The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of April 22nd 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. This week only features 3 top stories. Next week we will get back to the normal 5.

Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard, a new game has been revealed from the developers of Celeste, and we got a a small win in the fight for game preservation. Let’s get to it!

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Leaves Blizzard

Via: Play Overwatch

After nearly 20 years, Jeff Kaplan has confirmed his departure from Blizzard Entertainment. No need to be alarmed as Overwatch 2 is still in development. With Kaplan’s exit, Aaron Keller will be stepping in as game director. Aaron Keller has been at Blizzard for 18 years and he is the founding member of the Overwatch team so Overwatch fans shouldn’t have to worry about anything going wrong.

Kaplan’s departure definitely comes as a shock to the video game industry. Blizzard has been a different company after being acquired by Activision in 2008. Recently they have been pushed to get more games out the door and a number of layoffs has rubbed a lot of people in the industry the wrong way. Fortunately, some of it’s those ex-Blizzard employees have gone to start up their own studios like Frost Giant and Dreamhaven. I wonder what exactly happened behind the scenes to make Kaplan want to leave, but we more than likely will never know. I also wonder will we see him join either of the aforementioned studios or start up his own studio. I do know I will miss hearing, “Hi, I’m Jeff from the Overwatch Team.”

Happy trails, Jeff. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

The PS3 and PS Vita Stores Will Not Be Shut Down After All

Via: PlayStation Blog

A couple of weeks ago, Sony dropped the news that the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP stores will be going offline this summer. A lot of consumers, including myself, were pretty upset about this, especially from a game preservation standpoint. It seems like PlayStation’s current CEO Jim Ryan actually heard our frustrations about this move. He released statement on the matter this week:

Recently, we notified players that PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices was planned to end this summer. Upon further reflection, however, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision here. So today I’m happy to say that we will be keeping the PlayStation Store operational for PS3 and PS Vita devices. PSP commerce functionality will retire on July 2, 2021 as planned. 

Unfortunately the PSP still gets the short end of the stick and support will end this summer as planned, which is understandable. As far as I know, a majority of the PSP library is available in the Vita store. Ryan goes on to mention the decision was based on, “a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on.” After the initial announcement of the store closure, they were able to see how passionate we all are about these older products and the storefronts will be open for the foreseeable future.

This was the right move by Sony, but it’s still not a good look, because it seems like it was a way to get people to spend more money. Many still use the PS3 and the PS Vita to this day for older classic games that are not available in the current iteration of the PlayStation Store. I personally think Sony should not think about shutting these stores down until they come up with a viable solution for backwards compatibility. Until then, I will keep my Vita and PS3 close by for some old school video game fun.

Extremely OK Games, the team behind Celeste, Revealed Their Next Title, Earthblade

Via: Extremely OK

Extremely OK Games founder Maddy Thorson describes as a, “vibe reveal,” as they, “didn’t want to reveal much about the game or its story yet, but we think that this well establishes the world and the feeling of being in it.” Earthblade has been described by the team as a, “2D explor-action game in a seamless pixel art world.” It’s going to be a long time before we see anything on Earthblade and we can expect it, when it’s ready, in “20XX.”

Check out the teaser poster and a snippet from the game’s soundtrack here!

Noteworthy:

Discord and Microsoft end acquisition talks: Game Informer

Apex Legends is coming to mobile devices: EA

Valkyrie is Apex Legends new character for Season 9: Apex Twitter

Everything shown off at the Resident Evil Showcase: IGN

Xbox free to play games are now free to play: Xbox

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is finally coming to America: Twitter

Catch me every Monday on The Skill Tree: A Gaming Podcast

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On today's festive episode (which features Hashim in the best mood he's possibly ever been in), the guys talk about their initial impressions of Guilty Gear -Strive-, and the first part of the Summer Games Fest for 2021, which includes (but not limited to): Elden Ring, Tiny Tina's Wonderland, Battlefield 2042, the Ubisoft Forward, Devolver Digital, and more! The guys also talk about Overwatch finally getting crossplay, and Back 4 Blood rumors.  — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Madness (Episode 17)
  2. StoneCold (Episode 16)
  3. Affiliated (Episode 15)
  4. Bullying (Episode 14)
  5. Legally (Episode 13)

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What are ya Playin’ This Weekend?

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Happy weekend gamers! I hope you get plenty of gaming in on this fine weekend.

I will be playing Kingdom Hearts 2.8. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far as I make my way through Dream Drop Distance. I will also be playing Pokemon Moon and get plenty of Overwatch time in.

That’s enough about me, what about you? What are you playing this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

My Top 5 Video Games of 2016

Another year down, more video games to countdown. There was plenty to play in the year of 2016, but unfortunately I cannot play them all. Here are 5 of my most definite favorites though. Lets start with some honorable mentions:

Street Fighter V: Street Fighter V just missed the cut because it got off to a rough start. It got pushed out to the public a bit early and ultimately was an unfinished product. Capcom has been working hard to fix some of the issues with it and its now shaping up to be a pretty great game. The future of Street Fighter V is looking bright.

Dark Souls 3: I’ve never been that big of a fan of this series, but I was able to have quite a bit of fun with DS3. It wont make me like the Souls games over Bloodborne though. Still hoping a sequel will be made.

And the FINAL honorable mention goes to Final Fantasy XV. FFXV is a fantastic game, but it left more to be desired from me. We do know that Square-Enix has future DLC plans for the game, which is exciting.

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What Are Ya Playin’ This Weekend?

It’s finally here again gamers! It’s the weekend and I hope you are able to get plenty of game time in.

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I will be playing quite a bit of Overwatch. That game has my undivided attention for the most part. I will also be playing Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. I took a bit of a break from it back in February shortly after Street Fighter V came out. I dove back into it within this past week and I hate that I stopped playing. It is a very good RPG.

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That’s enough about me, what about you? What are you playing this weekend? Sound off in the comment section.

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What Are Ya Playin’ This Weekend?

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Happy Friday gamers! It’s been a while since “What are ya playin,” has made an appearance, but its back! Heck, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I took an unintentional break from writing, but lets talk some video games.

I will be working on keeping my cool while trying to play Dark Souls 3. I have beaten 5 bosses so far so I am making progress! I will also be playing the Overwatch Beta and will be squeezing some Street Fighter V in as well.

That’s enough about me, what about you? What are you playing this weekend? Sound off in the comment section.

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Overwatch Releases May 24th. Open Beta on May 3rd.

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Blizzard’s next big game is coming a bit sooner that expected. Originally pegged for a June 2016 release date, Blizzard gave Overwatch an official release date of May 24th.

An open beta is planned to take place between May 5th-9th. If you pre-order Overwatch, you and a friend can get into the open beta a couple of days early on May 3rd. The open beta will be available for all platforms; PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

Check out battle.net for more info.

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Cross Your Fingers and Hope You Can Play Overwatch This Weekend

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The first Overwatch, invite only,  beta test weekend starts this Friday. It will run from Friday, November 20th through Monday, November 23. Blizzard will be letting in “a lot” more players from the American and European regions.

Accounts will be flagged this Thursday, November 19th, during a scheduled maintenance. If you get flagged, it would be wise to go ahead and install the game so when the servers go live on Friday, you can just jump in.

Check out the Overwatch Blog for more details.

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The Prices For Overwatch Have Been Officially Announced. Tracer Coming to Heroes of the Storm.

Blizzard announced at Blizzcon that the base price, on PC only, will be $40. The premium version “Origins,” will come with character skins and some “digital goodies.” Overwatch Origins will be available for PC, XB1, and PS4 for a price of $60. Both version will include a total of 21 heroes and I’m sure more will be added as dlc.

Look for Overwatch to drop Spring 2016. Here is a new trailer for the Origins edition.

Source: Overwatch

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Looks Like Overwatch is also Coming to Consoles

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Gamestop spilled the beans today by reporting that Overwatch is indeed headed for consoles as well as PC. The game will be a full priced $60 game and it is available to pre-order as of today. This shoots down the biggest question of whether Overwatch was going to be a free to play game.

As of right now, Overwatch has a place holder date of December 31,2016 and is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. We will find out more from Blizzcon this coming weekend. Now excuse me as I go back to hoping I get in the closed beta sometime very, very soon.

Source: Game Informer

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