We Make The Birdemic Pilgrimage

June 25th, 2010 by Kyle

Hey all!

So this week, we went to Half Moon Bay, for a pilgrimage to many of the sites made famous by the cult hit Birdemic. So join us, won’t you?

Here’s where we start our tour – finding a parking spot! Here’s where Rod parked the “plug in hybrid” Mustang:

And here’s where we parked the Geekmobile! Same spot!

Rod stopped for lunch at the Main Street Grill:

And so did we!

Rod had a seat at the fateful spot where he first saw Natalie:

And we sat ourselves down in the infamous “Rod” seat, too!

Rod left by the front door after lunch:

And we did the same!

Rod chased down Natalie – “Cherchez la femme!”:

And we stood in that same magical spot:

Could you say we felt the magic of being there – right at that very spot where movie romance blossomed? Where a legend was born? Why yes, yes you could.

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Episode 48 Show Notes

June 23rd, 2010 by Kyle
(Note: This is a Macross Egg Plane)

Episode 48: Hexed!

Starters:

* In Today’s Show…
* Congratulations Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

Geek News:

* From the Hollywood Desk:

1. Deadpool movie may be directed by Robert Rodriguez
2. Russell Crowe is… The Equalizer
3. Niall Blomkamp rumored to direct The Hobbit
4. Sam Raimi to direct new Wizard of Oz
5. Whedon’s Cabin In The Woods burned down in MGM financial firestorm

* From the Gaming Desk:

1. Internet post declares JRPGs dead
2. “Easy” D&D Encounters winning back players

* From The Television Desk

1. Possible Blue Beetle TV show coming

* From the Comics Desk:

1. (Little Orphan) Annie Comics ends after 86 years

* From the Cellar:

1. Harry Potterland opens at Universal Orlando
2. Star Wars fashions debut
3. James Franco goes batshit insane
4. Shatner to direct documentary about Capt. Kirk
5. Hustler working on XXX parody of Avatar

Commercial:

* Natural 20 Clothing
* Fog City Wrestling

E3 Wrapup:

* Dave covers all the news from E3

New Release Tuesday:

* Afro Samurai Complete on Blu-ray
* The Guyver Complete on Blu-ray
* Last Airbender Collectors DVD Set Part 1
* Death Race 2000 Blu-ray

Pick Of The Week:

* Macross Egg Planes from Hasegawa

Saturday Morning Rewind:

* Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors

Stuff You Should Know About:

* I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space

Ten Minute Review:

* Jonah Hex
* Toy Story 3

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Epidsode #48: Hexed!

June 22nd, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep48.mp3[/podcast]

It’s a mixed bag this episode of Geek Tragedy, and Kyle and Dave recount the joy of Toy Story 3, and the sheer torment of the 70 minute abortion known as Jonah Hex!

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Episode 47 Show Notes

June 17th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 47: Revenge Of The 80s!

Starters:

  • Dave takes on Blizzard

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Mortal Kombat reboot coming?
  2. Paramount to make Japanese version of Ghost
  3. David Tennant to star in Fright Night musical remake
  4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumored for Riddler in Batman 3
  5. Good Housekeeping tests 3D glasses, finds them covered in germs
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. New Voltron cartoon coming
  2. New Torchwood series coming to Starz
  3. Red Dwarf picked up for two new seasons
  • From the Comics Desk:
  1. Stan Lee says black Spidey would be “confusing”
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Manga newspaper debuts in Japan
  2. US, Japanese publishers unite to go after scanlation sites
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Asshats chokeslam two-year-old girl
  2. Al & Tipper Gore separate

Commercial:

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

Saturday Morning Rewind:

Stuff You Should Know About:

Ten-Minute Review:

  • The A Team
  • The Kung-Fu Karate Kid
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Episode #47: Revenge of the 80s!

June 15th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep47.mp3[/podcast]

The Eighties have returned with a vengeance, as Kyle & Dave fall down the legwarmer-wearing rabbit hole! Two nostalgic movie reviews, and  an awesome Saturday  Morning Rewind! What’s old is new again, this week on Geek Tragedy!

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Blizzard drawing gammer aggro

June 10th, 2010 by Dave

So, like millions of computer gamers, I too plunked down $5 to reserve a copy of StarCraft II. SCII has been one  of the most eagerly anticipated  games as well as being delayed long enough to give Duke Nukem Forever a run for it’s title. However, based off the info I found on this article, the anticipation and the money are probably going to be wasted.

For the tl;dr crowd, Blizzard is continuing the trend of all companies once they have a dominate share in their respective markets; they’re convinced of their own superiority and think they can do whatever they want with no repercussions. To point out 3 items from the article:

1) No LAN capability. Blizzard has taken LAN functionality out of SCII, instead all multi-player gameplay will be through their (proprietary) BattleNet 2.0. This includes all tournament play, which BLizzard wants to ‘regulate’ (i.e. get a piece of the money). So all the local and college tournaments now have to pay Blizzard a portion of their already shoestring budget in order to run an SCII tournament.

2) All custom maps are stored on BattleNet and can be used and distributed freely by BattleNet members. That’s right, the awesome custom campaign map you made and spent days working on and planning out can be taken by some schmuck and passed off as his own work. It’s your word versus his as to who the creator is and if he’s got a bigger rep score, guess who most people are going to believe.

3) BattleNet2.0 accounts are linked to Facebook and RealID accounts. That’s right, you want to play multi-player SCII, you need to have a Facebook and a RealID account. The company line is that this is being done in order to crack down on multiple accounts and griefers that simply make a new account name when no-one wants to play with them any more. However, considering that we at Geek Tragedy just ran a news story about a French gamer that tracked down his Counter-Strike rival in real life and stabbed him in the chest, this is a rather chilling feature. What is Blizzard’s legal liability here if some person that’s been Zerg rushed one time too many decided to take out his frustrations in real life? In the French case, it took the person 6 months to track down his rival, normally plenty of time for common sense to hopefully set in. But in the heat of the moment, Mr. Internet Tough Guy can look at my BattleNet handle, check my Facebook page and find out approximately where I live? Assuming, of course, that I don’t create a fake Facebook page with bogus information, which would probably violate the terms of the SCII EULA, possibly causing Blizzard to invalidate any rankings I may have as a disciplinary action. It’s a no-win situation for gamers and puts Blizzard in a rather precarious legal position; if an SCII player gets harassed or physically harmed by a vengeful player that tracked them down through BattleNet/Facebook, couldn’t Blizzard be held as an accomplice after the fact for making such information so freely accessible? Probably not for any criminal proceeding, but in a civil case where millions of dollars in damages is at stake? You can bet that once they find out, there’s going to be a hefty number of ambulance chasers circling around just waiting for that kind of a scenario to play out. And let’s not even delve into the possibility that this feature may soon be required in World of Warcraft, the average player of which has all the emotional stability of nitrogen triiodite.

Like I said before, this is a case of Blizzard getting too big for it’s britches and thinking that the gaming community will just put up with whatever crap Blizzard heaps upon them and ask for more. And as the original article points out, the sad thing is that this kind of thinking is coming not just from Blizzard, but from their parent corporation Activision, a company that started out as a bunch of game programmers tired of the static corporate culture of Atari. EA is already firmly on the path to ruin with gamers, it’d be a shame for Blizzard to join them on that path as well.

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Episode 46 Show Notes

June 9th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 46: Bow Before Cthulhu

Starters:

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Guillermo Del Toro quits The Hobbit
  2. Logan’s Run remake to be in 3D
  3. “Edgy” new Snow White to be in 3D
  • From the Gaming Desk:
  1. Police disperse Love Plus rioters in Akihabara
  2. Gamer kills kitten who accidentally unplugs console
  3. Actual police in Finland investigate virtual furniture theft
  • From The Television Desk
  1. Studio 4C to produce new Thundercats series for CN
  2. Hawaii Five-O trailer debuts
  • From the Cellar:
  1. French study proves Darth Vader was mentally ill
  2. Snoop Dogg, David Beckham added to Star Wars cantina scene
  3. Star Wars Kid graduates law school
  4. Patrick Stewart knighted

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

Saturday Morning Rewind:

Stuff You Should Know About:

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Episode #46: Bow Before Cthulhu!

June 9th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep46.mp3[/podcast]

The Geek get back on track, as they welcome Andre from BlackNerd Comedy on a special Saturday Morning Rewind. Also, the greatest iPhone case ever, and a trip across the pond for Stuff You Should Know About!

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Interview: Sergio Aragonés

June 7th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_int_sergio.mp3[/podcast]

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Interview: Martin Robaszewski

June 4th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_int_martin.mp3[/podcast]

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