King of the Nerds — A Rant

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Have you seen King of the Nerds? I won’t hold it against you if you haven’t, especially if you don’t have cable, since…uh…it’s on cable. But also the Internet, as is everything. It’s a reality show that, as the title suggests, pits self-proclaimed smarty-pants against one another in a series of challenges that society at-large perceives as geeky and/or nerdy, such as playing science-fiction trivia or LARPing. The show premiered last year, and I watched that first season as eleven people were whittled down to a single winner. It was not the most repulsive of reality shows; yet, it was far from the best. (With the “best” being I don’t even know what.)

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At the Buzzer (02/27/14)

Episode 121: Much Hungry — The guys talk about food for the 395th time in the history of the show, including a supermarket game show and another look at fat Americans. Also, Chris has trouble with intimacy during his youth, Dave sentences his daughter to a fate worse than death, and Shaun throws every single family member under the bus.


Secondary Segment — Buzzkill

  • Media: Supermarket Sweep
  • Merchandise: PIzza Lunchables



  • “Main Theme (Rhythm Thief)” by Tomoya Ohtani
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson

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Sam and Sam Play Antichamber Part 30 and 31

Balls and walls everywhere in another installment of the Antichamber. Have you ever wondered whether blind ignorance can solve a problem? Watch on dear viewer, watch on…

We visit some old familiar haunts in an attempt to break into somewhere new. When we do find something new, it’s a bit of a puzzler (surprise surprise…)

(Video uploading – should be up in a few hours!)


Episode 21 – Up from the Depths


The legend is reborn.

Back by semi-popular demand, everyone’s favorite show with the weird name that features random people ranting about things that are vaguely geek culture related… the return of Incoductic. Pardon the dust, as there’s still some formatting and editing growing pains that are come with the territory of being gone for so long but that’ll pass… right? Either way, welcome back and have a listen!

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“What’s in My Head?”

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Wanderlust: The 5 Best Video Game Worlds To Explore

Usually when we choose to purchase a video game, we tend to make our choices based on reviews, gameplay, graphics, and story. What often gets overlooked is the time and detail artists take to make the environment you’re playing in truly spectacular.

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This ancient Chinese instrument can mimic the Super Mario Bros. score

Several video game-loving musicians have showcased their musical talents by playing through the Super Mario Bros. theme. This Chinese instrument, however, almost perfectly mimics the popular theme song. Continue reading This ancient Chinese instrument can mimic the Super Mario Bros. score

Virtual True Stories

Last week, Dark Horse Comics posted the first of a four-issue series called EVE: True Stories.  What makes these tales stand out from their video game comic brethren is that they actually happened(well, more or less).  Unlike the actions in Mario or Sonic games that occur every time a player sits down to play, the details in EVE: True Stories chronicle an online event that involved thousands of players back in 2009.

EVETrueStories1I must admit to having almost no experience with EVE: Online, save for knowledge of its existence as a vast and complex massively multiplayer game.  I have seen screenshots of intergalactic battle cruisers and read stories of the need for economic analysis of the game world, both of which made the experience of play seem rather daunting.  Having read the first issue of True Stories, I am at least a bit curious about this rather social spacecraft simulation.  The artwork is made up of heavy contrast and shadows which serve to heighten the sense of espionage and cunning in the plot thus far.  These dark illustrations come as no surprise considering artist Tomm Coker’s work on Daredevil: Noir.  The well-paced story is written by Daniel Way, who has quite a bit of experience working with Marvel Comics (of note, Wolverine: Origins).  Overall, the first issue is worth a read, especially considering that Dark Horse is offering it as a free digital comic.

What makes this entire comic book event rather exciting is the potential of such a collaboration.  With the advent of capture technology and Let’s Play videos, game enthusiasts have been able to share their experiences with the world at large like never before.  Those fierce skirmishes in Halo or the epic raids in World of Warcraft are no longer confined to a handful of screens.  The stories that players create in eSports competitions become international news.  And thanks to the efforts of CCP Games and Dark Horse Comics, there is one more outlet that chronicles the tales of games and the players behind them.

For more bits and pieces on video game comics, be sure to check out Geek Force Network every Monday.  More info can be found here.

All images courtesy of the EVE: Online Community