18 - The Return 1-10-18

(Originally recorded on 1-10-18, but due to technical difficulties couldn't be posted until now.)

News
Overwatch team skins are available, and all anyone can talk about is the McDonalds colours.
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/01/09/overwatch-league-team-skins/

In other Overwatch news, twitch and Blizzard have come to an agreement that Twitch get's exclusive rights to OW League broadcasts.
https://www.destructoid.com/twitch-gains-the-exclusive-overwatch-league-broadcast-rights-481765.phtml

In the continued saga of EA fucking /everything/ up, someone dug up another patent for them to mess with matchmaking so you get matched up with better people and feel the need to buy microtransactions. Cool
https://www.destructoid.com/ea-filed-a-patent-in-2016-to-tinker-with-online-matchmaking-for-better-player-engagement-481595.phtml

State of Decay 2, which I forgot was a thing after E3 ended, is apparently still on track to release this spring.
https://www.destructoid.com/state-of-decay-2-is-still-on-for-a-spring-release-481587.phtml

Metal Gear Survive get's shown off and it's just Fortnight in the Fox Engine.
https://www.destructoid.com/metal-gear-survive-beta-begins-next-week-new-gameplay-footage-surfaces-481512.phtml

In VR news that I'm finally interested in, Vive Pro and a wireless adapter have been revealed and I finally almost want to get a VR headset some time in my life. Still not gonna though.
https://www.destructoid.com/htc-announces-vive-pro-and-vive-wireless-adaptor-481597.phtml

Why??
https://www.destructoid.com/steven-spielberg-s-halo-tv-show-still-in-development-481617.phtml

Games Games Games!
Quantum Break
Hiveswap
The Long Dark
Mafia

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13 - Dogout 4

Minor Fallout 3/Fallout New Vegas spoilers in the episode.

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Oculus rift will cost $1,500 if you don’t have a pretty decent PC already. Two things out of this; one, the PC they specced was about $1200, which means the Oculus will probably be around $300 and two, I’ll never be getting an Oculus Rift.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/27/8674289/oculus-rift-will-cost-1500-all-in-if-you-dont-own-a-gaming-pc

Bravely Default’s sequel Bravely Seconds is going to be coming to the US next year and that means it’s time for everyone who doesn’t have a DS to go out and get one. If you’re into really well done JRPGs that is.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/1/8697833/bravely-default-sequel-bravely-second-end-layer-is-heading-to-north

WildStar is finally going free to play this September, surprising no one, and making quite a few people upset...as usual. Though, this looks like it could breathe some new life into a very, very dead game.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/28/8676481/wildstar-going-free-to-play-this-fall-with-ambitious-new-business-plan

No, the Nintendo NX will not be Android based, as per the rumors a bit earlier from the Wall Street Journal. Probably just a prototype that was running Android that’ll never see the light of day and has been tossed in a bin somewhere by now.
http://www.destructoid.com/no-nintendo-s-nx-console-will-not-be-running-android-293180.phtml

Rooster Teeth’s The Know somehow thought it was a good idea to report on their “anonymous source” telling them that Microsoft was attempting to buy Silent Hills (the now cancelled game that never happened) from Konami for literal billions of dollars. It has since been flat out denied, which honestly, who thought for a moment that anyone would buy a single game for billions of dollars? A game that no one knows anything about, that had what was essentially a gorgeous, scary as fuck tech demo only.
http://www.destructoid.com/rumor-that-microsoft-is-buying-silent-hills-for-billions-is-ridiculous-292999.phtml

2k Games announced X-Com 2 and it’s beautiful. Well, we don’t really know how it looks, we just have confirmation that it’s being developed and so far only for PC. Oh, and a CG trailer full of drones, aliens, a guy with a sword and apparently sneaple. November can’t come soon enough.
http://www.destructoid.com/2k-games-confirms-xcom-2-only-lists-pc-platform-293107.phtml

Steam announced a very nice refund policy for games bought through its service. Any game can be returned within 14 days of purchase as long as you haven’t played two hours or more. This is FAR better than their previous policy of “fuck you”.
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/06/02/steam-refunds/

And of course, it’s not like we couldn’t talk about this today. The biggest thing to happen on a June 3rd in a while. Fallout 4 is confirmed and it is glorious. There’s a few things we can pick out from the trailer, like it takes place in Boston, it may have something to do with a pre-war character being cryogenically frozen, tech is more common than previous games, there’s an airship and there’s of course, a dog. 100% down with everything in this and I will be glued to my computer during Bethesda’s E3 press conference.
http://www.destructoid.com/fallout-4-officially-announced-293230.phtml

What We’ve Been Playing -

Gabby: Waves, OTTTD, DMC, Singularity, GW2, Warframe

Eli: Oceanhorn, Warframe, Flight Rising

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12 - A Mighty Bloodstained Yooka-Laylee Kills "Actual" Indies

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Minecraft is the most watched game on youtube, surprising no one. But the others on the list are a bit surprising. http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/17/minecraft-most-watched-game-on-youtube/

Alien Isolation sold 2.1 million copies and according to SEGA that’s “weak”, proving that SEGA is about as dumb as you’d think. http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/13/alien-isolation-sales-figures-2-1-million/

Wasteland 2 GOTY Edition free for players, includes a fairly big overhaul to the game. A dev sticking to what they promised, a rare treat.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/7/8569083/wasteland-2-game-of-the-year-edition-free-for-current-owners

Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained Ritual of the Night destroy on Kickstarter. Showing Microsoft and Konami that people do actually want games that aren’t brown chest-high wall cover simulators.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iga/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/playtonic/yooka-laylee-a-3d-platformer-rare-vival

Ex-Bioshock devs put a hold on The Black Glove for now, but apparently they’re working on other games, so that’s alright?
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/11/8585293/black-glove-shelved-ex-bioshock

Through The Woods, a Norweigan folk horror game was announced and looks kinda really awesome.
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/12/through-the-woods-norwegian-horror-game/

Black Mesa, the former mod gone paid game but also still free mod won’t be getting Xen in the mod version because of tech limitations. Cue the angry mobs.
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/12/black-mesa-mod-no-xen/

And finally, Nintendo promises to produce 5 phone games by 2017. Which seems slow but also really fast somehow.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/8/8572401/nintendo-promises-to-release-about-five-phone-games-by-march-2017-any


Main topic -

Katie Chironis wrote and opinion piece on Polygon about how “big indie” kickstarters, such as Bloodstained and Yooka-Laylee are “killing actual indies”.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/19/8624665/big-indie-kickstarters-are-killing-actual-indies

75k Kickstarter Spreadsheet
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lFW2sjShHriYRsyuVZx4Se8Qxjw38VJk4g-7cls8cpg/htmlview?usp=sheets_home&sle=true

What We’ve Been Playing

Gabby: Wasteland 2, KRZ, DMC, Singularity, GW2, Warframe

Eli: Oceanhorn, ESO, Guild Wars, ACNL, Flight Rising cuz I’m a fucking nerdass

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