Tonight on GeekNights, we talk in an ultra generic sense about amusement parks! In the news, the Alamo in San Antonio is a terrible tourist trap, Westworld is pretty good, and Ayumi Hamasaki's hearing takes a tragic turn for the worse.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the utterly unique TumbleSeed, a cross between a roguelike and Taito's Ice Cold Beer. In the news, the Race for the Galaxy app is ace, Blizzard really booched a major Hearthstone tournament, a cheating scandal in the world of speedrunning, Niantic shadowbanning Pokemon GO "cheaters," and two listener questions around rules to games.
Tonight on GeekNights, we confirm that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is legit. In other news, TumbleSeed is really hard, Uniqlo's Nintendo shirts are off the hook, and esports journalism has a long way to go...
Tonight on GeekNights we review two great short comics: Junji Ito's Dissolving Classroom and Mathilde Kitteh / Luca Oliveri's Wrecked Hearts. One is Japanese body horror, and the other is dark scifi shoujo. In the news, the core of anime torrents has died, the 2D Breath of the Wild is (obviously) taken down, Ghibli movies are in theaters, and all of Utena is free legally on youtube.
Tonight on GeekNights, we shockingly have never talked about DRM (Digital Rights Management) despite it being one of the primary things we were mad about between 1992 and 2002. The landscape is a little different these days, but Encrypted Media Extensions make it once again complicated and potentially dangerous. In the news, Amazon now offers digital subscription sales, a Tinder photo dataset raises all sorts of hell, and Turkey has banned access to the most important resource on the Internet.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the beautiful and unique co-op board game The Grizzled. It's deeply thematic, expresses the horror and camaraderie of war, and isn't about winning war: just surviving it. In the news, the Stanley Cup playoffs continue, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes unlocked, G2A did an ill-advised panel, Fig funds a spiritual successor to the original X-Com franchise, and Super Bomberman R drops resolution to increase framerate.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the fantastic, must-see Your Name (君の名は。), Makoto Shinkai's greatest work to date and one of the biggest anime movies ever made. In the news, Kemono Friends is shockingly popular, selling out its popup store, and Toho is having a fantastic year in no small part due to Your Name.