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
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.
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.
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.
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Sports are Games
PAX Prime 2015
Gaming livestreams are some of the most popular television programs in the US. There are entire TV networks covering gaming that have existed for decades. Yet, many self-described gamers will eschew football and ice hockey as being somehow distinct from DOTA 2 and CounterStrike. We even like to use the term eSport to separate them from sports. Sports and eSports are fundamentally the same. American football is frighteningly like a distributed turn-based strategy game.
Book Club - The Eye of the World
If and when you go to the book store, you hang in the nerdy sci-fi/fantasy/graphic novel section. That's how geeks do. And in that section there are certain books you see over and over again. Certain book series that are ever-present.
There's the Lord of the Rings. There are all the D&D Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance books. There's Foundation, Earthsea, Culture, Thomas Covenant, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and so many more.
They are really popular and famous series for a reason. Now, nobody is going to say that you must read them all, since they aren't all good. But they are all incredibly famous for a reason, so it should be good to know about them, even if reading them isn't in the cards.
And that brings us to the ridiculously famous Wheel of Time series. We knew very little about it other than that the books were very large, and it was a very famous series of fantasy novels. It was thus our nerdly duty to select the first of these books for our club selection.