Totally Geeked is a monthly feature at Professional Geek Podcast's blog where you'll get an inside look at what our staff are geeking out about today.
Blaire Knight-Graves, Host & Executive Producer
I'm not gonna pretend that I haven't been mildly obsessed with Pennywise the Clown and IT since a few weeks prior to the film opening last month. I did all of the basic horror fan things that one might do: I listened to the audio book, re-watched the original miniseries, and joined all of the IT and Stephen King Facebook fan groups, and when the time came, I felt ready to take in the horror marvel on opening night.
I mostly was not disappointed, but instead of remaining obsessed with the actual film (which, let's face it, is simply OK - it's far from the best horror film ever made; not very scary, and the first act is objectively bad), I've been geeking out over all the 'Pennywise Dances to Anything' memes (I've
watched HOURS of these supercuts), digging deep into gazebo theory, and am only slightly considering getting a Loser/Lover tattoo because the graphic design of that particular element of the film will go down in legend.
Needless to say, I'm totally geeked for all things Pennywise and I cannot wait for the film's second installment in 2019.
Mark Beers, Host & Guest Manager
(minor Parks and Recreation spoilers)
If you want to find your way into my heart as a TV show, find a way to make me “Happy Cry”. You know, the kind of crying that you do at weddings. When you’re so full of joy and happiness that it just bursts out, you become a giant mess and your wife makes fun of you. I was very glad this month to add another TV show to my list of favorites as I binge watched Parks & Recreation for the first time. (My other favorite “Happy Cry” shows are The Wonder Years, and How I Met Your Mother.)
It took awhile for Parks & Rec to get me to tears, but it toyed with me. In spite of the fact that the show’s cast is populated by a collection of cartoonish characters, the emotional weight hit me when you start to realize how deeply the love of friendship runs between them. What really makes Parks & Rec special is when that bond of true friendship shows through the general wackiness and you see the respect and love that they have for one another. Whenever these moments would show through I could feel myself welling up, but I was able to keep it in check. Then Anne moved, and the guys said goodbye to Chris and I was gone. From that point forward the floodgates were open. Where I’d been able to fight back the tears before I was powerless. As the series wound to its conclusion the culmination of each character's personal story arch would come to a satisfying conclusion and leave me reaching for the tissues. Especially my favorite character, Jerry.
Zach Weiss, Blog Manager
I’ve been out of the game, literally and figuratively, from video games for the last few years. My Xbox 360 red ringed in 2012, and I never replaced it. I played a handful of PC games for a little bit, but when my PC died and I replaced it with a mac, the most adventurous game I played was Hearthstone. But since it was my birthday this month, I’ve treated myself to not only 3 new video games, but also the consoles and the time to play them.
Thats right, my Totally Geeked in September is simply: Video games.
I do have to admit that I have been dipping my toe back in since the beginning of 2016; I got a PS4 and a few games, but I mostly used it as a YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix machine. This month, especially after re-reading my blog about taking breaks, I gave myself some extra time with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I’ve been a big fan of the series for a while and I was happy to return to it, especially since it is by far the best controlling video game I’ve ever played. Playing as Boss is a delight, and executing tricky maneuvers feels both natural and yet complex. According to the game, I’m 20% complete, and most of my time has been spent on side ops. [Editors note: for PS Plus subscribers, MGS:V is free to play in October.]
I also picked up a New Nintendo 3DS XL with both Pokémon Moon and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright. I had such a desire to play Pokémon but had to buy a new machine in order to do that. According to the internet, Pokémon Sun and Moon are the best Pokémon games on the console and despite not being very far in the game, it’s nice to know that I have a Pokémon world to dive into when I’m waiting in line for something. Also, I got Fire Emblem after learning that there was no Advance Wars game on the console. That news bums me out, but Fire Emblem plays the same way, so that’ll scratch the itch.
Maybe the thing I’m most excited about, and the thing that hurt my wallet the least, was StarCraft and StarCraft Remastered. The classic game, which I sunk easily hundreds of hours in college into, is free to play and has an HD update for only $15. Fans of the quintessential RTS and one of the first E-Sports games should be thrilled and have probably been playing for a few months now, and now I’m joining the Terrans on Battle.net to hone my skills. Have I won a game on there yet? No. but it’s only a matter of time!