Seriously Geeky Sundays: New year, new… fandoms?

Seriously Geeky Sundays: New year, new… fandoms?

Heather at Just Geeking By has created wonderful and unique prompts for Sundays! There are a few other sites out there who post weekly prompts, but I have to say Heather’s are by far some of the most unique and imaginative that I’ve read. I’m really excited to make Seriously Geeky Sundays a staple here on the blog! See the prompts here!

I am playing catch up currently so these are past prompts that I wanted to participate in. This prompt is about new fandoms and was actually posted in early January. This is really showing how behind I am, but I hope you’ll enjoy the post anyway! Heather said “Welcome to the first Seriously Geeky Sundays of 2021! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season before the world decided to get depressing again. Well, we’re here this week to take your minds off all that by talking about the fun things on the way; what’s happening in the geeky world for you in 2021. So pull up a chair and join me as I tell you all about the new releases I’m excited about and what geeky plans I have for 2021!” Be sure to check out the rest of Heather’s post here.

Let’s start big; what release are you most looking forward to this year?

The Medium just might be my most anticipated horror game this year. It’s already out and available to play, but I’m planning on finishing a few games first like my (Haunting Ground playthrough on YouTube) before I buy yet another game. You are able to play in two environments at the same time, the real world and the spirit world. The Medium classifies itself as a slow-burn psychological horror which is right up my alley. I can’t wait to play this one!

What new release this year are you not that hyped up about?

I am absolutely not interested in Mortal Kombat 2021. Another video game movie? And we’ve already had a few Mortal Kombat movies? Don’t get me wrong; I love Mortal Kombat. It’s one of my favorite fighting games of all time, but video game movies have proven over and over again that they just aren’t that great. Mad props to the artists on the movie though. The only reason I would watch it would be for the fantastic special effects I’ve seen in the trailer.

A new year often means new characters, what upcoming character are you looking forward to meeting?

I had to have a long think about this one, and unfortunately because of me doing this in April instead of January, my answer is a character that I have met recently this year already. I was honestly excited about the newest Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon until I found out that just like with Mulan that we would have to pay for the movie even though we already pay for Disney + every month unless we were willing to wait a few months when it becomes “free.” Money aside, we did watch it, and I loved Raya, but Sisu stole the show. I really enjoyed the different cultures and people that made up their land, too. Stunning imagery and fantastic artwork from everyone that worked on the movie. I don’t want to post any spoilers but the story had me in so many tears. It is a must-watch.

Tell us about something that has been on your backlog/to-do list for a while that you’re going to try to get to this year.

I have quite a few backlog games that I wanted to play this year, and so far, so good! I have completed Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. I was able to finally start Kingdom Hearts 3! I still have a few “big title” games on my backlog that I hope to get to as well like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a patient gamer (if you are on reddit, you already know).

Thinking of a fandom you follow regularly, what event or moment (big or small) do you hope happens this year?

I really hope at the end of this year that we will be ready to have gatherings again, because I miss conventions so much. I know this isn’t fandom specific, but I miss cosplaying and seeing what the vendors are selling, buying everything I can afford from the artist alley, and going to panels that either leave me in tears from laughing so hard or leave me with some thoughtful ideas that get my creative wheels turning. I feel like I totally took conventions for granted when I thought I can go to one any time…

In the spirit of resolutions, do you have any geeky ones?

Yes! I go into way more detail about (all of) my 2021 resolutions in this post, but I’ll break down my geeky ones for you here.

  • Write at least one “think” piece for a video game.
  • Give Twitch streaming a try.
  • Stream for charity.
  • Complete at least 2 games from my backlog.

Please go check out Heather’s geeky Sunday prompts! You can see the introductory post here!

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Seriously Geeky Sundays: Representation

Seriously Geeky Sundays: Representation

Heather at Just Geeking By has created wonderful and unique prompts for Sundays! There are a few other sites out there who post weekly prompts, but I have to say Heather’s are by far some of the most unique and imaginative that I’ve read. I’m really excited to make Seriously Geeky Sundays a staple here on the blog! See the prompts here!

I am playing catch up currently so these are past prompts that I wanted to participate in. This prompt is about representation. Heather said “I thought long and hard about including this topic, so please know that these questions have been designed with the utmost respect by someone who understands the need for a respectful approach. As a bisexual disabled woman representation isn’t just important to me personally, it’s something I recognise as being important to other members of the disabled and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as other communities. It’s a topic that I firmly believe needs to be openly discussed not avoided.” Be sure to check out the rest of Heather’s post here.

Let’s start with a broad question; what do you consider representation in pop culture to mean?

 I consider representation in pop culture to be accurate and inclusive of different races, different genders, different sexual orientations, different body types, different family dynamics, etc. I agree wholeheartedly with Heather that accuracy is very important when it comes to representation. Black women are often given traumatic back stories and are forced to be “strong” throughout a story line which isn’t accurate representation. Those with larger bodies are often cast into story lines centered around losing weight or being the funny sidekick. These stereotypes and more still run rampant in popular TV series and movies and are damaging.

What representation existed in fandoms when you were young?

I grew up watching Nickelodeon and Disney cartoons for the most part. Looking back, I can say that a majority of characters in those shows and movies were white and straight presenting. Some TV shows back then that I regularly watched did try to break that mold like Sesame Street and Hey Arnold!. As I got older, I did see attempts to have some accurate representation in movies and TV shows. Some notable favorites were Lilo and Stitch,The Proud Family, That’s So Raven, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Avatar: the Last Airbender, and Star Trek (varying series). From late teens to now, there’s more representation in the media I consume than before like the American Horror Story, Legend of Korra, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, Sex Education, Law and Order, and This is Us.

Do you feel that representation has improved since then?

It has slightly improved. I wish there was far more representation in the 2020s than what we currently have. I wish it also hadn’t taken this long to get what we have now. Some representation comes off as they are simply appeasing investors by adding in a person of color or an LGBTQ+ person who is a support character. And often their character portrayals fall into harmful stereotypes. We need more representation, and most importantly, we need better representation. As a bisexual woman in a mid-size body and a straight-passing relationship, I am desperate for more body diversity and more LGBTQ+ diversity in different environments and families. I think Heather does a fantastic job of explaining the lack of disabled characters too so please be sure to read her post as well.

Tell us about some of your favorite diverse characters.

  • Lafayette (True Blood)
  • Korra (Legend of Korra)
  • Toph (ATLA)
  • Detective Rosa Diaz (Brooklynn Nine-Nine)
  • Eric Effiong (Sex Education)
  • Raven (That’s So Raven and Raven’s Home)
  • Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
  • Calliope Torres (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Randall Pearson (This is Us)

What fandoms do you recommend for diversity?

  • Avatar: the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra
  • This is Us
  • Sex Education
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • The Good Place
  • The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina
  • Star Trek (personal faves: Next Generation & Enterprise)
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Black Mirror
  • American Horror Story

When did you first feel represented in a character?

The first time I ever felt represented in a character was the finale of Legend of Korra when Korra and Asami walked hand in hand through the spirit portal, solidifying that Korra’s bisexuality was canon. Just thinking about it makes me tear up now despite that happening several years ago. I had never experienced an “out” bisexual character before, and I was ecstatic to see Nickelodeon take that epic step (even if the episodes were online only at that point). I still find it very rare to see bisexual characters in media so when I do, it tugs at my heart. Being able to see my sexuality represented on screen is an amazing feeling. I hope that everyone gets that experience, and it becomes the new normal in pop culture.

Please go check out Heather’s geeky Sunday prompts! You can see the introductory post here!

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Seriously Geeky Sundays: Technology

Seriously Geeky Sundays: Technology

Heather at Just Geeking By has created wonderful and unique prompts for Sundays! There are a few other sites out there who post weekly prompts, but I have to say Heather’s are by far some of the most unique and imaginative that I’ve read. I’m really excited to make Seriously Geeky Sundays a staple here on the blog! See the prompts here!

I am playing catch up currently so these are past prompts that I wanted to participate in. This prompt is about technology. Heather said “June has seen a variety of topics and we’re ending on a futuristic note with today’s theme inspired by Alan Turing’s birthday (which was actually last week, not today as the theme page originally said, whoops). If you’re not familiar with Alan Turing I really recommend reading up about him especially as it’s PRIDE month.” Be sure to check out the rest of Heather’s post here.

What is the weirdest fictional technology item you’ve seen?

 As a fan of Doctor Who, I was surprised by the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. It was several functions that seem to always come in handy for the Doctor like picking locks, hacking computers, medical scans, creating a “sonic blast” to repel enemies, and more. So much function packed into this futuristic “screwdriver.” The Sonic Screwdriver also changed throughout the Doctor’s regenerations, sometimes gaining a new function that it didn’t have before, and its outer appearance also changed over time.

What is the most disastrous technological innovation?

I will look for any excuse to talk about Stargate on my blog, because it’s not often that I do. This question is perfect to talk about the disastrous Replicators from Stargate SG-1. The replicators started out as toys for an android which were eventually trained to protect the android and themselves thus they began to self-replicate. The Replicators are extremely intelligent. Through out the Stargate series, the Replicators wreak havoc across the universe, becoming basically impossible to defeat. If you haven’t watched Stargate SG-1 yet, here’s your sign to add it to your watch list.

Who is your favorite robot/droid?

Short Circuit (1986)

I might be showing my age here, but it doesn’t matter to me at all. When I was young in the late 90’s, my cousins and I loved to watch Short Circuit (1986). I still have a soft spot for Number 5 (or Johnny 5) to this day. While I love the sassy droids from Star Wars, Number 5 was curious and witty. He was easy to fall in love with and root for as he escaped from the clutches of his creators after gaining a human-like intelligence and personality. He did the funniest things in the movie like reprogramming the robots that were sent to capture him to acting like The Three Stooges. If Short Circuit does manage to get a reboot one day, I hope they keep Number 5’s jokes and personality from the original 1986 movie. It’s just a Sci-Fi Comedy classic.

What fictional futuristic item do you think will become real one day?

This is the question that really made me want to do this prompt. I have always wanted Star Trek‘s Holodeck. We are getting close to making the Holodeck a reality. We have virtual reality games that can be played with goggles and glasses. There are even training simulators that are taking advantage of virtual reality technology like flying airplanes and performing medical procedures. I think we are a lot closer to Holodeck technology than we think. Will I see it during my generation? I hope so, though I imagine that it will be a luxury item in my time.

What futuristic vehicle would you love to take for a ride?

Easiest answer I have ever had for a question: the Doctor’s TARDIS from Doctor Who. Is it considered a future ride even though the show takes place in modern day? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m counting it anyway. The TARDIS can be literally anything, even though it’s most recognizable as the blue police box. When it’s Chameleon circuit is working, I could literally disguise my TARDIS no matter where or when I am. Imagine being able to travel across universes and timelines (carefully of course).

If you could have any character/celebrity be the personality for a supercomputer, who would it be?

I had to have a long think on this one. Robin Williams is one of my favorite actors who passed away in 2014. I believe that I remember he has in his will that he wouldn’t like his likeness or appearance to be used in the next 25 years after his death. With this in mind, and to remain respectful to the late Robin Williams, when the 25 years pass, I would love to experience his voice and personality for a supercomputer. Being able to experience him again, even virtually, would be an amazing experience for me. May he rest in peace.

Please go check out Heather’s geeky Sunday prompts! You can see the introductory post here!

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