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NextWeekNow March 9

 

Thursday March 9th? More like Bursday Larch Kinth! What does that even mean? I think I have a fever. On to the stories!

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that they can mix food waste into tires to partially replace petroleum-based filler. It is both greener and was found to exceed industry standards.

Some new research out of the University of Nevada suggests that Mars had a lot more water on it than previously thought. The evidence is the degree of merillite that may have been converted from whitlockite, which only appears in wet environments.

Some Harvard researches have developed a picture-based language to communicate mathematical equations. The main news here is that I was unaware that this was not the first time this has been attempted. The main improvement that this new language, called ‘quon’, has made is that it can communicate big physics problems using 3D aspects.

A Japanese man from the city of Fukuoka was arrested after he stabbed himself to get a day of work. From what I can tell the cops did not have to do much questioning before the guy just admitted it on the spot.

Argonne National Laboratory’s Seth Darling has created a sponge mad out of a special material that is really effective for soaking up oil that is floating on water. Under test conditions it was successful at dealing with a spill in a pool designed to mimic emergency oil spills.

The University of Exeter has released findings that blueberries, concentrated blueberry juice and other dark skinned fruits help older brains, specifically after the age of 65 improve cognitive function and blood-flow in the brain.

Brian Primack of the University of Pittsburgh has released a study showing that if the more a person uses social media platforms the more likely they are to express feelings of isolation. Don’t tweet me to tell me how you feel about this. Go find on of your friends and talk face-to-face with them about it.

Israeli born model Orit Fox killed a snake. Not on purpose. She was posing with the Boa constrictor when the snake felt threatened and bit her on her breast. She was rushed to hospital and given a tetanus shot. The snake died of silicone poisoning.

There is a Wreck-It Ralph sequel that’s current release date is March 9th 2018, one year from today. Ralph and Vanellope will be returning though in what capacity remains unclear. Ana Ortiz will also be joining the cast though as who is, again, unknown.

A group of Illinois researches found that if 60-84 year olds listened to very particular acousic stimulation methods while sleeping they would have increased memory retention. I do not understand the rest of the research so you will have to look it over if you want to convince your Nana to listen to Ariana Grande while she is sleeping so that she remembers that you changed majors.

In Onoway Alberta, all the water turned neon pink. It was an accidental turn of the wrong valve that resulted in the release of potassium permanganate. It is a harmless cleaning chemical but boy-oh-boy does it have a resounding effect.

Some photos have been released from the set of Thor: Ragnarok. He has different hair and swords. Also Jeff Goldblum is in it. That is all. This is not really real news, but I thought you guys might be interested.

The first underwater footage of the True’s beaked whale was filmed recently. They look kind of like massive misshapen dolphins.

Some researchers stored data on DNA and got it off with out damage to the files whatsoever. It was a really weird assortment of files but they were all fine. So we will all soon have USB keys for fingers.

New discoveries in mammoth DNA have found that by the end they were all quite racked with disease and genetic mutation. The creatures likely avoided company had shiny coats (which was not normal), and several other symptoms.

Stars Wars is finally starting to get a little better about the fact that there are probably a couple more black in the universe. The new Han Solo movie that is coming out will have two black people in it. Crazy right? So forward thinking.

Todd Macfarlane, creator of Spawn, has announced that the Spawn movie he wants to make will be a much harder R than Logan or Deadpool. He is essentially a thirteen year old who has gotten taller and been given money. From what I can tell, he just wants two hours of people exploding on screen.

 

Stories

Talk about food trucks:

https://news.osu.edu/news/2017/03/06/tomatotires/

 

The rivers flow red. Because they’re on Mars, not from blood. Don’t be ridiculous:

http://www.space.com/35936-ancient-mars-wetter-than-thought.html?

 

Piction– long form algebra:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/03/making-math-more-lego-like/

 

He REALLY needed a day off:

http://www.japankyo.com/2017/03/wacky-weird-japanese-news-fukuoka-kurume-man-stabs-himself-get-day-off-work.html

 

It’s like a sham-wow but useful:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2123391-sponge-can-soak-up-and-release-spilled-oil-hundreds-of-times/

 

I got blueberries on the brain:

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/blueberry-pill-helps-older-brain-find-its-thrill/81253992

 

Anti-social networking:

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2017/03/social-media-linked-social-isolation-not-connection-say-studies?et_cid=5861417&et_rid=454961740&type=cta&et_cid=5861417&et_rid=454961740&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.laboratoryequipment.com%2fnews%2f2017%2f03%2fsocial-media-linked-social-isolation-not-connection-say-studies%3fet_cid%3d5861417%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dcta

 

Remember the LadyBots in Austin Powers? This is the lame, animal abusive version:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366202/Snake-dies-silicone-poisoning-biting-models-breast-photoshoot.html

 

Let’s hope the sequel doesn’t Wreck-It. Or is wrecking it a good thing in this case?

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137635-ortiz-lends-her-voice-to-the-wreck-it-ralph-sequel.html

 

Sing me to sleep:

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00109/full

 

Do you remember the water runs red goof earlier? Well… The water runs pink now:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/03/08/all-the-water-in-this-town-just-turned-fluorescent-pink/

 

Marvel at these photos:

http://imgur.com/a/8YbIf

 

These beaks got peaked:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2123627-first-ever-underwater-video-of-the-elusive-trues-beaked-whale/

 

Maybe instead of USB fingers we’ll get RoboCop wrist spikes. That’d be dope:

https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/dna-could-be-the-future-of-data-storage

 

Mangy Mammoths:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39142941

 

A long time ago, when dispelling racial segregation was a new idea:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137631-star-wars-han-solo-movie-breaks-new-ground-will-have-two-black-actors-on-screen-in-same-movie.html

 

Spawning a bad idea:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137612-todd-mcfarlane-says-new-spawn-movie-will-be-more-rated-r-than-logan-or-deadpool.html

 

Show Playlist:

The Lone Slim Shady – oneboredjeu

Dances With Guns – oneboredjeu

20/20 – The Vaccines

Lion – Sea Perry

Quarterback – Kopecky

Blue Heron – Javier Vercher

We Got the Feeling – Midday Swim

 

Check out some of our other shows:

The Morning Show:

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

The Rap Up:

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

 

Next Week Now March 2
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Next Week Now March 2

Welcome back from reading week! I hope the break went well for you all and you’re prepared for class. If not… sorry and good luck, I geuss. On to the news!

A wizard who came through town cursed me at a young age, and now I have to talk about robots every week or else I’ll die a painful death. So this week’s robot story is fluffy dog tails that robots can use to express their feelings.

In the world of medicine some scientist from the university of Minnesota have discovered that they can more easily keep donated organs cool and able to be used if they use a process involving nano-particles of iron and cryopreservation techniques. There’s that quote about anything that we are unable to figure out is magic or something to that effect.

The world’s oldest fossil was discovered here in Canada, specifically Quebec. It is estimated to be between 3.77 and 4.3 billion years old. As a point of reference the earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old so this means that life has been around since near the start of this home of ours existing. By the way the fossil is microfilaments left behind by bacteria, it’s not a skull or something cool to us lay people who don’t understand fossils.

SpaceX has announced that they will be sending tourists to the moon in 2018… and then some scientists did the important thing and explained why that might not be the best idea. The tourists will have carsickness that’s out of this world. Booyah! I knew I could fit that pun in.

We have recently had a breakthrough about the colours of Anchiornis a small ankle-biting dinosaur. This is quite the discovery due to the fact that we don’t know what the colours of any dinosaurs were.

In local news, just a heads up: GRT drivers may be going on strike on March 19th. If you rely on the bus be aware that you might need to make alternative arrangements for a while.

It turns out that Hamilton is the Canadian version of the town from Footloose: it has been illegal to play street hockey there for the last fifty years. The city council overturned the decision recently. The weirdest part is that the vote wasn’t unanimously in favour. There are at least three people on the city council that are total downers. Get it together Hamilton.

A researcher named Micheal Fedak has glued cameras to the heads of elephant seals to figure out how they survive for months at sea without returning to shore. It’s really cute.

A study released out Missouri University investigates the disconnect between the media and the general American public. The studies main points include the difference between the most prevalent political philosophies of the two groups as well as the effect few staff and the requirement to break a story first has on journalists.

Several of the cast members of Marvel’s Inhumans have been announced. Also there is an X-Men related project coming from Fox that has yet to receive a name. Also form Marvel the new Guardian’s of the Galaxy trailer has dropped a bunch of details about the next film that had not yet been revealed. In our last piece of Marvel news, Logan, the next film about Wolverine comes out tomorrow.

 

Stories

When you hurl, aim for the stars:

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-moon-tourists-rough-experts.html

Fuzzy-Wuzzy was a vacuum cleaner:

https://techxplore.com/news/2017-02-actuated-fluffy-tail-relay-robot.html

I give it my seal of approval:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-internet-of-elephant-seals

Maybe Kevin Bacon can come by and have a game:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/street-hockey-is-legal-again-1.4004816

Velociraptors in vogue:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/anchiornis-bird-like-dinosaur-feathers-lasers-soft-tissue-science/

GRT drivers potentially on strike:

http://www.570news.com/2017/02/28/grt-workers-vote-overwhelmingly-favour-strike-action/

The world’s oldest fossil:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a25489/worlds-oldest-fossils-discovered-canada/

The media and the public at odds. Who’da thunk it?:

http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2017/0227-new-study-identifies-disconnect-between-media-and-public/

Cryo-stasis and iron nano-particles:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/03/01/cryopreservation-tissue-organ-preservation/#.WLin2oX-qyO

The marvels of Marvel:

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137561-anson-mount-cast-as-black-bolt-in-imax-abcs-marvels-inhumans.html

www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/137570-fox-s-marvel-pilot-casts-natalie-alyn-lind.html

http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-trailer-what-we-learned.html

 

Playlist for Show:

Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Martin Harley And Daniel Kimbr

Radio Bikini – The Vaccines

All Alone – Terra Lightfoot

Stay With Us – Seoul

Looking Too Closely – Fink

 

Check out some other Radio Laurier shows:

The Boiling Point:

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

The Rap Up:

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

 

Press Start to BGN Show 22/02/2017 Recap
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Press Start to BGN Show 22/02/2017 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 dive into all the latest game news and releases as well as go over everything we’ve been playing. We also discuss the best games to play with your significant other, just a couple days late for Valentine’s Day <3 <3 Thanks for tuning in!

NOTE: We had originally planned to air this episode February 15th but due to Men’s hockey taking over the broadcast we moved it to February 22nd. Thanks for understanding!

NEWS!

  • Disney cuts their ties with YouTube star Pewdiepie after several uploads of anti-Semitic videos
  • Humble Bundle has released a 47-game’s worth bundle for $30, with all proceeds going to the ACLU, the International Rescue Committee and Doctors Without Borders
  • Nintendo has hinted at bringing GameCube games on Virtual Console
  • Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has expressed his concerns with VR, stating that “When I see people play virtual reality, it makes me worry, just as for example if a parent were to see their kid playing virtual reality, it would probably make them worry.”
  • Panels for Rouge One’s visual effects supervisor John Knoll, Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s developers, and Hello Games’ founder Sean Murray have all been announced for GDC 2017
  • Perception, a horror game from Deep End Games and publisher Feardemic, has been announced to be coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC
  • E3 2017 will be accessible to the public, with 15 000 tickets available for purchase
  • Nintendo has announced Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition for the Switch
  • Up to 10 Switch consoles can be connected locally, as confirmed by Nintendo during their Splatoon 2 press release
  • Nintendo has announced the the Splatoon 2 demo will be available on the Switch from March 24 to 26
  • Netflix has announced that a Castlevania animated series will be coming this year
  • Valve has ended Steam Greenlight and has implemented Steam Direct
  • Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of GTA,  has licensed a couple of their most popular game titles in hopes of turning them into movies
  • Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, has stated that Valve is in the process of developing 3 new full-length VR games
  • Gabe Newell has also expressed Valve’s disinterest in developing any games for console
  • The map for Horizon: Zero Dawn’s huge open world has been leaked
  • Humble Bundle has become a games publisher
  • The Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix PS4 collection is getting a limited edition version, and is now available for pre-order
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole has once again been delayed by Ubisoft
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda has removed the Paragon/Renegade system, since it reportedly  “felt very Shepard”

  • Overwatch’s Capture the Flag mode is now a permanent part of the game, and now has an additional 9 maps
  • Atlus has released a Persona 5 custom Valentine’s card generator, Check it out!
  • Bungie is partnering up with McFarlane Toys to make action figures for Destiny’s Guardians
  • Nintendo has announced details regarding the Season Pass for Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

What’s Coming Out Soon!

(There’s a pun there, but I can’t seem to put my foot on it…)

  • Deformers (PS4, Xbox one, PC, Feb 14th)
    • Do you like cute creatures? Well little blobs of animals, aliens, and just general adorableness are coming to your screen, and are ready to rumble! Deformers is a party game by the creators of Order 1886, Ready at Dawn. The game is getting great reviews, and it’s only $20, so check it out!
  • For Honor (PS4, XB1, PC, Feb 14th)
    • This Valentine’s day, you favourite samurai, knights, Vikings, and other old fighters have been mushed together and are ready to absolutely MURDER each other. For Honor is a multiplayer action fighting game made by Ubisoft, having you take up one of these factions and fighting everything in your path for your factions glory! You can get the game from your local Viking/samurai/knight Salestore for $80. There’s also a story mode that’s probably about friendship and love but WHO CARES YOU CAN STAB KNIGHTS WITH KATANAS

  • Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, XB1, PC, Feb 14th)
    • Rebellion is back with more 3rd person action! With improved AI and better overall gameplay, the Sniper Elite series is at its best with its newest instalment. Get it on all platforms for $60.
  • Semispheres (PS4, PC)
    • Stephan played this game and beat it in 2 hours, and he absolutely loves it. In this game about using both sides of your brain (with a little cute story about a robot in comic form within the game). It’s challenging, it’s cute, and most importantly, it’s actually fun. Pick it up for $15 on all platforms!

  • Monster loves you (PS4, PC)
    • Take control of a little monster as it grows into an adult, and influence it’s (and it’s humans) lives in the process! Monster Loves You is a choice-based story game where your choices affect the ending. Become a neurosurgeon! Eat Little Red Riding Hood! Live your life! Pick it up on steam for $10.

And that’s it for releases this week! It seems to be an eventful Valentine’s day, hopefully yours is just as eventful! Pick up the games, and have fun!
(I never did figure out the joke. AH well, next time maybe :P)

Topic of the Show:

This week on Press Start to BGN since we were recording on valentine’s day our topic was video games that we like to play with our significant others. Games that you can enjoy with another person, games that you love to play with your player 2. This can range from actual multiplayer games, to games that both of you simply like to play and watch be played all cuddled up and cozy.

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.

  • Gravity Rush Remastered
    • From SCE Japan Studio is the gorgeous action adventure game Gravity Rush. Players play as Kat, a young girl who finds herself forgetting her memories as she wakes up in the floating city of Hekseville. Travelling with your mysterious cat Dusty, use your ability to manipulate the gravity around you to defeat creatures called the Nevi and various villains as you try to protect the people of Hekseville. Find yourself in this story driven game, available on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

Jelena:

  • Saboteur
    • Created by game designer Frederic Moyersoeon is the tile matching, hand management and bluffing card game Saboteur. In this three to ten player card game, you play as a gnome miner or saboteur. Miners play mine shaft cards to try and reach the gold nugget card at the end of the player’s created path. The gold is hidden beneath one of three cards so be careful where you lay your path. Also, be on the lookout for a saboteur planning on trying to get all the gold for themselves. You can hinder your opponents with broken tools to try and increase your chances of being the first to reach the gold card. Be the gnome to get the most gold in this card game, available in stores now.

Hunter:

  • Saboteur (see Jelena’s section)

Cassie:

  • Super Smash Bros.
    • From Nintendo comes their fighting action platformer Super Smash Bros. In this game, choose your character from various Nintendo game installments, 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.
  • 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.

Paris:

  • Agricola
    • From game designer Uwe Rosenburg comes the strategy board game Agricola. In this game, you are a farmer with their spouse and a simple home. Using your two actions per turn, you can explore what is on your farm land from clay, wood to stone to build up your farm property.  Manage your recourses carefully in this board game available now.
  • Persona 5
    • From Atlus comes their next instalment in their Persona franchise, Persona 5. In this roleplaying, social simulation game, you play as a silent protagonist who has just transferred to Shujin High School after having been put on probation. During the day, you go to school, make friends, and go through various leisurely activities. At night, you are a part of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, protecting the citizens of your community and using your powers called Persona to attack various creatures in a supernatural realm called Palace. Begin your own adventure on April 4th 2017. Available on PlayStation 3 and 4.

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!

Next Week Now February 16
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Next Week Now February 16

External forces stopped there from being a show this week, the week of Feb 16, but that does not mean that the news stopped as well.

Australia has decided to remind the world why they’re so cool with the posting of a video of the second deadliest snake in the world being killed by a venomous spider. Also there’s a bunch of guys in the background cheering the spider on.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/redback-attacks-brown-snake-in-amazing-video/news-story/0a646a59aa71c66446926da9c76533a7

 

Agility Robotics, an American company, has created another robot and the point of this one is to get your groceries… maybe? Its name is Cassie and it walks on two feet and their mission statement with the bot is that it can help you out and go places for you.

https://techxplore.com/news/2017-02-aims-revolutionize-robot-mobility.html

 

Some German scientists have found a fossil of a new species of crocodile. Or more accurately a ‘crocodile-like atoposaurid’. It’s really cute. They named it Knoetschkesuchus langenbergensis so that they can make fun of non-biologists when they try to say it and it’s estimated to have lived about 154 million years ago.

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-d-reconstruction-skull-small-crocodile.html

 

A new report has found that working away from your place of work (e.g. home instead of the office) increases stress levels. One day we’ll figure out how to minimize stress coming in from external sources and on that day the only thing making us anxious will be our own body. Imagine that future.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-02-links-remotely-stress-insomnia.html

 

The smallest town in Canada is called Tilt Cove. The two recently lost three of its citizens so now there are only four people left. I can’t really think of any goofs about this one. The people seem a little nutty and they don’t have Internet access so they won’t hear about my coverage of them.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/tilt-cove-population-drop-1.3982008

 

Some Japanese researchers have found that dogs, our greatest companions, engage in behaviour that suggests that they may have a moral compass similar to our own. Every time I think I appreciate dogs as much as I could I learn something new about them.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/lifestyle/dogs-human-like-sense-morality-9829297

 

I don’t know about you but I have always wanted to see a woolly mammoth. I might be able to in a couple years time. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that they think they might only be two years away from completing the mammoth ‘de-extinction’ project.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/16/woolly-mammoth-resurrection-scientists?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld

 

That’s all for this week and I’ll talk to you in two weeks, Thursday March 2nd at 1:00pm.

Some other Radio Laurier shows:

After Class:

https://radiolaurier.com/category/shows/after-class/

The Rap Up:

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

 

Tropes of Women in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 08/02/2017 Recap
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Tropes of Women in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 08/02/2017 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 talk about Feminist Frequency’s YouTube series “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” and the way female characters and players are treated in games. We also go into the state of the Assassin’s Creed series as well as all the new releases and what we’ve been playing. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Starbreeze Studios, the publisher and developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, have been confirmed to be the publisher for Psychonauts 2
  • Stardew Valley will have a collector’s edition available for retail for $30
  • Nintendo has announced that they will be implementing VR into the Switch if they can figure out a way to allow players to play comfortably over long periods of time
  • Ty Franck, co-creator of The Expanse, has revealed to have worked with Dark Souls developers on an unknown project
  • John Carmack, Oculus’ CTO, went onto Facebook stating that he did not steal the VR codes from ZeniMax, despite having been legally deemed guilty
  • Rocket League has confirmed that they will by making a line of toys, to be released in Spring this year
  • The Last Guardian has been confirmed to have their price cut from $60 to $40 on the PlayStation Store

  • Nintendo has announced that they have cancelled Project Giant Robot, which was announced back at E3 2014 (we believe they abandoned to project in favor of the Switch game Arms)
  • ZeniMax has added Escalation Studios, Doom’s level editors, to their company
  • Terry Crews has performed a mock audition on Yahoo eSports for Overwatch’s Doomfist
  • Hideo Kojima has expressed his optimism for the Nintendo Switch, stating that “The fact you can play something at home and take outside, this is the gamer’s dream.”
  • PS4’s next major system software update will include support for an external HDD (which is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB), custom wallpapers (which can come from in-game screenshots), a quick menu refresh, a simplified notification list and 3D Blu-rays on the PlayStation VR
  • Blizzard has announced that Overwatch’s Lúcio is coming to Heroes of the Storm as a playable character
  • Mad Catz, a peripherals manufacturer, has announced how much Rock Band 4 has hurt their company in 2016; they had a net loss of $3.5 million
  • Overwatch has blocked over 20 000 players in South Korea due to illegal hacking
  • Devolver Digital will be providing a private space for those game developers who are unable to attend this year’s Game Developers Conference due to the recent “Muslim ban” in the US

  • Mike Morhaime, the president of Blizzard, has sent out an internal email criticizing the “Muslim ban”, offering moral and legal support to those affected it
  • BioWare has announced that they will be releasing a brand new series by March 2018

What’s Coming Out Soon!

It’s time for the Games out This Week!

  • Nioh (February 7th, PS4)
    • Nioh is an action-RPG made by Team Ninja Studios as a Playstation exclusive. You play as William, the only white guy in a sea of Japanese, during a civil war in 1600. Other than that thematic flaw, William hacks and slashes through his enemy’s with his friends to help end the war. The story looks interesting, and the game seems like it plays satisfyingly. If you’re interested, pick it up for $80!
  • Fallout Shelter (February 7th, Xbox One)
    • Just in case you got tired of the app draining the battery on your phone, it came out for PC. Since you don’t like playing with mouse and keyboard, now you’re gonna pick it up for the Xbox One, aren’t you? The free app, Fallout Shelter, comes out for Xbox One! With cross-save enabled, you can take your PC save and play it on your Xbox One now! Fallout Shelter is a nuclear fallout shelter simulator made by Bethesda, the same people behind the Fallout series, where you eat, sleep, do jobs, take care of the shelter, and survive! I personally played the app, and so has Stephan, and we both highly recommend the app, so if you haven’t played it yet, play it for free now, on iOS, Android, PC, and Xbox One now!
  • Candleman (February 1, Xbox One)
    • “What can you accomplish with only 10 seconds of light?” Candleman is a puzzle-platformer out for Xbox One, about, well, a candleman! You must take Candleman through dark, perilous journeys as you look for the “distant light,” with only 10 seconds of light. As you shed your wax, you can jump higher. Where will it take you? What will you find? Pick up this interesting game for Xbox One now for only $15!

On top of that, it’s the beginning of the month! So you know what that means… New free games with your PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Subscriptions! (It’s like Christmas every month :D)

For PS+ Subscribers, you can pick up a few games.
PS4: Little Big Planet 3, Not a Hero (Stephan approved!), Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL, and Starwhal.
PS3: Starwhal, Anna: Extended Edition
PSVita: Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL.

For you Xbox Live Gold Subscribers, Games with Gold is giving out a great set of games as well!
Xbox One: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (great co-op game!)(All month), Project Cars Digital Edition (Feb 16th-Mar 15)
Xbox 360: Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, (Feb 1- Feb 15) Star Wars, The Force Unleashed (Feb 16- Feb 28th)

And that’s everything we talked about! Tune in next week, where I talk about the games out next week! I might also talk about the games out next week 😉

Topic of the Show:

This week on PSTBGN the topic of the show was tropes of women in games. The Youtube channel Feminist Frequency does an in depth look of these tropes and frequently criticizes games for sexism, much to the chagrin of some others. Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency and host on the channel, has received a lot of hate over the videos that she posts and was targeted by the harassment campaign GamerGate. There are many sexist tropes of women in games some of them include: the “damsel in distress” trope, the use of woman as decoration, lack of female protagonists, female “armour” (it’s not armour it’s lingerie), the use of women as a reward etc. These tropes and many others are still a problem in today’s gaming industry.

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • Gravity Rush Remastered
    • From SCE Japan Studio is the gorgeous action adventure game, Gravity Rush. Players play as Kat, a young girl who finds herself forgetting her memories as she wakes up in the floating city of Hekseville. Travelling with your mysterious cat Dusty, use your ability to manipulate the gravity around you to defeat creatures called the Nevi and various villains as you try to protect the people of Hekseville. Find yourself in this story driven game, available on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStaion 4.

Jelena:

  • 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.

Cassie:

  • Pokemon Sun
    • From Nintendo comes another instalment to their Pokémon franchise, 2016’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon is a roleplaying 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.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
    • From Ubisoft Quebec comes another instalment to one of their prime game series, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. In this action-adventure, stealth game you play as twins Jacob and Evie Frye fighting against the Templars, a group who desires to achieve peace through the order in London, England. Kill along your travels through Victorian Era London and take back the city from the Templars. Take a leap of faith on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.

Hunter:

  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
    • From Greater Than Games is the well-executed superhero card game Sentinels of the Multiverse. For one to five players, players can choose their own individual hero to play as with their own specific to their her. Battle one of many different bosses and their minions in multiple environment scenarios with your teammates. Battle your way to victory in this thirteen and up game!

Paris:

  • Catherine
    • From Atlus games comes the single player adventure puzzle platformer Catherine. In this game, you play as Vincent Brooks, a young man struggling with the difficulties of want to be an independent adult and desiring to be married to your longtime girlfriend Katherine. As you go about your daily life, you meet Catherine, a young lady who starts to change your thoughts on what lifestyle is right for you and who might end up changing your life. Available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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!

 

Politics in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 01/02/2017 Recap
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Politics in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 01/02/2017 Recap

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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 talk about politics in video games and the recent developments with famous YouTuber JonTron and his war on Political Correctness. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • From Feb. 9th until Feb. 12th, Ubisoft will be holding an open beta for For Honour, available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Konami has reported a rise in profits by 69.8 per cent and a decline in revenue by 8.5 per cent.
  • The impressive sales of Pokémon Sun and Moon has proven to be a significant amount of Nintendo’s profits last year.
  • Nintendo has delayed their mobile release for Animal Crossing to a date ranging between April 2017 and March 2018.
  • Overwatch’s character Bastion is getting buffed in their new update.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online will be getting a Morrowind expansion for Windows PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One on June 6th for $39.99.
  • Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, has developed a new game called Ninja Spinki Challenges, and has been described to be “more polished and accessible.”

  • Super Mario Run has been updated and now features an easy mode.
  • Production on the Wii U has now been discontinued worldwide.
  • Various game developers, such as Valmbeer, Polytron and Ink Stories have taken action in light of the recent “Muslim ban” in America.
  • Insomniac Games has released a video statement against the US ban of Muslims.

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Here are the stuffs coming out this week!

  • The Overwatch Lunar New Years (on all platforms) event is about half way done, get those loot boxes before it’s too late! I got my Sombra voice line, so I’m happy. 53/67 unlocks? That’s pretty good.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes (February 2nd, 2017 on iOS & Android)
    • The NEW Fire Emblem app is out, and it’s called Fire Emblem: Heores! Nintendo continues to release new apps onto the mobile scene, and with this release, they have officially released a truly free to play game with the iconic heroes of the Fire Emblem series! Nintendo seems to be pushing towards new apps, even with the new Nintendo Switch coming out soon, so lets see where this is going.
  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World (February 3rd, 2017 on 3DS)
    • Yoshi’s Wooly World is back and in a tiny new way! Ported to the 3DS (and all of the 3DS family), Yoshi and his cute, wooly new friend Poochy, are back in a feel-good adventure platformer! The game will be released with a new Poochy wool Amiibo, which Stephan seems to want really badly, so maybe I’ll get it for him for his birthday. (Shh, don’t tell him 😛 ) The Amiibo gives new functionalty to the game, with new unlocks that you can only get with Poochy. Plus, he’s adorable, so why wouldn’t you want it? The game is sold in cartridge and digital download forms for $39.99. Have fun!

And that’s all we talked about this week, unfortunately. As the year just started, the big new games will be coming out soon, so please wait!

Topic of the Show:

The topic of the show this week on PSTBGN we discuss how politics are affecting the video game industry and the recent news involving JonTron or Jonathan Jafari, a YouTuber, and his views about the Muslim Immigrant ban happening in the US currently. JonTron has also previously been criticised on other views of controversial topics such as women’s rights and the use of an offensive term for people who have an intellectual disability. We also discuss how the immigration ban in the US will affect the gaming industry considering many creators come from different countries, including Nasir Gebelli who produced the early Final Fantasy games, this ban is something that will pose a risk to the gaming industry as creators who have been hired previously can no longer enter the country.

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • RunGunJumpGun:
    • Grab your gun and fight for your life in Indie studio ThirtyThree Games’ RunGunJumpGun. In this platform shooter, you play as the lone survivor of a galactic civilisation making their way through the post-apocalyptic solar system. Every character you meet wants something from you and you must fight your way to survive what obstacles lie in your path. Expect to die trying in this PC game.

  • Rocket League:
    • From Psyonix comes Rocket League, the single-player/multiplayer sports game. Choose your vehicle and join your team as you play the game of soccer but with rocket power cars instead of human players. Score a goal in this game available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Linux.

Cassie:

  • 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.Image result for firewatch
  • Firewatch: 
    • Immerse yourself in Campo Santo’s single player adventure game Firewatch. In Firewatch, you play as Shoshone National Forest fire lookout Henry whose job is to watch out for arising fires happening in Yellowstone during 1989. With only your supervisor Delilah as your company via radio communications, uncover the conspiracy that seems to be present in the forest. Grab your walkie talkie and head on out into the woods on your PC, Linux, Playstation 4, or Xbox One device today.

Paris:

  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue:
    • In this latest instalment of the Kingdom Heart Franchise comes Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This action role-playing game contains a remastering of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and two new pieces of content, Kingdom Hearts X Black Cover which is a cinematic of unseen events from Kingdom Hearts X and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage which takes place after Birth By Sleep and is shown through the perspective of female protagonist Aqua. Grab your Keyblade and play the newest instalments of this franchise available on PlayStation 4.

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  • Super Mario Strikers:
    • In this Mario themed sports game, play as Mario, Luigi and other characters from the earlier franchise in a game of soccer. Play as the main Mario character and your three sidekicks as you face your opponent. Score your way to a win in this GameCube game.

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!