The Pipe-Bombshell is back!

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Last night’s WWE Raw boasted a series of high-profile and happily met returns.

First, the Miz and Chris Jericho.  Jericho is a fan favorite, putting over young talent while never losing the audience’s love.  The pop for Jericho is always high.  (editor’s note: He also almost hit me with his car, but that is another story for another day.)  Additionally, giving him a feud with Bray Wyatt will serve interesting, as Jericho has a good balance of goofy and intense, and will alternate between mocking and destroying the cult.

Then, AJ Lee, the longest-reigning Divas Champion, returned to take what was hers with fire and blood.  Paige’s run as champion has been admittedly fairly boring, with Paige doing very little.  Paige’s obvious trepidation (and AJ’s prominent wedding ring) were highlights in the pre-match promo, though the match itself was short.  It wasn’t obvious who we were supposed to root for, with Paige seeming far more like a cowardly, mean heel and AJ Lee coming off as a humbled face making a triumphant climb back to the top.  I am not sure how this will affect Paige long-term, effectively making her short 3 month run as champion entirely transitional between AJ Lee reigns.

 

The Darkest Timeline is No More.

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Aaaaaaand we’re back.

Yahoo Screen has answered the prayers of everyone who has spent the last six weeks mourning the Greendale Six: Community is coming back for its long-fabled sixth season.  The cast’s contracts were due to expire yesterday, causing fans to almost lose hope.  Dan Harmon and company came through in the end, just like the lovable underdogs we know them to be.

So far, Yahoo Screen has been selling what we want to buy.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production at Sony Pictures Television, told us that “The budget won’t be cut one dollar.  We didn’t want to be producing the show at any less of the quality or production value that we had been producing. Yahoo came in with finances that were undeniable.”

In addition, since scripts for the comedy tended to run on the longer side, we could actually get even more Community per episode.  The episodes are due to make a fall debut (October 19, perhaps, in an even grander Take That to NBC?)

As for the fan reaction?  Joy is an understatement.  The subreddit for Community exploded in happiness, and I can’t help but agree.

 

Six Seasons and a movie.  Now and forever.

BREAKING NEWS: READY PLAYER ONE MOVIE IS HAPPENING

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I am so not sorry for how excited I am.  My favorite book of 2011 is being made into a film, with the screenplay written by Zak Penn.

Zak Penn helped write X-Men: The Last Stand, but achieved his penance by working on an early script for The Avengers in 2012.  He has also done story or written drafts of childhood favorite The Last Action Hero and widely beloved sequel (phrases you don’t often type) X2: X-Men United.

In related nerd news, he has also been attached to the script for the eagerly awaited Pacific Rim 2.  So within a few years, he may be my best friend or my worst enemy.

Pretty Nerdy Warriors: Part 2 of our E3 coverage

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Thought we were done talking about Hyrule Warriors? You were wrong.

On top of handing us a roster of mostly female playable characters, the outfits on these women are sensible and practical while still looking great. This is a big deal in the video game world which is tends to cast mostly males, and when we do get female characters, they’re often hyper sexualized and running around in skimpy armor that would be of no use in battle. Seeing properly battle-ready ladies is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Legend of Zelda has rarely had a problem with their sexualizing of female characters, but one can’t help but worry that it’s only right around the corner and with a collaboration we don’t really know what to expect. Imagine the relief when we got to see our ladies and their outfits.

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Let’s talk about Impa first. We know her mostly as Zelda’s Sheikah mentor and protector. She has two major appearances in both Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword (as well as minor appearances in Link Between Worlds and as Impaz in Twilight Princess). In both OoT and SS she’s a fierce warrior and has helpful advice for Link. She’s always ready to go with armor, weapons, and a calm demeanor.

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Let’s talk about our beloved Princess Queen Zelda next. (ed: as of yesterday, it was announced that Zelda would have ascended the throne come Hyrule Warriors and would in fact be Queen.)

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Now, we’ve had the chance to see Zelda fight before in the Nintendo game Super Smash Bros. There she’s wearing an unaltered version of her usual gown that we see her appear in during Legend of Zelda. Everyone can probably agree fighting in a full length ball gown is at the very least impractical, if not just downright ridiculous.

Her updated look in Hyrule Warriors could have easily been boobalicous and sexy, but here we see that it’s not. It’s practical while still managing to look regal and pretty. The designers gave her the best of everything when they could have given her the worst.

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And finally, everyone’s favorite imp and princess of the Twilight, Midna! The designers seem to be working under the old saying “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” with Midna’s look. The biggest difference here is that the wolf isn’t Link transformed but rather seems to be a beast summoned from the Twilight Realm to aid its princess. If we didn’t know better this could just be a screenshot of Midna from Twilight Princess for all she’s changed. She’s looking good and ready to join Link once again in the fray!
All these ladies are looking fine and ready for a fight. September’s gonna be a good month.

Wizard World 2014 Recap

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Sorry for the bad lighting! (Photo Credit: Beth Anderson)

Before you could blink, another Wizard World Philadelphia is in the books.  Above, you see the Social Justice panel I was on.  Guess which one I am.  The panel went extremely well, and I’m pretty proud of what happened, especially when a sweet Luna Lovegood cosplayer came up to me and thanked me.  That meant a lot.  I was Emma Frost on Saturday, and it was a great deal of fun.   +2 Comedy also had an amazing showing in their panel, which was packed!

Five Things I Learned at Wizard World Philadelphia

  • Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko) is the sweetest man on the planet.  Seriously.  If you ever have the chance to meet him, by all means do so.
  • The cosplayers are getting more and more elaborate, which means more hilarious photo ops.  Seriously, a good cosplayer can be a more valuable photo op than any actor.

See also: this picture of an amazing Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas, which probably puts the costumed character at Disney to shame.

If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town.

If I were on his Boogie list, I’d get out of town.

  • There is a Wawa next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and that’s a really, really good thing.
  • Lines were not nearly the issue they have been in the past for panels.  People were able to get into the 3pm Firefly panel right up to 2:45 (which is something that is unheard of in many conventions.)  Lines for photo ops and autographs, however, were terrifying and apparently poorly organized.
  • Anthony Mackie is incredibly charming, and Christopher Lloyd does not wish to be called Christopher.

In the end, Wizard World Philadelphia was an amazing, with everyone having a good time.  I’m going to Too Many Games Expo this Saturday, and I’ll see you there!

Wizard World Philadelphia: What You Need to Know

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If you’re in or near the city of brotherly love, this weekend is a good weekend for nerds.

Wizard World Philadelphia, the largest convention in the area, is here from today-Sunday.

Here’s the rundown on some quick things you need to know.

You will have to stand in line for some of the biggest panels.

This is pretty new for Philadelphia.  When Chris Hemsworth turned up in 2012, fresh from Avengers, there was no line to get into his panel in the grand ballroom.  Last year’s Firefly panel, however, drew incredible amounts of people that lined up hours in advance.  This year’s Firefly panel boasts Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, so expect that to be rough.

You may have to pay extra for some things

Both Matt Smith/ Karen Gillan and Jason David Frank are hosting extra-ticketed events, as well as the standard paying for autographs and photos.

There is a Wawa and a new Panera Bread near the convention center

Trust me, these are the quickest, easiest places to go for cheap decent food.  Prepare for confused employees.

If you’re coming from NJ, the PATCO is reliable but crowded.

If you miss your train, it might be awhile for the next one.  Keep that in mind.

Have fun!

 

MORE exciting things are happening!

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Welcome to our new website, y’all!

First of all, I want to bring attention to the fact that our lovely Laur2D2 will be on a panel at Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con this Saturday (June 21st)  at 12pm in Room 109. It will be a panel about women in nerd culture, which is stupidly appropriate for a blog about Pretty Nerdy Things, don’t you think?

And on the subject on the new website: Laur2D2 and I will be back-posting all our old articles, so everything will be available on the site. Of course, if you need to see any post you can always visit us on Tumblr!

Stay Nerdy, My Friends!

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Hyrule Warriors: Pretty, Nerdy, Powerful. (Part One of our Legend of Zelda E3 Coverage))

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Guest Article by Ryssa

With E3 fresh in our minds and excitement still buzzing happily through the Internet, allow me to turn your attention to one of my two favorite things that happened – Hyrule Warriors.

For those of you who don’t know, Hyrule Warriors is a collaboration game between the classic game series Legend of Zelda and the Dynasty Warriorsseries. It combines elements from both games to create a whole new system of game play and character interaction. Honestly, it sounds awesome, and I for one and pumped! I’ve never played a Dynasty Warriorsgame so I don’t really know much about it, but Legend of Zelda I can talk about.

     Everything we know about Hyrule Warriors is shaping up to be a whole lot of firsts for the Legend of Zelda series. Collaboration, multiplayer, totally different gaming style, special attacks – so much is going to be new forZelda players.

The multiplayer action is probably going to be the biggest change up sinceZelda fans are used to playing as the beloved Hero of Time, Link, and only Link. In Hyrule Warriors, we’ve already got a roster of four playable characters – Link, Impa, Zelda, and Midna – with a sly hint that there will be more to come before the game is released.

Take a look at that roster for a second and think about what you see. That’s right! Three playable female characters to a singular male character. That’s incredible! Not a complete shock, though, if you think about Link’s allies throughout the games.  A large portion of his support consists of women, from goddesses to queens to stablehands. Women play a huge role in aiding Link on his various quests as well as shaping his destiny in general (the Hyrule creation myth centers on three goddesses and zero gods).

When you take a look at possible other player characters it’s mostly women who will fit the bill. Sure, Groose from Skyward Sword would make a cool ally and the chance to play as Darunia from Ocarina of Time would be great, but what other men could you pull that aren’t villains? King of Red Lions? Tingle? Linebeck? The best bets for allies are women – Princess Ruto, Tetra, Sheik, Ashei, Nabooru, one of the goddesses, any Gerudo. You get my point.

We’ve got a line up of women who have Link’s back, and the promise of adding more ladies is a very real thing. We’ve always known these ladies were here. Now, thanks to Hyrule Warriors, we’re gonna be able to see firsthand just how kick ass they can really be.

September can’t come fast enough.


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