No One Likes a Water Level


The other day, I came to a realization: in World of Warcraft, I enjoy "visiting" old zones from time to time.  The music (yes, I'm one of the few who listen to the actual music) takes me back to wherever I was in my life when I first spent a lot of time there.  Since I've been playing the game, off and on, for well over five years, I'm not just looking back to last week.  I enjoy a bit of nostalgia now and then. ...Except when it comes to Vashj'ir.  I can't stand going back there.  In fact, I … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You NEED To Get a Wii U (and 3 Reasons to Procrastinate)

  Confession time; I love love LOVE the Wii U. Since getting the little system that could for Christmas, I have been consistently impressed not only by what it’s able to do now, but the almost limitless potential for the future. When I have that gamepad in hand, I feel like I’m holding something on the threshold of a revolution in the way we game and the way we interact with gaming as a whole. Sadly, I seem to be in a bit of a minority; sales for the Wii U have been pretty soft … [Read more...]

World of Warcraft Battle Pets: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

As I've mentioned earlier, I'm quite enjoying the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft; I've been more regularly involved than I have since probably the Lich King.  Still, I've reached a bit of a natural lull in the action.  I'm still raiding, yes, but I don't do that every day.  I'm still churning along with my dailies so I can rack up the valor points, but I'm exalted with almost everyone so that's become slightly tedious.  What's a girl to do when she wants a break from the … [Read more...]

Geek Guilt and the Wii U


Way back in 2006, the Wii came out.  And I got one that very same week.  I don't remember if I wound up standing in line for that one - actually I think I might have gotten it through some sort of online deal, though it's all a bit fuzzy.  I remember how I felt, though: I was so excited , so sure that the Wiimote was the way of the future, so much more intuitive than punching buttons.   Cut to today.  The Wii U was released a few weeks ago... and I didn't even know about it until launch day. … [Read more...]

Another Mystery Solved: Review of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

Screencaps of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

  The Professor Layton series have enjoyed a quiet but solid success on the Nintendo DS system, with their brain-straining puzzles and quaint pseudo-British charm. For those that don’t know, the series follows the eponymous Professor Layton, a gentleman and a scholar obsessed with puzzles, and his young sidekick Luke as they attempt to figure out a mystery (or rather, a mystery within a mystery within a mystery…) Usually, the only way to glean information or assistance from anyone is to solve … [Read more...]

When It’s Hard to Be a Geek


So this week, the internet is abuzz with the latest round of Can a Geek Girl Be Hot? The issue has probably been rehashed to death, so this week you're not going to hear any tales of woe from me about growing up a geek girl.  The truth is, I didn't get all that much grief; maybe the boys just all had crushes on me (as has been insinuated) but I prefer to think that they were just glad they knew anyone else who was willing to discuss Star Wars or The X-Files.  Geek populations were small, after … [Read more...]

Wii U: Deja Vu?


Journey with me now... back... through the mists of time... The year is 2006.  After the successful purchase of a DS Lite, I'm well on my way to becoming a Nintendo fangirl - something of a surprise, since prior to the DS the last Nintendo product I'd owned was the original console.  The Wii seems like the console of The Future: more family/party oriented (not just for hardcore gamers), more innovative, more intuitive.  Cheaper. Backwards compatibility, Virtual Console.  I got one shortly … [Read more...]

Guinness’ Top 50 Video Game Characters Of All Time


Everyone's heard of the Guinness Book of World Records.  It is the definitive voice, the tome of the best and the longest and the smallest.  If you want notoriety for the tallest stack of mattresses or the Dancing Cats of Applesap, you want to be in this book, because it means you're the whateverist, ever, in the world, in all of history. What I didn't know, however, is that there's so many records out there pertaining to gaming that they actually make a Gamer's Edition of the book.  This is … [Read more...]

M’s PAX 2010 Diary, Day 3

The dramatic disappearance of Geek's Dream Girl blogger M came to a surprising conclusion today when authorities at last discovered the missing geek... passed out and sleeping in her geek den, controller still in her hand, game systems blaring. Next to her was a scribbled note apparently written on her return from Seattle. Sunday, September 5, 9:45 AM ... I slept in. Last day of the con, and I sleep in. Goshdarnit. 10:00 AM Despite leaving the hotel at almost the last minute and … [Read more...]

M’s PAX 2010 Diary, Day 2

While authorities continued to puzzle over the missing M, an email arrived with vital clues as to her whereabouts and her slow descent into insanity. Saturday, September 4, 6:55 AM MURGH. GHUH. MRGLE. 8:00 AM All right, I've imbibed some caffeine and am heading over to the main queue hall to line up. Not because I need to be first in the door to the exhibition hall, but because the Men in Blue told me that the first 1000 in the lineup would receive free wristbands for the … [Read more...]