We’ve got another Caturday guest star this week. Meet the enigmatic Juno, A.K.A. The Cat of The Cat, You & Us, one of my favourite new blogs. Dani and Damris, the adorable newlyweds who run the site are adventurous spirits who love to share their adventures, accompanied by amazing pictures (which sometimes feature Ms. Juno herself).
This one is from the “Space Capsule” series, which you can check out more of on The Cat, You & Us next week.
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It’s been another busy week here at Gamerwife headquarters. Business lunches and an MRGS meetup took up a lot of my time, while continuing to fight this nasty cold took up the rest. This weekend will likely involve some very desperate Xmas gift brainstorming (I’m totally stumped this year) and maybe a little baking to help get us in the mood.
This week’s Caturday post will actually be helping to promote a series on the excellent The Cat, You and Us, starring the lovely Juno. And Monday will mark the start of a guest post by Serena of Gamer Wifey.
On to the links:
Ever wondered how we decided that video games were “for boys”?
And, on a similar note, what if pink-washing is only part of the gender inequality problem.
Looking for an extra-rare Xmas gift? Here are some tips on how to import Japanese video games.
Speaking of Xmas gifts, anyone looking to get me something this year could start with these leggings.
Or, check out Mashable’s Top 9 Indie Games for Holiday Giving.
Not sure what to do with your kitten over the holidays? If you’re in West Yorkshire, why not check out this super-lux cat hotel.
The rise and fall of music games.
Did I mention that there’s an online comic for Mercenary Kings, the video game I did voices for?
And, this week’s Sparkle Fandango sees the girls playing one of my favourite games OF ALL TIME.
Finally, I got to do the Geek Girls Gab this week over on The Nerdy Girlie.
As self-avowed “crazy cat-people,” Rick and I are definitely the type of people that buy our cats gifts. While this year’s fur-baby haul will most likely consist of some catnip mice, but that modern styled scratcher is mighty tempting.
1. Itch Wall Scratcher | 2. Rover Pointed Cat Collar | 3. Triangle Christmas Tree Scratcher | 4. Guisapet Cat Bed | 5. You Bake ‘Em Cat Treats
And finally, the “bitties.” I have to confess that stocking stuffers are one of my favourite parts of Christmas gift giving. My parents had a rule that we that had to wait until they were up to open our Christmas gifts. However, stocking presents were fair game, leading to many happy memories of 6 AM stocking raids with my brother and sister on Christmas morning. 1. Pitfall Mug | 2. Minecraft Pig Soap |3. Personalized Bamboo Flash Drive | 4. Crazy Cat Lady Badge | 5. Hand Made Felt Pacman Coasters | 6. E Tank Acrylic Necklace | 7. Bubble & Geek Fire Flower Candle
What are your favourite Christmas gift memories?
It’s that time of year again. And while we all know that it’s the thought that counts, I couldn’t resist whipping together a few video game inspired gift guides. Today I’m sharing my bets for boys and girls, and tomorrow will be cats and stocking stuffers.
1. Mass Effect Paragade Cufflinks | 2. Arcade Panel Card Holder | 3. All I Ever Hunter Boxer Briefs | 4. Wild Man Beard Cream | 5. Hand Crafted Super Mario Belt
Yes, that Super Mario Belt is a little spendy, but isn’t it gorgeous?
1. Sterling Silver Mega Man Pendant | 2. Companion Cube Planter | 3. Legend of Zelda Earrings | 4. Mass Effect N7 Hair Bow | 5. Retro Duck Hunt Inspired Skirt
What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?
Welcome to Take My Money Tuesdays, where I highlight video game or otherwise geeky crowdfunding campaigns that I think look interesting or deserve a little extra attention.
Rick actually gets the credit for finding So Many Me, an absolutely adorable looking puzzle platformer that seems like it was custom made for a certain Gamerwife named Mariko. In the game, you play as Filo, a little green blobby thing with super-kawaii eyes that gradually discovers increasing number of “ME,” clones of himself that follow him as one entity. Different ME have different powers that Filo will need to use to progress through the game world and unlock new costumes and powers.
You heard me right, similar to Little Big Planet, progressing through So Many Me will unlock costumes to dress up and differentiate your ME. As well, backer rewards for the project include exclusive outfits only available to backers. And, if that doesn’t already have you squeeing all the way to the “Back This Project” button, you will also be able to create RIDEABLE creatures to help Filo on his journey. That’s right, you get costumes and mounts.
In addition to the admittedly girly trappings I just gushed on and on about, the core gameplay mechanic of So Many Me seems really inventive and fun. In order to solve certain puzzles and pass certain obstacles, you’ll need to transform a ME into things like stone blocks for Filo and the rest of your ME to cross. After you have cleared the obstacle you’ll be able to undo the transformation by recalling that ME into the fold. As new transformative abilities are unlocked as you progress through each level, the puzzles will depend more and more on being able to transform in the right sequence.
Aside from the obvious cute factor, the main reason I like So Many Me is that it’s ultimately about creativity and problem solving, not just beating your foes with brute force. And while puzzle platformers are sort of a dime a dozen these days, I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing.