13 Iconic Video Game Scenes Built Out of Lego Parts

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 17, 2014
13 Iconic Video Game Scenes Built Out of Lego Parts

Lego blocks. Video games. Two great tastes that go great together, especially when you can combine them for maximum childhood nostalgia. Here are a thirteen glorious video game scenes lovingly recreated by fans who happen to be talented Lego masters. Be sure to look between the lines: an awe-inspiring level of detail, creativity, and problem …Read more

Thrill of the Chase: What Are Blind Box Mystery Mini Toys?

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 8, 2014
Thrill of the Chase: What Are Blind Box Mystery Mini Toys?

Remember those sticker and gumball machines at pizza joints and grocery stores when you were a kid? Put a quarter in, turn the crank, and hope that that extra-sparkly sticker will be delivered to your little hands. You had no idea which item was going to come out of the machine. It could be anything! …Read more

The Future of Gaming is on Your Wrist:
Why Smartwatches Will Be the Next Big Gaming Platform

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 1, 2014
The Future of Gaming is on Your Wrist: <br />Why Smartwatches Will Be the Next Big Gaming Platform

Wearable technology is on every tech enthusiast’s lips. Computers in our glasses. Computers in our contacts. Virtual reality over our eyes and connected to our social networking. It feels like a step closer to becoming a cyborg. Our imaginations are running wild with the big announcement of the smartwatch Android Wear earlier this year. Its …Read more

Video Game Back to School Supplies for Every Gamer

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on September 15, 2014
Video Game Back to School Supplies for Every Gamer

Remember when you were in grade school and you had the choice between colors, movie characters, or MAYBE some early Nintendo characters on your school supplies? Thanks to demand and custom production technology, kids have a ton of options for their school supplies these days. The start of the school year doesn’t have to bring …Read more

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