Gadchick's Game of the Year for 2012

With no hyperbole, the games of 2012 demonstrated what the medium is capable of and the changing needs of players. Looking over the votes for our Game of the Year poll, all of the votes were for games that provided both a fun experience, but also an emotionally resonate one. However, despite all of the amazing games this year, only one can be claimed the victor of the hearts and minds of Gadchick readers.


The Best Video Games of 2012

As 2012 is wrapping up and we're busy scanning end of year sales for the best deals, let's take the time to vote on the video games that blew our mind, stole our time, and reconfirmed why we'll be buying the next-gen consoles.

We'll be wrapping up our readers' choices and choices from your Gadchick editors on 12/31, so make sure to get your vote in!


Mass Mentions Show Us Your Favorite Geeky Holiday Decor

For our Mass Mentions this week, we asked our Instagram friends what their favorite geeky holiday decor was.

amileighton- "Still no ornaments... But we gotta tree topper! a #cthulhu #christmas! That's traditional, right?"
forthedistractd- "Hi @gadchick my favourite ornament is my camera one, of course"
fireworkdelune- "We're sharing geeky holiday decor for this week's #massmentions over on @gadchick! Love @runningboard's and my fun new monogrammed 8-bit stockings!"
campfirechic- "My fave geeky decoration is our spider-man tree topper! #massmentions"

Holiday 2012 Mass Mentions

We normally participate Mass Mentions on Twitter, but it was fun on Instagram, what's your favorite geeky decor?


Women 3.0: Rachel Haot

Name: Rachel Haot

Short biography: Rachel Haot (née Sterne) was born in 1983 and grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from New York University in 20051 and soon founded GroundReport, an online news site that “provides amateur, apprentice and professional journalists with the digital tools required to reach a local or global audience;”2 Haot was CEO when she left the company is 2010. From March 2011 to June 2011, Haot was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Columbia Business School, where she taught a class on social media and entrepreneurship.3 In 2011, Haot also became the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York.1 Haot married Maxime Haot in July 2012; her husband is a founder and CEO of Livestream.4 The couple lives in Brooklyn.


Gadchick Gift Picks

Rhianne, contributor for Gadchick magazine and author of our e-book, The Android Photographer, is a photographer and camera geek. We asked her what gadgets would make her craft easier, and she shared with us a great list!

1. Lomography Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter

This is one gorgeous looking film camera! With 3 different setting, panoramic, normal and square, there might be nothing that this photo couldn't make look amazing.

2. Jo Tots Georgia Nautical Bag

For carrying all my camera kit – I already have a Jo Totes bag and I really think they are great, two wouldn’t hurt.

3. Epson Perfection V600 High Resolution Scanner

Perfect for scanning all my film negatives (I have a lot) and turning my analogue photos into digital.

4. Olympus Pen ELP-5

The more photos that I take, the more I want to take and sometimes film can be very restrictive, but I don’t want to be carrying around a huge DSLR camera, so this camera fits nicely in between with its interchangeable lens allowing for more control, but also being a handy size to carry around.

5. Pro Flickr Account

I love my Flickr account, so this would be a perfect present for someone to buy me, I upload photos all the time and it’s a great way to see other peoples photos quickly too. A must have for any photographer.

6. Photo app keyboard skins. [photo from Photojojo]

I never remember the short cut keys for Photoshop, so this would be amazing for editing!

Thanks for sharing, Rhianne! Check out the other Gadchick's wishlists here.


Five Times Hollywood Got It Right - Great Movies about Technology and Science

As we saw in my last post, Hollywood isn’t always dedicated to realism in their movies. But this doesn’t mean that they always get it wrong or that everyone failed their science courses. Many movies, such as the five I highlight below, use science and technology to drive plot and discussion in realistic and thought-provoking ways.


Friday Night Movie - Indie Game: The Movie

If you weren’t already familiar with Indie Game: The Movie, it is one of those documentaries you stumble across on Netflix and consider watching based on the “cover” alone. The blue is eye-catching and the solo controller down the middle will get any gamer’s (casual or professional) heart skipping a beat. That’s what happened to me last weekend. I was originally looking for a movie that did not require me to pay attention, I just wanted noise…instead I fell in love with a boy made of meat, I wanted to start sporting a red bowtie, and I considered downloading Minecraft on my iPad in order to get my pixel fix. So much for not needing to pay attention.

Indie Game: The Movie is a 96 minute Sundance award-winning documentary by Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky and music by Jim Guthrie that hit theaters in May 2012. The documentary follows the development of three games: Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Fez, and the teams behind those games. You may recognize the premise of this documentary from Kickstarter, it was one of the earliest movies funded by the crowd sourcing site.

Like I said earlier, this movie had my full attention. What Gadchick wouldn’t melt a little at a game where a boy made of meat (aptly named Super Meat Boy) tries to save his girlfriend, who is made of bandages, from evil?? Or what about a preppy looking guy named Tim who just wants to save the princess and (unlike in Mario Bros.) you can rewind at any part in case Tim is about to die or get impossibly stuck? Too cool, even Soldja Boy thought Braid was neat. And lastly, be still, my pixel heart: Fez. Just a little dude (who wears a fez) who is living his little 2D life only to find out he’s living in a pretty big 3D world and he needs to go around collecting pieces to something called a Hexahedron.

The teams behind the games really make the movie. Instead of thousands of people working together to put together a game with seemingly endless funding and instant name recognition, these teams of maybe two people each are working for hours on end to create equally awesome indie games. You’ll follow the teams as they hit milestones, fall behind on deadlines, and face the impossible…it’s quite the ride.

Check out Indie Game: The Movie the next time you’re looking for something to watch while leveling up your mage or if you’re itching for an underdog story that will get you pumped up for your next project.


Women 3.0: Gina Trapani

Name: Gina Trapani

Short biography: Gina Trapani was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1975.1 Thirty years later, Trapani launched Lifehacker, the Gawker lifestyle and tech blog; Trapani was the lead editor until January 2009 when she transitioned to feature writer. Since then, Trapani’s gone on to a variety of other online ventures and creation of mobile apps, including a (now defunct) blog at the Harvard Business Review, the app ThinkUp: Social, the app Todo.txt and Narrow the Gapp, “a U.S. Department of Labor data-based website about the gender wage gap.”2 Trapani is also the author of multiple tech/lifestyle books. She currently lives in San Diego, Calif.1


Suspending Your Belief Part 2 – 5 More Technologically Challenged Movies

After last week's tour of some of Hollywood's best attempts and subsequent failures, let's take another look at what happens when screenwriters pretend to understand computers.
6. “Live Free or Die Hard


“Live Free or Die Hard” took the John McClain formula I loved (Christmas Time+Terrorists) and instead decided to explore a well worn path of the omniscient hacker. Traffic light system? We can hack it. Government computer system? No problem. A widespread, simultaneous hack on several systems at once to stop Bruce Willis? Child’s play.

I would suggest checking out Farewell to Arms  by John Carlin which helped inspire the movie to see a more realistic view of the potential for cyberwarfare and the difficulties facing the government.