Surprise! Stick beats rope (Game Awards)

At Geoff Keighley’s 2019 Game Awards show, Death Stranding was represented in many categories. It won three of them: Best Game Direction, Best Performance, and Best Score & Music. What it did not win is Game Of The Year, which went to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

This is a defeat for Kojima, because even though he won smaller awards, everybody knows that unless you’re competing in a specific genre (Best Fighting Game, Best Racing Game, etc.) there’s only one award that really matters, and it’s Game Of The Year. Any publication or website can have their own GOTY award, but this is an industry award show, meaning that it is voted on by fellow developers and professionals. Fans could vote online for their favorite game in a separate category.

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Video: Tommie Earl Jenkins hilarious response to my dumb Death Stranding video

The awesome actor for Die-Hardman in Death Stranding replied to the video above on Twitter just a few minutes ago, showing his great sense of humor. You can see the tweet in context below.

Here’s a screenshot of it in case anything happens to either of the tweets:

Chvrches gets a conspicuous and controversial boost from Deftones, adding validity to my weird pet theory

As you will remember from my legendary chat with the Metal Gear Mondays boys a few weeks ago before Death Stranding’s release, I randomly spouted a theory I’ve long held that Chino Moreno from rock band Deftones was a big fan of Hideo Kojima.

A strange new “coincidence” may add evidence to this theory…

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Death Stranding off to a rough start

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The image used by Pushsquare is fitting in many ways.

It should hardly be a surprise that Death Stranding is off to a slow start right out the gate. Its deliberately insane promotional strategy of being as confusing and chocked full of celebrities as possible, its meager premise of delivering packages in an empty post-apocalypse America, and its minuscule range of tone and variety all add up to make it “limited appeal”.

But the bad news gets worse when a certain somebody speaks out…

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Path of Exile embarrasses Blizzard once again, this time with a sequel and a wonderful event

This weekend is the inaugural EXILECON, hosted by Grinding Gear Games, creators of Path of Exile. Having caught up on the first day’s stream, I can safely say that they are putting Blizzard to shame yet again. Day 2 is happening now, and I’m excited to see what’s discussed. The event reminds me of everything I love about GGG and Path of Exile. It’s not a fireworks show or a WWE pablum for the masses, but a laser-focused commitment to the supporters with a clear vision, a professional grade of quality, and a deep awareness of what people want to see.

Path of Exile 2 has been announced. I’d write more about it here, but I’m busy listening to Chris Wilson at the event being a very smart and responsible lead designer.

Steam has been experimenting, and nobody is paying attention

Steam remains one of the best services in the world, and I’ve always enjoyed their attempts to innovate. But it wasn’t until this week that I noticed they have a “Labs” division showing off experiments. The work they’re doing is rather fascinating.

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YouTube’s censorship cripples gaming

This is a fantastic video explaining exactly how YouTube’s rampant and irresponsible policy warfare has accidentally damaged the gaming industry.

In short: YouTube automatically demonetizes and restricts all videos with violence, cursing, and mature themes, which means that gaming videos are quickly becoming untenable to make for career YouTubers.

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