And a challenge it will be, if Japanese CEO Kogoro Kurata’s attitude matches the prowess of his robot. As we reported last week, American robotics company MegaBots has challenged Kogoro’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a robot battle. Kogoro could not hold back the sass, saying

“Come on guys, Make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s…. super-American. ”

I hope MegaBots’s MK2 has built in fire extinguishers because

“We can’t let another country win this,” he went on to say “Giant robots are Japanese culture.”

Whether you are gearing up for a patriotic slugging match or just excited to see the titans of the screen come to life in glorious violence, once thing is certain, no matter who loses, we (the audience) totally win.

More details as they….roll out.

KublaCon Tournaments you have never heard of, Part 1


KublaCon is a gaming convention in Burlingame, CA, and an easy stop for me when it comes to looking for gaming events.  It doesn’t focus on any one genre, which means that you will find something for everyone in the massive atrium of the Hyatt Hotel near SFO.  This year I dragged two new people who both had a blast, learning new games and playing old games with new people.  If you have ever dreamt of shouting “KUBLA!” at the top of your lungs to hear a chorus of voices reply, “CON!” then this might be the con for you. Continue reading

Finally! Women’s National Teams are Coming to FIFA 16

Women in Fifa

Game play image of FIFA 16

STOP THE PRESSES! HOLD EVERYTHING AND PAY ATTENTION NOW! WOMEN’S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS (thats soccer for all you Americans who insist on calling football soccer, bloody heathens) WILL BE APPEARING IN THE FIFA 16 VIDEO GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME! That’s right, days after it was announced that the US Justice Department arrested 14 high ranking FIFA officials on charges of bribery and corruption (sadly Sepp Blatter was not arrested, the slime ball) EA announces that 12 women’s national football teams will be available to play for the first time in FIFA 16. I cannot express how overjoyed I am. I have been a fan of women’s football since I was a young boy. My dad, sister, and I would watch Women’s World Cup matches and I was always astounded by the high level of play they exhibited. It always looked different to me, there was more ball control, and better passing. Women seemed to play a game of finesse and ball movement akin to a chess match, where games were won or lost not by a single possession, but rather on the strength of the whole team playing at their peak. If anything, the skill level of professional women’s football has only increased, with women achieving near parity (Or arguably, just parity – Ed) with men in terms of the skill level they display in their games. Continue reading

Star Wars X-wing Bay Area Store Championship

Do you ever have that feeling that you just came up with a great idea, only to find out that someone else thought of it first?  That must be how Mike felt when he told me that there was an X-Wing store championship for the Bay Area going on.

In case you hadn’t heard of what seems to be the fastest growing miniature game around, Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Games is a fast paced, fighter focused, miniature dogfighting game produced by Fantasy Flight Games.  Its starter set comes with almost everything that you need to play the game, from dice, to measuring sticks, to asteroid and space debris, making it one of the most accessible games available.  It has a large collection of pre-painted, medium detail plastic miniatures that come with their own stands, bases with information, and order dials, so the amount of time that you spend preparing for a game is quite minimal.  This might not attract those who are interested in the hobbying aspect of a miniatures game, but with the relatively low buy in cost, you will have plenty of time and money left over to buy, assemble, customize, paint and play that 10 man infantry squad from that grim dark space combat game you love so much.  Or you could just buy the Imperial line of X-Wing miniatures.
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A Return to the Blood and Sand of the Arena

NEWS FLASH! Stop the presses and everyone come to a screeching halt, for I come bearing news of great import for all! Australia, the home of great things like Gary the Goat, Aussie Rules Football, and Rugby, is bringing back the greatest physical contest of them all. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, we are going back to the arena! “David, what arena are you talking about?” you may very well ask. Well fair citizens, I speak of the Arena, as in a return to the Colosseum of Rome. That’s right we are returning to gladiatorial combat. A group called Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is pioneering this return to one of Europe’s oldest blood sport.

However, this reboot of gladiatorial combat does not herald a complete return to our bloody past. All competitors will be wearing cutting edge carbon fiber suites called “Lorica,” which means body armor in Latin. This new Lorica will have a carbon fiber exterior for protection from penetration, with absorbent materials underneath to absorb the impact of blows. The weapons themselves will also be made of carbon fiber and will be made to mimic the real thing. The general idea is to bring weapons disciplines from across the globe into an arena an have them duke it out to see who comes out on top. According to the article from digitaltrends.com,  many practitioners of European weapons schools are chomping at the bit to square off against Asian weapons based martial arts. Oddly this seems like a real life and practical version of the simulations that Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior would run.

UWM admits that they have a long road ahead of them before the sport really begins to take off. While they have the suit designed and some weapons made, there is no real lengthly fight schedule set. The first few fights are to take place early sometime this year and in small private capacity. This is hopefully going to generate more interest for the sport and draw a wider audience as well as proving as  a proof of concept test for the group to their audience. As a historian, I am positively geeking out on the possiblity of seeing a revival of old Roman combat styles as well as seeing later Medieval combat schools square off against Japanese and Chinese weapon based styles. While I have no predictions as to whom will beat out whom, I would honestly like to see the European schools win out as the virtues of Asian martial arts are well documented and publicized. We at the Ace of Geeks will keep our vigilant ears to the ground on this story and publish any updates as soon as possible.

David is a local historian, techie, home brewer, stage hand, gamer, and geek. He loves Star Wars and Shakespeare with equal passions and is prone to quoting it at random!