Good morning ladies and gentlemen! I hope you enjoyed your weekends and caught up on plenty of sleep and most importantly some gaming. Spider-Man for the PS4 released this past Friday and I know that was on a lot of gamers radars. If you were one of the many who picked this game up over the weekend let me know what you think of the game down in the comments below.
Even though not many people like Mondays, I happen to love them. It’s the start of something new, a new week to better ourselves and a new week until payday so we can go buy more stuff we want! I try to focus on the positive things in life. As always I have searched around the internet to find some really interesting stories on video games and the culture that has grown around them. Let’s get started with the first story!
Pokemon Go And Shenmue Fans Rejoice
Back in 2016 fans of the Pokemon series were introduced to an amazing mobile game that got fans off the couch and onto the streets looking to Catch em all. The game I am talking about is, of course, Pokemon Go. For a lot of fans, this was the game they were looking for. Finally, they would be able to feel the rush of walking around looking for a Pokemon to catch just like in the games. The game has garnered a huge following and was one of if not the biggest craze of that year in the sense of mobile gaming. Although we don’t hear much about it anymore, there are still a lot of dedicated fans out there on their phones catching as many Pokemon as possible. From August 29th through September 2nd there was a special event held in Japan in the city of Yokosuka called the Safari Zone Event. This special event offered Pokemon Go fans an opportunity to catch different types of rare Pokemon. This spelled good news for the local businesses as they welcomed the event and all the players with open arms. They were able to sell food and merchandise to the players as they went about their journeys. Last years event was held in Yokohama but due to a lot of complaints, they had to relocate to Yokosuka. Which turned out to be the best thing for everyone as people had more elbow room.
If you’re not into Pokemon, that’s ok because Yokosuka had another reason for gamers to want to travel there. A little title by the name of Shenmue just recently re-released its first and second titles on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The first game was originally released on the Sega Dreamcast back in 1999 and the second title was released on both the Dreamcast and the original Xbox in 2001. The game takes place in, you guessed it, Yokosuka and follows the story of Ryo Hazuki. Ryo traverses the suburbs, docks, and a shopping district in Yokosuka called Dobuita street in search of clues to find the man who killed his father. The game is celebrated as a turning point in video game history that helped shape modern games as we know today. The locations in the first game are incredibly close to their real-life counterparts and have super fans of the series traveling to Yokosuka to travel around town and compare the video game and real life versions. The fan base for this game has a lot of love for the title and it shows. Sega themselves found out about fans taking trips to Japan and invited two fans to wander down Dobuita street so they can point out certain parts of the game. With the third installment on its way, Shenmue fans will be plenty busy re-playing their favorite parts of the first two games on modern consoles in preparation for the next big adventure.
Sources: Polygon.com, Japantimes.co.jp
Video Game Art
For as long as I can remember I have had to argue with non-gamers about how Video Games are art just as TV and movies are art. For those who don’t play video games, I can kind of see how they would argue against the idea. But not really. Luckily though, I am not alone and throughout the years there have been many conversations about video games being considered art. With how the gaming industry has been booming over the past decade, video games are finally getting the recognition they deserve. In London, England there is a museum called the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) which touts itself as “the worlds leading museum of art and design”. Within this prestigious Museum, they have a new exhibit called Video games: Design/Play/Disrupt that focuses on the evolution of video games since the mid-2000’s. For video game enthusiasts, this museum is going to be the place to check out. The reason it is named the way it is is that it’s divided into three sections which are: New Designers, Players, and Disruptors. I know, my mind was blown too when I found out. The exhibition is going to include concept artwork, notes, fand art, and cosplay. Because what kind of video game exhibition is complete without some cosplay of people dressed like Mario and Luigi?!
The idea of video games finally being displayed and celebrated as an art form has made me incredibly happy. Finally, games can be right where they deserve to be, Being celebrated as part of self-expression and a source of entertainment. Not “just mind-numbing beeps and boops with color and moving characters on someone’s TV”. If you are traveling around London or plan on taking a trip soon too England, I would implore you to take a look at the V&A museum because this exhibition will only be lasting until February 24th, 2019.
Sources: vam.ac.uk, thestar.com, inews.co.uk
Jack The Ripper The Game?
Just by reading the title alone I bet almost all of you already know who Jack The Ripper was and what he had done. For those who might have skipped history class that day I will go over a very quick synopsis for you. Jack The Ripper was a serial killer who was active from around 1888 to around 1891. His targets were mostly women who worked the street corners in the more impoverished areas of London. His methods were brutal and entailed slashes to the throat, abdominal and genital-area mutilation, removal of internal organs, and facial mutilations. A real charmer and someone you could bring around to introduce your parents to. In all seriousness, the guy was marked as Evil incarnate at the time and he is still very much infamous for his actions over 100 years later. Why bring him up now? Well, how would you feel if you found out there was a team of devs who worked really hard to bring Jack The Ripper to a video game? EA not too long ago was in development for more than three years from 2008 – 2011 on a Jack The Ripper title that would have the player control Jack himself.
The idea behind it though is quite interesting. The game would take you through the actual murders Jack committed, or at least the ones everyone is aware of, and it would eventually show that the victims were actually VAMPIRES IN DISGUISE! That’s right, EA was going to have Jack The Ripper appear as the hero in this title. There was also a working idea that Jack was actually an insane person who truly believed he was saving London by killing his victims. I give a lot of credit to come up with something like this but I am not sure exactly how I would have felt playing as that character. A lot of the other devs felt the same way and were “unsettled” at the notion as well. The game itself was actually 95% done by the time the EA ave it the ax. It is interesting to think of a world where this game came out though, would people have loved it for its original idea and twisted take on a historically sadistic murderer from the 1800s or would people have hated it for the very same reason? The world will never know unless someone has the idea of trying something similar again with future titles.
Sources: dailystar.co.uk, jack-the-ripper.org
Until Next Week!
Thanks as always for joining me on the weekly news update about one of our favorite hobbies. What did you think about the news? Let me know what you thought in the comments down below. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you next Monday with another installment of Video Gaming News: Monday Newz.