Geek: Originally the term referred to a carnival performer who would bite the head of animals, most commonly a chicken. It comes from “geck”, an old British term for “fool” which stems from a German word of the same spelling; another derivative is the Dutch “gek” (a crazy person). The most likely explanation for its […]
On Wednesday, I am headed out to Boston for PAX East. One of the panels I’m speaking on is with my husband and Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks (a must read for geeks of the fantasy/gaming contingent… as if you couldn’t deduce that from the title alone). Our panel is about […]
Launching today, GameCrush.com must think it’s sewn up the market for desperately lonely gaming geeks. Of course, how big a market that is is yet to be seen. Just imagine the marketing brainstorming session that could have taken place over a few dozen beers: Entrepreneur #1: Man, I wish there were more hot girls playing […]
Have you ever considered trying to get your friends and family into the films that you love? It may seem like a daunting task, but the truth is, there are many possibilities for geeky initiation in the film world. I’d like to think that even though everyone might not identify themselves as geeks, everyone has […]
[GaS] reader Dustin just sent me a link to a really cool interactive video one of his pals produced to promote Earth Hour 2010. The action in the video can either be controlled via the light switch on the player (below), or if you have a webcam, via one in the room you’re in. Check […]
Historically, Switzerland has almost always been a non-violent country, having not been involved in military conflict for almost 200 years. Now it appears that this attitude will be spreading the world of video games. The Swiss National Council, the country’s parliament, has passed a law which gives the government the power to create rules over […]
This is how the border between India and Pakistan is closed… every single day of the year.
What is a hacker? Unfortunately, to most people, it’s a person who breaks into another person’s computer (or a nuclear command center if you’re making a movie.) But to Gina Trapani, it’s anyone who finds an unconventional way of doing things. That’s the philosophy of her site Lifehacker (which is a totally awesome site, if […]
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? In the following video presentation, Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
Okay, so maybe we have a little bit of a problem. Boardgames in this house have achieved a kind of holy status. At first it started out with just a few games. The Settlers of Catan, back in 2002, followed by Puerto Rico. But very quickly, it became apparent that playing board games — especially […]
From Wikipedia: In 1909, Mark Twain is quoted as saying: I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: […]