Streaming a video game two decades before it went mainstream

1995 was a big year. Toy Story and Die Hard: With a Vengeance were released. Not to mention the release of the infamous Windows 95. And for an incredibly special few in Japan, the time between August and November 1995 brought the opportunity to play a never to be released again Zelda title.

The Zelda game in question is BS Zelda no Densetsu (BS The Legend of Zelda) and is the fifth game in the series. It is considered an “enhanced remake” due to its story and gameplay similarities to the original title, but the game features a different character…


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It’s Googles world and Australian news outlets are paying to live in it.

For those not quite up to date, the Australian government is intending to roll out regulation that would ensure that Australian news agencies are not unfairly priced out of the internet ad market, and to ensure they get fairly compensated for the use of their content by Google and Facebook.

I covered the details in my previous article here.


JWST Image from official Artist Impressions
JWST Image from official Artist Impressions

It is extremely hard to park something in space. There are so many gravitational influences from the Sun, the planets, and the Galaxy that if I parked my Millenium Falcon in one spot then went and did some shopping, something would start to pull on it and it would begin floating in that direction, leaving me wandering the space parking lot for hours.

A Lagrange Point is the sweet spot where the gravitational pull between two large objects equals out. Effectively, any object left at a Lagrange point would not float away, it would stay put.

This makes Lagrange Points…


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My first brush with burnout was cataclysmic. I did not understand what I was doing to myself and continued to push myself until I broke.

Once the dust settled, I wrote about that experience in an article titled, The lies and lack of self-respect that lead to burnout.

It was my essay / self-chastisement of what thought processes and actions had allowed me to hurt myself to that extent.

And then I burned out again, not as spectacularly as the first time, primarily because I was more aware of the signs.

However, this second occurrence was within a few months…


Pokémon Gold is an integral part of my childhood, connected to me through trauma

I will never forget Pokémon Gold, primarily because when I nearly died at age thirteen, my first thought was about reloading my last Pokémon Gold save. But before I delve into that story, I need to digress briefly to fill in some context.


RE: The return of Game Demos.

A lovely person on Twitter; Vivek Gohil (uncannyvivek) pointed out that Demos would be a great way for players to try and see if a game has enough accessibility options that would allow them to play the game. I thought this was a great shoutout and wanted to add that in here.

https://twitter.com/uncannyvivek/status/1380604781677453319?s=20


We have the technology to make demos work for both consumer and publisher

My first ever video game purchase came from a demo disc. It was the first Age of Empires (1999 edition), and it had come in a box of Nutri-Grain cereal. I loved the game so much; I even played manual Age of Empires whenever I was away from the computer — using Legos, school stationery, and rocks as makeshift barracks and town centers. However, I reached the Iron Age a lot quicker when I was playing the game analogue style.


Yes those new books are setting up a nice backdrop and I wouldn't say no. I'd love a game in a new setting.


For eight years this simulator has been a hotbed of never seen before unique experiences

Elite Dangerous is about to undergo a massive change. This year, the game will get its “Odyssey” expansion, an update that will fundamentally change the game’s core.

“We will move into a new era of Elite Dangerous,” the game’s developers, Frontier Developments, explains, and they are not wrong.


Microsoft needs to play it safe if they want to avoid turning Game Pass into Netflix

Now the ink has dried on the Zenimax acquisition, Microsoft is a little less coy about what upcoming titles will be exclusive.

The latest we have seen on the topic is that some titles will be exclusive, and that exclusivity is very much “the next logical step” in Microsoft’s game plan.

So, let us break out the crystal ball and begin method acting as a high-ranking Microsoft exec and explore how this will probably play out over the coming years and what this means for Starfield and Elder Scrolls.

What’s in it for Microsoft?

Let us start by understanding what Microsoft’s goals are here. Ultimately…

Ron Soak 🏳️‍🌈

Writer with a love of nearly anything to do with Space 🚀. Astronomy, Art, Books, TV, Movies, Video Games . All views expressed here are my own.

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