Video Game Genres for Noobs

7 Video Game Genres Perfect for Noobs |

As you might have noticed I’m taking a little break from blogging to sort out some stuff. I need to figure out where blogging fits into my career and also take steps towards a healthier lifestyle than I have right now. That said, I’m already getting some good ideas of where to go from here and I’ve got some great client projects kicking off that I’m crazy excited about, so it’s not really all bad.

In the meantime, you can head over to to read my latest piece counting down 7 Video Game Genres Perfect for Noobs. As I mention frequently on the blog, I am not the most skilled gamer out there, but over the years I’ve managed to find the genres that both interest me and that I can engage in, so I figured I’d share what I’ve learned with y’all. Lemme know what you think.


Friday I’m In Love #160

The Banner Saga by Tori | Friday I'm In Love #160 |
The Banner Saga by Tori available at Society 6

Hello sweeties!

How was your week? Mine was pretty good. Hosted an MRGS social, recorded a new video, and got this amazing back patch for my denim vest in progress (don’t worry, pics coming soon).

This weekend is getting pretty packed, with a Pandemic Legacy night, the JCCC of Montreal Spring Bazaar and the fabulous Puces POP spring craft fair. What will you be getting up to?

Link Time!
Maybe it’s just because I’m not very good at games, but I totally believe all games should have more casual modes.

In case you were curious, the fantastic Glitter + Lazers lays down the deets on Her Universe’s new sizing options.

Gersande is back with more illuminating ecocriticism of Stardew Valley.

Video games, mental health, and the crucial work of Take This.

If you haven’t played Her Story yet, GO DO THAT NOW, then come back and read this fantastic profile of the game’s creator, Sam Barlow.

lol: Feminism Ruins Gaming Industry to Another Year of Record Profits

Cats and puns and spiky things!

How physical framing impacts the metaphorical framing of video games.

Your ultimate guide to celebrity mobile games.

And finally, the neoliberal pleasures on Neko Atsume.


LVL UP+ Accessories Unboxing

Level Up by Loot Crate Unboxing- Quest | Last month I had the extreme good fortune of winning a LVL UP+ by Loot Crate Accessories box from The Nerdy Girlie (thanks, Megan!!) and I thought it would be fun to share with you all what I got.

For those of you not familiar, LVL UP+ is the geeky apparel subscription service available from Loot Crate. There are a few different options available, including T-Shirts, socks, and other wearables. I happened to win an accessories box (now called, Loot for Her, apparently), which retails for $17.99 CAD. You can also bundle your boxes to get even more awesome geeky apparel.

All in all I’m extremely happy with this box. The leggings are very thick and sturdy, although I may have just a tige too much booty for the size medium. Or, maybe they’re really just supposed to fit that low. I dunno. All in all I’m very impressed with the quality and would venture that these guys would normally cost a lot more than $17.99, so go me.

And, as I promised in the video I did immediately change out of my jeans and throw on my new Enterprise nebula leggings and I was feeling so cute that I decided to take a snap for y’all.

LVL UP Leggings Style | Level Up by Loot Crate Unboxing- Quest | You’ll notice that I’m also wearing my Kylo Ren tank from Jordandene, which I would wear all day everyday if I was allowed. New summer outfit? I think so.

Have you tried LVL UP+? What did you think?


Indie Game Gang April Recap & Game for May

Indie Game Gang | Gamerwife.comHello!
How did y’all enjoy Oxenfree? I’ll be totally honest, it wasn’t exactly the game I thought it was going to be. While I thoroughly enjoyed the voice acting and the art, I found moving around the map to honestly be kinda boring a lot of the time, and it was kind of frustrating how easy it was to cut off what sometimes seemed like important bits of dialogue by interacting with the environment.

It was also a lot longer than I expected, or maybe it just felt that way because I kept having to go up and down mountains and such. I dunno. I really wanted to love it, but unfortunately a lot of the time it felt like a bit of a drag. Or maybe I was just spoiled by the immersion of Firewatch…

Oxenfree_Cave | Indie Game Gang April Recap & Game for May |

That said, I don’t want you to think that I hated Oxenfree because I really didn’t. It’s a fun little adventure game with good characters and a compelling mystery. I guess I’d just bought into the hype a little more than I should have. It is also spookier than I expected, but that wasn’t a downside for me, although I understand I have a somewhat higher tolerance for spoopiness than most people.

All in all, Oxenfree is definitely worth a look, if only for the stunning art and the soundtrack by scntfc.

Which brings us to…

The Indie Game Gang game for May:

Emily Is Away | Indie Game Gang April Recap & Game for May | Since I’ve gotten feedback from a few of you that you’d love to participate but lack the funds to buy new games every month, this month I’ve opted for a free to play game called Emily Is Away. It’s available on Steam and

Emily is Away is a visual novel style game that will be full of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the days of AIM and other online chat clients. Split into 5 chapters, the game explores five years in a virtual relationship between you and the titular Emily. The game is also rather on the short side, giving us all lots of time for discussion. We may even create a separate discussion to compare Emily is Away and the similarly themed Cibele, if enough people have played both games.

Join us, won’t you?