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What do you geek out on? Chances are we do too! This show is a place for geeks of all shapes and sizes to kick back, have fun, and let loose on a wide variety of content. Strap in and enjoy the ride us as we talk about anything and everything. Fear not we include our own unique views, humor, and opinions - free of charge. We will be joined by the occasional guest and good friends. This is a show for geeks by geeks – Welcome to Geek Eclectic.
 
The Geek Bravado Ramble is an eclectic, relatively frequent, topical commentary and discussion podcast by Parallax Abstraction. Touching on all kinds of topics from gaming to tech, news, politics, mental health, social issues and everything in between, expect unvarnished, sometimes unpopular but always informed and clickbait free opinions along with an open call for discussion. Like what I had to say? Tell me why! Don't like it? Change my mind! Let's ramble together! Join my Discord at http: ...
 
Since beginning in 2010, The Geek Show has gone through more form changes than a final boss of a JRPG. Tune in and subscribe now for a fine slice of anarchy as members of The Geek Show Podcast Network dip a toe in the unendingly surreal waters of science & technology news and lend our own unique spin to it all.This very podcast is the grandpappy of 4-Panel, Cinema Eclectica, KeyFrame, Literary Loitering, Press X and a whole boatload of exclusive tomfoolery. Find and subscribe to them all on ...
 
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Most provincial governments in Canada and other places around the world have introduced vaccine passports, requiring you to show proof of double vaccination before you can do things like go to restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms. Some employers are also requiring these now. I hate this and think it shouldn't be necessary but the problem isn't the …
 
One person developer Emika Games recently announced that they were stepping away from game development because of an overabundance of Steam refund requests for their games, which are considered very good but are generally less than 2 hours long and within Steam's refund window. This has stoked the typically outraged response from the games press, a…
 
Apple recently announced that starting with iOS 15, user photos will be algorithmically analyzed for child sexual abuse and if found, reported to the authorities. Users cannot opt out of this. Some believe this is a great win for the noble cause of rooting out the sick consumers of this content. I and many others believe this is a massive overreach…
 
The Activision Blizzard scandal and the horrific stories that have come out of it, along with many others lately, have begun to really make me question my love of what AAA gaming has become has a whole. I discuss that and what we as consumers can (and probably) won't do to try and cause change. NOTE: The audio book I talked about in this episode is…
 
Cancel culture is alive, well and growing and especially in the gaming industry. Two popular and celebrated figures in the development industry recently got cancelled for very different reasons, neither of which should have happened. I discuss these incidents and how this mob of perpetually (and often purposefully) outraged can't be allowed to cont…
 
It's been roughly a year since Mixer very suddenly shut down. I'm still grinding it out in content creation as are many others but a lot of us are still trying to find our footing again in various ways. I refleft on some of the things other streamers are trying to do, as well as where I am now and where at least my short-term future is.…
 
Many have questioned the relevance of the game industry's big trade show for a number of years now. After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, this year's all virtual show largely left a bad impression on the general public. While I agree with those sentiments, I think this year's event showed incredible potential for those who look beyon…
 
Recently, three of the core personalities at Giant Bomb announced on the same day that they were leaving the site, effectively putting it on life support. I gave up on the site a couple of years ago but its impact on gaming media of all kinds is undeniable. In this casual port-mortem, I reflect on that, why I stopped following them and what I hope …
 
Six Days In Fallujah is a tactical first-person shooter set during a very controversial battle during the Iraq war. The game was originally set to release in the late 2000s, before being cancelled by its publisher and subsequently, having its developer go under. Now it's being brought back by a new developer and publisher and is still very controve…
 
A virtual uprising against Wall Street hedge funds has been taking place for the last week or so, thanks to a subreddit called Wall Street Bets. It's also showed just how rigged our financial system is as the companies that have been gambling with our economy for years without consequence are now working hard from all angles to shut this "free mark…
 
Parler, an alternative to Twitter that had a mostly right-wing user base, was recently kicked off Google Play, the Apple App Store and Amazon Web Services in a suspiciously rapid and coordinated fashion. While I have no love for the platform, I think this coordinated assault by big tech companies to stamp out politically competing platforms, citing…
 
It's been happening for a while but especially with recent event, I've seen this growing trend of people online demanding that everyone use whatever platform they have to scream political opinions and that a failure to do so is tantamount to complicity and even somehow, an act of violence. I am sick of this and of entitled people daring to make dem…
 
2020 sucked hard but one bright spot was in video games. There was no shortage of amazing things to play while you were stuck at home. Rather than do a traditional top 10 this year, I decided to forgo talking about AAA games altogether and make an unordered list of 10 varied indie games from the year that I think are worth checking out. They're all…
 
The Cyberpunk 2077 launch, burning their console partners and now the sudden backtracking on the release of Devotion on GOG has taken CD Projekt Group's formerly stellar reputation straight off a cliff in the last week. In my opinion, it's an unfortunate and unavoidable end of a creative company that's publicly traded. I discuss this theory and why…
 
Cyberpunk 2077 has finally launched after numerous delays and while I think it's a great game, it also has a lot of problems and CD Projekt Red's stellar reputation has taken some significant damage. As someone who was incredibly hyped for the game, I believe a lot of those criticisms are warranted but some are also an example of the gaming communi…
 
Twitch and some streamers on it are currently in the midst of a DMCA crackdown by the major record labels. Entire libraries of VODs and clips are being deleted in an attempt to prevent channels from being taken down and everyone's made about it. While they have a right to be, at the same time, everyone in this situation is also wrong in various way…
 
In the unbridled nightmare that is the American presidency right now, a lot of people have been rightly blamed for contributing to Donald Trump's rise. However, one person in particular, I think has skirted under the radar and arguably, deserves more blame than most. In this unusual podcast, I discuss that and my reasons for it.…
 
In an absolute mic drop worthy bombshell, Microsoft has announced their intention to buy ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda, Arkane, id Software, MachineGames and Tango Gameworks among others. They are also now owners of some of the world's biggest IPs like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Wolfenstein, Dishonored and more. The Internet is buzzing ab…
 
Twitch recently announced that they're going to be testing randomly placed mid-roll ads in the middle of people's streams. As expected, this has quickly formed two camps between those who thinks this is unfair and distuptive and others who think anyone saying that is entitled. As is often the case, I fall somewhere in the middle but I also go into …
 
3D Realms and their indie partners held the online Realms Deep 2020 event his weekend, dedicated to what turned out to be a tsunami of what I call "modern retro" titles that they have coming in the next year. As someone who grew up with games in the 80s and 90s, I'm super excited to see not only all these new yet old games coming but also how this …
 
In my hiatus from streaming, I've been working on my backlog and just got a chance to finish Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PS4. While this ramble review is a while after the release of the game, I think I bring some interesting and largely unique perspectives to the review due to having never finished the original back in the day. This game was q…
 
In a massive upset to the mobile game industry status quo, Epic Games has filed anti-trust lawsuits against Apple and Google after having Fortnite pulled from their app stores for trying to do their own in-app purchases, bypassing the 30% cut those companies take. This is going to be a monumental fight that could set wide-reaching industry preceden…
 
Carrion is a game I've been looking forward to for a while. Billed as a "reverse horror" game, you play as the monster, which is something we've surprisingly seen very little of. I give my impressions of it, as well as some things I'd like to see in a potential sequel if one gets made. Buy a Carrion Steam key from one of these retailers and help su…
 
Don't listen to this if you haven't watched Snowpiercer Season 1 yet and don't want it spoiled. I didn't know a TV series based on Snowpiercer was coming until it suddenly appeared on Netflix one day so as a fan of the movie, I wanted to check it out. I liked it well enough, right up until the last episode. I talk about my issues with it and what i…
 
After too long, I'm back with another ramble game review episode and to as much my surprise as anyone's, it's of yet another visual novel. Eliza came out back in 2019 but I only got to play it recently. Unlike Arcade Spirits, the story in this game is much more grounded in the real world and is also much more linear than many visual novels traditio…
 
Out of the blue on the 22nd of June, Microsoft announced that Mixer, my live streaming home of over 3 years, will be unceremoniously killed with a whopping one month's notice. The community is devastated, angry and bitter, especially since this comes on the heels of a weekend of scandals that rocked the platform, which they're now able to just swee…
 
The world feels like it's on fire right now. For those reasons and more, I'm personally in a really bad place. This podcast is mostly talking about my own struggles, though I am not unempathetic to the greater madness so many more are dealing with too. I just talk about this struggle for a while because I think it's important for more of us to be o…
 
After a bunch of release drama that included the developer closing the day after it shipped largely unfinished, the investors behind RUNE II have begun fulfilling the promise they made to the community to keep supporting the game and have released a massive update called Lazarus, which they claim is just the start. I was given a press code and stre…
 
I'm not generally a fan of visual novels. I played Arcade Spirits on a first impressions stream about a year ago and kept it installed because something about it made me think I'd want to come back to it, even though it was a visual novel. I recently finished it and was very pleasant surprised by the experience. I give an on the fly ramble review o…
 
During the COVID-19 crisis, the previously to say the least, divisive leader of my province has been getting a lot of credit for how he's been "leading" through the outbreak and many of his previous detractors are suddenly changing their minds on him. However, much like Rudy Guilliani after 9/11, none of this is based in reality but more just the f…
 
Epic Games has now announced that in addition to making a big push into the digital distribution space, they are now getting into publishing games from other developers. Similar to how they launched the Epic Games Store, they are starting with a bang, offering full funding and creative control to 3 prominent studios, with apparently more to come. I…
 
COVID-19 is currently sending society and the economy into a tailspin with no end in sight. Meanwhile, it's become taboo to talk about the country whose lacking regulations and rampant corruption has resulted in not only this pandemic but multiple others. Those whose self-worth is wrapped up in being offended on behalf of others are calling critici…
 
Sony had their technical briefing in which they did a deep dive on what's under the hood of the PS5. While I talk about all of the various aspects Mark Cerny discussed in his presentation, I focus heavily on the custom SSD Sony has put in the system. Many blew off Cerny's focus on this as boring but I think what this advancement brings with it coul…
 
A little while ago, I decided to stop taking some meds for my mental health. I'd been taking them for many years and was advised by professionals that it can be worth stopping them once in a while to see what impact it is. The results surprised me. I talk about that and what it might mean for me going forward. DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or menta…
 
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