“What’s your geek?”
That’s the question that spawned this site. The very word geek has been transformed into something very versatile. What was once an insult designed to belittle people who were different has become something more. One can geek out about video games and comics just as much as cars and sports. Everyone has something they love with a passion, and that’s where we come in.
Formerly known as G33klife, Geekade is designed to create a place that features consistent original content focusing on anything and everything someone can geek about. No matter what it is, if you can geek out about it, it’s welcome. Geekade may sound like a nerdy energy drink, but the idea came from combining the word geek with arcade. Arcades used to be the type of place that had something for everyone. There were racing games next to shooting games next to sports games next to pinball machines. No type of game wasn’t welcome, and the same went for the people who went there. In the heyday of the arcade, 9 year olds would stand next to businessmen and nobody would bat an eye. Women and men both spent time in the arcade, and there wasn’t any stigma associated with anyone. Whether you were a movie fanatic, a football player, or just a kid, the arcade was the cool place to be. That kind of welcoming attitude is what we’re all about. Whether your passion is cosplay, James Bond movies, guitar pedals, or anything in-between, we believe that if it’s spoken about with love and passion, people will find it interesting.
That’s our goal. We’re not here to report the news, we’re not here to give you the latest previews and reviews. We’re here to provide you with the best original content about the things we care about. Hopefully it’s contagious.
Take a look around, get comfortable, and join the conversation.
Welcome to Geekade.
Who the heck are we?
Dean “Vest Lord” DeFalco – Creator of Websites, editor of content, wearer of vests. This man is said to be “The Jack of All Trades”. Dean has his hands in most parts of the website one way or another. The original incarnation of Geekade, “G33k Life”, was Dean’s brainchild. While Dean can be found on a number of shows like when he was the former co-host of the Stone Age Gamer Podcast or the current host Vest and Friends or talking about video games on YouTube and Twitch, he is the guy behind the scenes making sure that the site does everything it’s supposed to every one else can do their job. There’s not a problem he can’t solve…..or at least punch and scream at until it doesn’t exist anymore.
Kris “Captain K” Randazzo – The idea guy, Dean’s consigliere, and really, the reason why this site stays together. As the Editor-in-Chief of Geekade, he makes sure stories go out on time, things are speled corektly, and provides his share of content as well. As an avid consumer of all things video game, Kris has spent his formative years collecting cartridges, CDs, disks, and assorted paraphernalia in an effort to amass a video game collection large enough to kill an elephant. You can see pieces of this in his video series “Into the Vault.” Plus, he is the host of both the Stone Age Gamer Podcast and the WaveBack Video Game Music Podcast, co-host of This Week’s Episode, writer of “Lost in Time,” and can occasionally be found in the pages of Nintendo Force Magazine.
Evan “Moon Knight Acolyte” Goldstein – Evan is a jack of all trades. Podcaster, event organizer, pokemon trainer, crime fighter, sushi chef, the list goes on forever. Evan is one of the personalities on The Paper Cuts Comic Podcast as well being our behind the scenes, big picture guy. When you see new things going up it’s probably because of him. Evan has a keen eye for art and a love of Moon Knight matched by few, so be sure to high-five the man if you ever see him person. He appears on the Paper Cuts Podcast. He’s the host of This Week’s Episode. He oozes greatness. No seriously, get a towel. He’s making a mess…..
Daniel “The Beerd” Ryan – Dan Ryan was once the most feared and respected luchador in the world until the “Great DDT Disaster of ’85” where Dan unfortunately DDT’d his opponent so hard into the ground that he opened a gate to the underworld that let unholy things into this world. Ever heard of a Furby? Well, you can thank Dan for them. After that, Dan refused to wrestle any more but the Vest Lord saw talent and recruited Dan to talk about his favorite hobbies, gaming and comics (next to wrestling of course). He pens the weekly Why I Love Wrestling series, hosts the Paper Cuts Podcast, co-hosts The Stone Age Gamer Podcast, among many, many other things. Dan is a personality that Geekade simply would not be the same without.
Tiff “Tiff” (last name unknown) – Part Unicorn, part Ninja Turtle, 100% badass. We’re not sure if she has a last name because the last person that heard it had their heart explode from sheer awesomeness. The only person that was able to survive hearing it aloud was Dan, but he probably misheard it which is why he’s still alive. Tiff is one of the most respected members of our family, mainly because she keeps a room in her house full of souls of all the gamers she’s defeated. To be honest, none of the Geekade staff has played games with her for fear she might take their souls too.
Alex “AzarRising” Azar – Alex is an author bred, born, and raised in New Jersey. He had aspirations beyond his humble beginnings, goals that would take him to the skyscrappers of Metropolis and the alleys of Gotham. Alex was going to be a superhero. Then one tragic day, tragedy tragically struck. He remembered he wasn’t an orphan and by law would only be able to become a sidekick. For now Alex bides his time writing about the heroes he would one day become, once he can rectify that pesky parent problem. Follow his scheming, mechinations, and writings at www.azarrising.com, as well as his horror movie review series the Macabre Movie Mausoleum, and various comic-related pieces in The Think Tank
Travis “Settler of Catan” Menard – Despite being born eight days past his due date, Travis has developed a strong appreciation for punctuality. After completing degrees in computer science and graphic design, Travis decided to put those skills to no use by starting a podcast, and is currently the co-host of Apathetic Enthusiasm. He is not too proud to admit he cried (more than once) while watching Toy Story 3, his greatest hero is Walt Disney, and his ultimate nemesis is Brandon. 188.8.131.52.23.42
Brandon “Steve the Heb” Cruz – Brandon Cruz is a man who knows what he wants; it is, in equal parts, a blessing and a curse. He and his eternal enemy Travis host the weekly podcast, Apathetic Enthusiasm! He also has half-written, half-developed ideas that he’ll maybe someday execute! Like that MA in Cinema Studies he’s been putting off…
JR “JR” Perez – For years, it seemed that JR only existed from the waist up. As the host of Ring the Bell, JR spent all his time behind a desk, presumably to hide the fact that he simply ceased to exist where we couldn’t see him. However, upon entering the world of interviewing celebrities, non-celebrities, and people who know and/or have heard of celebrities, it was revealed that JR is, in fact, 100% human. That said, his abilities behind the microphone rate on the meta-human scale, so he is not to be trifled with. You can see his work on the aforementioned Ring the Bell, as well as Geekade’s event coverage.
Erin “Shmerin Berry” Abbamondi – In the bowels of New Jersey, a mythical creature arose. This being was said to possess unspeakable powers th
at, if harnessed, would usher in a world without pain, death, poverty, and suffering. This came at a cost though: bacon would no longer exist. Erin slayed the beast without a second thought, and the world remains a better place for it. Erin is a phenomenal baker, and has written about her escapades in the confectionery world in The Think Tank, but she’s not limited to just tasty foodstuffs. She’s also a connoisseur of art, literature, cinema, and bacon.
Jon “Spaghetti Sunday” Heacock – Jon is a man of mystery. A man of science. A man of taste. Said to have the appetite and metabolism of a hummingbird, Jon has been known to consume an entire 5lb bag of gummi bears in a single sitting. How does one accomplish such a feat? No one knows… What is known is that Jon is a James Bond enthusiast, a Metal Gear aficionado, and has excellent taste in women. (Well, woman, to be specific) He’s also been known to lend a hand in the editing department. You can catch his writing in The Think Tank.
Hunter “The Imbibing Scribe” Wilde – Hunter is many things. Husband of wife. Father of children. Bringer of justice. Writer of articles. Teacher of youth. Baker of pies. Drinker of beer. This list barely scratches the surface of awesome that is Hunter (believed to be writing under a pseudonym) and yet, so much of his life is shrouded in mystery. We know he’s fought in at least 2 inter-dimensional wars, and that his friends are known to have exotic names like “Liam”, but beyond that, details are scant. Still, Geekade has been fortunate enough to procure his writings (which arrive on papyrus via carrier pidgeon) which can be seen on our Imbibing Scribe page. He’s also pretty fond of Game of Thrones.
Jonathan “Jonny Comics” Fugger – Jonathan loves comics and he loves coffee. Jonathan’s mother gave him his first taste of coffee at the tender age of 3 and it was love at first sip. He now needs to wheel around an IV drip of caffeine at all times or else he turns into a dark, monstrous creature that feeds on despair and makes babies cry. The local village-folk have kept him locked away ever since the “decaf catastrophe of ‘06.” When allowed out of his dungeon, he writes “Welcome to the D-List,” which examines various obscure comic book characters, because obscure characters need love too. And if Jonathan knows anything, he knows about loving obscure characters. And loving coffee. For the love of God someone make sure he has enough coffee…
Mike “Announcer Guy” Bauder – In a world… where one man, with one voice, rose up to conquer the internet, there was…Announcer Guy! With vocal chords made of mythrill and valerian steel, he used his immense auditory prowess to give life to voiceless broadcast intros everywhere! Wherever there’s a video crying out into the night for spoken salvation…there, lurking in the shadows of the world wide web is…Announcer Guy!
Cengiz “The Laugh” Kuyas – Cengiz didn’t just adopt the geek; he was born in it, molded by it. Avid enthusiast of everything from Gaming to Movies, he is constantly in search of the next big thing and wants to share his excitement about it with you! They say that underneath his raven hair and farmer’s tan is a being that thrives on constantly updating RSS feeds and pictures of adorable animals. You can catch him in his home dimension on the You Shall Not Pass Go Podcast with his best bro Dave, where they talk about tabletop games and he deafens ears with his jovial laugh.”
Dave “The Dungeon Master” – “In a hole, in the ground, there lived a Hobbit.” Or more truthfully in this case: “In a basement, in his house, dwells a stumpy bearded guy named Dave. Not a nasty, dark, dank basement with nothing in it to sit down on or to play: it was the geek basement, and that means gaming.” A D&D enthusiast since the tender age of 6, Dave has immersed himself in the world of gaming and geek culture. Subtle and quick to anger, you’ll find him weaving his wizardly ways on the You Shall Not Pass Go podcast with his barbarian best friend Cengiz.
What the heck am I looking at?
Geekade consists of various pages filled past brimming with outstanding content. Here’s a rundown of what it all means.
The Think Tank – This is the part of the site where the minds come together and create the random glory that is Geekade. The Think Tank is where the uncategorized stuff lives. One-off articles with topics ranging anywhere from baking to roller derby to cartoons to can openers. See, many of Geekade’s contributors wear many hats, so The Think Tank was set up to house all the articles folks write that don’t necessarily fit in with any of our regular columns, podcasts, etc. Because limits are dumb. Think of it as the ultimate buffet of interesting stuff to read.
Why I Love Wrestling – This one is fairly self-explanatory, but since we’re here anyway… This is where our resident Wrestling expert Dan Ryan talks about all the awesome things that come from the world of wrestling. And we’re not just talking about the WWE! All forms of wrestling from around the globe get the spotlight. While mainly focusing on single wrestler bios, WILW occasionally spotlights specific matches, makes predictions about upcoming events, and even coordinates with Geekade’s other wrestling content, forming one third of the Geekade Nation of Domination. Not a wrestling fan? Read this, and you might become one.
Lost In Time – We live in a world of digital downloads and re-releases. However, there are some games that slip through the cracks. Lost In Time is about those games. The Stone Age Gamer Podcast’s Kris Randazzo shines a spotlight on a different game each month that is only playable on its original medium due to unpopularity, rights issues, or just plain old bad luck. Sometimes they’re popular titles that are tied up in a number of legal issues, sometimes they’re hidden gems that are worth tracking down, but they’r ealways games that are an important part of history in one way or another, and well worth discovering.
The Imbibing Scribe – Hunter Wilde loves beer. He also loves writing. I think you see where this is going. Each month, Hunter sets his sights on a different alcoholic beverage that strikes his fancy, and takes the time to tell us all what makes it so great. Hunter has a way with words, hence the name of his articles, and is always happy to share the joys of drinking with anyone who will listen, and he does so with an incredibly welcoming style. Even if you don’t know what the difference between a hops and brussel sprouts, Hunter will find a way to make you care about what he’s writing about.
Geekade Top Ten– It’s a series of top ten lists. We know there are top ten lists all over the internet, but what can we say? They’re fun to write! Usually landing at least once a month, our top ten lists cover the broadest range of topics we can think of. We’ve covered Muppets, candy, Doctor Who companions, horror novels, and even colors. Clickbait? Maybe a little. Overly opinionated? Most certainly. Good reads? You better believe it. What will we do next? We honestly have no clue. But if you’ve got any ideas, we’re open to suggestions. Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe we’ll rank something just for you!
Bits & Brews – Everybody loves beer pairings, but what if instead of food, you paired beer with video games? Dan Ryan of the Stone Age Gamer and Paper Cuts podcasts aims to do just that by pairing his favorite alcoholic beverages with corresponding video games. Delving deep into the science and history of breweries and the beverages they create, and comparing them to the greatest video games of past and present, Dan provides new and exciting ways to experience your favorite drinks and games, as well as excuses to try those bits & brews you’ve never gotten around to before. What beer pairs best with Street Fighter, or Mega Man? Answers lie within.
Macabre Movie Mausoleum – Geekade’s resident horror expert Alex Azar, or as he’s known in the Mausoleum, Dr. Azarrising, loves horror. That’s how he got to be an expert! He’s also a film fanatic in general, and has decided to combine his love for those things with his love of crappy movies, and thus the Macabre Movie Mausoleum was born. Come gravetoppers and tombstones, and gaze upon the terror of talented actors slumming it in roles that are clearly beneath them. Gasp in awe at some of the worst visual effects this side of Ed Wood. Cringe at dialogue that would make your kindergarten plays look like Shakespeare. But most importantly, have some horror-themed fun.
Welcome to the D-List – The world of comic books has gotten a lot bigger in recent years. With the advent of the blockbuster superhero movie, comic characters like Batman, Iron Man, and Superman have been thrust further into the mainstream consciousness than ever before. Heck, even B-Listers like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy have become household names. But what if you were to dig deeper? That’s where Jonathan Fugger comes in. Each month, he dives into the depths of the world of comics to shine a well-deserved spotlight on some characters who will likely never see the light of a movie reel. Who knows, you might just find a new favorite character!
Before Their Time – Trish Reyes brings you Before Their Time, a monthly look at TV shows, tech, and other things in the world that were taken from us, well, before their time. Some you may know, others you may not, but they’re all worth your time.
Spoilers! – TV is a thing that we here at Geekade watch. It’s got just about everything we love. Many of these shows, however, feature plots. And if we’re not careful, those plots can be spoiled. fortunately for you, we’ve clearly labeled our TV recap section! Periodically, Geekade members will start a recap series on a current running TV show, and when that happens, it gets posted here. Be it Game of Thrones (Game of Spoilers), Doctor Who (Time and Relative Dimension in Spoilers), Venture Bros. (Spoiler Bros.), or… you get the picture. If we’re recapping it, and a spoiler warning is required, this is where it will be.
Kung Fu Fridays – Kung Fu movies are awesome. It’s a scientific fact. That’s why in the warm summer months, Dan Ryan likes to take some time to point out which Kung Fu movies you should be watching. There are a ton of them, and while quality may vary considerably, there are many, many movies worth your time. Let Dan be your guide through this exotic, gravity-defying world, and prepare yourself to be entertained in a way that only martial artists can provide. Because there’s nothing quite like sitting inside on a hot summer day, air conditioning blasting, cold drink in hand, with a kink-ass Kung Fu movie on your TV screen.
The Stone Age Gamer Podcast – Sponsored by StoneAgeGamer.com, this is Geekade’s video game podcast! Every week, Kris, Dan, and Dean get together to talk about the games the play, the games they love, and anything else gaming related they feel like discussing at the time. There are special guest interviews, occasional trivia episodes, and lots of nonsensical episode titles. (Well, they make sense if you listen to the episodes) Between Kris’s gigantic retro game collection, Dan’s powerful beard, and Dean’s wanton insanity, there’s never a dull moment. Limitless video game discussions await. This is the Stone Age Gamer.
The Papercuts Podcast – Evan Goldstein, Dean DeFalco, Matt Mutch, and Dan Ryan gather together every week to discuss all that is comics. New books? Covered. Old books? Covered. Comic related subject matter? Covered. It’s all on the table. They even call episodes “issues”. Neat! Join this bearded, be-vested, Moon Knight loving crew as they attempt to entertain you. If you’re a fan of trains though, you had better have a strong stomach, because things go off the rails very quickly. In fact, it’s been said that Dean hates rails so much that he’s commissioned a local billionaire to create hover trains. It’s the wave of the future!
Apathetic Enthusiasm – Join Brandon and Travis as they attempt to explore multiple facets pop culture, TV, movies, video games, and more. Whether hot off the presses or forgotten in the back of a thrift shop, Apathetic Enthusiasm strives to scratch beyond the surface… and maybe add a little humor too! Every week, these two fine gentlemen banter about the things going on in the world of entertainment, and they do it with style. Or, at least we’re assuming they have style.It’s not technically a Geekade podcast, but they’re basically family. Check them out at apatheticenthusiasm.com!
This Week’s Episode – Evan, Karen, and Kris love them some television. Probably even more than one another. That’s why this trio has joined forces to talk about this love on a weekly basis, so you don’t have to! Each week, they start off with a segment called “What Else is On?” wherein they each pick an episode of a TV show, past or present, to discuss. Then, they follow it up with a feature topic that they all watched, and then they argue about how good or bad it was. There’s more fun, laughs, drama, and hard to pronounce names than you can shake a TV remote at. Plus, we can say things like “On this week’s episode of This Week’s Episode…” Ahh, good times…
Submitted For Your Approval – Apathetic Enthusiasm’s Brandon Cruz is a Twilight Zone enthusiast with a mission: To talk about every single episode of the original Twilight Zone TV series. Submitted For Your Approval is Geekade’s Twilight Zone episode by episode podcast, and it’s fun for the whole family! (Well, maybe not the WHOLE family. I don’t think uncle Bemis would find it very amusing) With a rotating cast of co-hosts, this weekly show is chock full of different perspectives on one of the most influential and celebrated TV series of all-time. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Submitted For Your Approval Podcast.
Mutant Musings – Jonathan and Patti have loved the X-Men as long as they’ve been alive, and they’ve decided to share that love with you, the listener. Each month, Jonathan and Patti discuss the previous month’s X-Men titles, as well as mutant-related news. Though the X-Men have been pushed into a small corner of the Marvel Universe, Mutant Musings is here as another safe place that the X-Men may call home. Oh, and it’s chock full of explicit content, so you’ve been warned.
Artist Ave. – In this podcsat series, the Paper Cuts Podcsat’s Evan Goldstein travels the globe to find the very best in comic book artists. With his ties to the Kubert Art School, Evan is able to find up-and-coming artists, as well as some well established names in the comic book industry, and sit them down for in-depth some conversations. Delving deep into where they came from and what makes them tick, these artists tell everything there is to tell about how they got involved in one of the most competitive art communities in the world. If you’re a fan of comics, or just art in general, this series is an absolute must.
The WaveBack Music Podcast– the Stone Age Gamer Podcast’s Kris Randazzo loves video game music more than just about anything in the world. The WaveBack Podcast is his excuse to share that music with the world. Each episode, Kris chooses a game and plays music from its soundtrack, complete with audio commentary in-between. Stories about the games themselves, the soundtracks’ composers, their histories, and more are discussed, so it’s as informative as it is entertaining. If you’ve got a love for video game music, or an interest in discovering some interesting new music, this is the podcast for you.
You Shall Not Pass Go – Remember all those games that your parents thought were about the devil and evil? (We’re looking at you Mousetrap) Well Dave and Cengiz enjoy playing them so much they can talk endlessly about them and every month you get a window into their conversations! Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Board Games, and two nerds who think they know what they’re doing, this podcast has it all!
Words of Power – In the early 90’s, Scholastic released a series of novelizations for some of the more popular NES games of the time. They called them the Worlds of Power, and they’re all absolutely terrible. Bearing little resemblance to the actual stories of the games they’re based on, these atrociously-written affronts to storytelling are fascinating pieces of video game history, but who has time to read them? Apparently, Geekade does. We’re creating audio book renditions of every single book in the series, so you too can experience the time Solid Snake was actually a dude named Justin, Mega Man was turned into a real live boy, and much, much more.
Ring the Bell – JR Perez hosts this video series all about the latest, up-to-the-minute news in the world of professional wrestling. Well, it’s not really up-to-the-minute, since it’s a bi-weekly series, but you get the gist. Done in the style of The Daily Show, except swapping out world news for pro wrestling news, Ring the Bell is a comedy show about all the things we love, and love to hate, about the endlessly bizarre, yet always entertaining world of wrestling. There are guests (typically portrayed by the same person), jokes about cheesecake, and much, much more. It’s also filmed at the New York Comedy Club! See? Comedy is built right in to the sets! Don’t miss this wrestling extravaganza every other Monday. Because wrestling is real… funny.
Zwia Reviews – Meet the guy named Zwia. He’s a colossal geek. He’s got lots of action figures. He loves movies. He reviews them for you. Really, it’s not much more complicated than that. Alex Zwiazek has a huge personality, and people who know seem to respect his opinions of movies. It just so happens that the folks who run Geekade count themselves among those people, and thus his video reviews can be found on our YouTube page.
BeCosplay – Blake & Evelin have been cosplaying together since May 2015 but have loved the cosplay world since they were children. Their show features how-to tutorials, reviews and discussions for various kinds of cosplay tools and items. Currently living in New Jersey, they love to travel around the States and abroad. Blake & Evelin are very social and love making new cosplay friends at every comic/cosplay/sci-fi convention they venture to. Please be sure to check out their Instagram @Be_Cosplay and FaceBook (BeCosplayNJ) for pictures & updates.
Bit Bytes – The Vest Lord has some things to say, and Bit Bytes is where he’s going to day them. Under that vest beats a heart that cares about matters like video games, comics, entertainment, and more. And those feelings are expressed in this YouTube series that may or may not include strange visits from animated creatures, vests, and a man named Matt Mutch.
Into the Vault – Kris has a pretty ridiculous video game collection. He’s been collecting video games and video game related memorabilia for as long as he can remember, and as a result has amassed quite the cornucopia of strange and wonderful things. This video series shines the spotlight on those things. Every month, Kris dives deep into his collection to find the strange, the weird, the disturbing, and the downright awesome stuff he’s been hoarding all these years. With the subject matter ranging from Bubsy trading cards to Mega Man air fresheners, to stuffed donkey Kong dolls and beyond, there’s always something interesting to discuss. And Kris loves every single one of them with all his heart.
Can I join you?
We currently have a full staff, but we’re always looking for more talent. If you think you have an idea for an article, video, or podcast, or you have an interest that you feel should be represented here on Geekade, hit up the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page.