Friday, March 03, 2017

Weekly Link Round Up

Today is a glorious day. One that may be remembered for years to come.

It's the Weekly Link Round Up of course! A smattering of the best, worst, and silliest gaming news on the internet, this week.

Oh, and the Nintendo Switch is out.

Onto the news!

The Bolivian government has filed a formal complaint with the French embassy over the country's portrayal in video games. Games like Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, produced by Ubisoft which is based in France, provide a negative view of the country. Unfortunately the diplomatic complaint doesn't provide details as to what the Bolivian government hopes to have changed. Wildlands has been in beta and will be releasing next week. Ubisoft has commented that those chose the country as the landscape for the game because of it's rich history and dynamic environment, but that the game itself is a pure work of fiction. Because it's a it's fiction. That seems like a "no duh" moment but some people forget that movies and TV shows are not real. We'll be watching this odd story to see what the Bolivian government hopes to accomplish at this rate.

- Did you know there's a video game where you can play as a mortician? A Mortician's Tale, set to release this year, is Surgeon Simulator but with the deceased. The concept behind the game is to show people that death is a pretty natural thing. And we also do a lot of weird stuff after someone dies to make them look, normal-ish in the casket. (That was an odd sentence I had to type.) You go through the process of not only prepping the bodies, but helping hold and funeral services. It's morbid, but intriguing game play.

- Hi WhatCulture. What list goodness do you have for us today? 9 Disturbing trends that need to stop? Okay. So this list has some valid points that there are some things that go on in the gaming world that are kind of dumb. Such as gimmicky peripherals that don't work well with the game systems (Sony, I'm looking at you with your Move balls). Or ignoring single player content (*coughsBattlefrontcoughs*) and Day 1 patches that can take hours to complete. Guys...this is actually a good list that makes some valid points. It's not perfect, but this is the first time someone at WhatCulture did their research before posting. Wow. We have entered the Twilight Zone.

- Stock market watchers. With the Spring season for game releases kicking into high gear, there are some notable stocks from big publishers to watch for, as it's expected that they will increase in gains pretty soon. Activision, EA, and Capcom top out the list as well as Take-Two Interactive with their new NBA deal for an eSports league.

- RoosterTeeth has come a long way since the early days of the internet and making a machimina series with Halo: Combat Evolved. Pro-NFL players now want to game with the crew. Check out this article by AdWeek which has a great overview on the company's history and how their platform for content works.

- If you were really into the Conan Exiles nude note from my prior blog post, then you are going to love the amount of content dropped by the developers. The game is offering a ton of content aside from naked people. Exiles is more like Ark, where it's a true survival game. You are expected to hunt, gather, craft, and outlast everyone else. But other aspects crop up that require your involvement, such as religion (do you bow down to Crom or not?). It's providing some interesting twists to the genre.

- Microsoft has announced a Netflix like game streaming service to start at $9.99 a month, and plans to work with GameStop on making it a reality that benefits both businesses. The service will give uses unlimited access to a library of 100 games to pick up and play whenever you want. You don't own the game, and once your subscription expires, or the game is removed from the library, you can't play it any longer. Mixed thoughts on this idea as it'll depend greatly on the content provided. 

Have a great weekend and see you in the next Round Up!


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