Review Get Fit with Walk it Out Konami Wii Game

I recently began revamping my lifestyle to try to be healthier. To that end, as part of this healthier lifestyle, I began to play some of my old wii games that encourage you to get up off the couch and get active while playing the games. My favorite “weight loss” game has always been Konami’s “Walk it Out” for the original Wii. Yes, Wii U can play wii games in case you’re wondering. However, the switch cannot.

It is worth mentioning that while Wii games can be beneficial to help motivate you to want to lose weight, they are probably not as effective or strenuous as other forms of exercise. I make no claims that playing these games will help you lose a significant amount of weight, but if you’re like me (and millions of other Americans) who absolutely hate exercising, well then it’s one of those “better than nothing” things. Sure, you can go join a gym, or buy expensive exercise machines and equipment, but if you can’t motivate yourself to actually work out, then you’re not any better off. I can motivate myself to play Walk It Out because it’s actually FUN. – Now you may think exercising and going to the gym, or playing sports is fun – and that’s cool – but that’s you, and you have to remember not everyone has the same idea of what “fun” is. So I ask you to please respect that different people look at fitness in different ways.

Here’s how I’m using Walk It Out to help lose the weight.

I don’t have a Wii (or Wii U) (yet) at the Boyfriend’s house where I spend my weekends. So for me, this is only something I do at home, Monday – Friday.

I aim for 10,000 steps. The game calculates this for you if you input your height, weight, gender, age, etc.

I use the balance board, but you don’t have to! You can use the DDR dance pad (wayyyy more challenging lol – Trust me, I’ve tried this), or the nunchuck and wii-mote – kinda “meh” and not as fun to me – but everyone has different preferences. Some people place their treadmill infront of their TV and slip the wii-mote into their pocket. – It’s all up to you.

For me currently, 10,000 steps takes about 45 minutes, burns about 500 calories, and works out to just under or just over 3 miles.

I chose 10,000 because multiple sites I’ve researched have said 10,000 steps a day, every day is enough to lose 1 lb a week.

After about a month of 10,000 steps a day, 5 days a week, I found I was not getting as tired/sweaty/winded etc so I’m now up to about 12,000 steps a day, with ultimate goal to increase to 20,000 steps a day hopefully by end of the summer.

In addition to getting my “steps” each day I also began a low carb diet, currently limiting myself to 25 or fewer carbs a day and trying to ensure the majority of those carbs come from veggies, nuts, berries, and other healthy choices. – I skipped “induction” and included nuts and veggies and berries though from the start.

I began my journey about 6 weeks ago at 232 lbs. My last weigh in 2 weeks ago (about 4 weeks into the program) was 227 lbs. A total of 5 lbs lost within those 4 weeks.  I will probably weigh myself again some time this week and expect to be at 225 or less lbs. I’ve been losing 1-2 lbs a week, just as I anticipated based on my steps and diet.

This is slow, and yes, there are better exercises and activities than this, but the fact is, it’s still “effective” – if you don’t care “how long” it takes to lose the weight – I’m prepared that it’ll take me 2 years for example if I want to get to 120-130. – Which is what I weighed like 12 years ago in college. I didn’t gain this weight overnight, I’m not going to lose it overnight. It’s just the way it is. But the scales are moving down each time I weigh myself – I try not to obsess about the scale, so I only weigh myself every other week. In the next 10-20 weeks I expect to be back under 200 lbs for the first time in several years.

I’m currently not doing any other exercise other than Walk-It-Out for (a minimum of) 10,000 steps, 5 days a week on the wii balance board. I am restricting my carb intake which could also be playing a role in the weight loss so I cannot make a claim as to if Walk it Out would be effective without a healthy diet as well.

All I know for sure is that Walk It Out, plus a low carb diet, has led to 1-2 lbs of weight loss, consistently, every week, for the past month and a half.

And I know that I don’t mind playing Walk It Out, whereas, if I were going to the gym or playing a sport I’d hate it, dread it, and eventually stop doing it, probably sooner than later. Because to me, working out, or playing sports, etc is not fun. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite of fun, it might be exaggerating, but it’s kinda like torture to me lol.

And that’s probably because I’m in such bad shape. But Walk It Out has been effective also at helping with that. And I’ll go ahead and claim/assume that this is from Walk It Out and not from the diet, but I’ve already noticed a big change in my stamina.

Prior to 2 months ago, I’d get winded going up 2 flights of stairs at the boyfriend’s apartment to do laundry, and when I first started Walk It Out, I felt like I was dying after 10,000 steps – but I didn’t stop/slow down, I successfully reached 10,000 steps without any kind of rest or break each day, right from the get go. – Not a huge accomplishment if you’re fit and active – but a significant accomplishment if like me, you’re mostly sedentary and in terrible shape.

But now, I can do 12,000, maybe even 15,000 steps before I get tired/winded. I can go up and down the stairs while carrying the laundry without gasping/panting for breath after setting the basket down. I noticed that the other night, as we folded laundry together. I’m like hey, I’m not gasping for breath, I’m able to breathe/talk/etc.

So in as little as a month, making 2 small changes:

1.) Playing Walk It Out 5 days a week for a minimum of 10,000 steps, using the balance board

2.) Restricting Carbs to 25 or less per day

I’ve lost 5 lbs, and become more “fit” and able to do normal chores/walking etc without getting shortness of breath or rapid heart beat like before.

I also suffer from PCOS which makes it more difficult to lose weight due to insulin resistance and other factors. So if you’re relatively healthy, you might lose even more weight than this while playing Walk It Out. But as someone with PCOS, it has a number of side effects, from infertility to weight gain, to fatigue, pain in the sides/ovaries, and skin/hair problems, just to name a few. Probably the most concerning of these side effects is fertility. It’s also well documented that being obese also impacts a women’s fertility. in fact, that’s why I began this work out and diet plan. I am 37 years old and I want to have kids some day. And for me at this age, that time is running out. I know it will take me a year to lost 50 lbs (guessing because 52 weeks in a year, with a lb of weight loss a week). That will drop me down to about 170-180… Still overweight for my height/age. I should be around 130-140 from what I’ve read – which is why it’ll probably take about 2 years to reach that goal. 52 weeks x 1 b per week = 50 lbs a year, so in 2 years I’d be about 127. In 2 years I’ll also be 39….

Losing weight will do 2 things for me – 1.) help relieve some of the PCOS symptoms, 2.) help increase my fertility – even in women who do not have PCOS – they say losing as little as 10-15% of your body weight can help increase fertility. For me, 15% would mean I’d only need to lost 34 lbs… which would take about 8 and a half months. (At a rate of 1 lb a week).

So although my end goal may be getting back down to 120 – 130, which is going to take about 24 months, there are many smaller goals I can aim for along the way. The first goal will be to drop below 200. With an estimated 25 lbs to go, that goal will take about 6 months. The next goal is a combined total of 34 lbs of weight loss, which I should achieve 2-3 months after my first goal. From there, it’s all about setting different attainable goals for myself. For example, I might decide I want to reach 160 lbs next, another 6 months after the 2nd goal, and then only need to lose another 30 lbs to reach the 4th and final goal.

Since it will take me a relatively long time to achieve my goals, it’s important to me to have an activity I can enjoy and one I can stick with throughout the process. For me, that activity is Walk It Out.

But enough about me and my goals, let’s dive into actually talking about the game and I’ll tell you just why I love Walk It Out more than any other fitness game.

Title: Walk It Out

Platform: Wii (will work also on Wii U)

Genre: Music Game / Fitness Game / Walking Simulator / City Building Game

Publisher: Konami

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Why Do I Love Walk It Out So Much / How is Walk it Out Different from Other Fitness Games:

I think Walk It Out is different for the following reasons:

1.) It’s actually a game – I would not say the same of Wii Fit for example which is just a series of exercises and “mini games” – Wii Fit fails at taking your mind off the fact that you’re exercising. Walk It Out makes it so exercising is secondary to the gameplay.

2.) It is a persistent world – You can see your world developing and evolving each day. You can interact with objects in your world. The world changes and evolves based on your actions.

3.) If you like pop music and 80s/90s/very early 2k music, you’ll love the music in Walk It Out. – I tried looking to see if there’s a Japanese Import version of the game with Japanese music tracks but I couldn’t find one – does anyone know anything about this? I think it’d be fun/interesting especially since I enjoy JPop music. I find it hard to believe Konami would only make a game for the European / North American market – because they don’t seem to give a damn about this market. But all I’ve ever seen is the North American version “Walk it Out” (the version I have) – and another version for Europe called “Walk to the Beat” I think there’s only 2-3 songs that are different/unique for each of those versions, not worth importing the Euro version just for those songs. – But Is suspect if a version of this game does exist in Japan it probably has all Jpop music.

4.) It’s a city building simulation – Do you like city building games? This game lets you build a city while you work out – pretty much the only game I can think of that does this.

5.) It has gradual progression – there are over 300 songs to unlock, and there are numerous things to unlock for your city – thousands of things in fact – and there are different areas/paths to unlock. It also has mini games, although a month in and I haven’t discovered any yet. It takes awhile to earn enough points to unlock everything. – To me, this is a GOOD thing – once everything is unlocked it probably isn’t as fun/exciting. But you can always start a new save file and start over unlocking everything again. If you unlocked things too fast the game wouldn’t feel as “rewarding” – it strikes a good balance of rewarding you, plus giving you new things to strive for.

6.) It’s easy/comfortable even for someone obese and in very bad physical condition. This is not true of other fitness games such as Dance Dance Revolution which is significantly more challenging/tiring for beginners. Walk It Out is low impact and simple and does not require great speed, dexterity, skill, coordination, flexibility, etc, making it a perfect game for anyone of any age to just pick up and play.

But What Is Walk It Out, exactly?

Gameplay: 10/10 Walk it Out is a fitness music/rhythm game from Konami, the creators of Dance Dance Revolution. The gameplay is simple! In the top left of the screen you see a beat meter, just walk in time with the beat. If you are rhythmically challenged, don’t worry, don’t focus too much on listening to the music, instead use this beat meter in the top left as a visual guide to time your footsteps. If you’re still having trouble you can adjust the speed and difficulty settings as needed.

As you’re walking, music will begin playing. There are new tracks to unlock – over 300 of them to be exact, and if you like pop music from the 80s, 90s, and early 2ks, you should enjoy most of these tracks.

The object is to time your steps perfectly for the best score. Points can be used to unlock new music tracks or to build your city by opening capsules around the island. Things that you can find might include trees, street lights, cars, buildings, and more. As you build up your city, you’ll see the changes in the town and in the people. It becomes much more lively.

The game can be played with a number of different controller options including the wii balance board, DDR dance pad, or wii-mote and nunchuck.

There’s even a multi-player mode where 2 people can Walk it Out together!

Is Walk It Out An Effective Workout?

Yes, I feel Walk It Out is effective at helping with weight loss, especially in addition to a healthy diet. Using Walk It Out every Monday through Friday for the past 6 weeks has led to me losing 5 lbs and becoming more active, fit, and healthy. I feel like I have more energy and stamina, even if it’s a little improvement, it’s still a welcome improvement, that overtime will continue to provide growing benefits.

It’s simple, effective, and fun – I don’t feel like I’m working out.

The game also tracks many stats for you, such as calories burned, steps taken, miles walked, playtime, etc for each play session. As well as showing you how much of the island you have left to discover.

It has a lot of various settings you can configure such as selecting or restricting certain songs, setting goals in terms of steps, miles, or play time, and allowing you to adjust the speed or points to fine tune your difficulty settings.

The uniqueness of the game, the fun factor, multiplayer, and peripheral support, as well as ease of use and low entry barriers, make this game my favorite for helping to drop the pounds.

However, there are some areas where gameplay could be improved…

If there is ever a “Walk It Out 2” here are a list of features I’d love to see:

1.) More advanced avatar creation – or at least importing our mii’s. The avatars in walk it out are pretty fugly. And although you can choose between a male or female avatar, and male or female personal trainer, and pick some colors from a limited small pallet, that’s where customization ends. In the future they could add hairs, clothes, and other avatar dress up items to the unlockable capsules which would add an additional element to the game.

2.) More Islands – once you complete an island, it’d be nice to have a whole new island to play in, with different styles of buildings, backgrounds, and environments to explore, to keep things exciting

3.) A more “vibrant” world – either through online play, or the internal clock, it’d be nice to have a more “lively” world, like in Animal Crossing how different things happen on different days, weather patterns, holidays, events, etc.

4.) Ability to use your own music – or at least buy new tracks, similar to most other dancing games that release songs via DLC (downloadable content).

5.) Online Play – to walk with friends online in addition to the great local multiplayer support – perhaps also for the switch, seeing support for up to 4 or even 6 people to walk on one screen together in local play.

6.) Built in scale – I use wii fit to measure myself, but I don’t use Wii fit for the games and exercises very often – it’d be nice to just be able to weigh myself right in Walk It Out.

I think just these few little additions would really add to the immersion and fun of an already super fun game.

Story: 0/10 – Nope no story at all – not that it needs one.

Characters: 2/10 – there are characters if you count selecting your trainer and “customizing” (although extremely limitedly) your avatar, but without a story, the characters are empty shells. The characters that move into your city / walk around on your screen are also just empty shells – they could have done something similar to animal crossing or harvest moon here, which is why it’s so disappointing.

Graphics: 7/10 – I’m not sure what to score this honestly… the characters are fugly, the interface is average at best, but the actual world/environment are pretty good given that this is a retro game now.

Music: 10/10 – If you like pop music from the past 3 decades, you’ll enjoy the music.

Voice Acting:5/10 – The male trainer isn’t too bad – the female trainer sounds like she’s about 8 years old and has way too much enthusiasm and that weird “chipmunk” sound that a lot of early 90s anime female voice actresses seemed to have back in the day. – Which I assume is supposed to sound cute, but really just grates on the nerves. I’ve never played with the female trainer because her voice is so annoying honestly.

Replay Value: 10/10 – The gradual progression of the game will keep you coming back to unlock new things on the island.

Overall: 44/70 63%

Note: if you don’t count the story and characters, you have a score of 42/50 or 84 percent which is much closer to how much I “enjoy” this game 😊

Update: My weigh in today was 222 lbs, a loss of 4.9 lbs since last weigh in (15 days ago) . I continue to consistently lose 1 to 2 lbs per week using nothing but walk it out with the balance board for exercise while eating a low carb diet of 25 or fewer carbs a day. I’ve lost a total of 10 lbs over the course of about 6 weeks.

Review Get Fit with Walk it Out Konami Wii Game was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

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5 Great Anime to Watch with Your Girlfriend

The phrase ‘anime you can watch with your girlfriend’ is typically associated with Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces, and that’s ok. After all, he’s brilliant. But in addition to Spirited Away and Ponyo, there are other cool Japanese anime your girlfriend will like even if she’s not an anime fan. We chose five best examples.

The Hunters of Forgotten Voices (2011)

The young girl Asuna lives with her mother in the Japanese village. She spends every evening climbing over the hill and listening to the old radio she got from her father. One day, on her way home, Asuna gets attacked by a mysterious monster, but a stranger named Shin rescues her. Soon Asuna learns that Shin, just like the monster, is from a parallel magical world.

Why you should watch it

It’s the best work of Makoto Shinkai, whose projects are famous for their enchanting landscapes and attention to detail. From the point of view of the quality of graphics and animation, Shinkai’s films compete with, and sometimes even outperform Hayao Miyazaki’s works. This is a very beautiful anime.

Wolf Children (2012)

The girl Hana falls in love with the werewolf and has two kids with him – the boy Ame and the girl Yuki. After her loved one’s death, Hana takes the children to a distant village, where Ame and Yuki can grow up calmly, developing both human and wolf nature. Over the years, Yuki begins to gravitate towards human life and decides never to turn into a wolf again, while Ame is gradually distancing himself from the family and becomes a protégé of a wise fox guarding the nearby forest.

Why you should watch it

Wolf Children is considered one of the best works of Mamoru Hosoda. It’s a touching and multifaceted story about growing up, the importance of the family, and the eternal conflict between fathers and children.

Little Witch Academia (2013/2015)

This is a two-part anime about the adventures of three friends studying at Luna Nova Magical Academy. In the first episode, the girls fight with monsters in the dungeon, and in the second, they prepare for the magic parade.

Why you should watch it

This cartoon gives as much endorphins as a couple pounds of chocolate. This is a positive, kind, and a slightly naive tale about friendship. Plus, the anime was made as part of the project for training young animators, created by the Japanese Ministry of Culture.

Mai Mai Miracle (2009)

9-year-old Shinko Aoki lives in a small town of Hofu in 1955. From her grandfather, she learns that a thousand years ago, her town was connected with Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese empire. The girl begins fantasizing, vividly seeing the pictures from the past and ‘letting’ the ancient way of life into the modern world.

Why you should watch it

This anime is about unlimited children’s imagination, freedom, and carelessness. In addition, Mai Mai Miracle is one of those so-called ‘summer anime’ which are always sunny, soulful, and bright.

 Metropolis (2001)

Detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi come to Metropolis to find Doctor Laughton, the man wanted for selling human organs. In the meantime, Laughton, under the direction of Duke Red, who runs the city, creates the first artificial man Tima, who looks exactly like Duke Red’s late daughter. Kenichi meets Tima, taking her for a simple girl, who can’t remember who she is.

Why you should watch it

Metropolis is based on the same-name manga, written by Osamu Tezuka in 1949. Tezuka is often called the ‘god of anime’ and officially considered the founder of the modern Japanese manga. Metropolis stands out not only with Tezuka’s distinguished artistic style, but also a deep story that touches upon social and racial inequality.

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5 Great Anime to Watch with Your Girlfriend was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

dealspotr Helps You Save and Earn Cashback on Holiday Shopping

This is a paid review, however all opinions are 100% my own.

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I must appologize if you received our weekly email numerous times today. I use a plugin called “MailPoet” to send the emails for me – I don’t know what happened as I’ve been using it for a few months now without any problem, but today I got our email from my website at least 5 times.

I took a look at the plugin to see what was going on – and I saw about 7 more “sending” or “waiting to send” which I of course promptly deleted.

I’m really sorry that this happened. I take spam very seriously and just want you to know that you can also always unsubscribe by hitting the link at the bottom of the email.

I’m going to leave it “in play” right now, but if the error occurs again next week, MailPoet will be gone and I’ll have to use Mailchimp or similar services.

I’m also going to contact MailPoet and seek advice on fixing the issue or see if anyone else is experiencing this.

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A Personal Update

I try not to post too many personal posts on this site. Trying to look at least a little professional haha. But when Real Life interferes with the blogging, I think it’s time for a quick update as to explain the lack of updates lately. This is one of those personal posts about me, the blogger, and not really relevant to the other topics you see here. So if you’re curious, click on to read more, and if not, no hard feelings. Go check out some of my game reviews or something instead :).

I’m in the process of moving right now. House is due to close on February 1st. I have spent a long time living in really poor conditions and our new home might be poor to a lot of people (still trailer trash lol) but it’s a god send to me and my family. We’ve been living in absolute hell for the past 2 years now. Living conditions so bad it’s like a 3rd world country; Most people in America probably can’t imagine living the way my family has been forced to live for nearly 3 years now – electrical problems (running the entire mobile home on one electrical outlet), plumbing problems (having to fill and boil jugs of water just to do the simplest of chores, bathe, wash food, wash dishes, rinse hands, brush teeth, etc), physical holes in the floor, roof leaking, no heat, no air, mold growing from the cold and the leaks, and in a bad neighborhood (there was a murder in our trailer park 3 doors down due to drug related incidents. There’s also a convicted sex offender that lives in the park) Luckily we are “Movin’ on up” to a deluxe trailer in the sky, or at least in a better neighborhood. It’s taken us a long time to be able to improve our situation. — But we are finally here. Getting ready to move into our new home. To put it into perspective, our current home is from 1963. Our new one is from 1998, quite a big step forward. It has central air and heat, and is not a fire hazard (one outlet with extension cords) nor health hazard (the water issue, as well as the leaks and mold).

This means a lot of exciting things for me, which will directly impact my blog too in a way since it’s all good positive things which enable me to further pursue my hobbies. Most notably, I will be able to have company – I’ve been dating my current boyfriend for 3 years, and he’s never spent the night at my place, or even been over to see it, because shortly after we started dating, it began falling apart quickly to the point where I became ashamed to have anyone over to the house. – While this doesn’t impact the blog, other guests being able to come over will! I run a meet up group – which sadly, much like our (soon to be) former home has fallen into disrepair. I plan to revive and reactivate the meetup group. This means I will be posting video reviews of the boardgames we play, or attending conventions, or watching and reviewing more anime, etc.

The other big thing is, I get two rooms to myself. Right now, due to the heating problems, and mold and electric and other problems, I’ve been sharing my room this winter with my family. Not a big deal – but it did make it impossible to Vlog (do video reviews). I want to get into “Vlogging” in a “big way” in 2016. I suspect almost every review or post I do to be accompanied by a video review in the near future. I may even go back and do video reviews for a lot of the items we’ve already reviewed on the site as well.

This is somewhat tied into the above point, but one of my most beloved hobbies is collecting Asian Balljointed Dolls (and similar toys and figures). Right now, there’s no where to put my collection (can’t put in my room cuz of my cats.) – That’s all about to change. I’m dedicating one full room to my collection (one wall or cabinet might also house some of my vintage retro videogame cartridges if I find they’re in acceptable condition still to be displayed.) With my “doll room” as I’m calling it, everything will be clean and cat free. It will make my photographs better. I will have a desk set up to work on my dolls, do faceups (I have like 6 blank heads right now lol). And most excitedly will just have several cabinets to display my collection. Better photos make for better reviews. Also for people who love asian balljointed doll photography and looking at others’ works, this will give you reason to follow me on twitter and instagram :) — Also with a doll room, I have room now to grow and expand my collection – and plan to do so soon. ^^ My birthday is in may. It’s a perfect time for a new doll harharhar… And new dolls mean new reviews for the blog. ❤

The other room is mostly just a sleeping room – except for, the fact that my big screen tv will be mounted in there, and my game consoles (probably only have 1 or 2 out at a time though, want to keep everything tidy). Here’s the rub, I haven’t been doing game reviews lately because 1.) While playing (and reviewing) Norn 9, we lost our electrical outlets in about 2/3rds of the house. My bedroom already did not have electricity and was running off an extension cord going into the kitchen lol. But now, it’s connected, along with the kitchen and living room, to one measely outlet in the living room. — I’ve been told not to turn on my TV or Game consoles for fear of burning out the one outlet that we have left, which is running our electric blankets and space heater in my room which we definitely need this time of year without any other sources of heats and holes all over the trailer. This was back before Christmas :( — I miss my games. I still really want to finish Norn9!

The other thing that happened is, my “gaming” computer (which actually was just a cheap middle of the line Acer with a dedicated Radeon graphics card good enough to play most games) – but here’s the thing, after being my loyal companion for almost 3 years, it decided to go to that computer heaven in the sky about 3 weeks ago – most likely due to a result of said faulty wiring in our mobile home.

So now, I have been occasionally borrowing my grandma’s HP Stream chrome book piece of junk computer, which clearly, obviously, cannot play games – I actually downloaded a couple of older games and things, but you know, can’t play much of anything with its meager ram and craptastic Intel graphics card.

So at some point, once I move, my next priority is to either fix my old “gaming” computer, or just buy a new one. But obviously we need a lot of other important things for our home (like appliances, since it didn’t come with any). So my PC gaming has been effectively crippled for the moment — but my console gaming will be able to be picked right back up once we make the move. And getting a new PC or fixing my current one is definitely high on my priorities list. Just a matter of being able to afford it first.

In the meantime I’ve been doing anime and mobile game reviews since that’s largely all I have access to. I plan to do up a review for Hearthstone soon – it’s my latest addiction, just started playing it this week (I know, I’m VERY late to that party lol.). I love it though, it’s a great game and helping me pass the time while my other mainstays are out of commission.

I’ve also been sick with the flu and a bad sinus infection but am on the mend and should not be deterring me from writing up a few posts this weekend and scheduling them to go out to fill in over the next few weeks while I plan to be quite busy with the move.

Actually, I’ve not yet set foot into the house myself. I’ve only seen it from the outside. My family purchased the home, and has been the ones doing the paper work and site visits while I’ve been either sick or working the past month. So I’m pretty excited to get the keys! I plan to spend the first night sleeping on the floor for good luck before we even move in. My mom said she’ll come with me, and we’ll rent movies and get a pizza. Fun times.

I will try to respond to comments, feedback forms, email, or social media inquiries in a timely fashion still throughout the move. But if I don’t get back to you right away, hey at least you know why now :).

A Personal Update was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Yoru no Nai Kuni, Samurai Warriors 4 Heading West

Source: Yoru no Nai Kuni, Samurai Warriors 4 Heading West

Somehow I missed this announcement. Had never even heard of Yoru No Nai Kuni…. but man am I excited. Gameplay sounds extremely similar to Persona (which is my love) in that you make contracts with and summon demons into combat.

Also the main playable character can create different types of weapons using her blood and change her fighting style on the fly. She also has shape shifting abilities which sound reminiscent of Castlevania Symphony of the Night (another one of my favorite games).

Combat sounds fast and breezy with an emphasis on chaining different attacks to finish off your opponent.

It’s by Gust – the makers of Hyper Dimension Neptunia. It has an anime style vibe, but done in 3D and therefore slightly more realistic and darker looking than Neptunia.

If you’re like me, and have not heard of this game until now, you can check out the trailer below:

Otome Gamer’s Guide to Working Out (BYFWM!)

Source: Otome Gamer’s Guide to Working Out (BYFWM!)

This reminds me of Love Revolution on the Nintendo DS. That game left a bad taste in my mouth, because of the fact that the main character only chooses to lose weight to impress boys who are mean to her and body shame her. I mean, if you want to lose weight, fine, do it for yourself, to have better health, more confidence, be able to buy cute clothes, and have more energy, etc… There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight – hell, I’d like to lose some weight myself.

The problem is that, the main character ONLY wants to lose weight to impress some ass hole guys who treat her like she’s less than human just because she’s overweight. And only after she begins to lose weight are they able to love her.

What kind of message is that sending to young girls???

With that out of the way, it does seem that this particlar game here, does have some fitness tracking activities and other things to help you, the player, get more fit. Which is a lot better than just a story about an overweight girl desperate to impress men who view her as less than human like in Love Revo lol.

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鯛焼き+パフェ「鯛パフェ」@ブギス Singapore

Taiyaki fish shaped deserts. Don’t worry, they’re not really fish – They’re actually made from pancake or waffle batter. – I’ve always wanted to try one of these. These ones look extra yummy with soft serve icecream (or is that yogurt) inside of them.