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GeekSideShowing's SDCC 2016

SDCC 2016 Recap: A Lead Up

When I got badges for SDCC 2016, after missing out on 2015, I was thrilled. I was able to get Thursday, Friday, & Sunday badges. Immediately, I got to the business of planning the ins & outs of SDCC 2016: secure lodging & flights, (slightly) obsess over waiting for the panel schedules to be released, wait for Nerd HQ info (any info, really), etc. As we neared the weeks before, it got serious with news everyday.

Where to stay:

I started with finding a place to stay that was a better distance from the Convention Center than 2014, while also enabling me the possibility to cook my own food due to my dietary restrictions. I was lucky to find the perfect place, a room with access to a kitchen, in Little Italy. This, would allow me to get back & forth from all of the SDCC happenings with much more ease. Check!

What to do:

This is the obvious biggie. The biggest factor is how can you fit all you want to do into the time you have. SDCC is when you really wish Hermione would lend you the Time-Turner. The struggle is real, & here is a glimpse at my overly ambitious schedule for SDCC 2016:

GeekSideShowing SDCC 2016 panel off-site tentative schedule

So, yeah. Not realistic, but definitely an important thing to think through because during SDCC throws you a couple curveballs. One thing that you early seriously think a whole lot about is the distance between rooms & locations. SDCC has grown to so many locations outside of the convention center that you can log in a LOT of steps & minutes just getting from place to place. It helps to have a Plan A, B, & C!

What to pack:

When preparing for SDCC, you need to consider the amount of walking & standing involved, as well as carrying merchandise & food. The first time I went, I was not as prepared as I should have been. Even though I read copious blog posts on the topic, some things can only be learned through personal experience. This time around, I wanted to make sure that I had a comfortable & supportive backpack, along with super good footwear. I bought a new backpack at NYCC 2015 & have been using every time I travel. (No, I haven’t been paid by EQ USG) It is from Equilibrium Urban Survival Gear:

SDCC 2016 backpack setup

 If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a bit of what I packed as far as clothing, including what I planned to cosplay:

SDCC 2016 packing

As you can see, I wanted to represent my love Star WarsGhostbustersStar Trek, Doctor Who, & Destiny. Not pictured was my Captain America t-shirt.


That is all for now, stay tuned for more SDCC 2016 recaps!

Blog series: Defined my childhood video games

How I became a video game sniper

If you have been reading my blog to any extent, you know I have loved & played video games since possibly the womb.  Video game play has gotten a bad rap, but I definitely attribute my stellar hand-eye coordination to my countless hours playing, & in particular shooting.  Three years or so ago, I had an epiphany while playing MAG on my PS3: I am a video game sniper.  So, how did I get here?

In the beginning  …

On my ATARI, I remember shooting up a storm on Space Invaders, but it all really began with my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  When we got the NES, we also got the Zapper light gun controller & Duck Hunt.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Duck Hunt

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Firstly, who didn’t technically cheat by holding the gun right up to the screen & still somehow miss?!  Secondly, who didn’t hate that condescending dog after playing for more than 20 minutes?

Screen shot of NES's Duck Hunt.

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So, that is my first memory of using guns.  My dad taught me how to shoot an air pellet gun in real life, but I never really went beyond that for me … except in video games that is!  I remember playing Contra & loving it.  There was also the Mega Man series: the android with a heart of gold & a gun for an arm!  And of course, Metroid!  For the NES, that is all I can remember as far as shooters.

Next gen shooting

On my Sega Genesis, there wasn’t any shooting going on, unless you count Earthworm Jim.  We then got the Nintendo 64 & while it wasn’t a gun that I was shooting, I was shooting the hell out of my bow & slingshot in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  Then, Goldeneye was released.

Screenshot of gameplay from N64's Goldeneye.

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Goldeneye multiplayer was everything at the time.  First, ground rules for multiplayer: no one can pick Oddjob nor the Golden Gun. Second, don’t look at my screen!  I spent countless hours playing multiplayer matches of Goldeneye with my friends.  Definitely a COD precursor.  Playing this game, I first heard of the complaint of “camping”.

Shooting up a storm in the arcade

I won’t delve too deeply into this medium, because I already discussed it in previous posts, but Time Crisis II & Silent Scope were big favorites of mine whenever I saw either machine in an arcade.  Certain portions of Sega’s masterful Star Wars Trilogy, also had blaster action that was performed using the joystick.

Games come on discs?! (Next next gen)

The first time I played Metal Gear Solid, it was on the PS1. Two words: Sniper Wolf.  Enough said.

Sniper Wolf (Julie Monroe) from Metal Gear Solid 2 on the Playstation

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While Halo: Combat Evolved has a lot of shooting on the Xbox, I don’t really remember getting much sniping done while playing it.  On to the PS2, I returned to the Metal Gear Solid series with MGS 3: Snake Eater.  Talk about sneaking & waiting for the perfect shot.

Next next next gen

I never did buy a Xbox 360, so I can’t comment on the rest of the Halo series.  I did, however,  have a PS3 & Wii.  I played a lot of first person shooters (FPS) on the PS3 including the three Uncharted games, & Valkyria Chronicles (which is a beautiful combo turn-based shooter that you should check out if haven’t already), but the three games that really solidified my sniper leanings were: Starhawk, Fallout 3, & MAG.

Starhawk (PS3)
images gathered via google.com

images gathered via google.com

This game had everything I enjoy: the ability to snipe, teamwork, strategizing, building/deconstructing, & capture the flag!  Sniping from within a bunker was always fun & frustrating (the good kind).  I hope that a version of this fun online game makes its way to the PS4.  I am sure this is the reason I enjoy Destiny on my PS4 so much.

Fallout 3 (PS3)
via google images

via google images

This game had a really disappointing regular sniper rifle that, at first, truly frustrated me.  But, then, I came across the Drifter & everything changed.  Basically, my primarily thought while playing Fallout 3 was, “I hope you aren’t important for the storyline, because I really want your gun.”  A post-Apocolyptic world will do that to your thinking.  The Drifter did not need to live & so I acquired the Reservist’s Rifle, which by far is the most durable sniper rifle in the game.  Durable is as important as impact/damage in this game, since you are constantly scavenging to find parts in order to repair, mod, etc.

MAG (PS3)
MAG (PS3) Sniper and Marksman

Compilation via images google.com

This game was insanely fun.  It was so large in its scope, with 256 simultaneous online players in Domination, & a wide array of customization and skill set building that it stayed fresh over countless replays. I had different sniper load outs, depending on what role I was going to play in my platoon & what game mode I was playing.  I also enjoyed the ability to change your load out before you respawned in order to adapt to changing conditions of attack/defend.  While sniping didn’t lead to astronomical kills, it did lead to amazing kill-to-death ratios! I cannot say enough about this game.

Current gen

As of right now, I only own a PS4.  The games I currently play the most are Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (COD:AW) & Destiny.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4)

I remember playing through COD: Ghost Recon on my PS3, but not really enjoying the online multiplayer aspect of it, especially not in comparison to MAG & Starhawk.  I’m still getting the hang of it, trying out different sensitivity settings, & figuring out which weapons work best for my style, etc.  I”ve been looking at Youtube videos to help orient me on how to successfully snipe in COD:AW & found this sniper class video from Anonymous Player:Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sniper class

I’ve recent joined up with a clan, The Purgers, & I can definitely state that playing COD:AW with friends is what makes the experience for me.  We participated in the latest Clan Wars & won 1st place! If you are interested in joining our clan, send us a tweet!Purgers-collage

Destiny (PS4)

Destiny is online only & reminds me of what I enjoyed from Starhawk.  From the moment I began playing, I have met countless fellow guardians that have been helpful & welcoming.  I have been lucky enough to create an unofficial crew/clan with a few fellow Guardians with whom I play whenever any of us is online.  They are very welcoming and helpful.  Team chat is the great on Destiny because you don’t have to hear anyone else while playing the game, unless you are on the same fire team or Crucible team & elect to turn on the audio.

As with COD:AW, I have recently joined an official clan on Destiny for the PS4, Dames of Destiny.  I look forward to meeting fellow gamers in this clan!Destiny-collage

The first exotic weapon that I purchased from Xur was Ice Breaker, the sniper rifle.  Thanks t the handy-dandy Destiny app on my iPhone ,I can swap this little baby between both of my Guardians with ease.   It holds 6 bullets that regenerate, has great range, plus one of the perks is highlighted in my tweet shown below: victims spontaneously combust, dealing damage to others nearby.  How can I not love this weapon?  I’ve used to with great success in the Vault of Glass & Crota.

 

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So, do you play first-person shooters?  What kind of video game gun &/or style do you prefer?

5 fandom friday

5 Fandom Friday: Things I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read/Played/Watched Yet

I initially had a hard time thinking of 5 things that I had purchased, but still hadn’t gotten around to reading/playing/watching.  Of course, once the superficial search was over, I realized I have a bit of these hiding in the recesses of my mind & shelves.  Without further ado…

images via Amazon.com

images via Amazon.com

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros (PS4)
    I have been a fan of the Metal Gear series for a better part of my life.  I’m pretty sure my sniper preference has something to do with the sneaking this game promotes.  I bought this as one of the first games when I bought myself the PS4 for my birthday … back in September 2014.  Still haven’t even loaded it, I’m ashamed to admit.  I got sucked into Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag & then Destiny.  All of that, plus work, means I haven’t been in the needed headspace to embark in the symphony of destruction that is Metal Gear Solid.  I have high hopes for the springtime!
  2. Orphan Black (TV)
    Season 1 is sitting in my Amazon Prime queue, taunting me.  I’ve seen the same episode at least 5 different times, but still haven’t seen the entire season.  The episode that seems to be the only one that airs on TV when I seem to catch it is the on with the club where the do human “upgrades”.  I really liked the flow of the show & am amazed at Tatiana Maslany’s acting ability.  I have a long trip coming up, so I should try & download the season in order to watch them on the plane or at the airport.
  3. Dorothy Must Die (Book)
    I heard about this book last year & bought it from the Kindle store … also back in September 2014.  I guess the birthday rush got to me.  I don’t know what to say; I can also use this as a much needed distraction during long airport waits during my upcoming trip.
  4. FIFA 15 (PS4)
    I wrote about my hesitation in playing FIFA games in the past in a previous post, but one of my good friends is all about this game & just got a PS4.  I downloaded the demo to see if we could play online together.  I must confess that I haven’t loaded it yet.  The idea of this game still stresses me out.
  5. Yes Please (Book)
    This book by Amy Peohler has been on my mind as a book I want to read for a very long time & yet I don’t know why I haven’t actually gotten around to reading it.  Again, it sits on my digital bookshelf awaiting my attention. I love Amy Peohler.  I need to make a point of remembering to read this when I get some free time, instead of remembering I want to read it when I am absolutely swamped (classic!).

So, that is that.  I’ve revealed my procrastination to the interwebs.

Check out last week’s #5FF: Fictional Characters That I Ship & be on the look out for next week’s topic: Character’s I Would Name My Kids After.

If you’d like to take part in 5 Fandom Friday, just check out the upcoming topics on The Nerdy Girlie.

Back in the saddle again!

So, I pretty much fell off the face of the blogsphere for a couple of months, due to life.  But one of my goals this year is to be more consistent on here & share what I’m geeking out over, not just on Pinterest (which I love!), Twitter (which I am getting better at), & Instagram.  I’m not hugely active on FB yet in regards to my blog, but it is also in the works.

Anyway, this is a quick recap of what has been keeping me for posting over the last months:

I went to FanExpo Canada & lucked out by getting a last minute resale ticket to the Doctor Who panel with Matt Smith & Arthru Darvill!

Doctor Who Matt Smith Arthur Darvilll FanExpo Canada

Doctor Who panel at FanExpo Canada August 30, 2014

Got to attend my first Masquerade at a Con while at FanExpo (check out more images on my Instagram feed!):

Masquerade cosplay lego anime 300 Edge of tomorrow

Just a few of the sights I was privy to during & after the FanExpo Canada 2014 Masquerade.

I bought myself a PS4 as a birthday present! Yay! But I didn’t really get a chance to start playing until a couple months later.  Started playing Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag & Destiny, while I have Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes waiting in the wings for a bit down the line when I have more time.  I’ll post on my gaming adventures in a future post.

I also lucked out & was able to go to Hawaii with a really great friend to celebrate both of our birthdays!  A first-time to Hawaii for both of us & it was spectacular!

Hawaii Oahu Big Island sunset beaches volcanoes nature

Sights from my amazing experiences while visiting Oahu & the Big Island of Hawaii.

My brother & I went zip-lining while in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for our half-brother’s wedding (picture forthcoming)

Then, high season began at work & that has been a bit all-consuming of my time & mental energy.  But now that things have settled into a more constant groove, I have decided to get beck into blogging, since it was very fulfilling last year.

What I will focus on this year will range from travel, to gaming, to learning … I guess to being adventurous in all the wonderfully complex & unexpected ways life presents itself to me.  All the while, not letting my sneakily perfectionist tendencies get the better of me & prevent me from publishing my posts because I don’t have ALL of the pictures or images I want to include (see how I was able to post this without including the zip-lining picture, even though I really wanted to do it!).  Sometimes, enough is good enough.  Maybe a mantra I should repeat in order to progress & keep from allowing myself to stagnate.

Geek Out: E3 2014 Coverage (Part 2)

So, one of my favorite times of the year is here: E3!  I love watching the live stream of the presentations & finding out what is coming out in the next year & beyond.  It is a lot of information to take in, especially during such a short amount of time, but I will do my best to discuss the highlights of what has already been released that have me geeking out.  Here is Part 2 of my E3 2014 Geek Out! [Check out Part 1]

  1. Destiny (PS4 & Xbox One)
    This game looks great & seems to have great gaming mechanics.  Halo-esque, but on the PS4? Plus, there is a super sweet bundle featuring a white PS4? Sign me up!
  2. LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
    I am a huge fan of Sackboy & co.  The fact that LBP 2 allowed you to create your own levels & then publish them so other players your actually play your level was just spectacular.  So with this new installment in the series, it is surely a fun time to be had again.
  3. Mario Maker (Wii U)
    Speaking of creating your own levels, hello Mario Maker!  You can go retro or not.  You can recreate original levels or mix it up.  The possibilities are only bound by your imagination … & I am sure the game’s UI.
  4. No Man’s Sky (PS4)
    A “truly open world” with an “if you can see it, you can visit it” mentality.  No two players start/spawn in the same place, giving each player a different experience.  I am sure there will be a plethora of DLC in the future for this game as well, given it’s concept.
  5. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, & PC)
    I’ve enjoyed the last two installments of the Batman series.  The UI & gaming mechanics are seamless & enjoyable.  I particularly like the slow-mo close-ups during fight sequences.  The games are also visually stunning.  This game has all of that PLUS now you can drive the Batmobile! I mean, come on!

Of course there is still more to my E3 Geek Out, so make sure to check out Part 1 & upcoming Part 3!