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PAX 2011: Bastion, Fortune and Glory, and The Behemoth!

This post? This is where you see me nerd out. And I mean REALLY nerd out (but dammit, there isn’t anything wrong with it). So if you don’t care about board games or video games or me geeking about said things, you should probably skip this post because it’ll: A. Bore you to death and B. You’re going to find that I’m a total dork and probably just think I’m a total goober.

Anyway, remember how I told you guys I went to my nerd game convention? I totally forgot in addition to ya know, going, I’d actually make a post about it. Overall, we had a ton of fun. We walked a LOT because we’re on our feet the whole while there, so comfy sneakers were a must and I’m glad I wore them.

 

First thing you need to understand about PAX is how it’s basically a huge convention for people to hear and see the creators from their favorite games, get to preview and play games that aren’t released yet, see people’s awesome (and sometimes ridiculous) costumes, play board games and decide whether it’s something you like enough to buy, and honestly just have fun. I like PAX for this reason; it’s an environment where you can be yourself, not worry about what you’re wearing as being too nerdy (because you’re surrounded by many other nerds who will often comment on how awesome your Three Moon  Keyboard Cat t-shirt is). Oh and you might even see R2D2 and C3PO like we did. 🙂

Being that Matt and I are both total video game nerds and board game lovers, it only makes sense that we make our way to the convention. We have a lot of fun together, as we get to experience things that we both love or are excited for together.

We were able to see a lot of games that are coming out in the near future. I was able to play Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Starfox 64, Kid Icarus, Rhythm Heaven (for the Wii), both Kirby (Wii and DS) games, and Matt got to play the new Zelda for the Wii. All games were a blast and made me pretty excited for all of the great things coming out for the 3DS. I also got to play Gears of War 3, which made me realize that I miiiiight be a big fan of first person shooters. Me? Shooting crazy monsters? Yeah, I can’t deny that I enjoyed the crap out of it. Oh and I got to make a fool of myself on stage dancing to Daft Punk’s “Technologic” via Dance Central 2. It was not a pretty sight, I don’t doubt that one bit.

I think my favorite moment though had to be playing Assassin’s Creed: Revelations multi-player against 5 other people also standing nearby. While I’ve never given the single-player a try, I am in LOVE with the multi-player. There’s such strategy in hunting down your target, while trying to blend in with the crowds… It’s fun. Anyway, they came out with a re-vamped multi-player for the new game that’s coming out in November, and I totally came in first in my group. I totally beat the guys and dammit, I was proud.

It kind of made me think about why I love playing multi-player online games so much.. I think being a female gamer and beating a male at a game is pretty empowering and just all-around fun. I like it even more when you’ve got some asshole who is talking crap about other people playing the game, and you can rub it in their face that yes, they were just beat by a woman. I can’t even begin to tell you how hilarious some of the reactions you get are. I think female gamers are becoming more and more accepted as time goes on, but there’s still a definite feeling of video games are for BOYS and that kind of crap. Not true, and I’ll continue to play when I can.

Anyway, another fun part of PAX is all of the ridiculous amount of free stuff you get. I think I walked out of there with around 5 free t-shirts, a scarf, blinky glasses, tons of pins, free game codes, beta invites, bandanas, etc. Some people go to collect tons of free stuff, I just kind of get it as we go. The only items we actively waited in line for that were free were these awesome t-shirts for ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. They only gave away 500 of each, so they’re very rare limited run t-shirts. What’s funny is while waiting, we actually made friends with the guy in front of us. This is what I love about PAX; you feel comfortable enough to just start talking to whoever is next to you and 95% of the time they’re super friendly.

We also bought a lot of fun stuff, including the best t-shirts and cutest Pink Knight figure by The Behemoth, the Bastion soundtrack (we got to meet the whole Supergiant Games team who developed that game which was AWESOME!), Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Ascension, Rune Age, and the COOLEST board game ever, Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game.

Fortune and Glory is like this epic Indiana Jones-esque board game that is an absolute blast. You even get to fight Nazi enemies as Sharon Hunter, a daring photographer, or jump on a zeppelin and try to steal fortune coins from Nazis, or go after an artifact called “The Skull of Medusa.” I thought it’d be too complicated for me and that I wouldn’t like it but um, no. It rules. I’m in love with it, and I totally feel like a bad ass when I go after an artifact called, “The Skull of Medusa” and get past the evil traps and other crazy items you face on your expedition.

So yes, you could say we had an absolute blast this year at PAX. We walked, we demo’ed, we played, we bought, we conquered… and I cannot wait until next year when I get to nerd out all over again.

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Nerd Alert! Video Game Chatter

Note: Every photo (except the one of the drawings) in this post was found on Google Images. I am not claiming they’re mine and they are just being used for visual purposes for my little blog post. 🙂

So I’ve never really discussed this in depth on here, only once or twice have I mentioned how much of a video game nerd I am. I love them; I always have since I was a little kid and we had the Atari. I would watch my Dad try to beat BurgerTime, and even as a little kid I’d play Pac Man and that Popeye game (that was similar to Donkey Kong but you had to collect hearts and try to save Olive from Bluto.. Anyone else remember that one?)

Speaking of BurgerTime, this is one of my Dad’s favorite video game stories… He got addicted to BurgerTime when I was really young and still learning new words. Apparently, the game sometimes upset him (as he ran around trying to drop those layers of ingredients to complete the burgers, while throwing pepper on the damn hot dogs, and literally yelling PEPPER! PEPPER!), and he would utter a “fuck” or “dammit!, not really thinking much of it.

No big deal… until we were in the car, on our way to a family friend’s house, and strapped in my car seat, I started saying it. “Fuck… fuck!” in my little voice. Both of my parents were appalled. How did I learn such terrible words? How were they going to get me to stop saying it before we showed up at our friends house?! Pretty sure I ended up keeping quiet, and both my parents initially thought my older brother Eric taught me the words. That is, until my Dad was playing BurgerTime again a few days later, dropped the good ol’ F bomb, and as he looked at me watching him play, soon realized it was him. He had taught me the F word. I think at that point he finally stopped playing, and so ended Daddio’s days of video games.

That was just the start of my love though, really. We had the Nintendo, though most of that time I spent watching Eric play Excitebike or Mike Tyson’s Punchout. There were a few times I played Super Mario 3 at my friend Liz’s house, always making sure to use the whistle found in World 1 to warp to a new land… I also remember getting the SNES for Christmas one year, and watching Eric play through Super Mario World. I was totally fascinated by little Mario running around on Yoshi, flying with his cape, and how amazing it was when Eric transformed the whole world into different colors and the Koopa Troopas turned into Mario bobbleheads after beating all of the “Special” levels (and goddammit, Tubular was always the most difficult level, with ballooned Asian Mario flying through the whole thing!). I was hooked. I started playing on my own more often, determined to get to Eric’s skills after he’d moved onto Mortal Kombat. Mario Kart was no different. Playing as Koopa Troopa, I destroyed any and all opponents, even on the hardest of hard levels, Rainbow Road.

Things kind of took off from there. We got the Sega Genesis at my Dad’s house, allowing us to play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (I was obsessed with the Casino levels as I’d just sit and try to get lots of rings from the slot machines), and even NCAA College Football and basketball. I think that’s where my love for sports games came into action.

It only continued from there. We got the N64, where I obsessively made sure to get every star in Super Mario 64. I also got hooked to Mario Party 64, often playing it at my friend Leah’s house on Friday nights in high school, mashing the buttons and giving ourselves blisters, haha… I think it brought out the perfectionist in me; I needed to make sure I completed every possible achievement in the games. I’m still like this, to a certain extent.

College was a lot of Game Cube and Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. That was my main system at that time. I think I’ve always had a pretty serious allegiance to Nintendo, though I’ve expanded to other systems now. Matt’s just as big of (and even bigger) a video game fan as I am, so of course we own a PS3, Wii and um, 2 360s. It think somewhere in our garage we even have the Nintendo Virtual Boy which is actually still in working condition. I’ve played a few online games, mainly World of Warcraft… but I realized after multiple times of playing and then quitting, any game that requires you to be online for hours upon hours and becomes almost like a second job isn’t really a game. Last time I gave it a shot, I played for a few months and quit again, as it was no longer much fun.

Anyway, work had made me stressed out as of late, and when I got home after my work outs, I wanted nothing more than to just play a video game. Have some fun, escape into a fantasy world… So that’s why I’ve been MIA for the past week. I’ve been spending my free time playing mindless games (or well, more specifically, playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood online, which includes stalking other Renaissance-type characters and killing them with swords and little knives and all sorts of stuff), and you know what? I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it. So while I apologize for a lack of updates, I’ve just been having too much fun with games and it’s been just what I need.

I’ve also been in a super video game and board game type of mood as of late because PAX Prime is in 8 days! PAX is a huge video game and board game convention held in Seattle every year, where around 70,000 people attend and get to try out new video games that are going to be released, try out new board games, listen to panels, meet new people, and all around have a good time. Matt and I went for the first time last year, in the homestretch of wedding planning, and it was a blast. It was so much fun to get away from thinking about the wedding for a few days, to not have to stress about anything and just go have fun. We even were able to meet some Disney artists (who were there for Epic Mickey), and had custom drawings made for us. They now hang in our upstairs hallway.

I’m really excited to go again this year, as I’ve found that not only is it super fun, but it just allows you to be yourself, to meet some good people, and not worry for a few days about anything. Sure, there are a few people there who choose not to be hygienic, and a few who are welp, jerks, but I’d say 95% of the people are pretty awesome. So yes, expect a big update with photos of all the things we get to see or we able to do while at PAX.

Long story short; I’m a video game nerd, I have been since I was little, and I’m proud of it.

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And so it begins…

Well hey. My name’s Danielle and obviously I’m starting a new blog. I’ve had a personal Livejournal account that I’ve had since junior year of high school, but I don’t really use it anymore… So I thought it might be time for something a little more grown-up, and remembered using WordPress for a college class I took, so voila, I’m here.

I’m not entirely sure if there’s a theme to this blog. Maybe it’ll be about my struggle with weight loss.. no, probably not. I mean, yeah I’ve been struggling since pretty much forever, but I’m making changes and while I’ll definitely talk about that, I don’t want to be a total Debbie Downer. So it’ll probably be a mix of my weight loss journey (and dammit, this time I will beat it for the sake of my future kids and my future health), random funny bits about my dogs, funny moments with my husband, Matt, and how cool being married can be, photos from my life, fun video games… among lots of other things. Work will probably stay out of most things, because I work in a pretty hush hush industry (no, I don’t sell babies on the black market), and I’d really rather not get fired for saying the wrong thing… So yeah! Here’s hoping this works out and maybe some people start reading. And here’s also hoping I have the energy to balance life and keeping this updated.

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