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My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: 8-Bit DIY

In this blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday(-ish). 

Back to the blog business, after another hiatus. Eek. Work has been pretty intense, but here is another stab at consistency!

This week I have been nostalgic for all things 8-bit (man I wish I had kept my NES; check out this post for more!). This of course, what drove me to pixel all of the things!

8-Bit DIY

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I was looking over my Crafty Geek Pinterest board & noticed that my nostalgia for all things “old school” video game era definitely had an influence. I’m obviously not alone in my nostalgia, as is shown by the vast amount of DIY geeky crafts available in Pinterest. Here are 5 of my current favorites.

Link Quilt 8-bit DIY

Link from Legend of Zelda 8-bit quilt

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How can you not fall in love all over again with 8-bit Link?! This is a quilt any Legend of Zelda fan would love to receive.  A quilt is such a great idea for 8-bit interpretation because it lends itself to the use of little blocks while creating your image.

Totoro 8-bit DIY

Totoro

Another fabulous way to interpret 8-bit geekiness is with Legos! If you are like me (& chances are, if you are checking out my site, we are), you are a sucker for anything Miyazaki. How amazing is this Totoro incarnation?! I cannot get enough of the umbrella.  Love it!

Custom Bubble Bobble perler bead DIY

8-bit NES Bubble Bobble DIY perler

via CosplayHats‘ Etsy shop

Just as Legos are a great adaptation of 8-bit, so are perler beads. Here, this featured crafty geek pin is about one of my favorite video games on my beloved NES, Bubble Booble! I was really into this game, as it was the perfect blend of a puzzler & adorable. If you missed out on the gem of a game, look into it, because it is addictive.

Custom Super Mario Bros. perler keychains DIY

Super Mario Bros. perler keychains

via FreakCreations‘ Etsy shop.

Some more Nintendo love: keychains! Keychains that are not stabby in your pocket or bag are always welcome. The fact that these are awesome shout-outs to your childhood, just makes it a bonus. These are currently not available, because FreakCreations is taking a break, but definitely keep an eye out for when it is back online actively.

Custom Boba Fett 8-bit DIY

Boba Fett 8-bit DIY

via Stickaz

I couldn’t go without having a Star Wars reference! Here is a pattern that could be used for cross-stitch or perler beads. Bobby Fett being badass Boba Fett.


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own 8-bit inspired DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at more crafts!  Don’t forget to check out my previous Crafty Geek Corner posts, for other great DIY pins.

My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Super Mario Bros. (NES) DIY – Pet Edition

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday. This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

This week’s installment is all about classic Super Mario Bros. NES nostalgia! Retrogamers rejoice in crafts!

Super Mario Bros. (NES) DIY – Pet Edition

Nintendo NES Controller DIY Crafty Geek Corner

To continue my reminiscing all things NES Super Mario Bros. from my latest Defining My Childhood post, this week’s Crafty Corner takes me to the crafty depths of my childhood nostalgia. While preparing this post, I found myself drawn to all of the crafts related to integrating our pets into our fandoms & so the result is today’s Pet Edition post!

Super Mario Bros. Cat Condo

If you have a cat, then you know a cat must climb! Why not have you cat enjoy your childhood nostalgia along with you. This Super Mario Bros. themed cat condo add-on is genius. Check out the walk-through on TheMarySue.com.

Super Mario Bros. Themed Aquarium

What an absolutely enchanting idea: to recreate a portion of a level from Super Mario Bros. for your fishes! I guess, if it works for cats, why not fish? This picture just makes me smile. Check out more at Gizmodo.com.

Bowser Inspired Turtle Sweater DIY

Isn’t this the best & cutest idea ever for any turtle owners?! I love it, I just can’t stand the cuteness. This is the most appropriate incorporation of Super Mario Bros lore into pet living. Thank you Pets Lady for bringing this into my life!

Super Mario Bros Dog Costume DIY

This great store, Young Urban Puppy, on Etsy has these wonderful dog costumes that are simply adorable. Can you imagine having a Princess Peach & Mario pair? Adorable.


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own Super Mario Bros NES inspired DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at more crafts!  Don’t forget to check out my previous Crafty Geek Corner posts, for other great DIY pins.

Defined my childhood: console video games

Defined My Childhood: Super Mario Bros. (NES)

Okay, so it is no secret that this game was, & still is, amazing. The graphics (for the time!), colors, & soundtrack are perfection. The gameplay was fun; stressful, but fun. I was on Pinterest recently & saw this meme depicting Mario on the very edge after landing a jump:

That is something anyone who has ever played this game experienced, & that pin just reinforced it.

This game’s soundtrack still transports me to when I was younger & playing, regardless of the context. My palms still get balmy & my heart accelerates whenever the music that meant you were running out of time/health plays, even when I am not even playing the game! I had that ringtone on my iPhone for exactly one week before I just couldn’t stand it. I would freak out whenever I’d receive a call. I kept the music from Level 1 as one of my designated ringtones (assigned to my mom) on my iPhone, which is a happy audio trigger.

This musical trigger also affected me years later while playing Super Mario Galaxy! The music is not the only thing that transports me. Whenever I would play Super Mario Galaxy, I’d obsessively collect extra lives, only to be irate when I reloaded my saved game to be back down to 3 lives! Obviously, this harks back to the pre-save conditions of the original Super Mario Bros.

This is a game I remember my mom playing, as well. Watching someone play this game is almost as fun as playing it yourself.  Jumping along with the character was a normal sight.

I would often go back to this game & replay it, years after I first played it through. On my previous JB iPhone, I had this ROM & found myself playing this & Legend of Zelda all the time.  There is a huge retrogaming community & it is very active.  This is a testament to how influential these games were to those generations.

What are your Super Mario Bros. memories?

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My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Nintendo NES DIY

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday. This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

This week’s installment is all about Nintendo & nostalgia!


DIY NintendoNintendo NES Controller DIY Crafty Geek  Corner

To continue my reminiscing all things NES from my latest Defining My Childhood post, this week’s Crafty Corner takes me to the crafty depths of my childhood nostalgia.

NES controller wallet

As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is NES. In fact, that is my hand-drawn sketch of the controller that most defined my childhood. While I have a bit of a problem destroying a still functioning controller, I think this would be great to do on orphaned controllers found at garage sales, etc.

NES controller inspired Converse

I love this idea, because they are a great conversation piece. A little fabric paint, a few brushes, & a pair of hi-top black Converse Chucks & you are good to go!

NES controller rug

Nintendo NES controller DIY rug

via pinterest.com

I tried finding the source of this image, but it is somewhere in the depths of another image aggregate &, well, thank goodness for Pinterest. From this pin & the accompanying caption, it seems this could be accomplished using a latch hook.  Definitely worth a try!

NES Controller Quirky Lamp

This last one is super quirky, but would fit in perfectly in my upcoming home office/den/gaming room. If the Light Zapper’s trigger was also the on/off switch, this would be mind-blowing.


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own NES inspired DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at more crafts!

Defined my childhood: console video games

Defined My Childhood: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

I was born in the early ‘80s, so the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was a HUGE deal. It permeated American culture. There were toll numbers to call for gaming tips, which of course died off after emergence of the internet. There was the famous NES specific troubleshooting technique if your cartridge wouldn’t load: blow on the cartridge opening, insert into NES & push down, then slightly slide cartridge to the left & then right, finally turn on NES. Nintendo Entertainment System NEW controller drawingOf course, there were other tricks of the trade, such as control combinations during the loading screen. I have many memories of playing for hours on end, mostly because we didn’t have the luxury of save points. But some of my fondest memories came from swarming around a small TV with friends as we played in multiplayer co-op or against each other, or even working together as a team by taking turns to beat a single player game.

This console, much more than the ATARI, really became a thing I had in common with other kids, creating a sense of instant community. It was right up there with the latest cartoon episodes as far as go-to conversation starters. Be it in the spirit of sharing the latest cheat code or boasting that you had defeated a certain level boss, you were all of the sudden in a very intense conversation with someone who a second ago was probably a perfect stranger.nintendo heart

I LOVED my NES. I played it for hours for years, even after I got other console systems! I was lucky enough to have had a couple accessories: the NES Zapper (light gun) & the Power Pad. I discovered I am a sharp-shooter with the Zapper, as I am sure many of my generation also learned. However, the Power Pad was the precursor to the foot pad controller of games such as Dance Dance Revolution & then onto Kinect for the Xbox 360 & the Wii’s Balance Board. I’ll go into more detail regarding the game that my brother & I played obsessively using this Power Pad in a later post. The fact is that my brother, who does not like video games, loved playing with this controller is a testament to how it reached new players. It helped bring kids who would not normally want to play, into the fold. This controller didn’t convert my brother, but he still lights up whenever I remind him of the game we used to play with it. (Spoilers.)

My NES allowed me to enter new worlds & become immersed in each’s story & history. It etched sights & sounds into my being. It helped me live epic tales of heroism, while honing my eye-hand coordination & learning to cope with my dyslexia through thousands of hours of practice.  I am indebted to my mom for buying me this machine, especially since we were on a tight budget.

Radar image of Hurricane Andrew 24 August 1992

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There is another way this console system defined my childhood. I grew up in Miami, FL & so I lived through the unimaginable destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. My family & I had to evacuate our house & I could only take the essentials. I had to make the hard choice of leaving my NES behind. I can personally vouch for how amazingly well that machine was built: not only did it survive the eye of the Category 4 hurricane (which would have been the equivalent of a Category 5 today), but after I found my NES stuffed with pink insulation in the rubble under the fallen staircase of what used to be my house, my NES worked! It started right up & continued working for many years!  It may seem silly to most, but having lost everything so jarringly, this small bit of normalcy helped me cope with the unimaginable shock of the destruction and mayhem left in the wake of Andrew.

Did you have an NES growing up?  What is your fondest NES moment?

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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

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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.

 

via Twitter @GeekSideShowing


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

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog!  I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while & decided to finally jump in with both feet discussing a large part of my life: my geek side.  To quote a stereotypical hipster, I was a geek before it was cool.  Well, that may not be a 100% true. Being a tomboy, I already had a built in uniqueness.  The fact that I played sports well, loved video games, read comic books, & collected baseball cards was initially met with suspicion by boys, but quickly it was apparent that I had credibility.  Obviously, most girls were not as thrilled by my acceptance by the guys.  The beauty of it is that, even before the amazing simultaneous outreach & community created by the internet, when you love something you can’t help but find likeminded others, no matter the gender.

As a child of the (early) ’80s, Atari, NES, Transformers, He-Man, G.I. Joe, Fraggle Rock, Teddy Ruxkin, et. al. were a huge part of my life.  Of course, this continued & evolved throughout my life.  So, my goal with this blog is to express my never-ending joy in showing my geek side & sharing it with my fellow geeks out there. So, let the journey begin!