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What I’ve Been Up To Lately

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I’ve been kind of quiet here since the new year started. That wasn’t my intention. I planned to make this year one of the best ones yet for me since last year was such a downer, but it’s kind of hard to do that with no PC. That’s right… my laptop is broken and I have no way of fixing it right now. 

My laptop was my pride and joy. I took super good care of it for years, but these things tend to happen. When I was homeless I had to pawn my laptop for a little while so I could have money to live off of. When I got it back my laptop could no longer hold a charge, but everything else seemed to work perfectly… until recently, anyway. At first I thought it was just a windows 10 problem because windows 10 has all kinds of bugs and issues with every update. Sadly, that was not the case. The hard drive on my laptop went out and that means I have to buy a new one, a copy of windows 10 (I got the free download some time ago), and a new battery. I estimated that it’ll cost me anywhere between $400-500 to fix my laptop and I don’t have that kind of money lying around. I have 4 kids and it’ll take me some time to be able to join the ranks of PC gamers again. And it really sucks only having two consoles to game on because I prefer gaming on PC. 

Gaming isn’t the only thing I use my laptop for though. I also run this blog from there and I can’t do that anymore. I’m using my wife’s laptop now, but there’s nothing like getting on your own computer. I don’t like using anyone else’s things. I’m not going away for an extended amount of time like I did last year. I’m not homeless, depressed or anything like that right now. I’m debating between fixing my laptop or just buying a new one and fixing this one some time down the line. 

I haven’t been doing much gaming lately. What little gaming I have been doing has gone towards both my Switch and PS4. I’m currently playing Smash Ultimate and Monster Hunter World. I love Monster Hunter World to death and I’ve made a pretty good dent in the game. I’ve unlocked a few maps, I have good gear, and I love playing with other hunters and murdering shit. It’s really fun and I really, really, love the hammer. That thing hits hard and is pretty fast too. Smash Ultimate is… alright I guess. I really don’t like the single player mode or any of the spirit bullshit that’s been added to the game. I finally unlocked every character, but I’m already kind of burned out on the game and I don’t think I even have 10 hours in it. Yes, there are a shit ton of characters in this game, but this isn’t a great game in my opinion. Nintendo butchered the single player mode in this game. it also doesn’t have much content.  I’m not surprised though because every first party Nintendo game that I played last year was a huge disappointment and so far this game, while good, isn’t what I thought it would be.

Playing multiplayer is fun and all, but so is playing multiplayer in any fighting game to me. I would rather play Injustice 2 or Soul Calibur VI on my PS4 over Smash. I’ll even settle for some Pokken Tournament. I’m not saying the game is terrible or anything like that. It’s just not great in any way. It IS a fun game though. I enjoy playing it. I’m just not sure where I would rank it amongst other Smash games. I need more time with it :). 

Most of my time has gone to reading on my Fire 10. I signed up to Comixology and I love it. I have access to so many DC comics. I told myself I would read a single Aquaman comic and I ended up reading 2 graphic novels that have about 4 stories a piece. They’re really freaking good and it’s nice to see Aquaman getting some love these days. I mean… his comics has always been fantastic, but I haven’t read them in a while so I’m playing catch up. I started with the rebirth series, but since only one book is free at the moment I switched to the new 52 and I’m on the second book right now. It’s not as interesting as Rebirth in my opinion, but I’m still REALLY enjoying it. I really feel for Arthur because he doesn’t get enough respect from anyone and is constantly made fun of, but he’s a really great guy that just wants to do good and live life his way. He doesn’t want to be king of Atlantis in new 52. He just wants to live on the surface with Mera, but not everything always go the way you want it to. I really enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I’m planning on doing a piece on both of these books as well as the games I mentioned above. I’ve also read through Tom King’s Batman (excellent series) and I read some really horrible Vampirilla books. She’s basically a female Blade. I read 4, or 5, of those because I was hoping that they would get good, but every time I something interesting came up the writers would fuck it up. I might do a piece on them, but that would mean re-reading through the ones I read and I really don’t want to do that. 

And that’s about it. What have you been up to? Anything gaming related? Movies? Books? Or just real life shit. Let me know! 

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Marathal
    Jan 11, 2019 5:49 am

    Sorry to hear about your computer. I’m not doing much gaming. Mostly real life, with a few hours a week in WoW.

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      drakulus
      Jan 12, 2019 3:58 pm

      That’s cool :). I’ve never gotten into WoW, but I can totally relate to real life stuff!

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    iplayedthegame
    Jan 11, 2019 8:09 am

    That sucks, especially since it’s the hard drive that’s gone! When it comes to computers, I tend to buy a new one rather than repair (especially if it’s going to set you back $500) simply because I see the repair as something that will likely cost more money in the long run.

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      drakulus
      Jan 12, 2019 3:59 pm

      That’s where my mindset is right now. I’ve might as well save us for a brand new PC instead of fixing the one I have. I’ll fix it when I can, but right now my mind is focused on getting something new/better than what I had.

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    LightningEllen
    Jan 11, 2019 5:33 pm

    Really sorry to hear about the computer situation. I hate it when technology fails 🙁 I’m still playing the Witcher 3 and chugging along on this crazy life journey, haha. Good luck with everything!

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      drakulus
      Jan 12, 2019 4:00 pm

      Thanks! It does suck that my hard drive is shot, but it’s not the end of the world. I still have a PS4 and Switch. And I love reading and I’m currently addicted to the Aquaman comics so there’s that. It sucks that I don’t have a PC anymore, but shit happens, you know? How are you liking The Witcher 3? It’s one of my favorite games of all time :).

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        LightningEllen
        Jan 12, 2019 7:59 pm

        I’m lost in Witcher side quests and loving everyone minute with Geralt’s sarcastic badassery, haha

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Jan 23, 2019 9:37 pm

    I feel the same way. I HATE using other people’s shit lol. My husband bought me a PS4 for Christmas because I was complaining about that and he finally got sick of me :p That being said, that’s such a bummer. I know laptops are harder to fix than desktops because everything is self-contained. I hope you find a solution soon since it’s your favorite source of gaming.

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      drakulus
      Jan 24, 2019 10:43 am

      I decided to just buy a new PC. I don’t have space for a desktop so I don’t have a choice, but to buy another laptop for now. I’m not getting rid of my laptop. I will fix it eventually, but I think I might just get something cheap for now until I can get the funds to it.

      And congrats on your new PS4 :). PC gaming is my favorite way to game, but I’ve been having fun with my Switch and PS4 since my PC decided to die lol.

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        The Shameful Narcissist
        Jan 26, 2019 5:10 pm

        I hope you were able to find a good one for cheap at least. Oh I got the PS4 last year! I think he got me Jurassic World this year, so I’ve had the system for a bit…and haven’t done much with it lol. I need to change that :p

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          drakulus
          Jan 27, 2019 2:35 pm

          The computer I want is not cheap lol, but I’m willing to go with a rental until I can afford my dream rig.

          I’ve never played Jurassic World. I’ve been using my PS4 more because I have no PC. I rarely touch my Switch, but I’m expecting that to change when some games I actually want to play release on it. Smash and Pokemon were disappointing to me.

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Feb 02, 2019 6:39 pm

            Haha, well if you’re using it for gaming you have to pay some money :p I’m glad you’ll be able to work something out at least with rental. My little lappy was under $500, but I don’t use it to play any games. I got my husband a gaming laptop for his birthday a few years ago with the help of his parents and put up about what I paid for my laptop o.O

            I don’t know what I did before my Switch lol. Well, I played my DS and Vita more. I don’t know why I gravitate towards handheld. I think it’s the convenience and I don’t have to make sure I’m the only person in the room if I want to use the console. I can’t wait to move to a bigger place so I don’t have to make that choice.

            Aw you didn’t like Smash? I’m not a fighting game person anymore. What didn’t you like about it?

          • drakulus
            Feb 03, 2019 12:56 pm

            I still play my 3DS. It has so many excellent games on it that it’s hard not to play it. Especially my Pokemon games since Let’s Go was a huge disappointment to me. I’ve started using my Switch again. I’m currently playing through Wargroove and I think it’s a really neat game. I’m not in love with it, but it is scratching that Fire Emblem itch I’ve been having lately.

            I did like Smash. I just don’t love it… yet. I’m just waiting on Joker to be available and I’m sure I’ll end up liking it a lot more. The problem I have with the game is the lack of content. Yes, there’s a lot of characters, but there’s honestly nothing to do, but Smash mode because the single player totally sucks. Smash Ultimate is in my top 10 Switch games at the moment so that means that I like it :).

            It’s just… when I compare Smash to other fighting games that I love it really can’t compete with them. I still like it though.

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Feb 10, 2019 5:53 pm

            Wargroove is like Fire Emblem? Hm, I haven’t played FE, but I know it’s the type of game I’d like. I might look into Wargroove or at least add it to my wishlist.

            Boo, that sucks when something you’re looking forward to is disappointing or doesn’t live up to expectations. I’m glad you don’t hate it though.

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    drakulus
    Feb 10, 2019 7:12 pm

    Wargroove is like a watered down Fire Emblem without any of the RPG mechanics, characters, or story. It’s a good game, but it’s still a good game for a cheap price.

    And I haven’t played Smash in weeks. I’ve been on my 3DS playing the new Etrian Odyssey.

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