Online Events, PS5 Specs, and New Speed Run Record

Sony’s PlayStation 5 tech specs and the all the details

The next generation console will be arriving later this year which is generating a lot of hype however there have been many unanswered questions from Sony. Finally, however, Sony have officially revealed what is going on under the hood of the PS5. With a new custom audio chip designed to process audio and 3D audio, 5 epic games on launch (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Godfall, Outriders, Fortnite and Destiny 2) also little hint there maybe Horizon Zero Dawn but nothing is confirmed. Sony are also promising no loading screens and virtually no time wasted waiting for games to install. The PS5 is going to be backward compatible with PS4 games and also contains a 8-core Cell CPU which cost almost $400 million to develop, supports 8k resolution, PSVR and the controller may actually have a built in mic feature. There are so many more details on the specifications of this next generation console to check it all out click here.

The Summer Games Fest that will be hosted online on the 4th of June

There will be loads of other game’s companies showcasing their works as well as big announcements. The Summer Games Fest has been running since May and will end in August this year featuring Cyberpunk 2077, World of Warcraft, EA Play, Marvel’s Avengers, and a Developer Showcase looking at indie developments.

There’s also Gamespot’s Play For All event which started at the beginning of June and is a multi-week event showing news, previews, interviews and lots more. This event will be raising money for the COVID-19 relief efforts and is in partnership with Direct Relief. Some of the publishers attending are: CD Projekt Red, EA, Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Google Stadia, Square Enix, Sega, and many more. There currently have daily streams which you can check out on the websites click here for Summer Games Fest and here for Play For All.

Ryan “Simply” Reeves a well-known speed runner for Super Mario 64 from Minnesota USA has broken the speed run world record

After nearly 8 years of trying and trying again Ryan has done it with an incredible time of 1hr, 38mins and 28secs. The previous record was 1hr, 38mins and 43secs shaving off 15secs from the previous time. The special moment was captured on Twitch.tv from Ryan’s stream after trying for almost 6 hours that day he finally had his moment. Once he broke the record Ryan bursts into tears of joy, his mother comes into the room asking if he is okay, he tells her that he finally did it and broke the world record, both of them were overjoyed and began to hug. Ryan’s mum then insists that his probably dehydrated and needs a drink of water. Ryan’s Mum says, “his always been number one in my heart.” Ryan aka Simply says, “I have the best family and the best community, I am blessed. Thank you everyone.”

D&D, Gaming Grandma, Valorant Launch and Sales

JB-HI-FI have some awesome gaming deals

Sony have started a promotion and JB are jumping on the bandwagon with some awesome offers. Until June 8th you can grab PlayStation Plus for $24 less than usual not to mention loads of triple A games dropping in price such as Death Stranding, Days Done, God of War, Until Dawn, Bloodborne and many more if you’d like to check out the full list click here.

The gaming grandma Shirley Curry is taking a break

Skyrim’s one and only gaming grandma is an extremely popular video games players at the sprightful age of 84. Shirley has been playing Skyrim in a roleplaying fashion for several years with over 800,000 YouTube subscribers. Unfortunately Shirley has been having a rough time lately and posted in her vlog over the weekend that she will no longer be uploading daily videos only occasionally and she will be taking a two week break to get her health in check. Shirley has also expressed her frustrations with trolls and some followers posting irritating or hurtful comments. Shirley has said, “I know I shouldn’t let these things stress me out, but they do. From now on I will respond to very, very few comments. I will be deleting a lot of comments.” She also said, “I’m trying to get me health under control, I’m not trying to be cranky.”

Valorant launches on June the 2nd

Riot Game’s tactile shooter that has been taking the gaming world by storm officially releases on the 2nd of June. Valorant has been in closed beta since April will be available for free on PC and across a majority of regions worldwide. And yes, that includes Australia, unfortunately we missed out on the beta down under due to technical difficulties resulted from COVID-19 however we do now officially get the final product on the 2nd. For Australians who managed to gain access to Valorant’s Beta, Riot have advised that the game will be taken offline on May 28th (more likely the 29th). All account progress will be reset, and cosmetic items will be refunded. Those accounts however will be gifted a 20% bonus on any cosmetic currency.

Dungeons & Dragons Live 2020 have announced their celebrity line up

D&D Live has partnered with the Red Nose Day Charity and from June 18th to the 20th fans of D&D or fans of the celebrity players will be able to watch a series of D&D games. Featuring stars like David Harbour from Stranger Things, Brandon Routh from Superman Returns and Deborah Ann Woll from Daredevil, The Punisher and True Blood other big names are Thomas Middleditch, Jeremy Crawford, Chris Perkins, Kevin Sussman, Matthew Lillard, Sam Richardson, and Karen Gillan. If you would like to look at the event for more details click here.

Club Penguin Shut Down, Minecraft Sales and Ubisoft Sues

Disney shuts down Club Penguin clones amid abuse allegations

All unauthorised Club Penguin clones are being ordered to shut down after it has come out that some players are using the platform to share explicit and abuse messages. The BBC are investigating the unofficial Club Penguin reboot which has had over 7 million players, the investigation has exposed the platform for hosting racist, homophobic, and sexually explicit language. Over the last 12 years the official Club Penguin was a once an immensely popular teen hangout then was purchased by Disney in 2007 as part of a $700 million deal this was all before it was shut down in 2017. According to the BBC content filters were disabled on multiple serves and moderators had stopped removing inappropriate content. There have even been incidents of sexually explicit messages shared resulting in off-site Zoom meetings. Disney have said in a statement, “Child safety is a top priority for the Walt Disney Company and we are appalled by the allegations of criminal activity and abhorrent behaviour on this unauthorised website that is illegally using Club Penguin brand and characters for its own purposes. We will continue to enforce our rights against this and other unauthorised uses of the Club Penguin game.”

Minecraft sell over 200 million copies in 11 years

The milestone has come early to the developers Mojang Studios since the video game sales boom from COVID-19. Around this time last year Minecraft sales were at 176 million copies and was at 91 million active players now however is at 126 million active players. The head of the studio Helen Chiang has posted in the Microsoft blog saying, “In these extraordinary times, we are reminded more than ever before the important role games like Minecraft can play in providing an escape from the day-to-day and fostering social connections between friends and families.”

Ubisoft are suing both Apple and Google for selling a ‘carbon copy’ of Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft are upset at both companies for allowing the Chinese company Alibaba to sell a mobile shooter Area F2 (AF2) on their digital storefronts. The developer of Rainbow Six: Siege has said that AF2 is a near carbon copy of the game. Ubisoft have notified Apple and Google of the alleged copyright infringement however both companies have refused to remove the title from the App Store and Google Play Store. Ubisoft have said, “Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen and everything in between.” The situation has turned into a lawsuit and will be pushed into Los Angeles federal court.

Gaming Boom, Fan Films, AOC in ACNH and a long wait ahead

Bethesda say it will be years before The Elder Scrolls VI will release more details

The Elder Scroll VI was announced at E3 in 2018 and there wasn’t much information given away at the event. Even though there wasn’t much to go off the hype is still very real with fans overjoyed by the announcement. At PAX East in 2019 the Executive Producer Todd Howard said that The Elder Scrolls VI was a very long way off and just recently Pete Hines from Marketing and Communications for Bethesda said it doesn’t matter how many times you ask the answer is still the same, so it’s looking like there won’t be any Elder Scroll surprises anytime soon.

The month of March was the largest gaming boom in almost 10 years

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic video game sales skyrocketed, numbered from the US NPD Group which analyses industry data has recorded over $1.6 billion USD for the month of March. That is the highest reported figure since 2008. Data collected from GSD another company that analyses data, collects information from game companies in many countries including Australia and showed that 4.3 million games were sold between March 16th and March 22nd. Australian physical game sales also soared with over a 275% increase during that time. That was also when Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing New Horizons was released. Typically, this time of year can be a dry period for the industry so to jump to such record high numbers is hugely impressive.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going door to door but not in the way you might think

American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was meeting people by island dropping in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. She tweeted on May 8th that she would like to visit random people’s islands and to leave a note on the bulletin board with their Dodo Codes. Cortez then proceeded to share her interactions on Twitter and by the end she even attended an Animal Crossing graduation ceremony. If you would like to have a look check out her twitter page @AOC.

A Cyberpunk 2077 fan film by Phoenix Program teaser trailer has been released

Directed by Vi-Dan Tran who is a member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team and featuring big named cosplayers like Maul Cosplay, Stylouz Cosplay and Kamiko Cosplay. The teaser only runs for a 1 minute and 15 seconds however it’s totally action backed and people are even suggesting it might as well be promotion for the actual game. If you’d like to have a watch click here.

Moving Out

Developer: SMG Studio, DEVM Games
Publisher: Team17 Digital Limited
Audio: Lenny Macaluso & Various Artists
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC (Windows & Mac)
Release Date: 28th April 2020
Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Couch Co-Op

The Smooth Moves Furniture Removalists Company hires you and your friends to move furniture. Moving Out is a game about, you guessed it, moving furniture out of houses with friends. Set in a small town featuring 30 main levels or removalist locations you must hone your ability to move things quickly and efficiently. Being a game heavily focused on cooperative play there isn’t too much story to dive into however the dialog between characters is rather comical, pulling out jokes related to how much they broke while moving or the irony of certain situations you come across. Moving Out has a similar art style to Overcooked with sweet 3D animated characters that strangely make me think of the children’s animated series Noddy Toyland Detective. It also takes loads of influence from the 80’s making this game feel a touch retro giving shout outs to 80’s films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Once you are well and truly in the game you discover the main objective which is – How fast can you move out? Using a tiers system consisting of gold, silver, and bronze, gold being the fastest time and bronze being the limit for progression (meaning must attain at least bronze on each level to progress further). There are also extra achievements for each level such as ‘don’t break ANY glass’ or ‘break ALL the glass’. From a mechanics perspective you must pick up appliances, tables, beds, and other such household items then carry them to your removalist truck. However, that is easier said than done (even in real life). Some of the items require you to have a second person to carry such as a couch or may be someone needs to distract a disruptive turtle that is running around preventing you from getting to the truck. Also, your player movement is not smooth, meaning it requires some concentration to get yourself where you would like to be, and not to mention the art of loading the truck is a game in of itself.

The controls are simple making it easy to learn and designed in a way that anyone familiar with consoles can get the hang of quickly. You must jump, grab, throw and even slap your way to victory. The game requires teamwork and coordinated planning to get the shortest times and obviously the more players involved the easier it is not to mention the strategy needed to deal with awkwardly shaped objects like L shaped lounges or pinball machines. In saying that more players can also mean more yelling!

As you progress further into the game you are no longer just moving people out of homes rather experiencing weird obstacle courses where you are trying to move items across sinking platforms or chasing chickens and pigs. Just as you start to get the hang of it the game throws a curve ball, similar to Overcooked in its design catching you off guard and increasing the level of strategy needed to succeed. My only point of criticism is I wish there was an online mode as it currently only allows for local play so if you’re looking to play with friends in different places I wouldn’t recommend.

Something that is really considerate is the ‘Assist Mode’ which gives you as the player to ability to choose which elements of play are too difficult if you are finding the game play too challenging and you’re simply not enjoying yourself. This may have come about from previous developments by SMG Studio such as Overcooked which had a pretty steep difficulty curve after a certain level.  This ‘Assist Mode’ is a really nice touch meaning that if you have friends or family that aren’t used to console games this allows things to be extra easy for those learning. I personally feel really cared for by the developers with this feature.

The soundtrack for Moving Out is always keeping you in a good mood. It’s really hard to be mad at your friends when you’re so busy grooving out to some awesome 80’s vibes. You may even recognise the songwriter Lenny Macaluso known for co-writing the song The Touch with Stan Bush in 1986. In 2019 Lenny joined forces with SMG Studio to deliver you the best body moving tunes while your moving homes.

All in all, it feels awesome when you execute a plan and achieve the time you set out for, or when you collaborate before attempting a level for the 100th time. Moving Out is moreish, and an exhilarating way to bond with housemates, provided you don’t swear at them too much. Moving Out is so much better than actually moving out and I recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed Overcooked or enjoys a classic couch co-op that anyone can play.

Reviewed by Evie Gibbons @eviezgames on 6th May 2020

Pewdiepie deals, Rigged Esports and X Series

Five Australian men have been charged with CS:GO match fixing

Official charges have been laid against these five men following a police investigation, this soon follows an initial arrest of six players back in August 2019. According to the Victorian Police four 20 year-olds and a 27 year old have been charged with “use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes”. These charges relate to five matches in a CS:GO tournament after an investigation was prompted by tip-off. They will face court in September on the 15th with the potential for up to 10 years in prison. David Sharpe the soon to be head of Sport Integrity Australia has said, “I had early discussion with a former esports CEO around integrity within their sport and I am looking forward to engaging with them in my new role to work around the potential risks and threats.” There has been an increase in esports betting since traditional sports have been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. The ABC also reported that Australia’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit had been investigating links between organised crime and an unnamed Australian Overwatch team.

YouTube snags Pewdiepie

With so much competing for the streaming market and with Mixer taking Ninja, Shroud and King Gothalion then Twitch holding onto DrLupo, timthetatman, and LIRIK, now YouTube have made a deal with Felix Kjellberg better known as Pewdiepie. YouTube are also fully aware of his racist outbursts on stream such as calling out racial slurs during a livestream and a situation that lead to Campo Santo games preventing him from promoting Firewatch. Despite all this Pewdiepie is still one of the biggest streamers on the planet with over 104 million YouTube subscribers and over 25 billion views since his channel began in 2010. Pewdiepie said in a statement, “YouTube has been my home for over a decade now and live streaming on the platform feels like a natural fit as I continue to look for new ways to create content and interact with fans worldwide. Live streaming is something I’m focusing on a lot in 2020 and beyond, so to be able to partner with YouTube and be at the forefront of new product features is special and exciting for the future.”

Xbox Series X and all the details from Microsoft has been revealed

Ever since The Game Awards in 2019 Microsoft have been teasing us about it’s next generation console which is looks more like a PC tower than what we’ve traditionally known consoles to be. Gamespot have complied everything you need to know about the Xbox Series X console in one article which features information on the release date, hardware, the controller, games, specs and more, click here for all the details.