Matthew’s Weekly Gaming News Wrap-Up 7/3/15 – 7/24/15

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News:

-Satoru Iwata, the CEO of Nintendo, passed away on July 11, 2015. At the age of just 55, Iwata’s struggle with bile duct cancer finally came to an end, and with it came the end of an era for Nintendo. Iwata was involved in many memorable Nintendo games before he was CEO including Kirby’s Adventure and Earthbound, and later he would find himself among the leaders of Nintendo with the release of systems like the Wii and 3DS. Thousands of friends, acquaintances, and fans flocked to Iwata’s funeral to pay their respects to the late Nintendo visionary.

-The speculated divorce between the visionary behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise Hideo Kojima and the video game publisher Konami seems almost certain now after new developments these past two weeks. First, the voice actor for Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid game posted on Twitter that the game studio Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but that the game was nearly done. Later in the week we learned that Kojima’s name was removed from Metal Gear Solid 5’s final box art, further adding to this belief that the relationship between Konami and Kojima is all but over.

-The first details concerning Telltale’s Minecraft story mode have come out this week. The game will stay true to Telltale’s episodic release schedule and their emphasis on player decision throughout the game. In other Minecraft news, a Windows 10 Minecraft is now in beta. It comes free to all people who own the PC version already and is $10 for everybody else. It really is just the IOS pocket version of Minecraft, but the Windows 10 version allows for cross play between the PC and IOS users during multiplayer.

-The famous video game YouTuber Pewdiepie’s earnings for the last year came out into the open this week. Surprise, surprise; he makes a lot of money. About 7.5 million US dollars to be more precise. A little while after the news came out Pewdiepie put up a video on his channel saying that the money he makes doesn’t make him happy, it’s what he does that makes him happy. It may not have been very original but it was still appreciated by many of his fans that he took the time to address the topic.

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-SEGA boss Hajime Satomi admitted in a recent interview with the Japanese magazine Famitsu that SEGA has been betraying fans the past decade. Although the company now says they want to return to making quality games that fans can enjoy, it’s hard for many of us to believe them after they just recently cut hundreds of jobs to focus more on making mobile games. Whether SEGA can turn the public’s perception of them around remains to be seen, but if they were able to capture the hearts of so many before, I guess there’s no reason why they can’t do it again now.

-It was announced this past week that all of the gameplay DLC for the upcoming game Street Fighter 5 will be attainable without spending actual money. Although getting the DLC will probably be faster if you pay for it with your real money, in game money will be usable to purchase the DLC. This probably won’t apply to cosmetic DLC however, but still, it’s nice to see a game give players the opportunity to earn more content for their game instead of having to pay for it.

New Releases:

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-Rocket League

-God of War III Remastered

-F1 2015

-Rory McIlroy PGA Tour

-The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4)

-Journey (PS4)

-Tembo the Badass Elephant

-Godzilla