The Geekwave Episode 40: It Gets Steamy!

Hello Geekdom,

We all hope you are enjoying the Steam Summer Sale which started yesterday, June 23rd. If you were unaware of this, email us and we will help you. This week on The Geekwave we talk about the Warcraft movie and all the great success it has had. Solar and Lee both saw the movie  and they give a spoiler free review. It definitely receives two thumbs up. To say the least, if you enjoy video games you should probably go see it.

Then we talk Star Wars. Their have been a lot of cool announcements about Star Wars: Rogue One. You can checkout the announcement on the Star Wars Website. To wrap it up, we get steamy. As already mentioned, Steam Summer Sale has begun. Until July 4th their will be endless deals and happiness in the gaming world. Remember to have a plan and set a budget. Hopefully your wallet will come out alive. If you like funny videos and want an accurate representation of the Steam Summer Sale, watch this: Lord of The Sales. Enjoy the episode and happy spending. Geekout!

-The Geekwave

The Geekwave Episode 31: Geek-To-Geek

Hey Geekdom,

We got a crazy episode for you this week! We briefly chat about our fun and mind-blowing interview with Cory Doctorow. This was a special episode that we released on Monday. If you haven’t heard it, give Episode 30 a listen. Thank you some much Cory for your time.

I hope you all have been voting in Geek Madness because we announce the winners of the Geek Madness iHome giveaway. Thank you so much to iHome for donating these wonderful giveaways. In fact you can checkout Lee’s review of the iHome iB72 Bluetooth headphones and Ollie’s vlog of the iHome Go+ Arc Bluetooth Speaker. Keep your ears and eyes peeled for more reviews of iHome products.  Give this episode a listen to see if you won!

Then we do a geek-to-geek and talk about what is going on in our geek lives and the geekdom. Lee talks about the Final Fantasy XV Platnum Demo giving it a big thumbs up. We also address the Tracer booty pose or “buttroversy” that has caused some controversy in the upcoming game Overwatch. Finally,  we give our opinions on the new Star War: Rogue One. 

Have a great weekend and Geek Out!

-The Geekwave

 

The Geekwave Episode 27: Geek Madness Round 1

Hey Geekdom,

Hope your week is filled with geeky goodness. On this weeks episode of The Geekwave we talk about Geek Madness! Round one is taking place over the next 72 hours so make sure to vote for your champions. Following that Round 2 will take place and then we have our next episode before Round 3! Make sure to vote in all the rounds to get as many entries as you can for our fantastic iHome prizes.

You can find the voting form and all of the details here: kuteradio.org/geekmadness.

You can also fill out the bracket and send to [email protected] to earn some extra entries. Due date is March 14th at Noon!

There’s also a password in today’s episode that will get you extra entries, but it’s only valid for one week!

Also, Logan “Ollie” Erickson will be at GDC next week! Pay attention to all of our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and coverage from the show floor.

Have a fantastic spring break everyone!

 

-The Geekwave

Darth Talon (WIP) By Aphrodite, DeviantArt.com

Geek Wish-List: STAR WARS Hopes & Dreams

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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…

Geek Wish-List: Re-directing the Limelight

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Hey guys, it’s Lee Neuschwander from The Geekwave, with another item for the Geek Wish-List.

Last week, we talked about what the fantasy genre lacks. This week on the List, it’s scenes from Star Wars The Old Republic that deserve more limelight.

If you missed last week, you can catch up HERE.

To set things off, I first need to say, compared to the classic 6th chapter, (now, almost 7th, can’t wait–20 more days, and counting!) the Star Wars universe grows unimaginably more complex. As I’m sure you all know, the first huge expansion to the Star Wars canon arrived in the form of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic where we joined Revan for Sith adventures and beyond.

With that piece of nostalgia in mind, know the Knights of the Old Republic series took place in c. 25,053 BBY, with the founding of the Galactic Republic. The BBY and ABY dating systems were created to date the expanded Star Wars universe. BBY stands for Before the Battle of Yavin and ABY stands for After the Battle of Yavin.

My biggest gripe is there is soooo much material not fully covered about this era. To cram everything in about the Old Republic, encompassing the entirety of the Galactic Civil War doesn’t do justice to what what most of us already know. The first 3 movies feature the Galactic Civil War in the course of 4 years. Just 4.

If you want the full picture, we can look at the entire movie timeline so far, starting with the first, Phantom Menace, which begins c. 32 BBY. All that glorious Star Wars universe compressed into 36 years of story, compared with 24,053 years of Old Republic history leaves lots of space to fill in the epic saga of Star Wars goodness.

This is why we urgently need media coverage on the battles before Star Wars The Old Republic MMO. Example, the Battle of Bothawui, with Jedi Master Belth Allusis. There were other battles, like the Battle of Sluis Van, and the Invasion of Begeren, but most simply recount one Sith victory after another. I say, we need more visuals on the first and second Battles of Bothawui.

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Another View of Bothawui

To expand, the first Battle of Bothawui was supposed to be another Sith victory. But Darth Immern underestimated the Republic Navy, and was subsequently slaughtered by Republic cruisers during the first attack. I like to think it might have been because Darth Immern used an Astromech droid (MZ-12 from the MMO) to navigate his fleet.  But props for the win go to Admiral Greik and his combat droid  B-3G9.

After this fight, the Republic rallied its forces sensing the Empire could be defeated. Ancitcipating Sith revenge, the Republic built a super shield-generator, which later became a common characteristic in future Bothawui events. The second Battle of Bothawui is the Star Wars version of the Alamo.

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First Battle of Bothawui

In this second Battle of Bothawui, Jedi Master Belth Allusis, a member of the Jedi High Council, chooses to stay behind with his forces. Defense Force of Bothawui, 1 Jedi Master, 84 Jedi Knights, 4,000 Republic soldiers, and an additional 4 Republic Special Forces squads square off against 50,000 Imperial troops.

The result was massacre. Republic forces held their ground for days before making Grand Moff Zellos call in reinforcements. Eventually, the Empire’s sheer numbers broke Master Allusis’s defenses. But in a final, epic stand, Allusis and few remaining soldiers take on the full might of the Empire. It is recorded, for each Republic soldier killed, ten Imperials died.

After Alluisis’s last stand, Grand Moff Zellos found his forces were too small to hold the shield-generator, and was forced to withdraw from Bothawui.

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The last stand of the Heroes of Bothawui

The point I’m trying to make is, battles like Bothawui span the Star Wars universe, but we only see a fraction of the story. Tons of these struggles are in comics, but I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t spent enough time there to comment. We need more to connect the dots.

Other events, such as the Mandalorian Wars and The Alsakan Conflicts  were immensely pinnacle to Star Wars history. The Mandalorian Wars lead to the fragmentation of the Mandalorian clans, and The Alsakan Conflicts were seven wars that determined the capital of the Galactic Republic. These pivotal events don’t get enough coverage, particularly in cases like The Alsakan Conflicts where important details remain elusive.

Bottom line is, I would really like to see this little known Star Wars universe receive the limelight it deserves because such events are critical to the story we all love. Story arcs like the Jedi Civil War and The New Sith Wars don’t just happen, and the Star Wars community needs a deeper history than Darth Bane and Revan.

I hope you enjoyed this little rant about the Battle of Bothawui. More Importantly, I hope I’ve peaked your interest in the the expanded Star Wars  universe. Next week, I tackle the controversial realm of movie sequels we really need to see.

The Geekwave Episode 8: Star Wars Hype Train

Episode 8 of The Geekwave has a lot of Star Wars in it. So if you don’t like Star Wars…

Wait, why are you listening to this podcast?

All jest aside, though, we talk about things other than Star Wars. Like our big Halo 5 Pre-Launch Party on Monday. And the big League of Legends World Championship Viewing Party at the Megaplex Theater next Saturday. Both of which we’re doing with the UofU chapter of TeSPA, who’s website you can find here. That’s also where you can buy tickets to the viewing party (and the deal for TeSPA members is good enough that if you’re not a member, you should be.)

Other events happening this week:

Tonight at 5pm in the Library is the Heroes of the Storm Opening Social.

Tomorrow at 12:30pm is a Hearthstone Student Association Round-Robin Tournament.

Next Friday is Wear a Costume To School Day (Also known as the closest school day to Halloween.) We’ll be doing a Photo Contest for sweet prizes on our Facebook page!