An odd week of video game news filed into a neat blog post.

A bouncy week of general oddness has happened with lots of kind of eh news. I am covering the week of May 6 to 12, 2018 and the gaming news and entertainment news that caught my interest. Please note that I do not cover all the news that happens.


Gaming Releases:

Trailblazers —

A crazy racing game, where it is a sort of F-Zero meets Splatoon has raced its way to release on May 8, 2018. You have several different race vehicles which can all lay paint on the track which acts as a speed boost for your team of racers. It twas developed by Supergonk and published by Rising Star Games for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, Switch, and Linux.



Gaming News:

Nintendo has revealed their plans for what will become their online service. This will allow you to play multiplayer games online, play 20 or so NES games at no additional charge, provide online cloud backups, access to an online smartphone app, and provides discounts for games. The plan will cost 3.99 a month, or 7.99 for three months, or 19.99 for twelve months. There is also a seven person plan 34.99 for twelve months. It should be noted that each account on your Switch will need to subscribe to the service if it wants to play online and also all of these prices are in U.S. dollars. You can check out the Nintendo website for all the details.

There is good and bad here. The good is that it is pretty cheap to get online and playing with friends. Then there is the bad, which is that cloud saves only are available if you pay for the online service, which again is cheap, but one would hope that the would provide such a thing as a gratis feature. Hopefully Nintendo responds to fans and does make that a free feature and provides good online content to make this service standout.


Monster Hunter XX which many thought would never come to the west after Capcom seemed to concentrate much more on Monster Hunter World, will indeed be making its way west under the title Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. It will arrive on August 28, 2018.

This comes as a bit of a surprise though a welcome one. Nintendo fans felt a bit rejected after Monster Hunter World excluded them and changed things from the traditional Monster Hunter formula. Hopefully, this can keep all parties happy and the Hunter series can continue to evolve on all platforms.


Valve has two upcoming apps for mobile devices running iOS or Android. They will be releasing a Steam Link app which should allow some games to be playable on your mobile device. Worth noting is that your PC will have to be capable of running and casting said game through a connection to your device. There will also be a Steam Video app which will play videos from your steam library. Both apps will be free for anyone to download according to

With the success of the Switch I could see the Steam Link app becoming a bit of a success, if PC fans are looking for that portability to begin with. Time will tell, but it could be a neat little ace in the hole for Valve’s Steam platform if it works well enough.


EA has decided that they will continue to find ways to bring loot boxes to games, though they stress they will be fun and will not be allowed to be sold via a marketplace. This news comes from PC Gamer.

I’m not the least bit surprised by this news. Companies are going to find ways to leverage things to get them money, especially when it has already netted them a fair sum of money. It will take a lot to stop the gravy train of loot boxes and even then companies are still going to try and get money out of it for as long as they can.



Entertainment News:

The most excellent adventures are set to return for a third wacky time bending journey. Bill and Ted are back with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters reprising their roles as the Wyld Stallyns a band that is supposed to save the world in the future. Read all about the plot elements from /Film.

I’m up for another Bill and Ted adventure even if it has been such a long time since the first two movies. I will say without George Carlin though this movie will feel like it is missing something though I hope that the movie covers that in some respect. I’m going to take a wait and see approach to this movie because I liked the originals so much and I don’t want to get over-hyped about it.


Terry Gilliam has finally managed to have a sliver of good luck. His movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will be at Cannes as the closing movie of the festival. This comes after a former producer, Paulo Blanco sued to stop the screening because he claims he owns the rights to the movie. While waiting for a ruling Amazon who was to distribute it the movie in North America appears to have canceled that deal, and Gilliam himself suffered a minor stroke. You can check out the full troubled timeline for the film on The Wrap.

Well, the movie will get to shown and Mr. Gilliam is still alive so that’s good. Everything else feels really bad though. Hopefully this nightmare of a production that started with the idea in 1989 can finally come to a restful peace soon.


Fox’s Lethal Weapon TV series has fired star Clayne Crawford after a series of work incidents which producers felt gave them enough reason to let him go. The producers are trying to recast his role having offered the role to several people, however they have all turned it down. This comes as the season wrapped up on Tuesday May 8, 2018 and faces a potential struggle to get renewed. Vulture has the story on Crawford’s departure.

Oh boy, this seems like a sinking ship and fast. Part of the reason I watched the show was Crawford’s Riggs who felt so alive and real despite the innate silliness that the two characters got up to. It didn’t help that this season felt off and not as engaging as season one. Even if it is renewed for another season, I’m done with this show. It hasn’t done enough to entice me to look beyond the departure of Crawford.





The weekly madness is finished. So, thank you for stopping by and taking a look around at my blog. If you have any questions, suggestions, or questions I’d love to hear them. And you can leave them eiher: below in the comment section, find me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or emailing me at Thanks once again and goodnight.

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