Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Midweek Breakdown - Apple Takes On The Man, R Rating For The New Wolverine, And More

Hello and welcome back to BaicunnPress. I hope that you fine people out there are having a fantastic Wednesday. As you know by now, it's that time of the week, where I bring you a list of nerd news that you need to know. My sincere hope is that this post be the bedazzled My Little Pony, in what would be the dark dungeon of your week. So without wasting anymore of your time, I hope you enjoy!

Well well well. Who would have thought, I'd live to see the day that Apple raises the middle finger to the US Federal Government, but that's exactly what we're seeing. In a letter to customers, Apple CEO, Tim Cook openly shoots down a U.S. government request to compromise the security of iOS. The full letter can be found here, but the TLDR is:

Apple is refusing a government order to create a specially crafted iOS version that would allow the FBI to compromise any iOS device. The request and subsequent order came, when Apple was approached by the FBI to assist with the investigation of the San Bernadino terrorism case. Now the FBI is intending to force Apple into building the back door under the All Writs Act of 1789, to which Apple is preparing for a legal battle. The crux of Apple refusal to comply is that once security is compromised once on a single device, the rest of the devices are susceptible, and they will not set that precedent.

This move personally gives me some warm fuzzies about Apple, but we'll see where this goes. But please do read the entire letter by Apple here.

On to some lighter gaming news. Do you like soccer games? Do you like car games? Would you like both combined? If you're like me then your answer is probably, "Why the fuck would you combine these two?". This would mean, that like me you've missed out on some serious fun. Rocket League just hit Xbox after launching on PS4 and PC last year. Developed on a $2 million budget, Rocket League has moved 11 million copies plus DLC for a combined total revenue of over $50 million. If you're on any platform, I recommend that you check it out combined price of the game, plus previous DLC will set you back about $20. And with the explosion of popularity, Rocket League devs; Psyonix has released the Rocket Labs playlist, which is being used as a test bed for future competitive play.

Fans have spoken and it appears that the next Wolverine movie will be R rated. The news hasn't been officially released in a press conference, but in an image posted on social media from a pamphlet handed out at Toy Fair 2016 by Fox. The pamphlet notes the release dates, director, cast, and expected rating of upcoming Fox movies. If you look at the pic posted out to the right, you'll see that expected rating is R. To be honest fans maybe should have expected this due to the success of recent rated R comic book movies, the likes of The King's Men and of course Valentine's Weekend Champ Deadpool.

Street Fighter V releases and is already broken. Within 24 hours of releasing Capcom has been flooded with complaints from PS4 and PC gamers regarding latest edition to the famous Capcom franchise. With complaints ranging from random crashes, to corrupted game files, The Street Fighter community is a little more than agree. Campcom devs have reported that they are working hard on resolving the issues. Here's to hoping that if you bought this game, you can return it, and didn't burn your hard earned money on the season pass DLC. 

Marvel Studios announced that they have begun production of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 with the teaser pic posted to the left. Slated to hit theaters on on May 5, 2017. Filming will take place at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios.

Just out yesterday, from the fine folks at Pokemon, the new Pokemon: XYZ trailer. The series is set to begin airing on Cartoon Network on Saturday, 2/20/16 at 7AM ET. The following first episode description was released along with the trailer:

"In the first episode of the new season, Bonnie makes an unusual new Pokémon friend, and Ash encounters a new group of villains: Team Flare. This is an episode you definitely won't want to miss!"

A few weeks ago in another Midweek Rundown, I had mentioned that a new TMNT game was coming. IGN just posted new gameplay footage from the perspective of Leonardo.

Activision describes the game in the following way in their official blog post:

"...The Heroes in a Half Shell are taking back the streets of New York, and they’re doing it with the kind of style that only PlatinumGames can deliver. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael combine their unique skillsets to take on Bebop, Rocksteady, Shredder, and a posse of other iconic bosses..."

"...For years, hardcore fans have been asking for a TMNT game that lets players team up for a little co-op action, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is exactly what they’ve been looking for.  And if online co-op isn’t your cup of tea, you can always complete the campaign individually and dynamically switch between Turtles in the heat of battle.
Long-time fans will undoubtedly recognize the art. The developers took a lot of inspiration from IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series, blending it with their own distinctive visuals and animation. And lets not forget about the combat. PlatinumGames’ mastery of fast-paced, silky smooth combat is on full display, but referring to this game as an “Action Brawler” doesn’t really do it justice..."

***UPDATE - POSTED 2/18/15***
And a quick bit more for you RTS and classic game lovers out there. Make War Not Love 3 Sale is out on Steam. With substantial discounts on Company of Heroes 2, Total War, and Warhammer 40K. And anyone who appreciates gaming should like the free prize SEGA is giving away to anyone in until 10AM PT on Saturday, 2/20. If you're interested, please click the link here

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-Chali Baicunn