Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CoD: WWII - What We Know & Live Stream Event *Updated

Ello ello, and happy fucking hump day to you fine readers. I hope you're having a good day. In the news today is Activision's CoD: WW2 livestream event scheduled to start at 1PM EDT today. Before the stream starts, I figured we'd what information is out there right now. 

*Update/ Edit: This post has been updated. The Twitch live stream was replaced with the video of the event, and the official trailer has been added. 

Thanks to a thread from reddit, we have the following screen shots. According to redditor, the screen shots were lifted from the official CoD website.

Cofounder of Sledgehammer Studio, Studio Head; Michael Condrey put out the following video via Twitter, to announce a release in November, and the live stream event.

Lucky for us, there was a bit of a SNAFU regarding marketing material being released before Activision could do their live stream event. The following pic was obtained from reddit:

In case you don't want to zoom into the photo to read the details they're quoted below:

Call of Duty returns to its roots with Call of Duty: 
WWII–a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation. Land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across Europe through iconic locations in history’s most monumental war. Experience classic Call of Duty combat, the bonds of camaraderie, and the unforgiving nature of war against a global power throwing the world into tyranny.

The Definitive World War II Campaign Call of Duty: 
WWII tells the story of an unbreakable brotherhood of common men fighting to preserve freedom in a world on the brink of tyranny. Players enlist in a gritty intense journey through the battlegrounds of war. The campaign features bold, lifelike visuals with the kind of blockbuster cinematic authenticity that only Call of Duty can deliver.

Boots on the Ground Multiplayer Call of Duty: 
WWII multiplayer engages players grounded, fast-paced combat across many of World War II’s most iconic locations. Players will also enjoy exciting new ways to interact and socialize with their friends and the Call of Duty community.

High-Octane Co-Operative Call of Duty: 
WWII’s co-operative mode unleashes a new and original story. Play with your friends in this next-level standalone game experience full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping moments.

Pre-Order and get access to the Private Beta

Down below is the live stream of the event. I hope you all enjoy!

How do you feel about a new CoD? Are you down, or are you done at this point? Please let me know, I'm interested in your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by again. As always I appreciate the support. I know it's a short post, but I hope you had a good time. 

-Chali Baicunn

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Breakdown: StarCraft, Titanfall, COD, & More

Ello ello. Welcome back to BaicunnPress! Thank you for stopping by. It's a fantastically rainy day outside where I'm at. I hope you beautiful bastards are having a great day. It's Friday so let's get into The Breakdown.

Good news everybody! What's better than sunshine unicorns and nyan cats?...Free games, of course.

While they are working on StarCraft Remastered, Blizzard wants to keep the game brooding in our hearts and minds. To insure their psy-ops campaign is successful, Blizzard has released the original StarCraft with the Brood War expansion for free. They are calling it StarCraft Anthology. Based on the latest patch notes, they've ironed out some bugs that come with trying to play a nearly 20 year old game on a modern pc, along with some upgrades in matchmaking. Patch notes are here and download are available here. Also more StarCraft news should be unlocked on their official site on Thursday.

The day after the new shit drops on the StarCraft site; new Titanfall 2 will have a new DLC drop. Starting on Tuesday; 4/25, Respawn is set to launch 2 new maps, bringing back the Marked for Death gamemode, and adding the M.R.V.N. faction. It's rumored that we may even see a new Titan released.

In an antithetical twist, Activision has announced that they a releasing a new COD (surprise!?). It appears that this time around Sledgehammer is going back to the glory days of World At War with COD: WWII. Activision has announced a live stream event to start here at 1PM EDT on Wednesday; 4/26.

Since we're talking about publishers grasping at straws and DLC; EA released a full length trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 at Star Wars Celebration. During the keynote talk EA/ Dice made comments inferring that there would be more options, a campaign, and no season pass DLC. Later further comments were made muddling facts by rephrasing to state, that there is not, not going to be pay for DLC. So who really fucking knows if consumers are going to get screwed again or not. I'm pessimistically optimistic, but I won't be pre-ordering this go round.

The world was given a Star Wars: The Last Jedi taser trailer. The trailer did present a bit of a kerfuffle with some fans, as Kylo Ren's mangled mug getting some cinematic cosmetic work. If you look closely you'll see that the gigantic Tyrion-esque scar has been downsized and migrated, becoming one of those badass brow to check eye scars. I guess the New Order has a pretty badass insurance plan.

While on the topic of the oddly grotesque, the English dub of Attack On Titan season 2 drops on Adult Swim tomorrow night.

In the same hyper japanese vein, Bandai Namco, has announced their newest game; Code Vein. It appears to be one part Dark Souls and two parts anime. The project is being directed by Hiroshi Yoshimura of God Eater's fame. Running on the Unreal 4 engine, this vampire based RPG is likely to attract a fan base quickly when it releases in 2018.

Vampires, aliens, and crazy shit oh my. Running on the heels of a successful 6 episode run in 2016, the X-Files is returning again for a 10 episode. Set to go to season in 2017-18.

In other fanboy pleasing news, Steven Universe is returning May 5th. The news comes straight from Cartoon Network via their Twitter account. To help make the announcement, Cartoon Network released a teaser trailer.  

And rounding out the break down, Nintendo has announced that they are discontinuing the NES Classic. If you're wanting to add this game to your collection, time is running out; as the current production cycle will be it's last. But have no fear, as it is widely rumored that like their very own savior of Hyrule, Nintendo will be releasing an SNES Classic soon.

Thank you again for stopping by BaicunnPress. I hope you have a fucking awesome weekend. I'm headed out this evening for the MTG Prerelease. Crossed fingers for good pulls. Stop by next Friday for another Breakdown. I'm currently working on a few different projects and trying to tighten up my workflow so that I can get more content out to you guys faster. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. 

-Chali Baicunn

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Last Jedi Teaser - Now We Wait

Ello ello. Welcome back to BaicunnPress! Thank you for stopping by. Yesterday, The Last Jedi teaser trailer was released at Star Wars Celebration. As far as I can tell, it's the standard model Star Wars teaser trailer. You know the shtick; gentle mentory disembodied voice speaking. Flashes of lightsabers, force powers, and blaster fire. Stuff exploding, and ships crashing. Glimpses of heroes and villains... I think you have the mental picture. I'm excited about this release, but honestly, I'm mostly excited that JarJar Abrams is out of the picture... So I can safely say, that I'm optimistic about the future of the franchise. 

Don't get me wrong, I love the Force Awakens. However, I believe that Star Wars and I have an unhealthy relationship, and by extension; I guess this means I love it because it is Star Wars, and not because it's good. With that said, I felt like Rogue One did a great job of stepping up the bar from The Force Awakens. I do have a minor quibble with intergalactic space farers needing to connect communications cables and operate separate control panels to position an antenna and send data. I'd think that screen writers would have a better grasp on wireless communications in the 21st century, but eh...

Below is what you likely came here for. Further down below is a video tribute to Carrie Fisher, that was shown at Star Wars Celebration 2017. Enjoy!

So what do you think of the trailer? Be sure to let me know what you think. Thanks again for stopping by. I really appreciate your all of your support. Please be sure to follow @BaicunnPress on Twitter or Google+ for new post releases. I hope you have a great weekend, and I will see you next time.

-Chali Baicunn

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Breakdown: Attack On Titan, Project Scorpio & More

Ello ello, and good day to you. Welcome back to BaicunnPress. It's Friday and I haven't murdered a single person yet; so I'd argue it's shaping up to be an alright week so far. If you're new here, The Breakdown, is a quick recap of nerd news you need to know about. (Usually delivered with an er of cheesiness and sarcasm.) I'll stop wasting, and let's jump into The Breakdown.

In case you've been out on expedition in the wilderness with the Scouts; Attack On Titan has returned. Season 2 first aired on April 1st, and is currently streaming with subtitles on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. If you hate reading subs and you've already Adult Swim will be airing the English dub starting on April 22. I'm a bit of purist on this front, but screw it; it's been 2.333333 years since the last english dub episode of season  1 aired for the first time. Crossed fingers that production isn't delayed for season 3, as season  2 will only contain 12 episodes. 

While on the topic of possible disappointments, we have some more info regarding Microsoft's Project Scorpio. That may seem like a bit of cheap shot, but I'm skeptical that this mid generation upgrade is going to stop Microsoft from continuing to get its ass kicked by Sony. The specs of Scorpio are impressive for a console, as you can see in the infographic below. Impressive though they are, the projected cost is somewhere between $400 and $700, and this is likely to be an issue.

In other self-saving attempts; Microsoft with its sights on boosting user experience, has announced that they will soon be offering  cross-platform gaming and Steam style refunds for pc and Xbox game purchases. Currently there's not a lot of details, but I believe these are positive changes.  

Moving in the opposite direction of Microsoft. Germany's Landesmedienanstalt (Germany's media regulatory body) shits on user experience. In a ruling announced recently, YouTube and Twitch streamers are now considered "broadcasters", and subject to government licensing for any stream with more than 500 viewers. This licensing can cost multiple thousands of euros. The current licensing ruling is being considered only temporary, as the German government admitted that the law is outdated. Originally created to target radio and TV broadcasters. It'd be interesting to know how this ruling could apply podcasts.

In a whole 2 dicks one internet moment, Atlus also recently decided to go after Persona 5 streamers. Threatening bad things for any streamers that stream past the in game date of July 7. They go on and on about their Japanese Masters and what not to do, to avoid angering these faceless nameless overlords, in a post on their site. Down below is a screen cap (selecting the image will enlarge it. Also there's a joke in previous sentence, somewhere):

Since we're discussing out of touch developers; Earlier this month Gearbox announced that they'd be teaming up with the much despised  key reseller, G2A. In the announcement it was revealed that G2A would have exclusive  selling rights for the launch of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, and fans of franchise quickly lost their shit. Due to the backlash, Gearbox laid out changes in business practice that G2A would have to start putting in place within 24 hours. Well that shit went sideways, and Gearbox  began pulling their support from G2A. After a bit more dick measuring the 2 parties have officially ended their relationship with Gearbox pulling out of their deal with G2A all together.

Before this thread is brought to a close, I want to leave you with some important PSAs:

As mentioned in a previous post, a BattleFront 2 ad trailer leaked below:

The Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer dropped:

A reminder for you MTG players out there. The new Amonkhet set drops on 4/22. So now is the time to hit up your local card shops to check for pre- release events. Wizards of the Coast has a convenient tool HERE to help you find a pre-release event near you. 

Last but not least, this week is Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, FL. If you're interested in checking out any of the panels, the official Star Wars YouTube channel has them running HERE

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the content. As always I appreciate your support and feedback. The Breakdown will be posted up every Friday. Monday's UAS education post will be repaired and returned back to the blog this weekend. That's all for now, and I will see you next time.  

-Chali Baicunn  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Battlefront 2 Ad Leak... Will EA Do It Right This Time?

Ello ello, and welcome back to BaicunnPress. I hope you're getting through the week unscathed. If you've been here before, you're likely aware that I was highly critical of EA and their handling of Battlefront. If you're interested in checking out those posts, the links are below:

Battlefront: So I Basically Paid EA To Put It In My Butt

Battlefront After Bespin DLC: Part 1 - What Players Think About The Game In It's Current State

Battlefront After Bespin DLC: Part 2  - So Fucking Done! There Is No Hope For This!

And there was also the analytical warning delivered by Luke Putnam AKA @PonStory :

Why, Dice? - A Lamentation of Battlefront 3

With the disclaimers out of the way, let's talk about what you came her for; there's been a disturbance in the Force. Today we get our first glance at Star Wars BattleFront 2, via an alleged 50 second leaked Sony ad. Stick around after the show for further discussion. Enjoy!

So what can we see. It appears that the trailer starts right after the Rebels' victory at the Battle of Endor. In the trailer we can see something else though... looks like this title may just span the Clone Wars up to were "Battlefront picks up?" and even some post Death Star play up to the Last Jedi. 
Looks and sound pretty amazing right? But let's not forget EA's backhandy bullshit, when it comes to ads. To be fair though, EA has made me feel a bit better about their brand. Battlefield 1 was a pretty solid title. I played the beta. Didn't buy the game out of principal,.... but I played it, and liked it. Then EA and Respawn dropped Titanfall 2 on us, and the game is stunning. Balanced gameplay, and free DLC... that's pretty hard to beat. 

And I know I've said I was done with EA/ DICE and their shenanigans in the past. But the Battlefront DLC that dropped toward the end of last year really did a good job at trying to salvage the disappointment we were given. 

So I'm skeptical, but if EA can keep it up... I may be interested. 

That's all for now guys. I'll be putting up The Breakdown later this week, but wanted to get this out ASAP. I've also started a Monday series titled Back To School, where I'll be putting up educational content meant to teach you some cool shit. Monday's post was about the laws and regulations in the US regarding Unmanned Ariel Systems (UAS). It's been taken down for the moment, as there are some busted links. As soon as they are fixed, it'll be back up. Thanks again for stopping by. I appreciate all of your support. If you like what you see, please share, and make sure to follow on Twitter at @BaicunnPress. 

-Chali Baicunn

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#Garadget, You Played Yourself

Ello ello, and welcome to BaicunnPress. I hope you're all having a fan-fucking-tastic day! Thank you for stopping by the site. Today, the Internet has gifted a very special thing; a good laugh and a whole new door to a possible vulnerability in IoT. It feels a bit dickish to laugh at watching an entrepreneur unravel over a couple days, but meh. In short, you're gonna love this shit.

A little background is needed to grasp the full majesty of the situation. Garadget is an IoT device that allows users to incorporate their garage door into their home automation, allowing remote open/ close operation and providing notifications. If it sounds lame, it's bc it kinda is, as it has no other real off the shelf application. However, Garadget was able to raise $63,059 on it's Indiegogo campaign in February of last year, and are currently selling for $99 on Amazon (with 71% favorable reviews as of writing this). 

On April 1st (yes... the April Fools Day), an Amazon user named R.Martin took to the product review page for Garadget to unleash his fury. R.Martin was incensed at the alleged instability of the companion iOS app, and decided that shenanigans would stop with him by posting the following review:

Martin also took to the Indiegogo Community Board to start the following thread about the product and iOS app:

It's not clear which came first, but hilarity ensues with Garadget's following responses:

When confronted by another thread user about effectively bricking Martin's device Garadget responded with this nugget of purely juvenile genius:

Technically, Garadget is being a bit of a dick, but more surprisingly civil chatter happens before Garadget, in an apparent attempt to apologize?... let slip the cherry on the cake:

OK, calm down everybody, Garadget is being dramatic. Save your pitchforks and torches for your elected representatives. Please, no death threats. And in case you're curious about the link to the quote, it's actually the following tweet by Ellon Musk:

Can we get a golf clap for the brilliant mind behind the creation and slow death spiral behind this startup. It takes a pretty big set of brass balls, and a pretty hefty background in rocket surgery to play your brand so boldly. But c'mon man, this is the internet, and it's gonna shut that shit down.  

As far as the possible new IoT threat... Think about what could happen if a device manufacturer in the future weasels an anti negative review clause into their terms or service. With the lack of consumer protections in regards to technology in the US, there's a lot of people that might get locked out of their homes. It's an unlikely threat given the potential for blow back, but a potential threat it still is.

The Indiegogo Community thread has been taken down, but down below you can find the link to the Google cached page, the Amazon review thread, and the Indiegogo campaign page :

Amazon Review

Cached Indiegogo Community Thread

Indiegogo Campaign Page

Thanks for stopping by. As always I appreciate your support. Keep an eye out for new content, and follow @BaicunnPress on Twitter for new content alerts. I'll see you wonderful people tomorrow.

-Chali Baicunn 

Monday, April 3, 2017

So Where The Fuck Have I Been?

Hello hello. Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you, and I hope you're all having a good day. Well let's just jump right into the uncomfortable part. It's really just uncomfortable for me that is.... It's been awhile since my last post... Actually, it's been a really long time; about 5 months if we're getting technical. And even then some things were spares before that. So, where have I been? What in the actual fuck is going on? And why has the site been silent for so long?

The answers to these questions are a bit hard to address, but I want be open with you; the readers. Firstly, production began to fall off due to some site administration errors that caused a literal shit ton of work to be permanently lost. If you've experienced this, then you know just how demoralizing it can be to lose so much effort and work. During this time as well, my day job was becoming more and more demanding and requiring more of my attention and energy. Unfortunately this all led to me having about 0 hours of any free time that I was not sleeping or attending to my family. I had all the good intentions and plans on how to get back on track, and was planning a hard re-launch on the first of the year. But, plans and intentions don't mean a whole hell of a lot when life happens.  

On January first, a close friend of mine took his own life. He had been struggling for years, with the effects of seeing combat in a warzone. I then began to question everything that I was doing with my life. From my career, to my family life, to even this site. I felt like I needed to do something that mattered. Like all of this is for nothing. Like I wasn't quite good enough. And that greatly effected my identity, and threw me into a bit of an existential crisis.

Life must goes on, and as I thought more, I realized that I am enough, and this site is enough. I slowly realized that this site is my voice,and it gives me the freedom to discuss the serious issues of today, and joy of just being alive. This site gives me the ability to reach out to anyone in the world, and share a moment of existence with them. As I thought about my life and BaicunnPress, thought about all of the wasted ideas and time I had spent just being concerned about me. It was at that time, that clarity struck and I thought about deeply disappointed my friend would be to know that I just gave up the ghost. 

So I'm back. I've been offered help from a friend to keep the content rolling out. I'll be rolling out new content regularly starting on April 5th, and I'm hoping to expand into other possible formats by summer. Thanks again for stopping by, and I will see you on the next post.

-Chali Baicunn