December 2023 Blog Posts (19)

Legendary Nintendo Director Shigeru Miyamoto More Concerned With 'Falling Over' Than Retiring

Nintendo has seen a handful of internal changes in its presidency and development department, with many of these throughout the lifespan of the Nintendo Switch. One of the constants over the last twenty years has always been the man labeled as the father of Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario, Shigeru…


Added by Mike Lind on December 31, 2023 at 3:30pm — No Comments

PS5 Exclusive Action Game 'Stellar Blade' Officially Confirmed To Be Delayed

It appears that an anticipated PlayStation game will have to wait a little longer to see its official release date. In a PlayStation.Blog post update highlighting next year's anticipated…


Added by Mike Lind on December 30, 2023 at 11:27am — No Comments

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games January 2024

The new year is rolling around, and PlayStation Plus is bringing their free games for subscribers of the Essential, Plus and Extra tiers across the PlayStation family of consoles. Exclusively for the PlayStation 5, Asobo Studio's RPG stealth action game, A Plague Tale: Requiem. For the PS5 and PS4, the action shooter Nobody Saves The…


Added by Mike Lind on December 27, 2023 at 10:27am — No Comments

Playing Super Mario Odyssey Can Reduce Symptoms Of Depression, Study Finds

Along with being fun, video games are also an easy outlet for stress and a chance to relax. Since the medium has become the most popular form of entertainment on the planet, increasing in engagement since the latter part of the 2000's, studies over the years have been conducted to research its effects on us. A recent result from a test has provided…


Added by Mike Lind on December 26, 2023 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Xbox 360 And PS3 Servers For Dark Souls II Planned To Be Shut Down In 2024

FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have made an announcement that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 servers March 31st 2024, two weeks after the 10 year anniversary of its release date. Armored Core: Verdict Day's servers will also be decommissioned on the same day. 

Due to aging of the servers, online services for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of…


Added by Mike Lind on December 24, 2023 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Massive Data Breach Reveals 10 Years Of Insomniac's Planned Projects, Including X-Men Game

December 19th saw a hacker team known as Rhysida steal a large chunk of information from PlayStation developer Insomniac Games, the team behind Marvel's Spider-Man 2. According to a…


Added by Mike Lind on December 19, 2023 at 9:00pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Devil May Cry (PlayStation 2)

Action video games were coming to an impasse. They were showing a good deal of progress, but still had some technical hurdles to overcome. Stuff like Syphon Filter was showing promise, but when it came to melee combat, it still felt a touch off. Enter Hideki Kamiya, the fastest block button on social media, who had been working with Capcom since the…


Added by Mike Lind on December 19, 2023 at 7:30am — No Comments

New PlayStation Patent Could Automatically Adjust Game Difficulty Based On Player's Skill

In recent years, the discussion about video game difficulty has become a contentious topic that has mostly divided journalists, fans, and the "hardcore gamer". "Should developers at Fromsoftware add difficulty sliders to their titles?", for instance. While hypotheticals like that are a small example, it may be something Sony has expressed interest in…


Added by Mike Lind on December 17, 2023 at 9:30am — No Comments

Falcom Expresses Wishes To Bring Trails In The Sky Trilogy To Modern Consoles

Longtime Japanese publisher/developer Nihon Falcom is known domestically and internationally for their long-running role-playing game Legend of Heroes series, which has gained considerable popularity among RPG fans in recent years. The Trails line of games are a part of the larger Legend of Heroes series, which has its origins back in 1984 with the…


Added by Mike Lind on December 16, 2023 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Embracer Group Confirms Timesplitters Developer Free Radical Is Shutting Down

More corporate fat trimming from Swedish games and media holdings company Embracer Group, who continues to show the repercussions of their grand amassing of developers and publishers in recent years. The latest casualty of their self-inflicted…


Added by Mike Lind on December 12, 2023 at 8:04am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Wrath Of The Black Manta (NES)

Few things can go wrong with ninjas, they can make almost anything better. And in video games, the black (or purple) clad assassins that were ubiquitous. Ninja Gaiden is always a…


Added by Mike Lind on December 12, 2023 at 7:30am — No Comments

'The Day Before' Studio Fntastic Announces Shutdown Only Days After Early Access Launch

Dark days for development studio Fntastic, whose incredibly lengthy delay of their survival horror MMO The Day Before has seen its fate sealed. In a statement posted on Twitter/X, the team has announced that they will be closing down, due to the game's financial failure and poor reception. This news follows less than a week after its launch, along…


Added by Mike Lind on December 11, 2023 at 11:58am — No Comments

Free Games Update | Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Additions For Nintendo 64

Some free games coming by way of the Nintendo Switch Online Service, with the additions to the Nintendo 64 catalog. Subscribers to the Expansion Pack will have access to three quality titles, which are popular among fans of the platform. From Rare, the third person shooter Jet Force Gemini. From developer Natsume, Harvest Moon 64. And shred the…


Added by Mike Lind on December 8, 2023 at 5:39pm — No Comments

SEGA Revives Dormant Franchises Shinobi, Crazy Taxi, And Jet Set Radio

During the 2023 Game Awards, Sega made quite a statement during the presentations. In their trailer POWER SURGE, Sega Reveal, the developer/publisher showcased teasers, marking a return of a handful of dormant intellectual properties. Names like Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe, Shinobi, and Streets of Rage were noted and announced as "in…


Added by Mike Lind on December 8, 2023 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Pokémon + Higround Collection Releases December

A much anticipated limited edition drop of keyboard, mousepads and a jelly bag are on their way to the Higround website on December 8.

The lookbook boasts 10 keyboard designs, six XL mousepads…


Added by Gina Wilkolak on December 7, 2023 at 7:01am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Dead Or Alive 2 (Sega Dreamcast)

The first Dead or Alive made quite the splash in the fighting game circles, making it quite the surprise hit that put Tecmo back into video game relevance, as well as fitting in nicely in the burgeoning era of 3D tournament fighters. Tomonobu Itagaki's baby caught the world by surprise. A few years later, a sequel would capitalize on the success of…


Added by Mike Lind on December 5, 2023 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Official Gamelay Trailer For Contra: Operation Galuga

Konami has partnered again with developer/publisher WayForward to produce the newest entry in the legendary run-n-gun platformer Contra: Operation Galuga. Fans and enthusiasts now have their first thorough look at the gameplay and the characters.The Contra veteran duo of Bill Rizer and Lance Bean will be joined by Lucia, Probotector, the heavy-armed…


Added by Mike Lind on December 4, 2023 at 9:27am — No Comments

Nintendo's Switch Successor May Be Capable Of Running Series X And PS5-level Games, Insider Says

Contrast to Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has always found their success stepping outside the boundaries of the standard means of hardware development. While speculation of the Nintendo Switch's success was largely skeptical once its specs were revealed (such as running on a modified Tegra X1, which was not capable of producing high-end games on par…


Added by Mike Lind on December 4, 2023 at 8:00am — No Comments

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games December 2023

With the holidays just weeks away, PlayStation Plus' video game downloads have been revealed for subscribers of the service to sample through. If you're a member of Essential, Extra, and the Premium tiers, they'll all be available to you between the PlayStation family of consoles. 

Exclusively for the PS5, the open world exploration title from…


Added by Mike Lind on December 2, 2023 at 5:32am — No Comments

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