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S3E3 - All About Anthem

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Welcome to Season 3 Episode 3 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – All About Anthem

In this episode,  We talk about the recent “DEMO” for Anthem, What problems we encountered, Our 1st Impressions, What we thought about the gameplay and we discuss what we think the future of the game will be.

Show Notes

 Our Snapshot Opinion of the Game

    • Anthem feels like Mass Effect made a child with Division and they were raised by Iron Man in the world of Monster Hunter
    • This game is not Destiny, it is not The Division, it is not Warframe.  The one thing we can comment on is the quality of the game.
  • Publisher Concerns

    • EA - Need we say more
    • VIP weekend DEMO didn’t have a good start
    • Will they learn, and correct the issues presented during the demos - It seems like they did with the Open DEMO as server problems were much less but we did experience issues the first day
    • There will be microtransaction but only for cosmetics and all cosmetics in the game can be bought with a certain in-game currency - 0 items in the market currently affect your gameplay
  • Technical Issues

    • Not a technical issue but the naming could have been changed from DEMO to BETA and a lot of the PR would have been addressed - Community would have been more forgiving
    • Server problems
    • Connection Issues - for the VIP demo only
    • Lag - Mostly in VIP demo
    • Audio problems
  • Overall Feel

    • Combat

      • Good mix of strategy and learning needed
      • Teamwork oriented
      • Solo queue play is very challenging as you really need to be able to communicate with your team
      • Some mid-level tier enemies were extremely tanky.  EA will need to look at balancing the enemies vs. player shield levels
    • Loot
      • One massive key to a shooter-looter is the LOOT and it’s got to be good
      • The loot in this game was exciting and fun to get your hands on
    • Weapons
      • Good mix of weapons to use
      • Depending on what types of weapons you prefer there could be a bit of learning curve with the weapons
      • Situational
      • Each class should have a special weapon they can use, which I think would give just a bit more edge and hone in each class for specific fighting styles.  Would allow players to have a bit more customization with how they choose weapons for each of the slots
      • A lot of the weapons had the same look, sound and feel which made it hard to figure out what to use
    • Skills
      • Learning curve
      • Some skills felt very underwhelming in specific fights
      • Situational
      • Skills are somewhat customizable
    • Movement
      • Really felt like a console game that was ported to PC with how the controls were laid out
      • Flight and Underwater Movement was a massive learning curve
      • Overall movement was top notch and felt very smooth for the most part
    • Environments
      • Beautifully made worlds
      • Challenging to navigate first time in as most new worlds are
      • Exploration and hidden items 
  • Playing The Javelin

    • Each Javelin is unique - Each has a unique feel
    • Our Opinion of each Javelin
      • STORM
      • RANGER
      • COLOSSUS
      • INTERCEPTOR 
  • The Future of Anthem

    • We now have a road map which shows a plan with new strongholds, loot, quality of life changes, & GUILDS!
    • The core Bioware team is making this game
    • The End game has Legendary missions which are enhanced versions of the missions you get from quest givers. The drops from these missions will also be of a higher tier to match difficulty.
    • For the ultimate test in skill and squad cohesion, you can increase the difficulty of the mission to Grandmaster and above.   
    • It looks like we will have Diablo style loot in that there are rolls which will sync better depending on the play styles you are going for.  FARMING NEEDED!

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S3E2 - Superhero Madness

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Welcome to Season 3 Episode 2 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – Superhero Madness

In this episode, the geeks are back to discuss all the upcoming superhero & villain films coming out this year and what our thoughts are on each.

Show Notes

  • Captain Marvel

    • Release Date: March 8, 2019
    • What We Know So Far
      • Marvel’s first female-led superhero film will revolve around the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.  This iteration of Captain Marvel will focus on the character of Carol Danvers, whose adventures are earthbound but whose powers are based in the cosmic realm. Joss Whedon wanted to introduce the character at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Marvel didn’t want to bring Captain Marvel into the MCU fully formed without first telling her origin story.
      • This film will be a prequel to the MCU, taking place in the 90s and bringing back Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson for the first time since The Avengers. Moreover, the comics characters the Skrulls are the villains with a story revolving around the Skrull vs. Kree war, which explains why Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou are reprising their roles from Guardians of the Galaxy as Kree. That could have major repercussions leading into Avengers 4, but Captain Marvel will also give us a two-eyed Nick Fury. Jude Law is set to co-star as the alien Mar-Vell.
  • Hellboy

    • Release Date: April 12, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Hellboy creator Mike Mignola came up with the story for this new reboot as opposed to moving forward with the third film in Guillermo del Toro‘s established franchise, and Stranger Things standout David Harbour fills the role of the titular character for director Neil Marshall, who helmed The Descent and a couple standout Game of Thrones episodes. The film has loosely based the Rise of the Blood Queen arc with Milla Jovovich filling that villainous role, while Ian McShane plays Trevor Bruttenholm and Daniel Dae Kim fills the part of Ben Daimio. Oh, and this is 100% Rated R.
  • Shazam

    • Release Date: April 5, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Making his superhero movie debut, Dwayne Johnson opted to take on the role of the villainous Black Adam in this DC comics adaptation, but Warner Bros. subsequently decided to hold Johnson for a separate Black Adam movie so Shazam will be all about that hero. Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is directing, and this served as Warner Bros.’ next DCEU film in production after Aquaman.
      • Zachary Levi is the title superhero character, with Asher Angel playing his boy counterpart Billy Batson. The story revolves around a young boy who can transform into a powerful superhero simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”. Mark Strong is playing the film’s villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
  • Avengers Endgame

    • Release Date: April 26, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • The conclusion to the epic two-part Avengers storyline will close out Marvel’s ambitious MCU with a bang. The title, Avengers: Endgame, has finally been revealed, if not the story, confirmed cast, etc.
  • Dark Phoenix

    • Release Date: June 7, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • The sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse has been firmed up as Dark Phoenix, which will tackle the beloved Jean Grey story arc from the comics that was first broached (and botched) in X-Men: The Last Stand. X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg has penned the script and is making his directorial debut on the project, which also stars Jessica Chastain as maybe the villain Lilandra and is bringing back pretty much the entire main X-Men cast. The movie won’t be skimping on the weirdness, as it’s been confirmed that the story will find the X-Men finally venturing to space. Hans Zimmer is coming out of superhero movie retirement to compose the score.
  • Spider-Man Far From Home

    • Release Date: July 5, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Not much. Bolstered by the positive response to Homecoming, director Jon Watts returned to direct, and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who came on to rewrite Homecoming, wrote the script.
      • Jake Gyllenhaal plays comics villain Mysterio, although Mysterio is a good guy in this movie. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders also co-star, adding a S.H.I.E.L.D. presence to the whole shebang.
  • The New Mutants

    • Release Date: August 2, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) has been attached to direct New Mutants for some time now, but 20th Century Fox finally moved this thing into production after the success of Deadpool and Logan. The film is both YA-esque and horror-tinged in tone, revolving around a group of much younger mutants in the X-Men universe than the adults from the proper X-Men movies. The story will also ditch traditional superhero costumes and supervillains in favor of telling a story about these young mutants locked up together in some facility, mirroring a horror haunted house vibe. James McAvoy has been rumored to be reprising his role as Professor X in the film.
      • However, just a few months before the film was set to hit theaters in April 2018, Fox pushed the movie back 10 months to 2019 to take over Gambit‘s previous spot. No official explanation was given, but rumors swirl that Fox tested the film and decided it “wasn’t scary enough,” so some additional photography may be in order.
  • Joker

    • Release Date: October 4, 2019
    • What We Know So Far:
      • This is a weird one. In the wake of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, and with Wonder Woman proving to be a massive success, Warner Bros. began changing up its plans for the DCEU. One idea is to kickstart a new arm at WB that will develop and produce one-off DC Comics adaptations not connected to the DC Extended Universe, meaning filmmakers can come in, try something really radical, and not have to worry about setting up a franchise or fitting into an established timeline. The first of these to hit the trades was a Joker origin movie directed by The Hangover and War Dogs filmmaker Todd Phillips, who is co-writing the script with The Fighter scribe Scott Silver. The idea is to craft something in the vein of Taxi Driver, a gritty, hard-boiled crime picture set in the early 1980s.
      • The lead actor would not be Jared Leto, but someone else entirely—WB reportedly wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, and when he passed they moved on to Joaquin Phoenix, who signed on after prolonged negotiations. The movie began filming in September 2018 and wrapped in December.
  • Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    • Release Date: February 7, 2020
    • What We Know So Far:
      • This project hit the fast track at Margot Robbie‘s urging, as the Harley Quinn actress lobbied Warner Bros. an DC to put together a female-centric DC movie based on the Birds of Prey comics. The studio not only put this together but has Cathy Yan in line to direct based on the strength of her indie feature Dead Pigs. The idea is to potentially introduce a few DC comics characters in this film, like Batgirl, which would then pave the way to their own solo films a la Black Panther and Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
      • This project is a priority for Warner Bros. and could begin filming at the end of 2018. Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Huntress, and Rosie Perez is The Question, while Ewan McGregor plays villain Black Mask.
  • Gambit

    • Release Date: March 13, 2020
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Channing Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men mutant for a while now, and 20th Century Fox finally pulled the trigger on a standalone movie for the fan-favorite Cajun. Production had initially been slated to begin Fall 2015, but when it was pushed back to early 2016, director Rupert Wyatt abruptly dropped out due to personal reasons. Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) subsequently signed on to direct, and while producer Simon Kinberg told us the film will be a heist picture and a “sexy thriller”, the film was pulled from its October 2016 release date and sat in limbo for a bit.
      • Gambit was officially back on track with Pirates of the Caribbean and A Cure for Wellness director Gore Verbinski taking the helm and a Valentine’s Day 2019 release date, but Verbinski dropped out two months before filming was set to begin and Fox is once again on the hunt for a director. Joshua Zetumer (Patriot’s Day, RoboCop) penned the most recent draft of the script, but this entire film could be scrapped or reconceived once the Disney/Fox deal goes through.
  • Wonder Woman 1984

    • Release Date: June 5, 2020
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Very little, but Wonder Woman marked a major turning point for the DCEU with wildly positive reviews and massive box office, so anticipation is high. Patty Jenkins returns to direct a story that takes place in the year 1984 against the backdrop of the Cold War (timely!), with Kristen Wiig playing the villain Cheetah and Chris Pine somehow reprising his role as Steve Trevor. The film was originally scheduled for release in November 2019, but Warner Bros. opted to push it into the summer corridor of 2020.
  • Black Widow

    • Release Date: TBA
    • What We Know So Far:
      • A standalone Black Widow movie has long been requested by fans, and Marvel Studios is finally pulling the trigger—although all official details will be under wraps until Avengers 4 hits theaters so as not to spoil how that film wraps up. Scarlett Johansson handpicked indie filmmaker Cate Shortland to direct after an exhaustive search, and the most recent draft of the script was written by Jac Schaeffer. Early word is that this movie takes place before the events of The Avengers, but again all confirmed details are under lock and key at the moment.
  • Suicide Squad 2

    • Release Date: TBA
    • What We Know So Far:
      • David Ayer definitely isn’t coming back to direct this sequel, and Warner Bros. looked at some intriguing names for his replacement. Mel Gibson was approached towards the end of 2016, but Warner Bros. eventually moved on and offered the movie to Jaume Collet-Serra of The Shallows and Non-Stop fame to take the helm, only to see him pass. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) was subsequently set to direct, but when his take came out similar to the plot of the Birds of Prey movie—which is going into production first—he became frustrated and moved on.
      • Subsequently, Warner Bros. tapped former Guardians of the Galaxy 3 filmmaker James Gunn to write a script from scratch and potentially direct. The idea is for Gunn to craft whatever kind of story he wants, which means we could be in for a complete reboot of this franchise.
  • The Flash

    • Release Date: TBA
    • What We Know So Far:
      • Miller made his brief debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he’s a fully fledged star of the Justice League. After tasking Phil Lord and Chris Miller with penning a treatment only to see them head off to direct the Han Solo Star Wars film (and then leave that), the studio subsequently tapped Seth Grahame-Smith to make his directorial debut on the superhero picture. Alas, after the disappointing reception to Batman v Superman, Warner Bros. opted to change course and parted ways with Grahame-Smith, seeking to find a more established filmmaker in his stead. They settled on Dope filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa, working from Grahame-Smith’s script that was a buddy film of sorts between Flash and Cyborg. But after months of developing the project and with casting underway (Dopestandout Kiersey Clemons landed the role of Iris West), Famuyiwa exited the project in late October.
      • This put the March 2018 release date in doubt, as it was dependent upon production getting underway in early 2017. Miller was then due to start filming Fantastic Beasts 2 in mid-2017, which would push production of The Flash to late 2017 or early 2018, meaning the March 2018 date was impossible. The film does now have a pair of directors though. Names like Robert Zemeckis were bandied about early on, but WB settled on Vacation and Game Night helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct Flashpoint, who also co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming.
      • Warner Bros. announced at Comic-Con 2017 that this Flash movie will be an adaptation of the Flashpoint time travel comics storyline, which could give WB a way to reboot the DCEU somewhat. But it’s unclear if that’s still the plan.
      • The long road to getting The Flash movie off the ground hit yet another speed bump in October 2018, when it was revealed that production is being delayed from Spring 2019 to late 2019 due to the fact that the script wouldn’t be ready in time and Miller once again has to shoot Fantastic Beasts 3 starting in July 2019. As a result, The Flash movie isn’t expected to hit theaters anytime before 2021 now. 
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S3E1 - Welcome to the New Year

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Welcome to Season 3 Episode 1 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – Welcome to the New Year

In this episode, We have our first ever giveaway to talk about plus we talk about setting goals and managing expectation. We delve into some of the hardware announcement from CES and what we have found most interesting. Then to finish out the episode we cover a couple non-mainstream games which have caught our attention recently.

Show Notes

Checkout Our GIVEAWAY!!!

Goals

  • The new year means it is resolution time!
  • Setting Goals are always good. Some do for health, for jobs, for hobbies.  It is always good to have an end-game goal but set milestones for yourself.
  • Those early wins with help keep you motivated.  Always look at what is realistic in the short term. Take time to reevaluate.

CES 2019

  • ASUS ROG – Mothership – Think Windows Surface but gaming –
  • AMD Radeon 7 – AMD’s next gen of card
  • AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen – First 7nm CPU on the market – 8 core CPU – Also according to the first test goes toe to toe with I9-9900k
  • Teslasuit
  • Samsung
  • Vive Cosmos. And Vive Pro Eye
  • RTX 2060

Game Review

  • Ashen

    • Ashen is an action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. This is a world where nothing lasts, no matter how tightly you cling to it. At its core, Ashen is about forging relationships. Players can guide those they trust in their camp – together, you might just stand a chance.
  • Thronebreaker

    • The world stands on the verge of chaos, as the tensions between the power-hungry Nilfgaardian Empire and proud Northern Realms grow. Facing an imminent invasion, Meve — war-veteran Queen of Lyria and Rivia — is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.
    • Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics.
  • Shenmue 3

    • First two Shenmue games were released by Sega for the Dreamcast in 1999 & 2001
    • Story
      • In 1987, following the events of Shenmue II, teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki has journeyed from Yokosuka, Japan, to the mountains of Guilin, China, in search of his father’s killer, Lan Di. There he met Ling Shenhua, a mysterious girl who previously appeared in his dreams. After learning the legend of her village, which foretells a united path between them, Ryo and Shenhua embark on a new journey which reveals their shared destiny.
  • Mafia 3
    • Gritty hardcore Mafia adventure Developed by Hangar13 and published by 2k games
    • Released October 2016, and I’ve had it in the backlog since it came out – Yeah just now getting to it

      • Story
      • It is the first main entry in the Mafia series since 2010’s Mafia II. Set within the fictional city of New Bordeaux, based on New Orleans, the single-player story follows Lincoln Clay, a criminal who aims to build a new crime organization while seeking revenge on the Italian mob.

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S2E16 - Scrooge & Hot Cocoa

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 16 of the All Things Geekery Podcast: Scrooge & Hot Cocoa

  • In this episode, we look at our favorite Christmas films, talk about Scrooge moments and Hot Cocoa, a review of our year and the growth of the show, plus look at a few upcoming games in 2019 that we are excited about!

Community Member Highlight

 

Show Notes

Favorite Christmas Films?

  • Victus:

    • Jim Carrey’s - The Grinch
    • All the Tim Allen - Santa Clauses
    • Home Alone 
  • Detached:
    • Die Hard - 1 & 2 The rest weren’t done on Christmas #FAIL
    • Christmas Carol - Charles Dikens
    • Elf
    • Polar Express

High-level Year in Review

  • The growth of the channel increased reach, and we got onto Spotify.
  • A Look Forward
  • Future updates with channel - (Moving all media outlets to All Things Geekery) Consolidating old channels and building the “BRAND” of ATG

Upcoming 2019 Games Were Excited About

  • Athem - Biowares last stand
  • Biomutant
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Valley of the Gods - From the makers of Firewatch

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S2E15 - The Endgame

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 15 of the All Things Geekery Podcast: The Endgame

In this episode, we’re talking about the new trailer for Avengers 4 and all the HYPE along with it!  We’re also sharing our thoughts on Destiny 2’s latest DLC; Black Armory and the new Dawning event that just hit!  

Show Notes

  • Avengers 4 - Endgame

    • It was a great trailer that showed nothing
    • Why is Tony Stuck without Nebula
    • Could we see a possible introduction of Captain Marvel in this film, by her finding Tony Stark floating in space ie: She rescues Iron Man
    • Thanos is still enjoying his peace on the farm
    • Cap is back to his Winter Soldier look but all black - everyone is in mourning
    • We get a small glimpse of Hawkeye, but he isn’t wielding his famous bow this time, instead, he has a sword
    • Ant-man makes it out of the Quantum zone
    • Could we see the Quantum Zone introduce alternate timelines to the story
    • This trailer honestly brings up more questions than answers and the film doesn’t release until April 2019

 

  • Black Armory Thoughts / Controversy

 

    • First content addition(critical call out) that did not include story mission and instead added new “Escalation protocol” type events called forges
    • Right off the bat, we could tell this was endgame content
    • It was odd not to have something like that was a bridge between those that were still leveling up to 600.  The starting forge was recommended to be 620-630. So this left a lot of people behind in the experiencing the Black Armoy content.
    • With that said how does that compare to a game like World of Warcraft the when new content releases it  - most times only the top level get to immediately play it with other still having to work through the other content
    • Now Destiny is a different game so bridging could have been made
    • The is where most of the controversy was and how some of the player bases reacted
    • The Raid -  Different, New Mechanics, a Good change to the raids we have seen before with sparrows now an addition and needed skill in the raid along with tanks.
      • In prep for the raid most had already hit max level as the raid dropped - with that said all the mechanics were in place to make it for a raid fun
      • There have been idea floated around that level cap should be locked until raid drops and then grind happens - but there is always worry about people “rigging” the system with having loot pre-staged to pop to gain the level advantage

 

  • The Dawning Returns

 

    • Eva Levante returns after a very long hiatus from the game
    • The dawning event brings a new feature never seen before in Destiny, or at least never in this style.  We now have the ability to cook items for specific quests and rewards through Eva Levante’s crafting oven
    • We’ve got more triumphs to go after, new loots, new winter-themed gear which has been fairly engaging to grind for
    • There are 16 cooking recipes you have to learn to earn triumphs, and also a hidden recipe/triumph for master Rahoul where you have to combine the wrong ingredients
    • There is also an exotic quest tied to a new Dawning themed sparrow - Good call back to the age of triumph armor and all the unlocks we had to do for it to reach its full potential - Why do they not do more of this?

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S2E14 - Forging Ahead

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 14 of the All Things Geekery Podcast: Forging Ahead

  • In this episode, the geeks will be talking about Rockstar’s latest hit Red Dead Redemption 2 and how it could be one of the best games of the modern age. We will also discuss the post Apocalyptic disappointment that is Fallout76.  We will wrap things up by talking about Destiny 2 and the latest addition to the game which will be Black Armory and why it has the community excited

Community Member Highlight

  • Each week we pick a new/upcoming content creator or seasoned vet in the geeky stratosphere to highlight and give a shoutout!
  • This Weeks Featured Community Member: 

    • Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut

      • Bel is a seasoned vet in the Blogging and Podcasting community!

      • Make sure to swing by and check out his content

 

Show Notes

    • Red Dead Redemption 2

      • Rockstar knocks it out of the park again with a game that is deep in story and also immerses you in the wild west of America in 1899
      • The verdict is out on this game and the fans are calling it one of the greatest games of the modern age.
      • You can expect a very lengthy story of around 60 hours of gameplay with some of the best storytelling Rockstar has ever done
      • Rockstar went all out on the level of detail this game brings the players as it is leaps and bounds above anything else they have done
      • The world is extremely large and will make any open world MMO’er feel right at home for questing, exploring, and make completionist wonder if they should quit as there is that much to do in the game
    • Red Dead Online
      • GTA 5 but in the wild west - and that’s not a bad thing -
      • A lot of the missions are an extension of what we would have done in the story but if you happen to be caring something of value - other players can kill you can take it for themselves.
      • There will be microtransactions but currently, the only thing that would apply would be gold bars which are used for cosmetics only
      • Different multiplayer mode that mimics modes we saw in GTA 5
      • And of course, no modern multiplier is complete without a battle royal mode
    • Fallout 76
      • Now when you do have a full team of people all running quests together and fighting off the wasteland it is fun and you do not notice some of the negatives.
      • With that said Fallout 76 is a shell of a game of what was promised to us - Bethesda has said fixes and content are on the way but right now we have another No Man’s Sky on our hands
      • It was supposed to be an answer to all the prayers for the fallout fan base which was Fallout game we have known to love but multiplayer It was not
      • Sure it had that Fallout feel of a game but it had and still has a lot of downsides
      • No non-robot NPC
      • Because of no NPC, the story is locked away in audio logs and notes found throughout the world
      • No decision dialogue
      • Limited building storage
      • A LOT of bugs
      • No Mods Support
    • Destiny 2 - Season 5 (Season of the Forge / Black Armory)
      • Black Armory will be releasing on December 4th - Must own the Annual Pass
      • Story-wise we are being tasked with a new mission to go rediscover 4 weapon forges lost during the golden age
      • The Hype is real - and yes we know we have been stuck in this before but the success of Forsaken has us encouraged
      • New higher light level - Increase of 50 Power Levels
      • New powerful and unique exotics
      • New areas that we have never been able to access or explore before
      • Soft cap will still remain at 500
      • Players under 550 should see an increase in Prime Engram drops, and receive higher power bumps to help them reach end game content a bit easier
      • Powerful reward sources will remain consistent for anyone who owns D2 Forsaken
      • New powerful gear rewards introduced for anyone who owns the Annual Pass
      • New “RAID” called the Scourge of the Past “Bit of a Spoiler”
        • Scourge of the Past tells it’s own story and is not related to the Dreaming City storyline
        • Not as large as a full Raid, but much larger than any Raid Lair ever created
        • Comparable to mechanics from Rise of the Machine
        • Scourge of the Past will release December 7th @  9am with a recommended power level of 640 but no minimum power level to play
        • Must have the annual pass to enter the Raid
      • New Power Level of 650
      • No annual pass required to reach this power level
      • Veteran of the Hunt Bundle
        • Bungie is releasing a new bundle which includes shaders, emblems, emotes, and consumables
        • To get this bundle you had to have played Destiny 2 forsaken before October 16th
        • This bundle was going to drop with Black Armory but is now going to drop with a later update coming December 18th
      • The Fate of Xur in Season 5
        • Bungie did mention on Twitter that Xur will continue to offer his fated engrams through Season of the Forge - Those engrams will only drop Year 1 gear
        • Bungie did say they do have plans to address this vendor and bring Xur bounties at a later date

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S2E13 - The Blunder of Blizzcon

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 13 of the All Things Geekery Podcast: The Blunder of Blizzcon

In this episode, the Geeks will be talking about this year’s Blizzcon - What’s become of it, What they are doing for the community, What new announcements Blizzard brought to the table, and we’ll be dropping our opinions and covering the controversy regarding Diablo!

Show Notes

  • We jump in and review the flow of the conference! You would think the types of conferences would have a good flow to them.  This year's Blizzcon had some extremely awkward moments
  • eSports and how Blizzard has contributed to the success, and how they are helping propel the future
  • How does Blizzard continue to make good games, what are they doing right and how they are still drawing fans into the world of gaming
  • Blizzard did a thing and created a fund for the Mercy Breast Cancer research, which they were able to donate the single largest donation from a company
  • Starcraft 2 - We review what makes this game so strong in the competitive RTS realm and what might happen with the story

  • Heroes of the Storm - We take a look at the new direction Blizzard is going in hero creation and what it's going to do for the future of the game
  • World of Warcraft - We review the state of the game and discuss how a lot of the fans are feeling towards this long-running series!
  • World of Warcraft Classic was announced at the conference - Can we say Nostalgia and what does this re-release bring to the community and will it be received well
  • Overwatch - Dominating the cinematography gaming world, and we review the newly announced hero Ashe
  • Warcraft 3 Reforged - Need we say more!
  • Hearthstone - We review the new expansion that was announced, our love for these types of card games and what new mechanics could be delivered

  • The controversy over Diablo Immortal - the Geeks jump into all of the craziness flying around on social media, and what the announcement of Diablo Immortal being a mobile-only could do to the company!
  • Last, of all, we give our conclusions on the overall conference, the future of Blizzard and how they might recover from the negativity surrounding Blizzcon, and the Diablo franchise!

     

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S2E11: Destiny 2 - The “DEEP FRIED” State of The Game

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 11 of the All Things Geekery Podcast: Destiny 2 - The State of The Game

In this episode, the Geeks jump back into Destiny 2 and review the current state of the game.

Community Member Highlight

 Show Notes

  • We take a look at Bungie’s re-engagement with their community and the company putting the right people in the right roles!
  • "DEEP FRIED" - Wait, I mean Drip Feed Content and Relief of Content Droughts...Who wants Donuts? 
  • Someone say - Quality of Life Improvements? The geeks discuss all the goodness that has come with the latest QOL improvements!
  • Let's discuss Community Health
  • We land the plane with our overall thoughts on the current state and future releases!

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S2E10 - The Age of Cloud Gaming

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 10 of the All Things Geekery Podcast

In this episode, the Geeks went bonkers with the recent announcement of Google and Microsoft jumping into the cloud gaming streaming world.

Show Notes

Google’s project stream

  • How does it function
  • Gaming inside of a browser
  • Only game currently available is Assassins Creed Odyssey

Project xCloud

  • Currently being developed
  • When released streaming will be available on consoles, PC, and mobile devices

First types of cloud gaming

  • Onlive - 2012
  • Game streaming via desktop client or using a home device with Onlive controller
  • Multiple modern games available
  • Instant 30 min trails
  • Instant gameplay
  • Company was bought out by Sony and later closed

Geforce Now 

  • Grid - Beta in 2013 under the Grid name
  • Full release in 2015 to “Shield only hardware”
  • In 2017 Geforce Now was released -  allows PC and MAC to stream as well
  • 1080p60 cloud-gaming service
  • Using data centers of their high-end non-consumer grade GPUs
  • Currently in Beta, free, and can use approved games from your Steam or Uplay library
  • In 6 data centers in the world
  • Keyhole into the future of gaming
  • Due to the geographical location of data center, latency will change from user to user
  • Will be a subscription-based service when it gets out of beta

Playstation Now

  • Streaming games to PS4 and PS4 pro and also PC
  • Beta in 2014 full release early 2015
  • Originally allowed PS3, Vita, Playstation TV, and some other Sony devices to stream
  • Discontinued in 2017
  • Benefit of allowing “backwards compatibility”
  • Streaming at 720p
  • Current games library of 600+  PS2, PS3, PS4 
  • Subscription based service

Google’s project stream

  • Plays inside Chrome
  • Testing Assassins Creed Odyssey - 1080p
  • Will run on any laptop, or similar device that has Chrome and can achieve 25mps download speed
  • Not a full release but a technical test

Project xCloud

  • When released streaming will be available on consoles, PC, and mobile devices
  • Probably in the best position to address latency concerns
  • Current word is servers will basically be multiple Xboxes in each blade - limiting impact to developers
  • Recommended 10Mbps internet

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S2E9 - Our Top Upcoming Games

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Welcome to Season 2 Episode 9 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – Our Top Upcoming Games

In this episode, the Geeks are back with a fresh list of upcoming games hitting the market soon that we can't wait to get our hands on! 

Show Notes

  • Our Top Upcoming Games List
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Spyro the Reignited Trilogy
  • Anthem
  • Super Smash Brothers - Ultimate
  • BioMutant

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