Ello ello, you fine people. It’s good to be back working on The Breakdown. I hope the end of the week has found you all in good place, and that you are having a fan-f–&*!-tastic day. We made it through another week, and the human race still exist, so I guess that a positive. We’re gonna jump into some heavy stuff right off the bat.
In the past few weeks, I’ve talked about the FCC, and the very real possibility that they would be rolling back Net Neutrality regulations. Well, they’ve started. The flaming douche canoe, formerly known as FCC Chairman; Ajit Pai, has gotten his way, and the roll back in regulation is beginning.
The former Verizon lawyer, turned FCC Chairman, recently did an interview with NPR. (I recommend that you read it. The article can be found here.) In the interview, Pai frames himself as the protector of freedom, and fixer extraordinary. It’s none too surprising, given his recent political support that Pai would project himself as the savior of the people; and yet his policies appear to be pro big coms.
Maybe I’m just being an a-hole because I have authority issues, or I’m too cynical. It just seems to me that Pai has adopted the motto of “I came here to fellate internet providers and tear sh@$ up. And I’m all out of internet providers.” I’d love the opportunity to challenge him publicly, but since the ghetto fuehrer has dictated that only his Twitter should be read; Pai has been silent on social media. Ars Technica wrote a fantastic piece on the complexities and the stakes of net neutrality. Please check it out (Link here). In my opinion this is THE most important conversation happening in the US right now.
In other pressing news, Sony releases new firmware, little hitch though… Firmware version 4.70, is soft bricking some user’s PS4. The issue appears to be indiscriminate, affecting different versions of the PS4 hardware. There’s an extensive reddit thread about it, but the the general consensus is that the following steps will fix the issue:
1)Power off PS4
2)Disconnect all external devices except tv
3)Reboot in safe mode (turn off console hold Power down for 7-8 seconds)
4)Connect control over USB
5)Select Rebuild Database
6)Restart after database rebuild
7)Connect to PSN
In other Sony hardware news, Sony has officially stopped production of the PS3 in Japan. It’s been reported that the last batches are headed to retailers, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Luckily here in the states, the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of consumers. In a recent decision, the court ruled that once you purchase a product, you are free to modify and repair it as you please. This means that when your PS3, old console, or device breaks, it’s not technically a crime to repair it now. The software on those devices still exists in an odd grey area, but at least we are getting somewhere.
Speaking of getting somewhere, Tekken 7 just dropped to some pretty impressive reviews. By most accounts it seems that Tekken is returning to a play style more reminiscent of old Tekken. The difficulty ceiling is reported very high. Here’s to hoping that the beloved, yet beleaguered, franchise can make a comeback.
And speaking of comebacks, Wonder Woman dropped, and damn the news out of the theaters is awesome, with audiences overwhelmingly supporting Gal Gadot’s performance. As of writing this, the film had a 76% rating on Metacritic, 8.5/10 on IMDB, and a 7.6/10 on rotten tomatoes. The only complaint most seem to have is that the third act stretches a bit, and the “forced European” accents of the amazon. I was even told that the film may even better than Loga. If you’ve seen it, I want to hear what you think.
Out of left field, some crazy shit Final Fantasy shit went down. It appears that Square Enix, and third party dev CyberConnect2 have had a falling out. As the FFVII development has been moved in house. During a recent stream Square Enix dev Naoki Hamaguchi reported that, “I’ve taken over the development side of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake,” and continued stating that “Up until now, development has progressed by receiving external collaboration, but from here on out, with production and quality in mind, we’re shifting to our in-house organization. This company decision was made wanting to control quality as well as keeping the schedule stable.” He also reported that the change was a, “sensitive subject.” So it looks like you Final Fantasy fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to shell out $60 on the first installment of three on a game you’ve already basically played. With any luck, you’ll be able to play before the next gen of consoles comes out.
In a final bit of news, Nintendo recently announced that their online service will be launching in 2018. No exact date has been given yet, but it was announced that a 1 year subscription will set you back about $20, with one month costing $4 and $8 for 3 months of service. Nintendo was quick to tell their end users, that Nintendo Switch Online services will remain free until the new service launched.
With your subscription comes access to a library of NES games. Kotaku quoted Nintendo as saying, “Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play. Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription.” and “Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to play a wide variety of classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. More games will be announced at a later date. At launch the classic game library will include NES games. Super NES games continue to be under consideration, but we have nothing further to announce at this time.” It was also announced that Nintendo voice chat services will be launching this summer via a smartphone app.
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