A podcast brought to you by those goofballs from Nerds Amalgamated, for nerds by nerds about nerd pop-culture news.
See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Epic Gaming Saga, Bloody Space Concrete & Zombified Marvel Movies
A judgment has been handed down in the Apple Vs Epic lawsuit. Now Apple has to allow third party payment systems. This could be the foot in the door to breaking Apple's monopolistic tactics.
Concrete made from Astronaut blood is a potential solution to building on Mars. Let's hope it never gets to the point of keeping people locked up and farming them for building materials.
Denis Villeneuve has joined the battle against Marvel movies turning everybody into zombies. A bit dramatic, but he's really not a fan. And his Dune movie is getting great reviews, so maybe he knows a thing or two.
The Apple App Store Lawsuit : The Epic Conclusion & Star Grift Drama
From the makers of Soylent Green comes Bloodcrete.
Another Director Slams Marvel Movies
Other topics discussed
South Korea bans Apple, Google from blocking third-party payments
Epic Games v. Google (The events and initial actions on Epic's lawsuit against Google were brought on the same day as Epic's suit against Apple, but Google stressed the legal situation around their case is far different.)
Epic Games v. Apple (a lawsuit brought by Epic Games against Apple in August 2020 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, related to Apple's practices in the iOS App Store.)
Fortnite - Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite - #FreeFortnite
Duke Nukem Forever (a first-person shooter video game developed by 3D Realms and published by 2K Games for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.)
Silk Road (marketplace) (an online black market and the first modern darknet market, best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs.)
alyankovic - "Weird Al" Yankovic - White & Nerdy
Star Citizen on Kickstarter
Elite Dangerous (Braben had previously discussed crowdfunding as a possible solution in April 2012. Public fundraising commenced in November 2012 using the Kickstarter website, the campaign lasting 60 days, with the aim being to raise £1.25m and deliver a finished game by March 2014. Braben described the campaign as a way of "test-marketing the concept to verify there is broader interest in such a game", in addition to raising the funds.)
List of most expensive video games to develop (The following is a list of the most expensive video games ever developed, with a minimum total cost of US$50 million and sorted by the total cost adjusted for inflation.)
The Great British Bake Off (a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of rounds, attempting to impress a group of judges with their baking skills. One contestant is eliminated in each round, and the winner is selected from the contestants who reach the finals.)
I Made Meringues Out of My Own Blood and Ate Them
Video Game Surveillance, China's 'Sissy Men' Ban & Space News
Big Brother is finding ways into your home through your games. You'd be surprised just how much they can tell about you from the way you play.
China has decided to take effeminate men off TV, along with a whole bunch of new criteria. This echoes the Tik Tok ban on ugly and fat people. China, you have some issues with representation. Maybe take a look at that.
An asteroid is coming close to Earth. Prepare now, just in case. South Australians are also complaining about rocket launches. Finally, Australians can go somewhere that isn't overseas to see rockets, which is awesome.
Surveillance in Video Games
China’s New Law : Sissy Man Ban
Other topics discussed
What are the Security and Privacy Risks of VR and AR
‘Doomba’ turns your Roomba’s cleaning maps into Doom levels
How Does the YouTube Algorithm Work in 2021? The Complete Guide
The cheapest Oculus Quest prices and Oculus Rift sales in September 2021
It’s 2019 — which VR headsets can you actually buy?
General Data Protection Regulation (The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.)
Electronic Frontier Foundation (The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit digital rights group based in San Francisco, California. The foundation was formed on 10 July 1990 by John Gilmore, John Perry Barlow and Mitch Kapor to promote Internet civil liberties.)
Loot box (In video games, a loot box (also called a loot/prize crate) is a consumable virtual item which can be redeemed to receive a randomised selection of further virtual items, or loot, ranging from simple customization options for a player's avatar or character, to game-changing equipment such as weapons and armor.)
Regulation and legislation (Because of their use of random chance to gain items after committing real-world funds, games using loot boxes may be considered a form of gambling. While gambling laws vary from country to country, a common theme that tends to distinguish loot boxes from gambling is the inability to transform the contents from a loot box back into real-world money by legitimate means within the video game.)
Wii Fit (an exergaming video game designed by Nintendo's Hiroshi Matsunaga for the Wii home video game console. It is an exercise game with several activities using the Wii Balance Board peripheral. As of March 2012 Wii Fit was the third best selling console game not packaged with a console, with 22.67 million copies sold.)
How ISIS Terrorists May Have Used PlayStation 4 To Discuss And Plan Attacks
Man jailed 6 y
Fake Streaming Movies, Junk Food = Bad, M̶u̶l̶t̶i̶ MetaVerse
Audio glitches again. They're less obvious on speakers. Hopefully we've actually fixed it this time.
The director of Wonder Woman 1984 has joined the crusade to stop movies being released on streaming. She thinks they look fake. It’s a good cause, but we’re not sure the world is ready for this.
Junk food lowers your life expectancy. Fruit is good for you. A new study has put numbers to just how good and bad some foods are for you.
It’s time to step into the Multiverse. Actually, not so fast, it’s not a thing yet. But it will be soon, and people are really into it. And hopefully this time it won’t involve insane developers killing player’s meat bodies, or using it to make society even more monetised.
Streaming Movies Are Fake
Fact : Junk Food Lowers Your Life Expectancy
Screw The Multiverse..There Is The Metaverse
Other topics discussed
Dune’s Theatrical Release Date Has Been Delayed in Australia
Dune 2 is not a sure thing – but director Denis Villeneuve is optimistic
Writers Guild of America, East (a labor union representing film and television writers as well as employees of television and radio news. The Writers Guild of America, East is affiliated with the Writers Guild of America West.)
Writers Guild of America West (a labor union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers. It was formed in 1954 from five organizations representing writers, including the Screen Writers Guild.)
New Farm Cinemas (a cinema at 701 Brunswick Street, New Farm, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.)
2001: A Space Odyssey (a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. )
Screen Actors Guild (The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) was an American labor union which represented over 100,000 film and television principal and background performers worldwide.)
IMPACT World+: a globally regionalized life cycle impact assessment method
Frankfurter Würstchen (A Frankfurter (German for Frankfurt sausage) is a thin parboiled sausage made of pure pork in a casing of sheep's intestine.)
An Australian 'wellness guru' says staring directly into the sun is 'one of the best forms of free medicine'
Second Life (an online virtual world, developed and owned by the San Francisco-based firm Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003.)
Mastodon (software) (free and open-source software for running self-hosted social networking services. It has microblogging features similar to the Twitter service, which are offered by a large number of independently run Mastodon nodes (known as "instances"), each with its own code of conduct, terms of service, privacy options, and moderation policies.)
How an avatar on Second Life sparked a real-life cour
Videogames ≠ Violence, Nirvana Baby & Roblox Is In Trouble With Everyone
The audio quality can be a little wonky this week. We've identified the issue and resolved it. Sorry about that.
We’ve heard for years that gamers are violent. But what if gamers were more peaceful in game than the people around them in real life? A really interesting new study has identified that gamers behave differently in EVE Online depending on the type of community they live in.
The Nirvana Nevermind baby isn’t happy about his nudes being plastered all over record stores and the internet. Now he’s suing. We’re not legal beagles, but we’ve got opinions.
Roblox is bad. It isn’t the simple gameplay, the child targeted community, or the memes. Actually, it’s bad because it’s one of the worst deals for game devs out there. Roblox seem intent to make it hard to make money from developing on their platform. That’s a really nice way to treat the people who made your game popular. People are also trying to recreate mass killings in a game for children. It’s a mess.
The Link Between Videogames And Violence Is Not What You Think
Smells Like A Lawsuit
Other topics discussed
Milk crate challenge has doctors warning it’s ‘worse than falling from a ladder’
What is the Milk Crate Challenge, how did it explode out of nowhere and why are people doing it?
Ice Bucket Challenge (sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving the pouring of a bucket of ice water over a person's head, either by another person or self-administered, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as motor neuron disease and in the United States as Lou Gehrig's disease) and encourage donations to research.)
Jack Thompson (activist) (American activist and disbarred attorney, based in Coral Gables, Florida. He is known for his role as an anti-video-game activist, particularly against violence and sex in video games. During his time as an attorney, Thompson focused his legal efforts against what he perceives as obscenity in modern culture. This included rap music, broadcasts by shock jock Howard Stern, and the content of video games and their alleged effects on children.)
Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence (a parody and satire hoax organization created by sophomore Parsons The New School for Design student David Yoo as a final project in December 2002.)
Eve Online ((stylised EVE Online) is a space-based, persistent world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by CCP Games. Players of Eve Online can participate in a number of in-game professions and activities, including mining, piracy, manufacturing, trading, exploration, and combat (both player versus environment and player versus player). The game contains a total of 7,800 star systems that can be visited by players.)
Eve Online’s ‘million dollar’ battle came up a little short last night
FIFA (video game series) ((also known as FIFA Soccer, FIFA Football or EA Sports FIFA) is a series of association football video games developed and released annually by Elec
Green Game Devs, Phone Hacking & Direct To Streaming
The UN has asked game developers to be more green. It would make a nice change from every brown military shooter of the early 2010s. Oh, wait. They want us to use less energy. The UKIE has written a Green paper on methods for developers to reduce their carbon footprint.
SMS is an awful, insecure method for 2FA, but we still use it because anything better is too hard. Maybe this latest string of hacks will help us move on.
Movies are still going straight to streaming even as vaccination rates increase. This used to be a sign of a bad movie. Now we’ll have to rely on Rotten Tomatoes, or, god forbid, talk to people about movies.
Game Development for Green Thumbs
Phone hacking taken to a new level
Streaming Services Vs Cinemas : Who will win
Other topics discussed
OnlyFans, a social media platform known for porn, is banning 'sexually explicit' content
NSW breaks COVID-19 case records with 825 infections, three deaths
Explicit content banned from OnlyFans but 'the show has to go on', say sex workers
Jimmy Rees - Meanwhile in Australia
How Much Electricity Does My Game Console Use?
How Much Electricity (Power) Does a PS5 Use?
Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children
What is Embodied Carbon?
Halo: Combat Evolved (also known as Halo: CE, is a first-person shooter game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released as a launch game for Microsoft's Xbox video game console on November 15, 2001. Halo is set in the twenty-sixth century, with the player assuming the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier. The Chief is accompanied by Cortana, an artificial intelligence. Players battle aliens as they attempt to uncover the secrets of the eponymous Halo, a ring-shaped artificial world.)
Iron Sky, smartphone powered computer
Iron Sky, cell phone and computer
Iron Sky (a 2012 Finnish-German-Australian comic-science-fiction action film directed by Timo Vuorensola and written by Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko. It tells the story of a group of Nazi Germans who, having been defeated in 1945, fled to the Moon, where they built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer Earth.)
Skyrim 10th Anniversary Edition Announced for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
Playing For The Planet (The Playing For The Planet Alliance was launched during the Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York. In total, the members of the Alliance have the ability to reach more than 1 billion video game players.)
Playing For The Planet Members & Commitments (The Playing for the Planet Alliance is a group of gaming-companies who have made voluntary, ambitious, specifi
Apple Protects Children, Australian Government Helping The Australian Games Industry & Jason Mamoa On Superhero Movies
We've got a very important issue to talk about this week. Apple wants to look at your private pictures. They've made such a big deal about privacy for years, so what's changed and why can't we trust them anymore? What have you done Tim Apple?
The Australian government really hasn't liked supporting the games industry, despite years of lobbying and studies into how great the industry is for the economy. Someone's finally got through to them and we'll be getting changes to tax and visas to help encourage AAA development.
Jason Mamoa thinks superheroes are like Greek mythology. Turns out the only reason he's joining the Scorsese comic genre battle is to remind everyone he wants to talk about climate change in his movies. Anyway, we all know his best role will be Duncan Idaho in Dune. It better not get delayed again
Apple’s controversial new child protection features
Australian Games Industry gets a Government Injection
Jason Mamoa’s take on superhero movies
Other topics discussed
Worst Cooks in America (an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with very poor cooking skills through a culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000 and a Food Network cooking set.)
FBI–Apple encryption dispute (The FBI–Apple encryption dispute concerns whether and to what extent courts in the United States can compel manufacturers to assist in unlocking cell phones whose data are cryptographically protected. There is much debate over public access to strong encryption. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wanted Apple to create and electronically sign new software that would enable the FBI to unlock a work-issued iPhone 5C it recovered from one of the shooters who, in a December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, killed 14 people and injured 22.)
How Does the YouTube Algorithm Work in 2021? The Complete Guide
Perceptual hashing (the use of an algorithm that produces a snippet or fingerprint of various forms of multimedia. A perceptual hash is a type of locality-sensitive hash, which is analogous if features of the multimedia are similar.)
reCAPTCHA (a CAPTCHA system that enables web hosts to distinguish between human and automated access to websites. The original version asked users to decipher hard to read text or match images. Version 2 also asked users to decipher text or match images if the analysis of cookies and canvas rendering suggested the page was being downloaded automatically. reCAPTCHA is owned by Google.)
The Shadow Brokers (a hacker group who first appeared in the summer of 2016. They published several leaks containing hacking tools, including several zero-day exploits, from the "Equation Group" who are widely suspected to be a branch of the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.)
Electronic Frontier Foundation (The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit digital rights group
Really good job guys. Great source for all the latest nerd news :)
I bow down to your entertaining nerdiness
Amalgamated and elevated!
Consistent work and output!