Pokemon Go is Bringing Nerds Together Like Never Before

pokemon go brosLast night at around 11:00 p.m., a day after downloading Pokemon Go, my girlfriend and I had a sudden pressing inclination to go to the park and try and level up our trainers. We don’t live in the safest town of all time, so when we noticed several men walking behind us we became cautious but trekked on, crossing our fingers they weren’t up to no good. It took us a few minutes to realize that everyone there was up to the same non-mischief.

A girl walked past us as we got closer and reached a landmark, loudly exclaiming and pointing behind her, “There was an Eevee right back there.”

There we were, standing in the dark in a place we wouldn’t normally feel entirely safe, surrounded by harmless gamers with the same purpose, the small square lights of their phone screens encompassing us. I usually associate strangers on their phones with isolation, but this was different. We were all being socially antisocial. We were unified. Awkward, yet connected.

The same girl who called out the Eevee’s location shouted this time,”Bulbasaur! Bulbasaur over here!” Everyone in the park came running, and most of us thanked her.

For those who haven’t played, Pokemon Go uses augmented reality, a combination of CGI and real life. The app shows a cartoon map of where you are and once a Pokemon (collectible creatures that you trap and level-up) appears on the map, you click on it and see via your phone’s rear-facing camera where it is. Sometimes they’re inside, bouncing around on a table or mischievously blocking your view of the TV. Sometimes they’re next to a river bank or on top of a car, and other times they’re interrupting this blog post.

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While it’s always possibly to catch a few Magikarps from the comfort of home, the game rewards you for visiting real-life locations. You can’t make real progress without going outside. So, besides uniting gamers, it’s also making us walk.

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Dismantling Someone Else’s Armor and Weapons in Destiny is the Sweetest, Nerdiest Revenge


Did you happen to recently catch your boyfriend or girlfriend in bed with the neighbor? Does your bf/gf yell at you for no reason or spend outlandish amounts of money at the Cheesecake Factory? If the person who has wronged is also addicted to the game Destiny, don’t waste time trying to dump sugar in their gas tank…

Getting legendary and exotic weapons and armor in Destiny is HUGE pain. It takes forever to get them, while dismantling them takes only seconds.

1. Once you’ve loaded their character, press the start button to access inventory, select items and hold the “X” button on Xbox or the square on PS3 or PS4 to dismantle them.

Or you could just erase their entire hard drive.

(System settings: storage: games and apps: DELETE.)

This is pretty much the worst thing you can do to your console-playing girl/boy/regular friend, like the nerd equivalent of burning a house to the ground.  Continue reading “Dismantling Someone Else’s Armor and Weapons in Destiny is the Sweetest, Nerdiest Revenge”

The Pros and Cons of ‘Destiny’

wizard came from the moon shirtI’ve been playing Destiny basically nonstop since its release last month, and if you follow video games at all or have the misfortune of dating/best-friending a gamer, you’ve probably heard mixed things about it.

Quick rundown for noobs: Destiny is a space-themed shooter made by Bungie, the creators of Halo and Marathon and narrated by Tyrion Lannister. As you can imagine, with the notoriety of Bungie combined with Activision (the publisher of Call of Duty) and the unheard of $500 million budget, the expectations were higher than high.

Unfortunately, Destiny failed to deliver in a lot of really noticeable ways.   Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of ‘Destiny’”

My Fondest Memory of H. R. Giger is a Little Game Called ‘Dark Seed’

Before I was a nerdy 28-year-old playing video games on Xbox, I was a nerdy 12-year-old playing computer games on a Macintosh that was the size of a dishwasher. My own personal version of Silent Hill was Dark Seed. To this day, after barely being able to hold my controller through Doom, Bioshock, Condemned, F.E.A.R, Dead Space and Resident Evil, Dark Seed remains the scariest game I’ve ever played.

You start as a man with a persistent headache who, after a lot of frustrating clicking and pointing, ends up traveling through a mirror into a parallel universe that is nothing but nightmares and evil alien beings. It ends with you peeing yourself.  Continue reading “My Fondest Memory of H. R. Giger is a Little Game Called ‘Dark Seed’”

Flappy Bird Will Be Gone By Tomorrow Night

Mobile game addicts better get ready to flex those index fingers and play the crap out of Flappy Bird, because the creator of the massively popular game says he’s “sorry,” but he’s taking it off the app store in 22 hours.

And that was at 11 a.m., so you have until tomorrow night (approximately 8:02 p.m.) to not leave the floor, bed, couch or chair you normally relax in with Meyer lemon curd remnants all over your slob face.

One Kotaku commenter wrote, “I read this as, “Oh shit, I’m REALLY getting attention for stealing artwork and I know how Nintendo is about their IP. I’m hopefully going to cash out before they come after me,” and I’m pretty sure he hit the nail on the head. While the creator said he wasn’t removing it for legal reasons, it probably was a preemptive strike.

Is the PS4 ‘Better’ Than the Xbox One? Not Necessarily, But it is Cheaper

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Most gamers I talk to seem to favor the idea of buying the PS4 over the Xbox One, and we know Microsoft’s reveal of the new Xbox where they continuously plugged it as a media center that immerses you socially and visually and occasionally plays games like Forza and FIFA is to blame, but which console is actually better?

Like the age-old Macs vs. PC discussion, that’s an unanswerable question, but here are the differences:

1. Price

The Playstation 4 is cheaper at $399 than the Xbox One, which hits shelves in November for $499.

2. Games

Sony said at E3 that unlike the One, PS4 will be region-free (no restriction on European and Japanese titles), supports used games 100% and will not require a constant internet connection.

“When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to another friend or keep it forever.” -Jack Tretton, CEO
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Both consoles will require a paid subscription (Playstation Plus and Xbox Live) to play online multiplayer.

Exclusive Xbox One games: Halo 5, Titanfall, Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark.

Exclusive PS4 games: The Order 1886, Killzone: Shadowfall, Knack, DriveClub, Infamous: Second Son.

Games for both Xbox One and PS4: Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Elder Scrolls Online, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Grand Theft Auto 5, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Kingdom Hearts 3.

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3. Specs

While each system comes with a Blu-Ray Disc Drive, a 500GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi, the PS4, with its impressive RAM and GPU, which will likely be faster and a tiny bit better looking in-game.

Xbox One comes with a Kinect and HDMI in/out (PS4 only has HDMI out).

In conclusion, the PS4 does have an upper hand with its price, speed and stance on used games, but the Xbox has more exclusive games and voice/movement inclusion with the Kinect 2.0.