JungleDrums: Episode 22 – Astro’s Acquisition and Destiny 2’s Story

    JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, is joined by Gimboid and SergeantJay as they delve into this weeks’ gaming and tech news! Logitech acquires ASTRO Gaming, Destiny 2 has ‘story everywhere’, Warframe is introducing a game-changing expansion, and more!

    This Week on JungleDrums:


    • ASTRO Gaming has been purchased for $85 million by Logitech. With each company being known for having firm footholds in the console world (ASTRO) and the PC world (Logitech), this development appears to be mutually beneficial. Logitech firmly believes that this move will accelerate the long-term growth of its gaming business, but will it result in ASTRO losing their own identity?
    • One of the largest complaints concerning the original release of Destiny was a lack of story. This was somewhat addressed by the subsequent expansions, but there still remained several arcs that never achieved their full potential (“I don’t have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.”). Apparently, Destiny 2 is going to feature so much story content that narrative lead Jason Harris and cinematic lead Matthew Ward jokingly hope to see players complain online about how the story is everywhere in the game.
    • Warframe: Plains of Eidolon is a game-changing expansion that is due to release later this year. Unlike previous Warframe missions, Plains of Eidolon is a vast open-world area with multiple mission objectives and the ability to explore in numerous ways. The upcoming expansion promises to bring new areas, acoustics, wildlife, and mechanics. This is clearly a new adventure for Warframe players, and it looks great!
    • Toronto-based Blue Isle Studios have been working on an (takes deep breath) online open world fantasy sandbox RPG called Citadel: Forged With Fire. The game itself will debut on PC via Steam Early Access on July 26th, with a console release expected in the future. What does a OOWFSRPG look like? Quite interesting actually, or as one of my co-hosts put it: “It’s like Harry Potter and Skyrim had a baby.”
    • Net-neutrality was a hot topic this week, thanks to the ‘Day of Action’ on Wednesday. This online day of protest spurred millions to speak out for online freedoms. While the focus was on the impending revocation of net-neutrality rules by the FCC in the United States, AJ goes on a bit of a rant about throttling and how it can specifically affect content creators.
    • A study of more than 100,000 teenagers (in England) shows less than 1% of teens that are bullied have only experienced it online. Cyberbullying has been a (un)popular topic in the media for quite some time, but the largest every study into bullying among teenagers suggests that concerns about cyberbullying may be overblown. While the study and original article are objective in nature, AcuteJungle66 provides a very subjective opinion of his views concerning cyberbullying.



    JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by one of Scholarly Gamers’ dedicated streamers, 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 of his interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as The Division or Rainbow Six Siege.


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    AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the '80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, he holds Masters of Science in Advanced Internetwork Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Cyber Security and Networks from Glasgow Caledonian University. As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much 'quieter' life these days as a College Lecturer.


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