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GeekNights with Rym + Scott



Geeknights with Rym and Scott is a late night show for geeks, featuring anime, comics, gaming, sci/tech, gadgetry, manga, videogames, and general geekery. New episodes every weeknight Monday through Thursday.



Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0400

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GeekNights 20170726 - Netflix Castlevania

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the 2017 Netflix Castlevania animated series. In the news, after Rym buys some new sandals, Ready Player One is...., Karen Berger launches a line of comics, United made up some nonsense around SDCC, and Castlevania Producer Adi Shankar gave an interesting interview.

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GeekNights 20170724 - Passwords

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of updated NIST guidelines for password best practices, we talk about the current state of passwords in 2017. Sure, 2-factor is important and so forth, but what about the passwords themselves? Are you using passphrases instead?

In the news, big names are backing the royalty-free AV1 codec, Pokemon GO Fest was a technological disaster (just as much as it was an event planning disaster), MS Paint is dead, Snopes might be in trouble, but it's not clear what that trouble is, an evil VC-funded firm is undermining open source projects, and the next GeekNights Book Club book after Dune is The Fifth Season!

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GeekNights 20170720 - Frank Herbert's Dune

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we discuss Frank Herbert's classic Dune. Love it or hate it, it is a formative part of the wider world of speculative fiction, and its influences are vast. In finally reading it, we have a greater understanding of its place in modern literature.

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GeekNights 20170718 - How We Review Tabletop Games

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, having re-listened to many of our tabletop reviews from the last 12 years, we discuss our methodology for reviewing tabletop games. Elegance, fun economy, and rules consistency are the main factors, but there's some nuance.

In the news, PAX South badges/hotels are live, we're presenting a new panel on quitting at PAX West, TumbleSeed was too hard to make money, Kingdomino wins the Spiel des Jahres, the professionalization of esports continues with big sports names buying Overwatch League franchises, and MLB may be taking trademark action over the logo.

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GeekNights 20170712 - Eccentric Family

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Eccentric Family. It is easily one of the best anime in recent memory. In the news, Crunchyroll wants to bankroll its own anime, and we are back from ConnectiCon! Our GeekNights Book Club episode on Dune will be next Thursday, and our next con is PAX West!

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GeekNights 20170622 - The Predicament

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, after talking about the color of pee, a terrifying photograph, nuclear material safety issues, the Demon Core, the troubles with Star Wars: Han Solo, and how you need to call your senators if you live in a state with a Republican senator in the US so people don't literally die.

Come by the Game Devs of Color Expo on Saturday, and ConnectiCon in a couple weeks!

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GeekNights 20170620 - Race for the Galaxy

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the widely played and well liked Race for the Galaxy! It shares many concepts and design patterns with the classic Puerto Rico. In the news, E3 happened, there are one and a half new Metroid games coming, Nidhogg 2 terrifies us, Blizzard has a two-year exclusivity deal with Twitch, SSDs can burst into flame, Overwatch rankings rankled many players, and Geek Chic kicked the bucket.

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GeekNights 20170614 - Anime News Roundup Summer 2017

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about a BUNCH of anime and manga news. Revolutionary Girl Utena is getting a new manga chapter, we are restarting GeekNights Presents Utena in July, Otaku culture in Japan is evolving, both Pluto and Patlabor are getting new anime, Pikotarō (of PPAP fame) is getting an anime, Anime Expo is bumming around for free translator labor, The Project A-Ko sequels are licensed yet again, Irresponsible Captain Tylor is getting a new anime series (and there are legitimate worries about its quality), and Kemono Friends is going nuts.

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GeekNights 20170612 - So you deleted the prod database

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the new employee who accidentally trashed the company's (not backed up) production database, and how it is literally 100% not his fault. Separation of duties my friend. In the news, we might be coming up on the Age of Nvidia, and vaping may be just as bad as smoking.

We have a ton of our tabletop reviews up on youtube now!

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GeekNights 20170608 - Barbecue

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we salivate throughout the entire show as we talk about Barbecue, particularly US barbecue (which often actually just refers to grilling). In the news, you already missed the PAX West badges, a 99 million year old bird was found in some amber, the U.K. election may have shifted toward reasonable government, and travel sites are at war with hotel revenues.

We have a ton of our tabletop reviews up on youtube now!

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GeekNights 20170606 - Game Controllers

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we go on and on about console (and to a lesser extent PC) game controllers, mostly of the gamepad variety. From the perfect expression of the pre-analog-stick era to an elegant weapon for a civilized age, we amble in the vicinity of a coherent point. In the news, PAX West badges will be SOON, PAX Unplugged badges are ALREADY, and a PAX-a-like is spotted in the wild. Scott will be streaming the new Battletech beta, and Steam Greenlight has ceased to be.

We have a ton of our tabletop reviews up on youtube now!

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GeekNights 20170525 - Amusement Parks

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk in an ultra generic sense about amusement parks! In the news, the Alamo in San Antonio is a terrible tourist trap, Westworld is pretty good, and Ayumi Hamasaki's hearing takes a tragic turn for the worse.

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GeekNights 20170523 - TumbleSeed

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the utterly unique TumbleSeed, a cross between a roguelike and Taito's Ice Cold Beer. In the news, the Race for the Galaxy app is ace, Blizzard really booched a major Hearthstone tournament, a cheating scandal in the world of speedrunning, Niantic shadowbanning Pokemon GO "cheaters," and two listener questions around rules to games.

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GeekNights 20170509 - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Tue, 09 May 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we confirm that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is legit. In other news, TumbleSeed is really hard, Uniqlo's Nintendo shirts are off the hook, and esports journalism has a long way to go...

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GeekNights 20170503 - Dissolving Classroom and Wrecked Hearts

Wed, 03 May 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights we review two great short comics: Junji Ito's Dissolving Classroom and Mathilde Kitteh / Luca Oliveri's Wrecked Hearts. One is Japanese body horror, and the other is dark scifi shoujo. In the news, the core of anime torrents has died, the 2D Breath of the Wild is (obviously) taken down, Ghibli movies are in theaters, and all of Utena is free legally on youtube.

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GeekNights 20170501 - DRM

Mon, 01 May 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we shockingly have never talked about DRM (Digital Rights Management) despite it being one of the primary things we were mad about between 1992 and 2002. The landscape is a little different these days, but Encrypted Media Extensions make it once again complicated and potentially dangerous. In the news, Amazon now offers digital subscription sales, a Tinder photo dataset raises all sorts of hell, and Turkey has banned access to the most important resource on the Internet.

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GeekNights 20170425 - The Grizzled

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the beautiful and unique co-op board game The Grizzled. It's deeply thematic, expresses the horror and camaraderie of war, and isn't about winning war: just surviving it. In the news, the Stanley Cup playoffs continue, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes unlocked, G2A did an ill-advised panel, Fig funds a spiritual successor to the original X-Com franchise, and Super Bomberman R drops resolution to increase framerate.

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GeekNights 20170419 - Your Name

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the fantastic, must-see Your Name (君の名は。), Makoto Shinkai's greatest work to date and one of the biggest anime movies ever made. In the news, Kemono Friends is shockingly popular, selling out its popup store, and Toho is having a fantastic year in no small part due to Your Name.

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GeekNights 20170417 - PC Cooling

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the current state of PC cooling and a little bit of the history around it. It's a golden age, and the consumer market has got your back. In the news, Nvidia releases beta Pascal GPU drivers for hackintoshes, and cops are using GPS darts to avoid dangerous high speed chases.

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GeekNights 20170413 - Chocolate

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, it's Thursday (the lounge), where we talk about anything. And thus, tonight, we talk about chocolate. In the news, Star Wars Celebration is happening, Fujifilm's Instax Square cameras are coming, senators put forth a great bill in response to United being a horrible airline, but the GOP has been anti-airline-passenger for basically ever, and Canada is legalizing marijuana. Also, kilotons aren't tons. They're 1000 tons.

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GeekNights 20170411 - Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, bringing to fruition many of the core ideas Miyamoto envisioned when Zelda 1 was being designed. We could talk forever about this game, so we stick to a core review (TL;DL: buy it). We'll be talking more about this game in the future. In the news, Mad Catz shuts down, grenade bugs plague competitive Counter-Strike, and GeekNights will be Live at Zenkaikon!

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GeekNights 20170405 - Lookouts

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Lookouts, which had its origins in Penny Arcade itself. In the news, we hit up the MoCCA Arts Festival 2017, the Ghost in the Shell live action movie was the failure we all expected, and Freeform has ordered a new show that may involve Squirrel Girl.

You can expect to see GeekNights at Zenkaikon, ConnectiCon, PAX West, PAX Australia, and PAX Unplugged! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

We've covered MoCCA much more deeply in the past: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, etc...

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GeekNights 20170403 - Build vs Buy

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the problem of "Not Invented Here" and how to decide if you should build or buy. In the news, RAM is getting faster, Optane blurs the line, and Firefox drops support for ALSA. GeekNights will be live at Zenkaikon!

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GeekNights 20170330 - Indoor Domestic Lighting

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, it's one hell of a cop-out as we talk about indoor lighting. It's just too dark in our apartments. In the news, beware the day of no news, don't drop things in space, and it's always sunny in Philadelphia.

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GeekNights 20170328 - America: A Party Game Where Close Counts

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, defying all expectations of our taste in games, we review a trivia game called America, itself a reimplementation of Friedemann Friese's Fauna. It's mechanically fantastic, and got way more table time than you'd expect at PAX. In the news, Rym is playing Counter-Strike again, but they changed the gun sounds and also changed the gun sounds. StarCraft is coming back remastered and also free.

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GeekNights 20170322 - Plutona

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Plutona, a short comic about superheros and reminscient of Stand By Me from Jeff Lemire (story) and Emi Lenox (art). We save spoilers until the end of the show. In the news, Scott saw Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Cartoon Saloon is likely to continue to bat 1000 with Wolfwalkers, and Free is getting compilation movies.

We'll be live at ConnectiCon and Zenkaikon! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

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GeekNights 20170316 - Beds

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about beds (of which we ain't afraid). Not sleep: that's a topic for another time. Beds only. And Rym's amazing pillow. Also, laundry fires, ADA issues with UC Berkeley's public course material, a CC response to this, Rym's old Advance Wars test streams, and the Matrix reboot.

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GeekNights 20170306 - Tech News Roundup: March 2017

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, it's a tech news roundup for March 2017! Cloudbleed caused a severe security breach for anyone using CloudFlare. The Internet of Things is rife in backdoors and poor security as always. CRTs are dying the true death, yet their corpses remain. There is a bill to legalize active countermeasures to cyber attacks. The FCC doing too little too late to prevent phone numbers from being entirely useless thanks to robocalls. Uber greyballed regulators to hide its shady and illegal practices. Amazon had a major outage that you probably encountered. The FBI dropped a child pornography case rather than reveal the Tor exploit it used to the court.

We are live at PAX East 2017 on Friday! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

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GeekNights 20170228 - The Princes of Florence

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights we review the old Alea Big Box game The Princes of Florence. In the news, after we talk about xenon lightbulbs, River City Ransom: Underground has finally come out and a member of the Swedish parliament is livestreaming Hearthstone (itself seeing big changes).

We'll be live at PAX East, Rym is in London the rest of this week, the GeekNights Patreon continues, and we're trying to get all of our tabletop reviews on youtube!

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GeekNights 20170222 - Dragon Maid

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the simple but charming Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid anime. In some news, a bunch of excellent Gundam is up on Hulu, and Adventure Time Islands is the prelude to the end.

We're also putting all our board game reviews from the last 12 years of GeekNights on youtube: spread the word! And we'll be live at PAX East!

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GeekNights 20170216 - Lunch

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, it's Thursday, so we test out some livestreaming with a show about... lunch? Yes, about lunch. Literally. In the news, we did a show in 2010 called A Bunch of Dwarves, The Great Wall is probably awful, and someone got their Nintendo Switch early.

Keep an eye on Rym's Youtube and Scott's Youtube, and support GeekNights on Patreon! See us live at PAX East with Play (Dirty) to Win!

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GeekNights 20170214 - Raptor

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the lovely little two player asymmetric Raptor. It's clever. In the news, Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have DLC, PewDiePie is as bad as you assumed he was, and Rym is obsessed with Overwatch's CTF arcade mode.

Keep an eye on Rym's Youtube and Scott's Youtube, and support GeekNights on Patreon! See us live at PAX East with Play (Dirty) to Win!

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GeekNights 20170202 - Star Wars: Rogue One

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, now that we can assume everyone has seen it, we talk about Rogue One. It's a Star Wars Story. Easily the fourth best Star Wars movie. In the news, the Superb Owl LI is coming, the hybrid icing rule change was a great idea, and you should call the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs to oppose Steve Bannon's role in the National Security Council. In a short span, NYC Taxis, NYC Bodegas, and Comcast employees have all struck, with the looming and hopeful potential of an anti-Trump General Strike.

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GeekNights 20170131 - Potion Explosion

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Potion Explosion. It's from 2015, it has an excellent conceit, but it really only shines as a kids/family game. It even has an expansion. We're back from PAX South, which is a full and proper PAX! Air Hockey was finally the Omegathon Finale! PAX Unplugged becomes the fifth PAX in PA, though it's the same weekend as the anime con to save anime cons (Anime NYC): we may have to split our efforts between them.

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GeekNights 20170125 - Sailor Moon S Movie

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the Sailor Moon S movie. Specifically, we review the dub. Cats apparently can't fall in love. Except when they fall in love. But then they give up on love and settle. In the news, the Dragon Half manga is coming to America, the new Little Witch Academia is a (great) reboot of the original, and Yowamushi Pedal has a new season.

We are on our way to PAX South right now to give a panel on Friday about Grind Mechanics in Games! See you there! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

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GeekNights 20170119 - Book Club: Rebecca

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we discuss Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. A classic, and the basis for the well regarded Hitchcock movie, we enjoyed it, and you should too.

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GeekNights 20170117 - Fuji Flush and Foppen

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review two Friedemann Friese games we played at MAGFest: Fuji Flush and Foppen. Fun fact: Fuji Flush fixes Doppelt und Dreifach! MAGFest was great, as always! In the news, Nintendo Switch comes, AGDQ came, AGDQ's (correct) banning of Trump Hat Guy, boot disks return with Windows Game Mode, and the most toxic League of Legends player in the world.

We'll be live at PAX South on Friday afternoon with Grind Mechanics in Games!

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GeekNights 20170103 - Overcooked

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Overcooked. 4-player local multiplayer done right, it's definitely worth owning. We'll be playing it in our room at MAGFest, which is THIS WEEK. In other news, Frog Fractions 2 appeared (you should play Frog Fractions 1 if you haven't already) in glorious form, and Owlboy is sadly mediocre.

The 11-year-running GeekNights forum is entering stasis, replaced by the new GeekNights Community: join us in a glorious tower of ivory.

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GeekNights 20161222 - Christmas Holidays

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, it's not a Christmas special, but we do talk about Christmas. And Shazaam. Christmas movies, Christmas music, stories, anecdotes, everything. In the news, Running Man is ending amid ridiculous drama, and Rym reviews, on a high level, both his new skis and the advice we always give on when to upgrade your stuff.

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GeekNights 20161220 - Doom (2016)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Doom (2016). It's a worthy successor to the Doom legacy, though it has a touch of Half Life 2 and never really backs you into a corner the way its ancestors did. It's basically MAP08: Tricks and Traps from Doom 2. In other news, Super Mario Run is out, with half the world saying it's great and half the world flipping out that it costs money.

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GeekNights 20161214 - Moana

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, Rym and Emily review Disney's Moana. It's, in a word, fantastic, and we recommend you see it in theaters in 3D while you still can. If you enjoy Rymily Reviews, there are plenty more in the GeekNights Patreon! Stay tuned for the upcoming Rym and Scott Christmas Special.

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GeekNights 20161212 - Instant Messaging in 2016

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we cover a topic that we covered first in 2006: Instant Messaging. The decade that has passed brought great change, and not all for the better. Smartphones entirely altered the landscape of messaging technology, federation died before it ever truly lived, and the world of IM is a fractured mess. Join us for a look at IM 10 years later: we're curious to see how our concerns compare to those of a decade ago.

In the news, Pebble is dead, the smartwatch industry is largely moribund, and malware is fiendishly clever.

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GeekNights 20161208 - Concerns of the Bathroom

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:00:00 -0500

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the concerns of the bathroom. I'm not even joking. In the news, Made is coming (finally) before Big Bang joins the army, United is going to charge coach flyers for using the overhead bin, and we'll be live at PAX South on Friday!

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Or even buy a Tshirt! The Book Club book is Rebecca. Rebecca!

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GeekNights 20161206 - Jackbox Party Pack 3

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.

In the news, hanjo continues his journey to the bottom of Overwatch, and PaRappa the Rapper is getting a remake for his 20th anniversary!

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Rym's in there reading the novelization of Simon's Quest for you. The new GeekNights Politics Club had its first episode.

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GeekNights 20161204 - Politics Club: The Coming Third Reich

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.

From Amazon:
" 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.

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GeekNights 20161130 - Trivia Challenge

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.

The GeekNights Patreon has, among other things, the remastered "beta" episodes of GeekNights (with commentary). And we'll be live at PAX South and MAGFest!

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GeekNights 20161128 - Building a Computer: End of 2016

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!

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GeekNights 20161116 - The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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.

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GeekNights 20161110 - Wallets

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!

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GeekNights 20161108 - Patchwork

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!

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GeekNights 20161102 - Ichabod Crane - The Headless Horseman

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.

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GeekNights 20161031 - The Big DNS DDOS

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!

We'll be live at GaymerX on Sunday talking about writing game rules, and also live at MAGFest! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

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GeekNights 20161027 - Timepieces

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.

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!

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GeekNights 20161025 - Civilization VI Initial Thoughts

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!

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GeekNights 20161005 - Mob Psycho 100

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.

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GeekNights 20161003 - Disposing of Old Tech

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.

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GeekNights 20160929 - Road Trips

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.

GeekNights is on Patreon! And Rym's reading all of Castlevania 2's novelization in there!

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GeekNights 20160927 - Deep Sea Adventure: Pressing One's Luck

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.

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Or don't! But Rym will read Castlevania II to you if you do!

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GeekNights 20160919 - Tech Books

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.

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GeekNights 20160915 - Pizza

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!

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Read our book club book! Or our politics club book!

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GeekNights 20160913 - Captain Sonar

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.

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GeekNights 20160824 - Queen Emeraldas

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)!

This is our last show before PAX, and we hope to see you there! Support GeekNights on Patreon to get things like Rym and Emily reviewing Kubo and the Two Strings!

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GeekNights 20160822 - Kaby Lake and Adblock Wars

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!

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GeekNights 20160818 - Umbrellas

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.

See us live at PAX West! Support GeekNights on Patreon!

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GeekNights 20160816 - Warbits: A Post Mortem

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!

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Or buy our Tshirt! Come see us at PAX West!

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GeekNights 20160810 - Bojack Horseman

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.

Geeknights on Patreon! GeekNights at PAX!

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GeekNights 20160808 - Specialized Peripherals

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.

We're live at PAX West on Saturday! The GeekNights Book Club episode on Oryx and Crake is out! The next book club book will be Rebecca. We are on Patreon!

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GeekNights 20160804 - Book Club: Oryx and Crake

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.

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GeekNights 20160802 - Games Scott Isn't Playing

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).

Come see us live at PAX West 2016! Back us on Patreon! Read Oryx and Crake (by Thursday)!

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GeekNights 20160727 - Flying Witch

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.

Rym and Scott don't know much about Arthurian Legend, but this movie might be good. Scott also seem to like blue guys.

GeekNights is live at PAX West 2016 with "The Grind!" Support GeekNights on Patreon! Buy My Shirt!

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GeekNights 20160725 - Right to Repair

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.

See us live at PAX West! Support us on Patreon! Buy our Shirts!

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GeekNights 20160721 - Clothing and Garments

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.

We're presenting "The Grind" at PAX West 2016! We also put up another episode of GeekNights Presents Utena!

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GeekNights 20160719 - Pokemon Go: Initial Thoughts

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.

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GeekNights 20160705 - Speedruns and Videogame Exhibitions

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.

The GeekNights Patreon will surge forth aplenty after ConnectiCon (where we will be performing), which is this coming weekend! The GeekNights Tshirt is a thing you can buy!

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GeekNights 20160629 - The Lost Village

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.

We'll be performing at ConnectiCon 2016! The GeekNights Patreon marches ever onward!

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GeekNights 20160623 - How to Not Suck at Hosting Parties

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.

Support GeekNights on Patreon! Come see us at ConnectiCon!

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GeekNights 20160621 - Reddit's Idea of Strange Strategies

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.

Come see us at ConnectiCon 2016! Much of the schedule is online! And the GeekNights Patreon continues ever onward!

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GeekNights 20160613 - Talking at Computers

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.

The GeekNights Patreon continues! So too do the GeekNights Tshirts! And the GeekNights Forum!

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GeekNights 20160609 - The Show About What to do the Show About

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.

The GeekNights Patreon goes on with the second remastered beta pre-release episode of GeekNights, complete with commentary. Our amazing original Tshirt is on Amazon, and a new one is on the way.

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GeekNights 20160607 - The Grind

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.

Rym is playing way too much Overwatch, and it is a full and worthy successor to Quake 2 Weapons Factory, the previous height of the genre, and a complete replacement for the bland Team Fortress 2.

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GeekNights 20160601 - Some Anime We're Watching

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

The GeekNights Tshirt is on Amazon, and the GeekNights Patreon is going strong!

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GeekNights 20160526 - The Jurassic Park Franchise

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!

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GeekNights 20160524 - Food Games Fracas

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!

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GeekNights 20160502 - BYOC 2016

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!

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GeekNights 20160418 - Ransomware

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!

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GeekNights 20160414 - Boat Times

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:00:00 -0400

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about boat times. In the news, Kraft changed its recipe and didn't tell anyone. Lots of fun stuff going on in this episode. Classic GeekNights.

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GeekNights 20160412 - Miitomo

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.

The GeekNights Patreon hit its first goal! We'll be releasing them remastered and with commentary for the pre-GeekNights beta episodes! We'll also be performing live at PAX East!

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GeekNights 20160406 - Ace Attorney

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.

The GeekNights Patreon will have a lot of bonus content in the next couple weeks, and we'll be performing Atari Game Design live at PAX East 2016!

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GeekNights 20160404 - HFS+

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!

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GeekNights 20160329 - 6 nimmt!

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.GeekNights Patreon is getting very close to its first goal! Our Tshirt is still on Amazon! Rym will be at Zenkaikon this weekend! [...]


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GeekNights 20160323 - Gravity Falls - Final Thoughts

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.

Help us make awesome things on Patreon! And buy our T-shirt! (or don't)

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GeekNights 20160321 - Tech News Roundup - March 2016

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. [...]


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GeekNights 20160317 - Preparation and Preppers

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!

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GeekNights 20160315 - Gaming News Roundup - March 2016

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.Support GeekNights on Patreon! (or don't). Buy our T-Shirts! Come see us at Anime Boston, Zenkaikon, and PAX East! [...]


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GeekNights 20160309 - The Boy and the Beast

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!

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GeekNights 20160307 - Apple vs the FBI

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! [...]


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GeekNights 20160301 - Thebes

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!

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GeekNights 20160224 - PLANETES Manga

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! [...]


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GeekNights 20160216 - Helldivers

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!

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GeekNights 20160210 - Anime We Stopped Watching

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!

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