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My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Easter Egg 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 wanted to look at how to geek up Easter!

Geeky Easter Egg DIY

Crafty Geek Easter Egg DIY

I was looking over my Crafty Geek Pinterest board & realized there were some creative geek inspired options for Easter Eggs.  Why settle for pastels & tie-dyed eggs when you can  geek out?

T.A.R.D.I.S. Easter Egg DIY

TARDIS Easter Egg DIY

Item no longer available on Etsy, which it is a shame.

What makes more sense than Doctor Who themed Easter Eggs? Come to think of it, the Doctor probably would reveal that the Easter Bunny is some sort of alien. If Moffat had anything to do with it, probably an alien bent on destroying the world.  Going only based on the image, it seems these might be paper mache?  A bit confusing, but I guess painting hard-boiled eggs would work just as well.

Yoshi Easter Egg DIY

For when you are not committed to using actual eggs. Plastic egg shells + a pot painted green = Yoshi awesomeness! Our Nerd Home does a great job with the tutorial, so you should be ready to add these to your Easter Egg Hunt.

E.V.E from Wall-E Easter Egg DIY

EVE from Wall-E Easter Egg DIY

EVE from Wall-E tutorial via CoolMomPicks.com

As I was pinning for this post, I came across this great post on CoolMomPicks.com that had great geeky Easter Egg options, but the EVE one just struck me as genius. It is spot on! Wall-E is one of my favorite movies & what a great crafty geek spin on a wonderful character, EVE.  I would add the little green “eco” symbol in green Sharpie, too. You could have a few variations of EVE in Easter Egg form.

Minion Easter Egg DIY

Celebrate with the lovable Minions from the Despicable Me series. Minions are already fairly egg-shaped, so this one works well if you want to do hard-boiled eggs or plastic ones, as shown.  Either way, a Sharpie is your fired here. I love the googly eyes!

Legend of Zelda Rupee Easter Egg DIY

Why limit yourself to eggs? Why not create Legend of Zelda inspired Easter rupees, instead? This pin came from a great tutorial on Instructables.com by Eric Hart. It involves vacuum forming, but if you have access to those tools, why not include these?!


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own fandom-themed Easter Egg 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: 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?

Check out other posts in this series!

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

via Wikimedia.org

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.

via wikimedia.org

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.

via wikia.com

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.

 

via Twitter @GeekSideShowing


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

Top Ten 1-Player Arcade Video Games

I used to LOVE going to the arcade. There was something about the whole ambiance that just enhanced a certain gaming experience for me.  I’m planning on discussing home consoles in further depth within this series, but for now I will say this: once Sega decided that the home console market was no longer a focus (I loved my Sega Genesis!), it went all out in creating fabulous arcade games.  Some of these are mentioned in this post.

I’ve already covered my Top Multiplayer arcade games in a previous post, and so this time around I wanted tackle my favorite 1-Player arcade games.

10. Silent Scope (Konami)

Silent Scope arcade video game

via www.arcade-musuem.com

This gem of a machine by Konami game came out after I had become hooked on the Time Crisis series, & it was great to play through the actual scope.  My inner snipper couldn’t have been happier in the arcade.  Playing through the scope, also, created a sort of focus cocoon while at an arcade.  You were more focused on the game than in normal instances.  The story was not the draw for me, as much as the experience this arcade came created.

9. Paperboy (Atari Games)

Screenshot from the arcade video game Paperboy by Atari

via arcade-museum.com

Who knew that vicariously having a paper route would be so fun?  Well, apparently, some marketing genius at Atari Games did!  I even played this on my NES when it came out.  It seems so weird to me now, but there was great satisfaction in throwing a paper perfectly into the mailbox of someone who had a subscription.

8. Donkey Kong (Nintendo)

Donkey Kong arcade video game  screenshot

via arcade-museum.com

The inspiration for Mario of Super Mario Bros., & clearly riffing off of King Kong’s kidnapping tendencies.  Ladders, barrels, a very upset giant ape.

7. Q*Bert (Gottlieb)

This game had it all: funky looking main character, trippy color combos, & jumping diagonally.

6. Frogger (Sega/Gremlin)

Screenshot of Frogger arcade video game instructions.

via arcade-museum.com

Crossing the street has never been so fun, frustrating, & deadly!  Why the frog in Frogger couldn’t swim & why those diving turtles were so treacherous are still unknown.

5. Pac-Man (Midway)

Screenshot of Pac-Man's start screen.

via arcade-museum.com

One of the first arcade video games that made a big impression on me.  This was all about memorizing the paths of the ghosts & outsmarting the pattern.  Also, I love that the characters had nicknames!

4. Dragon’s Lair (Cinematronics)

Screenshot of gameplay from Dragon's Lair arcade video game

via arcade-museum.com

Laserdisc technology meant amazing graphics! You get to direct the choices of Dirk the Daring (which is a great name BTW) in this great arcade RPG.  You basically need to make the “right” choice or poor Dirk instantly died.

3. Star Wars Trilogy (Sega)

This arcade game cost me a bunch of money in 1998, as I gladly took part in some of the most memorable battles of the Star Wars trilogy.  Battling Darth Vader with a light saber: check! Fly a X-Wing on the assault on the Death Star: check! Trip up a AT-AT on Hoth: check! Parry blaster shots from Boba Fett with your lightsaber?! Check!

2. Galaga (Namco)

Screenshot of gameplay from the arcade video game, Galaga

via arcade-museum.com

I love this game! If I see this arcade machine anywhere, I play it.  I cannot even adequately describe why I like it so much, but I had a moment of epiphany recently while playing the opening sequence of the campaign mode of Call of Duty: Advance Warfare.  There is a swarm of flying drones that are attacking your unit in Korea & you need to jump into a tank to take them out.  Once in the tank, you take control of the turret & the swarm of drones becomes a modern version of Galaga!  I keep replaying that sequence just for the sheer fun of reliving Galaga. Granted you end up needing to use an EMP to take the swarm out completely, it is just all kinds of nostalgic fun.

1. Ms. Pac-Man (Midway)

Screenshot of one of the 4 mazes in Ms. Pac-Man arcade video game.

via arcade-museum.com

One of the most famous Ms. ever.  Talk about fun!  Obviously a spin-off of Pac-Man, this game was fun in its own right because it had different mazes that alternated, instead of the same maze.


 

So what games are on your Top 10?  Share in the comments, send me a tweet @GeekSideShowing, or like my blog’s FB page.

SDCC Countdown series

SDCC Countdown: Ultimate Panel Wish List (2nd Draft)

We are just 17 days away from San Diego International Comic-Con & that means panels have already begun to be announced.  And like an eager first-timer, I have already begun planning out my (tentative) ultimate panel wish list!  How can I be anything but giddy with excitement as the days near to my first ever SDCC.  I was lucky enough to get a badge for all available days, including Wednesday Preview Night.  I have found out about the following panels from wonderful resources such as SDCC Unofficial Blog, Twitter feeds, etc.

So, here goes my tentative panel wish list (for the ones already assigned a day):

WEDNESDAY – Preview Night

  • The Flash (TBD): I have been enjoying The Arrow, so I had suspected there would be a panel for the upcoming spin-off.  From what I have been researching from all of the amazing SDCC veterans, I figured it would be part of Wednesday’s Preview Night panel line-up. Yay!
  • Constantine (TBD): I’m not a huge follower of the DC Comics this is adapted from, but I have read a few & am interested in how they will be translating this into a TV series without feeling like many of the other shows that deal with demons, hell, etc.

THURSDAY

  1. TV:
    Batman: The Complete Television Series (TBD): This is slated for Hall H, so possibly wishful thinking, but with 17 days until everything starts, anything is still possible!
    Teen Wolf (TBD): This is a recent guilty pleasure. I like it!
  2. Comics:
    Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining (7 PM): @DepthZine tweeted about this panel & the ever-wonderful resource, SDCC Unofficial Blog, brought it to my attention.  Details are still forthcoming, but my interest is really peaked.
  3. Other:
    The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture (Room 7AB, 3PM-4PM):  Follow @JaneEspenson for more details!
    Taming The Web (Room 24ABC, 10:30AM):  Follow @Leah_Cevoli for more details!

FRIDAY

  1. TV:
    Arrow (Ballroom 20, 5:30PM-6:30PM): This show is a lot of fun & I have been enjoying the adaptation from the DC Comic.  The actors have been great, plus John Barrowman!  I’m a Whovian, so that is a great addition, especially since he has been announced as a series regular for this upcoming season.  He has already announced he will only be at SDCC for this panel, so all the more reason this is on my wish list.
    The Big Bang Theory (Ballroom 20, 10AM-11AM): I love all the geek references within this show, as well as all of the great chemistry amongst all of the actors.  I’ve watched this SDCC panel from previous years online, so it would be really great to get to see this in person.
  2. Other:
    Fandom, Transmedia & Transformative Works (Room 26AB, 7:30PM-8:30PM): Follow @TheOrlandoJones for more details!
    Science of Science Fiction (Room 7AB, 6PM-7PM): If I can’t get into the Arrow panel, this would be lots of fun!  Follow @KevinGlazer for more details!

SATURDAY

  1. TV:
    Grimm (Ballroom 20, 3PM-3:45PM): I have been watching this show since it first aired & get a kick out of the little tweaks and twists the writers use to rework classic Grimm fairy tales. I saw last year’s SDCC panel online, so it would be great to see in person.
  2. Comics:
    Batman 75th Anniversary (TBD): This is bound to be a fun-filled panel.  The Dark Knight is one of my favorite characters from comics.

SUNDAY

  1. TV:
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Sing-Along: Once More, With Feeling (3:30PM-5PM): Grrr … argh!!!! Once more!
    Supernatural (Hall H, 10AM-11AM): I’m not a die-hard fan, but I have been watching episodes as they have come on late night. Thanks to the wonder that is Netflix, I am sure I will be caught up soon enough. This is in Hall H, at 10 AM, so …. I can still wish!

  2. Comics:
    Women of Marvel (11:15AM): I will be catching this panel, if possible. Follow @semisocialite for more details!
  3. Other:
    Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation (Room 23ABC, 2:30PM): I love video games!  This is happening!

That is it for my SDCC Ultimate Panel Wish List (2nd draft).  If you are interested, check out my first rough draft and keep an eye out for upcoming revisions as more panels are posted and assigned dates!


 

What do you have your eye on that has already been announced?

Geek Out: E3 2014 Coverage (Part 3)

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 3 of my E3 2014 Geek Out! [Check out Part 1 & Part 2]

  1. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One*)
    I really enjoy Lara Croft’s adventures, so this is a title I was already going to be inclined to like from the jump, but the trailer also makes the story look very complex & interesting. Great line at the end of the trailer, too!

    So, it was shown during the Microsoft presentation & implied as exclusive to the Xbox One, * but there is the possibility that it may also be coming out for PS4 & current-fen consoles, at least overseas?  Check it out for yourself
    : Amazon.com vs Amazon.co.ukUS-vs-UK-Tomb-Raider
  2. Project Spark (Xbox One)
    I already discussed my affinity for games that give the players the opportunity to create our own world within the game’s universe, so this game seems to fit right into that category.  I don’t currently own a Xbox One, but this definitely makes a great case for doing so, if only a bit down the road.
  3. Evolve (PC, PS4, & Xbox One)
    This is 5 players: 4 co-op against 1.  I like the idea of each of the co-op players having a different role & specific mods/upgrades/weapons.  Plus, playing as the Kraken versus 4 other players also sparks something of curiosity in me, definitely in a good way.
  4. Ori & The Blind Forest (Xbox One & PC)
    This game looks breathtakingly beautiful.  It gave me the same feel as Okami, which I absolutely loved.  This game is definitely a huge contender to push me into buying a Xbox One sooner than I had originally planned.
  5. Bloodborne (PS4)
    The big surprise reveal during the Sony presentation, the glimpse into this game seems to be very promising.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more news, just to make sure!
  6. Fable Legends (Xbox One)
    I enjoyed the options the first two installments of this series gave me as a gamer: good or bad.  The added components of good guy co-op & the overlord villain sound like great replay value.  It does seem to take away the nuance of controlling your destiny, but I still think it is a change worth checking out.

That wraps up my E3 Geek Out.  Make sure to check out Part 1 & Part 2, if you haven’t already!

What were your favorites out of the games debuted at E3 2014?  Did I leave something out that you think should absolutely be on the list?

 

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!

Geek Out: E3 2014 Coverage (Part 1)

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 1 of my E3 2014 Geek Out!

  1. Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
    So, as you probably already know, I love Zelda games.  Nintendo has had me buying new systems since I was a child (granted, it was my mom buying the console systems & games back then – Thanks, Mom!), sometimes for the sole purpose of playing the new Legend of Zelda game.  Seriously.  I’m not ashamed of it because they are so splendid & great.  The latest game, slated to come out in 2015, brings Link into an open-world concept that is slightly mind-boggling.  If you are a die-hard Zelda fan, you know this is thrilling!    Damn you, Nintendo, for convincing my little gamer heart to fork over rupees for the Wii U!  You evil geniuses!  Check out this trailer with some actual game play!
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, Xbox One, & PC)
    These games are ALWAYS gorgeous, plus I love sneak assassinations.  The fact that co-op is now part of the regular storyline is also very exciting.  I can hardly explain how excited I am about this upcoming game.
  3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
    I have enjoyed this series since its inception.  Well, I wasn’t a fan of the zombies at the end of the first game nor was I thrilled with the final enemies in the second one being hopped-up humans … well, the case is I am usually annoyed with the final enemies, but it is still such an enjoyable gaming experience.  I love the puzzles, the climbing, the sneaking, the fighting, the gorgeous graphics, & the voice acting.  This is possibly the last in the series — the game’s title & Sully saying, “Alright, one last time,” in the trailer could still be a psych out with a prequel or something down the line <fingers crossed> (think Metal Gear Solid, see below!) — so I will definitely be playing this one when it comes out in 2015!
  4. Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)
    Legend of Zelda + Dynasty Warriors = Hyrule Warriors!!!!!!  Okay, so this is the melding of two of my favorite franchises. My love for all things Legend of Zelda has already been discussed in this post, but I also love the hack & slash beauty of Dynasty Warriors; it is my guilty pleasure.  When I saw this game was announced & that the playable demo on the E3 floor had Zelda being a bad ass herself as one of the playable characters, well my heart was set.  As if a new open-concept Legend of Zelda wasn’t enough, you had to seal the deal, Nintendo!
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (PS4 & Xbox One)
    This looks as serious & weird as I have become accustomed to when it comes to Metal Gear Solid, especially the cinematic trailers.  There is so much blood in the trailer, & the robotic arm?!  What?!  Poor Snake just can’t seem to catch much of a break, which makes it fitting that Jack Bauh … I mean Keifer Sutherland will be voicing him this time around.  So, yeah, I will definitely be checking this game out when it is released on the PS4 in 2015.

I don’t currently own any of the current next-gen consoles, mostly because I didn’t feel there was anything terribly exciting on them to warrant the upgrade price tag.  I already knew that the 4th quarter of 2014 was going to be huge in terms of new games hitting the market & I had already set aside money to buy a PS4.  But between the two Zelda games, I am now seriously saving in order to purchase a Wii U.  Of course, I am sure there are other games that will make the purchase even sweeter, but Nintendo likes to parcel out big news throughout E3 & is not confined to one big tell-all presentation.

Of course there is still more to my E3 Geek Out, so make sure to check out Parts 2 & 3!