Sunday is for squinting because you forgot your sun and now your forehead hurts. Before you complain about your mistake, let’s read this week’s top gaming articles.
For Eurogamer, Tom Phillips wrote on his adventures in PokÃ©mon Go. It’s a beautiful piece centered around the people he met in his search for rare Pika Pikas.
These people had left their house – the last house on the outskirts of town – after seeing a torch go by at midnight. They thought I was a burglar. I held up the Snorlax on my phone screen. “Oh!” was the answer. “Really?” After a minute, we were talking about the area and exchanging names, then I was running away. I remember one of them was called Badger. The Snorlax ran.
For Wired, Susan Arendt wrote on Returnal and why games need more badass middle-aged women. Yes, I like it a lot.
I bought Returnal, a video game from developer Housemarque, without knowing anything about it. Well, that’s not quite true. I knew from the trailer that it had something to do with escaping a time loop and that there was some futuristic tech and monsters or something. None of that mattered, because I wasn’t buying it for the gameplay, I was buying it because of its protagonist, Selene. Selene is a pretty ordinary video game character in many ways: agile, capable, intelligent, facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge. It’s unusual for the playable character to be a female, but that’s not what makes Selene special. It is because she is middle aged. I can finally see myself in a video game.
In the Washington Post, Jordan Oloman wrote about how the games enter an avant-garde phase. I’d actually wear this Gunslinger jacket, to be fair. And the hoodie. The Death Stranding baby capsule and the two crates? Maybe not for me.
The timing meant the vest wasn’t actually built outside of the game, but the two studios would continue to develop a physical “Death Stranding” variant of Acronym’s flagship J1A-GT jacket, which Shinkawa wore when he first met. with Hugh. âHe sent us this perfectly rendered Photoshop version of [the jacket]Hugh told the Post. âThis was probably the fastest design collaboration ever. Literally opened the email and typed ‘yes’.â When it launched in April 2020, the jacket was selling for close to $ 2,000 and sold instantly. “It was one of the best-selling items we’ve ever made,” said Hugh.
For the Ubisoft blog, Mikel Reparaz wrote about how they created Orlog, the tabletop minigame from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
After ideas had been exchanged for some time, the idea of ââan Old Norse name was deemed too difficult for a modern audience. âIt was hard to read,â says Henry. “There’s all these special characters they have in Old Norse that we don’t have, and so it was always a bit awkward.” Instead, an English name was officially adopted: Luck Bones. This name was based on a historical kenning (a poetic way of describing something, particularly favored by the Scandinavians) for the dice, which were made of bones – but that still didn’t suit Henry.
For the Guardian, Oliver Holmes wrote a lengthy read on how China censors the video game world. A muscular and insightful reading.
China’s censorship body, the National Press and Publications Administration, has very clear rules – no copyright infringement, for example, and no sharing of state secrets – but most its guidelines are less precise. Works which âendanger social morality or national cultural traditionsâ are prohibited; just like the media which âpromote feudal cults and superstitionsâ. This vagueness gives censors almost unlimited power and flexibility when it comes to deciding what is allowed and what is not. Many of the rules boil down to the âmoral paternalismâ of the Beijing leadership, explains Lokman Tsui, an expert on Chinese censorship. “They really see themselves as moral authorities – not just the authority of truth, but also the authority of morality.”
And here’s a bonus article on Leah Williams’ Kotaku that really blew me away. It is how wrestling fans wage a silent RPG war on live TV. Apparently, “Final Fantasy 8 is dirt” and “underrated”. There is no holding back here.
The music this week is Lounge chair by the wet leg. Hilarious, eye-catching, please watch the video.
It’s me. Good Sunday to all !