Hey Geeks and Geekettes! Welcome to the last day of Weird West Week! (cue the sad “awwwww”s)
Today we’ll be covering video games, music, and awesome groups all Weird West themed! Let’s git ‘er duuuuuuuun! (Sorry, I got caught up in the moment. Larry The Cable guy, please don’t sue me.)
I’m lumping these two together, but I highly suggest you play both; though they’re entirely playable as separate games.
If BraveStarr and Mad Max had a love child, that love child had a comic book based on him, and then the comic book came to life and started using steroids, it would be Borderlands. This is an amazing, over-the-top, crazy-fun FPS. NOT CHILD APPROPRIATE. Lots of blood. Lots of gore. Lots of vulgar humor and sexual innuendos. Both games are must-haves. The first one introduces you to the world of Pandora, where you play a Vault Hunter, looking for the mythic Vault supposedly full of treasure. Then Borderlands 2 sets you in the near future from where your character leaves off. The previous player characters from Borderlands are now big-time quest givers in Borderlands 2. Packed full of pop-culture references and jokes, this futuristic Weird West video game is playable again and again and again.
In the distant future, humans are colonizing on other planets across the galaxy. At the same time, humans are mining a valuable energy source called Rift Energy. The rift energy miners, known as Rifters, began mining the Rift Energy from the planets of the Outer Spur. Some of the Rifters were exposed to the Rift Energy, which transformed them into savage-like mutants known as Outcasts. The Outcasts, protective of the Rift Energy, attacked Rifter mining sites, including an outpost on the broken planet of Sever, owned by brothers Emmett and Logan Graves. An Outcast war party destroyed their rig, and both brothers became exposed to Rift Energy. Logan, unfortunately, mutated into an Outcast, but Emmett was able to remain human thanks to his friend Sydney Cutter, who created a regulator to implant into Emmett’s spine to keep him from transforming into an Outcast. Emmett and Cutter soon become hired gunslingers who travel from planet to planet to protect the Rifter mining sites from Outcast war bands.
The game’s story follows the exploits of a wanted outlaw named Jericho Cross and his employment in an ancient vampire-hunting order known as the Darkwatch. After unwittingly releasing the Darkwatch’s greatest enemy, a vampire lord named Lazarus Malkoth, Jericho is conscripted into the Darkwatch as an elite operative. Jericho, however, is slowly turning into a vampire himself, as a result of being bitten by Lazarus. The game outlines either Jericho’s struggle for humanity or his descent into darkness, depending on the player’s actions.
The game begins in the Arizona Territory in 1876 with Jericho attempting to rob a Darkwatch train that is transporting the captured Lazarus Malkoth to the Darkwatch Citadel, a frequently mentioned and often visited location in the game. His actions inadvertently release Lazarus into the West. In a seeming bit of mercy, Lazarus bites Jericho and gives him the curse of the vampire, causing him to slowly turn into one. The game continues with the introduction of Darkwatch agent Cassidy Sharp as well as the appearance of Shadow, Jericho’s undead horse whom he fed on and turned in a frenzy after being bitten by Lazarus.
The game released in 2005 and is for the PS2 and XBox, so if you’re able to find a copy, and still have either one of these platforms – count yourself lucky!
We’re only going to cover a few, because, wow, are there a TON. This is a Weird West GOLDMINE, y’all!!!
Gix-Guns by Gameloft
iTunes Rating: 4 1/2 stars
For the first time ever on iPhone and iPad, you can explore a truly vast and open frontier in a Wild West full of mystery, bandits and more…unnatural enemies. Freely discover 40 missions spread across Arizona and Oregon. Whether you’re racing horses, stopping robbers, shooting targets or taking back a fort, you’ll need the right equipment for the job, and there are 19 weapons, 8 horses, a vast selection of clothing and more for you to acquire. So come and visit this land where it’s kill or be killed. You can play it for free – make your enemies pay!
iTune Rating: 4 Stars
Selected as Editor’s Choice in the App Store and rated 4/4 “Must Have” by critics, BLADESLINGER Episode 1 is a full-length game in an ongoing series.
A visually stunning, fast paced 3D action brawler developed exclusively for high-end mobile devices, BLADESLINGER follows the story of William Glaston as he returns to his hometown to confront an ancient evil.
You play as William Glaston, a native of Hammer’s Peak returning home from war to find his once peaceful town deserted and overrun with hostile creatures he’s never seen before. Follow William’s quest for truth and the salvation of Hammer’s Peak.
iTunes Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Make your fortune in the Welded West!
Take part in the classic tale of greedy robotic desperados hurling explosive cacti and toxic goo at each other in the historic frontier town of Deadbolt.
Okay, so maybe it’s not so classic, but Bounty Bots is a frantic multiplayer action game with outrageous weapons and zany powers in a West that never was. Customize your ‘bot, choose your weapons, and get rich in the craziest shooter available on mobile devices.
Golden Trails: The New Western Rush!
Price: FREE (though there is a paid version for $4.99 – fair warning)
iTunes Rating: Free – No Ratings // Paid – 4 1/2 Stars
Welcome to the exiting world of Wild West in the gripping hidden object shootout Golden Trails: The New Western Rush!
Crafty bandits have robbed the bank in the provincial Sunnyvale. And none but you, the brave Sheriff Jack, can solve this knotty case. Search in every nook and cranny in the provincial borough, scour gold mines, Grand Canyon, wigwams, dusty ranches and more to unravel who could realize this insidious heist.
iTunes Ratings: 4 Stars
World War III has been fought to the tipping point and ecologists long unheeded cries have been silenced by the grim truth of their predictions. To the last drop of oil have the worlds resources been depleted, and only sporadic traces of modern structure can be sifted in the dust. Time ticks forward, but humans must retrace their advancement back; through a history that has already been lived and to the Wild West for the second time. We have trampled ahead to the past in muddy boots, to the United States of late 19th century.
This spun western lets you take control of 4 original characters; choose from weapons new and strange and a wider range of modern contraptions with primitive power. Classic and innovative, undoubtedly original, every FPS player will find satisfaction with Warm Gun.
Below we’ve got links to two “western themed” bands.
Big Damn Heroes is an alternative country band that takes their name from fan-favorite TV-turned-Movie, Firefly, giving us a mix of country, rock, and blues, that makes for some damn fine Weird West Worthy tunes.
GhoulTown is a horrorpunk/gothabilly band from Texas unlike anything we at Geekin’ have ever seen before. Amazing storytellers and musicians, these guys are sure to enthrall fans of Deadlands and the darker side of the Weird West.
Be sure to check out both bands and give them some love!
Lots of free downloads on http://www.reverbnation.com/BigDamnHeroesBand. Their debut album, “Browncoat Outlaws”, is due out in Dec. Follow them on Twitter at @BDH_Band.
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Last, but certainly not least! You HAVE to check out our friends over at Weird West Fest.
Westernpunk Productions presents the Weird West Fest in Giddings, TX on Dec 7, 2013.
The Weird West Fest is a Weird Western-themed one-day convention geared to fans of Steampunk, Victorian and the Old West. We have guests, gaming, music, films, costume and beard contests, panels and presentations. Our activities are held in an actual 1880’s Train Depot and 1918 Movie House.
The Weird West come to live! It’s sure to be a blast!
So revisit the Western Age of Steam and “Git your Gears to Giddings”.
I want to thank the folks at the Westernpunk facebook page
Dan Schwent from
Without them this week wouldn’t be nearly as cool and filled with nearly as much stuff. This has been a blast to put together and I can’t thank you folks enough!
I hope everyone’s enjoyed this look and introduction into the world of the Weird West! Check back for more geekery here on the blog, our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/geekinpodcast and twitter http://www.twitter.com/Geekin_Podcast and let us know if you think there’s an unsung genre worth of a week of geekery!
I’m going to leave you with a wonderful Weird West short story from Joriah Wood. Check out his other stories and let him know what you think.