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Things I collect: manga and video games

April 16th, 2014 by Cat

It’s been a while since I did a “Things I collect” entry, the last (and first) one being Rubik’s Cubes. This time I’m writing about my two biggest collections: my manga and video games! They’re large enough that I was having problems keeping track of them.

My manga collection was actually small for a while. I had started watching Anime when I was a young teenager, and it took a while before I transitioned to reading more manga than watching Anime. By college, it had grown because I had followed several series. That’s when I decided to database them and put them on a site: Manga Addiction.

That ended up being a great idea. At the time, friends who were borrowing my manga could see everything I had. Now it’s useful for myself. When I’m at a bookstore or Anime con, I use my phone to look at my site and check which volumes I’m missing.

Some of the manga. I really need another shelf...

Some of the manga. I really need another shelf…

I was running into the same problem with my games collection, especially since both my husband and I are buying them. We’ve both been gamers since we were young, and it’s actually thanks to video games that we became closer and started dating! After moving in together, our collection got kind of messy, and we suddenly had duplicates of things.

So just recently, I spent time databasing our games too: Inventory Full.

Well, it’s part of our gaming collection. I decided not to list anything older than the Wii/PS3/360 generation since we don’t buy games for older consoles anymore. It’s still a work in progress since we’re missing a lot of ratings. Also, every time I think I’m done, I find another game laying around that I forgot about XD;;

Made such a mess to take this photo!

Made such a mess to take this photo!

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Game recommends – Mystery/Suspense

March 24th, 2014 by Cat

Time for another round of video game recommends! This is actually the theme I planned to start with, but I did the co-op duos for Valentine’s Day instead. Here are a few of my favorite games that contain mystery and/or suspense.

Professor Layton Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

Sypnosis: Professor Layton and Luke are summoned to St. Mystere to solve the mystery of the Golden Apple. Anyone who solves it will inherit Baron Reinhold’s fortune, except no one has been able to so far. However, shortly after they arrive, more mysterious things happen like a murder and kidnapping, and there are strange noises coming from the large tower in town.

My thoughts: I love puzzle games, so I’m a big fan of the Professor Layton series. The very first game (this one) remains my favorite of them so far, but the rest are also worth checking out if you enjoy this type of thing. Though it’s kind of in visual novel form, all of these games are still heavily puzzle games – with brain teasers, logic puzzles, sliding puzzles, etc. What sets the Layton games apart from other puzzle games is that there is actually an interesting story with likable characters.

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What I’m up to

February 21st, 2014 by Cat

This post is inspired by Alyssa’s “What’s Up Wednesday” post :) Well… it’s not Wednesday, and I’m also not reading or writing anything at the moment so… I decided to go over my hobbies instead!

What I’m sewing

First, I finally finished the curtains I was working on before. I kept pushing it off because curtains are boring to sew XD;; So that’s um… 1 down and 5 to go (I want to make curtains for 5 more rooms).


And now I am working on my Haku (Spirited Away) costume again. I actually made it 3 years ago but haven’t used it yet because I never finished the matching costumes for my friends. I’m better at sewing now, so I’m making adjustments to my costume and cleaning some things up. Then I’ll work on the ones for my friends afterwards.


I also just bought a wig for Silica (Sword Art Online), which hasn’t arrived yet. I haven’t started on the costume at all, but hopefully this will motivate me!


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