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Quarterly life blog post type thing

I force myself to write personal blogs because I used to write them weekly when I was a teenager. Granted, teenage life is so much more exciting than late twenty life. That said, this year is about to get super exciting next week.

Firstly I have Chicago next week with the DCL crew. It’s our first big meet up, which sounds crazy when you consider that we’ve all been friends for around 14 years. But with the gang being dotted all over the world it isn’t the easiest thing to organise. I’m super excited. Most of us don’t find much time to write and draw together online anymore, so it’s going to be nice to see and spend time with everyone. Expect so many drawings, photos and blog posts on it.

I’m also going to Florida with Terry, Nath and Jo at the end of July. I know, two America holidays. Don’t worry, I’ve not been able to do anything for months from saving up and paying off these holidays haha. We’re going to Disneyland, it’s going to be incredible! I am genuinely worried that I will pack an entire suitcase with Disney toys though.

Also, and I apologise that nobody will hear me shut up about this game all year, but I pre-ordered my collectors edition of Final Fantasy XV last month. I haven’t blogged about the conference yet because I’ve just had way too many chaotic thoughts on EVERYTHING that got announced. The game is such a big deal for fans, I can’t even. It’s basically make or break for a dying franchise, but if it is going to be the last one, it looks like they’re pulling out all the stops for it.

I also got a 3DS finally, well, Terry got me one – he’s awesome. I’ve been back and fourth between wanting one every time a good new game comes out that I now have a back catalogue of about 20 must play games. I’ve started with the re-release of Pokemon Blue. I let Terry name my starter Pokemon; so now it’s me and Shelly the Squirrel all the way!

Work’s been rad lately, not that it ever isn’t really. It never feels totally like work when you’re surrounded by friends /corny. But we had an epic time at WordCamp London last month, and there are more exciting events and times ahead.

In other life news, I’ve become a slave to my Fitbit. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but as I sit here and type I realise Mark is 1000 steps ahead of me on the weekend challenge and I must defeat him. Here are my stats from the last week. I need to tune up a little – less food and more steps. But I’m definitely more active than ever thanks to it. I even ran, like, outside. It was wild.

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My Favourite Reactions to #FF7Gate

It’s been twelve hours since I found out Final Fantasy VII is having a Playstation 4 release… Of the port version. So naturally everyone I know has heard my rant by now. The Playstation Experience event on the whole felt like a joke to me, there were so many bad re-releases, indie games and ports it honestly made the Playstation 4 look like some kind of emulator as opposed to a real, valid console. Anyway…

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, this genius announcement of Square’s went a little something like this:

The entire announcement felt so much like a deliberate troll even I, with all my skepticism, am wondering if they did this as some sort of joke before they made a real announcement. Honestly, I feel like a Final Fantasy VII sequel is totally within the realm of possibility. I don’t feel the same about a full remake anymore, sadly.

Anyway, there were some amazing reactions to this news. Here are some of my favourites:

#FF7Gate Reactions

 

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Kay’s Top 10 Retro iPhone Games

Because these are all over the internets. I’m always searching Google for blogs listing old school games which are now out for the iPhone. I’m going to suggest my favourites here, and some of them I am yet to see featured on other blogs so hopefully I will help someone find a new game to download here.

Top 10 Retro iPhone Games

10. Alone in The Dark

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Alone in The Dark is a classic game from my childhood; as messed up as that seems. I really enjoy the series so I felt it needed to be added here. the only downside to it is the awful controls – which has always been an issue for the series. For 69p on the App Store though, this classic horror game is definitely worth a download.


9. Another World

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Admittedly, I was a bigger fan of the sequel to this game back in the day; Flashback. But Another World is a great side scrolling shooter game. It’s quite difficult to finish, but give it a try.


 

8. Chrono Trigger

ct05The disappointing fact here is that Chrono Trigger should be in the top three iPhone games here. The amazing classic is let down by poorly calibrated controls and tendency to crash. But if you remember to save your game at every opportunity you can enjoy this amazing classic. It is one of the few Square Enix ports where they haven’t ruined the game with half-assed sprite redraws.


7. Little Big Adventure

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Little Big Adventure was really popular in my house growing up. We had both games in the series for the Playstation and the PC. I was really pleased to see this classic adventure game make its way onto iOS. Download it. Download it now!


6. Dizzy – Prince of The Yolkfolk

Dizzy iPhoneI’ve always been a big fan of the Dizzy series for Spectrum. I downloaded the iPhone port of The Prince of The Yolkfolk instantly when I saw it hit the iPhone App Store. The only thing that lets it down for me are the revamped graphics (I love keeping classic games to their original graphics, it’s part of their charm!), and they made in significantly easier to finish. No three lives and then it’s over this time. Still, an absolute classic.


5. Mickey Mouse’s Castle of Illusion

Castle-of-Illusion-iOS-619x346Okay, I know I bitch about graphic revamps. But this game is the exception. Disney did a fantastic job remaking Castle of Illusion, and it still holds it’s Mega Drive difficulty and they have remade it in a way that you still feel like you are playing the same classic game. This is new to the App Store this week! I also recommend the XBox 360 port in all it’s HD goodness.


4. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

01-620xSonic was so huge in my house that I can literally play Sonic 2 so well that I jump before monsters even appear on screen – I just know the maps so well. I’ve finished the entire of Sonic 2 in well under an hour. It’s the best of the entire Sonic series and a must have on any iPhone, great for killing time on those long bus journeys.


3. Final Fantasy Tactics

final_fantasy_tactics_ios-1Harsh but fair – Most Final Fantasy ports for the iPhone suck. The shoddy graphic replacements and terrible controls really ruin some of my favourite games ever. Final Fantasy VI doesn’t even make this list because of how bad the port was; it’s a real shame. The exception to the rule is Final Fantasy Tactics. This classic Playstation game seems to suit the platform so well; I think it’s because unlike normal RPGs, this tactical piece of awesome is the kind of game you can pick up and leave for a while. Having a quick skirmish during your commute works well here, and I chose this as it is also one of my favourite games in the Final Fantasy series. It also has an amazing HD iPad port.


2. Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana iPhoneSecret of Mana is my second favourite game of all time. I was flitting between this and the number one title the entire time I wrote this article. Secret of Mana is well ported, the controls aren’t great but I have managed to complete the iPhone port just fine. It’s one of the best classic RPG games ever and a must have for fans of the genre. It has an epic storyline too.


1. Broken Sword – The Shadow of The Templars

image0111111Broken Sword is another game I grew up with and one of my favourite game series of all time. I think the reason this is my number one retro game for iPhone is how well the point and click adventure genre translates to the handheld mobile platform. Point and Click adventure games arguably have no place in the current generation of gaming, but it’s the perfect game for your iPhone. The story is engaging, well written and exciting. There are a few Broken Sword games available for the iPhone but Shadow of The Templars is my personal favourite. Get them all though, totally worth it.