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This week Zed Games is helmed by Zahra, Hazel, and Caroline while they talk gaming news, this years Australian Game Development Awards, and the recent AND local SpringCon 2022!
Valve has posted a job listing. Nothing new, except that it gives us a hint of what’s to come, with the listing looking for someone to ‘prototype, ship, and support’ a virtual reality headset, saying “At Valve, we are pushing the boundaries of virtual reality experiences… The main scope of this position is to prototype, ship, and support consumer gaming products leveraging visual-inertial tracking, camera passthrough, environment understanding, eye tracking, and hand tracking.”
This certainly isn’t Valve’s first foray into VR, but it does signal a push to get ahead in the VR headset market.
Metaverse Isn’t Popular
Decentraland, a Metaverse project, hasn’t exactly been flourishing. It’s a sandbox environment where users can buy and sell virtual real estate, and has a market cap of $1.2 billion. The number of active users over a 24 hour period? 38.
Dencentraland do point out that active users are defined as unique blockchain wallet addresses, which leaves out users who just use it as a place to socialise and hang out, which may bring numbers up to 8000 users per day.
Doom’s On Notepad Now
You’ve seen Doom on PC, consoles, calculators, pregnancy tests, and more. Now get ready for 60 frames per second Doom gameplay in notepad, the very same notepad you have at home. It is playable, using text to create the visuals, much like ASCII art. In very quick, simplified terms, notepad is being used as a monitor, with other software running in the background doing the hard work.
Splatoon Gets a Bit… Rowdy
Nintendo had to release a public statement recently, reminding players of Nintendo’s streaming guidelines, and more specifically, how open streamers are to legal actions. Why? Streamers had started a trend of using chroma-key to superimpose explicit adult videos over the enemy’s ink, essentially treating it as a kind of greenscreen.
As it goes against Nintendo’s streaming guidelines, they can now take down posts, videos, and streams, and even pursue legal action.
The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has announced the winners of the 2022 Australian Game Developer Awards. Judging goes through 70 game industry professionals, with winners from 13 categories announced, plus an additional 4 cultural awards, resulting in this year’s awards being filled with the highlights of what Australia has to offer.
Cult of the Lamb has left with four awards, including Game of the Year.
Julian Wilton, Creative Director of Massive Monster, says “After experiencing our success overseas, it was an amazing feeling to see our game really resonate with Australians as well. We received such strong support locally and we love that it’s being enjoyed, not just for the gameplay, but also for the art and music.”
Raymond Corrigan, the creator of Earthlingo, won the Rising Star award.
Ryan McMahon, art director at Playside Studios, won the Ambition award.
Clara Reeves, CEO of Hipster Whale, has been recognised for her ongoing contributions to the Australian games industry with the Adam Lancman award.
Gameloft Brisbane has come away with the last cultural award with the Studio of the Year award.
And now for some upcoming games!
- The Case of the Golden Idol – PC
- The Darkest Tales – PC, XBO, Switch
- The Eternal Cylinder – PS5, XSX
- Fueled Up – PC, PS4, XBO
- GOAL! The Club Manager – PC
- Kao the Kangaroo: Oh! Well DLC – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Lost Eidolons – PC
- Sunday Gold – PC
- Triangle Strategy – PC
- Trifox – Switch
- Winter Games 2023 – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Dragon Ball: The Breakers – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch
- NHL 23 – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- No More Heroes 3 – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- PGA Tour 2K23 Standard Edition – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Saint Kotar – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Scorn – PC, XSX
- Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival – Switch
- Trifox – PC, XSX, XBO
- Destiny’s Sword – PC
- A Plague Tale: Requiem – PC, XSX, PS5, Switch
- Amberial Dreams – PC
- Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Marvel Snap – PC
- Them’s Fightin’ Herds – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- The Last Hero of Nostalgaia – PC, XSX, XBO
- The Last Worker – PC
- Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection – PC
- The Valiant – PC
- Batora: Lost Haven – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Hell is Others – PC
- The Jackbox Party Pack 9 – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope – Switch
- The Pegasus Expedition – PC
- Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
Palladium and Bungie Collaboration
Destiny guardians are no stranger to making sure they look their best, or most absurd, in-game. So the more fashionable guardians may be excited to learn that Palladium, the shoe company, are collaborating with Bungie to create boots inspired by The Witch Queen. These boots come in tan and black, made of canvas, and have some Destiny 2 flair.
Wizards of the Coast Casts Lawsuit
Wizards of the Coast, the current publisher of the popular Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, has filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of Star Frontiers: New Genesis, a space opera in a tabletop roleplaying game format, being developed under TSR LLC.
TSR LLC is the latest company to claim the name of TSR Inc., the original publishers for Dungeons & Dragons in 1973. TSR LLC is attempting to revive the original Star Frontiers.
However, with an online leak, Star Frontiers: New Genesis has been facing a significant amount of backlash due to racist and transphobic content, including a ‘negro’ subrace with a maximum intelligence rating of 9.
Wizards of the Coast writes that “it would be irreparably harmed by the publication and distribution of the game using its trademarks because consumers may mistakenly associate Wizards with the reprehensible content of the game, damaging its reputation and goodwill, and undermining its efforts to foster a culture that embraces diversity.”
Northeastern University Bomb
A staff member of Northeastern University has suffered injuries to his hands when he opened a package that was detonated.
Investigation is still ongoing, with motive being at the forefront of concerns. It’s been reported that the package contained a note that criticised Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, and the relationship between virtual reality developers and academic institutions.
This note was contained in a hard plastic container, and detonated when the latches were released and the lid was lifted.
Thankfully, the staff member was not seriously injured.
State of Play, Nintendo Direct, and More
Sony, Nintendo, and Ubisoft have made many announcements for upcoming projects and games during Tokyo Game Show, one of the big three gaming conferences.
Sony announced Tekken 8, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Edition, Demeo, a dungeon crawler, Like a Dragon: Ishin, a Yakuza spin-off, Pacific Drive, a driving survival game, and a new loyalty program called PlayStation Stars.
Nintendo brought The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Fire Emblem: Engage, Pikmin 4, and some old favourites will be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online via the Expansion Pack membership subscription, such as Mario Party 1/2/3, Pokemon Stadium, and GoldenEye 007.
Ubisoft follows up with Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Skull and Bones, a pirate simulator, Rider’s Republic for BMX, skateboarding, and snowboarding fans, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Heartland, and Rainbow Six Mobile, with a partnership announced with Netflix.
And now for some upcoming games!
- The Dark Prophecy – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Hidden Through Time: Definitive Edition – PS4, Switch
- Various Daylife – PS4
- Fortnite Season 4 – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Return to Monkey Island – PC, Switch
- Construction Simulator – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker – PS5, XSX
- Soulstice – PC, PS5, XSX
- The DioField Chronicle – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Gundam Evolution – PC
- Potion Permit – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Serial Cleaners – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Session: Skate Sim – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Slime Rancher 2 – PC, XSX
- Train Life: A Railway Simulator – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
This week Zed Games team with Maylee, Elliott, and Peter shakes up our expectations by talking this week in gaming news! Then Maylee challenges us in a review of Long Live the Queen, and the crew talks games that truly surprised us with their subversion.
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Indonesia Bans Steam
As Indonesia rolls out new content moderation laws, many online services have been affected, including Steam, PayPal, Epic Games, and even Yahoo.
Companies that are considered private electronic system providers have to register with the Indonesian government’s database to operate in the country. Any companies that failed to do so by 27th July have been banned.
Aside from making it challenging for those in Indonesia to access video games, the requirement is part of an overarching law that is intended to allow the Indonesian government to obtain data about users, and remove content that “disturbs public order”.
Microsoft, Google, Apple, TikTok, Netflix, Spotify, and many other service providers have successfully registered a licence, allowing them to continue to operate.
As of now, Valve is attempting to comply with the requirements, and PayPal has been temporarily unblocked.
Steam Bans Award Logos
The practice of putting award logos and review scores in key art on Steam is coming to an end. Valve is introducing new rules for store key art, or “store graphical assets”, prioritising cleaner images for the storefront.
Review scores, award names, and promotion of a different product are all banned starting from September 1st. If developers want to promote a major update, they can use “artwork overrides”, which slaps a separate layer over existing images.
Valve states that the move is prompted not only to reduce visual clutter, but also to avoid review scores that may be outdated, or even the sketchy practice of making up award names to make a game look a little fancier.
Diablo Immortal Player is Alone
Diablo Immortal has been having some bad press, but now the focus is on a player who has spent $142,000 AUD on the MMORPG, effectively locking him out of the game.
Diablo Immortal’s system allows players to invest financially in order to upgrade their character, a system often called ‘pay-to-win’, and it definitely works. Now this player’s barbarian is so overpowered that he has won hundreds of matches against other players, with very, very few losses. As a result, the game simply will not match him with another player, as there are simply none who could be fairly matched against him.
The player has contacted Blizzard hoping for a way to resolve this problem, however with an upcoming event called the Rite of Exile, he is unable to assist his clan, and with being stuck in matchmaking purgatory, he is unable to even qualify.
He isn’t exactly being met with sympathy, with some players saying that ‘he got what he paid for’.
And now for some upcoming games!
- Hard West 2 (PC)
- Turbo Golf Racing (PC, XSX, XBO)
- Thymesia (PC, PS5, XSX)
- Two Point Campus (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Lost In Play (PC, Switch)
- Arcade Paradise (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Cult Of The Lamb (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
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