TGA Podcast Episode 0016 – Growing Up Lamas

The Gravy Age

Sah-weet 16! This week Kris & Chris talk Stockton-Con 2014, Man of Steel, Guardians of the Galaxy, DC Editorial shaking things up, Sony’s female lead, and the Star Wars rerelease Lucas swore couldn’t happen. Sorry folks, but there’s a lotta S-Bombs this time. I blame Man of Steel.

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Dragon Age Assunder

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If you haven’t played Dragon Age 2 I would suggest that you play the game first before reading this book! It will help u understand what’s going on more.

I couldn’t imagine being a mage locked up in a tower like a common criminal is locked up in a jail cell! Taken from your family at a young age and hidden from the world.  Just doesn’t seem right!

I enjoyed yet another one of David Gaiders Dragon Age books the man is a story genius :). I loved all the main characters Rhys, Adrian, Wynne, and Cole (I am even currently using the names Rhys**mage**, Adrian**female noble** and named my mabari Cole in Dragon Age Origins). I even liked the templar Knight Commander Evangeline not right away but as I read I liked her more and more.

The main characters set on a quest to rescue a Tranquil Mage Pharamound & everything for the the mages begins to unravel as time passes. (Revert back to the events of the DA2)

Sets up Inquisition very nicely! Now I need to read fhe next book before the Game actually comes out in November!  Uber excited and am being tortured with anticipation! 

Currently Reading The Host by Stephanie Meyers! I have read 7/15 books for my Goodreads goal. I am 2 books behind schedule so I better get my buns in gear! Haha 

Cosplay Thursday

You’ll be seeing a lot of these posts from me! The world of Cosplay is amazing to me. I love seeing what people imaginations come up with for their favorite characters!

Thanks to John from The Pop Culture Cafe for letting me share his work with my readers!

The Pop Culture Cafe

Hey Poppers

Welcome back to another exciting look at the world of Cosplay. Again I have found so hot, cute and down right great pieces of Cosplayers and their amazing work. So have a look. I am sure you will love it.

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VGMR: August

Hello my fellow hunters and huntresses I have decided that I would add a new segment to my blog. I love video games as you may all know, so I decided that I would like to bring you each month the new releases that are coming out and for what system! I used to do something similar on GamerFrolic when I was writing for them and thought I loved doing it so why not just add it onto my own stuff! Hopefully everyone finds it helpful. I know for me I always forget to keep track of whats coming and when so this wont only benefit you it will also benefit myself as well!

Side note: Once I get a program like Microsoft office I will put these posts in a table format so they are a little better looking but as  for now this will have to do.

Name, System, Date

Metrico Vita 8.5.14
Road Not Taken PS4 8.5.14
Sacred PS3, 360, PC  8.5.14
The Swapper PS4, PS3, Vita  8.5.14
Table Top Racing Vita 8.5.14
Ultra Street Fighter IV PS3, 360, PC – Full Versions 8.8.14
Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undreased PS3, Vita  8.12.14
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Vita 8.12.14
Hohokum (S4, PS3, Vita  8.12.14
Risen 3: Titan Lords PS3, 360, PC  8.12.14
Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition PS4 8.12.14
7 Days to Die PC  8.17.14
Counterspy PS4, PS3, Vita 8.19.14
Hotline Miami PS4  8.19.14
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare PS4, PS3 8.19.14
Tales of Xillia 2 PS3  8.19.14
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3  8.19.14
Lichdom: Battlemage PC 8.26.14
Dark Souls II – Crown of the Old Iron King DLC PS3, 360, PC 8.26.14
Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth1 Vita 8.26.14
Infamous: Second Son – First Light DLC PS4   8.26.14
Metro Redux (Digitally as Metro: 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux, Xbox One, PS4, PC 8.26.14
Madden NFL 15 Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3 8.29.14
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright 3DS  8.29.14

I asked on Twitter a few times for which game your most excited for during the Month of August and here are the Twitter answers I received! Each month I will be asking on twitter (maybe Facebook) what games you’re looking forward to. You could see your answers in that months post! Who doesn’t love being acknowledged in someones blog

  • Neil (@AngelsFreak7) Madden 15
  • GeekMalaya (@geekmalaya) FireFall
  • Mr. Dippy (@simon198) Tales of Xillia 2

If you would like me to include more information about the games please let me know what you would like to see and I will do my best to incorporate it into these posts. I would gratefully appreciate it. Constructive criticism is welcomed!

Until next time. this is the Game Huntress signing off and remember wherever there is XP or Achievements I will always be on the hunt.

(Games were found on IGN and GAMEINFORMER)

One Geekified Interview: Dana

 Not only do I have a new Interview to share with but I also found a new favorite podcast I will leave you in suspense as to what the name is you will just have to read the interview to find out!

If you want to come on and talk about your podcast send me an email today at thegamehuntress@gmail.com. I am always wanting to expand my podcast list and get you talking about your passion!

unnamedTell us a little bit about yourself! Anything that you would like to share!
First let me thank you for doing this interview. I am from Canada, moved to Florida in 1998 and have lived here ever since. I am a huge movie buff and feel like going to the theater is a great escape from the hum drum life we can have at times. I also really enjoy studying history and have a stack of books that I am trying to finish on many different subjects.
Who inspired you to be the person you are today?
Great question! almost too many to mention, but if I had to narrow it down to just a few people I would say my parents and a 10th grade teacher I had Mr. Fannon who was also a movie buff and  who I would spend hours with after classes discussing films.
How has social media improved/impacted your life?
Facebook had been a good way for me to stay in touch with friends and family in Canada and twitter has been a great way to get the word out about my podcast.
if you could give a geek from this generation advice what would you say?
embrace this time we are living in! it’s a revolution of technology!
if you had to give up one geeky hobby what would you drop and what would you say?
well if I had to, I guess it would be online gaming, what would I say? “I’m sorry Wilson!”
if there was one thing you could change about geek culture what would it be and why?
nothing! we are all living in geek culture and I love it!
 
As geeks we’ve all been ridiculed at some point in our lives. How did you deal with that and how has it affected you as an adult?
 
When I was a teenager it would bother my a lot, now at 36 I embrace the things in my life that make me happy and never worry about what others think!
Tell us about your podcast How is this Movie?
HITM is a movie podcast where we tell the story behind the story of some of the most beloved films of the past 40 years, we also look at things like the MPAA and how they work and even took a look at the infamous “Hollywood Blacklist” of the 1950’s , we have been overwhelmed by the response the show had received and each week we are working on making it better!
Did any other shows influence you to start-up your own podcast?
3 shows come to mind “We Hate Movies” , “Yeah It’s That Bad” and “Now Playing”.  “We Hate Movies” was the first podcast I ever listened to.
What is your favorite thing about doing a podcast? 
being able to share my love of film with like-minded people, and one thing I didn’t foresee was the amazing other podcasters out there I have been able to meet and share ideas with!
What’s one thing if any you feel that your show could improve upon?
So far we have done 15 episodes and the one thing that has been missing is having weekly guests on the show.( I am working on changing that soon!)
 On Twitter @WireTechGirl from Dark Angels and Pretty freaks asked How much time do you have to put into your shows?
Well that’s one of my favorite podcasts! as far as how much time do I put in for each show? not counting watching the film in question for a show, I would say anywhere from 6-8 hours of research for a 30 min show. I tend to read books on whatever subject I’m doing, you can’t always trust what your read on the Net.
Because you are always researching about movies has it made you become more of a critic or do you just enjoy movies for what they are?
not a critic yet, so far the films I have been researching have been ones that I love, but as soon as I start getting into more listener requested films then I can see me being maybe a little more critical of certain aspects of them. but I’m in this because I love movies!
In your opinion what makes a great movie?
Great story, great characters and a plot that isn’t paper-thin. A movie doesn’t have to have a 200 million dollar budget to be great, I did an episode on a wonderful indie film called “The Trouble With The Truth” that only had two characters and a 90 min real-time conversation and it was one of the better films I had seen in a while!
You’re an Xbox man through and through can you tell us why? Why non of the other systems out there?
Well I think I could have gone either way, in 2002 I was at a Best Buy ready to by a system, my choices were PS2 or Xbox. the last system I had was a SNES and I had sort of dropped out of gaming. the clerk at best buy talked me out of buying the PS2 because he said there was a game called “Halo” that was going to change everything when it comes to console FPS’s . I took his advice and I haven’t looked back and once the 360 came out and games like “Gears” and “Forza” , I was firmly planted in the Microsoft camp. however I will be the first to say that I really like what Sony is doing with the PS4, so never say never!
What video games are you the most excited for that comes out this year?
 “Destiny”! I have been playing the Beta on Xbox One and even in Beta form the game is blowing me away! if GTA 5 gets a Xbox One release I would buy it in a heartbeat even though I own it for 360!
You mentioned pre-interview you had 20 years experience as a DJ what did you enjoy most? How has that helped you with How is this Movie?
 ggjhghjghjgjhIn the early 90’s I heard “What Time Is Love?” by KLF and the track blew my mind, I was hooked on house and trance music for life, before I could drive a car I was playing around with record players trying to learn how to mix two songs together (these days all you need is a laptop and a sync button). any chance I could get to watch Dj’s I would take it, by the time I was 18, I was working for a mobile Dj company doing everything from Frat parties to weddings, but where I wanted to be was in the nightclubs and it took moving to Florida to see that dream come true. of all the shows I did as a Dj, the ones I enjoyed the most were in the basement level of a club in Florida that could maybe fit 40 people, I would do 5 to 6 hour-long sets and the crowd was always into the music and I even though that gig never really paid a ton a money, it was the best time I had as a DJ.as far as how did that help with the podcast? because I have done over 50 weddings as a Dj, I have become very comfortable talking on a microphone. and I also had a good idea of the type of sound and recording equipment I needed to pull of the podcast.
What’s your favorite type of video games?
FPS’s and Action RPGS
Where can my readers find out more about you and the other projects you work on?
My website is www.hitmpodcast.blogspot.com and the twitter page is www.twitter.com/howisthismovie

One Geekified Interview: Samuel

Are you ready for a brand spanking new geekified interview?? I know I am!! Let us jump right in and get to know Samuel a little bit better! I would like to first thank him for his willingness to participate in this interview! It was great coming up with questions for him to answer!

Tell us a little about yourself anything you would like to share

My full-time occupation is making plastic parts for various companies; it would be cool if I could get into a company that predominately makes gaming pieces.

Also, I’m a practitioner of contact juggling.

What do you find entertaining about fencing and have you ever tried it yourself?

Fencing has been a hobby of mine for most of a decade. After two intense years of initial training, I have slowly relegated my fencing time to but five weekends a year, teaching at a local Renaissance Faire.
I find it entertaining because it is, at its heart, a real-time chess match. The mental back and forth, trying to outwit your opponent, escape traps, recognize patterns, etc. It’s also a fun physical outlet, especially when I get to challenge a fellow fencer to a duel on our fence…er… rail.

In your own words what does parkour mean to you and are brave enough to try it?

Parkour is a type of physical movement through and around obstacles. I have always been a fan of this; even before I knew it had a name, I was hopping fences and bouncing around, up, and over things in my way. Not to any great extent (certainly not YouTube worthy), probably because I’m not brave enough to face all the inevitable injuries.

What type of gamer/role player would you consider yourself to be?

Not sure if there is a word for it, but I’m the gamer that plays games to better themselves. As such, I do tend to favor strategy games, but any game will teach you about yourself, if you’re willing to listen. This is also the reason I enjoy physical activities, such as fencing.

You mentioned you were interested in philosophy what about this subject intrigues you?

The literal definition of philosophy is, “love of wisdom.” Knowledge is what drives me through most of my life, and the consideration of ethics, and the definition of reality is what largely compels me to this subject.

Religion is often times a touchy subject to talk about with certain people how do you feel about talking to others on this subject?

That depends with whom I am speaking. A number of people quickly resort to circular arguments, which makes it frustrating trying to have a meaningful discussion. I prefer talking to those that are open to a rational debate, even if (maybe especially if) it might challenge either of our current paradigms. These make me feel refreshed and energized.

What excites you about learning about Native American histories?

The intensity. Most of what I read concerns the interactions between the Native Americans and the settling Europeans. It doesn’t matter which side you read about, it was a difficult and bloody time.

What is one cool thing you’ve learned about Native Americans that you could share with us?

Just one? That the Comanches were phenomenal with horses. Movies depict this, but usually misname them. Other tribes used horses, but Comanches were virtually the only ones with a mastery of horsemanship in combat.

How has social media improved/impacted your life?

In staying connected to friends, it has only slightly made impact, as I still prefer to see them in person, and tend to gloss over day-to-day type posts. Recently though, I’ve begun a decent into game designing, and finding other gamers, designers, developers, etc. has granted me access to a wealth of information far more easily than if I tried to find the same info through books or internet articles.

If you could give a geek from this generation advice what would you say?

Stick with it; there is no substitute for your passion.

if you had to give one geeky hobby up what would you choose and what would you replace it with?

Recently, I’ve given up MtG as a serious hobby, and have started filling it with designing games. If I had to choose again? Maybe I’d pick up comic books and drop role-playing? Hard call.

If there was one thing you could change about geek culture what would it be and why?

I’m going to morph this question by substituting “geek” with “human.” As a race, we naturally group together with those we hope will support us. A consequence of this is a compulsion to exclude those that don’t fit as “other.” Following a progression, this label allows for the justification of a variety of mistreatment, from ridicule to violence or worse.
This is the aspect of our culture I would change, because in the end, we are all human.

Where can my readers find out more about you and other projects you work on?

I’m keeping Facebook to people I’ve interacted with face to face, but @Zenithpriest is my Twitter account.
I’m looking into other platforms, just haven’t gotten there yet.

As geeks we’ve all been ridiculed at some point in our lives how did you deal with that and how has it affected you as an adult?

I must admit I would be placed on the lighter end of this spectrum.

My favorite scenario is when I was brought into the principal’s office (at a small Christian school) so they could express concern in my fascination for a game where the spells “are straight out of a witches spellbook.”

Mostly, I’ve always been comfortable with my interests, and if someone wishes to tease or mock me for them, that’s their issue.

What are your favorite games to play?

Mage Wars is quickly becoming my favorite. I definitely favor strategy games; I learned chess when I was three (I don’t even remember learning), and it’s been downhill from there.

In your opinion what makes a good role-playing character?

Complexity and growth. Anybody can be a fighter, but why do they fight? Do they hold any regret or remorse for those they’ve slain? Have they ever considered trading the sword for another pursuit?

From a player’s perspective, transcending the data and playing someone who could conceivably exist within the setting.

What excites you the most about the gaming world?

The interaction. To paraphrase Plato, you learn more about a person in an hour of gaming than a year of conversation. It’s a lot harder to wear your social mask while so engaged.

Guardians of the Galaxy

I know what your about to say “Oh no not another Guardians of the Galaxy review!” Why yes, yes you are going to get yet another one but I hope you will enjoy mine all the same. Now I just have to say that this was a TTTTTTTerrifficccccccccccccc movie! I laughed, I cried, I peed a little (no not really am I two?) My hat is tipped towards marvel for making a really funny superhero movie. Now some may say WTF is Marvel thinking? Well I knew from the moment I saw the teaser trailer that this was going to be an  awesome movie!

I would say your outta your damn mind if you didn’t think this was a great movie. You might just have to go back and watch it again if that’s your way of thinking. I know I already want to re-watch it again, and again maybe a million times over. That’s just what a movie is supposed to do.

Now remember I have no prior knowledge to anything in this universe. So my views are based off the movie alone and no outside information!

Now lets chat about the Characters! My favorite part of the film…The Guardians of the Galaxy. Why not save my two favorites for last which I’m guessing people may already know if you look at my Instagram (No Cheating) But if you really want to cheat you can.

Star Lord, (Chris Pratt)

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What can one say about the Star Lord himself? He is the wise cracking smart ass, indeed I did say ass *Gasp* but that is the only thing that can come to my mind to describe him. He is also very handsome not even going to lie about that one we all know it’s the truth! Am I right ladies? I must add that he does have some killer abs in this film, part of me kept thinking of him as the Lego Emmett from The Lego Movie.

Star Lord is the glue that keeps everyone together, he may just be a goofball trying to get rich quick but he does show that he can care about others than just himself. I love his costume design especially when he has the helmet on that goes with the red leather. Very good job wardrobe!

Small Side Note: Wish I would have jumped onto the new comic book series when it came out, guess I will have to look for the trade sometime!

Drax (Dave Bautista)

At first I wasn’t really sure if I would like who they got to play Drax, I was never a fan of wrestling so I wasn’t particularly keen on who he even was. With that being said I think he did a phenomenal job *well look at that he was in the 2013 film Riddick* thought he looked familiar oh well I am terrible with names. Drax is a big muscle-bound man who has lost his entire family, wife and kids, to a villain known as Ronin. It haunts him every time he thinks about it. He later learns that vengeance is not a good motivator and just might have to change his way of thinking to avenge his families slaughter. He is a very simple-minded man, some of the things that come out of the other characters mouths just fly way, way over his head. Poor sod. Even though he might be perceived as a dangerous man, not saying those muscles don’t make a good threatening tool, he has what seems to me a very good heart and maybe along the road of pain he has suffered through has made him have a weight on his shoulders. It is good to see him have a softer side to him as well.

Gamora (Zoe Saldana)

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 Daughter of Thanos, she is an assassin who is looking for what is in Star Lords possession. She is at the beginning working for Thanos and Ronin but later on her true plans are revealed. Zoe Saldana is looking as gorgeous as she did in the new Abrams Star Trek films. It’s great to see her kicking butt and taking names! I have a feeling that she will have an awesome career ahead of her in the superhero genre! Cant wait to see what role she lands next.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot (Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel)

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These two really stole the movie for me I knew that they were going too as well. I mean look who couldn’t love a talking, smartass, and plan building Raccoon who uses heavy weapons and a talking Tree-like creature who can regrow his limbs and says only a few words “I am Groot”

As far as Rocket is concerned I really couldn’t even tell that it was even Bradley Cooper playing him. Normally I don’t care for his acting that much but he knocked my socks off, blew me away even with his acting skills on that one! Every scene Rocket was in I was busting my butt laughing, he even had tears coming to my eyes in one particular scene. I must get my hands on a Pop Vinyl of him, Groot included. The whole film could have been centered around him and I would have loved every minute of it!

“I am Groot” A man of simple words. Oh those facial expressions you kill you me man! Throughout the whole flick I was trying to pick Vin Diesel voice out but he did such a great job he almost didn’t even sound like himself as well. Maybe I am crazy for thinking that way, you can tell me your opinion if you would like to I wont bite.

SPOIL ALERT:

The tiny dancing Groot made me want to jump through the movie theater screen and take him home with me so stinking cute! I must have one! Where can I find one!

Overall Guardians of the Galaxy was a great film. Action sequences and the witty banter made my heart grow fonder! One last thing before I go Holy Cow Chris Pratt is hilarious and a great dancer 😀

Cosplay Thursday

I find this whole world fascinating! One day I’d like to take a stab at it!

The Pop Culture Cafe

Hey Poppers

Onece again it is time to get your Cosplay fix on with some more great pieces of work. Hey if you are a Cosplayer and would like to be highlighted in a upcoming Cosplay Thursday just drop me a line here or by email, thepopculturecafe@gmail.com or on Twitter @JohnGMBurke.

So with further ado.

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Song of the Day: Sam Smith

Every time I listen to this song whether it be on the radio or on my music player on my Galaxy S3. I instantly think of my husband and how much he means to me and how no matter what bad times, good times and the in between that I know that we will be together forever! A very heart warming song you cant help but to get the goosebumps when listening to Stay with me. I love his voice it is very unique, you could have fooled me that he wasn’t an American singer!

 

Lyrics.

(Link to website is at the bottom of the page)

Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand
But I still need love ’cause I’m just a man
These nights never seem to go to plan
stay with meI don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

Oh, won’t you stay with me?
‘Cause you’re all I need
This ain’t love it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me

Why am I so emotional?
No it’s not a good look, gain some self-control
And deep down I know this never works
But you can lay with me so it doesn’t hurt

Oh, won’t you stay with me?
‘Cause you’re all I need
This ain’t love it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me

Oh, won’t you stay with me?
‘Cause you’re all I need
This ain’t love it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me

Oh, won’t you stay with me?
‘Cause you’re all I need
This ain’t love it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me

Pandemic Purveyors of Petulant Pop Propaganda: Aloe Blacc

Every time I hear this song it drives me nuts I swear he couldn’t come up with a better chorus then
“I’m the man I’m the man” “Tell Everybody I’m the man” Bad part is that the tune part of it can be catchy in the right moment where I find myself singing along with the radio (Not well might I add) and then once I start doing that the words are seeped into my brain for the next several hours even days. I kid you not!

Does anyone else dislike this song? Am I just crazy? I sure hope not!

If you have a song you think should be featured in this series please let me know what the song is and who sings it and you just might get a mention to go along with the song

Havent said this in so long because I was forget but: This is the Game Huntress signing off wherever there is XP or Achievements I will ALWAYS be on the HUNT