E3 is here and our brains are going Kasplasoblamie!

     We're closing in on E3. With only weeks counting down to the Mardi Gras of Geekdom, here's a quick rundown of what you can expect. And there is a lot to be excited about!

Nintendo: Returning to the LA Convention Center show floor our favorite game maker is bringing Super Mario Odyssey as a plus one. Also, first-ever ARMS invitational and Splatoon 2 World Inkling invitational brings a bit of competition outside of the standard demo set ups we are used to seeing. And if we're lucky...Pokemon!

Sony: More than likely we're going to see big things from Sony. Always a show stopper at E3, expect to see a lot of VR titles, and a few potential blockbusters to push the bar up a bit. Expect to see titles like Spider-Man, Days Gone, Uncharted: Lost Legacy, as well as others teased from last year. And the highly anticipated 45-minute block dedicated solely to Vita games.

Microsoft: Expect to hear about the much anticipated Project Scorpio which brings 4k native to the console for the first time, which will have fans of the console very excited. Rumored titles are Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Call of Duty, FIFA, Madden, Battlefront 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Bethesda: Bethesda is dropping two major titles, not including ElderScrolls 6 (oh sweet Jesus I need to learn time travel). According to Todd Howard "We've got a good number of projects on the go," said Howard in an interview with Glixel. "We're bigger now and we do want to be putting out more stuff. We have two larger projects that are more classically the scale of what we do, but even bigger. We overlap the projects so we're working on them at the same time, but they're staggered." Suggestions fall to Wolfenstien and Evil within. Personally I would love to see a new IP (Ahem Starfield Project AHEM).

Electronic Arts, Activision and Others: As EA is concerned, Titles you'll see at the stand include Star Wars Battlefront 2, Need For Speed and EA Sports games Madden NFL 18, Fifa 18 and NBA Live 18. These aren't the only titles that will be at the show. Expect a few others as well.

With Activision, a recent report from WWG is suggesting we'll see the game revealed at this year's show under the name Assassin's Creed Origins and it'll take players back to the beginning of the assassin's guild in ancient Egypt.

Konami is showing up this year, though there isn't much information. I would love to see a fresh IP, and to have the company end the MG franchise in lue of something new and exciting.

Ubisoft as also kept things fairly tight lipped but I love their press conferences so We'll be watching with Bated breath.

All in all it's shaping up to be a damn fine E3. Lots of new tech, some new titles, maybe a few surprises. You can be sure we'll be giving you our unwanted opinions!


Star Citizen 2.6.3 and the F7C-M Super Hornet

The Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet

     Thought I would share a fresh romp thru the stars with Star Citizen 2.6.3...And while the Free Lancer will always be my special little Courier ship, the Super Hornet has left me a bit breathless. But first, if you decide to join us, you can always get employment here: Employment guaranteed at Confidential Courier Securities.

     While running around Port Olisar, Debating on spaceman things (like if red is the right color of flight suit to match my eyes), I decided to embark on a journey with a limited time offer from Anvil. The ability to fly the F7C-M Super Hornet fighter craft.
Flying outside of Crusader

     Arguably one of the best fighters in the game, depending on who you ask, Its outfitted pretty nicely. With an added gunner seat sporting two S1 mounts, you can now bring a friend on your killing spree...or to hold your Horchata from Cry-Astro.

     As i was decimated by a single pirate, my first ride out, I can honestly say the flight Mechanics were a bit different from my trusty 'Lancer. She's a helluva lot more nimble, whipping out of control whilst I fight red-outs. after a couple of runs, I settled into her like a rider would his trusty steed. slicing through black matter with the grace of a moderately trained, green behind the ears, pilot...whos only saving grace is his X-55 Rhino.

     I think the only issue I really encounters was landing back at Port O. For some reason the front landing pad..which caused the ship to jostle off of the landing pad and float into space. Never to be seen again (at least until I respawn one).

     So, after our little romp, I decided to enjoy a little time inside my 'Lancer. It's kind of amazing how beautiful this game is. Well crafted, an ocular feast, if you will. All of the little lights and thrusters, The way the directional boosters move so well with each strafe and weave, spouting its cloudy fuel into the black.
Even the entrance to the docking pads is an event in detail and extravagance. 
Crusader from the view of a simple trade vessel.

As you can see, you're HUD is very much a part of the game. Not just an overlay for FPS view.

enjoying the unexpected spin that seems to happen in space when you leave your seat...

Yup. the Freelancer has a sun roof.

The Freelancer Cockpit
     It seriously just brilliant. I mean look at the stills. Crusader rotates, the sun reflects, oft times in a blinding fashion. And the controls, once again, return to normal. As I reflect on my oft short sessions, I've come to realize that this really is an ever growing, ever changing Simulator that is more an experience in skill, than it is a game. You forget where you are as you immerse into the dog fights, trying to get into Satellites to turn them on as fast as possible, or simply sitting down for some One on One in Star Marine. And we will continue to broadcast from the stars.


Clickbate? GPD made this, and its amazing!

The Metal Body UMPC looks fantastic
   After only a few hours of opening their Indiegogo campaign, GPD has smashed their $200k target. The Pocket is a 7 inch magnesium alloy clad UMPC taking its design from the era of the Sony Vaio P. The UMPC and Netbook suffered early deaths when Tablets hit the market, and I, for one, welcome the return of the small pocket computer form. Running both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04, you need to choose which you prefer before you order.

   Similar to the WIN, and powered by an Atom x7-Z8700 with 4 gigs RAM and a 7000mah battery this little beast is hitting a 1920×1200 res on its tiny 7 inch screen. judging by their campaign page it looks like they’re hoping to compete with Microsoft's Surface and Apple's MacBook Air, And while that's somewhat ludicrous, it doesn't diminish this amazing little Pocket PC.

Ordering requires you to pick an OS before shipping
   GPD, never one to be stopped (especially after the WIN fiasco), have almost hit their target funding within just a few hours of campaign launch. The magnesium alloy body and $400 price isn't hurting when bringing investors on board, as the numbers have shown.

   Their website has been hammered so you might have some issues seeing their promo material, but the Indiegogo page is here. Shipping is due in June this year, which means, at the time of this post, you'll have yours in about 2 months.

While a lot of people might be wondering why you would need this, in this writers opinion it's just a fantastic piece of equipment that adds a lot of mobility to your EDC loadout. It doesn't hurt that it's bluetooth 4.1 capable and even comes with a USB port (Thank God).

Looks great and functions better


Life on the Edge: A Semi-Serious Review of Rimworld

The year is 5501, and mankind has spread among the stars. Or something to that extent. It's easier to summarize the bits of standard sci-fi lore that aren't included. To quote the game's official background page, "RimWorld does not include faster-than-light travel or true aliens." And there's probably mods for the aliens, if that's your thing. 

This is where it gets tricky. RimWorld is a science-fiction (in the vein of Firefly, or other similarly twangy settings) colony simulator. Think Oregon Trail meets Dwarf Fortress as written by Robert A. Heinlein in one of his darker moods with input from that one guy who won't shut up about Firefly, or maybe that one guy who won't shut up about Warhammer 40,000. It's designed by Ludeon Studios, which is essentially Tynan Sylvester, whose name might be familiar from some of the maps on Unreal Tournament 2004.

Unfortunately, the top-down, roguelike nature of the game means that screenshots are horrifyingly boring to look at if you aren't great. Hell, even I'm bored by my screenshots. Which means that if you want to see what the game looks like, I'm not the best source. But hey, this is 2017, and you're reading this, so I'll make you a deal: I'll stop ranting about this soon if you promise to look into it a little once you're done reading.

Taken from the official Rimworld site. (https://rimworldgame.com)

See, that's kinda hard to extract any real meaning from. Are those beds? Wind turbines? What are those weird tan things forming the letter E? To answer my own questions, yes, yes, and sandbags protecting automated turrets in case trouble gets past the walls. Trouble comes in myriad forms, from local tribes with bows and clubs, to raiders wielding machine guns and molotovs. Even Mother Nature will get her licks in, sending hordes of genetically modified beavers to decimate your tree supply, or deciding that those deer you've been hunting have had enough of your attacks. I've seen colonists go down from a few lucky hits by a squirrel attack. The cover system means that tactics and placement is important in all engagements, despite the seemingly rudimentary nature of the game. Rambo colonists will die, and not well. Things will explode, and catch fire. All your power will vanish from your batteries. 

This leads to all sorts of interesting bits of game design, such as why randomly generated characters can be so compelling (it's the same aspect of psychology that made Firewatch work so well), and it also leads to a sense of achievement when you aren't murdered in the first few weeks of landing by a combination of starvation, disease, and friendly fire. Or at least, it did for me. At $30 on Steam, it's prudent to wait for a sale unless these paragraphs have you salivating, but it's one of my favorite games, and I would be remiss in not recommending it. Good luck. You'll be wanting it.


Winamp might be getting a revamp

     This has me excited. I won't lie. Winamp might be getting an over haul.
Vivendi SA is rumored to be stream lining a re-release and I think a revamp is a long time coming.

     The history on Vivendi is VERY extensive. They owned blizzard and brought you the original WOW, Diablo and Starcraft. They owned Sierra Entertainment and brought you F.E.A.R. (they also owned Massive Entertainment). They're also heavy investors in Ubisoft and Gameloft. It should also be mention they own Dailymotion. These guys are one of the few companies that survived the transition from solid to digital media (albeit, with some large scars).

     Winamp has had a rocky life span. First started by Nulsoft and sold to AOL, who did basically nothing with it. Radiology bought it and has been sitting on it since 2014. So with this news I am SUPER excited. I've been using Winamp since its invention back in 1997. Crazy how some things refuse to die.

If you're new to Winamp or just want to re-download it, you can find it here.

Have an amazing Holiday season!


GPD Win: Doom apparently plays on it?

So The GPD Win...plays the DOOM!

     This little handheld...I want it. From the Wire: Pretty much right on schedule, GPD have begun shipping their Windows 10 handhelds out. In true crowd funding style, many backers are still waiting for theirs to ship whilst others have simply bought one from a store and received it already. I feel your pain (I pre-ordered a Pandora back in 2008).

     Videos began cropping up on YouTube just over a week ago, which I'm sure no one has seen, because this is pretty obscure.


     It started in December 2015 as a bit of back and forth between GPD staff and the community of the Dingoonity boards – talk of the possibility in them building a Windows 10 handheld. Some (very) rough ideas were posted by the GPD team and discussion begun.

     Given GPD’s good track record and obviously decent R&D budget I don’t know why crowd funding is required to get this thing off the ground. I suppose this is a machine with more of a niche market than an Android Handheld, and more expensive hardware is required to power it – so the risk for GPD is greater.

     The GPD Win, as it’s called, is powered by an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 and 4GB of RAM. It’ll house a 5.5″ 720 display, 64GB of eMMC storage, an SD slot and will of course have WiFi built in. I find this thing very intriguing. I don’t really know what I’d use it for though. It’s too small to be productive with, and Android emulation is so mature now that in some cases it will beat a Windows equivalent – at least on the low end hardware found in the GPD Win. Having said that, I don’t think I can live without one.


Facebookings?! Furious Beta Podcast 20160923

Furious Beta Podcast for September 23rd, 2016

News Items, some video game information and a whole lot of AWESOME!