Call of Duty Championship 2014 – Day One

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Fantastic day here in Southern California. Chris and I are here at the L.A. Live tent, doing coverage for the highly competitive Call of Duty Championship 2014. Out here on this end of the gamerverse, eSports teams from around the globe are vying for the $1 Million Prize Pool, plus … Continue reading

A Noise Within’s Macbeth now showing in Southern California

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If I told you the Scottish Play was my favorite Shakespearean play, aside from Taming of the Shrew, it may reveal a bit of where my mind is at. So I won’t say Macbeth (The Scottish Play) is my favorite. If you’ve gone through high school, your English teacher may have put … Continue reading

More on-set photos of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron

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There are more on-set photos of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch for next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, courtesy of JustJared. We get a good look at Aaron as he runs around looking pretty beefy. Although the outfits for the characters are different, they try … Continue reading

A Kickstarter to revive one of Southern California’s beloved arcade

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Arcades have a special place in my heart. The dim lights, flashing colorful screens, and rows of quarters lined up on the marquee. Despite all the quarters they’ve taken from me, they were some of the fondest times in my childhood. Beating people and trash talking them in public holds … Continue reading

Don’t listen to Nerd HQ haters, go donate!

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What happens when Zachary Levi tries to do something for the nerd community through the use of crowd-funding to create a free and awesome offsite NerdHQ (Nerd Headquarters) that has all proceeds from the event go to the charity Operation Smile? Well, people hate. It’s not often that you find … Continue reading

Who wants more Marvel movies per year?

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Marvel has been making large moves as if late and again it doesn’t look like their going to stop anytime soon. They already have a lot on their plate with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy being released this year, followed by the definite blockbuster Avengers: … Continue reading

Pikachu announced as Japan’s official World Cup 2014 Mascot

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“They want to be, the very best, that no one ever was…” At least that’s what we’re hoping Japan’s motto is going to be for this summer’s upcoming World Cup. Adidas (Kit manufacturer for Japan’s 2014 WC shirt) announced that Pikachu (and a number of other Pokemon such as Bulbasaur … Continue reading

Team Crafted to host Minecraft event in Los Angeles on March 29th

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If you’re a fan of Minecraft and are in the LA area, you should check out the Team Crafted event that’s happening Saturday, March 29th at 1:00pm at LA Live’s Club Nokia. Team Crafted is comprised of popular YouTubers and Minecraft players who wanted to make Minecraft videos. At the … Continue reading

We check out Nerd Block, the monthly mystery package, for the month of March

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You probably have been hearing about these monthly mystery package subscription where you get a mystery box each month filled with nerdy swag. There’s Loot Crate, and then there’s Nerd Block. Nerd Block ($19.99) is a bit pricier than Loot Crate ($13.37), but what it guarantees is a geeky t-shirt … Continue reading

New host for ‘Cosmos’, the state of orca shows in Calif., more hope for HIV cure and more you should know from this week

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There’s been a lot of activity in nerd news this week, so much so that we didn’t have the time to talk about it here on Nerd Reactor. Here are five things you should know. Samsung’s Milk music streaming service is free, has no ads Entering the music-streaming ring is … Continue reading

ICYMI: What you should know this week, March 7 2014

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The top news from Nerd Reactor this week, in case you missed it. Clever HUVr hoverboard prank is a month early Similar to Jimmy Kimmel’s twerking girl who caught on fire, creating viral videos disguised as pranks are becoming more common these days. This one spread like wildfire as it … Continue reading

Five reasons to read The Dark Tower series

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Hile, Gunslinger. If you recognize these words, we are very well met along the path of the beam, you and I. We are members of a fandom that can’t be identified by outward signifiers like Starfleet uniforms or tweed. We know what a billy-bumbler looks like and that popkin is … Continue reading

Stranger in a strange land: My time at Colorado’s Animeland Wasabi

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Fifteen degrees and a dusting of snow heralds in the first full day of Animeland Wasabi. After seeing the cosplay at registration yesterday, I wonder how some of the attendees will manage this weather. I’m clothed top to tails and I’m shaking like a dog passing carpet tacks. Nervously I … Continue reading

Michael B. Jordan says haters are going to see the Fantastic Four reboot anyway

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The slightest change in a comic book adaptation will ruffle some feathers, so just imagine if it’s a change in aesthetics like changing a character’s skin color. With black actor Michael B. Jordan confirmed to play white character Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, many fans have been expressing their … Continue reading

Don Draper meets Rod Serling in ‘Walking Distance’

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When I watched the pilot episode of the AMC show Mad Men, I was dazzled by the design and intrigued by the characters that illustrated the glamorous (and repressed) world of the 1960s. It wasn’t until I watched as copywriter Paul Kinsey paraphrases the opening monologue from The Twilight Zone, … Continue reading