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Minecraft

The Human Machine

Neila Rey’s Nerdy Workouts Make Me Actually Want to Work Out, and That’s Saying Something

Maybe it’s just that for the first time in my life I actually miss having time to work out, but Neila Rey’s pop culture themed work outs are really  as physically challenging and logistically easy as one could hope, and for every kind of nerd reference you might care to make. We’ve posted only a few here, there are lots more at her site.

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Pros and Cons

Minecraft Is Getting Its Own Lego Movie

The Creepers want tickets. They promise to be real quiet during the movie. Reeeal quiet.

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DO WANT

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Lockets (Unless Your Grandma Is A Rad Geek)

Lockets are pretty awesome.  But make those lockets geeky and suddenly they’re even more awesome.  Etsy Store ThreeTwelveTrinkets sells these super cool geeky lockets that include fandoms as varied as Marvel, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Minecraft.  You can even custom order one if you don’t see anything you like in their current collection.  And, as an added bonus, they’re super affordable.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

A Sampler of In-Game Holiday Events, Detailed in Festive Verse

T’is the night before Christmas
and through many a house
all the gamers are playing
with controller or mouse.

Quite soon we will pause
to wrap gifts and share hugs,
to pour too much eggnog
in red and green mugs.

But wait, says your writer!
Don’t log out right just yet!
There’s some holiday cheer
that we mustn’t forget!

For our digital worlds
love this time of year, too.
There’s presents and parties!
Free swag, just for you!

Deck the halls with your guildies!
Your clanmates! Your crew!
Take part in some make-believe!
There’s so much to do!

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Do Try This At Home

The Minecraftiest Wedding We’ve Ever Seen

Matt and Asia may not have met through Minecraft, but it was certainly a part of their courtship… enough that Matt popped the question to Asia onstage at MineCon, with the help of Notch and the rest of the Minecraft team. So when it came time to actually throw that party, there was no question as to whether Minecraft trappings would be involved.

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It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

This 8-Bit Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Is Really A Computer

Richard Clinton has built something pretty impressive. He’s created a Super Mario Bros. super mushroom case mod for a PC computer. But he didn’t stop there. Hit the jump to see what this mushroom looks like on the inside as well as other versions he created from The Legend of Zelda

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Lego Tank Girl

A Lego builder known as mahjqa recently took a Lego Friends set, and what I’m assuming are a lot of other sets, to create a Lego Tank Girl. Straight chillin’. Check out details of the build here. Don’t miss the video. (via The Beat) Now, what else did we see today… 

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Essay

A Video Game Starter Guide for Total Newbs

Yeah, I know, a lot of you out there are already gamers. You’ve got raiding schedules and encyclopedic knowledge of voice actors and DPS formulas good enough for publication in academic journals. For this, I salute you.

But some of you aren’t gamers. I’ve had comments from and conversations with folks who have an inclination to game, but just haven’t given it a try yet. I understand why. Knowing where to start is tricky. Being intrigued by games and actually choosing one to play is a little like following up the statement “I’d like to learn to read” with strolling into a bookstore.

To make things easier for the Potentials, I’ve put together a handy starter guide just for you (and if you’re already into comics or SF/F, all it’s going to take is a tiny nudge). Chances are that the activities and fandoms you already enjoy have have primed you for a happy life of questing and leveling up.

(And veteran gamers, do stick around. I’m going to need your help at the end.)

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Clever Girl

Inadvisable Child Costume of the Year

Brand’s daughter is a big fan of Minecraft, and this year insisted on being a Creeper, the terrifying exploding menaces that spawn throughout the game.

If I had a nickel for every time I opened the door of my fort to find a Creeper standing there, I’d have — well, I wouldn’t have many nickels because I quickly learned to build a second story window from which I could see my front door and shoot any horrible monsters with bows and arrows before I left for the day.

I… just hope nobody flipped out and grabbed their 8-bit swords to do battle upon seeing her costume, that’s all.

Previously in Adorable Costumes

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Thing We Didn’t Expect to See Today: Kristen Schaal Talking About Minecraft

Look, I don’t care if it’s blatant advertising. Kristen Schaal is talking about Minecraft. Minecraft. We have a jacuzzi on our office server. It’s in the room with the sign that says “SWEET JESUS TAP DANCING CHRIST” because of the time the spawn rate for squid glitched and the entire room got filled up with clippy cephalopods.

We had to flood it with lava.

(via GamePro.)