Art Gallery

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So, the Bob Ross showing is happening in Penticton. My dad, brother and I are going to that today! It’s a nice day in the Okanagan for a drive. It’s only supposed to hit 28° today, which is nice since Monday is supposed to hit 35+° for at least a week…

Accidentally got here an hour and a half early. So, Denny’s for breakfast I guess. It’s tons safer here than in Kelowna right now, so I’m not overly worried. The poor staff here are clearly overworked. And I swear, the next person that pulls a “Karen” of decides being racist is fun, I’m going to punch them.

A real, like I could touch it, Bob Ross painting! That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I remember sitting with my grandmother watching these episodes together! I think the cutest part is that the exhibit is called “Happy Little Accidents”.

I took pictures of my favourites, but there were so many paintings! Here are some highlights!

These paintings, it’s such a unique experience to see them in person. My grandma would have loved to see them. The art gallery did a great job with placement and keeping everyone socially distancing.

That wasn’t the only exhibit on display. There was also an exhibit on video game scenes under the name of “En Game Air”. The artists for those being Connor Kenney, Clifford Kamppari-Miller and Dr. Merlin Seller. These paintings I also recognized, but that’s because I played the game they’re from. The one Zelda one I knew immediately.

Seeing video games interpreted in such a unique way was just stunning. I loved looking through and trying to guess what game they were from!

If you’re in the area, I one hundred percent recommend going and checking it out. For a donation you can get a pin for the Bob Ross exhibit. Masks are currently mandatory, which I totally understand. But otherwise, ten out of ten!

But yeah, that’s what I got to do! It was honestly awesome! And I’m glad I got to publish this in time for my grandmother’s birthday. Anyway, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

My New Gaming Addiction

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Like, all I want to do is farm in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. That’s all I want to do all day, every day. I remember playing the original on GameBoy Advance so often that buttons on the little unit started to die. I had seven in games years clocked within a few months.

I’ve wanted this for so long!

At first I was a little turned off by the art style of the game. Something about the more cartoon like look just wasn’t what I was expecting. Now that I’ve put in about ten hours a day since I bought it… I’ve really grown to appreciate how the artists made the game look. The animals are adorable and the villages feel like they have personalities beyond the words on the screen.

Plus, they’re so damn cute!

Some parts of the game have been changed for the new Switch edition, but so far I enjoy what they’ve done. At first, I didn’t even notice, and then I found a new staircase here, and a couple villagers over there, all of which don’t feel forced at all. I haven’t made it through the first year yet, so we’ll see come year two.

Old gameplay! Man I missed this game!

Gameplay mechanics for games like Story of Seasons normally isn’t hard to accomplish, but it really feels smooth and natural. I don’t find I’m looking at my controller to see what button I’m supposed to hit. Although, that may be because of the crazy amount of hours I’ve put into my switch and into games but the same developers.

The old title screen. Pardon the low resolution

It’s crazy to think I’ve been playing this game since about 2007, which was a couple years after it’s original release. With this remake, I’ve fallen in love with Mineral Town all over again, and I love befriending everyone. This journey down memory lane has been a great time, and I recommend this game to anyone who loved the original as much as I did. Plus, you can be gay and I love that. Girls in these games are always better.

The map of town

I’ve put in way too many hours into this game, and I’m going to go add more now… Thanks for stopping by today, and if you want to pick this game up but don’t own a Switch, it’s on Steam for some reason. Have an awesome day!
— Deryn

 

 

Some Quiet Farming

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Trying to get back into gaming as a way to charge my social battery, I’ve been going back and playing old games that brought me peace, and that I sold my soul to years ago. This time around I turned on my GameCube and started playing some Harvest Moon Magical Melody. I’ve always found comfort in taking care of animals and watching crops grow day in and day out.

The title screen, pardon the quality it is from 2005

I don’t quite know what it is about farming for hours on end that is so therapeutic, but my god is it great! I’ve played almost every Harvest Moon, or I guess as of their 30th or 35th anniversary, Story of Seasons title since the GameCube. Seeing reoccurring characters throughout the years has always brought a smile to my face.

There’s a new title coming out for the Switch which the player goes back to the town from the GameBoy. Mineral Town was the place to be if you were a fan back then, even GameCube titles let you visit or mentioned it. As I was on Google looking up when that comes out, I found out it’s tomorrow and wow, I am beyond excited now and I really want it to be Tuesday so I can farm all day!

The GameCube version let you play as a girl

Okay, back to the one I actually own, I made myself laugh again, Magical Melody is the one that I keep going back to. It’s also one of those games, like Skyrim, where I’ve never beat the main storyline. Farming, raising animals, meeting locals, those are what I find I waste hours on end doing the most.

My love for these games has cost me years of plating turnips, raising sheep, buying Rune Factory and losing time in that series as well, and even got me planting my own plants over time. That partially is also my dads fault but whatever. I definitely plan to post way too many pictures tomorrow on my Twitter and whatnot. And I’d like to say, if you are looking for something new to unwind with, at least in the video game department, try these games out.

Man, older games don’t always age well

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks for stopping by! Be safe out there!
— Deryn

Studio Ghibli

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What a brilliant studio! The first time I was in England was the first real time I got to experience, in recent memory, the legendary work through Spirited Away. Since then I’ve always wanted to watch them all. Recently, Netflix got, most? Maybe all?? I don’t know… Of them on their platform. These movies are totally worth a watch! Not all of them, in fact I’d almost say most of them I’d say are definitely for an older audience.

I own Castle in the Sky and Grave of the Fireflies on blu-ray, I bought them years ago and really need to learn to control my compulsive shopping... Those are definitely my favourite ones though. They just really stuck with me, and both have such different themes. The ability to tell such a beautiful yet heartbreaking story.

Still from Kiki’s Delivery Service

One of the most impressive things I’ve noticed is their strength in putting adult themes such as death into movies for a younger audience. You fall in love with them for that and then watch Princess Mononoke and your jaw hits the floor after the first fifteen minutes. That movie was brutal and unforgiving.

There’s still a few movies I have yet to watch, and I’m definitely buying a digital copy of Grave of the Fireflies since it’s my favourite movie from them. And I have to buy some merchandise! The roommate has a cute soup cup bowl thing for Kiki’s Delivery Service and I’m really wanting something similar!

Still from Grave of the Fireflies

I’ve cried, screamed over cats, drooled from buffets, and loved every second of each of these worlds and characters. I’m beyond impressed and honestly a tad upset with myself it took me so long to watch these. Binge these, it’s worth it.

That’s all I’ve got for today though, thanks for stopping by!! Stay safe out there! And stay tuned for Thursday especially this week!
— Deryn

Catching Up

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You know what was a lot of fun to watch? Harry Potter. Over the past couple months I’ve gone and watched them all since I haven’t in recent memory* and man, those are good movies. It’s been a bit since we started the series but I’m still rather fresh on that memory train so I wanted to talk about them a bit for today! *Recent memory being the last five years because that’s all I have any real memory of. Just in case you were wondering.

There’s eight movies following these kids and I must say, keeping the cast of the original (as best they could anyway with people dying) is really impressive. Movies aren’t always the best for stuff like that. On the note of characters, I appreciate that so many characters had development in some sense of the word. It was cool to see so many characters grow into the best versions of themselves. 

The story was actually pretty good. I like how it kept locations and characters motives going throughout the years. And all the actors growing up, devoting years to making this world come to life, I’m glad the final product makes enough sense I can watch it without losing track. Learning about the world and why everything is the way it is now has been super cool too. 

Cool things to also talk about are the extremes with “good” and “bad” characters. My best examples are yes, Voldemort is the bad guy, but Umbridge, my god! Or how yeah, Harry and that lot are the good guys, but Neville getting that sword at the end, I was so hyped about that! I often found myself getting excited when more than just the people on the cover were succeeding in their own way. 

Now, they are a good series to watch, but some stuff really should have been explained a tad bit better, or just addressed at all. I know JK what’s-her-pickle gets flack for her lack of explaining, and for being an actual trash bag but that’s not what I use my blog for, but there are quite a few things, especially towards the end where I found I didn’t care. That house elf Dobby being one of them, I know he played a larger role in the books, but as for the movies, I didn’t really care. I definitely screamed a bit over Hedwig and that just shows how attached I am to cute animals but whatever. 

Underlying topics like racism really are shown in a lot of instances in the series, but falls short in others. So I wouldn’t use it as a modern showing as humanity not sucking, but that’s easy to see if you’re willing to look. 
I think my largest gripe was movie length. If they added even fifteen minutes to each movie I feel like a lot more could have been addressed. I watched all of the Lord of the Rings so it’s not like I won’t watch longer movies. 

At the end of the day, I loved watching them with everyone who came over to watch me cry over these stupid movies and a bird. I definitely have pictures of myself somewhere in Ravenclaw colours for eye shadow so there’s that too. But the roommate told me I should do those colours. I don’t know enough of the universe to know where I would be.

Saw a squirrel! Not going to use pictures from the movies. Sorry.

But yeah, I watched Harry Potter! Was a fun one for sure. That’s all I’ve got for today though, so I hope you have a magical day! And be safe out there!
— Deryn