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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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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.

The Friday Fix March 25th

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The Friday Fix March 25th

Hello everybody!  Another week has gone by and with every week comes more news.  That’s what The Fix is for.  I recommend a band for you to listen to, and then I gather up all of the most newstastic news from around the site.  Everybody got it?  The band for this week is going to be my own band American Joy.  We have a show tonight in Raleigh as well as Sunday in Greensboro.  If you like The Replacements be sure to check us out.  Also on Wednesday I am playing in my other band, Future Ghosts, with Emery at Greene Street.  Be sure to check that out here.

I think that was from our first show.  Anyway onto the news!

Thats all for this week everybody.  Be sure to check back next week for more of The Friday Fix!

 

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Paint. Paint! PAINT!?!?!?!

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Paint. Paint! PAINT!?!?!?!

I was over at The Grinning Gamer last Friday helping Brian, the owner of this soon-to-be-opened store, paint some fun stuff on the walls and I took pictures!  We had a good bunch of people show up and painted some fun pictures all over the walls ranging from pictures of the Triforce, dice, Cthulhu, skulls, fairies (HEY LISTEN!!!), and stick figures with poker faces.  The store looks like it’s going to be a super fun place for all your tabletop gaming needs so make sure to come and check it out when it opens on April 1st!  You’ll be able to see the Necronomicon I painted!

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Top 5 Nintendo Fails

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Top 5 Nintendo Fails

Nintendo has been ahead of the game this generation, with both the Wii and the Nintendo DS being huge successes.  Now the 3DS is already looking like it is going to be another massive seller and, though its eventual success is yet to be determined, all signs are looking positive.  With the 3DS around the corner, I thought it would be an apt time to take a look back at some of Nintendo’s ventures that didn’t go quite as planned.  Here are my Top 5 Nintendo Fails.

5) Accessories

In hindsight how could something that made your Gameboy look like an office calculator not be a hit?

Nintendo has a long history of weird failed accessories.  Some of them, at the very least, had the potential to be awesome; The Power Glove would still make most eight year-old boys jump up and down with excitement.  Other accessory ideas make us ask the question of why?  A printer for your Gameboy seems like fun in the same way spelling boobies on your calculator seems like a productive endeavor.   Nintendo hasn’t left its odd accessory-loving in the past either; does anyone remember when the company announced the vitality sensor?  Was anyone remotely excited for that?  Anyone?

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I Think MCR Liked Playing Fallout 3.

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I Think MCR Liked Playing Fallout 3.

Wasteland party anyone?

He doesn't approve of parties.

Does My Chemical Romance enjoy playing a Bethesda RPG?

So, I’m sure that everyone has played Fallout 3.  If you haven’t, stop reading this and go change that.  Okay, so have we all played it?  Good.  Now that we’re all on the same page with FO3, have we all seen the My Chemical Romance music video for their “Na Na Na” song?  I assume that many of you haven’t so here it is:

 

 

 

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The Friday Fix March 18th

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The Friday Fix March 18th

Hello everybody!  Another week has passed and what a week it was.  Last week PAX East barreled through and we did our best to bring you all the news we could from Boston.  Some big games have dropped as well, as I’m sure many of you have been playing through Dragon Age 2 to the point where you are having trouble not dividing your speech in real like to three easy choices.  If you are new to The Fix it is really very easy to figure out.  I pick a band for your enjoyment, and then I gather up all the newsiest news from around the site.  Got it?

The band for this week is going to be Edwarde Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.  I don’t care if they are so hip it hurts, their music is just plain fun.  If you don’t beleive me be sure to check them out here.

Now on to the news!

 

 

 

 

That’s all for this week!  Be sure to check back next week for more of The Friday Fix!