Geek Love - An Online Reality Show That Combines Cosplay With Speed Dating
Geek Love is a show that documents the romances that blossom and hearts that get crushed at Sci-Fi Speed Dating, an event held at New York Comic Con and various other comic cons throughout the U.S.
Last year at Philly Comic Con my fiancee and I had the bright idea to have her enter in hopes of finding a hot cosplay chick for us to bang, but Sci-Fi Speed Dating only caters to hetero romance and my lady was quickly asked to leave. Any attempts to do nothing more than simply get laid are frowned upon. Bummer.
Geek Love was originally supposed to air on TLC, but they cut it down to a web series, probably because most of America would understand very little of the references. It’s currently three episodes into the first season and new episodes go up every Thursday.
I had the chance to play this game at a private press event during NYCC and it absolutely blew my mind. There was one particular scenario where the game’s lead producer, Hakan Abrak, told me that there were twelve different ways to go about killing my target, and pulling off each unique kill would unlock bonuses within the game. I could go the run-and-gun route, set up a drug deal and plant a bomb at the meet-up spot, or even track down the target’s drug dealer and lace the drugs with the poison from a fish that can be found at a market somewhere in the level. Crazy shit!
What I liked most was the fact that the game never held my hand. There are no on-screen prompts or off-screen narrators telling you how to reach your goals. All you get is a little marker on a map, but it’s up to you to figure out how to get there. Hakan explained to me that the team at IO Interactive wanted this game to let you live out the fantasy of actually being a hired killer. With that in mind, it’s up to the player to become as immersed in the fantasy world as little or as much as they wish. You can probably clear the game by just luring all your targets away to a quite spot for a stealth kill, but paying close attention to your surroundings and the habits of those around you will definitely be way more rewarding.
Here’s a video showing of just a few the ways you can dispatch of your targets:
One big part of the Hitman series has always been the costumes. Kill a dude, rock their outfit, and blend in. For example: you can kill a gardener, wear his duds, then sneak into the greenhouse attached to a mansion, but gardeners aren’t allowed inside the mansion itself and will be removed by force, so you can either kill a guard and steal their outfit (but raise suspicion among other guards who don’t recognize you), or take out the chef and wear his threads. No one ever suspects the chef!
Here’s a video highlighting a few of the costume changes Agent 47 will make when Hitman: Absolution hits shelves on November 20, 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Much like Halloween, comic and anime conventions are just one more reason for girls to dress up in scantily-clad outfits without being called floozies by their peers. Plus - unlike the girls at the beach - cosplayers are totally okay with you taking pictures of them!
The Kotobukiya booth at New York Comic Con had a bevvy of freshness on display, but these Tekken Tag Tournament 2 pieces stole our hearts (and almost our wallets). Check out the killer Yoshimitsu piece with the $500 price tag! The cheeky Supergirl statue isn’t bad either.
I had the extreme honor of sitting in on nerd god Danny Choo’s panel at New York Comic Con (which was his first time ever in NY!) where he revealed some new additions to line of Moekana flash cards. Check out the one for “big” and the RPG inspired one for “street, town, village”.
For those who don’t know, Danny Choo started out as a passionate otaku who always dreamed of one day living in Japan. He wound up teaching himself Japanese and website development and his since worked for some pretty huge companies including the Japanese branches of Amazon and Microsoft, and he currently has two shows devoted to shining a spotlight on Japanese otaku culture. He’s also produced several anime series and currently runs his own company, Mirai Inc.
We had the pleasure of hitting up the Kidrobot X event at the NYC store this past weekend and it was all kinds of bananas. You had to be invited to attend, so imagine our bummed-outness when we weren’t on the list. We were all like “Don’t you know who we are? Albotas.com, bitches! Represent!” And then the Kidrobot peeps were like “Oh shit, you guys are the dopeness! Come on in!”
Or something like that, only way more polite and dignified. Because we’re gentlemen.
There were tons of toys and customs on display, free drinks flowed throughout the night, the DJ played on as an ever-growing crowd of dancers formed downstairs, and there were even free waffles from the tastiest waffle truck I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at!
Huge thanks to Lisa at KidrobotNY and the rest of Kidrobot for the great time and letting us slip past the velvet rope. For everyone else who couldn’t make it, enjoy the video below.
We spotted the always-stunning Jessica Nigri cosplaying as Fox and we just had to snap a pic. We’re pretty sure there’s a pervy “Do a barrel roll!” joke somewhere in this, but we’re classier than that.
Erick Scarecrow Dropping A Butt-ton Of Freshness At NYCC
Feast your eyes on the glory above. Erick Scarecrow will be hauling a massive artillery of limited edition pieces with him to New York Comic Con this weekend. If you’re serious about designer toys and plan on hitting up NYCC this weekend, don’t sleep! Be sure to stop by the ESC-Toy LTD. booth #3015 for more hotness than you can handle!
We saw the unpainted version of this toy last month, and now we get the full reveal. Lou Pimentel’s and mphlabs’ first Junior colorway will be available exclusively at NYCC 2012. This edition of the sofubi figure is called the Ghost Blossom due to its glow in the dark paint job. Grab it for $35 at Myplasticheart’s booth and don’t forget to drop by at 3PM on Saturday to meet Lou.
NYCC is getting expensive. This Gin & Tonic colorway of Doktor A’s Chester Runcorn figure will debute at Myplasticheart’s booth. Plus the good Doktor himself will be there, so you can get it signed and whatnot on Saturday at 4PM. I like the Port colorway better, but I still sense an oncoming internal struggle to buy this one on next Saturday as I’m in line to meet Dok A.
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