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Xbox SmartGlass E3 2012 - Trailer

Posted June 7th 2012 by Adam Grayson.




Tags: E3 2012, video games, Internet Explorer, videos, movies, tv, Music, Trailer, SmartGlass, tablet, smart phone, Xbox 360, Microsoft

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Xbox Kinect Games E3 2012 - Compilation Trailer

Posted June 7th 2012 by Adam Grayson.




Tags: Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Zumba Fitness Rush, Kinect Star Wars, Nike+Kinect Training, Trailer, Dance Central, sports, Wreckateer, Madden NFL 13, Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, NBA BAller Beats, Dance Central 3, Kinect Sports ultimate Collection, Harry Potter for Kinect, FIFA Soccer 13, Kinect Nat Geo TV, Kinect Sesame Street TV, harry potter, basketball, Avengers, Marvel, Zumba, star wars, Nike, Kinect, Xbox 360, Microsoft, Earth, Madden, NFL, football, soccer, FIFA, tv, Sesame Street, NBA, Pixar, disney, E3 2012

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Who's Who in Westeros: A Guide to Game of Thrones Season 2

Posted April 24th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Maybe you're one of the four people who live under a rock and don't understand the epic amazingness that is Game of Thrones. Relax, it's fine, really. Nobody* is judging you! Westeros is a big place, though, and filled with backstabbing, thieving, money-grubbing and whore-mongering bastards. Which of these bastards can you trust? Well we're here to help you pick a side or five in the battle for the Iron Throne. Read our handy-dandy, totally awesome guide to the Five Kings vying for control of the Seven Kingdoms and pledge your loyalty! A word of warning, though: Season 1 spoilers will be below, so if you have not finished, you'd better hurry up... Winter is coming.

*Everybody is judging you.

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Tags: books, game of thrones, season, Westeros, swords, fantasy, tv

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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale and Wrap-Up

Posted March 19th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Recap/Review — The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale

As a nerd with Internet access, it's hard not to get caught up in the drumbeats of war over our favorite shows, movies, or games—Mass Effect fans are doing so as we speak over the ending to Mass Effect 3. Fans of The Walking Dead began beating that drum shortly after a decently satisfactory first season, when news hit that showrunner Frank Darabont was unceremoniously dropped from the show. Perhaps because it was announced in tandem with budget cuts, fans were equal parts furious at the change and terrified that the second season would suffer for it. And suffer it did. The interminable campout at Herschel Greene's farm is as cruelly stagnant as one can imagine a show about zombies could be, with any budget. It only picked up in the second half of the season, capping off with last night's finale.

But the first half of the season? When nothing substantial happened for full episodes at a time? That's when Frank Darabont's influence was still guiding the show. Glen Mazzara's takeover didn't fully take effect until the mid-season return this spring. And aside from a major hiccup in Episode 11, it has largely exceeded expectations under his watch. So maybe there's a reason to look forward to a third season that can not only outdo the second, but also make up for it. There is certainly reason to think so after the major dust-up of Episode 13, "Over the Dying Fire."

After a recap, it's time to evaluate the season as a whole and whether it's worth it to keep trudging through zombieland with these people. As always, spoilers ahead.

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Tags: the walking dead, zombies, kirkman, tv

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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E12

Posted March 12th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Recap/Review - The Walking Dead S2E12

"Better Angels" opens with the funeral of a fallen comrade and an entreaty to the titular better angels of human nature. In his eulogy, Rick proposes to honor Dale's memory by recommitting to Dale's rational, humanist ideals, and to the group from breaking. Thankfully, this is dramatic irony, and the group only serves to split even further throughout the episode. It would be very funny of the show to actually follow through with the promise to work together better, and then have the season finale just be one long hour of the group enjoying the fruits of their labors. And then I would stop watching the show altogether.  Nevertheless, a good portion of the early scenes involve Rick and company doing their very best to make the camp safe, as sure a sign as any television viewer might need to figure out that all hell is about to break loose.

As always, spoilers ahead. Behind, too, if you weren't aware that Dale is dead now.

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Tags: the walking dead, Comics, tv, zombies

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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E11

Posted March 5th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Recap/Review — The Walking Dead S2E11

The Walking Dead sucks again, officially. For perhaps the first time since the show premiered, churchgoing fans of The Walking Dead can honestly say that the hour spent singing Sunday morning hymns compared favorably in excitement to the hour spent watching Rick and his family decide whether or not to execute a man they spent the previous two episodes saving from death. Episode 11 - "Judge, Jury, Executioner" is a terrible, frustrating entry in the series that kills the momentum generated from the previous three-episode winning streak, setting back the season and even the series as a whole considerably. Spoilers ahead.

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Tags: the walking dead, tv, zombies

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A Storm of (s)Words

Posted February 29th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

A Storm of (s)Words — Why George RR Martin is the King of Fantasy

From the earliest of times when Beowulf was but a tale sung by bards to the premiere of the latest Harry Potter film that packed local malls with screaming teenagers, fantasy literature has always been popular—and for good reason. No other genre allows audiences to live in a time and place where magic and adventure are as common as popcorn in a movie theater. Whether it is because high fantasy transports us to a world outside of our own or whether it is because Edward Cullen is just so damn dreamy, everyone has their own special reason for appreciating the genre. Recently, a whole new audience was caught in the exciting world of A Song of Ice & Fire, or as fans of the TV show will recognize it, Game of Thrones. As someone who has spent countless hours in Narnia, Middle-Earth, Hogwarts, and Skyrim, I can safely say that George R.R. Martin, creator of the A Song of Ice & Fire series, is the absolute best at his craft. While J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are considered the fathers of modern fantasy literature, George R.R. Martin is redefining the genre and making it better.

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Tags: game of thrones, a song of fire and ice, tolkien, harry potter, lord of the rings, books, tv, fantasy, george rr martin

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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E10

Posted February 27th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Recap/Review - The Walking Dead S2E10

THREE FOR THREE. It's hard to imagine after the conga-line of missteps in the first half of season two, but The Walking Dead has been hitting the right targets consistently since it returned this year. In fact, it's getting better by the episode. Last night's episode, "18 Miles Out," was so solid that while live-tweeting the episode on the NerdMentality account, I struggled to think of anything to say other than "Holy shit!" and "Oh ya ya ya ya ya ya ya." We can only wait and see if the showrunners can maintain this momentum, but "18 Miles Out" is the best the series has had to offer since the premiere. Spoilers ahead.

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Tags: zombies, tv, walking dead

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PODCAST - Episode 38: Double Fine's Kickstart

Posted February 24th 2012 by Daisy Garcia.

Podcast 38

Hello Nerds!  In this week's episode, the regular crew discuss Xbox Live's House Party event, their experiences with the Mass Effect 3 demo, Double Fine's Kickstarter event, and much, much, MUCH more. Happy listening!

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Tags: itunes, double fine studios, Mass Effect 3, penny arcade, ESRB, warp, Xbox Live, tmnt, teenage mutant ninja turtles, tv, comic book men, podcast

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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E7

Posted November 28th 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

"Previously on The Walking Dead..." These wrap-up intros every week remind me of something I might have mentioned before starting this Walking Dead blog: I do not really like television.

Specifically, I don't like serial entertainment.  Between actual advancement of the plot, there's so much minutia dropped in that may prove to be crucial, may prove to be padding, and may even require viewers to forget it to avoid contradictions with what happens later. I'm sure many viewers of this season of The Walking Dead can relate to the feeling that getting one story in seven episodes feels like buying a Transformer one robotic limb at a time.  I sometimes wonder why people put up with this narrative style, or why it seems to flourish on cable television when it requires so much patience from its viewers.  The reason, I have learned, is The Big Payoff.  The slow boil.  Just when you think nothing is going to happen... something happens! And it hits with the full weight of all that continuity. This is how it plays out in "Pretty Much Dead Already," the mid-season finale that has locked me in for the show's return in February. Just before broadcast, Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) tweeted out this:


omgomgomgomg...just saw tonight's @WalkingDead_AMC...so amazing...Srsly, not just cuz I work for it...but DAMN. Watch it!

I was tempted to call bullshit (for the exact reason he cited) but no, he pretty well summed it up.  Spoilers ahead.

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Tags: tv, amc, nerdist, walking dead

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