Dec 9, 2016
The Holidays AND Final Fantasy XV
In this episode:
- The holidays are stressful, and it’s
hard to get your geek time in when you’re constantly juggling
family responsibilities, the time changes, the darkness, the
seasonal depression, the gift buying, decorating...well, you get
- For us, we have different mechanisms
to help us cope with all this. Beej plays mindless adventure games
and MMOs to escape the winter doldrums, as well as reading a lot
more. Ebooks are especially good, as are digital comics for road
trips. Cozy scented candles and meditation in low light also keeps
him evened out.
- Void only has a few weeks off during
the year, so he uses his extended Christmas break for some quiet
time and extra reading. He also tends to power through games and
spend lots of time gaming with his family. Being able to sit down
and play games with his kids are incredibly soothing, and it’s good
quality family time, too.
- Most of us have multiple family
meetings, and geeking out can be hard to do when you’re forced to
be social. One suggestion is to be social during the most obvious
times, but then excuse yourself to be alone and read or play
whatever games you want to. Most family members understand we all
need a little time to ourselves.
- Mobile gaming is great for car rides,
as are handheld consoles. Audiobooks are an easy way to catch up,
and they really help keep with our routines. Most of us have our
daily routines that get messed with during the holidays, and being
able to sneak our content digitally whenever we have a few minutes
(even if it’s in the bathroom at a relative’s house or in line as
you buy last-minute gifts) can help ease stress and give us time to
- We discuss working on side projects,
and how the holidays give a good boost to our creativity because of
the lack of our primary jobs.
Final Fantasy XV
- Void has finished FFXV, and he talks
about it in depth It was originally a touchstone topic for Weekly
Geekery, but he goes into a full-on review (and we tell you about
spoiler zone, too). He discusses why it’s one of his favorite FF
games overall, what kind of nits he has to pick with it, and why
Chapter 13 is horrible enough that SquareEnix has already announced
a patch to make it more bearable.
- Void discusses how it’s a Final
Fantasy game that gives veterans and newbies something to love, and
he discusses the combat and open world. It is a very thorough
you can see his entry into the Final Fantasy Project here.
- He talks about the story and how it
works, and how the game feels like it spent a decade in develpment
hell, but at the same time does a lot of things well and a lot of
things haflway and still comes across as a fairly cohesive game. If
they do additional content patches, there are lots of places to put
in new zones (Beej likens what he wants to Dawnguard for Skyrim)
and quests, which would increase both playability and replayability
and end-game content.
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- Book Recommendation: The Martian. Probably
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