Well, it’s the end of summer, and there’s no real big anything going on. A perfect time to round up the latest tech, geek and gamer related news this week!
Google announces official launch of YouTube Gaming
FINALLY. A little over a year ago that YouTube announced that they will take gaming more seriously, and considering the sheer volume of gaming content, I think it’s about time. Although an attempt to acquire Twitch didn’t pan out, the new YouTube Gaming site will focus on Let’s Plays, streams, and anything gaming related.
Similar to Twitch’s ‘Following a game’, YouTube Gaming will offer pages for each game (with over 25,000 games to be covered, as well as channels from creators and game publishers. Imagine the sheer size of the Minecraft channel library.
Where Twitch is exclusively for Let’s Play style streams, the YouTube version is a little more flexible, allowing users to also stream non-gaming related content. Keep in mind it’s still in Beta right now.
Long story short; YouTube is taking gaming content seriously and we’ll have our first look at the new service this Wednesday, with the new site and apps for iOS and Android. I hope the new site generates more views for creators, and hopefully suffers no major glitches.
We’ll see how major contender Twitch responds to the direct competition.
Trine 3 is out! But…
Trine is a side-scrolling action puzzle platformer that released back in 2009 to great reviews. Followed by Trine 2 in 2011, which offered slick graphics, challenging puzzles and even more fun co-op or solo. Recently, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power was released to an eager audience who couldn’t wait to rejoin the three heroes as they ran, jumped and fought their way through a now 3D world.
Fans cheered the level design, mechanics and graphics, but the end of the game left many feeling like it was released unfinished. Some players felt like it was left as it was as a ploy to sell DLC, others wondering if the move to 3D was a bad idea budget wise.
Developer Frozenbyte responded to the criticism via Steam, explaining that there was no plan for DLC, but that the story will continue, just not in Trine 3. Apparently in the move to make Trine 3 “bigger, badder, better”, Frozenbyte bit off more than they could chew. The budget was blown, and they tried to fit in as much content as they could given the circumstances. In response to the fan backlash, the VP of Frozenbyte responds that they kept true to the product they had in early access, and although it made for a short game, it was not an intentional slight to the fans in any way.
“As for the cliffhanger ending and DLC – there are no plans for a DLC. Continuation of the story is a different matter however, but we have released everything we had and everything we aimed to release since the beginning of the Early Access. The future of the series is now in question, as the feedback, user reviews and poor media attention has caught us by surprise.
Regardless we will continue to fix and update Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, as we’ve always done with our games, and I’m confident we’ll get many issues fixed shortly (including some of the technical bugs and multiplayer problems). I apologize for those issues and I ask for your patience as we work those out. From our perspective the launch has been reasonably smooth on the tech side, we should be close to a good technical state in a short while. “
Here’s hoping they continue to handle the backlash with the same professionalism they have shown, and that this doesn’t mark the end of an otherwise great series.
YouTuber calls out the Karate Kid, blows minds
Anyone who grew up in the 80’s is familiar with hit movie The Karate Kid, which was a story of the underdog (Daniel) beating the odds and becoming a winner with the help of a kindly old man (Mr. Miyagi).
Or so I thought until I watched YouTuber J. Matthew Turner’s video, The Karate Kid: Daniel is the REAL Bully. Published Sunday August 23rd, the nearly five minute video has gotten over 3,350,000 views and a VERY vocal comment section.
I think a lot of viewers missed the video category being listed as ‘comedy’.
Ah, the internet, where genocide doesn’t make us bat an eye, but someone’s comical take on a 31 year old movie make people lose their shit.
Honestly, Turner’s interpretation really did make me rethink the whole movie. A movie I have seen several times over the years and can quote ad nauseum. This guy has skills. He made me see Daniel, the hero, as a little shit disturber who wants attention, popularity, and your girl. Even more stunning, he made me see antagonist Johnny Lawrence in a whole new light. He made me LIKE him. I was feeling bad for a character I have always hated. THAT is skill.
Let’s hope Turner never works as the PR man for Trump.
Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 released…
…and the Let’s Players rejoiced, then screamed like little girls. I laughed my butt off, sure, but a few jumpscares actually got ME, too.
Not suprised that the new chapter launched so soon, as creator Scott Cawthon has done that for all the FNAF titles thus far. There’s still plans to release an update on October 31st (the original launch date), leaving fans asking what is in the update, and what is to be discovered once the locked box players are shown at the end of the game is finally opened.
But that may not happen.
Cawthon has always hidden the lore and story of FNAF throughout the games, and so far the first three games have been pieced together, and it is getting really interesting. That being said, according to his post on Steam, no one has found the pieces in the newest game, and that has been a disappointment for him. He has decided the box will NOT be opened on October 31st, and maybe will remain locked. Forever.
Mobile battery that holds a charge for a week
No it’s not wishful thinking. A British company, Intelligent Energy, has created a new iPhone 6 battery prototype that can last a full week between charges. Considering how many iPhone users have to carry their charger with them (or beg someone for the use of theirs), this is great news.
Intelligent Energy has created a hydrogen fuel cell that fits alongside the existing battery in the iPhone 6, with the only difference being a set of rear vents to allow water vapor to escape, as the fuel cell releases small amounts of heat and water as waste. The company has stated that the actual water vapor is imperceptible, but regardless, hello, full week of power!
Although the launch of the fuel cell is still off by a few years, it is exciting to know that the bane of smartphone users around the globe will soon be dealt with.
Now to work on planet-wide WiFi…