Saturday, February 6, 2016

HotSauce Off the Presses for the week of 2-06-16

What's up Hot Sauce Nation? SirOrin here with another weekly roundup of what we have been doing and some of the biggest news to hit gaming this week. 

On the channel I have been exploring the deep waters of Soma, Rex has been crawling through the Deepest Darkest Dungeons, AzzAlane and Louie have been going deep in sandal debt with Mystical Ninjas, and Mattikus has been working his way out of the deep salt mines in Street Fighter: Third Strike.

Wednesday will hopefully bring the return of our Hot Sauce Playdate. Stay tuned to the schedule to see what each of us will be playing the rest of the week. Now let's see what news stories caught my eye.

HotSauce Off the Presses for the week of 2-06-16

Not all cards are created equal.

For the first time, Hearthstone is "retiring" certain cards from its main modes. The new "Standard" mode will be the default format and exclude several cards including the Curse of Naxxramas and Goblins vs Gnomes expansions. This is a common practice for competitive card games but a first for the Blizzard hit CCG. People who dropped hundreds of dollars on the previous expansions are not surprisingly upset by this news. Old cards can still be used in the "Wild" format, which is also the format Arena (and likely Tavern Brawl) will now run. All in all this seems like a healthy decision for competitive Hearthstone. Still, the response has been mixed. This is probably the first CCG for most of the upset players and they have probably not experienced this like players of other CCG games (Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, etc). I am disppointed to lose my Loatheb and Dr. Boom just like everyone else but it will be exciting to see how this changes up the meta.

Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor?
More like Dorito's and Mt. Dew!
A New Challenger Approaches! Lupe Fiasco!

In one of the most hilarious stories of the week, rapper Lupe Fiasco is embroiled in a beef war. Not with another hip hop artist, but with Daigo Umehara of the fighting game community. What started out as an innocent enough tweet by Lupe Fiasco about being good at street fighter, evolved into the fighting game community challenging him to a million dollar money match with the legendary Street Fighter player. The stakes seem to have lowered since then and Lupe seems mostly realistic in his chances of winning. He is, however, talking a big game. This will hopefully make the big screen at EVO at some point because this is now the only thing I care about seeing from Vegas this summer.

Peter Molyneux's response upon finding
out his Twitter account was hacked.
Peter Molyneux's Retirement was a Fable

Famed game-maker Peter Molyneux (Populous, Black and White, Fable) issued a series of tweets announcing his retirement and his disappointment in one of his previous projects, Fable 3. While Fable 3 was vastly inferior to Fable 2, it wasn't worth retiring over. Which is probably why he didn't actually retire. It turns out that just like your best friend who leaves their Facbook page up, Molyneux was the victim of being hacked. He quickly regained control of the account and apologized for the misinformation. Still, it was surprising how many people immediately believed him. Molyneux's most recent games including Fable 3, Godus, and Curiousity: What's Inside the Cube? have all been met with mediocre reviews. Perhaps his next project will bring him back into the forefront of game design. And if not, at least we have the Peter Molydeux twitter account.

I hope Nate and Matt can now recommend
each other as references in their careers.
The Truth Behind the Mario Maker Emergency Maintenance

Last week some of you may have noticed that the Mario Maker servers were down for an extended period of time, completely unannounced. The truth about what caused this was actually pretty interesting. This article by Kotaku's Patrick Klepek explains the lengths Nintendo went through to maintain the integrity of it's user-made levels. Long story short, players were able to alter existing levels in the editor using an exploit and then complete them effortlessly making the world record times meaningless. The most fascinating part of this story is the way the glitch was reported to Nintendo via LinkedIn, a professional networking service. As someone who is only aware of LinkedIn every month when they send me spam e-mail, it's good to see someone finding a worthwhile use for this service.

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