• Michael Hilton

The Weekly Geek 31

Whatup, nerds. Season One of The Weekly Geek has officially concluded, and I hope you enjoyed discovering awesome new stuff from a variety of featured creators. If you missed some of the guests, be sure to go back and check out their interviews. We will be going back to a semimonthly format until Season Two premiers, and we’ll continue to feature guests as the opportunity arises. Thanks to all the creators who made the first season possible!


Here’s a short list of stuff I’m geeking out about this week.


  • What I’m playing: Star Wars Squadrons. I don’t know of any cooler fictional spacecraft than the X-Wing, and now I can finally pilot one (poorly) and shoot down (crash into) TIE Fighters. The New Republic and Empire each offer four ships to command, but I can’t bring myself to leave my X-wing. Flying first person in the cockpit, the controls have a bit of a learning curve as the game gives you tactical control over your instruments. You can choose to divert power to shields, lasers, and engines, for instance. Depending on your situation, you’ll want to max out one option or configure a combination. There’s also no “up” in space, so rolling obviously completely reorients your perspective. But after a few battles, you get the hang of it. I haven’t rage quit yet at least. The game is limited in the number of online modes. Dogfights are 5v5 matches with the simple goal of racking up enough kills for your squad to win. Flagship battles are pretty interesting where your squad has to push back the enemy enough to go after their battle cruisers. That’s about the extent of the online modes, and EA has suggested that no additional content will be added. To be fair, however, Squadrons retails for $40, which is about ⅔ the price of a normal game. Not too bad for the opportunity to crash an X-wing countless times.

  • Tweet I'm geeking out about: Alexander Freed, author of Alphabet Squadron, replied to me. I'm kind of a big deal.

  • Update on what I’m reading: A few weeks ago I recommended To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. I said I hate recommending a book before I finished it, but the first act had sufficiently captured my attention. Now that I’m nearing the third act (it's a long book), I can say that I'm definitely still enjoying the story. The second act slows down a bit and seems much more plot focused rather than focusing on the great character interaction we get in those first chapters. This is definitely adult science fiction, a genre whose writing tends to tell more than show, but Paolini does a great job of crafting a fully realized galaxy, and Jennifer Hale’s audiobook performance is seriously one of the best I’ve ever heard.

  • What else I’m playing: Steve and Alex in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. That's it. They're pretty entertaining.


That’s it for this week! Be sure to like, subscribe, and share so you never miss discovering awesome stuff!


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