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Smithsonian Art Museum Creating “Art of Video Games” Exhibit

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Smithsonian Art Museum Creating “Art of Video Games” Exhibit

As many geeks have been saying for a while now (and as I’ve started earlier), video games should be considered art.  Now it appears that the general masses, or at least one of the most well-known art museums, is starting to accept that fact.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in Washington, D.C., is opening an exhibit titled “The Art of Video Games” in March of 2012.  Not only are they setting up what they feel are the most artistic displays of pixelated power, but they are asking the general public to have input on what games should be displayed.

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland – Opening Ceremony [Gallery]

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland – Opening Ceremony [Gallery]

LEGOLAND California opened their newest miniland area for Star Wars.  LEGO Master Builders, LEGO fans, and celebrities were all in attendance for the big event.  The Star Wars Miniland in LEGOLAND California, is the only one in the world.  Each set were very intricate.  At first glance, you’ll see awesome models.  But, the longer you stare at each set, the more you notice.

The LEGO Master builders have really out done themselves. Check out all the photos from this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony. We’ll have a video montage as well as some video interviews posted shortly.

Thanks again to the LEGOLAND crew for having us!

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland Opening [Live Stream]

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland Opening [Live Stream]

Today is opening day for the Star Wars Miniland at LEGOLAND California. We’ll be live streaming the ribbon cutting ceremony and everything else we see on this post at 8am (PDT).  Of course, if you miss it, we’ll also have a video montage posted in the near future.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post if you have any questions for Carrie Fisher.  We might be able to ask her your question(s).

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Star Wars Miniland Opens This Thursday

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Star Wars Miniland Opens This Thursday

This Thursday, March 31, LEGOLAND California will be opening its newest addition to the park, STAR WARS Miniland. After using more than 1.5 million LEGO pieces to create over 2,000 models, LEGO Master Builders have created scenes from all six episodes as well as one from The Clone Wars.

Pixelated Geek crew members Andrew and I will be on hand for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Join us here at PixelatedGeek.com, at 8am (PDT), as we live-stream it.

ThinkGeek Introduces Geek A Week Cards

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ThinkGeek Introduces Geek A Week Cards

Last March, artist Len Peralta set out to interview a different well-known or influential geek each week for a year and create an online “trading card” for each geek. 52 geeks later, ThinkGeek took Peralta’s idea to the next level by making actual physical trading cards out of them.

The first set of 8 cards became available yesterday on ThinkGeek.com for $9.99. It features the likenesses of and facts about musician Jonathan Coultron, cartoon TV executive Fred Seibert, tech hostess Veronica Belmont, Sci-Fi author John Scalzi, the comedians of RiffTrax (Bill Corbett, Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy), senior editor at Lucas Online Bonnie Burton, nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot and web Moriarty Ken Plume. The remaining cards will be released in additional sets throughout the year until all 52 cards are out.

Additionally, to coincide with the launch of the trading cards, Len Peralta and ThinkGeek have begun a charity auction on eBay to benefit Child’s Play and EFF. Many of the geeks interviewed as part of the Geek A Week project have contributed autographed memorabilia to be auctioned off. More information about the auction can be found on ThinkGeek’s blog.

Toy Fair: MusicSkins

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Toy Fair: MusicSkins

MusicSkins showcased its variety of different vinyl skins available for almost any device you can imagine. While at the company’s booth I was able to see the different pieces available for gaming guitars, iPads, iPhones, Xbox 360 consoles, Wii consoles, and Playstation 3 consoles. Kindly, the booth operators gave me my own skin for my iPad; the piece is called, “I Hate Technology.” The skins are fully removable, and prices range from $15-30. Read On

Inflatable daleks? WHY?!

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Inflatable daleks? WHY?!

The end is nigh: UK toy distributor Zappies Ltd. is producing daleks. Inflatable daleks!

Yes, daleks. They of the “EXTERMINATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE!” are now available in adorable blow-up car form, specifically so little tykes can hop inside and drive them around. Because children weren’t already capable of enough destruction without their own fascimile of the universe’s most vertically-challenged threats, complete, apparently, with the ability to shriek catchphrases.

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Awesome Gamer Art by Brittany Corno

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Awesome Gamer Art by Brittany Corno

I ran across Brittany Corno’s (or better known as PrincessPoemi) blog featuring some of her art.  Her art wasn’t just any old regular gaming art though, she creates “Women in Gaming Pin-Up Art.”  Tell me that isn’t sexy!  I had to get in contact with her and feature her art on PG, so make sure you check it out below!

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Millennium Falcon Lands at LEGOLAND®

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Millennium Falcon Lands at LEGOLAND®

There are things that just go together. Much like peanut butter and jelly, so does Star Wars and Lego Bricks. With the recent announcement that LEGOLAND® California is introducing an all-new, dedicated STAR WARS Miniland, it’s time to channel the force for some fun. Especially when you see just how big the Millennium Falcon is.

Following a chronological path through the STAR WARS timeline, LEGOLAND guests retrace the major events of the beloved Saga. Some of the 2,000 LEGO models will be more than 6-feet-tall. Interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes. “Our guests have really enjoyed our LEGO STAR WARS Days over the years and we’re certain this new area is going to ignite the imaginations of adults and children alike,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND California, Peter Ronchetti. “We are opening this STAR WARS Miniland display just in time for spring break.”

Photos of the Falcon and additional thoughts after the break.

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Spartan/Mandalorian Helmet Mash-Up

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Spartan/Mandalorian Helmet Mash-Up

Have you ever pictured yourself as King Leonidas, with your muscular body and abs of steel glistening in the sun, slicing through Persians like it was going out of style? Or how about as Boba Fett, flying through the air and making a living by capturing bounties? Why couldn’t you do both? How would combining Leonidas and Boba Fett look for that matter? Well, thanks to Jon Wollack of Almost Dark Productions, we now have a glimpse of what sort of head gear would be worn in a Leonidas/Boba Fett mash-up. Pictured below, check out a unique combination of a Spartan and Mandalorian helmet.

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