We've finally done it, Twisters.
A better, more efficient way for all of you to know when we update and actually post on this blog! (So now you all don't have to wonder if there's an actual pause, if we're updating, or if we're going to not post for YEARS.)
I've been wanting to get an Instagram for a long time because we update so sporadically, but since school was in play, I couldn't do anything! I was really focused on school and trying to complete everything in an appropriate manner and speed (which I did, I got to graduate - same with Bianca, we'll do a blog post on that later). In turn, that pushed away all time to blog. We thought about it constantly, over and over.
But now it's summer! And, with it being summer, we have an imaginary time to get all the thing we want to complete completed! It really is nice, though I hope that the time won't fly by too quickly. I want to enjoy a "vacation". (Still got a Government class to do for school, but that's fine. Not complaining.)
Anyways! Benefits of having an Instagram!
Any other cool things and perks that are included with following the Twisted Two Instagram will unfold as we use it more. So for right now, that's all we got!
Thanks so much for joining us on the adventure and we're excited to see where we end up going!
Happy New Years Twisters!
Sorry that we haven't been super active. Bianca and I are planning on graduating early (graduating in our Junior year!), which means a heck ton of extra school work. Trying to get those extra credits to graduate are super tough and the load work is crazy, but we'll get through it! I'll just take a lot of planning and prioritizing. Especially to include blogging again.
And with that, I'm here to share with you my new year resolutions!
New Years Resolutions
Anyways, that's all I have for my resolutions! There are probably more, but I can't remember them right now.
Thank you so much for making 2018 a great year! Here's to an even better year!
See you in 2019 Twisters!
I'm not missing Halloween.
Actually I am, but I'm choosing to, so that's fine.
Mike Inel, the creator those really good if Gumball was an Anime or if Gravity Falls was an Anime if you've seen them, created a FANTASTIC, AND I MEAN FANTASTIC, animation.
This animation is one of the most profound, thought-provoking, meaningful animations that I've ever seen. It's gorgeous.
Please, please watch this.
How was it?
Wasn't it beautiful?
(Share what you thought in the comments!)
This is what I've wanted to share on Halloween for a while now and I've finally gotten the chance to.
But that's all I've got for you all!
Happy Halloween and Stay Safe!
See ya later, Twisters!
You are all going to read a SUPER OLD blog post that I never posted. Which is really funny because it was complete and everything, so I really have NO idea why I didn't post it.
Original date the post was created: May 4th, 2017
Hey Twisters! Long time no see, huh? Sorry about that. I know I said that we were (hopefully) going to post weekly, but school happened, then when we were available we either procrastinated (MAINLY LOOKING AT ME /// HAHAHAH), remembered, but then later forgot (ALSO ME), or other excuses that I can't quite remember. (As I write this, I think of all the times I was watching Netflix shows - by the way, more show and movie reviews will be coming soon!!)
But we're (mostly me) are back now! And ho Ho HO! do I have something truly special! A RAFFL- no. Just kidding. We're not doing a raffle. We have nothing to give right now, but depending on how much traffic our blog gets in the future, we'll think about it. *coughs* On to the actual post!!!
In March/April (and some that's continued into May!), sakura's, also known as cherry blossoms, are blooming! If I'm correct, then the sakura's are still blessing Japan with their mystical beauty.
Two weeks ago, I read an article by Joe, who is a staff writer at Japan Times, on how Tomika, a town in the Fukushima Prefecture, had cherry blossoms blooming. This is amazing, since Tomika was a place where the events of March 11th, 2011 really hit.
I refreshed my memory on the happenings of that time on Britannica and in short, there was a huge earthquake, the most powerful one to have hit Japan, which caused multiple tsunami's to appear. Those tsunami's devestated some nuclear power plants in Fukushima which then exploded, causing the residents there to leave because of the toxic chemicals that started to disperse.
But during this sakura season, Tomika has been re-opened to the public, after lots of diligent and hard work to clean up the damage that those events had created. This is, as the post said, is perfect because in Japan, spring represents a time of renewal and new beginnings, which is something that is truly happening in Tomika.
There are still some parts of Tomika that the government has deemed unsafe for visitors, so those locations are blockaded to the public. The areas that are safe, which is a lot from what I could see/read, people are going to see 1) the beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms that Tomika is blessed with and 2) the rebuilding efforts.
If you want to check out the blog post, here is the link:
Tomika: Full Bloom - Japan-Guide
Have a great day, Twisters!!
P.S. Hopefully, we'll stick to the weekly blog posts, but if you don't hear from us for a while, we're probably focusing on finals. For those of you who are also doing finals, good luck!
HHAHAAA, LIKE THAT HAPPENED FOR THE BLOG!!! But now we have an actual schedule! ;3
The long anticipated schedule for this blog! (I was waiting for this for a LOOONG time, and I'm so happy to be finally able to finalize something that'll actually work!)
And there ya have it Twister's!!! Our finalized schedule!! Super excited to implement it! We'll begin to follow this on the week of February 5th.
Post-wise, we are going to be uploading all the posts on their respective days at 6:00 AM CST.
Also, I have said previously, our blog is still kind of under construction. We're finalizing our pictures and rewriting things that desperately need to be rewritten. We'll probably do a blog post where we've finally say "IT'S ALL DONE!!" and celebrate with virtual cake or something, I don't know. Somethin' will happen.
Additionally!! (There's so much that I want to say, I'm so sorry!) Bianca and I might still post from outside of our schedule if we deem necessary. Bianca has told me that she's got a post coming up that she wants to put out before our schedule commences, so that's probably going to happen. So be on the look out for that.
Alrighty, Twisters, there ya have it!! Our official blog schedule! See you soon on the beginning of a grand adventure!
I know, I know. This is strange! Why would I be writing about this? Well, in my Leadership class, I (again) have the wonderful opportunity to write something that would persuade another. And this is what I've chose to discuss. Why the particular subject of da video games? Well, I believe that there is a lot of hate and negativity on playing video games going around and I would like the ability to voice my thoughts and opinions on this subject.
I was talking to a friend of mine and he said that he had "no life" because he played a lot of video games. And I thought about this. When I think of somebody that has no life, I think of someone who is a couch potato and watches shows and eats all day long. But he told me that his "no life" was spent by playing video games.
Playing video games = "no life"?
Sir, I think not.
Why would immersing yourself in another world that our universe doesn't contain "not a life"?! How does learning important skills (some of which we will cover later on in this post) that can be taught in the comfort of you home "not a life"?!?! How is experiencing a life beyond your own, one that has different emotions, one that possibly bonds with creatures or plants, and watching them develop as a being "NOT A LIFE"?!?!?!
And now, my fellow Twisters, here are the few reasons why you should play video games:
In the world of video games, there are moments when it's going to get tough. And in those moments, you can't just look down at your controller and spam whatever buttons because you're confused (though this will happen many, many times; this has happened to me waaaaaay too much). So, as you continue to play video games, your hand-eye coordination becomes better. You've memorized what button is where, what each of those buttons do, and when a difficult situation arises, you will have everything down.
Another thing that is very evident in the world of video games are the puzzles. There are a lot of puzzles. Too many, in all honesty. One of the key features of the Legend of Zelda is the puzzles contained inside. And trust me, they do get tough (just try beating Hero Mode). In these types of situations, you'll need to think and use your knowledge that you've gained from the game and just basic logic (both will soon grow) to solve them. Puzzle-solving is also very wonderful if you ever want to tackle an escape room. These are known for being very tricky and you need to think outside of the box to solve them (just like in Fetch!).
*throws hands up into the air pointing at the skills* See! Important skills!
A Visual Story
Have you ever read a book and bonded so much with the characters you felt as if you were travelling alongside them? Have you ever wanted to see what was actually happening and what the places actually looked like? Playing a video game lets you see all those things.
A video game is a book and a movie combined. It's a playable movie; it's a visual story. You still get very attached to the characters. You still get to cry with them. You still get to laugh with them. You still can experience heartbreak and sadness with them. But you can also see (in clear high definition, hopefully) what it was like for them. How it all, those emotions, those experiences, their position in life, came to be.
You're definitely not getting cheated out of an experience. Not at all.
You're getting an enhanced version of one.
Have you played video games before? If so, which one is your favorite? If you haven't, do you want to? Tell us in the comments!!
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has created an Advent Calendar for the Christmas Season. They created this calendar so that, leading up to Christmas Day, people could do acts of service of do some of the things that Christ did.
I discovered this Advent Calendar this past Sunday, as my bishop introduced it to all those that were in the congregation. I was very excited to start participating, because I love the thought of serving.
Service was always something that I really enjoyed. I found it very fun and I could do it with the people that I loved. So when this opportunity came, I new exactly what my first act of service was going to be:
Share it with all of you!
Light the World
I was so inspired by this video, it almost made me cry. (I didn't want to cry in my seminary class... so I tried to hold back the tears. ;3) When I saw this video, I wanted to do everything in my power to serve those around me, but I knew that I couldn't serve everyone in the entire world (because that was my inital feeling).
Writing this blog post on this was the least I could do, and I really wanted you all to 1) take part in this lovely act of daily service and 2) know that Bianca and I were still alive.
#LIGHTtheWORLD Advent Calendar
And what's so amazing about the acts of service is that technology can be used to help spread the word! If you want to be a part of this wonderful service opportunity, go start serving! But, if you want to let your friends know, use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD. :3
I hope you take this chance to serve those around you and be as Christ was: a light to the world.
Matthew 5:14 - 16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Let's start the Christmas season with a whole lot of service, joy, happiness and love!
My Japanese is going well, although I would like better sources for vocabulary and grammar (those are the two things I'm currently working on). Or maybe, I don't know, a teacher? As some of you might know, it's my goal to take a college course for Japanese at my local community college while in 10th grade. That is why I must get all A's on my report card. I'm an over-achiever when it comes to school. If I don't get an A or a B, I will be absolutely shattered, but I would still tell my parents that I got a low score, because they'll either help me, remind me of my goal, tell me to get help from a teacher if I'm really struggling with a certain concept, and a whole lot more.
I'm digitally editing a character that I drew! And let me tell you, *laughs*, I don't have anything fancy. No SAI, no Wacom Cintiq or Intuos, no Photoshop. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. All I've got is my handy-dandy, scanner, Paint (which is already installed on every computer), and my imagination. And truthfully, I am terrified. This is the scariest experience of my artist life. (I have several lives: Writer's Life, Artist's Life, Blogger's Life, Over-Achiever's Life, Crocheter's Life, Reader's Life, OTAKU's Life, Family Person's Life, and Outstanding-Amazing Friend's Life. I have nine lives unless someone can see more of my lives that I can't see... One might say I have nine lives. :D) Since I've never done this before (and since I have ZERO LAYERS. I didn't know what layers did before, but now I know that layers ARE A BLESSING!!! Do not take those beauties for granted!) I'm watching my sister (who is digital editing too) while she gives me tips, and I'm re-doing everything for the Umpteenth time. Though, I will survive.
I read a variety of good books this summer (don't worry, I'm gonna do some Book Reviews before school starts) and now I have found my favorite Female author: Katy Towell. I love her so much, that reading the two books she published were satisfaction for a week. Her books are all the scary, friendship, terrifying-suspenseful moments I could ever want in a book! :D Her website is called Skary and, I believe, she's working on another book (oh am I excited!).
I've had one for a while know but, I'm finally on Miiverse! I've put several posts from my gaming experiences on Demo's and full games, although they're all from Nintendo. I've posted some Style Savvy: Trendsetters and Fashion Forward, some Pokemon X and some other games as well. I'm trying to earn the money to buy some games (Animal Crossing: New Leaf is NEXT on my list. Unless someone convinces me otherwise), yet that's taking a whole lot longer than anticipated.
So yup! This is life. I hope all of you have a great rest of summer break!
Schools starts August 17th for me and Charisma. I am so steamed. I wanted school to start on August 15th and then I totally forgot about this 'stagger start' thing. Ugh. When I want school people, I want school. But, now that I think about it, I'm actually quite thankful. I can get ahead in Science (the subject that doesn't love me and I don't love it) and so that way I can better understand the content that I'm being taught and then I can get an A! :3 I'm ready school (except I don't have my planner just yet....).
My Japanese is going good. I'm trying to find a teacher on the site called iTalki, I have the teacher (is she a tutor?) that I want to study with but a one hour session cost 9 dollars. I'm not worried about the nine dollars part, I'm just worried that my mother won't let me use iTalki.
Capital Kings, an American pop, electronic and Christian pop group, released an album called (II) last year in October and I absolutely love this album. My favorite song so far has to be Northern Sky, then it would have to be Live For The Drop.
I haven't been writing lately, that's the reason I haven't updated My Writing Journey in quite some time. I'm thinking about editing Another Imagination soon, I just don't know how I'm going to print it... Why is that still a problem for me?
Surprisingly, I have NOT read much of anything this summer. I've read some Pokemon manga, but that's it. Well, now I've got something to do. I need to go see what books I can get at the library...
Well that's pretty much it! How's your summer going?
Bianca and I had the awesome opportunity to watch Nintendo's E3 live on Twitch on the 14th and the 15th. We knew that some awesome games were going to be introduced, demonstrated, and there was going to be some intense game-play, but what we saw was beyond anything I had imagined!
At Nintendo E3 Day 1, these two games were shown:
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Pokemon Sun and Moon @ E3 2016
and the new
Legend of Zelda
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild @ E3 2016
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Anyways, the trailer showed the new Alola Region, consisting of 4 different islands, one being man-made, the cute new Starter Pokemon: Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, the awesome Legendary Pokemon: Solgaleo and Lunala, the options of choosing your hero or heroine (which now has 4 different looks instead of the 3), and some of the characters that you'll be encountering (like the Professor, his assistant, and your new friend in Alola).
The trailer was truly outstanding, but then they jumped into gameplay. I got to say, this has got to be my first time really watching Pokemon gameplay (I watched a bit of Pokemon X and Y, but really just the beginning) and it was great! It was also Nintendo Treehouse's first time for live gameplay of Pokemon! It was super great to be a part of that, even if Bianca and i were at home watching on the couch. :P
The Pokemon game-play had so many pluses going for it that portraying it all will be kind of difficult. So let's just start with the first one on my list (because I took notes so you all can hopefully experience the awesomeness):
- Great Graphics - The graphics for the Pokemon games have been vastly improving, but this game's graphics are pretty amazing. The simplicity of the detail is evident in the way the characters and the Alola region were developed and created. Everything is vibrant and capturing, instantly drawing your attention and mindset into the world of Pokemon from the very beginning.
- Wonderful, Catchy Music - The music really does transport you into the Alola region. The music presented in the game has a very tropical feel to it, giving the player that sense of adventure and excitement. The music in the battles are also beautifully done. You feel the intensity, but also the enjoyment of battling.
- Intriguing Pokemon Battles - Like I have said before, I've never really seen Pokemon game-play, so when I got to see a Pokemon battle, I was shocked at how complex, yet simple the battle mechanics were. For Pokemon Sun and Moon, they have added a new element: You can see yourself and your Pokemon battle. I found out that this was a new feature in the Pokemon series and I had always thought that it was like that from the beginning. (See, I'm a novice at all things Pokemon.) That's not all, you are able to constantly check you and your opponents power status, their accuracy, etc. which can all be viewed on the touch screen.
- Multiplayer Battle Mode: Battle Royal - When they introduced this at Treehouse, I was so excited. The way Battle Royal works is that there are 4 players, each one picks up to 3 different Pokemon, and they battle with one Pokemon at a time. Battle Royal is a free-for-all battle, so the first trainer who loses all of their Pokemon signals the end of the battle. Though the way the winner is determined, the game tallies up how many Pokemon each player has defeated and how many Pokemon they have on their team. Whoever has the highest number is the winner of the Royal.
- Customize Outfits - People. This is what we've ALL been waiting for. They have finally given us the ability to customize our outfits. This was evident during the Battle Royal game-play that Treehouse did. I don't have a lot of information about this, but I know that the outfits that were seen are adorable.
Next is the Highly Anticipated:
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda games are held dear to many gamer's hearts, and I'm quite sure that this game is going to join that fast growing list.
Treehouse members, who was joined by the amazing Mr. Aonuma and Mr. Miyamoto, said that this game was to break the barriers between all past Zelda games. This got me super excited because in the trailer the super long bridge that was shown was seen and used in Twilight Princess. Then my mind got theorizing about how all the games could be connected and this timeline was created: (Spoilers Ahead!) Ocarina of Time - because it's the beginning, Marjora's Mask - Link is searching for Navi because she left him at the end of OoT, Hyrule Warriors - Link's admittance to the Hyrule Knights, Twilight Princess - reason being the Hero's Shade is said to be Link from OoT, then Skyward Swork - The floating islands were also in Twilight Princess, also it's a great progression with technology, lastly this game. It all sort of ties in. You know, with creativity. But anyways, moving back to the report.
The rest of Day 1 for Nintendo's E3 was spent viewing gameplay of the long awaited Legend of Zelda game. Because of that, I have a lot of points to go over on my list. So instead of completely boring you, I'm going to shorten them quite a bit:
- HUGE Open World - And I mean massive. It's crazy huge people. For the whole game preview, we only got to see what the E3 Demo area was, which was the Plateau. Guys, they didn't get to explore all of the Plateau because it was that big. And, according to IGN, Breath of the Wild's open world is 12 time bigger then Twilight Princess's. Twilight Princess was unbelievable big. So this, this is crazy big. Kudos to the designers. That takes a lot of time and that detail, crazy amazing.
- Outstanding Graphics - The detail in every is gorgeous. They actually to their time to deliver the awesomeness that the fans and players have been craving for. Everything is subtly bright, nothing too eye shattering, but it does instantly grab the attention of the player because of the color and the detail of the surroundings. You really do feel as if your there, exploring the changed world you awoke to.
- Survival Game - This game is very different from previous Zelda titles. When you cut the grass, hearts nor rupees come out, you're really just cutting the grass. Because of this, you'll need to find different ways to regain your hearts, and that also means you can't just start hitting enemies. They don't drop hearts either, so you'll have to think strategically to survive. To add to to the element of survival, to regain hearts, you must find and/or cook food. But there's more! There is a day to night cycle and also a weather cycle. These cycles affects the enemies in that area and also the terrain. So seriously, you will need a strategy. Though that's not the end! :P You scout out enemies camps and, using the Sheikah Slate, you can evaluate and identify the power and health of an enemy. Once you attack an enemy, they will probably always drop their weapon, and you can use their weapon against them. But, like I said so many times before, this is a survival game. So all weapons that you gain will eventually break after a certain number of uses. You can gather multiple different weapons, but they'll all break in the end.
- Amiibo Compatible - This game also has Amiibo compatibility. The Twilight Princess Wolf Link and Midna Amiibo can be used in this game. If you tap it in, then you can get Wolf Link as a adventure companion, because you are really going about this whole game alone. If you've played the Cave of Shadows, the hearts that you have saved on that game will transfer over to this game (that was my understanding, in the least). If Wolf Link dies, then it will take 1 day in real life for you to able to use the Amiibo for Wolf Link to come back. There are also some new Amiibo coming! Archer Link, Rider Link (Link is wearing a hood... :P), and a Guardian. These Amiibo that are coming are absolutely beautiful!
- Creative Element - A lot of creativity went into the creation of this game, so I wanted to say just a little bit about it, because I can't whatsoever portray the creativity that game has into words. The Treehouse members noticed that the art-style of the game was deeply based off of Japanese-style animation. You get that feeling when playing through the game, or watching someone else play. Most Japanese-style animation puts a lot of time an effort in giving the viewers/player the best that can be given (or all the things I've seen). Also, in the background there is piano music. This gives the game an emotional effect, and it also matches the surroundings you're in. Again, kudos to all the people who worked on this game.
There's more game excitement coming up in a few days. Because Day 2 of Nintendo's E3 covered a lot more games, I'm probably going to put Day 2 into quite a few parts. So be on the look out for those! The other posts will be in the "Game Reviews," just to give you all a heads up!
Also! I want to know all of your opinions on what Bianca and I should call you. Like Parker Games' followers are called Jeffery's, so we wanted to do something like that. Here it is:
Are you looking forward to any of these games? Tell us in the comments!
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