GR2 Weekly- 17 May 2015 Edition

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17 May 2015

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii!  This is Azzy here and you know what?  It appears to be time once again for yet another smashing blogisode of GR2 (Geek Rave and Geek Rant) Weekly!  I will tell you right now without any wondering, but next week’s edition of GR2 Weekly will be at least a day or two late.  The reason this time is that I will kinda, sorta be at the wedding of my best friend, Adam “FirsAgent” Pulver next Sunday.  This is the man who I first befriended when I started going to conventions, the one person that has remained a constant since that time started and is the person that inspired me to eventually get into Convention Recaps myself.  He also does an awesome Digimon blog too, so you should check that out if you’re a Digifan.  I pretty much have to be there, come hell or high water.  But you know what?  The bride-to-be aint half bad herself.  ;-P

In any case, it (for the most part) was business as usual in the Geek World as of late. Honeybee numbers continue to decline (down 40% last year alone), Lizard Squad made gaming life slightly hellish for Playstation Network users yet again, Candy Crush will (sadly) be pre-installed with Windows 10, one of the most badass scenes in all of Avengers: Age Of Ultron was made in toy form….but with no Black Widow in sight and the finally-released trailer for the movie based on 80’s cartoon Jem and the Holograms is just as bad as everybody feared it would be (I did kinda Rant about the movie almost a year ago).  But there has been some good as well, fear not.  Banjo Guy Ollie hooks us up with yet another awesome cover song, Daisho Con is really stepping up their game with the debut of its “Anime Lab” at its upcoming convention, we get looks from both the Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow series, you can finally play Pokemon inside Minecraft of all places and it looks like Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr. may have joined the ranks of the Bronies.

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And now, this week’s choices for both Rant and Rave of the Week.  :3

Geek Rant of the Week

Trolling, according to Urban Dictionary, is defined as ” Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.”  The act itself can take many shapes and forms from text posts on forums and message boards, videos, memes, any number of things.  But then there is that very special breed of asshat.  The kind of trolling that literally devastates someone beyond despair.  It is this level of trolling that was featured in an article on Kotaku is the subject of this week’s Rant.

Gaming studio 2Awesome Studio had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund one of their games, Dimension Drive, a shooter game.  But in the final day of the campaign, they were about €7000 short of their goal when, in an act more out of nowhere than a Randy Orton RKO, a backer by the name of “Jonathan “ pledged did the seemingly unthinkable and pledged the entire remaining 7,000!!!  Everybody is smiling, dancing, giddy as a schoolgirl, just feeling good about themselves………until it was all taken away in an instant.

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Seems Kickstarter did some investigating and found the 7,000 Euro pledge to be fraudulent and subsequently pulled the pledge with just barely over half an hour left.  With nobody else to provide the funds, the Kickstarter campaign ultimately ended in failure.  Yep.  Someone (Jonathan) sunk as low as to crush the hopes of dreams of a group of people he never even met simply because he could.  There’s a very special place in Hell for the Grade S douchebags that this troll has now joined the ranks of.  Dude better watch himself because Karma has a way with getting even against this sort of douchebaggery.

Geek Rave of the Week

Speaking of fundraisers, the subject of this week’s Rave just so happens to fall into that category. Total conicidence, I swear!  😛 Anyhoo, a group of gamers partook in a series of marathons in the 4th Annual 8-Bit Slute.  The event, which aimed to benefit Operation Supply Drop (which donates video game care packages to deployed troops), went for 2 days in hopes to raise a most leet-tastic goal of $1,337,000.  How the event worked was that people who signed up would play games starting at 12pm CST on the 16th, asking friends and family members to make pledges on their personal pages up until the same time on the 17th (if they could last that long).  While the event fell well short of its intended goal (it raised a smidge over $300,000), that is $300,000+ more than Operation Supply Drop had before.

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Gamers, we salute you.

I wish I would have known about this.  I would have requested off to participate.  Maybe next year.  😛

Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end.  Like I earlier mentioned, next Sunday will see not a GR2 Weekly blog post, but the Convention Recap for this year’s No Brand Con, so do please look forward to that.  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 follow me both on Tumblr and WordPress.  You are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page and I just as strongly encourage you to like and comment on some of the links I post.  I enjoy interacting with you all.  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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