Geek to Geek Podcast

By Beej & Void

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Being an adult is hard. So is being a geek. And an adult geek? Well, that's where we come in. We're Beej and Void, and we've got more than a little experience in that area. We are life-long geeks and have managed to bring our geekery with us into adulthood and still be somewhat functional adults--you know, with families and jobs and that sort of thing. We don't do toxic, and we don't do nerdrage. Our views on geekdom are positive and optimistic, and we believe that the most important part of being a geek is the people you get to geek out with. Tightly focused discussions on specific topics drive the show. Striving to illustrate that it is entirely possible to be mega-geeks and responsible adults, we want to be your friend and create and open and positive geek community for everyone. We started this podcast because we really want there to be a safe, welcoming, positive geek community for everyone. We want to talk about stuff we love, make friends, and most importantly, make sure that everyone feels appreciated and that there's a place for them. So whether your love is video games, comic books, movies, TV, fitness, computers and tech, or whatever else...come geek out with us. Let's be friends.

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S3E32 - Re-watching, Re-reading, Re-playing - “I don’t browse for keyboards at Target”
01:00:35

Re-watching, Re-reading, Re-playing

In this episode:

  • This week we explore when and why we choose to re-experience pieces of media. We may actually do this differently than a lot of people, so we wanted to talk about it and see what makes something worth going back to.
  • For Void, he has a problem with wanting to experience new things. He's an introvert, so going out and roaming isn't necessarily his thing, but with games, movies, tv, and books, he can really get a feel for so many things that aren't available around him.
  • Beej feels close to the same, but comes at it from a more existential place: he can't get through everything he wants to before he dies, so he wants to get as much in as he possibly can before then.
  • We talk about the different ways we approach retreads as well. Void will use media to specifically direct his mood so that he can sit in a particular mindset, while Beej uses them cathartically and instead of sitting it in them like Void and becoming contemplative about them, he comes out the other side feeling refreshed and relaxed.
  • There are a lot of reasons to really go back to different pieces of media, and these mentioned in the notes are only scratching the surface of the discussion. Let us know what makes something worth revisiting for you, too!

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Weekly Geekery

  • BJ is deep into WoW again with Battle for Azeroth, he got a new keyboard, and watched the Teen Titans Go movie.
  • Void is got back into Band of Brothers, watched Deadpool 2, played some more Dead Cells, tried the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo, and spent a bunch of time with Octopath Traveler.

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Aug 16, 2018
S3E31 - Nintendo 3DS Console Lookback - “An almost dead console”
59:37

Nintendo 3DS Console Lookback

In this episode:

  • This week we look back at the Nintendo 3DS console and why we love it.
  • It's odd doing a retrospective on a game that is still technically being developed for, but it is at the end of its life cycle. That doesn't mean it's dead by any means.
  • In fact, the Nintendo 3DS is one of the best systems we have ever owned. The games are phenomenal, and the range of titles is honestly better than any other console.
  • We talk about the remasters and console ports. We discuss original titles and how m any of them were precursors to console titles that became some Best-in-Series (Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land).

Weekly Geekery

  • BJ checked out the Power Rangers movie, is rewatching the Good Place, playing World of Warcraft, and relaunching his Geek Fitness podcast!
  • Void is working too much but still managed to wrap up playing Elder Scrolls Online, try out some shows and movies, find a new podcast about Business Wars, listen to a lot of Fall Out Boy, and has been playing Idle Apocalypse way too much.

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Aug 09, 2018
S3E30 - How to Plan Fan Events Like Harry Potter's Birthday Party - "Aww. Jennifer doesn't love you. That's sad."
54:46

How to Plan Fan Events Like Harry Potter's Birthday Party

In this episode:

  • Void had life happen, so it's Beej and his lovely wife Jennifer doing the podcast this week! 
  • We talk about the recent Harry Potter's Birthday Party that Jennifer threw at the library, and how it's not as out of reach as you think to host a fan event that can draw hundreds of people.
  • We know that a lot of you may have aspirations of hosting a con of some sort, of even just a fan event where you can get together with like-minded folks and geek out about what you love.
  • It's not a hard thing to do, but you just have to know where to start. Jennifer talks about how she grew Harry Potter's Birthday Party from a spur-of-the-moment event that she and a single co-worker planned in 3 weeks to an annual event for 1,200+ people, some of whom travel from hours a way, every single year to come back.
  • Ideas for events like meetups with geeky experts on a topic, having a panel discussion before or after major movies (we do MCU discussions before and after films, generally), and even holding Television Premiere or Finale parties to experience the fun as a group instead of being alone on your couch.
  • Basically, anyone can start up a fan event if you want to. And since Jennifer does this as her full-time job, we thought you'd wanna hear about it and maybe geek out with some local folks yourself.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to her or me up (I am totally trying to get her on our Discord, but we will see if that happens.)

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Weekly Geekery

  • Geekery will return next week. Same geek time, same geek channel.

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Aug 02, 2018
S3E29 - The Return of the Summer Slump - “A Stinky Thief”
01:00:58

The Return of the Summer Slump

In this episode:

  • Summer is awesome, but at the same time, there's a slump in a lot of the things we love. After the initial burst of movies...we are left with a drought. Video games don't get released because they're waiting for that holiday smash success. And books...well, we don't even know when books release, remember?
  • Did you guys know The Adventure Zone had a graphic novel? Beej didn't understand how a podcast does that. Void schools him.
  • We talk about Funko Pops and how we decorate with them (or don't!)
  • Beej went all-in on World of Warcraft because of Joe from Geektitude, and Void is still playing ESO -- but is seeing the MMO edges that frame the single-player stuff.
  • Beej is playing AdventureQuest 3D. Void has never heard of it. He will hate it for the exact reasons Beej loves it. #TheCircleofLife
  • Void really has thoughts on Westworld Season 2. It's kind of made Beej want to watch it more. Void really looks forward to season 3, since he says most of S2 led up to it.
  • Void finally talks about his Final Fantasy V runthrough for the Four Job Fiesta. He has thoughts on Geomancer, and he's still learning the game after 5 plays all the way to the end.
  • And there's a lot more, folks. Just listen. You will like it. :)

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Weekly Geekery

  • The whole episode is basically geekery!  We jump around between books, movies, game, and more in this episode.

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Jul 26, 2018
S3E28 - The State of Online Communities in 2018 - “Only so many RAM cycles in my head”
01:14:56

Online Communities 2018

In this episode:

  • We check in on online communities in 2018 from how we’re feeling about them to how we interact with them day to day.
  • We started blogging and this podcast for the community. To make friends. To bring people together over things we love. And while the communities and their platforms may have changed, we may be getting back to a more personal era of online talk.
  • How we use online communities has changed a lot over the past ten years. We go through what it means to be a Redditor or a lurker, making friends on different platforms, and even how we balance the need for calm in places with still wanting to know about people's lives and how things affect them as people.
  • Beej discusses how things that are forums-based bring out the worst in him because of his old Bad Internet Habits. 
  • Void talks, again, about how you need to unsubscribe from all of the default Subreddits. Then you can find ones you like.
  • We discuss Slack and Discord, and how they are iterative takes on IRC from back in the day.
  • Void still thinks Discord is all about voice. Beej tries to convince him it's not. 
  • Void uses Slack for play, but not for work. He's backwards!
  • Beej got wild hair and set up a Geek to Geek Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/geektogeekcast

Weekly Geekery

  • We’ve both been sucked into MMOs so hear us catch up on FFXIV, World of Warcraft, and Elder Scrolls Online.

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Jul 19, 2018
S3E27 - Best of the First Half of 2018 - “Opinions without rankings”
01:03:51

Best of the First Half of 2018

In this episode:

  • We talk about our favorite things from the first half of the year! Generally, we break this up into different sections: Books, Video, and Games.
  • We think this is one of the best ways to introduce new listeners to the podcast or to catch up if you haven't been able to listen to the whole season. It's also a great way to spend a lot of money on things you've probably forgotten about by now
  • We have a new Discord server: discord.geektogeekcast.com
  • There were quite a few things we had wanted to gush about all over again, (The Collapsing Empire by Scalzi and Frostpunk on PC).
  • We discuss the social importance of Black Panther and Altered Carbon, and why Avengers: Infinity War really is half a movie. AND SO MUCH MORE
  • We also discuss Blaugust and want to encourage you to join in. What's that? A month long introduction to blogging with mentorship and fun and friends! We love online communities, and if you're interested, you can join their Discord and sign up here: https://discord.gg/uUMbSF7

Weekly Geekery

  • This was kind of an all-geekery episode, which is cool. It was stuff from the first half of the year, so we geek out about a lot. We will be back to normal next week.

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Jul 12, 2018
S3E26 - Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom - “That Good Good Millennial Money”
29:06

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

In this episode:

  • Void and Your Wife talk about Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and some geekery!

Weekly Geekery

  • Your Wife got into a new hobby!
  • Void played Mario Tennis Aces and Luigi’s Mansion Arcade.

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Jul 05, 2018
S3E25 - How to Pick a Game Console - “I choose you!”
38:10

How to Pick a Game Console

In this episode:

  • We talk about how to pick a game console when you’ve been away from gaming for awhile.  This topic was inspired by a question from Katie of the Tea Time with Katie and Chelsea podcast!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is building up his game shelf!
  • Void played some more Gamefly games, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, more Persona 5, and the standalone Hitman Sniper Assassin that came with the Hitman 2 pre-order.

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Jun 28, 2018
S3E24 - RPG Job Systems - “You can enjoy a girl band, that’s fine with me”
46:25

RPG Job Systems

In this episode:

  • We talk about Job Systems in RPGs and JRPGs!  Lots of Final Fantasy talk especially around Final Fantasy V, the Four Job Fiesta, and Bravely Default.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej watched Incredibles 2 with his wife!
  • Void played Realm Royale, Hollow Knight, and Fortnite on Switch.

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Jun 21, 2018
S3E23 - Our E3 2018 Highlights - “I want to be a shark, I want a shark skill tree, sign me up”
01:14:48

In this episode: 

Every year, Void has a midyear party thrown for him: E3. When the biggest conference in the gaming world brings all the developers, publishers, and gaming media together, Void settles in, makes a schedule, and watches as much gaming news and announcements as he can stomach.

This is the one time of year that he lets himself get hyped up and buys in.

This year, he talks us through the 2018 E3, hitting every one of the major press conferences and trying (and succeeding?) on talking about every single game and announcement that was made over the course of the weekend.

From Microsoft to Bethesda to Square Enix to Nintendo, let Void be your tour guide of what to expect over the next year in the video game world. It's definitely worth a listen

Weekly Geekery

Our whole topic is geekery! It's E3!

But, fine...you win. Beej watched The Toys that Made Us and loved it, is halfway through Tales of Hearts R on the Vita, and is eyeing Bravely Default as his next JRPG victim because of how pretty the demo of Bravely Second is.

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Jun 13, 2018
S3E22 - Geekery Catch Up - “It’s a game where you go to the right”
01:08:11

Geekery Catch Up

In this episode:

  • We talk about all the things we’ve done in the last two weeks!

Weekly Geekery

  • So many things!

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Jun 07, 2018
S3E21 - Solo: A Star Wars Story - “Where’s the Subtlety?”
56:05

Solo: A Star Wars Story

In this episode:

  • We talk (and disagree about) Solo: A Star Wars Story!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is surprised by how much he connected with Deadpool 2.
  • Void couldn’t put down Detroit: Become Human and blasted through the whole game.

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May 31, 2018
S3E20 - The Incredibles with Jennifer - "Stop Stealing My Lines"
43:40

In this episode:

  • Jennifer and Beej talk about the Incredibles because Void is sick on the couch! Wish him well, folks!
  • The Incredibles is Jennifer’s favorite movie. It’s her watch-in-the-floor-while-eating-Chinese-food-on-her-birthday movie. She tells us why and nerds out real good for us all.
  • We discuss the toys and new merchandise that’s out now in prep for Incredibles II, the state of the franchise’s video games and whether or not the “movie games” are any good, and what in the world is wrong with Disney World for having next to no Incredibles swag to buy when we were there a few weeks ago.
  • We even go on a tangent about Tomorrowland.
  • And somehow, we forgot to mention that Jennifer got a selfie with Mr. Incredible when she was told not to, got caught up in a dance party, and ended up in a conga line with Frozone. And now you know.

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May 24, 2018
S3E19 - The JRPG Backlog - “On the grind”
01:03:26

The JRPG Backlog

In this episode:

  • Beej dives deeper into his JRPG backlog and what he’s excited to get to next!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej got a new chair and finished up the Final Fantasy V Boss Fight Book.
  • Void read Forever War and tried a bunch of games like Shadow of the Colossus Remastered, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Battletech, Maelstrom, and was super impressed by Frost Punk.

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May 17, 2018
S3E18 - Disney Runs, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, God of War, and More - “It’s been awhile”
01:07:14

Disney Runs, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, God of War, and More

In this episode:

  • Beej is back and brings Disney Runs, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Marvel Strike Force, and a new 2DS to talk about.
  • Void has been busying sampling and playing games like God of War, Blossom Tales, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Nexomon, Yakuza 6, Final Fantasy V, Hogwarts Mystery, and the Detroit Become Human demo.

Weekly Geekery

  • Was the whole episode!

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May 10, 2018
S3E17 - Avengers Infinity War - “10 Years in the Making”
20:33

Avengers Infinity War

In this episode:

  • A quick Avengers Infinity War talk!  It’s been 10 years in the making and we finally got to see it.

Weekly Geekery

  • We’ll catch up next week :)

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May 03, 2018
S3E16 - JRPG Revelation - “Ni No Kuni’d Out”
45:11

JRPG Revelation

In this episode:

  • Beej had a big JRPG revelation this week and we needed to talk about it!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is messing around with emulators like PPSSPP.
  • Void played A Way Out and has some interesting two player gaming thoughts to go with it!

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Apr 26, 2018
S3E15 - MCU Rewatch - “Well… it’s got meat on it”
40:41

MCU Rewatch

In this episode:

  • Void has been rewatching the MCU and has lots of thoughts about Phase 1 and Phase 2 of it!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is still running and prepping for running!  His Disney runs are right around the corner!
  • Void rewatched a bunch of the MCU, finished Assassin’s Creed Origins, and watched the beginning of Lost in Space!

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Apr 19, 2018
S3E14 - Reading State of Mind - “Sheepish Cake”
01:00:01

Reading State of Mind

In this episode:

  • We update each other on reading, audio books, when and how we’re reading, and basically everything that goes with it.
  • While both of us are heavy readers, our patterns and habits work out really different. For instance, Void loves audiobooks and ebooks to sync so he can suit his situation, and Beej keeps his audio and written text separate. 
  • The idea of branching out of our comfort zones comes up, with us both being engrossed in sci-fi and fantasy, but feeling the need to branch out because much of the fiction we read feels very "samey." 
  • Non-fiction is drawing our attention, but for different reasons and with different media.
  • We discuss tools to get through both podcasts and audiobooks faster, and what the most comforting parts of being a reader are to us.
  • In general, we just discuss our love of books and reading and why we are where we are. We think you guys will be able to join in on this, too, because that's a big part of our community.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is still watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend, started the Punisher, finished Lock-In, is trying Disgaea, and is sheepish about cake for some reason.  He should just embrace cake as a fact of life. Cake is important. What’s the point of life if you’re not going to live it?
  • Void played Minit, went back to playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, and has some thoughts about the Solo trailer.  He also blatantly owns the fact that he enjoys eating pizza, cake, and Reese’s. He’s not afraid to live a little. Junk food is good, embrace it.

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Apr 12, 2018
S3E13 - Ready Player One - “The T-Rex is there and King Kong is in it?”
56:22

Ready Player One

In this episode:

  • We talk about Ready Player One! We’ve both read the book but Beej saw the movie and has thoughts!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej finished a bunch of his weekly geekery from last week, did a half marathon, started Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and geeked out over the Thor Ragnarok Blu Ray.
  • Void almost got a pacifist win in Fortnite, finished Altered Carbon, rewatched The Last Jedi while reading the novelization, started Persona 3 the animation, and is completely hooked on reading The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies.  Oh, also, Stardew Valley is back in the mix somehow?

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Apr 05, 2018
S3E12 - Dumb Movies - “Bad and Glorious”
50:02

“Dumb” Movies

In this episode:

  • We talk about movies that are dumb but kind of glorious because of it.  You know, movies where you can shut off your brain, but still enjoy them!
  • We talk about some of our favorites including The Fifth Element, The Fast and the Furious, and the even sillier stuff like 21 Jump Street and the new Jumanji.
  • We've talked at length before about movies being successful despite not being great cinema, and that's what these are. They are meant to be silly, and that's what we love about them. That's why we watch them dozens of times.
  • And we also talk about some movies that COULD be dumb and fun, but end up just being bad. We are sad about those because the concept is so good and so dumb. But instead of being the good dumb, they're just...dumb. Sad times.

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Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is has been running and has some new gear he’s trying out! He also watched Valerian, finished Nailed It on Netflix, finished Ready Player One in prep for the movie, and started listening to The Collapsing Empire.
  • Void did some networking (not with people, but with computers), played more Fortnite, tried Warhammer Vermintide 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered, and #Wargames. He also finally got around to starting Altered Carbon and hopes to have it finished by next week.

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Mar 29, 2018
S3E11 - Starting New Projects - “Just Start”
54:04

Starting New Projects

In this episode:

  • We talk about starting new projects and all the things we’ve learned about them (and failed with them) over the years.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is excited for Ready Player One, Pacific Rim, and he watched Nailed It!
  • Void finally got around to watching Black Panther, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and some new movie trailers.  He also played Meteorfall, Armello, Tokaido, Kirby Star Allies, Into the Breach, Yakuza Zero, and of course more Fortnite Battle Royale.

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Mar 22, 2018
S3E10 - Soft Skills - “Some Rando With Hanzo”
59:57

Soft Skills

In this episode:

  • We discuss soft skills on our resumes and in the office.  Weirdly interesting topic?

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is still reading Oathbringer and watched Where Dreams Go to Die.
  • Void watched a bunch of shows and movies like The Big Sick and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  He’s also still playing Fortnite Battle Royale.

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Mar 15, 2018
S3E9 - Game Beginnings - “Just give Mario his gun”
55:29

Game Beginnings

In this episode:

  • We discuss the start of games and how exposition and tutorials can really slow things down.  Also, some of the worst offenders are talked about.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej watched Game Night, Queer Eye v2.0, and Joel Mchale.
  • Void finished setting up his “Smart” living room, finished watching Star Trek Discovery Season 1, and played a bunch of games like Fortnite PVE, Deep Rock Galactic, Part Time UFO, Gloomhaven, Yakuza 6 demo, Kirby Star Allies demo, and a lot of Into the Breach.

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Mar 08, 2018
S3E8 - Disney Movies - “Steamboat Willie to Star Wars”
49:06

Disney Movies

In this episode:

  • We discuss Disney movies from Steamboat Willie to Star Wars!  Beej breaks them out into different eras including what he likes to call the “Dumb Era”.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is mad at Overwatch and still loves Altered Carbon.
  • Void got back to playing lots of stuff like Subnautica, Celeste, Fortnite Battle Royale Season 3, and Florence.

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Mar 01, 2018
S3E7 - Run BJ Run - “Lonely Fondue”
51:27

Run BJ Run

In this episode:

  • We talk about BJ’s latest running stories and chocolate!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej watched Black Panther and the Olympics, checked out CTF in Overwatch, and got a real YouTube comment.
  • Void finished reading Artemis and Paradox Bound, finally saw the credits roll on Monster Hunter World, tried out Superflight as a palette cleanser, sampled FFXV Pocket Edition, and fell down a speed running progression rabbit hole on YouTube.

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Feb 22, 2018
S3E6 - Still Hunting Monsters - “Me Just Talking At You”
21:09

Still Hunting Monsters

In this episode:

  • Void is solo this week and still hunting monsters.  He also read (most of) Artemis, got first place in Fortnite Battle Royale, and has been thinking about video game release timings!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej vanished, oh no!
  • Void last second turned his geekery into the show!

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Feb 15, 2018
S3E5 - Monster Hunter World - “I still want a nice hat”
56:40

Monster Hunter World

In this episode:

  • We discuss how Monster Hunter has taken us by surprise.  We both really like it!  Learn about hunting giant monsters with us!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej did an impromptu 5k event and loves Altered Carbon.
  • Void is still hooked on Fire Emblem Heroes and he thought the Solo Star Wars Story trailer was… alright.

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Feb 08, 2018
S3E4 - Too Much Good Stuff - “What did you name your warrior cat?”
55:15

Too Much Good Stuff

In this episode:

  • We discuss how much good content has come out over the past year and the fact that it doesn’t seem to be slowing down!
  • Between books and movies and games, the stuff we didn't get to in 2017 just keeps piling up. And with 2018's release schedule ramping up even earlier than usual, there's just so much good stuff we can't keep up.
  • We discuss the ways that we find new things, are able to really dig in on what we care about, and the strategies we use to keep up with as much geekery as possible with the sheer amount that's almost overwhelming.
  • We also talk about Void doesn't have comfort TV. And that makes him a sad boy.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej found new running YouTube channels he likes, played Iconoclasts, and started Monster Hunter World.
  • Void played more Fortnite Battle Royale, more Slay the Spire, and put a lot of time into Monster Hunter World.

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Feb 01, 2018
S3E3 - 2018's Most Wanted: Games, Movies, and Books - “Rolling my eyes like… oh Nintendo”
57:31

2018's Most Wanted: Games, Movies, and Books

In this episode:

  • We discuss our most anticipated everything of 2018!
  • From movies we want to watch (INFINITY WAR OMG) to games (have you SEEN that Spider-man game coming to PS4?) to why books are harder to get excited for than other media.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej played Metroid on 3DS, Hero Academy 2, and Fortnite.
  • Void played Fortnite, Legendary, Final Fantasy Dissidia NT, They Are Billions, and Slay the Spire.

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Jan 25, 2018
S3E2 - Super Geekery 2018 Part 2: Return of the Geekery - “Trapped in Minnesota Winter”
01:09:25

Super Geekery 2018 Part 2: Return of the Geekery

In this episode:

  • It’s all Weekly Geekery and we have so many things to talk about!  Shows and movies like The Crown Season 2, Horizon Zero Dawn documentary, Dunkirk, Duck Tales, Star Trek Discovery Episodes, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Westworld, Pitch Perfect 3, Spirit of the Marathon, Boston, Heart: From Flatline to Finish Line, Blade Runner 2049, Stranger Things, Jumanji, Star Wars, The Greatest Showman, Doctor Who, Thor Ragnarok, and Black Mirror.  Not to mention reading stuff like Marvel Unlimited, Blood Sweat and Pixels, Oathbringer, Gravity Falls, Words of Radiance and more.  We listened to things too but this paragraph is getting too long :p

Weekly Geekery

  • It’s all weekly geekery again :)

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Jan 18, 2018
S3E1 - Super Geekery 2018 Part 1: Geekery Strikes Back - “Oh my goodness, you were right”
01:12:09

Super Geekery 2018 Part 1: Geekery Strikes Back

In this episode:

  • It’s all Weekly Geekery and we have so many games to talk about!  Games like Destiny 2, Portal Bridge Constructor, Telltale Batman, Deadcells, Fortnight, Reigns: Her Majesty, Sniper Elite 4, Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Stardew Valley, Cosmic Star Heroine, Lego Marvel Superheroes 2, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Overwatch, King’s Quest, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Adventure of Mana, Axiom Verge, Nine Parchments, Bioshock Infinite, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Cuphead, Metroidvanias, Steamworld Heist, Steamworld Dig, Steamworld Dig 2, Guacamelee, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Hearthstone, What Remains of Edith Finch, Star Wars Destiny, and Battle Chef Brigade.

Weekly Geekery

  • It’s all weekly geekery again :)

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Jan 11, 2018
S2E51 - Best of the Rest 2017 - “It leaves you thinking”
01:03:24

Best of the Rest 2017

In this episode:

  • We cover our top picks for the year in everything that isn’t video games!  The best of the rest is back!

Weekly Geekery

  • Not this week!  It’s time to look back on 2017.  We’ll be back next week with more geekery!

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Jan 04, 2018
S2E50 - Best Video Games of 2017 - “It was… charming?”
01:00:49

Best Video Games of 2017

In this episode:

  • We discuss our games of the year, from honorable mentions all the way up to our personal number 1’s!

Weekly Geekery

  • Not this week!  It’s all about the games!

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Dec 28, 2017
S2E49 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - “A Forest Fire” - **Spoilers Start at 10:10**
01:14:38

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

In this episode:

  • We talk about our high-level and spoilery Star Wars: The Last Jedi thoughts, but don't worry! We start with non-spoilers and get into spoilers around the 10 minute mark.  As usual, we have a lot of Star Wars thoughts!

Weekly Geekery

  • Geekery? Other than Star Wars? No way! Not this week! Just more Episode VIII thoughts!

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Dec 20, 2017
S2E48 - Buying the Same Video Game Multiple Times - “There’s a gun-lance… which is exactly what it sounds like”
01:00:13

Buying the Same Video Game Multiple Times

In this episode:

  • When and why do we buy games on multiple platforms?  A discussion ensues.
  • Do you buy the same game more than once? Is it DLC? A new system you just want to play with? Bugs in one version and none in another? Let us know on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/geektogeekcast 

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is mad at WordPress but happy with Hearthstone.
  • Void is hooked on Fire Emblem Heroes, loving The Crown Season 2, and accidentally tangents onto Monster Hunter World.

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Dec 14, 2017
S2E47 - Catching Up - “I agree with him, I just have to be the parent sometimes”
55:44

Catching Up

In this episode:

  • We catch up because we missed a week.  No main topic, just chatting geekery and random stuff!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej has thoughts on Wordcamp and Wow!
  • Void played Horizon Zero Dawn, Star Wars Battlefront II, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, saw a live podcast recording, and has been playing around with new tech.

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Dec 07, 2017
S2E46 - Woodworking with Jennifer - “If you’re mad and tired, you shouldn’t run a tablesaw”
01:22:43

Woodworking with Jennifer

In this episode:

  • Void is experiencing technical difficulties, so Beej’s wife, Jennifer, hops on the mic in his place to talk about what she geeks out about: woodworking.
  • And not just woodworking. We talk about pop culture, Logan, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, and all sorts of YouTube channels. And rip fences. We talk a lot about rip fences.
  • Jennifer explains how a super geeky woman becomes just as interested in table saws and power tools as she is about American literature, superheroes, and feminism.

Weekly Geekery

  • Jennifer tells us about why Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is amazing, our new Friends Thanksgiving episode tradition, and how libraries can reach out to the public through laundromats!
  • Beej is excited about Bowser’s Castle in Super Mario Odyssey, the Garmin Forerunner 235 gps watch, and the Steam Link and Steam Controller that’s on its way to his house.

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Nov 30, 2017
S2E45 - Q&A 2017 Ask Us Anything - “I’m going to answer it even though it was a joke”
01:09:07

Ask Us Anything

In this episode:

  • We answer your questions!

Weekly Geekery

  • Next week we’ll be back with weekly geekery!

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Nov 21, 2017
S2E44 - Odd Man Out Games - “Just gonna let you… run out... there...”
50:51

Odd Man Out Games

In this episode:

  • We talk about games that make us feel left out and why.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej signed up for a Star Wars run, watched more Stranger Things 2, played some Snipperclips, and tried Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
  • Void watched Valerian and the City of 1,000 Planets, more Star Trek discovery, listened to a ton of Reply All, and played a bunch of games like HQ, Call of Duty WWII, and Destiny 2 PC.

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Nov 16, 2017
S2E43 - Mario Odyssey & Assassin's Creed Origins - “Like Pure Joy”
01:07:03

Mario Odyssey & Assassin's Creed Origins

In this episode:

  • We talk about Assassin’s Creed Origins and Mario Odyssey!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej has been traveling and switched back to Android from iOS with a new phone.
  • Void had lots of time to play games and has some thoughts about Wolfenstein The New Colossus.

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Nov 09, 2017
S2E42 - Geeky Travel - “You might as well hop the border and see what’s going on”
49:52

Geeky Travel

In this episode:

  • We talk about our travel histories and how we keep it geeky while traveling!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is psyched about some Funko Pops and Livestreaming.
  • Void destroyed the universe with paperclips and loves his SNES Classic.

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Nov 02, 2017
S2E41 - Halloween - “If they’re big enough, you use chainsaws”
49:40

Halloween

In this episode:

  • Beej waxes poetic about Halloween. (Punkins!)
  • Void enjoys his Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups… mmmm.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is finding Turtles All the Way Down is living up to his expectations and dove into some Shin Megami Tensei weirdness.
  • Void has to get some thoughts about Shadow of War off his chest and also listened to some awesome Hardcore History podcasts about ancient Rome.

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Oct 26, 2017
S2E40 - TV And Movies Catch Up - “A 90s Bonanza”
51:06

TV And Movies Catch Up

In this episode:

  • We’ve watched a bunch of TV and Movies lately that haven’t made it into Geekery, so it’s time to catch up!
  • We don't get a lot of time to just totally dig in with TV and Movies uninterrupted, so this was a fun show to do. We both had time to really hit a backlog and discover some new stuff.
  • From TGIF to Star Trek Discovery to YouTube gaming documentaries, we talk about all the cool stuff that kept us plastered on our couches for longer than was probably healthy.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is spending time reading about running and picking out new running shoes.
  • Void tried Tacoma… with mixed results. He also discusses the death of AIM.

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Oct 19, 2017
S2E39 - Microtransactions In Full Priced Games - “I’ll spend a week or two in a spaceship and that will be fun”
42:34

Microtransactions In Full Priced Games

In this episode:

  • We talk about microtransactions in full-priced games and slip into a little bit of F2P talk, too.  
  • Which microtransactions work for us and which ones just make us angry?
  • Discussion ranges from Overwatch and its loot boxes to Battlefront 2 and its loot boxes. Both are similar systems, but we aren't sold on one of them.
  • DLC and microtransactions and expansion content are increasingly becoming blurred together, and we talk about just what that means for the future of the industry, as well as our interest in continuing with games beyond their initial content.
  • Also, Beej just doesn't really get FPS games. #shrug

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is still obsessed with all things Brandon Sanderson and is prepping for Oathbreaker.
  • Void tried the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta and beat Golf Story.  He still thinks Golf Story is a great game!

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Oct 12, 2017
S2E38 - Modern Demos - “If I beat them as a kid you can beat them as an adult”
55:20

Modern Demos

In this episode:

  • We talk about the state of modern demos, what demos we’ve been playing, which ones convinced us to buy games, and why Void picks up Gamefly for a few months every year.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is still hooked on various Kingdom Hearts game, his wife is hooked on Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and the Disney Afternoon Collection is still hard.
  • Void got some good iPhone 6 news, is hunting for an SNES Classic, is kinda peeved at the FFXV team, played an interesting game called Heat Signature, and is loving Golf Story.

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Oct 05, 2017
S2E37 - Beej’s Travel - “Adjacent to the Dream”
01:18:55

Beej’s Travel

In this episode:

  • We talk about Beej’s recent travel exploits. Where has he been? What was he doing? Find out on this week’s episode!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is hooked on all things Kingdom Hearts. Seriously. Someone should probably help him. He has a Disney problem. He can’t stop. Even if he wanted to. Which he doesn’t.
  • Void watched Wonder Woman, The Mummy, Arthur Legend of the Sword, a Twilight Imperium documentary, Baby Driver, and Star Trek Discovery.  He also played more Destiny 2, checked out the Octopath Traveler Demo, and beat SteamWorld Dig 2.  Not to mention his iOS11 troubles and switch over to the Overcast podcast app.

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Sep 28, 2017
S2E36 - Knitting - “Floor to ceiling packed with fiber”
45:20

Knitting

In this episode:

  • We talk about knitting and all the things that go along with it!

Weekly Geekery

  • Knitting is followed by Crochet and Game of Thrones.
  • Void recaps Hitman, Persona 5, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Destiny 2, Overcooked, and Final Fantasy XV from a new perspective.

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Sep 21, 2017
S2E35 - Destiny 2 - “Mario Has A Gun”
01:04:09

Destiny 2

In this episode:

  • We talk all about Destiny 2! Void weighs in with a lot of thoughts on Destiny 2 compared to the first game while Beej brings a fresh perspective since he skipped Destiny 1.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej got super into Medium, is exploring Slack for work and fun, found a new notebook to geek out over, tried the Ulysses writing app, and is going to be helping with a WordCamp.
  • Void is pleasantly surprised that Mario has a gun in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, read the new Star Wars Leia book, finished a Brandon Sanderson novella, and is excited about the news that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars Episode IX.

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Sep 14, 2017
S2E34 - eSports - “It’s honestly going to be a short topic”
21:07

eSports

In this episode:

  • We talk about our thoughts and experiences with eSports and quickly realize that we’re kinda set in our ways about them.  It may have even caused this to be the shortest episode ever!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej continues to read the Mistborn Series, tried out Dragon Quest Heroes II ,and played more 20XX.
  • Void finished reading Ash & Quill, continues to play 20XX, and started teaching his kids how to play Chess.

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Sep 07, 2017
S2E33 - Graduation Year Gaming (2001 & 2005) - “I wanted Mario 64, I got Luigi’s Mansion”
50:22

Games Of Our Lives (Graduation)

In this episode:

  • We’re kicking off a new random series we decided to call Games of Our Lives where we highlight a specific year in our life and talk about our gameplay memories from it.  Beej has thoughts about Halo: Combat Evolved, GTA3, Final Fantasy X, Mario Kart Advance, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and Golden Sun while Void discusses Devil May Cry 3, Star Wars: Republic Commando, Jade Empire, Shadow of the Colossus, and Guitar Hero.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej got a full time job, started watching a zombie show, and tried out Prey.
  • Void finished Game of Thrones Season 7, watched the new Blizzard shorts, tried Valkyria Revolution, and has mixed feelings about Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.

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Aug 31, 2017
S2E32 - Modern Interactive Fiction - “Apparently I have very strong feelings about Sonic”
50:04

Modern Interactive Fiction

In this episode:

  • We talk about all things interactive fiction from choose your own adventure to walking simulators to games that came out this week!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej relaunched Health Hacks and beat FFXV this week.
  • Void gave The Defenders a watch, got back into Gamefly, sampled Nioh and For Honor, played the fantastic Sonic Mania, and was amazed that 20XX isn’t getting the developer sued.

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Aug 24, 2017
S2E31 - FFXV Redux - A Beejspective - “Road Trip Bros... for lack of a better term”
01:00:25

FFXV Redux - A Beejspective

In this episode:

  • We talk about Beej’s first week with a PS4!  Hot takes coming at you!  We mostly dive deep into FFXV since Beej is finally playing it and Void still loves it!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej won some Parks and Rec trivia and is very proud of himself.
  • Void fails at explaining Slime Rancher or why it’s interesting, despite putting a bunch of hours into it this week.  He also finished the FFV Four Job Fiesta, played The Long Dark: Winter Mute, Titanfall Assault, the Dreadnaught Open Beta, listened to the new Hardcore History episode.  And last, but certainly not least, watched Duck Tales! Wooohooo.

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Aug 17, 2017
S2E30 - Personal Retro Gaming - “Squirrels vs Teddies”
01:09:28

Personal Retro Gaming

In this episode:

  • We don't tend to be big retro gamers, but that doesn't mean we don't have tons of fond memories tied to retro games.
  • Our personal experience with games from our childhood and adolescence are considered retro games, which is kind of hard to deal with. But we do. For you folks. 
  • We discuss some of the first experiences we have with gaming, some of the best experiences of our lives and how they shaped us into the responsible(?) adults we are, and how some games are better relegated to the past instead of being revisited.
  • Initially, we expected this to be a super short topic, but as you can guess, the discussion went places that we didn't expect, and we ended up going to some pretty cool places regarding retro games (such as why don't Sega games hold up as well as Nintendo ones? Why can you buy a Sega collection and console at a yard sale for a quarter, but can't even find a NES Classic for $500 these days?) Cool stuff like that.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej got unstuck in FFV, started Assassin’s Creed 2, tried Mighty Number 9, sampled Doomfist (DOOOOOOOOOOOOMFIST), and returned to Game of Thrones.
  • Void read a bunch of things including the new FFV Boss Fight Book, the Battlefront II Star Wares prequel novel, and starting book 3 of the Bobiverse.  He also played The Sexy Brutale, more FFV, more Splatoon 2, and even gave Stranger Things another shot.

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Aug 10, 2017
S2E29 - Side Projects & Goals - “You have to mix creating and consuming”
01:24:02

Side Projects & Goals

In this episode:

  • We break down a bunch of our current thoughts on our side projects and goals.  Kinda work related, kinda personal, kinda about productivity.  This is one of our more personal topics and less on the geeky side, although we still touch on that too.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej played more FFV and briefly glanced at Little Witch Academia.
  • Void played a lot to make up for all his MMO time locked down on one game.  He touched on Gigantic, Layton’s Mysterious Journey, Inside, Plague Inc: Evolved, and Splatoon 2.  He also started and finished Pyre in only a few days.  Also, The Adventure Zone is really good.

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Aug 03, 2017
S2E28 - Final Fantasy XIV, Part 2: Heavensward and Stormblood - “Cool, thanks for the eyeball”
01:26:55

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Stormblood

In this episode:

  • Last week, we talked about just how awesome FFXIV was in general, trying to get you to give it a shot if you haven't. This week, we dive deep into the two expansions that have been released over the years and how they affected our enjoyment of the game (it was all positive), and how we experienced the content.
  • Both of us came in at the very end of a previous expansion and played through the patch content and into the new stuff that was being released. Only, we did it for different content. Void played straight through 2.0-3.0, and I went through 3.0 into 4.0. The fun part is how that it made us have different overall perspectives of the quality of that content. Good times.
  • We talk about the characters who die that we love, the characters who didn't die that we want to, and the characters who really make the game worth playing for us. This is, after all, a Final Fantasy game first and an MMO second.
  • GOSETSU!
  • Warriors of Darkness? More like "Give me MORE-iors of Darkness, am I right?" #hahahapuntastic
  • One thing we didn't mention in the previous cast was just how this being a subscription MMO impacts our playstyles. We generally don't do sub MMOs, and this one locked us in for 90 days each, at least. But for very different reasons. We don't necessarily want this to be a F2P game because the content is set up so that we can sub and unsub and still feel compelled to come back later when they're is additional stuff to enjoy having been patched in.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej plays more Final Fantasy games on his phone and makes progress on the Mistborn books.
  • Void picked up Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch and spent some time with the Destiny 2 Beta.

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Jul 27, 2017
S2E27 - Final Fantasy XIV Has It’s MMO Claws In Us - “Hot Tub Tuesdays”
01:30:43

FFXIV Has It’s MMO Claws In Us

In this episode:

  • Final Fantasy is one of our favorite series. We play them and replay them, and recently, FFXIV grabbed both of us and sank it's grubby little MMO claws right into us. While neither of us tend to be big MMOers these days, FFXIV has so much going for it that we really can't resist it.
  • FFXIV is in full swing for both of us in the middle of the summer gaming slump.  We’ve been playing at pretty much the exclusion to all else for the past few weeks.  Hear us geek out over an MMO for the first time in a long time!
  • We talk about what makes this MMO special (aside from it being Final Fantasy), what it does right in terms of modernizing the genre, and the kinds of things that keep us coming back. The mechanics feel different and polished in a way that other MMOs just feel spammy.
  • We talk about the characters that draw us in, how it's more of a Final Fantasy game first than an MMO, and how despite neither of us having played the 1.0 version, that we feel the game has a history and story that's rich and we're a part of.
  • We discuss different classes like Red Mage and Bard and how the length of time we've played and when we started has influenced how we feel about the game. Beej plays for the social aspect, while Void plays for the story, but they can meet in the middle and see the value in how it all ties together and makes a fantastic game that everyone can enjoy.
  • Next week, we are going to dig in on the expansions, Heavensward and Stormblood, so if you have any questions or comments, please email, tweet, or send them to us on the subreddit! We want to talk about what you want to hear about!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej got back to running, got hooked on mobile Final Fantasy games (FFV and VI), and made some bad trampoline decisions.
  • Void watched a bunch of different things, rewatched some other movies and TV, and determined the best of the bunch was Arrival.
  • NoClip's FFXIV Documentary we talk about in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0yQKI7Yw4

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Jul 21, 2017
S2E26 - Spider-Man: Homecoming - “You have always been my movie dad, Michael Keeton”
01:01:52

Spider-Man Homecoming

In this episode:

  • We talk about Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite Void not having seen it. Life gets in the way sometimes, ya know? We discuss the current state of the MCU and how Spidey fits into it.
  • Void talks about how he wishes he could watch movies at home right when they release in the theater, and even how he would pay a premium price to do so.
  • Beej nerds out about his deep love of Spider-Man and how awesome Michael Keaton is. He was amazing as Batman, and he doesn't disappoint as the Vulture. (Beej forgot to mention that he went from playing Birdman in Birdman to playing a bird-man in Spiderman. Heh heh heh.)
  • All of the Easter eggs in Homecoming are super cool, and Beej missed a TON of them. Listen to the two Spider-Man: Homecoming episodes of The Comic Box for full coverage of those.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is done with WoW but has gotten back into FFXIV, is playing FFVI too, and watched Glow.
  • Void is still playing FFXIV although this has impacted his FFV Four Job Fiesta progress!  He also watched some Castlevania and is starting to go back through Game of Thrones Season 6.
  • Check out Void’s FFXII PC Emulator Guide if you’re interested.

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Jul 14, 2017
S2E25 - Ask Us Anything… Again! - “Bubsy 3D was not trying to be Mario 64”
52:54

Ask Us Anything… Again!

In this episode:

  • We asked for questions that you wanted to know the answers to, and you did not disappoint. So we put together our second mini-topic episode where we go through everything you want to know about that we didn't think of yet!
  • Topics include a discussion on Triple-A games and other classifications, things we geek out about that aren't necessarily geeky, and geeky stuff that we just don't like (believe it or not, they exist!). We also talk about our podcasting routine, things we can't or won't talk about on the show for whatever reason, and why we play the games on the systems we do.
  • Plus a whole lot more thanks to all your fantastic questions! We sure do hope you enjoy listening to us ramble on about all of them, and if you have any others, be sure to send them our way for our next AMA episode!

Weekly Geekery

  • Since this week was a grab bag of awesome, we are going to hold onto our geekery and then talk a lot about it next week! Stay tuned!

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Jul 07, 2017
S2E24 - Summer Gaming Slump - “Some magic and some stabby and it’ll be really cool”
43:57

Summer Gaming Slump

In this episode:

  • The summer gaming slump is here again!  What is it?  How do we deal with it?  Why don’t publishers get it?  And what are we even playing during it?

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej plays more WoW and watches more Master of None.
  • Void has played a bunch more FFXIV, watched the Power Ranger movie, and built a tiny arcade cabinet!

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Jun 30, 2017
S2E23 - Gaming Motivation - “Why do we even play video games?”
01:13:19

Gaming Motivation

In this episode:

  • This is a video games podcast, but we've never really talked about WHY we play video games--either certain types of games or even why video games over other types of media. 
  • We discuss what we get out of video games, and how we love that sweet, sweet dopamine hit. Void and Beej both look for different things in games, but they end up playing totally similar ones, too. It's fun to see how people can get value in different ways from gaming. 
  • We discuss what games appeal to us, why, and how we look toward the future in terms of how we've changed our habits in the past.
  • We even have a tangent on when we play games, our sleep schedules because of gaming, and cool stuff like that!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej watches Girlboss, Master of None, Handmaid’s Tale, and plays some more WoW!
  • Void found that he actually might like American Gods, played FFXIV Heavensward, started the Four Job Fiesta, and dove into Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.

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Jun 23, 2017
S2E22 - E3 2017 - “Who doesn’t want to be a dinosaur?!”
01:20:34

Talking Points:

  • E3 2017. Not comprehensive. Not VGNN.  Only talking about things we think are interesting enough to talk about.  You have video game news sites for the rest :)
  • We’re talking about Press Conferences, if more news comes out throughout the rest of the week it won’t be here because we’re recording on Tuesday night!
  • http://e3recap.com/ has been my friend
  • Overall trends
    • Esports being forced onto games that aren’t even out yet
    • “Influencers” being put front and center
      • BJ: torn on the current “influencer” boom. Feels like a bubble that’s totally disingenuous
    • Shorter press conferences with less big game announcements
    • Really hard to tell what is actually exclusive
      • Microsoft “Console Launch Exclusive”
    • Most of these press conferences would have been better pre-recorded as just a series of trailers instead of having a stage show, honestly.
    • Updates on games we already knew existed.  This is what we get for so many years of announcing games way ahead of time.  It finally caught up to the platform holders.
      • The UPSIDE of this is that most of the games in the conferences will be out within the next 12 months.  That has never really been the case before.
    • Skyrim being announced for Switch with motion controls and for VR.  Can we just let Skyrim die already?
      • BJ: I think it’s cool to be for the Switch, but I agree. I’d rather a new Elder Scrolls game than yet another rehash of Skyrim. I’m not playing it again.
  • EA
    • Battlefront 2 (Star Wars)
      • All Saga Movie timelines? Prequels, Original, and New trilogies
      • New class system and points for vehicles/heroes
      • Single Player Story Campaign
  • Microsoft
    • Scorpio “Xbox One X” $499
      • It’s kind of amazing how much I DON’T care about PS4 Pro or Scorpio
    • A bunch of survival games?  I’m not super into that genre
    • A bunch of games we already knew about or have seen before
    • Sea of Thieves (first actual exclusive? But it’s on Windows 10 too, so whatever)
      • BJ: it’s an adventure game! #yawn
    • Crackdown 3
      • Jumping was fun in 1. 2 was a letdown
      • BJ: Terry Crews! <3 Terry Crews. That’s enough to make me want to play it
  • Bethesda
  • PC
    • Battletech (also)
      • Very similar to the original tabletop game
      • Facing, armor, line of sight

 

  • Ubisoft
    • AC Origins
      • "It's a huge world. Basically, we took the size of Black Flag's Caribbean, but on the ground, so a lot of locations to travel that will allow us to show how rich ancient Egypt was”
        • This is why I love AC. Exploring really cool ancient places.
      • Main character is in his mid-30s (I love this)
      • Control a personal eagle for scouting and marking
      • More RPG-ish
        • Old games were action-adventure and this one is action-rpg
        • Gear, progression, and story
        • Graph similar to sphere grid from FFX
      • Quests instead of missions (approach whenever you want, but they have recommended levels)
      • BJ: gimme. If it’s for PC, most definitely. Most most most definitely. If not, I don’t have a system for it.
    • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
      • SRPG set in the Mushroom Kingdom, with Rabbids and Mario characters
      • Nintendo is finally branching out and loosening up with their beloved characters!
      • BJ: I could totally see myself loving this.
    • Skull & Bones
      • Looks like they took the pirate part of AC 4: Black Flag and turned it into a full game
        • Awesome
      • BJ: This looks like a big ole bag of “meh”
    • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
      • Physical spaceship building game? Weird but interesting
      • Open-worldish but hand crafted star system.  Kinda a No Man’s Sky vibe, but hand crafted instead of procedural.  Looks interesting.
      • Toys to life continues
      • BJ: I love toys to life, but this one looks so complicated that it takes what was awful about Lego Dimensions and makes it the whole deal
    • Beyond Good & Evil 2
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  • Sony
    • Shadow of the Colossus Remastered
      • BJ: game, yay! No ps4, boo!
    • God of War
    • Detroit Become Human
    • Spider-Man (true PS4 exclusive)
      • It looks like what the Arkham series did for batman but for Spider-Man.
      • Super fluid, combat looks fun, traversal looks fun
      • Peter Parker and hint at Miles Morales
      • Physics based swinging based on where you attach a web to a building
      • Void - I’m easily more excited for this game than for Spider-Man Homecoming
      • BJ:
  • Nintendo
    • Xenoblade chronicles 2 (again)
    • New Kirby Game
    • New Pokemon (core mainline series) announced for Switch
    • Metroid Prime 4 in dev
    • New Yoshi game
      • Looks like Yoshi’s wooly world 2, but now with more materials instead of just yarn
    • Fire Emblem Warriors (again) (hack and slash lots of enemies)
      • Releasing this fall
      • Weapons triangle, pairing up characters
    • Breath of the Wild DLC packs
      • Pack 1… whatever
      • Pack 2, maybe playable the past timeline from the game?
    • Rocket League Switch
      • Exclusive items, cross network play
    • Mario Odyssey 10/27 (same day as AC: Origin)
      • Hat transforms Mario into enemies and objects
    • Hopefully more Nintendo reveals throughout the week on the treehouse stream like they did last year
      • Metroid Samus Returns 2D side scroller on 3DS
  • Other
    • Anthem
      • Exosuits “Javelins”
      • Basically Iron Man suits
      • This is what the Bioware A team was doing while the B squad was working on Andromeda
      • Exploration & RPG customization look great
      • If it has a good story and interesting systems I would absolutely love this game
      • It looks like what I thought Destiny would be before we actually found out the reality of Destiny as it exists.
      • Kinda looks like if Mass Effect and Destiny had a baby… it would be Anthem
      • BJ: shared world makes me hesitant. I think it will depend on the level of integration and how much it’s required
    • Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer/Gameplay
      • BJ: between this and everything else, it looks like I will be buying a cheap PS4 next year
    • Shadow of War (Shadow of Mordor 2)
    • Deep rock galactic
      • Co-op minecraft/left for dead type of game
    • Metro Exodus
    • PUBG on consoles
    • Wargroove
      • By Chucklefish (stardew valley publishers)
      • Looks like Advance Wars
      • Mario Maker vibe
      • PC, Xbox, Switch
    • Call of Duty WW2
    • Monster Hunter World (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • What are we most excited for from this E3?
    • Void
      • Mario Odyssey
      • Assassin’s Creed Origins
      • Anthem
      • Spider-Man
    • Beej
      • Spider-man
      • Anthem
      • Kingdom Hearts 3
      • Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Jun 14, 2017
S2E21 - Best of 2017, Part 1 - “It’s so good you get physically sick”
01:13:22

Best of 2017, Part 1

In this episode:

  • We talk about the best of everything we've loved this year! Yeah, we know it's only halfway through 2017, but we wanted to make sure that nothing got lost in the shuffle. Amazing games like Hitman, movies like Moana, and books like Red Rising top the list, and with such amazing stuff this early, we wanted to talk about it all AGAIN!
  • Since it's the first half, we don’t order them like we do at the end of the year. This isn't a ranking episode--it's more of a recommendation show. We want you to experience all of the coolness that we have, just in case you've missed any of it in our Weekly Geekery segments.
  • Heck, there's some best-of stuff that happened this week that we haven't even had a chance to talk about yet! It's that good!
  • We are also still looking for new questions and ideas for our mini-topics episode that we're doing soon, so make sure to email, Tweet, or throw a post into the mix at /r/geektogeekcast so we can talk directly at you! Wanna know something about us that we don't normally talk about? Or that we haven't gone into as much detail as you'd like? Here's your chance to tell us what to do!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej plays Hearthstone!
  • Void watches Logan and The Lego Batman Movie! He plays Elder Scrolls Legends, Danger Zone, Has Been Heroes, and More!

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Jun 09, 2017
S2E20 - Online vs Single Player vs MMO Gaming - “eBay kinda sucks”
01:10:34

Online vs Single Player vs MMO Gaming

In this episode:

  • Competitive games, multiplayer games, online games, MMOs, single player games, ALL THESE GAMES!?
  • Why do we play what we play?
  • We have it out and discuss what we play and why.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is hooked on WoW and Kimmy Schmidt.
  • Void has played a ton more games this week with the long holiday weekend!  Games like Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia, Has Been Heroes, ARMs “test punch”, Disgaea 5 demo, Magikarp jump, and others!

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Jun 02, 2017
S2E19 - The Future of MMOs, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft (also Webcomics?) - “I wanted to see that content”
55:20

The Future of MMOs (also Webcomics?)

In this episode:

  • We thought webcomics would be a full topic but it was super short so we talk in depth about Weekly Geekery and have a second topic…
  • About the Future of MMOs!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej got an Apple Watch, is still playing WoW, and loves his baking shows!
  • Void is done with Horizon Zero Dawn, started Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, thought about Destiny 2, and has a new Guinea Pig!

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May 26, 2017
S2E18 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - “4 HTC Vives and an Oculus Rift”
01:07:31

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

In this episode:

  • We are talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2! We do pretty deep into spoilers this time around--as usual--so be sure to listen for the spoiler alert so you can catch up after you’ve seen the movie.
  • Overall, we liked the movie, and we differ on whether we think it’s better or worse than the first one. The non-spoilery take-away is that it’s exactly what you’d expect out of a GOTG sequel. And we think that’s awesome.
  • We discuss characters, narrative, and how things tie together. We discuss the inclusion of Baby Groot and just how delightful he is (not a spoiler--you learn this 2 minutes in). The filmmaking is clever, and the cinematography is used in fun ways.
  • We also have a few things we think could have been done better, but those are in the minority.
  • So with that, download the episode, tell your friends, toss us a review, and then join the discussion about Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 on our /r/geektogeekcast subreddit!

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej watches depressing TV, gets back into World of Warcraft, and confuses Void with shoe terms!
  • Void retreads space, contemplates JRPG jobs, and hunts robot dinosaurs!

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May 19, 2017
S2E17.5 - Interlude - It's been one heck of a week
23:06

Interlude

In this episode:

  • Unlike normal, this week forced us to record separately. As the title says, it's been one heck of a week. Between sickness striking the Void residence and destroying him physically (but never emotionally!) and Beej picking up a temp job that beat him up worse than Tyler Durden, for the first time in a year, things just didn't line up for us! 
  • Never fear, though! We love you guys enough that you get a couple of monologues to keep you informed and entertained and aware that we're alive (we think).
  • Next week: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. We promise. <3

Weekly Geekery

  • That's kind of what this episode is! Enjoy it!

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May 12, 2017
S2E17 - Persona 5, Reader Riot, And Other Things - “I’m a loud cartoon character”
36:50

Persona 5, Reader Riot, And Other Things

In this episode:

  • Our week was crazy, this is the result.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej has Reader Riot, Overwatch, and Handmaiden’s Tale.
  • Void beat Persona 5 and finished a book!

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May 05, 2017
S2E16 - Our favorite documentaries and non-fiction - “I never had a book that changed my life before”
01:08:01

Our favorite documentaries and non-fiction

In this episode:

  • Beej watches a lot of documentaries and has lots of recommendations. Lots and lots. From tech to food to fitness to memoir and personal stories and pretty much everything he geeks out all the time. He. Loves. Documentaries. OMG. Even after we stopped recording, he kept texting Void about all the different documentaries he forgot to talk about.
  • We discuss gaming docs, audiobooks for non-fiction, vegetarian documentaries, tech documentaries, and all sorts of stuff. Beej really gets excited when talking about it because he uses non-fiction and podcasts and audiobooks to take other people’s stories and journeys and explorations into different topics and apply them to his life.
  • Both tend to agree in how awesome and important the information is and love the same topics, but just prefer to get them in different ways. Void, though, tends to look at non-fiction and documentaries in a different way--they’re neat, but he prefers to get the same information from articles and then move on to something else.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej is in full-on prep mode for the Reader Riot book festival, doing TV and radio interviews left and right. Wish him luck that he survives the weekend.
  • This week on Void’s Persona 5 corner, he discusses the awesome music, the battle system and ambush mechanics, how bosses are like puzzles to figure out, and finding palace treasure. PALACE TREASURE! More next week!

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Apr 28, 2017
S2E15 - Buying Games Later & Star Wars The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer - “My Steam library is fairly gigantic”
01:04:40

Buying Games Later & Star Wars The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer

In this episode:

  • We talk all about buying games on day 1 vs buying games later.
  • Save money, get a more complete game, and have all the bugs squashed at the same time.
  • Then we may tangent onto the new Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer before stumbling into a surprising amount of Weekly Geekery

Weekly Geekery

  • Lots of things!  Listen to find out :p

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Apr 21, 2017
S2E14 - Who is Joss Whedon? - “Whedonesque!”
01:13:05

Joss Whedon

In this episode:

  • We talk about the works and history of Joss Whedon!
  • Weekly geekery includes Photoshop, Persona 5, S-Town Podcast, and Running!

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Apr 14, 2017
S2E13 - Worldbuilding, Storytelling, and Genre Conventions - “Yeah there are robots and yeah they’re in outer space”
49:57

Worldbuilding, Storytelling, and Genre Conventions

In this episode:

  • We get interested in different pieces of media for different reasons. Generally, there are two types of stories: character stories and idea stories. Sometimes, a setting can make us bounce off a piece of media really hard (real-world stuff for Void and traditional high-fantasy for Beej), but it can also be enough of a draw that we push through mediocre stories to find out more about the world.
  • We discuss various settings such as Star Wars, the Brandon Sanderson Cosmere, Mass Effect Andromeda, Fallout, and Zelda. There are lots of draws to each of them, but in the end, we discuss the conventions that make each of them work for us and why others don’t.

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej - Card thief / Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze / Splatoon
  • Void - Card Thief / Dynasty Warriors Unleashed / Blaster Master Zero / A King's Tale / Planet Coaster / Torment Tides of Numenera / Shovel Knight

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Apr 07, 2017
S2E12 - Beating Mass Effect Andromeda and Buying Video Games in Installments - “I’ve never seen the internet overreact to anything before”
01:02:24

Beating Mass Effect Andromeda and Buying Video Games in Installments

In this episode:

OMG! BIG NEWS!

  • We are incredibly excited to announce that we made a new friend! YAAAAAY! The Geektitude podcast has joined the Geek to Geek podcast network. Geektitude is an interview show, which our network has been looking to include for quite a while. We just had to find the right one. And Joe is the right guy for the job. We couldn't be happier with the addition, and we certainly hope y'all will give him the same kind of love and warm-fuzzies that you have given the rest of us.
  • Make sure you head over to the Geektitude Facebook page and give it a like, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and give him a shout at @epicgrays on Twitter. And you know what's best of all? He has like 70ish episodes to listen to already, so what are you waiting for? Get to streaming!

Mass Effect Andromeda

  • Void beat Mass Effect Andromeda very quickly. He reviews the game for those of us who haven’t played it, and he discusses the game’s strengths and weaknesses. Primarily, the open-worldedness wasn’t interesting enough to make him explore, the new races were too limited, and the story was pretty similar to the old one.
  • The thing is, Void wanted to love this game, and instead he only liked it. There is a lot to like here, and a lot of the internet’s reactions have been overblown. The new dialogue options are really great, and they work a lot better than the stark good/bad dichotomy most Bioware games have.
  • The premise of the game is still pretty amazing, and he has incredibly high hopes for Mass Effect Andromeda 2 because this first game laid a great foundation for a series, provided they make a series of improvements he outlines in the episode.

Games as a Service

  • More and more these days, games aren’t a buy-once/play-forever kind of thing like they used to be. Between DLC and expansion packs and passes and constant content updates, video games have to be treated as a service to keep players interested.
  • We discuss a number of these models--MMO subscriptions, the one-game-I-play-forever-and-nothing-else system, microtransactions, mobile updates, events, episodic releases (free and paid), and even things like toys to life and shareware titles from a consumer standpoint.

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  • Beej
    • Beat Zelda: Breath of the Wild / American Crime Story / Mario Kart 8 / 10% Happier - Hannah Hart episode / Spider-man Homecoming Trailer 2
  • Void
    • Treadmill desk / Splatoon 2 “Testfire” / I Am Setsuna / Mario sports Superstars / Card Thief

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Mar 31, 2017
S2E11 - Introducing your friends to Star Wars - “Jedi Noob”
01:06:57

Introducing your friends to Star Wars

In this episode:

  • Getting into Star Wars can be tough. It has a huge history and a gigantic fanbase, and with 50 years behind it, some people are intimidated by the franchise and don’t know how to jump in. Never fear, geeks! We’re here to help.
  • Inspired by our resident Jedi Noobs Chocobochica and CapsuleJay (among others!), we want to make sure that Star Wars is not unapproachable. We provide suggestions on the best viewing order on the movies, as well as jumping-on points that aren’t necessarily even tied in with the films.
  • There is a huge swath of Star Wars-related media out there, so if you’re a book person, we recommend books (specifically, audiobooks!), or if you’re a gamer, there are always video games, and if you like to binge, you can even jump in with some of the cartoons and even different ways to watch those!
  • We discuss the oft-mentioned Machete order, as well as how The Force Awakens (Episode 7) changed the way you jump in and get accustomed to the galaxy far, far away.
  • Even spinoffs like the recent Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo films present unique ways to dip your toes in without needing 50 years worth of history to make sense of it all.

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Weekly Geekery

  • Beej
    • Zelda Zelda Zelda. Breath of the Wild has made him pretty much live in Hyrule.
    • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer rewatch with his wife.
    • Replaying Wii games--Mario Kart as a good 2-player game, and watching his wife discover how different Super Mario Run is over New Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Void
    • Read Wayward and Ratqueens, which has been given a soft reset, which means you can get into it easier now.
    • Finally “Beat” Fire Emblem Heroes, but more content should be comign soon.
    • I still love Shovel Knight and have been replaying it on Switch. Not only is this his year of trying to replay more things, but it’s also a way to keep using the Switch because it’s just great to hold and use.
    • Void’s kids prefer joycons sideways with the wrist strap over other controllers.
    • Finally watching a bunch of stuff that built up between the new job and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (Various YouTube series, Genius Game Season 3, Assassin's Creed (movie), Moana. Fantastic Beasts, Passengers, and the disappointingly bland Iron Fist on Netflix.)

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Mar 24, 2017
S2E10 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - “I just want to climb on all the things”
01:23:55

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In this episode:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally out, and Beej and Void are playing (and loving) it. Void has it on the Switch, and Beej grabbed it on Wii U. We discuss the differences in the versions and how each piece of hardware handles the game (hint: they’re pretty much the same).
  • We discuss how Breath of the Wild treats armor and weapons differently than other games in the series, making it much more like a traditional RPG, but still feeling totally like Zelda.
  • The setting is a unique version of Hyrule, and it’s a welcome change. You can see the other Hyrules there, but this one feels more alive...even though it has technically been destroyed.
  • Nintendo did what Nintendo does: makes a game full of fun little details. In a way, they did what Blizzard did with World of Warcraft--took an existing genre and perfected it.
  • The game assumes you’re not stupid and doesn’t have a real “tutorial.” You have an intro, get some abilities, and are set into the world. It’s awesome.
  • Hardest Zelda ever. And that’s a good thing.
  • There’s a story we care about, and we didn’t expect that from a Zelda game. But it’s not a Final Fantasy-style story. It’s told in a really cool way.
  • There are multiple game systems that Void really loves digging into so that he can experience new and interesting gameplay that may not have been designed or intended, and even Beej got into figuring out how to use the game’s physics and systems to think outside of what the standard solution to a puzzle or fight would be.
  • Overall, we are in love with this game, and we think it is worth every penny and second you spend with it.

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Weekly Geekery

  • Beej
    • Persona 4 Golden is still cool, but he got Zelda, so that’s taken priority.
  • Void
    • Shovel Knight is just as awesome on the Switch as it ever was.
    • Grabbed a second Switch dock for upstairs after all because the system is amazing
    • Tried Curiosity Box with his kids and thinks it’s great. Can’t wait for the next box.

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Mar 17, 2017
S2E9 - Nintendo Switch Launch Spectacular! - “Little Tiny Kid Hands”
01:09:12

Nintendo Switch Launch Spectacular!

In this episode:

  • Nintendo Switch is here! It’s launched! Void got one! Beej didn’t! He can’t find one at all!
  • There were however...hiccups. Don’t buy day-1 console hardware from Amazon.

Impressions of Hardware

  • Why is Nintendo marketing it as a console that you can take with you instead of a handheld that docks?
  • It plays better when it’s not docked. Suspend any time and anywhere, like a handheld.  Faster suspend and more integrated than PS4. Definitely leans toward the handheld side and not the console side.
  • Kickstand sound is disconcerting.
  • Controllers: Joycons are great, and they feel awesome when clicked into handheld mode. Also as separate controllers, and the clip thingies make them bigger and more comfortable. The dog-head controller is terrible. But the Nintendo Switch pro controller is the best, and it connects to the PC, too, a bonus. I do not like the dog head controller at all (the grip)
  • Docking and undocking is very close to seamless. Just be slightly careful lining up the system when docking. It’s smart when it’s charging in the dock and you pull it out it prompts you to triple tap a button to unlock the screen.
  • Posting to social media is easier than other systems. Plus you can add text and edit images!
  • I like the “HD Rumble” more than rumble on most controllers.
  • No install time for games! Even update patches are downloaded and applied in the background while playing.

Impressions of Games:

  • Bomberman is Bomberman. Camera can be annoying. Kids love it.
  • Snipperclips is a secret must-own game if you can have 2-player local co-op.
  • Fast RMX is cool if you like reacing games like F-Zero or Wipeout.
  • Zelda is amazing. I’m fairly sure this will be my favorite Zelda game ever. Next week will be all about Zelda, so not much detail here, but TONS next week.
  • Void’s kids like it a lot, and the joycons are perfect for them because not only are they small, they’re much simpler in terms of buttons and control schemes.

How it’s fitting into Void’s daily life:

  • Playing it docked at night after the kids go to bed
  • Take it up to the bedroom when settling in for bed and play it for awhile
  • Daughter didn’t feel great the other night, and it was great to be able to move around and be near her.

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  • You should totally get a free copy of Zelda or Persona 4 Golden through Gamefly at gameflyoffer.com/geek

Weekly Geekery

  • Beej: ERMAGERD LOGAN ERMAGERD - Read Old Man Logan, the original story that was in Wolverine (2003) #66-72, hit on a lot of the film scholar background Jennifer and I have, and we may end up doing a podcast together about it soon / Jennifer beat Journey again, and it was super relaxing to watch / Picked up Persona 4 Golden for Vita while it was on sale. Digging the music so far, thought it was hand-drawn for some reason / Finished Saga, and I desperately want more.
  • Void: Played the Switch. Obvs. / installed level 2 charger install for the electric car! It’s awesome!

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Mar 10, 2017
S2E8 - Day 1 Technology & Nintendo Switch Prep - “Did you get a Pink Glitter Pen?!”
01:14:30

Day 1 Technology & Nintendo Switch Prep

In this episode:

Talking Points:

  • Day 1 technology and console adopters vs… not. The Nintendo Switch will be out by the time many if you listen to this, and we wanted to talk about tech that we grab on Day 1. And tech that we wait for.
  • Which consoles or tech have you picked up on day one? For us, it depends. Void grabbed Gamecube, Gamecube, GBA, PS2, Vive, and the Xbox 360, while Beej was mostly a Month 1 person as supplies and money allowed. Dreamcast was his favorite Day 1 purchase.
  • Most of our Day 1 video game consoels were when we were younger and had far more disposable income than we do as adults.
  • We waited on a lot of consoles, too, whether it was for hardware upgrades or some other reason. Beej waited on the 2DS, the PS3, and the PS Vita, and they were all fantastic purchases. Void really loves that he waited on the 3DS XL, the PS4 (Black Friday bundles FTW), the PS VIta, and the Wii U. Same for him--they were all amazing purchases.
  • We both pick what we get on Day 1 kind of by gut feeling. We weigh the hype and whether we use it right away and how much we think it will impact our lives. Do we think that it will be a positive and consistent part of our lives? We don’t buy based on hype and what is getting the most attention, but at some point you just have to pull the trigger if you’re excited enough about it, personally.
  • So...the Nintendo Switch. We recorded just a few days before the launch, and we are crazy excited, but we hope the JoyCon woes are taken care of. Void is getting one delivered to his doorstep so he can play as soon as he gets home from work, and Beej has to wait on grabbing one because he’s freelancing and money is spotty for the moment. If a new full-time gig comes in, he will run out and breathe in the Breath of the Wild.
  • Nintendo releases on Fridays, which is great for adults who work. Weekend gaming binges!
  • How many of you folks are buying a Switch on Day 1? Let us know in the subreddit or on Twitter!

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Weekly Geekery

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Mar 03, 2017
S2E7 - Hitman & Complex Game Systems - “March-ish”
01:10:23

Hitman & Complex Game Systems

In this episode:

  • If there is anything in the world Void loves, it’s a complex system that he can learn and exploit in video games. When he found out about Hitman, he jumped in and loved it so much, he gifted it to Beej just so this episode could exist.
  • While neither of us really likes the “murder” aspect of the game, it doesn’t feel like it’s really violence. We really do both see it as a puzzle game, and we tend to overlook the violence as it’s a means to solve the puzzles presented.
  • Beej isn’t entirely into complex systems like Void. They have to serve a true gameplay purpose. Some games are complicated for the sake of being complicated and add nothing to the experience, but Hitman is the opposite of that. It feels as though you are learning skills and building on them as you progress.
  • The game really helps you learn the systems through its very thorough tutorials--they don’t really feel much like tutorials, either. If you go through them, you’ll learn a pretty decent path to progression that leads into a lot of replayability.
  • Void describes his perfect 4-step program on how to become a professional hitman, starting with Beej’s preferred playstyle: bumble around like an idiot until people die, then run like the wind and hope you don’t get shot. Void’s system is a bit more elegant.
  • Paris is the first fully realized level, and instead of writing a lot about it here, just know that Void loved it so much that he’s barely played any of the other missions in the game. It is also part of a smaller bundle that you can get to essentially try out the game, and it goes on sale on various sellers all the time. So get it.

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Weekly Geekery

  • Beej - Started running again, and really working on getting back into shape while freelance work saps lots of free time for a few weeks.
  • Void - Started running, too! The weather in Minnesota gave him a reprieve, so he was able to get outside and moving around. Spring is almost here! / Fire Emblem Heroes (Lunatic Difficulty and the lack of energy you have to play) / Hidden Folks
  • Void also went to the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, which is a live performance of the music. It was amazing. The first half was not cohesive and felt like a bad fanmade video, but the second half made up for it. The second half used full sequences that built on each other as the music played. It used the Battle of the Bastards and the Great Sept of Baelor scene from the end of the season 6.

The Nintendo Switch is almost here!

  • We are just kinda waiting for the Switch (looked at other games but not pulling the trigger on anything). Games like Nioh, For Honor, Horizon Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 7, Conan Exiles, FFXIV are cool, but so much comes out in March-ish: Horizon Zero Dawn, Zelda (and other launch games for the Switch), Mass Effect Andromeda, and Persona 5 (which takes precedence for Void over Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is crazy to Beej!)

And some new Zelda, Breath of the Wild info, in case you missed it.

  • No more compass, map autofills with exploration
  • No musical chests
  • Probably won’t get the green clothes until late in the game
  • No more money in the grass
  • We get a jump button!
  • No more Epona, just random tame-able horses
  • No one new item for each dungeon
  • Enemies won’t wait around to attack
  • Bombs are all remote, no more timed bomb fuses

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Feb 24, 2017
S2E6 - YouTube - “This is ENTERTAINING for you?!”
01:11:27

YouTube

In this episode:

  • For a lot of people, YouTube pretty much is the internet. It’s the world’s second largest search engine (next to Google, obvs), so we wanted to discuss how we use YouTube, get some great channels out there to you guys, and also find out what you’re watching and how you use.
  • What we actually watch on YouTube differs quite a bit. We initially thought it would be balanced, but it very much isn’t. Void uses YouTube as essentially a TV with all sorts of cool shows and creators he loves, while Beej sees it more as a novelty for one-off views.
  • Beej doesn’t have much that he watches: VetRanch, Dr. PimplePopper, Woodworking for Mere Mortals, ObeseToBeast, RunSelfieRepeat, various funny puppy and kitty clips, CineFix, and catches up on clips of late-night shows or music videos. And really, that’s about it.
  • Void, on the other hand, uses PLEX to stream YouTube to his TV where he follows various channels and creators like most people do their network sitcoms and police procedurals.

Void’s YouTube Highlights (the occasional watches):

  • Penny Arcade TV
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Nintendo
  • Star Wars
  • Waypoint
  • Rocket Jump and Rocket Jump Film School
  • Mark Brown’s Gamer Maker’s Toolkit and Boss Keys
  • Chez Lindsay
  • Vsauce
  • Extra Credits (gaming videos, but not so much the history videos)
  • NoClip with Danny O’Dwyer
  • Tested.com (any of the videos with Adam Savage are great. The other ones… not so much.)

Channels/Creators that Void watches absolutely everything they put out:

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Feb 17, 2017
S2E5 - Career Corner and Life Transitions - “Tuesday night motorcycle”
01:20:47

Career Corner and Life Transitions

In this episode:

  • We are both going through pretty major life transitions right now, and we expect some of you are, too. We wanted to discuss how we’re coping with them so that maybe your life can get just a little easier.
  • Mostly talking about new jobs because that’s the kind of transition we are both going through, but lots of things cause them, from health to marriage to kids to a hundred other things.
  • What’s funny about us, though, is that we traded--Void went from freelancing into a full-time position, while Beej went from a full-time position to freelancing. Weird, right?
  • It turns out that we have kind of the Geek to Geek Career Corner this episode inadvertently, so we talk about how we use our skills from other places to really move into something we love, and that even though we are changing, it’s still a career path that we both intended to take, and that some things happened by accident.
  • The hardest parts of life transitions, though, are how routines get thrown off, sleep being hard to get, and how sometimes, our bodies just aren’t able to cope with the change in ergonomics and space that we are thrown into when you’re changing jobs or locations.
  • Somtimes, it’s hard to motivate yourself because your routine is so different, and even when you can get the ergonomics right for your space, finding that space itself can be hard in a new location.
  • We both play video games (obviously) to destress from the changes in our lives, and mainly use mainstays that don’t take a lot of brainpower to get through. Both of us tend to work with stuff going on in the backs of our heads, and learning new mechanics and systems and anything complicated just makes us that much more exhausted.
  • Podcasts and audiobooks are a great way to just escape, break out of work mode, and use them on commutes. While they take some active brainpower to listen to, they can be more passive than sitting and reading, which is great when you’re experiencing transition fatigue.
  • And you gotta exercise. We aren’t doing as much as we’d like, but it helps a lot. Going out and running in good weather, using a stationary bike, even doing yoga stretches at your desk or between projects is a great way to make your day seem a little less exhausting. You can also dedicate some time in the morning or the evening to have some specific active time that you distance yourself from whatever your transition is, keeping that period up with your normal routine that’s been changed.
  • And everyone has some comfort TV. Void loves anything witty and well-written like Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing or YouTube videos that don’t have a deep time commitment, and Beej loves old sitcoms like New Girl or Parks and Rec to keep him giggling with it in the background.

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  • Beej - Ink and Bone / Fire Emblem Heroes / Politics (the idea of getting involved and showing up) / Starting and stopping new TV shows: The Expanse, The Man in the High Castle, GoT S6, Voltron / Blue Apron (may save this for a health hacks, but touch on it here)
  • Void - Chocobochica #JediN00b / Humble Bundle Subscription (Total War Warhammer) / Fire Emblem Heroes / Hitman

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Feb 10, 2017
S2E4 - Geeky Knick-Knacks and Toys to Life - “Bedroom walls full of memorabilia”
01:21:26

Geeky Knick-Knacks and Toys to Life

In this episode:

  • Geeks love toys. And collecting things. It’s just kind of what we do. So we wanted to talk about that for a while, and really dig in deep about the kind of knick-knacks that we keep around us at all times, those that are special, and the kinds we just don’t care about.
  • Void is very particular about what he collects, and Beej is now. He used to be a “gimme all the stuff” kind of person, while Void has always been more pragmatic about the kinds of collectibles he buys. But you folks could have probably guessed that.
  • Knick-knacks don’t always have to be physical, either. We talk about collecting in games, such as Pokemon and MMO items, getting ultimate weapons in Final Fantasy and things like that. Do we finish games all the way and feel as though we need to get every single thing we can?
  • And nowadays, there’s a huge surge in toys-to-life products. Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Amiibo, Lego Dimensions. All of these are huge money sinks, but they’re also fun to play. We talk about the line between collecting and playability, as well as the intrinsic value the toys add to the games themselves.
  • For te most part, Void keeps a few geeky knick-knacks on his desk, and he wears oodles of geeky t-shirts. What’s also very cool is that he has a bathroom in his house decorated in Penny Arcade comics. That’s awesome. Beej is actually selling off a lot of his old collection, and only trying to keep the things that really matter. He decorates his office in things that mean something to him, much like Void did his bathroom.

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Feb 03, 2017
S2E3 - Mini Topic Grab Bag - “She is not a Jedi... yet”
01:20:47

Mini Topic Grab Bag

In this episode:

  • We get so many comments and questions from you guys that we wanted to take this opportunity to address some of them. We take notes on them, so we put the ones together that we didn’t think we’d be able to pull together a full episode around.
  • The topics we discuss this time are pretty varied, but we think you will enjoy them--mainly because you suggested them! It was so much fun recording this episode. So keep those comments and suggestions coming!

What we talk about:

  • The uncanny valley in movies, games, and other media
  • General game design, including pet peeves, the best examples of single aspects, Bartle’s taxonomy, and the cost of games over the years.
  • Digital copies vs physical copies of games
  • Who’s our favorite Jedi?
  • Products, games, and media that we just want to love, but don’t.
  • Morality in roleplaying games. This turned into a very interesting discussion about gaming personalities and our real-life personalities.
  • Thoughts on Knights of the Old Republic, including KOTOR, KOTOR 2, and SWTOR.
  • You know you want to hear our thoughts on Mario Kart. Because Mario Kart.
  • We both love cyberpunk. We talk about movies and books and games. Is Neuromancer really incomprehensible? How many versions of Blade Runner have we seen? And do androids dream of electric sheep for real? LISTEN TO FIND OUT!
  • How have Podcasts and Netflix changed how we watch or listen to shows, especially based on release schedules?

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Jan 27, 2017
S2E2 - Netflix Originals and Void's Nintendo Switch Corner - “You gotta count those virtual marbles”
01:28:00

Netflix Originals and Void’s Nintendo Switch Corner

In this episode:

  • Netflix Originals tend to keep our attention more than most other TV shows. For the most part, network TV doesn’t interest us, and we binge Netflix Originals and look forward to them all year long. The only other network putting out content as good as some of these Netflix Originals is HBO.  And even that is only a few shows like West World and Game of Thrones.
  • Hulu and Amazon have original shows they produce, too, and they’re fantastic as well. But they’re few and far between compared to Netflix. Beej loves Casual on Hulu and Alpha House on Amazon. THere are others, too, that you should check out like 11-22-63 and The Man in the High Castle.
  • Are the non-streaming networks are in trouble? We think so. Netflix is quadrupling their content this year, putting an additional $6 Billion for new content in 2017--including over 600 hours of new Netflix Originals. Just as an example, The Crown was picked up for a full run of 6 seasons (10 episodes per seasons) with each episode averaging a budget of $2.5 Million. So yeah. They’re pretty confident in themselves.

Shows we discuss:

  • Netflix MCU: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming Defenders, Iron Fist, and Punisher (plus new seasons of the existing shows).
  • Terrace House
  • Comedy Specials
  • Kimmy Schmidt
  • Fuller House
  • Chef’s Table
  • Stranger Things
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Crown
  • House of Cards
  • Marco Polo
  • Sense8
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Master of None
  • Grace and Frankie
  • THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THAT WE JUST DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR

Void’s Nintendo Switch Corner!

  • $300 in the US with console, dock, joycons, cables, and joycon battery base controller pak thingy.
  • Neon coloring… more colors later probably. Dual color...kind of ugly.
  • Battery life 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on game / settings
  • Joycons look potentially over-engineered.  Why does Nintendo always need a new gimmick?  How much did this add to the price? $80 for a pair.
  • Dock is $90.  Expensive peripherals all around.  $70 pro controller. Maybe just buy a second Switch instead?
  • Weird Online Stuff (Nintendo being Nintendo)
    • Free for a limited time
    • Paid in Fall 2017 onwards
    • Subscribers get one virtual console online enabled game for a month. Strange.
    • Separate app for chat/voice on smartphones. Weird.
  • Launch Games
    • 1, 2, Switch
    • Zelda
    • Skylanders
    • Just Dance
  • Launch “Window” games
    • Has Been Heroes (March 2017)
    • I am Setsuna (March 2017)
    • Sonic Mania (Spring 2017)
    • Lego City Undercover (Spring 2017)
    • Arms (spring 2017)
    • Super Bomberman R (March 2017)
    • Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! (March 2017)
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28, 2017)
    • Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
    • NBA 2K18 (September 2017)
    • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Fall 2017)
    • Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017)
  • I pre-ordered. I knew I was going to get this. I had the money put aside. I’m excited.  I also totally understand why most people would wait. My criteria is generally 2 games I want to play on day 1. For me the winners here are Zelda, 1 2 Switch (though I won’t buy it), Has Been Heroes, and Arms.
    • Longer term I know I’ll pick up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.
    • All of that will be year one. Totally worth it to me.
    • Worried about the price point for the general audience.  It’s not competing with PS4 and Xbox One the way they should be. It’s too close to bundle prices. I’m worried this might be another Wii U where it’s worth it for me, but not most people, and it won’t be a huge success.

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  • Beej - More Marvel Future Fight on mobile devices / Star Wars Force Arena on mobile phones / Agents of SHIELD Season 3 / Amazing Spider-man (2015) / Civil War II
  • Void - Stellaris / Acquisitions Inc Holiday Special / Silver Surfer comics by Dan Slott / Sherlock Season 4 / Revisiting stuff

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Jan 20, 2017
S2E1 - Super Geekery - “Baby Monkey Astronaut”
01:16:37

Super Geekery

In this episode:

  • We’re back with Season 2.
  • BJ is sick and it shows!  We hope he’s back to normal next week.  Send him well-wishes.
  • Besides that, we talk all about our geekery from the holiday break and spend some time catching up for the start of Season 2!

Weekly Geekery

  • The whole episode is weekly geekery!

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Jan 13, 2017
S1E47 - Best of the Rest 2016 - “Get yourself a cookie and listen to Hamilton”
01:08:31

Best of the Rest 2016

In this episode:

  • Welcome to the Season 1 finale of the Geek to Geek Podcast. It has been one heck of a year, and we could not have done it without you fine folks backing us at every turn. We did not expect the kind of response we’ve had to the cast, but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for listening to us ramble about geekery and for being our friends (and not just internet friends, either! Real friends!). Here’s to an amazing 2017, and Season 2 picks up next week! Keep listening and tell your friends!
  • Much like last week, we wanted to do our Best of 2016 list. Whereas we focused on video games last time, this week, we’re looking at pretty much everything else. From movies to books to music to podcasts to YouTube videos, we break down our top picks of the year so you can start 2017 off right.
  • Once again, we look at the few letdowns we had this year. This isn’t a negative podcast, so we don’t dwell on it. Beej was disappointed in Batman v Superman. It was a terrible movie that he knew was going to be terrible, but despite his low expectations, it was even worse than that. Void didn’t have much. So let’s get on to the awesome stuff, shall we?
  • We did a huge list of honorable mentions because we tend to sample a lot of stuff and try to experience as much cool things as we can possibly fit into our lives (hence the Weekly Geekery segment in each episode). A lot of our honorable mentions match up, including fantastic Netflix originals, superhero shows and comics, as well as some movies that we rank differently but still considered some of the best things that happened in 2016.
  • And then there are our Top 6 picks of the year, ranked in order of Supercoolitude (is that a word? It is now). What’s fun about these is how different they are. It really shows the different perspectives that we approach media and what we consider worthwhile (you can also see this in our Star Wars: Rogue One discussion a few weeks back). We very much agree that all of our Top 6 are amazing choices, but the value we place on each entry is decidedly different. We think you guys will enjoy the discussion we have about each.

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  • Beej - Grabbed an iPhone 7 Plus because Verizon had a deal and has finally realized how cool mobile gaming can be if you have a device that’s worth gaming on.
  • Void - Snagged himself an NES Classic because he’s one lucky son-of-a-gun. His kids are enjoying it almost as much as he is, and that’s staying a lot!

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Jan 06, 2017
S1E46 - Best Video Games of 2016 - “A top 6… I guess?”
59:16

Best Video Games of 2016

In this episode:

  • Like a great many other podcasts, we are hopping on the “best of” train, and we’re gonna be discussing our best video games of 2016. Now this isn’t only games that came out this year, but games that we played this year.
  • We were initially going to do a Top 5 each, but amazingly enough, there were more than 5 games we wanted to rank as we put together our best of 2016 lists. So...we have Top 6 lists for you! Hah! How’s that?
  • We also do honorable mentions because we played quite a few games this year. Void more than Beej, honestly because of his Gamefly experience. He went through over 50 games using Gamefly, and you’ll have to listen if you want to find out which--if any--of the B-tier titles made it into his list.
  • We also talk about the biggest letdowns of the year--but not much! We aren’t negative guys, and we didn’t want to dwell on things that aren’t fun to talk about. But we did want to mention the ones that were especially not worth our time so that you may be able to avoid them and spend your time playing the best video games of 2016 instead of the “meh” games of the year.
  • If you want our thoughts on No Man’s Sky months after the initial hubbub, or maybe Void’s lasting impression of virtual reality and the Vive. And what about that little game named Overwatch that came out this year? Are we still even thinking about that? And maybe you’ve heard about the cancellation of Disney Infinity--want to know how that affected your friendly, neighborhood podcast hosts?
  • And we want to know about your top video games of the year, too! We want to know which games kept your attention and which ones don’t quite make you stay up late for just another 5 minutes that turn into just another 5 hours. So tell us in the subreddit! reddit.com/r/geektogeekcast

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Dec 30, 2016
S1E45 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - “We’ve never disagreed this much about Star Wars before”
01:13:54

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In this episode:

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just released, and we had to do a podcast on it. Especially since we did a pre-release show last week! What is interesting, though, is that we have never disagreed so much about Star Wars. Despite being roughly the same level of fan (read: fanatic), the two of us look at both the SW universe and film/media in general in such different ways that our takeaways from Rogue One are starkly different.
  • From the characters to the plot, to pacing and even whether or not this Star Wars Story needed to be told at all, we disagree on almost every point. We do, however, totally understand why the other feels the way he does. We have a long discussion about the Star Wars universe, what makes each of us love it, and why. Much of our disagreement around Rogue One comes from its dark tone, which influences our enjoyment on a film-viewing level, not as a Star Wars fan.
  • We do, however, agree on a number of points about the movie. We found a lot to love about Rogue One, and more than anything else, it makes us excited for the new directions that the franchise will take. It’s a great sign that because we disagree about Rogue One, there will inevitably be an experimental Star Wars Story that flips our disagreement 180 degrees. There is a ripe future for Star Wars because of the precedent set with Rogue One, and we both can’t wait to see what new things Disney is going to bring us in the future.

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Dec 23, 2016
S1E44 - Before Star Wars: Rogue One - “I would scream in the theater”
01:06:27

Before Star Wars Rogue One

In this episode:

  • We’re excited because a new Star Wars movie is coming out. We couldn’t resist talking about it before hand.
  • This is not a spoiler episode, and we are releasing this a day early for you folks to listen to in time for the weekend’s releae. We will only be talking about stuff from the trailers and maybe a bit from the prequel novel.
  • Next week will be our spoiler filled review of the movie. So stay tuned!

Our worries and concerns are minimal.

  • Void is worried we already know so much of the plot from the trailers and just context of the movie, but we think it may be very character driven.
  • It may not be as good as the mainline Star Wars movies, which wouldn’t bode well for the other spin-offs, and he is also worried the tone of “war movie” may not fit the franchise as well as the science-fantasy does.
  • Beej is worried there are so few Jedi and that aspect because it’s a major hallmark of the franchise. We know other media can tell different stories well, but let’s see how they do it as a film.
  • He doesn’t like the title because lots of people he knows have no idea it’s a Star Wars movie, and he is afraid it will get criticized the same as The Force Awakens for being too close to the Original Trilogy.
  • Beej wants to see some kind of Rebels tie in. We think the Ghost is in a space battle, but we really want to see a character cameo in the background or some of Sabine’s vandalism.

Theories and Wild Speculation

  • Void thinks Jyn’s father will put the Death Star’s weakness in on purpose because he is only working for the Empire to protect his family.
  • We hope to see an Ocean’s 11-style heist that will go wrong as they escape.
  • I think Jyn’s Father (Galen) put the exhaust port weakness into the Death Star on purpose because he was forced to work on it and didn’t actually want to.  He’s just doing it to protect his family.
  • I think they’ll get the plans in an ocean’s 11 style heist but it’ll all go wrong when they try to escape.
  • A bunch of them, if not all of them, might just die.
  • We are really curious how Vader will be used. This might make him scary in a way we haven’t seen since in the past we’ve only seen him go up against Jedi.
  • We see big explosions on a planet. Our guess is that it’s the Death Star doing a test firing but it’s not at full power yet. We know how fast it destroyed Alderaan and this isn’t that. So maybe they’re still perfecting it.
  • Beej hopes to see the Emperor being mean to Vader like he is in the new Marvel comics that take place between Episodes IV and V.
  • Beej wants Jyn to betray the Rebellion and join the Empire.
  • This scene gives oodles of context for Rogue One.

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Dec 15, 2016
S1E43 - The Holidays AND Final Fantasy XV - “An ambitious mess that I love”
01:10:00

The Holidays AND Final Fantasy XV

In this episode:

  • The holidays are stressful, and it’s hard to get your geek time in when you’re constantly juggling family responsibilities, the time changes, the darkness, the seasonal depression, the gift buying, decorating...well, you get the picture.
  • For us, we have different mechanisms to help us cope with all this. Beej plays mindless adventure games and MMOs to escape the winter doldrums, as well as reading a lot more. Ebooks are especially good, as are digital comics for road trips. Cozy scented candles and meditation in low light also keeps him evened out.
  • Void only has a few weeks off during the year, so he uses his extended Christmas break for some quiet time and extra reading. He also tends to power through games and spend lots of time gaming with his family. Being able to sit down and play games with his kids are incredibly soothing, and it’s good quality family time, too.
  • Most of us have multiple family meetings, and geeking out can be hard to do when you’re forced to be social. One suggestion is to be social during the most obvious times, but then excuse yourself to be alone and read or play whatever games you want to. Most family members understand we all need a little time to ourselves.
  • Mobile gaming is great for car rides, as are handheld consoles. Audiobooks are an easy way to catch up, and they really help keep with our routines. Most of us have our daily routines that get messed with during the holidays, and being able to sneak our content digitally whenever we have a few minutes (even if it’s in the bathroom at a relative’s house or in line as you buy last-minute gifts) can help ease stress and give us time to decompress.
  • We discuss working on side projects, and how the holidays give a good boost to our creativity because of the lack of our primary jobs.

Final Fantasy XV

  • Void has finished FFXV, and he talks about it in depth It was originally a touchstone topic for Weekly Geekery, but he goes into a full-on review (and we tell you about spoiler zone, too). He discusses why it’s one of his favorite FF games overall, what kind of nits he has to pick with it, and why Chapter 13 is horrible enough that SquareEnix has already announced a patch to make it more bearable.
  • Void discusses how it’s a Final Fantasy game that gives veterans and newbies something to love, and he discusses the combat and open world. It is a very thorough review, and you can see his entry into the Final Fantasy Project here.
  • He talks about the story and how it works, and how the game feels like it spent a decade in develpment hell, but at the same time does a lot of things well and a lot of things haflway and still comes across as a fairly cohesive game. If they do additional content patches, there are lots of places to put in new zones (Beej likens what he wants to Dawnguard for Skyrim) and quests, which would increase both playability and replayability and end-game content.

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Dec 09, 2016
S1E42 - Pokemon - “It’s just a really cute game, you know?”
52:52

Pokemon (plus Pokemon Sun and Moon)

  • Like pretty much everyone else these days, we grew up with Pokemon. And with it being the 20th anniversary of the series, we wanted to talk about the wonderful little pocket monsters and our history with them.
  • For the most part, Void has kept up with the series, playing through each iteration and seeing the changes that have come from Pokemon Red and Blue and Yellow all the way to Pokemon Sun and Moon. Beej, however, has only played Blue and Omega Ruby, so our takes on the series are different, but we both love it.
  • In terms of the games themselves, the generations iterate very slowly, and despite being 20 years later, the games are fundamentally the same. Each generation gives you modern conveniences and quality of life improvements that make the newer games well worth playing if you enjoy the formula.
  • Given the length and popularity of Pokemon over the past 20 years, there have been oodles of pokemon spin off games. One of our favorites was Pokemon Snap, where you travel on rails, competing for taking the best photos of the critters in the jungle. It was a weird concept and totally fun. Most recently, there has been Pokemon Go, and there have been a ton of improvements made lately. We aren’t playing it as much as we were in the beginning, but we certainly are still interested in seeing where it goes.
  • Void really loved the TV show, and he still watches it with his kids. The multi-generational aspect of the anime are really awesome, and it’s great that he gets to share stories about the same characters with them. Somehow, Ash and Pikachu are still the protagonists of the show, despite being revamped multiple times. Beej, on the other hand, never watched the show--he was just a bit out of the age range when it debuted.
  • The Pokemon Trading Card Game was Beej’s favorite, though. In high school, he and his friends were always playing it together. They were big card game people. Void, though, just collected the cards and traded them but rarely played the game. It’s still going, which is cool, and it’s still just as fun.
  • The release of Pokemon Sun and Moon has been really cool. It’s a totally new area that’s based around Pacific Islands, and Void is nearing the end of it (Beej will eventually Gamefly it). There are tons of little UI improvements to make it easier to select things you will use (like pokeballs in battle), and there’s more of a story than ever before in Pokemon Sun and Moon (and Void actually cared a bit!).
  • In both Pokemon Sun and Moon, there are visual indicators of match-ups which tell pokemon types’ strengths and weaknesses, and this is a major improvement for players who don’t have time to memorize the whole pokedex. The ride pokemon replace HMs, and you can call them from anywhere to use their utility abilities without wasting slots in your team. So you can finally have the perfect team you want without worrying about getting stuck out in the world.
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon are not hard, but they may be the most challenging pokemon game yet because of the inclusion of trials instead of gym battles. Overall, they’re Void’s favorite pokemon game.
  • There are rumors of a third game in the Pokemon Sun and Moon series for the Nintendo Switch. Beej would likely wait to play that one if he can afford a Switch when it comes out. He’s a big fan of waiting on Game of the Year-type rereleases anyway.
  • Both of us, though, tend to skip post-game content. Neither of really enjoy filling out our pokedex, and Pokemon Sun and Moon are no different. We go occasionally to kill some time hunting fun pokemon or Legendaries, maybe to hatch an egg or two, but for the most part, we like the stories and the content, but hate the repetitive aspect of post-game content. We are kind of hoping that Pokemon Sun and Moon have extra stuff after the main game, but we doubt it because it’s still Pokemon Red and Blue at heart

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Dec 02, 2016
S1E41 - Ask Us Anything Q&A - “He’s MY Bulbasaur”
01:19:56

Ask Us Anything Q&A

In this episode:

  • We asked, and you answered! Wait, no. You asked, and we answered! That’s it!
  • This week, we did our much-anticipated Q&A episode, where you wonderful people sent in your questions for us to answer. We answer everything from our favorite Star Trek captain, to embarrassing personality quirks, funny home-life anecdotes, to what we feel about particular game genres and first-person shooters. It really was an amazing episode to record, and we hope that we get spark some conversation with y’all for the subreddit and future episodes.

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Nov 24, 2016
S1E40 - Harry Potter Universe - “I made a sandwich because I was so angry”
01:04:31

Harry Potter Universe

In this episode:

  • With the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we wanted to discuss our love of the Harry Potter franchise and kind of survey the series and expanded universe.
  • With the books, we love them. They’re a part of our childhoods and young adulthoods, and on re-reads, they stand up just as well. Void has listened to the audiobooks of Harry Potter multiple times, while Beej never has. He’s only read the physical books over and over again.
  • We discuss the change in tone the books take, going from children’s books in the first three, to the serious war story in the last set. That tone is also carried over into the movies, with each director doing his best to fit the tone and atmosphere of the movie with the narrative’s intended audience.
  • We discuss the extended universe of Harry Potter, which includes new short stories, Pottermore, the Cursed Child, as well as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film. Void loves them. A lot. He keeps up with them, reads as they come out and has become invested in the world. Beej, however, feels all the expansion makes the idea of the original series lose its charm, and he doesn’t feel as though the world is fleshed out enough for this expansion. He’s open-minded, though and will eventually dig in and read about the American setting he’s not into.
  • Which brings us to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s set in the American past (1920s?), and it’s the first Harry Potter movie that’s specifically written as a screenplay. We are hoping this makes it more cohesive as a narrative; however, the explosion from a single movie to a trilogy to a 5-movie series before the first one has debuted makes us a little wary. Judgment will be reserved until we see it, and we will certainly do a Weekly Geekery segment on it when we do.

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Nov 18, 2016
S1E39 - Doctor Strange - “I don’t even know how to describe it”
01:05:19

Doctor Strange

In this episode:

  • The doctor! He’s strange! Guess what we are talking about this week? It’s kind of a spoilercast, so be aware of that. However, we do give you fair warning of when we start discussing them, so you can always listen for a little while and come back after you’ve seen the movie. Or you can keep listening because you love us. Either way.
  • We are coming at the movie from two different perspectives: Void likes Bennybatch but has no connection to the characters and very limited knowledge of Doctor Strange, while Beej is the opposite. He doesn’t like Benny that much, but enjoys Dr. Strange in the comics.
  • Our non-spoilery thoughts are pretty simple: We like it. It doesn’t feel like anything else in the MCU, and we believe that’s a good thing. It doesn’t feel superhero-y, and to Beej, it feels like it has more depth than a lot of the MCU. Void doesn’t have as many thoughts about the movie overall on the first viewing, and he thinks that’s because it’s so different from other MCU films. A second viewing will really help us solidify our thoughts on it.
  • The visuals in this movie are amazing. It feels a lot like the Matrix did back in the late ‘90s. We didn’t see it in 3D (because ew), but it may have been a bit overwhelming at times.
  • And that’s it for non-spoilery teaser stuff in the notes! Now, there are lots of other things we discuss involving our favorite parts, the visuals in far more depth, the overall structure of the movie and how it worked for us and in terms of the greater narrative, and how this movie ties in (and will tie in) with the rest of the MCU).

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Nov 11, 2016
S1E38 - Reading in the Digital Age - “That may be the nerdiest thing that’s happened on this show”
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In this episode:

  • We love to read, but the big question we get asked his what we read. And how. Do we prefer ebooks to paper books, or audiobooks to ebooks? So we talk about how our collections have moved mostly digital for a number of reasons, not the least of which is simply the clutter that buying tons of hardcovers and paperbacks accumulate over the years.
  • We discuss the benefits of smartphone ebook apps, and how between them and audiobooks, we can get through so many more books than we would otherwise.
  • Speaking of audiobooks, we love them! We listen to tons of different audiobooks. Void tends to use Whispersync on Kindle to keep his place between the same book, but Beej listens to a completely different kind of book on audio than he reads. It’s like the formats work differently for each geek!
  • Void doesn’t like books set in the real-world, but Beej is okay with them if they have good characters.
  • We talk a lot about comics in another podcast, so we gloss over them here. We love to read them, but make sure you go back and listen to our comics episode. It really needs some love.
  • And now...our favorite authors! People ask all the time, and if we need to break it down more specifically, we will. We talk about people like Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Patrick Rothfuss. And more than that! If you want deep-dives into any particular authors, let us know!
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Nov 04, 2016
S1E37 - The Nintendo Switch Revealed - “What do you stall for?”
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The Nintendo Switch Revealed

In this episode:

  • The Nintendo Switch is unveiled! And being the Nintendo fans we are, there was just no way that we could go a week without talking about it.
  • Here’s what we know so far: It’s a handheld system AND a home console with detachable controllers that you can use in different configurations. They’re called JoyCons, but there’s also a Pro Controller available. There is also a spacer-thingy that connects the JoyCons into an almost-Pro Controller. You can also use the JoyCons double-handed like a Wii Nunchuck.
  • There’s a kickstand on the main screen and a 3.5mm headphone port! It’s HD and cartridge based.
  • We saw lots of games for it including a new 3D Mario game, a Mario Kart, some kind of basketball game (that neither of us know about, but y’all might), Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon, and Skyrim.
  • And then we go into geeky-speculation mode, which is always fun. We talk expandable storage (because Void does all his games digitally), is there a touch screen (and do we want one?), how long is the battery life, and just how useful is the console dock? Do we get a charging cable?
  • What about release day? Is this a day 1 purchase? Well, that depends on the price. If it’s a high-dollar console, Nintendo may be in murky water. If it’s under $250, there’s a huge chance we’ll buy it early.

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Oct 28, 2016
S1E36 - Day-to-Day Technology - “Hey Alexa, I need a pizza”
01:10:53

Day-to-Day Technology

In this episode:

  • Being geeks like we are, our lives pretty much revolve around technology. Or maybe technology revolves around our lives. This week, we discuss what we’re using day to day and how it makes our lives both easier and more difficult at times. Some of it, you’d probably guess (iPhones, Macbooks, gaming consoles), but there are some neat ones, we think you’ll enjoy hearing about and looking into.
  • Because we do use technology so much, the idea of disconnect or disengaging from technology has a lot of appeal to some people (Beej), while others tend to just shift their usage to maintain a normal, adult lifestyle (Void). It all depends on your personalities, and we discuss strategies that work for us so that you can see some healthy, real-world ways you may be able to adopt into your own routines.
  • And then there’s the awesome technology that you think you’re gonna use a ton, but instead, it just sits on a shelf, all alone and abandoned. We talk about purchases that should have been awesome, but totally fell short of expectations. Kind of like the Vive for Void (though it’s still awesome tech), and the New 3DS for Beej (which was switched for a PS Vita).
  • Plus, there’s always speculation about what tech is on it’s way. We talk about the stuff we’re particularly excited for. Like the honest-to-goodness iPhone upgrade for the 10th anniversary, the newly announced Nintendo Switch (formerly the NX), self-driving cars, augmented reality, nanotechnology, and space colonization. Give us a shout and tell us what you’re looking for!

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Oct 21, 2016
S1E35 - The Legend of Zelda - “As much as I like saying the words Monkey Dungeon”
01:18:45

The Legend of Zelda

  • The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s flagship series, but surprisingly, it’s one of the few that actually does a lot better in the West than it does in Japan. Many may not realize the series was created by Miyamoto, the same genius who created Mario, though Aonuma has been in charge of the series since his major success with Ocarina of Time in 1998.
  • Generally, we’ve played them all. Beej has only missed 3 of them, and they’re on purpose. Void has just completed a lite playthrough of the whole series, in which he ranked them all for current playability, rather than nostalgia.
  • Do you guys remember the animated series? Beej sure does!
  • We discuss the difference in 2D and 3D Zelda games, which kind of feel like two separate series of games, but with the same base mechanics.
  • Zelda games! We don’t go in-depth for every one (because some just aren’t worth the time, honestly), but we do discuss our favorites, our memories, and just why some of them stand up for 20+ years, while others can’t even stay a few years.
  • Have you folks ever completed a Zelda game 100%? WE HAVE! The only one Void is sure he has ever 100%’d was Majora’s Mask, while the only game Beej has fully completed is Ocarina of Time.
  • Void’s rankings will be on his blog soon enough, but we discuss his top 5. (Hint, they’re probably not what you’re thinking they are.)
  • We talk about the things we love and the things we loathe about Zelda games. For instance, we are super tired of the long, tedius intro villages in 3D Zelda games. Just stop, Nintendo. Just stop. However, we truly love the puzzles and non-linear worlds that we can explore. We are super excited for Breath of the Wild because from the released footage so far, it seems like they’ve read our minds and are making the perfect Zelda game for the Geek to Geek guys.

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Oct 14, 2016
S1E34 - Horror - “And then BAM! A cat jumps out of a cabinet!”
01:10:25

Horror!

In this episode:

  • It’s October! And you know what that means? That’s right, geeks...HORROR! You see,Void thinks horror is dumb and boring. Beej thinks it’s awesome. Is the Beejmeister going to be able to convince the Voidenator that horror is worth his time?
  • Beej taught a horror literature class for English majors a few years back, and he had a wonderful experience with horror in college because all of his friends loved it. So where he’s coming is different from where some fans are coming from.
  • A lot of horror hits on cultural and societal fears, far more than personal. We can trace the entire 20th century’s outlook based on what horror media was being produced.
  • Rarely does horror exist on its i.e. because of its nature. If the intent is to bring people a primal realization of a cultural or societal fear so they can deal with it, that’s not a genre. What you probably think of as “horror” is technically “gothic romance”
  • Emotional connection to events. To situations. Not characters so much. The blank-slate the characters tend to be written that way purposefully, which is why they’re archetypes. But you do have lots of writers, however, that tend to focus on people more than the “hook” of whatever horror element they are writing, which is why Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, are so successful. It’s why The Walking Dead is so successful. The Walking Dead, for instance, is an ensemble survival drama that happens to have Zombies. Much like Battlestar Galactica is a military drama that happens to be in space, but we are horrified by the events that occur.
  • Different kinds of horror: Physical and Psychological. Stephen King has 3 criteria: Horror, terror, gross-out
  • We use horror as a way to achieve catharsis: We watch this stuff so we don't have to do it ourselves.
  • Beej loves slashers and horror comedies. Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Santa’s Slay.
  • Books like Duma Key and It by Stephen King. Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill. Even Odd Thomas and Phantoms by Dean Koontz are good places to start.
  • The Secret World is the best horror game out there right now (to Beej, at least) because it really grabs a lot of the worldwide horror elements and does them justice. It even grabs Eastern horror and does them well, which is hard to do in America. Other games are obvious like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, and Until Dawn.

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Oct 07, 2016
S1E33 - Modern Board Games - “Fiddly bits!”
01:18:50

Modern Board Games

We talk about the resurgence of board games. And not like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Clue. We’re talking the genre of Modern Board games that has exploded lately, beginning with Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Dominion.

Beej isn’t much a board game player--he prefers simpler “party games.” However, Void has an entire cabinet dedicated to them, and we talk about how he got into them initially (hint: it was a co-worker who made him play Citadels over his lunch hour 5 years ago.)

(We go into much more depth in the episode than I am in the notes, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just break them down by how we categorized them in the episode.)

Good games to start with for newbies to the modern board game scene:

  • Citadels
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Pandemic

Beej’s big question is this: “What are good two player games that my wife and I can play together (and we are picky about board games) that can be expanded to multiple people when we have a party?”

Good 2 player games are:

  • Love Letter
  • Condottiere
  • Timeline
  • Push Fight
  • Zombie Dice
  • Memoir 44
  • Pandemic

Games from Void’s collection Beej wants to know more about:

  • Wiz-War
  • Mage Knight
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Takenoko

Cool / Big modern board games

  • Mage Knight (super interesting, super complex)
  • Game of Thrones Board Game
  • Memoir 44
  • Cosmic Encounter
  • Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game, Armada, Imperial Assault

Good games to start a game night with:

  • Love Letter
  • Zombie Dice
  • Push Fight
  • Sushi Go!
  • Timeline

Not quite a board game, but similar! Intro to LCGs:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Netrunner
  • Lord of the Rings

Games that get the most table time at Void’s house:

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Pandemic
  • Push Fight

Co-op games can be amazing with kids. You can even turn games into co-op even if the designers didn’t make them that way. We talk about Takenoko in particular, as well as Pandemic.

Void is a little nuts for Pandemic Legacy. It’s the board game y’all are going to hear about as much as Hamilton and Firewatch. Apparently, it’s just crazy good, and Void is losing his mind for it. Some of the highlights include:

  • Legacy Game, meaning you can only play through it once, but it’s like a video game in that you continue the story, even permanently altering the board to progress the story and change mechanics.
  • Just an amazing experience unlike anything Void has played before
  • There are huge surprises in the boxes you open during gameplay.

Hardest part is that we’re getting to the point where there are so many modern board games, it’s hard to give general recommendations. You wouldn’t recommend Halo to anyone getting into video games, would you? It’s just as hard to give out a broad general recommendation in board games But, if you know one or two you like I can steer you in the right direction. Hit us up on Twitter or the new subreddit.

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Sep 30, 2016
S1E32 - MMOs - “Alright, World of Warcraft it is!”
01:11:52

Massively Multiplayer Online Games

In this episode:

  • Our history with MMOs! And y’all, we have some history.
  • We both game to MMOs early in our lives (hooray for the late 90s!). Beej and his friends Ultima Online, while Void was on the other side of the coin and was an EverQuest guy. Despite our differences in early preferences, we are pretty much in the same place with MMOs today--we love the genre and want it to evolve rather than stagnate.
  • The modern era of MMOs can’t escape the shadow of World of Warcraft. It defined the current genre, and again, we both are coming from opposite perspective--Beej from a raider’s perspective and Void from a solo player’s. We talk about the awesome things the game did, and the consequences of it being so popular for so long.
  • Void talks specifically about EVE Online and why it’s kind of a unicorn in the MMOverse. From a single server to an entirely run player economy, we discuss the systems that made us want to play EVE but in reality keep us away.
  • We talk about MMO nostalgia for the games we used to love and how the games may not be the same if we go back and play them today.
  • Where is the MMO genre going and where do we want it to go? From cross-genre games like Destiny that use MMO elements as core gameplay to virtual reality, we talk about what’s going on right now with MMOs and what we can’t wait to see.

 

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Sep 23, 2016
S1E31 - The Final Fantasy Series Part 3 - “Basically an impossible question”
01:05:33

The Final Fantasy Series, Part 3

In this episode:

  • Our very first listener-feedback episode! We asked you all for questions related to Final Fantasy, and y’all did not disappoint! We got so many good questions that we had to dedicate the ENTIRE EPISODE to this Q&A. Rather than spoil the goodness for you, just hit the play button and hear us talk at ya!
  • Additionally, we’re looking for ways to shake up the format of the show, and given that this week is all about listener feedback, we want you to shoot us a line and tell us what you want.
  • What topics do you guys want to hear more about? There’s a high probability of us doing a Squaresoft games podcast, and if you want us to dive deeper into any particular Final Fantasy game(s), let us know which!
  • We’re also thinking about doing a game club. Not a game of the month sort of thing; we would take it slower than that. We are open to any games, but prefer ones that are more accessible to more people (think titles that have been out for longer times and available on multiple platforms. FF games are a possibility, as are titles such as 80 Days and Lifeline). Let us know!
  • Also, would you fine folks be interested in a Twitter chat? A scheduled, hour-long, topic-based talk among our awesome community (read: y’all). Would you want to #geektogeek together?

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Sep 16, 2016
S1E30 - The Final Fantasy Series Part 2 - “Because he was a Ninja!”
01:01:05

The Final Fantasy Series, Part 2

In this episode:

  • The Final Fantasy series has lots of sequels and spinoffs that aren’t part of the mainline, numbered series. There are some sequels, some movies, and some mashups like Kingdom Hearts that just take the FF characters and give them a new world to explore together. Some are good and some (like the new Justice Monsters 5) are total garbage. But which are which? (Hint: The new Kingsglaive movie is awesome.)
  • We discuss our thoughts on Final Fantasy MMOs, and the gist of it is that both of us wish they had called them Final Fantasy Online instead of mainline numbered games. We have played both FFXI and FFXIV, and XIV felt more like a Final Fantasy game, even though it being an MMORPG made it so that the story couldn’t be anywhere near as compelling as the single-player installments.
  • Do the old-school Final Fantasy games (I-VI) hold up to modern standards? Some of them really do! But which ones? Bwahahahah, listen to find out!
  • We both love love love the remasters and re-releases of the series. More people get to play the amazing games on whatever system they want, either on a new console like the Playstation Vita, iOS or Android, or even PC through services like Steam. Plus, we’re fans of all the HD textures and new sprites/animations. It’s a win-win for us (and for you folks who’ve never played them before!)
  • Our Least Favorite Final Fantasy? III all the way. Not the Final Fantasy III that was released on the SNES (that was actually VI, but III with the poorly paced story, the crippled job system, and the terrible player messaging that kept you unable to progress. Avoid it at all costs (unless you’re a completionist like Void)
  • Our Favorite Final Fantasy, though? IX all the way. But we also have fondness for VIII for the best opening scene of any FF (link below) and V because it wasn’t translated into English for so long that it took effort and dedication to play.
  • Favorite Villain for us? This is a tough one. You’ll hear about it when you listen! But just so you know...Exdeath from FFV, well, he’s a tree. For serious.
  • Favorite characters? Again, a totally tough question, but it has changed over the years. Vivi is a constant from FFIX, but there are others we talk about, too.
  • Favorite Scenes? The opera FFVI ‘Maria and Draco’ (Aria di Mezzo Carattere), The Ending to FFIX when Garnet is Queen and they do “I Want to Be Your Canary” again and then Zidane and Garnet are reunited, and The Opening to FFVIII (Liberi Fatali).
  • Where is the best place to start for newbies to FF series? (asked by @chrisevans17 and @DestenLee on Twitter). Probably FFX for the overall experience, but we go into lots of others for various reasons, all depending on your tastes in gaming. But the biggest surprise? Not Final Fantasy VII. Never FFVII first. And we’ll tell you why.

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Sep 09, 2016
S1E29 - The Final Fantasy Series Part 1 - “Bruce the Dinosaur Cake and Tiny Shoulder Pig”
01:22:27

The Final Fantasy Series, Part 1

In this episode:

  • Our history with Final Fantasy!
  • Beej actually started with FF1, but was so young that he didn’t understand much of what he was doing. He played IV and VI (II and III to you 90s-kid Americans out there) from the video store over and over and over and over again.
  • Void was the opposite side of the Final Fantasy-loving 90s kid, and he started the series with FFVII which brought him into the broad, magical world of jRPGs, summon magic, and random encounters. He, though, went hardcore and did a full mainline Final Fantasy playthrough--going from FF1 to FFXIV in order.
  • Speaking of, we go through the entire Final Fantasy series, giving you listeners a survey of the highpoints regarding each one.
    • FFI - pick a party of classes and level them up
    • FFII - the more you use a skill the more it levels up (skills level up individually)
    • FFIII - first job system
    • FFIV - first real narrative with jobs uniquely tied to characters for the first time
    • FFV - first in-depth job system
    • FFVI - first in-depth, truly mature story / first extra characters you can miss / semi-open approach to world 2
    • FFVII - genre defining for 3D jRPGs. It was 3D! The game where cutscenes began to blow us away
    • FFVIII - Junction system, which is very controversial and breakable
    • FFIX - Throwback to high fantasy of FFI-FFV (Look at these hi-res images of this game. They’re so pretty!)
    • FFX - First PS2 game.  Graphics were amazing. First FF with voice acting, if you can call it that (haha!)
    • FFXI - First MMO FF (definitely not a single player game. It had a huge emphasis on being part of a group.)
    • FFXII - Feels like a single player MMO.  Gambit system.  Vaan (and Penelo) are not the protagonists of the story despite being the main characters.  Basch and Ashe are. Same world as Tactics (Ivalice), only one that is set in another one, right?
    • FFXIII - Super linear.  Amazing visuals again.  This is where the series started to lose hardcore fans.  Made 2 more follow up spin off games.
    • FFXIV - Second MMO Final Fantasy.  Really good FF.  True to the series roots. Can be played pretty much as a single-player FF game if you want it to be, but the story isn’t as in-depth and intricate.
  • We want to hear from you! Send us your questions and thoughts on the series!

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Sep 02, 2016
S1E28 - Hype and Media Coverage - “OMG SPACE DINOSAURS!”
01:04:25

Hype and Media Coverage

In this episode:

 

  • In the wake of No Man's Sky, we're talking about pre-release hype and gaming media in general.
  • Hype generally makes us avoid games because so much of the pre-release media is blown out of proportion. Expectations can be raised that aren’t met very often. But we do love being a part of the discussion after a game is released.
  • When we were younger, however, we both used to get super excited and consume all pre-release media as a kid. Gaming magazines were a much different hype machine than the current state of the internet and social media.
  • When do we pay attention to pre release media and when do we go on media blackout? Basically, if we are interested in a game, we will consume all the pre-release media until we decide if we'll buy it. Then totally tune out the rest. If there is a game we somehow miss (such as Stardrew Valley), we listen to trusted friends and gauge our purchases on their opinions.
  • We also talk about what games lived up to the hype, as well as which ones gloriously failed to. But you’ll have to listen to hear which is which! (I know, mean, right?)

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Aug 26, 2016
S1E27 - No Man's Sky - “You Can’t Take The Sky From Me”
01:07:28

No Man’s Sky

In this episode:

  • No Man's Sky is out! And we’ve played a bunch! We were both excited for the game, but avoided a lot of hype and details being released because we wanted to experience the game for ourselves. That said, we have mixed feelings about the game.
  • The first 10-15 hours of the game are brilliant. The first time you see a new element of the game, it is breathtaking and truly a unique gaming experience. It takes about 15 hours of playtime to start to see the limits of the procedural generation, which takes some of the wonder away.
  • The game is basically a survival and gathering game more than exploration. You gather resources, craft upgrades for either yourself or your spaceship, travel to a new planet/solar system, and repeat the process. Inventory management is a big part of the game, which was a letdown for us, but that didn’t take away from the wonder we felt at discovering new aspects of the universe.
  • Our favorite things? Glad you asked! Aliens! Ruins! Leaving a planet and seeing space gradually appear is amazing, and coming in from orbit and seeing the entire planet take up more and more of your view is equally astonishing.
  • It's basically a single player game, and we love that. Multiplayer would be awesome in some regards, but the idea of being alone in this vast, uncharted universe is too appealing to want to share it. The online community for the game is growing, but we are glad that it’s an experience, more than a game at this point.
  • Ps4 vs PC  (controller vs keyboard and mouse). The PC controls seem to be more intuitive than gamepad because of the virtual mouse you have to control with an analog stick on PS4, but the tradeoff is being able to lounge on your couch and explore a new universe. So it’s kind of a tie.
  • Unlimited exploration actually takes the pressure off for completionism. You can't complete the Galaxy, unlike most open world games. Your first landing on a new planet is always super cool. The unknown is fun, and that’s the best part about the game. They got the feeling of discovery down. The problems come in that there are always colonies and structures scattered on the planets, which even makes the idea of “discovery” feel iffy. We would prefer totally barren planets that we could be 100% alone on.
  • Also, you can’t name your ship. Seriously. Patch this in. Patch. This. In. Do you hear us, developers? Patch. This. In. Now. KTHX.
  • In the end, it’s a strangely compelling game that neither of us actually can say if it’s fun. But it’s an experience that we’re happy to have had, and we intend to keep on playing it. Sometimes, games can be about the experience and not about winning. And that’s kind of what No Man’s Sky is about. Or could be, given a few polish patches.
  • So who’s it for? Well, it’s an indie game that was marketed like a Triple-A title, and somehow, that makes it fall between the two markets and be slightly disappointing. It’s  kind of slow if it's the only thing you're doing, so it goes great with audiobooks and podcasts or riding the exercise bike over the winter. If you’re a space junkie, grab this game now. If you like crafting and survival games, pick it up. And if you’re just curious and want to see what the game has to offer? Wait until it’s $30. It would have been a stellar game at $30, but at Triple-A $60, there are just too many nits to be picked. When it’s either cheaper or patched up, that’s when the game will really hit its stride and find its audience.

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Beej - New 3DS XL / Xenosaga Chronicles 3D

Void - One Night in Karazhan / Reigns

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Aug 19, 2016
S1E26 - Geeky Exercise - “You Do You”
56:38

Geeky Exercise Habits Are Geeky!

In this episode:

  • Just because we’re geeks doesn’t mean we don’t (or can’t) care about exercise. Both of us make time in our days to take care of ourselves. We make sure, however, that we still get in plenty of geekery while we’re out pounding the pavement.
  • Running is both of our primary exercise. We were late-comers to the sport, and neither of us ever really thought it was something for us. But as post-college adults, something clicked, and we fell into step with running. (Pun totally intended, y’all.)
  • Interestingly enough, we also both suffer from asthma. Void’s is allergy-induced, while Beej’s is exercise-induced. Both of us have to train differently than non-asthmatics, and it took a while for us both to become comfortable with that. In the end, we realized that being healthy and fit is a personal issue that concerns only us, and we learned how to stop comparing ourselves to others--but it wasn’t an immediate thing!
  • Running and exercise sessions are prime time for listening to podcasts, audiobooks, Hamilton (or other music, but why would you?), or even a geeky app like Zombies Run!
  • We both also use stationary bikes when it’s too cold to run, and have it set up so that we can play video games and watch TV while doing so. It keeps us caught up on our geekery while making sure that we don’t pack on too much winter weight.

Weekly Geekery

Beej - Olympics / FFVI on iOS

  • Touch controls have improved since I played it initially. Love the remastered graphics. I really want to grab a gamepad for my iPhone to turn it into a handheld. PLUS! I realized why I hate mobile games--notifications still come through, distracting me and ruining immersion.

Void - Olympics / Fire Emblem Fates Revelations

  • Feels like the “true” campaign but definitely need the other campaigns finished first.  Tons of characters and crossovers and can almost make your own fan fiction relationships between characters.  Noticing reused maps but in interesting ways.

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Aug 12, 2016
S1E25 - Gaming for Non-Gamers - “The Smashy Smashy”
01:00:24

Gaming for Non-Gamers

In this episode:

  • After getting a question from a listener about how to get their spouse to play games, it got us thinking. There are a whole lot of people out there who don’t consider themselves gamers. But almost everyone plays games thanks to smartphones.
  • So why don’t they identify as gamers? Is it because they were never introduced to them? Is is a negative cultural stereotype?
  • One of the biggest hurdles is simply the controller.  The number of buttons and the layout are super intimidating. Our suggestion is to introduce people to smartphone games because the interface is something almost everyone is used to already. Mobile games get around the controller issue.
  • Find a gameplay mechanic or IP that interests you or the person who you want to introduce to gaming. Do they love Star Wars? Then maybe Star Wars: Angry Birds is the way to go. Do they like puzzle games? Try Two Dots or Candy Crush (seriously!). Do you enjoy strategic thinking? Well, Hero Academy and Bloon Tower Defense are perfect.
  • One of our highest recommendations, however, is to try to introduce people to gaming using narrative games. Even if they’re not playing and just watching, they can see what games are capable of. Anything by Telltale games would be wonderful to start with, as would Firewatch, Bioshock, or The Last of Us. Even open-world games like GTA can help people see the immersion possible in video games.
  • The one thing we get asked a lot is “How do I get my spouse to play games?” Our answer might surprise you. “Maybe you don’t?” Having separate hobbies can be a good thing, and if you can talk and listen about what each of you loves, it’s okay that your spouse isn’t a gamer.
  • Void’s wife is a hardcore knitter, and he has maybe done 10 stitches in his life. But he still cares, listens, and understands when she talks about what she loves. While he isn’t going to be using the awesome new yarn or pattern, he can appreciate that it means something for her. The same goes for Beej’s wife. She is a woodworker, and while Beej wouldn’t trust himself anywhere near a tablesaw, he loves seeing the excitement on his wife’s face when she finds a new kind of wood with a particularly beautiful grain.
  • Not everyone has to love the same stuff, but we should be respectful of other people’s interests.
  • However, we do There are good on-ramp games like 80 Days on iOS/Android/PC and pretty much any Mario Kart game ever. If you want to give gaming a shot to see what modern gaming can do, we don’t think you can go wrong with those titles.

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Aug 05, 2016
S1E24 - Star Trek Beyond - “Why Did I Love These Whales So Much?”
01:03:44

Star Trek Beyond

In this episode:

  • Void and Beej discuss their lifelong histories with the Star Trek franchise. Beej was introduced to The Original Series by his father when he was a wee tot, and Void found The Next Generation in syndication, eventually coming to Voyage with his family.
  • Both guys are big fans of the Abrams reboots, and can appreciate how the TV and film franchises are split between the Prime universe and the Kelvin universe. That way both purists are happy, and so are mainstream fans.
  • Regarding Star Trek Beyond, there are lots of spoilers in this cast, but we do tell listeners when they start. You can be sure that the first third to half of the show are spoiler-free, and then we dig in on the new movie.
  • Overall impressions: Star Trek Beyond are beyond positive (heh heh, get it?), and we think the series has hit its stride. We had our origin for the universe in 2009, and Into Darkness was a decent rehash of Wrath of Khan that established this new timeline, and Beyond takes this series into new territory, even beginning 3 years after the last movie ended so as to not overlap with any of The Original Series’ storylines. It’s a full-fledged Star Trek adventure, and while it’s not perfect, it’s fun, and we can’t wait to see it again.

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Jul 29, 2016
S1E23 - JRPGs - “I’m pre-ordering games as he talks”
01:07:19

JRPGs

In this episode:

  • It’s #JRPGJuly, and you guys know by now that we are both huge fans of roleplaying games! But more than just any RPG, we adore JRPGs. In this episode, we discuss our history of why we prefer the unique genre to the more traditional Western RPG.
  • We discuss what a JRPG is (literally “Japanese Roleplaying Game”)
  • Common mechanics
    • Turn based battles
    • Leveling and gearing up
    • Being able to “grind” your way to the next part of the game
    • Typically have a Japanese story translated, not a western story from our culture.
    • Pre-made characters and narrative vs Character creator/player choice (think Fallout/Skyrim)
  • Both of us cut our teeth on the genre with early Final Fantasy games, Pokemon games, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on SNES.
  • Additionally, we discuss our current favorites, the standouts from the past we just can’t get go of, and the ones we are most looking forward to in the future!
  • We even go on tangents about how JRPGs influenced our belief systems and personal philosophies! How’s that for geeky?
  • Plus, we talk about two upcoming spiritual successors to Chrono Trigger, and Beej gets so excited he preorders one of them while still recording.
  • Weekly Geekery

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Jul 22, 2016
S1E22 - Pokemon GO - “Eevee Candy From a White Van”
01:07:45

Pokemon GO!

In this episode:

  • Pokemon Go launched this week, and like everyone else in the world, we  went crazy for it. However, despite our nerdlove for the app, there is a decided lack of documentation and tutorials, so we want to help other people make sense of what we’ve learned this week.
  • We discuss how the game works
    • How do to use pokestops and why you need them
    • How to fight/train in gyms and the rules for it
      • You can fight alongside other players on your team at the same time!
    • What does battery-saver mode actually do?
    • What good is evolving and how does transferring work?
    • Why are there so many Pidgeys?
  • We also take on the role of armchair developers and discuss what we think will make the app much more robust and likely to keep our attention.
    • Quests or a small storyline
    • Real documentation
    • Friends lists
    • Pokemon trading
    • Friend battles
    • Background mode!
    • Public events and legendary Pokemon hunts!
  • Weekly Geekery

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Jul 15, 2016
S1E21 - Playing Games the Way You Want - “I Play the Japanese Versions”
54:27

Playing Games the Way You Want

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Jul 08, 2016
S1E20 - Best of the First Half of 2016 - “We’re Back to Hamilton Now, How Did This Happen?”
01:14:48

Best of the First Half of 2016

In this episode:

  • We discuss the top picks across all media that really stood out to us. We want to make sure that the truly phenomenal work that impressed us this year doesn’t go unnoticed by you folks.
  • We break down the topics into categories like movies, books, tv, comics, and games. Not all of the stuff we talk about is necessarily released in 2016, but it was new to us in 2016, which is way better than the stuff going unnoticed at all, right?
  • Void’s Top Picks
    • Musical
      • Hamilton
    • Movies
      • Captain America: Civil War
      • Star Wars The Force Awakens
    • TV
      • Game of Thrones Season 6
      • Star Wars Rebels Season 2
      • Daredevil Season 2
      • Final Season of Mythbusters
    • Comics
      • Rat Queens
    • Board Games
      • Pandemic Legacy
    • Video Games
      • Audioshield and Holopoint for Vive
      • Hearthstone’s Single-player Adventures
      • Overwatch
      • Stardew Valley
      • Steamworld Heist
      • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest
      • Persona 4 Golden
      • Firewatch
  • Beej’s Top Picks
    • Musical
      • Hamilton
    • Movies
      • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
      • Zootopia
    • TV
      • Fuller House
    • Books
      • Homeland by Cory Doctorow
    • Comics
      • Ms. Marvel
    • Video Games
      • Disney Infinity
      • Elder Scrolls Online
      • Marvel Heroes 2016
      • Overwatch
      • Firewatch
      • Stardew Valley
  • Weekly Geekery
  • And don’t miss this week’s GEEK OUT episode with Beej and Kenny from Dumbbells and Dragons, where they talk about Pokemon Go. We’re still not sure if he’s supposed to give out the details yet, but he sure does!

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Jul 01, 2016
S1E19 - GEEK OUT! - Pokemon Go with Dumbbells and Dragons
43:47

Pokemon Go with Dumbbells and Dragons

  • Kenny from the Dumbbells and Dragons podcast joins Beej in a special GEEK OUT show.
  • Turns out, Beej and Kenny are kindred spirits--nerds who really love health and fitness. They talk running and Marvel comics, as well as lifting.
  • The main topic, though, is Pokemon Go, Nintendo’s upcoming mobile app.
  • Kenny is a field tester for the app in Los Angeles. He spills all kinds of details to Beej.
  • Apparently, the game is incredibly addictive, but lacks documentation at this point. With it being so close to release, that's scary.
  • Battling only happens against other players, and once a Pokemon faints, you have to go out into the world to find a revive--you can't buy them!
  • Being a fitness guy, Kenny fits right in with the app. He's always moving, so he has a lot of chances to catch ‘em all. (They did program in a way to avoid people catching Pokemon while driving.)

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Jun 29, 2016
S1E18 - Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) - “BEEJ SMASH!”
52:13

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

In this episode:

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the biggest franchises in movie history. We love it. Love it love it love it. Beej and Void discuss everything from what works in the MCU (and why), their favorite properties and recommendations, and which TV shows or movies, they’d be fine with never seeing again--or at all.
  • But a decade ago, we weren’t all enamored with it (yet). Lots of people had no idea who Iron Man was, and comics fans like Beej wondered why they would bring their B-team to the screen. Comics dabblers like Void weren’t excited because of the lackluster comics movies like Daredevil and X3.
  • If you haven’t seen Jessica Jones on Netflix, go binge watch it. We’ll wait. It’s worth watching even if you’re not into the MCU at all. It’s not a typical superhero show in the same way Battlestar Galactica isn’t a typical science-fiction show. Sure, there are people with superpowers, but they are background to the personal story being told. Just like how the Cylons are there, but the real story being told is about the people you care about.
  • We discuss the freedom that Netflix allows the MCU creators over major networks like ABC, and how that’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, you get Jessica Jones, but that came after they went too far into hyperviolence in Daredevil Season 1. We expect the rest of the Netflix-originals to be more in line with DDS2 and JJ, while Agents of Shield and the now-cancelled Agent Carter struggle to maintain viewers for various reasons (not that they’re bad shows).
  • Excited to see more non-origin stories being told. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Spiderman Homecoming, Black Panther should all deal with existing superheroes, rather than origins, which opens up engaging storytelling avenues.
  • We want Captain Marvel to hurry up and get released so we can get a Ms. Marvel movie. We want Kamala Khan. Plz and thx.

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Jun 24, 2016
S1E17 - GEEK OUT! - The Comic Box
34:08

GEEK OUT! - The Comic Box

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Jun 22, 2016
S1E16 - E3 2016 And The Warcraft Movie - “E3 E3 E3, Zug Zug”
01:04:36

E3 2016 + The Warcraft Movie (Non-Spoilers)

In this episode:

E3!

  • Void has spent every second of his spare time this week watching E3 press conferences and compiling the news for people like Beej who want to know but don’t have the time (or patience in Beej’s case) to watch the feeds.
  • This year’s E3 is a mixed-bag, but there is a lot of good stuff being talked about. There are no “blow up the internet” announcements, but we do finally get to see progress and gameplay from titles that have only been previously announced, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • We go through each of the press conferences and live streams that have happened at the time of recording and talk abotu what, if any, standouts there are and discuss the big trend of E3 2016: early 2017 release dates.

The Warcraft Movie!

  • Both of us fall solidly into the 8/10 category for the Warcraft movie. We went in expecting nothing, but were more than pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. We aren’t raving fanboys, but are fans of the universe and think that the creative team handled the IP very well.
  • We discuss our favorite cameos and moments in the movie, how well it was adapted from the source material, and even talk briefly about the cinematographer’s use of establishing shots that work for worldbuilding, but also setup moments that only Warcaft fans will get (such as the first time we see Ironforge...plus there’s a murloc in the river, y’all! Murgleurglrurglrlrlrlrgurglr!).
  • While we were both in the theater with only a handful of other people, the movie did so well in China that it is already making profit. That gives us hope for the sequels and franchise that we had no idea we even wanted.

Weekly Geekery

  • Void - Forfeited his geekery for our major E3 discussion this week. Check out his massive roundup at Video Game News Now
  • Beej - Went to “An Evening with Stephen King” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and walked out with three (3!) autographed copies of King’s new novel, End of Watch. Beej kind of fanboyed out a bit, and it was adorable.

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Jun 17, 2016
S1E15 - Gaming As We Age - “I Was A Real Estate Slum Lord in Ultima Online”
01:05:01

Gaming Preferences as We Age

In this episode:

  • We’re old(ish). We aren’t the young, twitchy gamers we once were, and our lives don’t give us the luxury of spending 8-12 hours a day playing games. Because of this, our gaming preferences have changed since we were younger.
  • For Void, instead of twitchy games like Counter Strike and Starcraft, he’s moved into more narrative games and casual experiences. The sleep function on a 3DS, as well as quicksaves on mobile games help him balance his responsibilities as a husband and father more easily than long gaming sessions can.
  • For Beej, his personality changed since he was younger. A former griefer and MMO scammer, he has since moved from the selfish, solo player who gained enjoyment from knowing he made someone else have a terrible day because of a video game into a team-player who doesn’t care about competition, winning, or losing as long as he and his team had fun while playing.
  • For both of us, we find that lowering the difficulty of games and using guides is no longer a knock at our pride. It helps us clear games faster and experience the content the way developers intended, rather than beating our heads against a wall and not having fun. Our time is more limited, so why feel as though we are wasting it?
  • Cooperative gaming is much more important to us now. More games need a co-op mode rather than all competition. This is seen in board gaming in titles such as Pandemic Legacy and the Lord of the Rings LCG, and we hope the trend moves forward into video games as more developers of our generation make titles based on their own maturation and changes in preferences.
  • Despite the changes in what we care about and look for in games, there are still many titles and franchises that we will go back to no matter what. The Final Fantasy series, Mario platformers, Bioshock titles, and the Elder Scrolls are among game worlds in which we have been entrenched for so long that we make time for, no matter what. If that means using quick save to have short gaming sessions, so be it. If we have to lower the difficulty or use a guide to find our next point-of-interest, then no problem. We want to continue to enjoy the games that we grew up with, not resent them because they’re no longer available to us.

Weekly Geekery

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Jun 10, 2016
S1E14 - Nintendo - “The Wii Fit Still Called Me Fat!”
58:25

Nintendo!

In this episode:

  • Nintendo! Nintendo! Nintendo! Admittedly, the guys a’re fanboys, but they’ve earned that title. Both of their earliest memories involve warm fuzzies emanating from the original NES.
  • Between Beej’s parents having Duck Hunt competitions, and Void playing Super Mario Bros. at daycare, the guys have both owned every single Nintendo system that was released (except for Beej--he just couldn’t do it for the Wii U, and he tells you why!).
  • The Wii is one of the the most innovative consoles ever created, and it ate up much of Void’s college years through Wii Sports Bowling, and somehow Nintendo’s Wii Fit balance board made Beej have body image issues (which may or may not be worse than the Nintendo 64 causing him to week as an 8th grader).
  • Did the Wii U live up to its potential? And is buying one a regret Void will take with him to the grave? No to both!
  • The Nintendo 3DS may be the best console on the market right now. Between the variety of models you can choose from, the massive first-party game library, the virtual console, and the indie games on the eShop, the 3DS has got it going on.
  • Void talks about his mad parenting skills. Unlike lots of parents, he and his wife decided to give their children unlimited screen time for their iPads and 2DS consoles. What that did was teach them that there’s nothing inherently special about screens, gave them ability to pause the game when life happens (and to know when to do so!), and lets them have autonomy and discover their own boundaries. If you like true, hardcore adulting with your geekery, this is the podcast for you!
  • What’s next for Nintendo? Well, the NX comes out in early 2017 and might be a hybrid console. Or it might not be! We don’t know! And Nintendo’s first foray into mobile gaming with Miitomo seems like a miss, but the upcoming Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and Pokemon Go titles should seriously make up for that.

Weekly Geekery

Health Hack

  • Beej’s Health Hack leveled up and got its own weekly podcast! More health, more fitness, more geekery, and definitely more of that wonderful Tennessee accent you all love so much. Check it out on iTunes (or wherever you listen to podcasts. Even YouTube! ...because we fancy.)

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Jun 03, 2016
S1E13 - VR - “Oh My Goodness I’m a Rock Starrrr”
53:18

Virtual Reality (HTC Vive)

In this episode:

  • Void bought an HTC Vive! Don’t know what that is? Great! That’s why we’re doing this episode! We want to introduce you to virtual reality gaming. Since not everyone (Beej included) has had an opportunity to experience VR, live vicariously through Void while Beej incessantly questions him about the technology.
  • Playing the Scully to Void’s Mulder, Beej plays (is) the skeptic and questions everything Void knows about VR.
    • First off: is this a fad?
    • What is the HTC Vive, anyway? Is it all inclusive, or is it a PC peripheral?
    • Honestly, who is this technology for?
    • What is the future of virtual reality? Or at least, where does it seem to be heading?
    • Should naysayers/skeptics buy it now or wait?
  • Void’s Must have games for HTC Vive
  • Games to avoid
    • Windlands
    • inMind
    • inCell
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack
    • Drink some water! It’s summertime, and you have to pay more attention to your water intake. If your mouth is dry and you feel thirsty, it’s already too late--you’re on the way to dehydration. Even if you think you’re drinking enough, you’re probably not (we all overestimate how much we drink). So drink up, geeks!

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May 27, 2016
S1E12 - Audiobooks - “These Are The Kind Of Voices I Do!”
52:10

Audiobooks!

In this episode:

  • We talk about how we got started with audiobooks, and not surprisingly, we both started with free trials to Audible that got us hooked on the format.
  • Multiple places to get them. Our favorite is Audible, but you can also try Overdrive (ask your local library for free access!), iTunes, and good ole CDs and cassette tapes (that’s why they’re called books on tape, after all). We discuss the pros and cons of each.
  • Audiobooks help us make our mundane tasks more fun and interesting while keeping us engaged in books we want. Narrators make a big difference, and we can get through hard-to-read books because their performances make such a difference.
  • Recommendations
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack
    • Find some staple meals! Instead of raiding your pantry and spending time not knowing what to eat or making a bad decision and ordering pizza, spend a few minutes outside of mealtime finding quick-and-easy things you love eating and can vary. For instance, Beej eats this sweet potato recipe once or twice a week and has for the last 4 years.

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May 20, 2016
S1E11 - Captain America: Civil War - “You can’t just buff that out… right?”
46:25

Captain America: Civil War

In this episode:

  • SPOILERS AHEAD! But that helps you enjoy things more. For real! We are talking pretty in-depth about Captain America: Civil War, so if you haven’t seen it or don’t want to know the outcome of #TeamCap vs #TeamIronMan...well, you’ve been warned.
  • Civil War didn’t feel like a Captain America movie. But it also didn’t feel like an Avengers movie.
  • The cast was huge, and unlike some recent ensemble movies, this one pulled it off very well. In Civil War, we get fight scenes and backstory without the movie feeling bloated. The introductions of Spider-man and Black Panther are more than cameos. Plus, they’re not origin stories, and they get real fight scenes that matter!
  • The movie fits in the MCU, and previous viewing is pretty much required. And that’s a good thing. It creates investment in the viewer, and your emotional response is earned. It can still be enjoyed as a standalone, but it is extra meaningful if you’ve been around since the beginning.
  • To us, this all seems like a pretty good indication of the the tone and direction the Russo brothers will take with Infinity War.

 

  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack: Change your clothes! Dressing the part for what you’re doing is a good way to motivate yourself to get a move on. Whether it’s basketball, running, cycling, or walking (or whatever else), having an outfit that you wear for that activity can energize you and get you out there. After all, if you’ve already changed clothes, you’re less likely to say “meh, nevermind” as you walk toward the door.

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May 13, 2016
S1E10 - Overwatch - “Giant Gorilla With a Lightning Cannon”
46:44

Overwatch is in Open Beta! And it’s awesome!

In this episode:

  • We pre-purchased Overwatch to get early access to the beta, and we’ve played it for hours. Guess what? We love it! And part of that is because the world of Overwatch feels so organic and rich. Even in beta, this game feels polished and unique--it will definitely be one of our evergreen games for years to come.
  • Each character feels totally unique and plays like a different kind of game. If you get bored with one playstyle, you can just swap to a different one, and the whole game plays differently.
  • What’s most interesting to us is how Overwatch all but forces team play. In a culture where every person wants to be the main hero, Overwatch is designed in such a way that teamwork is natural and organic.
  • Weekly Geekery
    • Void - Hamilton - Void has listened to the Hamilton soundtrack 5 times in under 24 hours.
    • Beej - Heroes of the Storm. You guys peer pressured Beej into playing HotS, and it worked! He’s a MOBA fan now!
  • Health Hack: Bored with your normal routine? Don’t change your exercise, change what you listen to! Switch from music to a podcast or from an audiobook to heavy metal. Just a chance in tunage can do wonders for your workout variety!

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May 06, 2016
S1E9 - Game of Thrones - "Love Kills People"
40:16

Game of Thrones is Back!

In this episode:

  • Beej forgets whether it’s A Song of Ice and Fire or A Song of Fire and Ice. Please accept our sincerest apologies.

 

  • Game of Thrones is back! Season 6 debuted last week, and for the first time (we think) in television history, the adaptation is further along than the source material.

 

  • The edits the showrunners made to the show help viewers invest in the world, and the combination of seasons and characters make the show more palatable than the books may be to readers.
  • We discuss which characters they want to see standing when it’s game over, and aside from Tyrion, there are actually a couple of surprises on what they want to happen and who they want to live/die! Do you agree with us? Let us know!
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack: Go streaking! Take your normal exercise, dial it down, and do it every single day for a week. This will build your resolve, keep you from getting exhausted, and set up a new habit!

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Apr 29, 2016
S1E8 - Blizzard Games - "I’m Not Allowed To Play Hearthstone On The Toilet"
50:48

Blizzard Games

In this episode:

  • Blizzard games have been a part of our lives since we were kids. Now, as adults, we are still loving and playing Blizzard games. From the original Warcraft to The Lost Vikings to Overwatch and whatever comes next, we will probably be playing Blizzard games our whole lives.
  • Games like Warcraft got us hooked, Hearthstone being on every device we own keep us connected, and new takes on old genres like Overwatch keep us coming back.
  • Blizzard breaks down existing game genres into their fundamental parts, builds them back up into a new product, and then polishes them until they shine.
  • Weekly Geekery:
  • Health Hack: One day each week, eat no meat at all. It’s easier than it sounds! Check out MeatlessMonday.com for recipes and details on starting it.

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Apr 22, 2016
S1E7 - Tackling Your Video Game Backlogs - "I’m Going To Be Walking Around All Afternoon… And I Want That Corndog"
51:23

BACKLOG

In this episode:

  • We love so much stuff! Honestly, we love pretty much everything! So we need a system to organize it all because our free time is limited.
    • Void has a fantastic queue system that takes the pain away: just pick what’s at the top and hit the ground running.
      • Make a list of all the media you want to consume, and then start working your way down it. (Yes, it’s more complicated than that, but that’s why we talk about it in the show!)
    • Wunderlist works great for organization.
  • Weekly Geekery:
  • Health Hack: Instead of calories, think about much would you would have to work out to burn off that cake?

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Apr 15, 2016
S1E6 - GEEK OUT! Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer!
24:01

ROGUE ONE TRAILER

In this episode:

 

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Apr 11, 2016
S1E5 - Comic Books - "Like Lucky Charms For My Nerd Brain"
52:06

In this episode:

  • We talk about comics - yay! We discuss our history with comics, our friends who got us into certain comics, and how much we love digital comics.
  • We also talk about our favorite comics and give you recommendations:
  • Void

 

  • Wayward
  • Rat Queens
  • Kanan: The Last Padawan
  • Mary Jane / Mary Jane loves Spider Man / Spider Man Loves Mary Jane

 

  • Joss Whedon’s run of Astonishing X-Men
    • Issues 1-24, bonus double-sized issue
  • Thor
    • Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 - The God Butcher
    • Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 2 - Godbomb
  • Beej
    • Rising Stars (24 issues, 3 volumes)
    • Midnight Nation
    • Amazing Spider-man

    • CrossGen
    • Scion
    • Ms. Marvel
    • The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2
      • Do not read The Ultimates 3. It is bad.

 

 

 

 

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Apr 08, 2016
S1E4 - Star Wars - "It’s Coarse, It’s Rough, It Gets Everywhere"
53:41

STAR WARS

In this episode:

  • We discuss Star Wars. Both of the us have loved Star Wars almost as long as they’ve been breathing.
  • Our feelings toward the amazingly awesome and super-fun The Force Awakens. But our feelings on the movie are a secret until you listen.
  • We also talk about the prequels! For some reason...
  • And then we talk about the cool new Marvel comics, animated Star Wars TV shows, and how fun it was to watch Ahsoka Tano grow up.
  • Weekly Geekery:
  • Health Hack: Find a buddy to keep you motivated!

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Apr 01, 2016
S1E3 - DC Superheroes - "Everybody Knows Batman’s Parents are Dead"
35:48

DC Superheroes

In this episode:

  • We discuss DC comics and how every single person in the world loves Batman: The Animated Series. Anyone who says they don’t is a robot or lying. Or Both.
  • Arrow, the Flash, and the current slew of DC comics TV shows.
  • DC’s take on a cinematic universe (or is this take 2, given the Nolanverse?). The grimdark feel is here to stay--but is that a good thing? In related stories, this low-budget, low-hype movie called Batman v Superman releases today. Have you heard of it?
  • DC’s video games, namely the Batman: Arkham series.
  • Void and Beej give their Weekly Geekery recommendations about what they’ve been geeking out on all week long.
  • Health Hack: You can bake Quest protein bars and turn them into cookies!

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Mar 25, 2016
S1E2 - Writing and Self-Publishing - "Let’s Do This, I’m Watchin’ Some Fast Cars"
40:41

Writing and Authoring

In this episode:

  • We talk writing, blogging, and indie authoring.
  • Hear about the way the blogging community has changed over the past few years.
  • Beej gives us all an in-depth look at the indie author process from start to finish.
  • Void and Beej give their Weekly Geekery recommendations about what they’ve been geeking out on all week long.
  • Health Hack: Take your rest days!

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Mar 18, 2016
S1E1 - Indie Games and the Value of Video Games and Media - "We Have No Idea What We're Doing Yet"
39:38

The Geek to Geek Podcast is co-hosted by Beej (@professorbeej) and Void (@grnmushroom), two life-long geeks who have managed to bring their geekery with them into adulthood and still be somewhat functional adults. They love games of all kinds, books, movies, TV, and pretty much everything else, and they want to talk about it all. With you.

 

In this episode:

 

  • The guys discuss the subjective value of video games and media.
    • Why is it that some games last 4 hours and cost $60, but you love them, but other games that are just as fun and last dozens hours, but don’t seem even worth $10 on sale?
    • The value of Indie games vs. mainstream triple-A titles, and how Steam sales and Gamestop trade-in values affect our buying habits.
    • MMO subscription prices and free-to-play cash shops, older games, trusted creators, and much, much more.
  • Beej discusses a quick and easy health hack that all you guys and gals can do each and every time you stand up.
  • Void and Beej give their Weekly Geekery recommendations about what they’ve been geeking out on all week long.

 

 

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Mar 11, 2016