Post by mynameismattbaum on Jan 23, 2014 21:07:20 GMT -6
Using the THN randomizer I have come up with an order for tonight's Geek Challenge! The winner of which will walk away with a prize package including a super crappy comic signed by Joe and Myself and other THN swag. So here is your order.
Post by mynameismattbaum on Jan 23, 2014 23:48:19 GMT -6
I'm proud to announce our winner. Or in this case, winners. Due to a disagreement with the judges over the "Bane" answer the judges ended the Marvel and DC Characters that use Tech or Armor Geek Challenge as a draw between Dr Carlos Danger and Casual Comics Guy. Both will be awarded prize packages and both will go down in the Geek Challenge annals as winners! Well done gents!
Post by casualcomicsguy on Jan 24, 2014 20:27:42 GMT -6
First off, let me say #GeekChallenge was the most fun I've ever had on twitter. You guys are the best.
The category was "Marvel/DC heroes or villains who get their abilities from weapons/technology."
Bane? Not... If you're going to let Bane in that discussion, you've got to let in every other hero who has had their natural physical abilities enhanced by something "man made". Spider-Man, bitten by a radioactive spider? Is that technology? No. How about the Hulk? Exposed to gamma radiation, which is a result of technology. The Flash, chemical spill plus lightning strike. Not technology.
Here's what I would say. The heroes and villains that should count are those with normal(super-athletic, to be sure)strength, speed, size, and other physical abilities and the technology does not enhance their bodies.
The results of technology - atom bomb/radioactive spider/Weapon X experimentation - gave many heroes enhanced physical abilites: stonger, faster, smarter. But to go that far means almost every hero gets their ability from technology. If you're going to include Bane, you've also got to include Captain America - the Super Soldier serum is like a permanent version of Bane's serum.
I think we all knew that the question meant things that the heroes put on, wore, drove, wielded, etc. were their MAJOR power. Bane's power (his strength) comes from his own body - after he's juiced up.
Of course, you realize that had I gotten desperate enough to name Bane, I might be making an argument for the other side of this debate...
Anyway, thanks a ton guys! Looking forward to the rematch Dr Carlos Danger! So glad to finally have a legit arch-enemy...
Post by joepatrick on Jan 25, 2014 12:18:54 GMT -6
You're absolutely right. The intent of the question was to include characters that "put on, wore, drove, wielded, etc." something that served to empower otherwise normal individuals. Green Lantern's ring. Iron Man's armor. Shocker's vibro-gauntlets. The Grizzly's bear suit. And so on...
In hindsight, I should have made a distinction between Green Arrow (a yes because of trick arrows) and the Punisher (a no because he just uses guns). If Punisher counts, why not Commissioner Gordon? There has to be a line somewhere.
And I stand by the idea that Bane gets his abilities from drugs, not from technology. It's not the pump in his head that gives him his abilities - it's just a convenient delivery system. He could carry around a six-pack of Venom and achieve the same results.
Post by briandomingos on Jan 25, 2014 23:07:25 GMT -6
Punisher is a no but I think Bane is borderline. (He was on my list.) He had a specific administration system and Venom is a man-made serum. It's an enhancement.
Also: I fully expect - and this might be the whiskey and beer talking - a FULL investigation into Baum's ability to judge these contests in the future. I was duped and otherwise could have gone all night. (Also also: maybe next time we start on time? The East Coast is an hour ahead and I bailed because of the bogus play call and because it was after midnight.)