Weekly Gaming/Tech Thread #71 – You Have The Right To Game On Edition
What Are We Playing This Week?
I managed to figure out a control issue with EDF 4.1 (PC) so my son and I played some levels on Inferno together and captured it. Our first level was posted here although the resolution was whacked (something that is fixed for subsequent episodes). I also played some more Outcast Second Contact (PC) and CastleVania Bloodlines (Gen) while finally getting a chance to play Raiden II (Arc) that I picked up for only $70 from a local collector. The monitor needs some work but otherwise, I can see why it’s such a great game.
How about you?
For Real SNES Fans:
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Of Presidents And Violent Media – Social media and Trump Derangement Syndrome was in full effect this week when the President made an off hand remark, openly wondering if there might be a link between violent video games and media and gun violence. He focused more on movies, some about the internet but gamers have rallied to call him out on the errant video game=gun violence connection.
But this tendency for people on places like Twitter and among the game “journalism” media tend to ignore recent history when their beloved President Obama went much further than that, directly blaming video games in an address and funding research into it (which ultimately proved him wrong, not that he ever apologized for that) continues its tiresome song. What’s even more fun is pointing out when “game journalists” have also written articles attacking video games for being violent now attack Trump for the same kind of assertion (NSFW ads in link).
If you check “President Obama Blames Video Games For Gun Violence” in a search engine, you’ll get many more articles flooding the interwebs at the moment denouncing President Trump as to why he was wrong, while the occasional article that mentioned Obama’s blame didn’t bother to call him out for making such assertions. That’s because he was the utopian demi-god and spent taxpayer money on redundant research. After a bit of searching, I have yet to find an older article from a mainstream source saying “WHY OBAMA IS WRONG” on those assertions that others are currently running about President Trump (and this article with it’s headline by Forbes is a total lie – the President merely wondered out loud if there was correlation there, a different concept from direct blame #ENGRISHIZHARD). Let’s also not forget that Barack Obama directly blamed the deaths of American citizens in Libya as being caused by a YouTube video that no one ever saw to cover up him sitting on his thumbs. Blue check Twitter always brushed that off as noise while the filmmaker was jailed for using his first amendment rights; it takes zero imagination to see how Insane Media would react if Trump did the same.
Politics, what a blast, eh?
Shenmue III Trailer Leaks Online (PC/PS4) – After screenshots came along, we get this leaked trailer. Since it’s leaked, it isn’t direct but if you’re into Shenmue than something is better than nothing.
Trailblazers Combines Wipeout With Splatoon For PC/PS4/SW/XB1 – That’s at least what comes to mind for this new arcade style racing game by a company called Supergonk. I would not be surprised if some arcade dev out there sees this and makes a port; it’s happened plenty of times before:
Detective Pikachu Coming March 23rd (3DS) – Yep, Nintendo still is giving their popular handheld that isn’t the Switch some love. Pikachu as essentially Sherlock Holmes is certain to do well:
Homebrew Of The Week: 40 Winks (Nintendo 64) – Piko Interactive made some waves recently by announcing that they have been working on resurrecting the unreleased version of 40 Winks to the Nintendo 64. The company recently completed a deal with Infogrames/Atari to pick up a few dozen forgotten IPs and this was one of them. Their Kickstarter for 40 Winks blew past the $20,000 goal and is sitting around $106k with 15 more days to go; suffice it to say, there is certainly interest in the project. Here’s footage of the unreleased build:
Or Would That Be Memtransistors For “Brain-like Computing”? – Just Mem, not Meme
Global Smartphone Sales Drop For The First Time Ever – Annoying Verizon salesguy demanding you upgrade over any minor problem hardest hit
SpaceX Launches The First Of 12,000 New Satellites For Global Broadband Project – Space traffic about to skyrocket
Seazet, The Motorized Power Jet Surfboard – or as the company calls it, the world’s most technically advanced motorized surfboard. I don’t follow such things well enough to know if that’s accurate but if you are planning on hitting up the beach and want something different to do, this might fit the bill:
Spy Alarm Clocks – I guess this is a thing now…if you want to keep a sharp eye on what goes on in your bedroom, then simply pick up one of these alarm clocks with a hidden camera built into them. This one by Fredi has a 1080p eye, ensuring you’ll get plenty of details…
Space Pr0n Of The Week: Passing Jupiter – NASA’s Juno probe continues its close passes in orbit around the biggest planet in our neighborhood, capturing the gas giant in even more exquisite detail. Here’s a compilation “fly over” showing a series of images recently captured by the probe: