Tag Archives: Video Games

The Demise of the Video Game Review

A few months ago I warned against the holiday video game buying spree.  Since then I ran across this article from BGR.com and this one from Rockpapershotgun.com which gave similar warnings against blindly purchasing games.  The writers of these pieces advise their readers to never pre-order games because it is leading to an unhealthy consumer environment.  I found their perspective to be mostly accurate, but I think that the situation requires a little more clarification, which is why I am addressing it here. Continue reading

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Guest Blog | Press Pause to Continue

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of conversation, anger, and frustration centered in the geek gamer world regarding perceptions of women.  This culminated in a denouement yesterday when several celebrity women were victimized when their nude photos became available for anyone to see online.  The geek community has a problem and we owe it to each other as members to have an honest, respectful conversation.

Unfortunately all the noise, emotion, and anger make it difficult to process through these issues because nuance is involved and it’s hard for someone Hulk-raging into their final form to process anything subtle.  So let’s hit pause for just a moment and look at the issues. Continue reading

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Editorial | Tips for Geeking on a Budget

Whether it is due to situational circumstances (i.e. being a college student) or just a personal preference, everyone likes to save money.  Let’s be honest, being a geek can get expensive.  Whether it is cosplay, shelf porn, comic book collecting, or hardcore video gaming, most geeky hobbies can quickly end up costing serious cash.  With this in mind, here is a list of Therefore I Geek’s favorite ways to save money.

10.)Avid video gamers know the drill already:  Steam sales are the way to go!  Steam is a gaming and digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation that has a little over 3,000 titles available and has blowout sales several times per year.  Although it is common knowledge that Steam’s biggest sales are in summer (June/July) and at the holidays (December/January), with a couple of smaller sales in the autumn and sometimes near Halloween, the exact sale dates are not released very long in advance.  The best advice would be to save a little extra right before these times to be prepared to stock up for the intervening months.2014-steam-summer-sale-day-2

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Around the Web April 11, 2014

In a rather surprising announcement yesterday, Comixology announced that they are becoming a subsidiary of Amazon. The digital comics outlet has made quite the name for itself the last few years, and even has the distinction of being the highest grossing non-game app in the iTunes store. It’s currently unclear what this acquisition will ultimately mean for users, but details will likely be coming soon.

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While I’m a fan of both companies, I do get concerned when too many things that I enjoy get clustered under one company. There is always a risk of the market being run by edict instead of by competition to be the best service.

Over the last couple decades there has been a consistent push to blame violent video games for the various violent events that occur in real life, such as the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook shootings.  While events such as these are tragedies to be certain, it is wholly incorrect to blame video games for the actions of these deranged individuals. In a recent article by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund  two more studies to the existing mountain of evidence to support the fact that violent video games do not increase violent tendencies in individuals.

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In the end, the only “evidence” to support the idea that video games cause violence, is anecdotal, which is, in fact, not evidence of any sort.

There has been some speculation lately about the fate of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and whether or not the show will get a second season. I think it’s safe to say that the show hasn’t been performing quite as well either ABC or Marvel would like, but that is not to say that the show isn’t performing. It has the highest ratings of any ABC show that night, it is not too far below the network’s average, and to be fair, they’re directly competing with N.C.I.S. which is one of the highest rated shows on TV right now. In all likelihood we will get at least one more season out of the show and if the ratings can turn around, maybe more.

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Hopefully the end of the season will gain some last minute momentum, thanks in part to its tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Webcomics are a wonderful thing. Personally, I start off my day by reading several rather enjoyable ones. The only real problem is that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them, especially the ones that come out daily. For those of you who have this issue, here’s a list of 17 webcomics that have wrapped up their runs and are available for you to read at your leisure. Among them is Starslip, which is one of my personal favorites, and 8-Bit Theater by Atomic Robo’s Brian Clevinger.

 

 

 

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