This week, all three of us have finished some games! Kyle finishes up Monster Hunter and tries out a cutesy platformer, William finally finishes up with Xenoblade 2 (for now), and dives right back into the anime with Steins;Gate, and Kaz completes Shadow of Mordor and closes in on the end of Persona 4. In our news section, we talk about Spyro remasters, Metroid Prime 4, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and a bit about Nintendo’s plans moving forward. To finish up, we have a discussion about the two new bills presented to the Hawaiian legislature, and the regulation of loot boxes and predatory microtransactions. Come pause with us!
Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff
- Rumor: Spyro trilogy remaster to be announced next month for a September release. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2018/02/13/spyro-trilogy-remaster-coming-to-ps4-this-year
- Rumor: It’s possible that Bandai Namco is making Metroid Prime 4 http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-02-08-yes-namco-bandai-is-working-on-metroid-prime-4
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance came out this week and is getting solid reviews, despite all the jank
Hawaii has introduced two bills to tackle loot boxes in gaming.
They’re aiming to prohibit sale of games with loot boxes to people under 21 and force companies to publish loot box probabilities. Both bills have several sponsors, so it’ll be interesting to see where these go. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/7x4uoa/loot_box_legislation_established_in_the_state_of/
Activision Blizzard makes about half of its yearly revenue from microtransactions.
So if you’re wondering why they’re everywhere, it’s because you’re buying them. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/7w8zph/activision_blizzard_makes_4_billion_usd_in/
Nintendo is aiming to have a longer-than-usual lifecycle with the Switch, wants to have one owned by ‘every single person’.
Think it’ll work? Are we finally unchained from the relentless progress of graphical capabilities? https://www.destructoid.com/nintendo-still-wants-a-longer-console-lifecycle-and-everyone-to-own-one-487524.phtml