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Article Pwn Up: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

By Jake Young / February 3, 2014

This week on Pwn Up, we asked to hear about the "WTF Moments" that still leave you shaking your head. If you have a moment so nerdy that you need to tell the Internet about it, we want you to send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail 

 
In university I took a principles of law class which I really enjoyed. I put a lot of effort in studying for the endterm but I got an average grade. My professor offered me a lifeline in the form of a single oral exam that would boost my whole GPA if I did well enough. I had never taken an oral exam before in my life so I had no idea what to expect. I was extremely nervous. 
 
As she started asking me questions I was beginning to struggle and I could tell it wasn't going well. I wasn't going to get the high grade. Then she told me she had a young son who collected pokemon cards and he had recently been tricked because a kid traded a common card for one of his holo-rares. She asked me, "As a lawyer, how would you solve this dispute?"
 
 
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I was shocked, of all the things she could have asked about, Pokemon cards were my favorite things in the world at the time (and I still play today). I had encountered this situation myself where I traded my Geodude for a holo Machamp back in elementary school, tricking another kid, and had to subsequently return it after I was told off by the teacher and parents. Not to mention that I had witnessed many other situations like this. I began elaborating in extreme detail about all the possible options of going about the problem, both in the schoolyard among us kids, and with adults involved.
 
She was very impressed, and gave me a solid 8/10 for my oral exam.
That was definitely the strangest experience from my university days, the time Pokemon got me the best grade in the class that semester.
 
-Dim

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Article Pre-Med Internship at the Videogame Hospital

May 10, 2010
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Article Pwn Up: Follow That Nerd!

By Andrew Bridgman / March 4, 2013

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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This morning during breakfast, my 3 year old daughter had eaten her S'mores Pop-Tart into the shape of a triangle. She looked up at me and said, "Hey Dad, look! This looks like the Triforce." I have never been more proud.-Kylie

While playing Arkham Asylum at three in the morning, my house was broken into. After yelling at the guy to leave, he ran out the back door. I called the cops. They had already been searching for the guy in the area. About thirty minutes later the cops return and say "We caught him but don't have enough evidence to charge him with burglary. Did he leave anything behind?" I switched to detective mode. After casing the house for a few minutes I find a jacket that smells like smoke(none of my roommates are smokers) and a pair of tiny boots. They now had enough evidence to charge him and I returned to my greater duty, putting Gotham's worst sociopaths back behind bars.-Alex

When I was about 5 years old, I got my first Pokemon game. It was FireRed for my Gameboy Advance. At the time of course, I didn't really understand anything about the game, and right at the beginning I got stuck just because I never read the text with Mom talking to you to check the clock. Months later, I finally figured it out. Always read your texts.-Brady

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Article The Best of 2013: Staff Picks

By Staff / January 1, 2014

   The Best of 2013: Staff Picks

 

We did a lot of things in 2013 - maybe you've seen the top 30 comics (#30 - #21 / #20 - #11 / #10 - #1) or the top 20 articles (#20 - #11 / #10 - #1)? But there were a lot of things we did that didn't reach a huge amount of popularity, and so we thought we'd list them out here and give some insight into them. These are our 2013 staff picks!

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Article Pwn My Life: Issue #68

March 18, 2011

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

One day I was hella bored and watching cartoons when I stumbled upon an old DBZ episode. It awakened all my childhood memories. I became obsessed with it again. Any free time I had I would watch DBZ episodes online. I'm 24 and my wife is 22. She doesn't understand. She's caught me jacking off plenty of times, but I was more embarrassed when she caught me in our living room trying to go super saiyan.-maT

I bred (for natures and IVs), EV trained and raised 3 poketeams to lvl 100 while delivering pizzas. And no, I don't mean at red lights.-Anonymous

Since the beta of Starcraft 2, I've been watching matches from different people on youtube. First was Husky, HD, Day9, TotalBiscuit, then Psy and some others. I discuss the games in the comments below, everything from strategy debates to build orders. What's sad is that I don't even own Starcraft.-Anonymous

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Article Terran Blues

July 27, 2010
  1. Marine

    Alright, here we go!

  2. Command Center

    Good luck, marine.

  3. Marine

    Yeah! These other marines don't know what they're up against.

  4. Command Center

    Ooh…about that…

  5. Marine

    What? Do they have Firebats? Vultures? We have some too, so-

  6. Command Center

    We're fighting alien monsters.

  7. Marine

    What?

  8. Command Center

    An evil swarming hive-mind of monsters. They hatch from eggs. A lot of them shoot spikes or acid, or something. I figured someone would have told you.

  9. Marine

    Wow, uh, nope. They never mentioned the horrible, horrible monsters. In fact, they barely mentioned me being a marine. I'm an astronaut. That's why I'm in freaking space.

  10. Command Center

    Yeah, you should have thought about that before you accepted those 50 minerals, science boy.

  11. Marine

    Okay, so space monsters. Wow. I guess we, we can out smart them, right?

  12. Command Center

    Well in theory. They tend to just rush and kill things. And there's also a race of alien robot geniuses. We have to fight them too.

  13. Marine

    Can't we work with them?

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Article The Weekly IRL: Girls Cosplayin' Guys (7 Pictures)

By Staff / April 14, 2011


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Article L.A. Noire in Modern Day L.A.

By Alex Schmidt / July 22, 2011



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Article Nintendo DS Games For Every Situation

By Andrew Bridgman / March 12, 2014

For when you want to quit smoking AND ruin the idea that videogames are fun:

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For when you want to access a dictionary, but don't feel like adding the "tionary" part:

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via GiantBomb

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Article The Dorklyst: The 10 Craziest Japanese Titles in Videogame History

By Caldwell Tanner / April 28, 2011


As a rule of thumb, if a game was made in Japan, it's going to be at least a little weird. But some games go above and beyond when it comes to that legendary J-Factor, and as such I've compiled what I believe to be the 10 most insanely Japanese titles ever slapped on a videogame.

10. "Fly Mr. Science: Great Expedition of the Earth! Challenge the Mysterious and Strange Creatures"


Let's start this list off right. Fly Mr. Science is a game that takes the bridge of cultural understanding we share with Japan and carpet bombs it out of existence. The strangest thing about this game, however, isn't that the main character is an unlicensed scientist without skin, but the fact that it's based on an educational Japanese children's television show. This game is their SchoolHouse Rock, and that explains so much about so many things.