[Media Meandry] Meditative, Competitive, Narrative

This entry in my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen will be less directly related to character building/discovery and more metaphorical, exploring what interests me about Pokémon and other media along with their relation to what I want to create. The way I see it, all media are tools to teach or entertain, but it’s a matter of finding that which teaches or entertains what is relevant to you. You can do that with defining and refining.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Interests directing novel’s path]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Downsizing Zeal] When To Save?

Does the hoarding mindset allow clutter to reside within the space it’s allowed to have, unchecked? Yesterday, before going out, I saw a note on the door to my apartment-mansion stating that management would be touring apartments. I’ve already cleared out all the unchecked clutter so I felt confident to let them be. I can invite people over now, whereas in my old place, I could not. I’ve learned to keep my open space saved.

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[Media Meandry] Generic Character List

While I haven’t done the degree of character design I had brainstormed out in “Incidents Build Characters,” during this play session of Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that I was overthinking things. I can start simply then build out the characters that need building out. When I came across the need to name three new characters around a central theme, I decided to build out a Generic Character List for Novel 02 based on material from Novel 01.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Planning out new/old characters]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Don’t Savor Plots

Becoming more decisive in life takes many shapes. Making difficult decisions in life can be practiced by making difficult decisions in our recreational time. I’ve procrastinated on completing videogames since I was young because I wanted to savor them. Even now, I find it difficult to “find the time” to proceed through plot-heavy sections in FF7. I’m more likely to level up my characters for hours. Today, I decided not to savor the plot anymore.

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[Sober Living] Leveling Up Sobriety

How can I level up my sobriety? Let’s look at how I’ve done so since I started writing about sobriety over two years ago. My biggest positive change was learning to recognize when I’m experiencing stress. That’s my main trigger for moments that might encourage me to indulge in insobriety. If life is going well, and not just from some outward appearances but if I feel like my life is going well, why risk that?

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[Media Meandry] Level Up Yourself

Do we like videogames because it’s clear when we level up? I love getting into battles more than normal when a character is about to level up or advance something. Filling up status bars is so gratifying! There’s no ambiguity here! All you have to do is keep on playing until you level up. After playing one hour of FF7, I realized I appreciate the clarity of leveling up. Can we do that in life?

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[Media Meandry] Videogames Aren’t Ambiguous

Videogames like Pokémon LeafGreen aren’t ambiguous because you have to understand what you’re doing in order to play. Mostly… I hated the SpeedRunners demo I tried recently because the game drops you in without warning into its tutorial. Without the ability to change settings, get my barrings, or anything to reduce the ambiguity, I was left frustrated. Pokémon won’t let you play until you’ve covered the basics. If only life were less ambiguous like that..

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[Media Meandry] Had To Play

I had to see it.[1]” There was something compulsive that caused me to think about playing Pokémon LeafGreen throughout my other tasks yesterday. That same compulsion runs through many elements of my life. It drove me to spend some time preparing my team and how I’ll use them throughout the game. This might be the signal of an addictive personality, but honestly, I’d rather focus on the positive aspects here, so let’s dig into obsessiveness.

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[Applied Self-Confidence] Blending Into Communities

Early into FF7, casual Barret and formal Red XIII, play off each other with linguistic differences. This is a common trope in fiction. The writing process is easier when ‘sum-one dat tawlks all diff’rent’ ‘than another, more formal, individual’ interact. Overt examples like this tend to be common in fiction or some tangentially literate videogames, but this applies to ourselves as well. What if we write more formally than others in online communities we join?

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[Media Meandry] Playing To Win?

Why do you play games? Primarily, of course, because you can play games for myriad reasons depending on your interests. Is your primary reason to learn their game mechanics to overcome some impossible challenges or challenger? Or, do you play games to soak in their sceneries? EarthBound was my primary nexus point for videogames, literature, and perhaps even life perspective. EarthBound is similar to FF7, which I am currently playing, because it has superb writing.

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