Top 10 – Gifts For Gamers

GeekOut Top 10s

Welcome one, welcome all, to GeekOut Media’s Top 10 Gifts for Gamers. Now we decided to come up with some basic guidelines for what we would or would not include in this week’s list, the last weekend before Christmas – So, here’s what we settled upon:

  • Must be a gift you could buy a friend or family at a reasonable price (Under £50)
  • No Official Consoles – They’re too expensive for this list.
  • No specific Video Games or Board Games.

With the rules for this list out of the way with, let’s unwrap this week’s list! Continue reading “Top 10 – Gifts For Gamers”

GeekOut Shrewsbury in 2018

If you’re reading this on the day of publishing, you should already be on your way to GeekOut Shrewsbury, you can read this tomorrow or something just get to Monty’s Tower! If you’re reading this from Friday onwards, or if you are for whatever reason incapable of getting to GeekOut in Shrewsbury, then you have a lot to look forward to next year.

Note that all the details listed here are subject to minor changes, mostly additions, this is just a trailer after all, the finished product is still in the editing suite. So here I write in the past on the matter of the future, for you to read in the present. Moving swiftly on with the terrible march of time!

January 25th GeekOut Resolutions

We’ll ring in the new year with some pledges to change our ways for the geekier! No, there’ll be no demands to give up your vices or pledges to shed the Christmas-kilos, but why not finally commit to reading that book series you’ve always had your eye on, or digging into that unplayed collection of games in your Steam list? There’s that event you’ve been planning to attend, the cosplay that’s been sat on your to-do list for far too long, and all those films people have been telling you are essential viewing!

It’s time to resolve! In the mean time expect a Geeky Pub Quiz, we’ll be holding them every odd numbered month, gotta change things up from time to time.

February 22nd Sweet Lovecraft

As couples unite under strange stars, dancing to forbidden tunes, so too do the lovelorn yearn for the love that dare not speak its name, for fear of what horrors that name may invoke. Take up the felt-tip pens and assorted craft supplies, and sacrificially pour out your heart into creepy, eldritch, and alien Valentines cards (tentacles not required, but not discouraged).

Brush up on some Lovecraftian horror in February, you may wish to cite the verses found in the Necronomicon to profess your agonised screaming… or whatever emotions you may be feeling at the time.

March 29th March at the Movies

The unrelenting tide of cinema moves us to compose an entire quiz comprised of film and film related media and media that has itself been made into films. Red carpet pending, possible red welcome-mat stand in on hand, we’re on a budget here.

And on the subject of films…

April 26th DC vs Marvel

Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe… but this does put a smile on my face.

The trailer says May, but in the UK it’ll be the day after April’s GeekOut Shrewsbury. Seems like a perfect day to pitch Marvel against DC, villains against villains, heroes against heroes, with the occasional 2000AD or Vision Comics cameo just to muddy the waters. We may or may not have to organise a GeekOut Cinema Trip while we’re on the job.

May 25th May The GeekOut Be With You

Star Wars and science fiction in general will be the focus of May’s quiz and overall event goings-on. If you can tell your Peacekeepers from your Stormtroopers, split your Jedi from your Rangers, and know which boxes to file Cylons and Borg then you’ll be off to a good start. You may also want to look up the meaning of the word Muadib.

June 28th Gamers Gauntlet

Time to run some tournaments. Victories in a variety of games – tabletop and video – will raise you through a bracket to compete for the disappointing prize which may or may not be a gauntlet. The games will be decided based on your votes throughout May and June, so keep an eye on GeekOut South-West for news and your chance to have some input on June’s Gamers Gauntlet.

July 26th Steam Punked

Gather ye round innovators and inventors, you’ll need to have your life’s work ready and on the table to be torn apart by the mustachio’d and judicious judging panel (it’s me). If times are hard, just slap some gears on something. Take your table lamp and show me your Situated Illuminatrix, show me no sofas but your Multicapacitated Respitor might turn heads. It’s the “Stick Some Gears On It” Inventors Fayre!

Class yourself up to the teeth in the latest in retro fashions, technolysed victoriana, top hats and chimney spouts, and sink your teeth into a the months quiz.

August 30th Tengen Toppa GeekOut Lagann

At the height of summer is the height of our untamed power! Kick off from underground and blast straight into the heavens with unrestrained might!

August’s anime themed GeekOut Meet will see us building prototype mechs to take us into the future and into victory, but in accordance with the space we’ll have to work with they shall be small and made predominantly of paper and cardboard.

September 27th Harry Potter and the Shrewsbury Geeks

Back to school, but if we must don uniforms lets at least keep it geeky. Septembers quiz shall be unapologetically strong on the Harry Potter themes, we’ll keep it mostly accessible but there’s no doubt that the Muggles will be disadvantaged. Dress wizardly or witchly for cheeky extra points, and expect September’s Disappointing Prize to be sourced from Labyrinth in Grope Lane.

October 25th Lycanthropic

Bang on full moon too, almost like we planned it that way…

Hallowe’en need not be a theme in it’s own right. It’s filled with potential, and subgenres and possibilities. Nor should we feel restricted to werewolves when the notion of humans becoming carnivorous monsters has been around longer than Anthony Hopkins. Competition and survivors TBD.

November 29th NaNoGeKo

Nearly finished NaNoWriMo?

They say everyone has a book inside them, well we’re not looking to extract the whole thing, just give it a peak at the outside world. Whether you’ve been taking part in National Novel Writing Month or are still in the planning stages, come prepared, or prepared to prepare to write the blurb for that book you’ve always wanted to put to paper. Expect a literary quiz, meaning no fewer than two competitions with prizes to boot! Arrive dressed in a dust jacket and your finest bookmark.

December 27th GiftWrapped GeekOut

Mimicking the annual habits of GeekOut Bristol, we shall be running a Super-Secret Santa, and this is important because we may very well be running the same this year on the 28th! This year we’ll impose a £5 spending limit, next year raising to £5.50 to account for inflation, but deducting fifty pence to account for economic disaster. The task is simple enough: buy a present for someone, you don’t know who. If you put a present in you can take a present out!

Running it in 2018 and in future years will pend the success of running it this year, much the same as GeekOut itself. So far you’ve made the effort that goes into running GeekOut all the more enjoyable. See you later on today, and again next month, and hopefully, all year after that. If you’re enjoying GeekOut then spread the love through Facebook and Meetup.

GameBlast 2016

What do video games and charity have in common? SpecialEffect and their GameBlast events: A video game stream for charity, that’s what! On February 26th to February 28th, a continuous stream will be happening from the Gamely Giving group, set up by 1001Up. Those who attended the last GeekOut Meetup will have heard me stick my hand out and say that I’m part of this stream, for a wholesome 5 hours (potentially more!) So what will I be doing for my part of GameBlast 2016?

What do video games and charity have in common? SpecialEffect and their GameBlast events: A video game stream for charity, that’s what! On February 26th to February 28th, a continuous stream will be happening from the Gamely Giving group, set up by 1001Up. Those who attended the last GeekOut Meetup will have heard me stick my hand out and say that I’m part of this stream, for a wholesome 5 hours (potentially more!) So what will I be doing for my part of GameBlast 2016?

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Top 10 Death Noises in Games

We were a bit weirded out that you, the GeekOut universe, wanted to pick… the agonising… Screaming… Death sounds of the world of games. But, you chose it and we’re going to deliver it! This is our Top 10 Death Noises in Games!

For the most sobering quote you’ll ever hear: Death happens. I’m sorry to tell you, but whether you’re playing through Half-Life, or even a jolly old game such as Super Mario brothers, death happens. One thing about death is that it does take you by surprise. Your character may let out a little yelp from pain, or perhaps he or she’ll get some form of fanfare in his or her honour? Honestly though, we’re not going to lie… We were a bit weirded out that you, the GeekOut universe, wanted to pick… the agonising… Screaming… Death sounds of the world of games.  But, you chose it and we’re going to deliver it! This is our Top 10 Death Noises in Games!

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Oculus Rift, Crescent Bay

The Oculus Rift was a concept that started on Kickstarter and was possibly the Kickstarter’s finest funding achievement, until the Pebble came along.

Honestly gamers around the world rejoiced at such an idea. Finally, we would be immersed into the worlds that we play in! We could see things happen right in front of us and we could be right there, part of the action. But let’s quickly talk about what the Oculus Rift is.

 

Virtual Reality Headset – Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift was the first major development towards Virtual Reality headsets in a more commercial environment since that big fail many years ago. Hopefully you know the one I’m talking about. Yeah.

Since it was so successful, many high profile developers have noticed it. In fact, a high profile developer in John Carmack of Id Software fame has joined onto the matter.

This post is a small one as less than 24 hours ago there was a new announcement. If you’ve not yet seen the Oculus Rift in action, I would recommend watching some YouTube videos to see what it’s all about. In fact, let’s put the Elders React To video on, as it’s possibly one of the sweetest videos in favour of Virtual Reality that I have ever seen.

The interesting thing is, the Oculus Rift can be available for so much more than just gaming. Of course, gamers seem to be at the cutting edge of technology a lot of the time as in general, gamers like to experiment and try new things. Look at the Wii – It was innovative at the time and has led the way for new interaction with games.

Then there’s the DS and the 3DS. The Gameboy and the Game Gear, the Amiga – You get the point. These were all things made with gaming in mind and yes: They were good for other things too.. Except perhaps the Gameboy and Game Gear. They didn’t really do anything other than gaming.

Look at all of these platforms that Oculus Rift supports out of the box!

Of course, whilst I’m getting all excited for the rift, there is a problem. The headset works with 2 images, meaning that people with poor or no vision in an eye might not get the full experience. In my case, I was born was a hereditary condition called Coats’ Disease, meaning I can’t see out of an eye. Except some light… But it’s let’s ignore that.

This means that someone like me might not get the full experience… having said that: Perhaps I will? I’ve yet to try the Oculus Rift, but once the consumer version is available, I will likely be putting a few quid aside here and there to try and get my hands on one: or better yet, try it at a friends place first! I’m certain it would work fine for someone like me, as I was born with my condition. But that’s something to think about if you’re thinking about going for the Oculus Rift – Is your vision good enough?

Perhaps this latest update will help to ease concerns:

 

Crescent Bay

The Crescent Bay then is the latest development Oculus Rift headset and it’s better than ever before.

The Crescent Bay according to the latest update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter page, as announced at Oculus Connect, the first ever Oculus Rift conference,  “features new display technology, 360° head tracking, expanded positional tracking volume, dramatically improved weight and ergonomics, and high-quality integrated audio”.

Even better is how it seems to look so clear!

Reading into this, it seems like this will be the first Oculus Rift headset that will actually be “fully immersive“. With integrated audio added to the mix (and no extra headphones needed) people will be able to just put the headset on and be absorbed into a game or an environment. Very cool! Assuming I’ve read this correctly, there will be a proper 360 degree sense of audio, meaning if something was behind you: You would hear it behind you. I hope this is the case, as that there is a truly immersive experience.

Currently it’s just for developers, however the Crescent Bay is one more step towards a fully fledged finished commercial product. I can’t wait to see the Oculus Rift in shops! But with all of this technology involved… I wonder how expensive the headset will be in the end? Time will surely tell.

So what do you all think about the Oculus Rift? How about this exciting new Crescent Bay announcement? As always, comments in the section below and keep it geek, people!