Press Start to BGN

Press Start to BGN

Recorded from the Brantford campus, this show gives students in the game design program a chance to get out onto the airwaves and talk about their gaming passions. Each episode, the hosts will discuss the topics of what is new in the gaming world, talk about a specific gaming aspect for the show’s overall topic, what they have been up to in regards to playing games, and what their fans can expect to come out in the upcoming weeks. Tune in on Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm.

Tropes of Women in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 08/02/2017 Recap
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Tropes of Women in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 08/02/2017 Recap

Hey! Listen!

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 we talk about Feminist Frequency’s YouTube series “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” and the way female characters and players are treated in games. We also go into the state of the Assassin’s Creed series as well as all the new releases and what we’ve been playing. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Starbreeze Studios, the publisher and developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, have been confirmed to be the publisher for Psychonauts 2
  • Stardew Valley will have a collector’s edition available for retail for $30
  • Nintendo has announced that they will be implementing VR into the Switch if they can figure out a way to allow players to play comfortably over long periods of time
  • Ty Franck, co-creator of The Expanse, has revealed to have worked with Dark Souls developers on an unknown project
  • John Carmack, Oculus’ CTO, went onto Facebook stating that he did not steal the VR codes from ZeniMax, despite having been legally deemed guilty
  • Rocket League has confirmed that they will by making a line of toys, to be released in Spring this year
  • The Last Guardian has been confirmed to have their price cut from $60 to $40 on the PlayStation Store

  • Nintendo has announced that they have cancelled Project Giant Robot, which was announced back at E3 2014 (we believe they abandoned to project in favor of the Switch game Arms)
  • ZeniMax has added Escalation Studios, Doom’s level editors, to their company
  • Terry Crews has performed a mock audition on Yahoo eSports for Overwatch’s Doomfist
  • Hideo Kojima has expressed his optimism for the Nintendo Switch, stating that “The fact you can play something at home and take outside, this is the gamer’s dream.”
  • PS4’s next major system software update will include support for an external HDD (which is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB), custom wallpapers (which can come from in-game screenshots), a quick menu refresh, a simplified notification list and 3D Blu-rays on the PlayStation VR
  • Blizzard has announced that Overwatch’s Lúcio is coming to Heroes of the Storm as a playable character
  • Mad Catz, a peripherals manufacturer, has announced how much Rock Band 4 has hurt their company in 2016; they had a net loss of $3.5 million
  • Overwatch has blocked over 20 000 players in South Korea due to illegal hacking
  • Devolver Digital will be providing a private space for those game developers who are unable to attend this year’s Game Developers Conference due to the recent “Muslim ban” in the US

  • Mike Morhaime, the president of Blizzard, has sent out an internal email criticizing the “Muslim ban”, offering moral and legal support to those affected it
  • BioWare has announced that they will be releasing a brand new series by March 2018

What’s Coming Out Soon!

It’s time for the Games out This Week!

  • Nioh (February 7th, PS4)
    • Nioh is an action-RPG made by Team Ninja Studios as a Playstation exclusive. You play as William, the only white guy in a sea of Japanese, during a civil war in 1600. Other than that thematic flaw, William hacks and slashes through his enemy’s with his friends to help end the war. The story looks interesting, and the game seems like it plays satisfyingly. If you’re interested, pick it up for $80!
  • Fallout Shelter (February 7th, Xbox One)
    • Just in case you got tired of the app draining the battery on your phone, it came out for PC. Since you don’t like playing with mouse and keyboard, now you’re gonna pick it up for the Xbox One, aren’t you? The free app, Fallout Shelter, comes out for Xbox One! With cross-save enabled, you can take your PC save and play it on your Xbox One now! Fallout Shelter is a nuclear fallout shelter simulator made by Bethesda, the same people behind the Fallout series, where you eat, sleep, do jobs, take care of the shelter, and survive! I personally played the app, and so has Stephan, and we both highly recommend the app, so if you haven’t played it yet, play it for free now, on iOS, Android, PC, and Xbox One now!
  • Candleman (February 1, Xbox One)
    • “What can you accomplish with only 10 seconds of light?” Candleman is a puzzle-platformer out for Xbox One, about, well, a candleman! You must take Candleman through dark, perilous journeys as you look for the “distant light,” with only 10 seconds of light. As you shed your wax, you can jump higher. Where will it take you? What will you find? Pick up this interesting game for Xbox One now for only $15!

On top of that, it’s the beginning of the month! So you know what that means… New free games with your PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Subscriptions! (It’s like Christmas every month :D)

For PS+ Subscribers, you can pick up a few games.
PS4: Little Big Planet 3, Not a Hero (Stephan approved!), Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL, and Starwhal.
PS3: Starwhal, Anna: Extended Edition
PSVita: Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL.

For you Xbox Live Gold Subscribers, Games with Gold is giving out a great set of games as well!
Xbox One: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (great co-op game!)(All month), Project Cars Digital Edition (Feb 16th-Mar 15)
Xbox 360: Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, (Feb 1- Feb 15) Star Wars, The Force Unleashed (Feb 16- Feb 28th)

And that’s everything we talked about! Tune in next week, where I talk about the games out next week! I might also talk about the games out next week 😉

Topic of the Show:

This week on PSTBGN the topic of the show was tropes of women in games. The Youtube channel Feminist Frequency does an in depth look of these tropes and frequently criticizes games for sexism, much to the chagrin of some others. Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency and host on the channel, has received a lot of hate over the videos that she posts and was targeted by the harassment campaign GamerGate. There are many sexist tropes of women in games some of them include: the “damsel in distress” trope, the use of woman as decoration, lack of female protagonists, female “armour” (it’s not armour it’s lingerie), the use of women as a reward etc. These tropes and many others are still a problem in today’s gaming industry.

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • Gravity Rush Remastered
    • From SCE Japan Studio is the gorgeous action adventure game, Gravity Rush. Players play as Kat, a young girl who finds herself forgetting her memories as she wakes up in the floating city of Hekseville. Travelling with your mysterious cat Dusty, use your ability to manipulate the gravity around you to defeat creatures called the Nevi and various villains as you try to protect the people of Hekseville. Find yourself in this story driven game, available on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStaion 4.

Jelena:

  • Mortal Kombat 10
    • From NetherRealm Studios comes another instalment to their long-standing series, the fighter game Mortal Kombat 10. Play through the various game modes such as story, tower or Krypt in various combat battles. Play against your friends as one of the various in-game characters or your own created individual. Available on iOS, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Android.

Cassie:

  • Pokemon Sun
    • From Nintendo comes another instalment to their Pokémon franchise, 2016’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon is a roleplaying game that has players catching various species of Pokémon, battling trainers be it online or in the game’s story mode, take care of their teammates in Pokémon Refresh and more. In Pokémon Sun, players can find Pokémon exclusive to their version of the game and has their game running exactly to their 3DS’ programmed clock. Available to play on the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
    • From Ubisoft Quebec comes another instalment to one of their prime game series, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. In this action-adventure, stealth game you play as twins Jacob and Evie Frye fighting against the Templars, a group who desires to achieve peace through the order in London, England. Kill along your travels through Victorian Era London and take back the city from the Templars. Take a leap of faith on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.

Hunter:

  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
    • From Greater Than Games is the well-executed superhero card game Sentinels of the Multiverse. For one to five players, players can choose their own individual hero to play as with their own specific to their her. Battle one of many different bosses and their minions in multiple environment scenarios with your teammates. Battle your way to victory in this thirteen and up game!

Paris:

  • Catherine
    • From Atlus games comes the single player adventure puzzle platformer Catherine. In this game, you play as Vincent Brooks, a young man struggling with the difficulties of want to be an independent adult and desiring to be married to your longtime girlfriend Katherine. As you go about your daily life, you meet Catherine, a young lady who starts to change your thoughts on what lifestyle is right for you and who might end up changing your life. Available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

WRAP

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. Thanks again and catch you next week!

 

Politics in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 01/02/2017 Recap
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Politics in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 01/02/2017 Recap

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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 we talk about politics in video games and the recent developments with famous YouTuber JonTron and his war on Political Correctness. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • From Feb. 9th until Feb. 12th, Ubisoft will be holding an open beta for For Honour, available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Konami has reported a rise in profits by 69.8 per cent and a decline in revenue by 8.5 per cent.
  • The impressive sales of Pokémon Sun and Moon has proven to be a significant amount of Nintendo’s profits last year.
  • Nintendo has delayed their mobile release for Animal Crossing to a date ranging between April 2017 and March 2018.
  • Overwatch’s character Bastion is getting buffed in their new update.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online will be getting a Morrowind expansion for Windows PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One on June 6th for $39.99.
  • Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, has developed a new game called Ninja Spinki Challenges, and has been described to be “more polished and accessible.”

  • Super Mario Run has been updated and now features an easy mode.
  • Production on the Wii U has now been discontinued worldwide.
  • Various game developers, such as Valmbeer, Polytron and Ink Stories have taken action in light of the recent “Muslim ban” in America.
  • Insomniac Games has released a video statement against the US ban of Muslims.

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Here are the stuffs coming out this week!

  • The Overwatch Lunar New Years (on all platforms) event is about half way done, get those loot boxes before it’s too late! I got my Sombra voice line, so I’m happy. 53/67 unlocks? That’s pretty good.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes (February 2nd, 2017 on iOS & Android)
    • The NEW Fire Emblem app is out, and it’s called Fire Emblem: Heores! Nintendo continues to release new apps onto the mobile scene, and with this release, they have officially released a truly free to play game with the iconic heroes of the Fire Emblem series! Nintendo seems to be pushing towards new apps, even with the new Nintendo Switch coming out soon, so lets see where this is going.
  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World (February 3rd, 2017 on 3DS)
    • Yoshi’s Wooly World is back and in a tiny new way! Ported to the 3DS (and all of the 3DS family), Yoshi and his cute, wooly new friend Poochy, are back in a feel-good adventure platformer! The game will be released with a new Poochy wool Amiibo, which Stephan seems to want really badly, so maybe I’ll get it for him for his birthday. (Shh, don’t tell him 😛 ) The Amiibo gives new functionalty to the game, with new unlocks that you can only get with Poochy. Plus, he’s adorable, so why wouldn’t you want it? The game is sold in cartridge and digital download forms for $39.99. Have fun!

And that’s all we talked about this week, unfortunately. As the year just started, the big new games will be coming out soon, so please wait!

Topic of the Show:

The topic of the show this week on PSTBGN we discuss how politics are affecting the video game industry and the recent news involving JonTron or Jonathan Jafari, a YouTuber, and his views about the Muslim Immigrant ban happening in the US currently. JonTron has also previously been criticised on other views of controversial topics such as women’s rights and the use of an offensive term for people who have an intellectual disability. We also discuss how the immigration ban in the US will affect the gaming industry considering many creators come from different countries, including Nasir Gebelli who produced the early Final Fantasy games, this ban is something that will pose a risk to the gaming industry as creators who have been hired previously can no longer enter the country.

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • RunGunJumpGun:
    • Grab your gun and fight for your life in Indie studio ThirtyThree Games’ RunGunJumpGun. In this platform shooter, you play as the lone survivor of a galactic civilisation making their way through the post-apocalyptic solar system. Every character you meet wants something from you and you must fight your way to survive what obstacles lie in your path. Expect to die trying in this PC game.

  • Rocket League:
    • From Psyonix comes Rocket League, the single-player/multiplayer sports game. Choose your vehicle and join your team as you play the game of soccer but with rocket power cars instead of human players. Score a goal in this game available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Linux.

Cassie:

  • Unravel:
    • From Coldwood Interactive comes the puzzle platformer, single player game Unravel. Play as Yarny, a little red yarn figure who travels through open landscapes to collect the memories of an elderly woman. Use your body of yarn to get past obstacles, use the landscape around you to your advantage and discover memories lost by time.  String yourself over to a PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One device to play.Image result for firewatch
  • Firewatch: 
    • Immerse yourself in Campo Santo’s single player adventure game Firewatch. In Firewatch, you play as Shoshone National Forest fire lookout Henry whose job is to watch out for arising fires happening in Yellowstone during 1989. With only your supervisor Delilah as your company via radio communications, uncover the conspiracy that seems to be present in the forest. Grab your walkie talkie and head on out into the woods on your PC, Linux, Playstation 4, or Xbox One device today.

Paris:

  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue:
    • In this latest instalment of the Kingdom Heart Franchise comes Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This action role-playing game contains a remastering of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and two new pieces of content, Kingdom Hearts X Black Cover which is a cinematic of unseen events from Kingdom Hearts X and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage which takes place after Birth By Sleep and is shown through the perspective of female protagonist Aqua. Grab your Keyblade and play the newest instalments of this franchise available on PlayStation 4.

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  • Super Mario Strikers:
    • In this Mario themed sports game, play as Mario, Luigi and other characters from the earlier franchise in a game of soccer. Play as the main Mario character and your three sidekicks as you face your opponent. Score your way to a win in this GameCube game.

WRAP

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. Thanks again and catch you next week!

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Press Start to BGN Show 25/01/2017 Recap

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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 we talk about the oversaturation of games on Steam and increasingly PlayStation Stor and Xbox Marketplace. Are there too many games? Can the good games survive in a world where dozens of games release a week and drown them out? We also talk about the games that made us most emotional, be it happy or sad, scared or mad. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS

• The ESA has revealed that gaming revenues in2016 increased to $30.4 billion
• Tekken 7 (with a roster of 30 characters) is coming to PS4, PC and Xbox One on June 2nd
• Ex GTA producer Leslie Benzies incorporated 5 new companies in Scotland; VR-Chitect, Everywhere Game, Starship Group, Royal Circus Technologies and Royal Circus
• Tequila Works, the creators of Deadlight, are launching a new puzzle game on April 12th for PC, PlayStation and Xbox One called The Sexy Brutale

• Respawn Entertainment developer Mohammad Alavi, upon being asked about bringing Titanfall to the Nintendo Switch, laughed and said “No. F*** no. No you’re not going to be able to fit Titanfall on it.”
• Overwatch starts up their first event of 2017 in celebration of the Lunar New Year on January 24th till February 13th, with new skins for Mei, D.va, Bastion, Mercy, Symmetra, Ana, Tracer, Junkrat, Roadhog, Zenyatta, Winston and Reinhardt
• Nintendo has announced that Mii Creation on the Nintendo Switch will be available but will not be mandatory
• The Nintendo Switch will not be having streaming services (i.e. Netflix and Twitch) at launch
• Owners of the PlayStation VR will now be able to use their devices to watch 360o YouTube videos
• Pokémon Sun and Moon have now sold 4 million copies
• Injustice 2 has an online beta available for sign-up now

• Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is coming to Xbox One and PC on March 7th
• Nintendo has announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last Wii U game they will ever make
• Obsidian, the creators of Fallout: New Vegas, have teased a new game on their site, codenamed Project Louisiana. Some speculate that this could be a new Fallout game, set in New Orleans
• The ongoing lawsuit between Facebook, Oculus and ZeniMax could cost Facebook $2 billion and halt the sale of Oculus headsets
• PlayDead Studios have released teasers for their next game

• Quantic Foundry has done a recent survey to find out which games have been played the most by women. 70% of Match 3 and Family/Farm Sim players are women, and favourite titles among women include Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Star Wars: The Old Republic

What’s Coming Out Soon!

  • Overwatch: Year of the Rooster (Jan 24-Feb 13, Ps4, Xbox One, PC)
    • The newest event of the year is here! Overwatch is celebrating the new year by theming the game around The Year of the Rooster. With this comes a new game mode: “Capture the Rooster,” which is a mode on a made-over Lijiang Tower map, where full teams must capture the opponent’s flag (with a very stylish rooster on it). First one to 3 flags, or whoever holds out the longest with the most flags, win! On top of this, there are new Lunar New Year Loot Boxes, which come with new legendary skins, sprays, icons and emotes. Characters like Roadhog, Reinhardt, Winston and Zenyatta have character skins modelled after Journey to the West. Good luck getting those skins! (I know I’ll take all month trying to get the stuff!) Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Jan 24, PS4) The game of my dreams (and my wallets nightmares) is finally here! With 2 Games and a new short movie, you can play through a new story with our familiar characters! Includes: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Play through the 3DS game in full 1080p HD! Completely remastered for the PS4, join Sora and Riku in their undertaking of the Mark of Mastery Exam. New mechanics and
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Jan 24, PS4)
    • The game of my dreams (and my wallets nightmares) is finally here! With 2 Games and a new short movie, you can play through a new story with our familiar characters! Includes: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Play through the 3DS game in full 1080p HD! Completely remastered for the PS4, join Sora and Riku in their undertaking of the Mark of Mastery Exam. New mechanics and faster-paced battles make this game one of the most fluid games in the series! Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep- A Fragmentary Passage As a brand new story, taking place after the events of the PSP game Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, links our past heroes to the upcoming game, Kingdom Hearts 3. If you’re a sucker for story, or just really like Aqua, this story is perfect. Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover This is the reason the collection is called a prologue. The story of the Foretellers will be revealed, connecting the history of the lore to the main game. Enjoy the life and story of our characters, and play the game that will connect us to the final game in the series!
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Jan 24, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
    • Capcom welcomes back a massive series with a bang! Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will take place in 2017, about 4 years after the story of Resident Evil 6. Join our new protagonist, Ethan Winters, as he takes on the task of finding his missing wife, and learns the story of the Baker family. As the first main-series game taking a first-person perspective, Capcom takes a different direction in their development, shown in their playable teaser trailer, Beginning Hour. For those who enjoy this series, as well as those who enjoy the horror/mystery genre, enjoy the new experience!

Topics of the Show:

Are there too many games?

This week on PSTBGN we give our opinions on how a lot of games have been coming out and not all of them are as good as you would want them to be. Steam and the IOS store have a lot of bad games and not much is being done to regulate which games can be published. This goes for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.

We also talked about what games have made us tear up.

Jelena:

  • That Dragon Cancer, a game created by Ryan and Amy Green, Josh Larson, and a small team that go by the name Numinos Games released That Dragon Cancer is a game based on the Green’s experience raising their son, Joel, who was diagnosed with cancer at only twelve months. The game is a point-and-click adventure game, and immerses the player to relate the tale in a way a film cannot.

Hunter:

  • Off a critically acclaimed French surreal adventure RPG made by Mortis Ghost in 2008. The game was translated into English in 2011 and is considered a gem among indie adventure RPGs.
  • The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony. It was originally released for PS3 in 2013. In The Last of Us you play as Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across post-apocalyptic United States. The United States has been infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus, turning people into zombie-like beings, use weapons to defend yourself, and progress through the story which focuses on the relationship between Joel and Ellie. It is now available for the PS4 and has The Last of Us: Part 2 set to be released.
  • Undertale, a role-playing video game created by indie developer and composer Toby Fox. In the game, you play as a human child who has fallen into the Underground, a secluded region underneath the surface of the Earth, separated by a magic barrier. You meet various monsters during your quest to return to the surface. One of the most defining features of Undertale is it’s combat system, where players have much more choice actions to do other than attacking, including the option of showing Mercy. Attack monsters or kill them these are the choices that will affect the rest of the game.

Stephan:

  • The Walking Dead is a story based game with the first season released in 2012. The game takes place in Georgia, with the events occurring shortly after the start of the zombie apocalypse. It centres on university professor and convicted criminal Lee Everett, who helps to rescue and subsequently care for a young girl named Clementine. The Walking Dead, unlike many other graphic adventure games, focuses on story and character development instead of puzzle solving. The story is affected in usual Telltale fashion, by dialogue choices and quick time events which can lead to drastic changes in the story.

Cassie:

  • Pokemon Diamond released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. Like previous Pokémon games you play as a -Pokémon trainer as they train and battle Pokémon, while thwarting the schemes of a criminal organization. In Pokémon Diamond the trainer is in the Sinnoh Region and the criminal organization is Team Galactic.
  • Dragon Age: Origins was released for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2009. It was developed by Bioware and released by Electronic Arts. Set in the fictional kingdom of Ferelden during a period of civil strife, the game places you in the role of a warrior, mage, or rogue coming from an elven, human, or dwarven background. The player character is recruited into the Grey Wardens an order that serves to stand to protect against the demonic forces known as the “Darkspawn” and is tasked with defeating the commander, the Archdemon, and end their invasion known as “the Blight”.

What We’ve Been Playing

Hunter:

  • Pokemon Sun
    • From Nintendo comes another instalment to their Pokémon franchise, 2016’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon is a roleplaying game that has players catching various species of Pokémon, battling trainers be it online or in the game’s story mode, take care of their teammates in Pokémon Refresh and more. In Pokémon Sun, players can find Pokémon exclusive to their version of the game and has their game running exactly to their 3DS’s programmed clock. Available to play on the Nintendo 3DS.

Paris:

  • 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.

Jelena:

  • Pokemon Moon
    • In Pokémon Moon, players can find Pokémon exclusive to their version of the game and has their game’s clock running twelve hours ahead of their 3DS’s clock when they play.

Stephan:

  • Mass Effect
    • Released in 2007 by BioWare is the action roleplaying and third person shooter game Mass Effect. In Mass Effect, you play as Commander Shepard who is tasked with the mission of stopping a portal from letting in a great enemy with the ability to eradicate all life. Travel on your starship with your team members to stop the portal and save all life as we know it. Available on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.

WRAP

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. Thanks again and catch you next week!

Press Start to BGN Show 18/01/2017 Recap
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Press Start to BGN Show 18/01/2017 Recap

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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 we were cut off by Women’s Basketball… so no one actually heard our show on Radio Laurier but we’d thought we’d post anyway! This week we go over all things Nintendo Switch! And of course new releases, games we’re playing and whatever… but Nintendo Switch, enjoy!

NEWS

  • All Nintendo Switch preorders in GameStop have been sold out
  • EA is making a new version of FIFA for the Nintendo Switch. Executive Vice President of EA, Patrick Soderlund, stated that “We’ve been with Nintendo for a very long time. I’m a Nintendo fanboy since I grew up. Nintendo is the reason I got into gaming.”
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda’s lead designer Ian S. Frazier has confirmed via Twitter that the game will be featuring weapon naming and crafting
  • Michael Gamble, Mass Effect: Andromeda’s producer, upon being asked on Twitter who players could bang, replied that “so many. And the banging is pretty good.”
  • Vince Weaver, an assistant professor at the University of Maine, has created a version of Portal for the Apple II

  • Blizzard has announced that they will be blocking players who “nuke” matches in Overwatch
  • Awesome Games Done Quick has raised $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, smashing last year’s record by $1 million
  • Dishonoured 2’s update will be including difficulty selection and mission selection options (available in full on January 23rd for Xbox One, PS4 and PC)
  • PlayStation 4’s system software beta program is now open to sign up for playtesting
  • Sony will be closing Guerilla Games’ UK studio and has stated that “where possible… (Sony will) try to relocate people onto other projects.”
  • Rocket League has over 25 million registered players
  • Shovel Knight will be coming to the Nintendo Switch under the title “Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove” and will be an all-inclusive title of the overall games
  • Steam’s 5 Most Played Games of 2016 were all games that were not released in 2016
  • The Sims 4 has been revealed to be featuring toddlers
  • 505 Games has announced that Quarantine, “a real-world science and epidemic response” game,  will be coming to Steam Early Access in February

  • President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime has hinted at Mother 3 and Metroid as future titles for the Nintendo Switch
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be taking up 13.4GB of the Switch’s 32GB memory space
  • Bandai Namco has announced Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for the Nintendo Switch, as well as two other titles

What’s Coming Out Soon!

  • January 13th- Pit People (Currently in Early Access)
    • A new action, role-playing strategy game by The Behemoth (the same people who made Castle Crashers & Battleblock Theater). It’s currently on sale for $14.99.

  • January 17th- Flame in the Flood
    • A “roguelike survival video game developed by The Molasses Flood”, where you must “survive a river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America.” Currently on Xbox, Steam, and brand new on Playstation for $14.99.
  • January 17th- Gears of War 4 New Map releases
    • 2 new maps, Blood Drive and Clocktower, are now available to all players Gears 4 multiplayer, as well as way more stuff planned for the future!
  • January 20- Gravity Rush 2
    • A sequel to 2012’s PSVita game from Studio Japan. It takes place right after the events the of the original Gravity Rush, where we find our friends Kat and Raven taking on new foes and gravitational anomalies. This Playstation 4 exclusive is being sold for $79.99.

Topic of the Show: Nintendo Switch!!!!

  • Releasing March 3rd for $499.99 CDN
  • 5 launch titles: 1 2 Switch, Skylanders Imaginators, Just Dance 2017, Super Bomberman R, Breath of the Wild
  • Has a paid online subscription, starts Fall 2017, no price, 1 free NES or SNES game a month but only for the month then they take it back…
  • Multi capacitive touch screen, 8 player multiplayer, 2.5-6 hours battery life, not region locked.
  • NEW Games:
    • March: Snipperclips (Cut it out together), I am Setsuna, Has Been Heroes, Fast RMX
    • April: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Spring: Arms, Puyopuyo Tetris, Rime, Disgaea 5
    • Summer: Splatoon 2
    • Fall: Skyrim
    • Holiday: Super Mario Odyssey
    • 2017: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Ultra Street Fighter 2, Minecraft, Fifa, Sonic Mania, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Steep, NBA 218, Kingdom New Lands, GoNNER
  • Breath of the Wild Collector’s Edition, New Zelda amiibo

What We’ve Been Playing

Hunter:

Pokemon Sun
Developed by Game Freak and released by Nintendo in 2016 Pokémon Sun is one of the two newest instalments in the Pokémon series. We return to this role-playing adventure in the new Alola Region. As with the previous games we follow the journey of a young Pokémon trainer as they train Pokémon. Battle and capture wild Pokémon, train them, and make your way through the newly instated trial’s. As you complete each trial move to island to island and follow the new story. Available on the Nintendo 3DS.

Jelena:

Pokemon Moon
Pokémon Moon is the other most recent game in the series. Moon offers some Pokémon that are not available in Sun although vice versa for Sun as well. One of the main differences is that Pokémon Moon will take place 12 hours ahead of real time. Whereas Sun plays in real time.

Cassie:

Pokémon Sun
Cooking Mama 5
Cooking Mama 5, developed by Cooking Mama Limited and released in 2013 for the Nintendo 3Ds, is the fifth instalment in the Cooking Mama Series and the 11th game in the Mama series. In the game, the player follows the instructions of “Mama” and prepares and cooks various meals. Use the stylus to chop vegetables, fry things in a pan, slice meat, and other kitchen tasks.

Stephan:

Mass Effect (1)
Developed by Bioware and originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. This is the first instalment in the Mass Effect series and takes place within the Milky Way Galaxy in the year 2183. The player takes the role of Commander Shephard, a soldier who must stop a rogue agent from opening a portal and letting through a highly advanced machine race of synthetic-organic starships that are believed to destroy all organic civilisation every 50,000 years, called the Reapers.

Paris:

Persona 5 EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT OUT YET HE’S HYPED
Persona 5 is the sixth edition to the Persona series and is scheduled for release in North America in April this year. The latest instalment in the Shin Megami Tensei series is coming to PlayStation 4 and looks like the prettiest, most ambitious Persona game to date. Get pumped to fall in love with a new cast of characters, explore intricate dungeons and real world locations and play games with your pet cat!

WRAP

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. Thanks again and catch you next week!

 

Press Start to BGN Show 11/01/2017 Recap
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Press Start to BGN Show 11/01/2017 Recap

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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 it’s 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 we lost Paris and Cassie to the Laurier plague so we called in our friends Adam and Panayiotis. So here’s everything we covered in our second show of 2017, enjoy!

Press Start to BGN Show 05/01/2017 Recap
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Press Start to BGN Show 05/01/2017 Recap

Hey! Listen!

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 it’s headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” So here’s everything we covered in our first episode of 2017, enjoy!