Pokémon Go Gear Style Board, Look Good While Hunting!

Pokémon Go is here to stay. Millions of trainers take to the streets everyday in search of a rare find to build out their Pokédex. Recently I came across this amazing Pokémon “dad hat” that I purchased for my Pokémon Go sessions and that inspired me to build out our first Geek Set style board. Hopefully this gear will help you catch that elusive Larvitar you’ve been hoping for it will not.

The items are shown in a somewhat clockwise order below.

  1. Braided Lightning / USB Cable
  2. Anker PowerCore External 10000mAh Battery Pack
  3. Pokemon Ash & Pikachu Dad-Hat
  4. Pikachu Ombre Backpack
  5. Pokémon Go Aimer iPhone Case
  6. Casio G-Shock BGD-501 Red Wristwatch
  7. BobsMade.com Custom Squirtle Pokémon Shoes
  8. Pokémon Go Plus Bluetooth Bracelet
  9. Pokémon Trainer TShirt

I hope you enjoy the finds! Also, you can find all of these products except for those sweet-sweet Squirtle shoes, on Amazon. The shoes are handmade from bobsmade.com (an awesome shoe artist you should check out!)

Happy Hunting!

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Trailer

I remember playing through the first Mirror’s Edge and being absolutely spell bound. The story and game-play were top notch but for me it was all about the styling. The bright colors, bold red and futuristic whitewashed landscape pulled me in deep. I was hooked. I actually cared about the main character, Faith Connors. Seeing her in this new footage is like seeing an old friend. I can’t wait to get lost in this game again. The game world is so different from what anyone else is doing, it was refreshing in the first release, from the footage it will not disappoint in Catalyst.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is being released as a prequel to the 2008’s Mirror’s Edge. It will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 23, 2016. Watch the trailer below.

 

Fallout 4 Trailer – Bethesda Drops a Bomb

So, it’s everywhere on the Interwebz but we wouldn’t be doing our part if we didn’t share it here as well. Check out the new trailer for Fallout 4 from Bethesda. Not much has been revealed about the game, expect more to come on June 14th at E3 during Bethesda’s Press Conference (their time-slot is 9PM CST.)

This early trailer is already getting some criticism regarding graphics quality but we don’t really know if the footage is final or an early beta. I personally feel as though the Fallout franchise has never really excelled at character modeling but it makes up for it in the world building and story line aspects of the game. This is one I will definitely pre-order. What do you think?  Check out the trailer after the jump.

Narrative Risk-Taking And The Walking Dead

Narrative risk-taking is something that most games seem to shy away from. We’re talking hard, conflicting, emotional choices here—the kind of decisions that resonate with gamers, and that are ultimately tough to walk away from. Since Telltale’s adventure game adaptation of “Game of Thrones” has been generating some buzz for its most recent episodes, and because “The Walking Dead” prequel “Fear The Walking Dead” (well, sort of prequel) is set to premiere this summer, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” adaptation, and why it’s still one of the better examples of video game storytelling and narrative risk-taking that I’ve seen in a while.

Spoilers: I’m going to chat about the game’s first two seasons (side note—season three of Telltale’s game is definitely coming, but we still don’t know when exactly), so if you haven’t played the game yet—spoiler alert!

Think of a big, flashy, Michael Bay-style title like “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” Sure, it’s a fun game, but was there ever a point during the game where you made a decision that affected you emotionally? One that engaged you on a level that went beyond bang-bang-die? One that stuck with you for more than a few minutes? Maybe. But the more recent “Call of Duty” titles aren’t about storytelling or conveying emotion—they’re more about showcasing unique locations, showy gadgets and blockbuster-style action pieces. And that’s fine. There’s always a time and a place for that sort of thing (I’m a pretty big fan of terrible B-action movies, so I’m not exactly criticizing games that are purely about having fun).

But since Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” is an adventure game with a heavy emphasis on point-and-click play and dialogue—well, that’s pretty much all you can do in the game—storytelling is placed front and center. And when that happens, the story needs to stick with players—it needs to be something that they’ll remember once they step away from their computers or consoles.

For instance, though this sounds a little odd to say, I was almost glad to see that Telltale was willing to let the main character from the first season, Lee Everett, die during the final episode. Lee was a flawed, but genuinely likable character, and losing him actually hurt—it told me that no one, not a single character, not even the one you’re supposed to root for and care about, was truly safe in this world. And since Telltale had placed such an emphasis on Lee and Clementine forming a loving connection with one another, I felt Lee’s need to rescue Clementine at the end as being crucial and timely. And when a dying Lee charged through a mess of zombies to rescue Clementine? I was rooting for him every step of the way—I honestly cared what happened to him, and I couldn’t put the game down for a single minute.

Telltale is well known for putting players on the spot, forcing them to make tough decisions that aren’t clear-cut in the slightest. During the game’s second season, when Clementine had the option to feed Sam, the starving feral dog, was a hard one, and the end result was both gruesome and unsettling. Whether you, as the player, decided to put a dying Sam out of his misery or leave him in agony was a difficult decision. Was it right to have a little girl kill a dying animal? Or should an innocent animal be left to suffer? But that choice, while hard, carried some emotional heft—it reminded players that the game’s world is unfair, and that Clementine was losing her innocence rapidly. Most games would have been content with letting Sam live—just as most games would have avoided telling a story from a young girl’s perspective, or ensured that Lee somehow survived his mortal wound during the first season.

When a game takes risks with its story—or, in other words, when a game forces a player to make a decision that carries plenty of emotional weight—then the game itself is better in the end. Playing it safe ensures that any sense of real emotion will be lost. Without emotion, without a need to relate to the game’s character, all you have are overdone gimmicks and showy graphics—and those never stand the test of time.

For Just $100,000, You Could Own A Star Wars Battle Pod

The Star Wars Battle Pod, the first Star Wars-themed arcade game to be released to the public in years, is definitely worth getting excited about. However, if you’re not one for standing in lines, you can actually buy a Pod of your own. Namco Bandai plans on making the arcade game available in Japan, Europe and the United States.

There’s a premium model that’s priced at about $100,000—I know that’s pretty steep, but the unit comes with a bunch of fancy features. The premium Pods feature one of two designs: a Rebel helmet version or a Darth Vader-themed one. They boast movable leather seats, carpeting, a custom owner’s manual and a special plaque with the owner’s name (the owner’s name will also pop up in the credits scroll too).

If you don’t happen to have an extra hundred grand lying around, you can always shell out the dough for the standard model, which is priced at a cool $37,000. That’s still a hefty price tag, but the Pod does let you take part in some of the greatest Star Wars battles ever depicted in film. That’s worth a few grand, right?

[Source: Kotaku]