Kaz and Kyle have to go Williamless this week, but they manage to push through their emotional pain to talk about Stardew Valley, WoW, Smash tournaments, Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, and more. We also kick up a little pre-E3 hype by reviewing the conference schedule, talk even more about loot box legislation, get excited for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and are thoroughly whelmed by Medievil. Finally, we talk China’s rising status in the gaming world and the perils of animating Mortal Kombat. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*
- For Honor added lightsabers for May 4th, and it was rad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxN-N7Fjbng
- Bavaria is looking to ban microtransactions in games for minors in their landmark jugendmedienshutzstaatsvertrag. I mostly just wanted to type jugendmedienshutzstaatsvertrag. jugendmedienshutzstaatsvertragjugendmedienshutzstaatsvertragjugendmedienshutzstaatsvertragjugendmedienshutzstaatsvertragjugendmedienshutzstaatsvertrag https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/bm4kqc/as_part_of_the_jugendmedienschutzstaatsvertrag/
- Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced he’s going to introduce a bill to ban manipulative online games. Basically, protect them kids from loot boxes and microtransactions. https://thehill.com/policy/technology/442690-gop-senator-announces-bill-to-ban-manipulative-video-game-design
- The E3 conference schedule got announced. Mark all your calendars! https://www.vg247.com/2019/05/08/e3-2019-dates-schedule-uk-us-conferences-games/
- Sony had a State of Play (think Nintendo Direct)
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake got a new trailer that looks nice
- They’re making an asymmetrical multiplayer Predator game, which will probably suck
- We got another Medievil trailer, and it just looks ok
- The Monster Hunter Iceborne expansion looks nice
- They have yet another limited edition PS4 on the way for system collectors to go crazy about
Gaming and China.
Ready set go!
- Tencent pulled PUBG from China, replaced it with Game for Peace. It’s amazing. https://kotaku.com/pubg-removed-from-china-replaced-with-hilarious-clone-1834625310
- The PC market is huge in China, since they don’t really allow consoles. There are soon to be more PC gamers in China than the entire population of the US. https://www.pcgamer.com/China-PC-online-game-market-report-2019/
- In the meantime, Nintendo is making a big push and trying to get into China. Apparently everyone already knows the IP and it does really well on the black market; they’re hoping to capture some of that officially. https://www.destructoid.com/nintendo-greatly-expands-its-plans-to-take-over-china-552996.phtml
- What will happen once China’s able to rise to meet their own demand? Gaming can/will change pretty significantly.
Kotaku had an interesting piece on the mental toll of making Mortal Kombat 11.
Should studios have to provide extra support for devs in situations like that? How do artists handle that sort of thing, anyways?