JungleDrums: Ep 48 – RIP Gigantic

    This Week on JungleDrums:

    Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, is joined by Sergeant Jay to delve into this week’s gaming and tech news! Destiny 2‘s road-map has been revealed, Gigantic gives up the goose, Nvidia proves that the cloud can replace a high-end gaming rig, and more!

    • Destiny 2 took its first big step of 2018 yesterday with the release of the 1.1.2 update that enabled Masterwork armor, reduced Illuminated Engram XP requirements, and brought in new perks for Raid armor. Today Bungie shared a more detailed breakdown of its plans for the game over the next few months, which will include the addition of a public chat function, better rewards, a 6v6 Iron Banner mode, private matches, and quite a bit more.


    • Gigantic, the stylized third-person action game from Motiga and Perfect World, will shut down at the end of July, the developer announced today. The decision to shut down the MOBA/hero shooter was announced alongside the game’s final content update. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the January Update is the final content update for Gigantic, and the game servers will be discontinued on July 31, 2018,” Motiga said on the game’s website. While the Windows PC and Xbox One game received mostly positive reviews, Gigantic apparently couldn’t find a wide enough audience to sustain itself.


    • Way back before cryptocurrency mining was a thing, and even before the advent of the 3D graphics card, there was the Commodore 64, an intriguing system with a fleshed out catalog of games. Now more than 30 years later, the Commodore 64 is still considered the best selling PC of all time, and it’s making a comeback as a mini console. THE64 Mini, as it’s called, is a fully licensed product developed by Retro Games Ltd and distributed by Koch Media. It’s half the size of the original C64 from back in the day, and apparently is also a “fully functioning” system with a built-in keyboard, two USB ports, and of course a joystick.


    • NVIDIA’s GeForce Now. To put it simply, the service lets you remotely tap into the power of an expensive gaming rig from any computer. It runs on remote servers powered by NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs, which the company says offers gaming performance on par with its GTX 1080 cards. While NVIDIA isn’t divulging further specifications, you can bet they’re also stuffed with more than enough RAM and CPU horsepower. (NVIDIA claimed they were the equivalent of a $1,500 gaming PC a year ago.) When you launch GeForce Now, you’re actually watching a video streaming to your PC. But since there’s very little latency between what you’re seeing and your keyboard and mouse inputs, it feels as if the games are running right on your computer.


    • Rockstar Games has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 26, 2018. The announcement was made on the official Rockstar Games blog where the company apologised for a delay. The game was originally due out during Spring 2018, following an earlier delay from fall 2017. According to Rockstar, this new delay affords the studio extra time to improve the game.


    About JungleDrums:

    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, or Rainbow Six Siege.

    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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