Nerdy Gift Guide | For the [Casual] Gamer

Back at it with a second gift fuide for the year – this time, it’s for the gamer! Or, a more “casual” gamer. These are some everyday items that are perfect for all types of gamers. Or a little gift for yourself :P

Kyla Is Inspired | Nerdy Gift Guide

one | Overwatch Jacket

two | Widowmaker Jacket

three | Moogle Phone Case

four | Acrylic Chess Set

five | Energy Increased Travel Mug

six | Pokemon Socks

seven | Minecraft Light-Up Diamond Ore

eight | Question Block Enamel Pin

nine | Nintendo Monopoly

What kinds of presents are you getting for the gamers in your life this year?

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Drink Recipe | Bioshock Salted Margarita

Today I thought I’d share something I haven’t done in a while…share a drink recipe! And not only is this just a drink recipe, it’s inspired by the game Bioshock Infinite.

Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita

Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita

You will need:
  • 4 shots of white tequila (we like Camarena)
  • 1.5 shots of triple sec
  • 1/2 shot blue curaçao
  • 1 cup limeade (we prefer this over sugary margarita mix, but use what you prefer!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt for rims
Directions:
  • Use lime juice to wet the rim of the glasses, and dip into salt
  • Add tequila, triple sec,  curaçao, limeade, lime juice to a shaker and mix well.
  • Serve over 1 large ice cube
  • Enjoy!

Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita
Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita

I’m thinking of making this into a series, Nerdy Cocktails, but I’m not sure how often I’d be able to update. Would you be interested in that series?
If you end up making this, I’d love to see your photos!

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Top 3 Games from PAX East

Before I get into this post, I will admit, I did not play as many games at Pax East than I wanted. However, there were three that stood out to me and that I definitely want to play this year.

1. Chariot

Cariot is a couch co-op platformer that can be played alone or with a friend. Players take the role of the brave Princess or her faithful Fiancé as they maneuver the departed king’s coffin-on-wheels through 25 levels set in 5 vibrant underground environments, with his majesty’s ghost giving them a piece of his mind every step of the way.

Favorite PAX Games | Chariot
Every day I came back to play this game, it’s that good. While it’s marketed as a co-op, you can play by yourself though it will be harder. The physics are so much fun (bouncing and climbing all while holding onto the chariot) and is truly a team effort to win. There’s many levels that get more difficult as you play. I’ll be buying this for Wii. (also: highly recommend watching the Co-optitude Let’s Play with this game.)

 

2. Transistor

Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites you to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as you fight through a stunning futuristic city.

Favorite PAX Games | Transistor
So Transistor technically isn’t a new game, but I have been wanting to play it for a few months now. I can’t even say how excited I was that I was able to play this. It’s a turn-based game and you play as Red, a femme-fatale with a talking sword. I only played for a few minutes but I’ve already bought this to start playing on Steam (also available on PS4). If you played Bastion, you need to play Transistor.

 

3. Extreme Exorcism

Extreme Exorcism is an action platformer with a spooky twist. You play as Mae Barrons, tiny medium at large who is tasked with ridding a haunted house full of evil spirits. Instead of using seances and crystal balls, Mae uses rocket launchers, swords and a kickass arsenal to get her point across.

Favorite PAX Games | Extreme Exorcism
I admit, I learned the name of this game after I played…because I wouldn’t play a game with “exorcism” in the title willingly. But this game isn’t scary, instead it’s a fun, 16-bit game that can be played with up to four people. I played once, and watched as my friends played again for a second time later that day. I also learned from my friend who interviewed the creators that when the ghosts spawn, they mimic your last move…so it’s a bit of a strategy game, too!

 

Did you go to Pax? If you didn’t, are you looking forward to any games this year?

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Obsession: Bioshock Infinite

I have a confession: much of my summer was taken up playing Bioshock Infinite. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an amazingly gorgeous video game that takes place in a city in the clouds, called Columbia…I promise, there’s a reason I’m posting this on Halloween! ;)

bioshock infinite

Main character Booker DeWitt rescues Elizabeth, a young girl who is your sidekick throughout the game – and let me just say, she is amazing. This was the first game I’ve played through, and I know it’s because of Elizabeth. How does this have to relate to Halloween? I adored her so much, I am dressing up as her this year! :) I’ve already got a great location scouted to take photos this weekend.

bioshock infinite | elizabeth comstock
bioshock infinite

And just in case you wanted it, here is the game description from the game’s official website…

“Set in 1912, players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission. His target? Elizabeth, imprisoned since childhood. During their daring escape, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond — one that lets Booker augment his own abilities with her world-altering control over the environment. Together, they fight from high-speed Sky-Lines, in the streets and houses of Columbia, on giant zeppelins, and in the clouds, all while learning to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities…”

Has anyone else played this? Or play any other video games?

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