Quest for a princess rescues kids
January 5th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Quest for a princess rescues kids

In 1986, a game that would come to be known as "The Legend of Zelda" was released in Japan. It followed a boy named Link as he fought battles and solved puzzles in the land of Hyrule, as he attempted to collect the eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom in order to rescue the Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon.

Who would have guessed, 25 years later, that the little game about a boy, his sword and his efforts to save a princess would also save other boys and girls from depression and boredom as they, too, fight the biggest battle of their young lives?

A handful of students from Georgia Tech did.

From December 17-21, 2011, 'GT' also stood  for "Game Tech," as six college-age students converged in an Acworth, Georgia, basement to unite for one noble cause: To play eight Zelda games for however long donations kept them going, all to benefit charity. FULL POST

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Mark your 2012 calendar for some serious geeking out
"The Hunger Games" is one of the most anticipated new movies for geeks in 2012.
January 2nd, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Mark your 2012 calendar for some serious geeking out

This year is going to be a huge one for nerds. Let's take a look at what 2012 has in store:

January 5-8: The 10th annual music and gaming festival, MAGFest, takes place in National Harbor, Maryland.

January 10-13: CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is the first event this year to get an early look at upcoming video games, and much more in the world of technology. Will the upcoming "Diablo III" be there?

January 12: The first issue of the "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" comic book will hit store shelves.

January 16: "Alcatraz," J.J. Abrams' latest series, starring Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill, premieres.

January 19: The cult favorite animated series "Archer" returns.

January 26-29: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons gamers descend upon Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the D&D Experience.

January 27: So long, Nerd Herd. The final episode of "Chuck" airs.

January 31: It's a sequel to a sequel: "Final Fantasy XIII-2" comes to North American shores. FULL POST

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2011's pop culture squees, 'sad trombones'
Colin Ferguson, left, star of "Eureka," at Dragon*Con. Andrew Garfield, right, delivered an impassioned speech at Comic-Con.
December 30th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

2011's pop culture squees, 'sad trombones'

We're pretty sure 2011 was a great year to be a geek. But with all of the amazing things we've witnessed in the nexus of nerd culture and mainstream pop culture, there were plenty of potential geek out moments that didn't quite work out. And then there were a few things this year that were just a mixed bag.

So, here's a look at some squees and corresponding "sad trombones" for this year's pop culture with a nerdy bent:

Squee: "Doctor Who"

Things got off to a rip-roaring start in the sixth season of "Doctor Who." We encountered the ominously creepy Silence, an “impossible astronaut” with murderous intentions towards the Doctor, and the constant foreshadowing of a fixed date when the Doctor must die. The episodes that followed maneuvered the twists and turns of Steven Moffat’s layered plotlines, and Matt Smith continued to reveal deeper and darker sides of our beloved Doctor. But perhaps the most brilliant gem was the Neil Gaiman-penned episode, “The Doctor’s Wife,” where the TARDIS comes to life in a beautifully poignant character, and we realize that she is the Doctor’s only constant.
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What is a 'gamer' in 2011?
G4's Morgan Webb.
December 27th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

What is a 'gamer' in 2011?

The word "gamer" was more prevalent than ever in our lexicon this year.

Zachary Levi recently chimed in with his theory that everyone is a gamer at some level.

CNN Geek Out recently spoke to hardcore gamer Morgan Webb, host of “X-Play” on G4, and asked her what it means to be a gamer and about the state of gaming in 2011.

“Unfortunately, it is a more confusing word now because there are so many different types of games and so many people playing games from on their cell phones, or on Facebook, or on many other things," she said.

"The word encompasses so many different groups, so it doesn’t really mean as much as it used to. I call myself a gamer, but someone’s mom who plays ‘Farmville’ all the time, maybe she calls herself a gamer too, and she should, because she is. I think we need words to start differentiating the subgroups.”

Webb got into gaming well before "Farmville," of course. Her first console was an Atari 2600, where she played “Combat” and “Plaque Attack” for hours on end. She is also an avowed fanatic when it comes to the “Centipede” arcade game.
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Why MAGFest is the con gamers can't miss
The Minibosses rock MAGFest.
December 20th, 2011
02:45 PM ET

Why MAGFest is the con gamers can't miss

In just a little over two weeks, thousands of gamers are going to converge upon a large hotel right outside Washington.

Armed with shirts bearing nerdy references, portable consoles and many musical instruments, they will spend four straight days jamming out, partying, going to panels full of cool information about topics they love, and meeting other gamers. By the time the weekend is over, new music will be discovered, faces will be rocked off, and best of all, new friends will be made.

This beautiful phenomenon is called MAGFest, and it's probably the best gamer convention that you haven't heard of. Yet. FULL POST

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