Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weekly Link Round Up

It's an early edition of the Round Up, as PAX South is around the corner and wireless coverage is piss-poor in a convention center full of 50 thousand other nerds all trying to use their cell phones at the same time. So The Geek Spot may be quiet until next week. Enjoy some of the best, and weirdest gaming news on the internet this week:

- Since punching Nazi's is being debated in the news, Paste Magazine is happy to share with people 10 video games that let you do just that! No real world consequences, and you get to feel good doing it!

- There's going to be an Apocalypse Now video game. For reasons I can't comprehend, Francis Ford Coppola has decided that now is the best time for the world to see the legendary movie turn into a video game. Players will take on the role of Captain Willard, on a secret mission to assassinate renegade Colonel Kurtz. Unlike the movie, you can make alternate decisions throughout the game that deviate from the original story. Here's the catch: it's currently not being funded by any major developer. Instead it's going indie and asking for Kickstarter donations. Coppola, I appreciate your cinematic genius but I don't know if this is going to fly. Gamers have been leery of crowd funding as of late so this may not reach it's goal. Or maybe it will and it will surprise us, who knows! It just feels like an odd time for Apoc Now.

- A paper published by Iowa State University gets to the heart of the matter with video games: the ESRB rating system. The system works if you use it.

That's it. That is pretty much the summary of the entire paper. So parents! Watch those ratings when you buy games for your kids. (How this got grant money, I'll never know.)

-  Internet culture group Rooster Teeth has announced a new gaming studio bearing their name and already has a game in the works Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars. The studio developed a one-off game for their web series RWBY, which ended up being immensely popular and they went full tilt to creating games. The multi-genre Rooster Teeth hopes that their new studio will bridge the game between indie developers and the gaming community at large.

- The IGDA is already forming a resistance to the repeal of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) stating that developers having access to medical care is essential for art. Why? Because it's hard to make art when you are sick all the time and don't have the energy to do it. The ACA allowed 25 million Americans to receive insurance when they would not have been able to - either because it was too expensive or companies couldn't reimburse the cost differences. For independent developers, this was a relief that they could obtain access to the same medical care as others without worry about the bills. The repealing of the ACA is putting that safety into jeopardy, and with no back-up plan put forth by Republicans, it's going to be a tough time for a lot of people.

- Finally, enjoy a game glitch that causes a character to "dance" to Michael Jackson's 'Billy Jean.' Because news!

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