Introducing Steph Chaves, Plus a Review of Five Nights at Freddy’s (Just in Time for Halloween!)

Hello, Geeks.

On this spookiest of days, it is my pleasure to introduce you to our newest writer, Steph Chaves. She’s a lit geek who loves anime and a host of other nerdy things, and she’s starting her position at Geek Collateral off with a post about Five Nights at Freddy’s, a creepy Steam game perfect for Halloween. Take it away, Steph:

Five Nights at Freddy’s
review by Steph Chaves

Five nights at Freddys screenshot 3

Alone in the dark.

You know that feeling you get when you’re watching a horror movie and that eerie violin music starts playing? Have you ever wished a video game could make you feel that horrible anxiety the entire play-through? Well, then you might just want to try Five Nights at Freddy’s, a point-and-click survival game that retails for $5.49 on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/319510/ ). There are also cell phone adaptations available for both Android and iPhones, though I have yet to play the game on either platform.

The concept of the game is fairly simple: you are the overnight security guard at a Chuck E. Cheese-esque family restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, but there’s a catch: the animatronics have a tendency to walk around at night. Worse still, if the animatronics see a human, they think of them as a robot not in costume and therefore “forcefully shove” them into a spare outfit, killing the non-robotic human in the process. So the player has to monitor the security cameras, the lights beside each entrance of the security room, and the door to ensure none of the murderous mascots get inside. Unfortunately, you only have a limited amount of battery life.

Five nights at Freddys screenshot 1

And suddenly, you aren’t alone.

Five nights at Freddys screenshot 2 The best part of the game is the high tension when you’re looking around your small room waiting for, and hoping to prevent, impending doom. As the title of the game dictates, there are five nights, or levels, that you have to survive, with each successive night increasing in difficulty. There is also a sixth night that is unlocked after (if) you survive the original five. Once the sixth night has been accomplished, “Custom Night” is unlocked, where the player can adjust the difficulty levels of the AI. Each night has the same excruciating anxiety. The mood is set by the grainy camera, how the animatronics glitch on camera, the odd laughter that can be heard outside the halls, and the surprise of finding an animatronic standing right outside your door when you check the lights. All of this adds up to a great horror game that uses jump scares more effectively than most horror movies. Each of the animatronics (there are four, plus one spooky extra) is incredibly unnerving to look at, even when they aren’t hunting for human exoskeletons. For bonus creep factor, you can google theories surrounding the plot for Five Night at Freddy’s (let’s just say there’s a likely reason for the foul-smelling odour emanating from the animatronic suits).

If you end up really enjoying the game, you should know that a sequel has been greenlit for the Steam community and a trailer is already out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVPONdZBh6s&list=FLqXmwAB5nOAPNu2YzLE6oNw

Five murderous animatronics out of five

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2048 meowdifications (we apologise for the pun, but not really)

Hello, Geeks.

While I’m sure some of you roll your eyes and groan by now at the thought of 2048, we know our audience well enough to know that those who truly love the game are still obsessively moving tiles. For those who can’t give it up but want something fresh, and for anyone who is more a cat person than a numbers person, I present 2048’s cat editions. My favourite is the Waffles the Cat edition, which rewards you with new, adorable images of Waffles. There are, however, also 2048: LOL Cats and 2048 Cats (there are probably others as well, given that this is the internet).

2048: LOL Cat Edition

2048: LOL Cat Edition

I personally find the .gifs in 2048: LOL Cats distracting, but the endless loop of the hapless breaded tabby is admittedly entertaining.

2048 Cats Edition

2048 Cats Edition

The numbers on the cat images in 2048: Cats may help you keep track, but they also take away from the challenge of an image-based version of the game. The .gifs are somewhat less distracting, though (and, in my opinion, cuter).

2048: Waffles the Cat Edition

2048: Waffles the Cat Edition

The Waffles edition has a coherent, almost narrative flow to its cat images, presenting (static) images of Waffles at different stages (and in different costumes). The flow and cuteness of this edition keep me coming back to play again . . . and again . . . and again, though the original 2048 game lost me after two tries.

But don’t let me tell you which version to play. Check out these cat-themed versions for yourself and let us know what you thought in the comments.

Have a meowvelous day (sorry, not sorry),
Sarah, your resident cat fanatic

Board Games with Kenny Koberstadt

Another geek has joined the Geek Collateral Media team. Meet Kenny Koberstadt—board game expert, Pokémon trainer, and music lover. We went over to Board Game House (yes, that is his residence’s official title) recently to play a few games from his extensive collection, including a new game that Kenny helped to Kickstart (no, we’re not telling which game it is—you’ll have to wait for Kenny’s review).

While we were there, we took some photos of us playing and posing:

 

Stay tuned for Kenny’s board game review and a 4-part Pokemon trainer’s guide, coming soon.

We’ll be back,
Geek Collateral

Prism Prize Short List!

Prism Prize Short List!

Hey Geeks,

Check out the top Canadian produced music videos from amazing Directors like Emily Kai Bock and Lee Skinner (he happens to be a friend of ours here at Geek Collateral). I had the pleasure of shooting “Kathy Lee” for Lee last year and can say I’m quite happy with landing on the shortlist beside Arcade Fire, Shad and Young Galaxy and the rest of the big hitters on the list.

Sean

Why is our CEO, Devin Edwards, a cyborg?

Devin Edwards is a Cyborg

Well, because we have wonderful news – wonderful cyborg news! Geek Collateral Media spent all this week ramping up for a great new project, and we’re all really excited about it. Can you guess what it is?

“World Domination?”

No, no. That’s not it. That comes much later.

Stick around the next few weeks, and we’ll do a grand reveal worthy of our new, cyborg overlord.

So Say We All.

-Geek Collateral Media