Gaming, the community and it’s part in mental health

I was laying in bed last night feeling pretty down and out, I felt tight in my chest and like all I wanted to do was stay in the dark forever. My self confidence hit a low and I was on the brink of closing down my instagram and this blog and just forgetting this whole journey.

I, like many others, suffer with anxiety and mental health illness. I rarely talk about them as I usually keep myself to myself when it comes to my own health, I don’t like to talk about it much because I worry about feeling like I’m attention seeking. I always am there for my friends who suffer however and have a hand reached out to them in their times of need. I am very lucky to have a very close group of friends who when I feel rubbish and down, I can message them and they’ll call or message and help me feel better. I also have my 4 Guinea Pigs who are such a positive influence for me, pets honestly are the best therapy! And finally, being a mum has changed my life so much and having this wonderful human being who unconditionally loves me and I, her, is the biggest positive influence in my life.

Slowly in our society mental health awareness has become widely talked about which is amazing! No one should be afraid to talk about their mental health, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about or be ashamed about. It’s hard though, when your own head is telling you that you aren’t good enough.

So this brings me to my topic of this post… how has gaming and the gaming community influenced mental health awareness and how has it helped me?

For me, it’s been a bit of a journey! I suffer from social anxiety so it would only take 1 unkind comment for me to feel awful about myself. The gaming community isn’t without its bad points – like any community – sometimes you do come across people who want to put others down, whether thats to do with how they present themselves, what they play, what the collect etc. and I did come across some of these comments myself however since starting gamewithartemis and joining Twitch everything changed.

I have come across the most wonderful people – many whom I haven’t even met who are consistently kind and uplifting to everyone they meet! Twitch brought me to gamerfreak0x where I have made SO many friends who many I’ve actually met in real life now thanks to him. The chat is always full of positivity along with all the other channels I follow and you really feel like you’re part of something regardless if you have played that particular game or not!

Instagram has been a wonderful influence to me too – since changing my account to being about gaming solely, I have followed so many awesome people and enjoyed being able to share what I love with people who enjoy the same. I have seen people openly talk about their own issues and also talk about their strengths and achievements. It’s a place where you can feel like you belong!

I really think this whole community can come together and become a driving force against mental health – by sharing our thoughts, lifting each other up and just being positive influences for each other. I love this community and all the people I’ve met through it. There’s so many platforms for us to utilize (Twitch, Instagram, Discord, Snapchat and more!) where we can only strengthen the community vibe and help each other <3

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Have you found the gaming community to be positive for you or not? If not, tell me why and hopefully I can help! I just want to work hard to make everyone feel included and wanted <3

Until next time my lovelies

Arty x

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Instagram accounts you should follow!

We all use it. We all love following beautiful accounts and giving love to those who put so much effort into those accounts! So here are 5 instagram accounts I think you should all be following if you love gaming! (along with their own suggestions!) <3

Geekgamergirl_

This account pairs flawless themed photos with an engaging and friendly streamer! Geek Gamer Girl gives you a real snapshot into her life as a gamer/streamer with photos of her setup (absolutely amazing, check it out! A real inspiration), herself and her passion for gaming! The editing is on point with a cute, pink girly theme throughout making it pleasing to anyone visiting her account πŸ˜€

Upon talking to Geekgamergirl I asked her whether she prefers PC gaming or consoles? She told me that if I were to ask 5 months ago, consoles would have won hands down. Until she built her own PC! The entire process of building from start to finish really gave her an insight into the complexity of not only the video games but the wonderful machines that are capable of running them. She fell in love with PC Gaming shortly after this – she notes that console gaming is still complex but feels that when playing consoles she was never really introduced to the true hardware behind them.

Gamergeekgirl_ started streaming in January 2017 as a senior in college living in a dorm with just a playstation for company. She had a gaming instagram account that she’d started and had made so many friends that urged her to stream. She admits that she didn’t even know what Twitch was until the day she created her channel (a bit like myself when I joined Twitch!). It’s taken Geekgamergirl a little while to build her incredible following of 10.8K followers! starting in December 2016 and building slowly from there. She started Twitch in January 2017, building up to 1k followers currently (July 2018) Β  Β  Β 

I asked her whether she prefers retro to modern which was a difficult question to answer! Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1 and Gamecube were all part of her favourite collection of consoles growing up. It’s a nostalgic journey to play them nowadays allowing her to fall in love with those games over and over again. Modern gaming will become that same nostalgia in 10 years or so, which is what makes this a difficult one to answer. Both have their positives but in the end – even the modern will one day be retro!

>>You can follow her on twitch at: Lextaliones_<<

<3 3 wonderful accounts geekgamergirl_ reccomends you to follow are:

tink_thegamer_girl

ulrra_

swankftw

Hyliagamer

HyliaGamer is a gorgeous account with stunning, eyecatching photos giving you a sleek and stylish vibe! Hylia is not only a fellow gaming geek but also a UK Gaming Ambassador for Instagram – a notable achievement! Hylia also has a discord for her 4538 followers which you can be part of by following this link: Hylias Sages

Hylia told me that she began her love of gaming at 4, her uncle had a Nintendo 64 that fascinated her. She used to watch him play and on the rare occasion he would let her have a go on it too (even if she didn’t understand how to actually play). Inspiration for her instagram is to basically show what she loves about gaming that still looks clean and beautiful. She uses the same filter on all photos and uses white borders to keep them seperate from each other.

The current consoles that she owns are: Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 2DSXL Pikachu Edition and a Gaming PC. Her favourite game definitely is Zelda – Wind Waker, it was the first she completed of the series and she still owns that same game!

<3 3 gaming accounts that Hyliagamer suggests you should follow are:

Spawnpoiint

Sariaslays

_bearded.man

Minish.Princess

This account is a seamless blend of nature and colour with a real passion for gaming shining through. Minish.Princess brings you a colourful, cute and eyecatching account with her huge passion for nature alongside Nintendo gaming (especially Zelda and Pokemon!) Her account is growing with 1236 followers to date but this special account has real potential to go far!

I chatted to Minish.Princess and asked what or who got her into gaming? She told me that it was her brother! (just like me!), she used to watch him play video games and she loved it. The games he played were too difficult for her so she got Winnie the Pooh from her mum which she could play on his Gameboy Color. Now she had truly caught the bug having her own game to play and not long after got her own Gameboy Advance SP with Pokemon Emerald for Christmas. There was no looking back, she was hooked and has been playing video games ever since.

Wind Waker crops up again as Minish.Princess’ favourite game, although a hard question to answer! She explains that it was the first game she ever played without any help from her brother and also her very first Zelda game. Everything about the game is pleasing from the art style and music to Link and his expressions. The characters, sailing and sea all come together to create really happy memories for Minish.Princess.

The inspiration for this account come from both a passion for gaming and nature/photography. She wasn’t doing anything with her photography until her boyfriend created an instagram for videogames which Minish.Princess really liked. At first she was unsure on creating her own as she didn’t want to copy but he encouraged her to make it – ending up with a gorgeous account combining the 3 things she loves!

<3 3 gaming accounts that are on the follow list for Minish.Princess are:

Twilistallord

Thelegendofmaaike

Genuine_nintendo_geek

Nerdynintendo

Nerdynintendo although not as established as some of the other accounts has a beautiful collection of pretty, well themed shots showing her collection! She describes herself as a beginner collector and long term gamer and I really think she could be one to watch! Carefully shot images really capture her passion for gaming and Nintendo especially <3

Her favourite console has to be the Switch, previous to this the Gamecube, but since purchasing the Switch there hasn’t been a day it’s not been played. Being a handheld and a console means she never has to be without it – the ability to game anytime anywhere is whats been most appealing. All of the games Nerdynintendo has bought have given her many hours of happiness and fun!

She is currently collecting Amiibos, Nintendo games of all kinds and is starting to collect Metamon Pokemon plushies – simply because they are so cute and who doesnt love dittos face on other Pokemon? (she’s not wrong there!) The types of games she plays varies depending on moods – sometimes its a chill session with Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley – creating the perfect town. Other times she’s in the mood for fighting/shooting and Breath of the Wild or Splatoon 2 fit the bill perfectly. Pokemon however will always hold a special place in her heart and stays as a firm favourite throughout.

<3 The 3 gaming accounts that Nerdynintendo recommends you follow are:

Itsnintenerd – She is so lovely and sweet, her accounts is so amazing and since creating my gaming account she’s been my biggest support

Nintenbros64 – I’ve followed his account for a few years before making my own gaming accounts and his passion and collection are amazing

_digital_stardust_ – Her accounts is so cute and vibrant and full of happiness and the photos she posts always make me smile, she’s a lovely person and is so supportive of others in the gaming community

Nintendokristy

A stylish themed account with a huge collection of everything nerdy! Nintendokristy has an active account with a good community, you can really feel the genuine down to earth vibes in her comments section and there is a nice variety of content! The photos she posts have all been given a lot of attention to detail and carefully edited giving you the beautiful content you see before us.

Nintendokristy’s favourite game is definitely Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask because of how dark and moody it is! The three day limit and then travelling back is a great challenge – she thinks that a lot of people get taken aback by it and are put off playing, however they are 110% missing out on a fantastic game! Xenoblade chronicles 2 is another favourite – where does she begin! The voice acting and music are fantastic and honestly Nintendokristy says its one of the most frustrating and amazing games she’s ever played. The gameplay is stunning and the storyline flawless. She tells me that she can’t wait for the DLC this September. Stardew Valley takes third spot! It’s a great game to relax with after a long day (or even just all day sometimes!). You just get so into the game that hours pass but the reason this game is such a favourite is there is so much to do – it’s never ending with planting things and connecting with the towns people. The little battle system the game has and options of doing the community centre or going against it (going to the bad side of Jojoa Mart). Nintendokristy admits she’s never done this though for fear of feeling bad! Haha.

I touched on an important subject to many girl gamers which is the stigma around us! Nintendokristy agrees with me that there is one but there shouldn’t be! Being on this side of the gaming community you do see it! Nintendo is fun, that’s their whole ethos! They want you to have fun and thats how Nintendokristy feels, she wants people who visit her page to have fun with their eyes. Everyone makes it out to be a competition which brings out the stigma for gamer girls because guys get super competitive on the other side of the gaming community.

When asked Mario or Zelda? That’s a tough one Nintendokristy says! She didn’t grow up with Zelda unlike Mario, but she’s played her fair share of Zelda games and although Super Mario is her childhood memory and will always be near and dear to her heart – she picks Zelda! I can see why!

<3 3 Gaming accounts that Nintendokristy suggests are:

Nintenbros64

Harik87

Darbice

So there’s a few instagram accounts for you all to follow!! I really enjoyed chatting to these amazing instagrammers and learning more about the people behind the posts! I will be sharing more Instagram accounts next month!

Who would you love to see featured or who do you think deserves a special shout out?? Let me know in the comments below!! πŸ˜€ Until next time my wonderful gamers <3

Arty x

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A New Banner and PC Building

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz OC to 4.2 CPU Cooler: Corsair H115i CPU Cooler Motherboard: MSI Pro Carbon Gaming x99 Memory: 32gb Corsair Vengeance 2666hz Storage: Samsung 850 PRO 256GB SSD+ ADATA 500GB SSD Video Card: 1080ti AORUS OC to 2030 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass Mid Tower Case Power Supply: Corsair AX860 Monitors: PG348Q + PG278Q Keyboard: Ganss GK87 Pro Light: NANOLEAF AURORA SMARTER KIT (9 PANELS)

Hey everyone <3

So it’s been a while since I last posted and there were a couple of reasons!

I was very close to finishing my first year at college and had to focus on my last few assignments! I finished with full distinctions on my course so the hard work paid off πŸ˜€ I’m now finished for the summer and will start back at University in September!

The other reason was I did hit a bit of a lull with the blog – it is hard to keep positivity strong on here when I feel like I’m getting no where with it – I worry that I don’t have the time to really commit to trying to build a social media profile as I can’t be on my phone all day long or the laptop. I also cannot compete with some of the gorgeous Instagram gaming accounts I see! So I was feeling a little bummed out but I’m picking myself up and carrying on. I will have to see what happens in the future as when University starts I will need to give that my absolute full attention so I’m not sure what will happen to the blog but lets wait and see! πŸ™‚

My first ever battlestation/PC build /u/rawsushiii

So what’s new? Well, I created a new banner for the site so it actually feels more like a gaming site πŸ˜€ yay! Let me know what you think of it!

The second is about my PC building aspect of this blog – I’ve decided to change the way I’m doing it a little bit.

Originally I was planning to teach myself how to build a PC from scratch and learn about all the different components however after doing a bit of research I have decided this route isn’t for me regardless of how easy people say it is – for me it doesn’t feel like the way I want to go about acquiring a gaming PC πŸ™‚

So my plan from here on out is to use websites that help you put together your ideal gaming PC! I will link the ones I use and show you what I have put together! I will also look for all the extra bits I need such as a mouse/keyboard/monitor and streaming equipment like a capture card and add all that into the mix!

I do feel kinda bummed that it hasn’t worked out the way I wanted it to but I wasn’t enjoying learning it as much as I hoped and I would rather just have the experts help me and focus on creating a really nice setup that I know will work!! πŸ™‚

So next post is about websites that help you create your perfect PC!

Until next time

Arty x

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I absolutely love going onto Pinterest and finding inspiration for gaming PC setups! Some of the setups I’ve seen are incredible! I’ve shared a few on this post that I think are cool πŸ˜€ Below is a link to my Pinterest where you can find my gaming PC board and have a little look through!Β (There are a lot of different boards on there as I also use it for personal pinning but plenty of gaming related stuff!)

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The Unique Blogger Award

So todays blog is a little different and a little off topic from gaming! A good friend of mine and a fellow blogger tagged me in a recent post of hers and it’s my turn to share the blog on!! Thank you to Carly over at astoldbycarly for nominating me!!

Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

    1. What’s your favourite TV show?

    Hmm this is a tricky one as it changes so often! Currently I am enjoying watching Friends again (thanks Netflix!), I love How I met your mother, The big bang theory… I also am a bit of an animal nerd so love The supervet and Yorkshire vet!

    2. What’s your biggest passion?

    For me in the real world my biggest passion is my horses and horse riding! For someone who has suffered from depression and anxiety – being around these beautiful creatures is both a calming and de-stressing escape from every day life. There has been many studies about horses being really useful in therapy with people that suffer from autism or learning difficulties and once you spend time with them you’ll understand why <3 I couldn’t imagine my life without them. Aside from them, gaming is obviously pretty awesome and I love the community I am part of when gaming!

     

    3. If you could choose one thing to change in the world, what would it be?

     

    Oooh, what a toughie! There is so much I would change in the world. However if I had to change one thing – for me it would be to remove stigmas and discrimination! It’s so easy to judge in this world nowadays and it can really affect someone if you judge them before you even know them. There shouldn’t be any stigma related hate…like people who judge someone with an invisible illness without even knowing the full story… Everyone is equal and we should be building a world where we bring people up and don’t shoot them down.

I have tagged a couple of blogs that I follow to join in with this post if they want to πŸ˜€

My questions:

  1. What’s your favourite game/console of all time?
  2. What has been your favourite moment about blogging?
  3. If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Thanks for reading! Next blog will be the start of my PC building journey!

Til next time

Arty x

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My favourite games growing up

Afternoon readers <3

I hope everyone’s had a great week and yes it’s finally Easter!! I have eaten far too much chocolate already… bad Arty, must try harder -.-

Ok! So, todays post is a bit of an insight into games that I really enjoyed when I was younger!

My earliest memories of gaming was actually watching my brother game – he had a SNES and N64 and used to play it a lot with his friends at home. Sometimes he would allow me in his room to watch (as long as I sat still and didn’t say a word!) which was fair enough! It was probably pretty annoying for him as a big brother to have his baby sister always wanting to join in.

He played a lot of goldeneye, pilot wings, Mariokart, Mario party and Super Mario allstars which obviously provided hours of entertainment.

I suppose I can say I grew up mostly with Nintendo and PC games as the main influencers of my gaming life. We had a standard ancient family PC which I had to fight my sister for to play games on. If she wouldn’t give it up I would head down the library and book time on the computer then play for hours on Neopets! (back in 2004! So I was 11 at the time)… it’s crazy to think how much the electronic and internet world has grown in the last 10 to 14 years! I didn’t have an ipad or phone or anything technical except the computer until I was much older and in secondary school! Whereas my daughter who is only 2 can already swipe my phone to turn it on, play interactive learning games on the ipad and find her favourite tv series on Netflix on the Wii U! Children are advancing so much faster than I did! But that’s another post for another day πŸ˜€

For me there have been quite a few games that I have loved playing…some are really random and I don’t play them anymore but others I still play to this day and will always be a go to game for me! They are in no particular order either πŸ™‚

Super Mario All Stars (SNES and ported onto the Wii)

To this day I still haven’t completed this game! If you really want to know how someone reacts under pressure and how their anger issues are…make them play this haha. However this is possibly one of the most brilliant games I have ever played! Super Mario All Stars contains a compilation of 4 Super Mario games that were released between 1985 and 1990 from Nintendo

  • Super Mario Bros
  • Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
  • SuperΒ  Mario Bros 2
  • Super Mario Bros 3

All 4 are a wonderful culmination of retro, family friendly classics that will keep anyone entertained for hours – providing you don’t rage quit! For me this game was something I loved to play with my brother and sister. I remember distinctly that my brother always gave me the ‘duff’ controller though whose buttons would stick from time to time and not work… probably because I had previously accidentally spilt milk on it (a massive oops moment). You could spend hours on this game – fighting bowsers, chasing 1ups, jumping on goombas, flying on carpets and more…a real all rounder game that has made it a lifelong favourite of mine <3

Super Mario Party (N64)

One of the best multiplayer games. Hands down, a favourite. I am a boss at bumper balls and mushroom mix-up. Here we have another classic from the N64 this time, that once again was a sibling favourite. My bro 100% completed this game which meant whenever I hopped on I could play whatever mini games I wanted! This game had so much to it – plenty of boards to play on, tons of mini games for single player through to 4 multiplayer and varying lengths of board turns so you could keep it short and sweet or go for all out war on the top spot.

The funniest thing was that my brother hates loosing – so if I was doing well in a game or my sister was, he would change the channel mid game so we would lose! So sneaky. The fight for the most stars and coins is one we still continue to this day!

Mariokart Double Dash and Super Mario Sunshine (both Gamecube)

I’m sensing a theme here, is anyone else seeing it? Yeah, more Mario. The Gamecube was one of the first consoles my parents bought me that was my own. They got me Mariokart Double Dash and I fell in love with it! The double characters, items, tracks and characters… You know what? I love everything about this game, I can’t say anything bad about it, hours of endless fun as a single player or multi!

Super Mario Sunshine came along later and for me it was a whole new world, to be able to play 3D and have a much more interactive map than the All Stars games was so different and funky! Loads of little games and side quests alongside the main mission with no real time threat…easy playing and FLUDD by your side. So good πŸ˜€

Theme Hospital (PC)

Oh my god its not a Mario game! I know its shocking…it’s ok stay with me! Who didn’t play this game?! I lost hours to this! Creating your own little hospital, fighting weird illnesses and hitting the targets to climb up the ladder and get a bigger hospital! This was such a good interactive game and the detail was epic considering it was completely made up! It’s 2018 and I still play this. Warped humour essential!

“Patients are reminded not to die in the corridor”

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis and Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection (PC)

Yep more interactive building games! I’m sensing that theme again! Honestly for me, games where you can complete missions, build something exactly how you want and press a couple of buttons and have millions in your account to build the park exactly how you want it are my favourites!!

Jurassic Park and Zoo Tycoon both had mission and campaign modes which I loved! Hunt down the Spinosaurus and save the Pandas!!. The fact I could build a park full of dinosaurs and then break the fence and let my little T-Rex free upon the unsuspecting crowds was both evil and hilarious! I’m a big animal lover so Zoo Tycoon just ticked all the boxes for me <3

Sims 1 and 2! (PC)

Just admit it, we all played Sims <3 This is the one time I’d be watching my sis play rather than my brother! Weekend mornings were spent with her playing and me on a dining chair watching haha. She would create all these different families and they’d either live the life of luxury or poverty! (there never seemed to be an inbetween?!) Sims pets unleashed was probably one of my favourite expansion packs! I turned true architect with this game πŸ˜€ For me Sims 4 got too complicated but I still have Sims 3 on Steam although admittedly I don’t play much anymore it will always hold good memories for me!

Red Dead Redemption (Xbox)

This game was so different. No kart racing, no kid friendly simulation play. For once I was playing a game that involved shooting and killing! Red Dead was a great game because of the vast map to play from and the amount of little side missions/quests to do! Marston was such an awesome character – moody and to the point. The whole storyline gripped me and I couldn’t believe the ending (no spoilers here but it wasn’t what I expected). There was so much to this game, you could kill and skin animals, play games within the game and complete various bounty missions to name a few! For a shooting game I really enjoyed this! Especially using ‘Dead Eye’ mode!

Honourable Mentions!

These are the games that I definitely don’t play anymore but while I was growing up they were so much fun for me! God it’s cringy looking back but we were all children once and played fun kid friendly games! I was mad on ponies/animals and apparently Barbie!

Pippa Funnell: The Stud Farm Inheritance (PC)

Interactive and was all about horses…what wasn’t to like about this game for me??

Barbie Pet Patrol and Barbie Riding Club (PC)

Looking back at these games on YouTube for a nostalgia hit just brings it all back! As a little girl I would love playing these on the computer! The graphics are so outdated now obviously but as a child they captured my attention!

 

 

So that’s it for my favourite games/games I grew up with! What were your favourite games growing up??? Tell me in the comments! Do you have any recommendations of games that you played as a child that you think I should play??

Until next time πŸ˜€

Arty x

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Chapter One

 

Wow.

Here goes my first blog post of Gamewithartemis!!

I should probably start by introducing myself…

So, I’m Artemis, 25 and live in this wonderful place that is England. I am a single mum to a wonderful 2-year-old daughter and a full-time student starting a BSc Hons degree in Veterinary Nursing. You can read more on the ‘about me’ page πŸ™‚

I decided to start this blog with the aim of sharing my thoughts and feelings as well as talking about different streamers I’ve found and a few guides here and there about gaming related products.

To be honest, this will be a real down to earth, user friendly blog. I want to talk about the communities, what it is to be a small streamer, stigmas I’ve found in gaming, my journey into building a gaming PC from scratch and hopefully the beginnings of streaming myself plus loads more!

There are a lot of gaming blogs out there and the competition is fierce but if you want something bad enough and have the dedication to put the effort in – it will happen!

I must admit this is all pretty daunting and new to me, I was talking to my buddies about starting this blog and reminisced over when I was younger and built about 20 freewebs sites! Who remembers Bebo?! you felt like a computer whizz when customising the skins and building a website. Starting this blog feels like a real step in the right direction for me but also a huge learning curve so please bear with me while I get to grips with the tools/layout and so on!

So without further ado…sit back and grab a cuppa (or 2 or 10… this may take a while!) and start this journey with me.

Gamewithartemis – she’s buying the gear with no idea <3

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