What Are You Playing This Week?
With last week being Halloween I played a few more “spooky games” with the kids, introducing them to Haunted House (2600), Hunt The Wumpus (TI 99/4A) & Dracula The Undead (Lynx). Something like ZombiU or Resident Evil isn’t for them at this point. I also played a bit more Super Mario Odyssey and the kids also decided that it was time to play Excitebots again.
While CCP Axes EVE: Valkyrie For Now – T’was the only reason my brother was interested in VR
Nintendo Showcases Sega’s Sonic Forces Launch Trailer – The game launches tomorrow
What Did Reviewers Think Of E.T. On The Atari 2600 Back Then – Given what you’ve probably heard about the game, the results may shock you
The Xbox One X Launches Tomorrow – For a cool $500 you can have Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Xbox game console family, the one that they like to remind you over and over again is “the most powerful game console ever made”. While it is true that 4k enhanced games look much better than the standard counterparts, it’s too bad that such a tagline is fleeting(apart from PCs always being ahead and the PS5 probably getting announced with better specs anytime), it will have zero exclusive titles and the OS is “great until its ever inconsistent operating system grinds to a halt“. I don’t mean to hate on it but MS is really making it hard to do anything otherwise at this point. You’d think that a company that built up it’s riches on making operating systems would get at least that part right but apparently not. If you’re upgrading anyways, here’s 38 titles enhanced for the XBX hardware:
Blizzard Announces New WoW Expansion + “World Of Warcraft Classic” – If you’re into WoW or used to be into it but moved away after the many changes, perhaps the news out of Blizzcon 2017 is what fans are looking for. To keep current fans interested, they’ve announced the Battle For Azeroth expansion, which features are detailed below. They also have announced that a classic “Vanilla” server will be brought online to give seasoned fans the game they enjoyed playing back in the olden days of 2004. Neither has a release date at this time but it is something to look forward to.
Housemarque Dumping Shoot ‘Em Ups For Future Development – They incorrectly label the genre as “arcade” and call that dead when the actual genre that struggles to build an audience is the Shoot ‘Em Up (also called “shmup”). This is also a corporate way to gloss over bad budgeting for their signature focus; they might have been making higher end shooters but it’s a crowded field these days when there are a ton of them even on phones. At the arcade my shoot ’em ups don’t do all that well, unless it is light-gun based, then it pays the bills and then some.
Play Densha De Go! At Home – Well, if you’re in Japan. I’ve never played the Densha De Go! series but Taito did just launch a new arcade version that is more simulator like than ever. I have my doubts that we’ll see it out in the US while this one might be picked up by importers for those interested.
Ghost Of Tsushima Announced For PS4 – Many new trailers for PS4 games came out this week but for the most part, it’s sequel this and sequel that. For something a little different (but as too many new game announcements go, zero gameplay here, just “We’re Hollywood!!!!”), here’s an upcoming samurai game that is exclusive to the PS4:
Another Pothole In The F-35’s Road – Maintenance Facilities Are Way Behind – Being run by Sgt. Bilko perhaps?
The Scan Pyramids Project – Here’s how technology is assisting archeaologists in learning more about the pyramids, including the discovery of an empty chamber that was detected using a muon scanning technique. You can also see them using AR in looking at it.
China’s Makes “Asia’s Most Powerful Island Maker” – If you’ve been curious as to how China has been building new islands in the South Pacific, it’s through a fleet of ‘Cutter Suction Dredger’ ships. They’ve now have a big one, capable of dredging material and transporting it 15km away.
Space Pr0n Of the Week: UY Scuti – If you’re into astronomy then you’ve probably heard about VY Canis Majoris as that has graced many videos as the biggest known star. Well, that star has to take a back seat to UY Scuti, a red supergiant that is found within our own galaxy at about 9500 light-years away. The star is so large & luminous that it is difficult to nail down the exact radius & mass; best we can tell it is has a very bumpy surface. Finding exoplanets around it is also a task beyond our present technology. Just looking at this picture though, it looks like just another bright star in the stellar sea: