Monthly Archive:: June 2016

Throwback Thursday: X Marks the Spot in The Quatermass Xperiment

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. The 1950s were an interesting time in cinema. After the harshness of the second world war, we started to see the flowering of science fiction on the big screen. Sure there had been fantastical films before, but the major focus of the film studios were on melodramas, westerns, and...

This Week in Geek (06/20/16–06/26/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 20th through Sunday, June 26th. Tabletop Tuesdays What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, June 21st at 5:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ Glitch (a nonprofit that “promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice) invites you to join them “for a casual night of board games” at GlitchHQ on the first and third Tuesday...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and “Git Gud”

“C’mon, let’s play something else!” I don’t remember what year it was, or which place I was living, or anything that seems like it would be actually important. But I do remember that my brother was visiting. I got to see him some weekends, and I adored him. The happiest times of my childhood were spent with my brother. That time was precious to me, and limited. When he came, we played video games. Well, he played. I mostly watched. I delighted in...

Essential Convention Reading: Geek Culture by Kate Norlander

Convention season is in full swing, and CONvergence is quickly approaching. For many, this is their first or second time. Others of us are seasoned congoers. But no matter who you are, this book is for you. Kate Norlander has written a coffee-table book called Geek Culture that looks back on CONvergence 2013, “British Invasion.” It features beautiful photos taken by Emmerlee Sherman and covers every facet of CONvergence, from the long ticket lines to early-morning yoga with YogaQuest....

Octavia Butler, Donald Trump, and Finding Truth in Speculative Fiction

“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell...

Throwback Thursday: Bathing in the Purple Rain

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. Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to look back at the halcyon days of 1984. A time when frills, lace, and eye shadow weren’t unheard of on men who liked New Wave. A time when the Shubert Theatre sat across from First Avenue in Minneapolis. The year 1984...

Resident Evil 7 Welcomes You to Hell’s “Kitchen”

Announced earlier this week at E3, Capcom released their first playable demo of their upcoming title, Resident Evil 7. Inspired by Konami’s now-defunct Silent Hills, Resident Evil 7 follows much the same vein and offers an exclusive demo in the form of Kitchen to whet the appetite of those who have been clamoring for the franchise to return to its survival-horror roots. A departure from the traditional third-person style of gameplay and designed with the PlayStation VR in mind, the...

10 X-Men of Color Who Would Blow Up the Movie Franchise

X-Men comic fans have always hailed the series for its appreciation of diversity and its attempts to understand and undo bigotry. More than any other franchise both within and without Marvel, the X-Men’s blend of sci-fi and real-world prejudice makes it a true force in advocacy. I’m enjoying the X-Men movie franchise so far, but it’s past time that its creators take the necessary steps towards diversity that make the comics so popular. The “save the world” X-Men movies...

The Warcraft Movie Welcomes Fans, Shuns Noobs

Once upon a time, back in the 1990s, Blizzard Entertainment was riding high with their Warcraft series of real-time strategy video games. Eventually they wanted to make an adventure game out of Warcraft with compelling characters and a story that fit its fantasy world. They made it far through production and even promoted a trailer with finished hand-drawn animation. The trailer looked amazing, but Blizzard eventually decided that the game just wasn’t up to their standards and pulled the...

Trex Tuesdays Turn Out for a Prehistoric Party

Twin Cities Geek was lucky enough to interview the Trex Tuesdays dinos way back in January, when their videos first exploded onto the scene. Since then, they have been capturing hearts and likes around the world with a new video adventure every Tuesday. On May 28, the T-rexes set their sights on the world record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Dinosaurs, and TCG was invited to attend and cover the event at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. “Try...
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