Your Video Games Are Manipulating You

Grand Theft Auto V TrevorVideo games are a psychologically manipulative medium. I’m fine with that for the most part, but I’m aware of the fact that I spend a huge chunk of my game time being manipulated.

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Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger – The GeekParty Review

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon CheeseburgerImage source: Wendy’s official website

There’s a cheeseburger fever going around, and we seem to have caught it at GeekParty. I even wrote a full review of Burger King’s Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger.

I have once again decided to let my body deal with all the toxins I put into it to review a second fast food cheeseburger today. This one is the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy’s.

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Dear Naughty Dog, the Uncharted Series Needs an Entire Game about Nathan Drake’s Butt

Nate's Uncharted ButtI’m the first to point out that I don’t much care for modern gaming (except for the games I do care about). Thus, I don’t own a PS3, which is the only console on which you can find the Uncharted series. (For now, anyway.) And of course, I’ve never played a single Uncharted game, either, though I have played Uncharted‘s disturbed little brother The Last of Us.

But that might change if Naughty Dog makes a game all about Nathan Drake’s butt.

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GeekParty Is Making Me Hungry

Burger King's Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger - The GeekParty ReviewSweet mother of everything burger-related, GeekParty has been making me hungry today! It seems today’s articles have been geared towards one goal, and one goal alone: to torture me with greasy, burgery goodness. Just look at the above image and tell me it doesn’t make you hungry. [Read more...]

Skullgirls, EVO, and How Pick and Choose Popular Games

SkullgirlsWhen Skullgirls was first released, Adam “Keits” Heart asked Mr. Wizard, Joey Cuellar — in an episode of Wakeup SRK — why the game wasn’t going to be featured at the EVO 2012 tournament. The reason was that the game was coming out too close to EVO, and he wasn’t even sure if it would have enough support for a tournament.

Meanwhile, Street Fighter X Tekken came out around the same time Skullgirls did, and it had an official EVO tournament. [Read more...]

Burger King’s Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger – The GeekParty Review

Burger King's Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger - The GeekParty ReviewImage source: Burger King official site

We gamers can be a bit gluttonous at times.

We’re stereotypically notorious for eating Doritos by the truckfull and having Mountain Dew pumped into our bloodstream via IV. Yes, it’s a stupid stereotype, but it’s inescapable at this point. In the eyes of the general public, gaming and junk food are like ketchup and mustard, like gravy and mashed potatoes, like peanut butter and chocolate, like food and more food…

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Hashtag Soup: Twitter Embraces the “Thor Is Now Snortblat” Movement

Thor on TwitterIt was recently announced that longtime Marvel Comics staple (and wielder of a hammer with an impossible-to-pronounce name) Thor would be replaced by a woman. A commenter on an article about this topic over at The Mary Sue decided to rename Male Thor (or Old-Thor) Snortblat.

Turns out, the Internet embraced it (as did GeekParty). There’s even a Twitter hashtag now, which means our Hashtag Soup column is making a glorious return.

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Don’t Be Stupid: The Definition of Clickbait

Alcoholic Luigi's Postcards from MetaCon 2013Welcome, Lords and Ladies, to the first installment of “Don’t Be Stupid,” a series in which I use my Rev. Nate Turner pen name for its intended purpose — namely, yelling at people for being stupid.

Today, we’re talking about the word “clickbait.”

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eSports Is Held Back by Lack of Professionalism

Tipsy Pixels Brings Street Fighter 2 to the Triple RockFor eSports, the holy grail would be to be treated like a “real” sport.

By sheer numbers eSports is a very lucrative business venture. Huge events, like the recently broadcast EVO, rival the average viewership of some ESPN properties.

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University of Minnesota Offers New Course in Video Game Journalism

Glitch - University of MinnesotaOur friends at Glitch Gaming have been busy working with Professor Seth Lewis at the University of Minnesota to educate students interested in careers in video games. It’s been announced that a brand new course — Journalism 1501 – Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce — is opening up next semester, and this course will largely revolve around the wonderful world of video games.

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