Video Games


Graduation Ceremony Japan School Minecraft
Photo credit: BackYenNew
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested that all schools in Japan close for approximately 1-month at the end of February, and due to this closure, many students were not able to hold official graduation ceremonies. So, one group decided to hold a virtual ceremony in Minecraft. Twitter user “BackYenNew” has a son who attended this digital graduation and posted a short video of what exactly happened.

Microsoft Project xCloud iOS
Microsoft first launched the Project xCloud preview last year, and many have wanted to try the game streaming service on their iOS devices. As of today, the iOS client is now available through the TestFlight program in the US, UK, and Canada. The preview will begin with just one game, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” Unfortunately, only 10,000 testers will be invited into the preview due to TestFlight limitations.

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Console
Set for release on March 13th is a special edition Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing-themed system, priced at $299.99. The device itself takes design inspiration from the new game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and comes with pastel green / blue Joy-Con controllers that are white on the back, white wrist straps and a white Nintendo Switch dock filled with images of recognizable characters.

Retro Champ Portable NES
My Arcade officially announced this week that their new handheld Retro Champ game console is now available. Unlike other portable game consoles, this one actually plays both NES and Famicom cartridges, complete with a built-in 7” screen that can also be output to a modern TV using HDMI out. This means g amers can test out cartridges on-the-go or simply enjoy the classic couch-side experience by connecting it to an HDTV and pairing it with up to two Super GamePad wireless controllers.

Xbox Series X
Photo credit: Doug DragoX
For those who don’t already know, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is an upcoming home video game console scheduled for release in late 2020, and successor to the Xbox One. Doug_DragoX on Twitter reportedly leaked a photo showing the rear of this next-gen console and all of its ports, which include two USB-A on the back, one up front, a single HDMI-out, an optical audio port, Ethernet, a power-in, along with several vents.