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Shadow Cities: A nerd community in a mobile MMO

Posted by Miztres On February 10, 2012 2 COMMENTS

MMO gaming is about community.  They are a chance to share an adventure with friends (or at least like-minded people) wherever you may be. Making strangers into communities that support and encourage each other is at the heart of all MMO so it’s not a surprise that the mobile MMO, Shadow Cities ( encourages mentoring and community building.

Shadow Cities (available only on Apple iOS) is a very simple game at heart.  You are a mage recruited to fight the spirits that plague human kind in the Shadowy realm one step removed from our own plane of existence.  These Shadow realms overlay a map of wherever you are located in real life using the devices GPS and Google Maps information.  Thus you find yourself battling for the defence of your own suburbs, making yourself Shadow Lord over your town.


The title of this post comes from a comment by the awesome Larry on the latest episode (#88) of NonCanonical, a weekly comic podcast. It is the culmination of a running gag from the preceding episodes dealing with the ‘creative’ forces behind Marvel Comics at the moment, and is pure comedy gold. In fact, it is so awesome that I laughed out loud on the train and immediately decided that I had to post about it, and the show, here.

As I mentioned NonCanonical is a weekly podcast from Australia that focuses on comics. It features News, reviews (The Pull List) & a featured topic discussion (like our War Room). It has a rotating roster but is mainly hosted by Josh, Joe, Larry & Kane. I have been listening to it since episode #4, when Jarrod and Looch from Classic Comics got me onto it, and have loved it ever since. It is a great mix of comedy and informed opinion and has steered me in the direction of some great comics. I don’t always agree with some of their opinions, but they always have valid arguments for them and that is what makes listening to them so enjoyable.

We also feature comic based content on here, and I’m especially proud of our coverage of DC’s the New 52, but their entire focus is on comics and they cover items we simply don’t have the time or resources to. Not only that, but Their show entertains me every Monday morning on the way to the start of a new working week, so for that alone they should be thanked. And lets face it, everyone needs a Larry in their lives!

Star Wars on Blu-ray!

Posted by David On September 15, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

September 14 2011 was a special day for nerds everywhere. That’s right, as the title of this post suggests – the release day of Star Wars on Blu-ray! I picked up my copy yesterday and spent last night going through the awesome special features and choice scenes from the films themselves. Soon I’ll gather my friends together for a screening of all 6 films in one day but for now that’ll have to wait.

I wont bore you with too many of the technical specs of the release. You can find that info elsewhere, especially the excellent But I will tell you just how cool this item is. Even someone not that obsessed with Star Wars would appreciate the attention to detail that went into making this box set.

The packaging is the similar to the recent Alien box set, with the 9 discs in a book like arrangement, protected by a sturdy slipcase. Both the slipcase and the booklet also feature some really nice artwork.





















Like I said, I haven’t watched the full movies yet, but what I did see of them were breathtaking, especially Episode 3, but also the original trilogy. They have really gone out of there way to clean them up and they look better than ever, almost like they were filmed in digital. But the true highlight is the sound mix. It is simply amazing.

The menus look very cool,  but have 2 drawbacks. Although I like the idea of grouping by planet/event, it would have been nice to have had a branching option, like MU-TH-UR mode from the Alien set. This way you could watch all of the deleted scenes in one hit, instead of having to go in and out different menus. And most of the special features, including all of the deleted scenes, have an intro screen to give some details about the scene, but unfortunately it is only onscreen for 3 secs before it disappears. This is fine for 2 sentences but not 7-8 like the intro for the Tosche Station scene. You have to be a speed reader to read it all! On the subject of the special features/deleted scenes. Why not include the ones from the prequel film’s DVD releases? With them this would have truly been the Ultimate Collection.

Now, onto the controversial changes. Unlike the Special Edition releases, the changes made to the blu-ray releases are relatively minor. I wont list them all here, but some include a new CGI door for Jabba’s Palace (the painting was fine IMO), the Ewoks now blink (I actually prefer this to the originals, at least they don’t look so creepy now ), and Vader now screams ‘No’ when throwing the Emperor down the shaft, echoing his notorious scream from Episode 3 (this is utter rubbish and more importantly, un-neccessary). It is a hard situation. Do I think the films should have been changed? – No. Do I believe the Saga is so firmly immersed into society that it now ‘belongs to all of us’? – No. Like it or not the Star Wars Saga belongs to George Lucas and he can do whatever he wants to them. I hold out hope that one day he will release the original trilogy in HD, but until that day I will continue to enjoy what I have. (Oh, and Han will always shoot first in my mind!).

Overall, I cannot recommend this box set enough. Of course I’m preaching to the choir here, but this really is a magnificent release and no film saga deserves it more than Star Wars.

Favourite Stuff – Green Goblin Statue

Posted by David On July 30, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Like all proud nerds I love stuff. Trading Cards, Action Figures, Movie posters etc. But I do have some absolute favourites and top of the list is my Green Goblin statue.

I first saw this awesome statue at Alternate Worlds in Melbourne and instantly fell in love. I didn’t have the funds to buy it at the time and vowed to return when I did. Unfortunately, by the time I returned it had been sold and, as it was a limited release, they couldn’t get another one in. Despite my disappointment I eventually gave up on ever getting it and eventually forgot about it. But my friend Richo didn’t! He managed to track one down, still factory sealed, and surprised me with it for my birthday. What a legend! It has been the centrepiece of my collection ever since.

The Green Goblin statue is from Sideshow Collectables and is ¼ scale polystone, fitted with cloth clothing and hand painted. As expected this sculpture is quite heavy, so I wouldn’t recommend placing it on a glass shelf. In fact its weight, size, and the presence of 2 very annoying cats, has made it a bit of a problem trying to find an appropriate place to display it. One day I’ll get a proper display case.

Like all Sideshow Collectable statues the quality is brilliant, and features great attention to detail, like the Goblin’s trademark grin, pumpkin bomb and leather bag. His notorious glider looks great, and connects to the sturdy base with an appropriate nameplate. I love this statue so much I refer to it by ‘Norman’. Weird I know.

Now I just need a ¼ scale Spidey to complete the set!

Some more pics of the Green Goblin statue:











*Disclaimer – I suck at taking pictures so I’m using some I found on the web. If you are the owner of these pictures and want them removed please contact me and I will do so.

Protocol – Part 1

Posted by Luke On June 11, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Introducing Story Hub!


Story Hub is where we will showcase the original work of the NCP crew and our friends. In the future we may even be able to post your work here. For our first Story Hub post we have the first instalment of NCP member Luke ‘the Harshest Critic in the World’ Walker’s Protocol. Take it away Luke……


Greetings culturalites. We at Nerd Culture Podcast are not content to merely comment on the current state of Geek Chic. No! It’s time for us to expand the minds of nerdom. So, in this spirit of cultural destruction, we unveil the Story Hub.

Here, you will find our efforts to stand on the shoulders of such literary giants as L. Ron Hubbard, Dan Brown and Kevin J. Anderson. Like what you read? Or, are you so angered that you want to tear down the internet to prevent us from infecting others? Does Dan Brown have deeper characters and more intricate plots? Let us know. Drop us a line or leave a comment.