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Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread 64-bit Edition

Ah yes, we’ve reached the fabled level of 64-bits of pure thread posting power. Sure, no one cares about bits anymore (because the whole concept was badly misunderstood and mis-represented by gaming ads back in the day) but that shouldn’t stop us from having fun, now should it?

What Are You Playing This Week?

More than I can shake a stick at thanks to Christmas – Mario+Rabbids Battle, Super Bomberman R and Breath of the Wild on Switch; Played a bunch of Atari and Sega games as I received a couple of those handheld devices (emulation is actually rather good at this point); played a little Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2005) with friends online and Worms Armageddon with some different friends who I hadn’t seen in a while.

How about you? And what is your favorite “64-bit” game? 😛 Tempest 2000 for me…

Gaming Headlines

Good Thing That Nintendo Listened To All Of Those Super Smart Game Journalists In 2013, amirite?

Related: The Switch Officially Surpasses WiiU Lifetime Sales in 10 Months

Podcast In Which Your Humble Content Procurator Of These Threads Talks Arcades With A Pro Game Designer

Mad Catz Has A CES 2018 Hype Trailer

Sony Has A Slenderman Movie In The Works For Some Reason – Ripe for Rifftrax/MST3k

Here’s The Second Game To Come To Arcades That Uses The Pyramid “Hologram” Trick – It’s not a real hologram but still a cool effect that you won’t get at home

Gunstar Heroes Comes To Sega Forever (Mobile)

Splatoon Party For Mobile Is Not From Nintendo – We shouldn’t jump to conclu…aaaand it’s the Chinese

Kickstarter Is No Longer A Hot Spot For Funding Video Games – Board Games are doing just fine though

Hack-N-Slash Game Furi Coming To Switch on Jan 11th

Contrary To The Wildest Dreams Of Fanbois, The New Cruis’n Blast Is Sticking To Arcades 

An Official Minecraft Joy-Con Holder For Switch

An Impressive Collection Of Arcade Game Boards  – Many are rarities and/or prototypes

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Trailer

That New Dragonball Z Fighting Game Looks Purty (PS4/XB1)


Next Up In Water Slides – Interactive Ones – If you stop by the Kalahari Resort in Ohio, love water slides & video games then you’ll want to check out Storm Chaser. Yes, that’s a real water slide combined with a video gaming experience

Kirby Battle Royale Trailer (3DS) – I know we have at least one resident Kirby fan so here you go. This comes to the 3DS on Jan. 19th:

New Stuff For Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4, SW, XB1) – I have not played any of the Valkyria Chronicles titles but if you are into anime style real-time war strategy games then this should be right up your alley. Bonus that it’s coming to every current home console.

Bridge Constructor Portal Gameplay (PC) – I’ve not played this yet but seen some chatter about it online – mainly because it’s officially Portal, with that theme applied to the Bridge Constructor strategy game. It does look like fun, especially if you are into puzzles.

Homebrew of the Week: JagZombies (Atari Jaguar) – Since this is a 64-bit post, we should have at least one 64-bit game to talk about. Here’s a WIP game for the Atari Jaguar, the oft maligned “first 64-bit” game machine. It uses the gamepad to move the reticle which is why that movement is far from perfect but the hardware did power one of the best selling light-gun games of the 1990s – Area 51. A light-gun attachment was never released for the console; since most everyone is using LCDs now, I imagine a trackball would make more sense:

Technology Headlines

Intel Working With Rivals In The Scramble To Fix That Big Security Flaw – AMD probably carrying a smirk on their face the whole time

Related: Intel Hit With Class Action Lawsuits Over Flaw – You likely saw the stories on SR here that Intel also might be raking in the cash

Coming To CES 2018 Next Week – 8K OLED TVs Of Course – Not that there is any 8k content out there nor will be for a while

CES 2018: AMD Announces 2018 Roadmaps

NASA Begins Planning For An Alpha Centauri Mission – Tentative Launch Date: 2069

Using A BBS In This Day And Age (Article from 2016)

Creating A New Kind Of Solar Window Using Quantum Dots

Tabby’s Star Dimming Because Of Dust, Not Some Wacky Alien Megastructure

Don’t Drink And Drone In New Jersey

New Metalense Tech Could Be A Revolution For Cameras, AR/VR

Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 Adds Up-To-Date DisplayPort, USB-C ports

China Spending Sweet Cash On Building An AI Technology Park – Wonder if it’ll be a ghost tech park like their infamous ghost cities


The Next Step In Robotics With New Artificial Muscles – Developed by the University of Colorado to ensure that self-aware robot soldiers can crush a human skull with ease goes forward as planned! 😛

Google Lunar XPrize Team HAKUTO Raises Some Serious CashHaving raised over $90 million for the project, Team HAKUTO is looking to be another commercial space project success story. Too bad it’s headed by the “we’re totally not evil as long as you agree with us” Google.

Air Drone Selfie Camera – Mainly sharing this for the infomercial style idiots who are incapable of holding a girl up for their picture so let’s spend $230 or so on a drone that flies to take selfies for you. Ok.

Space Pr0n Of The Week: Crab Nebula – Space is not static, which is something that bothers me in games when you fly past asteroids that just sit there like they are floating in soup. I digress – here’s a time lapse of the famous Crab Nebula, showing both the expansion and the spinning that goes on with this about 10 light-year across supernova cloud.

Crab Nebula grows


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