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Geek to Geek Podcast

The Geek to Geek Podcast is co-hosted by Beej (@professorbeej) and Void (@grnmushroom), two life-long geeks who have managed to bring their geekery with them into adulthood and still be somewhat functional adults. They love games of all kinds, books, movies, TV, and pretty much everything else, and they want to talk about it all. With you.
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Sep 30, 2016

Modern Board Games

We talk about the resurgence of board games. And not like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Clue. We’re talking the genre of Modern Board games that has exploded lately, beginning with Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Dominion.

Beej isn’t much a board game player--he prefers simpler “party games.” However, Void has an entire cabinet dedicated to them, and we talk about how he got into them initially (hint: it was a co-worker who made him play Citadels over his lunch hour 5 years ago.)

(We go into much more depth in the episode than I am in the notes, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just break them down by how we categorized them in the episode.)

Good games to start with for newbies to the modern board game scene:

  • Citadels
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Pandemic

Beej’s big question is this: “What are good two player games that my wife and I can play together (and we are picky about board games) that can be expanded to multiple people when we have a party?”

Good 2 player games are:

  • Love Letter
  • Condottiere
  • Timeline
  • Push Fight
  • Zombie Dice
  • Memoir 44
  • Pandemic

Games from Void’s collection Beej wants to know more about:

  • Wiz-War
  • Mage Knight
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Takenoko

Cool / Big modern board games

  • Mage Knight (super interesting, super complex)
  • Game of Thrones Board Game
  • Memoir 44
  • Cosmic Encounter
  • Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game, Armada, Imperial Assault

Good games to start a game night with:

  • Love Letter
  • Zombie Dice
  • Push Fight
  • Sushi Go!
  • Timeline

Not quite a board game, but similar! Intro to LCGs:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Netrunner
  • Lord of the Rings

Games that get the most table time at Void’s house:

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Pandemic
  • Push Fight

Co-op games can be amazing with kids. You can even turn games into co-op even if the designers didn’t make them that way. We talk about Takenoko in particular, as well as Pandemic.

Void is a little nuts for Pandemic Legacy. It’s the board game y’all are going to hear about as much as Hamilton and Firewatch. Apparently, it’s just crazy good, and Void is losing his mind for it. Some of the highlights include:

  • Legacy Game, meaning you can only play through it once, but it’s like a video game in that you continue the story, even permanently altering the board to progress the story and change mechanics.
  • Just an amazing experience unlike anything Void has played before
  • There are huge surprises in the boxes you open during gameplay.

Hardest part is that we’re getting to the point where there are so many modern board games, it’s hard to give general recommendations. You wouldn’t recommend Halo to anyone getting into video games, would you? It’s just as hard to give out a broad general recommendation in board games But, if you know one or two you like I can steer you in the right direction. Hit us up on Twitter or the new subreddit.

For more info check out Shut Up and Sit Down. They have a site, a podcast, video reviews, video rules explanations, written reviews, board games news

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Sep 23, 2016

Massively Multiplayer Online Games

In this episode:

  • Our history with MMOs! And y’all, we have some history.
  • We both game to MMOs early in our lives (hooray for the late 90s!). Beej and his friends Ultima Online, while Void was on the other side of the coin and was an EverQuest guy. Despite our differences in early preferences, we are pretty much in the same place with MMOs today--we love the genre and want it to evolve rather than stagnate.
  • The modern era of MMOs can’t escape the shadow of World of Warcraft. It defined the current genre, and again, we both are coming from opposite perspective--Beej from a raider’s perspective and Void from a solo player’s. We talk about the awesome things the game did, and the consequences of it being so popular for so long.
  • Void talks specifically about EVE Online and why it’s kind of a unicorn in the MMOverse. From a single server to an entirely run player economy, we discuss the systems that made us want to play EVE but in reality keep us away.
  • We talk about MMO nostalgia for the games we used to love and how the games may not be the same if we go back and play them today.
  • Where is the MMO genre going and where do we want it to go? From cross-genre games like Destiny that use MMO elements as core gameplay to virtual reality, we talk about what’s going on right now with MMOs and what we can’t wait to see.

 

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Sep 16, 2016

The Final Fantasy Series, Part 3

In this episode:

  • Our very first listener-feedback episode! We asked you all for questions related to Final Fantasy, and y’all did not disappoint! We got so many good questions that we had to dedicate the ENTIRE EPISODE to this Q&A. Rather than spoil the goodness for you, just hit the play button and hear us talk at ya!
  • Additionally, we’re looking for ways to shake up the format of the show, and given that this week is all about listener feedback, we want you to shoot us a line and tell us what you want.
  • What topics do you guys want to hear more about? There’s a high probability of us doing a Squaresoft games podcast, and if you want us to dive deeper into any particular Final Fantasy game(s), let us know which!
  • We’re also thinking about doing a game club. Not a game of the month sort of thing; we would take it slower than that. We are open to any games, but prefer ones that are more accessible to more people (think titles that have been out for longer times and available on multiple platforms. FF games are a possibility, as are titles such as 80 Days and Lifeline). Let us know!
  • Also, would you fine folks be interested in a Twitter chat? A scheduled, hour-long, topic-based talk among our awesome community (read: y’all). Would you want to #geektogeek together?

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Sep 9, 2016

The Final Fantasy Series, Part 2

In this episode:

  • The Final Fantasy series has lots of sequels and spinoffs that aren’t part of the mainline, numbered series. There are some sequels, some movies, and some mashups like Kingdom Hearts that just take the FF characters and give them a new world to explore together. Some are good and some (like the new Justice Monsters 5) are total garbage. But which are which? (Hint: The new Kingsglaive movie is awesome.)
  • We discuss our thoughts on Final Fantasy MMOs, and the gist of it is that both of us wish they had called them Final Fantasy Online instead of mainline numbered games. We have played both FFXI and FFXIV, and XIV felt more like a Final Fantasy game, even though it being an MMORPG made it so that the story couldn’t be anywhere near as compelling as the single-player installments.
  • Do the old-school Final Fantasy games (I-VI) hold up to modern standards? Some of them really do! But which ones? Bwahahahah, listen to find out!
  • We both love love love the remasters and re-releases of the series. More people get to play the amazing games on whatever system they want, either on a new console like the Playstation Vita, iOS or Android, or even PC through services like Steam. Plus, we’re fans of all the HD textures and new sprites/animations. It’s a win-win for us (and for you folks who’ve never played them before!)
  • Our Least Favorite Final Fantasy? III all the way. Not the Final Fantasy III that was released on the SNES (that was actually VI, but III with the poorly paced story, the crippled job system, and the terrible player messaging that kept you unable to progress. Avoid it at all costs (unless you’re a completionist like Void)
  • Our Favorite Final Fantasy, though? IX all the way. But we also have fondness for VIII for the best opening scene of any FF (link below) and V because it wasn’t translated into English for so long that it took effort and dedication to play.
  • Favorite Villain for us? This is a tough one. You’ll hear about it when you listen! But just so you know...Exdeath from FFV, well, he’s a tree. For serious.
  • Favorite characters? Again, a totally tough question, but it has changed over the years. Vivi is a constant from FFIX, but there are others we talk about, too.
  • Favorite Scenes? The opera FFVI ‘Maria and Draco’ (Aria di Mezzo Carattere), The Ending to FFIX when Garnet is Queen and they do “I Want to Be Your Canary” again and then Zidane and Garnet are reunited, and The Opening to FFVIII (Liberi Fatali).
  • Where is the best place to start for newbies to FF series? (asked by @chrisevans17 and @DestenLee on Twitter). Probably FFX for the overall experience, but we go into lots of others for various reasons, all depending on your tastes in gaming. But the biggest surprise? Not Final Fantasy VII. Never FFVII first. And we’ll tell you why.

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Sep 2, 2016

The Final Fantasy Series, Part 1

In this episode:

  • Our history with Final Fantasy!
  • Beej actually started with FF1, but was so young that he didn’t understand much of what he was doing. He played IV and VI (II and III to you 90s-kid Americans out there) from the video store over and over and over and over again.
  • Void was the opposite side of the Final Fantasy-loving 90s kid, and he started the series with FFVII which brought him into the broad, magical world of jRPGs, summon magic, and random encounters. He, though, went hardcore and did a full mainline Final Fantasy playthrough--going from FF1 to FFXIV in order.
  • Speaking of, we go through the entire Final Fantasy series, giving you listeners a survey of the highpoints regarding each one.
    • FFI - pick a party of classes and level them up
    • FFII - the more you use a skill the more it levels up (skills level up individually)
    • FFIII - first job system
    • FFIV - first real narrative with jobs uniquely tied to characters for the first time
    • FFV - first in-depth job system
    • FFVI - first in-depth, truly mature story / first extra characters you can miss / semi-open approach to world 2
    • FFVII - genre defining for 3D jRPGs. It was 3D! The game where cutscenes began to blow us away
    • FFVIII - Junction system, which is very controversial and breakable
    • FFIX - Throwback to high fantasy of FFI-FFV (Look at these hi-res images of this game. They’re so pretty!)
    • FFX - First PS2 game.  Graphics were amazing. First FF with voice acting, if you can call it that (haha!)
    • FFXI - First MMO FF (definitely not a single player game. It had a huge emphasis on being part of a group.)
    • FFXII - Feels like a single player MMO.  Gambit system.  Vaan (and Penelo) are not the protagonists of the story despite being the main characters.  Basch and Ashe are. Same world as Tactics (Ivalice), only one that is set in another one, right?
    • FFXIII - Super linear.  Amazing visuals again.  This is where the series started to lose hardcore fans.  Made 2 more follow up spin off games.
    • FFXIV - Second MMO Final Fantasy.  Really good FF.  True to the series roots. Can be played pretty much as a single-player FF game if you want it to be, but the story isn’t as in-depth and intricate.
  • We want to hear from you! Send us your questions and thoughts on the series!

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Aug 26, 2016

Hype and Media Coverage

In this episode:

 

  • In the wake of No Man's Sky, we're talking about pre-release hype and gaming media in general.
  • Hype generally makes us avoid games because so much of the pre-release media is blown out of proportion. Expectations can be raised that aren’t met very often. But we do love being a part of the discussion after a game is released.
  • When we were younger, however, we both used to get super excited and consume all pre-release media as a kid. Gaming magazines were a much different hype machine than the current state of the internet and social media.
  • When do we pay attention to pre release media and when do we go on media blackout? Basically, if we are interested in a game, we will consume all the pre-release media until we decide if we'll buy it. Then totally tune out the rest. If there is a game we somehow miss (such as Stardrew Valley), we listen to trusted friends and gauge our purchases on their opinions.
  • We also talk about what games lived up to the hype, as well as which ones gloriously failed to. But you’ll have to listen to hear which is which! (I know, mean, right?)

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Aug 19, 2016

No Man’s Sky

In this episode:

  • No Man's Sky is out! And we’ve played a bunch! We were both excited for the game, but avoided a lot of hype and details being released because we wanted to experience the game for ourselves. That said, we have mixed feelings about the game.
  • The first 10-15 hours of the game are brilliant. The first time you see a new element of the game, it is breathtaking and truly a unique gaming experience. It takes about 15 hours of playtime to start to see the limits of the procedural generation, which takes some of the wonder away.
  • The game is basically a survival and gathering game more than exploration. You gather resources, craft upgrades for either yourself or your spaceship, travel to a new planet/solar system, and repeat the process. Inventory management is a big part of the game, which was a letdown for us, but that didn’t take away from the wonder we felt at discovering new aspects of the universe.
  • Our favorite things? Glad you asked! Aliens! Ruins! Leaving a planet and seeing space gradually appear is amazing, and coming in from orbit and seeing the entire planet take up more and more of your view is equally astonishing.
  • It's basically a single player game, and we love that. Multiplayer would be awesome in some regards, but the idea of being alone in this vast, uncharted universe is too appealing to want to share it. The online community for the game is growing, but we are glad that it’s an experience, more than a game at this point.
  • Ps4 vs PC  (controller vs keyboard and mouse). The PC controls seem to be more intuitive than gamepad because of the virtual mouse you have to control with an analog stick on PS4, but the tradeoff is being able to lounge on your couch and explore a new universe. So it’s kind of a tie.
  • Unlimited exploration actually takes the pressure off for completionism. You can't complete the Galaxy, unlike most open world games. Your first landing on a new planet is always super cool. The unknown is fun, and that’s the best part about the game. They got the feeling of discovery down. The problems come in that there are always colonies and structures scattered on the planets, which even makes the idea of “discovery” feel iffy. We would prefer totally barren planets that we could be 100% alone on.
  • Also, you can’t name your ship. Seriously. Patch this in. Patch. This. In. Do you hear us, developers? Patch. This. In. Now. KTHX.
  • In the end, it’s a strangely compelling game that neither of us actually can say if it’s fun. But it’s an experience that we’re happy to have had, and we intend to keep on playing it. Sometimes, games can be about the experience and not about winning. And that’s kind of what No Man’s Sky is about. Or could be, given a few polish patches.
  • So who’s it for? Well, it’s an indie game that was marketed like a Triple-A title, and somehow, that makes it fall between the two markets and be slightly disappointing. It’s  kind of slow if it's the only thing you're doing, so it goes great with audiobooks and podcasts or riding the exercise bike over the winter. If you’re a space junkie, grab this game now. If you like crafting and survival games, pick it up. And if you’re just curious and want to see what the game has to offer? Wait until it’s $30. It would have been a stellar game at $30, but at Triple-A $60, there are just too many nits to be picked. When it’s either cheaper or patched up, that’s when the game will really hit its stride and find its audience.

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Beej - New 3DS XL / Xenosaga Chronicles 3D

Void - One Night in Karazhan / Reigns

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Aug 12, 2016

Geeky Exercise Habits Are Geeky!

In this episode:

  • Just because we’re geeks doesn’t mean we don’t (or can’t) care about exercise. Both of us make time in our days to take care of ourselves. We make sure, however, that we still get in plenty of geekery while we’re out pounding the pavement.
  • Running is both of our primary exercise. We were late-comers to the sport, and neither of us ever really thought it was something for us. But as post-college adults, something clicked, and we fell into step with running. (Pun totally intended, y’all.)
  • Interestingly enough, we also both suffer from asthma. Void’s is allergy-induced, while Beej’s is exercise-induced. Both of us have to train differently than non-asthmatics, and it took a while for us both to become comfortable with that. In the end, we realized that being healthy and fit is a personal issue that concerns only us, and we learned how to stop comparing ourselves to others--but it wasn’t an immediate thing!
  • Running and exercise sessions are prime time for listening to podcasts, audiobooks, Hamilton (or other music, but why would you?), or even a geeky app like Zombies Run!
  • We both also use stationary bikes when it’s too cold to run, and have it set up so that we can play video games and watch TV while doing so. It keeps us caught up on our geekery while making sure that we don’t pack on too much winter weight.

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Beej - Olympics / FFVI on iOS

  • Touch controls have improved since I played it initially. Love the remastered graphics. I really want to grab a gamepad for my iPhone to turn it into a handheld. PLUS! I realized why I hate mobile games--notifications still come through, distracting me and ruining immersion.

Void - Olympics / Fire Emblem Fates Revelations

  • Feels like the “true” campaign but definitely need the other campaigns finished first.  Tons of characters and crossovers and can almost make your own fan fiction relationships between characters.  Noticing reused maps but in interesting ways.

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Aug 5, 2016

Gaming for Non-Gamers

In this episode:

  • After getting a question from a listener about how to get their spouse to play games, it got us thinking. There are a whole lot of people out there who don’t consider themselves gamers. But almost everyone plays games thanks to smartphones.
  • So why don’t they identify as gamers? Is it because they were never introduced to them? Is is a negative cultural stereotype?
  • One of the biggest hurdles is simply the controller.  The number of buttons and the layout are super intimidating. Our suggestion is to introduce people to smartphone games because the interface is something almost everyone is used to already. Mobile games get around the controller issue.
  • Find a gameplay mechanic or IP that interests you or the person who you want to introduce to gaming. Do they love Star Wars? Then maybe Star Wars: Angry Birds is the way to go. Do they like puzzle games? Try Two Dots or Candy Crush (seriously!). Do you enjoy strategic thinking? Well, Hero Academy and Bloon Tower Defense are perfect.
  • One of our highest recommendations, however, is to try to introduce people to gaming using narrative games. Even if they’re not playing and just watching, they can see what games are capable of. Anything by Telltale games would be wonderful to start with, as would Firewatch, Bioshock, or The Last of Us. Even open-world games like GTA can help people see the immersion possible in video games.
  • The one thing we get asked a lot is “How do I get my spouse to play games?” Our answer might surprise you. “Maybe you don’t?” Having separate hobbies can be a good thing, and if you can talk and listen about what each of you loves, it’s okay that your spouse isn’t a gamer.
  • Void’s wife is a hardcore knitter, and he has maybe done 10 stitches in his life. But he still cares, listens, and understands when she talks about what she loves. While he isn’t going to be using the awesome new yarn or pattern, he can appreciate that it means something for her. The same goes for Beej’s wife. She is a woodworker, and while Beej wouldn’t trust himself anywhere near a tablesaw, he loves seeing the excitement on his wife’s face when she finds a new kind of wood with a particularly beautiful grain.
  • Not everyone has to love the same stuff, but we should be respectful of other people’s interests.
  • However, we do There are good on-ramp games like 80 Days on iOS/Android/PC and pretty much any Mario Kart game ever. If you want to give gaming a shot to see what modern gaming can do, we don’t think you can go wrong with those titles.

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Jul 29, 2016

Star Trek Beyond

In this episode:

  • Void and Beej discuss their lifelong histories with the Star Trek franchise. Beej was introduced to The Original Series by his father when he was a wee tot, and Void found The Next Generation in syndication, eventually coming to Voyage with his family.
  • Both guys are big fans of the Abrams reboots, and can appreciate how the TV and film franchises are split between the Prime universe and the Kelvin universe. That way both purists are happy, and so are mainstream fans.
  • Regarding Star Trek Beyond, there are lots of spoilers in this cast, but we do tell listeners when they start. You can be sure that the first third to half of the show are spoiler-free, and then we dig in on the new movie.
  • Overall impressions: Star Trek Beyond are beyond positive (heh heh, get it?), and we think the series has hit its stride. We had our origin for the universe in 2009, and Into Darkness was a decent rehash of Wrath of Khan that established this new timeline, and Beyond takes this series into new territory, even beginning 3 years after the last movie ended so as to not overlap with any of The Original Series’ storylines. It’s a full-fledged Star Trek adventure, and while it’s not perfect, it’s fun, and we can’t wait to see it again.

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Jul 22, 2016

JRPGs

In this episode:

  • It’s #JRPGJuly, and you guys know by now that we are both huge fans of roleplaying games! But more than just any RPG, we adore JRPGs. In this episode, we discuss our history of why we prefer the unique genre to the more traditional Western RPG.
  • We discuss what a JRPG is (literally “Japanese Roleplaying Game”)
  • Common mechanics
    • Turn based battles
    • Leveling and gearing up
    • Being able to “grind” your way to the next part of the game
    • Typically have a Japanese story translated, not a western story from our culture.
    • Pre-made characters and narrative vs Character creator/player choice (think Fallout/Skyrim)
  • Both of us cut our teeth on the genre with early Final Fantasy games, Pokemon games, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on SNES.
  • Additionally, we discuss our current favorites, the standouts from the past we just can’t get go of, and the ones we are most looking forward to in the future!
  • We even go on tangents about how JRPGs influenced our belief systems and personal philosophies! How’s that for geeky?
  • Plus, we talk about two upcoming spiritual successors to Chrono Trigger, and Beej gets so excited he preorders one of them while still recording.
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Jul 15, 2016

Pokemon GO!

In this episode:

  • Pokemon Go launched this week, and like everyone else in the world, we  went crazy for it. However, despite our nerdlove for the app, there is a decided lack of documentation and tutorials, so we want to help other people make sense of what we’ve learned this week.
  • We discuss how the game works
    • How do to use pokestops and why you need them
    • How to fight/train in gyms and the rules for it
      • You can fight alongside other players on your team at the same time!
    • What does battery-saver mode actually do?
    • What good is evolving and how does transferring work?
    • Why are there so many Pidgeys?
  • We also take on the role of armchair developers and discuss what we think will make the app much more robust and likely to keep our attention.
    • Quests or a small storyline
    • Real documentation
    • Friends lists
    • Pokemon trading
    • Friend battles
    • Background mode!
    • Public events and legendary Pokemon hunts!
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Jul 8, 2016

Playing Games the Way You Want

In this episode:

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Jul 1, 2016

Best of the First Half of 2016

In this episode:

  • We discuss the top picks across all media that really stood out to us. We want to make sure that the truly phenomenal work that impressed us this year doesn’t go unnoticed by you folks.
  • We break down the topics into categories like movies, books, tv, comics, and games. Not all of the stuff we talk about is necessarily released in 2016, but it was new to us in 2016, which is way better than the stuff going unnoticed at all, right?
  • Void’s Top Picks
    • Musical
      • Hamilton
    • Movies
      • Captain America: Civil War
      • Star Wars The Force Awakens
    • TV
      • Game of Thrones Season 6
      • Star Wars Rebels Season 2
      • Daredevil Season 2
      • Final Season of Mythbusters
    • Comics
      • Rat Queens
    • Board Games
      • Pandemic Legacy
    • Video Games
      • Audioshield and Holopoint for Vive
      • Hearthstone’s Single-player Adventures
      • Overwatch
      • Stardew Valley
      • Steamworld Heist
      • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest
      • Persona 4 Golden
      • Firewatch
  • Beej’s Top Picks
    • Musical
      • Hamilton
    • Movies
      • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
      • Zootopia
    • TV
      • Fuller House
    • Books
      • Homeland by Cory Doctorow
    • Comics
      • Ms. Marvel
    • Video Games
      • Disney Infinity
      • Elder Scrolls Online
      • Marvel Heroes 2016
      • Overwatch
      • Firewatch
      • Stardew Valley
  • Weekly Geekery
  • And don’t miss this week’s GEEK OUT episode with Beej and Kenny from Dumbbells and Dragons, where they talk about Pokemon Go. We’re still not sure if he’s supposed to give out the details yet, but he sure does!

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Jun 29, 2016

Pokemon Go with Dumbbells and Dragons

  • Kenny from the Dumbbells and Dragons podcast joins Beej in a special GEEK OUT show.
  • Turns out, Beej and Kenny are kindred spirits--nerds who really love health and fitness. They talk running and Marvel comics, as well as lifting.
  • The main topic, though, is Pokemon Go, Nintendo’s upcoming mobile app.
  • Kenny is a field tester for the app in Los Angeles. He spills all kinds of details to Beej.
  • Apparently, the game is incredibly addictive, but lacks documentation at this point. With it being so close to release, that's scary.
  • Battling only happens against other players, and once a Pokemon faints, you have to go out into the world to find a revive--you can't buy them!
  • Being a fitness guy, Kenny fits right in with the app. He's always moving, so he has a lot of chances to catch ‘em all. (They did program in a way to avoid people catching Pokemon while driving.)

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Jun 24, 2016

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

In this episode:

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the biggest franchises in movie history. We love it. Love it love it love it. Beej and Void discuss everything from what works in the MCU (and why), their favorite properties and recommendations, and which TV shows or movies, they’d be fine with never seeing again--or at all.
  • But a decade ago, we weren’t all enamored with it (yet). Lots of people had no idea who Iron Man was, and comics fans like Beej wondered why they would bring their B-team to the screen. Comics dabblers like Void weren’t excited because of the lackluster comics movies like Daredevil and X3.
  • If you haven’t seen Jessica Jones on Netflix, go binge watch it. We’ll wait. It’s worth watching even if you’re not into the MCU at all. It’s not a typical superhero show in the same way Battlestar Galactica isn’t a typical science-fiction show. Sure, there are people with superpowers, but they are background to the personal story being told. Just like how the Cylons are there, but the real story being told is about the people you care about.
  • We discuss the freedom that Netflix allows the MCU creators over major networks like ABC, and how that’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, you get Jessica Jones, but that came after they went too far into hyperviolence in Daredevil Season 1. We expect the rest of the Netflix-originals to be more in line with DDS2 and JJ, while Agents of Shield and the now-cancelled Agent Carter struggle to maintain viewers for various reasons (not that they’re bad shows).
  • Excited to see more non-origin stories being told. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Spiderman Homecoming, Black Panther should all deal with existing superheroes, rather than origins, which opens up engaging storytelling avenues.
  • We want Captain Marvel to hurry up and get released so we can get a Ms. Marvel movie. We want Kamala Khan. Plz and thx.

Weekly Geekery

 

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Jun 22, 2016

GEEK OUT! - The Comic Box

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Jun 17, 2016

E3 2016 + The Warcraft Movie (Non-Spoilers)

In this episode:

E3!

  • Void has spent every second of his spare time this week watching E3 press conferences and compiling the news for people like Beej who want to know but don’t have the time (or patience in Beej’s case) to watch the feeds.
  • This year’s E3 is a mixed-bag, but there is a lot of good stuff being talked about. There are no “blow up the internet” announcements, but we do finally get to see progress and gameplay from titles that have only been previously announced, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • We go through each of the press conferences and live streams that have happened at the time of recording and talk abotu what, if any, standouts there are and discuss the big trend of E3 2016: early 2017 release dates.

The Warcraft Movie!

  • Both of us fall solidly into the 8/10 category for the Warcraft movie. We went in expecting nothing, but were more than pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. We aren’t raving fanboys, but are fans of the universe and think that the creative team handled the IP very well.
  • We discuss our favorite cameos and moments in the movie, how well it was adapted from the source material, and even talk briefly about the cinematographer’s use of establishing shots that work for worldbuilding, but also setup moments that only Warcaft fans will get (such as the first time we see Ironforge...plus there’s a murloc in the river, y’all! Murgleurglrurglrlrlrlrgurglr!).
  • While we were both in the theater with only a handful of other people, the movie did so well in China that it is already making profit. That gives us hope for the sequels and franchise that we had no idea we even wanted.

Weekly Geekery

  • Void - Forfeited his geekery for our major E3 discussion this week. Check out his massive roundup at Video Game News Now
  • Beej - Went to “An Evening with Stephen King” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and walked out with three (3!) autographed copies of King’s new novel, End of Watch. Beej kind of fanboyed out a bit, and it was adorable.

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Jun 10, 2016

Gaming Preferences as We Age

In this episode:

  • We’re old(ish). We aren’t the young, twitchy gamers we once were, and our lives don’t give us the luxury of spending 8-12 hours a day playing games. Because of this, our gaming preferences have changed since we were younger.
  • For Void, instead of twitchy games like Counter Strike and Starcraft, he’s moved into more narrative games and casual experiences. The sleep function on a 3DS, as well as quicksaves on mobile games help him balance his responsibilities as a husband and father more easily than long gaming sessions can.
  • For Beej, his personality changed since he was younger. A former griefer and MMO scammer, he has since moved from the selfish, solo player who gained enjoyment from knowing he made someone else have a terrible day because of a video game into a team-player who doesn’t care about competition, winning, or losing as long as he and his team had fun while playing.
  • For both of us, we find that lowering the difficulty of games and using guides is no longer a knock at our pride. It helps us clear games faster and experience the content the way developers intended, rather than beating our heads against a wall and not having fun. Our time is more limited, so why feel as though we are wasting it?
  • Cooperative gaming is much more important to us now. More games need a co-op mode rather than all competition. This is seen in board gaming in titles such as Pandemic Legacy and the Lord of the Rings LCG, and we hope the trend moves forward into video games as more developers of our generation make titles based on their own maturation and changes in preferences.
  • Despite the changes in what we care about and look for in games, there are still many titles and franchises that we will go back to no matter what. The Final Fantasy series, Mario platformers, Bioshock titles, and the Elder Scrolls are among game worlds in which we have been entrenched for so long that we make time for, no matter what. If that means using quick save to have short gaming sessions, so be it. If we have to lower the difficulty or use a guide to find our next point-of-interest, then no problem. We want to continue to enjoy the games that we grew up with, not resent them because they’re no longer available to us.

Weekly Geekery

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Jun 3, 2016

Nintendo!

In this episode:

  • Nintendo! Nintendo! Nintendo! Admittedly, the guys a’re fanboys, but they’ve earned that title. Both of their earliest memories involve warm fuzzies emanating from the original NES.
  • Between Beej’s parents having Duck Hunt competitions, and Void playing Super Mario Bros. at daycare, the guys have both owned every single Nintendo system that was released (except for Beej--he just couldn’t do it for the Wii U, and he tells you why!).
  • The Wii is one of the the most innovative consoles ever created, and it ate up much of Void’s college years through Wii Sports Bowling, and somehow Nintendo’s Wii Fit balance board made Beej have body image issues (which may or may not be worse than the Nintendo 64 causing him to week as an 8th grader).
  • Did the Wii U live up to its potential? And is buying one a regret Void will take with him to the grave? No to both!
  • The Nintendo 3DS may be the best console on the market right now. Between the variety of models you can choose from, the massive first-party game library, the virtual console, and the indie games on the eShop, the 3DS has got it going on.
  • Void talks about his mad parenting skills. Unlike lots of parents, he and his wife decided to give their children unlimited screen time for their iPads and 2DS consoles. What that did was teach them that there’s nothing inherently special about screens, gave them ability to pause the game when life happens (and to know when to do so!), and lets them have autonomy and discover their own boundaries. If you like true, hardcore adulting with your geekery, this is the podcast for you!
  • What’s next for Nintendo? Well, the NX comes out in early 2017 and might be a hybrid console. Or it might not be! We don’t know! And Nintendo’s first foray into mobile gaming with Miitomo seems like a miss, but the upcoming Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and Pokemon Go titles should seriously make up for that.

Weekly Geekery

Health Hack

  • Beej’s Health Hack leveled up and got its own weekly podcast! More health, more fitness, more geekery, and definitely more of that wonderful Tennessee accent you all love so much. Check it out on iTunes (or wherever you listen to podcasts. Even YouTube! ...because we fancy.)

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May 27, 2016

Virtual Reality (HTC Vive)

In this episode:

  • Void bought an HTC Vive! Don’t know what that is? Great! That’s why we’re doing this episode! We want to introduce you to virtual reality gaming. Since not everyone (Beej included) has had an opportunity to experience VR, live vicariously through Void while Beej incessantly questions him about the technology.
  • Playing the Scully to Void’s Mulder, Beej plays (is) the skeptic and questions everything Void knows about VR.
    • First off: is this a fad?
    • What is the HTC Vive, anyway? Is it all inclusive, or is it a PC peripheral?
    • Honestly, who is this technology for?
    • What is the future of virtual reality? Or at least, where does it seem to be heading?
    • Should naysayers/skeptics buy it now or wait?
  • Void’s Must have games for HTC Vive
  • Games to avoid
    • Windlands
    • inMind
    • inCell
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack
    • Drink some water! It’s summertime, and you have to pay more attention to your water intake. If your mouth is dry and you feel thirsty, it’s already too late--you’re on the way to dehydration. Even if you think you’re drinking enough, you’re probably not (we all overestimate how much we drink). So drink up, geeks!

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May 20, 2016

Audiobooks!

In this episode:

  • We talk about how we got started with audiobooks, and not surprisingly, we both started with free trials to Audible that got us hooked on the format.
  • Multiple places to get them. Our favorite is Audible, but you can also try Overdrive (ask your local library for free access!), iTunes, and good ole CDs and cassette tapes (that’s why they’re called books on tape, after all). We discuss the pros and cons of each.
  • Audiobooks help us make our mundane tasks more fun and interesting while keeping us engaged in books we want. Narrators make a big difference, and we can get through hard-to-read books because their performances make such a difference.
  • Recommendations
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack
    • Find some staple meals! Instead of raiding your pantry and spending time not knowing what to eat or making a bad decision and ordering pizza, spend a few minutes outside of mealtime finding quick-and-easy things you love eating and can vary. For instance, Beej eats this sweet potato recipe once or twice a week and has for the last 4 years.

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May 13, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

In this episode:

  • SPOILERS AHEAD! But that helps you enjoy things more. For real! We are talking pretty in-depth about Captain America: Civil War, so if you haven’t seen it or don’t want to know the outcome of #TeamCap vs #TeamIronMan...well, you’ve been warned.
  • Civil War didn’t feel like a Captain America movie. But it also didn’t feel like an Avengers movie.
  • The cast was huge, and unlike some recent ensemble movies, this one pulled it off very well. In Civil War, we get fight scenes and backstory without the movie feeling bloated. The introductions of Spider-man and Black Panther are more than cameos. Plus, they’re not origin stories, and they get real fight scenes that matter!
  • The movie fits in the MCU, and previous viewing is pretty much required. And that’s a good thing. It creates investment in the viewer, and your emotional response is earned. It can still be enjoyed as a standalone, but it is extra meaningful if you’ve been around since the beginning.
  • To us, this all seems like a pretty good indication of the the tone and direction the Russo brothers will take with Infinity War.

 

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  • Health Hack: Change your clothes! Dressing the part for what you’re doing is a good way to motivate yourself to get a move on. Whether it’s basketball, running, cycling, or walking (or whatever else), having an outfit that you wear for that activity can energize you and get you out there. After all, if you’ve already changed clothes, you’re less likely to say “meh, nevermind” as you walk toward the door.

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May 6, 2016

Overwatch is in Open Beta! And it’s awesome!

In this episode:

  • We pre-purchased Overwatch to get early access to the beta, and we’ve played it for hours. Guess what? We love it! And part of that is because the world of Overwatch feels so organic and rich. Even in beta, this game feels polished and unique--it will definitely be one of our evergreen games for years to come.
  • Each character feels totally unique and plays like a different kind of game. If you get bored with one playstyle, you can just swap to a different one, and the whole game plays differently.
  • What’s most interesting to us is how Overwatch all but forces team play. In a culture where every person wants to be the main hero, Overwatch is designed in such a way that teamwork is natural and organic.
  • Weekly Geekery
    • Void - Hamilton - Void has listened to the Hamilton soundtrack 5 times in under 24 hours.
    • Beej - Heroes of the Storm. You guys peer pressured Beej into playing HotS, and it worked! He’s a MOBA fan now!
  • Health Hack: Bored with your normal routine? Don’t change your exercise, change what you listen to! Switch from music to a podcast or from an audiobook to heavy metal. Just a chance in tunage can do wonders for your workout variety!

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Apr 29, 2016

Game of Thrones is Back!

In this episode:

  • Beej forgets whether it’s A Song of Ice and Fire or A Song of Fire and Ice. Please accept our sincerest apologies.

 

  • Game of Thrones is back! Season 6 debuted last week, and for the first time (we think) in television history, the adaptation is further along than the source material.

 

  • The edits the showrunners made to the show help viewers invest in the world, and the combination of seasons and characters make the show more palatable than the books may be to readers.
  • We discuss which characters they want to see standing when it’s game over, and aside from Tyrion, there are actually a couple of surprises on what they want to happen and who they want to live/die! Do you agree with us? Let us know!
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack: Go streaking! Take your normal exercise, dial it down, and do it every single day for a week. This will build your resolve, keep you from getting exhausted, and set up a new habit!

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