Friday, December 22, 2017

Weekly Link Round Up

It's Friday! Thank goodness. What a long week it has been, and traditionally this is typically viewed as one of the shorter/faster weeks thanks to the winter solstice. Let's end on a good note with the Weekly Link Round Up. A gathering of this weeks best, worst, and weirdest gaming news stories.

- Stastia, a statistics portal with a collection of random stats on everything and anything, compiled an infographic on what is the "best game ever" according to critics. This is only based on metacritic scores from news sources and not user reviews. So take what you will from that. The Legend of Zelda: Orcana of Time is ranked number 1, followed by the very first Soul Caliber game. Interesting. And not what I expected. But GTA4 is right behind it, and I concur with the ranking there.

- Eurogamer talks about video games and how they deal with winter weather. This is a longer article, but it's kind of interesting to see how different developers approach a cold landscape to not only make it look like winter, but feel like it as well. The focus is mostly on Skyrim (duh) but it does throw in the Emprise du Lion from Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3. Inquistion caught my attention, as I have a lot of love for the look of that particular zone. Not a fan of the layout, but the design always felt cold. I'm getting a chill in my hands thinking about it. That's how you do immersion!

- As always with the giving season, many publications take this is an opportunity to "educate" readers on proper ways to buy and maintain your new video games. If you need a laugh today, go to Must Tech News and read this gem on tips for shopping for video games.

- Ready for some winter levels in some of your favorite old school games? Geek Feed lists their 10 favorite nostalgic Christmas levels. If Mario Kart or Kingdom Hearts 2 entered your mind, then you already know what's on this list!

- Did you know it's been 35 years since E.T. The Extraterrestrial was released? I'm only 2 years younger then this game. Ick.

- GamingBolt has an interesting list on the top 16 best looking games of 2017. This isn't a list about substance, but style. So you'll see Forza 7, Hellblade, and AssCreed Origins on this. And true to their word, the games themselves are a hit or miss in terms of content. Yes there is Resident Evil 7 and Horizon: Zero Dawn but those are the few that deserve nods in other categories.

- Refinery29 has a good interview with one of the few all-female eSports teams, Fire N Ice. The team's game of choice is Gears of War 4, and they talk about how much different it is to be a female gamer in eSports compared to their male counterparts. They also hold down some impressive full time jobs between their game sessions. Most male eSports players don't. So take that!

- Kotaku posted an article about the best "ships" of 2017. And I don't mean the ones that you can set into the water to sail on. They're talking about "ships." Romances of video game characters that you either expected, or did not expect, to be interested in. It's as weird as you think it is, but hey. We justify these romances all the time!

- Finally we're at the WhatCulture portion of the program, with a list of 9 video games coming out in 2018 that you've already forgotten about! Which is hilarious that the writer assumes that all gamers are that absent-minded. If we're really into a game, series/franchise, developer, we do not forget. On the list there is We Happy Few, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and Metal Gear Survive. Okay. A lot of gamers know that these are coming out. No More Heroes fans have been frothing at the mouth for a new game. We Happy Few has been publicized like crazy by GearBox. And we all can't wait to see Metal Gear Survive fail. This is another WhatCulture list that needs to go back to the drawing board.

Happy holidays everyone!

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