Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #25 – We’ve Made It! This Far…

Hail Spartans! I’m back after visiting Florida and having a proper vacation. Naturally it wouldn’t have been complete without my idiot brother-in-law mocking MAGA and trying to have an argument about illegal immigration. Being that I’m married to a legal immigrant now US citizen, I wasn’t having any of that. This did mean we missed a week of this thread but now we’ve reached the big ol’ 25. Enjoy!

What Are We Playing This Week?

If you bought a Nintendo Switch then chances are you’ve been playing Zelda since there really isn’t much else for the platform yet. In fact, 89% of Switch buyers have Zelda so far.

On top of going to Florida, a couple of days later I flew down to Dallas for another arcade trade show. To be honest I could have done without it as it was essentially a downsized recap of a show that took place in November but I did get a chance to play Daytona Championship USA, Attack From Mars remake pinball, Aerosmith pinball, Werewolves (XD Dark Ride film), Maximum Tune 5 and Catch The Light Frenzy. Otherwise, no time for console gaming on my end. Here’s the summary of what I saw there.

Gaming Headlines

Nintendo Doubles Their Nintendo Switch Production Efforts

Once Again A AAA Game Launches With Bugs, Bad Dialogue & Other Weirdness Galore (New Mass Effect)

Horizon Zero Dawn Is Selling Rather Well

Super Mario Run Finally Comes To Android

For The PC Master Racer: The Freestyle Edge Split Mechanical Keyboard 

Games Are Still Being Released On the PS Vita, Such As Spacejacked

Nintendo Switch eShop Slowly Building Up A Game Library

Kerbal Space Program To Receive “Making History” Expansion

NeoGeo Games Fixed After Patching On The Switch

Let’s remember: Commander Keen:

Lord Arse! ?️ #PlayExpoLONDON on Twitter

Gaming Memory! ❤ Title: Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons Publisher: Apogee Platform: DOS Year: 1991 #retrogaming #gamersunite


Nintendo releases The Making of Zelda Mini-Docs – If you’ve been curious as to how Nintendo went about creating the latest Legend of Zelda game, they’ve uploaded three 10~ min documentaries to Youtube to cover how that went. Here’s the first part, the other two can be found on their Youtube channel.

The Making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Video – The Beginning

Director Hidemaro Fujibayshi discusses the process and journey of creating The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. #Nintendo #NintendoSwitch #TheLegendOfZelda #BreathoftheWild Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! Visit for all the latest!

Daytona Championship USA Slated For April Release – Speaking of playing Daytona, it will be available in arcades next month. They remade the three original tracks from Daytona USA (3-7 Speedway; Dinosaur Canyon & Seaside Street Galaxy) then mirrored those tracks and draped them with a new theme. The mirror/re-theme of Seaside Street Galaxy is called Metro City, here it is:

Daytona Championship USA – Metro City Track (Expert) – Checking out the 3rd new course found on the brand new Daytona Championship USA #arcade game, Metro City. This is a mirror of Seaside Street Galaxy that also has a different theme. While it is only one lap, it is quite a long one so it plays for the same amount of time.

Paladins Trailer (PC, PS4, XB1) – This is in closed beta at the moment and getting some promotion mainly from Microsoft who seems to remember all of the sudden that a lot of their fans are into FPS games. If you want a game like Overwatch for your console, then this appears to be up that alley.

Paladins – Be More Than A Hero Trailer | Xbox One

Become a Founder – Play Paladins: Champions of the Realm today on Xbox One! Buy the Founder’s Pack on the Xbox Store for instant access.

Kona Released (PC, PS4, XB1)  – Survival: Horror games are so hot right now. If you are into these kinds of games, the latest one is called Kona:

KONA – Launch Trailer

The launch trailer for KONA from Ravenscourt and Parabole on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Be sure to subscribe to be notified when new trailers are uploaded to!

PS Now To Bring PS4 Games To The PC – Well, most PS4 “exclusives” have been on the PC anyways so may as well make it official and retire the word. This sounds like what Microsoft has done for a while with the XB1 & Windows 10 but from what I hear, PS Now isn’t very good as far as functionality goes. Either way, the PC Master Race continues it’s march into total domination.

Sonic Mania Delayed; Sonic Force Gameplay Unveiled – Fans of Sega’s best known mascot character certainly have a lot to look forward to as Sega hasn’t given up on Sonic yet despite some stumbles in the franchise. For the new 2D Sonic, Sonic Mania has been delayed but on the 3D side, we have our first look at the next big Sonic game, Sonic Forces.

Sonic Forces – First Modern Sonic Gameplay

Sonic blasts through a city under siege by Death Egg Robot sentinels in this first look at Sonic Forces. Coming this Holiday season to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC!

Game Music Of The Week: CastleVania 3: Dracula’s Curse – Stream: There are quite a few good songs to chose from among the CastleVania music repertoire. Here’s one picked at sort-of random, Stream from CastleVania 3:

Castlevania 3 : Dracula’s Curse OST – Stream

Castlevania 3 : Dracula’s Curse OST – Stream

Homebrew of the Week: Millennium Racers: Y2K Fighters (Sega Dreamcast) – This one isn’t a homebrew but a rediscovered game. Millennium Racers was released on the PC back in 1999 but it was apparently in development for the Sega Dreamcast as well. That was never announced so Dreamcast fans had no idea what they were missing until recently a collector discovered the game on a Dreamcast developer kit. After some work on the file, it has been released in a playable form to the community. Check out the full story here or watch the video:

Video Review – Millennium Racer: Y2K Fighters for Sega Dreamcast

Millennium Racer: Y2K Fighters was recently discovered on a Dreamcast development kit and released for the community to play. Full details on the discovery and download links here:

Technology Headlines

Intel Spends A Mere $15 Billion On Mobileye

Support Coming To An End For Windows Vista

Who Says That The USA Doesn’t Have Royalty?

AMD Announces Ryzen 5 Series Processors

Aww, Engadget Has Another Hissy Fit Over The FCC Not Being A Jack-Booted Thug

Lefty “The World Will End If We Don’t Have Every Penny A Democrat Wants” Mentality Permeates Through Space Blogs Too

Tips To Improve AMD Ryzen Performance


The water massage bed – This tech is a few years old but this channel re-edited and re-uploaded the footage so it is new to me. I wonder how effective it is in practice…since it was 2011 I doubt it will be automating massaging jobs out of business any time soon

A water bed that can be utilized in medical facilities and nursing care welfare facilities

Next-generation vending machine appeared! Transmissive display mounted model ※ This video first appeared on the diginfonews channel in 2009. It has been re-edited and uploaded to the ikinamo channel. Movie Japanese version (Japanese Ver.) → Site version (Japanese Ver.)

The Concept Of Circular Runways – “One Man” is trying to make this happen but I highly doubt that such a thing would become commonplace given all of the infrastructure that is already in place. Interesting idea though.


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Zubits: Magnetic Shoe Clamps – These aren’t quite self-tying shoes but pretty close:

Zubits Installation Video –

Zubits magnetic shoe closures instruction video for installation of Zubits from Zubits installation page and printable instructions can also be found at magnetic shoelaces from Zubits magnetic shoe closures.


 A Burnout Using A Thermal Camera – Thermal cameras are fun:

Huge Burnout With A Thermal Camera

Watch An Epic Honda S2000 Burnout With An Infrared Camera! Flir One Thermal Camera – Subscribe for new videos every Wednesday! – Products Used: FLIR T1K Camera – Temperature Datalogger – Garmin 4K Camera Used – Data Overlay OBD2 Link – In this video we’re checking out a burnout with a Honda S2000 and a Flir T1K thermal camera.

Space Pr0n Of The Week: High Rez Mimas In Saturnlight – Saturn’s moon Mimas is primarily known as the “Death Star Moon” due to an ancient but enormous crater that makes the moon look a lot like the Death Star. The same moon also has an odd heat pattern that in infrared makes it appear to look like Pac-Man. Outside of pop culture references, Mimas is quite the sphere to take a look at in detail. Here Cassini captured a very high resolution photo of it this past January. It’s sharp enough that this almost looks like a finely detailed model as opposed to another world. This is made more fascinating by the left side of the picture is lit from reflected sunlight off of Saturn, i.e. Saturnlight. More details at APOD.

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