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[SDCC 2014] Comic Con Features Geeky Fashion Designers

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[SDCC 2014] Comic Con Features Geeky Fashion Designers

San Diego Comic Con is a lot more than just seeing and interacting with your favorite series. It’s also about declaring your love for your favorite fandom by wearing it. Be it cosplay or by simply wearing your favorite t-shirt, Comic Con is all about it. This year, a few popular “geek” fashion groups will be available with exclusive deals and prints.

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Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

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Good news for Star Wars fans: Lucasfilm has posted our first look at the cast of the upcoming Episode VII. From the post on the official site:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the case of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

The website also posted a photo of the cast doing a read-through of the script.

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Hideo Kojima Defends “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes”

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Hideo Kojima Defends “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes”

Addressing concerns about the short play time of Metal Gear Solid 5‘s prologue chapter, Ground Zeroes, series director Hideo Kojima has released a statement defending the game. The latest issue of Game Informer reports that the game could be completed in two hours, but Kojima stresses that clear time is not the same as play time and argues that there’s plenty of material in the game to justify its $40 price tag.

Kojima notes in his statement that there are five side missions in GZ apart from the main mission, as well as a multiplayer element.

“This is not a linear game like the past,” Kojima said. “GZ offers freedom of approach & play style, which we hope players will enjoy over & over without boring [sic]. I believe people will be satisfied with the ‘Play Time’ of GZ and will not stress the ‘Clear Time,’ which is a standard for linear games.”

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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

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[Editorial] Star Trek: In Defense of J.J. Abrams

On May 16 of 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness released in theaters. The film was well-received by critics and went on to score the largest box office returns in the franchise’s history. (On a more personal note, Into Darkness was reviewed favorably by our own Leland Pierce.) But less than three months later at the One Trek Mind Live panel in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was hailed as the worst Star Trek film in a live voting poll – worse even than the much-lamented The Final Frontier and notorious stinker Nemesis, and placing significantly below 1999 Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest – which is not even a Star Trek film. 

To be completely fair, as One Trek Mind specifically states in the link:

“Now, just because something has to come in last doesn’t make it a bad film. Somebody has to bring up the rear! But others in the press (see Hollywood Reporter) felt the need to stir up some controversy.”

I’m not criticizing One Trek Mind in any way, shape, or form. I’m aiming at the the vocal element that seems to hold the Abrams-verse up as the worst thing that has ever happened to science fiction.

I raised a good old-fashioned Spock eyebrow to that one; the kind of people who vote in a poll at the Star Trek 2013 convention conjure a very specific mental image. I’ll leave that image to your own personal imagination, but I can imagine they wouldn’t be the kind of audience that would look favorably upon any creative license taken with the Holy Grail of the Star Trek canon: The Wrath of Khan.

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Online Company Starts Kickstarter Campaign For 3D Printed Miniatures

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Online Company Starts Kickstarter Campaign For 3D Printed Miniatures

Nerd culture may be the current zeitgeist, but there is still one major pastime of nerds everywhere that’s gotten short shrift – tabletop gaming. Just the phrase conjures images of geeks with huge glasses sitting in a dark basement playing Dungeons & Dragons. This is, of course, inaccurate and unfair. Even less known than tabletop gaming is the potential hobby that accompanies it: painting the miniature heroes and monsters used to play the game. In years past players were required to purchase small predesigned minis – usually metal but occasionally plastic. Now, a new company called Hero Forge has started a Kickstarter campaign to produce custom 3D printed miniatures. You choose your race, gender, build, facial expressions, weapons, armor, equipment and hairstyle and Hero Forge will create that mini especially for you with a 3D printer. For imaginative tabletop fans, the possibilities are endless.

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New “Sailor Moon” Anime To Premiere In July 2014

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New “Sailor Moon” Anime To Premiere In July 2014

Good news for otaku everywhere: yesterday, the official website for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon‘s 20th anniversary project announced its highly-anticipated new anime series will be streamed worldwide this July, via Nico Nico Douga.

The series, produced by Toei Animation (behind the original five Sailor Moon series of the 1990′s) and directed by Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, Suite PreCureOne Piece Film: Strong World), was originally intended to premiere last summer, but was pushed to the winter of 2013-2014 before being postponed again. The series composition is by Yuji Kobayashi (also of Suite PreCure), with opening and ending themes by idol group Momoiro Clover Z.

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State of Play – Responsibility

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State of Play – Responsibility

Welcome to State of Play, a new editorial column from Pixelated Geek. In State of Play, we’ll be dealing with major issues in the gaming community, and we’ll be reaching out to our community for feedback and interaction. Our goal with State of Play is to create a respectful, professional, and insightful dialogue within a group of serious interested parties. Games are serious business, not just the largest moving part of the entertainment economy, but a form of expression where emotionally impactful stories are told throughout communities that grow and bond, and they’re an important educational tool. We take games seriously here, and the goal of this article is to seriously analyze the serious business of gaming.

A massive misconception has been spread among the world’s more fortunate countries that we live in an age of violence and brutality. Invariably, our news media and politicians lay the blame for this condition squarely at the feet of popular entertainment media. But the assertion that violence in our media (be it movies, TV, video games, or music) is responsible for the violence in our culture is one of the most tired and intellectually lazy pieces of politically-motivated propaganda present in modern society.

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State of Play – Crowd-Funding: A Discussion

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State of Play – Crowd-Funding: A Discussion

Welcome to State of Play, a new editorial column from Pixelated Geek. In State of Play, we’ll be dealing with major issues in the gaming community and reaching out for feedback and interaction. Our goal with State of Play is to create a respectful, professional, and insightful dialogue within a group of serious interested parties. Games are a serious business. They’re not just the largest moving part of the entertainment economy, they’re a form of expression where emotionally impactful stories are told throughout communities that grow and bond, as well as an important educational tool. We take games seriously, and the goal of this article is to seriously analyze the serious business of games.

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Dinner is Coming – A Song of Sugar and Spice

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Dinner is Coming – A Song of Sugar and Spice

If you’re anything like me, you took a little extra time while reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire to visualize the passages in which he describes the foods of his world. He pays special attention to describing the meals in loving detail, encouraging my inner fatty to fantasize about shoveling all of that food into my face while sitting next to some of my favorite characters from the books.

Apparently Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer felt the same way, as they set out to recreate the meals described by Martin throughout the novels. The resulting cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, is quite delightful.

These ladies really did their research, converting original medieval recipes to accommodate the modern kitchen. The cookbook itself is organized by the geographical regions in Martin’s world, from as far North as the Wall, South to Dorne, and even across the Narrow Sea to Meereen and Tyrosh.  Where possible, the authors include the original medieval recipe as well as suggested pairings with other recipes to create delicious, authentic meals. I also plan on actually eating all of them – even the Honey Spiced Locusts and Fiery Dornish Rattlesnake.

I will be quite honest and include both opinions of these dishes’ taste and those of whomever I can find to eat these dishes with me. Chelsea and Sariann also have their own blog where you can find some of the recipes they are working on. They also give commentary and pointers on their recipes. I would like to do something along those lines, but you will be receiving advice and commentary from a complete, self-confessed amateur.

Oftentimes when I read a recipe, I find myself wanting a slightly “simpler” explanation of what is going on – the chef who wrote the recipe obviously knows what they are doing, but I don’t always know what they mean! Hopefully knowing that someone out there is picking up this cookbook for the first time, and learning to cook these dishes for the first time will encourage you to buy the cookbook and try it out for yourself!

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