Waltzing with the wrecking ball of video game news.

Welcome to another autonomous week of video gaming blogging, in which none of this is autonomous at all. I’ll be talking about the video game releases, gaming news, and some entertainment news for the week of September 2 to September 8, 2018. Please note I do not cover all that has happened, just the stuff that caught my interests.

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Marvel’s Spider-Man –

Swing through the city saving the day using your web slinging skills as Spider-man villains come out to stop the superhero. Developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PS4. It came out on September 7, 2018.

 

NBA 2K19 –

Basketball season is right around the corner and so to are the seasonal release of the game. You take to the court as a created player, or taking a whole team through a season as you try to win the NBA Championship. Released on September 7, 2018 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports.

 

NBA Live 19 –

Returning to the court for the second year in a row. The series also takes to the court to try and take a team or your created player to the NBA Championship. It came out on Xbox One and PS4 after being developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA Sports on September 7, 2018.

 

 

Gaming News:

Microsoft has released the adaptive controller for 99.99 US dollars. This controller allows disabled gamers to have a better overall experience in playing games despite their many challenges. It allows for a variety of plug in’s into the controller that map out to specific buttons if they’re needed. Check out the Microsoft page for the new controller.

While it is a bit expensive, overall this is a great thing for Microsoft to have released. I hope that other companies, even third party controller makers can also make things more accessible to those that need it.

 

There are a few games that never seem to die, despite developers wanting to move on and such. Binding of Isaac was one of those games, another is Prison Architect which is getting another update. This time eight player multiplayer is coming in which you and your friends must figure out the best way to escape from the prison that you or someone else built.

A welcome addition to the game and one that I never expected to happen as usually once development is done on a game, the devs move on. I’ll be curious to check this out and see if its as fun as the base game or if it is more of a distraction.

 

The original Valkyria Chronicles will soon be coming out for the Nintendo Switch. It will coming out on October 16, 2018 for 20 dollars or 15 dollars if you own Valkyria Chronicles 4 on the console. This news comes courtesy of gameinformer.com

A nice surprise. I’d hoped that the first game would get released onto the Switch instead of just getting the fourth game. Now all the remains is for the the other two games which were only on PSP to come to other platforms so that people can finally experience the whole world that has been built up.

 

Nintendo which had planned to hold a new Nintendo Direct video event, has delayed it until next week. This is due to an earthquake that hit 6.6 on the Richter scale striking Hokkaido Island of Japan. This after a summer heatwave, floods, and the recent typhoon it isn’t a good spot to be in.

As much as it sucks that they delayed the video, sometimes it is for the best to make sure that family and friends are okay. Games will around and can wait especially when it comes to human safety first.

 

And then there is the face-palming worthy news coming out of Nintendo that their upcoming online service won’t have cloud saving for all games. Nintendo’s rationalization for this is that it will reduce cheating. Head over once again to gameinformer.com to get the full scoop.

Nope. No. Bad Nintendo. This is just silly and backwards of Nintendo to do. Cheaters are always going to figure out a way around things so this isn’t going to stop but a few of them. The rest of people get screwed over by ridiculousness when they just want a safety net in case save data gets corrupted. Bah humbug to Nintendo.

 

THQ Nordic seemingly ever in the mood to acquire IP’s has bought another asset. This time picking up former 38 Studios Kingdoms of Amalur. This comes along with other assets which were not specified.

I hope that means that the Amalur game can make a comeback. It was well loved for what it was, but it was a 2012 game so it may not have aged well. Still, the base concepts are there now if they can get the right studio to make the game really shine or just create a sequel that would be great. I am however, not holding my breath that it will happen.

 

The Nintendo Switch is getting another port from a beloved franchise. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI will be heading to the hybrid console on November 16, 2018. Gamespot.com has the news about the since taken down website announcing the game..

I have a feeling that this might have been one of the announcements for the delayed Nintendo Direct, but that is just a feeling. Now, I just hope that this game turns out well and doesn’t lag the console too much when the game reaches the mid point to end game.

 

Valve has clarified how they will be handling mature content and its accessibility. Firstly they plan to make searching easier for game on Steam easier. Up next they’re is a focus on your ability to ignore things, previously you could only do single games. This now broadens to publishers, curators, etc that you can filter out. This brings up the third thing Valve is fixing it control wise what you see by creating filters that show how much mature content you’ll be able to see. Finally, they’re also asking developers exactly what the mature content is in their game so that they can put it into the proper filters. And then they’re also working on removing games that are trolling or made in bad faith to take advantage of people who purchased them. Head over to the Steam blog for all the information on the upcoming changes.

This sounds like a step in the right direction. Now it is just up to implementing it in a manner that is simple and easy to use for any consumer. It also would help if it is one of the things you must fill out once you start Steam.

 

 

 

Entertainment News:

Colorful personality, movie star, and all around legend Burt Reynolds has passed away at age 82.

It is a sad day when you lose such a personality, one that was not always good, not always bad but always managed to brighten up and bring an amazing presence to the screen. He will be sorely missed.

 

The Academy which handles the Oscars has put on hold its latest additional award, the popular movie category, until they can look into it further. Originally created early this year after a board of governors vote, they are now back peddling to take in more feedback about how best to institute the new category. You can check out the story on TheHollywoodReporter.com.

This is probably for the best that they at least put it on hold. Any new award should good through a strenuous process to make sure it meets some sort of standard, instead of throwing it up and hoping to stick the landing.

 

Netflix has removed reviews from their website and now some are claiming that this is because of increasingly bad reviews they got for their original content. Netflix claimed that people were no longer reviewing content on their website and thus why keep them around if no one is using them. This passing rumor comes from TheDailyDot.com.

It sounds plausible both ways so I’m not sure which one is more believable. It might have been a combination of the two things that shut down reviews. And there are probably other factors at play that caused Netflix to remove reviews not just one single thing. Because if it was just bad reviews that makes Netflix look like they have incredibly thin skin and that they don’t trust their own shows to be able to stand up to scrutiny.

 

Marvel, EW, and Brie Larson decided they wanted to break the internet by releasing still shots of the upcoming Marvel movie Captain Marvel. Entertainment Weekly gave the first look at some shots of the 2019 film and the non-origin story that they’re going for.  Of course head over to EW.com for the shots.

And by break the internet they meant trend on twitter and be talked about on social media platforms. No actually breaking the internet intended. The twitter exchange between Ms. Larson and EW was a bit cringe considering that it mirrors Zachary Levi’s Twitter conversation with EW about his Comic-Con cover. It could have been a bit better planned public relations wise. As for the photos themselves, they’re rather meh and not all that stand out. The cover is photo shopped to hell and back which makes the picture look disproportionate body wise. Overall to me it is a failure in marketing as it didn’t get me excited for the movie.

 

 

Well I think that will finish off this week. Thank you for visiting my blog. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments I certainly welcome them. You can leave them via email at Lostvideogamesblog@gamil.com, or leave them below, or find me on Twitter at @Snipehockey. Thank you once again and see you next week.

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