This week, we discuss Epic Games’ new asset pack, Banjo Kazooie for Super Smash Bros, a new Deadpool 2 trailer, Monty Python is coming to Netflix, a Disney legend retiring, the Facebook data breach, the new world’s smallest computer, and HTC Vive Pro’s price finally announced!
This week in gaming, Epic Games has released a gigantic Paragon asset pack, valued at $12 million, for FREE! A few weeks ago, Epic announced they will be shutting down Paragon for good due to the lack of players and now they seem to be making the best of it. The assets include 20 professionally designed characters with skins, animations, and dialogue, as well as over 1,500 environmental components! You can download the pack on the Unreal Marketplace here. Epic also says there will be millions of dollars worth of more Paragon assets to come in the Spring and Summer. Props to Epic for taking their game’s flop like a true champion and helping out countless indie devs and hobbyists! We need more devs like you!
Could Banjo Kazooie be coming to the next Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch? We haven’t seen the nostalgic Banjo Kazooie since 2005, but on Tuesday a fan tweeted lead Microsoft Executive, Phil Spencer, asking if he’d be open to the idea of bringing the classic character to the new game, to which Spencer simply answered, “Yep.”
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 20, 2018
Microsoft has worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before, and they’re surprisingly open to working together again. This could spell good news for Smash fans worldwide. Whether we’ll see any characters come to the game is unknown, but it would be a perfect fit.
This week in movies, 20th Century Fox released a new trailer for Deadpool 2. While we have seen teases and a “Meet Cable” video, this is the first trailer to really give us a solid grasp on what the movie is going to be like. Everyone’s favorite taxi driver makes a comeback, Cable seeks to kill a little kid, and the continuation of a budding romance! The movie releases on May 18th, so mark your calendars and get your tickets before it’s too late!
A whole slew of Monty Python movies are coming to Netflix on April 15th! The official Monty Python website announced they will be bringing a bunch of Monty Python movies to the streaming giant in less than a month. Some of the titles include The Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Live, and much more. You can check out the full list here.
Animation legend John Musker retired this week after working for 40 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Musker served as co-director of iconic films such as Moana, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. He was also thrown a retirement party this week, and hundreds of people showed up to send him off. John Musker has been instrumental in the making of many of our favorite childhood memories; hats off to the man, we thank him for so many amazing memories and we wish him a happy retirement
This week in tech, if you haven’t heard yet, Facebook had the data of over 50 million users leaked to Cambridge Analytica. Now, people are taking to Twitter in droves to tweet the hashtag #DeleteFacebook, which encourages users to delete their Facebook profiles in protest of the severe breach and lack of overall security. Among those advocating for the hashtag are WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk. In the wake the breach, Facebook has lost $60 billion in market value and Zuckerberg himself has lost $10 billion in net worth in less than a week. As if matters couldn’t get worse, Facebook is also being sued by its own investors, who also took a big loss in market value, for failing to disclose their vulnerabilities. This is probably one of the biggest scandals we’ve seen from a major corporation in a very long time, and there’s no telling how this whole thing will play out in end.
In positive news, IBM just unveiled the world’s smallest computer, and it’s smaller than a grain of salt! This 1 x 1 mm thing isn’t just a processor like you’d expect, it’s a legitimate computer! And to top it off, it costs less than 10 cents to make! The image below shows these little things off. The pic on the left shows 64 motherboards each with 2 computers, aka 128 computers! The image on the right shows the actual size of one computer in a pile of salt. You might wonder how much power they could possibly fit in a computer that small, and you’d be surprised. IBM claims the computer has the power of an x86 chip from 1990, which may sound old, but it might actually be able to run Doom. There is a whole new world of possibilities with this new computer, we can’t wait to see what pops up.
HTC finally released the price that the HTC Vive Pro will retail for starting April 5th. The headset comes solo (no controllers or base stations) and costs a whopping $799. That’s the same price the entire set started retailing at in 2016. It’s a big jump; many enthusiasts are upset with the price hike. However, the headset does sport a 78% increase in resolution, giving a much crisper image. On the bright side, the current HTC Vive’s have had a price drop of $100 bringing it down to $499. So if you’ve been waiting to get in on the VR craze, now’s your chance. The new headset clearly isn’t priced for your average consumer, but prices should fall over the next few years.