I thought it would be cool to do a round up of gifts that I gave for this past Christmas in a little blog post. I’ve never done something like this before! I also wanted to feature some of the small companies I purchased from to help get their names out in the world (because they honestly deserve it)! Plus, maybe it’ll give you some ideas for next year or for birthdays or for those times when you see something that you just have to share with someone. So let me break down some of my favorite items that I gifted during Christmas 2020 for you!Continue reading “A Very Geeky Christmas: What I Gifted in 2020”
About 20 years ago, I was 5 years old in Gulf Shores celebrating Christmas with my mom and grandma. I awoke to a big box in the middle of our beach rental home’s living room. After opening my Pokemon cards with a sweet note from Santa, I finally asked about the big box. My mom was really excited for me to tear into it, and I was just excited over how big it seemed. At the bottom of the giant box was a PlayStation with two controllers and two video games: Spyro the Dragon and Frogger.
Absolutely beside myself with joy, my mom and grandma set up the PlayStation and gathered around while I put in Spyro. I had played a little bit of Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis, but watching the screen fill with that purple dragon and all his glory was something I couldn’t forget. My mom and grandma took turns playing and my little heart was so full and amazed.
Later that day, we took turns playing against each other in Frogger. The top down game was different than anything I had played before, but it didn’t compare to the world of Spyro the Dragon. I played and played Spyro until my thumbs hurt. I played and played until I finally beat it. What a bittersweet feeling it was to beat the game that opened my eyes to gaming and becoming a gamer.
Spyro logo recreated by FreezingIceKirby.
Years later, I sat down to play Spyro again, this time on my PlayStation 3. I played and played and played… until I beat it again. This time at 100% completion. The same bittersweet feeling came over me, but also a sense of accomplishment. I had beaten my first childhood game at 100%.
Spyro will forever hold a special place in my heart. It made me into a gamer; it made me want to go into gaming as a career. It took me to another world when I needed to get away; it challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. Here’s to you Spyro. May we see you again soon!
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So what was your very first video game? Tell me in the comments!
Welcome to the second installment of Link Loves. This post is all about my favorite links of the week! It can include bloggers, articles, news, clothing, accessories, and other cool links I’m enjoying.
Adulting and Gaming
When you find that you can’t even put a couple of hours towards your gaming hobby anymore and adulting is getting you down, remember you’re not alone. Check out The Dragon’s Tea Party’s Adulting and Gaming: My Struggle To Do Both. I found myself massively relating to Dragon’s woes and then found so many helpful comments that may help in the struggle to keep your gaming hobby and still do that adult stuff.
Being a Girl in the World of Online Gaming
Critically Claire lays it all out about her online gaming experiences. It’s a story we’ve heard many times or have personally dealt with. It’s time for feminism to take a stand in the gaming community. It starts here and now with us. The gaming community is a space for everyone.
Christmas Blog Party hosted by Kim of Later Levels
The best blog party of the year was hosted by Later Level’s Kim. It was so much fun and I met so many awesome bloggers! The level of geek was through the roof, and I couldn’t have been happier. Be on the look out next year for another invite!
English Class for Pop Culture
Love pop culture? Love literature? Pop Culture Literary Tutor’s blog is for you. After reading the post on The Brave Little Toaster, I knew I was in love with the entire idea for this blog. It’s like English class for pop culture!
Accio magical Harry Potter gifts!
Harry Potter: Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book
I’ve always loved to color, and this adult coloring book is perfect for the Potterhead on your Christmas list. $12.67