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Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #18 – Welcome To Monday, Quick Brown Fox Edition

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Doesn’t it feel good to be winning again? Of course it does. It’s just a weird sensation when we have not experienced it politically in a very long time. As a part of winning, we’ve decided to make a little shift for the gaming thread as you may have noticed – instead of falling on Saturday it is now on Monday! It’s just our little part at Making Gaming Great Again.

What Have We Been Playing This Past Week?

I’ve been playing Nintendo’s latest racing game – of a sort – Cruis’n Blast. I don’t think they did much in the way of just offering thumbs up/down on the work that Raw Thrills did with it but their logo is rather prominent on the game. I received a pair of these on Friday and have been figuring out how to better fit them into my space as it is getting cramped. That will begin to change tomorrow as I begin remodeling a new space.

Beyond that I played a little more Mushishishama but didn’t have an opportunity to play much else as I have spent the little free time I’ve had on getting taxes ready (huzzah). What about you?

Gaming Headlines

Video Arcade Games Turning 30 in 2017 – Plenty of big names: After Burner, Contra, Shinobi, Street Fighter, etc.

Zenimax Wanted 15% Equity In Oculus Before Things Got Nasty

Resident Evil 7 Joins The Play Anywhere Program

Microsoft’s Twitch Competitor ‘Beam’ Rolls Out Pro Upgrade

Looks Like Japan Is Beyond Ready For The Switch

Gabe Newell Did Another AMA With Many Fun Answers – Such as “Yes.”

Micro Machines World Series Coming In April (PC, PS4, XB1)

At least two possible endings for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Creator of ZZT Earns The GDC Lifetime Achievement Award – I know, you’re thinking “What’s ZZT?” He did some other stuff too, like found Epic 😛

Various online features of the Switch are to be handled by a smartphone app – spuh?

Monday News: Microsoft Announces Halo Wars 2 & Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One S bundles

About That Pet Peeve Of Mine  – “Exclusive” or “Only” Have Specific Meanings!

GAMING

Three-Seven Speedway Trailer For Daytona Championship USA (Arcade) – This week Sega released a new trailer to promote the Remastered track of the beloved Three-Seven Speedway. Not much has changed from a few months ago but the game still has a few more months of polishing to go.

Daytona: Three-Seven Speedway | Sega Amusements

DaytonaIsBack and so is Three-Seven Speedway!

Tekken 7 Coming To Consoles On June 2 (PC, PS4, XB1) – And that’s why I didn’t bother to spend $14k on the arcade version. That version has been out for a while now but it’s hard to see the investment paying itself back (if it was half the price, then it could be justified). You also have Namco only doing interesting promotions with the game in Japan while ignoring the game’s existence in the US.  A consistent factor in the arcade business is that games like fighters don’t offer enough of an additional ‘gimmick’ to separate them from console releases so once you can get the game at home, players stop coming to the arcade for that social experience. If you have been patiently waiting for the latest Tekken however, you’ve only got a few months left to wait as announced on this fine Monday morning.

TEKKEN 7 – Rage and Sorrow Trailer | PS4, XB1, PC

The battle between father and son continues! The all consuming rage that drives Kazuya to destroy his father reaches it’s climax. How does the saga end? TEKKEN 7 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on June 2nd, 2017! Pre-order now to receive Eliza on launch day.

WRC 6 Releasing In March (PC, PS4, XB1) – If you’re into rally racing and want something that aims for realism then this game is probably for you. Even the trailer hypes that it is “100%” real as the video blends real footage with the digital:

WRC 6 – “The Real Deal” Trailer (Announcement) | PS4, X1, Steam

HIT THE PAVEMENT, DIRT, SNOW, AND SAND! WRC 6 is an extreme motorsport challenge that offers the complete rally experience with accurately reproduced special stages, teams, and drivers from the World Rally Championship. Coming in March 2017!

Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct – I’ve not played the Fire Emblem games so these developments for the series aren’t up my alley but in case they are, here is the full Direct stream where Nintendo is going on a Fire Emblem releasing spree. That includes FE games for Switch, 3DS and precious mobile.

Fire Emblem Direct 1.18.2017

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Horizon Zero Dawn Trailer (PS4) – I missed this trailer in the last gaming thread so putting it in here. It blends game cutscenes with a little gameplay but is mainly cutscenes to give you a hint at the woman vs. machine storyline. Everything I’ve seen on this gives me the sense that this game has been designed to pleasure SJWs but maybe I’m wrong about that which you can comment on below. The game releases on Feb. 28th

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New Footage of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) – If you are a PlayStation owner and have been waiting for certain remakes since the PS2, the wait will soon be over. Here’s new footage from the FFXII remake:

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – New PS4 Gameplay at Taipei Game Show

Full article: http://www.dualshockers.com/2017/01/21/ps4-exclusive-final-fantasy-xii-zodiac-age-looks-nostalgic-new-gameplay-boss-battle/ Recorded from Sony’s livestream: …

Game Music Of The Week: Constructive Demolition (Tempest 2000, Atari Jaguar & others) – Composed by Kevin Saville, Alastair Lindsay & Ian Howe. It may not be known for sporting the best game library but the Atari Jaguar had some good titles on it. Part of what made these particular games better than the rest were the soundtracks/mixes with Tempest 2000 leading the pack. The high-energy soundtrack became essential to the Tempest experience, which one can experiment with by playing classic Tempest which had no music (or turning it off in T2k), then playing the game with it. One can also look at the TxK (PSVita) soundtrack and see where it went wrong by having slower-paced, more relaxing tracks which do not fit with the tempo and pacing that a fast-moving shoot ’em up demands.  The soundtrack released to CD that you hear was a remixed version of what appeared on the original cart but it was used in other ports as well as sequels like Tempest 3000 for the NUON:

Tempest 2000: Constructive Demolition

The Tempest 2000 soundtrack was composed by Ian Howe, Alastair Lindsay and Kevin Saville.

 

Homebrew of the Week: Metroid: Rogue Dawn (NES) – Don’t let the sudden overuse of the word Rogue dissaude you from checking out his elaborate hack of the original Metroid NES game. The team did such an amazing job on this that you wouldn’t know it is a hack just by looking at it. It features new music, new graphics, a different layout, etc. As I write this the game is releasing tomorrow – I will not be surprised if Nintendo shuts it down before the post.

NES Metroid: Rogue Dawn

Support Shiryu on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Shiryu https://www.facebook.com/ShiryuVideoGames/ The time has finally come! “Metroid: Rogue Dawn” is by far the most extensive and incredible “Metroid” hack I have ever played! It is even hard to believe this is all build upon the original Metroid (US version cartridge) engine, with the finished product looking more like a late middle 90’s NES game or even an early 16 bit Super Famicom title.


Technology Headlines

Apple Sues Qualcomm For a Mere $1 billion

The Cloud Ate Our Homework…Literally

Toshiba Spinning Off Their Semiconductor Business

People Have Always Loved Bacon

A Drone Shows How Ignorance Is Bliss

I’ll Put This Here For Human Being To Comment On (“F-35 in crisis”)

More Laptops Are Getting In On The Mechanical Switch Craze

Tech Industry Follows Apple’s Lead In The Push To Eliminate The Headphone Jack

Museum of Failed Innovations To Open In June

Faulty Batteries Responsible For Galaxy Note 7 Fires

You Probably Already Heard About The WH Website But Fun To Revisit for the SJW Triggering

Triggerflakes Too Stupid To Understand How The “Unfollow” Button Works

To quote another tweet about this, “It’s as if decades of typing willed this into existence.” For anyone who ever took a typing course or a test, then you know what this is about:

Sauro on Twitter

OMG IT FINALLY HAPPENED! THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG https://t.co/Kv1RPFQMPj

TECHNOLOGY

Apps In The Wild West – Some humor to start your week off with, via Studio C which is a Utah, BYUtv based comedy sketch show (“clean comedy” as they like to say):

Apps in the Wild West

Apps in the Wild West. The media landscape changes so quickly, it can be hard to keep up. Watch how one westerner struggles to adapt to the changing times. Be Sure To Subscribe ► https://goo.gl/ppFsJP Watch the family-friendly clean comedy of Studio C on YouTube: Season 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb-XF…

Dynamic Periodic Table – Thank you internet. You never cease to come up with such wonders.

The See Through Engine – Witness how internal combustion works in slo-mo:

See Through Engine – 4K Slow Motion Visible Combustion ( S1 * E1 )

See Through Glass Head on Briggs and Stratton Internal Combustion Engine in Slow Motion and 4K Slow Motion. you can see just how and engine really works and the internal engine combustion process when we use our Phantom to film inside the engine in High Speed .

World’s First Robotic Eye Surgery Performed In The UK – This happened a few months ago but still plenty relevant as tiny robots (called R2D2)have successfully been used in an eye surgery. The benefits this can bring are enormous and further proof  that we’re not living in the “worst year ever” (2016 or 17) because a bunch of celebrities died. This news also reminds me of the classic 1983 game by Imagic, Microsurgeon.

UK conducts world’s first robotic eye surgery

Today is World Sight Day, which falls on the second Thursday of October. In the UK, robots are providing new hope by conducting delicate eye operations, where a pair of steady hands is a must. The world’s first such operation inside an eye recently took place at an Oxford hospital.

Welcome To the Hot Tub Of Despair – Not all life finds a way in extreme environments but some does:

Brine Pool: Hot Tub of Despair | Nautilus Live

Brine pools, on one hand, provide the basis for life through chemosynthesis for creatures living near them on the bottom of the ocean. On the other hand, the fluid they contain is extremely toxic to many forms of sea life. Here we see creatures that have ventured inside the dangerous interior of the brine pool and failed to return.

Digital Kitchen Backsplash – There are kitchen backsplashes and then there are kitchen backsplashes – with LED displays. If it wasn’t so pricey I would have a complete LED trim at my business.

Digital Kitchen Back Splash – contact [email protected]

Uploaded by All Things LED tm on 2017-01-11.

Space Pr0n Of The Week: Daphnis The Wavemaker – Never heard of Saturn’s moon of Daphnis? You aren’t the only one. As one of the tiny “shepherd moons” around Saturn’s ring system, it clears material out in the “Keeler Gap”, which appears narrow here due to the imaging angle (the moon is only 5mi. wide while the gap is 26). With the Cassini probe diving in deeper towards the rings on the last leg of it’s journey, it is snapping pictures like this giving us detail like never before. More details here.

Astronomy Picture Of The Day on Twitter

RPT] Daphnis the Wavemaker: https://t.co/5sYavLQp9X by @esa @NASAJPL

 
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