Another new batch of games have arrived for Nintendo Switch. Switch owners have a lot of great options to choose from this week, as 12 new titles are now available on the Eshop, as is the first DLC for the Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament DX.
In addition to the above releases, the first wave of Pokken Tournament DX DLC is now available. On top of new customization items for your avatar, the DLC adds a new playable Pokemon, Aegislash, as well as two support characters: Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. The DLC can only be purchased as part of the game’s $15 Battle Pack, which will also get you access to a second wave of add-on content in March. That consists of another new playable Pokemon, Blastoise, and two more support Pokemon: Mew and Celebi.
Behold, the glory of the compound noun: Fernweh (“the feeling of wanting to be elsewhere, anywhere but where you are at this moment”); Weltschmerz (“the state of weariness one feels at the state of the world”); Fuchsteufelswild (“a state of unfiltered, primal rage”); and of course, the indispensable Backpfeifengesicht.
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock have gotten together for a handful of comedies like Grown Ups and The Longest Yard, but they’ve never really shared a lot of screentime together. But in a new Netflix original film, they’ll be spending plenty of time getting on each others’ nerves.
The Week Of follows the Saturday Night Live veterans as two fathers who are coming together so their kids can be married. In the week leading up to the wedding, everything can and does go wrong, and these two are not making it any easier on anyone.
The Week Of Trailer
For the first half of this trailer, I was actually intrigued by the prospect of this movie because it seemed like it might just follow Adam Sandler and Chris Rock on a road trip to their kids’ wedding, almost like a Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Father of the Bride kind of scenario. But then the rest of the trailer shows the typical family awkwardness and wedding planning shenanigans.
Honestly, while this trailer didn’t exactly make me laugh out loud, this is the first time in forever that I wasn’t completely turned off by an Adam Sandler comedy. That might be a low bar to clear, but it was a pleasant surprise. At the same time, I didn’t see anything that made me excited to see it, either. It certainly looks more tame than Sandler’s usual comedic efforts, even with usual suspects like Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi hanging around.
The style in which this movie is shot and the production design feels a little more reserved as well. Usually, we’re dealing with bright colors all over the place and nothing particularly interesting about the cinematography. But right away, you can tell this movie looks different, and that’s because it’s shot by Patti Cake$ director of photography Federico Cesca.
Perhaps this will break Sandler’s streak of terrible comedies. After all, Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel is making his feature directing debut with this movie, so maybe he has something to prove. On the other hand, Smigel also wrote You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, so maybe we shouldn’t get our hopes up that high. Frankly, I’d like to just be satisfied by an Adam Sandler movie again, so I’m rooting for this one.
When two very different fathers (Adam Sandler and Chris Rock) come together for their children’s wedding, everything that could go wrong, does. Watch the hilarious hijinks as the two try to keep everything afloat, while dealing with their families…and each other. Before they get to the big day, they have to go through a long week.
DC Nation #0 is a twenty-five cent sampler of what is to come in 2018 from DC Comics in May, and the name of their new fan magazine. It got mentioned earlier today. And now we have a better idea.
It is a twenty-five cent comic book, with samples of what is to come – and will be published on May 2nd, the Wednesday before Free Comic Book Day. It might be what was already planned for Free Comic Book Day before DC Super Hero Girls stepped in… and now it’s either a teaser for that event, or a spoiler. Your choice. Here’s the press release.
Boasting three of the most popular writers in comics, DC is getting a jump on Free Comic Book Day (May 5) to let fans in on all the excitement in store for the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. On Wednesday, May 2, DC NATION #0, a 32-page comic book, will be available at comic book retailers at a cover price of $0.25 and free via digital download. DC NATION #0 spotlights events from three of DC’s top storytellers – Scott Snyder, Tom King and Brian Michael Bendis, all best-selling, celebrated authors.
With the unbelievable conclusion to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s DARK NIGHTS: METAL paving the way for the JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE four-issue weekly series (with co-writers James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson and artist Francis Manapul), fans will be clamoring for more information on what kind of wild, over the top roller-coaster ride Snyder and crew have planned next; artist Jorge Jiménez (SUPER SONS) joins Snyder, Tynion IV and Williamson for a preview of just how big the Justice League’s next challenge will be when JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE begins May 9.
In a Batman story by Tom King and artist Clay Mann, The Joker gets word about the wedding between the Bat and the Cat, and he’s not happy. With the wedding story arc reaching its climax in BATMAN #50 on sale July 4, The Joker will be that one wedding guest most likely to speak now and not hold his peace at all.
From the return of the trademark red trunks to the debut of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis in the ACTION COMICS #1000 comic book in April, the future for Superman couldn’t shine any brighter, but for fans, that’s just the tip of the super-iceberg. Bendis, along with legendary artist José Luis García-López, is also contributing an all-new story to DC NATION #0, a prelude to his highly anticipated MAN OF STEEL weekly miniseries debuting May 30.
Fans will also get a sneak preview of DC’s new promotional magazine DC NATION.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ desert map of Miramar is a vast wasteland where one bad drop can leave you without a hiding place or weapons. A new update implements changes to the map, which had become so unpopular that players have been editing their game’s files to avoid it.
Miramar is Battlegrounds’ second map and features a vast desert dotted with a few cities and towns. While it is the same size as the forest map of Erangel, it also features much more open space and areas where the desert dust seems to extend forever. Dropping into the wrong location can leave you with very little gear and, unless you can find a vehicle, next to no means to progress further in the playzone. While the open areas can facilitate tense long range battles, the massive wasteland between villages or ruins also leaves players exposed to sudden ambushes. Players desperate to avoid playing on the map started to delete the map’s files from their game in order to get automatically sorted into Erangel.
Battlegrounds’ latest update focuses predominantly on adjusting Miramar. The patch notes list the following changes:
Added more buildings and cover across the map to improve the engagement experience
Added more off-road routes for easier vehicle navigation
Upgraded the item spawn level of certain areas for loot balancing (some areas will spawn better loot)
Increasing the item quality in certain areas should increase the options players have for good drop locations, which could lead to shifts in the early game as players congregate to these spots. The addition of new cover and buildings will change the type of gunfights found on certain areas on the map and presumably cut down on scoped sniper battles.
Improvements will hopefully encourage players to stop avoiding Miramar, which could improve matchmaking. It remains to be seen if a few buildings and better loot can breathe life into Miramar but with luck, players will be leaving corpses in the desert sun in no time.
When I was in high school, I was an expert in pretending to pay attention. I used to read Spin Magazine in my math textbook because it was basically the same size as the book. I also occasionally texted under my desk, and a few of my friends memorized their phone’s keyboard so they could text in their pockets. Kids nowadays aren’t all that different, and teachers, as ever, have to deal with all sorts of student schemes.
Kids in school now have technology issued to them by the school, often for digital textbooks and class materials. But if you’re going to allow middle and high schoolers access to the internet, they’re going to try to fool around. Arthur Wieckiewicz, a History teacher in the suburbs of Chicago said, “I give at least one detention a week for catching a student ‘abusing their iPad privileges,’ and it’s usually because they were playing a game.” So, what are people playing in classrooms? According to the teachers we spoke to, games like Slither.io are popular among students, as well as Clash of Clans. “Students in today’s schools are so equipped with the ability to use technology that they usually can swipe things away faster than I can see them,” said middle school science teacher Brent Wilson.
There are students who bring in consoles, like the Switch, but they’re mainly relegated to breaks and lunch hours. “Most, if not all the times I’ve seen kids playing Switch, it’s like a Nintendo commercial,” Wieckiewicz said, referring to the Nintendo Switch launch trailer, which featured a woman bringing her Switch to a rooftop party. “Several people [were] crowded around a tiny screen laughing and oohing and aahing as each race or match went on. The controllers were being passed around and it all seemed like a really positive experience,” Wieckiewicz said.
Other students, like my old high school friends, have convoluted measures to goof off in school. Brian Wilson, who teaches middle school math in Texas, once saw two students bring a TV and console physically to their school on exam days.. “I never let them set up in my room, but they would take their exam in band or PE or art in 10 minutes then play an old DBZ fighting game for the rest of the 2 hours,” he said. Some students freely admit they bring games to school, too: high school freshman Coleman told Kotaku that he’s snuck in a few games of Battlegrounds on his laptop during class, but only during the lessons of a substitute teacher.
Cell phones are another pernicious problem, and one that is harder to police beyond barring phones or confiscating them at the start of class, which some teachers do. Teachers said that spotting the kids playing Clash of Clans is easy, though. “Since I teach choir, the students use big black choral folders. So, these become natural hiding spots,” said middle school teacher Eric Elftman. “However, it is extremely obvious when any of them are playing because none of them have EVER paid that much attention to their music.” Elftman said that students often claim that they were just checking school related resources or texting their mom, and not playing a game.
Other teachers mentioned students hiding phones under the desk or behind large bags—warning signs that they weren’t paying attention. “It really isn’t hard to spot someone playing on their phone or game when their head is constantly looking up and then to their lap over and over,” said Brent Wilson. “It is great that our students have access to this tool in their pocket, but it is also difficult to compete with FIFA for a student’s attention,” said Arthur Niagara, a high school english teacher.
If you can’t game in class, some students try to shovel gaming content into their eyeballs in other ways. Niagara once caught a student trying to watch a Twitch stream in class while they were analyzing portions of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance. “It was bold,” he said, “and unfortunately for him pretty obvious.” Once, James B, the IT Systems manager for a small school in England, noticed a group of students huddled around a computer at his school, which is usually a bad sign. When he investigated, he discovered that “they were staring at a real-time counter of subscriptions to their favorite streamers ‘YouTube channel. They said ‘We don’t want to miss him hitting a million subs!’”
Many teachers say their students talk about their favorite games all the time, especially Fortnite, which is a hit among middle and high schoolers. Wieckiewicz says students ask him if he plays Fortnite “at least once a day.” Elftman said that kids reenact the game’s emotes in the hallway, usually Fresh, which is “basically the Carlton.” In this school, the game apparently has such a strong presence that “some of the kids that don’t play it are SUPER sick of it!”
Part of the issue, teachers told me, is that there’s no effective way to stop students from accessing games in the first place—and it’s especially tricky when some apps are arguably useful in the classroom. James B said the conversation regarding which websites to block is still evolving, but that his school is “about two weeks away” from blocking all flash. “That’s going to cause a lot of old classics like Line Rider to stop working,” he added.
Many teachers who spoke to Kotaku have found ways to harness their students’ enthusiasm for games in the curriculum. Tristan Scarbrough, a sixth grade science teacher, said that his method for engaging students who love games was to build lessons around them. “I started a lesson last year with a video to try and explain a point; using the original Super Mario to explain force and acceleration over time. It worked great! The students were actively involved,” he said. He has since taught lessons using examples from Rogue Legacy, No Man’s Sky and even used Skyrim’s alchemy system to teach mixtures and solutions. “I’ve come to find that parents think it’s really cool to have a younger teacher actively trying to connect to students in a way they understand,” Scarbrough said. “Sometimes the families themselves begin to play the games together in order to bridge the social gap themselves.”
It’s not like teachers aren’t sympathetic to the plight of a bored middle or high school student. In fact, some of them remembered bringing consoles to school themselves. Still, they’re teachers first. “I can look back and remember sneaking my Gameboy into school to play Pokémon,” Niagara said. “Still, if I catch a kid watching a stream of League, you better believe I’m calling their parents.”
In a textbook example of the use of big data to create a digital poorhouse, as described in Virginia Eubanks’s excellent new book Automating Inequality, the Australian government created an algorithmic, semi-privatised system to mine the financial records of people receiving means-tested benefits and accuse them of fraud on the basis of its findings, bringing in private contractors to build and maintain the system and collect the penalties it ascribed, paying them a commission on the basis of how much money they extracted from poor Australians. (more…)
The Sonora, Mexico native confessed to Tucson Weekly that he was unfamiliar with the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and its award prior to winning:
“First of all, like I told everybody else, I didn’t even know who they were… I said, ‘Well, I don’t know who you are.’ We miscommunicated because of my English, or I didn’t understand exactly what they wanted from us. This is incredible what we have been honored.”
The JBF writes that the “honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are cherished for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal” and describe the winning dog as such:
The Sonoran hot dog evinces the flow of culinary and cultural influences from the U.S. to Mexico and back. Decades ago, elaborately dressed hot dogs began to appear as novelty imports on the streets of Hermosillo, the Sonoran capital. Today, Tucson is the American epicenter, and Daniel Contreras is the leading hotdoguero. A Sonoran native, Contreras was 33 in 1993 when he opened El Guero Canelo. The original stand is now a destination restaurant, outfitted with picnic tables and serviced by a walk-up order window. Fans converge for bacon-wrapped franks, stuffed into stubby bollilos, smothered with beans, onions, mustard, jalapeño sauce, and a squiggle of mayonnaise. Contreras operates three branches in Tucson, one in Phoenix, and a bakery to supply the split-top buns.
Contreras and the other recipients will be honored on Monday, May 7 at the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story is a mystery, still, with only four months til it releases in theaters. This is probably the strangest non-advertising campaign that Disney has done yet, the fact that the only OFFICIAL thing we’ve seen for the LucasFilm standalone title is the simple text lobby poster.
An example- by this point in the oh lets say Wonder Woman press (only because if you’ll recall, people were unhappy with the lack of studio push for the film leading up to it’s release, not because of a DC vs Marvel/Disney thing, ok?) we had had a full trailer, interviews with cast and crew, set photos, and several media pushes to get interest up for the film. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Solo, but it *is* sort of unprecedented for a feature in a franchise with instant name recognition like this.
Maybe that’s why we haven’t gotten anything yet, Disney feels the name alone will bring people to the theaters, especially with the box office success of the most recent Cosmic Conflict programme. That said- I really don’t think Disney/LucasFilm is that stupid.
There has been no shortage of rumor chatter that the Solo film is in trouble- either from a script standpoint or any of the other production woes that seem to follow the scruffy-lookin’ smuggler. You’ll recall that the original writer/director team of Lord and Miller were fired by LucasFilm, and that Ron Howard came in to take over and finish the picture. That alone may not be enough to really signal problems, but it didn’t help matters either.
It could also be that Disney is trying a new tactic with their pre release press, hoping audiences will be interested no matter what they’ve seen/not seen.
Sources say we’ll be getting our first Solo: A Star Wars story teaser/trailer during Super Bowl 52 on Sunday February 5th.
That is no longer the case sadly, as the title has just seen its second delay. This news will see Rockstar pushing the title all the way back into October. Of course, as usually is the case with these delay statements, the cited reason is to provide more polish to get the game up to standard. The statement says:
We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.
Of course, you know what they say, “A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever.” Well, I mean that said, this isn’t entirely true in the world of patches and resurgence of games like Rainbow Six: Siege, but Red Dead Redemption 2 is probably the most anticipated game of the year. If it launched in a poor state, there’d be a disappointment that dwarfs what Mass Effect: Andromeda went through.
Rockstar doesn’t really put out duds and their games are usually real events for the industry. They have to get it right, and hopefully this extra time, while a little disappointing, should end up being totally worthwhile.
Last November, best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis set tongues to wagging in the comic book world when he announced that he would be joining DC Entertainment as part of a “multifaceted” deal. Today both DC and Bendis have revealed the first details on what he has in store for fans.
Bendis’ first DC story will be with fan-favorite artist Jim Lee in ACTION COMICS #1000 (on sale April 18), but this is only the beginning when it comes to his relationship with Krypton’s Last Son. On May 30, Bendis debuts MAN OF STEEL, a six-issue weekly miniseries. Featuring six interconnected covers by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, this series will shake up the classic story of Krypton’s final days and Kal-El’s path to becoming an iconic hero, introducing a new villain that knows a terrifying secret behind the destruction of Superman’s homeworld. Bendis’ story will feature an incredible lineup of artistic firepower, including Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok. A prelude to MAN OF STEEL by Bendis and artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez will be available on May 2, in the DC NATION #0 preview sampler.
This July, more fireworks are in store for fans with not one, but two Superman-themed titles, both written by Bendis. July 11debuts SUPERMAN #1, with art by Ivan Reis. The conclusion of MAN OF STEEL will leave both fans and Superman reeling, and the debut story arc will dive deeper into its consequences, building on popularity already generated by co-writer Peter J. Tomasi and co-writer/artist Pat Gleason. On July 25, ACTION COMICS resumes with issue #1001; with art by Gleason, Bendis will deliver stories that are more character-focused, introduce new characters (both heroes and villains) and spotlight more of Clark Kent and his role at the Daily Planet. ACTION will also take a closer look at how the actions of Superman impact the DC Universe.
THE RETURN OF JINXWORLD
Bendis’ world of gritty noir crime titles, including JINX, TORSO, POWERS, A.K.A. GOLDFISH and SCARLET among others, has found a new home at DC. The library of JINXWORLD titles like BRILLIANT, FIRE, FORTUNE & GLORY and TOTAL SELLOUT will be available digitally by this Spring. Fans can expect to see new stories from continuing series like POWERS, SCARLET and THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC., as well as new characters added to the Jinxworld universe throughout 2018 and beyond.
A CURATED “CUSTOM” IMPRINT
Also scheduled for 2018 is a Bendis-curated custom imprint of titles. This new custom imprint will feature some of Bendis’ all-time favorite characters in very unique and unusual situations, combined with new characters created specifically for this new imprint.