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The Weekly: Top News & Releases

The Week of July 1st, 2013

The weekend is finally here! Time to recap some important news buzzing around the game industry.
  • Podcast #322 is live and you should go have yourselves a listen. This week the guys discuss their favourite games so far, rave about Rogue Legacy and share their thoughts on Don Mattrick's decision on leaving Microsoft to lead Zynga.

  • Last week our broadcaster and writer Chris Davis wrote a helpful guide for upcoming releases in Q3 2013. What are you looking forward to in the upcoming months? I'm mostly excited for Saints Row IV. Mostly.

  • Here is a great preview on Jazzpunk, a retro-cyberpunk comedy adventure by Necrophone Games' Luis Hernandez. I got to play this title at Toronto's Bit Bazaar and it was like sex in my eyes and ears at the same time. I highly recommend picking this title up on your PC or MAC as soon as it's available.

  • Remember when that father hacked Donkey Kong for his daughter to make Pauline turn into a heroine instead of a damsel in distress? Here is a great article on games that have done a similar hack, and some thoughts on the damsel in distress trope.

  • Tracey Lien of Polygon wrote a piece on Middle Eastern game development studios and how they've been overcoming challenges. I hope to see some art games merge from Middle Eastern countries in the future, as they are filled with talented artists, writers and filmmakers.

  • Since E3 and Microsoft's decision to reverse DRM regulations, rumours have spread that perhaps Sony had made a deal with Microsoft to follow through with blocking used games and changed their minds last minute to win the console war. Sony's president Andrew House denies those allegations.

  • This isn't exactly news, but I have to share with you the hilarious Tumblr "The Citizen Kane of Video Games." The game industry's obsession with Citizen Kane is quite telling on its own - a story of a white rich man made by a white rich man. We definitely need those! (/eyeroll)

  • Community member Adan shared another international news article from Polygon, this time about Indian PC gamers protesting on Twitter against EA's price increases.

  • Did you pick up The Walking Dead: 400 Days, or play any other titles to celebrate Canada Day or The 4th of July? Share in the comments below!
That wraps it up for this week. If a game-related event occurs during the week and you think it deserves a mention, then please contact me and let me know.


  • theottomatic91 6 years, 5 months ago

    I wouldn't really be surprised if Sony did intended to go always online like MS but in the end it all worked out since they grew brains and realized it wasn't the right time nor the right way to do it.

    Honesty I think the complaints about the damsel in distress trope is just plain silly since a majority of the time it tends to be a result of a simple story and writing of a game that wants to focus more on gameplay.

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    • Wasse 6 years, 5 months ago

      Gotta talk about something though, so why not flashing breasts in video games?

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      • theottomatic91 6 years, 5 months ago

        That in some cases is actually a valid criticism but the one mentioned above is not the same.

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