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TriPod! Daredevil Does it Right, Mortal Kombat Doesn’t

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TriPod! Daredevil Does it Right, Mortal Kombat Doesn’t

Welcome back to TriPod! – the weekly video podcast featuring the latest news in geek culture and the last word in real-talk analysis of geek trends.

TriPod, hosted by long-time Pixelated Geek sass-master and cat-afficianado James Huneycutt, the ineffable Johnathan Crass – whose Fu-Manchu is as impressive as his categorical knowledge of indie-gaming … stuff  – and the ceaselessly cranky but inarguably sensible Taylor Tate, is a weekly video podcast featuring the latest news in geek culture and the last word in real-talk analysis of geek trends.

Pixelated Geek Presents TriPod! Season One Episode Six – 4.15.2015.

This week, TriPod! covers the surprising brilliance of Netflix’s Daredevil, the return of Guitar Hero, and Mortal Kombat X’s baffling Fatality DLC.

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The Legend of Zelda is coming to Netflix

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The Legend of Zelda is coming to Netflix

In a recent article posted to the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, a source “familiar” with the project reports that Netflix is working closely with Nintendo to develop a television series based on The Legend of Zelda. Although there are no writers attached to the supposed project, this rumor alone has garnered a lot of attention.

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Comic Issues #162 – Watch the Throne

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Comic Issues #162 – Watch the Throne

The Throne of Geekdom rages on this month and your heroes and heroine are here to throw out their reactions to the thrilling upsets and the disappointing defeats.  Listen in as the crew make their Round 2 picks and see who’s already on track for the best predictions!

After the dust settles on the Throne the crew quickly talk about the nerdy hot spots they’d like to travel to, and some great stuff to watch on Netflix.  Join in on the fun and don’t forget to vote every weekday in the Throne of Geekdom!

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Firefly Could Take Flight Again Through Netflix

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Firefly Could Take Flight Again Through Netflix

Since the announcement that Netflix was bringing the popular TV show Arrested Development back to life there has been a stirring of speculation and hope about the possible returns of other cancelled shows. Is this perhaps a chance to bring back geek favorite show Firefly?

Of course, geeks have been clamoring for this for ages. But, blogger Marc Bernadin argues, with the return of Arrested Development, a Firefly remake is more likely than ever.

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Top 5 Reasons the Wii Sucks

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Top 5 Reasons the Wii Sucks

When the Wii launched in 2006 it became a huge success, selling out across America and bringing in the casual audience in record numbers. However, the honeymoon has long since passed and those rose-tinted glasses are starting to crack. Nintendo‘s little white system has surely captured the casual market, and acheived record sells. However, the system has certainly garnered a reputation among gamers as your mom’s system, a kiddie system, full of games like ‘Little Kitties Like to have Tea and Dress Up 4″. So here are my Top 5 Reasons the Wii Sucks.

5) Waggle is a gimmick

Early testing of a Nintendogs for Wii

Remember how exciting the idea of playing a Zelda where you controlled the sword was? You imagined angling your attacks perfectly, slicing through enemy’s defenses as you saved the world yet again. Then remember how, instead of that, you ended up just shaking your wrist around for hours on end while sitting on your couch? Games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed could have been amazing. Instead, I ended up just shaking my hand around wildly, completely at random as my character went through his specific character animations regardless of how I moved my hands. Read On

HBO Stops Netflix Instant Expansion with HBO Go

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HBO Stops Netflix Instant Expansion with HBO Go

Last week it was announced that Netflix would be adding movies from Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM to its list of instant streaming. This will add a lot more movies to Netflix’s already huge library including movies like The Godfather movies, Star Trek and Iron Man 2 just to name a few. The week before that Netflix signed a deal with Liberty Media’s Starz channel allowing them to stream Disney and Sony movies. This is all great news for Netflix customers who are going to have a lot more to choose from sometime soon.

Now Netflix has its eye on HBO and the rights to HBO films, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Films. However, HBO is not selling. More past the break.

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Netflix will have more “Watch Instantly” content from Paramount, Lions Gate, MGM

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Netflix will have more “Watch Instantly” content from Paramount, Lions Gate, MGM

Great news to all Netflix customers!  Netflix will be securing a deal on September 1st with Paramount, Lions Gate, and MGM to bring more “instant” content to your PCs, Macs, video game consoles and mobile smart phones.

In a deal announced Tuesday, Netflix will have the streaming rights to feature films like “Iron Man 2” far earlier than it does now. It is a costly win for Netflix, which has been locking up the rights to films for its “Watch Instantly” service, which allows customers to stream content via the Internet rather than wait for a DVD to arrive in the mail.

This deal sure wasn’t cheap. It has been reported that the licenses fees to make this deal happen is close to $1 billion.  Besides movies, Netflix will be allowed to stream TV shows for up to three months after the original release date.

In my opinion, Netflix is the super hero of entertainment.  Liberating it from traditionalists and the TV.  Movie and TV entertainment should no longer be locked down to when and how businesses want you to view them.  It should be up to the consumers. Thank you, Netflix, for taking a step forward in the right direction.

[NY Times]

Dollhouse: What I Think So Far

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Dollhouse: What I Think So Far

Yes, I’m terribly late getting on this train, I apologize. But I feel like it’s better to watch a series all in one go rather than waiting a week in between. Luckily, Netflix Streaming allows me to do this at an affordable price and they just put up season 1 of Dollhouse. Lucky me.

The plot of Dollhouse is as follows:

The show follows an organization that employs mind-wiped humans known as Dolls who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. When they are not ‘at work’ they are living in a real life Dollhouse which gives the show the name. One of those mind-wiped humans, a young woman named Echo, is slowly starting to become aware of herself and what’s going on – all the while somebody on the outside is trying to bring the Dollhouse down while getting closer to Echo – possibly not aware that she is one of the Dolls he is after.

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PS3 To Get Netflix Instant Streaming Service

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PS3_member_confirmAfter Microsoft released the New Xbox Experience last November, Xbox LIVE Gold Members who subscribe to Netflix have been able to enjoy Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” service through their console. While PS3 owners have been wondering for a year when the instant streaming service would come to their console, there hasn’t really been much word about expanding to the PS3. However, yesterday Sony and Netflix broke the news that instant streaming would be available for the PS3 later this year.

Similar to the service available for the Xbox 360, users are required to have an unlimited membership plan from Netflix (which start at $8.99 a month) in order to stream content instantly. Unlike the service offered on the 360, which, just like online multiplayer, requires members to subscribe to a Gold account, the PS3 version of the service is available at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers. In addition, rather than be downloaded onto the console itself, the service is available through a free of charge Blu-ray disc that subscribers can already reserve and should expect to have by year’s end.

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Video rental – the future of home entertainment

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Video rental – the future of home entertainment

I recently started a subscription to a DVD rental service in the UK called LOVEFiLM, strictly I subscribed through Tesco DVD Rental because it was £1 cheaper and at the moment every penny counts. The LOVEFiLM service is analogous to Netflix in the US, providing DVD, Blu-Ray and game disc rental in the mail. At the moment it’s only £12.72 a month for unlimited rental, two discs at a time. That’s a pretty good deal considering a single Blu-Ray is more than that at the moment, but I still have a niggle over the fact that you have to ship physical media to the home for you to watch it. With current bandwidth in the UK reaching 50Mbit in some places (200Mbit if you’re lucky and live in Ashford!), myself I run 20Mbit and the majority of the house holds in the UK can receive at least ‘up to 8Mbit’ which in reality means anything between 2-7Mbit, how much further do we have to get until physical media is no longer required?

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