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S3E13 - The Mashup

In this episode, we are going to cover a lot of big news that has happened in the gaming verse since we last recorded.  We will cover areas for the lineup of GamesCon, to the recent departures from the teams working on Anthem and Dragon Age. We will finish by talking about Ninja’s recent move from Twitch to Mixer and also the announced MCU phase 4 lineup.

Show Notes

  • News Mashup

    • GamesCon - 

    • Xbox Scarlett: Playability, Frame Rate Major Focus for Next-Gen Xbox - 

    • No plans for stream only console for Xbox

    • Anthem Lead Producer Ben Irving(the face of Anthem) Leaves BioWare After Eight Years

    • Dragon Age Lead Producer Fernando Melo left the studio - on good terms of the studio

    • Biomutant: Special Editions and Preorders - any other games that are releasing big special editions Destroy all Humans Alien backpack

    • On the latest NVC Podcast (Nintendo Voice Chat)  - they talk about the possibility of an official wireless SNES controller on it’s the way to the Switch!  Does that mean SNES games as part of the online service will come with it? 

    • Diablo 3 Introducing More Themed Seasons, New Legendary Powers 

    • Ninja moving to Mixer

 

  • MCU - Upcoming Movies

    • Phase 4

      • Black Widow - May 1, 2020

      • The Falcon & Winter Soldier - May 1, 2020

      • The Eternals - Nov 6, 2020

      • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Feb 12, 2021

      • WandaVision Disney Plus - Sprint 2021

      • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - May 7, 2021

      • Loki Disney Plus Series - Spring 2021

      • What If - Summer 2021

      • Hawkeye - Fall 2021

      • Thor 4: Love & Thunder - Nov 5, 2021

    • Phase 5

      • Blade - TBD

      • GoTG 3 - May 6, 2022

      • Black Panther 2 - Feb 18, 2022

      • Captain Marvel 2 - TBD

      • The Fantastic Four - TBD

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S3E12 - Shaping A Cinematic Universe

In this episode: We are going to discuss the top genres of the cinematic universe that have shaped our lives from childhood through adulthood.  We will start off discussing the wonders and magic of the Sword and Sorcery genre. Moving into the folklores and myths we will talk about the Fantasy genre. Finally. We will wrap up the episode by discussing lasers, space travel, and aliens as part of the Sci-Fi genre. 

Show Notes

Sword and Sorcery Genre 

  • Definition: Sword and sorcery is a subgenre of fantasy characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent adventures. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural

 

  • Top 3 Films

    • Detached

      • Krull

        • Is a fantasy swashbuckler which follows a journey of Prince Colwyn and his group of outlaws on the planet Krull to save future queen Princess Lyssa from the Beast and his constantly teleporting Black Fortress.
      • The Dragonslayer
        • Is a medieval fantasy set in a fictional kingdom that follows a young wizard who experiences danger and opposition as he attempts to defeat a dragon 
      • Conan the Barbarian / Conan the Destroyer
        • Is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a writer of the 1930s, about the adventures of Conan in the fictional world of Hyboria
    • Victus
      • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

        • The film has the same title as the video game and is primarily based on it. Elements from Warrior Within and The Two Thrones, the two other titles from the Sands of Time trilogy of the Prince of Persia video game franchise, are also incorporated. 
      • Clash of the Titans
        • Perseus - Son of Zeus
      • Warcraft
        • (The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series) Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs, is being torn apart by a mysterious force known as fel magic. Gul'dan, a powerful orc warlock, unites the orc clans and forms the Horde, and creates a portal to the world of Azeroth. 

 

  • Top Honorable Mentions

    • The Beastmaster 

      • the film is about a child who is stolen from his mother's womb by a witch. The child grows into Dar, who has the ability to communicate telepathically with animals. Dar grows up in a village, where he learns to do battle, but the village is destroyed by a race of beast-like warriors under the control of the sorcerer Maax. Dar vows revenge and travels with new friends to stop Maax from causing any more problems.
    • The Sword & The Sorcerer 
      • Is a film about a mercenary with a three-bladed sword who rediscovers his royal heritage when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant, and a powerful sorcerer, in conquering the land
    • The Deathstalker
      • Was the first in a series of four films about the Deathstalker character and his adventures

Fantasy Genre

 

  • Definition: Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real-world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century, it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels, manga, and video games. Fantasy is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes, though these genres overlap. In popular culture, the fantasy genre predominantly features settings of a medieval nature. In its broadest sense, however, fantasy consists of works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians from ancient myths and legends to many recent and popular works. 

 

  • Top 3 Films

    • Detached

      • The Princess Bride

        • Is a fantasy adventure comedy film, adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film essentially preserves the novel's narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson
      • Ladyhawke
        • A medieval fantasy about a young thief who unwillingly gets involved with a warrior and his lady that are hunted by the Bishop of Aquila. As he comes to know about the couple's past and secret, he finds himself determined to help them overcome the Bishop's oppressions, both in arms and in the form of a demonic curse.
      • Excalibur
        • Is an epic historical fantasy starring that retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
    • Victus
      • MCU
      • Lord of the Rings
        • Set in the fictional world of Middle-Earth, the films follow the Hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.
      • Harry Potter
        • The film’s chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends, all of whom are students at Hogwarts. The main story arc tells Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort

 

  • Top Honorable Mentions

    • Time Bandits

      • Is the first of a "Trilogy of Imagination", followed by Brazil, and ending with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.  All are about the "craziness of our awkwardly ordered society and the desire to escape it through whatever means possible.  All three films focus on these struggles and attempts to escape them through imagination: Time Bandits through the eyes of a child, Brazil through the eyes of a man in his thirties, and Munchausen through the eyes of an elderly man.
    • The Secret of NIMH
      • The film is an adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s children’s novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The film follows the life of a widowed field mouse, Mrs. Frisby, who seeks the aid of a group of former lab rats and mice in rescuing her home from destruction by a farmer's plow. 

Sci-Fi Genre

 

  • Definition: It typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration, and extraterrestrial life. It often explores the potential consequences of scientific innovations.  

 

  • Top 3 Films

    • Detached

      • Predator

        • Follows a leader of an elite military rescue team on a mission to save hostages in a guerrilla-held territory in Central America.  The team is stalked by a technologically advanced alien
      • Aliens
        • The film follows Weaver's character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the moon where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of space marines. 
      • Star Wars
        • Star Wars was released in theaters in the United States on May 25, 1977. It earned $461 million in the U.S. and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million. In 1989, it became one of the first films to be selected as part of the U.S. Library of Congress’s National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Today, it is regarded as one of the most important films in the history of motion pictures. 
    • Victus

      • 1 - Star Wars
      • 2 - Star Trek
      • 3 - Avatar

 

  • Top Honorable Mentions

    • Back to the Future
    • Robocop
    • Star Trek

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S3E11 - Destiny Resurgence

In this episode: We cover the recent resurgence of players in the Destiny community, how the state of Destiny is keeping those players engaged, and finishing with the top things we are looking forward to when Shadowkeep hits in September

Show Notes

  • Resurgence - 
    • Since the release of Forsaken we have seen a steady decline in the want to play the game - a slight bump in players as new content was released but still a decline
    • But then 3 things took place that combined has revitalized the community to new levels.
      • 1.) Bungie split from Activision

        • This was a huge want from the community to finally split from the “greedy corporates” at Activision
        • Bungie is now free to build a game the way they want to
        • This does not mean Eververse will go away as to keep producing “free” content you need some way to keep the lights on
      • 2.) All new items and content announced for Shadowkeep
        • New Light

          • Some people may say that Free-to-play is a  sign of a game failing but the way that Bungie is implementing is more like a demo but people will still be able to play multiplayer with friends
        • Cross-Save
          • Every multi-platform game to date has wanted this.  We all have friends on different platforms and want to play with them without having to start over.  Cross-save fixes this and will be a continued plus for new players coming into Destiny.  
          • This also pairs REALLY well with Destiny 2 on Stadia too as we now have an on the go version of the game that we can just continue playing our characters
        • Transmogrification sorta - AKA Armour 2.0
          • Just yes - we finally get to wear the gear we want and slot the stats we want
        • Moon’s Haunted - Story
          • We are going back to the Moon!
          • Looks like we may go up against some ghosts of the past
      • 3.) Season of Opulence
        • The biggest item that has hit with this season has been the Menagerie.  A multi-boss raid-lite that has built-in matchmaking
        • Along with this, and with benefit from a bug, this event has been a go-to grind because of the loot rewards and the ability to craft the weapons how you want it giving the player just the right amount of control.
  • State of the Game
    • People are loving the grind for all things PVE
    • PVP is not in a horrible spot but still is rough
    • There is so much to do if you have not been keeping up and so much content to go through but almost all of it is really good and worth the work
    • So much lore to work through and very engaging storylines to keep up with 
    • -Personal Experience-
  • Tops items we are looking forward to - ERIS MORN!!!! & Cross-Save

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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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