Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weekly Link Round Up

Who's ready for the weekend? I know I am. Wow; this month has flown by with impressive speed. I think everyone deserves a nice, long, relaxing weekend of playing video games. Let's jump right on in to the Weekly Link Round Up. Some of the best, worst, and weirdest gaming news on the internet.

- Have you played Fallout 4 yet? No? Well apparently it's free this weekend on Steam. Starting today at 10am PST and ending Sunday at 1pm PST. On Monday there will be a sale for the item so if you like the game enough, you can buy it. No news yet on what the price will be at checkout. But that's a good way to celebrate a long a post-nuclear wasteland.

- Kotaku dives into a very important topic that is on gamer's minds: Why Video Games Are Delayed.

Okay so that's not a big issue right now. Most gamers are understanding when a product is delayed. Developers come up with new ideas, new technology comes up that enhances the game's experience, stories change, bugs happen, there are a myriad of reasons on why a game is delayed. In the wake of the controversy behind Assassin's Creed: Unity and No Man's Sky, developers are trying to play it safe. Gamers have been fighting back against incomplete releases and Day 1 patches. Promising games like South Park: The Fractured Butt Whole has been delayed since September of 2016, with a pending March 2017 release that has been moved again to later this year. The game looked great at PAX Prime. But if Ubisoft has their reasons to delay it, I can't fault them. I'd rather the game be as complete and bug free as possible before it's on store shelves, so it's worth the wait.

- XBox Game Pass, the new game streaming service, will begin it's roll out to all users starting June 1st. The Netflix/GameFly-like service will be given to Gold Members for a 14-day trial run, before you have to pay the $9.99 monthly fee. The goal is to have the gaming library update every month so new content is always available to consumers. Customers with the new feature will also receive a 20% discount if they opt to buy games that are featured.

- The Netflix Castlevania show got it's first trailer, and it's out! There really isn't much to talk about though. The animation looks nice, and it's better then I expected given that the main studio behind the designs tends to focus on children-friendly programs, like 'Adventure Time' and 'The Fairly Odd Parents.' The opening is cute, even though that person shoved the NES game a little too roughly into the system. You don't need to force it, dude. You can gently slide and push down, and it'll work. I'm curious, but I'd like to see more from a trailer before I make a verdict on if I will watch it.

- The U.S. Navy and the Office of Naval Research is pouring funding into a video game project that allows sailors to use magical spells. The "goal is to isolate the factors in first-person-shooters such as ‘Halo’ and ‘Call of Duty’ that improve cognitive functions like reaction time, multitasking, and attention span. The ONR plans to develop the game that best trains people for jobs requiring large amounts of screen time, such as sonar and radar technicians and pilots." I didn't know of a better way to word it, so that's direct from the press release! But why have sailors using magic? Well the hope is that the game becomes popular enough internally that they can make a "kids version" one day, and are trying to reduce the amount of violent content. Instead of guns, they use magic. Throw in a few digital monsters, and you've got something the kids will love! (Please note the sarcasm.)

- Finally, if you're looking for your fill of "good" gaming articles this week, head over to IGN where they talk about "trash games." As the name implies, trash games are the left-overs. They're not the big titles we think of when we talk about video games. They are the random piles of stuff that tend to get thrown aside. Sometimes they are glitchy, or look like 32-bit disaster zones. But some of those trash games are genius and push the boundaries of what's expected in video games. They provided inspiration to some of today's biggest indie hits, such as Five Nights at Freddy's and Papers Please. It's worth a read!


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