Free games

  • UPDATE

    • Battlefront 2 doesn’t have online multiplayer, only local, since the original Xbox Live was shut down about nine years ago
  • Epic Games

    • The Witness
      • Making the rounds- free on PSN just recently, and on Xbox One about a year ago
      • 2016
      • First person puzzle exploration game, a la Myst, developed by the creator of Braid
  • Twitch

    • Her Story
      • 2015
      • Interactive movie that has you searching through a database of fictional police interviews to solve the case of a missing man
    • InnerSpace
      • 2018
      • An adventure game inspired by Journey and Grow Home that has you flying around bright, stylized environments hunting for ancient gods
    • Joggernauts
      • 2018
      • Cute couch co-op autorunner platformer that has you jogging, jumping, and switching with friends to make it to the end of each level
    • Keep In Mind: Remastered
      • 2018
      • A psychological indie game following Jonas, a man struggling with mental illness, on a journey of reflection and emotional growth through a world of his literal demons

Top story- seriously, it’s time to delete Facebook

  • The Daily Beast is reporting that newer Facebook users are being interrupted by a message asking for their email password
    • The message says “To continue using Facebook you’ll need to confirm your email.”, and then goes on to say you can do that automatically by entering your email account’s password into a form below the message
    • In order to bypass this you need to click on the “Need help?” link in one corner of the page, and then they offer more conventional means like sending you an email with a confirmation link
    • They say they won’t store your password, but considering the massive “Keeping passwords secure” fiasco of 600M cleartext passwords kept floating around at the company for the last 7 years I think we’ve got to take that with a shaker of salt
  • Not to mention, cybersecurity researchers just recently found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records on publicly accessible Amazon Cloud servers
    • They want to take all your info, and then they don’t care who else gets into it as long as they can sell it to the highest bidders

There’s a PSVR-exclusive Iron Man game coming, and I need it now

  • I’m not kidding, give it to me
  • Based on early demos it looks like they’ve nailed flying around in first person as Iron Man with full motion controls
  • It’s apparently separate from the films and comics but using them as an inspiration, exploring Tony Stark as his own worst enemy as well as facing off against Ghost, a supervillain going after Stark and Pepper Potts
  • It looks fantastic, and it’s apparently slated for release sometime this year

Apple has officially confirmed that AirPower is dead, likely due to the technical challenges of their ambitious design

  • The weirdest part of this is the package for the new AirPods wireless charging case actually includes an illustration of the AirPower mat, but they’ve finally definitively decided its fate
  • They wanted to let you charge up to three devices by putting them anywhere on the mat, while also giving the ability to monitor battery levels of all three wirelessly
  • Very ambitious, but with the current level of tech just not feasible
  • On the plus side, you can just get a few decent wireless charging pucks online for less than AirPower would have cost

Avengers: Endgame tickets are already for sale, and there’s even a way to see the movie early if you feel like being slightly insane

  • In case you haven’t heard, Endgame broke records this week and had the biggest day one of any theatrical presale title ever, taking down the previous champ, The Force Awakens, in the first six hours of tickets being available
    • It got to the point where #AvengersEndgametickets was trending on Twitter with technical complaints, because the sites couldn’t keep up with demand
  • Both AMX and Alamo Drafthouses in the US are running marathon screenings, leading up to a showing of Endgame, if you feel up to the 22 movie, 60 hour challenge
  • And your reward? Seeing Endgame one hour before the general public
  • This is definitely something that would take dedication, and we’d love to hear from any listeners that might have taken part
 

Gundam 40th and Hello Kitty 45th anniversaries

  • To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty and the 40th anniversary of Gundam. They are having a crossover event!
  • So far there is only a video, where Kitty is at home, sees Amuro, fighting in his Gundam on TV. Kitty gets all flustered and runs out of her house.
  • Then it goes to space, Amuro still fighting, and a break in combat, has his sensors go off. He turns and sees a giant Hello Kitty mech appear. May be Big Zam sized? and the video ends there. All characters are represented in their original animation styles.

Homeworld Lego sets

  • https://brickformation.com
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeworld
  • A company called Brick Formation, has the license to make sets based on Homeworld.
  • For those out of the loop, Homeworld is a 3D RTS. Where it takes place in space, and has lots of cool spaceships.
  • It is made by Relic Entertainment, which was founded in Vancouver, and Homeworld was their first game released in 1999.
  • These parts are genuine Lego pieces, since Lego has a Fair Play rule. So they are genuine Lego, kits designed, packaged and sold by Brick Formation. But the Lego company, is not affiliated with this in any way, other than being the ones that designed the building bricks.
  • They are beautiful sets. They all come with a display stand, which also holds a description card for the ship. They look fantastic, because they made all the ships in the ’studless’ style of building. Where building studs are not visible in the final product.
  • This quality does come at a price. A smaller ship, the Hiigaran Interceptor, which built is 12 inches long, is $250. And a large example, Hiigaran Destroyer, 20 inches long, is $575.
  • If the idea of 3D RTS, all in space, makes you interested, a remaster was released in 2015, available on Mac and PC.

Tidbits

  • Google’s adding a “sponsored content” (read, advertising) section to Android TV, and in their pilot program pushed the update to a bunch of devices including Sony smart TVs
    • So if you decided to shell out thousands on a nice 4K TV, and use the Android TV features, congratulations- you’re now forced to look at ads every time you use it
  • Valve is teasing their new stand-alone VR setup with a swanky website
    • It’s pretty scarce on the details, but it looks like it’s called the Index and it’ll be here in May
  • No Man’s Sky VR is getting some amazing reviews, and the hype train is a-rolling once more
    • And as a nice bonus, it will be playable both with the Move and Dualshock controllers (though if given the option, I think motion controls are usually superior)
  • Verizon’s launching an actual 5G network this week, compared to AT&T’s logo change
    • Speeds look solid, testing out at over 760 Mbps, but you won’t see them unless you’re in specific areas of either Chicago or Minneapolis, have the Moto Z3 phone, and pair it with the 5G-enabled Moto Mod (which, with it’s extra processing, battery power, and antennas, it damn near a phone in its own right)
  • Lastly, for your weekly dose of wtf, a California hospital is being sued by 81 women for secretly filming them in labour and delivery rooms while undergoing very personal procedures
    • The women say they didn’t consent, and would not have if given the choice
    • Cherry on the shit sundae, the videos were stored on various computers- some of which didn’t even require passwords to use
    • The hospital claims the cameras were there to catch a thief stealing drugs from anesthesia carts in the rooms, but that seems like a pretty idiotic move all told

Recommend American Gods: The Author’s Preferred Text

(recommended the Amazon Prime show, which is now partway through season 2 back in ep 118)
  • It’s interesting to see some of the differences between the show and the book, though there will be spoilers for one in the other so choose wisely
  • It’s such a great take on mythology, with gods being among us and powered by belief and worship, so you end up with someone like Media contrasting with the older gods the settlers and slaves brought with them to the Americas
  • Neil Gaiman’s always a good read
 

Literally Misleading

(Game) Sometimes fitting in isn’t the best thing for you, as the ones that do literally disappear.

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We sit down with Jen.
FYI: After the 50 minute mark it bits a bit dark.
If you listened to the Live Halo 5 episode, he was on near the end. And he came back for more microphone action.

He won the Elite controller. It’s dang expensive.
The guys talk pro gaming strategies.

Divian, the organizer for the Halo 5 event, still hasn’t added us on Xbox live.
Josh is lazy and yells at his Xbox to make it play the Netflix.
Jen is trying to form a team of Rocket Leaguers, or whatever they’re called.

Mike tells us how his Chief armour disintegrated during the Halo 5 event.
The cosplayers of jealous of the cosplayers with workshops.

Jen makes his cosplay with foam. He’s a part of the Knights of Cos.
He and Mike, highly recommend the books on foam armour by Bill Doran.
And he’s looking into making an armour dummy.

The guys hatch a plan inspired by Home Alone for Mike to do.
And then it will destroy Geralds life.

Josh talks One Punch Man with Jen.
The mole men seemed to be Saitama’s only challenge.
Then Josh gives an explanation of this crazy show.

Jen asks the guy’s, if we had our own finishing move, what would it be?
Instead of answering, Josh tries to coyote ugly the question.
They stick Josh with the Horrible Segway finishing move.

Jen started his cosplay adventure with an Attack on Titan costume.
Then he and Mike talk the hours of working with foam.
Then he plugs the youtube video of a Raiden cosplayer we met at CCEE.
We share tales of silly cosplayers.

Josh is wrong about the flash movie he is talking about.
He means Spazkid. Sparked has the video called Egorapture. And that is what he is talking about.
Then he tells the tale of Newgrounds. A magical place.

Then we talk about new YouTube algorithms.

Seemingly mandatory Star Wars talk.
Briefly about The Force Awakens.
Then Alan goes through the theory of Jar Jar Binks being the Phantom Menace.

Then Jen asks some Star Wars universe questions.
Which we are all nerdy enough to answer.

Halo talk gets blended into Star Wars through a Mass Effect segway.
So much sic-fi.

Josh ruins it with instagram.

Mike’s finishing move is Halo Talk. Talking people to death.
Alan’s is a blunt I Don’t Care about this.

Josh gets a bit of Gundam Battle Assault 2 into it.
Josh was sick of Heero’s lame catchphrase.
The suit Jen may be talking about is Acguy. An amphibious mobile suit.
Mike would run out of ammo as Heavy Arms.
And the guys get all explainey about the Gundams.
Josh remembers the name of Gundam: Encounters in Space.

Jen loves him some Ape Escape.
Josh is sad he missed out of the franchise.
We mention Yokai Watch, a franchise that beat out Pokemon.
And talk about how some American franchises are really big in Japan. Like Mickey Mouse and Peanuts.

Then Alan talks about the things he noticed while visiting Japan.
Walking and drinking is considered rude.
CORN WATER.

Jen talks about how at home in Malaysia, they eat every/anything.
Torpedo soup.

Then Josh gets dark.
And the whole podcast gets a bit nasty.
And Jen talks about monkey brain.

Mike says his puns are a syndrome.
Based on a guy getting brain surgery and spinning sick puns.

Jen is got sucked by the false ending.

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We have Ryan again, and he is defiantly talking.
Alan has trained Mike to break easily.
Ryan tells us about his play through of Sonic Adventure 2.
And his laptop has stabbed him in the BACK!
We talk about our broken Little Big Planet game play.
Then we talk about abusing Chao’s to make them good.
And the word Josh was looking for was Transcript.
But still comment if you want one of those things. We are totally serious.
Then we help Ryan with the automation service we use.
And we talk business.
Mike asks why chaos were a thing?
He gets answers!
Mike feels chaos are worse than how people had to EV train Pokemon.
Josh shares his lament about trading in Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider.
Ryan has no such regrets.
We explain the Battletoads joke. We thought everyone knew?
And Mike and Josh, have a secret buddy that has also preordered Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon.
Ryan decides Destiny is not his MMO, Wildstar is.
Destiny is a lot like Halo jokes.
Not playing Warhammer is a fiscally responsibly decision!
Katbox.net, used to be exclusive. Now its less.
Wow. We make a lot of Dad jokes. Sorry, not sorry.
Mike hear fire bad. Fire good. Buy fire.
Josh talks about what he uses Deviant Art for.
Its for art!
Mike does armour, armour, armour, armour.
Ryan did armour! Sounds neat. He was Dave. From the Homestuck.
And Homestuck is the longest comic ever?
And the cartoon destroyed servers, and Mike lost interest.
The Josh asks, Is Naruto done?
Answer, is kinda. It has a sequel.
We talk YouTube and Nintendo shenanigans.
Then Josh gives a micro review for Hello Kitty: Seasons.
And he also 100% a Barbie game.
And PS2J doesn’t have an up converter for GameCube because… lazy.
And Mike has Oni, we should play it right?
It killed divisions of Bungie and Rockstar. Allegedly.
Josh also needs to play Mike’s copy of Firewarrior.
Ryan re-rails us, and tells us to play good games.
And then Ryan tells the guys about Freedom Planet.
It’s a Sonic tribute game that evolved into something great.
Then Ryan talks about how tough the last boss on Freedom Planet is.
And Mike tells about how frustrating the last boss on South Park 64 was.
And we complain about games that pull the main character out for a boss battle when you have never levelled them up.
Alan gives his strategy on beating Wiegraf in Final Fantasy Tactics.
And Seath the Scaleless is a sonnavabitch.
Josh’s triumph is from beating Gundam: Encounters in Space.
Then Ryan asks if we can play anything other than awful games.
We probably should. Keep than in mind for the future.
Double Thumbs Up Microphone.
Then the Tarantino style wrap up.