Midnite Faery

Midnite Faery

Creator, Editor, and Writer for Epic Gamer Girl. Child & Youth Support Worker during the day; zombie slayer & dragon hunter at night! Lover of video games, conventions, photography, coffee, traveling, food, and of course my husband! My favourite games are Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Skyrim, and Left 4 Dead 2.

Jan 272014
 

I’m sure you’ve seen these fun little photos posted all over the web, but this is new and exciting because the stunning FireDragon created it!

The way the game is played:

1. From the left column, you pick the FIRST letter of your FIRST name

2. From the middle column, you pick the FIRST letter of you Middle name

3. From the right column, you pick the LAST letter of your LAST name

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My name is Flying Zombie Master! …I couldn’t think of a better gamer tag!

The following are some of the amazing responses we’ve found on Facebook and Twitter!

Lorella: Wicked Puppy Licker

Darcie: Enormous Lemon Stomper

Th3_Jynxxx: Mega Sonic Beast

Tomas: Shiney Zombie Feet

Melody: Tiny Banana Master

Craig: Ultimate Tickle Beast

April: Amazing Lemon Beast-Rocker

Andre: Amazing Pickle Warrior

Karen: Mega Monkey Balls

Fullmetal Judge: Tiny Tickle Monster

Lowieee: Wicked Kitten Beast

…and finally Tony, who is a “Shiney Bat Muncher” LOL

Who would you be? 😀 

Jan 252014
 

In my professional gaming opinion, the best game of 2013 was Tomb Raider.

It is such a good game that the Xbox One is re-releasing it and charging full price again! Yup, that’s right. The new and exciting Tomb Raider coming to the new generation consoles is exactly the same game that you can pick up for $15-20 on your xbox 360. What would I recommend? …get it for the 360! The sooner you can play it, the better.

I don’t know what it’s like for die hard Lara Croft fans, but I was new to the scene and this was my first Tomb Raider experience. Naturally, I’ve seen all the films, but never played the games. Lara Croft wasn’t my type of character. I didn’t want to play a game where I became “her”. I would generally prefer to spend my time creating and developing my own characters, or playing Rock Band.

I don’t know what drew me to this version of Tomb Raider. Maybe it was the amazing graphics, or the unique death scenes, or maybe it was just watching the trailer and actually finding a character that looked more realistic and like me! That’s what girl gamers want right? We want to find a character that we can “become” when we are playing a game. So I decided to give it a chance.

Tomb Raider takes the player through an emotional storyline with in a beautiful setting. You get to play a new and improved Lara Croft who is separated from her team of scientists. She moves through new locations searching for her teammates and battling against bad guys. There are loads of little trinkets and collectables to find along the way.

It’s important to me that I feel successful while playing a game. I hate dying over and over again. I want to be able to play a game for 30 minutes and feel like I accomplished something. Tomb Raider does that. Within 30 minutes, you can kill a bunch of people, find unique collectables, and get closer to finding your loved teammates.  All you need to do is find a fire pit, and poof. Your game is saved and ready to go the next time you want to play.

The only thing that I didn’t like about the game was the multiplayer. It included all the weapons that you would use in the single player story, but it felt like a Call of Duty or Battlefield game. You spawn, kill people, run around a map where other online players are killing people, and you die. I’m a fan of playing through a story and watching my character progress, so the multiplayer wasn’t for me.

What makes this the best game of the year? It is flawless. I didn’t come across any bugs. The controls are easy to use. The story is entertaining and it moves at a decent pace. The extra collectables and missions add game play to the story. Oh, and the graphics are stunning! Plus, I can’t forget the brilliantly gruesome death scenes when Lara Croft dies. Basically, I couldn’t put it down and it is the game I highly recommend everyone to play!

This game gets a 5/5!

Tomb Raider

May 232013
 

I’m ready to face reality. To overcome my fears and anxiety. To breathe through the pain of knowing its over. I know that suffering makes us stronger. I have officially accepted…

The end of Rock Band dlc.

You might snicker at how crazy it sounds to feel sad about this, or you might fully understand.

When I realised that there would be no more dlc, with the exception of rbn, I kinda stopped downloading songs because I didn’t want to admit that my Tuesday’s were no longer the best day of the week. New songs were released on Tuesday’s every week for as long as I can remember. Songs were announced the Friday before and you had to wait the whole weekend to buy the next set of songs.

Anyways, I decided to start the process of letting go. I downloaded the Chevelle pack and American Pie.

Rock Band has been with me through many epic life events. I played Rock Band while studying and living on campus at UBC, while traveling to New Zealand, and getting settled in Canada. I have celebrated my birthday with Rock Band parties and spend 24 hours of solid gaming for charity using Rock Band. My local friends think I’m crazy because I love a video game so much, but they’ve come to appreciate that it’s a part of who am.

In my professional life, I have used Rock Band to connect  with children and youth. My experience has been working with children & youth in high-risk front line crisis in safe house for women and children fleeing violence. By playing Rock Band with children & youth, and being genuinely into the rockage, I was able to build trust and start the foundation of my psycho-educational work. Once they trust me, I am able to help them recognize their emotions around the trauma they’ve experienced and help them find their strengths to deal with the here and now. Plus, I support them as they create safety plans in the event that they are witness to violence and abuse in their homes.

I’m pretty open with friends and family about why I wanted to get into this work, now I am going to share a bit here. I lived in the safe house that I work in. When I was a child, I was a child that witnessed abuse and violence. I remember fleeing my dad and running across the county to try and stay safe. When I was 10 years old, we moved to Barrie, Ontario from BC and I spent the entire summer listening to American Pie. I knew every word. I could sing it without the music. I would hide in the attic and hum the song when I got scared. If I was walking to school or the park and I felt nervous I would start singing American Pie. I drove my sister nuts because it was my favorite song and she couldn’t understand why I was listening to such ‘dated’ music. She hated anything I liked because she was 2 years older than me, thus, cooler. So naturally I would torture her by singing it loudly before bed.  I would listen to it through my walkman and sing along, so only I could hear the music blaring in my ears. The look on her face was priceless.

My love for this song lasted about 3 months. Every waking moment, every quiet time, every lonely, sad, and happy experience had American Pie attached to it. When you are 10 years old, 3 whole months feels like a lifetime.

I brought this song back to BC with me when my family tried to reunite again and I kept it close to my heart as my own personal weapon against anything that happened. All I needed to feel safe and happy was my song: American Pie.

For some people, music becomes a huge part of who they are. For most teenagers, the music they listen to defines the decisions they make and the type of life they want to live. For me, music was something I had control over. It was something that no one could take away from me. Of course, it could be restricted (my mom referred to Metallica as ‘devil music’ so she wouldn’t approve of me listening to it). But I always found ways around the restrictions and I listened to the music I liked.

The reason why Harmonix picked American Pie as the last dlc for Rock Band 3 isn’t important to me, but playing the song is huge.

It took me over a month to even download the song. Now that I own the song on Rock Band, it might sit in my library unplayed for months. Or I might play it tomorrow.

(Note: a *walkman is sort of like an iPod).

Apr 202013
 

I must have been 10 years old when the Super Nintendo came out. Thankfully my dad was a computer and gaming nut so he purchased one right away. He bought a separate one for my baby brother and I and he recorded a VHS tape to demonstrate how to use the controls and specific maneuvers. I thought he was amazing and I watched that video over and over again. I wanted to play games like my dad. My brother was only 6 years old, so naturally I owned the SNES!! …and this is how my gaming addiction began.

My first Super Nintendo game was Super Mario All Stars. I had a love for Mario that was undying …oh, and still is 😉 So I wanted to explore all the levels and try my hardest to collect as many lives as I could.

My Top 5 SNES:
1. Super Mario All Stars
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kongs Quest
4. Super Mario Kart
5. Super Mario World: Yoshi’s Island

…of course there are many more but those are the games I would do anything to play.

Apr 192013
 

What can a gamer whip together quickly that is healthy and tastes great?

For me, this typically looks like eggs. Anything to do with eggs is the quick and easy. For example, last nights dinner was veggie fajitas. There were some left over peppers so I refried those with a scrambled egg and smothered it in hot sauce. I was actually able to play a couple levels of TMNT while the food sizzled away. And alas, a healthy, quick, and deliciously breakfast that doesn’t interfere with gaming.

I’m not a fan of microwaved dinners. Mainly because they taste gross and I don’t own a microwave. All of the food I eat has to be easily prepared or eaten raw because there isn’t enough time to cook huge fancy meals. I would rather eat pizza cold the next day (with hot sauce) than stick it in the oven to warm up. I think its great!

On the note of pizza …one of my staple foods is home made salsa. I chop up:

1 green pepper

1 red pepper

1/2 red onion

5 Roma tomatoes

1 bunch of cilantro

2 jalapeños

This all goes in a bowl and I eat it with most meals. First, nachos. Who doesn’t love a fresh salsa with nachos! Then I will add it to eggs …it’s lovely. And when it’s lived a couple days in my fridge, I will make Indian pizza:

get some naan bread

Use a butter chicken sauce

Add the salsa to the pizza

Smoother with grated cheese

Top with a few banana peppers

Bake for a few mins and a lovely dinner is waiting to be gobbled up! I’m sure there loads of other yummy foods that are quick easy and delicious. If you want to share your favourite, I would love new ideas! My email is midnitefaery@epicgamergirl.com or you can leave a comment here.

Happy gaming! …and munching 😉

Mar 202013
 

If you’re like me and can’t make it to Boston this weekend, you are not alone. There are loads of people that are sad to miss the wondrous PAX East event.  That being said, sit back and relax because Twitch will have full coverage. You can view their stream at http://twitch.tv/pax

This is the PAX East schedule that will be covered on Twitch TV: It will include everything from panels, live concerts, tournaments, and all sorts of geeky madness.

FRIDAY

Blizzard Entertainment Presents
10AM EST – 10:30AM EST

Storytime with Cliff Bleszinski
10:30AM EST – 11:30AM EST

Penny Arcade Q&A
11:30AM EST – 12:45AM EST

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences presents: Best of the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit
2:30PM EST – 3:30PM EST

The Shaft: Digging up all the Minecraft Nuggets
4PM EST – 5PM EST

Future of Online Games Panel – MMORPG.com
5:30PM EST – 6:30PM EST

The LoadingReadyRun Panel
7PM EST – 8PM EST

Friday Night Concerts
8:30PM EST – 1:30AM EST

SATURDAY

Penny Arcade – Make a Strip!
10:30AM EST – 12PM EST

The Making of Dust: An Elysian Tail
1PM EST – 2PM EST

Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games
2:30PM EST – 3:30PM EST

After the Endgame: Indie Studios Founded by 38 Studios Alumni
4PM EST – 5PM EST

NVIDIA Is Open For Gaming
5PM EST – 6PM EST

404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet
7PM EST – 8PM EST

Saturday Night Concerts
8:30PM EST – 1:30AM EST

SUNDAY

Borders and Bullets: Global Game Controversies
10AM EST – 11AM EST

Pitch Your Game Idea
11:30AM EST – 12:30PM EST

You Game Like A Girl: Tales of Trolls & White Knights
1PM EST – 2PM EST

Penny Arcade Q&A #2
2PM EST – 3PM EST

eSports in 2013: The Past, Present, and Future
4PM EST – 5PM EST

Omegathon Final Round: ???
5:30PM EST – 6:30PM EST

 

I will be virtually attending PAX East through Twitch and Twitter posts. I hope that everyone attending has a blast and shares their adventures online for those who couldn’t make it!