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March 2016

NERD SPOT

ANIMAL CROSSING

Last weekend my lovely boyfriend and a friend of ours *finally* set up a shelf for something I’m really invested in, so I thought I’d share a bit on Animal Crossing.

My pride and joy

 

I’ve always gravitated towards toys/cartoons and bright colors. Years ago, I was a designer toy collector, even started customizing some and must admit I was pretty good at it. That was until it became way too expensive to keep up and my cats came into the picture (they destroy things, trust me). It was an interesting period of my life, I must say. I was late into the AC game… Initially discovered it when I bought my first Nintendo DS, I must’ve seen it online or something, can’t remember but there it was…Wild World. At the time, there was the Tokidoki boom going on, so I suppose I was attracted to kawaii-esque illustrations by default. It was go for me, judging by it’s cover. Shortly after, i moved to Italy by myself and that game was my source of entertainment.

For those who haven’t played, Dōbutsu no Mori is an RPG that simulates new life in a new town. It has a real time format and you basically build yourself a house, build relationships with neighbors a la Sims, work for pay and get yourself cool items while developing your town. They even made a movie based on the original game from 2005.

Then, I played City Folk on Wii and so on, and as of late last year I began collecting amiibos and amiibo cards. It’s a slow, light play game with cute characters, what’s not to like?
The amiibo cards were designed for the Happy Home Designer 3DS game that launched in late 2015. I suppose Nintendo noticed everyone’s hoarding tendencies and lack of space within each full expanded home. There are 4 series so far, each consist in 100 cards and they come in 6pc. booster packs. As of now, I’m a couple of cards close to completing the first set… almost there. The issue lies in I don’t have many people to trade cards with where I live.


Cards and amiibo figures are also compatible with  Amiibo Festival, which let’s be honest here…underwhelmed me. As everyone else I’ve asked an honest opinion to, we were all  waiting for a Mario Party kind-of-game. Where are the minigames?! I feel it was designed for children around the age of 6.

 

 

img_1189It is cute, nonetheless, and gives me an excuse to collect all the amiibos. Ed has given me most of them, including some of the Sofubi toys. I still have a few more to go and then will move on to collecting the plush toys, I really want Reese and Kicks.

So, there’s that. I’m fully conscious some may consider my hobby childish, but I’ll keep doing my thing, no one ever said Nintendo was cheap.

Not pictured: a calendar my friend Sophia got me for Christmas, gachapon toys.

NERD SPOT, PAULIE SAYS

A GAMER’S GIRL

My parents never bought me video games, mostly because I never asked for them. I remember getting board games I never used and focused myself into arts and crafts and my ever-growing Polly Pocket collection.  I played on occasion, with my neighbor and her Game Cube, I discovered Smash Bros. and the one game dear to my heart no matter the console: Mario Kart. Later in life I bought a Wii, it was my first -mine all mine- console, and later came a pink DS Lite with some girly, effortless titles. Of course as it’s expected of me, I blinged it with cheap crystal stickers and am proud to say I still have it. I remember my brother was into Atari when he was younger and later played PC games and Xbox. I found my niche to be Nintendo.

When I met Ed he rekindled that dormant love for video games. I also met a new array of games I ignored before, Magic The Gathering is among those. And Zelda,  the true love of his life. I had played it before but never thought it would become such a big part of our life together. Never had I thought I would go in so deep into gaming. He presented me with a set of MTG cards on our very first date and I made it my task to learn how to play it while he was away (we dated long distance for months) so I went to a gaming shop on a weekly basis to learn how to play… and also made new friends along the way. It was hard, but sharing something like this with your partner is much more fun in the long run.

Given that I accepted the deal, you know, dating him, I also committed myself to participate in things he enjoyed. I support his gaming nights where instead of hanging out with me he goes and plays against other experienced/veteran players, I’ve even hung out entire days doing nothing at a shop while he plays in tournaments because I know I can offer some support between rounds. I’m often known as the girlfriend who brings him food(a.k.a. nerd fuel). It’s funny how I was a regular and now I just come around in a supporting role. On weekends we gather with friends and do role-playing, which I still find a bit confusing and overwhelming but I’m sticking to it, it is fun after all!

He supports what I do too, and my own gaming habits. I’m a HUGE Animal Crossing fan (and I’m gonna make a separate post about that later on), and while I don’t have as much available time to play as I did before, he has been the one buying me amiibos, going to meet ups to trade cards with me and making sure my collection is up to date… Still need to fully display them all but that’s happening rather soon… We also have a soft spot for board games, including those like Monopoly that I once received as a Christmas present from relatives but had no one to play them with.

I’m not the indicated to give relationship advice, but being open to new experiences and sharing the love for games has made our relationship much stronger than it was. It’s teamwork, I suppose. He will always be Player 1 for me, though I’m sure he would rather be my Player 2.

FOOD ADVENTURES, PAULIE SAYS

SUNDAY.

coffee caramel waffles from our lunch/dinner date

 

Today we joined our friends Sophie and her husband for something between lunch and dinner. What would a 4:00 p.m. meal be called? Lunner? Dinch? Anyway, i felt the hours went by too fast. I had planned dedicating some time to blogging (or figuring out what to blog!) and work my way around design and the current theme situation.

I still have many, many doubts regarding language, content, images and target audience. I suppose  I just answered my language question. English just reaches a broader audience, imo. I want original content, and that means no stock photos for posts! Unless of course, there is an intention behind it and i feel the need to link my favorite tumblr finds. It will happen, people!

I also plan to make movie/series reviews on here. Some may not know, but I’m a huge cinephile and my better half is a scriptwriter. Of course we own and have seen an obscene amount of films and tasted pretty much every popcorn flavor under the sun. And that brings me to my next point: food. fewdz. We are foodies, and while i may or may not review things, expect pictures, a couple of recipes and tales of food adventures.

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