New StumbleUpon Favorites!

So I know you know about StumbleUpon. Or, well, you should.  And no, it’s not a dating site.  Basically its a site that helps you find websites according to your interests and hobbies.  Like animals?  They do that.  Science? That too?  Wanna see hamsters juggling jelly beans? Go for it! I think that’s a thing as well.  I think.

So I’m gonna be posting my favorite Stumbles in this section here, and you should take a look and check the out.  I don’t think that you’ve seen all the awesome that there is to see on that site since I’m pretty sure it would take years to see every wonderful link that the site has to offer.  So let’s have at it!

I would also appreciate others sharing their favorite links as well, because we’ve all got different but great tastes to contribute!

Thanks bunches :3

-Andee

Minecraft in the Classroom?

So I just came across this video from the Idea Channel, talking about Minecraft and the value this game has in schools for a multitude of different reasons.

This brings up an idea that I had heard about before, but never really thought about until now.  Minecraft in schools, classes, being used to teach math, science, and whatever else those teachers can come up with.  Video games in general, actually, are well on their way to becoming a new form of source material that proves itself as versatile as well as engaging, but more on that later.

Check out http://minecraftedu.com/  to see how it works!

~Andee

Why I’m a Noob: My Shaq-Fu Confession

So I’m not gonna lie here: I’m a bit of a noob when it comes to gaming.  Now, I don’t mean that I just discovered video games yesterday or that I straight-up suck at them.  Oh, no.  I remember my days of hardcore gaming as a kid, playing Shaq-Fu long into the night, while Super Mario Bros. sat to the side collecting dust for years.  I mean that I’m honestly, truly still getting into inner gamer, learning which kinds of games I like and what genres I’m most skilled at.

WAIT, what? Hold up. Did you just say Shaq-Fu?

Yeah bitch.
Yeah bitch.

I think you can see what the problem is here.  One of them, anyway.  Not only that I counted Shaq-Fu as quality entertainment for most of my childhood, but that I chose it over super Mario on a daily basis.  I can’t believe I’m saying this now as an adult (who totally knows better now I SWEAR), but I loved that game, and it still has a strong sense of nostalgia for me. When I see that title screen I just gotta reminisce.  I didn’t realize that the controls sucked or that games were supposed to have a story, and I guess because of that I kinda grew up thinking that button mashing was a way of life. It’s like having one of those awful teachers for years, then realizing how much you’ve been screwed over when you actually move up to a better class.  Basically, I grew up with a lack of taste in games.  This one game, as well as other hot titles like Caeser’s Palace and some other random unnoticeables kind of laid the foundation of my gaming habits as a very young girl that would haunt me for years to come.

Ulgh.

So it wasn’t until I graduated to the Playstation that I started to appreciate the magic of what video games actually were.    I still remember that Christmas day, the moment I first saw that gorgeous gray console, and the crisp clicking sounds the CD cases made as I pulled them open for the first time. Man, that’s refreshing! And the games I got with it, Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, made up the next part of my collection of classics for a few years after.  But as I got older and busier, I stopped playing games altogether, and by the time I had considered starting up the habit again, I was far behind with new titles already on the market like Assassin’s Creed and Half-Life. I thought to myself “What is all this stuff? I don’t get it… Microsoft’s making games? Sonic sucks now? WHEN DID THIS ALL HAPPEN?”  Needless to say, I was a little overwhelmed by the gaming market and found myself too intimidated by the advent of these “hardcore” games to even bother picking up a controller.

Now on a quick note, I did get a chance to play Left 4 Dead a few years back at a buddy’s house, but I was really unversed and boy did it show.  In fact, my friend kindly told me that if we ever got stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, my one and only job would be to stay the hell away from him. Note taken, man.

But there were a few times when I would find my way to a fighting game like Super Smash Bros. Melee where I could button mash like in the good old days, but even still nothing really struck a cord with me for quite a few years.  So when exactly did I rediscover my love for gaming?

In college, of course!  After just one semester I’d discovered the beauty of popular titles Portal, Torchlight, and Team Fortress 2, and my thirst for video gaming just started to grow. Also, I dated a brony, which helped.  But that’s a completely different story.

So here’s my brief account of why I guess I tend to feel like a total newbie on the whole gaming scene sometimes.  Since I’m just getting my toes wet in the world of gaming, I haven’t quite sweat out all of that Shaq-Fu yet. But I’m getting there, finally caving into my new interest and emptying my wallet for the newest games to taste what I’ve been missing for so many years.

Ever feel this way? Probably not, but feel free to leave a comment anyway!  I always love feedback, and thanks for reading guys.

~Andee

Why I Switched Domains: Nerdie Andee is Born

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I wanted to write on this blog.  I recently made a blog called minigamebits, which no longer exists.  I only had it for a few weeks but I felt like something was missing for some reason, and despite the fact that I’d actually started something that’s been on my list for a while, I wasn’t satisfied. And what was missing was a personal touch. I wanted to write about games, but I realized that that wasn’t all.  I wanted to include a personal touch.  I wanted to share my experiences, and not just my game opinions.  So this blog isn’t just about what games I’ve recently bought or what  I’m wanna rant about for the day.  This is a personal touch on gaming and some insight on my life as a chick gamer, and I hope that whoever stops by this page will take a few minutes to experience it with me.

Adieu and goodnight.

Nerdie Tag
Here’s my business card.

Why I Can’t Open Amnesia: The Dark Descent

I love scary movies just as much as I hate them.  Dark, tantalizing,  yet absolutely scarring.  And then I can’t sleep for days afterwards.  Yeah, I’m a wuss. Which is exactly why I can’t open my copy of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.  And I don’t mean that it doesn’t work or that the file has somehow been corrupted by some software or that DirectX crap that renders my copy of Saint’s Row the Third absolutely useless.  I mean I just can’t click it.  Physically. When my cursor would so much as graze the icon on my desktop, I felt shivers.  I’m not a very hardcore gamer and I got the game in a cheap batch on steam, so I felt no remorse or shame taking the shortcut off my desktop.

Ok, maybe a little, especially now that I’m admitting it.

Desktop
That thing used to live here.

What makes me so terrified of this game?  What keeps me from getting involved in a fictional environment in an imaginary castle with monsters you don’t even see half the time? I’m not quite sure.  I honestly think it has to do with the terror I experienced after watching The Ring.  I was a college freshman, naive and optimistic, looking for a light scare.  And let me say, that was one of the worst movie experiences I’ve ever had.  No, I’m not joking.  I usually deal with scary media pretty well, but something in that film just broke me.  I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t look at a TV screen without thinking about it. The premise is of course as stupid as every other horror film out there – a ghost that actually haunts you through your phone and attacks you from your TV screen.  Sounds more like that Sonic the Hedgehog creepypasta (Warning: Creepy Tails Doll pics in that link).  I didn’t have great expectations for it.  But it was actually a decent film.  Too well done, in my opinion. And so I shudder every time.

So what does this film have to do with a video game?  Well, it was a milestone in my life.  It was the first time I had ever felt life-threateningly terrified from a movie.  It game me nightmares.  It sucked me in.    And no amount of parodies or episodes of My Little Pony could wipe it from my memory.  I can deal with it now, but back then it was just straight-up terrifying, and it’s  that same fear that I carry with me in regards to video games.  Which, to me, is actually a worse scenario.

Think about it. Unlike a movie, which simply demands the visual and (depending on the film) mental engagement of the viewer, video games put you in the driver’s seat of whatever horrible situation is being imposed at the moment.  You are the player, the one in charge, and by extension, the victim.  It’s an exciting experience, but it lends a certain role to the person in front of the screen that I don’t feel I can stomach sometimes.  Heck, I used to get freaked out by those giant boulders that would chase you in Crash Bandicoot.

So even after looking at several walkthroughs of the game and seeing friends play it, I just can’t.  Now don’t get me wrong, it looks like an amazing game with a great atmosphere and I know most people who bought it really like it.  But I know that it would keep me at night.  It’s illogical, but, eh, so was the fact that I believed the Boogie Man lived above my apartment until I was 7.

He was obviously under the bed.

Bed
Found you!

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of my self-imposed limitations, something that I would have to really push myself to actually experience firsthand.  And I hope that one day I can muster up the courage to open that file.  But until I lose a bet for which there are no take-backsies, it’s going to sit here and collect dust in my steam folder.  And I know. That’s sad.

Amnesia is available at the Steam Store for the few who haven’t bought it yet:

And P.S.: They’re making a sequel.

Have you ever felt this way about a game?  Maybe a movie or a certain life scarring episode that just got to you?  Leave a comment and thanks for reading!