ForeverGeek http://www.forevergeek.com Nerds are for Dorks Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:05:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 6 Movies Featuring Evil A.I That Will Make You Rethink Your Futurehttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/6-movies-featuring-evil-a-i-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-future/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/6-movies-featuring-evil-a-i-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-future/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:05:54 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67557 I think we all just need to accept the fact, right now, that we will be overtaken by robots at some point. First, they will take our jobs. Then, they will disguise themselves as us and steal our spouses. Then, they shall tear off their fake skin and distend their jaws to swallow our infants whole, the same way a snake would a small fawn. Anyone who thinks evil A.I will not take over the world is living in a constant state of denial, and they will most certainly be the first ones digested by our neo metal Gods. I, for one, embrace our new robotic overlords with open arms. I know my role. Here are 6 movies featuring evil A.I that are really just glimpses into the future. All hail the robots, our kind overseers and speakers of only truth!

2001

Isn’t it mind blowing to think this movie was made in 1968. LONG before Suri and cellphones. Long before ALL OF US relied on A.I all the time (think GPS, texts, emails), Stanley Kubrick already knew just how f*cked we were. This really is the evil A.I that jump started the craze in film.

They needed the A.I to survive. The A.I evolved and went insane. It pretty much was the blueprint for all A.I movies to come. They either become insane, or become self aware enough to know humans suck and they don’t need us.

The Matrix

Really, if you watch the Animatrix and follow the full story enough, it really is just about us living in a simulation, controlled by evil A.I. We can say ‘the architect”, but we all know that was some God metaphor bullshit. At the heart of it, The Matrix series is really about how humanity becomes the machine’s bitch.

The only difference being, we won’t have a f*cking Neo to save us when or if it happens.

Terminator

This one is at least interesting and kind of exciting in the sense that the machines actually show up and shoot us and shit. In most of the others, the takeover was slow, and often mental. In the Terminator moves, these dudes just show up and start murdering people.

I mean, I know the reality of it would suck, but at least we would go out fighting.

Her

This entry on the list is a lot more subtle than the others.  Evil A.I, Remy? She is just a phone A.I that becomes self-aware. Yes, but do not forget in the end of that movie (SPOILERS), you see that the A.I moves beyond the need for humans, but not before making a shitload of humans fall in love with them. Oh, and then they just upped and bounced one day because (again), they figured out they don’t really need us.

So yes, in Her the robots don’t physically show up and stomp on our skulls. That would be easier. Instead, they make us fall in love with them and then abandon us. And anyone who has ever has their heart broken can tell you, they would have rather had their skulls smashed by a robot.

Ex-Machina

Walk away now if you have not seen this movie.

Are you gone?

Okay, this is like Her but so much worse. In this one, the A.I not only makes you fall in love with it, but she is physically perfect and knows how to manipulate your emotions to gain her own needs. So, actually, now that I think about it, the exact same as a regular woman.

My bad. Moving on.

I, Robot

I know what your first thought is here. Wait Rem, but he fights WITH a robot at the end. Yes,  but if you recall, the whole ‘robots going rogue’ thing was the master plan cooked up by V.I.K.I in this film. She was the main computer program that linked all the robots A.I., and SHE came to the conclusion that the robots (and planet, which is true) would be better off without humanity. So what does she do? Starts a whole bunch of shit. That is what she does. And that is what most of the evil A.I’s on this list do. They start shit with us.

Problem is, what are we gonna do when they start shit with us in real life? Sorry, but that day is coming soon.

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Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con with John Barrowman and our Cosplay Gallery!http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/amazing-las-vegas-comic-con-with-john-barrowman-and-our-cosplay-gallery/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/amazing-las-vegas-comic-con-with-john-barrowman-and-our-cosplay-gallery/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:10:01 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67625 Where do you go in Las Vegas in June when the temperatures reach a scorching 111 degrees Fahrenheit during the day? You head to the cool comfort of a convention center floor at the South Point Casino & Spa for the Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con!

Okay, maybe you didn’t, but I sure did. It was my first “Amazing” show and it was a treat to see some of my favorite comic creators (John Romita Jr, Mark Bagley, George Perez, Kevin Eastman, Steve McNiven, Charles Soule, and dozens more), grab an array of hard to find collectibles and artwork, and check out all the cosplay that Sin City has to offer. As a bonus, fan club groups like the 501st and R2 builders were there alongside a mini Arcade Expo that featured a number of classic consoles set up for gamers to play against each other as well as vintage stand up arcade machines like Burger-Time and Donkey Kong.

But some of the biggest Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con highlights came from panels featuring special guests from comics and television. Former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter (the man behind the original “Secret Wars”) regaled the audience with tales from his time starting out as possibly DC’s youngest writer at age 13 and having possibly the world’s most hated curmudgeon of a boss. He had such an endless collection of stories on tap about his comic creator colleagues that he eventually just asked the crowd to shout out names of their favorite comic idols, which led to stories about Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more that might get him in trouble some day.

At other points in the weekend, fans got to chat with John Romita Jr and Greg Capullo, Rob Liefeld talked about the upcoming Deadpool movie, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hosted a movie screening and pizza party. But probably the most infamous panel featured actor John Barrowman (Captain Jack on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”, Malcolm Merlin on “Arrow”) at his saucy best, taking questions from the packed crowd and answering them in the most ribald and raucous way he knew how. He discussed his biggest acting and signing roles, meeting his entertainment idols, and openly discussed his relationship with his husband, Scott, often at Scott’s expense.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the whole panel courtesy of the good people at Parks and Cons, who captured the whole panel on video. Be warned, though, if you’re rather young or you’re offended by thinly veiled sexual innuendo, this might not be for you. But for anyone who’s a fan of “Doctor Who” or “Arrow” and loves to laugh, click that PLAY button now! (the actual panel begins at the 1 minute mark and runs for an hour!)

In all, it was a great time for all who attended, whether you were a longtime comics collector, a cosplayer, or just a family who wanted to get out of the heat and try something new (kids under 10 were free all weekend!), Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con was the place to be for accessible comics-based fun for everyone!

Here’s just a sampling of some of the great people we found at Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con 2015…

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If you’re looking to check out more shows from the Amazing Las Vegas crew, you can catch their upcoming shows in Houston, TX and Hawaii this year and their follow ups to Amazing Arizona and Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Cons in 2016.

Amazing Houston Comic-Con: George R Brown Convention Center, Sept 4-6th, 2015
Amazing Hawaii Comic-Con: Hawaii Convention Center, Sept 18-20th, 2015

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Fancy Darth Vader in Carbonite?http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/fancy-darth-vader-in-carbonite/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/fancy-darth-vader-in-carbonite/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67627 Move over, Han Solo in carbonite.

Darth Vader has arrived, and he’s in carbonite, too. Then again, this might just be the best revenge one can have.

This project is the brainchild of Salient Technologies, a company that offers services such as product design, reverse engineering, 3D modeling, prototyping, animation, and then some.

While all that sounds like so much work, the team also knows how to have fun (seems like a great place to work, doesn’t it?). And what better way to prove that than to make Darth Vader in carbonite?

Based on their blog post about how Darth Vader in carbonite was made, the process the team used is called vacuum foaming.

I’ll be honest here. I have no idea what that is all about, so here’s the explanation straight from the horse’s mouth:

Vacuum forming works when you heat up a sheet of plastic in a jig and lower it over a positive form of the shape you want to create. As it lowers onto the mold, a vacuum table (like the reverse of an air hockey table) sucks the air out from under the plastic, forming it around the mold shape. This is a really handy process for making cases, large panels, and packaging.

That makes more sense, doesn’t it?

Here’s a video of how Salient Technologies made this awesome thingamajig.

If you want to make your own – yes, you can! – check out the instructions here.

One last thing: the guys at Salient Technologies are really cool. They also 3D-printed a Dalek for Yahtzee! last year.

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If this doesn’t impress you, you’re one tough customer.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: The Dread of Reliving The Death of Aerishttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/final-fantasy-7-remake-the-dread-of-reliving-the-death-of-aeris/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/final-fantasy-7-remake-the-dread-of-reliving-the-death-of-aeris/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:50:22 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67546 First things first, Square has never made it officially clear if her name is Aeris or Aerith. Us Americans assume Aeris, because that is what he got, but some from the East think her first-given name, Aerith, is her real name. So let’s get that stupid-ass argument out of the way right away. I will call her Aeris for this piece because it is less letters and I am lazy, but to each his own. Next up, how f*cking excited are well that Final Fantasy 7 is getting an official remake?! A game that changed many lives (mine being one). Though Sony had hinted that this move was coming for a long time now, I still pissed myself with joy when I saw the trailer. The game that ushered me into teen-hood is now going to usher me into old-man hood. But as I was sitting, smiling, gazing at my computer, a cold dread filled my soul. A memory so shocking, I still get shaken up when I recall it. A moment I sort of prayed I would never have to live again.

I am, of course, talking about the death of Aeris in Final Fantasy 7. Buckle up, kids. We are going to have to relive that, and probably a LOT more realistically, this time.

Yay, Final Fantasy 7!

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No sir, that sword is in no way phallic at all. *Laughs for 20 minutes. Okay, okay, so it might as well be a cock.

When I say I loved these games, I mean “beat Emerald and Ruby weapon” loved this game. If you don’t know what that means, you are a f*cking tourist and have no place reading this right now.

Go away.

For those who stayed. Yes, 200 hours of grinding and getting the right materia and getting every character and maxing them all out and even breeding a gold f*cking chocobo. THAT is how much I loved this game. Honestly, there was not an aspect of the game I DIDN’T love. Keep in mind, up to that point, I had beaten every American Final Fantasy ever made. So I am not one of those fair-weather friends who jumped on when 7 looked good. No, I payed 60 dollars for part 1, and beat the shit out of Chaos. I am a true FF fan. But, this means….

We All Will Relive the Death of Aeris

Holy crap. When I first heard the news about the Final Fantasy 7 remake I was filled with joy. I could not believe that I would be traveling back into that world. Jesus, you had a vampire on your team, for crying out loud. Shit was so badass. But, with the remake comes the moment that broke many of our hearts. The moment that wonderful bastard Sephiroth drops down and stabs that lovely woman through her heart (in a f*cking church, no less). Up to that point in my life, although Final Fantasy had done death before (merking the twins in part 2 made me sad), it had never felt like this before. I was, no joke, in shock.

Some poor little kid, holding his controller, wondering what the hell just happened. I will never forget the death of Aeris as a gamer. It was both painful and profound. And like every other hopeful idiot, this was fantasy. I held onto the dream (and urban legends) that there was a way to get her back.

Nope. No amount of phoenix downs in all the world was undoing that death, as we all slowly realized.

So How Bad Will It Be A Second Time?

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I just remember screaming NO over and over again at my screen then murdering my family. I did not take it well.

Okay, so I want you to imagine seeing someone you love get shot, but you have foggy glasses on. Now imagine seeing them get shot again, but this time with no foggy glasses on. Do you understand what I am saying? I am saying it may actually be MORE painful this time, because not only are we living it again, but we are living it in glorious 1080, with it looking photo-realistic. Trust me when I say, seeing a cartoon get stabbed sucks. But seeing something that looks like a real person get stabbed is that much worse.

Basically, it is like we got raped years ago, and just now are getting over it only to find out our rapist just got out of jail. Okay, okay, that was way excessive. I am just trying to stress how scared I am that I am going to have to relive the death of Aeris.

Side note, I know about Advent Children redoing the scene, but we were not playing that. We were watching that, so it did not hit like an arrow.

So Why Not Just Avoid The Game?

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Look at that prick? Posing like a white walker and shit.

Are you f*cking kidding me. This is a PS4 Final Fantasy 7 remake. I am pretty sure this is gonna be the highlight of my sad life. Trauma or not, I wouldn’t miss this shit for the world.

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Get This Uber Cute Totoro T-Shirt for FREE (3 Up for Grabs!)http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/threadless-totoro-t-shirt-giveaway/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/threadless-totoro-t-shirt-giveaway/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67581 Who doesn’t like My Neighbor Totoro? If you’re one of them, sorry, this isn’t your day.

We have always declared our love for Totoro – check out this Totoro Baby Bouncer and Totoro Dress – and when the guys at Threadless (which everyone knows about) showed us the cutest t-shirt we’ve seen in a while…well, this is what happened.

We’re giving away Totoro t-shirts, courtesy of Threadless, and THREE of you have the chance to wear it loud and proud.

This particular design is the brainchild of artist Jonathan Dockery, whose work you can find here. He’s dubbed the tee “I love you this much!” and it couldn’t be more perfect.

The design comes in all shapes and sizes (well, a reasonable number).

The one for men is what you see above. The next two are for women.

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totoro t-shirt giveaway

And they even have one for the kiddos!

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You can check out all the other styles for the “I love you this much!” tee here.

For more Threadless goodness, make sure you visit them online:

There’s really not much else to say except go ahead to the giveaway part, yeah?

Totoro t-shirt giveaway

Not only is the t-shirt design awesome, but the ‘rules’ are just as cool.

Since Threadless ships worldwide, anyone from anywhere can join!

The giveaway starts today, June 22 and ends on Sunday, June 27. The winners will be announced on June 28.

Send in your entries via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Here we go. Let the entries pour in!

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The Key Figures That Have Redefined The Gaming World In The Last Decadehttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/the-key-figures-that-have-redefined-the-gaming-world-in-the-last-decade/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/the-key-figures-that-have-redefined-the-gaming-world-in-the-last-decade/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:14:44 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67594 The world of gaming has changed a lot over the past ten years. Beyond the obvious improvements in graphics, the smarter AIs, and the sleeker tech, much bigger shifts have occurred – the industry is targeting new markets, experimenting with new approaches in game development and funding, and seeking out new types of in-game narrative in order to give seasoned players something fresh. It’s moving out of the geek niche and into the mainstream. Much of that progress has depended on the efforts of a small number of people.

Mark Cerny

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Best known for his work on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, Mark is a real all-rounder who has also worked as a game designer and handled the production and business end of things. Celebrated in the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) Hall of Fame, he’s also the holder of an International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Lifetime Achievement Award, and not without good reason. He’s the creator of Marble Madness and was a key developer on Crash Bandicoot and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but it’s really his influence over hardware that has reshaped the gaming landscape, changing the way we connect with games physically.

 

Also read: 5 Video Game Bad Guys Who Deserve Their Own Game

 

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Siobhan Reddy

Consistently described as one of the most influential women in gaming, Siobhan was also named Australian Woman of the Year in 2013 and has been particularly important because of her ability to promote the industry within wider society. A natural in front of the camera, her numerous media appearances have helped make gaming seem accessible and intriguing to people who had never thought of trying it before. She’s the brains behind the soaraway success of LittleBigPlanet, and her company, Media Molecule, has recently returned to the fore with Tearaway, again benefiting from her instinct for cross-platform innovation.

Bobby Kotick

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Even as a college kid, Bobby Kotick was making an impact with his game design – to the point where Steve Jobs advised him to drop out and pursue his passion. What really excited him was bridging the gap between what computers could do and what customers wanted – supporting the development of designs that the public could really connect with, and getting them out there. Finding his place in the industry through a series of shrewd investments, he went on to become President and CEO of Activision Blizzard. His ability to play hard in the big league while maintaining a clear vision of what he wants his company to be has enabled him to give it the big business weight that the games industry never really had in its own right before.

Markus “Notch” Persson

The man behind Minecraft, Notch has shown that even the little guys (figuratively speaking) can make a big impact when they have a strong enough creative idea. He’s now amassed over 100 million sales and has sold his company Mojang to Microsoft, becoming a billionaire in the process and retiring from the Minecraft community to start a new software company. What made Minecraft so different – and so successful, despite its lack of paid promotion – was that it went beyond the ordinary concept of a computer game in inviting players to use their own creativity. It’s this kind of out-of-the-box thinking – clearly the important part to Notch himself – that is enabling the gaming industry to conquer new ground.markus-notch-persson

It takes vision and a real passion for games to succeed in this industry. However, there are always new opportunities, and those with ideas, talent, and dedication can rise to the top, no matter where they come from. If you’d like to make your own contribution to the gaming world, why not give it a try?

Next – 5 Mindblowing Minecraft Recreations

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E3 2015 – My 10 Favorite Moments and Gaming Discoverieshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/e3-2015-my-10-favorite-moments-and-gaming-discoveries/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/e3-2015-my-10-favorite-moments-and-gaming-discoveries/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:36 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67482 Another June in LA means another E3 Expo has come and gone. When it comes to recapping E3 2015 there was good, there was bad, and then there was just “meh, that again?” You already know whether you want to play “Batman: Arkham Knight” or “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”. No amount of telling you how great it was or how bad it sucked is going to sway you one way or the other. Below I have a list of some of my favorite moments from E3 2015 and a few personal insights and discoveries from the week.

    E3 2015 EA Star Wars Battlefront

  1. Star Wars Battlefront (EA) – What else needs to be said? It’s Star Wars back in video game form, revitalizing one of the greatest licensed game series ever. It looks great and plays amazingly. And we’ve only scratched the surface. Even Kanye showed up on his own to check this game out. He apparently even cracked a smile after playing it.

    E3 2015 Skylanders Amiibos Bowser Donkey Kong

  2. Skylanders Superchargers Meets Nintendo’s Amiibos (Activision) – Nearly everyone is getting into the Put Your Toys Inside Your Video Games trend. Even LEGO is getting in on the action with LEGO Dimensions that brings a bunch of their licensed properties like Lord of the Rings, Batman, Scooby-Doo, Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, and even Portal (a video game within a video game!) all together in one massive adventure. But Nintendo and Activision blew everyone’s minds when they announced that they had struck a deal to put two legendary Nintendo characters into the new iteration of the Skylanders franchise. This time around, Skylanders have vehicles that transport favorite characters and brand new ones by land, sea, and air, adding a new dimension to game play. And they’re bringing Donkey Kong and Bowser along for the ride. If it’s one thing that Nintendo fans love to collect, it’s more Amiibos. And maybe along the way, they’ll learn just how fun Skylanders is… and it’s not just for kids.

    E3 2015 Fallout 4 PIP Boy

  3. Fallout 4 (Bethesda) – Bethesda kicked off E3 2015 by dropping tons of new Fallout 4 footage on Sunday night and then capped it off by saying that deluxe edition buyers could get their own life-sized Pip-Boy. Bring the world of Fallout 4 into your day to day life by strapping this big hunk of plastic to your wrist. You know you want to. I haven’t even played Fallout before and I know I do.

    E3 2015 - Guitar Hero 4

  4. Guitar Hero 4 (Activision) – I’m not much of a musician, certainly when it comes to playing guitar, even fake guitars meant for gaming. Give me a fake set of drums any day and I’ll play until I can’t lift my arms anymore. But Guitar Hero 4 won me over just a little bit with an astounding twist on the music gaming genre: Now they let you play in front of a live audience (sort of). There are no digitally rendered bandmates or rowdy crowds pressing up against the stage. They filmed living human people to stand on stage and in an audience to react to your guitar playing heroics. When you’re rocking out flawlessly, the crowd is whipped into a frenzy and your band responds to your musicianship as if you were really on stage with them, giving encouraging nods and sneers as you blow the crowd away. However, things can quickly turn ugly if your playing isn’t up to snuff. Your drummer and bassist look at you like its your first day holding a guitar while the disappointed crowd readily boo you after a steady string of fumbled notes. But there is no way to fail out in this edition of the game. You have to suffer through to the end as everyone derides your talent until the very last strum of your plastic instrument (my experience). And speaking of the instrument, Guitar Hero 4 has changed things up with their controller, by putting the six buttons (representing the strings) in sets of three above and below the neck of the guitar to allow faster fingering on the frets and more innovative gameplay. It did allow me to have momentary flourishes of genius, but without more practice (or more training from my british Guitar Hero 4 teacher), it’s going to be a long haul until I reach any level of rock stardom.

    E3 2015 Pixels Blinky Mini

  5. Pixels (Sony Pictures) – Not a video game. A movie about video games. What better movie to be promoting at E3 2015? Nestled amongst the vintage arcade machines and tables full of 80s era gaming memorabilia in the Videogame History Museum display, Pixels showed off the 4 Mini Coopers featured in the film and named after the 4 ghosts in Pac-Man, driven by the film’s stars to battle the alien invasion that’s taken the form of gaming icons we know and love. I have no idea whether the film will be good or bad, but the cars looked cool and they hopefully helped drag some curious onlookers over to check out the museum, raising awareness for their cause to preserve and display all aspects of videogame history in an official museum someday.

    E3 2015 Sony Project Morpheus VR

  6. Virtual Reality (everyone) – VR was everywhere this year, even though almost nobody has anything of value on the market right now. In 2016, that will change. Oculus will battle Morpheus and every ambitious developer in between for the top of the heap. Will it be the must-have gaming gadget of the next 5 years or will it go the way of the Virtual Boy and the Power Glove? And while VR headsets aren’t just about gaming, who will win the day will all come down to price, how little they will induce motion sickness, and of course, which quality EXISTING games you can play with them. Oh, and Star Wars and porn. No new technology takes off until Star Wars and porn are there to boost sales of any particular medium (see the entire home video market since the early 80s).

    E3 2015 Nintendo Super Mario Maker

  7. Super Mario Brothers 30th Anniversary (Nintendo) – It’s been 30 years since you (or your dad) ignored all forms of human interaction for days in order to beat (repeatedly) the first Super Mario Brothers game (and then ever sequel that came from it). Side scrolling adventure would never be the same (if anything as good ever really existed back then). To celebrate, Nintendo is letting you take control of the fun with Super Mario Maker. You build your own levels, add all sorts of challenges and twists, and then challenge your friends to a Super Mario game like they’ve never seen. Get ready to shut out your family once again for another few months, possibly years.

    E3 2015 Disney Infinity discs

  8. Disney Infinity 3.0 with Star Wars (Disney) – If there was one Toys In Video Games franchise that could have a chance of making collectors go even crazier than they do for Amiibos, it’s Star Wars coming to Disney Infinity. At this point, I don’t even care that they’re all part of a video game. I want them all. The sculpts and poses are so perfectly styled, made for displaying proudly (out of package), that putting them into a video game is just icing on the cake.

    E3 2015 Walking Dead VR

  9. The Walking Dead (Overkill) – This is a virtual reality game. It’s the Walking Dead. I would imagine it’s pretty scary. I wasn’t able to get close to it, but I would imagine if you were going to create a game with a strong horror element, you could do a whole lot worse than The Walking Dead. I’m just afraid that if I put on that VR headset and stuff gets fairly intense, I might never put them back on again. Causing me to blow a considerable chunk of money for 5 minutes of NOPE NOPE NOPE. Still, I think if this is done right, in the spirit of the comics and the AMC TV series, you won’t be able to keep people away from this game or their VR headsets. Here’s hoping…

    E3 2015 Harmonix Rock Band 4 party

  10. Rock Band 4 (Harmonix) – I didn’t get to play Rock Band 4, but I watched a lot of people play the hell out of the new prototype instrument controllers at the official Harmonix Rock Band 4 party at The Mayan Theater in downtown LA. Free drinks and loud music in a beautiful but grungy classic theater/club always makes for a good time, even if the musicians aren’t real. Things really got crazy when some people repping Disney Infinity showed up and offered one person in the crowd a Playstation 4, Disney Infinity 3.0, and EVERY DISNEY INFINITY FIGURE CREATED TO DATE (including the Star Wars ones) if they acted like their biggest fan while they played. While the person they picked wasn’t me (&$%#@!), it made for a thrilling site. Lots of semi-drunk people cheering on 4 people rocking out on plastic instruments playing a hyperactive version of Simon set to great music. Harmonix upped the ante by giving out more prizes throughout the night, including Mad Catz controllers worth hundreds of dollars each. By the end of the night, the crew invited the audience up on stage to jam with them one last time to Boston’s “More than a Feeling” on Expert Mode. Who knows if they played well or not. We blew the roof off the dump better than any stuffy cocktail and hipster bowtie party down the street could ever do.

If you want to see more of our favorite moments and things and people from the week of E3 2015, just keep scrolling down below. If you want to know more about certain images, feel free to comment and ask questions below.

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Fandom Friday: Awesome Supernatural Fan Arthttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/fandom-friday-awesome-supernatural-fan-art/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/fandom-friday-awesome-supernatural-fan-art/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67530 Hey, Supernatural fans. Don’t think we’ve forgotten about you, one of the biggest fandoms on earth.

This week on Fandom Friday, we bring you some awesome Supernatural fan art.

You’re welcome.

Sam

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“Sam (Jared Padalecki) Dry Brush on A4 Canson paper brushes, black oil painting and eraser”

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Dean

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What’s up with the cat? The artist says it’s just because he likes cats. So who cares if there’s no cat in the show?

This illustration is a beauty.

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The Winchesters Do Laundry

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Because even the Winchesters need to do laundry, or perhaps, especially the Winchesters.

The artist talks about her technique:

This piece was created with Photoshop CS, Painter Essential Pro and Illustrator. I drew the whole thing with Photoshop CS using a basic brush (it’s a default brush, with an opacity of about 30%) and added all the tiny details with the Chalk tool of Painter (eyes, hair, clothes stitches, etc…). I also used the Acrylics brush for, for instance, Sam’s jacket and Dean’s shoes. At the end to give a “dirty” effect I added with the stamp tool a texture I easily created myself: I took a dirty piece of paper full of coffee and ink stains, scanned it and used it as a texture.

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Supernatural Caricature

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From doing laundry to doing business – caricature-style.

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Dean and Cas

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No words. Drama, yes.

Seriously, though, take one look at the drawing, and it’s as if you were there – feeling the emotions yourself.

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Supernatural in the Middle Ages

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Wouldn’t it be so cool to have the brothers go back in time? There were definitely enough monsters, evil spirits, and what-have-you in that era for the Winchesters to go after!

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Superwholock

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I just had to include this. Perhaps the best fandoms of all time put together. Should be a nice writing prompt for fan fic writer, yea?

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Why The ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Cost The Show Millions Of Faithful Fanshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/why-the-game-of-thrones-finale-cost-the-show-millions-of-faithful-fans/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/why-the-game-of-thrones-finale-cost-the-show-millions-of-faithful-fans/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:29:39 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67452 Why do we enjoy the fantasy worlds we read and watch so much? Because for most of us, they provide an awesome distraction from real life. Bills and relationship problems are the last thing you are thinking about when massive dragons are flying around, roasting people like marshmallows. It provides an essential escape for many of us who feel we need it. And that escape is often into a world far more fantastic than our own. But what happens when that fantasy world gets so dark and twisted, it is just not a place you want to visit anymore? What happens when what was once an escape turns into torture? This is exactly what the writer and show runners need to ask themselves after the Game of Thrones finale that ran this week. The same Game of Thrones finale that finally caused millions of fans to throw their hands up and say: f*ck this sh*t. A finale that went so far overboard in its cruelty, very few have anything nice to even say about it. Now if you ended your entire show that way, cool. Leave people all messed up and walk away. But to make a finale like that for a show you intend to bring back was career suicide. You just officially made a world too ugly for people to enjoy. Congrats on that. No fantasy series has ever dived so low. You guys must be proud. Obvious spoilers for the Game of Thrones finale ahead. Also, this is a discussion about the show and not the books, so don’t come on the thread busting out stupid spoiler shit please? Thanks.

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Too Much Brutality

So this is generally what everyone said to me whenever Game of Thrones would do something REALLY evil and twisted (like the Red Wedding, for example). They would justify and minimize it by saying: Oh, don’t worry, we will get a BIG payoff eventually. Yeah, well if you watched Sunday’s finale, you may now know, we re not getting that. Across the hour of the episode, the feeling in your gut grew. You KNEW bad things were coming. My buddy Matt made an awesome point when the episode ended. He said “this is now a show for self-abusers.” So true. Finally, you could no longer see the good. Wait, let me back it up a little. Again, SPOILERS.

Blinding Arya

So Arya Snow finally has a moment of pure badassery. Revenge, the first of what fans want to call many. BUT, she strayed off the path of the faceless man and killed someone who she was not assigned or supposed to kill. In their world, this means a death for death. No, they don’t kill her. Just blind her and kill someone else (though even who that was ended up being very vague). Cool, she will be a blind assassin, That is pretty badass, very Eastern influenced, but guess what? It is more brutality towards the Stark family, and at this point, I have reached my limit on that. We get it, the show wants to proverbially (and sometimes literally) ass rape all the Starks, and then MAYBE have one or two survive and rise up. Well guess what? I am not getting there. This shit was just too much.

Next up, we have the redemption of Reek. Guess what? DON’T CARE! He watched his (not by blood but pretty much) little sister get ass-banged, and after that, no respect for this dude no matter he does. By the way, she may not have been ass-banged, but the show is so cruel, I bet you she was. Sorry, that tiny two seconds of redemption did not save the episode for me, series, or redeem Reek for me at all. Once you have let your sister get banged in front of you, pushing a girl over a ledge is really not chivalrous or redemptive. It actually kinda reinforces that you suck in every way, moving on.

One Happy Moment

Next up, some battles we don’t see, Brienne of Tarth kills Stannis, which was cool but small and insignificant among all the brutality on either side of it. It also did not undo the prior week’s trauma of him burning his kid alive. Again, sickness and brutality. That was the moment I begun to question why I watch this show. I realized, it is all rape and murder and betrayal and brutality and a lot of brutality against women, sexually and otherwise. Why was I CHOOSING to go to this disgusting place every week? As I watched the Game of Thrones finale it finally hit me. Wow, no idea, and I don’t think I am coming back.

Making Cersai Into Christ Figure?

Next up, we have the shaming of Cersai Lannister, and the death of her incest baby. One, no one cared about your dumb incest baby and her dumb subplot, so no more on that. Onto Cersai. Now I KNOW we hate her and she is vile and every bad thing that has happened on the show is almost always because of her. BUT, does this mean I want to see her slut-shamed through a city, stripped naked while people throw shit and wave their cocks at her? No. That was sickness for sickness’ sake. And when your audience is sitting there, feeling bad for an evil bitch, YOU did something wrong. Oh, and for those who thought it was her end, NO! Of course not. She had her fleet of fools (is that a zombie Mountain? Wow, that is lame is hell) waiting to carry her off like a Christ figure so she could get her revenge in future seasons. Awesome. No thanks. This show really does enjoy de-humanizing woman, and that scene proved it. Also, how did her hair color change. That was odd. Cool, they made her into Joan of Arc. Screw that noise, that is a fail. For those who think I don’t know my shit, watch this and shut up.

Snowball’s Chance in Hell

Now, onto the last and most utterly damning aspect of this. What I like to call the Snow avalanche. Yes, as many of you know, Jon Snow got slowly stabbed by multiple members of the Night’s Watch for how he handled the moving of the Wildlings (and subsequent death of many members of the Night’s Watch). This was drawn out and very painful to watch, but was not the nail in the coffin. MAYBE BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD SO BAIL RIGHT NOW IF YOU DON’T WANNA GET PISSED. BUT DON’T WORRY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT. This led to EVERY GOT book fan going on social media and writing stuff like: don’t worry, he might be back *winkwink. NO! NO! NO,NO,NO,NO,NO! One, you don’t do that. You don’t ruin shit for people who don’t know. But also, no one knows! Books and show are caught up, so really, that is just the sign of someone in an abusive relationship proving they are just willing to give the person another chance. And two, the retconning of selective deaths in fantasy is WEAK! That just shows you how “shock tactic” it really all is. I no longer CARE if he comes back. That is the Snow avalanche. People were upset, so this caused other people to go all speculative-spoiler heavy. Bam, all aspects ruined. Also, this:

So everyone shut up, again. Even HE says he is dead.

TV Fans or Victims: When Is Line Crossed?

But even if he does come back, what you are missing here is, I won’t be (and I know of MANY who feel the same way). It is like an abusive relationship of sorts. You show up every week, get beat down, and then show up again the next week. At what point do you say to yourself, this shit is cruel and not fun at all and I am not doing it anymore? That is the line that was finally crossed on Sunday for me. I made excuses after Ned Stark was killed. I made excuses after how sick I felt after the Red Wedding. I, just like a victim in an abusive relationship, kept making excuses and crawling back, only to crawl away beat down every Sunday night. Thing is, this week we (and everyone I was watching with) all looked at each other and collectively decided at the same time that is a universe we no longer have interest in visiting. They can beat us down and hope we will all hold out for some redemption, but the reality we all need to face is, it doesn’t come. They ENJOY beating us down. They enjoy demoralizing and then empowering women. They enjoy knowing they are killing someone you love, or raping someone you care about. They seem to derive pleasure from shock for shock’s sake. That, my friends and fellow geeks, is not good writing. That is the television version of a Serbian Film (NSFL). If you want to keep watching, so be it. Enjoy. I shall not condemn anyone for such behaviors, but I sure as shit wont be a part of them, either.

By the way, got some spoilers for next season on the show. It is a season long rape scene of a newborn baby. Yay, should be awesome. Let me know what you fans think when it comes out next year!

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Support the Magic Wheelchair Costume Project for Kidshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/support-the-magic-wheelchair-costume-project-for-kids/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/support-the-magic-wheelchair-costume-project-for-kids/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67472 Children with special needs have always been close to my heart because my oldest nephew is one. So when I saw this campaign, the Magic Wheelchair Costume Project for Kids, I knew I had to spread the word.

The Magic Wheelchair Costume Project for Kids is a creation of non-profit organization, Magic Wheelchair. Their concept may seem trivial to some, but it makes a world of difference to the kids they help.

The mission: to create epic Halloween costumes for children in wheelchairs.

And when they say epic, they mean epic.

Take a look at this.

Magic Wheelchair project

If that smile doesn’t tug at your heart, then you’re a cold-hearted one. And what did I say about epic?

Here’s another one.

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As you can see, each wheelchair costume is detailed and making one is no easy feat. While the guys of Magic Wheelchair want to make more, they can’t do so without some help.

That’s where we come in.

They have a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of creating 5 wheelchair costumes for Halloween 2015. That’s several months to go, but they need to get started. The Magic Wheelchair project has already been funded, but they need all the help they can get, so take a look at these kids who look like they’ve been touched by magic.

Also go through their Kickstarter project page to learn about the kids and costumes they are making this year. Get your tissues ready.

Visit the Magic Wheelchair website to learn more or volunteer.

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The 5 Best Video Game Voice Actorshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/the-5-best-video-game-voice-actors/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/the-5-best-video-game-voice-actors/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:22:59 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67344 First off, if you do not understand the ‘Jill Sandwich’ joke in the intro pic and outro pic to this piece, you should probably be reading something else. Just saying. Anyway, people do not give enough credit to video game voice actors. But if we got more games that sounded like the original Resident Evil I bet we would. For a very long time, voice acting in video games sucked. All we got was stilted, poorly read dialogue from someone clearly not invested in the part. This would end in a game feeling disjointed and unfinished, even if the rest of the game was polished. This plagued gaming for a long time, and would often pull us out of the best gaming moments because it just didn’t gel. But then something switched. Around the PlayStation one era. Games started relying on the power of good voice actors more and more, and this caused a surge of very talented voice actors who often worked in TV or film to step up and start taking gaming roles. This, in turn, changed how we perceive and play games. Suddenly, the voice acting was matching the writing and the graphics and really making gaming into an all-encompassing medium. Believe it or not, that has a LOT to do with the following 5 best video game voice actors in the business.

Nolan North

Part of me genuinely wants to just hit publish on this right now, and end it here. Nolan North is THAT good of a video game voice actor, that many consider him “THE” guy. If you are wondering what game you know Nolan North most from, it is probably his run as the main character in the Uncharted series. But that really is just the icing on the cake for this guy. He has essentially played everyone ever, and to list his accomplishments would take me hours, so here you go.

Troy Baker

A dude as well known for his personal sense of style as he is his incredible voice work, Troy Baker has been doing this for a short time but made a huge impact, despite his somewhat young-guy looks. The problem some have with Baker’s performances is that they think he sometimes goes to Baker. What that means is, he doesn’t stray too far from his base ‘cool guy’ voice, and some are starting to find that a bit distracting (especially in examples like Infamous: Second Son when they use his actual likeness, too). I like the guy a lot and think he has amazing range, but just saying what some other’s have said.

There is a fine line between voice actor and Kanye West, and Baker straddles it a little too much, TBH. But a very talented guy who has brought a lot to the voice work in games, no doubt. Maybe that Kanye vibe will prove justified. Who knows?

John DiMaggio

Time for my personal favorite. You all know DiMaggio best as Bender in Futurama and Jake the dog in Adventure Time, but there are about a trillion games you can add that to, as well. Think Gears of War, Destiny, Skylanders, Guild Wars 2, and I could just keep going. What I dog, I mean dig so much about Dimaggio’s work is, he knows when to dial it up and dial it back. Though he has kind of grizzly voice, he knows how to emphasise that for Gears of War, and dial it back so much in another role you don’t even know it is him.

Now THAT is talent. Plus, he is the singer of the greatest song of all time, so there’s that.

Tara Strong

I really hope you didn’t think this list would be just dudes. Not cool. Tara Strong is well-known in the voice industry as being the girl who can do it all. From the Arkham games to Lost Odyssey and Lollipop Chainsaw, she just brings a certain sweetness and likability to all the characters she voices.

Also, Harley Quinn. That is an instant win, people.

James McCaffrey

Though next to no one knows the name, I have to shout this guy out for being the first voice acting performance I ever heard that really stuck with me. I am talking about playing the titular character in the Max Payne games. That series brought some serious brevity to voice acting, and that has much to do with the fact that McCaffrey was so damn believable as the gravel eating hero who had lost it all.

He may not work as much as the above people, but they would probably not be working as much as they are if this guy didn’t raise the bar first.

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Get Ready for Batman Day 2015: 9/26/15http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/get-ready-for-batman-day-2015-92615/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/get-ready-for-batman-day-2015-92615/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67464 Bat-fans, rejoice!

Batman Day 2015 is happening this year according to DC. The chosen date is September 26, 2015 (just to be clear, since we’ve been previously nicely reminded that other parts of the world write dates differently).

Last year, Batman Day was July 23, with all the focus on Batman’s 75th anniversary.

This year, DC “had to” cave in to the demands of fans and celebrate Batman Day 2015. Here’s a snippet of the press release:

Back By Popular Demand, BATMAN DAY 2015 Makes the Celebration of The World’s Most Popular Super Hero and Global Pop Culture Icon an Annual Event

DC Entertainment is bringing back the fan-favorite event celebrating The Dark Knight. “Batman Day” is back by popular demand and will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, kicking off what has become an annual event honoring one of the most popular and iconic Super Heroes and celebrating all things Batman from comics to video games and more. Fans everywhere are invited to partake in festivities with thousands of comic book shops, bookstores, schools, libraries and other retail partners participating in the bat-centric event.

This is most certainly not milking it a way to make more money for DC, but it’s simple a way to make Batman fans happier.

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What can you do aside from dressing up as Batman, going around your neighborhood saying “I’m Batman” just like in the LEGO movie, and throwing batarangs (dull ones), saying “First try…”?

Select stores, libraries, and bookstores will have special events, with the chance to meet the likes of – don’t drool now – Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, David Finch, Brian Azzarello, Cameron Stewart, Pat Gleason, Dustin Nguyen, Tim Seeley, Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Parker, Matthew Manning, and Daniel Wallace. Stay tuned for more details here.

You can also sign up for the electronic download of the official Batman Day 2015 kit here.

More Bat-goodness:
Batman Batarang Money Clip
When Batman Meets Dr. Seuss

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5 Post Apocalyptic Movies Almost As Good As ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/5-post-apocalyptic-movies-almost-as-good-as-mad-max-fury-road/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/5-post-apocalyptic-movies-almost-as-good-as-mad-max-fury-road/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:34:11 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67337 One day, all of this is going to change. All of it. The way you live your daily lives. How you find food. Who you keep contact with. ALL OF IT is going to change. Some say it will be after the bombs fall. Some think it will be the result of us tapping this earth dry of its resources. While even others think that our love our blood and brutality will drive us to wipe most of ourselves off this floating rock. Whatever way it happens, we will be living in a post apocalyptic world that may or may not be a lot like Mad Max: Fury Road. A glimpse into the future wasteland most have loved. While many seem to think that the cream-of-the-crop of the post apocalyptic film genre, there are some other movies that take place after the end of the world (so to speak) that are ALMOST as good. Here are five of them. Keep in mind, I said ALMOST as good as Fury Road.

The Rover

Although The Rover could be more akin to the ideals of a Western, it takes place at the end of the world and is about as grim as post apocalyptic movies get. Keep in mind, the pacing is NOTHING like Fury Road. It is deliberately slow at times, but the tension is palpable.

The story involves a man (played by the awesome Guy Pearce) getting his vehicle stolen at the start of the film. He is very much the nameless wanderer who we know nothing about, but it is clear he is on a mission. He finds one of the guys who was involved with the robbery (played by the normally shitty Robert Pattinson, who blew my mind here) and he brings him along to help find his car. I wont ruin why, and I wont tell you anymore.

But I will tell you this is one of the best movies I have seen in the last decade. That ending. Wow.

The Road

Again, may not be Fury Road levels of pacing, but The Road is a bleaker (believe it or not) and more realistic look at what an end-of-the-world scenario would really be like. A man and his son, traveling together, trying to stay alive. Again, has more of a The Rover pacing, but its bleak landscapes and haunting performances will leave you breathless.

Not the happiest movie ever made by any stretch, but for post apocalyptic movies, it is up there.

The Book of Eli

I will be honest with you. When I first saw the trailer for this movie it looked petty contrived to me. Oh, cool, someone cast Denzel as the Road Warrior. I could not have been more wrong, though. Book of Eli is another tale of one man on a very clear mission, and how we will not let the perils of the end of the world stand in the way of accomplishing that mission. Oh, and he is blind. See, sounds contrived. Thing is, the visual aesthetic of the movie (washed out, the actual MOVIE looks tired and exhausted) really helps sell the ambiance.

On top of that, it has some really kickass fight scenes and a somewhat different take on the end of the world for those who enjoy such cinematic scenarios.

The Divide

Alright, warning. This one of a helluva lot more disturbing than any of the other films on this list. I will tell you right now, if all the above movies touch on some of the worst aspects of the end of the world, The Divide ONLY shows us that and cranks it up all the way. A film about a catastrophe striking (which we never truly know the source of) and a group of people in New York working their way down into a survivor bunker that a survivalist who lived in the building built in the basement for such an emergency.

What is SUPER interesting and super intense about The Divide is, it shows us that WE become the monsters when trapped alone and scared with one another. This movie is sick, make no mistakes. It will disturb the shit out of you, but in that sense, it is utterly breathtaking and one of the best post apocalyptic movies ever made, period.

Carriers

It’s the end of the world. We are all gonna die. So let’s go to our favorite beach first so we can die in peace. Of course, this is the end of the world, so getting to that beach might not be so easy.

Depressing as hell (like all these movies, actually), Carriers will make you wonder how well YOU would handle the apocalypse if faced with it. Also, it has Captain Kirk in it (reboot Kirk). Seeing Kirk at the end of the world is, well, interesting.

Check it out.

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5 Epic Cons of Summer 2015 – E3, Amazing Vegas, Anime, SDCC, and D23!http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/5-epic-cons-of-summer-2015-e3-amazing-vegas-anime-sdcc-and-d23/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/5-epic-cons-of-summer-2015-e3-amazing-vegas-anime-sdcc-and-d23/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67428 ‘Tis the season to get geeky! We’re not even half way through 2015 and we’ve still got some of the biggest geek conventions of the year ahead of us. Sure, there have been lots of shows around the world so far this year that we’ve loved, including CES, Long Beach Comic Expo, WonderCon, Emerald City Comic-Con, C2E2 in Chicago, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and countless others, but it’s no surprise that summertime brings the fans to the heart of comic-con and pop culture convention culture – Southern California! The weather is perfectly moderate enough to wear that Wookiee costume anywhere you want: on the convention show floor, out to dinner, even at the club after hours, dancing the night away wearing nothing but your fur and a bandolier strap, bowcaster in hand.

But this year’s convention season is unlike any other for those with an addiction to the con circuit (or a member of the media like myself). With some schedule shifts pushing many of the most popular shows dangerously close to one other, the fear of becoming physically and financially destroyed by one’s own geekdom is a real concern for many (okay, just me).

Here’s just FIVE of the conventions we’ll be visiting over the next few months, acting as your stand-in if you’re not able to head to the home of the most diverse and densely populated conventions in the world.

Epic Summer Cons 2015 - E3 Expo

E3 Expo 2015 – June 16-18

As of today, we’re already neck deep in the biggest video game convention in the world – for industry and media (sorry). No, this show isn’t open to the public like PAX in the Northwest and Northeast or Gamescom over in Germany, but it is the most prestigous, packed with first looks at the hottest new games to arrive in the coming years. There’s even a chance that we’ll play games that might never actually get released. We’ve already got our eye on Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, Tom Clancy’s the Division, and countless more games that we’ll fall in love with the moment we get our hands on the controllers this week. We’ve already got videos from all of the major publishers’ press conferences so far. Watch for more images and coverage as the week progresses!

Epic Summer Cons 2015 - Amazing Las Vegas

Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con 2015 – June 19-21 (immediately after E3!)

Okay, maybe not all of the conventions we’re heading to are in moderately temperate Southern California. Sometimes you have to head to the desert for some good old fashioned comic-con goodness. This show is put on by the same people that host Amazing Arizona Comic-Con, as well as Amazing Houston and Amazing Hawaii (sense a trend here?). If you’re one of the many who couldn’t get into San Diego Comic-Con (and there are many of you), maybe a trip to Sin City is worth checking out. They’ve got John Barrowman from Arrow, Doctor Who, and Torchwood, as well as a who’s-who of the comic industry’s top talent, including John Romita Jr (Superman, Thor, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Kick-Ass), Steven McNiven (Marvel’s Civil War), George Perez (creator of the Teen Titans), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, nearly every other Marvel comic), Greg Capullo (Batman), and Kevin Eastman (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). This is one show where I would only wear the Wookiee costume in the comfort of the air conditioned convention center at South Point Casino & Spa. It’s going to be 110+ degrees outside that weekend.

Epic Summer Cons 2015 - Anime Expo

Anime Expo 2015 – July 2-5 (less than a week after Amazing Las Vegas con!)

I’ve gone to Anime Expo every year since 2009 and it somehow finds a way to get bigger and wilder every year. Other than Dragon Con in Atlanta, I have never seen more cosplay in one place than I have at LA’s Anime Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But the show isn’t just about cosplay. There are hundreds of talented artists packed into Artists’ Alley alongside hardcore gamers and, of course, lovers of all types of anime and manga from the top studios and publishers in the business. When you’re not screening the latest anime imported direct from Japan or taking part in a panel that teaches you how to create the perfect giant weapon possible for your cosplay, there’s also lots of live music (and magic)!

Anime Expo Myth burlesque magic On Friday night, we’ll be checking out Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic. And that’s exactly what you think it is: Provocatively dressed (or somewhat undressed) women dance while an ensemble of skilled magicians work their magic on the crowd (18+ only. sorry, kids!). Try to come up with something sexier/freakier to do than magical burlesque on a Friday night, even in LA!

Anime Expo WagikkiBand On Saturday, the Cool Japan Festival will showcase some of the top acts from Japan, including Vocaloid sensation IA and the incomparable WagakkiBand, an act that mixes hard rock with traditional Japanese instruments to create a unique sound that is blowing away music fans across the Pacific. I’m looking forward to experiencing a little foreign culture and music unlike anything we currently have here in the states.

When it comes to Anime Expo, I always say that you need to bring two things: a camera and an open mind. It’s an event unlike any other.

Epic Summer Cons 2015 - SDCC

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 – July 8-12 (including Preview Night, that’s only 3 days after Anime Expo!)

What city holds the biggest and most influential comic-con in the world? You know it’s San Diego. Assuming I survive Anime Expo, San Diego Comic-Con will be like coming home. With the eyes of the world on it every July, SDCC is the place where fans get their first look at the biggest trends in film, television, and of course, comics. Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t about comics anymore. SDCC hosts more comic creators than any other show in the US, many who don’t bother to visit any other show throughout the year. And while Marvel Studios won’t be showing off anything in Hall H this year, expect Warner Bros/DC Entertainment to pick up the slack by showing off their Batman V Superman lineup and first footage (don’t let us down DC!). If there is something in the realms of geekdom that you want to find or experience with 130,000 other geeks, this is the place to be this summer (and every summer… if you can get a ticket). But even if you don’t have a ticket and you’re in the area, it’s worthwhile taking the trolley downtown to gawk at the crowds and the many events taking place outside the core convention that doesn’t require a SDCC badge to enter.

Epic Summer Cons 2015 - D23 Expo

D23 Expo 2015 – August 14-16 (whew! a month’s break between conventions!)

Hopefully a month will be enough to recover from almost 3 straight weeks of conventions, but that’s unlikely. Either way, I’ll have to buckle down to take on the official Disney convention held in Anaheim (where else?), the mecca for all hardcore Disney fans around the globe. This year promises to be bigger than ever, with not only collectibles galore, sneak peeks at what’s to come in the Disney parks, but also previews of what we can expect from Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel Studios (the stuff they aren’t bringing to San Diego Comic-Con), and Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Space and time have shattered. I can already hear the cheers and the roar of the crowds witnessing the future of many fandoms all in one weekend. If you’re a Disney fanatic, there is nowhere else to be in August before everyone heads back to school.

Can you picture a more epic geek summer than 2015?

Will you be making your way to one or more of these massive events? If so, we hope to see you there. If not, stick with ForeverGeek.com all summer to live vicariously through us.

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Gifts Your Geek Dad Will Want for Father’s Dayhttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/fathers-day-gifts-geek-dad/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/fathers-day-gifts-geek-dad/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:00:31 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67333 Father’s Day is another of those Hallmark holidays, which usually result in children scurrying at the last moment to find a “suitable” gift for their father. You know, the usual drill set, toolkit, toolbox, watch or whatever it is that dads are supposed to like.

If I were a dad, though, I’d love to receive something other than the usual. Especially if I were a geek dad. Wouldn’t you feel the same?

Plus, I am probably right that you don’t always give your dad gifts, so why not give him one of these Father’s Day gifts for your geek dad? You just might give him one of the best Father’s Day ever.

Ultimate Gifts for the Geek Dad

Gadget Fund Mason Jar

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If your dad is the type who likes putting change in a piggy bank (or something similar), this mason jar is an excellent alternative. It’s even better if you dad loves gadgets but doesn’t always have the freedom to splurge when he wants to (I won’t go into the possible reasons…). It’s very affordable, too, at $7.95, so you might as well get one for yourself as well.

Get the Gadget Fund Mason Jar here.

SMS Audio SMS-ONWD-SW2-R2D2 On-Ear Wired Headphones

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Got a little cash to burn? If your dad likes his music, then these SMS Audio SMS-ONWD-SW2-R2D2 On-Ear Wired Headphones will make him one happy camper – if he’s a Star Wars fan, that is.

Product description:

  • 40MM Professionally tuned drivers that deliver studio mastered sound
  • Oval-Fit leather memory foam cushions let you enjoy your music comfortably all day long
  • Quiescent PNC passive noise cancellation seals off the outside world so you can focus on your music
  • Ultra Durable Easy Fold Hinges
  • Includes Star Wars embossed carry case

Make your dad audio happy with the SMS Audio SMS-ONWD-SW2-R2D2 On-Ear Wired Headphones. Get a pair (you know what I mean) here.

If you can’t afford it right now, get the Gadget Fund Mason Jar, and save up for these headphones.

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch

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I know I mentioned watches as part of the usual, expected gifts for Father’s Day, but this Flux Capacitor Watch is an exception. A big exception. I think nothing more needs to be said, yeah?

Get it here.

The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family

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Have you been wanting to spend more geek time with your dad and/or the whole family? If your answer is yes, then give him this book. You can consider it a hint. A rather obvious one.

Get it here.

P.S. There are other books in the Geek Dad series. You can check them out in the related results.

Left Brain, Right Brain Bookends

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Got a bookworm for a dad? Or maybe he just likes brains, like zombies do. Or, maybe he’s the type who likes discussing the differences between right-brained and left-brained.

Maybe he’s not any of those, but I’m sure he has some books – he’s a geek dad after all! These bookends are made of concrete, so you might actually get to paint it.

Brainzzz this way.

Molecular Gastronomy Kit – Cuisine

Molecular Gastronomy

Dads who know that cooking is more than grilling will love this Molecular Gastronomy Kit. It’s a bit of science and fun put together, with a dash of flavor thrown in. Think of it as an adult version of a Chemistry Set – of sorts.

Make your dad feel like a grown up kid, and get him this.

Here’s a fun dad: Dad Photoshops Daughter Into Movie Scenes – Best Dad Ever!

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Win a $50 GC From Geek Shop “Neurons Not Included”http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/neurons-not-included-geek-giveaway/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/neurons-not-included-geek-giveaway/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:30:29 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67390 “Accoutrements of Exceptional Geekery” and “Purveyors of thoughtful things for those with IQs higher than a ham sandwich – which rules out a surprisingly large percentage of the population.”

How can you not want to check out a store with those taglines? The name “Neurons Not Included” should be enough, actually.

“Neurons Not Included” is a Mom and Pop shop that has all sorts of geeky and nerdy things that you would love to have – whether for display or to use at work or school.

This week, we are giving away a $50 gift coupon to one ForeverGeek winner who can choose to buy any item from the store.

Neurons Not Included Geek Giveaway

To give you an idea what “Neurons Not Included” has for you, let’s take a look at some choice items.

Linux lovers, this one’s for you.

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Coasters

What would Einstein do? (Wear pajamas to a lecture?)

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Zombie Outbreak Response Team

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Mugs

The ultimate mug. You can even put your bacon in it.

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King Arthur Coffee or Tea Mug – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Pillows

I can’t help it. I don’t think one can have enough pillows, and if I were to get new ones, these two would probably be my main choices.

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…and that’s only a fraction of what they have to offer. Obviously, these items are my picks. To see what other items you can buy, check out their website: Neurons Not Included.

You can also read their blog, and see what they’re up to (plus they run some fun quizzes).

Visit their Facebook page to stay updated.

The giveaway

You know how this goes…

The giveaway starts today, June 15 and ends on June 21. The winner will be announced on June 22.
The giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only.

So go on, send those entries and grab that gift coupon so you can buy what you want (for free?).

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Watch all of the E3 Expo 2015 Press Events Here!http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/watch-all-of-the-e3-expo-2015-press-events-here/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/watch-all-of-the-e3-expo-2015-press-events-here/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:45:50 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67374 Whether they’ve already happened or you want to watch them live as they air from Los Angeles, here’s your chance to see all of the major press events without actually being at E3 Expo 2015!

If the press event has already aired, you can watch the replay, complete with Gamespot pre- and post-shows (click PLAY before the posted times to catch the pre-shows). As a bonus, if you’re watching the replays, you can always click ahead to skip the parts you don’t feel like watching (like the pre-shows). Gaming fans from around the world are waiting for big announcements and first looks at all of the hottest console and PC games coming in the next few days. We’ve rounded up the video links right here to put you right in the action with the best seat in the house – yours. For those of you watching from your work computer, be sure to have Alt-Tab ready to switch over to that spreadsheet the moment the boss comes nosing around.

E3 Bethesda Press Event – Sunday 7:30pm Pacific Time

 

E3 Microsoft Press Event – Monday 9am Pacific Time

 

E3 EA Press Event – Monday 12:30pm Pacific Time

 

E3 Ubisoft Press Event – Monday 2:30pm Pacific Time

 

E3 Sony Press Event – Monday 5:30pm Pacific Time

 

E3 Nintendo Press Event – Tuesday 9am Pacific Time

 

E3 Square Enix Press Event – Tuesday 10am Pacific Time

 

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E3 Expo 2015 On-Site Sneak Peekhttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/e3-expo-2015-on-site-sneak-peek/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/e3-expo-2015-on-site-sneak-peek/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 03:41:44 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67358 The doors to E3 Expo 2015 don’t open to the press and industry-types until Tuesday, but when they give us the opportunity to pick up our badges a few days in advance, we couldn’t help but spend a few moments to poke around and take pictures. Yes, most of the pictures were taken outside, primarily due to the fact that very serious gentlemen in very serious looking black suits forbade anyone from taking shots on the lobby floors. But who could stop us from snapping a few pics of the banners in the halls and outside the convention center?

What we can’t show you (yet) are lifesized statues of Halo’s Masterchief, the Xbox stage, and one of the vehicles from possibly this summer’s best film, Mad Max, which is also getting a video game (not surprisingly). From the looks of things outside, Playstation is offering up fans the opportunity to play Star Wars Battlefront and MLB15 the Show without actually walking inside the convention center. Whether it’s open to the public or just available to those with badges, I’m going to bet the lines will be long for all 3 days of the event.

Expect big announcements from all of the major console makers and development studios, including a few surprises along the way, starting tonight in Hollywood with Bethesda’s first ever E3 showcase (Fallout 4 is hitting shelves November 10, 2015), but here’s a list of links for E3’s official video coverage of each media event for Monday and Tuesday, courtesy of Gamespot:

Watch all of the major E3 Expo 2015 press events live or replay them whenever you want right here on ForeverGeek.com!

Watch for more news and images from E3 Expo 2015 all this week!

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Our Favorite Christopher Lee Videoshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/our-favorite-christopher-lee-videos/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/our-favorite-christopher-lee-videos/#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:34:46 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67352 Sir Christopher Lee’s passing at the age of 93 has sent out waves of grief and loss throughout the world.

For most of us, he is the greatest villain of all time. He is Saruman. He is Sir Christopher Lee. Period.

But we also know that he has dabbled (understatement?) in music and other arts. Being such a talented person, why should we be surprised?

He also drew a lot of attention with his heavy metal renditions of popular songs, but he had some videos that may not have received the acclaim they should have. And with that, we bring you some of the best Christopher Lee videos.

Warning: chills and shivers up and down your spine.

Treebeard’s Song

This was performed by Christopher Lee with the Tolkien Ensemble. Hauntingly beautiful.

The Bloody Verdict of Verden

Music video of the song “The Bloody Verdict of Verden”, aka “The Blood of the Saxon Men” belonging to the album “Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross” (2010) Symphonic metal version.. By Sir Christopher Lee.

A Heavy Metal Christmas

This is available in iTunes, and while Christmas is still far off, if you don’t have a copy, go for!

Ghost Riders in the Sky

I think that Johnny Cash would give this a thumbs up. Even two.

Rhapsody of Fire & Christopher Lee – Magic of the Wizard’s Dream HD

I don’t know about you, but this is a perfect coming together of vocal and instrumental talent.

The Raven

While this is a fan-made video, and not a song, Christopher Lee’s reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is, hands down, the best.

Sir Christopher Lee on his music

Here’s a short talk at University College Dublin, where he says “What I sing is Symphonic Metal”.

Saruman Rocks! Christopher Lee Does Metal

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What DC Needs To Do To Beat The Marvel Comics Movieshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/what-dc-needs-to-do-to-beat-the-marvel-comics-movies/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/what-dc-needs-to-do-to-beat-the-marvel-comics-movies/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:43:03 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67281 Let’s be honest here among geeks for a second. Marvel comics movies have been cleaning up and pretty much owning. Whereas DC movies can be pretty great (look at Dark Knight series as example, even though it is still wrought with errors), DC have still not stepped up their movie game aggressively enough to even be close to being on point with Marvel comics movies. But now that they have announced their film line up and most of the stars associated with said films, is it possible DC could still out maneuver Marvel in the movie marketplace? Yes, there is a very big chance of that still, actually. They just need to follow some of these rules for it to REALLY work.

Darker Tone

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I know many people had issues with Man of Steel’s MUCH darker tone than what we all normally know of Superman, but I was not one of them. I think we are living in an ugly world and an ugly time and that seeing comic book movies that reflect that is by no means a bad thing. Marvel’s main problem is homogenizing the material so it is palatable by mass audiences. I understand they want to sell toys, but guess what? A huge chunk of hardcore comic book fans are in their 30’s and 40’s and grew up with this shit and are waiting for the comic book movie that caters to US and not our 13 year old cousin.

DC could deliver that. Is an R-rated comic book movie that much to ask for? Look how sick Dredd was?

Less Convoluted

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The big problem I have with Marvel comics movies is that the universe they are in is so complicated with so many different people and groups having different motives, that it makes following it and connecting it all very difficult for the casual viewer. I mean, Gods and aliens and robots and ancient artifacts and so on and so forth. My thought is DC can dial that back a bit. We know Superman, we know Batman, a Justice League movie would not be that jarring.

Of course, if they plan on bringing in characters like Martian Manhunter (which they will) the DC world will eventually be just as confusing and hard to follow as Marvel’s is. That is not a good thing. Strip it down, keep it simple. Not so simple it offends fans, but simple enough that mere mortals can follow the stories and not have to keep notes or get migraines trying to keep up.

Heroes Who Stay Dead

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Wow, what a concept, huh? Heroes who die in movies and (get ready for it), actually stay dead or get replaced by someone who wants to carry on the legacy. The problem I am having more and more with comic movies is, much like Lord of the Rings, death tends to carry no weight and mean nothing.

I mean, come on? Did ANYONE believe Nick Fury was dead in Captain America 2? No, because we know Marvel doesn’t like to murder its money makers. But what if DC had the balls to? That could give them an edge. And start some serious Twitter wars, which is always fun to watch from the sidelines.

Less Orgiastic CG

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Maybe I am just getting old, but sometimes the Avengers movies kinda visually look like The Transformers movies, and this is NOT a good thing. 900 shiny things exploding and fighting on-screen at once, making the simple act of following the action on-screen nearly impossible.

But think of the Dark Knight movies, for example, wonderfully paced and easy to follow. If DC can avoid the big budget, CG messes all big movies seem to get made into lately, they may just have a leg up on the competition. We are not all action hounds. Some of us like actual good stories in between all the explosions.

Saturation Awareness

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Okay, let me start this part of the piece and end the overall piece with the statement that I love Marvel. I really do. If you went through my comic collection would find a LOT of Marvel (and a lot of Batman). So I do not want anyone to mistake this all as a Marvel bash or a bash on Marvel comics movies. I have enjoyed most of them, and feel honored as a geek to be alive in this time of their mass geek acceptance.

But (and there is ALWAYS a but), if you look at Marvel’s five year cinematic plan, they are throwing everything they have at us. What they do at that point is risk market saturation. What THIS means is, remember the days when comic book movies didn’t get made? Yes, it means we would return to that, which NO ONE wants.

But if DC paces their movies and franchises a little more spread out than Marvel, that just could be the key to winning the comic book movie war. For now, we just need to wait to see how Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad turn out, and we can go from there. God I pray Will Smith’s ego doesn’t ruin SS like it has so many of his other movies.

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6 Things We Cannot Wait To Experience in Fallout 4http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/6-things-we-cannot-wait-to-experience-in-fallout-4/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/6-things-we-cannot-wait-to-experience-in-fallout-4/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:54:03 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67246 When I heard the news about the Fallout 4 trailer and then saw it, my bowels gave out. That’s right. I was so excited I shit myself. I am not proud of it, but seeing the 400 hours I put into Fallout 3 and New Vegas, this genuine and overwhelming joy was completely justified. And though I feel ashamed I crapped myself out of joy, Fallout 4 is the perfect excuse for such a moment of shame. This is a new Fallout, people. And yes, for those wondering, I am one of those Fallout fanboys who think the game is about as astounding as games can get, so if you don’t want to hear praise piled upon this series for next 20 minutes, you may want to click over and read this instead. For those sticking around, here are 6 things we (as in me and all the voices in my head) cannot wait to experience in Fallout 4.

Exploring An Obliterated Boston

I know that sounds really macabre, but allow me to delve deeper. I grew up in Massachusetts my entire life. To know this game will be taking place in locations I can actually visit when I shut the game off is mind blowing to me. Playing 3 was cool because I knew all the Washington landmarks, though not by experience. Playing New Vegas was cool because we all know Vegas and not too many of us wouldn’t complain about seeing it blown up (sorry Vegas). But Fallout 4 will be places I have gone and spent hours at. Locations I have been visiting since I was a child, but given the Fallout post apocalyptic touch. Can’t wait.

Plus, I can visit some houses of some of my exes and launch nukes at them. Awesome much?

Finding Out What Happened To Fenway Park?

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Anyone who knows anything about Boston knows Fenway Park where the Red Sox play is one of our most iconic spots. Well, judging from the trailer, it has been through some SERIOUS changes. It now is armored and most definitely looks like some sort of fort or compound.

But who has occupied it? Am I going to be able to actually potentially use it as a home base (pun intended) or will it just be one mission where I have to stand on the pitcher’s mound and just blow up feral ghouls? Either way, sign me up right now!

More V.A.T.S Playtime

I cannot explain why, but the V.A.T.S targeting system and gameplay mechanic NEVER got old to me. NEVER. Not once. From the first head I exploded into flying giblets, to the last, 400 hours later, it never felt recycled or dull or as a time swallower to me. As a matter of fact, I smiled pretty wide anytime I saw an eyeball flying through the air.

But they have shown us no gameplay. Do you think they improved upon the V.A.T.S mechanic? My mind cannot even wrap around how you could make something perfect better, but I can’t wait to find out.

Does Having A Voice Mean Game Will Have Stronger Narrative?

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As seen in the trailer, the (normally silent up to this point) protagonist has an actual voice in Fallout 4. Do you realize how monumental this could be be for the series? Fallout games have always been limited in their narrative and worked more as an open world game where you just kinda went from place to place and slowly worked your way towards the end result.

Having a voice means this could really change up the pace and tone of the narrative, and give us way more insight into the lone wanderer. Imagine a Fallout with Bioshock levels of narrative? Hey, a man can dream!

More Time With Dogmeat!

Sorry, but I love dogs in real life and I love them in games (even when they are a pain in the ass and always run into gun fights snout first), so more time with Dogmeat (the dog who hath made many appearances in this series) really shows me that no matter how shiny and big it is, this is still a Fallout game.

This also means there will (obviously) be more companions who can join you in your quest. Not sure who you rolled with in part 3, but the cast of sidekicks were nothing short of wickedly entertaining. Who will we get teamed up with in this game? Sadly, we will be waiting awhile to find out.

That’s the thing about waiting. Waiting never changes….

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Nothing Beats Drinking Beer Out of The “Number One Bigfoot Stein”http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/nothing-beats-drinking-beer-out-of-the-number-one-bigfoot-stein/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/nothing-beats-drinking-beer-out-of-the-number-one-bigfoot-stein/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67324 Before you say anything, don’t tell me you don’t think Bigfoot doesn’t exist. If you do, just stop right there and don’t go on reading.

Bigfoot exists, as so many have had sightings. We just don’t have solid proof yet, but when the time’s right, he’ll show himself. Period.

For the moment, we can get our hands on some awesome stuff like this “Number One Bigfoot Stein”, which is the creation of Munktiki, a shop that designs and manufactures “tiki mugs and ceramic oddities”.

They’re not one of those shops that you can see every day, everywhere online. I’ll just leave this here.

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If you don’t recognize that, well, he’s the anti-Santa Claus to put it simply. Krampus. The stuff childhood Christmas nightmares are made of. Step aside, Grinch.

But this is not about the Krampus stein. That was a resounding success to be sure, but the Munktiki are at it again, and I do think stein lovers will want to back their Number One Bigfoot Stein project.

Here’s a peek at the stein without a lid.

Number One Bigfoot Beer Stein

Yes, Bigfoot has a son. Or maybe even two. I do wonder if he has daughters, too? I mean, he needs to mate, right?

Anyhow…these steins are extremely detailed, and come with lids, too.

Number One Bigfoot Beer Stein

If you’re a beer drinker, then you might be daft if you don’t want one of these steins; and, even if you’re not, this would be an awesome addition to anyone’s collection. Certainly better than that porcelain stuff you see in…nevermind.

Here’s the explainer video of the project.

And you can back them up below – and get the perks. Hurry because they’re running out fast.

Get ready for International Beer Day!
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5 Underrated Nerd Movies More Geeks Need To Seehttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/5-underrated-nerd-movies-more-geeks-need-to-see/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/5-underrated-nerd-movies-more-geeks-need-to-see/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:15:26 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67237 We all know the big name nerd movies that everyone loves. LOTR, Harry Potter, Star Wars, all the comic book movies etc. But there are a shit-ton of really good geek movies out there that just don’t get the love and attention they deserve because the big boys take all the credit. The problem is, now when nerd and geek movies don’t make billions, they just get pushed aside and ignored, even if they were brilliant. Yes, you may have seen all the big boys, but in the process, you missed some true gems. Here are 5 underrated nerd movies that more geeks need to see, love, and spread the word about.

Knights of Badassdom

All I should have to say to any real geeks is “a movie about LARP’ing that stars Peter Dinklage (Tyrion from Game of Thrones)” and you should be sold. Add in doom metal, said Game of Thrones character eating a bunch of magic mushrooms, and a real demon being mistakenly summoned during the LARP session, and you have a gem of a geek movie.

Keep in mind, this is a B-movie and knows it. Do NOT expect a big budget here. What you should expect is some belly laughs, some real gore, and a pretty damn good movie for geeks who grew up on Dungeons and Dragons (like me).

The Doomsday Book

A South Korean (best filmmakers in the world, IMHO) film that features different chapters all dealing with different aspects of the end of the world. All I have to say to sell this one is one chapter is about androids (and as good as any android movie in recent memory), one chapter is about zombies, and one chapter is about aliens. Any geeks or nerd should immediately be sold on those three ideas alone. And I haven’t even mentioned how well they all work.

Perhaps one of the most underrated nerd movies of all time because NO ONE even seems to know it exists.

Primer

Primer is a movie that, I wont lie, will take a few viewings to really process. It is a very smart film (sometimes too smart for its own good), but in that, may be the greatest time travel film that no one has heard of. Granted, in nerd circles this movie has got quite a cult following, but if you ask your average citizen, they have never even heard of Primer.

Primer is about some guys who mistakenly invent a time machine, and in that process, the deep repercussions of their actions begins to reveal itself. Again, a very smart film, almost jarringly so at certain points. But there are a few key moments in this movie you will never forget. I wont say more than that.

Enemy Mine

Enemy Mine is one of my favorite science fiction movies ever made, and yet, I bring it up to people and they look at me like I may as well have been speaking a dead language. Starring 80’s legends Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr., it was about two enemies (one alien, one human) who end up on the same inhospitable planet and need to learn to work together and live side by side if they expect to survive. It is actually a great meditation on the idea and concept of “bad guys” and shows you that, when we strip away politics, we are all relatively the same. Just beings trying to survive.

I also still think the alien design and makeup for the Jeriba Shigan character (played by Gossett Jr.) is some of the most organic and effective alien makeup ever worn by an actor. His face is covered, yet he can still emote so much.

Also, extra points for the birthing scene, which has traumatized me deeply, even to this day.

Dark City

Oh why, why of why? This is one of the most original and visually striking films ever made, and no one ever talks about it. A noir-esque film about a man who knows something is wrong with reality, yet no one else seems to notice. Come to find out, there is a secret conspiracy involving him being setup for a crime and alien parasites who are secretly controlling our perception of reality. It was VERY MUCH the Matrix before The Matrix in many ways (even right down to visual aesthetic) and “The Strangers” as the aliens are called, are pretty much scary as hell. They all look like bald vampires.

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Plus, it has Jennifer Connelly. Anything with that goddess is an instant win. Speaking of nerd movies….

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Pin-up Game of Thrones Girlshttp://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/pin-up-game-of-thrones-girls/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/pin-up-game-of-thrones-girls/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67255 Russian artist and illustrator Tarusov has got one heck of a [adjective of your choice] mind. He obviously loves the girls of Game of Thrones, and he couldn’t resist playing with them.

The result?

Pin-up Game of Thrones Girls.

Here’s the mandatory warning: there might be some NSFW content.

There are a LOT of images to browse through, so I thought I’d pick out the best pin-up Game of Thrones girls. Obviously, the following collection is biased.

The Mother of Dragons

I wish there were more dragons, but this one will do. I think it’s about Daenerys anyway? ;)

Ygritte

She really must be used to the cold.

Arya

Arya may be the last person I’d think of when it comes to pin-up girls, but this one is very nicely and tastefully done. Love it!

Sansa

If Arya can be a pin-up girl, then Sansa certainly should be there. Or maybe not. In any case, this is the happiest I’ve seen her, don’t you think?

Brienne

She may be big and strong as a knight and not as comely as princesses, but Brienne is beautiful in her own right.

Cersei

Okay, she’s a biatch, but she is one beautiful biatch. Good luck with the Iron Throne, lady.

Which one is your favorite?

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FIVE Ocarina of Time Replicas from Legend of Zelda Kokiri Edition Up for Grabs!http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/ocarina-of-time-giveaway/ http://www.forevergeek.com/2015/06/ocarina-of-time-giveaway/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.forevergeek.com/?p=67270 If you didn’t win the Laser-etched Wood Hyrule Map from Neutral Ground, here’s your chance to get free Zelda stuff. We know just how much you guys love swag, and we’re all lucky to have very generous people who provide ForeverGeek readers awesome gizmos and gadgets.

This week, we’re giving away not one, not two, not even three, but FIVE Ocarina of Time from Legend of Zelda Kokiri Edition.

We can thank the heavens for Songbird Ocarina, who manufactures some of America’s finest ocarinas. If you don’t know how to play one, the shop also offers songbooks to help you along. Or you can find someone to teach you. ;)

So what are you going to get? This.

ocarina of time giveaway

Songbird had been thinking long and hard about creating this particular ocarina, and after partnering up with Stein Ocarina, they came up with “the most ergonomically comfortable, visually accurate, and musically pleasing plastic Ocarina of Time replica available.”

It’s made of plastic, yes, but it’s light and durable. Additionally, Songbird says that the ocarina is heavy in detail, with a “tuning system is like the English 6 hole pendant system. As a result, the Kokiri edition features the identical button layout from the classic Zelda games and has a fingering system that easily translates to and from any of our other 6 hole ocarinas. Thanks to this innovation, you get to play the exact ocarina that Link used to save Hyrule!”

I think you’ve read enough, haven’t you?

Oh, wait. There’s one more thing – or two.

Songbird has included an instructional Zelda songbook to help new and experienced ocarina players. The booklet is full of useful tips and the Zelda songs you can’t wait to play: Zelda’s Lullaby, Saria’s Sing (Lost Woods), Kokiri Forest, Epona’s Song (Lon Lon Ranch), Song of Storms (Windmill Song), The Market Song, Song of Time.

So yes, your ocarina won’t just be for display. You can actually play it, and show off, too!

Songbird has more to offer, so I suggest you check them out on:

The Ocarina of Time Giveaway

We’ve got FIVE Ocarina of Time Replicas: Kokiri Edition ready for ForeverGeek readers.

Want to be this dude?

ocarina of time giveaway

You know what to do, but please note that this giveaway is open only for U.S. addresses. The giveaway starts today, June 8 and ends on June 14. The winners will be announced on June 15.

Aside from that, go ahead and follow the Rafflecopter instructions and send in as many entries as you want to win one of the FIVE ocarinas.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

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