A fast and furiously typed up blog post about this week in gaming.

Welcome to the not so madhouse of a video game blog covering the stuff that happened for the week of November 3rd to the 9th, of 2019. In this blog post I’ll be covering the gaming releases, gaming news, and a touch of entertainment news that caught my attention for this week.

Game Releases:

Death Stranding

An adventure game that challenges you to survive and transport goods between the last remaining colonies after a terrible event wiped out much of the United States. Because of this event, death and life have become mixed as the realm between has its own creatures invading to snatch people. Released on November 8th, 2019 for PS4 by Kojima Productions and published Sony Interactive Entertainment. A PC version is arriving in mid 2020 from publisher 505 Games.

Planet Zoo

It’s time to build a zoo. This is a park management building simulator that puts you in charge of creating and building a zoo to your hearts content or at least money wise content. Create attractions based around animals and keep the animals happy to bring in guests and money so that you can continue to create the world’s most crazy zoo. Created and published by Frontier Developments for PC it released on November 5th, 2019.

Need for Speed: Heat

Illegal street racing is what you’re in for with this latest in the Need for Speed franchise. You’ll have to watch out for cops as they’ll try to chase you down plus you’ll lose a good chunk of your in-game currency if you do get caught. Race fast, hard, and don’t get caught as you try and win. Developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts it released on November 8th, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

The Stretchers

A co-op adventure game where you play as stretcher bearers. You and a friend must help rescue people who have been made dizzy by Captain Brains who has some nefariously evil plan planned out involving dizzy people. A surprise release of an unannounced game, it came to the Switch on November 8th, 2019. The game was developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Nintendo.

Game News:

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate’s newest character Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury released and thus Mr. Sakurai did a video on the character showing off his moves and all that was coming with this character. Included in the this is 50 songs plus a level based on Fatal Fury.

You can tell the Sakurai has a lot of love for fighting games especially the classic SNK ones. I mean how else do you get a 45 minute video out of a character and that’s okay. Sometimes it just becomes about the fun the creator is having and wants to go over those details and things they feel need to be said.

China is not happy with the state of video games and is once again looking to limit children’s play time with games over fears of addiction. They’re looking to implement what amounts to a curfew and impose a 90 minute weekday per day allowance to play. This report comes from CNN.com which has a breakdown of what’s going on.

If there is one country that could demand this of its citizens and get away with well that would be China. They will make their people bend to whatever their newest rule dictates to do. I fear game addiction will get worse before it gets better. It’s not a well understood problem and strict limits I feel also don’t help the situation as kids, teenagers, and young adults tend to rebel against such things. It’s much better to open health centers and study the issue than to take a strict line. Also if they kids are young enough then parents need to take on some responsibility to help these kids.

The long slumber for Payday 2 has come to an end with a new DLC about crossing the border. The reason for this new DLC is that it will be used to help fund Payday 3 and potentially brings back some excitement for the series.

I don’t know how much of a community is left for this, but I guess the numbers that the developers see that it might be enough to help them out. I wish them the best in their efforts it however does seem like a long road to go down if this is how they’re going to get Payday 3 funded.

A trailer for A Rising Bond a stealth third person action game from developers InBreak Studios. It’s a PC game set in a mid century Eastern European country that’s been destroyed by war. You are doing all you can survive in this cruel world.

This looks kind of neat yet still early in development from the clunky looking and feeling combat, though that may be a creative choice. The trailer also has a bit of an odd beginning but it works for the most part to get you to see this different world.

Sony has named Guerrilla Games managing director, Hermen Hulst, as the new head of worldwide studios. This will give him control over the 14 Sony internal studios directing and helping them to create products for the Playstation brand. He takes over immediately at the position. Meanwhile Shuhei Yoshida who had been president of the worldwide studios is moving on to a new project in helping nurture indie developers and get them to published on Playstation. If you want to know more you can head over to Gameindustry.biz for the news.

Congratulations to both of them. This will help continue to expand Sony’s reach and hopefully keep up their lineup of internal games which has earned them a lot of praise. Now they just need that touch of variety thrown in there because all I remember from E3 2018 was third person action oriented looking games.

Nintendo of Japan has canceled their planned Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event. The company says that it is operational reasons are the reason the commemorative event will not go forward. Many on the internet are saying that fans are upset because they’re just learning about how not all of the Pokemon are going to be in the Pokedex.

I can understand being frustrated and angry that a company isn’t being truthful or forward with what’s going on with their game. Protesting the game or an event is one way to express displeasure. I think a lot of people need a reminder that there are a lot of humans that work on this game and just because of a decision made to not bring all the Pokemon over doesn’t give one the right to be confrontational about it. I’m also a little sad for anyone who traveled from anywhere in the world to see this and now it is canceled.

Entertainment News:

Video game company Kojima Productions is looking at making movies in the near future. This according to a BBC documentary on Kojima’s latest game Death Stranding in which they feel the future of gaming is in streaming. Once gaming enters that sector fully it will compete with films and television for attention and that the difference between the gaming and film/television will narrow. Kotaku.com has the story for those interested in reading into it.

One might make the argument that Kojima’s games for a little while have been more movie than game with how long some cut scenes have gone on for. It does make sense for them to explore the possibility of films and so on since they do love to try and tell a story. The only problem being that said stories need to have a semblance of sense and direction for audiences to buy into them. If they’re just the wild imaginings of Kojima well it might get to out there for even the most fanatical of fans.

In casting news D’Arcy Carden might be joining Amazon’s new adaptation of A League of Their Own based on the female baseball league that was created in the United States during WW2. Also in talks to star in the series are Abbie Jacobson, and Gbemisola Ikumelo. Originally it was a 1992 movie starring Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, and Tom Hanks that told the story of this baseball league. Now Amazon has ordered an hour long pilot to see if they like it so if they do pick it up it might not be seen until 2021. This story comes from Deadline.com who has all the casting news.

People are already complaining that this will somehow ruin or tarnish the reputation of the movie. No it won’t. If it’s even picked up to become a show and winds up not being good it will likely only make people appreciate the movie that much more. Also this doesn’t appear to be a direct adaptation of the movie but rather a look at some of the other teams and players. Plus it has the potential to show more then one season of ball, the league after all lasted from 1943 to 1954. That’s said, I’m glad that Ms. D’Arcy is getting a chance to shine as she’s been great in The Good Place and I want to see her have more roles and in more stuff.

That’s all from me, thank you for stopping by and reading my blog ramblings. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions please feel free to leave those. You can do so via email at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, contacting me at my Twitter handle @Snipehockey, or just leave a comment in the comment section below. With that, goodbye until the next blog post.

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