GeekendHey there, Geekenders! We have a full house this week, with seven staffers talking about what they’ve been up to lately. The Evil Within has been turning heads for Halloween, while others are pining for the release of Dragon Age Inquisition.

Check out all our thoughts below and let us know what’s gotten you excited this week in the worlds of anime, gaming, and manga down in the comments.

Ebony Brown–Staff Writer

For the first time in what seems like a lifetime, I’m actually going to have a day where I have nothing to do. 😀 But I can not rest, I need to make sure everything is in order this weekend because my fiance, and fellow The G.A.M.E.S. Blog writer, Nicolas is returning to England on Tuesday for two and a half months!!! Excitement is not the word! So I need to make sure there’s food and that the house is clean. I plan on completely relaxing after. Playing games and starting my NaNoWriMo novel. ….And my assignment. That too.

Ethan Willard–Associate Editor

So, this week I got a job at my local GameStop, which has been one of my favorite stores, and number one cause of my financial duress. In spirit of getting a job at a video game edifice, I went a bought a PS3. I know it’s no next-gen system, but hey, it’s something. And quite honestly, I’m just waiting for Dragon Age Inquisition. That game looks so good. As far as video games, I have been playing The Evil Within. I have no idea why I bought it because I can’t play for more than an hour due to the sheer stress. It’s a scary game. And it’s reminiscent of Resident Evil 4 which is a huge plus. In the anime department, I have finished Psycho-Pass, started watching Arise: Ghost in the Shell and Arpeggio of Blue Steel. I don’t know how I feel about either, but I’ll keep watching.

Michael Riel–Staff Writer

It’s been awhile since I’ve contributed to our Geekend. In that time I visited New Hampshire’s yearly anime con, aptly title Another Anime Convention. I won’t go into much detail , but you can look forward to my full story on it here in the next couple weeks. Also I have watched so much anime that instead of trying to describe them all, I’m just going to recite a list for you: Sword Art Online II (Including the newest arc), Sailor Moon Crystal, Baby Steps, Aldnteamoah Zero, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Mysterious Joker, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Inou Battle Within Everyday Life, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying and Noragami. That probably isn’t even the full list. As for video games, I’m looking forward for Dragon Age Inquisition and hoping to get back into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn again soon, seeing how the newest patch was just released. Can’t wait till next year when the first expansion “Heavensward” is released sometime in Spring.

Nicolas Fontes–Staff Writer

My geekend is gonna be quite thrilling, for all sorts of reasons! I’m packing my stuff to go to England to visit my fiancée and fellow The G.A.M.E.S blog writer, Ebony Brown, to spend 2 months and 23 days with her~ I truly cannot wait to reunite with her once more. I’m also making this Geekend a Halloween special, from Friday to Sunday I shall indulge in horror game nights: Corpse Party, Ib, Witch’s House, Mad Father, 5 Nights at Freddy’s, and Amnesia.

Jimmy Stephenson–Associate Editor

Between the conclusion of Extra Life last Sunday and a rather busy week at work, I haven’t had a lot of extra time these past few days. The only gaming-related thing I’ve gotten up to is playing a bit of Team Fortress 2‘s annual Halloween maps, Scream Fortress. This year’s new attraction is an evil carnival that was built on a burial ground. Teams race to deliver a suitcase of tickets, after which everyone participates in Bumper Cars. Yes, this is still technically a first-person shooter. Seriously, if you haven’t played TF2 yet, the holiday events are the perfect time to try it out.

Candy Lebby–Staff Writer

I finally got The Evil Within for the Xbox One-waited all month for this, so was happy when payday came. 😀 I won’t have a free day until Sunday, so I’ll get to indulge in some survival horror then, but I guess for now I have Super Mario on 3DS to be content with on the train journey to work.

Dan Furnas–Editor-in-Chief

Unfortunately, I was under the weather this week, so I spent more time sleeping and less time doing anything fun. Even so, I did manage to finish up Ar nosurge, which I liked more and more as I played it, especially when I thought about just how they try to pull the player into the game. You can read my review of the game for a better explanation, though! I’ve also been playing a little Samurai Warriors 4 here and there, but not making a ton of progress on it. I also picked up Fantasy Life for the 3DS, and so far it feels like a cross between Animal Crossing and an MMO job system (especially FFXIV). While there is a story to play through, a lot of my time so far has been spent doing odd jobs for people in town, like harvesting logs or making stuff for them. I still haven’t played any of the combat classes yet, just the crafting and gathering ones. I blame playing too many Atelier games…


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