Cithryth Lindsay Doebler

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SUBMARINE

A little over a year ago I signed up for a course on Udemy called “How to Code by Making Games in Unity”. I got through the first two sections and made a basic in-console number guessing game and then I kind of let the course fall by the wayside. As 2016 began rolling around,...
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My Thoughts on Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens

One of the many great things about New Zealand is that we frequently get to see movies before other countries, since we are the first on the other side of the International Dateline. When it comes to huge releases like a new Star Wars film, this is extra great. I can’t get spoiled if I already...
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The Beginner’s Guide to Theory

In a games industry where most titles get months or even years of screenshots, alphas, betas, teasers, and trailers leading up to their launch, The Beginner’s Guide was announced just one day before it released. Pretty much no info was given other than that it was by one of the co-creators of The Stanley Parable...
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3 Comic Colorists Whose Palettes I Love

Color has always been a big deal for me. I always needed game console colors to be just so, I had a whole rainbow of Converse hightops, and of course I’m famously obsessed with outfitting and customizing my characters in video games. Colors also affect what comics I read. If I don’t gel with the...
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Symptoms and Treatments of the Game Hangover

If you’re an avid reader, you might be familiar with the term “book hangover” when you finish a book you’ve become heavily engrossed in. It can be tough breaking out of the stupor you feel as you try to return to ‘normal life’. Recently, I’ve realized that this same phenomenon can happen with games as...
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Keep Gaming Going with Hand Health

With the release of Heart of Thorns, I’ve been putting in gaming overtime. That’s saying a lot because I know that I spend more time gaming every day than many people as it is. Because of this, I’ve noticed a bit of strain and ache in my left wrist lately, so I decided to start...
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Kickstart This: Wanderer

I go through cycles where I either am really into sci-fi or really into fantasy. The past few years have definitely been dominated by fantasy realms – Middle-earth, Tyria, Westeros, etc. But between reading The Woods comic series, watching SOMA playthroughs, and the impending release of a new Star Wars movie, I think it’s safe...
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What I’ve Been Playing – October 2015

Welcome to October, everyone! I’m sure you’ve noticed my activity on this blog has picked up significantly. I took the time to plan out a post writing strategy for myself to motivate me to write about games again… without burning myself out, like I tend to do on this blog. I suppose it also helps...
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First Impressions of the Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse

Back in August I managed to spill tea all over my Razer Mamba. I thought it would be ruined and immediately began researching a new mouse. I had settled on the Logitech G302 but within a few days the Mamba dried out and I was able to use it again, which was great because the...
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Why Mario Kart’s Blue Shells Are So Effective

Today I want to highlight a really fascinating video made by the Extra Credits channel. They put out a lot of amazing videos that highlight and discuss different aspects of the video game industry, but this video is about something very specific: Blue Shells in the Mario Kart series. Many just see these items as...
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How Do I Get Into Game Design?

Many of us who love playing video games want to learn how to make our own, too. Although I haven’t ever fully followed through with it, I’m no exception! I’ve always been bookmarking away helpful resources so that one day should I ever really feel motivated enough to go through with it, I too could...
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Surprise! League of Legends is Actually Fun

For a long time I looked down on League of Legends. I suppose it started in college when my roommate’s then-boyfriend would talk about it and play it all the time. I really didn’t like him and a lot of the other stuff he played, so I transferred that sentiment to League of Legends as...
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Silence: Why Hearthstone Makes Me Less Anxious

When I join in to a player versus player game – Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, even Guild Wars 2’s PvP – my biggest worry isn’t really how well I do, it’s how the other people in the match will react to me. This isn’t an article about how women who identify themselves as women...
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5 Podcasts to Listen to While Gaming

I have a confession. Despite having been on a number of game-related podcasts, I don’t listen to game podcasts much (unless I’m traveling and don’t have as much time to keep up-to-date on gaming news). Instead I usually listen to comedy or other geeky-interest podcasts. Since a majority of my gaming time is spent in...
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Kickstart This: Shape of the World

With just nine days left for the Kickstarter, Shape of the World definitely needs your help. Especially if you’re the kind of person who is drawn to games based solely on their color schemes, like I usually am. This is an exploration game that grows, shifts, and changes as you move through it....
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Epanalepsis – Time Loops and Mind Games

Epanalepsis is a figure of speech defined by the repetition of words at the start and end of a phrase. For example, “The king is dead; long live the king.” Repetition and time loops are key features of this point and click adventure of the same name, spanning 60 years and three different characters....
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Sym – Platform Anxiety

Since I was a teenager, I’ve been suffering from anxiety. Sometimes it’s perfectly manageable and other times it is debilitating. My life has been peppered with incidents caused by my anxiety – dropping out of a drawing course my Freshman year because I was getting so stressed out from it; breaking down crying in the...
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ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS – Spiraling out of control

Rockets shooting through space, leaving long luminous trails as they bombard each other. Beats pumping as you try to shoot down your last opponent. ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS is a single and multiplayer 2D shooting game that has just left Early Access and launched officially on May 1. But does the gameplay reach the same heights as the...
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Earthtongue – Diversity at Play

At first, it might seem like there’s not much going on in Earthtongue. You’ve got some mushrooms and bugs growing. But then as time ticks on and new fungi and bugs come to inhabit your little planet, you begin to realize just how much diversity there is in this little vivarium simulator. Balancing out all...
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Crypt of the Necrodancer – Fighting to the Beat

My first experience with Crypt of the Necrodancer was in a dark back room at the first Bit Bash Chicago event in September 2014. In a tiny, cramped room filled with Killer Queen arcade machines, on one wall Crypt of the Necrodancer was being projected. In front, two Dance Dance Revolution dance pads were sprawled...
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Why I Still Buy Early Access Games

Two years ago Steam introduced its Early Access platform to both developers and players. The system allows developers to put their game out on Steam in an unfinished state. The idea is that the system allows players access to games they are looking forward to sooner and from that the developers get more revenue earlier on...
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4 Comics to Get Into Right Now

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been talking about comics a lot lately. My dream goal is to open a comic shop in my little New Zealand town since the closest shop is over four hours away. Until then I have to rely on digital services like Comixology and online ordering. It...
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Shelter 2 – Cat-based Heart Ache

Before I was a lynx mom, I was a badger mom. By the time my badger cubs were big enough to fend on their own, I had managed to save three of the original five of them. It was an emotional task filled with perils. But I did it. So I thought I would be...
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Captain Forever Remix – Early Access Impressions

After a few hours of playing Captain Forever Remix by Pixelsaurus Games, I have to wonder how the developers managed to crawl into my brain and make a game based on my memories of growing up so accurately. Playing this game is like going back to the slightly-sticky arcades full of neon lights, clicking buttons, fast food,...
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History and Mythology: The Importance of Engaging Worlds in City-builders

The Sierra/Impressions city-builders stand out over modern games...
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Alas, Poor Larry!

This week, my original content is a very short story. I originally wrote this for the 52-week short story challenge that I only got about 4 weeks into before stopping. So I guess I didn’t technically write it this week, but I did do a lot of editing to it. It’s mostly based on true events...
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The Liebster Award

Today I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! If you don’t know what that is, you can read up on it more here, but the gist is that it’s a way to show other bloggers you appreciate them and also help them grow. There are a variety of ‘rules’ but I will be following...
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Rymdkapsel – Beautifully Simplistic Strategy

In rymdkapsel, you build a space station using Tetris blocks. And like Tetris, you have a preview in the corner letting you know what shapes your different building elements will come as. By fitting different sections of your space station together you can utilize space in a more effective way. Sometimes that comes across in...
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White, Blue, and Wings

It could be considered that I’m cheating because for this week’s Original Content, I’m submitting… this blog. You might have noticed a few things different about it… there’s a new header image and description, the picture on the right hand side is new… and the URL is totally different as well. No longer is this...
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Unoriginality: A Writer’s Biggest Fear

The past few days something has started growing on my mind. I don’t know what planted the seed, as it’s not something I had thought about too much beforehand. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m turning 25 in a few months and the “quarter-life crisis” machine is starting to spin its wheels. Whatever did it...
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The Floor is Jelly – Everyone Should Play This

What if the floor was jelly? Ian Snyder’s answer to that question is a fanciful, giggle-inducing romp with physics. After two years of working on the puzzle platformer, it was finally released in January 2014. As a rule, I get easily frustrated with platformers. I’m pretty terrible at them for whatever reason. Despite this, there...
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Eidolon – A Hunger for Lore

I had to pull myself away from Eidolon in order to write this review. The day I got the game I didn’t even realize I had played for hours until I heard the door open when my husband came home from work. I looked around and realized that night had come and the house was...
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The Birth of a Genre: Procedural Death Labyrinth

Where did the term roguelike start? Where is it going?...
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No More Let’s Plays

My original plan for my YouTube channel in 2015 was to come back from my four-month-long slump with a vengeance. I was going to get everything back on schedule, finish up series that had been dragging out, and start up new, exciting series too. However I also want 2015 to be a year of introspection...
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First Impressions of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Gaming Headset

The past three or four years I had been using the same headset: the Corsair 1500 Vengeance wired headset. As a person with a small head and thick framed glasses, it is always difficult for me to find comfortable headsets that also provide good quality. So usually when I find a set that works, I...
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New Kid on the Megaserver

Starting a new MMO can be daunting. Sure, some things can and often are very similar across a number of games within the genre: class roles, the questing system, crafting, dungeons, etc. However each MMO does things slightly differently so that even MMO veterans may need time adjusting when delving into a new game. This...
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Guild Wars 2 Character Progress

Since the last time I posted a Guild Wars 2 Character Progress report, a lot has happened for me and GW2. We started the Guild Wars Players site up and Drac (and eventually Ethelros, too) and I started podcasting as Guild Wars Players News. It’s been awesome and GW2 still has me in a tight...
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I’m a Bad YouTuber

I’m taking this week off videos in an attempt to get back to being a Good YouTuber. Because I have been a pretty bad YouTubuer the past few months. Back in August I was doing a really good job of putting out a bunch of videos every week on schedule and having a bunch lined...
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JUJU – Relaxation Platformer

Sometimes you just need to zone out, listen to some good music or your favorite podcast, and lose yourself in the flow of a game. I tend to forget this sometimes, so this past week I indulged and let a preview copy of JUJU from Flying Wild Hog be that game. And it felt really really nice....
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Guild Wars 2 Character Progress

If you watch my videos or follow me on Twitter, you probably know that my current obsession is Guild Wars 2. What I thought would be an MMO that I would occasionally log in to on weekends for an hour or two has consumed me in a way I haven’t experienced since I started playing...
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The 5 Stages of Game Burnout

7 years is a long time to play a game, burnout is inevitable...
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52 Weeks of Writing

It’s impossibile to write 52 bad stories in a row. Many of you probably know of November as NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word rough draft within the month of November. It’s pretty nifty – you can use the official site to track your progress and earn...
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City 2048 – The 2048 game of my dreams

I periodically browse the Play store hoping to find previously unknown (to me, anyway) gems – whether they be games, productivity apps, or anything else doesn’t matter. I’ll spend ages flipping through pages of apps looking for the next shiny new app. It was in one of these sessions this weekend that I found City...
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Keep your eye on “The Flame in the Flood”

“Travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly, stay ahead of the coming rains.” Roguelikes and survival games have been insanely popular the last few years. The Flame in the Flood, being developed by The Molasses Flood games studio, takes these...
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I survived 22 hours and 19 minutes – The Long Dark Alpha Impressions

Day One My eyes slowly open. Stingingly bright snow and cold blue trees everywhere. Looking in a circle around myself I find nothing but more snow and trees. Some rocks. A frozen creek. I had just been in my plane… where? I was flying north and then a storm hit. Where is my plane? I...
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November of the Soul

It’s October now which means Fall is really starting to kick in in the Northern Hemisphere. Falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkins – the whole bit. Meanwhile here in the Southern Hemisphere Spring is just starting to wake up. The tiny pink blossoms on my peach tree are starting to bloom and little green leafy buds...
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Gaming as Reward

I’m the kind of person that stays motivated with rewards. Some people find better motivation through more nebulous rewards like “knowing I did a good job” or “getting it done is its own reward”, stuff like that. Me, I need something. A new lipstick. A fancy coffee with all the whipped cream and whatever-syrup on...
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Recent Reading Material

While I was away in the States I got back into comic books. Every so often I go through a phase of being really into certain mangas or comic books or graphic novels. This used to happen with much more frequency and I blame my comic decline on New Zealand. The closest comic shop is...
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Easing Back

  I’ve been back in New Zealand for a little over a week now. It feels like way longer though, but I guess that’s just what coming home feels like. It was a little weird being back in the States. It’s not that I spend a lot of time here in New Zealand feeling out of...
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Settling For Headphones

My 24th birthday is coming up in less than a month and I’m realizing that it will be the fourth birthday I’ve spent in New Zealand, despite having only lived here for a little over a year now. It’s a weird thing, moving to another country. Different people have different experiences and emotions about it...
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