Master of The Free World Productions | Jumpcut Entertainment Network

Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

How Popular Voice Actors Took A D&D Game Global With Critical Role

Imagine a game of Dungeons & Dragons between Ellie from
The Last of Us, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Phoenix Wright from Ace Attorney,
and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog, with Overwatch's McCree serving as
dungeon master. While that scenario isn't going to happen, a D&D campaign
featuring the actors who lend their voices to those characters has been running
for more than a year, attracting millions of viewers.

This article originally appeared in issue 285 of Game Informer.

The idea for Critical Role came from a game of Dungeons
& Dragons that was started as a part of actor Liam O'Brien's birthday
celebration.

"Liam hadn't played for a while, and I was running games,"
says dungeon master Matthew Mercer. "I was like, 'Hey man, if you want to play,
let's get some friends together,' and so we did a one-off that turned into a
campaign because everybody enjoyed themselves so much."

Two years after that original game, TV and movie actress
Ashley Johnson was shooting a web series called Spooked with actress Felicia
Day, who was serving as executive producer. Day had recently co-founded a
multimedia production company and commercial YouTube channel called Geek &
Sundry
. When Day noticed that Johnson had a copy of the D&D Player's
Handbook
, she inquired about it, discovering Johnson was in a game with voice
actors like Mercer (whom Day already knew). Day immediately asked the group to
consider streaming it as a show on the channel.

While the idea was enticing, the group was concerned about
taking their fun private game public. "Whenever you put something you love on
the internet, there's a very good chance that the internet is just going to
tear you apart," Mercer says. "So we had a real fear of it possibly tainting
something that was so personal to us."

Actress Marisha Ray echoes Mercer's concern that it would
destroy something they loved. "We all kind of took a vow at the table that if
it wasn't fun or it started compromising friendships or anything like that,
that we would quit because it's not worth it," she says.

The group decided that if they were going to do it, then the
format should provide as little disruption to the game flow as possible.
Streaming on Geek & Sundry's Twitch channel allowed for more free-form
broadcasts before being archived on the YouTube channel, allowing great
convenience and flexibility for the actors' busy schedules.

Even though the format was set, the group was concerned that
nobody would want to sit and watch people play Dungeons & Dragons for hours
on end. "I think we just thought, 'Well, whether or not people watch it, we'll
just try this and it'll be an adventure, and if nobody watches it, we'll just
go back into the living room and play it," Johnson says. "No big deal.'"

Photo Credit: Pamela Joy Photography

On the next page, we hear from the actors why they think this show has resonated with so many viewers.


www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

GameStop Lists Its Most Popular Retro Consoles

Back in October, GameStop began accepting trade-ins for retro consoles nationwide after considering a return to the market back in 2012 and offering retro games starting last year.

Now that people have been able to buy retro consoles for over a month, the company released a list detailing which consoles were most popular among its PowerUp Rewards members. The list is made up of several Nintendo consoles, although a few classic Sega consoles make the list. The full list is as follows:

1. Nintendo 64
2. Nintendo Entertainment System
3. Super Nintendo Entertainment System
4. PlayStation
5. Sega Genesis
6. Xbox
7. Sega Dreamcast
8. Sega Saturn
9. Game Boy
10. Game Boy Advance

It should be no surprise the Nintendo 64 is beating out the Super Nintendo; although the latter is often seen as the better console, the generation who grew up on Nintendo 64 games is now at an age where they have the money to relive their nostalgia. We can see two surprises, however: That the PlayStation 2 does not make the list, and that the original Game Boy is more popular than the Game Boy Advance even though the latter can play games from both systems. The listing also does not clarify whether the "Game Boy Advance" listing also includes the Game Boy Advance SP. Still, it's an interesting snapshot of where people's nostalgia is at right now.

[Source: GamesBeat]
[Full Disclosure: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer.]

 

Our Take
I would guess the nostalgia factor is why the Game Boy is beating the GBA – the latter may be able to play both, but it doesn't have that "wow" factor playing it on the real deal does. That said, here's a list I'd like to see: what are the 10 most traded-in consoles? 

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

What kind of games are popular with both children and parents?

A recent survey from Joan Ganz Clooney Center aims to discover what type of games are played in family homes by both children and parents alike. …


Gamasutra News

Titanfall’s Popular Attrition Mode Returns In Titanfall 2

The popular Attrition mode from Titanfall is returning in Respawn's follow-up, Titanfall 2. Attrition functions much like team deathmatch-style modes, but in addition to wiping out human-controlled enemies, the game throws grunts and Spectres into the mix – A.I.-controlled minions – which can be killed for fewer points.

In addition, in the latest official Titanfall 2 blog post, Respawn has shared footage of the mode running on PC. The footage below is from streamer Darkness_429.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Also, Respawn has released a new trailer showcasing the stars of the game (aside from the titular Titans): the pilots. You can check that out below.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Titanfall 2 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 28.

[Source: Reddit, Titanfall]

 

Our Take
Though there were better modes in Titanfall than Attrition, it was always a fun mode to pop into to break up the action of the other modes. When combined with the new additions and other returning modes, Titanfall 2 is shaping up to be a pretty fully featured title.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Which VR platform is most popular? Find out in VRDC’s VR/AR Innovation Report

95 percent of VR/AR professionals say VR/AR is here to stay, sharing their platform preferences and future challenges like pricing, applications and even nausea, in the debut VR/AR Innovation Report. …


Gamasutra News

Blog: What makes Pokemon Go so popular?

Freelance game designer David Mullich looks to understand the reasons behind Pokemon Go’s meteoric success. …


Gamasutra News

Pokemon Go is popular but polarizing, according to Nielsen data

Surprise: Market research firm Nielsen claims Pokemon Go has quickly become the most interesting and well-liked mobile game in the U.S., even as it registers higher-than-average rejection rates. …


Gamasutra News

Survey: Co-op more popular than competitive multiplayer, especially if it’s local

In Quantic Foundry’s latest survey of 1,200 video game players, cooperative play proved more popular than competitive play — especially if the people you’re playing with are in the same room. …


Gamasutra News