When it comes to being a geek, there are just certain things we should all own. Things that best represent our subculture while also reminding us everything we love about it whenever we look at it. From collectibles to special editions of certain things, there is never a shortage of good geeks presents. But sometimes there is a shortage of the knowledge of good geek presents. Things every self respecting geek needs to have in their collection. From movie props to weird ass toys your other grown up, non-geek friend wont understand, here are 6 iconic geek presents every nerd needs to own this year (and they make great presents for those taking notes who may have a geek in their lives).
Boss battles should be the highlight of any game. They really should. From the start of console gaming, games had boss fights, some cool, some just asinine. Thing is, sometimes an asinine boss fights can be hilarious, and sometimes it can make you want to hurl your controller at the screen in rage and annoyance. So what constitutes a ridiculous boss battle? A couple factors for this list, actually. One, are they funny? Funny bosses fit. Two, were they too easy or too difficult to defeat? That can factor in as well. Finally, overall WTF factor for each boss. If they make you so WTF, they make the list.
Here are 6 utterly ridiculous (sometimes awesome, sometimes literally shitty) video game boss fights.
We live in a golden age of television shows. From big-budget epics like Game of Thrones to modestly produced sleeper hits like Arrested Development, some of the greatest television shows of all time have come out in the past 20 years. With quality more akin to movies than conventional TV shows, these programs defy many previously existing tropes and establish some new ones of their own—but what exactly makes a modern TV show good? What makes one show more likely to succeed than another? [Read more…]
Who says the Dark Side has to smell bad? And, even if it did, there’s an app for that. Oh, wait, not an app, but actual candles that exude aromas that will calm down Darth Vader himself. In fact, rumor has it that he has his own stash…but of course he won’t admit to it.
You can ask Mike Gaiss of Zeitgaiss to confirm, but I can’t guarantee you that he’ll give you an answer. What I can tell you for sure is that Mike’s work is awesome and that he is going to share some of it with you. [Read more…]
CW’s Arrow/Green Arrow is only a cog in DC’s money-making TV show machine, but it does make for good watching. There are, of course, conflicting views on just how good the show is. Last season was kind of a disappointment for some. This season is supposed to be a bounce back one, and while I have been contradicted regarding this point, I think the last episode (Brotherhood) was a rather good one. Everyone’s back, but it’s still complicated. I just hope the rest of the season gets better, with Ollie’s time on the island getting less screen time. It’s just getting tiring!
Anyhow, this week’s Fandom Friday is all about CW’s Arrow, and since no one can deny that the show’s casting director only likes good-looking characters, let’s just go ahead and look at more eye-candy, albeit of a different sort.
I present to you the best Arrow fan art I’ve seen this week. [Read more…]
First things first. Yes, I know most reboots suck ass and ruin movies. I know this. But I have seen a handful that prove that a good reboot can breathe new life into a movie. Look at Evil Dead. The movie reboot was so astounding it caused execs to go ahead and agree to an (awesome) show and more movies. Though it is a rare example, it CAN happen. And if it can happen for Evil Dead, why not some badass geek movies from when we were all kids? Why not breathe some new life into those (without ruining them)? Here are six geek movies that deserve a kickass reboot.
Please note, if any of these get rebooted and suck, I am SO sorry. Also, if any of these are being rebooted and I just don’t know it, my apologies there as well. I deliberately picked movies I have heard nothing about for years. So here goes my geek movies reboot wishlist.
So there are theories floating around online that say Luke Skywalker might be the bad guy in The Force Awakens because he does not appear in the trailer. There are also photos director Abrams has leaked of Luke in Jedi garb on the set (could be flashback scene, people), so the line is really drawn in the (Tatooine) sand right now. Luke Skywalker might be bad guy Kylo Ren, or Kylo Ren could just be Kylo Ren. Thing is, if you imagine how YOU would feel as Luke as soon as the party on Endor ended, you will slowly realize, Luke being the bad guy would not only be totally justified, but it would actually be the most brilliant route you could take.
Trust me here…..
If you love going on a cooking binge for Thanksgiving, and you’re planning on impressing everyone with your skills in the kitchen, you’ll need something to go with your role.
Even if you’re going the traditional Thanksgiving dinner way – and not this jaw-dropping Chthurkey – it’s more fun, not to mention practical, to have a geeky apron as cover.
After all, you never know what mischief the gremlins in your oven or grill might come up with.
Here are 10 awesomely geeky aprons to keep help keep you safe and clean in the kitchen, Thanksgiving or not. Oh, and some of them are on sale, so best get them now.
1. LLAP Apron
What better way to give thanks for (the real) Spock – rest his soul – this Thanksgiving? Dimensions are 31″ long and 29″ wide.
2. Darth Vader Apron
If you prefer the dark side, then this apron is the better choice. Just make sure you don’t burn the turkey.
3. TARDIS Apron
Even if you’re serving only fish fingers and custard, you’ll still want this apron. It’s bigger on the inside. For real.
4. Dinner Is Coming Apron
You’ll be loved or hated, depending on how fast you deliver on your apron’s promise AND how dinner turns out. In any case, if your party are GoT fans, then you’ll already have a big edge. Unless they hate the Starks. Then they suck.
5. Vintage Wonder Woman Apron
I have no words for this apron, so let’s hear it straight from the horse’s mouth:
With a bodice and underskirt as red as Elizabeth Arden’s ‘Red Door’ lipstick, a top skirt as blue as a first prize ribbon, a belt and ties as yellow as sunshine itself, and stars that are as white as lightening, your new magnificently heroic Wonder Woman apron has been fashioned to shake up the mundane.
Oh, find a lasso to go with it.
6. Vintage Harley Quinn Apron
Be a badass in the kitchen with this apron. An advantage: no one will be eager to complain if your creations aren’t exactly delectable.
7. Deadpool Apron
Crazy. Funny. Much like Harley.
Your guests won’t know what’s coming, but they’re sure to have a blast with you and Deadpool, so it’s all good.
8. Mario Apron
One-up everyone else with this apron and don’t be stingy on the mushroom.
9. Bacon Periodic Table Apron
Let’s be honest. No matter what they say about bacon’s bad effects, there will be bacon on the menu.
There will be bacon. Period.
10. The Grillfather Apron
The one apron to rule them all. As of this writing, this apron is at 49% off, so go for!
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When people think geek holiday, they often think Christmas and Halloween. And in assuming that, they would not be wrong. But no one considers Thanksgiving a geek holiday. Yeah, maybe some of us with bellies like to eat a bit, but, what else does Thanksgiving offer a geek? Simple. Thanksgiving is the prime time for you to sit with all the people who are going to buy you Christmas presents, and to “not so subtly” let them know exactly what you want, where they can get, and how much it will cost them. On top of that, you get to stuff your face and watch as a giant balloon version of Spiderman floats through New York City.
Sorry, but doesn’t get much geekier than that!
Editor’s note: This post was written by Thomas Riccardi. He was born in Manhattan on a cold and wintery day and now lives in sunny and warm Sacramento. His parents got him an Atari 2600 one year for Christmas and he has been hooked on video games ever since. He looks forward to the new consoles that are coming out and has been amazed how far gaming has come. Follow him on Facebook.
The Call of Duty franchise has had more than its fair share of entries in the gaming world. From the gritty trench warfare of the original World at War to the futuristic visions in Advanced Warfare, it seems that each generation brings a new story and features to solo and online gaming. Now Treyarch studios have released Call of Duty Black Ops 3 but is this an operation that you will want to go on?
The single player mode takes place in the year 2065 a good forty years after the events in Black Ops 2. You start by customizing your character as you can play as a male or female and drop into enemy territory to rescue hostages from the NCR. As you make your way to the extraction point you manage to save the hostages, but at a cost as an enemy robot critically wounds you.
The story seems to unfold from there taking you all over the world as you unlock new abilities as well as new weapons and tech that will aid you in intense firefights. The campaign is fun to play, but as with previous versions it falls short as you will be able to complete the campaign in a matter of hours. Aside from futuristic weapons there are more than a few improvements to this series and the most impressive has to be the wall run. You can run along walls to gain access to vantage points and get the drop on the enemy.
Multiplayer is a big part of Black Ops and there are the normal modes that are back such as team Deathmatch and free for all. There are four new modes that were introduced in Black Ops 3 to keep things interesting such as Stockpile, Purgatory, Sudden Death and Resistance. These new modes will keep you interested as you will battle with players from around the world in supremacy.
Creating a loadout brings back the original pick 10 system from Black Ops 2 where you have ten points to create your loadout and can spend them however you choose. Put all the points into your primary weapon or spread them out between perks, grenades and other equipment.
Once you create a loadout you also select from one of ten specialists that are in the game. Each of these specialists has a unique weapon and ability that allows you to bring even more pain to people on the battlefield.
For example: Firebreak has a flamethrower that can incinerate anything in its path and an ability called Heat Wave that stuns enemies close to you.
Zombies has also made a comeback in a big way in Black Ops 3 and it takes place in the 1940’s giving the mode a heavy noir look. Taking place in the fictional Morg City you control one of four characters Campbell the Boxer (Ron Perlman), Nero the Magician (Jeff Goldblum), Jessica the Femme Fatale (Heather Graham) and Vincent the Cop (Neal McDonough).
The characters will progress through a great story that not only includes zombies, but other horrors that are not of this world. While the campaign and multiplayer are great in Black Ops 3 zombies is really what roped me in and got me hooked on the game.
For people playing on console there were some minor glitches that were addressed and fixed within a day of launch. However, the PC crowd is feeling the brunt of this release as this game is plagued with crashes, unknown errors and just drains the CPU and memory.
There have been people that have bought this game and have yet to be able to play it. I myself have a desktop and a laptop and in order for me to play this game I had to upgrade to Windows 10. I even went as far as contacting Activision support and the customer support rep told me to contact either Microsoft or Steam to get this game working. Needless to say, I was less than pleased and I did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 right now, but it was the ONLY way to play this game.
I had tried every trick and suggestion on forums, web pages and even in chat and none of them worked. To say I was frustrated at the lack of attention Activision was paying towards the PC gamers was an understatement. Also, if you want to play the campaign you need to either play it on the XBox One, PS4 or PC otherwise you will only be able to play the online modes. Why they decided to cut out the campaign from last gen titles is just a mystery as they could have made the game two discs to store all the content.
So do I recommend Black Ops 3?
If you are going to play this on a console you should be fine, but if you like to game on the PC, I would wait until most of these issues are worked out. For more information on Black Ops 3 head over to https://www.callofduty.com/blackops3/ and get ready to go dark.