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Intro and some random personal stuff

New Site

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I will no longer be maintaining this blog. This has come after lots of thought, and a lot of ideas. So, if you want to see what I’m up to now, head over to my NEW site. It’s called, “My Geek Obsession”, and it will feature geeky things from all over the net and elsewhere. Although I’ll miss this specific blog area, I feel I have a lot more I can contribute to than just that of gaming. Gaming will always be my first love, but I also love books, board games, movies, comics, and more. So, if this interests you, check out my site and let me know what you think so far! Thanks for staying with me on this crazy ride. I hope to virtually bump into you later. Cheers!


Nailing things down


Since the age of 6 or 7, I always knew I wanted to be included in the video games industry. I’ve been saying for quite some time now that I’m not sure what to do, though. I don’t program, my art at this point is pretty sub-par (and I don’t know any of the new programs now, anyway), I’m not a teen or young 20-something single chick that can model, I have a face for radio and a voice for silent film, and I’m not plugged in to all the new games and consoles. I tried video games journalism, but I don’t want to just report news. I want to be part of the news. Not a lot going on for me in a lot of areas.

However, I think I’ve finally found a niche that I CAN make a difference in. I want to bring awareness of the gaming community as something more than just a stereotype. I’m highly aware that there are already people doing this. Hell, PSP is one of the best at it (you can find him at But there can always be one more voice.

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Back in the heat of it all

Interior Monologue:

Well, I’ve finally arrived back home in Arizona.  It’s over 100 and dry outside.  Inside, I sit here typing away as my son plays Minecraft in the living room and my daughter argues her case of why they should be playing Terraria instead.

The rush and craziness of E3 is behind me, but I still have a few loose ends to tie up.  There are still emails to write to new contacts, articles to write on what I saw at E3, and games to play.

Still, I can’t help but feel like I’d be better off moving somewhere like LA, where I might be able to actually get into the inner workings of the industry itself, and set off a firestorm of creativity and awesomeness.  I drove past a few buildings while I was there, including Nexon, Square Enix, and Riot.  As I looked out my car’s window, I just took it all in.  How awesome it would be to be back where I grew up, working at a job I love, in a place where you can find it all.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep plucking away at my freelancing stories, building up my portfolio in the hopes of something greater in the future.



I got a hold of some of Snail Games’ keys to access Black Gold, and I’m thinking of holding a contest to give them away.

Also, I’m starting up an article on this game called Skara that I found at E3.  It looked pretty interesting, but it’s still in Alpha and looking for people to help support it through Kickstarter.  I’ll be linking up the article when it’s done.


Thanks!  ^.^


First World Girl Gamer Problems –> What to wear at E3?

So this post is going to sound really trivial, especially to the dudes.  But, I’m having this amazing problem deciding what to wear to E3.  

Generally, I wear flip flops, a t-shirt/tank top, and comfy jeans or shorts, aka gamer gear.  Looking at pictures of past E3s, I’ve decided that this is pretty much the clothes people wear there, as well.  However, I kinda feel like I should dress up a bit since I’m going as press.

I mean, even the press doesn’t dress up THAT much, but I almost feel like since I’m a girl gamer in a dude-dominated hobby, that I should look good to make a better professional impression.

Meh, maybe I’m making a mountain out of a molehill here.  What do you guys think?  Am I over-reacting, or is my thought process somewhat accurate?

Xbox One Launch

Xbox One Launch

Just sayin’.

A preschooler’s beef with Kinect

As I sit here typing, my 4-year old is failing pretty bad on this Kinect game called “Rhythm Party”.  The problem is, he’s actually doing really good, and shouldn’t be failing at all.  He’s there where he needs to be at the right times, hitting the points perfectly.  The problem?  The camera has a hard time finding him.  And it’s not just this game.

Almost every Kinect game he plays has problems.  The sports games, the dance games, the exercise games.  And he’s pretty good at all of them… if only the Kinect could detect him.  I think it’s because he’s so short, but how do you tell a four year old, “Sorry kid, it doesn’t see you because you’re too small.”

I understand the Kinect isn’t meant for very small children like him, but it would be nice if he could clear a game without the Kinect searching for identity, or screwing up his score really bad.  Oh well.  Maybe it’s just trying to save my pride, because honestly he’d be kicking my butt on at least 50% of the games we own.

Thoughts on E3 2013

I’ve been wanting to be in the video game industry since I was a small child.  After life had its way with me for awhile, I decided that at least writing for the video game industry was still cool.

For the past four years, I felt maybe I’m wasting my time.  I don’t really get paid much, which is why it’s a good thing I don’t do it for the money.  I do it for the passion.

So imagine my surprise when my press application for E3 actually went through, and I received an email saying I was going.  I’m finally going to be as close to the action as I can get without actually BEING a developer.  I’m totally stoked.  Imagine all the cool things I get to see and write about!  I even bought a camcorder so that I can put up video for my readers.

It’s been months now since I received that email, and now E3 is just weeks away.  Still sitting in my cloud of happiness, I open my inbox last week and… Oh My God.

I have been inundated with emails from every kind of company in the industry who is appearing at E3.  Making schedules, lining up interviews, writing an agenda.  I’m starting to feel a bit overwhelmed.  I mean, I’m just a local Examiner who doesn’t get that much traffic, and here I am getting emails from XBOX, SEGA, Natsume, and more.  I’m totally floored.

I can just see myself, running around like a kid in a candy store.  Let’s just hope I’m not in such a state of shock and euphoria that I forget to write anything.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day you gorgeous gals of gaming.  May you get some awesome peripherals and time to take out that next boss battle.

As for me, we’re running around the house playing “zombies”. 🙂

First blog

My name is Tara Foulkrod, and I write articles for as the Tucson Video Game Examiner.  Online, though, I’m known as Myssiing (pronounced: missing).  There’s a story behind this, but that’s for another time.

Writing for Examiner has been a great gig, and I will continue to maintain it.  However, I’ve been looking for a platform to express more than just the third person point of view, so here I am.

I’ll be blogging about what I’m playing at the moment, rants on various video game related topics, links to other news articles, and whatever else comes to mind.  If you like my blog, cool.  Share it with your friends.  If not, oh well.  Go somewhere else.  Because in this blog, I’m writing for me.

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