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PAX South recap

January 27th, 2015 by Cat

I went to PAX South in San Antonio last weekend! My friend from Philadelphia came to visit, so I bought 3-day badges for myself, him, and my husband. PAX stands for Penny Arcade Expo, and it’s a large gaming convention where many developers come to show off their games. Many of the games aren’t released yet, so it’s exciting to get a sneak peek.

This was PAX South’s very first year! Though, it wasn’t our first time at a PAX. We’ve been to PAX East in Boston 3 times in the past. Compared to PAX East, there was a lack of well-known gaming companies with their large and showy booths. Maybe as South grows, those will start showing up. It was nice to see a bunch of small companies instead though, since you get to see new things you haven’t heard of before.

Since PAX South is in Texas, I ran into many friends from different Texas cities! One of which was Mija! She found me first, and when I turned around, she was there with a big hug. She’s so awesome! I’m glad we finally met in person! :D

Are we the same height? Short people unite!

Are we the same height? Short people unite!

We played a bunch of games, and some were more memorable than others. Like with past years (2010, 2011, 2013), here is a recap with the ones that stood out to me the most. Let’s start with my 3 favorites.

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Gaming year in review: 2014

January 1st, 2015 by Cat

Happy new year everyone! I hope 2015 will be a great year for everyone :D I’m still working on my personal year in review entry, but first, here’s my gaming year in review!

I started this a few years ago to look back and give a brief review of every game I played in the past year. I only count games that I hadn’t played before, are remakes, or have new content. (In other words, I don’t count any replays that didn’t have anything new to them.)

Here are my favorites for 2014! (These are out of the games I played in 2014. It doesn’t mean that they were released in 2014.)

Favorite single player: Just Cause 2
This is a game that should not be taken seriously. Its main objective is to cause “chaos” which basically means: blow up as much stuff as you can. Just Cause 2 is just plain fun and one of the better open world games I’ve played. It’s kind of repetitive, the map is ridiculously huge, and there is a loose story in there somewhere, but it’s sooooo fun to mess around and do stupid things.

Just Cause 2

“What I do best – cause chaos”

Favorite multiplayer: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
I played D3 back when it first released, and I thought it was just alright. I got back into it for the expansion, and wow, that large patch that released around the same time really improved the game. It was easier to get relevant loot and to raise the difficulty levels. The new content from the expansion also made it more interesting. The game became much more enjoyable, and I had fun starting a new character with my husband.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

This is my new monk that I created for the expansion!

Favorite indie/download: Guacamelee
Guacamelee is like a fighting game and platformer combined. You learn fighting moves to defeat enemies, but then you have to use them to go through platforming levels. I thought it was a creative spin on platformers, especially with the dimension switching, and the humor and art style are nice touches too. I also loved all of the meme and video game references in it.

Guacamelee

“to use the power of the Dashing… Derpderp… I ran out of names.”

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What I’m up to, #4

September 14th, 2014 by Cat

What I’m sewing

The last time I did one of these entries, I mentioned that a coworker commissioned me to make an Elsa (Frozen) costume for his 9-year old daughter. Since then, I’ve ordered fabric swatches, took her measurements, drafted a pattern, made a mock-up, ordered the fabric, and then adjusted the pattern. So much prep work!

Now I can start on the real thing. I don’t have much progress yet, but my goal is to finish the whole thing this month.

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I’m also looking into making a couple costumes for myself. After all, stores are already preparing for Halloween, so now I can tell people I’m buying fabric for a costume and not look like a weirdo ;)

(By the way, since this entry is so photo-heavy, the rest will use thumbnails that link to the full image.)

About 5 years ago, I cosplayed from the game The World Ends With You. I made Neku, Beat, and Shiki costumes for myself and 2 friends. Now I’m thinking about going back to TWEWY again to make a Rhyme costume. If I ever make a Joshua costume later, then I will have made all 5 main characters!

The second one I’m considering is Misao from Rurouni Kenshin. My coworkers have been tossing around ideas for a group cosplay, Rurouni Kenshin being one of them. It reminded me that I wanted to make a Misao costume many years ago and never did it.

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