** The Bulletin ** – November 18, 2023
This is coming a little later than I anticipated—but I promise it’s for good reason! I can’t talk about it yet, but it’s for good reason. After two weeks of being on time, I just had to make this week different, huh?
Well, this week I worked on a lot of stuff relating to various projects that needed loose ends tied up, because I won’t have time to do so next week (given the Thanksgiving Holiday, I’m taking some much needed time off wherein I don’t work at all!) I turned the last big three of the big projects in, though there’s one still in flux that I need to work on with Repflez (Oman). Eventually.
Last night, I spent a lot of time on voice chat with the rverse testers, just hanging out and getting to know our latest team member—TraceEntertains—who is an absolutely lovely guy. He’s a really cool addition to the team and I look forward to whatever we get up to together, inside (& outside) of rverse!
In other news, I became Chandler from Friends at the mall today w/ my best friend, which was both hilarious and definitely concerned many around us. Whoops. (Rest in peace, Matthew Perry, you will always be loved, and missed dearly!)
Alright, enough intro. Without further ado… here’s this week’s Bulletin!
Some of the more notable stuff from the world of Kakariko Herald, my news publication focused on Nintendo, which I write with Tyson (better known on the internet as Tigstahh):
From Tyson and I, we bring you a complete redesign of Kakariko Herald! Welcome to the era of KH6, a faster—and more frequent—chapter for Kakariko Herald. Let’s do this!
Digital Foundry did their deep dive—and Sonic Superstars runs at 720p60 on the Switch, making its other console siblings look like way better of a buy. (We really need Switch 2’s spec bump bad.) Although if you consider the Switch is fully portable, I suppose it might be the better buy. It’s truly up to you on this one. I’m not sure I’d personally recommend it unless you want it to be accessible on a battery-efficient handheld like the Switch, though.
Pokémon Concierge is an animated, stop-motion miniseries coming to Netflix this December, and the trailer just recently released. The miniseries takes place “on a southern island” and features the hotel concierge named Haru. Episodes stream starting December 28th, 2023, just after Christmas.
Pokémon GO is making changes to its Pokémon Trainer Club login method, and most interestingly—they specifically note to add a secondary login method to your game account just in case one of the methods provided becomes unavailable in the future. That to me spells “they may remove PTC logins in the future” so I’d recommend you do as they recommend!
AAAAAND finally, Nintendo held their Indie World Showcase recently and announced a boat load of new games coming from third-party indie developers and game studios. We’ve got the list directly from them of everything that was announced!
Just a reminder that my mom (the absolutely talented woman behind Theodessa Designs) is going to be at this year’s annual Holiday Market*, taking place in The Armory in Hoosick Falls, NY, on November 25th, 2023 from 10am-3pm. That’s next weekend! If you happen to be in the area, swing over to The Armory for a few minutes and check it out! (You might even see yours truly there, so definitely come on out!)
*Barring any major disasters, of course. We’ll keep you posted.
(And once again, another reminder that I’m still working on getting my mom’s website at TheodessaDesigns.com up and running. There’s a lot that goes into making sure this runs smoothly!)
This week’s soundtrack
I’m kind of a Spotify addict, so I happen to listen to a lot of music. Here’s what I’m currently listening to—usually on repeat. Here’s what I’ve got for you, for the week of November 18, 2023…
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Breakfast – Dove Cameron
Thanks to Songlink for making all these streaming platform-agnostic!
Things I found across the net
Welcome back to the world wide web of random things I bookmarked and then decided to dump somewhere.
Never thought I’d see the day: Apple has FINALLY announced that they will be introducing RCS support on iPhone next year (2024). They’re apparently keeping the bubbles green (which is really stupid, by the way), but hey, at least they’re finally adding it so we can stop relying on technology from the 90s to communicate with each other. We probably have the EU’s new Digital Markets Act to thank for this move. My guess for when we’ll see this is in a later iOS 17 beta (like 17.4 or something), or in iOS 18—the latter of which is slated for a reveal in June at WWDC 2024. The timeline Apple gave was fairly vague, but knowing them I assume they’ll drag their feet with this sort of thing (per usual).
iOS 17.2 seemingly brings foundation for sideloading apps on iOS: Apple is required to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) by allowing sideloading on its platform next year, and it could do so using a new API that was just introduced with the iOS 17.2 betas. While Apple has confirmed the new ““ API is intended as a solution for MDM providers, it can still be used for other things, as 9to5Mac’s Filipe Espósito suggests.
First GTA 6 trailer is imminent: The long-awaited sequel to GTA 6 is finally getting a trailer next month, as Rockstar Games confirms in a Thread posted to their Twitter account commemorating their 25th anniversary. It’s rumored that the game will cost the company over $2 billion total to develop. Pocket change, really!
Somebody’s doing a “demake” of Portal for the Nintendo 64: Yep, really, GitHub user “lambertjamesd” is demaking the ever popular/cult classic Valve title for the old Nintendo console from the mid/late 90s. (For those who don’t know, “demaking” means someone is remaking a game for an older platform.) I can’t believe how good it looks (for an N64 “title,” of course) and I immediately starred it when I saw it! I gotta try this out when I get a chance…
A blast from the past: Imagine the PS5 used sounds taken from the PS2 era instead… imagine Sony never updated their sounds and kept using the same, nostalgia-fueling music we know and love. Well, one creator on YouTube made a video that showcases just that, and now I wish we had proper themes on PS5, too. We had them on PS3 and PS4, but not PS5. It’s quite sad. (Come on, Sony!)
In open source project recommendations: Last week, I started offering some software recommendations that are all free and open source. Here are some more, since folks seemed to enjoy that!
For Windows 10 and later, use this handy tool known as “MSEdgeRedirect” to make anything that would normally open Edge open in your default browser (such as Firefox) instead. It’s a dumb thing, but it keeps Edge from shoving itself in your face from time-to-time.
For Linux users with Pipewire, use venmic (a Vencord plugin) to get screen-share audio to work as it does on Windows and Mac using the aforementioned (relatively new) audio subsystem!
For Android Lollipop and later, this one’s fairly simple—it’s a sample app that uses the Pokédex from the Pokémon series to demonstrate Android development with a bunch of different methodologies!
For Vista (extended kernel), 7, and 8.1 users, I’d like to recommend to folks using older versions of Windows — Supermium, an up-to-date fork of Chromium that keeps support alive for the aforementioned unsupported browsers. I’m hoping a Firefox fork will come to these folks eventually, since Chrome isn’t… amazing. But hey—usable browser, and it’s compatible with browser extensions and Google Account sync, too, if you’re into that!
This week, I leave you with two photos!
One is a shot of my two-year old cat Beauregard laying on pieces of paper instead of literally anywhere else…
The other photo is one I took of the fall sun hitting the trees and train car as it went down. I went out and about with my mom and siblings last weekend and just had to snap a pic. (Before anyone asks: taken on Google Pixel 6 in North Bennington, Vermont—with all settings set to Auto!)
Alright, that’s it (for reals), I’ll see you all next week!
Speeding down the highway with a clear shot to freedom,