“Highlight Reel” – 6/17/19

This past week was E3 and a live letter for Final Fantasy XIV Online. Unfortunately, the majority of the chatting we did about those two things was in person and not on Twitch or in Discord. Still, here are a few conversations and a pretty funny video from the last week or so.

Honestly, I love that Nico and I can give each other shit. 🙂

One of our community members posted an innocuous comment about Phantasy Star Online 2 from Microsoft’s press conference and I completely freaked out. You can see the point in my replies where I did a quick internet search and found out that we’re getting PSO2 in March. I was SO EXCITED. Can you blame me, though??? This announcement came out of NOWHERE!

When Nico asked me about this, I thought he was talking about the Switch version of the game. Apparently, Japan is getting a Dragon Quest themed Switch and I had NO IDEA. Somehow I doubt they’re going to release it stateside, so my wallet is breathing a sigh of relief!

This is pretty self explanatory. I bought a Dust Daddy and this is what happened when I used it to vacuum my keyboard. Yes, I could have deleted the messages, but honestly, it’s more funny this way… Side note: I found that it works really well, so I’m not sure why its reviews are so bad everywhere. I guess it depends on what you’re using it for.

And that’s it for this episode of “Highlight Reel.” Maybe I can come up with a better title, but for now, that’s what you’re stuck with! Come hang out with us on Twitch and Discord for more banter!

“Highlight Reel” – 6/10/19

Although we live in the same house, the majority of our banter exists either in Discord chat or on stream. Sometimes it’s lighthearted. Sometimes it’s serious. Either way, we thought we should share some of it with you!

We live in an old ass house. Like REALLY old. The original part of the house, which is the upstairs and where we live, was built around 1907-1908 by my grandfather’s father. I don’t know the exact date, to be honest. It’s made of wood. In 1947, it was raised and the downstairs was built underneath it using concrete. My calabash uncle lives down there. When my husband and I first moved in, I couldn’t sleep because there were so many creepy noises when the wood moves. In addition, the walls are thin so you can hear a television, computer, radio…

Recently, Nico and his girlfriend have been falling asleep while watching Netflix, YouTube, or whatever. And the volume is turned up so high that I can HEAR the Discord notifications he’s getting through the damned wall!

That video pretty much speaks for itself… I said something really ditsy… LOL

Not everything between us is a joke or frustration. 😉 Nico is great at cheering me up and making me feel better about stressful situations like work. I can only hope that I do the same for him.

I went to two tasting events last week. One for sake and the other for wine. I got drunk both times. I feel like a lot of people can relate to their mom just coming into their room rambling on about something or another while they’re just trying to beat a boss in a really hard game…

That’s it for this episode of “Highlight Reel.” Maybe I can come up with a better title, but for now, that’s what you’re stuck with! Come hang out with us on Twitch and Discord for more banter!

Happy 2019!

Checked out this beautiful art piece on New Year’s Day! That’s me in the foreground.

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions and I never make them. They don’t stick and they’re often arbitrary. On the other hand, because so many people are talking about them, it’s hard not to think about figuring out a way to make the new year better than the last. Improving something and making it better is almost always a good thing, so I don’t believe in being stagnant, either.

Complacency is for the dead.

I actually started REALLY thinking about working toward change, growth, and improvement around October or so. Because Nico and I both are buried under a mountain of mostly student loan debt (Nico’s is all student, mine is a mixture of consumer and student), I’m constantly reading articles about money, saving, debt repayment, goals, financial independence, and the like. You’ll notice very quickly when you start reading that stuff and you’ve delved a bit deeper than the information on how interest rates work or ensuring that you’re spending less than you’re earning that there are some recurring themes that aren’t really about money, but about your attitude, your life, and what makes you happy.

It was through a blog about money and financial independence that I found out about Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have a vague recollection of my sisters telling me about this book a year or two ago, but I didn’t really pay attention. Sometime before Christmas, I read a post about it and I went to the bookstore that day and bought it. I NEEDED it. I started reading it out loud to my husband and then on New Year’s Day, a Netflix Original show based on the book came out. I sat down and watched the first episode with him and he was so motivated, he started cleaning the house. I highly recommend checking it out:

Anyway, back to 2019… Since Twitch is my side hustle (albeit a really small one right now), I’m hoping to put more time and energy into growing that. Any money that we make from Twitch goes directly to our student loan payments. I’m also going to hold myself accountable for my debt payoff here on the blog. So once in awhile, I’ll be posting about that kind of thing. Spawn/Re-Spawn IS our side hustle, after all!

2018 Game Backlog Progress Update:

I completed the following games in 2018:

  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) – 4/13
  • Ni No Kuni II (PS4) – 5/4
  • Parasite Eve (PSOne Classic on PS3) – 6/3
  • Kingdom Hearts II (PS4) – 7/2
  • Torchlight (PC) – 7/9
  • Torchlight II (PC) – 8/3
  • Octopath Traveler (Switch) – 10/28
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PC) – 11/25
  • Cibele (PC) – 12/15
  • Bioshock: The Collection (Xbox One) – 12/21
  • Epistory – Typing Chronicles (PC) – 12/30

Not bad! I started the backlog project in April, so this averages out to more than one game per month. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you consider that I was averaging only one to two games a YEAR prior to that, this is a huge improvement! I’m definitely going to work at increasing that number. I’m currently in the process of playing GRIS (PC), Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PS4), and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (Switch).

If you’ve spent any time hanging out in our Twitch channel, you know that I’m a firm believer in the idea that attitude is (almost) everything, so I’ll sign off with the following thought:

2019 is going to be fantastic!

  • Hatsumi a.k.a. “Mom”

Nico is Coming Home! New Stream Schedule!


At the original Barcade in Brooklyn after Nico graduated from college 🙂

My baby is coming home for a few months! I’m so excited!

But this means that Nico won’t be able to stream for a couple of weeks. He should be back around the first or second week of October, at which point we’ll be in the same time zone and we’ll have an updated stream schedule. We’re hoping to be able to stream more stuff like couch co-op games and board games since we’ll be in the same physical location for awhile.

In the meantime, you’re just going to have to put up with me and my JRPG’s. And maybe some No Man’s Sky, Monster Hunter World, or Fortnite: Save the World if I need a change of pace. I plan on sticking to my normal schedule and streaming solo during our co-stream times. Saturday and Sunday will be 4 hours, though, instead of 6. As much as I would love to cover Nico’s solo time slots, that’s just too much, so the channel will be dark on Tuesdays and Thursdays for now.

Also, you may have noticed that we joined the Twitch Hawaii team! So via team hosting, our channel will be hosting other streamers from the beautiful Aloha State whenever we’re offline.

Anyway, come by and keep me company! I’m currently working on Octopath Traveler, Dragon Quest XI, and Final Fantasy XIV Online.


  • Hatsumi [Mom]

Why Spawn/Respawn, btw?

Hey all! Mom/Hatsumi here!

This hasn’t come up very often, but someone (off-stream) asked me recently why our Twitch channel is called Spawn/Respawn. We had a hell of a time trying to come up with a name for our channel that was representative of the fact that we’re a mother and son team that plays video games together, but was also catchy. Or at the very least, easy to remember. So here’s the explanation:

spawn: (transitive verb) to give rise to; to give birth to

respawn: (intransitive verb) to reappear at a fixed point in an existing video game environment after dying

So Nico is my offspring (what I spawned) or the Spawn. And I die a LOT in games, so I’m the Respawn.

Mystery solved!


Why I Stream


It seems like everyone and his uncle streams on Twitch, Mixer, or YouTube these days and I often wonder why. As a middle aged woman who’s seen her share of life’s ups and downs, it really looks to me like the majority of people who stream are a bunch of young people hoping to gain fame a la Ninja or something. Young people have an absolutely amazing capacity for dreaming and optimism, which is my nice way of saying that young people are stupid. While luck is certainly a part of it, fame and success are tied to hard work more than anything else. Today’s gaming youths seem to have this notion that since they’re good at video games, they can become rich and famous just by playing them. That’s not how it works.

Do I want to become rich and famous by playing video games? Of course I do! Who doesn’t want to get paid for doing something they love doing? But on the other hand, I DON’T want video games to lose their fun factor. First and foremost, I stream because I enjoy it. I love chatting with random people who are into the same things I am. Prior to streaming, it was difficult for me to find people who loved video games as much as I do. Most of the people I regularly interface with IRL are not into video games AT ALL. If they DO have any experience with games, they consider it some weird thing that they don’t understand, but their kids are REALLY into it. (I’ve tried encouraging them to play with their kids, but that’s a topic for another day…)

Several years ago, I was out having coffee with a high school classmate and she spent the entire time complaining to me about the fact that her husband played video games. According to her, video games are for children and as a grown man, he should have grown out of them by now. She was ranting and raving about how immature gamers are and I sat there thinking, “Are you REALLY saying these things to ME of all people?” She knew I loved games. I never hung out with her again. Now I certainly don’t expect all my friends to like games. (I have quite a few non-gamer friends.) But I DO expect my friends to be respectful of me and my interests. I don’t judge my friends who are obsessed with sports, for example, even though I don’t understand at all why someone would care so much about whether or not a certain team wins a championship.

So streaming gives me a place to hang out with like-minded people and talk about games. 🙂

Another reason I stream is to hold myself accountable for working on my video game backlog. Even when no one is watching, I feel obligated to stream my progress because I SAID I WOULD. What kind of person would I be if my actions didn’t back up my words? Integrity is important to me. You can scoff at my desire to actually finish video games, but integrity isn’t really integrity if you cherry-pick the situations in which you exhibit it.

And I’m actually making progress! Prior to committing to streaming my backlog, I would start games and never finish them. If I was lucky, I’d actually FINISH maybe one game a year. That’s ridiculous. Since April, I have completed SIX GAMES and I am making progress every week. Not gonna lie, that feels REALLY GOOD.

The final major reason I stream is to hang out with my son. Maintaining a relationship with an adult child is challenging. Not necessarily because it’s inherently more difficult, but because there simply isn’t any guidance. There are books, websites, videos, and all sorts of media on how to parent babies, small children, teenagers, etc. but no one ever talks about how to relate to your kids once they’re out of the house. I think the rationale for that is that the grown child should be able to take care of themselves and don’t really NEED their parents anymore. That’s complete bullshit. Having some kind of meaningful relationship with your parents is important for your ENTIRE LIFE. Sure, it’s going to change and be very different than when you were a kid, but it’s still necessary and extremely valuable.

Nico loves games as much as I do, so playing together gives us common ground. This creates a space where we are comfortable talking to each other about other things, too. Not just games. That’s the best part. It’s really important to me that he feels that he can talk to me about anything. I don’t want to be one of those parents that has no idea what’s going on with their kid. On the flip side, I always try to respect Nico’s independence, as well. He’s too WAY too old to be coddled and cared for, but I DO want him to know that he is loved and that I have his back.

So why do I stream? When it comes down to it, I stream for me: my social interactions, my game backlog, my relationship with my son. And I love it. It’s fun and it energizes me. Sure, it can be exhausting and it certainly isn’t for everyone, but that’s okay. So come hang out! I always enjoy the company. 🙂

  • Mom