ForeverGeek Nerds are for Dorks Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:04:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Video Game Franchises that Need to Die Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:04:59 +0000 Most of us here are gamers and we appreciate the joy that the following franchises have brought us over the years. Despite their once-great reputation, it saddens us to see such iconic series plagued with tired old features, broken gameplay mechanics and a lack of innovation overall.

With great displeasure, here are 7 video game franchises that need to die – or at least take an indefinite and much-needed break from public appearances.

7. Castlevania

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Some games can only be played in 2D, as they tend not to transition into a 3-dimensional environment very well for one reason or another. Castlevania is a classic example of this curse, proven by the likes of Lords of Shadow and similar titles. At this rate, Castlevania is one of many video game franchises that need to take a break, and we mean that because we care. Considering they haven’t made a worthy successor to the Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advance versions after all these years, Konami might as well call it quits with the series. We love Castlevania as a whole; we’re just not fans of the way developers are treating it.

6. Resident Evil

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We have mixed feelings about Resident Evil, which made it difficult to include here. In its defense, Resident Evil: Revelations was great while older titles like Resident Evil 5 also attempted some fresh ideas and settings. After the release of Resident Evil 6 and various HD remakes, though, you can clearly see that zombies aren’t the only thing deteriorating here. We are willing to give the beloved series another shot, but its life signs are not looking very strong.

5. Assassin’s Creed

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The 2007 original was an amazing experience that raised the bar for open-world games. Going back in time and playing around historical settings is breathtaking to say the least. Unfortunately, sequels can only drive a franchise so far. The last couple of games, more specifically, have been rather spotty and mediocre at best, and Assassin’s Creed is now begging to be put to sleep. If Assassin’s Creed III and Unity were meant to show where the series is heading, Ubisoft should do us all a favor and spare us from further disappointment.

4. Lego Games

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Lego Star Wars was intuitive and a breath of fresh air in the otherwise violent video game landscape. Subsequent Lego titles were certainly fun, but you could tell that this whole idea was starting to feel dull and repetitive. Although recent releases like Lego Batman 3 were not a huge disappointment, these games are merely adorable at best – generally speaking. While newcomers may still find joy and uniqueness in these titles, veteran players couldn’t possibly care less if the franchise took a long, long nap. Perhaps in a few years someone could implement new ideas into this old toy.

3. Final Fantasy

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Remember the days when Final Fantasy was a real turn-based RPG rather than an action/adventure hybrid? We dearly miss the style of classics like Final Fantasy IV and VII, which popularized the series beyond all reasonable expectations. It’s too bad that hardcore RPG fans are continuously treated to average-at-best sequels like Final Fantasy XIII and other recent offerings. The only good news here is that Square Enix gave us Bravely Default, proving that the company still has some great potential. Otherwise, we are fine if the franchise lives up to its name and the next game truly becomes the final fantasy.

2. Call of Duty

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Call of Duty has been on the radar practically every year, with absolutely no signs of stopping any time soon. As epic as each sequel and spinoff is, how many times do we want to run and shoot while witnessing cinematic, Michael-Bay-like explosions? Sadly the expensive, yet profitable series have brought very little to the table over the years. Sure, there are the occasional surprises and stunts here and there; at this point, however, it’s time for developers to come up with a new series or resume one of their older, neglected ones.

1. Sonic

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Although Sega ceased the production of home consoles many years ago, the company has kept releasing flagship titles for multiple systems non-stop. One such franchise is Sonic, a mascot that they have mercilessly slaughtered and now has very little redeeming qualities. Sonic Generations and Colors were good examples of what the well-known hedgehog could do; sadly Sega tends to be a roller coaster when it comes to producing winning formulas. In any case, this franchise should either improve drastically or leave us with the very few good memories we have of it.

Dishonorable mentions: Need for Speed, Angry Birds, Dynasty Warriors and spinoffs.

In your opinion, what are some video game franchises that need to die or are in need of a serious makeover?

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Comics for Newbies: 5 Must-Read Batman Stories Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:30:01 +0000 Batman is arguably the most popular character in the DC Universe, and if you’re new to comics, you may very well want to start with the Caped Crusader.

As it is with practically all comics, overwhelming is a good word to describe the feeling one gets when deciding to start – and where. Here’s a bit of help, if you want to go read up on Batman: five must read Batman stories.

1. Detective Comics #27

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Where is the best place to start? The beginning, of course.

Detective Comics #27 was released in 1939, and it was where Batman/Bruce Wayne made his first appearance. Some distinguishing elements of Batman’s character revealed in his first appearance remain today: billionaire playboy, the Batcave, his costume (although it has changed over the years, of course), and the utility belt. Oh, and Gordon, who has something to say about Bruce Wayne the billionaire.

Bruce Wayne is a nice young chap – but he certainly must lead a boring life… seems disinterested in everything. – Commissioner Gordon

Here’s an awesome thing: the comic is free at ComiXology, so get it now!

2. Batman: The Long Halloween

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Batman: The Long Halloween takes the reader to the early days of Batman’s fight against crime. It revolves around the mystery of Holiday, a killer who pounces only during – you got it – holidays. Batman teams up with Gordon and Harvey Dent to catch the killer.

This storyline also leads up to the turning of Harvey Dent into the villain Two-Face.

Batman: The Long Halloween is available on Amazon in Kindle, Library Binding, and Paperback.

3. Batman: Dark Victory

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Batman: Dark Victory is a limited series edition with 14 parts. Written by Jeph Loeb and by Tim Sale, this is a sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, so it’s a must read Batman story as well.

The main players are Two-Face, who is entangled with a mob war for Gotham’s underworld, and the Hangman, a serial killer. Of course, Batman has to deal with these villains.

Another reason to read this comic is that this is the point where Dick Grayson (aka the first Robin) comes into the picture.

Get Batman: Dark Victory.

4. The Killing Joke

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I’m not exactly sure what happened. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! – The Joker

Common consensus is that this is the story that truly established The Joker’s insanity, together with his love-hate (if you can call it that) relationship with Batman.

The Joker’s main goal here is to prove that all it takes is one bad day to turn a good man mad; and he does what he can to push Jim Gordon to that madness. Just as interesting are the references to The Joker’s past, when he was not the villain we know.

Get the The Killing Joke.

5. The Court of Owls

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With DC’s the New 52 reboot, you might as well get into this version of Batman, and one good entry point is The Court of Owls.

The plot:

After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime?

Get the NYT #1 best-selling graphic novel The Court of Owls.

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10 Movie Sequels that Took Way too Long Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:40:22 +0000 Movie sequels can be unpredictable; not only are they occasionally terrible, but some may also go into production many years, if not decades later. The good news is that oftentimes these long-awaited movie sequels bring a sense of nostalgia, which undoubtedly gives us a happy feeling inside.

In celebration of procrastination and endless script rewrites, here are the longest movie sequels that Hollywood had the audacity to release once audiences no longer remembered them.

1. Riddick – 9 Years

Vin Diesel returned to the role of Riddick in 2013 with a spinoff that was never that great to begin with. This time around, however, its budget was considerably shorter compared to the previous installment’s estimated $120 million. While Riddick enjoyed moderate success, we were hoping this sequel would be far better to compensate for lost time.

2. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – 9 Years

The 2005 original was captivating and highly creative, and this one allowed us to enjoy the unique visual palette all over again. After 9 years in the making, though, the critics’ biggest complaints were a lack of freshness and overall monotony. Perhaps if the script had been finished sooner, at least the movie wouldn’t have bombed as much due to momentum and overall popularity.

3. Men in Black 3 – 10 Years

In our humble opinion, Men in Black II just didn’t cut it, so we expected something great out of this sequel which took a full 10 years in the making. Men in Black 3 did moderately well, and we applaud it for that; hopefully the next one will take far less time to produce while delivering the same, top-notch experience.

4. The X-Files: I Want to Believe – 10 Years

Though not as big as the 1998 original, this 2008 sequel still managed to represent what the 90s buzz was all about with the franchise. Nevertheless, we’re still wondering why it took Chris Carter so long to satisfy long-time fans, considering the first movie was a definite financial success.

5. Scream 4 – 11 Years

We never thought we’d see a sequel to Scream 3, which came out back when things like, “Wazzuuuuup!” were still so very cool to say. Thankfully, Scream 4 turned out to be a pleasant surprise in our eyes, making the long wait absolutely worth it. The question now is, will there ever be another sequel?

6. Basic Instinct 2 – 14 Years

We can’t help but think of the original and bring up that sexy scene that everyone already knows about, which made the film that much more successful. So, why did Basic Instinct 2 take a full 14 years to hit theaters? We don’t mean to state the obvious here, but Sharon Stone wasn’t exactly getting any younger…

7. Escape from L.A. – 15 Years

Escape from L.A. was a somewhat-worthy sequel to the 1981 original, Escape from New York. The movie did a good job despite some laughable technological uses back then. Unfortunately, the wait disappointed fans so much that the film was a total box office flop, earning the studio roughly half of the movie’s $50 million budget.

8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 19 Years

What can we say here? Just look at Harrison Ford then and now, and you’ll get a better sense of precious wasted time. To top it off, this movie was a tremendous disappointment and a poor excuse for a sequel.

9. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – 23 Years

Many young people don’t even realize that this movie is a sequel to a late 1980s film about greed and wits. Yes, that’s how long it took producers to finally revisit this old gem, and rightfully so. Money Never Sleeps went on to earn over $134 million, making it one of the longest movie sequels but also well received by audiences.

10. Tron Legacy – 28 Years

While the original Tron wasn’t exactly a commercial success, fans of the film apparently convinced the studio to give this beloved franchise another try. The result was an exquisite treat for geeks of all ages, plus it had beauties like Olivia Wilde keeping us drooling.

Despite the occasional disappointments, we actually welcome more sequels out of these classic, legendary films. We only ask that they’re released sometime in our lifetime, allowing us to take our partners to theaters instead of our grandkids.

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10 Awesome Cat Tattoos Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:30:04 +0000 Today’s post is for cat lovers the world over. They say that people don’t really own cats and that it’s the other way around, but with cat tattoos, perhaps pet owners may have the chance to say “You’re mine!”

Feast your eyes on these awesome cat tattoos we’ve found online.

Cats just want to have fun

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One too many people have had Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” playing over and over in their heads, but wanting to have fun is not limited to girls. At least based on this cat tattoo.

Not only is it a fun concept, but the cat is amazingly inked, not to mention the text design below.

Grumpy Cat is grumpy

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There can’t be a list of awesome cat tattoos without Grumpy Cat. Whoever got this tattoo must have the world on his shoulders, but you have to admit that this is one pretty cool tatt – black-ringed eyes, turned-down mouth, and all.

Cheshire cat

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Another iconic cat, the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland gives everyone the shivers – good or bad, whatever the case may be.

One thing’s for sure: this cat tattoo gets its fair share of attention.

Galactic cat

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What can I say? This cat will fit right in in any sci-fi setting.

Also: if you’re feeling trippy.

Dia De Los Muertos cat

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Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, brings out the creative in all of us. At least those who are into the holiday. From makeup to costumes to masks – people go to great lengths to look the part.

With this tattoo, though, you have an all-year round tribute to the holiday.

Gentleman cat

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Forget grumpy. Forget trippy. Forget freaky.

Welcome the gentleman cat. Aside from the elegance of the cat, the color shades and lines are a testament to the artist’s skill.

Reading cat

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Another tattoo that epitomizes the lofty grace of cats. This particular cat may very well be a match for the gentleman above. She (I’m assuming it’s a she) is obviously well-read and likes her cuppa.

Daruma Samurai Cat Tattoo

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The Daruma doll, also known as a Dharma doll, is a traditional “figurine” in the Japanese culture. It is round and hollow, patterned after Bodhidharma who founded the Zen sect of Buddhism. Combine that with the traditional samurai figure, and you’ve got one heck of a cat tattoo.

Portrait cat

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For a realistic take, this portrait cat tattoo is pretty much as good as it gets. The blur is good, but the expression of this cat tells you just how these critters are in real life, doesn’t it?

Princess cat

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Last, but not the least, let’s have a little bit of cute and simple. With the kitten’s pose and the heart, no one can deny that cute is what the artist was going for. It’s not cloyingly cute, though, if you know what I mean; so this cat tattoo makes the cut.

What do you think of these cat tattoos? Do you have your own? Share them with us so we can appreciate them, too!

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5 Forgotten Game Franchises that Need to Be Revived Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:27:20 +0000 There was a time when a video game series always reassured gamers that another one was just on the horizon. As new genres and interests came about, sadly, many of these just couldn’t compete with the dynamic and highly competitive gaming landscape.

The good news is that these seemingly forgotten games have a lot of potential to make a comeback, and perhaps stronger and better than ever thanks to various compelling reasons. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge 5 forgotten game franchises that need to be revived.

5. Mega Man

First Appeared: 1987
Last Release: 2012

In all fairness, Mega Man has rarely ever brought anything new to the table. That being said, this classic franchise has rested long enough for new, enthusiastic developers to grab it and breathe new life into it. We were welcomed to a new video game in 2012 with Street Fighter X Mega Man, as well as a character appearance in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Sadly, this isn’t quite a true successor to the original or the X series. At least we have Mighty No. 9 to keep a smile on our faces in the meantime.

4. Turok

First Appeared: 1997
Last Release: 2008

Turok has, for the most part, been a rollercoaster when it comes to its critical and commercial success. The once-beloved dinosaur hunter was last seen in 2008 in a rather mediocre release, then its developers quietly walked away from the series altogether. This reason alone warrants a new and fresh look into it, accompanied by today’s kick-ass graphical capabilities and the innovative gameplay that modern technology could potentially deliver.

3. Perfect Dark

First Appeared: 2000
Last Release: 2010

Oh, Joanna Dark, when will gamers see you again? We enjoyed a brief return in 2010’s remake of the original Perfect Dark, but this unique and insanely addictive shooter hasn’t surfaced again since. This is the type of game that reminds us of franchises like No One Lives Forever, which featured a highly charismatic protagonist but eventually became just a memory. With current-generation consoles still in their infancy, we are hopeful that a brand new entry in the Perfect Dark series could come into fruition sooner rather than later.

2. F-Zero

First Appeared: 1990
Last Release: 2004

F-Zero was once a highly prominent franchise on Nintendo’s consoles, but something seems to have happened over the years. As gamers were introduced to other trendy genres, the futuristic racing craze quickly faded out of existence and left gamers wondering when, or if, another game would ever be developed. But there is always hope, as fans of the series have been kicking and screaming for a new game now more than ever, making it one of the most anticipated game franchises that need to be revived.

1. Manhunt

First Appeared: 2003
Last Release: 2007

Manhunt was everything your parents warned you about, ironically making the series that much more desirable to many of us. After a long, controversial legal battle with Manhunt 2, Rockstar looked at the franchise’s lifetime sales and decided it simply wasn’t worth the headache. While completely understandable, Manhunt has inevitably gathered an ambitious cult following that refuses to lay the series to rest. Questions about a new release are constantly asked around online communities, hoping the game would suddenly surface when we least expect it. Due to its overall popularity, we believe it’s not a matter of if, but rather a matter of when.

Some game characters from said franchises have made a cameo appearance or have enjoyed a re-release of their original game. Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite give gamers the same satisfactory experience that a brand new entry would.

Which video game series are you looking forward to playing again?

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7 Most Inappropriate Movie Titles Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:30:21 +0000 We all love movies that have catchy titles. Sometimes, a movie title may make or break a film. I honestly don’t envy the job of those who have to come up with a hit title.

There are times, though, when movie titles just go so wrong they become ridiculous. Either you end up with a disgusting image, or you bust a rib laughing.

Here are some of the most inappropriate movie titles ever, and for the record, whatever those guys were on, I want double of it!


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Octopussy is arguably the worst title for a James Bond movie. Ever.

You get all sorts of imagery in your head…an octopus-cat hybrid? Something more inappropriate?

Of course, James Bond fans know that it’s simply the name of the ringleader of an international jewelry-smuggling operation. And while the movie didn’t get good reviews, I’d still watch it again.

Fire Down Below

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Fire Down Below stars hammy Steven Seagal, the hero of many an 80s/90s child whose parents loved action movies. You have to admit that the aikido master besting a huge bunch of hulking dudes with such grace is a sight to behold.

This movie title, however, just makes one not want to go there…whatever you’re thinking of, it must not be good. And, if critics are to be believed, the movie is just as bad.



All right, perhaps we’re being a little too gutter-minded here, but Dick just doesn’t give a good first impression.

Question: “Want to watch ‘Dick’?”
Your answer: ??? (You tell me!)

In reality, though, Dick is a movie about two girls on a White House tour who wander away and get to meet President Nixon. Not so bad, eh?

The Human Stain

The Human Stain. Seriously?

What does that make you think of without a context? If you didn’t know that Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman star in the movie, all sorts of not-so-clean things will probably come to your mind. I honestly don’t even want to think about it. Especially since I like a clean house.

On another note, you might want to give the movie a go if you haven’t seen it already. With the cast, it is not surprising that this is an award-winning movie. Too bad the title sucks.

Black Snake Moan

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Oh, the things you think of! I bet that this synopsis is the furthest thing from your mind:

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Here’s an interesting casting mix: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake.

The Banger Sisters

What do you get when you put Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn together?

The Banger Sisters.

I think we have to watch this one to get the full context. Not sure if it will make a difference, though.



Of course, a title like XXX will raise many an eyebrow. Again, without any context, this movie title will make even the not-so-conservatives wonder.

But since it’s Vin Diesel starring in the movie, all is forgiven. It’s still not a good title, though.

If you like inappropriate:
5 Most Inappropriate PG Movies Of All Time

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8 Comic Book Movies Coming Soon Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:55:15 +0000 Note: In reality, there are around 40 upcoming superhero films throughout the year 2020. However, this list is based on our personal, most anticipated movies.

Believe it or not, superhero movies are still in their infancy, as Hollywood has many more characters to explore over the next several years. Thanks to successes such as Iron Man and The Man of Steel, DC Comics and Marvel have no immediate plans to end their streak of fantastic, eye-popping hero flicks.

The following comic book movie release dates range from 2015 all the way through 2018.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 1; Marvel Studios

The first one was a hit, breaking box office records that helped set new standards for comic book films of all genres. Expect to get another taste of the Avengers this coming May 1st with a lot more action, drama, and the occasional laughs that only Tony Stark can deliver.

The Fantastic Four

August 17; 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios

Century Fox and Marvel Studios are purposely keeping a tight lip with this movie, which is rather odd considering that hype tends to drive sales. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see what these guys bring to the table, since their last movies were not particularly welcomed among fans.


July 17; Marvel Studios

It’s difficult to say what to expect from this movie, considering Ant-Man is not exactly the most popular superhero. Nevertheless, we have a lot of faith that he can deliver the goods with his strange but very unique ability to shrink and super size.



February 12; 20th Century Fox

We got a glimpse of deadpool im the last Wolverine movie back in 2009. He was mysterious, and quite frankly, a bit of a douche, but for good reason. Considering he was a bit of a kickass anti-hero in that film, we hope to see the same character but with a bit of feeling in between.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

March 25, Warner Bros/DC Comics

Everyone has waited for this moment for many years now, going back well over a decade. After many rumors and false promises, producers are finally stepping up the plate and will satisfy long-time fans. 2016 looks like a very promising year for geeks of all shapes and sizes, and we couldn’t be happier.


Wonder Woman

June 23; Warner Bros/DC Comics

Have you noticed that most comic book films are predominantly run by men? From Batman to Superman to Iron Man, it seems that the industry could use a bit more variety. For this sole reason, we are very excited to see Wonder Woman kick some butt in 2017. After all, she hasn’t been too lucky as of late, having a series plot promptly rejected by television networks with no concrete plans in sight.

Justice League: Part One

November 17; Sony Pictures/DC Comics

The Justice League is the equivalent of The Avengers, or at least that’s what we’re desperately hoping. DC Comics has some big shoes to fill if they expect to leave any sort of lasting impression, considering the superb splash its rival made back in 2012.


The Flash

March 23/ Warner Bros/DC Comics

The above trailer from the CW series shows you the potential that this movie could bring us. Now DC Comics is experimenting with a feature length film featuring the popular and charismatic man in red. We still don’t know what to expect from the movie, as nobody has yet provided important details on the plot. That said, you can expect all the greatness that said TV show is delivering, plus a lot more on a much bigger budget.

Superhero films are making a splash both on the silver screen and on the small screen, giving us a lot to look forward to over the next several years. Which of these comic book movie release dates are you impatiently waiting for?

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Fandom Friday: Star Wars Episode VII Leaks Collection [Read at Your Own Risk] Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:45:28 +0000 [UPDATED: February 25, 2015]

Director J.J. Abrams talked to BBC News and has some interesting things to say about all the rumors and leaks surrounding Star Wars VII. In the report, the director says:

There are a ton of rumours – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie.

So there it is, out in the open: some rumors are true.

The question now is which ones are true and which ones are false. If you haven’t read the leaks below, you ought to and decide which ones are the most plausible. If you’ve read them, why not read again and do the same?

If you hate spoilers, we think the title is warning enough, so if you continue reading and get upset, go cry in your corner.

If you like reading about leaks, speculating, and debunking other speculations, then go on.

Today’s Fandom Friday is going to focus on Star Wars Episode VII leaks, which we’ve gathered from all over the Internet. Remember, while they’re labeled leaks, there is no guarantee they’re a hundred percent true. But they certainly hold water.

Concept Art

Leaked concept art from about 4 months ago.

Spoiler Man from 4chan

In November of last year, a mysterious guy with the online name Spoiler Man made waves on 4chan with Star Wars Episode VII leaks. He claimed to be working for Lucasfilm, and Redditor raptorman76 has shared the leaks, as well as his opinion that Spoiler Man’s claims are plausible.

Here are some of the highlights of this particular leak.

  • The film is dystopian and darker than Empire. Some 30-40 years have passed since Return of the Jedi, and the Empire and New Republic have been locked in a war of attrition. Everyone is languishing and sick of the war. The script, which is described as “too good for JJ Abrams”, begins in space, above a desert planet — presumably Tatooine.
  • The current state of the war is described as being similar to the European theater of 1944, with the Empire being Germany and the Republic being the Allies. The Republic has finally taken the upper hand.
  • John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are the male and female leads.
  • Chewbacca’s life debt extends to Han’s whole family, and he is now sporting a robotic arm.
  • Han takes a liking to Boyega. Throughout the film he is in love with Boyega’s decision to defy orders and ruin his career in the Imperial military. Han vouches for Boyega, having gone through something similar in his youth.
  • Lando is in the script and has apparently become famous.
  • Luke Skywalker has secluded himself from the galaxy, training only a handful of students since his exile. He fears for his future; as he comes closer to Yoda levels of power, he becomes more and more secluded. There are no Jedi in the open, but rumors persist that Luke has trained a few since the events of Endor.
  • Luke first appears in Act II à la Obi Wan dropping his hood in A New Hope. He survives the movie.

There are tons more of details from Spoiler Man to be found here and here. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on where you stand – he says he is unable to say anymore as he has been found out and has practically been interrogated by his employers and doesn’t feel secure anymore.

Opening Sequences

Jason Ward of Making Star Wars pieces together bits of information to describe the opening sequences. While there is no video to support his “leak”, he is very confident about his information. So what happens? It starts with:

“…a lightsaber in space. It falls to the ground in a savannah environment during the day. It is quickly discovered by a farmer named Naka. Naka accidentally ignites the weapon and starts a fire with it. At first he runs, but then turns around and obtains the weapon. I assume he snatches the weapon so it is not destroyed in the fire. Naka then takes the weapon to his elder called The Vicar.”

There’s also mention of the Rebels being contacted by The Vicar, Poe Dameron coming to the planet, and BB-8 getting the lightsaber for safe-keeping.

For now, you have to imagine these things in your head using some of the concept art above.

Death of a Major Character

This is huge, and the same guy above is so adamant that this is no speculation. It is real. It’s been verified as having been shot at Pinewood. The short version:

  • Han Solo is hiding.
  • He shows himself to Kylo Renn.
  • Finn, Rey, Chewbacca and BB-8 stop in their tracks.
  • They watch as Han Solo confronts Kylo Ren. Kylo Rnn silences the conversation forever.
  • Chewbacca lets out of a barrage of angry roars and laser blasts.
  • BB-8 and Chewbacca flee to the Falcon.

Consider that Han Solo is never in a scene after this. You figure it out. Poor guy.

This may very well be the biggest leak of all, something we can’t recover from.

On Darth Vader

Are you sure you want more? Here’s one last bit, and obviously, it’s about the Sith Lord himself. According to Ro Sahebi of ikwiz, he got messages from a “source close to the Episode VII production”.

Star Wars Episode VII Leaks

And some icing on top, James Earl Jones will still be the voice behind Vader. Not that that should be a question, should it?

Leaks, speculation, or rumor?

There certainly is a lot of noise to weed out when it comes to a production as big as Star Wars, but the above leaks seem to be the best – or worst – of the lot thanks to their sources. But, Star Wars fans, you’ve probably done your own analysis of the plausibility of these details. What do you think?

Aside: Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015. I know you’re ticking off the days..

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5 Strange Anime Series that Will Blow Your Mind Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:18:11 +0000 Anime series have always had a special place in our hearts. Not merely due to the fact that they are often humorous, action-oriented and dramatic, but also because they can be downright strange.

We are sure you have noticed the occasional odd behavior portrayed by anime characters or the plot that simply makes you scratch your head. So let’s take a moment to put our pride aside and acknowledge some of the strangest anime series that have come into existence.

5. Hetalia: Axis Powers

Hetalia: Axis Powers is like a kid-friendly version of World War II, only without the war. Instead, most of the countries in question are represented as boys and girls with the country’s name – such as America and Germany. Other than this, there really isn’t a crucial purpose or plot taking place, as these kids spend most of their time having fun, laughing, dating and shopping around. Hetalia: Axis Powers is primarily a comedy, but that doesn’t excuse it from being downright strange for the ways countries and war is portrayed.


Naota is your typical 6th grader by all means, until his older brother leaves for America to pursue a baseball career. One day, he is run over by a woman by the name of Haruko on a Vespa, whom hits him repeatedly and causes a horn to grow on his forehead. The purpose for this violence? She hopes to unleash gigantic robots out of Naota’s head, as this horn is apparently some kind of supernatural portal. Other than this oddity, you can expect characters with eyebrows composed of seaweed paper and other strange happenings throughout the show. The only thing that makes this anime weirder is its ending theme song, with lyrics such as “Lobster of revenge, bring it along.”

3. Soultaker

This might come as a shock to many of you, but here it goes: The main character, Kyosuke Date, is allegedly stabbed to death by his mother. There, we said it.

Now lt’s continue explaining the absurdity of this anime. She committed this crime of passion to awaken a unique power in Kyosuke. But that’s not all: Soon he finds out that she had also stabbed his sister (yes, seriously) to awaken her abilities as well. However, this caused her to split into multiple fragments, and Kyosuke Dante’s job is to search for – and repair – his broken sister who happens to be shattered all over the place. Did we mention that he can also transform into a powerful mutant? We told you this anime is strange.

2. Boogiepop Phantom

Speaking of strange anime series, meet one of our favorite in this list. This one is actually not too weird, per se, except for the fact that everyone is somehow tied to a series of murders that had recently taken place. Rather than dealing with your typical murder suspect, we are looking at a mysterious entity known as Boogiepop Phantom. That being said, this strange anime plays into some seriously awesome psychological mysteries, combined with the supernatural and the power of urban legends. Check it out as soon as you get a chance; just be forewarned about the occasional oddities.

1. Attack on Titan

This one has taken the anime industry by storm thanks to its superb storytelling and the fact that it doesn’t sugarcoat anything. This means that countless men, women and children die on a daily basis, especially the ones you love most. For this and for many other reasons, this amazing show tops our weird anime list.

Attack on Titan tells the story of gigantic beings known as Titans, whom take great pleasure in devouring human beings for the sheer sport of eating as many as possible. After witnessing his mother being eaten alive by one of the beasts, protagonist Eren sets out to exterminate every single last one of them at all cost. The way he goes about it? By becoming a Titan himself, of course. Despite being action packed (and one of the best anime series in recent times) there is no mistaking that Attack on Titan is downright strange due to its presentation and the shock value it delivers – but we mean that in a good way.

Despite their strange plots, these shows deserve a monumental amount of credit for not being afraid to be unique.

Haven’t had enough? The strangest anime series are still ahead…

10 Strange Anime You Would Have Never Thought of

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5 Nerdy Podcasts You Should Subscribe To Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:30:03 +0000 There’s nothing like a good podcast to listen to when you’re stuck in heavy traffic during your commute to work (or from work). If you take the train, a 40-minute or so podcast will also keep boredom at bay while drowning out the surrounding noise.

I have to admit, though, that podcasts are not for everyone. There are just too many different kinds of media to keep one entertained. However, if you want to expand your horizons, I suggest that you give these nerdy podcasts a try.

They’re all informative – thus feeding your appetite for knowledge – and some will tickle your funny bone.

1. This American Life

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This American Life is easily one of the most popular podcasts in the United States, although you may not hear about it much when people talk about “nerdy podcasts”. There is no doubt in my mind, though, that any kind of nerd will enjoy listening to episodes of this podcast. It covers a wide array of topics, mostly based on true stories. What I like about This American Life is how they approach the particular theme for each podcast and how their narrative – combined with opinions and interviews – doesn’t bore you at any moment.

Get the links for iTunes, archives, and more from their web site.

2. Book Riot – The Podcast

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Book Riot is an awesome site for book nerds, and if you think that the books are always better than the movies, you’ll fit right in. Their podcast, Book Riot – The Podcast, should be a priority if you are always on the look out for new book recommendations (good ones, that is). But there’s more to the podcast than that. The hosts – Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Schinsky – are editors of the site, and they also talk about technology related to books and reading, research on the effects of reading, and a whole lot more. Oh, and they’ve got a wicked sense of humor, too.

Get details about how to listen to Book Riot – The Podcast here.

3. Radiolab

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Radiolab is produced by New York City public radio station WNYC. The show tackles a wide range of topics, mainly falling under the categories of science and philosophy. While the topics are serious by nature, the hosts are quite good at approaching them in a rather lighthearted manner, making the show accessible to anyone who has the inclination to learn. From “social engineers” to how American football is a touchstone of American identity to pedantry – the themes of Radiolab will give you a nerdgasm.

Download/listen to Radiolab podcasts.

4. Stuff You Should Know

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Okay, so is not exactly your go-to site when your knowledge meter needs filling up. Don’t let that get in the way of giving Stuff You Should Know a try.

From innocuous things like Play-Doh to more serious matters like ebola to the metaphysical – you’ll learn quite a few things from this podcast.

Subscribe to Stuff You Should Know.

5. Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

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This one’s for trivia quiz enthusiasts. If you can’t make it to your regular quiz night, then just make sure you’ve got the latest episode of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! on your phone. The hosts are some of the brightest and hilarious minds in the entertainment and news industry, and you will find yourself laughing all throughout each episode. But yes, your knowledge will be tested as well.

Subscribe to Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

This is not the end.

These are our five nerdy podcast picks. You might have your own favorite listening material. Why not share it with us so we can discover something new, too?

More podcasts: 5 Geek Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

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5 Anime Series that Need a Reboot Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:42:24 +0000 Thousands of anime shows have come and gone throughout the years, each one delivering different experiences and forms of storytelling. They are often remembered for their humor, their wit or the heavy amount of drama and action involved.

Regardless of their critical and fan reception, there are various anime series that need a reboot in this modern age. Reasons tend to vary and are largely subjective; mainly, though, it would be nice to relive these beloved shows due to today’s animation style and visual improvements. Lastly, sneaking in a few extra, never-before-seen episodes wouldn’t be such a bad idea, either.

5. Rurouni Kenshin

Do you remember that great battle between Kenshin and Saito? Sadly, many fans were disappointed after the season that featured Shishio had ended, mainly due to the show not following the manga storyline particularly well. For this reason, Rurouni Kenshin deserves to be revisited to cover his journey appropriately, all while keeping everything that made it great in the first place. Although an anime film series was developed and ran from 2011 to 2012, the original television-based anime has been dearly missed since the late 1990s.

4. Full Metal Panic!

Mecha-based anime has always been made for a very niche audience, as they are typically of a more serious and often political nature. Crucial examples include Gundam Wing and Code Geass. Needless to say, Full Metal Panic! is simply loved and widely missed by a very broad audience, thus making it an anime series that need a reboot or remake from scratch. One can always dream, as fans have eternally wondered if Kyoto Animation would continue Shoji Gatoh’s work in animated form after all these years.

3. Death Note

Light Yagami was the highly intelligent, yet deeply disturbed protagonist that everyone either loved or hated. On one hand, it’s difficult not to play God when you have the power to end a criminal’s life simply by writing his name down on a notebook. On the other hand, however, where do we draw the line and think about basic human rights? This was the eternal question that made this anime so great, as Yagami apparently had no issues killing his own family if he had to – all for the greater good of humanity. Much like Cowboy Bebop, we would love to have this series retold with a longer list of episodes, as many fans just couldn’t get enough of it.

2. Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that quite frankly does not need to be touched. After all, why fix something that isn’t broken? However, we can’t help but crave more Spike, Faye, Vicious and company for many different reasons. The show’s mature theme and its sad, dramatic episodes simply made it unforgettable. When we acknowledge the fact that Cowboy Bebop is only 26 episodes long, it’s simply too difficult to accept that everything was over so soon. With any luck, a reboot of the series would be expanded into a longer storyline as a result.

1. Yu Yu Hakusho

This is an old fan favorite, and one that we would love to see with an updated plot, visuals, sound effects, and even a few new twists. In essence, a re-imaging of the series would play fantastically well today, similarly to the very successful retelling of sci-fi shows like BattleStar Galactica (proving that not every remake is necessarily a bad idea). Considering the show is constantly repackaged by FUNimation, the idea of a series revival does not sound too far fetched. We’ll be waiting patiently, Yusuke Urameshi.

The list doesn’t stop there, of course. There are many more anime series that need a reboot or a second look, including honorable mentions like Berserk and Captain Tsubasa.

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing on the airwaves again? Let us know in the comments!

How to Introduce Kids to Anime

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20 Nerd Sayings and Jokes to Make Your Day Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:30:30 +0000 The term nerd is often used, but in varying ways depending on who’s saying it and in what context.

Officially, nerd has two meanings according to Oxford Dictionaries.

The first one: “A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious”.

The second one: “A single-minded expert in a particular technical field”.

I think we’ll all agree that the when we say nerd, we may refer to a mix of both definitions. In any case, if you’re proud to be a nerd AND you can laugh at yourself, here are some nerd sayings and jokes that will give you a chuckle or two.

Nerd sayings and quotes

1. “If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.” ― Violet Haberdasher

2. “Star Trek?” I asked her. “Really?”
“What?” she demanded, bending unnaturally black eyebrows together.
“There are two kinds of people in the universe, Molly,” I said. “Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans. This is shocking.”
She sniffed. “This is the post-nerd-closet world, Harry. It’s okay to like both.”
“Blasphemy and lies,” I said.”
― Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

3. “Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsey Lohan. Why is that?”
― John Green

4. “Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

5. “That’s the wonderful thing with nerds: they’re enthusiasts. Not having a life means you get to love things with a passion and nobody bothers you about it.”
― John Burnside, The Glister

6. “My best definition of a nerd: someone who asks you to explain an aphorism”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

7. “So you’re a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”
― Mandy Hale

8. “No one messes around with a nerd’s computer and escapes unscathed.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

9. “A true nerd knows the difference between 2-D and 3-D, and chooses 2-D every frickin’ time!”
― Ryohgo Narita, Durarara!! Saika Arc, Vol. 1

10. “I will take a serious approach to a subject usually treated lightly, which is a nerdy thing to do.”—Benjamin Nugent, American Nerd: The Story of My People

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And I leave you with this.


What do you think of these nerd sayings, jokes, and quotes? Are they accurate, or are they too stereotypical?

If you’ve got your own to share, let us know in the comments.

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Top 5 Video Game Remakes Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:19:20 +0000 The gaming industry thrives primarily by bringing us new franchises and gameplay experiences every year. Modern intellectual properties like Mass Effect and Borderlands have helped shape video games, and needless to say, most have passed the test of time with flying colors.

Older franchises, however, were in need of a heavy makeover to better resonate with today’s demanding generation of gamers. Developers have made an astounding effort to recreate retro experiences for both younger and older players alike. Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 video game remakes released to date.

5. Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a direct remake of the 1996 PlayStation original that gave birth to such an iconic, critically-acclaimed franchise. This time around, Lara Croft raided multiple consoles like the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, implementing new gaming techniques that were unique to each system. The Wii version, for example, allows players to experience the game with realistic and responsive motion-controls to perform various tasks, while the Xbox 360 edition takes advantage of its impressive graphical capabilities. A number of bugs were also addressed and various gameplay mechanics have been improved easier navigation.

4. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Although Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix brings little to the table, the game is a perfect example of the old saying that less is more. This remastered edition primarily focuses on superior graphics and more responsive controls, which is more than enough to get us hooked on this classic Super Nintendo game all over again. Faster gameplay mechanics mean better and more exciting fights (playing solo or with friends) and the game’s beautifully rendered visuals ensure that you enjoy it like never before on a modern console.

3. Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered consists of the original game and its sequel, consecutively released in 1999 and 2003. This modern remake provides us with high-resolution textures that deliver an incredible amount of detail compared to the originals. In fact, the developers redesigned them to support full UHD and 4k display, which is quickly becoming the new standard in visual technology. The audio has also been reworked to deliver a more immersive experience, as well as numerous gameplay-related enhancements for modern gaming configurations.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

When it debuted on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000, Majora’s Mask was already a near-perfect game that beautifully represented the long-running franchise. Thanks to the remake that now surfaced 15 years later, a newer generation of players can familiarize themselves with the game’s intricate gameplay, ingenious puzzles and superb (but sometimes weird) plot. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask brings us revamped graphics and additional check points to save the game more often, which is a necessity considering our fast-paced lifestyle and short attention span these days. In addition, players can now manipulate time by the hour as opposed to switching from midday to midnight. How awesome is that?

1. Super Mario 64 DS

In our opinion, Super Mario 64 DS is the epitome of classic video game remakes. The graphics saw a very welcomed (and needed) makeover, and well-known issues were promptly improved – mainly clunky camera controls that often made the game harder than intended. Additionally, you could now play with characters other than Mario, including the lovable Yoshi, Luigi and even Wario. To make use of the DS’ touch screen controls, you could spend some time chasing rabbits that were scattered throughout the castle to unlock a large amount of fun and varied mini games. All in all, Super Mario 64 DS remains one of the best video game remakes to date.

These top 5 video game remakes are sure to keep you busy for a while. What other classics would you like to see in a modern light?

My Favorite Video Games of All Time

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7 Best 80s Movies on Netflix to Watch Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:30:00 +0000 If you’re a child of the 80s, and you want to go back to the times when things were simple, then you’ll definitely want to see some of the movies you saw back then.

Even if you were born much later, but you appreciate that decade, then head over to Netflix to watch some of the best 80s movies. From cheesy to funny to controversial (at that time at least) to inspiring – we’ve got some of the best 80s movies on Netflix for you.

Best 80s movies on Netflix you can watch

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

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Based on the novel with the same title, the movie was burned by critics when it came out. In spite of that, however, The Blue Lagoon developed its own following and remains to be one of the standout movies of the 80s. Oh, and Brooke Shields.

The story revolves around the lives of two cousins stranded in an island as children, grow up not knowing anything about sexuality, relationships, and other norms.

Terms of Endearment (1983)

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A classic story of the love and sometimes bordering on hate relationship between mother and daughter, Terms of Endearment is a mix of comedy and drama which will take you down memory lane. Even if you’re a millennial, you’ll probably end up listing this movie as one of your favorites. And, with a cast featuring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, and Jack Nicholson, this is definitely a must-watch 80s movie.

Flashdance (1983)

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Cheesy soundtrack notwithstanding (it’s the 80s after all!), Flashdance is the perfect movie for a laidback Friday night. This award-winning movie is all about an exotic dancer wanting to fulfill her dreams of getting into ballet school. How can you not root for her? Make sure you’ve got lots of pizza and beer/soda on hand.

The Karate Kid (1984)

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One of the most enduring movies from the 80s, The Karate Kid really does not need much introduction, does it? Mister Miyaga and Daniel will forever be embedded in our memories. It’s always a good time to watch Karate Kid.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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Everyone wants a day off from school, but not everyone goes to such great lengths as Ferris Bueller. And no one who has played hooky had as much fun as Ferris Bueller did, too. If you haven’t seen this movie, then there is no time to waste. If you have, then there’s no need to convince you to watch it now.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

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If you were to choose between your childhood sweetheart who’s an absolute darling or a rich and adoring playboy, who would you go for? Pretty in Pink, a coming of age movie that every 80s kid had to see, tells that story; and if you’re game for a something on the cheesy side (which of course is popcorn material), then go for!

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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One of the funniest “high tech” movies that an 80s kid will never forget, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids tells the story of a wonky scientist who is a father to two teenagers. As the title says, he (accidentally) shrinks his kids – and two of their friends – into the size of insects. The fun and adventure escalates as scientist daddy looks for the kids, which results in the kids trying to run – and hide – for their lives. I bet this movie has made an 80s kid wish for a shrinking machine just like the one in the movie…

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Fandom Friday: Which Justice League Member Should You Date? [QUIZ] Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:30:30 +0000 This Fandom Friday’s quiz is for Justice League fans.

Let’s see if you and your preferred Justice League member are compatible.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Better Call Saul Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:31:22 +0000 Better Call Saul is bound to be AMC’s next big hit, partly thanks to Breaking Bad’s phenomenal and critically acclaimed success. As the show is still in its infancy, we explore some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the already-popular dramedy.

Let’s kick off the list with this interesting Better Call Saul trailer, in case you have yet to dive into AMC’s fan-favorite series.

The Meaning Behind the Name

It is widely believed that Saul Goodman’s name has a very obvious sound and meaning to it, deriving from the phrase, “It’s all good, man.” Speaking of the name, Saul Goodman is actually a pseudonym that Jimmy McGill came up with for the sake of attracting more business as a lawyer. The fake name was merely invented to sound more Jewish and thus be more relatable to the local community.

Saul is Not that Shady… Yet

Breaking Bad told the story of a man who made bad decisions for good reasons, primarily due to desperation. Over time, Walter White’s ambitions got the better of him and eventually turned him into a full-blown criminal. Saul Goodman will essentially tell a similar story as we see a financially troubled man in distress, breaking some laws merely for his own survival. Later down the road we will witness his transformation into a much shadier character, as witnessed in the events of Breaking Bad.

Not Your Typical Prequel

TV show prequels typically focus on a timeline that comes before the events of its sequel (in this case, Breaking Bad). In an odd, but potentially great twist, though, Better Call Saul will occasionally jump to settings that take place before, during and after the events of Breaking Bad. The show’s producers explained that this would cover Saul’s life and character development in much more detail.

Better and Faster Pace

Breaking Bad often moved at an awfully slow pace to comply with Walter White’s deteriorating health conditions more realistically. Thankfully, Better Call Saul will generally advance much faster due to the vastly different plot. This potentially means more action, drama and twists without long draughts in between. Could Jimmy McGill’s story end up being superior to Walter White’s as a result? This is entirely possible.

Better Call Saul: The Sitcom?

Did you know that the show was originally intended to be a 30-minute comedy? It’s difficult to comprehend this angle, considering the original was an hour-long drama. Thankfully the show’s producers eventually turned it into a more conventional series like its predecessor. Now we wonder if showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould would have introduced laugh tracks into the show.

The Show’s Inception Was a Joke

Better Call Saul was not conceived in the typical sense where producers are decidedly interested in a spin-off long before the original series’ end. The show’s very idea came out of many years of jokes among Breaking Bad’s writers, making small talk of a show exclusively devoted to Saul Goodman. At some point, the constant quirks became so concrete that Vince Gilligan finally gave the idea some serious consideration.


Thankfully, newcomers do not need to know a single thing about Breaking Bad in order to understand and embrace Better Call Saul. In spite of this, we still suggest that you become familiar with the former hit show, as it allows you to appreciate the Better Call Saul cast a lot more.

The Show is a Tad Late

Better Call Saul was originally slated for a 2014 release, but Vince Gilligan was given more freedom in order to polish the plot and characters as much as possible. This was a great decision on the network’s part, of course, considering the tremendous success of its predecessor.

Scenes are Shot All over the Place

Unlike Breaking Bad, which was mostly produced inside sound stages in Albuquerque, the majority of Better Call Saul’s scenes are shot around the city. Producer Melissa Bernstein explains that this fits with Saul’s hectic schedule and upbeat personality.

Saul Has an Active Website

Did you know that Saul Goodman has an actual business website? That’s right, is packed with cliché and hilarious promotion ads, a live office webcam, and ways to contact the sleazy lawyer. Now that’s genius marketing.

There you have it, 10 things you didn’t know about Better Call Saul. What do you think of the Better Call Saul cast appearances and plot so far? Be sure to share your opinions in the comments!

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6 Adult Board Games for Couples Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:30:26 +0000 Board games kept us busy as kids while our parents were doing what adults do. Now, as adults, funnily enough, board games still give the fun we had when we were innocent little boys and girls.

The difference is that there is a bunch of adult board games that appeal to the mature audience. Monopoly is still popular, no matter what age, of course, but if you’re looking to spice things up, consider these adult board games for couples.

At the very least, they will add an element of fun to your relationship.


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Do you like playing Scrabble? It’s a great way of widening your vocabulary, but it’s also a very competitive board game. If you want a faster-paced, more competitive word game similar to Scrabble, then Bananagrams will give you the challenge you crave.

What makes it different from Scrabble is that players race each other to build crossword grids. While it can accommodate up to 8 players, you and your word-loving partner can spend quality time together playing Bananagrams.

The discovery Game: for a married couple

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Married couples, or couples who have been together for a long time, usually reach a stage when they think they know each other so well that they reach a plateau in their relationship. If you are in this stage, and you want to go to another level, you can check out The discovery Game: for a married couple.

“Date night in a box” is how the makers describe the game, so if you’re desperate for date night, it’s worth a try. At the very least, you’ll have something else to talk about other than how bad the commute was to and from the office.

TABLETOPICS Couples: Questions to Start Great Conversations

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While TABLETOPICS Couples: Questions to Start Great Conversations is more of a card game than a board game, it is also a great way for couples to find something to talk about other than what they had for lunch. It contains 135 questions, so if you pace it right, you’ll have new things to talk about with your partner for quite some time.

I’ve Never Board Game Adult Version

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A classic board game tailored specifically for adults, I’ve Never Board Game Adult Version will certainly spice things up. It can be played with friends, but you and your SO will have a more intimate night if only the two of you play.

Of course, there is the chance that you might shock each other – which can go either way, good or bad – but keep an open mind and remember that the point is to have fun.

Sex Stack

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For a more intimate game, Sex Stack is a popular option. Again, it’s not a board game in the traditional sense. It’s actually more like Jenga, but the adult version.

The name says it all.

Sexopoly – an Adult Board Game for Couples

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Perhaps even more popular than Sex Stack, Sexopoly – an Adult Board Game for Couples is the adult version of Monopoly – sort of.

The board game requires you to strategize and rely on luck at the same time. Just like Monopoly, Sexopoly challenges your business acumen, with the added twist of sexy challenges. If your relationship is lacking in the fiery department, this game will certainly fix that.

Have you played any of these adult board games for couples? How did that go? Or do you have any other board games you want to recommend? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Odd Movie Couples That Touched Our Hearts Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:30:47 +0000 “Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine.” ― Whoopi Goldberg

Some people have an idea of what a “normal” couple should be. Real life, however, reflects Whoopi Goldberg’s quote. Who’s to say what normal is? And, Hollywood has shown us time and again that odd movie couples can – and have – touched our hearts.

Let’s take a look at some of these odd movie couples.

Melvin Udall and Carol Connelly – As Good As It Gets

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A misanthropic author and a beautiful spunky waitress – that makes for an odd couple, and one would think that a relationship between the two wouldn’t work out at all. The movie shows us, however, that love really works in mysterious ways. With the brilliant acting of Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, this oddball of a couple is at the top of my list.

Charlotte and Bob Harris – Lost in Translation

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A lonely young woman pretty much left to her own devices in Tokyo while her husband works constantly and a washed out actor who is in town to shoot a commercial. Both are married, attached to their spouses to a certain degree, and have a huge age gap between them.

They seem to be as different as can be, but somehow, they find a connection and have a short-lived relationship, after which they return to their own lives. On the surface, it is a weird relationship, but the couple has tugged on many a viewer’s heart.

Tyler Durden/The Narrator and Marla Singer – Fight Club

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Contributing to the alluring strangeness of the movie is the relationship between Marla singer and Tyler Durden/The Narrator. I think it’s Edward Norton’s aspect of the character that gives that oddness an extra flavor. With the movie being quite loved the world over, this partnership is perhaps one of the best odd movie couples.

Mickey and Mallory Knox – Natural Born Killers

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A young couple with traumatic childhoods behind them fall in love in a strange way, with both being whole-heartedly dedicated to each other. Not so odd, is it? Then they both turn into psychopaths who engage on a killing spree, with the media not far behind. With Quentin Tarantino writing the screenplay, you know how weird things can be. Still, the couple has this endearing quality – psychopathic killers aside.

Jonathan Switcher and Emmy – Mannequin

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You can’t go any odder with a human and a mannequin come to life, can you?

Which odd movie couples are your favorites? Do you have others that are not on the list?

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The Ultimate List of Geeky Shows in 2015 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:18:43 +0000 The past decade has been tough for science fiction and drama enthusiasts. With the never-ending influx of reality TV, good ol’ scripted series have been rather spotty at best. While we have been introduced to great shows like The Flash, The Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., many still long for greater consistency across major television networks.

Thankfully the arena seems to be improving thanks to the success of the aforementioned smash hits. The following shows are exactly what rabid geeks have been asking for, with most of them scheduled to be released later this year. For those without an exact release date, at least we find comfort in knowing that they are well underway nonetheless. Here are the best TV shows of 2015 for geeks.

Note: Some of the following will air primarily on gaming consoles. Needless to say, they are sure to satisfy your cravings for great American geeky television.


Airs on: CW, March 17

Just when we thought the zombie craze couldn’t be imagined in any other angle, we suddenly get iZombie – this time with a somewhat lighthearted twist. Liv Moore is an overachiever whose life is abruptly turned upside down. While attending a local party, the young, medical resident was partially turned into a zombie after a crazy and well unexpected zombie frenzy took place.

In order to keep her sanity and motor skills intact, Liv must now follow a rather tasty diet that consists of brains, forcing her to get a job as a coroner at the city morgue. Even more surprisingly is the fact that she can now consume some of the victims’ past memories leading to their death, which she uses to help solve ongoing crimes.

We are anxiously looking forward to the show, as it seems to offer something fresh and brainy about an otherwise overdone genre.


Airs on: Netflix, April 10

The superhero craze has no end in sight, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Luckily for fans, giants like Marvel and DC Comics are working on various reboots in an effort to correct past blunders like The Fantastic 4 and The Green Lantern, respectively.

Not everything is aimed for the big screen, though. The latest comic book TV adaptation comes in the form of Daredevil, a blind hero who uses all main human senses to fight crimes and save the day. As any comic book fan would know, there is plenty of potential in the series providing is well executed and (hopefully) contains some cameo appearances later down the line.

Get ready to blindly follow this captivating new series when it airs on Netflix this coming April.

The Last Man on Earth

Airs on: FOX, March 1

We’ll be honest: This is the sort of premise that begs to be made as a drama series (similarly to the I Am Legend movie). Despite being mainly a comedy, though, we are still excited to see what this intriguing idea could bring to the table.

Phil Miller appears to be the last surviving human in the year 2022 after an unknown incident wipes out the entire human population. His sole mission is now finding out what exactly happened, why it took place, as well as locating any survivors (especially female companions, for the sake of the human race).

Shows like these are rather rare on TV, as largely-catastrophic plots are generally left for the silver screen. For this and for many other reasons, we expect The Last Man on Earth to become one of the best TV shows for geeks in 2015.


Airs on: PlayStation Network, March 10

Powers is based on the comic book series of the same name, which premieres this coming March exclusively on the PlayStation Network. It’s great to see video game consoles offering original programming for the first time, a clear indication of how much these machines have evolved over the decades.

Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are two homicide detectives who thoroughly look into cases that involve superheroes and villains. Their job is much like that of regular detectives, with the exception that they investigate crimes strictly related to the aforementioned super-powered individuals.

If this doesn’t scream “Geek,” then we don’t know what does. We hope the series becomes a huge success, enough to bring it outside of the PlayStation Network for others to enjoy one day.

The Expanse

Airs on: SyFy, 2015

The Expanse is set to air on SyFy sometime in 2015, and we’re desperately waiting for more details on this geeky, space colonization journey. After all, when was the last time SyFy gave us something great that was remotely similar in setting? Yes, we’re looking at you, Stargate Universe.

The Expanse focuses on Josephus Miller, a detective responsible for finding a young heir by the name of Juliette Andromeda Mao. There appears to be a deteriorating relationship between Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt where Joseph’s civilization resides. However, their political and personal feuds are soon put aside when they realize that this missing woman is somehow connected to a potentially dangerous, life-changing conspiracy. Sounds like your cup of tea? Yeah, we hear you loud and clear.

CSI: Cyber

Airs on: CBS, March 4

CSI: Cyber shocked us in the sense that this franchise is generally old fashioned and grounded when it comes to murder mysteries. Now they are finally heading deep into the World Wide Web as they investigate internet-related crimes; these include cyber-theft, security-compromising activities, hacking, blackmail and everything in between.

The Cyber Crime Division is overseen by Ph.D cyber-psychologist Avery Ryan, with the help of a very geeky team at her disposal. It would be interesting to see how much the well-known series will captivate the internet-savvy audience. Let’s hope they can hack it this coming March on CBS.

The Whispers

Airs on: ABC, 2015

The Whispers is based on a 1951 short story penned by Ray Bradbury. If you are not familiar with it, just know that it has everything we love in epic sci-fi tales: Evil aliens and innocent children in harm’s way. Okay, fine, maybe that’s a little over the top.

In any case, the bad extraterrestrials are at it again (when are they not?) in an attempt to conquer planet Earth and wipe humanity from existence. Instead of executing their plans with superior firepower and spaceships, however, they are doing it rather quietly by befriending small children throughout the world.

These baddies are essentially disguising themselves as the children’s imaginary friends, covertly communicating with the young earthlings and brainwashing them. As suspicions later arise, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan steps in to figure out whether this is merely child’s play or something far more sinister.

The plot clearly has potential, easily making it one of the best TV shows of 2015.


Airs on: Netflix, May – June

From the creators of The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski bring us a promising science fiction drama that could prove quite popular among geeks of all shapes and sizes. The show tells the story of various people who are mentally linked to one another, and whom now share a violent and disturbing vision.

This mysterious incident attempts to bring them all together, but instead of getting along, it forces individuals to hate and even try to kill each other. Sense8 explores sensitive themes such as sexual orientation, lifestyles, bigotry and equality.

Thanks to the creators’ outstanding resumes, we’re confident that Sense8 could easily become one of our most anticipated series later this year.


Airs on: Xbox One and UK Channel 4, 2015

Humans reminds us a lot of past offerings like The Outer Limits, a show that often explored the dark consequences of our creations and discoveries.

Set in an advanced parallel present, Humans tells the story of a family that acquires a life-like robot as a house servant. While her primary duties include typical household chores, the family soon learns that she is capable of much more than she was programmed to perform. What dark secrets and agenda does she have in store?

The series marks Microsoft’s official entry into the Netflix model and digital scene, as it will be exclusively available on the Xbox One and the UK’s popular Channel 4.

This video provides an overview on how Microsoft is taking on Netflix with their new programming efforts:


Airs on: HBO, 2015

If you miss the originality of Firefly and Dollhouse, Westworld might be just the geeky TV show you’ve been waiting for.

While the plot remains somewhat vague at this point, it reportedly depicts a futuristic amusement park exclusively built for adults. Highly intelligent robots help fulfill every desire and fantasy you wish to act out, no matter how dark and twisted it might be. The series promises a rather futuristic plot and blends a western look and feel.

Westworld seems to be in good hands with Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams overseeing this intriguing HBO drama. Could this be the perfect cure for the aforementioned cult hits that Joss Whedon once brought us? We can’t wait to find out.


Airs on: SyFy, 2015 (rumored)

Among all the shows listed here, Krypton is perhaps the one with the greatest potential due to people’s vast familiarity with The Man of Steel. Additionally, the series’ plot is largely untapped, focusing on Superman’s grandfather many years before the planet’s eventual destruction.

In a world ruled by chaos, El has to fight to restore equality among the many citizens who are torn, insecure and hopeless about their home’s peace and prosperity. Expect to find plenty of special effects accompanied by a deep storyline that helps us understand planet Krypton’s rather obscure history.

Heroes Reborn

Airs on: NBC, 2015

The original Heroes was a major letdown toward the end of its run in 2010, but that still hasn’t stopped devoted fans from craving another take on the once-popular series.

Heroes Reborn is a 13-episode TV mini-series focusing on the lives of both new and past characters (including the mysterious Noah Bennet). We can expect some past controversies and plots to be revisited, although Heroes Reborn will be primarily treated as a reboot rather than a continuation of the series. For example, antagonist Sylar is no longer returning to the show to resume his murderous tendencies, and actor Zachary Levi will play a major role instead of Claire Bennet.

We are glad to have this beloved TV show back, albeit in limited form.

Honorable mentions: The Man in the High Castle, Wayward Pines, Jekyll and Hyde.

What are some of your most anticipated shows of 2015? If you want much more out of 2015, you might also like:

Movies, TV Shows, and Games to Look Forward to in 2015

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The 8 Best Movie Posters of 2015 (So Far) Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:26:46 +0000 There’s always something magical about movie posters, as they can often tell a great story without the need for special effects and cutting-edge surround sound. These are works of art that perfectly blend with the best marketing tactics to date, making you stare at them like you simply have nothing better to do. Speaking of which, let’s take a long and very hard look at some of the most breathtaking movie posters of 2015.

Best Movie Posters 2015

Alien Outpost

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The movie might have tanked with critics, but the promotional poster is beautifully rendered nonetheless. Although a bit stereotypical, this is actually a good thing in this case: You have the inevitable blue laser, flying spaceships and the protagonist looking over a post-apocalyptic setting like he owns the place. All in all, this is the kind of poster that makes you want to watch the movie regardless of its production values.


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The Ant-Man movie poster has ‘geeky’ written all over it, which gives all the more reason to aura-print it and frame it on your wall for years to come. Best of all, it conveys Henry Pym’s powers perfectly without the help of a written word. From the fading images behind the character to the fact that he’s riding an ant, you can clearly get the picture while simultaneously admiring everything about its artistic attributes.


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The world has turned upside down for main characters Tris and Four, and this jaw-dropping, fantastically digitized poster explains it quite elegantly. Set in a corrupt and futuristic Chicago, you can clearly see the many obstacles and gunfights that will ensue in this upcoming action film. The saying is undoubtedly true: A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Jupiter Ascending

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Different worlds, universe exploration and small, yet devastating guns make this an extraordinary movie poster. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis are set to oversee and protect the cosmos, and the small glimpses we get from this artistic picture only makes us want to watch the movie that much more.

Jurassic World

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Jurassic World prides itself in teasing you with a simplistic, but self-explanatory poster. Forget all the fancy graphics and modern color palette; this image delivers a powerful punch due to its minimalist nature that still conveys everything you’ve come to love about the franchise. Due to its instantly-recognizable features, this makes for one of the best movie posters of 2015 and beyond.

San Andreas

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The art work portrayed for this movie spells nothing but chaos and disaster, and we mean that as a compliment. How will the main character locate his daughter in a city that is completely destroyed following a devastating earthquake? What can he do to ensure that he doesn’t become a victim as well? These are the type of exhilarating questions that this amazing movie poster brings to mind – and for that, we are grateful.

Star Wars: Episode VII

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Even a non-Star Wars fan can immediately recognize (and admire) a poster from this iconic franchise. These have always been about space battles, alien conflicts and beautifully-colored lightsabers, and the latest Star Wars: Episode VII movie poster does not disappoint. Let’s face it: Once you take a good look, you can only come to the natural conclusion that this is one of the best movie posters of 2015 to date.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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It was difficult to pick among the several available posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie’s villain is clearly the main attraction this time around, showing his confidence with a calm, hollier-than-thou demeanor. The poster and the movie’s premise truly make you wonder why so many skilled warriors are needed to stop one single enemy. We can’t wait to see much more, and it’s mainly due to such promotional images.

Which upcoming movie posters have you been admiring lately?

More movie posters for you to enjoy:

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10 Awesomely Horrible Movie Posters

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Fandom Friday: Will You Make the Cut as Sherlock’s Assistant? [QUIZ] Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:00:34 +0000 It’s Fandom Friday once again, and this time, we’ve got a quiz for Sherlock fans.

Will Sherlock take notice of you? Will he take you on as an assistant? Can you be the next Watson?

Take the quiz and find out. Don’t forget to share your results so everyone knows…unless you fail miserably.

Featured image by sidhrat

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7 Nerdy Bookshelves to House Your Just-as-Nerdy Collection Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:30:59 +0000 Geeks and nerds devour knowledge like a hungry T-rex faced with a bunch of “tourists” who shouldn’t be there in the first place. While the Internet has certainly made it so much easier to find information, there is nothing like a good old book to hold in your hand.

From comic books to omnibuses (or omnibi?) to sci-fi to fantasy to horror to classics – it doesn’t matter. As Cicero said, “Anyone who has a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.”

We’re obviously highlighting the “book collection” part, and that’s why we’re giving you 7 nerdy bookshelves that will make gazing at your book collection even more pleasurable.

Donkey Kong Bookshelf

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Never mind that you can’t play the game with this bookshelf, but your collection would look oh so good. The guy who owns the shelf doesn’t seem to have any books – unless I’m blind – but I can imagine my books and omnibuses on this. Plus an action figure or two.

Found here.

Pac-Man Bookshelf

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If you like that Donkey Kong bookshelf, then you’ll also want this Pac-Man (or Puckman) bookshelf. Don’t worry, your books will be safe from the chomping Pac-Man. All you’ll have are envious visitors.

Check it out here.

Mario Bookshelf

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This Mario bookshelf was a DIY project by a couple – obviously avid gamers. You can’t get it anywhere, but you can try your hand at making something similar if you’re into DIY, too. Alternatively, find someone who knows what he’s doing and have one made for you. I bet what you spend will be worth it.

Found here.

Pipe Bookshelf

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Here’s something a little more modern, but Mario-approved for sure. The Pipe bookshelf is made from urban industrial black galvanized steel and is made-to-order. It costs $155.44, and you can order one (or two) here.

Batman Bookshelf

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We featured a similar bookshelf about a year ago, also with this Dark Knight version, but this Batman bookshelf, you can buy.

The price tag is $180, so you might think twice about purchasing it, but hey, it IS cool. You can buy the Batman bookshelf here.

TARDIS Bookshelf

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This awesome bookshelf has made the Internet rounds, but did you know that it was commissioned by a guy for his 18th birthday? This bookshelf may not be that much bigger on this inside, but it does have that sound that makes every Whovian stand up, pay attention, and run towards its source.

Learn more about the TARDIS bookshelf.

Spiral Bookshelf

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If you’ve got $600, and you get why this Spiral bookshelf is part of the list, then head over to briannakufa’s shop. This bookshelf is handmade, with the following materials: aluminum, clearcoat, stainless nuts and bolts, drywall anchor, and drywall screws.

Do you have your own geeky or nerdy bookshelves? Share them with us, and we’ll add them to the list!

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The 7 Scariest TV Shows Currently On the Air Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:42:48 +0000 In a generation that primarily consists of reality TV and police drama, being able to indulge in fear and horror actually seems like a great thing.

The following TV shows offer everything from vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons and much more. Best of all, these creepy TV series are all alive and kicking, with no cancellation or abrupt ending in sight. Prepare to be horrified, freaked out and unpleasantly disturbed with some of TV’s scariest TV shows still on the air.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story premiered to a small fan base that has consistently grown more and more over the years. Each season focuses on a brand new tale that explores humanity’s darkest secrets and twists them even further. There’s hardly a happy ending for the main characters and every episode’s outcome is truly anyone’s guess. We hope to see much more out of this show before its eventual end.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead needs no introduction, and that is exactly why it deserves a spot on our list. Rick and company are progressively losing their minds and their once-innocent nature, making you feel compassionate and a deep sadness for these lonely survivors. Unlike many series currently on TV, The Walking Dead just keeps getting better and more ambitious over time.


Supernatural is one of the CW’s longest running series, originally airing in 2005 through the now-defunct WB. Throughout the years, Sam and Dean Winchester have battled against demons, vampires, werewolves, and even the Devil himself. Despite going ten seasons strong to date, the show’s writers have an uncanny ability to keep the plot fresh and its audience highly engaged.

The Following

Much like the show’s premise, its audience is composed of a cult following highly addicted to Joe Carroll’s murderous plans. Ryan Hardy (portrayed by Kevin Bacon) does everything in his power to capture this remorseless killer and put an end to his highly dangerous, ever-growing cult of killers. When a show makes its viewers root more for the bad guys than the good guys, it truly deserves to be recognized as one of the most twisted, scariest TV shows on TV to date.

The Strain

There’s always something genuinely attractive about “End of the human race” scenarios, and The Strain plays this old card wonderfully. What starts off as an airplane incident quickly expands to city-wide chaos. Hundreds of victims turn into vampire-like creatures who are not afraid of devouring even their own loved ones. Just when you start to fall in love with a character, you soon realize that he or she is dead, which makes for a great and unpredictable TV show.


Salem is an underestimated horror show that not many people have yet discovered. It’s genuinely satisfying and quite original, considering there simply aren’t enough shows that focus on the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. Everything from witches to human sacrifices is questioned, downright to our own moral beliefs and the many gruesome actions that form part of our gruesome history.

The Originals

The Originals is the spinoff to 2009’s The Vampire Diaries, a show highly centered around teenage lives and, quite frankly, too much Twilight- like romance. For this reason, we welcome The Original’s more mature premise, as it deals more prominently with dark and gritty settings surrounding vampires and werewolves. These types of shows have been done to death, but The Originals still earns a golden spot as one of the most satisfying, scariest TV shows still airing on American television.

Other honorable mentions include Grimm, Sleepy Hollow and Helix, further proving that there is no shortage of creepy and disturbing TV for your viewing pleasure.

If you’re a fan of twisted plots…

6 Book Adaptations to TV: The Cool, Mysterious, and Genuinely Horrific

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The 7 Hottest Male Video Game Characters Wed, 04 Feb 2015 23:13:34 +0000 Gamers often talk about babes like Lara Croft and Bayonetta, but we often fail to recognize the hottest male video game characters within the industry. Their physical and psychological attributes have made many, many ladies weak at the knees, including those who don’t normally play video games. But more specifically, what exactly makes these hardy, athletic hunks so darn special? Let’s dissect some of our favorite picks and find out.

Squall Leonhart

Squall is sometimes accused of having very little personality due to his dry sense of humor. Nevertheless, this tall, slender stud made one hell of a splash when the RPG smash hit Final Fantasy VIII arrived in 1999. Perhaps it was his stylish sense of fashion or the soft hair that graciously complemented his facial scar. Whatever the case may be, this stubborn but noble mercenary happily wins a spot in our hottest male video game characters list.

Travis Touchdown

Travis Touchdown had only one goal in mind: To impress the girl by becoming the number one assassin in the world. This guy isn’t about the muscles or even his charm (far from it, in fact). What makes the No More Heroes protagonist such a badass is his brutally-honest personality and fearless, “I can do what I want” attitude. Let’s face it: Who on Earth would battle against the world’s deadliest criminals for the sole purpose of getting laid?

Solid Snake

This is undoubtedly Hideo Kojima’s finest work to date. Solid Snake has arguably done it all, and he’s always done it in style. Here’s a guy that can practically toggle his charm, as well as his killer instincts, with the flip of a mental switch. Not to mention his absurdly muscular features and tight suit can really make his masculine frame stick out like a sore thumb. Thankfully Konami has kept this tough guy alive and kicking, adding more hotness and manliness with every new entry in the Metal Gear series.


Ezio starts out as a simple young man with nothing better to do, leaving most real-world tasks to his brother and dad. Once his family starts dying at the hands of their enemies, however, it doesn’t take long before he goes from a spoiled pretty face to a full-blown lady killer. Ubisoft took their time to develop a sexier outfit and a much more relatable personality than Altair. For these reasons, girl gamers can only hope to see this humble assassin make another appearance sooner rather than later.


At the risk of sounding odd, Kratos is the type of hunk that would make any straight guy think twice about his lifestyle and sexual preferences. Armed with huge swords and intimidating muscle-made cannons, this no-nonsense Spartan isn’t afraid to fight gigantic mythological beings, ginormous titans and seemingly-immortal Gods. We won’t even get into his physical assets, as we’re positive you have already studied this grumpy demigod from head to toe (as have we).


This is the only video game character on this list that is downright evil, but that doesn’t exclude him from making the ladies melt all the same. When Sephiroth first appeared in Final Fantasy VII, he was actually a bigger selling point than Cloud Strife himself, the game’s main protagonist. His sex appeal was backed by a very mysterious vibe, as players were fed very little information about his background and motives. And then again, of course, there’s also the long silky hair, long trench coat, phenomenal stature and superb fighting skills. What more could the ladies have asked for?

Nathan Drake

Based on bad boy Johnny Knoxville, Harrison Ford and other prominent figures, Nathan Drake is often considered one of the sexiest male leads in gaming history. The reason doesn’t lie on his extraordinary physique, but rather his relatable persona, his respectable intelligence and overall versatility. This is the type of guy that every girl would love to bring home to mom; Nathan is funny, strong-willed and can evidently take care of every problem with ease. Now what type of girl wouldn’t want that in a man?

Speaking of the hottest male video game characters, what do you consider to be the hottest gals in gaming?

The 7 Hottest Video Game Babes (You’ve Had a Crush On)

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14 Sweet Geeky Cakes That You Won’t Want to Eat Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:30:50 +0000 This is pure torture for cake lovers, or anyone who has a sweet tooth for that matter. There is always some room in the tummy for a slice of cake, but with these geeky cakes, you won’t get any more torn between satisfying your craving or not committing sacrilege.

Here’s a roundup of 14 geeky cakes that will make you drool, both literally and figuratively. Whether you cave in and eat a slice, or keep the cake frozen forever, only you would know.

Batman vs. Sauron

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Who would have ever thunk that Batman and Sauron would battle it out? If they did, however, this cake wouldn’t be to bad a depiction of the battle. Who would you put your money on?

This awesome cake is made by Heartache Cakes.


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Also made by Heartache Cakes, this Groot cake is too cute to even touch. Wouldn’t you feel like a heartless bastard person if you put a knife in this cake?

Serenity 1

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God, grant me Serenity. That’s all we Firefly fans ever really want, isn’t it? And if this cake is the nearest thing we can get to our dream, then I’ll freeze it forever.

Thanks to Cake Wrecks for this discovery.

Serenity 2

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I can’t hide my obsession with Firefly, so might as well add another Serenity cake. This one’s made by Cake Lava and looks too good to eat as well.

Doctor Who

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If you’re getting hitched, and you’re a Whovian, there is no other wedding cake you will want. Then again, who cares whether you’re getting hitched or not? You don’t need any excuse to have this cake on your table. You know what would even be sweeter? The nth (depending on your favorite) Doctor and you as cake toppers!

Cake discovery via pixgood.

Hogwarts House – Harry Potter Cake

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There are countless photos of Harry Potter sweets online, but my oh my, this one takes home the cake! The detail is amazing, and just how Pop Up Cakes was able to keep this standing straight up is impressive. It truly would be a pity to ruin this cake by eating it.

The Stark Heart Tree

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The Heart Tree, the center of the Godswood, where a Stark will always find peace. If you’re looking to gift a cake to your special someone, this is the perfect design. If you can find someone to make it for you.


Tyrion on the Iron Throne

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Now you know who is going to sit on the Iron Throne. Or maybe not.

Either way, this cake is a fitting tribute to adorable and fearsome Imp.


The Walking Dead: Don’t Open…

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Of all the Walking Dead-themed cakes I’ve seen, this is the most appropriate in my opinion. The “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” sign is definitely one of the iconic elements of the series.

This cake was made by Lydias Lil Pastries!

The Walking Dead: A Mashup

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If you want a cake that includes other elements of The Walking Dead, then this is the one for you. The cake contains various references and gives you a more complete picture of the show. Can you test your knowledge and point out all the references you can?



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This cake is a lie. You’re not really seeing it. It’s a figment of your imagination.

But it was made by Chatter Cakes UK.

Ponies and Supernatural

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Not your usual bedfellows, but this mashup cake is too cute! (Never mind the blood.)

For more epic geeky cakes, visit Nerdache Cakes. Make sure you have a hanky to wipe off that drool.


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Honor the original Ghostbusters gang with this cake. Nothing else will do.


Ultimate Sci-Fi Cake

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You say you’re a sci-fi kind of guy? Well, feast your eyes. Our friends at Regali Kitchen have done it again. Take a close look and let us know what you all find in this cake.

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