Voices of the Syndicate: What Star Wars Cosplay Would You Choose?

Voices of the Syndicate: What Star Wars Cosplay Would You Choose?

4 May, 2014

Find out what Star Wars Cosplay the GS team would wear given the choice in this week’s Voices of the Syndicate.

Voices of the Syndicate: What are some of our Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi and Fantasy?

Voices of the Syndicate: What are some of our Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi and Fantasy?

25 Apr, 2014

The GS team discuss some of their fave moments in Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Voices of the Syndicate: What Sequels Would We Like to See and Why?

Voices of the Syndicate: What Sequels Would We Like to See and Why?

26 Mar, 2014

Our latest Voices of the Syndicate question has been suggested by Ron’s son Harrison and it’s a very timely one.

Voices of the Syndicate – Hidden Gems of 2013

Voices of the Syndicate – Hidden Gems of 2013

13 Jan, 2014

Have you wondered about those hidden gems from TV, film comics, books, games etc that you may have missed in 2013? The GS team discuss a few of their own.

Voices of the Syndicate: Geek Resolutions for 2014

Voices of the Syndicate: Geek Resolutions for 2014

4 Jan, 2014

So it’s 2014 (Sorry Mayan we’re still ticking along) and it’s time for some new years resolutions from the Geek Syndicate team. Of course being GS you won’t find a single resolution centred around weight loss or bad habit breaking. No, my friend, these resolutions are 100% geek approved.

Voices of the Syndicate Halloween Special: What is scariest thing you have watched, played or read?

Voices of the Syndicate Halloween Special: What is scariest thing you have watched, played or read?

29 Oct, 2013

The Geek Syndicate team delve into their deepest, darkest fears for this latest Voices of the Syndicate. Join them as they reveal some of the things that have scared the crap out of them over the years. Don’t read with the lights off!  L-J: The scariest thing I have ever seen has to be the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘IT’.  I had already read the book but watched the show at a friends house when we were in our early teens.  I had never before thought to be scared of clowns but watching Tim Curry has instilled a life long phobia in me now.  Just the memory of him growling ‘Hello Georgie’ makes me shudder…..  For me, the definitive characteristic of a scary movie is something that stays with you long after you have watched it…and this did! Wendy:I don’t get scared by films, but some books really get to me. I got into horror books around the age of 12/13 much to my dads distaste. He tried to ban me reading them, when that didn’t work he gave me a book to read, saying ‘Here, read a proper horror story’. The book was The Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley. I was totally enthralled and read the whole thing in one go. I was just reading about a huge demonic onslaught with the Angel of Death about to appear, when Dad tapped me on my shoulder. I jumped and nearly soiled myself, much to my Dad’s amusement. I remember thinking about that book for weeks after, and not liking the dark much. Even now still one of my favourite books, that can still creep me out. Matt: Oddly Movies don’t see to have too much of an effect on me – i get jumpy, or chilled, but it rarely lasts beyond the experience of viewing it. Games, however, are a different matter – System Shock 2 is showing its age now but really freaked me out for days after playing it. Still does, a little bit. Book-wise the only one that really got to me was Shirley Jacksons “The Haunting of Hill House”, that in the end I could only read in daylight hours....

VOICES OF THE SYNDICATE: Why are Board Games Suddenly Popular Again?

VOICES OF THE SYNDICATE: Why are Board Games Suddenly Popular Again?

15 Oct, 2013

Board games have come a long way in the last 10 years but more recently they have seen a huge surge in variety and type. Even on Geek Syndicate we have now started to pay attention to the topic and caught the game bug. There are even game conventions around the UK and the rest of the world that are growing every year and like Comic Con major companies are noticing and getting involved. We asked the rest of Geek Syndicate what games (board, dice, card, miniatures) have you enjoyed the most and why. Also why do you think board games have become so popular again? Luke  I think they’ve become popular again because there is something nice about getting together with your friends and play. I think it’s become popular again because for younger players it feels new and different and for the rest of us we are craving the nostalgia. For me it has and always will be monopoly. I just love it as a game. I enjoy the risk involved and that it is not like any other game you can get. It has often been imitated but never could you beat the original. Christophe  Having come into the board game arena only recently I have been overwhelmed as to how big it has all become and the variety of them. I am loving board games the most especially the co op ones where you play against the game to win or survive or a race against time. I think the reason they have become so popular is because they are now not just moving around a board but rather more complex, like a strategy or commerce game that makes you think about not just this move but 3 moves down the line. There are many themes to appeal to everyone and they are not just aimed at children any more. My favourite game so far is Forbidden Island and King of Tokyo because they can be played over and over again and it is just as much fun every time. Matt  I think that its largely due to an increase in diverse, accessible, and quick-to-play games on the European Model...

Voices of the Syndicate: What was the Last TV Show or Comic Series You Dropped and Why?

Voices of the Syndicate: What was the Last TV Show or Comic Series You Dropped and Why?

6 Sep, 2013

On the main feature for this week’s episode of Geek Syndicate (Episode 211) Barry and Dave tackled the thorny subject of how they go about deciding what shows to cancel and what comics to drop.  To keep the discussion flowing the floor has been opened up to the rest of the GS team to give their thoughts. Over to you guys! Ant – Mine’s an odd one. I stopped watching Game of Thrones half way through Season 2. I just got a bit bored, and honestly, I struggle watching TV shows with sex in for some reason. Even if I’m on my own I get uncomfortable every time a sex scene comes on. I’m really not sure why I haven’t gone back to it or felt a massive urge to. I watch Strike Back and that has the same content mix and I’m a big Fantasy / Medieval fan, so there’s nothing really stopping me. I would say it’s that I now have one and a half seasons to catch up on, but they’re short seasons and I happily watched Three seasons of Walking Dead to catch up on that. I really have no excuse other than I remember that boredom I guess. I’m sure I’ll go back to it. Not sure when. But I will. Barry – For me it was Falling Skies. I remember watching about half of episode 1 of season three then stopping the recording because I needed to go out and 3 weeks later I still had not gone back to it. To be fair to the show it has tried to up its game every series but apart from Pope(love that guy) I just find the other characters bland and the plots a little too predicable. Another show was Nikita. Maybe not the best or most realistic spy show in the world but it was fun. The action was slick and fast paced with a strong central character in Nikita herself. The problem was when season 2 started the main story arc was bought to a very effective close and season three just feels like it’s treading water. I decided to jump ship while I could still remember...

Voices from the Syndicate: Blown away by CGI

Voices from the Syndicate: Blown away by CGI

25 Sep, 2011

These days it seems that we as an audience we are getting far to comfortable to CGI being used in a movie so we asked the GS team what has been there stand out moments of CGI in a movie. NUGE: I think Avatar would be an easy pick for me in terms of CGi but in terms of the emotional response it evoked I would have to say Gandalf vs the Balrog in Fellowship of the Ring. I had imagined that scene and how it looked hundreds of times in my head and somehow it seemed Peter Jackson and his team had dragged those images from my head and stuck them on screen. The weird thing was how many other people said the same thing. Not only did the CGI Balrog look fantastic Ian Mckellen’s acting against something which isn’t there sell the scene even more. Fan bloody tastic! JACK: Even though I didn’t like anything else about it, i’m going to say Avatar… MATT F: For me i think the most impressive uses of CGI have become the more subtle ones used to build up worlds that can’t – or no longer – exist. I’m starting to get a little worn out of the overwhelming “big CGI money-shot” stuff in a lot of big budget films. That said – the use of CGI creatures in the Lord of the Rings series, especially the Balrog, remains awesome, but at risk of not being geeky enough (!) i think CGI’s use to create the shots or Rome in Gladiator, or a period San Francisco in Zodiac are perfect examples of using this technology as a servant of, rather than a star of, modern filmmaking. DAVE: For me Avatar and its use of 3D really is the pinnacle of CGI. There was a point in the film where I remember reaching up to brush away whatever it was floating in front of me, which turned out to be a piece of ash on-screen.  What’s more impressive though is the way in which quality CGI is now available for low budget films such as Monsters. BRODYSIXX: I was recently impressed by both Thor (for Asgard) and...

Voices of the Syndicate: Want to turn a comic/book into a film

Voices of the Syndicate: Want to turn a comic/book into a film

9 Sep, 2011

This edition of Voices of the Syndicate tell us which book or comic they would most like to head to the big screen or tv and why. Liz: I would love to see someone take on Fables and do it well. Similarly, I would love to see someone take on Northlanders and cast solid actors and do great things with it.  The series is so superb.  It would even work as a TV Series, with each Volume being given a series or at least an 8 episode arc. Matt P: I’d love to see the “in her name” series adapted in to a franchise of films. i recently picked up the first three books on kindle and have been reading through them every night. They are about a war between Humans and a race knows as the Kreelans. The main character is a Human called Raza who is kidnapped by the Kreelans as a child and raised as part of experiment to see if humans have souls. Jack: The Left 4 Dead comic as that is one of the few games that i’ve seen be work when changed into a comic, but i’m not sure if that counts. Montoya: I would love to see Alpha Flight as a film. This group of Canadian superheroes are so unique and quirky that they would be great on screen. As for books I would say either the Honor Harrington series or the Seafort saga by  David Feintuch. Both are good hard SF military space saga’s. Amaechi: My vote goes to Artemis Fowl. Nothing like a 13 year old evil genius looking to get all the gold he can so he can to rule the world. That will nicely fill the gap now left by the end of the Harry potter series.  Apparently the author Eoin Colfer summed up the series as Die Hard with fairies……..nuff said. Shar: I’d probably want to see the Anita Blake series come to life in some form – whether it be a small screen series or a live action film. Mostly because the focus is on someone other than a vamp, wereanimal or witch! Anita’s a necromancer and that’s something I haven’t seen as...