XCOM: The Board Game Review

Tonight on GeekNights, we properly review XCOM: The Board Game having played it again outside of PAX. We also now have a proper review of Red7 and a confirmed positive opinion on Navegadore. Tomorrow is ruin the Internet day, so don't prank anyone unless it's actually a good prank. Also, come see us live at Anime Boston 2015!

San Antonio Texas

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the city of San Antonio, Texas. We were stuck there for several days after PAX South thanks to the blizzard in the northeast canceling our flights. In the news, Microsoft is giving everyone a free upgrade to Windows 10, though won't be supporting the pirates after that. In a word, it's confusing. Meanwhile, Musk and Kalanick both say (correctly) that self-driving cars will replace human drivers, but Lyft's Green panders to the luddites in insisting that this won't happen.

Games of PAX East 2015

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about all (except one) of the games we played at PAX East 2015 that stood out in some way. VA-11 HALL-A (Papers Please + visual novel + that bar in Idoru) looks amazing. Red7 is a solid warmup game. One More Line falls short. Videoball will be the fucking breakout game of the future (and we have formed a professional Videoball team). Morels is a solid 2-player game (one step under Battle Line, but much shorter).

In other news, Hotline Miami 2 releases to mixed reviews, Overwatch brings another chapter to the Blizzard vs Valve head-to-head, Long Live the Queen is worth playing, and we will be performing live at both Zenkaikon and Anime BostonYour text to link... this year!

Games at PAX South 2015

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about some of the games we played at PAX South 2015! Navegadore, Sheriff of Nottingham, Doom, USCMC, Bring Your Own Book, Real Money Gampling (Cordial Minuet), Videoball (a breakout game: mark our words), and Starr Mazer.

Beyond that, Scott's been playing a bunch of Skeleton Clicker (released as Diablo 3 in the US) and Rym's been playing Five Nights at Freddy's 3. Don't forget to come see our panel at PAX East 2015 this weekend!

Live at Anime Boston 2015

GeekNights is performing live at Anime Boston 2015!

Friday

Judge Anime by its Cover
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hynes Panel 206

Short Form Anime
11:00pm - midnight
room 107

Saturday

Analyzing Anime: Utena
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hynes Panel A

Foreign Anime Openers
12:30am - 2:00am
Hynes Panel 202

Yes, Foreign Anime Openers is late Saturday night (technically Sunday early morning)! No, we won't be around at the con on Sunday otherwise. Be sure to check Guidebook or the con schedule, as things may change!

Posted: Tuesday March 31, 2015

Why Five Nights at Freddy's is Scary

Five Nights at Freddy's is undeniably scary. While it relies on jumpscares, notice that it uses them not to scare you along the way, but more to condition you for much greater and sustained fright and paranoia. FNAF is a clever, well-designed, simple horror game that in many ways has redefined horror games as a genre.

What exactly makes Five Nights at Freddy's so scary? What game mechanics does it employ to do this?

Book Club - Watership Down

First published in 1972, Watership Down is a classic novel, well known and well loved, following the journey of several rabbits looking for a new home. Rather than anthropomorphize them, they are presented decidedly rabbitish. They don't wield swords or build towns: they're just rabbits, and they have a distinctly non-human sensibility and perspective. The works that have drawn (often heavily) from Watership Down are innumerable, and it's well worth a read.

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