Archive for May 9th, 2009


If you like Animal Crossing….

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By @jenhennen

Many a geek girl is familiar with the dangers of Animal Crossing. Just when you’ve managed to extricate yourself from the game’s magnetic pull and have stopped shaking trees to see what falls out, two more AC-like games are being released within the next few weeks. Earlier this spring, Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times was announced for DS and promises to be AC in a Harry Potter world. You can cast spells and take part in a adventure mini-games, all while doing familiar tasks like bug collecting and fishing. The environment looks like it has much more variety than AC’s trees/grass/beach environment, and the game makes use of both DS screens to show off the 3D environments. The game also promises to have a much larger shopping district than Nook’s or even the “City Folk” city. Let’s hope Magician’s Quest makes money grow trees too! Read the rest of this entry ?



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Jennifer Hennen is a North Dakota-bred geek girl now living in the exotic lands of Minnesota, where she spends most of her time working, gaming, and pretending she’s a good cook.  (Getting the magazines counts, right?)   She and her game designer husband share two cats, Bella and Egon, as well as a sizeable collection of Blythe dolls, My Little Ponies, and Transformers.  Luckily, the collections all get along. (Optimus Prime and Mme. Rosebud perhaps a little too well, but don’t tell Candy Carnival!)
A gamer since childhood, one of her favorite memories is going to the public library, requesting the box of 5.5″ floppies from the librarian who doubled as Mother Goose at StoryTime, and playing through half a dozen Broderbund games on the yellowing IIe.  Later memorable gaming experiences include obsessive stints with Toejam and Earl, Dune, Wolfenstein, Ocarina of Time, and, of course, Animal Crossing.  Snood got her through college, where she majored in Latin.  She plays Rock Band on Expert and isn’t afraid to kick your butt at trivia.

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