Episode 40: Tencent games, Deadwood Movie & Tractor Beams

Welcome to what is yet another episode full of fun and laughter from those nut job nerds you all hate to love or love to hate? First up we have the Professor telling us about how Tencent Games is planning to use police databases to restrict access to video games; which angers Buck due to breach of privacy issues and the reality that information will be flowing both ways. Professor is excited to see who is going to be the first criminal located by the police using video games to track him down. Ahhh, China, wanting to be the world’s number 1 in everything is now tackling the obstacle of behaving with extreme stupidity on an international level.

          This week the DJ brings us a story about the Deadwood tele-movie. Then the discussion delves into the range of movies and does Netflix and other streaming services spell the end of cinemas? Trust me, this is when you want to sit back with a cup of tea and watch the sparks fly. Best news is that apparently most of the original cast is back for this, including Ian McShane. Also some other movies in the works are Braking Bad, a new Super Mario movie (please, please, please don’t be a crappy as the last one) and also Steven Universe. So we will get to enjoy more from Dakota, check in on the crystal meth scene and hope the DJ stops doing weird accents.

          Buck brings us news of a real life working tractor beam that has been developed in Oz! A team working at the University of Adelaide has made science-fiction a reality for us, although on a reduced scale. But it is a start and now we have lasers and a tractor beam, now we need force fields and shields, please. Buck and the Professor geek out about the possibilities that this tractor beam represents for the future; which in reality is pretty darn sweet, right?

          Also we hope everyone who attended Supanova Brisabne had as much fun as we did. It was awesome meeting so many fantastic people, check the Facebook page to see some of them, and that is only a tiny sample of how incredible it was. Until next time stay safe, stay nerdy and we hope you enjoy.

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Episode 39: US Feds, Fallout 76 Bug, Avatar & Slow death of a Galaxy

Welcome once again to our insanity, this week the professor brings us good news about how the Uncle Sam is allowing the opportunity for online games to be operated by fans when the game is abandoned like a box full of puppies. Can you help give a game a good home? 

          The DJ says Buck is famous with lawyers, what do you think, is he or is he just a legend in his own lunch box? Perhaps he is famous like Kim Kardashian (we apologise to those who aren’t intellectually challenged here) who was attacked by Jon Bon Jovi (who is believe it or not OLDER then Buck) for only having made a porno.

          Also, the Fallout76 BETA has a bug that deletes the almost 50 gig game forcing a reinstall. Now that could really suck, particularly if your internet is as bad as the DJ’s. We also discuss the classic Runescape appearing in mobile platform for fans to play once more, and it is a hit.

          Speaking of the DJ, he brings us news about the Avatar sequels that are currently in production. It is looking like a new Rocky Balboa franchise folks. But honestly, will this be a series of beautiful movies that are as pointless as an umbrella in a hurricane like the first movie?

          Buck brings us a story of a galactic scale drama in the slow tortured death of a galaxy. But we must ask, is this in fact the first recognised example of an interstellar cupcake with the Milky Way being the victim? But let’s take a moment of silence to witness the death of the Small Magellanic Cloud.

          In games the Professor plays statues, the video game not the kids one, which apparently might be more fun. The DJ is playing Red Dead Redemption 2, and no, has not been drawing disgusting images in the snow. Buck plays Metro 2033 and is shooting Nazis and Commies.

          We hope you enjoy our insanity as much as we do, it is always better to be crazy in a group then on your own. Until next week stay safe and watch out for the penguins, they are out there.

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Episode 38: Del Toro's Pinocchio on Netflix, Steam supporting Australian Dollars & Future Mars landing

Welcome, welcome, come on up to the slab and let us see what mischief and havoc your favourite ne’er do wells have been up to this week. First up the DJ fiendishly illuminates us on the latest plans of Guillermo del Toro, apparently Pinocchio is set to be re-envisioned by this sorcerer and his mystic arts.

Then the mad professor brings us tales of Steam announcing it is finally intending to accept the currency of the land of criminals and exiles (otherwise referred to as Australia). Although given the latest insanity from some twisted mind, Australia is all a hoax perpetrated on the unsuspecting world…mmmm, yes some people are decidedly stupid aren’t they.

Next up Buck the mad scientist carries news that there is talk of landing sites for the next Mars Rover mission. Such is how the darkness of humanity shall spread across the verse…. Beware the reapers…

Such a ghoulishly fun filled episode that will give you paroxysms of laughter and mirth… remember you have been informed of the dangers involved in listening to this dark chaos….

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Episode 37: Red Dead Redemption 2, Subterranean drones & Live Action Aladdin

In the latest episode the Professor talks to us about the Crunch time the developers put into finishing Red Dead 2, and we discuss the realities of 100 hour work weeks. The discussion evolves to including 4 day work weeks and the world’s demands for everyone to work harder. It may sound like a heavy topic but it is important to be aware of what is happening and take care of your health; also there are some funny points when Buck starts to ramble and carry on (the old fart).

Next topic is how an Australian team is developing drones for use in mapping subterranean areas for exploration and rescue. This is so cool and Buck is excited about the entire concept, particularly the fact it employs LIDAR technology as opposed to RADAR to avoid the complications inherent in sound wave technology.

DJ brings us news about the live action Aladdin remake from Disney, and gives us the trailer and the cast list also. It won’t be the same without Robin Williams as the Genie, but hopefully it will be great. The Professor and Buck are sceptical about the movie, particularly with who is playing the Genie. Buck is hoping the music won’t be changed. Let us know what you think about it and what your favourite Robin Williams movie was.

Once again thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy what we do, if there is a particular topic you would like us to discuss drop us a line and we will see what we can do. If you have any requests of any kind or suggestions we are always glad to hear from you, we are on Twitter and a range of social media, otherwise, catch you later on the next exciting episode.

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Episode 36 : Influenza, Star Citizen, Dr Who & Attack On Titan

So those crazy blokes are back and bringing you some news, some fun and something to laugh at. This week we take a look at how cities affect influenza (the flu for those envisioning some major plague outbreak). With research discussing how the size, lay out and other variables affect the severity. Strangely enough it appears being a Nerd who likes to spend time inside on a computer etcetera helps to protect you from the flu.

                We hear the latest on the saga of Star Citizen, and yep, Buck still thinks it might be a Ponzi scheme. But he is getting old and cranky so who knows, maybe he just needs to get more fibre in his diet. We hear about the talent line up used in voice actors for Squadron 42 and that they apparently do have some playable content, not just artwork.

                The Professor and Buck get excited about Dr Who, although the Professor decides he is sold that the lady dr. is in fact a lady. Well, you listen to it and you will be just as confused as I was, but guarantee you will laugh.

The DJ tries to tell us about the latest news from Attack on Titan, which is apparently on hiatus at the moment, although he couldn’t tell us why, but he dropped out for a bit, but heads up, the word is that it will continue.

                In Games the Professor has been playing with Zombies in an anime looking world, and it is very cool for as it is an RTS. This is a game that is definitely recommended as a fun way to spend some time. After all, everyone loves to kill Zombies right? Buck is still running around Skyrim and tackling the Gecko infestation, we might lose him if we aren’t careful, that game is way too much fun. The DJ has been playing Path of Exile again and loves the game but is scared of the massive skill tree.

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Episode 35 - Nobel Prize, Infinitroid, Venom, X-men Dark Phoenix & Totoro beer

In another episode from those kooky clowns at Nerds Amalgamated you will get to have a laugh listening to some news about the Nobel prizes for medicine among others. Then a look at Infinitroid – the game that never sold any copies, and looks like a lot of fun. If you are looking for a fun game to play try and find it and let us know what you think. Then the DJ talks to us about Venom, Buck calls it hippie non-sense, the professor tries to stay awake. Then because he is making up for lost time the DJ tells us about another delay for Dark Phoenix which is also delaying other movie releases. Then the best news from the DJ, Totoro beer is now a thing, so next time you want to sit down and watch some anime and eat ramen you can also drink Totoro beer. Life is getting better every day.

                In games this week Buck goes old school with Vikings: Battle for Asgard, which is actually a fun game worth taking a look at. The professor is playing Rainbow Six Siege, and loves every second of it, anyone else out there playing this? Let us know and tell us about you most epic battles. Finally the DJ is playing games again, this week he has been playing Path of Exile, a MMORPG free on steam. This takes the direction that Diablo should have gone and is an amazing experience, highly recommended by both Buck and the DJ.

                Also we are now available on Spotify for those looking for more ways to listen to us and keep up to date with the boys. As always feel free to hit us up and give us suggestions, make requests or whatever, we enjoy hearing from you all.

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Episode 34: Telltale, AI, Prince Charles and E-Sports

The DJ has returned to the show. Yay?!

            Glad to see he is alive and talking still. Buck scares everyone by being polite and friendly, not sure what happened there. Maybe someone spiked his coffee.

            At the start we get an update from the Professor about Nintendo’s save policy (still no sign of Ginger or Mary-anne but DJ looks and acts like Gilligan). We did it, yep, we started the show with two good pieces of news, and Buck was friendly, what is happening?

            Then Buck brings up the saga of Telltale games closing down, with the absurd behaviour of management. Such a shame and our thoughts are with all the employees who have lost their jobs, hope everything works out well for you all.

            The Professor tells us about how an AI has created a couple of games, so if we can combine that with all the other AI’s out there can we expect Skynet? The DJ is worried about being replaced with all the automation, there is a valid point that we can combine all the AI’s and build a new member for the show.

            Prince Charles is opposing cyborgs, he mustn’t have watched Robocop or Star Trek, so he is off the guest list, not a Nerd. Although why he was in GQ talking about the subject is beyond us, like, literally, he is not cool, fashionable and he is older the Buck, and he went to school with Noah.

            The DJ gives us a story about a bunch of wack jobs at a football game throwing game controllers and tennis balls onto the pitch in a protest against E-Sports. So please, no one help them with any tech service et cetera if they want to attack Nerds lets show them we make the world better and not to mess with us.

            On the games front the Professor has been playing Legend of Zelda on the Switch, and Buck has been slaying dragons in Skyrim. The DJ has been slack yet again and not played any games, we are unsure about if he truly is a nerd.

            We have all the regular shout outs at the end of the show, and Buck deliveries some breaking news about a crazy drunk woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who attacked KFC. She needs to just let the nugget go. We also made an important announcement and that is the show will no longer be called Top Shelf Nerds, it will be called Nerds Amalgamated.

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Episode 33

ALERT!!! The DJ is missing, he is not in this week’s episode, we missed him and hope he will be back soon. This week we start off with the Professor telling us about how Nintendo are being complete idiots of monumental proportions in a number of ways. We also talk about some developments at Playstation and some old games including one with Bruce Willis, which was more fun. It is totally crazy how stupid some people can be, listen in to hear what Nintendo has done that has Buck so annoyed.

            We take a look at what is shaping up to be a great game, Just Cause 4, with a huge map and excellent graphics. If you want to know some of the exciting details we discuss things such as flying using rockets, fighting on nuclear missiles and compare map sizes from various games. Definitely a game to look out for, if you do play it let us know what you think, we would like to hear your thoughts on the franchise.

            We discuss Elon Musk sending a Japanese business man to the moon, along with some as yet to be decided friends. Buck and the Professor decide they need to start painting in response, we apologise for what that may produce. But it is seriously looking cool, a holiday in space and a quick trip around the moon, who wouldn’t want to do that? We also find out how ancient Buck is, we think or is he just teasing us? He does the grumpy old man thing pretty well, so maybe.

            The Professor tells us about playing Crash Bandicoot on the Nintendo Switch and how there are some new levels to be enjoyed. Also discusses about the making of the game by the origional developers for the aspiring listeners wanting to make their own games.

            Buck talks about playing Tomb Raider and how he enjoyed running around an island full of homicidal maniacs from a crazed cult. Building weapons and solving puzzles. Maybe he really is ancient, next we know he’ll be doing Sudoku at the cafes and falling asleep watching the news.

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Episode 32

This week the DJ reports on Sony’s Tokyo Game Show Conference teasers. But does he go to Tokyo or is he destined to remain within range of an Australian powerpoint because Professor left the battery out, just like Dr Henry Wu stopping dinosaurs producing Lysine so they couldn’t leave the island? While no animal activists complain about exploiting robots, Buck has one to talk about.

 Buck wants to talk about a Destiny 2 exploit that lets players access expansion content before the release date. Some players lost the chance to get equipment because of a bug. Did Robin Hood steal from the glitch to give to the poor?

 The Professor has some worrying news about his favourite flightless bird, the Penguin, or Pengwing as Benny Dictation Crumper Catch pronounces it. If the greatest flightless bird on Earth can’t survive climate change, what hope do puny humans have?

  Once again the DJ forgot to play a game. No marks have been awarded. The Professor played Bad North, the Viking themed RTS Rouge-Like. And Buck’s hoarding obsession has turned to bottlecaps because he’s been playing a bit too much Fallout 4.

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Episode 31: Star Citizen Paywall, Killer Robot Ban & Violent ESports

So is this a Ponzi scheme or is Star Citizen just plain lost it and gotten lazy? This is how we start this week, with a debate on the fact that $200 million has been raised and nothing other than concept art has been delivered. Now there is the backlash on “charging” to access the live stream of the citizen convention. Buck gets heated and starts to rant, we all love those.

Then we look at automated killer robots and the combined call from the Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law Schools International Human Rights Clinic. The realities of automated warfare are much more demoralising than we expected. But on the bright side, war will become more like a video game and spectator sport. Now if we could only get the politicians to lead the charge onto the battle field the world would be a better place.

A hack from the Olympic committee has declared video games are too violent for inclusion at the Olympic Games despite the growing trend in eSports. Someone claims it is the presence of blood. We ask about the violence of boxing, football, wrestling and even gymnastics. Yep, gymnastics had a sickening display of physical harm and it is still there. If this doesn’t make you chuckle a little you need to check your pulse.

In games of the week the DJ has dropped the ball and leaves us high and dry. The professor has been playing Vermintide II and it is sounding Fan-FREAKING-tastic!!! Definitely a game to look into for your games rotation, so much fun set in awesome graphics. Buck played a classic in Warhammer 40k, Spacemarine and is still having fun even after all these years.

There is the usual mention of various events from history that happened this week, plus the birthday shout outs, including the legendary Freddy Mercury. Also, a thank you to Chery Gladman for mentioning us as a great Australian podcast.

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Episode 30: GTA Online Cheats, SCUM, Cyberpunk 2077

GTA Online cheat program blocked

- http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/324784/US_judge_blocks_sale_of_GTA_Online_cheat_programs.php


SCUM the game

- https://www.polygon.com/2018/8/27/17786564/scum-survival-game-preview-twitch


All things Cyberpunk 2077

https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-gameplay-video/




Games currently playing


DJ ‘s game

- Guns of Icarus Online - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_of_Icarus_Online


Buck’s game

- Hyperdrome - http://hyperdrome.game/#1

- Fallout Shelter - https://www.falloutshelter.com/


Professor’s game

- Fallout the board game - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/232918/fallout




Other topics discussed


SCUM on Steam

- https://store.steampowered.com/app/513710/SCUM/


More info on Cyberpunk 2077

  1. Game overview - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk_2077

  2. Summary of the gameplay video - https://www.pcgamer.com/everything-we-know-about-cyberpunk-2077/

  3. Computer Specs - https://www.gamesradar.com/cyberpunk-2077-release-date-trailer-gameplay-new/

  4. More details about the gameplay video -http://uk.businessinsider.com/cyberpunk-2077-gameplay-demo-e3-details-release-date-2018-6?r=US&IR=T

  5. Message from the Cyberpunk 2077’s game director - https://www.cdprojekt.com/en/media/news/cyberpunk-2077-gameplay-reveal-and-message-from-game-director/

  6. Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay reception - https://wccftech.com/cdpr-comments-on-cyberpunk-2077-gameplay-reception/

  7. Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer option - http://www.gosunoob.com/cyberpunk-2077/3rd-person-coop-multiplayer-will-it-happen/


Black Desert MMORPG

- https://www.blackdesertonline.com/remastered?trcode=Ga2100&lang=en&utm_source=google&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=20180822_remaster&utm_content=banner_rem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlpDTkcKU3QIVB5iWCh0LCgpZEAEYASAAEgKBJvD_BwE


Firefly board games

- https://boardgamegeek.com/geeksearch.php?action=search&objecttype=boardgame&q=firefly


Fallout New California

- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/256481/fallout-new-california

- https://boardgamegeek.com/image/4227794/fallout-new-california


Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats

- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/231991/firefly-adventures-brigands-and-browncoats


Firefly: Fistful of Credits

- https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/169502/firefly-fistful-credits


Margaret Hamilton

- https://www.i-programmer.info/history/people/10030-margaret-hamilton-apollo-and-beyond.html?start=1


Hidden Figures movie

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures 




Shout Outs


Jacksonville shooting

- http://time.com/5378639/madden-shooting-jacksonville-florida/


“Weird Al” Yankovic given a Hollywood star

- https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/weird-al-yankovic-honoured-with-hollywood-star


Sharks attack the internet

- http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/08/15/shark_attacks_threaten_google_s_undersea_internet_cables_video.html




Famous birthdays


Katherine Johnson's 100th birthday - Mathematician on the Apollo project - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nasa-human-computer-katherine-johnson-100th-birthday-a8509031.html?utm_source=reddit.com



Events of interest


Aug 26, 1959 - Mark 1 mini makes its debut - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mini-makes-its-debut


Aug 27, 1883 – Krakatau explodes - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/krakatau-explodes


Aug 29, 74 - Eruption of Mount Vesuvius - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vesuvius-erupts


Aug 28, 1963 – Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech - https://www.history.com/topics/i-have-a-dream-speech


Aug 27, 1979 – Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mountbatten-killed-by-ira


Aug 28, 1845 - First Issue of Scientific American hits newsstands - http://gratefulamericanfoundation.com/facts/what-three-major-scientific-events-occurred-today/


Aug 27, 1955 - The Guinness Book of Records debuts - https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-guinness-book-of-records-debuts



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Artist – MusicCoriAnder

Song Title –  Dr Who Dance Remix

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Episode 29 - Steam.tv, Michael Jackson and NASA

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Steam.tv is live

- https://www.pcgamer.com/valves-new-streaming-platform-steamtv-is-officially-live-now/


Michael Jackson dethroned

- https://variety.com/2018/music/news/the-eagles-greatest-hits-surpasses-michael-jacksons-thriller-as-best-selling-album-1202911115/?ref=hvper.com


NASA supports SpaceX

https://science.slashdot.org/story/18/08/20/2321215/nasa-supports-spacex-plan-to-fuel-rockets-with-astronauts-on-board




Games currently playing



DJ ‘s game

- Dawn of War Dark Crusade - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warhammer_40,000:_Dawn_of_War_%E2%80%93_Dark_Crusade


Buck’s game

- Guns of Icarus Online - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_of_Icarus_Online

- Rise of the Tomb Raider - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_of_the_Tomb_Raider




Other topics discussed


Steam.tv

- https://www.cnet.com/news/steam-tv-is-live-and-it-appears-to-be-valves-twitch-competitor/#

- https://www.pcgamer.com/valves-new-streaming-platform-steamtv-is-officially-live-now/


Netflix ads

- http://fortune.com/2018/08/18/netflix-ads-trailers/


Robbie Williams

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Williams


Justin Bieber’s mom chose not to abort

- https://www.today.com/news/justin-biebers-mom-tells-why-she-chose-not-abort-17-999256


NASA supports SpaceX

- http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/nasa-warns-spacex-that-load-and-go-fueling-is-dangerous/article/521526


Spacecraft cemetery

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacecraft_cemetery


Aircraft boneyard

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_boneyard


Biggest plane graveyard

- https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/worlds-largest-plane-graveyard-of-us-military-fighters-in-desert-can-now-be-explored-online-10077079.html




Elon musk not to take Tesla private

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-25/elon-musk-says-investors-convinced-him-tesla-should-stay-public/10164606


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show


Tim Curry

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Curry


The Three Musketeers (1993 film)

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers_(1993_film)


Wreck it Ralph sequel: Ralph Breaks the Internet

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Breaks_the_Internet


New Disney princess

- https://me.me/i/disney-now-owns-fox-fox-owns-rocky-horror-picture-show-a9ad439226724d84ae051b57fe8fca60


Stephen King's It

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_(miniseries)


Jack Nicholson

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Nicholson


Helium Beer

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fww0OPfyOfg




Shout Outs


41st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death

- https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/fans-mark-41st-anniversary-of-elvis-presleys-death/


Hitman humble bundle offer : Hitman game of the year edition

- https://www.nerdmuch.com/games/158066/hitman-sale-humble-store/

- https://www.humblebundle.com/store/hitman-game-of-the-year-edition


New Season of Dr who coming soon

- https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-08-21/everything-we-know-about-the-next-series-of-doctor-who/


New merch: New Shirt

- https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/3048047-nerds-amalgamated-rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock?store_id=162400


Aug 20, 1911: 1st around the world telegram

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-around-the-world-telegram-sent-66-years-before-voyager-ii-launch


Aug 20, 1977: Anniversary of voyager 2 launch

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-around-the-world-telegram-sent-66-years-before-voyager-ii-launch


Aug 18, 1868: Helium Discovered During Total Solar Eclipse

- https://www.wired.com/2009/08/dayintech-0818/



Intro

Artist – MusicCoriAnder

Song Title –  Dr Who Dance Remix

Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzbkWCOUfzw



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Episode 28 - Disney, Emuparadise and Discord

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Disney shutting down 20th Century Fox

- http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/disney-likely-avoid-genre-movies-shut-20th-century-fox/


Emuparadise shutdown

- https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/08/emuparadise-shuts-down-rom-downloads-amid-lawsuit-fears/


Discord’s own game store

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-08-09-discord-takes-on-steam-with-its-own-game-store 



Games currently playing



DJ ‘s game

- Dawn of war - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warhammer_40,000:_Dawn_of_War


Buck’s game

- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon : Island Thunder - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy%27s_Ghost_Recon:_Island_Thunder


Professor’s game

- Minit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minit_(video_game)




Other topics discussed



Discord info

- https://blog.discordapp.com/the-discord-store-beta-9a35596fdd4

- https://au.pcmag.com/news/58021/discord-goes-up-against-steam-with-new-game-store


The Smurfs

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smurfs

- https://simplymaya.com/sm-news-articles/77/55-years-of-belgian-blues-a-history-of-the-smurfs/


Emu war

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War




Shout Outs


Weird Al Yankovic gets a Hollywood star

- https://nerdist.com/weird-al-yankovic-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star/


Berlin Wall built

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/berlin-wall-built


Berlin Airlift

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/record-day-for-the-berlin-airlift


Woodstock begins in New York

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/woodstock-begins-in-upstate-new-york



Intro

Artist – MusicCoriAnder

Song Title –  Dr Who Dance Remix

Song Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzbkWCOUfzw



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Episode 27 - A.I, Code Geass and Fallout 76

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

We Need A.I.

- http://archive.fo/dNpJe


New Code Geass trailer

- http://comicbook.com/anime/2018/08/06/code-geass-sequel-film-english-sub-trailer/


Fallout 76 not on Steam

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/fallout-76-wont-be-available-on-steam/1100-6460988/ 




Games currently playing


Professor ‘s game

- ARMA 3 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARMA_3 


Buck’s game

- Stronghold Kingdoms - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stronghold_Kingdoms


DJ’s game

- Quake Champions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_Champions




Other topics discussed


Ultrahouse 3000

- http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Ultrahouse_3000


Code Geass show

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_Geass


Dr Who show

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who


The Thing 1982 version

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(1982_film)


The Thing 2011 version

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(2011_film)


Quake Champions patch notes

- https://www.shacknews.com/article/106516/quake-champions-patch-notes-introduce-fiery-new-death-knight-and-redeemer-weapon


Quake Champions Death Knight bio

- http://quake.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Knight_(QC)


Warcraft III character bios

- https://www.giantbomb.com/warcraft-iii-the-frozen-throne/3030-14073/characters/


DayZ the game

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DayZ_(video_game)


ARMA 3 developers released from jail

- https://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/01/arma-iii-developers-finally-get-to-go-home-after-128-days-in-jail/




Shout Outs


JetBlue Employee quits

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jetblue-flight-attendant-quits-job-via-escape-slide


Marilyn Monroe 50th death anniversary

- https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marilyn-monroe-is-found-dead


Mini fridge

- https://bluecrate.com/products/mini-mini-fridge?aff=56




Famous Birthdays


1828 - Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (Anna Karenina, War and Peace), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy


1776 - Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amedeo_Avogadro


1648 - Johann Michael Bach, German composer (In Dulci Jubilo), born in Arnstadt, Germany - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Michael_Bach




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Episode 26 - Fortnite, Computers and WoW

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Fortnite Coaching

- https://gamerant.com/fortnite-parents-hiring-coaches-kids/

- https://www.wsj.com/articles/ready-aim-hire-a-fortnite-coach-parents-enlist-videogame-tutors-for-their-children-1533046708



Computer museum closure

- https://www.itnews.com.au/news/australian-computer-museum-society-collection-faces-bulldozers-499452



WoW character goes “Evillllll”

https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/08/a-major-world-of-warcraft-character-turned-evil-and-fans-are-freaking-out/




Games currently playing


Professor ‘s game

- Gloomhaven the board game - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloomhaven 


Buck’s game

- Guns of Icarus Online - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_of_Icarus_Online


DJ’s game

- Quake Champions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_Champions




Other topics discussed


“Ninja” blevins monthly pay

- https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/19/tyler-ninja-blevins-explains-how-he-makes-more-than-500000-a-month-playing-video-game-fortnite.html


Fortnite prize money worth $130,000

- https://www.reddit.com/r/FortNiteBR/comments/90q2bn/summer_skirmish_week_2_friday_winner/?st=JJVL3H5V&sh=ec14de5c


Twitch record broken

- https://gamerant.com/drake-fortnite-twitch-travis-scott-ninja-record/


eSport schools in China

- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5425149/In-Chinas-eSport-schools-students-learn-pays-play.html

- https://technode.com/2018/03/23/peking-university-offers-first-gaming-course/


Study : Video gamers will be getting paid more than pro athletes

- https://ponderwall.com/index.php/2018/07/01/video-gamers-may-soon-outperform-pro-athletes/


Warcraft protest

- https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/08/world-of-warcraft-players-are-removing-pieces-of-armour-to-protest-recent-plot-developments/


Warcraft the movie

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcraft_(film)


Definition of a MOBA

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplayer_online_battle_arena


PubG cheats

- https://www.usgamer.net/articles/china-cracking-down-on-pubg-cheaters-with-arrests-jail-time


Spacehulk the game

- https://store.steampowered.com/app/242570/Space_Hulk/


Is Blackwake a MOBA

- https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackwakeGame/comments/4iqed9/is_this_the_first_rpgmoba_role_playing_moba_of/


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Episode 25 - Mars, Xbox & Fallout

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Is there Lake on Mars?

- https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a22541370/underground-lake-liquid-water-mars/ 



Xbox Adaptive Controller

- https://www.cnet.com/news/microsofts-new-xbox-adaptive-controller-puts-disabled-players-back-in-the-game/

Backstory - https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-05-20-how-gamers-with-disabilities-shaped-the-microsoft-adaptive-controller

Specs - https://www.pcworld.com/article/3274144/gaming/microsoft-xbox-adaptive-controller.html

Packaging - https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/25/17611488/microsoft-xbox-adaptive-controller-unboxing-packaging



Fallout Cookbook

- https://www.facebook.com/UNILADGaming/videos/2244352695588595/  

Amazon link - https://www.amazon.com/Fallout-Vault-Dwellers-Official-Cookbook/dp/168383397X

Fallout cookbook author info and other recipes - https://pixelatedprovisions.com/



Games currently playing


Professor ‘s game

- Octopath traveller - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopath_Traveler


Buck’s game

- Rise of the Tomb raider - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_of_the_Tomb_Raider

- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin%27s_Creed_Syndicate


DJ’s game

- God of War 2018 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_War_(2018_video_game)



Shoutouts


Longest total lunar eclipse 2018 - www.iflscience.com/space/heres-why-this-weeks-total-lunar-eclipse-will-be-so-long/


2018 Mid-year university graduations 



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Episode 24 - Nintendo, PUBG and Aquaman

Nintendo Labo Contest

- https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/15/nintendo-labo-contest-winners/

PUBG paywall

- https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-07-17-pubg-testing-custom-matches-may-lock-them-behind-paywall

Ubisoft’s first quarter earnings

- https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-reports-record-first-quarter-pc-sales-surpass-xbox-one/

Golden age for paleontology

- https://www.npr.org/2018/07/10/627782777/many-paleontologists-today-are-part-of-the-jurassic-park-generation

Aquaman movie goodies

- http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/07/17/aquaman-movie-magazine-cover-revealed/

Attack on titan season 3

- http://www.denofgeek.com/us/culture/attack-on-titan/265790/attack-on-titan-season-3-release-date-trailer-episode-poster-news


Other topics discussed

Brainbox

- http://www.brainbox.co.uk/

Call of Duty vs Battlefield

- https://www.geek.com/games/call-of-duty-vs-battlefield-the-infographic-1439397/

World of Warcraft new model

- http://www.denofgeek.com/us/games/world-of-warcraft/274979/world-of-warcraft-new-subscription-model-includes-all-expansions

Ubisoft DDoS attack

- https://www.vg247.com/2018/07/17/ubisoft-servers-ddos-attacks/

Blackwake the game

- https://store.steampowered.com/app/420290/

Black Manta’s bio

- http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Manta_(New_Earth)

Jason Mantzoukas’s bio

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Mantzoukas

Mercury-Redstone 4

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury-Redstone_4


Shoutouts

Apollo 11 launch and landing -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11#Launch_and_flight_to_lunar_orbit

1918 - Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), born in Mvezo, Umtata, South Africa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

1921 - John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), born in Cambridge, Ohio - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn

1950 - Sir Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson

Event of Interest

1938 - Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland after a 28 hours flight, supposedly left NY flying for California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Corrigan

1968 - The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel

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Episode 23 - E-Sports, NBN and Runescape

E-Sports coming to ESPN

- https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-07-11-blizzard-and-disney-partner-to-bring-overwatch-league-to-espn-other-networks



NBN jobs boom

- http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-12/nbn-provides-jobs-boom-for-esports/9979380



Runescape revenue

- https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-07-11-runescape-has-brought-in-over-usd800-million-in-lifetime-revenue



Lando in Episode IX

- http://comicbook.com/starwars/2018/07/09/star-wars-lando-calrissian-epsiode-ix-lando-calrissian/



Eau de space

- http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/07/outer-space-smells



Elon Musk’s Cave Submarine

- https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/elon-musk-making-kid-sized-submarine-to-rescue-teens-in-thailand-cave/

- http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/thai-cave-rescue3a-elon-musk-questions-expertise-of-mission-ch/9979166




Other topics discussed


NBN Chief blames gamers

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/nbn-chief-blames-gamers-for-congestion/9832596


Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-13/build-your-own-broadband-kangaroo-valley/9984890


Runescape Tresure Hunter

- https://www.runescape.com/treasure-hunter


Skyrim sales and revenue

- https://gamingbolt.com/skyrim-ships-10-million-650-million-in-revenue-and-becomes-the-fastest-selling-game-in-steam-history


Todd Howard’s Skyrim ports

- http://au.ign.com/articles/2018/07/10/todd-howard-if-you-want-us-to-stop-releasing-skyrim-ports-stop-buying-them


Last Jedi earnings

- http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=starwars8.htm


Futurama Smell-O-Scope

- http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Smell-O-Scope


Elon Musk fixes Flint’s water contamination

- https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/12/elon-musk-flint-fund-clean-water-contamination


Elon Musk vs the media

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/05/24/pravda-elon-musks-solution-for-punishing-journalists/?noredirect=on


Elon musk submarine in Thailand

- https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/elon-musk-takes-submarine-to-thailands-tham-luang--cave.html


Trapped Thai soccer team sedated

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-15/thai-cave-rescue-australian-diver-craig-challen-boys-sedation/9995830


The Black Masses official reveal trailer

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM2tJOWaPnk



Shoutouts


Broly in the next Dragonball Super movie - http://comicbook.com/anime/2018/07/09/dragon-ball-super-movie-broly-canon-akira-toriyama-anime/


1854 - George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), born in Waterville, New York - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eastman


1997 - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai



Event of Interest


1954 - President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system -  https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/interstate/audiogallery.cfm



Intro

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Episode 22: Intel, Lasers and Cryptocurrency

Here are the nerdy topics we discuss this week!

Intel turns 50

- https://www.pcgamer.com/intel-co-founder-gordon-moore-reflects-on-companys-50-year-history/



Laser AK 47

- http://m.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire



First Person shooter using cryptocurrency  

- https://cointelegraph.com/news/gaming-company-allows-players-to-win-cryptocurrency-in-its-new-first-person-shooter



Overwatch character name change

- https://www.pcgamer.com/why-wrecking-ball-is-awkward-to-say-and-other-reasons-overwatch-fans-prefer-hammond/



Fortnite cheaters using malware

- https://www.techradar.com/au/news/players-cheating-in-fortnite-are-flooding-internet-with-malware



Red Faction Remastered

- https://www.pcgamer.com/red-faction-guerrilla-re-mars-tered-brings-back-the-best-destruction-ever/

- https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/4/17531882/red-faction-guerrilla-remarstered-remastered-podcast-quality-control



Other Topics discussed


Moore’s Law

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law

- https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mooreslaw.asp



Intel Core i7-8086 anniversary edition CPU - https://www.pcgamer.com/intels-core-i7-8086k-anniversary-edition-cpu-is-now-available-for-a-limited-time/



Laser AK 47 in action - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5920475/Chinese-gun-maker-shares-strange-video-laser-firing-AK-47.html 


Overwatch Buttgate - https://www.polygon.com/2016/3/28/11321138/overwatch-tracer-pose-removal




Shoutouts


Fallout 76 trailer song now available in iTunes - https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/4/17534258/fallout-76-country-road-where-to-buy-itunes


Grand Theft Auto 6 release announcement was a hoax - https://www.pcgamer.com/grand-theft-auto-6s-announcement-is-a-good-hoax-but-still-a-hoax/



Famous Birthdays


1855 - King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_C._Gillette


1874 - Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Erlanger

1914 - George Reeves, American actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), born in Woolstock, Iowa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reeves



Event of interest


1886 - "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson published by Longmans, Green & Co. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Case_of_Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde


1896 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article - https://www.historyhop.com/famous-people/wilhelm-rontgen/bio



Intro

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Episode 21 - KoKo, Wi-Fi and A.I.

Shoutout to Koko the gorilla

- https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/koko-the-gorilla-who-knew-sign-language-dies-at-46-20180621-p4zmzv.html

WPA3 Wi-Fi

- https://www.cnet.com/news/wpa3-wi-fi-is-here-and-its-harder-to-hack/?utm_source=reddit.com

A.I. bots defeat DOTA 2 players

- https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/25/17492918/openai-dota-2-bot-ai-five-5v5-matches

Japanese spacecraft chases asteroid

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-06-27/hayabusa-2-spacecraft-is-about-to-arrive-at-ryugu/9911680?pfmredir=ms

- https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a21967081/japanese-sample-return-spacecraft-reaches-target-asteroid/

- http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2018/06/20180627_hayabusa2.html

Shoutout to RocketLab’s failure to launch

- https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/360555/rocket-lab-cancels-commercial-launch-again

Blockchain CPU

- https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ibm-blockchain-computer-salt/

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC reveal on LinkedIn

- https://www.pcgamer.com/red-dead-redemption-2-pc-temporarily-appears-on-rockstar-linkedin-profile/

A lifesaving game called Sound Scouts

- https://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/apps/the-aussie-game-saving-kids-around-the-world/news-story/3167ba80e52bdc5f8d19d95b0b34df29  

- https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sound-scouts/id911637845?mt=8 - Sound Scouts on iTunes

- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cmee4.soundscouts&hl=en - Sound Scouts on Google Play


Other Topics Discussed

Wild gorilla using a walking stick - https://www.theguardian.com/science/2005/sep/30/environment.uknews

Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics” - https://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/robotics.html

Rosetta spacecraft - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_(spacecraft)

Rosetta spacecraft on the comet - http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2014/09/rosetta_and_its_target_comet/14772820-1-eng-GB/Rosetta_and_its_target_comet.jpg

PUBG drops lawsuit against Fortnite - https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/jun/28/pubg-drops-fortnite-lawsuit-epic-games


Shoutouts

1926 - Mel Brooks [ Melvin Kaminsky] , American actor, comedian and director (Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs), born in NYC, New York - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Brooks

1948 - Kathy Bates, American academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Bates

1971 - Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and inventor (SpaceX, Tesla, Paypal), born in Pretoria, South Africa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk


Event of interest

- 1980 - "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd:_The_Demon_Barber_of_Fleet_Street


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