What I got for Christmas 2014.

I hope you all enjoyed the festivities this year, I was lucky enough to get some fun things that I thought I would share with you all. Let me know what you received gaming or non gaming wise!

Captain Toad

 

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a game I have been waiting to play on my Wii U for months, and it has lived up to my anticipatory excitement. It’s a platform puzzler that uses the gamepad and some excellent mechanics that have you navigating levels with toad, to collect bits and bobs and solve puzzles to reveal hidden sections. Look out for more on this soon.

 

X Men

 

I collect all the Marvel films on Blu Ray, and especially love the X-Men ones so was very happy to receive X-Men Days of Future Past. I know people are divided on this one, but I enjoyed it, especially the introduction of more characters from the universe.

 

 

Lego

 

Lego Female Scientists! This contains 3 units to build, all female models, a paleotologist, astronomer and a chemist, the idea is to get young girls thinking about careers in Science, it comes with a booklet detailing the professions too. I just love it.

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Migraines aren’t fun.

Migraine
Migraine

Any sort of physical health issue isn’t good, but one that robs you of the pleasure of your favourite hobby? That will challenge in ways something else may not. Since the end of July, I have spent perhaps 10 hours gaming, not really out of choice, but due to frequent migraine attacks, far more persistent and severe than I have been used to before.

For those unfamiliar, according to Wiki “Migraine is a chronic neurological disease characterised by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms.”

The last few months of my life have been spent having severe headaches, losing my sense of balance, being unable to focus/concentrate on anything for longer than 30minutes, feeling nauseous, tired, dizzy, and sensitive to light and sound. I’ve also at times, been unable to finish sentences, and had difficulty finding the words I want to say, or said something, only to be advised that I’ve said something completely different to what I  thought that I had. It all sounds rather depressing and I really don’t like the vibe reading this may promote, but what I want to be clear is that migraine is so much more than the headache…in my case of late…the headache has been the symptom I have worried about the least.

When you’re 31, your face feels numb, and you can’t read the book you have in front of you, you may start to feel a little scared.

Thankfully after a lot of persistence, I have been referred to see a Neurologist, put on some preventative medication (jury is still out on this so far) and sent for a scan, which I’m waiting for. I’m doing OK, but it has limited me in some aspects of my life;

  • I can’t drive for longer than 30 minutes, and not really at all in the dark.
  • Gaming sessions are, for the most part, short and infrequent.
  • Too much noise, or a busy environment means I have to step away from a situation.
  • I’m spending a lot more time sleeping and resting.

 

However, more interestingly, my sense of smell has become heightened so much that I can tell you the leaves that make up the salad someone is eating on the other side of the room, I’m starting a trend of wearing sunglasses indoors, and I’m getting a lot of cross stitching done due to my inability to sit in front of screens gaming.

A couple of things that have been useful to me in this challenging time have been the Migraine Trust website – a wealth of information and fact-sheets, as well as summaries of research and various treatments. And for days when the migraines ease and I can bear to look at a screen f.lux software, which makes the colour of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Finally, a migraine diary for anyone who wants or needs to keep track of symptoms and possible triggers. Anyone with tips, experiences or resources, please do share via the comments box. Until I’m back to my healthy self, I’ve decided that my heightened sense of smell is simply a sign that I am becoming one of the X-Men, then things don’t seem so bad after all!

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Blog birthday Q&A

Kezla's First Post.
Kezla’s First Post.

 

My first post on this blog was the one you see above, 3 quick tips for what is probably my favourite game of all time, Fallout New vegas.

So, a lot of you had awesome questions, thus, I have decided to break them down into weekly posts, rather than a very long essay. The first question came from Jon over at The Fun Turret which is a rather good read, so you should go have a look too.

Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in gaming in that time- one good, one bad?

In the past 3 years the biggest change for me, that’s been awesome is the rise of independent gaming journalism. The YouTube review channels, the blogs and gaming forums. These are the first places I go for news, reviews and first impression of games that I’m thinking of buying, and I love that. These writes, videographers and posters are gamers themselves, and have an enthusiasm and passion for it. Yes you have to be careful of those who are paid or sponsered to say good things, but I find that if I do my research, that’s not difficult to avoid.

Something that I’m not so keen on is the elitism and segregation that can occur within the gaming community. I hear people chortle when I say I chose to purchase a Wii U over an Xbox one or PS4. I sense some judgement when I say I have been spending my time playing Guildwars 2 and Hearthstone instead of the lastest releases or Call of Duty or Assassins Creed, and that’s just me. I suppose there will always be cliques and groups within communities, but arguing about the best system, and ridiculing people for their gaming tastes seems like a waste of time and type…I especially see this in younger generations, and it saddens me slightly.

Let me know your thoughts on this question in the comments section, and I’ll return to answer another next week 🙂

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Kezla.com turns 3!

Sam
Sam playing with his PS3.

3 years and 102 posts and this is where we are. Firstly a massive thank you to everyone who visits, reads and comments. I’ve had blogs of some description for about 10 years, but have never taken the time, or the care, quite like I have around here, and it’s definitely worth the effort and research. You can find my very first posts here.

As you may have noticed, I’ve started to branch out of the realms of gaming and into some crafty endeavours and lifestyle type posts, these come from my desire to share my crafty stuff with people, and the questions and requests I get on Facebook and Twitter govern the lifestyle type posts. This will always be a blog primarily about gaming (although that was difficult when my PS3 died!) but I will share topics and content about my other favourite hobbies here as well.

When not typing here, I can be found chatting about games with you all on Twitter and sharing stitching pictures on Instagram, I really enjoy interacting with everyone on both sites, and have found some awesome gamers to discuss the latest releases, gaming politics and retro classics with. Here’s to another 3 years! 🙂

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Happy Birthday Blog.

First Post

It was a year ago yesterday I started typing about gaming, and it actually seems like just a few small months ago. I’d like to take the time to thank you all for reading and commenting. 😀

Firstly to mark the occasion, I’d like to open it up to ask you lovely readers for any suggestions and comments regarding your reader experience. What would you like to see more, or less, of? Let me know in the comments.

Secondly, on to my gaming plans for the coming autumnal/wintery months…as the temperature is dropping, I find myself making plans to play more. Expect content on Guildwars 2, World of Warcraft and Borderlands 2. I shall also be dedicating October to the newest edition to my gaming arsenal…my 3DS XL. Look out for a handheld review, as well as gaming previews/reviews for Nintendo’s pocket sized tech within the next few weeks.

Blog Birthday Cake for Everyone !

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