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Texas Does The Time Warp Again at FAN EXPO DALLAS

by on January 30th, 2017

The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf will reunite at FAN EXPO DALLAS 2017 located in downtown Dallas for Three Days.

The FAN EXPO DALLASis March 31st through April 2nd at the Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

The FAN EXPO DALLAS show will be Stan Lee’s last Texas appearance as well so this show should be EPIC! If you are interested in getting a photo op or autograph the fees are $120.00 for each not for both. I suggest checking the schedule beforehand so you know when the photo ops and autograph sessions are happening.

I went last year and had a blast…as much as you can with little boys and teenage boys poking you in the behind with their light sabers. I have gone in total to 4 Comic Cons / FAN EXPOs overthe last year and each one boast more technology than the previous show (except for Silicon Valley).

I just submitted my press credentials to attend this years FAN EXPO DALLAS and very excited about the cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show being there. Hopefully I will be approved and will be on ground zero throughout the show updating you all via my twitterand my Youtube channel. Continue Reading…

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HWBOT Invite Extreme and Ambient Overclockers to Learn and Compete in the First Ever West Coast U.S. World Tour Event

by on December 20th, 2016

hwbotAnnounced today, HWBOT confirms plans to host the first ever HWBOT Would Tour event on the West Coast of North America. The HWBOT World Tour Las Vegas event will be held at the GIGABYTE Suites on January 5th and 6th during the CES 2017 trade show. The event will start with a ‘Performance Matters’ launch event (with demos, speeches and a full blown party) followed by two days of overclocking workshops and contests, including the first Overclocking World Championship Qualifier.

The Overclocking World Championship Qualifier will be sponsored by GIGABYTE, Intel and Seasonic and is open to all Overclockers. Day one will feature a qualification round where Overclockers battle it out across three benchmarks in just three hours. The round will involve three benchmarks with Overclockers given processors from Intel’s latest product portfolio plus the latest motherboards from GIGABYTE. The top four will be invited to return for the Semi-Finals and Finals which will be based on the same 1v1 structure used in previous World Tour events.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite using the link below. Note: Attending Overclocker are asked to pledge $100 USD to book a seat in the HWBOT World Championship Qualifier. This will be reimbursed after attendance at the event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hwbot-world-tour-2017-las-vegas-tickets-30040853000?aff=HWTsite

Good Luck to all those attending the HWBOT World Tour during CES 2017!

Source and Direct Quotes from HWBOT.org

 

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Coming Soon: NES CLASSIC EDITION

by on October 25th, 2016

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The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturized version of the original NES system that was originally released in 1985. On November 11, 2016 fans of NES will be able to purc hase the new NES Classic Edition at Amazon.com, Target, and Best Buy. The system will have 30 of the original NES’s classic games preloaded.nes-games

Setting up the new NES Classic Edition seems simple (though I have not reviewed it yet) users need to just plug the NES Classic Edition into their TV and should work immediately.extra-controller

What’s in the box Nina? Good Question! Below is the list of what comes in the box. Note you only get one controller so if you want to game with your friends you will need to buy the extra controller which is said to only be $9.99.

  • NES Classic Edition system
  • One NES Classic Controller
  • HDMI cable
  • AC adapter
  • 30 pre-installed games

The included NES Classic Edition Controller can also be used with NES Virtual Console games on your Wii™ or Wii U™ console by connecting it to a Wii Remote™ controller.

nes-controllerThe NES Classic Edition has four Suspend Point slots for each game which allows you to save your game (unlike the original NES). User just need to press the Reset button while playing to return to the HOME menu and save your progress to a slot. Users can lock their saved file and resume at a later time.

I am very excited that us geeks will finally be able to purchases this in November. NES Classic Edition would also be a great Holiday Gift for the gaming geek in your life. For more information and the NES Classic Edition site click here.

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Registration for CES and Nina’s Infamous CES Checklist

by on October 24th, 2016

ces-logo-2016It’s that time again to start registering for CES and other events during CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Today registration for attendee’s general admission opened up and those wanting to attend CES can register here.

This year there is a great line-up of speakers and events inside the Las Vegas Convention Center and outside as well. As of today the line-up of keynote speakers that are confirmed are Jen-Hsun Huang (Founder, President and CEO of NVIDIA), Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO Nissan Motor Corp., Ltd.) and Kevin Plank (Founder and CEO of Under Armour). Most events require a CES badge except for events outside the LV Convention Center or Sands Expo like LaunchFest.

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Each year I have a check list for CES that continues to grow from lessons learned from past CESs. Below is my ever growing checklist and tips to help you plan your CES trip accordingly. Continue Reading…

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Happy National Comic Book Day and Dallas Comic Con Fan Days 2016

by on September 25th, 2016

dallasfandaysHappy National Comic Book Day! Every year on the 25th of September comic book fans get to celebrate their love for comics that currently is an industry that totals over one billion dollars in sales annually. National Comic Book Day is a day when fans set aside their differences and celebrate together at their local comic book store. I have not been at my local comic book store on National Comic Book Day so I am uncertain how celebrated it is but seems like a fun way to spend your Sunday.fanday

Today also marks less than 3 weeks away to Dallas Comic Con Fan Days in Irving, Texas on October 14th through the 16th. This will be the last appearance of the stars of Batman, Adam West and Burt Ward at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days. They will also have the 1966 Batmobile on display the whole weekend for fans to check out.

The weekend of Dallas Comic Con Fan Days will also have several other attractions like photo ops with celebrities, panels, autograph sessions, and artist alley.  If you would like more information on attractions click here and for ticket information click here.

I hope to see all you guys at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days and check out the below article of the experts of Dallas Comic Con Fan days talking about National Comic Book Day and Dallas Comic Con Fan Days.

The Experts at Dallas Fan Days Talk Comics

Every year on Sept. 25, comic book readers, collectors, lovers and fans celebrate National Comic Book Day. Comic books – are they a hobby, a pastime, a casual form of entertainment? Try a billion dollar a year industry and a powerful consumer market. According to the latest estimate by ICV2 and Comichron, total comics and graphic novel sales in North America hit $1.03 billion in 2015, the first year for the industry to ever hit over a billion dollars in sales. Comic books are no longer just a cultural experience; they are an economic powerhouse.

At first thought, comic books may not be considered a largely sought-after product; however, the demand for their colorful pages and fascinating stories continues to climb. Sales in 2014 were up 8 percent from 2013, and 2015 sales were up 10 percent from 2014. As traditional fans of the comic book age and are now adults, the primary purchasers of comic books are adults between the ages of 25 and 44 according to ICV2 – individuals who have more disposable income to spend on a treasured form of entertainment. Their deep-seated love for comics is elevating the industry.

 “Comic books have continued to become a cultural unifier,” says Andrew Moyes, show director of Dallas Fan Days™. “People all over the world can connect over their love and passion for comic books, and we see that at our conventions year after year.”

Whether it’s nostalgia or excitement over new superhero movies and TV shows, fans are showing their love for the comic book industry.

“At conventions across the country, we have seen an influx of new faces that have only been exposed to these comic characters through the movies, and the attendance has swelled to record numbers because of it. In stores, we have seen older customers who had stopped collecting or reading coming back in to catch up,” says Andy McMahon, owner of Duncanville Bookstore, a shop that offers a range of comic books, graphic novels, games, toys and action figures. “The DFW area has a large number of people still trying to collect every issue of a series. Because the DFW area is so diverse, our customers are willing to branch out and try new titles, which is nice to see because there are some great non-superhero titles being produced right now.”

 Dallas Fan Days – one of the best comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming events in Texas and set to return Oct. 14-16, 2016, at the Irving Convention Center – will host comic guests such as: Neal Adams, Brandon Peterson, Jim Calafiore, Ty Templeton, Joe Eisma, Jeremy Clark, Sam de la Rosa, Ben Dunn, Steve Erwin, Scott Harben, Mike Krome, Andrew Mangum, Danita Mangum, Jason Metcalf, Ande Parks, Lawrence Reynolds, Marlin Snoop, K.T. Smith, Shaun Steven Struble and Jamie Tyndall.

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ATX Classic Game Fest 2016

by on August 1st, 2016

Classic Game FestThis weekend I attended the Classic Game Fest in Austin, Texas. To be honest if it wasn’t for the fact that it was in Austin and Tekforce was performing I probably wouldn’t have stayed long. Not that it’s not cool; I’ve been going to so many gaming conferences I am conferenced out (that and getting probed by teenage boy’s light sabers in my bum gets annoying real quick).

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Since the Classic Game Fest is all about retro games there was not any major announcements and mostly us geeks playing all the games we use to love as a kid. The Classic Game Fest included 45,000 square feet of about 6,000 retro video games at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. There was also several different booths where you can purchase old school game cartridges, accessories and memorabilia of games from Atari, Sega, and Nintendo. I did not expect to see the various rows of old school gaming on Macs (Apple 2 I believe) and PCs; took me back to kindergarten.

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One of my favorite booths was Geekazoid that has customizable cases for your smart phone. A true geek is always excited to customize their technology. Geekazoid also has some unique case designs like the Edgar Allan Poe Cell Phone Case for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. To check out more of Geekazoid’s designs and unique products or accessories click here.

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In true Nina fashion while at Classic Game Fest I asked random people I don’t know to take a picture with me. It’s amazing how many people immediately agree. The Flashion Statement shirt does attract allot of people.

Lastly the Tekforce performance which also included MegaRan, Doug Funnie and 1-up was awesome. I first saw Tekforce perform in Dallas after a grueling day of Comic Con and it was a breath of fresh air considering I was at the convention center all day. I was also avoiding a few annoying people by going to a show outside the convention center. It was the first time I ever saw Tekforce and the performance of “Level Up.” I was intrigued considering it’s a rap about gaming and we all know how much I love rap and hip hop.

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Interestingly enough at the Classic Game Fest Tekforce performed at the convention center instead. To my amazement I spent more time at the convention center than I intended to or normally do because of Tekforce. Take notes for those who plan major conventions; having a live band or performance in the convention center makes people stay longer. Besides the wackadoodle chick trying to dance with me during the entire show it was cool to see MegaRan, Doug Funnie and 1-up perform with Tekforce considering I haven’t seen them all on stage. To check out more of Tekforce’s music or to buy a CD click here.

All and all it was another successful technology convention. I actually got approach by few people that have been Cutegeek fans for a while and they knew me! How cool is that?! Sometimes I wonder if people actually read my posts and this was validation they do and they like my articles.

Below are a few more videos of from the Classic Game Fest and Tekforce performance. Enjoy and see you all at the next tech convention!

 

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ULTIMATE MEDIA VENTURES PARTNERS WITH SLS LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO FOR “BATTLE ON THE STRIP”

by on July 27th, 2016

I call my self a geek yet I have no idea what Ultimate Gaming and Esports Tournament  is however it’s happening in Vegas so I’m sure it will be a great time.  For those (like me) that don’t know what “Battle on the Strip” is its a recurring esports tournament series that features online brackets each month for a different IP from the top competitive video game titles.

It would be hilarious if I sign up since I am not that great of gamer and continue to screw up during the tournament. Or maybe not, don’t want to get the stink eye from the gamers.

Below is the official Press Release with more information about the “Battle on the Strip” and good luck to those participating.

Dallas, Texas – (July 27, 2016)Ultimate Media Ventures, LLC (UMV) – the VC-backed esports innovation and media company – is pleased to today announce a partnership with SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for the first of its kind “Battle on the Strip” esports tournament series activation beginning this August.

The Battle on the Strip is a recurring esports tournament series that features online brackets each month for a different IP from the top competitive video game titles. Industry leading prize pools will drive the best players in the world to compete at SLS Las Vegas, the Strip’s newest resort, curated by UMV for the ultimate Vegas esports experience. Long overlooked, the Battle on the Strip series of tournaments will allow the best amateur esports competitors to show their mettle alongside top pro esports talent.

“We’re incredibly excited to take over the Las Vegas Strip and bring the esports community and lifestyle to the world class hotel and casino that is SLS,” said Jon Bukosky, CEO of UMV. “At the Battle on the Strip, top professional and up-and-coming amateurs will battle it out for bragging rights and cash prizes, competing against each other on equal footing. We’re thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind tournament experience in one of the best venues in Las Vegas, featuring some of the top competitors and leading esports titles on a rotating basis.”

“Esports is rapidly growing in popularity and expanding past traditional sporting events, in large part, due to its interactive live tournaments,“ said Matt Minichino, Vice President of Nightlife & Entertainment at SLS Las Vegas. “Competitive gaming represents the future of entertainment, and we are excited to partner with Ultimate Media Ventures to be the first to bring this incredibly unique experience to the Strip.”

The Battle on the Strip tournament series semi-finals and finals will be held live and broadcast from The Foundry, SLS’ newest live entertainment venue. Fans can attend each month on-site during the finals and secure premium gaming products from leading industry brands. Exclusive merchandise from UMV’s dedicated esports apparel & lifestyle brand “ULT” (ULTesports.com) will be available for purchase, including the ULT Battle on the Strip Collector’s shirt (limited to one hundred units) each month. Over the next three weeks, UMV will announce game and broadcast partners, brand sponsors and additional prize pool details. For more information, please visit www.UltimateMedia.Venture.

 

*Information provided by Ultimate Media Ventures and SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
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Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition Coming This November

by on July 17th, 2016

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My first gaming console was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the 80’s. My younger brother and I would have epic arguments about Mario Bros., Duck Hunt (you aren’t winning Duck Hunt if you have the gun directly on the TV), Zelda, Knight Rider and Paper Boy. I was even so bold to press the reset button right when my brother was about to save the princess (not my finest moment).

Though we argued and fought we also bonded playing NES games even with the 6 year age gap. One of the main bonding moments is when we figured out the code to have continuous 1 Ups on Mario Bros. Another bonding moment is when the cartridge would not work and we were at drastic measures to get it working. Our MacGyver tactics of repositioning the cartridge using some folded up paper or blowing on the overheated cartridge are some of the best memories I had.

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Excitingly in November you get to relive your NES experience as Nintendo will be releasing a smaller version of the classic NES console called the Nintendo Classic Mini. The design is a replica of the original NES but the size to fit in the palm of your hand. It will come pre-loaded with 30 of the classic NES games but will not have cartridges. The Nintendo Classis Mini can connect to a TV via HDMI and comes with the classic NES pad that can also be used on a Wii or Wii U. Gamers can also use a NES Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro for two-player action.

The console arrives on the 11th November and is currently priced at $59.99 when released. If you would like more information on the Nintendo Classic Mini click here. Below please find the 30 pre-loaded game titles and video of the new Nintendo Classic Mini.

*All information was gathered by nintendo.com*
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Press Release: JULY DLC ANNOUNCED FOR ROCK BAND 4

by on July 5th, 2016

Rock Band, Harmonix and I have a long relationship since I started Cutegeek 7 years ago. The Beatles Rock band Release at E3 2009 had me up on stage (and we all know I do not like getting on stage) singing and ripping it up on the drums.  

I recently got word that one of my favorite all time songs has been added to the Rock Band line up, Pixies “Where is my mind?!”  They are also adding one of my all-time favorite singer/ song writer Billy Joel! See the press release below.

BOSTON, MA – July 1, 2016 – Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. announced today that eight new songs will be added to the Rock Band™ DLC music library this month. The first two songs will be available on both Xbox One and PlayStation®4 Tuesday, July 5 for $1.99 per track:

  • Hinder “Lips Of An Angel”
  • Pixies “Where Is My Mind?”

The remaining artists set to join Rock Band in July are listed below, with specific tracks to be announced and made available throughout the month:

  • Bastille
  • Billy Joel
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Brian Setzer
  • Fuel
  • Third Eye Blind

Rock Band 4 is currently available for play on both Xbox One and PlayStation®4 with a suggested retail price of $59.99.

About Rock Band
Called “the new benchmark for rhythm gaming” by GamesRadar+, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love with brand new features. Rock Band has seen regular updates following its launch last year, including the introduction of Brutal Mode and Practice mode. An expansion for Rock Band 4, Rock Band Rivals, will be released in fall 2016.Last December, Oculus and Harmonix announced Rock Band VR, a completely new music simulation experience coming exclusively to the Oculus Rift later this year.

For more information on Rock Band and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head over to the Rock Band 4 blog or follow @RockBand on Twitter for updates.

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Indiegogo Campaign: JETJAT ULTRA the ONE-TOUCH DRONE

by on June 28th, 2016

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Imagine having a drone that fits in the palm of your hand, introducing the JETJAT. The JETJAT is an Automatic Camera Mini Drone with One-Touch, Live WiFi, Auto Landing and Throw-to-Fly capabilities.

JJ appThe video game style controller has 4-channel control of direction and thrust, flips and tricks, and auto take-off and landing with the touch of your right bumper. Users can also download the app for free and use their smartphone to make drone flying easy. To use the app and your smart phone turn the controls on your phone off and clamp it to your controller.

The JETJAT campaign with Indiegogo has 16 days left to earn $15,000 to fund this project. They are currently at $11,776 USD that has been raised by 80 backers. They have $3,224 left to make their goal. Backing their campaign starts at $5 to enter the Drone Giveaway or the early bird special and get the JETJAT for only $50.00. To back the Indiegogo JETJAT campaign or for more information click here.

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