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If you’re interested in learning how to design and build games, this is the perfect place to start. We’re offering a 1-year subscription to The School Of Interactive Design for only $99 in our Nerd Approved Deals Store. That’s 93% off the standard $1500 price.

Are you full of great game ideas, but have never touched a line of code? This online training starts from the basics of building games for a range of platforms, and then moves on to advanced concepts like graphic design, animation, and 3D development. Don’t leave your gaming options up to the industry tycoons, quickly and easily bring your amazing game ideas to life with School of Interactive Design.

-Start building a game in just a few hours
-Learn to make games for all types of platforms like iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac & PC
-Get the most up-to-date information from video game industry veterans
-Study game design techniques, graphic design elements & animation
-Understand 2D game design w/ GameSalad
-Incorporate 3D design using Unity 3D & Maya
-Explore the fundamental Photoshop & Illustrator features

All of the instructors at the School of Interactive Design are experts at what they do and are currently working in the game, film, and tech industries. Not only have they taught at major schools and studios like Ubisoft and the LA Film School, but instructors have worked on films like Lord of the Rings and Rango.

For more details on the offerings, head on over to The School Of Interactive Design then come back and get in on this deal while you still can.

‘School of Interactive Design’ Game Building: 1-Yr Subscription ($1500 $99)

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The Legoland hotel in Florida if officially open and it looks like the coolest place ever. The 152 room hotel is divided into four themes:  Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure and Lego Friends. Each room sleeps five and has a King-size bed, bunk bed, and pull-out trundle bed. The rooms are completely decked out in LEGO decor from floor to ceiling and even come stocked with LEGO bricks to play with during your stay.

Furthermore, the rooms all have two flat screen TVs, a mini fridge, coffee maker, and a treasure chest that can be unlocked by completing a scavenger hunt. I’m literally booking my stay as I type this. I mean, there’s even a LEGO-themed pool.

And check out the brick dragon hanging over the main entrance of the hotel – he totally breathes steam out his nose. I’ve officially released my inner child and she’s going bonkers over this.

Check out more awesome photos of the rooms after the break.

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The Kinkoo charger has enough USB ports to keep smartphones powered up for an entire family—and it’s only $35 (29% off with free shipping) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

It’s time for a power upgrade— throw out that tired-out power strip and swap in this family-size USB charger, packed with 6 high-speed ports. With a built-in control chip, Kinkoo optimizes each port to ensure the fastest charging possible for all your devices. The Kinkoo is made from high-grade and durable materials so you can rest assured it will continue to power your devices for years to come.

-Made with quality, industry -grade materials & premium circuitry
-Charges 6 USB devices at a consistent high speed
-Contains an intelligent chip that detects your device & selects optimal charging speed
-Indicates when it’s ready for use w/ blue LED
-Charges up to 85% faster than conventional chargers
-Compatible with all 5V USB-charged devices
-Designed for US and international voltages (100-240v)
-Certified w/ CE, FCC and RoHS, enduring complete safety

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger ($50 $35)

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Maybe it was fate that Doug Bowser rose through the ranks of Nintendo, eventually becoming V.P. of Sales. Maybe he forced his way into the job by holding a princess hostage. Either way, I’m snicker-snorting my way through this post.

According to Nintendo’s tongue-in-cheek press release, Bowser “will oversee a variety of sales-related functions, including Sales, In-store Merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing.”

I just hope they keep him away from mushrooms, pipes, plumbers, and bridges. Check out the press release after the break…

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We’re giving away an Apple toy of your choosing in our Nerd Approved Deals Store! Any device Apple makes that’s $700 or less—it’s completely up to you if you’re our lucky winner.

Head on over to our Deal Store contest page for all the details.

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Just a quick reminder that we’re giving away the newest DC Collectibles Bombshell statue: Undersea badass Mera, Queen of Atlantis and wife of Aquaman! Hitting stores this month, it retails for $124.95, but you could very well get it for zero dollars here.

Head on over to our contest page to enter. Better hurry though—today is your last chance!

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Smell like the fresh scent of nostalgia (well, soda actually) with the NES Video Game Controller Soap, 2 Pack. It’s currently on sale for $19.99 (16% off) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

If you can’t start your day off with a quick game of Super Mario 3 or Legend of Zelda, showering with these epic Nintendo controller soaps is definitely second best. This pair of detailed NES controller clones will bring back a hint of nostalgia, and get you cleaned up and smelling like freshly cracked cans of Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper. It’s a proven way to woo a significant other.

-Molded in detail from a real NES controller
-Includes a waterproof vinyl sticker
-Soda scented
-Made from a non-comedogenic soap base (keeps your pores clear!)
-Gluten & soy free and vegan

NES Video Game Controller Soap, 2 Pack ($24 $19.99)

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DC’s popular Bombshells line of statues are making the transition to digital comics. This new digital-first series will be written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Margeurite Sauvage. Bennett is pretty excited saying:

“’DC Comics Bombshells’ is one of the wildest things I’ve ever had the pleasure to create — a story of the DC heroines, all the DC heroines, in a crisis that defines themselves as well as their generation,” said Bennett in a press release. “I cannot possibly tell you how excited and grateful I am to be involved in a story this massive and inventive. The series will explore war stories, romances, mysteries, heists, action adventure and horror in a way that only these characters could do — I cannot wait for this book to drop. Pun very much intended.”

It will star Supergirl, Batwoman, and Wonder Woman, but the full cast hasn’t been announced. Digital availability of the first issue will come in July with print following on August 12th. DC is also releasing a series of variant covers across their comics line (including a fantastic Black Canary for Green Arrow by Ant Lucia) to promote the new comic.

See the variant covers along with the full press release after the break. And don’t forget that we’re giving away a DC Bombshells Mera statue! Enter to win before May 20th.

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We have a shirt store full of nerdy designs from the best independent artists and they’re all on sale for just $14 through Sunday, May 17th at 11:59 pm EST.

Tank tops, crewnecks and hoodies are also on sale for $18, $30 and $35 respectively.

We also have lots of new designs in the store, so head on over and grab your favorites at a discount while you still can!

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This Interactive Coding Bootcamp program is the latest educational deal in our Nerd Approved Deals Store and it can be downloaded now for only $39 (92% off)!

Become a job-ready developer by building a portfolio of real-world apps and interacting 1-on-1 with the best mentors in the field. This training is as robust as it gets, including live instruction and job-hunting assistance, on top of 33+ hours of top-notch video courses (some from Stanford, Harvard, etc.). Jump into this 12-week curriculum for 92% off!

-33+ hours of video content
-Reference the downloadable ?e-book on how to get hired as a full-time web developer
-Get live guidance with instructors via live video/screenshare
-Study front-end development w/ HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery & frameworks like AngularJS
-Learn back-end development w/ Ruby on Rails, Node.js, e-commerce, databases & more
-Understand computer science fundamentals, algorithms, git, and test driven development (TDD)
-Create a portfolio of real-life apps to help you get jobs or start your own business

Interactive Coding Bootcamp ($499 $39)