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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!

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

8-bit-crafty-geek-corner-diy

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

via imgur

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.

Crafty Geek Corner blog series

Crafty Geek Corner: DIY Covertly Geeky T-shirts/Jackets/Sweaters

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!

As you can easily tell from the sidebar of my blog, I am a wee bit obsessed with Pinterest. One of my favorite new boards is Crafty Geek. I don’t really have the time to get around and try these out, but I am enamored with the ideas & geeky focus. If I ever do get around to crafting, I would definitely begin with these projects.


DIY Covertly Geeky T-shirts, Jackets, & Sweaters oh my!

For this first post, I wanted to start with something I could definitely tackle over the weekend … once my time management skills are better honed. I love t-shirts, much to my mom’s objections of them making me age down. I own a couple of geekdom tees, mostly Zelda & Rogue, & I must admit that these types of shirts can skew teenager if I am not consciously trying to dress them up a bit. So, the thought of creating my own t-shirt that could be a bit more “adult” is very tempting. Also, in preparation for this post, it occurred to me that I could also modify light outerwear to also covertly display my fandoms, but in a more sophisticated manner.

Star Wars Rebel Jacket

 

As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Star Wars & with the upcoming movie by J.J. Abrams, I am definitely in the mood for trying this DIY out from geek with curves.  Granted, I don’t live anywhere jackets are truly that necessary, but I’m sure this could easily be applicable to a DIY t-shirt or tank.  Oooh, lightbulb! I am definitely going to do this in a racer back tank top!  I would use the following symbols as reference though, pin courtesy of www.psd-dude.com:

Row 1: Alliance For The Republic(Rebel Alliance), Jedi Order, Galactic Empire, Galactic Senate
Row 2: Jedi order with ring, New Jedi Order, New Republic Department of Research and Development, Black Sun
Row 3: Mandalorians, Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Sith Empire
Row 4: Two X-Wing Pilot helmet markings

DIY Galaxy TARDIS T-shirt

An example of when getting bleach on your dark clothes is actually a good thing! This pin comes from the blog, 3 Chic Geeks. While the blog instructs you to use fabric paint, I’m sure bleach could also work in a pinch.  I love the subtle depth this tee has & that it looks more grown up than just a bold outlined TARDIS. Plus, this is a sneaky & subversive way to flag my geek flag, much like the Doctor Who Van Gogh leggings I already own & love.

DIY Assassin’s Creed Ottoman Empire crest

I love this idea because I think it would look great done in fabric paint or with bleach. This pin comes from Theatreorchid‘s post on Craftster.org.  The Ottoman Assassin’s Creed (AC) crest is ornate enough that it isn’t as obvious as the other AC crests, but is at once recognizable to a fellow fan.  I think this would look really great on a sweater or cardigan, especially on the front-right lapel area


Well, that is all for today!  I’m sure that I will come across more great DIY t-shirt pins to share in the future.  In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own DIY geek-inspired t-shirt posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek board!

Join me next week for a look at Doctor Who related crafts!

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

via photobucket.com

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.

5 fandom friday

#5FF: 5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Name My Kids After

So this week’s #5FF was a bit tricky for me because I also had to consider how each name would be pronounced in English & Spanish; i.e. a bunch of LOTR names would be tricky.  Here is what I came up with …

1. Lincoln, aka: Link (Legend of Zelda)

I adore the Legend of Zelda series & when I was checking out, fellow FGB, Miss Nessa’s #5FF post, I felt she was speaking directly to my heart when she had this crafty combo (name/nickname) on her list.  Lincoln is a bit weird in Spanish, but seeing as it is shared with a very famous former US President, the pronunciation is semi-standardized.  Link is the same in either language, FTW!

2. & 3. Leia & Luke (Star Wars)

Badass princess & Jedi prince?!  These names could definitely work in both languages & would be amazing for twins, for obviou .

4. Andrew, aka: Ender (Ender’s Game)

I started reading the Ender’s Game series in high school & loved it so much that I devoured the entire series as it was released.

5. Melody (Doctor Who)

River is an amazing name … in English … because in Spanish it is just going to be weird: “Rio” or “Ree-veh-rrr”.  Ugh.  Melody, however, is much easier on the ears & is really pretty to boot!

Honorable mention for my future fur-babies (pets):

1. Sly (Sly Cooper video game series)
2. Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

5 fandom friday

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fictional Couples I Ship

I’m very excited to finally join in on the 5 Fandom Friday series, especially with such a great topic!

  1. Buffy & Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)via Pinterest.
    via Pinterest.

    I know that Angel was her first & I thought he was an amazing character, but Spike was able to love Buffy without a soul!  That is craziness & speaks volumes to his depth as a character.

  2. Hitomi & Van (The Vision of Escaflowne)

    I won’t give any spoilers away for any of you who still haven’t gotten a chance to watch this incredible anime series (don’t watch the movie adaptation first, for it is not faithful to this TV series), but these two were made for each other.

  3. Joey & Pacey (Dawson’s Creek)

    Dawson was such an idiot & I was never quite sure what was his problem. Pacey, however, was all about Joey.  I admit that I am enamored with Joshua Jackson to this day because he was Pacey.

  4. Fred & Gunn (Angel)

    Why couldn’t these two have lasted longer?! Damn you, Joss, & your tortured love stories! <shakes fist>

  5. Princess Leia & Han

     

    Both are such badasses in their own right, but together (plus Chewy) they are unstoppable! Quite possibly, my first ship.

Honorable Mentions:

Bones & Booth (Bones)
Amy & Rory (Doctor Who)
The 10th Doctor & Rose (Doctor Who)
Ponyo & Sousuke (Ponyo)
Chihiro & Haku (Spirited Away)
Hawkeye & Mustang (Full Metal Alchemist)


So, there you go!  Please feel free to leave me a comment about what you thought of my list &/or suggest a link-back.

#FGBMovies – Con-At-Home Hangout: Movies

Monday night means another Female Geek Bloggers Con-At-Home Hangout, this time it was #9 Movies with Williesha & Gwen.  As always, had a blast. Due to some tech issues, it is only the audio, but it is still awesome!

We discussed a wide array of movies: The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Harry Potter, TMNT, Jaws, The Avengers, The Lord of the Rings, & more!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter & on our respective blogs!
Me @GeekSideShowing
Williesha Morris @WillieshaMorris & myfreelancelife.com
Gwen @ageekandheroven & ageekandheroven.com

Female Geek Bloggers Con-At-Home Hangout #8 Sci-Fi

#FGBSciFi – Con-At-Home Hangout: Sci-Fi

Monday night, I participated in the Female Geek Bloggers Con-At-Home Hangout #8 Sci-Fi with Kelsey & Amanda.  It was great fun, as has been my experience with these hangouts. Check out the video!

We discussed a wide array of sci-fi: spanning from movies, to animation, to books, & to tv.  A little Star Wars, Star Trek, Ender’s Game series, Doctor Who, Serenity/Firefly, & more!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter & on our respective blogs!
Me @GeekSideShowing
Amanda B. @geekphoria1   geekphoria.net 
Kelsey @craftylilkels   aprilsprinkles.blogspot.com 

Some snazzy new upgrades to my blog!

I am pleased to announce that I finally installed Photoshop on my new laptop!  It allowed me to create my nifty new header (please see above).  I am thrilled with how my sketches representing a snippet of my geek outs turned out.  The TARDIS looks a bit unstable, but I kind of like how it appears to be in flux, making it extra timey wimey.

I will be adding to them as time passes, but it is seriously already crazy late/early in the morning & I have a very long day of waiting in airports tomorrow.  Why must inspiration always strike at the most inappropriate times!  Actually, <light bulb!> I can sketch whilst seemingly endlessly waiting at the airport for my connecting flight!

Well, now that I have finished a project I was working on the last two weeks, I will be back to blogging, & apparently sketching some more.

I’m trying to think of what I can draw to represent The Lord of the Rings series, since I tried drawing the ring & it looked incomprehensible!  Any ideas?  I’m open to suggestions!