The Holiday break from the podcast continues, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your news! Here’s everything you might have missed last week:
Any writer can tell you that deadlines are a difficult part of creating a work — but not many of them then have to worry about the accompanying TV show that will tell their book’s story before it goes to print. The understanding had been that George R. R. Martin would finish and release the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series before the next season of the well-received Game of Thrones, but in a heartfelt and very honest post on his LiveJournal, he has revealed that that unfortunately will not be the case.
They’re just so terribly polite to each other as they play the notoriously depraved game that you may not be able to stifle the giggles — featuring the talent behind Mr. Molesley, Tom Branson, and Lady (Dirty) Mary. Or, see a second video with alternate members of the cast here.
Unlike previous Fallout iterations, playing through Fallout 4’s wasteland without killing anyone is virtually impossible, as the game very nearly directs you into specific situations — unless you’re a very dedicated and frustrated Kyle Hinckley, who has finally completed the game without a single kill or companion kill on his record.
Watching Grand Theft Auto in Mandarin is a kick (and a reminder that if you haven’t, you should consider adding the fantastic Sleeping Dogs and Yakuza games to your list) but these enterprising videographers have shown us what a GTA: Taiwan might look like in live-action — and it looks like a (literal) blast.
It’s not often that we bring up sports in this roundup, but Kobe Bryant’s illustriously long career means that the first sprites that exist of him were hand-drawn animated tiny cartoons, not lifelike, sweat-beading, shiny-domed motion-captured 3D likenesses. Looking into Kobe’s past is also a great look into the past of sports-based video gaming.
Gillian Anderson Gives a Crash Course on the Big Bang (The Nerdist)
Science can be big — on a scale that’s difficult to fathom, or with a depth that can be tough to tackle for most laymen. So, if you’d like to learn more about the Big Bang, have a look at this clip with an explanation by none other than The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, as well as other philosophical, more theological takes on the origin of the universe.
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Elsewhere on the Internet:
Mass Effect: Andromeda Loses Senior Development Director (The Escapist)
Disneyland to close some attractions to build Star Wars land (Los Angeles Times)
Christopher Nolan to Direct WWII Film Dunkirk With Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh (Hollywood Reporter)
Agent Carter Takes California by Storm in New TV Spot (Comic Book Resources)
The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge (Fast Company)
The best video game women of 2015 (Polygon)
From Dick to Damian: A History of Robin, Batman’s Superstar Sidekick (Comic Book Resources)
Star Wars Flashback: When No Theater Wanted to Show the Movie in 1977 (Hollywood Reporter)
Feige Touts “Geopolitical” Black Panther As Link To Next Avengers Films (Comic Book Resources)
Chewbacca #5 Answers A New Hope Question (Comic Book Resources)
George Costanza-Themed Bar Opens in Australia (Hollywood Reporter)
Hateful Eight Producer: How Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson Interact on Set (Hollywood Reporter)
Kristen Bell Joins iZombie In Offbeat Guest Role (Comic Book Resources)
Rip Hunter Wants a Team, Not An Army in New Legends of Tomorrow Teaser (Comic Book Resources)
First Footage from Dwayne Johnson’s Animated Disney Movie, Moana (Comic Book Resources)
Jet Li, Tony Jaa and Deepika Padukone Join xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Comic Book Resources)
Final Fantasy XV Confirmed For 2016 Release (The Escapist)
The Geekly Roundup is a weekly Ace of Geeks feature that brings together all the interesting things we’ve encountered across the Internet this week. Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Mark, and Ben.