PXL Plays! Heroes of the Storm

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PXL Plays! Heroes of the Storm

We want to play Heroes of the Storm with you!

PXL Plays! is a weekly Twitch.TV stream of the latest, greatest, and most topical games. Every Thursday night at 10:00pm EST/7:00pm PST, The PXL Plays! Crew bring you a combination of game-play, analysis, critique and comedy – and this week, we’re inviting you to join in with us!

The PXL Plays! Crew will be diving into the open beta for Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, and I know I speak for all of us when I say we’d dearly love to play it with you!  If you have access to Heroes of the Storm, great! Send an email with your pertinent information to social@pixelatedgeek.com and we’ll make sure to shoot you an invitation this Thursday at 10:00pm EST/7:00pm PST! If not, we’ve secured a number of codes for the Heroes of the Storm beta and we’d be happy to send them over to you! Just leave a comment on this post, or contact us via our Facebook, Twitter, G+ and we’ll make sure you have a code for the beta!

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Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

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Comic Issues #216 – The Truth is (Sometimes?) Out There

It’s a rumor-filled podcast as the crew talks about the rumors of a new Star Trek show, a new Alien Nation, and a new X-Files mini series. (Spoilers: one of those is totally not a thing.)

After that they get into the newest Uncanny X-Men and Scott’s flip-flopping and Havok’s lack of flip-flopping. They they break down the awesomeness of Darth Vader #3 and the newest Rocket Raccoon, and how Anthony just loves reading long novels and Elizabeth loves Squirrel Girl. (Spoilers: a couple of those last ones are totally not a thing either.)

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Review: Lesser Creatures

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Review: Lesser Creatures

The zombie apocalypse has already taken place, and now the rest of the world is trying to deal with the fallout. Thousands of the dead have risen, and every month thousands more crawl out of their graves. Shambling, mostly mindless and completely harmless, the risen dead still need food and shelter, straining the world’s economy as countries are burdened with more and more mouths to feed. And anyone who tries to kill a Second Lifer (the PC term) is killed horribly by a force as mysterious as the one that reanimates the dead in the first place.

Sounds like a pretty fascinating idea for a book, doesn’t it? Well too bad, because all of that is just background noise to a completely different story. Lesser Creatures tells us of a doomed love drawn out by a magical power that’s annoyingly unexplained. The main character is a bored advertising executive who comes across as instantly unlikable, and yet who we’re supposed to sympathize with for most of the book. Eric Cooper jumps from a near mid-life crisis to a kind of reawakening, followed by a shock that makes him almost hit rock bottom, just before he and his mother rediscover their compassion for Eric’s deceased father in time for Eric to bond with a zombie-who’s-more-than-a-zombie for reasons that are never clarified. There’s also a two-dimensional scheming CEO and a priest who’s operating under the best intentions but who may be completely unhinged. Other than the very beginning, the very ending, and a couple of bit parts, the risen dead are no more of an element here than a bad thunderstorm taking place in another city. There were times when I wanted to shake the characters and yell, “Damn you, what did you do with my zombie story?!”

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Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 9 on sale August 19

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Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 9 on sale August 19

Get ready to patch up your supersuit for a new challenge, because Adam Warren’s Empowered is back, and the stakes are higher than ever for Emp!

Already under official suspicion and suspended from her superteam, costumed crime fighter Empowered finds herself the bewildered target of every major supervillain in the capes-and-tights field for her supposed access to alien technology. With a trick or two up her tattered supersuit’s sleeve, can our tirelessly plucky but sadly underestimated heroine outwit her army of tormentors—and escape the long-simmering revenge of the sinister Fleshmaster?

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ToG FINAL MATCH: Megatron vs Spock

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ToG FINAL MATCH: Megatron vs Spock

The day has finally come, after a month of relentless battles between some of Geek Culture’s favorite characters both new and old.  This year has been an extra un-ordinary year as some characters like Zelda and Jack Harkness have fallen to unsuspecting underdogs like Earthworm Jim and Squirrel Girl.  Now it all comes down to the greatest friend a Captain could ever have and the most evil robot the 80’s ever created.  It’s Mr. Spock versus Megatron in the Final Match of the Throne of Geekdom!

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TriPod! The Extraordinary Rendition of Jeremy Clarkson and Halo 5

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TriPod! The Extraordinary Rendition of Jeremy Clarkson and Halo 5

Welcome back to TriPod! – the weekly video podcast featuring the latest news in geek culture and the last word in real-talk analysis of geek trends.

TriPod, hosted by long-time Pixelated Geek sass-master and cat-afficianado James Huneycutt, the ineffable Johnathan Crass – whose Fu-Manchu is as impressive as his categorical knowledge of indie-gaming … stuff  – and the ceaselessly cranky but inarguably sensible Taylor Tate, is a weekly video podcast featuring the latest news in geek culture and the last word in real-talk analysis of geek trends.

This week, the week of 3.29 – 4.4, TriPod! covers the controversy surrounding Top Gear and wildly speculates about the Halo 5 trailers.
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RELEASED 3/30 – 4/3

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RELEASED 3/30 – 4/3

Every week millions of geeks struggle with the same affliction: their hard-earned money going to waste on food and rent when it should be going to much better things.

That’s why we here at the Pixelated Geek Laboratories are hard at work compiling data that will enrich all of geek-kind. Armed with this data, we created a list of some of the best places to put your hard earned money as our contribution to making life better.

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

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ToG Semi-Finals: Earthworm Jim vs Spock

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ToG Semi-Finals: Earthworm Jim vs Spock

WELCOME TO THE FINAL FOUR!!

It’s a match up that could ONLY be made in the Throne of Geekdom!  The bizarre and unlikely hero Earthworm Jim has been a dark horse since round one, but driven by unknown forces or simply the will of the Geekdom Gods he has risen to the challenge each time defeating Garrus, Zelda, Carmen Sandiego, and perhaps most astoundingly Mario’s dino-pal Yoshi.  No one knows or understands why the cult classic hero has risen to such fame, but he’s definitely here to win.

Earthworm Jim may have met his match though as he faces off against Mr. Spock, the 1st round pick for Throne of Geekdom winner.  Spock’s place in geek culture has endured decades of reruns, reboots, and replacements to remain the legendary status that he deserves.  Spock’s road to greatness is littered with the mopey defeated bodies of Kill Bill’s The Bride, his most challenging opponent Crowley, the Lady Brienne, and Queen of the Xenomorph’s Ripley.  Will the most logical being be able to beat the Throne’s most illogical being?  Only the fans can decide!

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ToG Semi-Finals: Barry Allen vs Megatron

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ToG Semi-Finals: Barry Allen vs Megatron

WELCOME TO THE FINAL FOUR!!

It’s been a long road to this point, and this year’s Throne of Geekdom has not been without it’s ups and downs.  Now two contenders, voted to be the most beloved in their division, meet to decide who will carry on into the Final Match.  Megatron has been a force to be reckoned with since Round 1, fans of G1 Transformers have carried his banner high from Aang, to Jack Frost, Kannan Jarrus, and spectacularly in Megatron’s Division match against Baymax.  Megatron has 80’s nostalgia on his side, which has proven to be stronger than adamantium, and can possibly carry the Deception Overlord to the Finals.

The one thing that Barry Allen has over Megatron though is a hit show on the CW, which has helped to explode the Scarlet Speedster’s popularity. Now at arguably Flash’s most popular he’s a prime contender for the throne.  Already he’s blown by Tank Girl and Batwoman with ease, finally meeting a challenge once he faced off against the space assassin/heroine Gamora and again when he just edged past Daredevil in the division final.  Now two champions go head to head to determine who will move on to the final round and to GREATNESS!

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