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!

 

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 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. I also noticed a lot of anime porn being released, yes that’s right I said anime porn, if you don’t believe me have a look here www.tubev.sex/categories/1829/cartoon.

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. If you’re looking for a new show to base your next Dakimakura Pillow on, this may be your best bet.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: 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.