Child Culture Guide for Adults: Week 2

People stop me on the street all the time and ask, “Steve, my child needs one of these damn mimtendos or something. What the hell is video games? “

Don’t worry, imaginary passer-by, I’m behind you. Below is a quick guide to what is currently used in all major gaming systems and what will be released by Christmas, so if your child asks for a PlayStation, you won’t be putting the PlayStation 3 under a tree.

The Console Guide for the Dull Christmas Buyer

Microsoft : Microsoft’s current system is Xbox One , but this week Microsoft announced the release date for two next-gen Xbox models, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S , due in stores on November 10th. -powerful, more expensive Xbox. It will sell for $ 499. The S-Series is physically smaller, less powerful, and will cost you $ 299. All Series X games will play on Series S (and vice versa), but with lower resolutions and lower quality textures than a more expensive machine. The S series does not have a floppy drive, so all games for it must be downloaded online.

PlayStation : Sony’s current system is the PlayStation 4 , but a new console is coming this year with a few variations. The PlayStation 5 still doesn’t have an exact release date or price, but the company says it will hit retail “in late 2020.” (I bet it’s Christmas time.) Along with the PlayStation 5, Sony is also releasing the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition . Like the Xbox Series S, it lacks a hard drive / Blu-ray player and will likely be cheaper than the “real” PS5.

Nintendo : There won’t be any major new Nintendo hardware releases this year. The company’s current console, Nintendo Switch , is still in production three years after its launch. The Switch retails for $ 299. Another Nintendo variant is the Nintendo Switch Lite. It runs almost all Switch games, but it has a slightly smaller screen and is strictly a portable system, so you can’t dock it to play on your TV. It will set you back $ 199.

Viral Video of the Week: Best Basketball Robot

Shane, an engineer and inventor of YouTube channel Stuff Made Here, posted a stunning video this week detailing his quest to create a robotic basketball hoop that will ensure every shot hits the basket.

“Building the Ultimate Basketball Robot” is what makes the Internet great: a totally ridiculous project that gets worked hard and ends up ending up in something the world has never seen before. Look at here.

This Week In Music & Marketing: Fast Food Rappers

It has been a big month for cross-promotion between rappers and giant multinational fast food corporations.

If your child pointed their phone at the TV during the 2020 Video Music Awards, it could be due to a collaboration between Burger King and rapper Lil Yachty. Atlanta-based eccentric rapper Yachty and Burger King’s eccentric corporate mascot, Burger King, appeared during a broadcast in commercials asking viewers to scan a QR code with their smartphones to activate the duo’s augmented reality experience on the red carpet and in other places. parts of the show. Rock and roll, am I right?

In clearer cross-promotion news, rapper / songwriter Travis Scott has teamed up with McDonalds to debut “Travis Scott Meal.” Supposedly McMill Scott’s favorite, the $ 6 combo includes a quarter pound with cheese and bacon, fries with barbecue sauce, and a sprite. Scott plays a happy lunch-sized version of himself in anadorable ad that you can watch here . The meal offer runs until October 4th.

On TV This Week: “Waking Up” and “Julie and the Ghosts”

There are a couple of interesting new shows coming live this week, and they’re very different in tone and purpose.

If your teen is starting to explore racial justice in America, they might like Hulu’s Woke . The series tells the story of the African American cartoonist Keefe, who teeters on the brink of massive success with a lighthearted comic strip until an ill-fated run-in with the racist police turns his world upside down. The show’s magical-realistic style features inanimate objects talking to Keefe, including the trash barber and talking malt liquor bottles, voiced by stars such as Cedric the Entertainer and Eddie Griffin.

On the other side of the spectrum: Julie and the Ghosts is a kids’ TV series that premiered on September 10 on Netflix. It tells the story of Julie, a young musician who teams up with a group of ghosts to form a band. It is a kind of frothy musical mixture that can amaze kids to their best point. Of course, they might think it’s a complete ass too. You never know.

A Week in Video Games: Call of Duty: Cold War Multiplayer Trailer

There were no super-notable game releases this week, but the trailer for the game generated a ton of buzz. If your child is into games, there is no doubt that he has watched the new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at least a dozen times. The trailer contains a huge amount of multiplayer footage, including city battles, lots of neon, invasion of ships, and a soundtrack featuring Duran Duran’s “new romantic” kings mixed with Biggie. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be released on November 13th. Watch the trailer to see what your child gamer will play for eight billion hours.

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