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Video Game Quiz!

Guys! It’s been far too long. Like four months too long.

My first ever blog post was a video game quiz, so seeing as I’ve been away for a while and a bit rusty on the old blogging malarkey, I thought I’d get back into it with a new Video Game Quiz that’s popped up on Tumblr.

Please feel free to use the quiz for your own blogs!

Here we go:

1:Do you try to stay away from walkthroughs?

Generally yes. I feel like they can spoil the game, especially if you read a bit too far ahead and reveal too much of the storyline! I usually have a rule where I try on my own for at least half an hour, then if I’m still stuck I can have a sneak peek at a walkthrough. I’d never judge someone who uses them or needs them to progress in a game, I’d rather finish a game with a bit of help than leave it on my shelf because I couldn’t get past one section!

2:Company you’re always loyal to?

I wouldn’t particularly say I’m a loyal gamer, but going through VG companies I’d say Rockstar is up there. I’m still waiting for another game like LA Noire.. This is probably embarrassing to say but the company I’m most loyal to is probably Treyarch, or just the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. I can’t help it, I have a love/hate relationship with those games!

3:Best game you’ve ever played?

Oooooooh. Tough one. Probably Portal (I consider Portal 1 and 2 one big game, that’d be like having a favourite child). I actually cried when I finished Portal 2 because I was so upset it was over. I got a bit obsessed with the games, I was having dreams of jumping through portals and was rushing home from work just to play it.

4:Worst game you’ve ever played?

I think I’ve mentioned this before.. but SPICE World. I don’t think it should be allowed to be called a game, it’s just one big giant pile of disappointment. My dad took me and my brother to GAME (or Gamestation, whatever it was called in 1998) and said we could each pick a game of our own. He tried to buy our love with video games, what a guy. I can’t remember what my brother bought, either FIFA or a mundane racing game, but I bought SPICE World. This was my first video game that was mine, not a game for the family to play, it was for me. Little Amy in her Spice Girl platform shoes, with her bubble coat and weird see-through plastic backpack. In my mind the game was going to be like the platform games out at the time, kind of like a Lego game where you can switch characters and unlock outfits. But no. NO. You pick a Spice Girl song, then “remix” it, which creates a choppy, out of time mess. Next you go to a dance studio and learn a dance routine of buttons, THEN you go to a TV studio where the crappy song plays and you press the dance routine buttons. THAT’S IT. This is the kind of shite they thought was acceptable to push for young girl gamers to play, and it still happens today with the Bratz or Barbie games (there’s plenty of YouTube Let’s Play videos of people taking the piss out of these games). Clearly it still upsets me..

5:A popular series/game you just can’t get into no matter how much you try?

Halo. I played it a lot on the original Xbox with my brother back in the day, but I never carried on the franchise. I tried to play Halo 3 on Xbox 360 but felt out of touch with it so gave up. I don’t own an Xbox One so I can’t even play The Master Chief Collection to try it again.

6:A game that’s changed you the most?

Tomb Raider was a big game for me growing up. I was never very good at it but I really enjoyed playing it and watching other people play. A few years ago when I was going through a rough patch I played Tomb Raider Legend four times in a row. I would get overwhelmed by new games, so decided to stick with Lara. She got me through a bad time!

7:A game you’ll never forget?

Besides Tomb Raider, I’ll never forget PT. I know it was just a demo, but playing it in the dark with a mate at 1am and absolutely crapping ourselves was such a fun time. The hype, mystery and eventual let down of the cancelled Silent Hills game was unforgettable. 

8:Best soundtrack?

Child of Light’s soundtrack was so beautiful, it made me cry a few times throughout the game. I’m currently playing Unravel which also has a gorgeous soundtrack, it’s so laid back but sad at the same time. I’m waiting for the official soundtrack to be released so I can buy it!

9:A game you turn your volume off every time you play it?

I don’t think I’ve ever turned the volume off in a game?

10:A game you’ve completely given up on?

Not going to lie, there’s a few. One franchise I really wanted to play was Mass Effect. I hit a big, game destroying glitch in the first game and that kind of killed it for me. Maybe one day I’ll give it another go.

11:Hardest game you’ve played?

I tried Dark Souls, it wasn’t for me. (Not just the difficulty, the game in general)

12:Shortest time you’ve beaten a game in?

I’m a pretty slow gamer and don’t really clock my time in a game, but I completed the Call of Duty Black Ops III campaign in one sitting. Went to bed at 7am. It was awful.

13:A game you were the most excited for when it wasn’t released yet?

LA Noire. I don’t pre-order games, but that game was pre-ordered. Also the Tomb Raider reboot from 2013. (I’m still waiting on the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider!)

14:A game you think would be cool if it had voice acting?

I don’t know. Games without voice acting work because they have no voice acting. Like Child of Light, I don’t think it would have worked if the characters spoke.

15:Which two games do you think would make an awesome crossover?

Tomb Raider and Uncharted? Or is that too cliche? 

16:Character you’ve hated most? From what game?

I can’t think off the top of my head of my all time most hated, but I really disliked Chloe in Uncharted 2. Always making snarky comments and getting in the way!

17:What game do you never tell people you play?

There’s no hiding your gameplay these days, might as well embrace it! I don’t think there’s ever been a game I’ve been embarrassed to play. My mum bought me Shrek 3 on Xbox 360 and I still own it! It’s a terrible game but I actually had a laugh playing a few of the mini games.

18:A game you wish your friends knew about?

Mate, I wish I had more friends that played games..

19:Which game do you think deserves a revival?

I’m excited for the Crash Bandicoot Remasters, but I’m a bit worried they’ll botch it up. Looks like they’ve done a good job with the Uncharted series, but Crash is a lot older.

20:What was the first video game you ever played?

It was either Tetris or Super Mario Bros. My parents bought a NES in 1991 when I was about 18 months old. Seeing as it was quite a robust console they let me bash about on the controller from a young age.

21:How old were you when you first played a video game?

18 months old!

22:If you could immerse yourself in any game for one day, which game would it be? What would you do?

I feel like I’m repeating games in this quiz, but Portal would be amazing. I’d love to use one of the portal guns. But just being in a game where you can run for long distances or climb walls, I know people can do that in real life but I can’t!

23:Biggest disappointment you’ve had in gaming?

See above for SPICE World story.. 

24:Casual, Hardcore, or in the middle?

In the middle, leaning more towards casual. Depends on how I’m feeling and how hyped I am about a game.

25:Be honest; have you ever used cheats (like ActionReplay or Gameshark)?

Besides the cheats in the old school magazines you could buy in the 90’s, or the cheats in The Sims (rosebud!;!; and motherlode anyone?) I’ve never used cheats.

26:Handheld or console?

Console.

27:Has there ever been a moment that has made you cry?

I cried at the end of Portal, The Walking Dead, Child of Light (throughout the game), and got emotional at the end of Wolfenstein. My first ever game where a character dies as part of the story line was Final Fantasy 7 when Aeris dies. I had to google her name because my brother changed her name to Jenny, which is my mum’s name. Bit weird watching your mum die in a video game at 8 years old.

28:Which character’s clothes do you wish you owned the most?

The Assassin’s Creed outfits are pretty damn cool.

29:Which is more important, gameplay or story?

For me it’s the story. As much as I enjoy bigger games like Skyrim, I can get a bit lost as to what I’m supposed to be doing.

30:A game that hasn’t been localized in your country that you think should be localized?

I can’t think of any game that hasn’t been released over here in the UK? I’m assuming there’s a lot of cool Japanese games not released here, I’ve never looked into it though.

 

And there you go! Like I said please feel free to use the quiz in your own blog post (unfortunately I can’t credit who created the quiz as I can’t find the original post on Tumblr!)

Hopefully I’ll be posting again on here soon, I’ve been playing a lot of games that I want to talk about!

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

 

My Favourite Games of 2015

Guess who left this post in their drafts for three months? Yup. Seems a shame to let it go to waste, so here’s my belated blog of my favourite games played in 2015!

Now, the twist with my list is it’s not limited to games released in 2015, I’ll be talking about my favourite games played in 2015. There are 2014 releases I can’t ignore, and a few oldies that definitely deserve a mention.

So! In no particular order, my favourite games of 2015:

Child of Light (PS4)

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I’ll be honest, I can’t quite fathom the words to describe just how much I loved this game. From the moment I booted up the game I was hooked. The soundtrack by far is what makes the game so special to me, it conveys exactly what is happening at that moment in the game and it actually made me cry a few times. The artwork is absolutely stunning and felt like I’d jumped into a watercolour painting. Each level brought something new to the story and each town, crumbling castle and forest looked nothing like the previous place you passed through. The flutter of Aurora’s wings and patter of her feet as she landed back on the ground just added even more to the elegance of this game. The gameplay is quite simple as a 2D platformer, but the inclusion of the battle sequences and ability to switch characters mid-battle certainly shook things up a little. Each character in Aurora’s party (all of whom I fell in love with) have their own unique battle specialities, and discovering how to use each character to your own advantage really helps during the battles, especially as the game progresses and the difficulty increases. If you haven’t had a chance to play Child of Light yet I highly recommend it, although if fairytales and rhymes aren’t your thing (the entire dialogue is written in rhyme..) then this game might not be for you.

Rocket League (PS4)

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I know, everyone has played Rocket League. But this list is my favourite games played in 2015, and Rocket League definitely has to make the list. I managed to nab Rocket League for free when it was one of the PlayStation Plus free games last year, and personally it was one of the best PlayStation Plus games of 2015. The amount of hours I’ve put into this game is, well, a lot. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about a car donning a mariachi hat with flowers flying out of the exhaust flying into an oversized football. Seeing as the game was free I bought the DLCs that were released over the months, which means more cars, more maps and more silly hats. Bloody brilliant.

Bioshock (Xbox 360)

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I might be scraping the barrel by adding this to the list,  I’d already played BioShock before 2015 but I’d never completed it. I KNOW. DON’T JUDGE ME. BioShock has been sat on my games shelf for years and years, then every time I’d go to play it I’d either be too busy to continue or wasn’t in the right mindset to play (something that happens a lot with me..), so I’d end up putting it back on the shelf to restart another time. I’m telling you, I’ve played that Medical Pavilion level too many times. It was only when I moved into my flat last summer and had no internet for 17 days that I decided it was time to go back to Rapture. It was kind of perfect actually, having no contact with the outside world (besides using my phone data sparingly for Facebook and Twitter) I was able to fully immerse myself in that underwater city. I took my time, looted every little piece of scrap from every trash can, corpse and container, and thankfully I was never spoiled on the ending, even after all these years. I bloody loved that game, so much so that I even made a few BioShock themed cross stitches:

Until Dawn (PS4)

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Although my review of Until Dawn was slightly average, I can’t ignore the fact that my first playthrough of this game was incredibly fun. Playing Until Dawn co-op with a friend in the middle of the night was exactly the way this game was intended to be played, and boy did we have a laugh. I’m a big horror fan – ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, zombies, aliens, you name it, and this game was jam packed with several horror genres: a ghost story, killer on the loose, being chased by an unseen spook through the woods, urban legends etc etc. Yes it was cliché, a group of teenagers staying in a log cabin when things go awry, but that’s why I liked it! However, like I mentioned in my review, once you’ve played the game through twice it starts to lose it’s appeal. Although there are several possible outcomes and twists to the story, once you’ve seen two or three you’ve kind of seen them all. However, this game earned a spot on my 2015 list as my first experience of the game was so much fun, I can forgive any niggles I had over it’s replayability.

Alien Isolation (Xbox 360)

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My parents bought me Alien Isolation for my birthday (December 2014) but I only started playing it in the new year. My God, my anxiety levels went through the roof! It’s quite lengthy for a horror survival game, taking almost 20 hours to complete, but it doesn’t scrimp on the quality to stretch the game out. I haven’t even reached the halfway point, but the lasting effect this game has had on me certainly deserves a mention in my 2015 list. I’m eager to get back on it and try completing it, but I may need a co-op buddy to help get me through, maybe even therapy afterwards..

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

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Another game that is potentially pushing it on my 2015 list, as I only got it for Christmas! However, I thoroughly enjoyed playing Drake’s Fortune over the holidays, completing it just before heading back to work in the new year. I never owned a PS3 so never got the chance to play any of the Uncharted franchise, so when the news came out last year that they were releasing The Nathan Drake Collection, well it got me very excited. My mum was also pleased that I asked for this game for Christmas, “3 games in 1! Bargain!”

Although the first game of the series felt a little dated, and I’m trying not to criticise a game that’s nine years old (even though that’s the same year BioShock came out but anyway…), I still really enjoyed it. I’m a lover of a story driven, puzzle solving, shoot-the-bad-guys action game, and Uncharted definitely fits the bill. Also – Nathan Drake. That charming bastard. He’s like a mix between Nathan Fillion and David Boreanaz, and I’m a little bit sad they never turned this into a “so bad it’s good” movie back in the day.

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Damn, Nathan.

Never Alone (PS4)

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What a lovely game. Never Alone was one of the free games on Playstation Plus this year, and was such a nice little treat. It’s a beautiful puzzle platformer, with a ton of stories about the culture and folklore of the Iñupiat people of Alaska. The premise of the game is very simple, but the input of history and actual stories from Alaskan natives gave the game a very special, almost magical feel. I haven’t completed it yet, which I’m quite glad about, as I’ve got some more time to enjoy this game.

The Order: 1886 (PS4)

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Now, before the comments start about how bad and disappointing this game is – I know. It should have been better. Of the game’s sixteen chapters – four of these were cinematic fillers with no gameplay at all. The game was short, the story was predictable, the ending was meh. However, I still enjoyed the game.

I bought The Order for £12, which may be what swayed my opinion, if I’d have paid the full £45 I’d probably be just as pissed off as everyone else. This is one reason why I wait until the hype is over – honest reviews are out, the price comes down, you get what you pay for. I bought this game as something to take my mind off recovering from surgery in November, and it done the job. It took me a week to complete, mostly because I couldn’t tolerate sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time due to the pain I was in, but it meant I was able to spread out the game a bit longer than I would have done otherwise. It truly is a beautiful looking game and I’m a sucker for Victorian-era London, with a nice dollop of steampunk and supernatural characters too. I might do a separate post with a longer review for The Order, as I’ve got a lot to say about the game!

So there you have it, my favourite games played in 2015! Sorry it’s three months late..

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick update to say Merry Christmas to everyone! We’re currently waiting for our dinner to finish cooking, we left it a bit late as we had family turn up later than expected..

I’m not going to lie, this year turned out to be a bit of a rough one. I’ve had some health problems, had to have surgery last month, and will be going back in to hospital next year for an even bigger operation. This is why the blog took a sudden lull in updates. I’ve got loads of blogs still in draft form that I just couldn’t find the energy to finish.

That being said, I’ve really enjoyed my little gaming blog. I only started it at the beginning of January, and it’s been fun talking about games, writing my own reviews, talking about my nerdy crafts and making some internet friends through here!

I’m making it one of my New Year Resolutions to give the blog a little boost, even if it’s just little blog updates to show off my new cross stitch creations for my Etsy (yup, I made an Etsy a few months ago. You should check it out, order a custom design ;D). So expect more from me in 2016!

I’ll only make this a quick one, I hope you enjoy your day with your loved ones and eat lots of food. If you’re not having a good day then keep your chin up, play one of your favourite games or watch a crappy movie that makes you laugh. I had a rubbish Christmas last year (families..), so I know exactly how it feels.

Until next time, my lovelies!

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: CurlyStitches

Netflix haul.

So, since the big drive home from Portsmouth last weekend I’ve been quite ill. I’ve got a few blog posts I’ve been meaning to post, but just haven’t had the energy to write them out the way I want to. I’ll try to do a mass posting this over the next few days.

All I’ve done this past week is go to work (slumped over in my chair), cross stitch and watch a hell of a lot of Netflix. So why not make a quick post talking about my sickly week of Netflix marathons?

Let’s go!

1. House

I started watching this show years ago, my parents liked it too and wanted to watch it with me, but with conflicting work shifts we didn’t get very far. I’m a lover of medical shows (fiction and non-fiction), so it’s right up my alley. I decided to start from the beginning as it’s been a while since I watched it, so I’m up to season 2 right now.

If you don’t know the storyline, Dr House (played by the incredible Hugh Laurie) is a diagnostic specialist in Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, and has a team of physicians working with him to find out the diagnosis of the most subtle or obscure illnesses. His attitude and rude behaviour causes conflict with patients and staff, but as the story progresses we begin to see the other side to him. Aka he’s a grumpy man who just WANTS TO BE LOVED GODDAMMIT. There’s a few references to Sherlock Holmes, with House’s co-worker and best friend being called Dr Wilson, but to say the story is based on Holmes is kind of stretching it. Even so, I highly recommend this show!

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2. Adventure Time

I don’t think I need to explain this one really. 10 minutes of feel good, laugh out loud randomness is good for the soul. You should watch Adventure Time, your kids should watch Adventure Time, your Granny and her toyboy lover should watch Adventure Time. Just watch it.

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3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I heard good things about this Netflix Original, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t like it. I watched two episodes and had to give up. It’s about a girl called Kimmy, who was rescued from an underground cult that brainwashed her into believing the apocalypse happened. They lived in a bunker for fifteen years before they were found, then after appearing on a daytime talk show in New York, Kimmy decides to live there and experience living in the real world. It received 95% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes which surprised me, I’m not sure if it’s because it’s kind of American style humour (a lot of the SNL skits make me cringe) but I’m just not into it.

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4. Scrubs

I LOVE SCRUBS. I watched it all the time in my teens but I never really watched it in it’s proper order, just whenever it was on tv. Now is as good a time as any to watch it from the beginning, and I’m loving it. Considering I’m not feeling too great, Scrubs has had me proper belly laughing and cheered me up. Seasons 1 to 6 are currently on Netflix if you want to join me in good old slapstick medical comedy.

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5. Better Call Saul

I’m a little unsure of this at the moment, I’m finding it to be a bit slow. I said the same about the first few episodes of Breaking Bad, so I’m willing to give it a shot.

Better Call Saul follows Jimmy McGill, a small time lawyer that doesn’t exactly follow the law. If you’ve watched Breaking Bad you’ll understand that he’s a sort of lovable rogue that you love to hate. The show takes place 6 years before Breaking Bad, and we’ve already had a few little cameos from characters. Like I said, I’m finding it to be a bit slow, but I’m only two episodes in. I’m willing to see it through to the end, as I’m sure it’s going to get interesting.

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5. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

What a movie. WHAT A MOVIE. I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to see Priscilla, it’s incredible. Hugo Weaving and Guy Pierce in drag and dancing to ABBA. I bloody loved it.

Priscilla is an Australian comedy released in 1994, following two drag queens and a transsexual woman on their journey across the Australian Outback in a tour bus, aptly named “Priscilla.” Obviously, hilarity ensues. I don’t want to it spoil for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but I urge you to go watch it now. It’s absolutely brilliant.

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And that’s about it! Are there any Netflix gems you guys are watching? Let me know!

I’m currently in the middle of a cross stitching project as a gift for my Mum, so I haven’t been playing any games at all this week (besides a quick game of Call of Duty here and there). I’ve got loads lined up ready to post, so watch this space!

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere

The one where I went on a roadtrip.

This isn’t gaming related I’m sorry, but today I drove from where I live (near Liverpool) down to Portsmouth! I passed my test back in October 2013, and this is the first big journey I’ve done on my own, the furthest before then was Manchester. I’m a little bit chuffed with myself.

As much as I enjoyed the journey, it did make me feel a bit sad driving on my own for five hours, the scenery on the way down was beautiful but 1. I couldn’t appreciate it as I had to concentrate and 2. I didn’t have anyone sat next to me to take photos and sing along to the music with me. Woe is me.

I made the trip because I’m staying with my brother and sister in law for the week, usually I’d get the train but I had my niece’s birthday presents to bring down as well. Try getting on a train with a suitcase and a massive triceratops teddy. Not going to happen.

Have a photo of me, just arrived and exhausted:

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Now I’m tucked up in bed, reading Ready Player One and going to have an early night. (I’m only a few chapters in and I’m obsessed with this book!)

I don’t have much else to say really, just happy that I coped well with the big trip on my own! I’d love to do a roadtrip across America or Europe now 😀

Have any of you guys ever done a big roadtrip? Any memorable stories to share? Let me know!

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere

Sick day… Game day.

I got sent home from work today, it’s amazing how many people don’t want to be near you when you’ve turned a strange grey colour with a sheen of sweat across your forehead. Stomach bugs suck.

Between naps and general unwell-ness I’ve been playing Alien: Isolation. The graphics are lovely, but I feel like it’s such a big game, I don’t know if I’ll ever complete it. I read that the average play time is about 14 hours? That’s quite long for a horror game. I’d probably add on an extra 4-5 hours for me because I’m a slow player, I play every game like it’s LA Noire and check every inch of the floor for things to pick up. I’m determined to give it a go, though.

Anyone else played Alien: Isolation?

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere

Nerdy Crafts!

If you got so far as to read my “about me” section, I mentioned that sometimes I like to partake in a bit of craft making.

Well I thought I’d make a post to show a few of my projects. Some are gaming related, so it’s not a random crafts post on a gamer blog. Just wait, you’ll see. I didn’t use any tutorials to make any of these, I’d get a vague idea of what to make (usually in the middle of the night..), make a quick sketch and hope for the best. If I ever tried to recreate any of these I can imagine they would look very different to the original, but that’s how I work.

So, let’s go!

Pac-Man Cushion:

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I made this a few years ago for my friend’s birthday, it was my first crafty attempt since high school and I was so proud of it! My sewing machine broke during the last section, so in the end I hand-stitched the whole cushion together. My poor hands..

Avengers Tote Bag:

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This took quite a while to make, as all of the patches were hand-stitched and quite detailed. I use this bag for conventions, as it’s deep enough to slot programmes, photos and autographs into, and it’s a great conversation starter!

Slenderman doll/ Pin Cushion:

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This is actually an unfinished project! I started making a Slenderman doll, completely forgot about it, so all I made was the torso and head. I found it in the bottom of my crafts drawer so started using it as a pin cushion. I could potentially be tempting fate with this one, using Slenderman like a voodoo doll..

Portal Companion Cube Pin Cushion:

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This was an intentional pin cushion project, but it’s far too cute to be sticking pins into. It sits on my nerdy collectibles shelf now. I made a slight mistake in the corner but it was a quick, spontaneous project, mistakes were expected. I’ve had quite a lot of requests to make and sell some of these, but like I said before, I don’t know if I can recreate it quite as good!

Pixel Heart Cross-stitch Wooden Plaque:

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I bought the heart shaped plaque from my local crafts store, it came in a kit with a Christmas themed stitch. Total Granny style, but the second I saw the heart I thought PIXEL HEART, and went ahead with my own plan. It now hangs from my car rearview mirror.

Gameboy Cushion:

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Ahh, my baby. You have no idea how stressful it was to measure and cut out the goddamn Tetris pieces, and make sure they were all the same size. Once again I’ve had a lot of people ask me to make a Gameboy cushion for them, to which I promptly replied HELL NO. Don’t make me sit cutting out Tetris pieces again, then try and match them up straight AND stitch them together at the same time.

Here’s a few other cushions I’ve made, nothing special, just some really cool fabric:


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And there you go, nerdy crafts. I haven’t made anything new in a while but I’m thinking of possible projects, watch this space..

Does anyone else enjoy making nerdy crafts, or have nerd/ game related hobbies (that aren’t just.. you know.. gaming?) Link me up to your Twitter, Instagram etc!

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere