Posts tagged ‘Star Wars’

March 5, 2012

Blizzard to Lay off 600 Employees…I feel so guilty

I totes feel like a jerk for canceling my WoW subscription, after reading the news that Activision Blizzard Inc. is laying off 600 employees. The layoffs will occur in the Blizzard Entertainment sector, but it is reported that most of the cuts will come from non-game development departments. Sadly, the number of active subscribers to World of Warcraft, Blizz’s cash cow, have dropped since the release of Trion’s Rift last year and EA’s Star Wars: The Old Republic a few months ago.

As an avid WoW player, I’m not surprised by the decline in subscriptions, as the standard of gaming is getting rather steep and gamers want more. After patch 4.3, which was anxiously awaited and was met with a resounding “meh” by players, defecting to greener pastures, such as Rift and SWTOR, wasn’t a far leap. Fans of SWTOR were waiting years for its release, and there was no way Blizz was going to be able to keep  those fans from leaving. Rift is a far superior game play experience for mature WoW players. When I left WoW to play Rift, I found that trade chat isn’t filled with obnoxious teenagers mudslinging and generally showing why it sucks to play with immature teenagers. Yes, I miss the beautiful music and gorgeous artwork in World of Warcraft, but I’m satisfied with what I’ve left behind because of the game play experience I’ve gained. Also, as a loyal Blizzhead and WoW player, canceling Blizzcon 2012 was bad for fan morale, and making me wait until quarter 4 of 2012 to release Mists of Pandaria is just not going to satiate me. There are too many ways I can get my fix now, especially with the news of Free to Play Everquest and DC Universe. Blizz, you became complacent and then figured out you needed to scramble to catch up. I think it’s sad that people have to be laid off, but something had to give and it hasn’t been Blizz giving to their fans.

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February 20, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D- Uncle George got it right

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D Poster

Over the weekend we took the kids to see Star Wars Episode 1. Being a member of the 501st, my husband was on hand for the first release of Episode 1, and was one of the many fans that were disappointed. After so many years of growing up loving Star Wars movies, buying every one of the released and then re-released action figures, and late night runs to Taco Bell to make sure he had a complete set of collectibles, it was disappointing for him and most fans to watch the bad acting and ridiculousness that is Episode 1. I chalk it up to bad marketing. The boys at heart who wanted to relive this great action science fantasy didn’t get what they paid for, and everyone got mad at Lucas. Instead of being mad at sweet Uncle George, I’m glad that he decided to try again and this time around marketed Episode 1 correctly.

The kids were totally stoked to see Episode 1 in 3D. They weren’t around for it the first time, and we are all diehard fans. We knew it was going to be the same silliness that it is; the absurd dialogue of Jar Jar Binks, Jake Lloyd’s terrible acting (which honestly paved the way right into Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin the Mannequin, so whatever), the awkward ick factor of 18 year old Natalie Portman and 10 year old Jake Lloyd. What made this film perfect this time around was not the storyline; it was what came before the movie, a trailer for the new SpiderMan, a friendly reminder for us to put on our glasses by the birds from Rio, and a Scrat short. It was marketed as a children’s movie. I was in the right frame of mind to watch it, because I spent 15 minutes prior getting into the same frame of mind I had when I took the kids to see Up or Cars. We all laughed our way through it, were awed by the depth that the movie was given with the use of 3D, and had a great time, so I say thank you, George Lucas. Thank you for giving my family Episode 1 in 3D and for doing it right.

January 30, 2012

Google Thinks I’m a Man

Google has done it. They have finally killed my belief that living in a small town was the reason that I feel so out of place being a dorky girl. My love of video games, music, Star Wars and all things fabulously geeky, along with the fact that I watch fan films, drool over collectibles on the Kotobukiya website and watch Sumo has apparently made me a stereotypical male. Yep, you read that right. Google thinks I’m a man.

Google’s Ad preferences cookie, the bot that figures out what to flash randomly on the right hand side of my web browser (usually, there is an ad for World of Warcraft and a dancing goblin in the ad bar), took it upon themselves to determine my age and gender based on the websites I’ve visited…I’m a 25-34 year old Male. (Click photo above) That’s rad, Google!

With the new privacy practices that Google just unveiled, I was worried about something like this happening. I am no longer allowed to check out amazing cosplay and “accidentally” happen upon the Red Tubes, while checking out ehow’s tutorial on building Cloud’s Buster Sword,  without Google deciding that the best ads for me are some funky fetish porn.

Want to check out your ad preferences? Go here! If you get an awesome one like me leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

January 27, 2012

Valentine’s Day is Coming Soon. Treat your geek right.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you are still looking for that perfect gift for the fanboy in your life, then check these awesome gift ideas from Strapya World:

http://www.strapya-world.com/products/50298.html

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For those of  you who thought that fanboy wear consisted of only t-shirts and beanie caps. Look again. You can dress that boy up and take him out. That’s right, kiddies, Star Wars tie clips and cuff links. Whether he’s a member of the 501st or Rebel Legion, he will be sure to love you for nourishing his geek side.

But wait…there’s more. The business attire would not be complete without…Business Card Holders

http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/2331_3177_6659.html

I can’t decide which I love more, R2D2 or Han Solo. These are unisex, so I am so ordering both. One for him and one for me.

Let me know if you find any fabulous Valentine’s gifts for your dork, geek or nerd. Send me a pic and I’ll even post it on the site. (Deeming its appropriate. Not sure I want to know those Sith bedroom secrets) Let your geek flag fly this Valentine’s Day!

 

December 17, 2011

The Darling Dork’s Ultimate Holiday Wish List

No matter what holiday you celebrate, be it Christmas, Festivus, or the Feast of Winter Veil, you are no doubt creating some sort of holiday wish list of those wonderful little gizmos and gadgets you have needed an excuse to buy all year. I have also been wishing oh wishing for some geeky treasures, and even made the cut off for getting my hubby’s gift here from ThinkGeek before the Christmas delivery cutoff. I decided to share some of the wonderment that this awesome thing called the “internets” has to offer us Dorks, Geeks and Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebies, and create my Ultimate Holiday Wish List.

We’ll start with Gaming

Portal 2 Long Fall Socks 

World of Warcraft Alliance Hoodie

Home is Where the Hearthstone Tee (this has been on my list 2 years running)

All Your Base sticker
It’s a classic that doesn’t lose it’s awesome.

Lament of the Highborne Sheet Music 
I choose to extort the fact that my daughter plays the viola, and make her learn this music. It is just beautiful and the fact that I have 3 Belfs at or around lvl 16 just so I can do this quest more than once and hear this song is just sad awesome.
World of Warcraft Sheet Music - Lament of the Highborne
Gnome Warlock with Voidwalker Figure
Hey, that’s me!

Gnome Warlock, Valdremar with Voidwalker Premium Action Figure

ANYTHING on Digital Soaps Etsy site
Seriously awesome and oh ya! I need that…and that…and that too.
Companion Cube Soap NEW Version, Mountain Dew-Type Scent by Gamer and Geek Soap Inventor DigitalSoap

Gaming Keys Keyboard Pillow
Just pure fun
Computer Gaming Keys on Keyboard Pillow- WASD

OTHER GEEKY FUN STUFF
King of Tokyo Board Game because really you know you ultimately want to take over Japan with your rubber suited friends…

My Other Sword is a Vorpal sticker
My love for Alice in literature, comics, gaming, etc is unending.

My kitchen is not nearly geeked out enough so…..
Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Tray

Rubik’s Cube Salt and Pepper Mill

Robocup Measuring Cups

Darth Vader Bread Imprinting Toaster
This is the only “imprinting” that should be allowed in pop culture (ya, I’m talking to you creepy Stephanie Meyer)

Fred Ninjabread Men cookie cutters

just your average I NEED THAT
Kid Robot Munny (oh the possibilities)

Custom Painted Star Wars Heels (well I am the DARLING Dork afterall)
Want….need….oh my god I have to have these!!!
star_wars_heels_1.jpg

Last but not least on my list….
Colin Ferguson. Yes, I’m married, but helloooo…Colin Ferguson. (Hi, honey. Call me.) Hubby will understand.

A tutor for WoW TCG. Ya, I’m a frickin’ genius and still haven’t figured out how to play. I could make a really cool house of cards with how many decks I have though. No. Really. It’s sad to think they just sit here for me to gaze at and not play. Any volunteers??

Last year was my Doctor Who Holiday when I got my Adipose squeezy doll and my Doctor T-Shirt. Wonder what this year will bring….we’ll see.

Happy Holidays/Festivus/Winter Veil/Christmas, my friends! May it be warm, bright and full of fabulous geekery.

December 16, 2011

Imperial March Floppy Drive

Love! Found this on Geekgasm , which is one of the most awesome websites out there, and I recommend any true dork or geek at heart go there when you are done watching this awesome video and reading the rest of my awesome blogs. Cheers!