Have you been excitedly anticipating the trailer for the new Avengers movie due out in May? Well, the teaser was slated for release on the 28th but it was leaked online last night, and of course Marvel had a little something to say.

Oh Marvel, you so funny. While the video was being stripped from unauthorized sites, Marvel has apparently decided to roll with the punches and release the official video on YouTube.

Aww heck yes!

What up Ultron/Pinnochio comparison. I wasn’t paying that much attention to Ultron’s1 opening dialogue, busy looking for glimpses of Loki, until I heard the song. It’s eerie and soft, but that first line jumped out at me. The lyrics:

I’ve got no strings to hold me down,
To make me fret or make me frown,
I had strings but now I’m free,
There are no strings on me

If you’ve been on a classic Disney movie binge like I have with my kids you probably already know this is the beginning lines to Pinocchio’s song, I’ve Got No Strings. There are obvious parallels between Ultron and Pinocchio. Ultron is a “living automaton” and Pinocchio is a living puppet. Ultron – who in the comic books was created by Hank Pym, portrayed by Michael Douglas in the upcoming Ant-Man, but in the movie it will be Tony Stark who created him – rebelled against his “father” and causes trouble, again like Pinocchio. I just hope that in this retelling of the classic Loki is the Blue Fairy and Ultron has to rescue Stark from the belly of the Hulk.

Speaking of Hulk, the Hulkbuster suit is fantastic. I love that it’s like an outer shell for the original Iron Man suit.

Hulkbuster suit for Iron Man in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

I would say the only way to improve the trailer would be moar shirtless Chris Hemsworth. Srsly.

  1. Voiced marvelously by James Spader, but he does everything wonderfully and we should just give all of the roles in the world to him. Even the female ones. Especially the female ones. 


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The Steam Free Weekend promotion starts at 10 am PST today (so about 3 hours away for me here on the East Coast). They have 10 titles that will be free to play until 1pm PST on Sunday, and they’ll have some pretty steep discounts to entice you to buy them.

Ten free games to play for just over 48 hours during Steam Free Weekend.

Steam Free Weekend Games Available


Conflict spans the stars as huge robot armies are locked in an enduring battle. Head out to the battlefields with your friends in this 3-on-3 action platformer.

Blade Symphony

Prove you are the world’s greatest swordsman! Engage in tactical 1 vs 1 sword fighting, 2 vs 2, or sandbox FFA in a tactical slash-em-up.

Company of Heroes 2

In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal front line warfare to free Mother Russia from the Enemy invaders.

Don’t Starve

An uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world.

Grid 2

Be fast, be first and be famous as the race returns in GRID 2, the sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, multi-million selling Race Driver: GRID.


Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.

Killing Floor

Killing Floor is a Co-op Survival Horror FPS set in the devastated cities and countryside of England after a series of cloning experiments for the military goes horribly wrong.

Payday 2

An action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that has gamers escend on Washington, D.C. for an epic crime spree.

Trine 2

Three Heroes make their way through dangers untold in a fairytale world, featuring physics-based puzzles, beautiful sights and online co-op.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

As the XCOM commander, you will defend against a terrifying global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.

I got Don’t Starve in a Humble Indie Bundle and I love it. It’s a fun game that requires thinking and time management. I’ll definitely be buying Trine 2, Killing Floor, and Awesomenauts. I’ll be playing Injustice to see how I feel about it. I’ve always been more partial to Marvel than DC1 and connecting to characters is an important part of game play for me, but it’s supposed to have a very good story line so I’ll give it a chance.

What games are you going to play this weekend? Any you know you’d like to buy?

  1. My apologies to the DC camp, you’re wonderful people, let’s not fight. <3 

Video Games

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Some super awesome totally cool stuff happening on TV this week!

Tonight was the season finale of The Strain on FX. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based upon their novels of the same name. I have started reading the first book but I’m kind of hung up on whether I want to continue or not. Usually I’ve already read a considerable amount, if not all, of the written materials before a show is made into a movie or TV show1 so I have no care of spoilers. In this instance I started watching the show then picked up the book. As the show’s pace seems a bit plodding compared to the books2 I hesitate to read too much. As the first season has come to an end I know I’d quickly overtake where it left off and, dare I say it, I actually don’t want to spoil next season. So we’ll see how that plays out. I’m sure now that I won’t have a weekly fix I’ll soon be reaching for the books, but for now I’ve got plenty more to dominate my attention.

Like Sleepy Hollowon Monday and the premier of Supernatural season 10 on Tuesday!

Combined with my other Tuesday must watch shows, The Mindy Project and Sons of Anarchy, I’m thankful for DVR because my night from 9-11 is pretty full.

Wedensday brings us the new season of American Horror Story, this time we’re going under the big top. Considering my healthy but slightly debilitation fear of most things circus/”freak show” related, this season ought to be a lot of fun.

I caught the first episode of Gracepoint last Thursday and I can’t wait for the second. Based on the BBC show Broadchurch, Gracepoint may have David Tennant to reprise his role as lead investigator of a young boy’s murder but it’s reported it won’t have the same ending. Either way I’m hooked. I loved Broadchurch and since Andrew hasn’t watched it he’s definitely into the Fox offering.

Friday is a day of TV rest/DVR catch up. And then it’s more BBC programming with Doctor Who! I’m digging the new Doctor and the darker story lines. There will be a new episode at 9 this Saturday titled “Mummy on the Orient Express”.

What are you watching this week?

  1. Such as with A Song of Ice and Fire, The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Outlander, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Under the Dome, and I’m going to stop because I didn’t mean to list this many. 

  2. I never thought I’d say it but it’s apparent the show would have benefited from fewer episodes in its first season since they obviously want to save a lot of the material for subsequent seasons. 

TV Shows

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Today’s Mean Girls appreciation day or something. I don’t know. I don’t care. I got permission from a random on Twitter to wear my pink velour Juicy sweatsuit and watch Mean Girls so I jumped on it. Oh LiLo, I miss pre-cray you.

Gilmore Girls is on Netflix. All seven seasons. It doesn’t matter that I have all seven seasons on DVD, the fact that I can now stream them on my TV without even having to get up and put a disc in a tray is truly glorious. This house is about to be binge-diculous.

The WiiVengers. Aww heck yes.

Movies, TV Shows, Video Games

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I would be miffed that the Hunger Games franchise seems to be going the way of nearly every YA movie adaptation since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with their final installment split into two, but I just really love that there will be two movies. The wait for the final film is uncool, but there will be twice the content! I think the third and last book needed two movies. It broaches a lot of the meatier subject matter that lies at the heart of the series but is skimmed over in the first two books because of their focus on Katniss and Peeta. In the third book there’s a pull back and we see the effect of their actions in and out of the Games, and I think that deserves plenty of screen time. Also the book itself was very rushed in the end. It was a matter of pages between the final and dramatic culmination and the wrap up of everyone’s lives. It’s no obnoxious train scene1 but I did feel a bit gypped. Here’s hoping the movies expand the ending to offer a bit more explanation and closure.

Anyways, let’s watch the trailer.

Aww yiss, that’s dark. Also Donald Sutherland has gone totes crazy-eyes and it’s fabulous. You can see in just a glimpse that President Snow is feeling the uprising. Also Katniss and Gale shoot down planes with their fancy new incendiary arrows. Andrew is all into archery and stuff so I can probably get him to see this movie with me on that point alone. It worked for The Avengers.

Are you excited for The Mockingjay Lives?

  1. Sorry to throw shade at HP, but there is such a thing as too tidy. 


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As I mentioned in a previous post, we will be heading over to Richmond this weekend for the Wizard World Richmond Comic Con. While all parents have to take their kids into account when planning day trips, with our nonverbal autistic son, Logan, there are a few more considerations we have to mind. Namely his issue with crowds, his very limited tolerance, and his tendency to bolt and wander.

When I type it all out like that it honestly seems like taking Logan to any crowded event is the worst idea ever, and while it does present a challenge Andrew and I decided long ago that we would do our best to make sure Logan has the same opportunities to enjoy himself as any other kid. So here we go!



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This post is a part of Wizard World’s We Heart Bloggers initiative. I was given tickets for myself and family to attend the convention. I was not paid to attend or advertise. My opinion on the convention is entirely my own.

This Sunday Andrew and I are going to be taking the kids over to the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the Wizard World Richmond Comic Con! I’m ridiculously excited because there are going to be so many cool people. Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman (!!!), Eliza Dushki, James Marsters, Lou Ferrigno, and so many more!

We’ll be there Sunday, which is Kids’ Day, and it is sure to be a ridiculous amount of fun for our family. Along with book readings, face painting, and more, there will be a Power Hour karate demonstration with original Power Ranger Jason David Frank. Logan loves Power Rangers, and his favorite incarnations are the original Mighty Morphin’ and the more recent Dino Thunder. Jason David Frank just so happens to star as Tommy Oliver in both, so I’m hoping he’ll have a great time.

You can buy tickets here and get a nice discount with the code RVABLOG


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I have been a fan of The Sims since it was just the one and the most fun you could have was to kill off Mortimer Goth and shack up with Bella and the ghosts. The Sims 2 was pretty revolutionary and I feel the best in the franchise. The Sims 3 brought some interesting new features, and though there were some things we’d gotten used to in TS2 that were missing, for the most part they had been replaced with better systems and/or brought back in later expansions. Going from TS2 to TS3 didn’t feel like a huge step forward as it was from the original to TS2, but it wasn’t necessarily a huge step back.

And therein lies the main reason I am not playing The Sims 4.

It is a ridiculous step back. From toddlers to pools to an open world, Electronic Arts, destroyer-of-franchises, has gutted so many features, some of which have been available since the original game. Why can’t I have dishwashers, garage doors, gardeners, basements, or cars, EA?

On top of the lackluster game play we’re presented with a PC game that refuses to utilize PC features. There isn’t even a 64-bit version available and it can’t access more than 4GB of RAM. Three-quarters of my RAM would go to waste playing this game because gracious forbid EA actually designs a computer game for a computer that isn’t a console. And hey, did you like that color wheel that allowed you to really customize things in Create-A-Sim and Create-A-Style (which is gone as well)? Too bad, here’s ~20 colors, knock yourself out.

I understand that some things will be brought back or introduced in upcoming expansions packs. We’re starting anew, just like we did with TS2 and TS3, waiting for dates and seasons and diving boards, but the sheer amount of features that have been axed makes it pretty obvious that EA is moving The Sims in a direction I simply don’t find enjoyable to play.

Game play aside, I also have issues with EA’s requirements for playing TS4. When SimCity launched it had an “always on” DRM requirement that required you to be connected to the internet to even play. Apparently EA doesn’t employ anyone capable of correctly estimating server load because things crashed pretty quickly. There was a huge fiasco about people spending a good chunk of change for what was essentially a nonplayable game. In light of this backlash EA said they moved away from TS4 being an “internet based game” and stated as loudly and often as they could that “The Sims 4 would be built as a single-player, offline experience.” Everyone from the EA/Maxis camp insisted the DRM would totally not suck hardcore but pardon me if I don’t believe anything EA says, ever.

Origin, their distribution client for digital versions of their game, is a requirement now. With TS3 you could still just buy the discs and install the games (if you bought the base game after late 2012 you were required to install Origin), and that’s how I prefer it. But with TS4, whether you buy the discs or the digital copies, you’re going to be required to download and install Origin to play. Um, no thanks. Origin has some shady as hell clauses in its EULA.

So no, I am not playing The Sims 4, though I will continue to enjoy The Sims 3. Yes I feel the hispter-ness radiating off that statement and I am weeping.

Video Games

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I think we’ve all had that moment every morning when we’re standing in our closet, an array of clothes in front of us, and yet not a damn thing to wear. Because I can’t wear plucky graphic tees everyday, I’ve recently started trying to bring my geek-ery into the office in more acceptable ways. All hail the glory of business casual.

Buffy the TPS Report Slayer

I think Buffy’s style and personality – she’ll kick your ass but let’s not forget she’s just a young girl who had to grow up way fast and way harsh – are pretty much summed up by her wardrobe in the season one finale, Prophecy Girl. That sweet prom dress under a leather jacket? Still super awesome 17-years later.

A lacey peplum and khaki pencil skirt create a flirty silhouette that flatters all shapes, and of course offers the perfect feminine back drop for some hardcore accessories. This outfit is nothing without a nice leather jacket and silver cross, they bring the badassery! Some Mary Jane-esque heels help channel that ’90s cool. A simple bag that doesn’t compete with the jacket1 to hold all of your stuff while you’re busy slaying vampires collating brings it all together.


  1. Seriously, it makes the outfit, and I swear that has nothing to do with my undying love for Spike (okay maybe a little whatevs). 


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I’ve decided I want to move in a different direction with Geeky Mama. Instead of having one personal blog that sprawls from one topic of my fancy to the next, as well as encompassing my family and personal life, I’m going to break things up.

Going forward my personal blog will be Mom About Charlottesville. It will host chronicles of my life and family, as well as recipes, fashion and home decor DIYs, and of course local information about Charlottesville and travels.

Things involving blogging, social media, graphic design (including lots of freebies, *hinthint*) will be over at CoriMelvin.com.

And finally, here at Geeky Mama I’ll discuss all things geeky, from books to video games, reviews and technology news.

So here’s to a new direction! If you have any suggestions for how I can improve Geeky Mama, or maybe even would be interested in contributing with reviews, walk-throughs, tutorials, information, or anything else, shoot me an email: cori[at]geeky-mama.com.