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MAGfest 2017 Was Max Fun, Maybe Too Much For Some

Posted January 12, 2017 by JIbrii Ransom

With the horrid year that is known as 2016 now closed, we start 2017 off with a bang! MAGfest 2017 was the latest version of an annual festival celebrating both music and videogames, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. It is consistently one of my favorite con experiences to date. My first time going to MAGfest […]

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Nintendo Pulls a Switch With New Name For The NX

Posted October 20, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

After less than stellar sales of the WiiU, Nintendo announced a new console was on the horizon a few years ago. The Nintendo NX as it was dubbed was rumored to be the next-gen console for Nintendo. With the success of both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo really had to pull something out […]

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E3 2016 Preview: Sony’s Game to Lose

Posted June 12, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

It’s just about that time again. The gaming industry and the gaming community are getting excited as the Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner, and that means an E3 2016 preview. This week we already are starting to hear of some new gaming announcements, as the expo will open next week. Last year we […]

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Small In Size, ACBC Still Impresses This Comics Cosplayer

Posted May 16, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Atlantic City Boardwalk con was a convention I really wanted to go to when it debuted last year. I heard the con was great, and honestly, after attending ACBC this past weekend I have to agree — ACBC is pretty amazing. Ironically, despite mostly doing comic book character cosplays, I don’t do a lot of […]

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PAX East 2016 Brings Riot Back, Expands

Posted April 27, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

For gamers (and in my opinion, for everyone) PAX East is probably the best con in the New England area. Not only does it bring out some amazing cosplayers and some of the latest products from and for the games industry, it also shows how much these two components are connected. I’ve been to PAX […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Adds Security, Confusion

Posted March 28, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Anime Boston was one of the very first new cons I attended in my early convention life, way back in 2012. It was my first time in the Boston area and as a newbie I found the con enjoyable since I was with friends and got a thrill out of the cosplays I saw. It […]

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Cosplay & Style

The Story And Impact Of #29DaysOfBlackCosplay

Posted February 29, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Throughout the month of February you may have noticed a certain hashtag all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc… and that hashtag is #29DaysOfBlackCosplay. Now many have had mixed reactions to this, and many wondered what this was all about when it first popped up. This all started actually last year with Chaka Cumberbatch a.k.a Princess […]

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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Cyborg

Posted February 27, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Booyah! One my favorite superheroes is one of the founding members of the Teen Titans as well as a founding member of the New 52 Justice League, Victor Stone a.k.a Cyborg. Honestly he’s been a favorite of mine from the early days of the Teen Titans cartoon. He was my favorite of the Titans next […]

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Gaming News

‘Killer Instinct’ Arbiter Trailer Nails The ‘Halo’ Experience

Posted February 25, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Killer Instinct Season 3 is looking great at the moment, with its system changes, balance updates, new moves and abilities for all its cast, graphical improvements to the game, and even guest characters. I still can’t believe we have Rash of the Battletoads included in this game. His move set reminds me so much of […]

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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Black Panther

Posted February 22, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

For everyone and their mothers who have already seen the Captain America: Civil War trailer and is wondering “Who is the guy in the Black Cat-looking costume?” I am here to tell exactly who this character is and why his inclusion is so amazing. That character is the Black Panther, T’Challa, king of the highly […]

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Con Reports

Fire, Vandalism Can’t Keep Katsucon Down

Posted February 16, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

This year was my fourth time going to Katsucon, and it is still one of my favorite conventions to attend. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is one of the most beautiful locations I have been to for a con. Whether the ballroom area, the outdoor hills, the beach area by the waterfront, or, yes, […]

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Patience Needed And Rewarded For ‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’

Posted February 5, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Xenoblade Chronicles was a highly under-appreciated game. It came out for the Wii and was an amazing JRPG that introduced new gameplay elements, interesting characters, and breathtaking environments. If you haven’t played the game I highly suggest you do. So how do you follow up a game like it? By adding mechs. Xenoblade Chronicles X […]

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‘Street Fighter V’ DLC System Is A Good Strategy

Posted January 30, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Capcom is doing some very new things with Street Fighter V, from its character redesigns, new V-Trigger system, and even its DLC. Announced back in December, we were shown silhouettes of six more characters that will be added into the game further down the line. And we also got the identities of these characters. We […]

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Nerd Culture

‘FFVII’ HD Remake Looks Great, Raises Ire

Posted January 13, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

In demand for decades, it is finally happening — the Final Fantasy VII HD Remake. Now this is huge for multiple reasons, mainly because the fans have been heard, and one of the best video games of all time is coming back for a new generation. However people need to keep in mind that this […]

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‘Scalebound’ Now Bound For A 2017 Release

Posted January 4, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Just weeks after we ran a preview of the game from our games guru Jibrii Ransom, the developers of the game Scalebound have announced that it will be pushed back from a 2016 release to 2017. In a blog post today, Platinum Games said that it needed the extra time to ensure it could “deliver on our […]

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MKX Kombat Pack 2 DLC Packs A Mostly Tame Punch

Posted January 4, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

The fighting game Mortal Kombat X has been doing amazing business. The game has a growing fan base, and is making strides in the fighting game community, so people have been eagerly waiting to see what is coming, and the latest is MKX Kombat Pack 2. I think fighting games have it pretty easy when it […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ Among 2016’s Coolest Looking Games

Posted December 29, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

For years gamers have said there are no original IP’s in the industry, however at E3 this summer we got a glimpse of a brand new game that will hopefully change that mindset. Horizon Zero Dawn was one of my personal favorite games at E3 this past June. Coming from Guerilla Studios, the studio that […]

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Bayonetta Bounces Into Latest Super Smash Bros 4 DLC

Posted December 24, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Wow, Nintendo, just… wow! I have to say, I thought Cloud was a huge surprise but no… the real surprise was the inclusion of Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros 4. It made me insanely happy to see one of my all time favorite video game characters, and my all time favorite female video game characters […]

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‘Scalebound’: Next Year, Come For Dragons, Stay For Combat

Posted December 20, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

One of my most anticipated games of 2016 is one called Scalebound. This game is being made by the amazing team at Platinum Games, creators of my choice of game of the year for 2014, Bayonetta 2. In Scalebound we take control of Drew, accompanied by his dragon named Thuban in order to explore this […]

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‘Star Fox Zero’ Delay May Help It Rise From Mediocrity

Posted December 13, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Star Fox is one of Nintendo’s fan favorites, Just about everybody played Star Fox 64 at some point, and knows the tagline “Do a Barrel Roll.” He’s top tier in Super Smash Bros, causing the creation of hundreds of memes of him, and after two okayish games we finally have a new Star Fox game […]

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‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ Is About Making Dinosaurs Your Pony

Posted December 11, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Fun fact, I love dinosaurs. I have always been fascinated by them for as long as I can remember. And while good dinosaur games are very rare, one game I had a very brief time playing this summer really stood out to me and I was surprised I didn’t hear about it sooner. Ark: Survival […]

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‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ Looks Exciting, Despite Ominous Title

Posted December 2, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

One of my favorite game series of the last console generation has to be the Uncharted trilogy, more so Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3. And with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on the way, needless to say I am looking forward to what this title has in store as it is the last game to […]

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Action Abounds in First ‘Civil War’ Trailer

Posted November 25, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

On your left MCU fans. Last night during the show Jimmy Kimmel Live we finally, FINALLY got to see a trailer for Captain America: Civil War. And the trailer did not disappoint. Honestly when they announced Civil War as a movie I was a little scared. Civil War is one of Marvel’s best storylines in […]

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Next-Gen ‘Doom’ Reboot Looks Like One Hell of a Game

Posted November 24, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Easily the bloodiest and goriest game shown at E3 this summer, Doom is making its return next year. You know what I loved about Bethesda’s E3 press conference? … I loved everything about it. They kept our attention with every game they announced thus far. And Doom (unofficially known as Doom 4) definitely was a […]

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Nintendo’s Bombshell: FF7’s Cloud Joins Smash Bros

Posted November 13, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Hey did you ever think you would see the Guardian of the Lifestream and Final Fantasy main character Cloud Strife go up against Mario? No, neither did I, but that is going to happen. During the Nintendo Direct event yesterday, Cloud Strife was announced for Super Smash Bros 4. This came as a huge shock […]

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Con Reports

Burlesque Comic Con Vixens Show Rocked NYCC

Posted November 1, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

I’ll be 100 percent honest. I had never been to a burlesque show until I got into cosplay and even then my first time attending one was in 2013 at AnimeNEXT. While it was an experience to finally go to one, I never really made it a mission to go to a show. If I […]

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‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Continues Reboots Winning Ways

Posted October 31, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

The majority of the time, a reboot of a game can be a good idea in theory and very poor in execution, like in the case of DMC: Devil May Cry. Taking what makes the character so timeless and cool and completely going in the opposite direction can ruin the game for you. While it […]

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NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by Adam Etheridge, Saturday Part 2

Posted October 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Here we have the second of two galleries from Saturday at New York Comic Con, by Adam Etheridge. Check out the photos of the excellent cosplayers, including our own Spectra Marvelous, along with Siryn, Avalon Cosplay, Maweezy Cosplay, Avacyn Ava, ZeldaLilly Photography, and Sofia Sivan. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see […]

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Fallout 4 Poised to Explode With New Features

Posted October 22, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

The latest version of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout, Fallout 4, had possibly the best showing at an E3 press conference this past June in my opinion. Bethesda Softworks came to play! And play they did, with amazing announcements left and right. But the biggest impact for me was the demo of Fallout 4. Though […]

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NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by Adam Etheridge, Friday Part 2

Posted October 17, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second and last Friday gallery from Adam Etheridge at New York Comic Con continues to show off the variety and quality of cosplays that can be captured outside at the Jacob Javitz Center during the convention. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are our own contributors Spectra Marvelous and Gogo Incognito, as well as Steamed Eggs, Nadyasonika, Vera Baby, Ireland […]

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New York Comic Con Keeps Getting Better and Better – Mostly

Posted October 14, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

To many comic book fans and cosplayers New York Comic Con is considered to be one of the most important shows of the year. Held at the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan every year since 2006, the show gets bigger and bigger each year. And last year the con had more than 150,000 attendees, making […]

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Mortal Kombat X DLC Lands Some Hits, Few Fatalities

Posted September 23, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Mortal Kombat X has gotten quite the support from both its community and developer NetherRealm Studios. The game — since launch to the video game competition EVO 2015 this past summer — has seen some drastic changes, from new costumes, to new brutalities/fatalities, and even new characters. Whether you like the business practices of publisher […]

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DragonCon: The Father of All Party Cons

Posted September 11, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

DragonCon is easily one of the bigger conventions in the country. With more than 70,000 people in attendance this year, DragonCon gets insanely more popular each year, and it has so many different fandoms on its roster, so it has been the must-attend con for a lot of older con goers. This was my second […]

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‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’ Looks Both Familiar and New

Posted July 29, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Xenoblade Chronicles was possibly one of the best games to come out for the Wii and possibly one of the best Japanese role playing games to come out in the last console generation. Its unique setting, combat system, well-fleshed-out and developed characters, phenomenal musical score, and amazing story made it one of the Wii’s gems. […]

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A ConnectiCon First Timer In A Pricey Court

Posted July 21, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

(Ed. Note: As I hinted yesterday, we have one more ConnectiCon gallery to go. At the bottom of this review are shots taken by Jibrii himself, so check ’em out!) Whenever a friend talked about their experience at ConnectiCon to me it was never in a good light. Since I first heard about it in 2013 I have […]

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ConnectiCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 1!

Posted July 17, 2015 by Rodney Brown

In early to mid July in the Connecticut River valley in central Connecticut — home of Hartford and  ConnectiCon — things can get pretty swampy. This past weekend was no exception, so while you may see plenty of shots elsewhere from the stairs outside the Connecticut Convention Center, your comfort-loving editor in chief stayed in the […]

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Killer Instinct Season 2 Is a Killer Update

Posted July 10, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

One of my favorite games of last year was Killer Instinct. An amazing long overdue update to the Killer Instinct games of the 1990s, Killer Instinct provided a unique fighting game experience that, despite a lot of updated game mechanics, stayed faithful to the Killer Instinct style. Since the game’s launch, new characters have been […]

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Despite Some Flaws, ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Is The Game We Deserve

Posted July 7, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Time to once again don that famous cowl and cape to become Vengeance, to become the Night, to become Batman! In Rocksteady Studios’ final game in the Arkham series we once again become the Caped Crusader in his final game, Batman: Arkham Knight. With this being the last game in the Arkham series of games, […]

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E3 2015: Games Of The Show

Posted June 30, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

E3 has come and gone, and it left a huge impression on the gaming world. With so many new games announced, and shown for the first time it was hard to not be impressed by a lot of these games. Usually I can pick out one game title that I felt stood above the rest, […]

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AnimeNEXT 2015: End Of An Era For A Great Starter Con

Posted June 25, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The convention features Japanese creators of anime and manga, voice actors from anime series, Japanese musical acts, artists, vendors and exhibits, panels, workshops, and gaming. AnimeNEXT has been around since 2002 and is organized by Universal Animation held at the […]

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A Tiny Sample Of Terrific Black Cosplayers

Posted February 25, 2015 by Lauren Grant

‘Tis the season of remembering and celebrating black excellence! Here at Nerd Caliber we have one of the most diverse staffs, from the different kinds of nerdy things we like and do, to our ethnic backgrounds. So in honor of Black History Month I’ve found some amazing Nerds of Color who are making moves in […]

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AnimeNEXT Saturday Cosplay Gallery from Adam Etheridge!

Posted June 24, 2014 by Rodney Brown

AnimeNEXT was held earlier this month, and photographer Adam Etheridge captured images of some of the outstanding cosplayers in this gallery from Saturday. In addition to cosplayers like Kayla Ann Cosplay, Negative Stacey, Inochii/Nerdy Lolita  and our very own Spectra Marvelous, Adam shot quite a few groups, showing off not only their cosplays but their organizational skills. […]

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