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Summer Plans… Press Start to BGN 29/03/2017 Show Recap
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Summer Plans… Press Start to BGN 29/03/2017 Show Recap

Hey! Listen!

Welcome back to Press Start to BGN, Laurier’s gaming show by a bunch of Game Design & Development students here at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The program is very new and so is our show, so for those who don’t know Game Design & Development is headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” This is our last show of the 2016/2017 school year and so, of course, we’re talking about our Summer game plans! We discuss the games we want to play with our well deserved time off… Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

 

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1 – “Tangled Up in Blue”  has been announced to be available on all platforms on April 18; season passes will be made available on May 2nd in North America
  • Rocket League CEO Dave Hagewood has called the game’s online issues as “totally unacceptable”
  • Ex-senior Apple employee Michael Hillman has been hired as the new head of hardware for Oculus VR
  • Warner Bros. has unveiled the first details of the Tomb Raider movie, which includes images of Alicia Vikander as Laura Croft

 

  • The first teaser trailer for Destiny 2 has been released, with rumours of the release date being set to September 8th

  • Lego City Undercover has been discovered to require Internet connection to play due to the fact that it requires 13 GB of storage
  • Marie Blue’s cartoon strip of Kirby with human feet has quickly become the latest meme
  • The Australian Classification Board’s decision to ban Outlast 2 in Australia has been reversed since the original submission, said to be a mix-up, had the final game code and a video file of the Alpha version of the game; Red Barrel’s public relations team has stated that the video file shouldn’t have been sent “as its content was not representative of the final game”

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Has-Been Heroes (March 28th, PS4, XB1, Windows, SWITCH)
Has-Been Heroes is an action-adventure game with both RTS and turn-based strategy elements. Made by Frozenbyte, the game has you playing as 4 heroes making their way through a dungeon and surviving the biggest challenge: get the Kings Twin Princesses to school! Playing it on the Switch is interesting; the game play has you playing every character at once, so at first you have a really crappy time just not understanding. Once you get it, though, it comes naturally and poses a different kind of challenge. I would recommend it if you’re looking for something different and engaging. Pick it up for $20!

Rainworld (March 28th, PS4, Windows)
PLAY AS CAT BUG! wait-
Play as Catslug, a part cat, part slug… Thing, that is working to survive an incoming torrential downpour. Escape enemies, find shelter and forage for food as you discover your larger purpose on this futuristic planet Earth. Pick it up for $15.99!

Persona 5 (April 4th, PS4)
Buy. This. Game.

Thanks for sticking around guys, have a good summer and hear our voices again comin in September!

Music!

Persona 5: https://youtu.be/B14111ZRHNQ

GTA V: https://youtu.be/Ru2uzhqQ3a8

Topic of the Show:

As the school year comes to a close (except for those doing summer courses) and exam’s start coming back, Press Start to BGN says goodbye for now. The topic of the show this week was what we were all doing this summer. How will we spend our time, in the sun perhaps? Probably not too much. Playing games with some buds or by ourselves? That’s pretty much a guarantee. A lot of us will be catching up on our gaming because of the now abundant amount of free time we will have, what will you be doing this summer? Or rather, what will you be playing? Let us know in the comments!

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • Fallout Shelter
    • From Bethesda Game Studios comes the single-player simulation game Fallout Shelter. In this game, players build and manage their own Vault as the coordinator and leader of the citizens that live there with you. Keep everyone happy as you meet to your citizen’s needs of power, food, and water.  Rescue survivors, take care of your citizens and pet your dog in this game available on iOS, Android, PC and now the Xbox One.
  • Overwatch
    • From Blizzard Entertainment comes their 2016 first person shooter, multiplayer game Overwatch. Overwatch contains multiple characters to choose from to battle as with their strengths being linked to four main play categories: offense, defense, tank, and support. Choose your character and fight either one on one or on a team of six against other teams throughout the game’s various game modes and maps. With updates and events coming out throughout the year, Overwatch is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Jelena:

  • Hyper Light Drifter
    • From Heart Machine comes the action roleplaying game Hyper Light Drifter. In this game, players control the Drifter, a figure who has technology that has been long forgotten by the world’s residents and who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Travel across the land and discover the secrets of this immersive world. Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Ouya.
  • This War of Mine
    • From 11 bit studios comes the war survival game This War of Mine. Based on the true events of the 1992-96 Siege of Sarajevo during the Boasian War, this game has players experience what it is like to be a civilian trying to survive in a war environment. Different endings will occur based on the decisions you make throughout the game. Try to survive the everyday dangers you occur and experience a small taste of what it is like to be a civilian in a warring nation. Available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Cassie:

  • Pokemon Sun
    • From Nintendo comes another instalment to their Pokémon franchise, 2016’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon is a role-playing game that has players catching various species of Pokémon, battling trainers be it online or in the game’s story mode, take care of their teammates in Pokémon Refresh and more. In Pokémon Sun, players can find Pokémon exclusive to their version of the game and has their game running exactly to their 3DS’ programmed clock. Available to play on the Nintendo 3DS.

Hunter:

  • Tap Tap Fish (AbyssRium)
    • From SangHeon Kim comes the Zen aquarium tap game Tap Tap Fish, also known as AbyssRium. Acquire fish and reef life, take pictures of your fishes to share online and create your own aquatic atmosphere experience. Available on iOS and Android.
  • OneShot
    • From Degica comes the fourth wall breaking adventure game OneShot. Play as Niko, a small cat-like child as you traverse through a mysterious computer world with the task of restoring the world’s lightbulb like the sun. There is a catch, though. This world knows you exist and every choice you make has consequences. You only have one shot to rekindle this world’s sun and to get Niko home. Available on PC. Proceed with a warning: this game heavily interacts with your computer and brings out feelings of paranoia.

Paris:

  • Need for Speed
    • From Electronic Arts is their action racing game Need for Speed. Choose and customize your vehicle, race against other players, and do your best to win. Specifically the PS4, Xbox One and PC Need For Speed reboot released in 2014.

WRAP

That’s everything! We’re super excited to be doing this show and we hope you’re enjoying it too 🙂 We’re on every Wednesday at 7 pm on this site and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet Stephan (@StephanReilly) or email reil4130 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Thanks again and catch you next week!

Outlast 2 Controversy – Press Start to BGN 22/03/2017 Show Recap
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Outlast 2 Controversy – Press Start to BGN 22/03/2017 Show Recap

Hey! Listen!

Welcome back to Press Start to BGN, Laurier’s gaming show by a bunch of Game Design & Development students here at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The program is very new and so is our show, so for those who don’t know Game Design & Development is headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” This week we go into the game genres we suck at but still love to play as well as all the game news and releases for the week. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Super Mario Run will be available to Android on March 23rd
  • Kurt Margenau, Game Director of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, has confirmed to the PlayStation Blog that Nathan Drake will not be making an appearance in the game “at all”
  • Game Freak has released recruitment advertisements for a console game, stating that recruits will be working on “characters, monsters and items” for “a title that everyone knows”
  • Tang Gameworks may have leaked The Evil Within 2 through an internal job listing for QA
  • The Australian Classification Board has denied Outlast 2 a rating due to the sexual violence found within the game

  • YouTuber JonTron has tried to clear up some of his offensive remarks from last regarding race while engaged in a debate on Steve Bonnell’s Twitch channel
  • Allie Rose-Marie Leost, a worker within EA’s motion-capture labs, is currently experiencing vicious harassment online due to the overall disappointment in the lack of improvement in Mass Effect: Andromeda’s animation quality
  • In just under two weeks, Horizon Zero Dawn has sold a total of 2.6 million copies
  • CapCom will be bundling its Disney Afternoon NES Classics for PS4, Xbox One and PC (available in April 18th for $19.99)

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Games out this week:

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, X1 & PC)
  • Everything (PS4)

  • Super Mario Run Mar 23 (Android)
  • Mario Sports Superstars Mar 24 (3DS)

PlayStation Plus:

  • Disc Jam, PS4, Tearaway Unfolded, PS4, Under Night: In-Birth, PS3, Earth Defense Force 2025, PS3, Lumo, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4), Severed, PS Vita

Games w/ Gold:

  • Layers of Fear 01/03 to 31/03, Evolve: Ultimate Edition – Available 16/03 to 15/04, Heavy Weapon – Available 16/03 to 31/03

Topic of the Show:

This week we discussed our favourite genres that we love to play but absolutely suck at, as well as what genres we feel like we’re really good at!

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • Fallout Shelter
    • From Bethesda Game Studios comes the single player simulation game Fallout Shelter. In this game, players build and manage their own Vault as the coordinator and leader of the citizens that live there with you. Keep everyone happy as you meet to your citizen’s needs of power, food, and water.  Rescue survivors, take care of your citizens and pet your dog in this game available on iOS, Android, PC and now the Xbox One.
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • In the newest installment to the Zelda franchise comes Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this action adventure game, players play as Link after awaking from a hundred-year slumber. This game is a large departure from the regular linear storyline the series is usually known for. This new installment prides itself in its open world exploration and allows players to defeat dungeons in any order they wish. Explore to your heart’s content, available on the new Nintendo Switch system and on Wii U.
  • Overwatch
    • From Blizzard Entertainment comes their 2016 first person shooter, multiplayer game Overwatch. Overwatch contains multiple characters to choose from to battle as with their strengths being linked to four main play categories: offense, defense, tank, and support. Choose your character and fight either one on one or on a team of six against other teams throughout the game’s various game modes and maps. With updates and events coming out throughout the year, Overwatch is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
  • Rhythm Doctor
    • From 7th Beat Games comes Rhythm Doctor, “the hardest one button game you will ever play”. Save a variety of patients by tapping on the seventh beat to start the patient’s heart. So far there is a demo out, available to play on itch.io with six levels to tap out the beat to. Coming to Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android some time this year.

Jelena:

  • Nidhogg
    • From Messhof, comes Nidhogg comes, a single player/multiplayer fighting game. This game is a fast paced two-player dueling game that has players fencing against one another to reach their opponent’s side of the playing field. Get to the other side first and you will be swallowed by the Norse serpent Niohoggr for your efforts. Available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Cassie:

  • Jelly Juggle
    • From Ian MacLarty comes the iOS game Jelly Juggle. In this game, you lay as a little goldfish swimming in a circle, as you try and collect pieces of Jello with faces on them. Avoid crabs and score points in this game described as “an exciting new thumb-sport!”
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
    • From Nintendo comes their 2014 Kirby installment Kirby: Triple Deluxe. In this game, players play as Kirby as he tries to rescue Dream Land from insect evil forces residing in Floralia, a new land that has appeared above Dreamland. This installment includes three new copy abilities on top of the twenty from the previous game, challenging battles, and new puzzles to complete. Available on Nintendo 3DS.

Hunter:

  • Night in the Woods
    • From Kickstarter to reality comes Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods. In this single player adventure game, players play as a 20-year-old cat named Mae who has just recently dropped out of college and has returned to her hometown of Possum Springs. Reuniting with her old high school friends, Mae begins to settle back into her small-town life but finds things are not going to be the same as they use to be. Play various mini games, spend time with your friends and create a new chapter in your life in this spectacularly charming game. Available on PC and PlayStation 4.

 

Adam:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    • From Firaxis Games comes the turn-based tactic roleplaying game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Set during an alien invasion on Earth, the player is tasked with controlling the multinational paramilitary organization XCOM whose must protect the Earth from these alien invaders. Send your teams on missions, research alien technologies, capture prisoners and manage the expansions of XCOM’s base of operations in this tactical, turn based game. Available on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita.

WRAP

That’s everything! We’re super excited to be doing this show and we hope you’re enjoying it too 🙂 We’re on every Wednesday at 7 pm on this site and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet Stephan (@StephanReilly) or email reil4130 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Thanks again and catch you next week!

NextWeekNow March 23
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NextWeekNow March 23

On this Thursday March 23rd, we observe the second to last airing of NextWeekNow with your host MCMac of this year. It’s sad but true. It was a shortened show again this week. We’ll figure out the technical errors eventually. I promise. On to the news!

A spa in Perth Australia has opened up exclusively for babies. Human babies. It is excruciatingly adorable and pointless but there are a lot of cute baby pictures.

The World Happiness Report of 2017 was released and Canada is in the top ten at seven. The list is led by Norway followed by all of Scandinavia then us.

Sony has announced a release date for the Venom film. Venom, for those who are unaware, is a killer alien villain of Spiderman. The release date is October 5th 2018. The date is the same as the original release date for the Aquaman film, but that date has been pushed back.

Iron Fist has received bad critical approval almost exclusively since its release. The creators have been a little butt-hurt about it and have taken to blaming Donald Trump for being obnoxious or saying that the softly liberal can’t take the idea of a white guy not being ‘Oriental’ enough. What a collection of scumbags.

Black Panther will be coming out February of next year. Dope. The linked article is mostly a meaningless interview but that little nugget is at the end.

A shop in Cleveland Ohio created a giant ball of popcorn for New Years Eve. It was stolen this week… and then returned.

Some American researchers did some research on the meta-data of pornography searches in the Bible Belt and found that the more religious you are the more likely you are to look up porn. I don’t know if this has weight or meaning but it is interesting.

J & P Grocery has opened up in downtown Kitchener. It has taken hot minute, but maybe it’s going to be the best grocery store ever.

A plane going to Alaska had a loose snake on it. It was not venomous or dangerous in any way but wow people love snakes on planes. I wonder why?

Batman was in Montreal this week helping people dig out their cars.

A piece of space junk created in 2007 by the Chinese has a twitter account. It’s a real poet.

Some research has found that the blood of the young might be able to help reduce the effects of aging. I don’t know if it requires consumption, injection, sacrifice or what but still.

There is some new research that I cannot explain in any way but it focuses on the idea that light may be able to slow down. Somehow.

I recently discovered a fascinating new site. If you are a comic boo fan you might like this. Particularly if you think DC are nuts with how they handle their intellectual properties. It’s called “Has DC done Something Stupid Today?”

Superbad came out 10 years ago. Time flies, eh? I remember that movie being new. The linked article has reviews of a few ‘super bad’ comedies that came out since the film. I do not agree with all of the reviews but most of them seem pretty on point.

John Goodman got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and Jeff Bridges came by to show that the Dude abides.

This is the second last show of this semester. Keep your head up and push through, we are almost there. I’ll talk to you NextWeekNow.

Baby back rubs:

https://www.indy100.com/article/baby-spa-for-babies-adorable-cute-australia-perth-7641551

The Viking Influence on Canada way have once been colonizing but now it’s smiles:

https://www.indy100.com/article/map-of-the-world-according-to-happiest-countries-7639726

Iron Flop:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137770-man-who-created-kung-fu-caricature-finds-cultural-appropriation-crap.html

A Promising Marvel Project:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137757-black-panther-star-daniel-kaluuya-compares-film-to-game-of-thrones.html

Perplexing Popcorn Pilferage:

http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/70-pound-popcorn-ball-valued-700-stolen-ohio-46142189

Any article that uses the phrase ‘covert sexual experiences’ is going to be good:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224499.2017.1278736?journalCode=hjsr20

J & P in DTK:

https://twitter.com/jandpgrocery/status/844354941208670208

Monkey-Fighting Snakes On This Monday To Friday Plane:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/loose-snake-found-on-flight-to-anchorage/news-story/36f508756dda4c4b7203fb36f1a8b055

The Hero That We Have, But Not The One We Need Right Now:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/batman-spotted-helping-montrealers-dig-cars-out-of-snow-1.4031234

“I was born in space. My parents were the weather satellite and the missile”:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a-piece-of-space-junk-has-the-best-account-on-twitter

Maybe take A literal Bloodbath This Weekend:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-blood-of-the-young-might-really-be-an-anti-aging-elixir-researchers-say

This is an article where you read the headline and go ‘Crap. This can’t be good”:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/light-speed-slowed

As Of Posting This, It Has Been 97 Days Since DC Did Something Stupid:

http://hasdcdonesomethingstupidtoday.com/

“Wait… you changed your name to… McLovin?”:

http://www.craveonline.ca/mandatory/1231047-10-years-since-superbad-nothing-super-bad-comedies#/slide/1

That Star Really Pulls The Street Together:

http://www.craveonline.ca/mandatory/1230179-john-goodman-finally-got-star-hollywood-walk-fame-lets-just-say-dude-abided

 

Other Radio Laurier Shows:

The Morning Show:

https://radiolaurier.com/category/shows/the-morning-show/

You, Me & Indie:

https://radiolaurier.com/category/shows/you-me-indie/

Release the Venom into my bloodstream:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137739-sony-gives-a-release-date-for-venom.html

NextWeekNow March 16
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NextWeekNow March 16

We’re coming to the end of the term so keep your head on your shoulders and power through. We can write those 6 papers and 5 exams if we just work together. Not on the papers I mean. Just on the solidarity. On to the News!

Sheldon Cooper, the character of Big Bang Theory fame, is getting a spin off show about his childhood. Why? Good question. I do not have an answer other than potential profit, but at least there will be a couple jobs for some Hollywood writers that could use work. Try to find the bright side right?

An ad was released at SXSW for David Leitch’s new film Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron. It’s based on Antony Johnston’s graphic novel Cold City and it looks real good.

The first promo image of Jurassic World 2 has been released. Currently their saying that it will be released June 22, 2018. The picture is pretty and hopefully the movie will be a little stronger than the first Jurassic World.

Video of a creepy occurrence in a Brazilian school was shared on reddit. The door is repeatedly opening and slamming as two people walk towards it to investigate. I’m not a believer in ghosts, but the video is spooky so, in case you’re interested, it’s in the links below.

Footage of some dolphins coming alongside a boat near Marlborough, New Zealand popped up on LiveLeak. They are very beautiful creatures. By the way, in case you don’t know what LiveLeak is… just watch this video and then close the window without clicking anything.

A Miami lawyer’s pants burst into flame during closing statements on an arson case. Yeah, dawg. It’s a pretty good story.

A stunt motocross rider in California jumped the 60 freeway in the middle of the day. Security cam footage saw the guy and the Highway Patrol is currently investigating.

Have you wanted to wear sports themed shoes while you become obese? Well, good news, Pizza Hut can hook you with their new Pie Tops. If you squeeze the button under the Pizza Hut logo, the shoe will order you a pizza.

When I was a small boy there were these ads on TV for devices that you put on your body and they would vibrate and you would loose weight. You wouldn’t actually, but this is what the ads claimed. Turns out it works for mice when you vibrate their whole body.

Absolute Zero… roughly. It has been mathematically confirmed that absolute zero is only theoretically possible. So it isn’t really absolute zero, I guess.

Turns out, spiders have an immense effect on their environments. This article claims that there is a global population density of, on average, 1000 spiders per square meter, which I am hoping, for everyone involved, is a typo. I’m not afraid of spiders but this math would mean that there would be about 15,000 spiders in my apartment right now and I can’t see them.

Ambidextrous elk are bolder than the less flexible members of their species. What does that even mean? I have no idea. I loved the headline so much and I wanted to share it with you.

For some reason Humpback whales have recently been engaging in strange grouping behaviours that scientist cannot explain. They’re called super groups and they range from 20 to 200 whales.

A species of fluorescent frog has been found in South America. The South American polka dot tree frog gives off a fluorescent green or blue glow when put under a black light.

The five second rule has been confirmed true by a group of scientist who had nothing better to do than prove that your and my laziness was totally okay and not going to kill us.

A cooler full of approximately $24,000 worth of weed was dropped of at goodwill in Washington and instead of turning a profit on it staff contacted police. $24,000 guys.

 

That’s it for this week guys. Talk to you again NextWeekNow.

 

News Stories:

Baby Boy Bazinga:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137700-young-sheldon-big-bang-theory-spinoff-ordered-to-series.html

Mushroom Cloud Brunette Doesn’t Work As Well:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137687-atomic-blonde-previewed-this-weekend.html

They Asked If They Could, Not If They Should:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137654-first-promo-image-from-jurassic-world-2.html

Slamming Spirits!:

http://www.craveonline.ca/mandatory/1230689-creepy-hell-haunted-door-video-freaking-lot-people

Boisterous Bottle noses Belay Boaters:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=117_1489542301

Liar, Liar, Never Trust A Man Wearing Flaming Attire:

http://www.craveonline.ca/mandatory/1228493-miami-lawyers-pants-catch-fire-arson-case

Jumping The Freeway is Much Cooler Than Jumping The Shark:

http://www.craveonline.ca/mandatory/1226815-california-daredevil-jumps-freeway

Sit Still And Cry With A Pizza Pie:

http://www.craveonline.ca/mandatory/1226035-pizza-huts-pie-tops-sneakers-allow-order-pizza-pressing-kicks

Vib-RAT-ions:

https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/whole-body-vibration-offers-many-of-the-same-benefits-as-exercise

Math Is A Language That Lets You Say Things Like, ‘There’s No Such Thing As Zero’:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2124597-cooling-to-absolute-zero-mathematically-outlawed-after-a-century/

Spiders Hold ‘Top Insect Predator’. I Didn’t Know It Was Such A Competitive Title:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/uob-se4031417.php

This Headline Is Why I Read News Every Week. I Love This Kind Of Thing:

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/ambidextrous-elk-linked-to-bolder-personalities-less-migration-u-of-a-study

Humpback Whales, Mysterious Tales, Scientist Fails:

https://www.sciencealert.com/no-one-can-explain-the-mysterious-super-groups-of-humpbacks-forming-off-the-south-african-coast

Glow In The Frog. Their Headline Took The Alliteration So I Had To One Up Them:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/section/nature/first-fluorescent-frog-found1/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_BIO_NEWS

Five Seconds Of Frantic Flailing To Fetch Your Food:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/five-second-rule-food-dropped-floor-germs-scientists-professor-anthony-hilton-aston-university-a7629391.html

A Very Dank Donation:

http://myfox8.com/2017/03/15/cooler-full-of-weed-donated-to-goodwill/

 

Playlist:

Plus One – You Me At Six

Geekquilibrium – Dr Awkward

Something – Bastard Poetry

Barn Burner – Bastard Poetry

Sweet Lovely Darling – Saint James Band

 

Other Radio Laurier Shows:

The Rap Up:

https://radiolaurier.com/category/shows/the-rapup/

The Boiling Point:

https://radiolaurier.com/category/shows/the-boiling-point/

 

Press Start to BGN 16/03/2017 Show Recap
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Press Start to BGN 16/03/2017 Show Recap

Hey! Listen!

Welcome back to Press Start to BGN, Laurier’s gaming show by a bunch of Game Design & Development students here at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The program is very new and so is our show, so for those who don’t know Game Design & Development is headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” This week we break down the latest game news and releases and Stephan freaks out over how many games he can’t afford or play. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Australian development team Samurai Punk will be releasing a VR game later this year called The American Dream, in which players’ engage in normal everyday activities with their hands being replaced with guns.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has the tour dates and location announced for 2017; they will be coming to Toronto’s Sony Centre on September 15
  • PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, will soon be bringing in PS4 games
  • Nintendo reported that they sold 1.5 million Switch units in its first week
  • Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently took to Reddit and revealed new details, including a buff for Winston (due to him being the least played hero in Overwatch), a possible reworking for Lucio, a new legendary skin for Widowmaker, the possibility of being able to gift your friends with Loot Boxes, and recent consideration of bringing Overwatch to the Switch (despite how “challenging” it would be)
  • BlizzCon 2017 will be taking place on November 3 and 4 at the Anaheim Convention Centre, with passes being sold April 5 and 8 for $200
  • Six new games will be coming to PlayStation’s Play Collective, with discounts for PS Plus users: Everything, Rain World, PaRappa the Rapper Remastered, Cosmic Star Heroine, Full Throttle Remastered and What Remains of Edith Finch.

  • Colin Moriarty, co-founder of Kinda Funny, has quit after he posted a sexist tweet on International Women’s Day

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Well, would you look at the time! What time is it, you ask? Well, it’s time for the Games Out This Week!

  • Danganronpa 1&2 Reload (March 14, PS4)
    • Do you like anime? Have you seen Danganronpa? Do you recognise that black and white bear thing? If so, NIS America releases Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload as a PS4 exclusive, just for you! In all seriousness, though, they’ve remastered both of these amazing PSVita games just for PS4, with all new features and extras you can’t find anywhere else! (except probably on amazon for, like, a billion times the price) This pack includes 2 games: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. You can get the Limited Edition version for just $20 more, which includes an artbook, a 2-disc soundtrack, sunglasses, as well as a couple of other things. Pick up this weird, crazy visual novel for $30! Also, if you like this, keep your eye out for Danganronpa Another Episode: Criminal Girls, out later this year.
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Delayed, May 20th, 2017)
    • Stephan’s childhood: Rebooted. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a VR game made for Oculus, Vive, and PSVR, in which you play as Starfleet on the Starship USS Aegis, helping the Klingons. But who cares about plot when YOU CAN BE THE CAPTAIN OF A STAR TREK STARSHIP! You can play this in single or multiplayer with up to 4 other players, and just generally be an awesome person as you fly through space on a spaceship. It’s cool. It’s not out yet though. Bummer. Pick it up on May 20th!

  • Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, XB1, PC, March 14th, 2017)
    • The sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows is out! Play as Styx, a stealthy orc, uncovering the mysteries behind the choices people have made. The game looks awesome, the story looks cool, and Styx makes me generally scared of orcs. However, the game looks like it’s going to do well, as Metacritic gave it a 73% for good gameplay. The game’s lore looks to be a little lacking, however, the gameplay is what brings you back into playing it every time. Pick it up for all consoles for $50!

Stephan and Cassie seem to really enjoy this game, and its FREE for PS+ members this month, so it’s worth mentioning once more. Severed (PSVita, Wii U, N3DS, iOS) Severed is a PSVita classic by Drinkbox Studios that was released last year. It is an action RPG game with a favourable storyline that I personally don’t know much about, however, the gameplay is about severing enemy’s body parts off, so that’s fun. With touch controls, a really cool severing mechanic, an Original Soundtrack by YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN (a Juno-nominated band), and the ability to upgrade your character in any way you want, traversing through a nightmare has never seemed so fun. Pick it up for free today!

Topic of the Show:

This week on Press Start to BGN, the topic of the show was… too many games. Part 2. Also, known as Stephan goes on a rant and Cassie wants to romance all the characters in Mass Effect Andromeda. So, it was a standard show. There are too many games and we only have so much time to play so many games, which leaves little time for sleep, extracurricular, and assignments. The basic summary ended up being, stay healthy and if you need someone to talk to go to the wellness centre and set up an appointment. Take care of yourself, you deserve it.

What We’ve Been Playing:

Paris:

  • Mortal Kombat 10
    • From NetherRealm Studios comes another instalment to their long-standing series, the fighter game Mortal Kombat 10. Play through the various game modes such as story, tower or Krypt in various combat battles. Play against your friends as one of the various in-game characters or your own created individual. Available on iOS, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Android.
  • Need for Speed
    • From Electronic Arts is their action racing game Need for Speed. Choose and customise your vehicle, race against other players, and do your best to win. Available on several platforms including iOS, PC, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStations 2, 3 and 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Overwatch
    • From Blizzard Entertainment comes their 2016 first person shooter, multiplayer game Overwatch. Overwatch contains multiple characters to choose from to battle as with their strengths being linked to four main play categories: offence, defence, tank, and support. Choose your character and fight either one on one or on a team of six against other teams throughout the game’s various game modes and maps. With updates and events coming out throughout the year, Overwatch is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
  • Street Fighter 5
    • From Capcom comes their 2016 fighting game Street Fighter 5. Fight in the single player story mode or fight against your friends in a multiplayer match as you fight with one of the 20 available characters in this newest Street Fighter instalment. This game introduces the new v-gauge that builds up as the player receives attacks and gives players three new skills to their characters. Available on PC and PlayStation 4.

Jelena:

  • Dota 2
    • From Valve Corporation comes the 2013 single/multiplayer online battle arena Dota 2. In this free to play multiplayer battle arena game, players are divided up into two teams with five players on each team. Each player chooses their hero to play as, each hero exhibiting their own abilities and play styles. During matches, players collect experience points and items to defend their Ancient structure and win the game by destroying the other team’s Ancient. Available on PCs.

Cassie:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    • From Nintendo comes the adorable life simulation game Animal Crossing: New Leaf! In this game, you are the mayor of a town filled with andromorphic animals. Talk to your town residents, explore your little town, and enjoy various activities such as bug hunting and fishing. Modify your wardrobe and get yourself a lovely house in this charming game available on the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Severed
    • From DrinkBox Studios comes Severed, the single player action game. In Severed, players are Sasha, a one-armed warrior who wields a living sword. Journey with her through a nightmare world to save her family. Sever enemy body parts in this dungeon combat RPG adventure, available on PlayStation Vita, Wii U, iOS and Nintendo 3DS.

  • Super Smash Bros.
    • From Nintendo comes their fighting action platformer Super Smash Bros. In this game, choose your character from various Nintendo game instalments, from Mario to Pikachu to Lucas, and fight against your friends in various battle platforms. Fight using your character’s various abilities in various game modes against various people! Available on the Nintendo GameCube, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 64, and Virtual Console.
  • Unravel
    • From Coldwood Interactive comes the puzzle platformer, single player game Unravel. Play as Yarny, a little red yarn figure who travels through open landscapes to collect the memories of an elderly woman. Use your body of yarn to get past obstacles, use the landscape around you to your advantage and discover memories lost by time.  String yourself over to a PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One device to play.

Stephan:

  • Jelly Juggle
    • From Ian MacLarty comes the iOS game Jelly Juggle. In this game, you lay as a little goldfish swimming in a circle, as you try and collect pieces of Jello with faces on them. Avoid crabs and score points in this game described as “an exciting new thumb-sport!”

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
    • From Guerrilla Games comes their 2017 action roleplaying game Horizon Zero Dawn. In this game, players play as Aloy, an archer hunter who lives in a world overrun by robots. The game comes with an open world to explore, tribes to visit and side quests to complete alongside its main storyline. Discover the dangers and secrets lurking in this game’s world, now available on PlayStation
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • In the newest instalment of the Zelda franchise comes Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this action adventure game, players play as Link after awaking from a hundred-year slumber. This game is a large departure from the regular linear storyline the series is usually known for. This new instalment prides itself in its open world exploration and allows players to defeat dungeons in any order they wish. Explore to your heart’s content, available on the new Nintendo Switch system and on Wii U.

WRAP

That’s everything! We’re super excited to be doing this show and we hope you’re enjoying it too 🙂 We’re on every Wednesday at 7 pm on this site and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet Stephan (@StephanReilly) or email reil4130 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Thanks again and catch you next week!

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The Boiling Point, March 9

What’s up Hawks?  It’s Friday!

Last night’s show was a celebration of amazing women in history, and the show featured music by some great artists, both past and present.  The featured heroines were from around the world, both those still with us, and those that have passed on, yet we still celebrate their legacy.

These women are important parts of our history, and continue to shape our perspective on equality, and consideration of one another as we continue to move forward in our evolution to be completely inclusive and mindful of promoting universal human rights.

First, we looked at Mary Wollstonecraft, who by many accounts is one of the most influential and earliest documented voices of feminism, and how her life impacted others to follow her example and push the status quo to equality.  After that, we looked at Angela Davis and her legacy as she continues to work as an activist and speak at rallies for women’s rights and Indigenous rights in America, and how her eventful history has inspired many because of her radical reputation.

And of course, there couldn’t be objectivity without recognizing our pioneering Canadian women that have had such a tremendous impact here and around the world.  We took a look at the accomplishments of Louise Arbour and Roberta Jamieson, both legal rockstars who achieved many firsts for Canada, including becoming the first First Nations woman to obtain a degree in Law in Canada, and the first Canadian woman to be named High Commissioner of Human Rights for the United Nations.  These and many more accolades were looked at, and you should definitely look up their resumés, as they’re quite impressive.

To round off the show, I also noted the achievements of one of my favourite people, Bessie Stringfield, a legendary motorcycle stuntwoman who served in the American military, and is recognized as one of the most awarded bikers in America, being in the Motorcycle Hall Of Fame, and having an award in her honour through the American Motorcycle Association.  And, the incredible work of Malala Yousafzai had to be noted, for her far-reaching influence on the rights of girls and women around the world for liberty and education.

The playlist for the night had some great artists, like Little Simz, Ms Lauryn Hill, Bjork, Syd, and Destiny’s Child.  For updates on the show or upcoming topics follow @g_qu on Twitter or Instagram, or the show’s Twitter @BoilingPointRL.  Thanks for listening/watching, and see you next week!