Why are cons awesome? This is why!

one of my very favorite things about the cons is all the people just how nice everyone is. It is the one place where we accept everything and everyone! While at DCC we overheard someone talking about just that, and we had to get it on video! Check out this video!


We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming with Nintendonat!













Welcome back friends to Playground! We had taken a small break from business as usual to cover the Denver Comic Con! If you missed any of that coverage make sure to go back to our main page and check out some of the awesome stuff we covered and pictures that we got!

Now onward! We have some awesome things in store for you today! Covering some basic stories from some of our favorite movies and then topping it all off with an awesome interview with the beautiful Nintendonat! So buckle up and enjoy!



Now this first story may not be exactly “nerdy” but it comes from the far away land of what in god’s name is that! While searching the interwebs for good stories we came across this gem…


In China some doctors thought that it would be a great idea to make a machine that would take all the worry and muscle movement out of… well… draining the lizard? The machine was made for only god knows what and I personally don’t think you could come up with a reason for needing this machine if you tried… If you really want to know anymore about this machine then feel free to click the link below and learn… but don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Learn more but be confused the rest of the day here!



Next up is the upcoming team up movie for Batman and Superman… and Wonder Woman… and Aquaman… and only god knows who else. Could they possibly try any harder to make this into a JLA light? I understand the need to give so many different characters a small intro but really? Five in one movie? I feel like the should have just named this movie Dawn of Justice: Cleaning up after Superman! Sounds like a more accurate title to me…

What say you? Tell us in the comments below!



So, as someone who has never read the books, I do rather enjoy the Hunger Games movies. I was hooked after watching the second one and the story was the reason. I loved the hook and allure of it all.

Again, as someone who never watched the movies, I was left a little surprised and confused when I watched the new Teaser trailer mockingjay-propaganda-teaserfor the movie. With Peeta supporting, or at least seeming to, the Capital,(pic to the right) it leaves me with a ton of questions. I guess in that regard the trailer did it’s job. Watch the video below and let me know what you guys think in the comments! NO SPOILERS PLEASE!



Today we begin our series of interviews again with the one and only Nintendonat! I’m sure many of you are familiar with her and for those of you who aren’t, you should be! She is an amazing cosplayer and Nintendo fanatic! We got the lovely chance to sit down with her and ask a few questions. Enjoy!

1. Considering the name you have chosen to go by, you obviously love Nintendo. What made you love them so much?

Nintendo was a friend to me when I didn’t have many. I started playing when I was around 4 or 5, on my brother’s SNES. I was a lonely child, looking for a world to take me somewhere and let my imagination flourish. I met my best friend in kindergarten and she was all that I had, so we bonded through Super Mario games. I introduced it to her, and together we found a safe place where I never felt alone again.

2. What is your favorite part of doing cosplay/modeling?

My favorite part would be taking on the identity of the character. Before cosplay, I depended solely on Halloween for the joy of dressing up. It NEVER felt like enough. I craved for it every damn year! Once I discovered the cosplay world, I was thrilled. Now I didn’t NEED an excuse to dress up as my favorite characters, I could do it whenever! And not be considered some kind of weirdo freak! Yayyy!!!

3. What are some of your other hobbies?

I like getting creative, but I haven’t found my niche yet. So I dabble around. I draw cartoons, I make clay mini sculptures and jewelry, and I’ve even tried sewing my own dresses. All Nintendo related crafts of course.


4. Cats or dogs?

CATS ARE MY FAV AMINAL! I can safely say I’m obsessed with cats…

5. Have any plans for the rest of 2014? (If any of these coming near oklahoma that’d be awesome. Love to meet you in person!

I honestly have NO idea where my life will lead me and what my plans are for the rest of the year. I want to visit places and go to cons, but frankly I just can’t afford it. My dream would be to be sponsored or invited as a guest and meet all kinds of people and make tons of friends. The cosplay community looks like heaven to me. But alas, I’m not quite there yet. Maybe one day. Until then, I continue to be a broke college student living with my parents, dressing up any chance I get and spreading my love for Nintendo daily on the web

Make sure to follow her on facebook and keep up with all the awesome things that she is up to. Enjoy the small gallery below and again for more, see her facebook. Link here!


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Make sure to follow her on facebook here!

One last major bit of news! For those of you in the Oklahoma area, we will be coming to Tokyo in Tulsa July 11-13! Make sure to come out and enjoy some great anime fun and just an awesome time with your new best friends!

Till next week guys make sure to enjoy the week and fill free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think or someone you want to see us interview! As always, this is Steps!

DCC wrap up!

Just a week after the con wrapped up we are done. We have a few more post still to come but we have finally gone through everything and edited it all. Hope you guys have enjoyed it all and can not wait to bring you the next convention which should be just only a few weeks away!

Check out the video below to see all our adventures through the weekend. Like the post and make sure to tell us your favorite part in the comments down below!


Uncle E returns!!

After seeing the newest installment in the X-men legacy of movies, I find myself filled with more hope than ever before concerning the future of our merry little mutants.  DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was an excellent melding of past and future, old and new cast, into a well orchestrated story.  The action from past to future worked well and the fact that the scenes jumped back and forth, faster and faster as the movie neared its climax built an anxious anticipation of the pay off.  And what a pay off it was!


That being said, seeing the original cast all together and healthy was exhilarating to say the least.  But, if what I’m hearing is true, that will probably be the last we see of them (Unless in a quick shot at the beginning and/or end of X-Men: Apocalypse).  This leaves the future fraught with a new set of anxieties.

It has already been said that a handful of the old cast will be recast as younger versions of themselves and I couldn’t be happier.  We get a chance at a fresh face and new start.  Soon, the casting will begin on a new set of actors playing an old set of X-men.

I’m sure Hugh Jackman will be back, but I hope he has a more limited role in Apocalypse than even his fading to the background role in Days. Although, if this is as ‘apocalyptic’ as everyone lets on, it will be hard for him to do that.  I would be fine with him actually becoming one of the horsemen although he would have to be controlled somehow and that puts a strain on the story.  But, to be honest, what does Logan’s future hold?  Did they change everything?  He’s being fished out of the drink by Mystique and not Striker.  Does this change his Weapon X designation?  And, if it does, how do you explain him ending up with the whole admantium skeleton and claws?

No, the ending of DAYS left a question in my head.  Was Wolverine being pulled out of the water the beginning of the next story?  Were they just going to pick up from there?  Because the future Professor X asked him what was the last thing he remembered.  And the movie immediately went to that scene!  As a writer, I feel this was a hint at where everything begins in the next movie.  YET, I’ve also heard it will be set in the 80s and, if so, won’t most of the ‘original’ X-men be children?  Lots of questions floating around, to be sure.  Maybe they can answer Logan’s questions in his next movie.

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are now the anchor on which you build the next story.  McAvoy playing the young Professor X with new energy and a renewed dream should find himself with a whole new set of students.  Fassbender gathering his mutant brotherhood, of course.  And, Lawrence playing Raven/Mystique (which will she be?) caught in the middle somehow.  Lawrence’s performance was a pivotal energy in this movie and it will be in the next, I’m sure.  Expect things to heat up between the good Professor and Mags this time.  Probably pushing things to all out war.

Magneto has an opportunity to possibly become one of the four horsemen for the very first time.  Not sure this is the route they’re taking or should take, but it would be a sever ‘heel turn’ for a heel like him.  But he’s not one to be kneeling to anyone.  Possibly he joins Apocalypse thinking he can ambush his crusade?  I don’t know.  Just thinking out loud right now.  This COULD turn out the opposite of last stand where both sides, after battling each other several times early on in the movie, has to unite to stop a common menace much like UNITED.

The Professors new students and/or Magneto’s new ‘Brethren’ are a hodgepodge of curiosity.  Most of them we can shelve here or there, but some of them may be boarder-line.

Beast is firmly in the professor’s pocket.  Although it would be a bit of drama if his scientific background caused him to lean toward Apocalypse.  Hmmm.  But, for all intensive purposes, Hank McCoy is an X-man through and through.

Joining him would be three of his classmates from the old school beginnings; Iceman, Jean Grey and Cyclops.  Iceman and Jean are strong X-men, no doubt.  Scott Summers is a conundrum.  Will they play him like the loyal student, the Professor’s pet?  Or will we begin to see a bit of the renegade we’re seeing in the comics these days?  Perhaps he will be one to join Apocalypse and, maybe, become one of his four.  Yep, he’s my second choice for a horseman if we’re taking bets on a traitor in their midst.

But a better bet for horsemen seems to be the missing original X-Man; ANGEL.  Warren Worthington in the comics was as much a part of Xavier’s original school as Cyclops, Beast, Jean or Iceman.  But, in the movies, we’ve seen him played as a side character who is never fully integrated into the team.  This dynamic makes him the A#1 choice for HORSEMAN.  It doesn’t hurt his odds that he has been a horseman more than once and a damned cool one at that.  The ‘evolution’ into metal wings that not only cut through about anything but can be launched like missiles make him a very cinematic choice for one of the four.

 Past the original five, we have Storm who is a strong character from the second incarnation of X-men in the late 70s.  Finding a strong black actress to take on and over the role of Ororo Monroe, will be a pivotal part of the foundation of the next generation of X-men movies.  12 Years a Slave actress, Lupita Nyong’o, is a crowd favorite for this role.  STORM is another question as to how loyal she is early on.  Could she turn?  She would also make a great horseman. Should be interesting.

Then, we have Rogue who was the darling of the original cast, but now is but an accessory.  I’m afraid we probably won’t see her much at all. And a replacement?  I see Fox leaving her out of the next installment totally and possibly her love interest, Bobby Drake, the Iceman, too.

Kitty Pride, played by Ellen Page, would be a coup indeed.  With her and Lawrance on board, we have a strong female presence to carry a younger cast and help drive the story.  Add to that, Cudmore as Colossus and the love story for the ages?  We’ll see.  Will Page still be young enough to play a young Kitty Pride?  Can Cudmore actually act?  Sorry.  I’ve never seen him do it.  I’d be willing to give him a chance.  I don’t see either of these characters turning against Xavier and the dream though.

It would be cool to see a young Bishop, but I wouldn’t bet on it.  My bet is to see Bishop playing his canon role as the time traveling interloper that aids the students against Apocalypse.  Loyalty to the Dream is a must with this characters even if his means are a bit questionable.  It could get even more fun if Cable finally makes an appearance.  But then the question is, ‘Which Cable?’  We can’t possibly go with him being the son of Scott and Madalyne Pryor.  But does that mean we see old man Logan via the ULTIMATE universe?  Just causes too many problems.  I see them steering clear of Cable all together.  Although some say that you see Cable early in DAYS OF FUTURE PAST as a mutant with one eye missing.  I still haven’t confirmed that.

One side character they would be remiss to exclude would be Evan Peter’s, Quicksilver.  He could easily be seen at his father’s side.  Fox should take advantage of the fact that they can push the word Mutant and the Father/Son relationship here.  As for Scarlet Witch, that would be a gutsy move on their part, but I don’t see them going that direction.  A consolation prize would be the younger half-sister of Quicksilver, Polaris, although her power is redundant of her father, Magneto’s.

Blink makes a great addition as can be seen in the fight scenes of DAYS.  She adds a dynamic that changes the game in any fight.  The same actress MIGHT be able to pull off the younger version or a new actress might be in order.  She could actually end up on any team here.   She could definitely help give Magneto an edge he so desperately needs.

Havok would add a bit of drama if thrown in with his brother, especially if one of them turns on Xavier.  He’s another good choice for a turn to the darkside aka Horseman.  If both brothers are included in the next installment bet on one becoming a Horseman or turning on the dream.

Sunspot and Warpath would be good additions to either team.  You may say, ‘Well, they were with the good guys in the future’.  Were they?  The team that fought the Sentinels in the future was a unified group brought together by Xavier AND Magneto.  Thus, either or both of these could have been a part of Magneto’s brotherhood.

Toad, Ink and Spike who were shown in the military scene with Havok would mostly settle into Magneto’s camp.  I think Toad is a shoe in for Brotherhood.  IF the other two make it, it’s a good chance they’re on the dark side.

Now, all that being said, the odds are for Kinberg and Fox going for Four Horsemen that we’ve never seen before.  I still think they should bring Archangel in, but the other three, at least, will PROBABLY be totally new characters.   Great candidates are Plague/Pestilence, Caliban, Mikhal (Colossus’ brother), Gambit and Sunfire.  Of course, I would rather them wait for Gambit’s turn to evil till THE FALL OF THE MUTANTS storyline.  But, that’s a discussion for another day.

Now, True Believers, disperse and discuss. Let the speculations begin!

An awesome cosplay shin-dig!

The 2014 DCC had an awesome moment Saturday night. The lovely Nerd Wife and I made our main to the main event room for the Cosplay contest! Everyone was excited and we were not disappointed!

SAM_0130From the very beginning it was a nonstop train of awesome. From Deadpool dancing around to Lego Batman coming onto the stage, it was a sight to  behold! There were awesome costumes and great skits done by a host of different cosplayers.

At the end of the show we left to get some more pictures and talk with a few of the attendees. We didn’t stay to see the winner. To usSAM_0136 the art of cosplay is not something that someone can win. They were
all amazing costumes and took someone a lot of time to create. They all won in our book. Now if you want to know who won “best in show” then we will let you know. There was an awesome old school Mr. Freeze, set up with LED’s and all, that was amazing. He was awarded best in show and did an amazing job on costume but again, we loved them all. Make sure to watch the video below to see some of the awesome acts that were there that night!!





Nerding out with the COWLUG

Lego’s have been close to my heart every since i was a little kid. I have a ton of fond memories sitting in the floor with my dad and building anything that my tiny mind could think of, and at the same time marveling at the things my dad could create and bring to life. They moved and even had stories to make them just that much better.

SAM_0015So, needless to say this weekend when I found a display of Lego creations, I had to visit and talk. I felt like a kid again looking over all the amazing things they had created without a book or instructions. They add everything from Starwars to an entire city (with a working train I might add) and even some that you could control with a remote.

The lines around the tables were huge and people, young and old, we taking their time to soak in and enjoy all the amazing things that they brought to life. The most impressive I must say, were the Transformers that changed back and forth into cars and robots. To do that, without instructions, is truly amazing!
The group that brought all this to life was CoWlug, or Colorado and Wyoming Lego users group. They are just an awesome group of people with a hobby that I love. You can join and keep up with the group on Facebook by clicking here!


Visit their official website by clicking here!

Make sure to watch the video below and go check them out! Tell us your fondest memory of lego’s in the comments down below!