Monthly Archive:: March 2018

Back to the 80s Minnesota Brings the Fun to the Ready Player One Premiere

Lions and tigers and DeLoreans, oh my! That was the scene at the Minnesota Zoo on Wednesday, March 28, for the IMAX premiere of the long-anticipated Ready Player One. The film, based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel, is a pop-culture wonderland filled with hundreds of movie, television, and video-game references from the ’80s and beyond, so it’s no wonder Back to the 80s Minnesota would plan a grand event for all us geeks. A number of ’80s car enthusiasts brought...

For Nonbinary Geeks, Representation and Acceptance Can Be Hard to Find

For many people, both inside and outside of the trans community, the word transgender is seen as referring to people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) and transitioned to a female identity or people who were assigned female at birth (AFAB) and transitioned into a male identity. Sometimes this includes physically transitioning with surgery and hormones, and sometimes it does not. This idea, however, is missing a whole slew of folks under the trans umbrella: many people, whether...

Isle of Dogs Is Surreal, Quirky, and Full of Wonder

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs fits snugly into that category of animated films where you’re not sure how they were approved for production but appreciate them all the more for existing. In Anderson’s tradition, it is a gorgeous film full of compelling shots, dry comedy, and a dark story with a whimsical atmosphere. Though delivering on everything I love about one of the director’s productions, it also manages to present one of the strangest and most unorthodox stories—the type...

Is It Okay to Like Recovery of an MMO Junkie?

After watching several battle shōnen anime all in a row, I was starting to get tired of the genre and wanted to watch something completely different. When a friend found out I needed a change of pace, he recommended Recovery of an MMO Junkie. A slice-of-life anime about a woman my age? Perfect. Slice-of-life anime are usually low-stakes shows about the everyday life of normal people. While shows in this genre can dabble in the fantastical (see Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon...

Ready Player One Is a Crescendo of Pop-Culture Love

To call Ready Player One a love letter to pop culture is not accurate. It’s more like a towering testament to everything writer Ernest Cline and director Steven Spielberg love to geek out about, as though they grabbed every toy chest of their favorite franchises, dumped them onto the floor, and built something astounding out of them. Sure, there’s a twinge of cringe to see this nostalgic mecca cobbled together from Gundam parts and flux capacitors, but I just...

NerdinOut Con Is Putting Rochester on the Comic-Convention Map

Minnesota has a vibrant geek community, with plenty of comic-book conventions located in the Twin Cities area. The farther away from the Twin Cities you get, though, the fewer conventions there are. It’s a shame, because when I attended Winona State University I would regularly attend video-game clubs on campus and play board games at my favorite game shop. As a college student, I could barely afford gas so I often went months without attending a convention. Hopefully this will change...

The Highly Replayable Gloomhaven Stands Out among Dungeon Crawlers

For months, I had been hearing constant talk about a new Legacy-type board game—the kind in which, as you progress through the game, certain situations will cause you to permanently mark or alter your board. Each time it caught my attention, I would immediately tune out, as I could never rally behind the idea of a Legacy game. I had heard previous rumors that when Pandemic: Legacy was released, some players were required to tear up cards or destroy...

This Week in Geek (3/26/18–4/1/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 26th to Sunday, April 1st. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Flower Is a Bitter Blend of Juno Snark and Teenage Drama

Flower is the type of movie that tests your tolerance for misguided youth. It opens immediately with the scene of our teenage protagonist having sex with a police officer and then extorting money out of him for her silence, all with a chipper smile and scathing comments. She’s not just a whore for money but a girl who is saving that money for a noble goal. And that goal will have to be kept in mind at all times...

All Walls Must Fall Delivers on Atmosphere but Comes Up Short on Gameplay

Berlin, 2089. In this reality, the Cold War never ended and Germany is still divided. A nuclear strike destroys Berlin, which both East and West deny responsibility for. You, a time-traveling agent working for an organization called STASIS, are sent back in time to find who was responsible for the nuclear attack, stop it before it happens, and hopefully put an end to the Cold War for good. All Walls Must Fall is an action-tactics game from developer inbetweengames,...
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