Geekly Roundup, January 3rd

Geekly Roundup: Spoiled By The TV Show Edition

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:

There’ll Be No Winds Of Winter Before Game Of Thrones Season 6 (Kotaku)

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.

Watch the Downton Abbey Cast Get Naughty Playing Cards Against Humanity (Yahoo)

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.

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game (Kotaku)

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.

Grand Theft Auto Taiwan Needs To Happen (Kotaku)

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.

Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career also shows how far video games have come (Polygon)

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.

The Force Awakens’ best couple isn’t Han and Leia — it’s Finn and Poe (Polygon)

Just gonna leave this right here.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

One-Punch Man’s Opening, Remade In MS Paint (Kotaku)

2015’s Best In-Game Map? Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Kotaku)

Star Trek Fan Film Maker Didn’t Know He Was Being Sued Until He Read the News (The Escapist)

Mass Effect: Andromeda Loses Senior Development Director (The Escapist)

Fallout 4’s music shows how pop culture coped with nuclear terror (Kotaku)

Descent games pulled from GOG.com, dev says it hasn’t been paid since 2007 (Polygon)

Yo-Kai Watch Is Different Because Its Hero Is So Damn Normal (Kotaku)

Disneyland to close some attractions to build Star Wars land (Los Angeles Times)

CW’s Dawn Of The Justice League Special To Debut Suicide Squad Trailer & Wonder Woman Sneak Peek (Comicbook.com)

This Witcher 3 mod lets you play the game as a woman (Polygon)

Players Spent Four Years Pushing Halo’s Physics To The Limit (Kotaku)

Christopher Nolan to Direct WWII Film Dunkirk With Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh (Hollywood Reporter)

How to Level Up Your Tabletop Role-Playing Games (Kotaku)

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)

The canonical story behind TR-8R, the internet’s new favorite stormtrooper (Polygon)

The McDonald’s Of The Future Opens In Hong Kong (Kotaku)

George Costanza-Themed Bar Opens in Australia (Hollywood Reporter)

Final Fantasy IX Is Coming To PC And Phones (Kotaku)

Lightning Models For Louis Vuitton’s Final Fantasy Inspired Line (The Escapist)

Steam’s Winter Sale is hiding something, and the internet’s on the case (Polygon)

Hateful Eight Producer: How Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson Interact on Set (Hollywood Reporter)

The Hero of Cloud City: A Complete Defense of Lando Calrissian (The Nerdist)

Kristen Bell Joins iZombie In Offbeat Guest Role (Comic Book Resources)

How A Mario Character Was Named After Motorhead’s Lemmy (Kotaku)

Rip Hunter Wants a Team, Not An Army in New Legends of Tomorrow Teaser (Comic Book Resources)

Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday Gets New Trailer, Daisy Ridley Interview (The Nerdist)

One Of 2015’s Most Popular Mods Is From A 2006 Lord of the Rings Game (Kotaku)

What Goes Into Making Fallout 4’s Impressive Atomic Explosions (Kotaku)

A Super Smash Bros. Glitch Lets You Control Eight Characters With One Controller (Gamnesia)

First Footage from Dwayne Johnson’s Animated Disney Movie, Moana (Comic Book Resources)

A Massive Warcraft Exhibit Just Made This Mall The Best One In The World (Kotaku)

When You Meet Your Online Gaming Doppelgangerrr (Kotaku)

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)

Jason Wingreen, All in the Family Bartender and Voice of Boba Fett in Star Wars, Dies at 95 (Hollywood Reporter)

Stunning Star Wars Planet Flags Inspired by the Expanded Universe (The Nerdist)

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.

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With a wide variety of interests ranging from baseball to theater and dance to technology to writing, Ben has given up on being good at any one thing and settled for being not half bad at a handful of things instead. He can usually be found cleaning up paperwork after a motley but wonderful crew of retail technicians; failing that, you can generally find him on the RP_OK Podcast at the Ace of Geeks, or on the San Francisco Giants-centric TortureCast. His Steam shame list is quickly growing legendary, and it's quite rare he's playing or watching anything made in the last five years.

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