GeekendHi there, Geekenders! This week, Michael heads to PAX, Ethan tries out The Order, and more. Check out what we’ve been up to below, and let us know what you’ve been reading, watching and playing down in the comments!

Ethan Willard – Associate Editor

Man, it’s been a while, guys. I bet you missed me like Harry missed Voldemort. They hate each other, but “neither can live while the other survives.” That is a heavily overly dramatic description of the connection you most definitely (do not) feel toward me, but what else would I be without hyperbole? Anyway, onward to gaming! If you didn’t know, I finally landed a big boy job, so the endless time spent introspectively analyzing my self-worth has vastly diminished, and a semblance of routine has been created, which has reestablished my gaming schedule. The beauty of a 9-5 is every hour after five, at least for me, is used for gaming and holding hands with my girlfriend (yuck, am I right?). Last weekend, my future business partner and I streamed The Order: 1886. Despite the unnecessary controversy surrounding the game, I enjoyed myself and appreciated it for what it was. (SPOILERS) Yes, there are few moments with werewolves. Yes, it is essentially a straightforward cover based shooter. But it looks stunning, it plays fluidly, and it provided a satisfactory amount of entertainment. Rather than argue over the length of the game, or any other thing the internet is obsessing over, here’s a tip: DON’T BUY THE GAME IF YOU DON’T WANT TO. Direct your energy toward something constructive. (MORE SPOILERS) Some games are short.

Besides the stream, I picked up Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition with last month’s PSN Critic’s Choice sale, and by god, it looks beautiful on the PS4. I am having a great time playing through it for the first time. I also picked up Rogue Legacy and Apotheon, and although I have put far more time into the former, they are both solid games. Rogue Legacy just has that added punishing addictive quality that makes you want to punch yourself in the skull, and wanting to do it over and over. But the cherry on top of my gaming life has been something I have been looking forward to for a long time: Helldivers. Picked it up on it’s release date and have been pouring hours into it. It’s Starship Troopers, Star Wars, and Left for Dead rolled into one. When your team is working together, or even when it is not, the experience is too much fun. And for the price of $20, it’s more than worth it. Aside from that, I am always putting hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Michael Riel – Staff Writer

So this past Friday (the 6th) I went to PAX East 2015. Two awesome things happened, besides all the other cool stuff that was going on. First I was in line with my friend and we are talking and I bring up The G.A.M.E.S. Blog and a pleasant surprise she knew of us and was a fan. So if you are reading this Liz, it was nice talking with you and nerding out while waiting in line. The second thing was at the Square Enix Booth. They had a battle challenge set up where groups of 8 people took on Shiva and if you won you get a T-Shirt. I was paired up with my friend who was still a novice, a veteran healer and five newbies. Now usually I’m DPS, but since I knew the mechanics of the fight I decided to play tank, which I suck at. We were losing badly, until our final allowed try where we pulled off a miracle win and we earned our shirts. It has a picture of Shiva on it saying “I Beat Shiva.” It was nice. Now to enjoy the single-day anime convention Queen City Kamikaze on Saturday the 7th. I’m cosplaying as 80’s Napoleon Dynamite.

Ebony Brown – Staff Writer

First weekend off since Christmas! (Bar one weekend which involved going to the airport…) I plan on being productive–working on my assignments, cleaning, laundry and other grown-up things. During my breaks, however, I plan on reading volume 3 of the Sword Art Online light novel and playing some Sonic 2.

Dan Furnas – Editor-in-Chief

Not too much to report this week for me. I’m heading into midterms, so I’ve had my hands full. I did however put in a little bit of time on FFXIV, where I finally got my first class to 50 (fisher). I’ve been playing off and on for some time, so it’s taken a while to get any classes to 50, but now I’m working on getting all of my gathering to 50, and then I’ll work on crafting classes. Once I get those built up, I’ll be able to stockpile a little bit of money so I can buy or make new equipment once Heavensward comes out in June. I’ll probably be switching to Machinist when that drops. Bard is fun and all, but I’d rather have guns. Other than that, I did finish up my review of htoL#NiQ, which you can read now. It was definitely tougher than I was expecting, thanks to the control scheme. I won’t go into it too much here, though. Read the review to find out more!

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