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Nerd Bytes 70 – GameStop, Klingon, Psylocke & more

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GameStop: Hipster gamers of the world unite! Or don’t if that’s too mainstream.  The gaming retail giant recently announced that they will being buying and selling retro games and consoles beginning April 25th. If you can make it to one of the 250 participating locations in New York City or Birmingham you are more than welcome to participate in the test program. And if you have ever traded in a game at a GameStop before you know that you will likely not get a lot back in terms of money for your retro games and consoles but you will give the company another opportunity to make a profit.

This is a move that will only benefit GameStop in the long run if the plan proves successful. However, small game shops will suffer as this will bite into the part of their business model that until now they had no competition from the big dog on the block.If you are one of the few people that held on to their childhood (or adulthood) video games all of this time, you are still probably better off selling them on eBay.

Hunger Games Nerd BytesHunger Games the Amusement Park? Want to know what it’s like to live in a dystopian future and participate in a battle to the death? Then be sure to visit the new Hunger Games theme park that will be opening in October 2016 according to a press release from Lionsgate. The park will be part of a Hollywood themed park set to be built in Dubai and will feature rides based in the book series turned blockbuster movie franchise. If it’s all the same to you I will just take a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when I next make my way down to Florida.


speak klingon nerd bytestlhIngan Hol Dajatlh’a’? (Do you speak Klingon?): Because if you don’t, this might be the chance you’d been waiting for to take it up. Duolingo, a world famous app for learning foreign languages, has announced plans to add Klingon to the list of languages they offer.

“The mastery of Klingon is extremely uncommon on Earth. Join the galactic elite and start learning this fascinating language”, says Duolingo.

Klingon, a fictional language from the Star Trek world, was created by Marc Okrand and revolves largely around “spacecraft, weaponry, and warfare”.  Star Trek fans all over the world are excited about the news, but Duolingo regular users have argued about the relevance of a Klingon course given the fact Duolingo hasn’t added what users consider more important languages like Chinese and Japanese.

You can sign up for notifications from Duolingo, for alerts about when the course becomes available.

inews_olivia X-Men: Apocalypse has its Psylocke: Olivia Munn signed on as Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke. The character made her first appearance in the comicbooks in 1976, but hasn’t had a large presence in the films. The mutant’s only movie appearance was in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, where she served as one of the minor villains following Magneto and was played by Mei Melançon.

Psylocke’s powers have been altered a few times, but they include telepathy and telekinesis.

Munn started her career with small roles in small movies  like The Slammin’ Salmon (2009) or Big Stan (2007) (Anyone?). Her most recent works include Mortdecai, where she worked alongside Johnny Depp, and last year’s Deliver Us From Evil. Munn is currently filming Ride Along 2.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be released on May 27, 2016.

Amanda-TremewenA selfie with Yoda, would you like? World-renowned waxwork museum Madame Tussauds in London has released a series of images previewing its upcoming Star Wars exhibit on May 16. Created in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, the experience will feature characters and scenes from Episodes I – VI, with 11 sets and 16 wax figures hand-made by Madame Tussauds’ team of 180 gifted artists. Fans will be able to walk into the Dagobah swamp (complete with fog effects), see Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon battle Darth Maul in a whole new way (in a set that spans two floors), and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Luke Skywalker as he faces Darth Vader for the last time.

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds takes the Madame Tussauds experience up a notch, as guests will not just be able to get close to their film heroes, they will be able to star alongside them and grab a selfie in specially recreated scenes of some of their favorite movie moments,” said Madame Tussauds London’s general manager, Ben Sweet. “We’re working very closely with Disney and Lucasfilm to ensure 100 percent authenticity and our team has had exclusive access to props, costumes, designs and even had a “sitting” with one of the original Yoda models at Skywalker Ranch in California.”

If you’re free at the time and would like to visit the exhibit, you can purchase your ticket here.


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