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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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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Avant-Garde Watercolor Wonder Woman

Does this count as cubism? It’s been a long time since Art Appreciation for Non-Majors. (via So Geek Chic, artwork by Adam Lister)

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Essay

Laying Down My Sword: How Games Can Inspire Moral Decisions, Even Without Asking

A curious thing happened as I was completing Mark of the Ninja a few weeks back (and yes, there are significant spoilers ahead). While the game has an entertaining story, it’s there for context and flavor, rather than being the driving force. The star of the show is the deliciously stylish gameplay, which caters to puzzle-loving adults who grew up with Saturday morning cartoons and martial arts movies. I often take satisfaction in playing stealth games as non-lethally as possible, but the combat in this one was too good to pass up. Ambushing baddies from shadowy air vents never got old. But I stopped doing it anyway.

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Here Be Dragons

You Can Take A Skyrim Class At A Texas University

We had one comic book course when I went to college and I didn’t even get to take it. Now one university in Texas is offering a course on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Maybe I need to go back to school… 

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And I'll Form the Head!

How To Make Your Own Skyrim Helmet Without Bags Of Gold (Or Any Other Metal) [VIDEO]

Ever wanted your very own helmet from Skyrim? The Helm of Yngol to be exact? Well now is your lucky day! YouTuber volpin, also of Volpin Props, has posted a handy tutorial of how it can be done without relying on a smithy or knowing how to use a forge. You will need a few other things of course.

(via Kotaku)

Essay

Pondering What Gail Simone Said About Video Games, The Three Act Structure, & Storytelling

Last week, comic writer Gail Simone shared some musings on her Tumblr about how video games are bucking the long-held three act model of narrative structure. The whole thing is worth a read (even though she tells you not to), and it poses a lot of good food for thought about how this fledgling medium could be starting to really shake things up. Most of my brainpower this weekend was spent mulling over her closing question:

…are video games training us to look at stories differently, and if so, will they affect or alter the three act structure in other media?

I can address the first part of that question with a resounding yes.

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what is this I don't even

This Is What Playing Skyrim As A My Little Pony Looks Like [VIDEO]

You may have seen someone turn the dragons from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim into My Little Ponies. You may have even seen the audio from the video game trailer mixed with the intro to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Here’s something you probably haven’t seen. Someone playing Skyrim as a My Little Pony, riding a My Little Pony. I’ll leave you to it. [Editors Note: There's lots of NSFW cursing in the video as well as pony violence.]

Winter Is Coming

The Game of Thrones And Skyrim Theme Songs In One Epic Mix

This isn’t something I ever would have thought to do (even if I did have the skills) but now that it’s here I’m glad it exists. YouTuber GeekRemixed posted an interesting remix by Fatboy Roberts . He used, “samples from ‘Main Title’ from Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi, and “Dragonborn” from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Jeremy Soule, with Violin samples from YouTube user JasonYangViolin” to create “A Dance With Dragonborn.” What do you think of the result?

(via Kotaku)

This Exists... Because of A Lady

Violinist Lindsey Stirling Plays The Skyrim Theme In Her Newest Video

I haven’t even played Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim but I can’t get enough of this video. Probably because I can’t get enough of Lindsey Stirling. She’s the violinist who brought us the Zelda theme as well as a truly epic music video shot in New Zealand, featuring the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Peter Hollens joins Stirling this time around to provide the necessary vocals (yes, all those voices are his). And just for the record, Stirling will sword fight you with her bow and win. Don’t even try.

Interview

EXCLUSIVE: Damsels & Dragons, How You Can Help A Fantasy/Comedy Web Series

We’ve got a very special treat for you today, readers. How would you like to find out more about a fantasy action/comedy web series about a women’s LARP (live-action role play) group? And what about the added bonus of some killer talent? Directed by Greg Aronowitz (The Guild, DragonAge), co-rroduced by America Young (Geek Therapy) and Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces), and written by Eric Collin Campbell (Geek Therapy, Connect To), it’s called Damsels and Dragons and we have an inkling it’s up your alley, as it features some strong female characters. The Mary Sue is also proud to be the first to announce the IndieGogo campaign to fund the second season of the series. Now read on and find out all about it! 

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