Nerd Culture

In 1978 Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Chewbacca And R2-D2 came out as toys, the first ever Star Wars action figures. The box also contained a diorama display stand, some stickers, and a Star Wars fan club membership card. But in 2017, Carl Cunningham committed one of the biggest scandals in the collectible toy world. And while it happened only 2 years ago and caused such a ruckus within its community, a lot of fans never heard of it. Before his scandal, Cunningham was a trusted name among collectors. What could he have done to lose so much? It started with fellow collector Zach Tann and a very rare, very sought after figure. And Cunningham’s secret to how he obtained his rare finds…

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Yes, that’s in French.

Now that Disney owns Fox, properties formerly outside the umbrella are finally back where they belong. Fantastic Four and X-Men, primarily. And it’s only a matter of time before the MCU welcome their lost children back to the big screen. And fans have already been throwing out their casting choice. One Redditor gave a suggestion that’s gotten over 20k upvotes or fake internet points. But will you approve? Every Nerd has an opinion on who would be the best Doctor Doom. And even if they don’t have a suggestion, they have an opinion on other’s casting of Marvel’s First Family. But this is a solid list of proven actors that could easily embody these characters and usher the MCU into a bright new phase.

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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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