Posted in 2017, Fiction, gaming

Bokoblins: A Race of Hyrule

Bokoblins tend to get a bad rap. These creatures are the common foot soldiers of the antagonists in the Legend of Zelda series. Most commonly the villain who leads them is Ganon, the bearer of the triforce of power. Being one of the most common enemy types you have to fight throughout all the games Bokoblins and their cousins the Moblins and Bulbins are often viewed as nothing more than monsters with no human traits other than their rough body shape.

Of course if you look closely you can see that the Bokoblins are their own race within the world which contains Hyrule. In Skyward Sword you can find them in Eldin Volcano with a village of their own. They blow war horns at you and they drop ornamental skulls. In Twilight Princess King Bulblin surrenders to you and abandons Ganondorf after he sees how strong you are. He speaks Hylian to you much to the surprise of Midna. There is also a village in the desert filled with Bulblins and Bokoblins. They also ride boar-like creatures known as Bullbos. In the Windwaker they are found on boats alone which implies that the Bokoblins are steering them. In all the games they can be seen wielding weapons that they made themselves.

These creatures have material culture in the form of spears, arrows, skull ornaments, clothing, and other things. They build complex structures to live in. They wield fire. I think that the Bokoblins of Hyrule are their own race and that have a society where they always follow the side that they see as the strongest and who else would this be but the bearer of the triforce of power. Of course you probably already knew that as the evidence is obviou. Its just an interesting detail that could easily be overlooked as you are fighting your way through hordes of these creatures.

 

Posted in 2016, Anime, gaming, Pokemon

Pokemon Moon first impressions

I bought Pokemon Moon on the day it came out in November. I haven’t had much time to play it so I haven’t gotten past the second island. I have beaten the trials for the second island and now I have to beat the Grand Trial which is hard since all Olivia’s pokemon are all rock types and I chose Litten as my starter meaning that I have to over train my Pelipper which I have named Steve 2 after my Pelipper from Omega Ruby.

I liked how the game opened with Lily running away with Cosmog. This cutscene and the one where you first actually meet Lily are most likely the best in the entire series.The game tries to add a more emotional connection between you and your pokemon. In the beginning when you first choose your starter you watch a cutscene where your choice decides whether or not it likes you. Whenever you meet a wild pokemon it has a chance to call for help adding community to the wild pokemon population.

Many of the things that some people thought would make the game too easy when they were announced actually add a lot to the game. I like it when Rotom tells you what you need to do because if I were to stop playing for about a week I would be reminded of the story when I return. The mini-map makes it easier not to get lost and gets rid of the need to open your map to traverse a tricky area. The added bonus of the game telling you which of your pokemon’s moves are good against a pokemon you have already defeated once is great for people who are only getting into Pokemon now.

These things don’t make the game any easier. The totem pokemon and the trials add a great challenge. Even if you have pokemon with moves that are super effective against a totem pokemon those moves still only slightly damage them because of their aura. You need to use your pokemon and their moves in a strategic way in order to succeed which is something that I felt was lacking in past games where you could use a pokemon with super effective moves to breeze through the gyms and their leaders as though they were nothing.

All in all I am really enjoying this game. It is fun and enjoyable while also giving me a challenge. If you have never played a Pokemon game that isn’t Pokemon GO this is the perfect game to get you into the series. I may write a review on this game once I complete it but since I have never written a game review before I’ll need to think about it. Also if you have yet to nominate characters and places for my end of year Anime Awards posts feel free to do so using the survey in the post below.

Weekly Update – December 2, 2016 – The Return and Anime Awards Talk

Posted in 2016, Anime, Anime Review, Book Review, gaming, Miscellaneous topic, personal, Ruminated Scrawling, Story Review, Update Post, Writing

Call For Topics

I have decided that in December I will try out a consistent schedule so that I will have at least two posts per day and the types of posts I will write will vary a lot between days so that I don’t have three days of only anime posts and one random non anime post afterwards. I would like to write about a variety of topics. I am already making a list. I have some topics already. I would like to know if anyone who reads my blog has a topic that they would like to see me write about. This could be based off of anything. Anime, western movies and television, novels and short stories, writing, real life, or anything else that you can think of. I would also appreciate anime and western movies and television shows to review. If you have a topic you would like to see me write about please comment below. I look forward to seeing what people come up with.

Posted in 2016, gaming, Miscellaneous topic, Update Post

I really want to get No Man’s Sky. I know that it has gotten a lot of very low reviews but to be fair that is because they marketed it wrong. I think I would have fun flying around in a spaceship and discovering new planets while at the same time exploring every square inch of every planet I come across so that I can scan the animals and plants that have generated. I would also try my hardest to find every word for each of the three alien languages that can be learned. I know I would enjoy this because with every single Minecraft survival world that I have generated I have walked away from my base so far that I don’t see it worth it to go back. I just like exploring them so much. The exploration and discovery aspect of the game is what interests me. Too bad the game costs $66 CAN otherwise I would buy it right away. I’m going to have to wait until the price either goes down or until it is on sale before I get it but when I do I may spend a lot of time playing it.

Posted in 2016, gaming, Miscellaneous topic, UnderTale, Update Post

I’ve Started Playing UnderTale

So I have started playing UnderTale. I don’t know if I am that far into the game but I have progressed at least a little bit. I have enjoyed it so far because of the rich story that is interspersed throughout the game and the light humour the characters hold. I am stuck on a certain battle right now but I will try to beat this boss battle maybe sometime this week. I have a few things that I have to do though such as assignments for school and studying. Honestly there is a chance that I might not be able to continue until a few weeks from now. I guess this is just a blog post saying that I have started playing a new game that has been talked about a lot online.