Mobile Game Review: Tekken - For the past eight or so months, I've been pretty much devoted to Tekken 7, a game which has rekindled my love for the fighting game genre as a whole. So, when I heard there was a mobile version, you can imagine exactly what I said... "This is going to be dreadful! How can I get my beloved combos on a tiny phone?!"
GeekOut Shrewsbury This Week (And Onwards) - So, a few things: This GeekOut Shrewsbury is kind of a big one because this will be the twelfth, one whole year of Shrewsbury meets and there’s a lot of info to be unpacked, and a lot of questions to put back to you guys. Over this and next month’s GeekOut I’ll be putting out […]
Top 10 Twins - Mathematically speaking of course, there is no reason whatsoever to believe that twins are double the trouble. Indeed evidence suggests that trouble may rise exponentially with twins than with standard siblings or any other unrelated double act. No concern of ours whether identical or otherwise, we have assembled twins of all manner and kind from across geek culture and crammed them uncomfortably into this double-stuffed Top 10.
February 2018 Update: GeekOut Medias Top of the Top 10s - It's been a while since we last spoke about our highly ambitious eBook, capturing our Top 10's in a format which is both similar to a digest, but yet comprehensive enough for anyone who hasn't had the experience of our Top 10's before. Naturally, we've been thinking long and hard about it, but there's a lot of time and planning involved with a project like this. So, if you've ever been faced with making an eBook before yourself, let's look at what we've been doing behind the scenes in order to get on with it!
An Infinity Demo Night - It’s been a while since I had a proper stab at a tabletop wargame, and the last time was a quick skirmish with a starter set of Infinity, Operation Ice Storm which set myself and a friend up with a small force each of factions PanOceania and Nomad, seven models a side and a miniature […]
Automated Chats and Pre-Populated Responses - Recently, there has been a spat of activity taking advantage of chat-based systems. Indeed, even we have been working on chatbots of our own, in hopes to make our Discord server a bit better. However, one that amused me recently was a chatbot on Facebook, which was made solely to enter people into a prize draw and yes, to add your name to a mail list. Let’s dissect one and see what benefits these bots have!
Dungeon Situational – Unusual Terrain - If you’re getting sick of fighting on flagstones, or the same old grassy fields every day, there are options aplenty in the great wild world and the myriad worlds beyond it to make your combat, or even just a day’s travel that much more interesting. Today’s Dungeon Situational presents terrain options to create more memorable […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 10th: Castle Crashing Gallery - Ah yes, Castle Crashers is truly an awesome game which gave us some truly great ideas. We need to make a theme where people can come along and crash some castles. But how would people do this? Easily: They would simply draw their sword, wield their shields and march into the gate of the castle. This was a relatively quiet month for us, so it was great that we got so many creative entries out! However, check it out for our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery!
Superbowl Trailer Rundown - Sports! Got that out of the way, now onto the interesting stuff. Superbowl season is trailer season, and time for major releases to grab the attention of the biggest TV watching audience left. And while I’m not feeling well you’ll pardon me if I take this opportunity to have a quick gander over this year’s […]
Top 10 Gamblers - The Gambler - These are a hard to predict, an often unreasonable group of people - Especially when they're against you. When they're on your side, you'd best consider what their actions are carefully, as one moment you could be riding around with a thousand gold, but then the next only have one piece left! Nevertheless, the gambler likes the payout - So if you've ever wanted to get a gambler on your side, consider who you're hiring into your team and appreciate our Top 10 Gamblers in media.
Storytelling: The Hero Fights The Monster - As an avid reader, some of my favourite stories involve underdogs; someone we want to root for, because we feel for their plight. We don’t necessarily want them to become a hero, but if they do then we want them to be the best hero they can be. We don’t want them to immediately win - And no hero, no matter how great, should immediately win unless it’s a parody. Following on from Creating The Monster from a few weeks back, this is how you can have the Hero Fight The Monster.
Review – Gotham by Gaslight - As a fan of the Marvel Noir series that recast Marvel heroes as 1930’s noir and pulp adventurers and heroes, I was very excited to see Batman in a Victorian era tale that pitches him against the 19th century’s most infamous killer, Jack the Ripper. The short version is I was not disappointed, the long […]
Star Trek Discovery – Season 1 - My relationship with the Star Trek series is a scattered one, to say the least. I certainly have some love for the old school series with William Shatner & co; I also have a lot of love for The Next Generation series, but never really got into Voyager. I was also quite impressed with the film reboot with Chris Pine, but less impressed with the second and third film. So I will go out there and say that I am by no means a Trekkie. Over the last week or so I have been indulging in seeing what the new Netflix series Star Trek Discovery has to offer and so far, I have been pleasantly entertained by it.
Running An Event the GeekOut Bristol Meet Way - Over the past four and a half years, GeekOut South-West has gone from a simple idea to a huge meetup environment. We have a group of regulars who come by monthly, all of whom have been coming for quite some time now. We then also get a steady influx of new people; some who come by once, some who come and enjoy what we’re about and stick around. So, as an organiser for a large geek meetup, here’s some advice for anyone else looking to run an event.
Mobile Game Review: Jetpack Joyride - Ever thought to yourself "man, those guys in that science company sure are working on some big old science. Wouldn't it be neat if I could get a bit of the science for myself?" I'm sure you have done - Many of us have. However, just because we think it doesn't mean we're then going to action it. Instead, we opt to carry on and enjoy it when the science goods come through for us, such as driverless cars, AI such as Alexa and more. However, one man called Barry decided that he really wanted a jetpack. Through a sheer force of vandalism, Barry breaks through the Science peoples walls and steals their jetpack for a Jetpack Joyride!
GeekOut Tube is Coming Back in 2018 - Hoo boy, I say this every year with regards to how much I miss doing these videos, but it's true. I always miss recording Let's Plays for people and this year is no different. I've already discussed with a number of people how much I've missed recording Let's Plays in 2018 and as time goes on, that desire gets greater. I'm looking forward to getting back into it - and even though I've been asked by some people if I'll do Tekken Let's Plays, the answer is "Probably not", as I'm not great at it. However, I intend to return to recording YouTube videos for all of you, so what will we be retruning to?
Top 10 – Kleptomaniacs - A kleptomaniac is someone who can’t help themselves, but to steal. Nevermind stealing your heart, these individuals will just take what they see. Really, it doesn’t matter to them – they know they need it, no matter what it is. They just have to have it. Well then, we’re going to have to tread carefully […]
Video Game Review: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Espionage, augmented humans and cybernetic abilities combined to create a unique blend of spy/action gameplay - We can only be talking about Deus Ex, where today we’ll be checking out the most recent incarnation, Mankind Divided. If you’ve never played a Deus Ex before, like me, then read on for what I thought about it, along with how it typically plays out. It’s time to get our cool shades on!
A Roof For Amecon - So Monday was a bit mad. For Amecon attendees it was something of a farce, and perhaps we’ve grown accustomed to a slightly easier ride when it comes to the Warwick Art’s Centre, especially when held against the obstinacy and awkwardness of “other” venues when it comes to handling the convention crowd. We may be […]
AireCon – An analogue gaming convention in Yorkshire - I am a curious soul and one that is not afraid to head out of my comfort zone to experience something, so when I read about an analogue gaming convention way up in Harrogate (Yorkshire) called AireCon, my curiosity was drawn. Okay, it's a long way to go from Bristol but we here at GeekOut are dedicated to bringing you as much geeky news as possible, so it is my plan to travel four hours across the UK, so that I can bring back news and a report about what happens at AireCon.
Dungeon Situational – Kobold Traps - Ever hear of Tucker’s Kobolds? If you have then you know that a half-dozen hit points does not mean an easy fight. In this week’s Dungeon Situational I’ll pitch a few ideas for the kinds of traps that kobolds may construct given their stature, disposition, and available resources. As usual I’ll be using D&D 5e […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 10th: Castle Crashing - Friends, I am afraid there has been a blight upon this land, so evil it is that we cannot imagine how to deal with it. This is why I have called you all here once more, to assist us in vanquishing the villainous warlocks and sorcerers, the fallen knights and their undead companions. Join us, for we have a tale for you. A tale of heroics unlike ever seen before will unfold. We're going Castle Crashing!
GeekOut Shrewsbury – January ’18: Geeky Resolutions - Happy new year, you bunch of nerds! It was great to get a new year of GeekOut Meets kicked off with you guys, and true to form we only got bigger and better, more people, more new faces, more new games, and yet another unapologetically brutal quiz to test even the deepest of nerdy knowledge. […]
Top 10 Shonen Anime - Anime! It's a little crazy, it's a little zany and usually it's usually full of action! We love action here, so this week I got with Kevin Kutlesa from The Mental Attic, where we decided to have a sit down chat about anime - and more importantly, anime that we would have loved as a teenager. Some of these have been around for ages; whereas some of them came and went. Either way, these are our Top 10 Shonen Anime!
Video Game Review: Planet Coaster - In the midst of the Steam January sale, I spotted a gem that I’d been keeping my eye on, waiting for the day it hit the sale rack. Planet Coaster is an exciting, roller coaster/theme park simulation game. I had been dithering over whether to buy it or not, I absolutely loved Theme Park back in the day, so this was exciting to say the least.
Finally Watching Critical Role - I do my best not to make two roleplay posts in the same week (the same rule applies to film, or internet culture, or video games and so forth) but this is just a very quick post while I hastily finish my preparations for GeekOut Shrewsbury, for which I should – as you read – […]
The Orville – Seth MacFarlane does Star Trek - When I heard that Seth MacFarlane was working on a new project and basing it on a Star Trek universe, my interest was certainly enough to actually go and watch the whole series via Amazon.
Dungeon Situational – Magical Implements - Dungeon Situational is a new series for Dungeons & Dragons players easily modified for other editions and roleplaying systems that feature ideas for DMs and players that can (hopefully) help you make your characters and your campaigns uniquely yours. Spells, creatures, trinkets, encounters, rewards, and obstacles of any and all sorts. For today, something I […]
Meetup.com – What Happened To You? - Those of you who have followed us for a while will be keenly aware of our love and usage of Meetup.com, a website which brings people together via very clever marketing. New groups get great emphasis and you can see all Meetups people have signed up to, giving much needed exposure for all groups. However, in December 2017, Meetup took an interesting turn in design and methodology.
Collectables: Boxed or Not? - A problem that every geek has had to face in their life is if they wish to keep their collectables boxed, or to do the unspeakable - unboxing it. This article will look at the merits of both sides, as well as my own personal opinions on both routes. Whether you’re a boxed collectible kind of person, or the sort to ravage the wrapping, this article will look at both sides in a positive light, whilst discussion reasons for both.
Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders - Rangers, Marksmen, Snipers, Pistol Wagglers, Rocket People and so many more! A Ranged Weapon Wielder is a dangerous, often hard to predict fighter who can take you out before you see them. This is a list of our Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders; There is a bit of a range here and we feel we […]
Japan Crate – January 2018: Attack on Titan Crate - I’ve been a fan of anime and manga for a rather long time, dating back to when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Now that I’m in my late 20’s, it’s fair to say I’ve been exposed to it for a rather long time. Sometimes though, an anime comes along which blows everything out of the water and not too long ago, that was Attack on Titan. The sheer number of Attack on Titan coats you see worn at conventions is staggering - and now, the Attack on Titan craze has come to our Japan Crates!
Board Game Literacy - We know how to “talk” computer games, the cultural explosion has led to a host of acronyms and words entering common parlance among video gaming circles on a day to day basis, a grounding for internet language as a whole. Most of us understand terms like FPS, TBS, MMORPG, freemium, and we know what “early […]
Storytelling: Creating a Monster - Monster is a word that is often left for the goliaths and the behemoths; a word that can incite fear in even the bravest of soul. But, whether or not you believe in monsters, in storytelling, a monster can be more than just a beast. It can be something very human indeed - and in fact, in this article, I’m going to look at a fantastic story being told in the realm of professional wrestling right now: Braun Strowman. Yes, there will be talk of wrestling, but we’ll focus this article on the storytelling aspect behind it. Trust me - There’s a lot we can learn here.
Shropshire Dungeon Master: Progress Report #1 - A few weeks after declaring myself “for hire” (wink) as a Dungeon Master, what exactly have I been up to? A New Campaign Most of my campaigns fall into one of two categories: they’re either there today and gone tomorrow, or they will go on for years, outliving the tolerance of the players therein. Time […]
Video Game Review: THOR.N - When I read the little bio snippet for THOR.N, a game which is currently free on the Humble Monthly Trove until the 2nd of February, I was immediately interested and looked forward to playing it. After less than thirty minutes, the experience was over! Marketing itself as a job simulator, I was thoroughly looking forward to giving this a blast. What did I make of the experience in what attested to the shortest job I've ever had? As this was a Humble Bundle Exclusive, I took to the game with hopes to find something truly different!
GeekOut Bristol Meet – January 12th: Hero Academy Gallery - PLUS ULTRA! We had a hero inspired meetup this meet, where we took everybody to school and tested them in a huge competition, which took me most of the day to run (but damn, was it ever entertaining?) We had plenty of entrants, of which everyone got five minutes in and hey - We got through the event with more people than expected. Considering it was January, I was surprised to see so many people eager for another GeekOut Bristol Meet, as opposed to hiding away due to Christmas. Still, you all came and saw - so as ever, here's our monthly gallery of the happenings of the event.
Top 10 – Spaceships - Ah space, it’s the final frontier and all that jazz. However, what you may not really think about on a regular basis is all of the great spaceships that have graced our media. Whatever you think about space, or sci-fi as a whole, you can’t deny that the vast quantities of planets out in pop […]
Dragon Ball Super: The Tournament of Power – Has It Gone On Too Long? - After the initial disappointment I experienced from the start of Dragon Ball Super, I slowly got into it. I felt like, as a fan of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, that I should stick it out and try out more of the series. Heck, I even liked GT (which some readers may find disturbing)! Having said this, the Tournament of Power, the current Dragon Ball Super arc, has been gripping with some excellent moments… But has it gone on for too long?
Lights Out & Slender Man – Cinema Tries To Internet - In 2016 New Line Cinema released a full length feature based on a short horror video that went viral back in 2013, Lights Out. If you’re not already familiar with it I’ve included it below, the premise is brilliantly simple and it’s little wonder that the idea caught the attention of big studios. I’m a big […]
UK Anime Convention Guide 2018 - With the start of a new year comes the start of a new set of conventions, of which we currently only have one planned, but many more will pop up throughout the year no doubt. We adore anime conventions and we believe it should be accessible to everyone, too. In this article, we’ll look at what etiquette you really should take with you to a convention, no matter the size - then we'll look at some anime conventions coming up in the UK in 2018.
Legion and New Mutants – Superheroes Evolved - I find it alarmingly easy to say that the end of the Super-Hero film craze is getting close, but that’s not to say that the genre dies with the trend, much like any genre it must evolve, grow, and integrate itself into other genres. A quick run down on what one might loosely define as […]
Video Game Review: Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic - I remember being a child, wanting to go to Thorpe Park and ended up going to a different theme park called Thorpe Park, due to. Instead of ending up in Surrey, we found ourselves in a place called Cleethorpe. From that day, I vowed to create the greatest theme parks in the world - But I was a bit too young, so I played Roller Coaster Tycoon! Now, with the power of smartphones, Roller Coaster Tycoon is on our phones and tables - And no, this isn’t some dumbed down wannabe either..!
GeekOut Bristol Meet: January 12th: HERO ACADEMY - The world is ravaged by evil-doers and the greed of man. There are countless people out there, trying to undo countless years of civilisation, breaking apart our very nations. But, with the right guidance and help, you can help us. You can save us from ourselves. You can come along... and GeekOut in our Hero Academy!
Top 10 Role Playing Games - Grand stories, lush landscapes and gripping character development - These are the three real key components for a successful Role Playing Game, of which all of our choices this week have in abundance. It’s time to equip the best gear, check our stats and see if we will get that legendary drop we’ve been grinding for hours for - So stick around and check out Timlah and Joel’s Top 10 Role Playing Games!
GeekOut Bristol Meet: December 31st – New Years Eve Into 2018 Gallery - We came, we saw, we drank and hoo boy, was it ever loud? On New Years Eve, 41 amazing people came together to enjoy a night of fun and games, with festivities galore! We had an incredibly loud quiz, we counted down until midnight and we all shouted Happy New Year together on Facebook Live for the first time. Now that 2017 is behind us, let's move forward and focus on the fact that we're still one of the biggest and most amusing social events in Bristol. We're going to try and do even more this year, so keep your eyes peeled!
Memes And The Goon Show – Nothing Is Original - No, nothing is original, because if you go back far enough and dig deep enough you can always find one thing becoming another. Ideas have an ecology in the same way that living creatures do, passing their memetics down from one generation to the next, memes prove successful according to the society in which they […]
Film Review: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the latest (and second only) in the franchise. It's hard to believe this is only the second time we've gone to Jumanji - But this time, we're not entering the cursed board game, but rather a cursed video game. The game learned from its previous encounter that kids trends change, so when a teen called Alex is given the old board game, it turns itself into something he's much more interested in - A video game. How does the Robin Williams classic adapt with the times and translate to a modern audience? Read on!
Review – Xanathar’s Guide To Everything - Last year I kicked off the schedule by reviewing Volo’s Guide to Monsters, a fantastic alternative to wave after wave of Monster Manuals that we’ve enjoyed in previous editions, told from the perspective of Volothamp Geddarm, a peddler of of guidebooks in the Forgotten Realms. I finally got my hands on the guidebook written from […]
Happy New Year 2018 from GeekOut South-West - Today marks the 1st of January and as you're reading this, I'm probably still tucked in bed. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to start the year off nice and early, I truly would, but ultimately I'd only end up going to bed earlier, right? So which is the bigger crime? That's what I thought - Happy new year, everybody! It's time to consider your resolutions, as always, but I'd say that it's about time we stop relying on long-term resolutions and instead relying on smaller goals. Here's what GeekOut South-West will be doing this year, over time - and we'll see how far we get with these goals in 2018.
GeekOut Shrewsbury December ’17 – Last Gasp of the Year - So long 2017! You were mostly terrible but there were a few redeeming qualities, not least of which the advent of GeekOut Shrewsbury. On Thursday we rounded out the year in true geeky style, a mountain of board games, Callum’s Nintendo Switch (thanks man), and our first super secret santa. The Little Dessert Shop Pre-Meet […]
Top 10 Best To Come in 2018 - 2017? So that happened. Moving on. As we continue our inexorable march forwards through time, unable to alter what was to repair what is and improve what will be, we can only look to what approaches with hope. So far we appear to have something to be optimistic about, and here we’ve chosen some of our geeky favourites. Here’s our Top 10 of the Best Things to Come in 2018! Happy New Year everyone.
Timlah’s Predicted Cosplay Trends of 2018 - Last year, I wrote an article on the Cosplay Trends for 2017; in which I managed to get 4 out of 5 right, so I felt like I needed to try this type of article once again! Yes, with the new year nearly on our doorstep, it's time for us to look to the future. We've had a lot of really cool new trends appear this year, so what do you think we're going to see in 2018? Well, there are the trends I foresee coming to light.
Announcing: Dungeon Master For Hire - So shortly after writing a short, and only slightly sarcastic article about Toronto’s Dungeon Master For Hire and discovering another in New York, and more still on Reddit, I find myself thinking that there may just be a career in this, and perhaps just enough money to be made that I can finally shed the […]
Polybius – The urban legend bought to life - If you've read up on an arcade game called Polybius, you will find information about an arcade cabinet from 1981 that became an urban legend. It was apparently a crowdsourced psychology experiment that produced psychoactive and addictive effects. The legend also talks of men in black attending the cabinets, simply for the purpose of data-mining. The arcade cabinet is as rare as rare can be and there are rumours that only a few of the original cabinets exist; one of which is stored in Basingstoke. The James Rolfe, aka The Angry Video Game Nerd, did a piece on the legend too, so it has an interesting history.
Merry Boxing Day I Guess? - I’m writing this on Christmas evening, slumped in my chair in a new hoodie, overstuffed with food and casting an eye over my haul for the year, watching some good quality entertainment, half working a short campaign, half writing this article. It’s been a big, weird year. It started with a Charizard…
Merry Christmas 2017 from GeekOut South-West! - 'Tis the season to be jolly, but it's also the season where you need to wrap up, so be sure to keep warm this Christmas Day. Of course, you'll no doubt be unwrapping presents whilst you keep wrapped up, but as we uncover the mysteries of today's article, we from GeekOut Media wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Video Games To Look Forward To in 2018 - We're fast approaching the new year, with Christmas in just 5 days! Every year, us gamers look forward to something new, something exciting and something completely different. However, we're also a bunch of people who are rather fond of habits, so sequels and expansions upon franchises are always much desired. In 2018, we're going to get some interesting new IP, along with some awesome new sequels. Similar to last year's post about what we should look forward to in 2017, it's time to look towards 2018 and see a few games we really should be throwing our wallets at our monitors for.
Top 10 – Gifts For Gamers - Welcome one, welcome all, to GeekOut Media’s Top 10 Gifts for Gamers. Now we decided to come up with some basic guidelines for what we would or would not include in this week’s list, the last weekend before Christmas – So, here’s what we settled upon: Must be a gift you could buy a friend […]
A History of Wrapped Presents in Video Games - We’re going to delve deep under the Christmas tree of video game past, in hopes to uncover some still wrapped gems. Maybe we’ll uncover a brand new game? Or perhaps we’ll uncover some more delicious wall turkey? Mmm, wall turkey.
Stats For Santa - If you have not read the Christmas Encounter Table, it may be worth having a quick look before proceeding, as this is not the Santa Claus you’re familiar with, and far from the 5th edition homebrew versions of Kringle you might have seen elsewhere. My Santa, the Santa of my long-running annual Christmas Campaign is […]
Miniatur Wunderland – The World’s Most Impressive Miniatures Museum - Imagine, if you will, that you're on a trip to a foreign city in a foreign country. While reading about the city, you discover that there is the world's largest model railway exhibition. Now, forgive me for saying that I'm not really a model railway kind of guy, and I thought that the exhibition was going to be rubbish. In hindsight, I can happily say that that I was wrong. I was so very wrong. Read on for an image heavy article!
Christmas Encounter Table - Some context: Every year I have run a Christmas themed game for one of my local gaming groups. The first one was supposed to be just a one shot, an overly dramatic story of a band of misfit toys who escape the island (really a peninsula), to return home, lead a revolt of the Candy […]
Last Minute Christmas Presents for a Cosplayer 2017 - I figured I'd share with you some present ideas that would make the cosplayer in your life a very happy person. So if you're stuck for those last minute presents, whether it be large or small, check out what I'd consider some great presents for a cosplayer in 2017!
GeekOut Bristol Meet – New Years Eve Into 2018! - If you've got nothing to do on the 31st of December, I.E New Years Eve, then I think I have the solution for you. In the Old Market Tavern from 6pm, we'll be hosting our second special GeekOut South-West New Years Eve event. You wanted it, you got it - We're gonna hold our GeekOut Bristol Meet into the new year!
Top 10 Winter/Ice Levels and Maps - Today, we’ll be looking at our Top 10 Winter or Ice-themed Levels and Maps in gaming. I hope we’ve not frostbitten off more than we can chew this week. Ha! I’m funny. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
A History of Festive Food in Video Games - Dashing through the less than 1 inch of snow here in Bristol, the weather has gotten rather chilly as of late! However, one thing we all really enjoy in life, is a good festive feast. From the traditional roast turkey, through to party foods and of course, a copious amount to drink. The holiday season is always full of cheer and goodwill.
Character Writing: Bringing Your Words to Life - My friend Nathan has been turning his hand to writing of late, because he has an idea and he’s damn well going to run with it. Now, he’s the first person to tell you that he’s not a great writer, and very sensibly and admirably turned to myself and Kim from Later Levels for advice […]
Nex Machina – Review - Look, Chris told you that his opinion of Nex Machina might be slightly biased. There is no hiding the love he has of Housemarque products, but at least you can say that he has been completely honest with you. Nex Machina is available on PC and PS4 and we will be using the PS4 version for our review. This (admittedly biased) review contains a special independent opinion from Timlah.
Rewatching - I met someone recently who simply does not watch a film twice. This I find utterly astonishing, I suppose on some level I understand that with a plethora of new experiences to be had in this world, the act of going back over a film, game, TV show, book, anything that you’ve already enjoyed and […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – December 9th: A Very Star Wars Christmas Gallery - Whilst Sunday 10th was a rather snowy day down here in Bristol, Saturday was a fairly sunny day. Sure, it was cold outside, but it didn't stop people getting down to the pub for another good old GeekOut Bristol Meet. There was a lot of food and drink consumed, a lot of geeks partying in the only way geeks know how and there was a lot of new people coming to join us, as well as plenty of our regulars too. From a slow start, the meetup picked up quickly and it turned into a rather busy night! As ever, join us for our monthly gallery of our events!
Thanos Of The MCU - So far Marvel’s roster of villains has been good enough. Outstanding examples are few, but they rarely detract from the quality of the film and have never been so bland, poorly motivated, and misinterpreted as to match up to Jesse Eisenburg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor!* Most appear for a single film, and are gone for good by […]
Top 10 – Badly Decorated Places - As we approach ever closer to Christmas Day, with it only being 16 days away now, our Top 10’s have become more Christmas themed once more. This week, as chosen by you, our fantastic audience, has been probably our hardest list in a very long time to compile. We had to come up with a […]
A History of Santa Claus in Video Games - Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas one and all! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and all that, so that means the man in red will come back out, gracing our rooftops with Reindeer droppings. He’ll fall down a chimney like the world’s clumsiest rooftop repair man and he’ll then have the audacity to eat your mince pies and drink your milk, beer, baileys, expensive wines or otherwise. After all, Santa Claus knows how to have a good time; even if he is a good fellow at heart.
Robot Wars – Season 10, Best Final Ever - Spoilers let’s just get that out of the way now because I have to talk about this in detail.
Behind the Grind - I'm going to talk about unnecessary grinding; No, not the over-enthusiastic form of dancing or indeed the thing that people of certain extreme sports like to do. Nope, the gaming kind. First of all, take a deep breath. Have you done that? Good. I had to before I wrote this, but I'm not sure if it helped or not. Anyway... onwards!
Video Game Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Trial) - When I think ‘free trial’, I used to suspect that I’ll be able to get through some of the introduction levels, before it comes up with a big splash screen saying “Buy the game now!” Fortunately, Final Fantasy XIV(FFXIV): A Realm Reborn’s trial is incredibly fair - Allowing you to level up to 35 with no time restrictions. As I’m an avid MMO fan, who thoroughly enjoyed World of Warcraft, Aura Kingdom, City of Heroes, Dark Ages of Camelot and more, I took a dive into the world... of Hydaelyn.
Level Up: Cosplay Night in Bristol - This has been coming for a while now; and now that the site is live, I'm happy to share with you a special clubnight which is coming to Bristol. If you're a fan of cosplay, or if you just like geek-themed clubnights, this is going to be one for you. From all of the amazing nights we've seen at conventions, such as Amecon and Kitacon, we're now going to have our own night called Level Up, a Cosplay Night in Bristol. Interested? You should be! Read on for more information.
GeekOut Shrewsbury November ’17 - It seemed like such a long wait for it to be all over so soon… One last gasp for air before we dive into the cold waters of Christmas Cheer, November 30th was GeekOut Shrewsbury, and we have had the biggest turnout since the beginning, way back in… um… March! Wow, my memory is terrible. […]
Top 10 – Good Prequels - The word “prequel” sends shivers down the spine of every fan of an IP, be it book, film, game, or otherwise. Not the good kind of shivers either. But once in a while we are spared our apprehension and given that rare and wonderful thing, an enjoyable prequel that serves the original well.
GeekOut South-West’s Christmas 2017 - You’d better watch out, You’d better not pout, You’d better not cry, I’m telling you why, GeekOut Meetups are coming to town.
GeekOut Shrewsbury in 2018 - If you’re reading this on the day of publishing, you should already be on your way to GeekOut Shrewsbury, you can read this tomorrow or something just get to Monty’s Tower! If you’re reading this from Friday onwards, or if you are for whatever reason incapable of getting to GeekOut in Shrewsbury, then you have […]
Housemarque – Indie Developer spotlight - Are arcade-style games dead? After a blog post by Housemarque, Chris fondly looks back at the arcade developers titles.
Unstable Magic - If ever you look upon geeks in hobby shops and coffee places, playing confusing card games and getting heated over nonsensical rules, and thought to yourself “They take a game way too seriously” then the creators of the biggest of those games has an answer for you. Magic: the Gathering, rich in story, wrought with […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – December 9th: A VERY STAR WARS CHRISTMAS - Oh it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Toys in every store. But we want to meet up more. Oh look at the geeks galore!
Video Game Review: Mirror’s Edge - Faith is one of those video game characters that broke boundaries - Mirror's Edge is a game with a female protagonist, who gives you the option to play in a passive, or aggressive way. How will you take down the authoritarian government?
Top 10 – Series That Went On To Long - A series that goes on too long can be a terrible thing; from an unnecessary deviation from the plot, through to repetition of the show. What may have had a promising start, ultimately, is turning into a slog, rather than an enjoyable show to continue watching. Naturally, a series isn’t even limited to film and […]
Dice Theory: A Quick Study of Probability and Dungeons & Dragons - Have you ever wondered why we roll a D20, as opposed to, say, a D12 for a success roll in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign? Probably not; But it’s something you really should be aware of. Different dice perform differently, under different circumstances - Two of the same kinds of dice will, typically, yield different results under the same rigorous testing process. But how can that be? Why does this happen?
Review – Punisher - Here I admit Netflix had me concerned. The Defenders had been skiing very much downhill in my opinion, with a rapid decline beginning in the second half of Luke Cage ending in a blander than bland Defenders with only a handful of redeemable features. Now the Punisher had been a little underutilised in Daredevil Season […]
Gamer Question of the Month: Dec ’17 - For December's gamer question of the month, we have been asked: What video game character would make a great replacement for Santa? My answer and more.
MCM Birmingham - I don’t go to MCM comicons very often these days, despite living only ten minutes down the road from the Telford event it’s a rare occasion for me to have a weekend off, and they never seem to line up. This month circumstances so happened that I was able to arrange the day off* and […]
Genki Gear – Geek T-Shirt Greatness - In this article, I chat fondly about Genki Gear, a convention staple that I absolutely love!
Discord Competition – Free Game Codes! - This year, we've been looking after our Discord channel quite heavily - From starting to create a bot for the server (which is still a WIP), to racking up over 100 members, we've achieved a lot in a short space of time. If you're a fan of our channel, or if you're still unsure as to what the heck this Discord malarky is all about, then read on and join the Discord Channel to be in with a chance of winning five Steam Keys of your choice from our list of games. Interested? Read on, friends!
Top 10 – Series That Ended Too Soon - Be it due to a lack of viewers, funding, time, or the failings of misguided network executives who need to take a long hard look in the mirror while they slowly starve to death, unable to pull away from the shameful spiral that they've plunged themselves into by killing, not just a TV show, but a dream!...
Anime Review: Black Clover - What happens when you get an anime protagonist that's so overpowered for his world, but isn't reckoned to be by his peers? Also, what happens when you have a main character that's so loud and obnoxious, just to compliment his status as an overpowered character? Clearly, you're going to have either a Naruto, or you're going to have an Asta from Black Clover; a character who is so disliked due to how much he shouts - But let's not hold that against the anime completely. Let's check this out subjectively and talk about Black Clover for all the good and bad - and let's figure if this is an anime worth investing in.
Review – Stick It To The Man - I’m not much of a platformer, I dabbled a little in Sonic in college, got on ok with Little Big Planet, but just occasionally I’ll spot one that appeals to my sensibilities. Stick It To The Man somehow wormed its way from Steam’s front page, onto my wishlist, onto my library… Story Ray suffers head […]
My history with Digital Pinball - Pinball is a very physical game, the skill that you need to hit the ramps at the right point in time and be able to nudge the table just enough while avoiding activating the tilt switches is a real skill. Pinball machines date right back to the 1930’s, my attraction to actual machines probably started […]
The Tick vs. The Tick - Ben Edlund’s big blue hero has returned for a third outing onto the small screen, this time through Amazon Prime! You may have seen the pilot last year with Peter Serafinowicz donning the cerulean onesie and antennae, and now we have as far as episode six, certainly enough to start drawing comparisons between both the […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – 11th November: FANTASTIC FANTASY Gallery - Fantastic - That's the word I'd use to describe this past GeekOut Bristol Meet. Another month has gone by and another meetup Gallery is here for you.
Japan Crate: Halloween ’17 Edition (Trick or Treat Box) - As I looked over the box and saw the words "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!" on the side, with a cute little ghost image. So, to the delight of Japan Crate only, I received a Trick box. Great. Video inside of me regretting life.