08 March 2015
A most awesome day to you all out there! Azzy here and it’s time for another edition of GR2 (Geek Rave and Geek Rant) Weekly! I do apologize for the lateness of this week’s edition, as work this weekend was a bit on the brutal side and it took quite a lot out of me (especially Saturday night), but I did eventually manage to get this beast out. Speaking of brutality, the Geek World was both brutally epic and just plain BRUTAL this week. A family of beekeepers developed a method for honey collecting that’s low-stress on bees, an IFLScience writer brings some relatively unknown female science pioneers to the forefront of our attention, the creator of Legend of Korra created some official Korrasami art to help raise funds for establishing a LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline, the Game Developers Conference puts its highly-detailed Code of Conduct front and center, and an episode of Shirobako (which is about the making of an anime) manages to make a funny, yet very biting criticism of the industry today by committing the criticized act itself. Sadly, however, people set their standards ungodly low when they spammed PewDiePie with “requests” to fist them, Microsoft HoloLens designer Mike Ey was killed in a hit-and-run crash, the latest rumors involving the upcoming Terminator movie makes the flick seem easier to willingly avoid, we’re also getting yet another unnecessary sequel with a new Blade Runner movie, and someone takes the idea of “character redesigns” in completely the wrong direction. So, who are this week’s Big Winner and Big Loser? Read on to find out!
Geek Rave of the week
Like many of you, I’m all for equality in the gaming world, both in the games themselves and for those making the games. So you can probably guess how people (generally) reacted when the initial cast for the new Blizzard game, Overwatch was revealed, particularly the female characters.
Here’s a hint: probably not all that well.
Yeah, I thought we were trying to make more of a conscious effort to sexualize women less in games. But as luck would have it, Blizzard has been listening to those criticisms. During a presentation at PAX East, Blizzard revealed two new characters for the game. One was a “Cowboy gunslinger” that went by the name of McCree and the other a Russian female bodybuilder who went simply by Zarya:
Zangief is most pleased.
This is what they had to say in regards to Zarya in the aforementioned presentation:
“We’ve been hearing a lot of discussion among players about the need for diversity in video games. That means a lot of things. They want to see gender diversity, they want to see racial diversity, they want to see diversity along the lines of what country people are from. There is also talk about diversity in different body types in that not everybody wants to have the exact same body type always represented. And we just want you to know that we’re listening and we’re trying hard and we hope Zarya is a step in the right direction.”
I would have to agree, Blizzard. She just reeks of badassery in all the right ways. Kudos to them, too, for making sure different body types are being represented because not everybody is a 130-pound, DD diva. Zarya would probably break every bone in your body if you tried calling her that. Personally, I’m hoping to see some cosplays of her before too much longer. Hope you’re in a really good mood after that, because the Rant subject is gonna make your blood boil, especially if you are into Torrents.
Geek Rant of the week
If you’ve ever downloaded fansubbed shows, whether it be anime (something you totally have no reason to do anymore with he numerous cheap/free and legal options) or Tokusatsu shows (like Kamen Rider or Super Sentai, for example), chances are you have to use a BitTorrent program to make the files playable. For that, the program of choice for most Torrent users is uTorrent. But alas, I have urgent news for you all: UNINSTALL IT! UNINSTALL THAT SHIT RIGHT THE HELL NOW!!!!!!!
In an article posted on the website Motherboard, if you have the latest version of uTorrent on your computer, your computer is in some serious jeopardy. I even checked snopes.com earlier this (Monday) morning to see if anything about the article was false and nothing came up, so as far as I know, the danger is 100% legitimate. Anyhoo, the latest update for uTorrent includes a most nasty surprise in the form of some Trojan software known as Epic Scale. What is Epic Scale? It’s a shady digital currency-mining program that secretly uses your computer to mine digital monies (namely Litecoin) for Epic Scale and uTorrent. And it could very well end up destroying you computer in the process. Don’t believe me, here’s an excerpt from Epic Scale’s Terms of Service:
“You release Epic Scale and its agents … from and against all claims … arising from or related to (i) the use of the Application on your computer, including without limitation any blowouts or other damage to your computer from overheating due to intensive use of graphics cards or chips, or any slowing of your processing speed.”
So yeah, the program can fry your computer worse than a bad batch of French fries and they can get away with it, all while they make digital money off of you. If there is one silver lining to this, it’s that the program doesn’t silently install itself, as it’s part of the “opt-in programs” uTorrent offers when the latest update installs. Epic Scale also claims a large portion of the money they get from this goes to charity, but they don’t say which one. A bit shady if you ask me. If, for some reason, you want to hang on to uTorrent, just don’t update it (or download an older version). Otherwise there are a few other clients that you can use that don’t have the kinds of bloatware that uTorrent does such as Transmission, Deluge and Vuze. Epic Scale and uTorrent, all I got to say to you is:
And for the post-Rant palet cleanser, I highly suggest you check out both the latest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series and Martin “LittleKuriboh” Billany’s other ongoing video series, The Mark Remark (for those of you who are into the WWE).
Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end. And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to message me and you are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page. See you next week! While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody. Sonny Strait will be a happy person. 😛