Welcome to yet another edition of the Sparta Report’s Weekly gaming/technology thread. It is true that most of you are here for politics and not for games but it doesn’t hurt to let that (and your blood pressure) rest for a little bit.
What Are We Playing This Week
For me? More Zelda:BOTW of course. It’s been a while since I played a game that I had a hard time putting down but the tablet/portable functionality of the Switch really helps in that regard.
How are you supposed to get through the Lost Woods again? #BreathOfTheWild #zsrbotw https://t.co/jEhLStBgnJ
I’ll be honest, I didn’t find a lot to share in this category this week. Most of the PS4 newswires are “HOW WILL THE PS4 PRO COMPARE WITH THE SCORPIO???” thanks to the first item above. Gotta love all this conjecture based on paper specs for one machine that has few to no games announced for it yet. Feel free to share relevant gaming videos in the comments
Microsoft Building Hype For Scorpio – With the Nintendo Switch grabbing all of the headlines lately, it seems that Microsoft feels like it’s a good time to start getting more info out there about the Scorpio. The focus is specs and power once again although I’m not sure how useful this is in an age where PC is always going to render consoles obsolete in no time. That and one problem (for me) with the Xbox One is that nothing is really exclusive where I might as well play the PC versions of those games which run better there anyways. At least it will be 100% backwards compatible with the 360 and One so that’s a plus…they should top it off with original Xbox BC (why not?)
Rich went to Microsoft to see Project Scorpio, talk to the people who made it and see software running. But just how powerful is it? This video reveals all.
Xonotic Receives It’s First Update In Over A Year (PC Master Race) – Back in the day – 10 years ago I think? – some adept coders and game modelers created a ‘fork’ of iD’s original Quake called Nexiuz. After a while that game went ‘mainstream’ so the game was forked again into Xonotic. It’s a free FPS title that plays a lot like Unreal Tournament or Quake III and it still receives updates, albeit not on a monthly basis. I haven’t played Xonotic for a couple of years but perhaps with the new update it’s time for me to jump in again.
I walk through as many new features of Xonotic 0.8.2 as I can! Xonotic is an addictive, arena-style first person shooter with crisp movement and a wide array of weapons. It combines intuitive mechanics with in-your-face action to elevate your heart rate. Xonotic is and will always be free-to-play.
Paradigm Goes For Classic Point-N-Click Fun/Weirdness (PC Master Race) – When I saw the trailer for this odd game, it reminded me of some bizarre point-n-click game I once tried out on DOS but the name of it escapes me. Either way, if that sort of adventure game is up your alley, then it is available on Steam or through the Humble Bundle Store
Wishlist on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/600370 Pre-order on Humble: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/paradigm Site: http://www.paradigmadventure.com/ On April 5th Enter the mutated world of Krusz. Date a toaster while you’re there if you like. Coming to PC & Mac!
New Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentina Trailer (3DS) – The WiiU is as dead as a doornail but despite the release of the Switch, Nintendo is still giving plenty of love to their portable-only console, the 3DS. Here’s the latest trailer for the upcoming FE game:
Kingdoms clash over warring gods in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, coming to Nintendo 3DS on May 19th! #Nintendo #3DS #Nintendo3DS #FireEmblem Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS/Fire-Emblem-Echoes-Shadows-of-Valentia-1175211.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=youtube&utm_campaign=FireEmblemEchoes%7CBattleTVC Facebook Fire Emblem: https://facebook.com/FireEmblem Twitter Nintendo UK: https://twitter.com/NintendoUK Twitch Nintendo UK: https://twitch.tv/NintendoUK Instagram Nintendo UK: https://instagram.com/NintendoUK YouTube Nintendo UK: https://bit.ly/2cREWfu
The Void Finally Opens Their First Official Facility In Lindon, UT – I almost made this a headline but these guys are in my backyard (about a 45 min drive) so I might as well comment further about it. I visited their beta facility back in Nov. 2015 and heard a lot of hype from their CEO that by the end of 2016 that they would have something around 300 locations rocking and rolling. The reality turned out to be only 1 location had a Void experience last year and the first facility is open now.
I do have to say that out of all the VR I have tried, they have the most convincing setup as it is 1) wireless to a degree (you wear the computer on your back) 2) they have their own HMD 3) supports multiplayer and 4) they have walls. The last item is rather significant as a big issue with VR is that they go to great pains to hype up how you are going into the computer world like it was TRON but game after game has you sitting in one small area as things come at you from different angles. This avoids the ‘walk through the wall’ problems that free roam games would have when controlling that in a home environment is very difficult.
The Void has an ingenious maze design where they can fool people into thinking that they are walking for miles if necessary. I am curious to see how the surrounding tech has improved and whether or not this is the holodeck that we’ve all been waiting for or not. There were some issues with the beta when I visited last but it was beta so such a thing is expected. That said, I often have vertigo/migraine issues after using VR so I’m not optimistic that it will be any different. If I can find the time, I’ll drop by and report.
Game Music Of The Week: The Legend of Zelda Theme on the Floppotron – Going extra nerdy for this one:
The Legend of Zelda theme cover by computer hardware orchestra. Which song would you like to hear next? Like it? Share it! More info on how it works: http://silent.org.pl/home/ .
Homebrew of the Week: T:ME Salvo (Atari 7800) – New homebrew that is coming along. It’s like a cross between Robotron and the obscure arcade game Targ.
Playthrough highlighting Alien Octapods, Devious Brains, Unblinking Bots, Relentless Grunts, Helpless Humanoids, Invincible Hulking enemy, Killer Progs, and a Challenge Level shown. Complete intro with theme music.
Custom 3D Printed Shoes For Your Feet – Is this the future of sneakers/shoes (whichever word you prefer to use)? Perhaps…
Earlier this morning, adidas rolled out a teaser for its first ever 3D-printed sneaker, and now, thanks to a Fast Company interview with adidas exec Eric Liedtke, we’re learning more about what is quite literally the future of footwear.
Think Ink Pen Designed To Help You Focus – I dunno, not sure that I would get much focusing done with one of these unless it also blocks all internet signals in a small area:
The First Titanium and Steel pen the Bends, Spins and Transforms in to Various Fidgety Features
The Ingenious Design Of The Aluminum Can – Just another one of those awesome inventions that everybody takes for granted.
Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can.
Mechanical Mini-Car Vs. Magnet Mini-Train – Step right up and see who wins.
This is speed challenge of simplest electromagnetic train 1.5V (compared with super clockwork mini car). Best performance is 4:40 ※ In this video’s Lithium battery has safety holes for gas. ※ Symbol of Φ is magnets diameter.
Space Pr0n of the Week: Stellar Fireworks – The Orion region continues to be a great place for astronomers to explore. Looking near the Trapezium Cluster, the ALMA observations of the region found a firework-like explosion remnant of the birth of a star (as opposed to the death). Explosions weren’t exactly expected at this phase but that’s the fun thing about science/space – one observation changes everything. More details here.