Smite December 2016 / January 2017 Events, Gem Discounts & Ultimate God Pack SALE!

Smite Game | December 2016 Gem Discount & 50% OFF Ultimate God Pack

If you listen to our podcasts, play games with us, or watch our streams enough, it’s probably no secret that we really, REALLY love Smite (except for Obi, because he’s weird and doesn’t really play games).  Hi-Rez Studios has been wonderfully supportive of the GeekyAntics Network and gaming community as a whole.  In fact, 2016 has been a banner year for Hi-Rez as they have risen to the top as a competitive game and preferred MOBA alike.

To celebrate the awesome year that has been 2016, the folks at Hi-Rez Studios have gems discounted and the Ultimate God Pack at 50% OFF!  Even better, you still have a few days to take advantage of the Odyssey 2017 event, which runs through January 4th 2017.  This is an opportunity to earn free skins, portrait frames, icons, and more.

Gems will be on sale for a limited time at the following prices (USD):

  • 200 Gems: 3.34 USD
  • 400 Gems: 5.35 USD
  • 800 Gems: 10.04 USD
  • 1500 Gems: 16.74 USD
  • 2500 Gems: 23.44 USD
  • 35000 Gems: 33.49 USD
  • 8000 Gems:  66.99 USD

That’s a 33% markdown – NOICE!  I just bought some gems not too long ago and I think I’m gonna stock up on some more.  You can’t beat it at this price!  The way I see it, this is a nice way to throw a smaller studio a tip for a job well done.

Smite NuWa Xmas Elf Card

Smite has been one of the top games for celebrating Christmas and keeping the holiday spirit going.  My only lamentation is that the event period is just too short.  I really want some more stabs at the brutally hard Fanrir’s Wonderland, a 15-round test of might.  It’s a chance at Christmas-themed goodies and exclusive Odyssey content..  Plus it’s a great way to sharpen your skills (or just rage REALLY hard)!

Personally, I think we need longer event periods.  There are too many games running weekend-long events.  At best, they’ll do it for a couple of weeks.  Why not a month or two?  Make it a big celebration!  We need more Christmas cheer beyond the materialistic thing it’s become thanks to retail!

Smite Fenrir Xmas Card

Some of the community has taken to Reddit to complain about the in-game events but I’d say that they are some of the best around.  Of course, you got to expect negativity and trolling on Reddit so take it with a grain of salt.  I will admit that I am a bit biased because Hi-Rez is based in my home state of Georgia and they’re just good people overall.  That aside, Smite is just a really good game.

Admittedly, I still prefer Heroes Of The Storm due to the focus on team performance over individual performance but Smite is the game that has caught on and DAMN is it good.  It takes everything we love about MOBAs and makes it far more accessible and sexy (seriously).  The beautiful 3D graphics and T&A sure don’t hurt – there’s definitely lots of fan service in Smite and I’m okay with that!  Heck, if you want to make man bulges a thing in games, go for it..  People should stop being uptight over a little exposed skin.

Smite Goddess Aphrodite 2014

Those of you who played during the closed alpha/beta on PC remember how janky the game used to be.  It’s come a loooooong way and it’s thanks to the commitment of the devs and community alike!  Sure, you could say the same about League Of Legends but I feel Smite has more of a finger on the gaming community pulse (and they’re not flipping us that finger).  There, I said it.

What’s nice about Smite is that it’s easy to learn and hard to master, which is the mark of a great competitive game, if you ask me.  You can set your skills and purchases on automatic so all you have to do is focus on the action.  This is great because let’s face it: item building and skill progression are two areas where too much time is wasted..  It’s also where toxicity is introduced as everyone swears they know THE “best” build.  SMH…  Also, if you ever introduce a friend to a MOBA, you’ll find they waste half of the game in the shop while their lanes get pushed and bases get destroyed.  LOL!  Good times.

Neith Goddess Smite Wallpaper

It’s been an amazing journey watching Smite grow.  In spite of the controversy surrounding the scantily-clad characters and so-called “blasphemous” themes, Smite continues to attract new and returning players alike.  The trolls have tried to stop it but this game is taking off.  In a space where we have alternatives like Gigantic, Overwatch, Battleborn, Paladins, and more available on consoles, Smite does A LOT to stay fresh and fun (so fresh and so clean-clean-clean)!

Smite Neith Goddess Cosplay By XJennyan

BTW, January 5th through 8th is the Hi-Rez Expo IHRX).  You may not know this but Hi-Rez has other great games like Tribes Ascend and the new-ish Paladins.  There’s also Smite Tactics and Jetpack Fighter.  HRX will celebrate these games, cosplay (see Neith cosplay by Jennyan above), and the Smite World Championship.  I really need to make it to Atlanta but the timing is kinda rough for me.  If you go, let us know and share pics with us, plox!

Anywho, play Smite – it’s FREE!  If you plan to play on Xbox One, message me, Yogizilla, and I’ll hook you up with my referral code..  Then we’ll both score some EPIC LOOT!

Rainbow 6 Siege “Operation Red Crow” (Season 4) Update Impressions, Operator Analysis & New Gameplay Meta

Rainbow Six Siege | Japanese Operator (S.A.T.) | Hibana (Spark)

Operation: Red Crow has been out for around a week now so now may be a good time to share some early impressions and discuss how Siege is evolving. Red Crow has been a massive and super satisfying update for Rainbow Six Siege. Many of the content farm sites have focused on the bug fixes and new Japanese operators but they’ve missed out on some key details and insights.

Yes, there’s tons new skins, victory animations, and visual tweaks. Kapkan, Sledge, and Thermite are amongst the first to receive ELITE skins.. If you got the coin, these skins are pretty damn impressive! There’s also complete uniforms, new headgear, and more cosmetic goodness. That’s all nifty and encouraging because it shows commitment to keep the game fresh and give us all ways to stand out (and support a fantastic game).

Sledge is the King Of Scottland??

…Cool story, bro!  What about the Season 4 impacts to gameplay, particularly ranked?

Rainbow Six Siege: Casual Vs. Ranked Competitive Multiplayer (PvP)

While I love Terrorist Hunt and Situations are a nice challenge, the competitive multiplayer is my bread and butter on Rainbow Six Siege. Heck, I don’t really play anything outside of ranked, though custom games can be good for funsies and lulz. I’d like to discuss what I’ve noticed so far since the update.

First off, Casual is surprisingly less competitive than it used to be, yet matchmaking is much faster and reliable there. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise. At the start of every new season, we competitive gamers flock to the ranked queue. Even the casual folks seem to gravitate towards ranked, which is good and bad (don’t get me started on the habitual leavers and AFKers). Once people hit gold or platinum in the last few days or weeks of the season, they’ll stay in casual to maintain their precious ranks. Siege Season 4 looks like it will be no different but I have to say: the tryhards are really out in full force! I ended last season around Gold IV and now I’m struggling to get back to Silver, mostly because people dick around too much in ranked.

It’s this dynamic that has created a frustrating experience in Rainbow Six Siege and other competitive shooters. Eventually, high-ranked players won’t see any incentive in risking their MMR and they certainly won’t play with their friends, if they consider them less skilled. Players will leave matches just to avoid losing a rank, even if there’s still a good chance it could be won. These issues are compounded further by the fact that ranked matches seem to have a higher rate of disconnection and split squads. Without the slot backfill you get in casual, it leaves teams crippled.  Rage quitters and rank preservers are really ruining the game and ending friendships.  It’s silly.

Mr. Rage Quit | Is this you? If so, STOP IT!

I believe Ubisoft will address these issues well before Year Two content is announced or leaked. They have already committed to at least one more year of steady content so they’ll do what they can to have the platform succeed.. And we, the players, want it to succeed! In spite of the glaring issues with ranked play and how brutal the first few weeks of the season are with all the tryhards, competitive play is where it’s at for me so I’ll stick through it. Ubisoft has also hinted that they don’t think they’ll keep pushing out new operators in the long run so, eventually, we’ll see the game stabilize a lot more.

Now, the change with the biggest impact this season is the shorter rounds. Ranked round timers are now a minute shorter. Ubisoft says this is just a test and the goal is to get people more coordinated and efficient with their decision making. The actual effect is that it makes pick-up groups even less fun and even people whom regularly play together find themselves running out of time. Every match I’ve played in seems to come down to the last 30 seconds or so.

MEME: Never seen war war before? Oh, it's just like Call Of Duty. (NOT!)

I appreciate the design logic behind the faster rounds but the unintended results suck. People are droning far less so, when your team gets wiped, you have no cams. As such, instead of getting players to embrace the intended gameplay experience, what we’re seeing is more Call Of Duty style gameplay: lone wolf players running-and-gunning, not communicating or working together. While blitzing is a perfectly viable strategy, I don’t want to see this game devolve from tactical shooter to pew-pew-pew-WHEEEEE clusterfuck.

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Puppet Farm PRESENTS “Trumpty Dumpty” – Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton Puppet Show (HILLarious)

Donald Trump (Trumpty Dumpty) VS. Hillary Clinton (The Flea-Spider-Cricket)

The election votes are being tallied in but we know that the conversation and shenanigans are far from over.  Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump become our next president, the insanity will surely trump (har har) what we saw with George W. Bush in office..  Yikes, that’s a scary thought!

Is it wrong that I’m starting to miss Dubya already?

Now, we usually avoid political discussions (people get TOO butthurt) and, sure, it’d be much more fun to talk about video games, how the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in over 100 years, or why the word “moist” makes people uncomfortable..   But let’s delve just a little bit into this year’s presidential debacle.

The newly-launched Puppet Farm comedy troupe sums it up well in their premiere video, Trumpty Dumpty (or is it Humpty Trumpty?).  Yes, it is a precarious place we live in.  Not even Rosie the Cow could stop Trump’s stupidity train (or get a word in edge-wise).  Bighead really does have a mouth on him, ay?

Hillary Clinton is responsible for deaths and then there was the e-mail fiasco but let’s talk about Donald Trump, who is openly racist and misogynistic .  Sure, he’s not going for Pope but is this really the man we want representing our great country?  Also, we’re already great so STFU, Trump.

Personally, I love the bit about him getting a “small” loan of one million dollars, which ended up being three or eight million.  Yup, chump change…  Oh, and it’s okay that he was blamed for hitting on certain women because they were ugly?  Geebus.  Who needs to write a comedy script or do a parody?  This stuff writes itself!

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Rainbow Six: Siege October 2016 Update Preview & Season 4 Wishlist

With the next major update coming for Rainbow 6 Siege tomorrow (Thursday, October 27th 2016, to be exact), many are still speculating what the future operators will be. Ubisoft has been very good about avoiding leaks.  We’ve tried to get coerce some comments or find some reliable sources but we got very little. Of course, you can always leave it to Reddit to feature know-it-alls and trolls who claim they have privileged information. Word on the street is that there will be more fire, perhaps a napalm grenade, white phosphorous explosive, or some sort of flamethrower. The latter would be quite OP in a game that is so heavy on CQC (Close Quarters Combat).

https://www.reddit.com/r/Rainbow6/comments/3wt3ab/leaked_dlc_operator/

Rainbow Six Siege Japanese Operators Leaked

For us folks in the GeekyAntics Xbox community, we’re more thinking about the stuff that really matters (though the hot newness is always fun to talk about):

  • How can we make a great game even better?
  • What will keep this game fresh and fun?
  • Can we please fix multiplayer?

To tackle these questions, we have to look at things from the perspective of a game designer, not just avid gamers. It’s easy to fall into the trap a lot of jaded gamers have fallen into. On the Ubisoft support page, the entitlement and trolling is out of control. Players assume that Ubisoft abandons their online games yet the proof points to quite the opposite. Just look at the major update to Tom Clancy’s The Division patch 1.4, which addresses everything the community outcry has been highlighting: character balancing, abandoned groups, bullet sponge enemies (time to kill too long), incursions (time to complete too long), and damage scaling, making for a far more enjoyable experience for all, particularly in PvE.

We’ve identified several questions and challenges to be considered as Ubisoft continues to iterate upon an already fantastic game. Many of these questions are common concerns we hear from our fellow Tom Clancy shooter fans:

  • Do you want to cut down on players going outside?

  • What about “exploits” in Bomb mode (i.e. guarding the bomb from outside the objective)?

  • Should the glare from sunlight be reduced? What about gadgets to mitigate the effects of darkness and bright lights? Would this impact the game negatively?

  • How do you get players to play objectives and roam less? Should you?

  • How do you avoid splitting the player base while keeping serious players together and trolls separated?

  • More daily/weekly challenges, unlockables, and other sticky features

  • Acknowledge and reward players who display good sportsmanship, don’t leave matches often, and put in many hours a day/week.

  • Should you display how many players are on which modes or at least the total online players?

With those design tenants in mind, the following wishlist comes to mind. The first few are what we consider critical to the continued growth and success of the game and the rest are more “for funsies”. Let’s look at some of the items line by line, then we’ll discuss!

Critical Wishlist

  • Stabilize net code and session management – disconnections during ranked and unknown

  • Improve accuracy and reduce “magic shot” and “lean glitching”

  • More utility options for operator kits, particularly with explosives.

  • More breaching options so you’re not “stuck” when Thermite dies

  • Maps that allow for more sniping, stealth, and long-range combat, improving the gameplay variety beyond the usual CQC

More Game Modes

  • Blitz – Lightning round matchups in smaller areas of the maps. Variants for Hostage and Secure Area.

  • Tactical Supremacy – Two rounds of gameplay in the standard formats with a special rule: you get style points. The team with the highest score in the end wins.

  • Scavenge – Sweep hot zones for cargo shipments.

  • Mics only?

Player Incentives & Good Behavior Reinforcement

  • Communication – Reknown bonus for mic players?

  • Sportsmanship – Reknown bonus for good sportsmanship when playing down two or more players (not if they are voted out or TKed, though)

  • Patience – Stay in queue reknown bonus and bonus multiplayer for staying within a reasonable radius of objectives

  • Kudos – Give bonuses to players who are friendly, good team players, and/or communicate effectively

Fixes For Troll Kicks & Griefing

  • No or limited vote kick option for ranked

  • Show who started the kick vote?

  • Surrender option?  (NO!)

  • Segregation of griefers

  • Bonuses for playing drug-free

Operation: Dust Line... Rainbow Six: Siege, now with more cocaine??

Miscellaneous Wishes

  • Make situations co-op and bump up rewards, perhaps?

  • Buzzsaw device for breaching (an alternative to Sledge and Thermite)

  • A device that cuts ropes when they cross window thresholds (may chop a head off if a player tries to peak)

  • Give IQ a gun with EMP charges?

  • OICW (Objective Individual Combat Weapon) options with corner-rounding camera for tactical insertions

  • Snake camera (a’la Splinter Cell)

What about the Japanese operators everyone is clamoring for? I know many are hoping for katanas and shurikens, which would be cool.. But I don’t see that as being very realistic because it’s kind of racist. I must admit, though: it would be cool to have a melee option that was more reliable than the tiny little knife. It’s embarrassing when you fall short of a melee kill. On the flip side, it’d be cool to have an operator that can’t be easily shanked. Maybe he can catch the blade with his hands and counter. Oooooh – no we’re talking!

I think the Japanese operators will be more on the side of realism than fan service. With the Japanese being world leaders in tech, maybe we’ll see some really cool high-tech gadgets. Perhaps a robotic aide or virtually indestructible recon device? I’d personally love to have more diversionary gadgets like a persistent noisemaker machine. Smoke and explosives can do this well but it always feels like a waste when you use them so frivolously and have such a limited supply to work with.

We may finally see a quartermaster type operator or addition of new gadgets with the season 4 expansion. It’d be nice to have field refills because it sucks when your main weapon runs dry. Even better, maybe one of the Japanese operators will have “quick draw” options so you’re never caught with your pants down during a fire fight. I’ve tried to ask enemies to allow me to refill before continuing our duels but it rarely works, sadly. Anywho, lots of potential with the Japanese operators so we’ll have to wait and see!

Putting It All Together

First and foremost, people are tired of the issues with the net code. Mismatches on rank, random team disconnections, and strange issues with fluctuating latency have the community begging Ubisoft to “stop making online games” or “sell to a better company”. With the latest incremental update (not the official season update), matchmaking has become far slower, creating more civil unrest of the entitled geek variety… [Read more…]

Extra Life & Twitch Stream Teams: How They [Should] Work & Why They Fail

GeekyAntics Extra Life Promo | Heroes Of All Sizes CTA | http://geekyantics.net/extralife

With around four weeks left until our Extra Life 2016 Twitch marathon, we’ve been thinking a lot more about online teams, communities, and tribes.  You see, we know they work and that they’re the only way to cut through the noise and unfair advantages huge brands have..  Yet the comfort people find in anonymity and lurking has become a major barrier.

Every week, we receive hundreds, if not thousands, of solicitations from folks that want to advertise with us, hire us, sell us a product, or join our stream team.  The latter has become particularly prominent, which is great, but folks think all it takes to join a team is a quick tweet or comment.  On Twitch, stream teams are essentially the following:

  • People join to siphon viewers from others.
  • They name drop when it’s convenient for them and makes them look good.
  • Individual team members rarely interact or acknowledge each other.
  • The people at the top get richer while the folks at the bottom continue to struggle.
  • You wouldn’t know they were a team if it weren’t for the “playing as” text.
  • Everyone is too busy promoting their own stuff to share and play nice.
  • The rich get richer, the poor get poorer (hmmm, that seems to be a recurring theme).

The Rich Get Richer

This is a terrible model and we are setting out to fix it, whether we’re partnered with Twitch or not.  The first phase is education.  We’re growing awareness about the abuse and ignorance that keeps us little people struggling.  Meanwhile, we’re identifying the best practices to make us as efficient as possible – so we have more free time to nurture relationships and do the little things you can’t automate!

Of course, we can create tools, systems, and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) but it still falls upon the individuals to live out those values and do the work.  I know I’ve been on the soap box a lot lately but I hope that I impress upon everyone just how important what we are doing really is.  It’s a long road ahead, certainly, but we’ve had big wins and will continue to push forward.  Let’s briefly look at what we hope to accomplish as we head into 2017 and beyond!

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The GANG Minute: ReElise Kickstarter, ZombieCast, Dan Aykroyd, @TheStaceyRoy, #KombatKids 2

The STACEY Roy As The REAL Sexy Tracer (Overwatch)

In this special web-based edition of The GANG Minute, we’re gonna keep it short and sweet..  Here’s lots of eye candy and people that we absolutely HEART!  If you love video or just hate reading (the ADD is REAL), we have tons for you to check out.  Here’s an overview:

  • ReElise gameplay sneak peek – a GeekyAntics Exclusive on YouTube!
  • Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show featuring Dan Aykroyd
  • Tedakin confirms plans for KOMBAT KIDS 2
  • Community gaming featuring Titanfall 2 & Rainbow Six Siege
  • Why Stacey Roy is one of THE BEST people in our community!
  • HorsePLAY! LIVE EP140 & TWTT EP58: Justin Fox ReElise Interview & AMA

Speaking of ReElise, Justin Fox will be on ZombieCast TODAY at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.  He’ll be making the rounds on other YouTube/Twitch channels and podcasts.  If you want to book him for your show, leave a comment below – we’ll be happy to introduce you!  Also, be sure to check out ZombieCast on their official site!

Zombie Cast Promo | zombiecast.net | Justin Fox / ReElise Interview

ZombieCast Featuring Justin Fox of NoRoom LLC / ReElise Kickstarter Monday, August 22nd 2016 | 8pm EST | http://allgames.com

 

Ghostman & Demon Hunter

We are proud to have Ghostman & Demon Hunter on the GeekyAntics Network.  These guys are part of a select group of podcasters whose pedigree far surpasses most..  Yet they remain humble and engaged.  They recently had Dan Aykroyd on the show to talk aliens, haunting sites, human cloning, and, of course, Ghostbusters.  Check out G&D on their official web site or wherever great podcasts can be found!

Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show Featuring Dan Aykroyd Of Ghostbusters Fame

Community Gaming

We’ll be playing the Titanfall 2 open multiplayer tech test this weekend, starting on August 26th 2016.  Join our networks: AllGames, GeekyAntics, GamingDeath, and Horrible Gamers.  We’ll be playing primarily on XBox One but there will be PS4 action, too!

Titanfall 2 Open Multiplayer Tech Test

In addition, we’re still playing Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, The Division, and Star Wars: Battlefront..  Amongst other games on Xbox One.  On the PC front, we’d love to play more Cards Against Humanity, The Jack Box: Party Pack, Van Helsing, or whatever’s clever.  Send me, Yogizilla, a tweet for more deets and follow the GeekyAntics Network on Twitter.

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Cats Vs. Dogs – Why Cats Are Awesome Yet Often Misunderstood – PLUS A Poll!

Kitty snuggles up with bunny toy.

I love all animals but it’s no secret that I have a soft spot for cats.  Here is a brief love letter to cats, the under-appreciated stars of social media and homes around the world.  Don’t forget to take the polls!

Why do we love cats so much?  Maybe it’s the fact that they are not easily won over.  You really have to earn a cat’s love and trust.  Maybe it’s the subtle ways they show their appreciation.  It’s like figuring out a mystery.  I find myself fine-tuning my observation skills just trying to observe our cats.  Maybe it’s simply because they’re just so cute.  Just look at this kitten below, just begging to be rubbed and/or played with!

If you really can’t stand the “cat propaganda” (I’m looking at YOU Kevin..  LOL), scroll down for the poll..  but, really, hear me out.  I have a case to make here! *wink*

Super cute kitten is laying down, ready to play and/or be rubbed!

Cats are independent and self-sufficient.  They’re arguably moody and choosy.  Some consider this a bonus, others feel it simply makes them jerks.  I say they just have more personality than your average dog because, let’s face it: most dogs will be your best friend once you feed them.  For those that think cats have no loyalties or are indifferent, maybe you have trouble forging bonds.  I’ve had cats wait at the door when they accidentally got left outside.  Bloo often knocks on my door just to hang out with me in the man cave, too.

Bloo In A Human Pose | Bloo Says, "Sup."

Bloo chillin’ like a villain.

I have a theory about people that don’t like cats: they are usually people with serious trust issues and/or a huge need to be the center of attention.  Cats have a way of seeing into your soul so, if you have something to hide, chances are you won’t like cats.  So far, it checks out with everyone I know.  One friend whom I love dearly comes to mind: they don’t add people to Facebook unless they vet them first..  And they use alter egos and pseudonyms when they’re online.  They’re the kind of people that freak out when you tag them or mention them in a social share.  That level of paranoia and anti-social behavior surely does not mesh with feline co-habitation!

Kitty says, "Why don't you love me?"

Why don’t you love me? *tilts head*

Here are some links related to weird people who hate cats.  It seems I’m not the only one suspcious of animal haters and cat agnostics!

In my experience, hardcore anti-cat people are abrasive, insecure, paranoid, or just plain annoying.  Coincidence?  Perhaps.  Correlation does not equate causation..  Of course, my cats have had a good track record of picking out the really turds in my circles of friends and family.  I feel cats are more connected with the spirit world, emotions, and impending threats..  Most dogs we’ve had just bark at just about anything because, well, they’re lovable dumb creatures like that.

The following is our latest poll on the @GeekyAntics Twitter..  Hopefully it doesn’t break anything!  You should vote for cats on Twitter, too – before it’s too late!

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Join Us To Celebrate Over 2 Years Of Geeky Antics & 100 Episodes!

Gang, we made it!

Over two years of Geeky Antics and 100 episodes of HorsePLAY! LIVE.  We could not have done it without you, our fellow geeks!  All the love, encouragement, donations, shout-outs, recommendations, referrals..  EVERYTHING helps us help others in their pursuits of passion, creativity, and geekdom.  Thank you!

NEW!  Text and call us at (646) 801-2149 – our new hotline!

100 episodes is a big milestone for any podcast so we HAVE to celebrate this feat with HorsePLAY! LIVE.  In this article, you’ll find some of our old videos (be sure to scroll all the way and click the “Read More” link), graphics you can use on your web site, and things we have coming up for Geeky Antics Network Global!  As part of our celebration, we’ll be bringing back the segment “Obi On The Podi” and bringing in everyone possible for a community call / crazy train wreck.  We hope you can join us for the live broadcast on Twitch!

HorsePLAY! LIVE started as yet another gaming podcast, with heavy focus on MOBAs (particularly League Of Legends), console wars, and strategy games.  Since those humble origins, we’ve become the voice of the Geeky Antics Network and our awesome community, affectionately called “The GANG”.  These days, we categorize our show as a comedy but, really, it’s all about having fun and discussing all things geek.  Geek culture..  That really needs to be a category on iTunes.  We hope you can join us this week, whether it’s your first time or not!

HorsePLAY! LIVE Podcast - Episode 100 Celebration - November 12th 2015

Can’t join LIVE?  E-mail mail@geekyantics.net or leave us VM at 206-415-4987. Tweet @GeekyAntics, @ObioneX2 and @Yogizilla. We’ll be celebrating HorsePLAY! LIVE and Geeky Antics Network milestones alike throughout the rest of the year… Especially since, technically, episode 103ish would be our official two-year milestone.  w00t!

If you dig podcasts, be sure to check out our Podcasts page and menu, right here on GeekyAntics.net, and the official GeekyAntics YouTube channel.  You can also check out our GANG show/event schedule, which we try to keep updated but usually fail at because reasons.  Now for some of the break-throughs we are celebrating!

 

COMING SOON To Geeky Antics Network Global

We’re building the GeekyAntics Network to go beyond typical podcast networks and media outlets.  Our goal is to set up automated and manual systems to help everyone grow their brand, maximize social media, and establish consistent, sustainable results.  We want to go beyond the “set it and forget it” mentality that a majority of online marketers have.  By working together and engaging in authentic, meaningful interactions, we are not only growing our individual brands but also forging relationships and inspiration to last a lifetime.  Remember: you are not alone.

There are lots of features and talents we’re working with to give content creators options and build G.A.N.G. (Geeky Antics Network Global) to be a one-stop shop for anyone looking to get into the gaming industry, writing, streaming, and/or podcasting.  Many of us have been in the field for many years and now we’re working together to lighten our individual workloads and stay motivated.  Here are some of the things in the pipelines:

  • New GeekyAntics Foundry feed with syndicated and exclusive podcasts.
  • GANG Minis feed with shorter podcasts and non-weekly shows.
  • Affordable podcast hosting alternatives for friends on PodBean, Podomatic, Libsyn, Spreaker, etc.
  • Managed services for podcasters and streamers including promotions, SEO, coaching, and social media management.
  • Branded short links and e-mail aliases to lend more credibility and trust to our independent contributors.
  • Custom reports, analytics, and insights formatted to provide actionable data, not mere numbers.
  • More premium services (including web design/optimization, graphic design, ghostwriting, copyediting, etc.) and referral directory!
  • …And other goodies to bring our friends unique, remarkable content and help content creators grow!

Community Favorite HorsePLAY! LIVE Episodes

JanelNo5 reacts to Bloo the Kitten (and unofficial GeekyAntics mascot)!

Choice Chamber beta interview with Michael Molinari of Studio Bean!

Walker Stalker Con Atlanta 2014 recap and The Walking Dead talk.

Net neutrality, Comcast sucks, and miscellaneous rants and raves!

Hearthstone first expansion, Curse Of Naxxramas, HYPE!

The ZombieCast HorsePLAY! LIVE mash-up show – with Shawn Freeman & Matt Bradford!

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Save Or Shave The Beard? #SaveOrShave #SaveObiBeard #ShaveObiBeard

#SaveOrShave ObioneX2's Beard #Movember2015 #TheGANG

To shave the beard or to save the beard?

THAT is the question.

Hey everyone ObioneX2 back again!  It’s here..  It’s time to decide my fate: save or shave The Beard.

The Beard means alot to me and really want to keep it but my wife, Fefela, really wants it gone.  What do you guys think?  Vote will your wallet!

…Well, you don’t have to vote with your wallet but it helps.  After the poll, I’ll share how scoring will work.


(If the poll does not display properly, try this link – http://poll.fm/5erz7)

Optional:

The poll will be open throughout October and possibly into #Movember, which would be ironic if I do end up having to get rid of the beard.  (Yogi:  We found a loophole.. You can keep the mustache so that still counts for Movember!)  Here is how points will be counted:

  • Vote on PollDaddy = 1 point
  • Click on Save/Shave Beard Links = 5 points
  • Donations to Save/Save = 10 points*
  • Wishlist Purchase = 15 points*

*Must include in donation note which one you support (save or shave).

Here is our old poll, already in progress!  This one may be counted in the event of a tie.  http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=55f1cb6be4b0c3d16faab68e

Oatmeal Grows & Shaves A Beard

True story. Kids LOVE #TheBeard!

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We Need YOU! Another 48-Hour Live Stream #TheGANG #Anime #Halloween #Cosplay #SupportSmallerStreams

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Hey GANG, Obi “The Beard” here!

It’s 48-hour live stream time guys.  Well, it will be soon enough.  Our last over 60-hour stream marathon was a huge hit and we want to do more fun events like this..  Of course, we need your help!

Our very first GeekyAntics stream marathon lasted almost 72 hours – CRAZY!

We need streamers from #TheGANG stream team to help with the 48-hour live stream over at http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics – it’ll be fun and productive!  If you are interested please message me on obionex2@geekyantics.net or Yogi on yogizilla@geekyantics.net – the more, the merrier.  You can also come hang with and message us on TeamSpeak:

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Time and date is yet to be announced, though we are aiming for late October.  If we can do it in time for Halloween, we’re hoping to have some horror and cosplay themes, too!

Of course, it all depends on the response we get.  Keep in mind that, while we don’t have a huge following on Twitch, our audience is highly-engaged so this is a great way to help build each other up.  Self-promotion is totally allowed and encouraged!

Yogi Says: Absolutely!  With a stream team or network, you get out of it what you put in.  If everyone cross-promotes and streams to our channel once a week, we’d all see exponential results.  The model is proven but we need participation and PASSION.  Don’t be shy!

Thank you everyone!

~Obionex2

 

P.S.  Expect lots of anime talk when Yogizilla and F8TL_Blades stream.  Maybe we can get Morganafreya, Cupcakenoms, and Cupcakeeenvy, and JanelNo5 in on the fun (and, by “fun”, we’re talking anime and cosplay, of course).  w00t!!!halloween-bw-black-orange-undies-wallpaper_1920x1080

#SupportSmallerStreams