Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, returns to catch up on the latest tech and gaming news that he missed over the last two weeks. Computex 2018 recap, E3 highlights, the death of VR, and of course Gaming Disorder!
- With over a thousand tech companies exhibiting their wares at Computex, this annual trade show is a mecca for PC enthusiasts. The most interesting development (in my opinion) is of course the 2nd Generation Threadripper CPU, with support for up to 32 cores (64 threads). But, there were certainly other items of interest on show as as well.
- Admittedly, I did not get the opportunity to watch each and every E3 conference this year; I was too busy with school work. But the team at Scholarly Gamers did a fantastic job of providing coverage via live-blogs, live-streams, and of course new articles throughout the conference. E3 provided some closer looks at games such as Anthem, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, The Division 2, and many others; as well as revealing several new (if not previously unheard of games) such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The jury is still out as to how E3 2018 ranks in comparison to previous years, but this list highlights the 14 best video games according to The Guardian.
- After dodging questions for the last 2 years about virtual reality on the Xbox, Microsoft have finally confirmed that there are no plans to bring VR/AR/MR to their consoles. The company’s chief marketing officer said, ‘We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality…PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR.’ Whilst not terribly surprising, many Xbox One X owners may feel slightly duped, as Phil Spencer himself stated at E3 2016 that Project Scorpio would deliver ‘high fidelity VR.’ Perhaps Microsoft do not feel as confident about backing the technology after monitoring the abysmal sales record of headsets over the last two years, as well as the lack of AAA games that have VR support.
- The World Health Organisation is adding ‘gaming disorder’ to the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which is the globally recognised compendium of medical conditions and diagnoses. Before all the gamers start throwing their controllers at the wall in protest, it is worth noting that nothing is changing immediately; the draft itself will not be presented until May 2019, and if approved it would not take effect until January 2022. Many researchers believe the scientific evidence for the classification is weak, and the ICD is quite often ‘behind the times’. For example, homosexuality was still listed as a mental disorder up until ICD-10 was introduced; and still currently lists ‘gender identity disorders’ (transgender, transsexualism) under Chapter V: Mental and behavioural disorders. Thankfully, ICD-11 is removing ‘gender identity disorders’ to reflect modern medical and social attitudes.
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