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  • Epic Games
    • Thimbleweed Park
      • 2017
      • A haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, a dead body pixelating under the bridge, toilets that run on vacuum tubes… you’ve never visited a place like this before.
      • In Thimbleweed Park, a dead body is the least of your problems. Switch between five playable characters to uncover the surreal secrets of this strange town in a modern mystery adventure game from the creators of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion. The deeper you go, the weirder it gets.
Top story this week, Reggie Fils-Aime is stepping down as president of Nintendo of America effective this April
  • After being with the company for 16 years, and leading it for 13 of them, he’s moving on to spend more time with family and friends
  • The reins will be passed to Doug Bowser, the current head of sales and marketing, who has been working with Reggie for the past four years
    • They’re already leaning into the memes, with Bowser posting a photo thanking everyone for the warm welcome that has plushes of Mario and Luigi tied up together on a shelf
  • Reggie’s posted a heart-felt goodbye on the Nintendo of America Twitter account, thanking fans for their never-ending support and passion
In a bit of a roller coaster, some large Pokemon Go YouTube channels were deleted, then restored, this week
  • Apparently they had some innocuous videos flagged, and according to YouTube they were reviewed and given strikes for sexual content, specifically involving minors
    • This process even had one user’s GMail account completely disabled, leaving them unable to contact YouTube through normal means
  • Once the channels got in touch with YouTube to argue their case though, they were reinstated before the end of the day, saying that the YouTubers were taken down mistakenly
  • The root of the mistake seems to be the titles of the videos, referring to combat power as CP
    • It’s a common term in the Pokemon Go community, but it’s also unfortunately used as shorthand for child pornography
  • In the end it’s good that YouTube is making these kinds of efforts, but considering Google’s pockets I don’t think it’s unreasonable for a human to look at cases once they’ve been flagged for review
Niantic is bringing some quality of life improvements for everyone not playing Pokemon Go, to settle the class-action lawsuit from annoyed homeowners
  • The app will delivery courtesy reminders whenever 10 or more people are playing in the same location
  • They’ll also work with public parks to remind users of a location’s hours and make the associated stops inaccessible when closed, open a complaints reporting site, and grant removals for Pokestops within 40m of a single-family property
  • The named plaintiffs are also getting $1000 each, while the lawyers are requesting over $8M in fees and expenses
Samsung unveiled a bunch of new tech at their Unpacked event this week, and we’ve got a quick overview
  • Folding phones are finally here, and they’re absurdly expensive and unnecessary!
    • Samsung has announced the Galaxy Fold, launching April 26th and starting at $1980 USD
    • It strikes me as the worst of both worlds- when unfolded it looks like a typical Android tablet, which have generally been lacking, and when folded it’s a really thick phone with gigantic bezels (seems like almost a full inch each on the top and bottom)
    • It feels like this is basically a folding tablet, with the exterior screen kind of tacked on to make it also a phone
    • If nothing else it will bring the foldable display technology some more popularity and inspire others to innovate further with the tech
  • They announced the new Galaxy S10 with an interesting ultrasonic fingerprint scanner hidden behind the somewhat excessive 6.7” edge-to-edge display
  • It’s also 5G ready, which is jumping the gun a bit because the networks sure aren’t
  • Samsung also announced Galaxy Buds, an Airpods competitor that can wirelessly charge from the S10 using PowerShare, and a fancy new batch of smartwatches to complete their matching set
Samsung Washer Video  *Josh referenced this
Facebook may be facing multi-billion dollar fines after their role on the Cambridge Analytica user information scandal
  • The root of the investigation is whether Facebook violated the terms of a 2011 settlement with the FTC, prohibiting Facebook from misrepresenting the privacy or security of user info and requiring consent before overriding privacy settings, after they were found to have “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.”
  • The current investigation started in March of last year, after 87 million users’ info was given to a political consulting firm that did work with the Trump campaign
    • I’d be surprised if they weren’t also taking into account some of the more recent revelations, like making the posts of 14 million users public despite privacy settings set otherwise and giving away private information and photos left and right
  • If they fight the fines, which is sounds like they may based on their usual denials and non-statements, they could face a massive privacy lawsuit from the FTC and the US Government
Speaking of Facebook and bad data policies, a bunch of apps have come under fire for sending personal information to Facebook without user consent or controls
  • Among some of the worst offenders tested by the Wall Street Journal are
    • Realtor.com sends info on the listings that a user views, including location, price, and if they’re marked as a favourite
      Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on iOS, sends a user’s heart rate to Facebook immediately after it’s recorded
    • Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker tells Facebook when a user is having their period, or if they’re trying to get pregnant
Tidbits
  • Razer is closing down their game store after being open only 10 months
    • They were just reselling Steam and Uplay games, so as long as you make sure to activate your codes before Feb 28 you’ll be safe
    • They’ll also apparently still honour any existing preorders
  • Pokemon Go is now allowing players to switch teams, with a couple asterisks
    • It costs 1000 coins (earnable in gyms or by spending money), and can only be done once per year
  • The Netflix/Marvel partnership is officially over, with no more seasons of The Punisher and Jessica Jones, the last two Marvel series being made on the platform, being produced
    • The third season of Jessica Jones will still air sometime this year, but that’ll be the end
    • Time will tell if the eventual Marvel streaming service will continue the existing Netflix stories, or if they’ll need to reboot things
  • The final pieces of Shovel Knight, initially set to release on April 9th, have been delayed by “several months”
    • Originally revealed with a 2018 launch date, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Shovel Knight Showdown, and the physical release of Treasure Trove have all been pushed back to an unspecified date this year, along with the associated amiibo three-pack
Recommend the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
  • It’s an urban fantasy series that feels like a blend of The Dresden Files and American Gods, creating a world with people, monsters, gods, and goddesses from a wide array of mythologies and pantheons
  • It all comes together really well and sucks you in, with the books feeding in to eachother pretty directly
  • Including novellas I’ve devoured 17 books in the last three weeks, and I can’t wait to read the last few and see how it ends

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Blade wants gaming more on the Cloud. Nintendo makes a mini Direct. Alan has a great book for you to read and Josh loves a Netflix talk and drive show.

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We cover the trailers that interested us from Comic Con, Mighty No. 9. Josh recommends a quick little phone game, and Alan has an album to check out that he meant to bring up last week.

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Alan talks Apple, Josh covers the past Nintendo Direct and we get info on the Sony press conference as well. Josh has a board game recommendation for breaking the ice and Alan suggests an interesting article.

 

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Facebook shocking new anti-clickbait provisions, Pokemon Alola forms and Z Moves. Alan recommends a Vita home-brew, Josh has some DLC you should check out.


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Pokemon Sun/Moon has Alola forms and new Z Moves


Special Alola forms to existing PKMN


Exeggutor becomes a tall palm tree, becomes Grass/Dragon type (was Grass/Psychic)
Goes from 6’07”, 264.6 lbs, to 35’09”, 916.2lbs


Vulpix and Ninetails become white with blue highlights.
Vulpix gets a fluffy coat and tail and is an Ice type
Ninetails becomes whispy and is Ice/Fairy type


Sandshrew and Sandslash gain an icy form in Alola as well.
They become Ice/Steel type.
Sandshrew looks similar to an igloo. Sandslah has a glacier like looks with large hook claws.


More new PKMN revealed


Oricorio is sort of a bird of paradise. And it has different styles that change types and also have flying type.
The style changes with the island.


Baile Style looks like a salsa dancer and adds Fire type
Pop-Pom is like a cheer leader, and adds Electric.
Pa’u has a hula dancer style and adds Psychic
Sense looks like a Japanese fan dance and adds the Ghost Type


Revelation Dance matches the type of the style that Oricorio has acquired
Has the special Dancer ability and copy the enemies “Dance” abilities


Minior is a little meteor looking PKMN.
Has 5 points like a star in a rock like shell. With the Shields Down ability, it is protected from status conditions, until its HP drops below half, then the meteor shell breaks off revealing the cute gooey nougat Minior Core.


Gumshoes a mongoose looking guy that is Normal type. He is the evolution to Yungoos that took the internet by storm because of its resemblance to Donald Trump.


Fomantis is a little grass PKMN that looks like a bug but is Grass type, and evolves into Lurantis, which looks a lot like an Orchid Mantis, and is still a mono Grass type.


Lurantis brings a new move to the game, Solar Blade. Its like if solar beam shot straight up, and was brought down on to the opponent.


Mudbray is a mud donkey with Ground type.


New Features!
 


More Pokemon to ride, some bash terrain, one is like a seadoo, another walks on rocky terrain and there is a Charizard with a saddle at the end of the clip.


The Island Challenge! Looks like you have to travel between the islands and battle in a tournament, or complete some sort of trial. The Trial Champions have PKMN with extra abilities, like being able to call on another PKMN to fight along side it.


Z-Moves are a once per battle, mega attack. Your character does a dance and your PKMN unleashes a special attack of its typing.


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Pokemon Go talk happens later in the episode, Alan talks about the fall of an internet giant. Josh has a Pokemon Go helper to check out and Alan recommends another game on you phone or computer.

 

Mini Nes Game List: Balloon Fight, BUBBLE BOBBLE, Castlevania, Castlevania II, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., DOUBLE DRAGON II, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, FINAL FANTASY, Galaga, GHOSTS’N GOBLINS, GRADIUS, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Bros., MEGA MAN 2, Metroid, NINJA GAIDEN, PAC-MAN, Punch-Out!!, StarTropics, SUPER C, Super Mario Bros (1,2 and 3), TECMO BOWL, The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II.

 

 

 

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As if everybody hasn’t already talked about it enough, we have a refined explanation of Pokemon Go of people who may not know what its all about. An important update to technology and the legal system with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The new Ghostbuster movie has a game out with its release. And careful with what Pokemon Go app you download from a website on Android.


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