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What I’m up to, #3

July 21st, 2014 by Cat

What I’m sewing

I haven’t started working on a new cosplay of my own yet, but a coworker has commissioned me to make an Elsa (Frozen) costume for his 9 year old daughter :) I’m currently in the research phase, where I’ve ordered several fabric swatches and am starting to think of how I’d draft the pattern.

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This is a first for me because I’ve never made a children’s costume before. I’ve made my own, for a friend who is a bit taller than me, and for two guy friends. In other words, I’ve never made a costume as small as this. I’m not used to it! Hopefully I’ll still be able to pull it off :)

Cosplays I've made for myself and friends. Photo credit: Ed Martinez

Cosplays I’ve made for myself and friends. Photo credit: Ed Martinez

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July so far

July 12th, 2014 by Cat

Aah July, we are now past the halfway point of the year. Crazy, right? July is also…

My work anniversary: I started working at my current company on July 2, 2007. That means I hit my 7 year mark! I joined one year after the company started, back when it was a new, small start-up with around 30 people. It was a risk I decided to take since I was fresh out of college. If it didn’t work out, I’d hop to another start-up. Well, here we are 7 years later at over 300 employees. It’s been exciting to see it grow :)

PAX South badges: PAX is a huge gaming expo run by the Penny Arcade guys. Gaming companies large and small go to exhibit their games, some of which haven’t been released yet. I’ve been to PAX East in Boston twice and was super excited when they announced that PAX South will be starting in Texas in January 2015. It’s in San Antonio, only 1.5 hours away by car, so I don’t have to fly to go to PAX anymore! I immediately bought 3-day badges when their sale started a few days ago. Good thing I did because they sold out in less than 2 hours!

Expo floor of PAX East 2013

Expo floor of PAX East 2013

San Japan: Is an Anime convention, also in San Antonio, that I normally do photoshoots for other cosplayers at. I’m going next week! I’ll show photos from it later this month :)

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Game recommends – E3 response

June 18th, 2014 by Cat

There were many games revealed during E3 last week that I’m excited for, and there’s 3 in particular that I’m really looking forward to because I liked their predecessors. Well, “liked” is an understatement. I absolutely love them and they’re on my list of favorites. So, here’s 3 of my favorite games and my thoughts on their upcoming sequels!

Assassin's Creed 2Assassin’s Creed 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

Sypnosis: Desmond relives the memories of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze during the 15th century in Italy. Ezio’s family is caught in a political plot, and he witnesses his father and brother hanged. He then trains as an assassin while discovering who is behind it all.

My thoughts: …on the Assassin’s Creed series: I hated 1, loved 2, enjoyed Brotherhood, thought Revelations was ok, was disappointed in 3, and haven’t played 4 yet. AC1 had the right idea with the climbing around, blending in to escape guards, and assassination missions. It failed in its repetitive quests, clunky combat, an assassin who can’t swim, and guards that think running is a crime punishable by death.

Assassin’s Creed 2 is my favorite of the series because it kept the good parts of AC1 and fixed everything else. The combat was smoothed out, while keeping the nice climbing and guard escape elements. The pacing of the game felt good as it gradually introduced new assassination elements, and there was a balance of main and side quests. Basically, everything about AC2 just felt right, and I haven’t felt that way about the AC series since.

Thoughts on Assassin’s Creed Unity: Seeing an AC game set in Europe again with its nice tall buildings (YES BUILDINGS, NO MORE TREES) reminded me of AC2, and I think that’s why it immediately caught my attention. I’m also excited for the co-op since my husband plays the AC series as well. I think it’ll open up new and fun possibilities. [View E3 trailer]

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