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Weekly iTunes Music Review: Blue Scholars

Hello, Frodo here. I am a big nerd. This of course spans the breadth of nerd-dom, including music. Each week it seems I download a new album from iTunes, and I feel like I should share my music nerdiness with you, the Weekly Geek reader/listener. Because if we have the same taste in video games, it's possible we have the same taste in music, right? Each week I'll tell you what I downloaded and what I am listening to, and maybe you'll post your thoughts or what you are listening to too! SOUNDS LIKE FUN? OKAY! HERE WE GO!

Blue Scholars: Self-Titled


BlueScholarsCover.jpgThis week is a download from The Blue Scholars, a local (to me) Seattle hip-hop group that I discovered after hearing their live performance on KEXP. My wife once said to me when describing some "phat beats" "you know when a hip-hop song is appealing?" I find Blue Scholars very appealing. Let me tell you, I am white. I am very very very white. I am the whiteyest of white boys, but I do enjoy hip-hop. Intelligent hip-hop, mind you. Blue Scholars falls into this field by providing lyrics that you can not only understand but may just relate to you, my fellow geeky listener. They rap about the failings of the American higher education system, the failings of the American high school system, and no hoes or pimps in sight. They do not seem to thug or front though I must say their beats are quite "phat". They use some great jazz and samba loops and are incredibly melodic. I am absolutely addicted to The Ave, which I would recommend checking out as a single.

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Video Game Podcast for Monday, June 5th 2006

This week's video game podcast, The Geek, Frodo and White Mage discuss many geeky things, including these things included in the show notes which are geeky things. VIDEO GAMES ROCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!111

*dies*

Remember to send your red bowtie to:

Reggie Fils-Aime
C/O Nintendo Of America
4820 150th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

--Frodo

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Send your Red Bowties to Reggie!

reggietie.jpgPart of being a good video game lovin', Nintendo Power readin' child of the 80's was the Howard and Nester comic. This strange game advertisement/Nintendo corporate fanfic has a fond place in all our hearts, mainly because it introduced us to the fact that the president of a large corporation can be cool enough to wear a red bowtie in public. That's why here at the Weekly Geek we think we should congratulate Reggie Fils-Aime on his promotion to President of Nintendo of America by sending him off in style. The man needs his bow tie!

You can find 'em at Goodwill. Maybe your dad has one. Maybe YOU have one. Maybe you just mugged Bill Nye or Pee Wee Herman. Or print out this one. Reggie has been awesome so far to really help Nintendo's image in the gaming world, and to show your support, send him a bowtie. Paper or cloth, it doesn't matter. Include a note about how awesome you think Nintendo is.

You know you want to. Here's where to send it:

Reggie Fils-Aime
c/o Nintendo of America Inc
4820 150th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

--Frodo
(Yes. We are horrible Nintendo fanboys. But also, look at him. The man NEEDS the bowtie.)

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Video Game Podcast for Wednesday, May 31st 2006

This week the whole gang is here to ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF and any other apparel you may be wearing on your feet. The Geek, Frodo, White Mage and Nevery discuss free gaming magazines, funny Photoshop contests, Wii Karaoke, X-Men and much much more. Check it out!

--Frodo
I'm Juggernaut, BITCH!

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Last Bit Of Wii Functionality: Karaoke?

William Hung and the Wii Singing Karaoke

Nintendo recently snagged the domain WiiKaraoke.com, and people are speculating that this means that there will be a microphone in the Wii controller. Well of course there is going to be a mic in the controller, but what is it going to be used for? Nintendo bigwigs have stated that there is more to the Wii than meets the eye - what if along with a built-in web browser, built in-DVD, built-in Gamecube compatability and more... there was also built in karaoke? Wouldn't that be appealing to non-gamers, who Nintendo is currently trying to court? IT MAKES SENSE COME ON.

--Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, May 22nd 2006

This week Frodo and The Geek get back into the swing of things and discuss New Super Mario Bros and other non-video game related items. That's right, for the first time in MONTHS the geeks talk about Sci-Fi and nerdy things again. Phew! Have some delicious show notes.

--frodo

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Nostalgia Pandering

new_super_mario_bros_20051104.jpgI don't know how I feel about the New Super Mario Bros. I picked it up the other day, very excited about this release, it is the first new Mario platformer (where it is just Mario + Luigi) in about 15 years. There was an interview with the director in Nintendo Power last month which was less than encouraging, he didn't seem to know his own characters (saying that the Koopa Kids were in the game when in actuality it's just baby bowser) and stating odd reasons for artistic decisions (the 3d polygon graphics were used because it was "easier").

After seeing more gameplay video on the official website I was convinced that the game would be worthwhile, and I got very excited about playing a great Mario platformer again. But now I'm not so sure.

Granted, it is a fun game. It's challenging and fun in true Mario style, but there is something off about it. It seems to pander too much to our nostalgia without offering anything new, fresh or engaging. One of the things that made the Mario series so special in the past was the exploration and the feeling of being rewarded for diligent secret block searching. There are secrets in NSMB, there are new power-ups and items, but something just seems off. The pandering gets to me. The sound effects are mostly original sounds from the NES days and the music is remixed old tunes with weird sound effects layered over. Would someone picking this game up who had never played the old NES games be put off by the retro sound effects? Would they wonder why the game has such poor audio on purpose? Hearing the original coin up sound is neat the first time, but after the 5000th time it gets a bit annoying. The music leaves much to be desired, as well. There seems to be one overworld and one underworld song and they just loop over and over again. What happened to the great atmospheric tunes of different worlds in the Mario universe? If I go to a desert level, I want a song to help me get into the spirit of things, I don't want the same song to follow me from the snow level, or from the grass level.

The graphics irk me more than anything else. The polyons are just plain lazy, why couldn't the game just have beautifully drawn sprites? Super Paper Mario, coming soon for the Gamecube, takes the lazy route by using pre-existing Paper Mario sprites but looks gorgeous. The polygonal effects just look horrible scaled on the small screen and make the hit detection awkward and frustrating.

The play controls feel odd as well. One of the huge things about Mario games is that the play control is always tight, smooth, and very well done. There is something loose about this game... I don't remember if this was the case in older Mario games, but if you get Mario running one direction, he just keeps running with a bit of momentum, you can literally let go of the control pad and just jump if you are fast enough. This leads to sliding around and inaccurate jumps - death for platform games.

There are many fun bits to the game. It is challenging, like I said, and holds some unlockables and surprises. Something about it is just strikingly unremarkable to me. It feels like it is fun, and I will enjoy playing through it, but once I complete it I will never come back to it like I used to with the NES games.

Have you played it? What do you think? Leave a comment or send it to our mailbag!

--Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, May 15th 2006

E3 happened and left, and Frodo, Nevery , The Geek and White Mage are left to pick up the pieces. Sony copied, Nintendo soared and Microsoft shrugged. Here are some show notes:


--Frodo

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Special E3 preview next Monday

Hey everybody! Frodo here. I know you miss us. I knows you do. We are busy preparing for next week's super special E3 preview! Nevery is going to be covering the show, and we have a lot of stuff to talk about! Nintendo is going to be having their huge press conference talking about the Nintendo Wii, and they have one huge announcement left. SquareEnix is showing off a metric butt-ton of titles, and it will be interesting to see how Sony and Microsoft plan to compete at the show. Tune in next week for The Weekly Geek's super huge E3 extravaganzaaaaaaaaa!

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Nintendo Wii

So the Revolution has a new name. Wii.

Check it out at www.nintendo.com.

What the hell? Wii? As in wee?


Guh.


--frodo

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Podcast for Monday, April 17th 2006

Wanna know how The Geek got his first Playstation 2? No? Well too bad! This week your favorite geeks discuss nostalgia and your normal round of gaming news. Here are some notes.

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Podcast for Monday, April 10th 2006

In this exciting installment, The Geek, Frodo and White Mage discuss the Half Life series, and their love of all things Final Fantasy, Disney, and the two mashed together. Then, Frodo answers the mailbag. Here are some notes!

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Podcast for Monday, April 3rd 2006

This week The Geek, White Mage, Nevery and Frodo talk about the the announcement of Zelda DS, Tetris DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Revolution news, DS Lite and THINGS. Oh, so many things. April Fool's Jokes. Bah. Also Frodo bought a PSP and now is not in possession of a soul. Here are some show notes.

- Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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WoW April Fool's

Yeah, so we know that the April Fool's Joke at Blizzard is that Wisps are the new Alliance race. Har dee har har. Pretty weak. C'mon guys, at least make it believable.

But anyway, we've all been hearing the rumor for quite some time that the new race for the Alliance is the Pandaren.

It turns out that the whole Pandaren thing was completely invented by Ian over at MacHall back in friggin' October.

Nice one, Ian. You totally got us.

Kudos.

--The Geek

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Review: Burnout Revenge - Xbox 360

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Burnout Revenge for the 360 has been out for some time now and I haven't been able to stop playing. The Burnout series has always been a favorite of mine and many others, but now we get the lovely crashing scenes in HD making this game incredible! The review is after the jump!

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Revolution Rename?

rev.jpgThere are rumors around the Interweb blogosphere today about Nintendo possibly announcing the "real" name for the Revolution this Thursday during Satoru Iwata's GDC speech. It was long said that Revolution was not going to be the final name for Nintendo's next-generation offering, even though it is the name that we have come to commonly refer to it by. Nintendo has a history (like, you know, most companies) of code naming a product and then releasing it under a shinier moniker, the N64 was originally the "Ultra 64", Gamecube was "Dolphin" and Nintendo DS was "Nitro".

Some analysts are predicting that Nintendo may stick with "Revolution", but I have my own prediction. I think that Nintendo is going to call it nothing. I think they are going to just call it "Nintendo". A recent publicity photo of the Revolution unit shows a Nintendo racetrack logo at the base instead of the Rev logo we saw at E3, for one thing, but from the way the big N is marketing it, it seems to me they are using this as the core, be all, end all system.

Remember back in the day, when you would ask for a "Nintendo" for Christmas? Or you would go over to a friend's house after school to play "Nintendo"? Did you ever ask specifically for an "NES", or go and play a "Nintendo Entertainment System"? No, you just called it Nintendo. It was branding, and it stuck for a very long time (at least until PlayStation came along and video games went mainstream). Video games were commonly just referred to as Nintendo, and I believe that using this branding idea would greatly benefit the Revolution.

The Revolution acts as a virtual console, allowing you to download and play a vast library of Nintendo's games, past and most likely future. It is compatable with the Gamecube and focuses entirely on gameplay over graphics. It is not looking to be the audio/visual hub in your living room, it is just looking to attract casual and hardcore gamers alike with Nintendo's vast game offerings. It is the core unit, it represents Nintendo as a company. Calling it something like "Revolution" or "Nintendo 128" or some other crazy name similar to Xbox 360 and PS3 denotes a sequence, it says "this is our next generation console, meant to compete with the others" which it is obviously not. There is no HD support, it will be vastly cheaper than Microsoft or Sony's systems, and Nintendo has directly stated that they just aren't interested in competing. They want to be an also-ran. They want people to pick up the "Revolution" in addition to other systems, they want to attract the casual gamer.

I believe that they can do this by using the system to spearhead a whole new company branding campaign. We will see tomorrow if I am right! I CAN'T WAIT.

What do you think the Revolution will be called? Email me or post your opinion in the comments!

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, March 20th 2006

We're back from break and geekier than ever! This week, Frodo, The Geek, White Mage and Nevery discuss new movies good and bad (and intentionally bad), new Microsoft hardware blunders, Sony being idiots again, Rare marketing to children who like bright colors, Super Princess Peach and this week's new game releases. CHECK IT THE HECK OUT.


--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, March 13th 2006

Classic Weekly Geek this week, with our interview with Wil Wheaton! We will be back with a brand new show next Monday. Remember, we have t-shirts! BUY THEM.

--Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, March 6th 2006

On this week's show, Frodo is sleepy, Nevery is drunk and The Geek is, well, The Geek. They discuss the Spore video meme, Legos, and nowhere is there a Brokeback Mountain reference. Thank [insert deity here]. Show notes forthcoming.


---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Better T-shirts okay.

Weekly Geek tee!

Okay so I know the last t-shirts I put up for preorder weren't cool. They were just a logo and no one wants to be our billboard. SO! I made a shirt that I would actually want to wear. Do you want one? There is this awesome design on the front and the shirts will be a dark navy because I know you feel the need to show how sad you are by wearing dark colors. Now taking preorders. Shipping is going to be $3.00, standard and the shirts themselves will be $12. They will be high quality shirts from Brunetto, who I have gone through before and are awesome. Help support the show by buying a t-shirt!

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--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Animal Crossing Contest Winners!

Well, the contest is over and the winners need to be announced. I think I am just the jerk to do it. The contest was to draw me Tom Nook. I didn't care how, I didn't care what he was doing. Tom Nook had to be involved somehow. We had a lot of entries, but here are the top three:

Third Place: Killa Charlie (Probably not his real name)
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Violent while still being amusing. Three thumbs up. You get a t-shirt.

Second Place: Charles Vestal
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Chuck actually made us two images of Tom Nook. They were incredible and made me pee my pants and cry. Although not in that order, therefore he didn't win. You also get a t-shirt.

WINNAR: Brittany Zumwalt!!!!!111
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Brittany showed us how she could meld postmodern art nouveau and bauhaus with.... ahhhh.... she made a cool watercolor portrait of Tom Nook. That's all that matters. Congrats, you not only get a t-shirt like the two losers but you get a sealed copy of Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS.

--Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, February 27th 2006

This week, Frodo, The Geek, White Mage and Nevery discuss fast food, give you your regular updates on Richard Dean Anderson and Reggie Fils-Aime, talk about Star Trek Online, terrorism in WoW and more!
Have some delicious show notes.


--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Reminder...

Remember, the Animal Crossing contest ends tomorrow! Send in your Tom Nook pictures to frodo@weeklygeekshow.com to win a free copy of Animal Crossing Wild World for the Nintendo DS!


---Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, February 20th 2006

This week, Frodo, The Geek and Nevery discuss viruses on the Mac, Sony's XBOX Live-like service, Hub, the new DS web browser and they surf IMDB live, on the air for your amusement.
Show notes! They are delicious!


--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Animal Crossing: Wild World Giveaway!

nook.jpgAlright, people. I have a present for you. It is a brand new, unopened copy of Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS. Do you want it? Of course you do. Why wouldn't you. Here's the deal. I want to give this to you. I will send it out to your house, and it will most likely also include a limited edition Zelda Print, and a T-Shirt. Seriously.

This is what you have to do. I want you to draw a picture of Tom Nook. That's right. Just draw Tom Nook. Easy, huh? Send your pictures to frodo@weeklygeekshow.com with the subject "Tom Nook Drawing", and the best drawing (rated by me, because I am awesome) will win their very own copy of Animal Crossing. Cool? Get to it. Contest ends February 25th.

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, February 13th, 2006

This week, The Geek, Frodo, White Mage and Nevery discuss PSP porn, the original XBOX price hike, a new iPod, weird Disney characters coming back to life and boners. BONERS! Have some delicious show notes:

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Nintendo DS Download Service and more

In a matter of weeks: DS owners will sample free games simply by visiting their local game retailers; players will enjoy live, real-time Wi-Fi voice interaction with their portable game play; the 1 millionth DS owner will log onto Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s wireless gaming service; and a new lighter, brighter DS will make its debut in Japan.

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing, announced the new DS features during his keynote address today at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ D.I.C.E. conference in Las Vegas.

“Nintendo DS was the only video game system that exceeded expectations in 2005, simply because it dared to be different,” Fils-Aime said. “By further enriching the ways in which players can compete, play and sample new games, that process is accelerating in the opening weeks of 2006.”

DS Download Service: Starting next month, Nintendo will offer all DS owners free downloadable game demos and other downloadable content at thousands of participating retail locations around the United States. An in-store kiosk will beam wireless demo versions of games and other downloadable content into a players’ Nintendo DS system. Users simply stop by the store with their Nintendo DS, click “DS Download Play” on their system and choose one of a variety of DS games they want to sample. The game will download automatically and users can play all they want (even if they leave the store) until the Nintendo DS is turned off.

Sequentially, players can try out as many games as they want, letting them test drive the wide array of games that can only be played on Nintendo DS. The first DS Download Service stations will include free demos of Tetris® DS, Brain Age™: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, Mario Kart® DS, Meteos™, True Swing Golf and Pokémon® Trozei, along with a Metroid® Prime Hunters video clip. The selection of games and other downloadable content at DS Download Service kiosks will refresh quarterly.

Metroid Chat: The new Metroid Prime Hunters game for Nintendo DS will give gamers the ability to chat directly with one another before and after matches played via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Players in North America simply click the chat icon and say what they have to say. The microphone of the Nintendo DS picks up voice communication and transmits it to the people on their friend list. Players can use the chat function before a match to agree on settings or after a battle to relive their glories. This Teen-rated first-person adventure arrives March 20 and promises to open a dramatically fun new facet of gaming to Nintendo fans.

Nintendo DS Momentum: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection now boasts more than 20 million different connections, representing more than 850,000 unique users worldwide. Nintendo DS has enjoyed extremely strong sales worldwide, selling more than 14.4 million units worldwide through December. The Japanese sell-through of the existing Nintendo DS hardware exceeded 5 million within 13 months, which made Nintendo DS there the fastest-selling video game launch ever. In addition to Metroid Prime Hunters, Tetris DS also launches March 20. Using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, up to four players can compete in wireless two- or four-player Tetris DS battles against friends or strangers, near or far.

Nintendo DS Lite: The lighter, brighter Nintendo DS system goes on sale in Japan next month. Nintendo DS Lite is about two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter. Its availability in other regions will be announced at a later date

I guess this means I should probably buy a DS to replace my stolen one.. Attn Nintendo: If you see this my DS was stolen. I'm open to having one sent to me to review your download service.

--Nevery

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Halo 2 on Vista confirmed

A press release from Microsoft today confirms the release of Halo 2 to Windows Vista. From the release:

Master Chief Dual-Wields His Way to Windows Vista

“Halo 2,” the award-winning sequel to the instant classic “Halo: Combat Evolved” to make its PC debut on the Windows Vista platform

”Halo 2,” the game that redefined first-person combat and multiplayer action for millions of gamers worldwide, is set to explode onto PCs exclusively for Windows Vista. ”Halo 2” for Windows Vista will be developed by a dedicated Microsoft Game Studios team in partnership with Bungie Studios.

Only for Windows Vista, "Halo 2" will offer gamers both the single-player campaign and multiplayer experience of the original, as well as the additional maps offered in the “Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack.” Gamers will also have the exciting opportunity to build, create and customize their own multiplayer levels.

“Halo: Combat Evolved” and its sequel, “Halo 2,” have achieved phenomenal success on the Xbox video game platform as gamers around the world follow the saga of Master Chief in his battle against the Covenant forces. In 2003, the original “Halo” roared onto Windows PCs. In “Halo 2” for Windows Vista, the action picks up where the first game ended. Master Chief, with the help of a small group of marines, has destroyed the religious artifact and artificial world known as “Halo,” and is making his way back to Earth. There, he and the last surviving Earth forces will mount a titanic struggle against the marauding Covenant enemy. To date, the Halo franchise has sold more than 14.5 million games worldwide with over 600 million hours of multiplayer action logged across Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service.

Soooooooo.... when Vista is released later this year (and from what we are hearing it's going to be REALLY late, as in December 2006), they are going to be spearheading a sales campaign for a two year old game? AWESOME MICROSOFT GOOD JOB.

Too bad it will sell a billion copies. Fools, all of you. FOOOOOOLS!!!!! *shakes fist into the air*

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, February 6th 2006

This week, Frodo, The Geek, White Mage and Nevery discuss iTunes video downloads, PS3 xbox live-type service, and tons of stuff about TV shows especially Stargate. Why are you looking at me like that.
Show notes:

---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Geek tattoos

I just got an addition to my geeky tattoo today. Any Weekly Geek listeners have any cool geeky tattoos?

triforce tat

There are a whole slew of 'em over at bmezine. (Site may not be safe for work/kids)

I am now off to put some balm on this because it hurts like a "mofo", as the kids say these days.

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Review - Electroplankton (DS)

electroplankton.jpgOverview:
Electroplankton is weird. Electroplankton is not a game. Electroplankton is not a music maker. Do not taunt Electroplankton. Electroplankton will never sell well in the US. If Electroplankton is anything, it is a work of art.
Many games can fall into the "video games as art" classification. Resident Evil 4 was beautifully rendered and thoughtfully put together, you could call it art. Katamari Damacy was stylish and innovative; also art. Electroplankton is what we call in the world of pretentious art jerks: "art for art's sake". As opposed to the other "arty" games mentioned, there is no plot, no end goal. You don't beat a giant plankton and the credits roll. Electroplankton is the end result of an artist's vision (in this case, Japanese artist Toshio Iwai) and it is nothing less than trancendental. You can control 10 different types of creatures, each one with its own ability. The "Tracey" follows a trail you draw for it, the "Rec Rec" records your voice. Each creature generates sound and beats and color and light which is hypnotic, fluid, and ultimately very entertaining. But it will never sell in the US.

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Podcast for Monday, January 30th, 2006

Finland Finland Finland. Oh? Hello. I was pretending to not see you there. This week on The Weekly Geek, Frodo, The Geek and White Mage welcome Nevery to the cast. He, like all of us, will soon feel the cold hand of death as he ages into obscurity. This week we discuss more Pixar and Disney, the Nintendo DS lite, E3 restrictions for this coming year and old Tiger electronic lcd games. And a fun time was had by all. Here are some show notes.

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

p.s. you can download it at the top of the page.

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New Nintendo DS Revealed

This is not a "take this with a grain of salt" moment.

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Today on the Nintendo Japan website, the DS redesign was announced. It is retailing for about $150 US (whatever that is in Yen) and looks completely logical. It doesn't seem to have a GBA slot, it's slimmed down and looks like an iPod. The DS has a very mature iPod-buying audience so this makes complete sense. No surprises here. Move along.
http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/news/060126.html


--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Let the flogging begin

We have finally decided on an addition to the show lineup, and I'd like to welcome Nevery to the show! Nevery currently runs the excellent GamerSurvival.com, which we will be networking and playing nicely with like a big happy family. A happy, geeky family. Look for Nevery on this next week's podcast on Monday!

WELCOME, SUCKER.

---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

p.s. Don't forget to preorder your t-shirt and feed our mailbag. These are things that you can do that are fun.

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Review: Condemned - Criminal Orgins

condemned.jpgWell, after a little over a month of playing different 360 games, I sat down and played one continuously. I decided Condemned seemed worth the effort due to it's creepy factor. Condemned starts off just like an episode of CSI. You're an FBI Agent sent in to investigate a murder which seems to be the same M.O. as a Serial Killer known as the Match Maker. Neat right? Well, kinda of. You do some investigative work, looking for evidence, which really isn't that hard. The game tells you when evidence near by which relates to a "special ability" your character has. From there, you press the X button and the correct forensic tool is in your hand and ready to go. This makes the game a little bit on the easy side, but some other parts make up for it. The overall story is you get framed for killing two cops at the scene of the other murder and you're tracking down the one responsible while defending yourself from drugged up junkies.

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Podcast for Monday, January 23rd, 2006

This week's podcast features ARGHAGYDUBAUYSDGBUSYABDSADAS...
Sorry. I tripped and fell on the keyboard. This week's podcast features The Geek, Frodo and White Mage discussing site and show changes, the Penny Arcade Expo, the forum-based suicide of a gamer, and February's new video game releases. Use the direct mp3 download here or use the buttons on the sidebar over there to subscribe!
Don't forget to preorder your Weekly Geek T-shirt!

Have some show notes:

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)


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Review - Sid Meier's Civilization IV for the PC

Civ 4Overview:
The Civilization series of games is one with a long history (Hah! Get it? History. Because the game is about... yeah) and it has seemed to reach its peak with the newest installment: Civilization IV. Recently released for the PC, Civilization is a strategy game series not unlike the board game Risk, except for the fact that it is on a computer and animated and not made of cardboard and plastic. Well, technically it is made of plastic, but I digress. The fun thing about Civilization is that there really is no point or goal besides what you set for the game. It is a "god" game, where you are in control of your little minions and civilizations and you make them do your bidding. The premise is this: choose from a variety of famous world leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon or Kublai Khan, build cities and research technologies, go to war and eventually either make peace with the other civilizations in the world or crush them. It's up to you, which is the appeal of the series obviously.

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Review - Call of Duty 2: Big Red One for Xbox by Activision

Overview: Call of Duty 2 is the successor to the original title from a couple years back. The original game definitely left a strong impression with me and I was looking forward to the sequel when I heard it was announced. Both the original and the new version have been released for every current, non-handheld gaming type system. I played the original on the PC, but this time around, I have the Xbox version.

The game takes you back into the gritty World War II setting. You and your team have to proceed through a varity of missions though various locations throughout the war. It's your job to stay alive throughout and accomplish your goals. It's pretty standard fare for an FPS, and Big Red One does it well.

There are, however, a couple of aspects that make me wish I was playing it on the PC again instead of on my TV in my living room.

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Podcast for Monday, January 16th

This week Frodo, The Geek and White Mage welcome special guest Bonnie Ruberg, a gaming journalist who has written for The Escapist, Wired and The Onion AV Club. They discuss more Revolution rumors, PS3 rumors, violence in video games and using Linden dollars in Second Life to buy real life sex toys. Hurray!

Download the show here, or add http://www.weeklygeekshow.com/weeklygeek.rss to the podcasting software of your choice.

Here are some show notes:


---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, January 9th

This week, Frodo and The Geek discuss the Mega Man X collection, the Consumer Electronics show, Civilization 4, the return of Sci-Fi Friday, and the winner of the Tony Hawk game was announced.
Download the show here or add http://www.weeklygeekshow.com/weeklygeek.rss to your favorite podcasting software.

Here are some show notes:

Special thanks to 2K Games and Activision! Music by Charles Vestal.


--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Welcome to the new year, geeky people. Today Frodo, and The Geek bring you the first Weekly Geek of the new year, complete with the same inane chatter you have known to come and love. Hopefully. Download it here or add http://www.weeklygeekshow.com/weeklygeek.rss to your favorite podcasting software. Here are some show notes:

---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Top 5 Games of 2005

Okay you guys. I feel kind of bad about this, but in our top 5 games of the year segment last show, we all made the mistake of forgetting that Resident Evil 4 was released at the top of 2005 (January 11th, to be exact.) For me, this game was amazing and needs at least a small mention.

No, it needs to take my #1 spot.

I'm truly sorry, Shadow of the Colossus. You have to be bumped to #2.

Resident Evil 4 was that amazing. It was Resident Evil perfected. It was as scary and intense as any movie, and more beautiful and seamless than any game before it (or, indeed, many games after it this year.)

Just LOOK at it.

What were YOUR top games of 2005? Send your list to mailbag@weeklygeekshow.com!

---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Oh snap

Jack Thompson just can't stay out of the public eye for long, can he?

From the article:

Miami, Florida-based Attorney Jack Thompson today announced that he has purchased stock in Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO).

The news came as a shock, but it appears that Thompson isn't out to make a profit from the stock. Rather, Thompson bought the stock so he could attend Take-Two's shareholders' meetings. At the meeting, Thompson plans to raise the issue of Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler causing Take-Two's stock to fall through "catastrophic corporate governance."

Wow. Just. Wow.


--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Podcast for Monday, December 18th

This week, The Geek, Frodo and White Mage discuss drinking your own pee, Child's Play Charity, Animal Crossing events, and the official Weekly Geek Casting Call. Download the show here or add http://www.weeklygeekshow.com/weeklygeek.rss to your favorite podcasting aggregator.

Show Notes:

-Inventor of the Segway drinks his own pee.
-big WoW machinima contest.
-Popular Toys throughout the ages.
-What IS WiTendoFi?.
-Metal Gear Solid Live PS3 video.
-Play SimCity Classic online for free.
-Donate to Child's Play this holiday season.
Music this week was the Super Mario World soundtrack remix by XOC. I don't know, google it.

--Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Weekly Geek Casting Call!

There comes a time in the life of a podcast, little Timmy, when that podcast starts to notice little changes. Hair growing in strange places, and a strange feeling when other podcasts walk by. It is in this time of a podcast's life that it needs to grow and change. That is why, Timmy, today we are announcing an open casting call for an additional host to The Weekly Geek. We are growing, and we feel our programming should grow as well. Here are the specifics:


• This is an unpaid position. It may become paid in the future when budget allows. You do, however, get to keep any review copies of product you solicit, and the opportunities for bonuses such as games and trips are plentiful.
• Applicant must have an extensive knowledge of gaming, and be completely current on gaming trends, news, and terms. Must be an avid gamer.
• Applicant must have own recording equipment, which includes adequate quality headset, computer for recording and reliable broadband internet connection. Software can be provided.
• Applicant must be available each week for recordings, generally between the hours of 6-7PM on Sunday evenings. Times can be flexible, but you must be reliable. We need someone who can be on the show every week, no exceptions.
• Previous broadcast/podcast experience not required, but is a plus.
• Must be self-motivated and energetic.

If you are interested and believe you qualify, please send cover letter outlining your qualifications (resume not needed) and a short audio recording (aircheck) to frodo@weeklygeekshow.com (please no large files over 15mb or so). The recording can be a sample of voice or on-air work, or it can be an audio cover letter. We are flexible.

We will be going through a short casting/interview process with qualified applicants to see if they mesh well with the current show format, and play nicely with current hosts. You don't have to be local to any of the hosts, you can be from anywhere in the world.

Good luck and I look forward to hearing your awesome airchecks!


--Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, December 12th

This week, The Geek and Frodo discuss MANY THINGS, including more Revolution rumors, people dying from online gaming, and they reveal their top 5 games of the year. You will probably not be surprised as to what they chose.
Download the show here, or add http://www.weeklygeekshow.com/weeklygeek.rss to your favorite podcatcher, as always!

Here are some show notes:
- Really hilariously angry Halo player.
- IGN reveals Revolution might be at $99? WHO SAID IT FIRST. YEAH WE DID.
- Revolution controller conspiracy?
- 6 Months straight in an internet cafe AND another Korean dies in an internet cafe from exhaustion.
- Sega Dreamcast re-release rumors.
- Nintendo on why they aren't hyping the Revolution.
This week's music was AE - Bubbleman Soap and Water from OCRemix.org.

---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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Teen charged with wanting to torture Jack Thompson

From Gamespot:

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6141010.html

A 16-year-old Texas gamer who threatened to torture and kill antigaming pundit Jack Thompson was arrested earlier today at his high school by the Harris Country Sheriff's Office, according to Thompson, a Florida attorney.

"The specifics of the torture with which Thompson was threatened are so grotesque that they cannot be properly placed in this news release," Thompson wrote in a mass e-mail addressed to news outlets, politicians, and industry groups. "The torture was to end with the shooting of Thompson, as in this teen's favorite games."


Listen. While you and your friends may have thought it was funny to do this, and maybe you were a bit encouraged by Penny Arcade's campaign against Mr. Thompson, it is supremely NOT SMART to go through with ANYTHING. Not only did this set our cause back an immense amount, but it only fueled Thompson's craziness. All the stuff he has gone through the past couple months, being almost nearly completely discredited, all of that can be erased by this one incident. All it takes is for that crazy asshole to go on CNN and talk about how he is a victim of these horrible video games influencing children and he is back in everyone's favor.

I am just glad that our listeners aren't as retarded as this kid.

I mean... you're not, right?


--Frodo

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New shows on iTunes and X-Men teaser!

Some big geeky news items from today that I wanted to discuss with you fellow geeks:

iTunes added a huge amount of new tv shows to its lineup, including NBC shows The Office, Surface and Law and Order, USA shows like Monk, and my own personal exciting bit of news, Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica. If you haven't used it yet, the iTunes music store is excellent for downloading video, and at $2 a pop, it is generally cheaper than buying the DVDs. Now finally I can get caught up on Galactica...

Also, an X-3 teaser trailer is up, and honestly I had no idea they had gotten so much done on the movie. Last I heard they didn't even have a director, but as you can see from the teaser they seem to have some principal CG work done. That's pretty far into the project, I'd say. Kelsey Grammer is featured in the teaser as Beast, and he looks passable! I was a bit worried about the project not being helmed by Brian Singer, but if this teaser is any indication, X-3 is going to be very, very good. I heart X-Men.

PEACE OUT and don't forget to download this week's show.


---Frodo

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Podcast for Monday, December 5th

This week, The Geek, Frodo and White Mage discuss more Xbox 360 stuff, Animal Crossing Wild World, Nintendo DS wifi, new Final Fantasy beverages, online gaming communities and Sony generally being retarded. Also The Geek discusses The Flash and cusses a lot (don't worry, it's bleeped for all you youngins out there).

You can download the show here or add http://www.weeklygeekshow.com/weeklygeek.rss to your podcasting software!

Show notes:
- Frodo's 1up.com member page
- 40,000 Xbox 360s sold on eBay
- Sony using fake graffiti to advertise the PSP
- Top 15 richest fictional people according to forbes
- Super Mario Blue Twilight Download
- DSMeet
- Final Fantasy Potion
- Print your own Monopoly moneys!
- Costco ultimate standup arcade unit.

Thanks to Nintendo, Channel Frederator and the letter B.
This week's music was The Power Is On - The Go Team!

---Frodo (frodo@weeklygeekshow.com)

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