The Day the Internet was mean to me.

So I decided to embark on a little bit of a social experiment today. I posted a picture on my Facebook account of my current post-surgery working from home neck beard. Now to fully understand this, know that I thanks to the wonders of genetics, am totally incapable of growing a full beard. The picture (posted below) is my “Duck Dynasty” beard, it is the best I can do. I will admit to having full on beard envy for those men that do get mistaken for lumberjacks. While my beard will not inspire men the world over to throw away their razors, I personally don’t think it’s horrible and was confident that my facebook friends would say something positive. I expected the odd “shave it off comment”, or even a few “you look like a bum”, but was hopeful for some positivity.

My mistake seemed to lay there, in assuming that on the internet people could be positive or pleasant. What I failed to remember is that is the exception on the internet. The fact that people cannot seem to contain their negativity and seem to derive pleasure from unleashing it on others. Just take a moment and scroll through your social media feed and take a note of how much interaction there is with positive posts vs. negative ones. The ability for people, even without the promise of anonymity, to lash out without considering another’s feelings is staggering. Read more

The Age of the Geek, maybe not quite yet.

With shows like The Big Bang Theory, Chuck and characters like Malcolm (Malcolm in the Middle), Seth (The OC), and many others that showcase Geeks, many like to think that it is the “Age of the Geek”. With the advancement of the information age it’s true that the position of the geek within modern society has definitely changed, we have gone from being the subject of ridicule to becoming the Gates, Jobs, Ballmers, and Zuckerbergs. Pillars of the business, financial and technology communities. We have gained respect, status, and wild success in a environment where the whole world is clambering for our skills, products and knowledge. Our likes and pastimes have become not only just socially acceptable but popular. It’s now “cool” to be retro, to be into video games, or to have a “nerdy” style. While we have made leaps and bounds towards social acceptance however it’s clear that there is still a ways to go. During last weekends Heroes of the Dorm event, televised live on ESPN2, this was made evident.
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Episode 8: Women are People Too!

Join the Game Case Show for a special episode where we discuss what we’ve been doing in WoW, touch on some news topics and dive head first into the issue of being a Woman in World of Warcraft. I was honored to be joined by Calligraphy & Midneyet.

Guests:
Cal(l)igraphy: Callimonk
Chi burst
Peak of Serinity IRC

Blizzwatch

Midneyet: Midneyet

Realm of Books

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Episode 7: Bond Villian

Apologies to my listeners I have been down with the con plague this week and my voice is simply not up to podcasting. I will be back next week with more fun Game Case news, and appreciate you all.

As always you can find me on twitter @Mullet863 and you can find the show @thegamecaseshow

Episode 6: The WoW Token is Here & How to enjoy LFR

Join me on Episode 6 of the Game Case Show for my week in WoW, talk about the release of the WoW Token, some tips on enjoying LFR, and to learn how I’ve been making gold in game.

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-game-case/id969820349
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-game-case-show
RSS: http://thegamecase.com/feed/podcast

Resources for the Warcraft Newbie

In a recent podcast I discussed a few tips and resources for beginning players, you can find that podcast here: http://thegamecase.com/podcast/episode5/

First and foremost as a new player you’ll need a site to find information about quests, how to complete them and where to find items, NPCs (non playable characters), mounts, and all sorts of other information from how to use specific talents to how to how to optimize gear and enchants. Read more

Episode 5: Tips for the Newbie

Join me on Episode 5 of The Game Case Show for my week in WoW, some great news for Cuddles, April Fool’s Jokes, how to cure your LFR Blues and some tips for those new to Warcraft.

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-game-case/id969820349
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-game-case-show
RSS: http://thegamecase.com/feed/podcast

April Fool’s Jokes:
T.I.N.D.R. for Followers: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/18486737/new-garrison-feature-tindr-for-followers-3-27-2015
Patch note funnies: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/16858965991

Episode 4: I rolled a Hunter

Join me on Episode 4 of The Game Case Show where I talk about WoW token news, my week in WoW, and what it’s like boosting a 90!

Shoutouts:
Mick Montgomery @MickMontgomery 
The Starting Zone: thestartingzone.com
Notch: @Anothernotch
Another Notch Gaming: twitch.tv/anothernotch
Knate: @Knate_CTR
Moodahlah: @Moodahlah
Casualt2Raider: @Casual2Raider

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-game-case/id969820349
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-game-case-show
RSS: http://thegamecase.com/feed/podcast

Episode 3: Pet Battles Pet Battles and more Pet Battles

In this episode of The Game Case Show I discuss some news from the blues, and run down some tips for beginner pet battlers!

Links:
http://www.warcraftpets.com/wow-pet-battles/

http://www.warcraftpets.com/downloads/WoW-Pet-Battles-Cheat-Sheet.pdf

Add-ons:
Pet Tracker – Will show you where to collect and where rares spawn on the map, shows on large map not minimap

Re-Match – For defeating legendary pets it will save teams for you so that you can pre-make teams and then set it up. It will show teams that you have fought with and let you bring up a team as well.

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Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-game-case/id969820349
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-game-case-show
RSS: http://thegamecase.com/feed/podcast

Bonus Roll: Blizzcon is coming!

With Blizzcon now officially announced, fanboys the world over are making plans. Is this your first time at a Blizzcon? Or at any con? Check out this short episode for some concise tips on what you should be doing now to prepare for November, and even before that for April 15th. What did I miss? Any tips that I should share in later episodes please share here or to the show twitter!

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-game-case/id969820349
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-game-case-show
RSS: http://thegamecase.com/feed/podcast

Links:

Official Site: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/
Ticket Info: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/tickets/ticket-overview
Hotels: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/travel-information/directions

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