It’s a new year, and Pause Screen is here! It’s been a long winter break, so both Kaz and Kyle have played tons of games, and William’s thought about games, or something, but there’s a lot to catch up on! In the Hype Train we talk about the ongoing AGDQ, the Pokemon direct, Platinum’s dealings with Tencent, and games workers unions. Then we talk about the interesting legal situation revolving around Star Citizen, and finish up with a couple of gaming resolutions for the new year. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*
- Nintendo had a Pokemon direct today that announced DLC for SwSh, the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Plus they’re remastering The OG Mystery Dungeon games as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, and it looks great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5afasEAiN0
- AGDQ is happening right now. The Mega Man 4-6 relay last night and the Zelda 1-3 relay the night before were a lot of fun!Also, that blindfolded co-op Punch-Out run was wild
- Continuing our China train of thought from a few weeks ago, Tencent has invested in Platinum, though the studio is continuing to operate independently. They’re using it to push into self-publishing! https://www.platinumgames.com/news-january-7-2020/
- A big union company is starting an initiative to unionize games workers, which seems past due https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2020-01-07/major-union-launches-campaign-to-organize-video-game-and-tech-workers
Star Citizen continues to be a dumpster fire.
We had some interesting news this week courtesy of an ongoing lawsuit between CryTek and Cloud Imperium Games (CIG, the SC guys) over them breaching copyright and making two games with on CryEngine while only licensed for one—the single player thing they were doing and then SC proper. However, CryTek is filing to drop their lawsuit without prejudice, meaning they can re-litigate later if they want, and also meaning that the single player game Squadron 42 probably isn’t coming out before the court trial date of 10/13/2020. Also, the initial steps of this case forced CIG to admit it hasn’t switched engines to Lumberyard as they’d previously claimed.
Tl;dr: Star Citizen is still an amazing waste of money and time that people throw cash at for some reason
THING OF THE WEEK
Gaming New Year’s resolutions? Or even NYR in general?