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Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #60 – Super Cyber Monday Edition

What Are We Playing This Week?

I played a little bit of DOOM & EDF 4.1 on PC, a little bit of Super Mario Odyssey and Puyo Puyo Tetris on Switch and some Halo 2 on the original Xbox. Not a whole lot this week really. How about you?

Gaming Headlines

Newegg’s Cyber Monday Deals -Many including Newegg started their Monday deals earlier :/

WalMart Cyber Monday Gaming Deals

Best Buy Cyber Monday Gaming Deals

More Sales & Deals For Your Gaming Hardware

SNES Classic To Be In Stock At Toys R Us Today – Likely sold out by the time this is published but who knows.

Microsoft Trying To Tell Xbox One S/X Owners Not To Plug The Consoles Into A Surge Protector

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Story Trailer (Switch)

Rare Closing Alpha Test Sign-ups For Sea Of Thieves On Dec. 1st

Of Course Doom & Skyrim On The Switch Are In Need Of A Patch, It’s Bethesda We’re Talking About Here

The Board Game Perfection Is Now A Giant Arcade Machine

Disney Told EA To Pull The Plug On Loot Boxes In Battlefront II After Seeing Online Backlash

Amazon UK Dropped The Price Of The Xbox One X By 20 Quid For Black Friday – When it’s not flying off the shelves, you might as well discount

Meanwhile, Nintendo Needs No Stinkin’ Discounts To Move Tons Of Product

Along Those Same Lines, Switch Outpaces Wii Sales In First 10 Months

RTS Warhammer: 40,000 – Gladius Coming To Steam “Soon”

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Footage For The Switch

Never Released Game Of Death For PC/PS2/Xbox

GAMING

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Overview Trailer – It’s Pokemon so pretty much doesn’t need my comment. It will certainly help keep the 3DS relevant while between that and the Switch, the public would only ask “What’s a Vita?” if you bring up current day portable game systems.

Incapable of Double Jumping? There’s Now A “Safe Mode” For That! – In the aftermath of an incompetent game “journalist” being unable to figure out how double-jumping works on Cuphead, courageous game devs are here to the rescue their pansy brothers with a new safe mode for “gamers” incapable of handling the thing they are supposed to enjoy or in the case of a journalist – review. This is coming to the horror game SOMA; don’t be surprised if more games add such a thing as a “feature” in the near future to the praise of people who find this gaming thing to be an unfathomable challenge.

Ultimate Fishing Simulator Hits Steam Early Access On Thursday – I know we have some fishermen around here so you might be interested in this game coming to Steam Early Access this week. Too bad in arcade circles we get ticket redemption versions of fishing instead of simulators like Sega’s Bass Fishing from the 90s…

MOAR IAAPA – I have had plenty to do this week with videos on brand new arcade games. Mainstream gaming news sources refuse to cover most of this stuff but not me! Giving Vid.me some love here since Youtube continues to be evil but if you want to see these in 4k, here’s the YT IAAPA playlist.

Injustice Arcade (Raw Thrills)

https://vid.me/sXf3G

Family Guy Bowling (Team Play)

https://vid.me/PIWWQ

Super Chexx Pro (ICE) – the modern return of bubble hockey

https://vid.me/MfD7k

And a little something for the guys as a ‘booth babe’ demonstrates Mannequin Challenge (Touch Magix):

https://vid.me/Ln6Wi

Homebrew of the Week: Slipstream (Commodore 64) – It you enjoy archaic 3D and shooters, then this game has that going on plus plenty of loading 😛 It’s almost like having Star Fox on the ol’ C64. (You have to jump about 2 min in to see the game)

Technology Headlines

Imgur Was Hacked Back In 2014. They Supposedly Learned About It Now

Flat-Earther’s Plans To Prove Reality Wrong Are Foiled For Now

DOJ Sues To Block The AT&T/Time Warner Merger – Well, that’s easier than going after the Clintons

The $100 Muon Detector

China Catching The Solar Panel Installation Fevah

Google Deranking RT & Sputnik Cuz #MuhRussia

Intel Admits That Their Management Engine Is Vulnerable – ‘Patches Up The Major Flaws’

Prepare To Be Shocked That Win10 Anti-Malware Tech Is Broken

Bitcoin Hits Record High Of $8000 

Microsoft Surface 2 Drains Your Battery Even When Plugged In (When Playing 3D games)

TECHNOLOGY

Google’s Anti-Conservative Algorithm Also Likes To Keep Pedophilia MonetizedAnd now advertisers are pulling their ads so as to not be associated with such videos. I’ve been uploading videos all week that are pretty much as innocent as you can get and yet the YT algorithm has deemed 98% of them as “not suitable for advertisers” until I get a manual review done and then they fix it. This ‘algorithm’ for deciding on what really isn’t suitable for advertisers shouldn’t be difficult to figure out what passes for objectionable content but it’s Google, where they are totally not evil because they say so.

Tesla Stirs Things Up With The Tesla Semi – Tesla’s new electric semi truck with autopilot features was unveiled recently and the biggest surprise was that it costs around $200k instead of the expected $400k.  More details on the specs about these can be found here.

It Turns Out That You Can Reinvent The Wheel – Thanks to the US space program and the need for rovers to have better wheels to handle rugged terrain. Although yes, it is correct to say reinvent the “tire” instead of the wheel 😛

Space Pr0n Of The Week: Oumuamua – I wonder what it would take to slap together a little probe and send it to chase “Oumuamua” down for a close-up look. <conspiracy mode>Maybe it’s a spaceship and not an asteroid given the shape and that it’s all metal<conspiracy mode>. In my book, given it’s all metal, they should have called it “Metallica”. Either way, it would be really fascinating to see this up close while it’s still in our neighborhood. Here’s more details on the strange interstellar visitor with a funky name: