Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #69 – Not That Kind Of Thread
No, the thread number here wasn’t planned to coincide with Valentine’s Day this week…fun coincidences and all.
What Are We Playing This Week?
I did spend a little time playing Outcast: Second Contact. It’s still just as fun as I remember although certain aspects of the game (collision detection, some animations) show the limitations of the developers’ budget. I also played a little more Mantis Burn Racing and Super Bomberman R on the Switch. How about you?
Viacom Next (Viacom’s VR Division) Closes Down – B-b-but VR iz da next BIG THANG!!! we were told ad nauseum.
SNK Heroines Gets Scantily Clad Footage (NSFW Probably) – Of course the SJWs are Uber-Ultra-Triggered Already
There Is A Tomb Raider Arcade Machine Exclusively At Dave & Busters – But, no one among the devs thought it prudent to playtest it in advance and it got through dropping the F-Bomb right at the beginning of the game. WTG
Dynasty Warriors 9 Launches This Week (PC/PS4/XB1) – If you and your loved one are into “musou” games, then the timing of this release couldn’t be better. We’ll see if the new ideas built into this one allow it to overtake Hyrule Warriors in terms of sales:
New Kingdom Of Hearts III Trailer – Are there any fans of this series here? Can’t say I’ve ever been terribly interested in a JRPG world meeting Disney characters but I guess that’s one way to get the kids into the genre:
Check out the latest world announced for KINGDOM HEARTS III – Monsters, Inc.! The trailer shows Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s monster forms, powerful new Keyblade attacks, and the return of past friends and foes! #KingdomHearts #KH3 #MonstersInc #Pixar #?❤️ #??? pic.twitter.com/3R3neaHdMG
— Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) February 10, 2018
JAEPO 2018 Shows That The Japanese Arcade Business Is Still Strong – Arcades and Japan have been BFFs since the beginning of the video game industry and this past weekend saw the largest arcade related tradeshow for the country that happens all year. Game makers like Sega, Konami, Taito and more had been fairly quiet in 2017 with many putting a focus on VR amusement for a time but that seems to have already faded for the most part with the focus going back towards the kinds of games that have been proven to work. Read and see more here and here.
Ancestors Legacy To Bring Medieval RTS Violence To PC/XB1 In May – This trailer doesn’t show too much in the way of gameplay but if you like Medieval times and/or RTS games (and loads of hand-to-hand violence), then this might be up your alley (Speaking of Medieval games, I caught this at random in my YT subscriptions – if you’re into FPS style games, check out Chivalry Medieval Warfare)
Homebrew Of The Week: Tanglewood (Sega Genesis) – I have no idea why this particular homebrewer and his work is getting more attention than the hundreds of other homebrew efforts but regardless that mystery, I’m happy to see a developer like this get some wider attention:
— Chris Foxx (@thisisFoxx) February 9, 2018
Starman Cruis’n – Everyone’s heard about the SpaceX launch this week that put a Tesla into space with a spacesuit. Here’s the 4 hr. feed
Scientists Put 3D Glasses On Praying Mantises To Study Their Vision – Yep it’s weird but we learn that the mantis uses a different way of seeing in 3D than humans. How is that practically useful? I’m sure we’ll get there…one day
Freaking Out About The Current Version Of The Flu? UV Lights To The Rescue: It’s an interesting concept that according to one study is effective. Pretty nice that light can do such a thing, especially for places like malls, theaters, etc. Costs will need to come down though for it to be found in poorer venues though:
Space Pr0n Of The Day: The Hollows Of Mercury – That or it’s bad acne. Either way, these are considered unusual since nothing else like them have been observed in the solar system. It is thought that they are a by-product of the impact that created the basin but it’s hard to know without closer study. The image was captured by the MESSENGER probe and the color enhanced; the photo covers about 40km of ground.