A Hole in the World

But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens, how we go through this. I mean — I knew her, and then she’s… there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore! It’s stupid! It’s mortal and stupid! And… and Xander’s crying and not talking, and… and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, ‘Well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch — ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever,’ and no one will explain to me why.
–Anya Emerson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Episode 5.16, “The Body”)

It’s a weird feeling when someone you know and talk to on a regular basis passes away. It’s like a giant mental disconnect — this weird, surreal blot that your mind can’t fully process. A hole in the world.

It’s even weirder when the person in question dies a tragically young death, as was the case with Rannie Yoo, who passed away last weekend at the age of 33, after an 11-month battle with cancer. I knew Rannie through Triple Point (previously Kohnke Communications), the San Francisco-based gaming PR firm where she worked. Her funeral was today (well, I guess technically yesterday, at this point), and — between her friends, family, and gaming industry buddies — the room overflowed to the point where the crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway. For nearly two hours, a great many of these people took turns coming to the front of the room and relating stories and memories about Rannie, and how she’d touched their lives.

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The Geekbox: Episode 36

Rebel FM co-founder and host Anthony Gallegos joins us for this week’s episode, in lieu of Andrew “Andrew Fitch” Fitch, who’s out sick (we’re guessing due to his five dates with five different women over the course of five days last week — seriously!). And more good news: Bill Mudron’s poster art from the Brodeo Reunion 2009 panel at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo is now available for purchase for a mere $5.00. This comes courtesy of PAX enforcer Ben Cuzza, who’s donating all profits to the Child’s Play Charity. So head on over and grab yourself one mighty fine poster… after you listen to this week’s episode and Digg it, that is!

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The Geekbox — Episode 36 (2009-10-21)
Wherein we discuss dear frenemies, the fate of airplane lavatories, Star Wars in Concert, the history of Steve Guttenberg, Tekken 6, Borderlands, EverQuest (WTF?), the Persona MMO, aaaaanime, the life and times of Captain Lou Albano, the wonky west coast premiere of Venture Bros. season 4, all things Cartoon Network, Tropico 3, our first (annual?) Halloween costume contest, and whether the Geekbox gives AIDS. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Anthony Gallegos, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 20m 29s
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The nominations for the 2009 Podcast Awards are open through October 18. If you’re a fan of the podcast, please click on the banner above, and nominate The Geekbox in the People’s Choice and Gaming categories! You have until this Sunday night to get your nominations in. Make me proud, Geekbox listeners!

The Geekbox: Episode 35

We’re back in action with the regular crew this week (and a much more easily digestible running time!). Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to Digg. Seriously — if last week’s podcast had a Digg for every comment, that would have been fantastic!

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The Geekbox — Episode 35 (2009-10-15)
Wherein we discuss the uproar over last episode’s guest host, Dragon Quest and boycotts, really stupid bands, shocking comic mysteries (with a nod to the dumbest Internet message board theory you’ll ever hear), 2009’s lineup of awesome DC animated movies, Planetary #27 (beware spoilers!), giant Tekken 6 arcade machines, Tales of Vesperia, Legend of the Red Dragon, DJ Hero, John Lithgow’s ass (and how much is too much), New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and an amazing Fitch Hitch development. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 22m 19s
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The Geekbox: Episode 34

Patrick “Mr. Karen Chu” Joynt stands in for the MIA Karen this week, resulting in a podcast of epic length. See, Karen!? This is what happens when you’re not here. 🙂 Please enjoy the show, everyone!

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The Geekbox — Episode 34 (2009-10-07)
Wherein we discuss Mr. Karen Chu, the PSP Go, choice in games, Splinter Cell Conviction, Modern Warfare 2, Burnout Paradise, Shadow Complex (and the controversies it inspired), one-trick-pony comic writers (go Grant Morrison and Garth Ennis!), Paranormal Activity, nerdy RPGs, post-apocalyptic mutant vampires, the horrors of Metacritic, and the latest Fitch Hitch update. Starring Ryan Scott, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Patrick Joynt.
Running Time: 1h 56m 36s
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The Geekbox: Episode 33

A couple quick site-related notes to go along with this week’s show: I’ve added some host bios for all of the regular and recurring cast members of the podcast (in case, you know, you want to make shrines to us in your basement), and I’m also working on a full-fledged Amazon store. It’s kind of disorganized right now, but I plan on packing it to the gills with awesome games, comics, and DVDs — hopefully it’ll be a handy one-stop shop for fun geek stuff once I’m done with it. Also, as you’ll hear in this week’s episode, Geekbox fan (and one-time guest star) Davin Loh is auctioning off the giant banner he created for the Brodeo Reunion at PAX. The proceeds will go to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity, so hit that link to see pics of the banner (it’s autographed by all the GFW cast members, too!) and bid on it. And that’s it — enjoy this week’s unusually long show, and don’t forget to Digg. I want some of those big Digg numbers that we had back when we launched this thing, people! 🙂

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The Geekbox — Episode 33 (2009-09-30)
Wherein we discuss Fitch’s Japanese odyssey, Nigerian pimps, super-Internet-fame, Tokyo Game Show 2009, Super Street Fighter IV, Amazing Race, FlashForward, Heroes, V, Smallville, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, longstanding comic book creative teams (or the lack thereof), and Halloween costumes. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 30m 47s
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The Geekbox: Episode 32

Andrew Fitch is off at Tokyo Game Show this week, leaving us to nerd out without him — hopefully all five of us are back together next week. Enjoy the show, and please don’t forget to Digg the podcast, and review it on iTunes!

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The Geekbox — Episode 32 (2009-09-23)
Wherein we discuss Japanese field trips, Michael Emerson’s Emmy win, season 1 of Dexter, fake-ass movie computers, the awesomeness of RiffTrax, the possibility of a fifth Indiana Jones film, the Advertising Walk of Fame (WTF!?), Arkham Asylum’s multiple endings, the ultimate World of Warcraft achievement whore, interesting smells, the secret origin of Willy Wonka, Canabalt, the biggest HDTV of all time, and Ron Gilbert’s DeathSpank. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 8m 34s
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