Archive for January, 2012

  • In the new trailer from Mass Effect Crew, Bioware introduced us to some of the voice actors that we’ll be encountering in the new game. Among the old favourites returning will be Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man, against whom Shepard will be at odds during the course of the game. Sheen needs no introduction as his name speaks for himself. He is best known for his roles in the series The West Wing and the movie Apocalypse Now which earned him a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen reveals that in this game, we will very clearly see in which direction the Illusive Man is trying to take humanity and on who’s side he is (something we could […]

    Mass Effect 3 – Meet the Crew

    In the new trailer from Mass Effect Crew, Bioware introduced us to some of the voice actors that we’ll be encountering in the new game. Among the old favourites returning will be Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man, against whom Shepard will be at odds during the course of the game. Sheen needs no introduction as his name speaks for himself. He is best known for his roles in the series The West Wing and the movie Apocalypse Now which earned him a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen reveals that in this game, we will very clearly see in which direction the Illusive Man is trying to take humanity and on who’s side he is (something we could […]

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  • Of course, Mass Effect 3 isn’t the only game that’s scheduled for release in 2012 and I feel it’s time to look at another one of the titles that I’ve been flexing my fingers for. On the 6th of December 2010 Square Enix announced that they will be releasing a new title in the popular Tomb Raider franchise. Apparently, they had been working on this title since 2008 with developers Crystal Dynamics. It looks promising. This story takes us back to the time that Lara has just turned 21. If you’ve followed the original story lines, you’ll remember that this was the age the original game (or rather – let me say first game) had pin marked for Lara’s transformation […]

    Anticipating the Tomb Raider’s arrival.

    Of course, Mass Effect 3 isn’t the only game that’s scheduled for release in 2012 and I feel it’s time to look at another one of the titles that I’ve been flexing my fingers for. On the 6th of December 2010 Square Enix announced that they will be releasing a new title in the popular Tomb Raider franchise. Apparently, they had been working on this title since 2008 with developers Crystal Dynamics. It looks promising. This story takes us back to the time that Lara has just turned 21. If you’ve followed the original story lines, you’ll remember that this was the age the original game (or rather – let me say first game) had pin marked for Lara’s transformation […]

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  • HOT DEATH, COLD SPACE, AND A WHOLE LOT OF ROCK AND ROLL Free Mars Web Comic in print July 2012 from Ape Entertainment (San Diego, CA-January 19, 2012) Ape Entertainment announced today that they have become ownership partners in the Free Mars property, currently a web comic with a print OGN releasing in July 2012. Free Mars is a gritty sci-fi rock opera set against the backdrop of a dystopian Mars colony in the year 2339. As civil war looms on the Red Planet, the Revolution finds an unlikely symbol in the form of a punk band. The group quickly discovers, however, that their new fame comes at a price. Created and written by David Pauwels with art from Nicolas Giacondino, the graphic novel will contain the […]

    Free Mars Comic picked up by Ape Entertainment!

    HOT DEATH, COLD SPACE, AND A WHOLE LOT OF ROCK AND ROLL Free Mars Web Comic in print July 2012 from Ape Entertainment (San Diego, CA-January 19, 2012) Ape Entertainment announced today that they have become ownership partners in the Free Mars property, currently a web comic with a print OGN releasing in July 2012. Free Mars is a gritty sci-fi rock opera set against the backdrop of a dystopian Mars colony in the year 2339. As civil war looms on the Red Planet, the Revolution finds an unlikely symbol in the form of a punk band. The group quickly discovers, however, that their new fame comes at a price. Created and written by David Pauwels with art from Nicolas Giacondino, the graphic novel will contain the […]

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  • About half a year ago Jonathan, Nerd Trek’s Editor-in-Chief, posted an article detailing cutting-edge technology regarding bionic eyes.  While many of us would like to become living Terminators, we still have a long wait ahead until that technology is available at our local clinics.  In the meantime we still have other ventures in ophthalmology that are more likely to be commonplace within the next 5 years.  The best example of this technology is the study of embryonic stem cells and a small publicly owned/funded company called Advanced Cell Technology.  I know, I know.  The first mention of ‘stem cells’ and people are thrown into a political and/or religious debate about the use of stem cells.  However, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT […]

    Stem Cells: A Promise of Better Vision

    About half a year ago Jonathan, Nerd Trek’s Editor-in-Chief, posted an article detailing cutting-edge technology regarding bionic eyes.  While many of us would like to become living Terminators, we still have a long wait ahead until that technology is available at our local clinics.  In the meantime we still have other ventures in ophthalmology that are more likely to be commonplace within the next 5 years.  The best example of this technology is the study of embryonic stem cells and a small publicly owned/funded company called Advanced Cell Technology.  I know, I know.  The first mention of ‘stem cells’ and people are thrown into a political and/or religious debate about the use of stem cells.  However, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT […]

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  • Whenever there is a remake of a beloved film or a film script based on a book, I always feel some measure of anxiety when I set out to watch it. And, as 2011 version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was both in a way – my anxiety stretched unlimited. I hadn’t been surprised when Hollywood announced that they too were going to give the story a go. It was bound to happen, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, it seems that today our best books are celebrated by binding them in celluloid. As a whole, I don’t have a problem with this practice. It gives our largely visually based society a taste of what those of […]

    The American Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Whenever there is a remake of a beloved film or a film script based on a book, I always feel some measure of anxiety when I set out to watch it. And, as 2011 version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was both in a way – my anxiety stretched unlimited. I hadn’t been surprised when Hollywood announced that they too were going to give the story a go. It was bound to happen, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, it seems that today our best books are celebrated by binding them in celluloid. As a whole, I don’t have a problem with this practice. It gives our largely visually based society a taste of what those of […]

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  • Please take note for those who have not played it, this article contains spoilers for scenes from Lair of the Shadow Broker – Mass Effect 2 DLC. Last time I wrote about on my main Love Interest in the Mass Effect franchise but, I have a confession to make. Kaidan (spelled with an a, not an e) might have been the first romance that I picked but he is most certainly not my favourite. And no, I’m not referring to the incident on Horizon. I’m referring to my experience as a gamer from the view of someone who appreciates a good story. My first Mass Effect game had my Female Shepard being confronted by both Kaidan and Liara, both requesting for the ‘situation’ […]

    Mass Effect 3 – The Other Side of Love

    Please take note for those who have not played it, this article contains spoilers for scenes from Lair of the Shadow Broker – Mass Effect 2 DLC. Last time I wrote about on my main Love Interest in the Mass Effect franchise but, I have a confession to make. Kaidan (spelled with an a, not an e) might have been the first romance that I picked but he is most certainly not my favourite. And no, I’m not referring to the incident on Horizon. I’m referring to my experience as a gamer from the view of someone who appreciates a good story. My first Mass Effect game had my Female Shepard being confronted by both Kaidan and Liara, both requesting for the ‘situation’ […]

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  • Who is the best Star Trek Captain of all time? NERD TREK will let you decide. [poll id=”15″]   Join the Forum discussion on this post

    Who is the best Star Trek Captain of all time?

    Who is the best Star Trek Captain of all time? NERD TREK will let you decide. [poll id=”15″]   Join the Forum discussion on this post

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  • Today NERD TREK brings you an exclusive interview with Brian Wood from AwesomeDice.com to talk about a new WordPress plugin that he and Dashifen have developed.  This plugin fills a desperately needed function for those of us with RPG websites.   Brian, please tell us about this great new plugin!   Well, we’re obviously huge fans of dice over at Awesome Dice, but the sad fact is you can’t always have dice on hand when you need them. We thought it’d be a great idea to make a dice roller that people could put on their own blogs, rather than having to go to a special dice roller site. One of the main motivations for this was the idea of using a […]

    WordPress Plugin: D&D Dice Roller

    Today NERD TREK brings you an exclusive interview with Brian Wood from AwesomeDice.com to talk about a new WordPress plugin that he and Dashifen have developed.  This plugin fills a desperately needed function for those of us with RPG websites.   Brian, please tell us about this great new plugin!   Well, we’re obviously huge fans of dice over at Awesome Dice, but the sad fact is you can’t always have dice on hand when you need them. We thought it’d be a great idea to make a dice roller that people could put on their own blogs, rather than having to go to a special dice roller site. One of the main motivations for this was the idea of using a […]

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  • If there is one thing we are all expecting from Mass Effect 3, it’s the prospect of having the most emotional journey with Shepard yet. It became clear from the very start that there wasn’t going to be any middle ground in this epic conclusion of the trilogy. In the first gameplay that was released, we saw Shepard trying to coach a young boy out of a ventilation shaft as Anderson lead them through the ruins of Earth. He spoke kindly to the lad but the boy balked and disappeared, only to reappear later as Shepard reached the Normandy… If you know how this scene ends, I don’t have to elaborate and if you don’t, I’m not going to spoil it […]

    The Emotions of Mass Effect 3

    If there is one thing we are all expecting from Mass Effect 3, it’s the prospect of having the most emotional journey with Shepard yet. It became clear from the very start that there wasn’t going to be any middle ground in this epic conclusion of the trilogy. In the first gameplay that was released, we saw Shepard trying to coach a young boy out of a ventilation shaft as Anderson lead them through the ruins of Earth. He spoke kindly to the lad but the boy balked and disappeared, only to reappear later as Shepard reached the Normandy… If you know how this scene ends, I don’t have to elaborate and if you don’t, I’m not going to spoil it […]

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  • Charting the Course for D&D Your Voice, Your Game Mike Mearls As you may have read in the New York Times, it’s an exciting time for Dungeons & Dragons. We are happy to announce today that we are developing the next iteration of D&D, and will be looking to the legions of D&D fans to help shape the future of the game along with us. Our mission is to ensure that D&D enters its next 40 years as a vibrant, growing, and exciting game. By listening to the needs of the D&D community, we can meet this goal. As part of our increased efforts to engage with the player-base, we launched a series of weekly articles in early 2011, including Rule of Three and Legends […]

    Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition

    Charting the Course for D&D Your Voice, Your Game Mike Mearls As you may have read in the New York Times, it’s an exciting time for Dungeons & Dragons. We are happy to announce today that we are developing the next iteration of D&D, and will be looking to the legions of D&D fans to help shape the future of the game along with us. Our mission is to ensure that D&D enters its next 40 years as a vibrant, growing, and exciting game. By listening to the needs of the D&D community, we can meet this goal. As part of our increased efforts to engage with the player-base, we launched a series of weekly articles in early 2011, including Rule of Three and Legends […]

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  • I’ll confess, if there’s something that doesn’t get old it’s survival games. I play games for the thrill and have always found myself migrating towards titles which not only stretches my imagination to the limits but also scares the word-which-rhymes-with-trap out of me. I was very excited when Naughty Dog and Sony announced their release of the game ‘The Last of Us’ at the Spike VGA’s. It’s definitively something to look forward to from the creators of UNCHARTED but the game is still a long way down the road. Closer to home is the release of AMY – another horror survival game which centres around the players character Lana needing to escourt an autistic girl called Amy through a hostile city filled […]

    The price of Amy – have your say.

    I’ll confess, if there’s something that doesn’t get old it’s survival games. I play games for the thrill and have always found myself migrating towards titles which not only stretches my imagination to the limits but also scares the word-which-rhymes-with-trap out of me. I was very excited when Naughty Dog and Sony announced their release of the game ‘The Last of Us’ at the Spike VGA’s. It’s definitively something to look forward to from the creators of UNCHARTED but the game is still a long way down the road. Closer to home is the release of AMY – another horror survival game which centres around the players character Lana needing to escourt an autistic girl called Amy through a hostile city filled […]

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  • It was one of my most anticipated moments in the second Mass Effect game. As Female Shepard I had just saved the colony of Horizon from having all of their colonists carried off by the Collectors. As I watched the large ship leave the planet, I found myself dreading the next few seconds, knowing that I was going to find out if Kaiden, my FemShep’s love interest from Mass Effect 1, was taken or not. A part of me had hoped that he would be gone, because then I could heroically rescue him from the arms of his captors. But, as it turned out, he had remained behind, much to the irritation of the cowardly engineer who was more than […]

    Mass Effect 3 – Why I’ve decided to cheat on my Love Interest

    It was one of my most anticipated moments in the second Mass Effect game. As Female Shepard I had just saved the colony of Horizon from having all of their colonists carried off by the Collectors. As I watched the large ship leave the planet, I found myself dreading the next few seconds, knowing that I was going to find out if Kaiden, my FemShep’s love interest from Mass Effect 1, was taken or not. A part of me had hoped that he would be gone, because then I could heroically rescue him from the arms of his captors. But, as it turned out, he had remained behind, much to the irritation of the cowardly engineer who was more than […]

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  • On January 6, Nikita, the fourth entry in a long-running media franchise, returns to television in the United States on The CW. If you’ve never heard of Nikita, you’re not alone. The origin of this show is rather implausible for what is now a cult classic franchise in American television. Nikita’s beginnings start in 1990 in France, in , about a teenage junkie who participates in the robbery of a pharmacy owned by a friend’s parents. The robbery devolves into a gunfight with local police, during which her cohorts are killed. Suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, she murders a policeman. Nikita is arrested, tried, and convicted of murder and is sentenced to life in prison, where her death is faked, and […]

    Nikita Returns to The CW

    On January 6, Nikita, the fourth entry in a long-running media franchise, returns to television in the United States on The CW. If you’ve never heard of Nikita, you’re not alone. The origin of this show is rather implausible for what is now a cult classic franchise in American television. Nikita’s beginnings start in 1990 in France, in , about a teenage junkie who participates in the robbery of a pharmacy owned by a friend’s parents. The robbery devolves into a gunfight with local police, during which her cohorts are killed. Suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, she murders a policeman. Nikita is arrested, tried, and convicted of murder and is sentenced to life in prison, where her death is faked, and […]

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  • A Deeper Look into the Pathfinder MMO By Andrew Greenberg www.hauntedhousetycoon.com   Paizo’s announcement that Goblinworks is developing a Pathfinder MMO has been tearing through the Gamingverse like a Red Mantis Assassin going through a room of Lastwall guardsmen. Innumerable posts have popped up on all manner of forums, boards and mailing lists, usually revolving around the question, “How the heck is it going to work?”   Pathfinder MMO at SIEGE   So far Paizo has not released many details beyond this week’s press release, but at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo’s Investor Conference in Atlanta (www.siegecon.net) this October, Goblinwork’s CEO Ryan Dancey offered a unique sneak peek into their plans.   https://goblinworks.com/   Dancey went to great lengths […]

    A Deeper Look into the Pathfinder MMO

    A Deeper Look into the Pathfinder MMO By Andrew Greenberg www.hauntedhousetycoon.com   Paizo’s announcement that Goblinworks is developing a Pathfinder MMO has been tearing through the Gamingverse like a Red Mantis Assassin going through a room of Lastwall guardsmen. Innumerable posts have popped up on all manner of forums, boards and mailing lists, usually revolving around the question, “How the heck is it going to work?”   Pathfinder MMO at SIEGE   So far Paizo has not released many details beyond this week’s press release, but at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo’s Investor Conference in Atlanta (www.siegecon.net) this October, Goblinwork’s CEO Ryan Dancey offered a unique sneak peek into their plans.   https://goblinworks.com/   Dancey went to great lengths […]

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  • War, war never changes. My first sense of self was staring down at my tied hands. Pumpkin gloves as I know them. Thick leather gloves that you can use on a farm or ranch. My hands are tied and when I look up there are three men around me. One of them’s shifty, the other cold eyed and the last one dressed in a fancy suit. I look up at him as he smiles at me, draws out his gun, tells me it’s not personal and that the game was fixed and then… Then he shoots me. My vision goes white and I lose consciousness. Or die, depending on how you look at it. These are the opening moments of Bethesda’s fourth Fallout game, Fallout New Vegas. It’s […]

    Fallout: Lost in New Vegas

    War, war never changes. My first sense of self was staring down at my tied hands. Pumpkin gloves as I know them. Thick leather gloves that you can use on a farm or ranch. My hands are tied and when I look up there are three men around me. One of them’s shifty, the other cold eyed and the last one dressed in a fancy suit. I look up at him as he smiles at me, draws out his gun, tells me it’s not personal and that the game was fixed and then… Then he shoots me. My vision goes white and I lose consciousness. Or die, depending on how you look at it. These are the opening moments of Bethesda’s fourth Fallout game, Fallout New Vegas. It’s […]

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  • On a cold November evening in 1976, in the basement of the downtown library, I met my watery end. My flagship was spotted, attacked and sunk carrying all hands down to their doom. Sighing, I rose from the carpeted floor and congratulated my opponent, handing back to him the tape measure and the little ship figures. I was out of the battle, and now adrift within the meeting of my high school’s War-game Club. So what to do now? It was only 7 pm and my Mom would not be coming to pick me up for another hour, at least. All the other club members were happily engaged in their respective Avalon Hill pursuits leaving me odd man out. Walking around the tables I noticed that there was […]

    Discovering Dungeons & Dragons

    On a cold November evening in 1976, in the basement of the downtown library, I met my watery end. My flagship was spotted, attacked and sunk carrying all hands down to their doom. Sighing, I rose from the carpeted floor and congratulated my opponent, handing back to him the tape measure and the little ship figures. I was out of the battle, and now adrift within the meeting of my high school’s War-game Club. So what to do now? It was only 7 pm and my Mom would not be coming to pick me up for another hour, at least. All the other club members were happily engaged in their respective Avalon Hill pursuits leaving me odd man out. Walking around the tables I noticed that there was […]

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  • PATHFINDER ROLE-PLAYING GAME NOW A DYNAMITE COMIC BOOK! Fantasy Comics Based on Best-Selling RPG Coming in 2012  January 4, 2012 (Runnemede, NJ) – Paizo Publishing has licensed its award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to Dynamite Entertainment, who will publish comics based on Pathfinder’s exciting fantasy world in 2012! Launched in 2009, Pathfinder has taken the tabletop gaming world by storm, and is now tied with Dungeons & Dragons as the best-selling hobby roleplaying game in the world, spawning rulebooks, adventures, collectible figurines, and novels, as well as the forthcoming Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer computer game.   “We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on a new Pathfinder comic!” said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. “Dynamite’s proven record with licensed properties and […]

    Pathfinder RPG Comic Book!

    PATHFINDER ROLE-PLAYING GAME NOW A DYNAMITE COMIC BOOK! Fantasy Comics Based on Best-Selling RPG Coming in 2012  January 4, 2012 (Runnemede, NJ) – Paizo Publishing has licensed its award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to Dynamite Entertainment, who will publish comics based on Pathfinder’s exciting fantasy world in 2012! Launched in 2009, Pathfinder has taken the tabletop gaming world by storm, and is now tied with Dungeons & Dragons as the best-selling hobby roleplaying game in the world, spawning rulebooks, adventures, collectible figurines, and novels, as well as the forthcoming Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer computer game.   “We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on a new Pathfinder comic!” said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. “Dynamite’s proven record with licensed properties and […]

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  •      After putting 170+ hours into Skyrim, I have to admit that I am overall disappointed. The game seemed to have a lot going for it at first, but I feel that Bethesda may have gone too grand with its ideas and it led to somewhat of a boring experience. In other words, less could have been a whole lot more. I know a lot of you will be reading this and thinking “What is he talking about?! This game is awesome!”  Allow me to explain. Infinite Quests      First off, the idea of infinite quests must have looked good on paper, but it’s implementation in the game is rather dull and pointless. The best part about it […]

    Skyrim: A New Review For A New Year

         After putting 170+ hours into Skyrim, I have to admit that I am overall disappointed. The game seemed to have a lot going for it at first, but I feel that Bethesda may have gone too grand with its ideas and it led to somewhat of a boring experience. In other words, less could have been a whole lot more. I know a lot of you will be reading this and thinking “What is he talking about?! This game is awesome!”  Allow me to explain. Infinite Quests      First off, the idea of infinite quests must have looked good on paper, but it’s implementation in the game is rather dull and pointless. The best part about it […]

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  • Things I fear the most:  spiders, walking sticks (bugs), and zombies.  While I know how to deal with the first two threats, I must constantly study how to off a zombie before I become one.  Yet, the hardest part of studying good tactics for a zombie war is that it hasn’t happened yet; there is no comparison to base how one would destroy these creatures.  The only thing we have to prepare ourselves for a possible zombie war is sound logic.  That’s when it becomes necessary to debunk the myths that many horror movies show, however, make no sense when you are really thrust into a world of zombies and survival.  So here are the most basic myths that should […]

    Common Myths to Debunk BEFORE a Zombie War

    Things I fear the most:  spiders, walking sticks (bugs), and zombies.  While I know how to deal with the first two threats, I must constantly study how to off a zombie before I become one.  Yet, the hardest part of studying good tactics for a zombie war is that it hasn’t happened yet; there is no comparison to base how one would destroy these creatures.  The only thing we have to prepare ourselves for a possible zombie war is sound logic.  That’s when it becomes necessary to debunk the myths that many horror movies show, however, make no sense when you are really thrust into a world of zombies and survival.  So here are the most basic myths that should […]

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