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Top 5 Creative Prompt Books


Hey everyone,

We all have a blank now and again. If you're me, more often than not.

One of my new years resolutions is to begin more creative projects - however I find that with January in particular being so long, dull, dank and dark my creative juices have a little trouble flowing.



However I am such a fan of creative prompt books, here are my top five favourites.


HONOURABLE MENTION: Q & A: 5 Year Journal


Okay, this one gets the 'honourable mention' tag because I guess it's not a creative prompt in the strictest sense. 

I love to journal, and have done since I was about 11 on and off. But as time goes on, you work harder and you get home later and there just isn't time for long drawn out entries.

So a simple question a day is nice if you still want to keep journalling in your busy life.
And because it last five years, it's really fun to look back on how you were feeling a year - or years - ago! Think Timehop in book form.

It is also available in separate forms for mothers, teens, kids and couples which would make lovely gifts for specific people in your lives.

Sadly I didn't keep this journal up in 2015...maybe I should catch up for this year?






All about Me is basically an autobiography prompt for those who could never be bothered to write their own. Well, that's one use.

As someone whose teenager years were largely spent filling in quizzes on MySpace that nobody ever read, I do enjoy books like this. Filled with questions - some simple, and some more pressing. There's even a multiple choice section.

The author suggests this book can either be left blank, and the questions can be used as conversation starters. Or it can be filled in to be kept, discussed or even given as a gift.

I decided to write in my copy, but the answers are quite personal so I've shared a blank page.





This is possibly the ultimate writing prompt book.

With prompts such as "A houseplant dying, tell it why it has to live" and "fix the plot of the worst movie you've ever seen" there is plenty to get into.

I must admit, creative writing is not my particular forte so I find this the most challenging of the books I own.

But I'm finding reading pieces which have been completed and uploaded to Twitter and Instagram very inspiring and makes me want to pick this up again.





The cover is actually one of the prompts: "Photograph your parents kissing."

Beginning as an online project in 2002, this book is a collection of submissions over seven years.

Though the online project officially stopped accepting submissions in 2009, and was handed to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art the original 60+ prompts live on in this book and you can of course browse other pieces on the original website.

It's a very interactive book, with users still uploading their work online via Tumblr, Facebook etc. featuring prompts such as "Photograph a significant outfit" and "Sculpt a bust of Steve" I find this especially inspiring when I want to do something outside of just writing.

Also I am such a huge fan of Miranda July - her 2005 film Me And You And Everyone We Know is one of my desert island films. Please check it out if you've never seen it.
(I still need to see her second film: The Future.)






I absolutely love making lists. I have a to do list on me pretty much every second of the day whether it's on my notepad at work or in my phone.

I honestly feel I can't function very well without constant reminders as while my long-term memory is practically photogenic - my short-term memory needs some work.

Of course this series is a lot more fun and lighthearted than your everyday lists. I only have the original Listography and Music Listography in my collection, but I really would like some more.

So now you know.



1. Absolutely anything by Keri Smith


So my ultimate creative writing prompt book is...a lot of books?
Honestly, anything Keri Smith touches is just wonderful.

You may have seen the popular Wreck This Journal which can be found in most bookshops (and also places like Urban Outfitters etc). The purpose of this book is - as the title suggests - completely wreck the journal until it is almost unrecognisable.

Of course as is explained on the very first page - you can completely choose to ignore the prompts and dance to the beat of your own drum which suits me down to the ground.


My journal doesn't look particularly wrecked yet as I've only done half a dozen of the prompts and I really need to pick this back up again as it is a lot of fun. Maybe I'll blog more of my process here?

However Keri Smith does have several other creative books, two of which I own:

How To Be An Explorer of the World

How To Be An Explorer of the World prompts the reader to explore the world as if they have never seen it before. Document it. Go on scavenger hunts. Create mini exhibitions and crafts. Write surveys and document the findings. 
As someone who does find joy in the little things in life, I really do enjoy going through this book for inspiration to leave the house more.

The Imaginary World of.

The Imaginary World of is actually quite similar to How To Be An Explorer of the World...except the world is imaginary, as the title suggests.

What would this world's manifest be? What would the currency look like? And who would you be in this world?

It's certainly more out there than her previous books, but I also love this one - especially as it was a gift from my bestie Claire after she'd seen some of my Wreck This Journal pages on my Instagram. 


And there you have it. Have I missed any of your favourites out?
Let me know!


Muchos love,
Carla 



Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette


Hey everyone

You know when you see a particular item of makeup prior to launch and you know deep down in your chilly little heart that it simply must be yours?

Well, that was me when I first saw the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette.


I already own the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, which looks like a large slab of Dairy Milk. 

Without fail, I use it every single day as it is just so versatile - I use them as bases, on my lid, in my crease, as highlights under my brow and on my cheek - and I even use the shade Semi-Sweet to currently fill in my brows.

I was pondering one of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes as an alternative - but the promise of buttery, blendable cocoa-powder induced formulas was simply too hard to resist. 

There has since been a second palette called Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (which ironically doesn't carry the shade also called 'Semi-Sweet' as before...), but personally the warmer tones just didn't tickle my pickle enough to pique my interest into buying. 

However at the end of last year Too Faced launched a third palette called Chocolate Bon Bons and I was immediately smitten...


Now I'll happily admit I am a complete sucker for packaging - I am particularly drawn to anything cute and ultra-feminine.

And really now, how could I resist a baby pink palette with all the freaking heart-shaped shadows?
Ahhh-dorable.


I have honestly never seen anything like the packaging for this package. It reminds me of the beautiful boxes of chocolates my parents would buy on childhood family holidays to Paris and Brussels.

Of course, the product is the most important thing.
I already had such high expectations loving the original Chocolate Bar palette so much, and it being such a huge part of my everyday makeup routine.

And so far, it hasn't disappointed.


It's a lot slimmer than the Chocolate Bar, but you still get the same amount of product for your buck.

The same wonderful mix of shimmers and mattes make up the palette.
So far, I have found them all as wonderful as it's predecessor.

I know some bloggers think the cocoa smell is less prominent in this palette as previous, but honestly I can't really see much of a difference.

Some people really dislike the sweet, chocolately smell, but I do have quite the sweet tooth and absolutely love it.
If you can't find the palettes in a shop to physically try for yourself, it's the same smell in the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer which is a lot easier to find.

Otherwise, I honestly think it smells just like Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate when it is still in powder form. So if it like the smell of that, you'll love this!

And even if you're not too keen, it's not pungent enough for me to smell it on myself when the shadows are on my eyes.


Some of my favourite shades Molasses Chip as I always love the way golden colours look with my green eyes. 
I'm also greatly enjoying using Bordeaux, Black Current and Dark Truffle in my crease and also underneath my lower lash line.

The highlighting shade Satin Sheets is almost itentical to Champagne Truffle from the Chocolate Bar - but this doesn't bother me as I use this shade everyday anyway under my brow and sometimes on my cheek. 
And Divinity works really well as a base - especially with Cafe Au Lait or Pecan Praline on top. 

The palette costs £39.00 and I bought mine online from Debenhams.


Have you guys ever tried any of the Too Faced palettes, or any of their other products? 
They're slowly becoming one of my favourite brands so I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Muchos love,
Carla 


DISCLAIMER: 
Not sponsored. I purchased this palette with my own money. 
All opinions are - as always - my own. 



New Years Resolutions: 2016


Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you got to ring in 2016 with your nearest and dearest.

Mine was as usual spent at my godfather's with the rest of my family eating a magnificent spread and bitching about how self-indulgent Jools Holland's Hootenanny has become.

There was lots of prosecco, though.

2015 was a belter.
Pink was a running theme. 


Every since I read the Adrian Mole books as a child I've pretty much always set ten New Years Resolutions. They tend not to be pretty major and certainly don't involve goals like dieting or weight loss or anything mind bogglingly tedious like that.

I just come up with a few things I'd like to do. Or do more of.


1: Improve my general health.

This is pretty much in relation to the fact I have had at least seven colds last year – I need to pump up on my vitamin uptake. I also need to sort out my skin which at nearly 27 sometimes resembles a teenager’s, especially when my rosacea flares up.

And I’ve also felt like I spent most of 2015 shuffling from one sinus infection to another – the next time it flares up I’m demanding to see a specialist.

And just in case I ever start to lag on this one - this is me the morning of what was my company's annual garden party.
Which naturally I ended up not attending as I felt like my brains were attacking my face:

Remember Carla: sinutisus means you can't wear eyeliner because your eyes run. 
Just saying. 


2: Read more comics.

I absolutely love reading online comics such as (NSFW!) Oh Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen, Kate Or Die! by Kate Leth and Books of Adam by Adam Ellis.
However I also feel I need more psychical comics and graphic novels in my life.

credit: Adam Ellis.


3: Go somewhere on holiday with Nadia this year. 

My sister and I both fancied a UK break and had such a fun week in Belfast last summer.

If you've never been, I highly recommend going and you can get such good flight deals with Easyjet and RyanAir - most of the time cheaper than a return ticket to London. It's easily one of my favourite cities.

  
Chilling outside one of Belfast's many many pubs and having afternoon tea at The Merchant

For this summer, we've pretty much set on Berlin - any recommendations would be amazing!


4: Drink less caffeine. 

I am a slave to Starbucks, but cutting caffeine out of my diet has honestly done wonders for my concentration and I'm getting less headaches and anxiety - especially at work.

From my Wreck This Journal, which I need to pick up again ASAP.


5: Bring better lunches to work. 

One cannot live on sandwiches and Wotsits alone (try as I might).

I have so many cute bento boxes which need to finally be used. It's honestly just me being totally lazy the night before and spending my time levelling up my mages on Fire Emblem than actually being bothered to pack a decent lunch.

And no, Carla. You can't just ask your co-workers to pick you up a Greggs.
Yes I know you work in Sunderland and there's two on every corner. But stop it.


6: Create more. 

Whether writing my blog or elsewhere, doing a page from my Wreck This Journal, photography, crafts. I could always do more.

A cute rainbow hama hair clip I made this summer.
I do miss my pink hair.


7: Go on a spa date with Claire. 

We always say we're going to, then make excuses and put off - NO MORE!

We're also going wine tasting sometime this Spring because we're fancy ladies.
(Not really - last time Claire went wine tasting on a date she didn't spit the wine out and he had to carry her to her taxi. If she asks I didn't tell you that story.)

Paris, Summer 2015.
We got off the plane, got to the hotel and then bundled straight into the restaurant across the street where we drank too much wine for 11am and watched cute French boys.


8: Build a terrarium. 

Especially a really cute one with little houses and stuff so it looks like a fairy's garden.
(I tried to explain to Italian Catholic Mother what a terrarium was the other day and she looked at me like I was having a breakdown. She'll like it when it's done.)


9: Create memory frames.

Photos, tickets, postcards etc.
I have so much stuff lying around - especially from my previous Japan trips I really need to display in some way. My plan is to arrange them into clear frames and hang them on the wall.

   
From the PomPomPurin cafe in Harajuku - I am such a hoarder of business cards, napkins, coasters of anywhere I loved visiting.
And don't even get me started on the stuff I bought at the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu concert.


10: Keep my bloody diary up!

FUN FACT: I've kept a written diary most years since I was a teenager. To be fair my diary entries these days are less gushing about Brian Molko and scribbled lyrics from The Vines' first album - moreso what I had for lunch (which will hopefully be improving - see number 5.) and when Rhiannah at work though a quail was a baby whale.

Last year was a particular fail - I only kept going for a grand total of 34 days which is a personal low.

In 2002 I accused Pentecost Sunday of being "boring" and in 2001 the York Dungeons were "a load of old crap." Right, then.


How about you guys - have you many any resolutions for 2016?


Muchos love,
Carla


(MY) Top 5 Nintendo 3DS Games


Hey everyone,

Since relaunching my little space on the internet, I'm finding lots of freedom in talking about not just fashion, but other loves in my life.

And one of those which I previously didn't talk about a lot, was gaming.

I've always been a bit of a Nintendo fangirl, having grown up with Mario and ten years (!) ago in 2005, I became obsessed with the Nintendo DS console. Having upgraded to the 3DS in 2013, I've accumulated a small but very much loved collection and I've going to share some of my faovurite 3DS games.

I thought this would also be helpful ahead of the holiday season when there tends to be a drop in the price on consoles, along with deals on various games.

And if you were thinking of making a Christmas purchase, these are some of my favourites you may be interested in trying:



Also just so we're clear, this post is not sponsored by Nintendo.

And also to clarify that these are just my personal favourites. 
As I always say, life would be very boring if we all liked the same thing.
Sound OK bros?)



Synopsis:
Our hero Link sets out on a quest to stop Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo tribe, from obtaining the Triforce, a sacred relic that grants the wishes of its holder.


Yes, I know, I know. It's a remaster of the Nintendo 64 game.
But it's my favourite Legend of Zelda game I've played.

And of course there are plenty of new features such as updated dungeons and controls, plus the game really takes advantage of the 3DS's stereoscopic technology - making it much easier to look around and take aim.

Like I've said, this is my favourite Zelda title I've played so far, and I found it a great introduction to Zelda noobs such as myself. I've played through Phantom Hourglass on the DS, but I previously knew little about the timeline, legacy etc.

I plan on getting Link Between Words as it's currently on sale for £15.99 - which will be interesting as it will be the first original Zelda title I'll have played on the 3DS. We shall see!


Also try:
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D.




Synopsis:
During a heavy thunderstorm, the "Tail Tree", which stands on Princess Peach's castle grounds is stripped of all its leaves. Mario and the Toads go to inspect the tree the next day they discover a letter from Bowser, learning that he has kidnapped the princess. Mario sets off in pursuit to locate and rescue the princess and discover what is so important about the leaves.

Really though, I couldn't have a Top 5 3DS list without a Mario title now could I?

I'm not usually a fan of '3D' platformers as I tend to find them a little clunky and the controls a little fussy. (I blame a childhood of ending up in circles playing Sonic 3D on the Megadrive...)

However it does actually feel like a Mario scroller we all know and love with 'open world' 3D elements added. The health system is also the same as classic Mario games - shrinking in size if atacked by enemies. Returning also are well-recognised power items such as the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Starman.

I would say that this game is particularly easy, however - even for fairly casual gamers.
Power-ups are plentiful, extra lives are easy to come by and the bosses are not at all difficult in my opinion.

However this is a great starter if you are not only new to gaming, but new to to the Mario franchise.


Also try...
Mario Kart 7
New Super Mario Bros 2
Luigi's Mansion 2
Mario Party: Island Tour



(No box art as it is only available from the Nintendo E-Shop. Don't even get me started.)

Synopsis
Roughly one year after the events of the previous game, the legal system has entered a dark age of forged evidence and false charges. Phoenix Wright is back to take on the system from the inside.


Short backstory: I have been an Ace Attorney fangirl since the Nintendo DS days. During my time at Newcastle College, me and my buddy Aff would sit antisocially playing our consoles at lunch (nothing changes, I still do this). 
One day, she was telling me about the Ace Attorney games and was so persistant that I play them - she loaned me the first game and insisted I start playing the moment I get home. I got home at 5pm and was still up at 2am playing - I was instantly hooked by the gameplay, the music, the characters. 

Bearing in mind the first three base Ace Attorney games are actually remakes of Game Boy Advance games from back the 90s, you can imagine my excitement when I brand new game was launched especially for the 3DS.

In lots of way, it is classic Ace Attorney - investigation and a trial, trying to prove the innocence of your client. However consider improved graphics and gameplay, better quality music - the 3DS technology has really given the series a chance to prove what it can do.

It now also features anime cut-scenes very similar to the Professor Layton series. These have been critisied by some fans, but I absolutely loved them - and have me seriously pumped for the anime launching 2016.

Taking place approximately one year after the events of Apollo Justice (Nintendo DS), it fleshes out a lot of the characterisation from the newbies we met.
Apollo in particular is given lots of layers and becomes a lot more interesting ironically than he was in his titular game.

There is also a new assistant in the form of Athena Cykes. Phoenix's assistants are typically strong minded, talented females (another reason I love this series) and Athena is no exception. Sassy, physically strong (albeit clumsy) and with penchant for psychology, she also introduces the new 'therapy' feature, which replaces the magatama and bracelet in previous games as a way to see if a witness is lying on the stand.

The only thing I will say about this, is that I found this the easiest game in the series and completed it faster than any other. However this is no necessarily a bad thing, as it is actually a great game to be introduced to the series. Although - of course - I highly recommend you go back and play the predecessors.

Also Try...
Ace Attorney Trilogy HD


Shall I shut up about Ace Attorney now? Okay.
But, wait...





Synopsis:
Professor Hershel Layton, Luke Triton, Phoenix Wright, and Maya Fey find themselves in Labyrinthia, a strange medieval-style city in a different world from their own that has recently been falling victim to a number of seemingly impossible occurrences. The town is controlled by a sinister individual known only as the Storyteller. Professor Layton has to solve the mysteries of the strange world he has found himself in, while Phoenix Wright participates in "witch trials" to prove the innocence of a young girl accused of witchcraft.


Firstly, let me make something very clear. I don't think I've been so excited about a game. EVER. Seriously, the coming together of two of my favourite ever games series: pure joy!

The whole game I personally found very nostalgic, having played every game in each series several times on the Nintendo DS.

Moreso, that the story takes place somewhere before Professor Layton and the Unwound Future and after Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations - meaning the return of Phoenix's old assistant (and quite possibly my favourite video game character, ever) Maya Fey.

Although there is investigation in the Ace Attorney series, where this would be is replaced by Professor Layton style detective work interlaced by instantly recognisable puzzles. Seeing Phoenix and Maya intertwined the beautiful European-style artwork of Layton was very exciting.

The only place I find it falls short, is sadly I found the court proceedings ('Witch Trials' in this game) a little repetitive.
One of the joys of the Ace Attorney games is putting different witnesses on the stand, and making them squirm. However having the same 'mob' witnesses in every trial became tedious, the jokes ran dry very quickly and I longed for it to be over so we could get back to investigating in the town.

That being said, the coming together of two epic series does make for a wonderfully well-rounded gaming experience. And I highly recommend giving it a try - even if you are a complete beginner to either series.

Also Try...
Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy




Synopsis:
Struggling to fend off attacks from the neighbouring kingdom of Plegia, Prince Chrom of the Halidom of Ylisse and his gang of "Shepherds," find you collapsed by the side of the road. Although you have no memory of who you are, you agree to join them on their journey.

Awakening was not only my first foray into the Fire Emblem series, but actually my first RPG.
Yes, I know I know. I have tried before with games from the Final Fantasy series and unfortunately not been able to get stuck into them like games mentioned previous.

However after trying this via a Nintendo E-shop demo, I was instantly hooked.

Designing your own avatar is always a big plus for me - it makes the game instantly personable and allows me to connect with the lead character almost straight away. (Shows I spent a childhood playing The Sims, no?).
I found the characters instantly memorable - which is good as they come in droves. In pretty much every new battle until the middle-end of the game you are introduced to new characters and comrades who can join you in your quest.

Having plenty of characters is particularly useful if you play the 'Classic' version of the game - as in preivously games if you lose a character in battle, they do not return for the remainder of the game. This makes for a very authentic gameplay, as every move and decision you make has consequenses for the rest of the play.
However, for newbies like myself the 'Casual' mode was great first time around. If a character dies, they simply withdraw from that particular battle and return for the next one. I know hardcore Fire Emblem fans disapprove of this feature, but I think it's a great option for first timers who are trying to find their feet, or casual gamers who perhaps don't have the time to sink so many hours into the game.

Another interesting feature, is 'support.' If characters join together in battles, their relationship improves. And if two characters characters become so close, they can actually get married and produce children in the second half of the game which can be recruited and join the war. This makes for repeat plays of the game, to see which couples (unlocking conversations and getting to know the characters more) and as their children inherit their skills, it is interesting to see which combinations they can have - often deadly consequences for foes.

Now this does come with negatives.
Firstly, only opposite genders can become romantically involved which is just stupid on so many levels. And secondly, I didn't realise this was actually a 'thing' until lurking in various FE forums during my first playthrough - and by then I had already sunk way too many hours into my first round of gameplay to rectify my mistake.

Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of those games where you get a lot of play for your buck. I'm actually ashamed to say how many hours I have put into several replays - all I'll say is we're into triple digits now.

It's a wonderful introduction to RPG, with music and characters that will stay with you for a very long time.
Yes, the storyline is a little watery at times, but the good tenfold outweighs the bad.

Also Try...
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M,
Bravely Default
Fire Emblem: Fates (COMING SPRING 2016 OMG OMG)


Annnnnd finally number 1. That means if can of course only be...




Synopsis: 
There are no points or levels, just an amazing array of sights and sounds, places and activities...all yours to explore. Spend your time passing new ordinances—or going fishing. Hang out at a coffee shop or visit a tropical island. It's all up to you.


Really though, could you have really expected anything else?

New Leaf is the forth in the Animal Crossing series, and first for the 3DS. Having played Wild World (Nintendo DS) and City Folk (Nintendo Wii) it has all the warm fuzzies, nostalgic and gentle gameplay associated with the Animal Crossing world, but improved pretty much in every single way,

Instead of being a lowly new villager, making their way in a new town - you are now the mayor, in control of development of the town, the new main street and passing ordinances.

Returning are several iconic Animal Crossing characters - such as Tom Nook (who has given up a life of retail for real estate), KK Slider the local musician, The Able Sisters and their fabulous fashion, Blathers and Celeste in the museum and Brewster and his coffee shop to name just a few.

However the game introduces some wonderful new faces, such as Reece and Cyrus the alpacas who own the thrift shop, Digby who keeps watch over the new spotpass 'Showcase' feature and his twin sister Isabelle who is your assistant as mayor. 

Animal Crossing's success is that gameplay can be adjusted to whoever is playing. Some players spend hour designing their house, others collecting the encyclopedia of bugs, fishes and museum exhibits, spending time playing online with friends, making friends with the villagers, planting the perfect garden or designing their own pieces to share in the very active online community. 

Although it does have a reputation for being a very 'casual' game - the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. There is always a new villager to meet, something new to catch or find or plant.

If you know someone who is getting a 3DS for the holidays and you're unsure what game they might like - Animal Crossing is a sure thing!


Also try...
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Fantasy Life
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
Tomodachi Life


Hooray, so those are my Top 5 choices.

Some people may have notices a lack of Pokemon games - I'm afraid I'm simply not into them on my part. And as for everybody's favourite - Super Smash Bros. - I have this for my WiiU, so I can't personally add it to my 3DS list.



I hope this was of some help for anyone looking for where to start with 3DS games!

And finally, want to see me cosplaying Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf from last year?
Of course you do:



Muchos love
Carla

MITN: Game On 2.0


Hey everyone,

Game 2.0 is the world's largest exhibition of video games - ranging from the 1970s to the present day. There's over 100 in the collection, and best of all - you can play them.
All of them.
In the original format.

I'd been wanting to visit since it opened back in May, but then summer happened and by now you know I'm not the biggest fan of children - especially en masse.

So I decided to wait until the little darlings went back to school, and I went with my sister before she returned to uni.
We went for 3pm on a Wednesday evening and practically had the place to ourselves.

 

The £12.50 entry fee is pretty reasonable for the amount of gameplay you get - I remember feeding the best part of a tenner into arcade games over the course of an afternoon back in the 90s.

Walking into the exhibition you are greeted with the oldest arcade game - Pong. Which is surprisingly difficult.


We both felt rather overwhelmed by the sheer choice, so we did a full lap of the place before actually playing anything.

We spotted gems from our childhood - Sonic 2 (Sega Megadrive/Genesis), Tetris (Super Game Boy), Tekken (Playstation 2), Super Smash Bros (Nintendo SIXTYFOUUUUURRRR), Ridge Racer (Playstation), The Sims (PC/MAC), Super Mario Land (Game Boy).

So many feels.


The front of the exhibition is dedicated to consoles - old and new. The space nearer the back has a wonderful selection of original arcade machines including PacMac, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders.

There's even an area for 'Children's Games' where we actually spent quite a bit of time - games included Pokemon Yellow (Game Boy), Super Mario 3D Land (WiiU) and the original Animal Crossing (Nintendo 64).

My sister Nadia was born in 1993 and missed the magic of Pokemon Yellow first time around!

There's also a large collection of handhelds in display cases, including the entire Nintendo handheld family, an impressive number of Tiger games from the late 80s/early 90s and Tamagotchis.

A pair of bros loving life on the Daytona USA racer. 

Included in your ticket price is of course access to the rest of the Life Centre including the planetarium and the motion simulator ride.

We planned on having a good look around, but ended up spending nearly all of our three hour stay in the Game On 2.0 exhibition - leaving only to go on the simulator.

To see everything if you're a bit of an avid gamer, I recommend giving yourself at least half a day.
If you don't want to eat in the centre, you get a stamp on your hand and can come and go as you please all day.

     
Loving life on Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA,


Game On 2.0 runs at The Centre For Life until January 2016.

Open daily 09:00 - 18:00
Thursdays 09:00 - 20:00

Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4EP


Muchos love,
Carla