Welcome to 2018, friends! This is the return of What the D-Pad, the weekly gaming podcast on Twitch.tv/TYFOfficial on every Wednesday or Thursday where we play a trending or topical game and discuss current news that I found on Twitter or Google News.
This week, I play a game by the former bassist of Cut Copy, and creator of viral internet sensation QWOP, Bennett Foddy. The game is called Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy, by Humble Bundle and is now available on the Steam store too. It’s therapeutically enraging!
Gaming News Notes
Via Gamespot.com The surprise announcement today was revealed to be the “Nintendo Labo.” It introduces a set of DIY cardboard box mini games that Nintendo dubs with the name Toy-Cons, bundled with a software at $69 USD for a base variety kit, or a robot kit for $70 USD on April 20th. It’s clear that Nintendo has envisioned highly versatile use for the Switch tablet and its joy-con controllers Toy-Cons. There are two separate bundles that have been announced: the Variety Kit ($70 USD/$100 AUD) and Robot Kit ($80 USD/$120 AUD), which are outlined below.A separate, $10 Customization Set includes stencils, stickers, and colored tape to help you design your Toy-Cons.
Via polygon.com DETECTIVE PIKACHU IS COMING STATESIDE BABY – he’ll be getting an amiibo and the voice cast will include Ryan Reynolds, but not officially as the titular detective Pikachu… yet.
No Netflix on Nintendo Switch – Netflix Twitter “We Are Still Exploring the Opportunity With Nintendo, but have definite plans to share at this time. The incorrect tweet has been removed”
Via Techradar.com RobotCache looks to compete with Steam as a new decentralized digital games retailer that allows you to sell back the digital copies of games you no longer want, entirely legally, but there’s a catch: you make the money back in cryptocurrency, Iron, to be used on that platform only. The big deal in this platforms conception is that publishers and developers will get back 95% of original sale value, compared to Steam’s 25% .
Devs will also get a cut of the resold games, something that never happens in the second hand games market. They’ll receive 70% of the resell, 25% goes to players in the cryptocurrency.
Via Gamespot.com New Fable game is in development, but no more Peter Molyneux, but by Forza Horizon’s Xbox studio, playground games. Studio founder, Ralph Fulton –
“Horizon 3 was a watershed game for us–it’s certainly our best-reviewed game critically, it’s our most commercially successful game as well. It’s the first time we’ve experienced that commercial breakout hit phenomenon–the other games have been successful but not on the level of this one. We want to keep doing that. In a way, that game took six years to make. So we want to keep developing that skillset and pushing new boundaries.”
Via PCWorld.com People building cryptocurrency mining PC rigs are absolutely slaughtering the market for gaming graphics cards, causing drastic upcharges and scarcities of the custom gaming equipment that was already considered overpriced, and the used market is barely any better. In PC world’s study they’ve found average occurrences of 300% increase in sales value — “The Radeon RX 570, RX 580, and 6GB GTX 1060—graphics cards with suggested retail prices of $200 to $250—are selling for $500 to $800 on Newegg.”
Hot new releases Via Kotaku.com Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition/Windows Edition: New version with even more content + all previous DLC
Night in the Woods, the critically acclaimed game, and praised here on TheYoungFolks.com is getting a Nintendo Switch release on Thursday, January 18th