The Geekwave Episode 12: The Game Awards 2015

The Game Awards are almost here. This is one of Solar’s favorite events of the year, the big award ceremony for all members of the Video Game Industry. In this episode, Solar, Logan, and Lee talk about the nominations, argue about the merits of specific games, and try to predict who will win. Tune in to find out more!

Also in this episode, we talk about the new My Little Pony movie, mini-chainsaws, the new James Bond movie Spectre, and Golden KitKats.

For you audiophiles, we know quality is a little lower than usual this week. Our production room is having issues. We apologize, and hopefully it will be better next week.

We hope to see you all on #selfiewithyourturkey day!

The Geekwave Episode 11: Bethesda and Blizzard be Bitchin’

Chances are, if you’re a gamer, you have precious little time to spare right now from playing Fallout 4. But if you’re the kind of person who can listen to the radio while you play a game, then we think you’re going to enjoy this episode. We talk about Fallout 4, and all of the announcements and hype from Blizzcon (just give me Overwatch already!)

If gaming isn’t your favorite realm of The Geekdom, we also talk about new movies we’re excited for (Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Star Wars VII, Warcraft). Solar tells us about seeing Chris Hardwick live and stories about The Talking Dead.

Events coming up in the next few weeks include tomorrow’s Cosplay Boot Camp and next Saturday’s Crimson LAN.

We also watch Shia watch Shia for a little bit. Definitely don’t want to miss that.

The Geekwave Episode 10: Comicbooks with Amanda Green

Hey Geeks!

It’s been a while since we did an episode focusing on Comicbooks, but with the Westminster Comic Symposium coming up next week we thought this was a perfect time to get on it! We caught up with Amanda Green, professional Batman fanatic and English major, to talk about the impact that the Comicbook industry has had on American culture and literature. We talk about everything you’d expect – the constant rise and fall of the industry, the success of the cinematic universes, the growing diversity of characters, and even tha latest fiasco featuring Captain America and Fox News.

For those of you interested in the Symposium, here’s a flier about the event:

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Let us know what you think on our Facebook Page!

K-UTE’s New Look

You may have noticed some changes in our website, particularly on the top menu that hangs out on every page. Or you may have seen a fancy new image show up at the beginning of our lastest video. As part of K-UTE’s fresh new look for 2015, we’ve finally gotten around to changing our logo! Let me tell you a little bit about our thoughts going into making this logo:

  • The swirls are gone! In a way, I’ll kind of miss them. K-UTE’s logo has included swirls for as long as I’ve been here. But for those of you who work in design, you can probably guess that the swirls were a massive pain. Plus, they muddled up the area around the logo and made it awkward to try and put on a dark background. This new logo was designed to be clean and streamlined.
  • We kept the dark charcoal color (#272727) from before. We really like this dark grey, and feel like it gives the logo an edge that a regular black just couldn’t. And that edge was important to us – K-UTE’s style has always been a little rough and colorful, even as it’s tried to be modern and innovative. We think the combination of Charcoal and Red does a good job portraying this. And we’ve added a softer grey (#E9E9E9) to our palette, for use as a background or to fill in lighter letters.
  • The Block U is no longer the most prominant part of our Logo. The big reason for this is to make us more distinguishable from all of the other organizations at the U, to call more attention to the K-UTE Brand. The Block U is still a part of our logo though – situated right on the microphone, to symbolize that we’re still the voice of University Students. We’ve also switched to using Utah Red to further emphasize our ties to the University Community.

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We’ll be releasing a style guide soon for press and partners who need to use our logo.

But let’s give a big thanks to the Talent that went into this logo design: first to our Sales Graphics Designer Alyssa Jorgensen, who laid the groundwork for the design direction, then to our own EJ Orschel, who came up with the design structure we liked, and finally to the amazing Cooper Ferrario, for doing the final polishing and making the logo exactly how it looks now. (Fun fact: On Cooper’s Website you can currently see one of the logo designs we didn’t go with. It’s still really good!)

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Let us know what you think of the new logo, either in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!

 

~~ The K-UTE Radio Directors Team

The Geekwave Episode 9: League of Legends World Championship 2015

If you like League of Legends, this episode is for you!

In Episode 9, we talk to Rizwan Mohammed and Sam Clark from the U’s League of Legends Student Association all about the upcoming World Championship match, which is happening TOMORROW!

Oh yeah, this is also Lee Neuschwander’s first episode as a member of The Geekwave Team! We’re really excited to have him on board and hope he can provide another perspective to the team.

You may notice that the sound on this episode is a little more raw. That’s because we were trying out our new Blue Yeti Microphone, which we hope to use more in the future for mobile recordings and game streaming. Obviously, it doesn’t sound quite as nice as K-UTE Radio’s Studio, but it sounds pretty good for a podcast microphone.

Be sure to check out the World Championship Viewing Party tomorrow morning!

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The Geekwave Episode 8: Star Wars Hype Train

Episode 8 of The Geekwave has a lot of Star Wars in it. So if you don’t like Star Wars…

Wait, why are you listening to this podcast?

All jest aside, though, we talk about things other than Star Wars. Like our big Halo 5 Pre-Launch Party on Monday. And the big League of Legends World Championship Viewing Party at the Megaplex Theater next Saturday. Both of which we’re doing with the UofU chapter of TeSPA, who’s website you can find here. That’s also where you can buy tickets to the viewing party (and the deal for TeSPA members is good enough that if you’re not a member, you should be.)

Other events happening this week:

Tonight at 5pm in the Library is the Heroes of the Storm Opening Social.

Tomorrow at 12:30pm is a Hearthstone Student Association Round-Robin Tournament.

Next Friday is Wear a Costume To School Day (Also known as the closest school day to Halloween.) We’ll be doing a Photo Contest for sweet prizes on our Facebook page!

Anime Banzai 2015

Greetings, Otakus! Solar here. This last weekend The Geekwave was invited to attend one of our favorite events of the year – Anime Banzai at the Davis Conference Center. Banzai is an event celebrating Japanese Manga and Anime, as well as Japanese video games and even American fandoms that tend to be followed by the same crowd. It’s held every year in mid-October (whenever the U’s fall break is, actually).

First off, several of you probably heard that we were recording an episode at Banzai this year and you might remember the awesome episode we did live from Banzai last year. We did record an episode, however due to some technical faults the files are completely unusable. These things happen sometimes, but I’m super bummed out that it had to happen on this episode. So I’d like to officially and sincerely apologize to the staff of Anime Banzai who helped us so we could do the recording, to Jelaire, who did an awesome job being my guest on the show, and to all of our fans who were looking forward to our anime episode. Rest assured that we promised you an anime episode, and you will get one.

Now, onto my review!

Banzai is, in my experience, the strongest community convention in Utah. I’ve been told time and time again that everyone helping organizing Banzai is a volunteer, and they do this because they love doing it. It’s the only convention I’ve been to where people come expecting to leave with 20 new friends. I suppose a good example of what I’m trying to say is the courtyard. There’s a big open area between the Davis Conference Center and the adjoining hotel, and every year this courtyard becomes a place for people to gather and hang out when they have down time between the convention activities. People go to the courtyard to meet people, dance, show off cosplay, and get up to crazy antics. At no other convention have I ever found a place where everybody goes just to hang out with other con-goers.

Anime Banzai is also one of the most cosplay-oriented conventions in Utah. Although let me be clear about that: You’re not going to find the professional cosplays of the 501st Legion or Laura Vamp here. What you are going to find is what seems like a ~90% cosplay rate, and some of the coolest amateur cosplays around. I’d probably venture to say this can be attributed in part to the dynamic character design inherent in Anime and JRPGs. Plus, Banzai doesn’t just have the big Cosplay Contest that every other convention has, they have many cosplay events. One that I attended this year was the Banzai Brawl, an event where teams of two cosplayers enter an RPG-style tournament, acting as their characters, choosing stats and powerup items, and then going up against other two-person teams. This year’s winners were a pair of characters from Final Fantasy VIII (a game that I sadly have not played… yet).

All that being said, there are times when its volunteer-driven nature shines through. Many con-goers often complain of bad organization, despite the fact that this convention is over 10 years old now. In my experience this year, my complaints were mostly geek-based and not really a problem with the convention itself. For example, this year’s Scavenger hunt was themed after The Legend of Zelda, however the organizer of the event showed a surprising lack of Zelda knowledge. When referring to cosplayers dressed as the Three Goddesses, she kept referring to them by their color, even after the crowd attempted to give her their real names. Also, one of the collectable charms was of a cuckoo, which was labeled on the sheet handed out to everyone as a Chicken. Which is totally something I can let slide, but if you’re going to give something a theme, it seems like using words from the theme’s vernacular is kind of a given.

Would I recommend Banzai? Absolutely. I had so much fun while I was there, from watching Anime in the viewing rooms to seeing people I knew from the U to watching an 8-foot-tall inflatable T-Rex cosplayer destroy a cardboard city in the courtyard. (That T-Rex is the star of many of the videos that have been posted to Banzai’s Facebook page this last week.) Banzai was the first convention I ever went to, actually, and I’ve gone every year since then.

Now, here’s the question that I know people want answered – Should I go to Anime Banzai or Salt Lake Comic Con? People hate it when people try to compare the two, and those people are justified. I’ve spent most of this article talking about Banzai as a self-contained entity, because all of the good things I’ve said about it are true. So you might understand why some people who have been going to and organizing Banzai for years (and other conventions, for that matter) are a little irate to see Salt Lake Comic Con pop up and become a mega-success. But as a neutral reporter, I’m going to be blunt with you: If you only have the money to go to one or the other, go to Comic Con. It has more things to do and see, more of that event feeling, and its tickets are only $10 more than Banzai’s. But know that you’ll be missing out. Banzai offers a convention experience that’s very different than Comic Con’s, and is especially unique if you are looking for a community of geeks that are really open to interacting with each other.

If you went to Banzai, leave us a comment about your experience. As for us, we’ll be looking forward to going back next year.