Uhoh, Lenni Want’s to be on YouTube

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook or on Twitter or even here, you may notice I’m all up in YouTube with the gaming walkthroughs will commentary. CrazyShootin started it all and now I’m on TheRadBrad, inLove, and agentjr watching games that I haven’t gotten to play or want to play… Or have been ruined for me by my ex. But that’s a long and depressing story. :p

Now, I am DYIN to get the tech necessary to record myself playing these games because hilarity ensues when I get frustrated or scared of these things. Also, what better platform to talk about my life than horror games? ;D It would be a much more comfortable way for me to start a vlog since that’s the thing people do these days. Playing the games gives something for my adoring public to watch instead of my face.

Yeah, I’m late to the party train with all of this but I kinda don’t care. Watch or not, it’s up to you. I’m still saving up the money for the tech to do this and for a PS4 (the release date for Silent Hills isn’t till next year! I have time!) so don’t count on it going up right away. But it’s coming!

I suppose the main reason for me to want to do this is because I enjoy watching others so much, I’d like to add my voice to the cacophony, as it were. I don’t plan for it to make any money or for me to be particularly good at it or for me to upload all the time (as you can see I don’t even update my regular blog very much), but I think it would be fun!

 

 

I weigh in on GamerGate

The hashtag was flipping every where so I read up on it and thank you so much Wired for summing it up for me. Since everyone in the universe is talking about it, why shouldn’t I chime in?

This scares me for a multitude of reasons… First and foremost, I like gaming and I’m not half bad at it. As I’ve posted before, I thought it’d be cool to make vids and such. Now, I’m scared to even talk on the internet lest some crazy ex of mine ruin the shit out of my life.

But I’m boring so, that’s not likely.

The biggest reason? I have a daughter who is a budding gamer. She loves this and has even expressed a desire to make her own games one day.

Nothing would make me prouder. Well, my daughter could grow up to anything she wanted and as long as she was happy with her life, I’d be the proudest mother in the universe. But she says “Mama! I wanna make my own games one day!” She draws characters, devises how her enemies will attack and how the hero will defend. She writes plots, listens eagerly to her mama’s rants about escort missions and glitchy enemies, and takes it all in like an adorable sponge. She cut her teeth on Brave for the PS3 and she is the one who introduced me to Amnesia* from a picture in a gaming magazine I’d left around. I see such amazing potential in her; this bouncy, creative little brownie who scampers around my house.

Is what happened to Zoe Quinn what awaits my daughter? Is slut-shaming and death threats the result of her speaking out against something she doesn’t like? Or making something innovative? Hell, or even making something relatively mediocre!

As a woman it’s scary, as a person who creates things to be consumed by the masses it’s scary, and as a mother, it’s fucking terrifying.

So the gaming world may be changing, the demographics are changing, the prices, the consoles, blah, blah, blah… Damnit, me and my kid just wanna play cool games. We wanna laugh, we wanna be scared, we wanna have adventures! And we shouldn’t be afraid to let people know we want those things. I shouldn’t be scared someone would read this and start threatening my life.

Just play games and be cool. Is that too much to ask?

*I keep her away from most scary games. Too much violence and straight up creepy shit.

Random Video Thoughts

Thar be cussin so you were warned.

I am fucking obsessed with this game. I am willing to buy a PS4 for this game. Maybe I’ll turn into one of those YouTubers who record themselves playing because I can guarantee my reactions will be comedy gold. I spend most of this trailer in a fetal position hiding behind my hands.

Now all I have to do is calculate how much plasma I need to sell in order to afford the system…

 

Random Video Thoughts

Random book thoughts? Why not random video thoughts? And I am considering a YouTube channel for this sort of nonsense but then people would have to see my face or hear my voice. I’m pretty damn annoying when I put my mind to it. And by put my mind to it, I mean open my mouth and utter a single word.

There’s some pretty good comedy gold on YouTube and I’ve become a fan of CrazyShootin and his utterly hilarious game play commentary/trolling.

Except the Small Horse map.

Its just the most insane map I’ve ever seen (and I haven’t seen all these playlists yet). I’m up to part 6 and my only thoughts are “What is this and why is it happening to my eyes!?”

**His videos feature plenty of cussin, high-pitched squealing, and scary monsters so… You’re warned.

Maker Faire!

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Last Saturday I went with my friend MisfitLibrarian to Maker Faire; a tech nerd’s paradise! 😀 It was really cool but alas, it would have been cooler if I could have brought the kiddo. There were so many stations where things could be assembled:

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That’s me making a button. ^_^ One of the few stations not PACKED with people. @_@

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I haven’t ridden in a school bus in… At least 15 years. 0.0 These were the “shuttles” going from the faire to the parking lot. It made me feel old… ;_;

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But it was worth it because there was a man in a metro card suit with a robot metro card dog… A robot dog. Very awesome. 😀

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The theme of the place was so techie, I was very disappointed to find this beer garden was not in fact some kind of garden powered by beer. That would have been too cool for words. Alas, they only sold beer.

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This is why it would have been so awesome to get the kiddo here. These were butterfly bikes you could ride in!

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And a giant felted t-rex… Because life needs more of those. 🙂

All in all, it’s a really cool place and I wouldn’t mind going back next year. Unfortunately? There is jack my library can do with any of the tech I saw. Sure, if we were a huge library with money to burn and unused space I could see having a maker center with kits and 3D printers and such. But us? We’re lucky we’re here after Sandy. I’m lucky to have a job!

Besides, if the library has any extra money, they need to buy that giant dinosaur.

New York Comic Con Here I Come… Maybe

Today, I was able to get my boss to spring for the professional pass for NYCC. If all goes well, me and Misfit Librarian will be going. But here’s the rub:

This year, you have to apply and we find out in 21 days IF we get to go.

To the person(s) who somehow gamed the system to score 4 day passes on the cheap, thanks for making the process harder for us. You suck. T_T

Other than that, I am excited to go. I toy with the idea of dressing up as Poison Ivy or my usual “Gonna have to carry a bunch of crap” uniform of jeans and an obnoxious t-shirt. Depends on what I feel like doing. :p

Will you be at the con this year?

H+ Trailer Review

Sean over at Otakus and Geeks keeps me clued in to the latest news involving impending geekdom I may enjoy. Recently, he’s told me about the impending series H+. Here’s the sneak peak:

I have to say, as someone who’s attached to her smartphone enough that people tease me about having something implanted in my brain so I could be connected all the time, I am intrigued! 😀 I can’t wait for this series to start (should be in August). Like I need another thing to distract me from writing but the episodes are only 5-12 minutes long (I hear) so I think I can spare that. 😉

The idea of technology gone wrong is hardly new but I like the track H+ is taking with it. It seems to be filmed in the same style of 24 or Lost where you are taken through the story in small chunks at a time and not necessarily in order. I enjoy that format because I can go back when the story is complete and discover new things. I live for those “Ah HA!!!” moments in my entertainment. 😉 I feel almost rewarded by sticking to the narrative.

I have high hopes for this series and I’ll keep you all posted on my thoughts as it goes on. 🙂