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

The Best April Fools Video Game Jokes to Play on Your Friends

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 1, 2013
The Best April Fools Video Game Jokes to Play on Your Friends

Ah, the beginning of spring. The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and you’re thinking of how to fool your friends on April 1st. Here’s a little video game inspiration to add some variety to your list. Strategically-placed in-game pranks Sometimes all you need is a multiplayer online game, a few in-game props, and a …Read more

WWII Pin-up Style Meets Modern-Day Feminism in D.C. Bombshells Series

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on March 22, 2013
WWII Pin-up Style Meets Modern-Day Feminism in D.C. Bombshells Series

Pinup girls on the side of bomber planes are iconic symbols of World War II America. The pouty lips! The flirty winks! The playful poses! Enough of that sweet and delicate stuff. What if they were transformed into superwomen and were ready to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the men? D.C. Comics answers with their Bombshells figurine …Read more

Emerald City ComiCon 2013: Costume Roundup

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on March 6, 2013
Emerald City ComiCon 2013: Costume Roundup

What a whirlwind weekend at Emerald City ComiCon! Whether you live too far from Seattle to attend or you couldn’t buy tickets before they sold out, I was pounding the pavement to bring you some of my highlights. (Thanks to Brian Fioca for snapping this photo of me.) Here’s a hand-picked collection of the costumes …Read more

17 Geek Conventions You Must Attend Before You Die

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on March 4, 2013
17 Geek Conventions You Must Attend Before You Die

Think about what gets you excited. You know, what do you love to do so much that you stay up until 1am on a work night thinking about, talking about on the Internet with friends, or building? Awesome. Now, have you been to a convention about it? It’s definitely not a requirement to be a …Read more

Win a Chance to Wear the Internet on Your Face with Google Glass

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on February 21, 2013
Win a Chance to Wear the Internet on Your Face with Google Glass

Last year Google unveiled its latest foray into life-embedded technology: Internet glasses. Well, “glass,” to be exact. Google Glass is one square that hovers unobtrusively in the top right corner of your field of view and displays practically anything you can cull from the Internet. And now you can be one of the first to …Read more

10 Geeky Valentine’s Day Gifts to Express Your Love

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on February 11, 2013
10 Geeky Valentine’s Day Gifts to Express Your Love

Every day is a geek celebration with your honey. I really don’t think you need an excuse like Valentine’s Day to acquire these symbols of geeky love. But since it’s that time of year and I had an excuse to go shopping for you, let’s revel in the awesomeness that is hand-made Amor del Empollón …Read more