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Response to Anita Sarkeesian Damsels in Distress: Part 2/2- Tropes vs. Women in Video games

This man is extremely smart, and gets into some very interesting studies about women and gaming, including a study on women gamer’s perception of themselves. I will say there are some not so children friendly scenes and language, so I would classify this video as NSFW, but I’m also kind of a prude. ūüėõ

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It’s Alive!

Happy New year Everyone!

I want to start off by saying I am so sorry I’ve been away for so long. That thing called life has been keeping me extremely busy. I hope everybody had an amazing holiday season!

We had a very busy but amazing first Christmas with our little one. It was incredible for a couple reasons. A.) B’s first Christmas, always exciting, but more importantly B.) It was the first time my entire family had been together in one room since my parents were divorced 3-4 years ago. (I don’t count B’s birth since we weren’t all in the same room at the same time, and well, ya know, labor….) I realized how different we have all become, and distant, all occupied with our own lives, but it still seems like we do this every year. I have to give huge props to my dad for coming to my moms. I know it was a big struggle for him, but he did it. Whatever his intentions truly were, I like to think he came to be with his family, and the kid in me felt alive again. I think it is extremely important that parents stay parents together, whether they are together or not. PLus we got this cool picture.

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Christmas 2013

 

These past few months have gone by incredibly fast. Once you think time can’t move any faster, next thing you know, it’s 2014 and you realize your little baby is walking and almost a whole year old. He just started taking more than 4 steps yesterday. So far, 6 months to a year has been the biggest spurt of growth in so little a time.

With so much going on, unfortunately I haven’t been on here much, or at all really. We are constantly learning and growing and I think I spend 90% of my day watching B in utter amazement that we made a human being. A walking, babbling, thinking, fully functioning person, who’s now growing molars. I don’t know if you’ve experienced molar growth in a while, if at all, but those suckers take FOREVER.

Anyway, I still need to work on conlusions, maybe that will be my obligatory resolution I don’t follow up with. \o/

 

How was everybody’s holiday in the blogosphere?

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The Sunshine Award!

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This is how excited we are!

Thanks to the awesome people at 1001-up.com, I’ve been nominated for a Sunshine Award! If you haven’t visited them, go do it. Now. The link is right there. It’s ok. I’ll wait.

Are you back? OK!

This is very exciting. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve been nominated for something? Do you?!? This is actually my first ever blogging nomination of any kind, and I am honored to have it come from such an awesome site! You guys inspire¬†me.¬† Have you visited them yet?

Alright let’s get down to business………….to defeat……….the Huns.

HUAH!

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This is an award given to people who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere. The rules are as follows:

  1. Use the logo in your post
  2. Link to whoever nominated you.
  3. Write ten facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate ten fellow bloggers
  5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

 

So, 10 facts about myself.

1. I have an addictive personality. (coffee, gaming, food, hair dye, MMOs)

2. Final Fantasy VIII is my favorite out of the series, with VI coming in a close second.

3. I don’t know how to organize. Really. I think that it’s not in my genome, so I watch a lot of tutorials to learn instead.

4. I hated David the Gnome as a kid. He scared me.

5. The only person in the world I would ever leave my fiance for is David Bowie.

6. I am multicultural. My mom is Korean, and my dad is Scottish and Irish.

7. My first gaming system was a Nintendo.

8. When we received our first Playstation, they didn’t give us memory cards, so I would play every game by leaving the console on until I beat it. If my mom came in my room and saw the green light on, she would shut it off. I started piling laundry on it so she wouldn’t see the light.

9. I didn’t know how to cook until I was pregnant.

10.  I earned a 5/5 on my AP Calculus test in high school.

 

Onto the Nominees!

1. I am Out of Character

2. Domestic Geek Girl

3. Retro Video Gaming

4. InvaderC8

5. Tales of a Mom

6. ANappyNerdGirl

7. TwinStick Gaming

8. Mom Drives a Chocobo

9.  The Archaeology of Tomb Raider

10. Science of Mom

Thank you so much! Be sure the check out these blogs that I have listed as well!

/bow

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Why I refuse to stop gaming

“You’re going to have to stop playing video games.”

“Well, I ¬†guess that’s the end of your gaming hobby.”

“You guys aren’t going to have time to play your games.”

It started when we learned of our incredible life change, pregnancy. As the pregnancy was coming to a close, it got worse. It seemed as if every time we stepped out of the house, someone would comment about how our gaming will somehow cease to exist because of this impending arrival. No more gaming…. What?

Asking me to drop gaming is the equivalent of asking me to stop eating Korean food, or better yet. Stop being Korean. Sure it’s only part of who I am, but if it was gone, there would still be a part of me missing. Why would I want to do that?

Gaming has been a significant part of my being. I’ve been doing it since I was 5. My childhood is Mario and Sonic, (and those damn pigs in Rocket Knight Adventures) My preteen years and teen angst years are Playstation. Halo was college. Halo 2 and FFXI were the beginning of Ezrah and I’s relationship. Our love grew over headshots and Maat fights. Final Fantasy XIV will be a new era for Final Fantasy MMOs along with the pregnancy and birth of our child. See gaming is more than just a hobby. I have been on countless adventures. Why would I give any of this up?

Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh well, now that you have a new arrival coming, you’re going to have to give up your favorite television shows!”

Neither have I.

There are so many ways your life changes when you become a parent. Why should your favorite hobbies, your core of who you truly are as a person, be different? Why should they change? Entering the world of parenthood doesn’t mean you have to shed your former self and jump into a new person. Mom is not something I became. I simply added Mom to my resume. I am still me. I still game. Ni No Kuni was my maternity leave. I plan on gaming with my son. I cannot wait for the many adventures that we will have together.

Don’t misunderstand me. I have changed. A lot. Life is about experiences. We need to take those experiences, learn from them, and grow. ¬†There are things I find myself doing that I never thought would ever enter my mind. Apologizing to my mom, for one. I don’t smoke. I have wicked mom anxiety. We do laundry every week, clean the house almost everyday. I budget my money. I care about the things I never even questioned before. The amount of time I play each day has changed dramatically, and I can’t go buy any game I want, but I still game.

It is important to take time out to be yourself. The {insert adult mature task you “need” to do} can wait.

Yes those things are important. Yes , focusing on your child is important.

YOU are important.

 

 

 

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Blank Mind

My mind is a total blank right now. I’ve been staring at my computer screen trying to look for writing inspiration, and it is just not happening. Too many things to do around the house. That said, this is what you have to look forward too!

 

Sorting Inventory: The Bedroom

Right now there are piles of clothes on my floor that I have sorted, so soon this post will be finished!

My Female Gaming Role Models:

I am working on the next installment (I like big words, and I cannot lie) It is taking me longer than expected but please don’t think I have abandoned this. I have not.

Comics:

I got my hands on some new Locke & Key which means I can finish trade 5. Excitement.

Games:

Final Fantasy XIV: Still trying to kill Titan, I refuse to pay for a win. Still working on darklight pieces, although I only have a ring to get and then I’m done with that.

Final Fantasy VIII: Replaying for my Rinoa post. It’s coming, just hang tight.

Parenting:

B is growing so fast. I can’t keep up! He started standing on his own without support. It is a very exciting time for us!

These are some things to look forward to I geuss. Big things coming, Big things!^^

 

/bow