Monthly Archive:: November 2017

Help or Hinder a Murder Case with Your Friends in Hidden Agenda

Game developers have been experimenting with interactive drama on PlayStation for some time now, from the early days of Indigo Prophecy on PlayStation 2 to the very successful Heavy Rain and the polarizing Beyond: Two Souls of recent years. Hidden Agenda takes this one step further by adding in a group element, supporting up to six players working together to make decisions. In this crime thriller—developed by Supermassive Games, creators of another interactive drama game, 2015’s Until Dawn—players work...

Walking Out Is a Survival Tale of Strength and Sadness

A father and son go hunting in the snowy woods, but there’s more to their trip than bringing home a buck. In Walking Out, silently grumpy father Cal (Matt Bomer) hopes he can instill some strength and skills in his apathetic teenage son, David (Josh Wiggins), who would rather play video games. Cal’s wish will come true, but only through the cold and unforgiving hand of nature. And a bear that bites them really hard. The pair have a...

The ULTIMATE Minnesota Geek Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Planning to start your holiday shopping, support local geek businesses, or just take advantage of some amazing deals this weekend? Well, we’ve done all the legwork for you and are happy to provide your ultimate Minnesota geek guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! We’ve arranged all of the businesses into categories and featured what sorts of bargains and events they’re offering this year right under their address, complete with a Google Maps link to make life easy....

No, YOU Move! Standing Up for What’s Right with Superheroes

A particular exchange between Captain America and Spider-Man has long been one of my favorite quotes. Spidey is asking Cap how he deals with the world when it’s pitted against him. Cap gives a longer response, but the iconic end is: “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else:...

Mechanically Satisfying but Often Frustrating, Wolfenstein II Feels Like Two Different Games

When I finish a game, I am very rarely at a loss for words. Almost never, in fact. But Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the exception. During my entire playthrough and for a considerable time after, I’ve slowly been making peace with the fact that I don’t think I like this game a whole lot. Or not as much as I want to. And then I’ve spent even more time trying to put that feeling into words. Everything...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

Disney’s Coco Is a Victory for Mexicans Everywhere

When I first saw the news about Disney/Pixar’s plans to make a movie set in Mexico and based around the Day of the Dead, I was cautiously optimistic. On the one hand, after two too many movies about cars, it was about time they made a movie about at least part of who I am. On the other, I hoped they wouldn’t make a joke or a mockery out of the culture with the movie. I’m happy to say...

Is The Gifted a Gift to the People or More of the Same?

I am an X-Men guy. I love all that Marvel and DC have to offer these day in regards to television, but the X-Men were always my team. So when I first got wind that The Gifted was going to be a live-action show starring my favorite group of people who possess the X gene, I was excited. However, I feared we’d be graced with another perfunctory attempt at pleasing fans like me. (Does anyone remember a little failed...

Capturing the Natural World, Elephant Fire Aims to Blaze the DIY Indie-Rock Scene

There’s a growing do-it-yourself movement among artists, which has led to some great stuff to experience but also means there’s a lot of noise to cut through. Filtering through all the choices to find what you want can be daunting, but there are those rare times you discover a gem that really finds purpose and captures the imagination, like an anthem of sorts. New Jersey–based Elephant Fire’s debut LP, Natural Heart, is one of those gems, and it’s come...

This Week in Geek (11/20/17–11/26/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 20th through Sunday, November 26th. Crepe & Spoon Grand Opening What: Food & Drink When: Monday, November 20th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Crepe & Spoon Come celebrate the opening of Crepe & Spoon, a new purveyor of everything that you need—ice cream and crepes—from the minds of two locals. Expect fun and strange ice cream and...
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