Worse Games to Play: Katniss’s Gratitude and Depression
Jul 31 / 17

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen you go through a deeply painful and life changing experience, how do you move on? The stories I love answer this question again and again through characters like Frodo from The Lord of the Rings and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games—protagonists who go through traumatic experiences. They lost people they loved. They sustained mental and physical injuries that will never fully heal. Frodo could never completely move on, so he had to leave his world for the Gray Havens to find peace. However, Katniss didn’t have that option of escape and had to find a way to be

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Ahsoka Tano: The One with Enthusiasm
Jul 28 / 17

Ahsoka: So, what’s the plan?  Anakin: Oh, I thought you were the one with the plan.  Ahsoka: No, I’m the one with enthusiasm. You’re the one with experience, which I’m looking forward to learning from.  [dropcap]F[dropcap]rom almost the moment Ahsoka first appeared in Clone Wars, stepping off a shuttle that landed in the middle of a war zone, I adored her as a character. Promoted at the young age of 14 to Padawan status, Ahsoka left behind the safety and serenity of the Jedi Temple and was thrust headfirst into a new world of war, struggle, heroism, and heartbreak. As the

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MCU Watchalong: Iron Man
Jul 27 / 17

It’s time to join the Avengers Initiative and join Geekdom House as they watch through the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe! Join Jason Dueck, Michael Boyce, and Dustin Asham as they dip their toes into the movie that set the tone for the largest film franchise in pop culture history—Iron Man. [su_audio url=”http://geekdomhouse.com/ghcontent/uploads/podcast/InfinityPlusOne/IronMan1.mp3″ width=”50%”] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Michael’s Twitter: @mwboyce Dustin’s Twitter: @D_Asham Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from Teepublic.

Accepting Weakness in Thor
Jul 26 / 17

I’ve heard it said that your greatest weakness is your greatest strength pushed too far. There’s some truth to this, because it’s easy to become so reliant on the things we’re good at that we don’t notice when exercising those traits has become counterproductive. In the first Thor movie, we see the titular hero fall victim to this exact phenomenon. A small squadron of Frost Giants have infiltrated his home world, and despite their quick and trivial defeat, Thor prepares a counterassault to try and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Despite being the most foolish thing he does in

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Episode 90 – Cold Vengeance
Jul 25 / 17

The only podcast that didn’t even want an invitation to San Diego Comic-Con, it’s Infinity +1! This week Jason, Allison, and Kyle open up an extra special Saved Files segment to gush about SDCC reveals, Ai-Kon Winnipeg, and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and this month’s Sweetdiculous Award is handed out. Then in the second segment, we take a cold hard look at the emotional events of the cerebral indy game KONA with Dustin Schellenberg’s KONA: Lost to Justice. Question of the Week: What’s your favourite magical system? Saved Files: Thor: Ragnarok Ready Player One Stranger Things 2 Sweetdiculous Award: My Hero

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RWBY Chibi and Escaping into Fiction
Jul 24 / 17

When I became a fan of the show RWBY, I couldn’t get enough of the characters, their hilarious one-liners, and their epic fight sequences. So, like other RWBY fans, I was delighted last year when a spin-off series, RWBY Chibi, hit the web. Full of goofy scenarios, lots of laughs, and more screen time for the characters I love, RWBY Chibi became a favourite of mine and I eagerly awaited its new season this summer. One of the best parts of the spin-off is that it reverses some of the heartbreak that occurs in the original show. In Chibi, the characters

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Things You Don’t Want Your DM to Say
Jul 21 / 17

It doesn’t matter what host of deities are included in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign—the Dungeon Master is lord of them all. It’s true, we wouldn’t have a game without a DM… but sometimes we wish they were a little less exultant about putting our characters through hell (sometimes literally). Here’s a list of things we’d rather not hear our DMs say. Add your additions in the comments section! “Everyone roll a perception check.” *Everyone rolls below 10.* “You notice the sun is rather bright today.” “So, everyone’s up to level 3, right? No one lower?” *announces random encounter* *Rolls

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KONA: Lost to Justice
Jul 19 / 17

In Canada, we imprison people who have committed serious crimes with the intent to rehabilitate them. The hope is that, when removed from society, they will have time to consider their actions and get the help they need in order to become better citizens and no longer commit crimes. By reporting a crime and hunting down the one who committed it we are supposed to be serving justice and restoring people. But more often then not, we hunt down people and prosecute them in order to make them suffer for their crimes. I’ve seen many interviews of victims’ families where

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Episode 89 – Mystery Science Community 3000
Jul 18 / 17

The official podcast of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, it’s Infinity +1! This week Jason, Allison, and Kyle open up some Saved Files to talk about all the exciting news from D23 and the response to the latest Doctor Who announcement. Then in the second segment, we talk through the importance of common ground and community, (the hosts deep affection for author Michael Boyce) and how MST3K provided a breeding ground for reference-based relationships with How Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Saved My Life (Sort Of). Question of the Week: What non-Disney animated movie do you want to see remade

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Losing Your Self-Worth to a Suit
Jul 17 / 17

When Tony Stark gives Peter Parker an upgraded suit and recruits him for the Avengers’ Civil War, Peter is ecstatic, thinking he’s about to become a member of the team. But Tony has other plans. Although he lets Peter keep the suit, Tony sends Peter back to his old, ordinary life in Queens, telling the super-teen that he’ll call him when there’s a new mission. That call never comes, and Peter grows increasingly frustrated. Isn’t the guy who snatched Captain America’s shield ready for more challenging tasks than giving directions to old ladies? “Can’t you just be a friendly, neighbourhood

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Video Game Music for the Soundtrack Obsessed
Jul 14 / 17

Special care must be taken in composing video game soundtracks, since the majority of the pieces are played in the background on loop while the player is traversing the game. Thus the pieces must be good enough so they don’t drive the player bonkers. I’m a complete soundtrack junkie, so when I find at least one piece that I love from a video game soundtrack, I must check out the entire thing. Below is a list of my favourite pieces from my favourite video game soundtracks! [su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/1fweTdhBYUA”] 1. “Three Years of Anger” by Austin Haynes from Cognition: An Erica

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Seeing Chell: Portal and Seeking Approval
Jul 12 / 17

“Chell” by Quirkilicious (quirkilicious.deviantart.com). [dropcap]T[/dropcap]here was a moment in the first Portal game that I remember with utter clarity. I had fired an orange portal at the wall behind me and then a blue one at the wall ahead of me. There, framed in the glowing, blue ring, I could see Chell’s back. As I moved, she moved. A strange, out-of-body feeling flushed through me and for a brief moment, Portal was so much more than a video game. It was a revelation. The phrase “seeing yourself clearly” suddenly took on layers of new meaning. I

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Episode 88 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jul 11 / 17

The only podcast that can run DOOM on ultra-nightmare with just a pistol, it’s Infinity +1! This week Jason, Allison, and Kyle get plug into the Matrix with an artificially intelligent Question of the Week before jumping head first into a Spider-Man themed Conundrum. Then in the second segment, it’s all spoilers ahead for a full breakdown of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Did it live up to the hype that Civil War introduced? How does Tom Holland work as the youngest Peter Parker we’ve seen on screen? How much did Karen steal the spotlight? Listen on and find out! Question of the

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How Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Saved My Life (Sort Of)
Jul 10 / 17

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y friend Chris introduced me to Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K) after we became friends in university, and the show changed my perspective on community. Chris was an active tape trader. The show wasn’t easily available in Canada, so Chris used a wide network of associates, trading things from his impressive collection of VHS tapes, laser discs, and, later, DVDs to get episodes. I still have a banker’s box full of Seasons Eight through Ten of MST episodes I inherited from Chris in my office. Soon, word of the show spread through my apartment building and every week a group of

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Why Severus Snape Would Make a Great Therapist
Jul 7 / 17

“Severus Snape” by GENZOMAN (used with permission). Ol’ Severus gets a bit of a bad rap in the Harry Potter books. Maybe it’s the way he bullies any student who’s not in Slytherin, or his former status as a Death Eater, or just his scathingly sarcastic personality. However, there’s far more to Severus Snape than first appears. While Snape may not have the sensitive bedside manner of most professional counselors, he does have many other qualities that suit him for such a role. Here are 10 reasons why Sev would make a fantastic therapist: 1. He’s

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GH Watchalong: Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Jul 6 / 17

Amazing! Spectacular! Superior! It’s a Geekdom House Watchalong! Join Jason Dueck, Michael Boyce, and special guest Davis Plett as they descend into madness with the help of the notorious Spider-Man 3. It’s the only movie with as many villains as podcast hosts! [su_audio url=”http://geekdomhouse.com/ghcontent/uploads/podcast/InfinityPlusOne/Spiderman3watchalong.mp3″ width=”50%”] Download and subscribe to Infinity +1 on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music now! RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekdomhouse/infinitypodcast Jason’s Twitter: @VorpalJason Michael’s Twitter: @mwboyce Davis’ Instagram: @plettdavis Geekdom House on Twitter: @GeekdomHouse Geekdom House on Twitch: OKLetsPlay Buy original Geekdom House merchandise from Teepublic.

The Selfish Games of Littlefinger
Jul 5 / 17

“Peter Baelish” by Matt DeMino (mattdemino.deviantart.com). From the Night King to Gregor Clegane, there’s no shortage of physically intimidating characters in Game of Thrones, but the ones that are most terrifying aren’t the biggest, strongest, or most brutish – they are the those like Tyrion, Varys, and Cersei, who connive and maneuver themselves into positions of authority, often with ruinous effect on those they perceive as enemies. Perhaps the most dangerous of these thinkers is Petyr Baelish, better known as Littlefinger, a master puppeteer who is always several steps ahead of even the most intelligent and

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Episode 87 – RWBY Yang (and Yin)
Jul 4 / 17

The only podcast with its own key to the Department of Mysteries, it’s Infinity +1! This week, Jason, Allison, and Kyle kick off Canada Day and celebrate a 20 year milestone for the wizarding world of Harry Potter with a magical Question of the Week. Then Kyle brings us into the depths of Kickstarter for some adventurous tabletop-inspired projects. Then in the second segment, we visit the world of RWBY for a look into how one event can change how you see yourself and the world. Casey Covel’s article, RWBY’s Yang: Shaping Identity from Disaster, looks at the experience of Yang

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Not Afraid of Falling Up
Jul 3 / 17

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]nderstanding someone else’s point of view can be difficult when I’m stuck looking out from my own. It’s hard to see the world from the eyes of someone from a different culture, religion, upbringing—or even someone who’s just not me. In the anime film Patema Inverted, the world is divided by two different polarities of gravity. Half of the population are subject to one and the other half to the other. If someone from one side enters the other half of the planet, they are still affected by their polarity of gravity and are in danger of “falling up.” Age’s

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