The Boiling Point March 23 – Keepin’ Ya Head Up
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The Boiling Point March 23 – Keepin’ Ya Head Up

Yesterday’s show was about how to keep a positive mindset when times get tough. Being in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or fourth year teaches an understanding of balancing study, socializing and a personal life.  But managing the daily struggle of school becomes more difficult when situations beyond our control mount on the pressures of keeping your head about you while things are exploding everywhere.

Without skirting the issue, the U.S. administration has changed how western politics functions at least momentarily, juxtaposing democracy and tyranny.  The President of the United States is attempting to indiscriminately do away with most liberties, with a broad sweep of literally strong-arming everyone in his wake into submission.  We’ve seen him try to muscle people through awkward handshakes, barrages of personal attacks on public figures and world leaders, and try to retrofit archaic policies that marginalize and threaten the safety of several people.

With his failed attempts at banning muslims from entering the country, he affected business, education and foreign relations between would-be allies and has incited violent extremism both in and outside of the United States.  Even in Canada, a Trump-inspired vigilante murdered six innocent people while they were worshipping at their mosque earlier this year.  Canadian students have experienced difficulties in completing their studies as some programs require them to travel back and forth across the U.S. border, and though our government has taken the position of resisting the U.S. immigration policy it hasn’t brought the effects to a halt.  It goes without saying that the United States’ attack on progressive freedom is being felt throughout the world.

The school year is almost over, with just about a month left between final assignments and exams.  We made it!  Every year has its unique challenges, and asks different things of you to make it through.  You learn and grow not just from the academics, but through the activities you participate in, and who you encounter each day.  Last night’s show was a reminder to stick to the foundation that holds you together.  Each person has their own set of values that helps them make sense of the world, especially throughout learning new things at school and deciding what you want from life.  When things get tough and they’re coming at you from all angles and throwing you off balance, remember the things that make you feel stable: maybe it’s a cottage at the grandparents, or that friend back home that you grew up with that you can’t wait to see when school’s over, or maybe it’s just something simple like a favourite hobby you do in your spare time.  Whatever that anchor is, hold on to it and let it guide you through the unfamiliar waters.  You’ll see that you can look at things objectively and feel a sense of calm while you make sense of it.

Here’s the playlist of songs that played last night:

  1. Lavender – Kaytranada feat. Snoop Dogg
  2. Savage – Little Simz
  3. Sex X Money X Sneakers – BJ The Chicago Kid
  4. Hallucinations – dvsn
  5. Waiting For – araabMuzik, Dvnk Sinatrv
  6. Lady Of Leisure – Gifted Gab
  7. Below The Surface – Pham
  8. 195 – Kaytranada
  9. Bist du Down? – Ace Tee, Kwame
  10. Third Rail – Quincy Vidal
  11. All About Me – Syd
  12. Actin Crazy – Action Bronson
  13. Bad and Boujee – Migos, Lil Uzi Vert

 

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

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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 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!

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

Press Start to BGN Show 22/02/2017 Recap
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Press Start to BGN Show 22/02/2017 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 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!

The Boiling Point, Feb 16
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The Boiling Point, Feb 16

First off, let me apologize for not airing an audio show last night.

Lots of topics were covered in this week’s episode, and some of them were covered in a Facebook Live stream.  From the handshake felt around the world to the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration, there was no shortage of compelling material from this past week to cover.  Not only were there hot headlines, but there were historic events as well: Prime Minister Trudeau was officially received in Strasbourg for the passing of CETA by the European Parliament- the first of its kind- as an alternative to protectionist politics.  The PM had strong words for critics of the deal and a message of encouragement for supporters: “We can’t understate how important it was to get this deal right,” and “The anxiety people have towards the economy and trade — the worry that our kids won’t have access to the same jobs and opportunities that we had — can be addressed only if we ensure that trade is inclusive, so that everyone benefits.  This agreement … delivers just that.”

As well, the topic of autonomous weapons was looked at, and one Harvard student’s efforts to work with like-minded people to ban them altogether.  For any further updates, tweet to @BoilingPointRL.

Next show will be back to normal, regular audio, and most likely live stream.  Apologies for the mixup!

The Boiling Point, Feb 9
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The Boiling Point, Feb 9

Hey!

Thanks for tuning in, whether you caught the radio show, or the live stream.  Wrapping up the topics from last night, the focus was mainly on Canadian news, recapping recent events in the Great White North.  Questions asked were: “how do you feel about the Prime Minister’s performance so far?”  “how do you think the U.S. position on immigration affects Canadians as refugees are now seeking asylum within our borders?”  “what are the ethical implications of genetic engineering?”

The topics were engaging, as some of the questions asked also related to the Prime Minister’s visit to the Converge 2017 event hosted in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday. Review of Roberta Jamieson’s address and the issues she covered, such as the opportunities that First Nations students will have after graduating University topped the list of pertinent discussion.  Breaking News coverage briefly examined the surprise appointment of Sarah Palin as the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada.

Also, some killer tunes were spun, and the playlist is below.  That’s it for this week.  Tune in next week for more coverage of exciting news!

Playlist

  1. Show You The Way – Thundercat, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins
  2. YOU’RE THE ONE – KAYTRANADA, Syd
  3. Loud – araabMUZIK, Loud Lord
  4. My G’s – Stooki Sound, Jelacee