Age of Empires But Redone

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I said I’d fix that post, so here I am. I left the old one up too so you can compare, but like, please don’t because it’s bad...

Onto The Post

Age of Empires is one of those games that’s been around forever. Launching in 1999 (the same year my brother was born) a lot of my younger days were spent playing this game. Up there with Zelda and Sims, AoE grew up with me. This is also one of those games my dad pirated and played too back in like, 2000, so it’s been around my home forever.

In January, a new expansion was released called “Lord’s of the West” and it looked awesome! So a couple friends and I bought it. It felt amazing getting back into the game and it being the way I remembered. Hopping back into a game like that, sometimes things like graphics can be a huge disappointment. Since the game has stayed popular, Microsoft has been updating it and keeping the visuals all pretty. I mean, it’s gorgeous!

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This edition is the Definitive Edition, not the HD. The High Definition version came out in 2015 I think? This one was 2019, so it’s *fancy*. You’d think since I’ve been playing this game forever that I’d be good at it, but I’m not.

I streamed this on my second stream ever. My goal was to beat a harder A.I. and declare my victory on screen. I succeeded! And in the stream I got raided. If you’re unfamiliar with Twitch and how that all works, a raid is another streamer sharing your stream with their audience when they finish theirs. I was SO excited to share my victory with all those people! And that stream drove me to continue playing games online like that.

More Screenshots!

AoE is up there with Civilization V for me for strategy games I hate losing. I’m a sore loser already, but these two particular games, it just sucks. I put a lot of time into learning strategies and getting really good at Civ, so watch me try and do the same with AoE. This game is amazing! 

Anyway

Thanks for tuning in on my rewrite of this post. I love everything about this game and am so thrilled to share it! Professional games are my goal for this. It would be so awesome to play ranked AoE games! But yeah, thanks for everything, and have an awesome day!
— Deryn

Age of Empires

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I bought the expansion for the Definitive Edition, “Lord’s of the West” and holy frick I missed AoE! This gem of a game launched in 1999, so for reference, it’s two years younger than me (that’s weird to say). January had a new expansion, so I figured I’d play.

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My dad pirated this game in like, 2000 and it’s been a part of my life just as much as Zelda and Sims. The “ahh” noise that the monks make, and the building noises, man this game is nostalgic as all frick! Too bad I’m not very good at it, but I still love to play! I got raiding in my stream on Wednesday for AoE and had over 50 people show up, I even made it to 20 followers, and I am so excited! Man, AoE is going to be a special game in my life forever!

Enough Rambling…

Soundtracks are a way to really push a game either to perfection or into another game in my Steam library I never play, and this game, oh damn. Every interaction has its own audio clip, and the music is just amazing! I was joking with my boyfriend that I was going to change his noise on my phone to the relic noise. It’s just a little “ding” but it’s iconic.

More Screenshots

AoE and Civilization V are two games that I just put in the hours of reading strategies and watching pros to learn, and I really couldn’t tell you why I do. I love winning these kind of games, so I put in the time to actually try. Unlike Civilization, I don’t win as much as I want in AoE, but I’m working on it. Got to “git gud” and beat everyone! At least that I would play the game with because tournaments are scary.

I Know I’m Hella Late

If everything is a mess, I’m sorry. Today I’m super behind and playing catch up. Thanks for coming by nonetheless!
— Deryn

Apps I Have Paid For

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Spending money on apps is dumb. At least, on Android phones. There’s an app for you to essentially answer questions for Google and they give you credit to their stores, whether Google Play, Google Play Movies (I rented a lot of movies when I wasn’t paying for things like Prime Video), and in game app purchases. I got this app back when I had just started in my old job and the phone store, and it changed my app game. 

Since then, I’ve either spent all my credit on Pokeballs in Pokemon Go, or bought an app or two. The actual credit you get isn’t a lot, but living here in the Okanagan, when I can actually go downtown, I tend to get a few bucks (dollars) every time I go out for the day. 

We Put Midna’s crate up, and Shadow moved in

As For Apps I’ve Bought

Moon Phases are something I like to watch. I was using this app for a couple years before I bought it. The UI shows you the part in the moon cycle we’re in, when the moon and sun both rise, and the weather mostly. And there’s even a “golden hour” and “blue hour” section for photographers out there. I have my notifications turned on so I know the full moon cycles every time they happen. 

Rain Noises for peace, focus, and to help me sleep sometimes. Being able to customize whether I want only rain, some thunder, where I am and where the rain is, MMM! I love it. This app has been with me since I first got a cell phone back in high school. Thunder and rain has always been super peaceful for me. 

Photo Credits

Minecraft is well, Minecraft. Yes I own this game on like, four different platforms, but I didn’t technically have to pay for it. Plus it connects to the computer version, so I’m able to play with friends of mine while out and about. (To a certain extent, it only works on Wi-Fi). But yeah, I own it on my phone too.

Don’t Starve was a game that I picked up after it went viral on YouTube, only to fall in love with it and own three different versions of it now. This is a game that I can 100% get lost in, even by myself (since this is the single player version). I played this a lot riding the bus when my headphones were in for repair. I’m not very good, but I do enjoy it. 

I Haven’t Bought A Lot Of Apps

But there’s definitely a few. Most of my credit went to movies and Pokeballs for sure. Wow, I just went a looked, and I’ve made over $180 since I started. I bought way too many pokeballs dude... As far as I’m aware, it only works for stuff like that, but that’s honestly fine for me, it fits my lifestyle. That and it’s hard to find apps worth buying.

Percy Just Vibing

Thanks for coming with me today! Be safe out there, and we’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

Some Zombies and A Hedgehog

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I was watching a “7 Scary Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen” video, and this movie popped up. I figured why not, and put it on. A French movie similar to the 28 movies, we follow this guy, whose name I don’t know, try and survive while hiding in an apartment building in Paris is the whole plot really. 

The Night Eats The World, A French Zombie Movie

The zombies are weird, very 28 (days and weeks later) style, but they don’t have voices. The only noises they make are from running and their teeth clacking against each other. That is such an interesting concept I haven’t seen before! I can’t really say if that makes them more scary or not, since a horde of flesh eating monsters is scary either way.

Our survivor’s name is Sam, and we follow as he tries to survive not only the dead, but also his own mind slowly falling apart as the days go by. Out of the massive amount of zombie movies I’ve watched, this protagonist has the best sense of actual survival I’ve seen in a long time. Although, his loneliness and paranoia are probably going to kill him. 
I don’t know the actor, but he does a great job freaking out and losing his mind. I’m into it. 

Some “while I’m watching the movie” Commentary For You…

OH SHIT THERE’S A CAT! Oh no, he’s going to try and save it, but there’s so many zombies my guy, don’t be dumb. I love cats but the dead don’t seem to care about him. OH MY FRICK I’M SCARED! I hope the cat is okay! Sam, you did you’re best dude, but the cat isn’t going to come to you!
Yes, I take notes while I watch movies… Don’t judge me..

Final Judgements

Time passes so well, and the story moves at such a good pace, I really enjoy this movie. We got to see a cat for a bit, and I’m super glad the cat was okay. Too many movies decide the animal needs to die. So because of that and the fact the movie was actually good, I’d totally recommend it. The final shot alone of the cityscape is just beautiful.

The Night Eats the World Movie Poster

I Decided I Also Needed To Watch Sonic, You Know, To Calm Down

And like, that’s fine. I heard good things so why not? First impressions, SONIC IS SO CUTE! The art team did a good job with him. There’s almost too many lines though, like lines of dialog. I find the characters talk too much, considering the movie I watched prior to this, that isn’t a surprise though.

Jim Carrey is a treasure and I truly enjoy him and his personality more than I’ll ever be able to describe. Him as Dr. Robotnik was an amazing casting choice. 

I do have some questions though, such as, do speedometers actually go that high? Would that turtle have actually lived? How much of Jim Carrey’s performance was scripted? The tie to “Eggman” was brilliant. 

I Could Go On Forever, But Sonic Is

Actually just a lot of fun. I really enjoy how they made it come to life. The actors did a great job, and I hope we get the chance to see more video game movies succeed. I’m glad I sat down to watch it.

Sonic Movie Poster

But yeah, I watched some more movies finally. I recommend these both, 100%. I know they’re two very different movies, but they’re both totally worth it! Thanks for stopping by today! Be safe out there! I’m starting to feel a lot better besides this bastard cough by the way. Lots of Love!
— Deryn

The Gaming Agenda

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What should I play this year? I mean, I’m definitely going to play Sims, and maybe some Story of Seasons. Rune Factory 5 comes out this year I think, and I’m going to have to get to the DLC in Monster Hunter eventually. Plus, I’d like to start streaming this year. I’m lowkey jealous that my boyfriend streams and I don’t. Especially because I play games all the time and have some moments I’d love to share! Plus like, I’d get to interact with people! I like to think I’m also fairly good at games, so there’s the idea that I play games because I’m good at them and I enjoy them!

All these new games, but there are games I already own that I should continue to play, or actually pick up. As an example, I play way too much sims. With the chance at streaming, I’d like to play things like Cities Skylines. Oh, and Civilization would also be fun to stream.

I’m going through my steam library, and I totally forgot I own Final Fantasy IX for both PC and the Switch. That would be a fun play through if I were like, the Youtuber type. Nah, I’d stream that, why not? I’d have to start the game over again since I’ve beaten it about five times now…

As for games I’m going to play in my own time, I still haven’t finished Age of Calamity. You’d figure I would have finished it right away since it’s a Zelda game, but apparently not. There’s so much lore I need to look into and currently can’t as I’m not actually playing it.

Enough Rambling Honey…

I’d like to start streaming soon here, I’ve been watching some tutorials for OBS I have pretty much everything I need to get started. Since I changed my blog schedule, I should be able to stream a day or two a week, at least.

I lowkey forgot today is Monday and that’s why this post is late. My bad, but thanks for coming by today! Keep your eyes open for all my gaming shenanigans!
— Deryn