The Sims 4 Toddlers

Since The Sims is a life simulation game, a large part of the previous iterations was watching a Sim grow throughout their life… and one of the biggest disappointments fans of the Sims got when The Sims 4 first came out was the lack of the toddler life stage. Young Sims would skip from being a baby to a young child that went to school, did homework, started working on their life skills, and were fairly independent. The lack of helping young Sim family members learn life skills has been something Sims fans have being asking for a long time and, after a lot ofRead More →

Steins;Gate first came out for the XBox 360 in 2009. It was shortly thereafter adapted into a manga and, later, an anime series and an animated film. It was recently ported over to Steam* for Windows. Steins Gate.  Some know it as Fate; to others, it is the will of God. The game starts off with no preamble or cut scenes – the story begins with the main character, Rintarou Okabe, attending a press conference by a Doctor Nakabachi about time travel.  Okabe is rather eccentric, and oftentimes, downright arrogant, considering himself a mad scientist (alias of Hououin Kyouma) who is on the run fromRead More →

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It is not hard to get young kids interested in “screen time.” Kids find screens just as captivating as the adults who carry them around in their pockets. I admit to using my screen as a distraction for lots of diaper changes when my daughter was barely old enough to hold it. It certainly cut down on the squiggles back then and made wiping poop a much faster and easier enterprise. So when I started to consider actually having my daughter use my iPad on her own, I knew I wanted to hand pick the games and apps she played with. I found a great resourceRead More →

Sims 4 gender update

Last year, I wrote about gender expression in the Sims and how amazing it would be if the game introduced the concept of a gender spectrum, rather than a gender binary…. A recent Sims 4 update revealed something that I never thought would actually come about. “For the first time, you’ll be able to customize your Sims without the gender boundaries previously set in place. This means you can now create Sims with any type of physique, walk style, and tone of voice you choose – regardless of their gender. We’ve also made clothing, hair, jewelry, and other visual options available to all Sims.” –Read More →

welcome

Hi there! I’m Mark. I want to introduce myself and give you my credentials. In short, what makes me qualified to be an ambassador on the Geek Embassy. Like most people, my interests are varied and I have several hobbies that I can talk about. Let me walk you through what sort of things you’ll most likely be seeing from me in the future. My first love growing up was music. The first LP that I ever received was “Destroyer” by Kiss at the tender age of 5. It was in my Easter basket of all things! I still haven’t figured out if this was an incrediblyRead More →

spellfall

About two months ago, I got a text from our editor, Ryan, telling me I should check out this game called Spellfall. I generally listen to Ryan’s suggestions since he’s pretty good at identifying mobile games I’ll enjoy. On top of that, I was in the market for a new game to play on my phone so off to the iOS App Store I went. The addiction was immediate. SpellFall is a cleaner, leaner, dressed up version of a PC game I played for hours: Puzzle Quest. Essentially, it’s a jewel matching game with RPG elements. Bejeweled meets Diablo II. I started playing obsessively, choosingRead More →

World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria

When I started the research for my dissertation, one of the concepts in gaming identity I wanted to explore revolved around women selecting healing classes in digital RPG games. It was suspected that gender stereotypes mapped over into game spaces; that women wanted to be “caretakers” and that was the reason so many of them played healers. The research interviews I did for the dissertation did not support this idea at all. In fact, not a single participant who played a healer said they played because they wanted to take care of the group. They all said they healed because it took significantly more skill.Read More →

Revolution 60’s All Female Cast We are honored to have Brianna (Bri) Wu join us on the show this week. Bri is co-founder and head of development for Giant Spacekat Studio. Their chose your own adventure like game, Revolution 60, is now out on iOS and soon to be available on PC. We talk about the studio, how important it is to properly animate hair, and a host of other issues, including the struggles experienced by women working in the game industry. Revolution 60: “Broken” Trailer from Brianna Wu on Vimeo. Rhonda and I WRaP up the week with what we’re Watching, Reading, and Playing.Read More →

This week, we have the pleasure of chatting with Kelsey from Nerdy but Flirty and Stream Friends! We talk about favorite games, streaming, editing a site, and keeping up with gaming news. Make sure to check Kelsey out on Twitter and watch her streams! We also started a new segment – Vacation Book Recommendations! We have ideas for your vacation at the beach, the mountains, or internationally! SUMMER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS BEACH Regina: Goddess of Love (Goddess Summoning Series) by PC Cast Rhonda: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple MOUNTAINS Regina: Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin Rhonda: The Troop by Nick Cutter INTERNATIONAL Regina: Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott Rhonda: Michelangelo andRead More →