Monday, June 16, 2014

Toddler Gaming

My son wants to do anything and everything my husband and I do.  This includes games.  So lots of searching and trials I have found a couple games he really likes.  Lego duplo trains and food.  The games have puzzles, animals, matching, numbers, and building.  I have found they are great for when you have to wait in public... Like at a restaurant... Or need a quite activity.  Interesting about the Legos is the same sets are real toys used in the games.  So needless to say my son is realllly into Legos now!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Top Ten List....

My Top Ten Game List

10. Ogre Battles
9. Pokemon
8. Playboy Mansion 
7. Tropico
6. Pokemon Snap
5. Sims 3
4. Aion
3. World of Warcraft
2. Dynasty Warriors
1. Morrowind

Don't judge... just giggle.  I like simulations, making characters, having pets, creating towns/countries, building houses, watching social interactions, tactics.. and taking photos. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Gaming and Parenthood.

Gaming and Parenthood

So many times when I game I feel guilty when I let my 2.5 year old son sit next to me while I play.  This is a good thing.  No matter what he is my first priority.  Sure I should do things for myself... Enjoy some games.  But not at any expense of my child.  So how do I play games.  

So how do my husband and I get some gaming in?
1.  Nap time... Oh sweet nap time. My 2 hour block of self time!!!
2.  Bedtime.   Got to be careful with this one and not over do the time frame.  Have to be up and awake for my kid.  But another 2 hours is fine.
3.  Scheduled self time/Taking Turns/Sharing.  We all need time to ourselves.  Gaming time can be an outlet.  I take a little time each  week to game with my husband, if I do not have school work, while my parents watch our child.  Quality grandparent time for them.... Gaming and hubby time for me.  
4.  I include my son in almost all cleaning and daily chore activities.  This helps really give us down time.  And work becomes play. 
5.  If I play games when my son is awake it is always something I can just drop and never 100% in.  I can still watch him and not worry about ninjas ganking me. 
6. Moderated inclusion.  Give the boy the wheel controller to the wii on or off and he is playing with mommy and daddy! 

Even if the game play is scheduled and put into my wonderful Google calendar of life that includes everything from Grant's schedule, work schedules, school schedules, appointments, and all other aspects of life.... That looks much like a bunch of skittles threw up on my screen.  But oh well.  We are having the time of our lives right now raising our child.    If gaming fits.  Great.  If not... Oh well.  Is it really that important.  Sure it is very nice.  But not at the expense of not being there for my son. 

With a more relaxed schedule and more grandparent time, you may or may not see more gaming updates.  ;D

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mythical Creatures: Grant Mermaid!

My son as a Merman/Mermaid

We are making him a little book of him edited as Mythical creatures.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I miss this blog.  I am currently simming and playing sims city.. with a little Star Trek and Guildwars every now and again.  Life is a bit intense so I game when I can :D

Friday, December 14, 2012


Sooo I am re installing wow...  I feel guilty and excited about this.. when I left I felt great... as the game does take up a lot of time.  But I was also sadden by all the time I had spent on those characters, especially Jezi... and then poof gone.. well fortunately in Azeroth if you leave... you can choose to come back.  So hoping its like starting a whole new game!  But I am not playing a panda. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Beta Character Shots (SWTOR)

Overall the character creation is 'sufficient,' meaning not developed enough for me personally... but I think it will be enough for most players.  By far the cyborgs have the most customization ability.  Different races have specific aspects that pertain to them such as tattoos, markings, etc. However they all seem to have the basics in hair, hair color, face shapes, skin tones, and scars.  The one thing I would like to see better is the facial shapes as in the beta and probably in release it was only a slider with maybe 20ish facial choices... yes whole face packages... I wish there was an advanced button to at least adjust the nose and eyes separately. 

Human (Made to look like my Hubby hehe)

Pure Blood Sith.. what my main will probably look like

Mike made this guy... they kind of creep me out..
but they have a lot more customizations

I thought I would dislike this race.. 
but I am actually happy how she looks and may play as one. 

Mike's BH probably what his main will look like!

Friday, November 25, 2011

SWTOR: Beta part 2 INC

WAHOOO!! the agreement is out off the Beta!
So now I can take screen shots and share!

I am in the beta this weekend.. but not until tomorrow 10am central time!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Soo... My husband got into the beta.. and we think I did as well.. as I was signed up over 2 weeks before him.. but probably deleted the email.. ops. ugh! Fortunately he was nice enough to let me play.  I am hoping that he will give me enough time to get to lvl ten..  but I'm the dumb ass that deleted my emails... So I am not holding my breath.

So far I am lvl 7 playing a Sith Warrior.  The story line that I am playing and the ones I have watched from him (Bounty Hunter & Sith Inquisitor) all seem very well put together.  I like the way they have the area set up so no one else can enter your main story line and kill the quest beasts/people and mess it up and make you wait.  Loading time on all the quests and stories for me has been minimal.  Seems to be very fast loading and the story progression is very interesting.  

the combat system is a bit different than what I am used to and took a bit to get a grip on.. but fortunately the first 3-4 levels are incredibly easy.  So there is a learning curve.  The movement is easy and fits a lot of game's common basic controls.. Which is sooooo nice.. you won't have to relearn a lot of short cut keys!

The game overall gives me a KOTR & Mass Effect feel.. yes the console games we all loved.  The choices when you speak to people are extremely fun.. and I would imagine it will allow people to feel as if they are really developing a character.  I'm currently playing my little Sith Pure Blood Warrior as pretty much as Evil as you can get.  So There are typically 3 options.. which I would assume are light side/neutral/dark side in conversations and choices.  

Graphic wise.. the graphics are suitable.. not out of this world rocking.. but great to good and seems to be easy to load. The character customization in creation is not as in depth as I would desire.. but I have high standards in that department.. spoiled with sims and Aion lol!  It has more options than 'most' mmorpgs or is comparable to.  I would anticipate most players will find it satisfactory as its not over loading options.. but has several to chose from.  

My only complaint thus far is just a weird graphical glitch in the bracers.. looks like a scarf hanging from the wrist.. So really for a Beta.. the game seems to be flowing very well.  I am defiantly going to play.  It also seems as of now a game I could play for a good bit.  

More to come later! School and cleaning to do! Hopefully I can play some more!