Hello Everyone it’s Soheil here with your Nerd News for this week! We are going to start the Nerd News this week with something that  Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, “Labo is unlike anything we’ve done before”, the Nintendo Labo.

Nintendo says that “Labo combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.”

Nintendo Labo is released as individual Labo Kits, each containing a set of pre-made cardboard cut-outs and other materials, used to make “Toy-Cons”, and a Nintendo Switch game card, which contains interactive instructions on how to assemble the Toy-Cons and software that the Toy-Cons can interact with. Once each Toy-Con is constructed, players insert the main Nintendo Switch display and/or one or both of the Joy-Con controllers according to the instructions. Each Toy-Con functions differently in the ways it interacts with either the Joy-Cons or the main display. For example, a piano Toy-Con can read the Right Joy-Con controllers infrared sensor to identify notes being played, while robotic Toy-Cons move using HD Rumble from the Joy-Con controllers, which are controlled via the touchscreen. Players may freely decorate the cardboard parts using coloring pens, tape, and other materials, while more experienced users can invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con.

Two Labo Kits have currently been announced for launch on April 20, 2018 in North America, Australia, and Japan and on April 27, 2018 in Europe. An accessory set containing stencils, stickers, and tape will be available separately.

The Variety Kit contains kits for five individual Toy-Cons:

  • A remote-controlled car, where the vibrations from the Joy-Con serve to provide momentum and steering to the car. The game software allows the player to control the car like a normal remote-controlled vehicle using the console itself as the controller.
  • A fishing rod where the Joy-Con sit in the reel and the handle of the rod. The game receives motion input from the Joy-Con to simulate a fishing game.
  • A toy piano with a full octave of keys; the console sits atop this to serve as a music stand.
  • A motorbike with Joy-Con inserted into the handlebars on either side of the Console for steering.
  • A house containing a slot to insert different components that can interact with the game software on the Console’s display.

The Robot Kit includes parts to make a mecha suit that includes a visor which holds the Switch and a backpack that holds the Joy-Con. This allows the player to rampage through a virtual world presented on the console’s screen. Journalists noted similarities between this Kit and Project Giant Robot, a software title for the Wii U that had players use the motion sensing of the Wii U GamePad to control a robot and rampage through a city. Project Giant Robot was teased during E3 2014 and believed to be tied to Star Fox Zero, but was ultimately cancelled by Nintendo.

While Nintendo has not confirmed any additional Toy-Con kits, journalists observed that other Toy-Con configurations were shown in the announce trailer, suggesting that additional kits may be announced at a later date.

Info Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_Labo

2 . Childish Gambino has signed another record deal and people are going nuts. Looks like from reports that Childish Gambino or Donald Glover or Lando has signed another record deal with RCA. From his previous interviews he has said “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again” and “I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.”  Well it looks like his reason is that He also seems to be leading the Grammys with several nominations for 2018.

Info Source: https://hypebeast.com/2018/1/childish-gambino-signs-to-rca

3. Looks like Bungie has faux pas with  Destiny 2, with all the rumblings that Bungie is not being transparent with information. It has been revealed  that Rally Tokens – the currency through which players can increase their standing in their chosen faction – have been capped in a recent update without telling players. It looks like this has lead to an apology of sorts from Christopher Barrett. Saying “Going forward we’ll strive to communicate any changes to rewards or experiences before they go live.”

4. PUBG has looked into cheating according to its latest Dev Blog:

Info Source: http://playbattlegrounds.com/news/120.pu

We quote:  

“After PC 1.0 launch, our highest priority has been ensuring a fair and competitive environment by combating cheats and decreasing the amount of their users as well as address any optimization and stability issues to create a more enjoyable environment.

We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action. This week, we performed a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed analysis of tens of millions of data logs. Through this exercise, we were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of cheat and now we have confirmed that it was clearly an attempt of compromising our game. These players will be permanently banned in a single wave. This is an example of additional measures we will be taking on top of the basic detection systems in place. We will continue to check the data logs like this even if it means the anti-cheat team has to filter through hundreds of billions of data logs manually. In addition, we are looking into adopting a new solution to detect and ban more cheaters and we have been continuously strengthening our security systems. We have also liaised with investigative authorities in some countries to take legal actions against developers and distributors of cheats. We are determined to take strong measures against them going forward.”

They also have set up an update as well:

“Blue zone balance adjustment

  • Slightly decreased the waiting time of the blue zones in mid-to-late phase of a match
  • Slightly decreased the shrinking speed of the blue zones in mid-to-late phase (In this phase, blue zones will now move at a slower speed and the travel time of blue zones has slightly increased due to this change)
  • Slightly increased the damage per second of the last blue zone

These changes will be tested for several days. We will be testing this further after making changes to the above based on your feedback and play data. Please let us know your feedback on the adjusted blue zone mechanic compared with the current one on the live servers. 

5. Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie ‘Detective Pikachu’

Info Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ken-watanabe-joins-ryan-reynolds-pokemon-movie-detective-pikachu-1076103

Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokemon movie.

In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe — who will slip into a role specifically created for the movie — joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise.

Watanabe’s work is well-known at Legendary as he appeared in the company’s Godzilla and the upcoming sequel Godzilla: King of Monsters.

The actor was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the Tom Cruise drama The Last Samurai, appeared in Batman Begins and has a voice role in Wes Anderson’s upcoming Isle of Dogs.

Detective Pikachu is an adventure game developed by Creatures Inc. and published by The Pokémon Company for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a spin-off of the Pokémon franchise, in which players work with a talking Pikachu to solve mysteries. It was released in Japan in February 2016, and is due to be released worldwide in March 2018. A film adaptation will be produced by Legendary Entertainment and released by Universal Pictures in May 2019.

Bonus News:

Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy film The Shape of Water garnered the highest number of nominations, with 13 nods across various categories, including “Best Picture” and “Best Director,” as well as acting nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting cast member Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. The film also raked in nominations across nearly every technical category, as well as a nomination for the film’s screenplay.

Given the Academy’s historic aversion to genre films — particularly horror — The Shape of Water still isn’t the favorite to take home Oscars in any of the major categories, but could do well in the technical categories. Its absence from the visual effects and makeup categories is conspicuous, though.

Info Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/oscar-nominations-2018/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=1sig&utm_campaign=One%20Signal

Thank for joining us for this week’s edition of nerd news. I have one question for everyone How far would you like to see games banning players for cheating? Complete ban from online gameplay or a timeout for a while? Let us know in the comments below. Please hit that like button and subscribe so you can get regular updates to Nerd News and Nerd Confessions.

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