Gimme some sugar, baby

When you’re in a small oil & gas town, a total geek, and someone that isn’t into the DTF phenomenon, you’ll find that dating is extremely hard. Being a cool, gamer chick doesn’t go as far out here as it would in Seattle or outside L.A., or practically anywhere else. A lot of the male population here is either focused on just sex or they’re emotionally checked out.

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But that’s not to say there isn’t a geeky population out here. Unfortunately, a lot of them are just a tad too into it. Like, it’s as though their life and their world revolves around that one thing they love. That’s cool and all, but I also want something more than just the geeky shit. But at least some of these encounters lead to friendship, and that’s good!

But I’ve always preferred the kind where you don’t get the shit beat out of you and are spared a wicked fatality.

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I suppose a positive thing that comes from this is that I get to focus on myself. I love me! I love hanging out with me. Most days anyway. I can eat whatever I want, I don’t have to shave my legs all the time, I can have a gnarly zit on my face without worrying that I’m super ugly or something, I can have horrendous makeup on just for fun to see what it looks like…Yea, there’s definitely some benefits.

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Losing Weight the Geeky Way

Let me put it out there that I’m almost 30…That’s right, the big 3 & 0 is looming closer and closer and to be honest, I’m a little worried. It’s not a “mid-life” crisis kind of thing, it’s more of a “it’s harder to lose weight after a certain age, which is 30” kind of thing. To be fair, I’m not sure if that’s actually true, but it’s what I’ve been told and I’m a little too lazy right now (one of my many problems) to do the research. So for the sake of this post, we’ll say it’s legit.

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It hurts me too

 

Several times in the somewhat recent past, I have tried to eat better and exercise more with some degree of success, but it doesn’t last long. I mean, there’s only so much fun in eating vegetables without any kind of condiments or feasting on mixed nuts before your mouth becomes so dry and gross that Burning Man requested to have next year’s festival in your mouth.

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No, that’s just the attendees.

 

There was a time, back in the day, 10 years ago to be exact, where I played one video game religiously. That game had me sweating my proverbial balls off and I spent hours on that game daily. Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) was one of my favorite series during those few years, where I was a maniac and everyday after school I’d pop that bad boy into my PS2 and ignore my high school duties. It was insane how quickly I lost weight playing that game.

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Literally my life for a couple of years

 

I distinctly remembering weighing myself after a couple months of nonstop playing and freaking out because I thought I was sick. I had lost 15 pounds and I went straight to my mom telling her I couldn’t go to school due to sudden weight loss. Sadly, I still had to go to school after she laughed at me and said it was because of DDR. Dammit.

So now a decade later, I still have my games and my dance pads. I tried playing it again a year or so ago and let me tell you something. I’m pretty sure the controls got messed up because I sucked royally. I was fantastic at that game, so it definitely couldn’t have been because it was 10 years of not playing.

 

 

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There’s something in my eye

 

After my disappointment and a week of on-and-off again playing, I gave up and put it back into my closet. I started looking online for fun ways to lose weight while still staying true to my geeky-ass  tendencies and I realized I could get down with Just Dance.

It looked like so much fun and if I could get as good at this game as I did with DDR, then I’d also be a decent dancer! That would thus mean that I’d actually not look like an idiot when I occasionally join my friend and go dancing with her! I would not be that white girl! Oh the excitement that flooded through me was palpable. So by the powers of Zeus, I bought that game, the camera, and movit controllers so I could get my sweat (AND swol) on.

Ahem..

Let’s just say that rhythm is not just a hard word to spell. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to see someone have an epileptic seizure, then imagine that being me except add to it sweat, off-beat stomping, and cruel and unusual guttural noises emanating from my very being.

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Hi, yes, that’s me…

 

It’s rough, but you know what? It gets the job done. I had fun, I got sweaty and tired, and my body was definitely a little tender the next day. I think I’ll make this an addition to my somewhat existent workout routine. Here’s hoping that this horrendously amusing game can do for me what DDR magically accomplished.

Guess What!! :D

Nintendo never called. And it breaks my little, fragile heart into smithereens. And none of the other places that I’ve applied to in the past 2-3 weeks have called either. I just…

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Fight Like A Girl!

Please, allow me to introduce you to one of my FAVORITE series of all time,

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What is Rat Queens you ask? Well by-golly, let me tell you!

It’s a comic book series created by Kurtis J. Wiebe and published by Image Comics. It’s a high fantasy series that follows a ragtag bunch of female warriors who are trying to get by, doing quests and side jobs to get some extra cash for drugs and food, and to get the local city government off their back.

We have our beautiful and atheistic cleric, Dee, followed by our tradition-breaking dwarven warrior, Violet, a druggie Halfling thief, Betty, and the sarcastic elvish mage, Hannah.

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As you may have noticed, these ladies aren’t your typical damsels. Instead they’re foulmouthed, strong, ass-kicking bombshells that are ready to settle the score and no one is going to stand in their way. Looked down upon by society, these women are ready to prove that they’re so much more than what they’re perceived to be.

Mixing humor with total badassery, Wiebe gives us a story where women can be stronger than their male counterparts and still look good by the end of the day. Breaking the stereotypical tropes of a hero saving a princess, we see quite the opposite when one of our chaotic neutral ladies goes to save her occasional “fuck-buddy” (sorry, they’re not exactly FWB) from being brutally revenge-murdered. We also have men coming to THEM to get help in defeating a big baddy in the second TPB of the series.

Now, not forgetting to mention, some of the other merc groups also have some strong female leads that have their stories twisted up along with some of the women in the Rat Queens. Thanks to Wiebe’s open outlook on life, there’s even some interspecies mingling and same-sex relationships which not only is very cool, but also cute.He gives us a story that mixes fantasy, major ass kicking, and today’s issues into a fun action-packed little book that I think will do very well in staying relevant.

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This series is absolutely fantastic for women to read, and for the guys too! There’s a little bit of fan service in some of the panels but it’s not overdone and it’s not just randomly there to appeal to a larger audience. It all has a place in the story. I don’t doubt that there’s a character in this series that the readers can relate to, male or female. I can’t recommend this series enough!

My only regret is that I got into this series while it is still ongoing. Be warned, once you start you may not stop! And once you’re caught up, you’re probably going to feel really sad waiting for the next part of the story to be published.

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Why It’s Hard Being a Geek Girl Pt. 2: ಠ_ಠ

And here we go…

Something happened to me yesterday that was a new experience. Here’s a screenshot of what went down. I’m the blue:

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I don’t care if this was done jokingly (which I’m not sure if it was), but it really bothered me.

I was friends with this individual a few years ago, we met online and talked a few times through Steam. That is it. Nothing romantic or anything of the sort, just “hey we have similar tastes in games!”.

I want to point out that this guy is married with 2-3 kids and lives in some other state, Texas I think. Also, I never would have been this guy’s Plan anything! Cocky jerk…

I know that a lot of popular and prevalent geek girls/women in the industry  get way worse stuff than this every single day and that’s absolutely ridiculous and disgusting. Hell, girls and women in GENERAL get this shit all the time. I bet guys get it too!

I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were supposed to stay around and be your backup plans, jokingly or not. It’s a shitty thing to say to someone. My message to people who do this to either men or women:

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Why It’s Hard Being A Female Gamer…Or Geek, Really

I love videogames. Seriously, if I could marry an industry, it would be gaming. I would be so good to it, giving it all my time and attention and praising its constant good work, and I would expect it to praise me in return and thank me for hours of selfless devotion. Relationship goals. It’s really that simple.

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Sadly, I cannot marry the gaming industry. But what I can do (and am doing) is having a very promiscuous and exciting affair. I’m hopping from platform to platform playing multiple games at once and I honestly haven’t felt so satisfied as I am now in a long time.

Except for one thing. It’s been bugging me lately and I feel like a lot of other women can feel me on this.We’re not gamers. That’s right, I said it! There’s no way in hell we can be gamers.  I guess it could be because we have tits and vaginas and that automatically disqualifies us from being recognized as a true member of this beautiful forum/media.

I admit, I may be just a little bitter about this.

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More recently within the past year I’ve had more time and opportunities to get back into gaming, as well as being able to fund my habit. I have built a beast of a PC with a small but decently sized library of games courteous to Steam as well as a nice streaming setup, I have a couple handhelds, 3 consoles, and a plethora of old and new games. Honestly, that isn’t very much and I do have several wish lists on Amazon of things that I would love to add to it. Occasionally, I do make my way over to Best Buy or Hastings to curb my cravings and pick up a new title or 3 and head home with extra pep in my step.

Well, that would be the ideal scenario. Instead, I get comments or dismissed as another girlfriend buying stuff for her boyfriend or brother. Or maybe that I’m buying stuff for my kid (WTF, do I look like a mom to you?).

For instance, I was with my best friend, who is a guy, at Best Buy and I was purchasing Mortal Kombat X for the PS4. I had seen a lot of gameplay of it and it looked like a lot of fun and I wanted in on the action. So there I am, walking like Leo DiCaprio in his Inception meme to the register. The lady working the front calls me over and she takes the game from me and releases it from it’s plastic cage and rings me up. Well that’s all fine and dandy with me, I prefer not doing that same ‘ol small talk banter bullshit. I just want to get home and pop that bad boy into my PS4 and wreck my thumbs on combos.

Nah, it’s not going to go that way. She looks at me and says:

“Aww, are you buying this for your boyfriend?”

“Uhh, no, actually it’s for-“

“Oh, for your son! Yea, my son begged me for this game too, but I wouldn’t get it for him. It’s too violent! I bet your son thinks you’re a good mom 🙂 “

“Haha, no, it’s for me. I’ve been a fan of the MK series since I was a kid actually.”

“Oh. Have a nice day.”

…Really? I don’t think it’s uncommon for there to be girl gamers. Especially those that are in their mid- to late-twenties. Is it really so strange that I would want a violent game where I can disembowel people with glee? Or uppercut people in the dick with some One Punch Man force?

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And it doesn’t end there. Maybe this is encroaching more into the general geekdom, but I know I’m not the only girl that has been told/asked about her “boyfriend’s” shirts. Simply put, I like nerdy/geeky t-shirts, especially those revolving around my favorite games/gamers/fandoms. Yes, I have given some of them to my best friend because he really liked them. Every time he wears one out in public, he gets all the comments! That’s cool, and I’m being serious about that. But when I wear it, it’s fucking silent. Or:

“Hey man, I like your shirt” while they are pointing at me but looking at him.

No, hombre, it doesn’t work that way. If I’m wearing this shirt/hoody/ANYTHING geeky and/or nerdy, it’s because I’m into it. It’s not because I didn’t have a clean shirt and asked my “boyfriend” to wear his.

Here’s the thing. I’m in the generation that grew up with videogames, cartoons, and anime. And outside. But really, we all wanted to be inside gaming, admit it. Have you ever played rock wars? Get this, it’s a game you do outdoors! Essentially you’re in the middle of the gravel road with your two older brothers and they throw rocks at you! It was a great way to learn how to dodge. Great times, I tell you.

All that I want today is for there to be more support for female gamers/geeks/nerds. Don’t assume that we’re running errands for a guy or wearing some dude’s clothes. Instead, ask us what we think about whatever we’re buying/wearing! Sure, there might be a few people who are just running errands or borrowing clothes and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But all the other times, I guarantee that we would love to have a conversation about it. We do know our shit! Give us a little credit and some props because honestly, we’re just like you. We love what we love and if given the chance, we’ll brag and talk for days about it.

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