Geekly Roundup

Geekly Roundup: The Force Just Needed A Nap Edition

The podcast is on hiatus this week as we celebrate the holidays, work through the post-Christmas retail rushes, and go back for our fifth viewings of The Force Awakens (what, hasn’t everybody?) In the meantime, check out some of the great pieces and news that you may have missed during your own repeat Star Wars viewings (or, you know, holiday celebrations, we guess)! Happy Holidays!

Look At World Of Final Fantasy. Just Look At It. (Kotaku)

An incredibly adorable preview of one of the next millions of super-deformed Final Fantasy spinoff titles…but this one is extra-super-deformed.

Niantic confirms that Pokémon GO will feature gyms (Gamnesia)

It wouldn’t be a Pokémon game without gyms, now would it? More details on the upcoming Ingress-styled Pocket Monsters.

Bizarro to battle Kara Danvers on Supergirl (Comic Book Resources)

CBS’s take on the Last Daughter of Krypton will face the strangest version of her cousin (or perhaps herself?) she’s ever seen…and as always, he (or she) am most harmless. Most harmless, indeed.

Government censorship highlighted by new 451 error (International Business Times UK)

For when massive online censorship laws mean a simple ‘403 Forbidden’ simply isn’t enough, now there’s the Ray-Bradbury-inspired ‘451’.

Tap My Katamari, a new entry in the madcap ball-rolling series, is coming to iOS and Android ‘soon’ (Pocket Gamer)

The strange and yet incredibly endearing Katamari Damacy, about building ‘stars’ out of a wildly rolling ball, comes to mobile featuring 35 cousins to assist the familiar Prince, as well as offline play and the ever-present King of All Cosmos.

Cards Against Humanity Is Asking People to Vote on Whether It Cuts Up a Picasso (Vice)

As part of its Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah, CAH has invited its buyers to decide whether to laser a Picasso print into 150,000 pieces or donate it to the Art Institute of Chicago. Reactions have been predictably divided, but the print hasn’t been, yet; voting concludes December 31st.

Star Citizen’s Procedurally-Generated Planet Tech Seems Pretty Impressive (Kotaku)

The upcoming and much-discussed Star Citizen demonstrates some impressive planet generation tech. How does it hold up to existing examples like the Elite: Dangerous beta and the upcoming No Man’s Sky?

Astronauts to Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Space (Comic Book Resources)

Not even a mission to the International Space Station can stop the ISS’s crew from getting to see the newest entry in the Star Wars saga, as British astronaut Tim Peake revealed via Twitter.

The Strong Museum Acquires Massive Atari Collection (The Escapist)

Two California collectors have donated a massive collection of Atari documents relating to the “design and creation of Atari game packaging and user manuals” to the Strong, also home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

Of Course the DEADPOOL Script Notes Are Insane (The Nerdist)

If you thought the very idea of Deadpool as a feature film meant some serious insanity was coming, as always, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The movie’s Twitter account included a page of the script as one of its “12 Days of Deadpool”, including script notes as written by the titular Wade Wilson. And a taco.

Final Arkham Knight DLC launches Dec. 22, delivers four villains and a new look for Batman (Polygon)

The very last piece of Rocksteady content for its Arkham franchise is the end of the Season of Infamy, bringing back four of Batman’s most dangerous villains (including a heartfelt episode for Mr. Freeze), and marks the end of Rocksteady’s Arkham era.

STAR WARS Through the Lens of a Wartime Photographer (The Nerdist)

Wartime photographer and veteran Matt Callahan has created a photo series called Galactic Warfighters, showcasing the human face and all-too-real lives of the guerilla-battling troopers on the front lines of the Clone Wars — showcasing remarkably realistic photography of toys of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Mark Ruffalo Hints at Banner’s New Influence on Hulk in Future Marvel Films (Comic Book Resources)

We’ve seen the rage and the heart of gold, but Ruffalo has some insight on the other side of the brain that powers the animalistic Hulk in recent and upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

The Controversy Over A Video Game’s Suggestion Of A Crime (Kotaku)

An intriguing (though spoiler-ridden) look at why The Beginner’s Guide (by the maker of The Stanley Parable) is engaging — and has some gamers wanting to return it right off the bat.

205-Year-Old Beethoven Sheet Music Sold for $100,000 (The Nerdist)

A professional appraiser informed a Connecticut woman that the sheet music that had been residing in her home was in fact one originally written by Beethoven himself, providing insight into the 205-year-old work — and netting the woman $100,000.

Check Out Dream: Land of Giants, Rare’s Cancelled RPG for the SNES (The Escapist)

As part of Rare’s recent behind-the-scenes releases, they’ve released a look at the abandoned Dream: Land of Giants, a forward-thinking game that was set as an isometric RPG in a fantastic land, styled like a fairy-tale. Feeling that the game was too ambitious, Rare decided 3D platformers were the way to go, but the game gradually turned into what we would come to know and love as Banjo-Kazooie.

The Most Popular Fallout 4 Mod Right Now Is For…Extreme Weather (Kotaku)

Fallout veterans — or vets of recent PC gaming in general — know that modding can take a great game and make an incredible one — or take a well-crafted, expansive world and breathe new life into it. Modder fadingsignal crafted this “True Storms” plugin for Fallout 4, giving the weather system a complete remake, and the results are immersive and amazing. Check out the videos in the post!

Fan Builds Huge 3-Foot Tall Star Wars Ewok Village (Kotaku)

The kind of LEGO work we used to dream about as kids — this is an incredible piece of architecture, with a vividly rendered image of the memorable Return of the Jedi setting (and guest appearances from a Rebel pilot and an Ackbar minifig, no less).

The RICK AND MORTY Concept Album Has Its First Music Video (The Nerdist)

If you’re the type to get schwifty with your highly eccentric grandfather, you’ll also want to check out this concept album inspired by Rick and Morty — and the first video from the album, “Dance Bitch”.

This Inkjet-Printed Picture Is the Size of a Retina Display Pixel (Kotaku)

With careful application of an inkjet that spit quantum-dots, researchers in Zurich were able to print a photo of fish even smaller than a Retina display’s pixel at 0.000014 square inches.

The Good, New Assassin’s Creed Expansion’s Unexpectedly Bold Depiction Of Prostitution (Kotaku)

The latest Jack the Ripper expansion for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate pits Evie Frye against the titular villain, but in doing so, also brings light and an unexpectedly fresh perspective on an industry often referenced but rarely faced by the Assassin’s Creed series: sex work.

New Kingdom Hearts 3 footage surfaces in 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer (Polygon)

Fans desperate for a glimpse at the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3 were finally rewarded with footage from the game, as well as the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which we swear isn’t an oxymoron when Square does it.

Obsidian Has Released a Pillars of Eternity Dev Documentary (The Escapist)

The outstanding CRPG Pillars of Eternity, reminiscent of standouts like Baldur’s Gate, was a runaway favorite of this year’s Kickstarter games; now, Obsidian Entertainment has released a documentary describing the journey of the game, entitled The Road to Eternity.

Shadow of Mordor Producer Fights Rare Form Of Cancer (Kotaku)

Michael Forgey, executive producer on Mordor, was diagnosed with an inoperable, malignant form of brain cancer earlier this year, and is fighting as hard as he can — the article does include a link to his YouCare page, as well.

Huck Is Like Superman Mashed Together With Forrest Gump (Kotaku)

Huck looks to be a charming offering of a fairy-tale-like look at a superhuman character in our real world, from Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque. The post includes spoilers, but gives a great feel for the comic’s atmosphere.

Final Fantasy 7 remake will feature full voice acting, could be open-world (Polygon)

While the game may not share voice actors with pre-established Advent Children, the upcoming FF7 remake (jokingly referred to by one of our podcasts as GTA: Midgar) may in fact be open-world after all…and will definitely be fully-voiced, including the original game’s dating scenes. In conjunction with the previous revelation that the game would be episodic in nature, we’re beginning to get a feel for the ways this game differs from the first time through.

That Time Team Fortress 2 And Borderlands Changed Art Styles Mid-Development (Kotaku)

A quick look at both Gearbox and Valve’s major projects, and how drastically the games’ art styles changed over the course of development. An aesthetic means a lot, and the extra time paid off well for each.

BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Character Designs Unveiled (Comic Book Resources)

The forthcoming comic from BOOM!, capitalizing as everything does on the childhoods of everyone who’s just turned 30, brings the original cast of Power Rangers to life in a new way — and now, they’ve posted new concept art both in and out of costume for the characters to match!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Beaten In Japan By…Yo-Kai Watch (Kotaku)

Destroying its competition in Japan, the insanely popular Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan! beat out Star Wars: The Force Awakens by about 175,000 tickets.

SpaceX Successfully Lands Its Falcon 9 Rocket Back on Earth (The Nerdist)

It’s a huge step for reusable rockets and the future of space travel, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX has finally done it: A rocket’s first stage has successfully landed itself, allowing for reusability and drastically reduced costs of space travel.

That Dragon, Cancer launches on Jan. 12 (Polygon)

The wrenching, touching, and intensely personal story of developer Ryan Green’s losing a child to cancer is soon to be realized, when That Dragon, Cancer is released on January 12th via Steam and the Razer Cortex.

Battlefield 4’s Latest Secret Easter Egg Is Incredibly Complex (Kotaku)

If you thought your Destiny eggs were difficult, you’ll have to see the complexity demanded in Battlefield 4’s latest Dragon Valley map!

Quentin Tarantino was going to make a Luke Cage movie (Polygon)

Sadly, the world may never know how such a project might have turned out — but thankfully, we can look forward to Cage finally getting his own series as part of Marvel’s Defenders offerings on Netflix.

Parody Boy Band of Video Game Bosses Releases Debut Album

B3, or The Big Bad Bosses, is not only real and comprised of talented YouTubers, but has released a full ten-song album, Power Overwhelming.

AVATAR Sequels Will Stand Alone but Connect a Larger Story (The Nerdist)

James Cameron has finally begun to detail pieces of the sequel to the beautifully-rendered Avatar, including returning cast members and the nature of the three movies he plans to film.

Science Invents “Transparent Metal” To Replace Smartphone and TV Displays (The Escapist)

Prone to being a klutz with your personal devices? This stronger, cheaper, and transparent material may change that game in a big way.

Marvel’s Mockingbird Series Explores an “Untapped Well of Complexity” (Comic Book Resources)

Marvel’s Mockingbird’s look and feel are described in this interview with novelist Chelsea Cain; the new ongoing launches in March.

Peter Capaldi Says DOCTOR WHO Season 10 Could Be His Last (The Nerdist)

After two years and a knee operation (the same sort as his predecessor, Matt Smith), Peter Capaldi is considering hanging up the sonic screwdriver.

What Kind of Poison is THE PRINCESS BRIDE’s Iocane Powder? (The Nerdist)

I mean, we can’t pretend we’ve never wondered about this on some level, and this is a curious breakdown.

Veteran Video Game Engineer Joe Waters Dies, Is Remembered By Peers (Kotaku)

After his unexpected passing, Waters, who most recently worked on the visually outstanding Rise of the Tomb Raider, among others, was remembered fondly by his colleagues and peers on Twitter and in other media.

Deadpool gets even more raunchy in new red band trailer (Polygon)

The Merc with a Mouth gets even mouthier in the red-band version of the trailer for his upcoming movie. He breaks more walls, he adds more asides, he throws in more sex jokes, and there’s even a hint of plot — everything you could have hoped for in a movie about the man for whom a room never has more than three walls, weird octagon architecture excepted.

How The Legend of Zelda Changed For U.S. Shores (Kotaku)

Legends of Localization is a series about the details that fall between the cracks or outright change as a game moves from Japan to the English language — penned by the man who translated Mother 3.

‘Home Alone’ Thief Marv Responds to Macaulay Culkin’s Video as Kevin McCallister (Video) (Hollywood Reporter)

Sure, Daniel Stern — if you’d like to take the opportunity presented by Macaulay Culkin’s video of a grown, rideshare-driving Kevin McCallister and respond with your own fantastic live video as an aging and traumatized Wet Bandit…we’re all for it.

Concept Art Imagines DUNE as an Animated Film (The Nerdist)

As a “clumsy” project, Matt Rhodes (BioWare’s lead concept artist) decided to put together designs for an animated form of the characters from Frank Herbert’s iconic Dune series through the filter of Tarsem Singh…and the results are thoroughly intriguing.

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.

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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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