Anime Night Weekend Nightmare, Week of 9/18/16

Anime Night Weekend Nightmare, Week of 9/18/16

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Backed Foundation To Make Pro-Trump Memes

We've never been overtly political here at Anime Night. I mean, we're not exactly neutral—as anyone who reads Weekend Nightmare knows—but we're not slapping Hillary 2016 bumper stickers on the front page, you know? But it's a bit hard to avoid being political when talking about this story: Palmer Luckey, 24-year-old Oculus Rift founder and almost-billionaire, has been putting money into Nimble America, a foundation dedicated to pro-Trump shitposting and anti-Hillary memes. "Shitposting" is a quote, by the way. Luckey's also a big Milo Yiannopoulos fan, something which probably rings alarm bells if you know who he is. Several VR devs have threatened to drop support for the Rift if Luckey isn't fired from Oculus.

In response to this, Luckey apologized, but in a kind of "I'm sorry you got offended" kind of way. He said he's sorry that his actions "are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners," which is not really an apology. He says he supports Gary Johnson and does not cop to writing posts on the "NimbleRichMan" reddit account—even though he separately admitted to doing just that. Great guy, him.

Battlenet

Blizzard Ditching the Battle.net Name

Battle.net has been a part of Blizzard's products since 1996. The name was probably cooler back then. These days, "Battle.net" sounds like one of those failure stories you hear about in documentaries about the dotcom bubble. Blizzard seems to be well aware of this, and they're announced that they're getting rid of the name. Battle.net will just use the Blizzard name from now on, which really seems like something they should've done from the beginning.

Valve

Unfinished Valve-created Half-Life Mod Found, Released

After the release of the first Half-Life, Valve was really into hiring people who made cool mods and putting them to work on making those mods for Half-Life instead. That's how we got Team Fortress, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, and—of course—Gunman Chronicles. Not every mod was as successful as Gunman Chronicles, however. A capture-the-flag mod for Quake called Threewave was released in 1996, and Valve hired the creator to bring it to Half-Life. The mod was never released, though parts of it were seen in the Half-Life 2 leak. The Valve News Network recently found parts of the game on a random FTP server, and—after months of work—have made it playable. It's not Half-Life 3, but it's got a three in it!

Gambling

FIFA YouTube Star Charged With Advertising Unlawful Gambling

Here's a useful tip for some of you out there: gambling is heavily regulated in many countries. This is a tip that YouTube video game player Craig "Nepenthez" Douglas found out when he was charged with promoting a lottery, advertising unlawful gambling, and inviting children to gamble. Douglas was a co-owner of several gambling sites for FIFA games, which he promoted through his YouTube channel—and, as is the style with these kinds of things, he neglected to disclose that he owned the sites as he was promoting them. Authorities say that, if you're going to be operating a site where people can gamble with money or with things that are worth money, you need to get a gambling license. Just an FYI.

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja Movie Actually, Really, Legitimately Happening

Though the Angry Birds movie may have been a crime against the movie-going public, it made almost five times its budget. And you know what that means: hungry producers are looking to turn more mobile games into terrible children's movies! Next in line for public execution is Fruit Ninja, the game about cutting fruit that you play while waiting for the bus. The movie is being written by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, both of which have little on their resumes except for writing the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards (those have scripts?) and playing cops in Crank: High Voltage. The producer, Tripp Vinson, also produced San Andreas, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and all three Journey to the Center of the Earth movies—yes, they made more than one. Truly, this project is in good hands.

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