Curt Schilling the dragon-slayer
Curt Schilling is now the chairman and founder of 38 Studios, a video game company that is getting set to release its first title.
January 17th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Curt Schilling the dragon-slayer

Curt Schilling can throw a baseball far better than you can. He can also kick your dark-elf butt in a Nagafen raid or smite Deathwing the Destroyer before you get close enough to smell the smoldering embers.

Schilling is, and has been for the past 31 years, a gamer. He honed his controller skills on an Intellivision video game system. His first favorite game was - surprise - “Major League Baseball.”

“I was at the right age for consoles, when ‘Pong’ was the ‘Need For Speed’ of the day,” Schilling said. “(‘Major League Baseball’) was like the greatest baseball game ever. If you had a consistent playing partner like they do in ‘Starcraft’ now, every game was 1-0, and you had to hit a home run down the left field line.”

But that fascination didn’t last long. Schilling - who had a very successful MLB pitching career lasted for 20 season; who helped two different teams win world championships in 2001, 2004 and 2007; who was a six time All-Star and currently holds the record for postseason winning percentage - said baseball video games were never hard enough to keep his attention.

So he started playing fantasy-based, massive multiplayer online games such as “Ultima Online” and “EverQuest.”

“I was always a big fantasy guy, a big ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ kind of gamer,” Schilling said. “That was always a very big, significant piece of my gaming because I was always a very avid reader as a kid. I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy for probably the 20th time a couple of years ago, but that’s what got me into fantasy gaming.” FULL POST

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Hogwarts houses answer your questions
Ginny DiGuiseppi portrays a Hogwarts student responding to a viewer question.
January 17th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

Hogwarts houses answer your questions

Dana Ritterbusch and Ginny DiGuiseppi aren't your ordinary "Harry Potter" fans.

The two college students from Denver recently began a series of YouTube videos in which "Hogwarts students" respond to people's everyday questions.

The videos, called "Ask Hogwarts," are parodies of the differences between the different Hogwarts houses in the "Harry Potter" books and movies.

Tens of thousands clicked on the original video after it was posted earlier this month.

CNN Geek Out spoke to the duo, who go by the sketch comedy title, "Not Literally," about where this idea came from:
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Jorge Garcia explores new mysteries on 'Alcatraz'
January 16th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Jorge Garcia explores new mysteries on 'Alcatraz'

On the TV series "Lost," Jorge Garcia portrayed Hurley, who was something of the voice of all geeks on the show (after all, his first reaction to time travel was to rewrite "The Empire Strikes Back").

On Monday night, Garcia stars in the new Fox series "Alcatraz," as "Doc" Soto, a comic book store owner and expert in the history of the infamous prison. It seems that hundreds of Alcatraz inmates are wreaking havoc in the present day, not looking a minute older than they did when the prison closed (like "Lost," this is also a J.J. Abrams production). Naturally, "Doc" Soto has a few opinions on the matter.

CNN Geek Out recently spoke to Garcia about his new show, the geeky TV he's obsessed with, his favorite comic books and more:
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'Portlandia' characters discover 'Battlestar Galactica'
Sci-fi met sketch comedy in last Friday's episode of IFC’s "Portlandia." The show airs again Monday night.
January 16th, 2012
10:33 AM ET

'Portlandia' characters discover 'Battlestar Galactica'

We've all seen it happen. Sometimes, it's years after something we love is long gone.

Yes, I'm talking about friends or family members discovering television shows that many of us have been geeking out about for a long time.

A CNN.com story back in 2010 covered this phenomenon, and it's now been captured brilliantly in this past Friday's episode of the IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia."

Doug and Claire (Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein) start watching a "Battlestar Galactica" episode on DVD, on a whim. After all, some of their friends say it's great, and they just haven't had the time to watch.

Before they know it, they're obsessed, to say the least. Check out part one of the sketch below.

What followed in Friday night's episode involved members of the show's cast, "BSG" executive producer Ronald D. Moore and a certain Doctor. Don't worry - if you missed the episode, it airs again Monday night at 10:30 ET.

CNN Geek Out spoke with series co-creator Armisen (also known for his many years on "Saturday Night Live") about the sketch. (Just like his character, Doug, Armisen is hoping we'll get more "BSG" one of these days, and he's already obsessed with "Game of Thrones.")
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Comic longbox week in review
January 13th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Comic longbox week in review

Here's a look at some of the stories that had comic fans geeking out this week:

DC Comics announced the “Second Wave” of titles as part of its historic The New 52 initiative. In the same announcement, DC said it will be canceling "Blackhawks", "Hawk And Dove", "Men of War", "Mister Terrific", "O.M.A.C." and "Static Shock" to make room for the new comics. (via the Source)

Diamond Comic Distributors announced that DC Comics’ "Justice League No. 1" was the best-selling comic book published in 2011 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops and that Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book industry’s top publisher, leading in both dollar and unit market shares. (via Diamond Comic)

Marvel Comics held its "Next Big Thing" live blogs this week.  Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman blogged about their upcoming run on "Secret Avengers." Walt Simonson discussed his work on the "AvX" tie-in with "The Avengers." Cullen Bunn, the new writer of "Captain America & Hawkeye" - formerly "Captain America & Bucky" - Greg Rucka and Mark Waid announced the"Omega Effect" crossover between "Avenging Spider-Man," "Daredevil" and "The Punisher." (via Marvel Comics)

DC Entertainment announced the creative team for the new graphic novel based on Stieg Larsson’s international sensation "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The creative team includes Denise Mina, Lee Bermejo, Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti. (via Graphic Content)

Variety published an interview with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who discussed his thoughts on the layout and flow of comics and how they are seen and read on digital devices like the iPad. (via Variety)

Evil Hat Productions announced an agreement to produce, publish and distribute a RPG based on the Eisner-nominated "Atomic Robo" comic book. It will be co-written by "Atomic Robo" scribe Brian Clevinger and "Kerberos Club: Fate Edition" author Mike Olson. Olson also created the "Strange Fate" version of the Fate engine. (via Deadly Fredly)

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