Hello fellow Spartans and welcome to another exciting week of gaming entertainment and technological intrigue. I hope you all had a Happy Easter – the weather cleared up here and was quite delightful. As your host, I’m just here to compile and sort of comment on the news. This may or may not include a bent towards the PC MASTER RACE! or the Nintendo Switch or whatever else is fitting my fancy at the moment. I still try to find out what I can on the PS4, XB1 and mobile although this week there hasn’t been a lot to talk about with those platforms.
What Are We Playing This Week?
My Nintendo Switch still receives tons of love but only through one game. I guess in that regard it’s not really a big deal having a slow start to the launch title line-up since I’m still sinking in several hours a week into Breath of the Wild. I’ll be facing off against Ganon soon enough…
How about yourselves?
NES Classic Edition Discontinued Already – See headline #1 for the reason why
PS4/Vita Title Touhou Genso Wanderer Coming To NSW – The weird thing about the Switch is how it is effectively finishing off the PS Vita
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Nintendo Direct From 4/12 – Nintendo held another ‘Direct’ event to showcase upcoming software for their platforms…minus the WiiU. It was surprisingly strong for the 3DS with many new games being shown off but there was some love for the Switch as well. Nothing terribly surprising as far as that goes since they kept their focus on Arms, Splatoon 2 and a little bit of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There were announcements for Payday 2 and the “definitive” version of Rayman Legends coming to the platform. Oh and Minecraft, Puyo Puyo Tetris Monopoly and…well here’s a round-up of everything in case you can’t sit through the whole thing.
Star Wars: Battlefront II Coming This November (PC/PS4/XB1) – Just in time for Star Wars Episode 8 will be a new Battlefront. This seems to be copying Rogue One to some degree for the protagonist but for the Empire instead of the Rebellion while offering Battlefront style action covering events from Episode I-VII and filling in holes in-between. It has been noted that despite EA pledging to throw their support behind the Switch that it isn’t getting this one…yet (always wait for E3 for those ‘surprises’ although we’re talking EA here so it’s not like one should really expect anything more than tepid support from them on Nintendo stuff). Now for a Spaceballs themed Battlefront…
Bayonetta Comes To PC – In case you missed this game on the Xbox 360, PS3 or the WiiU, you can now enjoy it on your PC. It certainly should play the best here:
Everspace Warps Of Early Access At The End Of May (PC Master Race) – Everspace is a space combat game that has been in early access for a while but it will be leaving it on May 26th. Here’s a trailer that shows some of the latest updates to the title:
Project Nano – EPIC’s Cancelled Game Trilogy – Unseen64 just published a look at a cancelled series by EPIC Games that was intended to show up on the PC/PS4/XB1. While the precise game may have been shelved, I imagine they are still working on something that can become a new franchise down the road:
Game Music Of The Week: – Filmoa (ActRaiser, SNES): Let’s groove to some SNES beats thanks to Yuzo Koshiro and his work for the Squaresoft game Actraiser.
Homebrew of the Week – No Touchy (Atari 2600): Now on the other end of the tech spectrum, back to the days of ‘archaic’ graphics is a homebrew for the Atari VCS 2600 that combines elements of Joust/Flappy Bird with 1001 Spikes. The homebrew scene for Atari’s most famous hardware is still quite active, driven by one part nostalgia another part seeking glory to achieve what was thought to be unachievable on challenging hardware. No Touchy is still in beta form although it looks rather playable in this video:
Gab Adds More Useful Features – Given this morning’s article about Facebook screwing the pooch (among other screw ups), it’s worth pointing out the alternatives there are here. You don’t have to be stuck with Facebook/Twitter just because everyone knows who they are.
The social media Twitter alternative site Gab continues to add features that both make it more competitive and set it apart from other platforms. It is still a place that mainly leans right and “alt-right” (whatever that is – seems to be more of the Ron Paul libertarians than anything) but regardless you don’t have to talk a certain way or focus on one subject. I talk about games and space and politics in no particular order and may very well join the Pro brigade sometime soon. Or at least donate so I can put my money where my mouth is.
Anyways, they have added photo sharing for all users, a quote feature that is separate from reply/repost (works better than Twitter; you can post pics/gifs into quoted replies) and for the paying Pro users the ability to open up chat rooms. Given that it is a small team of only a few people rolling this out and not droves of hipsters out of San Francisco, it is quite impressive what they have done with the site so far.
Star Trek Is Here – The Portable Instant Translator – I wonder how accurate it really is but the people they use it with seem to understand it fine and usually that’s all you need to get by is an adequate understanding.
Microsoft Policy Blocks Win 7/8 Updates On The Latest CPUs – I suppose that’s one way to force users to accept your latest OS but I can’t imagine that it’s a strategy that will foster the goodwill needed to grow your user base.
The Tech Behind MOAB – With MOAB in the news (not the red rock city in Southern Utah), it’s fitting that we take a look at the technology behind America’s Biggest Dumb Bomb there is. You’ve probably seen footage of the strike on ISIS in Afghanistan but in case you hadn’t, here it is.
Preview of The Upcoming Star Wars Theme Parks – When I was at Disney World last month, I saw plenty of interesting and sometimes amazing tech. That’s the benefit of having millions for a budget and engineering talent to create such things. Once that is applied to Star Wars in theme park form, it’ll print it’s own money…
Curved Screen Gaming Laptop – Nuff’ said really. It’s a laptop with a curved screen
Conductive Plastics – One of those happy accidents that makes the world a better place – at least if the invention gets used instead of shelved.
Space Pr0n Of The Week: Active Galaxy NGC 1275 – Active galaxies could also be known as the fun galaxies since they are more interesting to look at than boring ol’ inactive ones. For NGC 1275, it is certainly an interesting place where the filaments don’t make a lot of sense as to how they are still there and haven’t been torn apart by the gravitational forces at work in the region. This one is a mere 230 million light-years away, is about the same size as our galaxy and is brought to us by the Hubble: