Monday, July 30, 2012

Are the "Geek Girls" of today like my generation's?

When I was a teenager in the '80s, there were very few "geeky girls".

We were derided by the other girls as being "butch" or "weird" for hanging out with guys and choosing to spend a Friday night playing Dungeons and Dragons or solving the latest Infocom text adventure. It just wasn't considered "cool" to hang with guys that were our friends instead of lusting after the quarterback. In fact, even the term "geek" was derogatory.

I think in todays world, in light of people like Bill Gates becoming a billionaire, geekery is "cool", and some girls have decided that to get the computer programmer type guys they have to pretend to be interested in the latest video games or comic book characters backstories.

To me, being a true geek is being so obsessed with something technical or gamer related that they know it inside and out..not just casual familiarity. You also have to be willing to shoulder off all the negative comments because this is who you really are-not a front you present because dark horn rimmed glasses are cute..

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More Geeky Gamer Girl quotes..For all the girl geeks

I just love these, so I had to share..

He also needs a healer..LOL

"Don't get your hopes up, they already have boyfriends"

This is not a gamergirl. It is a slut with a controller.This IS a gamergirl "I'll shower when Hyrule is free"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Breaking Bad is BACK!

How many of you tuned in to AMC this past Sunday for the season premier of Breaking Bad? I definitely did, and was on the edge of my seat for the whole episode, which went by in the blink of an eye.

This episode deals with the aftermath of Gustavo Fring's death-from what Hank and the DEA are examining, to Walter and his family, to Mike and Pinkman. I don't want to say too much but there were some wide eyed "OH MY GOODNESS" moments for me.

I will be glued to my seat every Sunday for the next 7 episodes, then I hear the remaining 8 won't play till 2013. *sigh*

For you fans who want some swag, I have magnets, t-shirts, wall art, and coffee mugs in my Etsy store..

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gumption..what is it and how does it help us succeed?

 WikiDictionary describes gumption as: 

gumption (uncountable)
  1. Energy of mind and body, enthusiasm.  
  2. Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness, guts; spunk; initiative.gumph chutzpah
Think about the successful people you admire. Chances are, that they have guts-initiative to just "go for" something they really want. Sure, talent is a factor, but to go beyond that point where talent is not enough-to get out there and show the world what your special skills are regardless of whether you'll fail or not is the key.

Margaret Mitchell, author of the highly successful novel Gone with the Wind wrote:
"If the novel has a theme it is that of survival," wrote Mitchell when Gone With the Wind was published. "What makes some people able to come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don't. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those who go under...? I only know that the survivors used to call that quality 'gumption.' So I wrote about the people who had gumption and the people who didn't."

 So, if gumption is the key to success, then knowing that, why do so many people fail in what they set out to do? Whether it be in relationships, business, hobbies, or financial situations?

There is also such a thing as a "Gumption Trap". Wikipedia describes it as:
A gumption trap is an event or mindset that can cause a person to lose enthusiasm and become discouraged from starting or continuing a project. The word "gumption" denotes a combination of commonsense, shrewdness, and a sense of initiative.
Although the last of these traits is the primary victim of the "gumption trap," the first two suffer indirectly in that a reduction in initiative results in a reduction in constructive activity and therefore inhibits one's development of the first two traits. The "trap" portion of the term refers to the negative feedback loop that the event or mindset creates: That the reduction in the person's enthusiasm and initiative decreases both the person's likelihood of success in that project and the degree of success likely (thus doubly affecting the expected outcome of the person's efforts). The usual result, whether a mere lack of success or instead an outright failure complete with embarrassment and loss of the resources initially invested, further discourages the person.
Personally I think we could all use more gumption. We all have hopes, dreams, projects, or relationships we want to pursue and there's a lot to be said for getting over that initial hump vs the alternative of sitting back and letting the world run you down.
"It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own". ~Jessamyn West

So true.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Geeky Gamer Girl Quotes and Demotivational Posters..

I didn't have much time to post today, but I wanted to share my favorite "Demotivational Posters" on Geeky Gamer Girls . How many times have we heard "You're lucky that you're a girl, I let you win.." or "I can't believe you actually beat me..must have been lag." when we win against a male opponent? Especially the early 20 something crowd.
What is it about glasses that makes chicks hotter?

Got Geek? Brains over beauty. You'll thank me later.

Yes we do exist. So make your own damn sammich boys. I'm busy pwning noobs and getting free stuff from flirting.

Nothing is more appealing to a man than a woman who can kick his ass.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Diablo 3 Review

I was all ready today to write a review on Diablo 3 since I finished it on Normal difficulty with my Barbarian,and am starting a new game with a Demon Hunter who is level 16 .

I started up the game so I could post a picture of my character, but..lo and behold, Blizzards servers are down for maintenance, therefore the game is UNAVAILABLE.

Which leads me to the #1 reason in my "cons" column about the game. My thought is, that if you spend almost $60.00 for a game, you should be able to access said game to play it when you wish. it is:

My Pros for the game:
  1. Great graphics
  2. So many areas to explore and fight and they all look different! There's castles, dungeons, sewers,       grassland, etc..
  3. Each class has numerous abilities and/or spells so you can customize playability
  4. Monsters are varied and have different abilities as well so you don't get bored too easily. Some yellow or other "special" monsters have a variety of attacks that really amp up the difficulty.
My Cons:
  1. DEFINITELY my pet peeve is not being able to access the game if Blizzards servers are down.
  2. The lag from having to be attached to the internet and play on Blizzards servers sometimes causes my character to die. The monsters can still cause damage to me, but I can't hurt them, and in large battles a few seconds makes all the difference.  
I find it a fun, mindless game to play overall. it's gorgeous, varied and the voice over actors are terrific! Geeks will recognize the Templar companions voice as Dominic Keating - Star Trek Enterprise's Lt. Malcolm Reed

All in all, I'd give it a 8 out of 10.

Battlenet is back's some pics of my characters with all their cool gear!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Zombie theme park possibly opening in Detroit?

As we all know, Detroit was hit hard in the economic downturn. People lost their jobs in alarming numbers as companies shut down or moved away, leaving a huge area of land abandoned.

Zworld Website

The Z world project wants to bring life back into the city, and give jobs to those who live there, strengthening the economy. The ZWorld founders describe the experience as:

Imagine that you're living through the zombie apocalypse.  You and your group are looking for sanctuary in an abandoned urban landscape.  You are out of ammo so you are relying on your smarts to survive.   As you start to adjust to your new surroundings, your relative calm is broken by a pack of zombies.
People panic and start to run.  Some in your group aren’t fast enough and fall to the zombies.  Soon they will also be zombies.  Where do you go?  The odds say make a run for it and you listen.  Your group runs down the street and hides in an old warehouse. Is it safe in here?  Will the growing zombie horde pass without noticing you?  What about your supplies?  What about the friend that was lost in the chaos?  How long will you survive?  Will you make it through the night?
All of this will take place in an expansive, enclosed area of Detroit filled with open spaces, industrial buildings and homes.  Of course, to be a true ‘experience’, this must be immersive.  The experience is designed to last overnight where you are sequestered in Z World Detroit.  For that time, Z World Detroit will be your world, while you forget about any other problems.  You will be chased.  You will hide.  You will hunt.   You will have an experience you will never forget.  You will make new friends.  You will be exhausted and exhilarated.    It is a sprawling and chaotic real-life video game and the strangest camping trip of your life, all within a surreal location. 
Can you imagine spending the night with your friends, battling a zombie invasion? How cool is that? It sounds like there will be no weapons per se, a "patch" system will be implemented where the humans have several pathes that if torn off, will eventally turn them into a zombie. The zombies will have patches to tear off before they are eliminated.

Personally, I'd like to see some sort of lazer tag system in place for the "kills" of the zombies. I don't know if up close and personal is a good liability issue for the theme park.

 Regardless, I really hope they can get this project off the ground-it seems unlike anything I have ever seen before and it sounds like TONS of fun..

Friday, July 6, 2012

Geeky Book Review "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

I came across this book on Amazon, it being one of their "Top 100" for last year, and was drawn in by the cover-trailers stacked on top of one another with retro graphic looking title. I read the description and was immediately drawn in.
The story is set in a grim 2044, where the people are poor and resources are scarce. They escape their daily lives by entering the Oasis-a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online game) that had gradually evolved into a globally networked virtual reality. They can spend real world money to purchase items for their Avatar, or earn points by completing quests to gain treasure-gold or in-world items like armor or weapons. Worlds that can be visited are in the thousands-there's recreations of the Star Wars Universe, Dungeons and Dragons style questing areas, nightclubs, virtual homes..whatever people can think of.

The creator of this virtual universe was a man named James Halliday who was obsessed with the 80's culture. By his death, he had achieved a multibillion dollar fortune.In his will, he left behind a quest called “Anorak’s Invitation” based on all the 80's trivia, songs, TV shows, movies,and videogames he loved so much. Whoever solves the riddles and quests associated with them will inherit his fortune.

"Continue the quest by taking the test"
Yes, but what test? What test was I supposed to take? The Kobayashi Maru? The Pepsi Challenge? Could the clue have been any more vague?” -Ready Player One

Most of the people who are trying to solve the quest are teenagers, called "gunters"-disenchanted by the world they live in and are virtual shut ins. One is named Wade Watts. He is an expert on all things 80's. He's spent years watching 80's tv shows and movies and playing through all of Halliday’s favorite games while trying to figure out the first clue. When he does, and his name goes to the top of a "high Scorers list", the world goes into a frenzy and interest ramps up. There is also a blogger he's been following called Art3mis that he meets and falls for even though he's never met her in the "real world". She's just as good at the games and references as he is.
“Dilettantes,’ Art3mis said. ‘It’s their own fault for not knowing all the Schoolhouse Rock! lyrics by heart.”

But, another corporation is working against all the solo hunters to gain the fortune, and applying massive resources to the quest-hundreds of people all networked together, as well as an archive of all movies, books, TV shows, video games, etc. Will Wade, the underdog win? Will he also gain the heart of Art3mis?

I thoroughly enjoyed the geeky references in this book, as I was a teen in the 80's and played my share of Atari games and Dungeons and Dragons modules. Something I didn't know is that in the Atari game Adventure, there was the first "Easter egg". In a hidden room the creator its creator, Warren Robinett placed an egg with his name on it as being the designer of the game.( I guess way back in the beginning of videogames the individual designers were not given credit for the game and this was his workaround.) I sung along to "Dead Man's Party" and other iconic hits as they were referenced, and laughed at some of the wacky lines referenced from my favorite 80's movies.

I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes popculture, especially those who were teens in the 80's. A thoroughly fun and nostalgic read.