Assassin's Creed 2 Review & Revisit
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 July 2020, 4:00 pm

I finally decided to write something for the Geek to Geek Media site!  I just posted an Assassin's Creed 2 review over on the site that dives into the question of whether or not AC2 holds up over a decade later.

My Geek to Geek Podcast co-host has been trying to get me to write something over there for awhile and I finally gave in.  Consider this part of my revisit of the Assassin's Creed series!

Now I also need to figure out the balance of writing here versus writing articles on the Geek to Geek site.  I think I'm probably going to continue to use this blog as quicker thoughts that are off the cuff or more personal.  But, I may be tempted to write more in-depth and SEO-able articles over on the Geekery Blog.  I dunno for sure, we'll see.

But, if I continue to post over there I'll definitely make sure I'm linking to that content from this site too.  This is basically the one home on the internet that I own (well, the URL anyway) so this is a good place to capture everything that I do.



Revisiting The Assassin's Creed Series
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 July 2020, 2:13 pm
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It's been awhile since I wrote a regular post on here instead of just highlighting the latest podcast episode but I kind of... accidentally started replaying the mainline Assassin's Creed series.  So I figured I should put down some sort of record of it similarly to what I did for my Final Fantasy Project all those years ago.

My intention is not to be as in-depth as I was with Final Fantasy.  This is truly supposed to be more of a surface level revisit of Assassin's Creed to see what holds up and how far it's come over the last decade or so.

I accidentally stumbled into this replay because of an episode we did on the Geek to Geek Podcast about gaming shames.  In the course of that discussion I realized that I didn't have much shame about any of the gaming I had done and I really didn't feel like I had missed out on much in the world of gaming over the years.  As I dug into it, I realized that the only thing I truly felt I had missed was playing Assassin's Creed Rogue.  Rogue came out on the same day as Assassin's Creed Unity but it was exclusive to the previous generations of consoles for some reason... which is why I missed it.



This inspired me to immediately pick up the Assassin's Creed Rogue remaster on PS4 and plow through the game in less than a week.

Rogue fits in this weird middle ground between Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed 3, and Assassin's Creed Unity.  It somehow manages to act as a companion piece to all three of those games.  If anything, Rogue is the mainline game that feels the most like a spin-off.  If you want to hear me dive a little deeper into that, check out the Geek to Geek Podcast episode on gaming shames where we discussed it.

Because of the companion piece nature of it, Rogue led me back to the Assassin's Creed 3 remaster that I had started but not finished.  I pushed through and finished Assassin's Creed 3 just in time for the (real) 4th of July since I thought that was fitting given the revolutionary war setting of the game.


And that basically catches us up to... now.  I decided to dip my toe back into the older games in this series and realized how much I still like them even though some are over a decade old at this point.  I'm currently working my way through Assassin's Creed 2 from the Ezio Collection on PS4.  That collection has a remastered version of Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed Revelations.


I'm definitely not playing these games in order so I'm not sure which one will inspire me to pick it up after Assassin's Creed 2 wraps up, but I can already tell that I've mentally committed to revisiting every Assassin's Creed game that I can get on modern consoles.

We'll see where that takes me!


In This Episode:

This week it’s time to talk about what we’re proud about in our gaming history!  After last week’s gaming shames we decided to discuss the opposite.  Beej and Void land in very different places with where they feel proud in gaming accomplishments.  For Weekly Geekery BJ finished Avatar: The Last Airbender and Link’s Awakening as well as sampling some new games like Jump Force, Spongebob Squarepants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, and Golf Story.  Void watched Hamilton multiple times already even though it only released a few days ago and he also crit pathed his way through Assassin’s Creed 3.

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S5E26 - Gaming Shames - “It actually made me think for awhile”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 July 2020, 8:00 pm

In This Episode:

What are the games you missed out on or feel shame about not doing a certain part of?  BJ and Void dig into their personal gaming shames and what they’re going to do (or not do) about them.  They also dive into weekly geekery around comics, Dragon Quest, Link’s Awakening, 1917, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue.

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This week it’s a quick solo cast talking about some behind the scenes and the cutting room floor of Weekly Geekery.  Void and Beej should be back with a normal full episode next week!

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In This Episode:

We talk all about pulling old game concepts and genres up to modern standards and making them feel new!  We dig into the idea of taking an old idea lying fallow and make it new and interesting again.  We also have all sorts of things in weekly geekery like Dragon Quest IV, Hitman 2, Final Fantasy Lost Stranger, Archero, and some off the cuff PS5 reveal impressions.

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In This Episode:

This week it’s the best of the first half of 2020!  BJ and Void always take an episode to stop and reflect on all the great geeky stuff that resonated with us in the first half of the year.  It lets us touch on all the things that get forgotten by year end!  Find out what we enjoyed the most and what may stick with us all the way until our end of the year episode.

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In This Episode:

This week we catch up on weekly geekery with discussions around Maneater, Picard, Xenoblade Chronicles DE and X, Minecraft Dungeons, Phantasy Star Online 2, Star Ocean First Departure R, Crystallo, Crucible, Scythe, and more!  This is one of those weeks that runs the gamut for Void and Beej.

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Geek to Geek S5E21 - FFVIIR Spoilercast - “Go Full On Kingdom Hearts”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 May 2020, 7:14 pm

In This Episode:

We finally do an in-depth talk about all the spoilery things from the Final Fantasy VII Remake that we’ve held back from discussing.  This isn’t even a full overview, it’s truly just our thoughts on the spoilers!  We also talk some Weekly Geekery about Jurassic World, Streets of Rage 4, and Ecobee.

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In This Episode:

We do a deep dive console lookback.  This time we dig into the Vita and what we loved about it.  Not to mention how much wish we it were better supported.  We also do our weekly geekery and talk about things like the FFVII Remake, Hitman 2, and Comixology Unlimited.

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Geek to Geek S5E19 - Mini Geekery - “Quick Hit Geekery”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2020, 8:00 pm

In This Episode:

This week Void does a quick hit mini geekery episode while BJ is away.  Topics include Call of Duty Warzone, Comixology Unlimited, The Clone Wars, Hitman 2, and some thoughts on chasing the new vs digging into a single game for a long time.

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S5E18 - Yearly Themes - “You know what you mean by it”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2020, 8:00 pm

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We talk about setting yearly themes instead of new year’s resolutions.  Void did this at the beginning of the year and now that we’re getting near the half way point (crazy) it’s time to talk about it and check in!  We also discuss DIY Animal Crossing Amiibo creation, Never Have I Ever, Piper, and The Clone Wars Finale.

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In This Episode:

We discuss our home office setups and dig into mistakes we’ve made in the past so that you can avoid them!  We also get back to geekery around Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Fox in the Forest Duet, and Hitman 2.

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Geek to Geek S5E16 - Mini Geekery Grab Bag - “One to one parity”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 April 2020, 8:00 pm

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Void is filling in with a quick solo geekery episode while BJ is out sick.  Discover the wonder of chocolate covered espresso beans and lament the loss of Wunderlist with Void this week!

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Geek to Geek S5E15 - FFVII Remake Initial Impressions - “Mosey on out”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 April 2020, 8:00 pm

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Void and Beej talk about the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake.  Void has been playing non-stop and has a lot of thoughts! We also discuss ongoing Animal Cross: New Horizons efforts, The Burning White, and Apollo 13.

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Disney Forever S1E18 - Mulan (1998)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2020, 8:57 pm

In This Episode:

This week’s featured presentation is Mulan (1998).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!




Disney Forever S1E19 - Mulan II (2004)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2020, 8:58 pm

In This Episode:

This week’s featured presentation is Mulan II (2004).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!




Geek to Geek S5E14 - Xbox Game Pass in 2020 - “Soft Serve Hat”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2020, 8:00 pm

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Void and Beej talk all about the Xbox Game Pass, get diverted by conversations around the next gen consoles, and dive into Microsoft exclusives.  We also give an update on Animal Crossing New Horizon and talk about playing the FFVII Remake Demo again but this time in classic mode.

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In This Episode:

Void and Beej are both slightly obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the current world climate.  It’s kind of the perfect escape! We discuss what we like about it and why it’s holding our attention. We also do our normal dive into weekly geekery with things like the Bravely Default II demo and Roundgaurd.

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Disney Forever S1E16 - The Love Bug (1969)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 March 2020, 1:48 pm

In This Episode:

This week’s featured presentation is The Love Bug (1969).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!





Disney Forever S1E17 - Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 March 2020, 1:51 pm

In This Episode:

This week’s featured presentation is Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!




In This Episode:

Void and Beej are homebound during the pandemic, just like most people are.  We talk about what we’ve been up to, what keeps grabbing our interest, and what has been the best distraction from the news of the world.  Also, Animal Crossing New Horizons is amazing and Void tries to convince BJ to give it a try.

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In This Episode:

Void and Beej are here with hard earned tips and tricks for working from home.  We’ve done this off and on for years at this point so we wanted to let everyone know some of the things we’ve figured out that a lot of you are dealing with for the first time.

Separate Work Space From Home Space

If you don’t have enough room for that… then you need a “work mode” and “home mode” for your setup.
Void has always had a work desk and a home desk in different areas of the house. His home desk has his gaming PC while the work desk is only set up for a laptop with work stuff on it.
Beej does, this, too. He has both a laptop and a desktop and finds that when he needs to really work, he can get on the laptop to be less distracted from stuff than on the gaming pc. The Macbook is set up solely for work, while the gaming PC can be used for both.

When You're Done, Be Done

No one is watching you as closely as you think they are. Bosses included. You have to work and hit your deadlines, but when your day is supposed to be over, then truly disconnect and let it be over.
If you have a Do Not Disturb function (Slack does, for instance), use it. Some jobs might not have this luxury, but if you do, set a time for DND mode and abide by it.
Beej, for instance, stops working around 5pm but keeps Slack on DND past 7pm. That way, communication can still happen and handled when necessary, but it's on his terms. After 7pm, it can wait until 8am.

Take Breaks From Your Workspace

In the office, this happens organically through a lot of interruptions, casual chats, trips to the water cooler, and things like that. It won’t happen as much at home. Things will distract you, yes, but they won't be "breaks" as often.
We've found that these are the best ways to disconnect for us. But yours might be different. That's okay. Just make sure you're taking breaks and disconnecting from work at regular intervals.
  • 15-minute walk around the block, house, yard
  • Play a video game for half an hour
  • Take an actual hour break for lunch and make yourself some home-cooked food
  • Beej suggests In The Floor Time with your pets. It really brightens the day.

Communication is the Most Important Skill for Remote Work

You need to stay in contact with your co-workers and supervisors. But it doesn't have to be constant. If you’re responding to people in an hour or less, you’re typically doing just fine. Emails can even wait longer because most people don't check them constantly.
Don't be afraid of phone calls. Casual chats can’t happen so sometimes it’s a lot easier to get on the phone instead of sending 15 emails back and forth.
Video chats actually do help, too. One-on-one calls with supervisors or employees with video make you feel much less alone.

Talk to Other Humans. Regularly.

No matter what kind of communication it is, make sure you're talking to other human beings regularly. Your pets are great listeners, but they aren't the best conversationalists. Other people help stimulate us and make us feel connected.
So talk to them.
Talk in your work Slack. Not just work Slack, though. We highly recommend having Slack groups that you’re a part of. Join our Slack server at https://slack.geektogeekmedia.com. We have an awesome community there, and we're all in this together.
Same for Discord (https://discord.geektogeekmedia.com) and Twitter (@geektogeekcast or #GeekToGeek). These are lifelines. Use them.

Working From Home Can Help Form New Habits

Void started intermittent fasting when he was working from home because he had complete control of his schedule.
Maybe you can start eating much healthier much easier when you can make food in your own kitchen for every meal.
It’s easier to sneak exercise into your routine when you have more control over your schedule. Instead of a full lunch break, maybe take that hour at the end of the day and go for a run or to the gym.
Working from home gives you a lot more flexibility than being in an office. We highly suggest you take advantage of that and get yourself a better quality of life.

G2G Smashfest: Coronavirus Edition!

G2G Smash Fest! We'll be playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate using the "For Fun" rules. More info and signups can be found here: https://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/kYhyntPMWU

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Disney Forever S1E15 - Saving Mr Banks (2013)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2020, 10:58 am

In This Episode:

This week’s featured presentation is Saving Mr. Banks (2013).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!





In This Episode:

Void and Beej dive into thoughts on the Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo along with revisiting parts of Final Fantasy XIV and FFXV DLC.  We also dig into geekery with Dragon Quest X, some Star Wars novel thoughts, and Waking Sleeping Beauty.

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