Followers of the tradition of mayhem that is the annual showcase of upcoming video games at E3 are probably all too familiar with the concept of trends at E3. Much like movies, the industry is prone to overlapping themes, plots, or items. So, for those that haven’t been able to spend time digging through the hundred or so hours of E3 coverage to find out where the venn diagram of gaming in 2014 on to 2015 overlaps, I figured I’d put together a little compendium to let you all know what’s coming in gaming for the next two years.
Super Smash Bros. was a revolution in fighting games — to the point that it can hardly be compared to other fighting games at all. With its core mechanic of knocking opponents out of the ring instead of depleting health, along with free movement and an impressive(ly ridiculous) array of in-fight items, Super Smash Bros. is really in a category of its own. (more…)
Vancouver is experiencing the birth of a new theatrical genre known as “nerdlesque”, or nerd burlesque. In the form of geek-themed variety shows and huge burlesque reimaginings of popular movies, nerdlesque is bringing burlesque to a whole new audience. But some people are left confused about what burlesque actually is. (more…)
Nerd fashion. It’s always a tough call – what does one wear to a convention when one doesn’t cosplay? Or heck, even for a nerdy night out on the town? Enter my obsession with Mitmunk leggings.
Mitmunk is a local Vancouver based company that was founded in 2011. Run by Wayne Elliott (Principal Designer) and Heather Joan Tam (Administrator), Mitmunk primarily produces leggings, but has also started making shorts, tube tops, and dresses. Mitmunk is truly a local company; all printing, pressing, sewing and cutting for their clothes is outsourced to local Vancouver companies. (more…)
The year was 2013. September was beginning and my friends and I were sitting down at EXP Restaurant on a Sunday morning to watch the finals of the International Dota 2 Tournament in Seattle. Navi had clinched the final spot and would face Alliance. It was a fun event and a lot of beer and nachos were consumed. This led to my friends getting some ideas, “Hey, why don’t we play Dota 2 in a tournament? We’re pretty good!” When you’ve had three pitchers of Pilsner anything seems like a good idea to a group of young to middle aged men.
The thought percolated in my brain for a while and then a few weeks later I saw it. Ancient Trials, a locally sponsored Dota 2 tournament administered by Heartless Gerbils Entertainment Limited.
And so my rise to pro gaming stardom began. (more…)
Nerd girl. Geek girl. Both of these are terms that I’ve used to describe myself over the years. But with the “fake geek / nerd girl” discussion rearing its ugly head over the past little while, I’ve been feeling the urge to add a qualifier at the end… “but the real kind”; as if there actually was another variety. And because of that little voice at the back of my head, I’ve unwittingly become a part of the problem. I’ve allowed myself to acknowledge something that really isn’t even there to acknowledge; because there is no such thing as a fake nerd girl.
Now, before I go much further into this, I’ve got to be upfront; I’ve never been “cred checked” at a Con. Never. Not once. The most I’ve gotten are strange glances and the occasional “are you sure you’re in the right place” comment, but I’ve never been questioned as to my right to simply be present. Maybe it is because I don’t cosplay, maybe it is because I’m often the one to strike up a conversation first, or maybe I simply give off a “don’t mess with me” vibe. I don’t really know. But the fact that it has never happened to me doesn’t mean that I’m not worried that it might. And even though I’ve never had to actively prove my nerdiness, I’m still very much aware that the seemingly innocuous questions imply that I somehow don’t belong. (more…)
Where do those of the Tribe of Geek go when the hunger bar starts to flash red? Is there a place where you can eat in an atmosphere that both satisfies your hunger for both the geeky and the delicious? Well someone thought there should be and set out to make a restaurant and bar for Vancouver’s geekiest and finest gamers.
That’s where EXP Restaurant and Bar comes on the scene. When I first walked into this place I was in shock, maybe it was the decor, the screens displaying my favorite games, or the street fighter music being played across the stereo. This place creates an atmosphere that a geek can thrive in. I was impressed upon entrance and was eager to see what else the place had in store for me. (more…)
Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)
This man is the inspiration for this column. Everyone to be honored under this title is being done so in his name, and that needs to be said. Our sincere condolences to his family, first and foremost, for his loss. And our condolences to this world, which is a lesser place without him.
Aaron Swartz, you will be missed. Thank you for everything. (more…)