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Article The Top 20 Dorkly Bits of 2011 (#11-20)

By Staff / December 29, 2011

20. Mistaken Hero Identities

19. Link's Death

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Article The Best Cosplay in C2E2 History (Part 4)

By Staff / April 12, 2014

 The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)  is upon us - the biggest entertainment convention in the Windy City means one thing: cosplay. C2E2 has been home to some of the best cosplays in recent history, and this year they'll be honoring the costumed geeks from across the country with the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, a competition awarding cash and prizes to the best cosplayers around.

Excited? You should be. Here's a taste of some of the best cosplay from years past....


Too Many Gambits!



via Collider

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Article Pwn Up: It Gets Nerdier

By Kevin Corrigan / January 6, 2012

Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

I couldn't drink or go out at all this New Years. I was stuck in my apartment on intravenous drug treatments. Instead, I set up my own pub crawl through Skyrim. I went from tavern to tavern, from hold to hold. I managed to blackout and wake up in a brand new city in a temple I apparently trashed. I'm wondering if I can make real Nord mead for next year and do it in real life.-Anonymous

My husband and I tried for almost three years for me to get pregnant. It gave us plenty of time to discuss names. We decided we wanted our boy to be named after two animes we love. Well, it looks like the world will soon meet Jiriaya Elric.-Dani M.

You get a companion named Lydia in Skyrim. Lydia also happens to be the name of my ex. The break-up hurt me quite a bit. In retribution, I blew her off of the Throat of the World using my unrelenting force voice power.-Anonymous

A month ago, I went to my girlfriend's country house. Her uncle let me ride a horse. When I was comfortable enough, I picked up a stick, road one-handed and yelled "For the middle Earth and for Frodo!" That freaked the horse out. It ran to it's crib, which I smacked my head on. My girlfriend's uncle and brothers had to drag me out.-Hendrys

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Article Pwn Up: The Year of the Pwn

By Andrew Bridgman / January 4, 2013

Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

My aunt sent me a text asking if I wanted "HALO cry Vegas" for Christmas.-Nick

When I graduated, I took my diploma, held in the air in front of everyone and sung out-loud the "Zelda: found item" song clip.-Brett

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No matter what I do in my life, I feel that my greatest achievement will always be in Paper Mario: the Thousand Year Door when I beat the Pit of 100 Trials before I had beaten Chapter 1.-Riley M.

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Article Overheard on Xbox Issue #37

February 8, 2011

Ever hear something horrible and/or hilarious on Xbox Live? Send your submissions to overheardonxbox at gmail.

While playing Ghost Recon on the original Xbox, over the mic we heard this guy's young daughter run in crying proclaiming "Steven bit me on my head!" Concerned, but obviously irritated by the distraction he asked "he did what?", to which she repeated still crying "he bit me on my head." His advice? "Well then bite him back!" The rest of the match the kids fought and screamed in the background, presumably gnawing each other. Regardless, thanks to this father's dedication, our team won.-Neil
Recently I was playing Borderlands on Xbox live. I am new to the game, so I didn't mind when a young kid was giving me items and showing me how to play. He seemed nice enough, and there hadn't been any racial slurs, so I figured why not? I'll keep playing. Shortly after we decided to be friends, he tried to get me to pretend to be his dad.  It was awkward, and I felt bad for the kid, but I couldn't help pressing the power button, backing away from the tv, and curling up in the fetal position.-Nick
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Article Pwn Up: The Reverse Mario

By Staff / May 11, 2012

Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

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When I was a child, Super Mario World for the SNES was my favorite game. The gaming room in my house had a small bathroom connected to it, with a large mirror on the inside of the door. One day I moved the SNES to the floor so the controller could reach the bathroom, and I began keeping the door open during my breaks so I could see the TV via the bathroom door's mirror. Of course, everything was reversed, so it was always more difficult to complete a level while playing in this manner. I ended up beating it more times with everything reversed than the regular way.-Thomas

I have a phone with a gamepad where a keyboard would be. The best part of it is I can play Pokemon with physical controls on my phone. I became so addicted recently, I grabbed a sandwich bag, put my phone in, duct taped the top, and played Pokemon in the shower.-Mike

When I was younger, I had a friend who had gotten Killer Instinct. I would spend the night at his house every weekend so I could play, always playing as Sabrewulf. But no matter how many times we would play, he always beat me. I finally bought the game, bought a game guide and learned every sequence of combo moves for just about every player (about a week and a half of constant practice after school). I never told my friend about doing this, and one day he invited me over for a sleep over. He made jokes about kicking my ass as he turned on the game. I trounced him using Sabrewulf with an ultra combo. He didn't want to play after that and we watched a movie. He didn't invite me over anymore after that, and our friendship faded away.-Travis

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Article Pwn Up: Your SoulSilver Is Mine

By Andrew Bridgman / July 13, 2012

Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

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There was a 14 hour black out on my street a few days ago. I thought I would pass the time playing Final Fantasy 1 on my iPhone, but it died. I decided to try to find my old GBA (even though it had not worked in years) – when I found it (as expected), it would not turn on. I said to myself silently, "I'd sell my soul to Satan for this thing to work so I can play Pokemon." Then tried again. It worked. At first I was terrified, until I realized Satan is just like me…trying to catch 'em all.-Larry

I've recently started working out. I tell everyone I'm getting in shape for my brother's wedding in September, which is partially true, but I'm more trying to lose weight so I can dress up as the 10th Doctor for a Renaissance fair two weeks after it.-Anonymous

My sister has two friends named Jake, one is a geek the other is not. She had gotten a text from one of the Jakes saying "These patches are ridiculous." I automatically assumed it was the geeky Jake, and I also assumed he had just gotten Diablo 3 (this was right around when it came out), so I said "What does he expect? The game just came out a few days ago!" My sister just stared at me with a blank look on her face before asking me what the hell I was talking about. I said, "Uh, he is talking about Diablo 3 right?" She just bursts out laughing and says "No, he's trying to put on Icy Hot patches!"-Allen

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Article Pwn Up: Stay Sharpedo

By Andrew Bridgman / September 14, 2012

Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

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As a toddler, my younger brother decided he wanted to play videogames like me so it became a daily "chore" to play Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for him while he "played" on an upside-down, unplugged controller. At age 4 he started playing for real and before his 5th birthday beat the Ocarina of Time. By age 7, he was better at videogames than I was. It's tough being a high schooler getting schooled by a 2nd grader.-Terisa

I was playing a game of Trivial Pursuit with my mom about a week ago and I was asked a question along these lines: "The skin of which animal has been often used as sandpaper?" The answer was a shark, and the only way I got it right was by remembering that Sharpedo from Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire had the rough skin ability.-Ryan L.

I've been playing Sleeping Dog non-stop, and being that the game takes place in Hong Kong, whenever you have to drive a car you have to drive on the left side of the street. So doing that for a couple of days, I guess my brain seem to now think that was the norm. I got into my car to run to the store I ended up drive on the wrong side of the road and nearly crashing my car. So for now on I'm only playing game based in the U.S.-Jovan

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Article Pwn Up: Doom 2: H-E-Double Hockey Sticks On Earth

By Andrew Bridgman / November 30, 2012

Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

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When I was around 2-3 years old, my mom became obsessed with playing Super Mario Bros. 3 and I would sit with her and watch her for hours. Apparently one day, while my mom's best friend was babysitting me, I was watching her son play Super Mario Bros 3. After a while, my babysitter heard me yell, "Oh look! It's the f*cking ship!" When she told my mom what had happened my mom was shocked – apparently my mother got so involved in that game she forgot to watch her mouth around her young daughter. She never played that game again – instead, we moved onto Super Mario World.-Jen

I was messaging a girl when she said she needed help getting through the Lost Woods in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I told her the right directions, from memory. I never even had to memorize that path, because I just listened to the music.-Ben

I was visiting a school with a friend earlier this month – we were just standing around when a kid walked up to me and pointed to my GameBoy shirt and said "You could've bought a real DS with the same money you used to buy that DS Shirt". I was offended on a couple levels, but it didn't hit me until much later that he thought a t-shirt cost the same amount as a portable system. That probably should have been the first reaction.-Connor

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Article Pwn Up: Issue #85

By Kevin Corrigan / July 22, 2011

That's right. Pwn My Life is called Pwn Up now. Because we think that makes more sense. Ever had a moment so nerdy that you needed to tell the Internet about it? Send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.

You can tell my girlfriend and I are nerds because we play World of Warcraft together. You can tell that we are huge nerds because she complains to her friends that we don't have enough in-game time together.-Anonymous

Over the many years I've been playing WoW, I've tried to get three of my girlfriends to play with me. They all would dabble and then leave me. The only woman who still plays WoW with me is my mom.-Ben

When I was 15, my friends and I invented our own version of blitz ball. We used one of those big balls that are in the cages in retail stores. It had a plastic pin you could remove and we filled the ball up with water. Every day in the summer after Final Fantasy X came out, we would play blitz ball in the deep end of a pool. The opposite walls were the goals and we played with teams of 2-4. You were able to pass the ball underwater and everything.-Andy

My senior year of high school I worked mainly so I could buy black market DBZ VHS tapes and other DBZ collectibles on Yahoo auctions.-Anonymous

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