Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this week’s gaming & tech thread at the Sparta Report. I’m not really doing any tech stuff this week since E3 has too much news to digest. So if you know of something really cool (for either category), feel free to share in the comments.

What Are We Playing This Week?

I Finally bit the bullet and finished The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is truly an excellent game that Nintendo has every right to be proud of; now I have to look forward to the DLC 😛 I also played some Doom, Puyo Puyo Tetris and Mushihimesama (PC). How about you?

Gaming Headlines

Sony Guy Jim Ryan: “Why Would Anybody Play This?” When Speaking About Old PS Games – Fun? Who cares. ITZ ABOUT DUH GWAFIX GAIZ. Microsoft seems to agree.

Accolade Returns And Sets About Resurrecting Bubsy – Not Sure I’d Call Bubsy “Legendary”

Power Pool Slam Coming Exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS

Shenmue 3 Delayed To Later 2018

Sega Releases Sonic Runners Adventure To Russia & The UK

Forza Horizon 7 Ultimate Edition For XB1 Is 100 Buckaroos

Skyrim on Switch Is Adding Items & Costumes From The Legend Of Zelda

Indie Arcade Game Cosmotrons Going On A Summer Tour

Walking Through The Southern Fried Gameroom Expo That Took Place This Past Weekend

Star Wars Pinball Revealed – USA game maker Stern Pinball finally pulled off the cover from their latest game, Star Wars Pinball this week. Many pinball fans are not too happy with it given the fairly bare-bones playfield (click here to see Stern’s latest competition, Dialed In! from Jersey Jack Pinball. Playfield has no lack of ‘stuff’ on it) but I imagine that most SW fans will enjoy it. Click here for more details regarding the features and three different models.

Star Wars Pinball

E3 Trailers

I’m probably going to miss a lot of these so let me know if something is missed. To prevent the post from being too media heavy, we’ll just text link it. The new Xbox 1 X isn’t getting anything truly exclusive to it (just like the PS4Pro) so we’ll just keep XB1 to refer to the games which are playing across all of the ‘family’ anyways

Sorry CP, no Armored Core that I can see :/

Star Wars Battlefront II 

Bioware’s New IP, Anthem

Pokken Tournament DX / Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon

The Last Night – Made By A GamerGater And Focuses On Perils Of Universal Income

Originally Announced In 2011, Zombie Survival Game Fortnite Is Still In Development

Strange Brigade Is Like Sniper Elite But With Mythical Creatures (PC/PS4/XB1)

Project Cars 2 Coming September 22nd  (PC/PS4/XB1)

NHL 18 Pre-Announcement Trailer (PS4/XB1)

Kingdom Come Deliverance Set For Feb 2018 (PC/PS4/XB1)

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – This will also have VR support

Battlefield 1 In The Name Of The Tsar

Dragonball Fighter Z Coming Early 2018 (PC/PS4/XB1)

Become A Jolly-ol’ Vampire In London In Vampyr (PC/PS4/XB1)

Kingom Hearts 3 (PS4/XB1)

Minecraft Goes 4K

One Piece Unlimited World On Sale Aug. 24th (PS4/Switch)

Cuphead Finally Gets A Release Date For Sep. 27th (PC/XB1)

Doom VFR Adds Virtual Reality To The Mix (PSVR/Vive)

Fallout 4 Also Going VR (PSVR/Vive)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PC/PS4/XB1)

The Evil Within 2 (PC/PS4/XB1)

Skyrim Switch Edition

Assassin’s Creed Origins (PC/PS4/XB1) – WE WAZ KANGZ: The Video Game

Middle Earth – The Shadow of War

Ancestors, Medival Viking game (PC/XB1)

Extinction, another hack ‘n slash game (PC/PS4/XB1)

Sonic Forces E3 Demo

ARMS Live Demo For Goofy, Awkward Fun (Switch)

Need For Speed Payback (PC/PS4/XB1)

BattleTech Teaser (PC)

A Way Out (PC)

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Halo Wars 2: Awakening The Nightmare (PC/XB1)

Daytona Championship USA (Arcade) – Not really an E3 trailer since the arcade industry ignores the marketing opportunity here but the game is showing up at arcades across America as we speak.

Conferences

I hate top 10 lists with the passion of 1000 exploding stars but I can make an exception when it comes to re-iterating that what you see at E3 and what you eventually get aren’t quite the same. This is more for those who are new to the whole gaming and/or E3 thing. And yes the title of this video is superbly idiotic with the click-baity “OF ALL TIME” line.

PC Gaming Show

I am unable to really watch this but by my understanding it is really, really long.

Microsoft

I’ll Just Leave This Here:

Project Scorpio is christened with the incredibly dumb name of XBox One X. That way we can call it…XBOX, get it? Xbox One (the third console in the family) was bad enough but this is just asking for market confusion of WiiU proportions. As we see from the press conference, there is plenty of confusion to be had as you now have the “family” that they are just calling “Xbox One” a lot of the time while you have Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Good luck at getting the mass market of casuals  to understand what that’s all about. As I saw someone state on Twitter (lost the link though), there are going to be a lot of disappointed kids this Christmas when they end up with the XBS instead of the XBX. Even the sound of the letters is similar – I don’t envy game reseller employees in lieu of this.

At the very least the games are backwards compatible and not everyone has a 4k TV to take advantage of all the effects anyways.

Here’s the conference – they go crazy over specs and power (4k @ 60fps is finally possible for them), the liquid cooled vapor chamber, the size being smaller than any other.  To me, it feels a lot like the PS4Pro, just that they have managed to give it enough power to play on the 4K lines at higher frame rates.  Games include Forza Motorsport 7, Metro Exodus, Assassins Creed Origins, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Deep Rock Galactic, State of Decay 2, Code Vein and more. It is nice to see some original games as opposed to remakes/sequels for everything. Ori is the first new IP from Microsoft themselves in four years though. They spend quite a bit of time on some of the games, making the enitre conference drawn out and dull in many parts. Fortunately you can jump now ahead instead of sitting through all two hours of it. Or you can watch with three minute distillation of the games from the conference.

By my humble opinion, Microsoft didn’t do anything that is really going to change things up in their quest to dominate the market again. Yes the XBX is more powerful than the PS4Pro but power is fleeting. It will mean that 3rd parties will stay on-board but Sony has the stronger brand; overall things continue being pretty nice in PC Master Race Land.

The crowd through the conference gave a solid gauge towards public excitement to it all. In part the conference was far too long but they were muted in any real excitement until Spencer announced that they are finally adding original Xbox titles to their backwards compatibility program. Halo fans also got nothing to look forward to for now.

And I guess to kick them while they’re down:

Sony

UPDATE: Sony had what I would call a good conference – excepting that the sound was botched for a bit at the beginning there after the Indian music group did their jam. They also used some special effects on stage that you would expect from a theme park which was cool. They kept the corporate executives to a minimum (always seems like they walk out on stage with a mile of rope to hang themselves with) which was probably a good idea and just showed a bunch of trailers. New Uncharted, God Of War, Shadow of the Colossus, CoD:WW2, Monster Hunter World (although MHW is coming to PC/XB1 too), a bunch of VR games and ended with a bit of Spider-Man. LOTS of QTE in that one but I wouldn’t be surprised if the final product is a little different from the obviously scripted play they showed. Many games are 2018 though and no PS5…given that the PS4Pro is not terribly behind the Xbox One X, they probably aren’t too worried about that yet.

Nintendo

Not happening until tomorrow. It is only 25 minutes long and is a Nintendo Direct instead of a conference stacked with journos & some fans. Pokken is out the way so no need to rehash that too much. Arms & Splatoon 2 will certainly get some love as will the upcoming Mario Odyessy. Zelda DLC will finally be discussed in more detail. None of that will be a surprise.

I’m certain we’ll see more 3rd party support from both major and indie sources. The sales pace the Switch is seeing is nothing for them to ignore at this point. Nintendo of course can go different ways but they are focused on showing off stuff from 2017 and not 2018 (the latter being a little a problem for both MS and Sony). This will mean more regarding already revealed titles plus 1 or 2 surprises (if Metroid Prime 4 is happening then I’m guessing it’s one of those 2018 cards). Chances are we’ll see some info on some additional WiiU ports and maybe Pikmin 4 will finally be pulled out of the dustbin. I will not be surprised in the slightest if the last minute of the Direct is SWITCH CONFIRMED FOR SMASH but Smash Bros on the Switch doesn’t appeal to me very much. The controller is not good at all for fighting games but there are always Switch Arcade sticks for a mere $150.

Bethesda

Links are above to many of the games they showed but in case you really want to see the whole conference (5 minute cut of it all can be found here):

Ubisoft

Conference is live now:

Technology Headlines

India Launches Their Heaviest Rocket Yet

Samsung Employee Arrested Over Part-Time Hobby Of Stealing & Reselling Phones

Support President Trump On Facebook? That’s a PermaBan!

Nutella’s 7 million Unique Labels Made By An Algorithm

Why You Should Always Change Your Password On New Hardware

NASA’s New Mars Rover Hearts Batman Dark Knight

PCIe 5.0 Will Be Here In 2019 

Free eBooks From NASA

Toshiba Investing Almost $4 Billion Into US Nuclear Reactors

TECHNOLOGY

There’s always time for big awesome guns, right?

Just going to do the Space Pr0n of the week here with an unusual hole on Mars:

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