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Free games

  • Epic

    • Limbo

      • 2010
      • Black and white stylized puzzle platformer with a wonderful dark, eerie atmosphere, praised as an excellent example of video games as an art form
 

Update to last week’s story about the Zoom video conferencing vulnerability

  • It looks like many of Zoom’s partner apps, like RingCentral and Zhumu, have similar problems that allow attackers easy access to laptop cameras and microphones, so this week Apple released another silent security patch to block the vulnerability
  • Also, I’ve done a bit of research and if you’re concerned about Apple’s ability to run these kind of security updates you can block them in System Preferences > Software Update > Advanced by unchecking “Install system data files and security updates”
  • Right now I’m happy that Apple notifies the press when they release these patches, but in a perfect world they’d be visibly included in your updates list
 

Lifehacker is urging users to update their Logitech wireless dongles immediately

  • A few years ago, hackers discovered they could take control of computers by exploiting a vulnerability in Logitech wireless dongles- the piece you plug in to your computer to connect to wireless mice and keyboards
  • Patches were released to fix this all the way back in 2016, but there was no recall and even new devices rolling out of the factory today may be at risk
  • If you use any wireless Logitech devices, make sure you visit the Logitech support website and download/run the latest firmware update files as soon as possible to fix the loopholes
    • You’ll need to re-sync your devices to the dongle afterward, but the added (or, you know, extant) security is well worth the time
 

Facebook is apparently being fined $5B by the FTC for their role in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

  • The original scandal is related to the 2016 US election, where Cambridge Analytica collected info on tens of millions of Facebook users without consent to create targeted political ads
  • The data collection came from an app that claimed to be a survey for academic use, but in reality it gathered information on not just the people taking the survey but also their friends
  • The problem here is that the fine is laughable when it comes to Facebook’s revenue
    • It’s the largest fine in FTC history, but they had $15B in revenue in the last 3 months, and $22B in profit last year
    • Facebook’s stock price actually went up after this fine was announced
  • End of the day it’s a start, but slap a zero on the end of it and then we’ll talk
 

In somewhat related news, Facebook is vigorously over-defending itself against a lawsuit brought by the attorney general of the District of Colombia

  • The lawsuit is related to the same Cambridge Analytica scandal and says that is was a violation of DC consumer protection law
  • Facebook’s response to it denies “each and every allegation” in the lawsuit, including pieces that aren’t so much allegations as they are just basic statements of fact.
  • For example, paragraph 11 says “To begin using the Facebook website, a consumer first creates a Facebook account. The consumer can then add other Facebook consumers as “friends” and by accumulating Facebook friends, the consumer builds a social network on the Facebook website.”
    • Facebook’s response was that they deny the allegations in paragraph 11
  • They’ve also denied pieces that they’ve publicly admitted to in the past, leaving many people wondering just what’s going on with this defense strategy
 

Police are warning the public about a new scam targeting iPhone users

  • Scammers are using social media to recruit victims by promising payments in exchange for becoming a game tester
  • Users are asked to log in to a particular Apple ID on their iPhone, then the scammers will activate Lost Mode on the device, locking the victim’s phone and extorting payments before promising to unlock it afterward
  • The worst part is that you need the Apple ID’s password to remove it from your device, so if they changed it after locking your phone then you remain at their mercy
  • Anyone that’s been hit by this scam should get help from Apple at getsupport.apple.com
 

Space fact of the day, featuring the male ego, bought to you by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Author of the Lady Astronaut books Alan, recommended back in 242
  • To facilitate going to the bathroom, NASA developed a sheath kind of like a condom that came in small, medium, and large.
  • Every man said they needed a large, even when they didn’t which led to some messy situations
  • So they re-branded the sheaths to Extra-large, Immense, and Unbelievable
 

Tidbits

  • A US law firm is looking at opening a class action lawsuit regarding the Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con controller drift
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man is officially now the best-selling superhero video game of all time, beating both Arkham Knight and Arkham City
    • It’s doubly impressive considering the Batman games were on multiple platforms, whereas Spider-Man was a PS4 exclusive
  • Nintendo’s announced an invisible upgrade to the Switch coming this August, offering up to 2.5 hours longer battery life
    • The gains are likely achieved using a similar processing upgrade that is included in the Switch Lite
  • There was a cool announcement made at the Comic-Con 20th anniversary Batman Beyond panel
    • They’re releasing a blu ray HD remaster of the full series, including the Return of the Joker movie, coming this October
  • Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has officially been signed for a fourth Thor movie
    • No details yet, but I’m excited
 

Alan recommends Spinderella

  • A solid board game for ages 6+ that I’ve only ever played with a group of 20 or 30-somethings
  • You try to get your three ants to the end of the board, but depending on dice rolls other players can move the hanging spiders around to try and grab your pieces and send them back to the start

 

Literally Misleading

Game – Small business owner deals with the sins of his father while his life is becoming a living hell!
 
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Sony

  • PS4
    • Hitman: The Complete First Season
      • 2017
      • Third person stealth game where you play an enhanced assassin travelling to international locations and eliminating targets with as little exposure as possible
    • For Honor
      • 2017
      • Ubisoft’s pseudo-historical strategy fighting game, where knights, vikings, and samurai face off online and fight for supremacy
  • PS3
    • MGS4: Guns of the Patriots
      • 2008
      • Action adventure militaristic stealth game developed by Kojima
      • Set five years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the story centers around a prematurely aged Solid Snake, now known as Old Snake, as he goes on one last mission to assassinate his nemesis Liquid Snake, who now inhabits the body of his former henchman Revolver Ocelot under the guise of Liquid Ocelot, before he takes control of the Sons of the Patriots, an A.I. system that controls the activities of PMCs worldwide.
    • Divekick
      • 2013
      • Aiming to distill fighting games to their base elements, it’s billed as the world’s first two button fighting game. Your two buttons are ‘Dive’, which has you jumping in the air, and ‘Kick’, which then sends you kicking downwards toward the enemy. Kicking while on the ground lets you hop backwards to evade attacks, and that’s the entire game
  • Vita
    • Gunhouse
      • 2017
      • Part puzzle, part active tower defence, Gunhouse has you making big combos to attack alien invaders looking to eat your orphan friends
    • Rogue Aces
      • 2018
      • 2D air combat dogfight roguelight that has you battling for air, sea, and ground surpremacy while gradually upgrading your aircraft’s stats
  • One more thing to note is that this is the last month for free PS3 and Vita games- after March 8th they’ll no longer be offered with PS Plus

Microsoft

  • XBone
    • BloodStained: Curse of the Moon
      • 2018
      • 8-bit-style Castlevania 3 inspired precursor to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Koji Igarashi’s crowdfunded spiritual successor to Konami’s Castlevania series.
    • Super Bomberman R
      • 2017
      • Classic bomberman gameplay for a new generation, where you move through a 2D grid environment using bombs to open pathways and trap opponents
  • 360
    • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
      • 2014
      • Classic Assassin’s Creed gameplay set in the 18th century during the Seven Years’ War, it’s the seventh AC game set as a sequel to AC 4 and a prequel to AC3, with it’s final mission being the prologue to AC Unity
    • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Xbox)
      • 2003
      • First and third person shooter action game with heavy emphasis on lightsaber combat, where you play a student at the Jedi Academy and complete various missions assigned by Kyle Katarn and Luke Skywalker

Twitch

  • Pikuniku
    • 2019
    • Very cute puzzle adventure game with optional co-op where you guide Piku through levels and solve puzzles by kicking, pushing, and swinging around
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
    • 2017 remake of the 2012 game
    • Immersive, story-driven experience with randomly generated audio, visuals, and events bringing you a different feel each time you play
  • Downwell
    • 2015
    • Vertically scrolling roguelike shmup, where you’re exploring (falling down) a well with your trusty gunboots
  • The Flame in the Flood
    • 2016
    • Roguelike survival adventure game where you play a young girl using a raft to navigate an apocalyptic flood that has turned the world into a series of islands
  • Draknek & Co Puzzle Collection
    • Bundle of three different puzzle games
      • Sokobond
        • 2014
        • An minimalist game about chemistry
      • A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
        • 2015
        • A game about being a monster and making snowmen
      • Cosmic Express
        • 2017
        • Plan the train route for the universe’s most awkward space colony

Microsoft

Xbox One

  • Prison Architect
    • Originally released 2015, XBone port 2016
    • Top-down 2D private prison construction and management sim, a la Theme Hospital and Dwarf Fortress. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while
  • Livelock
    • 2016
    • Top-down twin stick shooter with both solo and coop, described as similar to Diablo but with guns in a post-apocalyptic setting where you fight to unlock Eden and revive humanity

360

  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
    • 2011
    • Classic Lego-themed gameplay featuring missions and characters from the Clone Wars 3D animated series
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
    • Originally released , 360 port 2012
    • Collection of three Wonder Boy titles, including the Japan-exclusive Monster World IV. 2D side-scrolling actionRPGs, similar to Shovel Knight or Shantae

 


Sony

PS4

  • Destiny 2
    • 2017
    • Online-only multiplayer first-person sci-fi shooter developed by Bungie after they left the Halo franchise behind. Decent game, but it’s just the base title so be prepared to drop another $70 if you want to get up to date with the expansions
  • God of War 3: Remastered
    • 2015 remaster of the 2010 title
    • Award-winning action-adventure hack and slash loosely based in Greek mythology, now running at 1080p and 60fps. Want to know how loosely? Check out PS2J 196 for a full history

PS3 and PS4

  • Another World
    • Originally released in 1991, PS port of 2011’s 20th Anniversary edition in 2014
    • Also known as Out of This World and Outer World, it’s a cinematic platform action adventure game that inspired and influenced games like Ico, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill.
  • QUBE: Director’s Cut
    • 2011
    • Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion is a physics-based puzzle game, interacting with specific blocks in the world to solve puzzles and make it to the end of each level

Vita

  • Foul Play
    • Originally released 2013, Vita port 2016
    • Brawler action-adventure following the daemon hunter Baron Dashforth and his sidekick Scampwick, performed on-stage in front of an audience
  • Sparkle 2
    • 2015
    • Orb-matching puzzle game that looks similar to Zuma

Microsoft

Xbox One

360

  • Dead Space 3
    • 2013
    • Isaac Clarke returns to the third person survival horror franchise, bringing along Sgt John Carver to end the Necromorph plague once and for all
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    • 2012
    • Mickey and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit team up for co-op puzzle platforming action

 


Sony

PS4

  • Mafia 3
    • 2016
    • Third person sandbox shooter set in a city based on New Orleans, where you’ll build a new crime organization while seeking revenge on the Italian mob
  • Dead by Daylight
    • 2017
    • Asymmetric online survival horror, where one player takes on the role of the savage killer and hunts down the four survivors as they try to avoid being caught, tortured, and killed

PS3

  • Bound by Flame
    • 2014
    • Fantasy action RPG where you’re possessed by a demon and have to struggle through a brutal adventure while choosing between demonic powers or your immortal soul
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE
    • 2014
    • Over the top first person shooter where you can carry an unlimited amount of weapons and fight through hordes of enemies, a la classic Doom and Quake

Vita

  • Draw Slasher
    • 2013
    • Take revenge on the Pirate Monkey Zombies that kidnapped your family in this touch-screen controlled action platformer. Looks like Ninja Gaiden meets Fruit Ninja
  • Space Hulk
    • 2015
    • 3D turn based strategy game based on the Warhammer 40k board game of the same name, with single player and multiplayer play across PC, Mac, and iOS. Unfortunately the reviews seem to agree that this version doesn’t really bring anything extra to the table

PSVR

  • Here They Lie
    • 2016
    • VR psychological horror experience focussing on narrative and dread, that puts you in a frightening, surreal world of strange and malevolent creatures

 


Twitch

  • Wizardry Bundle (6-8)
  • Wizardry 6, Wizardry 7, Wizardry 8 
    • 1990, 1992, 2001
    • Mouse-driven classic sci-fi/fantasy RPGs where you take your party on an epic journey to powers and riches beyond your imagining
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition
    • 2018
    • Face the challenges of Viking purgatory after dying an inglorious death in this hand-drawn action exploration game, to prove yourself to the gods and enter Valhalla
  • Antihero
    • 2017
    • Victorian themed turn-based strategy and roleplaying game, where you take control of a thieves’ guild and carry out operations like stealing goods and blackmailing the wealthy
  • Steamworld Dig
    • 2013
    • Platform action-adventure game where you inherit an old western mine and dig through it while avoiding traps and enemies
    • You might recall the sequel was free back in March (episode 186)
  • Death Squared
    • 2017
    • Multiplayer puzzle game about cooperation, communication, and robot explosions. Each player needs to guide their robot to a specific goal, while working with everyone else to help them do the same

Microsoft

XBone

  • Assault Android Cactus
    • 2015 PC, 2017 Xbox
    • Twin-stick top-down shoot-’em-up where you fight through hordes of rogue robots to take back control of a space freighter
  • Death Squared
    • 2018
    • Multiplayer puzzle game about cooperation, communication, and robot explosions

360

 


Sony

PS4

  • Heavy Rain
    • 2016 port of the 2010 PS3 title
    • Action-adventure quick-time-event game from a studio that should probably just make movies instead of games.
    • Good story, but gameplay and branching narrative are whatever
  • Absolver
    • 2017
    • Fluid martial-arts focused action RPG, with gameplay almost similar to Journey

PS3

  • Rayman 3 HD
    • 2012
    • 3D adventure platformer in the tradition of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro
  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess
    • 2015
    • Expanded re-release of 2014’s Deception 4: Blood Ties
    • Gameplay focuses on strategy, luring enemies into a wide variety of traps before they can reach the player

Vita

  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
    • 2016
    • Adventure graphic novel with puzzle segments and a twisting story with multiple paths
    • Definitely worth playing the first two games beforehand to get the full picture
  • Space Overlords
    • 2016
    • It kind of looks like a robot version of Rampage on tiny planets? Not a lot of information, and the reviews don’t look very good

Try to guess who picked which song for the Spotify playlist.

Results

CONGLADURATIONS!

You know the guys pretty well.

Thanks for playing!

It’s awesome you gave it a shot, but you didn’t get enough right.

#1 The Spirit of the Radio – Rush?Artist: Rush Album: Permanent Waves Released: 1980 Genre: Rock

#2 Down the Road – C2C?Artist: C2C Album: Tetra Released: 2012 Genre: Dance/Electronic

#3 She Wants Me Dead – Cazzette & AronChupa?Artists: Cazzette, AronChupa Featured artist: On High Released: 2006 Genre: Dance/Electronic

#4 Halcyon On and On – Orbital?Artist: Orbital Album: Orbital 2 Released: 1993 Genres: Dance/Electronic, Pop

#5 Midnight City – M83?Artist: M83 Album: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Genre:Synth-Pop Released: 2011

#6 Night Witches – Sabaton?Artist: Sabaton Album: Heroes Released: 2014 Genre: Metal

#7 Never There – Cake?Artist: Cake Album: Prolonging the Magic Released: 1998 Producer(s): John McCrea Genres: Alternative/Indie, Rock

#8 Party by Myself – Hollywood Undead?Artist: Hollywood Undead Album: Day of the Dead Released: 2015 Genre: Rock

#9 Halloween In Heaven – Type O Negative?Artist: Type O Negative Album: Dead Again Released: 2007 Genre: Gothic Metal

#10 Superfast Jellyfish – Gorillaz?Artist: Gorillaz Featured artists: De La Soul, Gruff Rhys Album: Plastic Beach Released: 2010 Genre: Alternative/Indie

#11 Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix) – Daft Punk?Artist: Daft Punk Album: Daft Club Release: 2003 Genre: House music

#12 Helena Beat – Foster The People?Artist: Foster The People Album: Torches Released: 2011 Genre: Alternative/Indie

#13 To the Moon and Back – Fever Ray?Artist: Fever Ray Album: Plunge Released: 2017 Genre: Alternative/Indie

#14 Dance Of Death – Iron Maiden?Artist: Iron Maiden Album: Dance of Death Release: 2003 Genre: Heavy metal

#15 Have You Ever – The Offspring?Artist: The Offspring Album: Americana Released: 1998 Genre: Rock

finish

Microsoft

XBone

  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
    • 2016
    • Third and final game in Climax Studios’ series of side-scrolling AC platformers
  • Smite
    • 2014
    • Third-person MOBA featuring direct control over your character
    • Already F2P, but this will include the games Gold Bundle normally valued at $100

360

 


Sony

PS4

  • Trials Fusion
    • 2014
    • Ridiculous dirtbike platforming racing game
    • Was free on XBone back in August last year
  • XCOM 2
    • 2016
    • Turn-based strategy combat with high-stakes character perma-death

PS3

PSVita

  • Atomic Ninjas
    • 2013
    • Colorful 2.5D multiplayer competitive platformer with limited single-player
  • Squares
    • 2015
    • Puzzle reflex game where you need to tap/slide squares around on the screen

 

Twitch

  • Strafe
    • 2017
    • Super gory FPS that changes every time you play
  • The Banner Saga 1 and 2
    • 2014 and 2016
    • Animated role-playing viking saga with a branching story across both games
  • Tumblestone
    • 2016
    • Action-puzzle block-clearing game with both single and multiplayer
  • Treadnauts
    • 2018
    • Physics-based four-player 2D arena tank fights, looks like Worms meets Duck Game

Microsoft

XBone

XBox 360

  • Streets of Rage
    • 1991
    • Re-release from the Sega Vintage Collection, 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up
  • Vanquish
    • 2010
    • Action third-person shooter from the developer behind Bayonetta and Revengance

 


Sony

PS4

  • Beyond: Two Souls
    • 2013
    • Another interactive drama from David Cage, ala Heavy Rain
    • Billed as action-adventure but I feel like Cage’s games lack immersion and depth
  • Rayman Legends
    • 2013
    • Side-scrolling adventure platformer with optional coop

PS3

  • Risen 3: Titan Lords
    • 2014
    • Action RPG with the ability to tackle challenges in different ways and orders
  • Eat Them!
    • 2010
    • 3D cell-shaded spiritual successor to Rampage

Vita

  • King Oddball
    • 2014
    • Strange-looking Angry Birds-esque destruction game
  • Furmins
    • 2013
    • Phsyics-based action puzzle game

 


Twitch

PC

  • Psychonauts
    • 2005
    • Action-adventure platformer in a world of psychic abilities and sinister plots
  • Clustertruck
    • 2016
    • Arcade action-platformer where you try to get to the end of the level as fast as possible without touching the ground
  • Gone Home
    • 2013
    • First-person adventure exploration game with a great plot
  • Titan Souls
    • 2015
    • Punishingly difficult action-adventure game where you have to kill 19 titans with a single arrow and can only take one hit
  • High Hell
    • 2017
    • Neon arcade-action FPS from the makers of Heavy Bullets and Gang Beasts
  • I, Hope
    • 2018
    • Adventure puzzle-platformer coming-of-age story, looking to empower people battling cancer

Alan was a backer for the Kickstarter, and we just got to play a game. This is my review!

Overview

Joking Hazard is a party game for 3 to 10 people. The box recommends it to be (im)mature adults, due to its references to sex, violence and basically anything you have seen on the Cyanide and Happiness comic. If that comic is one you enjoy, or you are a big fan of Cards Against Humanity, this will be a great game for you.

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Gameplay

The game play is really simple. Each player is dealt 7 cards. A player is chosen to be the first judge to start the game, then reveals the top card from the deck. How the turn is played is based on the type of card revealed.

A card with a black border is most common. The judge chooses a card from their hand and places it on either the left or right of the card from the deck. These make the first two panels of a comic. The rest of the players choose a card from their hand to complete the comic and pass it face down to the judge. Randomly selecting and revealing cards, the judge picks what card is their favourite to complete the comic. The person who had the winning card gets it from the judge as a victory point.

The other possibility, is the card has a red border. These are special, as they are usually more unique designs, and they have to be used as the final panel. Now the judge has to wait as the players select two cards, to create the first two panels of the comic. Players pass their selection face down to the judge, then they randomize the piles and reveal them in order. Again the judge selects what pair is their favourite comic, and the person who played the two cards will get them back as points.

Components

The box is solid, which is perfect for taking over to friends houses. Cards are high quality, similar to Bicycle brand playing cards. Alan got a couple expansions with his set, giving us a lot of cards right away. As well as some blank cards for us to write out own text on.

TL;DR

It’s like Cards Against Humanity but with comic panels. Durable to be played a lot.

Verdict

If you and your friends are fans of Cards Against Humanity or Cyanide and Happiness, this game is a safe bet for a good time. And it even comes with official drinking rules. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to playing it again! Its an easy addition to most board game collections, as it can be played to start a game night, or be the last game when everyone has had a bit to drink.