Geeks of the Round Under New Management (April Fool’s!)

(This was an April Fools joke for April 1, 2016, it actually says so in the article itself several times, just in white so you have to highlight it to see it. For the record, DeAno would never sell (according to him) for all the money in the world, and we both.. (looking for a nice way to say this).. have issues with Gawker for its lack of research and knowledge.)

It darkens my heart to say this, but this may be my last article for Geeks of the Round.
Our founder and producer DeAno Jackson and I have been discussing the future of the site for a couple years now and just last week, after a spike in readership, we got an offer on the site and the brand. As of midnight tonight, this will be technically a Gawker site. They have opted to keep DeAno on as a contractor working for a couple of the Gawker branded sites, but they have not offered me a position and I have chosen not to push the matter. April Fools

Once the site falls under their leadership I don’t know what will happen. Its possible the site will disappear tonight at midnight, emerging sometime later. It could remain as it is with new writers, I am sadly no longer in the loop on the running of the site. April Fools

I am sorry we kept this information secret until now. I really did not want to accept it was happening. It is a sad day in geek history. However, at least myself and DeAno will finally make some money on the site, DeAno much more than me obviously. April Fools

We will miss you, we will miss the community, we will miss all the fun we had. Stay tuned for our next endeavor, April Fools

And on that note, I bid you all adieu! April Fools
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Paragon Beta Review

Epic Games’ new MOBA, Paragon, is now available for those who buy a founder’s pack. I’ve been playing it for a week now, and, as a new player to this type of game, I’m having fun! There are many things in the game that are incomplete. It should be remembered that the game is barely out of alpha, so that is to be expected, but despite that, the experience is thrilling.

The game has three modes of play:

  1. Players vs Player
  2. Coop vs AI
  3. Solo Play

Solo play is the only option you can choose when starting. It’s a useful mode of play to get used to the characters. I spend 90% of my time in solo play.

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The game launched with thirteen playable characters, and each of them has a series of stats that appear when you hover over them on the character selection screen. One of the stats is difficulty. Some characters are easier to play than others. Some characters can’t even be unlocked until you reach a certain level.

Once you’ve selected the character you’re going to play, and the mode of play, then you can get started. The first thing to do is select your cards. The cards are the game’s upgrade mechanic.

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The game map itself has three lanes of attack, with jungles between them. Your team has five members, so when you’re playing with other players, there are tactical considerations that can be made as to which lane(s) to attack with multiple players. In the jungle, there’s also the orb guardian. Defeating that creature (which still isn’t finished) gives you the Prime Orb. Getting that to its destination enables your team’s Prime Helix cards. This aspect of the game is largely ignored when playing solo, but the Prime Helix cards give some excellent advantages, and will give a team the edge they need to win.

Gameplay is quick, and often brutal. If you put your character up against the wrong type of opponent, you will die. Those who stay alive in the first stage, and have defeated a few others, will have an edge going forward.

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The more you play, the more reputation you build, the more card decks you can buy. You can spend money on the game but only for cosmetic items and some boosts, none of which affect actual gameplay.

Overall, the experience has been a fun one for me. I get to play the game, and dip my toe into the world online play without the necessity to do so, and considering the game is out of alpha (barely), it’s a fun experience to have.

I’d give it a score of 4/5 based on what’s there, and Epic’s promise to listen to the gamers, but when the game goes into full release, that might change.

The Big Lie – How Very Little Is Connected In The MCU

“It’s all connected”.

That’s what Marvel told us. That the MCU movies were connected to the broadcast tv shows, and later, the Netflix tv shows. For a little while it was true. We had two Asgardians on Agents of SHIELD, Phil Coulson would name drop Captain America at times and Daredevil even mentioned the Battle of New York. That, however has stopped. With exception to references already made (ie. The Battle of New York) and one villain (Malik on Agents of Shield), cross references have come to a stand still. Netflix shows reference other Netflix shows, Agents of Shield references nothing at all, and of course the movies only acknowledge what happen in the movies. (I am ignoring Peggy Carter because it is not in the current time frame, but I will admit it does make the most references with a view of the future of Stark Enterprises and Roxxon).

So lets break it down. Captain America: Winter Soldier was the last major crossover. There were two minor crossovers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, one regarding Loki’s scepter, but no one that is part of The Avengers knew of SHIELD’s involvement. Before that Raina foresaw Ultron’s arrival but then SHIELD was not involved. There has been nothing since then and nothing at all this season of Agent’s of Shield. The one crossover from the movies to the tv show that IS happening now is Malik, who is a member of the world council, which was in Captain America: Winter Soldier, making it an old reference.

In both seasons of Daredevil and the one season of Jessica Jones, there has been occasional reference to The Battle of New York. There have even been references to the physical attributes of a couple Avengers, but there have been NO NAMES mentioned at all of anyone outside the Netflix shows. None whatsoever. Now mind you, within the Marvel movie universe, The Avengers have their own action figures. Phil Coulson has the whole set (as revealed in episode 110 of Agents of Shield “The Bridge). People know who the Avengers are. Yet they never talk about them by name? But even that I can forgive, I mean.. its a big world and the chances of all these various heroes running into each other is small right? RIGHT??
WRONG.

A vast majority of the Marvel Universe’s heroes live in or near the island of Manhattan in New York. SHIELD used to be stationed there, all the Netflix heroes live there, most of the Avengers have homes there (though many of them have multiple homes). Excluding The Fantastic 4 and X-Force because they are not part of the continuity (they also live on the island of Manhattan), this map is still a bit ridiculous.

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I put this together based on what we know from the movies. What we don’t know for sure, I filled in using comic book references. However even if my locations are not 100% MCU accurate, they are still on that island, so the point still stands. If a crime happens anywhere on or near Manhattan island, MANY heroes will be asking one another “You got this? Or should I take this one?”. These heroes KNOW EACH OTHER. Jessica Jones even states it pretty clearly: “You wanted to know how many of us there are? The last time I counted, I had 99 gifted friends, in this borough alone.“. Now she might have been lying. However she WAS briefly part of a superhero team. So she knows other heroes. But still, she does not name a single one. So where are the Avengers when a ninja clan has taken over a building? Where is Ant-Man when a man talks an entire police station into putting guns to their own heads? Where is Doctor Strange when the purest cut of heroin starts streaming onto the streets of Manhattan? Where is Hawkeye when a single man takes over all the crime in New York City? Where is Captain America when a vigilante starts gunning bad guys down in the street?

Why is this? Why is Marvel intentionally not name dropping to the point that they are ignoring the fact that all of these people live mere minutes from each other and would literally run into each other all the time? I can understand that Marvel can’t bring in Chris Evans to do an episode of Daredevil, that makes sense. However just asking the question would make this less of a slap in the face to the idea of “It’s all connected”. Here’s an example.

Foggy: “I don’t know how you’re going to survive this Matt, you should get in touch with Spider-man, I hear he’s dealt with this before! Plus, he you can probably find him really easily, he swings around Times Square just two blocks from here all the time. You can probably track him with your super hearing.”
Daredevil: “No, I must do this alone, FOR JUSTICE!”

It’s that simple.

So what do you think? Is this annoying you as much as it annoys me? Let us know in the comments!

Matt vs Batman Vs Superman: The Review of Justice

(Note: This review contains no story line spoilers that were not obvious in the trailers)
So when Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered in Hollywood, the fan reaction was amazing. People were posting far and wide about how amazing it was. That is until the critics had a say. A movie that premiered on Rotten Tomatoes at 95% Fresh (based on viewer response and is currently 71% for that same metric) only comes in at a 31% Fresh for critics. So who is right, the audience or the critics? I am here to tell you both.
Lets start with the good.

  • It is a beautiful movie with a lot of very cool artistic sequences that I am positive will be translated by someone to the comics, if not other media. One particular scene at the very beginning of the movie struck me as a great twist on something we have seen many many times. Also, the scene where we show Superman’s battle with Zod and crew from Bruce’s standpoint is a sight to behold.
  • Batman, while not incredibly comic book accurate, is EASILY the closest version to the comics to date. When the movie “Batman” (2020) starring Ben Affleck finally releases, I suspect it will take the place of “Batman” (1989) as my favorite Batman movie. He is dedicated, he is incredibly smart, he is a complete asshole and he beds random women. More to the point, he is a detective who has dedicated his life to fighting the bad guys. More on my opinion on that can he read here.
  • Superman LEARNED from Man of Steel. My biggest gripe about that movie was how he handled the fight in it. While not directly, it is addressed in this movie. Superman IS much closer to the pillar of virtue we expect him to be.
  • We introduce a female superhero and no one is screaming (or even inferring)  “equality”. It does not seem shoe horned in and it seems natural that she is there. Lets face it, we need more female superheroes and believe me when I say, Wonder Woman kicks some major ass!
  • The Batmobile is ALMOST as cool as the Tumbler from The Dark Knight movies, making it the second coolest Batmobile ever.

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Now the bad:

  • There were three sequences, all linked, that were horrible. Like actively upset me and made me want to yell at the screen type of stuff. They were all related to Batman and if they were cut I would have been MUCH happier with this movie.
  • Batman killed people. That is my one problem with his character in this movie.
  • There were a couple sequences where you didn’t know where someone was. Is Gotham right across the water? Are we in Metropolis now? Where are people going? What is going on? There is a lot of that in this movie.

Notes:

  • Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is much better than expected. Not great, but lets be honest, we have never had a great Lex Luthor on the large screen. (Spacey did the best acting, but it was written extremely poorly).
  • The pacing was done much better than most “someone vs someone” story lines. Often times those stories don’t give enough time (or too much time) to the true villain of the story.
  • About three quarters of the way through the movie, a VERY obvious comic book fact is mentioned that I never realized and I feel like an idiot because it’s so obvious (and has been since 1938). By the sounds in the theater, I am not alone in not realizing it. Keep an eye (ear?) out for it.
  • People were upset that Gal Godot was playing Wonder Woman. They were worried that someone with such a small frame could not play the part of a warrior. Stop worrying. She did great and looked the part.

So yes, it was a fun movie to watch, I might even go see it again, this time in 2D (as you tend to lose details in 3D). I do suggest comic book fans go to see it, just don’t expect greatness and prepare for some brief scenes that you wish weren’t there. Don’t listen to the critics, make your own decision about the movie. IMHO, this was much better than Man of Steel, and not just because Batman was in it.

I give this movie 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

The Trailer For Fallout 4’s Automatron DLC Has Released And It’s Awesome

Hey there folks it’s been a while, did you miss me? I’m sure you did and I apologize for being away for so long but now I’m back to bring you the freaking sweet trailer for the first DLC for Fallout 4, Automatron. You can check it out below.

Looks interesting doesn’t it? At this point in the game all we know is that this first piece of DLC will involve a certain character from a certain third installment of a certain fan-favorite post-apocalyptic franchise. Too much? Perhaps but I thought it was witty and that’s all that counts. From what we’ve seen in that trailer Bethesda Game Studios seems to be adding new and interesting features to the core mechanics of the game and I could not be more excited. When Fallout 4 launched it was great but after beating the game I didn’t feel much need to play it a second time. Automatron might be the DLC we need to give Fallout 4 another go.

And that my friends is the end of yet another article and I’ll do my absolute best to keep bringing the lot of you some more kick ass articles for you to feast your eye’s upon. So what did you think of the first official trailer of Fallout 4’s Automatron DLC? Did you love it? Hate it? Don’t care? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear what you have to say. And don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel and take a gander at our various discussions. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you at the next article. Bye bye!