Tag Challenge: Day 20: A Hobby of Yours

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Day 20: My Hobby

After this blog, and my writing, you might have guessed, but playing Video Games is one of my favourite hobbies. Despite that I’m actually quite a fussy gamer. My boyfriend and my brother are both HUGE gamers, and love everything from racing, to first person shoot-em-ups etc and they have collections of games that are practically sky high. Me,on the other hand, well, I’m only really a fan of RPG‘s…I must save so much money being so picky hehe, but boy did it make it difficult to write a top ten favourite game list…but, here it is, in no particular order!

Persona 4

Kingdom Hearts 2
The World Ends With You
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core + Special Edition PSP (all mine :D)
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy XII
Star Ocean: First Departure

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Tag Challenge: Day 15: A Fanfic

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When I was at Uni, I used to read a lot of online comics (the only one that I still read is called Count your Sheep, so funny, so cute, check it out ;-D), but one of them I used to read/watch was a fanfic of the old video games: Secret of Mana. I have to admit that I haven’t looked at that fanfic in years, so I don’t know if it still exists, but I couldn’t find it at all when I did a (very) quick Google search for it, but I’m not really certain what it was called, or even where the author hosted it. But I’m fairly certain that the author had taken proper in-game footage and added his own “talk” to it, it was really clever, and as somone who had never played the games, that comic made me want to! The sign of a good fanfic!
Tetsuya Nomura's designs of the main playable ...Image via WikipediaAs a writer, Fanfiction is one type of writing that I have just never been able to “master”. Long before I played the Final Fantasy and Disney crossover games Kingdom Hearts, I actually attempted to write my own fanfic using characters from Final Fantasy VII, VIII IX and X, in a world where they all existed together. Unfortunately, my fanfic didn’t get very far.

My problem is that for a fanfic, you need to take someone elses settings, their characters and their characterisations. But, being someone who  gets a huge amount of pleasure from creating characters, I found it incredibly difficult to mould myself around these characters, rather than moulding them around me, as I normally would.

For that reason alone, I have the utmost respect for anyone who can write Fanfic well, and when I say well, there are an unfortunate amount of “writers” who write poor fanfics, so finding a true gem is such a special thing.

One issue I have with writing fanfics, is that even if you write the best piece of literature since War and Peace (open to great debate, of coure especially since I’ve never read the book and have no intention of ever reading it!! Life’stoo short haha!), you will never really get that much recognition for all of your hard work. Even if people like it, you just know that you could never get it published because it’s legally someone elses creation, with your words. And, unless the original (probably very wealthy) creator is feeling generous,they’re unlikely to actually let you have the copyright to use it. It’s a huge shame.

But, like what I was saying in yesterday’s Non-Fiction blog, about buying Gaming games, and owning merchandise, writing fan fiction is like shouting to the world about how much you love something, and it kind of helps to keep it alive long after the book/film/game has ended and for a lot of people I think that is really quite special.

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Tag Challenge: Day 06: Final Fantasy Tickles my Fancy

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Day 06: What tickles my Fancy?

ARGH! I’m really behind on these TAG chell…challenges, that even my spelling appears to have gone completely down the drain!! But anyway, it is finally here with the intention that you guys get to know me a little bit better 🙂

When I first read what today’s Tag Challenge was, I didn’t have a clue what to write about. With this blog being about beauty, there’s a huge “pull” towards writing something beauty-related, but, I don’t really want to. Instead, I want to share with you something that has played a huge part of my life for the past 13 years!

Final Fantasy

Ahh…Final Fantasy VII is where this whole thing began back in 1997/98. I was thirteen, and my brother quite literally forced me to play it…it went to a great start…I couldn’t walk Cloud in a straight line (in some games, I still haven’t mastered this whole thing with straight lines…oh wait, that’s not actually restricted to just games!!) But, it all leads me to the question of why I love this series so much?

Ever since I was little, I’ve always been a very introverted person, I’m happier doing stuff in my own little bubble and I was always at my happiest when totally absorbed inside a book. My childhood was quite literally consumed by books, so when I was introduced to a game with a book-like story, that I could get physically involved with, it’s no surprise that I was easily hooked!

Many an hour day was lost in my late teens to one of these games, although most of my gaming seemed to happen late Secondary School through College and then half filtered off when I got to Uni (I still played, just not so much!)

I think that what is so exciting about these games, is having watched how far they have progressed graphically from the cube-block characters of 7, to the almost lifelike characters of the most recent 13. Graphically, I have never found another RPG game that comes even close to Final Fantasy, and the music is always just so breathtaking. Unfortunately, when Nobuo Uematsu left as Square‘s “music man”, the music hasn’t quite felt the same…but Uematsu is just a musical legend, who is definitely on par with some of the great film composers, such as John Williams, Ennio Morricone etc!

I’d love to know what Square’s secret has been when it has come to the entire series, but I can only assume it is their ability to draw in some of the world’s leading talents, because only talent could create something as wonderful as this series. A series that I hope never to grow out of.

Beinga writer, it’s been tough not to write articles about Final Fantasy, and it’s no surprise that I gave in to temptation a few times!!

Are there any other Final Fantasy fans out there? I’d love to know what it is that you love about the series? Plus, how were you introduced to the games? 🙂

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