I’m a Drunk Toddler

I was working on a vidcast for a class yesterday (which was horrific by the way. For those of you brave enough to make it a hobby, I salute you.), and I did some of my recording when I had just woken up. I thought that I was awake enough that you couldn’t tell that I had just awaken from a nap, but I was wrong. So very wrong. I listened to the recordings and I had an epiphany….

I sound like a drunk 4 year old when I’m tired.

I was astonished and disturbed. I’m a 22 year old woman. I should not sound like that. . . Further more why hasn’t anyone told me? I’ve been married for a year now and was with my hubby 3 1/2 years before that, surely he must have known. Or my best friend since 3rd grade, she must have heard it. WHY HASN’T ANYONE TOLD ME??!!

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Going ‘Old School’

I was thinking about all the new games and systems coming out later this year, and was fretting over the need/want for them to have a backwards compatibility feature. Call me a hoarder or just a nostalgic gamer, but I still have all my old games including my FFVII for PS1 and all my original Gameboy games.  Now I saw this picture, and it reminded me of all of this.

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Despite everyone getting all excited for all these new games, we can’t help ourselves (or at least I can’t) when it comes to older games. Even though we’ve played it time and time again, there are just certain games that you just love playing. Like Super Mario World, Mario Kart, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong Kountry, and Mortal Kombat to name a few.

Many developers have already realized this, and companies have redone older games to be downloaded or boughten as a disc/cartridge on a newer system. The ‘retro’ games, such as Pac-Man, Pole Position, and Mappy, have even come out as arcade classics to plug straight into your TV. Some are completely remodeled to be brought to a new gaming generation, which isn’t bad. Sometimes a face lift on a gaming franchise can not only bring in new gamers into the franchise, but allow those who already love it something new to enjoy.

 

While none of this is new, I was wondering…. Will these new console developers ever hear our (or at least those like me) cries for a backwards compatibility? To at least be able to play the games from the previous system on the new one about to come out? They did it for the PS2, but why not the PS3? Even the Xbox360 eventually allowed for patches and updates to let people play some of their original Xbox games. Why can’t the PS4 do that? I’m not saying that it eventually won’t, but from what news we currently have about the system it won’t even be able to play PS3 games.

What are your thoughts on the topic? I am feeling nostalgic, and wish that developers would think about the older generation of gamers when designing. Yes, many of the people who are playing are younger (tweens to early twenties), but there are a few of us gamers who have been playing our whole lives and would maybe like to play those older games without having to shell out big bucks to rebuy/rebuild our old consoles. I can’t tell you how expensive it would be to buy all the old systems I would need to play my games or even to buy all of my older games as downloads on these newer ones. It’s maddening.

Gamer Girls: The Real and The Attention Wh0r35

I’ve seen a lot of these pictures online, and I felt it necessary to write something about it. There are some common stereotypes about girls who play video games. That all the games that they play are ‘girlie’. Games like The Sims, Just Dance, Wii Fit etc. I don’t understand how these games are considered ‘girlie’, well except for Sims. Come on. A game about creating a family, designing and building a home, and then other families and their homes; it’s all very controlling and sort of weird. Saying this, I play the crap out of the Sims.

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Anywho, another stereotype is that gamer girls brag about being a girl who plays games that are considered “Boss”, “hardcore”, or “Cool”. These girls will go online on PSN or Xboxlive or whatever gaming community that they are apart of, and then go on about how she’s a girl and she just loves to play the game. She will be cutesy and coy, and will insist on the boys that are playing that she really doesn’t want the attention and that she just really loves the game. She is only playing to get attention, trust me.

This does not just pertain to the online realm of gaming, but also on social networks. Girls that are doing stupid things just to get attention because guys like girls who share a common interests (e.i. video games) that they do. Things like trying to be sexy with game controllers (Why would you put that in your mouth? Nonsense), and holding up games that they play by holding the discs  (I seriously I found a picture of a girl holding 3 $60 games fanned out by the discs. I know those aren’t her games, because if they were she would DEFINITELY would not be holding them that way).

The real gamers, the one’s that actually give two shits about the game and not the attention that we will surely get from being a girl, will harass you for even giving them any crap about being of the female persuasion. The real gamers will cuss you out for making a big deal about being a girl instead of focusing on the game, because when this happens they lose focus and you will undoubtedly lose the match you’re currently  playing or they troll you so that you will lose. I hate it when this happens, and a lot of the time I don’t even use my headset when playing online. My PSN name doesn’t have any inclination towards a gender or sex, either. It’s a unisex name.

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Speaking of cussing, I turn into a sailor when I play. I swear so much that you’d think that…. well you’d think very bad of me.  It had gotten so bad that my husband doesn’t like playing Burnout or COD with me anymore because I’ve said and called him some things that were mean to say the least.

Real gamers don’t brag about playing and being a girl at the same time. They play the game purely to play the game. They will troll, pwn, shit talk, and commit general kick assery when playing; and if you give them any kind of sass about being a girl, they will show you what it means to “Play like a girl.” Real gamers will love, cherish, and play our games as if they were like one of our past or future lives (living in every moment) regardless of the parts that dangle between their legs or the lack there of. So get over playing with girls online, and the girls who make a big deal out of playing and being a girl just need to stop playing.

You’re Killing Me, FOB

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Okay, I know that I had posted just a few weeks ago about Fall Out Boy (FOB) saying that they were NEVER getting back together. Ever. No reunion tour. No specialty concerts. No nothing. Ever. I was willing to accept this unfortunate fact, but this was because this was something that the band really wanted. They were getting tired of all the rumors and  crazy fans trying to make something out of nothing. Understandable.

But with all of this being said… Why would you come out of nowhere and announce that you are in fact going to be reuniting? I mean, I’m excited. I won’t be able to see them, as the entire tour was sold out within the first 24 hours (which doesn’t surprise me at all); but you just said that you were never going to be getting back together. Was it that they were just waiting for the right time? Was it then just an idea, and it finally fell through now? Whatever it is, I’m just relieved that this is happening. Yes.

The band also plans on releasing a new album called, “Save Rock and Roll.” The album is scheduled to release on May 7th. I will definitely be buying the whole album, and I will be giving a lengthy review.

Here’s hoping that the years on hiatus hasn’t affected their awesome.

Books to Movies

With all the books to movies coming out (Or had previously came out), I feel that this is something that I need to talk about.  There are several different views on this. Many would agree that when a book you love comes to the big screen, you get all excited. I love seeing my my favorite characters come to life and go on the incredible journey that I had only read about (pun intended. your welcome). My favorite books to movies being “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Scott Pilgrim”, and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

One of the major differences that most people freak out about, myself included, are the casting decisions. It’s important to get the beloved characters right. These are the people that you’ve spent hours, days, weeks, and sometimes years with; and if the idiots at Tinsel Town didn’t get them spot on, and I mean exactly right, then we the fans go crazy.

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Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

A perfect example would be the “The Twilight Series”.  Casting Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward and Bella made a lot of fans incredibly angry. Robert, as funny and charming as I know him now, was not the ever perfect and flawless Edward that he was in the books. And well Kristen Stewart is frankly not the gorgeous, witty, sarcastic, and ubber self-conscience that Bella is from the book. I feel that many of the Twitards would agree with me on the subject. I also think that the casting for Boo Radley in the 1960s movie to “Kill a Mockingbird” wasn’t very good either. Yes, the movie version was rather creepy, but when I read the book I imagined him to be more like one of the crazy people from “The Hills Have Eyes.”  I think that there are only three casting calls that I would say are spot on. Those would be Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black in “The Twilight Saga”, Suzuka Ohgo as Chiyo from “Memiors of a Geisha”, and practically all the characters except for Micheal from “Howl’s Moving Castle” (I know that it’s an animated movie, but Studio Ghibli did an amazing job with it).

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Another reason a lot of people dislike movie adaptations of books is that they take out or change parts that were in the books. While the people in Hollywood think that they were insignificant and didn’t matter at all to the story line, we the fans are heart broken that little moments that usually play into a character’s, well, character are taken out. It’s like being in on an inside joke that only you and that character or group of characters know. It makes you feel…. good. Honestly, I can see why Hollywood would do this. Movies can’t be 17 hours long, even though we the book lovers would love it if they were. I would give examples of this, but there are so many that I can’t even begin where to start.

Because of these two seemingly unavoidable things, some would HATE if a book that they loved would be ‘slaughtered’ by the movie industry. Some would say that we fans who obsess about everything being exactly as they were in the book are asking for too much. The movie is an adaptation, and is nothing more than a movie with characters who have the same names and follow a similar storyline. That it’s exactly that, an adaptation. Personally, I would LOVE a 17 hour movie with every little detail from the book with casting from a fellow devoted fan.

Does anyone have any other opinions? Anything to add?

Parents Nowadays

BabyjacketHas humanity gotten to such a low that people are honestly trying to sell strait jackets for babies as a way to make diaper changing easier? The image to the left is an honest to goodness advertisement that popped up next to my newsfeed today while I was Facebook. My personal opinion would be that this product would be more traumatic rather than helpful. Could you imagine the fight it would take to put your child in this restraint? Let alone the possibility that it could harm your child on more than just a psychological level.

Now I’m not a parent. Well, unless you count furry babies, but many don’t. Anywho, I’m just confused that such a product exists. Now I’m sure that every parent has had the urge to hog tie their children to control them, but since when has this been okay?

It seems like ‘lazy’ parenting, to me, but something that just keeps happening with this new generation of parents. Parents who think that it’s better to reason with a screaming child rather than to punish them for what they had done. Or how a mother can be excited for a 16 year old daughter to be pregnant. Call me old fashioned, but those just don’t make sense to me. Society doesn’t make sense anymore.

babylaceOh and speaking of mothers being excited for their daughters for doing things that seem slightly slutty, I’ve become to accept (if you can call acknowledging this and never letting my own children to do so) that 12 year olds are dressing in booty shorts and thongs what nots; but when have we started putting babies in full lace onesies? No wonder there are little girls in heels and miniskirts, and a show in TV showcasing all the ones that get pregnant on the way to the down fall of society. Parents really need to wake up and realize that it’s not cute. It’s wrong.

All in all, I think that there are more and more people who would agree with me on this point; but if so, why hasn’t anything happened? Why does it seem that things are getting worse and worse? When will this all stop?

A Shocking Situation

I don’t know why this keeps happening, but it’s seriously pissing me off. I keep zapping myself. Went to turn on the light. ZAP!  Shoo-ed my cat out of the closet. ZAP! Put on my scarf (which was ball-tastic today) to go across campus. ZAP! I just freaking sat down and put my desk down, and what would you know. Mutha-fucking ZAP! These are just a few of the incidents that had happened to me over the last few days, but its gotten to a point the I am seriously afraid for my laptop’s and iPod’s lives.

Now I understand that it’s just static electricity, but no one person should have have this much of an electrical charge! It must be because either 1) the massive amounts of clothing and what nots that I have to wear to keep my unnaturally tiny body warm or 2) I must be becoming a super hero with the power to harness and control electricity.

I’m seriously considering the 2nd option. I can just imagine the awesome super hero names and the tacky yet revealing costumes now. I could even make little capes for my cats, and they can be my little helpers with cute nicknames. I need to look further into this.Shockingfinal