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After 6 years and 300 episodes, it's about time to put a ribbon on this podcast and call it good. The decision wasn't an easy one. Recording the podcast every week is just as much a ritual integral to our lives as it is to those who listen. And seriously, thanks for listening.
For the past 6 years (or 10 years if you count all the episodes aired back at KCWU (88.1 The 'Burg!) back in college) I've had this wonderful outlet to yammer on to friends about whatever was on my mind that week, or whatever I've been playing or reading. I've been to three E3 conventions, six PAX conventions (it's held in the same town I live in, but it still counts!), three or four Emerald City Comic Cons (same) and met amazing friends. But the thing that has struck me the most is how good it feels when you introduce someone to something you know they'll love.
I love knowing that stuff we've talked about has caused positive change in people's lives. Whether that means you've started cooking for yourself because of listening to the show, or that an album we recommended blew your mind and helped shape your musical tastes, or even just that you stopped to consider something maybe you'd never thought to consider before. Thanks for taking risks based on our recommendations, and I hope we've never really let you down.
Thank you for telling your friends about the show. Thanks for everyone who's ever written in to the show. Your questions and thoughts and commentary have been awesome over the years. We've never really attempted curating a "community" beyond having a bulletin board a few years ago, but there's definitely a Weekly Geek Community. We've had the pleasure of meeting you at conventions and meetups. We've even become close friends with many people who listened to the show before they met us in person.
Thanks also to everyone who's been vital to the success of the show over the years. Not only the people who have been co-hosts with me on the podcast, but also to everyone who helped make the blog portion of the website great. Thanks to Grant and Amy for sticking with it and letting me boss them around while we figured out a voice. Thanks to John Forster for Dr. Helmig. Thanks to Max Brooks for The Mind Boggleth. Thanks to Sparky for Practical Alchemy. Thanks to Nevery and Laurel and Mack and Steve. Thanks to Mike for his music reviews and our music podcasts. Thanks to Tettix for our theme song. Thanks to Colette, Rikki and everyone else who has ever co-hosted with me. Thanks to Niero and Flynn and Ron and everyone who first helped the community find us. And most of all thanks to Ryan, Qais, Ross and Jinny for putting up with me misusing the word "penultimate" all these years.
This is an "indefinite" hiatus, which means that I completely reserve the right to magically post something on this RSS feed sometime in the future. Could be a bonus, one-off podcast down the line, it could be a note about new projects we're working on. It's not really an "end".
And now, messages from Ryan and Ross. Jinny and Qais will post their thoughts later.
Ryan - My assimilation in to The Weekly Geek was an organic process that proved the merit of the medium, a sharing of ideals, interests, and ultimately personalities fueled by nothing more than the desire to lean across a table to a friend and exclaim "Taste this!" as one would to a friend. The fact that we do not rehearse, Chris does not edit, and people are still entertained proves all of this to be true.
It's been touching to read correspondence over the years, people telling of how they felt to be part of a community and not just passive listeners. I can only echo that sentiment as I look back on my own progression deeper in to the fold of what was exactly that - a naturally occurring, evolving, and absolutely self sustaining community.
The real world takes effort and compromise, nothing I did for The Weekly Geek ever did. It was a meeting of minds, whether the voices were across from me Monday night or sent in via email, and will absolutely continue on as any naturally occurring community would even stripped of its beloved ring master's weekly cohesion.
It has been a pure, unadulterated pleasure.
Ross - I like my goodbyes short and sweet, something I can hopefully achieve here (without being particularly maudlin). When I came on a few years ago I didn't think much would come of it. I figured, I was the new guy, they would have me on to say, "Hey, here's the new guy,", I would say something terrible, and that would be the end of that. However many episodes later and here we are. Apparently I didn't say anything too terrible.
I want to thank the rest of my cohorts, Chris, Jinny, Ryan, and Qais, for being particularly great people, people who I am glad to be able to call my friends. And thanks, of course, to you, the listeners. I've loved reading your emails, and hearing your thoughts -- debating and conversing with you via electronic proxy. I appreciate you tuning in every week to the show, despite my particular brand of half-baked nonsense. I hope you have had as much fun listening to it, as
I have had helping to make it.
Please join me, Ross, Jinny, Qais and Ryan in episode 299 of The Weekly Geek. In it we discuss this week's gaming news (or at least, some of it) and then delve straight into what we're playing this week and mailbag. It's a sentimental one this week, as we start to read some of the awesome letters you all have been sending in. Keep 'em coming! We read every single one of them.
It's our annual games of the year podcast! Tune in to hear about games you've probably heard of, and games you've probably not heard of. Also we discuss our biggest disappointments and games that are on our list to play.
Episode 297 is in the can. Please join me, Qais, Jinny and Ryan (no Ross this week - technical troubles. Miss U Ross.) this week to discuss Thanksgiving, Black Friday/Cyber Monday, misc video game news and Skyrim stories.
Only seven episodes left! Join me, Jinny, Qais, Ross and Ryan in our discussion about the new Google Reader redesign, and how we consume our RSS feeds in the most optimal fashion, as well as the Takashi Miike helmed Phoenix Wright movie, the GameCity 6 Zelda Zine, Voxeltron, dissolving fruit labels, Batman Arkham City, and the normal assortment of randomness you've come to know and love from our show.
Join me, Ross, Jinny and Ryan this week as we discuss the new World of Warcraft updates (even though none of us play anymore!) including the Pandaren! PANDA PEOPLE, people. We also discuss the new Professor Layton, Pixeljunk Sidescroller and Monsters (the only Facebook game worth your time) and the Google Reader updates. We also crack open the mailbag. Enjoy.
Join me, Jinny, Qais, Ross and Ryan in this week's podcast where we talk about upcoming games like Batman Arkham City, Skyrim, Pixeljunk Sidescroller, Professor Layton, the Deus Ex DLC and more. Then we discuss more Breaking Bad (spoiler free!) and the Walking Dead premiere.
Of course we're also reading mailbag letters. Send us mailbag! We'll read it on air.
We've mentioned it a few times on the podcast, but I'd like to officially state it here to answer questions and clarify some things and maybe give a few shout outs and reminisce and cry a little bit. The Weekly Geek is going on indefinite hiatus after episode 300. Which will be sometime in January.
The reason: Jinny and I are having a kid in February and we're not exactly sure how much time or energy we're going to have to produce a weekly podcast. I'm guessing the answer will be none, but you never know. To be safe, we're giving ample time to wrap up the show. We're closing in on 300 mp3 files in the RSS feed, so I figured episode 300 was a good stopping place.
This post is going to be a bit rambly, but bear with me.
I am still undecided as to what kind of special show to do for episode 300. One thing that's always been important to us over the years has been how the community has grown with us. We have multiple listeners who write in who started listening to the show as teenagers, and are now adults. It blows my mind, and really makes me feel proud of what we've accomplished. You've written in with stories of learning how to cook because of us, of trying a game you'd never have thought of trying because of us, of getting newfound courage to stand up to bullies because of us, of discovering your new favorite band because of us. The fact that around 3,000 people tune in every week just to hang out with us is astounding to me. I deeply realize the importance of having that familiarity, and when I think about the show ending and not being that for you anymore, it makes me sad. This has been an incredibly difficult decision.
I'd love it if you wrote in with your stories about how the show has impacted you. We love reading mailbag, and this is a good opportunity for a retrospective. Maybe you're a listener who has never written in, we'd love to hear from you.
Maybe you're one of those people who download and listen to old shows from years past. Write in with your favorite moments from the show, maybe even with a sound clip. We'll play it on air and reminisce with you.
The website will still exist. I'll keep the lights on so you can still download all the past episodes going back to around 2005. And we may even come back every once in a while for a random blog post or a music podcast. We've been kicking around the idea of doing a video podcast cooking show, as well. You never know. Maybe after we have the kid we'll feel compelled to share stories and tips on parenting. If one thing's for sure it's that we're restless and deeply enjoy being a part of this community.
I'll save the kudos and credits for a later time. For now, what would you like the final episode of The Weekly Geek to be?
Do you enjoy podcasts that include protracted conversations about Law and Order? Well then you're in luck! Join me, Ross, Jinny, Qais and Ryan this week as we discuss tv shows like Breaking Bad (no spoilers!), the death of Steve Jobs, new games such as Rage and the Portal 2 DLC, expensive board games, Netflix backing out on their dvd/streaming split and more. There's always more.
Note: Apologies, but Ross' audio is borked in this podcast.
Join me, Jinny, Ross and Ryan this week as we discuss the Kindle Fire, Gears of War 3, Professor Layton's London Life, the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus collection, Dark Souls, Wizorb and more. So many video games to catch up on!
Hey! Want to ask us a question that will be read on-air? Send us mail!
We're talking media consumption this week with the announcement Netflix made about diverging their DVD business from their streaming business, the Gears of War 3 launch, Sony's new ToS for the PSN and more. Join me, Jinny, Ross, Qais and Ryan as we discuss largely first world problems.
Hey! Want to ask us a question that will be read on-air? Send us mail!
We're all about the bad ideas this week. Join me, Jinny, Ross, Qais and Ryan as we discuss the Nintendo 3DS controller add-on, changing the name of your game to avoid copyright concerns, Gamestop's new tablet as well as some good ideas like Brandon Boyer's new video game culture blog Venus Patrol, emotionally-charged games, interactive fiction on the iPad, Deus Ex, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. We're all over the place this week, like usual.
The Weekly Geek went to PAX Prime 2011 in Seattle and we'll run down all the games and gaming-related things we experienced at this esteemed convention. Join me, Jinny, Ross, Ryan, Qais and special Guest Samit from Destructoid as we talk about the fantastic indie games, hidden gems and cosplay at PAX 2011. We also answer mailbag and talk about what we've been playing this week, as per usual. Enjoy!
This week please to be joining me, Jinny, Qais and Ryan in divulging our friendship origin stories. We also discuss the general philosophy behind internet cat videos and Maru the box-loving cat's new coffee table book. Then we talk about Nintendo's inability to understand their customer base, the Starbucks card experiment, Mad Men and a whole lot more. Remember to send us mail! We read that shizz, yo. On air.
Join me, Ross and Ryan this week as we chat about Metroid's 25th anniversary and everyone takes turns saying what the Ice Beam meant to them as kids. Then we gush a bit about the Borderlands 2 announcement and talk Borderlands loadouts. Ross gives us his opinion on Alice: Madness Returns, and I delve into Fallout: New Vegas' Old World Blues DLC. Also included is mailbag and the song of the week is back! YAYUH.
We're back after a brief hiatus with the same podcast you know and hopefully love! Join me, Jinny, Qais, Ross and Ryan as we discuss the Nintendo 3ds price drop, San Diego Comic Con, Fallout: New Vegas DLC, Bastion, the 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus, From Dust and much much more.
HI. In this week's podcast we're talking the recent California video-games-are-free-speech verdict, as well as a slew of other things. We're talking the XBLA Summer of Games! Defrosting meat! Ginger beer! Home fermentation! Sriracha! Shirts that show off your love of sriracha! So many things!
This week Ross, Qais, Jinny, Ryan and I discuss Duke Nukem Forever, a kid who got Pokémon cards unbanned at his school, Zelda Ocarina of Time for the 3DS, Child of Eden, a Disneyland game announced for Kinect, LA Noire, the Gamesave project, and more. It's an extended podcast this week. So if you're into that, there you go.
Back after a two week haitus, talkin' about E3 and junk. Ross, Qais, Jinny, Ryan and I are all there. We're talking about the new Nintendo console, the Playstation Vita, and a bunch of other games announced/showcased at E3 such as Dance Central 2, et cetera et cetera et cetera. So many things to catch up on! Enjoy!
It's our last podcast for the next few weeks, so be sure to listen to it REALLY LOUD to get the most out of it before it's too late! Join me, Jinny, Qais and Ross as we discuss L.A. Noire (spoiler free), Bioshock Infinite news, an iPad app for cats, atheist books for kids, and more. Enjoy, and see you in a few weeks!
We're back to talking about normal things this week, like video games that aren't Portal 2. Join me, Jinny, Ross, Ryan and Qais as we discuss a few new releases including L.A. Noire, Chrono Trigger for the Wii Virtual Console, a 2d Minecraft-inspired platform game, Sony's "welcome back" package and more.
Back to normal this week with Ross, Jinny and Ryan (Qais was abducted by aliens) talking about this past week's news in the gamespace. That's right, I just made that up. "Gamespace". That's what we're calling it now.
Anyway, this week's podcast! Games have been officially validated as art by The Smithsonian, Portal recreated in Minecraft, an iPhone app that identifies plants by photos of their leaves, Diablo III news and more! Hooray! Listen to it with your earholes.
Go no further if you haven't played Portal 2! This week we throw caution to the wind and just talk about whatever we want to in regards to Portal 2. We talk about our favorite moments, how we liked (or disliked!) the ending, potatoes, the three C's, and we talk about your favorite moments sent in via mailbag. Enjoy!
No, that's next week. This week we avoid the Portal 2 spoilers in favor of a general discussion of the game. Next week? All bets are off. This week Jinny, me, Ross, Ryan and Qais talk Portals, Sworcery on iPhone, pixel art, Nintendo's next console, Minecraft, mailbag and a billion other things. Enjoy. Next week? Portal 2 spoilers abound. You've been warned.
We're hotly anticipating Portal 2 in this week's podcast, so if you hate to hear people gushing about a game they haven't played yet... well you're in the wrong place. This week Jinny, Ross, Qais, Ryan and I discuss the Portal 2 ARG and its slightly anti-climactic outcome. We also chat about Nintendo's rumored next foray into consoles, the 3DS remake of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Clash of Heroes. We also discuss Game of Thrones and other book things. Also lots of interesting mailbag. Ever wonder what Ross dreams about? Yeah, WONDER NO MORE.
This week's podcast we discuss Minecraft. But you knew that already. We also talk of other things! Such as 3DS stuff, Rock Band's price drop, Mitch Hedberg, the Portal 2 ARG and more. You love it. You know you do.
This week, please join me, Jinny, Ross and Ryan in discussing the 3DS launch and how bizarre glasses-free 3D is. We give you the rundown if you're on the fence about a purchase at all. We also discuss the Sword and Sworcery EP (spoiler alert: it's amazing), Bioware's response to one homophobic-ish gamer and more.
This week please to be joining me, Ross, Jinny, Qais and Ryan as we discuss this past week's events. We start off talking about Chain World, an existential experiment in Minecraft form. We also discuss the Achewood hiatus, DC closing the comments on their blog, the awfulness that is Homefront, new Mass Effect 2 DLC and more.
This week Qais, Jinny, Ross and I discuss the recent disaster(s) in Japan and how you can help as well as a number of other topics that aren't half as important as you stopping what you're doing right now and helping if you haven't already. Here's a good place to start.
Done? Cool. So we also talk about a new indie mech shooter game set in a living city, a few bits and pieces about PAX East including a date for Child of Eden, a Fez preview and... the Civilization board game? We also discuss some food-related stuff like how to make home made pop rocks and the miracle of miracle fruit.
Join us this week as we discuss Emerald City Comicon 2011, Axe Cop, the mythology of Duckburg, GDC, the 3DS launch, Infinity Blade's new update, the new game coming from the creators of Minecraft, PAX East panels you can't miss and more. It's an extra-long episode this week!
Hey! It's a podcast! Join me, Jinny, Ryan, Qais and Ross in discussing this week's events. We talk about The Oscars (sort of) and the decline of the movie industry, Minecraft (as always), Child of Eden for Kinect, Bulletstorm, more Double Fine Sesame Street game news and Emerald City Comic Con. Download and enjoy.
Join me, Ross, Jinny and Qais this week as we discuss the existential nature of Minecraft, Telltale Games' new lineup (including the King's Quest reboot!), Stacking (the game, not the verb), the Dead Island trailer, zombies in general and much more. We also answer like a billion mailbag questions, so if your question hasn't been answered for a while, tune in!
This podcast rated M for not-so-mature. This week, join me, Jinny, Ross and Qais in discussing the Bulletstorm Demo and its purposefully awful dialog (OR IS IT?!). We also discuss the recent layoffs hitting Harmonix, Dance Central character designs, the Sony NGP, Metroid 1.5, Minecraft and how Qais thinks the God King in Infinity Blade sits on a throne evoking female genitalia. Yeah, we're super mature.
This week, Ross, Jinny and I discuss the Sony NGP, the 3DS's pedometer and how it will work with 3DS games, molecular gastronomy, a new Pac-Man arcade game, the Heavy Rain movie being helmed by David Milch and much much more. We've also got prints for sale! Check 'em out.
This episode really doesn't have a lot to do with Tetris. It does feature me, Jinny, Ross, Ryan and Qais talking about LA Noire, Dead Space 2 and the new Dead Space iOS game, PAX East's "Antiques Roadshow of retro games" panel, and we even get around to recommending games to a 12 year old. Qais also recommends some British television. Does this paragraph that I write about the podcast really help anyone understand what each podcast is about? I mean, we're pretty much all over the place on the show, I don't know if a rote listing of topics really helps anything. What do you guys think? Anyway...
OK, WE'RE BACK. Last week we had some technical difficulties, but this week you'll find me, Ryan and Ross talking about a few things we were SUPPOSED to talk about last week, as well as a bunch of new stuff added to the list. We talk about 3DS power consumption, LA Noire's creepy new facial mocap tech, Torchlight on the XBLA, nerd movies coming to blu-ray and the importance of listening to a game's soundtrack instead of your own. We also catch up on mailbag. ENJOY.
We're back to kick off 2011 with a brand new Weekly Geek podcast! We talk about catching up with games we missed in 2010, and the things you do when the internet goes on vacation. It's a bunch of random topics just like the podcast you know and tolerate. Enjoy.
Last podcast of the year! We talk about our video game favorites from 2010, as well as what disappointed us and what we missed. This isn't your typical top 10 games of the year podcast, so be sure to tune in and catch some stuff you may have passed up in favor of just playing more Minecraft.
This week we discuss the Spike TV VGAs and the announcements therein. We've got Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3 and Elder Scrolls V news, as well as new information for thatgamecompany's newest game, Journey. We also discuss World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Infinity Blade and new Kinect hacks. We also answer some mailbag questions and discuss such things as Babylon 5 and North Korean politics. Yeah, it's that kind of show. Enjoy!
It's just us dudes this week, talking about dude things like Back to the Future, Super Meat Boy, XBLA games, Pac-Man and other such things. Ok, I guess that's not entirely all "dude" stuff, but we are dudes and therefore the stuff we discuss is dude stuff. Don't question it. Enjoy.
Catch up with the Weekly Geek crew with this week's podcast, as we discuss stuff that happened during the Thanksgiving break. We talk game releases, food, working on projects, art shows, charities, drugging your loved ones, corporate monopolies and end it all with a Kanye West song. I know, I know. Look. Just... download it. And enjoy.
Jinny, Qais and Ross join me this week as we actually get to talk about the Kinect from first hand experience! Amazing, I know. Is this the future of gaming, or is this just an overextended fad? We also discuss Dance Central (and how it could be the Kinect's saving throw), Harmonix's impending sale, Facebook wanting to control your communication, the new Girl Talk album, Game Dev Story, Fallout: New Vegas and more.
Qais was out sick so we decided to ask two very special guests to be on the podcast this week. Joining Ross, Jinny and I are Maré Odomo and Cory Schmitz, two very awesomely talented illustrators who happen to live quite close to us and were nice enough to stop by. We discuss Cory's new magazine project, The Controller, which features artwork by Cory, Maré, me, Tiff Chow, Ashley Davis and many more. We also talk about the Kinect launch, the new Xbox Dashboard and its marginalization of community games, Rock Band 3's pro mode, Mega Man toys, Goldeneye, and other random stuff. Stuff you wanna listen to. Fer serious.
Update: Follow up to the Xbox Community Games dashboard update, looks like Microsoft listened.
Your usual eclectic mix of topics awaits you in this week's episode of The Weekly Geek. Jinny, Ross, Qais and I talk about some new releases, most notably Rock Band 3 and Fable 3. Of course we talk more about Fallout: New Vegas, as well as some new Square Enix iPhone offerings (Secret of Mana, anyone?) We laugh at Glen Beck for being a big baby about some webcartoonists ousting his #1 spot on Amazon, and we talk about how hilarious it is to dress small children up as video game characters for Halloween. These topics and more are on offer this week, no refunds. Enjoy.
It's here! It's here! A new Fallout game has arrived, but does it disappoint? Join me, Jinny, Qais and Ross for an in-depth discussion about Fallout: New Vegas. We try to keep the spoilers at a minimum, but you're going to definitely want to listen if you're a fan of Fallout at all. We talk about our first experiences in the Mojave Wasteland, and whether or not Obsidian entertainment was able to fulfill the promise of a new experience on par with Fallout 3. We also discuss a wee bit of game news (Rock Band 3! Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright! Costume Quest! Super Meat Boy!) and touch on Apple's new App Store for the Mac. It's worth about an hour of your time, for sure.
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