The Witcher – Done, Done & DONE!

The scared man with the white hair scans the notice board in the center of town. He looks at one a bit closer, then pulls it off old wooden block and walks to a hut near the edge of the settlement. He questions the woman, who tells him about the beast that has been attacking her livestock the last several weeks. The man climbs on his horse and rides out toward where the woman normally tends to her flock and investigates the remains of a cow that has been ripped asunder. He analyzes the claw marks, notes the dried spittle on the throat of the cow and the feathers left strewn about the area.

“Griffon,” says the white-haired man to himself. “No doubt about it.” Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch – Game ON or OFF? By Panda

After so many rumors, we finally have received the BIG confirmation—Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is DEFINITELY coming this year! No more delays! With that out of the way, let’s get to this blog’s main topic.

At the end of 2016, Nintendo released a teaser trailer revealing what the Switch, the company’s latest gaming console, would look like, its controls and some gameplay with some new games teased as well. On Friday, Jan. 12, the company held a live stream event with more details of how everything will work, what it will include, a release date and most importantly the price tag.

Naturally, I’m here to tell you what you want and need to know. However, I will not talk about the presentation itself. However, if you really want to know here’s a brief description:

  • It was in Japanese.
  • They had bad translators.
  • A lot of awkward moments.
  • An unenthusiastic crowd.
  • Mediocre at best.

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Oxenfree Game Review – Pedro Cortes

You have two ends with horror: you’re either loud and bombastic or quiet and introspective. On the conspicuous end, there’s something like Until Dawn. It succeeded not only because of its mashing of I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Descent, but it made me believe that its characters were always in mortal peril. It had high tension and excellent production values, so it rates highly on the unsubtle end of the horror genre.

With quiet and introspective games, it’s a little harder to pull off. You have to draw people in, make them care about the characters, have the music and the cues be just right. The best Silent Hill games were these types of experiences. The atmosphere would ratchet the tension to ridiculous heights, but done through ambient noise, foggy streets and the feeling that horror is always somehow the characters fault.

Oxenfree, while not strictly a horror game, deserves to be ranked as one of the better examples of those quiet, introspective experiences. It pushes its characters in interesting and unsettling ways, in equal parts due to its presentation, setting and writing.

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Help Miami Get the Gaming Bar it Needs!

Hello readers! This post is a little different than our usual posts. We are reaching out to you fellow table top gamers and geeks! The Talking Geek is based out of good ol Miami, FL which is known for their beautiful beaches, crazy bars and late night clubbing. Most are completely unaware of the geek culture that roam the streets looking for the perfect place to throw some dice or play a little magic.

Luckily we have a group of fantastic people, Silver Dragons Tavern and Games, who are trying to open up exactly what we need.

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What is the Silver Dragon Tavern & Games?

The Silver Dragon Tavern & Games is the reforging of a game store that existed in Miami from 2007 to 2009. The original store was a little bit closer to your typical game store, with play space and merchandise being its focus. With the Tavern, our goal is to bring something new to the gaming community in Miami: a space that’s focused on creating the ideal playing environment as well as offering all the new games you want. We’ll be bringing in all the lessons learned from the original store into a new concept: a game shop that serves drinks and food. Towards that end, we have secured a new space that is 3 times the size of the original Dragon, and are now turning to you, the Kickstarter community to help us get all the details right.

We are asking you guys to check out their Kickstarter page and help out any way you can!

 

Holiday Geek Wish List

With the holidays rapidly approaching we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about some fun and geeky holiday wants! Whether you’re a geek in need or trying to get the right thing for the geek in your life. We’ve got a few things in mind that we hope hits the mark.


KENSTER’S “I WA13190_10152836868379641_858799051890751280_nNT THIS!”

As you can tell from the photo Kenny is a HUGE Simpsons fan. We mean HUGE. Kenny is the kind of guy who owns a Homer costume to match his Homer tattoo. So it’s to no one’s surprise that one of his “wants” is Simpsons related.

 

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This figure brings back such fond memories from one of my favorite episodes. With the uncanny Homer resemblance and the soap box that it comes in is a perfect addition to my ever growing collection.

You can find this item on the Barnes & Noble website. Click the image for more details.

 

THE MULTI-TOOL TO RULE THEM ALL

51o0dcavydl-_sx355_I love multi-tools! And this one was meant for the geek crafters in all of us. Includes screwdriver bits, with an X-acto knife attachment and leveler on handle for straight slicing?! Shut up and take my money!

Seriously this is a techie geeks life saver. Did you see that…it has a wine bottle opener!!!

 


BEAR’S “I WA11047956_10102116480368358_5643745425305362589_nNT THIS!”

Our bear extraordinaire is one geeky mother (shut your mouth). He is your go to guy for all things anime, dr. who, figures and games. Actually he’s your go to for almost everything! Check out what’s on his wish list. Although knowing Bear….he’s already purchased these things for himself because the antici………pation is too much.

 

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Here’s a plush of a character that I adore. Sans is a skeleton, named after a font, that’s incredibly lazy and may or not be aware of time manipulation. Make sense? Well, then go play Undertale and then you might!

 

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After missing out on this bag during Fangamer’s You Are Now Earthbound kickstarter, the fine folks out in Arizona put up their extras on their site. While it may just look like a normal bag, it was chosen to look very similar to Ness’s backpack from Earthbound. They even added the Franklin Badge emblem to it!


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Q’S ” I WANT THIS”

You are probably expecting every single item on Q’s wish list to be Harry Potter related. Well you’re wrong. Well…you’re half wrong. We are pretty sure if she could have all the HP related items she totally would. But that’s not all this geek is about.

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Ok you’re probably asking yourself, “How does Q not ALREADY own this?” And you know what…you’re right. How DO I NOT own THIS?! My out of the shower rob definitely needs an update and what better than some HP Gryffindor Pride to sport around the house?

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Some of you may or may not know but I suffer from EXTREME anxiety. I have a blog about it. So I am always looking for something to fidget or play with. This particular item works whether or not you are a complete geek or even someone who suffers from anxiety. Its a nifty little gadget that fits in your pocket. You can push it, click it, pop it, spin it, etc. Its literally everything you want out of bubble wrap but never runs out.

Revisiting FF9 – Pedro Cortes

Going back and playing games can be dicey. Your fond emotionally-tinted memories can quickly get punctured, especially the further back you go. For the most part, it’s better to let those memories stay happy and just move on. Me? I’m a bit of a sadist when it comes to revisiting old loves. I do like to go back and replay older games in the lull between newer releases. I find that it helps me be able to critique better, as I can pinpoint what worked back then and how it molded my taste now. Sometimes, my warm and fuzzy memories hold up or improve, as was the case with Chrono Cross. Then you have the games that would’ve been better left to the winds of nostalgia, like Fear Effect. Continue reading

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Review

Back in early 2013, Nintendo announced that they were working with ATLUS to create a role-playing game that would cross-over Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei. Gamers the world over were immensely excited, considering how Nintendo had recently revitalized their ailing strategy series with a lauded release on the 3DS. Taking the strategy elements of Fire Emblem and bringing ATLUS’s story-telling chops together seemed like a fantastic match.

And then we heard nothing for years. For a long while, it seemed like the idea was too much for either company to hash out. Who has handling the story? Who was developing? What gameplay style would it resemble? We had no idea, and from all accounts it seemed like neither Nintendo nor ATLUS knew what to do with it either. However, everything eventually worked itself out and the game was properly introduced to the world in April 2015 as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.

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