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Two Point Hospital – A True Theme Hospital Successor

Small indie studios are all the rage these days, often creating something that outsells the Triple A companies that have dominated gaming for so long. The mainstream trend right now seems to be bringing back gaming gems from the past; Crash Bandicoot being last years big reskin and this year we’re set to get both Spyro the Dragon and Medievil, two games I adores from my childhood. However, remakes don’t need to be the only way to bring a bit of classic gaming back, as Two Point Hospital is coming to prove.

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The weird, wonderful and bizarre world of reddit

So if you have heard about reddit then you may of heard that it’s full of trolls, hate speech, nudity, utter pointless conversations and all sorts of other things. It’s usually all the bad rumours that gets spread about reddit and all of those rumours are true but if you dig a little and are selective about what you read then it can be full of very useful bits of information.

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The Week in Geek – 20/10/2014

The Week In Geek

We’re back once again ladies and gentlemen for another awesome edition of The Week in Geek. This week we ramp up the extremely exciting by bringing you… Mathematics? Also in the news this week, we see the return of a gaming legend, Avengers, Antman, Spiderman (Marvel madness in general) and an update to Gerry Andersons Firestorm.

This was one very eventful week in geek!

 


PhotoMath

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This might be one of the coolest bits of software I’ve seen in some time.

What PhotoMath does is literally allows you to scan over an equation or maths problem of some kind and once it’s focused on it, it’ll try to resolve the problem for you. Now, that could be thought of making people lazy, but it does a lot more than this.

Not only does it solve the equation, but it tells you how to work it out for yourself. Step by step instructions for the scanned equation appear on your smartphone. This is one seriously powerful bit of technology. It’s already available on iOS and it’s also available on Windows Phone. It’s due to be released on Android in early 2015. Watch this space, Android fans – iOS and Windows Phone fans, go look this app up. It rocks! Let us know how good it is!

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There’s one thing I’ve failed to mention… This is a free app. They also have provided an SDK for their camera text scanning software which can be implemented in any of your apps. It appears the SDK is free to obtain, too. Is this the beginnings of a truly augmented reality, perhaps?

Follow these links for more information on PhotoMath as well as the rest of the MicroBLINK family. Seriously – Exciting times are ahead of us!

3D Realms is back

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To all of you out there, this is a very small announcement by the 3D Realms team.

If you don’t know who 3D Realms are, all I can say is “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I’m all outta gum.” These guys made Duke Nukem and I assume with them coming back, they might have re-acquired the rights to the Duke Nukem name. That’s pure speculation of course, but they might be coming up with completely new franchises after a long period of absence. Watch this space as this is a small developing situation right now. Let’s hope they produce more gems like their games of yesteryear!

But for now, they’ve given us a 32-game anthology pack… That’s a great way to make a return guys!

Marvel Cinematic Universe News

Kudos to Marvel this week for recognizing the power of the internet. As they began a countdown to the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer the leaked footage spread faster than their countdown ever could, so – being the sensible types they are – Marvel cancelled the count and released the HD version within 24 hours. It looks spectacular without giving a thing away about the plot that we didn’t already know. Biggest and most gleefully received reveal would be the Iron Man Hulk-Buster that comic book fans have been dreaming of since the incredible film project was announced at the end of the first Iron Man film. Check out the trailer here:

The beleaguered Ant Man project is due to follow it later next year in July. Original director Edgar Wright (famous for the Cornetto Trilogy) left the project following creative differences. Still, I am looking forward to the lesser known Marvel Property joining the big-screen cast.

And finally, it has been revealed that not only can we expect an Iron Man 4, but the plot of Captain America 3 is looking likely to be the story of the comic series Marvel Civil War, in which Stark and Rogers divide the world’s super-heroes over the topic of power registration! It’s a huge undertaking, and one that should, ideally span both films. More importantly it begs the question, will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be integrated at last? I won’t spoil it for those who don’t know, but Spider-Man plays a somewhat pivotal part in the storyline.

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Firestorm Update

More of our coverage on the Gerry Anderson Kickstarter project, which is now in it’s final few days and still a long way away from it’s highest stretch goal, a 22 minute pilot episode! It looks unlikely but the fact that they’ve achieved funding so quickly is still fantastic news. Here are a few more sneak peeks at some of the work being done:

 


That’s it for this Week in Geek! If you know of anything happening that you think should get a small piece on this site, let us know! Drop us an e-mail or even use the contact form below. If you don’t want your name to be featured or if you want some information to be displayed should your news make it in, then please let us know what you want and we’ll accredit you as expected!

 


The Week in Geek – 29/09/2014

The Week In Geek

We’re back once again ladies and gentlemen for another awesome edition of The Week in Geek. This week, we’ve had a bit of a slow one, but it’s also been an exciting one for a few reasons. Here’s last week’s geek happenings and what there is to look forward to!

 


 

GeekOut South-West’s next meetup

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That’s right, last week we did a new post on the next GeekOut South-West meetup which is taking place This Friday. Why not come along if you’re in or around Bristol, UK? We’d love to see you there. More information can be found on our Meetup page.

We are having Kim and Phil, as well as Joel all at this meetup and many more wonderful guests! Come along!

 

Firestorm Funded!

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After only 4 days, Anderson Entertainments’ Firestorm made its’ funding goal! Stretch goals are being put up and achieved in short order, and with every new goal, Firestorm becomes that little bit more awesome. So far we already have a new set – the interior of Ocean Storm, and a bigger explosion – a very real (model) building detonated for our entertainment. So much more still to come, and you still have 28 days left to show your support and get some cool stuff in the process.

 

Samurai Chef Funded!

 

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That’s right, on a similar vein to the Firestorm announcement above, Samurai Chef has already received more than enough for funding! Exciting stuff lies ahead for us and I really hope Mayamada keeps their momentum going. They are great guys who deserved to get their comic to light. Plus, they do a lot of work within the Otaku community as seen in yesterday’s post.

 

Games Day

 

Shameless self promotion:

On October 19th, e-Collectica Games will be hosting a tabletop games day, and because it’s e-Collectica’s birthday this games day they will be including a Settlers of Catan tournament with prizes to be won, their annual Fluxx competition, and will also see the return of Viking Tomato – a role-play using the Savage Worlds system hosted by Quotes From the Tabletop with our very own Mike Pound at the helm. Take the time to try Privateer Press’ Warmachine and Hordes miniature war-game. There will also be a library of games to play, but plenty of space for those of you who want to bring your games to play too.

This is the third such event e-Collectica have allowed me to run, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. If any of you guys are going to be in the Shropshire area on October 19th, come to the Morris Hall on Bellstone from 9:30 onwards. Tickets are £3 on the door, but please feel free to register your name by contacting us here at GeekOut South-West to get the pre-booking discount.

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That’s it for this Week in Geek! If you know of anything happening that you think should get a small piece on this site, let us know! Drop us an e-mail or even use the contact form below. If you don’t want your name to be featured or if you want some information to be displayed should your news make it in, then please let us know what you want and we’ll accredit you as expected!

 


The Week In Geek – 08/09/14

The Week In Geek

 

Welcome to our first ever issue of The Week in Geek, where Joel and myself will be looking at some geeky news from the week just passed. Today we just have 2 articles to share with you all but please, do let us know if you like these small snippets and if you’d like anything featured for our next issue of The Week In Geek.

 


Minecraft – $2.5bn acquisition

This has left a sour taste in my mouth and I’m sure many other Minecraft fans are feeling the same.

Let’s talk facts here: Mojang is a company and at the end of the day, they are looking to make money. For this, I do not blame Markus ‘Notch’ Persson as it means he can move onto other things, which as a developer you can assume that’s what he’d want to do!

However the question remains: Will Minecraft remain the same experience, or will Microsoft do some stuff to the game that might end up hurting all of the mod creators? What hurts them damages the whole Minecraft experience. Yes, I am admitting that the vanilla game of Minecraft isn’t enough to keep a player hooked for long. It’ll keep you busy, certainly but the mods are what drew so many people back. Don’t forget YouTube videos from people like the Yogscast, who have spent years showing modded Minecraft servers and adventures!

Let’s keep our eyes on this one, let’s hope for the best and please Microsoft: Don’t let this be another product you’ve bought out that us Linux boys eventually are unable to use.

To further update people to this matter, it was earlier today announced that the acquisition has indeed happened. It’s still too early to see what Microsoft want to do with it, but as I previously mentioned: Mojang is indeed a company. Money is good for them. Minecraft 2 if it comes about, should remain as open as MInecraft.

 

Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes

Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes returns on the 17th! For those of you not aware, Goblins is a comic set in a unique D&D style world, and follows the story of a band of goblins who refuse to accept their lot in life and choose to take character class levels, and their struggle against a world of prejudice and challenges designed for “regular heroes.” It’s an amazing read, and well worth your time.

Well, Goblins has had some scheduling problems, mostly because Tarol Hunt – the author – struggled to maintain a regular posting schedule because of how detailed his work is. Frankly, the bulk of his audience were happy to wait on him, but eventually maintaining his own standards caused Tarol to have a nervous breakdown in February, which you can read about in the blog post under the comic on the home page. While you’re there though, take an opportunity to check out the awesome return announcement he made!


Also read Goblins. It’s awesome!

 


 

 

And that’s it for The Week in Geek for this week! It’s been quite an interesting week, but we’ll start to prepare more week in geek articles throughout the week. As I mentioned, let us know what you think about us doing these small week in geek snippets, as we’re planning to make these regular articles.

Until next time, take care. Share with us your thoughts on our two pieces of news. Is the acquisition a good thing, or a bad thing for Mojang’s future? What about the announcement that Goblins is going to be released? Let’s talk about The Week in Geek!