In Other News – 10 March 2016

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Holy hell who turned on the rain? I haven’t been outside to see it pouring myself mind you, but my cats keep walking in and leaving muddy paw prints in their wake. DAMMIT I’D JUST FINISHED MOPPING THE FLOOR YOU FOOLS!

In Other News: XCOM 2 gets DLC, Nintendo explains some stuff, a Gundam cosplay, and a Breaking Bad Easter egg.

Here’s all the news we didn’t post today, because we were too busy getting the band back together.

News

Bill Gates: ‘I Will Look Into’ A New Age Of Empires
Divide is a promising isometric sci-fi adventure
XCOM 2’s first DLC pack adds customization options next week
Nintendo Explains Why SNES Games Will Only Run On New 3DS
Mirage: Arcane Warfare will be out this year, beta expected by summer
EVE Online update adds crowdsourcing science minigame

Stuff

Gundam Cosplay That’s (Sorry) Out Of This World
Bet you didn’t realize that Donkey Kong has been ‘censored’ all these years
Rare Announces Open-Ended Art Contest To Play Sea Of Thieves Early
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fan-made reboot looks promising
There’s a Breaking Bad Easter egg in The Division

Videos

Overwatch’s New Map Is A Lovely Place To Die Horribly

New NES emulator displays classic games in 3D

‘Making of Uncharted 4′ tracks Nathan Drake’s evolution from the series’ start

What’s on @ The Movies?

TOMB RAIDER reboot director confirms new film will be an origin story following recent games
Next BATMAN solo film could be a prequel and explore the tragedy around Robin
Sacha Baron Cohen reveals why he dropped out of the Freddie Mercury biopic
New clip release for Tom Hiddleston’s HIGH RISE

Model: this cute little tiger

Last Updated: March 10, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Captain JJ the Isolated

    We need a new Galactic Battlegrounds also if they’re “looking into” a new Age of Empires

    • We need a Battlestar Galactica game too. But we ain’t getting it!

      • Captain JJ the Isolated

        We need more Rince, but you’re so scarce these days
        (I’m being nice today)

        • Lies! I am here, I am watching, I am too busy using both hands to touch… I mean 0_O

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            O_o

          • Pariah

            I feel like I just walked in on some taboo mating ritual and now its awkward.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Can’t be, he said he was using both hands.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            There you are.

          • Pariah

            Like a cobra, waiting for the right moment to strike. I suppose the same can be said of wet farts, which seems more likely in this case.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Your analogy sir, I like it.

          • yes, one to pat myself on the head, the other to ring the bell? Am I doing it wrong?

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Don’t be mad man. No one can ring a bell and pat themselves on the head at the same time. We’re not robots. Well, apart from the Banana.

          • HvR

            Rince is one, Rince is many.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            It’s only taboo because the world isn’t ready.
            I mean…what ritual?

          • lol

          • Jan Prins

            I think this is how every child feels about walking in on their parents…

    • miaau

      I think checking in is like this:

      Bill sends e-mail to head of games = “Are you looking at a new Age of Empire”
      Head of games “No”
      Bill ” Ok, thanks, just checking in.”

      • Captain JJ the Isolated

        Haha. Seems about right

      • HvR

        *Bill thinks via the secret MS affinity project to the head of games …

  • Ryanza

    • nortee

      The Gift was and still is one of my favourite albums!!!! Thanks Ryanza!

      • Ryanza

        If you know this stuff then you are a Bone Thugs fan.

        What I like is these Bone Thugs songs I’ve been posting here all had a good message behind it. Unlike all the shit we hear now a days.

        • nortee

          totally agreed Ryanza!

          My (original disc) collection includes:
          Creepin’ onna Comeup
          E1999 Eternal
          The Art of War
          The Collection Volume 1
          The Collection Volume 2
          Thug Mentality
          The Gift
          Uni5
          Strength & Loyalty
          BTNHResurrection

  • miaau

    My garden flooded.

    Just too much water to drain away. One of the vegetable gardens is completely under. We “cleverly” demarcated the areas to plant with bricks. That is where the water goes.

    • Eish man. Sucks Well Gavin lost a 3k router when his house was hit… So could be worse…

      • miaau

        Yeah, we too have had lightning damage. Not fun.

        • Yup had it a few weeks back when lighting hit my router and only my router.

          To make it worse – it happened on my off days, too afraid to leave my router on overnight now

        • Captain JJ the Isolated

          Lightning is about as rare as front teeth in the Westernous Republic.

          • miaau

            Yes, but at least our Sun sets WAAAAAAAY before your sun.

            In December people want to bloody well eat supper at 21:00 cause the sun is not yet fully dark then. Bollocks to that. Two suppers for me, when visiting family there. 18:00 and 21:00 – ish,

        • Jan Prins

          Especially when a motherboard gets hit. And the USB ports are the only things not working. But need a whole new PC just because new boards need a new CPU. And your old graphics card does not work on this new board. And the memory, whilst it MIGHT work will not work as well as it CAN.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            You should be a horror writer.

          • Jan Prins

            Sorry. Erotica is more my genre.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            50 Shades of The Sims.

          • miaau

            PC based erotica?

          • Jan Prins

            Not sure how that would work…

            “Stick that USB dongle into my USB slot and download your genetics into my motherboard…” she purred.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            She wanted to turn on her anti-aliasing, but I said to leave it, I like it rough.

          • miaau

            I have no comment to make, here, just want to ride on the coat tails of a brilliant piece of word-smithing.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            😀

          • HvR

            But she turned it on anyway and all I could do was stutter

          • miaau

            so, back to the horror genre, then.

            Or is stutter a very clever euphemism

            I think I overthink my thinking process.

          • miaau

            Well, you cannot ask me. I do not claim to be a PC based erotica writer.

            sorry, cannot help you, even with inspiration.

          • HvR

            Mine went without lightning, Radeon-AMD card overheated enough not break itself but to heat up the PCI-E controller so that it popped.

            Incorrect timing means on when I bought and changing CPU specs/tech means pretty much just the HD can be salvaged

          • miaau

            Seen two offices where the lightning went through the switches. Boom.

            also, as you say, some PC’s this is broken or that is broken, not the whole thing, despite a lightning strike.

          • HvR

            Do you guys get it via the power lines or Telkom lines? I’m surge protected up to the wazoo just for my home stuff due to Eskom and my cheap generator.

          • miaau

            The first one, I was in the office with several people and lightning nailed a big tree right outside. All the lights tripped at once and the power was out, out. City had to restore. When power was restored, all the switches were dead AND some of the PC’s, in weird ways, were also dead. Also, the plugs and stuffed plugged into the plugs, nothing was damaged. ONLY network based equipment, connected to the fried switches.

            I think a near direct lightning strike will still hurt you.

          • HvR

            Is there overall or individual surge protection?

            Lot of people think lighting strike a single spot but there is only single point of breakthrough, the actual surge that follows covers multiple points over wide area.

          • miaau

            “Is there overall or individual surge protection?”

            I am afraid I do not know enough to answer that question. I think, in the office, there was no real surge protection. the servers had, in theory through the UPS, but the UPS’s are designed to protect against power line surges or brownouts, not lightning level voltage.

          • HvR

            Yes only certain UPS units have high voltage – fast cut out. this is why I have multiple layers I do not trust UPS slow cut out to protect against a proper line surge.

          • miaau

            Brownouts, that is also where they come into their own, the UPS systems. I remember an office block years ago, getting the logs from the electrician and wondering the effect of the building supply stuff up would be on my poor servers. Get some really good quality UPS’s in there.

            Some reason the building had issues sometimes, most people and equipment missed it, but sometimes voltage supply dipped, for reasons I never ever will understand, but the people in the know assured us, the IT staff, that was the case.

          • HvR

            Biggest culprit in local building issues is actual noise induced on the lines.

            Usually equipment with motors or compressors built in the rarely 90’s or earlier.

            Had big head scratcher once with measuring equipment in factory jig going wacky once in a while causing false failure turns out was old bar fridge the workers plug in on the factory line power rail. Every time the compressor switched on or off huge noise pulses went out on the lines.

    • Captain JJ the Isolated

      Shame man.

      • You don’t mean that, I know you!

        • Captain JJ the Isolated

          I’m a very considerate man!
          Even just today I thought twice about how sorry I am for you because of your brain!

          • Well! Then… Okay. Carry on soldier!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            XD

      • miaau

        well, the rest of the “flooding” is fine, but I think we lost some of the winter crop. Which is ironic, cause last we discussed losing it because of lack of rain.

        Not as bad as in 2010. We got some people in to dig and make paths for water. In 2010, the poor dog hid on the stoep, which flooded as there was no place for the water to go. Charming. We found the dog with water half way up legs. Turns out the stoep doors were water tight.

        • Captain JJ the Isolated

          Sheesh man.
          The worst thing that could happen to crops in my yard is me.

          • miaau

            Me too, me too.

            I have two thumbs, both black. Totally.

            But we make stews and mince and stuff, from veg and herbs straight from the garden.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            That’s excellent.
            My father-in-law has an immense vegetable garden from which we get some awesome stuffs. Luckily he lives in the estate across the road from us also 😀

  • HairyEwok

    Awwwww, now I miss my baby tiger T-T

  • miaau

    Reboot of Kotor. I am now holding my breath a lot less bated than before. I am not sure of the development direction (1st person action) AND still the IP issues linger.

    So, a lot less bated breath than before.

    • Captain JJ the Isolated

      Yea man. Me too.
      I have a feeling they’re going to try and ride on the name instead of what the game was actually like.

      • miaau

        I played the 2003 version last year.

        How many other 2003 games can you play today and not mind the poorer graphics? Which are not that bad, in reality.

        • Captain JJ the Isolated

          It’s a big deal to try and make a new Kotor and I almost feel like they’re taking it too lightly.

  • Ghost In The Rift

    That KOTOR news, think my hart just skipped a beat!!!

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