Cats & Videogames: My Obsession

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Ever since my boyfriend brought home my cat, Nona, I’ve developed a rather unhealthy obsession with feline friends. Cats are fascinating, and here’s why:

  • Their behavior is either relatable or completely alien. Both situations are equally fulfilling!
  • They’re ridiculously athletic and ridiculously lazy.
  • They look so freaking adorable and cuddly, but they are also scary hunters.
  • Have you heard the cool noises they make? All of her little noises mean something different and understanding what she’s saying to me keeps our relationship happy.

Yeah, I am a crazy cat lady. I’m ok with that. I embrace it. Because I am tired and can’t think of a brilliant segue, I will just say that the way I feel about cats is also the way I feel about games.

  • Mechanics are generally the same from game to game, within any given genre, which is fine. Sometimes I want to know all the rules/the way things work immediately; it’s comfortable. Then I have the brain power to focus on the story, the art, whatever. Other times, I want to sit down and play a game so different that it changes my life. Both situations are equally satisfying, and both are essential. Better yet, a game that takes something expected and innovates on it is probably my preference.
  • Characters in videogames are ridiculously athletic while *I* am ridiculously lazy playing them.
  • I don’t discriminate against what games I play as long as they’re good. I will gladly play a freaking adorable puzzle game or play a sci-fi shooter. I am also very happy to indulge in an adorable shooter.
  • Sound! My first job in the industry was as a sound designer. Sound is crucial. It is a source of feedback, a tool for foreshadowing and setting the mood, and it draws you into the environment. The fact that we can turn off sound in a game enrages me, but that can be another post. :-p

So… what the hell am I talking about? My cat/videogame patterns. I took old school games, made all the characters cats, and then made cross stitch patterns from them. The 8-bit art style lends itself to cross stitch. I know that my pieces are not always the most relatable, but I hope that there are other weirdos out there in the world who connect with them!

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Jem… the Warrior?

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Life as a game designer is pretty cool. My job combines creativity with logic, and in the end we get to release something into the world that hopefully evokes the emotion we intended.

I work with a spectacular group of engineers, artists, and fellow designers. I have a habit, perhaps an annoying one, of trying to get my team excited/pumped when things might not be ideal. My teammates are enthusiastic about their work, but just like any job there are highs and lows. When I sense a low, I yell out, “Yeah!” at the end of whatever “brilliant” statement I just made. Sometimes I proclaim, “Who’s with me?!?!” in hopes of evoking some kind of Braveheart rally cheer. At first, my teammates (who are also my friends) didn’t respond intentionally so that I would look ridiculous yelling out in the middle of the office, but haha, jokes on them, I am always ridiculous.

One of our amazing, quirky artists made a slack emoji of dear, old Braveheart yelling, war paint on, with arm up in the air. This allowed the silly tradition to move from the analog world to the digital. One day, she noticed that Jem’s makeup looks a lot like that worn by William Wallace … just pink. As you can guess, shortly thereafter, our Braveheart emoji was soon wearing Jem’s makeup.

Inspired by my coworker, the 80s and odd mashups, I decided to design this Jem/Braveheart pattern. I took the silhouette of Jem’s regular performance outfit, added some elements from William Wallace’s battle uniform (such as Tartan), swapped sword out for a microphone, and added a shield that is surprisingly from an ACTUAL JEM episode!

Well, that was a lot of rambling, but I guess that’s what blogs are for.

Have a good Monday!

Cartoons and Cross Stitch!

My friends and I recently did a Cartoon Network craft swap! My crafting partner happens to love Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls. I can’t say I blame her, as it was an important cartoon for me, too! In fact, it hadn’t been since the days of She-ra and Jem that I was genuinely excited by the stories of some kick-ass ladies! If you’re interested in the pattern, I have a link below! It’s designed for 14 count aida and has a DMC key.

Here is the file! Bubbles

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