Leaving On A Jet Plane: Blog Hiatus

The title of this post is pretty straight forward. I will be leaving on a jet plane because I’m flying to another state for vacation starting next week. While I will have easy access to the Internet through a smartphone and another electronic device (mainly because I’m not going out of the country this time), I simply don’t want to do much of anything on a vacation.

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The Nature Of Trust In Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Spring tends to start the trend of must-see blockbuster Hollywood films and it continues on through the summer months. 2014 is gearing up to be the year of the comic book superhero movies, films like The Amazing Spiderman 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The first one up is the newly released Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past weekend. Like all comic book movies, you can expect big explosions, cool fight scenes, and the hero needing to save the world from a large scale threat.

I went to go see the movie over the weekend and I absolutely enjoyed it. Winter Soldier is just as good as the first movie, maybe slightly surpassing the first film in story. I could write a review where I gush about how this action scene was cool or how hot and perfect Chris Evans was as Cap, but I won’t. If you haven’t seen the movie, definitely go out and watch it. Instead, I’ll be discussing an ongoing theme in the film’s story, which is the nature of trust. Be forewarned, there will be spoilers ahead.

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simpleek Guest Hosts On The Incoductic Podcast!

If you ever wanted to hear the voice behind this blog talk about geeky things, now is your chance! I stopped by the Incoductic podcast run by fellow Geek Force Network member Joshua Evo, who also runs the awesome blog Disk Read Error. It’s my first time guest hosting on a podcast and I hope you find the episode to be an enjoyable listening experience. Or at least, you all can tolerate my nervous and excited rambling on this episode. Methinks I need to stick to writing. Hmm…

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March Video Game Challenge Progress Report: Saints Row 2

We have challenges for a reason. We set a goal that seems impossible to meet and then do our best to complete it in the allotted amount of time, hoping we will emerge victorious. February’s video game challenge has been a massive success, but sometimes great starts doesn’t always mean the momentum will continue. We stumble, and I can honestly say March has been a stumbling block for me.

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Fashion Trend Musings: Crop Tops

When fashion and styles are mostly cyclical, you start to see certain items from a particular decade make a comeback. Having grown up during the ’90s, a lot of fashion trends from that time period has been reemerging, which I haven’t worn since I was a teenager in high school. Among the popular trends to see a revival are the crop tops.

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I Will Punish You: Why I’m Excited About The New Sailor Moon Anime

Just last week an image and some minor details about the upcoming reboot of the Sailor Moon anime has been released. According to Anime News Network, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal will debut in Japan sometime in July and will be available to stream worldwide through the Niconico website. Toei Animation, the same studio that did the first anime series, is behind the new anime. It has been emphasized by producer Atsutoshi Umezawa that this anime is not a remake of the first one, but a completely brand new series that will closely follow Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga series.

It may seem strange to get a whole new reboot of Sailor Moon after all these years, but when it was first announced back in 2012 that Sailor Moon will be getting a revival and it’ll closely adapt the manga series, as it should have been originally, I was ecstatic by the news.

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Game Review: Kingdoms of Amalur – Reckoning

The best kind of RPGs are the ones that have the right balance of good storytelling and gameplay. Personally, if the story is really good and the gameplay is mediocre at best, I can actually forgive the less than stellar game system. If the story isn’t so great, but the combat system is amazing, then it’s a lot harder for me to be engaged with what’s going on. This best describes my experience with playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

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Video Game Challenge For March: Game Number Two Revealed

A new month brings about a new video game to continue my one game a month challenge. The success of last month’s video game selection has me feeling confident that I can tackle the next game on my list. Picking the next one is a hard process to think about with so many games waiting for their turn in the spotlight, but it has to be done in order to keep me really focused on getting to the end of a game.

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February Video Game Challenge Progress Report: Kingdoms of Amalur – Reckoning

You may recall how I’ve declared to attack my backlog of games by challenging myself to pick one game and sticking with it for the whole month. Depending on the game length, boss difficulty I encounter, and free time I have during the week and weekends, the effort is made with the intention of completing a game to the best of my ability. This may mean I may only complete the main story missions of a game, but not all or any of the side missions. As much as I want to get 100% completion for a game, let’s face it, I don’t have that much time to devote all my availability to doing that. With this month nearly over, I’m here to report my results as I promised.

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Guest Post: Beardliness Is Next To Manliness‏

In support of Voluntine’s Week, C. T. Murphy of Murf vs Internet has written a guest post for my blog! He’s a talented blogger who has guest blogged on simpleek before and he is a fellow contributor for Geek Force Network. Be sure to check out his blog for a variety of interesting topics from video games to personal stories from his own life. Give him a follow on Twitter. Without further ado, kick back and cozy up to this post about the beards he finds the manliest on certain video game characters. I can tell you, the manliest scale is off the charts in this special post!

Beards. Beards are awesome.

Since the dawn of mankind, when our ancestors first discovered the incredible power of length and fullness, beards have been grown in the name of everything: from God to justice to simple, psychotic rage.

In the 1990s, after years of pixelated confusion, beards in video games could be square no longer. The gaming world was lifted from an abyss of underrepresented manliness and poorly drawn facial hair.

But it was not, as some had predicted, the end of gaming. Instead, 32-bit beards were simply the prologue to another hairy chapter of beards in gaming history. For man had succeeded in proper facial hair representation––because beards, beards are awesome.

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