Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly Link Round Up

If you see some changes to icons and images, don't be alarmed. My YouTube page is getting an upgrade to better match my Twitch Channel and reflect the content I'm producing. It won't affect The Geek Spot.

But enough of that. Let's get to the Weekly Link Round Up. Where we'll have some of the best, worst, and strangest gaming news on the internet, available in one stop! Here's what we've found:

- Kotaku wants to show you all the creative ways to throw your controller. They came up with 13 of them. Thirteen! Why? I don't know. Slow news days? Destroying your home seems a bit extreme...

- CulturedVulture would like to present 7 games that could break the video game movie curse. The list includes Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid, both having been confirmed and picked up as movie options. So toss those choices off the radar. But The Legend of Zelda and The Last of Us? I don't know. Those games tell magnanimous stories and are already pretty touching. Trying to remake them into movies could easily cause a rift between gamers and Hollywood.

- BioWare released another teaser for Mass Effect: Andromeda, this time with actress Natalie Dormer of 'Game of Thrones' fame. If you are a GoT fan, and you see Ms. Dormer wearing an N7 hoodie, you kind of freak out a little bit. Like I did! Dormer voices Dr Lexi T'Perro, the ship's doctor. Curious to see how she incorporates her personality into the character. Hopefully not like Margaery Tyrell.

-  Some classic NeoGeo games are available through XBox Live and the XBox One for...reasons. I don't know what the reasons are, but nostalgia is a pretty hot seller right now. Currently available at World Heroes, a 1992 SNK production that looks like Street Fighter, and Neo Turf Masters, a local co-op golf game that was one of the few to re-produce actual courses from around the world. More are expected to be released in the upcoming months if you are a Geo fan.

- The Smithsonian is starting a program to help preserve the legacy of gaming pioneers. Yea! This will include oral histories to be recorded, papers, artifacts, and personal items. Games are more then the final product; they include the people behind them. Hearing their stories and seeing their early sketches are worth saving.

- Whelp, it's almost official. The robots are taking over. The AI nicknamed 'Philip' developed by MIT has bested humans in Chess and Go. Now it's beating people at Super Smash Bros. Unlike the other games that have thousands of resources and strategies online that can be easily dissected, this isn't available for Smash. The AI had little to study with, and had to base their decisions off of the opponent's reactions. It's an interested case to look at. While some argue that the AI was too fast, having a direct link into the system and not having realistic reflex times comparable to a human, he did manage to best a few players in a game that it knew very little about.

- Pokémon fans! February 27th is Pokémon Day, in honor of the first game released in 1996. The mobile game, Pokémon Go, as well as Sun and Moon will have some events available that you might be interested in. There were also be some rare collectable toys, action figures, and the like available for purchase. Go forth and catch thee!

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