In the news, Overwatch takes an even heavier hand with cheaters, Overwatch League moves to a division format with some local home games, Civilization VI play-by-cloud has a lot of issues (try Giant Multiplayer Robot or Play Your Damn Turn for now), Fortnite joins the list of games banned in Jordan, and people will do anything to avoid grinding in Destiny 2.
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Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Cadence of Hyrule. It's basically Crypt of the Necrodancer, a roguelike rhythm game, crossed with Zelda 3: A Link to the Past. In the news, autochesses are proliferating, Pokemon finally solves the too many pokemon problem, a recent SCOTUS ruling on free speech isn't what you think it is, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night cometh.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Risk of Rain and Risk of Rain 2. They both have a number of unique, interesting, and well-designed mechanics, but in the end feel more like proofs of concept than complete games. In the news, PAX West is live, MAGFest dates are announced, Fortnite banned some cheaters for a little while, but still let them into the World Cup, and Barkley 2 lost its roots.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the unique nature of two player games. In a non-solitaire, non-race game, one, two, three, and four+ players are radically different experiences. Two player games are in a unique and fascinating space. They devolve into either Chess, Tic Tac Toe, or Rock paper Scissors in most tabletop cases. Three player games are political in a very particular way, four or more are all basically the same... but TWO. TWO is in a class of its own.
In the news, we're still playing Auto Chess (and Rym is playing a lot of Overwatch), Unity deletes a tweet about gambling features (a timely topic), there are twists and turns in the saga of the Uniqlo Pokemon shirt contest, and Oculus Rift S/Quest will usher in an expanded VR market.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the fundamental divide between the 90% of players who just want to play games, and the 10% who want to win games, in light of Fortnite dropping competitive play. In the news, apparently a lot of people don't know the rules to Uno, the Kentucky Derby had some disqualification drama, Scrabble's meta has been radically changed, and Beat Saber is pretty fun.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review two tabletop sports with Catch the Moon (2017) and Vollpfosten (2018). They're both dexterity games worth playing! In the news, Subverse shows the power of erotica on Kickstarter, and China's new censorship rules for games have been revealed.
Tonight on GeekNights, we return from PAX East to review the phenomenal and groundbreaking Baba is You. This game is a must-buy, and is one of the greatest push-puzzle games ever made. In the news, Borderlands 3 cometh, you can get a year of Nintendo Online for free, Crown of Emara is a stand-out game, Smartphone Inc was played incorrectly by a lot of people, and Yu-Gi-Oh has banished players to the Shower Realm.