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Making the Move to Blogger

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2011, by residentgamer

I have been wanting to move to Blogger for some time now. Then the A to Z challenge happened and I stayed put. But I have exported all my posts to Blogger and I’m working on the finishing touches. I can now be found here:


Reflections on the A to Z Challenge Mega Post

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 2011, by residentgamer

I signed up for this challenge without really thinking about it. Then it hit me, I would have to post just about everyday. Yikes. Before the challenge, I was sort of reluctant about blogging. I had this blog, but I didn’t post often. That’s going to change. I can’t it stress enough; I had so much fun doing this challenge. It was awesome reading blogs and thinking about what to post about. I was sort of nervous at first. How in the world would I come up with a topic for every letter of the alphabet? Especially just about video games. But I did it and for the most part, it was easy.

I couldn’t image having 3 or 4 blogs to contend with! So kudos to everyone who entered and finished with more then one. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to read my babble, especially those who aren’t gamers and probably don’t know what I’m talking about most of the time. lol I got to know some really great people through this challenge and I hope to continue reading their posts. I’m so glad I signed up and saw it through. Congrats to everyone who did too!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with Gordon Freeman…..

Y is for Yay for April

Posted in PS3, Uncategorized, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Since the A to Z challenge is almost over, I want to do a post about the month in general. I had a blast with the challenge and I’m so glad I signed up.

As for this month in video games, it’s been one of big highs and lows. There was “Portal Kombat” on April 19.  How often does two of my favorite video game franchises release games on the same day? Yay! It was awesome. I’m still playing both Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat and will be for quite awhile. I’ve mentioned before, the PS3 had the upper hand with both games. Portal 2 got Steam integration and MK got Kratos.

Of course, this month has been one of the worst for the PSN. We found out that Sony shut down the PSN on April 20th because of security concerns. Then it was announced someone broke into our accounts and may have taken credit card info. It’s a mess. The PSN won’t be back until May 3 or 4. In all this news about the PSN, XBL warned of a possible phishing scam on CoD Modern Warfare 2.

Speaking of XBL, starting on April 18, gamers who bought Bulletstorm were invited to play the Gears of War 3 beta. People who pre-ordered Gears through Gamestop (like me) got beta access on the 25.While I’m more excited for the campaign of Gears 3, what I’ve seen of the multiplayer so far is awesome.

April has been a very busy month for gamers.  May is promising L.A. Noire, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean,  the return of the PSN,  and many other things. I can’t wait!

K is for Kick Ass BioShock Tattoo!

Posted in Games, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I have moved and this post can be found here:

Video Game Tattoo

Posted in Games, Uncategorized, Zelda with tags , on February 2011, by residentgamer

It may seem strange that I have over 20 tattoos and not one is video game related. I plan on fixing that soon. I’m going to get a gaming inspired tattoo that spans from my elbow to my wrist. Instead of picking just one game, I decided to incorporate images that come from many games that I have loved over the years. So far I planned something from Zelda, Mario, Resident Evil, Gears of War, and Left 4 Dead. Those “somethings” are undecided as of right now. For other games I have weighted companion cube from Portal, nurses from Silent Hill, Alma from F.E.A.R., Vault Boy from Fallout and Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic. There are other ideas I have floating around like Talim from Soul Caliber fighting Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat. I definitely want something BioShock, but I might get a Big Daddy on my leg instead. I also want to incorporate more older games from the 8-bit era and maybe R.O.B. the robot. Of course there are many other games I want to do something with, but I’m afraid I’ll run out of room. 🙂 At least my husband is a tattoo artist and will help me pick out what looks best.

It will probably be awhile until everything is mapped out, but I’m just excited I finally decided on what type of gaming tattoo I want.

Video Games and Women

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2010, by residentgamer

So ladies who are gamers, do you feel the gaming industry is getting better or worse for us?  Do we need to label ourselves as “gamer girls” or should we all just be “gamers?”

On a day to day basis, I don’t really think about how women fit into video games. I have games and I play them. But I do think about what it means to be a women who likes to play games  every so often. Like in the Discovery Channel’s Rise of Video Game series. It describes gamers as going from “boys” to “young men.” Really? I’ve been playing video games since Nintendo was released in the U.S., so I feel girls who grew up on games should be mentioned.

And of course there’s the “fanboy.”  Magazines will proclaim the “fanboys” are going to love this game or that game. Why can’t we just be fans?

Women just don’t play Cooking Mama or facebook games. In fact, I don’t play either. I prefer shooters, RPGs and action/adventure. I don’t care if my character is female or male. I just want to kill zombies, shoot the Locust, set the Big Sister on fire with a plasmid etc.

Do we need all the labels? Is it a good thing or bad thing? I’m not sure. But at the end of the day  I just want to play.

For more on Women and Video Games:

Strange Little Things I Love in Video Games

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2010, by residentgamer

I think I might start a series like this if I keep picking my brain and remembering strange little fun facts about games.
Today, I’m going to look a few silly little things you can do in video games. These aren’t minigames, or sidequests, just small, amusing activities.

Fallout 3
I could probably write a book about all the neat little things in Fallout 3. From surviving glitches to collecting Bobbleheads, this game is full of weird, wonderful things. The strangest thing I have found is Cow tipping, yep COW tipping. (Well, it should be called Brahmin tipping). After you get the Chinese Stealth Suit, you can sneak up on the Wasteland’s bovines and push them over. It’s great fun. You don’t hurt them, they just moo and fall over.

Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past
Attack of the chickens!! This never ceases to amuse me. If you attack a chicken long enough, a whole flock will come out of nowhere and attack poor Link. Granted it’s been awhile since I played A Link to the Past, but from what I remember you really have to hit that chicken a lot (I’m talking minutes and minutes) for the flock to come. Still, it’s weird little thing tucked into the game.

Gears Of War
Marcus and Dom love to boogie. My brother taught me this one. If you place Marcus or Dom against the wall while under cover and switch their weapons over and over, it sort of looks like they’re dancing. Like a disco too! Maybe I’m just easily amused…

For some cool video game facts that actually have a point in the plot, check out my Shocking Video Game Plot Twists article.