Netflix Launches New Documentary The Video Game Industry

Netflix has been killing it lately on original content and has really stepped it up on documentaries. If you’re all caught up on Tiger King, then you should definitely check out High Score that covers the early years of gaming.

Holy shit it John Romero!

I’m so jelly of his long salon quality hair.

High Score was released on Netflix on August 19.

[Source: Netflix]

Far Cry 6 Announced – El Presidente Antón Castillo Up For Father of the Year

Ubisoft is dealing with a lot of shit right now which is no bueno. However, they did announce Far Cry 6, which mucho bueno.

There is no gameplay in the initial trailer, but the production and storyline looks top notch.

Father of the year material here.

The Far Cry series has always been about its batshit crazy antagonists and it looks like that tradition continues.

Far Cry 6 is slated for a February 18 2021 release, coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and PC (via Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store)… and a partridge and a pear tree.

Xbox One and PS4 owners who opt to wait out the release on the PS5 and Series X will be eligible for free upgrades, when the make the plunge.

[Source: Ubisoft]

Researchers Predict that Gamers Will Look Like Mutated Freaks in Twenty Short Years

This handsome fella is what gamers will look like in twenty years.

According to The Mirror (lol) by way of researchers from OnlineCasino.ca (who?) gamers are going to look like mutated freaks.

The Mirror

According to the researchers from OnlineCasino.ca,

“The visualisation shows that Michael has pale and pasty skin from years of being in artificial light and the result of lack of Vitamin D and B-12. He has stress-related eczema across his legs and arms and a permanently bent back from poor posture.”

A condition that slowly develops over time, a hyperextended neck, rounded shoulders and hunchback will start as a dull pain occasionally and work its way from your neck to your hands and back as the strains slowly create a bend in the neck which creates the hunchback.

“This is caused by elongated periods of time sitting in uncomfortable positions without stretching or counteracting with regular exercise.”

OnlineCasino.ca

Sorry folks, but I call bullshit. I’m 40 years old, and have been gaming for nearly 35 years, and I’m a stud.

My secret? Eat right, exercise, and everything in moderation.

[Source: OnlineCasino.ca via The Mirror]

Microsoft Promises Backwards and Forwards Compatibility in the Next Generation – At Least for Awhile

Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty (hee hee) promises that Series X games will be playable on the Xbox One, at least for couple years.

In an interview with MCV, Booty (hee hee) promises that your Xbox One won’t be totally obsolete when the Series X is launched

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices.

We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”

MCV

No doubt there is going to be a significant hit to visuals and framerate on these “forward compatible” games, but it’s cool that gamers will have the option.

[Source: MCV]

Microsoft’s Project Artemis will Protect Kids from Creeps Online

Being a parent in this day and age can be scary. And I can’t watch my children at all times, ready to pounce on creeps, breaking both their arms and leaving at the side of a road for dead. Luckily Microsoft has my back.

Below, Microsoft details Project Artemis, from their official blog.

“In furtherance of those commitments, today Microsoft is sharing a grooming detection technique, code name “Project Artemis,” by which online predators attempting to lure children for sexual purposes can be detected, addressed and reported. Developed in collaboration with The Meet Group, Roblox, Kik and Thorn, this technique builds off Microsoft patented technology and will be made freely available via Thorn to qualified online service companies that offer a chat function. Thorn is a technology nonprofit that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse.

The wife and I are always concerned when the kiddos go online. At least there are tools being built to help parents protect their kids from the sickos.

[Source: Microsoft]

After 2 Shootings, Walmart Removes Violent Video Game Displays—Still Selling Firearms

I don’t want to open up a big fucking can of worms here, but seriously Walmart?

Let’s recap the senselessness.

  • July 30, two Walmart employees are shot and killed in Mississippi.
  • August 3, twenty-two people were tragically killed in a mass shooting in at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
  • August 8, some dumb motherfucker strolls into a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri armed with a rifle while donning body armor and military-style clothing.

Walmart has an problem here. So the dumb corporate fucks do the most sensible thing… Take down displays of violent video games, of course.

Many gun control advocates are rallying to get Walmart to at least temporarily stop sales of firearms. I mean what’s worse, a poster of firearms in the electronics section, or actual fucking firearms. Walmart, however, does not agree with this logic, as per spokesman Randy Hargrove:

“There’s been no change in policy,” adding that the retailer has been focused on caring for customers and employees in the El Paso community. “It’s horrible … what’s happened.’’

USA Today

Stopping sales of firearms, even temporarily, will obviously harm Walmart’s bottom line. It’s easier to just go back to the good ole standby that old, out-of-touch, limp dick politicians and corporations have been using for years. Blame the video games.

The Medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are Made From Garbage and That’s a Good Thing

The medals that will be awarded to 2020 Olympians in Tokyo will be made from garbage, and that is a cool thing.

I’m an unabashed lover of Japanese culture and people and some of my fondest memories are of Japanese video games. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will also lean into gaming. So allow me to gush a bit here for the fine people of Japan.

Most interestingly, there is a possibility the medals athletes are competing for may have a bit of gaming in them.

The gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games not only represent the greatest honour for the athletes but also an opportunity for Japan to showcase its culture and charm to the rest of the world.

To produce these valuable medals, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) conducted the “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project” to collect small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan. This project makes Tokyo 2020 the first in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to involve citizens and to manufacture the medals using recycled metals.

The approximately 5,000 medals in total have now been produced from the small electronic devices that were contributed from people all over Japan. We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

To produce medals that embody the emotions of all those who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, Tokyo 2020 launched a medal design competition to invite the public to submit design ideas for the medals. From the procurement of the metals to the development of the medal design, the entire country of Japan was involved in the production of the medals for the Tokyo 2020 Games – truly a project that was possible with the participation of everyone across Japan.

Tokyo 2020

Just think, there may be PlayStation, Nintendo DS, and I imagine a shit ton of Nintendo Wii consoles in Tokyo 2020 medals.

I reckon that this may be the most video game centric Olympics ever, which is pretty neat.

[Source: Tokyo 2020]

E3 is Over, But We Will Always Have This Man’s Beard

E3 2019 is officially in the books. There were some legitimate surprises, new hardware, new games, etc…

But what I’m going to remember most is that beard from the Xbox briefing. I don’t know if I should be impressed or frightened by it. It’s unnerving yet mesmerizing. I CAN’T STOP STARING AT IT.

If one was juvenile and fanboyish enough to declare a winner of E3, then it is clearly Xbox, by virtue of this man’s beard.

Samuel L. Jackson To Co-Host E3 Mother F-ing Live Tomorrow

Samuel L. Jackson, who is cool and terrifying at the same time, will be co-hosting Geoff Keighley’s E3 Live presentation on YouTube this year.

Jackson, who is a cool and frighteningly intimidating will be replacing former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime as co-host, who is also frightening and intimidating.

Apple Finally Brings Xbox One S and PS4 Controller Support to iOS, iPadOS

As an Apple fan, I can get pretty infuriated with the backwards shit that they pull. Yes, they make sexy hardware and they seem to take privacy seriously, but man does it take forever for them to do common sense stuff.

At WWDC 2019 today, Apple made a few gaming centric announcements. One that got some traction was that PS4 and Xbox One S controller support would be coming to Apple TV, which is okay, I guess.

However, more importantly is that PS4 and Xbox One S controller support is also coming to iOS 13 and iPadOS later this fall, which is about goddamn time.

Soon, you’ll be able to play games like Fortnite on your iPad or iPhone with a controller, and not touch controls, like a savage.

By the way, if you’re wondering why it’s specifically Xbox One S controllers, its because they have the necessary Bluetooth support.

Oh, and one more thing… if you have an iPhone 6 or older, you’re shit out of luck.

[Source: Apple]