Luke Gallagher

  • Profile: Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nerd Bastards.com, Luke Gallagher - the love child of Michael Chikilis and Mr. Clean - can be found in Boston, Massachusetts, where he hopes to find continued inspiration and resonance in life through diversified, ambiguous, ambitions. He also wishes to have intimate relations with Christina Hendricks (a man can dream). He has been a professional wrestler, student of Jiu Jitsu, attempted body builder, aspiring actor and hot wings competitor. While genetically programmed to live life as a jock, he couldn't (mentally) be more opposite. His impressive action figure/collectible, comic book and DVD/Bluray collections, along with his love for cupcakes stimulate his nerd riddled thirst. "I am here to chew bubblegum and write stupid shit. And I'm all out of bubblegum." - Luke Gallagher Follow Luke on Twitter @NerdBastards

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Why Nerds Should Visit Vegas Today

Las Vegas attracts all kinds of folks every year. Some come for the gambling, others the nightlife and shows. Some, on the other hand, come for the opportunities to geek out!

Wait… what?

That’s right. Nestled between the seemingly endless casinos, nightclubs, and concert halls, there is a whole lot to do that’ll more than satisfy your inner nerd. Since this side of Sin City is often overlooked, we thought we’d share some of the best places to meet like-minded folks all across the shrine to hedonism that is Las Vegas.

The Nerd

The Nerd is an absolute must-visit for all geeks who find themselves in Las Vegas. Co-founder Nick Fotheringham says the idea behind this nightspot was to create the ultimate “anti-club atmosphere.”  That means elitism is left at the door – there are no celebrities out front whilst you struggle for a glimpse of stardom from behind a velvet rope. When The Nerd does bring in celebrities, they’re ones you’ll care about and they’re there to meet their fans. Think Comic Book convention that serves drinks!

Adorning the walls of The Nerd is various film, comic, and pro wrestling memorabilia. All of this further adds to the low-key, unpretentious vibes created by the owners. Guests are invited to enjoy bowling, billiards, and video games. There are also discounts for those attending in cosplay!

If you’re of a geeky disposition or just like a laid-back, non-pretentious place to escape the excitement of the strip, you can find The Nerd at 450 Fremont Street. It’s open from 7pm until 3am every day.

Arcades

Of course, Vegas is famous for its slot machines. It’s almost impossible to visit the city without running into one. However, gaming in Sin City needn’t require you pour stacks of cash into a one-armed bandit. One of the best ways for us geeks to unwind in Vegas is a trip to one of the many video games arcades.

There are loads to choose from too. There’s the Game Nest Arcade with its sea of classic titles, the Fremont Arcade which is conveniently located right next to the anti-club The Nerd, and the Press Start Gaming Center with its rammed schedule of gaming tournaments. These aren’t the only arcades in the city but they’re certainly some of the best. Each offers a slightly different take on the classic video games arcade theme. You’ll find a hugely impressive array of cabinets, consoles, and rhythm games spread out across the city in these meccas to gaming past and present. Most of the machines in the popular Vegas arcades are set to free play so an entry free will get you as much gaming action as you can handle!

 

A Gamer’s Paradise

If you’re looking for a suitably geeky souvenir from your time in Las Vegas, A Gamer’s Paradise might be just where to find it. It’s probably the city’s most well-stocked video game shop. You’ll discover endless shelves of classic titles for just about every system you can imagine.

If you’re looking for a particularly rare bit of kit, you’re highly likely to find it amongst the extensive catalogue of hardware. What’s more, the staff are committed to tracking down items they don’t stock too. If a particular title has eluded you and you have a trip to Vegas planned, give them a call. They might be able to get it in by the time you arrive!

A Gamer’s Paradise also offers a repair service for a plethora of different consoles. If your Atari 2600, Commodore 64, or Amiga 500 has a fault, bring it to the store. The staff are absolute masters and are confident they’ll be able to fix even the most obscure systems!

The Pinball Hall of Fame

Fancy yourself as a bit of a pinball wizard? Head down to the Pinball Hall of Fame at 1610 E. Tropicana. It’s part museum, part pinball arcade that spreads out over a massive 10,000 square feet. The idea behind the Pinball Hall of Fame is simple – to showcase the largest pinball machine collection on the planet (well, that’s open to the public, anyway).

Of course, the fun doesn’t come from looking at pinball machines, it’s all about playing them. That’s why every single title in the Pinball Hall of Fame is setup for the public to enjoy. If you’ve got a rare old favourite, it’s the ideal place to get reacquainted.

What makes the Pinball Hall of Fame truly special – particularly for Vegas – is the lack of profit seeking there. The focus is on the games themselves. That’s why they’re so meticulously restored. Components are replaced when the game would play better thanks to a new part, rather than when they strictly need it. What’s more, all additional profits after the staff take a wage and the machines are looking and playing their best are donated to charity.

Money hasn’t been wasted creating a grandiose space to showcase the collection either. There’s a distinctly low-key thrift-store feel to the joint. It’s unpretentious and welcoming – just like it should be!

In fact, the owner Tim commented about the Pinball Hall of Fame’s mission a couple of years ago:

“The minute we start becoming professional, it’s all gonna be about the dollars and it’s not gonna be about the games…  There’s no real economic reason for this to exist, or capitalism would’ve already built it.”

Get Your Geek on in the Casinos!

Finally, of course, a trip to Vegas would hardly be complete without setting foot in one of the many iconic casinos of the city. To us geeks, the idea of sitting at a blackjack table might not be the most riveting but don’t switch off just yet!

Hidden amongst the sea of slot machines found in every corner of the city of Vegas are many incredible homages to some of the movies best loved by those of us with a nerdy disposition.

Many test their skills online for free before they arrive. That’s not strictly necessary though. The best thing about slots is how accessible they are even to new players. Unlike most of the games we’re used to playing, skill isn’t strictly necessary. This means there’s more opportunity for gamers to enjoy the often-breath-taking visuals on impressive casino representations of Star Wars, Godzilla, Superman, Jaws, and Ghostbusters.

Of course, casinos are known for switching up their slot offerings frequently. Therefore, us providing a list of machines and the venue you’ll find each of them in is rather pointless. You’ll have to head out onto the floor for yourself and see what you can find!

The gift giving season is officially upon us! And let’s be honest. You either love it. Or it’s something you have to get through (heck, slamming ones genitals in a sliding door would be a preferable option to some). Either way, there’s no denying that the stress of finding something special for everyone.

So here’s a list of the very best selected finds from around the web to help you decide on the perfect little something for the nerd/geek in your life. Like, legit, the items below should make anyone’s nerdy bits tingle with joy. If they don’t well, we don’t know what to tell you… other than you’re dead inside (you gosh darn Grinch, you!).  (more…)

So… cosplayers, right? There are thousands of them out there out there all dressed up in their fanciest, and often elaborate costumes showing off their love and support of pop culture’s biggest (and oftentimes most obscure) icons. Sadly, playing dress up is beyond the capability of most fan-boys and girls who’s sewing and craft skills are limited to folded paper pirate hats and projects that only require some well-placed duct tape. For the lazy, the cheap, and the not so clothing craft inclined, there is a company that is offering stylistic jackets to help you feel/look like a hero without all the hassle.  (more…)

Sometimes it’s hard to speak as a man. However, just because I am not “a part” of an affected group doesn’t mean I don’t have empathy.

In the wake of ousted sexual predator and now former powerful producer Harvey Weinstein, comes hordes of women sharing the two heaviest little words in history – #MeToo.

A rally cry started by Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss? She da boss!) to encourage woman to speak up and speak out – a showing of solidarity for all those who have been sexual assaulted in their lives. As of this posting that hashtag has gone viral with an astounding 12M Facebook posts and counting.  (more…)

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The NeverEnding Story (1984) is a rare breed. There’s not many fantasy films and even less that are as good as The NeverEnding Story. It’s a beautiful film. The music is brilliant (hear The NeverEnding Story song and good luck getting it out of your head) and the story is magical. The lush scenery, sets, use of practical effects, and, of course, the colorful cast of memorable characters were so wildly imaginative and spellbinding. Least not bit of all, the message behind this film. That message being “to keep fantasy alive”. Without our dreams, without imagination, without a heart, without caring for others… humanity basically doesn’t have a reason to exist, we would be we would nothing (just like the evil force in the movie). Given that geek culture is all those things, that message evokes such a moving and  lasting impression.

30 plus years later, you may be interested to know these 7 facts about The NeverEnding Story. (more…)

It’s been months since there’s been any substantial news regarding Captain Marvel, the first female solo film outta Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. But today, as one might have assumed they would, Marvel gave a little something something during their panel at San Diego Comic Con. And by a little something, we’re talking an unexpected (and legally confounding) alien race, as well an interesting timeline in the MCU.  (more…)

Life is like a hurricane in Duckberg, and nobody knows it better than Scrooge McDuck; the millionaire codger was a  character children fell in love with while watching Disney’s Saturday morning classic, DuckTales. The show premiered in 1987, and was so successful that it led to a feature film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, and two highly successful video games (one of which was remastered not too long ago). DuckTales (and spin-offs DarkWing Duck and Quack Pack) has since remained a nerdy fan favorite (even resulting in some disturbing deconstructions). Last year, Disney realized how sorely the franchise was missed, and moved ahead to revive the show with a reboot on Disney XD. Now the time for nostalgia is nearly at hand. Disney has released the shows updated theme song, new images, and a premier date!  (more…)

Hey, do you remember Pinball – those coffin-shaped boxes where you hit a silver ball around a chaotic playfield? If you thought this game of skill died out in the 90’s, you’d be wrong. Sure, Pinball machines are no longer as prevalent in arcades, bowling alleys, or bars as they once were; but the culture of Pinball is alive and well. Despite the staggering decline in pinball gaming, new machines are being made all the time. Particularly to promote pop movie and television licenses; with such titles as: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Avengers, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters and more.

If the Force isn’t strong in pinball, how about this… Stern Pinball has announced that it is making a special 40th anniversary Star Wars pinball machine!  (more…)