The Ends of Games

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the ends of games. When and how do orthogames end? When and how should they end? We're workshopping a new game design panel for a future convention.

In the news, Crucible recedes back into the dark recesses of a closed beta after a unilaterally mediocre reception, a whole chunk of the games industry is rightly called out (there are too many articles to list them all), Superliminal is coming to Switch on July 7, Natural Selection 2 not only still exists but is on sale, and we're beginning to livestream the show again.

Handicapping Games

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider handicapping as applied to games, and wonder at how rarely it's used outside of sport. But before that, in the news, we consider the nuances of a fartwarning versus a fartwatch, Ion Hazzikostas will give the PAX West Keynote, PAX South will be January 18-20, we have a first impression of Yellow & Yangtze (the noble successor to Tigris & Euphrates, which we reviewed back in 2005), Fantasy Flight has some new printing process allowing for Keyforge and Discover Lands Unknown to be made, and we will be presenting The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play at PAX West!

Game Rules

Game rules are the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Tabletop games have rulebooks, videogames have their code, tutorials, and MEGAMAN MEGAMAN, and they're often a deeply neglected part of game design and game play. In the news, the 20-sided store Netrunner returns, this past weekend was a gamefest between Extralife marathons, the Fantasy Flight 2015 World Championships, and Blizzcon (including the Hearthstone championships), and Fallout 4 is out (and we'll buy it when the GOTY edition comes out with all the DLC).

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Home Versions of Game Shows

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the unique space of home editions of game shows. In the news, Counterstike is using something like Elo ratings, confusing the silvers. Also, Awesome Games Done Quick is rocking 2015, especially with Dynamite Headdy on 1/5/2015 @ 3:55:00 AM. ConnectiCon panel submissions are OPEN!

Tournaments

Tonight on GeekNights, Rym is back from Brazil, and we consider tournaments in a general sense in light of the 2012 Olympic Badminton scandal. Rym also has some thoughts on Guns of Icarus Online after playing a bunch of it this past weekend. In the news, we consider EA's patently ludicrous copyright lawsuit against (an admittedly deserving) Zynga. Also, don't forget that we'll be at PAX Prime and PAX Dev, talking about ethics of game design (among other things)!

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