Video Game Auction!

The ESA foundation (that’s entertainment software association to you) is hosting their “Nite to Unite” silent auction to benefit all the cool shit they do and sweet-ass peoples they help get into the best industry in the world.

All Silent Auction items will be available for bidding until 8:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and include items such as tickets to a live taping of Conan, a pip-boy signed by the fallout team and some crazy cool rare Capcom collectibles.

This is the first time in the nineteen  year history of the association that the auction will accept bids from the world wide interwebs. So if you got money to burn for a great cause, I’d really like that Lego Batman Ultimate Fan pack.

Thanks!

Check out what’s for sale here.

Irrational Games Gives Up the Ghost

Way back in 2013 after Bioshock Infinite was released the lead designer and studio head of Irrational Games, Ken Levine, announced that he was closing the doors of the studio and would be investigating a “more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two.” He took fifteen out the one hundred employees with him to focus on a new goal, “To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable…we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”

Today Irrational Games, the company co-founded by Levine and then abandoned like a used condom out the window of a car in a shady side street, announced via Twitter their new name: Ghost Story.

 

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They say to click to learn what that means for their fans. So I clicked and you can too here.

There are lots of different links to click on the site like one that says {View} over their new logo which as far as I can tell just refreshes the page. There’s another one that says “The studio formerly known as Irrational Games is now called “Ghost Story”. Come learn what that means for our fans!https://t.co/lyimVt22hc” which also just refreshes the same page (and has a pop up that begs you to sign up for their newsletter which I WONT because that’s what Twitter is for.)

The useful bits are hidden in the secret clicky that reads “WELCOME TO GHOST STORY” as shown below.

CHALLENGING STORIES, CHALLENGING GAMEPLAY

Ghost Story was founded by twelve former Irrational Games developers and our mission is simple: to create immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them. While we believe our new games will have strong appeal to fans of BioShock, our new focus allows us to craft experiences where the gameplay is as challenging as the stories.

We are not yet ready to share any more on our new game, but we invite you to join us and take part in our community, Sign up here.

More with the newsletter ads…

Then there’s a list of the cool kids leading the boat rocking party which you can check out if you are so inclined.

No mention if Ken Levine is involved in any capacity, though the copyright at the bottom of every page says:

© 2002-2017 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Developed by Ghost Story Games. BioShock, BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games, Ghost Story Games and their respective logos are trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

After drudging through the pretty empty site there’s not much to go on as far as the studio’s focus, but I’m still looking forward to seeing what the scorned, defiant group of the boldest Bioshock rejected team will have to offer like an ex who gets super mega foxy awesome hot after a bad breakup and posts their beachy pics on Instagram.

You show that Ken Levine you don’t need him, he never deserved you!

Switchmas is Shaping Up to be Just That.

IT’S ABOUT F*%@ING TIME.

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-6-28-24-pmOur purchases are now tied to our account and not the console. So I can stop buying the original Zelda for the 100000000th time.

Obvious move is obvious. But still appreciated.

Better late than never?

Childhood Game Comes Back to Burn You Alive

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

Someone made a real “The Floor is Lava” game and it looks awesome.

From bedrooms, to living rooms to class rooms, this first person action platformer from Klei Entertainment has brought our collective childhood game to annoy our parents to glorious digital life.

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Created with Unity and releasing on Steam (soon?!)

I can’t wait to climb all over everything. Check out the trailer here.

Nintendo Jumps on DLC Bandwagon

Okay, you got me. This isn’t the first time Nintendo has released DLC for their game.

They did it for Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros and Splatoon on the Wii U. Though Splatoon’s was all free unless you count the amiibo content, which was just fancy armor wrapped up in timed challenges wrapped up in an enigma. Or… whatever.

DLC makes sense when it expands a portion of the game or fixes story issues noticed after release (I’m looking at you FFXV). But the content listed in the Breath of the Wild expansion pass, which Nintendo is asking $20 for, is well, awful.

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Soooooo we get a new shirt? What’s a “map feature”? How did “contains useful items” make it past the PR department for a bullet point spot in this officially released image?! And they are already looking at adding a new story when the game hasn’t come out yet?

I’m not knocking story DLC. Hell, the DLC for the Witcher 3 won game of the year awards. But I get the feeling this extra Zelda story will be about as deep as Tingle’s mental capacity.

Everything listed is too vague for me to cough up $20 for, where’s the horse armor AMIRITE?! Also, I’ve already committed close to $700 to play the new Zelda (Switch console, Master Edition, all five new amiibo, First Four Figures Statue, pro controller) and while I know I don’t need to buy these things to play the new game…it’s too late Best Buy already took all my money.

And can we all agree that the top tier package for any game should just INCLUDE the season pass/expansion pack/DLC?!?!?!

wth.

Nintendo Switch May Have Various Console Offerings

An excerpt from an interview with Nintendo Director Takahashi-san:

Whereas people who have been traditionally Nintendo handheld gamers, they may buy Nintendo Switch and then for example, if a new version were to come out later, then maybe they would decide to upgrade to that. Or, for example, because you can take the Joy-Con off the system, then I guess that leaves open the possibility of something else that might get attached. There’s obviously a lot of different developments that we could look at from that perspective as well.

(emphasis added by me)

May I please have a moment to react? Ah hem.

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So it seems I will need to become independently wealthy. And quick.

I can see Nintendo releasing new colors and themed Switch consoles as they have done in the past, and special joy-cons I can get on board with but if they treat the Switch like they did the 3DS with multiple versions that didn’t just upgrade battery life but actually limited the games you could play on them… that’s a recipe for WiiU-like disaster. Even with how closely some follow the industry there was still confusion by all the new iterations of the 3DS and new 3DS and new 3DS+ and NEWnew 3DSi-Platinum Gold Sticker Model 2.0.

I hope they stick to one Switch and promote it like hell so it sells like hot cakes and every third party developer would feel stupid to not make games for it.

If they do decide to release upgraded versions of the Switch ala Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Pro I know what I’m gonna do…

…probably buy one anyway.

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You can read the full interview with Takahashi-san from Time here.