Inside the Theme: Play with Pixels

//Inside the Theme: Play with Pixels

Inside the Theme: Play with Pixels

This month, we celebrate pixels of all kinds. Of course, pixels mainly represent old school video games for us – but they also represent old school computers and art. We want to know what you love about retro video games, what was your experience of your first PC in your home, and what photographs you love that you’ve taken! So come on, everyone, let’s play with pixels! Each month we ask 5 hard-hitting questions as we go Inside the Theme. Play along on the forums!

  • Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome?
  • MMORPG, sandbox, platformer, strategy, or story mode – What is your favorite game genre or type of game?
  • What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?)
  • When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for?
  • Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram.

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Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome? Is it weird for me to say Isabelle from Animal Crossing? She’s so adorable and always willing to help and fill in for you when you abandon your town for six months.

What is your favorite game genre? I have two. I love puzzle games, especially games like Tetris and Lumines and Puyo Puyo. My second favorite genre is RPGs. I was heavy into WoW for a long time and right now I’m working my way through Yo-Kai Watch.

What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?) The first console I owned was a GameBoy Color that I won in a raffle at a waterpark. My parents didn’t really want me to have a video game console so they always said it was “too expensive,” but they couldn’t use that excuse when I won a free one! The game it came with was pretty bad and I don’t remember the name of it, but I “borrowed” my cousin’s copy of Pokemon Yellow and played that until he complained to his parents and I had to give it back. It still holds up though, considering I just bought the digital version of Yellow to play on my 3DS. Yay Pokemon 20th anniversary!

When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for? We had a personal computer for as long as I can remember. My dad was pretty into technology, and he used computers for his business, so I don’t really have any spectacularly memorable moments of getting our first computer. However, I do remember when I got my first computer that was my computer and no one else’s. It was a Mac and it came with a game called Descent which was super fun and hard. I also used it to play educational games, write stories, and make picture books in HyperStudio.

Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram. I um. I have a lot of instagram photos. So for the sake of keeping it simple (I really don’t want to scroll back through 1200 photos), these are my favorite three pictures from our recent Japan trip:

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❤️❤️❤️ #🌸 #Japan #cherryblossoms

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Kinkaku-Ji (The Golden Pavilion)

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Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome? I’ve played shockingly few video games, and to be honest, the only female character that I know by name is Lara Croft, so let’s go with her! I’ll admit “the only one I could remember” isn’t a particular flattering reason, but hey, Lara is a brave and resourceful character, so there is a chance I would have picked her anyway.

MMORPG, sandbox, platformer, strategy, or story mode – What is your favorite game genre or type of game? I see the words. I don’t know what they mean.

What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?) .. Does a Game Boy count? Because that’s the only kind I’ve ever owned. Pretty sure I saw a boy on the train a few months ago playing with one of those, so I guess they still hold up?

When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for? My mom studied computer science, so I can’t recall ever being without a computer. I don’t remember what I used it for, but my mom claims I mostly messed up her papers by hitting random keys for half an hour. Sounds about right.

Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram. I always forget to snap everyday photos, and when I finally do, I also forget to share them on Instagram. Oops. But looking through my (very limited) gallery, I did find some cool behind-the-gingerbread-scenes photos (and one very unhappy candle) that I think are worthy of sharing, so here you go.

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Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome? I love playing Ahsoka Tano on Disney Infinity. She’s not video game-specific, being a character from the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series, but she’s a whole lot of fun to play. Dual-wielding lightsaber Force user? Yes, please!

MMORPG, sandbox, platformer, strategy, or story mode – What is your favorite game genre or type of game? Story mode all the way! I get too frustrated with MMORPGs because I don’t have the time to dedicate to get anywhere with them. I love a game with a plot I can follow, and my favorites over the years have tended to be Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars (KotOR anyone??), and Fable (until it got weird recently). Special shout out to Lord of the Rings: War in the North, too!

What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?) The first video game I owned was one of these little hand-held things from Nintendo that only played one game and had half a dozen buttons. It was called simply Mario Bros and opened up like a little book, and it was my favorite Christmas gift when I was in 1st grade. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Look at the very first one on this list. That’s what I had. Would it hold up today? I’m pretty sure it would, as it was simple but also skill and timing based, getting harder with each consecutive round. I could see it on a phone as a little time waster for sure.

When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for? We had an HP and got it when I was in 8th grade. It lived in the family room and had a CD Rom. *GASP!* My favorite thing was the library of classic movie sound clips and I would sit and play through them over and over and over and…..

Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram.

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Glowing pink.

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This is how I like winter.

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okami

Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome? I’m picking the titular character from the game Ōkami. If you’ve never played, the game is absolutely beautiful! Based on Japanese mythology, in the game Ōkami Amaterasu is a sun goddess in the form of a white wolf who goes around fighting demon spirits – and helping people out with little side quests.

What is your favorite game genre? I like immersive world games like Skyrim and Pokémon where you can just wander around and do what you want. Yeah, there is a plot, and there are quests/puzzles, but really I’m just in it to run around a do silly things. (But surprisingly not Myst. I always thought someone was going to jump out and scare me. I should probably give it another shot now that I’m old and wise-ish.)

What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?)  I had a good old NES that my parents bought me (used) back in the early 90s. I played a lot of Tetris and Mario and Duck Hunt. I think Mario those hold up well as classics, but I’m sure the weird McDonalds game I played all the time would not…

When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for?  My dad was a graphic designer, so we had a computer since before I can remember. Basically, when he got a new computer, my mom would get his old one, then I got her old one. I played a lot of good ol’ B&W games on my very old Apple computer via FLOPPY DISK and actually spent a lot of time playing around in Photoshop and Quark word editor… Cause I’m weird.

Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram.  Oh, I don’t know! I take a lot of photos. Looking back through my feed over the past six months, these three really jumped out at me.

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Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome? I’d have to go with Joanna Dark from the Perfect Dark series. She was the first female character you could play as in a game (besides Princess Peach) that I played constantly. She was an agent that was on stealth missions and pretty kickass with her weapons. I loved playing that game.

MMORPG, sandbox, platformer, strategy, or story mode – What is your favorite game genre or type of game? Platformer. I’m an impatient spaz and I do best in platformer games. I cannot get lost or get thrown off jumping over objects.

What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?) Super Nintendo was the first console in our house. And it’s still a classic. I would be lying if I said we didn’t pull the console out from time to time to play.

When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for? Oh that would have been when I was in middle school, so 1997 maybe. But we didn’t have the internet for another 5 years or so. I used it to play games (Sim Tower, The Incredible Machine, or Worms usually) and I also played (though it’s not a game) Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing which is probably why I type really fast now.

Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram.

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Fall ♡

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Someone likes his new bed. #gingerkitty #catsofinstagram

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glados-portal

Who is your favorite female video game character, and what makes her especially awesome? I definitely would have picked some adorable female fur-creature from Animal Crossing, or Lara Croft, as Toasty and Rosa did – but ever since I experienced the glory that is GlaDOS, I have a newfound respect for angry heartless robot women. GlaDOS has her purpose, weird and evil as it may be. And I love her voice – I try to mimic is with my husband far too often, training him to do his chores for cake. She’s hilarious, albeit pre-programmed to be so – but whatever she is, she is a glorious woman and I love her.

MMORPG, sandbox, platformer, strategy, or story mode – What is your favorite game genre or type of game? I agree with Summer – sandbox games (immersive world games) are really fun. Since a game like Animal Crossing has more limits – and Animal Crossing for Gamecube definitely was my very first sandbox game – I have since played a particularly fun game called ARK: Survival Evolved. It reminds me of LARP – you can interact with the world, and just go wherever you want, whenever you want. When it comes to being in a group setting, and playing games with people around you (as tends to happen with a social butterfly like me), I love horror games – which are fun to watch people play, such as Amnesia or Five Nights at Freddy’s. I also love cooperative games such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. These become the sort of party games you can play in a room of your friends, but that are still entertaining for those not playing. Social interaction (sort of) for the win.

What was the first video game and/or console you ever owned? (And would it hold up today?) I begged my mom and dad for a Nintendo Entertainment System when I was 7, and Santa Claus brought it to me at Christmas time, bless his heart. I would argue the original Nintendo console, and characters for the games, have set the standard for the game world. Perhaps simple, but legendary – as we all aspire to be.

When did your family first get their own personal computer, what kind was it, and what do you remember using it for? Our first personal computer was a Gateway, with the cow patterned cardboard box, and it completely changed my reality. I used it to AIM chat with my friends from school, play Furcadia (a furry online RPG), build my first HTML websites (geocities, anyone?) play with KidPix and other amazing games like Frankenstein with Tim Curry, MYST, and Rockett’s New School, and basically sold my soul to the computer devil – moving onto to continue my fascination with internet culture, social media and web design in my current life. Halp.

Show us your three favorite pictures shared on Instagram.

I can’t stop reminiscing about the fun we had at C2E2, so these 3 top my list.

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#adulting #iggppc

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Steampunk #Disney princesses #c2e2

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