A curious week to be blogged about for the latest in gaming news.

A slow rumbling week of video game releases, gaming news, and some entertainment news is here to be discussed. This blog post will cover November 17th to the 23rd of 2019 and all the stuff the caught my interest during this week. And now on with the mad dashed scribbles of a blog post..

Game Releases:

Football Manager 2020

The simulator management game where you manage the soccer/football team of your choice and try to continually take them to the gloriousness that is the top of the table. Sign and sell players to keep the board happy so that you can keep your job as well as getting results. Don’t forget to talk to your players either as they also will have a say in how things are going. This was released on November 19th, 2019 from developer Sports Interactive and publisher SEGA. It released on PC, Google Stadia, and macOS, a touch version of the game came out on Mobile: iOS and Android, as well as Switch and the platforms mentioned before except for Stadia.

Shenmue III

The continuation of the series you continue your journey as Ryo Hazuki searching for his father’s killer. This time you’ve traveled to Guilin, China to try and locate Lan Di along the way discovering a young woman who has been in your dreams. The game was announced during E3 2015 Sony conference and was almost an instant Kickstarter success when that launched. Developed by Neilo and Ys Net it was published by Deep Silver for Playstation 4 and PC. It released on November 19th, 2019.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Things have changed for this entry into the series, though it is keeping . You are a sniper who takes contracts with side objectives that will reward you with more money. The more money you have the more you can spend on improving your gear and character. Released on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 22, 2019. It was developed by and published by CI Games.

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

An action adventure RPG with some platforming puzzles is set in the land of Bugaria. You play as the trio of bugs Vi, Kabbu, and Lief who are on a quest to find the Everlasting Sapling which promises to bring immortality. Released on November 21st, 2019 for PC after being developed by Moonsprout Games and published by Dangen Entertainment.

Game News:

Google Stadia Pro is now released to the public. The latest streaming game experience is not without hiccupts and a few rough reviews. If you buy the subscription service which is 10 dollars a month you’ll get access to try it out, or you can also buy the little chromecast ultra and controller package to try it out. A free version version that anyone can try is coming in 2020.

I think most consoles and services generally have a rough launch and of course Stadia is no different. What remains to be seen is if they can make this service work how they promised it would. The major thing they’ll need to deal with is the input lag and also they need more games. If the list of games you can buy or just play doesn’t expand then it makes it much harder to stay subscribed. At this rate I’m not sure I’d even want to try the free version when that comes.

Double Fine’s Greg Rice has left the company after ten years. He’d had many roles but recently had been business development vice president. His job was to help find publishing deals for the small indie companies that came to them for help. With the recent acquisition of Double Fine by Microsoft the role became rather superfluous. Eurogamer.net reported on Mr. Rice’s departure from the company.

Sad to see someone leave a company that they’ve worked so long at. I’m guessing they’ve been trying to figure out a new role for Mr. Rice since the company has been acquired but nothing really fit, thus he decided to leave. That’s just me wildly speculating but it would make sense.

Valve has announced a new Half-Life game. It will be a VR experience called Half-Life: Alyx and it stars Alyx prior to the events of Half-Life 2. It will be launching sometime in March 2020.

I want to get excited for this but, eh. It’s a VR game through and through and those style of games don’t have a great draw for me. It certainly looks pretty and the new tools plus objects that are being made for this game will hopefully find their way to modders to play around with. For a new Half-Life game this sadly doesn’t get me excited.

In sad news Brad McQuaid the developer and creator behind Everquest, Vanguard, and the upcoming Pantheon has passed away.

I’ve never played any of the aforementioned games but I know quite a few people fell in love with MMO’s and RPG’s due to Everquest. It’s sad to hear that he passed at such a young age of 51. I’m sure that many gamers will join me in saying that his spot in video game history will not be forgotten.

If you’re in the mood for some more Borderlands 3 action well Moxie has you covered with a new DLC. Called Moxie’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, it revolves around taking down Handsome Jack’s casino which were stolen by Handsome Jack from Moxie.

This looks slick and typical Borderlands style of over the top ridiculousness which is what you want from the DLC. What more could one want? Well, probably more guns and more powerful guns just to make smashing your way through enemies easier.

Is Amazon entering the gaming streaming scene? According to some reports they will be be doing it some time in 2020. They’re going an already crowded scene with Google Stadia that just launched, Microsoft with the upcoming Project xCloud, Sony’s Playstation Now, and EA Game’s Project Atlas which is being worked on. This report was slide into an article by Cnet.com who were talking about the overall game streaming scene.

I’m not surprised that Amazon would be doing this, they’re always looking at ways to make money or try things. They have a game studio which has yet to really show off its MMORPG that its making. Amazon also owns broadcast streaming Twitch service, which apparently would be integrated into their new game streaming thing. There are still lots of hurdles to hurdle and having a solid connection plus latency free input controls are the key. I do wonder if they’ll integrate their Prime service into somehow at least to get a few people to try it out.

According to a report on Reddit and 4chan publisher DANGEN Entertainment might not be paying developers who have signed a publishing deal with them. These are only reports from some developers that things aren’t right. It isn’t all of the developers who have worked with or have contracts with DANGEN Entertainment. If you wish to read a little more about the situation you can check out the Reddit post over on r/Games.

If the reports are true then that is a terrible look for the publisher and will likely get sued for breach of contract or the contract will become voided due to likely bad faith negotiation. I would hold off on grabbing pitchforks to skewer Dangen just yet, as more information is definitely needed.

Entertainment News:

Todd Phillips is reportedly working on not only a sequel to Joker but also other villains as well? Reports seem to have been over eager as Phillips has said that he doesn’t have a signed contract to do a sequel or anything. Indiewire.com was the first to get Phillips take on the story and denial that such a project was currently going anywhere.

If this does wind up happening I would certainly be interested in a second Joker movie, but I would be more excited to see other villains backstory. If Warner Brothers does decide to go ahead with more Villain stories I certainly think it could be a really interesting different take and look for the superhero genre.

Amazon released a teaser trailer for their upcoming new TV series about hunting Nazi’s in the 1970’s U.S.A. It’s called Hunters and it stars Al Pacino as Meyer Offerman a man who is organizing a group of vigilantes to stop a group of Nazi’s from creating a new Reich in the United States.

I’m really curious about this one as the trailer went from super somber to this sort of rock and roll over the top style in the last few seconds. I’m waiting for the full trailer to really make up my mind, but so far it’s done enough to at least capture my imagination.

That appears to be about it for this weeks blog post, so I shall thank you for visiting my blog post and blog in general. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments I welcome all and any of them through one of three ways. You can email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or through Twitter where my handle is @Snipehockey, or finally through the comment section below. With that I shall say farewell and that the next blog post might not be until December 7th, 2019 due to the thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

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