Round 56 - Shmdown

Date aired: 

18 May 2018

Show Length: 


Multimedia version - YouTube

Around the World:  00:09:30

  • Valve will start delaying game patches if they coincide w/ a major tournament, after experiencing...difficulties when releasing a patch during Epicenter XL
  • SteamSpy returns, with machine learning in place of direct access to player libraries and play stats
  • Mega Man 2, Mega Man X getting physical cart re-releases; special edition blue carts for $100 each
  • nVidia dissolves their partner program after loads of bad press
  • Valve / SteamVR allows custom controller bindings, even without knowing exactly what controller you have
  • Chrome update that auto-muted all autoplay videos by default (sans those from top 1,000 sites, go figure) rolled back until a future major release
  • Microsoft unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller - 19 3.5mm inputs to interact with accessibility tools; instant remap; on-the-fly switchable profiles
  • EA continues loot box campaigns, being awful
  • Colin Mateias, Romanian national, convicted of leading DDOS attacks on World of Warcraft in 2010, sentenced to one year in federal prison
  • WoW in-game currency worth 7x more than the bolivar, Venezuela's national currency
  • "Fake" games list leaked from Walmart Canada ahead of E3
  • Nintendo Switch online service to launch Sep 2018, $20/year for one user, $35/year for up to 8 users
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate to release for Switch, 28 Aug
  • bsnes emulator development to re-open soon
  • WoW: Battle for Azeroth enters beta

Bonus Level 1:  00:53:23

Personal Gaming:  01:03:45

Bonus Level 2:  01:25:21

Ad-hoc Design: 01:38:38

  • Side-scrolling shmup; twist: protect friendlies
  • Asymmetric co-op RPG; one "player" as deity / RNG manipulator
  • 2-player competitive shmup

Full date: 

Fri, 18 May 2018 19:00:00 CDT