Mike Lind's Blog – May 2023 Archive (22)

Free Games Update | Xbox games With Gold June 2023

Now it's the official reveal of June's offering for the Games With Gold program on the Xbox platform. Subscribers can look forward to Adios (developed by Mischief Studios), a cinematic first-person game about sticking to a complicated decision. And from developers Falling Squirrel and Creative Byte Studios, the unique 3D audio-based action adventure…


Added by Mike Lind on May 31, 2023 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games June 2023

As the scorching summer rolls in, it's time to roll in some hot games coming to the PlayStation Plus subscription service on the Plus, Extra, and Premium tiers. All three games are coming to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 platforms. From Take-Two, hit the hardwood with today's basketball stars in NBA 2K23. Build your…


Added by Mike Lind on May 31, 2023 at 12:57pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 (PlayStation 2)

Whenever the question arises about which company ruled the arcades, the long-term answer might be Sega, just because of the longevity. However, when it comes to the higher highs, I feel it goes to Konami. A series like Dance Dance Revolution capitalized on the last saving throw for the worldwide appeal of arcades, and brought the experience home for…


Added by Mike Lind on May 30, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

Nintendo Blocks Development Team From Adding Wii/GameCube Emulator 'Dolphin' To Steam

Score another victory for Big N under the fight against emulation, which in recent years has become a contentious topic among the gaming community. This win comes in the form of postponing the Dolphin Emulator (software that allows the play of GameCube and Nintendo Wii games) from launching on Steam. On the Dolphin website, a short statement was made…


Added by Mike Lind on May 29, 2023 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Free Games For June 2023: Titles Confirmed For Day One Access On Game Pass

As of this writing, the Games With Gold announcement has not rolled out. That doesn't mean that new titles aren't rolling out on the Xbox Game Pass platform. Beginning June 1st subscribers will have three new games to look forward to heading to the digital platform. 

From developer Big Z Studios, Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengeance of…


Added by Mike Lind on May 28, 2023 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Naughty Dog Slowing Down Production On The Last Of Us Multiplayer Game

The Last of Us is a console mover and a top seller for the PlayStation brand and raised Naughty Dog's portfolio as one of western gaming's top developers. On top of a remake of the first game being confirmed in the works, they also announced production of an online game within the universe. However, it turns out that complications are putting a halt,…


Added by Mike Lind on May 26, 2023 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Sega Lays Off Over 120 Employees At Relic Entertainment

Relic Entertainment, formerly known as THQ Canada, has released a statement addressing that over 100 employees will be laid off by Sega Europe, their parent company. This announcement comes three months to the day after the release of Company of Heroes 3, citing "external factors negatively impacting the wider industry". 



Added by Mike Lind on May 24, 2023 at 12:02am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT - Did Eternal Champions Deserve Better? (Sega Mega Drive)

The case of Eternal Champions was an interesting one, the more I look back on it. Pushed by a strong advertising campaign, which saw promotions from 7-Eleven slurpee drinks to comic books, the game stood out from the pack of Mortal Kombat knockoffs that flooded the market during the early 90's. Other than an enhanced version for the Sega CD and two…


Added by Mike Lind on May 23, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

Disney To Remove 50+ Movies And TV Shows From Disney Plus And Hulu

In a shake-up of content management, Disney chief financial adviser Christine McCarthy has stated they are going to be reviewing product and making reevaluations across the streaming services, according to…


Added by Mike Lind on May 22, 2023 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Five Nights At Freddy's Movie Trailer

After almost a decade, amidst a regular string of delays and development roadblocks, the Five Nights at Freddy's film will finally see the silver screen. The video game sensation that became a global hit in 2014 will hit theaters this October, and also will be streaming on Peacock. Produced by Blumhouse (M3gan, The Invisible Man),…


Added by Mike Lind on May 20, 2023 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Mortal Kombat '1' Release Date Slated For The Fall

Neatherrealm Studios revealed one of the worst kept secrets, the newest game in the longstanding Mortal Kombat series. Following the events of Mortal Kombat 11, where Fire God Liu Kang, gaining control of time, has forged a new resurgent universe, following the defeat of Kronika. Liu Kang and Kitana are aware that humans will still commit…


Added by Mike Lind on May 18, 2023 at 11:16pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT - Dead Or Alive (Sony PlayStation)

Towards the mid-90's, the rise of 3D fighting games was rapidly reaching its zenith, with Sega's global juggernaut, Virtua Fighter, leading the charge with the success of Virtua Fighter 2, which improved in every area. The gameplay was faster, the controls sharper, and the ability to render detailed polygons was leaps and bounds over the original.…


Added by Mike Lind on May 16, 2023 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Sharp Manufacturing LCD Displays For A 'New Console', Raising Nintendo Switch Successor Speculations

It's time for another bout of guessing when, not if, a new Nintendo platform is officially announced in the works. The world remains waiting for something to be confirmed, but some recent developments (quite literally) have sparked some…


Added by Mike Lind on May 13, 2023 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Bungie Earns Victory In Case Against Multiple Destiny 2 Cheaters, Files Claim Against Ban Evader

Throughout the course of this week, Destiny 2 developer Bungie scored some wins against users manipulating software to gain advantages in gameplay. One of the victories involved would-be defendant Kunal Bunsal, the runner of the website LaviCheats, not showing up to court,…


Added by Mike Lind on May 12, 2023 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Mortal Kombat Teaser Indicates A Release Date Announcement

The Mortal Kombat Twitter account released a rather cryptic video of a ticking clock, indicating the potential announcement of a new entry. In the video, the hand begins at 9 and makes its way to 12. However, it never actually lands on the 12. There's static interference, and the hand skips over to 1. Very peculiar. …


Added by Mike Lind on May 11, 2023 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Sylvie Paula Paula Returns to King Of Fighters XV

Announced during SNK's rollout of their season two DLC road map, the underground street fighter makes her way back to the KOF tournament. Nicknamed "The Late-Blooming Blitz Eyeie", Sylvie debuted in King of Fighters XIV at the special request of former tournament benefactor and host Antonov, teaming with Kukri and Mian. 

Sylvie was a popular…


Added by Mike Lind on May 10, 2023 at 10:47pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT - Skate Or Die! (NES)

"If you expect the worst, you'll never be disappointed"

                                                               - Sarah Dessin, Lock and Key

I'm afraid if I go any lower with my bar after trying to leach something from Skate or Die!, I'll hit the mantle. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy playing bad video games because they give me a…


Added by Mike Lind on May 9, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

Final Fantasy XVI Currently BANNED In Saudi Arabia For Not Censoring The Game

Final Fantasy XVI hits stores worldwide in a little more than a month away, however, one country is inhibiting its upcoming release, by order of its government. Saudi Arabia's General Commission for Audiovisual Media has announced a ban on Square Enix's latest entry in its storied role-playing game franchise.



Added by Mike Lind on May 5, 2023 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Phil Spencer States: 'We Not In The Business Of Out-Consoling Sony Or Out-Consoling Nintendo'

This generation of Xbox consoles have seen a stronger start than the Xbox One, which followed the widely successful Xbox 360. Sitting at 18 million console sales for the Xbox Series X|S family of platforms, Microsoft has endured a share of problems with consistent first-run software to keep at the pace of the PlayStation 5, which has sold over 32…


Added by Mike Lind on May 5, 2023 at 1:21am — No Comments

Modus Games Announce New Game, Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise Of The Dragons

The modern wave of brawler games continue. Following the success of the River City Girls series, Streets of Rage 4, and the critically acclaimed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, two of the grandfathers of the arcade beat'em up genre, Billy and Jimmy Lee mark another return to modern day platforms. Publisher Modus games and…


Added by Mike Lind on May 3, 2023 at 5:55pm — No Comments

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