Monday, April 30, 2012

My Favorite Science Fiction!

I adore science fiction. It has always fascinated me and I have immersed myself in the genre since I was very young. Want to know what I think is the best science fiction games, books, movies, and comics in our culture? I wrote a blog about it for the Frag Dolls and it was featured on the Cadette section of their website, so click here to check it out!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Visiting The Art Of Video Games Exhibit

Last weekend I was enjoying myself in my nation's capital to appreciate the beauty of video games. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently running an exhibit titled The Art of Video Games. It will be running for a limited time, so that prompted my boyfriend and I to plan a day trip to Washington, D.C. The two of us completely nerded out at everything the exhibit had to offer. It was certainly a lovely display that any fan of video games could enjoy.
(I apologize in advance for the poor quality images -- my digital camera does not take the best of pictures, and I was too excited and overwhelmed at the time to check how the pictures I took came out.)


To my surprise, the exhibit was not just a collaboration of video game artwork, though there was a great deal of artwork there. It was also extremely interactive. There were several rooms, one of which had large screens with games to play such as Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Monkey Island and Myst. The last room had every console you could possibly imagine with four of the most influential games on that specific platform. For any gamer, experiencing this exhibit would be like a trip down memory lane.

I believe that this exhibit was a wonderful platform for video game appreciation. Many people seem to misjudge video games, seeing them as a waste of time or insignificant hobby. However, viewing this exhibit made me realize that there is so much more to this passion of mine. The exhibit left me nostalgic, yet hopeful for the future. Nonetheless, I believe it was worth the trip to see how far video games have come, and it made me happy to see that the whole world is able experience one of my greatest passions.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

PAX East 2012 & The Gaming Community

After an excellent weekend at PAX East and experiencing a series of events these past few days, I have learned a great deal about the gaming community.

I will be completely honest in saying that I do not know many people in the gaming industry. I know OF many people, but I do not know them on a personal level. Nonetheless, I try to keep myself “in tune” with much of what goes on in the community. Becoming a Frag Doll Cadette has greatly heightened that.

First and foremost, I must say that PAX East was incredible. I had a great time working with Ubisoft at the Assassin’s Creed III booth. In a way, the booth felt like Disney World. Attendees stood in line for 45 minutes to wait to see the exclusive footage of ACIII gameplay. Ubisoft set up everything so well. There were monitors, pictures with descriptions on display for guests to view, and us Frag Dolls/Cadettes to entertain them (wink, wink? Haha, no. We just moved the lines along). I enjoyed seeing the excited looks on the faces of fans after viewing the 10-minute long preview of the game. Afterward, the crowd cheered in the theater in excitement over what they just saw. Oh, and then I handed them a blow-up tomahawk for their diligence and devotion toward their fandom. That was a small glimpse of my job at PAX East this past weekend.

My fellow FDC sisters had many similar thoughts about this convention. “PAX East is like one big family reunion for people in the gaming industry.” I could not agree more. Many, including myself, were reunited with familiar faces. There were nothing but smiles and laughs during the weekend (and maybe some foot pain and lost voices by Sunday night).

I met many of the Frag Dolls and Cadettes for the first time this weekend, but I instantly clicked with all of them. I also was able to meet many figures in the gaming industry that I look up to, such as Cliffy B and his fiancĂ© Lauren (aka L337Lauren), the lead artists for Dragon Age, and the guys of Mega64. Everyone was so awesome. Overall, the experience at my first PAX was great. I look forward to growing more in the gaming industry as a Frag Doll Cadette.

What I also witnessed within the past few days was the outpouring of support toward my friend and fellow Frag Doll Cadette, Katy akabunnyXablaze. Not even one day had passed after her return from PAX East and she experienced a great tragedy. Her house, along with all possessions, burnt to the ground on April 10th. I cannot even imagine what she is going through at this very moment; however, the gaming community has not failed to show their compassion toward a wonderful lady in their industry. A donation stream is being held for her on Saturday, April 14th in order to raise money for her cause. I am still amazed at how much the community is doing -- it is proof that they have each other's backs. That alone is an incredible thing to think about.

And that, my friends, is my recent experience with the gaming industry. They all are an awesome group of people that share a similar passion and use that passion for good.

Keep on gaming!

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Fools! Check Out This Assassin's Creed Kinect Video I'm In!

April Fools' Day has become a playground for major companies to release content in order to mess with their fans. There were hundreds of funny April Fools' Day pranks, and IGN has a great blog covering all of them.

Despite all of this, there is one that was my favorite.
A fan made video of Assassin's Creed for Kinect.
It is my favorite particularly because I am in it the video!

See that girl hiding in the haystack? Yup, that is me.
I had so much fun filming this video with my friends; they all did such a great job putting it together!

What were some of your favorite April Fool's Day pranks?

Oh, and I am so glad it is April! Life has been drastically changing for me, but it has been taking me in all of the right directions. This weekend is PAX East in Boston. If you will be there, stop by the Ubisoft booth! I will be working there with the Frag Dolls. 

Love the best Assassin ever,

Miss Magitek