Pop! Ilumbo: Puzzler & Pop Art

This fun mobile game was release on Robert Indiana’s birthday.

Robert Indiana is an American artist know for his hard-edge and pop art paintings. He it actually one of my favorite artists. So, of course I am going to love games that are inspired by his work.

Pop! Ilumbo is a puzzler game that is pretty addictive. I have been playing it pretty frequently (trying to unlock the extra puzzles!) and have zero complaints about it. The game features Ilumbo’s WarpHole technology, which causes the game to borrow art from other games installed on the device. The extra art is then used to present even more puzzles. It’s a Flow and Sudoku puzzle – that is something that is key in knowing how to play. You have two options when selecting a puzzle. You can do the flow version or the Sudoku version. 

Plus! It’s FREE!

So, go give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Insert Feministic Title

Sexism in video games is something that gets me really fired up, as it does with a lot of people, but I think I’m weird about it. While the video game culture is very much still in the dark ages when it comes to women, I think that female gamers are getting all worked up over stupid things. Here are the things that are really bugging me.

1. “Ugh. I just want to wear something that isn’t bikini armor!”
While I don’t always want to wear bikini armor, I don’t really care either way. Does it have better stats? Yes? Then does it really matter? Nope.  I mean, I know that people like to RP and I know that they get all worked up because they’re being over-sexualized, but… If you were playing a male character and he was all abs and muscles with little armor and looked like Thor, would you be complaining?  Or is it really just a double standard that you have? 

2. “I wish there were strong female leads.”
There are. Plenty of them. Want a list?
Laura Croft.
Any RPG with character customization.
The list goes on… 
Just… stop. I’ve said that I wish there were more strong females, and I do wish there were MORE but just because there aren’t a billion doesn’t mean that they’re not out there.

3. “I don’t use voicechat because I hate how guys talk to me.”
First of all, guys suck when it comes to this… but until more female gamers start using voice chat and start putting their foot down about what is and isn’t acceptable to say to them, it’s just going to keep being bad. I use voice chat, I’ve been treated like crap… but, I can also smack talk with the best of them. If you can shut a guy up with some good ol’ fashion smack talk, they generally respect you a bit more. I’ve found that going into it with a dude mentality, they’re going to treat you like one of the guys. Maybe this one is more of a personal issue and not everyone is going to agree with me on it, but it has worked for me and I have little to no problems with being harassed in voice chat now.

Do you have any issues with Geek Feminism? Let me know below!
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Gamescon 2014

Gamescom in Colonge is going on right now…

Games that I’m super excited about!

Games on the PS4:
LittleBigPlanet 3

Games on XB1:
Rise of the Tomb Raider 

Games on WiiU:
Yoshi’s Woolly World – Doesn’t this just look amazing??
Hyrule Warriors

Cross Platform:
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – PS4, PS3, XB1, X360, PC
Nom Nom Galaxy – PS4, PC
Dragon Age: Inquisition – PC, PS4, PS3, XB1, x360
Far Cry 4 – PS4, PS3, XB1, X360, PC
Silent Hills – TBA

What games are you looking forward to?
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Game Music Discussion

How vitally important is music in a game to you? Music affects your brain in more ways than you think it does. It obviously has an impact on your emotions and it even affects how we see “neutral” faces. It can improve our creativity and can trigger memories. That being said, how do you think music affects your gaming experience?

Personally, I hate admitting this, but I generally don’t listen to game soundtracks for very long. Wait, before you all flame me, I listen to the soundtrack during important parts but I cannot just listen to the music constantly – especially if it is a game like Skyrim where the soundtrack is AMAZING but it starts to feel repetitive and therefore makes the game start to feel repetitive for me.  If it is a game that I’ve played for a long time, I don’t listen to the soundtrack. I don’t listen to the sound track in MMO’s unless I’m in a dungeon for the first time… I own very few game soundtracks and seldom listen to them. Not because I don’t enjoy them, but because I hate getting worn out on the OST.
There are so many games that you can hear a few notes from and it instantly takes you back to that game – Zelda, Mario, Halo… It is always such an important part of the atmosphere of the game that I feel guilty leaving it out. It really makes a good game, great and memorable.  There are games like Limbo where there is a distinct lack of audio that makes you feel really uneasy about certain parts of the game and it just blows my mind when I think about how much I love all of that game, the audio, the art and even the gameplay. 
The point is I wonder how much I’m missing by not listening constantly to a game’s audio. I understand how much a gamer is influenced by the OST and I’m starting to wonder if I am just being defiant by not listening to the music or if it is something else. I’ve played a number of MMOs and we all know how annoying the music is in those, right? I could blame it on that or I could blame it on my very specific music tastes or… I can just say that I’m a rebel without a cause at heart and hate feeling forced to do something because somebody wants me to do it.
What are some of your favorite game soundtracks?
How do you feel about game soundtracks, do you listen to them or just mute them? Why?

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Gaming Lingo

Question: I don’t understand what these guys are saying to me in my game! Can you explain common gamer terminology?? *
*the question was a bit more long-winded than that … but I decided to summarize it for you. 



Easter Eggs: these are hidden features like new characters or secret levels. (i.e. the cow level in Diablo II or the whimsyshire in Diablo III)  
Grinding: This is basically performing a certain element of the game. “Grinding levels” means that they are just working at leveling their character up through quests, fighting monsters, etc.
Clan/Guild: It’s a group of players that form a team in the game. You play with them and if you don’t like that group, you find another one.
Camper:  This is used in online shooters to refer to people who  stay in one spot rather than moving around the map. It’s highly frowned upon.
K/D: Kill/Death ratio. You’re ranked on how many kills versus how many deaths. You want a high kill number and a low death number.
Ping: This is the time in milliseconds it takes for information to travel to the server and back. The lower the number the better.
Lag: If your ping is too high then you may experience lag. This is when your real-life actions take too long to translate to the actions on screen, making a game virtually unplayable. It is also a term used when you suck and you just don’t want to admit that you suck.  
Nerf: to reduce abilities and/or effectiveness in battle.
Toon: Cartoon or character.
Twink: A low-level character wearing gear far superior to what they could afford on their own. Usually this is an alt character.
Buffs: Spells that enhance strength, power, etc.
Main: Your highest level, most played, or first character. 
Alt: Alternate character. 
Farm:  Staying in one area, killing the same mob over and over and over again for xp and/or loots.
-Common Chat-
AFK: Away from keyboard
BIO: you’re taking a potty break
BRB: Be right back
Ding!: Basically you’re telling everyone that you’ve leveled up! Good job.
DC: Disconnected from server
FTW!: For the win!
Gratz: Congratulations.
IAMF: It’s all my fault
LC: Lost Connection
Noob: A newbie. A player who is new or a player that really sucks. 
PUG: Pick-up group
Pwned: Owned
RL: real life
STFU: Shut the f*%k up.
WTB: Want to buy
WTG: Way to go!
WTS: Want to sell
WTT: Want to trade
Woot!:  Hooray! It’s used to express joy.
ZOMG:  it means the same thing as OMG but with more excitement


-Game Play-
Adds: additional monster … kill it.
Agro: The agro is the monsters attention.
AOE: Area of effect  
DLC: Downloadable Content (maps, characters, costumes, etc)
DoT: Damage over time.
DPS: Damage per second. 
FPS: First Person Shooter
HoT: Heal over time
MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.
Mob: A dangerous monster. Kill it.
Nerf: to reduce abilities and/or effectiveness in battle.
NPC: Non-Player Character
PvP: Player versus Player
Toon: Cartoon or character
Tank: Heavily armored fighting class such as warriors and paladins. They hold the agro.
DPS: Melee, ranged, caster classes that do damage.
Melee:  (pronounced may-lay) Combat involving non-projectile battle, particularly with fists, club, etc.
Ranged: They have the ability to stand back and do damage on the mob.
Caster: Magical spell-casting classes such as mages, wizards, shamans, etc.
Healers:  The class that heals the other classes. Keep the monsters off the healer. If the healer is dead, you’re dead.
Rezzers: Classes that can rez (resurrect) the dead.

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Let’s just talk for a second about some silly games that are getting crowd-funded.

Rock Simulator… 

“For a long time, there has been one game missing from the market, a genuine rock simulator. I am here for you today to introduce you to Rock Simulator 2014.” 

In case you’ve always wondered what it’d be like to be a rock. If you fund a certain dollar amount they’ll send you a REAL rock!

And then there is:

Grass Simulator

Hey you! Yes you! Man in the blue sweater, Lady with the pink shoes, Little boy with your pet goat.
Have you waited all your life for a game that brings plot and gameplay together?

Well we have the game for you, With full realistic grass physics, beautiful sky-boxes, Cows?!

Grass Simulator is the game of the next generation, Here are the awesome things possible in Grass Simulator.

– Grass
– Dynamic Grass Graphics
– Realistic Weather
– Wonderful Environment
– Cows?!
– More Grass 

Guys, people are playing real dollars to fund these games. Let me say that again, people, human beings are paying real money to make these games a reality… 

Let that sink in for a moment.

Why not put that money to cool games like:

“Timespinner is a 2D Metroidvania Platformer for PC, Mac OS X, and Linux. At its heart, the game is a child of the great pixelated classics of the SNES and PS1 age. From the rich story worlds of Star Ocean, the expansive gothic castle exploration in Castlevania, and the tight gameplay of Megaman X, Timespinner seeks to weave all of these elements into one amazing game.”


 Together: Amna & Saif
“The core of Together is interdependence. Everything requires two players, working together.  Designing co-op from the ground up we are able to explore and do things that would otherwise be impossible.
Every aspect of the game is designed for player interaction. To progress you have to think about what is best for each other, not just yourself. Together highlights the benefits that gaming can have on a relationship. It goes beyond having a conversation or doing something together. Interdependence is a key quality in a rewarding and successful relationship and Together allows you to experience and practice it in a tangible way. “


I just want to see some potentially awesome games get crowd-funding and these … “simulator” games to be over with.

What do you think of these silly simulator games becoming a reality?

rabbit, rabbit.

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Books and Video Games

I have this problem when it comes to reading… 
I devour my books. As in.. I usually read them in about a day. This is both terrible and great. Terrible because I always suffer from a book hangover and great because I get to start a new book .. every other day or so. Some of my blogging friends have been talking about their summer reading list and I’ve realized that I don’t have a summer reading list…
What books should I put on my list?  

 Also, let’s just talk about this steam summer sale.
My ever growing game backlog is getting ridiculous.
This summer sale is killing me… 
 So far I’ve purchased:
Bioshock 2
Bioshock Infinite
World of Goo
Portal 2 
Don’t Starve
Castle Crashers
Battleblock Theatre 
I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need:
Gone Home
Child of Light
Mass Effect
The Fall 
Dragon Age: Origins
What games have you gotten so far??
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Best Apps: Children’s Games (Free)

I have two little ones. They’re 3 and (almost) 7. They both have their own tablets. We’ve gone through and had to try and figure out what apps are appropriate and which are not. I had a reader ask me what games and apps are kid appropriate and so I’ve decided that I’ll make a couple of different lists for my readers!
These are all games that I’ve downloaded and played MYSELF before letting my children play them. I highly suggest that parents reading this do the same before letting their children blindly play video games. 

These are all free apps that my children love to play:
1. Angry Birds/Bad Piggies

   – This includes the Star Wars, Space and just about every Angry Birds game. My 3 year old loves Bad Piggies (Some of the Angry Birds games aren’t free. However their are free versions of them!)

2. Dots 

– This is a simple dot matching game that even I enjoy playing! 

3. Pet Rescue Saga

 – This is a block matching game and you have to rescue the pets from the “evil pet snatchers”

4. My Little Pony

– You have to rebuild Ponyville and it has fun little mini-games.

5. Doodle Jump

– A basic platformer. 

6. Fruit Ninja

– You cut fruit and try to not slice the bombs! 

7. Tetris 

-Yes. Tetris. I don’t feel like I need to explain this one at all. Yay tetris! 

8. Hay Day

– A farming game where you collect eggs/crops/milk etc and sell it to the locals and/or use it in recipes.

9. Candy Crush

– Another matching game that everyone is obsessed with. 

10. Temple Run 2

– This game is considered an “action” game but you’re basically just running from the temple and swipe to avoid falling off the edge.

What app games do your children love?

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30 Day Video Game Challenge: The Quick Wrap Up

 Soooo I got bored with this and want to write real articles and hate spamming posts. So here is my quick wrap up!

Day 12 – A game everyone should play  – Pokemon, because it’s my favorite.

Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times. – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper. – My wallpaper will always be some form of Doctor Who or Dragons. Currently it’s Billie Piper.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now. –

Wild Star

Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes. – I skip cutscenes like 99% of the time.  But, I’ll pick… Kingdom Hearts
Day 17 – Favorite antagonist. -Ghetis Harmonia (Pokemon Black/White)
Day 18 – Favorite protagonist.– Master Chief
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.- Oh hands down Pokemon
Day 20 – Favorite genre. – RPG
Day 21 – Game with the best story. – I think I’ll always love the FF stories.
Day 22 – A game sequel which disappointed you. – Fable III
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style. – Limbo
Day 24 – Favorite classic game. – Super Mario Bros
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing. – Destiny, No Man’s Sky, Abzu …
Day 26 – Best voice acting. – Cortana …
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.

Day 28 – Favorite game developer. – I just really, really love indie game devs. Like so much. I’m crushing on https://twitter.com/hellogames
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving. – I can’t think of any games, actually.
Day 30 – Your favorite game of all time – I can’t pick just one! I love them all for different reasons!

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