How The Switch Got Me Back Into Gaming — The Well-Red Mage

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. -Robin Williams

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Day Z | The Game That Defines Will — Normal Happenings

Since DayZ, survival games have come in droves, some have stuck around but many failed and disappeared, they just couldn’t quite capture that DayZ feeling… I owe that game so much, it has shaped me as a gamer, it is the game that has inspired me to make videos, to write stories about my experiences. I’ve literally made friends for life playing it.

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Borderlands | The Game That Defines FTWRuubin — Normal Happenings

From games like Borderlands, we learn about kindness, that children can be scary but often grow up being reactive to negative experiences in their childhood, and that people can hide behind a mask so we need to look more at the way they treat people instead of the makeup they wear.

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Announcing the opening of my eBay shop

Today is the official commencement of business at my eBay shop, with payments middle-managed by PayPal.

My plan is to sell albums from stock boxsets with a target market that I’ll come to discover as I go along. While I’ll still be reblogging my posts at the Well-Red Mage and other collaborations, this shop is intended to be my main source of income, so I’m prioritising this. Therefore, expect to see lots of promotional posts informing you of what new stock I’m listing (which I’ll probably delete when the item is no longer in stock). I’ll also be using my Twitter feed as a source of this, too.

This is still in the early stages, so it’s a bit experimental at the moment. I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this, so it’ll be a process of discovery.

Here’s to the future.

My listings can be viewed here.

Fallout 3 | The Game That Defines Upon Completion — Normal Happenings

Fallout 3 was one of a few things I experienced (since I think games like Fallout are experiences) that helped skew my brain toward a more curious nature. I always tend to be curious about things, but I think Fallout 3 encouraged me to explore those new things, try out new tactics and try something new.

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91st Oscars predictions: my predictions vs actual recipients

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I declared Best Picture “too close to call” – it was awarded to Green Book.

Correct predictions:

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron (ROMA)

Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Animated Feature Film: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Bob Perschietti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Foreign Language Film: Mexico (ROMA)

Original Score: Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther)

Original Song: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt (“Shallow”, A Star is Born)

Film Editing: John Ottman (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Makeup and Hairstyling: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney (Vice)

Incorrect predictions:

Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close (The Wife) – actually awarded to Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Adapted Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – actually awarded to Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott (BlacKkKlansman)

Animated Short Film: Trevor Jiminez (Weekends) – actually awarded to Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb (Bao)

Cinematography: Łukasz Żal (Cold War) – actually awarded to Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)

Visual Effects: Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick (Avengers: Infinity War) – actually awarded to Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, J. D. Schwalm (First Man)


Of the 14 predictions I made, 9 were accurate and 5 were inaccurate. There are 24 categories in total. The 10 remaining categories not featured here were also declared too close to call.