Permanent Record: Snacks and NDAs

Whenever I think of celebrities, I automatically think of the glitz and glam. A card with an endless credit limit, not having to worry about bills and just doing whatever the hell you please. You never think of the negative because money solves all the issues, and it does if you’re rich (I’m sure you can agree, just look at the Kardashians). 

Pablo Neruda Rind encounters a brush with someone famous and thus we have our plot for “Permanent Record” (by Mary H.K. Choi). Pablo, our main character, is a college dropout who works at a 24 hour bodega and one night he meets teen idol, Leanna Smart, and his life changes forever. 

As a college dropout he is drowning in student loan debt (dropped out of NYU, super yikes) and is also in credit card debt. He believes that he is doomed to work this job for the rest of his life. Pablo is also afraid to face his troubles, so he constantly shoves his worries to the back of his mind until it snowballs, it gets worse from there, but more on that later. 

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5 Questions after finishing The Circle

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on Netflix and browsed their infinite inventory of strange ass TV shows, and I ended up finding a gem in this one. 

I’m a fan of awful/trashy reality TV. But I am still reluctant to do that full dive. I still haven’t seen a season of Big Brother and one day (ONE DAY) I’ll blog about The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. My tastes go alongside the likes of Real World, Love Island, Love After Lockup, Dance Moms, etc. 

Netflix’s newest show ‘The Circle’ seemed right up my alley though. It’s a mix between the Real World and Big Brother (I do know the premise) mixed in with some social media aspects. The show has complete strangers living sequestered and only interacting through social media. They can be any type of person they want to be. For competition each player ranks each other and the top two (influencers) choose who gets to leave. 

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Dauntless and my journey for a ‘Forever-Game’

2019 was a slow year of video games for me. I didn’t play a whole lot of them. What did happen though was sort of an allegiance shift. For the longest time I’ve been a Sony fanboy (since 1998) but last year they got rid of PS Vita and PS3 games on the Playstation Plus platform and then most of their free selections of PS4 games were already on PS Now. Xbox had their Game Pass, which was cheaper than the expensive PS Now (back then)

So I jumped ship and joined the Xbox family in the fall. I love Game Pass and love that they have brand new games added pretty regularly (I see you The Outer Worlds). Sadly, the Switch has been played a little less, unless it is Diablo 3 season.

Last year, I was dead determined to find an MMO game that I was going to stick with and play for a long time. My fiancé is one of the biggest Destiny fans out there and I’ve dabbled a little with that game, and Destiny often comes to mind whenever I think of ‘forever games.’ I love the constant updates the game receives and the new missions and activities with each new season released. I wanted to discover (keyword discover) a game like that.

It wasn’t easy though. The whole process was trial and error.

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Not Rage-quit, but Bored-quit? A Devil May Cry 2 story.

Remember last time when I talked about Devil May Cry 2, I stated that “Maybe I’ll enjoy the rest of the game.” Well that feeling has come and gone and we are quickly moving on to Devil May Cry 3. I don’t normally skip games but I’ve reached a certain point in my life where I should experience things that are fun and move on past things that are not.

Whenever I first started the series, I did some research and all of the lists had this game as the weak point in the series. Some fans also consider this game no longer canon, they just skip straight to Devil May Cry 4. I don’t judge a book by its’ cover, I often try to find beauty in the less liked video games. Hell, I really enjoyed Final Fantasy 2 and it’s one of the least favorite entries in the Final Fantasy games. But this wasn’t it.

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Devil May Cry 1: Go to DMC

Last year (that’s weird to say) Capcom graced us with 2 video games, Resident Evil 2 (the remake) and Devil May Cry 5. I’ve always wanted to get into the Devil May Cry series because I loved the 2013 remake, but anytime I would start the 1st game, life would happen and I would lose interest.

I discovered that the Xbox Game Pass has Devil May Cry 5 and that kinda pushed me to playing the series in its entirety. Plus I bought the games a couple of months ago on PS4 from a big summer sale. So I’m prepared for this hack ’n’ slash binge.

We start this journey with Devil May Cry 1. The plot of the game is pretty simple, we have Dante (the son of Sparda and his human mother Eva) and Trish, who visits his office because she knows that he hunts demons, etc. She tells him of the demon Mundus (who killed Dante’s family) and he’s coming back. So they make their trip to this castle, where the majority of the game takes place.

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Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force: JRPGeez

Earlier this month Sony announced a price change to PS Now. What was originally a highly expensive program with too many games to play, now it’s reasonably priced. But similar to Netflix there’s too much content and, for me, it’s very difficult to narrow down the large selection to just one game.

I was successful though. My selection was a JRPG called Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force (quite a mouthful). It’s a remake of the PS3 game called Fairy Fencer F. I chose this game because Yoshitaka Amano (of Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D fame) did some promo artwork and it looked cool. Plus, it’s included with PS Now.

Btw, spoilers, proceed with caution.

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Final Fantasy VIII: Fresh Coat of Paint

With long running video game series, the first one you play is always the best. Such is the case with many games I have played through the years. There’s Street Fighter 2, Dragon Quest VII, Elder Scrolls 3, NHL 2001, etc.

But today I’m blogging about my first Final Fantasy game, which is Final Fantasy VIII. FFVIII will always be my favorite Final Fantasy game, it’s better than VII in my opinion. When Square Enix was re-releasing all the other FF games, it made me a little sad that VIII was excluded, even if they alleged to losing the source code. I never thought we would be getting a remaster of the game, until E3 this year.

There was shock, surprise and finally the early September release date. I didn’t expect the game to release so soon (I was expecting a Christmas release because Square Enix likes to drag those release dates out with occasional delays).

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