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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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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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