So we are all surfing the interweb these days to either drool over things we want or to look for cool things to get friends. Remember before the internet (I’ve already lost half of you) when you had to go to stores and just look for some random crap to get someone and it always was weird. You’d end up at Sharper Image wondering if your friends and family would like an automated juicer/dildo with a built-in radio.
BUT NO MORE I SAY!!
Now, this is my list. 99% of you don’t know me so I don’t expect a gift from you… or do I? Instead, use this list if you have a male gamer from the age of 21 – 25. Something on this list will probably appeal to them.
1) XBOX LIVE POINTS
Guys love Xbox live points (girls probably do too, but fuck them lol, this list is for me). If you don’t know what these points are, let me fill you in. Xbox Live is the online service your child/friend/family member uses to play Call of Duty or Halo on (or other games). Remember how annoying it is for them to spend all their (or your) money to buy stuff for their games? Well, if you get them Xbox Live points they can use them to buy their new map packs, digital games, etc. And buy them at least 1200 Microsoft Points. Any less and you look like a cheap ass.
2) A gift card for Movie Trading Company (Vintage Stock in some areas)
Movie Trading Company sells good movies, games, cd’s, and accessories for the former, for damn cheap. A gift card for 30$ could go a long way, let your loved ones pick their own entertainment without you insulting their taste, and be more thoughtful than just a few dollars in an envelope.
3) Energy drinks
This might seem like an odd gift, but chances are high that your gamer friend has had many an awesome all-nighter with his friends that were fueled by energy drinks and video games. The trick to this gift is finding an inside source to tell you which energy drink they hate. For some reason, individuals love Red Bull and hate Monster, or love Monster and hate Red Bull. Some sidestep both completely and drink Bawl’s. If you can find out what they prefer, feel content knowing you have helped the recipient get together with friends and make new memories.
4) A gamer headset
This one is like a gift to yourself if you have a husband, child, or room-mate who plays games really loud. With a headset, all the music will play through the ear pads giving them a better sound system for gaming then they most likely have (they will be able to hear what direction people are sneaking up on them with) and giving you the gift of silence (other than them screaming obscenities into the mic lol). You would imagine these are really expensive, but not really. I have a great pair of TekNMotion that I got for thirty dollars and sound great and are comfortable. They aren’t wireless, but I only play a few feet from my Xbox so it isn’t an issue. People toss around certain names like Turtle Beach or Astro, but those are really the sports cars of headsets. If they don’t have a headset then they will be more than pleased with a sedan, so to say. If they want the Ferrari they can shell out on their own for one down the line. Be sure you buy a headset for the correct system (Xbox, PS3, PC).
5) An arcade stick
If your beloved gamer plays a lot of fighting games like Street Fighter, Tekken, Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur, etc they will greatly appreciate an arcade stick (if they don’t already have one). You could end up shelling out seventy to 100 dollars for a good one though (they will be called Tournament Edition), so only look into this purchase if you have the cash. The alternative is if they have a special panache for fixing electronics, modding (taking out the parts and replacing them with better ones), or customization. If so, then get them a MadCatz arcade stick as they are easily customizable and don’t require any soldering to change the parts. Be sure you buy an arcade stick for the correct system though (Ps3, 360, PC, Etc).
I hope this list helped you in some sort of way. If you have any questions or suggestions post a comment below and I will help you out ASAP.
A few weeks ago I invited all of you lovely readers to join me on my journey through Marvel Now as a newcomer to monthly Marvel titles. Since then, I’ve added Thor: God of Thunder to my pull list while deciding to stick around with Deadpool and Iron Man. Unfortunately, I’m still not caught up enough with Marvel to read much recommended All New X-Men, but I’ll get there (If I ever get to reading Schism, that is). Anyway, the Thor review will be at the bottom, but before that you can enjoy my newest little nugget of knowledge that I’ve gained from delving farther into comics:
1)In which deadrabbit realizes that skipping a week at the comic shop is basically the end of the world:
And not because I’m desperate to follow the whacky shenanigans of the Merc With the Mouth every issue. Turns out that missing a week of the new Marvel titles plus my usual Batman fair now means that in just seven days, I’m hopelessly behind on my reading. My casual trips to the comic store that usually happened on Thursdays have just become a little more extreme. Last week because of stupid tryptophan-based holidays, I didn’t make it to Midtown Comics and missed out on three titles. Not really a big deal, but what if this had happened on a heavy Bat-week plus Marvel titles? Chaos, that’s what. My small pile of to-reads would rapidly grow in to a mountain of un-scalable height that would most likely end up crushing me in my sleep. Oh hyperbole, the horrible horrible hyperbole.
2)In which deadrabbit reviews Thor: God of Thunder #1
I believe I have discovered the best of Marvel Now, and I say this while only feeling interested enough to pick up 3 titles. This was my first Thor comic ever and what a fantastic introduction to the character it proved to be. Thor, being a God of relative omnipotence, finds himself called in prayer to a far away world, a world which mysteriously has no pantheon of gods or supreme being of its own in known memory. Looks like someone’s been murdering gods, and Thor is none too pleased about it. The art in this issue is amazing, particularly the splash of a dozen massacred giant deities Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina have produced a beautiful book of color and painterly style that suits a Norse god of old better than any Thor depiction I’ve seen before. I’m thankful for the intro to the character, which didn’t require the reader to know much about Thor to enjoy the book. New Readers Welcome!
3)In which deadrabbit reviews Iron Man #2, Deadpool #2, and Thor :God of Thunder #2.
No she doesn’t because she hasn’t gotten the chance to read them yet. Chaos, I told you.
I am over-the-top-loopy-excited for “The Hobbit.”
I have loved Tolkien since I was a kid, I love Peter Jackson’s achievement of bringing Middle Earth to life, I love all the casting (I’m not a Martin Freeman-hater, he’s adorable and perfect for the title role), I love the craftsmanship that trickles down to every scuff on a goblin’s weapon…
….and I love Bag End (building my own tops my bucket list).
Ergo, it’s only natural I love these beautiful sepia-style prints that will be given out (in limited edition, naturally) to selected IMAX audiences at the midnight showing of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Dec. 14.
Alas, I live in an “IMAX-less” town, but that won’t stop me from encouraging you all to get out there.
Lisa Kay Tate
Staff Writer and resident “geek mom”
It is common knowledge that I am frightened of Slender Man. I have been brought to near tears by creepy cosplayers at NYCC, random sightings people are saying they have (thank YOU, Tulpa Effect), and my many attempts at completing the Slender game in order to calm my raging OCD. I thought that looking at pictures and whatnot would assist in unscaring me, but alas, I clutch my pillow tighter as my fear has grown. Damn you, Slendy. Damn you.
What are you most scared of?
Geek is chic, according author Alex Langley in his debut book, The Geek Handbook: Practical Skills and Advice for the Likeable Modern Geek, and quite frankly, in some way it’s true. Over the past years the so-called geek culture has flourished in recent times. People aren’t afraid to brand themselves as geeks anymore (not that they ever should have been afraid), and as Alex himself points out, there are several top-rated shows based on this lifestyle! Need an example? How about The Big Bang Theory. It’s cool to be a geek. Mr. Langley’s book presents itself as the know-all of geekdom, a guide to understanding and recognizing the geek culture. It also provides a few tips on how to be a ‘cool’ modern geek. However, it misses one very important detail: you can’t strive to be a geek, you just are. Attempting to be ‘geek-chic’ is like trying to morph yourself into a Twi’lek. Sure you could paint your skin, attach some lekku tails and even speak the language, but is that really who you are? Perhaps I’m taking this far too seriously. The book after all is rich with satire and sarcasm (at least I’m hoping it’s satire), but one thing it does manage to do is make fun of old geeks by feeding negative interpretations we all faced in high school.
The first few chapters are all about what a geek is, with stereotypical interpretations of various geeks such as the tabletop geek, or the less known history geek. I feel this must be satirical because each description is as if they were written by the Alpha Betas from Revenge of the Nerds with some slight editing by Gilbert’s mom so they don’t look so bad. Tabletop gamers apparently walk around all day with bags full of dice, the anime geek wears a ponytail and socks with sandals while gripping the full body pillow of their favorite anime sweetheart, and gamers have glazed over expressions and wear nothing but sweatpants. Following this detailed guide is the “How to Dress Geek” chapter. It mainly focuses on what not to wear, such as the anime geek’s socks with sandals, or clothes that don’t fit. It also provides some tips on how to improve your wardrobe, for instance by wearing more blazers, because blazers are cool. It doesn’t just end with clothes, the handbook also reminds geeks to brush their teeth, wear deodorant, and to shave any unwanted hair. This is a good thing because as a geek I totally forgot to do all three prior to be reminded by this handbook. From this point on, the book starts to pick up on its serious advice, but does so assuming most geeks are neurotic boys with bouts of social anxiety, but succeeds in bringing up a few key issues such as how to take the Bill Murray approach when making friends (basically don’t let things bother you). It’s very good advice, but one you could get practically anywhere. Another great excerpt is the handbook’s discussion on body language. This is something that anyone can prosper from, not just geeks, as it is rooted in actual social science.
Once you think the Japanese voice acting is superior to the English voice acting, or have purchased a body pillow/mousepad with boobs of an anime character, or have tried to cosplay as your favorite anime character, you can rest assured that you are now an Anime Geek. – Alex Langley.
Following this section on social behavior is a collection of geek references for those who have only scratched the surface of their geeky potential and want advice on what to read, play, or do next. A list of books, TV shows, games, and movies are suggested by Alex, along with input by the geekiest of the geeky, such as IHOGeek’s lovely geek connoisseur, Kimmie Britt. However, for the experienced geek it’ll just be a reminder of what they’ve already done, read, played or watched. The chapters on exercising, technology and the internet provide anecdotal explanations on what to do to make exercise geeky, which machines will kill you when artificial intelligence goes rampant, and who is who on the internet. Probably the most entertaining chapter was how to fortify your house against zombies and which type of house is best for the inevitable apocalypse. In the same section, it also talks about how to deal with roommates, something that does provide real information, having recently lived with four others in a home and I would have loved to have provided them with these few simple rules. Of course this really has nothing to do with geeks as much as it does with people in general. This is followed by more stereotyping before an adorable bit about dressing up your pet in geeky paraphernalia, but no how-to-guide provided, simply the mention that if you wanted to, you totally could dress your dog up.
A chapter on Geek Girls which at first I thought this would be another stereotypical description, but gave me hope as Alex’s opinions on how to treat a geeky girl are spot on. You don’t call for their credentials just because they happen to lack a penis, and you shouldn’t objectify them as nothing more than physical eye candy you run into at conventions. I’ve seen it happen, too much in fact, where male geeks will snicker (or drool) at the ‘wannabe’ geek girl. Same goes for when another girl geek decides the new girl isn’t ‘real’. Keep in mind I’ve also seen the opposite: friendly geeks who understand that liking Star Wars is not bound by gender, or who came first. It also focuses on the obvious, like don’t stare, but the focus doesn’t just stay on what male geeks can do wrong, and how to fix it, but also what is a common issue among female geeks these days. You see there are a few girls out there that enjoy being the lone geek girl surrounded by guys, and as a result tend to be hostile to new females.
“This is a trend that must stop. This makes it hard for new girls to want to enter the geeky fold and it makes everyone look petty and mean.”
In his section titled ‘Discounting Physically Attractive Geek Girls’ Langley expresses no matter the age or how you look, geekdom knows no physical bounds. A perfect message, until I realized he contradicted himself earlier when describing cosplay. He states how you have to plan your cosplay around your body type, stating essentially that only the physically attractive people should cosplay certain characters to avoid ‘muffin tops’ from being exposed. It’s a bit counteractive as everyone regardless of their appearance should be able to flaunt their geek pride.
This is what the biggest issue for the book is for me. It jumps between snarky remarks and genuine advice with no real boundary to differentiate the two. The result is that it comes off as a harsh judgement of the geek culture, with only a guide on how to avoid being one of those lame geeks, and how to be geek chic. When you first pick up this book you expect a “Zombie Survival Guide” but for the geek culture. Instead, a third of the time you’re reading a diminishing view on the geek world, followed by random geek jokes and then some genuine advice to the geek community. The book has no grounded target. For the already established geek, this book will simply be a satire of their life with lists they already know about, and social skills they already possess (for the most part). For the newcomer geek this book will be a counter intuitive representation of the culture that might only push them away, or give some great recommendations on what to read and watch. Too much of this book is just a reaffirming of what makes us geeky, and too little is a handbook on explaining geeky things in a positive light. The book states what geeky things you can do, when it should show the reader how to do those geeky things. Take the directions for Jabba Waffles as an example: “Buy frozen waffles. Toast them. Add green food coloring” . When it comes down to it this handbook just didn’t do what it intended to. It was supposed to be a celebration of all things geeky, but what we get is a book that actually makes fun of geeks while providing a new ‘modern’ approach to be ‘liked’ by others.
To sum it all up, the book took aim to celebrate geek culture; but only managed to shoot it in the face. If you want to buy The Geek Handbook, it’s available on amazon.com for $9.58. Although I do feel obligated to tell you most of the information in the book can be found online. Even though this was a miss for me there are people who will no doubt enjoy this book, so happy reading!
So Cabin in the Woods held a contest for independent film makers with a cash prize. I thought about entering. I’m glad I didn’t as I would have been annihilated by the winner.
Paraphrasing the writer/producer… They world-premiered at Fantastic Fest this year, where they won Best Horror Short Runner-Up, then took Best Super Short at Shriekfest and the Palm d’Gore at Knoxville Horror Film Fest. They made their online debut on the front page of Vimeo the other day as the winner of “Cabin in the Woods”/Lionsgate’s short film competition, and the fan response so far has been pretty incredible. It’s a little edgy, a little spooky and a little sweet. Stars Josh Feldman (INSIDIOUS), Gus Kamp and Carolyn Jania.
Personally, it feels like a love letter to much of the horror we love. Eventually with all these serial killers around, who just keep coming back, there has to be some sort of protocol set up.
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