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

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Knights of Sidonia Ep. 1-5 – First Impression

I came across the trailer for a new anime, Knights of Sidonia, that was being shown exclusively on Netflix. Here is that trailer:

 

And here is the official synopsis:

“The story follows the struggle of human survival amongst the monstrous shapeshifting aliens “Gauna” who all but destroyed the solar system a millennia ago and are bent on eliminating humans from existence.

Nagate Tanikaze, a low-born youth in a society of genetically engineered humans – now refugees that escaped the destruction of Earth one thousand years earlier, occupying the massive ship Sidonia. Nagate grew up living in the bottom layers of Sidonia away from civilization and raised by his now deceased grandfather. When Nagate’s talent as a pilot is revealed he becomes one of Sidonia’s elite defenders against the Guana.

 

From the trailer itself, I found myself pretty open minded. Mecha space-travel sci-fi type anime is sort of a 50-50 for me personally. I’ve had some of my favorites crop up out of this genre and have also been sorely disappointed.

Now I didn’t just watch the first episode to give y’all my opinion. I watched episodes 1-5, and I will admit that I didn’t do that entirely out of discipline. It got me!

Episode one was a little slow for my tastes, but after that you get introduced to the type of environment that the humans live in, how they survive, their societal structure, and many other things. Some of it is run of the mill, but then some of it is new and quite interesting. The depth of the characters grow as you move through the episodes. You learn as you go with this story, and that’s the way I like it. I don’t want the whole ton of information to be dropped on my head in the first or even second episode!

You’ll also find that in terms of storyline, this anime is not wishy-washy. I’d say it’s somewhere in between the tragic disturbance that is Attack on Titan and the sweet youthful interactions and typical cold shoulders you’d find in say.. Gundam Seed.

The animation is on it’s own playing field. It’s not ordinary anime drawing style. Instead, it’s more digitally fluid in terms of movement. This made me sort of have to pay very close attention to facial expression as they weren’t as blatantly obvious as in other anime. It also makes it seem as if the character’s movement is a little sluggish. This did bug me at first, but I didn’t really notice it as I continued to watch the episodes. Perhaps I got used to it?

Yes, we’ll go with that. Why? Because after you get used to the fluidity of the animation, you realize how beautiful it is and how suitable it is for scenes of space combat!

Let’s just say that I am impressed by this anime thus far. Netflix has 12 episodes total to watch, and I’m really hoping that isn’t the total count. I’d like to see at least 25 episodes. The storyline is certainly worth that and more.

Needless to say, I’ll be watching the rest of Knights of Sidonia. Afterward, I’ll do a follow-up post and let everyone know what I thought.

So far, so good!

Britney

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Balancing A Geeky Life

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The diagram above is interesting and kind of cute, but I have a question for everyone. Is anyone else 2 or more of these geeks at the same time? — Thought so.  😉

I hope I’m not the only geek that feels as if I’m being tugged in several different directions when it comes to hobbies, interests, and life in general. I think as geeks we feel strongly about multiple things in life. Sure, some of us have one thing we are intensely passionate about, but geeks are most certainly multifaceted. This makes something as simple as choosing what to do on our day off a tad frustrating.

I.E.: “Should I read my new book or play that video game? Paint or go outside for a walk? Go shopping, or sketch?” – Britney’s Inner Dialogue

Why am I thinking about how to balance my life? Well, my boyfriend made a statement a couple of days ago that has my wheels turning.

He said, “It’s hard — I have to keep up with your geeky side and your girly side.”

I laughed when he said that. It’s most definitely true. The unfortunate thing for him is that those are only two sides of my multifaceted geek personality. It would be insane to try to stereotype me into any one category. In fact, it’d look something like this:

City born, country raised, video game playing, book reading, nature loving, pet addicted, painting, drawing, dancing, social drinking, culture fascinated, card game playing, make up and dress wearing, shopping fanatic, sports watching.. And ok, I give up.

Question is, how in the world does one balance the facets of their geeky personality?

To this day I am trying to figure this one out. Most of the time I end up looking like one of those people that can never stick with one hobby or see one thing through. That’s not the case at all. So far, my interests have been on a constantly revolving wheel. I spin it, pick something, go with it for a while, then spin the wheel again. It’s not as though I will never come back to it or that I’ve lost interest.

Theory #1 – The Revolving Wheel

Like I’ve said, spin the wheel to an interest, take it up, engage it, put it back, and spin again.

This is all I’ve got, folks. I’ve toyed with some other ideas.. like scheduling set times to do certain things on certain days during the week. I suppose if one was more structured that may work out.

I really want to know what everyone has to say about this. This is less of a stated piece and more or a, “Tell me what you think!” Please? Lol.

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On a girlier note, I dyed my hair. Due to Autumn rolling around, I went redder which tends to suit my paler skin and green eyes. Can anyone say Scottish? It does run in my blood, peoples. Hope y’all like it!

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Britney

First Look at Hi-Res Final Fantasy VIII for PC

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Square Enix just announced that 1999 role-playing game Final Fantasy VIII is coming to PC in Japan! I have to say that even though it is one of my least favorite FF games, I am still excited that they are remaking it. I am sort of hoping that it will eventually link up to high resolutions remakes of the others such as my favorite FFIX.

It is said that the PC version is going to feature high-resolution graphics, but they have not announced its release date as well as whether or not it will have additional content. Here is a first look at it:

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I personally can’t remember what the graphics look like, but I still don’t think see much of a change here. Anyone else think so?

I was reading comments on other websites about this release, and people aren’t exactly excited. There was a good bit of FFVIII bashing going on. What is everyone’s opinion on FFVIII? Terrible, tolerable, good?

– Britney

More entertaining than the game itself?!

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So being the sister and often girlfriend of gamers, you encounter a lot situations when you’re the one watching instead of playing. In these horrid predicaments, I often find that I can’t get into the game because well.. I’m not playing! Instead, I start to watch the players themselves.

Anyone do this? No?

Then get to it!

Some of the funniest expressions I have ever seen occur when others are playing a video game. They are so sporadic, instantaneous, and change so quickly that I often find more entertaining to watch them than the game itself.

What’s funnier than that, you might ask? Well, this exact same thing but add headphones/headsets into the mix.

So now you have the whole array of emotions playing across their faces and also outbursts of curse words and cheers; a gamer’s Tourette’s. Priceless.

Anyone do this, try this, going to try this? Trust me, you’ll at least be mildly amused. Granted, it’s funnier watching some people more than others, but still.

PS: Share your stories if you try this!

– Britney