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  1. https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/5/23011757/snk-corporation-mohammed-bin-salman-misk-foundation




    SNK Corporation, the developer of games like Metal Slug and Fatal Fury, is now nearly entirely owned by a subsidiary of the Saudi crown prince’s foundation. Electronic Gaming Development Company (EGDC), which is owned by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation (MiSK Foundation), holds 96.18 percent of SNK’s shares, according to a February 15th filing on SNK’s website (PDF).

    This follows “a strategic investment” announced in November 2020, where the MiSK Foundation acquired an “initial” 33.3 percent stake in SNK. At the time, MiSK Foundation indicated it planned to eventually take a 51 percent stake in SNK, but it seems MiSK Foundation decided to buy a much larger stake.



    I'm a little confused by this. Not by the Saudi Arabian government investing in games, just the idea that they were able to buy a Japanese company. Since the start of this acquisition free for all we've had experts falling over each other to tell us that it'd be near impossible for a Japanese company to get bought out by a foreign organisation. 


    Its not great news though. 

  2. On 29/03/2022 at 20:20, Flub said:

    DC Universe finally launches in the UK on April 28th


    I really don't understand why they are being so slow to roll this out everywhere. Theres no information yet on if Ireland will be included as part of the UK launch but if it isn't why on earth do we have to wait until some nebulous summer 2022 date? They've taken away all the video that used to be part of the subscription and added it to HBO Go so it can't be down to rights over the TV shows. 


    Given the mess Amazon have made of Comixology (honestly, how the fuck did they think what they have done is an improvement?) you'd think DC would be rushing to get a halfway decent experience out there for their readers. 

  3. It's not the most effective way of getting news out there but I did enjoy the back to back to back press conferences and posting about it on here and elsewhere. Even when they were bad, and they often were, there was normally at least one thing that generated some entertainment. 


    EA was an exception, did they ever do a conference that wasn't utterly joyless? 


    The nightly Giant Bomb shows were possibly the best thing about old E3. Some great moments. 

  4. I'm just going to ignore most of the last few pages and post some low quality speculation based on what has been announced so far. 


    -PS5 games are being added to PSNow Playstation Plus Premium in June


    I think there might already be one or two PS5 games on PSNow but hopefully this relaunch will mean we start seeing more PS5 native games on there. We know Returnal is coming at least and almost certainly PS5 Miles Morales as well. Death Stranding I'm not sure about just because they didn't use the Directors Cut part of that games name. It probably will be the PS5 game thats gets added to Premium in the end and I'm overthinking that. 


    -No streaming of PS5 games


    A bit disappointing as its a sign that streaming isn't going to improve much over what they already offer. I like the option of being able to stream stuff and I still think that streaming games can be a big part of gamings future. Its possibly a bit strange that despite being the first to launch with PSNow that Sonys service has fallen into last place quality wise. Stadia, Geforce and Xcloud are all better experiences than PSNow. This could all be down to supply chain issues and Sony choosing to pull the PS5s they can into consumers hands instead of data centres or it might be a sign that they aren't as interested in cloud gaming right now. 


    -PS3 games still rely on streaming


    The biggest disappointment really. We know that the PS5 should be able to emulate the PS3 well enough to run some PS3 games locally so its a shame Sony don't seem willing to put in the work to make that happen. Some countries simply won't have the option to play PS3 games and that sucks for them. 


  5. https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-03-29-funomena-shutting-down-report



    Funomena is shutting down this week, according to People Make Games' Chris Bratt.

    "I'm absolutely gutted to report that Funomena is set to be closed by the end of this month, with all contractors already having been laid off as of last Wednesday," Bratt said on Twitter today. "This is an extremely sad end to the studio's story and I hope everyone affected is able to land on their feet."

    Earlier this month, Bratt included the developer of Luna and Wattam in a People Make Games report on abusive indie auteurs. While investigating previously known workplace problems at indie studios Mountains and Fullbright, sources had told it of a similar situation at Funomena with co-founder Robin Hunicke.

    A group of former Funomena employees described Hunicke as emotionally abusive, often sharing employees' sensitive personal information with others in a work environment without their consent.


    Hopefully the non-shitty people who worked there are able to find new work quickly. 

  6. 34 minutes ago, thesnwmn said:


    Fair point. I guess I'd like to see the most basic functionality go free again. These consoles basically don't work without online services (or are at least much worse without one). So I think cloud saves, online play (at least by choice of the publisher), and other such stuff should just be part of the package.

    Yeah, locking multiplayer behind a paywall just gets more and more ridiculous as time goes on. I'm surprised that we don't hear from smaller developers complaining about it at this point. It's hard to justify putting online multiplayer in a small game nowadays. 

  7. 12 minutes ago, thesnwmn said:

    Arguments about MS moving to a GAAS or micro transaction model alongside GP might be true in time but it's Sony who seem the deepest in that direction at the moment with their approach to GT7 and next gen upgrades.


    And this is where a rich service with a wide range.of games from a wide range of studios wins out. Even if the next Gears of War is full of micro transactions we all say "well that's shit", laugh at their inept choices and go back to playing Tunic 2 or whatever. It doesn't stick as bad stuff, they'd leave it that way, make some money in the long term from GAAS-GoW and never take the same face hit as Sony have over GT because they didn't charge anyone £70 for the privilege of being screwed.



    Anyway, interesting to see Sony moving their offering. I think the tier system is a bit complicated. Should have just out it all in the middle tier I think and had one.

    That'd be a $40 per year increase for most of their existing customers, I'd imagine there would be a serious backlash to a move like that.


    Based on what has been said so far the top tier hardly seems worth it for the majority of people. I'd probably download a few PS2 games and put half an hour into them but a lot of games from that era really need someone like Nightdive to give them a once over and take the roughest edges off them. 

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    PC streaming is not available in Japan at launch and will be supported in a future update.


    I wonder that that's about. Seems like streaming will work on PS4 and PS5 in Japan so why not PC? 



    Without knowing what the actual lineup will be when the new tiers launch its hard to be too excited about what Sony announced today. Not having to buy Returnal is nice as I doubt it'll be my cup of tea but I still want to try it out. 


    Doesn't sound like there's any improvements being made to their streaming service in terms of performance or supported devices which is a surprise. 

  9. Could we at least wait until RDNA 3 is a thing before wasting any more time speculating about a PS5 Pro?


    Going back to the Miller tweet and specifically the part about them delaying the podcast then presumably they have been told Sony are announcing something on Thursday? 


    I wouldn't be surprised if one of the three rumours was MLB The Show launching day one on the higher tier of Spartacus. 


    Maybe some of the launch games as well. Demon Souls?

  10. 2 hours ago, Siri said:

    You based in the UK, @Cyhwuhx?


    I been sniffing around some steam deck order date calculators, and there's a chance my unit will land during the bank holiday weekend, so I'll probably end up getting it the following Tuesday :facepalm:


    well, that's if the calculator isn't full of baloney and I'm getting it in June.

    How do those order calculator thingymabobs work? 


    If there's one in particular that's well regarded can you post a link? 

  11. 58 minutes ago, Strafe said:

    Environments and visuals look excellent, though the characters and lip syncing looks rather janky. I’ll get it if it reviews well. 

    I am not quite sure how they’ll get it running on switch without some serious limitations.



    I think the Switch version will end up being a cloud version of the game like Guardians of the Galaxy or Kingdom hearts. 

  12. Nice.


    I saw the video when he posted it and was going to try it out but my local health shop only had massive bags of potato starch in stock so gave it a miss.


    How messy is it compared to a more traditional fried chicken preparation? I like fried chicken but it's so messy to make.  

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