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For the Kids

13 Mar

My son loves video games and geeky things and for Christmas he asked Santa for a gyroid from Animal Crossing. That’s not something you can pick up at WalMart. I ended up crocheting him one and he loves it. But not everyone can create obscure (and awesome) geeky toys for their kids. That’s why I love places like Etsy and Deviantart. They connect you directly with artists that are offering unique things you’re looking for or can custom make it for you.

If your kid is a geek-in-training, this gallery is sure to provide you with awesome creations they approve of. Many of these you’ll be tempted to buy for yourselves!

Jedi Baby Rattle Lightsaber by HandmadeMonster

Jedi Baby Rattle Lightsaber by HandmadeMonster

Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore

Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore

Level 1 Human Hat  by geeklingdesigns

Level 1 Human Hat by geeklingdesigns

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The Many Adventures of Link

1 Aug

One of my many Zelda-themed creations – a polymer clay Link figurine.

The Legend of Zelda is awesome. That’s a completely obvious statement, I know. All the gamers I know have played and liked at least a few of them, if not all of them. My Fallout items have been my best sellers in my Etsy shop for years, but Zelda items have now superseded them in popularity. I don’t mind a bit – Zelda has so many awesome items and creatures, and I have fond memories of all the games so it’s always fun to come up with new items based on the games.

I also love seeing what other Zelda-loving artists have created, and I bet you do too. So get ready for a stream of amazing  art, and then go play some Zelda.

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Rucksack… by Kim Herbst

How does Link carry all that junk around with him? In this awesome print by Kim Herbst of kiwifruitbird, Link apparently doesn’t know either. I love the expression on his face!

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Treasury Tuesday- 8 Bit!

12 Jun

With E3 coming to a close, we’re left with just the screen shots and demos of many upcoming beautiful games. Games so awesome in fact, I can’t help but think of how much graphics have progressed over the years. Hell, even recently. The gaming world is making such huge advances, it’s mind blowing to even the biggest nerd. While I love epic graphics as much as the next gamer, even the ones that tend to make my desktop implode, I do enjoy a nice stroll down memory lane. At the very end of that nostalgic road, is our friend 8bit graphics. 

Sure the 8bit hearts and bows have taken the geek world by storm lately, but what about everything else?
Minecraft takes us back to days where guns weren’t scarily accurate, and realistic looking monsters didn’t pop out to give you heart attacks at random points during the game. (Though I won’t downplay the horror that is a Creeper.) For a while 8 and 16 bit graphics were a sign of the past, and while they’ve always stayed in the hearts of life-long gamers, they became outdated. Even the classics were redone and revamped to mirror the graphics of the latest games.

Now it seems we’ve all reached a happy medium between them both. We have our PS3’s set up next to our old Nintendo’s. NES controllers are just as recognizable as Xbox 360’s are. It’s an age where all things are appreciated. Old graphics aren’t a sign that you aren’t up to date, it’s a sign that you still have a love for something that started it all. With the risk of this article making me sound much older than I actually am, I have to say I am in awe of what’s up and coming in the gaming world. Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back, blow on a cartridge or two, and re-live a much simpler gaming experience. As usual, my geeky rant is to be followed with an awesome treasury filled with items relating to it all!

Take a look at these awesome pixelated items.


8 Bit Heart Iron On…

$5.00

8 Bit Last Supper 5…

$20.00

Zombie Attack women…

$22.00

Legend of Zelda 8 B…

$12.00

8 bit mustache gold…

$8.00

Resin 8bit Link Hea…

$9.50

8-bit Gamer Keychai…

$4.00

8-bit Squares Color…

$12.00

Zombie Love cards s…

$12.00

Minecraft Creeper 8…

$9.99

Minecraft inspired …

$12.00

8-Bit Megaman Magne…

$10.00

8-Bit Sonic the Hed…

$75.00

Ribbon Covered Mini…

$12.70

Super Mario Bros. P…

$35.00

Megaman Iceman 8-bi…

$12.00

Gamers Anonymous: The Smithsonian Exhibit

23 May

For those of us who indulge in video games, we have a healthy respect for them as not just entertainment, but as art. Graphics can be stunning, stories can be intriguing, musical scores can be compelling, technology can be innovative.

Apparently, the big wigs at the Smithsonian Museum agree. A planned exhibit for 2012 will feature the Art of Video Games. The public was invited to vote on a website, www.artofvideogames.org, for the best games in multiple categories. The categories spanned chronologically.

  • Era 1 – Start! The days of Atari VCS, Colecovision, and Mattel Intellivision
  • Era 2 – 8bit. Commodore 64, NES, Sega Master System
  • Era 3 – Bit Wars. Sega Genesis, SNES
  • Era 4 – Transition. DOS/Windows, N64, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Sony Playstation
  • Era 5 – Next Generation. Sony XBox, Sony XBox 360, Modern Windows, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation 3
Some of the features are no brainers: Ledgend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Final FantasyPortal, and Halo. But there were a couple on the list that made me go, huh?

Attack of the Mutant Camels, Featured as the Target (shooter style) game for the Commodore 64. I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds pretty amazing. I definitely want to shoot mutant camels right now. They are a serious threat to society.

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, Runner Up as the Adventure game for the Sega Genesis. If you haven’t seen this game, youtube it immediately. Michael Jackson dances his way through a house, pelvic thrusting at baddies and saving children locked in closets. How Earthworm Jim won for this category, I shall never know.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Featured as the Target game for the XBox360. Given the multitude of target type games for the 360, I’m surprised by this choice. I would’ve expected Gears of War, Call of Duty, Left for Dead, etc. But I wonder if the criteria was that the game had to be single platform in order to count, and seeing that Geometry Wars was an XBox Arcade game, thus XBox only, that would count. It is a highly rated game, none-the-less, I just question if it is the best representative for the category. Though, I am hardly the authority for shooters. Give me an RPG any day.

The exhibit will be open March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012. If you go, you will also get a chance to play a few games: PacMan, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island(SQUEEE!!!), Myst and World of Warcraft. I will be there with bells on!

Top 10 Geek Fashions-Beautifying the Basement- Part 2

15 May

Welcome back to Top 10 Geeky Fashions, Part deux ! In case you missed Part 1, Click here and check out numbers 10-5 of the List’O’affordable geek ware! 

Without further adieu, Lets start back up with Number 5! 

Number 5: Underware, Geeks getting Freaky

I suggest ANY of these undies if you are indeed, a geek to the bone. Some of these had me in tears laughing and some are actuall really sexy!

Talk nerdy to your partner with these geeky knickers from Etsy
Price range: $9-$40

 

Number 4 Keychains, Belt Buckles, and Purses, Oh my!

Check out all three at Etsy:
Price range: $3-$50

Number 3: Comic Covered Goodness

With the recent release of Thor and the expected release of The Avengers there are a few ways to show the world what comic book hero you Idolize.(you can also go enter our Giveaway for a comic book bracelet)

Cover yourself in comic accessories from Etsy
Price Range: $5-$30

Number 2: Hats! Head Toppers! Noggin Warmers!

Ok, alright, I am a Freak for Beanies, so of course its Gotta be the number two slot. I will have an epic hat collection one day!

Start your Collection with a few of these Items from Etsy
Price range: $20-$40

NUMBA ONE! Portal Style

In fashion you gotta keep up with what is hot right now. Portal 2 is that sizzling hot trend. Show off some style by flaunting around some awesome portal accessories.

Jump into the Esty portal to…portal
Price range: $4-$50

We hope you enjoyed counting down Nerd Fashion with us. Stay tuned for more Top Ten Lists!

Honorable Mention: White Mage Hoodie

I tried pretty hard to stay away from Cosplay, but Who wouldn’t want to strut around town as a Final Fantacy Character? (Well, me for one, but you might!)

 

Top 10 Geek Fashions- Beautifying the Basement, Part 1

12 May

Top 10 lists are fun right? Right. We could always do a Top 9 or Top 11 later, but for our first list, we will stick with 10.

As the title states, we are counting down what we consider to be the Top Ten Geeky Fashions. These fashions includes cute geeky stuff that is actually affordable. We have chosen the best examples and made some related etsy galleries of each category. Most of these are things even our closet geeks could wear without getting looked at like some kind of perverted sea monster that picks on baby unicorns for fun.  It’s possible you’ll even catch that special someone’s eye with a new pep in your step!

Onward to the Numbered awesomeness!

Number 10: Not Your Average T-shirts

If you have a significant other or are secretly admiring(see: not stalking) someone, This Zelda style T-shirt combo is an awesome gift.  Check out the Image below to see how it works.

Check out our list of Geeky T-shirts from Etsy.
Price range: $10-$30

Number 9: Button Button Whos got the Button?

Perfect if you are slowly coming out of the geek closet Or those simply looking to add some awesome pins to their flare collection. Buttons are great because they are so easy to change depending on your mood or daily geek focus.

Better than Mood rings

Check out our list of Geeky Buttons from Etsy
Price range: $1-$7

Number 8: Nerdy kicks, Walk in Style

These would have been our number one choice with how customizable they are.  The price is the only thing that knocked it down. We almost didn’t Include the shoes, but they are just TOO DAMN COOL, and we are pretty sure they are worth the price.  I seriously have to get a pair of those Crochet Chuck Taylors.

Check out some Nerdy kicks on Etsy
Price Range: $80-$300

Number 7 : THE RING! MY PRECIOUS!

If you are looking for a little small something to add to your wardrobe to spark conversations, rings are the perfect way to do that. Think about, how much of our daily lives involves our hands?

Bling yourself out with our Top ring choices from Etsy
Price range: $4-$45

Number 6: Acrylic nails, for the sexy geeketes.

Why pay some stranger to apply some simple, single-color, plastic nails when you can DIY with some very unique nail designs.

Bling out your fingertips with some Acrylic from Etsy
Price range: $8-$20

Thats It for Part one of our Top 10 Geek Fashions. Come back and check out Part two on SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAAAY!

Honorable Mention: NES crochet Swimsuit

Because I like the weird and strange, and because you can’t actually swim with it,  I had to give this an honorable mention.

-Kimmie Out

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