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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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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lego harry potter: years 1-4

So. This has pretty much been my life for the last 24 hours:

Thank goodness I’ve somehow managed to shake my totes awesum procrastination skillz and actually get my schoolwork done ahead of time this semester, because I haven’t been this addicted to a game in a looooong time. I was going to wait until my birthday, which is in May, and ask for it as a gift. However, after Hank Green (and his wife, Katherine) started their own Let’s Play video series for the game and I saw just how fun it was, I started thinking about how much I really didn’t want to wait that long for such an awesome game.

So yesterday The Boyfriend and I were browsing around Target and eventually ended up in the Wii games aisle. When The Boyfriend suggested I go ahead and buy the game if I really want it that badly, I might have said out loud, “EFF THIS, I’M GOING TO HOGWARTS!”

…Um. Yeah. O_o

The Boyfriend left a while ago, but he and I had been playing this since yesterday afternoon and were having way too much fun with it. And as of five minutes ago, I have just completed the rest of year one by myself. \o/ (Yes, I’m slow. I’m the kind of player that has to complete everything in a level before moving on. xD) I can’t wait until Years 5-7 are released, and rumor has it that it’s going to be this summer.

That’s it for now. See you all soon!

PS: When asking the Target rep to get the game for us, I had forgotten to say we wanted the Wii version. However, thanks to ridiculous gamer stereotypes I’m sure he correctly guessed the version we wanted. “You look like a Wii console kind of person,” he said. I wanted to be a smart ass and ask why, but I just said “Thank you” for the game and went on my merry way.

nintendo wii

I’ve decided to start posting once a week, because that’s the pattern I seem to be in at the moment. xD I’m going to save my update about Magic: The Gathering for next week, because I am far too excited about my belated Christmas present to myself to talk about anything else: a black Nintendo Wii!

I know, I know. I can already hear the screams from the hardcore gamers. “The Wii sucks!” “The Xbox Kinect is a million times better!” “The only thing a Wii is good for is to be beaten with a baseball bat in an open field!” (One of my Facebook friends commented on my status with that last one.)

Here’s the thing: I’ve never really been a (video) “gamer”, and not because I was in the geek closet for so long, either. Sure, I love playing the occasional round of Rock Band or Guitar Hero at a friend’s house but honestly, I’d be wasting my money if I bought a PS3 or an Xbox 360. I’m just not that serious about video games to warrant the purchase of one of those consoles. However, the Wii has always piqued my interest because it’s so family-friendly, and great to use with friends. That’s what I like the most about gaming to me: having fun with friends.

So, how’d this all come about? Well, I received a pretty handsome amount of money for Christmas from my only living grandparent, and had been contemplating upgrading to a new gaming console for a while. Up until yesterday, the only gaming console we’d ever had in our house (not including my sister’s Nintendo DS) was a PlayStation. Yep, a good ol’ fashioned, original PS1.

Ain’t it a beauty? All we ever played on it was Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue, Rugrats: Studio Tour, Frogger, and I played a horse racing game by the name of Gallop Racer. Anyway, I’ve had my eye on the Wii for over a year after our neighbors got one and I kept making excuses to hang out at their place in order to play games on it, but I tried to convince myself I didn’t need it. However, once Santa brought The Boyfriend and his family a red Wii this year and I played some games on it, I stopped pretending like I didn’t want one. I did. Like, a lot.

So I bring this up to my mom, whose eyes immediately light up and she says, “Oh, wow! A Wii sounds fun! [Our neighbors] have a Wii, I like the bowling game on theirs! You should use your Christmas money to buy a Wii!” (Basically, it took a lot of convincing.)

We (well, technically *I*) went with a Wii bundle, which included the following:

We also ordered an extra black controller with nunchuck, and Wii Fit Plus with the Wii balance board, which I love so far. I definitely plan on using it regularly, and my arms are already killing me from playing Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort so much. Oops?

So far my wishlist for games is pretty small (Wii Party and LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4), but if you have any suggestions for games, feel free to let me know!

I hope everyone had a great holiday, and I’ll see you all next week. :)

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