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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights we review the Jackbox Party Pack 3. You may recall our review of the first one, so listen to that for all the structural and general discussion of how these games work and why they're important. We're here tonight to review the games in the third one in detail. It's worth the price for Quiplash 2 alone. Tee K.O. is quite an experience, but requires more investment. Guesspionage is average. Fakin' It is a great idea poorly executed. Trivia Murder Party is as painful as it is awful. But overall, buy this even if just for the two great ones.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500
In the inaugural GeekNights Politics Club episode, with guests Andrew and the other Scott, we discuss Richard J. Evans' The Coming of the Third Reich.
" There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich , Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations."
This is part one, as we segue into contemporary politics in a part two that is forthcoming.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, for some reason, we do a versus trivia challenge. No, for real, that's what this show is. In pretty big news, Netflix now has an offline mode, and this is game changing in ways you may not realize, and Nintendo theme parks are coming.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0500
It's an interesting time to be buying a computer, and we're both on the verge of doing just that. Rym's rig is pretty close to Scott's, but we talk in depth about the what and why of our choices. In the news, OSX's handling of /etc/hosts is ludicrous, and ransomeware takes out SF's transit terminals.
The GeekNights Patreon is worth checking out! We'll be at MAGFest and PAX South very soon!
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. It's pretty great, despite the horror of its origin. In the news, the live action Ghost in the Shell and Your Name trailers are out! We had a great time at GaymerX East, and we'll see you at MAGFest and PAX South! Stay strong.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, it's a dark day for America, but we have to soldier on. We've somehow never talked about wallets, so that's reasonably distracting. Of course you know what the news is, but we also biked the New York Marathon route.
We'll be live at GaymerX on Sunday talking about writing game rules, and also live at MAGFest!
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Uwe Rosenberg's Patchwork. It's a cute, quick-to-learn two player game, in the realm of Morels or Lost Cities. Worth adding to your collection. In the news, I hope you voted, Blizzard makes serious moves into professionalizing esports, and all the Blizzard stuff happened simultaneous to all the Netrunner stuff and all the PAX Aus stuff: big week(end) for gaming news!
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review The Adventures of Ichabod, the second half of Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Scott GeekBites Miss Hokusai, Delicious in Dungeon is coming to the US, and the Deadpool director is the executive producer for a Sonic movie. Vote for Hillary Clinton if you live in the US.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, on our 11th anniversary show, we talk about the big DDOS that hit the US while Rym was in Sydney. In the non-spoopy news, the new Macbooks are underwhelming, and you can be hacked via your microphones and speakers. Don't use OpenDNS to get around DNS DDOSes, but do listen to our show from 2011 on DNS!
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble timepiece. Watches, wallclocks, pocket watches, alarm clocks, smart watches, car clocks: everything. In other news, we invented Uber, but for murder. Vine is dead.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we bring our initial thoughts on Civilization VI. In the news, Giant Multiplayer Robot is likely to be able to support Civ VI, Really Bad Chess is really great, and Nintendo Switch cometh (to Scott's interest and Rym's ambivalence). We'll be live at GaymerX East, and also at MAGFest! Check out the GeekNights Patreon, Rym's youtube channel, and Scott's youtube channel!
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Mob Psycho 100, which you can watch right now on the c-roll. In other news, Adventure Time is ending it's fantastic run, LeftField Media is launching a new anime con in NYC, Makoto Shinkai's new movie is doing really well so far, New York Comic Con is this weekend (and we aren't going anywhere near it), you can see Miss Hokusai in select theaters, and Anno's Godzilla is also in theaters. Also, the Mets are definitely going to win the World Series.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the disposal of old technology. Computers, phones, light bulbs, equipment, that old motherboard box you have full of the extra parts from the last computer you built: everything that you now have to get rid of. In the news, Scott reviews his iPhone 7, and the FCC wants to upgrade the new(ish) emergency alert system.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble road trip, wonder at its proper definition, and lament its destruction at the hands of money and smartphones, as well as its eventual return with the SELF DRIVING RV. In other news, a crazy train accident in New Jersey, get your flu shot, and avoid Tim Burton's company.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider some press your luck mechanics with the wonderful Deep Sea Adventure. It's a shared space treasure-hunting drowning simulator. In other news, Rym keeps playing Overwatch daily, Scott hates all that is good in the world, and the gold rush of pro sports buying esports teams begins.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about tech books. As in, the ones with animals on the cover. As a reference or as a teaching aid, they're not entirely obsolete. In other news, Netflix releases its Meridian test/reference footage under the Creative Commons, the Apple II gets an update, and some good camera stuff was announced at Photokina 2016! We also streamed the production of this episode live for some reason.
Support GeekNights on Patreon!
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about pizza in all its forms. You guys love the food episodes, so here you go. 100 years Rym and Scott and pizza. But before that, Luke Crane's Inheritance is on Kickstarter (and funded before we finished the show) and South Park is back!
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the fantastic Captain Sonar. We're back from PAX West, Rym's back from Utah, and we're ready to return to our regular schedule! The Omegathon Finale was a sequel to the last one, Apple Day both giveth Mario, and taketh away headphone jacks. Downtown Seattle does not have delivery pizza. Pokemon GO enables the lollipop farm even as the player base walks away.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the Leiji Matsumoto Queen Emeraldas manga. It's mostly about strangers giving guns to children. In the news, there's an Astroboy digital CCG that you should avoid, Steven Universe fans that you should avoid, and we learn why Mario was there at the Olympics instead of Pokemon. Also honey and meat, and the Prince Valiant storytelling game (which you should NOT avoid)!
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, interrupted as we were by meat courtesy of the Queens Dinner Club: Mothership Meat Company, we talk about the new Intel Kaby Lake architecture and what it means for HTPCs. Android 7 Nougat is coming, but not to the Nexus 5. The Adblock Wars intensify, though we will win in the end. Also pedal hydrofoils, new bikes, and new skis.
Come see us live at PAX West 2016 with The Grind! Support us on Patreon. Follow the GeekNights Book Club and the new GeekNights Political Salon. Watch our Atari Game Design PAX lecture, and Lunch with Scott!
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights we talk about umbrellas and comedy "genre" movies. Scott is an old man who cares a lot about garlic. July was the hottest July ever. Tmobile and Sprint have "unlimited" data plans that kind of suck. Naked Trump Statues allow the tightest shade ever thrown by a city official.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we dissect and discuss the fascinating story of how Warbits was made. Scott GeekBites Dubwars, and the time is ripe for video card buying. An instance of our Atari Game Design lecture from PAX East is on youtube!
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, Rym and Emily review Bojack Horseman. The critics are right, and this show is fantastic, if dark. It's definitely worth watching. The first season takes some episodes to hit its stride, season two is a perfect arc, and season three is a series of largely high-concept episodes.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about specialized input devices like drawing tablets and knobs. In other news, Sandy Hook's ferry has a weird problem, Delta's operations is crippled by bad IT, and Edward Snowden is not dead.
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we review and discuss (with spoilers, obviously), Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. We enjoyed it thoroughly, and had a lot to say. Gene-fueled science fiction dystopia, too-real commercialization of life itself, and a short read to boot, we had no choice but to make this - the first of the MaddAddam Trilogy) our GeekNights Book Club choice.
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about games Scott isn't playing (since it's not gaming season for him), some thoughts on building a new gaming PC (both HT and regular), and the fallout of a Google Wallet argument from MAGFest. Pac-Man CE2 is coming, which may get Scott to game again. All of Nintendo Power is online for your enjoyment (including the most important issue ever).
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Flying Witch (ふらいんぐうぃっち). It's light, pretty, generally enjoyable, and otherwise inoffensive. In the news, Billy Bat nears its conclusion, the Queen Emeraldas manga is coming out in (hardcover) English, the GUNDAM movies are online for free (for now), a Mouse Guard movie is in the works, and an SDCC staffer hijacks the "Women in Feminism" panel at SDCC.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the right to repair in a practical sense, and how there is no appetite to fix the problem. In the news, Rym got some christmas cheese, Zipcar is dead, Linux Kernel 4.7 is out I guess, Verizon bought most of what's left of Yahoo, and the EU is auditing Apache and Keepass security.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, since Rym didn't read Oryx and Crake yet (something came before), we talk about clothing and garments in the most general possible sense. It's some classic GeekNights right here. In the news, Nintendo is releasing a mini NES collection, and Birkenstock quits Amazon amidst a flood of bootleg products. If you follow the GeekNights Patreon, Rym is calling the cops on everyone parked in bike lanes.
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we make our triumphant (albeit coughing) return from running the panels department at ConnectiCon and catching the plague to talk about Pokemon Go!. Lots of updates to come as we ramp production back up, including on the GeekNights Patreon! In the news, Videoball is finally out, and Overwatch had a substantial update that generated a lot of heated discussion.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, while Summer Games Done Quick 2016 is ongoing, we talk about how we first discovered "speedruns" and the rapid growth of this community. In other news, Counterstrike streamers are laundering money to gamble on sham sites (that they own) through Steam, some people are a little too on-the-nose in their complaints about competitive mode in Overwatch, and Ubisoft doesn't appear to think women can be gamers.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the largely mediocre anime: The Lost Village (迷家-マヨイガ-). It would be great if it were actually a parody of shows like this, but it is unfortunately earnest. Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer comes. The New York Comic Con's professional badges are as scarce as the fan badges (and that's a good thing). Change your passwords.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we bring back our classic "How to Not Suck" series with How to Not Suck at Hosting Parties. In the news, VA-11 HALL-A is out, and you should probably play it even if you don't consider yourself a "gamer." The NHL (hockey, in case you are one of those types who "ignore" sports) expansion in to Las Vegas means that there's going to be an expansion draft. The Brexit has a decent chance of passing, but Scott refuses to talk about "things that don't matter" and gets pretty grumpy about it.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Today, we pick through an entertaining Reddit thread on strange strategies in tabletop games. Beyond that, the G2A game codes scandal is pretty awful, and matchmaking is an interesting problem in Overwatch.
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about talking at computers with the likes of Siri, Google Glass, Amazon Echo, etc... In the news, the legendary Robert Khoo steps down from Penny Arcade and Child's play. He will be missed, and we wish him a hearty GLHF with whatever he's up to after this. Apple has WWDC 2016, where they announced some things.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, Twitter plays GeekNights as we do a show about what we should do a show about, seeded with suggestions from the listener. In the news, a legend of a man, sorely needed in these times, passes away. We'll miss you, Muhammad Ali. AI is learning to play Atari games like a human child would. Old people have no idea what we're on about, but Hillary Clinton's campaign went a little Bulworthy.
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the grind in games. From grinding out levels to grinding out candy boxes, the good, bad, and outright evil. Videoball is finally coming out, and we're going to play the hell out of it. PAX West badges went on sale this morning, and were sold out within an hour or so (though it's unclear at what point the queue had people who weren't getting badges). That said, you should buy badges for PAX South: it's just as fun, way cheaper, and badges are still on sale!
Since you're probably salty about not getting badges, be sure to read Robert's comments on why it's such a hard problem to solve. Broadway (Hamilton in particular) is having the exact same problem, and there literally isn't a good solution.
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, Rym and Scott have watched a bunch of different anime, but not much of the same anime. So we talk about some Space Patrol Luluco, Lupin, Joker Game, Erased (which Emily and Rym both reviewed and did some final thoughts for on the Patreon), Kiznaiver, Sakamoto, and more. In the news, Captain America joins Hydra, and the NYCC is trying something with its badge sellout problem. I guess, and
Thu, 26 May 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, Jurassic Park. From the good movie, to the bad one, to the SNES game. Also some other Michael Crichton stuff. In the news, check out the NYPD vs FDNY brawl, and New York moves a bunch of low level crimes from criminal to civil court.
The GeekNights Patreon continues unabated!
Tue, 24 May 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, with two and .25 plays respectively, we review Fast Food Franchise and Food Chain Magnate. Scott laments a cookie thief, Civilization VI is coming just as we start to get really into Civ V, and the 2016 Spiel Des Jahres nominees are now known.
The GeekNights Patreon is going strong with Rym and Emily reviews, bonus shows, and more!
Mon, 02 May 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk in detail about the best reasonable PC one can buy in 2016. Based primarily on Rym's likely new rig, though cheaper cooling options might be employed in the end. Rym's back (mostly) from the flu, and we consider both Intel's potential backing away from the PC market and the data density changes over the years in Google Maps.
The GeekNights Patreon is going strong, and expect a bunch more videos in the nearing future!
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk a bit about ransomware. While you can be mostly safe from it just by having good backups, it's a problem that will only grow with time. In the news, Youtube introduces live streaming 360* video, and Alex St. John epitomizes everything wrong with the games and tech industries in a single loathsome bundle of human expression.
We're live at PAX East THIS WEEKEND! Commentary from the first remastered beta episode of GeekNights (a Patreon backer goal) is free for all! GeekNights Tshirts are on Amazon! Babymetal is performing in New York!
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review and discuss Miitomo. We could arguably have talked about it on basically any GeekNights night, but we chose Tuesday because while it is a social network, it is also a candy box. And, it was made by Nintendo. In other news, Rym is frightened and confused by Fast Food Franchise, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! has been reluctant to reveal its mysteries, and the worst people on Earth attack an indie game, while the zeitgeist of humanity attacks a random farm.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the awful, minimum-effort exercise in mediocrity that is the Phoenix Wright anime: Ace Attorney. It's not even worth watching one episode: it's just a 100% redo of the first game, with shoddy animation and annoying voice acting. In other news, anime clubs are (surprisingly) on the rise, and it's time to renew that Crunchyroll subscription.
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Scott's opinions of HFS+ and case-sensitivity. In other news, del.icio.us appears to finally be on the long grim road toward death, Scott has replaced it with Pinboard, the main danger of Augmented Reality Forks is poop-flavor hacking, and the AP no longer capitalizes Internet.
The GeekNights Patreon is so close to its first goal that Rym is going to publish (soon) the first ever episode of GeekNights: before the October 31 2005 official beginning!
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Wolfgang Kramer's fantastic 6 nimmt! If you need a versatile, quick-to-teach, quick-to-play intense game for 3-10 players, this is your jam. It's in the spirit of Nim (hence the name), but supports many players and does not break down so quickly.
In other news, Nintendo's much-awaited Miitomo is coming to the US in a few days. Rym and Scott are playing a LOT of Civilization V lately via Giant Multiplayer Robot. PAX East (where we are performing Sunday) will have an amazing Thursday tabletop dungeon. A prankster/security researched released a game on Steam without Valve knowing about it.
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Gravity Falls in full. It's a pretty solid cartoon. In the news, we will be doing five shows at Anime Boston this weekend. Escaflowne is getting a dub via pre-orders on Kickstarter. Sakamoto desu ga looks up our alley. Also we talk a bunch about bike rooms, bike laws, and bike thieves.
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, it's a tech news roundup. We mostly talk about Apple announcements. The rumors on the small iPhone and iPad pro were spot on, and Apple gives the FBI a hearty middle finger. Some people want to bring back supersonic commercial air travel. T-Mobile pushes the line on what flies under Net Neutrality. Rym continues his specs on a new PC and talks a bit about cooling the newer high end i7s. Scott discusses what turned out not to be fountains of blood. All this and more.
Our Patreon is not only in full swing, but very close to our first goal of releasing (with commentary) all the pre-October 2005 "beta" episodes we did for our friends! Most recently, Rym and Emily reviewed Zootopia. We'll be live at Anime Boston and Zenkaikon the next two weekends! This will likely be our last Anime Boston, so if you really want us to return after 2016, let them know.
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we use preppers as an excuse to talk about that, but also dentistry, the Supreme Court shenanigans, fake panels with free videocards, and some other stuff. Two of our panels (scary games and game rules) from PAX South are on youtube! And we'll be live at Anime Boston, Zenkaikon, and PAX East!The GeekNights Patreon has Rym and Emily reviews, bonus content, and more!
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we cover a wide variety of gaming news. Xbox games will have cross-platform play with the PS4, Blizzard has patched Diablo II and Warcraft 3. All the legal positions of Go were calculated a few months ago, and now AI is playing better than the best humans. Twitch is courting game developers to integrate more tightly with streaming, and also launches a cooking stream. Playstation VR expands the consumer VR space.
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast. As with almost every anime movie we review, it's definitely worth seeing. Zootopia is fantastic, and Azumanga Daioh is on Hulu. Stay tuned for us live at Anime Boston, Zenkaikon, and PAX East!
Mon, 07 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the issues around Apple's stand against the FBI, the dangers of crypto backdoors, etc... In the news, the machine learning revolution continues by mining social media to source food poisoning outbreaks more effectively than traditional inspections. This breakthrough joins the final end of human input into the game of Go, one of many advances in what appears to be an accelerating field. Google technically complies (the best kind of compliance) with Europe's ridiculous data censorship rules.
One of our newest lectures - Designing Game Rules - is finally on youtube!
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we review
Peter Prinz's Thebes, an updated version of Jenseits von Theben. Thematically, it's Indiana Jones: the game. Mechanically, it implements that theme to a startling degree. Dig deep. In other news, Street Fighter 5 sort of came out, and the weebs are ridiculously butter about the Fire Emblem Fates translation and localization.
The GeekNights Patreon is going strong, and Rym + Emily reviews are coming your way! We're presenting Atari Game Design at PAX East on Sunday!
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights we review Makoto Yukimura's PLANETES. It's slice of life space garbage men. Some of the character of Patlabor with the sensibility of Space Brothers. In the news, Katsucon's hotel damage made the rounds in the media, but the real story you should read is that of RainFurrest. You can see their (too little, too late) letter to their attendees, posted before they fully lost the venue. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOUUUUU!. (Except, probably, for the diapers). Smut Peddler's Monster Boyfriend Anthology features, among many other big names, the creative talent behind Oglaf (NSFW). A how to draw like Ryoichi Ikegami book exists.
The GeekNights Patreon has exclusive content, and is very close to its first goal!
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we dive into HELL with Helldivers. But first, our GMR game of Civ V continues with a discussion of Scott's economy, you can't sell games for $6.66, the Make War Not Love 3 bundle is $0.00, Hustle Cat is on Greenlight, your controller might not work with Street Fighter V, and we're going to be LIVE AT MAGFEST!
Also check out the GeekNights Patreon: the first Utena video has been released!
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider all of the anime we watched a non-trivial number of episodes of before just... stopping. As we plan to do with Attack on Titan whenever it starts up again. From .hack to Naruto, Kaze no Yojimbo to Ergo Proxy. It's one thing to drop a show after one episode, but after 10? 20? What drives someone to just drop a show midway?
In other news, The Boy and the Beast is premiering in the US, the New York International Children's Film Festival has an amazing animation lineup this year, Over the Garden Wall is amazing, Katsucon this weekend has one of the worst panel policies of all fan conventions, and we'll be performing at MAGFest next weekend!
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider why Twitter is so dead set on ruining itself to make money in all the wrong ways. In the news, Rym finally bought a phone (The z5c US Edition), and also an expensive knob. Scott is looking for a good solution to the pain of an aging shell. Facebook shuts down Parse. The dangers of IaaS. Machine learning is getting scarily powerful.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:00:00 -0500
STAR WARS has returned, and we have things to say. From the cinematic homage to Poe's thirst, we review Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens tonight on GeekNights. You may recall our ancient Star Wars episode as well. In STAR WARS news, STAR WARS: Rebellion awakens from Fantasy Flight, and STAR WARS: Episode VIII is delayed (not that many people realized) to Christmas 2017.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, much as we did with the ongoing Adventure Time series, we review the many episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that have come out since our original 2011 review of the show. It's still good (not as good as the comics, but still good), and we're still into it. In the news, Netflix puts anime in its correct non-anime categories, Lupin III continues to be most excellent of late, culminating in The Italian Game, and Pokemon celebrates its 20th anniversary with some off-the-hook stuff.
Check out our Patreon!
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the recent (likely boosted fission) nuclear test by North Korea, we talk about the mechanics, science, and engineering around nuclear weapons. In the news, there are solid rumors of a small iPhone 6c or 7c, the loss of TRS jacks from the iPhone 7 seems all but certain, and your Nvidia video card is keeping your incognito tabs around.
The GeekNights Patreon is live! But you shouldn't give us money!
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, returning from holidays, weddings, vacations, parties, Utena episode preproduction, and early spring, we talk about all the games we've been playing lately. Fantasy Football (Wonderbolts just won the Superbowl), Towerfall, Risk of Rain, Mottainai, Rocket League (online and at a LAN party), Civ V against humans, and more. The Burning Wheel Codex cometh. Netrunner's rules have changed significantly. The PS4 has some strange failings when attempting to do local multiplayer. We'll be live at PAX South with three panels!
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we review (and disagree on) Towerfall. But first, the $85 Ghostbusters tabletop game is as bad as expected, though reviews are oddly kind to it despite the ugly truth as you scroll down, and Asmodee consolidates its North American operations, cutting low tier and undifferentiated online retailers out of the loop.
Don't forget to come see us live at PAX South!
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ) having last night seen it again thanks to the IFC. It is a subtle and wonderful movie, and you do yourself a disservice to have not seen it. We also attempt to rank ALL of the Ghibli movies. In other news, FUNimation is inexplicably launching a cable anime network, and Fakku is kickstarting a release of Maeda's Urotsukidoji manga in English.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Yahoo has declared QA dead. Tonight on GeekNights, we have some thoughts. Unit tests and test driven development are valid ideas, but they are often misused. In the news, basically all drones in the US must now be registered, American NIMBYs think solar panels steal sunlight from crops and scare young people away, MIT unleashes Vuvuzela for deniable communication, Google bans Symantec root certificates due to their egregious betrayal of trust (possibly related to US government snooping), Gigster has a horrible business model, and Philips adds DRM lockouts to its lightbulb firmware (proving that we are nigh on cyberpunk dystopia).
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about all the different jobs we've each had over the years. Do-nothing jobs, fake jobs, shady jobs: every job. In other news, we're going to go see The Hateful Eight in the correct format, our string of train stories continues, and "hoverboards" are bad news.
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, review Starwhal and Res Publica. The former is a great local multiplayer orthogame. The latter is a novel use of information economy in games. Youtube stars have their own dialect. You can help design Dreidel 2.0. Our Patreon grows ever nearer to the first milestone. We are on at least two panels at PAX South 2016!
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki is described as a "slice of life suspense science fiction seinen manga series" on Wikipedia. It is fantastic, and you'll understand it's full power within 30 pages give or take. In the news, the great Shigeru Mizuki, known primarily in the US for Kitaro, has passed away at 93. The Anime News Network 2015 Megapoll is underway (I suggest you vote for Yurikuma and One Punch Man). Build-a-bear moves into Pikachu territory.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, in light of the most recent rumor of Apple dropping the old TRS 1/8" headphone jack (the pursuit of which being not without precedent), we talk about headphone jacks (or phone jacks), the importance and history of analog signalling on the universally adopted TRS/TRRS/TRRRS/TRRetc... standards, and the nuances of where to place the smart parts of your devices.our Patreon, and be sure to listen to the show after the credits. I'll be waiting in... Rym's corner.
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the high level difficulties of matchmaking in multiplayer games, and why it's so important. We've covered this in panels before, but never done a show on it, and now we're suffering mightily in Rocket League. In other news, Natural Selection 2 is queuing some big changes, Rym extols the virtues of Undertale, and Civ V continues to be the most dangerous "one more turn" game in the world as we play against humans
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Descender (Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen) is a comic that you should all read, and is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Part Alien, part Astroboy, part Aliens, part Ghost in the Shell, part Prometheus, part Independence Day, this beautiful fast-paced action sci fi comic is some A+ sequential art so far. Lemire has a golden touch, as we've been a fan since Essex County back in 2007. Sony already optioned the movie rights.
In other news, PAX East badges/hotels went live and sold out today (but you can still go to PAX South), all the collected works of Miyazaki are available on boo ray, and Adventure Time continues to be excellent with The Stakes.
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
We don't follow tech news like we used to. The return-on-investment is for most things less than it used to be, and tonight on GeekNights we talk about why. In other news, Apple won't converge the iPad and Macbook, Mozilla removes a useless feature from Firefox, police body cameras come pre-packaged with vintage malware, and Scott reviews the iPad Pro.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, the Patrons make us dance, and we talk about, by popular demand, Thanksgiving and French Fries. Dude made a sweet castle, but has to tear it down. Rym's playing a long form GMR game of Civ V. We're still reading the Wheel of Time, and now we know what the deal is with Balefire.
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Game rules are the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Tabletop games have rulebooks, videogames have their code, tutorials, and MEGAMAN MEGAMAN, and they're often a deeply neglected part of game design and game play. In the news, the 20-sided store Netrunner returns, this past weekend was a gamefest between Extralife marathons, the Fantasy Flight 2015 World Championships, and Blizzcon (including the Hearthstone championships), and Fallout 4 is out (and we'll buy it when the GOTY edition comes out with all the DLC).
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we probably anger a lot of people talking about how anime-specific fandom is no longer usefully distinguished from general animation fandom and it's really only Americans who flip out so much about it. This is in light of anime just being available on Hulu now, Netflix making its own anime, and AkibaExpo being a disaster that fell apart before our very eyes.
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss how not to drop your phone. Too many of you drop your phones. And the phones break. Stop it. Take care of your phones. Other technology too. But mostly your phones. In other news, no one in Turkey knows what time it is, and you probably didn't know that Java has its own time zone stuff. Many countries don't manage their time well. Anonymous might be doxing a bunch of KKK members, raising the wider concerns surrounding the idea that ostensibly public information that was once obscured by poor technology is now easily found and disseminated. Also Rym and Emily were at Disney!
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we have Josephine Fu, Game Producer at Date Nighto, here to talk about their latest project - Hustle Cat - and what it's like to work for a small game studio. We also return to our old "Profiles in Geek" shtick with a deep interview on her anime preferences, hobbies, and all that fun stuff. Hustle Cat is on Kickstarter, and has just ONE WEEK left to go!
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the mobile game Subterfuge, which we've been playing in the forum. It's like Diplomacy, and is real-time over a week or three. In other news, gomergate nonsense reminded us why we'd never attend SXSW, and Scott's been playing Sublevel Zero, a Descent-like Rougelike.
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Don't share your password. Ever. With anyone. Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about why. We also talk about the most complex haunted house "plot" we've ever seen, why you can't run an email server anymore, and how Lenovo (who you should never trust ever) made a table-computer competitor.
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Halloween (we skip talking about apples because we've talked about apples before). In the news, Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Company, and we're still reading the Wheel of Time books. We're also coming up on the 10th anniversary of GeekNights!
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Scott watched Colorful. Rym watched Rick and Morty. On GeekNights tonight, we bring you reviews of both. Rym has restored the copyright-blocked GeekNights Presents: Utena episodes. Yowamushi Pedal gets a third season! Hulu is now the go-to source of anime now that there is an ad-free tier. (We can finally give those Slayers DVDs back). Manglobe is bankrupt. Cats are hustling.
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Peeple was going to be a service where you... reviewed people. It came and went before it was born, generated unfathomable outrage, and is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Mark my words: there will be dozens of services like peeple would have been in the nearing future, and you can not prevent them from existing. In the news, Volkswagen committed egregious crimes, and what they did is likely no less than a massive and widespread corporate conspiracy. Adobe updated and consolidated several of their phone apps. Also, Rym almost died in the Australian bush.
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on GeekNights we review a nice board game Fresh Fish by Friedemann Friese. We also talk about a bunch of other games we played at PAX Prime 2015 such as Tumblin' Dice, Viticulture, and Elysium.
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club we discuss the first book in Robert Jordan's famous epic fantasy series "The Wheel of Time" entitled "The Eye of the World." There is no news in this episode since we pushed it out in a hurry before Rym went on a business trip.
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Rocket League is our game of choice, and is a rising/risen star of eSports already. It is also the topic of GeekNights tonight. Niantic, the people who made Ingress (the first modern ongoing AR game), are making Pokemon GO, possibly bringing ruin to the world, and definitely replacing all other candy boxes.
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:00:00 -0400
One Punch Man - the anime TV series - is about to air. We here on GeekNights have watched one episode (poorly subtitled and badly bootlegged) to confirm that it is everything you could ever have hoped it to be. Descender (Jeff Lemire) is out, as it the latest Saga trade. Rym and Emily are deeply into the surprisingly human Bojack Horseman. Tons of old Streamline dubs of 90s OAVs like 8 Man After are just hanging out on youtube.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Cookies are delicious, and they are the topic of tonight's GeekNights. We also talk about our NASes. The Ashley Madison hack raises many complex issues, which are being discussed in the GeekNights forum. Athletes are paid a lot, but are they overpaid? (This will be covered in depth in one of our PAX Panels - Sports are Games).
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. It's one of the more important games ever made, and you would do yourself a favor by trying it if you've never played. The PAX Prime 2015 Schedule is live, including two panels with us! Fig, purporting to be Kickstarter for equity, launches with some smart people working for them. If they succeed, this will be a gamechanger. Literally. We also had a powerful game of Tigris & Euphrates, which remains to this day our favorite tabletop orthogame.
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0400HTTP Proxies can be used for good or evil, and are generally a good thing to know about. Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the high level of what they are, where they're used, and how you can mess with your friends with them. Google has restructured under Alphabet, likely as a giant middle finger to ridiculous European regulation. The rapid rise of cord cutting and ad blocking accelerates with possible devastating (and deserved) consequences. Scotland hilariously bans "genetically modified crops." Linux servers make too little entropy, which itself is ever more crucial to secure operations. North Korea targets Rym with its new time zone. We've also upgraded the GeekNights production systems to Windows 10 with basically no problems.Don't forget to come see us at PAX Prime and CHIFOO! [...]
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0400
It's the GeekNights Lightning Round! Tonight, rather than a single topic, we tackle several in a row with a one-minute time limit!
Don't forget to come see us live at PAX Prime 2015!
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Conrad Kreyling, founder of Date Nighto who once saw a ghost, joins us to talk about the mad odyssey of founding a game studio, making visual novels, and life in general. Starfighter, Hustle Cat, and now more newly announced titles! SDGQ 2015 is over, with an epic Chrono Trigger finale. Battle for Wesnoth (which we've discussed on GeekNights before) desperately needs developers. Scoville is pretty good.
Join us at PAX Prime 2015, where Jo (also from Date Nighto), three other smart people, and us are going to talk about games!
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Vampire Hunter D (1985), the OAV that was Rym's first anime, and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the fantastic manga, are the topics of tonight's GeekNights. Otakon 2015's attendance dropped substantially, and we speculate on what this means in light of near across-the-board drops for many other anime/fan conventions, nonetheless contrasted by growth in other cons like Anime Boston 2015.
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0400When services disappear, they often disrupt. Tonight on GeekNights, we consider dead, dying, end-of-life, deprecated, and dilapidated services in light of Google blocking access to their unsupported auto-complete API and Nintendo dropping their Nintendo TVii service (if anyone even knew it existed). Windows 10 day is tomorrow (we're upgrading all of our devices). You should buy an SSD if you don't already run the OS on one, upgrade, then use the new install media to re-install on the SSD. Trust us. Windows 10 Home will force Windows Updates. This is a good thing. Oleogustus joins sweet, savory, sour, bitter, and umami as a fundamental tongue taste. Pentaquarks were observed in LHC experiments. Some people are failure canaries.Come see us live at PAX Prime 2015! We'll be there in style! [...]
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Belts are the fascinating topic of tonight's GeekNights. Lately we wear these things. But first, you would do well to share your salaries with your friends. You will never escape ads, which are largely fraudulent, and may not even be morally justifiable.
Don't forget to come see a bunch of smart people (and also us) at the Primest of PAXes.
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0400
The Jackbox Party Pack is what impressed us enough to talk about it tonight on GeekNights. It fulfills the promise that Nintendo has so long ignored, and works surprisingly well using smartphones as 8-player game controllers. Shenmue III is actually happening thanks to a 6MM Kickstarter, and we expect to to be just like I and II. (It was a different time in those Dreamcast days). Professional Counter-Strike players flat-out admit to using performance enhancing drugs, and equipment failure issues at the EVO 2015 Street Fighter IV championship show the slow but steady progress of professional esport evolution.
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Lost Cities somehow escaped our baleful gaze, so tonight on GeekNights, we review Reiner Knizia's Lost Cities. It's a fantastic two-player game. In other news, if you look older, you probably are (effectively) older. Cold Express wins the Spiel des Jahres 2015, Twitch Plays Pokemon has a sad successor, and the button is no more. We will be live at ConnectiCon 2015!
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Rym is considering buying a new PC to replace his i7-920 from 2009. Despite even a ridiculous spec being pretty reasonable, it's worth it to hold out until fall for skylake. Thunderbolt 3.0 will use USB-C connectors, bringing a grand cable unification. So get used to this guy. Scott brings us a review of the Livewedge video streaming device.
Don't forget to come to ConnectiCon if you live anywhere on the Northeast Coast: it's an amazing con, and there isn't much else like it.
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0400Furniture is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. But first, Rym explains why there wasn't an episode on Tuesday (but happily, it will rise from the dead thanks in large part to @tresi), and Apple has thrown the baby out with the bathwater banning ALL instances of the rebel traitor flag in the App Store, including historical, cultural, and other entirely benign uses (e.g., a Civil War simulation game). We also talk about doctors and the hypochondrium, but hopefully neither one of us is dying.Check out our video of Bad Games from PAX South, as well as snippets from it on Go, MOBAs, and Racewalking! [...]
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0400
After talking at length about Wil Wheaton violating his own rule in the botched run of Tabletop, we discuss the new games in the Wolfenstein series, following our friend William "B.J." Blazkowicz through Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. This was very nearly a lost episode of GeekNights, so the quality isn't up to the par of our 10-years 1,100ish episode run to date. But it's not lost. It's UN-lost.
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0400
Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!) (俺物語!!) is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. It's a fun show that breaks from the typical path for this sort of thing. Parts of it remind us of Here is Greenwood. Definitely a show to finish. Based on the manga by Kazune Kawahara. In other news, it's the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli! Anime Next is moving to Atlantic City for 2016! Beach con! The CBLDF still matters, as this adult women is deeply afraid of assigned comic reading in here college English classes.