Friday, June 12


Daily News Stuff 12 June 2020

Inverse Penguin Edition

Tech News

  • Need a game to pass time on these cold winter nights?  (Well, it is where I am.)

    You could do worse than checking out the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality.  (

    Whatever you think of the idiots currently playing out the last days of the Paris Commune in Seattle, or the idiots enabling them, or the idiots in the media pushing propaganda 24/7...  Right.

    Anyway, the bundle is $5 and contains, um, 1637 games of varying sorts.  Mostly small indie games, but some titles I have actually heard of, like Anodyne, Highway Blossoms, and Glittermitten Grove, which are all on Steam and cost rather more than $5 each.  Also some tabletop RPG books and game asset collections (tiles and sprites and so on).

  • If that's either (a) not enough games for you or (b) too much money, there's always BlueMaxima's Flashpoint.

    49,000 games totalling about 330GB.  And it's all bundled up into one huge fucking zip file so you need to download the whole thing and then you need another 400GB of space to unpack it.

    Or....  You could download the installer which is "only" 1.7GB and grabs the games from the online archive the first time you play them.

    And yes, it has all the yeti games.

  • Sony showed off the Playstation 5 design.  (AnandTech)

    The real one, not that mini frisbee launcher thing.

    The real one...  Looks like an inverse penguin with purple devil horns.  It's not ugly, but it is deeply stupid.

    The peripherals look just fine.  It's only the console that has brain damage.

  • Jim Keller has resigned from Intel.  (AnandTech)

    Effective yesterday.  For "personal reasons" according to Intel.  That's unusual and suggests either health or family issues - I hope that's not the case - or  a blow up related to Intel's institutional politics. 

    Given how long Intel has been reheating Skylake and 14nm, the latter seems entirely plausible.

  • Async is objectively worse.  (Cal Peterson)

    It does, possibly, use less memory.  Maybe. But it has a lot more variation in latency, which is really no surprise when you throw away fifty years of work in making multiple tasks run smoothly at the same time.

  • And I thought I had problems.  (Napolux)

    I've repeatedly had to block SEO web crawlers that were doing a dozen requests per second to the server.  This guy was getting hit with a hundred requests per second - by Facebook.

Disclaimer: All the yeti games.  All of them.

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1 Hrm.  I saw a game, Mewnbase, that looked a bit interesting, so I clicked through to the game's site.  It includes a Steam key, but not if you get it through this bundle.  I wonder how many of those there are going to be.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 13 2020 12:11 AM (Iwkd4)

2 I think all the games in the bundle are direct download, no Steam keys.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, June 13 2020 03:54 AM (PiXy!)

3 Yeah, I clicked through to a few of the individual games' pages and they all said that.
Also, some of them say you have to pay more than the $5 minimum to get them, like Humble Bundles, but the main page didn't seem to mention that.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 13 2020 05:50 AM (Iwkd4)

4 I can wholly support the visual novel Highway Blossoms.  It's not your normal love story, it's fully voiced, and there's a new DLC that's about half the length of the original game coming.
I had a great time with it, and the Silly Mode is amazing.  I paid $10 for my copy of it, and consider it money well-spent.  If the bundle is $5.00, then think of it as Highway Blossoms for half price and everything else is free.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, June 13 2020 08:52 AM (R3RCK)

5 Rick C - I poked around a bit, and that minimum price thing applies if you are buying the individual items outside of a bundle.  One of the items in the bundle is a sound effects library that normally costs $45 and has that message, but having paid $5 for the bundle you do in fact get the whole thing.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, June 14 2020 03:08 AM (PiXy!)

6 I know people who repair video game systems as a very profitable sideline.  The considered opinion was that the PS5 is looking to be a nightmare if you ever need to repair it.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, June 14 2020 04:20 AM (4i7w0)

7 Pixy, that's good to know.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, June 14 2020 05:22 AM (Iwkd4)

8 I went through the bundle, and I have to say, I hadn't realized "writing games as therapy" was such a thing.


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, June 14 2020 10:34 AM (ZlYZd)

9 I'm fine with writing games as therapy.  In fact, I think that's a great idea.  Learn useful skills and get it all out of your system at the same time.  

Better that way than when you're directing the next Star Wars film.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, June 14 2020 02:24 PM (PiXy!)

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