Geekly Roundup: Speaking In Tongues Edition

No podcast this week, but there’s plenty of great news to recap — check out some of our favorites, from invented languages to Ubisoft internal politics to the Doom Patrol!

Meet the People Who Make Up Alien Languages (The Nerdist)

Some of the most interesting, lasting parts of a fandom are often the languages associated with it — especially when those languages are designed with their own grammatical systems, unusual sounds, writing systems, or contextual cultural backgrounds, giving a setting a life and identity all its own. This entry from the Motion Pictures Academy demonstrates the lasting impact that fully-fleshed languages like Na’vi, Dothraki, and Klingon have had on the fans that have followed them.

Welcome to Night Vale to launch new sci-fi series and podcasting network (The Daily Dot)

The fantastically eccentric and yet close-to-home podcast Welcome to Night Vale has even more up its sleeve, as it announces an upcoming podcasting platform entitled Night Vale Presents; the initial series that will start the platform rolling, Alice Isn’t Dead, is a story about a truck driver on a cross-country search for the wife she thought was dead, replete with Night Vale’s traditionally weird aesthetic and star the show’s Jasika Nicole.

Amsterdam Arcade Gaming Hotel (Hypebeast)

The normal reason to book a hotel in Amsterdam is to go outside and visit the city, generally; the Arcade Hotel, on the other hand, might be a perfectly good place to stay inside. With consoles in each of its themed rooms, gaming events in the common areas, and a comic book library, there really just aren’t a lot of reasons to be out of doors, are there?

Doom Patrol Member Arrives in “Legends of Tomorrow” Episode Synopsis (Comic Book Resources)

The roster for the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow just keeps growing, with DC characters from the A-level to the D-level added on all the time. The latest is Valentina Vostok, at one point a Checkmate agent, at another Negative Woman, the female analogue of the Doom Patrol’s Negative Man. It’s unknown as yet what role Vostok will play on the show, but DC is clearly willing to use all kinds of names from its history to make the show work, and it should be fun. (That, and we expressed a fanciful hope for a Doom Patrol series way back here, when Titans was still almost a thing.) We’re still holding out for Beast Boy.

How Sony Stopped A Vita Port From Being Canned (Kotaku)

It’s not the first time Sony has done this, but it’s one of our favorites: the developers of the fantastic independent game The Banner Saga, bearing all of four full-time staffers to their name, wasn’t going to be able to allocate resources to bring their critically-acclaimed adventure-strategy-drama to the Playstation…so Sony stepped in.

What It’s Like To Work On A Massive Ubisoft Game (Kotaku)

Now, we love our AAA games, like Fallout, Assassin’s Creed, or Mass Effect, but in this tale recounted by a former Ubisoft developer, the nature of working on a large game with an even larger staff spread out across multiple studios and countries can be a logistical nightmare and a very different take on development from, say, Crashlands or Undertale and their minimalist, more holistic approach to game design.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

AMC Theaters Screening Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Autism & Special Needs Families (

NETFLIX Comments On Rumored PUNISHER Spinoff (Newsarama)

Stan Lee Says Star Wars/Avengers Crossover Film Could Happen (Epicstream)

The Next Dungeons and Dragons Release Will Get Your Blood Pumping! (Geek & Sundry)

PBS reveals planned ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 start date (Cultbox)

The Classic Cyberpunk Novel ‘Altered Carbon’ is Getting A Netflix Series (Epicstream)

Marvel Universe Co-Creator Jack Kirby Is Having A Moment (Forbes)

Players Uncover New Secrets Buried In Undertale’s First Big Update (Kotaku)

How Esports brought this father and son together (The Daily Dot)

Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Gets Release Date’ (Variety)

SEGA 3D Classics Collection (SEGA)

Official Dates For Wonder Woman And Justice League Part One Announced (

Nintendo Dumps ‘Gay Conversion’ Scene From Video Game (The Advocate)

McG Reportedly In Talks To Direct Masters Of The Universe (

CERN scientists ‘break the speed of light’ (The Telegraph)

DC Comics To Relaunch Everything With #1s Again This Summer With A Film/TV Bent (Bleeding Cool News)

No WotC At Gen Con This Year? (EN World)

So You Want to Join The Empire: Storage And Care of Stormtrooper Armor (io9)

This 1917 Map of Fairyland Is Like A Where’s Waldo of Fantasy Easter Eggs (io9)

Artist Turns Classic Video Games Into Subway Maps (Curbed)

How X-Men: Danger Room Protocols Came to Life—Without Facing the Wrath of Marvel (io9)

The Live-Action Vixen Costume Is a Perfect Translation From the Cartoon (io9)

The Beautiful Art Of Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak (Kotaku)

Shit Blows Up at This Cosplay Event (Kotaku)

High fashion has come for our video games, and that’s great news (Polygon)

Why you remember every ship and droid in Star Wars (Polygon)

Imposter syndrome: Game developers who feel like frauds (Polygon)

Captain Marvel Is Now Basically Deep Space Nine, Except With Superheroes (io9)

Journey’s stirring score to be played live alongside game in ‘interactive performance’ (Polygon)

How Disney Fixed a Huge Mistake With Zootopia, Just One Year Before Release (io9)

Dragon Age lead writer leaves BioWare after 17 years (Polygon)

Danny Trejo Teases Interest in Bringing Lobo to DC Films Universe (Comic Book Resources)

Pacifist Call Of Duty Player Refuses To Shoot The Bad Guys (Kotaku)

A First Look At Micronauts’ Return to Comics (io9)

What is a Cosplay Tribute (The Escapist)

The Tower Sounds Like Deus Ex vs Dredd (Kotaku)

Astronauts Almost Killed Their First Flowers (Gizmodo)

If Twin Peaks had been a PSone game, it would have been Mizzurna Falls (Polygon)

Eve: Valkyrie alpha: Hands-on with the Oculus Rift’s killer app (Polygon)

Brain wave: The PhDs changing games (Polygon)

Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes Story of SpaceX’s Rocket Launch and Landing Attempt (Gizmodo)

‘Deadpool’ Denied Release in China Due to Graphic Violence (Hollywood Reporter)

Beautiful STAR WARS Fan Film Delivers with Forceful Emotion (The Nerdist)

Watch this footage from Torment: Tides of Numenera (Polygon)

Why This Final Fantasy Is Important to Gaming (Cheat Code Central)

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 and Ben.

Ben Lee
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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