Video Game Releases: 12/18

The last week of game releases before Christmas is here. PlayStation is getting the new Warhammer game finally after being on Xbox and PC for a couple of months. But other than that, Xbox and PlayStation have no big releases.  Nintendo is upping their game with a lot of titles this week, although they are not big name releases. See this list below:

December 18th

  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PS4)

December 20th

  • Nightshade (Switch)
  • Guess the Character (Switch)
  • Funghi Explosion (Switch)

December 21st

  • Cloud & Sheep 2 (Switch)

December 24th

  • Pipe Push Paradise (Switch)
  • Omega Strike (Switch)
  • Digerati Indie Bundle: INK & HackyZack (Switch)
  • Blacksea Odyssey (Switch)

December 25th

  • Dec. 25 – Abyss (Switch)
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YouTube Dethrones Justin Bieber As Most Disliked Video

If you ever wanted to see a community throw a tantrum at a company, but still use their product, welcome to YouTube.

Every year, YouTube does a Rewind video where they focus on big events that happened on their platform during the year. In the past, the Rewinds featured the Top 10 most viewed videos that were connected through a narration.  Lately, it appears YouTube wants to make an extended commercial for their platform instead of giving credit to it content creators.

T-Series and PewDiePie have been at a mini war for subscribers recently. Logan Paul filmed a dead body. Big names like H3 and Shane Dawson had major videos this year as well.  None of this was featured in the 2018 Rewind.

Because YouTube continues to not address issues that happened, they received a lot of dislikes for this video. Justin Bieber faced almost 11 million dislikes for “Baby”. Rebecca Brown faced a lot as well before taking it off YouTube.  This YouTube Rewind is already at 13 million dislikes with only 2.3 likes.  While a big part is due to not addressing actual trends, they also promoted it heavily on people’s feeds.

While some of the trends did happen, such as Fortnite, they missed a large portion of their users with this video.

Songs Under The Radar: 12/14

Finally a week with so much good music, it’s hard to narrow it down to a Top 5 list. Check out below some songs you need to listen to this week:

Quinn XCII and Noah Kahan are back singing the uplifting blues. “Tough” has very good lyrics that makes you think in ways you might not have before. Crying into muscle tissue is something that seems so obvious, but I never have thought of it before. Very casual song to listen to while in deep thoughts.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has a fire album. This one is called “Home” by Vince Staples and Richie Kohan. Very tropical and funky beat with it. Some of the audio effects are ones not used often. It’s nice to see the experimentation going on in this song.

Another one coming from the new Spider-Man movie. This one is Called “Scared of the Dark” and features Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign and XXXTENTACION. It starts off a little slow, but builds momentum with the verses. Probably a better single than most of Lil Wayne’s recent album.

T-Pain is back making club bangers. This time it’s called “That’s Yo Money”. Similar vibe to Cardi B’s message of take what’s yours. The bass alone will destroy some speakers though.

Lastly we have “Placebo” by Devin Dawson. It has a nice country-pop sound to it giving the same talk about love might just be a placebo. It’s not overpowering with the amount of intruments used in it either. Devin Dawson is an upcoming artist who used to cover Taylor Swift on YouTube.

 

Songs of the Week: 12/14

Ariana Grande is back in the top 10 with her new song imagine. The new Spider-Man movie must have a great soundtrack as well if multiple singles are reaching the top 10 weekly.

Here are this week’s top 10 new releases according to Spotify:

  1. Familia (with Anuel AA, feat. Bantu) – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Nicki Minaj
  2. imagine – Ariana Grande
  3. There You Are – ZAYN
  4. MoshPit (feat. Juice WRLD) – Kodak Black
  5. Solo de Mi – Bad Bunny
  6. Hope – The Chainsmokers, Winona Oak
  7. You Remind Me (feat. Stanaj) – Gryffin
  8. Startender (feat. Offset and Tyga) – A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
  9. The Mask – Matt Maeson
  10. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)(feat. Sean Ono Lennon) – Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson

 

Recipe: Original Irish Cream

Get your friends a gift they actually want this year. Here’s a recipe for a mixed drink that you can gift away and only takes 15 mins. to make.
Ingredients

Steps

  1. In a blender, combine heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Blend on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.

Sesame Street’s First Homeless Character Announced

Apparently, living in a trash can doesn’t count as homeless anymore.

A neon pink puppet named Lily will be the first ever homeless character featured in Sesame Street.  Her first appearance was in a 2011 episode where she talked about her family not having enough to eat.

Apparently, Lily’s life got worse over the past 7 years. She explains that she is now living with some friends because she has no home of her own anymore.

Sesame Workshop put out their reasoning for this character in their press release:

“The rate of young children who do not have a permanent place to live has been steadily growing. More than 2.5 million children are experiencing homelessness nationwide—and nearly half of those children, 1.2 million, are under the age of six. According to the Office of Head Start, there has been a 100 percent increase in enrollment of children experiencing homelessness in Head Start and Early Head Start programs over the past decade, with 2016-17 marking a record number.”

With the addition of this character, hopefully kids will be able to relate to the character or show more sympathy to other children that face similar issues.

Fortnite v7.01 Patch Notes

Just like any slow news day, Epic picks up the slack with putting out their patch notes, so here they are for Fortnite’s Battle Royale:

Battle Royale

Limited Time Mode: Close Encounters

Summary
Close quarters combat with Shotguns & Jetpacks!

Mode Details

  • The only weapons in this mode are Shotgun variants.
    • Jetpacks & Heavy Shotguns can be found in chests & Supply Drops.
    • Other Shotgun variants are spawned as floor loot.
  • The Storm moves in more quickly than normal at mid to late game.
    • Typical match length is about 15 minutes.
  • Stats are enabled for this mode.

Weapons + Items

  • Infinity Blade
    • This Mythic melee weapon can be found on Polar Peak.
    • Primary Fire delivers a powerful sword slash. It deals big damage to enemies and destroys structures in one blow (75 damage to players).
    • Alternate Fire allows the player to leap great distances, destroying objects in its path. Upon landing, it delivers damage and a knock-up to nearby players (25 damage).
    • The wielder of the sword is also granted additional abilities:
      • An increased pool of max Health and Shields (200 Health/200 Shields).
      • Regeneration of effective Health over time up to max Health and Shields (1 HP per second).
      • An instant burst of effective Health upon elimination of an enemy (50 HP).
      • Increased movement speed (130%).
    • The first player to pull the Infinity Blade from its pedestal will be instantly healed to full Health and Shields.
    • If a player picks up the Infinity Blade, all other inventory items aside from building materials will be dropped.
    • When the wielder of the Infinity Blade picks up an item (aside from building materials), the Infinity Blade will be dropped.
    • The Infinity Blade will be dropped when the wielder is knocked out or eliminated.
    • Only one Infinity Blade will appear per match.

Gameplay

  • X-4 Stormwing
    • When a plane is shot down, the driver and all passengers of that plane will now take 25 damage from the explosion.

Bug Fixes

  • Speculative fix for players moving after being eliminated.
  • Fixed players being ejected from vehicles if they lost the icy feet effect.

Steph Curry Thinks Moon Landing Was Faked

Earlier this week, Steph Curry appeared on Vince Carter’s podcast called “Winging It“.  It’s a podcast where famous basketball players get together and talk about random subjects. One of the topics that came up was if we ever landed on the moon.  Amazingly, they all agreed that we’ve never been there.  Curry even implied that the government was covering up the past.

While they all agreed they thought it was staged, Curry is taking most of the heat.  He is being covered all over because of his ideas.  Astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently got back from his 520 days in space, even chimed in on Twitter.

It will be interesting to see how Curry will respond to all the people poking fun at him.  The Warriors are also not having one of their better starts and have internal team drama, so Curry is having an exciting year it looks like.

Video Game Releases: 12/11

It’s a sad week for Xbox One fans. The big title games this week are coming to all platforms but Xbox One.  Although PS4’s big release is Borderlands 2 VR, which is basically the same game that was released 5 years ago. It’ll still be fun to replay through the missions again. See the full list below:

December 11

  • Everspace – Stellar Edition (Switch)
  • Double Switch: 25th Anniversary Edition (PS4)
  • Desert Child (PS4, Switch)
  • Gungrave VR (PSVR)
  • S.O.N. (PS4)
  • Earth Defense Force 5 (PS4)
  • Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Deluxiest Edition (PS4)

December 12

  • Insurgency: Sandstorm (PC)

December 13

  • Starman (Switch)
  • SEGA AGES Phantasy Star (Switch)
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (Switch)
  • Oxyjet (Switch)
  • GRIS (Switch, PC)
  • Dragon Marked for Death (Switch)
  • Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story (Switch)
  • Borderlands 2 VR (PSVR)
  • Big Crown: Showdown (PS4)

December 17

  • Nippon Marathon (PS4)