Monday, March 16, 2015

Geekly Roundup, March 15th

A new week brings a brand-new Roundup!  On the Geekly Roundup podcast this week, Mike, Mark, and Synthia discuss DC's new costumes for Superman and Wonder Woman, Blizzard's Heroes of the Dorm, and Magic: the Gathering's latest expansion, Dragons of Tarkir.  Have a listen and peruse below our first-ever Wheaton-free roundup! (We're hoping this isn't a trend.)

 Blizzard Launches Heroes of the Dorm, with College Tuition as Prize

Blizzard has announced a new e-sports competition for their upcoming MOBA Heroes of the Storm, with college students competing to win college tuition, custom-built game rigs and other prizes in a high-scale tournament, as the Nerdist reports.  Always one to be found lurking around college sports, ESPN will even provide coverage of the event, suggests the Daily Dot.

 Europa Universalis IV adds "Women in History" DLC

Released on International Women's Day, EUIV's new DLC includes a number of female characters that will appear in various parts of the game once the content has been installed -- remedying a noticeably male-heavy imbalance in the on-screen cast reflecting an era at least partially named after a female British queen.

 Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart Revive Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

One of the campiest and most wonderful pieces of 1970s Saturday mornings is back, as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, the first female super-duo on television, will be returned to life as a Legendary Digital Media web series featuring Grace Helbig (it'sGrace) and Hannah Hart (My Drunk Kitchen)!  The Camp Takota collaborators will star as the eponymous duo -- be sure to check out the Nerdist article for an update with a photo of the costumes, too!

 Joel Kinnaman Confirms Suicide Squad Casting

Joel Kinnaman has confirmed he will be appearing in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, and the expectation is that he will portray Rick Flag.  The movie, already featuring Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, is slated for a 2016 release.

 If You Die In This Game, You Can Never Play Again

Kotaku brings us some info on Upsilon Circuit, a game that will only ever be played by eight players at a time -- but one that heavily involves its audience in a participatory manner.  No second chances here, though, as Upsilon Circuit features the most hardline extension of permadeath -- there's no replaying.  None.  Not even from the beginning -- so, as Kotaku points out, #YOLO.

 Sony Plans 'Male-Driven' Ghostbusters Spin-Off

Sony has responded to their forward-thinking all-female Ghostbusters film by lining up a male-driven spin-off.  While the concept seems reactionary (all-female cast? y u no make male movie?) the movie is meant to highlight the real-life friendship between Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, who are both fairly stand-up folks.  We're reserving judgment to see how this one goes.

Also Around the Internet:

Kim Dickens Joins Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Variety)

Preview Two Minutes of Frozen Fever (Hollywood Reporter)

Valiant Comics Announces $100 Million Movie Deal (Bleeding Cool)

ESRB Explains Arkham Knight's M for Mature Rating (

NCSoft 2014 Results Suggest Wildstar Is Tanking (Hardcore Gamer)

Tim Burton To Direct Live-Action Dumbo (Comic Book Resources)

Princess Rap Battle: Cinderella vs. Belle (ft. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Whitney Avalon) (Whitney Avalon/YouTube)

Breaking Bad Creator: Stop Throwing Pizzas On Walter White's House (Comic Book Resources)

Dave Cockrum's Futurians Returns to Comics; Pre-Orders Available (Aardwolf Publishing)

Cobra Commander Claims Key to Springfield, Illinois (Comic Book Resources)

Bermejo Expands We Are Robin Concept For More Diversity (Comic Book Resources)

Cayman Islands Police End Active Search for Comic Book Inker Norman Lee (Comic Book Resources)

Though we end on a sad note this week, we're glad to have been able to bring you some of the stuff we thought was fun, cool, interesting, or poignant on the Internet this week.  Leave us feedback in the comments below and let us know what you'd like to see more of in the Roundup!

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 Mike Fatum, Mark Foo, and Synthia Weires.

Contributions for this week's Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Ben, Raven, Mark, Stephanie, and Jarys.

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