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Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #45 – Now With 45% More Dinosaurs

What Are You Playing This Week?

In case anyone round here is gaming on top of their politics, tell us what you’ve been playing lately. I got in some Splatoon 2, some God Eater 2 Rage Burst, played a few different games on Taito Legends for the original Xbox (Space Gun, Operation Wolf, Bubble Bobble and Rastan) along with a small amount of EDF 4.1, grinding on Inferno levels as you tend to attempt on that game.

Gaming Headlines

Steam Has 67 Million Monthly Users – That’s quite the Master Race you’ve got there, Valve

Metroid: Samus Returns Teaser Site Opens

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Announced For PS4 & Switch

Two Persona Dancing Games Announced Between the 3DS, PS4 & Vita – Pump up the jam, pump it up…

Mobile Game Gear.Club To Bring Realistic Driving To The Switch In Q4 

Conan Exiles Port Coming To XB1 Next Week; PS4 Later On

Night Trap  25th Anniversary Edition Was Going To Be On Switch

Unused Mission Mode Discovered In Mario Kart Wii

It’s Essentially Virtua Racer, With Today’s Hardware

Season 2 Of Telltale’s Next Batman Game Launches Tomorrow

Switch Continues To Get More Arcade Love With Gunbarich & Strikers 1945 + More NeoGeo MVS Incoming

Remembering The Apple Pippin, Apple’s Failed Game Console

Wireless Transfer Between Two Atari 2600 Consoles – Because We Can ™

Basketball Meets Mortal Kombat:


SAURIAN Released To Steam Early Access – This game has you playing as a dinosaur, hearkening back to Savage Quest for the arcade while adding in the survival element to it. You might think of this one as a grown up The Land Before Time. Without the singing. Official website for the game is here.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Combat Gameplay – In case you wanted to see more from the upcoming Mario game that isn’t Odyssey:

New Footage For Crytek’s Hunt Showdown (PC) – Crytek has not had a smooth ride in recent years but perhaps their upcoming ‘co-op survival horror’ game Hunt Showdown will turn things around for them. We’ll see when it comes around next year.

Bloody Zombies Brawler Crawls Its Way To Release On Sep. 12th (PC, PS4, VR, XB1) – I mainly care about sharing this because brawlers are still uncommon since they stopped showing up in arcades in the 90s. That said, the graphics aren’t anything to write home about and another zombies infestation the UK game is nothing close to original; I also am not sure what VR is supposed to add here. But if you don’t care about that stuff and enjoy beat ’em ups and zombies, then maybe its for you.

When Checkpoints Suck – I’m sure we’ve all played a game where the game has a checkpoint that takes place right before an  event that ends up killing you almost right away. This pokes fun at that gaming irritant :

Game Music Of The Week: Robo Aleste, Inside The Mine (Sega CD) – Shoot ’em ups are always a great source for some muzak, let’s go with Robo Alesta from the Sega CD this week:

Homebrew of the Week: Alex Kidd In Miracle World 2 (Sega Master System) – If you had a thing for Sega’s ‘other’ platforming mascot Alex Kidd, then this fan made effort is for you. Technically this is a ROM hack of the original but heavily modified to create this sequel in its place. You can download it (for now) via this page.

Technology Headlines

In Case You Are Wondering How A “2nd Korean War” Might Shake Out

More People Calling For Elon’s Sweet Gubmint Cheese To End – Having a high charm skill certainly gets you farther in real life than in RPGs

Youtube Resists Free Speech With Content Policing, Sites Like Have An Opening

Hyperloop-One Has A Successful Inaugural Test

Apple Discovers The Amazing New Idea That Price Drops Can Drive Sales Up

IBM Sets Record With New 330TB Magnetic Tape Storage – That’s a lot of recorded radio, amirite?

Microsoft Drops The Focus On Mobile In Favor Of AI Research

UK Hacker Who Stopped Wannacry Ransomware Indicted In The US For His Own Trojan Horse Malware

HBO G3t2 Hack3d

No, The Tesla Solar Roof Is Not Cheaper Than Standard Roofing

Improving Soldier Supply Lines Through Wearable Tech

James Webb Telescope Probably Delayed Again, Which Means A Bigger Price Tag

T-Mobile Creates A Mobile Data Plan Just For Seniors 

Format Wars Revisited: Beta VS. VHS, Was Beta Really That Much Better? – Flame suits at the ready!

Naturally, The Pious Media Are Treating The Google Tech Memo How Would Expect; Pay Attention To The Writers:


Foxconn To Build A Plant In MI Too – Amazing what can happen when you put a businessman into the Presidency with an American First mentality + sensible ideas on international trade, isn’t it? How many libertarian and liberal Open Borders/One World geniuses told us that these jobs would “NEVER” come back? Granted, without Trump, it’s pretty much guaranteed that they would not have.

Ruger’s Silent-SR ISB For .22 Rifles – This is one way to make your .22 rifle look meaner while bringing the sound down. Of course, silencers aren’t where Hollywood likes to pretend they are (with the nearly silent ‘zip’ foley) but this still sounds like it does a great job at suppression.

DOE Awards 2nd Voucher To Transatomic For Continued Experiments With Molten Salt Fuel – That headline is a mouthful but suffice it to say that when Trump said that we would be supporting nuclear energy, the administration is sticking with that promise so far. Transatomic is a start-up company that has designed a new kind of nuclear reactor, described in the video below. The video doesn’t mention the molten salt fuel however, which is something that will be tested on further by the Argonne Lab outside of Chicago:

The Pup Pocket Scanner – I could actually use something like this and not just because it uses lasers. Running a small business you have to frequently scan documents in but in my case I don’t really need to have a fully stocked office so I end up waiting until I get home to scan in certain things…if I remember 😛

The Decline Of Radio Shack – For those who remember when Radio Shack was useful, before giving up and trying to become just another smartphone retailer before the bitter end:

Space Pron Of The Week – Cylinder Mountains On Venus: Here is a strange geologic phenomenon seen on Venus that we don’t really understand. Best guesses are vulcanism (not of the Spock variety). Seems like another interesting reason to send a rover to the planet as well (the squares on the image are radar artifacts)

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