Nintendo partners with American Heart Association

There’s little doubt that Nintendo’s Wii created — or at least redefined — the genre of fitness gaming as it exists today. So it’s not surprising that today the game company and the American Heart Association announced a partnership that will put the iconic nonprofit organization’s logos on Nintendo gaming products that foster physical activity. […]

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Nerdvana honored by Arizona Press Club

Nerdvana, the main blog I write and edit for the East Valley Tribune, has just won second place in the “Best Feature Blogs” category of the Arizona Press Club’s 2009 Best Journalism in Arizona. I wasn’t in attendance for the awards banquet, held Saturday at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in […]

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From Fluxx to flux capacitors

Great Scott! Looney Labs, the makers of the ever-changing card game Fluxx, have secured the license to produce a card game based on the Back to the Future movies. The game will be out this fall. The company made the announcement Wednesday on its Facebook page. It’s not the first Looney foray into time travel […]

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Wampa snuggle?

Not too long ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, the gadget purveyors at ThinkGeek caused an Internet sensation with its April Fool’s Day prank of an exclusive Star Wars-themed sleeping bag in the shape of a Tauntaun creature like the one Han Solo eviscerated to provide shelter for a wounded Luke Skywalker […]

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L.A. pitching for Comic-Con?

Los Angeles has managed to land Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference for next year — a coup for the city and the largest convention in its history. But a bigger prize may yet await: the behemoth international Comic-Con event that has called San Diego home for more than 40 years. Comic-Con is seeking a new venue […]

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Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta passes away

Frank Frazetta, a sci-fi and fantasy artist known for his musclebound heroes and scantily clad damsels on book and record covers who cut his teeth on comic books, has died at the age of 82. The Beat confirmed Frazetta’s passing with his agent, who said the cause of death was a stroke. Frazetta illustrated early […]

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‘Star Wars’ invades Disney again

Artists John McCall and Matt Stewart have come up with some creative ads to promote Star Wars Weekends this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here’s the celebrity guest list: May 21-23: Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan, and Dee Bradley Baker May 28-30: Matthew Wood, Lorne Peterson and Tom Kane June 4-6: Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park […]

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‘Star Wars’ lost in translation

If you didn’t think George Lucas’ dialogue could get any worse, check out this in-depth look at the butchered subtitles on a Chinese DVD of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. Turns out it’s not about Jedi and Sith Lords and galactic upheaval after all — it’s the story of a boy, […]

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