Wow SOMAch News Press Start to BGN Show Recap 22/11/2017

Wow SOMAch News Press Start to BGN Show Recap 22/11/2017

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Welcome back to Press Start to BGN, Laurier’s gaming show by a bunch of Game Design & Development students here at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The program is very new and so is our show, so for those who don’t know Game Design & Development is headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” This week on the show we talked about the new Animal Crossing Mobile Game and a lot of other stuff.  Thanks for tuning in!


  • Battlefront 2 no longer has microtransactions.
  • When asked about whether the “games as service” model would effect the upcoming release of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red had a very detailed response. “No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no b*llsh#t, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.”
  • Blizzard jumps on the chance they have with the recent release of Starcraft 2’s ability to be free to play, and roasted Battlefront 2 in a series of Starcraft tweets.
  • In an interview with IGN the creators of Cuphead revealed that the idea for Cuphead’s head came in at the tail end of the process.
  • The SNES Classic has sold more than both the PS4 and Xbox One but the SNES Classic still is in second place on sales compared to the Switch.
  • A new horror game, SOMA has had it’s release date announced along with the news that you will be able to play in a “safe mode” which is a combat free way of playing that alows you to enjoy the story.

  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 has been announced to be coming out in 2018 for the PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
  • Minecraft is adding a new Mob and fans of the game were able to vote for a variation they preferred during Minecon this year.

  • For the tenth anniversary of Uncharted Playstation had released a bundle featuring a variety of different themes and avatars. It was also all free.
  • Forbes posted an article which featured 30 people who all are under 30 who all are wither Gamers, Game Designers or Casters. Find the article here: 30 under 30
  • Nintendo has revised their livestream rules, banning all livestreams with Nintendo games.
  • Resident Evil 9 is coming to the switch with motion controls.


What’s Coming Out Soon!

I got 1 game for y’all and it’s a FREE ONE!!! (also music)

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (iOS, Android) (November 21)
    • It’s an Animal Crossing game, for the phone. Like seriously, it feels exactly like a mobile Animal Crossing game should. It’s got all your favourite characters, like Isabelle, Cyrus, Reese, Tommy, Timmy, and a whole bunch of others! You gotta shake trees, collect fruit, and… build.. Stuff… I mean, it’s definitely a game Animal Crossing players will LOVE. Of course, it has timers on everything, and Bells don’t exist and you get Leaf Tickets to do stuff so that’s cool.


  • Worms Battleground (PS4)
  • Bound (PS4/PSVR)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
  • R-Type Dimensions (PS3)
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic (PS3)
  • Dungeon Punks (PSVita & PS4)
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (PSVita

Games With Gold

  • TrackMania Turbo (November 1-30) (XB1)
  • Tales From the Borderlands (November 16 – December 15) (XB1)
  • Deadfall Adventures (November 16-30) (XB360)

Topic of the Show

Hey, Jelena here again. I’ve decided to take it upon myself to come up with the topic of the show… Cuz I write topic of the show… So it would make sense for me to come up with them instead of Stephan. ANYWAYS –

This week we talked about our biggest gaming pet peeves.

Me: I talked about bad saving systems (because I die A LOT in games. Like a lot. Just ask Paris.) and agreed with Stephan when he brought up the damsel in distress trope (because it’s a dumb and overused trope. Gimme more stuff like Mulan please).

Stephan: The blond boy wonder went off, talking about unskippable cutscenes, bugs (lookin @ u TellTale), the Betty/Veronica trope, and the damsel in distress trope.

Eden: Our newest host discussed horribly placed cutscenes and how they detract a player from the game, especially when the cutscenes have cool stuff happening and you do the boring stuff after.

Paris: PSTBGN’s very own Persius Ladius ranted about lag due to AI processing player choices and stupid AIs.

What We’ve Been Playing:


  • Need For Speed: Playback

    • From Ghost Games under the publisher Electronic Arts comes the latest installment in the Need for Speed games, Need for Speed Playback. In this racing game, players explore Fortune Valley and follow the story’s main characters Tyler Morgan, Mac, and Jess as they try to take down a cartel known as The House that controls the city’s underworld. Play in either single or multiplayer mode in this racing experience on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Golf Story

    • From Sidebar Games comes the roleplaying sports adventure game Golf Story. After twenty years of leaving the game, a young golfer goes back to try and get back into the sport he use to love so dearly as a child. The game runs like a traditional RPG with the combat system relying on golfing. Play wherever you want within the world, complete the main story and various side quests, and develop your golfing skills. Swing for a hole in one in this golf centered game, available on the Nintendo Switch.


  • Overwatch

    • From Blizzard Entertainment comes their 2016 first person shooter, multiplayer game Overwatch. Overwatch contains multiple characters to choose from to battle as with their strengths being linked to four main play categories: offense, defense, tank, and support. Choose your character and fight either one on one or on a team of six against other teams throughout the game’s various game modes and maps. With updates and events coming out throughout the year, Overwatch is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


  • Horizon Zero Dawn

    • From Guerrilla Games comes their 2017 action roleplaying game Horizon Zero Dawn. In this game, players play as Aloy, an archer hunter who lives in a world overrun by robots. The game comes with an open world to explore, tribes to visit and side quests to complete alongside its main storyline. Discover the dangers and secrets lurking in this games world, now available on PlayStation.
  • The Arcana

    • From Nix Hydra Games comes the choose your own romance mystery game The Arcana. Players are a young magic student left by your lonesome by your mentor. Players can talk to other characters and develop relationships with them as well as solve a murder mystery within the town. Choose your own romance, storyline and who you can trust with this 22-episode long series, following each of the 22 Major Arcana cards within Tarot cards. Available on iOS.


Intro: Imperial March (Remix) – Star Wars Battlefront

Outro: Theme Song – The Punisher


That’s everything! We’re super excited to be doing this show and we hope you’re enjoying it too 🙂 We’re on every Wednesday at 7 pm on this site and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet Stephan (@StephanReilly) or email reil4130 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. If you have any feedback on the blog posts email Cassie, duli6880(at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Thanks again and catch you next week!


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