Previously on This Week in Gaming… | Week of 10.20

Hey. Happy Tuesday. Here’s what happened on episode 28 of This Week in Gaming for the week of Friday, October 13 through Friday, October 20.

MIKE LAIDLAW LEAVES BIOWARE

Bioware’s Mike Laidlaw announced two weeks ago that he is leaving Bioware. Here’s his statement about it:

“It’s with a mix of emotions that I’m announcing my time with BioWare has ended. After 14 years and a chance to work on Jade Empire, Mass Effect and all things Dragon Age it’s time for me to move on.”

Laidlaw was a writer, designer and creative director for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. I found this news a little funny, because all the way back in May, we talked about Mike Laidlaw and the Dragon Age series – he had made a joke about how the Dragon Age series wasn’t over yet, because he still had a job and since he was the creative director, the outlook was good for him. We’ve since learned from another source that a new Dragon Age game is in the works, but Mike Laidlaw’s expertise will be missed, I’m sure.

 

SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY: SPEEDRUN

So, there’s a Super Mario Odyssey (for the Switch) demo in Targets these days, and… folks have started trying to speedrun it. In Target. In public. And they’re recording these speedruns with their smartphones and posting them on Youtube, and watching a couple is a great way to kill a bit of time. Here is the first ever speedrun, and the fastest speedrun time (so far) is embedded above.

So far, the fastest recorded time running Tostarena, the demo level, is 5:28.05. As someone who tried the demo a few weeks ago, that’s… impressive. It isn’t that the level is hard, it’s that those demo Joycons are incredibly beat-up and don’t respond 100% of the time. When I was trying the demo, I noticed that controlling Mario was like trying to drive a boat on land. Rough.

NINTENDO SWITCH UPDATES

Version 4.0.0 for the Nintendo Switch released this week, and here’s what it does:

  • Enables video capture for “select games”
  • Allows the ability to transfer user profiles and save data to a new console
  • Supports wireless (USB only, no bluetooth) headset support

The games supported are Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. Super Mario Odyssey will likely be added to this list of supported games. The video capture feature only captures the last 30 seconds of gameplay and saves it to the Switch’s album, where you can then select it, trim it, and upload it to wherever you’d like. Pretty cool! Not a perfect system, but improvements for the Switch seem to be rolling out steadily.

 

PIKACHU’S BIG BREAK

Small-time Youtuber Curtis Combs, 36, dressed up like a Pikachu and attempted to jump the White House fence this week. He was quickly taken down by secret service members and has been charged with unlawful entry. Combs told officers at the scene that he wanted to record his jumping the fence to upload it to Youtube and become famous. His first court date is November 9th. We wish him well. It takes a lot of guts to dress up like Pikachu and try to get into the White House.

 

GREAT DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Okay, hold your hats for this one, kids. Great Detective Pikachu, a very popular game from 2016 for the 3DS, is being adapted into a live-action film, done by Legendary Entertainment (so, it’s probably going to be really good). Folks like Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman (Gravity Falls creator and Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter, respectively) are going to be working on the script. So far, it’s looking really promising, right?

Well… there are some actors they’re currently considering for the role of Pikachu, who is going to be… fully voiced. Yes. Those actors are as follows: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, and… Hugh Jackman. Why these actors are being considered, I don’t think we’ll ever know. None of these actors have met with Legendary Entertainment yet, but hopefully this all works out great.

[Dwayne Johnson apparently dressed up like Pikachu back in April, so… now you have to look at this too]

POKEMON GO: HALLOWEEN

The Pokemon Go Halloween event began this past Friday, and brought with it a slew of generation 3 Pokemon – mostly the spooky ones, like Duskull, Banette, Sableye. The Halloween event lasts until 4PM EST on November 2nd, so you’ve got some time to get catching. 

IGN

IGN acquired Humble Bundle last week. Yeah, the gaming news source website has acquired a distribution system of cheap, often independently produced, games. This is a little worrying, because news sources should be unbiased, and it’s hard to predict if IGN will ever be able to be unbiased about a game that will be available as part of Humble Bundle. It’s something we’ll be keeping an eye on.

 

XBOX ONE

The Xbox One got a faster, smoother dashboard in an update last week. The navigation of the dashboard before was slow, clunky and disorganized – now, it’s streamlined and far better-looking. Check out Xbox’s website for some examples of the new dashboard. We at YeahDude don’t have our own Xbox One to play with, so let us know in the comments how you feel about it!

 

UBISOFT DID THEIR RESEARCH

Our last story for the week is my favorite one. Twitter user @Clazzaranius, whose name is Claire, has mostly translated the hieroglyphics seen in an Assassin’s Creed: Origins ad. Being a huge fan of archaeology, she saw the glyphs and set out to see exactly how many of them were legitimate. Did the designers just pick images that looked cool? Did they actually mean anything?

She discovered that the translations are, shockingly, fairly on point. At least, they mean something – it’s unknown how relevant they will be to the actual game at this point, but it’s really cool that they translate well and form a coherent thought. Here’s the image seen in the ad:

And here’s Claire’s translated version:

[Amun protect us, I give you offerings
May you travel the limits, justified
May you consider what is beneath you to have value
May our descendants not send away your blessings
We work by darkness to serve the light
Nothing is true. Everything is possible]
It’s very cool. It makes me very excited for the release of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which is this Friday, October 27th for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

 

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