Whether it was snuggling into a pillow fort with a well-worn book or running through an abandoned parking lot with my friends pretending to be knights, or monster hunters (or even the monsters themselves), my childhood was dominated by stories. It was natural that this love of stories would spill over into video games.
Basically my childhood was like the Pagemaster. Well, except for the concussion-in-the-library bit. And being Macaulay Culkin. And the whole fantasy-come-to-life thing.
Change can be difficult. But also sometimes change is a good thing. And the change that I have in store for you – well, it’s a GREAT thing! If you listen to our podcast, The PVP Podcast, you’ve probably heard the teasers we have for changes to the website, but if not, well then do I have a surprise for you – we’re rebranding!
we are all friends!
Up until now, The Geekmates has been myself (Sarah) and Tony, with the idea behind the name being “two geeks who fell in love and now blog about it”. But as time has gone on, Tony has focused on something much cooler (bboyscience.com), and I have started doing independent video posts on the YouTube channel, as well as podcasting with my very good friend Dave.
Most of you know this website through my wife, the beautiful Sarah Ingram (née Matte). She has been killing it with this blog and her podcast. It’s really become her site, and some of you may wonder who I am and why it’s even called “the Geekmates”.
Right now I am just too damn busy. I have a day job: physical therapist. I’m also doing a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. On top of that, I am dancing, and combining all of those things in my website: bboyscience.com, where I talk about science, dancing, injury prevention, training, etc. Don’t believe I dance? Here’s my video:
Also, there’s another thing. I’m not just a geek – I’m also a nerd.
I spend a ridiculous amount of spare time doing online courses. I know it sounds cheesy but I love to learn.
There’s an amazing website: Coursera - tons of free courses you can take online from some of the top universities in the world.
Another great one is Khan Academy: I’m rocking this website for math. Yup, MATH. I’ve been bad at math for a long time, scraping by whenever it’s been required of me through my career. But I’m sick of that feeling – so here I am, doing math problems in my “spare time”.
the “Knowledge Map” gives you a sense of progression with your skills
You can watch videos and then do practice questions on different types of math topics. It starts right from addition/subtraction and goes all the way to calculus! Plus, as you complete sections, you get achievements!!! I can satisfy that addicting feeling of levelling up and gathering achievements while doing something actually productive – learning math. Pretty sick.
Check these sites out yourself, I bet you’ll find at least one things you’d like to know more about. What better way than to take a course? For free?
Someday soon, I dream of a less busy lifestyle, where I can indulge in my geeky side and actually contribute more to this site. In the mean time, a post once in a while will have to do. I still play video games – it’s my way of relaxing, escaping reality and staying in touch with my inner child.
I am so looking forward to AC4 (although I was a bit disappointed with AC3), and Last of Us (which my awesome wife pre-ordered for me).
My friend Cameron is a really cool dude. He can draw like nobodies business, he is is an archaeologist (umm hello we’re the best!), and he plays/DM’s D&D with the best accents you’ve ever heard. He also does something very special for his friends: on their birthday, he creates and absolutely EPIC tale of bravery and badassery based around their D&D character. Well, yesterday was my birthday, and I couldn’t wait to see mine.
It’s so good, I had to share!
one time, a half Orc Cameron bundled my Druid bear in a tabard and carried him up a well. And then he drew it.
I’ve been asked quite a few times what games I own, and I always let out a sigh before I try to answer. There are just way too many games to try and catalog out loud – so I’ve made a list as a reference! Now if you want to play together, or help me decide what to stream, you know what I have here!
Organized by platform/console, listed in alphabetical order, and linked to Amazon so you can see what it is/ buy it. And some of these I’ve actually finished!