This Week on JungleDrums:
Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s gaming and tech news! After saying goodbye to 2017 last week, we are not even a full week into 2018 and already the internet is riddled with drama! The hot news item for you techies out there is of course the latest development with the ‘CPU Meltdown Bugs’: Meltdown and Spectre, and I discuss some of the gaming titles that we can expect to see in 2018!
Two major computer processor security bugs, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, affect nearly every device made in the last 20 years. The ramifications of how much these bugs will impact computing is still playing out, but it could lead to compromised servers for cloud platforms and other farther-reaching effects. Meltdown is specific to Intel devices, and companies are already working on patches that will provide protection, although there is the possibility of performance loss due to the patch. Spectre is more widespread, affecting CPUs from AMD, Intel, and even ARM chips on mobile devices. It’s a far more serious problem that will likely need wholly redesigned processors to fix in future hardware generations.
- Monster Hunter World releases for XBox One and PS4 on January 26th, with the PC release expected later this year. Despite huge success on portables in Japan, this series has been a perennial nearly man since it broke online gaming ground on PS2. As arcane as it can be, there’s something so innately appealing about the co-op dinosaur-hunting concept that the dream of a global hit never quite died. Monster Hunter World sees Capcom put its biggest push yet behind it; the art has scaled up beautifully to home consoles and the changes are smart. If there was ever a time to get on board, this is it.
- Sea of Thieves releases for Xbox One and PC on March 20th, Sea of Thieves is legendary developer Rare’s first game since its ill-fated Kinect era. Surprisingly, Rare’s not returning to the 3D platformer genre it helped usher in during the Nintendo 64 era. Nor is Sea of Thieves anywhere close to Rare’s shooter titles. Instead, the studio’s new game is a pirate adventure game where players command a ship, fight enemies, and look for treasure. Having played a fair bit of it courtesy of the insider program-but a strict NDA prohibits me from discussing too much about it-I can attest it will be a lot of fun.
- Skull & Bones is expected around Q3/Q4 of 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is hard not to enjoy the sheer thriftiness of Ubisoft as it takes a lavish incidental feature from the Assassin’s series and repackages it as a standalone. Thrillingly, this isn’t the only pirate simulator out in 2018, but the reliance on the stately naval combat established back in the Animus in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag makes it feel like a fairly safe bet, and multiplayer should be interesting.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.