Perler Bead Fever

So the blog has been pretty inactive lately. The girls and I have been busy with different things and we do apologize.

Actually, I went on vacation for a week. Three of those days were spent down at the Gulf Coast on the beach, in the sun.. Man I wish I could go back right now, haha. Another two days were filled with doing errands, some of which were in regard to my brother’s wedding. I’m a bridesmaid. And the rest of the days? Well, I reactivated my Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn subscription and played that for hours straight like a bum. A happy bum, but a bum.

Now on to the point of this post.  😉  I was recently introduced to perler beads and now I just can’t stop. I’ve always had an interest in perler beads and I’ve spotted a few geeky perler sprites in video game stores in the past. So as soon as I got my hands on some beads of my own, the fever hit me like a ton of bricks.

The perler bead fever, of course. The last few days I have been learning about the beads and practicing making my own sprites. There I was thinking that perler beads would be a walk in the park. I mean, it’s no jigsaw puzzle, but it can be challenging at times. You really have to get a feel for the melding bit of it too. Honestly, I think I finally have the technique down pretty well. And yes, there is a technique.

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So this is the part where I let everyone now that I’ve finally caved in and opened up an online shop at Etsy. For those of you that don’t know, Etsy is a crafter’s version of Ebay. Put simply, it’s the bomb-diggity.

For now I’m only selling the perler bead sprites, but I will be soon turning them into magnets, hair clips, necklaces, keychains, earrings, ect. Oh, it’s about to go down.

I only have a few perler sprites shown in the shop, but I take custom orders! So go custom order!

Here is my shop: The Krafty Kupo

I’ll post a few pictures of sprites I’ve done below, but don’t be surprised if they are the same ones listed on my shop. — Remember, custom orders!

Britney

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Happy Video Games Day!

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You may or may not know that today is Video Games Day!

This day is not to be confused with it’s counterpart held on Sept. 12th, National Video Games Day, even though it’s pretty much exactly the same thing.

That being said, you know that us girls at GnG will take advantage of whatever we can to post something about video games, even if it is an “unofficial” type day.

So we present everyone with each of our 10 favorite video games of all time!

 

Note: Our lists are not in any specific order.

Britney’s

  • Super Mario World
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Pokemon LeafGreen
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Little Big Planet
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Kelly’s

  • Harvest Moon DS
  • Fable
  • Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Dungeon Siege
  • Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Fable II
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Zelda: Twlight Princess

Whitney’s

  • Tomb Raider: Underworld
  • Saints Row
  • Army of Two
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • Super Mario 3
  • Guild Wars II
  • Battlefield 4
  • Dead Rising 3
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Also!

 

Prejudice in Geekdom

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“I’ve been a fan before anyone even knew what/who  _____ was. I’ve been listening to, playing it, doing it longer than you have. So you’re not a true fan because you only starting liking it after it got popular!”

Has anyone else heard or read this before? Yeah, thought so.

We are so quick to judge other people, to categorize them, to stomp on their delicate budding intrigue before it has a chance to bloom. Why? Because we don’t think they deserve to be interested.

Too many times I hear that if you haven’t been fan since the beginning, then you’re not really a fan. If you haven’t been reading the books, playing the games, listening to the music since the origin of time then you’re not qualified to be a true fan of said subject. I’m calling it.. Bullshit! Loads of it, in fact.

“Oh, you’re a Mario fan because you occasionally play Mario on the Wii? Pfft, then you’re not a real fan. I’ve been playing Mario since the original on NES. “ It’s as if that simple fact makes them more of a fan than the person who occasionally plays newer Mario’s? No, it doesn’t! Just because that person does not know as much or hasn’t played as many games, does not mean that they don’t enjoy Mario just as much as the old school gamers do!

It’s that thought process that causes long time fans to bully the newer or more casual fans, and sometimes it bullies them right out of being fans. Shame on them! Seriously. They want to isolate themselves with the others they deem worthy when all they’re truly doing is shutting people off from enjoying, liking, even loving the subjects they love. And why wouldn’t they want others to love the things that they love? That means having more people to talk to it about, more people to relate to, more people to fuel purchasing around that subject.

Mull it over with me.. The more popular a subject is, the more profitable, and the more you see it. You see more of that product, more of its merchandise, and more things similar to it.

I.E.: Star Wars – Do you really think that if Star Wars hadn’t gotten the ever evolving and constantly growing fandom that it’s had and has that they would still be producing Star Wars movies? NO. They wouldn’t.  It’s thanks to old and new fans that you will continue to see Star Wars movies, t-shirts, video games, ect.

What is my advice to those that continue to look down on the new or casual fans? Quit it. Not only are you bullying people, but you’re doing a disservice to yourself and an injustice to your passions. You should be relating to these new and casual fans; encouraging them even. If not for their involvement in your interests, you may see less and less of the things you love.

Instead of glaring at the girl who wears the Pikachu shirt simply for the fact that she thinks it’s cute, you should compliment her on having an awesome shirt. Who cares if she didn’t/doesn’t really play Pokemon? Who cares as to what level of extremity her interest in Pokemon is? She is a fan. You are a fan. It’s time to accept that simply as it is.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to the subjects that are considered geeky like video games and books. Simply put: Someone isn’t more deserving of being a fan than someone else!

Just because I didn’t read the Harry Potter books as they were being released from the beginning doesn’t mean that I don’t love them as much as the people that did. It took me years to finally pick up the series. Why can’t a fan be a new fan?

Just because I don’t play video games every day doesn’t mean that I’m not a gamer girl. I love video games. Always have, always will. Why can’t a fan be a casual fan?

Just because I can’t explain to you the founding of the FC Barcelona team and I don’t watch each and every game doesn’t mean that I’m not a FCB fan! Why can’t a fan be both casual and new?

I think it’s due time that we as geeks stop categorizing fandom and just be a fan who respects other fans. Sure, I might be 100% more obsessed with Final Fantasy than the young guy who’s only played the newest game, but we are both fans. And hey, I’m down with that!

 

PS: Part 2 coming soon!

 

~ Britney

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Back from the Dead! ..And QuakeCon 2013

.. And I am back! No really, I am.

First off, I really have to apologize to all of our followers that I haven’t been posting. Serious props go to Kelly for posting even though life has been throwing both of us some crazy curve balls lately. She kept the heart of this blog going, and I appreciate it a million times over!

QuakeCon

I’d like to start off by telling everyone that I did attend QuakeCon 2013 in Dallas earlier this month. It was epic. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my PC with me, but I did get to stay at a gorgeous hotel and enjoy all the other things that come along with going to a gaming convention. I.E.: Free shit, merchandise, video game demo’s, and more free shit.

It was actually a great opportunity for me to get merchandise from PC hardware companies that I normally wouldn’t have the opportunity or go out of my way to get merchandise from. Alienware, GX Gaming, EVGA, ect. all had booths or more set up to go check new things out and get free lanyards, hats, and so on.

It also goes without saying that I absolutely loved being in a hotel filled to the brim with geeky people. Seriously. Loved it. I live in a city that doesn’t have many geeky people, or at least they are not so openly geeky. Having everyone gathering all up in one place really makes a geek feel at home.  😀

In regards to my personal life and to make a long story not so long, I am living now in my own place. Or rather, the place that was mine and my ex’s. *Ahem* It’s a long damn story. Either way, I am settled and ready to drown myself in the world of blogging once more. Look forward to more posts dropping the next few days. Hopefully FFXIV won’t keep me too preoccupied.  😉  No promises though, people. Geeky girl here.

A quick message to all those who’re playing, going to play, or trying to play FFXIV: A.R.R.:

What the hell were they thinking not creating enough room per server and then not enough servers that they had to cancel character creation on all but one North American server?!

.. Ok, I’m done ranting. But seriously, WTF, Square Enix?

On a completely different note, here are some photo’s from QuakeCon!

Thanks everyone!

Britney

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A Ray of Sunshine!

Here I wake up to a perfectly normal morning. I get up, feed my kitties, and grab my scrumptious cup of coffee hoping just for a comment or two. Well I did get those comments, but what I didn’t expect was a nomination for a blogger award! Geeky ‘n Girly has been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award.

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Too excited for words, or maybe that’s just the lack of caffeine in my system?

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So here’s How It Works:

  • Use the award logo in this post.
  • Link to the person who nominated you. Thank you Video Games Nebula for nominating GnG! We’re so thankful!
  • Write ten “pieces of information about myself.”
  • Nominate ten fellow bloggers ‘who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’
  • Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them about the award.

10 Fun Facts

(This will be 5 on Britney and 5 on Kelly, to make it even! ^^)

Britney

1.) I was born in CA, but raised in TX.

2.) I’m a geek, and also a country girl. Not afraid of dirt or sweat at all.  😉

3.) I love to go dancing! (Club, not country.)

4.) I’m afraid of open heights.

5.) I revere, respect, and love nature and animals as a whole.

Kelly

1.) I’m under 5ft tall.

2.) I love gangster/mobster movies.

3.) I’ve been in 11 different school.

4.) My favorite band is Death Cab for Cutie.

5.) My high school sweetheart and I have been together for over 7 years and he is geekier than I am.

10 Blog Nominees

1.) simpleek

2.) How Many Princesses

3.) Please Press Start

4.) Edutainment

5.) AEDANIA

6.) Would you like some tea with that?

7.) Nerd Maids

8.) readthiswatchthisplaythis

9.) The Cake Is Not A Lie To Me

10.) At the Buzzer

Go check out these blogs. Seriously.  🙂  They deserve your blogger love.

– Britney & Kelly

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Release News

I don’t normally jump on the “Release News” band wagon, but I couldn’t help it this time. This announcement just about made me squeel!

FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™ and FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition are now available for pre-order for the PS3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC systems.

Available worldwide on August 27th 2013, customers who pre-order the standard or collector’s edition will receive early game access, special in-game items, including a Cait Sith Doll Minion vanity pet and Mog Cap-themed headgear.

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For those of you who went through the tragedy that was the original FFXIV or you just heard how hard it flopped, I want to be (hopefully) one of many people who tell you that it has been completely revamped and is looking spectacular.

Just listen to Naoki Yoshida, director and producer of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn:

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the release date of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn,” said Naoki Yoshida, “It has been a long road from the game’s inception to the beta, but thanks to your fervent support and invaluable feedback, the world of Eorzea will soon complete its journey of rebirth. We have endeavored to make the game affordable so that adventurers will be able to experience the vibrant world of Eorzea. We have also prepared a collector’s edition version of the game, which includes a veritable assortment of premium items. The new adventure begins on August 27, 2013. I hope to see you all then!”

Additionally, we’ve got this epic collector’s edition which features everything from music to art work.

Here is what is included:

– Collector’s box designed by Yoshitaka Amano, legendary FINAL FANTASY artist
– 80-page “Art of Eorzea” hardcover art book featuring never-before-seen concept art
– “The Waning of the Sixth Sun,” a special bonus video disc that takes a cinematic look at the events that led up to the realm being reborn
– “Sounds of Eorzea” album that features musical scores by renowned FINAL FANTASY series composers
– Five collectable character art cards
– A FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn-branded security token to secure user accounts
– In-game bonus items: Helm of Light, Baby Behemoth Minion, Coeurl Mount and Behemoth Barding

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Set for an August 27, 2013 release, FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn will be available for $39.99 on the PlayStation®3 system and $29.99 for Windows PC. The Collector’s Edition will be available for $79.99 on the PlayStation®3 system and the PC version will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $69.99. A free 30-day trial is also included for new accounts. Monthly subscriptions for new accounts start at $12.99.

You don’t have to purchase the original FFXIV title to play FFXIV: A.R.R.. Previous FFXIV players will be able to download the PC version of FFXIV: A.R.R. for free. PC specs for final product may change; please refer to the preorder website for details.

I couldn’t be more excited right now. I’ve had many friends ask me, “What next gen game are you looking forward to?” My response has been a broken record of, “FFXIV: A Realm Reborn!” I hope that anyone who enjoys MMORPG’s will check this game out. It has, so far, exceeded all my expectations. And this is coming from someone who has played the original FFXIV and also the beta for FFXIV: A.R.R.

Britney

Final Fantasy IX Soundtrack (Full)

Ok, so I got on a FF kick this morning and came across this blog! FFIX is my favorite Final Fantasy game and so I had to share this when I came across it because it does have wonderful soundtrack. I didn’t expect anything less from Nobuo Uematsu though. 🙂

Thank you for this link! The whole FFIX OST on one video?! I think yes!

– Britney

Final Fantasy IX Blog

Final Fantasy IX Soundtrack (Full)

What a great soundtrack.  In the immortal words of Villiscaband1, one of the top YouTube comments on this video is as follows:

“The music is so awesome and perfect to have in the background while either sleeping eating playing league of legends playing ff9 taking a crap cooking cleaning spanking the monkey walking the dog changing diapers taking another crap watering the grass and living basically.”

Amen, brother.

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