At the Clan of the Gray Wolf, we’ve banded together to answer the clarion call of Geekdom!
Back in the dark ages of May 2009, a D&D session was the backdrop for spreading the idea of starting a website that celebrated geek culture. From that beginning, the Clan of the Gray Wolf has strived to provide information, humor, and discussion concerning video games, tabletop games, and nerd media.
Since our inception, we’ve gained a healthy following on YouTube and partnered with Retroware TV, a site that caters to those who are looking for videos and discussions on classic video game, Blistered Thumbs, the video game-themed arm of That Guy With the Glasses, and Reviewtopia, which is a portal for reviewers of all stripes.
Tired of reviews that only handle the bad games of yesteryear? “16-Bit Gems” is a series of video reviews that look back at games from that era and examines those that were truly exceptional, but lost in the hype of the time.
“The Way Games Work” is a new series that explores the science and logic behind various gaming technologies and makes them accessible to the layman… like if Bill Nye was on G4 (and if G4 didn’t suck).
The official podcast of the Clan of the Gray Wolf, “Echo Screen Live” features the Commodore and Roo as they discuss all things geek culture in a fortnightly live stream: geek news, gaming, movies, tech… whatever it is that they feel the need to get off their chests. And always ending with a live Q&A!
In the “Weekly Wringer”, the Commodore poses a question to the community at large. You’re encouraged to discuss – through comments, forum posts, video responses, haiku, whatever. After hearing from you, we give our answer, highlight yours, and ask another question. What will the Wringer ask of you?
- Roo is the executive editor of the website. He produces “16-Bit Gems” and “The Way Games Work”, while also handling most of the video editing for the site. He’s also the host of Mind Blow on Vsauce3. In addition, he runs the front end of the website and YouTube channel.
- Commodore128 (or just the Commodore) is the host of the “Echo Screen” Podcast/Videocast and the “Weekly Wringer”. He’s also the gaming culture editor for the site and handles much of the technical support on the site’s back end.
What’s with the name, “Clan of the Gray Wolf”?
As teenagers, we all enjoyed the hell out of our 16-bit consoles. The Commodore especially was a fan of Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf. It became a running joke between Roo and the Commodore that all sequels to anything must have this subtitle:
“Did you see, Back to the Future 2: Clan of the Gray Wolf last night?”
“I always liked Super Mario Bros. 2: Clan of the Gray Wolf.”
“Wow, Patton sure was a badass during World War 2: Clan of the Gray Wolf.”
When the time came to pick a name for this fledgling site, the possibility of using this inside joke came up. And the resounding chorus of replies answered: “… sure. Why not?”
What’s this annual charity marathon all about?
For 3 years running we’ve hosted a gaming marathon to benefit various charities (including the American Cancer Society and Child’s Play). So far we’ve raised over $18,000 and there’s a good chance that a 4th marathon is in our future. Check out our Marathons Page for more information.
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