Tonight on GeekNights, we review The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. It's all right, but it does lead us to discuss what the best Zelda games ever made truly were. (Apparently, it's Zelda 3, Zelda 1, Ocarina of Time, and Zelda 2, plus or minus Four Swords on the GC). In the news, the World Cup had a ridiculous late-tournament blowout, and the sad tale of the failed Mechwarrior Online tells us why pay-to-win is the worst idea in the world. Connecticon 2014 is THIS WEEKEND! We'll be there performing four shows!
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the delightful show Bravest Warriors. In many ways, its the future of how media can be made in the modern world of digital distribution and the Internet. In the news, Rym's feeling that need to rewatch Escaflowne, Letter to Momo is playing in New York, as is The New York Festival ofContemporary Japanese Cinema, and someone stole Jun Fukushima's bike.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the first two episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Arise, after having seen them in the theater. It's more of a "preview" in the sense that we don't have enough out yet to fully examine the show's worth. In a pinch, however, it'll definitely serve as an adequate follow-on to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. We also saw Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes at Lincoln Center, along with the man himself and some surprisingly good Q&A.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the fantastic 2009 board game Hansa Teutonica, designed by Andreas Steding. It's stood up to repeated play among skilled gamers, and provides a deeply interactive experience while minimizing the effect of politics. Ignore the awfully written rules (get someone to teach it to you) and their awful terminology ("merchants" vs "traders" and "supply" vs "stockpile").
In the news, WotC is releasing basic Dungeons & Dragons as a free PDF. making us wonder at the actual future of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition or even the franchise as a whole. Nintendo is lashing out against fans streaming their games with new monetization options (for them, not the fans, in most cases), which is extra worrying now that Youtube has purchased Twitch.
Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the continuing seasons of Adventure Time! While we did previously review Adventure Time, it's definitely worth further discussion. As the seasons have gone by, it's become increasingly dark, pointed, and serious. We've brought the big guns with our good friend and Adventure Time expert Judith. In the news, Ghost in the Shell: Arise Borders one and two are screening in several cities, and the delightful Drops of God is ending in June. The GeekNights Forum is continuing to rock, and you should be there.
Tonight on GeekNights, back from Zenkaikon, we briefly review FTL Advanced (which makes FTL definitely worth revisiting) and Flash Point: Fire Rescue, which solves many of the co-op board game problems we have previously discussed. In the news, PAX South, newly announced for San Antonio, is the last new PAX, and it coincides sadly with Magfest 2014. Tell us which one we should attend! Games may well be able to diagnose you with diseases like Alzheimer's (opening a whole ethical, moral, and legal can of worms), and Nintendo is holding a pro Super Smash Brothers Wii U tournament for E3 3014 (in lieu of a press conference).
Tonight on GeekNights, we bring you our spoiler-filled final thoughts on Studio Trigger's game-changing Kill la Kill. Before that, we discuss the 2014 Eisner Award nominations and Masaaki Yuasa's Adventure Time episode.
If you have any questions or complaints about the mandatory bag checks and metal detectors at Anime Boston 2014 or the mandatory bag checks and forced changes to the bathroom layout at PAX East 2014, know that the Mayor of Boston is doing an AMA Thursday 4/24.