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    Knotty Geeks Episode 25 - The Future of Gaming


    Post #: 189
    Post type: Podcast
    Date: 2013-06-11 17:08:11.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Knotty Geeks

    We’re back with another podcast, this time from Terry’s idyllic suburban home. In this episode we look at some of our favorite video game genres (Real Time Strategy and Massively Multiplayer Online) and speculate on what they might morph into in the future.

    I think this podcast is one of the best we’ve done so far, but we didn’t have time to really get as deep into the subject as I would have liked, so we might do a followup.








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    Links from the show:

    Sins of a Solar Empire: http://www.sinsofasolarempire.com/

    Is RTS a dying genre? http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-02-01-ironclad-games-rts-is-a-dying-market

    Titan restarted: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/05/report-blizzard-to-overhaul-project-titan-launch-it-in-2016-at-the-earliest/

    Star Citizen: http://robertsspaceindustries.com/star-citizen/

    Gabe Newell interview on the future of games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8QEOBgLBQU

    Portal alternate reality game: http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Portal_ARG



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    WCS Finals with Day9, Apollo, and Austin Powers!


    Post #: 187
    Post type: Blog post
    Date: 2013-06-06 20:33:40.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Starcraft



    There’s an interesting clash of cultures going on this weekend. Blizzard has contracted out the production of their first season’s final Starcraft tournament to OGN.

    OGN is a Korean television network that has been broadcasting Starcraft matches since forever. Unlike GOMTV, they don’t have much experience with broadcasting to a western market. So you get these interesting fashion and furniture choices that look like they came out of Austin Powers, or at the very least a PSY video.

    It’s all in good fun. 13 out of the 16 finalists in the tournament were Korean, and the three non-Koreans all got knocked out in the first few hours, so I guess you win this one, Korea. You win everything. Keep on winning on.

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    The Pegasus carrier (from my novels) gets its first appearance in a game!


    Post #: 186
    Post type: Blog post
    Date: 2013-06-03 16:24:39.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Writing, Science Fiction, Gaming

    Those of you who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Wing Commander. The game had a profound influence on my life and on my writing.

    My latest project is taking some of the 3D models that I built for the cover of my science fiction novels (in this case, the Pegasus, the main setting for the trilogy) and converting them into formats that can be imported into the open-sourced Freespace 2 game engine. Freespace 2 was a spiritual successor to Wing Commander and the game engine has been updated with modern graphics features over the years by an amazing modding community.

    The model needs work, certainly (at this size, one needs more details and more polygons, and the texture is just a placeholder) but, still... I actually am flying around the Pegasus for the first time. It’s pretty cool.



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    This Week in Starcraft - Episode 7


    Post #: 185
    Post type: Blog post
    Date: 2013-06-03 16:09:58.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Starcraft, gaming

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    In this episode I go over the European World Championship Series finals between Stephano and MVP, and we examine how widow mines are a great unit... for Stephano. It’s worth crushing your head (or the letter S) just to see!

    Links from the show:

    WCS EU Finals Stephano vs MVP full series

    Super friendly widow mine hits



    Views: 4238


    Knotty Geeks Episode 24 - The Future of Science Fiction


    Post #: 184
    Post type: Podcast
    Date: 2013-05-28 10:46:14.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Knotty Geeks

    In this episode of Knotty Geeks, we stick to one topic--kind of. It’s all about the future of science fiction: novels, tv shows, movies, and video games. Is there a future for the written word? Are video games stealing all the young potential sci-fi authors? Will Terry and Jeremy end up in a fistfight at the end when Terry starts slagging Jeremy’s sci-fi novels? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT!








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    Links from the show:

    Publisher’s Weekly stats for books sold in 2012

    Is science fiction becoming too dystopic?

    Buy Jeremy’s novel just to spite Terry!



    Views: 4405


    Knotty Geeks Episode 23 - Parking Lots and Physics


    Post #: 183
    Post type: Podcast
    Date: 2013-05-22 19:44:14.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Knotty Geeks

    In this episode of Knotty Geeks, we are on the rooftop at Oakridge Mall, in full view of a beautiful parking lot. We go over the poll results from the last episode, and then utterly, completely, and totally fail to achieve the results of that poll. I try and fail to remember the name of the physicist I’d seen a couple of weeks ago (it’s in the show notes) and then I try and fail to explain his theories on Physics and then I try and fail to steer the conversation to a specific topic.

    This episode also features special guest Brian Palfrey, who has certain views about 3D in movies.



    Links from the show:

    Lee Smolin, physicist, author of Time Reborn






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    The Stalker: a short story featuring Starcraft!


    Post #: 182
    Post type: Blog post
    Date: 2013-05-15 11:02:38.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Writing, Science Fiction



    I’ve always wanted to combine my passions for writing and watching professional Starcraft, and now I’ve finally done it.

    The Stalker is a short science fiction story that centers around John "Heart" Wolanski, a professional Starcraft player living abroad in South Korea. John encounters a strange glitch in the game that comes at the worst possible time in his professional gaming career. He must struggle against the glitch and his own personal demons, which are threatening to destroy him.
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/316284

    It’s absolutely free, but if you have a Kindle and want to support my work, you can purchase a copy at Amazon for 99 cents here:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CS8Q3I0




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    Knotty Geeks Episode 22 - Parks and Polls


    Post #: 181
    Post type: Podcast
    Date: 2013-05-08 09:19:46.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Knotty Geeks

    In this episode of Knotty Geeks, we travel to the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park and enjoy sunshine, fountains, and non-stop weddings. We talk a bit about podcasting, flat design and Windows 8, and for the first time, we ask our audience what direction we should take the podcast in!

    Behold, the first ever Knotty Geeks poll! Please vote!








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    <h4>What should Knotty Geeks focus more on?</h4>


    More technology news and reviews of new gadgets!
    A single topic for each week that we cover in-depth!
    More off-the-cuff and spontaneous conversation!
    More reviews of science fiction books!
    More discussion about old computer history like the Amiga!





    Poll Results:

    Total votes: 3

    A single topic for each week that we cover in-depth! : 2..................................................................
    More discussion about old computer history like the Amiga! : 1.................................




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    This is a test poll!


    Post #: 180
    Post type: Blog post
    Date: 2013-05-06 15:05:46.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Poll

    This is a test. It is only a test. You will be able to vote now! Try it out!
    <h4>Test vote poll topic</h4>


    Test option one
    Test option two
    Test option three





    Poll Results:

    Total votes: 7

    Test option one : 2............................
    Test option two : 2............................
    Test option three : 3..........................................


    Comments (7)

    Views: 4527


    This Week in Starcraft - Episode 3


    Post #: 179
    Post type: Blog post
    Date: 2013-05-03 20:35:45.000
    Author: Jeremy Reimer
    Tags: Starcraft

    In this episode we go over some great games from Dreamhack and update the status of WCS Korea, Europe, and America, including WCS Points standings!

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    Views: 4136