Geek Out Challenge – Day 6

For day 6 of the Geek Out Challenge, the question asked is about other real-life geeks that inspire you. I have enjoyed the posts from others participating and hearing the stories of who they look up to and why.

What real life geek inspires you? – Hideo Kojima

In thinking the question over this afternoon, Hideo Kojima is someone I would definitely consider “geeky”. It’s been 16 years since I first played Metal Gear Solid 2 and since then he has been one of my favorite creators within the gaming industry. There are those within any artistic medium whether it be animation, film, music, or video games that have such a specific vision for their craft and what they are trying to create and for me Kojima-san certainly is one of them. The Metal Gear Solid games are among my all-time favorite games and will be remembered for the level of cinematic storytelling and grandiosity that video games are capable of. He is just one of the many that have shown us that video games CAN BE more than “just a game” and can provide experiences on par with that of a movie.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is my favorite Metal Gear game, and also one of my all-time favorites

What inspires me about Hideo Kojima is the love that he has for what he creates as well as the influences that inspire him. If you follow him on Instagram or Twitter, you will quickly see his affection for movies and music; his Twitter bio states “70% of my body is made of movies”. Biological accuracy aside, his social media feed contains numerous photos of the music and movies that he is currently enjoying or that has inspired him in some way. I certainly understand the style in which Kojima’s game are presented aren’t for everyone, but I love how the discussion of philosophical topics such as nuclear disarmament or genetic engineering are counter-balanced by the over-the-top action sequences. I have always admired artists that have, for lack of better phrase “make what they WANT to make” regardless of what they think its reception will be. In a world where something creative rarely equals profitable, it is refreshing to see that amount of passion Kojima puts into anything he creates. I, along with pretty much everyone else still have the faintest idea of what to expect from Death Stranding once it’s released this November, but I trust Hideo Kojima to provide an experience.

Another great geeky question from Megan at A Geeky Gal! Feel free to comment below on any of your inspirations or join in on the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge. See you tomorrow!

Geek Out Challenge – Day 5

We are currently in day number five of the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge, as started by Megan at A Geeky Gal. The month long challenge has already included questions such as your first and most recent fandoms, as well as most and least positive convention memories. I did not create a post for yesterday’s geeky question – What was your worst convention experience? I stated in my post for day 3 asking of your best convention experience that I had never attended any sort of convention, but listed some of the things about the prospects of going to any sort of convention that I would enjoy. I simply didn’t have anything to share for yesterday’s challenge question, so let’s jump into today’s Geek Out Challenge question…

What is the geekiest thing you’ve ever done?

After thinking it over, there are a couple things I came up with. The first thing that springs to mind is my younger brother and I, along with our next-door neighbor attempting( and failing miserably) to stage lightsaber duels…I can barely type that without cringing. We had a few of the battery-powered lightsaber replicas you could find in the toy department at Wal-Mart, and we would try to mimic those of the films. This was back during the time of the Star Wars prequels, and THANKFULLY before YouTube existed as I fear we may have had the brilliant idea to post videos online of us awkwardly swinging around plastic lightsabers, remember Lightsaber Kid from the early days of YouTube? It was pretty much like that….

The other geeky thing that came to mind isn’t quite as cringy as lightsaber fights, mercifully. In November of 2004, my brother and I drove to our nearest GameStop, which was still 90 miles away for the midnight launch of Halo 2. I remember sitting in the parking lot of the little strip mall where the GameStop was, anxiously waiting for the store to open up. We sat and waited in the car for about 30 minutes before deciding to brave the cold weather and stand outside as the line had begun to form around the store. I remember how excited everyone was in line waiting for the doors to open. The GameStop employees had moved a tv to the front window of the store and had an Xbox set up where they were playing a store copy of Halo 2, which at the time seemed a bit of a tease as we stood freezing outside. The doors did open however, and we were able to pick up the collector’s edition of the game we had reserved, the collector’s edition of Halo 2 that came in a steelbook case. This was before a steelbook case was available for seemingly every game, so it was extra exciting at the time. We grabbed some Taco Bell on the way home, finally making it home after 2 a.m. I don’t remember getting a lot of sleep or studying the next few days…;)

Day 5 of the Geek Out Challenge is complete! Thank you to Megan for initiating the challenge, and I look forward to more questions!

Geek Out Challenge – Day 3

We arrive at day 3 of the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge! After the first two days of the challenge posing the questions of your first and most recent geeky obsessions the next question is…

What was your favorite convention experience?

This regretfully, will make for a rather brief post for today as I have never attended any sort of convention. I would love to go to one, but never have, so I will mention a few aspects I think would be fun in participating in one. The obvious choices of conventions I still have aspirations to one day attend would be the San Diego Comic-Con, or E3 – either of those would be amazing. Some of the aspects of conventions I think would be interesting are ….

  • Cosplay – As something that I would most likely never be able to do myself, some of the creativity( and effort!) that cosplayers put into the characters they represent, be anime, comics, or video games is absolutely amazing! It shows the amount of passion these series generate amongst fans.
  • Community – In knowing a few that have actually been to different conventions, one of the first things that is mention is the general feeling of community. Conventions have historically provided a safe haven for those who don’t always feel like they fit in with others and their interests and hobbies don’t match friends or family around them. I definitely have experienced this in my lifetime, and it’s great how conventions, or internet in a broader sense help us to share our passions with others.
  • Exclusive Merch – From limited edition Comic-Con Funko Pops, to rare video game imports, or simply “geek culture” memorabilia, conventions offer up some sweet, sweet, swag 🙂 I don’t have the money, I don’t have the space at home, but I still NEED IT dammit!

That’s it for today! What experience at any conventions do you have? Let me know in the comments below. See you tomorrow!

Geek Out Challenge – Day 2

For Day 2 of the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge we will be switch to the opposite of yesterday’s question “What was your first fandom?” and ask…

What is your most recent fandom?

I must admit that recently that of all the movies, tv shows, comics, or video games that I have been spent my spare time consuming, the only series that I would consider “new” as in I just hadn’t really gotten around to it yet would have to be the Far Cry game series. I played the first Far Cry game back in 2004 when it was first released, but for whatever reason just never really played any of the sequels. It wasn’t until this last January that I finally got around to playing Far Cry 5, which since then has become one of my favorites of this console generation. I have since that time played all of the other games in the franchise with the exception of Far Cry 2. This has also been a game series that has provided hours of enjoyment playing together with my wife in the evenings, as one of the greatest aspects of any kind of fandom is being able to share and enjoy with others. We have spent many hours talking about what exactly is it about the games that we enjoy so much, whether it be story, music, or simply the fun of running around blowing stuff up in an open-world setting fitting in an 80’s action movie, which clearly have provided much inspiration for the tone of the games. Ubisoft has done a great job in creating games that are all over the place in the best ways: nonsensical, serious, challenging yet fun to casually play all within the same game.

My favorite of the series…

That’s all for round two of the Geek Out Challenge, I didn’t have a ton for today’s question but I’ve had fun so far! Here’s looking forward to the next question…

Geek Out Challenge – Day 1

Today for something a little bit different, I thought it would be fun to join in on the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge started by Megan at A Geeky Gal, where a different question will be released each day for thirty days, with the final results being posted on day thirty-one. I plan to participate each question for the full thirty days as both a challenge and as a fun exercise in writing daily while perhaps talking about things other than JUST video games(I assume?). Without further ado…the Day 1 question of the Geek Out Challenge.

What was your first fandom?

For this my answer would have to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – being among my earliest memories as a kid, being just over a year old when “Turtle-Mania” began. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series premiered in 1987 with the all too catchy theme song; a time when Saturday morning cartoons still existed for nothing other than to sell toys (i.e. TMNT, Transformers, Masters of the Universe). Most of the my earliest childhood memories involve either TMNT, Batman, or Nintendo in one way or another. I had every single one of the original line of TMNT action figures with Donatello(even still) being my favorite turtle(I have always seemed to gravitate towards the “smart” or “nerdy” characters in tv shows and movies…perhaps part of some subconscious desire to be perceived as intelligent?). Toys, VHS tapes, pajamas(which were AWESOME btw!), even boxes of cereal that to this day I still tell people was the greatest. One of my prized possessions as a child was the TMNT Party Wagon or “turtle van” as I called it. I remember my mom bringing my older sister and friends to a concert and promising me that she would bring me home a “turtle van”. I believe I ended up watching the live-action TMNT movie twice that evening just trying to pass the time before she would be home with my present. The next morning I woke up and my “turtle van” was waiting for me in my room. Ninja turtles were everywhere so it probably isn’t real surprising that it’s my first fandom/obsession as a kid, but it did play a very significant part of my childhood years. My favorite TMNT-related memories as a kid would be my “turtle van”, watching TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze countless times, and playing TMNT IV: Turtles In Time on Super Nintendo.

One Geek Out question down, twenty-nine more to go! 🙂 What was the first type of fandom you remember as a kid? Let me know in the comments below, or you can join in the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge. Turtle Power!!