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Gaming for Fun: Nintendo, Wii U, and Enjoying my Hobby Again

Last year, I beat Zelda II for the first time.  It was challenging, and because of that challenge, it was fun. Playing that old NES game made me realize that I was going through the motions while playing many of my games. I was playing Halo 4 just because I owned it. I was buying games more and more often because I was growing so bored with one of my favorite pastimes. Something needed to change.

So, I did something crazy–something a lot of gamers aren’t doing right now. I bought a Wii U; it was my first Nintendo console since the Nintendo 64.

I wasn’t gaming a whole lot when the GameCube released, and quite frankly, I had felt burned by the lack of RPGs on the N64, so I didn’t purchase it. When I got out of college, I bought an Xbox because of Halo. After that,  I picked up an Xbox 360, so I skipped the Wii entirely.

Wind Waker BUndleI was debating an Xbox One or Playstation 4 (though, admittedly, I’ve never really liked Sony products ever since they released minidiscs back in the day) when it occurred to me that I didn’t really care about either of them. I wanted to have fun, and those systems weren’t showing me anything that I was getting excited about.

So, I decided to try to capture a bit of nostalgia, and, so far, the Wii U is doing the job. I get to play all the games I missed from the Wii, and the Wii U is (painfully) slowly trickling out classic games.

Most exciting, I’m playing Zelda and Mario games on a regular basis again. I just finished Wind Waker and  loved every second of that game.

Maybe gaming has left me behind. That’s fine. I think I’ll be okay just having the kind of fun I want to have again.

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Covering the Angles: YouTube Artists

(Bonus points for anyone who recognized Mitch Miller of “Sing Along with Mitch” fame on the cover photo!)

Cracking into the music business has changed drastically over the past decade. In years past, one had to be signed with some big record company to gain a certain amount of success.

Peter Hollens. He’s just a dude with a great voice. Image courtesy of Google play.

These days? Not necessarily. Take a stroll over to YouTube to see the good, the bad, and the terribly disfigured all desperately trying to catch the eye of someone who will let them make a lot of money. Many are already making money by making their songs and/or albums available for download, circumventing the system altogether. I love these guys! (The good ones, of course.)

And because I have a certain amount of geekery abiding in my soul, I tend to gravitate toward covers of themes from video games, movies and television shows.

And no, I’m not talking about that cat that meowed through the Game of Thrones intro. (Okay, so I chuckled. I’m not made of stone!)

Check out this awesome cover of the theme to Skyrim:

I’m not going to lie; I’m a bit addicted to Peter Hollens, now. I’ve always been a sucker for a capella music, and this guy’s got it going on for real. I’ve already spent way too much time on his YouTube channel listening to his other covers. I approve.

Hollens inevitably leads to another favorite of mine: Lindsey Stirling. (Here’s her contribution to Hollens’ Skyrim, which he actually recorded at her request in the first place. So, I guess it’s his contribution to her’s? Eh. Note the sweet silliness of costuming! Seriously, I love it.)

Stirling has a ton of great covers and some original stuff, as well. Here’s her “Lord of the Rings Medley.”

And, my husband would make a sad beard face if I didn’t include her terrific “Zelda Medley.”

I could literally spend all day on these two guys’ channels. Okay, maybe a couple of hours. I could literally spend a couple of hours on these two guys’ channels.

Here’s another fun one by YouTuber SUPRICKY06 (Seriously, that’s what you’re going by, dude? Um, okay.)

Name that tune(s)! A former Friday night favorite of mine for sure. Or, favorites, I should say. And more a capella!

*Happy sigh.

Who are your favorite YouTube cover artists? Share in the comments!

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The Week in Geek: Aug. 3, 2012

One thing I’ve learned watching the Olympics this week is that it’s all about techn-geek (technique, get it?). That doesn’t really work, but I’m bad with puns. Here’s what you need to know to sound fascinating this weekend!

Avengers Babies! We make our dreams come true! Avengers babies! We'll do the same for you!

This is probably the only way to make AvX interesting – make it adorable. Image courtesy of Scottie Young on Deviant Art.

British gymnast Jennifer Pinches flashed the Nerdfighter sign before her routine, but that wasn’t the only nerdtastic moment from the ladies in leotards.  Mexican gymnast Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas did her floor exercise to a Zelda medley.

Some tremendously disturbed and wonderful person created Goodnight Dune.

TJ is filling his custom world in Mutants and Masterminds with superheroes and intrigue and he wants to fill you in.

Some guy who has only ever seen the first 30 minutes of Jurassic Park wants to build his own. With live dinosaurs. Before you say it, no, Mike, we will not honeymoon there. 

Oh, Coulson!

Oh, Coulson, you old stalker, you! Image courtesy of krusca on Deviant Art.

Proving that sometimes stereotypes exist for a reason, a team of Russian scientists is working on the more than slightly unethical mission of making us immortal. What’s better is that they’re supposed to have it by 2045, comrade.

Proof that not only am a geek, I’m kind of a jerk.

Someone get a squeegee because the trailer for the 7th season of Doctor Who is out, and it’s making Whovian heads explode.

Making the joke that everyone else has made because I love me a bandwagon – the title for the X-Men: First Class sequel has been released, and it is not X-Men: Second Class.

Speaking of film developments and Dr. Who, ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston has been tapped to play the villain in Thor 2. Before you get your panties in a twist, Loki will be there, and Rose will not.

They just ordered in schwarma.

Black Widow isn’t there because she’s out being a spy, not slacking like these Aven-jerks here. Image courtesy of Hallpen on Deviant Art.

Everyone needs an inspiration. J. Fortune’s was none other than the manliest man of mystery, James Bond.

Proving the nerds are more successful than normies, Todd McFarlane’s cover art of Amazing Spider-Man #328, featuring Spidey gut-busting the Hulk, sold at auction for a record $675,250.

Even though Bane sounded like he was narrating a particularly violent episode of Masterpiece Theater, I presume starring Dame Maggie Smith as the Tomb Raider (Armed only with withering comebacks no less! Admit it, you’d watch it.), it could have sounded much worse.

Felicity took a long look at Mitt Romney, and the longer she looked the more she found wrong.

J.K. Rowling has said the wizarding gene it dominant, but how to you explain wizards born to muggles or squibs? Biology student has it all figured out.

In a theme near and dear to my journo heart, Topless Robot, in addition to having a wonderful name, has a list of the 10 best journalists from comics.

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Rocking the Boat – Twilight and Trolls

With the release today of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, I’ve noticed two things.

1.) My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been blowing up with people who love Twilight.
2.) My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been blowing up with people who hate Twilight.

This guy is all over the internet. He might even be you.

It’s interesting to me that a book meant for young adults generates so much emotion. But so does everything that is popular. Especially in geek culture.

Go to nearly any message board that deals with Geekery. I bet that you’ll find at least one post within ten minutes that is full of pure vitriol for the given subject. And I’ve seen AWESOME things being hated on.

Zelda II. Batman Begins (after The Dark Knight came out). Hate over a video game review. Hate over a funny video someone posted. Hate over a previous message board post. Hate. Hate. Hate.

It even happens in my own house! My wife really hates Apple products. She doesn’t know why. I’m not sure if she’s even used an Apple product beyond playing Angry Birds on my iPhone, but she will insist vehemently that she hates Apple.

And that’s my biggest problem, I think. People are hating on things without reason. I was recently in a conversation with a friend who told me he hated Twilight. He hadn’t read the books, but had seen the third movie. How did he know he hated it?

I hated Harry Potter for awhile. I once started a novel about a boy who discovers he has magical powers, his parents die in a tragedy, etc. Then Harry Potter came out, and my dreams were pretty much dashed. I resented it for a long time. Until I read a couple of the books and watched the movies. I really, really liked it. I felt stupid for being such a troll hater.

I’m going to give you guys a tip. This is free advice, from a guy who has been on the internet for nearly two decades:

You know who else isn't courteous? This guy.

Use courtesy.

Listen, if you are going out of your way to post on message boards in order to vitriolically hate on something, stop. You’re not bettering yourself. You’re not bettering the conversation.

If you are posting Facebook messages about how stupid something is (and I’ve seen plenty of these with Twilight’s newest release), I want you to look in the mirror or turn on your webcam and look at yourself. Then, I want you to point at yourself and say these words.

“I’m a douchebag, and I need to stop.”

Listen, there are plenty of reasons to hate things. Call people stupid for liking things is, for lack of a better term, stupid. How about instead of going for an emotional appeal in your hatred, try instead going for a rational one. You’ll learn how arguments work, you’ll learn a bit about human nature, and you’ll be a better person for it.

So, let me say this.

I don’t like Twilight because it is written poorly. Here are a bunch of examples.

Isn’t that ultimately more satisfying?

You can be smart, courteous, and still hate Twilight!

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