On November 2nd, 2013, I am once again participating in Extra Life, an epic 25 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. This will be my fourth year taking part in the event, playing as a giant Thank You to CHOA for taking care of my husband Matt while he was being treated for leukemia when he was younger. I am eternally indebted to them for everything they did and making it so Matt would end up part of my life. (more…)
May 17, 2013
May 20, 2013
May 8, 2013
Last week I discovered that Good Smile Company had released a set of Nendoroid figures based on the “Tales of” video game series. And because I am addicted to both, there was no way in hell I was not going to have these in my collection.
What I thought was a for sure 6 piece set ended up arriving as a retailer pack of 8 blind box figures, meaning I had to open every one and pray with my fingers crossed that I opened a complete set. Which I did!! I was even lucky enough to acquire the “secret” figure of Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny (furthest left in the picture).
Beside Leon are: Yuri & Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Asbel & Sofi from Tales of Graces, and finally Jude & Milla from Tales of Xillia.
There was a bit of a mishap when I was snapping Leon onto his base as his sword snapped off from his hand and this will be remedied with model glue this weekend. Thankfully the other figures with swords had theirs come separately so there were no more broken pieces. The only other issue I had was with Sofi’s pigtails. I had to twist the plugs in which took a few attempts as simply pushing them in was a complete failure.
Overall, extremely happy with these guys and now Haruhi, Yuki and Asahina (Haruhi Suzumiya Summer Collection Nendoroids) have company.
May 7, 2013
Addictive time suck that I just can’t get enough of! ~Annette
Seriously, I am Game Dev Tycoon as I write this and had major jitters all weekend (well, mostly Sunday and Monday) as I hadn’t been able to play. I’ve just started my 4th studio (Irrational Games) and finished my first game (Medal of Honour, yes with a U). The only thing more addicting than this game are those Waffeletten cookies I bought at the grocery store last week. (more…)
April 23, 2013
Status: 1 playthrough complete
Playtime: 32 hours
Luigi’s Found: 3 of 5
When I finally got my 3DS XL (Valentine’s Day gift from my husband this year) I knew there was no way in hell I was not going to get Paper Mario: Sticker Star. I had a love affair with the first two games, skipped the Wii version because, well, it’s the Wii and ours kind of just collects dust. But then I saw Best Buy had a one day sale on the game, dropping it down to $20. It was like the gaming gods smacked me in the face and I was OK with that. (more…)
April 18, 2013
Status: 2 playthroughs complete (once on Normal, second Easy), currently attempting 1999 Mode
Achievements: 43 of 50
DLC Purchased: Season Pass (no content out just yet)
Seriously, there are going to be spoilers in this post. Do not read this if you haven’t finished the game!!
I love Ken Levine.
As an aspiring writer, I wish that I had the chance to shadow him during his creative process if only for a couple of weeks, because both games I have played of his have kept me on the edge of my seat and putting the final pieces together for days afterwards. His plot twists, his characters, his stunning locales….. If he taught a master class, I’d sell my kidneys to attend. But he does not, so I instead shall fangirl out about Bioshock Infinite in the space provided below. (more…)
April 3, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in regards to my efforts to stitch a bunch of awesome things to decorate with, but today I can finally say I have finished my largest project to date! The Yoshi Butcher Chart that I started on a ways back last year had the final back stitches done last night while playing catch up with The Walking Dead (I am still 4 episodes behind).
I found this pattern on SpriteStitches and knew I had to make it. Unfortunately, neither Michael’s nor JoAnn carried black 14 count Aida large enough for the canvas so I went with an oatmeal colour instead. This meant I needed to add black backstitching around the preparations, but I think it still turned out pretty awesome. Now I just need to figure out how I am going to get it ready for the wall. Maybe a frame, maybe a scroll look…. Decisions, decisions!
Many thanks to Siva on SpriteStitches for sharing the pattern.
April 1, 2013
February 20, 2013
I finally got around to picking up a copy of Ready Player One last week. I’d been waiting for the paperback to come around and had a few other books ahead of this one on my list at the time, so I am a bit late to the party.
For people with no clue what this book is about, let me fill you in. Set in a future where jobs are harder to come by than they are now and where corporations truly do run the world, a mega billionaire video game programmer responsible for building the online universe known as OASIS passes away and leaves his entire fortune to whomever makes his/her way through his challenges first and finds his Easter egg. (more…)
January 31, 2013
Last night, I joined some of my oldest gamer friends in recording an episode of their podcast. There is a running joke that they will never hit Episode 200 because they keep calling current non-The Stuff podcasts “filler”. I assume this is because the main four hosts haven’t been able to sit down an record together in a long while. Regardless, it was great to sit down and chat with them again, as it has been far too long since I’d last done a podcast with them. (more…)