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ATOM by GitHub

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Have you been looking for a new text editor to add to your already expanding pile of them? Perhaps you’re looking for something that’s incredibly clean and nicely intuitive? What about a text editor that instantly supports some of your favourite languages, such as C, C++, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and more? If that’s the case, you needn’t look any more, because today we’re going to show you the ATOM by GitHub; a very clean interface and a very nice text editor in general. It’s the one I use on a day to day basis in order to get through the day!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 11th: BYGONE ERA Last Weekend 

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A much smaller affair than we’re used to but it was a pleasant evening, filled with gaming goodness, books and lots of discussion. I was challenged to a battle on Pokémon Sun & Moon, where I lost spectacularly. We introduced a new board game to fit our theme and we also showed off a gift GeekOut received, as well as an expansion to an existing favourite. 

Exploding Kittens got an upgrade! Yes, for those of you who have followed Exploding Kittens at all will be familiar with the expansion, Implosing Kittens. This expansion comes with a full sized human cone of shame, as well as lots of silly new cards, which makes the game seriously tactical! From Reverse, which reverses the turn order, letting you skip your go; To the Imploding Kitten itself, which is drawn face down, doesn’t kill you, but goes back in the deck face up, then can’t be defused if you draw it from face up. This was a brilliant addition to an already excellent game. 

Top hat on head, it was a spiffing good event!

Our latest GOCollection addition is the classic board game, Scrabble. Pick up a bunch of tiles, create words out of them following a placement system on the board, then score as high as you can. It’s an incredibly simple game which was first introduced to the world in the 1920s.
Being a smaller event than usual, we didn’t hold our competition for the month, but we’re going to do a larger competition at next months event. We were going to hold a competition to perform a 30 second act, in silence, using cue cards and props. We also didn’t see our expected attendance at the pre-meetup. It wasn’t that attendance was bad; We still had 33 people join us, but it looks like the winter month of February might have caused most people to feel down in the dumps.

All going well, info about the next event goes live today, with a superhero thene and an extra big prize in mind, this should be a great event! Share your thoughts below, did you enjoy our event this month? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or Reddit as well!


Discussion: Video Game Meta

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Discussion – It’s an important part of who geeks are. We like to sit around and talk about who is better, Kirk or Picard. We like to talk about why Minecraft is so amazing and we like to talk about the implications of paying for mods in games. We like to open up a lot of discussions, through a medium of a good, strong opinion and then to invite others to either share in our opinions, or to give a conflicting view on a topic. Today’s topic needs little introduction, as we’re going to talk about the very nature of what makes a good ‘meta’ in a video game and what they’re there for. Plus, we’ll look at the negatives of the meta, then open up to everyone for a discussion.

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Website Update: Where’s The New Website?

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Here at GeekOut South-West, we are committed to bringing you the very best in geek culture. Whether you are a regular to our Bristol meetups, or if you are a fan of our writings, we are always looking to bring you something better than before. We have three dedicated writers at the moment – but this website is getting old pretty fast. We’re even running out of space on our servers!

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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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Discord: Gamer Chat Servers

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Over the past year, I’ve gone from being slightly skeptical about Discord to a convert and indeed fan of the application. It’s a really simple premise: You go on there to join a channel that you want to join in with, or you can create a channel on there for free, in order to keep people chatting. If you and a bunch of your friends currently use Ventrillo, Team Speak or dare I say Skype, then you might want to consider this latest alternative. Yes, there’s even a GeekOut Video Gamers group on there, where if you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a GeekOut Video Gamers special event coming up on Saturday 28th from 6pm.

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Evernote’s privacy changes

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In today’s online world, it sometimes pays big online corporations to listen to their audience. Consumers these days have a much bigger voice with social media; Any company, that does not at least attempt to listen to their fans is probably doomed to failure. Sometimes these corporations forget this and get it oh so very wrong. Take what happened when Facebook took over Instagram as an example, that went horribly wrong and yes, Facebook eventually turned around on their decision… But it does make me wonder how many people instantly shut down their accounts, then never trusted Instagram ever again?

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Life at the BBC

For those of you not in the know, I used to work for the BBC. It was actually my second major programming job back in 2002, I remember turning up for the interview suited and booted but still had my goatee and my septum piercing. Even then I was convinced that I didn’t need to remove these to get into a good company. I was certainly nervous for the interview and I walked into Bush House which has an interesting history and was mostly used for the BBC’s world service radio programs.

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Happy New Year From GeekOut South-West

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January 1st has finally hit us and oh my word, what a whirlwind of emotions last year was for a lot of us. It was a year we’re going to remember for many years to come and you know what..? That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps it’s put the fire underneath us to let us jump to our feet and take charge of what we do – Perhaps it’s just made us more miserable than ever. No matter what it’s done for you, we’re here to say that we hope 2017 is good to you – and we’re hoping we can do some great things in 2017 to help you along your way. But what is happening this year and what do you have to look forward to? Here’s a few things…

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What Will I Do In 2017?

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I found that in the past being super critical of myself has not been very helpful and actually makes me less motivated, so I opt for a New Year wish list instead of New Year resolutions. I promised myself I won’t mention Brexit or the inevitable inauguration of one Donald Trump so don’t expect this to be political and in no particular order.

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