Happy 30th Metroid

Hello again everyone! As of August 6th the Metroid series has reached its 30th anniversary. It may not get as much love and attention as the other stars from Nintendo, but Metroid can hold its own.

When Metroid first released in 1986 the world was shocked to learn that the Samus was actually a female. A female who was just as capable of defeating space pirates and aliens as the male protagonists of the times. With her arsenal of rockets, bombs, grappling lasers, and Chozo inspired power suit she was Nintendo’s strongest female bounty hunter.

From www.dorkly.com by DANIEL MACGREGOR

From www.dorkly.com by DANIEL MACGREGOR

Over the course of Metroid’s 30 years the series has been made into a total of 13 different game titles. Throughout these titles Samus has shined as being the only feminine protagonist in Nintendo’s lineup to has such a strong fan base. A fan base that was passionate enough to chastise Nintendo on some of their less than stellar plot decisions at times. The greatest example being how in Metroid: Other M, Samus is relegated from being a strong leading female character to another helpless female character who needs a man to tell her what to do.

From metroid.wikia.com

From metroid.wikia.com

The game had Samus who had previously been an inspiring character who did whatever she wanted and made her seem uncharacteristically passive and afraid. Such as when she had to get Malkovich’s permission before using the Varia Suit or being terrified of an enemy that she’s defeated six times before (Ridley).

From metroid2remake.blogspot.com

From metroid2remake.blogspot.com

What I’m looking forward to is a new game for the Metroid series that takes Samus and pits her against the seemingly corrupt federation. What they plan on doing as far as the story goes isn’t really the most important thing to me. However, what is important is that they bring Samus back in a way befitting her character. I would like to see Samus taking up the mantle that the Chozo left for her and in doing so become an even more impressive character than she already is. In saying that though the Metroid franchise seems to be slowly dying off in favor of more lucrative game series such as Legend of Zelda, Mario, etc. The most promising prospect at this point is that such a game might be created or inspired by the fans who are taking it upon themselves to keep the series alive. Such as the AM2R(Another Metroid 2 Remake) project that was released for about four days after the 6th before Nintendo shut it down.

So with that, Happy 30th Anniversary Metroid and I look forward to seeing a great game from Nintendo in the future. So cross your fingers and Geekout!

 

The Geekwave Episode 47: To Hype or not to Hype

We’re back again and Lee starts off with his attempt at impersonating Logan while Kimmy gets really loud. The first stop is Chris’s review on the movie Suicide Squad followed by No Man’s Sky. Both movie and game have been riding a large hype train for the past few months, but do they deliver?

From movieweb.com

From movieweb.com

We talk about the new Joker and how it compares with the long line of Jokers. We talk about origin stories and then discuss the Killing Joke animated movie. After mentioning Mark Hamill’s time as the voice for the Joker we touch a little bit on Comic Con before getting into No Man’s Sky.

From www.ign.com

From www.ign.com

Chris starts off with how salty Xbox players have gotten with the release of so many interesting games coming out only for PS4. Kimmy and Lee go in depth explaining the games’ design and pondering where “Space Minecraft” might be heading. With the day one patch clearing the slate for the real deal the big question now is how long will the game last.

Chris and Lee end the show with a cheer for Ryan Reynolds feat of showing up at the showing of Suicide Squad as Deadpool. Until next time Geekout everyone!

Kakashi’s face revealed

Hello again fellow geeks! I know that I’m a tad late on the hype train, but I hope that you’ll forgive me. Roughly two weeks ago fan of the anime Naruto were finally rewarded with the anime’s reveal of Kakashi Hatake’s face. A mystery that has been in the minds of thousands for years.

From www.playbuzz.com

From www.playbuzz.com

The first reveal of Kakashi’s face was included in the book that was released at the opening of the Naruto exhibit in Roppongi, Tokyo on April 25. Since that moment fans have been anxiously waiting for the anime version of this great reveal. What makes this event so exciting is how since the very first time we see Kakashi’s character the question of what he looks like behind the mask has always been present, but never answered. Even when we got flashbacks to when Kakashi was a child we see that he still has the mask. No matter what kind of situation Kakashi has been in, the mask has always been a constant.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

What built up the reveal even more was how the show made the question of Kakashi’s mask a big deal in the anime itself. During the first seasons of Naruto back in the 90’s and early 2000’s the members of squad seven even ran their own special missions in an attempt to get Kakashi to take off his mask. In their attempt to find the truth squad seven tried to get him to eat food, take baths, and even give CPR. However, every time the universe seemed to go out of its way to keep the mystery a secret. In the end when the group simply came out and asked him to take off his mask he just showed them that under the mask was another mask.  After such an exaggerated and drawn out mystery the question of what was behind the mask became something of a community legend. We all knew it was coming, but never knew when it was going to happen.

From www.saiyanisland.com

From www.saiyanisland.com

If your a fan of Naruto and you’ve yet to see the great reveal I suggest you go and watch episode 469 for yourself and join the community hype. It’s fun to see how such a simple detail about a character has evolved into such a critical part of the show. I hope you will all join me again next week, until then I suggest you go see Suicide squad while its still in theaters I know I will be.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Hey guys welcome back! This week I wanted to give a quick non-spoiler review of the anime Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (wow that’s a mouthful). Seeing as how the season is rounding up on its last few episodes I thought I would give my opinion on the anime thus far. My first thought of this show was that it was almost like Erased, but with a fantasy twist in it. Boy was I wrong!

From rezero.wikia.com

From rezero.wikia.com

I will admit that the first few episodes do have a feel that resembles what I can only describe as SAO (Sword Art Online) without the “You die in real life” deal or a more serious version of Konosuba. I must say that the anime gave a very pleasant vibe for starters. However, as the show progressed the atmosphere of the show became less whimsical and started to get my curiosity going. It was about this time that the show picks up like a hurricane and you can’t stop wishing for the next episode to be released.

From www.t411.ch

From www.t411.ch

But, I did say that this review would be SPOILER FREE so I won’t go any further than saying that the show is totally worth the long run for a series that will most likely go for about 24 episodes. After looking into the history of the anime to see how long the manga ran for I found that It didn’t actually start as a mange. In one of the more interesting origin tales I found that Re:Zero actually started as a Web Novel in 2012. When I read this I though that all the riveting anime are coming from the web recently I.e. One Punch Man started as a Web Comic. After having finished 17 episodes so far I can fully understand how this anime went from being a Web Novel to popular anime in just under 7 years.

From alpha.wallhaven.cc

From alpha.wallhaven.cc

The biggest compliment that I can give this anime is the same reason why I would so highly recommend the series to new or veteran fans of fantasy and or mystery anime. That being how the characters in this series are exquisitely well crafted. From the main character to the support, the show boasts some of the more complete character designs that I’ve seen. I highly enjoy how the show broke the troupe of the nice guy MC that can’t do anything wrong in the eyes of the cast.What this anime does is use its MC as a means of unraveling a seriously complex plot line in a way that will leave you glued to your screen.

From rezero.wikia.com

From rezero.wikia.com

To end my little rant here I would give Re:Zero an 11/10. My reasoning for this is that in a medium that has recently become stuff full of predictable stories and even more predictable characters Re:Zero breaks the mold. When I watch this anime I never know how the story will change and I’m never bored. With that I’ll leave you with one more piece of information to serve as a teaser of sorts for those interested, but not yet hooked on this show. Episode 15 will leave you speechless, that’s a promise.

The Geekwave Episode 45: Ross Przybylski (Shh-bill-ski)

This week on The Geekwave we are joined by tech/game industry veteran Ross Przybylski. With 10 years of industry experience Ross knows what it has to offer and agreed to share some of that insight with us. During our interview Ross told us how he came about founding D20 Studios, becoming a video game designer, as well as giving advice to others who want to make it in the industry one way or another.

The interview started off with us trying to pronounce Ross’s last name which is not an easy feat. Afterwords, Logan asks more about D20 studios and the past success of its web and mobile game Hero Mages. This was Ross’s first attempt in his quest to give a bit of excitement in the “fleeting moments of time” such as when your waiting for your wife in the car with the kids. He explained to us how many indie studious have great ideas, but can’t decide which game they want to make first. Ross on the other hand was fixated on the idea of bring back the feelings of wonder that came with table top games such as D&D, Warmachine, and Magic The Gathering. Before moving on, Ross shared some of his core concepts for D20’s newest game Prophecies, still in the works, that aims at achieving this goal of giving those “fleeting moments” some of that bygone wonder.

In the next part of our interview, we discuss how Ross went from a technical writer for Adobe to the Director of Flash Development at Reflection Software and creator of the Indie Flash Blog. When we asked more about his blog he told us of his belief that information should be shared so that new designers and developers can take that information and create something new and better for the industry. It was this belief that lead Ross to make his video about “How To Start A Game Company” that is currently the first hit on Google for said topic. With the success of this video and an urge to give back the game community, Ross has recently decided to start a weekly You Tube series called How To Start a Gaming Company. Each week he addresses a different topic and gives solid, practical advice for developers and business owners.

The interview concluded with Ross sharing some parting information to beginning video game designers. Before he left the studio he gave us a quick quote about the role of a producer in the video game industry. Apparently he gets asked this question so often and since their is no correct answer, he has fun decided what to tell people each time, but this is what he told us.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this interview, have a great weekend, and geek out!

The Geekwave

The Geek Wish-List: Monster V Geek

Hello again everyone, to another Geek Wish-List. First off I want to thank everyone who still reads these blog posts I appreciate it a lot.

For this week I wanted to talk briefly on a game that , although not exactly new, I have found exceptionally entertaining. That game being Monster Hunter Generations. For me the Monster Hunter series has always been very fun because it’s one of the few games that makes you plan before you go into combat. Everything you choose can effect the ending result for your hunt, especially when you get into the higher tiered quests. Potions, items, weapons, or armor this game gives you so many options its crazy. With Generations bringing in new monsters and the new Hunter Arts and Skills this game just keeps getting better.

From www.nintendo.co.uk

From www.nintendo.co.uk

Another cool feature is how you can join together with your friends to take on creatures of ‘monstrous’ size. These kinds of monsters are usually end game content for the players who earn G rank in the guild. Although the grind for these monsters can get very tedious, depending on the difficulty, the reward is worth it. Some of the best moments in the game was when you finally beat those giant monsters with your friends. I think that this feeling is preserved with Generations and I look forward to being able to reach those G ranked quests with friends, eventually…

From www.tumbnation.com

From www.tumbnation.com

Next, what I want to discuss here is the sheer longevity of the Monster Hunter series. Generations is the most recent version of the series to make its way over to the US. However, it is most certainly not the first to grace the American market. Since the first edition of the game arrived in 2004 on the Playstation 2, the series has slowly been upgraded and perfected with each rendition. Generations is the eighth Monster Hunter game that has been made by Capcon. The fact that this game has been successful for eight different renditions is a feat in and of itself. What really fascinates me though is how this game with your typical 3DS level graphics has developed such an extensive fan base.

From www.gamefaqs.com

From www.gamefaqs.com

The best lesson that I learned from playing Monster Hunter is that graphics don’t necessarily mean a great game, look at Pokemon Snapshot. Sometimes even low graphic games can contend with the best of them when they have a good design to support them. I hope you guys enjoyed my rant, so until next time Geek-Out!

 

 

 

Geek Wish-List: Summer Anime Season

Welcome back everyone! this week I wanted to give my top three recommendations for the new wave of anime coming out. There are tons of anime coming out every season, but the ones that I’ve seen this season that are catching my attention are actually the continuations. The second season for quite a few anime that did well in the past are finally coming out this season.

The anime that I want to cover in this weeks rant include the second season of Shokugeki no Soma, D-Grey Man Hallow, and the newcomer Amaama to Inazuma. The reason for my recommendations are that these anime are both very well done and are very entertaining no matter what kind of anime you favor. As a footnote I recommend watching the first seasons of the second season anime before getting into the first two listed naturally.

From shumijin.deviantart.com by shumijin

From shumijin.deviantart.com by shumijin

First up is the food war anime Shokugeki no Soma. When the first season of this anime was released it became extremely popular. Not only for its quality use of etchi scenes, by quality I mean that they don’t interrupt or take away from the anime for no reason. As well as its ability to make you extremely hungry and want to start cooking right after an episode. The character development is masterfully done and the overarching plot is quite riveting. However, the part that makes this anime in my opinion, is how seriously the anime takes its cooking matches. This anime shines in its ability to get you super hyped for every Shokugeki that graces the screen. The way that the chefs become warriors and how the show makes eating the food so dramatic is so unique and entertaining. I would highly recommend this anime to fans of any genre looking for an anime to add to the list.

From www.zerochan.net by Zerochan

From www.zerochan.net by Zerochan

My second recommendation is the continuation of the D-Grey Man series D-Grey Man Hallow. This season picks up a couple of months after the ending of the first. In my personal opinion this anime is a must watch if you enjoyed the quality of drama and action that the first season had. It’s my prediction that this season will be answering many of the questions that fans were left with when the first season ended. I’m going to make this review slightly shorter than the last because although this anime doesn’t showcase any huge following like Shokugeki no Soma, what it does showcase is a very well crafted sequel to the first season. If you enjoyed the first season then this anime should already be in your line up of anime to watch this summer, period.

From animeholik.rssing.com

From animeholik.rssing.com

At last we get to the newly released anime that I’ll be watching this summer. Amaama to Inazuma is the story of a school teacher raising his daughter when he meets up with a student of his named Kotori that helps feed them due to his lack of cooking skills. Although the initial prediction of a school teacher getting into a romantic relationship with his student may seem odd I think that this anime will be a well needed change of pace among the recently popular anime. During my time watching anime I rarely watch shows that fall into the slice of life genre, mostly it’s because I don’t like the lack of action that keeps me entertained with anime. Yet, occasionally the rare anime will come out that just captures my attention. My first glance opinion about this anime is that it will provide a unique perspective for fans that are usually given a clear cut, almost cookie cutter, romance that could be predicted by any level of anime fan. I feel that this anime will instead include not so much as a romance between teacher and student, but rather show a fathers love for his daughter from Kotori’s point of view. With Kotori’s parents being absent in this anime I figure that she will fall in love not so much with the father as she will fall for the quality of parental affection that he gives his daughter. Affection that she is lacking in her life due to unfortunate circumstance. I would say that this anime has the potential to become a real heart warming, yet funny anime that fans will highly enjoy.

Well I know that this post was ridiculously long this time around, but I felt that I really needed to give a quality review for my top three picks for this season of anime. I really hope that I’ve peaked your interest in at least one of these anime. With that Geek-Out and I’ll hope to see you all next week!

Geek Wish-List: Good bye new friend

Hey guys it’s Lee Neuschwander with another week of the Geek Wish-List. For this week I wanted to write something of a eulogy for Magicka : Wizard Wars. For those who have never heard of the game before, Magicka: Wizard Wars was a spin-off title of Magicka from Paradox. In this game they took the crazy combat from the Magicka games and put into a PvP format. The game itself had great gameplay and the insanity of mixing and matching magic for different spells was very unique and well designed. However, sadly the game didn’t stand the test of time and will not be with us much longer.

From ravepad.com

From ravepad.com

First off I want to state that I bought this game during the summer sales on steam this year. So all of my opinions about this game are based off 3 hours of gameplay. However, despite my lack of time spent in game I’m completely serious when I say that I love this game. With that said I’m especially downtrodden to inform you all that the game will be terminated as of July 21st of this year. The game was released on May 27th of 2014 and was  enjoyable while the game was functional. Sadly, the games population has plummeted to the point were the wait time for a simple 1v1 duel has become akin to the loading screen for Skyrim and Bloodborne.  In addition attempting to gather players for the full 4v4 game modes has become practically impossible.

From pixelperfectgaming.com

From pixelperfectgaming.com

When I first learned that this game was terminally ill I felt like a part of me had died. Even though I didn’t play the game back in its prime I really enjoyed it. Within the first 30 minutes of playing this game I could see why it was so enjoyable. With its crazy gameplay and witty humor I was addicted to the game almost immediately. Yet, what really got me hooked on this game was the references to other geek media. My favorite of these references were The Spear of Longinus, Mulnier, and the Grey Wizard’s Staff. Other references included The Sword of Masters(Master Sword), Blightgrief(Frostmorne), and Fire Longsword +1(take your pick).

Spear

Another great feature of the game that I can’t praise enough was its sense of humor. This shown particularly well in its descriptions of weapons and spells. Such as the descriptions on the the “Ember Staff” that read ” The old fire mages thought that if you burned your skin for long enough the flames would cease to hurt you. After years of rigorous training they all died.” or “Gungnir” that said “A spear imbued with magical properties, enabling it to fly without ever stopping. After the first weapon test it was forever lost. The next model got upgraded with a fetching system.” Such witty takes on old legends and fantasy concepts made the game really shine.

From www.wizardwars.com

From www.wizardwars.com

In the end the part that really got to me was a  description of the game that I read on Steam that talked about how great the game was, but warned people not to download it because you would just be falling in love with a terminally ill game. To me this was the saddest thing that happened to the game. The fact that despite the game to be getting great reviews like that yet, still be marked for death was a tragedy as far as I’m concerned as a gamer.

From wall.alphacoders.com

From wall.alphacoders.com

With that my eulogy slash rant is over. I hope to see you all next week, until then Geek Out and R.I.P Magicka: Wizard Wars its been a short, but equally amazing ride.