Most Anticipated Games

One of the best things about having a husband that enjoys playing video games is that he always keeps me up to date on release announcements and keeps note of the games he thinks I will enjoy. This leads to both of us getting to enjoy different games together. 

There are a few games that have already (now) been released, are being released later in 2021 and some that are being released even further into the future that I am really excited about!

Already available 

There are two games that have already been released since I began compiling the list that I am so excited to get to play soon, they are both being released on the Nintendo Switch, which as a side note is my favourite console. 

Being Released in 2021

Now looking further into 2021 these are the games I am looking forward to being released 

There are only a couple that have set release dates. Pokemon Snap is coming out on the Switch April 30th 2021, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is being released July 16th on the switch as well and Kena: Bridge of Spirits is being released on Play Station August 24th 2021.

Another game being released in the Winter of 2021 ‘Coral Island’ which will be released on PC. 

Both Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond have yet to be given a release date but the trailer is available which looks amazing! I am a huge fun of the Pokemon games. 

The last two games both coming to the Nintendo Switch that have not been given an exact date for release in 2021 are Bear and Breakfast and Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.

Looking Further into the future

Now to look even further into the future! There are four games that are hopefully being released in 2022 that I am super excited for with three being released on the Nintendo Switch and one of the Play Station.

The number of games that are coming out this year and into the future is super exciting and these are just the games that I am really excited for, there are so many options for different types of game players and different ability levels which is something I absolutely love about gaming  in general. 

I am also really excited to start streaming some game play of my favourtite games on twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/thenicotribe, which I will post about in advance if anyone is keen to jump on! 

Being able to share more of my passions in 2021 is something that I am beyond excited to be able to do and see how these expressions help me to grow as a person and find others in the community that may have similar interests. 

reflecting on February

Renovations

February has been a slow month for renovations. We have broken up all the things we want to accomplish with the house into phases – kinda like the MCU but not as cool – We are currently in phase one also known as the Pre Baby phase to kind of put back together the parts of the house that were removed during the beginning of the renovation, namely doors and curtains. 

We have spent the month chasing quotes for the skirting, architraves, door jams, and doors. We are hoping to get the ball rolling in March with finally getting things done, but we will just see how we go.

Reading

I honestly had the most intense reaction when I started A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t know what it is about Nesta but man I am not a fan. Even though I love the series and the characters overall I did not enjoy reading from Nesta’s point of view!

baby

We ended February at 27 weeks pregnant. I think i’m feeling pretty good, thankfully. The long days at work are definitely tiring but they are also so rewarding and enjoyable that even though I am exhausted at the end of the day I can’t help but look forward to coming back the next!

I recently got my Glucose Tolerance Test which, for those who don’t know, is the Sugar tolerance test that is done to test for Diabetes and is done during week 26-28 of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes. It takes 2 hours at the blood draw clinic. The clinicians take your first sample then you drink a very sweet drink, wait an hour, another sample taken, wait an hour and then your last sample. It was actually really nice to be able to go and sit in my car and head back into the clinic for my next draw, I was able to watch some YouTube and play some Animal Crossing. Really just living my best life.

life

Throughout the month I continued my obsession with Stardew Valley on the PC while also diving head first back into Animal Crossing which has been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve been patiently anticipating Taylor Swift’s release of fearless as well as discovering the world of digital bullet journalling. 

Starting a new Island in Animal Cross: New Horizon

During the first round of lock down in 2020 I got super deep into Animal Crossing and I mean super deep. I had never played any of the previous variations but give me a game on the switch and I will more than give it a go. 

However, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and in the end and gave up on making my island a magical place. Not only was I unhappy about the layout of my island, I didn’t know anything about villager hunting and their different personalities. I didn’t love the name either and was just not committed to continuing. 

After learning about the new 2021 updates, and the announcement of yet another lock down I was ready to start my island over again and actually make an island that I absolutely love.

Beginning with the name this time round I wanted to go for something a little more tree/wood related because I absolutely love trees! So I decided to name my island ‘Forest Cove’ because forests and mountains are my absolute favourite place. I find them really peaceful and I want to keep the theme of my Island quite nature filled and tranquil. 

I also went for a different layout with this new island and so far I am really enjoying it. So far there are a couple of buildings that I want to relocate but I will do that once the option becomes available.

This time around I have more awareness of taking my time to choose villagers. I already have the first 2 villagers that you get when you move onto your Island, and I am working hard to earn Nookmiles to get tickets to travel to mystery Islands to find the villagers I really want to love in. 

After much research of Nookipedia I found the villagers I would love to have on my island. All their personalities are Normal (I’m pretty sure), which is one I prefer. I really wanted to avoid jock, cranky and lazy villagers.

Here are the villagers that I plan to hunt for to move to Forest Cove.

I am currently working towards 100 Nook Mile Tickets before streaming the hunt for these villagers!

I am really enjoying getting back into Animal crossing and cannot wait to share an update next month with which villagers I have on my island and any things I’ve learnt along the way!

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

In Real Life
By Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Publisher: First Second
Date: 2014
Pages: 175
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Contemporary
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little Brother, For the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

In Real Life follows Anda as she begins to experience an online game. She is instantly in love with the world and wants to be a part of a guild more than anything. However Guild life may not be everything its cracked up to be as the desire to belong and the desire to do the right thing clash and it begins to get more difficult for Anda within and out of the game.

Anda as a character seemed to embody many of the gamer teens, in that she is expierencing a desire to try somthing new online but has parents that do not quite understand the world of the online game. I liked how she was represented as well as her interactions with her mother who was a bit more clueless about online games but at the heart of it wanted to keep her daughter safe.

I really enjoyed the art style between the game and the real world and how the characters were more vivid in the game.

The overall message of the story was one that I feel is important, especially when the online platform is one that more and more teens and tweens are exposed to.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall:2/5