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The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Rydog » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 12:55am

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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby LiQuid » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 3:49am

When guests come on the show do they email ahead to find out when to show up or do they just kind of wander into the store before Higgins shuts it down?
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby totoro » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 6:50am

Yay! Fellow Hoosiers on the podcast!
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Mr_eX » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 7:43am

With over half the podcast being made up of out of work video game writers Ryan should turn geekbox.net into a real site. They could use quality writing as their gimmick that sets them apart from other sites.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby tnitnetny » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 8:23am

LiQuid wrote:When guests come on the show do they email ahead to find out when to show up or do they just kind of wander into the store before Higgins shuts it down?


When I was there I emailed Higgins ahead of time to make sure it was ok if I watched a podcast. I wasn't expecting to talk at all.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby KindGalaxy » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 8:43am

Mr_eX wrote:With over half the podcast being made up of out of work video game writers Ryan should turn geekbox.net into a real site. They could use quality writing as their gimmick that sets them apart from other sites.


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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby puppybox » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 1:26pm

How come no one ever told me the Comics Conspiracy podcast isn't actually about comics but rather Higgins ranting against stuff?

Never seen Big Bang Theory but I more than welcome tearing it down to build Psych up. Such a fantastic show. This season has been great so far.

Anyway, a geekbox where Ryan gets on Karen's nerves is a good geekbox in my opinion :D ::cough teenybopper cough::
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Jordan » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 2:58pm

When the guest asked if any of you had found a show to replace LOST it made me wonder, have any of you checked out Once Upon a Time? The showrunners are Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (AKA the dudes who wrote most of the Hurley-centric episodes), it's filled with references (a clock stuck at 8:15, an Apollo bar, a bottle of MacCutcheon, etc.), and it follows the narrative structure almost exactly (albeit with flashbacks to a forgotten fairy tale life instead of a daddy issue-filled past). There are even some guest stars, like Alan Dale and Emilie de Ravin.

Admittedly the whole thing is a little saccharine and the special effects are really cheesy, and it's nowhere near as subtle or mystery-laden, but I could see it growing into something neat. At the very least I find it offers a vague LOST-like familiarity that's a little comforting. I doubt it's going to replace LOST for anyone any time soon, but it's probably worth a watch for anyone who misses it.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby LiQuid » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 3:09pm

REGARDING SKYRIM 1st and 3rd person... I've played the game for dozens upon dozens of hours and I never, ever, ever, ever, ever use first person. I think first person is ridiculous. The field of view is tiny and it's further obscured by weapons, shields, etc. Third person is definitely the way to go. Combat is easier since you have a broader view around your dude and it's easier to spin an attack towards an enemy on your side at the last minute. I've been waiting for an Elder Scrolls game to play this well in 3rd person since its advent and you holdouts are all crazy people.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby LiQuid » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 3:41pm

Oh and here's the GeekboxcClub gamertag

http://live.xbox.com/en-US/Profile?gamertag=GeekboxClub

I don't remember who made it but A) It was years ago B) No one has ever used it, and C) it's probably never even checked anymore.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby bitblockader » Dec 7th, 2011 @ 6:25pm

This is how Fitch must greet all guests from now on: "Let me speak to you in your own language - Elloh Guvnah...!!!"

Once again Mister Higgins is the voice of reason on the podcast, I lost track of the ways.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Whidmark » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 3:57am

Ryan was definitely right about this, guys.

http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/artic ... japan.html

In sum, the concern that countries allowing pornography would show increased sex crime rates due to modeling or that adolescents in particular would be negatively vulnerable to and receptive to such models or the society would be otherwise adversely effected has not been vindicated. It is certainly clear from our data and analysis that a massive increase in available pornography in Japan has been correlated with a dramatic decrease in sexual crimes and most so among youngsters as perpetrators or victims.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby LiQuid » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 4:17am

I don't think Japan functions as a proper metric for any type of psychological study.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Bboy_Izilla » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 7:01am

lol at anyone cosigning ANYTHING Fitch says.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Lord-Audie » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 8:32am

I don't find BBT offensive at all.

I don't require my jokes to have 4 levels of inception to find them funny.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby manta173 » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 10:13am

Lord-Audie wrote:I don't find BBT offensive at all.

I don't require my jokes to have 4 levels of inception to find them funny.


I agree... I don't see how people think it is offensive really. It is a very accurate description of the stereotypes in a research group. Check out something like phdcomics.com the jokes follow along the same lines and its written by someone who started it when in grad school. (Since he graduated it isn't as funny though.)

Back during its first year I was still in grad school and it was scary how dead on a lot of the jokes were.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby GiantAsianMan » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 12:23pm

I'll second (or third) the recommendation for The Hunger Games. Its an easy read (as it is YA fiction afterall), and I found the books entertaining enough (for YA fiction). I did find the first-person narration by the main character (a 16-year old girl) limiting at times, but that narrative style also helps the storytelling (in building suspense because the reader knows as much as the narrator) as much as it hurts it (at times she's a 16-year old girl that's been hardened by having had to take care of and support her family by whatever means necessary after the death of her father, and at times she's just simply a 16-year old girl). The comparison I've made about the books is the setup/framework of The Lottery, Battle Royale, and The Running Man (children selected to fight to the death as televised entertainment) mixed with the mythology/history of something like Firefly or Battlestar Galactica (post-apocalyptic society, essentially, with 12 colonies/districts under the complete control of a ruthless totalitarian government). If Harry Potter's a 10 and Twilight's a -48, I'd put The Hunger Games at a 7.5 or 8.

Also, the trailer for the movie looks good, far better than I was expecting. I think its going to be a huge hit.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby IRL_Troll » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 1:39pm

Hunger Games is...good enough. I think of it as the Twilight of post-apocalyptic literature, in that it's incredibly base. Plus, lots of food porn
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby flufflogic » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 2:09pm

I still have to read Hunger Games. It's sat right there on my shelf. I have 4 hours of train tomorrow... *chin stroke*

Oh yeah, and Higgins was such a troll. Utterly.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby LiQuid » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 2:12pm

Young Adult fiction can fucking die. All it is now is solicitation for film franchises, preferably featuring a lot of "Part 1" and "Part 2" installments.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby rdb » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 3:09pm

Justin's lead-in to the GamePro chat was the biggest I've ever heard him bomb. Just spectacular.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Konanda » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 3:49pm

You really should make the jewelled necklaces or rings instead of just a plain one. Also making money in Skyrim is easy as hell. Smith a weapon and enchant Banish on it. Bumps up say an iron dagger from a value of 10 to a value of 1450ish and that's just with a petty soul gem.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby IRL_Troll » Dec 8th, 2011 @ 5:13pm

LiQuid wrote:Young Adult fiction can fucking die. All it is now is solicitation for film franchises, preferably featuring a lot of "Part 1" and "Part 2" installments.


Oddly enough, incredibly true. literally every children's book has had the movie rights sold that came out this year. I think this also extends to young adult fiction
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Mr_eX » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 7:16am

I had never heard of the geekbox gamertag until today. I wonder who made it.

For people that liked Lost it seems like the only shows the podcast crew watches now are procedurals with no real overarching story or character development. I think that's a little wierd since thats the exact opposite of what Lost was.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby jinpei05 » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 10:59am

totoro wrote:Yay! Fellow Hoosiers on the podcast!

I wonder if there from my old hometown, Munster...
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby totoro » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 11:41am

jinpei05 wrote:
totoro wrote:Yay! Fellow Hoosiers on the podcast!

I wonder if there from my old hometown, Munster...


Have to assume near that area since they referenced NW Indiana (and that's about as NW as you can get) and being a chemist at a steel mill.

I rarely get out of central Indiana (if I'm north of Lafayette-Kokomo-Marion something's likely gone awry) and I think I've only been through that part of the state once even though I've got family in Crown Point.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Konanda » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 3:52pm

Sometimes I wonder if Master Higgins is serious when he starts dismissing some stuff or is just doing it to troll Karen.

Also hearing Adam fitch have his mind blown about how steel mills aren't just a bunch of burly miners and smelters was pretty funny. I mean how does he think they figure out grades and the purities of different alloys, by guessing?
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Adam Fitch » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 4:38pm

Konanda wrote:Also hearing Adam fitch have his mind blown about how steel mills aren't just a bunch of burly miners and smelters was pretty funny. I mean how does he think they figure out grades and the purities of different alloys, by guessing?


It's just something I never really thought about. I don't live near any sort of mining/milling area, so I didn't think about what exactly went on in a steel mill.

But I know this does:

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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby Konanda » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 5:48pm

Adam Fitch wrote:
Konanda wrote:Also hearing Adam fitch have his mind blown about how steel mills aren't just a bunch of burly miners and smelters was pretty funny. I mean how does he think they figure out grades and the purities of different alloys, by guessing?


It's just something I never really thought about. I don't live near any sort of mining/milling area, so I didn't think about what exactly went on in a steel mill.

But I know this does:



I never did either, but I mean surely your high school science teacher(s) would have elaborated just a little on some of the importance of the basics you are learning in chemisty with regards to industry, such as the manufacturing of materials? Anyway it's cool just suprising in kind of a funny way.

Also I suppose it's probably more of a case that I just have a greater interest in the physical sciences and their applications than you might.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 147

Postby LiQuid » Dec 9th, 2011 @ 5:50pm

Konanda wrote:Also I suppose it's probably more of a case that I just have a greater interest in the physical sciences and their applications than you might.

Clearly.
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