The month of July was so crazy for me; with so much change and so many new ideas and developments, I felt completely exhausted mentally and physically. That’s why it was so important to find time to enjoy myself and do things that I love; reading, playing video games, writing, creating art; these were the things that kept me afloat this month. So now it’s time to share the nerdy things that kept me going strong all July 2016 in this month’s faves post.
First up for the games I was playing this month, it’s everyone’s new favorite topic and activity, Pokemon Go! Pokemon Go has attracted old Pokefans, new Pokefans, and even fans that have no idea what Pokemon is. It’s made an impact and sent a ripple into our world the likes of which hasn’t been seen from a video game in this generation. It’s brought people together, ripped them apart, caused political scandal, and even blipped the radar for hacking rings. But all of that drama aside, Pokemon Go has impacted individual lives with its ability to get people moving, get them active in their community, and even encourage people to make new friendships and strengthen old ones. It’s even got autistic or socially anxious people outside and doing things they would never normally be able to do. Any game that can help people in that capacity automatically makes a favorites list in my books. These are the real reasons Pokemon Go is important; not because it’s Pokemon theme, and not because it’s a new way to game, but because it changes lives and makes a positive impact on otherwise potentially unreachable demographics.
Pokemon Go isn’t that well-developed yet, seeing as it’s still incomplete, but I see its potential, and I’ve been really enjoying everything that it has to offer so far. It’s enjoyable to go out and – after waiting my whole life for this moment – feel like a real Pokemon trainer. It’s helped encourage me to get outside, it’s given me something to do with my time that is healthier than playing video games indoors, and it’s allowed me to speak to strangers, when normally that would make me extremely uncomfortable. So even though it’s caused accidents, scandal, and outrage in some places, it’s done nothing but improve my life, and so it was a favorite for me this month.
Check out Pokemon Go on the Google Play app store - only for Android and iOS.
I’ve loved Pokemon X forever, I loved it when it first came out, and I love it now. It was a whole new generation and era for Pokemon games when it dropped, and I haven’t anything bad to say about it. I love that you can catch so many different kinds of Pokemon, from new ones to the first 151. I enjoyed the story line, and most of all I enjoyed the online play. All this while also appreciating that the main story can be completed very quickly, so I could get fully into breeding and battling online as soon as possible. The interactions with your Pokemon in Pokemon-amie made me so happy, the EV battles were great fun, and I really love the idea of becoming closer with my Pokemon and feeling as though you’re building a real relationship with them. So this month, when I picked this game back up, it sucked me in for days on end. I fell back in love with this game in the month of July, and I am so geared up for the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon later this year.
Check this title out at your local game store, or on Amazon by clicking here.
I’ve been playing Nitrome games for so long that it feels like forever, but this month I rediscovered it and it has become a favorite of mine once again. Not only is it a wonderful way to pass a bit of time on your own, it’s a great site to play some multiplayer browser games with a friend. Some of my favorite titles are definitely the Bad Ice Cream series, Mutiny, and the Test Subject series, among many others. I definitely recommend you check it out if you’re looking for some cool games with a 32-bit look and a retro feel. Any classic gamer would be happy to play through these games both alone and with a friend, I am sure of it.
Play some awesome games yourself by searching Nitrome on google or clicking here.
X-Men: First Class - Comics
I really loved this series this month; I read the first two anthology volumes and enjoyed each one so incredibly much that I already want to re-read them both. The humor and the light heartedness of it was a nice shift away from the darker comic content that I normally read. Regarding the art style, I immediately noticed how bright, vivid and eye-catching it was, and I loved that. The stories ranged from your average X-Men, bad-guy hunting scenario to some more personal stories that went more in-depth with the characters and their personalities. All-in-all I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the X-Men, and even those who aren’t, because the comedic writing and awesome visuals were an excellent experience for me. 10/10.
Head on down to your friendly neighborhood comic book store, or click here to get your hands on these stories yourself.
Comicsexplained - YouTube Channel
A comic book YouTube channel I loved in the month of July was Comicsexplained, a great channel that dispenses content that is true to the channel name. It’s a channel where the creator explains comic characters, story lines and concepts so that we, as readers, can have a deeper understanding of the Marvel and DC universes and their complex and sometimes convoluted plots and arcs. The man who does these videos has a great voice which is easy to listen to, and he’s extremely knowledgeable and easy to trust as a source for comic book information. Not only is it helpful, it’s really fun to watch as well, and it has given me days on days of entertainment this month. This channel is definitely going to be a go-to for both passing free-time and finding answers to some of my burning comic book questions.
Check out his channel on YouTube, or click here to go straight there.
OBS - (Open Broadcaster Software)
Open Broadcasting System has been a favorite of mine for more than just one reason this month. It’s a free program that allows you to stream and record game-play, internet windows, and activities on your monitor. It has allowed me, as someone without the income to purchase a paid broadcasting program, to start my YouTube channel for free, and easily upload the content that I want to share with the world. It has been incredibly empowering to start my channel this month, and a large part of that was the idea that I could start right away, for free, without any barrier between myself and the goal of uploading. As long as you have a functioning computer, you can create content that you love for the world as well with this awesome program.
Download OBS free by clicking here.
Blue Snowball Microphone
Recording software and hardware can actually be pretty pricey in today’s market. With all the bells and whistles you can imagine available to those of us with recording needs, it can be difficult to make a choice as to what mic will be right for your project. Thankfully, I was able to get advice from friends and the people at my local electronics shop, and they steered me toward this bad boy. The Snowball is an inexpensive beginner’s mic that allows me to record in a sound quality that is high enough to be functional for YouTube. Although I would definitely like to upgrade my recording mic and software at some point in the future, when you’re just starting out, it’s not about being perfect. Creating content is about the passion and the drive to do what you love, and I won’t let a low budget stand in the way of that. As inexpensive as this mic is, the audio quality is quite good, and I’m extremely happy with this product and its price point.
Head down to Best Buy or another electronics store to get your hands on this one, or check out Amazon here to buy online.
The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black
I was in love with this book before I ever read it, but when I finally did read it, I knew my love was not misplaced. When I read Holly Black’s other book, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, I read the excerpt for this book in the back. As soon as I finished that first chapter, I was hooked and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Even months later, when I finally got my hands on a copy, I was just as excited as I had been when I first got a taste of what this story had to offer. Not only was I not disappointed, this book exceeded my expectations. Holly Black does a lovely job of creating characters that people who are on the fringe of society can relate to and fall in love with. I can always see myself in Holly’s writing because she caters to people who are different and who dance to the beat of their own drum. This book had that and more, as it explores what the world would be like if we lived side by side with fantasy creatures and the stuff of fairy tales. She makes fantasy come to life for the modern age and never fails to take me on a ride I won’t soon forget. If you read only one book this summer, make it The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
Take a look at this title on Amazon by clicking here, or check out the synopsis by visiting the Goodreads page here.
Well, that’s all I have for you guys today, thanks so much for reading this months’ Nerdy Faves here on the blog and taking some time to hang out with me. It was so much fun to select my most used and most enjoyed stuff from the month of July and share them with the world. All of these awesome choices which I have shared today honestly enhanced my life so much this month, I was grateful to have access to these awesome products, games, and experiences.
Let me know what your favorites were for the month of July, or leave a comment telling me any experiences you’ve had with the stuff I’ve mentioned today. Your comments and feedback really help me out and I love to hear about your favorite things and talk about what you enjoy.
As always – read on, play as much as you work, and come back and hang out with me again soon.
Bye for now!
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