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Archive for January, 2017

This One Weird Tip Can Help You Avoid Clickbait

Advertising is a tricky business because frankly we no longer care enough to pay attention. We change channels during ad-breaks on TV, walk serenely past posters, bin flyers, and now have a total patience span of five seconds until the skip button lets us get to the content we wanted in the first place. Advertising may be a necessary evil in order to support aforementioned content financially, but an evil it can be. Despite a few shining examples of advertising becoming artistic, poignant, memetic, and positively enjoyable, at large we find the industry to be irritating at least, infuriating or insulting at worst. (more…)


Gamer Question of the Month: Feb 2017

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We were asked by the lovely team over at the Later Levels if I would like to take part in doing a monthly Q&A, to open discussion about video games amongst bloggers. If you’re interested in joining in the discussion, leave us a comment below, or reach out to Later Levels. Every month here on GeekOut South-West, we’ll be sharing what the question of the month is, as well as what our answers to this question is and our justification for the answers.

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Board Game Review: Rogues to Riches

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A game for the criminally imaginative, that’s the tagline. Whilst board games have enjoyed a massive resurgence in the 2000’s and beyond, so too have games where there are less typical boards involved. This month, we investigate a game that’s been on my “to play” list for quite some time – Rogues to Riches. This was a game I backed on Kickstarter quite some time ago and I received it late last year. We finally got around to playing it as a small group at this past GeekOut Bristol Meet and I will say it’s one of the most funny games I’ve picked up in quite some time. Read on for our full review!

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Top 10 Funny Social Media Accounts

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It’s a new day, so it’s time to go onto our favourite social media site and see what’s happening in the world… Haha! They got so roasted! Yes everybody, this is the day and age where being hilarious on the internet is actually a pretty cool thing. You don’t have to be a Hollywood star to be a widely followed account, whether you’re a fast food chain, or just some guy who likes to share strange pictures, here’s our Top 10 Funny Social Media Accounts.

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Video Editing with Wondershare Filmora

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Looking for a cheap and easy to understand video editor for Windows? If you can spare a bit less than £35 a year, you may be interested in this amazing desktop app, which has some pretty nifty features. There’s a few niggles which I’ll explain, but for the most part it’s been a really positive experience. In today’s article, I’ll take you step by step through editing a video, through to publishing on YouTube, using Wondershare Filmora.

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Babylon 5 In Depth – What Makes Humans So Special

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The gates of Babylon 5 opening places humanity firmly in the middle of the space-faring races. No longer completely green around the gills, they’ve helped topple one mad genocidal force, narrowly avoided genocide in mysterious circumstances, and are now seeking to help forge peace among the disparate races and factions of the galaxy.

Naturally as creators, we create based on what we know, so aliens in B5 are broadly based on human cultures or some animal traits given sapience – more on them next week – but there are particular features of humanity that distinguish them from any other species, often commented on by main alien characters in awe, deference, disbelief, or disgust. Today I’ll be looking at what makes humans so special. (more…)


UK Games Expo 2017

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Last year I managed to attend the Play Expo up in Manchester, got to meet one of my heroes, played some fun games, spoke to some lovely people and in general had a really nice time. We asked you last year if there are any more Expo’s that you think GeekOut should try to attend and report on. I have already asked my niece to see if they would want me to take them to one of the many Anime Expo’s scattered around the country but this week whilst browsing one of my regular sites I saw a link that I found sparked my interest.

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The Etiquette of Buying Board Games

It’s a fascinating and unique thing. Books, films, music, video games, all are bought with a mind to sitting and reading, watching, listening and playing alone, or at least the possibility of doing so alone or in the company of friends or family. A board game on the other hand is not something that can be enjoyed alone* but something that you buy with a view to using with others, and almost all of us are lucky enough to have a group of people with whom we can call upon to play.

Amongst the gaming group you have a collection of your favourites, maybe split between various homes and cupboards, or hoarded all in one place by the one with the biggest house, a decent gaming table, or a friendly pub with a geeky disposition.

This presents us with some quite fascinating issues. How do you buy an item specifically for a group?

unboxing-corvus-bellis-infinity-operation-icestormOk, so there are those games that you can comfortably divide between friends. I recently picked up a copy of Operation Icestorm – the Infinity miniature skirmish pack – alongside the co-creator of Quotes from the Tabletop, Mike. That’s a nice easy thing to divide up, there are two factions, a rulebook and a terrain pack. As a fiend for rules and mechanics I was more than happy to leave Mike with the rulebook and the Panoceania minis, and as a feverish DM with a new cyber-punk styled role-play to run I fled with the scenery pieces and a box of Nomads.

Munchkin, another fairly easy game to divide up, not that you can split a box but each person able could buy the set they prefer from the massive range of genres. The same can be said of Fluxx, these days Love Letter too, and a smattering of other games seeking to reach as many fandoms as possible.

14589874_1132049426832052_7247111122054984844_oSo what if a group pitches in on a game, and then the group divides. What criteria do you use to decide who gets the game? As geeks it could be one of the most awkward and terrible things we may have to face, not just the loss of a friend but potentially losing one of the things you shared memories over.

I mean what else do we buy together? Houses, pets, loans, small businesses. Somehow board games have made it onto that list and brought with them the complexities and entanglements that come with them, although perhaps on a much smaller scale. They do say that you do not know someone until you have played Monopoly against them; personally I say that the kind of person who plays Monopoly is no friend to you. It is worth saying then that you should really know someone before considering starting a board game collection with them, it’s one hell of a commitment, just be sure your ready.


Thanks to John Common of CSR Studios, creator of Dead Pixels and it’s upcoming sequel Straight to Video. It was an interesting topic to consider. If you have ideas for articles you’d like Timlah, Catharsisjelly or me to consider, you can get in touch with us at our contacts page, Facebook, or Twitter.

*Except for all of the games that you can play on your own, there are plenty of those but that’s missing the point.


GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 11th: BYGONE ERA

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Gather round ladies and gentlemen as we look at what we’ve got coming up at next months GeekOut Bristol Meet, when we go back to the old school – In fact, so old school, we’re rolling back to geeky media back from the early days of television. From black & white all the way up to the grandfathers of sci-fi films, including Metropolis and Nosferatu, this is going to be a bit of a throwback edition of our meetup, but still with enough modern day facilities to keep it geek!

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GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet?

It’s been a long time coming, and fully a year of bold claims that the ever popular GeekOut Bristol Meet would eventually be getting the same in Shrewsbury. So why the hold ups? And what can Shrewsbury expect from a GeekOut Meet anyway? (more…)