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Top 6 Arcade Games of All Time

Nostalgia touches us all from time to time, especially when it comes to the video games of our youth. The simple innocence of old school arcade halls filled with flashing boxes and rowdy kids with pockets full of change is in stark contrast to the cold couch-sitting we do today to play games.

It’s this ache for the past which led us to write this article listing the best arcade games from the past. These games look simple by today’s standards, but we think they’re every bit as fun to play.  (more…)

This year most of the big names for movies this summer are either sequels or remakes with some original ideas mixed in. The good news is that many of the sequels look pretty great. The bad news is the remakes don’t look so great.

Regardless, there’s plenty of reasons to go to the theater this summer. Endgame certainly isn’t the only big name movie this year.

June

There are a lot of big releases in June like Men in Black: International (June 14), Child’s Play (June 21), and Annabelle Comes Home (June 25). If you feel like seeing the originals in drive-through setting visit this site.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (June 7)

Continuing the down the path of the current X-Men universe we get another shot at Jean Grey and her evolution into the Dark Phoenix. It’s one of the most popular arcs in X-Men and the last time she was on screen she had to share with the anti-mutant drug plotline.

This time around she isn’t sharing the spotlight. Dark Phoenix is all about Jean’s inner struggle with the Phoenix Force. And judging by the trailers she seems to enjoy the violence more and more as the film goes on.

The Dead Don’t Die (June 14)

While there’s no lack of zombie movies out there it’s been a few years since a good comedy. The Dead Don’t Die is looking to be closer to Shaun of the Dead than Zombieland with more dry wit and toned-down jokes.

Bill Murray fights the undead instead of impersonating them and Adam Driver wastes no time saying the “Z” word. Other big names like Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, and Iggy Pop join in as townsfolk or zombies.

Toy Story 4 (June 20)

Even if we thought the last one was a great way to end the franchise, someone wanted another one. Toy Story 4 will feature a fork’s existential crisis, Woody and Bo Peep reuniting, and all of the sneaky toy antics from the previous installments. Hopefully, it does can hit the high marks from the other movies but doesn’t make us cry like the last one.

July

July adds two more highly anticipated Disney productions with Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2) and the remake of The Lion King (July 19). Here are some other movies that aren’t as well advertised.

Midsommar (July 2)

If you liked Wickerman and The Witch you’ll probably dig this. Some friends go to a rural festival in Sweden where stuff gets freaky. There’s drugs, blood, animal sacrifices, and maypoles.

Stuber (July 12)

It’s like Collateral but the other way around, a detective forces his Uber driver to help him solve crimes. Dave Bautista reprises his role as Drax but without the full body makeup and replaces his knives with guns. Kumail Nanjiani does his best as a clumsy driver and shoots a dude.

Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (July 26)

Tarantino returns with another seedy movie about some not so wholesome folks. This time Brad Pitt plays Leonardo DiCaprio’s stunt double and the two deal with the decline of Hollywood and their careers. It looks dirty and depressing but knowing Tarantino it should be fun.

August

Summer’s winding down but there are still some movies left to see. Dora and The Lost City of Gold (August 2) might be a neat live-action adaptation of a kid show. The Nightingale (August 2) had a previous festival screening and is now coming to theaters.

Hobbs & Shaw (August 2)

The Fast & Furious franchise can be pretty divisive, you either love it or hate it. But it certainly has its place in the action pantheon.

As a spinoff of the main series, we now follow Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as they try to stop a physically enhanced Idris Elba. It might be dumb fun, but at least it’s fun.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 9)

Scary Stories is like Goosebumps darker cousin, and just like the Goosebumps movie, the monsters show up when kids read the book. But between corpses, spider-zits, and other ghoulish creatures it definetly has a darker tone. Guillermo del Toro is on the crew so expect some freaky looking monsters.

Good Boys (August 16)

It’s made by the same guys as Superbad, and it looks and sounds just like it. Three sixth graders get into hijinks involving drugs, parties, and their parent’s sex toys. Good Boys may make you reconsider having kids by the end of it.

Make Sure to Catch These Movies this Summer

It’s been an up and down year for movies. Some have been everything we wanted, while others ended up pretty lame. There are a lot of other movies this summer so keep up with our movie articles, just be careful not to get spoiled by reviews.  

Are you a gamer? Perhaps you own a few consoles?

There’s nothing wrong with that. After all, gaming is a great way for us to relax and de-stress. Whoever says they’re a waste of time has no idea what they’re talking about!

The next time someone says that to you, tell them that there are actually many benefits to gaming. Sure, addiction is a possibility, but that doesn’t really apply to most of us.

Want to know about the positive effects of playing video games? If so, you’ve landed on the right page!

We’ll be going over some benefits below. Keep reading to learn more!

Different Types of Video Games

You probably know this already if you’re a gamer, but there are tons of different video games out there.

I’m talking about genres. For instance, there are action games, roleplaying games, puzzle games, sports games, and simulation games. Which one is your favorite?

Massively multiplayer online games, also known as MMOs, have also exploded in popularity over the past decade. Surely, you’ve heard of them before? You know, games like Diablo and World of Warcraft?

There are lots of sites out there that let you connect with other MMO players—LFG Destiny is one such example. 

What Are the Effects of Playing Video Games? 8 Benefits of Gaming

Let’s face it—excessive gaming can be harmful. But there are benefits to casual play. Here’s what you need to know.

1. It Can Slow Down Aging

The truth is, video games have the potential of slowing down aging. Play something regularly and your memory, reflexes, and processing speed can improve!

In one study, seniors who played Rise of Nations, a real-time strategy game had improved cognition, reasoning, and memory. 

2. It Can Improve Your Hand-Eye Coordination

What’s hand-eye coordination? It’s the ability to track hand movements with the eyes. You need it for many things such as reading and writing. It’s also important when it comes to playing your favorite sports!

According to one study, people who play action games regularly, such as first-person shooters, have better visuomotor control.

This really shouldn’t be surprising—after all, these games require them to react quickly and accurately to whatever’s happening on the screen!

3. It Can Help Fight Depression

As much as we’d hate to admit it, depression is a big problem—especially among teens. According to the NIMH, 3.2 million adolescents have had at least one depressive episode in the U.S.

It turns out, though, that playing video games can be somewhat of a cure. That’s right, tell that to your parents and they won’t be able to say no to your gaming!

In 2012, researchers conducted a study with a fantasy game that’s designed to be therapeutical. 

The result? Those who played the game were much more likely to recover from depression than those who received plain counseling.

4. It Can Help to Relieve Pain

Believe it or not but video games can actually help with pain. Think about it—it’s a great distraction. It’ll take your mind off whatever’s hurting you. 

Virtual reality games, in particular, are effective. In other words, it can be a great option for those with chronic illnesses.

In fact, some video games might be even more effective than medication—this is especially true for kids.

5. It Can Improve Focus

Playing video games can do a lot of things. For instance, it can improve your focus. 

In one study, changes in brain activity were detected in those who played League of Legends for one hour. 

What does that mean? It means that playing games, even if it’s just for a little bit, can boost your attention skills. More research is still needed at this point in time, though.

6. It Can Reduce Stress

Gaming is one of the greatest ways to relieve stress—it lets you escape the pressures of everyday life. After all, no one can tell you what to do in the game world!

Not all games have the same effect, though—some are better for stress than others. For example, cooperative games, such as MMOs, can give you a sense that you’re supported by many people. 

Casual games are fantastic for unwinding too! You know, ones like Candy Crush, Flappy Bird, and Tetris? Admit it—you’ve probably played some of those before. 

7. It Can Help You Stay Active

Not all video games involve sitting around. Some titles are designed to mimic low-impact exercises. I’m talking about games like Wii Fit and Wii Sports! Remember how popular they were when they first came out?

It might not be the same as going to the gym, but it’s much better than sitting on the couch for many hours!

In fact, many retirement homes offer these games to their residents—it’s a fun way to stay active, after all. Even physiotherapists use them as a form of rehabilitation!

8. It Can Help With Dyslexia

Have you ever heard of dyslexia? It’s a learning disorder that affects your ability to read and write. It can be quite frustrating, especially for children and teens.

As it turns out, however, playing video games can actually help with the condition!

How? By improving their reading skills. Does this surprise you? After all, most games do require some reading.

Gaming Isn’t Just Mindless Fun

As you can see, there are many positive effects of playing video games. Now you can argue back the next time someone tells you to put away your console!

Which video game has helped you? Let us know in the comments below!

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The talk of a Namor film has been going on for ages; way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing. The Namor: The Sub-Mariner film has had elite director’s such as Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) and Philip Kaufman (Quills, Henry & June) dating all the way back to 1997. The 90’s?! The main barrier holding the film back this whole time is that Universal, not Marvel Studios, held the rights to the character. But on a recent Kevin Smith Podcast, Fatman On Batman, Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada made a mention that the rights had finally reverted back to Marvel. While there has been no confirmation from Marvel regarding Quesada’s news bomb it has not stopped the internet from wanting a Namor, but who could play him? (more…)

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Whether you’re obsessed with Kylo Ren petulance, are spending sleepless nights going over the actual cost of maintenance of the Starkiller, or simply just coming down from the hype high, you are probably reaching the same conclusion as everyone else: Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be a fun movie, but it’s far from perfect. George Lucas recently threw his hat into the ring, when he was asked about his opinion on Episode VII, and according to the grandpappy of the Force, it’s not all good. (more…)

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With the hype slowly slowing down into manageable levels for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans are  returning from their repeat-viewing of the film abd asking “Wait, where did Kylo Ren get that near-mint condition Vader funerary pyre collectible anyway?” Apparently, the story lies in the newly expanded universe of Star Wars fiction, specifically in Delilah S. Dawson‘s short story The Perfect Weapon.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS INFESTED WITH EPISODE 7 SPOILERS. DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU. (more…)

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Every day, the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Oh, crafty! Get yourself a kit to build this adorable Malcolm Reynold papercraft created by Argentine artist Gus Santome – complete with Serenity! – when you buy $25 or more of Firefly merch from QMx. [Nerd Approved] (more…)

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Every day, the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Now let’s see who Godzilla really is… what? BATMAN!? Get more action figure hijinks over at gigabeetle.tumblr.com. [Nerd Approved] (more…)

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Every day, the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: These are artist Butcher Billy‘s designs for a collection of superhero brews. And if you notice, each is based on a character known for knocking back more than a few. [Geeks Are Sexy] (more…)

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Every day, the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Typically, I’d be against flashing a pair of panties in your face so early in the day, but these are some damn adorable Stormtrooper undies! Huh.. that’s a sentence I never imagined I’d type. Anyway, grab a pair on Etsy! [Fashionably Geek] (more…)