Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Announced!

Well, it’s been hinted at for a few days now. But as you can see in the teaser below, the Marvel vs Capcom series is returning at last:

As you can see, there are some good characters here. Mega Man, Iron Man, Ryu… at least a few favourites are shown immediately. No Spider-Man and X-Men, though they’ll hopefully be shown later.

But yeah, the new Marvel vs Capcom sequel is now a thing. It’s called Marvel vs Capcom Infinite and is due to be released in 2017.

So what do you think about it so far? Does it look like it could be a good game? Are there characters you wish to see?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!

Watch the Game Awards 2016 Right Here!

Interested in seeing the new Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild footage? Want to know what games win at the 2016 Game Awards?

If so, then you can watch the awards right here:

This is because like most events (such as Nintendo Directs and E3 presentations), the whole thing is being streamed on its official YouTube channel. So once it starts in about an hour or so, you’ll be able to catch everything via the video player above.

As for us? Well, it’s getting late here, so all coverage of tonight’s events will probably be done in the morning. But if you are still awake tonight, go and watch the awards and tell us what you think!

No Man’s Sky Gets Foundation Update

Have things gone crazy in video game land?

Because it seems the worst communicators in the entire industry are now talking to their customers again! First we had Niantic Labs start updating Pokemon GO on a regular basis…

And now, it seems Hello Games is doing the same thing with No Man’s Sky! Because earlier today, they released the ‘Foundation’ update for the game. This adds an interesting new feature called base building the game, where players can ‘claim’ a planet for their own by finding an uninhabited base and then customise it with in game resources.

That’s not all. Oh no, you can also now recruit alien life forms from space stations to work there, build teleporters between your base and said space stations, and then later dismantle it to build a new base elsewhere. It’s a huge feature addition that adds a lot to the game.

They’ve also added difficulty modes too. Like a Minecraft style Creative Mode which lets you explore with no limits on health or resources. Or a Survival mode that makes it more challenging (with less resources, more aggressive enemies and extra hazards).

Either way, here’s a trailer showing all this stuff in action:

So yeah, it’s a good start. I mean, it certainly gives the game more depth, and makes it come across as a complete experience rather than an empty shell.

However, you do have to ask yourself one important question.

Why now?

Because No Man’s Sky, was released in a terrible state at launch. We had hardly any of the promised features. Multiplayer was non existent. The Advertising Standards Authority investigated the game for misleading marketing.

And Hello Games didn’t communicate with anyone at all. It’s like they thought ‘well, that’s done’ and walked off into the sunset.

So why only now are we getting this stuff?

Why did it take months for Hello Games to do anything to update their trainwreck of a game?

A foundation is supposed to be the first thing you have ready for your game, not an addition months after its launch. It’s great we’re getting it, it just feels like Hello Games are releasing the update as an act of desperation.

Still, at least something’s happening now. Let’s see if it’s enough to save No Man’s Sky!

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No Man’s Sky Gets Foundation Update (Techraptor)

Why Gaming Sites Should Post Leaked Information

In the last few years, leaked video game information has become an extremely common thing online. You’ve got cases like with Pokemon Sun and Moon where every release gets datamined weeks in advance. There are examples like Paper Mario Color Splash, where information is unintentionally made available due to the game being accidentally released two weeks early. And through insiders, anonymous posts and YouTube mess ups alike, we’ve seen everything from Assassin’s Creed to Call of Duty and Rayman revealed way before it was supposed to be.

Yet even with the rise in leaked information, it seems a large portion of the press doesn’t seem to want to cover anything early. You’ve got people posting screenshot upon screenshot on forums and videos popping up with the entire soundtrack, all while the press sits on their ass and does nothing for days on end. Or if you’re lucky, posts about one or two random discoveries while trying their very best to ignore the rest of it.

But I disagree. I think every gaming site should cover ‘leaked’ information to the fullest of their ability.

Why?

Well for one thing, because that’s closer to journalism than anything else the gaming press has done. Journalism means going out of your way to find information that the powerful do not want others to know. It means bending the rules to get the news your readers want rather than those that make for someone else’s good PR.

Look at the rest of the media for example. Yeah, they’re not as good as they used to be (especially where investigative journalism is concerned), but they don’t just sit around online and wait for information to come in. Or game companies to email them press releases.

Instead, they go out and look for a story. That might mean heading into a dangerous war zone in the midst of a global crisis. It might mean interviewing someone who might otherwise not want to provide any information about current events. Or attending political rallies and events, perhaps even undercover!

When’s the last time you saw a video game journalist go ‘undercover’ to get a major news story? Probably never to be honest.

And that’s kind of a problem with entertainment ‘journalism’ now. It’s not really journalism, it’s more an industry PR branch. It’s more about making the games and corporations look good than telling the readers what they really need to know.

But journalism isn’t supposed to be like that.

Journalism isn’t really about ‘making friends and influencing people’. Heck, some journalists would say that being friends with your subjects is the mark of a terrible journalist or reporter. No, journalists are supposed to be hated by the people they report on. Companies are supposed to dread journalists getting involved in a story about them (usually cause they’re in the middle of a public relations disaster).

So yeah, of course a company will hate you reporting on leaked content. Of course the Pokemon Company will hate people that post the final boss of Pokemon Sun and Moon two weeks before the release date. Heck, sometimes a company will go as far as to threaten you with legal action.

But that’s kind of expected as a journalist.

Journalism isn’t all fun and games. It’s a job which puts you at serious risk on numerous occasions, and one where dangerous or financial costly consequences are unfortunately all too common. Think being sued once sucks? Imagine being Ian Hislop (editor of Private Eye). He’s the most sued man in Britain, and has been through dozens of court cases over things like libel (and apparently lost most of them). That has never stopped the satire magazine releasing new issues.

And that’s nothing compared to the horrors that have happened to journalists writing about real politically charged subjects and dangerous parts of the world. They’ve been arrested for espionage, sent to prison for decades (or deported to Siberia in the Soviet Union). Assaulted or killed for saying things those in power didn’t want to hear (or just by sociopathic nutcases who were ‘offended’ by what they were saying).

Basically, journalism is about risks. Because of this, you need to realise at some point that your own ‘safety’ or ‘comfort’ is outweighed by the needs of the readers/viewers. Unfortunately, a lot of gaming journalists don’t ever get this. They think it’s about making their life convenient. Screw the readers, I matter more.

Which is completely wrong.

There’s also a very pragmatic reason for all this too. Namely, it’s bad business to be scared of leaked content.

I mean, look at Bulbapedia. They were so scared of Nintendo’s ‘response’ to covering leaked content (which never actually came) that they refused to open up editing from somewhere in September till now. The result? Their wiki is useless now. No one visits a Pokemon wiki (or a Mario or Zelda one) that doesn’t cover hardly anything about the latest games.

And the same will be true of your website if you don’t cover this stuff. A gaming site that censors itself and doesn’t cover the latest gaming news is honestly a rather useless website, and one that’s probably not gonna still open for much longer.

So cover leaked content, and be a real journalist. Because a journalist who only covers what others want him to cover isn’t much of a journalist at all.

Gaming and Politics; Which Presidential Candidate is Better for Gaming?

With the recent elections and Donald Trump’s ascent to the US presidency, there has been much debate about which candidate offered the best ideas for America. Some said Clinton was more of the same, and that Trump would be a breath of fresh air for America, some thought Trump was Hitler reincarnated and would empower racists. Either way, every possibility was looked at, every argument scrutinised and every little thing a candidate said was blown out of proportion for social media clicks.

All except for one thing.

Gaming. Few people really looked at what the US election would actually mean for video games. Would they be censored? Would the government try and get involved in censorship or diversity discussions? What would happen to the ESRB?

No one really looked into it.

Well, until now that is! So let’s see which of the presidential candidates would have better for gamers, starting with election winner Donald Trump!

Gaming and Donald Trump

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So what does Donald Trump think about video games?

Well, he’s not particularly positive about them, that’s for sure. After all, back in 2012 he complained about games ‘glorifying violence’:

Jeez, it’s just like what people said in the 80s or 90s! Except said in 2012, on the heels of his first attempt at running for president.

And that makes Trump’s comments even worse. Why?

Because while games never glorified violence much before, they glorify it even less now. I mean yeah, there may have been a few games based on brainless violence then (among lots where your character was acting in self defence/for a good cause), but said violence focused games are even rarer now. Indeed, with more stealth games, peaceful indie titles and political commentary titles (think Spec Ops: The Line), it seems the gaming industry is moving away from mindless violence in general.

Heck, even Call of Duty gives you messages on the futility of war between missions now!

So Trump’s views on violent in video games are archaic. But how about his other views? Does he have any comments on ‘sexism’ in video games or what not?

Well, no. Trump’s not exactly the kind of guy to care about that stuff. However, he did show sympathy to a popular figure in the GamerGate movement for the treatment he’d been getting from his enemies:

Which makes him a little more gamer ‘friendly’ view than Clinton, who (as I’ll explain later) treats GamerGate as the alt-right and an enemy of progressives.

However, that doesn’t mean you should endorse Trump as a gamer. His attitudes on video games and violence are still ridiculously out of date, and his views on other social issues are not popular with the gaming industry.

Maybe Breitbart will help fix this. After all, they do have a gaming section, and it doesn’t seem to be in their interests (or that of some of their audience) to let Trump go on a gaming banning/censorship spree. Or maybe not. Either way, Trump clearly isn’t the gamer friendly president.

But how about Clinton? Would she have been better if she was elected?

Gaming and Hillary Clinton

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Well, no. Here’s her talking about games and violence:

Yeah, it’s an old video. But it’s still relevant, since her views on gaming as encouraging violence haven’t changed one bit since then.

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