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S3E10 - E3 2019 Review

In this episode, We are going to cover all things E3. Starting with the pre-E3 details of Stadia and our thoughts on it. We will work through each of the main conferences calling out our top moments and items that got us excited. Then we will wrap up this episode with our personal Best of E3.

Show Notes

 

  • Google and Stadia 
    • Baldur’s Gate 3
    • Destiny 2 - All content free 
  • EA Play 
    • Star Wars - Jedi Fallen Order 
  • Microsoft 
    • Project Scarlett

      • Next-gen Xbox console
      • Releasing 2020 holiday season
      • Able to do 8k and 120fps
      • Halo Infinite will be launching with the console
    • X-Cloud
      • Getting Console Streaming “AKA” Remote Play

        • Ability to stream your games off of your home Xbox One to anywhere starting in October
      • X-Cloud will be coming out later
    • GAMES
      • Revamped Battletoads
      • Halo Infinite - Releasing holiday 2020
      • Age of Empire II - 4k graphics and updated audio
      • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
      • Cyberpunk 2077 - Keanu Reeve
      • The Outer World
      • Borderlands 3
      • Elden Ring
      • Phantasy Star Online 2 
  • Bethesda 
    • Doom Eternal
    • Wolfenstein Youngblood
    • Commander Keen - RIP childhood memories
    • Ghostwire Tokyo
  • PC Gaming Conference - AKA the Epic Gaming Show

    • Spiritfarer 
  • Ubisoft 
    • Gods and Monsters
    • Watchdogs Legion - Beware Grandma
      • Not only is it set in London, but it gives you the ability to recruit and play as literally any person in the open world game
    • Ghost Recon - Breakpoint - Almost too much talk about that game 
  • Square Enix 
    • Marvel Avengers - Crystal Dynamics is at the helm of developing the game
    • Final Fantasy 7 Remake  
  • Nintendo 
      • Super Smash Bros new DLC character - Banjo---Almost the ultimate jabait happen
      • The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild 2
      • The Legend of Zelda - Links Awakening
      • Super Mario Maker 2
      • Panzer Dragoon: Remake 
  • Contra: Rogue Corps 
  • Sega 
    • SEGA Genesis mini console coming September 2019 with mini-games like Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Earthworm Jim, Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2, Ecco the Dolphin and 35 more classic games

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S3E9 - Unlikely Allies

In this episode, we are going to cover the news about Microsoft and Sony recent team up and what this could mean for the future of the Console Wars. We will then discuss what our opinions are on the current status of Epic’s game launcher and the hate it receives. Lastly, we will wrap up this episode talking about some of the recent games we have been playing and what about each has kept us playing them.

Show Notes

 

  • Microsoft and Sony

 

    • It was announced in the previous week that Sony and Microsoft are working on AI and cloud technology
    • This move makes no sense due to the continue gaming war the two companies have been in.
    • ...then again it is possible Sony and Microsoft are wising up to what Google is planning to bring to the table.
    • When it comes to AI and cloud platforms Sony does not have either so it had to choose between the big 3 - Largest Amazon, Establish Microsoft, or the Youngin Google. It went with its mortal enemy
    • This move also took the PlayStation team by surprise but according to their leadership this has not changed any plans about their future console
    • We could be looking at the beginning of the end for console gaming.
    • We could be coming to a time when if you do want low latency input for competitive gaming then you buy a PC type device….if not you sign up for one of the game streaming services that will be available.
    • Microsoft console announcement could have some of the “cloud gaming attributes” as part of the architecture. - We shall see at E3
    • Side - note our next podcast will be an E3 pre-show where we will be talking about our expectation and wants to happen at this year's E3 
  • Epic 
    • Let’s set the scene - Stream has had a monopoly on the digital gaming distribution market and launcher since it’s launch in 2003.
    • For a while it was the only one launcher to rule them all - Steam had a monopoly when it came to a game launcher platform
    • Some popped up but those were only for their own launchers - Blizzard, Origin, Bethesda
    • Then Epic came along and decided to put their massive cash flow from Fortnite to use - Making a universal game launcher to compete with steam
    • Right out of the gate - it was a much better alternative for game developers as Epic would only take 12% compared to the current Steam rate of 30%
    • Some companies immediately started deployment of their game on Epic and Steam but at the same time Epic was immediately paying companies money to gain exclusive or limited exclusive rights
    • And this is where the controversy takes place
    • The hate against EPIC has been extreme….
    • Main points of “HATE” that Epic takes
      • “Unfair” Exclusives
      • The store has less function than Steam
      • Rumor of the “Less secure - security” platform
      • People have been used to the convenient monopoly the Stream produced
    • -Discussion-

 

  • What Have We Been Playing

    • Victus

      • Metro Exodus
      • Rage 2
    • Detached
      • Division 2

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S3E8 - Avengers Endgame Review

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 8 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – Avengers Endgame Review

In this episode, we are starting off with a spoiler-free review of Endgame for all those that have still yet to see the movie.  Then we will dive into some of the biggest scenes throughout the movie and what we thought of each. Wrapping up the podcast we will talk about our thoughts on what the future of the MCU could be.

Show Notes

Spoiler Free Review

  • Go see the movie! - Ok done
  • It is hard pressed to say that there could have been a better resolution to the end of the Infinity Saga.
  • Although the total run time is 3 hours, every minute was enjoyable and filled action and or interesting story
  • The movie is one of the best fan service movie created and that is not a bad thing

Lets talks scenes - SPOILERS

Before the Time Gap

  • Majority of the community was correct in that Endgame started right up where Infinity War stopped
  • We finally see why Hawkeye goes so far off the deep end - his ENTIRE family was dusted - that would break any man
  • How did Captain Marvel know to pick up Tony and Nebula? Did she go to Earth first and then head out?
  • Really impressed with how frail they made Tony look - Was not expecting Tony to be as beaten mentally as he was when they rescued him
  • The infinity stones were still usable??.....Until Thanos snapped them away...
  • Wow - they kill Thanos off in the first 30 mins
  • The Avengers were truly defeated

After Time Gap (Before Heist)

  • Each Avenger is coping in their own way - Almost every Avenger is broken - More so than others
  • Natasha is so desperate to get my to normalcy - She is now the leader of the remaining Avengers trying to get order in the world
  • Odd note here is you would think the world would be in worse shape than what it is in - but you know plot reasons
  • Pan to Scott’s van, which is now in the storage facility and we get to see the real hero of the movie - Splinter aka the random rat
  • Fortunately, Cassie was not dusted as that would have broken Scott and thus ended the story - but again plot reasons
  • Tony’s Family is probably wanna of the best and most heartfelt moments in the movie - It showed the full growth that Tony’s character has gone through since Iron Man 1
  • Fan service #3453 - Professor hulk - A brand new person that had both the memories of Hulk and Banner but acted more on the civilized Banner side
  • Thor “Big Lebowski” Odinson - Seeing the once mightiest Avenger reduced to self-pity and carelessness really brought home how much weight each of the Avengers put on themselves for not stopping Thanos - Thor more than anyone because he had the chance to stop Thanos and didn’t
  • Ronin/Hawkeye has gone off the deep end - He has become a no hold vigilante 

After Time Gap (The Time Heist)

  • Space, Time, and Mind - Cap, Banner/Hulk, Antman, Ironman

    • Right to the battle of New York and getting to see “America’s @$$”
    • Cap works for HYDRA?!?!?  JK but great call out to the Secret Empire comic
    • Loki stole the Space Stone?!?! - Well there goes that timeline
    • 1970 - Plan B - Tony and dad meet
    • The Sorcerer Supreme is in the movie!
  • Power and Soul - War Machine, Nebula, Black Widow, and Hawkeye
    • Nebula is part of a network?
    • Well dang now past Thanos knows of his future success and also Avengers attempt
    • We knew a sacrifice was going to be made and it was only perfect that Black Widow and Hawkeye went - from a story standpoint Black Widow dying made the most sense
  • Reality Stone - Thor and Rocket
    • They are going to extract it with a needle?!?!
    • Renna Russo AKA Frigga had the most lines in all of MCU
      • This is hopefully causing Thor to eat more salads
    • They used old footage of Natalie Portman
  • Infinity stones back together and Snap everyone is back just like that - kinda forgot it included birds too

The Final

  • Past Thanos comes to the future and immediately bombs the Avengers
  • Thor with Mjolnir and Stormbreaker???!!!???
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA CAN WIELD MJOLNIR!!!!!
  • CAPTAIN SHIELD CAN BREAK?!?
  • How can 3 take on a world-conquering army??
  • “On your left”
  • Pepper as Rescue!
  • What are they going to do about his ship?? - oh Captain Marvel has it
  • Wonda almost single-handedly took out Thanos
  • Tony’s big sacrifice
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy

Future of MCU -

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S3E7 - Bad Dad Jokes & Star Wars

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 7 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – Bad Dad Jokes & Star Wars

In this episode, we are going to do something fun tonight. Throughout our podcast, we are going to throw out some Bad Dad Jokes. So those of you that appreciate a “bad” joke, these are for you.  Regarding topics, we will discuss what could be time period of the next Assassin's Creed Game. We will also delve into some troubling news from Bioware and how it might affect the next Dragon Age game. We will wrap up the episode talking about Avengers Endgame, The next Star Wars game Jedi Fallen Order, and our thoughts on Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker.

Show Notes

Assassin’s Creed Vikings Teaser

  • An unusual teaser in Ubisoft’s The Division 2, highlighted weeks after the game’s release, reveals that the next Assassin’s Creed game is all about Vikings
  • The teaser located within the Potomac Event Center.  There are numerous posters all over this event center, picturing what appears to be a Norse god or traveler adorned with the word Valhalla.  
  • What’s particularly interesting is that said traveler is holding what appears to be the Apple of Eden, a pivotal piece of technology in Assassin’s Creed lore.

Dragon Age 4

  • The upcoming fourth entry into BioWare’s Dragon Age series was reportedly rebooted in 2017 and is allegedly influenced by a canceled Dragon Age project the studio had potentially been working on since 2015.
  • reports that the current version of Dragon Age 4 began development under the codename Morrison while the canceled project was known by the codename Joplin. Morrison is reportedly being made on Anthem’s tools and codebase and is planned to have a “live service component” designed to sustain long-term gameplay and revenue. The current project is reportedly being made in BioWare’s primary Edmonton offices.
  • Some BioWare developers allegedly said it’s possible a Dragon Age game built on Anthem’s codebase could have an offline structure. However, it appears the game will likely be online-only, but could largely still be experienced by a single player. One individual close to the Morrison project says its main story will be designed as a single-player experience, and multiplayer elements would ideally keep players engaged for post-launch content.
  • If the report is accurate, project Morrison is Dragon Age 4: The Dread Wolf Rises. Dragon Age 4 was teased at The Game Awards 2018, accompanied by a BioWare blog post. Nearly a year before Dragon Age 4 was teased, BioWare’s Casey Hudson said the next Dragon Age game would be a live game, explaining "I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused. Too early to talk details, but when we talk about ‘live' it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story."

Who Will Die In Avengers End Game

  • Avengers End Game releases April 26th
  • Who’s most likely to die in End Game
    • The community is heavily leaning towards Captain America for sure dying
    • Iron Man is in a close second
    • Who all do we think will die?

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

  • Announced in an episode of The Star Wars Show, an exclusive first look of Fallen Order will debut during a special panel on Saturday, April 13. The panel will feature a discussion revealing “never before heard details” ahead of the game’s release, which the hosts listed as Fall 2019. The game follows a Padawan that survived Order 66 and takes place shortly after the events Revenge of the Sith.
  • What would we like to see in the game
    • STORY, STORY, STORY - We need an amazing and engaging story that draws us into the Star Wars universe
    • We need true Canon - Don’t mess with the Star Wars Canon (Us LORE nerds need you to understand this)
    • Show us new things
      • New Worlds
      • New Weapons
      • New Races, People, Etc
    • FLYING - Let us take flight, jump into ships and space jump to another planet, or galaxy to meet new NPC’s and explore new missions!  GIVE US SPACE COMBAT!!!

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

  • Releases December 20th, 2019
  • JJ Abrams returns as director and co-writer - Originally Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct the film in 2015, but left the project late 2017 due to creative differences.   
  • The rise of Skywalker marks the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy
  • Episode IX will pick up years after the events of the Last Jedi
  • Will we see Luke once more
    • What did he mean by “No One’s Ever Really Gone”?
    • Was this a warning of sorts
    • Was he trying to comfort Rey
  • What about Kylo Ren’s Helmet
    • Who is fixing Kylo’s helmet
    • What’s the significance of showing Kylo’s helm being fixed
    • Is Kylo still obsessed with his grandfather?  Is he having his Helm remade to hide his face? (SCAR) from lightsaber attack with Rey
  • The Wreckage of a Death Star
    • During the trailer we see the group of heroes come across what looks like the wreckage of a Death Star on a strange ocean planet
    • From the films to the books, there have been multiple Death Stars
    • Could this wreckage be from the Death Star that exploded around the forest moon of Endor?
    • Could we actually be seeing the planet Endor
    • We’ve never actually seen Endor in the movies, so we don’t have a way to visually compare the planet from the trailer to the canonical Endor
  • Return of Emporer Palpatine
    • Huge surprise at the end of the trailer
    • We are left with the ominous laugh of Emporer Palpatine
    • This leaves almost unlimited room for speculation
    • We all know the end of Return of the Jedi Vader tossed the Emperor down the reactor which we all took as his death
    • We never saw a body of the Emperor so did he really die
    • Palpatine was the student of Darth Plageuis - Was Palpatine “Darth Sideous” obsessed with eternal life like Plageuis was?  Could he have learned how to do something with the midi-chlorians to cheat death?

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S3E6: It Is About Time

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 6 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – It Is About Time

In this episode,  We’ll talk about Google’s recent announcement of their game streaming service Stadia and what we think it means for the future of gaming.  We also share our opinions on the recent completion of the Disney and Fox Entertainment buyout. X-men finally in the MCU...YAY! Finally, we’ll wrap things up talking about Microsoft's recent and the much-expected announcement that we are finally getting the Masterchief collection on PC!

Show Notes

  • Stadia
    • We talked previously about game streaming in a previous podcast
    • Some of the best ones so far - Nvidia Now - Playstation Now
    • Google tested the waters when they had people test their streaming with Google Chrome and from everyone reported it was really smooth.
    • With the announcement of Stadia, Google is in a prime position to be the game streaming king
    • Pros
      • They have the network to do it
      • The corporate presence to push ISPs to provide good internet to all
      • They have the micro-data centers close to users to provide low latency
    • What we don’t know
      • Price - This will be a huge indicator for the immediate success of the project - It would be smart to break out payment groups - one for ultra high-end gaming and the other for lower resolution streaming
      • Games - This is also another key item that needs to be well met - There needs to be a selection for all ages and type of gamer.  
      • Release date - Without a release date this announcement is nothing but a pipe dream.  With that said, time to advertise and promote the product will really success - They need to prompt this like the next big AAA game to hit the market.  If successful it will change the way we game
  • Disney and Fox merge

    • Every  MCU fans dream is coming true nerd's dream is coming true….and it only cost 71.1 Billion dollars to achieve
    • Before we nerd out on the future of Marvel movies - Disney is now the largest entertainment company with this merger. They own every movie ever produced or in the works by 20th Century Fox.
    • One sad note is this now means is that 20th Century Fox is no more.
    • Fox is now a news and Sports company
    • Nerd out time!
    • Since the beginning of the MCU fans knew we were always going to only a part of the Marvel universe in the MCU
    • Previous to this we have seen some amazing X-men movies and also some not so great movies -
    • With staple actors already taking up rolls for many of the X-men character (example James Mcavoy - Professor X and Michael Fassbender - Magneto) will they recast for when they finally introduce the Xmen into the MCU?
    • The one person that they can’t recast is Ryan Reynold as Deadpool - Ryan IS Deadpool - which this also means we may see our first R rated MCU movie when that does happen
    • The only question left is WHEN will we start to see the integration of these characters in the MCU
  • Master Chief Collection on PC!

    • It as if a million halo fans cried out in Joy!
    • And of course, it will only be available in the Microsoft store…….wait it’s going to be on Steam??!?!  Microsoft you are doing this right!
    • With the move to PC, we have been promised that all the games will play at 4K and 60FPS on capable  PCs
    • They are also including support for ultrawide monitors
    • The Games on PC will be released in chronological order and not all at once
    • The amount of support for this brand shows how much love people still have for it - When released redefined how FPS should be done.
    • It does make one wonder how long Microsoft can keep trying to make cash on the Halo franchise with old material before releasing something new
    • It will be interesting to track how long MCC on PC will be popular before everyone returns back to their games they are playing right now
    • Currently, the MCC is reported to be released in its entirety in 2019 which means we only have 9 months left to see them release.

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S3E5 - Gotta Collect Them All

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 5 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – Gotta Collect Them All

In this episode,  We will talk about the upcoming live-action take on pokemon and also the fastest hedgehog on earth Sonic. We also talk about some really good news about the upcoming Star Wars game and what it could mean for the success of that game.  Lastly, we’ll talk about the latest controversy regarding Anthem and how Bioware is handling the situation.

Show Notes 

  • Pokemon - Detective Pikachu 
    • First impressions “What have they done to my childhood??”
    • Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu….REALLY?!?
    • Directed by Ron Letterman - creator of Shark Tale, Monster vs Aliens, and the most recent Goosebumps
    • After watching it a couple of times the appeal is really starting to grow
    • The CGI of each character has actually kept close to what they look like as anime
    • With that said,.....some pokemon look horrifying as CGI
    • If this movie does well what does this means for the future of pokemon big screen movies
    • Releases May 10th 
  • Sonic 
    • Directed by new director Jeff Fowler
    • The first images of Sonic have not gone will with the fan base
    • Apparently, they are going for a more human-like appearance for Sonic
    • Question is why they could not do like Pokemon and the form of the character stays the same they just bring the character into the real world CGI.
    • We have yet to even see the adaptation of the man bad guy Doctor Eggman which according to casting will be played by Jim Carrey
    • As of right now, the hopes are not very high on the reception of this movie
    • Due to be released November 8th 
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 
    • Will take place in the Star Wars timeline between episode 3 and 4
    • Under the studio of Respawn Entertainment
    • They so far have executed their game very well and really mastered what each game was supposed to be with the latest success of their game APEX Legend a testament to that.
    • With that said the CEOs and this studio haven’t had any experience with an RPG game
    • One confirmed good thing about the game is that Chris Avellone (Writer for KOTOR 2 and Fallout New Vegas) has done work on the game - to what extent we do not know
    • He is also saying that we should be expecting a “bomb” in about a month
    • Maybe...just maybe we will get a Star Wars of a quality that every fan wanted 
  • Anthem 
    • It has not been a good couple PR weeks for Bioware
    • First, we have had the bugs - which to Bioware's defense they have been quick to fix
    • Some would argue they the bugs needed to not be there in the first place and a lot was found in the demo beta
    • Their advertisement as a Game Service has not gone well
    • Which means a lot of feature we want in the game are still on the way
    • Bioware/EA banning streaming for violation of the TOS in regards to some explorations that were found.
    • Although yes the terms in the TOS do cover the action in the ban - the handling of the Bans by BioWare have not been clear and only providing reasons for the ban a weeks after the ban took place
    • At the same time, there were reports that Anthem was bricking PS4 - this of course was a lot of misinformation spread by the Internet
    • The main cause was due to the amount of work they game put system through it was causing a previous problem already notated on original PS4 to occur much more often.
    • Regardless all this PR is not helping Anthem keep the support going - There is worry that EA will pull an Andromeda and stop work on the game as it is not doing as well as they wanted
    • With this bad PR for Anthem we shall see how Bioware plans to win back the masses

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S3E4 - The Good, The Bad, & The Not So Ugly

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 4 of the All Things Geekery Podcast – The Good, The Bad, & The Not So Ugly

In this episode,  we will talk about Activision/Blizzard and the recent job layoffs that happened.  We will also discuss some really exciting news that came from Nintendo regarding their Nintendo Direct. We will delve into a new movie announcement that has us excited, and finally, we will wrap up the podcast by talking about our first impressions regarding Anthem.

Show Notes

 

  • Activision/Blizzard

 

      • Blizzard - the tale of a company that has become a monster governed by executives and not developers
      • 800 employees laid off even though Activision/Blizzard made a profit for last year
      • At the same time, big bonuses were seen given to CEO Bobby Kotick and CFO Dennis Durkin
      • With this information alone the anger at Activision has shot up
      • But….this was not completely without forewarning - Key thing being the split from Bungie
      • A lot of Activision studios (not just gaming studios - marketing, people relations) were supporting Destiny 2 - Now those teams do not have a game to support or represent.
      • The roster for AAA games coming this year or next from either Activision or Blizzard is bleak
      • The future will be rough for Activision/Blizzard

 

  • Nintendo Direct

    • Several announcements were made but we are going to call out the ones that caught our eye
    • Super Mario Maker 2 -
    • For all those that really got into the creativity that was on Mario Maker 1, this will expand on it and add even more feature while fully utilizing current Gen switch hardware. - Let's see if another “Impossible” level can be made!
    • The be all end all killer of Fortnite - Tetris 99 -
    • Yes, that is sounding as weird as the name says - 99 players all with Tetris boards try to be the last one standing - unique thing is the ever line you clear can be used and sent to someone else to push them up and cause them to lose.
    • The Big surprise announcement that was Legend of Zelda - Link’s Awakening
    • The original game was a huge deal with all the new mechanics (flying on Cuccos, trading sequences, playing songs on an ocarina, fishing, and even mini-bosses) it introduced that we now see in almost every modern Zelda like game.
    • A complete remaking of a beloved game and it looks like they are going to completely keep to the original mechanics and spirit of the game
    • This will be the first complete remaster for Nintendo - Although Link between Worlds was set in the same map and zone as Link to the Past it was not a remaster -
  • Tolkien

    • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

      • Father of modern Fantasy literature
      • Was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor at Oxford from 1925 - 1945
      • He was at one time a close friend of CS Lewis...they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings.  
      • Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.
    • Tolkien Film
      • Documentary Drama
      • The film explores the orphaned author's life as he finds friendships, love, and inspiration amongst a group of fellow outcasts at school
      • Releases: May 10th in theaters

 

 

 

 

  • Anthem - Hands-on

 

    • This information is taken from us jumping into the actual release of Anthem that took place on the 22nd and not the early access that happened on the 15th and so our information comes with playtime with the most recent patches installed
    • With that said Anthem is gorgeous - The dynamic changes between the areas that you get to play keeps the areas fresh and unique. If playing on PC and you are able to get to those high-end graphics setting the world comes alive.
    • Regarding In-game settings - we would advise that you turn off Motion Blur and camera shake as doing those two things completely changes the way the game feels - It really felt like a better and more fluid game.
    • The gunplay is just as good as we saw in the Demo - Each weapon type having a unique feel to it with you having to grind out for that special perk for your endgame gear/weapons
    • Even early game you have chances to get gear for your other Javelins so gearing out each one will not be the slog like it is for other loot games like this - Destiny being the most recent one that comes to mind
    • There has definitely been a graphics increase in both Fort Tarsis and gameplay since the Demo
    • Can’t wait to jump back in!

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S3E3 - All About Anthem

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

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

 

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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