Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #20 – Post-Superbowl Hangover Edition
It’s the first Monday of the shortest month in the year. Let’s make the most of it by giving you a fill of gaming and technology news for the week.
What Have We Been Playing This Week?
A little more of the same for me – Federation Force on the 3DS. Not enough to finish the game (not even a quarter of the way through) but it was something. Otherwise, I’ve been spending time working on the remodel of a new store for my business to move to.
I suppose I should have played some football game to celebrate the Superbowl but I’ll admit it – I’m just not into sports (nerd alert). I do own an NFL Blitz 2000 Arcade Machine and an NBA Jam circuit board…and have a few of the Atari sports games that I almost never play. What about you?
Sega Continuing To Add Classic Game Tracks To Spotify (You need an account to view)
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Extremely impressive for Nintendo Switch when compared to PS4, XB1 & Wii U. pic.twitter.com/pCSIGXRKJ0
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 3, 2017
Facebook Ordered To Pay Zenimax $500 Million In Oculus Rift VR Lawsuit – The lawsuit that everyone had been waiting for came to a close, with both sides not getting what they wanted but Zenimax can’t complain in winning $500m. Granted, they wanted $2 billion and to stop Oculus from selling their product – although it sounds like Zenimax will continue pushing for that in anyway that they can. PC World has the story; John Carmack responded with his disappointment and some personal defense on Facebook to which Zenimax responded back.
Insomniac Games CEO Makes a “Statement on US immigration policy” – Check out all of the triggered snowflakes in the background, putting on their ‘resist faces’. Apparently, these prominent PlayStation game developers have better things to do than just make video games, angling for that sweet pundit gig on CNN. If you want to know what virtue signaling looks like, this is a perfect example.
Other virtue signaling companies – Blizzard and Harmonix. And this morning, almost 100 companies are virtue signaling morons who were all strangely not outraged when Presidents that they worship did the exact same thing as Trump did as it is the law. Intel, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple included as they melt over the so-called “Muslim Ban” that isn’t a ban on religion at all. Not that you are surprised but these companies really do loathe the people that have made them what they are.
The Nintendo Switch Superbowl Ad (Extended Cut) – This was the talk of game channels after Nintendo released it a few days prior to the game. That gave certain Youtube channels time to analyze every bit of it, finding Easter Eggs and such. It also wasn’t like many other companies in trying to push their political views onto the audience so that’s something to be grateful for:
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity Launching For PS4/XB1 Next Month – If you enjoyed any of the original Flatout games, then you are in luck as a new installment is coming along next month. For a game that was a PC series, fans are demanding to know where that version is – given the architecture of the PS4/XB1, it would not be some great challenge. Personally, I could see this getting an arcade translation by someone like Sega (who has done GRID and DiRT: Showdown for the format):
Alien Pinball On The Production Line – Plus a wider look at the production floor of newcomer Heighway Pinball who has Full Throttle and Alien pinball for sale:
Sabotage DLC Available For Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4 first, others later) – If you are still playing the latest Call of Duty then a new DLC pack is available which adds new maps, game tweaks and Kevin Smith to a 90s themed zombie map. More details on the press release plus this video:
Aqua Kitty UDX For XB1 – I suppose this is one way to set your console apart, get more shoot ’em ups:
— Dugan (@TIKIPODltd) February 3, 2017
Game Music Of The Week – The Tecmo Bowl Soundtrack (NES) – To celebrate the Superbowl that I didn’t watch (nothing particular about the Superbowl this year due to their increased love of SJW-ism, I just didn’t grow up caring about football), here’s the entire soundtrack for Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES:
Homebrew of the Week: Break Free (TI 99/4a) – You know that you have a timeless concept on your hands when thousands of clones are produced using the same mechanics. Such is the case with Atari’s Breakout. When I first saw this game, I thought “oh, yet another Breakout clone” but such is not the case – it’s a little closer to Arkanoid but even then unique in some other aspects. As Break Free is, it would make for an excellent modern arcade game, I would just give it a trackball controller and update the graphics. If you want this game on a bona-fide cartridge, click here.
I have noticed a shift in headlines and stories, all angling to convince you that Trump and every policy he holds is seeking to Destroy The Worldtm. That effort does not just take place in political news – it is pervasive among technology, science and gaming news as well. One “journalist” after another is churning out these ‘the sky is falling’ type stories regarding every Trump policy in an effort to turn the public against him. What better way to do that than to insert their nonsense into these categories too. I’ve weeded things out the best I can but this week in particular it has been a challenge.
uBeam finally shows off a demo of their wireless charging tech – like so many Silicon Valley darlings these days, they get a lot of hype and cash but don’t seem to show much for a loooong time
Hyundai’s Superbowl Commercial – Notable as it shows how modern technology can be used to bring people together, particularly our soldiers who serve overseas. I haven’t watched all of the Superbowl commercials but this looks to be the best.
Vanadium Dioxide Defies A Law Of Physics, Conducts Electricity But Not Heat – If you have read Human Being’s detailed explanations of certain technologies, then you know that there are some barriers using present materials in the development of silicon chips. As such, chip makers have been working on alternatives for a while now. One of those alternatives may soon include the little known metal alloy vanadium dioxide, which has been discovered to conduct electricity without conducting heat due to how it is structured at certain temperatures. It stands out as other materials to achieve this effect have to be super-chilled to achieve this effect either. This could also help with the development of other technologies. Read more about it here.
Get A Petabyte (about 1024 Terabytes) of Storage For Under $100k – Yes Petabytes are real and they’re spectacular. The chances of a home user needing that much space is dubious but for commercial servers where you need that sort of thing, there is nothing wrong with building an array on a budget. This is somewhat amusing to me given that I recall how my first personal computer had 40MB of storage – and of course computers that didn’t even have a hard drive so it was all dependent on how much space the floppy disk could hold. Anyways, if you are looking for achieving a petabyte, this video gets into that:
The Purple Pillow – Modern tech is re-inventing the pillow, Purple being one of the solutions I’ve been hearing about. This is the fun Kickstarter video for that product, explaining why normal pillows tend to be lousy:
Sleep Sound Machines – Alternative to Sleeping Pills? Speaking of sleep, I noticed that there are machines created just to help you get to sleep in the event you have that eternal bout with insomnia. There seem to be many to choose from, all offering varieties of sound from white noise to ocean waves. Do they work? I guess many reviews seem to be positive but I imagine that mileage varies from person to person.
The Future of Skateboarding? – Probably not but I likely would have had more success with this than I did with an actual skateboard back when I tried those as a kid:
Space Pr0n of the Week: Planets Elsewhere – With advances in technology the ability to find planets around other stars is increasing. This isn’the the first time we’ve seen images of exoplanets however I am not aware of seeing various in motion like this before.
— Corey S. Powell (@coreyspowell) January 29, 2017