May’s Project: The 30 Days of Games Meme

I don’t normally hop on the meme bandwagon, but I tried doing this one a year ago or so, and liked it, and think it’ll get me back into blogging regularly now that PAX East is over and I’m home from a vacation in California. With tomorrow being May 1st, I figure it’s as good a day as any to start a month-long prompt-fest. Here’s the list:

Day 1 – Very first video game.
Day 2 – Your favorite character.
Day 3 – A game that is underrated.
Day 4 – Your guilty pleasure game.
Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Day 6 – Most annoying character.
Day 7 – Favorite game couple.
Day 8 – Best soundtrack.
Day 9 – Saddest game scene.
Day 10 – Best gameplay.
Day 11 – Gaming system of choice.
Day 12 – A game everyone should play.
Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes.
Day 17 – Favorite antagonist.
Day 18 – Favorite protagonist.
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.
Day 20 – Favorite genre.
Day 21 – Game with the best story.
Day 22 – A game sequel which disappointed you.
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
Day 24 – Favorite classic game.
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing.
Day 26 – Best voice acting.
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.
Day 28 – Favorite game developer.
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 – Your favorite game of all time.

I tried doing this on my long-defunct tumblr, but only got about halfway through. Though many of my responses will still be the same for some days in terms of what the game is, other games will be different, and I’m not going to take the easy road and copy/paste from the old list. So goodbye April, and hello to May and 30 Days of Games!

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Where I Belong: A Harry Potter Quiz

I totally took this from MLHawke’s Blog. It’s interesting to me because so many fantasies deal with the concept of what home is. Often the hero is taken, sometimes violently, from his or her comfort zone and thrust into a new situation he or she must cope with. Sometimes the change is necessary, and the hero thrives. Other times it’s rocky and difficult and it takes time and growth to become comfortable with it, or at least accept that this is the way it’s going to be.

It’s not too unlike life: when we’re taken from our comfort zones it can be painful. We’re put into a situation where we can thrive, or we can fight it, and it’s not until acceptance occurs that we begin to grow.

All this philosophical babble to say:

The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!

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Said Ravenclaw, "We’ll teach those whose intelligence is surest."

Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron’s affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine’s editor).

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Definitely not a bad thing. My next closest matches were Hufflepuff with 79, and Gryffindor with 78. Slytherin was chilling at the bottom with 55.

How about you? Where do/would you belong?

What D&D Character Am I?

You Are A:

 

Lawful Neutral Human Sorcerer (4th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 12
Constitution- 12
Intelligence- 15
Wisdom- 13
Charisma- 12

Alignment:
Lawful Neutral- A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

So I’ve been meaning to post this for a bit but haven’t had a chance.  It’s a good quiz, well over 100 questions, but they ask some thoughtful things that really help paint a good picture of who you would be in a real-life D&D game.  Though I’m playing a Rogue in one game and a Bard in another, the description of Sorcerer matches me pretty well.

So… what D&D character are you? Click here and find out!

The Shame Game

I really hope this doesn’t turn into a tl;dr for some people.  This is something that really hit me hard after the high of PAX and I felt I really needed to get out.

As a female gamer I’m constantly aware of the way women are presented in games.  One of my favorite panels at PAX East 2011 was about the portrayal of women in games, whether it’s as the helpless damsel in distress or the kickass heroine; the taut and toned adventure-seeker or the super-sexy femme fatale.  It was interesting, and brought up a whole lot of food for thought.  The year passed, and then this year’s PAX East got me thinking more, particularly with the aftermath of some photos posted by BioWare.  So many comments came up about how many “fatties” were at the convention, and how all the “fat gamers” needed to get off their asses or at least get a Wii Fit or something.  And it got me thinking more.

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Sincere Apologies!

Oh my.  I haven’t blogged in at least six weeks.  There are some really good reasons for that.

1. I’ve had a major life change (for the good, no worries).  I’ll call him Bard (the way MLHawke calls her husband Paladin and her daughter Kender).  He is a gamer and we’re wonderful together.  But in these early stages of being a duo, it’s taking a lot of time.  This is in no way a bad thing.

2. I’ve been preparing for PAX East, which wrapped up on Sunday the 8th.  I spent pretty much all of March with Bard looking forward to going to PAX East, which has also given me a lot to blog about on many different levels.

5. I built a costume for PAX East, which took most all my free time from when I started the actual build up until the convention itself.  When I wasn’t gaming with Bard and/or our mutual friends, or spending time with Bard, I was building this.  I actually only put on my xBox during the entire build to have a movie on as background.

But now that the dust of PAX is settling and Bard and I are easing into a routine, I think I can be back to my blog.  I have a lot that’s been on my mind, and a lot that I’m ready and raring to write about.  So again, apologies; I didn’t mean to temporarily abandon my blogging (or anything or anyone else), so now I’m back!