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OMG My Nintendo Party Rocked!

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I can’t believe I’m getting around to blogging about my Nintendo “Girlfriend’s Guild To Gaming” party just now!   If I look back on the last three overwhelming weeks, I think those 4 hours of playing DS, drinking champagne and hanging out with my girlfriends was the last time I didn’t have my stomach wound into a knot of stress, so thank you Bre and all your crew for that!  

Basically, part of my being chosen a “Nintendo Ambassador” was a party to be thrown for me and my girlfriends. (Again, I am not getting paid for anything, just the opportunity to try out DS games in advance and other DS goodies) Who could say no to that?!   I just had to invite people and show up.  Easy.  Well, for most humans.   I don’t actually THROW a lot of parties because at any party I’ve hosted I’m always totally neurotic and uptight, in people’s faces asking them “Are you having a good time?  How about now?  What can I do for you?!?!?!”   Then the next day, I send out apology emails for not having paid attention to individuals I didn’t chat with enough.   Yes, I’m insane.   And that’s another blog entry.

Anyway, this one had everything taken care of for me.  I just had to arrive.  Ahhh, sigh of relief!  When I got to the party I didn’t know what to expect at all, I just knew that my friends, most of whom NEVER game, would show up and be introduced to how the DS works through several game stations.   I know for a fact that at least 5 woosy girls had “other excuses” because the idea of gaming was so weird and foreign to them.  Too bad for them, I say! 

The party was BEAUTIFUL!  In a lofty old Spanish building, 4 adorable couches laid out, and a DS game for each “station” with a trained DS instructor, alert and ready to walk any gaming neophytes through the steps of kicking butt in Mario Cart, or, say, scoring age 79 on Brain Age like…some people.  (Defense:  I had some champagne.)  I can’t tell you the vicarious thrill I got when I got blown off by a friend because she was too into Planet Puzzle League to talk about her new puppy, or how cool it was that we were able to network 8 people together on DS lites and compete in Mario Cart! (FYI, Robin (Clara from the Guild) had obviously trained hard for that one, total ringer. She smashed everyone as Yoshi and just giggled. Beeyach. )  I know that there were a LOT of reluctant gamers at that party, and to see them be totally sucked into the DS was just cool.  I corrupted them! 🙂  The coup de tete was at the end of the night, when a DS was presented to each and every guest.   There was some “Price Is Right” screaming.  Actually, a lot of it (Yes, Brooke, I’m talking about you!)

 The cool thing about the whole experience is that I KNOW that everyone had their perceptions about video gaming and how they would use it in their lives changed.  Girls aren’t really encouraged to see gaming as a viable hobby as a kid, and the older you get, the less likely you would pick up something like that.  So now, there are some very happy girls/women/mommies from the Felicia Day database!   A quote from my friend Natasha in an email: “Okay, first of all, I am OBSESSED with my DS. Seriously, I love it. I have yet to buy another game, but the fact that I’m consider it, is huge cause for alarm. I buy a DS game and the next, I’m part of the Guild! ”  Great, destroying lives anew, yay!

At the end of the night, two Wii stations were revealed, and there were some fierce tennis slapped down.  It’s just a wonder how many girls had WANTED to try a Wii, but never been in a situation that they could get their hands on it.   Clearly, my next party. 🙂 DDR pad, Guitar Hero, Mario Party (If I ever get to Best Buy and purchase it, shame on them for closing today for a HOLIDAY!  The good thing is I think NOW they would actually show.  Before, they would have “other plans”.   Since I’ve run into a few of my friends who went, ALL of them had their DS lites on them in their purses.  A few even said that their boyfriends were whining that they got light pink ones because they wanted to steal them.  Haha.  Own’d.  Find your own Nintendo Ambassador!  Anyway, good time had by all.  Can’t wait to have more games to review!

  • soma

    *jealous

    i dont think a pink DS lite would stop me.

    oh wait.. i dont have a gf with which to steal from,
    let alone one that would have attended a nintendo party..

    huzzah! et al

  • cirby

    Yes, Felicia corrupts many lives.

    For example, some guy was recently arrested for putting food into unattended dryers at a laundromat…

    (really)

  • Courtney

    Sadly… I’d pretend to be a woman for a free DS… a pink one at that…

    Doubly sadly, I’ve probably done worse for less =/

  • I’m so glad my parents never questioned my obsession with computers/technology. I can’t imagine a life without computer games… how dull! hehe

  • Go Felicia! *grin* We need more fellow female gamers. The population’s growing, but hardly by a good rate. 🙂

  • S o M A

    wait.. courtney is a guy..

    *blush

    😛

  • Faithnz

    Sounds like a great party Felicia, and just to tell you all, my mum (wont reveal her age she may kill me), used to be obsessed with Warcraft – not the online one, and spend hours playing it.
    We both play online games. I play Tribal Wars and Rule the Seas. My mum plays at Pogo and King.

    Yes there is alot of battles over who gets computer time 🙂

    So there are more women out there playing games than you think 😉

  • Tyler

    That sounds like it was such an awesome party. I’m glad there are girl gamers, and that it’s becoming more “socially acceptable” for girls to play games… I really do hope that there are more non-gender biased games in the near future.

    DS game to check out if you like survival/rpg games: Lost In Blue… amazing show of the DS’s potential.

  • HA! Your comments about the pink DS, just reminded me of one of my male friends who purchased a PINK DS on purpose, purely because then none of his friends would pester him about borrowing it. 🙂

    It sadly works wonders… however, I’m with the first few posters… I’d totally take a free pink Nintendo DS. Although… it definitely wouldn’t be my first pick in colors, heh 😉

  • nh

    Saw the cheetos commericial today. I was like, oh crap it’s that girl from The Guild. Good stuff. Good luck.

  • Kara

    I was lucky enough to grow up with a single Dad who was a gamer, so obviously I am a gamer too. I remember playing Smurff’s on my Coleco Vision.

    A Nintendo Party sounds AWESOME. All the girls I know who game around here, don’t really game seriously.

    My DS is Pink. I <3 it.

  • I must admit, Nintendo lost me a loooong time ago… I’ve been a PlayStation kid ever since, but I did own an NES and SNES back in the days when I thought Mario was cool. *FLASH* You never heard..err… read that.

    Glad you had a good time though; it sounds like a TON of fun. 😀

  • Soma

    thats a nice tactic.. i guess i could get a pink one
    and tell people my girlfriend doesnt like anyone other
    than me to use it..

    hmm..

    [hoard]

  • Bobbilytus Choppenstantz

    Ok, first off, in the comments I saw a mention of Smurfs on coleco vision; now I feel old!

    Girl Gamers are an amazing thing indeed; thank you on behalf of the male geek population, for spreading the gospel of games to the nonbelievers.

  • Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . 🙂

  • Jack Popple

    Wow you rock felicia! Nintendo is great, i think ur role as the fairy in legend of neil is excellent and damn the guild is excellent.
    If only there were more girl gamers like yourself then i probably would be able to get a girlfriend! Keep up the good work, love from England.

  • Girls that love games!!! What a combination!

  • that’s nice,thanks for sharing.

  • James Alexander

    You guys should have tried Dragon Quest X on DS. it plays like an MMORPG on Ds and runs flawless over local WiFi. Do you play 3ds? I’m a huge fan of the RPG’s. Great stuff though Felicia I hope to see you in many things in the future. keep having fun at what you do 🙂 oops I actually clicked on 2 packs off cheese for my photo. That’s so cheesy……or it ain’t easy being cheesy lol

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