The Walking Dead “Nebraska” Viewing Party a Success.

15 02 2012

As you can see things didn’t bode well for me at last weeks The Walking Dead mid-season premier viewing at Daddy Macs with Fat Beard Studios and Cosmic Comics.  Many of the LEET Ladies saw me as a tasty treat, and that’s not a compliment.  I was neither a survivor nor a zombie, I was just a victim.  A piece of flesh to be feasted upon.  But at least I got to see the episode with my friends and a brewski in my hand before I met my infinite demise.  Check out more awesome pics at Cosmic Comics Facebook page and don’t stare too long at the LEET Ladies, it’s said if you find dead bodies sexy you have something psychologically wrong with you.  Pervert.

Burke





Button Mashing at the Soulcalibur V Tournament.

11 02 2012

Someones not paying attention...

Nerd Farm is all about getting out and mingling with the nerd community.  Last week Insert Coin(s) in Las Vegas held a Soulcalibur V tournament that I decided to try my hand at.  I haven’t played Soulcalibur since the first installment on the Dreamcast and I’ll let you in on a secret, I wasn’t good then and I’m probably even worse now.  I was quickly reminded that Soulcalibur V isn’t really a button mashing fighter as my losses stacked up like Tetris set at the hardest difficulty.  I actually called fellow Nerd Farm author Nic for button mapping and tactics since I didn’t know any of them.  Vertical & horizontal attacks, blocking, and grabs don’t do anything if you can’t actually reach the person you’re trying to attack.  Even Xiba with his staff and Ezio with his hidden guns I couldn’t win more than 2 rounds.  Tournaments at Insert Coin(s) are beginning to get competitive, even more so when it comes to fighters.  Either way I’ll try my hand at any tournament just for the story.  Always an enjoyable experience even if I did lose both matches with a combined record of 2-14.

The next tournament will be for UFC Undisputed 3 on February 14th.  I don’t think I’m brave enough to even attempt that one, maybe I’ll hit the next on for Twisted Metal.

Burke





Call of Duty MW3 Edition Jeep Spotted in Las Vegas

17 12 2011

Doctors...

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: MW3 Edition was spotted this morning at UMC in Las Vegas.  Apparently one of the Docs there is a HUGE fan of the Call of Duty franchise.  So much so, as you can see, he purchased this brand new Elite Edition that MSRP’s at around $40k.  Not too shabby, but way more than I would spend on anything game related.  Even if Dirt released a STI Subaru or Factory Fiesta I would have a difficult time dropping that kind of dough.  But to each it’s own, that Jeep could really kick some off road ass for all I know.  But enjoy the pics, the Jeep is really clean and does look pretty damn sharp.

nerdfarm





Portal Bookends Show Up

8 12 2011

I don't physically own enough Valve titles.

Today a precious box arrived from an unknown carrier in camouflage.  Strange as it may sound, it is pretty cold here right now, so in his defense maybe that’s just his heavier jacket.  Or maybe UPS or FedEx have some special ops delivery drivers who keep gift arrival a secret.  Anyway a ninja delivery guy would have been much cooler.  Speaking of cool, look what came in that precious box, my Portal bookends from Thinkgeek!  You can pick this bad boy up and many other really cool Aperture products at Thinkgeek.com .  They own face.

nerdfarm





More MW3 Tournament Pics From Insert Coins Las Vegas

10 11 2011

Insert Coins was nice enough to post a few pics on their Facebook fan page for your enjoyment.  Here are a few of us and some of our favorites. There’s even a photo included of our night vision goggled friend.

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Photos thanks to Peter Suh.  Be sure to hit up Insert Coins during any of their many events.





MW3 Launch Tournament at Insert Coins Las Vegas

9 11 2011

MW3 and a DJ at Insert Coins.

My plans for picking up Modern Warfare 3’s launch at Gamestop was thwarted when Insert Coins Las Vegas announced they were going to hold a tournament of champions for it’s MW3 launch.  Readers now know that Nerd Farm is not just about being a nerd, but getting out in the real world and spending time with other nerds, so I jumped on the chance to participate and write about this titles highly anticipated launch.  Little did I know that the night would end with me actually winning the tournament.

Sunday night after rubbing the sleep from my eyes I spied a post by @insertcoinsLV on the Twitter feeds celebrating the launch of MW3 appropriately with a tournament.  I tried to gather as many troops as possible, but only managed to snag Greg, who coincidentally doesn’t enjoy the COD series.  As a matter of fact, neither of us have played a COD title in months, but with cash prizes at stake we moved forward.  The plan was to register at 9 p.m. and chill until the tournament began at 1130, but things don’t always go according to plan.  Between Greg waiting on our friend Andrew, myself needing cash from the ATM, and picking up one more person, we arrived tentatively later than anticipated…around 1015.  No worries, even at the time we were still only the 8th and 9th people to sign up for the tournament.  Would this tournament even happen with so few people?  I almost felt bad for Insert Coins having put forth a lot of effort with CntrlHQ.com to make this night happen.  With questions aside, MW3 was playable at the bar, so we bought our drinks and began playing on the PS3 version.  Insert Coins is always buzzing, even on a regular Monday such as this, the DJ is spinning mixes for the dancers on the dance floor, the arcade machines are getting used, booths are full, and every TV in the bar has someone playing something on the screens in front of them.  A very intense gentleman to our left, playing MW3 in his Modern Warfare 2 beanie and special edition MW night vision goggles suggested he was registered for the upcoming tournament.  This gentleman would later be a large part of our enjoyment throughout the tourney.  The 11:30 p.m. start time was delayed in favor of getting more players and then would start promptly at the stroke of midnight.

I will admit, Greg and myself rarely lose in any of the COD franchise games, and with MW3 being VERY similar to MW2 we easily picked it up and went to work.  The DJ was still spinning loud dubstep and house throughout the night, so forget about hearing footsteps, and with no customization available, every player was on the same playing field which I felt was very fair.  I was disappointed at first seeing the game mode to be played was 6 man “Free 4 All”, since I brought Greg as my teammate, but it didn’t matter since I only faced him in the final round.  The first round went off without a hitch, finished tied for first in kill/deaths, but not without disheartening news.  The person in charge of keeping record didn’t get a chance to write down the final scores, we would have to redo the round.  I was not excited to hear that, I wasn’t sure I could perform at that level again.  After the redo I was in a disappointing forth place, well below my first great round.  Was my night over?  My luck is never great, but things always come together in the end.  After much discussion amongst the ranks, the first round was counted and I advanced to the semi-finals.  I sighed in relief.  The competitors around me were all talking with each other and most were amazed that I was only here to write about the tournament for my blog, I truly was just there to have fun and document the event.  But a particular quote by the person I tied for first with in the first round stuck with me, “A true gamer can just pick it [any game] up and win.”  12 of us advanced to the semi-finals, now without strike packages, the playing field just became even more level.  This was my funnest round since I got to trash talk our night visioned friend next to me.  Out of bullets and reloading my pistol, I managed to catch him reloading and decided to charge at him, knifing him before he could reload.  “Knifed in the face!” (in the tone of the guy who says “and the quarterback is toast” in Diehard), is all I could come up with.  I felt I had played a solid round, and my first place finish again proved I had.  In a few minutes I would soon be one of the six to play in the final round for $500.

I can’t remember how nervous I was, but I knew I had to keep cool and try to remember to have fun.  I knew I couldn’t get caught up in my kill/death ratio, or worry about how I was going to finish.  It was time to bring my firefighter/paramedic professional calm to the surface.  Seated in front of my designated TV the final round begins.  I chose the UMP with Rapid Fire class since I had previous success with it and started sprinting through the map.  No mini map and no HUD were present, “Hardcore baby!” rang from the judges mouth, and that’s when I formulated my game plan.  Hardcore has always been about “may the fasted gun and reflexes win”, and with a respawn timer, I knew I had to stay alive as long as possible.  I know, great plan right, kill people and stay alive, thanks Madden.  But I finished the five minute round in first place with a k/d of 7 and 3.  Looks like the game plan worked.  I don’t know what came over me, giving hi-fives, thumbs up, and doing the Discount Double-Check (or Aaron Rodgers touch down dance, check it out on Youtube).  Pictures were taken with all the winners, I was awarded my winnings, in which I was kinda envious of the t shirt Greg won, and gathered up with him and Andrew to finish our night with some quality arcade games.  Our nemesis Dragon’s Lair proved victorious once again, but my second place leaderboard score on Joust finished the night out just right…well, that and the $450.

Thanks Cntrlhq.com and Insertcoinslv.com for putting together a great tournament, and for giving gamers something to leave the house for.

nerdfarm





YAY Felicia Day!!!

30 08 2011

Felicia Day made a surprise stop on Saturday of PAX, seeing all the sites and taking time to sign at the Wil Wheaton table.  My star crush was looking gorgeous as expected and was super enthusiastic and nice to everyone she conversed with.  We talked about our feelings of marriage and I’m sure she was taking in my vibe since we had so much in common, I almost scooped her up and started running away, but in an intelligent split second decision I chose the photo op instead.  Until we meet again…