Nerdette Minute #7: Switch Unboxing!

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I thought it would be fun to film a video while I unboxed my brand new switch! You know how much I love video games and I love sharing them with you so here it is, I'm going to start doing one video a week and I hope you guys will bear with me but I'm thinking about streaming on twitch once a week as well!! so make sure you like and subscribe you don't miss out.

 This video shows you everything that comes in the box, along with size comparisons to the other handheld systems that I carry with me, and what kinds of connections you'll need in order to get your switch on!

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The Handheld Mistress #40: The Future

Hi Gang!

  It's been a wild couple of weeks in terms of gaming over here for me. Having two jobs has really helped me in the money department and now I can afford to pick up games that I want to play on their release date. Generally, I would pick up games two months after they've been released, your girl has really moved up. I've gotten quite a few games since the last time I wrote so I figured I would update you. 

  My biggest gaming news right now is that I bought a Nintendo Switch! I'm pretty happy with it, and the mobility is amazing, it's probably my favorite thing about it right now. I've only had it for about a full week. I bought Super Mario Odyssey and Bomberman R, and then once I got it home and had it completely set it up, I bought a few more titles from the EShop. King Of Fighters 2000, Magical Drop 2, Metal Slug X, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, and Dark Witch Episode: Rudymical.


I've been working on Magical Drop 2 and Metal Slug X mostly, I just really love being able to pick the system up and take it with me, so my game never has to wait for me to get back. Which is a big reason why I haven't really touched my PS4 in a while? It's not Mobile, Once I start a game there, I have to stay there, Whereas the Switch, The PSVita, and the 3DSXL, I can just toss in my bag and take with me, on my excursions, or play while I'm getting my oil changed, or when I have to wait while I'm doing adulting.

 In the PSvita department, I finally got around to picking up Summon Night 6. I'd been waiting for this game since I caught a glimpse of it on the coming up lists that they post in Gamestop. I generally don't pre-order things, because I don't really have a chosen GameStop. I like to travel to them around the city and see what there is to see. There are some that have really great selections but shitty customer service, and then vis a vis, so it's hard for me to pre-order, because I have to come back to that specific GameStop to pick up the game. 


 When I first saw the list, I could have sworn it said that Summon Night 6 was going to be available in August on the 27th. Then the clerk told me it was September 27th, Then I was told it was October 27th, and then I made an effort to go on the 27th to pick it up and the clerk told me Halloween. So I looked her in the eye and I was like, October 31st, Halloween Day I will be able to come in and pick up my pre-ordered game. She looks at me and says yes, on Halloween morning, I walked into Gamestop and walked out with my game. So I don't know if I was just wishfully thinking or if they literally were moving the date every month, but I have it now and It doesn't matter. 

 I brought it right into work and started playing it, I've made it to chapter two already, and I'm already addicted. I am a little sad that they didn't keep the melee attack mechanism from Summon Night 6 for the GBA, but games, systems and game mechanics need to grow as well right? The characters are pretty funny, I can't wait to learn more about them. It must suck to be the only person on an entire planet, and I'm so glad that they've gotten some visitors!

 For the *New* 3DSXL, I picked up Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy. I don't think I need to talk about how much I love Professor Layton. If you don't know, I am addicted. I have a tattoo, I own every game in his series, I've seen the movie, and I own the art book. So when I saw there was another Layton game, I had to pick it up. However, I'm halfway through Diabolical Box and Professor Layton v. Ace Attorney. I've been moving back and forth between the games, and it's been a while since I'd played. So when I started the new one, I was super rusty. I may stream it, but you guys have to promise not to laugh at me when I'm failing the puzzles. 


 It's not really a new game, but it is game related. During the month of October, Gamestop was giving out these little cards with codes for their newest Pokemon, Marshadow. I was so excited because it is the 3rd cutest Pokemon ever in my opinion. I always open up my system at work so I can download it and forget about the fact that the internet is not connected to my system. 

So I finally got around to using the card a couple of days ago. Their code cards are so easy. It only took me a few minutes to input the card, and then vroom, I had a Marshadow! My favorite thing about the sprite is that its actions causes its head to go teal and his eyes to light up, and honestly it just kind of reminds me of a Super Saiyan! I didn't name it because it was a mystery gift Pokemon, but I'm going to take it to the name rater, so I can. I'm glad it didn't allow me to do it because I am still mulling over names. 


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My Issue With Spiderman: Homecoming

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  I've got something I want to get off my chest about this film. I've been holding it in since I originally saw the movie in theaters, back in July. Now before I start, I have to say how excited I was about this movie. Spiderman, Peter Parker was finally coming to the MCU. He's such an integral part of the directions the movies are heading in now, that I was so excited when I saw Homecoming was going to be part of Marvel/Disney's Films. 


  I was even more impressed when I saw how diverse the casting was. Two black female leads? In a comic book film? This was also before Black Panther's Trailer came out and before that I would have said it was absolutely unheard of. I was so excited not only about these bad ass ladies becoming part of the Marvel Universe but the representation that this movie held. Zendaya and Laura Harrier did such a good job in their roles, and I instantly fell in love with MJ's Devil May Care attitude. 


  There were a few things that are generally parts of Spiderman films that were left out of Spiderman Homecoming that can be chalked up to creative license and writing. I can get with that, it definitely doesn't have to absolutely be the source material. Especially, if in its place the film will be more inclusive then it's foundation.


 One of the things you'll always find in a Spiderman film is the kiss. Now I'm not saying that Spiderman is supposed to ALWAYS be romantic. It's not. However, the kiss is something that is just always there, and now that Peter has a black love interest suddenly it just isn't mentioned? Isn't even thought out? Something you would always find if his love interest was white, that suddenly the writers, just forgot to put in?


 With the racist casting of Dr. Strange, wouldn't this be an optimal opportunity to prove that you've learned your lesson and that you are listening to your VERY DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE AUDIENCE and show that you are taking our criticsm to heart? That you are trying to fix things. A lot of people I've talked to about this, think it isn't a big deal, and that it was just oversight.


 The issue isn't the kiss. The issue isn't even the lack of a kiss. The issue is representation. I am a black bi woman who loves COMICS, and even though you can find comics on literally every subject, diversity is still something that people are just now putting thought into. When I was in college, I talked about comics all the time with my friends and anyone who would listen honestly, and even though we were comic buffs, they found it difficult to name 6 Black heroes from either of the Big Two exclusively. 


  The issue is that Peter Parker, a MAJOR character in the Marvel Pantheon has a Black love interest, and one of the things that has become a staple of his character, and the way he is presented in media, was left out once the race of his crush wasn't white. I'm hoping that it's because although he was attracted to Liz, that he will ultimately end up with MJ, and they're saving it for that. I'm trying to be optomistic, but it really pisses me off that a lot of people aren't seeing the bigger picture. 



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Ink Adventures #4: Momo The Cat

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  I wanted to talk about my latest tattoo today. As you may or may not know, Halloween is my favorite holiday. With Friday the 13th being a close second and my birthday rounding out the list. A lot of tattoo shops have flash sales on those two days, but that isn't a reason why they're my favorite. I called up my favorite shop and asked if he was doing it as well, and I was in luck! $35 for a custom tattoo no bigger than the palm of your hand. Other than my poetry and raven, My tattoos are generally about that size. 

 Every Halloween, Google has a doodle. For 2016, they created a game for users to play, which featured Momo the cat by an extensive group of artists, such as Juliana Chen and Olivia Huynh. Momo is a cat witch, whose magical school is overrun with evil ghosts. When it came out, I literally had a cute attack. I was so grabbed by the gameplay and art that I played it through several times until about Thanksgiving of that year. 

 This year, Halloween was a continuation, with Momo and the gang, in costumes, who come across a ghost named jinx that just wants to be accepted and trick or treat with them. My heart, you guys. It was so adorable and heartwrenching, I cried. I fully admit that I am a marshmallow and I wouldn't have it any other way. The way Momo accepted Jinx with no hesitation, I knew she was a cat version of me, and thus I had to have her.

 Momo the tattoo was born! It's actually a double because Geronimo Sama's nickname is Momo, so it still works out! I have her doing a bit of magic, with her wand, and in her wizard tunic. It's so tiny, but it bled SO MUCH! I think because it was a pretty fleshy area. I also got her eyes colored in, I'm working on trying to include more and more color into my tattoos. 


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October Favorites

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  Aiyah! It feels so good to be back. I have definitely been slacking on the blogging and I have missed it so much, I think I just needed a little break. With the two jobs, and trying to be an adult, I definitely lost track of my blog and my youtube channel. With my second job wrapping up for the season though, I will have way more time to create and thought I would try and slide as many posts in as I could before I go back to full-time content creation, which I missed so so much. I didn't get a lot of content in for the month of October, but I did get to do a few things, so here are my favorite things!


 - I got a new tattoo on Halloween. A Lot of artists and shops have flash sales on Halloween and Friday the 13th, so I called up Khris, and asked if he had any deals and he did! So I went in and got Momo the cat on my shoulder, and I am so so excited about it. I got a new place tattooed, so it's taking a minute to heal, but google's Halloween mascot has just affected me so much, that I had to get her permanently attached. If you don't know who Momo the Cat is, do yourself a favor and play last years game, and watch this year's video!


- This year's Google Doodle really caught my heartstrings. After watching how Momo handled Jinx the ghost, I knew she needed to be a tattoo. This doodle is really about being accepted, and when I was younger it was something I wanted so desperately. I love this video so much, so definitely make sure you watch it if you haven't checked it out already. 


- For the first time, I used markers and paint on my pumpkins. As I'm sure you are well aware, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but Pumpkin Carving isn't one of my favorite things to do. We went to Michaels for Halloween decorations and they had a 60% sale on their plastic pumpkins. I picked up a black and a white one, and pretty much all month, the Boy wonder and I hemmed and hawed about what we should do with them. About a week before Halloween, we came up with the brilliant idea to paint them like Jason and Batman. So I used art Markers from Amazon to create Jason from a picture online, and then I attempted to paint the batman symbol but the markers weren't showing up on the black pumpkin, so then I really used my noggin, and I dug out our acrylic paints and as I was looking up Batman, I had the BRILLIANT idea to do Blacula instead, and if you don't know who that is, please, educate yourself, everyone needs Blacula in their lives. This was the first time painting in so long, but I was super pleased with how it turned out. 


 - I got a brand new instant camera this month. The Lomography Lomo'Instat South Beach edition. I know what you're thinking, why are you purchasing an old media? The simple reason? I LOVE CAMERAS and I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. It's an old media, but Instax film is still very easy to purchase and find so it isn't obsolete yet, and damnit ya'll there is just something about film. I love this camera a lot more than the Instax mini 8 because I can take selfies AND it came with 5 different lenses for me to play with! So, of course, I couldn't leave it on the shelf. I picked it up from Barnes and Noble, and since its purchase, I've almost gone through an entire pack of instant film. Which is great, seeing as I have only used three packs since receiving the Instax Mini for my birthday a year ago. Don't worry, It will have its own post I've been dying to talk about it.


 - Walking into Gamestop and buying Alolan Raichu and Layton's Mystery Journey. You guys know how I have been feeling about the adorable Alolan versions of Pokemon for Pokemon Sun and Moon! The Raichu has to be one of my favorites because even though they're an electric Pokemon they're alolan and they surf on their tail, and they LOVE PANCAKES! It's Canon, trust me. I definitely couldn't leave him on the shelf, and then I told myself that I would only get him, but then I saw the new Layton game on the shelf, and I knew I couldn't leave without it. I was on my way to work, so of course, I opened Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy and played it during the shift, even though I'm technically still in the middle of Diabolical Box story wise. 


- The Season 2 premiere of Riverdale! YAAAAAS! I waited so long for this you guys. I love the dark air that the story is taking, I'm loving that Jughead is coming into his own with the gang even without his father, I love how crazy Cheryl is becoming, this season is shaping up to be pretty wild, and I'm definitely ready for the ride. 

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Nerdette Minute #5: Grave Questions for Riverdale.

Hi Gang,

  Two weeks ago, Riverdale graced our lives with the premiere of the second season, and I totally filmed this in anticipation of the premiere, but of course, technical difficulties and life got in my way. 

  In this video, I travel to two different graveyards and talk about what I'm expecting in season 2 of Riverdale. I'm working hard to try and film in places that aren't my house, so hopefully, you guys are enjoying the content and the change of scenery. 

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