Hello and good morning Golden Hawks! Hopefully you’ve had a fantastic week and no issues easing into those dreaded midterms. This week O$AP and Goldilocks had lots to talk about as it’s been a hectic week in world events as well as within the Laurier community.
The show started with a segment regarding the Miss Universe Pageant and this year’s winner, Iris Mittenaere from France! The returning host, Steve Harvey, had the chance to redeem himself successfully after announcing the wrong contestant as the winner in last years pageant. If you’re interested in reading more about the pageant, click here!
Next on the celebrity list is Justin Bieber, who made an appearance at this years NHL All-Stars competition. Apparently his coach for the big game was hockey idol Wayne Gretzky. O$AP and Goldilocks had to debate who would have been more excited to meet the other. The conclussion was definitely Bieber being more excited, even though it’s probably safe to assume Gretzky is a big pop fan!
And last on our celebrity list this week is Lady Gaga who will be performing at this year’s Superbowl, where the Patriots will face the Falcons. Though she’s quite the performer, it wasn’t clear whether or not your Morning After DJ’s agreed with her being this years pick for the biggest football game of the year. Hopefully she can keep up with the legendary entertainment of the Superbowl commercials and get the crowd even more pumped for the game.
In this weeks Laurier news, we send a well-deserved congratulations to the new Student Union President Kanwar Brar! Such a motivational and involved new president will surely show that the Golden Hawks are in good hands. Also coming this week is the voting for positions in the Laurier student publications. Between 7-10 PM this Wednesday February 1st, come enjoy some free food and good company in the Hawk’s nest right beside the Turret. Get involved and send out your votes! To read up on the candidates and other information regarding WLUSP, click here!
Lastly, Laurier sends it’s condolences to the victims of the Quebec mosque shootings on Sunday. To anyone involved and connected with the family’s affected we send our thoughts and prayers.
Have a lovely week Hawks! We’ll see you next Monday on the Morning After!
Song List: Drake and Future – What a Time to Be Alive
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 the oversaturation of games on Steam and increasingly PlayStation Stor and Xbox Marketplace. Are there too many games? Can the good games survive in a world where dozens of games release a week and drown them out? We also talk about the games that made us most emotional, be it happy or sad, scared or mad. Thanks for tuning in!
• The ESA has revealed that gaming revenues in2016 increased to $30.4 billion • Tekken 7 (with a roster of 30 characters) is coming to PS4, PC and Xbox One on June 2nd • Ex GTA producer Leslie Benzies incorporated 5 new companies in Scotland; VR-Chitect, Everywhere Game, Starship Group, Royal Circus Technologies and Royal Circus • Tequila Works, the creators of Deadlight, are launching a new puzzle game on April 12th for PC, PlayStation and Xbox One called The Sexy Brutale
• Respawn Entertainment developer Mohammad Alavi, upon being asked about bringing Titanfall to the Nintendo Switch, laughed and said “No. F*** no. No you’re not going to be able to fit Titanfall on it.” • Overwatch starts up their first event of 2017 in celebration of the Lunar New Year on January 24th till February 13th, with new skins for Mei, D.va, Bastion, Mercy, Symmetra, Ana, Tracer, Junkrat, Roadhog, Zenyatta, Winston and Reinhardt • Nintendo has announced that Mii Creation on the Nintendo Switch will be available but will not be mandatory • The Nintendo Switch will not be having streaming services (i.e. Netflix and Twitch) at launch • Owners of the PlayStation VR will now be able to use their devices to watch 360o YouTube videos • Pokémon Sun and Moon have now sold 4 million copies • Injustice 2 has an online beta available for sign-up now
• Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is coming to Xbox One and PC on March 7th • Nintendo has announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last Wii U game they will ever make • Obsidian, the creators of Fallout: New Vegas, have teased a new game on their site, codenamed Project Louisiana. Some speculate that this could be a new Fallout game, set in New Orleans • The ongoing lawsuit between Facebook, Oculus and ZeniMax could cost Facebook $2 billion and halt the sale of Oculus headsets • PlayDead Studios have released teasers for their next game
Thanks for your warm reception of INSIDE. Since release, Playdead founder Arnt Jensen and the team have been working on the next adventure. pic.twitter.com/RfejnH39mR
• Quantic Foundry has done a recent survey to find out which games have been played the most by women. 70% of Match 3 and Family/Farm Sim players are women, and favourite titles among women include Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Star Wars: The Old Republic
What’s Coming Out Soon!
Overwatch: Year of the Rooster (Jan 24-Feb 13, Ps4, Xbox One, PC)
The newest event of the year is here! Overwatch is celebrating the new year by theming the game around The Year of the Rooster. With this comes a new game mode: “Capture the Rooster,” which is a mode on a made-over Lijiang Tower map, where full teams must capture the opponent’s flag (with a very stylish rooster on it). First one to 3 flags, or whoever holds out the longest with the most flags, win! On top of this, there are new Lunar New Year Loot Boxes, which come with new legendary skins, sprays, icons and emotes. Characters like Roadhog, Reinhardt, Winston and Zenyatta have character skins modelled after Journey to the West. Good luck getting those skins! (I know I’ll take all month trying to get the stuff!) Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Jan 24, PS4) The game of my dreams (and my wallets nightmares) is finally here! With 2 Games and a new short movie, you can play through a new story with our familiar characters! Includes: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Play through the 3DS game in full 1080p HD! Completely remastered for the PS4, join Sora and Riku in their undertaking of the Mark of Mastery Exam. New mechanics and
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Jan 24, PS4)
The game of my dreams (and my wallets nightmares) is finally here! With 2 Games and a new short movie, you can play through a new story with our familiar characters! Includes: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Play through the 3DS game in full 1080p HD! Completely remastered for the PS4, join Sora and Riku in their undertaking of the Mark of Mastery Exam. New mechanics and faster-paced battles make this game one of the most fluid games in the series! Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep- A Fragmentary Passage As a brand new story, taking place after the events of the PSP game Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, links our past heroes to the upcoming game, Kingdom Hearts 3. If you’re a sucker for story, or just really like Aqua, this story is perfect. Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover This is the reason the collection is called a prologue. The story of the Foretellers will be revealed, connecting the history of the lore to the main game. Enjoy the life and story of our characters, and play the game that will connect us to the final game in the series!
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Jan 24, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Capcom welcomes back a massive series with a bang! Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will take place in 2017, about 4 years after the story of Resident Evil 6. Join our new protagonist, Ethan Winters, as he takes on the task of finding his missing wife, and learns the story of the Baker family. As the first main-series game taking a first-person perspective, Capcom takes a different direction in their development, shown in their playable teaser trailer, Beginning Hour. For those who enjoy this series, as well as those who enjoy the horror/mystery genre, enjoy the new experience!
Topics of the Show:
Are there too many games?
This week on PSTBGN we give our opinions on how a lot of games have been coming out and not all of them are as good as you would want them to be. Steam and the IOS store have a lot of bad games and not much is being done to regulate which games can be published. This goes for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.
We also talked about what games have made us tear up.
That Dragon Cancer, a game created by Ryan and Amy Green, Josh Larson, and a small team that go by the name Numinos Games released That Dragon Cancer is a game based on the Green’s experience raising their son, Joel, who was diagnosed with cancer at only twelve months. The game is a point-and-click adventure game, and immerses the player to relate the tale in a way a film cannot.
Off a critically acclaimed French surreal adventure RPG made by Mortis Ghost in 2008. The game was translated into English in 2011 and is considered a gem among indie adventure RPGs.
The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony. It was originally released for PS3 in 2013. In The Last of Us you play as Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across post-apocalyptic United States. The United States has been infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus, turning people into zombie-like beings, use weapons to defend yourself, and progress through the story which focuses on the relationship between Joel and Ellie. It is now available for the PS4 and has The Last of Us: Part 2 set to be released.
Undertale, a role-playing video game created by indie developer and composer Toby Fox. In the game, you play as a human child who has fallen into the Underground, a secluded region underneath the surface of the Earth, separated by a magic barrier. You meet various monsters during your quest to return to the surface. One of the most defining features of Undertale is it’s combat system, where players have much more choice actions to do other than attacking, including the option of showing Mercy. Attack monsters or kill them these are the choices that will affect the rest of the game.
The Walking Dead is a story based game with the first season released in 2012. The game takes place in Georgia, with the events occurring shortly after the start of the zombie apocalypse. It centres on university professor and convicted criminal Lee Everett, who helps to rescue and subsequently care for a young girl named Clementine. The Walking Dead, unlike many other graphic adventure games, focuses on story and character development instead of puzzle solving. The story is affected in usual Telltale fashion, by dialogue choices and quick time events which can lead to drastic changes in the story.
Pokemon Diamond released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. Like previous Pokémon games you play as a -Pokémon trainer as they train and battle Pokémon, while thwarting the schemes of a criminal organization. In Pokémon Diamond the trainer is in the Sinnoh Region and the criminal organization is Team Galactic.
Dragon Age: Origins was released for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2009. It was developed by Bioware and released by Electronic Arts. Set in the fictional kingdom of Ferelden during a period of civil strife, the game places you in the role of a warrior, mage, or rogue coming from an elven, human, or dwarven background. The player character is recruited into the Grey Wardens an order that serves to stand to protect against the demonic forces known as the “Darkspawn” and is tasked with defeating the commander, the Archdemon, and end their invasion known as “the Blight”.
What We’ve Been Playing
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’s programmed clock. Available to play on the Nintendo 3DS.
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.
In Pokémon Moon, players can find Pokémon exclusive to their version of the game and has their game’s clock running twelve hours ahead of their 3DS’s clock when they play.
Released in 2007 by BioWare is the action roleplaying and third person shooter game Mass Effect. In Mass Effect, you play as Commander Shepard who is tasked with the mission of stopping a portal from letting in a great enemy with the ability to eradicate all life. Travel on your starship with your team members to stop the portal and save all life as we know it. Available on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.
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!
Hey everybody! I hope you have a good Next Week Now before I talk to you Next Week Now. Boy oh boy I’m getting good at sneaking that title into things. This week I shared a story about pigs that can be optimists which is where that little cutie comes from. Also if you can think of a pun involving pigs and optimism that would make me squeal. Get it? Get it? I’ll show myself out…
Anyway, in other animal news, leaf spiders are everywhere! Or at least in a rain forest in China where they have remained undercover since… forever. Also there is a monkey in China that gets anxious unless it’s riding on a goats back. A man in P.E.I. dug his own grave last year and he’s 90 now. More on that story as it develops. Or ceases to develop, I guess. Microsoft has invented holograms… kinda? If you’re a sci-fi nut for real-time spatial projection you’ll have to do your own research because I cannot figure that out. There is a King Kong movie coming out this summer that the studio hope is going to be a blockbuster. I don’t know where all these puns are coming from.
Happy Halloween! I hope you guys have a safe and raucous weekend and a great Monday. We might even see some costumes in class next week. On the show I read a couple short scary stories from the reddit page r/shortscarystories. In movies there are a couple fun Halloween events happening around town including the Princess playing Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Apollo having quite a few viewings of different Halloween classics. There are also several club events going on in uptown, most having costume competitions. In the news, there have been several discoveries in prosthetic limb technology that are awesome. There were some sci-fi-esque developments in a battery based on he human intestine and a diamond being used as an advance storage device. Lastly, in old news, an escapologist was going to get out of a straight jacket while hanging upside down in the middle of a street on July 7th 1928. It’s interesting that the field of escapology has not changed much in 88 years. If you guys would like to contact me tweet me @NextWeekNow, and I’ll talk to you Next Week Now.
With my first Blog post for my new gig Friday mornings at 9-11am as part of the morning show crew. I want to give you a little intro into what the show is all about .
This was my third show in and what a time to be alive. Its a show about having fun and getting ready to tackle the day and more importantly get ready for the weekend. I like to Wrap up happenings from the week that was, and make sure everyone is fresh for the most important days of the week Friday and Saturday. A lot of Shop style talk where its all fun and games with a lot of wacky dumb and silly topics.
For this show it is the first Friday evening where I wont be working all semester long. So a lot of the show was spent tailored around going out, or at least drinking a few cold ones.
What was on the Show for Friday February 26th
The Report: Today’s top Canadian news stories from Americas finest news sources. We Talked about Paytan manning and his attempt to deny the latest allegations against the hall of fame and recent Superbowl winning quarterback.
As well we did some Big league Banter. For this it was focused on the NHL Trade deadline and the MLB spring training my notably the Blue jays and Joes Bat fips lasted news on contracts. As well Old boy John Gibbons and his cannon slipped in there.
Our daily Seinfeld clip of the week: Was about my trip to Toronto over reading week and the pleasant traffic that existences in that town. Well Kramer let us know really the only way to beat Traffic…
Fridays Five the biggest, best, top, most all star quality list of 5 for this week: Was people you meet on Spring Break. this is one segment you don’t want to miss on any Friday.
Finally Wrapping the show up with My bone to pick in this world… THE SO CALLED KING OF THE JUNGLE
All music on this show was centered around country music and cold cans… as i was getting ready to go to Dallas. Selfish I know but its fun to do every once and a while.
Drink a beer- Luke Bryan, Anything goes- Florida Georgia Line, Beer in mexico- Kenny Chesney, Beer Money- Kip Moore, Save Water, Drink Bee- Chris Young, Power of positive Drinking Chris Janson, One more Drinking song- Jarrod Niemon, Parking lot party- Lee Brice, Days of Gold- Jake Owen, Alcohol- Brad Paisley, Drink in my hand- Eric church, Tequila makes her clothes come off- Joe Nichols, Day Drinking- Little Big Town, Margaritaville- Jimmy Buffett, Take my Drunk ass Home-Luke Bryan, Red Solo Cup- Toby Keith, I think ill just stay here and drink a beer- Merle Haggard, Pretty good at drinking beer- billy currington, boys Round here- Blake Shelton, I like Beer- Tom T Hall, Beer for my horses- Toby Keith, Drinking Bone- Tracy Byrd, Somthing bout a truck- justin Moore, Barefoot blue jean night- Jake owen. Hope the Country beer songs didnt get old everyone.
Have a safe and Happy Weekend. Enjoy a Cold one. See you out there..
Be responsible. Don’t drink and Drive. Party Safe people. Forget the Smoke.
And Remember for every 1 mile of highway there is 2 of ditch. So keep it between the Mustard and the mayonnaise.