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Happy New Year 2014 from Ogeeku

On behalf of all of us here at Ogeeku.com, I want to wish you a happy new year! May 2014 be the best year yet!

I put together this short YouTube video looking back at the past year of Ogeeku, as well as provide some insight into what is coming in 2014.

We’re super excited for all of the things we have planned for the year, so stick around and join in on the fun!

If you want to help us on any aspects of the site, email Jon at jon[at]ogeeku[dot]com!

D D&D: Original Series on Ogeeku

We are huge fans of tabletop games here at Ogeeku. To showcase our love for all things roleplaying, we have teamed up with the creative team of Michelle and Yume from Bubble Punch for a ridiculous experience we are calling:

DD&D (Drunk Dungeons and Dragons)

The new series will reside on Ogeeku’s YouTube channel and feature a full play-through of a session of D&D with one experienced DM (in this case Jon Brence) and a group of inexperienced intoxicated geeks. The result: CHAOS.

Who are the geeks we chose? Meet the amazing cast below:

Be sure to subscribe to Ogeeku on YouTube and don’t miss the premiere of the series on September 1st, 2013!

The Relaxation That is "Spectate Gaming"

Growing up, I had always found it incredibly hard to sit still watching while my buddies played flawless runs without dying in Super Mario World. The amount of restlessness in my crossed legs and twitchy fingers sometimes became uncontrollable and I often leapt at the open controller once I saw the chubby plumber dropping into a pit.

SNES Controller
Let me show you how it’s done…

I was always fighting for the chance to show my skills and get quality time controlling the experience. In the past year, however, that feeling has been gradually reversing.

I spend the majority of my day watching, analyzing, and strategizing for content on YouTube. I work with a handful of clients, some of whom are the top gamers in the sphere. In doing so, I examine their ownership over game expertise and audience interaction, and, much like a game tester, I become burnt out on the title with which they’re engaged. When I get home, I rarely want to think about picking up a controller, while at the same time longing for the experiences I had so well maintained in my memory from childhood.

With all of these feelings leaving me over the past year, I had become more and more desperate for something to fill that void.

Then I discovered how relaxing it is to be a passive spectator. Mostly thanks to Twitch, a premium live-streaming service that hosts the largest collection of gamers broadcasting through the internet.

Twitch-with-Glitch

My new past-time began with watching gameplay during lunch breaks at work. I would hop onto Twitch, switch to a Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom match-up, sit back and just watch. I wasn’t needing to have to prepare a report. I wasn’t sweating onto a joystick, panicked that I might not get my attack off in time. I was simply watching.

And that felt good.

As of recent, and after my upsetting experience with League of Legends, I found that I much prefer watching match-ups of the title purely as a spectator. Through Twitch, I was introduced to players that FAR exceeded my skill level, playing a game with the control and precision of a chess master. They worked side-by-side and executed with fine coordination with every single move made. It is beautiful to watch – and incredibly relaxing.

League of Legends Tournament
This is incredible.

Sitting and watching someone with the controller in their hand is now my nightly routine. It allows me to decompress, while enjoying the medium that changed my life. I am glad that I have found the beauty in spectate gaming.

Do you enjoy watching gameplay on Twitch or other stream services? What games do you watch?
Be sure to follow Ogeeku on Twitch.tv for our weekly live broadcasts (Wednesday: “Game On with Xerxes” and Sunday: “The Many Deaths of SvenTS”. More shows on the way!)

Geek Girls Have Nothing to Prove

Geek Girl.

Superman

Those two words are immediate fodder for a guaranteed internet throw-down. I have found myself being in the middle of those fights as well – some relatively recently.

I have done my fair share of calling ‘bluff’ on photographs of girls with consoles, actresses in fandom roles, and female hosts representing the geek space. I am sure that there are a fair number of you reading this who have as well.

Olivia-Munn
Olivia Munn has been the subject of many a frustrated conversation.

But after watching the above video by musical duo The Doubleclicks, it got me thinking…

Why is it that men are so defensive of fandoms that they maintain the notion that it is near impossible for a woman to love video games, anime, manga, tokusatsu, comic books, and all around nerdy things?

Are men terrified that it might cause a sexual identity crisis?

If you read the majority of comment/web curated debates surrounding the topic, it is often filled with belittling defense statements:


“I bet you didn’t even play the full game.”
“I’m sure you just read about it online.”
“Seeing the movie doesn’t make you a geek.”
“She just wants to get attention.”

All of the above I have seen in comments. I am positive that the comments on the video above will also be filled with similar statements very soon – It is, after all, on YouTube.

Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

I have geek friends of both sexes, and, in most cases, my female friends often know far more of the finer details of particular fandoms than my guy friends. This was recently showcased in many discussions I had at Comic-Con, as well as while recording the past few episodes of the Ogeeku Podcast.

Geek girls are all around us. In fact, we shouldn’t even call them “geek girls”.

We are all simply “Geeks”.

We love our fandoms. We love our comics. We love our video games. Regardless of sex.

So instead of defending fandoms from those making declarations, let’s share our collective thoughts and expand the community together.

I love the video above, and I hope more communication around the topic breaks down all barriers in the geek-realm.


What do you think about the whole “fake geek girl” topic? Are you a geek girl and have had to deal with outcries from the opposite sex?
Write about it in the comments below.