Nigmabox Rundown (8/19-8/25) Miscellaneous Ho-Humming

So, earlier this week things more or less collided in my mind and I realized that I am doing quite well for someone my age and stature.  I have a bachelor’s degree and am going for a master, I am a highly valued employee at my place of work. I have a steady stream of income coming in.  I have a loving significant other and an incredibly supportive mother. And I am very much happy. Though, I still cannot help but view this site in a less pleasing manner, and I cannot help but feel indecisive about whether or not I should replace it, heavily rework things while removing old content, or just abandon this pursuit in general, because the things I write are read by very few people.  I mean, if I picked the latter option I would have a lot of free time to spend working on my novels… which I do not think are read by anyone, period. Ho-hum.
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Nigmabox Rundown (06/17-06/23) The Conclusion of Chaos – Part 1

So, this past month has been very hectic for me on account of having had the audacity to take two summer college classes at the same time, which is an undertaking I would not advise anyone to do, as it eats up your time and can be a source of undue stress.  However, I am nearly done, and as such, nearly have my bachelor’s degree, but my educational pursuits will need to continue for at least 2.5 years after that until I can get my grubby little mitts on a CPA license… in 2020 at the earliest.
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Nigmabox Rundown (6/10) E3 2018: Consumption Makes The Heart Grow Fuller

As is customary with celebrating an event such as this, it is important to acknowledge the futility of this event.  E3 is effectively one big commercial designed to hype up consumers in order to spur discussion and news about games, in order to help maximize potential revenue, in order to allow major AAA studios to continue existing.  It is very easy to view this whole affair cynically, pointing out the downsides of high expectations and how gaming is arguably most enjoyable when ignoring industry nonsense. But I cannot help but love the act of fervorous consumption all the same, as it is a very filling and pleasing experience that still serves as a good excuse to become excited in a world that… I’d rather not talk about right now.  Time for video games!
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Nigmabox Rundown (6/11) E3 2017: Return Of The Busiest Time In My Life

E3 has begun, and thankfully the duties have been spread apart this year, with the previously mostly vacant Sundays are now being used by two major press conferences.  Meaning that I only have three more to go after pushing out this post right at the cusp of midnight because Bethesda thinks it is good to have a press conference at 9 PM PST.  Also, the title of this post is not a lie.  I do more work per day during the Monday and Tuesday of E3 than I do during any other time during the year.  Especially this year, as I have to work and attend class while E3 is going on.  Anyways, on with the rundown. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (5/28-6/03) Natalie Avoided Wasting A Bunch Of Time!

So, I did not talk about this last week, but I played a bit of Fallout 4 recently thanks to it being free to play for a limited time window.  I was curious about how I would feel about the game, seeing as how I was very critical of it before release, and after spending 4 hours with it, I feel that I was completely right to think that.  The protagonist is severely limited by the inclusion of voice acting and a backed in backstory, the dialogue options are very poor at conveying the protagonist’s response, and the story begins with such a rapid and dramatic set-up that it all rings hollow.  Then there are the overburdened crafting and town building elements that I know I would have invested 100 hours into if I played this game properly. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (5/14-5/20) Oops! I Accidentally Ripped-Off An Erotic Manga

It’s no secret that I take many inspirations when writing my stories, and most of the time the inspiration is rather obscure, and therefore hard to identify.  Even for me.  However, I recently reread an erotic manga by the name of Trans Venus, and realized that I basically copied its core concept for no less than three of my stories.  My Life As Abigale Quinlan, Terrance & Urabe’s Alien Assassination Adventure, and The Malice of Abigale Quinlan.  All of these stories involve a formerly male protagonist who is unwillingly placed inside of the body of a coy and condescending woman with immense powers, and is forced to listen to the woman’s banter throughout the story.  That is basically the core concept behind Trans Venus, and I had no awareness of this while I was writing these stories, as I barely remembered the manga.  Also, here’s the link to the fan translation in case you’re curious.  NSFW warning. Continue reading

Life Is Strange Review

It has occurred to me how little I actually research the games I am going to review until I actually play them.  This is mostly because I enjoy going into a game blind and not have my expectations too heavily hued by trailers and speculation, but it’s getting to the point where I jump into games without even seeing 30 seconds worth of gameplay or more than five screenshots.  I’m not sure if that’s unusual, just like I’m unsure if playing most games several months or years after their initial release is unusual, but it’s something I’ve been doing lately, and something that applies to this title. Continue reading