Nerd Culture

 

It was bound to happen. When Captain Marvel released, fans and trolls alike were going to compare the movie, the hero, and the actress, to it’s DC counterpart, Wonder Woman. Who could beat who in a fight? Who had the better film? The first two female-led superhero movies of both the MCU and the DCU were going to cause some comparing and contrasting. That’s nerdom. That’s what we do. It’s what we’ve done since the beginning of time. We pit heroes against each other in faux-battles with arbitrary conditions when we all know that if said heroes ever met, they’d fight for a minute, realize they were on the same side, and then team up. Just like they always do. There would be no “winner” unless it was the both ladies against whatever villain was handy. 95% of the time, it’s all in good fun. But the other 5%? When it becomes toxic, misogynistic, unconstructive, belittling, bad-mouthing bullying? What steps need to be taken to check ourselves and what can we as nerds, as human beings, do to make our fandoms happier places?

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Today, there is no doubt that gamers rule the YouTube world.

Over the years, gamers have taken advantage of the fact that people who aspire to be Pro Gamers spend a lot of time on this video platform. Therefore, they upload their play-through and commentary videos, which has helped them build solid fan bases. Renowned gamers such as PewDiePie, The Willyrex, Markiplier, DanTDM, and Jacksepticeye have reached insane levels of popularity, with tens of millions of subscribers. Apart from having a huge following, they also make millions of bucks as a result.

With this in mind, you want to hop on this bandwagon and become one of the most celebrated gamers of all time.

Believe in yourself, work hard, have passion, and practice perseverance, there is no doubt that you will realize your dream in no time.

But there is one stumbling block that stands your way.

You are a student, and you cannot drop out along the way. You have to balance school and gaming. Considering that it’s your passion, you, of course, want to make some bucks out of it. How can you do this?

Here are tips that will help you create a balance between earning as a gamer and studying:

1.  Choose a quiet place to study

You have hundreds of shooting games on your laptop, a few consoles on your study table, a simulator at the far corner of your bedroom, and hundreds of games in your phone. With all these distractions that have the potential to generate revenue at your disposal, rest assured that you cannot concentrate on your studies.

Therefore, choose a quiet place where you can concentrate fully on your studies. You can go to the community library, or better still, you can go to another room within your premise, and remember not to carry your smartphone!

After you’ve done your studies for the day, go back to your room and do what you do best – gaming!

2. Limit your gaming time

Even the best YouTube gamers known don’t spend all their day gaming. They set a daily limit for themselves, and create time to concentrate on everything else!

Here is what you should do. Set a schedule and stick to it. Don’t spend all your time playing on PS4, remember that you have exams to prepare for, and homework to complete.

Devote some time to find great resources and add them to your academic arsenal. Instead of using your laptop or smartphone only for gaming, use them to get thesis ideas that will help you a great deal in your graduation journey.

3. Get help with your studies instead of gaming

Some people think that playing games to earn money is more important than their education. That is where they go wrong!

Remember, even if you do not need your studies to make a living, never underestimate its power.

Therefore, whenever you buy some gear that will help you advance your gaming skills, don’t forget to find a reliable academic service and order admission help, this will save you a lot of time and make your application process easier.

As you chat pro gamers in a bid to get tips and hacks on how to become a gaming success, remember to call your tutors and join online platforms that will help you in your quest for academic excellence.

4. Choose your games prudently

We cannot shun away from the fact that some games last longer than others. For this reason, when you have exams, concentrate only on those that you can complete faster and have time to focus on your studies. However, when your assignments become too difficult for you to comprehend, you can always get the help of the top writers at topadmissionessay.com

5. Avoiding gaming addiction for better grades

If you are addicted to gaming, concentrating on school work can prove to be a vicious cycle. Therefore, you need to avoid it by following these steps:

 

  • Accept responsibility

 

The first step towards fighting gaming addiction is to understand that it lies within your mind and not the game itself. Accept that it exists in you so that you can proceed to the next step.

 

  • Analyze the impact

 

Have you asked yourself: How many hours do I spend playing games and making YouTube videos? What was the last time you completed your school assignments on time? When you identify these adverse impacts, you will be able to focus on positive things that will help you focus on your studies.

 

  • Stay positive, set limits, and find a solution!

 

Don’t blame yourself for your addiction. Accept that you have a problem, be confident that you will change for the better, and when you find out that the problem is easy for you to handle, you’ll understand how to find the balance.  When you do this, there is no reason why you cannot overcome addiction and strike a balance between gaming and studying.

6. Can you be a full-time gamer and still study?

Based on the information discussed above, it is evident that it is hard to concentrate on your gaming and still study. Therefore, your goal is to be a full-time gamer and excel in your studies. You can choose one or balance both!

Even though gaming pays well, it is wise to balance gaming and schooling. When you are through with your studies, you can decide to play full time and become one of the best YouTube gamers of all time or find yourself a job and build a career. Nonetheless, don’t dive too deep in gaming and remember that you have a life in the real world to live. Best of luck!

Don’t you love it when nerdy things you love collide? Sometimes they collide in the most fun ways. The kids from Stranger Things start their first season of the show by playing Dungeons & Dragons, coming across an evil Demogorgon in their periless adventure. Fans of the table-top roleplaying game (TTRPG) always love seeing their hobby featured in TV shows. Especially when they become as wildly popular as Stranger Things has become. Well, now the tables have turned. Where once they got our TTRPG in their TV, now we’re getting their TV in our TTRPG as Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro brings us the very adventure that Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will go on that heralds the foreshadowing of their real-life misadventure.

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If you’re not following Gail Simone on Twitter, you should really re-evaluate your life choices. The Comic Book Diva reigns supreme on the social media site, trolling dudebros and inciting hilarious discussions. For those not in the know, Gail Simone has written amazing books like Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Red Sonja and Tomb Raider. But her greatest accomplishment may be the latest ruckus she’s caused on Twitter. Calling out name brands to chime in on the greatest debate of all time, bigger than Pepsi or Coke, more dividing than Horde or Alliance, more important than any political election held to date, Gail Simone asks brands to draw a line in the sand and choose a side – Marvel or DC?

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The vast majority of us grew up on Sesame Street. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, The Count, Snuffy, Oscar The Grouch, they helped raise us one half-hour a day at a time. So when we see our childhood heroes do things or say things out of character, it can be a bit jarring. Like dropping the F-bomb during an episode. Grover seemingly did just that, and the internet couldn’t believe their ears. Did our beloved, silly, over-the-top Grover finally lose it? Or are we projecting what we want to hear onto our familiar fictional felt-covered fellows?

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NASA is known for being bad-asses who fly spaceships and satellites through space, landing rovers on distant planets, and occasionally being funny as hell on the internet. And after fans cry out for NASA to “Save Tony Stark” in the wake of the Avengers: Endgame trailer. NASA took to Twitter, tagging Marvel and Avengers with advice. Robert Downey Jr. replies and suddenly the trolls and bots on Twitter don’t matter. Few places on the internet can you find such wonderful, fun, entertaining interaction between government entities, entertainment companies, and celebrity actors.

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Here’s Stan “The Man” Lee. Because Bill Maher doesn’t deserve to have his face on NerdBastards.

On November 17, 2018, Politically Incorrect talk show how host, Bill Maher took to his website to post a blog entry on the death of Stan Lee and the world’s reaction to losing the champion of comic books and imagination. Mr. Maher spent three paragraphs belittling comic book readers, specifically adult readers. He went on in his tirade of insults, reducing Stan Lee’s work and his impact on society as “using our smarts on stupid stuff”.

Does Maher have a point? Does any of his argument hold water? Or is he an out-of-touch, pompous blowhard trying to get some clicks on his website by riding on the coattails of the death of a man far greater than he’ll ever be?

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It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully relay the news that Stan Lee has passed. Stan was 95 with reported health issues including hearing loss, loss of vision and fights with pneumonia. Stan Lee was a co-founder of Marvel Comics and created many heroes loved the world over, instantly recognizable even by people who aren’t fans of the comics or the movies. There’s no escaping Stan Lee’s influence on the world he leaves behind.

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Blizzard hosts one of the biggest gaming conventions every year with their annual Blizzcon. Blizzcon gives us updates and sneak peeks into some of the nerdoms favorite titles; World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. There’s many panels, games, merch, and it’s all a bit dizzying for even the most hardcore fan. What’s new? What’s next? What’s good and what’s a letdown? NerdBastards is here to break down the 5 biggest announcements from Blizzcon 2018 and give you insight into what to expect from the future of Blizzard Entertainment.

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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!