Geek & Gamer Links

Geek-Related Sites

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Cosplay: I view cosplay as a great way to channel creative expression, and a form of escape from the mundane. Sometimes life needs a burst of color, or a chance to be someone else for a brief moment of time.

Cosplayers are some of the most devoted people, and want to show their love and appreciation for what has affect them so deeply. As someone who appreciates cosplay, I also understand the want to belong to a community of like-minded individuals without being tormented for being different. It's difficult enough to be different, and sometimes finding acceptance of oneself can be facilitated by joining an accepting community first.

Geek-related YouTube

Comics

  • 100 Bullets, Brian Azzarello
  • Bone, Jeff Smith
  • Blankets, Craig Thompson
  • ECHO, Terry Moore
  • Fables, Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & James Jean
  • Lone Wolf & Cub, Kazuo Koike
  • Nightmare & Fairytales, Serena Valentino & Foo Swee Chin (FSC)
  • SAGA, Brian K. Vaughan
  • Sandman, Neil Gaiman
  • Strangers in Paradise, Terry Moore
  • Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • Wonder Woman (New 52), Brian Azzarello
  • Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

Hopefully, some of these links may help non-gamers start understanding this phenomenon.

*Some of these sites may have content inappropriate for children. Please vet before allowing children to use.

Online Gaming Communities

  • Twitch.tv - Live gaming broadcasts, averaging 45 million viewers per month.
  • Steam Community - 40 million gamers, downloadable games for PC, Linux & Mac.
  • GOG - digital distribution of games and movies, promoting (digital rights management) DRM-free games.
  • Minecraft - Building game that can be single user or multiplayer.
  • Slenderman - Viral game with a basic premise of finding manuscripts before Slenderman gets you!
  • Battle.net - Community for Blizzard games (World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm).
  • Ragnarok - Free to play MMORPG.

YouTube

Gaming Sites

Game-Related Sites

With the increased use of consoles and computers for entertainment purposes comes a sense of normalcy with socializing through games. Our culture deems certain repetitive behaviors as normal, while others are labeled addiction. The culture may also place certain addictions on a hierarchy of seriousness. For instance, drug addictions may seem more dangerous than smoking addictions or shopping addictions. Behaviors elicit a need to be met, and with any addiction, a serious consideration of underlying pain and emotional needs can humanize a person's struggle, despite the substance choice.

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