Hi there! I’m Mark. I want to introduce myself and give you my credentials. In short, what makes me qualified to be an ambassador on the Geek Embassy. Like most people, my interests are varied and I have several hobbies that I can talk about. Let me walk you through what sort of things you’ll most likely be seeing from me in the future. My first love growing up was music. The first LP that I ever received was “Destroyer” by Kiss at the tender age of 5. It was in my Easter basket of all things! I still haven’t figured out if this was an incredibly
About two months ago, I got a text from our editor, Ryan, telling me I should check out this game called Spellfall. I generally listen to Ryan’s suggestions since he’s pretty good at identifying mobile games I’ll enjoy. On top of that, I was in the market for a new game to play on my phone so off to the iOS App Store I went. The addiction was immediate. SpellFall is a cleaner, leaner, dressed up version of a PC game I played for hours: Puzzle Quest. Essentially, it’s a jewel matching game with RPG elements. Bejeweled meets Diablo II. I started playing obsessively, choosing
When I started the research for my dissertation, one of the concepts in gaming identity I wanted to explore revolved around women selecting healing classes in digital RPG games. It was suspected that gender stereotypes mapped over into game spaces; that women wanted to be “caretakers” and that was the reason so many of them played healers. The research interviews I did for the dissertation did not support this idea at all. In fact, not a single participant who played a healer said they played because they wanted to take care of the group. They all said they healed because it took significantly more skill.
Revolution 60’s All Female Cast We are honored to have Brianna (Bri) Wu join us on the show this week. Bri is co-founder and head of development for Giant Spacekat Studio. Their chose your own adventure like game, Revolution 60, is now out on iOS and soon to be available on PC. We talk about the studio, how important it is to properly animate hair, and a host of other issues, including the struggles experienced by women working in the game industry. Revolution 60: “Broken” Trailer from Brianna Wu on Vimeo. Rhonda and I WRaP up the week with what we’re Watching, Reading, and Playing.
This week, we have the pleasure of chatting with Kelsey from Nerdy but Flirty and Stream Friends! We talk about favorite games, streaming, editing a site, and keeping up with gaming news. Make sure to check Kelsey out on Twitter and watch her streams! We also started a new segment – Vacation Book Recommendations! We have ideas for your vacation at the beach, the mountains, or internationally! SUMMER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS BEACH Regina: Goddess of Love (Goddess Summoning Series) by PC Cast Rhonda: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple MOUNTAINS Regina: Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin Rhonda: The Troop by Nick Cutter INTERNATIONAL Regina: Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott Rhonda: Michelangelo and
This show is long overdue. Regina and Rhonda are big fans of Michelle Juett Silva and James Silva at SKA Studios. Listen to this episode to hear us talk about the creation and evolution of SKA Studios and some of Michelle and James’s gaming stories. We try to get some hints about their super secret Project Gato but they are keeping the lid on that until PAX Prime in August. Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Xbox Live Gold giveaway! Regina McMenomyRegina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s
When I hear a game is free to play I think “yeah, but….” The “yeah, but…” being me wondering is it going to be worth trying? Will I have a fun experience, or will I run into a pay wall straight away? Will I enjoy the aesthetics of the art and the game design, or will it feel like some first year programming student’s final project? Warframe alleviated all of these fears for me in its case. Warframe is one of developer Digital Extreme’s latest games. It is a multiplayer, third-person, co-op, shooter set in the distant future of our solar system where, apparently,
We shake up our format a bit this week and WRaP at the start of the show, then we start a new segment, “I NEED THAT,” before we launch into our discussion of why movie adaptations of video games are so terrible. Isabela, the intern, joins us to share the discussion she started on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Read the listener feedback on storify. Part 2 of the listener feedback. Let us know what you think in the comments! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda & Isabela Regina McMenomyRegina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek
Age of Wonders III was released at the end of last month by Dutch developer Triumph Studios. Please allow me to share my thoughts about it with you. Let me start right now by stating that I really enjoy Civilization V. The Heroes of Might and Magic series isn’t bad either. All of this being said, I have NEVER finished a game of either of these two games. Despite almost 300 hours of game play on Civ 5 and countless games of various iterations of Heroes of Might and Magic I have NEVER finished a game of either. I’ve been right on the ragged edge of
This week, Chris and Kelly from The Married Gamers join Regina and Mark to discuss the new first person shooter, Titanfall. After reading Susan Ardent’s article, “Why TItanfall’s Trailer Made Me Emotional,” we were very interested in the game and its representations of gender. Chris and Kelly share their insight and experiences within the game. Are you playing Titanfall? What are your thoughts about the game and the female soldiers? Then we WRaP up the show with what we are Watching, Reading, and Playing. Tune in to hear our latest obsessions. Let us know yours in the comments. International Tabletop Day is April 5th! Regina and Isabela will be at Cloud Cap Games in Portland,