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What Julia is Excited for in 2016

David and Holly have both shared their lists to get 2016 started, so now it’s my turn! I’ll do my best for no repeats, but for movies and shows that may be difficult…there’s so much coming out! In general I’m hoping for a more relaxed year than last year, I had way too much going on (yay I’m not planning a wedding this year!) I actually am a huge New Year’s Resolutions person, so I’m really hoping that this year will be a year of change for me.

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My Current Nostalgia: Nancy Drew Part 1

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My first part of my journey through playing the Nancy Drew games went very quickly; I actually had the time and I got hooked easily. I couldn’t play the first two because of computer compatibility issues, so I started with the third and played straight through to the twelfth in what felt like a matter of days. Since then, I’ve been busy and life has taken over my gaming time (don’t you just hate that?)

The mysteries are point and click mysteries, which mean that they can be a little cumbersome, especially at the beginning of the series. I had forgotten how tedious movement could be in the older ones because I had played some of the newer ones recently, and so jumping back felt like a time warp. The graphics have certainly improved since the games first started, but they are not as awful as other early 2000’s games that I’ve played before.

The games also include a feature called “Second Chance,” which I almost wish every game would have. I know you can save and load games easily, but the Second Chance feature streamlines the process and makes it easier if you goof (and didn’t know that you were about to make a goof that would end the mystery, and therefore didn’t save before doing it). My favorite use of this feature when replaying is seeing all the silly things you can make Nancy do, like falling over balconies or waking people up in the middle of the night and having them kick you out of the house.

When I first wrote this post, it was way too long. So instead, we’re going to do ND Mysteries summed up by two sentences. Let’s see how this goes.

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My Current Nostalgia: Nancy Drew

Maybe it was because I was watching a new mystery show on Netflix (post on that to follow, I’m sure), but I got the biggest urge recently to play the Nancy Drew computer games I used to play with my mom. They were the absolute BEST, and I hadn’t played them in ages, so I decided to pick one up and play.

And now, I’m absolutely hooked. I’m going through those mysteries like they’re…some sort of candy I loved in the ’90s when I was first playing these games.

The first one I ever played with my mom was Message in a Haunted Mansion. And oh my GOSH was it scary but also so, so fun. I think when I played it I was nine or so, and looking back I can’t believe it didn’t give me more nightmares then. I think what I loved about it though was how based on history it was, and how complicated but fun the puzzles were.

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Each of the Nancy Drew games has an underlying theme that the puzzles and mysteries are all usually based on, and the puzzles, themes, clues, and underlying mystery will revolve around those tidbits of real history and culture. Nancy is usually called to the location she’s at because there have been accidents, someone is missing, someone was killed, or sometimes poor Nancy is on vacation and stumbles upon a mystery. Either way, the mysteries flow like the books do or like watching Scooby Doo – if there’s something supernatural going on, Nancy will figure out which suspect is behind it all and how they were pulling it off.

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