Ready Player One and Forging Real Relationships Apr13

Ready Player One and Forging Real Relationships...

One of the first things you learn from the book-turned-movie Ready Player One is that once you log in to the OASIS, you can look, sound, and act however you want. The opening of the film pans around a number of different scenarios—an old woman wearing a VR visor boxing an invisible foe, a young girl playing piano through her haptic gloves, and a woman pole-dancing for an audience we can’t see—all of them doing something in the real world that looks very different in the OASIS. That’s the tantalizing point of a digital world; when you’re unhappy with how you look, just log in and change it. We even see our hero, Parzival (the OASIS avatar of the real-life Wade Watts), turn on the “wind effect” to his anime-styled hair because he thinks it will look cool. Parzival’s heroic journey requires sifting through a library’s worth of obscure pop culture knowledge to solve a set of complex riddles. Before long, an evil corporation takes notice of his success, and the hunt to save the (digital) world is on. Parvial’s closest in-game allies are Aech and Art3mis, his best friend and love interest respectively. Parzival treats these relationships very differently. Art3mis is the clumsily-written caricature of a “cool gamer chick” who earns Parzival’s naive trust and affection because she’s (almost) as good at clue hunting as he is. After a handful of interactions, Parzival decides he’s in love with her. She rightfully rejects the idea, telling him he doesn’t know anything about her other than what she wants him to know. Parzival has only ever known the extreme version of the “first date” self she’s chosen to show him and he can’t possibly know her well enough to truly love her. In the book,...

MCU Watchlong – Captain America: The Winter Soldier...

Dig our your Thomas Paine literature, it’s another MCU Watchalong! Join Jason, Dustin Schellenberg and Kyle Rudge as they watch through one of the most critically acclaimed movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 120 – Gratitude For The Abundance Of Fish...

Only half as lame as Speedy,  it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison and Kyle look past the top of the poster to the heroics of their favourite non-protagonists in the Question of the Week before a very special Conundrum to commemorate an important announcement in today’s episode. Then in the second segment, Matt Civico looks at how Dirk Gently approached the idea of hero and sidekick in Playing The Sidekick: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Humanity. What is the role of a truly great sidekick? How can we balance being the hero of our own lives and the sidekick in the lives of those we love? Why is Speedy the worst sidekick in DC history? Listen on and find out! The music in the break is “It’s Not Old Skool It’s Classic” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 119 – River Rituals...

The only podcast to cheat on the Voight-Kampf test, Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison and Kyle as they examine the blind spots in each of their nerd repertoires in the Question of the Week, before sharing the Saved Files that have been keeping them busy as of late. Then in the second segment, we look into the gritty future with Jen Perry’s article, Samurai Jack and Being Valued In Another’s Eyes. How do physical rituals ground us in metaphysical beliefs? Why do we owe each other love and mercy when it is in our best interest to not extend them? Why can’t we all have a magical samurai sword? Tune in to find out! The music in the break is “It’s Not A Keygen” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 118 – Home Is Where The Vibranium Is...

Once you’ve heard it, you can’t unhear it, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison and Dustin Schellenberg as they share tales of BioWare and the longest games they’ve ever played before starting into the void over what their favourite dystopia is in the Question of the Week. Then in the second segment, we dive back into the incredibly subtextual Black Panther with Dustin’s article,  Black Panther Invites Us To Make Homes For Those Without. What does Black Panther say about the importance of home? What does home mean to you? How can I get a pair of Shuri’s panther blasters? Listen on and find out! The music in the break is “GB Hauz” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

MCU Watchalong: Thor: The Dark World...

Sharpen your hammers it’s time to go back to Asgard! Join Jason, Michael Boyce and Kyla Neufeld as venture into one of the less-lauded entries in the MCU to see what it has to offer us. Put on your Dark Elf ears and join us as we Watchalong with Thor: The Dark World! Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 117 – Two Gold Shirts...

Good news everyone—bad news, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason and Kyle as they navigate the waters of podcasthood together by asking a marathon question of the week and sharing the details of our first support stream Then in the second segment, Charles Sadnick logs on to self-understanding in The Introvert’s Guide to Joining a Party. What can we learn from the hero of Sword Art Online about being on our own? Is it always better to be part of a team? Is taking a nap in a meadow ever the truly right thing to do? Listen on to find out! The music in the break is “Failing Job Prospects” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 116 – Wakanda Forever!...

The only podcast set up in a holographic Lexus in a Wakandan lab, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Kyle and special guest Becky Yeboah as they dig into Black Panther’s storied Marvel history in an exciting Conundrum! Then in the second segment, it’s a full-spoiler review of what we thought of Black Panther. If you haven’t watched the episode you might want to hold off, but let us know what you agree or disagree with in the comments below! The music in the break is “Tracking Eva” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 115 – Revenge of the Sinus...

The only podcast still watching the live feed from Elon Musk’s Tesla, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Kyle and Justin Koop as they explore the B-sides of their favourite universes in the Question of the Week and process the vast array of nerdy movie trailers that dropped in the last week. Then in the second segment, it’s Godzilla! More specifically, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Jen Perry’s article We’ve Created A Monster. How does Godzilla present a metaphor for the Christian duty to steward the Earth? Is it possible to ever call littering a moral act? How annoying would it really be to return to Godzilla’s baby 20,000 years later? Listen on to find out! Question of the Week: What franchise would you want to get a new side story in? The music in the break is “Pig-Man” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 114 – Emotional Photon Torpedos...

The home of the podcast-benders, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Kyle and Dustin Schellenberg as they relay all the loot that you podcast listeners would drop if you were MMO bosses and share their stories of pilot episodes that truly hooked them before loading up some Saved Files. Then in the second segment, set phasers to diametrically opposed with Star Trek and Managing Stress by Alex Mellen. When is Kirk’s gut-feeling, emotionally driven problem solving the best way to handle a crisis? When should we emulate Spock’s more logical and observational style? What do we do when an enemy ship has locked onto us emotionally? Listen on and find out! Question of the Week: What pilot episode most sold you on a series? The music in the break is “North Hill Transit Speedrun” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

MCU Watchalong: Iron Man 3...

It’s time to get your Black Sabbath t-shirts on! Join Jason, Dustin Schellenberg and Justin Koop as they repulsor blast their way into the first Phase 2 movie of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and get ready to face the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 113 – What Audio Error? There’s No Audio Error!...

The only podcast whose idea of a flame war involves Magmar and Charizard, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison, and Kyle as they imagine themselves as MMO bosses full of loot in the Question of the Week and Allison unveils her new monthly segment: Underrepresented! Then in the second segment, Bucky Barnes is the man of the hour thanks to Caitlin Eha’s Choosing Who We Become: Bucky Barnes and Past Trauma. How is the once-best friend of Captain America an example of moving on from past trauma? What can we learn from Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s reactions to Bucky in the Marvel movies? What mysterious error does Jason keep referring to? Listen on and find out! Question of the Week: If you were an MMO boss, what loot would you drop? The music in the break is “It’s Not Old Skool It’s Classic” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 112 – That’s a Spicy Bitcoin...

The only podcast more volatile than Bitcoin, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison, and Kyle as they inquire what board games should grace the silver screen in this Week’s Question of the Week and open up some Saved Files about games they’ve been playing and some new developments around Geekdom House. Then in the second segment, it’s a look into some of Disney’s less conventional princesses in Julia Hamm’s On Being The Perfect Daughter. What sorts of expectations do we make of our parents (or our children) without even noticing? How can we work inter-generationally to be the best society we can be? How many of us agree Mulan has the best music of any Disney movie? Listen on to find out? Question of the Week: What board game would you like to see get a big budget movie? Ramblings Of A Guy From Regina The music in the break is “It’s Not A Keygen” by Lazy Nerd 204 [used with permission] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 111 – Chocolate Cures Everything...

It’s the podcast that can’t not go fast—it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison, Justin Koop as they dive into some of their favourite stories in this week’s Question of the Week and Jason recaps the recent Games Done Quick with some hot tips for new and returning fans. Then in the second segment, the hosts look at Christy Chichester’s Dealing With Dementors and Depression and examine what we should take away from one of the most fowl creatures in the Harry Potter universe. Was Lupin’s advice worth following? What parts of the metaphor hold up to real-life depression? Can chocolate really cure anything? Listen on and find out! Question of the Week: What’s a fictional story that has impacted who you are today? Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 110 – Mega Faves...

It’s the year 3742 if you count in base 8, and that means Infinity +1 is back! Join Jason, Allison, and Kyle they get back in the booth for the first time since the holiday break and catch up from their time apart. Then in the second segment, the hosts each go through five of their favourite things that came out in the last calendar year. Spoiler: there’s a lot of comic book movie and Dungeons & Dragons talk in this segment. Question of the Week: What were some of your favourite or memorable things from 2017? Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

MCU Watchalong: The Avengers...

It’s time to assemble! Join Jason, Kyle and Dustin Schellenberg as they enter the Disney era of Marvel’s movie universe with the movie that blasted the MCU into outer orbit—The Avengers. Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Watchalong: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith...

This is the podcast you’re looking for! Join Jason, Allison and frequent Geekdom House guests Kyla Neufeld and Michael Boyce as they initiate Order 66 by revisiting the high highs and low lows of the final entry the Star Wars prequel trilogy—Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Episode 109 – The Last Jedi...

Porgs ahoy, it’s Infinity +1! Join Jason, Allison, and Kyle as they dissect the moments they loved and didn’t love from Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. If you want to avoid spoilers DO NOT listen to this episode, but leave your thoughts in the comments below! Question of the Week: What was a favourite moment from The Last Jedi? Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Geekdom House on YouTube: Geekdom House Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Watchalong: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones...

Happy Life Day everybody! Join Jason, Dustin, Kyle and first-time-guest Jeremy Klassen as they wade into the mysteries of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas and the most troubling love story from anywhere in a galaxy far, far away—Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...

Watchalong: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace...

It’s a great day for podracing! Join Jason, Dustin and Michael for the first instalment of December’s Star Wars prequel watchalong spectacular! If you need a reason to get pumped for the The Last Jedi, why not join our hosts as the relive the great (and not-so-great) moments that The Phantom Menace has to offer! Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Kyle’s Twitter: @videogamefaith Allison’s Twitter: @GeekWrites Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from...