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June 11, 2017

Girl Meets Game: The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker Stays With You

Have you ever read a murder mystery and wish you could ask the suspects so many questions yourself? Or did you ever think to yourself, “You know what would make the game Clue so much better? Time travel and zombies.” If you answered yes to either of these or you just like a compelling mystery then you would absolutely be interested in newly released game The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker. Developed by D’Avekki Studios, the game is described as a “horror themed murder mystery FMV game where you play as a therapist questioning patients” but this is kind of an understatement for the actual experience.

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March 5, 2017

Layla Lists: My Personal #SignalBoost

So if you haven’t caught my ramblings on twitter, I should let you know I’m a pretty major Critter – aka fan of the web show Critical Role. Watching a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons for many, many hours has introduced me to a many fun things. In particular, I have them to thank for introducing me to both the brilliant force of nature that is Marisha Ray. Together with Geek & Sundry, Ray helped to launch a new web show called Signal Boost. The concept is pretty simple. Each host shares a small number of things out there in the world that deserve a boost. It’s really an opportunity to talk about some things you appreciate that may not get the attention you feel they should. And in turn, you hope that someone else will find a new fixation to enjoy.

I’ve explained enough I think, so let me go ahead and get to the Signal Boosting already! Here are a few things I would like to share with you, some perhaps more established than others.

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February 8, 2017

My Most Anticipated Media of 2017

So I’m a little late to this list – plan was for this to go up at the start of the year but we all know how things go sometimes. 2017 has been a blur so far it seems, but as we step into the second month I felt it appropriate to finally share some of the things I’m most looking forward to in the coming months!

1. Mass Effect: Andromeda (March 21)
This game that I’ve been ready to love since it was first announced long ago is actually a mere two months away now! The long over adieu follow up to Bioware’s original Mass Effect trilogy, Andromeda follows a group looking for a potential new home far from their own galaxy. With every released trailer I’m more and more committed to my next space adventure and I may or may not have already started planning my Ryder internally.

2. Wonder Woman (June 2)
My whole life, before I ever even read a comic book, I’ve always loved Wonder Woman. It was pretty world changing for me, to see that there was a female superhero in the same league (literally) as household names Superman and Batman. Since growing up, my devotion to the Amazon warrior has only grown. While I was originally skeptical of Gal Gadot’s casting in the role, I have since come to trust her with it and so in combination with the directorial power of Patty Jenkins I am holding faith this film will save the DC film franchise.

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October 28, 2016

Girl Meets Game: Spooky Games for Halloween!

I truly can’t believe I haven’t posted anything Halloween related here on the blog yet. It’s a favorite holiday of mine for so many reasons, but this year it feels as though it really snuck up on me. The exciting news is that though I’ve been slacking here, I did manage to put together a fun little post for my first ever guest blog entry over at Gabriella’s Nerdette At Large! In it I discussed some of my Halloween traditions, including my favorite films and television shows to watch. Give it a read here!

In addition, I do want to talk spooky video games! Now, my list here is probably going to be pretty tame compared to most as I just don’t have a lot of experience playing horror games. But I do think these are some fun games with Halloween vibes that a wide audience can enjoy.

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June 12, 2016

Watch: New Mass Effect: Andromeda Teaser

So I may have been a bit late joining the Bioware fanbase, but it’s worth knowing that Mass Effect is currently my all time favorite game series. It’s for that reason I have a high level of investment in the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. This new game takes place galaxies away from the previous trilogy and Commander Shepard, following a new group of adventurers in the vastness of space. We have yet to receive much more information, other than that the crew is on the search for a new place humanity can call home, but it certainly has my attention regardless. We now have new (albeit blink-and-you-miss brief) footage of the game released at E3 earlier. Amidst all the devastation today, news of this game has been a bright spot for me so I wanted to share it here as well. Watch the behind the scenes teaser below:

In Film, Games, Trailers on
May 12, 2016

Watch: Michael Fassbender in First Trailer for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Film

So I’ve dabbled in the Assassin’s Creed games on and off – mainly I played through the famed Desmond “Hey Wassa-Matta-You” Miles saga. Overall I enjoyed these, and intend to play more when I have the opportunity. When I heard there would be a film adaptation, as with any adaptation these days I was skeptical. I will fully admit I loved every Mortal Kombat and also the Tomb Raider films with Angelina Jolie, okay. Don’t judge. But it’s tricky to recreate the experience that goes with playing a game through just watching.

I thought at first for sure they would adapt Desmond’s story, and obviously there will be similarities regardless, but my interest was especially piqued when it was confirmed the film will feature original characters within the verse. I’ve since followed news for the film, which boasts a cast including star Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and my personal favorite Michael Kenneth Williams.

Today the first trailer has been released, and I feel compelled to share it here.

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April 15, 2016

Girl Meets Game: Lingering Glances and Country Dances in Visual Novel App ‘Regency Love’

So about two weeks or so ago I stumbled upon a little gem of an app called Regency Love. After a while of self debate, I decided to give it a go for a few reasons. First, I always love a Regency romance. I had played another game called Matches & Matrimony, inspired from the works of Jane Austen, that captured my heart but in comparison now seems a bit formulaic. Also, I figured I could use something easy to play during breaks at work and in the waiting room for appointments. Little did I know the game would end up occupying so much more of my time, because it is just that delightful. So much so, I’ve decided to make it my first review and real post here at the new blog.

captionIn Regency Love, you play the role of a young lady coming to terms with life after her father’s passing and perhaps finding marriage to secure your future. To start, you are given the chance to name your protagonist or you can go with the default offering which was Catherine Fairchild, nicknamed Kitty. Coming up with names for my characters in games has always been my biggest struggle, so in an attempt to not put off starting the story any longer I stuck with Miss Fairchild. I was immediately struck by the beautiful art – especially considering I play this on my tiny iPhone screen, and soothing music. But my favorite part of the game has to be the rich assortment characters. The charming town of Darlington hosts a number of citizens, each with their own fun personality and story. I found myself eager to talk with everyone – even poor Mr. Digby, stressed as it seemed to make him. There is your concerned but well meaning mother, your longtime best friend and confidant Miss Earlwood, the meddling and melodramatic Mrs. Norris, the town’s bickering champions Mr. Winslow and Miss Ingram, the fragile and sweet Miss Ashcroft and finally but more importantly Lord Fat Cat himself, of whom I will speak no further to not spoil his enigmatic role.

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