Merry Christmas from GeekOut UK

Yeah it’s past 8am which means it’s probably time to wake up! Or not, you know. You could have a lie in if you want. Whatever you’re doing this year, I just wanted to say a very merry Christmas from us here at GeekOut UK. I hope you have a fantastic holiday, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. The most important thing is to have some time off, perhaps you’ll spend it with your loved ones, or maybe you’ll spend some time catching up with your favourite TV series. What ever you do this holiday season, have fun, be safe and enjoy some good food and drink.

Yeah it’s past 8am which means it’s probably time to wake up! Or not, you know. You could have a lie in if you want. Whatever you’re doing this year, I just wanted to say a very merry Christmas from us here at GeekOut UK. I hope you have a fantastic holiday, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. The most important thing is to have some time off, perhaps you’ll spend it with your loved ones, or maybe you’ll spend some time catching up with your favourite TV series. What ever you do this holiday season, have fun, be safe and enjoy some good food and drink.

– Timlah & Joel

NaNoWriMo 2019 Officially Finishes Tomorrow

Take a guess at how busy I was last month? You know, before NaNoWriMo? Not very; I was just typing up a lot of words at an alarming rate. I will probably need to invest in a new keyboard at some point; I reckon I’ve done so much typing that the membrane inside of this keyboard is weakening, but enough about the problems of my keyboard! We’re here to talk about NaNoWriMo, how the event has gone and my progress – After all, tomorrow is delivery day, so how well did I do?

Take a guess at how busy I was last month? You know, before NaNoWriMo? Not very; I was just typing up a lot of words at an alarming rate. I will probably need to invest in a new keyboard at some point; I reckon I’ve done so much typing that the membrane inside of this keyboard is weakening, but enough about the problems of my keyboard! We’re here to talk about NaNoWriMo, how the event has gone and my progress – After all, tomorrow is delivery day, so how well did I do?

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NaNoWriMo 2019 Update – I’m Over Halfway

You know, a lot of the content that you’re reading this month was prepared last month… No, really, I spent a few weeks ramming through as many words and as many interesting articles as I could. Hopefully you’ve been kept entertained, but we’re not out of the woods yet, as we’ve still got another half of NaNoWriMo to commit to. Today’s post is a quick update on how the event’s going, how my novel’s going, how many words I’m at and more.

You know, a lot of the content that you’re reading this month was prepared last month… No, really, I spent a few weeks ramming through as many words and as many interesting articles as I could. Hopefully you’ve been kept entertained, but we’re not out of the woods yet, as we’ve still got another half of NaNoWriMo to commit to. Today’s post is a quick update on how the event’s going, how my novel’s going, how many words I’m at and more.

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Spend Your New Years With Us: GeekOut Bristol Meet – New Years Eve 2019!

It’s now close enough to Christmas to where we should be able to talk more about our New Year’s Eve 2019 event. We held one of these New Year’s Eve events in 2017 going into 2018. We were going to come back to for the 2018 New Year’s Eve, but circumstances dictated otherwise. Now, we’re back for another New Year’s Eve event filled with geeky fun. Want to know more? Good, read on and we’ll give you a summary of what’s happening, how you can join us and more!

It’s now close enough to Christmas to where we should be able to talk more about our New Year’s Eve 2019 event. We held one of these New Year’s Eve events in 2017 going into 2018. We were going to come back to for the 2018 New Year’s Eve, but circumstances dictated otherwise. Now, we’re back for another New Year’s Eve event filled with geeky fun. Want to know more? Good, read on and we’ll give you a summary of what’s happening, how you can join us and more!

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Blizzcon Trailers 2019

It seems like picking on Blizzard right now is the geek-culture bloggers equivalent of kicking a dead horse, but that horse knows what it did, and while an apology has been issued for the political controversy, it comes across has a rather hollow token, to say nothing about the mass-blocking of comments on YouTube videos from the event.

We are not here to stir the political pot, that’s not what we’re here for. I am here to pick on Blizzard for something a little less volatile, the games that were announced this year.

What? I said a little less…

Diablo IV

Blizzard do one thing exceptionally well, and have done since the 90’s: epic cinematics. They fall firmly into the “pros” column on pre-rendered cinematic cut-scenes and trailers and whether you are for or against them, there is nothing negative to say about Blizzards cinematics in their own right. As if to prove a point, oh wow that Diablo 4 trailer was pretty. There were times when the graphics quality bordered photorealism a little too closely, and there seems to have been a positive tone shift, which I will get to shortly.

Pretty pictures aside, we also got a good look at some in-game footage, and the level of detail is delicious, especially given the genre. Moreover, Diablo 4 is darker visually, and it sounds like they’re going dark in narrative, like it should always have been. My biggest issue with 3 was all the pretty colours, in defiance of the legacy left by 1 and 2, and it easily meant that Grim Dawn made a better successor to the throne. A more “medieval” version of hell has been suggested, and the little glimpses we’ve seen suggest hints of Hieronymus Bosche, and the brightest coloured things on screen – the blood red demon “fallen” – are stringy and drawn out horrors.

But of course it wouldn’t be Blizzard without compulsory online multiplayer elements, and sure you don’t have to engage with the other players, but so help me I don’t even want them around, and I don’t like the idea that they might try and engage with me. You’ll pardon me if I remain far more interested in Crate’s ARPG than the usurper to D2.

Oh, and can I get a citation on the claim “Best in class visceral and fluid combat” please? What I’m seeing is that there is a way to play the druid, a way to play the sorceress, so on so forth, with not a great deal of variety, only an optimised route to power. I’m going to hope that this has more to do with the demo than the finalised game, but I’m going to profoundly suspect that I am wrong.

Overwatch 2

Oh… good? Whatever happened to the days when Blizzard would wait over a decade between sequels? No, I’m not going to complain about this one.

As you may have already guessed, I don’t really do online or multiplayer, so I’ll keep my critique here short. Another of Blizzard’s fortes is great character development, we’ve seen it across the Warcraft legacy, and Overwatch really shows what they’re capable of. There’s a great Extra Credits video on the idle animations of Overwatch and how they communicate a great deal about the character you’re playing. I will watch Overwatch content because the stories are pretty cool, and I like that they’ve introduced some singleplayer content.

I hope that the new game will be more than just shooting while wiggling from side to side.

More World of Warcraft

Among the early announcements, onesies! Do you hear the sound of scraping? That’s the bottom of the barrel.

The former stranglehold Warcraft held on the market is broken, and I feel like now would have been the time to go completely revolutionary, bring back Warcraft as an RTS, I’d even take a World of Starcraft, just to see something that isn’t yet more WoW. There was a lot of talk about the Overwatch sequel being massively supportive, rewarding, and compatible with players of the original game, would a Warcraft 2 be so outlandish?

The game has been updated, modernised, more and more content has been brought to the game, and the original game has been repackaged and redelivered to us in brighter and shinier colours, which I cannot and will not disparage because I bought and played the re-releases of Skyrim, Myst, and Heroes 3 among others. And after fifteen years of World of Warcraft, it has now exceeded the lifespan of the strategy game that preceded it.

Board gamers can look forward to a Smallworld of Warcraft that looks like it’s close to a release date, and it looks like that’s as close as we’re getting to a Warcraft “original” style game.

The Point

Am I going to rag on Bethesda next week for only having Elderscrolls, Fallout, and Dishonoured? Well to be fair they also have Doom and Wolfenstein and whatever Deathloop is but it looks inte- y’know what? Bad example. And to be completely fair, I should also point out that Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Starcraft exist.

I suppose I look to Blizzard as an example of a bubble that looks set to burst, and recent events make that bubble look especially fragile. The popularity of their fairly narrow range of intellectual properties is undeniable, and one must pay respect to any company that can keep players enthralled and enjoying a game for fifteen years, and then still go on to produce another market-dominating title in Overwatch.

And yet I’m watching the opening ceremonies from this year’s Blizzcon, and there’s an astonishingly similar feeling to watching the advert for a “new” apple product. It doesn’t sound like they’re changing much, it doesn’t sound like they’re innovating in any way, and yet there’s a host of fans who’ll still pour their money into the new thing and keep the bubble floating for another year.

NaNoWriMo 2019 Starts Today!

Oh dear, that arrived rather suddenly, didn’t it? NaNoWriMo is here once again, which means that this year, it’s my turn to give it a go. I mentioned a while back that when NaNoWriMo came around, the articles will mostly be pre-written, so I do apologise if you see lots of pre-written content for a while… But hey, I thought I’d at least give you an idea about what my story’s about and of course, you’ll get an update in December when my story is complete and ready to be edited!

Oh dear, that arrived rather suddenly, didn’t it? NaNoWriMo is here once again, which means that this year, it’s my turn to give it a go. I mentioned a while back that when NaNoWriMo came around, the articles will mostly be pre-written, so I do apologise if you see lots of pre-written content for a while… But hey, I thought I’d at least give you an idea about what my story’s about and of course, you’ll get an update in December when my story is complete and ready to be edited!

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NaNoWriMo 2019 – Less Than A Month To Go!

Genuinely exciting for writers and aspiring writers alike, NaNoWriMo is a huge challenge for anyone looking to complete a novel. Whether they’re experienced writers, aspiring novellists or just a hobbyist, NaNoWriMo is a set goal to work towards throughout the month of November. Now that we’re less than a month to go, I thought I’d talk vaguely about the story I’ve been working on the details for, as well as a bit of a general chat about writing in general and how I’m feeling leading up to the massive endeavour… Also about how Discord is helping me prepare, so there’s something! Excited ramblings may be contained within this article, so don’t say you’ve not been warned!

Genuinely exciting for writers and aspiring writers alike, NaNoWriMo is a huge challenge for anyone looking to complete a novel. Whether they’re experienced writers, aspiring novellists or just a hobbyist, NaNoWriMo is a set goal to work towards throughout the month of November. Now that we’re less than a month to go, I thought I’d talk vaguely about the story I’ve been working on the details for, as well as a bit of a general chat about writing in general and how I’m feeling leading up to the massive endeavour… Also about how Discord is helping me prepare, so there’s something! Excited ramblings may be contained within this article, so don’t say you’ve not been warned!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 12th: GhoulOut

Ghouls, ghosts, monsters and foes, no matter what type of horrific creation you are, this month’s meetup is for you. For the night of All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching, so let’s get together for a night of board gaming and of course, fancy dress.

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Ghouls, ghosts, monsters and foes, no matter what type of horrific creation you are, this month’s meetup is for you. For the night of All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching, so let’s get together for a night of board gaming and of course, fancy dress.

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NaNoWriMo’s Website Had A Makeover

For those of you who didn’t know, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. Writers around the world will be trying to complete the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. For some of us, it’ll be our first ever attempt at writing a novel and for others, they have multiple books under their belt. In my case, this’ll be my first attempt at writing a whole piece of fiction – and I’m excited by the prospects. The organisers of NaNoWriMo appear to be hard at work as well, but instead of working on literature, they’ve been working on their website – and it looks great. Here’s what to expect from NaNoWriMo’s website this year.

For those of you who didn’t know, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. Writers around the world will be trying to complete the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. For some of us, it’ll be our first ever attempt at writing a novel and for others, they have multiple books under their belt. In my case, this’ll be my first attempt at writing a whole piece of fiction – and I’m excited by the prospects. The organisers of NaNoWriMo appear to be hard at work as well, but instead of working on literature, they’ve been working on their website – and it looks great. Here’s what to expect from NaNoWriMo’s website this year.

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NaNoWriMo 2019

Every year, I like to mention NaNoWriMo. It’s an exciting month, where writers across the world take up the challenge. Can they get their novels written? Can they do it in just one month? That’s the challenge laid before all takers in November, where writers must write at least 50,000 words and submit their daily accomplishments to the NaNoWriMo website. Every year, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch people take part. From friends and acquaintances, to complete strangers across Twitter and Facebook. This year, I want to be one of the crazy people who completes their novel in November. Here’s some more information on NaNoWriMo.

Every year, we like to mention NaNoWriMo. It’s an exciting month, where writers across the world take up the challenge. Can they get their novels written? Can they do it in just one month? That’s the challenge laid before all takers in November, where writers must write at least 50,000 words and submit their daily accomplishments to the NaNoWriMo website. Every year, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch people take part. From friends and acquaintances, to complete strangers across Twitter and Facebook. This year, I want to be one of the crazy people who completes their novel in November. Here’s a little bit of information in prepping for NaNoWriMo.

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