7 Indie Games to Play in 2017...

These days, bigger budgets don’t necessarily mean better games, and we love seeing the creative projects that independent developers are coming up with. Here are seven of our most anticipated indie games of 2017: 1. Tacoma “Tacoma is the new game from the creators of Gone Home, set on Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma where, 200,000 miles from Earth, you must uncover the mysteries of the station.” 2. Rain World “You are a nomadic slugcat, both predator and prey in a broken ecosystem. Intense, bone-crushing rains pound the surface and make life almost impossible for most of the year, but the dry season has just arrived. Grab your spear and brave the industrial wastes, hunting enough food to survive another hibernation cycle, but be wary—other, bigger creatures have the same plan… and slugcats look delicious.” 3. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice takes you on a journey into savage viking heartland with Senua, a Celtic warrior struggling with trauma & psychosis.” 4. Perception “Perception is a first-person narrative horror adventure that tells the story of Cassie, a blind heroine who uses her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.” 5. Aer “An adventure among the clouds. Turn into a bird and fly to explore a shattered world of floating islands, nomads and secrets of old.” 6. Frostpunk “Frostpunk takes on what people are capable of when pushed to the limits. What interests us is what society do to survive and how it changes in the process. How survival in the end leaves us different beings.” 7. Below “Explore. Survive. Discover.”...

Our Favourite Things from 2016 Jan02

Our Favourite Things from 2016

Charles’ Anime Picks 1. March Comes in Like a Lion Very rarely have I found media that’s both rip-roaringly funny and genuinely touching. March Comes in Like a Lion, a story about a shogi prodigy (think Japanese chess) trying to find his way in the world is just that. Memorable characters, beautiful artwork, and catchy music—all of which you’d expect from the spiritual successor to Honey and Clover—are the icing on the cake for a series that tackles issues like loneliness, adoption, neglect, illness, and poor parenting. This is the best anime of 2016. 2. Re:Zero A video-game-playing shut-in is spirited away to a fantasy world where he makes friends with would-be princesses and assassin maids, fights creepy cultic leaders, and dies agonizing deaths before restarting the “game.” Oh, and did I mention there’s an entire arc based on Moby Dick, but with flying whales? 3. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash A show that takes place in a world with some similarities to Sword Art Online. But Grimgar is far more intense and takes unexpected turns that advance the story of comrades learning to survive in a harsh world. The animation is very pretty and the show has lots of thoughtful, quiet moments, but be prepared, Grimgar is violent—most of all, to the viewer’s heart. Jen’s Superhero Movie Picks 1. Captain America: Civil War You can’t go wrong with a Captain America movie, but this one was especially awesome. Besides being action-packed, fun, and full of great characters (loved Black Panther!), it was relevant to the real sense of division that many people are feeling these days. The intro of a couple of new characters to the Avenger group and a storyline that I can’t wait to see developed really made this movie stand out in the Captain America series. 2. Doctor Strange This movie was visually interesting and had super cool special effects. The storyline was compelling and thought-provoking. I like that Marvel is bringing out some of the lesser known guys like Doctor Strange. I also really enjoy seeing the birth of a hero and watching Strange come into his. The during credits sneak peek vignette was the best one yet (Yay Thor!). 3. X-Men: Apocalypse I love Magneto (and Michael Fassbender), so any story giving insight into his character is good in my book. The scene with Quicksilver was the best part of the movie, and the theme of family was a good one—that’s really what the X-Men are, after all.   Kevin’s Animated Movie Picks 1. Kubo and the Two Strings This movie is simply beautiful. The visual design of the stop motion animation evokes feudal Japan. It explores the importance of story and themes of love, loss, sacrifice, and redemption. It’s my favourite animated film in a year crowded with amazing entries. 2. Zootopia Zootopia took us to another world populated by anthropomorphic animals. The structure of the story is heavily influenced by the classic film noir stories, but the bright colours and sheer inventiveness of the world-building made it an amazing journey. 3. Moana With stunning visuals, a Chief’s awesome daughter (emphatically NOT a princess), an epic quest, amazing songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Alan Tudyk as a chicken, this is one of my favourites. Honorable Mention – Sing! While not a great film, this movie has an exuberant third act which will sweep you away. Victoria’s TV Show Picks 1. Stranger Things This was one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. I binge-watched it over two days—twice. The acting was superb, the plot drew me in, the characters were original and delightful, and I still quote lines from the show on a regular basis. 2. The Muppets Though this show only lasted one season, it brought me back to my childhood. I adore Muppet humor and this show had me laughing out loud. I loved seeing Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang...

The Best of Area of Effect 2016 Dec30

The Best of Area of Effect 2016...

Happy new year!! If you’re new to Area of Effect or want to catch up on some reading you might have missed, here are the top Editors’ Picks from 2016. Let us know your favourite article in the comments, and what you hope to see us write about in 2017. Cheers, y’all. ANIME 1. “The Gift We Can’t Earn” by Charles Sadnick — on Clannad After Story 2. “Pain Can’t Keep us Together” by Casey Covel — on Kiznaiver 3. “Choosing Peace in Nausicaa’s Wake” by Charles Sadnick — on Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind COMICS 1. “One of Your Many Toys” by Dustin Schellenberg — on Suicide Squad 2. “Losing to Win: Doctor Strange and Fear” by Victoria Grace Howell — on Doctor Strange 3. “A Bizarro Kind of Love” by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry — on Superman the Animated Series FANTASY 1. “I Must Not Tell Lies” by Kyla Neufeld — on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2. “Of Mice and Words” by Casey Covel — on the Redwall series by Brian Jacques 3. “Call Me Treebeard” by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry — on The Lord of the Rings SCI-FI 1. “Stranger Things: The Villains in Authority” by Michael Boyce — on Stranger Things 2. “I Ain’t Afraid of No Truth” by Kevin Cummings — on Ghostbusters 3. “Identifying with a Sarcastic Martian” by Allison Barron — on The Martian TABLETOP 1. “Confessions of a DM: NPCs are People Too” by Sheela Cox — on Dungeons and Dragons 2. “Keeping it in the Game” by Michael Penner — on Settlers of Catan 3. “Not Just a Board Game Design Class” by Kevin Cummings VIDEO GAMES 1. “A Colossal Lie” by Casey Covel — on Shadow of the Colossus 2. “Our Response to Fear and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” by Dustin Schellenberg — on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 3. “Life, Death, and Mario Kart” by Kyle Rudge — on Mario Kart HUMOUR...

The FANtastic Geek Gift Guide Nov25

The FANtastic Geek Gift Guide...

Christmas is coming, folks. And we know gift shopping can be a hassle. What to get your geek buddies that they don’t already to have? What to ask for because no one knows what to get you? We did a Gift Guide to Geek Art already, but thought you might be on the lookout for other ideas too. We did the research for you and have compiled a guide to satisfy every fan’s dream. For the Anime Enthusiast We know RWBY‘s not technically an anime because it’s American; calm down, folks! Calm down. Also, our Small-size editor’s wanted that Attack on Titan hoodie for a long time. Just sayin’. Attack on Titan Hoodie – $34.99 RWBY Ruby Figure – $34.95 Works of H. Miyazaki – $188.99 Crunchyroll Subscription – $6.95/month Princess Mononoke Art Print – $28 Eevee Earrings – $13.16 For the Tabletop Titan No one can understand why the board game organizer is so awesome unless they are a board gamer. Escape: The Curse of the Temple – $70 Dice Bag – $9.95 RPG Dice Set – $9.98 Dungeon Master Screen – $15 Board Game Organizer – $15-$50 King of Tokyo – $39.99 For the Comic Cavalier Marvel’s taking the Star Wars universe to great places… need we say more? Plus some other cool stuff. Star Wars Comics – $4.99 Inky Superhero Art – $30-$75 Superhero Fingerless Gloves – $25 Nimona Graphic Novel – $15.99 Ms. Marvel Comics – $2.99 DC Comics: A Visual History – $35 For the Fantasy Fiend That handmade Falkor, though! Lindsey Stirling album – $9.99 Elf Ear Cuffs – $27.75 The Name of the Wind – $10.79 Handmade Falkor – $131.83 The Grisha Trilogy – $36.53 Game of Thrones Dog Tag – $14.99 For the Sci-Fi Supporter The closest you can get...

Gift Guide to Geek Art Nov04

Gift Guide to Geek Art...

Like winter, Christmas is coming. And if you know anything about geeks, it’s that we love fan art. Since art is a big part of what we do here at Geekdom House, we’ve got the inside scoop on where you can go for your art lover’s Christmas gifts this year, including a list of some of the fandoms they cover so you can search this post for anything particular you’re looking for. That’s right, we did all the work for you. Or, of course, you could send your friends this link so they know what to get you. That works, too. 1. Paper Beats Rock Super Smash Bros. • Mario • Pokemon • Avatar: The Last Airbender • Spiderman • Venom • Attack on Titan • Big Hero 6 • Spirited Away • Gundam • Street Fighter • The Legend of Zelda • Link • Samus • Megaman • Fairy Tail • Natsu • Fullmetal Alchemist • Deadpool • The Flash • DragonballZ 2. Fabled Creative Pokemon • Jurassic Park • Retro • Space • BioShock • Supernatural • Mario • Batman • Fallout • Portal • Destiny • Luigi • Daisy • Mario Kart • Wario • Toad • Bowser • Maps   3. Otis Frampton Star Wars • Firefly • The Lord of the Rings • The Hobbit • My Neighbor Totoro • Doctor Who • Mad Max • The Legend of Zelda • Star Trek • The Big Bang Theory   4. Joe Hogan Art Pokemon • The Legend of Zelda • Majora’s Mask • Adventure Time • Mad Max • Final Fantasy • Cloud • Mario • Megaman • Spider-Man • Star Wars • Banjo-Kazooie • Stranger Things • Super Smash Bros. • Link • Peach • The Wind Waker • Rick and Morty • Ghostbusters • Sonic the Hedgehog • Journey • Mass Effect • Undertale • Halo   5. Sandara Fantasy • Dragons • Dungeons & Dragons • Myths   6. Wisesnail Art Sherlock • Deadpool • Guardians of the Galaxy • Rocket Raccoon • The Avengers • Harley Quinn • Suicide Squad • The Joker • Moriarty • The Falcon • Captain America • The Lord of the Rings • Vision • Groot • Assassin’s Creed • Doctor Strange •...

Geek T-Shirt Roundup Sep30

Geek T-Shirt Roundup

If you’re like most of us at Geekdom House, you enjoy showcasing your fandom for all the world to see and only a small percentage to understand. Geek t-shirts are kind of a thing now, and we’re okay with it. But where to get the best/affordable ones after Comic Con season? Here are our top five favourite websites. 1. TeeTurtle Pretty great prices for a lot of fun, cutesy geek t-shirts. 2. TeePublic We love this site because the shirts are affordable and it supports independent artists around the world. You can search pretty much anything geeky and you’ll find some great designs. 3. Qwertee Qwertee is fun because there’s a new t-shirt available for $12 every 48 hours. 4. ThinkGeek They have some pretty cool stuff, ranging from classic logos to some more original things. 5. Her Universe We like Her Universe because it was created for female geeks! It’s also founded by Ashley Eckstein, the voice actor of Ahsoka...

The Definitive Harry Potter Fan Art Collection Aug11

The Definitive Harry Potter Fan Art Collection

In honour of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s recent release, feast your eyes on this collection of amazing fan art from the original Harry Potter series! Share your favourite piece on social media with a link back to the artist and the hashtag #SupporttheGeeks. And tell us what you thought of the play. Did you read it? See it? Hate it? Love it? 1. Back at Hogwarts by Alea-Lefavre 2. Harry Potter by HitoFanart 3. Harry Potter by tsulala 4. Winter Hogwarts by kissyushka 5. HP – Ginny Weasley by dido6 6. Harry Potter VS the Horntail by JoniGodoy 7. McGonogall by Lasse17 8. Hogwarts and the Whomping Willow by danidraws 9. Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy by auroreblackcat 10. Severus Snape =3 by speedportraits 11. The Death of Fred by viria13 12. Harry Potter VS Voldemort...

Geekiness Types, Symptoms, Causes Jul21

Geekiness Types, Symptoms, Causes...

Geekiness Overview The first sign of geekiness is often a tendency to binge watch sci-fi shows on Netflix or play a video game for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Humming John Williams’ tunes and fantasizing about living in another universe are also known signs. No treatment is available for geekiness. It is not uncommon and must be taken seriously. Geekiness Types Invasive geekiness is geekiness that has spread beyond the occasional movie or board game. Female and male geekiness are both possible. Cosplaying is a rare type of geekiness that requires a certain amount of dedication and creativity to spread throughout body and the soul. Geekiness Symptoms If you suffer from geekiness you may recognize one or more of these symptoms: Physical symptoms Sore back or neck from rolling into every box and crate you see Extreme discomfort moving along the Y-axis (may apply to Doom players) Desire to consume/inject any unlabelled medicine found in any unmarked container Speaking in a language composed solely of references and quotes Waiting for an imaginary ATB bar to fill before making any real life action Always using extra salt on your food in case of demons or vampires Trying to eat breakfast cereal when there is no spoon Choosing to wear gold or blue when anyone else wears red Emotional Symptoms Mentally determining the difficulty class of any challenge based on the roll of a D20 Extreme paranoia that every mentor in your life is really your mortal enemy waiting until you become strong enough to challenge them An unfounded certainty that telephone booths are bigger on the inside The utterly false belief in cake Deep emotional repression of the death of a certain dinosaur-loving pilot who’s totally still alive Despite the advice of your...

Pokémon Go and Outrage Culture...

Last Sunday, we spent about half an hour at a local park. As people holding their cellphones drifted past, they all stopped at the same place and started swiping furiously at their screens. Most punched the air in triumph, one or two sank to the ground in disappointment. Consulting our copies of Pokémon Go, we worked out that they were hunting a wild paras. Common, but we can understand the allure. We wanted to catch it too. The Pokémon Go app is two weeks old in the U.S., less than one week old in Canada, and it’s already easy to spot the players. They aren’t texting or talking on their phones, they are immersed in the intersection between the “real” world and the video game on their screen. If our outrage draws lines that we cannot cross in order to understand one another, maybe it’s not worth expressing. Call us old curmudgeons (an accurate assessment for two of the three of us writing this), but it reminds us of an old episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Star Trek predicts everything. And this is no different. Commander Riker returns from shore leave with a highly addictive video game. Like a contagious disease, enthusiasm for the game spreads among the crew until the everyone is playing rather than attending to their duties. It falls to Wesley Crusher to uncover the underlying alien plot, rescue the crew, and save the ship. It’s been years since we saw the episode, but the image that sticks with us is the crew wandering around the ship, completely absorbed in the game. Watching our fellow Pokémon Go players, we experienced a feeling of déjà vu. While we doubt aliens are using the new game to take over the world, a simple google search reveals that the conspiracy theories of Pokémon Go are already...

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Watch The Force Awakens Apr01

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Watch The Force Awakens...

The Force Awakens comes out on DVD this month! Should you be excited about it? Nah. Here’s why not. 1. Who needs strong female role models like Rey, anyway? 2. That warm, fuzzy feeling of nostalgia when you see the Millenium Falcon again isn’t worth beans. 3. We want a villain exactly like Darth Vader. Kylo Ren is too different. 4. John Williams did the score. Blech. 5. Chewbacca is still impossible to understand. 6. Luke should have just updated his Spacebook profile with his location. 7. They gave us a cute, voiceless droid instead of Jar Jar. It’s like they didn’t learn their lesson from the prequels. 8. Who cares that Han Solo even came back? Can’t we write any new characters these days? 9. Too many cool action scenes. Needed more politics. 10. You might as well just watch how it should have ended where Han vaccinates Kylo with...

Win steampunk kits Aug26

Win steampunk kits

Looking for some new items for your steampunk cosplay? Look no further. Enter below! Contest is open until September 24, 2015. Huge thanks to designer Angela Sawatzky of By Blackbird Designs for donating these accessories for your steampunk ensemble. Check out www.byblackbirddesigns.com for more of her amazing jewelry. You can also read the story about Angela and how designing jewelry helped her deal with the pain of fibromyalgia here....

Our favourite comedy TV shows Jul17

Our favourite comedy TV shows...

Geeks are no longer stereotyped as socially-inept computer whizzes with allergies and glasses, but have taken over the silver screen as intelligent nerds with a vision. While we might still laugh at Moss for blurting out whatever he’s thinking or Chuck for being nervous around Sarah, we more often laugh with them than at them. These shows are some of the geekiest and funniest we’ve ever seen. 1. The IT Crowd Roy: Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Uh… okay, well, the button on the side, is it glowing? Yeah, you need to turn it on… uh, the button turns it on… yeah, you do know how a button works don’t you? No, not on clothes. A show about tech support, the most indispensable of geeks. It’s dry wit is why we love it. 2. Community Jeff: For your information, I don’t have an ego. My Facebook photo is a landscape. Maybe not branded as a “geek” show, but they do their references right. The paintball and D&D episodes are our favourites. 3. Chuck Lester: You’re out-gunned, out-manned, out…side, and it’s a lovely day, so throw down your gun and nobody gets hurt. It’s got action, romance, spies, drama, crime, wit, and a dash of nerdiness. It’s pretty much the perfect show. 4. The Big Bang Theory Sheldon: Interesting. You’re afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic. Lots of geeks don’t like The Big Bang Theory because it seems to be made more for people like Penny rather than for people like Leonard or Sheldon, but some of us find it amusing nonetheless. 5. The Guild Codex: So, it’s uh Friday night and… still jobless, yay. I haven’t left the house in a week. My therapist uh, broke up with...

Jokes to make you laugh and cry Jul10

Jokes to make you laugh and cry...

What doesn’t Tara drink? She’s not a fan of shots. What show does Boromir never seem to catch? Arrow. How much did it cost Dr. Horrible to join the Evil League of Evil? Just one Penny. What is Sephiroth’s favourite food? Shish kabobs. How do Reavers clean their spears? They put them through the...

Our favourite geeky webcomics Jul03

Our favourite geeky webcomics...

1. 8-BIT THEATER     2. AWKWARD ZOMBIE   3. PENNY ARCADE   4. CTRL+ALT+DEL   5. XKCD...

A ghazal for Gollum Jun30

A ghazal for Gollum

Our only wish to catch a fish so juicy sweet How delicious, what a dish, so juicy sweet Give it to us raw and wriggling I think it’s good We’ll grab its head, it makes a squish, so juicy sweet Fish and bones, they make a crunch, not like bread Bread is tasteless, especially elvish, not so juicy sweet We wants it bad, we needs it bad, we must have it We’ll kill them both, risky to accomplish, so juicy sweet It is the master who’ll take care of us NO he won’t Give in to it, give in to anguish, so juicy sweet SHE could do it, she could kill them, yes she could Then I can take it, it is our wish, so...

A sonnet for Sephiroth Jun26

A sonnet for Sephiroth

Oh where have ye gone, my foe Sephiroth? Ye go to Midgar or to northern cave? I aim to end ye, yes I swear I doth Your sword has murdered many SOLDIERS brave Each day alone I mourn my Cetra’s death You killed her, jerk, you killed her with your sword And as I knelt, I heard her dying breath For long I’ve cried tears I cannot afford Forsooth, your plot to call Meteor shall fail Faced with my limit break you will cower Even the glow of materia is pale Next to your lust for the life stream’s power For Aerith’s love remembered, I am weak But to this day on you, revenge I...

An acrostic for Armin Jun24

An acrostic for Armin...

A horrible disaster Rampaging abominations Many people eaten I was one of them, but no more Nay, I will slay them all All of them Really! All of them Listen to me Every day Relentlessly Talking about slaying the...

A haiku for the Hulk Jun19

A haiku for the Hulk

A tetractys for TK421 Jun17

A tetractys for TK421...

Why aren’t you at your post? If only you would go to target practice, like we ask Why can’t you accomplish this single task? I have no clue Why aren’t you at your post?

A ballad for Batman Jun12

A ballad for Batman

It only takes one day that’s bad You’ll never be the same I’ve stolen what you’ll sorely miss Come join me in the game Do save him if you think you can I’ll even give a clue It’s not a clock, but goes “tick-tock” And ends with a “KABOOM” You think your brain’s so powerful But can you guess my plan? Imagine that clock counting down Come stop me if you can At first I blackmailed Toddy’s mom To set the bait and hook They’re reunited now, it seems Why don’t you take a look? I’m not afraid to tell you that I’m crazy as a coot I will admit it. Why can’t you? Your sanity is moot Why else would you dress up like that Just like a flying rat? You’re just as mad as me, you know Give up your tit for tat You’ll be too late to save them now The mother or your friend You’ll blame yourself for both their deaths You’re right, it is the end The hour has come for me to run Though fun I’ve had with rhyme For like they say, it’s “Bombs away” Try working on your...