Stardew Valley’s Multiplayer: A Worthwhile Addition or Not?

When farming simulator Stardew Valley came out in 2016, it caused quite the stir in the gaming community.  For some, it was a much wanted Harvest Moon clone game on PC.  For others, it was different from the current trends and offered an addictive, relaxing experience.  Regardless of why people fell in love with the game, the fact of the matter is it became a beloved game rather quickly.  However, there was one feature that people demanded fairly early on: multiplayer.  While single player games still have their place (despite what AAA companies seem to believe), many fans also do crave a multiplayer experience.  So, whether it was already in the plans or the fans’ plea was heard, this month multiplayer was added to the game.

Yet, after having played it, I have to ask one thing: was it a worthwhile addition or not?  In my opinion, the answer is rather mixed.

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How to Take Criticism

For any creator, there’s probably nothing more anxiety inducing than the possibility of receiving criticism.  Sometimes the criticisms are expected, because the creator specifically asked for critiques and gave themselves time to mentally prepare.  Other times, the criticism is given unprompted and is somewhat vague, leaving the receiving end upset at the sudden comment.  Criticism in any form can be hard to take, whether you create YouTube videos, webcomics, stories, or whatever else.  However, it is important to be able to take criticism, as your public reaction to it can vastly affect your reputation.

How does one take criticism though?  Today, I’m going to walk you through my step-by-step guide on taking criticism.  Whether you’re a beginner or professional, I hope you will consider the points seriously so that you can be able to maintain a sparkly, shiny reputation in your industry.

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Some Thoughts on “Impact”

Colonization is often a red button issue for many.  There is no denying that atrocities have occurred in the name of colonization, but it is equally hard to deny the fact that the world as we know it would not exist if it didn’t happen.  Regardless of which side you fall on, there is no question that colonization will continue to happen as humanity stretches its wings into space.  “Impact” by Irving Cox is one such story that tackles the topic, and through the story we learn a stark lesson about one of humanity’s more negative features.  As per usual, the following interpretation is my own, and you should form your own opinions about the story.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Misc. Story No-Nos

Sometimes there are certain bad habits in writing that are really hard to talk about and categorize.  It’s just hard to find time to mention them; each topic, like world-building and exposition, has a bunch of more important components to speak on.  Nevertheless, there are habits that should be discussed and pointed out, as they can often be habits that ruin a potentially good story.  Today, I would like to share three of these and explain why they are bad habits to have.  If you aren’t an experienced story writer, I hope you’ll take these points to heart and learn from them.

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RV Movie Reviews: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER!

 

 

Unexpectedly, I noticed Mary and the Witch’s Flower was on Netflix this week.  As I’m a huge Studio Ghibli fan, I’ve had an interest in seeing it since many of Studio Ghibli’s former animators were involved with the film.  That being said, I didn’t know much about the film going in.  Having watched it now, though, I’m ready to review it and share my thoughts.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Stories and the Exposition

Once long ago, I wrote a post about doing the middle of stories, something many people (including myself) struggle with.  However, before you can even get to the middle of a story, it’s kind of important that your story have a beginning.  Beginnings (or expositions) can, unfortunately, be equally hard, as this is your primary time to setup a lot of your story and what’s to come.  This is not to mention that this is also a primary time for you to lose readers right from the get-go, as the beginning is essentially the first impression handshake.  As such, for today’s writing tips I want to walk you through my basic guidelines for having a successful beginning that will put you into a good position for the rest of the story.  Always remember that these guidelines are simply suggestions, and every writer should do what works for them.  Additionally, this guide will be aimed more at beginners, so if you’re an advanced writer this might not be the article for you.

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Vacation Week

Hey all my blog readers out there!  I just wanted to give a belated notice that I will be taking a break from my blog this week.  I haven’t had a real break from it since I started the blog, and frankly I need it.  This is not to mention that between some real life events and project events going on this week, I am just over-stressed and need to take a time out for my own mental health.  I’ll return next week with some new material, hopefully!

Thanks for reading and see you next week~!

Some Thoughts on “The Road from Colonus”

There is no question that getting old kind of sucks.  While some are able to greet it with a rather jovial perspective, others become grumpy or depressed at their own mortality.  The subject of getting old is at the heart of today’s analysis.  “The Road from Colonus” by E.M. Forster is a tale that reminds us getting old does not have to leave us mentally depressed, but also reminds us that we cannot escape the physical reality of aging.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation, and I encourage you to draw your own conclusions.

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RV Show Reviews: The Handmaid’s Tale

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE HANDMAID’S TALE!

 

 

Though like usual I’m late to the game, I decided to check out The Handmaid’s Tale.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about the show, and finally decided I would take a look.  Besides knowing the basic premise, I didn’t really know what to expect.  Below are my thoughts on the show.  If you’re reading this from the future, this review will only cover the first two seasons, as that’s what’s out at the time of writing this.  Also, a usual reminder that the following review is my own opinion.  You should draw your own conclusions and not hinge on my words.

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