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Geekly Roundup: Life, Death, and Discomfort Edition

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On this week’s Geekly Roundup, Luke, Scott, and Nick tackle the most hard-hitting issues — like what spiders get up to between the sheets. We talk about the unsettling ‘buzz’ around Taliyah, a new League of Legends champion, and the life and perma-death struggle in the upcoming MMO Chronicles of Elyria. All of this, and more! (And by ‘more’, we mean uncomfortableness.)

From this week’s podcast:

It’s a behavior seen primarily in humans, and very rarely in other parts of the animal kingdom, but researches have found interesting twists in the mating rituals of some species of spider — and their best guesses as to the evolutionary purpose of the activity is shaky guesswork, at best!

Riot designer Daniel Klein has some things to say about the small number of very vocal players complaining about the design of new champion Taliyah, saying “Restricting body types is limiting to us as creators.” As Klein points out, “We already have 33 sexualized women in the game (I went and counted). … Why does she look the way she looks? Because it MADE SENSE.”

Permadeath is very, very real in Chronicles of Elyria, a game in which every character has a finite lifespan — one shortened by each death and respawn, encouraging characters to think critically about risk versus reward and to appreciate the journey of each character. It’s not just lip service, either; the characters’ models and appearances alter as they age, allowing players to inhabit each character’s life.

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The new Battlefield 1 game will be set in the ever-fertile World War period of history — but rather than the oft-mined World War II, the game is in fact set in World War I. The DLC, as a matter of fact, features the oft-overlooked 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the Harlem Hellfighters — named by their German foes for their tenacity and endurance against incredible odds. Battlefield heroes, hardy veterans, and victims of discrimination, the pack is a nod to the diverse if unexplored history that makes up World War I.

In his trailer on the set of Gods of Egypt, Boseman found a copy of the first issue of the Black Panther, left by a security guard with whom he’d spoken earlier during filming — and a note saying “You’re going to get this role”. As viewers of the newly released Captain America: Civil War know, the note was eerily prescient — watch the clip from Live with Kelly and Michael above, in which Boseman tells the story.

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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 Luke Farr, Nick Bailey, and Scott Woodbury.

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

Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Ben, Mark, and Luke.

Ben Lee
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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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