June 20, 2014

Current Editing Project: Vincent Macleod, Agent of TRACE Book 1

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , — Yukino @ 5:18 PM

Concept art for Vincent Macleod

I know I haven’t been updating my site as much as I should be lately, but I really do have valid reasons for being such a slacker. After working at my paying gig, I am devoting my evenings to working on my Extra Life 2014 donation raffle prizes, while Wednesday, Thursday, and most of Friday I’ve been editing a young adult/new adult genre sci-fi action adventure story for an old friend and former customer of mine back in my EB Games/GameStop days.

Vincent Macleod: Agent of TRACE is the story of a young man who discovers he possesses super human abilities after a rather rough run-in with a bully in his first year of high school. Originally planned as a 12 chapter tale, Derek and I have morphed it into 15 chapters of what is looking like at least a 4 book series.

If you are interested, the first couple of chapters are available to read on Booksie.

January 9, 2014

How I Gamed My Way Through 2013

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 6:03 PM



Here’s a rundown on most of the video games I played in 2013. Some were spectacular pieces of art, others horrible disappointments. Links to those I got around to writing about in some such capacity.

January: Ni no Kuni, Borderlands 2 Hammerlock DLC (more…)

June 13, 2013

How the PS4 Won Our Pre-Order

I want to preface this by stating for those who do not know me very well that I am not a fangirl of any Big Three console makers. It’s always been that I get the systems that have the games I want to play. Last time around I got the Xbox 360 before my PS3 just because it had more that I wanted to play right away. (That was post-breakup with my ex where we had both consoles at launch.) And there is a reason Matt & I don’t have a Wii U as of yet – there isn’t anything we feel we have to play right now. As it is, our Wii isn’t even plugged in right now and the last thing we played on it was Super Mario 3. (more…)

June 12, 2013

Review of the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Diamond Plate Loot Chest from ThinkGeek

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 1:55 PM


Last week, ThinkGeek announced they had some Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Diamond Plate Loot Chest replicas licensed from Gearbox for sale on the site. Matt and I are pretty hardcore about Borderlands 2, the best coop fun we’ve ever had together, so spending $100 on this was a no-brainer. We sprung for 3 day shipping and it arrived yesterday afternoon, me petting the shipping box every time I walked past it as I had to wait for Matt to get home before it could be opened.

When you open up the ugly brown shipping box, you will see this grey Hyperion Mail Service box, sent from H. Jack (H is for Handsome) to the Vault Hunters. According to the content listing, he is sending us the heads of Helena Pierce and Roland, as well as whatever matter he scraped off the ground after what happened to Bloodwing. Thankfully, no heads are actually inside the box. (more…)

June 6, 2013

Dazed, Confused, and Rolling on the Floor Laughing

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 5:16 PM


Oh Microsoft! Sometimes I just don’t get you.

You schedule a console reveal event prior to E3, which in and of itself is completely fine, but then you pretty much ignore your gaming core, focusing instead on TV and movie integration, show off your recently purchased Skype tools, and push the Kinect technology without clarifying exactly how you will ensure privacy with your always-on camera. Sure, you flashed us some EA titles and trotted out poor old Halo yet again, but as a TV series with Spielberg attached.

At this point, I’m telling myself that while the reveal did absolutely nothing for me. That I would wait to see what E3 brought to the table. (more…)

May 7, 2013

How I Lost an Entire Day (Also Known As Game Dev Tycoon & Candy Box)

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , — Yukino @ 5:17 PM

Game Dev Tycoon Office Level 1

Addictive time suck that I just can’t get enough of! ~Annette

Seriously, I am Game Dev Tycoon as I write this and had major jitters all weekend (well, mostly Sunday and Monday) as I hadn’t been able to play. I’ve just started my 4th studio (Irrational Games) and finished my first game (Medal of Honour, yes with a U). The only thing more addicting than this game are those Waffeletten cookies I bought at the grocery store last week. (more…)

April 1, 2013

It’s the End of Snake as I Know Him, and I’m Not Fine

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 2:24 PM


When Metal Gear Solid V was officially announced last week at GDC (fully acknowledging that the Phantom Pain previews from earlier were indeed MGS related), it was revealed that they would not be asking David Hayter to resume his role as Snake. They wanted to go in a new direction with the gruff old bastard that I’ve been in love with since I first witnessed the MGS2 trailer and fell hard for the series.

Kojima partially lost me with his insistence on bringing Raiden back time and time again. I hate Raiden. I don’t have Metal Gear Rising: Revengence because I hate Raiden. Raiden was the worst part of MGS2. I wish Raiden would die in a horrible accident that erased all trace of his DNA and could never be brought back ever. That would make me happy.

I am so torn on MGSV now. I want to play it (and yes, I know MGS4 is still in my backlog) but without Hayter it just won’t be the same.

I think it’s time for Kojima to move on once MGSV comes out. It’s been a good run, but all good things should come to an end before they ruin themselves by dragging on and holding out hope that maybe the next reboot will fix it all. It won’t. Unless you make Metal Gear Yotsuba a real thing. That would be the only Metal Gear game I would want to happen post-V.

RIP, my Snake. =( (more…)

January 15, 2013

To Overcome Fear

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 12:45 PM

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Some people have a fear of failure.

As a child, I did not have this fear. I did well in school, read at a grade 6 level when I was in grade 2 (thus devouring every non-reference book in the school library and having to get a public library card early on), I played street hockey in an era where no one wore helmets or padding. The only time I was really ever scared was when riding my bike down steep hills after an accident one summer had me chewed up by some thorny bushes. I mostly got over that, with the exception being that lone hill.

My formative years as a teen were relatively fear-free. Hell, I chopped off all of my hair knowing full well that my mother was going to blow her top off about it. It was her fault though; she forced me to get an atrocious box perm which fell out in chunks. No one wants to walk around town looking like that. (more…)

November 6, 2012

Looting Pandora

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 1:20 PM

As a married gamer, there are times when you just want to have fun playing a cooperative adventure together. Sadly, it had been quite some time since Matt and I sat down and spent hours upon hours gaming together. Sure, there was that period back in January and February when we jumped on the Skylanders bandwagon, but as much fun as that experience was, it was not the massive gun toting, free for all killing spree type of game that really gets us going.  (more…)

September 20, 2012

Extra Life 2012: Raising Money for Kids on Oct 19

On October 19th I will once again be participating in the epic 24 hour video game playing marathon for charity that is Extra Life. For as little as $1 an hour (that’s only $24!) or any sized flat donation, you can help me raise funds that will help children and their families while they undergo treatment. All donations are tax deductible and every penny of it will go towards Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Goal for 2012: $200

Donate by visiting my Extra Life Participant page

Like last year, my decision to play for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is to give back to them for being there for my husband when he needed them as a child. Going through cancer treatments is scary as hell, and I want the support system they had for him to be there for more children in his situation for years to come.

I haven’t yet decided which games I’ll be playing this year during the event, mostly because I am work on my backlog and still figuring out if we’ll be picking anything up before the event takes place. A list of games will go in this spot eventually,  just as soon as I know what that situation is.

You can keep updated as to my goings on with Extra Life 2012 by following me on Twitter or checking back on this post.


Update 1: I had to push my play date forward to Oct 19th from the official date of Oct 20th to accommodate last minute weekend plans.


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