In this episode of Pause Screen we have a hard talk about terrible things that have been going on in several gaming communities. We need to talk about things more to help stop things like this from happening in the future. In the news we talk about upcoming Limited Run Games, including some Game Boy Color games, Deadly Premoniton 2, NBA 2K21 use of Kobe Bryany and standard edition price, the next gen of games look and prices and the future of physical media and more. Come pause with us! But in all seriousness, we can make our communities better, be kind, keep an eye out for red flags and keep each other safe.
HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*
Limited Run games had their “LRG3” showcase, where they announced a bunch of games they’re releasing physically. They have a lot of nice stuff coming, with Castlevania
Turns out the entire competitive Smash Ultimate scene was made up of sexual predators and pedophiles. And sleazebags making false allegations against M2K. And even the Reddit megathread tracking everything got taken down thanks to mass reporting, so there isn’t a central source for all of this anymore. It’s a complete and utter disaster that will take years to rebuild from. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53308579
On that note, EVO Online has been cancelled after all their announcers/games left when people came forward with accusations against Joey Cuellar, aka Mr. Wizard. He’s since been ousted, with Tony Cannon taking control, but it’ll be interesting to see how it impacts the event going forward.
Reckful, a popular Twitch streamer and WoW player, took his own life earlier this week. It’s a sad reminder to take care of yourself as the world falls apart.
It’s time for another episode of Pause Screen! This week, Kaz has picked 3 Houses back up and watched some video game movies, William is stalled in Xenoblade and admiring the FGO engine update, and Kyle is playing Timespinner, Death’s Gambit, and all sorts of garbage on the Xbox 360. As for news, we talk about the Mixer’s sudden shutdown, a new wave of allegations, Cyberpunk delays and anime, Pokemon announcements, Crash 4 and more! Then to finish, we have an impromptu discussion about video game media and touch on how much we value gameplay and story integration. Come pause with us!
The Last of Us 2 came out to critical acclaim and internet bickering
There was a lot of drama about whether or not Spider-Man Miles Morales was a full game or an expansion. Insomniac settled it by citing Uncharted: Lost Legacy, just like we did two weeks ago. We’re so good.
Microsoft unexpectedly shut down Mixer on 6/22. Big bummer for that community, but it’s not surprising given that they had .2% growth year over year compared to everyone else’s 60-100%, and that’s after paying folks like Shroud and Ninja 8 digits to come over to the platform. MS worked things out to hand off to Facebook Gaming, which apparently is a streaming platform. They’ve since confirmed that there won’t be FBG integration into the Series X, though; I assume they’ll work something out with Twitch.
Cyberpunk got delayed again to 2077 November 19. Seems like a good window for a console launch, doesn’t it?
Things might be crazy, but Pause Screen is still here! Kaz is still working on the WoW gold grind, Kyle’s been playing Minecraft Dungeons,Yooka-Laylee, Kororinpa: Marble Mania, and Shovel Knight, and William begins to tell the tale of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. In the hype train, we talk Sony’s ‘Future of Gaming’ PS5 event, and a ton of the games that were shown. We also talk about EA on steam, Microsoft and mods, the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, and the sorrow of E3 being dead. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*
Sony’s big PS5 event was today!
Opened with GTA5, which might be the worst choice I could’ve conceived of
The console looks like a fake one designed for a TV show, but it’s real. Comes in digital and physical versions, physical has this tumor of a disc drive on the side. Unclear if you can put it on its side, but I’m betting you can.
Demon’s Souls (sixth archstone?) fractured mode?
Horizon 2: Forbidden West
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (now with OCs)
Resident Evil: Vil.l.age
Dramatic high school dinosaur people with hair
Sony doubled down on their “we believe in generations” statement in the event. Thoughts? It has big repercussions on digital libraries, and I think it represents a big gulf in their thinking vs. Microsoft’s
This week we’re Williamless, but Kaz and Kyle make up for it by playing World of Warcraft, Animal Crossing, Indivisible, Minecraft Dungeons, and more. On the Hype Train, we round up all the latest next gen rumors and news—from Xbox backwards compatability and HDR reconstruction to Sony’s rumored PS5 reveal next week. We close out by talking about Valve’s excursion to China, free Raymonds for the people, the possible return of a long-lost classic and more! Come pause with us!
Remember that story about G2A offering to reimburse devs who could prove they sold illegally obtained keys and Wube Software (the Factorio people) took them up on it? Well, turns out they were right and G2A is paying them $40K, 10x the full value of the 200 keys their own internal audit found were illegally obtained/sold. Sounds like they’re trying to clean up their act, though. https://www.polygon.com/2020/5/20/21265275/g2a-confirms-it-sold-stolen-game-keys
2K’s marketing spend is slated to be double its usual in 2024. People thought it was for GTA6, but they clarified that Rockstar would be handling those expenses and that these are for ‘commitments to third parties’. Any guesses on what would be this big for them? My money’s on a big Bioshock release or something to do with sports. https://www.ign.com/articles/gta-6-release-date-2023-2024
It’s time for another episode of Pause Screen! In this episode, Kaz begins winding down on Animal Crossing, William is still slowly moving through Three Houses, and Kyle’s been playing Code Vein, Bravely Default, and Streets of Rage 4. On board the Hype Train, we talk about the surprise reveal of Paper Mario: The Origami King, Unreal Engine, poorly handled Xbox events, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and more! Come pause with us!
Sony did an 18 minute Ghost of Tsushima State of Play presentation today. It is definitely a Sony game complete with lots of random resource gathering/crafting and combat that looks very Mordor-ish, but with samurai. Very pretty, though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fMlkQy7r28
Join us again at Pause Screen for another episode in quarantine! Starting off, Kyle and William have a rousing debate about Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Bravely Default, and Megaman X 6, while Kaz waits patiently to talk about WoW and Animal Crossing. In the Hype Train, we discuss the Last of Us 2 leaks, the Ghost of Tsushima release date, WWE Battlegrounds, the surprise Indivisible Switch launch, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s reveal trailer, and more! Then, to finish up, we talk about the Nintendo account hacks. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*
The Last of Us 2 had a bunch of its cinematics leak from a dev build of the game, which correlated perfectly with a leak posted to 4chan a few months ago. People aren’t taking the leaks particularly well. Naughty Dog even posted about it on Twitter, encouraging fans to avoid the leaks, which basically confirms them. Also, it has a new release date of June 19th. https://twitter.com/Naughty_Dog/status/1254840504182665219
Wash your hands, it’s time for another episode of Pause Screen! Over the last two weeks, Kyle’s been playing a lot of games, including Doom Eternal, FFVIIR, Bravely Default, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Contra 4, and more. Meanwhile, Kaz and William have kept their focus more narrow; Kaz with Animal Crossing, and William with the Bravely Default 2 demo. Then for news and discussion, we talk the DualSense controller, Sony’s ‘Play at Home,’ Resident Evil 4 remake rumors, Kotaku, Chex Quest, the Epic of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, and more! Come pause with us!
This week on Pause Screen, we’re all surviving the quarantine with the help of video games. Kyle has been playing so many games including Doom Eternal, he has some salty beef with the game. Kaz is happliy stuck in Animal crossing and william has been playing another Fate: Grand order event and Bleach: Immortal Soul. On the Hype Train we disscuss rumors of big plans for Mario’s 35th anniversary, a random Nintendo Mini Direct, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 9 mistake and more. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*
The rumor mill says Nintendo has big plans for Mario’s 35th anniversary, including remasters of 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy, which are being treated as a Super Mario All-Stars 2 internally. Plus, we’re supposedly due a 3D World remaster and a brand new Paper Mario game that follows in the steps of the original and TTYD. https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/super-mario-bros-35th-anniversary/
In real news, there was a Nintendo Direct Mini that had updates on a few things:
-Xenoblade Definitive Edition trailer and release date 5/29
-Bravely Default 2 trailer and demo
-Other stuff no one cares about, like Borderlands, Pokemon DLC, Ring Fit updates, Panzer Dragoon, and so on
Resident Evil 3 comes out tomorrow, got good reviews
Final Fantasy 7 came out 9 days early in Australia and Europe to make it so people got the game on time
Rivals of Aether had a little direct, where they announced their Definitive Edition (free upgrade for all prior owners too), a card game, an RPG in 2022, and Rivals of Aether 2 in 2023, complete with 3d models https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7o_cf-sTjs
We return with Pause Screen: Quarantine Edition. It’s been an interesting month and we’ve played a lot of video games. William’s still playing Three Houses and FGO, but his dreams have come true in the Trials of Mana remake demo. Kaz has finished up Warcraft 3 Reforged to move into some Fire Emblem of her own and finally started WoW raiding again. Kyle was able to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps before falling to games obscure and/or terrible. Then, finishing up with discussion and news, we talk about the Sonic movie’s performance, the newly revealed upcoming console specs, new game releases, upcoming Square JRPG remakes, cancelled events, and more! Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*
The Sonic movie is the highest-grossing video game movie of all time
PS5 and Xbox Series X had their specs revealed. Xbox is more powerful (and the presentation was a lot more entertaining), but we’re in for a good generation on both sides. Those decreased load times have me all hot and bothered.
The digital version of Animal Crossing got released today (a whole day early) because fans whined a lot on the internet. It works sometimes!
But at the same time, physical copies ordered through Amazon aren’t being delivered until the 24th
It also got really good reviews
Doom Eternal comes out tomorrow and also got some pretty great reviews
This week on Pause Screen: Kaz continues her journey back through Warcraft III: reforged and her Night Elf Hate knows no bounds. Kyle give his review of Darksiders Genesis sans the Leviathan maze (screw that part), dabbles in the Bleeding Edge beta and shares his story on how he (almost) beat Hungrybox at Smash Ultimate. William got to spend some quality time with Fire Emblem 3 Houses and he is very happy about it! In the news we talk about the record breaking Sonic movie opening, the Animal Crossing Direct, Star Craft: Ghost leaked footage and more. Come pause with us!
Outriders got a full gameplay reveal and flew a bunch of people out to do some preview coverage. Looks decent, it’s basically Gears of War + Destiny, but without the never-ending loot treadmill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbC6GgCwFoA