There’s a new Clueless Gamer segment with Conan O’Brien from his TBS show, and he’s brought along comedian/actor Bill Hader (now on HBO’s Barry) to play through God of War. The pair aren’t enamored with the setup lore and Kratos’ relationship with son, Atreus, but they do show a SPOILER FOR THE GAME.

So, again, before you click on the video to laugh it up with these two, remember we warned you that THERE’S A SPOILER IN THE LAST TWO-AND-A-HALF MINUTES. The footage before then is taken from the beginning of the game.

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[Source: Team Coco] 

Meagan Marie, senior community manager at Crystal Dynamics and former Game Informer editor, has authored the book Women in Gaming: 100 Pioneers of Play, which is being published by Prima Games this November.

The book features profiles, interviews, essays, and professional advice from women past and present throughout the industry, including: Amy Hennig (director/writer of the Uncharted series), Jane Ng (senior game artist at Campo Santo), voice actor Ashly Burch (Horizon Zero Dawn), and many more.

The hardcover book is available November 6 for $24.99, and can be pre-ordered here.

[Source: Prima Games] 

 

Our Take
Congrats to Meagan for this huge accomplishment that will inspire women and young girls to join and contribute to the world of video games.

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Microsoft unveiled Minecraft’s upcoming Aquatic Update at last year’s Minecon event, showing off the expansion’s new undersea biomes, creatures (dolphins!), and tools. It’s still on track for a spring release, but it comes with a caveat: According to Microsoft, it’s the last major update for platforms that aren’t running on the game’s Java Edition or Bedrock Engine.

The update will first come to Xbox One, Switch (after a free update), Windows 10, and mobile. After that, it’s coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and the Vita. “With the exception of PlayStation 4 Edition, this will mark the last big effort to keep those editions up to date with our newer versions of the game,” reads a post on the official Minecraft site. According to the post, those legacy platforms only comprise five percent of active players, which prompted the studio to focus on where the current player base is.

[Source: Minecraft.net]

Game Informer’s Ben Hanson, Leo Vader, Javy Gwaltney, and Matt Bertz break down the latest Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer. Elise Favis joins the podcast to talk about her time playing Eidos-Montreal’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Brian Shea talks about his six hours with State of Decay 2 on Xbox One. Then Kyle Hilliard talks about replaying Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Nintendo Switch and more. After some great community emails, we discuss and spoil the second half of Sony Santa Monica’s God of War for the PlayStation 4.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 397 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

1:25 – Red Dead Redemption 2
13:45 – City of Brass
15:45 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider
25:20 – State of Decay 2
39:15 – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
44:00 – Beat Saber
48:20 – Fortnite Season 4
50:40 – Community emails
1:26:43 – God of War GI Game Club Part 2

In the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, former Game Freak designer Atsuko Nishida explained the origins of one of the most recognized mascots around the world that she designed.

People have noticed that, over time, Pikachu has definitely thinned out from his original chubby incarnation to one that more closely resembles that of a mouse, which makes sense. Pikachu, since the original Red and Green titles on the Gameboy, has been labeled in the Pokedex as an electric mouse. It turns out this only happened after Nishida originally designed him.

“At that time, I was really into squirrels,” Nishida, told Yomiuri in a post translated by Kotaku, “so I wanted the character to have puffy cheeks. Squirrel tails are cute (so I wanted it to have a tail). However, I wanted the character to have a lightning element, so I made it shaped like lightning.”

Nishida explained that the Pokemon’s iconic cheeks were based on the way a squirrel stuffed its face with food and its cheeks expanded, thus Pikachu did the same with electricity. Game Freak founder Satoshi Tajiri took the Pikachu name and classified the Pokemon as a mouse type, making it the world famous electric rodent.

It does seem like Game Freak has played with these ideas again, though, between the electric squirrel Pachirisu and the electric mouse Dedenne. 

[Source: Yomiuri via Kotaku]

In an interview with EPN TV, Eidos Montreal studio head David Anfossi stated that the Xbox One X version of Shadow of the Tomb Raider would run at “4K and 60FPS” on Xbox One X, which would be a massive accomplishment that very few games of that level of fidelity hit on consoles. Turns out, he misspoke.

The studio sent a statement to Windows Central clarifying what Anfossi meant. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will not run 60 FPS while in 4K. To allow for a more customized gameplay experience, the game will include two visual modes: ‘4K Resolution’ which runs in 4K resolution at 30 FPS, and ‘High Resolution’ which is targeting 1080p at 60 FPS. Both modes will feature a wide variety of additional enhancements such as HDR, improved physically-based rendering, hardware tessellation, anisotropic filtering, additional dynamic foliage, and more.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is scheduled for a September 14 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can listen to Elise talk about her time playing the game on the latest GI Show or read six things she learned playing the title here.

What do you tend to prioritize when playing a game, framerate or resolution? Let us know below in the comments!

 

Our Take
Lots of games lately are offering the option between framerate and resolution, so I am not at all surprised Tomb Raider is also making that split. I wonder if next-gen will be targeting 4K/60FPS from the getgo or developers will always opt for more effects instead.

Celine Dion, the Canadian singer probably best known for performing the theme to the movie Titanic, has lent her voice to Deadpool 2‘s official soundtrack with her song Ashes.

The video, which you can find below, has Dion crooning a haunting ballad about power and returning to the fight while someone in a Deadpool outfit, who I really want to assume is Ryan Reynolds, dances alongside her on stage. Make sure you stick around after the singing is over.

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Deadpool 2 releases in theaters on May 18.

The Video Game Hall of Fame, run by The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, has announced that Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider, John Madden Football, and Spacewar are being honored with inductions to the museum.

Spacewar is by far the oldest game on the list, coming out in 1962. The game was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a PDP-1 minicomputer. The title has the distinction of all the inductees of not being a commercial product, but rather an experimental and foundational step for creating and designing interactive entertainment.

John Madden Football is being inducted for its 1990 release on Sega Genesis after being rebooted from the earlier PC title. The game is being inducted for its major success and the way it revolutionized iterative titles over a large amount of time.

Tomb Raider’s 1996 changed the way people played action adventure titles and helped define how developers used 3D space in game development.

Final Fantasy VII’s 1997 release changed the way cinematic games were developed. The title brought Japanese RPGs mainstream, selling ten million copies up from the previous game’s three million. Characters from the game are commonly recognized and well-loved even today.

When a game is inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, it is placed on permanent display on The Strong Museum’s second floor. A full list of games in the hall of fame can be found here.

 

Our Take
It speaks volumes that three of the games being inducted have either new titles or remakes in development currently. 

News just broke that a glitch exposed a “substantial number” of Twitter users’ passwords on Twitter’s internal network. According to Reuters, an internal investigation has shown no sign that the passwords have leaked beyond the network but the company is urging users to change their passwords anyway.

So, yeah, if you use this platform, you should change up your password nowish.

[Source: Twitter via Reuters]