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Skepticism ran through me like wild fire as the air date for the new season of Doctor Who came closer with each day. I began to dislike where Moffat was taking the series ever since the middle of series 6 with Matt Smith. Smith did a brilliant Doctor. The problem was that Moffat seemed to have no clue where to take the series.

Now, we have a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Moffat says that he will bring in more elements of the classic Who series as he writes for the newest regeneration of the 2000 plus year old Time Lord…

But, have we, in this first seasons episode, seen elements of the classic Doctor’s?  Continue Reading »

A Strange and Savage Garden

Today is a special presentation on The Uncommon Geek. I have been given the opportunity to review Tim Waggoner’s forthcoming novella, A Strange and Savage Garden. This will be a spoiler-light impression and review; if, after reading this, you are intrigued by what you have seen, remember that you can pre-order your own copy at http://www.amazon.com! Continue Reading »

Achievement Unlocked TemplateVarious video games throughout the years have had trophies, unlockables, and other proof of the dedication and hard work you put into the game. However, it wasn’t until the Xbox 360 Achievement system, that games across the board had a unified system of tracking accomplishments. The effect that this system has had on gamer culture is profound. Continue Reading »

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Over the weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Uncommon Geek went to Gen Con, thanks to Sylvan Creations (http://sylvancreations.com)!

Not only were we there to help at their booth, but Mr. Uncommon Geek went there to interview some con goers to ask them “The Question!” Not a lot of people were asked, but the ones who were were pretty awesome people!

Today’s music is another tune from Victory Road entitled “Success is a Sexy Mess” from the album Four Cord Tropes for Dopes Whic is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License! To hear more from Victory Road, check out his Bandcamp at http://v-road.bandcamp.com/ and as always, check out creativecommons.org for all the information you can handle about CC licenses!

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TMNT (1990)

With the recent release of the Michael Bay-produced TMNT feature film, this Uncommon Geek has decided to take a look back at the original, 1990 motion picture starring the heroes in a half-shell. Continue Reading »

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What would you get if you took the movie “Weird Science” and added in a nice amount of console gaming minus the computer coding montage?

You would get the short film “Game Companion”, of course!

Director Jeff James Monson and writer Brian Morelan did just that! Imagine if you will, you and a friend are sitting  in front of your TV and are playing a fighting game. A game which has a leveling system, and if you make it to the level of Master, you can receive a Companion to aid you in further quests within said game. I know what you might be thinking… “Yeah, yeah. I have one of those for my max level toon in WoW.” But, I am not talking about just a simple murloc, my friend. I am talking about a warrior who can kick ass and take names!

This is what Bob and Cecil did in “Game Companion! They thought it was just going to be a simple character add-on, but they got more than they bargained for when the Companion that Bob chose appeared right before their eyes in the same fashion of Programs teleporting in TRON! Bob chose Kimiko the “Total anime-style girl!” as his Companion. When she arrives, she is confused, but accepts her “role.” But, she quickly begins to find out that bob is much less than she thought.

But, it doesn’t end there, as Cecil, being jealous of Bob, plays the fighting game every free hour that he has to get his own Game Companion!

Without giving away the ending, I will say this: You may think you know what is going to happen, but I was surprised by what actually happened!

This was a fun little movie put together by gamers and I can see a lot of potential for revists to this zany world. I can see more character development through back stories and flashbacks, which would be pretty cool if that happened!

Until Game Companion becomes available for public enjoyment, catch the screening at GenCon 2014 this weekend, and enjoy the trailer!

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find your voice

Today marks the end of an era in not just the entertainment industry, but in our world at large. Today we’ve lost one of the greats, Robin Williams. His death is tragic, unexpected, and he will be missed by oh so many. But his legacies, his lessons, and his ideals will carry on with us as we move through our lives. The man spent his career making us laugh, cry, think, feel, and dare to dream and do things we’d never believe possible otherwise, all while touching the hearts of millions each and ever time. Robin Williams was a man who dared to be what so few people dare even to this day: unabridged, truly authenticate to himself down to his core, and it showed in every role he ever step foot in, in every interview he ever gave, and with every quote he ever spouted. Continue Reading »

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