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Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Looking for a last minute gift for that gamer in your life? Here are 10 fun ideas all under $50.

1. Gamer Poster $7.84 (currently on sale for $6.27)
Gamer Poster

2. Portal Companion Cube Ice Tray $12.99
Portal Ice Cube

3. Nintendo Flask $19.99
Nintendo Flask

4. Loot Crate Subscription $13.37 for a 1 month plan
loot crate

5. Aperture Laboratories Cake Mix (no… it’s not a lie) $15.70
Portal Cake Mix

6. Inverted Controller T-Shirt $19.95
Inverted Controller Shirt

7. Halo Lunch Box (with MRE Sandwich Pouch) $29.95
Halo Lunch Box

8. Video Game Charm Bracelet (charms vary in price beginning at 19.99)
Charm Bracelet

9. Creeper Anatomy T-Shirt $26.70
Creeper Shirt

10. Cortana Chip Key Chain $16.95
Cortana Chip

Halo Armor – Part 1

Chief and CortanaThe sad day has come for me to retire my Cortana costume. After 3 years of attending Comic Con, Halo Fest, Wondercon, and the occasional midnight release party, the costume has reached the end of its lifespan. But, that means it’s time for me to move on to my next Halo project…

Spartan Armor!

If you have followed my blog (or if you look back at my Cosplay Diary), you’ll know that I tried making Halo armor for my husband once before. I was working on it while I was making the Cortana costume for myself in the hopes of having both costumes done for the Halo 4 midnight release. Unfortunately the armor had an irreparable casualty a week before the release party and had to be tossed. I was so bummed about it that I needed to step away from making armor. But now I have regained my confidence and I am ready to try again (and this time the armor is for me!)

After spending the last 3 years with the 405th, I have learned a trick or two to help me do a better job this time around (I hope…). Instead of using fiberglass to make the armor, I am going to make it using EVA foam (a floor mat material that many 405th members use for their armor and props).

While exploring the internet for armor ideas, I found a Red VS Blue fan art made by Bushtuckapenguin. The character is a female version of Agent Rhode Island (a Freelance character from Red VS Blue). I really like the color scheme for this armor and the details in the undersuit, so I’m using this image as a reference picture for my costume.
Rhode Island

I wasn’t planning on starting my armor until after the new year, but as Black Friday rolled around I found a deal for EVA foam at my local Harbor Freight store that I couldn’t resist. So now I am all stalked up on foam and ready for the next step.

Nak3d Eli gets his own achievment

At San Diego Comic Con this year I had the chance to become friends with Nak3d Eli, a well known gamer in the Halo Community who holds many records for speed-running the Halo games. It was just announced that 343 Industries has named an achievement after him which will be included in the Halo: Master Chief Collection releasing this November.

The achievement is called “Naked Tyrant”, named after Nak3d Eli and Mythic Tyrant (another member of the speed-running community). To earn this achievement the player has to complete the Halo 4 LASO campaign playlist (playing on legendary difficulty with all skulls on).

Needless to say Nak3d Eli is now training to be the first person to earn his own achievement.

Top 10 E3 Reveals

Like many others, I spent last week watching for any updates from E3. All I can say is holy cow am I going to be spending a lot of money on games in the next year! Here are the top 10 upcoming games from E3 that I am looking forward to.

10. The Witcher 3
I haven’t had the chance to play any of the previous Witcher games… but I would be willing to give it a try in order to play this on.

9. Civilization: Beyond Earth
Forget playing with civilizations from Earth’s past, lets create a civilizations for the future!

8. Sunset Overdrive
I somehow missed this game when it was reviled at the last E3, but it looks like a ton of fun to play.

7. Legend of Zelda Wii U
The trailer doesn’t show much, but man is it gorgeous. This game is promised to be an open world game. If you want to walk to the mountains in the distance, now you can.

6. The Division
As depressing as this trailer is, it looks like its going to be a really good game.

5. Captain Toad
Toad gets his own game on 3DS! How could you not fall in love with this game!

4. Destiny
Destiny is slowly catching hold of me. I wasn’t too excited about the game before, but this trailer has sparked my interest. And having Peter Dinklage as your AI companion is definitely a plus!

3. Assassin’s Creed Unity
Two words that sets this game apart from the other Assasin’s Creed games… Co-Op Campaign!

2. Tomb Raider: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix did such a good job with the last Tomb Raider game. I love that they are telling the story of how Lara Croft becomes the Tomb Raider we know and love. This next game looks like it will be darker and more intense than the last one! I can’t wait!

1. Halo Master Chief Collection and Halo Guardians
And of course, the game I am most excited for is the Halo Master Chief Collection. All 4 Halo games will be on one disk with 4000 gamer score, over 100 multiplayer maps, custom playlists, access to the Halo 5 beta, and access to Halo: Nightfall (a new live action that ties into Halo 5’s story). November can’t come soon enough!

There was so much more that was shown at E3 this year. What are you most excited for? Share your favorite upcoming game in a comment below!

Halo 5 Announced!

Big news for Halo fans. 343 Industries announced today the next game in the Halo series, Halo 5: Guardians. Not much information has been released about this game just yet, other than to expect it to come to Xbox One in Fall 2015. 343 Industries did however reveal a new image of the game which shows Master Chief with another Spartan (is this Sarah Palmer or someone new?)

halo 5 wallpaper2

This is not the first bit of news we have seen about Halo 5. At Microsoft’s 2013 E3 press conference we were shown our first glimpse of the new game. The clip shows Master Chief walking across a desert and coming across a new enemy we have not seen before.

One thing that you may notice is the word “journey”, which keeps getting thrown around with any news about Halo 5. Our first video clip ends by saying “Your journey begins on XBOX One”, Halo Waypoint says “You won’t have to wait too long to hear about the next steps on this Great Journey“. I’m interested to see what the significance of that word has for this game.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait a month before seeing anything new about Halo 5. More information about Halo 5 will be announced on June 9 at the XBOX E3 Media Briefing.

Everyday Armor

il_570xN_469227942_tum3 Anyone who has worn Halo Spartan Armor can tell you that it is a pain in the ass to put on and can be pretty uncomfortable to wear.  But not anymore!

MITMUNK Printed Apparel  has created a variety of “Bionic Leggings” which look to be just about the comfiest  armor you could choose. Who needs a special occasion to dress up in armor when you have these?

MITMUNK sells the Bionic  Leggings in pink, as well as in a few other colors. The store also features leather and chainmail armor leggings.