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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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Mar 24, 2017

Introducing your friends to Star Wars

In this episode:

  • Getting into Star Wars can be tough. It has a huge history and a gigantic fanbase, and with 50 years behind it, some people are intimidated by the franchise and don’t know how to jump in. Never fear, geeks! We’re here to help.
  • Inspired by our resident Jedi Noobs Chocobochica and CapsuleJay (among others!), we want to make sure that Star Wars is not unapproachable. We provide suggestions on the best viewing order on the movies, as well as jumping-on points that aren’t necessarily even tied in with the films.
  • There is a huge swath of Star Wars-related media out there, so if you’re a book person, we recommend books (specifically, audiobooks!), or if you’re a gamer, there are always video games, and if you like to binge, you can even jump in with some of the cartoons and even different ways to watch those!
  • We discuss the oft-mentioned Machete order, as well as how The Force Awakens (Episode 7) changed the way you jump in and get accustomed to the galaxy far, far away.
  • Even spinoffs like the recent Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo films present unique ways to dip your toes in without needing 50 years worth of history to make sense of it all.

Geeky Offer of the Week

  • Head over to audibletrial.com/geektogeekcast and grab either LOST STARS or A NEW DAWN. They are phenomenal audiobooks, and because they’re Star Wars, they have ultra-high production qualities.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej
    • Zelda Zelda Zelda. Breath of the Wild has made him pretty much live in Hyrule.
    • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer rewatch with his wife.
    • Replaying Wii games--Mario Kart as a good 2-player game, and watching his wife discover how different Super Mario Run is over New Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Void
    • Read Wayward and Ratqueens, which has been given a soft reset, which means you can get into it easier now.
    • Finally “Beat” Fire Emblem Heroes, but more content should be comign soon.
    • I still love Shovel Knight and have been replaying it on Switch. Not only is this his year of trying to replay more things, but it’s also a way to keep using the Switch because it’s just great to hold and use.
    • Void’s kids prefer joycons sideways with the wrist strap over other controllers.
    • Finally watching a bunch of stuff that built up between the new job and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (Various YouTube series, Genius Game Season 3, Assassin's Creed (movie), Moana. Fantastic Beasts, Passengers, and the disappointingly bland Iron Fist on Netflix.)

Be sure to subscribe to the Geek to Geek Podcast your favorite podcast app, drop a review so we know how we’re doing, and feel free contact us via email at geektogeekcast@gmail.com or @geektogeekcast on Twitter with any comments, questions, or suggestions for the show. Thanks for listening, and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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Mar 17, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In this episode:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally out, and Beej and Void are playing (and loving) it. Void has it on the Switch, and Beej grabbed it on Wii U. We discuss the differences in the versions and how each piece of hardware handles the game (hint: they’re pretty much the same).
  • We discuss how Breath of the Wild treats armor and weapons differently than other games in the series, making it much more like a traditional RPG, but still feeling totally like Zelda.
  • The setting is a unique version of Hyrule, and it’s a welcome change. You can see the other Hyrules there, but this one feels more alive...even though it has technically been destroyed.
  • Nintendo did what Nintendo does: makes a game full of fun little details. In a way, they did what Blizzard did with World of Warcraft--took an existing genre and perfected it.
  • The game assumes you’re not stupid and doesn’t have a real “tutorial.” You have an intro, get some abilities, and are set into the world. It’s awesome.
  • Hardest Zelda ever. And that’s a good thing.
  • There’s a story we care about, and we didn’t expect that from a Zelda game. But it’s not a Final Fantasy-style story. It’s told in a really cool way.
  • There are multiple game systems that Void really loves digging into so that he can experience new and interesting gameplay that may not have been designed or intended, and even Beej got into figuring out how to use the game’s physics and systems to think outside of what the standard solution to a puzzle or fight would be.
  • Overall, we are in love with this game, and we think it is worth every penny and second you spend with it.

Geeky Offer of the Week

  • Play Zelda: Breath of the Wild for FREE by going to gameflyoffer.com/geek and help us out and support the podcast while you’re at it.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej
    • Persona 4 Golden is still cool, but he got Zelda, so that’s taken priority.
  • Void
    • Shovel Knight is just as awesome on the Switch as it ever was.
    • Grabbed a second Switch dock for upstairs after all because the system is amazing
    • Tried Curiosity Box with his kids and thinks it’s great. Can’t wait for the next box.

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Mar 10, 2017

Nintendo Switch Launch Spectacular!

In this episode:

  • Nintendo Switch is here! It’s launched! Void got one! Beej didn’t! He can’t find one at all!
  • There were however...hiccups. Don’t buy day-1 console hardware from Amazon.

Impressions of Hardware

  • Why is Nintendo marketing it as a console that you can take with you instead of a handheld that docks?
  • It plays better when it’s not docked. Suspend any time and anywhere, like a handheld.  Faster suspend and more integrated than PS4. Definitely leans toward the handheld side and not the console side.
  • Kickstand sound is disconcerting.
  • Controllers: Joycons are great, and they feel awesome when clicked into handheld mode. Also as separate controllers, and the clip thingies make them bigger and more comfortable. The dog-head controller is terrible. But the Nintendo Switch pro controller is the best, and it connects to the PC, too, a bonus. I do not like the dog head controller at all (the grip)
  • Docking and undocking is very close to seamless. Just be slightly careful lining up the system when docking. It’s smart when it’s charging in the dock and you pull it out it prompts you to triple tap a button to unlock the screen.
  • Posting to social media is easier than other systems. Plus you can add text and edit images!
  • I like the “HD Rumble” more than rumble on most controllers.
  • No install time for games! Even update patches are downloaded and applied in the background while playing.

Impressions of Games:

  • Bomberman is Bomberman. Camera can be annoying. Kids love it.
  • Snipperclips is a secret must-own game if you can have 2-player local co-op.
  • Fast RMX is cool if you like reacing games like F-Zero or Wipeout.
  • Zelda is amazing. I’m fairly sure this will be my favorite Zelda game ever. Next week will be all about Zelda, so not much detail here, but TONS next week.
  • Void’s kids like it a lot, and the joycons are perfect for them because not only are they small, they’re much simpler in terms of buttons and control schemes.

How it’s fitting into Void’s daily life:

  • Playing it docked at night after the kids go to bed
  • Take it up to the bedroom when settling in for bed and play it for awhile
  • Daughter didn’t feel great the other night, and it was great to be able to move around and be near her.

Geeky Offer of the Week

  • You should totally get a free copy of Zelda or Persona 4 Golden through Gamefly at gameflyoffer.com/geek

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej: ERMAGERD LOGAN ERMAGERD - Read Old Man Logan, the original story that was in Wolverine (2003) #66-72, hit on a lot of the film scholar background Jennifer and I have, and we may end up doing a podcast together about it soon / Jennifer beat Journey again, and it was super relaxing to watch / Picked up Persona 4 Golden for Vita while it was on sale. Digging the music so far, thought it was hand-drawn for some reason / Finished Saga, and I desperately want more.
  • Void: Played the Switch. Obvs. / installed level 2 charger install for the electric car! It’s awesome!

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Mar 3, 2017

Day 1 Technology & Nintendo Switch Prep

In this episode:

Talking Points:

  • Day 1 technology and console adopters vs… not. The Nintendo Switch will be out by the time many if you listen to this, and we wanted to talk about tech that we grab on Day 1. And tech that we wait for.
  • Which consoles or tech have you picked up on day one? For us, it depends. Void grabbed Gamecube, Gamecube, GBA, PS2, Vive, and the Xbox 360, while Beej was mostly a Month 1 person as supplies and money allowed. Dreamcast was his favorite Day 1 purchase.
  • Most of our Day 1 video game consoels were when we were younger and had far more disposable income than we do as adults.
  • We waited on a lot of consoles, too, whether it was for hardware upgrades or some other reason. Beej waited on the 2DS, the PS3, and the PS Vita, and they were all fantastic purchases. Void really loves that he waited on the 3DS XL, the PS4 (Black Friday bundles FTW), the PS VIta, and the Wii U. Same for him--they were all amazing purchases.
  • We both pick what we get on Day 1 kind of by gut feeling. We weigh the hype and whether we use it right away and how much we think it will impact our lives. Do we think that it will be a positive and consistent part of our lives? We don’t buy based on hype and what is getting the most attention, but at some point you just have to pull the trigger if you’re excited enough about it, personally.
  • So...the Nintendo Switch. We recorded just a few days before the launch, and we are crazy excited, but we hope the JoyCon woes are taken care of. Void is getting one delivered to his doorstep so he can play as soon as he gets home from work, and Beej has to wait on grabbing one because he’s freelancing and money is spotty for the moment. If a new full-time gig comes in, he will run out and breathe in the Breath of the Wild.
  • Nintendo releases on Fridays, which is great for adults who work. Weekend gaming binges!
  • How many of you folks are buying a Switch on Day 1? Let us know in the subreddit or on Twitter!

Geeky “Buy BJ a Nintendo Switch” Offer of the Week

  • Please go to audibletrial.com/geektogeekcast and use your FREE audiobook credit on one of Beej’s audiobooks. Help him buy a Switch! The books are Birthright, Lineage, or Legacy by B.J. Keeton.

Weekly Geekery

Be sure to subscribe to the Geek to Geek Podcast your favorite podcast app, drop a review so we know how we’re doing, and feel free contact us via email at geektogeekcast@gmail.com or @geektogeekcast on Twitter with any comments, questions, or suggestions for the show. Thanks for listening, and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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