Happy April Everyone! Lets try setting some small goals for the month and (hopefully) keep them.
April is always a fun month for me because it is my and the husband’s anniversary (9 YEARS!!!). This year we’re doing a stay-cation and planning on sleeping in, staying up late, playing loads of video games, and getting our house in order a bit. This will be our first anniversary since we started our Ketogenic lifestyle so any treats we decide to have for our anniversary, will be an interesting surprise.
♪ On the Second Day of Geekmas, my fandom gave to me… ♪
Two Jumping Plumbers
Since this is the only video game themed one on the 12 Days of Geekmas I decided to make this a kind of what video games have given to me kind of thing.
While I didn’t really play too much old school Mario growing up, I did spend quite a few nights at my aunt and uncle’s apartment playing video games with him. He introduced me to Crash Bandicoot, Cool Borders, and the Final Fantasy games (we mostly played Playstation). I quickly fell in love with the Final Fantasy games. While it would take me YEARS to complete them, I loved the storylines and the growing artwork of the games.
Playing these games is what actually brought my husband and I together. We would end up playing Mario Kart or Lemmings on our dates and it became something we bonded over. He introduced me to games like Chrono Cross, Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon games. The problem is that I have a soft spot for one player RPGs. How does a couple play RPGs together without it being an MMO? Two options: First, you take turns. The husband and I have tried this, but I get frustrated and he gets distracted, so it doesn’t work out too well. Except on games like Uncharted, because he’s good that the battle scenes and I excel at the puzzles and mazes. The second option (and the one we personally go with): Two TVs in one room. It sounds excessive, but really, it’s pretty great.
When it comes to Mario specifically I’m an avid Mario Party and Yoshi’s Island fan. Mario Party 3 for the N64 was one of the most played games between me and my best friend. Every time we had a sleepover we would play that game for HOURS! We’d try and make it last as long as we could. Those nights were full of cheating (making it so the computer wouldn’t take stars), giggling and inside jokes that still make us laugh. It was one of the main things she and I bonded over and what still makes us laugh to this day.
Video Games often get a bad rep especially for girls who have been told their whole lives not to play video games because they’re for boys. Being a part of the gamer girl fandom/community has made me realize that you’d be surprised at how many well written female characters there are in video games (of course, they are WELL exceeded by poorly written ones). Characters that fight for what they want, and stand up to people, and tell it like it is. Characters who don’t just get captured but do some rescuing themselves.
It is now officially after Thanksgiving which means I can finally start talking about Christmas without getting funny looks.
I love the winter holidays. No matter what you celebrate, I think that the winter holidays are perfect times for ice skating, walking through the snow in gloves and boots and driving around town looking at Christmas lights. The holidays have always been my favorite time of year because it’s like everything in my world has a little bit of sparkle to it, and I just want that sparkle to grow.
My friend Angel over at Mermaid Vision Books tagged me in a Taylor Swift Book tag. I was actually really excited to try it. Then I started writing down my answers and realizing that my reading collection is not as diverse as I wish it was. *sigh* Time to work on that. Be prepared for a lot of Meg Cabot