What’s the Deal with Free-To-Play Games?

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 31, 2013
What’s the Deal with Free-To-Play Games?

In a time before the Internet, you could play a digital game only if: 1. You hauled your pocket of quarters to the arcade so you could make progress on that one impossibly difficult game. 2. Your parents took you to the video game store and dropped $50 on a console version of that impossibly …Read more

A Day Made from Legos

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 29, 2013
A Day Made from Legos

Remember when you were a kid and you’d recreate cool objects using Legos? It was your imagination’s shortcut to owning whatever you wanted: swords, moon rovers, reptiles your parents wouldn’t let you keep as pets, and other adult things that kids can’t (or shouldn’t) own. Now that you’re an adult, you’re all about practical stuff. …Read more

Geeky Video Game Pumpkin Stencils and How To Carve Them

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 10, 2013
Geeky Video Game Pumpkin Stencils and How To Carve Them

You don’t need to be a natural-born artist to carve amazing Halloween pumpkins! Here are 10 geeky video game pumpkin stencils and instructions on how to carve them like an expert. How to carve a pumpkin Step 1: Gut your pumpkin and collect your supplies The most beautiful pumpkin carving photos in the world were …Read more

Hidden Designs Make Latest DC Bombshells Shine

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on September 20, 2013
Hidden Designs Make Latest DC Bombshells Shine

Whether you’re a comic book fan or model collector, there’s been buzz around the announcement of the D.C. Bombshells. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Poison Ivy were given a World War II makeover in Ant Lucia’s take on bomber plane pinups.   The wait is almost over for the first three models in the series. Supergirl …Read more

Gaming Skills: Remodel your kitchen with 3D modeling

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on July 31, 2013
Gaming Skills: Remodel your kitchen with 3D modeling

We love playing games for many reasons. I love being inspired by the strong female characters. In fact, I’m so inspired that I learned how to create costumes to portray them at conventions. This got me thinking: what other skills have people learned thanks to games? How have people taken their passions offline? What creations …Read more

If I Were Attending Comic Con, I Would…

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on July 17, 2013
If I Were Attending Comic Con, I Would…

San Diego Comic-Con is the world’s biggest pop-culture convention that I somehow miss every year. I’ll watch my friends’ feeds from the front lines and be green with envy. But if I was there, here’s what I would do. Brush up on my convention etiquette. Source: ckdecember via Deviantart Not mess with this Marine… Source: …Read more

The Video Game Villains’ Guide to Hipster Facial Hair

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on July 10, 2013
The Video Game Villains’ Guide to Hipster Facial Hair

Listen up, aspiring super villains: Do you want to be taken seriously? Do you want to strike fear into the hearts of your goodie-goodie nemeses? Do you want your appearance to do all the talking for you in your rise to world domination? All you need is the right facial hair. (OK, and maybe some …Read more

13 Adorably Disturbing Kids Costumes

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 7, 2013
13 Adorably Disturbing Kids Costumes

The convention season is in full swing. We’ve seen plenty of adults decked out in geek hommages – what really grabs attention is a child in tow, enthusiastically portraying their favorite superhero. But what about the occasional costumed kid that makes you do a double-take? Among the adorable Jakes and Finns, hidden beyond the fuzzy …Read more

15 Irresistible Video Game Knee Socks

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on May 16, 2013
15 Irresistible Video Game Knee Socks

Who can resist knee socks – especially when they’re adorned with your favorite video game characters? They’re versatile, too. Even if you’re not into wearing skirts, shorts, or dresses to show them off, these socks look great with a simple pair of jeans and some flats that expose just a hint of the pattern on …Read more

How to Change Any Bad Habit Using Game Mechanics

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on May 6, 2013
How to Change Any Bad Habit Using Game Mechanics

“If only I could read through all the books I own.” “If only I could get more work done in less time.” “If only I could lose weight.” Yup, those sound familiar. Sometimes it feels impossible to make a change. The good news is that I’ve done the research on how it can be easier. …Read more

Body Image in Tomb Raider — Lara Croft’s Changing Look

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 22, 2013
Body Image in Tomb Raider — Lara Croft’s Changing Look

Lara Croft of TOMB RAIDER fame is a video game icon. She was one of the first female protagonists in a gaming industry filled with women in supporting roles. And she has come a long way. Lara has a strikingly different look in the latest release of TOMB RAIDER. Her evolution of character development – both physical design and story depth – says something about how we see women in pop culture and society over the last two decades that transcends...Read more

Here’s What It Means To Be A Gamer

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 4, 2013
Here’s What It Means To Be A Gamer

A recent Nintendo campaign for their 3DS had a very puzzling tagline: a young female celebrity is caught playing the portable gaming device and proclaims, “My name is [insert celebrity name here] and I am not a gamer.” For example Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas:   The commercial is repeated with two TV actresses. How …Read more