The ABCs of Getting a Job in Game Development

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on August 18, 2014
The ABCs of Getting a Job in Game Development

“Do what you love.” And if you’re like most professionals in the game industry, you want to work with games because you love playing them. Game development jobs are competitive – you’ll need the right skills, experience, education, and knowledge to break into the industry. Photo Credit: DarthNick via Compfight cc Here is an overview …Read more

The History of Bingo

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on August 12, 2014
The History of Bingo

Bingo is a facet of classic Americana: a collection of game enthusiasts who meet in a room, mark off squares on their unique grids as numbers are randomly selected by a caller, and the first person to collect five numbers in a preset pattern (usually a row, column, or diagonal) wins. The Bingo hall is …Read more

The Summer of Strong Women: Unwind with These 5 Must-Read Comics

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on July 31, 2014
The Summer of Strong Women: Unwind with These 5 Must-Read Comics

Summer’s in full swing. Whether you are on a three-month vacation or a three-day getaway, you’re going to need some entertaining reading. Now is the perfect time to get absorbed in a new comic book. More likely to read a fiction novel than a graphic novel? You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the narratives that are …Read more

17 Geek Conventions You Must Attend Before You Die

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 16, 2014
17 Geek Conventions You Must Attend Before You Die

UPDATE [6/16/2014]: 2014 and 2015 dates, locations, and pricing. Thanks to your excellent feedback on this article, I’m starting a series of geek convention round-ups. They’re a curated resource to see when the convention is happening and what’s worth seeing there. Check out the first in the series – a list of anime conventions! Think …Read more

E3 2014 Puzzle and Adventure Games You’ll Love – and What was Missed

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 13, 2014
E3 2014 Puzzle and Adventure Games You’ll Love – and What was Missed

E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the event for all electronic gaming launches on the horizon. Unlike gaming conventions like Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), E3 is locked down and restricted to industry only. It hasn’t even been a decade since a gamer outside the industry could slip in by knowing someone who knows someone at …Read more

The Big List of Anime Conventions

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 6, 2014
The Big List of Anime Conventions

You might have seen my list of must-see geek conventions where I selected 17 excellent events from a variety of geekdoms such as video games, anime, and sci-fi. I received great feedback from you about the list, and readers wanted to see even more options across different types of conventions all over the globe. This …Read more

The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 21, 2014
The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

“Indie gaming” (games that are produced independent of a major publisher) has become a part of our gaming vernacular since 2009. There are two big reasons:   1) The rise of crowd-sourced funding through sites like Kickstarter has liberated developers to find money directly through their audience instead of pitching to a few big publishing …Read more

Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 15, 2014
Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

What felt like a utopian cyberpunk dream is now becoming reality: wearable computers is a topic on everyone’s lips. Last year we were introduced to Google Glass, the first commercially available optical head-mounted display–which, unfortunately, has since seen a decline in interest. Perhaps it was the wallet-busting price point at $1500, maybe it was the …Read more

Roundup: The Best Gaming Keyboards

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on March 26, 2014
Roundup: The Best Gaming Keyboards

It’s likely you’re not playing on your ideal gaming keyboard, and not just any old keyboard will do. In an earlier post we learned that little pieces of silicone can slow down your game progress, wireless keyboards aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, and what all those weird, extra keys on some keyboards are …Read more

Buying a Gaming Keyboard? Read This First.

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on March 24, 2014
Buying a Gaming Keyboard? Read This First.

Computer gaming is here to stay, and the technology you use to play those games can make or break your fun. Gaming keyboards are an essential part of the computer gaming experience. You don’t need to be a hardcore gamer to make the most of a good keyboard – and if you know what’s important …Read more

How to Get an Epic Win on Your Gamer New Year’s Resolution (or any resolution, really)

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on January 13, 2014
How to Get an Epic Win on Your Gamer New Year’s Resolution (or any resolution, really)

It’s that time of year again. New year’s resolutions. A clean slate brings newfound hope—we imagine our ideal self: healthier, smarter, kinder, wealthier. Read more books. Lose more weight. Wake up earlier. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the older I get, the more I enjoy the refreshed optimism of new year’s. Like …Read more

Easy last-minute gifts that will save the world (or at least make you feel good)

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on December 21, 2013
Easy last-minute gifts that will save the world (or at least make you feel good)

Zoinks! Less than a week left until Christmas and there’s still holiday shopping to do, huh? Are you allergic to anxious holiday shopping crowds? Don’t want to spend your last paycheck on overnight shipping? Refuse to succumb to consumer overindulgences by buying more clutter for the home? I hear you – most shopping options at …Read more