Tonight on GeekNights, in light of a fascinating article on whether or not the first decision one can make in a Civ V game matters, we discuss the phases of games and how decision trees evolve. Most games break down to three fairly distinct phases: the early, mid, and late game. Why is this the case? In the news, Rym runs afoul of an out of date Civilopedia and Jungle Speed's 20th anniversary comes with a new release.
Tonight on GeekNights, after doing a show on Dentistry and Dentistry, we discuss how to search for things. In the news, Netflix pays out to Comcast to keep movies streaming (see peering and tiered networks), and Microsoft Killed my Pappy.
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about dentists and dental work. (Shut up, it's an awesome show topic). In the news, Olympic hockey is best hockey, and Kiev continues to burn. The New York Comic Con has split off its comics into a new edition that will likely resemble Philly Wizard World.
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the Internet and its fascination with, well, itself playing Pokemon... collectively. It's Action Pokemon. It's amazing to behold. It's Saltybet 2.0. It's unbearable to watch, yet captivating not unlike a trainwreck in slow motion. Five days in, and it already has its own fandom, its own fan culture, and its own fan merch. Twitch Plays Pokemon. In other news, the videogame industry is as it's always been with Ken Levine shutting down Irrational , and Rym tries a single-day variant of Mafia.
We are pleased to announce that we will be appearing live at Anime Boston 2014!
Judge Anime By Its Cover
The Secret Guide to Running Panels
Not All Anime are What They Seem
GeekNights Presents: Utena
In this episode of Shoujo Kakumei Utena, we learn about the awful things Nanami has done in the past to preserve in her heart the love and sole attention of her brother Touga. What was Nanami fighting for truly? She certainly wasn't apologizing to Touga for trying to murder Utena after losing her duel.
We learn in this episode mostly of Touga's true intentions. He's been playing everyone all along, and his plan has finally come together. This was the last step before his expected duel with Utena. But, why are both Anthy and End of the World helping him?
Book Club - Idoru
Idoru is an incredibly famous cyberpunk novel by William Gibson. If you call yourself a geek, it's pretty much required reading. Well, every William Gibson book is actually required reading for nerds.
Anyway, the story in the book revolves around the fact that one of the world's most famous rock stars, Rez, announces that he plans to marry a virtual idol. Basically it's like if Jack White announced he was going to marry Hatsune Miku. One of Rez's fans from the US travels to Japan to figure out what is going on. A quantitative analyst named Laney also goes to Japan for a mysterious job opportunity. Both get embroiled in the inevitable conflict in both meatspace and cyberspace.