Predator and Terminator in Fortnite

The Predator is on the hunt in Fortnite! Along with the new Predator skin, Chapter 2 Season 5 brings in the Jungle Hunter Questline. These were a surprise reveal last week as new skins usually come at the beginning of the season. Predator couldn’t wait.

The Predator is a mini-boss at the Stealthy Stronghold. He drops a new cloaking device, letting players get the drop on their prey. Completing the Jungle Hunter Questline gives players the Predator skin and new pickaxe, emote, and back bling.

Jump into Fortnite today to take on the Jungle’s fierce foe! Season 5 ends in a month.

**Update**
Today, Fortnite added both Sarah Connor and the Terminator (T-800).

Sources: Fortnite

WandaVision Spoiler-Free Review

WandaVision’s first two episodes were released on Disney+ Friday morning. This will be a spoiler-free review, so you’re safe to read.

As seen in the trailers, WandaVision is a replica of a sitcom that evolves through the generations of television. The first two are reminiscent of the 50’s classics like Bewitched or Leave it to Beaver. The typical hijinks ensue with miscommunication leading to mishaps. This alone is delightful as it takes you back to a forgotten version of tv. Initially, the simple jokes are off-putting, but I quickly fell right into the show. It was less a show about Scarlet Witch and The Vision and more a sitcom of a family trying to fit in.

The meta-plot is what locks me in. There is a mystery to what is going on and why our heroes are here. We are not even sure if they know why this world exists. We do see hints of something more, but we will hold off until we discuss spoilers. I am excited to see the mystery unfold every Friday.

Our grade for what we have so far is a solid “A”! The show was delightful and had me entertained with the primary plot while hooking me with the mystery. It avoids the “+” because it’s old fashion comedy can be disjointing to those unfamiliar with the format. All in all, this is an excellent way to kick off Phase 4 of the MCU.

Cephalopod – Beta Review

A new podcast app is on the horizon, poised to change the game. Cephalopod is a new app coming out of beta soon for Android devices with iPhone release coming later! We were lucky enough to try out the beta; for our full review check out our latest episode.

The most important feature of a new podcast player is…the player. Cephalopod has large controls making it easy to navigate at a glance. If you’re like me, you listen while you drive. You don’t have time to stare at your phone to find the rewind. Not a problem on this app. The display is also natively in a “dark mode.” The grey-navy background with bright green controls are clear and easy on the eyes. The last vital player feature is the option to download the pod for later listens. Many current players do not offer this simple option. It’s nice to download the next couple of episodes before entering your office building with little cell service.

Searching for your next favorite podcast is a breeze. On the home screen, press the big green “+” then you are taken to an explore page. This is unique to Cephalopod because it combines a search bar, featured section, and category browser on the same page. The search works as expected, offering similar names if you are not exact. Featured is not available yet but will presumably offer you some of the hottest trending podcasts. The best part is the categories. If you’re in the mood for a gaming podcast, hit “Gaming.” You are then greeted by a plethora of podcasts tailored to your video game needs.

Once you have a podcast picked out, subscribe and the show will be added to your home page. On the show’s page, you can find all their social media links, list of episodes, subscriber count, and claimer count. The socials make it easy to interact with the hosts of the podcast. In the episode list, you can also scroll through the descriptions. Having the full descriptions on the same page as the episode list is a quality of life improvement. The subscriber count lets you know how many others are enjoying the same show. Lastly, and most importantly, is the claimer count. You can click on “Claimers” and open a list of the hosts of the show. Click on a host to view their profile. Profiles let you connect with others in the podcast community. The profile is broken down between User and Creator.

Last are the badges! Badges and tokens will be an upcoming feature that will support creators and give users exclusives and affiliate offers. We will be reviewing the Badges when the feature is available. Geek Freaks is most excited about this feature and what it means for our listeners. We will be offering exclusive only obtainable through Cephalopod!

To celebrate the launch of Cephalopod, we are doing a giveaway. Download the app once available this Friday, subscribe to Geek Freaks, and send a picture through our socials or TheGeekFreaksPodcast@gmaill.com. We will mail you three of our Geekdom Shield stickers with a thank-you card from us. We’ll be giving out stickers throughout January. Let’s hang out on the podcast app of the future!

Grab the Cephalopod app here!

Disneyland to Become COVID-19 Vaccine Super-Site

Disneyland becomes a super Point-of-Dispensing site for the COVID-19 vaccine this week. This will be the first super POD in Orange County. There are plans to also use the Dodger Stadium and Staple Center over the next couple of weeks.

Orange County health officials will be using Disneyland’s massive parking lots for the endeavor. The park and shops will close during the process to free up as much space as possible.

“Disneyland Resort is proud to help support Orange County and the City of Anaheim with the use of our parking lot, and we are grateful for all of their efforts to combat COVID-19. After a year in which so many in our community have faced unprecedented hardship and uncertainty, there is now reason for optimism with the administration of a vaccine.”

Dr. Pamela Hymel – Disneyland Resort’s chief medical officer

Disneyland was hit hard by the stay at home orders issued early in the pandemic. Disney had to layoff 32,000 employees, primarily from parks, through 2020. Them becoming the site for mass vaccination is a sign of hope on the horizon. The fact that the “happiest place on earth” will be a hub for vaccination is a poetic conclusion to Disney’s pandemic struggles.

Sources: Patch, Deadline

Geek Freaks’ 2021 Plans

Every year, we at Geek Freaks get together and discuss the previous year and goals for the next year. In the past, these discussions have brought on the reboot of the podcast, the upgrade to our website, and dedication to conventions. With 2021, our new focus is on expansion. We have a dedicated team, and each member has their own unique passions. This year, we share them with you.

Podcast

The biggest addition this year is the launch of three new shows. The best part is, you don’t have to subscribe to a new podcast. All our new shows will be on the Geek Freaks feed. Also, our main show, News of the Week, is here to stay. So is Level Up, with Assassin’s Creed: Origins next on the docket. Now, let’s talk about what’s new!

Push to Talk

Push to Talk is hosted by Squeaks (Eddie Martin) and is a free-form show with rotating guests. He starts each episode with the Geek Box which asks a couple of random open-ended questions. He then dives into the week’s topic or interviews the special guest. Topics will range from fun questions that spark conversations to deep dives into the biggest issues in the geekdom. The pilot episode topic is “Favorite Game of Each Generation” and was a blast to make.

Captain’s Log is lead by Jon Lourence. He will be reviewing every episode of Star Trek… every episode. These 10-minute episodes will be immediate reactions after his viewing. Some are revisits to favorites and others will be first-time watches. He will discuss the events of the episode and follow it up with his thoughts. The short episodes make them the perfect companion for your next Star Trek binge. Captain’s Log will premiere on our YouTube channel then join the podcast feed later this year.

The third new show is in early development. Frank Lourence will host a new “after show” that will follow some of the biggest series from Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, and much more. The 20-minute shows will have a short review, impressions, and additional information to help you better appreciate the series you already love. This new show will be coming closer to summer 2021.

YouTube

YouTube has been our testing grounds. We would try out new edits, show ideas, or streams without worrying about the numbers. This year, we are stepping it up! YouTube will continue to have video versions of the podcast but will also have exclusive content. The first will be the premiere of Captain’s Log. You will only find the Logs on YouTube for the first two months before they join the podcast feed. Another new YouTube series is Top 5. Long time listeners know our roots are in making Top 5 lists for many different subjects. Now that Geek Freaks has evolved, we don’t get to do enough Top 5s. Well not anymore. Top 5 will be short videos spanning all of the geekdom covering our Top 5s and invite viewers to share their favorites. We have a couple more projects in the works, but they are too early in development to share many details. We are excited to bring you more video content!

Geek Freaks on YouTube

Site

The site has become a major aspect of Geek Freaks. When discussing Geek Freaks with big brands, they bring up the site often. It’s exciting to see so much interest in GeekFreakPodcast.com. Last year it grew and went through a much-needed redesign. This year we are going to make the site even more accessible. We will be taking advantage of multiple pages to share information in more diverse formats. The core articles are here to stay and will continue to be the source material for our News of the Week podcast. You can find the articles on the home page. We will be changing the YouTube and Podcast pages to better spotlight the additional content coming in the future. A social media hub page will be a one-stop location for the latest Geek Freaks posts. If we share fan art on Instagram, it might not make it to Twitter. The Hub will be your place to find it all. Our show and event schedule will get its own page as well. We have detailed calendars with releases and recording, and we will start sharing those with you all! The site’s additions will be added throughout the year.

Social Media

Social media has been a place to chat with listeners, fellow podcasters, and sources. But, we have been lacking on a big one, Facebook. Jon has taken the lead and founded the Geek Freak Group. In the group, you can share whatever is going on with you from the latest game you’re playing to that comic you are super into. We will be posting the latest updates about the podcast, our article, new episodes, and whatever cool geek stuff that has us hyped. Across all social media, we will be sharing more fanart, polls, and clips. We love hanging out with you all on socials and want to kick it into a new gear.

Thank You!

2021 is a year of hope and excitement. We want to take this new year by storm. We appreciate our listeners so much and look forward to bringing you more Geek Freaks!

Want to follow all things Geek Freaks? Check out our iLink!

Minecraft Earth Ending Soon

After a slow start and a lock of players throughout 2020, Minecraft Earth has announced its closure. The mobile game allowed players to gather with friends in the real world and build augmented reality structures with found blocks. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced everyone to stay home and avoid public gatherings. Minecraft states the game will end in June 2021.

Minecraft Earth has one last update releasing on Jan. 5th. This update removes all cash purchasing options. They reduce “ruby” costs and decreasing all time-gated features. The planned features and DLC’s are all releasing at once. Giving a glimpse of what was to come. Boosts and unused crafting are being replaced by radius boosts of the same level.

If you are a fan of Minecraft Earth, this is unfortunate news. But, they want to make sure the last few months are fun for the ME community.

Source: Minecraft Press Release

Steam Awards Winners Revealed

The 2020 Steam Award winners have been announced! These winners are based on games released on Steam between November 2019 to the end of 2020. They take a unique stance on the award process with fun categories and a short, more “shareable” show. And all award winners are on sale on Steam.

Game of the Year

Red Dead Redemption 2
Beating out Hades, Fall Guys, Death Stranding, and DOOM Eternal.

Sit Back and Relax

The Sims 4
Beating out Microsoft Flight Simulator, Satisfactory, Untitled Goose Game, and Factorio

Best Soundtrack


Doom Eternal
Beating out Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Helltaker, Need for Speed Heat, and Persona 4 Golden

Outstanding Visual Style

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Beating out Battlefield 5, There is No Game, Marvel’s Avengers, and Black Mesa

Best Game You Suck At

Apex Legends
Beating out Crusader Kings 3, Ghostrunner, FIFA 21, and GTFO

Outstanding Story-Rich Game

Red Dead Redemption 2
Beating out Detroit: Become Human, Mafia Definitive Edition, Metro Exodus, and Horizon Zero Dawn

Most Innovative Gameplay

Death Stranding
Beating out Control, Superliminal, Noita, and Teardown

Better With Friends

Fall Guys
Beating out Sea of Thieves, Borderlands 3, Deep Rock Galactic, and Risk of Rain 2

Labor of Love

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Beating out Among Us, Terraria, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and No Man’s Sky

VR Game of the Year

Half-Life: Alyx
Beating out Phasmophobia, The Room VR: A Dark Matter, Thief Simulator VR, and Star Wars Squadrons

Check out the full Steam Game Awards presentation:

Steam Breaks 25 Million User Record

Steam had one of its best years in 2020 with users stuck at home, and the first week of 2021 is record-breaking. According to SteamDB and PCGamesN, Steam pasted the 25 million concurrent users threshold for the first time.

SteamDB

The heavy hitters moving Steam to these new heights are Among Us, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2. Other games that did well in 2020 on the platform were CyberPunk 2077, Stardew Valley, and Rainbow Six Siege.

What games have you been playing on Steam? On the next podcast we will be discussing what platforms we prefer for PC. The competition has been fierce.

Make sure to check out Steam’s Winter Sale. They are rotating the discounted games every day.

Riot Making a League of Legends MMO

Riot confirms they are working on a League of Legends MMO! The news comes from their Riot’s Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) on Twitter.

Ghostcrawler

Ghostcrawler grew to fame as the man in charge of World Of Warcraft in its early days. He then moved on to Riot in 2013 as a lead game designer. His presence on the project indicates Riot’s possible directions for their MMO. One would presume the Tencent owned company would want to create an Eastern MMO like Final Fantasy 14 or Genshin Impact. But with Greg Street at the helm, we could see some Western influences. Possible the subscription model will make a comeback.

Epic Games Store Holiday Event – Sunday Update

This week Epic Games Store is giving us daily free games from their library. The games tend to be triple-A titles as well. In the past, when they have done this event, they have given away GTA 5, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ark, and more. There will be a new game revealed each day. Along with the free game is a $10 coupon for those who login during the event.

Sunday’s Free Game is Defense Grid: The Awakening

Saturday’s Free Game is The Long Dark

Friday’s Free Game is Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Thursday’s Free Game is City Skylines!

We will update you with future free games as they are revealed.

Oscar Isaac to Play Solid Snake

The Metal Gear Solid has found their Snake! Oscar Isaac is set to play Solid Snake in the Hideo Kojima video game adaptation. Joining the team is Avi Arad and Peter Kang as producers.

Oscar Isaac has most notably played Poe Dameron in the new Star Wars Trilogy. He was also chosen to play Moon Knight for the upcoming Disney Plus series. His rough and tumble action hero look will serve well in portraying Solid Snake.

Snake is the lead role of the Metal Gear Solid games and is a special agent often working from behind enemy lines. Players typically have to survive a massive army and the elements alone. The series is known for its expansive and confusing story. The producers have plenty of source material here but will need to make sense of the many plots and disjointed timeline.

Source: Deadline

Geek Freaks for Check Point Organization

Geek Freaks will be doing our charity stream today, November 23rd at 3 pm pst. We’ll be playing the newly released World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. We are raising money for the Check Point Organization.

The Check Point Organization works to raise awareness of Mental Health through gaming. Check Point provides information and resources for those seeking help or wanting to learn more. Some of their wonderful tools include The Coping Companion, guides for different topics, and the #CheckPointSeries that features game developers discussing mental health.

#CheckPointSeries

During the stream, we will be raising money for Check Point through Tiltify. That means your money will be sent directly to Check Point. We will also be going over some of their Coping Companion cards on stream. The Coping Companion is available in physical cards for $18 or digital for any donation.

Check Point’s Coping Companion

We will be playing Shadowlands. This expansion takes us to Warcraft’s afterlife to hunt down Sylvanas and stop her from destroying both the land of the living and the dead. We will be joined by all the Geek Freaks hosts and many other streamers seen on Geek Freaks crossovers. Join us at 3 pm pst; here is the launch in your timezone.

We hope you can join us for some fun and to help a noble cause!

Top 10 Thanksgiving Episodes

Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather around the TV. Shows often embrace the holiday more than films. Sitcoms, dramas, animated shows all make specials for Turkey Day. The stresses of the day are ripe for comedy and bound to bring out tensions amongst the family. Here are our Top 10 Thanksgiving Episodes!

10. That 70’s Show- “Thanksgiving”

That 70’s Show captures the hectic home during the holiday. Eric fails his attempts with his sister’s friend, getting in his own way as usual. Kitty scrambles to create the perfect dinner while her mother-in-law criticizes her.

9. American Dad- “There Will Be Bad Blood”

Stan learns his half brother is rich from inherited land. He kidnaps his brother and family and tries to “swap” lives. The key to the episode is Stan learning to appreciate what he has. He also learns a lesson about stereotypes of Native Americans. The episode is a good mix of fun and ridiculous. What we would expect from an American Dad holiday special.

8. Modern Family- “Three Turkeys”

Pure shenanigans! Modern Family is at its best in this Thanksgiving free-for-all. Each family tries to handle dinner their way. Shifting responsibilities and trying to save face create a Three Stooges type mess of early comedies.

7. Seinfeld- “The Mom and Pop Store”

In this classic Seinfeld, George buys “John” Voight’s car. Jerry loses his sneakers to elderly conmen. And Elaine gets her boss in the Macy’s Day Parade. Things fall apart for the gang rather quickly, creating some wonderfully funny moments.

6. King of the Hill- “Happy Hank’s Giving”

Watching this episode is a Thanksgiving tradition of mine. Hank and his family wind up stranded in an airport, missing the holiday with extended family. Hank Hill’s friends and neighbors are also stuck in the airport. They eventually gather in the food court to create their own makeshift Thanksgiving dinner. This is a heartwarming episode, and one of the best of the series.

5. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – “The Gang Squashes Beefs”

This episode of Always Sunny is a real treat for die-hard fans. The gang decides all the bad blood created over the years is getting in the way of their lives. They attempt to remedy the situation by offering them all a Thanksgiving dinner. The combination of the series’s most notable adversaries and the gang’s terrible ideas inevitably leads to disaster. If you need a good laugh, this is your pick.

4. Friends- “The One With All The Thanksgiving”

This iconic episode jumps back to their past Thanksgivings. We see the early relationship between Chandler and Monica. The changes over the years are hilarious. In the end, their relationship moves to the next level. The memorable “Turkey on the head” scene has become TV history.

3. South Park- “Black Friday”

This timely episode sees the kids go to war over Xbox and PlayStation. In a Game of Thrones parody, they try to decide which system to get during Black Friday. Meanwhile, Randy gets a job as mall security for the sale. The position quickly becomes a Night’s Watch situation where he must defend the mall from wildling shoppers.

2. Everybody Loves Raymond- “No Fat”

Marie attends a health fair and decides the family needs to change their eating habits. Unfortunately, this is right before Thanksgiving. She makes a health-friendly dinner and a big tofu turkey. Watching Marie’s family try to eat this unfamiliar food will have everyone laughing. The credits scene in particular is the best.

1.How I Met Your Mother- “Slapsgiving”

Ted and friends gather for Thanksgiving dinner. Lilly tries to make the perfect dinner, but nothing seems to be going right. Worst is a “slap-bet” between Marshall and Barney. The tension of coming slap drives Barney crazy. The episode ends perfectly with Marshall delivering a well-deserved slap and a song to boot.

We hope you find a show you haven’t seen yet. Let us know if your favorite didn’t make the list. Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday Deals: Electronics

Electronics tend to be the hottest ticket item each year. Getting them for a reasonable price can be a real challenge. Let’s check out some of the best Black Friday deals in electronics.

Walmart

Walmart is all about the big screens. You can grab a big 4k TV at a decent price. Best of all, there are some good name brands this year like Samsung and Visio. If you’re more about quantity over quality, check out Walmart’s Onn brand. They boast a 65″ 4k TV for only $228!

Best Buy

Best Buy is also bringing forward a lot of TVs this Black Friday. If you’re in the market for a high-end device, check out the QLED Samsungs. In this era, we could always use more storage for our data. You can catch some massive savings on solid-state drives. I suggest the 1TB Samsung for $109.99. AirPods are cheaper than ever. Grab the AirPods Pro for only $199.99. If you buy anything from Best Buy, grab their warranty. You have to years to bring the item back for a new one. Best warranty in retail.

Target

Target has killer deals on Ring and Alexa devices to make your life easier. The Ring Doorbell is $60 off. See who’s that the door from your phone. A good companion is the Ring Indoor Cam 2 pack for only $89.98. Ring works great with your Amazon Alexa devices. The Echo Dot 4th-gen is $28.99, and the Echo is $44.99.

Check back tomorrow when we share some more of our favorite deals.

Conan Ends Show After 28 Years

After 28 years in Late Night, Conan O’Brien is ending his show. He will be starting a new travel series on HBO Max. Conan has had a storied career of ups and downs. Eventually becoming the elder statesmen of the industry.

Conan took over for David Letterman in 1993. He hosted “Late Night” on NBC until 2009. He was then given the coveted “The Tonight Show,” previously hosted by Jay Leno. Drama ensued as Leno returned, causing Conan to lose his job. He and his staff moved to LA to continue his talk show at TBS under the name “Conan” and adopting the fandom name Team Coco. The show struggled on the basic cable channel, but his loyal fans kept it alive. Team Coco grabbed the younger audiences that were not typical Late Night viewers. He would often attend Comic-con, review new games, and try wild stunts. A highlight of the series was the primetime specials where they would travel to other countries as clueless tourists. In 2019, the show was reduced to a 30-minute time slot. With Covid, most of the show was Conan and sidekick, Andy Richter, chatting in an empty theater. After a long career, it was time to hang up the towel.

Conan isn’t going away though! He is getting a new travel series on HBO Max. There are few details, but it’s likely going to be similar to the primetime specials from TBS. The team may stay together as Conan has always looked out for his crew. During the move from New York to LA, he paid for the employees moving costs. When the pandemic hit, Conan started Zoom segments to keep them employed. Team Coco is a tight crew and likely moving to HBO with the boss.

Conan is a legend in the Late Night and comedy writing communities. From Simpson’s writer to the veteran of his industry. His show will be missed but not forgotten. He was inspired by Letterman and improved on those antics. The industry has been changed because of him. Thank you Conan and Team Coco for a great 28 years.

Source: EW

Geek Freaks and AEE are Teaming Up!

Exciting news! We’ve been working with All Everything Entertainment over the last month. We are excited to announce we will be joining forces! All our podcast episodes can be found on the AEE SoundCloud stream. If you are already subbed then no worries, we’re still on all the other platforms as usual. You can also find our articles both on their site and right here at GeekFreaksPodcast.com.

AEE is a network of hard-working podcasters and writers that want to create a home for all your entertainment and sports news. We are excited to work with them to spread the Geek Freaks news to more people and bring some new content creators to you!

To kick things off, we’re are going to post some of our greatest hits on their site. Come on by and join us!

Top 5 Netflix Intros

Boba Fett Series Begins Filming

Johnny Depp Fired From Fantastic Beasts

Disney Delays Two More Films

The last two big Disney releases of 2020 have been delayed. Free Guy and Death on the Nile have been pushed back as the pandemic rages during a third wave. No word yet on whether these films will get the Mulan treatment and released on Disney+. Fans are split, but most favor a home release rather than wait.

Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds in a video game world. He’s an NPC that learns he’s in a game and begins to take control of his life and environment. Free Guy was supposed to release on December 10th.

Death on the Nile is the sequel to Murder on the Orient Express. This time Detective Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress on a Nile cruise.

Source: WinterisComing.com

This Week’s Show

Hey all! This week we talk about Mandalorian, New tabletop gaming company Warchief Gaming, Cyberpunk being delayed again, Tiny Toons reboot, Oscar Isaac becoming Moon Knight, and a ton of announcements from Netflix. 

Streaming Apps for Xbox Series X/S

Xbox revealed today the entertainment apps that will be available at launch for Xbox Series X and S:

  • Netflix
  • Disney+
  • HBO Max
  • Spotify
  • YouTube
  • YouTube TV
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Hulu
  • NBC Peacock
  • Vudu
  • FandangoNow
  • Twitch
  • Sky Go
  • NOW TV
  • Sky Ticket and more

For the first time Apple TV is coming to Xbox! This will give you access to Apple+ streaming service and all of Apple’s Channels. Apple’s original series include Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Ted LassoThe Morning ShowSee, and more. They have also invested heavily in original films including Tom Hank’s Greyhound and Beastie Boys Story

All the shows and films watch on an Xbox get the same enhancements enjoyed by its games. Streamed content will benefit from an enhanced dynamic range and spatial sound with Dolby Vision and Atoms. Your streaming apps will be located in the new Entertainment Block on your home screen. This helps keep you gaming and watching apps separated and easy to find.

You can grab your Xbox Series X or S on November 10th!

Sources: Xbox Press Release

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What to Stream: November 2020

With November comes Christmas Specials. All streaming platforms are adding classics and new holiday films to get you into the seasonal spirit. For those of you not ready for Christmas (myself included), we are getting a ton of other must-watches as well. Here’s our favorites:

Netflix

Hulu

HBO Max

Prime Video

Disney +

What are you excited to watch this month? Let us know on the socials or the comments below!

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