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Gaming from a Distance

18 Mar
Gaming Kids

Playing Games Side by Side

Do you remember the days of actually playing video games with your friends while you were in the same room? What’s more memorable than sitting on the couch next to your buddy and taking turns playing Super Mario Bros. 3 or trying to make it past the intensely difficult game of Contra without the Konami code? Personally, most of my favorite gaming moments involve sharing a moment with my friends where we are literally sitting next to each other and focusing on the same screen. Last year, my girlfriend and I sat down and played through Ico together, simply relaxing on the couch and solving puzzles together, while watching this romantic story unfold.

Is this kind of moment encouraged nowadays? Are there many games that are more joyous when sitting together rather than playing online in separate homes? It seems that despite there being so many games we can play with our friends nowadays, the physical distance when playing is actually helping us to stay apart. Of course, this is not true for every friendship, game, or instance, but there is some validity to this idea that has become more and more prevalent as technology continues to advance.

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Reader Submission!- 2/19/13- Linda’s Krafty Kreations

19 Feb

reader submissionMelvin loves hearing from you crafty geeks out there, and today we we are proud to present a reader submission of awesome geeky needlework.

Linda Cassell of Linda’s Krafty Kreations crochets fun hats, including this hat inspired by Captain Teemo of League of Legends.

If you would like to have Melvin see your geeky creation, just submit it by hitting the Contact Us button!

Linda’sKraftyKreations

Is the Future Free to Play?

18 Feb

As technology has changed and grown over the past ten years, so have methods of payment, purchases, and distribution. The entire way we look at shopping has changed so drastically with online and digital media. Sure, retail outlets still exist and will for the foreseeable future. However, digital transactions are growing in popularity and occur far more frequently than they did in the early years of the internet. Along with this new era came the concept of “free-to-play” games, where the game is literally free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. More and more developers are adapting this philosophy and implementing it with their games. Are free-to-play games going to continue growing in popularity among the industry?Play for Free

Some of you may wonder how free-to-play games make any money. After all, if the game requires no money to play, how can the developer make any sort of profit after all the hard work that goes into releasing it? Well, most games offer smaller content that the user can purchase for typically inexpensive amounts of money. These are called “micro-transactions.” Micro-transactions usually consist of new outfits/skins for characters, new characters all together, or perhaps being able to access certain content of the game sooner than if they played the game for the amount of time necessary in the first place. Although these micro-transactions can range from $1 to $20, which are prices way below what a standard retail game costs upon release, the money keeps adding up from purchase after purchase and can prove very rewarding for the developer.

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The Color of Things

6 Feb
Allure by black-dicefish

Allure by black-dicefish

A couple of years ago I discovered that I have Synesthesia – a neurological condition that causes different senses to be combined, rather than separate. A common trait of people with Synesthesia (synesthetes) is always perceiving letters, numbers, and words with certain colors attached to them. For example, ‘A’ will always be red to me, ‘B’ is brown, ‘C’ is yellow, ‘D’ is navy blue, etc. I also see colored shapes when I hear certain sounds, and perceive textures when I smell certain things. My sister also has Synesthesia and she is the reason I discovered my own. Up until that point, I thought seeing each letter as a color was normal. There are over 60 known kinds of Synesthesia and my sister has traits that I do not, such as tasting voices and perceiving numbers with personalities.

Synesthesia by ThePathOfDreams

Synesthesia by ThePathOfDreams

Most people with Synesthesia are creative and artistic by nature. And since this condition involves a lot of color, I thought I’d gather a collection of pieces with beautiful color palettes, and also include art by syesthetes as well. And even if you don’t have this condition, everyone loves color!

Rainbow

The following pieces are filled with many vibrant colors!

League of Legends - Zyra Fanart by  alexnegrea

League of Legends – Zyra Fanart by alexnegrea

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Go Bold

30 Jan

You can tell by my hair that I don’t like to be subtle in my appearance. This sometimes applies to the jewelry I wear as well. I like all kinds of jewelry, but occasionally, I want something that makes a statement. Fortunately, if you feel the same way, there are many artists out there that create such pieces. Prepare to be noticed!

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven  Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

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