[Novel 02] Chaos Server Theater

How much of the outside inspires and influences the inside? In “The Story,” as I found while writing “Novel 01,” it was about 50%/50%. I might get inspiration from external sources like EarthBound and exploring the world, but, many of the ideas would start or finish from within. As I return to better health, finish old projects to start writing “Novel 02,” one thing is for sure: I’ll have an online presence when writing, compared to during “Novel 01.”

Spoilers?: Minor [building internally, externally]
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[Novel 02] Progress Made Today?

I didn’t make much significant progress toward writing “The Story” or “Novel 02” today. I’ve been sick for a while now, not just because of the spine pain, but the long-term effects of dealing with chronic pain. Added to that, I had to deal with some spicy food that wiped me out for the few days before I wrote this essay. I have didn’t these worries when I wrote “Novel 01” so when/if my health becomes better…

Spoilers?: Minor [systematic writing progress]
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[Media Meandry] Top 2020 Videogames

Rounding out the essays summarizing my experiences with media throughout 2020, this would be the year where I figured out my relationship with videogames. Videogames don’t exactly help me write fiction, so for years, I considered them a sort of nice distraction but nothing overly valuable. Through my continued health problems, I’ve found some solace in playing videogames, watching them, and when/if I should fully recover my health, I want to livestream videogame plays more often.

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[Media Meandry] Valiant Effort Livestreaming

Since starting Better Zombie, I’ve been coming to terms with my social anxiety by doing things to get out there more. It’s like exposure therapy. If I try to talk to people all at once, it can be overwhelming. If I pop into random people’s livestreams when I’m feeling social and we strike up a conversation, it becomes comfortable and easier going forward. I valiantly stepped outside my comfort zone on a few occasions today.

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[Media Meandry] Story Is Hard

I’ve been watching random EarthBound livestreams lately and it’s been a fun way to experience all of my favorite game simultaneously. Someone might be playing the game for the first time near the beginning of the game, while someone else might be efficiently collecting rare drops toward the end of the game. I always skip the livestreams where the broadcaster is playing the game sarcastically but the question becomes: why don’t I play it myself?

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[Videogame Review] Jack Move [demo]

Despite its generic name, Jack Move is closer to EarthBound than any other game I’ve played in recent years. Jack Move, currently in a closed PC beta scheduled for release in 2021 that I played during PAX 2020, takes place in gritty slums that our character, Noa, wanders through in order to complete the demo’s story objective. She wields a complex moveset of attacks, but underneath that is smooth gameplay, flashy graphics, and a promisingly well-written story.

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
Spoilers: none related to storyline

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[Downsizing Zeal] Days Managing Inventory

If I were in some post-apocalyptic zombie scenario, how much stuff would I keep? Not much more than a laptop, or two, and some pricelessly sentimental items. Given that we are spoiled to not worry about such scenarios, we can often allow luxury to get in the way of ourselves, as we struggle through possessions that might otherwise weigh us down. Playing or watching zombie games can help us practice post-apocalyptic downsizing inventory management scenarios.

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[Media Meandry] Winning A Princep

In ENDLESS WAR, the highest honor is winning a princep, an item that you can have custom-made for your use. It gives you status buffs and never leaves your inventory. You win a princep by contributing a winning contest entry. I accidentally won five times. I’ve been through some difficult times recently, so I want to remember these good vibes. I want to capture, as best I can, my feelings while watching the livestream results.

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[Series Review] The Midnight Gospel

I don’t think all media should be “heavy,” nor do I think all heavy media should be heavy throughout its entirety. The Midnight Gospel might be considered a comedy if only because through its meandries through topics of philosophy and spirituality, there are occasional jokes, and I think that’s a bit of a misnomer, like calling EarthBound a comedy videogame just because it has some light-hearted elements. To me, “heaviness” is what’s valuable about media.

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[Media Meandry] Meandering All Media

When I was in the worst pain of my life, my mind began meandering through media landscapes to try to comfort me through those difficult moments. My mind first went through towns in EarthBound then to bits of ENDLESS WAR. I didn’t go to other games, but when I returned from that reality, when I recovered, and when I got back my better health, I realized all these meandries serve multitudinous purposes including reducing misery.

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