Saturday, 28 November 2015

Brad's Top 5 - Post Apocalyptic TV Series



Brad

So Fallout 4 came out recently and it got me thinking about other Post Apocalyptic stories

These stories are often set after a great Nuclear War, but it could be anything that sets it off

One of the main themes running throughout these stories is that humanity survives and the way we come together after a great tragedy

This time I look at my favourite tv stories






5. Battlestar Galactica


It tells the tale of the last remaining humans of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, after nuclear annihalation by the race they themselves created - The Cylons

The Cylons were created to be the humans servants, but they gained sentience due to their programming and rebelled

Great series, and many twists and turns along the way

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Playstation plus - December 2015 games revealed.


Oh hai! Jason here with December 2015's PlayStation plus line up. The rumours before hand suggested that angry birds and little big planet 3 were in the running, but the source was pretty unreliable. Last months offerings were pretty poor and the month before wasn't much better...has Sony gotten in the Christmas spirit and decided to give us a nice AAA game treat? well lets find out....

Gauntlet: Slayer edition (PS4) - The first game is well...Gauntlet. It's a modern remake of an old game, and is a poor excuse for being the main game before Christmas.

Kings Quest chapter 1: A knight to remember (PS4) - Another update of an old game but the kings quest remake is supposed to be good....problem is PS4 owners are only getting chapter 1, which is a disgrace.

Far cry 3: Blood dragon (PS3) - This 80s' action/sci-fi flavoured spin-off of far cry 3 is actually great fun and longer than many full games. Great sound track as well.

SSX (PS3) - A reboot of the much loved SSX franchise, this failed to set the world alight due to having overly twitchy controls and lacking the charm of the original series.

Freedom wars (Vita) - Holy cow, a full game for Vita. This third person action game has been described as the videogame version of anime attack on titan. The controls can be a bit fussy and the difficulty a bit high but this is a great game for Vita.

Rocketbird: Hardboiled (Vita) - Our meh game of the month you play chicken soldiers, you run about and shoot...meh. Very much this months dragon fin soup.

So that's Decembers line-up. My thoughts are that PS4 owners should be very angry...that's a poor line-up and sony are being major scrooges towards them. PS3 owners fair better with blood dragon being a lot of fun and SSX being worth a go. Vita owners get possibly the last full game they will ever get, and Freedom wars is a cracking little game...alot better than last months PSP offering...hardboiled is meh but hey ho. I think PS4 owners have every right to be unhappy and Sony need to sort their act out.

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Catch ya later yeah!


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

An Interview with Jenny from The Geeky Knitter


Today on Geek Mash, I got the pleasure to chat to Jenny, owner and knitter for The Geeky Knitter. Her clever knitted creations embrace a combination of cuteness and geekiness, with designs from series such as Final Fantasy, Pokemon and Adventure Time to name but a few.

Join me (Kayleigh...hi!), as I talk to Jenny about her site, her love of knitting, favourite geeky interests, cosplay and more!
  
Hey Jenny! Introduce yourself.
I’m Jenny, mid-twenties woman who still loves everything geeky I was into in my teens, and then some! I’ve grown up on Harry Potter, Pokemon, Disney, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Star Wars and only love them more and more now I’m older. I read books as much as I can, when I’m not playing on the DS or PS3, and every other minute is pretty much taken up by knitting and crochet, as well as the usual stuff.

 
Princess Mononoke
Your site includes a host of adorable knitting and crochet creations. What got you knitting, and what inspired you to create geeky knits? When I was younger I always wanted to knit, but every time mum would try to teach me my mind wandered and I would usually read Harry Potter instead. As I grew up I longed to know how to crochet so I could make amazing looking Pokemon, but it was while I was studying abroad in the USA in my 3rd year of university that my friend finally taught me how to knit, and now I can’t stop!

The main reason I ever want to learn to knit or crochet was so that I could make things that showed off the things that I love to read, play, and enjoy. Any fan knows that feeling of wearing something from a show or story they adore, or having something sit on your desk/bed. I’ve been able to knit a Firefly hat and Harry Potter scarves, as well as finally crochet the Pokemon I always wanted to because of my hobby!



Thursday, 19 November 2015

Top 5 non-wrestling, wrestling type things on the internet.

Oh hai! Jason here. Sorry for the clunky title, but this article looks at some of the best things on the internet that joke, review, examine and poke fun at wrestling but don't employ wrestlers to actually wrestle or flog things. If that makes sense. Oh and yeah I'm a wrestling fan and I apologise. There are few passions that get as negative a press as wrestling does. It's not right as any and all passions that don't make other peoples lives worse off are perfectly fine, but alas being a fan of hentai or loving the postal games feels more social acceptable than watching old WCW pay per views. None the less here's a list of the some of the best non-wrestling wrestling type things on the internet, with a surprising amount of these entries being created by UK and Irish people!

1. OSW Review


There are few things in the world that make me laugh quite as much as OSW review. Created by 3 guys from Ireland, Jay Hunter (who does 99% of the work), V1 and Mr OOC they originally started doing video reviews of the Hulkamania era PPV's but have since completed that task and have moved on to other stories including that time David Arquette won the WCW heavyweight championship (yes really), WWE's attempt to recreate ECW and most recently the build up to Wrestlemania X7 (considered the best PPV ever by many). The show works because the chemistry and balance between the three hosts is juuust right with plenty of information, lots of shouting and swearing and a strong line up of catchphrases.

The episodes can be quite long but that's true of most fan made podcasts and OSW tends to be more concise than others. The fact that its the only video podcast of its type helps out as well. You should certainly give it a go as it's one of the funniest things going and has one of the nicest communities on the internet. If you need an episode recommendation you can always ask Jay on twitter, he's good to the fans and check out the high quality website right here.

Gimmicks!

What Bar? - Inspired by Macho Man Randy Savage, Jay asks V1 what bar a wrestler is based on that wrestlers colour scheme and V1 suggests bars of chocolate....although bottles of drink, canned food, Cigs and even dog food have been included.

Wrestling is awesome - At the end of each episode Jay edits in some scenes of a wrestler in a movie or TV show.

5 of the strangest school clubs in anime.

Oh hai! Jason here. One of the most common story telling tropes in anime is the high school club. We do have these in the West but they tend to be based purely on sports and possibly chess (which is kind of a sport...sort of). But in Japan as long as you can get enough members, it seems you can always create an official club and as you might expect the anime world has seen a variety of these clubs, some stranger than others, so here's my list of some of the weirdest. Oh and keep in mind this list is based purely on the anime I have watched, so if you can think of other clubs that could be in this list then rather than saying "Ye gads man, among the roaring stars in the heavens and the trembling ground beneath us, I have never seen such a poor list" instead say "hey check <insert anime here> out yeah!" thanks in advance.


Club: Half priced Food Lovers Club
Anime: Ben-To

Ben-To is in many ways the inspiration for this list since it tells the story of a club and its member that go to various supermarkets and fights others in a bid to get their hands on half priced bento. There are various rules that are usually obeyed by as everyone tries to get a cheap meal.

Is this anime worth a watch? I'd go with yes although it doesn't quite live up to its potential, the basic concept is pretty bizarre and has tons of potential for comedy but instead has a bit too much fan service. Personally I'm usually fine with fan service...but in this case I feel the series is harmed by it.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Assassins Creed Syndicate Review



I have been a fan of the Assassins Creed franchise since the very first one on the last generation released at the end of 2007. So many people were hyped for this new IP coming from Ubisoft when it was first announced aa it looked unique, offered something new and had amazing graphics for its time.

When it was finally released in 2007 it had a little bit of a mixed reception. I personally loved it but there were a few flaws and also repetition. While the actual assassination missions were amazing and very fun to get down perfectly, it was the lead up to these missions that held the game back a little bit.

To unlock the assassination opportunity you had to save citizens in the city, eavesdrop on conversations, pick pocket etc. After a while it got boring having to do this every time before a mission (there were 9 in total). It would have been ok if it only took a little time to do this, but most of the time it took 30 mins to an hour to do all the tasks in order to unlock the best parts of the game.

Once you did start an assassination mission it changed up the game a bit and let you choose how to approach killing your target. I always wanted to do the stealth approach, killing my target without anyone knowing and getting out of the area scot-free. You could decide to go on a rampage though and just kill everyone in your way to get to your target, but I like the satisfaction you get for pulling off the perfect assassination.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Fallout 4 Unboxing Videos with Jack


We were joined over on our Geek Mash YouTube channel by guest Jack (Kayleigh from Geek Mash's brother). A huge fan of the Fallout series, Jack has shared with us his Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, as well as an unboxing of a fantastic Fallout merchandise set on offer at Tesco.

Check out both of the videos below. Big thanks to Jack for filming these for us!


Friday, 13 November 2015

New Youtube Series - Kitchen Conversations


Ross



As many of you are aware several of us at Geek Mash have been making our debut's on YouTube. 



Please check out our brand new series Kitchen Conversations. In this first episode I talk about the All New Wolverine #1 and my hopes for the future.... or past of Star Wars.







Thursday, 12 November 2015

Armoured Brownies - Costumes, Props and Prosthetics




At the London MCM Expo in October there was a stall selling various items made by Armoured Brownies .

She had some great items on show and everyone was stopping to look at the awesome Groot plant pot which she had made

I got talking to Vicki and it was obvious how much of a passion she had for making props and costumes just from her enthusiasm on the subject and I certainly wanted to learn more and I hope you do to


So I thought I would send her some questions


And we always love a good Q&A here at Geek Mash


First off I'd like to say thanks for asking these questions, I like to think of myself as a passionate communicator of my craft, and relish the opportunity to share what I do.

How did you get into costume and prop making?



Gee, I don't know how much detail you want me to go into with any of that.

I remember growing up using tape and cardboard boxes to make robot costumes for myself and my sister, does that count? 

So, used to make costumes for LARPing (Live Action Role Play, and if anyone tells you there's not an A in that they're lying), as a cheap-ass-not-even-student I made my own kit.  I did some Anime conventions when I was younger and did a bunch of cosplay, hosted some panels but didn’t hang around the community, as there were dragons to slay … and by slay I mean build.

My biggest watershed moment for crafting, as I had wanted to start doing prosthetics and sculpting, was when a housemate of mine bought a mask from another friend.  She brought it home, and stated it was supposed to be a fox.  Looking at it with shock I stated that I could do something better than that in a day.
So I did.

That was Friday night, Saturday morning I started sculpting, was done sculpting by the afternoon and just poured plaster over it until I had something that looked a little like a mould.  Then Sunday I demoulded it and produced my first Latex mask, and I'm still using that stupid fox mould to this day, it's one of my most popular masks and really wants re-sculpting.




Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Kay's Top 10 Tim Burton Films




I've been a fan of Tim Burton since I was a kid, growing up with The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands to name a few. 

The 'strange and unusual' auteur truly has a unique style in each of his films, blending gothic cinematography with underdog, misunderstood characters. 

Reading his book 'Burton On Burton', you soon realise that he puts a little bit of himself in each of his films. The pasty Gothic kid living in a pastel coloured suburban street who would rather hole up inside with monster movies and Vincent Price horrors- a polar opposite to the other kids down his street. Edward Scissorhands is a prime example of this.

I'm sure everyone can relate to these feelings of being misunderstood and isolated at one point in their lives, but even with that I fell in love with his films as a whole. Aesthetically pleasing with truly unique storytelling, Burton may have lost his stride a little in recent years (I'm looking at you Dark Shadows and Planet of the Apes), but I will always have fond memories of his previous films. So join me as I share my ten favourite films by Tim Burton.

10. Corpse Bride

Although it was not as well received as expected, Corpse Bride was, at least in my opinion, a delightful return to Burton's stop-motion film making (after producing The Nightmare Before Christmas and James & The Giant Peach). Set in the late 1800s, Corpse Bride follows Victor, a shy young groom who practices his wedding vows unknowingly in the presence of a deceased young woman. The 'Corpse Bride' soon rises from her grave assuming he has married her.

And so, the film gets significantly more interesting at this point on. Burton swaps the dull black and grey tones previously seen until this moment for a vibrant palette designed for the film's underworld. This is where, rather ironically, the film truly comes to life. Filled with catchy songs, fun characters and a somewhat darkly cute premise, it's worth checking out Corpse Bride.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Magic the Gathering: Magic Origins & Battle for Zendikar





You may remember our previous unboxings of Magic The Gathering and Pokémon TCG. Well, Brad and I enjoyed the unboxings so much that we decided to do another.

We both bought starter decks for Magic Origins and the new set Battle For Zendikar and opened them on video for you to enjoy.

My opening video is being hosted on Geek Mash and Brad's opening video is available on his blog Fishy's View.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Geek Mash on YouTube: To The Point


Hey everyone!

This week I thought I wouldn’t write a blog, but start a idea that I have been thinking about doing for a while. To The Point is a new web video series I will do once a month or maybe more. It’s where I do quick reviews on games, TV, anime and movies. I will do 3 videos each time-one on a game, TV or movie, and last one will be an anime. 

I would like to have your feedback. Tell me what you would like me to do a mini review of next. If I have seen it or played it, I will do a video.


I hope you enjoy the first 3 and look I forward to doing more for you, our fantastic fans. 


Check out my first three videos below!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

My Top 15 Animes EVER!



Oh hai! Jason here. As the unofficial anime expert of the team (even though I'd consider myself about mid-level management in terms of my knowledge) I felt it was about time I provided a top ten list of my favourite anime ever, but the forces of the universe magically transformed this into a top 15. Oh and before we get started...there will be spoilers...in fact I'll put in big bold letters SPOILERS on any entry that has significant spoilers in (there is one entry where I can't really avoid it). So lets do this!

15. The Guyver: Bio-booster armour


So why is this anime on the list? Simple, it's the very first anime I ever watched. Yep this is where it all began the patient zero of my anime love. Originally aired from 1989 to 1992 and boy does it show. It's weird how anime from the 20th century has such a different feel with more of a dark feel with lots of horrible characters. Plus ever a paper cut causes buckets of blood to spray every where. Anime pre-2000 was definitely made for teen boys that's for certain.

The plot focuses on the a boy called Sho who gets accidentally discovers a strange device that forces itself into his body (...ahem) and grants him the power of the bio-booster guyver armour. It also causes the chronos corporation to come after him, as the armour was originally there's, with their Zoanoids that are humans that transform into giant monsters with various abilities.

Okay, bit of a SPOILER coming up. While there was a lot I enjoyed about The Guyver, including great monster design (which still holds up) and interesting plot points involving mankind being created by aliens, there's one plot point that really wowed me at the time. Sho's dad is kidnapped and turned into a Zoanoid. So at the time I expected Sho's group to managed to fix his Dad and turn him back to normal...but that doesn't happen, instead Sho's brain gets damaged (but the armour can go into auto-pilot and repair him) and he then...kills his own father. This was the first time I'd ever seen such a dark plot twist, as in Western entertainment things either turn out fine, or the death would happen, but with a brave sacrifice and reconciliation between everyone. But here was a Son...killing his own father...this willingness to have a nastier edge is one of the reasons I'm an anime fan today.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Fallout 4 Loot Crate Unboxing






Dear Wasteland Wanderers,

There's this game called Fallout 4 that's coming out on Tuesday the 10th of November. You may have heard of it.
A few months ago I ordered the Fallout 4 Limited Edition Loot Crate for myself and I thought it would be great to do an unboxing video for you all.

Perhaps you missed the chance to get one yourself or you simply weren't interested. Either way let's take a look inside:


Friday, 6 November 2015

Transformers Devastation Review


 
As you read my blog couple weeks ago you can tell I love PlatinumGames, so when Transformers: Devastation was shown at E3 I was so excited. Not only was it being made by one of my favourite developers, but also it looked like one of my favourite childhood TV series.



Also for people who don’t follow Platinumgames, they are making the new Nier game with Square-Enix and they had a new trailer this week showing gameplay. Wow what a improvement from the first game. I can’t wait to get my hands on it as not only will it have a great story like the first, but it will also have good gameplay and the music sounds really good also.

So, here's my review of Transformers: Devastation.


Monday, 2 November 2015

Brads Unboxings


Brad


Hi Everybody!

Bought some bits at London MCM Expo, check out our blog about it HERE

and we're starting to do more unboxing videos so thought I would post them up on here










So what did you think of these unboxing videos?

Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter


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Deck Maniacs Unboxing and Competition


Brad


Deck Maniacs is a new box subscription service where you sign up and get sent either Pokémon or Magic the Gathering booster packs and other assorted goodies straight to your door!

They are also looking to expand with Cardfight! Vanguard, Force of Will and Yu-Gi-Oh

So here are the boxes from October 2015 that they sent to us to review, we hope you enjoy these unboxing videos as much as we did opening them!

We also have one to give away for November!



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