Spyro the Dragon | The Game That Defines A Geeky Gal

Spyro the Dragon | The Game That Defines A Geeky Gal

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The Games That Define Us features carefully chosen music and remixes from the franchise of the game represented. Music is a key component of sharing the emotions one feels about a game, so we hope you will press the play button if you’re in a position to do so. 

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We are officially halfway through the month of November, and it’s been an amazing ride! Welcome to Day 15 of The Games That Define Us!

Just a brief summary if this is your first time here: This collaboration is a 34-day long adventure through video games. Each piece is its own unique audiovisual experience, complete with artwork, designs, music, and (most importantly) amazing works of prose by brilliant bloggers around the world. This adventure will take you through nostalgia, joy, ambition, self-discovery, regret, anxiety, frustration, mourning, and every human experience in between. Video games…

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A Geeky Gal Monthly Recap: October 2018

A Geeky Gal Monthly Recap: October 2018

Welcome to my first ever monthly recap! I thought the first week of the new month would be a great time to take a look back on all the blog posts of this last month. With the first week of November almost behind us, let’s take a look at the month of October here on A Geeky Gal!

Highlights

We Got Married!

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Well, we were already married. In fact, we just celebrated our one year anniversary on October 21st! Our wedding, however, was October 13th in my hometown in Alabama. I can’t wait to share all the details with you in an upcoming blog post! Have a sneak peek of this dreamy phone shot by my mom-in-law.

QotM

For the month of October, I was Later Levels’ star blogger and posed a question for their monthly Question of the Month! Along with a cute bio, Kim really rained praise down on my little blog and me. It made me and my blog feel good! With October being my favorite month, I knew my QotM needed to be spooky. My question: In honor of Halloween, tell me what video game scared you the most. What is it about the elements, environments, music, or characters in the video game that scared you?

Picking a winner was so hard! I had so many creative answers that weren’t even from horror games! In the end though, I picked my winner.

“The reason I picked That Green Dude’s post is not only because Fatal Frame is one of my all-time favorite horror game series, but because I think we can all relate to being afraid after playing such a scary game and it affecting us in real life. I appreciate Brandon’s honesty and love that his dad had his back so he could continue to play games!”

Blogger Award

I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by ! I nominated all the bloggers that are participating in Normal Happenings’ Games that Define Us collab. They’re all lovely people so be sure to check out the 7 posts that are up so far!

350 Followers!

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I met a personal goal of surpassing 350 followers on WordPress!

Posts from October

5 Fandom Friday

My Current Favorite Things

Mental Health in Gaming

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What’s Next?

  • A HUGE wedding recap post (with pictures!)
  • Another Top Ten Geeks list
  • QotM Answer
  • Another character mix tape
  • PLUS all of the normal content you’re used to seeing!

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How to Go to Bed After Playing a Horror Game

How to Go to Bed After Playing a Horror Game

With Halloween at an end, I though it’d be a great time to take part in one of Normal Happenings’ Daily Inklings! I’m spinning the prompt just a bit… What do I do after playing a horror game to calm down? I’m going to share my tips and tricks with you on how I chill out after playing some of my favorite horror games! Here’s 7 steps to help you decompress after playing a scary game.

Drink A Cup of Tea

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I totally blame my husband for this one. Drinking a hot cup of tea wasn’t something I did until a couple of years ago when he was visiting from Ireland. He made me a hot cup of tea, and since then it has become something I turn to when I’m in need of comfort. Tea not really your thing? Hot chocolate can do the trick.

Play The Sims

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The Sims can be a great distraction. The mundane tasks of making sure your Sim eats, sleeps, and goes to work can be enough to calm your racing mind and heart. Creating a new Sim, picking out a house and decorating it is also a great distraction. Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley are great alternatives if you don’t have the Sims.

 

Look at GIFs of Cute Animals

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My husband and I do this all the time, especially if we’re feeling a little down. Cute animals can be the answer to shutting down your fear as well. Hit up your favorite subreddit or look around on Pinterest or Imgur for pictures and GIFs of cute animals doing cute things. It’s easy, and you’ll feel so much better.

Watch a Disney or Pixar Movie

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This is a tried and true method of mine for literally all aspects of my life. If I’m feeling some negative emotions, I turn on a good Disney or Pixar film that’s sure to lift my spirits. Netflix has Coco and Moana right now! Both are excellent feel-good films that are sure to calm your nerves after a night of playing a horror game.

Watch HGTV, Mr. Kate, or The Sorry Girls

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Does anyone else find home improvement or decorating shows to be oddly soothing? I know it’s not just me… Right? Anyway, HGTV on Netflix or Hulu can be another great distraction if you can’t bring yourself to play a calming game. Mr. Kate and The Sorry Girls on YouTube do a great job of scratching that same itch!

Leave a Light On

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Find yourself uncomfortable in the dark after that particular scary cut scene? There’s nothing wrong with leaving on a night light or a lamp when you crawl into bed. Once you’re feeling sleepy enough, you can turn off the light or leave it on if you are able to sleep with lights on.

Cuddle Your Pet

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If you have a pet, they are the perfect cuddle buddy to hold while you recover from a horror game. Give your pet some attention, and let them calm you down. My sweet Padme (above) is the perfect snuggle bug after a scary encounter in a game. You and your pet could benefit from this tip!

What tips and tricks do you have on how to go to bed after playing a horror game? Tell me in the comments!

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5 Freaky Faves: Scary Shows

5 Freaky Faves: Scary Shows

For the month of October, I am pulling away from my regular 5 Fandom Friday and Saturday Suggestion posts. Every Friday for the month of October I will be presenting my 5 Freaky Faves in honor of Halloween! This week’s 5 Freaky Faves are my favorite binge-worthy scary TV shows!

The Haunting of Hill House

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By far my favorite show on Netflix this month has been The Haunting of Hill House. It’s moody, full of horror aesthetic, and beautiful cinematography that takes you between the past and present. It’s been years since I have been this frightened of a TV show. My husband and I just love it. We binged the first five episodes on our one year anniversary on a whim, and we don’t regret a single minute of it. Even when we had to turn every light on in the house just to get into bed after an episode…

Bates Motel

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Bates Motel takes it’s creepy cues from the movie it was based on and spins a modern prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho tale. Freddie Highmore is in one of his best roles as Norman Bates with Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma. The two have mad chemistry in this chilling psychological horror Netflix drama.

American Horror Story

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You knew American Horror Story would make this list. If you haven’t watching any of the seasons already, this is the time to do it! The first season, affectionately called Murder House by fans, would be a great start to your Halloween week. Try it; you may find yourself binging up to the latest season Netflix has to offer.

Scream: The TV Series

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As a fan of campy horror, I was excited to give this Scream TV series a shot and I have zero regrets. It’s full of that campy horror nostalgia while still being set in present day. While still very much a slasher horror series, the stories are great for those that miss those good old slasher flick days. With two seasons up on Netflix, Scream is perfect to binge this spooky holiday season.

Black Mirror

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Another favorite scary show of mine is Black Mirror. Unfortunately, I find it hard to binge because it leaves me so emotionally drained at the end of most episodes. Haunting and scary may not be what some people would use to describe Black Mirror, but that’s exactly what it is. Incredible stories that last for a single episode will enthrall you, make your heart race, fill your eyes with tears, and leave your knuckles white as you hang on for the wild ride called Black Mirror on Netflix.

What binge-worthy scary TV shows do you like to watch during the month of October? Tell me in the comments!

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Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

Last week, A Geeky Gal was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by ! They are a new follower here on the blog, and their blog is all about cooking. They must be doing something right as they have been racking up their own blogging awards lately and raking in new followers! Thanks again Liba for the nomination. It’s very much appreciated.

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Thank You for 350 Followers!

Thank You for 350 Followers!

While this is really a personal milestone and not a WordPress achievement, I wanted to take the time to say thank you to all of you.

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When I started A Geeky Gal, I never thought I’d have 100 followers, let alone 350 followers. That many people like my stuff? You gotta be kidding me! With help from friends, family, and readers, this blog has truly blossomed. It wouldn’t be the blog it is today without readers like you.

Readers like you make this all worthwhile. You read, like, share, and comment on my posts. You make blogging feel rewarding. You make all of this worth it. You make my hard work feel validated.

From the bottom of my geeky heart, thank you.

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