April 30, 2008

A little update: I’m hooked in Puzzle Quest

Filed under:Gender, Nintendo DS Lite, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 8:43 am

Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been pretty busy with grad school and cycling. But I’m still gaming! I’ve finally gotten on the Puzzle Quest bandwagon. Wow, there’s a lot of mindless hours! I don’t even read the story because I’m so anxious to get to my next puzzle battle. The game doesn’t really question the classist feudalism in the fantasy genre, and everyone who is human I’ve met so far is white. But if I’m just looking through a gender lens, I’ve got a lot to be happy about. I play a lady, serve a queen, save a girl from being forced into a political marriage, and frequently quest for a lady dwarf with a beard!


March 13, 2007

I love Yoshi

Filed under:Nintendo DS Lite, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 5:34 pm

I just ordered a used Yoshi’s Island DS copy from Amazon. I have a hankering to throw some eggs, and I can’t find my copy of the original port for my Gameboy Advance. (I hope it’s at my parents’ house!)

I’ve loved Yoshi since back in my single-digit days. I played the heck out of Yoshi’s Cookie on my old brick Gameboy, and I lived for Blue Yoshi in Super Mario World. She had wings!

I know Yoshi isn’t a “girl”, necessarily, but why should we call Yoshi a he? As cool as it is that the dude lays eggs, I think it’s perfectly appropriate to pronoun swap on everyone’s favorite intersexed dinosaur.


June 29, 2006

Noble Pink DS Lite

Filed under:Nintendo DS Lite, Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 8:26 am

noble pink ds lite

Figures Nintendo announces the Noble Pink DS Lite not two weeks after I purchase my polar white. And I do find pink rather noble, it’s my second favorite color. Fortunately, white is my third favorite color (and we’ll probably never get a brown DS Lite, although I don’t know that I’d want one), although it does show the dirt easily. I got bike grease on my DS Lite the first day I had it.

What happened to the good old days when I was able to get a Gameboy Advance on clearance because nobody wanted pink? In all seriousness, though, if the pink DS Lite is popular I’ll be happy. It’ll be a sign that femininity and gaming aren’t as odd a pair.

The Pink DS Lite comes out July 20, 2006 in Japan. If it makes it over here (or I can bribe tekanji to send me one), I may just pass the polar white on to my little brother.

Via the play girlz gaming blog.


June 16, 2006

Photoblogging #1: I did it!

Filed under:Nintendo DS Lite, Personal — Lake Desire @ 6:02 pm

I did it! I got the Polar White Nintendo DS Lite yesterday, which came with a free copy of Brain Age. I’d never spent more than a minute fiddling with the old DS, so was I ever pleasantly surprised when I popped it open and the DS greeted me with two vivid and bright screens. I spent the last two afternoons outside playing Brian Age at my parents’ house, where I was greeted by the critters Scott and Garnet (yes, she’s named after that Garnet–we used to have a Quistis, too).



June 14, 2006

DS Lite: I’m Doing It!

Filed under:Nintendo DS Lite, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 11:06 am

So I’m going to do it. I’m going to get the DS Lite, probably from Best Buy so I can get the free copy of Brain Age with it. But before I shell out 130 dollars, I have another question for you all: what’s the story on the flash cards? Are they compatable with the DS Lite? How much do they cost? I’d like to be able to download fan-made software/games for the DS Lite, but am a little clueless (as usual!).


June 11, 2006

Help Me Pick Out a Nintendo DS

Filed under:Nintendo DS Lite, Personal, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 10:05 am

So I’ve finally decided I’m ready to spend money on a Nintendo DS and I need some advice from you gamers who are much more hardcore than I am. I can get a DS Lite with Brain Age for $129 US from Best Buy. It looks like it only comes in white, but I like white–it’s my second choice in color. Pink is my first color choice (I don’t mind getting the big, original DS), though, and I’ve only been able to track down expensive auctions of the Nintendogs bundle that go for more than I’m willing to pay on Ebay.

I almost miss the days I was able to get my pink GameBoy advance on sale because they were trying to get rid of the pink ones.

You all think I’d enjoy Brain Age? I’ve heard it’s fun and accessible.

EDIT: I returned my borrowed GameCube to its owner and I miss the console already. Anyone looking to sell theirs? Looks like used ones go for around $50 on Ebay and $60 at GameStop.