JungleDrums: Ep 71 – The Horde is Evil

    Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. 2nd Gen Threadripper gets an awesome box, Anthem is a case of ‘our world, my story’, World of Warcraft fans upset with the new story-line, and more!

    • Packaging for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series has surfaced on VideoCardz. The new box features a translucent window and mimics—in my opinion at least—the CPU erupting out of a volcano. Either that or a valuable gem recently uncovered from a rocky surface. Regardless, the packaging looks fantastic and the processor itself should definitely perform once it is released.
    • In an article from GameSpot, some more details concerning Anthem have surfaced; specifically in regards to the dynamic nature of the shared world. BioWare general manager Casey Hudson is quoted as explaining: ‘In the dynamic open world, everything is experienced in real-time by all Anthem players–day/night, weather, and world-scale events that shape the ongoing narrative of the setting. This is “our world”, which we share as a player community. Then when you return to Fort Tarsis, that’s actually a single-player experience, and it’s where you spend time developing relationships, making choices, and seeing consequences. That’s the “my story” part.
    • According to The Verge, Logitech is acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 Million USD. The move into high-end audio recording will synergise well with other brands within the company’s portfolio: Ultimate Ears, Jaybird, and Astro Gaming. The acquisition makes sense, as Logitech already has a strong foothold in the webcam scene and hi-fidelity audio components (thanks to other brands they have purchased); the acquisition of Blue enables them to grab a piece of the microphone pie as well.
    • Canadians rejoice! Canada is Welcoming Its First-Ever eSports Gaming Stadium in 2019. Well, that is the headline from Variety at least. Not much is known specifically about the upcoming stadium, but promises to be purpose-built specifically for tournaments, major events, and anything else eSports related. It will most certainly change the landscape of eSports in the Vancouver area.
    • The closed multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now live on PS4, with the Xbox One and PC sessions not starting until next weekend. The folk at GamesRadar have all the details of the dates and times, but in order to access the close beta you will have to have already pre-ordered the game.
    • World of Warcraft‘s latest story campaign has created a huge controversy with long-time fans of the game. The Horde and the Alliance have always been considered morally gray, but the new story-line tells a different tale. The uproar comes from certain events that effectively make the Alliance the good guys, whilst the Horde are evil. The full article is on Polygon and is definitely worth a read.

    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, Rainbow Six Siege, or Monster Hunter: World

    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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