Expert Thoughts

How to Talk to Your Parents About Videogames

The holidays = videogame time. (Wikimedia Commons)

The midwinter celebrations are almost upon us. With little agricultural work left to do and our larders full from last season’s harvest, it’s a time for observance of the solstice tree, for gift exchange, feasting and gingerbread construction projects.

As we all prepare to make the arduous journeys back to our home villages to pay our respects to our parents and elders, video games are often thought of as an escape: a way to avoid the watchful gaze of our relatives and escape dangerous conversations about life choices. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Read More

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SXSW Out-Geeks Itself With Giant ‘Pi In the Sky’

The digits of pi, broadcast over SXSW. (Imgur)

March 14 is pretty much a high holiday in the geek community, because its numeric form — 3/14 — is the same as the first three digits of pi. It’s even come to be known as “Pi Day.”

At SXSW, where nerds have (perhaps fruitlessly) been congregating for the past week, Pi Day celebrations kicked off a day early. As the Reddit community faithfully reported, a lengthy list of the digits of pi was broadcast (emitted? puffed?) into the sky above the festival on Thursday, delighting geeky spectators below. Read More

Geeking Out

Nerdblock Means You’ll Never Have to Leave the House for Light Sabers Again

(Photo: YouTube)

Shopping addicts and Betabeat readers alike are probably familiar with Birchbox, the shopping startup that periodically sends you boxes of trendy products. But what if you’re a proud geek, and aren’t interested in Blair Waldorf-inspired lipstick or vegan shit courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow? What if all you want—besides emerging victorious from your next WOW raid, of course—is to have a monthly box of “epic geek gear” delivered to your door?Nerdblock has you covered (but please never use the term “epic” again). Read More

Fandoms

‘I’m Not Here to Make Guildmates:’ New Syfy Reality Show Is Basically Real World for Uber-Geeks

Meet Andrew, pretty much the Bethanny Frankel of geek world.

Starting this fall, you’ll be able to watch as seven “uber-fans” travel to L.A. to intern together at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. No, this is not a Christopher Guest mock-umentary—it’s not a sequel to “Best in Show” wherein Eugene Levy and Katharine O’Hara will star as a married Star Trek geek couple. This is a reality show—and that means it’s real, you guys—about actual fanboys and fangirls, premiering on Syfy September 24. It’s called Fangasm. Read More

This Happened

Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Jugular: Famous Vampire Is On the Loose

Ew. This is him. So scary! (Photo: Fanpop)

Shortly after the vampiric masterpiece that is The Twilight Saga broadcast its final scene, a town council in the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta issued a warning to residents that a vampire may be on the loose. Alert your LARPing friends!

Sava Savanovic, a famous vampire who is said to live in an old watermill, feeding on the blood of anyone who comes near, may have decamped from his longtime compound after the watermill collapsed last week. Garlic sales have naturally skyrocketed since the vamp hit town, sparkling his way between meals of lusty grifters before moving on, stoically, like a one night stand. Read More