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August 2019 Geek Radar [Updated]

What a time to be a geek! Sometimes it’s important to step back and really get excited about all of the upcoming media. So let’s get into it!

    1. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
      • This was announced a month or so back, somehow I missed this. This game was amazing and I’m glad it is finally getting the remaster that it deserves!
    2. Luigi’s Mansion 3
      • Similar to Ghostbusters, and also coming out in October, we have Luigi’s Mansion 3.
    3. Rambo: Last Blood
    4. Terminator: Dark Fate
    5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
      • Though I was not entirely happy with “The Last Jedi”, I’m excited to see how the final story of the Skywalker Saga is concluded. I’m hoping that it ties up the saga well. I know that will take an incredible effort on the writers’ part. But here’s to hoping!
    6. Apple TV+’s “For All Mankind” an alternate reality show about the Russians making it to the moon first.
    7. Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.
      • More Star Wars!
    8. CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”
      • 90’s Flash, Brandon Routh’s Superman from “Superman Returns” that has become “Kingdom Come Superman” (which is essentially the classic movie superman), maybe Tom Welling reprising his role as Smallville’s Superman?, Kevin Conroy (the cartoon voice of Batman in most iterations) as “Batman”, and all of the CW’s TV properties. I can’t believe how much is being brought to the table on this. This is DC’s Infinity War, and I’m super excited!
    9. All of the Marvel Shows coming to Disney+.
      • Loki
      • Wanda Vision
      • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
      • What If?
      • Hawkeye
    10. Far on the Radar is the PS5. I’m crossing my fingers for All Playstation Backwards Compatibility, but at least PS4 backwards compatibility has been announced.
    1. The Matrix 4 [Added] was announced!


The Walking Dead (By TellTale)

If you have a PS3, an XBOX, or a Computer and you haven’t been playing The Walking Dead game from TellTale, you should definitely check it out. It’s a five part episodic game that is more about the story than the game play. Depending on your decisions you will end up with different outcomes. Do you remember those “Give Yourself Goosebumps” books? It’s kind of like that but with a video game and zombies and all of the walking dead goodness.  Episode 4 is scheduled to be out this month. Additionally the TV Show is coming back this month too. Let’s just say this is enough to get excited about!

Why I’m a Console Gamer

Recently a friend and I had a discussion about what made us the types of gamers that we apparently are.  I guess it really has to do with what kinds of games that you started with.  When I was young, we didn’t have a computer.  My first real experience with video games was my parents’ Intellivision.  I remember playing Frogger, The Empire Strikes Back, Armor Battle, Las Vegas Poker and Blackjack, and others.  I also remember playing  in Microsoft paint and playing a flight battle game on my uncle’s Tandy 2000 computer. 

Growing up we also had an NES.  We only had 1 game for a long time on that system.  That of course was Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt.  We did rent some video games from the local video rental shop, but we didn’t actually own any other games.  I remember asking my father for more video games and he simply told me “Well you haven’t beaten the one you’ve got yet.”  So that was our deal, I save the princess, my sister and I get more video games.

So I had a mission.  I played that game until my thumbs hurt.  I utilized the warp pipes to get to where I needed to go faster,  I hopped on skinny pieces of land in the sky, I went through the water level in the final castle “super” and then I didn’t have to dodge all of the bullets and hammers from “King Koopa”.  I simply ran through him to drop the bridge.  I saved the princess, and come Christmas, we had all kinds of new games.  It was a sweet success.

Later on in 1995, we got our first computer.  I remember playing the original Simcity, Chessmaster 2000, and X-Wing and just learning general things about the computer.  Of course, I knew nothing of the command line or any of that.  In 2000, we finally got the internet.  I loved tinkering with things, loved taking pictures and modifying them and I loved making little cartoons with a program called swish.  We really didn’t have a good computer.  So I didn’t really play any kind of intensive game on the computer.  In 2003, a year before I graduated High School, we finally got a computer a DVD player.  It ran the brand new Windows XP.  (I have saved this computer from impending death several times actually.  It still runs! My Dad was using this computer up until about 2 weeks ago.)  I played games like The Sims, Roller Coaster Tycoon, and some Star Wars games like Rebel Assault

In Late 2004, I had just started College and had just declared my major as Computer Science.  I really needed my own machine to write programs on without interfering with the family PC.  I played a few computer games including Medal of Honor.   I never did much get into games on the computer outside of your run of the mill simulation games.  I was more of a Playstation, Sega, or Nintendo fan. 

I guess when I think “Computer Game”, I think of simulation games.  Maybe this bias is wrong.  Maybe I should give PC Gaming another chance.  It is a little easier to move the camers with the mouse versus a joystick on a controller, I’m just not as much of a fan on w a s & d and a bunch of other random keys that do various things in games are never the same across games.

Throughout this history, I did own other consoles.  I owned a Sega Genesis and a Playstation. But after the Playstation, I missed out on an entire generation of games.  I focused on things other than video games.  I missed out on PS2 and the XBox.  And to be honest, the only reason I got a PS3 was for the Blu-ray player.  But since I’ve gotten the PS3, I have played more games than I have played in years.  And I don’t consider myself a “gamer” anymore.  I’m definitely a casual gamer.  Maybe that’s another reason I like consoles.  Pure convenience.

With consoles, you don’t have to worry about the hardware being compatible with the software.  The software is specifically designed for the hardware.  And that is a nice feeling to have that perfect match.