GameStop Is Buying ThinkGeek

Last week it was reported that the retailer Hot Topic had bought ThinkGeek and the deal seemed to be in place – and it was, but GameStop really wanted the nerdy internet shop ThinkGeek.

The reason why ThinkGeek went back on their deal with Hot Topic and went with GameStop instead is very simple, money. Gamestop offered $20 per share where Hot Topic only offered $17.50 per share. After having a closer look at the deals, ThinkGeek went with GameStop that also will pick up the fees ThinkGeek needs to pay to back out of the previous deal with Hot Topic.

We don’t know yet how GameStop will incorporate ThinkGeek’s portfolio of nerdy gadgets into their own or if they’ll just keep running it as a separate business. The last one is however very unlikely as ThinkGeek hasn’t had the biggest success throughout time. The press release announcing the acquisition notes that GameStop wants to leverage Geeknet’s product development expertise to broaden their product offering in the fast-growing collectibles category.

So from the looks of things, you’ll find a lot more toys and weird geek gadgets from USB powered devices of all ranges to remote controlled toys in your local GameStop stores within a short period of time.

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

Get Your Geek on with These Star Wars Goodies

With the latest Star Wars movie coming later this year, a lot of retailers are getting ready for people who are looking for some Star Wars goodies. Surprisingly, there are a lot of cool things already on the market.

We can’t dig into every crazy gadget or contraption out there, but we can show you some of the best Star Wars goodies out there. Take this R2-D2 USB car charger for example. Is your phone running out of juice? Why not have R2-D2 ready to help you out!

Still not impressed? Well, since it’s summer, we all want to head over to the beach. So why not head over there with your own shiny new Death Star ball? I know I want to! How about you?

Too old for going to the beach? Ok then, maybe you have your family and want to go out on a trip with them. So why not show how strong the force is in your family on the rear windshield of your car? I bet your neighbours will be so jealous!

There are even toys for your young ones or collectible items for you to show off on your desk at home or at work, such as the ones you see below.

One of the best things I’ve found so far is something that you can share with your loved one. Want to propose in the future? Is your anniversary coming up? No matter the excuse is, these fine ‘I love You / I Know’ rings will make your day something to remember for the rest of your geeky life.

There are so many crazy cool goodies that we don’t even know where to go from here. Spanning from clothing, key chains, earrings, cups and other crazier accessories, you really have a wide variety to choose from. One of the places you can find the above is ThinkGeek, but other retailers are bound to have something similar sooner or later. Enjoy!

Images and video courtesy of ThinkGeek

You Can Now Own a Customisable Computer Built from LEGO

There have been a lot of LEGO projects up until now, with the latest being a handheld 3D printer and a Jurassic Park built by father and daughter entirely from LEGO. Given its hype, it would have been expected sooner or later for someone to bring forth a customisable LEGO desktop computer.

Mike Schropp, the man behind the Total Geekdom website, has been building LEGO computers for years. However, this is the first time Schropp has designed something saleable and he really outdid himself. After going through multiple design iterations, he finally settled on a compact 19.05 x 19.05 x 13.97cm system design.

The size of the system is said to be just as big as to fit a motherboard in, with Schropp explaining that his goal was to build something portable, endlessly customisable and packed with the power of a full desktop computer.

The base system is said to start at $999, coming with an Intel i3-4360 Dual-Core CPU, 8GB memory, a 120GB SSD and Intel HD4600 Graphics. It seems that there are only three case designs available, each of which come with a user-controlled LED light bar that encircles the top of the case and displays up to 20 different colours.

More details on how to get your hands on your own LEGO systems can be found over at Schropp’s website.

How Much Did Barney Stinson Make a Year? A Redditor Did the Math

We are getting some of the funniest and most interesting Reddit threads when nerds and geeks are bored. It wasn’t that long ago that someone did the math on how much Friend’s Joey owed Chandler based on numbers and events from the show; now someone has done the same for How I met your Mother’s Barney Stinson.

The show was very cryptic about both Barney’s job and his income, except that it was a lot judging by his awesome full-wall TV, full-sized Storm Trooper or Skymall orders. But there were hints and the Redditor Sir-Zeph did the math based on suits – what could be more fitting for Barney, the man who would give his life for one.

In Unpause (S09E15), it is revealed that Barney spends 1 Crapload on suits a year and he makes 16 Craploads a year. Barney also says that Robin’s family’s wealth amounts to 6000 Canadian Craploads.

In Vesuvirus (S09E19), Barney shows Ted two rooms full of suits. From what is shown, there are 7 racks of 15 suits in one room. Assuming the second room also has 7 racks of 15 suits, Barney owns 210 (2(7*15)) suits.

In Game Night (S01E15), it was stated that Barney has been wearing suits since 1998, which translates to a period of 15 years up to the point of his wedding. Hence it can be concluded that Barney purchases 14 suits a year on average.

In Cupcake (S01E16), Barney takes Marshall to his tailor to get him a suit which was $4000 (which Marshall finds out later on). From this we can calculate that Barney spends $56,000 (14*4000) on suits a year approximately.

In False Positive (S06E12), Barney donates 4 racks of suits, which is a loss of 60 (4*15) suits from the overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.

In Girls Vs Suits (S05E12), Barney accidentally rips a suit which is a loss of 1 suit from his overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.

In No Tomorrow (S03E12), Barney spots a fancy green suit on St. Patty’s day.

In The Front Porch (S04E17), it was revealed that Barney sleeps in his specially tailored Suitjamas. Now assuming that he wouldn’t bring a flashy green suit and his suitjamas to wear at the wedding, it is safe to assume that these 2 suits weren’t in the adjoining room. This adds two more to the overall count.

In Miracles (S03E20), Barney is hit by the bus and later in the hospital reveals to the gang that they had to cut his suit.

In The Naked Man (S04E09), Barney attempts to score with a blonde, who rejects him and kicks him out on the street without his clothes and his phone. Now that adds 2 more suits to the count.

Taking all that information and creating math out of it and Barney’s yearly income it looks something like this:

  • 210 + 60 + 1 + 2 + 2= 275 Suits
  • 275 / 15 = 18.333 Suits/year
  • $4000 * 18.333 = $73,332/year
  • $73,332 * 16 = $1,173,312

That means that Barney makes $1,173,312 a year in his unknown job position, not bad.

Thanks to Sir-Zeph for providing us with this information

Goonies Sequel!? Take My Money…NOW!

Hey, you GUYYYSSS!!!

Someone slap me! It sounds too good to be true!

According to Director Richard Donner he is working on bringing the original cast together for the sequel. Can you just imagine how amazing this will be? To see Chunk, Mouth, Data, Mikey….and SLOTH on the big screen again? Nerdgasm level 1,000,000.

Please make Chunk do the truffle shuffle 😉

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Thanks to Variety for providing us with this information.