ForeverGeek http://www.forevergeek.com Nerds are for Dorks Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:53:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 April Fools’ Pranks Geeks Will Enjoyhttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/geeky-april-fools-pranks/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/geeky-april-fools-pranks/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:52:06 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66175 April Fools’ is pretty much here. You’ve probably got a collection of your best pranks, but you might be looking for a bit of inspiration – or just a laugh.

Here are some good old pranks that you will enjoy.

Play with the mouse

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The perfect office prank – if you use mice (mouses?). It’s an old one, but will surely still work.
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Add a more fun with this.

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Autocorrect

On a more “modern” note, play with your mom’s autocorrect settings. Yeah, we’re going there…

Of course, you can do all sorts of variations to different people – provided you have access to their phones.

Firefox Pranks

If your intended victim is a Firefox user, then you have a host of Firefox pranks to choose from.
Instructables will point you in the right direction, with individual add-ons, or if you’re going all out, you can go for the “Total Confusion Combo Pack”. If you get your face punched…

See all your options here.

Chrome Pranks

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The chances are that you’ll have a lot of targets for these pranks, and the idea is the same as Firefox pranks, except that your victims will be using Chrome. There are many extensions that will do the trick, but favorite is Cornify, which obviously is all about those awesome mythical (so they say) creatures. Get Cornify here.

Obvious note: not a good idea if the target firmly believes in unicorns; unless you want your prank to backfire.

The Universal Apple Remote

If you’ve got one of the old ones handy, then you’ll have a lot of fun freaking people out. (I’m not sure if the new one still works the same way.)

I’ve been the victim of this prank, with my brother-in-law using the remote to turn my TV on and off, resulting in a freak out for about a week till I found it. Living alone in a condo does that to you.

So, basically, use the remote to play tricks on your friends – TV, presentations, etc. As this is an old one, be creative and remember, timing is the key.

The Battery Prank – Dangerous!

We all like playing with electricity, but just like with fire, it’s a dangerous thing. Redditor winlifeat has a suggestion:

Take a 9 volt battery, place a quarter on top and wait for a good 10-20 minutes. Flick the quarter off the battery and wait.

Do this only if you’re absolutely sure you won’t get sued – and that there is a bit of time (several minutes) before someone comes along who will likely pick up the quarter. And, to test the person (as well as to serve as a sort of warning), leave the battery beside the quarter.

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Rick Grimy: 6 Reasons This Has Been the Best ‘Walking Dead’ Season Yethttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/rick-grimy-6-reasons-this-has-been-the-best-walking-dead-season-yet/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/rick-grimy-6-reasons-this-has-been-the-best-walking-dead-season-yet/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:34:24 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66118 The Walking Dead has done an amazing job at switching up the TV show’s dynamic this season. Instead of the group fearing the undead, we have come to learn the group itself has some real issues. From trust to PTSD, they are not exactly the most collectively sane people in that world right now. Rick Grimes, in particular, has gone from “sane and shaved Rick” back to “I’ll tear your throat out Rick” (which some of us actually prefer). Here are six solid reasons this has been the best season of The Walking Dead yet (and I am writing this three days BEFORE the finale.) Can only imagine how right this will prove to be after that plays.

Carol the Cookie Monster

This is one of those moments when you step back and look at the group differently. What were once your heroes now show us what a zombie apocalypse truly does to the mind. In this case, Carol discovered Sam has been following her and sees her take some guns. When inquiring about this, Carol quickly shows us that the cookie monster was no so much a character on Sesame Street as it is a beast that lurks inside her. I know that jokes is overused, but when in Rome.

She has since sort of redeemed herself by trying to protect said kid, but man, that first interaction between them was brutal.

Rick Wants to Shoot Crappy Husband of Women He Wants

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First of all, just the fact that Rick Grimes is getting feelings for someone after the awful loss of Lori is a great sign, but of course, Rick being Rick, she has to be a married woman. Though we see the exchange earlier in the season at the party that hints at romance, we later see Rick catch view of the married couple, and as the (drunken, crappy) hubby goes to put his arm around her, Rick quitely reaches back to grab his gun.

A very dark moment when we see that the antagonists on this show are slowly blurring lines between real good and bad.

Michonne Hangs up Sword

To see one of the strongest, most intense characters on the show willingly hang up her katana (which has gotten her this far and kept her alive) was shocking to many people. It seemed to symbolize that Michonne was one of the only characters on the show who seemed willing to accept this new place and the lifestyle changes that go along with it. To see how serious this is, just watch above clip of how well she wields it to understand.

Though we do see her tearing apart some walkers later, once she knocked out Rick during his tirade, you knew this was a different Michonne, even if only slightly.

Noah’s Death

Let’s be honest here. Us horror fans tune into the Walking Dead not just for awesome stories, but because of the brutal and awesome kills. And as far as the show goes, how Noah got torn apart in the glass booth while Glenn stared on in pale-faced horror was one of the most disturbing deaths on the show so far, and one that reminded us that this world plays for keeps and leaves few alive to tell the tale.

Sorry, I know everyone made this joke, but I guess everyone DOES hate Chris. Two overused Walking Dead jokes in one article. You’re welcome.

Rick’s Epic Battle with Pete

Honestly, as far as street fights go, this one was both awesome and brutal. But, in the same breath, Rick is pulling his cards too quickly. To walk into a woman’s home she shares with her abusive husband and say you wanna save her and her child is bound to justifably piss off the hubby. This ends in a bout of fisticuffs that would have even made early 90’s Mike Tyson proud. Hell, they fought while falling through a glass window. Now THAT is a fight.

Problem is, Rick is the new guy, and this made everyone look at Rick like he’s the nut (even though the other guy threw the first punch, which pretty wife failed to mention to angry crowd). Who is Rick gonna be attracted to next? That psycho from Gone Girl? He sure knows how to pick them.

That Finale!

Honestly, I have not even seen it yet, as it is the Friday before that I am writing this. But having seen every episode and knowing the comic inside and out, I can tell you, wow. I honestly can’t believe they killed (SPOILER). I mean, it really was a move NONE OF US saw coming, and I know they may have lost a fan or two with a move that ballsy, but that is the thing about the end of the world and the zombie apocalypse.

There are no puppies and rainbows.

No happy endings. Just not how that world works. On a lighter note…..

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Fandom Friday: Whovians Celebrate #10YearsOfNewWhohttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-whovians-celebrate-10yearsofnewwho/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-whovians-celebrate-10yearsofnewwho/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:30:25 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66111 When Doctor Who came back in 2005, it was met with mixed reactions. There were fans who were raving about it, and there were those who ranted about all the things wrong with it.

10 years later, New Who has gathered countless fans the world over, skyrocketing into unprecedented heights.

We could go on and on how New Who nailed it: the 9th and Rose, the 10th and Rose, the 10th and Donna, Captain Jack – the list could go on forever.

For this week’s Fandom Friday, however, we’d like to focus on how Whovians are celebrating #10YearsOfNewWho.

We’ve taken to Twitter to see what our peers are saying, and here are some of the best #10YearsOfNewWho tributes.

First, let’s give the companions a shoutout, for without them, the Doctor wouldn’t be who he is.

The show is loaded with awesome moments, but this tweet shares what may very well be the favorite of the majority.

And this one, is my favorite scene/episode. No need to say which episode, yeah?

This one will stir up some controversy, but the 9th happens to be my Doctor, so it’s all fine by me!

Fan art, of course!

Some trivia for you.

It’s also lovely how the real people behind Doctor Who give their tribute to the show.

Let’s end with a bang with this 10th Anniversary Trailer.

Oh, two more things:

  1. How did you celebrate/are celebrating?
  2. What are your favorite scenes/episodes?

Happy #10YearsOfNewWho, fellow Whovians! You’re all fantastic!

Also check out 8 Brilliant Doctor Who Quotes

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6 Geek Movies That Helped Form Us Into Who We Are Todayhttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/6-influential-geek-movies-that-helped-form-us-into-who-we-are-today/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/6-influential-geek-movies-that-helped-form-us-into-who-we-are-today/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:55:40 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66056 If you are a geek or a nerd (a title you should wear with pride), it would be foolish to say that movies did not factor into that. Though the geek gene may be strong in many of us from birth, it is the event of seeing certain movies on-screen that help cement that geekdom and make us realize we truly are who we thought we were up to that point.

Though there are hundreds of geek movies to pull from, here are 6 influential geek movies that formed us into the (frankly, awesome) nerds we are today. Keep in mind, the meek inherited the earth, so this is a public declaration of success on our parts, while paying homage to the movies that helped us become this, proudly.

Star Wars

When it comes to geekdom and geek movies, none are quite as cool or as influential as the first three (which is to say, chronologically speaking, the second three) Star Wars films. From the special effects to the unforgettable characters, Star Wars essentially branded many of us as science fiction geeks the first time we saw it because we had never seen space represented so, well, for lack of a better word, badass-ly. 2001 was amazing for this, too, but a little too advanced for many of us, who were wee-children or not yet born when it came out.

Yet Star Wars had bleeping lightsabers. Star Wars had lasers that went PEW PEW PEW. Star Wars had bad guys who made you squirm in terror from the safety of your seat in the theater. It was all these things that had such a profound effect on so many of us.

Plus, robots. Robots always win nerds over.

Lord of the Rings

While it could be said that this film (and the next on the list) came to the party late as many of us were already fans of both series, doesn’t matter. What you need to take into account when you mention the Lord of the Rings series and geek movies is, this original trilogy ushered in a WHOLE NEW generation of nerds, who maybe never read the books and never knew how alluring (and scary) Middle-Earth was. Just the simple moment in the first movie with the Balrog was enough to make all fans drool and realize, the fantasy we imagined in our heads for so long CAN be put to film (which up to that point, seemed impossible).

Sadly, much like Star Wars above, Peter Jackson sucked some of the joy out of this series with the prequels, but that doesn’t make the originals any less important or memorable.

Harry Potter

Another entry that came late to the party, we CANNOT undersell just what this book and movies series did for a new generation of nerds. Harry Potter was very much the Star Wars of the 2000’s in the sense that they showed a world to a bunch of young kids who immediately fell in love with, and as a result, were ushered into nerd-dom.

From wizards to spells to animal familiars and a roving cast of fist-shakingly despicable bad guys, the Harry Potter films took the books on step further by showing the world to many who were too lazy or unmotivated enough to pick up the (sometimes massive) books. That, alone, bred another generation of geeks. Basically ensuring the unending timeline of geeks, because we all know when geeks breed, they breed more geeks (which is an awesome thing for the whole world).

The Goonies

There is no single person alive who can say that, if they saw Goonies as a kid, they did not go into their attics afterward and break a picture hoping they would find a map. We ALL did it. That was this movie instilling the belief of the impossible in us. That was this movie showing us the impossible WAS possible. Many would think Indiana Jones would be here, but no. We watched Indiana Jones jealous of his awesome adventures. We watched The Goonies and realized, we could BECOME that adventurer. That changed everything for us.

Granted, none of us went on to actually FIND treasure (or a cool, sweet mutant who we could feed Baby Ruth candy bars to and be best friends with), but it lit that fire in us. And for many of us, and it has yet to go out.

Ghostbusters

Though this one is more fringe than the others on this list (meaning it is close to being not nerdy), it still makes the list if you really look at the long-reaching impact the film has had on nerd and pop culture overall. First off, its use of science is fun and caters to the way geeks think. Second, every guy in the movie is a geek (minus Bill Murray because he always plays awesome because that is what he is). Third, you have guys who bust ghosts with lasers. Sorry, but that screams geek.

On top of it, it did something really cool for a lot of nerds, too. A big part of being a geek can be getting picked on and being scared. Sad but true, I say this as one. Ghostbusters suddenly made ghosts fun and funny, which shifted how a lot of us felt about shutting off the lights at night.

Curious to see what the two reboots will do to this series. Fingers crossed.

Akira

You cannot mention a list of movies that helped form geeks into geeks and mention this anime classic that turned many of us onto a genre that would really change our lives and the lives of many nerds. No matter what you think, shows like Attack of Titan would NOT have the popularity they do worldwide right now if Akira hadn’t shown the world just how remarkable Japanese animation was.

On top of that, it deals with some incredibly lofty themes, and like our first entry, essentially features awesome powers of telekinesis. So, the force, yet again. Somehow, psychic powers always sucked us geeks right in.

So what geek movie helped form YOU into the wonderful nerd you are today? Take to our comments and let us know.

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5 of the Best Mobile Tower Defense Gameshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/5-of-the-best-mobile-tower-defense-games/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/5-of-the-best-mobile-tower-defense-games/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:30:52 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66101 There are so many mobile games that can keep one off the streets these days, but there is something about tower defense games that keep you coming back.

As I often say, there is always time (and storage space) for another tower defense game. Back in the day, I had my favorite games on this sort on the PC.

Today, I play games mostly on the iPad – which I’m pretty sure is the case with most of you – and I thought I’d share some of the best mobile tower defense games I’d recommend any day. They’ve been around for a while, but they’re still worth playing today.

You’ll notice that Plants Vs. Zombie is not part of this list – although I have to admit PVZ2 is still installed on my iPad – because everyone knows about it.

1. Fieldrunners 2

The game that started it all – Fieldrunners. The second installment is just as good, if not better, with 25 levels, more than 20 weapons at each level, and more than 30 different enemies. If you like hordes of enemies coming at you, then this will satisfy.

It’s available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

2. TowerMadness 2

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TowerMadness 2 is a huge improvement over the original game in terms of graphics and additional convenient features. That being said, I still go back to the original game now and then. This is perhaps the most re-playable tower defense game for me.

The game has 40 levels with 16 new alien enemies. It can be saved in the Cloud for multi-device players, and it’s in-app purchases don’t get in the way of playing.

Aliens, weapons that range from old-school cannons to futuristic pulse cannons, and sheep that you have to protect. What more can you want?

Also read: Movies, TV Shows, and Games to Look Forward to in 2015

3. Kingdom Rush

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Kingdom Rush is another classic tower defense game that will sucker a newbie into the genre. Its maker, Ironhide Game Studio, has since released two other installments – Kingdom Rush Frontiers and Kingdom Rush Origins. I have to say that the first game is still the best. Maybe it’s the nostalgia it brings.

This is a great game for even younger players as it’s relatively easy, and with the cute (for lack of a better word) graphics, it’s appropriate for everyone. If you want more challenge, just select the more difficult levels.

Oh, did I mention awesome boss levels? Prepare to tap furiously…

Get the game/s here.

4. Bloons TD 5

Monkeys! Balloons! Monkeys popping ballons!

What can be more fun?

Bloons TD 5 is another game that can be played at any age, although younger players might have a difficult time of it. The graphics are kid-friendly, but the levels can get rather difficult. I guess I don’t have to say how much time I have spent playing this game.

Here’s a sweet deal you can’t pass up on. The game is free on mobile for Easter, so go get it NOW!

5. Prime World: Defenders

The first thing that comes to mind when seeing Prime World: Defenders is “Wow, the graphics!” This relatively new tower defense game has the added feature of collecting magic cards which are upgradable, making you even more powerful. With this new feature, you’ll have to exert a little more effort in planning and executing your strategy, especially since the collectable cards change at random for each level.

What are the best mobile tower defense games that you keep going back to time and again?

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6 Video Game Bosses Who Haunt Our Nightmareshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/6-terrifying-video-game-bosses-who-haunt-our-nightmares/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/6-terrifying-video-game-bosses-who-haunt-our-nightmares/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:19:44 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66048 Video game bosses can be some of the most memorable parts of video games. There is just something awesome about falling lumbering beasts after hours of struggling to make it to them in the first place. And often, based on size and might alone, your chances of survival always seem slim.

But there are some bosses who are so twisted and vile, you remember them long after you whoop them into submission. Here are 6 terrifying video game bosses that still visit us in our nightmares. Please note, all bosses from the Souls’ series could be here, but they deserve their own list. Careful as some of the bosses on the list are a wee bit NSFW.

Giygas from Earthbound

Earthbound was such a cute and sweet N.E.S RPG. That is, until you reached the final boss. Suddenly, the game goes from cute and safe to soul-ruining. Many say it looks like a fetus, and some see a demon face. The best of us see both and considering the game it is in, it is one of those things that just haunts you forever. No, really.

The craziest thing is, the story BEHIND Giygas is even more insane. The creator of the game mistakenly walked into a movie theater playing a snuff film as a child, and was deeply scarred by what he saw. His idea then, was to pass that curse on to everyone who played his game (and it worked).

Cleopatra from Dante’s Inferno

Okay, the truth is, Dante’s Inferno game was FILLED with insane and nasty imagery and bosses that many of us are affected by. While many reference other bosses, I will always go with Cleopatra from the third level. Why? She pukes  from her nipples. Read that again if you have to process it.

On top of that, she insults your girlfriend who just killed herself, and that’s not cool.

The Great and Mighty Poo from Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Yes, a singing pile of sh*t with pieces of corn in it is funny, it could also be said a singing pile of sh*t with corn in it is not something you ever forget. Again, we can reference the whole game for unique and oft inappropriate boss fights, but let’s be real here. NO ONE expected to fight a singing pile of sh*t in a Nintendo game. That is still pretty shocking.

Okay, and honestly, still pretty funny.

Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2

Yes, get used to this. I will talk about Silent Hill 2 a lot on my lists. Why? Because it is one of the greatest narratives and greatest plot twists ever committed to a video game. First time you see this dude he is sexually assaulting mannequin legs. That really sets the tone for the rest of your encounters.

The worst part being, he keeps killing your already dead wife’s doppelganger in front of you. The best part is, he IS you. Sorry, but if you haven’t played this game yet, you must have been in a coma. That is some soul ruining stuff, especially for a video game boss fight. Yes, Pyramid Head has been brought back in other sequels, but not to the effect he had when we first met him/it/us.

Nihilanth from Half Life

Half Life was a game that left many of us shocked at just how scary it was (for the time). It was an incredibly tense game with scares galore, but there was something so Cthulhu and damning about the final boss. In many ways, it almost looked like how I imagined a 3D Giygas would look. A weird, baby looking alien that looks like it was spawned from the loins of the deepest reaches of space.

We may see and play this boss fight now and realize it lacks the impact it once had, but when you first played Half Life, it was mind blowing and quite startling.

 Lisa Trevor from Resident Evil Remake

Not sure how many of you experienced this subplot in the HD remake of Resident Evil, but if you missed it, you missed out on an incredibly sad subplot. Can I even call this a boss fight? Yes and no, but it makes it here anyway for the fear and sadness you feel once the story reveals itself.

Lisa is, basically, the result of years and years of lab testing since she was a teenager. Any boss that asks you to kill her SHOULD be something that always sticks with you as far as video game boss fights. Poor Lisa. A wonderfully tragic note to end this list on.

So what video game boss fights haunt your nightmares? Take to our comments and let us know!

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Best Tolkien Quotes to Live Byhttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/best-tolkien-quotes-to-live-by/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/best-tolkien-quotes-to-live-by/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:30:22 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66078 Today is Tolkien Reading Day, and as promised, we’re sharing quotes from the author and his work.

Being the prolific writer that he was, Tolkien wrote so many “quotable quotes”, so we tracked down some of the best and most inspiring ones. Life lessons from Tolkien, I guess you can say that, via quotes.

Some of these quotes are from the author himself, others are from his characters. (Although if you think about it, they all are Tolkien’s.)

This first bunch is courtesy of @TolkienQuote on Twitter.

1. When you’re groping in the dark…

2. Fantasy is necessary for life. Period.

To expound:

“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Perhaps his most popular quote:

Here’s the more complete version. “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

4. On facing our fears

5. Thorin Oakenshield on what we ought to value

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield

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6. “Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth

Whatever the context, this quote can be applied. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it all boils down to moderation?

7. On cynicism and understanding others

“For myself, I find I become less cynical rather than more – remembering my own sins and follies; and realize that men’s hearts are not often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

8. On kindness

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9. On dreams and reality

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10. All we have to decide

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So these are the best Tolkien quotes in our book, quotes which everyone will be better off if they were to be followed.

What Tolkien quotes inspire you the most?

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Namárië In Elvish, As Read By Tolkien

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Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day!http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/celebrate-tolkien-reading-day/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/celebrate-tolkien-reading-day/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:54:18 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66000 Since 2003, March 25 has been celebrated as Tolkien Reading Day. Thanks to the Tolkien Society, this geek holiday has become a regular part of fans of the iconic writer.

The goal behind the inception of Tolkien Reading Day doesn’t need much explanation – it’s a special day to commemorate and promote the works of J.R.R Tolkien.

In case you’re wondering why March 25 is the designated day, this is the day of the downfall of Sauron and Barad-dûr. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, then I don’t know what is!

So, how do you do celebrate Tolkien Reading Day?

It’s really pretty much up to you, but here are a few ways to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day (which is tomorrow).

Read!

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That’s the most obvious thing, right? The Lord of the Rings is the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when J.R.R. Tolkien is mentioned, and if you’re like us, you can’t get enough of it. The best thing to do is to re-read your favorite passages. You can even hold a reading party, with people reading their own selections.

There is, however, more to Tolkien than LoTR.

If you haven’t gotten past the usual suspects, take a look at The Tolkien Library to discover his other work.

Discover events in your area.

If you want to meet like-minded people face-to-face in your area, look for Tolkien Reading Day events. Unfortunately, we can’t give you a list of all these events as they are happening all over the world, and not only on the 25th.

For example, if you’re in Israel, you can join the picnic and reading session that’s going to be held in Tel-Aviv on the 27th. Visit this Facebook page for details.

If you’re in LA, then join fellow fans at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA on March 28 from 1:30 PM to 4:15 PM. This year’s theme is “Friendship”. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Other events by the Tolkien Society, which go beyond this geek holiday can be found here.

Take it to Twitter.

Whether you are hosting an event, attending one, or simply enjoying a good day of reading by yourself, don’t forget to go on social media to highlight this special day.

Use the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay to share what you’re reading.

Bonus

We just discovered this giveaway being run by DABCC, a website which provides IT professionals with virtualization and cloud computing resources. Now, I am not too sure where the connection is, but there are probably tons of Tolkien fans within the company, so they are running this pretty cool giveaway.

You can win one of two prizes:

  • Lord of the Rings custom caricature image of yourself
  • Collectors Book

Check out the giveaway here.

There’s more!

We’ll end today’s post here, to give you time to plan what you’re going to do in the next several days to celebrate one of our favorite authors.

Do check in tomorrow, though, as we have some more Tolkien goodness for you.

For other geek holidays, refer to The Only Geek Holiday Calendar You’ll Need

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6 Insane and Over-the-Top Video Game Endingshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/6-insane-video-game-endings/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/6-insane-video-game-endings/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:12:50 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66014 There is a very particular and specific sense of satisfaction a gamer gets when they beat a game. You feel like you just ran in the protagonists shoes for (usually) multiple hours. You feel like you drew their weapons when they did. You feel like you walked the gauntlet and survived. Often, you put the controller down and smile contently as the credits roll.

But there are certain games that have endings that are just insane for the sake of being insane. While it could be said they are still great fun, these are some of the most insane video game endings that left many of us scratching our heads in bewilderment.

Silent Hill 2: Dog Ending

Silent Hill 2 just might have one of the most profound and shocking endings in game history. While I will not spoil the reveal here for anyone who still hasn’t played this gem, I can say it really changes the entirety of the game that came before it.

That is, unless you get the dog ending, at which point all rational thought is out the window. Yes, it has been a dog controlling everything that has happened to you up to this point in the game if you get this ending. The funny part is, you get to it, and you just cock your head as it plays as if you are the dog hearing a strange noise for the first time.

Tekken 5: Lee Chaoloan’s Ending

First and foremost, allow me to start this by saying there is nothing wrong or weird or broken about homosexuality. What is kind of odd is shoehorning it into a fighting game ending for no reason other than to blow people’s minds. While it could be said all of Tekken’s endings are pretty insane, this one is a special kind of insane.

I will just allow it to speak for itself.

Again, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just a tad bit insane for a game ending.

Indigo Prophecy: Dance Scene

Understand, before Heavy Rain stunned many of us with its amazing story and unfolding, dreadful scenarios, the same team behind Heavy Rain made a game called Indigo Prophecy for the Playstation 2 (called Fahrenheit outside of U.S). The game was the same kind of QTE based, decision making gameplay, only WAY more insane than Heavy Rain.

At no moment was this more prevalent than when you beat the game a certain way and get a dance number in an underground parking garage featuring most of the main characters (including the internet. Yes, the internet dances) and for a game as lofty and dark as Indigo Prophecy, it literally made no sense. Which was okay because either did the game, actually.

F.e.a.r 2: Um, Molested Ending?

Not even sure what to call this ending, but I remember playing it and being utterly shocked. You play through the first two F.E.A.R games fighting an evil little girl name Alma who has essentially made your life hell and seems like she spawned out of every J-horror movie ever. So how does the end of the game reward you for your struggles?

By having Alma sexually assault you. Yeah, no, seriously. You even knock her up.  Thanks Fear. So worth it!

Limbo of the Lost: Best Worst Ending Ever

Let’s not pretend any of us actually played this game. In my thousands of published nerd articles in the entirety of my life I have never met ONE person who got to this ending by actually playing this abysmal game. What I did find, though, was that almost every gamer is aware of it and has seen it by now. If not, here you go:

Basically, I couldn’t have made a list about weird game endings and NOT included this. SShhhh, just watch it while dumbstruck.

Monkey Island 2: All In Some Kid’s Mind

Some people hated the ending to this LucasArts classic. I was not one of them. To find out the entire game you just played was an adventure made up by two kids playing is actually really cool and really meta, and plays with the theme of “free will in gaming” quite a bit.

Seems some people wanted an ending that was actually tied to the game, though, and I can understand that.

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Here’s hoping 2015 games have some sweet, insane video game endings in them, too.

If you’re into board games:

6 Adult Board Games for Couples

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Fandom Friday: 8 Brilliant Doctor Who Quoteshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-best-doctor-who-quotes/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-best-doctor-who-quotes/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:30:12 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66023 Doctor Who is more than just a story about an alien who has fallen in love with the human race so much so that he will go to any length to save it. It is about a Time Lord who has a heart (rather, two) and his human companions who learn a thing or two from him – and vice versa.

There are so many moments in the series that tug at our heartstrings, make us tear up, crack us up, and stir up inspiration.

For this week’s Fandom Friday, we’re bringing you eight of the best Doctor Who quotes that never fail to inspire.

1. Believe in miracles

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“The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12: The Pandorica Opens

In this episode, The Doctor gives a rousing speech, which will forever be embedded in our minds. This quote, however, gives us that tiny spark of hope that we could all use now and then.

2. On growing up and the real world

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“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”
— Elton Pope, Season 2, Episode 10: Love & Monsters

This episode is the touching story of young Elton, who learns important life lessons. The lines above pretty much sum it up – something we can all learn from as well.

3. On books

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“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”
— The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2: Tooth and Claw

Definitely the quote for book lovers.

4. You’re important

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“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Christmas Special

Feeling blue because you think no one cares about you? Remember this quote. You are important.

5. On optimism

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“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6: The Almost People

6. We’re all stories

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“When you wake up… I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s okay. We’re all stories, in the end… just make it a good one, eh? Because it was. It was the best.” – The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 13: The Big Bang

7. The good and the bad

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“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” – The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 10: Vincent and The Doctor

Definitely one of our favorite episodes. Didn’t you just feel good about Amy and Vincent?

8. Making a stand

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“You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.”
— Rose Tyler, Season 1, Episode 13: The Parting of Ways

The 9th may have had a short life, and he may not be the most popular reincarnation, but he just might be our favorite. While nothing compares to Rose and the 10th, the 9th brought out a lot in his companion.

What are your favorite Doctor Who quotes?

For all our fellow Whovians:

Doctor Who Merchandise: Wear It Loud and Proud!

Top 5 Doctor Who Villains

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Netflix Movie Removal List for April 2015http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/netflix-movie-removal-list-april-2015/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/netflix-movie-removal-list-april-2015/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:30:16 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=66002 As usual, Netflix will be releasing a bunch of new titles come next month – and we’re looking forward to them. However, there is always the flipside, which is what we like to call the “Netflix movie removal list”.

There are going to be a lot we’re going to miss, but here are the most important (in our book) ones that you may want to watch in the next week or so.

Netflix movie removal list – April 1

No, it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke.

Les Miserables (1935)

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Victor Hugo’s classic is known to practically everyone, and even those who haven’t read the book has seen the movie – either the more recent version or the “original” one.

I don’t know about you, but most people would agree that the 1935 movie is much better, so watch it before it disappears from Netflix.

Friday the 13th (1980)

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Friday the 13th is a favorite amongst fans of the horror/thriller genre, so much so that it has extended to eight parts. All of these are available on Netflix till April 1.

  • Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)
  • Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982)
  • Friday the 13th: Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • Friday the 13th: Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)
  • Friday the 13th: Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

The Karate Kid (1984)

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Kids of the 80s learned a lot of lessons while watching Mr. Miyagi train Daniel – there is more to martial arts than fighting, etc. It’s always nice to go back to the movie, although I can’t really say the same for the sequels. Come to think of it, I don’t even really remember much of the other two movies! (Maybe that’s a good reason to watch them before Netflix deletes them from the catalogue.)

  • The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
  • The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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Perhaps the best movie in this list, Good Morning, Vietnam is a must watch. The story revolves around a radio jockey stationed in Vietnam during the war, where he doesn’t exactly play along with the rules. The soundtrack is the icing on the cake.

Coneheads (1993)

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So Coneheads is a pretty stupid movie, but it’s something that you and your friends can put on on a slow night. With the right company, a bit of booze, and finger food, you’ll get some laughs at these aliens who are, well, coneheads.

Get Shorty (1995)

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What happens when a mobster leaves his comfort zone to go to Hollywood to collect a debt? Well, he gets sucked into the world of movie making, and he learns a thing or two. Get Shorty is a hilarious movie with excellent actors, so make sure you catch it before April.

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

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Mobster hitman moves into suburbia. Right in the middle of the lives of good, quiet people. What can go wrong? Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry aren’t exactly the first duo to come to mind, but this movie can be fun and doesn’t require brain juice.

If 80s movies are your thing:

Best 80s Movies on Netflix

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The Best TV Title Sequenceshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/the-best-tv-title-sequences/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/the-best-tv-title-sequences/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:30:33 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65821 A TV show has to have a plot that hooks viewers in, and perhaps more importantly, characters that we can connect with. Else, in all likelihood, viewers of that show will drop like flies.

There is another factor that plays a strong role for TV shows as well (which actually applies to practically any video format): the title sequence.

If you haven’t paid much attention to this aspect, then I bet you will after reading our list of the best TV title sequences.

The Best TV Title Sequences

Game of Thrones

Let’s start with the most popular – and perhaps obvious – one. The Game of Thrones title sequence is riveting, not only because of the music by Ramin Djawadi but also because of the popup style images of the most iconic locations in Westeros.

Have I mentioned the score?

Fun fact: Ramin Djawadi is also worked the music for Iron Man, Pacific Rim, and Prison Break.

Doctor Who

Another obvious choice – it would be sacrilege NOT to include Doctor Who! The title sequence has changed over the years, but that’s only natural, with the show running for as long as it has. The one above is…no need to say, yes?

With the unmistakable “doo-wee-doo” and the flying TARDIS, this is definitely one of the best TV title sequences.

Fun fact: The latest title sequence incorporates a fan-made video! See: Fan-made Doctor Who Sequence Makes It Into the Show – For Real!

The Sopranos

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Probably one of the best shows on TV of all time, The Sopranos was part of many a TV buff’s life all over the world. The finale was one of the best ever, as well.

Then there’s the opening sequence, which perfectly gives off the vibe of the show and its main character. And who can resist singing along to “Woke up this morning”?

Watch the sequence here.

Dexter

Squeamish I may be – especially when it comes to blood – I absolutely love Dexter’s title sequence. I guess there’s something about eggs and ham for breakfast, not to mention his quirky/weird smile as he walks out of his apartment.

On a more objective note, the way the title sequence shows hints about his secret life in his morning routine is brilliant.

True Detective

True Detective has been received so enthusiastically by viewers, and in this era of awesome TV shows, that’s saying a lot. The intensity of the story and scenes may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that the visuals are impressive.

And that includes the title sequence. The photographic effects and the mixture of silhouettes and other imagery (industrial buildings) is truly evocative.

Orphan Black

Clones, family, science, and politics, all mixed with truth and lies pitted against each other – Orphan Black is one of the best shows on TV today. The acting of Tatiana Maslany is nothing short of amazing as well.

As for the title sequence, it doesn’t fail to heighten your sense of anticipation for what’s to come.

Vikings

History Channel may not exactly be the best source of accurate historical information despite its name, but its show Vikings is not to be missed. It’s got its fair share of plot twists and violence (as can only be expected), but it also does touch upon “real” Viking history.

If it’s your first time watching the show, you certainly would want to go on because of the title sequence. The music is haunting – If I Had a Heart by Swedish recording artist Fever Ray – and is a perfect complement to the visuals.

And, if you are a regular viewer, you still keep watching the intro even if you’ve seen it a thousand times. It’s that good.

Black Sails

Starz has brought us some notable TV shows, and its Black Sails does not disappoint. A pirate tale, Black Sails pits pirate crews in Nassau against each other, with England and Spain thrown into the fray. Loyalty is tested to the limits, and there is no lack of action and plotting.

The title sequence is just as haunting as Vikings’s, perhaps even more so. With Bear McCreary’s (Battlestar Galactica) music playing along to scenes of contrasting sculptures depicting battle, death, and other pirate-related visuals, the intro is one that will enrapture any viewer.

Honorable mention: Silicon Valley

We wouldn’t call Silicon Valley an awesome show, but it is a fun one. Especially if you have an idea of what goes on in the startup scenes. It’s rife with stereotypes, to the point of going overboard. It’s still good for a short, silly watch.

And it’s title sequence is just as easy to watch. It’s quirky, playing on stop motion. It’s short and shows iconic tech companies, which everyone can relate to.

Your turn

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the best TV title sequences – there are more dating decades ago, and we’re pretty sure you have your own favorites.

Why not share with us what you think we’ve missed?

Also read:

The Ultimate List of Geeky Shows in 2015

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

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To Eat Sushi Where No One Has Eaten Before…USS Enterprise Sushi Sethttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/to-eat-sushi-where-no-one-has-eaten-before-uss-enterprise-sushi-set/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/to-eat-sushi-where-no-one-has-eaten-before-uss-enterprise-sushi-set/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:30:53 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65982 We’re on a Star Trek roll, it seems, but there is no such thing as too much Star Trek, is there?

Today, we found the only accessory for Trekkies who love sushi. (Oh, and who doesn’t love sushi???)

Once you set your eyes on the USS Enterprise Sushi Set, you won’t ever want to eat your sushi any other way again. You probably will even want to take it with you when you go out to eat at your favorite Japanese restaurant – to heck with whatever they say. I’m sure corkage won’t apply!

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If you’re the the type who is very careful about what goes into your eating utensils, then you don’t have to worry either because the chopsticks cum warp trail are made of BPA-free plastic; and warp trails should not harm any Trekkie (though I may have gotten the physics wrong).

The whole set includes the ship – chopsticks and soy sauce dish – and the wooden serving board.

Yup, this is definitely a “Shut up, and take my money!” moment.

Get yours here, for only $34.99. Okay, that’s not really “only”, but how often do you get to eat sushi with warp trails and the Enterprise “saucer”?

As we said, we’re on a Star Trek roll:
Which Star Trek Villain Are You?
Our Favorite Leonard Nimoy Cameos
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Geek Events You Have to Attend At Least Once Before You Diehttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/best-geek-conventions-you-have-to-attend-at-least-once-before-you-die/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/best-geek-conventions-you-have-to-attend-at-least-once-before-you-die/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:25:21 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65968 While geeks may be stereotyped as introverts who shy away from social events, the proliferation of events catering to geeks of all sorts demolishes that stereotype in one fell swoop. Sure, the events may not be your run-of-the-mill social gathering, but that’s what makes them all the more attractive to geeks.

If you have had your fair share of convention experience, then you probably have your bucket list with a lot of items ticked off. If you are still new in the scene (after all, it does take some people longer to get used to the idea of actually going out to mingle with others), you might want to take a look at the most exciting events first.

To find out about relevant events and specific information, you can use sites like Venuefinder. You can also read our hand-picked list of geek conventions you have to attend at least once in your life. (Well, not really have to, but if you’re entering the convention scene, you might as well make sure you don’t miss out on the best.)

Best Geek Conventions

San Diego Comic-Con International

SDCC 2014 Comic-Con show floor crowd

Fondly called SDCC, the San Diego Comic Con may very well be the biggest and best geek convention there is. Its popularity in the geek scene is so much so that it doesn’t really need much introduction. It may even be safe to say that SDCC has become mainstream, covering anything and everything from movies to TV to specific fandoms to comics to gaming, and so on.

It’s a great place to meet your favorite actors, goggle at awesome cosplayers, and meet like-minded people.

This year’s event is from July 9-12, and since the SDCC is always packed, better start booking now.

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WonderCon

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WonderCon is a sister event of the SDCC and arguable provides a mellower experience – without taking away the quality of a convention experience. It’s all about comics (finding rare issues and burning through your money is common!), movies, and cosplay as well. Less mainstream, just as fun.

This year’s WonderCon will be held from April 3 to 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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E3

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Another household name, E3 is the event that should be at the top of every gamer’s/technophile’s list. It’s all about computers, video and mobile games, other related devices.

Every year, we wait for the unveilings at E3 to wow us with new technology and their applications.

Get ready for this year’s E3: June 16-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Gen Con

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If SDCC is the biggest convention for all sorts of interests, then Gen Con is the must-attend convention for gamers.

The convention’s tag line, “The Best Four Days in Gaming” is backed up by its attendees from all 50 states plus more than 40 countries, not to mention more than 10,000 events. It’s family-friendly, too, so you don’t have to worry about getting sitters for your kids.

Get ready for this year’s Gen Con, which is going to be held from July 30 – August 2 at the Indiana Convention Center.

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Anime USA

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For anime lovers – and Japanophiles in general – Anime USA is the convention to participate in. It’s organized by a non-profit of the same name, whose goal is to promote awareness of Japanese art and pop culture.

Treat all your senses to everything anime, cosplay, maid cafes, and more!

Mark your calendars: October 30 to November 1 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.

Event page.

Anime Convention Essentials

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Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Games in 2015http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/top-5-upcoming-xbox-one-games-in-2015/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/top-5-upcoming-xbox-one-games-in-2015/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:01:20 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65954 Each year gamers eagerly await the release of at least a few games that have grabbed their attention since the day they were announced. The situation isn’t much different in 2015, as we have a long list of upcoming games for both consoles and PCs. In this post we’ll focus on some of the most intriguing console game titles that we’ll see in 2015, and more specifically, on the games that will be released for the Xbox One console that is currently one of the most popular gaming consoles around the world. But enough chit-chat, let’s get to the point and start talking about the top 5 upcoming Xbox One game 2015!

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious

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We wouldn’t be talking about console games if it wasn’t at least one title that didn’t include fast cars, adrenaline and breath taking street races. This is exactly the case with ‘Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious’. As you can probably tell by the title, this is a new & improved stand-alone version of Forza Horizon 2. The original game is considered by many to be one of the most interesting racing games for the Xbox One, but its successor has all the qualities to surpass the original’s success.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious’ puts you in the shoes of a street car racer residing in France. Apart from your regular street racing habits, your game character is also responsible or sourcing all kinds of cars for Tej Parker, one of the important characters in the game. One of the great things about this game seems to be the fact that it will be based on the storyline of the Fast & Furious 7 movie.There are a few trailers available, but there isn’t much known about the game’s story, so you’ll have to wait for March 17 to learn more about this great game.

Bladestorm: Nightmare

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If you’ve been gaming on consoles for years, then it is almost certain that you’ve heard of ‘Bladestorm’, a one of a kind action game that was released in 2007. On March 17, 2015, we’ll finally get to see a high-definition remake of the original game, for Xbox One. ‘Bladestorm: Nightmare’ is scheduled to be released in just a few days, and online communities are expecting that this will be one of the top Xbox One games of 2015. You can check out review sites likeCNET, Top5Reviews or Techradar to get latest ranking on chart as well.

The action strategy game will give you the role of a mercenary who takes part in the Hundred Years War between England and France. Apart from participating in realistic battles, you’ll also have the opportunity to improve your character’s skills, gather an army, increase your fame, complete missions, purchase equipment, and much more. This experience is available in the normal game mode, but players will also have access to a brand new ‘Nightmare’ mode that will pleasantly surprise all of you fantasy lovers out there. In it, the war is joined by a horde of demonic creatures, leaded by an evil Joan of Arc, and it will be your goal to defeat the malevolent forces, and save Joan of Arc.

Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition

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The original ‘Devil May Cry’ is absolutely loved by gamers, fans of action-packed games with a unique storyline. The last version of the game was released in 2010, and since then console fans have been awaiting the announcement of a new chapter of this unique title. If you are one of them, then you’ll be glad to hear that March 10 is the day on which the ‘Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition’ was officially released for the Xbox One.

The new and improved version of the game has adopted some of the story of the original, but there are also major differences. For starters, the ‘Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition’ features improved graphics engine, a broad range of new game play features, new costumes, a revamped targeting system, and many other small extras that may just turn this title into one of the top Xbox One games of 2015. 

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 4

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We don’t get to see many horror games for consoles, and to be honest so far there hasn’t been an impressive horror released for the Xbox One. However, all of this is going to change on March 17, when the fourth and final title of the ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’ series will be released.

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 4’ is a game that will certainly give many of you an adrenaline rush. The unique horror gameplay will take you through a long list of missions and a breathtaking storyline that few horror games have. The classic survival horror style used by the developers make the game even more interesting, and we are confident will be disappointed with the dramatic & horrifying gameplay that ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 4’ has to offer. Check out the reviews of Resident Evil and other Xbox One games at Top5reviews.com.

Battlefield Hardline

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The Battlefield series have captured the hearts of gamers all around the world ever since their initial release in 2002, when PC gamers had the pleasure to play Battlefield 1942. More than a decade later we’ll see the latest title of the franchise, Battlefield Hardline. While most games of this series focused on all-out warfare, the latest release will put you in the shoes of a terrorist group member or in the role of an agent part of the police, SWAT or other similar organization.

The game is scheduled to be released on March 17, and it will be available for the Xbox One as well, so gamers who own this console will have the opportunity to enjoy the urban warfare action that this game has to offer. The latest edition includes improved graphics, a rich list of new gadgets, weapons, and vehicles, as well as a significantly improved gameplay.

BIO: Guest post by Shah interested to write about tech tips, tools & apps on geeksuper.com.

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

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Fandom Friday: Which Star Trek Villain Are You?http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-star-trek-villains/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-star-trek-villains/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:30:33 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65951 It’s Friday the 13th, and for most people, it’s that unlucky day wherein you have to be really careful what you do. Else, you might just get what you haven’t wished for.

While we don’t really go for that mindset – horror movies would fit more – it’s a good day as any to talk about villains, don’t you think?

On this edition of Fandom Friday, we’re giving you a quiz to help you recognize the villain in you. And while Mister Spock is certainly not a villain in any way, we’re still catering to the Star Trek fan base (we’re part of that!) who is still not over his death.

Go ahead, take the Star Trek villains quiz, and reveal the villain that is inside you.

The 10 Best Star Trek Villains Ever
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4 Trends Emerging From SXSW Gaming Expohttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/4-trends-emerging-from-sxsw-gaming-expo/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/4-trends-emerging-from-sxsw-gaming-expo/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:03:23 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65947 While musical acts, compelling keynote speakers and cutting-edge films garner most of the attention at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, each year, the Gaming Expo is by far one of the most passionate and engaging parts of the 10-day event. It could be called the epicenter of the gaming culture and brings together a diverse group of people and emerging technologies.

SXSW Gaming Expo

This year’s SXSW Gaming Expo is free and open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (March 13-15). It will be held at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd., downtown Austin) and attendees can get free guest pass wristbands in advance.

In addition to attending the various exhibits within the Gaming Expo, there’s plenty of other things to do throughout the week. If you’ll be in Austin, check out the the lineup of must-see performers. And thanks to SXSW’s various media partners and online channels, you can stream various events from the comfort of your own home

Emerging Trends

As we anxiously await the 2015 Gaming Expo, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that a number of trends are emerging. These include:

  • Sustainable business models. While everyone wants to create a hit game that appeals to the masses, most game developers don’t understand how to create a lasting business model that keeps players coming back in the future. However, King Digital Entertainment (the name behind Candy Crush Saga) is attempting to change this aspect of the industry. They believe that long-lasting game franchises are not only possible but realistic.
  • Focus on educational gaming. While many of today’s games are poorly designed and lack meaningful learning outcomes, industry experts like Chelsea Biggerstaff, Drew Scheberle and Scott Lipton are seeking to change things by encouraging people to create educational games for students. While there will be an educational game contest at the Gaming Expo, the hope is that people will leave inspired to create.
  • More social value. Much like the push for educational gaming, people like INK Stories’ Navid Khonsari are trying to encourage more social value within the gaming industry. While his presentation at the Gaming Expo will highlight what’s currently being done, he’s been at work for some time creating video game and documentary hybrids, hoping to create a successful commercial game with lasting value. Will 2015 be the year that a revolution in gaming begins?
  • Minecraft’s growing influence. Even after founder Markus Persson sold the popular Minecraft franchise for $2.5 billion a few months ago, the game’s popularity has not waned. In fact, it’s arguably more popular than ever and has revolutionized an entire industry and given rise to a new culture. Lydia Winters, Mojang’s Director of Fun and Gatekeeper, will deliver a presentation on “Minecrafting the World,” which will shed some light on the influential power of the game in the coming months and years.

Don’t Miss Out

Whether you’re streaming some of the festival from home or attending the Gaming Expo in person, you don’t want to miss out on all the incredible things this year’s SXSW Festival has to offer. Plan to be a part of the action and look out for these emerging trends.

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Con Man Indiegogo Campaign by Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion Shatters Goal in 2 Days!http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/nathan-fillion-alan-tudyk-con-man/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/nathan-fillion-alan-tudyk-con-man/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65929 Normally – and I think I am not alone in this – I have an initial negative reaction to celebrities crowdsourcing their projects. I mean, can’t they find people with means to back their projects? Why have fans pay for it?

But this is Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk we’re talking about.

Mal and Wash.

How can one say no? (Even if the show is not even remotely connected to Firefly.)

So the duo have an Indiegogo campaign going on for a new comedy called “Con Man”. The gist of the show:

Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled -Too Soon- yet became a cult classic. Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. The show will feature all the weird and crazy things that happen to Wray along the way to these events.

So “Con Man” will revolve around the convention life.

Convention Man.

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Not the snake oil sellers of old. But you got that from the get go, right?

I’m pretty sure the convention-going crowd would pay to see this.

If you’re still stuck on the crowdsourcing question, Alan Tudyk has a perfectly reasonable explanation.

Cable networks – and similar setups – will have a lot of control over the direction of the show. Depending on the deal, they can dictate various elements like choosing guests, production delays, and so on.

Here’s a pie chart which shows where the campaign money will go, if you’re still not sold on the idea.

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Check out the guys explaining their project.

Con Man Indiegogo Campaign from PJ Haarsma on Vimeo.

Whether you think they should have sourced the project themselves or not, the rest of the world thinks Con Man is awesome. It’s only been two days since the project launched and it’s been 256% funded!

Looks like we’re going to see Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion having fun soon!

Check out Con Man on Indiegogo.

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7 of the Best Fantasy Writers You’ll Read Over and Over Againhttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/7-of-the-best-fantasy-writers-youll-read-over-and-over-again/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/7-of-the-best-fantasy-writers-youll-read-over-and-over-again/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65823 Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, and if you have the same inclinations, this list is for you.

This genre goes back such a long way that an all-encompassing list of the best fantasy writers will take eons to compile – and read – so I’m sharing my favorites, which I will recommend any day.

Here are 7 of the best fantasy writers I guarantee you’ll read over and over again.

Katherine Kurtz

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Katherine Kurtz may not be that well known, but her books are sure to keep you in bed all day and night – with a few breaks to make coffee in between.

Her work revolves around the Deryni, a race practically human except that they have powers. The storylines are set in the medieval ages, and the way she has woven her stories are so detailed and yet consistent.

I suggest starting with the trilogy “The Chronicles of the Deryni“, then check out the rest of her work to decide which to read next.

Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is most known for his Mistborn Trilogy,an epic fantasy that is full of political intrigue, alchemy-magic, and lots of action. Lack of pace is something you won’t experience.

I also recommend “The Stormlight Archive”, another epic tale of politics and ancient magic that is only beginning to be rediscovered. The ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

Unfortunately for us, only two books of the trilogy have been published. If you have not read any of these two, I suggest waiting for the third to be released so you don’t have to be kept in suspense.

Fantasy enthusiasts also recognize him for completing the work of the late Robert Jordan, whose passing away broke many a heart.

Robert Jordan

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I’m totally biased, but Robert Jordan had this thing with words that is incomparable. Honestly, I shed a tear or two when I heard about his passing. And not only because his work was incomplete!

While he was not able to finish “The Wheel of Time series“, Brandon Sanderson and Harriet (RJ’s wife) were able to put together what remained of the epic story using RJ’s notes.

Warning: When you finish the last book, you’ll feel as if part of your life is over.

Patrick Rothfuss

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Patrick Rothfuss is relative new to the scene, but his “Kingkiller Chronicle” has made waves round the world. We’re waiting on the third book, but the first two – “The Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear” – are must-reads. There are some slow moments, we have to admit, but this is another fantasy writer who lovingly plays with words that you can’t help but be enraptured.

He has a new piece of work, “The Slow Regard of Silent Things“, which is a spinoff from the main trilogy. It’s on my shelf waiting to be read, but known the main character, I am sure I’ll be in for a great ride.

Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

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These two writers have brought us one of the best fantasy material ever. What fantasy fan hasn’t imagined himself living in the world of Dragonlance?

Of course, there be dragons; intense love-hate relationships tinged with respect, and doubts from the readers. And, did I mention dragons?

There’s plenty of books to go about, so you won’t lack for stories. You’ll probably get confused as to where to start and what to read next, so check out this comprehensive Dragonlance reading list/order.

Ursula Le Guin

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Fantasy and sci-fi writer, Ursula Le Guin is a must-read for any love of these genres. For some, she is the mother of fantasy, and I won’t argue with that.

The Earthsea Cycle” is a classic which you will definitely read, re-read, and read once more. It has even been turned into an animated movie by Studio Ghibli, and although it isn’t very accurate, you also will want to watch it.

This series is not her only creation, of course. The list is too long to mention, so take a look at all her work here.

George R.R. Martin

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I was torn about adding GRRM to this list for two reasons.

One, everyone knows his work by now, thanks to HBO. Although I bet people who have read the books are far fewer than those who have seen the series.

Two, he has threatened to kill Tyrion if we don’t stop bugging him about the next book. Need I say more?

While “A Song of Ice and Fire” is the first thing that comes to mind when his name is mentioned, GRRM has a lot of other books that will make any fantasy lover happy.

There’s a long list here, but I recommend “The Ice Dragon“, which will melt your heart.

In conclusion

You’ll notice there are high profile writers not included in the list, but you probably don’t need any prodding to read them. They’re probably in your shelves already.

I’d like to know what you think about the authors above, though. Have you read any of them? Would you recommend them? Or do you have other fantasy writers you think should be added to this list?

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Who’s Ready for Pi Day 2015?http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/whos-ready-for-pi-day-2015/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/whos-ready-for-pi-day-2015/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:30:28 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65900 On Saturday, March 14, 2015, we are going to celebrate what may very well be the biggest geek holiday of the year. Or the decade.

Pi Day 2015 is only several days away, and the excitement is building up. Whether you’ve got something planned or not, here are some fun things that will get you ready for Pi Day. If you’re planning a party, read this: Plan A Perfect Pi Day Party.

I need not explain why this is the ultimate Pi Day, right?

Pi Day 2015 Song

Who says nerds can’t sing? YouTuber TheSingingNerd is so excited for the ultimate Pi Day, so he made his own song about it.

Here are the lyrics so you can sillily sing along with it.

Everybody asks me why im so excited (so excited)
About the 14th, about the 14th of march
I get to be alive
On 3, 1 , 4, 1, 5
At 9:26 in the morning
But I’d better give you this warning
It’s not a national holiday
It’s an irrational holiday
And though its loved across the nation
Its only an approximation
It’s not a national holiday
But an irrational holiday

Everybody asks me why im so pedantic (so pedantic)
About the 14th (about the 14th of march)
Yes, we can celebrate
With Belize on this special date
But for most outside of our border
They put dates in a different order
So it’s a national holiday
But an irrational holiday

It’s a national holiday
And an irrational holiday

Mathematical Pi Song

Someone actually beat TheSingingNerd to making a song about this delicious number. Listen to the Mathematical Pi Song, and of course, here are the lyrics as well.

A long, long time ago
Long before the Super Bowl
and things like lemonade
The Hellenic Republic was full of smarts
and a question resting on the Grecian hearts was
What is the circumference of a circle?
But they were set on rational numbers
and it ranks amongst their biggest blunders
they worked on it for years
and confirmed one of their biggest fears
I cant be certain if they cried
when irrationality was realized
but something deep within them died
they day, they discovered pi
they were thinking, pi, pi mathematical, pi
3.141592
6535897
93238462
64338327
Not rounded

Did you learn a thing or two?

The Pi Machine

This one’s from last year, but just in case you missed it, The New York Times celebrated Pi Day with a remarkable puzzle suggested several years ago by Alon Amit of Origami Logic.

Learn about the puzzle and solve it here.

Raspberry Pi

Every computer enthusiast’s favorite computer is not missing out on the action. They’ve got a whole list of events slated for Pi Day 2015, ranging from gatherings in libraries to museum visits to a bake off!

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Check out the list here.

Pi Merchandise

Not surprisingly, Pi Day has brought forth a slew of merchandise. I think you can find pi-related items practically anywhere you look, but here are several from Cafepress, endorsed by PiDay.org.

Pi Day 2015 Baseball Jersey

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Available for $20.

Women’s Pi T-Shirt

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Available for $23.

Collage of Digits Mug

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Up to how many digits of pi can you count?

This mug might help. For $12.

Baby’s First Pi Day Body Suit

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The only onesie your baby will need – if you want to be a winning parent! Available for $15.

The Count Von Count counts Pi to 1000 places

Again, how many digits of pi can you count? Well, The Count Von Count probably can one up you any day. After all, numbers are what he’s about. Watch him count pi to 1000 places and have the time of your life. Or go insane.

Here’s an idea: play it on loop on Pi Day.

Make sure you know all the geek holidays: The Only Geek Holiday Calendar You’ll Need

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Fandom Friday: Leonard Nimoy – A Lifetime of Lovehttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-leonard-nimoy-a-lifetime-of-love/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/fandom-friday-leonard-nimoy-a-lifetime-of-love/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:30:58 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65888 Leonard Nimoy will always be Spock to most people, Star Trek fans or not.

What may not be as well known is how Leonard Nimoy, the man, has inspired the lives of those around him. Friends, colleagues, and even people who have not met him have all been touched by his life in one way or another.

As his friend and colleague George Takei said:

On that note, what we’d like to celebrate on Fandom Friday today is Leonard Nimoy the man, and not “merely” the Leonard Nimoy we know as Spock. (Although we could think of a hundred things that we’ve learned from Spock…)

Leonard Nimoy A Lifetime of Love

Fans will know that “A Lifetime of Love” is a collection of poems on the passage of life by Leonard Nimoy. The book is full of tender and soul-searching poetry that will give you insight on how the prolific artist saw life. Here is a poem he shared on Twitter, which exemplifies his inspiring view.

I have walked alone seeking answers
I have lived alone chasing dreams
I have tried to prove my worth to worthless judges
I have cried my pain in silent screams
I have been sometimes served a touch of kindness
I have wandered in golden fields of Grace
I have been released by honest laughter
I have touched the Western Wall of the Holy place.
I have soared alone above the cloud heads
I have walked the deep dark tunnels of earth
I have dines with mystics and with prophets
I have heard the pain of woman giving birth
I have been sought after as a teacher
I have been refused the laurel wreath
I have heard the thunder blast of sunrise
I have watched the final touch of death
I have played the rules set by the master
Though often I didn’t understand the game
I have worn more masks than I can remember
I have been a face without a name
And when like you I ask the final question
Who on earth am I supposed to be
I always come full circle to the answer, me, only me…always me.

Another quote from him, which truly fits the phrase “Leonard Nimoy – A Lifetime of Love”:

“We are the dreamers. We are the dancers. Life is the music. Love is the song.”

On Perfect Moments

One only has to look at his Twitter feed to realize that Leonard Nimoy had a positive outlook. His last tweet has – expectedly – become the most famous of his “sayings”, reminding us that while there may be lows in life, there can be perfect moments; but with realism in mind, he tells us that while they do not last forever, we can keep them in our memory.

Some more encouraging tweets from Leonard Nimoy.

Family is important

I realize it is a sweeping generalization, but most of the time, we hear about celebrities and their shenanigans. We don’t hear much about family – love, pride, and closeness. With Leonard Nimoy, it is not so. Maybe he was a nostalgic old sod, but he was a good one. He never shied away from tweeting about his family, and his pride cannot be hidden.

On equality

Leonard Nimoy believed in equality and he put his money where his mouth is.

In 2007, he published a photography book titled “The Full Body Project“, which showcased “images of full-bodied women, some of whom are involved in what is known as the “fat acceptance” movement”.

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He criticized society’s obsession with the ideal, but unrealistic body.

The Conscience of Star Trek.

That’s what Leonard Nimoy was also called back in the 60s when he fought for Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) to get equal pay. Imagine what a ruckus that caused in that era!

LGBT ally

Ask his friends George Takei and Zachary Quinto. They will tell you just how staunch a supporter Leonard Nimoy was.

In so many ways, the actor, writer, painter, photographer, family man – the list goes on – lived a lifetime of love. He was indeed a rare man, someone we can all learn a thing or two from.

In case you missed it: Our Favorite Leonard Nimoy Cameos

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If Harry Potter Had Social Media Accesshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/if-harry-potter-had-social-media-access/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/if-harry-potter-had-social-media-access/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:36 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65875 Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. It might morph into something else, but it has marked our lives forever.

Muggles (or maybe not; we can’t just say we’re not muggles after all) that we are, social media might just be some sort of power that tends to get to the head and make people act like a-holes who are invincible.

But what if Harry Potter and the gang had social media access? What would it have been like?

Comic artist Justin Hall has doodled some scenarios which will make Potterheads chuckle for sure.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

Harry Potter Social Media

Harry and Ron on Twitter

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Hermione on Instagram

Funny, but seriously, I would think that Hermione would be smarter than posting something from the future on social media! Then again, if she had been using the time turner too much, she could have been so tired she wasn’t thinking straight.

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Neville Longbottom on Reddit

Only 790 upvotes in 2 hours? C’mon Reddit, you can do better than that!

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He Who Should Not Be Named on Facebook

Learn your lesson, boys and girls. Don’t upload anything on social media if you don’t want to be found. Or, better yet, don’t accept friend requests from those who are out to get you.

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I miss Snape, though.

Via Dorkly

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50 Shades of Waynehttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/50-shades-of-wayne/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/50-shades-of-wayne/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:30:52 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65872 I could be wrong, but from what I hear, many a wife or girl friend had to “force” their partner to go and watch 50 Shades of Grey.

Some guys say it’s pay back for all the times they forced their partners to watch them play a video game that held no interest to the latter. At all.

Whether you’re male or female, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, if you have even the slightest sense of humor, you will enjoy finding out where Batman really gets his weapons.

Created by YouTuber Josh Meeter, 50 Shades of Wayne puts together the hit movie and Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Josh says, “When my wife told me what Fifty Shades of Grey was all about… this is EXACTLY what I had imagined“.

While fans of the movie may disagree vehemently, there is the argument that Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman might very well be an apt alternative to Christian Grey. After all, they have a couple of things in common.

Billionaire by day, secret activities at night, hello?

Take a look, and let us know how you feel about this portrayal of the Dark Knight. Especially if you’re a hardcore Batman fan.

Do you think there’s movie potential here?

On a more serious Batman note:
Comics for Newbies: 5 Must-Read Batman Stories
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Best Kickstarter Board Games – Q1 2015http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/best-kickstarter-board-games-q1-2015/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/best-kickstarter-board-games-q1-2015/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:30:42 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65825 We do love our board games, and while there are many ready-to-buy games out there, it’s always cool to find new ones which are not yet commercialized.

That’s where crowdfunding platforms come into the picture, as some of the most creative minds do come up with great ideas one would be willing to pay for (never mind the crappy ones; you just have to be patient and look around for the good stuff).

Today, we’re sharing with you the best Kickstarter board games that are ending in the next weeks or so. They cover different topics of interest, so you should find at least one that will make you want to be backer.

Blood Rage

Ever dreamt of being a Viking? Not the cute How to Train Your Dragon type (not that I don’t love that movie), but more like the TV show Vikings telling the tale of Ragnar Lothbrok.

If so, this is the board game for you:

Blood Rage is a Viking board game created by acclaimed game designer Eric M. Lang. In this fast-paced yet highly strategic game, 2 to 4 players take control of Viking clans, invading, pillaging and battling in a quest to gain as much glory as possible before Ragnarök finally consumes the land!

Seriously, the miniature designs are wicked!

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Dragon ships

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Völur Witch and Fire Giant

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Viking warriors and leaders of the Bear and Raven clans

Let blood rage take over. Back the project below.

Ghostbusters™: The Board Game

Whether or not you like the idea of a female Ghostbusters cast, I’m pretty sure you’ll be interested in this board game.

Created by Cryptozoic Entertainment, the Ghostbusters board game is exactly what a fan will want to play on game night.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game is an episodic adventure game for one to four players, who are charged with busting ghosts and sealing gates to the Spirit World. The game is customizable, cooperative, and highly re-playable. It features unique illustrations and figures based on original artwork and designs by Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW’s Ghostbusters comic book series. Each Ghostbuster has a distinct role and unlocks unique abilities by gaining experience. The game offers modes for different levels of players, making it accessible to beginners and challenging to experts.

A sneak peek of what you’ll get as a backer (although there’s much more you get).

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The project is almost over, so make sure you get in on the fun ASAP.

PlayMe : Alice in Wonderdice

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland will never get old. From books to movies to animations – it’s always an enjoyable experience; and now, you can experience the masterpiece as a board game, too!

PlayMe: Alice in Wonderdice is a board game that plunges 2-6 players between dreams and reality. Become one of Wonderland’s characters and be the first to catch the White Rabbit. Use different strategies, challenging your reflexes and your tactical skills with fun and frantic dice rolls.

I do think this might be a good alternative for when tempers start flaring up over a game of Monopoly…How can it not with this design?

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While there’s still almost a month to go, slots are filling up really, really fast so make sure you back it up now if you don’t want to go mad.

Grimslingers: A Card Dueling Game

How about a board game where everyone’s turn happens at once? That ought to provide some fast-paced entertainment, don’t you think?

Grimslingers brings you that experience in a sci-fi fantasy western setting. It really couldn’t get any better than this. The game requires 2-4 players and takes 20-40 minutes to complete. It’s appropriate for tweens up, so if you’re babysitting, you can whip this board game out.

Binary Dice

Binary Dice

What’s a board game without the perfect set of dice? And what’s the perfect set of dice if not Binary Dice?

There’s really no need to say more.

So which one do you like?

More board games for you:
10 Best Board Games For Adults
6 Adult Board Games for Couples

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Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Game of Throneshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/behind-the-scenes-secrets-of-game-of-thrones/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/03/behind-the-scenes-secrets-of-game-of-thrones/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:53:44 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=65852 There’s a reason everyone loves Game of Thrones so much—the creators have gone above and beyond to create a lushly detailed world in far greater detail than most of the television landscape. Each episode of Game of Thrones is more like a mini-film than anything else, but what exactly does it take to make this happen?

If you need a refresher on the last season, head to the HBO official website to catch up and download old episodes. Otherwise, read on: Here, we’ll go behind the scenes to show you some of the secrets of this favourite programme.

Behind the scenes of Margaery & Joffrey’s wedding feast

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If you’d been anticipating the wedding of the season, you might be surprised to hear that the filming of the wedding was more about the spread than the romance. The production included a home economist whose job was to create a sumptuous feast worthy of royalty. Taking inspiration from the books, she conjured up everything from breads to medieval styled hams and an abundance of cakes and fruit. But months before the filming, the food had to be put to the test as it was to stay on set for the duration of the scene – an epic 5 days of filming. Insiders reveal that the bread stacks were held together with wire to keep them from falling whilst the main ingredients of the feast were colourful fruits to make the less-than-fresh food look appetising for the scene. There were also challenges getting the doves to fly out of the pie centrepiece; during some initial attempts, an air cannon actually blasted the poor mites into the air at speed. You can watch a wedding banquet featurette here to see how the cast and crew got on with five-day-old food.

Behind the scenes of weapons training

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Season 4 of Game of Thrones was even more action-packed than previous seasons and even the actors announced that the weapons training was more physical than ever before. Most of the hand-to-hand combat scenes were practised and rehearsed in a tent with sprung floors, making movement much easier than on the actual rocky terrain that the scene was filmed on. This meant that where the actors expected bounce, all they got in return was a hard, painful landing on jagged rock. But it wasn’t just the main characters that needed to be trained for fight scenes, the extras also required training. A whole week of rehearsal time was dedicated to teaching the extras how to march in time with shields and spears in hand.

Behind the scenes in “Forging in Two Swords”

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If you’re a film buff, you may recognise some similarities between the forging scene in the episode ‘Two Swords’ and the 1982 film ‘Conan The Barbarian.’ Both were filmed at the working forge at Shane’s Castle in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland with many similar angles being used for filming for an authentic look. The 700 degree heat posed real problems for both the cast and crew throughout the set up and filming of this scene.

Behind the scenes in the wardrobe department

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It wasn’t just fight scenes that caused problems in the latest season; season four was equally as challenging for the wardrobe department. Although medieval in style, costume designer Michele Clapton has actually revealed that she took inspired from sixties musician Jimi Hendrix when she designed the costumes for Prince Oberyn Martell. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister was required to wear real brass armour for the first time, a vast difference to the fake, lighter weight armour worn in the first season.

So now that you have behind the scenes knowledge, you’re all set for season 5, premiering April 12. We’ll be waiting to see what magic the show’s producers pull out of their sleeves this time…

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