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Today, at a press conference in Redmond, WA, Microsoft unveiled their next generation gaming system, the Xbox One.  This new iteration of Microsoft’s home gaming system is slated for release sometime later this year (we can assume a pre-holiday launch similar to PS4), and comes packed with many new features including Blu-Ray support, USB 3.0, integrated Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI In/Out, 8GB of memory and much more.  You can read all about the One over at Xbox.com.

 

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According to an official announcement by Electronic Arts, the studio has just secured a multi-year deal to develop and publish games using the Star Wars license.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”

Can we expect to see a Call of Duty style revival of Star Wars: Battlefront sometime in the near future? This is unclear. However, Star Wars games may finally get the micro-transactions and server-side DRM issues that we’ve all been waiting for.

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The long-awaited Wii U system update is officially here. Nintendo has promised several improvements that have been demanded since the system’s launch such as faster load times between apps, a standby download feature for pending updates/digital content, and a quicker way to access the Wii menu directly.  Here is the shortlist of features that are available today.

    • Performance enhancements: The update reduces the time required to start the Wii U console, launch built-in applications, return to the main menu, and switch between applications, as well as between software and Miiverse™.
    • More convenient downloads: When you power off the Wii U console during a download, the system will now go into a standby mode, then turn off when all downloads are complete. You’ll also be able to determine the priority of your downloads when downloading multiple items at the same time.
  • Wii Mode update: You can now launch directly into Wii Mode by holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad controller while the Wii U logo is being displayed upon start-up.

Read Nintendo’s official word on the matter here.

Now, if only we could get some worthwhile titles for this damn console…

 

Due to the tragic events that transpired during the Boston Marathon, Boston Comic Con had no choice but to postpone the event until a later date.  It has been announced that the new date for the con will be August 3rd & 4th, 2013.  As a silver lining to this delay, the con has also been moved from the Hynes Convention Center to the Seaport World Trade Center.  This venue is much bigger (those of you who visited PAX East will know what I’m talking about), and should allow for more attendees.  That being said, tickets are still available at http://www.bostoncomiccon.com.  The Nerd Night will be attending on Saturday, so make sure to join our forum so we can schedule a meetup!  2013-shirt

The Evil Dead Remake, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Realize that the Horror Movie Genre is a Hipster Grave of Degradation for the New Generation of Swine.

With much anticipation, people have flocked to the their local theaters in the hopes that the Evil Dead remake would live up to its self proclaimed hype of scariest movie there ever was…and with an infuriated heart I left my seat restraining the urge to murder the group of early twenty-somethings behind me praising the worthiness of 2013’s biggest load of scat play I have yet to be able to clean off my chest. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s geEvilDead2013_RedBand1_1t down to the nitty gritty.

The Evil Dead franchise has been held near and dear to my heart since I was an impressionable youth in my formative teenage years and for that I am thankful, but no longer can I hang my hat on that post. I’ll keep the distant memories and attempt to drink away the fear and loathing that has been left in my mind from Fede Alvarez’s deplorable remake piece of garbage. Where Ash once stood proud as a smartass with a heart of gold we are left with no one and nothing to take his place. The torch has been passed instead to a hackneyed plot that lends it’s dialogue to obscenities with zero substance. There’s no innovation here. Where there was once a shoestring budget tied together by a memorable, career launching performance by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi bringing it all together behind the camera, there is now a talentless hack job tied together by more gore, and less entertainment, than a menstruating whale. I understand that a remake should be a retooling, a new take on something old (look what Tarentino did with Django Unchained) but the problem here is that it was made for naught. It’s too difficult to even draw comparisons with the original or break down the plot without it sounding like a horrible joke, but I’ll give it a try.

So five hipsters walk into a cabin. One of them has a heroin addiction, another her brother with lackluster girlfriend, leaving the last two to be worn clichés tying the brother and sister together in some semblance of past friendships with a tough time having lead them astray. Alas the dope is dumped and with it my dreams that maybe it’ll all be a bad trip, that this was merely a horrid ride on the dragon in a drug addled psyche. Necronomicon found, dead cats stinking, and the bloodiness ensues.

I was not looking forEvil-Dead-Review-Book-of-the-Dead Evil Dead 2 here, rollicking laughs and gags around every corner. Hell, I was not even looking for anything particularly original. What I was looking for entertainment of any sort and found myself wantonly wandering into fantasies of torturing the powers that be in Hollywood. With that said, I would like to throw my hat into the political arena of the cause and effect of violence. Does real life violence arise from a trend in ultra violent films? And the answer is…NO! If there is any correlation between real life violence and film, it’s not that film has numbed us to violence but rather that the shit that is force fed to us in the cinema is so lackluster, so utterly mundane and masturbatory that our minds are forced into a regressive, primal state that can no longer perceive anything but degradation. Don’t believe me? Then hop that pony and go for a ride tonto…but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Up next be prepared to be blown away by the flipper handed spawn of Satan in my review of Rob Zombie’s newest movie “Lords of Salem”.

Sick and tired of having the debate of which person out of your group of friends is the funniest? Well, here at The Nerd Night we don’t have this problem because it’s common knowledge that I am the funniest one. Well…at least I like to think so, but our answer to this debate is usually settled by a little game called Cards Against Humanity.

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Cards Against Humanity is like an adult version of Mad Libs, but instead of coming up with your own nouns or adjectives, you are playing cards with phrases to fill in a blank, or to answer a question. The game is very simple to learn, and very amusing. It’s also one of those games in which the more, the merrier.

So, there are two decks of cards in the game: a white deck which will be your answer cards, and a black deck to represent your question or mad lib cards. The game starts with each player being dealt ten cards from the white deck. The black deck goes to whoever is becoming the card czar first. This can be decided however you like: rock, paper, scissors, next birthday, or here at The Nerd Night we usually decide who goes first by whoever won the previous game.  If it’s the beginning of the night, a roll of the dice should suffice.

Once it’s settled who will be card czar first, you can begin the game. Turns are played out as follows. The card czar will flip the top card of the black deck and read it aloud. He’ll then place it on the table in front of him. For example: the card flipped reads “What’s the next Happy Meal toy?” After reading this, each other player excluding the card czar looks through their hand of ten cards and tries to come up with the funniest answer to this question. Each player places their card in front of the card czar and draws a card to replace the one used. The card czar will shuffle the answers he received not knowing which came from any specific player. The czar will then flip over the answers he received and read them. An example result of this might be “The next Happy Meal toy is the plot of a Michael Bay movie”, “The next Happy Meal toy is old people smell”, or “The next Happy Meal toy is a salty surprise.” Based on the answers received, the card czar chooses the funniest answer and that person is awarded a point known as awesome points. The black deck is then passed to the next player going clockwise making that player the new card czar and repeating the whole process. Some of the cards in the black deck may require multiple cards from each player. In that case, you just draw enough cards to replace what you have played. Turns continue until one player reaches ten points making him the funniest person in your group, or just a really lucky SOB.

One thing a player can do to better their chances of gaining points is wager points. For instance, if a card was flipped and you believe you have multiple cards that would better your chances of being picked by the czar you simply say you’re wagering a point, and you can play an extra card. If one of your cards is picked you earn two points inside of one. You also draw two cards to replace the two you played.

Playtime: 30~60 Minutes
Setup Time: 5 Minutes
Recommended Players: 4 – 20 +
Learning Curve: Easy
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10

PROS
Easy to learn and explain
Hilarious outcomes to cards
Very good for a large group of friends hanging out

CONS
Getting familiar with all of the cards can ruin replay value after a while

Hey Nerds! I want to share a little DIY nerd project with you. I built a miniature wrestling ring, and here is how I did it. I had help from my friends Mike and Masha, but I will be using the “I” pronoun from here on in. Here we go!

If you want to make one of your own, feel free to substitute supplies and techniques and upload your own results! But here is list of the the supplies I used:

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3 halves of puzzle boxes
Contact paper to cover the ring
Wooden dowel about a penny diameter. Cut 4, 8 inch posts
Wooden dowel about a pencil diameter. Cut 12, 1.5 inch nubs
Fabric to make the apron
Electrical tape to make the ropes look “boss”
Aluminum stairs (Good luck, my buddy hooked me up with this)

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To begin, I cut the corners on one of the puzzle box halves and folded the long sides flat to make it an almost perfect square. Then, I glued it to the top of another puzzle box. I used some awesome Mod Podge crafting glue, but any decent glue should work. Then, I put a third puzzle box half opposite the middle layer and taped the shorter flaps from top to the bottom level.

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Then, I took contact paper and laid down two layers to make the mat extra silky smooth and creamy white.

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Next, I made 4 posts out of straws wrapped in white electrical tape and 12 turnbuckles the same way. I threaded them on some pink rope, and hot glued and pinned everything in place. I also decided to add some dark fabric around the ring for an apron. Then I went to bed.

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The next morning, I woke up and with Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor egging me on…I knew this project needed more power. So, I went shopping. I bought a thick wooden dowel for posts, and a thinner one to connect the turnbuckles. The ropes needed some jazzing up as well. Red, white, and blue electrical tape worked great for this and gave it a classic look. To do this I laid tape out the length of the rope, lined the tape with the rope, and rolled it as tight as I could.

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Meanwhile, Masha was cutting some foam rubber from a package for pro-status turnbuckles with holes held open with straws to thread the rope through. I snipped the smaller of the dowels down to size and wrapped the pieces in the middle with black tape. Then, I stuck them into the rubber.

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If you’ve got any questions about this build, or want to share your own DIY project ideas, make sure to join the forum at http://www.thenerdnight.com/forum

What’s up, nerds?! We’ve been off the radar for the past week, but The Nerd Night is back in action today with some tasty news from Nintendo.  Games Radar has snagged some footage from the upcoming 3DS title that appears to be a spiritual sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  In the video (see below), we see our Hylian hero wielding some of the familiar tools from ALTTP such as the Magic Hammer, but he also has some unique new skills that are sure to impress.  Those who have held out on purchasing a 3DS up to this point may have a sudden change of heart after watching this preview.

Boston local Scott Trano has been hosting a weekly gaming night at a local bar, Good Life, for the better part of a year.  Trano and friends gather to sip spirits, and rack up high scores in what has turned into a widely popular event.  They will soon officially announce the desire to acquire the funding to make Game Over Boston not only an event, but a physical location.

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“We already have so many of the big-ticket items in our possession. We have arcade cabinets, and pinball machines … we have all the huge stuff and proof of concept, so hopefully people will realize we are legit with a great team behind us. We aren’t coming to the table hat in hand … we have 30 percent of the main [necessities] and are ready to go. We just need to find and renovate a place.”

Read all about their plans over at Boston Magazine and keep an eye open for their Kickstarter project.