Amazon Appstore, Coins, and Hearthstone Deals

Last year in September I made a series of posts talking all about Amazon, more specifically Amazon’s Appstore and how Amazon Coins worked on the site and throughout apps to save you money on all your in-app purchases. Finally I’m back to talk more about it thanks to Amazon themselves for sponsoring this post! Lots of events are coming up that involve the Amazon Appstore, so I figured I’d share a few with you all.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Amazon Coins, I highly suggest you reading this post to get the breakdown, but here’s the main roundup for you:

  • Amazon Coins are virtual currency that can be used to buy apps and in-game items in the Amazon Appstore (see above). By using Amazon Coins, you can save up to 10% on apps, games, and in-app purchases. The more coins you have, the more you can play. For example, 100 coins are worth $1. You can purchase Amazon Coins here. You can also earn Amazon Coins!

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Secondly, to highlight the Amazon Appstore and how exactly Amazon Coins can help save you money and also go further within a game, I thought I’d share Hearthstone, one of my favorite games, with you. For instance if you preorder Whispers of the Old Gods using Amazon Coins, you save about $9. Every little bit helps especially when you need more card packs.

[Here’s a list of games that are giving Coins back for in-app purchases! Check back daily as the list changes frequently.]

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Also alongside all these other deals, a whole 8 tournaments of Vainglory will be streamed live! Amazon is working alongside Vainglory to offer players all sorts of deals like 20% pack on Vainglory in-app purchases during 7/28-7/31, new skin updates, and so much more. Download the app and buy Amazon Coins here.

Lots of deals happening within the Amazon Appstore, so make sure to check it out and buy your coins here. Don’t forget to check out Hearthstone and also Vainglory for even more fun!

 

I Love Video Games But Not In That Way…

It’s been a little bit since I’ve last checked in, hasn’t it? I’ve been making content and stuff still, just not necessarily on here. And by content, I do mean content…and also playing video games and watching too much anime. But back to video games. I started a new series on my YouTube channel that is all about gaming news and I’ve even been posting a few LP’s. So exciting!! I’ve been wanting to do this kind of content for quite sometime, I’ve just been too lazy and my resources (software wise) has been limited. But I’ve finally figured out this whole thing and I’m jumping in headfirst. Anyways, from now on, I’ll be dedicating one post to each video, but until my next video is live, I figured I’d do a round up for you guys. Check out all my gaming content below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Tea + Gaming #1 and #2:

OXENFREE review:

Heroes of the Storm #1


Heroes of the Storm #2

Neopets #1 (I KNOW, I KNOW.)

Let’s talk video games in the comments or on Twitter!

UNTIL DAWN; Horror in Gaming and How It Does It Justice

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I finally played through and finished Until Dawn the other week. It had been one of my most anticipated games when it was announced way back, only for me to be crushed that it wouldn’t see the light of day…then to be built back up when they announced it’d be coming to PS4. It’s been out for a little while now, but I only got a PS4 3 months ago, which I’m loving more than Xbone at the moment. (I know… I’m shocked too.) So after finishing Life is Strange, I thought I’d dive into the terrifying world of Until Dawn, not sure what to expect. Turns out I’d be in for one hell of a ride and that I also picked out the perfect game to soothe my post-Life is Strange blues.

By the end of my journey into Until Dawn, I’d be blown away by, now what I call, one of my favorite games of the year, if not ever. I wasn’t too sure how the games mechanics would work since I’ve tried to stay away from all LP’s, trailers, reviews, etc. Looking at it now, I’m glad I stayed away from all those things because going in blind with this game made the experience better than anything I could’ve expected. I went in thinking I’d quit the game soon-ish thanks to my past with games of the horror genre, but I did the exact opposite and literally had to stop myself from playing to do normal, everyday things like work and sleep.

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Yikes! Here’s my history with horror games:

I love horror games. They’re fun and terrifying and I tend to only watch LP’s of them on YouTube or Twitch. I’ve bought many horror games, but they rarely get played due to the stress they cause me. Seriously, I mean actual stress, not just rage stress. Something about the stealth needed to play the games and the impending doom of terror (looking at you, Evil Within), it just doesn’t make for an enjoyable experience for me. That’s why I enjoy watching people play them. It’s the fun and terror without being responsible for the terror. But with that being said, their are a *few* horror games that I enjoy like Alien: Isolation and Lucius (have yet to play this one, but I can tell I’d enjoy it) for example. Even though they both have the components to make me wanna tear my hair out, they’re actually just plain, scary fun, even if the Xenomorph or guard at hand grabs you and/or drags you away.

I LOVE THIS GAME! Why we need more horror games like Until Dawn:

Until Dawn was very story based. The mechanics in the game were quite fun and a bit realistic, making it even better, but combining that with the story at hand made for one memorable, gaming experience. All the terror was fun while feeling like a movie. You weren’t responsible for sneakily passing the intruder or anything of the such. Yeah, you had moments that could possibly kill you or your friends, but that’s the fun in Until Dawn. Will you make that quick decision or just do nothing? It puts all the responsibility in your hands, while putting the player at ease. Also while terrifying them of intruders and *SPOILER*. It all makes for one amazing game while putting you in control of the outcome. You can control if you survive or not by playing as each of the characters. It’s so cool to see that in a game like this! I really hope they make more games in the horror genre that follow this platform because sign me up.

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Long story short, Until Dawn made me fall in love with the horror genre (in video games) in a whole new way. To be so invested in a story and to have a say in how it all plays out is something I’ve wanted in a game for so long. Like I said, I hope a sequel follows? Not exactly a sequel, per say, but just another game in this style from the same developers. After the storm that this game weathered, I don’t know if we’d see it anytime soon… but fingers crossed!

Have any of you played Until Dawn? Let’s discuss!

LIFE IS STRANGE – Max and Chloe Everyday Cosplays

I’ve been on a Life is Strange kick lately. I played the game for the first time last week and finished it in 1 1/2 days. It was such an amazing experience and I’ve now deemed it one of my all time favorite games. Suffice to say, I’m a bit obsessed at the moment and decided to make some everyday cosplays of Max and Chloe, the two wonderful leads in the game. (I actually wrote a review of it right here if you’re interested.) I made them to be unisex, so anyone can enjoy dressing up as badass Chloe or Max the photographer. Enjoy!

 

Max Caulfield - Life is Strange Everyday Cosplay

 


Chloe Price - Life is Strange Everyday Cosplay

 


Have you played Life is Strange?

Let’s Start This with a Bang – #30DaystoTFA

It’s exactly a month till The Force Awakens. A MONTH. What even? It seems like it was just yesterday when they actually announced this film was actually happening and now we’re here, tickets in hand, ready to witness the film of the year. I’m so excited, just like everyone else, so why not celebrate as we countdown to the films release?? Amy from Geek with Curves started the #30DaystoTFA project, where she’s encouraging everyone to share their favorite gifs, videos, pics, and more from Star Wars! (Read the post here!) I’ll be doing my own countdown on this here blog as well as sharing some exciting posts over at Full on Force! So over the next 30 days, I’ll be sharing a few of my Star Wars favorites, leading up until The Force Awakens. Ahhhhh!

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So to kick it off on this here blog, I’ll start by sharing my favorite Star Wars related thing at the moment and that is Battlefront! It’s the brand new video game and it’s so amazing and all the fun. I’ve played about 10-14 hours so far and have enjoyed every second! There’s so many ways you can play that it’s basically a non-stop Star Wars party. (I stream it over on Twitch and you can watch them on my YouTube channel.) I grabbed the Darth Vader PS4 as well, so you can expect some closeup photos over on Full on Force very soon!

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Did any of you pick up Battlefront?!

YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day – Book Review

Turns out I’ve been on a reading binge as of late. I just read Furiously Happy: A Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson and today I just read You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.  (Both I would highly recommend!) I’ve been looking forward to Felicia’s book ever since she announced it on her YouTube channel. I couldn’t wait to dive into one of my favorite people’s memoirs and learn how exactly they got to the point they are today. I also knew it’d be funny as hell. (And geeky. Because that’s Felicia for you.) I’ve been a fan of Felicia Day ever since discovering The Guild way back in the day. I loved that web series so much and found it to be so different than any of form of media I’d recently consumed. It was also stupidly hilarious. The humor in that web series is so real and raw that you can’t help but feel all the characters to be relatable. I’d follow the show all the way to its series finale and fall even more in love with every Geek and Sundry would do in the not too far future. Through it all, Felicia Day has always been one of my biggest inspirations. Her career wasn’t one she had the option of choosing, she had to create it herself, working hard and putting everything of herself into. She also loves video games, so hashtag relatable.TheFlog_04_feature2I wasn’t exactly sure what I was to expect when picking up You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). I expected it to definitely be a memoir of sorts, telling us about her life through the digital ages and that’s what I was delivered. Expect it was 1000x more awesome. Felicia Day has such a way with words and for crafting this past stories of her childhood and journey through the hell that can be Hollywood. She doesn’t shy away from the fact that it took quite a long time for her to get to the point of being “famous” and being able to creatively have free range over what she wanted to do with her life.

As a kid, she was a loner, which somehow made me feel all the better about my isolated childhood as well. I stopped feeling alone and more so apart of this “weird iso cool kids” club that doesn’t exist. And I think that’s what Felicia’s point was in writing those parts. Yes, it’s to tell us exactly how she became to be one of the biggest names in the geek world, but it’s also to let us know that we aren’t alone. We might feel like we are, but there’s about thousands more of us weird kids who are just alike and love video games just the same. It’s fan-freaking-tastic and while reading, really just gave me this boost of confidence I felt lacking in. In other words, I could play Left  4 Dead on expert. (Not really. Can you imagine?!)

And while we do get a close up look at Felicia’s life growing up and her complications with Hollywood, we get an inside look at the creation of The Guild, which was probably my most favorite part of the book. Like I said above, I absolutely love The Guild and getting this information I’d never heard of before was such a treat. To realize that The Guild truly preserved because of the fans was just amazing. I also learned where my DVD’s came from, making me cherish them even more. (There’s also an entire chapter dedicated to #Gamergate, which was very educational, especially if you don’t know much on the matter.)12719422I learned a lot from this little book. Whether it be to just truly embrace my weirdness (check) to how The Guild was created to knowing that anxiety is an okay thing, but I definitely need to take some mental health days, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a reading experience like no other. I laughed, I cried (legit), and just fell in love with Felicia Day even more. (In a total “let’s be BFF’s and play WoW” type of way.) I’d highly recommend this to all the weirdos out there wanting a fun, thoughtful, and amazing quick read. I say quick because I read this book way too quick. It’s addicting. You’ve been warned.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Unboxing!

It’s here! It’s actually here! Disney Infinity 3.0 has been released and incase you’re wondering, yes, it’s the best thing ever! I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time, counting down the days until I could mix up all the Star Wars characters in one world. It looked like a whole lot of fun and its turned out to be way better. I was so excited for it that I filmed my unboxing of the starter set and all the extra Star Wars figures! Check it out and let me know what your favorite Disney Infinity 3.0 character is. (Want more photos? Head on over to Full on Force! I posted tons of them!)