If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any given amount of time, you’ll have probably realized that I am a huge GEEK! I love it, though. I adore Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings,  anime, webcomics, graphic novels, fantasy and science-fiction stories, Pokemon, etc. The list could go on and on…BUT! Today, we’re making a stop at gaming. Growing up, my parents were great at figuring out fun things I would like. In fact, I think I might have been in third grade when my dad and mom got me a TV and VCR (awww, yeah, OLD SCHOOL) for Christmas. Along with it, they got the entire Star Wars Trilogy (New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). I A-D-O-R-E-D them.

Another Christmas, my parents got me a Nintendo 64 (the original that they gave me is pictured in the photo above–this little guy has lasted a LONG time!) and a few games. I know they gave me The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but I think I received another game or two that year–Banjo Kazooie, I think. Anyway, I fell in love with gaming when I started playing Ocarina of Time. It was a really hard game to me, but it soon became a social thing between my best friend and I. She didn’t really like to play, but she loved watching and helping (with the strategy guide in her lap, haha), so we would sit that way for hours. I never beat the game growing up, but I recently did an entire play through and beat Ocarina. I may have teared up a bit. Don’t judge.

After the N64 (which I played a LOT), my parents eventually gifted me with a Playstation 2 and I devoured the likes of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and others.

In high school, I met my husband, the Philosopher, and he introduced me to a whole new world…PC gaming. In fact, he helped me pick my very own first desktop computer during our senior year. My high school graduation gift to myself was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Yeah, I’m awesome, I know. I was sucked into that game!!! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! Over the next few years, I played Oblivion a lot in my spare time. I discovered that I adore characters that specialize in stealth and marksman. My hubby (then boyfriend), saw how much I loved those sorts of games and helped me find others like it.

After being married a while, when the new Elder Scrolls game came out, both of us purchased separate copies of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, because we knew we wouldn’t be able to share! For Christmas last year, the Philosopher also got me the Skyrim OST signed by Jeremy Soule!

  *Squeal!*

Other games I adore and revisit often are: Dark Messiah of Might and MagicThe Thief III, Plants vs. Zombies, Recettear, the Portal games, LOTRO (The Lord of the Rings Online), and Star Wars: The Old Republic. 

I love games! YAY! Haha, so now you know my nerdiness knows no bounds! I’m a gamer who loves to take it slow and not rush things. I’m currently playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (which is AWESOME, btw), and though I don’t plan on rushing through, I am enjoying playing it more seriously–especially since there is a time element to the game that is intriguing.

So, there you have it. My favorite games, my history as a gamer, and my current game choice.

As well, sneak peek into Halloween…I am totally being Link for Halloween! Yes, I’m a girl, but I have the perfect blonde hair for it! As well, I’ve got those blue eyes! AND…it’s fun, let’s be honest. I’ll probably look a little fem-Link, since I’m throwing together a costume from stuff in our house, but it’s all good. If all else fails, I’ll be a Kokiri villager (lol). For the costume, I’m knitting my own Link hat (see progress below) and some “gauntlets” (aka. fingerless gloves, ;-)). I’ll be sure to upload pictures after the big day, so you can see how it went. Feel free to laugh if it looks ridiculous, LOL.

The brown skein above will be the gauntlets. 🙂 Nerd who can knit. OH yeah.

Hope you have a glorious day! *Enter shameless plug*: In case you missed hearing about it yesterday, my book Night Bells is now available for $2.99 on the Kindle and Nook! If you love science-fiction and fantasy like I do, you’ll enjoy it! Be sure to check out the pages under my “Books” tab for more information about the world I write “in” and there is a free chapter preview for Night Bells available here.

 

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  • 1. I love this post.
    2. Relevant anecdote: My 3-year-old daughter loves being told stories. I was running a little short on original material one night, so I told her the story of Ocarina of Time, with Link replaced by Link Lilah.
    And now she’s obsessed.
    When buying a cake for her recent birthday, she ran into the bakery shouting, “I need a Triforce of Courage cake!” She got a Master Sword and Hylian shield as gifts. She enjoys smashing pots (plastic cups) for rupees (plastic jewels). She plays the Song of Storms on her invisible ocarina. She wants to google pictures of, “the angry moon crashing into the earth!” (We’ve clearly branched out since then.)
    So. That escalated to awesomeness pretty quick.

    • That is AMAZING!!! I truly hope my future little ones appreciate gaming the way my hubby and I do! Thank you for sharing that sweet story with me! I hope she carries that Zelda-love through the rest of her life!!!

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