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Portal 2 Giveaway! [UPDATED]

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Portal 2 Giveaway! [UPDATED]

Portal 2 is just around the corner! So, to celebrate, we’ve decided to give away a copy of the game for free – for the platform of your choice.

To enter the giveaway, make sure to follow @PixelatedGeek on Twitter (if you’re not already doing so), and Tweet the following: “I speak geek & I just entered to win a copy of #Portal2 from @PixelatedGeek! Retweet this and follow @PixelatedGeek to enter!

It’s really that simple! The contest will end this Saturday, April 16 at 11:59 PM EST (10:59 Central, 9:59 Mountain, and 8:59 Pacific), and is open to the U.S. and Canada.

And we promise, the contest is NOT a lie.

UPDATE: The contest has been such a huge success (and we love you geeks so much) that we’ve decided to give away TWO copies of Portal 2 if we reach 1,250 Twitter followers by Saturday!! Keep spreading the word!

Anime Expo’s Charity Auction to Benefit Japanese Disaster Relief

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Anime Expo’s Charity Auction to Benefit Japanese Disaster Relief

Each year, tens of thousands of anime fans gather in Los Angeles for Anime Expo (AX), America’s largest anime convention.  This year, it is held July 1 -4. And, each year, the convention staff holds an auction, in which attendees can bid on items donated by sponsors and industry professionals.  All proceeds go to a charity chosen before the event.

This year, given the tragedies that recently struck Japan, Anime Expo announced that it will donate proceeds from the auction to the Japanese Red Cross Society, a cause that is both worthy and fitting, given the nature of the convention. As Marc Perez, chairman and CEO of the SPJA, put it: “While news of the disaster may start to recede from the headlines by July, we know it will still be top-of-mind for anime fans who have a heartfelt connection with the people of Japan.”

The SPJA, or the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, is the non-profit organization that created and produces Anime Expo. You can visit www.spja.org for more information on the organization and its mission, or www.anime-expo.org for more information on Anime Expo and its charity auction.

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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Top 5 Wrestlers Who Should Have Been in WWE All-Stars

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Top 5 Wrestlers Who Should Have Been in WWE All-Stars

WWE All-Stars is an absolute blast to play.  Turning childhood heroes into action figure versions of themselves and allowing you to bend the rules of physics, jumping up twenty feet or throwing guys across the entire ring, was a brilliant move.  While laying the smacketh downeth on fools with The Rock is all well and good, there are some notable entries missing in the game.  So here are my Top 5 Wrestlers Who Should Have Been in WWE All-Stars.

5)Ric Flair

Whoo

 

Though it is undoubtedly true that Ric Flair was the heart and soul of the WCW for many years, he still did several stints in the WWE.  Much like the WWE was built on the back of Hulk Hogan, the WCW was built on the back of Ric Flair.  Both of Flair’s stints in the WWE involved multiple titles and he was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2009.  To not have him as a legend seems odd, as playing as a young Nature Boy in his prime would have been great.

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Catching up with Tony Hawk at LEGOLAND

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Catching up with Tony Hawk at LEGOLAND

While waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony to start over at LEGOLAND’s new Star Wars miniland area, we caught up with a few celebrities.  One of which was San Diego’s own skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk.  I asked him the basic Star Wars questions, but also wondered if he is still making video games despite the fact that sales for his last two games, RIDE and SHRED, haven’t done so well.

Now, I’m not a professional interviewer, and I was a little star struck, so bare with my noob presence on camera.

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You should have seen the look on your face!

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You should have seen the look on your face!

April fools everybody!  Wow, we sure had you going didn’t we?  I know that the ‘new look’ was sleek, shiny, difficult to navigate around, and … white, but it just wasn’t us.  Why would we want to look just like our competitors, especially when we already look awesome?  Never you worry loyal readers, the Pixelated Geek layout that you know and love is back, and make sure that you keep checking in to see all the geek news and articles that we’re constantly writing for you guys.  I hope you got some laughs out of our joke and give us a shout out and tell us some of the pranks that you did or that happened to you yesterday!

I know kitty. We missed you too.

[April Fools] Pixelated Geek 5.0 is here!!!

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[April Fools] Pixelated Geek 5.0 is here!!!

The long wait is finally over.  Pixelated Geek is, after much anticipation, proud to present our new layout, Pixelated Geek 5.0!  We’ve been talking to our Marketing and Design Consultants and after much deliberation have discovered how to maximize our geeky awesome-ness to better provide you, our wonderful audience, with even more articles, videos, exclusives, and breaking news of All-Things-Geek.  So make sure that you check out www.PixelatedGeek.com and see all the new and exciting things that are going to be coming your way with Pixelated Geek 5.0, I promise you’ll love us even more!

I want all of our faithful readers to know that we really appreciate all of the loyalty you’ve shown over the years. We like to think that you like us as much as we love you, and we’ll hope that you understand that we’re simply following our hopes, dreams, and the advice of Yale MBA’s when we elect to remove all of the giveaways and the Cube Point ranking system from our site. We really hope that the relationship we’ve built with you and our beautiful smiling faces will bear out the thrust of our marketing concept. Also, more videos.

New Features:

  • Ultra Hip New Layout
  • New Logo Typeface
  • Blank white background
  • Ads placed in better areas in hopes that you click on them more
  • Removed CubePoints and Prize. We don’t benefit from it. So, why should you?

Yes. PG 5.0 is just that awesome.

P.S. You’re gonna want to make sure that your bandwidth can handle us, we’re kind of a big deal and we’re only getting bigger.

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Level Up: A Lesson in Failing

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Level Up: A Lesson in Failing

Veteran. Hard Core. Legendary. Epic.

These are all difficulties that we ratchet up to challenge ourselves in game, but in real life we wuss out to the challenge of increasing the chance of failure. We wuss out hard. Failure will happen to you just like death and taxes. I know most self-help gurus won’t tell you that. They’d rather puff you up with kind words and affirmations.

These are vital to staying sane and positive in this world. Don’t get me wrong; I love to affirm people. But we spend a lot of time and energy safeguarding ourselves against that possibility we live rather mundane lives. We become content with plateauing at mediocrity and never rise from it, driven by the interplay of two concerns: Fear and Comfort.

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