15 November 2015
Good evening! Welcome to the latest blogisode of GR2 Weekly! First off, for those of you who will be at Daisho Con this weekend, I am so insanely jealous of you. While you’re there, I HIGHLY suggest you check out The Slants when they perform at the convention (make sure you tell Simon I say hi). I can’t be there, so one of you needs to for me. 😛
But for the rest of the Geek World, you have the tragically continuing whitewashing of the upcoming Ghost In The Shell movie with it’s latest cast announcement. There’s also the tale of someone who antagonized a silverback gorilla to the point it cracked its glass enclosure. Then you also have the fact that the Jem and the Holograms movie managed to underwhelm so horrifically in the box office, it got pulled just a mere TWO WEEKS after its release. But on the bright side, we’ll have a national Video Game Museum in Frisco, Texas open next month. Secondly, there’s the fact that Final Fantasy 7’s very own Cloud will soon be available as a DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. And thanks to the new Prime Minister in Canada, scientists there can now freely speak to the media about any and all of its findings without fear of government backlash. As good (and bad as those were), this is what topped their respective lists this week.
Geek Rant of the Week
Within the past couple of months, no recently released game has come out with much more hype than the long-awaited Fallout 4, which just came out a few days ago. The post-apocalyptic shooter game has come with generally positive reviews and even caused a significant drop in traffic on porn website PornHub on the day of the game’s launch. But that’s not what we’re Ranting about here. No, instead it’s the employees of a certain retail store chain who draw the virtual wrath this week.
In celebration of the game, soda company Jones Soda planned a limited-run release of the game’s Nuka Cola Quantum (basically a relabeled version of another Jones Soda flavor), much to the joy of the games’ fans. But there seems to be a bit of a problem with this.
As much as people want to enjoy the soda, Target stores (the retail chain the deal was made with for the Fallout sodas) were having the hardest times keeping them in stock, often listing them as out of stock and unavailable for online shipping (a fact I can personally attest to, as I tried looking it up myself). Now I can understand there being the occasional problem with stock issues, but for it to be this consistent would require a level of such ineptitude, words would fail to properly describe it. With as big of a game as this was gonna be, you would think they would have tried to make at least some sort of preparations for demand. As it turns out, however, it’s not so much Corporate’s total fault as it is that of their store employees.
In a gameranx article, nuymerous users of the message board site Reddit have reported and speculated that Target employees themselves have been buying up all the soda to resell on Ebay. This what a recent ebay search turned up:
The worst part? Listings for the soda have gone up as high as $150……..with people buying it!!!!!! With some of the employees hoarding the sodas, compound that with an inconsistent policy on sales limits (some stores don’t even have a cap on how much you can buy) compounding the problem, the end result? The end result, my friends, is a bunch of disappointed fans who may never get the chance to enjoy this particular bit of carbonated goodness. For those of you who were dickish enough to pull this stunt off (doubly dickish if you were one of the Target employees), I have but one thing for you:
Geek Rave of the Week
If you are one of those who enjoy the card and board variety of gaming, you know above all else to support your local game shops whenever you can. While Retail and online stores have a certain extent of variety (some though you can only get via online means), the experience at actual brick and mortar game shops provide an experience second to none. From various community outreach events to regular sanctioned leagues for card games, game shops are the place to be.
You think so too, don’t you Squidward? 😉
It would just so happen my local game shop, Gnome Games, recently held a “Thanksgaming” event at it’s Green Bay East location this past Saturday. On top of having a couple gaming companies on hand to demo some of their latest fares (one such gentleman literally thrusted a business card into my hand as I was waiting for my friend Brooke to arrive), people were encouraged to partake in games all day long, both from their own collection and whatever people brought along. The pie? Oh yeah, the pie was very much present (and equally as delicious). E-mail subscribers were in for a trat, as they (prior to the event) received a 10% off coupon. But everybody who made at least a $10 purchase received a “Little Black Envelope”, which is good for redemption from November 27th-29th and might include discounts or even a $100 shopping spree………provided that said envelope wasn’t messed with beforehand.
My own personal experience didn’t consist of a whole lot outside of the forced business card, a few rounds of Magic: The Gathering and even a run-in with a couple other friends (I had work later on in the day, so I couldn’t stay very long), but the environment was very arm and friendly. Speaking of “warm and friendly, they also have an event that takes place this coming Saturday centered around the My Little Pony CCG simply titled “My Little Pony CCG – Share ‘n’ Care”.
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Entry to said casual league event is a mere 3 items of unexpired non-perishable food items and starts at 10am. I’ve never played the CCG myself and I do work that day, but I may still be inclined to give things a go. :3
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 and you are equally as 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. 😛