[Editors Note: We have with us our very special first guest writer, show him some love and welcome to the group, Ash]
After watching the first three seasons of The Big Bang Theory, I’ve noticed something. The show seems to divide people who think it colors “nerds” in a certain light. In these arguments, the word “stereotypical” seems to get thrown at these characters. You know the image: the socially awkward comic book/sci-fi genre fan who has no fashion sense and is plagued by strange medical conditions; or the hyper-intelligent geek who’s so smart he’s actually stupid. Such as Sheldon, the self-proclaimed most intelligent of the characters, while trying to make a new friend ends up talking to a little girl in the children’s section of a bookstore. He decides they can be friends based on simple, shared interests; but can’t see how what he’s doing could be seen as socially strange, or even illegal.
While there are jokes that poke fun of these things in BBT, some people really seem to take offense to it. Now I’m a genre fan; I like comic books, video games and toys, I’ve been to Monster-Mania conventions and I have a ton of collectibles. I get the humor on the show; and in my life as a fan I’ve seen that nerd stereotypes really can be true, not just the bad ones. I can admit that I see these nerd traits in myself. I’ve lined up for hours to meet celebrities at conventions and for midnight video game releases. I was part of a podcast about shitty movies; so I like to think my nerd credentials are in good order. However, I have certainly been mocked many times over the course of my life; and I know how much that type of mockery can hurt. It’s something anyone can relate to.
Today marks the official start to 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo with all the big publishers press conferences before the expo is opened up to the public tomorrow. E3 is the place for the video game industry to make all it’s big announcements, unveil their largest properties, and give gamers a chance to get some hands on experience playing some of the most anticipated titles of the year.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of individual games, here are some of my general impressions thus far.
-Better looking: this goes without saying, but every year developers push the bounds of their respective hardware with bigger worlds, smoother gameplay, and better graphics with more attention to detail. While just a few years ago characters were just simple skins wrapped around a 3d model are now more interactive than ever. The new Madden takes into consideration where on your player gets hit or clipped with a new run time physics engine; or grab the knife out of your targets belt before making him you victim in Far Cry 3. Of course the resolution and level of detail is off the charts, games find new and more innovative ways to act with your environment, and the graphics are more Hd-ier than ever as Nintendo is finally poised to enter the next gen market with the Wii U later thus year. Which brings me to my next point:
-Hardware: I have yet to see any games utilizing new hardware or peripherals. Hopefully Nintendo has finally realized that we don’t want another piece of white plastic clogging up our game rooms. The sole exception to this is the addition of the Wii U’s tablet controller. Ubisoft is include support for the device in many of it’s new releases; none featured more prominently than in Rayman where a new character is utilized entirely through swipe movements. As for me I think it’s nothing more than playing ipad level games on your tv especially since you can only have one player linked into the game via a tablet at any given time; but who knows maybe it’ll be cool to be able to use it as a portable screen/controller to play Mario Kart from the can.
Hey all, welcome back; now that we have those pleasantries out of the way, press play. See you in 4 and a half minutes.
What you just listened to is the first track, Outside, off of Donald Glover (30 Rock writter, actor Community) a.k.a Childish Gambino’s Camp released last November. Now I’m not usually a big fan of hip-hop, and really only picked up this album because I’m a fan of his on Community; but holy crap, I was not expecting this! The lines he dropped at the Community panel at 2011 Comic-Con referenced Toe-Jam and Earl and Invader Zim within 2 lines; figured I’d give this album a listen to hear well woven geek references into some decent rhymes, I wasn’t expecting the depth or raw honest emotion that this album contains.