• Check out my NEW Patreon!

    Oh my word I’m terrified and excited as I’m launching this but it’s up and it’s HAPPENING! My Patreon is currently launched and I can’t wait to share with you guys all of the amazing that will be happening over the 2019 year (and beyond).

  • Take Your Daughter To See The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. Now.

    To be honest I loved every minute of the movie. I don’t think I took my eyes off the screen for more than a minute, and mostly it was to see the glowing faces of the girls sitting in front of us, as they saw the story unfold. Why was this movie so good? Here’s just a taste:

  • Norsemen is ridiculous. Here’s why you should be watching:

    How much can you laugh in 30 min? Because the cult-classique-esque Norsemen will have you smiling like an idiot while losing count. With a brilliantly written script, all Norwegian cast, and some of the best puns in Scandinavia this show is pretty much guaranteed to have you completely confused by how much you love it.

  • The Making Of A Cuddle Team Leader: PAX 2018

    Procrastination is my Kryptonite and I don’t know that I’ll ever grow out of waiting until the last minute to do things. This year’s PAX cosplay was no exception with me getting the idea exactly five days before PAX. Yes, five.

  • I Played Spider-Man For 10 Minutes, Here’s What I Thought

    I am not a superhero, so becoming one is something I try to make happen as often as possible. Sometimes this means dressing up in cosplay, other times it means playing one of the most anticipated games of the year: Spider-Man.

  • Why Fitness And Gaming Go Hand In Hand

    In my life, there’s pretty much zero reasons for me to ever be physically active. I write all day in an office, then sit on a bus to get home, then sit and paint or game. My legs pretty much never need to be used. BUT. A few months ago I started having really extreme pain in my knees and lower back. The culprit? You guessed it – sitting all damn day.

Why Gamers Dye Their Hair And Other Universal Mysteries

You may have noticed that a lot of gamers have less than natural looking hair. Hell, I have less than natural looking hair. And by that I mean blonde. Which is actually a perfectly natural hair color, but the polar opposite of my own naturally almost-black colored hair. The question of why people dye their hair has stumped scientists and horrified parents for time immemorial. I mean seriously, can’t you just imagine a teenage Egyptian getting yelled at for using henna to dye their hair? Okay, that’s not historically based at all, but stick with me.

There are obviously as many reasons for dying one’s hair as there are for people who have dyed hair, but I’ve put together this little list based off of personal experience and complete nonsense I’ve construed in my own mind…also shit from people I’ve talked to who have hair that’s different from their natural color. Reminder when reading: It’s not the color of hair that makes a gamer…unless you’re Ninja. In which case it very well might be.

1. We want to look like someone we admire

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I like to think of option number one as parallel to why people cosplay. I cosplay because the characters I dress up as are bad-ass and share attributes that I admire. It’s not about putting on a costume. Cosplay is about embodying some part of yourself that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to express. That’s also why cosplayers are so much more intense than buying a costume off Amazon. It really is a passion project. Think of hair in the same way, it’s a love of something you weren’t born with that you still want to embody as a part of your identity.

2. We don’t feel like we belong anyway

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A lot of people in the sci-fi/fantasy/gaming communities feel an “otherness” and that’s why they connect so deeply to these genres. I can definitely relate on this front because I was raised in a community where I never saw anyone who looked like me. I seriously felt like some kind of alien, and I distinctly remember seeing Spock for the first time and relating so deeply. I was like him. We both were a part of two different cultures and felt torn between them. I felt like I identified more with a fictional character than I ever did with a real-life person. I’m not saying this to be sad, but to emphasize how important these communities are. If we’re going to stand out, why not change our hair color? I think people who have never felt like they fit in (even when they’re ‘normal’) have a lot fewer shits to give when they’re thinking about changing something like hair color.

3. It’s personal expression

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Now here’s a crazy thought. What if it’s just self-expression plain and simple? Hair, like any other kind of body art, is just that …art. Hair stylists are artists. Whether you’re going all pink or getting a glorious rainbow dye job, hair is just another way of telling people who you are and who you want to be. It’s a way of building out an internal identity that you identify with. It’s a way of making you, more you.

4. Yes, it actually is about rebelling

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Hands up if you were raised conservatively! I happen to know that a lot of people with dyed hair would have probably been disowned if they had come within 5 miles of their hair with dye, before their 18th birthday. So when it came time to “grow up” we did exactly what we were never allowed to do when we were kids. It’s kind of like buying all the toys you never were allowed to get when you were a kid. Now we’re the boss and we’ve got 18 years worth of rebellion to make up for.

5. Absolutely no reason.

21 Annoying Things You’ll Only Understand If You Have A Crazy Hair Color

You know, some people dye their hair for absolutely no reason. True story. It just seems like a good idea, and that’s it. I would venture to say that usually, these are one-timers, not people who keep up with their hair dying, but there are exceptions to every rule, so you really never know!

In the end, it really doesn’t matter why people dye their hair. For a lot of gamers, it’s a way to feel more in touch with a personal identity and a community they love. And you know what? I think that’s beautiful and amazing. Keep being yourself, lovelies.

 

Norsemen is ridiculous. Here’s why you should be watching:

How much can you laugh in 30 min? Because the cult-classique-esque Norsemen will have you smiling like an idiot while losing count. With a brilliantly written script, all Norwegian cast, and some of the best puns in Scandinavia this show is pretty much guaranteed to have you completely confused by how much you love it.

One of my favorite shows on TV is Vikings, and I was so pleasantly surprised to find Norsemen on Netflix while I waited for Nov 28th. I definitely have a darker sense of humor with a love of puns and clever writing (cue Galavant) so this show was such a brilliant surprise. If you’re a fan of Vikings you might will notice there are some pretty blatant similarities *cough* *cough*…

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But after the first season the show really starts to prove that it can stand on its own. Perhaps the best part of this show are the memorable characters that are just brilliantly written. From the slave that chooses to stay enslaved to the diva villian Jarl Varg, you really can’t dispute the brilliance of this show. Unless you just don’t have a sense of humor.

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Norsemen is set in Viking era Norway and tells the story of the people of Norheim who are ultimately just trying to survive their day-to-day with the usual issues of invasions, cultural upheaval, lack of theater, and some serious problems with leadership. All of this is served up with a healthy smathering of hilarious plots and completely ridiculous scenarios. Not to mention too real dialogue.

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One of my favorite parts of this show is how attached you get to the characters. As I said, I really had no idea what this show was when I turned it on, but once I started watching I couldn’t stop. Right now there are two seasons on Netflix USA and I cannot wait for the next one *fingers crossed*.

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In a world where there are more TV shows than any healthy human can feasibly watch, this show is a breath of fresh air with its honesty and simplicity. It’s a parody done right and a comedic masterpiece.

So next time you *bum-bum* into Netflix don’t spend three hours picking what you want to watch. Watch a show that will have you happily walking away from the TV thinking, “What the hell did I just watch?”

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New Recruit: Republic Of Gamers Tribe

Today I reached a major milestone: I paid off my last student loan.
This has honestly been such a huge goal for the past few years because in addition to racking up debt from living in Paris (which I’ve also now paid off) I wanted to really truly get back in the green by cutting ties with student loans. It was not easy.

I’ve definitely lived below my means for the last three years in order to save up money and throw down on loan payments, but it’s also been a really awesome lesson in how to save money when you really want something. Student loans are so weird, because you’re not really saving up for something tangible (more like throwing money into the wind) but the feeling of relief knowing that whatever I do in the future I won’t have those payments anymore, feels pretty damn good.

As a reward to me paying off my loans I bought a new gaming laptop (and by new I mean refurbished, because like I said I’ve established a mentality of saving money that I don’t plan on changing) and I’m super excited! What did I get?

I’m officially part of the ROG tribe and I couldn’t be happier. I did quite a bit of research before buying this laptop, and I harassed quite a few of my friends who know computers before I put money on this device. Of course I won’t know until I get it, but I think I made the right decision and I can’t wait to play the games I love (and discover new ones!).

All this to say, I’ve been planning this out and budgeting this decision for such a long time and it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to make the purchase after paying off the student loan gods. So cheers to today. Who knows what tomorrow brings, but today we party.