Geek Fuel Unboxing Video for July, Now Fancier

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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The 14 Most Memorable Moments in Batman: Arkham Knight, For Better and Worse

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Yep, we're finally getting around to a list about Batman: Arkham Knight. We would have gotten to the finale (for now) of the Arkham Asylum series sooner, but the game having come out right before our Comic-Con coverage kind of made any attempts to get a timely list out sort of futile anyway.

Then again, it was also tricky deciding what approach to take with this list, largely due to the fact that all of the stuff in Arkham Knight that I wanted to talk about involves some rather hefty spoilers. So in the end, I just decided to catalog the moments in the game that stood out the most - for better and for worse - and highlight them all, spoilers be damned. Plus, enough time has passed for all of you to have picked through the entire game anyway, so why not have this all double as a SPOILER thread as well?

So without further ado - but with one last warning that those who have yet to complete the game should be wary - let's see what Arkham Knight had to offer when it came to stuff worth shining a Bat-signal on!


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Cobra and Assassin's Creed Join Toy Soldiers: War Chest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Sorry, My Little Pony fans - "Equestria" wasn't one of the final two armies revealed for the action-figure-inspired tower defense game.

Frankly, I think they cheated a bit - most of us assumed, probably, that "GI Joe" included Cobra, Dreadnoks and every other faction. But no: Cobra's it's own thing, which I suppose means that "Masters of the Universe" also doesn't include Princess of Power or the Evil Horde, or even Skeletor. What is cool is that if you're a good enough player, an animated Cobra Commander can finally win a battle.

And the other army is Assassin's Creed. Is it NECA or McFarlane's? I don't know, and I suspect Ubisoft doesn't care. Check out the trailer below.

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Lego Dimensions Confirms Midway Arcade License, Shows New Story Trailer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

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LEGO Dimensions features an original story that combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo, LEGO Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade.

Oooh...so we won't just be seeing Gandalf, Batman, Scooby-Doo and friends playing Portal, but maybe Joust, Defender, Tapper and Paperboy too? Great Scott!

Beyond that, the new trailer gives us a look at new villain Lord Vortech, who is stealing characters from various realities and apparently making Sauron look like a chump, Riddler riding a Balrog, Superman looking like he might go Man of Steel on the Emerald City (watch your neck, Wicked Witch!),and a Batman vs. Batman slap-fight.

I'm maybe thinking that the Scooby-Doo tie-in will lead to Lord Vortech having a true identity as someone we've already come across, but that's just a hunch...


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Play a Moby Dick Game as the White Whale...With Lasers!

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

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Pequod is the sort of outside-the-box reimagining you'd think a movie would have done by now. Except maybe the lasers part.

A procedurally generated action game about a whale named Mobias trying to survive the onslaught of an obsessive captain named Ahab. Obtain items and add ons that make your whale more powerful. Fight through the waves of enemy ships, subs and airships until you are able to face Ahab's ship the Pequod.

Features

-5 different races with over 100 Enemies and Bosses

-Lots of different items and weapons

-A RPG stat system that includes Damage, Magic Damage, Luck, Speed and Madness
Shops, traps, sacrifice alters and more

I await a sequel in which the whale learns how to wear clothes, and then removes them. We can call it "Mobias Strip."


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The Sights, The Sounds, The Hentai: 17 Weird And Cool Things From Otakon 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Conventions, once reserved only for discussion in the most heated of USENET discussion boards, have become something of a pop-cultural force this past decade. No cognizant man, woman, or child isn't aware of San Diego Comic-Con, for good or ill.

Myself, though? You dumb nerds can stand in line for 5 hours to blurrily watch the Game of Thrones cast get asked terrible questions; I'll be at places like Otakon and making jokes about hentai.

I had a blast this weekend at Otakon in muggy, sunny Baltimore, so here are 30 things I saw, to mark the occasion!

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Weekend Open Thread and Links: Gorilla Lovin' Edition

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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-Japan's newest dating sim involves gorillas, because they've run out of every other animal.

-I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us Optimus.

-Shakespeare, performed by real sheep.

-Funko is making WWE Mystery Minis, but it seems doubtful Hulk Hogan will make the lineup now.

Now, if you'll pardon me, I have to get a birthday party ready for myself. Talk about whatever you like below.

Demigod's Not Dead: Kevin Sorbo Will Voice Hercules in Online Game Smite

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Taking a brief respite from his apparent day job of saying dumb things about Jews and atheists, Kevin Sorbo is now returning to his signature character, that pagan son of false deity Zeus. Win 10 player-versus-player matches in Smite during the month of August, and you'll get a Sorbo voice pack and a retro-Hercules skin (from the PC Beta, alas, and not the Sorbo TV show).

Here's Sorbo to tell you why that's awesome, because unlike those hateful atheists he'd never commit the sin of pride...

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You Can Help Choose the Next Disney Infinity Character

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

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This isn't quite like the Hasbro Star Wars Fan's Choice, which began by allowing any and all nominees - I think Disney knows all too well that people like me would start movements to draft Uncle Remus, Netflix's Wilson Fisk or the alien from Extra Terror-estrial. Not that their final list of 20 nominees are all necessarily better - with Alice Kingsleigh (i.e. the Tim Burton Alice) and a Johnny Depp Mad Hatter both in the running, it's pretty clear Disney has a level in mind based on that particular cinematic atrocity. On the other hand, Darkwing Duck is in the lead right now, and we could help keep it that way.

Ready to vote? Let's get dangerous!

8 Reasons Ernest Cline's Armada Is Nothing Like Ready Player One (and Why That's Not a Bad Thing)

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The meteoric rise of Ernest Cline should be an inspiration to all of nerdkind. I unknowingly first encountered his work when I read his Buckaroo Banzai sequel script that made the rounds in the early days of the Internet, and from there he went on to script Fanboys; a love letter to the Star Wars saga that was full of heart, even if the finished product was a little mediocre. His title of King of the Nerds was obtained with the release of his first novel, Ready Player One, in which young nerd everyman Wade Watts searches the virtual-reality replacement to the internet for an Easter Egg worth more than he could possibly imagine. Ready Player One practically became a nerd holy book overnight. The wildly popular tome was optioned for a film the day after release, and is currently in pre-production with Steven Spielberg sitting in the captain's chair.

Last week, Cline's second novel Armada hit book shelves everywhere. Less than a week later, it's ranked 59th overall on the Amazon Best Sellers page, with a visit to the New York Times bestseller list almost guaranteed in the near future. It's the story of Zack Lightman, a completely average, normal nerdy teen who discovers that his favorite video game is a lot more important than just entertainment. The question is: does Cline replicate the success he found in Ready Player One? Let's find out...with minimal spoilers.

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