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#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Surge Protector

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Surge Protector

Today, I want to show you the battery backup surge protector I purchased.

I bought APC’s Battery Backup during Black Friday sales at Best Buy. I decided to buy one of these on a whim when I really thought about how many power outages I’ve had throughout my life. There has been a lot that have interrupted my work and play sessions. So I was excited to see this at Best Buy during Black Friday of 2015/2016. I contemplated on it before snatching the final one.

And I haven’t been let down by my purchase.

The unit is hefty, solid, and sits comfortably beneath my work desk. I have my work computer connected to it at all times along with an extra surge protector for temporary plug-ins. So far, it has helped my computer last through momentary power outages a couple of times. And at the very least, it is a very high quality and durable surge protector.

I would recommend a battery back up/surge protector for anyone looking to prevent their play sessions from failing during the next blackout.

Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Video Game Passion Project

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Video Game Passion Project

Today, I want to show you a my video game passion project I started in 2012.

Under my author pen name, The Jason Jack, I began writing You Know You’re A Gamer When . . . five years ago with the concept coming to me in the latter part of the 2000s. It is a comedic, reverent, and nostalgia driven book I had great pride and joy in writing.

It took many years to create due to life events along with myself over complicating the project. Then, I told myself to just finish it already and get it out in the world. The self talk worked.

And I’m proud of the finished project although it took a decent amount of work. Since I have always been primarily a Nintendo gamer (85% Nintendo; 10% Steam; 5% PlayStation at the current moment), I had to make sure I made the book as widely appealing as possible and I think I did just that, thanks to having owned a PS 1, 2, 3, and Vita TV as well as a couple Xbox 360s. So there are references that all gamers can relate to and enjoy.

Perhaps when I get the time, I will write a sequel. And hopefully take less than five years to produce it.

Here is a copy of my blog about the book’s release:


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You Know You’re A Gamer When . . . 

Gamers come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing that we all have in common is our love of gaming. Recognize yourself in the pages of You Know You’re A Gamer When . . ., a tome of over 200 direct, relatable, odd ball, and often comedic statements about being a gamer.

You know you’re a gamer when

. . . During a boring conversation, you hope a “skip cut scene” button will appear next to you. 
 
. . . You own more games than you can possibly play in a lifetime, let alone beat. 
 
. . . You have fallen asleep with a controller in your hand. 

Enjoy hundreds of fun, often relatable, gamer qualities in the pages of You Know You’re a Gamer When . . ., today!

Purchase the physical book through Amazon and get the digital Kindle edition at a reduced price!

Also available on digital store fronts such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble Nook, and more.

(BucketListGames.com | Walapie.com)


Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Work Session

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Work Session

Today, I want to show you a bit of video editing.

Here are some images of me creating Super Mario Bros. videos in my movie making software of choice, Sony Movie Maker Platinum 13.

Working and Editing Fun

I took these pictures sometime in 2016 when I was new to video editing, and I am glad I did. I enjoy the memories and I enjoy sharing them with all of you.

The images above show all of the pictures I added to my work file, a Super Mario Bros. video I recorded from my Wii U, my tidy timeline, and the end of a video being processed (that is what the green bar is for).

I gotta say, looking at the pictures make the software look really daunting and complicated. But, in reality, the software was easy enough for me to learn and dive into.  If you have ever wanted to jump into video editing, and you want to move on from free software, then I would encourage you to do so.

There is no time like the present to get started on your new hobby or career path so go out and learn something new. I did so by jumping into video editing, and I am still learning new techniques to this day.

Go ahead, be brave, and start editing.

Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Work Keyboard

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Work Keyboard

Today, I want to show you the awesome keyboard I purchased.

I bought Tecknet’s Kraken 3 LED Adjustable Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse. To go along with the brand new work computer I built, I also needed a new keyboard and mouse combo.

I decided to go for something a little bit sturdier than I was used to with a couple of bells and whistles. I usually use wireless keyboards which I have found to be light weight and a bit flimsy. Tecknet’s keyboard is very firm and durable in comparison. It rests just the way I want and the buttons are nice, solid, and have a lot of depth to the press.

The mouse is fine and fits my hand perfectly, and the admittedly non-essential LED lights are nice and vibrant and complete the package. The only niggle I have is that it is kind of hard to see the keys without the light. I just keep the keyboard light on to prevent this since I am an occasional keyboard looker.

Overall, I would recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive keyboard for gaming or work. I have been using it for over half a year and it still works like new.

Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Work Comp

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check Out My Work Comp

Today, I want to show you the work computer my spouse and I purchased.

I bought parts for a work computer from Amazon. I decided to build a powerful work computer the moment I wanted to make videos. My spouse helped purchase parts for this computer as a Christmas gift, and I am still reaping the benefits of it to this very day. One of the best business decisions we ever made.

I can process 1080p video files with ease. This is especially good because I make a lot of one hour music videos for my gaming YouTube channel. Start up is snappy due to my OS being on a Solid State Drive (SSD) and workflow is blazingly fast due to the modern parts and speedy RAM.

I can multitask very well on this machine. I consistently am working with over a dozen tabs open in my Chrome browser, recording audio from an external source, recording gaming footage, while having Word, notepad, and picture editing software open in the background. All at the same time.

I don’t remember all of the specs off the top of my head but I will do my best:


OS: Windows 10

RAM: 32 GB DDR 4

MOTHERBOARD: Msi Z170A SLI Plus

CPU: i7 with a Hyper 212 EVO cooler

SSD A: 240GB for my OS

SSD B: 500GB Crucial brand

HDD: 3TB Western Digital

VIDEO CARD: GTX 1060 6GB

POWER SUPPLY: EVGA 750 Modular

OTHER: I bought a smaller case and built a hobby computer with spare parts, used an older case for my new work computer, and came out with two relatively new computes. Cool!

I would recommend anyone looking into serious gaming or starting a media career to save up and invest in buying a decent computer for editing videos, music, audio, and pictures. It is well worth it.

Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

#BlogapieGamer | Check out My Hard Drive Storage

Welcome to another #BlogapieGamer, a gaming blog series that chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at my creative career.

#BlogapieGamer | Check out My Hard Drive Storage

Today, I want to show you the hard drive I purchased.

I bought a Western Digital 4tb External Hard Drive from Best Buy. I decided to buy one of these the moment I decided to take my creative career seriously. I knew if I was going to start making videos, podcasts, while taking tons of pictures, I would need some serious storage. Enter, 4tb.

I was even thinking about going higher: 6tb. But my budget only allotted for 4tb, and that has been fine so far.

I use it primarily as a backup for all of my raw video files (the files I record straight from the source–Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Steam). Transfer speeds seem okay and the exterior quality of the device is sturdy and durable. Besides it being a finger print/small scratch magnet, it works as advertised. Western Digital has yet to fail me, and I am happy of my storage purchase.

I would recommend a high capacity hard drive for anyone looking to get into making gaming videos or any type of media intensive career/hobby.

Thanks for reading and taking a look behind the scenes with me. See you next time!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

The Silver Lynel | GAME JOURNAL

The Silver Lynel | GAME JOURNAL


Paralyzed by the beast’s attack, Link wondered why he wandered into the Coliseum Ruins in the first place. But he would not have much time to contemplate such matters. The horned creature roared, preparing a fatal blow that would finish the grounded Hero of Time with ruthless aggression.

~Moments Earlier~

The Coliseum Ruins came into view when Link made yet another successful paragliding trip. He climbed the rocks and made it to solid ground in hopes of finding a Korok, a rare weapon, or something special.

But when he rounded the corner, something in the distance saw him before he saw it. Link stood still as he made out the silhouette at the far end of the dilapidated coliseum. His heart skipped a beat. It was the most dangerous of all creatures: A Silver Lynel.

Link did not show fear nor did he hesitate to run into battle. He charged forward only to exchange arrow shots with the beast, hoping to cause as much damage with regular arrows before the creature could do the same to him.

The hero moved closer and took aim at the beast’s weak point: The center of the Lynel’s head. This, however, only served to anger the Lynel into drawing its blade.

Link withdrew from close quarter combat and unleashed a flurry of fire and explosive bomb arrows into the beast as fast as his hands could let the arrows fly.

The visibly damaged Lynel charged at Link with its blade arched in the air in preparation of cutting the hero in half.

Paralyzed by the beast’s attack, Link wondered why he wandered into the Coliseum Ruins in the first place. But he would not have much time to contemplate such matters. The horned creature roared, preparing a fatal blow that would finish the grounded Hero of Time with ruthless aggression.

The battle waged on throughout the day. Link used his skills and dodged the beast’s blade and countered with even more arrows and strikes of his sword. And eventually . . .

. . .the Hero of Time stood the victor. And although he did not find a Korok in the Coliseum Ruins on this day, he did find treasure and an epic encounter with a Silver Lynel.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next time.

Happy gaming, everyone!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

#BlogapieGamer | My Amiibo Shelf

I vowed to show my friend the awesome power of amiibo. There was no better way to do so other than showing her my humble amiibo collection. There are about twenty eight amiibo pictured, and my collection has grown ever since (and growing). Amiibo are prefect collectibles to line my gaming shelves, and they are useful in the games I play. I just can’t wait to add more to the group.

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch) FINAL ENTRY | GAME JOURNAL

ENTRY #6


PLAY TIME: 50h 00m

WEBSITE: www.nintendo.com/games/detail/disgaea-5-complete-switch

IT ALL ENDS HERE

Well, everyone, our Disgaea 5 Complete Game Journal has come to an end.

I was able play another nine hours or so of this meaty tactical role playing game and came out the victor.

That is correct. I beat Disgaea 5 Complete *party time* Yay!!!

Killia, Seraphina, Zeroken, Red Magnus, Usalia, and Christo finally confronted Void Dark in an epic end battle. It was glorious.

FINAL TEAM

By the end of the game, however, I was only really using Killia and sometimes Seraphina from the core six main characters. I’m curious as to what everyone else out there used in their first playthrough (comment here or on my Twitter to let me know).

My go-to team mainly consisted of “generic” characters. These are characters one can obtain by talking to The Recruiter shop. They’re generic characters because they are not the main characters of the story such as Killia, Seraphina, and company.

MY MVP

Essentially, my party consisted of generic classes such as the Maid, a Thief, and a Sage. I used the Thief to toss my Sage and Maid into enemy quarters while my Sage blasted away foes with her powerful spells (for your information, my Land Decimator still sucked in the latter portion of the campaign). My Maid, though, was the most valuable person to me the entire game.

Her ability to use two items in one turn, or to attack and then use an item in a single turn, allowed me to win battles quickly while leveling her up. Yes, Thigh Highs–the auto-generated name of my awesome Maid class–won almost every battle for me.

THE RIGHT SET-SUP

I used her tactically to my advantage. Before battle, I equipped her with an ability that made objects thrown by her do more damage. In battle, I would toss her towards a group of enemies with my Thief then use the Maid to toss “Throwing Knives” and “Medal” items at enemies for massive damage. Rinse and repeat my way through the final chapters of the game.

It did not hurt that Thigh Highs was also hundreds of experience levels stronger than the rest of my team and the enemies I encountered. She topped out at about Level 530 while Void Dark’s stage supplied me with foes around Level 100. Let’s just say I was beating Void Dark’s cronies with relative ease with a smile across my face.

DISGAEA 5 COMPLETE IS A BUCKET LIST GAME

I had so much was fun playing this game from the very start to the closing credits. I enjoyed the anime tropes, cliche character story progression, humor, and hilarious character moments and interactions. Seraphina–the richest demon around–accepted being poor and grew as a person because of it. Red Magnus talks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And everything in between.

COMES TO AN END

But all good things must come to an end. Well, really, I will come back to Disgaea 5 Complete often to continue on with post-game content such as completing the downloadable content and trying to level up my team to the elusive Level 9999.

There are also more character classes for me to unlock as well as the Item and Chara Worlds to explore. Hundreds of hours of play time awaits.

THANK YOU!

So, thank you all for reading my Disgaea 5 Game Journal every week until its conclusion. If you haven’t already decided to get the game, what are you waiting for? Go out and buy it. Go. I’ll wait.

Thanks for reading!

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.

Why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Bucket List Game

THE DILEMMA

I was not even going to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. No plans whatsoever.

I already had my fill of Nintendo kart goodness when I purchased Mario Kart 8, along with the two content packs, on the Wii U years ago. Fun was had with my spouse and playing solo through the games dozens of courses and cups. But with that said, I did not sink too much time into it. Life happens and new games are released.

Fast forward to the present with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and my lack of excitement. Nothing really changed. I took a gamble, and I am here to say it was a gamble well made.

THE BASICS

Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing game with single and multiplayer configurations. The game asks the players to choose a character, a customizable kart, and a race track to play on. The game, then, tasks the player with completing the race as close to first place as possible by avoiding items, dangers, other players, hazards, and without falling off the track. This has been the formula for Mario Kart for ages, and it is a fun one.

MY FAVORITE MARIO KART

I have played all of the home console and handheld Mario Karts  up until this point. The very first game on the Super Nintendo in the 1990s was a blast to play with my brothers and it was my favorite iteration of the beloved series until Mario Kart DS released. I still cannot put my finger on it, but the DS version hit all of the right notes for me. I love the graphics, game play, course selection, and side content. It had everything I wanted in a Mario Kart game including online. I remember playing against random opponents and doing modestly well. It was a lot of fun times for me that I did not think were possible to replicate. Turns out, I was right.

PLAYING MARIO KART AGAIN AND AGAIN

I did not play much of Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 7. Those were games that fell victim to my college days in which there was not enough time for anything besides studies. But I was ready when Mario Kart 8 released. I was able to put in a bit of effort with part 8 on the Wii U along with my spouse, and I was blown away by the games presentation.

It had some of the best music and sound in any game I have ever seen. The inclusion of non-Mario, Nintendo characters such as Link and the Animal Crossing villagers also were a fun sight to see. But the game did not hook me like the DS version did, and I moved on from the karting affairs.

As the Deluxe version approached, I contemplated purchasing it: Who would I play it with? How much would I play it? Would I get bored with it?

TURNING POINT

Even running a Nintendo themed YouTube channel was not enough for me to consider purchasing a game I already owned and played. But then my spouse’s sister came along and watched me play a session of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and commented on wanting to play Mario Kart. I told her one was releasing in the matter of weeks.

And since I really do enjoy local multiplayer, I decided to snag Mario Kart when my funds allowed it. I had a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in my possession by the end of its launch month and people to play it with.

SO MUCH FUN

I am glad to say there was never a moment of regret in purchasing what I consider to be one of the greatest kart games of all time. In fact, I was excited as I watched videos of the new features added to the Deluxe version. I became so excited about the concept of Smart Steering, something new to this version of the game. It keeps players from falling off the track if turned on. The possibilities of this mechanic clicked in my head the moment I realized my spouse would have a much better time playing with me if she had Smart Steering available.

A SMART NEW GAME

I immediately gathered my spouse to play cooperatively through the main Grand Prix mode: One Cup, four courses. I told her about Smart Steering, helped her turn it on, and proceeded to get beat by her race after race. I was happy for her and enjoyed myself at the same time. I think we had even more fun playing Deluxe than standard 8 thanks to my spouse being able to place above tenth in all of her races. I don’t think my spouse placed anything lower than third or fourth in any course in Deluxe thanks to her skills and Smart Steering.

It was a blast that validated my purchase on the spot. This one simple addition just made Mario Kart 8 Deluxe worth it for anyone that has a family member or friend that has varied skill levels from oneself but wanted to play Mario Kart at the same time. Now, two or more players of differing skill levels can play at the same time. It really is amazing.

I then had a Mario Kart game night with my spouse and her sister and all three of us had a blast. We did not want to stop playing. We ultimately did, but it did not stop my itch from growing. I had to play online mode.

ONLINE ADDICTION

Online play is smooth and fun and local co op is a blast to play. Every. Single. Time. It is a game I cannot stop thinking about playing by myself or with a friend or stranger. It is a game I am glad I did not avoid.

I was addicted the moment I began my first online game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Really. I played a good hour or more a night for a good ten days straight. I was quickly teleported back to my college days of playing Mario Kart DS online deep into the night. It is good to see that Deluxe core kart mechanics, a tried and true formula of casual competitive fun, underlines every game mode and feature—online and offline.

Deluxe is so much fun, it is very easy to lose track of hours by saying “just one more race”.

WHY MARIO KART 8 DELUXE IS A BUCKET LIST GAME

I was not going to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and I would have been a fool. Deluxe takes the ultimate Mario Kart game—one that was finely crafted with gorgeous graphics and a memorable soundtrack—and adds groundbreaking new features for the franchise such as Smart Steering and puts it on a console which features only serve to enhances the kart racing experience.

Whether you were on the fence about this game like I was or not, do not worry: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Bucket List worthy game I highly recommend.

–Walapie Gamer


YOUTUBE: My Nintendo oriented YouTube channel has playthroughs, gaming music, and more.

TWITTER: My Twitter feed has even more personalized content from me.

FLICKR: My Flickr account has a lot of gaming galleries and images galore.