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Geek Links of the Week

The first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman has been released. It’s probably just me but Aquaman looks like Kal Drogo with a trident… [Variety]

How big is eSports getting? Bill Simmons’ website sent some to the Apex Super Smash Bros. tournament to cover it. [Hollywood Prospectus]

I hope you don’t own a new Lenovo laptop. The pre-installed Superfish software leaves Lenovo users open to pretty bad man-in-the-middle attacks. [The Verge]

In last week’s Geek Links, we mentioned the backlash over the failure of Peter Molyneux’s Godus. Double Fine’s Tim Schafer didn’t like the backlash and thought it was out of proportion. By the way, Tim, where’s Broken Age? [Ars Technica]

Sony’s latest sales scheme? Saying that an SD Card allows for premium audio. That’s a storage device that enhances audio. How? [PC World]


Geek Links of the Week

Remember Peter Molyneux’s Curiosity cube clicking game that earned one man chance to be the digital god of Godus. That man never got his chance thanks to Godus shutting down and 22 Cans cutting him off. [Eurogamer]

And RPS really went to town on Molyneux in an interview about Godus, among other things. [Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

LCS team Meet Your Makers were slapped with a heavy fine from Riot over the team’s treatment of Kori. It was this Richard Lewis report that spurred Riot’s actions. [The Daily Dot]

Sony Online Entertainment has been Daybreak Games for a week and is already shedding jobs. [GameSpot]

So much for free-to-play. Players spent $1.3 billion on Candy Crush last year. [The Guardian]

Geek Links of the Week

We haven’t done the Geek Links since October but this will still be the 90th edition of the Geek Links in two years on the blog. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Big web news: Nick Denton has stepped down as boss of Gawker Media and has installed a seven member managing board in his place. [Capital New York]

Apple can’t leave well enough alone. 2013 indie hit Papers, Please was censored by Apple before it could be released in the App Store. Apparently, allowing a nudity option on a game rated for ages 17+ doesn’t fly with Apple. [Niche Gamer]

Nerd Cubed does an FJM-style takedown of a terrible Polygon column about GTA5 that was piggybacking on Target and K-Mart Australia pulling it from shelves. Okay, FJM-style isn’t really a thing outside of sports humour circles but I love using that term any time I can. [Nerd Cubed]

A writer recounts his experience of playing games with his son. It’s not just any old pop a disc in a PS4 or Wii U, though. They’re going from the dawn of gaming through to modern times. That’s an experience that every kid should have but I’m biased since I started gaming on an NES en route to where we are today. [Medium]

Disney is planning to ramp up the presence of Star Wars in their parks. Unfortunately, they’ll be based on the new Disney-produced movies and not the original six of Lucas and 20th Century Fox. [Variety]

Geek Links of the Week

The lead actors of Game of Thrones are getting paid. HBO is trading their commitment to Season Seven for big raises.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

In an editorial for Businessweek, Tim Cook came out as gay. [Businessweek]

Netflix is probably going to end up the second-biggest victim of the death of net neutrality (the end users being the biggest victim). Here’s how Netflix is currently being throttled by ISPs. [Medium]

Good news! YouTube has launched 60 FPS playback for videos in HD. It only works on Chrome right now but you probably have it on your computer anyway. [PC World]

Jim Cameron is a fan of pushing technology used in movies and creating visual epics (almost as much as George Lucas) but he’s not sold on virtual reality yet. He says that if you want virtual reality, play a video game. Of course he’d say something smart like that. He’s from up the road in Kap. Must be that Northern Ontario water. [GameSpot]

Geek Links of the Week

How popular is Game of Thrones? About 86,000 people applied for 600 extras roles for the upcoming season. [Entertainment Weekly]

A new Pew survey suggests that over a quarter of internet users have been harassed online. On the one hand, I thought people were better than that. On the other, I’m shocked that number isn’t much higher. [Pew Research]

YouTube is changing their monetization policy by adding six-month ad revenue suspensions for channels that aren’t in good enough standing. Hope you weren’t planning on making a living on YouTube. [FullScreen]

Tesla Motors might be leading us toward the future of the automobile but it’s tough to make waves when protectionist actions is keeping Tesla out of various states in the American union. The funny thing is that this action is being pushed through in mostly Republican states. [Washington Post]

Geek Links of the Week

The next campaign to protect the internet will likely be focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Its intellectual property agreement is going to tighten up intellectual property laws to US levels. [Open Media]

Polygon created another controversy over the content of a game that the reviewer felt compelled to focus on over every other aspect of a game. The problem is that many reviewers are using reviews as makeshift opinion columns and are harming consumers and developers by standing on their soapbox. [DualShockers]

I get a feeling that people don’t like big corporations. Often, though, they do something to deserve it. For example, Microsoft won’t get love for declaring itself the sheriff of the internet. [Wired]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One is going to take up 45 GB on the Blu-Ray disc and require an additional 20 GB update download on release day. Yes, that’s a 65 GB game collection. Hope you weren’t planning to download this game. [Xbox Wire]

The PlayStation TV hit North America this week. It’s not exactly going over too well. [Gizmodo]

Geek Links of the Week

More GameJournoPros emails have been leaked. This time, the group talks mocks paid reviews, Phil Fish and Marcus Beer. [Breitbart]

Star Citizen is still basically in pre-alpha but it still has a pretty big and profitable real-money market outside the game’s economy. [Eurogamer]

NBA 2K15 can use Kinect or PS Camera to scan your face to put in the game. There’s just one problem: The results can be terrifying. [The Independent]

I didn’t realize that the Star Wars: Rebels animated series was already on TV but the TV movie premiere of the show will get a special broadcast on ABC and include a special scene that features James Earl Jones as Darth Vader. [CNET]

Google is bringing Street View to the desert. Since their cars can’t make the trip, they’ve hired a camel. [CNN]

Geek Links of the Week

Verizon is suing the FCC over Net Neutrality rules but other big wigs in the industry think that this suit could backfire and make things worse (for them). [Ars Technica]

Is Bungie’s Destiny really an unintentional criticism of consumer culture? [The New Yorker]

While the Xbox One’s Japan launch was an unmitigated disaster, the Chinese launch didn’t turn out too badly. [Tech in Asia]

If you’re a tech journalist who covers Apple with their blessing, don’t talk about bendy iPhone 6 Pluses. The editor of Computer Blid, Germany’s biggest tech magazine, had his Apple press credentials pulled for posting a video showing that the iPhone 6 Plus could be bent. [The Register]

Are you looking forward to The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron? Disney/Marvel is going to include a preview of the movie on the DVDs and Blu-Rays of Guardians of the Galaxy. [Screen Crush]

Geek Links of the Week

Did you hear about how 4chan members wanted leak Emma Watson nude pictures for speaking at a gender equality conference? Well, it wasn’t 4Chan as was widely reported and going largely uncorrected. A viral marketing company pulled the stunt to get 4chan shut down. It’s not often that 4chan can be portrayed as a sympathetic entity but these guys have pulled it off. [ABC]

YouTube star Sam Pepper is facing sexual harassment complaints after “prank” of his involved grabbing women’s posteriors. He says there was a message to the “prank.” Here’s a message: Don’t grope women! [The Independent]

Many media websites are using the same principles in their visual redesigns. Why is that? [Mashable]

Andrew Spearin of Insurgency fame talks about the big impact that the update to the Steam store has already had on his game. [Medium]

A lawyer looked at Riot’s LCS contracts that players are required to sign to see if it’s fair to the players. [Daily Dot]

Geek Links of the Week

In Canada, it’s a time-honoured tradition to use a VPN service to get to American Netflix since the Canadian version is slightly limited in selection. If copyright holders get any say in the matter, those users will be banned from Netflix for using a VPN. [TorrentFreak]

You’ve probably heard about the IPO launch of Alibaba but don’t quite get it. Here’s what you need to know about China’s largest online retailer going public on American stock markets. [Forbes]

What can iOS 8 do that iOS 7 couldn’t? A bunch of stuff that Android users will mock you for thinking is the greatest thing since sliced bread but still cool for the Apple faithful. [Gizmodo]

Given the popularity of mobile gaming and the continuous popularity of Nintendo’s handhelds, the death of the console might not be terrible games, greedy corporations or money. It might be a lack of portability. One man might have the solution for the Xbox One, though. [Ed’s Junk]

The accuracy of VG Chartz is sometimes debated but they also seem to be the only ones regularly tracking hardware sales outside of the regular press releases. Their lifetime sales chart as of August 2014 says that the PS4 is a two-to-one leader over the Xbox One and the Wii U is holding down second spot. [VG Chartz]

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