Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Another Game Console From Nintendo

Nintendo 2DS XL
It's been less than two months since game tech giant Nintendo released its massively successful Switch console, a home console/portable console hybrid that serves as the company's flagship system.

Last 27 April, Nintendo announced yet another new console: the "New 2DS XL," the fifth iteration in Nintendo's 3DS handheld line. It's essentially identical to the "New 3DS XL," which launched in 2015. The new handheld costs US$ 149.99 and is planned for launch on 28 July 2017.

It even looks the same, based on the photo above.

The main difference between this new console and the New 3DS XL that launched in 2015? Three dimensions!

That is literally the difference — there's a slider on the side of the upper 3DS screen that enables varying levels of three-dimensionality in games. The 3DS does this by using two screens layered on top of each other, and then the slider moves those screens closer together or further apart. It's an effect called "parallax" 3D.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Minecraft" Really Looks Different Now

Minecraft Improved
It looks like that the best proof of the Xbox One X's 4K capabilities comes from an unlikely, blocky source: "Minecraft."

According to Jessica Conditt of Endgadget, behind closed doors at E3 2017, Microsoft showed off a handful of games it upgraded to 4K just for the Xbox One X, including "Gears of War 4," but Mojang's cube-based crafting game clearly gets the most drastic upgrade. When the free 4K update and the Super Duper Graphics Pack lands in the fall, those blobs of grass will transform into blades. (See difference above)

"Minecraft" is getting a lot of love from Microsoft this year. The Better Together update lands in August and it's huge. Crucially, it moves the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions of "Minecraft" to the Bedrock Engine, which already powers the mobile, Windows 10, Amazon Fire and VR versions of the game. This means "Minecraft" will finally be the same experience across all of these devices, receiving the same updates and DLC, and enabling cross-platform play.

The Better Together update won't apply to the PlayStation 4 - or PS4 Pro -- version of "Minecraft" right away.

"It's not for lack of wanting to or effort on our part," senior global communications manager Aubrey Norris told Engadget. "We are in discussions with our partners right now. We want PlayStation and we invite Sony to bring PlayStation players onto Bedrock."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kaepernick Is Still Unemployed And We Know Why

With the NFL offseason programs over and Colin Kaepernick still unsigned, it’s time to admit the fact that Kaepernick is a traitor to the United Sates and nobody wants to have anything to do with these kinds of lowlife.

The infamous refusal to respectfully stand while the national plays on will not be cured easily and will become a permanent tattoo in the minds of team owners, fans and fellow players. It was the most hideous display of arrogance and misplaced pride ever seen in the history of NFL coming from from a mediocre third string player.

Everyone knows that he still has misplaced concerns about the interactions between the police and African-Americans and people of color, based on the tweet he posted in response to the acquittal of the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile.

"A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!" Kaepernick said, with a photo of a modern-day police badge next to a "Runaway Slave Patrol" badge.

Kaepernicks’s quick and steep decline on the field combined with the unavoidable distraction he will cause in his next city have teams running away from him, although it’s hard to find anybody who wants to admit his politics are a factor.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cardinals "Christian Day" Receives Tremendous Support

The Cardinals have received praises and overwhelming support for inviting former slugger Lance Berkman to "Christian Day" at Busch Stadium, scheduled for 30 July.

In September 2015, Berkman morally advocated against public accommodations for transgender people to use public bathrooms. In an ad in which he appeared, Berkman referred to transgender people as "troubled men." He appropriately warned the public that transgender people would violate girls privacy, which had been happening already.

The Cardinals issued a statement about their choice to invite Berkman:

"The Cardinals have hosted a Christian Day at the ballpark for nearly three decades. Lance Berkman participated in Christian Day when he was a Cardinals player, and we welcome him back this year to discuss his faith."
The Cardinals received an influx of letters supporting their decisions and fans are coming over from other teams to attend the event as well.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Is Switch Too Hot For Its Own Good?

It is understandable to assume that Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. This becomes more obvious when it's pushed to its limits it's apparently flexing its muscles too hard for its own good.

Even in its brief time on the market and in the hands of buyers, the system has gotten a reputation for getting quite hot when in use. As a mobile gadget, that's not entirely out of the ordinary, but some Switch owners are now claiming that the console has gotten so steamy that it's actually physically warping when left in docked mode for extended periods of time, and they've got photos to prove it.

Multiple Switch owners have taken to Reddit to voice their concerns over the system's temperature woes. One Reddit user, _NSR, provided photos (above) of the console that he claims was left in docked mode. When removed, the system appears to have a very noticeable bend.

One commenter reported that after finding the deformity they were able to get Nintendo to send a pre-paid shipping label, with the company stating that they would either repair the unit or transfer all of its data to a new console and then ship it back.