Day off for AnnK!
I had a day off from one of my jobs on Thursday so I chose to take a huge break from my every day stuff to get some much wanted game time in.
Earlier on Sunday I had introduced the aspect of a randomizer to my stream which was something I’ve never done before. I do admit the random choice is a great way to play things I normally wouldn’t, but I still like going for all my top faves and well-remembered.
An example of a well-remembered game is Alex Kid which came pre-installed on my Master System 2. It was one of the more attractive and cute looking games though playing it was one of my more hated moments from my childhood. Not much has changed and I still hate Alex Kid though because it was such a huge part of me growing up I have slight attachment for this game.
Alex Kid can eat 5 moldy baloney sandwiches though. I’ll dedicate an entire blog post soon about my hatred of this game & the other games that followed it. I did do something awesome on my stream (that took me long enough)…
I had a Gamegear when the system launched- it was a gift from my dad one christmas. That year I asked for a Super Nintendo, but instead I got Gamegear. I was disappointed that year for Christmas, however I soon found myself obsessed with the system & collecting the games for it. However, finding any of the games in a retail store was difficult. Sure, they had Sonic the Hedgehog and Shinobi, all the Disney games, but when it came to finding a game such as Shining Force II or any of the RPG’s that were out for this system you had problems.
My problem was I loved the Gamegear.
When forced to look in other places and countries to find Gamegear games I started to find out that a lot of the better Gamegear games were also ported, or in fact, released on the Master System. The 8-Bit Sonic games are some of the best games for both.
I had this really awful strategy guide that I bought for $29.99 at a Max Milk just so I could finish Sonic Chaos. I never finished the game. I got damn close, but I always got too frustrated despite reading reviews that it was “so easy” to play. Because they had to shrink the screen dimensions down for the Gamegear port it altered the way certain boss rooms work but whatever it was I never got to finishing this game as a kid. It was nice to finally finish this game after all these years (though I only finished the Tails Section of the game & have to go back & do a proper Sonic run).
Stream Dreams & Things
I’m tuning in more to ex_morits stream as he’ll play more the DOS games that I like or go through an adventure style RPG just because its fun. He also has a wonderful cat that makes several appearances when she wants food or attention. He starts though when I’m usually at work & it’s hit or miss now if I can tune in and watch then. I’m not sure if a lot of people enjoy that sort of thing, but I kinda do like chilling out or working when a good adventure is on in the background.
Shock Troopers gets you jumping like a real live wire
lordBBH showed off his favorite game on Wednesday, Shock Troopers. He’s been going after the world record for quite some time I think, though the game he was playing on Wednesday was to show off the really bad recent port of the game. He still managed to get a very high score on the leaderboard and I got to draw some really fun Dank Art.
Aquas is getting back into practicing Muchi Muchi Pork again, a Bullet Hell Shmup that has these pig girls on pig bikes fighting pig armies collecting lard and… it’s adorably charming despite it’s difficulty level. Aquas brought this game over to have Poetrader try it out on her & Mato’s stream Poemato CX two summers ago when we were in the South West. Poe actually got through the game during that stream which was way cooler than us playing Cross Country Canada, the game I wanted them to play. Speaking of CCC, I should play that sometime soon.
BBH had a really rough week being tortured by the arcade MAME randomizer. A few gems did show up and the tormenting of his soul was lifted for a few games. I always try to stop in for anything randomized and arcade if it’s on at a time I’m home for. Arcade games are a lot of fun to draw and having someone who actually knows how to play them is really fun to watch.
I like turning into Macaw’s streams not just because he’s all about obscure games with an interesting element, but he usually has a good time slot for me as he’s an Australian with terrible internet forcing him to play when I’m actually at home, usually that’s my morning. The internet gods have not been so kind to him this week so I don’t have as much Dank Art featuring his games this week. Hopefully his internet situation will improve soon.
I actually ran out of the tiled cardstock that I use for most fo my Dank Art Streams. I like saving the larger pieces of paper for when I have something special to paint or it’s a commission. The tiles are great to sit down and get a little idea out quickly and to figure out techniques plus they come with accessories that I can use to display them such as the glass frames and photo albums. I ordered more and they’ve since arrived so I don’t have to use the really soft sketching paper I have.
I’m still a town girl though I feel way different about things.
I used to be very connected with my community either through any of my past jobs, work within the media or by just being creative. These days I feel as if I am on an island or I am a ghost, or in some tower with a long telescope just observing into the distance.
I love being around people but I live in a bedroom community where a good % of the people here are into raising a family. Theres not really a scene or a group that I can attach myself to so I wander around just doing my thing because I don’t care and I like living. I also love living here because it’s so beautiful and I go for that small town charm. I love honesty and accepting the natural landscape and my surroundings for what it is as I’m just passing through it.
I like going to the cute festivals where my friends bring their kids & they get all excited about a few bouncy castles & ice cream. I’ve been going to small town festivals like the annual Strawberry Fair all my life- hit or miss a few due to rain. I’ve been going so long I know all the people behind everything and we catch up on how’s the family and what crazy adventures I’m up to these days. It’s also nice to see that my friends kids are getting the same kind of connection I had with my community when I was growing up because I am always fearful that days like these will be gone forever.
In related cat news, Squash is still a grump.