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Elsa Says “Ah”

Maybe I’m rather biased, but sometimes it seems as if my cat exceeds the average level of cuteness displayed by most felines.  I also know people seem to enjoy pictures of cute and cuddly kitties, so sharing such things with you all is surely one of the kindness things I can do.  No need to thank me; I’m happy to do it.

My kitty Elsa sleeps in all manner of silly ways.  You may have seen posts describing how she enjoys sleeping on her back or wrapped up in blankets.  She also sometimes uses my computer’s power…thingy as a pillow.  You know, that big, block of a thing that’s part of a laptop’s power cord?  Well, it gets warm when the computer’s on, so she naps next to it, or on it, a lot.  No pictures to share of that at this time, but maybe someday. View full article »

Part of what makes video games fun is that they allow us to experience things not possible in real life.  We can visit fantasy worlds, wield immense power, and ultimately save the world, or even the universe, from evil.  In most cases anyway.  Part of the thrill that comes from video games is the unfamiliar.  It’s why I’d much rather watch a fantasy or sci-fi movie than one that takes place in the real world with regular people.  That all kind of changed with a game I recently completed.  EarthBound.

EarthBound had been on my to-do list for a long time, like Final Fantasy VII and Super Metroid, but it took me a long time to play it because I didn’t have access to it until recently.  I originally heard of the game thanks to Super Smash Bros and its inclusion of Ness, a seemingly normal boy with psychic powers.  I admit I was unimpressed by Ness (unintentional rhyme) at the time, considering I had no idea who he was, but as the years went by, I heard people talking more and more often about how amazing the game he hailed from was.  It wasn’t until March of 2016, however, that I finally got my hands on it, thanks to my dear Wii U’s Virtual Console. View full article »

After a long wait, the Ratchet and Clank movie has finally come out.  Video game movies have a long history of being pretty terrible, but after watching the trailer (um…several dozen times), this one looked like it would be the first video game movie to be of quality.  Nevertheless, after its release in theatres, I watched as the ratings went down and down, from a high of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes down to a dismal 17%.  I expect it to drop lower in the coming weeks.  While I found this aggravating, it did not surprise me.  People will never accept such a movie until they accept the medium that inspired it.  Why mobile games like Angry Birds gain such widespread acceptance, while console and PC games continue to thrive only outside the mainstream population, I know not, but alas, that is not the topic of this post.  Suffice it to say, us gamers are a very special group indeed, and it appears we will remain that way.

I knew the reviews would only annoy me, but I skimmed over a few anyway.  Critics complained of an unoriginal storyline and flat characters, among other things.  They even claimed many elements were stolen from more recent movies.  I was baffled because these statements were unfounded.  How can a movie based on a game from 2002 steal elements from movies that came out far after the game’s original release date?  This is not just my opinion; it is logically impossible.  Likewise, the Ratchet and Clank series has a history of fun, but well-developed characters and interesting stories.  I find the characters from this series to be among the best in video games, and how characters I have formed a deep bond with, from the naïve, but intelligent Clank to the arrogant, but well-meaning (after his redemption, anyway) Qwark…how they could be described as flat, well, I’m astounded.  They might as well state Mario is not an icon of gaming or Sonic is not Sega’s most famous character. View full article »

Vanille Cosplay: The Boots

Vanille’s boots were pretty easy to find.  After searching through several stores, I actually found some perfect brown boots at Target that looked exactly like Vanille’s shoes, minus the delightful white fur.  As you might have guessed, considering there was so little to do, this part of the costume was actually pretty easy, if not a little confusing.

You see, these are pretty nice shoes, and I didn’t want to permanently attach anything to them so that they could be worn on other occasions.  But how, I asked myself, would I attach the fur without any sewing or gluing?  It seemed impossible!  Or was it?  The answer, I believed, was Velcro.  First, I cut strips of fake, white fur, and I folded and sewed down about two inches on top to fold over the top edge of the shoes.  I then folded the bottom up and sewed that edge, as well, so no one would see the odd mesh underneath the fur. View full article »

Comicon #1 2016: Photo Tour

How do, everyone!  You’ve read my posts detailing my progress on my Rosalina cosplay, and now it’s time to see the fruits of my labor in action.  Or something like that.  I went to the first of the two comicons I attend each year, and everything went great.  People seemed to really like my costume, and I got many requests for photos and even a video clip for someone’s Youtube channel!  I’m gonna be on Youtube…again!  Yes!  If you want to read a more detailed account of my experience, please check out my post on United We Game.  And stick around, because you guys are in for something a little special, my photo tour of the comicon.  Enjoy! View full article »

Trusting the Story

Occasionally, I like to look through the list of games on current or recent consoles to see if there are any obscure games that sound interesting.  Back when the Wii was still part of the “current” category of consoles, I came upon a game called Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon.  If you have been following my gameplay series for it on our Youtube channel, then it will come as no surprise that I did finally get around to playing the game.  In actuality, a big motivation for buying the game was due to the fact that it looked like an interesting game to test out my brand new Live Gamer Portable capture card.  It wasn’t too long, so it wasn’t a big commitment, and it looked a bit spooky, which could create some good reactions.  And the $20 price tag on Amazon helped a lot, too.

Nevertheless, I heard some negative things about the game before I bought it, namely the issue with weapons randomly breaking and monotonous levels later in the game.  While I can largely agree with these complaints, neither of these issues were the game’s greatest crimes.  But, I’ll get to that soon. View full article »

Vanille Cosplay: The Belt

One part of Vanille’s costume I was always baffled by was her belt.  I had no idea what kind of material it was made of or what would look right.  Some people used foam, but it didn’t seem like it would give the right effect I was looking for.  I thought long and hard and finally came to a conclusion.  Rope.  I looked online, and lo and behold, they did sell tan colored rope of multiple thicknesses, and they looked surprisingly similar in material to Vanille’s belt.  Perhaps I had found the correct material, after all.  I bought myself a roll of it and got to work (after it arrived in the mail, of course). View full article »

Vanille Cosplay: The Bag

Welcome, everyone, time for another exciting cosplay update!  One convenient thing about Vanille was the fact that her costume had built-in storage.  Most fictional characters have no need for wallets and driver’s licenses, apparently, as none of them have any pockets or bags with which to carry them.  At least, none of the ones I’ve cosplayed as so far.  And, seeing as I don’t want to ruin my costume with an inaccurate bag, it seemed very handy indeed that she already had this covered. View full article »

Cats are pretty adorable creatures.  Sometimes, it almost feels as if they’re doing it on purpose, and it really only makes it that much cuter that they’re not.  They were just born that way.  There has always been one thing in particular I found especially endearing, and that was when kitties sleep under blankets like people.  I don’t know why, but seeing a cat napping with just its head visible has always been a pretty goofy sight, and I never pass up an opportunity to photograph it, that I may share it with the world.

I used to have a Manx named Arwen well-versed in this ancient kitty technique.  On more than one occasion, I would find that she had decided to pull a blanket over herself, after which a nap would ensue in utmost comfort.  Had she learned this from watching me (I hope she didn’t watch me while I slept….)?  Or was she just a kitty ahead of her time?  She could open sliding doors, after all.  Either way, her adopted brother Alex never did such things.  I think it was because he wasn’t super bright, and he was a big dude and probably had plenty of warmth-giving padding anyway.  But mainly because he just wasn’t all that clever.  He was still a nice boy, though. View full article »

The One Whoopie Pie That Could

It’s kind of funny because, for the longest time, I’ve wanted to try a good whoopie pie.  They aren’t really the most exciting treat in the world.  I just wanted to try one for myself.  Problem is, they don’t usually sell them in stores, and the store-bought mix I once tried, specifically made for whoopie pies, mind you, didn’t turn out very good.  I can’t remember why.  I just didn’t like it.  Recently, a day came when I said enough was enough.  I was going to eat a whoopie pie, and there was nothing anyone could do to stop me. View full article »

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