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.

While you might be a big online gamer, playing games like League of Legends and maybe even using one of the best lol boosting services to help boost your levels. But this game isn’t a very good game for multiple people to play against each other in, especially if they aren’t gamers too. This means 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.

Duck game gifts

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!

duck game mid game

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)

Announcement by Dr. Cassel.

This Saturday, December 12th Shwayze will be playing In The Venue. The duo composed of rapper Shwayze and Guitarist Cisco Adler sound like a toned down LMFAO with an acoustic guitar. Their music describes girls, summer days, and partying over relaxed beats with recent albums altering that same sound and making it poppier. Most known for the singles off their first album “Shwayze” namely the songs Buzzin’ and Polaroid. They’ve released several albums since then to varying degrees of success with variations of the same musical style. If you’re looking for a fun concert experience with some throwback songs come check them out Saturday. Grab a ticket here and I’ll see you there.

-Dr. Cassell

Here is Couple of their songs if your interested.

 

The Rostrum: “Reciprocity,” Filtering through the Noise, Part E

"Reciprocity," Filtering through the noise, Part E

Larger Beginnings 

Part E: Larger Beginnings

Where will Snapchat take the future of digital media culture? What are societal benefits of targeted engagement? How are digital networks changing life offline?
Texas-born, Avery Holton is a voice for “connectivity” at the U. His award-winning studies have recently identified a gap between personal identity and journalistic enterprise. Our conversation picks up at LNCO 2149, where personal identity, relationships, and media culture come together around the challenges of social media.

Geek Wish-List: Movie Sequels

What’s up, guys! It’s Lee Neuschwander again with your weekly dose of Geek Wish List. Last week, I mentioned how I was going to talk about some of the Geek related movies that need a sequel.

For as long as I can remember the geek community has always had mixed feelings about sequels to their most beloved movies. One of the biggest arguments concerns the Star Wars prequels vs Star Wars originals.

Star War Posters

Wallpaper created by Zoltan Simon

Others I’ve seen that got less than pleasant reviews have been the Jurassic Park sequels, The Matrix, Transformers, and a
hotly debated rash of Disney movies. Although I agree Disney should never have had made the Fox and Hound 2, dissing movie sequels is not my intent.

What I want to talk about are movies that deserve sequels, but didn’t get one due to a plethora of reasons. First, I think we’re all stocked to see Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory after such a long a wait. For once, it’s props to Disney on those two.

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Posters by ComingSoon

Now, getting to business. Some sequels I would love to see, but are not limited to, Wreck It Ralph, Zombieland, and of course, Pacific Rim. As a series, these films never really closed-off, and I believe a sequel would do really well.

To me, Wreck It Ralph was the first animated film that took video games as the influential media they are. Video games aren’t just sources of entertainment anymore. They are characters and stories that we’ve grown up with. As children, they taught us so many things.

In my opinion, a Wreck It Ralph 2 movie would be cool because we might see more iconic video game characters that weren’t in the first movie. I could totally see a movie based on what might happen if Wreck It Ralph was made into a console game, and thus, had a link to every other game out there. How would animators describe how multiplayer games function with all the players in the same place. I think it would produce an interesting sequel that would improve the franchise.

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Poster from IGN

Moving away from animated movies, Zombieland was simply hilarious. I loved how the movie took the zombie apocalypse and made it into what some might call a ‘heartwarming’ comedy. The show itself never really ended. SPOILERS: The last scene was just them driving away from the park.

The characters in Zombieland were so well developed for this style of movie that I can’t help but think the series didn’t go as far as it could. The fact that one of the primary characters valued Twinkies above most everything else alone makes this movie special. We still don’t know half the rules for the zombie apocalypse, and that’s valuable information this geeky human being needs. I think a movie where the group runs into another band of survivors would be really funny. It would also fill the Zombieland-shaped hole I found in my heart last Halloween.

Zombieland

Poster from freemovieposters.net

At last, we come to the sequel I want to see the most, Pacific Rim 2. I know many of you say Pacific Rim 2 shouldn’t have bene made, so why dare to make a second? To that I have but one comment. If they made Sharknado 2, they can damn well make a Pacific Rim 2. Obviously quality of story and actors don’t determine if a sequel gets made.

The main reason I want to see a Pacific Rim sequel is that it was pure entertainment. Whose inner nine year-old wasn’t ripping like mad when Gipsy Danger started used a tanker ship like a baseball bat to beat the Kaiju. With so many movies out that have hidden messages or meanings behind them, I want a movie whose sole purpose is to entertain my inner nine year old.

To that end, I propose Pacific Rim 2: Jaeger vs Godzilla. In such a story, the last, most powerful Kaiju, is left frozen on earth. After the rift was sealed it wakes up. Something along those lines would be superb. But, Godzilla man, how amazing would that be.

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Poster from Collider

Next week is Finals Week (cue horror music), but, I’ll still be here, talking about what I’d like to see in the new Star Wars movie that comes out on the 18th.  I can hardly wait. Until then, keep calm and Geek on, my friends.

 

The Geekwave Episode 14: The Dark Web

In this episode:

  • Solar attempts to record the episode while playing Hearthstone.
  • Logan and Lee take a nostalgia trip over Samurai Jack.
  • Lee gets scammed into selling a testicle.
  • Solar and Logan go halfsies on Star Wars Ice Cream.
  • Logan finds out how much his kidney is worth.
  • Solar gives horrendously wrong information about Bitcoin. (For the record, as of right now 1 bitcoin equals $362.51, not $10 like Solar seems to think.)

 

Be More Christ-like

CAMPUS

Helpful thought-food for new freshmen at today’s Orientation. Good Luck!  We also covered the UofU vs BYU basketball game where one of our players was stuck in the face by a deranged BYU player.  Very un-Christlike stuff.

LOCAL

E-coli outbrake from chicken salad bought from Costco.

NATIONAL

San Bernadino terrorist attack and work related violence sparking a coming change in gun laws and more control.

Remember to breathe.

 

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Where did all the World War II games go?

Not too long ago the United States fought in the Second Great War. It’s not uncommon to hear World War II characterized as the contribution of a generation. It’s also hot in video games.

Just what is it about those great games?

Call of Duty, the game that inspired a generation with Nazi zombies, is one of the most notable in the WWII genre. There’s also Red Orchestra 2, another fantastic, first-person shooter (FPS) example of an ultra-realistic World War II game. And, let’s not forget the Medal of Honor series, which seems to have completely fallen off the face of the earth.

Call of Duty: Your Finest Hour (callofduty.wikia)

Call of Duty: Your Finest Hour (call of duty: Your Finest Hour.wikia)

This epic, epic globe-spanning conflict is gold for gaming. There are really, really bad, bad guys, like Adolf Hitler for one thing. Secondly, this type of game offers ample supply of alternate story lines for different adventures. Erwin Rommel’s lost treasure is choice.

And, don’t forget about the numerous plots to assassinate Hitler. Also, talk about the characters. You got “Old Blood and Guts” General George S. Patton, General Montgomery, Eisenhower, Erwin Rommel, Joseph Goebbels, and the list goes on. So many great and bad, but all are interesting people who contributed to a world-shaking conflict.

I want those games back! Aside from Wolfenstein there is a huge absence of the Great Wars in the gaming world right now.

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Imagine what we can do with the technology available to us. Games are bigger, faster and prettier than ever before. But there hasn’t been a WWII game to utilize big battlefield technology. Imagine you’re a single soldier on a D-Day beach. Players swarm around you, as MG-42s flash in hillside bunkers, and the whole time you just need to duck and cover behind the tank blockade just ahead.

Massive battles with many players would allow for extravagant objectives and excellent teamwork—not to mention tanks! Who doesn’t love tanks? One of my favorite things to do is drive tanks in video games, and driving a German King Tiger would be icing on the cake. It would all be spectacular.

Panzer IV, Model WaW

Panzer IV, Model WaW (Google Images)

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem like such a spectacular idea to some people. Fast-pace, FPS games dominate the market with a tight niche in e-sports. This year’s Fall games lineup included sci-fi, and rapid competitive multiplayer games, like Halo 5 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Don’t get me wrong, I love those games. Competitive multiplayer and e-sports are great, and sci-fi is one of my favorite things ever. Still, we need balance. I want a deep, historical experience in an age of so much technology.

Red Orchestra, Rising Storm (SKIDKI)

Besides, World War II plays an extremely important role in American, and international history. Games are a great medium to teach this, especially when the details can be made historically accurate. I also feel games pay homage to the Americans who gave their lives to defend freedom we hold so dear. I also I fear a trend that forgets this world-changing event. Future video games may be the only way children get their history. History is super-important, because it shows us the mistakes we have made, so we don’t make them again.

For example, there is a very strong argument World War II could have been avoided if certain measures had been taken to reset the European balance-of-power to help Germany instead of punish her. But failure by political leaders to look at the past, guaranteed a second world war.

We need to examine history in order to create a brighter future, and perhaps, to avoid World War 3. Maybe a hugely complex World War II video game could help us get there.

– Ollie, Master of Stealth and Assassination

The Late News: Student Solidarity March

Two weeks ago there was a solidarity march on the UofU campus.  Hundreds of people, staff, faculty, and students participated.

They marched for people of color, and equality.

On this podcast, Nathan visits with us. He voiced concerns at the march and shared wisdom and thoughts with us for a while. Professors and faculty were there to hear a wide range of student concerns, from need for more resources to voices that need to be heard.  Students at the U wait to see what action takes place.

UofU football team is out of the playoffs with the loss last weekend.

National News has a world travel alert out due to terror threats.

Special shout out to Nathan for visiting the show today.