Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sew Nerdy: 1st Finished Project

Hey Gang!

  Back to our regular scheduled programming. My vacation was really nice guys, and I can't wait to show you a comprehensive blog/vlog post about it all, but first, I've been sewing. I'm not proclaiming anything other than, I plugged in my sewing machine and it started working, properly, for the first time since I've bought it. While, I was hanging out with Alex's family, I discovered a new video from Pink Chocolate Break, who showed us how to use a dress you already owned, as a pattern to make your own. If you guys aren't already following her on youtube, go check it out because she is dropping some serious knowledge.
  Now although, her videos are awesome, she is a lot smaller than me, and I had to get a lot more material to attempt it. But oh my goodness, you guys! It was so clean and clear cut, and I didn't give up and cry out in frustration! I actually finished a dress. I sewed a piece of clothing that I can actually wear outside and I feel good about it! I got some stretchy orange plaid fabric from one of my many trips to Jo-Ann Fabrics, and got to work, it took me about two and a half hours to finish the dress. Reasons it took so long. 1.) Super new at this (had to read the manual) 2.) Had trouble shooing off cats, so I could cut out the fabric pieces on the floor. 3.) It was 3 a.m. when I was hit with the determination to actually complete the project.

Have you guys caught the sewing bug? What kind of projects are ya working on? Spill on twitter!

 Stay Nerdy,

Monday, July 27, 2015

Arcade Heaven and a Haul

Hey Gang!

 I stopped by Arcade Legacy recently to hang out with my cousins, and they had a few new additions. The cabinet with Magical Drop 3 was broken, I almost bawled, but the owner put it on a new cabinet for me to play, so I could get my fix. I also played a copious amount of Snk Vs. Capcom 2 one of my favorite arcade games, I was a little rusty, but it didn't take long to get into the groove. I also got a few rounds of Crazy Taxi and Rock Band in. Unfortunately, I was stuck with guitar or bass, because they didn't have a microphone hooked up, maybe they'll have one next time.
 I noticed that they added Captain America and the Avengers (Super old school) SO of course, I had to get some photos of that, My cousins and I played Table Tennis for a dismal half n Hour, I think it's finally been decided that its just not our game. I also watched my cousin play Star Wars, and spent a couple of rounds with High School Justice. I hadn't played that since my Dreamcast (wistful sighing) They have retro games and newer games for sale, so I spent a good time looking over those. There is a Ps Vita there that's just calling my name. I'll be back for that pretty, I already let the staff over there know!
 I wound up grabbing Sailor Moon S Puzzle Challenge cartridge for the Super Famicom. I know I won't be able to play it without an emulator, but its still pretty cool to add to my nerd collection right? I also picked up Pokemon Pearl, because my Diamond cartridge isn't working properly, and Pokemon White. I ordered mine online through Ebay, and not only has it stopped working, but it wasn't a legit copy, so of course, I had to get that fixed!

Have you been to any arcades lately? What have you been playing? Tell on twitter: #nerdetteatlarge

 Stay Nerdy,


Friday, July 24, 2015

Comics Round UP #4

Hey Gang!



  Two weeks ago, I stopped by Queen City Comics, since I was visiting my parents and picked up some comics on Wednesday. I have finished Reading Gotham Academy, Batgirl, and Black Canary, so far. The tradebacks of Saga and the Wicked and the Divine, are much thicker than anticipated, so It is taking a minute for me to get through them. I am unsure if I am the only person like this, but I will get a book if it pretty. Like great art, or if it looks pretty, regardless of what might actually be inside. I am uncertain if I will like the Story of the Wicked and the Divine, or Saga but both Tradebacks are beautiful. They just look so nice on my book shelf.
  Even though, I am not a fan of Damian Wayne, I was sad to see him come and go so quickly in Gotham Academy! I was rooting for him and Maps, I thought they were a super cute couple. I was so torn between picking up the variant or the regular cover for issue 8, because they were both really nice, but in the end, I went with the Teen Titans Go Variant, because, DUDE! Just look at it!
  I wasn't impressed with the blocky art that is Black Canary #1, But since she is a favorite character, I think I will wait until issue 5 to make final judgement on whether it will be something that I will continue to collect. The art and concept for Spider-Gwen was great until I picked it up as well. I only read Issues 1 and 2 and was not impressed. All three are for sale in my shop at the moment. While I was there I was looking for A-Force #1 and Silk #1, because they were both missing and definitely ones that I wanted to start reading, but alas, I was unable to locate them there! I was disappointed with the lack of story in Batgirl Endgame, and I don't know if I just don't like the whole thing, or if it would be better with words in it....I'm honestly, still unsure at this point...

What are you guys reading? Any recommendations for me? Tell me on Twitter: #nerdetteatlarge

I also want to mention that it is my younger sister's birthday. She says thanks in advance.

 Stay Nerdy,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hey Gang!
 I'm only stopping by for a quick second to let you guys know that it's my birthday and If you'd like to join in on the festivities, visit the following links:

- Twitter

- Instagram

- Snapchat : Provacatrix




Happy Birthday to me!

I'm still on vacation and It will be a lot easier to update those, since they are on my phone! Don't miss out on the fun! Hope you guys have a great day!


What's your favorite thing to do on your birthday? Tell me on Twitter: #NALBDAY

 Stay Nerdy,

Monday, July 20, 2015

Nerdette Daily: Cosplay Edition

Hey Gang!


 Last week was so crazy for me! So much Comic and Gaming News, especially with SDCC! I learned that Batman '66 is going to do a crossover with the Avengers, not Marvel but Mrs. Peel. The british television show from the 60's was one of my go to tv shows to watch and it makes me so happy that two of my favorite "oldies" are coming together in a new way, I can't wait to pick up a copy of that issue. I'm so sorry about Nintendo's President Iwata's Passing. The first president that was not related to the founding company's family Yamauchi. At only 55, he left the world too young, and leaving behind a legacy that will be cherish for quite a time longer. Hayao Miyazaki is making his first CG movie and it's about a tiny caterpillar.
 As one of my favorite story tellers, with parts of my heart held by Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro, I feel like I can have complete faith in his ability with a new medium. Plus, it's a caterpillar, so it's going to be awesome. I've already left on vacation but do not fret! I have lots of content lined up for you! Wednesday is my birthday, and Friday, I've got a Comics' Roundup! The first in a while, Since I realized that there is a comic book shop up the street from me, they will be appearing much more frequently! I've decided that I am going to attend both  Cincy Comic Expo and Cincy Comic Con, since they are in my home town. I want to have a cosplay to wear to them. I'm decided on two, but for right now I know that I want to be Launch from Dragon Ball. It makes me so sad that Toriyama, basically forgot about her, I would have loved to have had more of her in the show!


What are you guys working on? Tell me on Twitter: #nerdetteatlarge



 Stay Nerdy,

Friday, July 17, 2015

OOTD: Twice the Marvel

Hey Gang!
  Lately, I've been on a "getting Healthy" kick. I put it in quotations, because although I have been (trying) to watch my portion sizing and exercising (biking + hooping) I haven't really changed my eating habits. I'm just very very stuck in my ways, and I really like food, but at least I've been trying! Alex and I took our bikes up to Pioneer Park and went around their track twice. It's just a really nice way to exercise/relax because it's time I get to share with him without anyone else around and I really cherish it. I'm wearing another Marvel tanktop that I picked up with the rest of my new shirts. This one has lace inserts near the arms. I paired it with pink "cheer" shorts from No Boundaries, that I got for a steal from Walmart. I paired them with pink shoes that are so old I can't actually remember when or where I bought them. They are super comfortable and perfect to go biking in.
  Out and about Alex and I caught the last couple of minutes of the fireworks of the all-star game, and we followed them all the way to the river's Edge. They were so pretty and I couldn't help but take a few photos! It felt so good to get my camera back from the shop! It was gone for so long and I was so anxious the whole time it was away from me! I'm always telling Alex that we need to get out more and that we should be humans and not crabs. I was glad we got the opportunity to get out and get some great shots!





Do you guys have any nerdy tops, what are some of your favorites? Tell on Twitter: #nerdetteatlarge

 Stay Nerdy,

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Changes!

Hey Gang!

 So a week has come and gone, and I'm sure you've noticed some cosmetic and content changes here at Nerdette At Large. Do not fear! I am still the same person and thus, am still capable of creating the content that you love and enjoy, but I wanted to make sure that I was staying true to myself as well. If you go through the really old archives, 2011 and back, you'll see this was more of a style and makeup blog. I won't be going that far, but there will be style posts and tutorials popping up here and there. I wanted to bring it to your attention, so you guys didn't freak out!
 The banner with my new branding and logo, was created by Kristen Winklebee. I found her on Instagram and her art is glorious, if you haven't seen her stuff, you must go now...right after you finish reading my post of course! In the Navigational Bar, you'll notice a new tab, called Nerdette Minute. This is the title of my brand new youtube channel coming soon. I'm not sure what kind of content I want to do yet, but I know it will be fun and to the point. So click it, to subscribe so you don't miss anything!
 Posting schedule will resume Next week, because I will be on vacation in Virginia Beach, and don't want to leave you guys without content for an entire week, you might forget about me! If you are interested in the hijinks I'll be up to on my vacation, simply follow me on twitter and instagram. Or you can wait for the blog round up.

Thanks for reading guys!

 Stay Nerdy,

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

OOTD: Marveling at the Fireworks!

Hi Gang!
  How are you today? I didn't post Monday for two reasons. 1. I had to do a double so there was no time. 2. I've been working on some new stuff for the blog and I wanna keep it a secret just a little while longer. This past weekend was the 4th of July and I spent half with my family and half with Alex's it was a pretty fun time.
 Work was slow on Friday, So I was able to enjoy a full 3 day weekend! On Friday, I bought 4 new nerd chic shirts, and I'll be showing them off in outfit of the day posts for the next week or so. I've always been a fan of having clothes for my fandoms, because it's so much easier to strike up conversation that way, especially if you run into someone that knows your fandom, rather than someone who just likes your shirt.
  I tried to introduce Hong Kong Phooey to my younger cousins, but they were just too young to understand its comedic genius. We played copious amounts of Heads up, they have a superhero category but it's lacking something fierce, so everyone contributed and now we have a "master" deck so to speak. On Saturday, I headed over to Alex's Parents and we swam and watched a lot of fireworks, their deck was the perfect vantage point and with all the swivel chairs, I didn't miss a single spark. Alex had his fun when his mom brought up a box of fireworks from the basement, sometimes he had me a little worried because he was lighting them in a (semi) empty corona bottle.
 It was super hot and muggy, so I wore an altered Marvel Tanktop, and a pleated jean skirt, it is one of my favorites, it even has two "real" pockets!!! I fell in love with this top instantly, 1 because it was Marvel and 2 because it had a lot of characters that aren't well known, and I absolutely love when you find a comic shirt with that one random character that is totally a staple in the comic but people don't really know who they are. Like a couple months ago when I picked up a t-shirt that was too small for me because it had SHE-HULK + SPIDERWOMAN on it, how could I pass it up?! Luckily, they released a tank top in my size later, and I bought that as well.

How was your July the 4th? Any Nerd Shirts in your wardrobe? Tell me about it! #nerdetteatlarge

Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

Friday, July 3, 2015

June Favorites

Hi Gang!
 Oh my gosh, you guys! July crept up like a sneaky sunovagun! I just can't believe it will be my birthday in less than 20 days! June was a really long month for me, and I have a lot of things on my list, so lets just jump right in!

- Hey Claire: If you've been following me on twitter then you'll know I've been talking about her videos a LOT! I just really enjoy them, she has a calming voice. I literally just hop onto a playlist of her videos and then continue with what I have to do for the rest of the day! I think I have seen almost all of her videos, but I SWEAR, I am not a stalker, I just know what I like.

- Can we talk about the Awesome Ladies N.A.L. has had this month? Xo Mia + Usagi in Wonderland,  if you missed them, you can find their articles!

- I got a CAR! I am so so so in love with it, you guys! I can't wait to take it everywhere!

- Finished Season 1 of Say I Love You! I hate that they only made thirteen episodes.... I don't know how long I will have to wait until the new episodes come out.

- Discovering that my downtown library has a PARKING LOT! You guys don't understand how much stress + anxiety I get from going anywhere downtown. I'm always worried that I won't have anywhere to park, or that I will get towed, or stolen, or ticketed or something worse, it was so AMAZING to find out that I could park in a secure lot for FREE!

- Reviving my youtube! If you haven't seen my "back to life" episode, you can watch it here. It's been quite some time since I updated, I'm reaching for a video every week.

- Catching up on Adventure Time, thanks to HuluPlus, Alex and I are on Season 4 now, we're trying to get completely caught up with the episodes that are airing on television right now. Can I just say, ALL THE FEELS? I really want Finn to find someone who will care for and treat him right.

- Sizing up my gauges. I was a size two, and now I am wearing double zero's comfortably, I think I will continue and plateau at size zero, since I am unsure where I want to go from there.

- Killinmesoftlydolls on Instagram! Their dolls are So INCREDIBLY ADORABLE! I am soo Soo SOO in love with their Jason Doll. (Yes, I like horror movies and I want a plushy serial killer, so sew me... See what I did there?)

- and finally but Way More important than anything else: THE LEGALIZATION OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN ALL 50 STATES!!!!! Which also bring me to my next point. Nerdette At Large, is a SAFE PLACE FOR ALL! No matter, your Gender/Sexuality/Orientation. I want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable in my little space in the net, so we can all nerd out together!

What are some of your favorite things for June? Tell me all about it on Twitter, don't forget the #nerdetteatlarge, so It's easy for me to find!


 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gamer Famelle: Ari of Comics and Cookies!

Hi Gang!
 I know, that it looks like I've been slacking, but I've been doing stuff I swear! Here's proof, I got to interview Ari of Comics and Cookies over the weekend!! Make sure you read the interview and follow her on twitter and give her lots of love!!!

Playstation Or Xbox and Why?
 I used to be Playstation, but moved over to Xbox. Not for any particular loyalty, it just happened to be the consoles my Dad got! We started off with a PS1, then a PS2, then Xbox and then Xbox360. Now, I share an Xbox One with my boyfriend. In an ideal world, I'd own both!

Sony or Nintendo for your mobile gaming?
Nintendo! I used to love my DS and I'm looking into getting a 3DS as well. I love all the cutesy 3DS games you can get, but I'd also love to get some of the horror games, I bet with the 3D, they'd be really effective.

What do you like to see in your games? What about them makes them your favorites?
 It has to be either good gameplay, good aesthetic, or good story. If a game is fun and non-complicated to play then I'll play it alot, and the same goes for story. Some of the best games I've played over the years have been games that I have not been able to tear myself away from because I've been so invested in the story and wanted to find out what happened next- the main example that comes to mind is Final Fantasy X and Fallout. As for good aesthetic, it's not necessarily the graphics-just the look of the game. I currently have Child of Light in my Xbox library that I haven't played yet, and one of the things that attracted me was the look of it.

If you could be any villain, who would you choose and why?
 Lich King from World of Warcraft, so I could finally get my hands on Invincible.

If you could be any hero, who would you choose and why?
 It'd have to be someone from a big, open-world explorer- probably the lone Wanderer or the Courier from Fallout 3 and New Vegas. Exploring the irradiated wasteland looks like it'd be a lot of fun.

Top 5 Favorite Games.
 Resident Evil 4, Final Fantasy X, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Fallout 3 and Tetris. I am shamelessy addicted to Tetris.

If you had to live in a game's environment, which would you choose?
 Animal Crossing! Everything is so cute and you get to own your own house and live with cute animals, it'd be a dream come true!

Are you a fan of Pokemon? What are a couple of your favorites?
 Yes! I loved Pokemon when I was a kid, and sunk a lot of time into Pokemon Blue Version. I love Eevee and the Eeveelutions, as well as Dratini, Dragonair and Dragonite.

 Do you have any game-related memorabilia that you cherish?
   I used to have an absolutely huge Fallout New Vegas poster that my Dad liberated from our local game shop before it shut down. No kidding, this poster was freaking huge- it was easily 2.5 M high and about 3 across. I also have various bits of jewelry and tees that I cherish, and especially the Kingdom Hearts necklace that my boyfriend bought me for Christmas last year! I wear it every day without fail.

If someone was new to gaming, and you wanted to get them hooked, which game would you suggest they play? 
 It would depend hugely on what type of game they wanted. If it was something casual, I'd suggest mobil games, like Tsum Tsum, Angry Birds or Tetris. If they wanted a solid time sink, I'd recomment Final Fantasy, Mass Effect or Fallout. If they wanted a social experience, I'd recommend something like WOW- but take the time to learn the game and classes first.

 What would you tell parents who don;t let their children play Video Games? 
  I was part raised on video games, and I've turned out okay. Video Games are a part of society nowadays, and its hard to ignore their influence. Sure, there is the revery real issue of kids playing games that are both too violent and way above their age rating, but there are tons of great age appropriate games and they can really help a kids growth and development. I constantly thank games for helping expand my imagination the way they did, and teach me storywriting in a different format, as well as tons of morals.

 If you were going to get a gaming tattoo, what would you get and what is it's significance to you?
  I would probably get either a keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, or one of Yuna's Staffs from Final Fantasy X surrounded by Pyreflies. I'd pick these 2 because the games mean so much to me and I've shared my experiences in them with my boyfriend. We've both gamed a lot, in a lot of different genres on consoles, but we've always come back to those two.

 When you aren't gaming, what are some of your other time-passing hobbies?
These days it's rare that I'm not gaming! When I'm not gaming, I'm either writing my blog, reading blogs or watching films.

* Let's hope after this, She'll start reading Nerdette At Large more often.*

Do you enjoy games, even when there aren't any playable female characters?
 I do. I'm aware that it's an issue that is improving in the games industry, and it does make me feel optimistic about the future. The best thing is, a lot of games coming out now, tend to feature DLC's later down the line that are based around the female characters in the story - Just look at the new Batman game, or the expat for the Evil Within, where you play as Inspector Kidman.

What are some up and coming games, that you are looking forward to?
 Basically all of Bethesda's talk at E3 had me on the edge of my seat yelling excitedly! Im hugely excited for Fallout 4, Doom and Kingdom Hearts 3. I've been waiting so long, and now it's finally coming!

If you had the chance to say one thing to your favorite game's creator/publisher what would it be and why?
 To all the game publishers who made the games I loved so much in my childhood; thank you for making my childhood magical. Whether I was exploring hte 3 continents of Final Fantasy 8 with Squall, Quistis, Zell and the crew, or freeing dragons with Spyro, you helped me to grow up with an overactive imagination, always dreaming and hoping for something more. Also, thanks for the Tetris addiction. It's come in handy so many times in my adult life.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

 Twitter // Instagram // The Noire Menagerie

Monday, June 29, 2015

Nerdette Daily: Television

Hi Gang!

 I've got a whole bunch of stuff going on behind the scenes at the moment that I can't talk about but I decided that I would pop off a quick blog post before getting back to work. So here is what I'm currently watching on TV (internet, I don't actually have cable or even the regular channels, so everything I watch is streaming.)

Adventure Time: Alex and I watched the first two season on Netflix, but had issues finding the rest, until I realized that HuluPlus had it, so I got a subscription. We're zooming through Season 3 and on our way to Season 4, I love when the episodes take a more intimate peek into certain characters lives. I love the episodes with Marceline the best, and even though I have only seen one Fiona and Cake episode, I am hoping there are soo much more in the future, (Plus, I think I have a crush on Prince Gumball)

Sleepy Hollow: I watched the pilot, when it first came out, but it's overlooking of very very simple occult lore, annoyed me the first time around. The second time I watched it I was just as annoyed, but thanks to +Jamie Broadnax and her Twitter Time Line, she keeps making me think that maybe I should give it another try.

Say I love you: The art reminds me of My Little Monster, which I really REALLY liked, and I know it's romantically inclined, so I don't have to wait for Alex to watch it, he won't be interested. I really missed watching Anime, when I was in College, I actually used to finish entire series, and then move on to something new, but now, with the blog picking up and baking and my job, I just dont have the time to bingewatch like I used to. This will also be the first anime I've continued to watch after not liking any of the themes.

Pretty Little Liars: What I originally got Hulu Plus for, I had just finished Season 5 on Netflix, and I was so floored by the season Finale, I had to know more, and then I realized that there were episodes on Huluplus and they update every tuesday, welp, that's where I've been for the last couple of nights.


What shows have you been watching lately? I love talking about TV, just make sure you add #nerdetteatlarge to it, so I can find it on Twitter!

Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

 Twitter // Instagram // Youtube // The Noire Menagerie

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Haul: Books, Gauges and Totoro!

Hi Gang!

  So it's been quite a while since I did a haul post! This weekend I got some shopping done and I can't wait to show you what I got, so lets just jump right in!

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 I hit the library the other day, because I wanted to have lots of things to read during the weekend, because all it was supposed to do was rain, and I knew I wouldn't be able to go to the flea. I got: knitting Vintage, The Portable Dorothy Parker, The Tempest, The Tent, I want you to Shut the Fuck up, Canon EOS 70D for Dummies, Falling for Hamlet, The Bunnicula Collection ( False advertising, it only has 1-3) and Batman No Man's Land, on AUDIO! It is SOOOO GOOD! It's literally as if a comic book came to life.
 I was also able to stop by Spencers and Hot Topic, after breakfast with Alex's father. I got earrings, finally able to move up in size. A bamboo hat (I wanted a hat that wasn't a snapback) a peterpan makeup bag (I'll be using it for earrings) three pairs of socks, GiGi, Totoro and Mice and Men. (Which now that I'm looking much closer look like marijuana leaves. :( Not my kind of thing.) They were having a huge buy one get one 50% off in the entire store, so of course I had to grab some t-shirts! I picked up Sailor Moon and Baymax. I love the Baymax one because it looks like blue prints for his flying suit.
 I had so much fun on Father's Day and I was so excited to give my father his gift! If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you'll see the envelope, because I honestly couldn't wait. The day's start gave me a huge headache, but once it was gone around 3:30 ish, (My headaches are AWFUL) I watched Alex and Gi kill zombies in Resident Evil 5, (I deserve a prize, I stopped into Gamestop, and DIDN'T buy anything!) My grandfather fell asleep on the couch. We had delicious homemade meatloaf, buttered potatoes, greens, cornbread and brownies, the food put gramps out!

 If you keep scrolling you will see something amazing attached to this post!

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Yes, Youtube is alive and well with the sound of my voice! If you guys subscribe to my channel you will be so far ahead of all the other social media I frequent. My videos are only about 5-10 minutes, even after editing, so it makes it super simple for me to just pop onto youtube and upload it, so you'll know everything in my haul before this post goes live! So Subscribe to make sure you don't miss out on everything!




Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

 Youtube // Twitter // Instagram // The Noire Menagerie

Monday, June 22, 2015

Gamer Famelle: Gladys of Usagi In Wonderland

Hi Gang!
  We're starting this week off with a bang! I was able to interview Gladys of Usagi in Wonderland over the weekend. Make sure you guys go give her lots of love on her blog and twitter! Read on for awesomeness.


Playstation or Xbox and why?
 I lean a lot toward the Playstation. I had a PlayStation 1 and when the Xbox came out, it didn't grab me like the PS platforms did and as they came out with systems and most the gamers were available on both, I just kept going with the PS. I still own my 360 but never upgraded, I finally broke down and got myself the PS4.

Name your top 5 games.
 Animal Crossing (Any of them)
 Duck Hunt
 Marvel V. Capcom 3
 Resident Evil: Code Veronica
 Mickey Mousecapades

If you would be any character who would you choose and why?
 Lara Croft. She gets to go on all these crazy adventures and discover things.

If you had to live in a game's environment, which would you choose?
 Animal Crossing!! I get to run my own town, decorate my home, fish, catch bugs, plant flowers, hang out on an island.

Are you a fan of Pokemon? If so, what are a couple of your favorites?
 I am, but I only know the first 150. Mew is my favorite of all time.

Do you have any limited editions of Consoles?
 Pikachu Nintendo 64, Hello Kitty Dreamcast, NES Controller Gameboy SP, a Puple PSP, the 20th anniversary PlayStation 4.

Are there any games that are popular overseas, that you wish would be brought to the states?
 As of right now, I don't know of any, but I am a fan of the rhythm games that require you to have something. I have a game on my PS2 that uses a tambourine. It's a rhythm game with songs from a famous girl band. I have the pad for Pop n Music for my PS2, they are all imported.

Is there any game-related memorabilia you cherish?
 My Hello Kitty Dreamcast, I think I am one of the few that love the Dreamcase and to own a Hello Kitty version is really cool.

 You aren't the only one, I was so in love with my Dreamcast that when it stopped working, we bought three more before giving up. I was ecstatic when I found Jet Set Radio in the Playstation Store.

Do you get a lot if any flack for being a female gamer?
 I've been lucky not to have any kind of flack. I only game with friends online, otherwise I play alone or Co-op with the Boyfriend.

If someone was new to gaming, and you wanted to get them hooked, which game would you suggest they play?
 I'd take it old school and get my Nintendo out and have them play Super Mario Bros with me. Sometimes, I'll recommend Disney Infinity. I try to start them off slow but I have made the mistake of saying GET RESIDENT EVIL PLAY IT NOW, and then they don't ever ask again.

What would you tell parents, who don't let their children play video games?
 I think gaming is fun for all ages and with kids, let them do it in doses or as an reward. My stepdaughter games with us and sometimes on her own. She isn't glued to the TV playing hours on end, even though sometimes we do get stuck playing LEGO Batman 3 for five hours, and then "oops, it's bed time." A lot of games are really great for creativity like Disney Infinity. We get the chance to build levels/worlds and she has a blast with it. I call her a game designer and that could be something she may do in her life.

If you were going to get a gaming tattoo, what would get  and what's it's significance to you?
  I have one! It's Bullet Bill from Super Mario. I love the Mario games it was the NES that got me into video games. Boo's my favorite character but white doesn't work on my skin, so I went to the next best thing.

Do you enjoy games, even when there aren't any playable female characters?
 I do, but I really wish there were more games with lead female characters.

What are some up and coming games that you are looking forward to?
Assassin's Creed because of Evie Frye. Star Fox Zero. Animal Crossings: Happy Home and Amiibo Festival. DOOM. Fallout 4. Disney Infinity 3.0. Star Wars BattleFront. LEGO Marvel's Avengers and LEGO Dimensions.


 Make sure you guys go give her lots of love! If you have any questions for her leave on the twitter!
 
 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

 Twitter // Instagram // The Noire Menagerie

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Handheld Mistress: Keroppi Causes Chain Reactions

Hi Gang!
  Thanks to folks going on vacation at work, I was unfortunately round up in a whole slew of extra shifts that took away from my blogging opportunities. Fortunately, I picked up a new blog planner over the weekend, and hopefully, I'll be able to stay more organized in the future. I got the urge a couple days ago to play Professor Layton V.S. Ace Attorney again. I stopped a while back because of course with my luck, I got super excited about saving Espella from being convicted as a witch, and wound up hitting the cartridge which released the game from the system, and of course not saving all of my extremely hard work. I was incredibly depressed, I hadn't touched the game since. I have also been exploring some of the games in my Mame Emulator, and came across a Keroppi game in Japanese, which is fine, because it isn't especially difficult, there are three levels. Level One: Hop around like the frog that you are and capture Candy falling from the Ceiling. Level Two: Jump over beach balls and barrels within 30 seconds as you travel down a grassy knoll on your way home. Level Three: Play open the treasure chest, and hope that there is loot inside.
 I also came across Magical Drop, the original. The one that I'm addicted too and have completed is Magical Drop Three, I had Magical Drop Two on my old cellphone, and now I have an emulator version of the original, which was called Chemical Reaction here in the states. The game play is the same albeit MUCH slower than the newer versions. I posted a photo on Instagram and a lot of people thought it was Bust-a-Move. Although, the game looks and type are similar, the actual mechanics are completely different. In Bust-A-Move, you have a creature holding a bow and arrow of sorts that
shoot a ball forward, you want this ball to attach to balls that match the original color so they explode, you continue until you clear the board. In Magical Drop, you have a jester who captures a marble or group of marbles of the same color from a column and moves it to another column to explode. This mechanism actually makes the game extremely easy and enjoyable, because if there is something in your way, you can simply move it to the other side and continue winning the game.
 I also got to play a decent amount of Ultra Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter X Tekken. It had been quite some time since I was able to relax and relish a couple of rounds of  one of my favorite arcade fighters with one of my absolute favorite rivals, my father. He and I get so dramatic when we play each other. I'll have to have Alex video record one of our battles. We jump around, talk mass shit and gloat ridiculously when we win.

What have you guys been playing lately? Lets talk about it on Twitter!!! Hashtag #nerdetteatlarge !!

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nintendo + Square Enix walk into a bar...

Hi Gang!
 I was able to catch Nintendo's Digital Event and Square Enix's Conference yesterday afternoon, and I have lots of feeling about it so I'm gonna write about it! It's all over Twitter and if you guys wanna strike up conversation Please DO! I love talking to people about things, especially video games, and I'd love to hear what you guys have to say! Make sure that if you hit me up on twitter you use #nerdetteatlarge !


- I could not be more excited for #Yoshi Woolly World! As a knitter and a gamer, I am so in love with the fact that knitting has come so far in mainstream media. There are sections of levels that can be "frogged" and result in large wound balls of yarn following your character. Walls of knitting are being held up by two knitting needles, I will buy a Wii U just for this game. There are also the options to be yarned versions of other nintendo characters such as Mario! Creating more reasons for me to gather a few amiibo's.

- I squealed soo loudly when I saw Level 5 but alas it is not another Professor Layton, it is called Yokai Watch, and it has an air of Pokemon and Yugioh to it. I don't know much but I can agree with everyone else that the characters are super adorable and I hope to learn more about it in the future.

- I absolutely love the adorable intro to Nintendo's Digital Event, three major players of Nintendo transforming into characters of StarFox, to burst right into Star Fox Zero for the WiiU! I've never played Star Fox, but it was definitely a favorite to a lot of people and the Tree House Live allows you to see game play!

- I can't believe its the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Brothers, Nintendo didn't disappoint, Super Mario Maker, with levels that not only you create but can then share globally? Mario Tennis and Mario Luigi Paper Jam, we were thoroughly marioed in, this event! I'm actually really excited about Mario Luigi Paper Jam, to bring two worlds together like that, just looks amazing!

- I started watching Square Enix's Live Conference to hope for bits and pieces of Kingdom Hearts 3, but it was not the adorableness I was expecting especially after spending an entire hour with Nintendo's Puppets!

- I have tried #Zelda twice. The first time was for the Game Boy Color, Then the 3DS, both did not bode well, but with the announcement of Zelda: Triforce Heroes, third times the charm, the ability for multi-player AND co-op and the adorable Totem powers, you need to rely on the different options to complete a level or even the game, it makes me itch to try again.

- I really wanted to learn more about the Japanese Dance/Music game that they Showed, but I only gathered FE and a release date of 2016, I'm hoping that there will be more information soon!

- Between +Mia Moore and the online conference, I am building up the urge to give Animal Crossing another chance. They introduced Happy Home and its seems to carry on the adorableness factor that people have come to know and love.

- I am interested in learning more about the new project from Nier for the PS4 that Square Enix showed in the beginning of their conference, which started a minute after Nintendo's, no time for breating at E3! The 3 seconds of the beautiful graphics was enough for me to look for the original one from 5 years ago to see what it's about.

- They are going to remake Final Fantasy 7, a pc version will be available for IOS and Android. The adorable chibi Version World of Final Fantasy available for PS4 and PSVITA (I wanna get it) seemed super adorable and renewed my faith in Final Fantasy, I really wanna try it out. They also revealed Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key for Cell Phones, I was not a fan at first because I thought it was the only Kingdom Hearts I was going to see, but now that I know Kingdom Hearts 3 is alive and well, I'm willing to give it another chance.


What new titles got you excited? Lets talk about it! Hit me up on twitter, or leave a comment below!

Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

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Monday, June 15, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Fictional Fathers

Hi Gang!
 In honor of Father's Day, I thought I would talk about my favorite fictional Fathers. My family and I are really close, and I enjoy spending time with my dad a lot, so this topic is right on the money. Lets get started.



- The Muffin King: Better known as Dad from Dexter's Lab. He was equally loving and clueless when it came to his children's behavior. He was one of the first fictional dads I actually came across, who I liked, and the way he fought those chipmunks for his wife's muffins, was one of my favorite episodes.

- Wayne Fields: Emily Field's father from Pretty Little Liars, the candidates for great dads is SEVERELY lacking in this television Show. Both Aria, and Spencer's father's Cheated on their Spouses, and Hanna's just left them in the Dust. When Emily came out, he was the first one to say hey, it's ok. If that's how you feel, then I'm down. When he isn't out and about protecting "american liberties" he's right at home, for dinner, Christmas or each other.

- Ryoki Fujioka: Haruhi's Father from Ouran High School Host Club, is definitely one of my favorite fictional fathers of all time. His over abundance of Love and Care that he has for Haruhi is something that a lot of fathers, fictional or otherwise should look up too. Sure he's a little unconventional but that doesn't mean he doesn't have the necessary attributes to be a proper father.

- Jim Gordon: Although, he didn't have the common sense to get out of Gotham while he could, or after several incredibly terrible things happened to his family. He is still an upstanding father figure not only to his police force but also to his daughter, Barbara Gordon, who goes on to become Batgirl and her final form, Oracle.

- Arthur Weasley: Latest and greatest. I feel like he literally is the epitome of a perfect fictional father figure. Not only was he able to take care of his family, but he had enough love and space in his heart to adopt Hermione, Harry and the others in his department. I love the admiration he shares for his wife Molly and the love he dotes on his children.

I know I'm a couple of days late, but unfortunately, my work schedule is not being very conducive to blogging. Luckily, this week things will be back to normal!

Who are your favorite Fictional Fathers? Use the hashtag: #nerdetteatlarge on Twitter!

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

~Gabriella!~

Monday, June 8, 2015

Gamer Famelle: Mia of XOMIA!

Hi Gang!
 Oh my gosh you guys! I am so excited to introduce Mia for our Gamer Famelle Interview today. I have been such a huge fan of hers ( I devour her blog) and I honestly can't believe she said yes! I'm movin up ya'll. If you don't know, She's a blogger and Cosplayer from Texas and run Superheroesque. Read on, to find dropped knowledge.




Sony or Nintendo for your mobile gaming?
 Nintendo all the way! I'm not big into action or fps games, and Nintendo has a lot of family-friendly I.P.'s that I really enjoy.

What do you like to see in your games? What about them makes that game your favorite?
 I like games that relax me, rather than stress me out. For some reason, I find most games really stressful! I don't like anything that is super time sesitive or reactionary because of that. I'd rather play a game like Animal Crossing or Mario Party -- Fun, Colorful and Chill!

Do you have a gaming role model? If so, who and why?
 One of my favorite inspirations in general is Felicia Day, because all her successes have come from going against the grain. Her show, The Guild, focuses on things from her real life, like being socially awkward and playing MMOs to escape reality. She's lso an incredible businesswomand and has managed to make herself into a brand that people relate to -- a huge inspiration to me, for sure!

Name your top five games.
 This is tough, but I love Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Sims, Portal, Left4Dead 2 and Pokemon.

If you had to live in a game's environment, which would you choose?
 Can I just answer Animal Crossing for all these questions? Haha. But really, I love Animal Crossing. I'd love it if the background music was really present in my everyday life!

Are you a fan of Pokemon? If so, what are a couple of your favorites?
 Absolutely! Some of my faves are Flaafy (do androids dream of electric sheep?) Drifloon and Sylveon.

Do you get a lot of flack for being a female gamer? Have you ever had an harrassment issues online, blogging, vlogging, gaming or otherwise?
 I don't usually identify myself as a gamer online -- I'm more of a geek of all trades rather than any single geek hobby. I think that's helped me avoid a lot of flack for being a lady gamer. I will say that I've had a few negative comments to me cosplaying from a video game. 

If someone was new to gaming, and you wanted to get them hooked, which game would you recommend?
 I think it depends on what they like in media. Are they about character development, story, action? Are they looking for excitement or relaxation? If they just want an addictive game to play during downtime, I'd say Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If they are story-driven, I'd suggest any of the Telltale games, especially if they are already into the property (i.e. Game of Thrones fans should try the Telltale Game of Thrones game!)

What would you tell parents, who don't let their children play video games?
 I think people who are against children playing video games don't see games as just another form of media. Research has shown that gaming helps with motor skills and making quick dcisions. I think it can be really valuable! If the concern is the content of the games, then make sure that the games your child is playing are education in some way. This doesn't mean they have to play a game about grammar, but almost every non-fps game has some kind of puzzle element.
If you were going to get a gaming tattoo, what would you get and what's the significance for you?
 I think if I got a gaming-related tattoo, it'd probably be from Animal Crossing, since that's been my favorite game for years. To me, Animal Crossing represents the kind of fantasy life I'd love to have -- all the neighbors know each other, and the goals are things that are attainable in real life, like building and decorating a house you love, helping others and building friendships. I'd probably get one of the symbols from the game. 

When you aren't gaming, what are some of your other time-passing hobbies?
 I love all kinds of geeky media -- right now I'm really into TV shows (Game of Thrones and American Horror Story are my current faves) and comic books (Bitch Planet and Rat Queens). I also love creating stuff online -- I blog, recently started podcasting and I'm about to start working on my Youtube channel more!

Do you enjoy games, even when there aren't any playable female characters?
 I have before, but I think it's become a bigger thing for me now. One of my favorite games was Team Fortress 2 and there are only male characters and while I didn't enjoy that, it didn't bother me. Now, I think it's a bigger factor in whether or not I even play a game. There are few and fewer excuses for not including female characters, even if they aren't playable,


 Make sure you visit Mia and show her some love on her twitter and Instagram !

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

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