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  1. Switching Weapons – A Life of Expectancy

    Switching Weapons

    With the process of my separation ramping up, I’m finding it challenging to find opportunities to sit down and write. But fear not, I’m still managing to find them! Apologies for the delay of the article, but life should now have calmed down enough to provide a more sustainable schedule. Fortunately, as with last time, this leads directly into my topic.

    When I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, hopping on the bus from Akron, OH on the way to Ft Benning, GA for Basic Combat Training, I only had stereotypes and hearsay to go off of in terms of what to expect. I had seen movies, I’d heard stories, I’d read articles and I’d played enough video games at that point to have, what I thought, was a general idea of what Basic would be like. Some of it was true, some of it wasn’t. Did my expectations color my experience? Of course they did. Did they ruin it? In some aspects, I suppose they did, but for the most part, no.

    I’ve seen a lot of things happen in my beloved gaming world recently; games being delayed, games releasing with bugs and performance issues, games not delivering on promises made, and the reaction has always been the same. Hatred. Vitriol. Volatility. The gaming community sees an imperfect game the way a swarm of sharks sees a scoop of chum. They sense the blood in the water and they frenzy. Two years ago it was Watch_Dogs disappointing a horde of gamers that wanted it to be “Person of Interest—The Game.”  (Kudos if you get that reference)  Last year it was Batman: Arkham Knight and its abysmal performance on PC. A few months ago, Destiny (still my current obsession) fans complained that the April update was too-little too-late. Most recent, it was the No Man’s Sky fiasco. (more…)

  2. Switching Weapons – Looking for Group

    Switching Weapons

    Rest assured, I have not disappeared again! I realize I may have forgotten to mention this last time, but the new incarnation of this series is going to be bi-weekly for the time being. That said, let’s go ahead and dive into this week’s topic: communities.

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  3. Nerdy Show’s Suicide Squad Review

    Tony and boR saw Suicide Squad! One of them loved the the other was kind of ambivalent. Can you guess who? (Hint: it’s not who you’re thinking!)

    After a heaping mess of grimdark, can DC kick it cinematic presence into gear and put out a fun summer film? In this spoiler-free Suicide Squad review hear who were the stand-out characters, how the shift in tone works for this new chapter in DC’s cinematic U, and more!

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  4. Switching Weapons – Loading the Next Checkpoint

    Switching Weapons

    Well, it’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?  I suppose I could start with an apology for my absence, explain about how hectic the last four years of my life overseas in the military was, lament over the harrowing experience the return to the US was, and pledge to make a return to form worthy of the following.  I’d considered the right amount of wit, exposition, articulation and alliteration, but decided the seven people that actually read my column would probably forgive me.  All kidding aside, it’s good to be back.

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  5. Matt Kindt’s Next Must-Read Comic: Dept. H #1 Review

    Dept. HThe Breakdown

    Dark Horse Comics presents Dept. H, an original murder/mystery series where each issue takes place in a 24-hour time span. Written and drawn by Matt Kindt, creator of Mind MGMT with his wife, Sharlene Kindt, provided beautiful water colors.

    Elevator Pitch

    Dept. H mashes multiple genres in a deep sea tale with wonderfully fitting watercolor art. The book’s sci-fi murder mystery evokes a sense of urgency that’ll have you flying through the pages. (more…)

  6. Graphic Novel Review: The Puma Blues: The Complete Saga

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    The Breakdown: The Puma Blues – an environmental sci-fi that rocked the indie comics scene of the 80s has been collected and completed for the first time. From the minds of prolific Ninja Turtles author, Steve Murphy, and famed Sandman artist, Michael Zulli.

    Elevator Pitch: Transmetropolitan meets Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, liberally dipped in the grittier side of the 1980s and paired with John Audubon-style nature art.

    The Verdict: The Puma Blues is the one of the best indie comics you’ve probably never heard of. But you know who has? Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Peter Laird, and Dave Sim, all of whom have been quoted singing the praises of Puma. That should be enough information to make you order a dozen copies immediately. The book is bleak, strange, a bit dated, and at times about as subtle as a kick to the groin from a Dead Kennedys fan, but undeniably earnest and disturbingly prescient. It’s not hard to see why so many prominent names in comics are big fans. Puma is must-have piece for lovers of obscure pop-culture, artsier comics, and anyone with a streak of punk rock in their soul. (more…)

  7. ALBUM REVIEW: Chamber Band – Careers

    chamber band careersLauren Furze is co-station manager on our streaming music station, Nerdy.FM. She also reviews the latest records from the multi-faceted Nerd Music genre and publishes her own tunes on her website, TheFifthSister, where this article was first published.

    I’m going to state this first and foremost: I think Careers is going to be one of the main contenders for the “best of 2015” title.

    Careers is the new album from Chamber Band, and is loosely inspired by the Hunger Games series. Now, that’s not to say you can’t enjoy this album without having read the books or watched the films – because you can. The band have managed to craft an album for everyone to enjoy. (more…)

  8. VIDEO :: Vacation (2015) Review

    Our very own Chan Sterling caught an early screening of the Vacation revival, which comes out this week. Can the National Lampoon classic survive the experience of the 21st century reboot/ relaunch? Only one way to find out – click play and watch our Vacation (2015) review! (more…)

  9. Graphic Novel Review: The Bozz Chronicles – How a Suicidal Alien Won My Heart

    bozz chron featThe Breakdown: The Bozz Chronicles – a classic 80s comic series collected for the first time. Written by David Michelinie with art by Bret Blevins and John Ridgeway.

    Elevator Pitch: Doctor Who plus Sherlock Holmes plus ’70s Swamp Thing plus The Avengers. No, not those Avengers, the BBC show from the ’60s.

    The Verdict: Fun, charming, delightfully over-the-top. Only six issues long, so not enough time for much character development, but Michelinie still manages to make them likable enough that you’re fond of them by the end. Blevins’s art matches the tone of the stories perfectly. Worth the cover price just for issue 3, but thoroughly enjoyable throughout. (more…)

  10. A Mayhem-Filled Fight Club 2 Review

    fight club 2 thumbWake up, Space Monkey. It’s been almost two decades since Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club novel was released and 16 years since the film. Now, its time to rize or die as the long awaited sequel comes back to punch you square in the ear. This review will contain some spoilers to the original Fight Club, but we promise not to spoil Fight Club 2. Just keep in mind, we’re reviewing the first issue here, so some secrets need to be shared… And remember rule #1. (more…)

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