Darth Talon (WIP) By Aphrodite, DeviantArt.com

Geek Wish-List: STAR WARS Hopes & Dreams

THE GEEKWAVE AWAKENS

Hey, this is Lee Neuschwander, with this week’s “last hope” for all things Geek. Better late than never. It’s only 3 days until the new Star Wars movie hits theaters, and I know, all of you are as excited as I am. I’m here to talk about things I really want to see in the highly anticipated, The Force Awakens. First, I’ll talk about more realistic things I want to see, and then, we’ll head into the Wish-List.

Two of the biggest characters in the extended Star Wars universe have always been Han and Leia’s kids, Jacen and Jaina. I’d like to see a glimpse of the heroes from the extended universe that embody the Star Wars franchise. At the very least, I want Disney to reference these characters instead of completely writing them out of the Star Wars universe.

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Solo Twins, Jaina and Jacen (starwars.wikia.com)

My other hope is to see more legitimate lightsaber fights. Looking at the trailers for the past few months gives me the notion, that Finn’s lack of training and skills won’t provide satisfying force combat. Now, I know the Force in this universe is more legend than anything else, but I still hope Finn doesn’t splash around, like a magikarp when he faces off against Kylo Ren.

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Finn (theguardian.com)

The other two things I expect to see in the new movie are tons of droid shenanigans, and Stormtroopers who can’t hit shit. These are two things I’m confident won’t be left out of the movie. I want to make a point here, by saying a certain baseline must be met for a film to be a good Star Wars movie.

Two of the most important parts are, insanely inaccurate storm troopers and droid banter.

Now, the cannon stuff is out of the way, I’ll jump into the good stuff. In the past few years, I’ve really gotten into Star Wars lore. I’ve found that characters like Darth Talon and Boba Fett receive much more love from the Star Wars fans than other characters in the franchise. For example, just check out the staggering amount of Boba Fett and Darth Talon Cosplay.

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Darth Talon (dleoblack on deviantart.com)

I would love to see Darth Talon referenced somewhere in the next 3 movies. I don’t really care which movie it is, so long as I get to see Darth Talon on the big screen one of these days. For those of you who don’t know, Darth Talon is a Star Wars Legacy character. More specifically, Talon was one of The Hands who worked for Darth Krayt. She is depicted as a red Twi’lek with Sith tattoos given to her by Krayt.

Darth Talon also kidnapped, and then trained Cade Skywalker in the Dark Side of the Force before leaving the Sith. My point is, although Darth Talon doesn’t enter the story until 137 ABY, I would really like to see respect given to the extended universe, which is all but suspended in the new movies.

Well, I know this week’s rant was shorter than the last one, but with the new movie coming out on Friday, the Geekwave hype as been non-stop, 24-7. I hope you all have tickets ready, and will be joining us for the first viewings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Seriously guys, I’m head to toe psyched right now.

Next week, I’m ‘gonna talk about show ideas I think are worth making. For starters, maybe an anime anti-hero will MC…

REVIEW: In The Shade by Aspen Grove

What do you get when you cross Pink FloydGodspeed You! Black Emperor, and Salt Lake City? A fantastic local band called Aspen Grove! Aspen Grove, the band formally known as Archeopteryx makes some dang good music! This album is full of soothing vocals, bad ass instrumentals and radical chord progressions. Only three songs long this album has a soul behind it and you can here the passion in every bar.  It’s not every day that I get blown away by local bands but this one has something special. Even though at times the band has a tendency to vamp for a little to long it moves at a quick enough pace to keep me from having to strain my ears to enjoy it.  Most measures build on the last and it climax’s and melodic restitution’s kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good local album 9/10!

Listen to there album or download it here!

HOLY SMOKES THERE’S SOME GOOD MUSIC BEHIND THIS LINK!

Crisol | Origins In Latin American Film

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Crisol | Free Latin American Film Series, March 14-April 3, 2015

U film & media arts student, Karem Orrego, Founder of Crisol Film Initiative

U film & media arts student, Karem Orrego, Founder of the Crisol Film Initiative

CRISOL | “DIFFERENT, TOGETHER”

The Rostrum catches a few minutes at the Union, with Karem Orrego, founder of the new experience in Latin American Film, CRISOL. Busy with finals as we all are, Karem generously shares a glimpse of how CRISOL got started—a beginning that connected an amazing assortment of cultures, people, partnerships and interests. CRISOL’s FILM LIST.

At the Urban Arts Gallery opener, one of the many attendees wrote on the interactive mural, “Crisol means, being different together.”

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    Crisol founder Karem Orrego.

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    Her creation is a new intercultural film experience.

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    Karem had a smile for every answer.

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    “I like to do things Big.”

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    Orrego’s first award-winning film was the documentary, Memoirs of My Father.

The Vet Set is Betty Bryant’s Favorite New Show

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The Vet Set host, veteran and student of history teaching at the U, Andrea Bryant (Coxswain)

The Vet Set

The Vet Set is here to share the value of veteran culture, hosted by veteran Andrea Bryant, a student of history teaching at the U. She’s also Betty’s daughter who’s the show’s biggest fan. The correspondent part comes later. These are humorous and endearing stories from University of Utah veterans, who they are, and how they served. Enjoy a few smiles with Andrea, and former Specialist in the National Guard, student of Communication, Capoeria dancer, and “green” entrepreneur, Keith Blanc.

THIS WEEK’S VET

Keith Blanc. Communication, University of Utah. Former Specialist, National Guard

Keith Blanc, Communication, University of Utah. Former Specialist, National Guard

The Geekwave Episode 15: Return of the Claire, Attack of the Kelby

RED ALERT: We are 6 days away from the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Today’s episode is all about the new movie, the books leading up to the movie, our opinions about the old movies and the theories about the new canon, and everything STAR WARS. Solar, Logan, and Lee are joined by special guests, Geekwave Alumni Claire Heman and Kelby George. ALSO, a special guest appearance from our old friend, Harison Ford! This is one you don’t want to miss.

Also check out:

Solar’s Article in the Chronicle about Geek Week

The Hearthstone Tournament Tomorrow

The League of Legends All-Star Viewing Party on Sunday

 

Brunch With U: Cultural Collides For The Holidays

Campus News:

More info on the upcoming bowl game.  Ideas for the break from school.  Highlights from the Chronicle.

Local news:

Violent crimes are on the up because more people are high on heroine.

National News:

More about how well Trump is doing despite his comments. Information on Bo, who deserted his unit to join the enemy in Afghanistan, then was released 5 years later in exchange for 5 top Taliban leaders,  one whose been confirmed as returning to fight against the U.S, and it’s allies.

“Have a great break, a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year”

— Brunch With U
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Brunch With U: Good vs Bad

Campus News: UofU vs BYU upcoming Dec. 19 game, at the Vegas Bowl.  The good UofU faces off against bad BYU.  Food for thought: Tips for finals.

Local News: Utah holiday ideas worth your time to go and enjoy.

National News: Trump takes the stage again, with comment about not allowing more Muslims into the country until our government figures out whats going on with radical terror.

World News: Beijing sends out first red alert due to air pollution and smog.

Multiplayer Games To Help Survive The Holidays

Christmas is time for hanging with the Fam, drinking hot coco, and watching strange and depressing Christmas movies with Grandma on Lifetime television. The latter may just be me, but it’s still a time to hang out with family and remember how much you love that strange uncle, or the crazy lady who always shows up to family reunions even though she’s not really part of the family.

The best way to survive these crazy weeks of family cheer is to breakout dank local-multiplayer games, and show them your hidden competitive side, a mix between a Velociraptor and a non-racist Donald Trump.

Donald Trump on Velociraptor (NinetyMilesfromTyranny.blogpost.com)

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas brawl or Battle Royal? And, without a doubt some intense and competitive couch multiplayer games can create such fun opportunities. Here is a compilation of games I recommend, or if you want a silent night, then I definitely don’t recommend it.

The first is for the aerial members in your family. It incorporates everything good about Christmas, including destruction, guns, presents, explosions, rooftops and roasted ducks. The most important game mechanic, however, is its name. That’s right, it’s called Duck Game.

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This game could have another name…

Duck Game is for family members who really like to get quacking on Christmas morning when the gifts are bestowed from under the tree. Just be careful, because as Duck Game teaches, not everything inside presents is good. There are worse things than coal.

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 Literally, a spartan laser.

Duck Game is about as much fun as Christmas morning, provided everyone is a non-flying angry duck. All players receive a variety of very dangerous toys!

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The key to success lies in the Upper Right-hand room

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Look, as I spread Christmas cheer, burning ducks for all to hear. (cue evil Laugh)

Next up, it’s a game that isn’t dark, contrary to its name. In fact, it’s a rather light-hearted, historical reenactment of what goes on in the kitchen every holiday season. That is, if mashed-potatoes were crossbows, and roasted turkeys were laser guns. It’s Knight Squad.

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Knight Squad!

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Domination rocks!

This game embellishes on the scene from Shrek that parody’s Cops. But, Knight Squad is more like, Knight SWAT!

Whole new pepper spray.

Knight Squad is true craziness because it forces players to stab and shoot their way to glory. The numerous modes aren’t’ bad either, especially when you play soccer with a giant bolder.

Now the Bolder Puzzle is Going too Far (reddit.com)

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Instead of jousting, they play soccer.

The best thing about Knight Squad is that it supports 8-players, so, you can also include that lady who shows up at family events. It’s great because in the end, Knight Squad makes everyone angry, so no one is the odd duck.

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Survival of the Knightiest.

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Trap!

More fun can be had if you pretend the Red Knight is Santa Clause. Make Santa the Juggernaut, and give him a freakin’ mini-gun. This is as close as we get to a video game version of Weird Al Yankovic’s song, The Night Santa Went Crazy.

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Rampage!

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The game where Santa goes crazy.

Next, on my weird list of strange games, is the cheating game. It’s best for family members who just can’t help themselves, or the friends who make you so angry when you’re playing Halo split-screen. Oh wait, you can’t do that anymore. The name of the game is Screencheat.

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Rag doll love.

This is the only game where cheating won’t get you repeatedly shot in the face with a Nerf gun. Everyone is invisible. In order to You must look at an opponent’s screens to find out where they are. The best part is, the maps are a bunch of crazy beautiful colors, like my Grandma’s fruit-cake, so locating opponents is easy.

It’s is also great if you’re trying to understand someone else’s perspective…literally. Added bonus, you can kill opponents with a rocking horse. If there’s a small child in your house, this is the only plausible option for after game fights.

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Games are often close.

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Always sass, with each death.

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Invisible prey to stalk.

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FIREWORKS

Finally, the game I’ve been punched over, TowerFall Ascension. Everyone can be an archer, which really helps other players get the point, and it’s just as much fun as arrow roulette. This game turns hours into minutes, and friends into werewolves. It’s fast, it’s frenetic, and you’ll never value an arrow so much.

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Santa’s workshop is full of more maps than elves, and more modifiers than the average number of bulbs on an American Christmas tree. You can be a ghost as you enjoy sweet, sweet revenge. (Cue evil laugh, again)

Explosions! (www.towerfall-game.com)

What’s in the Chest? (www.gamespot.com)

The purple person is about to get hit by her own arrow. (www.polygon.com)

I hope you enjoyed the list. These games are chaotic, and meant to relieve the holiday stress. Grab them, and give your family a few Christmas games that keep on giving.

Remember, be cautious when opening your gifts ’cause you never know what’s inside. Unless you look, in which case, you’re on the naughty list anyway, and you’ll probably get coal.

Happy Holidays, “quack, quack.”

 — Ollie, Master of Stealth and Assassination (ducks out)