This Week on JungleDrums:
Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. Sea of Thieves ‘first’ Pirate Legend, Space Hulk: Deathwing no longer coming to Xbox, a new board game all about kicking ass, and more!
- Whether you love or hate Sea of Thieves (I’m pretty sure our EiC loves it, but don’t take my word for it, read about it here), the online community appears to have all raised their pitchforks in unison against the first Pirate Legend. Prod1gyX was criticised for boosting his way to Reputation Level 50 with all 3 factions, by using his viewers to do all the work whilst he shared in the rewards. But what is more ‘piratey’ than having other people do the work for you?
- Valve responds to reports that Steam Machines are dead in the water:
We’ve noticed that what started out as a routine cleanup of the Steam Store navigation turned into a story about the delisting of Steam Machines. That section of the Steam Store is still available, but was removed from the main navigation bar based on user traffic. Given that this change has sparked a lot of interest, we thought it’d make sense to address some of the points we’ve seen people take away from it.
- Space Hulk: Deathwing was released on PC in 2016, and was truly a fabulous looking game. As an avid 40K fan, I was certainly interested, but read that there were some optimisation issues. So rather than grab it on PC, I was patiently awaiting the ‘Enhanced Edition’ being released for the Xbox One X. Unfortunately, in a shock development with no prior warning, it has been announced that the Enhanced Edition is going to only be released on PS4 and PC. PC owners of the base version will be upgraded for free, whereas prospective buyers can expect to pay around £30/$40
- Intel has made the decision to stop developing microcode updates-that would mitigate Spectre and Meltdown-for certain older processors. Some of the affected processors date back to 2007, and are likely used within closed systems that would not be affected by these vulnerabilities; or at least that is what Intel claims. If you have an older CPU such as a Core 2 Quad Q8200 or even an i7-920, then unfortunately you have been left in the dust.
- A new Street Fighter board game is up on Kickstarter, and frankly it looks pretty amazing. The level of detail on the figurines is top notch, and likely worth the cost of entry just to have them for display purposes. But the game itself looks quite ambitious. Featuring large stages, combat via cards and dice, destructible terrain, 1v1 or team combat; it looks like it may be a must-buy for Street Fighter as well as table-top fans.
- This past week, some lucky content creators received a mysterious package from Activision containing a purple egg. The egg was accompanied with a message stating that ‘something is about hatch’, which soon led to speculation that a new Spyro game must be in the works. Well there is no need for speculation any longer, as Activision has confirmed that Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be releasing on September 21 for PS4 and Xbox One.
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, Rainbow Six Siege, or Monster Hunter: World