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⚜ Rachael’s Realm ⚜ OWLs April TBR Game! [cc]


Hello beautiful people and welcome to my April Rachael’s Realm TBR Owls edition. So the Owls is run by G from Book Roast. It’s a Harry Potter based readathom that wants us to have particular careers that we do our Owls or our Newts to throughout the year. So I’m actually going for Spell maker and for this I actually need my aerithmancy, astronomy, charms, divination, history of magic and transfiguration. So I will let you know more about the prompts of those as we’re going through because I’m going to try to link these prompts with Rachael’s Realm that I pull out. So, we’ll see. So if this is the first time that you’re watching Rachael’s Realm you’ll notice that I have a map behind me. I’m building my Queendom. And here we have some additional challenges. So, I basically pull out some tokens from this bag and they are little location markers on my map of the High Queendom. And each of these location markers actually has a prompt on the other side, so it might be read an audiobook, read a book by a POC, read a queer author, this kind of thing. I also have specific tokens that are for ‘Roll the dice’, when I roll the dice I get these additional challenges. Now firstly, we’ve got to fill up the challenge board because I had quite a few last month. So let’s pull out some at random and see what my challenges are going to be to add to here. The first one is a book from a foreign land, or an author from a foreign land. The next one here is ‘Read every morning’. This is something that I don’t do but I need to do better at. And also I read more in the morning as well, so it’s important that I actually try to fit that time in there. An intimidating read. Yes, I’ve got quite a few of those on my shelves. And finally, outside of my comfort zone. I also, as always, want to take this moment in this monthly TBR to shout out my new patrons for this month. People who make this happen. Thank you so much for being there. Thank you for my little growing family, I love you very, very much and I’m very appreciative. So we have Heather, Adrian and Sophie. E-booked Witch, Chloe, Laurie, Hannah, Christy, and Anne. Sarah, Megan, Kira, Nicole, Mckenzie, another Kira, Vanessa, Rebel, Kayla, Emma and Abby. Just wow, that is a lot of people. 20, that’s 20. Thank you so much for being here. Like I really, really, really appreciate it. You make things like this happen. So without further ado, let’s pull out some tokens. Our first one is a Kindle book. So this is actually our Wizards apothecary cuz they’re the tech wizards. Let’s count how many Kindle reads I have that I actually need to read. One, two, three, four… Oh my gosh, not many at all. Maybe I need to add more Kindle books. Okay, let’s do a random number generator. Okay, and the number is 3, which means that I am reading Desperate Measures by Katee Robert. This was recommended to me by Riley Marie. It is a Jasmine Jafar smutty retelling. Also because that was an RNG, a random number generator, that actually covers one of my Owls prompts, which is divination. Number 2. Oh, a recent purchase, brilliant. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve just bought this 10th-anniversary edition, gorgeous. Can’t wait to get into it because I loved Elantris so much. We have the live show for that on April 2nd on my channel. So, I hope that you can make that because we have thoughts and I have got so much to kind of just fangirl about and also to discuss with people. This is the first in his Mistborn series, so it actually takes place on a different planet, but I’m hoping that the magic system stays the same. Like mathematical, scientific. Like reality based in that way. I can really imagine this magic system existing because of the way that he’s explained it. In Mistborn, actually, were following a number of people after the Dark Lord has won and the Dark Lord has like been in power for many years. And then there’s a band of misfits that come together, that actually try to take him down post triumph. I think the charge is led by a woman which is nice, I’m looking forward to a female lead, and we’ll just see. This book will also cover the prompts for my history of magic exam, which is to read a book that contains witches or wizards. Like magical type person beings. Number 3: ‘Millie picks’. Millie’s my little ragdoll kitten and I’m really glad that she gets to pick this one. Here we go, so for Millie’s pick I’ve chosen Lesson in Thorns, Crier’s War or Beyond The Black Door. Which one is it Millie? Any of them? My battery died, so here we are. Evidence. Thank you for your choice Millie. Number 4: ‘Highest rated’, nice. These are my dragons. One of the highest-rated books on my Goodreads’ shelf right now is Heartstopper Volume 3. I’m really excited to get back into the world of my boys again. This is a boy meets boy love story. It is super cute, the illustrations within are really expressive. It is a kind of drawn comic book, but it’s just so wholesome and heartwarming, and I’m really, really, really looking forward to this one. And what’s fantastic also is this has the word ‘heart’ on the cover, which covers my ancient rune prompt for having a heart, or the word heart, on the cover. Number 5 is: another recent purchase. This is excellent. I bought some books recently as you can tell from my 25-book March Book Haul. I have some books to read. Another recent purchase of mine was the audiobook Royal Assasin, and I’m reading this actually for the Elderlingalong, which is hosted by Becca, and I’m really, really eager to continue. Although it wasn’t my favorite reading the first one I probably gave it like a 4 star, just in comparison to Elantris. I am intrigued where it goes, and what happens with our characters. This is a very character-led classical fantasy, and we’re following a boy called Fitz who has the Witt. This means that he’s able to kind of connect consciously with other beings but he has a penchant for dogs. He’s able to like get into the mind of dogs and really understand them, but this power is not seen as a good power to have in his Kingdom. He’s also the bastard son of a prince, and he ends up actually being part of the castle and being trained as a royal assassin. We have little bits of white on the cover from the weapon thing that the horse is holding, so I’m counting it. It has some white on the cover, which means that it covers my charms prompt. Number 6… Oh lovely, a short read. This is a nice month. For this I have Open Earth, which is a polyamorous, space, smutty fantasy. That’s all I know. Wow, another highest-rated book. The sun is shining on me. You guys are absolutely mad because one of the highest-rated books on my Goodreads is House of Earth and Blood, Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. Im am actually going to be reading this with my Patreon people so I did actually plan to have this on my TBR. I have the gorgeous Waterstones’ edition with red sprayed edges. I love it so much just physically as it looks, I don’t know about the pages inside. We shall see. And this, because it has shape-shifters in it, can be used or for my transfiguration exam. If you would like to join me reading this then please go and sign up to be a Patreon below, and join us on our private discord channel and our live show discussing this. And our last one from the bag. This is a re-read. Ha, how lovely. I love it when I get to reread my faves. For this I’ve chosen a book that I’ve been talking about a little bit with my friends recently that I really wanted to re-read and that is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This is a beautiful middle-grade story about a witch that lives in the woods solitaire, on her own just with this cute little flying dragon and this like rock man that’s like a god. And every single year the neighboring protectorates, village, town-style thing, sacrifices a baby to this witch, but the witch is like ‘I don’t understand why every single year you’re giving me a new baby’. But she feeds the babies starlight, which gives them special, unique traits like beauty and grace and all that jazz. And then she gives it to another village. However, this year she accidentally feeds the baby moonlight instead of starlight and it magics the child, which means that she can’t give it to another neighboring village, and she has to look after her for herself. And the story follows them as she raises this young girl, but also follows the villagers as well. Some dark and terrible things start happening to them and they definitely blame the witch for it. It’s a story of mental health, of trauma. Slowly going mad. Of slowly losing your sense of self and also your memory as well. It’s really heartbreaking and beautiful and tragic, and I love it and I can’t wait to see what I can glean from it on a second read. I’m also going to be reading this book in the dark, which will cover my astronomy prompt. In March there was actually one book from my TBR that I did not complete. Only one though, which is really good. And that was Crier’s war by Nina Varela, and I was actually meant to be buddy-reading this with both Linda and Riley. I think that both of them have completed it now. Just the time escaped me and the Bookie Trials happened. So, for this I’m actually going to be rolling the dice, which is good because we don’t have any other Role the dice challenges here. And when I roll the dice we will see from this side which challenge I will be undertaking. Okay, so, for not reading Crier’s war, let’s see what the dice has in store. Uh, I think that might be number 17. Number 17 is ‘low expectations’, so a book I don’t expect a lot from. For that I’m going to go with Recursion by Blake Crouch. Now, I read Dark Matter and actually unhauled it because I thought I wasn’t ever going to re-read it. But I do kind of wish that it was on my shelves now because it is a book that I do kind of go back to. However, it was also still like a 3.5. I’m not too sure about Recursion, I don’t know where it will sit on that rating scale, but we’ll see. This probably another Sci-fi thriller, much like Dark Matter was. ‘What if someone could rewrite your entire life?’, that sounds a lot like Dark Matter. Who knows? Maybe it’s a sequel. I don’t know. I don’t think it is but we’ll see. Recursion will work for a book outside of my favorite genre considering my favorite genre is fantasy. So for that, I will actually complete my arithmancy exam. Oki-dokie, so these are the books that have been chosen for Rachael’s Realm April Owls edition. So including Desperate Measures and Royal Assassin, we have Recursion, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, The Final Empire, Heartstopper, Open Earth, Crescent City and A Lesson in Thorns. Beefy. And now for my favorite part actually is building up the map with the tokens that we’ve got. Thank you all so much for watching, please don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment. All that jazz. You can find me on Twitter, on Instagram and on Goodreads. My Patreon link is also down there in the description if you would like to support this and like to join my bookish family. I love you. Bye. Bye, bye, bye.

Nintendo Switch – Multiple Past 3D Super Mario Games Coming in HD + New Paper Mario RPG! (RUMOR)


What’s that everyone OJ here welcome
back to another video with today we’ve got a big one when it comes to
discussing a rumor about Super Mario on the Nintendo switch apparently since its
35th anniversary there’s going to be some big festivities when it comes to
rear elisa’s of previous games and new releases as well so according to various
different sites that we’re gonna get into Mario is coming back to the
Nintendo switch in a big way in 2020 now Nintendo will celebrate the 35th
anniversary in 2020 by releasing quote most of the series back catalog and
several other marking titles for switch of 42 VGC and Eurogamer reports now
according to the Eurogamer report the back catalog titles include a deluxe
version of Super Mario 3d World which will add quote an array of new levels
plus remasters of Super Mario Galaxy and a couple of other 3d Mario favorites
both reports claim a new entry in the Paper Mario series is also in the works
now I’m something to add with that a little bit is that apparently that
series is going back to its roots there are some reports that it’s not going to
be in the line of sticker star and Color Splash it’s going to be more in the line
of thousand-year door and the original Paper Mario now according to a VGC
report Super Mario 35th anniversary event was originally planned to take
place at e3 2020 in June which is now canceled but Nintendo is now reviewing
its plans in light of the ongoing CV pandemic the event would have also
revealed new details regarding Nintendo’s partnership with Universal
including the Super Nintendo World theme park attraction and the animated Super
Mario movie now Komatsu is also reporting that particularly in regards
to Super Mario 3d World deluxe a new Paper Mario title and
high-definition remasters of Super Mario 64 Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario
Galaxy now when contacted by VGC Nintendo said
quote it does not comment on rumor and speculation now we have a little bit of
an update as well to this story so VentureBeat has thrown their Mario hat
into the fray and says that quote Nintendo is pursue
something like a Super Mario all-stars – for the 3d Mario games
this would include Super Mario 64 Super Mario Sunshine and then Super Mario
Galaxy and some mild Alexei – it’s likely that 3d World may get its own
separate deluxe style release which is possible if the Oder 3d Mario games
could come in a single compilation it’s also likely that Nintendo released them
individually as it did with the Zelda remasters so I think that it’s a little
bit interesting they kind of throw that in there what are they gonna do they’re
gonna do like Mario 64 HD are they gonna do super mario sunshine HD Super Mario
Galaxy 1 HD from our galaxy 2 HD I don’t know I think it’s completely possible at
Nintendo does multiple collections and individual releases so we could see
something like Super Mario 64 and super mario sunshine HD bundled together and
then also Super Mario Galaxy 1 and super model galaxy 2 bundled together in a
collection and then we see something like of course the new Super Paper Mario
or just not Super Mario but just new Paper Mario game that’s going back to
its roots apparently we get that by itself $6 release and then we also get
like let’s say Super Mario 3d World deluxe that has new content everything
like they’ve been doing with other Wii U ports so there could be a heavy dose of
Mario in multiple different ways shapes and forms what I think is not gonna
happen but some people have already tried to speculate is okay they’re gonna
put super mario sunshine through mario 64 somewhere i’ll galaxy 1 and also
super mario galaxy 2 all in one package for 60 bucks
I don’t think Nintendo is going to be doing that considering the amount of
time that they probably spent remastered in all of those different games and it’s
going to be interesting because the way that Nintendo remasters on how they
define it is a little bit different so some of these could be even bigger than
what we think what if it’s not just Super Mario 64
looking pretty what if they actually remake it like they did Xenoblade
Chronicles definitive edition what if some of those are that that could be the
big kicker in all this everyone’s kind of reporting remaster and thinking it’s
going to be the exact same looking just you know HD 1080p or whatever the case
is which could be it I’m not trying to sit there and say that it’s not that but
what if they kind of go back and remake some of them to where it actually looks
drastically better like what if they actually remade sunshine and it looks
really good or they actually remade Marlo since
before I mean it could be that because here’s the thing guys yes we’ve had you
know multiple different Mario games already come out on the Nintendo switch
with Mario maker and also we have New Super Mario Bros new Deluxe Super Mario
asti but that Nintendo EAD Mario team is
pretty big and they’ve been done with a lot of projects for a while now they’ve
had time to create a lot of stuff so I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these or
a couple of these is actually like a remake so what I drastically improve the
graphics in the game and they add in way more content to make it kind of feel way
more fresh than what you would expect now if you remember Super Mario
all-stars which was a fantastic collection on the Super Nintendo that
actually was one of the first three masters out there right because they
took the original Mario Bros games on the NES and made them look way better
they added more colors the graphics look better it was definitely an upgrade over
that you know we didn’t see it that way but that’s what it was back then so I’m
really looking forward to seeing what they do here and if it’s just like hey
it’s these games in 1080p and modernize with the controls and everything that’s
cool I’d be completely fine with that I’m a huge fan of the Mario games
I love the galaxy games those are my favorite games of all time or some of my
favorite games of all time much to say galaxy one and especially galaxy two and
this would be for me at least this would be my time to finally see if I might
like Super Mario Sunshine right I played it back in the day and I didn’t think it
was like the worst game ever anything I just did it loved it so if they do fix
the game like if you get Super Mario Sunshine and 1080p 60 frames for a
second with the camera controls fixed and much improved in terms of controls
and everything I think people are going to absolutely love that game I think
it’s gonna turn into something that’s like wait a minute this game was
actually pretty good like really really really good in terms of the design and
the idea so I’m expecting that to happen the Super Mario Sunshine I’m expecting a
lot of people to change their minds when it comes to Super Mario Sunshine if they
do bring it to the Tendo schools because all this of course is rumor but at the
same time man this stuff has been going around for a while this has been so many
different websites that are reporting this I mean at this point it would
somewhat have to be true in my opinion and of course I’ve heard things as well
it’s just something that I think that is probably going to be happening here
another thing that I want to talk about is Paper Mario I think that Paper Mario
going back to the roots we have some reports from various different websites
there as well and this would honestly be the best thing for Paper Mario but I
think at some point Nintendo needed to listen to what the fans were saying
because fans have been telling them literally for how long now since they
started doing that sticker star stuff it’s been nearly what six seven eight
years or something like that people have been begging them pretty much just like
saying please Nintendo go back to what you did before and with alpha dream and
the Mario Luigi series the RPG series being done with Nintendo pretty much
being done in terms of separating development between their mobile
platforms with like let’s just say their handheld more like it handheld platforms
and their home consoles with it being one now you don’t have to worry about oh
well it’s too much like the one game that we have on there which is their
excuse for turning Paper Mario into whatever it was turned into this weird
action-adventure sticker starring gimmicky type of thing that they’ve been
doing for a while now so I think that if they went back to the roots that’s when
you’re gonna see paper mario blowup I think Paper Mario was gonna become
extremely popular way more popular than it was before because it’s been a long
time since we’ve gotten that if they do like a sequel to thousand-year door or
it’s a spiritual successor to that type of game or if it’s in that vein with the
great writing that they have and also the great combat and mechanics and
development I think it’s going to blow up I think people are going to play this
game like crazy kind of almost like Animal Crossing
we knew that game was super popular but it’s blown up even more because of the
situation because what’s going on and because of how long it’s taken between
though that animal constant and the last Animal Crossing so I think that’s what’s
gonna happen with Paper Mario even though we’ve gotten one not too long ago
but the real Paper Mario that people have been wanting for a long time so I
can see that game blowing up even bigger and being a big hall in a title if it’s
marketed right in everything and especially if it’s as good as the
thousand-year door I can see that being the big one but also these remasters
with Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy – those are huge games those are
triple eight whatever the heck you want to call them highest of quality those
are some of the best rated games of all time those Mario games and guys I hate
to say this bad but I think that they’re gonna be pretty
much be perfect at this point because the only issue that I had with Super
Mario Galaxy one as well gadget 2 is the forest motion control that’s the only
issues that I had and now that you removed before it’s motion control you
improve the graphics and all that you improve probably the frame rate maybe
they get that going at 60 frames smooth and everything like that which the game
was already running at great frame rate and smoothie but like that you can get
it better 1080p and not having to do like motion controls not forced because
you have to be able to play an important mode and everything oh man that would be
amazing I mean I can see that getting 10 out of 10 from everywhere there really
wouldn’t be too much wrong with the game then there’d be really nothing wrong
with the game unless you just want the progression and the more of the linear
nature of it compared to the sandbox Mario games but if you’re going into it
we’re just saying hey I’m gonna rate it for what it is in terms of the game and
the controls and the levels and all that it’s a 10 I mean I already thought it
was like a 10 before yeah but it’s like a super tad now and it’s an 11 out of 10
so man I’m excited to see what they do and kind of what’s going on here but it
would be really cool I mean it would be really cool if this did happen and
hopefully we see some more when it comes to Mario’s 35th anniversary I like it
though they did a big one for the 30th anniversary on the Wii they had a bunch
of different games kind of put together in terms of the old-school Mario games
so I can see this happening them so what are you guys as thoughts on all this
when it comes to Nintendo’s huge Super Mario Party that’s supposed to be going
down in 2020 let me know your thoughts in the comment section below alright
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King of the table [Pongfinity]

March 31, 2020 | Articles | No Comments


Today we are playing king of the table The winner stays on, first to 11 points wins And there’s a special rule if you win 3 points in a row Lets go! Two same colors start You start What happened there Are you okay I could say that’s there’s not enough room here Are you sure you don’t want to come on this side I think I’m good thanks I need to get my first point That’s how you do it! Where did that come from
Should never play to Otto’s backhand No my own spin That was my third in a row Special rule! Only forehand because your backhand is so overpowered You saw that footwork? Yeah when Otto has to do footwork he can do footwork Well that was my sixth in a row Should there be another special rule? Yeah double special rule! Right hand and only forehand There’s no chance I’m gonna wint this point I had to go for it Pardon Two times in a row Don’t give me there It feels like I’ve said that before Don’t give me there Don’t give me there That’s the biggest
mistake you can make This is unbelievable! There’s nothing you can do! Not even with the sorry point Now that I deserve
I deserve that one What was that block? Match point! Another match point I also needed one You deserve that Emil Probably yeah! So today the king of the table was the Sensei Congratulations!
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Nintendo Switch 2020 Games Outlook – Major 1st Party Titles & Potential Surprises!


What’s good everyone OJ here welcome
back to another video today we’re gonna be talking about Nintendo’s outlook for
2020 going over some of the big games that I wanted to discuss further and
just talk about what could be coming out for the second half especially with
these rumors going around with Mario and the such so let’s just go to give a
little recap of what we’ve already gotten here first and that is Tokyo
Mirage sessions pokemon mystery dungeon Animal Crossing new horizons all of
those games are out and are great and Animal Crossing new horizons is one of
the best games that I’ve ever played in that style seriously there’s no combat
or anything like that but you just find yourself playing it over and over and
day after day after day kind of going at your own pace and just continuously
getting things and playing the game it really is very addictive it’s selling
extremely well so I really loved what they did to Animal Crossing releasing
that in March was perfect for the game I think that a lot of people are having
fun at this point a lot of quarantines going on you can just sit there and play
Animal Crossing all day so I do love that game also Tokyo Mirage distance was
absolutely awesome at the beginning of the year as well but what can we look
forward to what else is intended planning for 2020 we got a little
snippet of it after the Tendo direct mini where they showed up a bunch of
cool third-party games like burnout paradise
we also have the trails of cold steel game coming King’s bounty 2 coming in
2020 there’s a lot of different games that Nintendo showed off and I think
that the big one out of that was a xenoblade chronicles definitive edition
which I’ve already talked about multiple times on this channel since we got that
Nintendo Direct mini recently but I did want to say May 29th that is the date
for this game this is a must-play remake for the Nintendo switch yes
remake for the Nintendo switch of the original game monolith soft put their
all into the original Xenoblade Chronicles and it is a little rough
around the edges on the Wii and the new Nintendo 3ds and of course if you play
the backwards compatibility or we download on the Wii U it’s a little
rough it’s still the same game bear but it seems like they’re taking all of the
feedback and kind of taking what they can do with the game the UI menu text
all that good stuff and they’re just sharpening it up they’re making it look
so much better the game’s graphics looks so much better it’s way more clear it is
going to be event kostik game so if you have not played
Xenoblade yet this is definitely the place to start I know a lot of you guys
have checked out Xenoblade 2 or saw the game we weren’t sure if you want to get
into that because it’s the second one now we have the first one on the
Nintendo switch I think that it’s going to be a hit on there it’s gonna be a lot
of fun so make sure you guys check out xenoblade chronicles definitive edition
may 29th not a bad one-two punch pretty much at
the end of March with Animal Crossing New Horizons and then into xenoblade
chronicles definitive edition on May 29th but let’s talk about this just a
little bit more right because we do have some other games like Trials of mana
that are coming out in April and all of that but I think that May is an
interesting month because once again Xenoblade but also because of some of
the other games that we have here Borderlands the legendary collection and
Bioshock the release dates for those games are on May 29th so we’re getting
all of those Kings xenoblade three Borderlands games and also three
Bioshock games on May 29th and to me that’s awesome that’s providing so much
variety cuz I everybody’s gonna be into the JRPG not everyone’s gonna be into a
shooter RPG and then Bioshock is like its own little thing when it comes down
to how that game play so there’s a lot of variety for people out there but for
me Borderlands the legendary collection that I’m actually really excited to play
because they talked about it recently the people who are developing this game
it’s a developer that I never heard about but it seems like they’re doing
some quality work there they’re called turn me up which is an interesting and
cool name for a development studio and they talked about recently they say that
they’ve worked tirelessly with 2k in gearbox to bring these games over to
Nintendo’s switch it’s gonna be in full 1080p 30 frames per second with no
downgrading of the art assets at all and it includes all of the game of the year
stuff and DLC things that are in the game and check this out it’s got motion
controls all the Nintendo switch as well so they built that into their May 29th
I’m looking forward to maybe checking that out I might want to play some
Borderlands with some motion control on there but Borderlands the pre-sequel
that’s a game that I’ve never beat Borderlands 2 I’ve beat that game
Borderlands 1 beat that but I haven’t played through all the different
scenarios and different types of characters and plural lands to so I
definitely want to go through that game and play it again especially with a lot
of the ninja here in the village we can get some Borderlands game nights going
on so that’s gonna be and a lot of fun as well Nintendo
finally gets its debut from the Bioshock franchise which is also really good and
I think that BioShock Infinite that is gonna be a killer for people to play and
of course Bioshock one that’s always a classic that started the whole thing and
I think that some people probably under eight Bioshock – it’s not as bad as some
people make it out to be so two really good collections six games in total and
also with Xenoblade at seven games that are coming out on May 29th that is a lot
for people to go out there and play now I want to talk about some of the other
games but gotta have like a blanket 2020 then get into some of the bigger games
that we’ve talked about before or that are rumored but we could see resurfaced
in the second half for Nintendo so no more heroes three that’s a game that
looks really good we’ve got multiple trailers on that game but we actually
need to see some gameplay still set for 2020 but I’m looking forward to that one
gravy default to was a demo out right now on the Nintendo switch a shop and
stop what you’re doing but no still watch this video but stop what you’re
doing afterwards okay after you’re done watching this and go download the demo
the demo is absolutely fantastic it is a great RPG
fantastic voice acting fantastic gameplay really in-depth a lot of
different strategies that you can use it is a fun game it doesn’t hold your hand
in the demo they want you to use all the different strategies there’s super
bosses in there there is a regular boss battle for you to play there’s some side
quests for you to do great demo and we can give them feedback afterwards kind
of let them know like hey this is what you need to touch up or not then we’ll
probably get another demo which transfers over to the main game so
really looking forward to playing bravely default that is 2020 and
remember that is Square etics and their team’s kind of working on that team
asano and everything but Nintendo is publishing that as a first party game
here in the West so that’s awesome as well know Jolla that’s gonna be a
free-to-play game that we found out and they got a brand new like CG trailer
that they just put out which is pretty crazy and people are excited about the
characters and personality in in Java after seeing Matt but free-to-play so
we’ll see how they micro transaction or monetize that game but you don’t need to
intend to switch online to play that game so if you don’t have them to switch
online you can still play it you don’t have to have that so awesome stuff there
that’s going to move into these next games here that haven’t been set for
2020 but have been rumored and a lot of people have been talking
about them so we’re talking about playing out of three every single time
that they talked about this game hey everything’s going good when an asshole
chain came out hey everything’s going good I’ll bait at at three and I think
that this is finally the year that they show off made it in three and what this
game is about I think it’s gonna be revolutionary Bayonetta is my favorite
action game franchise of all time it’s hard for me to play any other action
games because Bayonetta is just that good still to this day how many years
later you know ten years later Bayonetta to me is still the queen of
action game so the queen and king of action games when it comes down to a
beta – is my favorite action game of all time absolutely love it so I think beta
3 is going to be mind-blowing when they show it off and I think it’s gonna be
2020 cinema got my 10 say 5 the game was announced way too early because guess
what it’s Atlas full production on that game started in 2018 so we’re going on
more than a year or full production so it does seem like we could see something
mid this year or late this year maybe for 2020 release 2 to 3 year development
cycle from initial concept planning in 2017 does seem like they might be having
that game ready to go and show off maybe they show it off starting this summer
and it releases in the fall not really sure but that could be a game that
Nintendo really promotes and gets up there to be one of their big titles –
brand-new big Shin Megami Tensei game exclusive on the Nintendo switch that’s
definitely worth promoting and showing off more next up is the fable Metroid
Prime trilogy HD everyone is waiting for this one here look guys I think it’s
going to happen but we just gotta wait and see what’s going on with Metroid
Prime for that’s what screwed this one up was Metroid Prime for getting
scrapped and canned in terms of the original development team but Bandai
Namco and being moved over to retro studios I think once they have something
to show us on Metroid Prime for I think we can finally see what they’re gonna
show us for Metroid Prime trilogy HD and finally get some Metroid Love on the
Nintendo switch now next up after this guy’s is Legend of Zelda breath of the
wild sequel now there is plenty of speculation that this is going to be a
2020 game but there’s a lot of people who think it’s gonna be 2021 and I’m
probably gonna do a whole separate video on this guys but I don’t think that
there’s any set terms of date with this game just yet there’s a target but they
want to hit but Legend of Zelda games will launch when they’re ready to launch
so I think that the release date is when ready so if it’s ready in 2020 and they
can get it going and get it out then I’ll be 2020 but if it’s not ready in
2020 and they have more stuff they need to do or other things that they need to
add in in order to make it a better game then it’s gonna be 2021 there is no set
lock there’s a target I’m pretty sure that they’re aiming for but they need to
make sure that the game is ready so I’ll talk about that in a whole separate
video but yeah legend sell that breath of the wild sequel launches when it’s
ready to go but it is possible for 20 20 or 20 21 maybe they want to do an
anniversary thing in March they did launch Animal Crossing back in March so
they’re not afraid to launch big titles in March so it could be March 2021 but
we don’t know at this point we’re gonna have to wait in see now the final thing
that I want to talk about is the video that we discussed talked about it in a
live stream we also talked about in a separate video that I did recently and
that is this super mario HD collection rumored game so this is going to be
multiple different games here right we have mario 64 that’s going to be an HD
we have a Super Mario Sunshine that’s gonna be an HD Super Mario Galaxy 1
Super Mario Galaxy 2 and also Super Mario 3d World deluxe it’s gonna get
that deluxe tribute where they’re gonna add in new levels and other things like
that plus we also got a brand new Paper Mario this is all based on the rumors
here and I think that with the 35th anniversary that is upon us I think that
that can definitely happen we’re gonna get some type of Mario games when it
comes to HD versions and this is just something that so many people reported
on and I understand being skeptical or whatever the case is but Nintendo has
been porting games to Nintendo switch and I think Nintendo is honestly looking
to make the switch the best Nintendo system of all time when it comes to
content they’re looking to get as much content as they can from their biggest
and baddest franchises and even get older games over on the Nintendo switch
in terms of blood they’ve done and if Nintendo brings over all of these
different 3d Mario games in HD I’m pretty sure most people who have held
out on getting a switch at this point will go out there and buy a switch with
these games and that could be the big holiday games in my opinion as well we
can just see this rush of Mario which always sells systems and yes Super Mario
Galaxy 1 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 in HD remastered and they make it much better
in term things that’s gonna be a system seller
for many people because those were some of the best 3d mario games of all time
so I can definitely see it in Tendo tapping into that base and why not at
this point the 35th anniversary of the Nintendo switch Nintendo’s Mario team
what have they been doing since Odyssey it could easily have been all of these
games here in terms of remastering them and getting them ready to go on the
Nintendo switch for the 35th anniversary and if you remember 10 years ago on the
25th anniversary they did do a collection of the older games put out on
the Nintendo Wii so we’ll see what they have here maybe they’re trying to up
their game quite a bit with the Nintendo switch now that you have portable
development and home console development and one does seem like that could be
likely so what are you guys as thoughts on my outlook for 2020 I’m looking
forward to a number of these games I think there’s going to be even more
surprises for us that we don’t know about as well and there’s probably some
games that I missed too so you guys can let me know about all of that and the
comments section below alright guys that wraps up this video here check out the
link in description we’ve got Twitter gonna give us a follow on there make
sure you like comment and subscribe and share this video if you can thank you
guys so much for watching and we’ll catch you for the next one
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Top 10 New PC Games For April 2020

March 31, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 1 Comment

Top 10 New PC Games For April 2020


Video games! Now more than ever, they’re a dependable
source of entertainment and escapism. At the end of last year you could look to
April, blissfully unaware about the oncoming state of the world, and worry that there were
just far too many PC games coming out to get through in the short amount of time you have
between working and sleeping in the late-stage capitalist nightmare world we live in. But, now that coronavirus is here, a lot of
us who are more fortunate are working from home, and April is just around the corner…
there’s f*ck-all coming out, isn’t there? Well, not quite! A few of April’s most anticipated releases,
like Cyberpunk 2077, have since been delayed, it’s true, but we still have a few big chunky
titles coming next month, just not as many. This means that our upcoming April releases
spotlight is going to err more on the side of indie than triple-A, but I have a good
eye for good indie games, so you can rest assured that while you might not have heard
of some of these games before, they’re absolute treats that you’re sure to enjoy. Onto the list, shall we? The Resident Evil 2 remake last year knocked
everyone’s collective socks off, both because of how genuinely fantastic it was and because
Mr. X–blasting through the walls at any given moment like the Kool-Aid Man if he got filled
up with concrete and became a noir detective–was f*cking terrifying. But let me tell you, if you thought a honking
big cinder block in a trilby was the epitome of horror, just you wait until you get a look
at the Hellraiser-esque, veiny nightmare fuel that is Nemesis, the roaming antagonist of
this year’s Resident Evil 3 remake, the original of which was my Resident Evil game,
and was responsible for giving me the coolest nightmares ever. From the gameplay we’ve seen in the recently-released
demo, it’s received the same treatment as last year’s remake, adopting an over-the-shoulder
perspective instead of retaining the tension-building but ultimately very clunky fixed-perspective
camera and tank controls. I’d go on some frenzied rant about how great
those fixed perspectives were at adding atmosphere, and, “How dare they change the thing I like
it was much better in the old days,” but I did dip back into Resi 3 near the end of
last year and y’all, it really doesn’t hold up. And take a look at the Nemesis! The early promo shots weren’t exactly flattering,
but here he looks even more horrible but in a good way than he did in the original! His face is melting off the side of his sodding
bicep! Jesus. I’m dreadfully excited for when it comes
to Steam on the 3rd of April. I, like a seemingly vast majority of people,
had honestly lost all hope and/or interest in Fallout 76. It had a catastrophe of a launch, and in the
two years following it have seen such ridiculous sh*t as players being able to spawn the Brotherhood
of Steel’s airship from Fallout 4 into the map while on public servers, all of the nuclear
silos in the game suffering from their own equivalent to Y2K and breaking when we made
it into 2020, and in-game civil wars between those who do and don’t have a $13/mo Fallout
1st subscription, which allegedly fosters a pay-to-win environment and locks much-requested
private servers behind another paywall beyond the retail cost of the game. But I’m a huge sucker, so, a part of me
wants to see if Fallout 76 Wastelanders and its introduction of actual walking talking
NPCs with quests to give you and conversations to have with actually does something to upset
that negative track record. Yes, Fallout: New Vegas is my favourite modern-day
Fallout game so I shouldn’t really get my hopes up about this at all. But even in the Bethesda Game Studios-developed
Fallout games, the NPCs and the stories they have to tell are still absolutely stellar
in a lot of ways, so there’s every chance that Wastelanders actually transforms it into
a game that I find compelling. Hell, the Fallout 76 community are doing a
lot of interesting things even with the game as it currently is, so who knows? I just want to believe, you know? I don’t want games to be bad, I want them
to be good! We’ll see. The Gears Of War franchise didn’t have the
most spectacular start when it came to spin-off games. More like Funko Plop. Haaahahahahahaahaahaha. But there are no amorphous plastic blobs in
sight in Gears Tactics, which looks genuinely a lot like XCOM (and not just because it’s
a tactical turn-based affair) but if one of the blocky-armoured and really unlucky soldiers
was voiced by John DiMaggio. What separates it a touch from XCOM is, apparently,
being able to stand out in the open, waving your arms about, and calling enemy locust
forces sh*theads. That’s the teenage edge so essential to
the franchise which lacks rather a bit in Gears Pop, for example, probably because here,
there’s a more active involvement in development from The Coalition, who have been at the helm
of the series since Gears 4. There’s not really much else to be said
about Gears Tactics, at least for now. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being
pretty much what it says on the tin. Perhaps we’ll get a little more information
between now and its release on the 28th of April? Alder’s Blood looks edgy as f*ck. Turns out God is dead and he’s just a big
floating corpse with all his guts strewn out and all these spindly arms sticking out instead
of wings, and because of that there’s all this nasty Lovecraftian sh*t running about
the place that you, a Chief of a clan of a new class of human called Hunters, have to
go and mess that nasty Lovecraftian sh*t up with some nets and rocks. How f*cking dire. Alder’s Blood feels in a similar wheelhouse
to Darkest Dungeon. Existentially, things are all messed up, and
you have to manage and order around a group of people trying their best to un-mess-up
everything, but they’re probably going to die before that happens. That’s quite nihilistic, but expected given
one of the game’s big themes is that God is dead and we have killed him; mister wots-his-face
in the trailer who’s gone a bit barmy having found this out even has a moustache to rival
ol Fredrich Nietzche’s. The big difference here is that it’s tactical-strategy
with a huge emphasis on stealth; primarily because all of that aforementioned nasty Lovecraftian
sh*t is a lot, lot nastier than you or your squishy hunters are. It seems like there’s a lot to Alder’s
Blood, and unlike the turn-based combat of Darkest Dungeon which never really suited
me much, this tactical stuff is way more my jam, so I’ll absolutely be giving Alder’s
Blood a crack when it releases on the 10th of April. What if HAL-9000 was the AI of a deep-sea
exploration suit with a xenobiologist trapped inside it, and also wasn’t a genocidal dickhead? That’s the question In Other Waters perhaps
unintentionally answers, because who the f*ck would ask that question, but here we are. I’ve already given In Other Waters a look
as part of our Rezzed Digital coverage, which you’ll see the card for now, and let me
tell you, it’s beautifully serene and inspiring of a great deal of curiosity. Your only means of communicating with Ellery,
who has been sent to a planet to explore its sea floor, is by indicating a yes, or a no. That’s because you’re a robot, of sorts,
and your time is spent on the far more crucial task of scanning nearby lifeforms, collecting
strange samples, and navigating through the blue and yellow minimalistic depths of a planet
described to you in sometimes even poetic prose. It’s absolutely wonderful, it is. There’s not much more I can say for now
besides, “It’s pretty,” and, “I really like it,” so if you want to get your scientist
on down where it’s better and wetter, just do nothing besides sleep for the next three
days and wake up to In Other Waters’s release on the 3rd of April. HyperParasite oozes garish, 80’s pastiche. I say that as a compliment, because I’m
a hopeless lover of the aesthetic. You’re an alien parasite hell-bent on absolutely
destroying the human race, and you do that by snatching different host bodies of characters
with varying different abilities and stats, and try to achieve that genocidal desire via
violent roguelike twin-stick combat. So far, we only have a release announcement
trailer to work from, but I can absolutely tell you about three things I like the look
of right off the get-go. One is that one of your potential host bodies
looks remarkably like Mr T, all-round badass and genuinely awesome IRL person. I’m a bit heartbroken that T’s body is
being used and abused John Carpenter’s The Thing-style, but excited that I indirectly
get to play as him. The second is the great big honking businessman
robot with rocket feet and a giant hand that’s got gun fingers on it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better
physical representation of Capitalis– The third is how fluid it all looks. Interesting upgrade systems and spins on roguelike
mechanics are always very interesting to try out, but the most important thing about a
game where you’ll be doing a lot of the same thing over and over is that the core
experience feels good to play. Right now I can only comment on the visuals,
but it looks smooth? We’ll know for sure when the game comes
out on the 3rd of April. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is a, surprise,
disaster survival game about the survivors in the wake of a massive earthquake destroying
a city. You have to try and escape that city, finding
safe routes and additional survivors in collapsed buildings, cleaning yourself to keep your
stress levels low, peeing for the same reason, and you can customise your character with
a bunch of different hairstyles and clothing items. It’s been out in Japan since November 2018,
but getting a release worldwide on the 7th of April. Or at least, that was the initial release
date, it’s now listed on Steam as coming out in “Early 2020.” I can’t possibly imagine why this game about
trying to survive after a cataclysmic and almost apocalyptic event might be getting
delayed. One of the inconsequential things about Blade
Runner that always got me curious was what it was like driving the hover cars everywhere. I mean, how the hell do roads work in the
sky? I guess that’s what planes do, but there
aren’t usually enough planes up above the clouds for one to cut another up and trigger
a frenzied series of honking your… do planes have horns…? Cloudpunk is a game literally all about that,
you driving around in a horizontally vast and vertically depth-defying cyberpunk city
as a courier for a, quote, “semi-illegal,” company called Cloudpunk. So for all the other dorks out there, don’t
worry, the thing where somebody in the thing says the name of the thing happens pretty
early on. There’s not just driving, though, there’s
plenty of walking in amongst the towering neon skyscrapers and foggy god rays of street
lamps. Matthew sat with some of the developers of
Cloudpunk for a guided playthrough last year at EGX Berlin, you can check out that jazzy
18-minute chunk of gameplay by clicking the card in the corner of the screen, and it looks
incredibly promising, with a blocky voxel art style that collides with realistic lighting
physics and particle effects in such a way that it really compliments the neo-retro setting. Cue plenty of future-honking and dystopic
pile-ups on the 23rd of April. On a to-be-confirmed day in April this year,
Mojang will be doing what a lot of other developers featured in this video are also doing and
answering a question nobody thought to ask but everybody is now curious about; what if
Minecraft was Diablo? As it turns out, it looks like it could be
quite good, actually. The UI is suitably blocky, you can wear a
wolf’s head on top of your head, all of the dungeons and environments are, unsurprisingly,
Minecraft-y, but if you were playing with one of those gorgeous lighting shaders turned
on, and uh… well, it looks like if Minecraft was Diablo. Or does it look more like if Diablo is Minecraft? Where does it appear to lie on the spectrum
between Minecraft and Diablo to you, dear viewer? Let us know in the comments. In theory, I think Moving Out is loads of
fun. Working together with your mates to shift
furniture from a house into the back of a van in the quickest and most efficient way
possible can be quite viscerally satisfying, like trying to carry all of the shopping bags
back into your house in a single trip. In practice, that experience can also become
a nightmare of unimaginable anguish the second you introduce a man who likes Toblerones and
gets bad heartburn into the mix [big text on the screen reading, “My Boss Matthew
Castle”] who proceeds to just start chucking cans of beans through unopened windows and
eating all of the baguette before it makes it through the front door. [mumbles] I feel like I might’ve lost track
of this metaphor… Anyway. That’s pretty much what Moving Out is. Developers SMG Studio have basically done
an Overcooked but instead of shouting at your friends while trying to cook ten different
burgers, you’re shouting at your friends while you’re trying to fit a fridge through
a door. There’s a range of cute characters to choose
from–including a wheelchair user which is such a great and simple way of highlighting
that people with physical disabilities are just as capable of manual labour as the rest
of us–and it’s got a really pleasant, brightly-coloured art style that makes it really easy to identify
things you need to see. Having had the chance to play Moving Out,
I’m really looking forward to seeing other people enjoy the game too when it comes to
PC on the 28th of April. Despite April being a little bit dry for huge
releases, there’s still quite a lot of interesting stuff going on in games this month. Funnily enough, given everything going on
in the world, a lot of them feel oddly fitting, like some sick display of Jungian synchronicity. But nevertheless, they all look like really
compelling experiences that I for one can’t wait to dip into. What are your favourites in this list? Did we miss any juicy ones that you have your
eyes on? Let us know in the comments section, and on
your way down there, why not give this video a like and subscribe to Rock Paper Shotgun
for more like it? Cheers very much for watching, and hopefully
see you again soon!

Rawisode 10: Crashing is part of the Game

March 31, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Rawisode 10: Crashing is part of the Game


ok that’s not how it works alright looks better sensationell new Demo this is “chief style” *what* this here here’s a restraining bar look at this I now do 7 training runs and 2 qualifying runs hello hello hello fog here we go the number 1 world champion yes awesome Dude you’re such a fool Pretty tricky without a trackwalk Fabio, next time we do a trackwalk No Welcome in Windischgarsten for the austrian downhill champs It’s gonna be awesome. New bike too the new Specialized Demo Sworks Pretty sick bike, there’ll probably be a bike check on my YouTube too but now let’s ride downhill have fun with this rawisode dude, the weather sucks calm down *thank you* no problem today is going well I’ll now set a new track record thank you All the best Fabio thank you yeah sensationell Ok guys, after some problems yesterday, let’s try it again today and see how it goes that was not bad hey how is it? awesome to ride it’s too slippery for me you are way faster here do you know what the problem is Fabio? that you are so ugly no, that you are so ugly pretty close move ha!? thank you close move now last trainings run Steve aka Streckencobra is sitting in front of me play something Are you looking for trouble? I can not help it pre race preperation Ok guys, now it’s time for the final race run luckily I’m allowed to take the gopro with me I’m already a little bit nervous but yeah… all or nothing there are some fans one last time to hop out is my GoPro running? yes he risked everything, that’s how it should be that was a sick crash make some noise for Fabio Wibmer he risked it all unfortunately the reigning champ can’t defense his title ok guys, that was one of my hardest crashes so far I’m happy that I didn’t get hurt it’s definitely a bummer but as I said before, all or nothing I hope you enjoyed it and until next time. ciao

The Granblue Fantasy Scandal’s Aftermath (and also Japanese Social Games)


Welcome to the Bilinguist. Today, I would
like to talk about Japanese social games. Again. Specifically, I would like to talk about the
aftermath of Granblue Fantasy’s gacha scandal. For those of you who would like quick background
information on the topic of Japanese social games and the concept of gacha, or egg capsules
before we begin, please refer to my previous video about this incident. The link will be
provided in both the video and the description. As a refresher for your memory, the Granblue
Fantasy scandal was one of the major games that had recently been hit with refund requests
from players in Japan for various reasons, but the reason that Granblue got so much attention
was the way the gacha system was set up to work. In gacha, or egg capsule machines, there are
usually several layers of rarity for the characters or cards that you can roll. Usually, a machine
is split into say, 3 tiers. For the common tier, it might be a 80% chance to roll a common
card. Let’s call the second tier “rare”. Rare would be something like 15%. Which leaves
the third super rare tier, 5%. Now, normally, these systems would split the chance to roll
amongst the tier equally, so let’s say there are 10 super rare characters. Divide 5% by
10, and you have a 0.5% chance to roll any specific super rare character. In Granblue Fantasy’s case, this was the norm
for the most part, or at least, it was until the new year event, when the Zodiac character,
Antilla, was introduced. According to the player conducted surveys, new characters have
a 10% chance to be obtained when the correct rarity is hit. However, the truth was, Antilla’s
rates were set much lower than the other new characters Justes and Beatrice, who were both
new characters of the same rarity introduced in the same event. Parsing through quite a few player surveys,
it was clear that Justes and Beatrice had rates around 10% and were similar in the amount
of times they appeared, but Antilla had a much lower rate compared to them, 1% to 3%
by player estimates. This sparked flames amongst the playerbase about misleading advertising,
and several Twitter posts gained overnight traction, leading to trending keywords such
as “70�� no monkey”, which was about a player who spent 700,000 yen but failed to
obtain Antilla, and the verb “Guraburu”, which originally meant to play Granblue, but later
was transformed into a verb for mocking people who continued paying for the in-game items
and currency. When I made my previous video, the incident
was still… in its infantile stage. Since then, social game law journalist Ichirou Yamamoto
has made several submissions to the Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency to lobby for stricter
laws and tightening the rules surrounding social gaming. Not only has the Granblue scandal
managed to headline Yahoo news, it was also covered by Yomiuri Shinbun and became a topic
of discussion on Mezamashi TV, which is a morning talk show for societal problems. To put that into perspective, these incidents
were previously unexposed to the mass public, because well, the fans kept to themselves.
At one point, spending money on whatever game they were playing was actually brought up
as a sign of how “dedicated” they were, and games like [email protected] were described as players
simply fighting each other with stacks of money. For the practices of these games to
be viewed as an actual evil and anti-consumer, and actually reported by the mass media is
actually the exception to the rule, and the last time this happened was when the completion
gacha law was put into place in 2012. So what’s the big deal then? What’s happened
as a result of this incident hitting the public? Well, suddenly extremely awkward moments like
seeing the Granblue commercial on TV aside, the Japanese government has made a move. To start with, the Consumer Affairs Agency
has called a meeting to announce a new levy system regarding the act against Unjustifiable
Premiums and Misleading Presentations, or the Premiums and Representations Act. More
to the point, it seems that a fine system will be put into place to punish companies
that misrepresent their products, and the meetings will be taking place until the end
of March and the changes will be enacted in April, so unfortunately I don’t have the details
just yet. However, it’s clear that they’re not joking
around, because since the meetings started, several moves have been made. On the 19th
of February, JOGA, the Japan Online Game Association has changed its guidelines for participating
members and changed the details of gacha rate representation. That’s slightly off topic
since Cygames isn’t a part of JOGA, and we’ll probably touch on JOGA in the future. But
right now, let’s focus on how this fine system has forced Cygames’ hand. Two weeks ago, Cygames made a few bold moves.
They announced that gacha rates would be viewable publicly, and that because players used their
gacha roll statistics to point out the inconsistencies and suspicions of Cygames, they deleted the
player roll history. Real classy move. But it turns out that it wasn’t just classy, it
was a stepping stone to the future. See, two days ago, Cygames announced during
their Nico stream that when cards dupe, a new currency item called Moons will be given
to them as compensation and can be exchanged for in-game items. That’s cool. The new problem?
Well, they also announced that there will be an artificial ceiling to gacha spendings.
After rolling 300 times or 90,000 yen, players will be able to directly receive the card
they are rolling for. Why is this a problem? Well, according to
Takashi Kiso, a casino analyst, because the compensation card is now treated as a present
for a product purchase, the card will in turn become what is considered a bundled prize
product. Due to the nature of the Premiums and Representations Act, which governs product
transaction and material gambling, previously digital gambling such as social games gacha
systems were able to get off the hook lightly due to the gray area not dealing with digital
gambling. Now that the card is bundled with the 300
rolls purchase as a set item, it is no longer a gamble but can be treated as an actual product
purchase and the full brunt of the Act will be suffered as a result of the “bundled prize”
specification in the Act. Not only that, but because the Act states that bundled prizes
can not be worth more than 20% of the monetary value of the trade made to receive the bundled
prize, that means
the bundled prize is worth exactly 20% of 90,000 yen, or 18,000 yen. If you’ve been following my videos on this
subject, you are probably noticing something wrong right now. Because that’s far lower
value than what we witnessed previously. Let’s remind ourselves, Antilla’s rate was about
2% within the 6% SSR sphere, which means her true rate is about 0.12%. For the sake of
calculations, let’s pretend it’s 0.1%. That means for the 300 yen per roll gacha, you
would need to roll 1000 times to get Antilla, or 300,000 yen, far above 90,000. To make sense, that means Cygames will have
to set the new rates to make sure the prize falls within the 90,000 yen range, or players
will be able to submit complaints to the CAA, and this time, actual criminal charges can
be pinned on them. With the now public rates and deleted history,
Cygames has created a fresh start for themselves, but whether or not this was a smart move remains
to be seen, because they may very well have strangled themselves due to the 20% bundled
prize law. The changes they made to the gacha system
and the spending ceiling shows a move towards a more consumer friendly gacha system and
is in my opinion an actual show of good faith. I mean, if you ignore the fact that it’s still
a ceiling where you have to spend 900 USD to get a digital card from a gambling system.
But the fact is, if Takashi Kiso is right, that means Cygames may have significantly
cut their earnings because their gacha rates will have to set much higher than previously. And despite their show of good faith, they
have actually put themselves in a much more vulnerable position to be screwed around with
by the players. And if recent history and the human nature is any proof, there is always
a bunch of people who will set something on fire to watch it burn, just because they can. If the legal advisor and management are actually
aware of the bundled prize law, I gotta hand it to them, they have balls of solid steel
if this was actually their plan. If their legal advisor was not aware of this, well,
he still has balls, balls of cold sweat now that people are picking apart their new announcements. So yeah… we’re just gonna have to see how
the future unfolds on this, because if Kiso is right, it can turn out disastrous for Cygames
if they make the wrong move here. Personally, I don’t think gacha is necessarily an evil
system. But the prices set for it in today’s social games is ridiculous, and quite worryingly,
even companies like Nintendo are poised to dip their hands into social gaming as well.
Pokemon GO might turn out to be completely harmless or completely mired in microtransactions
for Pokeballs and whatnot. 2016 might turn out to be a turning point for social gaming. Anyway, that about sums up the current events
so far in the wake of Granblue Fantasy’s aftermath, but it seems not everyone has been affected
in the same way, considering Square Enix has just been caught violating both comp gacha
and misrepresentation in their social game, Hoshi no Dragon Quest. The Tenkuu/Sky armor
set will give a special stat bonus upon wearing the entire set and guess what, not only are
their rates are set far lower than everything else, specific pieces of the armor set are
lower than EACH OTHER. God dammit Squeenix, did you learn nothing
from Granblue for the past 2 months? I’m not going into the details for this video, but
let me assure you that this is going to end up in player refunds and a lot of complaints
sent to the CAA. A certain player claims to have completed the set, but it has taken him
over 2 million yen to do so. That’s around… 20,000 USD. The fact is, social gaming has been a self
regulated affair up until now, and now that the CAA is making moves to regulate and punish
companies who abuse anti-consumer methods to profit, it would seem that we are stepping
into a new era for social gaming. Progress has certainly been slow, but now that attention
is being paid to these companies, it may turn out to be a positive shift but we can’t really
tell yet. Anyway that’s all for this video, leave a
comment for your thoughts as always, and if you’re one of the few who made it to this
point in the video, know that I appreciate you guys a lot even if you don’t comment.
My name’s Xhinryu, thanks for watching.

Seeing a Polar Bear for the First Time

March 30, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 6 Comments

Seeing a Polar Bear for the First Time


– The first time I saw a polar bear, it was like, if I was daydreaming because it was so unreal that I was actually in the
wild and not at the zoo or seeing a video on YouTube
or National Geographic. To me it was like a fantasy. My name is Luz; I am a student at
Portland State University. I come from a first
generation immigrant family that basically came
from, I would say nothing to something here in the States. I don’t remember how old I was when I first heard, I guess,
the word climate change or that topic being spoken of. I just remember when I
switched into a school that was speaking English, I heard that word go around whenever we learned about like, science. And growing up, I realized
how much everything’s changed, how many animals have gone extinct, how many forests are gone, and how much, my siblings, like a lot of kids their age don’t even go outside anymore. I just wanted to see it for myself, maybe help in one way or another, and I was fortunate enough to have a donor that gave an opportunity to a student to have this experience. And so I was able to go up to Churchill with the director of the Oregon Zoo. Churchill is a town in Western Hudson Bay, known for the polar bears
that basically walk into town, and kind of just going through, that’s part of their migration and how they get from point A to point B, basically for ice, for food to survive. When you think of polar bears, you think of snow, ice, at least that’s what I think of, and in Churchill, it is normal to see a polar
bear when there is no snow, but in mid-October, that’s when it should
be a winter wonderland. Being out there and seeing a polar bear rolling in mud, and not snow, and not having the temperatures
being freezing cold, it was really, like, eye-opening to me. When I talk to my friends
about climate change, half of them go straight to like, animals and what it’s doing to like,
animals that they really like and are actually going
out there, you know? “We need to do something
about climate change.” And then the other half is more like, “Yeah I know, climate change is a thing and what can we do about
it though, you know?” There are many populations of
polar bears up in the North, but the ones I got to see are the ones that are
being most researched and most known about. Sea ice is really important
for the polar bears because they need that to be
able to get their food source, they need that to get the seals that make up what they are like, all their fat that they have, they need that to stay warm, they need that, you know, to
have the energy to do anything. The Earth’s atmosphere
is like a big blanket and every time we burn fossil fuel, it just makes the blanket
thicker and thicker. The warmer the oceans are getting, the harder it is for any new ice to form and for the ice that’s already there, it’s getting too hot for it to stay there. We all have things that we
wanna see in the future. What I think of is the
future of my siblings. What are they gonna see in the future? Are they gonna be able to see all these trees that are out here? Are they gonna be able
to see a polar bear? The last day we were
there, it finally snowed. Basically everyone there
was going crazy, like, “There’s snow! There’s snow!” Kind of like they’d
never seen snow before; (chuckles) it kinda felt like, you know,
you wake up Christmas morning and it’s like a snowy, white Christmas. I think it gave me a little bit of hope. There’s still time to
change what’s going on. I think the most important
thing that you can do is talking about it, making
it a topic of discussion, because that’s the only way
things will really change, and it does make a difference.

Yvette Nicole Brown Reflects on Women’s History Month | Disney


– I’m Yvette Nicole Brown, and I’m an actress, host,
and voiceover actor. [MUSIC PLAYING] International Women’s Day means
the celebration of everything that’s wonderful about women. Women are really amazing. I hope that we get to
the point in this nation and in this world
where we accept that and we stop being afraid
of them doing their magic. Because we’ve got a
lot of magic to share. We’re in a place now
where we’re creating the content that we never had. That only happens when you also
have women behind the scenes. And I hope that
we give ourselves permission to make mistakes. Either we’re all special,
or none of us are. So no one gets to
walk around as if they are the magical
answer to everything and then lord that
over other people. And that’s a great equalizer so
that everyone can be who they are and know that they’re
accepted no matter what they look like, no matter how
much money they have, no matter what
their skin color is. Either we’re all special,
or none of us are.

Pandemic intensifies universal health care conversation


>>Sreenivasan: IN A SIGN OF THE ECONOMIC TOLL COVID-19 IS TAKING, MORE THAN THREE MILLION AMERICANS FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK, A RECORD NUMBER. ACCORDING TO THE KAISER HEALTH FOUNDATION, CLOSE TO HALF OF EMPLOYEES RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE FROM THEIR EMPLOYER. THAT MEANS MORE THAN 1,500,000 PEOPLE MIGHT NOW BE NOT ONLY OUT OF A JOB BUT WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, AS WELL. AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, THAT HAS ONLY INTENSIFIED THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. I RECENTLY SPOKE ABOUT THAT WITH SARA COLLINS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND ACCESS AT THE COMMONWEALTH FUND. SARA COLLINS, THANKS FOR JOINING US. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE THESE ENORMOUS NUMBERS OF PEOPLE THAT WERE FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, AND THAT NUMBER MAY GROW. AND THE REASON WE’RE TALKING TO YOU ABOUT THIS IS, SO MANY AMERICANS HAVE HEALTHCARE TIED TO THEIR EMPLOYERS. SO, WHAT KIND OF A STRAIN ARE WE GOING TO SEE ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND ON THE SAFETY NET IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS?>>YOU KNOW, IT’S A REALLY MAJOR LOSS OF JOBS– UNPRECEDENTED, ACTUALLY– IN TERMS, IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF AN INCREASE AND WILL BE AN UNPRECEDENTED LOSS OF PEOPLE WITH EMPLOYER-BASED COVERAGE. MOST PEOPLE GET THEIR COVERAGE THROUGH– THROUGH AN EMPLOYER, SO THAT’S A BIG HIT TO THE HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM AND TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW COVERED THROUGH EMPLOYER-BASED PLANS.>>Sreenivasan: WHAT ABOUT THE FAILSAFE SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR THE MEDICAID EXPANSION?>>THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PROTECTION NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT WE WOULDN’T HAVE HAD TEN YEARS AGO HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SO, IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB AND YOU HAVE COVERAGE THROUGH YOUR JOB, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE AUTOMATICALLY FOR A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD THROUGH THE A.C.A. MARKETPLACES. SO, IT’S– WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO DO RIGHT NOW IS TO GO TO healthcare.gov AND CHECK OUT YOUR OPTIONS THROUGH THE MARKETPLACES. YOU MAY ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID, SO YOU COULD GET– YOU MIGHT GET COVERAGE THROUGH MEDICAID. BUT IF YOU GO TO THAT WEB SITE, YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT YOUR OPTIONS ARE. YOU MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SUBSIDY. YOUR INCOME PROBABLY DROPPED, IS DROPPING A LOT, AND SO YOU’RE– YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SUBSIDY TO OFFSET THE COST OF YOUR PREMIUMS OR BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID IN YOUR STATE.>>Sreenivasan: DOES WHAT WE’RE LIVING THROUGH NOW SHINE A DIFFERENT LIGHT ON THE CONVERSATION ABOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE?>>I THINK IT REALLY DOES. THERE ARE ABOUT 30 MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL UNINSURED. AND SO, YOU’RE SEEING IN CONGRESSIONAL BILLS ATTEMPTS TO PATCH THAT UP BY COVERING THE COSTS, REQUIRING INSURERS TO COVER THE COSTS OF TESTING, FOR EXAMPLE. WE’RE CONSIDERING OTHER OPTIONS. 11 STATES HAVE NEW SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR THE MARKETPLACES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET ENROLLED WHO ARE UNINSURED. AND WE’RE LIKELY TO SEE A NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO OPEN UP THE MARKETPLACES FOR PEOPLE. BUT I THINK THAT THIS SHOULD BE A BASELINE FEATURE OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. WE SHOULD KNOW GOING INTO A CRISIS LIKE THIS THAT EVERYONE HAS HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. WE’RE NOT TRYING TO INSURE PEOPLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CATASTROPHIC HEALTH CARE COSTS. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ILLNESS, AND IF PEOPLE END UP IN THE HOSPITAL WITHOUT INSURANCE, THEY’RE GOING TO FACE MAJOR BILLS. IF THEY CAN’T PAY THOSE BILLS, THEN THE HOSPITALS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO COME UP WITH THE FUNDING TO PAY THOSE BILLS. AND I THINK IT’S GOING TO– IT’S A RECKONING FOR THE UNITED STATES TO LOOK CLOSELY AT HOW WE CAN EXPAND COVERAGE TO GET TO UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, AND THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS WE CAN DO THAT. VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS PROPOSED BUILDING ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO GET TO UNIVERSAL COVERAGE. SENATOR SANDERS HAS PROPOSED MEDICARE FOR ALL. THESE ARE VERY DIFFERENT PATHS, BUT THEY ULTIMATELY LEAD TO THE SAME PLACE.>>Sreenivasan: WHAT’S THE BIGGEST THING YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT?>>I’M VERY CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO NOT GET CARE BECAUSE OF THEIR INSURANCE STATUS. I’M WORRIED THAT WHEN THEY DO GO TO GET CARE, THAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE VERY, VERY SICK AND THAT THEY WON’T– THEY’LL GET MAJOR BILLS AND NOT ABLE TO PAY THOSE BILLS. AND HOSPITALS ARE ALSO DEEPLY IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE BECAUSE OF THAT, AS WELL.>>Sreenivasan: CONSIDERING THE LEGISLATION THAT CONGRESS HAS ALREADY PASSED, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS?>>WELL, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT ALL– ALL INSURERS AND EMPLOYERS HAVE TO COVER THE TESTS ASSOCIATED WITH CORONAVIRUS, AND IT HAS TO DO WITHOUT COST- SHARING SO YOU WON’T FACE ANY COSTS. AND STATES CAN ALSO COVER PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED THROUGH THEIR MEDICAID PROGRAMS AND FOR THE COSTS OF TESTING. BUT, IMPORTANTLY, THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE TREATMENT. SO, IF YOU GET– IF YOU GET SICK AND YOU’RE UNINSURED, YOUR TREATMENT COSTS AREN’T COVERED. SO, THAT’S A GAP THAT NEEDS TO BE– STILL NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. SO, ONE THING THE ADMINISTRATION COULD DO IS TO EXPAND THAT COVERAGE FOR TESTING TO TREATMENT THROUGH THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. MEDICAID IS AN INCREDIBLY FLEXIBLE PROGRAM IN A CRISIS. IT’S OFTEN DRAWN ON FOR– TO RESPOND TO NATURAL DISASTERS OR EPIDEMICS LIKE THIS. AND THE ADMINISTRATION COULD DO MUCH MORE THAN IT’S DOING WITH MEDICAID, WITH THE MEDICAID PROGRAM RIGHT NOW, TO HELP PATIENTS AND ALSO HOSPITALS THAT THEY’RE GETTING CARE FROM.>>Sreenivasan: SARA COLLINS OF THE COMMONWEALTH FUND, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>THANK YOU.