Weekly News Roundup: Week 39

Ataribox looks good

First up this week on the news list is the Ataribox making waves with the reveal of what we should be expecting within this interesting product.

Of course, you would expect the thing to only play Atari games. If you think that, you are sadly mistaken, the Ataribox is actually codenamed for a Steam machine since it’s going to have Linux preloaded on it with the ability to download and run programs.

And that’s not all! We also know now that the Ataribox is going to be packing a custom made AMD processor with Radeon Graphics! Now do you see why I called it a Steam machine?

Assassin’s Creed gets educational

In a surprising turn of events, Ubisoft has announced that they are currently developing a feature that they plan on releasing to the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins game.

What’s the feature? Well, it’s actually going to be an “educational” mode that will allow you to explore the world that Ubisoft has created with blood, sweat, and money l**t (although the mode will be free to play by all who own the game).

Called “Discovery Tour”, it’s supposed to be a thing that has you going on tours with NPCs throughout Ancient Egypt, learning about certain topics regarding the everyday lives of the Egyptians, their religious beliefs, the pyramids, and since you can’t do all that while slicing the back of someone’s neck, all combat in this mode will be disabled so all you can do is walk around in all of your sad third person glory.

The mode will release about a year after the game launches on October 27th.

The Wii Shop Channel closes its doors for good

It truly has been the end of an era here for a while now, it’s just slowly becoming ever so more real as time goes on.

I remember when the 2000s were in full swing, and this was the console that was carrying the torch to a new generation of technology (though it was the weakest of the consoles, I don’t care) the Wii brought joy to many a household, but like all masterful things, more aspects of it must shut down for good since it’s worthless to have them up anymore at this point.

On January 30th, 2019, the Wii Shop Channel will close its doors for good, and you won’t be able to add any points or make any purchases. For a while after the shutdown, you¬†will be able to re-download any purchases you’ve made in the past, but eventually, the whole thing’s going to shut down, but there’s no date on it yet.

Thinking about it, we’ve still got more than a year of this left, but it’s not about that, it’s about the times we’ve had with the Wii and the dumb games we’ve all downloaded onto our Wii and then have gotten frustrated because we don’t have a Gamecube controller to use with the game so it’s useless. That’s what it’s all about.


That’s all the major gaming news for the week

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