A week in gaming summarily summarized for what it was.

The madness of a week of gaming is here to be blogged on or about or… Yeah this is just a rather silly blog post for October 17th, 2019 to November 2nd, 2019 in which I cover video game releases, gaming news, and some entertainment news. All that is blogged about is stuff that caught my interest and that I felt worth sharing.

Game Releases:

Luigi’s Mansion 3

It’s time for Luigi and friends to go on a vacation for a much needed break. However the hotel they’re booked at is haunted and soon Luigi’s friends have all been kidnapped. It’s up to him to fight his way through his fear of everything and ghosts to save the day in this third person action adventure puzzler. Released on October 31st, 2019 for the Switch the game was developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

The ball rolling game with monkeys in the hamster like balls rolling down a puzzle course in this remaster of the original game. The objective of the game is simple get from the start point to the end point as fast as possible without falling off the course and collecting bananas as you go. The remaster was handled by SEGA who also published the game. It came out on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on October 29, 2019. A PC version will be launching in the Winter 2019 season on Steam.

Afterparty

In this game you must outdrink Satan the lord of all darkness and hell. Why? Well you play as friends Milo and Lola who have both recently died and want to get back to earth. Satan of course stands in the way but the creature of evil is willing to give you a chance as long as you can hold your drink. You might also discover as you explore the world why you’ve been damned in the first place. Released by developer/publisher Night School Studio it released on October 29, 2019 with it coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac (Epic Game Store), with a Switch version planned for release later.

Game News:

For Kojima fans on PC there was good news as Death Standing now has a PC publisher in 505 Games and the game will be arriving on the platform in the early summer of 2020. To learn more head over to Gematsu.com for all the details that are known.

I feel like most of Kojima games fly right over my head and that they feel dense for the sake of being dense. But that doesn’t particularly matter as fans only care that it is coming out for PC, now the big worry for them is if the game will be exclusive to one platform, though I somehow doubt they’d care as much if it was only on Steam.

Electronic Arts had a lot to announce this week as they are coming back to Steam and will be launching EA Access on the platform. They also announced that the troubled series NBA Live has once again hit a hiccup. The latest in the franchise NBA Live 20 was at first delayed and is now canceled completely. The will concentrate on next-generation console version of the game. Finally, they talked about teasing upcoming remasters of an old game and that won’t see a new Battlefield game until April 2021 or March 2022. The news of the cancelation of NBA Live and the state of Battlefield are both from Polygon, but as separate articles. EA coming to Steam was announced via EA.com.

A mixed bag from EA, which is kind of expected from them. I wonder if Origin sales of their games were that bad or if EA just decided to take a small hit for a little extra profit? We will perhaps never know as business decisions rarely are made public. It is good news for gamers who are in love with Steam and use it as their go to video game store. More games on the store are always good. As for the other news, it sucks the NBA Live can’t seem to find its feet as the series has struggled to stay the course and become a mainstay. That is life sometimes and you wonder if EA will continually stick around paying the licensing fee for the NBA and NBPA for a game they aren’t making. The Battlefield news is sort of mixed bag situation on its own. It sad that for the first time in a while we won’t have a DICE shooter to look forward to, on the other hand they do need to address some of the issues within the company that have been reported and complaints that players have had about where the franchise is going. Time off might give them that chance to work on those things.

Shigeru Miyamoto has been honored by Japan for his work in video games. He’s become the first in the sector to be recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit. Kotaku.com has the story about what’s happened.

This is great to hear as Miyamoto has had such a grand influence on video games and on the world with the games he has helped to create. It is also a testament to the workers behind Miyamoto who made his visions a possibility the he could have such an impact. And of course Nintendo is also to thank for this happening as they hired him and put him into the position to create the games.

Sony has gone on a trademarking spree snapping up the long line of PS numbers from 6 to 10 in Japan. This will protect them should they decide to make a console in the future with the initials PS6 and so on until PS10. This news once again comes from Gematsu.com who has the full story.

This isn’t really much of a news story, but it is fun to look at and think about. It helps to protect them and it is mostly probably a lawyer saying hey we can’t get these trademarks done now and not have to worry about them should they have need for them later.

With the NCAA ruling that athletes can make money off their likeness there has been a renewed interest in reviving the college sports games like football and basketball. However, in order to do this each individual must come to an agreement with whoever wants to make a game. The news was first reported by ESPN.com and the follow up that should EA want to make a college sports game they’ll need to get a lot of rights comes via thegamer.com.

A complicated mess that means we probably won’t see a new video game based on college sports at least for a while. It would be nice to see them return as I know a lot of people loved the American college football games. But that’s life and it is good that these players can at least in some form get paid for their likeness and not just be taken advantage of by the NCAA.

Blizzcon kicked off with not its usual fanfare as Blizzard has had a rough last couple of conventions and the past few weeks thanks to their actions. They announced Diablo 4, the expansion/single player sequel Overwatch 2, an Expansion pack for World of Warcraft, a Heathstone version of autochess called Hearthstone Battlegrounds.

I’m not big into Blizzard games so I’m not on the hype train for any of these games. The only one I was interested in was Diablo but the game play trailer for that looked unsatisfying in the combat or just the way it was animated? I’m not sure which but it wound up feeling stilted I guess.

A trailer for the indie game Legioncraft was released showing off its 2D puzzle craft style combat. In order to fight enemies you have to fit your characters block shape against theirs and fight it out. You can gather friendly fighters by combining your block shape with theirs and then move this new shape to attack enemies.

This looks like a curious little game. I certainly haven’t seen anything like it at least lately and for that reason it is worth keeping an eye on.

Entertainment News:

Sony is closing down the Playstation Vue streaming on January 30, 2020. It was a subscription service that offered live television and premium channels HBO and Showtime. The subscription base however was only a reported 500,000 people. If you’re a subscriber or just curious head over to the Playstation blog for a full rundown.

I think it was the price that helped kill it when it costs 49.99 USD a month and at that rate why wouldn’t you just get cable or some other service? It was a nice experiment but it didn’t work for Sony

The curtain has been taken off of HBO Max as the At&T owned company WarnerMedia gave a presentation on what the service will provide, a launch date of May 202, and price of 14.99 USD a month. If you already get HBO Go or HBO Now you will automatically get the Max service. They also are bringing in shows like South Park, Studio Ghibli’s work, along with many other shows and movies. The service will be a curated one though, so don’t expect everything to always be on there. TVline.com has the story and rundown of what’s known about the upcoming service.

This is a pretty good deal as you get HBO content, plus new original content, and then all of the other stuff. It adds up to a lot of stuff and a good competitor to each of the streaming services. Now it’s up to consumers to decide if it is worth it to them. WarnerMedia is also going to have to do some re-branding or at least heavy marketing to make sure that people know which service is which so users don’t wind up getting confused and start paying out for two packages.

Netflix is serving up some Green Eggs and Ham only the famed Doctor Seuss story is getting a bit adult. They released a trailer for the upcoming animated series which will debut on November 8th, 2019. It will feature Michael Douglas as Guy I am and Adam Devine as Sam I am as they go on an adventure because of Green Eggs and Ham that Guy I am so hates.

It does have a sort of teenager like feel with the way it is animated and the way the dialogue comes across. It will interesting to see if it manages to find an audience or if parents will turn this on not realizing that it is a bit more mature then just a kids show. I do like the animation of the show as it looks well done and smoothly within the flow of what’s going on.

That’s it for this disappointingly quiet week in gaming. I expected at least some horrific thing to happen since Halloween was right there and got nothing. Which is actually probably for the best all things considered. Anyway thanks for stopping by to look at what I’ve written. And please, if you have any questions, suggestions or comment please feel free to leave them. You can do so via the comment section below, contacting me on Twitter @Snipehockey, or sending me a slightly old fashion at this point in history email at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. With that I shall sign off until the next week of blogging comes about.

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