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Gaming’N Tech Thread #76 – PS5 Rumors To The Color Of Antimatter

What Are We Playing This Week?

With a number of writing projects on my plate I didn’t get to play much, but I did get to spend a little bit of time playing some classics on the Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis portables I have. I would have brought the Switch with me for that particular occasion but one of the other kids was playing it so no dice (#firstworldproblems). What about you?

Gaming Headlines

SNK 40th Anniversary Coming To The Nintendo Switch

Spider-Man (PS4) Coming On September 7th

An Unfinished Arcade Game From 1988 Is Being Resurrected By M2

Goat Simulator Devs Now Have Animal Super Squad On Their Roster (PC/PS4/SW)

Remember That Shaq Fu Was Successfully Kickstarted? It’s Coming On June 5th

Steam Machines Dead? Well, Maybe Not

Crazy Justice Battle Royale Eyes The PUBG/Fortnite Arena For PC/SW/XB1 (With Cross Platform play)

Celebrating 20 Years Of Spyro With Spyro Reignited Trilogy On PS4/XB1

Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To Switch…Eventually

The Elders Scrolls Legends Adds Morrowind

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Coming To PS4/XB1 In August

Switch Version Of Wolfenstein II Features Gyro Controls

Far Cry 2 Vs. Far Cry 5

A Compilation Of Sonic Glitches – If you need a laugh


More Rumblings Of The PS5 As Dev Kits Allegedly Ship Out To Devs – Enjoying that PS4 Pro? Well time to upgrade again, peasants! This isn’t too much of a surprise given the modern trend of releasing “0.5” hardware every couple of years to play catch up to the PC MASTER RACE. Speculation for the PS5 includes shipping this year and with a PSVR in every box; the latter is a bad idea if you ask me given that PSVR sales have been tepid, it would dramatically increase the price of the base unit and Microshaft discovered that no one cared for them shipping a Kinect with every Xbox One. If that’s the direction they go in, it shows they still have that good ol’ arrogance that caused them to launch the PS3 at $600. Speculation also includes backwards compatibility with the PS4, which is one of the few items MS got right with the Xbox One. Either way, E3 will be interesting to watch.

Let’s Get Weird: Sunless Skies: Albion Launch Trailer (PC) – If you’ve got a thing for 1800s London, trains and strange gaming concepts, this is the game for you.

The Endless Mission Coming To PCs This Summer – There is no shortage of games where you make other games out there (thanks in good part to Minecraft and to a less degree, Roblox). Will The Endless Mission manage that? Perhaps – as you can create anything from racing games to RTS titles.

Homebrew Of The Week: Violence Penguin (Sega Genesis) – It has a ways to go judging by this video but if you want a hack’n slash platformer for your old Genesis, then keep Violence Penguin on your radar:

Technology Headlines

Sharp Develops A Transparent NFC Antenna Overlay – Can be installed over monitors making it easier for smartphone connections to use NFC

VR/AR Gaining Some Steam In At Least One Place: Hospitals

Well It Was Only 87 Million FB Profiles That Cambridge Analytica Got Access To – If you want an alternative to FB, check out MeWe.

Intel’s Upcoming CPU/GPU Hybrid Using AMD’s Polaris Instead Of Vega?

NASA’s New Breakthrough Propulsion Proposal Uses Giant Sails & Megawatt Lasers To Reach 550AU In Only 15 Years (Voyager I will hit that distance around 150 years)

Hotness In The USA: Shutting Down Sex Trafficking Sites. Hotness In Japan: Shutting Down Illegal Manga Sites

Dune’s Windtraps Inching Closer To Reality With Metal-Organic Frameworks

Older Intel Chips Will Not Be Patched For Spectre – Cuz their old so upgrade, peasants

Orion Span Hopes To Open Their $800k A Night Space Hotel By 2021

Wash Your Hands Then Immediately Get Them Dirty Again Under The Dryer – LOL for the irony


And The Color Of Antimatter Is… The same as matter as opposed to some weird anti-color. If you enjoy reading the scientific paper about it, click here. Otherwise, here’s a video for the rest of us that also explains how CERN has been able to improve their measurements by 100 times over last year.

Skytran Gets Some Funding – They claim to make public transit as personal as driving a car but it’s hard to say if getting $32 million in funding will have these systems showing up everywhere like Walt Disney imagined in terms of monorails taking over everywhere.

Space Pr0n Of The Week: Is That A Galaxy Or A Nebula? – Ok, so this isn’t much of a challenge but the odd angle that we see NGC 3190 at certainly does make it look more interesting as the outer dust lanes come into detail:

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