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Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #63 – A Merry Gamer Edition

What Are You Playing This Week?

I played the new DLC for The Legends Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (SW); Ghostbusters (PC, finally finished the game after owning it for something like 8 years); Star Wars pinball (the real thing) and the Star Wars Battle Pod (Arcade). Granted, these were all fairly brief plays as my week ended up becoming a hectic mess.

How about you?

Gaming Headlines

Firaxis Angers South Korean Users By Representing Korea With The Hated Queen Seondeok In Civ 6

Hyperkin Has A New ‘Pupper’ Controller For Switch

Shenmue 3 Update On Kickstarter With A New Character

Dance Arcade Game Pump It Up Prime 2 Getting 2018 Update on Jan. 1st

Nintendo Celebrating One Year Of Super Mario Run

Crytek Sues Star Citizen Dev Cloud Imperium

New Etrian Odyssey Title Coming To The 3DS Next Year

Dead Or Alive 6 Might Be In The Works

Pokemon Crystal Announced (3DS)

Wing Commander 4 Used To Have The Most FMV For A Video Game

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus Announced For Switch


Monster Hunter: World Footage (PC/PS4/XB1) – If you’re into Monster hunting the Capcom way, then get hype for World, which launches to consoles next month. The story mode will take about 40-50 hours to complete :

Ascent: Infinite Realm Gets A Trailer (PC) – If you are into MMOs, airships and what appear to be steam-powered mechs, this might be the game for you.

Homebrew of the Week: Reiko’s Robot Run (Atari Lynx) – Like many out there, I saw Episode 8 this weekend. I find it better than Episodes 1 and 7 but there are several glaring issues that kept me from shutting my brain off and enjoying it like a normal person #NERDRAGE. If you have an Atari Lynx and want to play a game that brings an arcade-style collect-a-thon version of Episode 7 to the hand-held, then Reiko’s Robot Run might be for you:

Technology Headlines

YouTube VR Launches On Steam; But The App Keeps Crashing

Blackberry Closing Their App store In 2019

Two Laser-Boron Fusion Approach May Soon Be Feasible – Fusion without radioactive waste, allegedly

New Type Of Quantum Dot Could Mean Brighter Lasers

The Dockless Bike Market Begins To Implode

New Instrument Installed On The ISS To Study The Sun’s Decline In Sunspots

Purified Natural Crystal Unlocks Hyperlensing Abilities

No Signals From Oumuamua – Not a surprise; even if it is a craft, how it would have power at this point. Here’s A Proposal For Sending A Mission There

Excitonium, A New Form Of Matter, Confirmed

Oppo Releases A Pricey Blu-Ray Player For Audiophiles


The Left Freaks Out Over Net Neutrality Repeal – Thus you know it’s a good thing to have done. While a case could have been made for some part of Net Neutrality, ignorant Lefties and Fake Tech Gurus have jumped the shark so hard on social media that any case is lost in the noise. Like Global Warming, every possible malady they can dream up is on the list of what will happen because of the repeal from censorship (which has only gotten worse with NN in place, driving growth of sites like Gab) to NO MOAR ONLING GAMING!!!!eleventy!!!!(or buying games from Steam, as per that genius, lol). All this plus death threats against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over regulations that only went into place in 2015. Mr. Pai has taken this in stride, trolling the Left even more with this video (which YT blocked for a time and Mark Hamill threw a hissy fit on Twitter about).

Twitter Launches New Rules To Banish More WrongThink Rules that seek to track what you do offline as well as on. Take a wiiiiiild guess at which side of the political spectrum will get the banhammer? Yep, whoever Jackie decides is a “hate group”, ergo, “the alt-right”. These rules were cooked up by the techno-commies over at Twitter before NN was repealed. Fortunately you aren’t being forced to use their services – Gab is ready for you and has been innovating with features that Twitter keeps on copying (except that little part about copying the concept of free speech, can’t have that now).

Bio-luminescent Plants Created By MIT – I don’t know that these nano-particle enhanced plants will be replacing light-bulbs any time soon but if you are curious as to how MIT has gone about the process, check this out:

Space Pr0n Of The Week – Close The The Edge Of Jupiter – Data continues to pour in from NASA’s Juno mission, discovering that the Great Red Spot descends 200 miles down into the atmosphere.

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