So I figured instead of making a separate thread for each happening in the game industry, be it a new release, a designer getting in KickStarter trouble, or whatnot, I'd make a news thread of sorts.
And even within the last few days quite a bit has happened.
And just to head it off, discussion about GamerGate, sexism/LGBTphobia and the like in gaming culture may be best suited to the PROC subforum, although I wouldn't mind sharing links and such here provided it doesn't dominate the discussion.
It turns out that Konami actually banned Hideo Kojima from showing up at a game awards ceremony.
It seems that so much news about Konami and Kojima these days is a never-ending spiral of badness. I can only hope that the fellow gets to another publisher that will respect his talent, or start his own. Lord knows there will be plenty of devoted fans to support him as an indie developer.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt wins Game of the Year.
I'm not surprised, considering that the series is well-regarded, and they had one of the best policies for DLC I've seen in games these days. I only have to finally start playing the first one in the series again. Yeah, I can't multi-task when it comes to RPGs.
A side-scrolling Metroidvania game from 2009, Shadow Complex, has a remastered version out now for free on the PC, Xbox, and PS4 up until December 31st!
Apparently the linked site's taking a long time for me to load, indicating a lot of people are flocking there.
I've already played Shadow Complex quite some time ago. I found it to be quite fun at the time: the gist of the game is that you're an ex-military guy going on a woodlands drive and spelunking with a lady, in the backdrop of a USA embroiled in a civil war between liberals and conservatives (this takes place in the same universe as the book Empire
by Orson Scott Card). Said woman gets kidnapped by soldiers of the Restoration, who are using said caves as a hideout for one of their major military bases. In the process of trying to rescue her, you run and gun your way through a side-scrolling action game, discovering new equipment both contemporary and science fiction, and fighting mechas too!
I'll just say right now that the game's better than the books.
Back in 2004 Psychonauts was a very good, yet underrated game by Tim Schafer. Now there's a Psychonauts 2 in the works, but Tim Schafer wants to crowdfund it.
Unfortunately, Schafer had some crowdfunding troubles for his last project. His Broken Age game received over three million dollars, but the one that came out was rather short and lackluster and contributing no small amount of contention over this.
As a fan of the first game, I want to see a Psychonauts 2, but I'm kind of worried in regards to the mans' management.
Also, some gameplay footage of Far Cry Primal came out. I've never been so interested in playing as a caveman with animal control powers!
Angry Joe had an interesting interview/Let's Play where he and one of its developers talked about the game's features in media res: