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…)
Steve Ekstrom is a writer, editor, letterer, and Indie comic producer. He has successfully Kickstarted projects, worked as a journalist for nerdy news outlets, and started his own indie comics studio, Imminent Press.
NerdBastards.com had a chance to talk with Steve about his career in comics, his love for writing, and his experiences in the indie comic scene, and it is fair to say that we learned a lot. Please enjoy this next installment in our ongoing series of interviews with indie comic creators. (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.
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 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.
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.
Rick Stafford is a cosplayer with a wide range of charters that he brings to life, but he is most known for his many variations of DC Comics’ heroic defender of the deep, Aquaman. Rick dons the green & gold to attend cons and volunteers to visit sick children in hospitals. He has attended numerous charity events, and conventions to inspire the hero in all of us.
Like any true hero, Rick has had to overcome some extremely difficult obstacles in his life. Some of these obstacles would have broken weaker men, yet Rick continues to preserver, moving forward with the strength and endurance of the indomitable characters he brings to life through his cosplays.
We at NerdBastards had a chance to talk with this real life hero and learn what motivates him to cosplay and volunteer so much of his time to others.
Mad Cave Studios is an indie comic book company on the rise. With titles like Honor & Curse, Midnight Task Force, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, and their flagship title Battlecats, Mad Cave is making a name for itself and taking its place as a respectable indie brand in the comic community. The company repeatedly creates new and diverse titles to captivate its’ readers. No two titles in the Mad Cave line-up are the same, making their books more accessible to a wider audience.
The MADMAN behind this ambitious indie company and the writer for the majority of its titles is Mark London. His MAD dreams and visions have shaped Mad Cave Studios into a forward-thinking company that prides itself on quality storytelling and beautifully expressive art. We had a chance to talk with Mark about Mad Cave Studios, writing comics, the indie scene, and the future for himself, and his company. (more…)
Standing six foot, nine inches, Jake Estrada truly is a giant among men. With his catch phrase, “We can do this!”, and his positive encouragement of indie creators, Jake has made a name for himself in his local community and beyond. This gentle giant is a husband, father, indie comic creator, blogger, teacher, producer, artist, actor, and entrepreneur. He is a producer and host for many cons in his local community, including; The Spacie Awards (an award event celebrating indie creators on the Space Coast of Florida), Space Coast Comic Con, and Indiecon (A talent show that will showcase indie creators in Brevard County, FL).
With his publication, Space Coast Comixx, Jake has been able to share his own content as local talent with his local community, elevating those around him as he chases his own dreams.
We had a chance to talk with Jake recently and learned a lot about the indie community, making a movie, and time management. (more…)
Brian Hawkins is an assistant editor at Mad Cave Studious; the writer and creator of Cornrows; and an educator, teaching English to the next generation of comic book collectors and creators. His editorial skills have helped bring books like Knights of the Golden Sun, Midnight Taskforce, Battlecats, & Honor and Curse to life, and his imaginative writing skills are on full display in Cornrows, an explosive story about a vigilante teacher seeking revenge for the death of a former student, merging his two worlds in an urban fantasy comic book.
Brian sat down with us at NerdBastards to answer a few questions and share some advice in the next installment in our series of interviews with indie comic creators. (more…)
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!
Anthony Cleveland is a freelance comic book writer who specializes in horror comics. His latest comic is called Show’s End, being released in June from Mad Cave studios. NerdBastards reached out to Anthony for an interview about his upcoming project, past works, and future endeavors and the creepily talented writer was more than happy to shed some light on his dark imagination and creations. (more…)
Well, if anyone was brave enough yesterday, they saw the horrifying thing that was the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer. While Jim Carey is just as funny as always, the leads of the film (James Marsden and Sonic’s Mirror Universe, deranged evil twin) leave an unsavory taste in everyone’s mouths. And do I really need to talk about the Gangster’s Paradise thing?
Of course, really, people are more troubled by the blue, human-teethed abomination than the actual human. Of all the CGI characters that fans have bawked at, Sonic definitely takes the cake.
In recent years CGI has become more and more popular in films, and while some are widely successful (The Jungle Book) others have far more mixed reactions (Alvin & The Chipmunks and sequels). Why are some CGI flicks revered when other ones become the terrible memes for months? (Looking at you, sad clown Dumbo.)