In Zed Games this week, Maylee and Jango fight through the music and mayhem of the 4ZZZ studio with the Top 10 Tracks of 2021. While Paul pops in to give us his take on Supraland: Six Inches Under.
This week Zahra and Hazel talk news, Guest Reviewer Caroline reviews Binding of Isaac and Zahra runs us through Bright Memory: Infinite.
This week Paul and Rani talk gaming news and Paul guides us through the battleground that is Chivalry 2. Then Hazel regails us with a tail of gliding through the universe that is Exo One.
For the final show of 2021, Ezie and Elliott talk Game of The Year and discuss Halo Infinite after chatting about this weeks exciting Gaming News.
HO HO HO, and a MERRY CHRISTMAS … podcast that is … This week Zahra and Paul talk news, reviews and some special games to play with family over the Christmas holidays.
With big brands like Nike and Adidas jumping on Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, it would seem like a mistake for game developers not to do the same. However, Ubisoft’s experimental NFT sales for Ghost Recon Breakpoint appear to have sold just 15 NFTs since their release on the 9th of December.
Jumping on this bandwagon, GSC Game World, developer of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, announced on the 15th of December their intention to introduce NFTs via auction in January of 2022 and later. These NFTs would range from “genesis” collectables to the rights to be scanned using photogrammetry and inserted into the game as an NPC “metahuman”. Within 24 hours after the publication went live, GSC Game World was hit with community backlash and responded with a tweet saying, “Based on the feedback we received, we’ve made a decision to cancel anything NFT-related in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.” but not before doubling down in a now deleted tweet attempting to reason with the community.
It must be noted that in the third quarter of 2021, NFT games such as Sky Mavis’ Axis Infinity reportedly generated about 2.32 billion US dollars in revenue, paving the way as further incentive for future developers to integrate NFTs into games.
In an unprecedented year for games, Hades now sits alongside Oscar-winning Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond’s Colette for being the first game to win a prestigious industry award in 2021.
In this year’s Hugo Awards, the World Science Fiction Society used its bylaws to create the one-off 2021 Best Video Game award. Many games were nominated with Spiritfarer from Thunder Lotus Games and Animal Crossing: New Horizons from Nintendo coming runners-up to the award winner Hades from Super Giant Games. While Super Giant Games were unable to be there, Greg Kasavin, Creative Director and Writer of Hades had the following to say on twitter.
Wish I could have attended the #HugoAwards in person. I wasn’t able to make an acceptance speech there on behalf of the team though did have a few words here. I’m grateful that the awards are recognizing work in this category, much less the work we did! pic.twitter.com/S9bfSp1i8H
— Greg Kasavin (@kasavin) December 19, 2021
“We are incredibly honoured to be the first-ever recipient of a Hugo award in the category of best video game. We, myself included, grew up experiencing these classic works of science fiction and fantasy, from Ursula K. Le Guin to Philip K. Dick, what have you. That’s when we first came across the Hugo Awards name, of course, as kids.
“To have earned this distinction all this time later, especially alongside such an incredible slate of nominees, games of all shapes and sizes, from teams big and small, it really means the world.”
Keep an eye out in the future as there are rumours floating around online that this gaming category may become an annual Hugo event.
Now for some Gaming Bytes:
HowLongToBeat’s stat breakdown of game releases in 2021 show that Resident Evil Village is the most completed game this year with 2.6 thousand completions of the game so far narrowly beating Metroid Dread with 2.2 thousand completions.
CD Projekt Settles
CD Projekt has settled with suing investors over the release of Cyberpunk 2077 to the tune of 1.85 million US Dollars. The lawsuit accused CD Projekt of misleading investors over the release quality of the game and suing for damages incurred by this.
North America Unionises
North America finally has its first ever video game studio union, formed at the Vodeo Games Studio, developers of Beast Breaker that released for PC, Mac, and Switch this year. The Vodeo Workers United union formed to protect independent contracted workers and salaried staff to maintain a fair and equitable workforce and lock in some of the perks they love… like the 4-day work week they currently enjoy.
Sony Faceplates Finally
After exerting legal pressure to stop the creation of personalised faceplates for the PS5 late 2020 and more recently against dbrand in October of this year, Sony has finally released their own personalised faceplates with 5 different colour offerings of Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Nova Pink, Starlight Blue, and Galactic Purple.
Now in upcoming games:
On the 23rd of December the 3D platformer puzzler Scarf released by Uprising Studios has you forming an unbreakable bond with your dragon who is also your scarf on PC and Stadia. Teratopia and Tunnel of Doom are releasing their Switch ports on the 23rd.
On the 24th Tunnel of Doom is also porting to the Xbox One and releasing on the 28th of December, the Switch port of Lacuna.
This week Maylee, Jango and Hazel keep us perched on the edge of our seat chatting the current gaming news and a review from Jango of No Longer Home that cuts too close to the bone and Zahra flies in with a review of the hide and seek game Witch It.
Paul, Hazel and Caroline are in the studio to talk all about those cryptos the kids all love but not before Caroline reviews Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Paul gushes over Outer Wilds plus the Echoes of the Eye DLC.
Australian Video Games Industry gets a Union… Finally.
Game Workers Unite Australia also known as GWUA mostly known for its advisory and support of video game workers is now planning to transition into a full-on union. GWUA intends on becoming Game Workers Australia in 2022 with Professionals Australia which is a larger union that encompasses more than just games industry workers ranging from engineers to scientists. This new found union with GWUA will mean that all games industry employees can join the same union and be afforded all the XP and buffs that joining a union involves plus the added bonus of benefits being specifically tailored towards games businesses. Game Workers Australia will launch in the new year but you can register your interest by clicking here.
Ubisoft bring NFTs to Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
Ubisoft are taking to the unique virtual cosmetic NFTs this week by implementing them as an “experiment.” Digits as they are called, will be the first non-fungible tokens to ever be introduced to a playable triple A game. These NFTs will be brought to Breakpoint’s Windows version of the game through the Ubisoft Connect platform. Ubisoft said in a statement, “Each Digit is a unique collectible that features its own serial number for others to see in-game, also keeping track of its current and previous owners for years to come, making players an integral part of the game’s history.” Ubisoft went on to say that NFTs will, “provide players the ability to personalize their experience and complete their missions with style.” Ubisoft said that Digit drops will happen on Dec 9th, Dec 12th, and Dec 15th.
Tesla will let you play video games potentially while you drive.
A new feature has been introduced to Tesla vehicles that the company didn’t advertise called video-games-on-the-go according to Motor Trend the games currently installed are Polytopia and Stardew Valley as well as some classics such as Asteroid and Centipede. We are still unclear about whether you can actually play these titles while the car is in motion. So, if any Tesla drivers out there would like to message us in on the Zed Games FB Page to let us know that would be great.
The week in games releases:
- December 9th Breakwaters and KEO come to PC
- December 14th Among Us launches on all platforms [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO]
- Clockwork Aquario [PS4, Switch]
- Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue [PC]
- Greak: Memories of Azur [PS4, XBO]
- One Hand Clapping [PS4, XBO, Switch]
- December 15th Rogue Invader [PC]
Come celebrate with us for out 600th episode as well as our 12th year coming to you live. To mark this occasion we invited one of the founding members, Razor Ray. So head to the bathroom, light some candles and say Zed Games three times into the foggy mirror, then click download to join us in our celebrations.