TGA Podcast Episode 0049 – Artax

This week we talk I Kill Giants, the return of The Flash and The X-Files, the debut of Legends of Tomorrow, Humble Bundle, and the arrival of the Gravy Baby. Also, check out friend of show Goadkicker: The Podcast!

http://thegravyage.com/2016/01/26/tga-podcast-episode-0049-artax/

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Rise of The Tomb Raider

Hello faithful readers, I do have some news that may or may not surprise you but I have another Game Review to share! Shocking news!  Frankly even I myself am utterly stumped by this. Remember when I played Dragon Age Inquisition **Cough, Cough* and it took a me an entire year to play. Oops.

Rise of the Tomb Raider  was released on November 10, 2015 for Xbox One. Unfortunately I didn’t pick it up until we went down to Boise to visit a family member.  When the 12th came I was beyond excited, although doing so made me want to go back home from vacation and start playing. No offense to my husbands mom, I just had waited long enough for it to come out, it was definitely my game of the year that had me the most hooked. E3 broke the camels back and made it just that much worse. Thank the maker I am an Xbox Girl through and through, to the moon and back, otherwise I would be sitting waiting a whole other year for PlayStation to get it like so many people I know. I am deeply sorry you have to wait. Well Maybe?

I started playing as soon as I could and I put a lot of my heart and of course time into it until just right before Christmas when everything went crazy. I barely finished it two Saturdays ago. Basically what I did was what I like to call it a dry run, like in most games I play, focusing more on the story/action then the exploration. One of these days when I replay this game I’ll work on exploring and doing all of the optional Tombs and get more achievements that I missed. I am still waiting for that day when I actually complete a game one hundred percent, my closest is one of the Mass Effect games I would have to look to see which game it is.

imagesLara Croft has definitely grown into her tomb raiding skills unlike in the first rebooted game where she was in a fight or flight type of situation. I mean she really wasn’t thrown into the ringer as much, of course she has to go through hell and back to achieve what she wants to accomplish, but not like before. There is one character in all honesty from the previous game that’s not mentioned and I am beyond happy by that, I really didn’t want Sam to be Lara’s anchor again.

My only disappointment was, not sure if this would really be considered a spoiler, but Croft was unable to duel wield pistols AGAIN. One can only hope in the next installment Crystal Dynamics will rectify this issue for me, anyone with me?

As far as graphics go I believe them to be top-notch. My favorite thing to do is watch Lara’s hair move and her pulling her ponytail after getting out of deep water. I am pleased very easily as you might suspect. I am glad that they incorporated what they did in the Definitive Edition of the 2013 game. I couldn’t really think of a negative thing to say about the graphics.

To me the gameplay was pretty much the same but it made it easy to get used to considering the time difference between playing both games. Now don’t get me wrong there are some differences of abilities. Of course some of the bad guys could be a tad bit challenging but overall none were extremely hard that you couldn’t get past them like so many other games I have played in the past. My advice is make sure about halfway towards the end that your weapons and armor/clothing are upgraded because at a certain point you will face some harder foes and I shall leave it at that. I would like to add a small disclaimer I did like I usually do play on easy so I can only speak on that but if your into playing on the harder difficulty settings I sadly have no opinions. I imagine it would be tougher in may ways.

Lara Croft is still a badass and I hope everyone eventually gets to play this masterpiece at some point in time. I really hate these exclusives the gaming industry uses just let the gamer’s game, no matter what console they choose to play. Guess its time for this girl to restart and complete Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare since its been ages since I played and I cannot for the life of me remember what was going on in the campaign.
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The Force Awakens

If one is going to write about Star Wars anything, let alone a movie, one has to do it right. Plain and Simple.

AHT_star_wars_force_awakens_trailer_02_jef_150416_4x3_992 long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
there was a nerdy girl named Courtney, who was anticipating the release of Star Wars Episode Seven, The Force Awakens. The week before it debuted on the big screen the girl and her husband decided that it would be a great idea  to sit and watch the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy before going to see the new episode on the Sunday of its release. Courtney desperately wanted to see it but her fear of being in large crowds kept her from wanting to go on the first day, but honestly who could blame her. It was still pretty insane on that Sunday. She was so ecstatic on Sunday morning, so much so that she ended up injuring herself on black ice while she was at work.  ( I had a pretty gnarly bruise on my arm and some pain in my shoulder, the real reason I fell is because me and walking don’t agree 95 percent of the time.  It was not the first encounter of falling at work on the ice.) Despite the pain from her accident, all she could do to keep her mind off it was thinking about going to see the movie.

12341047_10153482819128052_9083975300707915661_nAll she had to do was go home, meet up with her older brother and husband, and change into her Kylo Ren shirt she bought months in advanced. After all this occurred they finally made their way to the movie theater and redeemed their seats that were booked a few days in advance. The three of them headed to find their spots up at the top of the theater. Courtney found it very hard to contain her excitement and anticipation. Finally that fateful moment began once the previews rolled through and the music began, she was mesmerized by the Title screen and couldn’t think of anything other than the moment that took so long to get there. Once the end credits rolled through her life was now complete. For Now…Until episode eight!

I am very pleased on how well The Force Awakens was I knew that it would be in good hands, Abrams did really well on the Star Trek movies, which led me to having faith that his hands were capable of producing something extraordinary in the realm that is Star Wars. One simply must not screw up a beloved phenomenon.

I loved absolutely every minute of it and to those who haven’t seen it yet I must tell you put away imagesUK9YX8JWyour doubts and go see it. You will be impressed. Now I’m sure someone, somewhere is going to point out its flaws but I am not that person. One of the constant things I have been hearing out in the airwaves is that it was too close to A New Hope. I mean sure I can see why you’d come up with that but honestly it’s so much more than that. Just give it a chance. Heck it was so good I immediately wanted to go back and see it again, which I actually did on my last week of Vacation, and boy it was even better the second go around!

tumblr_o03m8vEOBk1uatgcgo1_500I really enjoyed seeing the old cast back. I think I am in love with Harrison Ford even more than I already was. It was great getting to see Han and Chewbacca on-screen as a duo once more, they still had that chemistry we loved back in the original trilogy. I also loved the new characters that were introduced as well, one being a little droid named BB-8 he was just so damn loveable, watch out R2 you have your work cut out for you. There may be some new competition for ya. Scavenger Rey is the biggest mystery of the plot, who is she? Where does she come from? What is her connection to it all? And will we get the answers that we so desperately need?  I guess we shall wait and see. Kylo Ren is not quite the badass I had hoped he would’ve been BUT I see his potential of being one like Darth Vader before him. Something inside me tells me that I am going to love to hate him just as I did with Anakin/Darth Vader. What is his end game and what does Kylo Ren hope to achieve? The possibilities are endless.
rey-est-capable-de-tenir-tete-a-kylo-renI laughed, and I cried what more could one ask for.  I really have very high hopes that this generation will love Star Wars, just as my generation has and the generation before. I cannot wait to see The Force Awakens for the third time, maybe when it’s at the cheaper theater!
Please tell me you thought it was phenomenal as well!

One Geekified Interview: Annaleis

Its 2016, that means a new year! And boy do I have something in store for you! I am pretty excited about this year and to start it off right I am bringing back One-Geekified Interviews! I actually have been sitting on this interview since last month (roughly) and just a bit of fair warning some of the questions were asked a long time ago but due to our busy everyday lives we got distracted by other things and especially the holidays. If your interested in knowing how my holidays were I will be posting about that over on my Introverted Wallflower Chronicles page link provided.

Lets meet my Twitter Friend and Co-Host of Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks Annaleis you might remember back when I interviewed her husband Neil! If you haven’t read his interview I suggest you head on over there and read it!

Q. Tell us about yourself. Anything you’d like to share!

imagecoupleI’m married, live in California and have fur babies!  I have worked at Skywalker Sound at Skywalker Ranch for the better part of the last 17 years! I have also lived in Portland, Or., owned a coffee shop and worked at a comic book store. (sounds like you have a pretty epic life) I do a podcast with my amazing husband Neil.

Q. How has social media impacted or improved your life? If in a bad way please share as well

A: It’s actually changed my life a lot, especially after starting the Podcast.  I’m a lot busier!  I’m on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for the podcast and for me personally, way more than before and probably more than I should be!  It’s hard to juggle it all sometimes.

Q. Who inspired you to be the geek you are today?

A:  My geeky-ness really evolved over time and I didn’t really blossom into the nerd I am today until my mid 20’s.  I have many people to thanks for that!  And getting my job at Skywalker really gave me even more access to all things geeky!

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

A: Be loud and proud!  Never hide your geek side!  I love when someone is excited to tell me about something geeky they’re into!

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

A: I wish there would be less labels and rules. Meaning, nerds can be athletic and athletes can be nerds and a girl can be awesome at video games!  We should be more supportive of each other.

Q. If you had to give up one geeky hobby what would it be and how would you replace it?

A:  Well… I kind of have already given up reading comic books.  I still want too!!  But it’s somewhat time-consuming and can get expensive.  I hope to get back into it someday!  I spend a lot of time at home with my husband and our pets.  I would say our dogs and our podcast are my main hobbies now.

Q. Where can my readers find out more about you and the projects you work on?
A:  You can of course find me and DAPFPodast at darkangelsandprettyfreaks.com and I am @wiretechgirl on Twitter.

Q. As geeks we have all be ridiculed at some point in our lives. How did you cope and how has it effected you as an adult?

A: I was very lucky and haven’t experienced very much ridicule about being geeky.  I think maybe since I came into my geekiness later, as an adult we are better at dealing with such things.  Having worked at a comic book shop and working at Skywalker, I was lucky to be in an environment that usually embraces it.

Q. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t considered to be in the geek realm?

A:  Our pets and photography.  = Taking pics of my pets! Hahaha!   But I think you can totally geek out about whatever you’re into!!

Q. What did you like about Avengers Age of Ultron? Was there anything you disliked about the movie?

A:  I haven’t seen it, yet.  I know, I know… I’m losing geek-cred! Hahaha!!

Q. What were your thoughts on Jurassic World?

A:  I really enjoyed it!  It was big and fun and there are dinosaurs!  What’s not to love?! Seriously, I thought the CG & action was great!   And of course it sounded great!!  😉

Q. Which movie is your all time favorite out of the series?

A:  The first Jurassic Park is totally my fav!  I still goosebumps when the cup of water starts to rattle…  Oooooo!!

Q. What can you tell us about your job at Skywalker Ranch? (Be as specific as you’d like)

A: Sure!  Officially my job title is “Wire Tech”  I’ve also been called an Installer or Jr. Engineer. Even “Cable Wrangler” Hahaha!  I work with the team of Skywalker Sound Engineers.  I install new cabling and help maintain the existing infrastructure, such as the mix rooms, edit rooms, Foley stages, a theater and a scoring stage.  I do everything from making simple headphone cables to installing sound baffles to wiring a video machine from the ground up. Everyday is different.

Q. Out of all the Star Wars movies that are currently out, which is your favorite movies?

A:  Ooooo that’s tough.  I think the original Star Wars and Empire have to be my favs.  Don’t we all still get the chills when we hear that intro music!

Q. It has been confirmed that there will be a Han Solo movie in the future, in your opinion who would be perfect for the role of young Solo and why?

A: Oh gosh, I don’t know… No one immediately springs to mind.  I’d have to do some serious research!  I’m sure the director of the young Solo movie will too!

Q. Tell us about your podcast Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks? What’s it like working with your husband on this project?2811547

A:  Our podcast is basically about us and our daily crazy lives.  We talk about almost everything from family dinners, seeing movies, crazy work stories and even the passing of our beloved dog… We like to think of it as hanging out and talking with friends. It’s how we are and what we would talk about, we hope the listener feels like they’re hanging out with us. It’s really cool to be able to do this together and of course its easier because we live together! It’s an hour that we as a couple  can sit across from each other and talk. It means a lot to both of us.

Q. What are some of your top podcasts to listen to?

A:  Oh… is it okay to not answer that one?  I would hate to leave any out!!  But I am very good about letting the podcasts know that I’m listening.  You’ll see that if you follow me on Twitter.

Q. If you could be a special guest on any podcast which would you choose?

A:  Oh I don’t know I get nervous when I’m a guest.  Especially if it’s a more professional podcast.  I’d love to nerd-out with Kevin Smith for sure!  But that’s another one I’d have to think about.

Q. Who would you love to get on your podcast that hasn’t been on yet?

A:  For me, I would love to podcast with the 2 couples from Couple Things Podcast.  Molls, Ben, Ray & Von!  I think the 3 couples together would be an amazing “couples podcast”!!  And that is in the works!!  So stay tuned!!

Q. Show and Tell. We wanna see your lovable fur babies!
puppy snuggleA:  Yay!  You know we love to share pics of our fur kids! Meet Zero and Nine!

Q. You mentioned that you liked audio books and that you prefer Mysteries. What book are you currently listening to?
A:  I’d say my favs are Victorian murder mysteries and I re-listen to my favorites all the time!  I’m currently listening to a lighter food based mystery book.  (a cozy mystery) called “Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke. And I am proud to say I got it from the library!

Q. Do you have a favorite author?

A:  I have a couple.  Caleb Carr, he wrote The Alienist (one of my favs) and Anne Perry (writes Victorian mysteries)

Q. Do you like to sit and read books or is it just easier to listen to them. (for me I prefer to read them myself and have the book in my hands)

A:  I would love to sit and read a real book that I could hold in my hands!!  But I just don’t have the time…  So right now I do all of my reading by listening to audio books.  I do when we are on vacation and it’s awesome!

Q. Tell us what you love about Sherlock? Any thoughts on the TV shows or movies?

A:  Sherlock is brilliant, observant and methodical.  But he is also flawed.  I find the detection fascinating.  My favorite is still the Jeremy Brett TV series!  It was amazing and he was amazing in it!  Over acted?  Maybe… But amazing!!

“When you open your mind to the impossible, sometimes you find the truth”. ~Dr. Bishop (Fringe)