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Unspoken Twitter Etiquette

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Twitter – A place where everyone can say how they feel about anything, as long as they can do so in 140 characters or less.

Over the last few weeks I decided to start expanding my reader base. I looked at my current blog readers and realized many of them found me through links on Twitter. This surprised me because at the time I did not have a large base of followers on Twitter. In fact I knew very little about Twitter at all. When I post a blog it goes live on every GeekyGorawyn outlet. Website, Tumblr, Facebook, Google +, and yes… Twitter.

In light of this information I thought expanding my followers on Twitter would be in my best interest. Knowing nothing about Twitter, of course I dived in head first. I followed everyone and everything relevant. Gaming, vaping, some of my favorite YouTubers, Developers (ones I have worked with and many I have not), Official Twitters and a few random Joes. Then BAM Twitter goes off the deep end and tells me I have an issue and cannot follow any more people till people actually start following me on Twitter.

I sat there kinda dumbfounded, “But Twitter, why did you cut me off? I like these people, things, games and that random dog who has a twitter account for some reason.”

Twitter said, “No… you have a follow addiction problem, you are cut off. Go create content.”

So… I did. I posted up a blog piece review on a game I enjoy and went to bed.

Next day… I wake up to 300 new people following me.  I had no idea what to do with that. I was flabbergasted.

Now I am a southern gal, and where I am from you thank people when they do good by you. So I started the journey that first day to individually thank each person. Yea… I did that. Then I noticed on my now active feed things like #hashtags and #followback #Welcometweet and so on and so forth, and some of them were coming so fast I thought, “There is no way any person is sitting at a computer all day thanking every person by hand for every follow. Then I clicked a link for a program that does it all for you.

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This handy dandy tool helped me to understand some basic etiquette on Twitter.

Apparently it is polite to #followback people.

Then I remembered that Twitter wouldn’t let me follow all these new people because of my previous bout of follow mania.

As I removed people and more were added to my followers I began following those wonderful folks who wanted to hear what I had to say back. Now I also came across a new phenomena, people unfollow you because you aren’t quick enough to follow them.

Over the course of this learning experience with Twitter, I have learned a few things.

1. Keep it real. No one cares or pays any real attention to tweets that are asking for followers or are just rude spouts of profanity. Tweet about the stuff you care about and take the time to actually type out some tweets, instead of relying on apps alone.

2. Get a good app to send out welcome tweets and messages directing to your place of interest. However don’t sound like a bot in your auto messages. (I am still working on this.)

3. Take the time to actually respond to DM’s. You might make a friend or three and gain some loyal followers instead of random people who will drop you at the first chance.

4. Follow your followers. If they are taking the time to follow you… they are more than likely into the same things as you.

5. RT things that are fun or interesting. There is a lot of “RT this and I will follow you.” or “RT this for followbacks.” I think this is uncool with the exception of accounts set up strictly for retweeting (Many of which don’t RT things like that). There is a big difference between RT me and I will follow you and “RT *insert funny quote* *business ad* *service provided* ect ect”. I know I personally wanna see RT’s that are interesting.

6. Trending topics are fun. Hashtagging them while talking about them is a way to get people on board. If a certain game is trending, I will hashtag it and give my thoughts on the game.

7. Respond to your followers tweets when they interest you. We aren’t supposed to be following each other so we can see who has the biggest follower number, we follow because we are interested in the quality content that others produce.

8. Subs on youtube…. asking for subs on youtube isn’t a bad thing. Don’t spam my inbox with requests to sub to your channel. I check them all out and will sub if I enjoy the channel, or if you have taken the time to actually talk to me.

Overall I think Twitter is a great communication tool. Sometimes I feel lost in the sheer enormity of it, but I like that I am meeting new people from all over the place and I value my followers. Stick with me and as soon as twitter say I can drink from the follow stream again, I will get all of my loyal readers on my follow list.

G.G.

Geeky Gorawyn

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New Apartment, New Internet, and Designing a Minecraft Room

So in the last week we moved to a new apartment (still moving our stuff over), went on a road trip to see my kids, (Over 30 hours in drive time alone), went to court over custody of my son (still not done yet), and transferred over all the essentials, (electric, water, rent and INTERNET).

Needless to say this week has been hell, and it is not even done yet.

While traveling my husband and I discussed games we enjoy, cause that’s what gamer couples talk about… video games. We talked a lot about how we will decorate my son’s room when he comes home.

Tyler, my son, loves minecraft. It is a game the whole family gets into. Granted the hubby and I usually marathon for a week or so and then move on to other games but Tyler could live in minecraft world. So Jax (the hubby) and I decided to paint his room like a minecraft room inside a house.

For inspiration we have been looking at different rooms online and this is the final decision –http://shadowbinders.com/new-minecraft-bedroom/

I like the simplicity of the design, however I think I will be adding in some texture to the individual bricks. Tyler has asked for a red blanket and white sheets. Luckily I have the perfect blanket. I intend to purchase some wall clings as well to put in there.

I want to do something spiffy for his night stands and desk but not sure on that one yet. I would also really like to add in the library/enchanting table on the small accent wall. I will post pictures as the project is being completed.

Proud gamer mom!

Geeky Gorawyn

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Response to SU:SD’s Review of Cards Against Humanity

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After reading Shut Up & Sit Down’s review of Cards Against Humanity I was forced to reevaluate how I felt about the offensive card game sitting on my shelf.

My conclusion was simple. Nope. Still love it.

SU:SD stated a few absolutes about the game.

Jokes aren’t Lego. Cards Against Humanity gives you two or sometimes three pieces to snap together, and it tells you you’re done. That’s it. And you know what? Often, many of these combinations aren’t very good.

Cards Against Humanity seriously limits its shelf life. Its cards will become familiar. The thrill, if any, will wear off and nobody can be shouting “…it’s amputees!” with the same enthusiasm the tenth time over.

But yeah, sure, beyond the limits of this system, I (obviously) think Cards Against Humanity is a bad game because its content isn’t funny.

I fundamentally don’t think that Cards Against Humanity is a funny game. The cards create jokes, but that isn’t what makes people laugh. The laughter comes from the giddy thrill of behaving in a way that we know is taboo.

I hate Cards Against Humanity because it’s shit.

If it’s part of the “face” of modern board gaming, it’s also the pervert’s moustache and smug grin. Fittingly for a game so in love with stereotypes, Cards Against Humanity is every horrible stereotype of a nerd snickering in the corner. It is every person ready to lecture you on how humour must sometimes offend, boldly dragging their Auschwitz joke up to the moral high ground. It is the manifestation of an internet asshole.

But that’s not why I hate it. I hate it because it’s shit.

I will try to address these points as best I can.

First lets address the mechanics – Jokes as Legos. The simplicity of the game is in and of itself a selling point. No one enjoys setting up a game of Munchkin Board Game, when you have a large group of friends over. The simple act of separating the two piles and drawing the appropriate hand size makes this game easily accessible in large groups. It isn’t limited to a small group of 3-6. The vagueness of the game and rules allows for a free flow of conversation and versatility to move to new activities whenever the group decides to. There is no obligation to finish the game. Just playing it was amusing enough. As for the combinations not being good… I will disagree. It takes some degree of wit to create combinations that are good. The cards are not at fault if the combo fails. The player is.

Next on the list of possible failure is the shelf life of the game. The game itself is limited by the amount of cards the creators put into the game. However there are three awesome things that really make that point… well… pointless.

Expansions – revitalize the game and keep the money flowing into the hands of the developers to give us more expansions. And if you have issues with expansions revitalizing a game, you might want to go ahead and sell your Munchkin, Magic, and Fluxx cards.

Blank Cards – Cards Against Humanity gives you the ability to make your own cards. Adding in your own brand of tasteless humor.

Adding onto the Blank cards and mechanics aspects is that you can recreate the entire game completely on your own.

And last but not least the comment that it isn’t funny. It is called low brow humor for a reason. I would posit a response that if it isn’t funny then why are the millions of people who play the game laughing so hard?

My primary issue with the way that the game was addressed by SU:SD is that they (self professed lovers of games and a part of our subculture of geekyness) did in this review to nerds, geeks,  and gamers alike exactly what they say the game does to cultures and people everywhere. They stereotyped us as individuals so base and cruel as to take this game seriously.

We don’t. When I sit around a table with my buddies and play this game, I’m not laughing at it because it’s a “giddy thrill of behaving in a way that we know is taboo” I am laughing at the pure ridiculousness of the combinations and the atrocities contained within those combinations. I’m not offended by the game any more than I am by George Carlin.

 

In some way I think playing Cards Against Humanity gives us the freedom to laugh at the hard things we don’t like about society. It is aptly named Cards AGAINST Humanity.

Watch the news and you will see that Humanity is failing. War, famine, rape, lack of basic human rights, murder, and any number of atrocities can be see on a regular basis via any media outlet you happen to be watching or connected to. We cannot avoid them but somehow we are expected not to talk about them, and certainly not allowed to make fun of them.

I read during my research on this subject a quote that I think addresses this controversy perfectly.

Controversy is either funny or offensive. It’s your choice. Everyone recognizes that these are terrible shocking things that if taken seriously would be absolutely indefensible, but they are not taken seriously, which is where the humor lies. Personally I would rather make light of the terrible things in the world in my leisure time with friends, than spend every moment in outrage.

Spend your life making the world a better place, but do take a break from life from time to time to laugh at it. -Sven

So I will leave you with that. You can laugh or cry. But if you are taking this game seriously then perhaps you should reconsider playing games and please for your own sake don’t play any video game ever. Stick with Monopoly where you get to pretend to be a land tycoon and raise the rents on your invisible tenants while systematically wiping out all competition. 

GG

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Vaping and Gaming

NES Mod -photo by tadjroi on reddit Not the mod I am getting but it’s pretty cool and I want one.

 

Two things I love to do are Vaping and Gaming. Sometimes at the same time.

About a year ago I decided I wanted to quit smoking. A friend of mine on Star Wars the Old Republic mentioned that I might try Ecigs. He worked at a vape store. I decided ok, it is worth a shot. Anything to quit.

I went to a local Ecig store (which I will never ever frequent again) and bought a pen. When my buddy Renoir heard this he was not gonna have me using a craptastic pen. So, he sent me my first box mod. Which I will do an extensive review on later.

Soon I will be getting my first upgraded box mod. It feels kinda like the first time I delved into my PC and started upgrading hardware. It’s exciting.

It seems to me the community of vapers and gamers largely overlap. I was surprised by this until I realized the mentality for those who really get into vaping and start doing things like building their own atomizers and mods are no different than those of us who enjoy theory crafting about spec and builds.

Now I find that my weekly D&D session needs a better air filtration system cause my ceiling fan just ain’t cutting the clouds hovering above our battlemap.

 

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The Rebranding of Mx3

Not to long ago I got the writing bug again.

I had long ago given up on this blog, primarily because the authors I had chosen to help me with the project were all becoming involved with their own things and did not have the time or the desire to write for Mx3 anymore. Especially since they were all doing so for free.

My original intention for Mx3 was a place where those who had a love of writing and a love of gaming could come together to combine those loves and show them to the world. I spent a good amount of time branding us as a group and when everyone went different ways I was discouraged.

Then I logged into the Mx3 email after not reading it for several months. I had people mailing me asking me where my most recent updates were, why had I stopped writing, and when was I going to begin again. I had developers asking me to write pieces on them and distributors of all things geeky asking me to write reviews for their products.

I looked at the site and decided it was time to rebrand and make it my own place on the web to state how I feel about the things I love.

So over the course of the next few weeks I will be rebranding Mx3 into Geeky Gorawyn. I will be expanding my niche from game reviews into all things geeky.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for updates from Geeky Gorawyn.

GG

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Google+ Stories And Movies Offer More Reasons To House Your Media With Google

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This article is pretty nifty for those of us who use cloud storage with Google. My concern is if stories are created from photos automatically, what about those really bad pictures I don’t particularly like? Will they also end up part of a story I would not want anyone to see? And Privacy. In a world where everything finds its way onto the internet, do we want it auto categorizing our lives and publishing them?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google has been doing some impressive things with the personal media of its users – it introduced its Auto Awesome features last year at Google I/O to bring some instant editing magic to user photo collections, for instance. Auto Awesome could tweak stuff like contrast and color on images to make pictures pop in a way similar to what pros might do when making light edits in programs like Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture, but without any intervention required so anyone could use it. Today, it continues that trend with Stories.

The new Stories feature builds on that progress, adding a way to cohesively build a narrative out of your images, which otherwise can appear just sort of hastily thrown together or dumped off of a storage card. Google will automatically find your best shots, factor in location data and stitch them together into travelogue collections. It’s already available…

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Games with Gold coming to Xbox One in June

According to Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, Xbox is dedicated to giving more choices to the fans. This includes adding Games with Gold to the XBox One in June. This is definitely something to look forward to as currently the available games on Xbox One are limited. New content is sorely desired in the gaming community for the Xbox One.

Next, we’re bringing more value to Xbox Live Gold members and offering all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership.  In early June, here is what you can expect from the new generation of Xbox Live:

  • Free games with Games with Gold**. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Exclusive Discounts. Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.
  • Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.*** Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.**** You can find a full list of apps and features that will be available below.

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