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28 Jul 2015 | Leave a Comment

Geektown Radio : UK Film, TV News & Air Date Info!

Geektown Radio : UK Film, TV News & Air Date Info!

Charlie Clouser

Charlie Clouser

This week, as I’m away on holiday, we have an interview special with the one and only Charlie Clouser.

Charlie is a multi-instrumentalist composer, musician, producer, programmer and remix artist who has worked with some of the seminal recording artists of the last twenty years. Charlie, who was a member of Nine Inch Nails, currently scores Fox’s hit M. Night Shyamalan show Wayward Pines, starring Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino.

Charlie has scored several films and television shows, including the Saw films, which instantly became cult classics, CBS’s Numb3rs and NBC’s Las Vegas. Charlie also co-wrote the chilling main title theme for FX’s American Horror Story. His scores for the subsequent Saw series continue to define the films. Raw, grinding, propulsive, punctuated by incredible layers of sound and energy, they are classics in the horror genre. Charlie has also scored such films as Resident Evil: Extinction, Sony’s Pictures’ The Stepfather, and The Collection.

Charlie came into prominence as a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1994-2000. Before joining the band as keyboardist/programmer, he’d already built a following with his extreme synth work and remixes for Prong, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and others. His dense layers of chopped up beats and grinding synth bass lines were instrumental in defining the sound of White Zombie’s double-platinum 1994 breakthrough album Astrocreep: 2000 led to numerous collaborations with frontman Rob Zombie.

In the interview we discuss his work on Wayward Pines, but not before a brief discussion about the LA weather, and a chat about the changes coming to iconic tv show Top Gear, of which he’s a huge fan!

Geektown Radio : Charlie Clouser (Wayward Pines & Nine Inch Nails) SpeciaI!

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27 Jul 2015 | Leave a Comment

Strategy Games

Strategy Games

If you have never played social games, you are missing out on one of the most successful and diverse sectors of the gaming market as a whole. Having emerged alongside Facebook and primarily through the efforts of market leading designers Zynga, there is now a huge array of social titles that offer an incredibly diverse range of experiences to players.

Strategy games are perhaps the most popular type of social games, however, especially when you consider the popularity of interactive, MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) titles such as those developed by Plarium. There are multiple reasons that underpin the popularity of these games, especially through the social medium.

In many instances, a high-quality gaming experience is driven by the perfect fusion between form and medium. Classic Nintendo games such as Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers are best replicated on console platforms, for example, while 1980’s titles like Pacman are still most suited to an arcade format. This is certainly the case with strategy games and social media outlets, where the former can draw on a large and motivated audience to create an increasingly interactive and collaborative experience.

While not all strategy games are designed as MMO experiences, features such as interactivity and collaboration are common themes that run throughout each and every one. The main reason for this is the freemium business model that underpins these games, which affords players choice in terms of how, when and crucially ‘if’ they spend their money. This means that in order to advance between different levels and progress (which is central to any progressive gaming experience), players must have the options to collaborate with and helps others in order to achieve their goals.

With this in mind, it is clear that strategy games are at their best when enjoyed on a social platform that hosts a vast, online community. Without this, strategy and MMO games would become extremely restricted, while developers would also be forced to use more traditional payment models to structure their titles. Given that the presence of a vibrant and interactive online gaming community is something that now underpins everything from eight generation console gameplay to mobile titles, it is also clear that the social platform has become increasingly influential in the last decade.

With this in mind, what can we expect in the future? Ultimately the diversity of strategy games will continue to evolve over time, especially as playing demographics broaden and social platforms expand further. These titles will also become increasingly popular on mobile devices in addition to desktops, ultimately laying the foundation for cross-platform gaming experience between the two. This means that no matter where they are in the world or what device they hold in their hands, committed strategy players will be able to access Plarium – the best online strategy games- just in one click!

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21 Jul 2015 | Leave a Comment

Geektown Radio : UK Film, TV News & Air Date Info!

Geektown Radio : UK Film, TV News & Air Date Info!

Welcome to Geektown Radio, for our last ‘normal’ show before we take a summer break for 2 weeks. We’ll catch you up with all the latest TV and Film news, but look out for a couple of specials airing over the next few weeks to fill your generic mp3 listening devices!

In this weeks show:

  • We take a look at the tv shows we’ve been watching this week, and (as Chris is on) some comic book chat!
  • The latest TV & Film News, including new casting in Arrow, stuff coming up in Flash, and what’s going on with Gotham!
  • As usual, all the latest air date updates, and a look forward to tv in the next 7 days.

Show Notes

A great rundown of the “Agents of Dubsmash” War… so far…

List of all the Emmy nominations

Geektown Radio : Episode 27

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19 Jul 2015 | Leave a Comment

These next 2 products are great for when you’re in your car or away travelling.

Inateck 4-Port USB Car Charger

Inateck 4 Port USB Car Charger

Inateck 4 Port USB Car Charger

First up is the Inateck 4-Port USB Car Charger. I’ve used a number of USB car chargers over the years, and generally they feel plastic, badly made, and have a tenancy not to stay in the car’s charging socket properly… This 4-Port charger from Inateck couldn’t be more opposite to that. The construction is as solid as it gets, and hasn’t once, in the 2 weeks I’ve been testing it, slipped out of the car’s socket. It’s solid construction is made with premium ABS+PC fireproof materials, and has short circuit, over-watt, over-current and overheat protection. It is CE, FCC & RoHS certified to ensure its safety and reliability, so there’s no chance of it’s catching fire and ruining your day!

But what about the actual charging? Well, it’ll pump out 48 watts of power through the 4 ports using Inateck Smart Technology to determine what devices are connected to it, which makes sure you get the optimum charge every time. The paperwork says it will happily charge 4 iPads simultaneously, although I couldn’t actually test for that (as I don’t own 4 iPads), I can totally believe it’s true. It was certainly happy to charge my phone, tablet and a charging bank without any issues at all. It also comes with 2 high quality of 4feet Micro USB charging cables, which have been so good, i’ve actually been taking them with me to use around the house too!

Inateck 4-Port USB Car Charger

10/10 – The best car charger I’ve used by far.

Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case Pouch Bag

Inateck IPX8 Waterproof  Case

Inateck IPX8 Waterproof
Case

The Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case/Pouch/Bag, is… well… a bag… which is waterproof. I know. Shocking. 😉 It’ll take any device (or I guess, anything at all!) up to 5.7 inches which you want to keep free of pesky water. Unlike some other bags of this type which use forms of zip-locks, the IPX8 has 2 solid clasps at the top that clamp the bag together, creating a solid, airtight seal. I did find the clasps a little fiddly at first, but there is no doubt they do the job they were intended to, and that’s keeping water away from whatever is inside.

Once I had it all sealed up, not having a pool (as I live in England), I resorted to dropping it in the sink to test it. After a few minutes, I took it back out, and the contents were completely dry. The pouch does have a tendency to float, so I’m not entirely sure how good it would be if you were trying to swim with it, but it would certainly be handy if you’re away on holiday and want to have your phone around the pool, but are concerned about it getting wet. Or if you were maybe hanging out in a hot tub, or away camping in a ‘lovely’ traditional British summer, and wanted to keep the mud off it.

The other great feature, is your screen is still usable whilst it’s in the bag. I had no issues swiping back and forth or opening apps whilst it was inside. It also has a handy strap so you can carry it around your neck – again, handy if your around a pool, and you tend to have a distinct lack of pockets!

Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Case Pouch Bag

8/10 – Does exactly what it says on the bag.
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19 Jul 2015 | Leave a Comment

This week, we have a bunch of products on Geektest for you. These first 2 will help you out when you find your power is running low on the plethora of USB powered devices you now have in your life.

Intocircuit 15000mAh Power Bank

Intocircuit 15000mAh Power Bank

Intocircuit 15000mAh Power Bank

First up is the Intocircuit Power Castle – a 4.8A Output Dual USB External Battery (aka a Power Bank) so you can charge up your devices on the go. I collected a number of power banks over the last few years, and they each work with varying degrees of success. This one though, is one of the most impressive I’ve used.

First thing you notice is the solid construction. The entire shell is (expect the ends) is covered in brushed metal, so it feels sturdy and looks great. Given you’re likely to taking this out and about, that’s no bad thing. On one side there is an LED display which shows power level, charging and discharging status.

It also comes with 2 USB ports, which will let you charge any two USB-charged devices at top speed simultaneously, partly thanks to it’s SmartID technology, which can identifying what specific device is attached, and ensure it’s outputting the maximum charging efficiency and speed.

The massive 15000Ah capacity means 1 charge should give you the ability to recharge your smart phone around 4-7 times (depending on the phone), and an iPad more than once.

The whole unit costs less than £30, and is well worth the money if you’re looking for a solid, reliable battery backup.

Intocircuit Power Castle on Amazon

9/10 – Extremely impressive power bank at a really good price.

iClever 6 Port USB Charger

iClever USB Charger

iClever USB Charger

The next item we had up for a Geektest is iClever’s 6 Port USB Charger. Like the Power Castle above, it use SmartID Technology, so it can identify the device that’s attached, and maximize the device-charing efficiency. It’s small, light-weight, and lets you charge up to 6 devices at once. Each port outputs 2.4A, so you could happily use it to charge 6 iPads, if you happen to be Mr. Moneybags, or just a really obsessive Apple fan. It will of course charge any other USB devices too. I’ve been using it for weeks now with my Nexus 5 and 7 with no problems at all. Even used it to charge the Power Castle mentioned above.

It’s also extremely well put together, and covered with a lovely smooth matte black layer of that rubbery plastic stuff, so it feels good to carry around. It runs on a standard wall socket, so you just need to plug it in and get charging! It runs AC 110-220V input voltage makes it ideal for international travel. Overall, I really can’t fault it.

iClever 6 Port USB Charger on Amazon

10/10 – Great little charger for all your USB devices.
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15 Jul 2015 | Leave a Comment

As you are all very aware i’m sure, there is a new Marvel movie arriving on Friday in the form of ANT-MAN starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (old Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket.

To celebrate the launch of the movie, From Thursday 16th July IMAX and Marvel are putting the British public’s powers of close observation to the test by hiding 100 ant-sized Ant-Man tickets around London, Manchester and Birmingham. Each of the 5 x 10mm tickets can be exchanged for the epic cinematic experience of seeing ANT-MAN at IMAX cinemas in the respective cities!

Clues to the locations of the tickets will be posted on IMAX’s twitter page at www.twitter.com/imax beginning today. Those who are successful in their hunt as encouraged to tweet a selfie with their tiny ticket to @IMAX using the hashtag #IMAXAntMan.

The tickets will be left at various spots around the cities, each accompanied by a magnifying glass to aid the search.

MARVEL’S ANT-MAN IS RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS FROM 17TH JULY 2015
EXPERIENCE IT IN IMAX® 3D

Win Ant-Man Tickets

Win Ant-Man Tickets

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