Monthly Archive:: May 2018

Frostpunk Is a Struggle between Morality and Survival

“Alone in this world.” That’s how Victor Serche, one of my citizens, is described when I click on him. No spouse. No children. Such a grim, blunt way to put things. Such a phrase might also describe my city. Alone in this world, in a crater, surrounded by snow-swept wasteland on all sides. On the first night of my colony’s establishment, 20 people—that’s one-quarter of the population—die from exposure to the elements. Frostpunk, set in an alternate steam-powered world,...

Remember Kratos? He’s Back, in Dad Form

It’s been five long years since the last original God of War game was released (God of War: Ascension in 2013) and eight long years since the last numbered God of War game (God of War III in 2010), but Kratos has finally returned, and he has brought with him drastic changes in both gameplay and personality. Not to mention, he now has a plucky young sidekick: his son Atreus. This 2018 release serves as both a spiritual reboot...

Solo: A Star Wars Story Beats the Odds

Once upon a time, you could have made the case that a Leia, Luke, or Han preference was something like asking someone if they preferred John or Paul, Eddie or Kurt, or MCU Iron Man or Captain America. Luke (Mark Hamill) was the naive idealist drawn to adventure and the promise of the galaxy. Leia (Carrie Fisher) was the accomplished politician with privilege and principles. Han (Harrison Ford) was the cynical realist who was certainly a rebel with his...

Circe Revisits the Odyssey and Other Greek Mythology from a New Point of View

I have to make a confession: it has been over a decade since I studied the Odyssey. While I do remember enjoying that unit of my college freshman English class, enough time has passed that I cannot recollect as many of the details as I would like. So, when Madeline Miller’s Circe, which tells the sorceress’s perspective on the Odyssey, arrived as part of my favorite book subscription box, I had to refresh myself on who she was. It bothered...

Enter to Win an Adult Swim Mystery Prize Pack!

Adult Swim’s On the Green Tour is coming to the Commons in downtown Minneapolis on June 30, 2018. This 18-plus event will feature games, prizes, vendors, and of course screenings—including unaired episodes and pilots, specials, and more. To celebrate, we’re giving away an Adult Swim mystery prize pack! The exact contents will be a surprise but may include any or all of the following items: toolbox hammer hat travel mug enamel pin beverage koozie To enter, just follow @TwinCitiesGeeks...

This Week in Geek (5/21/18–5/27/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 21st to Sunday, May 27th. GPS Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts, Educational When: Monday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a...

Hush Hush Is a Kickstarter-Funded PC Game about Girls with Secrets

As Western appeal toward visual novels, the traditionally Japanese genre of interactive electronic stories, continues to grow, so too do Western developers’ interests in bringing these kinds of games to their fans. Canada-based Sad Panda Studios, creator of the popular visual novel Crush Crush, is currently raising funds via Kickstarter for the production of a “bigger, bolder, bustier!” follow-up game, Hush Hush. Crush Crush is an irreverent, popular-culture-riffing romp through the world of the dating sim, a visual-novel subcategory in which...

How Gamifying Everyday Tasks Turns Challenges into Fun

Earlier this spring, a member of the Twin Cities Geeks discussion group on Facebook posted a request: “Could I possibly commission a music geek to make me a personal fanfare/level up jingle to play when I accomplish a trying task? This is a serious request and part of an experiment to see if an auditory reward can help with executive dysfunction.” Lyd is an artist who makes abstract art using charcoal and oils. They are also an herbalist, a witch,...

Theater Mu’s The Princess’ Nightingale Is a Dazzling Flight of Fancy

Delightful. That’s the word that captures the experience of seeing The Princess’s Nightingale, directed by Randy Reyes of Theater Mu at SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul. Incorporating singing, dancing, and fighting (plus writing), the show will grab your attention from the moment the curtain rises and hold it throughout. Though a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Nightingale,” The Princess’ Nightingale is given its own voice by playwright Damon Chua. In fact, despite the two stories...

AP Bio Succeeds on Its Minor Characters

The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has really started to take off over the last few years, going from an FXX show with a cult following to pop culture mainstays. Charlie Day has popped up in numerous movies, like Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses, and The Lego Movie (and each of their sequels). Kaitlin Olson has guest-starred on many shows and headlines her own sitcom, The Mick. And Rob McElhenney has . . . been writing season 13? But, the newest project from an Always Sunny alum is AP...
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