I’m sure you’ve all heard of various conventions that take place across the country. From Comic Con to Anime Central, there are several different Cons that cover all different areas of geek culture, whether it’s video games, comic books, film, or anime. There is at least one time a year at one location where the fan of a particular media can get together, share their passions, have an amazing time, and then separate until they reconvene one year later. At these conventions, there are a plethora of people showing how much they love their particular area of interest.
The diverse crowd at a convention
Two of the most common people at these conventions would be cosplayers and artists. Cosplayers are people who take time to create a costume that represents a character from a TV show, video game, anime, etc. They then wear these costumes at their convention of choice, typically mobbed by photographers who want to get a picture of the person and the end result of all their efforts. The other type of people, artists, are those who make hand-made merchandise that they sell at the convention, typically in an artist alley where they are all gathered together for ease of navigation. These artists make all sorts of cool items, such as paintings, plushies, prints, magnets, pins, and anything else you can dream up that represents something geeky. However, not all cosplayers and artists are genuine about their craft.
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
Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore
Level 1 Human Hat by geeklingdesigns
Mario World by Orioto
Break out your fake moustaches and warm up the Wii, because today is Mario Day! Because it’s Mar 10. Get it? I’m not sure when this holiday came about, but the Mario Bros are certainly worthy of celebrating!
Mario has appeared in over 200 video games, first appearing in Donkey Kong in 1981, where he was known as Jumpman. His name was later changed to Mario in Donkey Kong Jr., named after Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord. His twin brother, Luigi (named after a Seattle pizza joint called “Mario & Luigi’s”), was introduced in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros.
The Mario brothers have had many professions including: carpenter, plumber, doctor, tennis player, ghost buster, and race car driver, and have had their images portrayed on everything from cereal boxes to the big screen. I think everyone has a soft spot for the Mario Bros. whether their first introduction to them was Donkey Kong or Super Mario Galaxy. They are universally recognized by gamers and non-gamers alike and the love of these icons shows no sign of slowing down.
I’ve rounded up some amazing Mario-related Etsy crafts for your enjoyment. Have a great Mario Day!
Here’s an adorable picture to brighten up your Saturday morning. Doesn’t everyone need a lost Loch Ness monster print on their wall?
Vanessa Henerty of Miss Nessa Monster has some cute prints of this Nessie Monster that have a retro feel to them, perfect for adding some weird decor to your home.
You can also get this costume if you want, and in fact, there are other costumes in Vanessa’s shop, so go visit today!
Have you ever played an amazing video game, but no one else seems to have heard of it? There are some great popular games out there, but there are other equally deserving titles that don’t get as much exposure. These gems deserve some attention and some more fan art made for them! I discovered there are artists out there making art based on these games, but I would love to see more. I’ve asked Mom’s Basement members and other avid gamers about their favorite obscure games and created a gallery below of their picks.
Torin’s Passage is a fantasy/adventure computer game from 1995. Despite being made by Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, this game is a family-friendly game I have fond memories of playing when I was a kid. You embark on a quest to find your captured parents, travelling through unique, nested planets and solving puzzles along the way.
After playing this game as a kid, I always loved the name Torin, and decided if I ever had a son, that’s what I would name him. And I did!
More Torin’s Passage by sweet-pea-soup
The Lands Below by zazumii-chan
Nier is a SquareEnix game from 2010 that definitely doesn’t have the exposure it deserves. This beautiful, melancholy game features a gorgeous soundtrack, a storyline with twists and turns, and interesting replay value. I can’t tell you more or it would spoil it. Just go play it!
Nier Replicant by semsei
Nier – Kaine by Dice9999