Blogger Collaboration: The Games That Define Us

Blogger Collaboration: The Games That Define Us

We all have that one game that is truly a part of our identity. It’s not just any video game, it’s our video game. It’s the one that’s always on our mind when we think about nostalgia or even games in general — the one with the most memories and stories attached to it.

—  Matt @ Normal Happenings


Normal Happenings has done it again.

If you saw the last blogger collaboration, Hyrule: See the Sights! Hear the Sounds!, then you have got to get on board for the next collaboration: The Games That Define Us. Just as with the Hyrule collab, The Games That Define us will include music and imagery to match each individual and personal post.

There are currently TWO spots left! If you want in on this huge collaboration follow this link to Normal Happenings post. Matt and Nikki at Normal Happenings have made this incredibly simple and organized to keep confusion to a minimum.

Questions? Just leave a comment on the main post with any questions you have about the project! You seriously don’t want to miss out!


Superheroes & Their Female Counterparts

Superheroes & Their Female Counterparts

“Is it really so difficult to come up with the idea of a superhero who is wholly unique and just happens to have boobs—God knows, illustrators aren’t shy when it comes to those, but more on that later—and you know what else? What makes it hard? The misconception that pretty much all comic book readers are male?”

– Discover Geek

In a world where 48% of women in the US play video games and 46.67% of women in the US make up comic book fans, you’d think companies would get the message by now. Women can be geeks. Women can love playing video games and reading comic books. Women are a part of their audience, and we need these companies to start paying attention.

We want unique and individual comic book characters! We want characters of all shapes and sizes to be represented! We want LGBTQ characters who are strong and can kick ass! We have some comics who have heard our cries and stepped up to the plate like Faith, Iceman, and My Brother’s Husband. We want stand-alone female super heroes!

Can Marvel and DC hear us when they put out super heroes like Spider-Woman or She-Hulk or Lady Punisher: female superheroes who carry their male counterpart’s namesake? The ones who needed to be saved by that hero, who had a romance with the hero that they took their name from? Can these superheroes not stand by themselves without these already famous male names and a similar backstory? They can and they should.

I was recently contacted by Rika at Discover Geek who has done several interviews and reviews for the site. She wrote an incredible article on female superheroes who are famously linked to their male counterparts, romantic or otherwise. She created this awesome info graphic that perfectly illustrates her point that we need female superheroes who stand alone without a famous male namesake.


So many female superheroes can hold their own against villains and can still have a unique backstory without bearing an already famous male superhero name. Let’s get off this namesake train and give these superheroes the story they deserve!

What female superheroes do you love? Do they take their name from a more famous male superhero? What comics would you recommend to your girlfriends who need a female heroine in their life right now?

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Guest Post: Animal Crossing is My Solitude by Normal Happenings

Guest Post: Animal Crossing is My Solitude by Normal Happenings

– By Matt, Normal Happenings –

Hello there. I’m Matt from over on Normal Happenings. In the spirit of our blog partnership, Megan and I are doing a guest post exchange. Oftentimes, I discuss topics on my blog of a more practical or philosophical nature. So it’s rejuvenating to be able to just geek out about things here on a blog that’s all about geeking out. We’re publishing these articles at the same time, so you can go here to see Megan’s post over on Normal Happenings.

So I have a confession to make. I love the video game Animal Crossing. I can’t get enough of it. From designing my own home to finding fossils to interacting with my neighbors, there’s something incredibly fulfilling about playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, since I got my 3DS, I’ve spent more time playing New Leaf than other game. Even more than Zelda, which, you know, I named my blog after.

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