Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of February 10th! This is a weekly video games news column featuring my top 5 stories of the week.
E3 is back? WB Games puts a ring on it? Can Sony beat Nintendo in a drift competition? I don’t know, let’s get into the news!
E3 is Back?
The past few years have been rough for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Data leaks, major publishers deciding not to show up, and the most recent issue, the covid 19 pandemic. Hopefully with the backing of publishers, The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) looks to bounce back in 2021 with an online only event on June 15-17.
The ESA pitched the idea to various publishers through documents seen by VGC. There would be 3 days of live streamed coverage, multiple two-hour keynote sessions from games partners, an awards show, a June 14th preview night, and smaller streams featuring game publishers, influencers, and media partners.
I personally hope this goes through. I feel E3 last year was greatly missed. The Summer Games Fest of 2020 was a complete mess. Of course It was awesome to see so much games news, but it was a drip feed of information across the entire summer. Games news was very hard to keep up with and I would much rather have a week of news over an entire summer of showcases.
The Shadow of Mordor Nemesis System Has Successfully Been Patented by WB Games
WB Games has been attempting to patent the Nemesis system ever since 2015. 2021 finally granted them their wish. Originally reported by IGN, the US Patent and Trademark Office released an issue notice on February 3rd confirming WB Games’ patent was approved and would officially become effective on February 23, 2021. The Nemesis system originally appeared in 2014’s Shadow of Mordor and also in the 2017 follow up Shadow of War.
Once this patent goes into effect, other publishers or developers would need to work out a deal with WB. I personally have not played any of these games, but from my understanding not a lot of other studios have worked to replicate the Nemesis system. I don’t fault WB for wanting to make money off of this system, but I feel this patent may scare any other devs or publishers from wanting to use it at all.
Scalpers now love McDonald’s Happy Meals?
Via: Nintendo Life
McDonald’s is helping celebrate Pokemon’s 25th anniversary this month by offering 4 trading cards per meal. There is a chance a rare holographic could be included with your meal if you are lucky. Unfortunately this has brought about a nasty side of capitalism. Numerous eBay scalpers are buying Happy Meals in bulk and listing these cards at sky high prices. Employees themselves are getting in on this before the cards even have a chance of being sold. Take a look at this listing in this tweet:
More than likely nothing will be done to prevent this from happening, but it is a bit disheartening for those who actually enjoy Pokemon.
PS5 Owners are Reporting DualSense Drifting Issues
Sony couldn’t let Nintendo have all the fun, right? Since the PS5 released in November, users have been reporting stick drift on the DualSense controller and it seems no general troubleshooting will fix it. Power-cycling, turning the bluetooth on and off, resetting the controller, nor have charging it over night has presented any relief. It seems to be so bad that a law firm is already starting to investigate this issue.
Nintendo hasn’t handled their drifting issue too well so I hope Sony does not follow suite. Considering they have the most in demand console in the world right now, they really can’t afford to fumble making this right.
CD Projekt Red Falls Victim to a Cyberattack
Via: CD Projekt Red
According to a recent statement put out by CDPR, an unidentified actor gained access to their internal network. The hacker collected data such as important documents, source code, investor relations, administration information, and more. CDPR confirms, “to the best of their knowledge,” no user information has been obtained. The hacker threatens to release all the information unless CDPR gives in to their demands. CDPR refuses to give in, but they do have their backups in tact.
This is truly an unfortunate situation for this studio. They have gotten plenty of bad press due to the release of Cyberpunk 2077, but no one deserves to be a victim of a ransomware attack. I hope the culprits are caught and CDPR can come out of this with as little damage as possible.
Anthem’s future will be determined this week: Bloomberg
An unannounced Halo game is in the works: IGN
Black Myth: Wukong gets a fantastic new trailer: YouTube
The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie gets a new teaser trailer: Twitter
Riot’s CEO is being sued for sexual harassment: Kotaku
Guilty Gear Strive drops a bunch of new gameplay videos: ArcSys Twitter
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