Google Maps, 8-bit

Every year, Google has a great April Fool's joke. This year, we are charmed by Google Maps, 8 Bit.


My Favorite Women in Video Games: GLaDOS


Games she appeared in: Portal, Portal 2

Is she being rescued as a key plot point? No, in fact, characters are being rescued from her.

For our video game BFF date, we would: Run some tests. GLADoS loves to run tests.

Continuing our tour of amazing female video game characters is a homicidal computer.


Mass Mentions: What video game have you been playing?

This week we asked, "What was the last video game you played? What platform did you play it on? Was it any good? What did you think about it? #massmentions."
@bookoisseur: Duck Hunt. Nintendo in the 80s. I WAS AWESOME. #onlykindofkidding
@ashleyTIA: I "inherited" our old N64 from my parents' basement awhile ago. Popped in Paper Mario - such a classic!
@danielle_jeanne: I played skyrim on xbox. My husband too over, though.
@nattymalik: I played Final Fantasy 13 on the PS3, loved it! It was beautiful.
@jonathanmabe: mass effect 3. Pc. Great game, good ending, sloppy continuity.
@runningboard: Batman Arkham Asylum, PC. it was great but not 10/10 great, felt short, easy? extremely fun fighting mechanics tho, very polished.
@SoFloBoJo: Duck Hunt. Super Nintendo that was older than I was. It was amazing. I wish I could build a time machine and go back. #yeahboy :D
@mandyannecurtis: Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360. It's been excellent so far, but I'm afraid for the ending. #massmentions
@FireworkDeLune: The last game I beat was Portal 2 on PC.. such an incredible game. I'm currently finally getting around to playing Bioshock on PC.
Follow us @Gadchick to find out next week’s M@ss Mention question and join in the conversation! Don’t forget to find us on Instagram (@gadchick)! Happy #FollowFriday and have a wonderful weekend!


My Favorite Women in Video Games: Tron Bonne

Maybe your first experience was wondering why no one wanted to play Princess Peach in Super Mario Kart. Or maybe it was when you realized that Raiden has practically his entire face covered, while his female Mortal Kombat participants were less than clothed.

No matter how it happened, every girl gamer has wondered why our female video game characters don't get the same treatment as their male counterparts or at least why we seem to be the girlfriend or love interest being rescued, but never rescuing anyone.

Luckily for our youngest gamers buying their first Wii and even luckier for those of us who waited for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xbox games to take off, our character choices for female video game characters to kick ass with has grown constantly over the years.


Mass Mentions: What was your first MP3 file?

With all of the talk about Coachella just around the corner, we thought we'd ask our followers, "Do you remember your first MP3 file? How did you get it? AOL, CD-R, Napster, etc.... #massmentions."
@ourcitylights: mine was senior recreation, I can't remember the song but their EP took up almost half of my mp3 space, lol
@runningboard: Hahah my 1st MP3 was #SMH Marilyn Manson's Beautiful People. surreal hearing a downloaded song,and took 30mins to DL #MassMentions
@melisansserif: "photograph" by weezer. i didn't know how to download music yet so i had my brother get it from napster!
@tumbleweedsshop: From a Cocorosie vinyl that offered free mp3 downloads of the album!!
@emilymayhem: First MP3 (not from a CD) came from iTunes and took 45 minutes to download on my dial-up connection.
@laynemarie: Before Napster, I used those private chat rooms on AOL, where people ran servers for mp3s and warez--remember those?!
@TishChambers: We got some sample songs when we got our first computer, about ten 90's songs, like Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry.
@Buddy_Steve: First MP3? Something from Metallica, via Napster. #1999
@thedeadformat: my first mp3 was "Music" by Eric Sermon and Marvin Gaye on Napster. It took forever to download a song.
@FireworkDeLune: it was a Weezer song for sure. Later, I spent A LOT of time trolling Napster in its hayday for Weezer b-sides and live stuff.
Follow us @Gadchick to find out next week’s M@ss Mention question and join in the conversation! Don’t forget to find us on Instagram (@gadchick)! Happy #FollowFriday and have a wonderful weekend!


Mass Mentions: What is your most used camera?

In honor of Issue 2, we asked, "What do you use to take pictures with the most? Phone, point and shoot, DSLR, instant camera, Fuji Instax, SLR, Diana Mini..? #massmentions"
@ourcitylights: canon s95! More than my iPhone surprisingly.

@tumbleweedsshop: Olympus E-410. it goes every where with me.

@forthedistractd: I use film more but I use my phone more than any 1 film camera as its the only digital I use whilst I have a lot of film cameras


The LC-A+ in the Urban Jungle with the Lomography Gallery Store in LA!

About a week ago we had the chance to attend the "LC-A+ in the Urban Jungle" workshop at the Lomography Gallery Store LA. The gorgeous store is their largest location to date. The layout is spacious, couchy, with a clean modern yet friendly feel. A stunning photo wall mesmerizes those that walk in, and those that just walk by could briefly peak in and assume it to be a sort of hybrid music-record-toy-store-club sort of place. The workshop started upstairs with a slideshow and our friendly instructor walked us through a brief history of Lomography and the LC-A+.

I own two Lomography cameras, however this was my first time shooting with the LC-A+. Being familiar with the feeling of the plastic “toy” camera I was surprised at how substantial and constructed the LC-A+ was. It felt built. Lomography’s description of the camera is this: “First off, it's got the old-school lightning-fast zone focusing and on-point automatic exposure that we know and love. Like the original, it shares the same brilliant multicoated Minitar-1 32/2.8 glass lens, compact & robust metal body, zone focusing, auto-exposure, and flash hot shoe. On top of that, it now offers a Multiple Exposure switch, expanded film ISO setting to 1600, and a cable release thread.” Holding the device came with the weight of responsibility that a DSLR has, but also with the spirit of exploration that Lomography cameras bring. A sort of grown-up’s toy.

We took to the streets on foot after the general introduction of our loner cameras. We first walked through the charming neighborhoods surrounding the store and all started snapping away. One of my favorite tips that I picked up from our instructor was, “shoot from the hip.” A good portion of my roll was spent taking casual, incognito hip shots around the streets of Los Angeles. Warning, beginner shots ahead:

The group worked our way from residential to the vibrant urban fabric of Hollywood. Our photos' backgrounds and subjects consisted of interesting shops, architecture, and street art. Sometimes when shooting out in the wild by myself I can't help but feel too “touristy,” but my attempts at nonchalant hidden-camera shooting lead to missed opportunities. This day, however, was refreshingly liberating to be in a group of unabashedly enthusiastic photographers!

Lomography Gallery Store LA also offers in-house film processing (but lucky for Gadchick our friend Cesar was also in attendance and processed my roll afterwards). The workshop was great and actually got me excited about film photography in a way that I haven’t been in a long time. I headed home to re-evaluate my film camera catalog as well as dive into LC-A+ reviews to verify its wishlist-ibility.
Thank you Lomography for hosting us! I am already checking out your March schedule and look forward to my next workshop!


Issue Two: Shoot, Click and See

Issue 2 is out! Gadchick has themed issues, and this issue is photography themed. From digital, to analog to instant, it's all here. We have great women writers and artists who contributed and we're honored to have worked with them. Thank you to all the women who worked on this issue.

You can read it HERE on issuu