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
Anniversary Collection and Shantae on GBC being my personal highlights. https://limitedrungames.com/blogs/news/lrg3-2020
- Deadly Premonition 2 came out and is performing exactly as you would expect it to, both critically and technically
- Game announcements
- Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, a Temple Run ripoff phone game
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
- Steelrising, from the folks who did Greedfall https://twitter.com/PlaySteelrising/status/1280552156530016258
- Superhot: Mind Control Delete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-ismbvR9g
- NBA 2K21 got announced, and will be $70 for the standard version. Think that’s going to be the new price for next gen? Also, they have a Kobe Bryant version for their expensive collector’s set, which feels real sleazy to me. Also also, you have to buy the collector’s edition to get the PS5 upgrade. https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/2/21311250/nba-2k21-playstation-5-xbox-series-x-versions-70-dollars-next-gen-price-increase-games
- Capcom says 80% of its sales are digital, and that number is rising https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-07-09-capcom-says-game-sales-are-80-percent-digital-and-rising
- We now know what PS5 box art will look like https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/09/first-look-box-art-for-upcoming-ps5-games/
- 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.