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Video Game Charities to Help Children

I hate news.  I try to avoid watching the news on TV and keep up with most things simply by glancing over the headlines on yahoo.com.  Yes, I want to be informed, but at the same time I’m the kind of person who will remember a disturbing picture or story for years.

Some things of course are simply hard to just pass over, like what happened in Boston yesterday.  It’s saddening and infuriating and frustrating that something like that could happen, and that a child was one of the people who died.  I work with children every week, and children hold a very special place in my heart.  I know lots of little 8 year olds. My friend has an 8 year old daughter who runs and jumps into my arms every time she sees me.  To think that she could have been killed…it’s horrible and sobering.  And then a facebook friend posted this picture:

Thank you, Mr. Rogers.

So, we move forwards, and we help.  There will always be crazy bad people in the world who do bad things, but there will also be helpers.  I want to be a helper.  My BF had recently told me about a children’s charity for video gamers, so I looked it and a few others up.  Gamers, here’s how you can be a helper!

Extra Life Charity (My BF is doing this! If you would like to help sponsor him, you can here.)

From their website: “For the last four years, thousands of gamers have joined together annually to play for 24 hours for Extra Life – a gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Gamers rally friends and family members to sponsor their play. The funds they raise go to help save and improve the lives of kids at the CMN Hospital in their community.

Since 2008, our incredible players have raised more than 4 million dollars, and this year, on November 2nd, 2013 we believe they will outdo themselves yet again.

We’d like YOU to join our lifesaving fight.”

Child’s Play Charity

From their website: “Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.

Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.”

Get Well Gamers Charity

From their website: “The Get-Well Gamers Foundation was founded in 2001 with the goal of bringing video game systems and games to children’s hospitals. Video games are an effective and proven pain management tool and provide needed entertainment during long hospital stays.

The Foundation currently serves dozens of children’s hospitals across the U.S. in an ever-expanding donation network that has already brought much-needed entertainment to hundreds of thousands of children each year. The Foundation services all kinds of hospitals, from small local facilities to larger regional medical centers. Although some of these hospitals are on the cutting edge of medical research, all too often their pediatrics units are lacking for entertainment options. The Foundation seeks to fill these gaps by providing hospitals with free video games, systems, and accessories.”

If everyone took even just one day of their week to be a ‘helper’ in some way, imagine what a wonderful place the world would be!

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Random stuff and my newest addition to my collections

First, take a look at what I found for $2 at Micheal’s yesterday:

Why do I need a miniature Superman lunchbox? I don’t know, probably for the same reason I need the other random items that litter my shelves (like the Hello Kitty Pez dispenser, the piggy bank of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed up as Luke and Leia, the random vintage jewelry, Japanese hair pins and more miniature glass bottles than I care to count).  They also had mini Batman lunchboxes, but what I really wanted was Wonder Woman (didn’t have her though).

I’ve been in a crafty mood lately, and the half-finished projects scattered around my room attest to that.  Last Wednesday was the last day of the Wednesday night kid’s classes at church that I volunteer for (haven’t I mentioned that I volunteer to work with the church kids? I guess not.  I’m their official crafts/games/story teller person and handle about 10 -15 kids, ages 4 to 6).  With the classes not starting back up until the fall (summer break and all), I’ll have more time to work on my own projects now that I’ll be getting a break from designing kiddy crafts during the week.

I’ve had a hankering to make a doll lately.  I’ve made dolls before, mostly Reborn baby dolls though I’ve also made dolls by sewing, sculpting, crocheting and ‘putting together from random parts lying around’.  But I want to make a really sturdy, high-quality doll that can be posed and detailed, and easy to make clothing for.  Something about 13-15 inches high, with an adult female body, preferable jointed at the hips, shoulders, elbows and knees.  Ultimately, I’m inspired by the Japanese ball-jointed dolls, but I don’t want to actually get one myself (yeah, you can customize them to high heaven but they’re just…too mainstream).  I could sculpt the entire thing out of clay, but that’s too fragile.  I’m thinking of making it out of silicon.  I have lots of mold making experience and at our family businesses we actually make our own molds so I have easy access to the supplies I would need.  But I’ve never tried making a silicon doll before.  I’ve helped my mom make porcelain doll molds, but that’s a bit different.   I may just take the easy way out and do a heavy customization an a pre-existing fashion doll (Gene? Tyler? Barbie?) instead.  But I’ll have to look more into it.

I also really need to work on my Princess Zelda costume.  I have parts and pieces for it lying all over my room, but the work has been stalled because I don’t want to start making it until I have a serger sewing machine – no point in doing all that work only to have the costume fall apart and fray a year later.   Unfortunately, sergers cost $200 upwards, and I don’t have that money to spend at the moment.  I also need to get a new dress form – the  one I have is too big for me now  (yay for losing weight!).

(Btw, that’s my old dress form to the left there, with one of my better costumes I sewed about two years ago, I love that dress…doesn’t fit anymore though, been thinking about taking it in).

So until I get a serger and new dress form, the Zelda costume is held off indefinitely.  I have clothing patterns for the dress already, as well as a box full of gems and other pieces to make the armor, as well as a half-finished crown.  Really need to finish that crown – the leaves and headband part are all done, just the middle part of the crown is driving me insane.  I have been searching for months to find a perfect gem to go in the center and I have yet to find anything that’s just right.   I’m also not quite sure how to go about sculpting the middle piece, so kind of putting it off.

However, I did recently convince my two younger brothers to agree to wearing Han Solo and Luke Skywalker costumes should I manage to get them sewn before Halloween.  Brother #1 is 6’1 and has dark, slightly curly hair and Brother #2 is 5’11 and had shaggy blond hair.  I’ve wanted to dress them up as Han and Luke for years.  Of course I’d make myself the classic white Leia dress.  This year my family is thinking about going to Mickey’s Halloween Party which is held in the Magic Kingdom in Disney World every year, so I’d have to get them done before that.   So that’s a total of four costumes I want to sew before Halloween…got to start saving up money for that serger and dress form!

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

So the other day I downloaded OoT on the Wii’s Virtual Console and last night started playing.  This isn’t the first Zelda game I’ve played; I’ve played some of The Phantom Hourglass and also watched my brothers playing The Twilight Princess.  However, I’m going to count this as the first real Zelda game I’ve played (because it’s a console game and it’s the oldest Zelda game I’ve tried) ((Okay so hand held games do count but not as much)).

First off, I love the old school retro gaming feel.  I’m very partial to N64 games, everything from the soundtracks to the chunkier graphics.  OoT reminds me of some of my favorite N64 games such as Donkey Kong and Banjo & Tooie, but unlike those games, OoT is much more of an RPG.  It’s also more complex compared to the more cartoony games I’m used to with the N64.  I’m not much of the typical Dungeons and Dragons RPG player (more for lack of opportunity than desire) so I’m not really used to playing games where you continuously switch between different weapons and fighting strategies.  Only an hour into the game and I’ve already acquired 5 different types of weapons.  Also the colorings in the game so far are much more subtle and muted than my other favorite N64 games.  It feels like you’re playing a movie or novel rather than playing a video game.

One of the biggest cons of the game so far hasn’t been with the game itself, but playing it on the Virtual Console and using the classic controller, which is missing the C buttons that are used to hold extra weapons and talk to Navi.  I finally figured out that the left thumbstick is used instead and once I got the hang of it I was fine, though it took nearly an hour to figure it out, lol.   I’m getting into the swing of the game now though, and so far I’m very pleased with it.

Really cool stuff for the Nintendo DS

As my sister’s birthday is coming up, I’ve been shopping around for gifts, and it looks like the family is going to pitch in to get her a DSi or DS Lite.  She had a DS way back when it first came out but sold it years ago – now that she’s working that school in Alaska though she has lots of hours of free time (she guards a stairway, not much to do) so hopefully she’ll get some use out of a DS now! While browsing I found some of the coolest things for the DS – so here’s my DS dream shopping list:

Star Wars Light Saber Styluses.

I seriously want! >~< It’s a light saber, it’s a stylus – how can it get any better? (Okay, it can get better, there are light saber stylus that LIGHT UP!!)

Pikachu Charge Stand for DSi and DSi XL.

As I have a first gen DS this is useless to me but I want it anyway, lol.

Pink Peach Nintendo DS Lite Tin Starter Kit.

Okay, so once again I don’t have the DS type this was made for – why are all the cute things made for the newer DS’s? T_T (This also comes in Stars & Mushrooms and Mario!)

Nintendo 3DS – Limited Edition with The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D

No, I am not planning on upgrading to the 3DS anytime soon.  But this. Is. Awesome.

Nintendo DS Limited Edition Pokemon Pack

No, I’m still not planning in upgrading anytime soon. Yes, this is also awesome *0*

Hello Kitty DSi Vinyl Game Skin

WHY IS THIS NOT MADE FOR MY DS??? D:

Star Wars R2-D2 Vinyl Game Skin

No, this doesn’t fit my DS either…*sighs*

Rainbow Stylus Pack for DS

My reaction to these styluses.

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Styluses

Confession – I haven’t actually watched Dr. Who (yet).  But I would still waste money on these ._.

Doctor Who Zip Case – The Tardis for DSi, DS Lite

And if you liked the stylus, why not get a case to go with it?

Nintendo Official and LEGO Game Cases for DS

These are just…epic.

Dsi Buzz Lightyear Starter Kit

The five year old in me wants this, lol!

DS Nintendo Character Kit – Mario Case and Stylus for DS Lite and DSi

Can this be any cooler? *o*

Too many DS games and never enough time

Yup, this is the DS I have - originally bought for me as a Christmas gift from my siblings :)

Everyday, I carry around a rather large tote bag in place of a regular purse to work.  Mainly because all my junk won’t fit into anything but a big (custom sewn by moi) tote.  And everyday, back and forth, I drag along my DS and game case.  The last time I played it? About two months ago.  I don’t know why I keep bringing it back and forth – visions of somehow being stranded on a deserted island and finally having hours upon hours to waste with my pearl-pink Nintendogs special edition first gen DS have floated through my mind on more than one occasion.  But until that happens, I’ll just keep playing my games in small patches with months in between powering it up.  The problem is not only that I don’t have enough time, but that there are too many games!  It would be easier to make time if I just had one game I wanted to finish; but no, there are at least half a dozen I’m working on, and more on my must-play list.  How do you make time for all that? Playing the games for fun actually starts to become work, lol.

Games on my need-to-finish list include Lost in Blue 2 (I’m like, literally one cutscene away from finishing it though), Pokemon Diamond, Professer Layton and the Diabolical Box, Trauma Center Under the Knife, Harvest Moon a Tale of Two Towns and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Oh wow, there really were exactly half a dozen, lol).  All these games have at least several hours each already clocked in.  I’m 3/4s done with Professer Layton so that may be the one I tackle next after Lost in Blue, but I really want to spend more time on Harvest Moon a Tale of Two Towns – I’ve hardly even started it, and it’s the best Harvest Moon game for a hand held yet.

And then there are plenty of more games that I’ve only ‘tried out’ so far, such as Lost in Blue 3, Sims 2, Elite Beat Agents, ScribbleNauts, and games I haven’t even put in my DS yet such as Mario and Luigi Partners in Time, Professor Layton: Unwound Future, Magical Star Sign, and Super Mario DS.

These are only the games I actually have, I have an entire wish list of more games I want to get!  I have a tendency to get DS games more than any other type of game (Though I do play quite a bit of Wii and PC games).  I don’t know why, maybe because they’re just so small and convenient but just as entertaining as games for larger consoles.  I buy DS games like regular girls by shoes, lol.

And let’s not even get started on the PC and Wii games I have building up…

A Geeky Girl’s Valentine’s Message

(Dedicated to my very special someone <3)

In honor of Valentines day I’ve compiled some of my favorite movie/TV/game couples and the things I think every geek wants their lover to know.

Han and Leia, "Star Wars"

1.  Together we can save the galaxy.  And if you’re ever captured by bounty hunters, I’ll do what ever I can to save you, even if I risk being forced to be a giant slug’s metal-bikini wearing slave girl.

Buttercup and Wesley, "The Princess Bride"

2: I will love you forever and ever, and I will never give you up.  If, by chance, I am forced to marry a slim-ball prince, I will consider suicide but as I’d really prefer a happy ending you better come back from the dead real quick.

Inuyasha and Kagome, "Inuyasha"

3: No matter how much we fight, I want to always make up.  And if you dare to ever so much as even flirt with another girl…well, I have my ways.

Howl and Sophie, "Howl's Moving Castle"

4: You make me brave.  No amount of curses, monsters, witches or legions of mud-soldiers could stop me from loving you.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, "BBC's Pride and Prejudice"

5: I can’t stop myself from loving you.  We were meant to be together, no matter what.  Of course, the fact you’re good looking and potentially rich kinda helps ;)

Link and Zelda, "The Legend of Zelda"

6: You’re always my hero <3


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