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Dripping Mascara (Birthday Message)

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Dripping Mascara is a story on the iPhone app, Episode: Choose Your Story, about a young girl named Shelley who moves to California to reunite with her childhood friend, Matthew.  She also discovers that she has magical powers and is the reincarnation of a Queen.  Believe me, it’s not nearly as stupid as I make it sound.

Just so you know, this is not a review.  Genevieve, the author, has a birthday today and I thought I could post a message on my blog.  I consider apps on your phone video games and, since Dripping Mascara is a story on the Episode app, it qualifies.  I first heard of her when I saw the winners for the Valentine’s Day contest and played Wasted Roses.  Through there, I went to play Dripping Mascara and discovered a whole new world through Episode.  I met many people through Genevieve and became an honorary member of the Episode Community.  It’s because of her that I decided to post all of my original fiction on Episode, even if I want to publish it in the future.  Even if my work is still being outlined.

So, Happy Birthday Genevieve and thank you for introducing me to a wonderful community.  As for the rest of my readers, be sure to check out Dripping Mascara.

Delicious: Emily’s Home Sweet Home (Gamehouse.com)

After having Paige, Emily and Patrick move to a house that they like to call a fixer-upper.  When they get on the bad side of one of their neighbors, she vows to have the house condemned.  Can Emily and Patrick get the house up to code before they lose it forever?

The game has a dilemma and Emily and Patrick do have to struggle to end it.  I do mention that they get on the bad side of one of their neighbors due to a stage mom’s child injuring herself in their house.  Let me tell you that said stage mom is a woman who has power in their neighborhood to the point where she can ruin a man’s life for not voting for her daughter in a pageant.  However, I have to admit that she does have a point about condemning Emily and Patrick’s house.  Sharon’s daughter (the stage mom in question) didn’t simply bang her head on a table; she fell down a hole in the floor caused by a fallen chandelier.  Their house is a deathtrap and I really can’t blame Sharon for wanting to have it condemned.  Yet, we’re supposed to see Sharon as unreasonable for trying to shut down a death trap.

Another problem is, I can’t feel too much sympathy for Emily and Patrick when the former’s parents let them stay in their house while all this drama’s going on and will let them stay permanently in the event that their house turns out to be condemned.  In one level, Emily complains about how her house is condemned, many people are taking the side of their enemy.  Emily even mentions how she and Patrick will be living with her parents until they turn sixty.  Many people can find themselves in a situation like this and don’t have their parents to turn to.  In a promo for Two and a Half Men, I saw one of the character’s beg his mother to take him in because he’ll be out on the street.  The mother blew him off and told him to pick a street in Beverly Hills so she can visit him.  To someone like that person, Emily would sound like a whiner.  In this game, Emily’s isn’t the only one with problems.  One section has to deal with a guy coming to terms with the fact that his daughter is not the great adventuring scout he wants her to be and that technical knowledge is every bit as important as the hands on activities.  Another has a guy who runs an amusement park dealing with children who don’t want to work there and would rather spend all summer playing.  The third section deals with an overprotective parent dealing with being a single mom to her only son.  One who is also trying to have a life outside of her son.  The fourth section is about a stage dad who dreams of his daughter being a great Olympic skier, one she doesn’t share.  Every section is about a parent’s relationship with their child and, all the while, a stage mom is trying to ruin Emily and Patrick.

The game play is like the previous ones in the Delicious series with you delivering food to your customers, trying to get the highest score possible in each level, and purchasing upgrades in-between.

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There are differences, such as being able to change the menu for your restaurant by serving enough of a product.

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Each level also comes with an extra task for you to complete.  Do so to get a diamond for each level and use them to purchase items for your house.  In the case of Paige’s room, you have to fulfill certain conditions to get a trophy.

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While this was a fun addition to the game, some of the rooms in the house seemed a little too traditional for my taste.  For instance, why does Patrick get his own man cave and Emily doesn’t get a woman cave?  I did some research on the concept and, apparently, the idea is for the man to stick all of his stuff in one room while the woman decorates the rest of the house.  The problem is this idea enforces gender stereotypes.  As a woman, I do have a love for flowers, candles, stuffed animals and dolls (provided that they’re Monster High, Ever After High, or DC Superhero Girls products) but I also like action figures, video games, Game of Thrones and super hero posters.  Therefore, I find the idea that I wouldn’t allow such items in my house insulting.  Another problem is the idea that the man needs to get away from the stress of it all but women have the same desire.  Some of the things said about the objects in Patrick’s man cave enforce gender stereotypes, such as Emily making a remark about how most wives hate it when their husband plays video games.  If I did get married (big if), the only thing I’d hate about it is if my husband hogged the game cartridge and wouldn’t let me play.

Like many games in the Delicious series, you can pay extra for the platinum version.  One of the extras it comes with is more levels about Emily throwing a housewarming party and finding a nanny for Paige.  Since Francois has his own plot about finding his calling in life, you can imagine that he’s the obvious choice.  However, I do have one question.  What happened to Francois’s interior decorating business?  For those of you who don’t remember, Delicious 2 introduced him with this pitch.  Sharon is also part of the plot, but this time as an ally to Emily and Patrick.  However, she doesn’t lose the traits that made her a threat to them, as so often happens when the bad guy joins the side of good.

This game is fun if not a bit traditional.  I give it 7 out of 10, a fantastic addition to the Delicious series.

I’m Back!

That’s right, back from the dead and I’ve got big plans for this blog.  As many of you already know, I review video games from Final Fantasy to Diner Dash. This time, I plan on reviewing dollmakers as well because, whether you think they’re art or not, they are video games in the loosest sense of the word. I’m also expanding my repertoire to board games and, like before, you can even request reviews.

This time, it won’t be just a review site. I’ll post anything related to video games or board games in even the loosest definition of the term. Who knows? I might post pictures of my time playing video games and board games with my friends. Maybe I’ll write fanfiction based off of them, such as narrating the Mice and Mystics game from the point of view of Prince Colin, the character I usually play as. I’ll even post what I create from dollmakers because, as I said before, they are video games.

The best part is, not only can you request video games and board games for me to review. You can also submit your own stuff to me to post on my blog. It can be anything from art, to fanfics and even your Let’s Plays of video games. Just don’t submit any reviews, because that’s my job.

Gotcha: Celebrity Secrets (Gamehouse.com)

Gaby was just a little known celebrity blogger until an anonymous source texts her tips on finding the biggest Hollywood scoop. Can she make her blog popular enough to win the competition and interview Erik Von Hunk?

That’s right; I’m reviewing a video game about a blog on my blog. The storyline is about the lives of celebrities and some of them are parodies of real life ones. The lives they lead go from marriages to plastic surgery and all the way to sleazy affairs. I know, it’s not very deep but it is fun.

The game play is a unique take on the hidden object genre. The game separates each level into a blog post. You collect people and some of them will give you information. After you’ve gathered everyone you need, you get to complete a mini-game and read the post Gabby makes at the end. During the game, you can collect items in order for you to purchase different designs for the blog.

This game is simplistic yet addictive. I give it 8 out of 10; a fun take on celebrity life.

Notice

I apologize for my lack of posts but I’m afraid that I haven’t been feeling well.  I promise that next week I will be back on track with my new posting schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays.

My first collaborative review.

Michael Dulson

For my 300th post, I have 3 reviewers with me on this one. Me, Nerd Atlas ( http://nerdatlas.wordpress.com/ ) & TimeWaster ( https://suburbantimewaster.wordpress.com/ ) all played a free to play browser game, Realm of the Mad God and even though it is free, do you really need to play it? Read our reviews to find out!

NERD ATLAS – This MMORPGS (S for shooter) is a browser based game where you enter a world thrown into chaos by the Mad God.

You are forced to start out as a wizard, and slowly unlock the other 12 available classes by leveling up & surviving (the level cap is 20). Each class gets it’s own weapon load out and skill bonuses, it’s a shame it takes so long to get to some of the more interesting ones like Assassin.

As far as actual gameplay goes, it’s fairly streamlined and simple. You enter…

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The Versatile Blogger Award

  • Thank the one who nominated you for the award and include a link to their blog.
  • Reveal 7 Things about Yourself.
  • Bestow the same honor on 7 blogs that you enjoy reading/viewing on a regular basis.

First thing’s first, I’d like to thank One Girl Geek for nominating me for this award.  Feel free to check out her blog.

  1. I plan on using this blog to also review books and movie, but only the ones based off of video games, in order to stay true to my purpose.
  2. When I was a kid, I played video games very often, and my dad would say I was wasting my time.  That’s where I got the username from.
  3. After graduating Middle School, my parents had me home schooled.
  4. My interest in sci-fi is purely because of my mom.
  5. I get emails from Change.org and sign the petitions that interest me.
  6. I want to become a writer one day.
  7. I don’t like zoos, aquariums, or the exotic pet trade, and believe that animals belong in their natural habitat.

Here are seven blogs I nominate for this award.

  1. My Brain on Games: Reviews of video games, and a journal where he pretends to be his Skyrim character (I have got to check out that game).
  2. The Galactic Pillow: Various reviews of books, games, movies, and also has rants and editorials.
  3. Shamelessly Awful Reviews for Shamelessly Awful People: Reviews books, games and movies and giving it a new spin.
  4. gamerob: Video game reviews and tips on how to complete them.
  5. Lefty on the Left: A great political blog that makes people more aware and talks about culture.
  6. Mad Randomness: I think the title speaks for itself.
  7. Professor Layton Walkthrough: Again, title is self-explanatory.

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