Fruit

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider fruit (except apples). In the news, someone figured out how to dispose of old TVs for free, China's bot game is mad weak, Youtube's takedown policies have changed for short musical clips, and Scott has some chair woes. Also, Grapefruit.

Urusei Yatsura (manga)

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the recently re-released Urusei Yatsura manga by Rumiko Takahashi. It's a fine read if you never got ahold of it the first time around. In the news, after some night market adventures and a search for yuzu paste, Aggretsuko is getting a third season, Megumi Hayashibara Joins the cast of Carole & Tuesday, Disney enters the fray (for now) at $12.99, Bananya gets a second season, and She-Ra is really coming into its own with its third season.

Don't miss Rym and Emily talking about Disney theatrical animation!

Thank You PAX West 2019!

Thank you PAX West for a great weekend of games and some amazing crowds!

You can see video of our panel - The 40 Games You Must Play - on youtube. And if you just need the list of games, the slides are right here.

If you're looking for The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play, we haven't uploaded it yet, but you can see video of the (mostly) same panel from PAX East, and you can find the slides from PAX West here.

GeekNights will be on hiatus for two weeks after PAX while Rym is in London, but will return with your regularly scheduled podcast right after.

Posted: Saturday September 7, 2019

The 40 Games You Must Play
PAX West 2019

These may not be the top 40 games ever designed, nor are they the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand games, or if you have visions of designing your own, these are 40 games that, if you play them, will give you the widest possible perspective on what it means to make a good game (and what "good" even means).

Book Club - The Tale of Genji

What better selection for the book club than the first novel of all time? And of course, we have to read the best possible unabridged translation. No baby mode here at GeekNights

The plot revolves around Genji, who is the son of the Emperor and a low ranking concubine. Genji is removed from the line of succession, and proceeds to go on an epic journey. The journey involves tons of romance and court drama. Spicy!

Despite being older than any other novel, The Tale of Genji has a tremendous amount of relevance to the geeks of the 21st century. The influence of Japan on nerds around the world is undeniable, and a surprising amount of things we see in pop culture are present here in a book from the 11th century. I'm quite confident after reading it how we will notice how many newer stories have been making references to this tale without us realizing it.

Also, I feel the need to point out that this first novel ever written was written by a woman. For all these reasons and so many more, this is more than worthy of book club selection.

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