adventures in geekdom

The blog of a twentysomething who is finally unleashing her inner geek after stifling it for the majority of her adolescence.

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Potter fever strikes again. Dammit.

* I finished the story element of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. I know, FINALLY. I got it for Christmas last year. :X I was gonna work on 100% completion before starting LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, but considering LEGO: Pirates was by far the most frustrating LEGO game I’ve ever played, I might set that goal aside for another time.

* Speaking of Harry Potter, I’ve given in and have decided to reread the series again. Which is probably a bad idea considering how my summer school agenda looks for the next few weeks. Oops? Still, I haven’t reread the series in at least a year and a half (probably closer to two years, to be honest) and I’m taking notes this time around. I’ll post my questions and notes after I’ve finished each book so I can go through and answer them if possible!

* The Boyfriend and I will be at the Harry and the Potters/Potter Puppet Pals tour stop in Denver on August 4; will I see you there? I hope so! :D

And just because:

Yes, I’m still upset about this.

A D&D update post IS coming, but first…gamer dudes with bad attitudes are PWND.

And now, for a Public Service Announcement supporting feminism.

Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency on YouTube, which discusses feminism and misogyny in both pop culture and in geekdom. She’s smart, concise, and is a wonderful feminist voice in a world where women are marginalized, harrased, and put down. Not just in the regular, big, outside world, but especially in the geek world. Anita is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for her upcoming project, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Unfortunately, the gamer community has caught wind of this and have begin harassing her website, Wikipedia page, YouTube videos, etc.

No, really. When I say “harassing,” I really mean terrorizing.

This coordinated attack was launched by various online video game forums and has included attempts to get my accounts banned, a torrent of hate on YouTube, plus countless threats of violence, death, sexual assault and rape. As part of that intimidation effort the Wikipedia page about me was vandalized with misogynist language, pornography and racial slurs.

This was not done by just one or two trolls but was a coordinated cyber mob style effort involving dozens of people.

It’s important that Anita’s message about misogyny in video games sees the light of day in spite of these attacks against her, and if you can donate to her Kickstarter project it’d be absolutely wonderful. She’s already far surpassed her original goal on the Kickstarter campaign, but any and all extra money will go to future FemFreq projects. I’ve spoken to Anita previously and she’s absolutely lovely, and this sort of treatment towards a woman standing up for a marginalized group in geekdom is NOT FAIR.

…these types of online harassment tactics are used against women, feminists and people from oppressed and marginalized groups everyday.

Anita is absolutely right, and as a female geek/nerd/gamer/etc. myself, to see someone like Anita with such a wonderful mind and voice coming under attack for spreading the truth about misogyny in gaming is sickening. Especially since it’s not just a troll here or there, it’s a concentrated group effort by multiple popular online forums.

I am certainly not the first woman to suffer this kind of harassment and sadly, I won’t be the last. But I’d just like to reiterate that this is not a trivial issue. It can not and should not be brushed off by saying, “oh well that’s YouTube for you“, “trolls will be trolls” or “it’s to be expected on the internet”. These are serious threats of violence, harassment and slander across many online platforms meant to intimidate and silence. And its not okay.

Support Anita, and support a feminist voice in the geek world.

/endPSA

Oh…yeah. This thing exists. :X

I know, I know, it’s been a while. *ducks flying objects*

Hey, to be fair, finals and the holidays were particularly brutal this year. So while the three people who consistently follow my blog are mad that I haven’t updated in ages, I HAVE NO REGRETS. Muahaha.

Not much holiday nerdiness to report. I did receive LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, so I’ve been dorking around on that all winter break and I’m nearly done with the story playthroughs. I’m holding out on LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 because of price and simply wanting a different LEGO video game experience for a while. After that, I may move on to LEGO Star Wars. I LIKE LEGO GAMES, OKAY?

Also, The Boyfriend and I have added The Big Bang Theory to our tv must-watch list. His parents had been bugging us to watch it for ages, and after getting through half of season one I promptly went out and bought seasons 1-4 on DVD. Needless to say, “Bazinga!” and “Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock” has made its way into our collective conscious.

I was going to say “If you haven’t seen it yet, you totally should!” except it seems he and I are a little late to that party. :X

I’ve finally picked up my Magic: The Gathering deck again for the first time in ages, and boy am I rusty. Still, some of The Boyfriend and I’s friends are building and improving decks of their own so we’re all hoping to start a weekly MTG meetup in the near future. I’m trying to focus my Red/Blue deck more towards short bursts of fiery damage using low-cost Red monsters and lots of Blue scry cards, which means more Fiery Hellhounds! *pets her sweet demon poochies from the underworld*

I’ve updated my affiliates list and removed blogs that no longer updated, and have added a new about the geek page so you can learn a little bit more about moi! As always, I’ll do my best to post as often as I can and I have a few blog topics lined up (a card-by-card analysis of my MTG deck to start), so check back for that.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and New Years, and here’s to blogging and geekdom in 2012!

lego harry potter/pathfinder/pottermore

So, The Boyfriend and I have finally completed LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Wii! Okay, uh, we’re actually at 97.5% completion but we think there may be a few glitches getting in the way of us finding the last Student in Peril and two golden bricks. One of these days I’ll do a full run-through of Hogwarts (since all of the regular and bonus levels are totally completed) and double-check that I didn’t miss anything. But otherwise we are finished! It was actually really fun going back through all of the levels, except the lake task during Year 4. That level has been and always will be a right pain in the ass!

In other news, The Boyfriend has been kind enough to set up a small Pathfinder campaign for me, so that I can get used to roleplaying and combat rules and such. I might possibly start joining him and his friends in their bimonthly roleplaying game, but I’m still unsure. Of course my inner geek is screaming to join in, but my girlfriend senses are wondering if that’s such a good idea. xD I’ll definitely keep you all posted! I might even post a copy of my character sheet if anyone is interested.

A brief review on Pottermore: I am EXTREMELY depressed that I was not sorted into my house of choice (and unlike others, I am NOT trading in my merch and taking the Sorting Hat’s word as the final one), bu otherwise the site has been tons of fun. It’s definitely not an MMORPG, but an illustrated (and animated!) read-along for the books. The amount of bonus content for just the first book (as well as the bonus content itself) is blowing my mind, and the site is absolutely gorgeous and easy to navigate. However, because this is beta testing, there are definitely some bugs (mostly contained to dueling and potions-making). The Pottermore team seems to be on it, though, which is good. :) Overall, I love it and think any Potter fan would love it as well. Keep your chin up if you haven’t received your Hogwarts letter welcome email yet — the amount of users being let into the site is being staggered, so it might be a long wait (though well worth it). And if you’re interested, head on over to the site and sign up to be notified when registration begins for the public!

See you all next time! :)

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