Monthly Archive:: May 2016

Get Ready to Fight Like Hell in Doom

After over a decade since the launch of Doom 3 on PC—seriously, it’s been 12 years now—plus a shit movie and several scrapped iterations of sequels, 2016’s Doom has finally arrived on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. And seriously, this game is fucking gory. Within seconds of starting the main campaign, your nameless and voiceless protagonist (Space Marine) skull-fucks one of the possessed (zombies) with his fist before breaking free from the chains that bind him on what appears to...

In the Embers Is a Timeless Radio Drama for the Podcast Age

A young girl screams . . . a woman sobs, pleading with the girl to follow her voice. In the Embers starts out with a chilling digitized scream that sets the scene of this radio mystery. Digger Morgan (voiced by Edwin Strout) is an audio archaeologist who discovers the sound by using a laser on the burned remains of a Toole Hill stables farmhouse. This discovery leads him and his team to investigate the life of Kit Jeffers (Robin Miles) and...

Throwback Thursday: Journey into a Time of Legend

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I didn’t consciously plan it this way, but it’s back-to-back Ridley Scott weeks. Last time I looked at Kingdom of Heaven while this time it’s 1985’s Legend. This is Sir Ridley’s one and only foray into the fantasy genre; however, it has a lot of things going for it. There...

Build Your Own Inferno Is Devilishly Entertaining

What better way to spend Friday the 13th than with an opening-night performance filled with comedy, sin, and Satan himself? Build Your Own Inferno by Fearless Comedy Productions, an original play written by Matt Allex and Megan Slawson that opened this past weekend, is part improv, part scripted play, and all entertaining. You are involved in the show the moment you walk into the Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul: to keep the performance flowing, guests are given three...

This Week in Geek (05/16/16–05/22/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 16th through Sunday, May 22nd. Monthly GM and Player Meetup What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. Where: See description The Twin Cities Roleplaying Association (an organization “dedicated to encouraging the playing of roleplaying games in the Twin Cities metro area”) invites you to “learn about new games, chat about RPGs and the...

Dark Souls III Rekindles the Flame

I remember back in 2009 when I was first introduced to the world of Hidetaka Miyazaki and his PlayStation 3 exclusive, Demon’s Souls, from Atlus. It was a game that promised to be as punishing as it was rewarding, a game rich with lore and fraught with failure and death. It promised to be a game unlike any other I had ever played, especially in a time when few video games chose to take such calculated risks and punish...

For Comics Creators and Fans, MSP ComiCon Is Unlike Any Other Con

Comic cons have seen a boon of popularity in recent years, with new events calling themselves “comic cons” popping up in every state. Minnesota is no exception. But one Minnesota comic con is rounding its 28th year this weekend, and in its several-decade lifespan has garnered a large, loyal community of comics creators and fans alike. MSP ComiCon, hosted by the nonprofit Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA), is a comic con in the most traditional sense—run by comics fans, for comics fans,...

Throwback Thursday: You Should Definitely Explore the Kingdom of Heaven

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Ridley Scott has been directing films since the late ’70s. He’s responsible for some amazing films that have spanned the length of this career. He can’t be pigeonholed into just one “type” of film. He’s directed sci fi, horror, fantasy, feminist theory, military, sword-and-sandal, suspense—the list could go on...

Casting Hitler as the New Borat

On its surface, Look Who’s Back appears to be a politically incorrect excuse for unscripted comedy: an actor dresses up as Adolf Hitler and parades around 21st-century Germany. But this is no mere Ali G, Borat, or even the Amazing Racist. Actor Oliver Masucci doesn’t don the iconic mustache and hair to play history’s greatest monster as a mere fish-out-of-water dolt built specifically for jokes. When he’s playing Hitler, he’s trying to nail that character as closely as possible....

This Week in Geek (05/09/16–05/15/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 9th through Sunday, May 15th. Feminist Comic Book Club What: Meet-Up, Comics When: Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Mischief Toy Store Mischief Toy Store invites you to attend the first meeting of its Feminist Comic Book Club, where they will be discussing Thor: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Books...
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