Hair-Raising Competition

The proud Festival du Voyageur tradition of pitting facial hair against facial hair continued for the 36th time in 2016. The venue was packed full of excited people decked out in sashes and fur hats bellowing “Heho!” at every opportunity. Scattered throughout the room were men (and women!) with jaw-dropping facial hair of every colour, texture, and length imaginable.

Although the night was full of carefree jigging, wild moustaches, and an overall feeling of light-hearted fun, the competition was for a greater cause. Participants in the Clean Shaven Competition, who had their faces freshly shaved in mid-December and were judged on their two-months worth of growth, gathered donations from family and friends for their cause. This year, the competitors raised over $2,000 worth of donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

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Participants in the beard competitions often use not only their facial hair, but also extravagant costumes to wow the judges./GEHMAN
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The competition’s MC, Gabriel Gosselin, speaks with a participate who claims to have been at the last 30 years of Festival—and has the pins to prove it./GEHMAN
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The dance floor showcased a variety of dance styles during one of the musical breaks in the competition including waltzing, jigging, and swaying to the funky Celtic rhythms of the Dust Rhinos./GEHMAN
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Not all beard are home-grown: the Open Category of the competition encourages both male and female participants to create their own beards out of whatever they want, even bees./GEHMAN
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Gosselin gets beard growing tips from Mike Toogood (#19) who won first place in the Clean Shaven Catergory./GEHMAN

Knights of the Old Rebulic

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This week I finally bought Knights of the Old Republic. It’s been on my Steam wish list for over a year now, but it was on sale for like $3 and I couldn’t resist.

After some hardcore internal debate about whether to get the first game or the second one, I decided to just start at the beginning.

I’m hoping to be able to review the game by the time reading week is over, so look for an actually interesting blog post next week of the week after.

But if anyone has any tips, hints, or tricks for a first time play through, I’d appreciate it. (no spoilers though)

Women of Marvel

My family is discussing possible group costume options for this year’s Comic Con. One of the suggestions we were throwing around was Marvel characters.

We were having troubles brainstorming some possibilities for the girls in my family, so I decided to find a list of Marvel women to jog my memory.

The first hit for “female marvel heroes” is from the official Marvel site. It claims to be a list of the “Women of Marvel.”

Do you want to know what the page is?

It’s this:

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That’s it, folks. All seven of the “Women of Marvel.” We can all go home now.

Fake Geek People

 

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This is a post for my “fake geek” homies.

You know who you are.

You may have been told you’re “not a real geek.”

Or maybe you just feel like you’re not.

It doesn’t matter why. Maybe you’ve never read an X-Men comic, but you love all the X-Men movies, or maybe you’ve only seen the new Star Trek movies and not The Original Series, or maybe your favourite Star Wars movie is the Phantom Menace. Maybe you couldn’t get into Adventure Time even though everyone told you you’d love it, or maybe you’ve only ever played one video game in your life, or maybe you’re a “casual gamer” so it “doesn’t really count”.

If you’ve ever been quizzed by people at cons, or laughed at for liking something different, or scorned for not liking something that “everyone likes.”

This post is for you.

Screw people who say you’re a Fake Geek. They’re wrong.

Same goes with “not a real gamer.”

Once, during a discussion I brought up the statistic indicating that 52% of gamers are female, but I was shot down by someone who said that my statistic was inaccurate because it wasn’t about “real games.” After some digging I found out that in her opinion, the only “true gamers” were people who played online FPSs.

This is total bullshit.

My great aunt is a gamer. She’s played more video games than I have, but it “doesn’t count” because she plays games like Bejeweled.

Screw that.

Do you play a game?

If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have successfully qualified and are now able to identify yourself as a gamer, if you so desire.

The same goes for being a geek.

Do you like a movie/video game/book/comic/something else?

If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have successfully qualified and are now able to identify yourself as a geek, if you so desire.

If you want to be a geek, then your interests and likes and dislikes don’t change that. It’s a choice. It’s your choice and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

I consider myself to be a geek. A pretty hardcore geek, actually. But guess what? I’ve never picked up a comic book. They’re just not my thing.

But I’m still a geek. A hardcore geek. And you can be too.

 

 

Freedom Comes at a Price

The game that I’ve played most consistently in the past few months is Guild Wars 2. I discovered this MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) about a year ago and have slowly been accruing levels and hours. Over Christmas break, my level 80 character hit about 80% map completion, so I decided to take a look at the expansion that was just released for the game. I love the game and didn’t want finishing the map to mean the end of exploring new content.

I’ll admit I hadn’t been to the Guild Wars website in a while and so was shocked and amazed to here that the game was now free-to-play. The basic game used to sell for $59.99, but I picked it up on sale for $10.00 as a promotional deal due to the release of the expansion “Heart of Thorns.” If I’d paid the original sixty bucks, I feel like I might have been a little ripped off, but since I’d only lost ten dollars I shrugged it off. Especially since free accounts contain restrictions that any paid account (including mine) doesn’t.

While looking for the expansion price I was confused. There was no cost for the expansion alone. The $49.99 is for a paid (and thus unrestricted) version of the base game and the expansion. There is no way for me, a perfectly content paid owner of the base game to purchase the expansion by itself. I’m being penalized for having purchased the game before it became free-to-play.

I can understand making it free-to-play to draw in users and then having to pay to upgrade your account and to get the expansion, it’s probably a great revenue booster.

But why can’t there be a cheaper option for people who’ve already purchased the game? Does my purchase history and loyalty really mean so little to ArenaNet that I’m clumped in with people who haven’t paid to play? I wanted to play the game so much that I paid for it and it doesn’t mean a thing.