Outlast 2 Controversy – Press Start to BGN 22/03/2017 Show Recap
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Outlast 2 Controversy – Press Start to BGN 22/03/2017 Show 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 go into the game genres we suck at but still love to play as well as all the game news and releases for the week. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Super Mario Run will be available to Android on March 23rd
  • Kurt Margenau, Game Director of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, has confirmed to the PlayStation Blog that Nathan Drake will not be making an appearance in the game “at all”
  • Game Freak has released recruitment advertisements for a console game, stating that recruits will be working on “characters, monsters and items” for “a title that everyone knows”
  • Tang Gameworks may have leaked The Evil Within 2 through an internal job listing for QA
  • The Australian Classification Board has denied Outlast 2 a rating due to the sexual violence found within the game

  • YouTuber JonTron has tried to clear up some of his offensive remarks from last regarding race while engaged in a debate on Steve Bonnell’s Twitch channel
  • Allie Rose-Marie Leost, a worker within EA’s motion-capture labs, is currently experiencing vicious harassment online due to the overall disappointment in the lack of improvement in Mass Effect: Andromeda’s animation quality
  • In just under two weeks, Horizon Zero Dawn has sold a total of 2.6 million copies
  • CapCom will be bundling its Disney Afternoon NES Classics for PS4, Xbox One and PC (available in April 18th for $19.99)

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Games out this week:

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, X1 & PC)
  • Everything (PS4)

  • Super Mario Run Mar 23 (Android)
  • Mario Sports Superstars Mar 24 (3DS)

PlayStation Plus:

  • Disc Jam, PS4, Tearaway Unfolded, PS4, Under Night: In-Birth, PS3, Earth Defense Force 2025, PS3, Lumo, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4), Severed, PS Vita

Games w/ Gold:

  • Layers of Fear 01/03 to 31/03, Evolve: Ultimate Edition – Available 16/03 to 15/04, Heavy Weapon – Available 16/03 to 31/03

Topic of the Show:

This week we discussed our favourite genres that we love to play but absolutely suck at, as well as what genres we feel like we’re really good at!

What We’ve Been Playing:

Stephan:

  • Fallout Shelter
    • From Bethesda Game Studios comes the single player simulation game Fallout Shelter. In this game, players build and manage their own Vault as the coordinator and leader of the citizens that live there with you. Keep everyone happy as you meet to your citizen’s needs of power, food, and water.  Rescue survivors, take care of your citizens and pet your dog in this game available on iOS, Android, PC and now the Xbox One.
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • In the newest installment to the Zelda franchise comes Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this action adventure game, players play as Link after awaking from a hundred-year slumber. This game is a large departure from the regular linear storyline the series is usually known for. This new installment prides itself in its open world exploration and allows players to defeat dungeons in any order they wish. Explore to your heart’s content, available on the new Nintendo Switch system and on Wii U.
  • 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.
  • Rhythm Doctor
    • From 7th Beat Games comes Rhythm Doctor, “the hardest one button game you will ever play”. Save a variety of patients by tapping on the seventh beat to start the patient’s heart. So far there is a demo out, available to play on itch.io with six levels to tap out the beat to. Coming to Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android some time this year.

Jelena:

  • Nidhogg
    • From Messhof, comes Nidhogg comes, a single player/multiplayer fighting game. This game is a fast paced two-player dueling game that has players fencing against one another to reach their opponent’s side of the playing field. Get to the other side first and you will be swallowed by the Norse serpent Niohoggr for your efforts. Available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Cassie:

  • Jelly Juggle
    • From Ian MacLarty comes the iOS game Jelly Juggle. In this game, you lay as a little goldfish swimming in a circle, as you try and collect pieces of Jello with faces on them. Avoid crabs and score points in this game described as “an exciting new thumb-sport!”
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
    • From Nintendo comes their 2014 Kirby installment Kirby: Triple Deluxe. In this game, players play as Kirby as he tries to rescue Dream Land from insect evil forces residing in Floralia, a new land that has appeared above Dreamland. This installment includes three new copy abilities on top of the twenty from the previous game, challenging battles, and new puzzles to complete. Available on Nintendo 3DS.

Hunter:

  • Night in the Woods
    • From Kickstarter to reality comes Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods. In this single player adventure game, players play as a 20-year-old cat named Mae who has just recently dropped out of college and has returned to her hometown of Possum Springs. Reuniting with her old high school friends, Mae begins to settle back into her small-town life but finds things are not going to be the same as they use to be. Play various mini games, spend time with your friends and create a new chapter in your life in this spectacularly charming game. Available on PC and PlayStation 4.

 

Adam:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    • From Firaxis Games comes the turn-based tactic roleplaying game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Set during an alien invasion on Earth, the player is tasked with controlling the multinational paramilitary organization XCOM whose must protect the Earth from these alien invaders. Send your teams on missions, research alien technologies, capture prisoners and manage the expansions of XCOM’s base of operations in this tactical, turn based game. Available on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita.

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 16/03/2017 Show Recap
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Press Start to BGN 16/03/2017 Show 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 break down the latest game news and releases and Stephan freaks out over how many games he can’t afford or play. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Australian development team Samurai Punk will be releasing a VR game later this year called The American Dream, in which players’ engage in normal everyday activities with their hands being replaced with guns.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has the tour dates and location announced for 2017; they will be coming to Toronto’s Sony Centre on September 15
  • PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, will soon be bringing in PS4 games
  • Nintendo reported that they sold 1.5 million Switch units in its first week
  • Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently took to Reddit and revealed new details, including a buff for Winston (due to him being the least played hero in Overwatch), a possible reworking for Lucio, a new legendary skin for Widowmaker, the possibility of being able to gift your friends with Loot Boxes, and recent consideration of bringing Overwatch to the Switch (despite how “challenging” it would be)
  • BlizzCon 2017 will be taking place on November 3 and 4 at the Anaheim Convention Centre, with passes being sold April 5 and 8 for $200
  • Six new games will be coming to PlayStation’s Play Collective, with discounts for PS Plus users: Everything, Rain World, PaRappa the Rapper Remastered, Cosmic Star Heroine, Full Throttle Remastered and What Remains of Edith Finch.

  • Colin Moriarty, co-founder of Kinda Funny, has quit after he posted a sexist tweet on International Women’s Day

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Well, would you look at the time! What time is it, you ask? Well, it’s time for the Games Out This Week!

  • Danganronpa 1&2 Reload (March 14, PS4)
    • Do you like anime? Have you seen Danganronpa? Do you recognise that black and white bear thing? If so, NIS America releases Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload as a PS4 exclusive, just for you! In all seriousness, though, they’ve remastered both of these amazing PSVita games just for PS4, with all new features and extras you can’t find anywhere else! (except probably on amazon for, like, a billion times the price) This pack includes 2 games: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. You can get the Limited Edition version for just $20 more, which includes an artbook, a 2-disc soundtrack, sunglasses, as well as a couple of other things. Pick up this weird, crazy visual novel for $30! Also, if you like this, keep your eye out for Danganronpa Another Episode: Criminal Girls, out later this year.
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Delayed, May 20th, 2017)
    • Stephan’s childhood: Rebooted. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a VR game made for Oculus, Vive, and PSVR, in which you play as Starfleet on the Starship USS Aegis, helping the Klingons. But who cares about plot when YOU CAN BE THE CAPTAIN OF A STAR TREK STARSHIP! You can play this in single or multiplayer with up to 4 other players, and just generally be an awesome person as you fly through space on a spaceship. It’s cool. It’s not out yet though. Bummer. Pick it up on May 20th!

  • Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, XB1, PC, March 14th, 2017)
    • The sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows is out! Play as Styx, a stealthy orc, uncovering the mysteries behind the choices people have made. The game looks awesome, the story looks cool, and Styx makes me generally scared of orcs. However, the game looks like it’s going to do well, as Metacritic gave it a 73% for good gameplay. The game’s lore looks to be a little lacking, however, the gameplay is what brings you back into playing it every time. Pick it up for all consoles for $50!

Stephan and Cassie seem to really enjoy this game, and its FREE for PS+ members this month, so it’s worth mentioning once more. Severed (PSVita, Wii U, N3DS, iOS) Severed is a PSVita classic by Drinkbox Studios that was released last year. It is an action RPG game with a favourable storyline that I personally don’t know much about, however, the gameplay is about severing enemy’s body parts off, so that’s fun. With touch controls, a really cool severing mechanic, an Original Soundtrack by YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN (a Juno-nominated band), and the ability to upgrade your character in any way you want, traversing through a nightmare has never seemed so fun. Pick it up for free today!

Topic of the Show:

This week on Press Start to BGN, the topic of the show was… too many games. Part 2. Also, known as Stephan goes on a rant and Cassie wants to romance all the characters in Mass Effect Andromeda. So, it was a standard show. There are too many games and we only have so much time to play so many games, which leaves little time for sleep, extracurricular, and assignments. The basic summary ended up being, stay healthy and if you need someone to talk to go to the wellness centre and set up an appointment. Take care of yourself, you deserve it.

What We’ve Been Playing:

Paris:

  • 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.
  • Need for Speed
    • From Electronic Arts is their action racing game Need for Speed. Choose and customise your vehicle, race against other players, and do your best to win. Available on several platforms including iOS, PC, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStations 2, 3 and 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • 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: offence, defence, 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.
  • Street Fighter 5
    • From Capcom comes their 2016 fighting game Street Fighter 5. Fight in the single player story mode or fight against your friends in a multiplayer match as you fight with one of the 20 available characters in this newest Street Fighter instalment. This game introduces the new v-gauge that builds up as the player receives attacks and gives players three new skills to their characters. Available on PC and PlayStation 4.

Jelena:

  • Dota 2
    • From Valve Corporation comes the 2013 single/multiplayer online battle arena Dota 2. In this free to play multiplayer battle arena game, players are divided up into two teams with five players on each team. Each player chooses their hero to play as, each hero exhibiting their own abilities and play styles. During matches, players collect experience points and items to defend their Ancient structure and win the game by destroying the other team’s Ancient. Available on PCs.

Cassie:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    • From Nintendo comes the adorable life simulation game Animal Crossing: New Leaf! In this game, you are the mayor of a town filled with andromorphic animals. Talk to your town residents, explore your little town, and enjoy various activities such as bug hunting and fishing. Modify your wardrobe and get yourself a lovely house in this charming game available on the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Severed
    • From DrinkBox Studios comes Severed, the single player action game. In Severed, players are Sasha, a one-armed warrior who wields a living sword. Journey with her through a nightmare world to save her family. Sever enemy body parts in this dungeon combat RPG adventure, available on PlayStation Vita, Wii U, iOS and Nintendo 3DS.

  • Super Smash Bros.
    • From Nintendo comes their fighting action platformer Super Smash Bros. In this game, choose your character from various Nintendo game instalments, from Mario to Pikachu to Lucas, and fight against your friends in various battle platforms. Fight using your character’s various abilities in various game modes against various people! Available on the Nintendo GameCube, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 64, and Virtual Console.
  • 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.

Stephan:

  • Jelly Juggle
    • From Ian MacLarty comes the iOS game Jelly Juggle. In this game, you lay as a little goldfish swimming in a circle, as you try and collect pieces of Jello with faces on them. Avoid crabs and score points in this game described as “an exciting new thumb-sport!”

  • 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 game’s world, now available on PlayStation
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • In the newest instalment of the Zelda franchise comes Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this action adventure game, players play as Link after awaking from a hundred-year slumber. This game is a large departure from the regular linear storyline the series is usually known for. This new instalment prides itself in its open world exploration and allows players to defeat dungeons in any order they wish. Explore to your heart’s content, available on the new Nintendo Switch system and on Wii U.

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!

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

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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 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!