The Booket List Episode 16: Storytelling and Video Games!

Hey Everyone!

On this episode of The Booket List we’re discussing the dynamic between Storytelling and Video Games. As y’all know, this months read is “Halo: Contact Harvest”. Which is in fact based on a video game character! Join us as we discuss storytelling within the world of video games.

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The Booket List Episode 15: We’re Back!!

Hey Everyone! We are so excited to be back on campus this week to start off our spring semester! Tune in to this week’s episode to hear about the different books all the hosts read over break, and hear the results of Kimmy and Brennan’s competition! We will be reading a book from the Halo franchise this month titled “Halo: Contact Harvest” by Joseph Staten. For those of you who are scrunching your nose at this because you’ve never played the games or don’t know the lore, we picked this particular novel because it starts at the beginning of one of the more well known arcs, so no one should be getting confused. Also another selling point, this novel is centered around Sargent Johnson who happens to be one of the most entertaining characters in the whole franchise.

We hope you’ll join us reading this month, you can purchase this months read here, and be sure to check back in throughout the month for more discussion.

Till next week, peace out peeps!

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

Halo 5 Is Rocking It!

What is up Geekdom,

In episodes you may hear me briefly mention something about Halo 5 or tell a story of an epic battle experience. Recently I dove back into the fray. I took a break for a while over the winter and now I have become immensely engrossed in the game again. I have to say, Halo 5 might have the best post-launch plan of any game. With updates rolling out almost every month that include new maps, weapons, customization and game modes, I have never felt so justified in my purchase. I expected to really like Halo 5, but I did not anticipate becoming this invested. Today I am just going to give my to sense on why Halo 5 is still rocking it seven months after release.

In my personal opinion Halo 5 is one of the best next gen games and is the primary reason I own an Xbox One. Having played Halo from a very young age, it has always amazed me how they continue to innovate. Unlike other games where I feel they are to similar or are re-skinned versions of their past selves, Halo has always mixed things up and not been afraid of change. Sure they have had some bumps in the road, but 343 Industries has done a fantastic job of making some of the best multiplayer on the market. Even better, they continue to tweak and add to this experience free of charge! They went with a very different post-launch model than the traditional season pass, which has become all too common, and they have since maintained a substantial player base. Not to mention they used the REQ system to revive the competitive Halo scene.

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This last weekend Europe and North American teams battled for the final spots! (www.halowaypoint.com)

It is no lie that the updates are on point. Sure there have been unpopular maps, but every update has added so much content and did I mention it is all free! For example, I cannot wait for the next update Hog Wild which promises some exciting new warthog variants. It also looks like Halo 5 Forge and Custom Games are coming to Windows 10 for free. This is gonna give forgers so much control and even expand the already substantial Forge community. Still, the summer holds even more excitement with Warzone Firefight dropping in June. Firefight, perhaps my favorite mode from Halo: Reach and a painful hole in Halo 4.

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I cannot wait to go hog wild with the next Halo 5 update! (www.halowaypoint.com)

They also aren’t afraid to tinker with core mechanics such as the recent increase in movement speed while crouched. Being whiling to take risks is a great mindset. The improvements dictate their ability to keep players playing, buying REQ packs and making new sales to expand the player base. There is a lot more at stake for a company with free updates than one who has already pocketed money from season pass holders.

Lastly, Halo players are pretty cool. I have met some of the nicest gamers while being in open chat. I have had great sociable experiences with 12 players filling up our fireteam so we can employ elaborate strategies in warzone or 16 players throwing down on custom built clan maps that look professional. By the way, playing Halo 5 in a clan and raiding is one of the funnest ways to spend in game time.

There ya have it! Feel free to disagree with me but Halo 5 is one of the best multiplayer experiences on the market. I love it and plan to spartan charge my way into the future!

 

-Ollie, a true Spartan (jumps on his mongoose to go make Master Chief proud!)

Feature Image taken from IGN