Geek Wish-List: Future story concepts

Hello again Geeks, happy 4th of July, this is the Geek Wish-List and today I want to talk about a very interesting concept.

When watching, reading, or even creating a story this thought may cross your mind, what happens when the journey ends? Most people either leave the thought alone and be happy with the story or try to come up with some kind of fan-fiction. Now, you know me and I’m always up for some good fan art, but I wish that more creators would continue their stories. As it stands, the only story that has really taken this idea and ran with it has been Naruto. On a side note if you are a fan of Naruto and have not yet seen The Last or The Boruto movie I suggest you do (NarutoXHinata FTW).

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

In my personal opinion the magnum opus of fan art is of the hero in a position that shows them having reached a goal or mile marker. Some examples of this are Naruto as Hokage, Midoriya as the number one hero, or even fan made goals like Ichigo becoming a captain of the 13 court guard squads. Truly the idea of seeing a character you’ve bonded with for so long in a position that they have striven for is very satisfying. However, what I really want to see is not just pictures of this scenario, but rather a complete story line.

From www.pinterest.com

From www.pinterest.com

www.pinterest.com

www.pinterest.com

What I wish for is a full production quality story of what happens when the hero becomes the mentor, or the legend that the new hero aims to best. For starters I could totally see team R.W.B.Y from Rooster Teeth’s RWBY teaching a newly graduated team of hunters/huntresses from Beacon. Weiss would be that big sister figure while Ruby and Yang act like show offs competing to be the better role model; with Blake standing in the background as the mysterious one that helps the young team with trauma. Another plot could be what happens in the One Piece anime once Luffy becomes the King of the Pirates.

From www.pinterest.com

From www.pinterest.com

However, this kind of feature isn’t limited to anime or books and the likes. As a gamer, the best sequel to a game that I have ever experienced was Pokemon Gold. For those of you who have not yet beaten Pokemon Gold, you poor deprived soul, this story will give you the push to do so. After you beat all gym leaders and the elite four you can go to Mt Silver and face off against the trainer from the previous game. For a gamer this was the pinnacle of accomplishment for the Pokemon Gold and Silver games. After having fought and struggled through the second game you get the chance to beat the legend that you had become in the first game. Not only did this trick give you the satisfaction of beating your “previous self”, but you also saw that your previous character had reached that goal of being the very best, like no one ever was.

I hope you all enjoyed my geek out session. Also if you have any ideas of some epic fan fiction ideas like the ones above please feel free to share them. I would really enjoy reading what you guys wish would happen in the Geekdom. Until next week Geek-Out!

The Geekwave Episode 39: Dreams of E3

Hello Geeks!

We hope you enjoyed E3 as much as we did. This week on The Geekwave we talk about our favorite games demoed this year at “Geek3” eh eh, no… ok. While Logan is out Kimmy, Solar, and The Neuschwanderer will be your guides for all the new game announcements.

So many games were released and teased at E3 this year that we could never cover them all, but here it goes. Some of the games that we wanted to talk about include Horizon Zero Dawn, Halo Wars 2, Dead Stranding, For Honor, Sea of Thieves, Titanfall 2, Final Fantasy XV, God of War 4, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Gears of War 4 to name a few.

The episode starts with a moment of silence and a word from Solar about the shooting at Orlando. The Geekwave wants to let you know how we feel about this horrible tragedy. As well as the death of our fellow Geek Christina Grimmie. They may be gone, but they will forever remain in our hearts.

Afterwords we talk about Sony’s sweeping performance at E3 and Sony’s new VR gear. Next up to bat is the beautiful Horizon Zero Dawn  and how The Witcher’s Gwent is getting its own game. Everyone want to be like Hearthstone now, don’t they…link to register for the beta right here.  Later, Lee reminisces his childhood with the Gears of War series, while Kimmy and Solar have a moment over the new footage for the Legend of Zelda game.

Finally, we wrap up the episode with our most anticipated games from E3. With E3 coming to an end and the Summer Steam sales looming, we at The Geekwave wish your wallet the best of luck and a speedy recovery. Geekout!

-The Geekwave

Geek Wish-List: The new world of Modding

Hey guys welcome back to the Geek Wish-List. This week I want to rant about how game mods have finally come to consoles.

No longer will the PC master race lord sole use of game mods over our heads. Instead they will just have to lord over the truth that the PC has more mods and that they look better. Sorry guys, but there is only so much that console fans can be happy about at any given time.

Moving on to the good news. Earlier this year Bethesda released the creation kit for Fallout 4 and with it came the introduction of Fallout 4 mods for Xbox. Bethesda also said that PS4 will be getting their own mods soon. Although its rumored that they had to postpone due to legal reasons with Sony. But fret not for soon both consoles will be able to have the Buzz Lightyear’s power armor mod.

From www.gamesradar.com

From www.gamesradar.com

I am personally very happy that those of us with consoles can now enjoy the art of modding our games. Up until this point the only way that gamers could mod their games was by having a PC and visiting the nexus. However, now that the creation kit is out I’m so excited to see how much I can mod my Fallout 4 before it decides to die on me. The mods that I’m wishing for them to carry over the most are some of Elianora’s house mods as well as some graphic mods like those in the Fallout 4 Seasons Project.  Most of all though I want the Better Settler mod by Thom293 and a mod that allows me to get rid of Preston Garvey for obvious reasons.

From gamerant.com

From gamerant.com

The only issue that I have with the flood of new console mods coming out is that I’m really not sure which ones to pick. There are soooooo many mods out there that are extremely good, like the ones that I listed above. However, for every great mod there is an equally less than desirable mod or two. Which is why many people will take the advice of mod reviewers. My personal favorite reviewer is MXR, who has made hundreds of videos reviewing some of the best mods I’ve every seen. So I really hope that MXR will point out some of the good Xbox One mods in his future videos.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

With that my work here is done, or at least I hope it is, and that you are now surfing the web to find more game mods. Next week I’ll hopefully be talking about some games that we could be streaming in the future. However, that is still under discussion right now so I’ll be waiting for that information and let you know next week. Until then peace out and enjoy your week.

Geek Wish-List: Game Con 2016 Part 2

Welcome back to the Geek Wish-List guys. I hope you all had a great weekend. Over the course over the past few days The Geekwave has been doing our best to keep you up to date on Gaming Con this year. While we were there our crew managed to get some epic prizes from our connections at Fresco Press that we gave away. But, getting down to business let’s talk about what went down at Salt Lake City Gaming Con 2016.

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

The first thing that I want to talk about is how surprised I was to see so many board games set up on the con floor. Usually when I think of gaming my mind goes straight to video games. However, at the con I would dare to say that there were more board games present than video games. It was somewhat unfortunate that I didn’t get enough time to play any of the board games that I found, but i’m looking forward to playing some of them later this year. Walking around the floor talking to the multitudes of different gamers at the con, or more accurately listening to Logan talk to said gamers, I found that the gamers in Utah are so much more varied in their interests than I ever could have conceived myself. I admit that I found the experience very exciting and look forward to broadening my horizons as a gamer as a result.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

From forums.tigsource.com

From forums.tigsource.com

Yet, at heart I know that no matter what kind of games I play in the future I will always love video games above all the rest. Which is why I was so happy to have gotten to play all the indie games that were being showcased at the con. Two of my favorites out of these demos were, but are certainly not limited to, “We Need  to go DEEPER”  and “Crashnauts”. Both of these games were created by the developers partnered with the Utah Games Guild. What I loved about these games was how creative they were and just how much fun they were to play. What I really enjoyed was looking at these games and thinking that one day I’m going to be the one that’s creating games like these. Though I just relished in the fun of getting to play with and against my friends while playing these two works of art.

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Last but not least, I want to show some of the fantastic cosplay that I was privileged enough to see at the con. First of all I did not get as many pictures as I would have liked to, but I still managed to get some of the good ones none the less. In my opinion two of the best cosplay that I found included the one of Rex from Mass Effect 2, as well as a Warrior version of Zelda. Both of them were very high quality and instantly made me stop to take their picture.

I wish that I could talk to guys more about how much fun Gaming Con was however that would take far, far too long. Thus we arrive at the end of this weeks’ Geek Wish-List. I hope you all enjoyed our content from the con and look forward to all the good stuff coming later this summer!

Geek Wish-List: Game Con 2016

Welcome back Geeks for another week of the Geek Wish-List. Today I wanted to tease you guys about our upcoming trip to Game Con 2016. The con itself will be going on from June 2nd through the 4th at the South Town Expo Center.

The Con will be hosting tons of tournaments on the floor as well as a gamer related cosplay event. During these festivities The Geekwave will be there to provide you with all the content we can muster. Some of the events that I’m really excited for are the cosplay event, as well as, the Halo 5, League of Legends, and Rocket League tournaments. However, what I’m really wishing for is to have enough free time to really enjoy the festivities as a fellow Geek and gamer.

From u92slc.com

From u92slc.com

Speaking of being a gamer I’m excited to see how many people show up for the tournaments at the Con this year. Last year, a lot of people were unfortunately not able to play many of the popular games, due to the fact that there was a software issue. As promoters and event organisers didn’t want to lose out on profit and dealing with unhappy customers, they found out that all they had to do in order to resolve this was to look into nvidia driver issues, as this was the reason for performance issues during the tournaments. Hopefully, the tournaments there will have a better showing than at Comic Con. This year there will be a total of seven different games being played. Out of those seven the ones I want to see the most are the LoL and Halo 5 tournaments. Partially because those are the only games that I’m somewhat good at, but also because those two are the only ones I don’t mind watching instead of playing.

From www.overwatchfrance.com

From www.overwatchfrance.com

Personally when it comes to Cons in general my favorite part is the cosplays. I love it when you walk onto the floor and you start to see your favorite characters walking through the halls. To be completely honest there is no other feeling like it. I’m really looking forward to the different kinds of cosplay that I’ll see there vs. what I’ve seen at other cons. However, my biggest hope is that people will be walking around in their new Overwatch cosplay. I’m looking forward to seeing how many of the characters have been brought to life since its release on the 24th.

I hope you guys enjoyed the tease. I apologize for it being shorter this week. However, with The Geekwave planning out our schedule I have been a little busier than usual. With that, plan on seeing more about Game Con in the coming week and Geek-out.

 

 

Geek Wish-List: Star Citizen

Hello again geeks and nerds and welcome to another week of the Geek Wish-List. I’m sure some of you have already heard about this game before, but some of you might have not. So before I start this list let me give a brief run down on what Star Citizen is.  Also if you want to skip my rant and do your own research, there is a link to their home page right here. 

For those of you who haven’t heard of Star Citizen yet let me be the first to say that you are missing out. Star Citizen is a 100%, yes 100%, crowd funded game that has earned the title of the 100 Million dollar game, take a gander through their official funding page here.  Star Citizen is a very ambitious space sim that plans on having an entirely functional persistent universe. The Verse , as they call it will consist of dozens of star systems and planets for players to play in and explore. However, what really impresses me is that the game will allow seamless transition from space flight to atmosphere; an impressive technological feat if ever I saw one.  Now I could go on all day just listing off all the features that Star Citizen plans on implementing, but then it wouldn’t be much of a wish-list now would it.

From conceptships.blogspot.com

From conceptships.blogspot.com

So now that I have peeked your interest, here is what  I’m looking forward to and what I hope will happen. One of my favorite features is also the newest. released about 7 months ago Repairs. Now I don’t know about you, but the idea of being a space mechanic with a huge flying garage sounds like fun to me. If you’re  thinking that sounds weird you might be right, but look at this way. The part of Star Citizen that I find the most enjoyable is how it allows such a high level of interaction with every ship inside the game. Now I don’t have the time or the money to go out and buy every ship in-game, however as a mechanic I don’t have too. So what better way of getting to see multiple ships without buying them than being the mechanic that fixes them. Topping it all off, I can make some in-game cash to boot. For an in-depth explanation on the repair system use this video, I found it very helpful.

From www.pinterest.com

From www.pinterest.com

So to if you haven’t guessed already my current wish for Star Citizen is to give us a ship that works like the Crucible, with a smaller price tag. This will be ideal for people who might not be willing to wait long enough to buy the Crucible with in0-game credits or blow real money on the ship. Either way though I’m really looking forward to playing with a repair system that doesn’t just involve pointing a blow torch at a vehicle and waiting for voodoo to fix things. The only problem that I have with the design of the system is the 2 different roles for repairs. I enjoy that the job will require cooperation, however I don’t like having the possibility of two people messing up instead of one. That being said If I find a good partner in crime, I would love to play the role of mechanic. Be that for a player organization or freelance, maybe even both.

From tfcshq.com

From tfcshq.com

I hope you guys like what you’ve learned here, I know I had fun looking deeper into Star Citizen. Until next time stay classy and I’ll see you all next week for another Geek Wish-List.

Geek Wish-List: Hyper Detailed Games

Welcome back beautiful readers for another Geek Wish-List. I wanted to take this week to discuss how video games are becoming extremely detailed and complex, more importantly I also want to discuss how I would like this trend of detail and complexity to continue.

With the increase in graphics and memory space, games with  extreme graphical detail have become very common. However, I don’t have the space here to reference every detailed game out there. So I’m going focus on the ones I’ve been looking at recently, Total War Warhammer, Battlefleet Gothic Armada, and Battlefield 1.

Image from www.gamewatcher.com

Image from www.gamewatcher.com

What I find really interesting about these games is the sheer level of detail and how all these elements don’t degrade their performance. If we look at the Total War series as a whole it has always been known for having great detail. Yet the games detail isn’t limited to looking good. but also a high level of detail in how units interact in different in-game situations. One example of this interaction is how Total War allows you to charge into the flanks of the enemy to break formation. Similarly how of Battlefield series allows massive battles with up to 60 players, seamlessly. This concept of having games that are both highly detailed as well as complex in their mechanics is what I find so interesting.

Image from www.battlefleetgothic-armada.com

Image from www.battlefleetgothic-armada.com

Having learned how much work goes into creating simple games with minimal graphics and complexity I’m awestruck on the technological feats of today’s video games. My wish is for features from games such as Battlefleet Ghost Armada, where each unit can be upgraded individually, are introduced into large scale battles with Total War level of complexity.

Image from www.psx-sense.nl

Image from www.psx-sense.nl

I know that the concept might be hard to visualize so let me help break it down a bit more. What I’m wishing for is for games to include the following features. First off, I want video games to have models that are not only graphically detailed, but also interact with their surroundings. The next feature I want implemented is for these units to have detailed customization and upgrade options. Last of all I want all these game models to be included in large scale maps. The ending result would be games that include amazing graphical detail and enough complex interactions to make the game feel as if it’s a functioning world in and of itself.

Image from starcitizen.wikia.com

Image from starcitizen.wikia.com

In my personal opinion what I would love to see is a game where large scale conflict can be flawlessly affected by small scale conflict. To help visualize this feature I came up with a game scenario of my own design. As a player you are flying a massive battle cruiser against an enemy space station. They are firing dozens of cannons at you and vice versa. After getting within range you send in troops via boarding pods and they proceed to fight in first person combat. After your troops destroy the shield generator they Evac from the station before your cruiser unleashes its finishing salvo.  The glory of this being that your fight, which is able to stand as a match by itself, is only part of an even larger scale battle ranging across the battlefield.

With that my wish-list for the week is done and I will hopefully see you all again next week.

Geek Wish-List: Overwatch Open Beta

Hey guys its Lee Neuschwander again with your weekly dose of the Geek Wish-List. Today I want to share my opinions on the Overwatch Beta.

Some of the things that I’ve really enjoyed thus far are the character designs and the customization options for the characters. However, after playing around for a while I also found two flaws. One being in my opinion more ugly or just annoying than it is bad, while the other is just straight-up bad.

The Good:

From glemda.com

From glemda.com

One thing I can’t get enough of is that each character in Overwatch is so well designed and that it makes me jump for joy inside. I love how Blizzard has made these characters come from very diverse backgrounds and how their design shows off their nationality. Many of the characters occasionally speak in their native tongue be that French, German, or even Japanese. Being of German descent one of my favorites is Reinhardt says “Precision German engineering” when talking about his suit. This tickles my funny bone because whenever my family talks about cars or other machines, there’s a high chance of a joke about German engineering coming into play.

From www.overpwn.com

From www.overpwn.com

The other thing I like is all of the customization that you have for each character. Each character has different skins, voice lines, emotes, sprays (which I still can’t work right), victory poses, and heroic entrances. The best of these being the sprays which feel like they were designed with the community in mind. The best example is one of Reaper’s  sprays where he says “Keep Calm and Reap On”. Another feature I love is the that you can customize the heroic entrances. So when you have the play of the game you really get to show off your character in a cool way.

The Bad and the Ugly:

From www.overpwn.com

From www.overpwn.com

There were two things that made me cringe while playing this game. One is how Overpowered Bastion is in the beta and the second is how you slide of the roofs if they are slanted in any way. If you’ve played the beta at all, I’m sure that you’ve found out by now that Bastion’s turret mode will almost always get the play of the game. The other part being how when I try to be sneaky while on the roof tops, I keep finding spots where I slide off. Simply put, it’s a pet peeve of mine when I stop on the roof and ungracefully slide off into enemy fire.  Both are personal complaints and do not break the game for me, however they are complaints just the same.

This is all the time that I have, I hope that you have enjoyed my opinions about Overwatch and I look forward to sharing more of my opinions with you guys down the road. Until then enjoy the Open Beta, I know I will be.