Shack Snack: May 21, 2014

End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of they day's big stories. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

Kick back and treat yourself to a Shack Snack, a short recap of the day's big stories. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.


Zenimax and id Software file lawsuit against Oculus VR

Update: Oculus has responded to today's lawsuit. A statement to Kotaku reads, "The lawsuit filed by ZeniMax has no merit whatsoever. As we have previously said, ZeniMax did not contribute to any Oculus technology. Oculus will defend these claims vigorously." Original story: Nearly three weeks after accusing Oculus VR and John Carmack of stealing their intellectual property, Zenimax and id Software have formally filed suit against the company in a Texas court.

Steam in-home streaming open to all PC users

Steam's in-home streaming feature has exited beta and is now available to all users. This allows users to remotely install, launch, and play games between two Steam-connected computers on the same home wireless network.

LittleBigPlanet Vita studio announces 'Hunger'

Tarsier Studios, the developer of the Vita version of LittleBigPlanet, has announced its next game: Hunger. The 3D action-adventure game stars a nine-year-old girl named Six (as opposed to a six-year-old girl named Nine) who is kidnapped and forced to work in an underwater resort called the Maw.

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Opinion: YouTube's Twitch acquisition rife with peril and possibilities

Over the weekend, reports began to surface from Variety about how YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, has plans to invest more than $1 billion to acquire the game-streaming service Twitch. The talks are ongoing, and nothing has been formally announced, but already gamers and industry-watchers alike are wondering: what would this mean?
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    May 21, 2014 6:00 PM

    Steven Wong posted a new article, Shack Snack: May 21, 2014.

    End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of they day's big stories. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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      May 21, 2014 6:03 PM

      ive seen a few of these shack videos with this guy in them. hes horrible. theres a reason people usually dont comment on these things.

      • rms legacy 10 years mercury super mega
        May 21, 2014 6:48 PM

        Hay, since these have started I've watched every one, they are most useful when showing short gameplay clips of new releases

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          May 21, 2014 8:43 PM

          Yeah I've liked what they've done so far. In some ways they're still trying to find the right mix.

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        May 21, 2014 11:45 PM

        He's not horrible at all! I think he just hasnt found his comfort level with the camera yet. It's getting better every time.

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          May 22, 2014 12:25 AM

          Yeah I think they're still finding their comfort zone. I think the shack snack works better as a narration though.

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          May 22, 2014 5:55 AM

          Yeah, I think he's good and I like seeing these videos. They are well done.

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          May 22, 2014 11:26 AM

          You really need like 6 months to a year to get it down and understand how to be natural and stuff.

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      May 21, 2014 6:53 PM

      What's wrong with the audio? I had to crank the volume to be able to hear the guy speaking.

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        May 21, 2014 11:48 PM

        it does sound a bit crushed.

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        May 21, 2014 11:57 PM

        I didn't notice any issues with this one, but have noticed the general inconsistency of audio in other recent videos.

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          May 22, 2014 1:08 AM

          The audio seems to be a consistent criticism we seem to be receiving. I've made a note of it and we're looking into it.

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      May 22, 2014 12:34 AM

      bring back boxed up briefs!

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      May 22, 2014 5:06 AM

      I like those videos, keep it up!
      A few minor criticisms:

      - the intro animation seems a bit "cheap". I am sure it could be tweaked just a little with not much effort and would look much nicer quickly. And I do not mean a compositing overkill or 3d animation, just play a little with the logo. Like the door of the shack could open and close or something. Or use more "ease in/out" keyframes to make it smoother and not only linear position changes. Also the sound effects could be better too.

      - I think there should be better seperator between the individual storys. Since andrew is talking in one constant stream it is sometimes not instantly clear when a new story begins.

      - it would be awesome if andrew would talk a little bit more freely, it looks like he is reading off a teleprompter. I would prefer a not perfect but more natural wording to this more "read" style. Other than that he is doing a good job!

      - and like others already mentioned, the audio quality could be a little better.

      Keep it up! A+ will watch again!

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      May 22, 2014 7:08 AM

      These videos feel like resume padding for when they try to get a job at a real website.

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