?

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The highest rated book on Goodreads that I read in 2018 was The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins. Unsurprising, and this was also the fourth or fifth time I’ve read it. The lowest rated was Bottoms Up in Belgium by Alec Le Sueur, which I read on a travel writing binge.

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This year also saw a couple of re-reads, but perhaps not as many as I thought. I’m planning to do quite a bit of re-reading this year anyway, mostly because I need to continue a few series and have completely forgotten the contents of the first book(s)…

HOW WAS YOUR YEAR IN READING?

Well this is awkward…

Well. Um, hi there. It’s been a while.

You may remember a post in April last year, claiming that Claire and I were busy, but we weren’t going anywhere and were planning on getting some more posts up soon.

Fast forward eight months and with the exception of one other post, we haven’t done much to the blog.

Well, I’ve recently realised how much I miss writing and the creative outlet of a blog. So I’ve resolved to make use of this blog again. Here’s what I plan on posting:

  • a monthly recap of what I’ve read
  • a monthly recap of what I’ve played
  • video game reviews/discussions of playthroughs
  • basically anything else I feel like discussing (nice and vague, eh?)

Less of an emphasis on book reviews this time, although my monthly recaps will contain my general thoughts on each book read. I’d really like to try my hand at writing about video games – after all, the reason we started this new blog was to expand our writing to media other than books.

But don’t get me wrong, I still don’t go anywhere without at least one book in my bag.

 

We’re still here!

Hello everyone.

I realise it has been a while since either Claire or I posted, but I just wanted to let you know that we’re still here. This blog was always meant to be a lot more relaxed/casual than our previous ones, so there may be times where you don’t hear much from us for a bit – either because we’re busy, or we’re just not in the right mood (and there’s nothing wrong with that!)

Currently I’ve been focusing a lot on my Twitch channel, and I plan on posting about my streaming journey so far soon.

See you around!