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    Words From a Nerd: Gaming's threat to young, male gamers

    Instant gratification can trump low-wage work
    09/27/2016 04:15 PM MDT
    An interesting (and sorta depressing) article came out of the Washington Post last week on the effect that increasingly advanced video games are having on today's youth (and young men in particular). 
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    Words From a Nerd: Amazon's 'Fleabag' #awkwardFTW
    09/20/2016 09:30 PM MDT - Fall TV is a concept that sort of stops applying once you ditch the cable service for streaming alternatives and their more scattershot release schedules, but new streamable shows do still tend to arrive in batches. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Read this column in one breath
    09/13/2016 09:13 PM MDT - I took a break from the standard forms of nerding out these last two weeks and did some reading instead. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'World of Warcraft' talons sink deep
    08/30/2016 04:22 PM MDT - Pop culture juggernaut that it is, "World of Warcraft" continues its steady lurch forward. Despite a dwindling number of subscribers and some fan dissatisfaction with the way the last two major updates to the game were handled (with months of no new content creating a stagnant experience for many), as the game nears its 12th birthday and this week's launch of the "Legion" expansion set, I find myself willingly catching up on trailers and info for a game that I haven't played in years and whose Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Get your flicks fix
    08/23/2016 04:06 PM MDT - I've been abruptly reminded of both my advancing age and inability to longboard several times in the last week, so I guess that means the students must be back. Full Story

    Know your columnist: Nixon stars in 'Words From a Nerd'
    08/21/2016 09:38 PM MDT - Sam Nixon is the man behind "Words From a Nerd," which runs every Wednesday in the Colorado Daily. He'll keep you apprised on the best and bizzare when it comes to movies, TV, video games, conventions and cultural phenomena. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Death threats for game hype
    08/16/2016 03:57 PM MDT - Hype is a hard thing to manage in the gaming sphere. Too little word of mouth surrounding a title's release can mean a game arrives dead in the water — much like what happened to the recent "Ghostbusters" game meant to tie-in with the new movie that wriggled into theaters last month. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Edgy supervillainy
    08/09/2016 03:51 PM MDT - For all the lengths "Suicide Squad" goes to make itself appear edgy and different enough to stand out from the crowded superhero movie field, there's a lot of imitation going on. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: It's all fun and games until someone gets tortured
    08/02/2016 07:44 PM MDT - Violence in video games has generated its fair share of controversy over the past few decades as the pastime has grown in prominence, popularity and technical ability. Full Story

    Word From a Nerd: City kid meets wilderpeople
    07/26/2016 01:59 PM MDT - New Zealand writer and director Taika Waititi has been on quite the roll recently, starting with 2013's vampire mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows" and continuing on with a full-fledged entrance into the big time. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Nostalgia without a remake
    07/19/2016 02:58 PM MDT - The 1980s have been quite the pop culture gold mine in the last few years, with a string of reboots and remakes aimed at capturing all the shiniest (and most revenue-generating) franchises the decade had to offer. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Pokemon Go' app rockets to the fore
    07/12/2016 03:43 PM MDT - If you've had some level of functioning brain activity during the past 20 years, you probably know what Pokemon are. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Swiss Army Man' is sweet and strange
    07/05/2016 04:32 PM MDT - Life after death takes on a new and incredibly flatulent meaning in "Swiss Army Man," an unrepentantly weird and endearingly sweet buddy comedy/love story/drama/musical in which one half of the duo happens to be an all-purpose utility corpse. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Can't commit to the cinema
    06/28/2016 02:48 PM MDT - Kind of a dogshit weekend for new movie releases, wasn't it? "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's new fashion-world horror flick "The Neon Demon" looks appealing only from a "I feel like gratuitous violence" stance, a state I find hard to wriggle into on a hot summer afternoon. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: The consummate fan/fame interaction
    06/21/2016 04:07 PM MDT - I've never quite been able to fully grasp the nature of celebrity — I doubt anyone lacking in firsthand experience truly does. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Warcraft' surprisingly not a big ball of shit
    06/14/2016 08:31 PM MDT - It's hard to ignore the Elekk in the room with a movie like "Warcraft," the first feature-length film by gaming creatives Blizzard Entertainment and based on the series of games of the same name. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: How the nerdy and snide have fallen
    06/08/2016 02:56 PM MDT - So I've never watched "Game of Thrones." Yeah, I know. Let that simmer for a second. What kind of an asshole self-proclaimed nerd isn't devouring each new episode of the most sprawling fantasy epic in recent memory as soon as possible? Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Blizzard's 'Overwatch' a solid go-to timewaster
    06/01/2016 02:03 PM MDT - Last week, Blizzard Entertainment, the video gaming powerhouse responsible for the massively popular "World of Warcraft" and "Diablo" series — and the one singlehandedly responsible for sucking more of my teenage life-force than any first bad breakup could have ever hoped to (nice try, Becky) — released an entry into a new franchise, the company's first in nearly 20 years. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'The Nice Guys' buoyed by banter
    05/25/2016 01:53 PM MDT - Slapping the buddy-cop throwback label on "The Nice Guys," director and co-writer Shane Black's manic drop into a porn-addled and gas-short 1977s Los Angeles, isn't completely accurate, but it's not exactly wrong either. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Helluva reboot
    05/17/2016 04:04 PM MDT - The "Doom" franchise has apparently pulled a fast one on me and revived itself. I admittedly don't pay too much attention to the realm of first-person shooter video games, but I'd like to think I'm tuned in at least enough to catch wind of a new entry into such a legendary franchise. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Captain America' slathered with soap
    05/10/2016 09:00 PM MDT - Collateral damage amid popcorn-munching action can be a touchy subject, and one that filmmakers feel increasingly obligated to address as the release of a new superhero flick edges closer toward becoming a bimonthly affair. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Green Room' a punk horror flick with teeth
    05/03/2016 09:24 PM MDT - Scrappy punk sensibilities clash with backwoods fanaticism in the film "Green Room," writer/director Jeremy Saulnier's white-knuckle and claustrophobic siege thriller out of the Pacific Northwest. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: What a bunch of bird poop
    04/26/2016 08:21 PM MDT - I was in the mood for some bewildering CGI and talking jungle cat antics over the weekend, so I caught a showing of "The Jungle Book. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Dark Souls' brings nostalgic finale
    04/19/2016 09:12 PM MDT - The latest (and supposedly last) entry in the notoriously difficult "Dark Souls" series of games shuffled out into the North American market last week, and I've been at it like an intravenous drip of life-sustaining Estus. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Adult Swim in footie pajamas
    04/12/2016 05:05 PM MDT - Earlier this week, YouTuber kaptainkristian posted a great little documentary giving a quick look at the history of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. Aside from the nostalgia blast brought on by old clips of "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" and "Sealab 2021," the video made me realize just how far removed I've become from cartoons after abandoning pay cable for internet-based alternatives.  Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: 'Final Fantasy XV' demo looking good at first glance
    04/05/2016 08:52 PM MDT - Things have been dicey in the realm of "Final Fantasy" for some time now. One of the most renowned -- and almost certainly the most recognizable -- series of Japanese role playing games, the last half decade or so has had its fair share of disappointments ("Final Fantasy XIII") and restarts ("XIV"). Full Story

    Words from a Nerd: Dawn of disinterest
    03/29/2016 08:05 PM MDT - All throughout "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," I had a feeling that the movie was attempting to convince me to stick around. Amid the mixture of murky hues, sullen superhumans and less-than-subtle hints at the coming onslaught of the expanded DC film universe, I couldn't escape a pleading voice in the background, "You want more of this."  Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Pee-wee Herman's retro redux
    03/22/2016 08:17 PM MDT - The world has changed in the 27 years since Pee-wee Herman's laugh last honked across the big screen. Walls have fallen and towers have crumbled. But when creator and portrayer Paul Reubens' latest Pee-wee outing, "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," landed on Netflix Friday, the grey-clad, bowtie-sporting manchild proved to have remained dutifully divorced from the passage of time — and from reality as a whole. Which, lucky enough, is where Pee-wee thrives best. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: Bursting in the 'Cloverfield' bunker
    03/15/2016 09:18 PM MDT - '10 Cloverfield Lane" builds a story like a pressure cooker stuffed full of secrets. The movie itself is a product of surprise, springing out with a cloak-and-dagger marketing campaign only a few months before its release — a rarity in an era of movie making, where hype trains start well before the camera is loaded with its first roll of film. Full Story

    Words From a Nerd: What's in a 'game'?
    03/01/2016 09:23 PM MST - "Firewatch" takes place in 1989 Wyoming as player-character Henry starts a job with the forest service manning a fire lookout post in the Shoshone National Forest. He left behind his life in Boulder, a neat local tie that feeds well into the outdoorsy setting - and CU also gets a few small mentions throughout. It's a peculiar setting for a game, and I was immediately sold on the concept. Full Story

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    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    Second Story Garage: Bandits

    Boulder is pretty good at producing rock bands, and by "rock," we mean the in-your-face, guitar-heavy, leather-clad variety — you know, the good kind. For a prime example, look no farther than BANDITS. Full Story

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