Zombies Ate My Neighbors! 

It’s been a hot minute since my last video game collection post. I recently started writing for another website, and have been trying to decorate my house.
I’m not looking forward to painting my bedroom.

Anyway, I’m taking a minute to breathe, and talking about some video games.

Today we picked up the new 2DS! This is number 4 in the DS collection. But someone just HAD to have it.

As I was waiting on Dill, I found some amiibos, and picked up The Guardian Amiibo. Which is badass, and so excited to have in my collection. And I never want to open it. I’ll cry when I do.

Anyway.

So, the game I’m spotlighting is Zombies Ate My Neighbors. A lovable arcade game that came out on the Super Nintendo. I didn’t play this as a kid. I saw it in a cheat-code book once, and thought the title was amazing. I was always curious about it, but only ran across it for the first time aeveral years later.

It was one of the first games I bought for my collection. I was so excited to play it. The cover of the game is perfection.

The aesthetic of the game is the best. The characters you can play as scream pop culture. Yes, it’s a co-op game, and it’s one of the best one on the SNES.

The concept is pretty simple. You have to rescue a certain number of people in order to move on the next stage. You are equipped with a water gun to blast away zombies. You run into other obstacles such as flying books, and different types of enemies.

Including a giant baby. A giant baby.

This is nightmare inducing to me. I hate kids, and a giant baby would make me piss myself.

This game is very challenging; get used to repeating levels over and over again. You never know what you will run into with each level, so you have to adapt in order to overcome the challenge. Like chainsaw weilding Jason look alikes that chase you through a hedge maze. Only certain weapons will defeat this enemy, and your primary weapon won’t do the trick. There are a variety of weapons you can pick up, and health packs along the way. So, the game is a little forgiving.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a must have for a SNES lover. It’s a fun game full of wonderful design, solid gameplay, and has great co-op. Just be prepared to die several times before beating the game. There are over 50 levels, so good luck.
-E.

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That’s The Spirit.

I feel like I’m never going to get better. I have been going back and forth between medications, and it has been taking a toll. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ pill that will cure me unfortunately. Lately, I have been more sensitive to everything. I feel alone, pathetic, and just flat-out tired.

The kicker is that this will continue until I find the right combination. In the meantime, I have to do a bit of self-care. I’m going to try to not be self-loathing and negative in this post. Which is hard. Because I’m full of negative energy. 

One thing that has always helped me is structure. When I’m trying to motivate myself I make a ‘to do’ list. I write down all the chores and/or activities that I’m going to do that day.  When I’m having a really bad day, and I feel like death, these lists get me through. It’s a weird way to pressure myself. Even though I feel like doing something constantly, it’s hard to even move some days. But these lists work most of the time.

 

Trying to focus on the good has always been hard for me. No matter the circumstances, I always find some way to focus on the bad. I feel very undeserving most of the time, and thinking about myself in a positive way makes me feel embarrassed. I see it as being arrogant; that I’m not humbling myself. I must continuously punish myself. So, when I have a quiet moment to myself I think of three things I did well that day. It kills my soul to do it, but it really helps. It makes me relax and I can accept that my time was productive.

 

It’s really easy to completely rely on medication to defeat mental illness. We use medicine to help fight physical illnesses. When we are sick, we rest and take the medication, and you eventually get better. Mental illness is different because you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You have to exercise, be social, relax, etc. You have to put in some effort to maximize the effect of medication.

It’s one of the hardest things to do. That’s why you must have some sort of system set up to help you get back on your feet, and start running toward getting well. Or, at the very least, limp.

 

-E.

My SNES Classic Surprise!

A couple of weeks ago, I won a giveaway. I’m never this lucky. I didn’t believe at first.

 Shout out to Retro Tony for the giveaway! Check him out on YouTube!

I won an SNES (Super Nintendo) classic.

like holy shit.

I wasn’t planning on buying one, or rather attempt to buy one. I love the SNES. It wasn’t technically my first console; the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was. But I fell in love with Zelda: A Link To The Past. It is my favorite game of all  time. I know that’s not very original, but it absolutely memorized me.

The SNES Classic does have a game I haven’t played which is Star Fox 2. It was an unreleased game until now. Nintendo decided to not release it with the Nintendo 64 coming out in just a few months. They were afraid Star Fox 2 wouldn’t sell well. The game has been floating around the internet for  some time. It was a mostly finished game, but nothing was officially released until now.

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Mini Star Fox 2 Review!

I enjoy Star Fox 2 more than the first one. It doesn’t introduce new mechanics, but builds on existing ones from the previous game. You have more mobility on the over world map. You are able to move your ship freely wherever you like, but time does lapse while you do it. For example, There are rockets heading towards Corneria, whenever you move, they move as well. You have to use a bit of strategy when navigating through this part of the game.

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Another cool feature is that you pick two characters to play as. You don’t have to play as default Star Fox. You can pick from different characters from the game such as Falco. There are two new characters, Miyu and Fay, you can play as well.

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The main game is the same as the original Star Fox. You have the traditional rail shooter levels, but you also have first person levels in space. The first person levels can be disorienting. Especially for me because I have motion sickness. The controls weren’t too bad though, but they weren’t polished.

Star Fox 2 is a fun game, especially if you like this series. It is challenging, but it’s not too hard of a learning curve. I enjoyed playing it, and I’m not much of a fan of the first one. It’s shame that you can only play it on the SNES Classic officially.

Thanks for checking out the blog guys!

I will be back with more video game goodness soon!

 

-E.

That Look They Give You

I saw the #metoo posts all over FB this morning, and I when I realized what it was, my heart broke.

I debated on putting up my own post, but I was reluctant. Everytime a female calls out the abuse, they get questioned. Or seen as wanting attention. But I knew I needed to do it. Because the more voices we have calling out this shit, the better our chances to fixing it.

So, here’s my story:

My earliest memory of sexual assault was when I was 10. I was at school, and a boy decided to poke my vagina with a pencil. I’m sitting in class, teacher stepped out, he says ‘This is where a penis goes’ and pokes me. I laughed it off, just like everyone else around me. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do.

I have been in several situations like this, and I would just laugh it off.

Another significant time was in highschool. I had a guy grab my breast. I slapped him, and he slapped me back. When I told the principal about it, she looked at me like I was lying. She questioned me and looked at camera footage. We weren’t in view of the camera, so therefore she wasn’t going to do anything. This guy was a known troublemaker. I get that I could have been making it up, but she wasn’t even going to question him. Luckily, a friend of mine witnessed the whole thing. The guy was suspended for a couple of days.

Then there were boyfriends. Boyfriends that forced me to do things. Boyfriends that hit me. One, in particular, made me feel like I was the problem. He would cheat on me, and then blame me for it. He would hold me down or against the wall until I would give in to his demands. It was a fucking game to him.

Now, I know what you are thinking. You are giving me that look.

 Why in the name of fuck did I stay? Why did I put up with it?

Part of it was the way I was raised. I saw abuse in my own family. I saw submission. I saw men cheating, and it being acceptable because ‘that’s what men do’. I saw my relationship as normal. I thought that it was as good as it was going to get.
Another part of it was the stigma. Growing up, girls who spoke up about abuse were considered liars. They were just wanting attention. So, I kept my mouth shut.

I have been sexually assaulted at the workplace. Lewd comments have been made to me. Guys that would harass me for my phone number. One guy grabbed my head while I was bending over, and shoved himself in my face. One guy rubbed himself on me while walking pass. Some of them were coworkers. Some of them supervisors.

The sad thing? The situations I have listed isn’t even half of what I have experienced. You feel so dirty when it happens. Or like someone has just exposed your vulnerability. Its one of the worst feelings in the world. You feel like it’s your fault. Because I was told since day one that women who dress a certain way, ask for it. Women who put themselves in dangerous situations, ask for it.

I try not to think about what has happened to me. When I speak about my experiences, it’s hard. Its like showing off a nasty scar. My family doesn’t ask me about it. Not once have they asked me. They think I’m making it up or you just don’t talk about that kind of stuff.

 Fuck that.

It was never my fault. I should have never been slut-shamed for it. I should have never had to put up with guys touching me. I should have never had to deal with an abused boyfriend. I should never have felt pressured into sexual acts. No one should never have to deal with this! We should never feel like we have to protect our bodies 24/7. We aren’t objects. We must stop sexual assault. We must hold people accountable for their actions.

I have to keep telling myself, that I’m strong. This doesn’t define me as a person.

 

 

I’m a strong woman.

 

 

Hear me fucking roar.
-E.