Tonight on GeekNights, we present our 2021 GeekNights holiday technology gift guide! You can refer to our recent gaming gift guide as a companion to this. In the news, COVID vaccine boosters are fantastic, take heed as the Omicron variant poses a "very high" global risk, Streamlabs agrees to rename SLOBS after public outcry, we're running out of quarters, and we're running out of Twitter CEOs.
Tonight on GeekNights, we bring you our 2021 Holiday Gaming Gift Guide. What should you buy for that gamer you know? Our list might surprise you. In the news, the Legend of Zelda Game & Watch is a huge step above the Mario one, Epic Games has acquired Harmonix, and don't cross the Wirecutter picket line.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider our final thoughts on the Rebuild of Evangelion. Spoilers. Just tons of spoilers. Be warned. If you have never seen Evangelion, check out our review and our final thoughts on the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, as well as our (no spoilers) review of Rebuild of Evangelion. There are no more Evangelions.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Home HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. We've previously covered server room cooling, and the show is interrupted at the end by a classic. In the news, New York is taking some action on robocalls (though it's honestly too late at this point), people are upset that Microsoft is forcing Edge on Start Menu web search results, and Unity acquires Weta Digital.
We (or more likely just Rym) will be live at PAX Unplugged 2021 with a new talk! We did a pilot version of this years ago at MAGFest, and this is the "real deal" version.
Rare Game Mechanics
Friday December 10
Crab God Theatre
Note that we will not be attending PAX otherwise. Rym will only be in town for the panel on Friday. So for once, we can't say "come find us in tabletop!" because we simply won't be there. We expect to have full video and slides to share, likely before the end of PAX Unplugged itself that weekend!
Atari Game Design
PAX East Online 2021
Game design is a wide subject. The best approach to mastering it is to focus on the fundamentals, and what better place to do that than with Atari 2600 games? Join us for a deep game design analysis of classic competitive Atari games like Outlaw, and how their core concepts extend to modern games. When you can literally count the pixels with your eyes, and the code will fit in your calculator, the core principles of good (and bad) design become starkly apparent.
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.