EGP Award #48

Being an Evil Genius Parent is hard work.

And sometimes, it’s the EG Parenting part that wears you out. Constantly thinking of entertainment that doesn’t lead to scorched earth and decontamination suits.

So Award #48 (because let’s face it – my weekly updates have been a bit outside of … weekly) is aimed squarely at what we need to regain our creative EG Parent juices.

And it’s a trip to Taiwan.

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This came up on my radar via Raising Geeklings, but it was Huff Post who caught my attention with this description.

There Is A Batman Hotel Room Out There, And It’s Only $50 To Stay …

Ok, so it’s not really a hotel… it’s a motel.

And it’s not really $50 per night… it’s $50 for three hours.

Yeah, it’s one of those motel rooms. *grin*

At first I thought, yeah – the spawnlings would love that, even for 3 hours.

Then EG Dad reminded me – babysitter for 3hrs is so worth it.

What would be your ideal geeky motel room?

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I Want… My C64 Back

Do you want to know my ultimate weakness?

Well, no. Chocolate is more of a dietary requirement.

I’m talking LEGO games. Primarily Travellers Tales on the Wii/Wii U console.

I have them all – Batman (1&2); Indie; Marvel, and so forth…

All except Star Wars.
Because that sucked.
Hard.

I might be convinced with Clone Wars… But I digress.

However The Hobbit is the first one that has me feeling nostalgic.

See, my first computer game experience was The Hobbit for the Commodore 64.
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It was done in the typical role-playing style of the 80s, with limited script choices to direct your character through chief scenes of the book.

It even used graphics based on the original illustrations, though 2D and restricted to the standard 9-colour pallette. I distinctly remember “Go East” from my hobbit house and always ending up here:

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So you might change direction. And end up on the cliffs with the Stone Giants. Try changing direction again, and your back to troll dinner again.

God damn, I hated that.

Of course, try explaining that game to anyone now. For starters, my copy of the game was on cassette.

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And even if it had been on floppy disk, the only disc the spawnlings understand is in this case:

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But the new graphics are truly magical. Even in LEGO format (which I confess, I find even more enticing), the fluidity of the Stone Giants Battle is mesmerising. Every detail is considered; even the LEGO studs on the arms and legs. Just beautiful.

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Of course, it is just a marketing ploy. All the time you’re playing the game, you’re constantly thinking of the sets in the stores.

But it has me reminiscing, of a life more BASIC, and games less buggy. Where a weekend programming your own hangman made you more appreciative of the game-gods who knew how to turn a corner.

*sigh* I want my C64 back.

What was your first gaming platform? And would you ever go back?

One Convention at a Time

Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
EG Inc went to Supanova!
And we’re now approved by Stan Lee!

If ever you want to see the collective effort of social rejects to somehow band together and fit in, go to a Convention.

NERDS UNITE AND DEFEND YOUR GEEKDOMS!!

Be it a willingness to line-up for 4hrs+ for an autograph and quick spoken nicety; or the outrageous cosplay; or even just the spectacular paraphernalia. Conventions have it all.

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Who’s that awesome guy? Zahan Kotwal. Best cosplay ever. He’s Misty from Pokemon, you unworthy noob.

Anywho, I wanted in on the Supanova action because of Stan “The Man” Lee. This was his last convention in Australia (the dude’s 91!!) and I was not missing the Marvel Master for anything.

Apparently, half of Australia felt the same way.

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But we have already discussed that here. So why else would you go?

There were other guests: Grant Imahara; Yuri Lowenthal; John Barrowman. Though the lines for Barrowman were almost as long, so I missed out scaring him with our angel.

There were some amazing workshops: how to do zombie make-up; anything with the Weta guys.

And there were some amazing comic artists: Nicola Scott being my stand-out.

But the main appeal to me is any novelty tech stuff – like SyFy Australia’s FanCam 360. Check out the 360 on our Weeping Angel Baby Carrier Cosplay. Plenty of cosplayers got in on the action with some fantastic results.

The good: there was plenty of variety in guests, artwork, displays and interaction.

The bad: no where to sit for 5 minutes and gush over your geeky goodies.

The ugly: brought to you by some impatient geeks with no appreciation for those around them in the same boat. Had to zap one guy – twice.

Would we go again? Definitely. Though I would prefer to NOT do any autographs next time and just walk around, sharing the goods and laughs with the family who truly “gets me “. But this could be difficult.

Next con is September, and William Shatner is coming.

EGP Award #47 – Stan Lee

To be an Evil Genius, parent or otherwise, you need vision.

You need to be able to predict the future, by understanding human behaviour and knowing how to manipulate them. As a parent, this is ESPECIALLY important. Think back to all the times your mum busted you just as you were finishing the last knot tying your sister to the bed head…

No? That was just me?

That’s what makes me Evil Genius Mum.

And that’s what makes Stan Lee, Stan “The Man” Lee.

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EG Inc met with this strapping young man at Supa Nova on the weekend. He’s 91 – and far more quick-witted than many my age, let alone his.

More on Supa Nova later.

Anywho, Sinister and Nefarious had the opportunity to ask a few questions:

Who’s your favourite, after Spiderman? Can’t choose but has a soft spot for Dr Strange

Do you still read comics? Not as much as he wants to

If you could say anything to DC about their movies, what would it be?

Well, they will never be as good as Marvel. But there is one thing that would give them a boost – give me a cameo. No one would believe it until they could see it. That’s how our Marvel Movies make all their money – with me!!

What’s your favourite movie? Loves Iron Man but really enjoyed his cameo in the Spider-Man reboot

At this point, Stan turned to me and said “you guys are doing a great job parenting. Long day, but your three look like they’re still having fun. Are you teaching them all about comics?”

Of course, Stan. There’s so much fun in that!

“Good. That keeps my empire going for another generation.

And THAT, minions, is how you become an Evil Genius. Create something so damn awesome, it spans generations.

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* Evil Genius Mum – Stan Lee approved