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 The Weekly Gazette 03-10-2024
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(March 4 to March 10, 2024)

Welcome dear readers to the latest issue of the Weekly Gazette! Here in the Gazette, we give you the news in brief of what occurred in the past week as well as provide any news happening in Save-Point itself

Official Area
Occasions
When Junior5a showed up, he was worried that he'd get bitten for mentioning he also saw RPGMakerWeb. The resident werewolf suddenly appeared, but noted that users of older game engines don't get as much assistance. The reply cracked him up.


General Chat
Early this week, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that States cannot disqualify Trump hit the News of the World, this accellerating Trump's Presidential bid as Nikki Haley bails out of the race, and both Hungary and South Korea predicts his re-election. But on the attack, California's Adam Schiff suggests that the Intelligence Community should sabotage his briefings and Iran begins recruiting assassins to go after Trump officials. Illegal Aliens in the U.S. hit the news as the NYPD busts illegal immigrant shelters, cartels shoot down helicopters, and Arizona democrats veto bills to let police arrest Illegal aliens as crime soars. Consider that New York called the National Guard to protect subway commuters, and Montana saw a 20k percent rise in fentanyl seizures under Biden's watch. For U.S. President Biden, there certainly were moments within his State of the Union Address, criticized six times by the New York Times for accuracy, protested by pro-Palestine groups outside, refusing to call out China over their actions, and heckled by the gold-star father of a marine killed during Biden's Afghanistan withdrawl whom was later himself arrested. Conflict in the Middle East is still on the radar, the United Nations still refusing to call Hamas a terrorist group even after the UN finally confirms Hamas has indeed raped Israeli hostages. To those in Gaza, Israel sent more than 5000 Tons in aid, and found that the UNRWA has been using Hamas to make deliveries. And after the U.S. State department stated that they would ensure Gaza aid would not be stolen, reports circulated that an aid airdrop crashed in Gaza, killing five and wounding ten. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia too continues, reports appearing of Russia's high casualties. Despite the implications, the Vatican still suggests Ukraine negotiate for peace against their attackers. And more issues like with Russia, India finding that Russia responsible for redirecting airflights heading to UAE into Russia instead, and coercing citizens to fight against Ukraine. Some have died. Europe takes note, Sweden officially joining Nato while Poland suggests NATO's future involvement isn't out of the question. However, the U.K. slams Germany's claim of British troops appearing in Ukraine and suggests Berlin penetrated by Russian spies. Turbulence hit China as both record-low birthrates and a struggling economy was revealed. Connections to China also hit as Hunter Biden was hit with a $1Million reimbursement lawsuit from a Chinese Client. And Discovery Channel laments co-producing a travel program on behalf of the CCP that covered up the Uygar Genocide. And green energy hit the news as U.S.'s John Kerry confirmed it would cost trillions to reduce emissions, all while China and India not only refuse to abandon coal energy, but build more plants. And in Poland, tear gas was used against farmers struggling against EU's strangling green energy policies. Speculations of a Maduro regime killing in Chile, the U.S. Attorney General vowing to fight against Voter ID laws despite overwhelming support, the death of Akira Toriyama the creator of Dragon Ball, a 4000 man prison break and Haitian insurrection, and much, much more hit this week's news
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Tech Talk
The world of AI reigns within the News of the Cyber World, with one of Microsoft's AI actively developing a God Complex, while Google's AI shows a very definite political slant. And just as the Actor's guild in Hollywood rallied against AI taking over their jobs, now the other Unions have given them fair warning. TicTok too hit this week's news as the U.S. Congress considers a national ban. But rather than eliminating the service, the owner of Shark Tank offers to purchase it away from China's control. For gaming enthusiasts, A gaming consultant that many large companies have used may be the cause of various games being lackluster in storytelling. The company attempted to have a Steam page that listed their works removed, but failed epically. Meanwhile, be mindful that Facebook will be deleting all Oculus acounts by this month's end. Theft of intellectual properties by China also hit this week's cybernews, Chinese nationals arrested for stealing Google AI tech and an Army Intelligence Analyst selling secrets to China. Golden Corral's data breach, the sharp increase in Instagram and Facebook accounts hacked, Sam Altman Returns to OpenAI, Apple's $2 Billion Anti-Competition fine, Terrorist Investigators in Germany looking into sabotage of a Tesla factory, the 24% iPhone sales crash, and more hit this week's cybernews.

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that a treasure trove of leaked espionage tools and hit lists originated from Chinese Hackers masquerading as a cybersecurity company known as I-Soon. This week, its been confirmed that the hackers worked to inviltrate NATO, India, South Korea and other foreign adversaries of China. And I-Soon had developed new hacking tools, including tools to break into Twitter/X accounts to steal phone numbers, email accounts and personal messages while bypassing its two-factor authentication process..



Games Development
Development Discussion
The dialogue that Was up with RMers this week was the release of RPGMaker WITH, an RPGMaker software for the Nintendo Switch. Melana was curious about it, noting it had some new run time graphics. But kyonides Steel Beast 6Beets and Remi-chan were of the same mind, believing that this incarnation of RPGMaker would be a failure and that the system would not be worth the money. Normally, Remi-chan has a deadline for the release of demos for her game, Fantasia. However she has working demos for Flight and a second demo for Junked, and released new artwork for Fantasia as well as some new optional content.



Material Development
Scripts Database
Early this week, kyonides decided to craft KFoesFly, a script that lets those using RPGMaker XP create enemies that were difficult to attack as they were airborne and could be out of the heroes' reach.

In the middle of the week, kyonides rebranded one of his scripts KDefense XP after updating the feature to increase defense, its previous name assuming it only lowered.

Near the end of the week, the FancyChoices set by kyonides has now been expanded, allowing 12 choices to be visible on the screen at the same time.

If you need more than one fog at a time, DerVVulfman updated Unlimited Fogs to fix an issue where the fog effects would vanish upon entering/exiting a menu. However, he notes the code that backs up and restores the fogs was courtesy of Heretic.



Creativity Section
Music and Audio
For those making games with science fiction themes, the past couple of months have been excellent for those visiting Eric Matyas's collection of Original Music and Sound Effects. Following a trend, he composed "Across the Martian Desert", a synth piece that would fit well with other works such as Janurary's release, Ancient Mars.


Art and Design
Unlike other times one walks throug the halls of Remi-chan's Neato Art Thread Thing, you will not be caught by colors and lighting mezmerizing and fierce. Instead, it was a time for illustrations and sketches, pencilwork an line art yet to be finished.



Well, that's it for this week.

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