Hoo boy, it only felt like a few months ago that I reported on the new game’s hub on the Discord app. Sure, that wasn’t such big news, but this time around, Discord are bringing themselves in direct competition with video-game monolith, Valve. They are creating a Game’s Library/Store, akin to that of what Steam users are currently used to. This is all well and good, but what do Discord think they can do differently? This is currently being tested in Canada*, but this is what the rest of the world can expect once it’s moved into more countries around the world. Along with this, today’s article will contain a few of my personal opinions on the matter.
It was definitely a Bizarre kind of night on Friday, where the good folk who attended GeekOut Bristol Meet came up with some awesome stands to call their own. It was a quieter meetup, with the entire pub being somewhat quieter than usual, but that wasn’t a problem – It meant there was more space for us all to play some great games and have excellent conversation. Most of the attendees would likely agree that the quieter atmosphere made for a much more relaxing day, so come join us as we check out this month’s GeekOut Bristol Meet.
WARNING: This article is incredibly image and video heavy!
AmeCon 2018 was a roaring success in my personal opinion, however the event started off with a few technical issues. Having said that, the crew battled on through those issues to be met with a weekend that had both roaring heat and ridiculous rainfall. The parties were fun, the cosplays were incredible, the guests were wonderful and the panels were all in all great fun (at least the ones I saw). Usually at these events, I don’t spend enough time going to events, usually because I’m in costume myself. For the first time ever, I went to an event with no cosplays, which felt strange, but seriously, it was rewarding to be able to look and appreciate the craft of Cosplay and Japanese fandom as someone looking in again. Read on for more on this year’s experience.
OH MY GOD!!
Get your stands out, it’s time for us to get ready for our very own Bizarre Adventure! With a new season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure coming out later this year, it’s time for us to celebrate the ripple and of course, Za Warudo!
Oh and for any of you who don’t know what we’re on about, it’s cool – Come along and enjoy our antics anyway, as it’ll be another great night of fun and games!
Did anyone get a head-count on the day? I think we surpassed thirty which is always a pretty good month, the pre-meet was a grand outdoorsy affair, as befits the season, although gaming wasn’t ideal given the furniture.
But so many of you showed up, and so many of you put the effort into the steampunk theme of the day. Top hats, waistcoats, the finest of attire, and a couple of artistic contributions to the inventors fair. Fun, laughter, games, and general geekery, and so much to do in the long gap between now and August’s Shrewsbury Event. (more…)
The past month, people across the world have been celebrating Pride month, a moment for the LGBT community and allies to celebrate all that makes up diversity. We here support people to be free to be who they want to be, so long as they’re not cruel to others. Except Joel, you can be mean to Joel if you want*. I thought I’d use today as a way to close off Pride month by talking a bit about myself… What? I’m proud of being a geek. Oh and I’m also proud of being an openly gay geek.
*P.S: Please don’t be mean to Joel, I was kidding.
For those of you who have used Discord at some point in time, you may have heard that an update that came in last week introduced a Games Tab. This hub gives convenient quick links to all of your favourite titles that you’ve got installed. Further to that, it gives you news and an insight as to what all of your friends are up to in the world of video games. Having now used it for a number of days, there are a few things I’ve got to say about it: some positive, some… not so much.
Let me take you to a future filled with authoritarian governments and damaged lands. Consider this, you’ve always thought you were the last rebel of your kind, but it turns out you weren’t. A bunch of you have donned your most practical gear and set out to meet up as the last remaining bunch of Cyberpunks… Of Bristol!
FOODIE PRE-MEET TBC (Poll Pending):
As ever, we love a good nomming session before GeekOut Bristol Meet – We’ll be setting up our Pre-Meetup food poll on Facebook today (Sunday 24th), so watch this space.
Our votes will be between:
- Coal Bar & Grill
- Frankie & Benny’s
- Wagamama’s Cabot Circus
MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
Hey, turn that stun gun off, we’re here for a civilised meetup with the best of you surviving Cyberpunks! Don’t forget we’ve still got an agenda to keep up with, so come and check us out! There’ll even be prizes later in the night.
Food & drink can NOT be brought in with you to the Old Market Tavern. If you are caught with food and drink on the premises, you will be asked to leave until you’ve disposed of your food or drink.
There will be a food menu at Old Market Tavern in the evening! The food is very cheap and it’s absolutely delicious! Food is usually available from 6pm.
Final note: If you are asked for ID by the bar staff, we will not vouch for your age – You must provide ID.
BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)
As always, we’ll have a large selection of board games available, so please do check out what we have:
– Bears vs Babies
– Bucket of Doom
– Cards Against Humanity (UK Edition + Expansions 1, 2 and 3)
– Cash n Guns
– Exploding Kittens
– Hack Trick
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Three Wishes
– Unusual Suspects
– Zombie Munchkin
AND MANY MORE!
We won’t be bringing every game listed above with us: If there’s a specific game you want to see, please let me know in the comments below.
We will bring a new game for this meetup as well, so watch this space, we’ll announce what it is on Monday 9th by 10pm!
COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)
Cyberpunks! Get your costumes ready as we’re about to celebrate your amazing costumes with our cosplay competition. Don your best costume and read on for the competition!
*CHANGING FACILITIES* If you want to change into a costume when here, please note there are no changing facilities. There are just standard toilet cubicles – Which are fine to change in, but you might want to consider this first.
COMPETITION: Cyberpunk Cosplay (8pm-9pm judging, 9pm results)
Donning your favourite cyberpunk costume, come join us for this month’s competition. We’ll announce prizes later down the line, however here are the rules for this months competition:
1) If your costume cannot be in some-way cyberpunk, or explained to be as such, then you will be disqualified.
2) You will stand before three judges and we’ll decide who has the best cyberpunk outfit.
3) You will be judged on three criteria:
b) DIY Element
c) How well does it fit the theme?
The three judges will decide based on these three criteria who to give the prizes to.
1st Place: Cyberpunk Goggles & Mask, £25 Cash, 3 Steam Games, a GeekOut Poster
2nd Place: TBC, £15 Cash, 2 Steam Games, a GeekOut Poster
3rd Place: TBC, £10 Cash, 1 Steam Game, a GeekOut Poster
EXCLUSIVE: Pride Gordon Poster
To commemorate Pride month and the fact July 14th is Pride Day in Bristol, we’ll be giving Pride posters for a small donation. The donation will go towards proceedings for Bristol Pride, to help support campaigns of equality. We’ll reveal the design by Monday 2nd!
As part of our commitment to being a great night out, we do not discriminate based upon age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexuality. If at any point you feel you need to speak to someone about another’s actions, please grab the host (Timlah) and we’ll sort it out!
E3 is a massive specticle; a grand stage for all of the biggest of publishers and developers, showing off their hard work. Big conferences aren’t necessarily my thing, but all gamers are acutely attuned to E3. Love it or hate it, whether you think it does good or bad for the industry, it’s always a massive time of the year for gamers. It sets the pace for the rest of the year and first two quarters of the next – And this year, I think Bethesda said the most.
Games can sometimes be a little bit tense; or they can be so gruesome that you can’t bare to continue staring at it. There are lots of reasons why you may struggle to watch something unfold, be it grounded in reality or absurdity. Whatever the reason, you chose this one, you strange people, so here are our Top 10 Hard To Watch Moments In Games.
Oh and small warning; there’s a lot of horror in this one. (more…)