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Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #70 – Presidential Holiday Edition

What Are We Playing This Week?

I spent more time with Outcast Second Contact. While I would much rather play this update than the original now, I do wish that they would have also remade aspects such as the animations, fixed the collision detection and changed some of the sounds (ex. when you swim it sounds like someone recorded cupping water in their hand and letting it drip down into the bathtub – that always sounded weird to me). Still, the game is fun and the dialogue is still a hoot most of the time.

Otherwise, I didn’t really get around to playing anything else other than a little bit of ReRave Arcade. How about you?

Gaming  Headlines

There’s A Pac-Man/Sonic Collab Going Down (Pac-Man coming to Sonic Dash)

Have A Collection Of SNES Carts But Want 1080p? Check Out The Super Nt

Democrat Senator From NH Pushing For Investigations Into Loot Boxes

Mega Man Legacy 1+2 Collection Trailer

Clay Molding Game Claybook Hits Xbox One Early Access

Looking For An RPG On Switch? Check Out Lone Wolf

ParadropVR Seeks To Induce Nausea In A Fun New Way

The Switch Gets Another Unauthorized Emulator

No Good With The Ladies? Try Super Seducer To Hone Your Lady Wooing Skills!

If Overwatch Was An Arcade Fighting Game

Those Handheld Water Ring Toss Games Are Now Coming To Arcades

Now Atari Is Going To Resurrect Night Driver For Mobile – Maybe they’ll fund this one with their wacky new Cryptocurrency, Atari Token


No Gov. Bevin, Video Games Are Not To Blame For School Shootings – Violence happened in schools way before video games even existed but that’s not a fun fact for politicians to crow over. I’ve been playing violent FPS games since they hit the scene in the 90s and I’ve never felt an inkling of desire to go shoot up a school. Because I was taught morals and came from a relatively stable traditional mom & dad family. If you want to try and make a point, why not try and backseat psychoanalyze these mass murderers on their feelings/attitudes towards God & religion, good & evil before going after their entertainment choices (which is going to be symptom of their morality/immorality, not cause of it)?

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Sells Over 500k In A Couple Of Days; SJWs TRIGGAERHD – I missed this one last week but if you’re into well-made first person RPGs with a bit of violence, then this game is for you. User reviews continue to give it a thumbs up. It also upset the perpetual whiners who wanted it to fulfill their diversity quotas but decided to stick to a realistic setting for Medieval Europe so = bonus points. With the creative director behind the game firmly being in the Pro-Gamer camp, this has made the Anti-Gamers at various “game journalism” outlets outraged and clutching their pearls at the possibility that they have to give the game a fair shake. To which I say, get your news from sites that aren’t run by spineless soy bois that you find at Waypoint/Polygon/PC Gamer/etc.

New Trailers For Nintendo Labo – After seeing more about what Labo can do, I have a feeling that someone at Nintendo wishes they could build arcade machines. You still can Nintendo person – JUST DO IT. That said, this is a great home workaround by the looks of it.

Bayonetta 1&2 On Switch – If you missed the Bayonetta hype train the other two times it came along, then third time is a charm I suppose (disclaimer: I’ve not played it yet myself). Nintendo launched this overview trailer to help out as you wait for the Switch exclusive Bayonetta 3 to come along.

Yes, The Shaq Fu Remake Is Happening – In case you forgot. It’s set to hit up every console & PC this Spring:

Atari CES 1983 – Over a decade before E3, the game industry had CES. The National Video Game Museum uncovered this footage of the big dog at the time, Atari:

Technology Headlines

“The majority of the [Facebook] Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election”

Photons Linked By MIT Researchers To Create “New Form Of Light”

India Approves Construction Of 12 New Nuclear Reactors

Set Lasers To Seaworthy

Gov Intel Officials Agree: Stay Away From Chinese Huawei Phones

A Serious Look At Providing HVAC To Massive Orbital Habitats

Intel Now Has 32 Lawsuits Against Them Over Chip Problems – Sharks circling

Bitcoin Mining Op Caused Massive Interference In T-Mobile’s Network

Intel Says They’ve Made a Quantum Computing Breakthrough Using Silicon

Hubble Watches A Storm Fizzle Out On Neptune

Facebook Loses Privacy Battle In Belgium Court

The US Army Is Set To Deploy Israeli Anti-Missile System On 261 Tanks

Coinbase ‘Bug’ Draining User Accounts

5 Things Potentially Slowing Your WiFi Network Down


Admittedly, I didn’t find much to put into this section this week

The Solar Water Purifier – Purifying water and producing electricity all at the same time while being portable:

The Mliter S20 Knife Care System – Want a better way to take care of your kitchen knives? Then technology is here to help!

LeTrans “The World’s Most Accurate Translation Device” – I would personally refrain from claiming such a thing until I used it with a second language that I do speak but it does seem to fit with the claim from the little I’ve read so far:

Space Pr0n Of The Week: Stellar Nurseries: If you know where the “tea pot” constellation is (Sagittarius), then you can find some very interesting objects there in the telescope. As that is where the center of our galaxy is found, it tends to be busy, including these nebulae that includes the Lagoon Nebula and Trifid Nebula. These regions are about 5,000 light-years away:

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