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Tuesday, January 20, 2015



Console video games have reached new heights in recent years, thanks in large part to the release of the Xbox One, Wii U, and PS4 along with the ambition and innovation of game developers. Top-notch video games are now mind-blowing in their ability to depict entire virtual worlds and keep players endlessly entertained. But, naturally, this evolution in modern gaming has only made players greedier for newer and better experiences. So just for fun, here are five new console gaming ideas that need to be turned into games already!


Guardians Of The Galaxy

A year ago, this would have seemed like an absolutely terrible game concept, because the Guardians of the Galaxy were pretty obscure on the superhero spectrum, at least to a modern audience. But lo and behold, Marvel proved that it can turn pretty much anything it wants to into a blockbuster success (though we'll see if that's still true after this summer's Ant Man). Guardians Of The Galaxy became one of the most popular films of 2014 and as of now, there is still no major gaming adaptation to follow the film.

People enjoy when humor is blended with action in gaming, and a title that centers on the Guardians could do this in a big way. Basically, these guys are Avengers who don't take themselves seriously—the outlaw versions of Marvel heroes. And as a result, they're sarcastic, irreverent, and unpredictable, all while kicking appropriate amounts of ass for a superhero video game. Plus, if you got the likes of Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel to reprise their voice acting roles in game form, you'd easily attract an even greater portion of the cinematic audience. Action, humor, popular characters, and the momentum of a surprise success at the box office doesn't look like a bad checklist to lead into a brand-new Marvel game!

The Avengers

This one seems like a no brainer, given that Marvel and its Avenger characters have essentially hijacked the entertainment industry. There are actually a number of decent, if not great, Marvel games out there that feature all of the popular characters. Perhaps the biggest is now Marvel Heroes 2015, a very ambitious MMO RPG that lets users play as Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, etc. in a sprawling, Marvel mash-up experience. There are also simpler and more accessible Marvel games such as the recently released Contest Of Champions mobile app, which is basically a brawler game that uses Marvel characters. These are pretty entertaining options, but at the same time, it's hard to believe they're the best Marvel can do.

There have been attempts at major console games as well, most notably with 2006's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, which got an 8.2 at IGN and provided a satisfying RPG experience. But given the capabilities of modern gaming and the clout of the Avengers, something more is needed. You know where I'm going with this one: an open-world, wonderfully detailed game in which the various Avengers are all playable. Yeah, there's no way it wouldn't fly off shelves, even if it would take a titanic effort for a developer to get it right.

Arthurian Legends

Speaking of historical gaming, how is it that there's no console adventure built around King Arthur, his knights, and their various legends!? There are King Arthur games out there, but none built for live action. King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame on PC is fairly enjoyable, and the arcade games at Betfair even include a Lancelot option. The latter is a slot-centric experience, so naturally it's not made for controlling knights and kings in action-packed circumstances. However, it's an amusing and enjoyable twist on straightforward slot gaming, and it proves that people are still interested in this part of history.

Yet, while these games serve certain purposes in their own genres, imagine a full-on open world action/adventure game (perhaps in the vein of Shadow Of Mordor) in which you could explore Camelot, battle mythical villains, and control the famous knights of Arthurian legend. Maybe such a game will come when Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur films hit the big screen.

Silicon Valley

Bear with me here. First of all, if you haven't seen the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, you're missing out on a very clever and hilarious show. But secondly, the simplicity with which that show mocks the Silicon Valley start-up/tech business culture actually makes a game on the subject seem pretty easy to set up. Imagine a game in which you can start your version of a Silicon Valley tech company, develop its various products and features, and compete with the industry attempting to grow your business.

It's not the most action-packed idea on this list, but one has to think it could be popular if done well. The game could be packed with humor and witty jabs at the actual Silicon Valley. And in requiring you to make deals, take on investors, and even partner with other players, it could also be pretty intellectual in its execution. It's an out-there idea, but it would certainly be original.

Ultimate Apocalypse

I'm obsessed with apocalyptic themes in gaming. In fact, there are so many examples out there that it's almost pointless to name an examples. So why not just mash everything up into some sort of "ultimate apocalypse" game? There could be zombies, plagues, nuclear disasters, alien invasions, and/or more reasonable concerns like climate disasters or resource shortages.

Throwing all of these popular apocalyptic themes into one game would require an unprecedented hodgepodge of action and strategy on behalf of the player. Also, given the popularity of games in this category, it would thrill a gigantic audience of players. There are numerous ways to play this one out. There could be one overarching hero who manages to have a hand in preventing the apocalypse from all angles, or a range of playable characters, each working on his or her own branch of the effort to save the world.



Console video games have reached new heights in recent years, thanks in large part to the release of the Xbox One, Wii U, and PS4 along with the ambition and innovation of game developers. Top-notch video games are now mind-blowing in their ability to depict entire virtual worlds and keep players endlessly entertained. But, naturally, this evolution in modern gaming has only made players greedier for newer and better experiences. So just for fun, here are five new console gaming ideas that need to be turned into games already!


Guardians Of The Galaxy

A year ago, this would have seemed like an absolutely terrible game concept, because the Guardians of the Galaxy were pretty obscure on the superhero spectrum, at least to a modern audience. But lo and behold, Marvel proved that it can turn pretty much anything it wants to into a blockbuster success (though we'll see if that's still true after this summer's Ant Man). Guardians Of The Galaxy became one of the most popular films of 2014 and as of now, there is still no major gaming adaptation to follow the film.

People enjoy when humor is blended with action in gaming, and a title that centers on the Guardians could do this in a big way. Basically, these guys are Avengers who don't take themselves seriously—the outlaw versions of Marvel heroes. And as a result, they're sarcastic, irreverent, and unpredictable, all while kicking appropriate amounts of ass for a superhero video game. Plus, if you got the likes of Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel to reprise their voice acting roles in game form, you'd easily attract an even greater portion of the cinematic audience. Action, humor, popular characters, and the momentum of a surprise success at the box office doesn't look like a bad checklist to lead into a brand-new Marvel game!

The Avengers

This one seems like a no brainer, given that Marvel and its Avenger characters have essentially hijacked the entertainment industry. There are actually a number of decent, if not great, Marvel games out there that feature all of the popular characters. Perhaps the biggest is now Marvel Heroes 2015, a very ambitious MMO RPG that lets users play as Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, etc. in a sprawling, Marvel mash-up experience. There are also simpler and more accessible Marvel games such as the recently released Contest Of Champions mobile app, which is basically a brawler game that uses Marvel characters. These are pretty entertaining options, but at the same time, it's hard to believe they're the best Marvel can do.

There have been attempts at major console games as well, most notably with 2006's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, which got an 8.2 at IGN and provided a satisfying RPG experience. But given the capabilities of modern gaming and the clout of the Avengers, something more is needed. You know where I'm going with this one: an open-world, wonderfully detailed game in which the various Avengers are all playable. Yeah, there's no way it wouldn't fly off shelves, even if it would take a titanic effort for a developer to get it right.

Arthurian Legends

Speaking of historical gaming, how is it that there's no console adventure built around King Arthur, his knights, and their various legends!? There are King Arthur games out there, but none built for live action. King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame on PC is fairly enjoyable, and the arcade games at Betfair even include a Lancelot option. The latter is a slot-centric experience, so naturally it's not made for controlling knights and kings in action-packed circumstances. However, it's an amusing and enjoyable twist on straightforward slot gaming, and it proves that people are still interested in this part of history.

Yet, while these games serve certain purposes in their own genres, imagine a full-on open world action/adventure game (perhaps in the vein of Shadow Of Mordor) in which you could explore Camelot, battle mythical villains, and control the famous knights of Arthurian legend. Maybe such a game will come when Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur films hit the big screen.

Silicon Valley

Bear with me here. First of all, if you haven't seen the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, you're missing out on a very clever and hilarious show. But secondly, the simplicity with which that show mocks the Silicon Valley start-up/tech business culture actually makes a game on the subject seem pretty easy to set up. Imagine a game in which you can start your version of a Silicon Valley tech company, develop its various products and features, and compete with the industry attempting to grow your business.

It's not the most action-packed idea on this list, but one has to think it could be popular if done well. The game could be packed with humor and witty jabs at the actual Silicon Valley. And in requiring you to make deals, take on investors, and even partner with other players, it could also be pretty intellectual in its execution. It's an out-there idea, but it would certainly be original.

Ultimate Apocalypse

I'm obsessed with apocalyptic themes in gaming. In fact, there are so many examples out there that it's almost pointless to name an examples. So why not just mash everything up into some sort of "ultimate apocalypse" game? There could be zombies, plagues, nuclear disasters, alien invasions, and/or more reasonable concerns like climate disasters or resource shortages.

Throwing all of these popular apocalyptic themes into one game would require an unprecedented hodgepodge of action and strategy on behalf of the player. Also, given the popularity of games in this category, it would thrill a gigantic audience of players. There are numerous ways to play this one out. There could be one overarching hero who manages to have a hand in preventing the apocalypse from all angles, or a range of playable characters, each working on his or her own branch of the effort to save the world.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2014 was a messy, cray cray kind of a year. But it wasn't without it's redeeming traits. Between attending a few fashion week partys (absolutely no fan-girling, whatsoever) and being reinvented as a new breed of  geek by my work with Geek Magazine, and Comic Con coverage, one could say despite all of it, I've flourished. Inspired by life, and all of it's pop-cultural confections, inspired by entertainment, and it's monolithic back-drop. And lastly, always, fashion, and it's ever-growing controversial, glamour sludge-fest. But alas 2015 is the new French man in our rolodexes (those are still a thing, no?), and 'Tis the time to be courted by an explosive and unforgettable year.

To help welcome such an amazing year, perhaps it's best to start with inspirations? While I'm all about the duds, home furnishings and trinkets have been my vice as of late, and what better way to kick off a wonderful year than to sync your central space full of geek/chic goodies?



1. Glamour with Thranduil - I'll admit, I'm no Martha Stewart when it comes to home, but I've got good taste, and my inspirations are the best. Take The Hobbit's rising star, the fine ass man-elf known as Thranduil. He's all glamour, all glitz and all sass. A perfect side-eye to the LOTR canon, Thranduil saunters in exquisite metallics, which of course made me think: How does one apply such splendor to the home? Nate Berkus has an amazing bridge collection with Target, filled with luxe, inexpensive finds. My personal fav? The Nate Berkus gold-dipped bird bowl, perfect for assorting those scattered accessories in one place. #ElfSwag

 






2. A Dark Phoenix Moment - I've got a couple of obsessions of (don't even get me started), but by great Neptune, do I love fire! (fireworks, fireplaces, firemen, etc) particularly candles. My newest candle-light obsession hails from Apothecary candles - the Thom Browne of the candle world, the candles are refined with unique scents: like one Tobacco & Patchouli number that smells just like my signature cologne, Spicebomb, because who doesn't want their room to smell like themselves?The scents are diverse and soothing enough to keep you from waging an intergalactic fire fueled war with your coworkers, roomies or whoever happens to be in the danger room that evening. 








3. Cat's Got Your Tongue -  If there was ever a DC spirit animal that yours truly swooned after, it's the delicious Selina Kyle. Brawns,brain and a meow worth killing for, Kitty's everything I wanted to be as a kid. And while the feline queen and books don't exactly go hand-in-hand (unless you want a meow-mix worthy aftermath of shredded pages and desolated book spines),  kitten bookends from Evan & Odd are a tad more tamed with the insatiable curiosity cats embody. But please, no excess purring.





4. Timey Wimey Lounging - I'm not one for literal decor pieces, but I couldn't pass this up for my Whovians. I'm a sucker for anything blue, especially if accompanies an attractive singular Doctor, who'd like me to be his companion. But since that's a long shot from now, cuddling up to Think Geek's T.A.R.D.I.S. Throw pillow will have to do, while adding a nice pop of color to the livingroom/ bedroom.





5. Jon Snow Knows the Time - Everyone's favorite bastard behind the wall could be a post on his own, but to spare you my endless swooning over his arsenal of fur pelts and pouty faces, I figure we'll stick to some wall decor. I don't know many people who are into good clockwork, but the ones that are tend to stick with pretty unique ornamentation. No need to get all Lannister fancy (though I'd love you, if you did.), but the below piece from Society6 keeps time in perspective rather stylishly, but who are we kidding here? It's the perfect excuse to stare at Snow and Ghost all day, and that's perfectly fine. You go Glen Coco!


2014 was a messy, cray cray kind of a year. But it wasn't without it's redeeming traits. Between attending a few fashion week partys (absolutely no fan-girling, whatsoever) and being reinvented as a new breed of  geek by my work with Geek Magazine, and Comic Con coverage, one could say despite all of it, I've flourished. Inspired by life, and all of it's pop-cultural confections, inspired by entertainment, and it's monolithic back-drop. And lastly, always, fashion, and it's ever-growing controversial, glamour sludge-fest. But alas 2015 is the new French man in our rolodexes (those are still a thing, no?), and 'Tis the time to be courted by an explosive and unforgettable year.

To help welcome such an amazing year, perhaps it's best to start with inspirations? While I'm all about the duds, home furnishings and trinkets have been my vice as of late, and what better way to kick off a wonderful year than to sync your central space full of geek/chic goodies?



1. Glamour with Thranduil - I'll admit, I'm no Martha Stewart when it comes to home, but I've got good taste, and my inspirations are the best. Take The Hobbit's rising star, the fine ass man-elf known as Thranduil. He's all glamour, all glitz and all sass. A perfect side-eye to the LOTR canon, Thranduil saunters in exquisite metallics, which of course made me think: How does one apply such splendor to the home? Nate Berkus has an amazing bridge collection with Target, filled with luxe, inexpensive finds. My personal fav? The Nate Berkus gold-dipped bird bowl, perfect for assorting those scattered accessories in one place. #ElfSwag

 






2. A Dark Phoenix Moment - I've got a couple of obsessions of (don't even get me started), but by great Neptune, do I love fire! (fireworks, fireplaces, firemen, etc) particularly candles. My newest candle-light obsession hails from Apothecary candles - the Thom Browne of the candle world, the candles are refined with unique scents: like one Tobacco & Patchouli number that smells just like my signature cologne, Spicebomb, because who doesn't want their room to smell like themselves?The scents are diverse and soothing enough to keep you from waging an intergalactic fire fueled war with your coworkers, roomies or whoever happens to be in the danger room that evening. 








3. Cat's Got Your Tongue -  If there was ever a DC spirit animal that yours truly swooned after, it's the delicious Selina Kyle. Brawns,brain and a meow worth killing for, Kitty's everything I wanted to be as a kid. And while the feline queen and books don't exactly go hand-in-hand (unless you want a meow-mix worthy aftermath of shredded pages and desolated book spines),  kitten bookends from Evan & Odd are a tad more tamed with the insatiable curiosity cats embody. But please, no excess purring.





4. Timey Wimey Lounging - I'm not one for literal decor pieces, but I couldn't pass this up for my Whovians. I'm a sucker for anything blue, especially if accompanies an attractive singular Doctor, who'd like me to be his companion. But since that's a long shot from now, cuddling up to Think Geek's T.A.R.D.I.S. Throw pillow will have to do, while adding a nice pop of color to the livingroom/ bedroom.





5. Jon Snow Knows the Time - Everyone's favorite bastard behind the wall could be a post on his own, but to spare you my endless swooning over his arsenal of fur pelts and pouty faces, I figure we'll stick to some wall decor. I don't know many people who are into good clockwork, but the ones that are tend to stick with pretty unique ornamentation. No need to get all Lannister fancy (though I'd love you, if you did.), but the below piece from Society6 keeps time in perspective rather stylishly, but who are we kidding here? It's the perfect excuse to stare at Snow and Ghost all day, and that's perfectly fine. You go Glen Coco!


Sunday, June 22, 2014





I've been quite inspired by the color blue. Could be a nod to Kylie Minogue's single, or Jennifer Lawrence's performance as blue-skinned shape-shifter, Mystique. Or simply, I like blue. So I've gathered some of my hot items for the summer, in the coolest color of course.




1. Mr.Porter: Miansai Blue Woven Bracelet - Now I love arm candy as much as the next man, but finding arm-candy thats not capable of burning your arm after 20 mins in direct sunlight is definitely a gem. Miansai has a ton of wavy, cool pieces. So ditch the metal arm candy and throw this on for a change.





2. Ssense.com: Calvin Klein Collection Navy Trousers - The perfect way to avoid black in the wavering heat of a Manhattan summer day. Keep em cropped for a little breeze, and throw a graphic tee and some sneakers with it for a casual look. Remember kids, best part about being blue, is being cool.




3. MensUnderWearStore.com: Hugo Boss Mens Acava Trunks  - Hugo has always made a slimmer trunk, and as yours truly likes to show a tad bit of skin, this balances a perfect line of trim and slim without too much leg. Best feature? These guys have zippers!!







4. Solestruck: Romain Kremmer Sandals - Perhaps my biggest problem with summer footwear is the lack of imagination some people can have, but these Kremmer sandals are the perfect balance of color and utility a la The Burberry Gladiator sandal from the days of old.






5. JunkFoodTees: Knick Tee - To cement my citizenship in the big apple, I've been on a chase of the athletic sportsmanship kind. Now, lets be honest here, I'm no sports fan, but I love athletic inspired shirts, and one baring the Knicks (Or Bulls - still <3 appealing.="" at="" boys.="" but="" chi-town="" cup="" every="" graphic="" has="" have="" if="" it="" junkfood="" logo="" nbsp="" not="" of="" p="" s="" so="" sounds="" sun.="" super="" tea="" tee="" that="" the="" under="" you="" your="">






6. Topman: Acid Wash Backpack - Acid wash has its loud moments, so if you're a fan of the look but not sure how it fairs on you?-try it an accessory  like this backpack. Easy, lightweight and so summer appropriate that you'll be singing 'Summertime Sadness' once September nears.





7. Rayban: Round Flash Shades - Cool as cool can be, I really don't think an explanation is necessary here. Other than Iceman would wear these if he wore sunglasses.





I've been quite inspired by the color blue. Could be a nod to Kylie Minogue's single, or Jennifer Lawrence's performance as blue-skinned shape-shifter, Mystique. Or simply, I like blue. So I've gathered some of my hot items for the summer, in the coolest color of course.




1. Mr.Porter: Miansai Blue Woven Bracelet - Now I love arm candy as much as the next man, but finding arm-candy thats not capable of burning your arm after 20 mins in direct sunlight is definitely a gem. Miansai has a ton of wavy, cool pieces. So ditch the metal arm candy and throw this on for a change.





2. Ssense.com: Calvin Klein Collection Navy Trousers - The perfect way to avoid black in the wavering heat of a Manhattan summer day. Keep em cropped for a little breeze, and throw a graphic tee and some sneakers with it for a casual look. Remember kids, best part about being blue, is being cool.




3. MensUnderWearStore.com: Hugo Boss Mens Acava Trunks  - Hugo has always made a slimmer trunk, and as yours truly likes to show a tad bit of skin, this balances a perfect line of trim and slim without too much leg. Best feature? These guys have zippers!!







4. Solestruck: Romain Kremmer Sandals - Perhaps my biggest problem with summer footwear is the lack of imagination some people can have, but these Kremmer sandals are the perfect balance of color and utility a la The Burberry Gladiator sandal from the days of old.






5. JunkFoodTees: Knick Tee - To cement my citizenship in the big apple, I've been on a chase of the athletic sportsmanship kind. Now, lets be honest here, I'm no sports fan, but I love athletic inspired shirts, and one baring the Knicks (Or Bulls - still <3 appealing.="" at="" boys.="" but="" chi-town="" cup="" every="" graphic="" has="" have="" if="" it="" junkfood="" logo="" nbsp="" not="" of="" p="" s="" so="" sounds="" sun.="" super="" tea="" tee="" that="" the="" under="" you="" your="">






6. Topman: Acid Wash Backpack - Acid wash has its loud moments, so if you're a fan of the look but not sure how it fairs on you?-try it an accessory  like this backpack. Easy, lightweight and so summer appropriate that you'll be singing 'Summertime Sadness' once September nears.





7. Rayban: Round Flash Shades - Cool as cool can be, I really don't think an explanation is necessary here. Other than Iceman would wear these if he wore sunglasses.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no hygiene pro. Now that's not to say I'm a caveman (though my bedroom my tell a different story) but I've pretty much just used whatever tickled my fancy regarding grooming products. I'm either fiercely loyal (been using the same body wash since I was 16) or I'm a free spirit. So as I've been sorting my way through the men's hygiene product cycle, I've stumbled across Neutrogena. They're a household name right? I think that means I can trust em...mayhaps.



But aside from their pretty sturdy grooming regimen, Neutro (my nickname for them because we go waay back) has partnered up with soccer pro, Landon Donovan to present guys everywhere with a challenge: What can you do while using Neutrogena Mens products?  Well not all of us are fancy U.S. soccer pro's like Landon, but I'm always one for a challenge. Check out Landon get his juggle on below:

 

Well Neutro since you asked: What can The Ralphnerd do while using Neutrogena Men's. Well besides belting Florence + The Machine's Spectrum in my bathroom at the top of my lungs (please see ticketmaster for available seating), I'm one for not exerting much energy as Landon did above. And true to Ralphnerd form, I'm reading. Always. Whether it's a book - my current obsession Lev Grossman's The Magicians series, or comics, or binging on Teen Wolf episodes before the new season starts.Monday couldn't get here fast enough!


 

Sorry to burst Landon's bubble - but I'm kinda doing two things at once, while using Neutro's Triple Protect Face Lotion and their awesome Invigorating face wash. Now I know what you're thinking, why did YOU upload a video doing all this neat stuff. Well I reserve the right to....well whatever I'm camera shy ok...geez! I'm a big dork, so what I'm doing while using Neutrogena Men's isn't the most impressive, so I now I pass the torch to you. What can you gents do while using Neutrogena Men's? Cause if its reading and Teen Wolf binging, we'll be great friends. 

All giggles aside I've decided to be a tad more proactive on my face regimen, because 1.) it's the money-maker, and 2.) I'd like to age well. Checking out Neutro's #Respectyourface page was pretty helpful on keeping this skin in tip top Steve Rogers shape, so that I wake up like this every morning:



XO
-The Ralphnerd

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no hygiene pro. Now that's not to say I'm a caveman (though my bedroom my tell a different story) but I've pretty much just used whatever tickled my fancy regarding grooming products. I'm either fiercely loyal (been using the same body wash since I was 16) or I'm a free spirit. So as I've been sorting my way through the men's hygiene product cycle, I've stumbled across Neutrogena. They're a household name right? I think that means I can trust em...mayhaps.



But aside from their pretty sturdy grooming regimen, Neutro (my nickname for them because we go waay back) has partnered up with soccer pro, Landon Donovan to present guys everywhere with a challenge: What can you do while using Neutrogena Mens products?  Well not all of us are fancy U.S. soccer pro's like Landon, but I'm always one for a challenge. Check out Landon get his juggle on below:

 

Well Neutro since you asked: What can The Ralphnerd do while using Neutrogena Men's. Well besides belting Florence + The Machine's Spectrum in my bathroom at the top of my lungs (please see ticketmaster for available seating), I'm one for not exerting much energy as Landon did above. And true to Ralphnerd form, I'm reading. Always. Whether it's a book - my current obsession Lev Grossman's The Magicians series, or comics, or binging on Teen Wolf episodes before the new season starts.Monday couldn't get here fast enough!


 

Sorry to burst Landon's bubble - but I'm kinda doing two things at once, while using Neutro's Triple Protect Face Lotion and their awesome Invigorating face wash. Now I know what you're thinking, why did YOU upload a video doing all this neat stuff. Well I reserve the right to....well whatever I'm camera shy ok...geez! I'm a big dork, so what I'm doing while using Neutrogena Men's isn't the most impressive, so I now I pass the torch to you. What can you gents do while using Neutrogena Men's? Cause if its reading and Teen Wolf binging, we'll be great friends. 

All giggles aside I've decided to be a tad more proactive on my face regimen, because 1.) it's the money-maker, and 2.) I'd like to age well. Checking out Neutro's #Respectyourface page was pretty helpful on keeping this skin in tip top Steve Rogers shape, so that I wake up like this every morning:



XO
-The Ralphnerd

Saturday, May 24, 2014


X-MEN:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST!!! WOAH!!! Though the latest in the X-franchise made its debut to the public yesterday, I had the honor of seeing an advance screening at the New York Global Premiere, and of course I followed up with a viewing last night. But lets talk about this.




So starting at the crack of a**, sorry...I mean dawn, I stood in line (being about the 300th person there thus far) at the Javits Center to await entry to the premiere. Now, two things to note here: you had to be one of the first 500 people to witness the redcarpet, and see the movie that night (2 weeks before the public) *groan*, and secondly you waited outside, and entry didn't start till 4pm. That is me pictured above giving you my best, "I'm here to see Michael Fassbender so we can get married, please don't f*ck with me" face. Oh, and did I mention it was 7:45 am.


Yea, 8 am to 4pm, just let that sink in. But make no mistake, we did indeed bring fold up chairs -  even at a completely geek-centric outing, the fabulousity must be maintained.





So I waited, and waited, snacked, slept and then waited some more. Thank god the bestie tagged along for "moral support." (Psssh, She really just wanted to see JLaw, peep her obsession.) Above is the line outside the Javits around 12 pm.

  

But in the midst of my waiting, something magical happened! *cue squeal* My husband-to-be responded to one of my questions for the #Xmenlive twitter take over.



            


But afterwhile time remained to be a lingering pain in my ass....and just when i thought I'd have to hurl a bolt of lightning to get the staff moving along (it was soo past 4), we were finally given two bits of good news: we got cute wristbands, aaaaand we were among the first 500. BAM!


So of course, this was absolutely necessary. No judging. At all. I mean it.  


So we've made it, we've reached the promiseland. Now normally I'd never call the Javits Center "the promiseland", but the winds decided to rebel against me, thus making it rain. Unfortunately there were no singles included in this downpour. But inside we go, and I see this.

 

Only to be followed by this:

 
So again, I stressed to myself and le bestie, we made it to the promiseland. And we up in here like:


There's more waiting. Let me be clear that 70% of this day was waiting, but at least this time there was seating (by the blue carpet), and some douche of a host asking obscure X-Men trivia questions for prizes. Case in Point: "Which X-Men character made their debut in an X-Men, or New Mutants title?" Yea....umm like all of them! But, I did bring home a poster signed by Hugh Jackman and a kick ass T-shirt. 


Alas! The celebs have arrived, starting with Hugh Jackman! 

 

And Ellen Page!!!


                           
 Completely lost my marbles when I saw Patsy. (Patrick Stewart to you normal folk.)


And you know that chick Katniss? She showed up too.




 #DEADIAMDEAD   Sidenote: I told him  (more like screamed till I ruptured my larynx) he looked like bacon. And for those of you that don't know, thats one hell of a compliment. Look at him waving at me and thangs.



Daniel Cudmore (Colossus, the gent on the left) is friggin 6'8, and they had to follow up with Peter Dinklage afterwards. The height difference is jarring to say the least. But umm Nicholas Hault's suit? Perfection.



After all of that, we were escorted off-site to see the movie that evening. I was a very, VERY happy nerd, an exhausted nerd, but happy nonetheless.


As ridiculously cheesy as it sounds, I should take a moment to acknowledge that this was something that I've always dreamed of. The X-Men have been a staple and an inspiration to me since I can remember. It was in the pages of these comics that I learned self love, and accepting the fact that I was different. So I'm ecstatic and still in an endless state of disbelief that this happened. And my thoughts on DoFP? My favorite movie in the canon thus far.



P.S. Sorry I've been away so long! I'm writing for Geek Magazine now (another dream come true, feel free to check out my work there), so my time's been spread pretty thin, but I'll make it up to you with a lifetime supply of Avengers fruit snacks and selfies. Ok, maybe just the latter.



XO
-The Ralphnerd


X-MEN:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST!!! WOAH!!! Though the latest in the X-franchise made its debut to the public yesterday, I had the honor of seeing an advance screening at the New York Global Premiere, and of course I followed up with a viewing last night. But lets talk about this.




So starting at the crack of a**, sorry...I mean dawn, I stood in line (being about the 300th person there thus far) at the Javits Center to await entry to the premiere. Now, two things to note here: you had to be one of the first 500 people to witness the redcarpet, and see the movie that night (2 weeks before the public) *groan*, and secondly you waited outside, and entry didn't start till 4pm. That is me pictured above giving you my best, "I'm here to see Michael Fassbender so we can get married, please don't f*ck with me" face. Oh, and did I mention it was 7:45 am.


Yea, 8 am to 4pm, just let that sink in. But make no mistake, we did indeed bring fold up chairs -  even at a completely geek-centric outing, the fabulousity must be maintained.





So I waited, and waited, snacked, slept and then waited some more. Thank god the bestie tagged along for "moral support." (Psssh, She really just wanted to see JLaw, peep her obsession.) Above is the line outside the Javits around 12 pm.

  

But in the midst of my waiting, something magical happened! *cue squeal* My husband-to-be responded to one of my questions for the #Xmenlive twitter take over.



            


But afterwhile time remained to be a lingering pain in my ass....and just when i thought I'd have to hurl a bolt of lightning to get the staff moving along (it was soo past 4), we were finally given two bits of good news: we got cute wristbands, aaaaand we were among the first 500. BAM!


So of course, this was absolutely necessary. No judging. At all. I mean it.  


So we've made it, we've reached the promiseland. Now normally I'd never call the Javits Center "the promiseland", but the winds decided to rebel against me, thus making it rain. Unfortunately there were no singles included in this downpour. But inside we go, and I see this.

 

Only to be followed by this:

 
So again, I stressed to myself and le bestie, we made it to the promiseland. And we up in here like:


There's more waiting. Let me be clear that 70% of this day was waiting, but at least this time there was seating (by the blue carpet), and some douche of a host asking obscure X-Men trivia questions for prizes. Case in Point: "Which X-Men character made their debut in an X-Men, or New Mutants title?" Yea....umm like all of them! But, I did bring home a poster signed by Hugh Jackman and a kick ass T-shirt. 


Alas! The celebs have arrived, starting with Hugh Jackman! 

 

And Ellen Page!!!


                           
 Completely lost my marbles when I saw Patsy. (Patrick Stewart to you normal folk.)


And you know that chick Katniss? She showed up too.




 #DEADIAMDEAD   Sidenote: I told him  (more like screamed till I ruptured my larynx) he looked like bacon. And for those of you that don't know, thats one hell of a compliment. Look at him waving at me and thangs.



Daniel Cudmore (Colossus, the gent on the left) is friggin 6'8, and they had to follow up with Peter Dinklage afterwards. The height difference is jarring to say the least. But umm Nicholas Hault's suit? Perfection.



After all of that, we were escorted off-site to see the movie that evening. I was a very, VERY happy nerd, an exhausted nerd, but happy nonetheless.


As ridiculously cheesy as it sounds, I should take a moment to acknowledge that this was something that I've always dreamed of. The X-Men have been a staple and an inspiration to me since I can remember. It was in the pages of these comics that I learned self love, and accepting the fact that I was different. So I'm ecstatic and still in an endless state of disbelief that this happened. And my thoughts on DoFP? My favorite movie in the canon thus far.



P.S. Sorry I've been away so long! I'm writing for Geek Magazine now (another dream come true, feel free to check out my work there), so my time's been spread pretty thin, but I'll make it up to you with a lifetime supply of Avengers fruit snacks and selfies. Ok, maybe just the latter.



XO
-The Ralphnerd

Thursday, April 17, 2014





When it comes to classic fighting flicks, I'm a fan of the old and faithful roundhouse kick. Well sweepkicks are pretty sick too. To help me celebrate my love for the classics, Old Spice and The Ralphnerd have teamed up once again for a pretty sweet giveaway.  Check out the details below for a chance to win!



Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo for Results
  • Three (3) bottles of Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo – plus two (2) to give to friends. That’s Five (5) total!
  • One (1) Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set

  • Winner receives a  6-month supply of Kickstart shampoo and Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set. With Kickstart shampoo, get powerfully clean hair. So powerful, your hair performed a roundhouse kick, fixed your busted DVD player and pressed play on “Way of the Dragon.”


  
 1.Follow and RT @ralph_nerd for a chance to win three bottles old Old Spice Kickstart shampoo and the Bruce Lee legacy collection DVD set from @OldSpice www.theralphnerd.com #kickstart

2. Like The Ralphnerd Facebook page and share this post! 
Don't forget to include the hashtag #kickstart


U.S. contestants only. Contest begins once post is published  (April 17th) and will end on May 1rst at 11:29 P.M. Winner will be announced May 5th via The Ralphnerd's facebook and twitter accounts. Contest sponsored by Old Spice.

















When it comes to classic fighting flicks, I'm a fan of the old and faithful roundhouse kick. Well sweepkicks are pretty sick too. To help me celebrate my love for the classics, Old Spice and The Ralphnerd have teamed up once again for a pretty sweet giveaway.  Check out the details below for a chance to win!



Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo for Results
  • Three (3) bottles of Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo – plus two (2) to give to friends. That’s Five (5) total!
  • One (1) Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set

  • Winner receives a  6-month supply of Kickstart shampoo and Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set. With Kickstart shampoo, get powerfully clean hair. So powerful, your hair performed a roundhouse kick, fixed your busted DVD player and pressed play on “Way of the Dragon.”


  
 1.Follow and RT @ralph_nerd for a chance to win three bottles old Old Spice Kickstart shampoo and the Bruce Lee legacy collection DVD set from @OldSpice www.theralphnerd.com #kickstart

2. Like The Ralphnerd Facebook page and share this post! 
Don't forget to include the hashtag #kickstart


U.S. contestants only. Contest begins once post is published  (April 17th) and will end on May 1rst at 11:29 P.M. Winner will be announced May 5th via The Ralphnerd's facebook and twitter accounts. Contest sponsored by Old Spice.













Tuesday, March 25, 2014






When you realize that the X-Men cinematic franchise is over 14 years old, it stirs up a series of groans, sighs and a plethora of emotions - at least for me. Some good, but a vast majority not so great. (Think Halle's wig, or simply anything Halle related.) The X-Men have been my absolute faves since I was 5. The bad ass 90's costumes, the quippy one-liners, the memorable story arcs and endless fainting spells (I'm looking at you Jean & Storm) all left a lasting impact on my childhood leaving me with three X-Men inspired tattoos and a cacophony of statues, comics and questionable bedroom memorabilia.



After Fox released the second official trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past this week,  I began experiencing multiple cases of the feels inevitably leaving me with a pretty big nerd-boner.
  But my excitement stemmed from FINALLY seeing what the X-Men is truly about in trailer form. Sentinels, a huge ensemble cast, Wolverine's claw's, Storm's lightning, Mystique's acrobatics all there wrapped tightly in the fight for mutant survival. Here are several reasons why you should be X-cited too!



1. A XXX sized cast! - So Fox has said repeatedly that this by far one of the largest movies that they've produced. This is also the largest cast in a comic book movie, ever. If you remember correctly, you'll know that DoFP director Brian Singer pretty much gave ensemble comic movies their start with 2000's X-men. Thus it only makes sense that the biggest film of this caliber comes full circle to him. Bridging together the X-Men:First Class and original X-Men trilogy cast, DoFP is finally bringing us that X-Men 90's cartoon fight chaos that we love so much!




2. Classic Villains- Villainy can be debatable in the X-cinematic universe, but one thing everyone can agree on, is that the legacy of X-villains definitely starts with Sentinels and then a roster  of greats including Magneto, Apocalypse and The Hellfire Club. So far we've only had Mags in the film (not there's anything wrong with the overly fabulous Ian McKellen), but we finally get a taste of some intense mutant hatred from Peter Dinklage's Bolivar Trask and the creation of the Sentinel Program.




3. Days of Future Past- By far one of the best story arcs Chris Claremont has cranked out for the X-Men, DoFP is a heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of the decline of man and mutant due to the social and political injustice of the mutant race. The emotional core of the arc is visceral  and surprisingly relevant though being written and published in 1980.





4. Acting Chops- Mystique will have a paramount role in the film, so who better than Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to play our favorite grey-area shape-shifter? Take James Mcavoy's passionate professor, and Michael Fassbender's troubled Mags and you've got a film littered with strong actors. And lets not forget our faves Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprising their roles of super-powered bromancers Magneto and Professor X.




5. Time Heals All? - There's a ton of awful plot holes in the X-movie universe. The X-cellent thing about time travel (and this has been considered more of a sci-fi, time traveling film than superhero one) is that you get to go back and fix it. I'm not sure how much damage control Bryan Singer can do, but he has hinted at doing some - like growing Wolverine's adamantium claws back (From the events of the last Wolverine's Origin's film.)




6. Hope (not the red-haired mutant Messiah) - Singer had a pretty great franchise on his hands as X-men was great for it's time, and X-Men 2: X-Men United was a box office success and absolute fan favorite. (I watch it at least once a week.) Brett Ratner definitely tanked the last part in the trilogy and I guess many fans won't ever forgive Bryan Singer for that. All he can do is make it up to us in this next film. It's ok to be a hopeful fan. So many of us fanboys and gals are quick to destroy a movie before we've gotten the pleasure to enjoy or not enjoy it. So I remain hopeful, that of all the X-Men movies, this may be my new favorite. If you are an X-Men fan, I encourage you do the same. I love this universe with all of my heart, but I also understand that Hollywood is a machine that at the end of the day needs to make money. So a few changes here and there aren't bad. What's important is if the film at it's core, celebrates what being an X-Men is truly about.


 X-Men:Days of Future Past hits theatre's May 23rd 2014.











When you realize that the X-Men cinematic franchise is over 14 years old, it stirs up a series of groans, sighs and a plethora of emotions - at least for me. Some good, but a vast majority not so great. (Think Halle's wig, or simply anything Halle related.) The X-Men have been my absolute faves since I was 5. The bad ass 90's costumes, the quippy one-liners, the memorable story arcs and endless fainting spells (I'm looking at you Jean & Storm) all left a lasting impact on my childhood leaving me with three X-Men inspired tattoos and a cacophony of statues, comics and questionable bedroom memorabilia.



After Fox released the second official trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past this week,  I began experiencing multiple cases of the feels inevitably leaving me with a pretty big nerd-boner.
  But my excitement stemmed from FINALLY seeing what the X-Men is truly about in trailer form. Sentinels, a huge ensemble cast, Wolverine's claw's, Storm's lightning, Mystique's acrobatics all there wrapped tightly in the fight for mutant survival. Here are several reasons why you should be X-cited too!



1. A XXX sized cast! - So Fox has said repeatedly that this by far one of the largest movies that they've produced. This is also the largest cast in a comic book movie, ever. If you remember correctly, you'll know that DoFP director Brian Singer pretty much gave ensemble comic movies their start with 2000's X-men. Thus it only makes sense that the biggest film of this caliber comes full circle to him. Bridging together the X-Men:First Class and original X-Men trilogy cast, DoFP is finally bringing us that X-Men 90's cartoon fight chaos that we love so much!




2. Classic Villains- Villainy can be debatable in the X-cinematic universe, but one thing everyone can agree on, is that the legacy of X-villains definitely starts with Sentinels and then a roster  of greats including Magneto, Apocalypse and The Hellfire Club. So far we've only had Mags in the film (not there's anything wrong with the overly fabulous Ian McKellen), but we finally get a taste of some intense mutant hatred from Peter Dinklage's Bolivar Trask and the creation of the Sentinel Program.




3. Days of Future Past- By far one of the best story arcs Chris Claremont has cranked out for the X-Men, DoFP is a heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of the decline of man and mutant due to the social and political injustice of the mutant race. The emotional core of the arc is visceral  and surprisingly relevant though being written and published in 1980.





4. Acting Chops- Mystique will have a paramount role in the film, so who better than Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to play our favorite grey-area shape-shifter? Take James Mcavoy's passionate professor, and Michael Fassbender's troubled Mags and you've got a film littered with strong actors. And lets not forget our faves Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprising their roles of super-powered bromancers Magneto and Professor X.




5. Time Heals All? - There's a ton of awful plot holes in the X-movie universe. The X-cellent thing about time travel (and this has been considered more of a sci-fi, time traveling film than superhero one) is that you get to go back and fix it. I'm not sure how much damage control Bryan Singer can do, but he has hinted at doing some - like growing Wolverine's adamantium claws back (From the events of the last Wolverine's Origin's film.)




6. Hope (not the red-haired mutant Messiah) - Singer had a pretty great franchise on his hands as X-men was great for it's time, and X-Men 2: X-Men United was a box office success and absolute fan favorite. (I watch it at least once a week.) Brett Ratner definitely tanked the last part in the trilogy and I guess many fans won't ever forgive Bryan Singer for that. All he can do is make it up to us in this next film. It's ok to be a hopeful fan. So many of us fanboys and gals are quick to destroy a movie before we've gotten the pleasure to enjoy or not enjoy it. So I remain hopeful, that of all the X-Men movies, this may be my new favorite. If you are an X-Men fan, I encourage you do the same. I love this universe with all of my heart, but I also understand that Hollywood is a machine that at the end of the day needs to make money. So a few changes here and there aren't bad. What's important is if the film at it's core, celebrates what being an X-Men is truly about.


 X-Men:Days of Future Past hits theatre's May 23rd 2014.