October 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm *insert joke you’ve heard a million times here*

  Unless you were hiding under a rock yesterday, and if you are the type of person who reads a site called Dorkadia, you probably heard that George Lucas sold out.  It’s not like he wasn’t a sellout as soon as he graduated from film school, but this time he

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Five Modern Hardcore Single Player Games

It’s no secret that I believe that games were more “hardcore” in the past. Not all of them were, a lot of them were just poorly made. But many (like Half-Life) had a brave, undeniable faith in the player. These older games were filled with challenges that were uncompromising and

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The Rat Race

  When I’m not tearing through various speculative fiction bricks, screaming at millionaires in funny clothes running in a circle, or (occasionally) attempting to be a productive member of society, my digital poison of choice is World of Warcraft. It has been, on & off, since release; at this point,

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Your First D&D Experience

About a year ago, I was recruited into an excellent Dungeons and Dragons game. It had recently lost a player after the game had been running for a bit over a year. I was excited – the DM sketched out a possible character idea for me and we were playing

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My introduction to Assassin’s Creed

These last couple months have been packed with a number of great game releases. There hasn’t been enough time to play everything yet and there’s another title on the way; Assassin’s Creed 3. It occurred to me that I should probably try to play the previous titles before diving into

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Book of Air : “The King of Omashu” & “Imprisoned”

  Book of Air Episode 5: “The King of Omashu” Best Line:  “Wrong Choice” Nothing in life is simple.  That’s the basic theme of this episode of Avatar.  When you try to rush at your problems head on, you’re probably going to end up with a headache.  Instead, use your

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Black Mesa: Renewing the Half-Life Vows

Half-Life is one of video games my top-tier games. The tier reserved for games who not only define what I want in gaming but push the boundaries on what this amazing hobby can do. When I heard that a team of Half-Life devotees had remade the original game using modern

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The Collected Works of Joe Abercrombie

The idea of “post-George R.R. Martin” fantasy is a little weird to contemplate; after all, that’s straight-up contemporary! A Song of Ice & Fire is still in progress; Game of Thrones is on TV and winning Emmys; people are still working on the monolith that is A Dance With Dragons.

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Book of Air Episodes 3 and 4

  Book of Air Episode 3:  “The Southern Air Temple” Best Line: “I’m just a simple guy with simple needs” Genocide.  There’s really nothing else to talk about when you hit this episode of the show (except all of the other things to talk about).  The third episode of a

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Tabletop and Gaming Podcasts

As the production and publishing of podcasts has grown easier over time, even the nichest of niche genres have an impressive selection, even podcasts that cater to role-playing and video game fans. I adore podcasts, but the nerdly podcast scene is notoriously unpredictable when it comes to quality. I know

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