Friday, January 27, 2012

Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Catwoman's New Look


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The images of the statues were taken from the DC Direct catalog.

I finally got the chance to take a closer look at Nolan's version of Catwoman played by Ms. Hathaway for the upcoming Dark Knight Rises movie. The costume is....interesting, to say the least. Here are my personal views on the "pros" and "cons" of Catwoman's new getup.

Cons
  1. Of course you cannot have a female character without skin-tight clothes and high heels. It is 2012, and even though I do not agree with the obnoxious sex appeal of females in our culture, I have no choice but to accept that this is what our society has accepted as "the norm". I know Catwoman has always worn "sexy" costumes, but I will never understand how she fights in stilettos all the time. Also, after observing that statue (and I think I observed it a little too deep), I don't think that Anne Hathaway's boobs are that big.
  2. Those so-called "cat ears" are pathetic. I have seen girls at anime conventions with nicer looking cat ears than those little black triangles on her head.
  3. There is nothing unique about this costume. They could have tried harder.

Pros
  1. I am thankful that there is no obnoxious cleavage in this rendition of Catwoman, unlike in Arkham City where Catwoman's bodysuit was unzipped practically down to her belly-button.
  2. The shades are kind of cool, I guess?


Yeah, I really cannot think of anything else.

Overall, not too impressed with this costume -- and from what I have observed, not many fans are, either.

I love Catwoman's character, but I have never been a fan of any of her costumes through the years.

Monday, January 23, 2012

My "Gamer Biography"


I recently submitted my Frag Doll Cadette Application (for the third time, I know. They say third time's the charm, right?). Part of the application process included me writing a brief "Gamer Biography" describing my experiences as a gamer. I figured it would be nice to share what I wrote in my blog, so here it is!





My name is Tracie, and I am a 20 year-old journalism student. I am a gamer, comic book reader, science fiction fanatic, role player, tech lover, and at the same time what some would call a “girly-girl”. From what I have observed, the people in my life most closely associate me with my passion for video games. My family, friends and even my acquaintances realize my love for gaming is a part of me that stands out significantly; that is something I simply cannot hide.

Just as many other gamer stories begin, mine will be no different. I started gaming when I was very young. As a child, I absolutely adored video games. I had cute Mario plush toys in my room, posters of Zelda, and I was even listening to video game music over mainstream music. My first consoles were Coleco Vision, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. I also had a PC where I played some of my first FPS games such as DOOM, Rise of the Triad and Duke Nukem 3D.

My love for video games has brought me to many places and events in my life. I have been to different conventions where I have cosplayed some of my favorite game characters. At these conventions, I met famous people in the gaming industry which inspired me to further my passion. While I have yet to play video games competitively, I was able to attend WCG in 2009 which took place in New York City. In early 2011, I had the unique opportunity to write for GM3R.com, which was a video game news website that unfortunately is no longer running.

After discovering that I loved writing about video games almost as much as I loved playing them, my journalism and writing experience brought me to create a blog where I write about adventures in the video game and nerd world. As of now, I have only been blogging for about a year and I have a rather minute size following, but blogging about my greatest passions in life has brought me such a great joy that I cannot explain.

In my present gaming life, I am trying to juggle around the overwhelming amount of incredible games that have recently released while trying to maintain some sort of a social life. However, that has failed. Video games have dominated most of my time as of recent, leaving me with little social interaction. I am currently playing quite a few games on PC such as Star Wars: The Old Republic, StarCraft 2, and Battlefield 3. I am also playing through The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii and Dark Souls on the Xbox 360.

I have a variety of games that I favor for many different reasons. Many of my favorite games include memories associated with them as a reason for being my favorite. My favorite game of all-time is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and that has not changed since 1998. Some of my other favorite game series’ include Mass Effect, BioShock, Starcraft, and Halo.

Video games have an immense impact on my life, and I certainly would not be exaggerating if I said that they play a part in defining who I am. I truly wish to take this passion and run with it in my future. I can assure you that one day this biography will expand with my many experiences and stories in the world of video games.

Friday, January 6, 2012

I Got Gunnars!

My PPK Snow Gunnar Optiks.

This post isn't a "review" of my Gunnar gaming glasses, per say. It is rather me raving over how great they are.
I am assuming that everyone who is reading this will know what exactly Gunnars are. If not, check out their website before you read any further.

I love my Gunnars. The clarity and overall improvement I am seeing while gaming is very apparent. For someone like myself who  stares at a screen for hours gaming, these glasses are ideal and certainly not a waste of money. I use them every time I play video games -- whether on my PC monitor or TV.
If you are an individual who does not yet own a pair of these spectacular specs and may possibly be doubting their use, allow me to resolve any doubt in your mind that these glasses are not worth buying. If you suffer headaches from staring at a screen for too long like myself or wish to enhance your gaming experience, invest in these glasses!
But most of all, wearing Gunnars will make you feel like a pro gamer. And that is a stellar feeling.