Jan 21

Why do I love Sword and Sorcery? It’s a question I have mulled over inside my mind for some time as an adult. I am a black man yet I have read every single one of Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara series (over 12 books), I am a huge fan of The Lord of The Rings books, and I grew up reading The Savage Sword of Conan The Barbarian as a child. In my teenage years I was the token black kid rolling a 20-sided die on the table top of a Dungeons and Dragons adventure, even playing DM to a set of adventures in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons realm. Sword and Sorcery is fun, it depicts larger than life heroes overcoming the harshest of odds. In the table-top games you made up your own identity and lived through your character whether it be… [Read more]

Dec 27

Parents often worry for their children’s future when the 13 year old is still reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy instead of great literature. Many believe that the child will believe in sorcery, magical miracles and other things that they deem false. This of course comes from ignorance. Try talking to a cynic of The Lord of The Rings who hasn’t read the books or watched the movies and you will hear them go on and on about it being foolishness dealing with effeminate elves, white knights and magic. For the person who has experienced the book and/or movies they will tell you it is a tale of overcoming the most dire of obstacles. I applaud a child’s reading regardless if it is history on the Holocaust or Frank Herbert’s DUNE. Adults and their Atrocious Spelling While I am not a grammar Nazi, it still boggles my mind when… [Read more]

Nov 19

A million years ago I was a nerdy kid programming QBasic games on my Packard Bell 286 and learning more and more about bulletin board systems. I was hooked on BBS after the muscular running back of my football team introduced me to them (go figure, you think nerds are skinny and weak huh). Anyway I was on people’s boards playing text based games, chatting it up with like-minded nerds and keeping it to myself so not to draw the blank stares and confused looks that most people would give me at this BBS thing. The last one I visited was prior to college and after I logged off I went to lead a 4 year span of clubs, women, Hip Hop and scholarship. 3 years later this internet thing blew up and websites were all the rage as information became accessible at the tip… [Read more]

Nov 12

I follow a lot of blogs, I read them, I reply to them and I use them as inspiration. Some blogs are exceptional and the reason for this is due to exceptional writing, thought-provoking articles (I don’t want to read things I agree with 100% of the time) and professionalism through design. Ahh you see my last point? As with most other designers that have put years into this thing of ours, I can’t help but skip over blogs that look like an internet version of Zion in The Matrix. Blogs where the advertising links ARE the blog and others that have images crushed or stretched unnaturally (come on guys do better). Nothing however will stop me from subscribing to someone’s blog faster than the obligatory “give me some money for writing” post. Fuckouttahere! It’s insulting; you aren’t asking for money to fuel some worthwhile… [Read more]

Oct 04

I go to the movie theater once or twice a week and I’ve noticed the trends with the movies that I attend and the type of audiences that they bring out.  I’ve also noticed what types of people to move away from because it is almost guaranteed that my movie experience will be a nightmare. Theaters have advanced in technology, IMAX 3D being a thing of beauty when coupled with something like James Cameron’s Avatar or any one of Pixar’s masteries for that bright vibrant color. What hasn’t advanced however is the placement of seats and audience comfort to complement the increased price of tickets. As a movie-watcher I can tell you that the invention of the Smart Phone has been one of the most harmful things towards the theater, even more than the beeper and the cellular phone has been. To be frank people… [Read more]

Aug 30

In this article I will be making reference to nerds, in fact the word count on nerd will be astronomical after I have finished saying what it is I have to say. That being said I wanted to preface this with a distinction, I am not referring to fake nerds (Olivia Munn), wannabe nerds (since nerds are all popular now), or geeks (sports stat guy and computer fix-it guy). I am referring to introverts, people who look down when they walk, wear high-water pants and hate/fear people. The guys who stare blankly at you because they haven’t had enough people experience to know that doing so is considered rude. The guys who are so full of themselves on a topic that they see everyone else as complete idiots. THAT is the nerd of which I will be referencing today. Examples of this Nerd of which… [Read more]

Aug 03

For those of you who are not in the know, a LARP is a Live Action Role Player aka a nerd (many are female) who plays out an adventure using props, swords and armor. Yes people do this… This past weekend on my ritual sprint session, a couple friends of mine experienced LARPing for the first time and their reactions were shall I say entertaining? The huge field around which the 5k track ran is normally a place for people who wish to play soccer, walk dogs or attempt the picnic thing. On the day that we went however it was beyond hot and the park was empty except for 14 people with plastic swords, staves and shields running around in what I assumed was a form of melee. Question for the LARPs So being a huge fan of Sword and Sorcery (even the 100%… [Read more]

Jul 16
Street Fighter The Legend of Chun-Li

Editor’s Note: So rumor-mill has revealed that Kim Kardashian may be the next Lady Lara Croft on the big screen and that led me to think of this old article I wrote for 3GodKings.com (our sister site). Without ripping Kim for her acting (for which I haven’t seen), I can anticipate garbage just off the premise that video game movies are bad and to place a new “actress” in the role of a very familiar heroine just sounds like a recipe for disaster. It is a common reaction by Gamers and movie-goers alike to groan and sigh when the announcement of a video game movie is made. How can you expect otherwise when we have experienced the failures of Street Fighter, Double Dragon and Doom? There aren’t many movies that have been acceptable to Gamers outside of the rendered CGI ones like Final Fantasy: Advent… [Read more]