Tonight on GeekNights, we revive our ancient How to Not Suck series with a discussion of how to properly enjoy the beach. With sand, not the movie. In the news, The Fields Medal was stolen, as were the Swedish royal jewels. Kroger might ban Visa, leading us to some thoughts on a cashless society. We will be live at PAX West 2018, including live on the PAX Twitch Stream!
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble roguelike. It's a genre that has evolved and been re-imagined over generations of games, far beyond what the Berlin Interpretation might imply. From FTL to Rogue Legacy, Dragon Crystal to... well... Rogue!
In the news, The Escapist is returning, a multi-layered scam game was finally removed from Steam, it might not be too late to try something interesting at Gen Con, Parsely will be at Gen Con, and the GeekNights Book Club's next book will be 2001: A Space Odyssey
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the anime TV series Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) (はたらく細胞). We previously reviewed it before we saw it. We're back from the Harlem Valley Rail Ride, the Eisner Awards had a good year, NYCC and Anime Expo are teaming up for something we're definitely avoiding, and Worldcon's treatment of its guests has been a garbage fire.
Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we talk about The Odyssey as translated by Emily Wilson. It's fantastic. Unlike some of the other books we've discussed, this may well be one of the most studied and analyzed stories in human history. Thus, we'll dispense with attempts at lit crit and simply discuss the story and translation directly.
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about PUBG (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds). We're having a lot of fun with it. In the news, Mario Tennis Aces has serious problems and also already required significant balance changes to avoid the modern equivalent of snaking, Jackbox Party Pack 5 is coming, the Overwatch League playoffs were on Disney XD with a surprisingly large audience, and the Trogdor game is beautiful but probably not worth playing.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider microservice architecture using Amazon product pages as an example. In the news, an EU copyright law that threatened the Internet as we know it was rejected (so far), and Valve leaked Steam game player counts in a novel way.
We can't be there this year, but if you're anywhere near Hartford Connecticut this coming weekend, you should definitely check out ConnectiCon! If you're near New York, you should hit up the Game Devs of Color Expo!
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider car shares, bike shares, scooter shares, and the like. In the news, we saw some great rooftop fireworks yesterday, there are few options to save the Thai soccer team, cave diving is incredibly dangerous, and your weird Internet crap might be the evolution of a neo-Dada movement.