My Thoughts on Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens

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One of the many great things about New Zealand is that we frequently get to see movies before other countries, since we are the first on the other side of the International Dateline. When it comes to huge releases like a new Star Wars film, this is extra great. I can’t get spoiled if I already know everything, right? Anyway, yes, I did go to the midnight release and I wanted to put some quick, spoiler-free thoughts down for those interested.

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3 Comic Colorists Whose Palettes I Love

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Color has always been a big deal for me. I always needed game console colors to be just so, I had a whole rainbow of Converse hightops, and of course I’m famously obsessed with outfitting and customizing my characters in video games. Colors also affect what comics I read. If I don’t gel with the color palette the colorist uses, it makes it a lot less likely that I’ll bother reading it. Some artists and colorists though really make an impression on me.

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Keep Gaming Going with Hand Health

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With the release of Heart of Thorns, I’ve been putting in gaming overtime. That’s saying a lot because I know that I spend more time gaming every day than many people as it is. Because of this, I’ve noticed a bit of strain and ache in my left wrist lately, so I decided to start paying better attention to my hand health. I’ve dug up some resources that have really helped my wrists and hands feel better – when I remember to use them!

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How Do I Get Into Game Design?

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Many of us who love playing video games want to learn how to make our own, too. Although I haven’t ever fully followed through with it, I’m no exception! I’ve always been bookmarking away helpful resources so that one day should I ever really feel motivated enough to go through with it, I too could work on making my own game.

So now I’ve decided to share these resources with you! If you have any other resources that you feel would help others get into making games, please let me know in the comments!

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5 Podcasts to Listen to While Gaming

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I have a confession. Despite having been on a number of game-related podcasts, I don’t listen to game podcasts much (unless I’m traveling and don’t have as much time to keep up-to-date on gaming news). Instead I usually listen to comedy or other geeky-interest podcasts. Since a majority of my gaming time is spent in MMOs, there’s a lot of time that goes by doing repetitive things or gameplay that just doesn’t require quite as much of my attention so I often listen to podcasts while working my way through the landscape or leveling alts. Here are five podcasts that I frequently turn to to help me pass the time in those less-than-exciting hours of gameplay.

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4 Comics to Get Into Right Now

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If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been talking about comics a lot lately. My dream goal is to open a comic shop in my little New Zealand town since the closest shop is over four hours away. Until then I have to rely on digital services like Comixology and online ordering. It doesn’t come close to the feeling of browsing a comic shop and seeing all the art for yourself though. From following sites like Comics Alliance and the Mary Sue and creators like Kate Leth and Madeleine Flores, I’ve discovered some pretty awesome comics without having to step foot into a store though.

It can be intimidating to get into comics, especially ones with decades-long histories. But today I want to tell you about some comics that I think are super easy to get into – whether because they’re fairly new or because the writing makes it easy to follow along, even if you don’t know the history.

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