Archive for December, 2012

Gifts gifts gifts!

December 28th, 2012

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! I actually just got back in town today. That post from yesterday? That was us trying to leave San Antonio and failing because of the flat tire ^^;;

We were there to visit my in-laws. I spent part of the holidays with my family in town, then we drove about an hour away to see my husband’s family. It means twice as much Christmas shopping, but it also means… I get a ton of gifts! Here are some I got:

1. My friend, Robbie, and my husband got me graphic novels. I love reading comics. I normally read Japanese manga, but I’ve been getting into American comics more. So many new things to read!

Graphic novels

2. I got 3DS games from my brother, brother-in-law, and husband. I actually got the 3DS at its release but haven’t played it much. I’ll definitely have to use it more now ;)

3DS games

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Sometimes it’s the little things

December 26th, 2012

I remember one time, my brother and I were walking towards the grocery store, and we noticed a man pushing his car out of his parking spot. We stopped by and asked if he needed help.

The man said his car was fine; it just couldn’t reverse, and he hasn’t bothered to fix it yet. He thanked us multiple times anyway. We walked off, and he stopped his car next to us, and thanked us again before driving off. I suppose it’s the thought that counts because we really didn’t help, other than ask if he needed it.

Well, somewhat recently, I drove on a flat tire, destroyed it, and had to pull over into a restaurant’s parking lot. Since it was near my house, I called my husband to drive over and help me put the spare on.

As I waited, several different people walked by and simply stared at me – my trunk open, spare tired propped against the car, and me fiddling with the car jack. None of them asked if I needed help. Well, none except one young woman, who didn’t know how to change the tire, but offered to call someone to help me. I thanked her and assured her someone was on the way. Other than her, no one else bothered.

It made me wonder about that time at the grocery store. Was the man grateful because of all the previous times he did that… no one stopped to see if he needed help?

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Indie love

December 19th, 2012

Last month, my husband and I registered for PAX East, which is a huge gaming expo. We’ve been a couple times, and though a lot of big names are there, we typically don’t demo their games because their lines are freaking long. Plus, I already know about their games. What’s interesting are the small companies and indie developers, some of which I didn’t know about until I saw them at the expo.

The past few years, indie games have become more popular, and I like this trend. Indie games are developed by small teams, often one or two people, and I think it’s great that they’re making games on their own. We watched Indie Game: The Movie tonight, and I really enjoyed it. Even if you’re not a gamer, I recommend watching it. It’s a documentary that follows the creators of 3 very well-known indie games: Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Fez.

They make games, not because they’re told to by some company, but because they want to. It’s the game they want. One of the Meat Boy guys said he cried when they sent their game off for certification because it was like sending a child to their first day of school. The creator of Fez redesigned the game 3 times because he keeps trying to perfect it. It becomes really personal for them.

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