Gamers, What’s The Consensus On Walkthroughs?

It’s been a while since I played video games regularly. I played Pokémon White for a week a few years ago and I also replayed some Nintendo DS games before I started my first full-time adult job in 2018, but that was also for about a week. Now with nothing better to do, I plugged in some old consoles (first the Wii, then Gamecube, then N64) and started playing some old games I never played or beat. Games that, unlike with Pokémon, you can get stuck in. 

And when I get stuck, I obviously try and figure things out on my own, but eventually I need help and I turn to the internet, something that is much more accessible now than it was in my peak gaming days a decade ago.

Help Me gif.

There are walkthroughs out there for probably every video game in existence. And as much as I find them helpful and they’re there for this reason, a part of me hates that I have to resort to them. I’m not smart or skilled enough to figure it out on my own like the creators intended.

But I don’t know if I consider it cheating. It’s just helping. I gave it an honest go, and I would not have enjoyed myself or my play time if I spent hours wandering around not knowing what to do, dying over and over as I attempt to figure it out. We play games to have fun and experience the story, and being stuck is the opposite of that. A few times, an answer I looked up was something very close to my efforts/line of thinking, so I may have figured it out with more time. But sometimes it was something I never thought of or didn’t know. I would have wasted so much time before solving it.

Sorry not sorry gif.

What’s the consensus with walkthroughs these days? Do other people, more serious gamers, use them too? Do the big streamers use them? Or are they looked down upon? Are they like theater bootlegs where we just don’t advertise that we use them? Although walkthroughs are not illegal because you can go to a book store and buy a physical copy of a walkthrough if you so desire. I’m probably not going to stop using them, but I’d like to know what people think. I know it’s just a game and not a huge deal, but I’m still curious. I think if there was a walkthrough for life, we’d all be taking advantage of that, ya know?

Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or a casual one or maybe someone like me who is just passing time in quarantine with games, I’d like to know your thoughts on the matter.

Bart Simpson playing video games gif.

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Marketing During Coronavirus

It’s interesting to see how companies and brands are adjusting their marketing during this pandemic. Because COVID-19 has taken over the whole world, it’s affecting so much. I’d think every single company in the world has been affected in some way, even if it’s resulted in something manageable like working from home.

When the Coronavirus started picking up weeks ago, companies were quick to send out informational emails to people on their mailing lists and utilize social media to get quick messages out. Of course, this got meme’d. I saw one TikTok of a guy mocking the multitude of emails coming from relevant brands like Purell to irrelevant ones like Frosted Flakes. (I searched for an hour to find said TikTok and link it here but I couldn’t find it again).

As someone who worked in marketing, I understand the need to jump on trends and do things in a timely way. I understand that even companies like Frosted Flakes feel the need to email their clients and customers as well, even if cereal is really no one’s concern these days and they know it. You just gotta say it once and be done.

You Just Gotta Do What Feels Right GIF.

But then I started seeing Corona-related TV commercials. I don’t mind the food ones where the restaurant chains let people know they still do drive-through or online orders because that’s valid information.

It’s the other ones that have me conflicted. Some just rub me the wrong way. The other day I saw a commercial from a car brand and it said something along the lines of “We originally bought this ad slot to promote our new [insert car name here], but instead we’re using this time to thank all the frontline workers who are keeping us safe during these trying times.” That’s nice and all, but what do they want, a pat on the back for that selflessness? The truth is, they didn’t use their ad slot to promote their cars because no one is buying cars right now.

It would have been more effective if they instead highlighted what they were doing for the community in these trying times. Any donations? Any help? If you really want that brand awareness (because that usually is the main goal of commercials) and want to use that ad space for good, show something good and make us appreciate you.

You Want My Respect Earn It gif.

Of course, that’s the eternal conundrum rich people face. They don’t want to steal focus but they also don’t want the public to think they do nothing. It’s why there are anonymous donations that end up being Taylor Swift two years later. But I feel like in these dire times, the million dollar companies and the billionaires need to be stepping up. I think people would love to give praise and respect to those who help in ways that really matter, not a cutesy celeb sing-along.

The other thing that has me a little conflicted is the regular business-as-usual ads. Of course companies that can still produce marketing content are doing so. The question I’ve been thinking about a lot is: should they? Should companies still try and sell stuff right now? Especially stuff people don’t really need during this time like jewelry or candles or throw pillows. It just feels weird to know that millions of people applied for unemployment in the past month and yet companies are still trying to get their money. I mean, obviously people are free to do what they want with their money, and obviously sales are how employees get paid, and obviously I feel for the self employed/entrepreneurs, but a little part of me just feels that it’s all so unnecessary and weird during a health crisis. These are unprecedented times so there is no clear right or wrong, and I know in the grand scheme of things, some Facebook ad for fancy headphones or something isn’t a big deal and isn’t inherently wrong at all.

Its Complicated GIF.

As someone in the marketing world, it’s interesting to me to see how things are changing and how companies are adapting and the public’s perception is perhaps changing too.

I don’t really have a point here, I’m just more reflecting on some things I’ve seen. I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter. Are you as conflicted as I am about it all? Is there a company whose pandemic marketing you admire/appreciate?

 

That’s all for now!

 

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The Good Stuff: Lousy Book Covers

We all need some good stuff right now.

I don’t remember how I came across this website, but I’ve been enjoying its content for over a year now. It’s called Lousy Book Covers and its sole purpose is to share really bad book covers. We can debate for days on end if we should judge a book by its cover, but no matter what side of that argument you fall on, you can still enjoy seeing these particularily lousy ones.

Lousy Book Covers’ format is simple. Each post is one cover, and he also provides the link to the book and a funny comment about the cover he’s featuring. Honestly, some of the covers on the site aren’t that bad in my opinion. But some are…yikes. So here are some of those yikes ones, along with the comment from LBC.

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This website has been going for almost a decade, so there’s a lot more content to go through if you want a laugh or to feel better about your art skills.

Most of these covers are from self-published books. Is it mean to make fun of these? Maybe a little. But at the end of the day, they put it out there so we could see it. And perhaps it’s even more important for self-published authors to have an attractive cover because they can’t rely on support/publicity from publishing companies or stores or anything, so we have to judge it on that alone (or the book blurb, which the site will occasionally feature as well if there’s a particularily bad one).

And look, I myself am a self-published author. I spent hours on photoshop, making my book cover look as nice as I could. I could have paid someone to do my cover nicely for me, but I chose not to. I think mine is pretty good, but perhaps others hate it, and that’s just how art is. I made my bed, and now I lie in it, just like the choices made by other small authors sometimes result in their covers ending up on a joke site…and then this blog.

objectively not good.

Anyway, I always get a kick out of seeing Lousy Book Covers’ posts on my Reader, so I wanted to share it with you because it’s always good stuff. I follow them through WordPress’ Reader, but you can also Like their page on Facebook.

That’s all for now!

 

P.S. This post is dedicated to the curling club’s unofficial book club who has allowed me to sit in on their quarantine video meetings even though I rarely read and don’t have much to say. Hi, y’all!

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: April 2020

Well. March was some kind of month, eh? And it seems April will also be a weird one as well. I know I said I wouldn’t talk about coronavirus too much more on this blog, but for a Monthly Look Ahead, I can’t avoid it. Being stuck inside all day and night means there’s very little to look excitedly ahead to, and there’s always a risk that the things we do still have could get cancelled or postponed. But this is the cross we bear as we all work together to deal with this pandemic.

monthly look ahead logo.

  • A week ago I took out our old Nintendo Wii that I haven’t touched in probably a decade. I have a handful of games I never beat, one of which is Zelda: Twilight Princess, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing it again. I think I’m over halfway through, so I plan to beat that this month. I’m a huge Zelda fan so I always regretted never finishing that one. I also never beat Wind Waker for the Gamecube, so I will probably play that one afterward.
    Link in Twilight Princess.
  • A new season of Nailed It is out on Netflix on April 1st. It’s by no means a favourite show of mine, but it’s easy to watch and entertaining.
  • Two shows are airing their series finales this month: Modern Family and Schitt’s Creek. Both had really great runs and both will have a farewell documentary thing air before their final episodes. So, needless to say, I will be crying.

There’s no better time than now to do your own Monthly Look Ahead, because it’s now that we need reminding that there are still good things happening in our world to look forward to, even if it’s something small like beating a 15 year old video game. What’s getting you out of bed this month?

I hope everyone is staying safe at home.

We're All In This Together.

That’s all for now.

 

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Coronavirus Memes Because I Just Want To Laugh, Ya Know?

Sporting events? Cancelled.

The stock market? Tanking.

Shelves at Costco? Empty.

Hotel? Trivago. 

Covid-19 aka Coronavirus aka the only thing people can talk about is a big deal. The world is shutting down and it’s affecting everything from schools to airports to Broadway to conventions. And while there is reason for legitimate concern, I also think a lot of it is overreaction and paranoia, perhaps brought on by the (social) media, which is something that was not nearly as prevalent during Swine Flu and SARS and all the big illnesses of past.

Either way, we are at the mercy of the germs and the people in charge, I guess, and we just have to wait it out and do our best to stay healthy and then see what the fallout is. And while things may seem bleak, there is one good thing, and that’s the memes. As serious as Coronavirus is, there are some quality memes born from it, and I want to be able to laugh and help you guys laugh too, so I compiled some of my favourites. I made a meme post towards the end of the Trump vs Hillary campaign where I, a Canadian, could do nothing but watch, and this is similar except this time I can also wash my hands. And you should too.

So enjoy!


Flintstones vitamins meme


$8 round trip flight meme


cheap cruise meme




working from home denied meme.


Summer 2020 hazmat suits.


flexing now vs then.


Sweet Caroline meme.

 


toilet paper meme.


handwashing with Smash Mouth meme.

(There are many, many, musical variations of this handwashing meme. All top notch.)


They say laughter is the best medicine, and while I don’t know if the CDC will agree with that in this case, I hope you at least got a good chuckle out of these. I think the internet’s collective reaction to anything of jokes and memes is really comforting even though I had to unfortunately see a lot of racist memes while collecting these. I believe that all these extreme measures and reactions we’re facing these days are happening for our benefit, and I hope that when it’s over/less of a risk, we can smoothly transition back to normalcy, but perhaps with better hygiene habits.

These next few weeks will be interesting, to say the least, so I hope you all stay safe and healthy and wash your hands properly as we get through this.

That’s all for now!

 

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