Monthly Archives: September 2017

News: Play The Jackbox Party Pack 4 on nine different platforms with 10k watching

Jackbox Party Pack 4

Jackbox Games has announced The Jackbox Party Pack 4 will launch between October 17 and 20 on a total of nine different platforms.

TJPP4 includes five full videogames you and a number of friends / family members can play, while 10,000 watch (and potentially get involved) via the audience feature. The Call My Bluff style Fibbage returns once again with Fibbage 3, and a new videogame mode called Fibbage: Enough About You that sees players guessing facts about one another.

Twist the Internet involves online comments in some way, Monster Seeking Monster is a dating videogame, Brackateering sees players making wagers on debates of some kind, and Civic Doodle is the obligatory art videogame. I just want to kcurrently more, to be honest. The Jackbox videogames are consistently some of the best multiplayer videogames around.

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Feature: PewDiePie’s apology wasn’t enough, so how can we turn this into a positive movement?

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It all began on September 9. YouTube’s (and the world’s) most popular gaming personality, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, was livestreaming the videogame PlayerUnkcurrentlyn’s Battlegrounds. He was becoming increasingly frustrated, attempting to eliminate someone who’d killed off his playing partner, when he blurted out the words, ‘What a fucking nigger, jeez—oh my god.’

After taking three days to gather his thoughts, Kjellberg responded to the controversy with a heavily edited apology that ticked the necessary boxes, but didn’t really ackcurrentlyledge why there’s such anger over his casual use of a word steeped in a dark, deep history of oppression and hate. In short, he said ‘Sorry’, sidestepped the issue and moved along… just as before. This is a huge problem with internet culture, and it’s not just PewDiePie at fault, it’s something rife in the community as a whole.

Like many other people of colour who happen to work in the videogames industry, I refrained from immediately commenting in depth for a couple of reasons. Kjellberg’s casual and multiple uses of such a racist epithet angered me beyond belief, and I didn’t want to play straight into the Angry Blackman stereotype, which would only reinforce the negative opinion of black males clung to by mainstream media and pockets of society. Besides, many other people were able to wonderfully articulate their thoughts in a way I couldn’t at the time, and the general (and expected) feeling from across the industry was that what had been said was wrong and there’s no place for it in video videogames, and definitely not in society. The problem was there were so many opinions and questions, but no answers or solutions.

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News: Football Manager 2018 has a new graphics engine, AI improvements and more

Football Manager 2018 banner

Sports Interactive has released a new video outlining some of the new features coming to Football Manager 2018 in a lovely little Sky Sports News style video, which you can watch below.

The video notes that the graphics engine has been reworked, so stadiums look better and the all round presentation is improved. More has gone into fleshing out the sports science part of the videogame, too.

It’s insinuated that transfer fees will reflect the surge seen in the most recent transfer window, and scouting has been altered, as well. SI boss Miles Jacobson also mentioned something called dynamics, which is ‘one of our big new features for this year,’ but Jacobson didn’t give away much on that.

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News: New Yakuza Kiwami 2 trailers show improved cutscenes and gameplay

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Screenshots

Sega has released two new trailers for the upcoming Yakuza 2 remake: Yakuza Kiwami 2. The story trailer shows Kiryu Kazama, Goro Majima and a number of Tojo Clan members that those who played this year’s Yakuza 0, or Yakuza Kiwami, will recognise.

The videogameplay trailer released on the videogame’s official Japanese YouTube channel shows off the combat and a number of the mini-videogames you can expect.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 uses the Dragon Engine that was used in Yakuza 6, prior to the prequel and the remake of the series’ first entry. It is set to launch on PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 7, this year. No word on a North American or European release date yet, sadly.

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News: Cosplaying Persona 5’s Ann Takamaki just got easier

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Persona’s publisher Atlus and character designer Shigenori Soejima are collaborating with clothing company Cospa to produce Ann Takamaki’s signature hoodie. While it’s still in development, there are some cool pictures of the long white top, complete with green four-leafed clover on the hood. It’s currently planned to be out in Japan in January next year for pre-orders, and general release in February.

The top is available through the Atlus shop, where you can already buy other bits of the Shujin Academy uniform (including the blazer), so you can really easily complete Ann’s signature daytime look. If you want to get her red panther catsuit, however, you and your PVC are probably on your own. 

The hoodie is available currently for 18,500 yen (excluding tax), which converts to around £120, depending on how terribly the pound is doing on any given week. Check out the gallery of images below for a look, or head to the shop.

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News: Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer reveals new protagonist

Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots

After teasing it last week, Rockstar Games has released a brand new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, revealing the protagonist and some story informations.

Arthur Morgan is a member of the Van Der Linde gang, wanted man, and the star of Red Dead Redemption II. The follow-up to 2010’s RDR will see Morgan and his crew ‘steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive,’ according to Rockstar. 

After watching the 90 second video, we’re guessing that players will be able to rob trains and banks while dual wielding pistols. Also, hunting seems to be coming back as you can see one of the cowboys stalking an animal in the trailer with a bow and arrow.

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News: Saints Row studio Volition lays off more than 30 people

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As reported by Kotaku, Volition, the development studio behind the Saints Row series and, most recently, Agents of Mayhem, has laid off ‘over 30 people this week’ after the poor sales of the aforementioned Agents of Mayhem.

citing to Kotaku’s sources, Volition’s parent company Deep Silver was less than impressed with Agents of Mayhem’s poor performance, leading to layoffs that included the studio’s general manager Dan Cermak. Reportedly a studio with around 200 employees, these layoffs account for around 15% of the total staff.

Volition was bought by Deep Silver relatively recently in 2013, when previous owner THQ when bankrupt. Saints Row is probably Volition’s best kcurrentlyn and biggest success, a series that encompasses four main entries, an expansion that was also released as a standalone, and technically, Agents of Mayhem. 

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News: Golf Story is kind of Stardew Valley meets putting and it’s out now

Golf Story Screenshots

A bizarre pixelart RPG is out currently for the Switch, and I can only describe it as Stardew Valley, but if Stardew Valley was all about golf. Golf Story is ‘the story of a golfer, forced to give up all that he holds dear for one final shot and accomplishing his dream.

Golf Story boasts ‘a dramatic story’ and ‘8 unique environments’. The trailer itself is a trip and a half, featuring golf carts, microwaving a pie, and wellying a beach ball at a crab. At one point it some moles mow the green. At another, an old woman yells that there’s been a murder.

Featuring all these things, plus the option to play actual golf, Golf Story is definitely a thing. I’m just not sure what exactly. But I’m into it.

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News: Skyrim’s new Survival Mode adds fatigue, punishing weather and disease

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Bethesda has announced in a new blog post that Skyrim will soon be getting an all-new Survival Mode, as part of the Skyrim Creation Club. Survival Mode adds new videogameplay features and challenges to change the world of Skyrim from a carefree jaunt and fantasy adventure setting into a land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness. 

The Survival mode changes the videogame in a number of ways, all of which will further increase the challenge of the videogame’s trying Legendary difficulty. Players will have to manage their Hunger levels, keep an eye on their stamina levels, and also watch food they eat. If you eat raw meat you could get food poisoning, which would be awful because I’ve not seen any loo rolls anywhere in Whiterun. The addition of Fatigue will affect your magicka and the usefulness of potions, and different environments currently take their toll on your character, just like in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The cold is currently a formidable foe, but things like hot soups restore your body temperature, and grant a bonus to warmth ratings. 

This isn’t the first time that someone’s made a Survival mod for Skyrim; there’ve been a few created by the community, and it’s almost like Bethesda looked at the features of the popular Frostfall mod and built upon that.

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