Welcome to No Man’s Sky, the largest game universe ever created!

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So what is No Man’s Sky you ask? It’s a first person ‘shooter style’ game built upon predominately exploration and survival that is so massive that, according to it’s creators, would take you roughly 5 billion years to explore every inch of the game. Let’s see how this monster of seemingly infinite game play hours stacks up!

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GREENVILLE, SC: The 2016 offering of the Big Fandom Film Festival (part of multi-fandom convention Big Fandom Greenville 2016) has officially announced their 2016 dates and opened submissions for selection.

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(image courtesy of Big Fandom Greenville)

The three-day film festival will take place November 18-20, 2016 at the Hilton Greenville in downtown Greenville, SC, and will feature nine total hours of short films from all over the world, with a strong focus on independent shorts, with special awards categories set aside for regionally-produced films. Many participating filmmakers will also be in attendance, with several hosting special Q&A and “how to” panels during the weekend long convention.

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Every year, the box office landscape offers mountains and valleys the likes of which would stagger even the most casual movie-goer. While opinions can be divided on exactly which films qualify as one or the other is of course subjective, but most of us can agree when the offerings are generally scant. With the recent glut of genre films (sci-fi, superheroes, horror, and so on) the consensus no matter how contentious the debates online.

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(image courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

So in the deep valley that 2016 has thus far been, it should stand to little controversy that Star Trek: Beyond offers reprieve in being a welcome plateau in the years sinking topography.

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Friday, August 5, 2016 marked the official theatrical release of Suicide Squad, the highly anticipated and very, very hyped latest effort from director David Ayer and Warner Bros. new DC Cinematic Universe. Nerd Nation Magazine’s Hannah Collins was in attendance at the early press screening on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 courtesy of Warner Bros., Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas, however, thanks to no small amount of technical difficulties/equipment failures (which have since been handled) Dave Harlequin, who was in attendance for opening night, has taken on this one after the original review written by Ms. Collins was lost. So let’s just call this one a co-op, shall we?

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But enough about all that, let’s get to the real questions on everyone’s minds: how did Suicide Squad measure up? Did it live up to the hype? Or did it end up being as bad as everyone has already been talking about? Read on to see for yourselves!

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At Comic Con 2016 in San Diego, CA on July 22, 2016 the fandom world finally saw Batman: The Killing Joke, the latest animated film from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.

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After being well-received at Comic Con, the animated feature was given a limited theatrical release in select cities for one night only on July 25, 2016. Nerd Nation was in attendance for one such showing in Charlotte, NC, courtesy of Warner Bros. and Regal Cinemas.

 

But with so much hype surrounding it, how did Batman: The Killing Joke measure up? Read on to see for yourselves!

**WARNING**
The following review may contain MINOR SPOILERS. If you haven’t read Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” please read up first. We will TRY our absolute best to NOT spoil anything here, but it may prove difficult here. You’ve been warned.
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Welcome to another edition of Comics Corner. For this month, we’re going to hop across the pond and take a little trip to France, where we’ll be taking a look at independent French comic L’invasion Invisible.

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In a comic book world almost entirely dominated by the big four – and particularly the “big two” of Marvel and DC – we here at Nerd Nation always appreciate the little guy, and always give love to the indie publishers out there, too, as many indies can often be great titles as well.

So how does L’invasion Invisible measure up? Read on to see for yourselves!
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Award winning independent filmmaker Christopher G. Moore returns with Knob Goblins, his latest horror/comedy short film in association with Cinema Fuel Productions.

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(image courtesy of Cinema Fuel Productions)

With several award-winning and exceptional short films already on his resume, particularly 2012’s Foodie (which was one of this writer’s “5 Best Short Films You’ve probably Never Seen) and 2014’s Disengaged, there was certainly a very high standard already in place and a lot to live up to for Moore. So how did this latest effort measure up?
Read on to find out for yourselves!
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E.T. meets Scanners/Altered States meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Goonies meets Silent Hill, all with the John Carpenter soundtrack from Escape From New York or The Thing… In the simplest terms, this is how best I can find (which still doesn’t quite explain it) to define Netflix’s latest original series Stranger Things.

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(image courtesy of Netflix)

The series is created by the Duffer Brothers for Netflix and aired on the streaming service on July 15th, 2016. It runs for eight roughly fifty-minute episodes. Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard (which, isn’t that a badass name?), Millie Bobbi Brown, Natalia Dyer, and Matthew Modine, among others star in this sci-fi/suspense/horror/drama series.

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