I’m sure you’ve all heard of various conventions that take place across the country. From Comic Con to Anime Central, there are several different Cons that cover all different areas of geek culture, whether it’s video games, comic books, film, or anime. There is at least one time a year at one location where the fan of a particular media can get together, share their passions, have an amazing time, and then separate until they reconvene one year later. At these conventions, there are a plethora of people showing how much they love their particular area of interest.
The diverse crowd at a convention
Two of the most common people at these conventions would be cosplayers and artists. Cosplayers are people who take time to create a costume that represents a character from a TV show, video game, anime, etc. They then wear these costumes at their convention of choice, typically mobbed by photographers who want to get a picture of the person and the end result of all their efforts. The other type of people, artists, are those who make hand-made merchandise that they sell at the convention, typically in an artist alley where they are all gathered together for ease of navigation. These artists make all sorts of cool items, such as paintings, plushies, prints, magnets, pins, and anything else you can dream up that represents something geeky. However, not all cosplayers and artists are genuine about their craft.
Hey to all of you geeks out there! I’m sure this is old news to most of you, but just in case, Melvin wants to make sure you know about the Humble Bundle.
Humble Bundles are a way for you to buy awesome games at a price you name yourself. These sales last for 2 weeks, and the Humble Indie Bundle 8 just started yesterday, so go check it out!
The other cool thing with Humble Bundles is that when you purchase the bundle, not only do you name the price, but you decide how much of what you pay goes to the developers, how much to charity, and how much to Humble itself. So if you haven’t visited The Humble Bundle before, you really should go take a look!
the Humble Bundle
Both my husband and father love astronomy and astrophysics. I enjoy space-related things too, but I’ve sat through many an episode of The Universe where I thought my head would explode trying to understand String Theory and quantum mechanics. If you also have a space-lover in your life, or happen to be one, check out the treasury below for out of this world handmade awesomeness.
It’s hard to ignore all the announcements, rumors, and chatter that is surrounding information about the next generation of home consoles. Right now, the Wii U is already in stores, the Playstation 4 has been announced and shown off, and the Xbox One was recently teased by Microsoft, focusing more on the hardware than the software. We as a consumer are now being introduced to the next generation, while our Wii’s, PS3’s, and Xbox 360’s are still on our shelves, getting lots of attention. Although personally, I have switched a majority of my titles to the PC, a great deal of us are still playing our current generation systems on a daily basis. Not only that, but great games are still coming out for them. With the release of Bioshock Infinite and the soon to be released titles like Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us, it seems like our current generation of consoles are going to be around for a long, long while. So then what’s the deal with the next generation?
Microsoft themselves announced that they would be supporting the Xbox 360 for at least another five years, easing the mind of anyone who won’t be purchasing the Xbox One any time soon. This shows just how easy it is to support the current generation of consoles. Games are still being made for them at a rapid pace, money is being spent for them, and consumers are happy for them. Despite the claims that Microsoft and Sony are making over how they have improved the consoles technologically, does that really warrant a new generation of consoles?
What lies ahead?
Mining games seem to be all the rage right now. Everyone knows and loves Minecraft, but there are other equally awesome but lesser known mining/crafting games out there too, such as Terraria, Miner Dig Deep!, Total Miner, and probably others that I haven’t played. These games are absurdly addictive, whether your obsession is building a bigger and better castle, slaughtering zombies or searching for those elusive diamonds.
In today’s treasury, get ready to leave your colorful, pixellated overworld, craft yourself some awesome tools, and dig deep! But watch out, zombies and other enemies are lurking below the surface. If you survive, you may just find the treasure you’re looking for…