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Anime Recommendation: Knights of Sidonia

Anime Recommendation: Knights of Sidonia

My posts are primarily about video games, but recently I haven’t really been playing anything new so I thought I’d switch it up and talk about anime. This is a nerd culture blog after all, and anime definitely fits that category. The truth is, I’ve only seen a handful of anime (I know, I’m a casual) but I’ve always had a love of Japanese culture and that includes anime. I’ve always been kind of wary with anime, though—I was afraid…

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Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Review: Blast from the Past

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Review: Blast from the Past

Though they’re now looked back on as the oddball, waterlogged entries of the Pokemon series, Ruby & Sapphire are still my favorite Pokemon games. They hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, so I had high hopes for the remakes, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS. The new games do the originals justice for the most part—Game Freak has yet to make a bad Pokemon game. However, there are still a few gripes that I have with…

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Monument Valley Review: Escher’s Paradise

Monument Valley Review: Escher’s Paradise

  Monument Valley, a game for iOS and Android by developer usTwo Games, is by far the most gorgeous, elegantly designed mobile game I have ever played. Granted, the only mobile games I really ever play are Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, and Pixel People, but even so, I’m especially picky about the mobile games I play, and this one makes the cut and then some. Hardcore gamers often make fun of anyone who plays mobile games, calling them “casuals”…

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Gone Home Review

Gone Home Review

“Gone Home,” a computer game from The Fullbright Company, is the latest in a recent trend of first-person walking-simulator story exploration adventure games (wow that’s a mouthful), like “Dear Esther” or the upcoming “Firewatch.” In it, you play as a college student who has just come home from studying abroad, only to find that you’ve come home to an empty house. You explore the vast mansion, reading notes left behind by your family, listening to journal entries by your younger…

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Kimo-Kawaii: The Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Sensation

Kimo-Kawaii: The Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Sensation

Last time I talked about a video game, Pokemon X/Y, but this time I’m going to completely change gears and tell you all about the sensation that has been quickly dominating Japan and soon (maybe?) the world: Harajuku’s J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent last year abroad in Japan, and I love Japanese culture. Before going to Japan, my main impression of the country came from Kyary’s music videos. Take a look…

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Pokemon X/Y Review

Pokemon X/Y Review

Hi there! My name’s Eliot Cowley, and this is my first post for the Main Circle’s Nerd Culture column. A bit of background about me: I’m a senior, and I spent last year studying at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Needless to say, I love Japanese culture and the nerdiness that comes with it. I’m a computer science and Japanese double major, and hope to somehow use those majors to score a job in the video game industry. But enough…

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Anime Recommendation: Baccano

Anime Recommendation: Baccano

Welcome back, fledgling nerds! Having had spring break to relax—and, more importantly, try out some of the nerdy activities that I recommended in my last two posts—I’m sure you’re ready for more advanced nerd fare, right? Well, ready or not, here’s a review of the time-skipping, storyline twisting, urban fantasy series Baccano. What do you get when you combine a mysterious newspaper and its’ employees, multiple mafia families, a couple of happy-go-lucky idiot thieves who have way more success than they should, a two-bit punk…

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So You Want to be a Geek? Part 2: Of D20s and Drum Solos

So You Want to be a Geek? Part 2: Of D20s and Drum Solos

Greetings once more, my long-suffering nerd comrades. Having finally been freed of (most of) my midterms, I’m back to tell you about that geekiest of all pasttimes—roleplaying games—along with nerdy music and where to find nerdy things on and off campus. Tabletop Games I say “tabletop games” because roleplaying games exclude the ever-enjoyable Magic: The Gathering—the subject of my lost-to-a-server-crash first post of the semester—among other games. Regardless, you’ve likely heard of Dungeons and Dragons, that most stereotypical of nerdy  activities. It may look…

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So You Want to Be a Nerd?

So You Want to Be a Nerd?

Greetings once more, aspiring geeks. I’m Nick Michel, your friendly purveyor of nerd wisdom, here to tell you how you—yes you—can become a nerd, just like me. First, you need to decide what kind of nerd you want to be. Don’t worry, you can choose to be as many kinds as you want, but there are a few general nerd categories to keep in mind. Below is a short list of geeky pursuits to consider. I’ll cover the first two categories—anime and video games—this week, and the third…

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FTL: Faster Than Light

FTL: Faster Than Light

Hello again, galactic explorers. I’m Nick Michel, your guide to all things nerdy. Today, I’ll be talking about the spaceship-management-roguelike-crowdsourced-indie game, FTL: Faster  Than Light. And yes, I’ll explain all of the aforementioned terms. Imagine: the Federation is on the brink of collapse. Rebels, employing vast drone fleets and espousing the unworthiness of the various alien races that have joined humanity among the stars, slowly but inexorably push toward the last remaining Federation base. The Federation’s fate rests in you—armed with a haphazardly retrofitted museum piece…

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