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  1. As the month of May approaches its final few moments, and in kind, the conclusion of this event/Mental Health Awareness Month, it becomes more evident to me that I will not be successful in finishing my selected game. This is a mixture of lack of time, lack of energy, and a growing lack of interest as the month went on. While my selected game of Resident Evil 8 was an incredible experience to be had - and my most anticipated game of the year - it doesn't seem like the right time in my life to give this experience my full attention. Resident Evil is my favourite series of all time, and I will certainly return to claim not only Resident Evil 8's platinum trophy, but complete all of the in-game challenges too. That being said, this month has tested my resolve in more ways than one, and quite frankly, gaming is the last thing on my mind right now. Despite my imminent failure of completing this event, I couldn't be happier to have partaken in such an incredible event as my first ever on PSNP. I would like to, once again, thank my good friend @Beyondthegrave07 for successfully bringing more awareness to this topic among the community. Let's face it, mental health simply isn't talked about enough, and I'm proud of you for accomplishing this feat, bud. I know you were quite happy with the turnout too, as you had expressed to me, which was sweet to see. For those interested, I did actually write up my extensive thoughts following my first playthrough of Resident Evil 8, which I am welcome to share with anybody who requests it. Of course, these thoughts do include the mention of mental health. In the context of Resident Evil 8, themes of mental health are very subtle and can quite easily be missed by the player if they're not careful enough. Within each defeated piece of dialogue or sigh, however, Ethan Winters is clearly not a stranger to these feelings. In my opinion, this is a perfect game (or more accurately, character) to analyse for this event. If you plan on playing Resident Evil 8, whether it is for this event or not, I hope you enjoy the experience just as much as I did. As for my promised donations of $10.00 per completed badge; it has been a financially demanding month, but I still plan on fulfilling this promise. I can't guarantee that I will be able to fulfil this amount by the end of the month, but when I do have that money available to me, I will make that aware to everybody through this thread. If, by then, this thread has been closed, then I will instead be messaging @Beyondthegrave07 directly with my donation proof. For those who would like donation proof from me as well, you're welcome to reach out to me, and I will happily provide this for you. Whether you're donating or competing one or both of your badges for this event, thank you for bringing more awareness to mental health in the process.
  2. Instant gratification is the world we live in today. The drive to “succeed” by society’s standards is overshadowed by the effort to even get to that level. Everybody’s looking for that magical shortcut that never existed. If that gratification isn’t met, it can send some into a spiral. It’s difficult to pinpoint where exactly these detrimental mental tendencies originate from, but eventually you start to feel them enough times that they become second nature for you to feed into. And that can be overwhelming. It takes a lot of courage to be in such a state and work away from those unhealthy habits mental illnesses can send us into. Being more aware, modern day technology, and the world’s currently stressful state (even with the pandemic aside) can all certainly be contributing points. Personally, a lot of that trauma for me comes from childhood and the way I was raised. But my individual problems aside, on a wider level, I’ve found that society has only ever disappointed as I’ve grown older. It’s easy to look at the world’s current state and feel powerless, even if you’re making as much healthy systematic changes in your life. In terms of how age plays a part in all of this, I can only speak from experience here (not fact, just what I’ve been through), but the older people in my life can’t seem to even grasp the idea of a mental illness. When I had told my parents about my then reoccurring suicidal thoughts several years back, they simply brushed it off, called me ungrateful, mentioned that it “didn’t exist” in their time, and got incredibly defensive about how they’ve “raised me well” and that I shouldn’t be feeling this way. It’s a sense of selfishness I’ve observed from all of the older figures in my life, whenever I bring mental illnesses to the table. Again, I know that not all older folks are allergic to the topic, but I’ve yet to meet anybody over the age of 40 who actually has a welcomed perspective on mental health. I don’t know if a single, concrete answer can be had to your question. What I do know, however, is that all of my difficulties have made me who I am today, and I wouldn’t change that for anything.
  3. Mental health is an incredibly important topic to me, so when @Beyondthegrave07 messaged me earlier today about this community event that he was setting up here on PSNP, I was pleasantly surprised. I immediately knew that I needed to check it out, despite the fact that I do not typically participate in community events on PSNP. Thank you for setting this up and bringing more awareness to the topic of mental illness, friend. Mental health is a tricksy thing in the way it convinces you that you only have one option, when in actuality, you have multiple. It can be difficult to notice those different options when your feelings and thought processes are clouded with the very thoughts of antagonising oneself. Too often it occurs when those suffering with a mental illness never notice those different options and end up harming themselves as a result. I, too, was once somebody who was clouded by the same detrimental thoughts and was led to considering suicide on multiple occasions. The last time I considered suicide was during 2019, when everything in my life seemed to fall apart and I could never understand why. It wasn't the first time I had experienced suicidal thoughts, but it was the first time these thoughts were as overwhelming as they were. Everything in my mind convinced me this was the only option that made sense. Shortly after this horrible experience, I happened to meet the one person who would change it all for me. It seems almost like a fairy tale that this person came into the lowest point of my life and changed it all around for the better. 2019 ended up being the best year of my life because of this person. I was lucky. Not many of us are. I can guarantee that, had this person not showed up and cared for me when they did, I would be dead by now. This is a narrative we're all far too familiar with, because it is a narrative that plagues almost all who carry the burden of a mental illness. And truth be told, you never really overcome these feelings. You just learn to tame them. The important thing to remember is that your mental illness does not define you. Those scars that are imprinted on your body, they only serve as proof that you got back up every single time you were knocked down. As the great Tyrion Lannister once said, "Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” I would like to join this event with a game selection that may sound strange at first, but is a selection that I believe I can rightfully justify in the context of mental illness. That selection is Resident Evil 8, which releases in several days. You might be asking how this selection is relevant to mental illness, and how I could possibly know that given the game is yet to release. Well, from what we have seen of the game so far, it seems evident to me that the protagonist of Resident Evil 8, Ethan Winters, is suffering some form of PTSD due to the brutal events that he experienced during Resident Evil 7. I am basing this off his nervous tone and sporadic explanations in this teaser, the traumatic event that he witnesses in the conclusion of this trailer, as well as Ethan's frustration present during the final moments of this demo. Ethan is trying to move on from his past and grieving the loss of a loved one, all while keeping these feelings bottled up to remain focused on his objective. This is why I believe Ethan Winters and Resident Evil 8 at large is worth observing from a mental health perspective. This all being said, my schedule with gaming can be rather inconsistent and I cannot guarantee the completion of this event. Therefore, so that I may still contribute in some way to this cause, I will also be joining several others in donating to my local mental health association. For each badge earned from those participating in this event, I will be donating $10.00 NZD to my local association. As this event progresses through Mental Health Awareness Month, I will be sure to share my game progress via this thread, share what these donations mean to me, and provide proof of donations as well. Good luck to everybody participating and thank you again to the organisers of this event for addressing an important topic that simply isn't talked about enough. I have a bit of a disadvantage to everybody else, as I need to wait a little while longer before I can begin my selected game. However, I am aware that most others will be beginning their games today, in which I hope this proceeds well for you all.
  4. Congratulations to our new Guide Team. It was an honour working with you all in the past, and I look forward to seeing what you all accomplish together in the future. Best of luck from this retired Guide Team member!
  5. Hey, this is an awesome find @Mako! I currently have no use for the workaround, however, I can definitely see myself utilising it in the future (so hopefully nothing comes up which voids use of the PSX Download Helper). I wonder if this will work for games like Dragon Age: Inquisition or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, since both of those games had useful exploits which were patched fairly early on.
  6. There are currently three Spyro Reignited Trilogy guides in the unpublished queue. Two are for the first game, which are being individually written by @silnev and @ThaKingTropy. The third is being written for the second game by @forger_bros106. You could either chime in with a collaboration or start your own!
  7. Hey! You can easily fix this by entering the game while signed offline from PlayStation Network, as some have mentioned before me.
  8. I’m probably in the minority who actually enjoyed Score Attack in previous entries of the Tomb Raider series. Fortunately though, for the majority who didn’t appreciate the mode like you, these new trophies don’t specify a gold medal. This means you can intentionally underperform during your playthrough of The Forge and still earn the trophy.
  9. That’s correct, The Forge does become more difficult with a co-op partner (more puzzles and pathways become open). If played alone, there will be no AI involved, it will just be Lara. Abby only comes in when co-op in initated. Even with co-op though, I can’t imagine the Score or Time Attacks being so tedious. Score Attack in Rise of the Tomb Raider was fairly easy to overcome.
  10. The seven planned additional Challenge Tombs are supposed to tie into the game both with location and lore. The Forge, for instance, contains a new challenge tomb in the base game area of Kuwaq Yaku. This Challenge Tomb has a deeper meaning to Abby’s past, as the player will discover. I’m unsure if Abby will be the co-op partner for all of the additional tombs, however, Eidos Montreal have promised they will stay relevant with the Season Pass content. The adventure that base game takes you on is done, but there are still some hidden secrets throughout the locations visited in base game. These are where the DLCs will take place.
  11. Ayyyy, I've been waiting for this day! I have a lot of very serious questions I need you to answer so please ease my curiosity: How many times can you burp consecutively before you have to stop? If you can demonstrate this, it would be great. Does this trailer make you tear up or is it just me? WHEN WILL YOUR DAMN NI NO KUNI GUIDE BE READY?! Cersei, Viserion, The Hound. Marry, Slay, have a drink with. Take your picks. Also yeah, I realise this isn't really a question shhh. You're in a bus one day and suddenly the bus driver takes a harsh stop, it sends all of your stuff flying to the front of the bus including Thano's Gauntlet. The reason why the bus driver stopped, though, is because a killer elephant is coming right at you guys. You just have enough time to escape the bus towards the back, but you may be able to make it out the front and grab your stuff along the way, if you move fast enough. Do you risk your life to grab your stuff and escape the bus from the front entrance, or sacrifice all your stuff like a total pleb and escape the bus from the back entrance? Nobody will judge you no matter what you choose, I promise. If you could be one animal for a day, which would it be and why? Asking for a friend. [insert question about your profile that makes you a bit insecure because your profile is a mess but you're trying as hard as you can and nobody seems to realise this]. Okay but seriously, I see you've completed Reverie. Did you know this game is set in New Zealand? THAT'S RIGHT. I LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND. ISN'T THAT COOL? But no, I haven't played the game yet. I know, I'm a disappointing Kiwi. I'll get to it soon probably maybe. How did you like it though? I've heard it's similar to the earlier Zelda games (like The Minish Cap), is this true? Would you spend $100.00 on a jacket? I've been contemplating it and need a second opinion. Spell a five letter word using only letters from your gamertag. Again, not really a question, but rules are made to be broken. You're allowed to use letters more than once. Break a leg! But not really, because that would be tragic. Unless you want to and get an extension for your exam, that's fine. Just don't ask me, because I am definitely not going to break your leg for you.
  12. A new trailer is available for The Forge, feel free to check it out below:
  13. It’s great to see you’ve progressed a lot since we last spoke, and most importantly, that you’re enjoying Resident Evil 7. I pretty much went through the exact same as you; took my sweet time on my first playthrough to sweep every nook and cranny. My speedrun followed, which I managed to finish in one sitting at two hours and thirty minutes. Then finally, the only trophies remaining for me at that point were Madhouse and collecting all of the Antique Coins on Madhouse. It was a lovely experience and I’m still kind of bummed the Gold Edition of the game didn’t contain a separate trophy list, because I definitely would have gone for it again. Any how, I wish you luck on your Madhouse playthrough! Get ready for some new shocks. Have you had the time to experience any of the DLC yet?
  14. It really has been an amazing year for guide writers, so I’m anticipating seeing everybody’s nominations! Next month would mark my one year anniversary of becoming a Guide Team member, which is a journey that has been nothing short of exciting. Thank you all for your continued effort, patience, and participation within PSNProfiles through your lovely guides. Although we’re not quite at 2019 yet, I would just like to say, I look forward to what the next year brings us in terms of guide writing.
  15. Hey, this is awesome news. I always look forward to reading your guides! I did, however, do a quick dig through the unpublished queue and managed to find several trophy guides for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey already. There are currently three other unpublished trophy guides by their own individual writers; @Hollz100, @McOrsm, and @zV13r026. If appropriate, perhaps you could reach out to them for a potential collaboration? Otherwise, you're obviously more than welcome to continue writing your own guide.