Geekly Roundup, May 31st: Extended Cuts Edition


On this week’s Geekly Roundup podcast, Mark, Ben, and Jim discuss new advances in cybernetics, a right-wing push against Lucifer, more gender parity in FIFA 16, D&D’s trials and conspiracy-theory tribulations, incredibly vague announcements from E3, and the latest rumors surrounding Silent Hills. There’s plenty to say about plenty of topics this episode — tune in and find out!

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transparent ace teal copy New neural implant reads intentions to control a robotic arm

From the “quietly approaching cyberpunk” department, the latest in technology sees the control of a robotic arm using the signals not from the primary motor cortex, indicating actual motion, but from the area of the brain that concerns intent to move. Erik Sorto, paralyzed from the neck down, was able to smoothly control a robotic arm with the new approach as part of a clinical trial to the point he could drink from a bottle of beer with it thanks to implants reading the activity in his posterior parietal cortex, suggesting groundbreaking new potential for both those that can benefit from robotic limbs and fans of cybernetic technology everywhere.

transparent ace teal copy One Million Moms launches petition to stop Lucifer

The advocacy group that brought you boycotts of Macy’s, graham crackers, and the Girl Scouts is at it again, starting a petition to try and block the airing of FOX’s Lucifer, based off of the outstanding comic book series. Featuring the Devil departing Hell for Los Angeles, the show’s premise is simply too much for the “family-oriented” organization — numbering closer to a little under 50,000 moms — which is also the sort to boycott a company simply because it features a same-sex couple in an ad campaign. We’re unimpressed.

transparent ace teal copy EA Sports announces US Women’s National Team, other international women’s teams to appear in FIFA 16

The rise of women’s soccer in recent years has been a quick one in the United States, from the high celebrity profile of the United States Women’s National Team to the creation of the new National Women’s Soccer League, now entering its third season. With the Women’s World Cup starting in June, there’s no better time to capitalize on the major sporting event, and so EA saw fit to digitize, capture, and feature at least 12 teams of international female soccer players for the upcoming installment of the FIFA video game franchise. Gender representation for women who play sports in video games has been spotty, at best, and this is a great step forward both to grab an audience and to show off current superstars like Marta, Alex Morgan, or Christine Sinclair in the same video game as their male counterparts.

transparent ace teal copy The commonalities between D&D players and their religious critics

Dungeons and Dragons has a long and very strange history with Satanism – one primarily pushed upon it by outside forces unable to understand or distinguish the differences between the distinct fantasy play engaged in by tabletop role-players and the blurry, reality-bending form espoused by conspiracy theorists. This article, while a bit circuitous in path, provides some interesting points on what differences in philosophy actually stem from similar impulses to play, fantasize, and escape — impulses that players of Dungeons and Dragons and its critics approached, admittedly, in very different manners.

transparent ace teal copy Square Enix to announce ‘several’ games at E3, states policy on IPs

It’s a vague non-announcement announcement, but Square plans to announce several titles at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo; the company also discussed in a press release their three primary policies on intellectual property — to expand and reboot existing IP, create new IP, and collaborate more with its partners. We’d really like to see Square take a fresh step in “creating new IP”, but we’ll wait for their E3 announcement like everyone else….

transparent ace teal copy Silent Hills to return as Xbox exclusive?

…unless another announcement outdoes them, of course. The rumor of the revival of prematurely discontinued Silent Hills, the Guillermo Del Toro/Hideo Kojima project featuring Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead, has the Internet abuzz with hope for the project. First introduced as the intriguing and exciting demo P.T. on the PlayStation Store, the demo was pulled suddenly when development of the game was publicly discontinued. Rumors abound that Microsoft, seeing an opportunity, may be trying to hash out an exclusivity agreement to develop the game and keep it on the Xbox in time to announce the agreement at E3; whether you’ve come to the game through its demo, the Silent Hill franchise, or just through the increasingly strange press surrounding Konami and Hideo Kojima, the potential of this game is still incredibly exciting. It’s nice to know its saga may not yet be over.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Sarah Michelle Gellar spends time with Alyson Hannigan in mini-Buffy reunion (The Mary Sue)

Peter Capaldi plays on slide, swings in children’s playground (The Mirror)

Pac-Man glitch its own main character in new game (The Verge)

Documentary proposed to explore George Miller’s Justice League movie (Comic Book Resources)

WWE’s Stardust insults Stephen Amell, challenges him (Robot6/Comic Book Resources)

Muay Thai fighter suspended for illegal titanium shin implants (Fight State)

Andy Weir gets a thumbs-up…from Buzz Aldrin (Andy Weir/Facebook)

Cortana announced for iOS, Android (The Verge)

Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch rants against anti-gay trolls (Gay Star News)

Robert Rodriguez to direct live-action Jonny Quest (Newsarama)

Caliban confirmed for X-Men: Apocalypse (Newsarama)

World of Warcraft players upset they can’t fly (Kotaku)

Mining Bitcoin on a 55-year-old IBM mainframe (Uproxx)

Jeff Goldblum on the set of Independence Day 2 (Uproxx)

J. K. Rowling shuts down the Westboro Baptist Church via Twitter (The Mary Sue)

Tilda Swinton in talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange (The Mary Sue)

Chris Pine to potentially play Wonder Woman’s Steve Trevor (The Mary Sue)

Paramount, Mary Parent to make live action Beyblade (Deadline)

Musicians’ union sues studios for reusing film tunes (Deadline)

Comic book preview: Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Comic Book Resources)

Shredder & Karai step out in new photos from TMNT2 set (Comic Book Resources)

Bumblebee spinoff of Transformers in the plans? (The Spinoff/Comic Book Resources)

Weird Al performs “Yoda” with autistic guest performer and choir (Uproxx)

Deadpool filming wraps, Reynolds thanks fans (Comic Book Resources)

Shyamalan wants a crack at an Unbreakable TV show (The Spinoff/Comic Book Resources)

Image: Steve’s Ride (Silver-Autumn/Deviantart)

Big Bang Theory begins offering a scholarship (Hello Giggles)

Artist Sonny Lieu to revive Dr. Fate in June launch (Newsarama)

House bill would increase investigation of online harassment (The Mary Sue)

The Frag Dolls, a group of women who promoted gender diversity in gaming, have disbanded (Kotaku)

Disney pulls plug on Tron 3 (The Spinoff/Comic Book Resources)

Gotham promotes Harvey Dent to series regular (Comics Alliance)

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, Ben Fried-Lee, and Jim Lucky.

Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Raven, Mike, Ben, and Stephanie.







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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