Nerd Culture

 

Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) is the latest game in the violently amusing fighter franchise Mortal Kombat, by developer NetherRealm Studios. This latest entry in the blood soaked Mortal Kombat saga that was one of the games responsible for the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994, is both ambitious, and possibly innovative. Though NetherRealm has been very tightlipped about MK11, the few details that are available indicate that the company has made many changes from their previous games including some nostalgia inducing reintroductions to former competitors in the franchise. Here is a list of 11 things you should know about Mortal Kombat 11 before it’s release on April 23rd.

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The yearly Star Wars Celebration, the huge convention in Chicago, for those unfamiliar with it, is here and with it, there’s plenty of new merchandise out.  Some of these items are exclusive to the con and, thus, are sure to become collectibles.  From mugs to pins to plushes there’s a lot to take in, so consider this your guide to the new merch and what to snap up while you can. (more…)

We all have that one nerd that’s hard to buy for. You never know what to get them, what they have or don’t have, or what might be that perfect gift. Or maybe you’re looking to splurge for yourself, spoil your inner nerd, ‘treat yo self!’ a little. What better way to complete any of these missions than by a subscription? Some come in boxes while others are services. You could gift by the year or by the month. Here are some of the best subscriptions for that unique nerd in your life! Even if that nerd is you.

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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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Even Batman loves a good, nerdy podcast!

Maybe you’ve found some time on your hands. Maybe you like to listen to something other than talk-radio on your drive to work, lunch break, or traffic-laden drive home. Maybe you need something new for the office radio. Or perhaps you just love the sweet, sweet sound of nerds talking. Whatever the case, you’re wondering about nerd-centric podcasts to add to your life. What better than CELEBRITY nerd podcasts??? We’ve collected podcasts by names nearly every nerd knows that you need to be introduced to today. So, dive into 5 nerd podcasts to add to your playlist and get listening!

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Since the Nintendo Switch release in early 2017, more and more creative, colorful games have been developed to fit the console. While many of these games also have PC releases, they complement perfectly the whimsical and fun aesthetic of the Switch. One of those games in Wandersong, a unique puzzle platformer with one hell of a musical heart. (more…)

Geek And Sundry brings together nerdy celebrities to play Dungeons and Dragons for our amusement. With the latest installment of CelebriD&D, Geek And Sundry brought in Terry Crews to join fan-favorite nerds from Nerdist and Critical Role in a World of Warcraft-themed session of Dungeons and Dragons to celebrate Blizzard’s latest expansion release, Battle for Azeroth. Who are these nerds and what characters did they play? Where can you watch all the action?

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It was recently announced, that Hasbro will be producing a massive 4ft Playset of Jabba’s sail barge from Star Wars Return of the Jedi and selling it at a not no modest price of $499.99.  It will be the most expansive action figure sets Hasbro has released in their history of making Star Wars merchandise. The pending release of this vast vehicle has toy enthusiast all a flutter and feeling very nostalgic. Imagine being a kid in the 80’s and having such a monumental play thing for your action figures?  Well, no need to imagine… ’cause the 80’s were awesome. That decade was the pinnacle era for action figures and the vehicles and toysets to go with them.  Some had one, some had all, and others had none but here’s a trip down memory lane to remember the biggest and best action figure playsets from the 80’s.

Oh, and for anyone that may still own one or more of these plastic marvels, may be entitled to a windfall of cash.  (more…)