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MCC hosts guest speakers on learning impact of video games

November 7, 2011 – 5:30 am |

Mesa Community College is exploring how the virtual playground can enhance student learning in “Video Games as a Force and Art Form:  Teaching, Learning, and the Creative Economy,” a new series of free guest lectures …

October’s most popular posts on Nerdvana

November 4, 2011 – 5:23 pm |
October’s most popular posts on Nerdvana

Make your own TARDIS journal
Monsterland joins the East Valley fright club
What is Minecraft?
‘Real Steel’ lands punch after punch
CNN contributor questions gamers’ manliness
Devastation is upon us
Owner of closed Atomic Comics chain joins Valley digital firm
Real Steel …

CopperCon 32: Early savings and guests announced

November 4, 2011 – 3:31 pm |
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CopperCon 32? Didn’t CopperCon 31 just happen?
Yes, but next year’s Arizona celebration of science fiction and fantasy is already brewing. Convention organizers recently announced the two primary guests.
Ari “Mouseferatu” Marmell (pictured) is known in RPG …

ThunderCats preview: Give me ‘Sight Beyond Sight’ – and elephants

November 3, 2011 – 4:38 pm |

Friday’s new episode of ThunderCats on Cartoon Network explores the concept of “sight beyond sight” as young Lion-O learns that his brash actions — however well-intentioned — can have unexpected consequences.

Last week in an interview …

Samurai Comics East now looking more like a comic book store

November 1, 2011 – 4:53 pm |

East Valley Tribune photographer Tim Hacker stopped by Samurai Comics in Mesa today to get some fresh shots of the new store, which has come a long way since it opened hastily the week after …