Geek Links of the Week

I realized something yesterday (and already mentioned on the hastily moved up Thursday of Thrones post). Tomorrow is a holiday. While my other blog, The Lowdown Blog, runs everyday and I’m working at my day job tomorrow, it’s nice to be able to take some time off to relax a little bit on a holiday weekend. So enjoy yours. Watch some TV, play some games and we’ll see you back here next week.

It’s funny what a few dollars can buy you. Netflix has seen Comcast download speeds move up six spots on its rankings in the month since they paid them for a better connection. [Quartz]

Google has developed an algorithm to solve their own CAPTCHAs. While this could be trouble for the future of web security because bots will soon be able to do this, at least it means that I won’t have to fail at CAPTCHAs for much longer. I really hate/suck at CAPTCHAs. [Verge]

Ars Technica has done some serious statistical work on Steam games and their owners. For example, did you know that 36.9% of all Steam games owned have never been played? Did you know that I’m most of that problem? [Ars Technica]

Despite the release of Titanfall in March, VGChartz says that the PS4 grew its units sold gap over the Xbox One. Microsoft really needs to get some Halo games out the door. [VGChartz]

The Last of Us was an impressive game and it might be even more so considering that Ellie’s AI was scrapped and rebuilt just five months before release. [KotakUK]

There’s Even an Honest Trailer for Game of Thrones

Since I’m taking tomorrow off as a holiday (and I could really use a couple of days to not think about blogging and just recharge), I’m moving the usual Friday Game of Thrones post up to Thursday. I guess that makes today Thursday of Thrones.

This week, it’s an honest trailer for Game of Thrones that’s filled with spoilers. It also does a good job of pointing out how terrible of an idea it is to be Sean Bean or know Sean Bean in any fictional work. It does work out surprisingly badly.

Is a New 2D Prince of Persia Game in Development

prince-of-persia-2008-headerReports out of France say that the Prince of Persia franchise isn’t dead. In fact, it may just be turning back time to make a comeback. Rumours suggest that Ubisoft’s planned next game in the PoP franchise will see a 2D release in the same engine as the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends.

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Halo & Destiny Composer, Marty O’Donnell, Fired by Bungie

marty-odonnell-bungie-headerThe man behind the Halo theme, the original trilogy’s soundtrack and the director of voice acting and sound design for the Halo franchise has been fired by Bungie. Marty O’Donnell took to Twitter to announced that he had been dismissed by Bungie’s board of directors in a move that he says was without cause.

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Ubisoft Gives Press Members Tablets at a Watch Dogs Event. Who Can We Trust Now?

watch-dogs-atm-headerI’ve talked about the bought and paid for reputation of games news reporting before on the blog. However, not everyone in the industry has gotten the growing message that readers and viewers are increasingly concerned about the ethics of games reporting.

The latest example is from a recent press event held by Ubisoft in Paris for Watch Dogs. At the event, the attending invited press members were given free Google Nexus 7 tablets.

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Yet Another Battlefield 4 Bug is Discovered. Will This Game Ever be Fixed?

battlefailed-4-headerIn news that should surprise absolutely no one, another bug has been discovered in Battlefield 4. Whether this bug has existed since launch and never been documented with proof until now or was inadvertently created with another patch isn’t known.

What I can tell you is that you shouldn’t shoot in the vicinity of downed soldiers. The new “Death Shield” bug will make you pay by launching projectiles you fire toward a downed soldier back at you and killing you.

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Comic Book Pull List for April 16, 2014

translucid-1This is the sort of week where I can use the distraction provided by comic books. The return of winter after a couple of weeks that saw the snowbanks drop a good four feet is just depressing. Why I haven’t just skipped the country and gone somewhere warmer, like Siberia, is beyond me.

Anyway, let’s start this week’s recommendations with Boom Studios. I don’t give Boom enough love but I will for their latest series that examines what drives someone to be a superhero and what it means to be a hero in Translucid #1. The big two have two new series with familiar faces. After concluding the Indestructible Hulk series by revealing that the Hulk is not, in fact, indestructible, the Hulk is back in Hulk #1. On the DC side of things, they continue their villains kick with a new series beginning with Sinestro #1.

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George R.R. Martin: Wedding Planner

Did you know that A Song of Ice and Fire author and Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin also does wedding planning in his spare time? I kind of wish that he’d worry more about the books than TV or weddings but he does plan some memorable weddings.

By the way, spoilers.

Game of Thrones: The Lion and The Rose Review

game-of-thrones-title-cardWhen you come into a season of Game of Thrones, you know that it’s the ninth episode of the season that everything is building up to. That’s where something big happens. But what happens when the writers and producers change things up on you and make it the second, rather than the second-to-last episode that changes everything. We’re about to find out this season after The Lion and The Rose.

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Blizzard Reveals Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Mode

hearthstone-curse-of-naxxramas-headerJust when you thought you were over your Hearthstone addiction, Blizzard drags you back in again. Blizzard used their PAX East panel to unveil the first expansion to the Hearthstone card collecting game: The Curse of Naxxramas single-player adventure mode.

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