Pokémon Let’s Go: A Girly Geek Review

Pokémon Let’s Go: A Girly Geek Review

Back in August last year, I was super excited about the prospect of the first Pokémon game to ever hit the Switch. There was a lot I was looking forward to; from the Pokéball Plus to playing multiplayer, and especially finally being able to walk around with my Pokémon again.

I kind of resigned myself to not being able to play it right away, because we didn’t have a Switch and because we didn’t have the money to buy ourselves one.

But then, for Christmas, I got one. And what was the first game I bought for it?

That’s right: Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee. Continue reading “Pokémon Let’s Go: A Girly Geek Review”

My 2019 Game Goals (and My First-Ever Bullet Journal)

My 2019 Game Goals (and My First-Ever Bullet Journal)

I don’t fully know what inspired it, but I recently decided it would be a super fun idea to try my hand at bullet journaling. I’ve been really obsessed with how they look on Instagram for a while now, and although I’m not very artistic, I thought it’d be a good weekend project.

But what could I draw? I hummed and hawed over a calendar or a weekly schedule or something basic, until I found the perfect idea. I’d draw a game goals list, of course!

It was actually a pretty fun process. I definitely stressed myself out with too many reference lines, and I may or may not have made a few trial-and-error mistakes along the way (did you know you can’t erase pencil below alcohol-based markers? I didn’t), but I’m super happy with how it turned out.

Now, without further ado, here’s my first-ever bullet journal: My 2019 game goals list!

Erin's 2019 Game Goals List

New Year, New Console: What I Love About the Switch

New Year, New Console: What I Love About the Switch

I still remember the day the first Nintendo Switch ad came out. I was at work, at an engineering news site with a big focus on new and upcoming tech. Two of my friends came rushing over, phones in hand, eager to show me.

I remember being distinctly unimpressed. I don’t know what was going on in my brain at the time (it’s very possible I was having a rough day, because that happened a LOT at that job), but it just didn’t inspire me. Continue reading “New Year, New Console: What I Love About the Switch”

A Christmas Card from Erin

A Christmas Card from Erin

Happy holidays, fellow geeks!

You might remember that last year, I wrote up a fun parody post reciting the Night Before Switchmas. It was amazingly popular, and I really wanted to do something similar this year to celebrate the Girly Geek Blog’s second Christmas (and really cement the tradition of doing parodies for the holidays).

I actually had an outline drawn up for my very own rendition of Baby It’s Cold Outside because it’s one of my favourite holiday songs ever, and it’s a sweet memory from my high school choir days.

But every time I sat down to try to write it, this happened:

So in lieu of my song (which I still want to write at a future date), I just wanted to make you a little card, wishing you a happy holiday, whichever you and your family celebrate.

The Girly Geek’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The Girly Geek’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

I have to be honest with you, I started this blog post a few different ways.

See, Christmas is hands-down one of my favourite times of year. It’s always very family-centric, and we have a lot of little traditions.

Last year, I talked about how my sister always gets me Lego games for Christmas, and how it’s turned into a tradition that we play them together every year.

This year, I wanted to talk about why those games are such a good gift for geeks. I actually got started writing that, but then I got distracted by my Instagram feed. And that made me think about all the other super-cool gift ideas there are out there for the geek on your list.

And well, I honestly suck at thinking of present ideas for people, so I love having lists like this. So here’s my guide to holiday shopping for your geek!

 

Lego games

Not that I hinted at this in the intro (or blatantly stated it or anything). Lego games are a huge amount of fun, and their publisher, Tt Games, seems to have a real power of persuasion for getting access to just about every popular franchise.

Which means that whatever your geek giftee’s particular fandom, there’s probably a Lego game for it, chock-full of subtle references and hilarity.

Bonus: They’re available on most platforms, and it’s really easy to switch between single-player and two-player.

 

Stone and Oak’s shirts

This BC-based T-shirt company has been making a huge splash in the gaming community on Instagram, and I know a few of their shirts are on my list!

I can’t really vouch for them because I’ve never worn one, but I’ve had my eye on their clever designs and cute sayings for a long-o time.

In particular, their Snorlax design is basically the life of every gamer ever!

 

I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture

You might remember that I reviewed this fun little read a few months ago. Honestly, I think it’s a great gift for just about any geek who likes to read!

In a nutshell, this book tells the story of how modern geek culture came to be, from the point of view of someone who both subscribes to the culture and grew up alongside it.

It’s also particularly appealing to Star Wars fans, since it basically positions that series as the foundational keystone for the entirety of geekery.

 

The PlayStation Classic

This little console was just released in early December, and it’s a great gift idea for any PlayStation gamer.

Despite its diminutive size, it packs a whole lot of nostalgia in its original design and the form of 20 pre-loaded classic games, like Tekken 3, Rayman, Resident Evil, and more.

It also comes with two old-school controllers, wires and all—and at $129 suggested retail price, it’s definitely one of the more affordable consoles out there right now.

 

Rocklove Jewelry’s original designs

I’ve been obsessed with this brand for a very long time, and if you’re buying for a girly-type geek this year, this is a good pick.

Rocklove carries a whole lot of amazing, handcrafted jewelry focused around fandoms—from Disney movies to Studio Ghibli, Marvel, Star Trek, and so many more. Plus, everything is made with fair-trade gemstones and quality materials, and a lot of the designs actually function, like this locket from The Little Mermaid:

 

An essential streaming starter kit

If you have a budding streamer on your hands, or one who wants an equipment upgrade, you could always consider making them their own essential starter kit!

For this, you’ll need things like a ring light that can clip onto a computer monitor (Amazon is a good place for this), a half-decent webcam, and a headset with a microphone.

If your streamer geek will be using it in a room often inhabited by others, Shane and I have found it’s a good idea to have a microphone with foam on it to dampen background noise.

 

Storybook Cosmetics

Another Instagram pick, this is a great choice for a geek who likes makeup.

As the name suggests, Storybook Cosmetics covers a lot of book- and story-based fandoms. It’s especially well-suited to Potterheads; they’ve got an entire line based on Harry Potter, from wand-shaped makeup brushes to House-coloured lipsticks and more.

 

Have a geek you often buy for? Share your go-to gift tips in the comments below!