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Jun 27 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Well folks, this will be my last column for the foreseeable future due to the comings and goings of life including my upcoming wedding, jobs, and other stuff that is classified. I enjoyed every minute of it, though, and I think that there might be a potential of a return! But for the time being, I’m out! So, to the one or two fans I have out there (hi mom!), thank you for reading my insane commentary.

OK, so let’s get to the task at hand: movie trailers. This week, we have a lot of new comers as well as some second trailers to a bunch of anticipated releases that we’ve seen before. Who’s first up to bat? Continue Reading »

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Jun 25 2014

Seven of the Best Geeky Kid’s Meal Toys

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Kid’s meals: they make childhood diabetes and obesity fun!

Including a cheap, Chinese-made trinket in a Happy Meal was a brilliant stroke by McDonald’s in 1979 (no pun intended). Not only did the ploy have kids begging their parents to take them to the restaurant that added a “free” toy, but McD’s also cleverly made each prize one of a set. Obsessive kids would ask for repeat trips to make sure they got every toy in the limited series.

Having the toys be some sort of promotional tie-in with an already-popular show, movie, or toy line only compounded this compulsive desire. The association with a trendy franchise even had the potential to rope in adults who felt the need to collect low-quality trinkets targeted at children.

Not all of the toy series are complete crap, though. Some legitimately exude quality, ingenious design, or perhaps just enough charm and nostalgia to get people in the door. It’s also no secret that nerds are amongst the collecting-est people around, and they have less scruples when it comes to their favorite intellectual properties.

In honor of dweebs, nerds, and geeks who order off the kids’ menu, or who scour eBay for junk that belongs in yard-sale bargain bins, here are some of the coolest and most tantalizing kid’s meal toys in history… Continue Reading »

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Jun 23 2014

Five Amazing Graphic Novels (From Last Few Years)

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I genuinely believe escapism an essential element to life. Your life will have deaths and sickness and bills and strife, but you can always escape into someone else’s hellish life and feel a little better about your own. Graphic novels do this for me. They take me from wherever I am, and bring me somewhere else. You can look at it like a graphic novel, but I look at it like a spaceship. I climb into it and leave my worries behind for a little bit. That is how it has always worked for me, and how it will always work for me. Though I have talked up graphic novels on various occasions, today I wanted to bring some up from the last few years, specifically. Give these books a shot. It might just amaze you how far they transport you from your own life and the worries you face every day. They sure help with mine, and lately, I have had my share.

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Jun 17 2014

NewTube: YouTube Channels You May Not Have Seen

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We have reinvented television. When before we were slaves to three major networks (and PBS) now we can have 24 cat videos. I don’t know if it’s funny, sad, disturbing or all three that more people have watched PewDiePie than ever saw Shakespeare, Mozart, or DaVinci’s work in their lifetimes. Combined. Then doubled. Times ten. YouTube is one of the internet’s largest seas, and there are always new islands to discover for those daring to set sail.

But if you’re looking for a more direct destination, navigate towards these digital docks, crank up the resolution to 1080P and enjoy. Today I’ll be highlighting three unique YouTube channels that offer thrilling, off-beat, and always entertaining content the likes of which we only dreamed about as we waited for Nick Arcade or You Can’t Do That on Television to come on for those brief thirty minutes.

Switch to theater mode. Here’s some new Tube for You. Continue Reading »

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Jun 16 2014

Seven Stellar Movie References, Easter Eggs, and Homages from The Simpsons

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Though you may find Easter eggs hidden in most media now a days without much effort, that was not always the case. There was a time when picking up a Dungeons and Dragons reference or an Atari reference happened quite sparingly. I, personally, do not think the acceptance of the Easter egg would not have happened had not The Simpsons done it so brilliantly for years before so many others. Just by making a simple reference to a game or book, they could make the viewer’s day that much better (as if we were in on some inside joke with the writers). Though I love the many pop culture references found in The Simpsons, the movie references are easily my favorite. They are often blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments that serve as sort of fan service to those who are truly paying attention. Or in some cases, they are so blatant they hit you over the head. But the one thing they never do is fail. From the obvious to the less obvious, here are seven stellar examples of movie references, Easter eggs, and homages from the Simpsons.

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Jun 13 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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What a busy week for entertainment with E3 just plastering releases all over the wall; it’s not just gaming stuff, too! They even announced a Sonic movie. While I haven’t followed Sonic the Hedgehog since the cartoons were still airing on TV back in the early and mid 90s, I do know that millions of people on the Internet still love the guy, so there’s definitely demographic for it. At the very least, it will give people more canon to write fan fiction from.

Anyway … Dumb and Dumber To?! AH!! It’s been so long! What did I think about? See below! Continue Reading »

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Jun 11 2014

Nine Animated Character Voices That Are Actually Impressions

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Some exceptional actors, such as Michael Caine, can portray hundreds of varied characters all while using their own, natural speaking voice. Voice actors don’t have this luxury.

Unless you’re sought after for one style of delivery à la H. Jon Benjamin, being in the voice artist business means you have to learn to diversify. No one wants to hear the same tired deliveries that have all become cartoon clichés. This demand for originality makes creating a unique voice difficult.

To prevent themselves from copying animated character tropes ad nauseum, voice actors will often look to performances from the golden ages of movies, TV, and radio that they grew up with for inspiration. Usually, a voice actor will employ a subtle combination of past experience and a mental history of cinema to delicately craft a one-of-a-kind character.

Either that, or they just steal.

Call it what you will, but some of the most iconic and memorable voice performances are exact duplicates of earlier characters that already once made it big on the radio or screen. Here’s a couple of “borrowed” voices that have re-discovered their way into popular consciousness… Continue Reading »

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Jun 09 2014

6 Games I Am Praying Get Revealed at E3 This Year

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I know by the time you are reading this, most of my theories in here will be either proven or dis-proven. Keep in mind, I am writing this Friday, June 7th. So as of right now, this is ALL still wishful thinking. Another quick aside before we jump right in. Chances are a few of these will be announced, and there are good chances that a few of them wont. This is not about me assessing what is coming out and judging based on that. This is solely a list of me nerding out and naming games I pray get announced or shown. I just thought it would be cool to see (by the time this is published) how many of these E3 wishes of mine come true.

Well, here they are….

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Jun 09 2014

Four Fandoms Geeks Expect You to be a Part Of

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I love a lot of things from movies, television shows, comic books, novels to video games. I hang out with people who love to talk non-stop about the last episode of Arrow and play video games like Mass Effect. I identify myself as a geek and I think I’m quite familiar with the culture. It would seem like it’ll be easy to talk to like-minded individuals, but I’ve noticed that there are some hurdles that prevent me from fully connecting with fellow geeks. I feel like I’m expected to know everything about what the majority is playing, watching, and reading or else I risk being left out.

I once went to a party where 90% people turned out to be huge fans of this popular video game franchise. Everyone made friends with each other so quickly because of the things they could relate to each other. On the other hand, I was struggling to hold a conversation with the basic bits of knowledge I knew about this game. There was no point in changing the subject because it went always back to the game. This happened too during an event I attended at an convention, but it was about a television show that I didn’t particularly follow. I know people have these experiences too. We aren’t being hipsters.We just like different things, but it sucks that we pay the price in social settings.

Here are four essential fandoms to be a part of if you want to survive socializing. I’m sure there are more, but these are ones based on my own experience.

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Jun 06 2014

Top 10 Best Video Gaming Twitter Feeds to Follow

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by Mike Leaño

Aching for the latest in gaming news? Join the club! There are so many fascinating things that happen in the realm of video games every day, and they’re shared in countless websites throughout the interwebz. But that’s just it–there’s just so much to choose from, it’s utterly bananas.

To make your life easier, we suggest you use Twitter; it’s hands down the quickest and easiest way to stay updated on anything you’re interested in. But wait! There are about 255 million active Twitter users, and this number is steadily growing. Where should you start?

You’re in luck. Here is our list of the best game-related Twitter feeds that we think you should follow. Continue Reading »

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Jun 06 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Happy Friday, everyone!

So, let’s get right to business this week and head into the world of movie trailers! This week we have horror, heroes, and a bit of high school. Continue Reading »

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