Monthly Archives: December 2012

End of Year: Search results and… WTF?

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We here at Dorkadia are so happy that you found us on our small parking lot of the interwebs, and are always curious what search lead you to our site! We like to comb through the search strings that led to people clicking on our page, and often times we wish we could have responded to the questions asked. With that in mind, we present: End of year Dorkadia search results, our answers, and our confusion! Continue reading

fly on a dog

Who says dogs can’t fly?

fly on a dog

No shoulder to cry…on a dog.

A few weeks ago I wrote a lot words, pretty much all positive, about The Megas and their most recent album, History Repeating: Blue. Just last week they released a single and B-sides collection called Fly on a Dog as a sneak peek at History Repeating: Red, the yet-to-be-released album bookend to Blue. Between obsessive listenings of various Les Miserables concerts (I’m a little excited for the movie, okay?), I have been listening to Fly on a Dog on repeat and I’m not sick of it yet.

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Commando with gas mask by a campfire

An initiation into The Secret World

Commando with gas mask by a campfire

The Secret World recently converted from a subscription model to a free to play with a subscription option. Surprisingly, and completely unlike Star Wars The Old Republic, it doesn’t suck. Also unlike SWTOR, I had not played The Secret World (TSW) prior to its format conversion. I have only been playing for a short time now, but I’m already impressed with how well put together the game is and how much flexibility is built into the game mechanics. So take up arms and enter a world of madness, conspiracy, honor, and chaos. Continue reading

Not pictured: heroism.

Review: The Black Company (Books of the North)

 

Not pictured: heroism.

Not pictured: heroism.

 

As regular readers of this site might have guessed, I’m kind of an aficionado of fantasy best described, not without a shrug and eye-roll, as “gritty.” I like reading about people develop infections and get betrayed. Heroes kick puppies, villains kiss babies. Everything is covered with a faint layer of mud. The Dark Lord may be horrifying, but he takes second place to dental care. And so on. Normally I tend to think of this as a fairly modern thing – Grandpa Tolkien’s patina of myth has tended to shine down through the ages – but there are quite a few fantasy novels of previous generations that hunk down in the muck perfectly well. Continue reading

Research for this article has proven this one million percent true.

One Internet to Rule Them All

DON'T END MY EVIL REIGN, BRO

DON’T END MY EVIL REIGN, BRO
photo via funnyjunk.com

It’s been a very Hobbitastic week around here. We’ve had a great look at LotR games, both video and roleplaying, an essay on the original works of Tolkien and a review of An Unexpected Journey. But there’s a whole world that Tolkien’s works have touched and no one’s been brave enough to mention it until me, your intrepid from-the-internet reporter.

The internet. A virtual Mordor of memes and viral videos.
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LEGO Lord of the Rings

LEGO Lord of the Rings – One does not simply block into Mordor

LEGO Lord of the Rings

Actually, LEGO seems to be able to do whatever they want with a popular franchise and make it magical and entertaining. I can’t find many reasons to be cynical about this at all even though I was really planning on doing a somewhat snarky kind of review. What they’ve done is delivered another solid platformer with a familiar and beloved skin. The same quirky humor and comedic block exploding violence in place of graphic gore that has been present in previous LEGO titles is always a refreshing change of pace in the modern game market. LEGO Lord of the Rings is magical and captivating. Continue reading