Tuesday, 7 November 2017

An Interview with Raymond Croft

I've been a massive Tomb Raider fan from the beginning, when my family picked up Tomb Raider 1 on the Playstation 1 upon it's release. There was something about the series that has already appealed to me; whether that be Lara's archeological roots (I'm a History geek, through and through), or the fact that this was one of the first female video game characters I truly admired.

Whilst Lara has seen several transformations over the years, most notably, 2013's reboot, a strong fanbase has remained at its core. Cosplayers make up a large part of this, and throughout my time of being a part of this community, there's several cosplayers that definitely stand out and make an impression. One of these is Raymond Croft, bringing his male version of Croft to life for the past three years now. I reached out to him, and had a chat about all things Tomb Raider.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween - Video Games You're Playing!

It's the spookiest time of the year - Halloween!

Whilst I myself am working a late shift today and won't be around much to endulge in any Halloween-themed activities, plenty of you have told me what games you're planning on playing for the occasion. 

If I wasn't working though, I'd be diving back into Left 4 Dead, checking out some of the on-the-rails shooters the Wii had (Umbrella Chronicles, House of the Dead), and playing through one of the Resident Evil games again. Oh, and let's not forget the Halloween event in Animal Crossing: New Leaf!

Here's just some of your comments when I asked you all what you're planning to play! How many of these do you agree with?

Monday, 30 October 2017

My Japan Haul!

So, now my Japan travel diaries are out of the way, I intended to upload a video where I shared everything I bought out in Japan.

Sadly, I had some technical difficulties with my phone, so the clips I recorded couldn't be salvaged as apparently they had errored. Great! So, here's a photo of my haul instead. I forgot to include my silk Koi bomber jacket into the photo (but you can see this below in a separate image), and two Tsum Tsums - a bumblebee Piglet, and a Sleeping Beauty one, but everything else is present!

Here's that bomber jacket I mentioned above. I bought this in Harajuku!

Thanks for reading all of my Japan honeymoon blogs. I had such an amazing time, and would definitely urge any of you to check out that country. You'll love it!

8-Bit Girl x

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 13 - Last Day!

Today was our last day in Japan! Whilst we were sad to come home, it's been a fantastic trip. We managed to cram an awful lot into just under 2 weeks, so we knew we were going home satisfied that we made the most of it. 

As we spent a chunk of the day packing up our belongings ready for our 4am wake up, we didn't spend the whole day on the go this time. The weather was miserable, so we tried to dive into shops and arcades as much as we could. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 12 - Imperial Palace, and Shibuya

Our time in Kyoto was brief, we paid a flying visit to spend a day there yesterday, so day 12 was spent getting the bullet train back to Tokyo. 

I loved our traditional Japanese flat we stayed in the night before. Sleeping on flat rollout beds on the floor actually gave me such a good nights sleep, which I was surprised by. I'm a girl with a memory foam mattress at home, so I guess I just expected it was going to be a little too solid. We also enjoyed playing on the Nes in that room!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 11 - Kyoto

We jumped on the Bullet Train again from Osaka to travel to Kyoto. We only had one day here, but I found Kyoto to be a peaceful, scenic and beautiful place to stay in. Our Air BnB was situated in a small village, around 10 minutes walk away from the Fushimi Inari Shrine. In this little village, all shops and restaurants appeared to close by 6pm, so it was a pretty low-key place to spend some time in.

We headed to the Fushimi Inari Shrine first, as this was billed as one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Kyoto. The shrine is made up of a long trek through 1000 gates, and its really impressive. I have trouble with my feet, so i was only able to make it halfway up the long trek through the gates to the highest point overlooking the mountains. My husband made it to the top, although even he admitted that it is incredibly steep and quite a challenge, but the views were worth it. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 10 - Universal Studios

Our third theme park day of our break commenced on day 10; as we paid a visit to Universal Studios in Osaka! Compared to the queues at Disneyland, Universal was on the whole a lot less crazy. We paid a little extra for early entry tickets, and rushed straight to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which both of us loved! I make no secret of being a Harry Potter fan, and myself and Casey not only had a Potter engagement (he proposed at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios), but we also incorporated it into our wedding, too.

This was my favourite section of the park. I loved how Diagon Alley had been reconstructed, including several themed shops, places to try Butterbeer and pumpkin juice. We watched Ollivander's wand-choosing show, where my husband ended up being chosen as the one to pick a wand. We picked up one of the 'magic wands' after the show ended, to try out the various magical points around this section of the park. 

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