Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?: I’m Matt, online known as The Amazing Spider-Matt. I’m 29. I have a beard. I’ve been a gamer since I’ve had memories. My first memory is hitting my head on the corner of a table but my second memory is of my Dad setting up an Atari during a thunderstorm. I’m also a comic collector, and have been collecting since I was about five years old.
What is your geeky tattoo of and why did you get it?: My newest tattoo is a Hylian Shield and the Master Sword from Legend of Zelda. I chose this piece because I’m a lifelong gamer and I’ve always been a fan of the game. It’s the third tattoo I’ve gotten, but so far my favorite. Several years ago I got “THWIP!” on my other arm by a friend who was experimenting in tattoo work, and it didn’t turn out great so I had it touched up professionally and then added a red and blue spider next to it.
Any plans for future tattoos?: I actually want a sleeve on both arms. My left will showcase my love of comic books, and my right will be dedicated to all things gaming. I eventually also want a TARDIS on my back (and my wife wants to add ‘Bad Wolf’ tagging to it like it’s symbolically for her).
What games are you currently playing?: We recently purchased an old school NES/SNES console so I’ve been replaying the original Dragon Warrior as well as Legend of Zelda. I’ve also been playing the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii U. Every now and again I’ve been throwing on Witcher 2 for the Xbox 360.
If you could live in any video game for a month, which would it be and why?: I think just being in the video game world doesn’t necessarily mean I would be a part of the activities, so I’d say Legend of Zelda but I’d probably end up just being a disgruntled peasant. If I were to pick one where I could gain powers, I’d pick any Marvel licensed game.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?:
Video Game: Travelers Tales Walking Dead Game
Comic Book: Saga. In Brian K. Vaughn’s own words, “It’s like Star Wars, but for perverts.”
Movie: Fifth Element. I can watch that over and over again and never get bored.
TV Show: The Walking Dead.
Where can we find you on the internet?:
Xbox Gamer Tag: AmzngSpiderMatt
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?: I’m a twenty-nine year old blogger with mental and chronic illness, purple (currently) hair, and an unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who. I’ve been blogging for about seven years. I became a geek the same year I lost my childhood when my sister and I went outside to “play” Buffy the Vampire Slayer and suddenly we were thirteen and playing imaginary things got weird. So instead I obsessed over the show and became an instant Whedonite.
What is your geeky tattoo of and why did you get it?: My newest tattoo is the Konami Code. While I’ve dabbled in games, I wouldn’t call myself a gamer (to insult the true lifelong gamers I know). I have fourteen other tattoos and they all have a personal meaning for me. I wanted to get something to represent my husband (without actually tattooing his name on my flesh) and the Konami Code seemed the most core way to represent a gamer to me. Plus now I can play with the buttons.
Any plans for future tattoos?: Too many. I have a “Chosen” on my back showcasing my Buffy love, but it turned out really, really badly so I’d like to cover that up. The overall project I have in mind is to blacken it out in a cloud of ash and smoke, and have a Phoenix (in Marvel fashion) rising up my back.
What games are you currently playing?: Honestly? The Simpsons Tapped Out on my iPhone. If I’m any type of gamer, I’m a phone gamer. Plants vs Zombies and Angry Birds. I refuse to play Candy Crush, I’ve lost people to that game. Good people. Console wise, I’m a massive Donkey Kong Country addict. I can play Mine Cart Carnage level with my eyes closed.
If you could live in any video game for a month, which would it be and why?: Rock Band? How awesome would that be?!
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?:
Video Game: Rock Band, or anything Karaoke-like so I could have music around.
Comic Book: Can I get the entire run of DeadPool? Is that acceptable? Like, mas trades por favor.
Movie: The Bird Cage. I know it’s not geeky, but I’ve literally made other people HATE that movie because I’ve watched it on a continuous loop for days at a time.
TV Show: Doctor Who. Easy pick.
Where can we find you on the internet?:
I’m happy to announce I’m a mayor for Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf! If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ve probably seen me talk about it, so I figured now’s a good time to blog about it! I’m really excited to my AC:NL experience with you before it comes out. Nintendo was also sweet enough to send me a fruit basket, and to think, I didn’t even have to plant any trees!
If you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, New Leaf does not disappoint. It’s as addictive as ever with a bunch of fun new features. I’ll do an official review once the game comes out for the 3DS on June 9th, but I wanted to talk about what’s been going on in my little town of Gotham.
One of the first differences I noticed since I’m mayor was I got to plant a tree in the town to celebrate my mayorship. I also got to pick where I wanted to build my house, which I conveniently put next to Town Hall.
There’s a bunch of new shops! A Garden Shop, a shoe store called Kicks and K.K. Slider has a nightclub that’s about to open called Club LOL (which I’m entirely too excited for). I also love the Re-tail Shop, where you can resell items and buy your neighbors used furniture. It’s pretty much like a thrift/recycle store except it doesn’t sell clothes. I bought on Kid Cat’s bed. It sounds kind of weird, but it was affordable so don’t judge! The fashion design process has stepped up a notch, too. Rather than simply creating a tiled pattern for your outfits, you can create custom back and front designs.
I also went on a fun little excursion to Torimer’s Beach Paradise. You have to take a boat there but it’s totally worth it. You can get tropical fruit to bring back to your own town and catch some fish and bugs unique to that island. The mini-games were probably my favorite part. You can play them with friends and win special prizes like hats and clothes. Fancy!
Another cool new feature are the Fortune Cookies. You buy with them play coins and it tells you a fortune related to a Nintendo Game, then you can trade it for Nintendo themed furniture and clothes. Overall, I’m really enjoying the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and by enjoy, I mean it has taken over my life.
Interview with Athey Moravetz of WarpZone Prints
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Athey: I’m 30, married, and have two kids, age six and three. I live in Central Oregon, where I’ve been for the last nine years. I moved here from Seattle, where I went to college. For eight years, I worked in the video games industry as a production artist. My husband also works in the video games industry, and for the same studio I did. When you’ve got two people, both working full-time for a game studio with yearly crunch hours, it can make things overly complicated, and after a series of events, I ended up at home instead.
What inspired you to a career in 3D art?
Athey: Long long… long, ago, when I was in middle school, a friend of mind got me a pirated copy of 3D Studio for DOS, that his friend’s father had brought back from a business trip to China. This was long before the days of bit torrent and easy software pirating – hah – so this was a huge deal. Half the people I knew didn’t even have a computer at home.
So, I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it anyway. Looking back, I know I did everything wrong, but it was a learning-blind self-taught sort of experiment. To put things into perspective a bit – There was no Undo option in this program. There was no shaded view, only wireframes, and there was no back face culling. You saved every thing you did, just in case something went wrong, but if you didn’t realize you’d messed up until sometime later, you’d probably already saved over any opportunity to back up before the mistake because the hard disk was so small that you couldn’t afford saving even a half-dozen iterations of your file. And if you wanted to edit a texture map? You had to close the program, exit out of DOS, boot up Windows, load up your graphic editing program, make whatever changes you needed to make and save it – shut windows down, go back into DOS, wait the excruciating long time it took to do all this and load up 3D Studio, and then hope and pray you got everything right.
Despite all this, I was hooked, and years later, when the guidance councilors were pressuring all us high schoolers to decide what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives and apply to a bunch of different colleges, I decided I wanted to go into 3D Animation.
Originally the goal was 3D art for movies, but that eventually morphed into 3D art for games. There was definitely no plan, way back then, to be 3D modeling for a home 3D printer. Definitely never saw that coming.
Warpzone Prints happened mostly because of a guy at my old work named James. James is a mad-scientist kind of guy. He likes to build things. He’s very into DIY stuff, and he built himself a 4ft x 4ft CNC in his garage a few years ago. He’s also made an Egg-bot, and a number of other crazy things. He’d been eyeballing 3D printers for a long while and ended up deciding that, this time, he’d get one that was pre-built, rather than building it himself. He bought a Makerbot Replicator when they were pretty much brand new.
My husband and I had printed things through Shapeways for years at this point, but we’d sort of disregarded the at-home 3D printers because the quality just wasn’t good enough yet.
When we saw the stuff that James was able to make with his Replicator, we caved in and ordered one of our own.
It was, quite literally, nothing more than a toy in the beginning. We thought it was really cool, and wanted one. That was all there really was to it. But we told ourselves that maybe we could make it pay itself off a bit, by printing things for other people, and maybe even selling stuff on Etsy.
At this point, we were both still working full-time in the games industry, so anything done on the bot, was done in our free time.
After my job in video games came to an end early this last fall, I had a lot more free time on my hands and ended up putting a lot more time and effort into the Etsy store and the one item that seemed really popular – cookie cutters.
I made a ton of new designs and started taking custom orders, and things just kind of exploded from there.
Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so, what?
Athey: Oh… so many. Let’s see – for a 30-year old mom-of-2, I’m probably unhealthily addicted to Harry Potter. I even made my own full set of Slytherin Robes for Halloween a number of years back.
I love Portal, and 3D Printed my own Portal gun last summer. I started working on the model for making a Wheatley core, but then I got busy and it was kind of a hugely intensive project to figure out how to separate it into pieces small enough to print and then to assemble together.
I -Love- Game of Thrones, and thing Peter Dinklage is absolutely amazing.
All three of my cats, and my daughter, are named after characters from One Piece. My son is named after a character from Final Fantasy 7. Both my kids have the middle initial D, because of One Piece. I intend to wait until they’re much much older, and in a forgiving mood, before I tell them this.
My husband’s ‘man-cave’ is a Retro-Gaming wet-dream of collectables and rare games and consoles, including an actual Neo Geo arcade cabinet that was an outrageous struggle to get up the stairs because it weighs a ton, and is huge.
We have a life-size Master Sword and Shield mounted on the wall of one house along with a huge framed map of Hyrule. We also have a life-size Buster Sword. It is very very heavy.
If Kirby were to swallow you, what power would he get?
Athey: Probably the power to speed up time. I seems like every time I start working on something, I blink, and its been five hours.
If you were on a deserted island, what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Athey: I’d probably bring all of One Piece. It’s very… very…. long. It would last a while. Although, I would magically have it be finished, too. Maybe I’d just bring Eichiro Oda with me.
Where can we find you in the web?
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From the Louvre to Montmartre, artistic culture has always thrived in Paris. Now I’m not well versed in Parisian gamer culture, but I think it’s a good sign when Paris holds an art exhibition spotlighting a video game. EA and Geek-Art put on the Dead Space Art Show at Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde in Paris, France to promote Dead Space 3. The exhibit runs from February 7th to March 7th, so if you happen to be in the area, you should definitely check it out!
If you’re interested in buying prints you can get them on Geek-Art’s online store.
Pixel Heart Acrylic Plastic Earring 8bits design by Nastalgame
Mass Effect Paragon Renegade Earrings Engraved by LaserCutJewelry
Assassins Creed Earrings Laser Cut Black and by LaserCutJewelry
Legend of Zelda Earrings Engraved Zelda Logo by LaserCutJewelry
Laser cut acrylic Portal companion cube necklace by SVJewellery
Pixel Heart Zelda Acrylic Plastic for couple and by Nastalgame
Pixel Heart Acrylic Ring Plastic for couple and by Nastalgame
Acrylic Plastic Earring Pixel Heart 8bits design can by Nastalgame
Legend of Zelda Style Heart Pieces You Are the by jennyloveskawaii
Mario and Princess Toadstool Love Heart Locket by TeddyBearsJunk
Pixel heart vermeil sterling silver gold by virginiemillefiori