Geekly Roundup

Geekly Roundup, August 30th: Destination Mars Edition

On this week’s Geekly Roundup podcast, we welcome back our intrepid Ace of Geeks News Team — featuring team leader Mark, who has many leather bound books, hard science correspondent Lauren, and David, who will take the show in unexpected directions at the drop of a hat (hey, don’t forget your hat). Hilarity ensues, as David discusses J.J. Abrams’ discussing the origins of Kylo Ren, Lauren weighs two opposing articles about future manned missions to Mars, and Mark considers both Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 and the newly announced Borderlands movie. Sit down, plug in, and listen for all the news you’ve missed and the laughs you’ve needed!

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transparent ace teal copyJ.J. Abrams reveals the origin of Adam Driver’s Force Awakens character Kylo Ren

Spoilers ahead! J.J. at last reveals the origin of Kylo Ren’s name and the path that led Adam Driver’s character in the upcoming Star Wars sequel to the Dark Side, and it’s a less traditional path than you may be expecting — and, if you’re down with minor to middling new movie spoilers, definitely worth checking out and considering ramifications.

transparent ace teal copyBuzz Aldrin’s master plan for colonizing Mars

As authorities on space go, Buzz Aldrin — having been there — is certainly a well-versed one. Aldrin now has a plan for eventually colonizing Mars, one involving ten-year terms for astronauts and using its moons Phobos and Deimos as staging points for those making their way to the Red Planet; just as the Pilgrims came to Plymouth Rock with no intention of returning, Aldrin states, so must we consider the idea of more long-term arrangements on Mars. The veteran of the beloved Apollo 11 mission hopes to work with NASA on what he has termed his “Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars”.

transparent ace teal copyNo greenery, no outside, and limited Internet: the one-year Mars isolation experiment begins

In the name of science, with an eye towards seeing how a small group of six reacts when left in close quarters with each other for one whole year, six volunteers have isolated themselves in small, space-base-like environs with only each other and limited Internet access for company to examine interpersonal conflicts and the feasibility of a long-term survey mission to Mars.

transparent ace teal copyRidley Scott confirms his next movie is Prometheus 2

Having completed work on The Martian, set to open in October, Ridley Scott is already looking ahead to his next project — Prometheus 2. Little else is known about the film, rumored to start production in January, other than the fact that Scott has discussed his desire to make the movie for some time; the sequel to 2012’s entry into the Alien canon may, in fact, be one of the factors holding up Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 as rumors say Scott is pushing to complete Prometheus 2 first.

transparent ace teal copyBorderlands movie in works at Lionsgate

Powder up, Vault Hunters, and let’s get to filming! Lionsgate is set to start work on a Borderlands movie produced by Avi and Ari Arad. With the last of four Hunger Games installments due out this year, the studio is looking for franchises to act as the new tentpole for Lionsgate, and right now the studio sees adapting the well-loved first-person role-playing action game as a likely candidate.

transparent ace teal copyNissan picks its racecar drivers using Gran Turismo

With shades of The Last Starfighter, Nissan now sources some of its racing personnel from the very best players of Gran Turismo. The best players are invited in small groups to join Nissan’s racing school if it seems the skills and talent they have displayed in GT show any signs of translating to behind the wheel. Their original class is largely still racing, which suggests that there may be something to Nissan’s selection criteria after all.

transparent ace teal copy“Potential tragedy” at Pokémon World Championship stopped by Boston police

When a social media user said they were “ready” for an upcoming Pokémon competition by posting a photo of a car covered in guns, the competition’s security immediately partnered up with the Boston Police Department. The result was the arrests of two men for the illegal possession of several firearms and a few thousand rounds of ammunition, and thankfully we are left to only imagine what could have been one of the worst things to happen to one of the most innocuous, kid-friendly fandoms in geekdom. Even considering it makes our stomachs hurt, and credit to the BPD and all others involved for helping prevent what could have been much more horrific.

transparent ace teal copyThe problem with lauding cosplayers for their physical resemblance

Ginny of Ginny Writes has a valid and brilliant bone to pick with those who compliment cosplayers on how ‘accurately’ they look like a given character. As Ginny points out, when we tell someone who’s put tens of hours of time into a Ygritte cosplay that they should’ve played Cersei instead, we’re invalidating and disrespecting their work because of something they have no control over at all — their physical appearance. It’s an excellent read and a thought-provoking point; we call cosplay a welcoming and encouraging community, but there are always things to be done a little better.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

Statistical analysis of the 2015 Hugo Awards (Chaos Horizon)

Top US baby names include “Anakin” (at #957) (The Mary Sue)

A look into the behind-the-scenes processes of creating video game box art (Polygon)

Colin Trevorrow’s take on the state of women in film (The Mary Sue)

An interview on scripting, casting, and storytelling with Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink of Welcome to Night Vale (The Mary Sue)

School deems little girl’s Wonder Woman lunchbox “too violent” (The Mary Sue)

Adult women: now the largest demographic in gaming (Daily Dot)

A material that self-heals in less than a second (Time)

Guild Wars 2’s core goes free, but not “free-to-play”, says developer; expansion, including raids, still requires purchase (Polygon)

Castlevania to get a “super violent” animated series from Adi Shankar (Spinoff Online)

Hawkman to be a regular on Legends of Tomorrow (

New Avatar series will follow the Fire Nation’s exiled prince (The Real Stan Lee)

Marvel expands Secret Wars to nine issues, with accompanying logistical kerfluffle (Comic Book Resources)

Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson will headline military sci-fi flick The Titan (io9)

BioWare announces final DA: Inquisition DLC, Trespasser, taking place two years after main game; provides new trailer (Kotaku)

Final Fantasy XV confirmed for a 2016 release date, to be announced in March (Polygon)

The entire 1982 DC Comics Style Guide, posted online (Robot6)

Thanks for joining us for the latest in geek news — we’ll talk more geek next week!

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.  The Geekly Roundup podcast this week features Mark Foo, Lauren Harrington, and David Losey.

The podcast theme is ”Protagonist”, by The Y Axes; check out their site and more awesome music here. The podcast is mixed and edited by Jonathan Howe.

Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Thomas, Lauren, 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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