Make Canoe my Homepage

Console to Closet makes video game-inspired outfits

- April 16th, 2014

You can’t really wear full body armour or elaborate cosplay during your everyday life without severely limiting your employment and romantic prospects. Which is why Console to Closet compiles fashionable, video game character-inspired outfits that you can proudly sport in public.

Amanda McGinnis has been running C2C since 2012, first on Tumblr, and then on YouTube. Now her web series is headed to Geek & Sundry,  Felicia Day’s commercial YouTube channel.

In her Geek & Sundry debut above, McGinnis  introduces herself and discusses her fashion process. See below for some examples of her geek-chic ensembles.

Read more…

Microsoft is going digging for old Atari games

- April 10th, 2014

ETwBackdrop

Video game legend has it that in 1983, Atari Inc. buried thousands of copies of the huge flop E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, along with unsold computers, consoles and copies of Pac-Man, in a landfill in New Mexico.

There were news stories about it at the time, but details differed. The E.T.-centric aspect is only a theory, and some skeptics have suggested the whole thing is nothing but an urban legend. But now, Microsoft is setting out to discover the truth.

Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave.

The Atari Corporation – faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game – allegedly disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1983. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios, and now, as part of a documentary series (developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn, through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox), the team will excavate the legendary New Mexico landfill to reveal the true story of Atari’s bizarre burial.

If you’re in Alamogordo on April 26 between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., you can head over and watch live as massive corporations attempt to unearth E.T.

Violent games don’t cause aggression, frustrating controls do

- April 9th, 2014

A new Oxford study has proven what gamers have always known — violent games don’t make people aggressive; hard-to-play ones do.

Published in the  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the study found “games that were too difficult or where players had trouble mastering controls that were too complicated were the most likely to leave players feeling aggressive afterwards.” Whether the games were violent  made no difference.

A.K.A. nobody ever screamed and threw their Xbox controller across the room because they got desensitized to violence and wanted to try some out.

Co-author Richard M. Ryan, from the University of Rochester, explains:

The study is not saying that violent content doesn’t affect gamers, but our research suggests that people are not drawn to playing violent games in order to feel aggressive. Rather, the aggression stems from feeling not in control or incompetent while playing. If the structure of a game or the design of the controls thwarts enjoyment, it is this, not the violent content, that seems to drive feelings of aggression.

Man proposes with Skyrim’s Amulet of Mara

- April 7th, 2014

g6w2hW6

Nerd love is my favourite kind of love.

Redditor Sarah Briody introduced her beau to Skyrim, who then used it to level up their relationship. He recently popped the question by placing the Amulet of Mara — the in-game item required to marry your character — around her neck.

“He gave me the amulet and while I recognized what it was — it didn’t really click as to WHAT it was,” Briody said. “I put it on and he started to smile from ear to ear. Then he said: ‘Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for.’”

“Then it finally registered that he was proposing! He got down on one knee and slipped the ring on my finger.”

Let their marriage be as engrossing and beautiful as Skyrim itself, and let any glitches along the way be patched up with minimal damage to their journey.

h/t Gamespot