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08 Feburary 2015

Hello!  I’m Azzy, and it is once again Sunday, so here we are again with another rousing blogisode of GR2 Weekly!  I know the inaugural Wizard World Madison took place this past weekend and if any of you were there, I hope much fun was had.  I’m looking forward to Kitsune Kon myself, albeit from the other side of the fence this time around (if anybody reading this is new to things, I was part of Kitsune’s staff for its first 4 years, but that is no longer the case).  The Geek World sure knows how to keep itself busy and this week was no different.  Power Rangers alum Austin St. John personally announced the first batch of his “Street Team” Captains, the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan gets the Star Wars treatment, ABC has decided to revive the robot combat show Battlebots, it looks as though we will be getting a Doctor Who Lego set after all, and Mike Suszek of the now defunct Joystiq has once again challenged gamers to take the “4 In February” game challenge.  But as the good happens, so must the bad unfortunately.  Another Power Rangers alum, Ricardo Medina, Jr., was jailed for a deadly altercation with a roommate (before charges were dropped), GamerGaters STILL don’t know what the phrase “Shut the frig up!” means, a school in Texas suspended a kid for making an alleged “terrorist threat” by claiming he had the “One Ring”, Rooster Teeth animator Monty Oum passed away way too soon at the age of 33, and Nintendo’s cash share plan for YouTube has already gone awry in both delays and the ban from using Smash Bros. as part of the plan.  And now, without too much further delay, the Winner and Loser of this week’s edition:

Geek Rave of the week

We venture to the world of comic books for this week’s Rave of the Week, more specifically the Man of Steel himself, Superman.  As popular of a superhero as he may be, it also has been a struggle to make him relatable to you and I.  After all, he can fly, use heat vision, is basically bulletproof.  The dude can pretty much do anything (except defeat Goku).  So just how do you solve this problem? Simple: You give Superman yet another super power.

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Yeah, it does seem rather ironic that it would take a brand new power to make him feel more like one of us.  In case you hadn’t already heard about it on Kotaku, however, here’s the basic plot rundown (WARNING!  Spoilers ahead): In the recently concluded “Men of Tomorrow” story arc, Ulysses (another omnipotent survivor of a now-dead planet) and Supes end up engaging in a major slobberknocker after the Man of Steel foils a plot by Ulysses to trick a chunk of Earth’s population into relocating to a new, seeminlgly-utopialike planet.  Ulysses, quite naturally, attempts to use his power to destroy the Earth.  Superman attempts to counter with his Heat Vision, but then this happens:

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So his newfound power basically allows him to unleash all the energy in his body in a massive solar blast, or a Super Flare as Batman later describes to him.  But there’s a catch:

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Yep.  The new power leaves Clark Kent completely vulnerable while he recharges.  That’s certainly one way to do things.  Yet all the story possibilities that this creates actually make this a great idea.  Superman’s greatest power ends up becoming his greatest weakness.  What if word of his temporary vulnerability gets out (and in future story arcs, it probably will)?  Villain after villain would come after him, trying to force Kal-el to use his trump card and exploiting the aftermath.  This is no doubt a nod to the Superman II movie (Superman writer Geoff Johns worked with Richard Donner on the movie), when Supes gets hit with apocryphal energy blasts by the Phantom Zone escapees.  It’ll be interesting to see how things go from here.

Geek Rant of the week

The year is 2015.  It is supposed to be a time where people should be allowed to love who they wanna love.  It’s supposed to be a time where people should be able to do what they want to do (that doesn’t cause any major physical harm) without fear of bigot-fueled repercussions.  Apparently, Garena, a company who operates and runs League of Legends in places such as the Philippines, Taiwan, and SE Asia, didn’t quite get that message.  In their attempts to run an All-Female eSports competition in the Philippines, there was a rule in place that caused quite a big controversy:
Only ONE LGBTQ individual was allowed per team, as they felt more would give teams an “unfair advantage”.

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Even Ernie is disappointed in them.

I do give Garena credit for trying to organise such an event, given the predominantly “Bro culture” that sadly still dictates video gaming these days.  But to come up with a rule that is as exclusive as it is inclusive just makes no sense whatsoever.  Here’s the precise wording:
1) Each team will be allowed to have a maximum of one (1) Gay/Transgendered woman for the entirety of the tournament day. Therefore, teams cannot do the following: Team_A’s first game will be 4 female members and 1 gay, then on Team_A’s second game, they will have 4 female members and replace with another gay or transgender member.

 

2) Any team who has violated the above provision, regardless if intentional or otherwise, whether discovered during the day of the event or some time after, will have all their team members (the female members as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered women member) sanctioned with a 1-year ban on all Garena-organized events, including subsequent Iron Solari Tournament.” Needless to say, the outrage was immediate and massive.  So much so, Garena announced they lifted the restriction the very next day.  Maybe next time Garena, how about we NOT even think of such a restricion, mmmkay?  And now the mandatory palet cleanser:

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Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end.  And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to message me here on WordPress. You are equally encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page.  See you next week!  While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody.  Sonny Strait will be a happy person.  😛

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