All posts by Eric Gingell

Guardian Tales is a great game. 8/10 stars. It is a free RPG available on the Nintendo Switch, Android, and Apple. I, however, am not here to review the game, I’m here to point out key differences between the Switch and Android versions (I don’t have an Apple device, so I can’t comment on that version except in regards to the coupons).

  • Switch
  • Android
  • Apple
  • All
  • Auto mode in the Rift is only available after beating the level with three stars.
  • Auto mode always available.
  • Chapters available: 1-8 on Normal, 1-6 on Nightmare, and 0 on Hell.
  • Chapters available: 1-15 on Normal, 1-12 on Nightmare, and 0 on Hell.
  • Up to 10 items can be used at a time when enhancing equipment.
  • Up to 21 items can be used.
  • Equipment level is capped at 63 (68 with Limit Break).
  • Equipment level is capped at 84 (89 with Limit Break).
  • There are only 2 side stories (1 of them is seasonal) and 2 short stories.
  • There are numerous side stories.
  • Coupons submitted in-app.
  • Coupons submitted in-app.
  • Coupons submitted via website.
  • No Let’s go, Bingo Machine.
  • No Replay Story option.
  • No Heavenhold Tower (Gargoyle Statue).
  • No Kama-ZONE.
  • No Tower of Horizon (Strange Cube).
  • No World Exploration Ship (Flying Dock).
  • No Mirror Rift (Sky Waterfall).
  • No “Forums” or “Enhance” on the World Map menu.
  • Guild Introduction has canned selections to choose from.
  • Guild Introduction is free-form (i.e. you can put in whatever you want).
  • Run and Action/Talk are separate buttons.
  • They are the same button.
  • There is one World server.
  • There are two World servers.
  • Some of the voices are different.

While not the worst phone I’ve ever had (that honor goes to the ZTE Nubia Z11 Dual Mini), it’s up there. Not only is it Samsung bad, it’s even bad for a Samsung. Despite all options for “optimization” being disabled, it still closes background apps even if they’re locked; even if the battery is 100% and plugged in. You’d think a phone that explicitly allows one to lock apps would honor that, but no…no it does not. It has its own shitty version of Google’s Play Protect which aggressively removes permissions from apps that aren’t explicitly opened by you, such as Tasker or alarms which do not need to be opened by the user unless something needs to be updated, created, disabled, or deleted. It gets hot sometimes. Unlike most modern Android devices, you can’t use an sdcard as internal storage. If you move an app to the sdcard and it gets updated, you have to move it again. Multitasking is a joke; you can’t switch between apps to transfer info between them (such as text from LastPass to Chrome) because the app just restarts and clears all the form fields; that’s not how multitasking works, Samsung. It uses a lot of stripped down versions of already available Google apps such as Galaxy Store, Samsung Pass, Samsung Internet, Calendar, the aforementioned Play Protect, Messages, and Contacts, which only work on Samsung devices; so if you want to use Samsung Pass on other non-Samsung devices, you’re shit out of luck. Wi-Fi needs to be toggled often because it loses connectivity. The camera sucks unless fuzzy is what you want.

Since the current Boggle with Friends app freezes consistently on my Samsung Galaxy A32 5G with Android 12 (edit: even on my Motorola Moto Stylus 5G 2021 with Android 12–must be an Android 12 thing), I decided to dust off the old Word Streak app to see if it still works. Surprisingly, it does, but there are a few caveats:

  1. Chat doesn’t work.
  2. “Daily Quests” is not a thing; however, you do get the “Daily Spinner”.
  3. There’s no “(Re)match of the Day”.
  4. There are a lot of annoying notifications.
  5. Since Google+ is no longer a thing, you can’t log in with it.
  6. Sometimes games will start themselves before you can pick your power-ups.

If you’d like to download it, click here (on Aptoide).

World of Final Fantasy is an installment in the long running cash cow that is Final Fantasy. From Square|Enix. In this post I will share some insights. PS4 version.

  • It’s basically a rip-off of Pokémon.
  • Easy EXP        
    • The Undead Princess — 45,194 EXP  
      • Find Undead Princess in Ice Region and talk to her. She’s right outside the inn. You may need to unlock her by fighting her in The Girl’s Tea Room first. Throw curatives on her. An X-Potion is an instant kill. A Hi-Potion is 1,000 HP. Cure and Cura scale with your Magic stat. Sadly, you cannot throw a Phoenix Down, Phoenix Pinion, or Mega-Phoenix on an enemy. You can also Imprism her with Light Magic.
        • Note: if you fight her in The Girl’s Tea Room, you will get very little EXP.
        • Note: you have to switch to the Classic menu so you can target her.
        • Note: Regen does not hurt her.
    • Cold, Hard Justice — 152,000 EXP  
      • Later on toward the end The Girl Who Forgot Her Name has this Intervention quest in which you fight Shivalry and Golden Flan aka the Big Jiggle. Both are worth 75,600 EXP. Plus, you also get an Ice Spellstone, a Mega-Phoenix, and a Solid Frigicite.
        • Note: there is no break between fights.
    • Postscript dungeons in The Girl’s Tea Room — >100,000 EXP
      • These dungeons contain powerful teams of Mirages worth a lot of EXP. High-level Bahamut should have no problem in them.
        • Tip: stay near the Save Crystal (or under it) at the end to keep your HP/AP full.
    • Postscript Dungeon 1 — Boss Shivver Stack — 210,480 EXP
      • She drops 2x Mega-Phoenix and 1x Arma Gem.
    • Postscript Dungeon 2 — Boss Rairamuh Stack — 213,000 EXP
      • He drops 2x Mega-Phoenix and 1x Arma Gem
    • Postscript Dungeon 3 — Boss Gleefrit Stack — 207,120 EXP
      • He drops 2x Mega-Phoenix and 1x Arma Gem.
    • Postscript Dungeon 4 — Boss XG — 200,000 EXP
      • He drops 1x Megalixer and 2x Arma Gem.
      • Note: there are no random encounters in XG’s chamber and no Joyriding allowed.
    • Strategy is the same for all:
      1. Approach the boss.
      2. Use high-level Bahamut. Hit with Flare twice, Attack twice, then Defend until your XP goes warning or critical, then hit with Megaflare.
      3. Save.
      4. Return to title.
      5. Continue to game.
      6. Repeat from step 1.
    • Note: whether or not you survive the battle, you should Return to title and Continue; otherwise, you’ll be hoofing it all the way through the dungeon to get back to where you were.
    • Note: Mega Mirages need only be summoned in order to maximize their EXP gain. Just release them without taking any actions, then you can immediately summon a new one since you will still have full AP–assuming they don’t get one-shot right after being summoned, in that case, you lose all your AP and that Mirage gets nothing from battle, so it’s a bit of a gamble at first. Good for power-leveling Mega Mirages.
  • Any fight in The Girl’s Tea Room can be fought repeatedly for free after the first paid fight. Though, the loot isn’t as good as the first time, but you get EXP, loot, and money.
  • You need to talk to The Girl Who Forgot Her Name again after Intervening in order to collect your reward for said Intervention (select “Intervene”, then the quest) or you can collect it from Miniventures on the Adventure Log.
  • Characters from all over the franchise can be found somewhere in Grymoire and are usually Champions which utilize one of their special moves from their respective game.
  • You can skip scenes by pressing Options then Triangle.
  • You can’t remove Reynn or Lann from her or his stack until after you finish the Postscript (true ending) a second time. You get a new Intervention quest after beating Brandelis the first time. Once you do that quest and fight him again, Enna Kros, the Human Keeper, will Imprism Reynn and Lann–since they’ve both taken a permanent vacation to B’s world–allowing you to now remove them from their stacks and even your lineup.
    • There are caveats:
      1. If either are out, you cannot summon any Mega Mirages.
      2. Only they can summon Champions.
      3. Only they can Imprism Mirages.
      4. Their respective Mirajewels will not be active.
  • Your HP increases as you level up, but your AP does not.
  • You cannot summon a Mega Mirage when you’re Unstacked.
  • You can stack the same S Mirage on both Lilikin and Jiant form which means you only need six to fully stack your team. Two of each size.
  • Mirages with SUPPORT abilities, such as Flutter, Chill, and Joyride, need only be in your lineup to use their ability in the field. They do not need to be stacked.
  • If you’re having trouble in the Colosseum, you can’t escape; however, you can attack yourself to hasten the suffering. When you lose, you lose nothing but the time you spent in battle and any Mirages you Imprismed, but you do get to keep any Prisms you were given and Libra is permanent.
  • You don’t need to return to a Miniventure quest giver after completing his or her quest (excluding the kid who wants to see your Mirages), you need only collect your reward from the Adventure Log.
  • Travel Gates (Examine them) and Save Crystals (just walk through them) will automatically heal you.
  • Transfigurations can only be done from the Prism Case or while using the Seraphone.
  • If your lineup is full, any newly Imprismed Mirages will go straight to the Prism Case.
  • Inactive Mega Mirages in your lineup get the standard 8% of the EXP haul unless you use them, then they get about 14%+… so… use… them.
  • Fast Forward mutes all dialog and any battle vocalizations.
  • You break HP and damage limit right out of the box.
  • Mirages continue to accumulate SP even if they are not in that form. For example: Searcher will continue to gain SP even if mastered Death Searcher is its current form.
  • You can fast-travel almost anywhere from the World Map–anywhere but Nine Wood Hills.
    • Note: if you use the map to fast-travel, you may be put in a location other than near the gate. For example: Cornelia will put you at the bottom of the stairs close to the exit to Cornelia Region.
  • PASSIVE stats on the same Mirage from the same group also affect the active form of said Mirage. For example, stats from Mishiva also affect Bablizz and vice versa.
  • No matter how much AP Bahamut has (at least 1), you can always cast Megaflare, but regular Flare is more powerful in that it doesn’t require resorting to depleting your HP to ‘supe it up, plus you can do it twice…then hit Megaflare at low HP (red is best) for max damage.
  • Enemies don’t expend AP.
  • Max level is 99.
  • Damage limit is 99,999.
  • Bahamut is objectively the most powerful Mirage in the game.
  • It takes 10 battles to gain 1 Champion Star.
Megaflare … 99999 Damage
Fight with XG
Fight with Rairamuh Stack
Fight with Shivver Stack
Fight with Gleefrit Stack

Final Fantasy VI is the sixth in the long running Final Fantasy series. In this post I will share some insights.


  • When you are about to leave Zozo you are asked to make a party of four. Celes and Locke are preselected. Don’t remove either of them. If you do, you can’t re-add them and you definitely can’t compete the Opera House scene without one of them. If you did, fear not, you can get them back without redoing the whole Zozo scene. You just have to trudge your way back to Narshe and speak to any of your cohorts in the building on the east side of town.
  • To unequip an esper, you need to select an empty slot under the espers list on the esper selection screen.
  • If you want to see what an item in a shop does, you have to have enough GP to buy it so you can select it to pull up the details.
  • You only need one each of Edgar’s “Tools” items.
  • Cmd.Set Short allows you to rearrange your battle command menus and changes the orientation of the items therein (they’re fanned out). If you change it back to “Window,” your custom arrangement will be saved, but you will revert to the default stacked list. Each character has his/her own list. Edit: The order reverts after reloading the save file.
  • Memo is a temporary save slot that gets deleted when you power off your PlayStation or quit the game.
  • Soft reset: hold down L1, L2, R1, R2, Start, and Select. You will lose all unsaved progress.

* Notice: The above apples to the PlayStation “Anthology” version (digital and disk).

Android 8 (codename Oreo) Notifications

  • Possibly the best feature Google has implemented. As of Android 8 you can change the notification settings for every app individually based on categories wherein you can configure its visibility and sound.
  • This feature has to be implemented in the app’s code for this feature to work; however, each app has an on/off option regardless.
  • I have yet to figure out what “allow notification dot” means.

Edit: the notification dot is the number on the app icon on the homepage (ie unread count on the Messenger icon).

Scopophobia is the fear of being looked at or watched, but more specifically, in my case, the fear of being the center of attention. Circumstances vary from being on stage to taking on the phone about yourself.

I get bad anxiety when:

  • I’m talking to people on the phone.
  • Explain my feelings to someone.
  • Talking to people.
  • Showing up somewhere unannounced.
  • Showing up late.
  • Showing up too early.
  • Interviewing for a job.
  • Meeting someone somewhere–as in “I’ll meet you in the O.K. Corral at high noon.”
  • Changing my routine social interactions–ie greeting people I don’t normally greet.
  • Asking someone to go out–on a date or otherwise.
  • Requesting intimacy.
  • Performing for people–ie karaoke.
  • Talking about myself.
  • Offering condolences and/or congratulations.
  • Offering praise and/or criticism.
  • Being in a waiting room with one unknown person who’s also there alone.
  • Sharing an elevator or other conveyance.
  • Going to the movies alone.
  • Changing my routine such that people notice.
  • Asking for help.
  • Being helpless.
  • Offering help.
  • Being put on the spot.
  • Being spontaneous such that people notice.
  • Looking for a product in a retail store or supermarket such that people notice.
  • Waiting in line.
  • Sitting in the audience where there is audience participation–ie “The Price is Right” or “Whose Line is it, Anyway?”
  • Being in a group meeting where participation is expected.
  • I’m at a party.

I get around it by escaping into my phone–games, Facebook, whatever. If I can’t or feel like I can’t escape, I start to panic. Unavoidable things amplify my anxiety–like if a teacher calls my name during a lecture. I prefer being a wallflower at parties, if I go at all, because to be otherwise scares me.


Every time you see an article on social media, your finger starts to itch and you really want to click it. Well, 90% of the time*, it’s bait and the article is complete bullshit or not what it claimed to be and the link is nothing more than just an advertising platform. Well, here’s Gingell’s guide to spotting clickbait. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then it’s clickbait.

  1. Does the title use exaggerated phrasing like, “the tweet that broke the internet”?
  2. Does it use buzz/polarizing words like “unbelievable” or “shocking” or “Trump” or “Obama”?
  3. Does it seem oddly familiar? Like, does it mention your work by name or something you like?
  4. Does it lead you to believe there’s more by using more exaggerated phrases like, “You won’t believe what happens next”?
  5. Does it promise a heartwarming story?
  6. Does it promise self improvement?
  7. Does it contain anything from your profile description?
  8. Does it use a phrase like, “only 1 out of 10 get this right”?
  9. Does it warn you of impending doom?
  10. Does it give you one item from a list of many items?
  11. Does it tell you to click?


    Sharebait is a different animal. These compel you to like, comment on, and/or share them. Note that a like and a comment are as good as a share and good comments or bad, there’s no difference. Even those comments calling all the other commenters idiots counts. Many of the above also qualify as sharebait and, as with above, if the answer is “yes”, it’s sharebait.

    1. Does it use the phrase, “share if you agree”, or something similar?
    2. Does it use a phrase like, “only 1 out of 10 get this right”?
    3. Does it invite you to choose from two or more options?
    4. Does it show a picture of starving children, animals in distress, or other shocking pictures?
    5. Does it challenge you? E.g. “I bet you can’t think of a name that doesn’t start with Z” or “what’s 2+2+2+2*0+2”? (It’s 8, but the way.)

    *figure made up
    **this article is clickbait without the ads