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Free Game Review: Creativerse - Not unlike Minecraft - A phrase this game conjures a lot; but is it justified, or does this game stand well in its own rights? Check out our review for the free-to-play title, which is available to download now on Steam.
Top 10 – Finishing Moves - The fight is fought and won, there is no more glory to be had here, so why are you lingering? Why it’s to finish the job in style of course; because no epic fight is finished with one guy just bleeding from his wounds, or simply limping away to feel sorry for himself. You have to let them know who’s won, you have to do it in style!
Drama and Unpredictability - WARNING: Before you read this article, there's a chance for spoilers in My Hero Academia and WWE. The events being spoiled happened a bit under 2 weeks ago - You have been warned. If that doesn't put you off, read on!
Leaking Information: Is It Bad For Business? - In the last few days there has been a leak that shows us an early print of the upcoming Magic: the Gathering block Ixalan. This is actually the second leak, but the first was barely a glimpse of the cover art which gives us some idea of the inspirations behind it, and listed with a […]
Follow – Sibro Games Review - Readers... we spoil you! Check us out; two board game reviews in the same number of days. If yesterday's board game - Great Scott - was not your thing, then how about you try this offering from Sibro Games?
Review – Great Scott - Great Scott is a drafting game of invention from Sinister Fish. While at UKGE this year I had the opportunity to secure a copy of Great Scott. Ostensibly I was there to buy for someone else, but at their recommendation I ended up taking a copy home too. I had never before pondered the need […]
GOVG – Video Game Night #6 - Guess who's back? Back again? Yes, GeekOut Video Gamers are back - So tell a friend and come play some video games with us! So if you're looking for something to do on Saturday 24th June, then come join us for some fun and games!
Video Game Review: Rocking Pilot (Free Giveaway!) - Think you're good enough to be a Rocking Pilot? This game seems to think so, as you take charge in your single attack helicopter against an army, or two. Thousands will fight you, as you aim to take them and all of the evil oppessors down. It's bullethell madness, as we take a look at this cartoony and colourful brand new game on Steam and at the end of the article, you can be in with a chance of winning one of our two copies of the game!
Top 10 – Video Game Films - “Wow, this game’s story is so complex, it’d make a great movie!” – Ancient proverb. Okay, so the above isn’t really an ancient proverb, but let’s be honest: You’ve heard a gamer say this at least once in your life. I know I’ve heard it a dozen times and nine times out of ten, this […]
JapanCrate: Tasting Japan In A Box - The internet truly is a wonderous place, where you learn about all sorts of interesting services. You can learn about how to cook delicious foods, or stirring up a wonderful drink. But what's that ad I see in the corner of my eye? JapanCrate? That sounds pretty delicious!
UKGE – The Best Bits (Part 2) - Moving on… RPGs Chris covered some of the RPGs on show in his article last week but while he covered what was on the shop floor, I wandered the Hilton, who had mostly filled their rooms with tables equipped with DMs, GMs, Storytellers, and enough rulebooks, character sheets, dice and assorted other accoutrements to keep dozens […]
Hunger: The Show – Board game review - Hunger: The Show is a survival game where you play a contestant on a reality game show on a desert island. It was created by Swedish designer Pim Thunborg and published by Phalanx Games in Poland. Chris' full review can be found here.
Resources – Mana Screwed - While I love Magic: the Gathering to an unreasonable extent – like a borderline addiction if I’m honest – I’m not under any illusions that the game is not without a rather glaring flaw, and it’s the erratic progression of the resources you have to spend. For those not aware, mana is spawned from land […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 10th: SCI-FI Gallery - Ah yes, once more we went back to the Old Market Tavern and we held our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet. It was a quieter affair than usual, with approximately 50 people turning up for our event, however the event went off without a hitch. We had a rather good quiz and I got thoroughly out-geeked by the contestants! This is what went down at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet and information about July's event!
Anime Review: Dragon Ball Super - The Z warriors are back once again, but this time they're going universal - or, well, cross-universal. Fans of the classic Dragon Ball Z,along with the original Dragon Ball will likely enjoy the new additions to the franchise, but what about for the casual observer? We're ready to get Super in the latest instalment; Dragon Ball Super. It's definitely a new adventure, that's for sure.
Top 10 Grass-Type Pokemon - Last week we planted the seeds of an idea in your mind, an idea that you’d like to see a brand new Pokemon based Top 10. Your decision has been logged, and we’ve gotten down and dirty trying to root out the best examples of grass type pokemon, based on style, popularity, and combat effectiveness. We aren't going to judge for all of these points at the same time; We estimated how much we thought each of these Pokemon fit in one or more of the criteria and went from there.
Mobile Game Review: AdVenture Capitalist - Clicker games all began when an innoculous little game called Cookie Clicker hit the internet, to which we all had a good laugh. But since then, the genre has gotten a lot more variety. One of the most popular and well-rounded clicker game is AdVenture Capitalist, which was created on the Flash Game website Kongregate. It's been on mobile as well as Steam for a while now, so what can this clicker game offer for us and is it actually any good?
UKGE 2017: The Best Bits (Part 1) - This is our third straight day of coverage on UK Games Expo, I opened by talking about the entertainment, Chris discussed some of his favourite games, and we’re still a long way from done talking about it. We had a fun weekend. The greater part of my weekend was ambling around taking as much in […]
UKGE 2017: Games and RPG’s - As Joel (terraphi) mentions in his article we were at UK Games Expo 2017. Over the three days I spoke to a lot of people and walked several miles wandering around the show but we both walked away feeling like the show was generally very good. Joel and I sat down and had a little chat […]
UKGE 2017: Events and Entertainment - This weekend, Chris (catharsisjelly) and I were at the UK Games Expo. We had two incredible but very different experiences, while Chris went around doing what one should at a board games convention – playing board games with people in the industry, playtesting, and finding new games to add to his library – I was […]
Video Game Review: Tekken 7 - The Tekken franchise has been around since 1994; a fighting game which has won numerous awards. Now we're back in 2017, with a brand new Tekken game that was released just last week. The reviews have been pouring in with praise galore and we're not one to shy from what people have been saying. From the new musical direction, to art and the story mode, we're here to review everything about Tekken 7, as let's be honest - What's the point of a review if we don't critique the whole thing. Before we get into the review however, it's worth noting that I had the game pre-ordered as a present, so I also get the bonus Eliza DLC. Here we go with our full review!
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 10th: SCI-FI - Space, the final frontier... Well unless you count our GeekOut Bristol Meet! Hello, welcome back to our humble event article, where this month we'll be bringing you an event that's actually quite generically themed. A bit unusual for us, but there's a good reason for this.
Top 10 Flamboyantly Ominous Characters - Dressed to impress with looks and a look that could kill, this weeks Top 10 was a tie. As such, welcome to... The Top 10 Flamboyantly Ominous Characters. We tried to make the middle ground as best as we could for all of you!
Mobile Game Review: Magikarp Jump - Van Halen's Jump is the most appropriate song to listen to whilst playing Magikarp Jump, a game where you literally just make a Magikarp... Jump.
Review – Teen Titans: The Judas Contract - Having only reviewed Justice League Dark last week, I’d intended to leave my review for Judas Contract for a little while, and then I watched it. I have mentioned a couple of times how much I enjoy the animated DC films, but one of the more pleasant surprises for me has been the Teen Titans, […]
Trello: A Users Guide - Trello is a powerful tool for managing a project, allowing you to form teams that take ownership of their projects or tasks in a more visual way. Whilst many people think of Trello as a business tool, it has many uses for home users as well. If you’ve been dabbling with the idea of creating a Trello Board for you and your friends or family, or if you’re just curious as to how to use Trello better, this is a full tutorial on all of the main functions Trello has.
Lists & The Basics of Sci Fi and Fantasy - I’ve been trying some list writing lately, a means of putting dozens of idle and fragmented ideas into some kind of order, and aiming for a nice round number gives me the drive to come up with something new. Things like: 10 Mimics Ladder leading to a trap door, the mimic strikes when a creature […]
Gamer Question of the Month: Jun ’17 - A lot of games have plot twists that you really see coming, some games have plot twists you feel are going to happen, but just aren't what you'd expect. I thought of quite a few, including the most fantastic would you kindly? scene in BioShock 1, which naturally has ended up on the poll. But what did we pick for the list?
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – May ’17 - May comes and May goes, but every month something new for GeekOut Shrewsbury. More new faces, more new games, more new plans for our glorious and shining future! And as we continue to grow you continue to grow with us, making the Shrewsbury Meets yours. Remember we’re always looking for ways to improve and make these […]
Top 10 – Characters Who Shouldn’t Have Bothered - Don’t you hate it when you’re all hyped up for a fight; only to find out that you’re so severely outclassed, that you really shouldn’t have actually mustered up the energy to make your way there? Or when you're surrounded by people who are constantly just... better than you? This is when you’re so seriously out of your league, that you’re basically walking to your death, or your own obscurity. Welcome back to our Top 10 readers, where this week we look at our Top 10 characters who shouldn’t have bothered.
Anime Review: Overlord - Ever feel like you're living in a video game? Well Lord Momonga certainly does; a powerful lich who has been trapped in a virtual world, with no-one around except for NPCs who have come to life, he wants to get to the bottom of why he's stuck in this world. From level and HUD interface questions and dungeons & dragons dynamics, Overlord is a wonderful telling of the trapped-in video game subgenre of anime. Does this series have a life of its own, or does it fall flat next to more established anime of its kind?
Character Alignment Profile - Building upon the last few weeks of breaking down the moral alignment chart from Dungeons & Dragons fame, I wanted to break down a character by their place on the axes between good and evil, law and chaos. Inspired by this article by Falcon Game Reviews I asked for suggestions on characters I could break down, […]
Improvised D&D – Tales of Adventure - Sessions of D&D are usually not short. Any session that I have been to has ranged between 2-4 hours in general, so I was intrigued to go and see a specifically designed 90 minute D&D base show at The Improv Theatre in Bristol. I was very interested to see how this would work and being a fan of things like Critical Role, and the Acquisitions Incorporated sessions I had no idea how they would make it work and was very pleased with the result.
Review – Justice League Dark - Is anyone else livid over the fact that Constantine got cancelled while Gotham limps on? I hear that Legends of Tomorrow got better, same as Supergirl, but I gave them both a chance and just couldn’t keep watching, and yet one of the three good DC shows got axed. Matt Ryan brilliantly played the sarcastic […]
Old School Runescape - The name Runescape is synonymous with early 00's gaming; with a really large number of gamers from all over the world, with many servers. Created by Jagex, a company formed in Cambridge, here in the United Kingdom, this MMO was an experience that encapsulated many gamers. It was an MMO before World of Warcraft was around, it also ran in a browser, as it was programmed in Java. These days, RuneScape has been officially recognised as the worlds largest free MMORPG made, with over 200 million accounts. Here's a fun, lighthearted look at Old School Runescape.
Java: What A Non-Programmer Needs To Know - Oft-criticised, rarely complimented, Java is very much a love-hate programming language: People absolutely love to hate it. It's the language I begun with, which wasn't the easiest choice, but the sheer number of Java jobs out there is simply overwhelming. Is this a language worth knowing, or is it dead on arrival? Oh… did I mention that Java is the language used to program Minecraft and all of the plugins associated with it? I bet that got your attention. Much like Python from two weeks ago, this is a broad, non-technical understanding of what Java is and what you need to know.
Top 10 Mad Scientists - Welcome back to our weekly Top 10, ladies and gentlemen, where we take a topic that you choose and we choose the best of the best in that category. Today's subject is a little bit experimental, as we're going to be looking at our Top 10 Mad Scientists and write up our thesis about their potentials for the top spot.
Video Game Review: Diablo II - A classic hack-n-slash title, renowned the world over as possibly the best ever made. However it's been around for 17 years, having debuted in 2000. Therefore, it's time to finally pick the game up once more and scrutinise it deeply. I will compare it to games before, around and after it to see if it still maintains the title of best hack-n-slash around. The gloves are off, Lord of Terror!
Playing True Neutral - This one’s kinda huge. I mean really big. Every other entry from the moral alignment axis table comes pre-packaged with its own ethos, its own motivations and philosophies, so often Neutrality is seen as bland, so aggressively treading the middle of the line that at its most extreme the True Neutral character will spend his days […]
GeekOut South-West: What’s In Our Future? - We've certainly started to reach the end of life for our humble little website, but no matter what, we're going to keep on growing and getting more and more people to join the cause. In case you're wondering what happened to plans such as the new website, this article addresses those developments and hopefully provides answers for the future of our community. We're going to keep on growing, is the jist of it, but if you're a fan of what we do and were curious as to what we're up to, let us tell you!
Charitable Gaming - Y’know how I keep saying that geeks are the best people? Geeks are the best people! We’re a loving and sharing band of over-enthusiasts, and as a demographic we have money to spend on random stuff that we occasionally look at and say “Y’know what? I don’t have space for any more Pop Vinyls, and […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: PRATCHETT’S PROSE Gallery - Another month has passed, which means another GeekOut Bristol Meet gallery has come around. As always, we'll talk about what happened at the event, as well as the usual of when we'll be hosting our next event and of course, the core part of this article, the gallery in question. It was a great turn out, even though we weren't sure what it'd be like considering the theme of the event. Nevertheless, this is this months GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery.
Object Oriented Programming: What A Non-Programmer Needs To Know - Today I make a class of cats and spawn lots of cats and oh my god the cats are everywhere please send help.
Top 10 – Fictional Celebrities - Late post from us today, but today we're going to check out these famous... Fictional people!
Marketing: Making Your Mission Known - Marketing is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal, no matter what your mission is. Whether you are looking to bring people together for a massive meetup, or if you're looking to share a political message, a good marketing strategy is all you need. At least, it's a good chunk of the battle, as the other half will be the message you are trying to share. We're not the best at Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) ourselves, but here are some basic marketing principles which might make or break your campaign.
Playing Chaotic Evil - Villainy comes in all manner of forms, from the cool and conniving, the corrupt, the vicious and spiteful. It can be crime so organised it seems impossible to pin down, cruel enough to seem capable of anything, or suitably unpredictable to be considered dangerous beyond all others. There’s a much finer line between Chaotic and […]
Villains: Why Rushing A Bad Guy Is Bad - Countless times have I been subjected to seeing a plot rushed to the finish line, the moment it gets away from the starting post. A hero should be triumphant, they say, so they give you fifteen thousands of hours of hero development, but what about the protagonists of the developing world? I think rushing a story for the sake of a hero to save the day is one of the worst things a story can do. Here's some examples of what I mean and how we can remedy this.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe – A Different Horror Film - Horror is an unusual genre, awash with trash made quickly with budgets blown on all the wrong aspects or so badly acted, poorly conceived, or just badly executed. Those gems where everything comes together are universally incredible, whether it’s because the film carries a message like the gothic monsters of old like the Babadook managed […]
Patreon: An Angry Rant - These days, it's oh so easy to exploit people who read your website. Like a well published newspaper, your website runs like clockwork. So clearly then, you deserve the very best from your readers, as you provide them oh so many days, weeks, months of content. Ah give me a break, we’ve come so far and yet the greedy remain greedy, but the seriously hard working can get the reward they deserve. Patreon provides the hard working with a really stable platform to get paid for their work; however it's also opened up a very lazy type of person. In this article, I'll talk to you about Mr. X - An account I saw on Patreon whose name I have obfuscated so I'm not calling them out, but rather the attitude they have.
Video Game Review: Saints Row the Third - In a game series known for its sex, drugs and violence, it's hardly surprising that Saints Row the Third follows tradition. However the crime game genre is pretty shallow; so in a world filled with serious games, there was a game series which decided to stop being so serious. They decided that they had gone through their serious era and were now ready to enter the realm of the bizarre. Welcome to the strange city of Steelport.
Top 10 Fictional Documents - Amidst the worlds of literature, film and other media there are a host of works that simply don’t exist. From novels that sweep the world, textbooks of the strange and wondrous, and instructions on how to do the impossible. Though we may never have access to the miracles within those pages we get to see their fictitious impact, because words matter. Here we catalogue the finest works of non-existent prose, poetry, documentation, and scripture. Join us as we list the Top 10 fictional documents.
Python: What A Non-Programmer Needs To Know - Python is an interpreted programming language - For those of you who don't know what this means, this article is exactly for you. If you do know about Python, but just want to see if your knowledge is up to scratch, then again, this article might well be for you. If you're a well-versed expert in Python who just wants to check to see if a website got their facts right... I guess this article is for you too - It's a way to look at Python from a non-programmers perspective and to try to apply the knowledge to learning the basics needed, without it seeming like we're just stringing words together to make things happen. Although isn't that what programming is all about..?
Playing Neutral Evil - This should be an easy one, as it’s the moral alignment of which I can claim some personal experience. I’ll try and stay unbiased. Evil is a variable term. There are evil ends, and evil means; those who can recognise that what they are doing is wrong and simply don’t care, and those who simply […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: PRATCHETTS PROSE - We're back once again for another month of fun and games, at our usual haunt. However, this time around we're going to be on the back of the great A'Tuin, upon which stands four enormous elephants. Yes, we're celebrating the life and literature of Sir Terry Pratchett. So bring along your sapient pearwood Luggage, don't forget your Wizzard hat and let's get our fantasy on. But of course, if you're not a fan of Terry Pratchett, don't worry, it's still the same GeekOut Bristol Meet you know and love! But this months competition requires quite a bit of detective work.
Interview – Christian Ward - I like comics. I take an unusual approach compared to many enthusiasts, seizing upon every little detail of a Marvel movie and studying it in depth in an effort to uncover some easter-egg a layman might not observe, occasionally picking up a volume of something that catches my eye, including a few non-super titles like […]
Kickstarter Highlight: Defection #1: Running On Empty - Do you like Sci-Fi? Do you like graphic novels? Well then, Sci-Fi fans rejoice as there's a brand new graphic novel coming to the market, but it needs your help to make it even bigger and better. If you love to help local projects come to life, help this one raise as much money as it can. Bristol-based sci-fi graphic novel greatness!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – The Tactical Application of Turtles - April 27th saw the second GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet, our very own slice of the joyous Bristol Meet. I think it’s safe to say that the Shrewsbury Meet has a future, as another month goes by with familiar friends and new faces. It’s satisfying to know that both of our GeekOut Meets in Shrewsbury we have […]
Top 10 Collectables - This time, we’re gathering up every thought we could think of, to create a collection of… Well, collectables. Because of just how broad the collectables collective truly is, we decided to limit these collectables, based on two major criteria. A collectable to be considered for this list needs to either be: A vast range of […]
Heroes of the Storm Patch 2.0 – Huge Update - For the MOBA players among us, it appears that Heroes of the Storm recently received a major overhaul. Deciding that I couldn't just let it slide, I went to have a peek at what the huge update would have in store for us. New characters, new skins, new ways to unlock skins and characters... And a sense of revitalisation to a game that was fun, but admittedly getting a little bit on the stale side. If you've not seen this yet, come have a look and see what's new.
Gamely Giving 2017: Great Gamer Charity Cause - Fans of video games rejoice, as Gamely Giving will be returning for yet another year of raising cash for charity. Gamers are a very charitable bunch, so Gamely Giving is an extension of that. If you're interested in what made these gamers get together, we look at Gamely Giving, what they're trying to do and what they're going to give back to all of you who watch their marathon stream. If you like video games and you like continuous live streams, check this out.
Playing Lawful Evil - We sink ever deeper through morality and into cruelty, malice, desire placed above need, ambition put before consideration, ends always justifying the means.. It’s important to recognise here that the most evil amongst us are the ones who don’t consider themselves evil, perhaps they are just motivated enough pursuing their goals to overlook the damage they […]
Video Game History of Casinos - Video games have been known to divulge into the sometimes dangerous world of gambling, that much is fact. Whether or not you’d like to admit it, gamers are targeted with gambling and other vices. As such, we look at three examples of casinos in video games.
Wizardly Customer Service: Wizards of the Coast Care - Let me tell you a story. I bought the Dungeons & Dragons core books pretty much as soon as they came out (barring a major delay on the Dungeon Master’s Guide) so it’s been nearly three years since I bought the Players Handbook, and in that time it has been read, re-read, passed around the […]
My early gamer years (Part 1) - If you turn back the clock about 30 years, you would find a younger version of Catharsisjelly, happily tucked away trying to learn the art of BASIC and Machine code in order to find out more about the computer that I was sitting at. Sound familiar? Read on!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet 2 – The Second One - I am overly excited to bring you the second GeekOut Meet for Shrewsbury! We got off to a great start in March, and April is already shaping up to be even better, we already have a few new faces signing up on our Facebook and MeetUp pages, and I have a few extra plans to […]
Top 10 – Super Tiny Characters - It doesn’t matter if you’re ten sizes too small, when your heart is ten sizes too big. Good lord, that’ll give you chest problems. Yes, heroes come in all shapes and sizes and we’re here to celebrate those who reached optimal size. Some of you may call them small, others may call them super tiny, […]
Gunpla Resources - Our friend Kevin Kutlesa is back to show us more about the fun world of Gunpla, Gundam Plastic. In todays article, we're shown some cool resource sites for Gunpla in the UK!
Playing Chaotic Neutral - Skipping along the chart for a moment, the True Alignment is too big for a single article, so I’ll jump to the second biggest alignment to deal with because it’s often done so badly! It’s almost a stereotype that the words Chaotic Neutral might as well read “Doesn’t know how to play”. The problem tends […]
Winning Without Winning – Succeeding at Failure in Online Games - Want to know how to turn your losses into wins in your favourite online games? MOBAs, FPSes and many more online games can be frustrating when you lose, especially when you feel it's outside of your control. But what if you could do something about it? GeekOut South-West contributor Jay 'Vanguard' Fothergill give us a thorough shakedown.
My First Murder Mystery - I’ve heard a few things about Murder Mysteries that didn’t have me completely sold on the notion, and while I’m aware that quality varies from group to group, when a friend of mine laid out her plans for her own mystery evening it took very little effort on her part to convince me to join […]
Film Review: Power Rangers (2017) - Go, go Power Rangers! Mighty Morphin' Nostalgia Rangers! Oh yes, it's true, we've gone back to the 90s and this is a great time to be alive. From a complete revitalisation of Pokemon, to DragonBall Super and now we've got Power Rangers back. I feel like a little kid again, because all of these fantastic films, series and games have been coming out, giving new life to 90s classics. However, if you are looking for a nostalgia trip without getting your old VHS tapes out, it's time for you to don your bodysuit, put on your rangers helmet and check out the brand new Power Rangers film.
Free Game Review: Path of Exile - Hack n Slash goodness in a game that vowed to be the next Diablo, a game that's absolutely free to play. It can only be Path of Exile. Named 2013 PC Game of the Year by GameSpot and best PC role-playing game of 2013 by IGN, it's had high praise indeed. Now that it's 2017, does the game still stand, or is it falling apart? With microtransactions as the primary means of keeping the game alive, is it just floating by because of this, or is this a very solid game? Here's our complete run down of this free-to-play extravaganza.
Top 10 Weaponised Toys - What was once a symbol of childish innocence and the joyous revelries of youth so easily turned into an engine of death. Perhaps by design, by mistake, by technology or by mysticism, there’s nothing quite so creepy as a toy turned deadly. Despite their cuddly and fun exterior, you wouldn’t want your kids playing with these…
Anime Review: My Hero Academia - Looking for more superheroes in your already super life? Think you’ve got room for watching a superhero fork before your very eyes? Ever wondered what they teach superheroes? In which case, this may very well be the anime for you - It can only be the hugely popular My Hero Academia, a series I have been asked to watch many times, by many people. Will it be as super-good as everyone makes out, or is it a super-flop? Read on to find out more!
Playing Lawful Neutral - When we step from good but do not reach evil, we must instead discuss what is justifiable, and law, chaos, or whatever other ethos you use becomes simply a means to an end. While there are those who fall within Lawful Neutral’s umbrella who see the law as the end to which all means are […]
GOVG – Video Game Night #4 - That's right! This is our fourth month running these events now; it's time to get ready for GOVG's next event, the Video Game Night that you've all been waiting for. Or, y'know, it's another video game night where you can come along and play some multiplayer games with a bunch of GeekOut geeks. Oh and have I mentioned that we now have GeekOut specific emoji's which I'm lovingly calling GOmoji's? Well, there we are.
Trailer Review – The Mummy & Thor: Ragnarok - I fully intended today’s article to be pure ranting, but something came along to soften my mood. In a bid to catch hold of the rising star of the Marvel shared universe, Universal announced a while back that they had plans to bring together their classic horror properties into a single entity. It was initially […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 8th: ANIME, OH ANIME - They came, they saw and there weren't many waifuus around. There was some amazing cosplayers, some excellent fandubbing and all in all, it was another successful GeekOut Bristol Meet. With a little over 60 people who came and went through the whole night, it was a great way for us all to get out there, to play lots of board games including a new one. Wanna know what was up at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet? Come along for a magical journey of gaming, anime and cosplay!
Digital Download vs Physical – What’s Best? - In the current era of video games, we seem to have hit a weird snag. We're seeing the prices of digital downloads rise whilst the cost of a physical copy is falling - it all seems to make no sense! However, what really is best for consumers? What is the best distribution method for developers and why are we seeing this weird shift in prices? When a physical copy sells for £35 and a digital copy sells for £45, is there a reason to back digital?
Top 10 – Running Gags - Nothing screams in-crowd quite like a running joke. One person does or says something stupid and never gets to live it down, a weird moment of inspiration catches fire and spreads through the gang, or some reoccurring verbal tic becomes a catchphrase. Comedians know this, so do game designers, writers and artists of all types. […]
WrestleMania 33 – Timlah’s Summary - [WARNING: If you've not watched Wrestlemania 33 yet and you fully intend to, do not read this article.] I love the wacky world of professional wrestling; so much so, I've written about it on numerous occasions. Either in passing, or as a full-blown review, it's no secret that I love that industry and all of the weird and wonderful people who have come and gone with it. That's what this article is really mostly about: the people who have come and gone with it. Timlah here - and you know EXACTLY what I mean by this...
Playing Chaotic Good - Meet the Robin Hood of the D&D moral alignment system. Here we find the vigilantes, the renegades, and the rebels willing to stand up for what’s right in a world gone tragically wrong, and most importantly the heroes of freedom. For those who swing towards chaos on the side of goodness and the rights of […]
Gamer Question of the Month – April ’17 - 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.
Kitacon Quest – DMing 101 The Panel - On Saturday the 19th of August at 20:00 I will be giving my second panel ever. Considerably less interesting than doing my first, but still kind of a huge deal from where I’m sat. I fully intended to bring back my confidence building panel with some rather necessary improvements, I can’t claim to have been […]
Mad Catz Gone Bankrupt: But Who Were They? - It's true - Mad Catz have gone bankrupt, but if you've never seen their range, let Timlah take you through just who were these UK games hardware specialists.
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – It Began - Y’know what? For a first try that wasn’t bad at all. Quite the reverse in fact. Let 30th March 2017 go down in history as the day we finally got round to bringing GeekOut to Shrewsbury! It sounds like we had a lot of competition for the day, and certainly lots of curiosity if not […]
Top 10 Words & Phrases - Sticks and stones may break my bones, but oof these words and phrases really can sting... Or at least stick in our memories. Join Timlah and Joel as we embark down our Top 10 words and phrases in all of geek culture. Is your favourite here?
Android Gaming – 3 Cool Picks - Gaming has become a staple of smartphones, on Android, iPhone and yes, even Windows phones. As I only have access to an Android phone, I thought I would share three fun games that's on Android. I cannot guarantee if they're on another platform or not, but it's worth checking for these three for various reasons. So check out these games when you next get space on your phone! They're rather good fun.
Playing Neutral Good - I hate Neutral Good. As a player it’s an easy pick, all the advantages of heroism without the need to be tied down by an ideology like the rule of law or the right to be free, ignore the rules whenever you please – oh sorry, whenever the cause is just – without suffering the […]
Free Video Game Review: Champions Online - Like MMORPGs and Superheroes? Then this mix might be right up your alley, although this isn't City of Heroes. In my bid to turn people's attention to free video games that are at least worth a look, I stumbled upon this free-to-play MMO with a heroic touch. So join me and my Superheroic avatar, the almighty… uhh… Timlah. I never said I was a creative sort.
Remembering Trap Door - I feeling wistful, in a mood to reminisce about moments from my youth, and I find myself pondering a little stop-motion animation that ran for a short time in the 80’s, and though it was originally released before I was born I was fortunate enough to experience a great deal of it thanks to the […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 8th: ANIME, OH ANIME - It doesn't matter what your tastes are; action, comedy, romance, you name it and anime has covered your favourite genre. They've also got genres you'd probably not think about normally, ranging from slice-of-life to magical girls (and boys!) But whatever your tastes in anime, or indeed your tastes in art are, we'll be hosting another GeekOut Bristol Meet on April 8th, for another great night out filled with geeks and their favourite geekdoms. So whether or not you'd call yourself an otaku, a weeaboo, or if you know absolutely nothing about anime, come along and have a look at the fun and games we've got planned for our next Bristol meetup.
Film Review: Logan - These old bones won't heal, at least the old bones of the titular hero Logan won't. What an utterly gripping film! Well worth the trip to the cinema and, as one of the first films we suggested would ne worthwhile this year, I can gladly say I was not disappointed. But for those of you who haven't seen it, here's our spoiler-free review of the most action-packed film in March.
Top 10 Space Battles - Space… the final frontier, and like any untamed wilderness there are always struggles and conflicts for the resources and strategic advantages they might offer. While the physics, tactics, and possibilities offered by all out space-combat might go under utilised and appreciated in modern media, there’s one thing we can do in film, TV, and games, and that’s make it look epic!
TV Review: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events - Are you prepared to listen to a tale of serious misfortune and misery? The serial misconduct of those caring for three children; the Baudelaire orphans? Lemony Snicket advises that you are better off just looking away. But if, like me, you have a morbid fascination with watching things people tell you not to, this might be the series for you! So don't adjust your screens, it is time to review Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Playing Lawful Good - The much maligned moral alignment system has something of a bad history. In past editions of Dungeons & Dragons it’s been too restrictive, poorly explained and interpreted worse still, but take some time with it, break free of its constraints and bend the rules a little and it can actually be as useful a method […]
Thibra vs Worbla – Which Thermoplastic Is Best? - Worbla, a thermoplastic that we are all now accustomed to as a staple of the cosplay scene. We know it's expensive, we know it's hard (ish) to work with. But cosplayers who wish to take their craft to the next level may invest big bucks in the material. Dare I even call it a super material? But now, courtesy of Coscraft, there's a challenger on the market; Introducing Thibra.
Review – Iron Fist - At last, the final Defender steps into the lineup. We pass from noir and pulp into a more Wu-Xia film style, the student’s voyage of discovery, facing his enemies without and within, trust is gained and lost, demons are mastered, and the day is… well. Iron Fist drew a lot of hatred before release on two […]
On Greenlight: Cool Egg on the Run – Bristol-Based Devs - Want to help support local devs do their thing? Great! We’ve got a little task for all of you GeekOut South-West fans out there – Give this game a like over on Steam Greenlight and help it go live. Ah but hold on, I’ve not given you any information about the game yet, have I? […]
GOVG – Video Game Night #3 - We've done alright recently with our GOVG nights, so if you're looking for an event to pass the time this coming Saturday, then why not consider joining us for an evening of fun and games? We'll be playing some free to play games, as well as some other games that people choose throughout the night. It's always a good laugh, so if you're up for joining a bunch of the GeekOut UK community for some laughs, then join us on Discord today.