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Response to a Vancouver Sun letter about video games and violence

In light of recent events, video games have been thrust into the spotlight once again. As the parade of individuals in elected office, the media and elsewhere begin pointing fingers at digital entertainment as a quick and easy method to distract the concerned public, it becomes clear many of them pass misinformation along to feel better themselves or resolve some sort of internal conflict they have.

As I was reading the Vancouver Sun this morning before getting ready for work, I spotted a letter from Doris Reidweg in Langley that called out violent video games as the source for three murders that occurred in northern British Columbia in July 2019. I won’t go into details about the murders, but the this particular letter, it’s tone and subject really caught my eye.

Now, I know newspapers won’t let subscribers publish full length essays due to publishing constraints, space, and other limitations, so it’s hard to determine the complete picture Doris is trying to make with her brief statement. But, here was an opinion that blatantly called out video games as the root cause behind the reprehensible actions of two teenage males that put a huge part of Canada on edge. With the recent information that these two males did not survive their cross-country flight from the authorities, it will be difficult assess why two tourists and a university lecturer were murdered.

Because we don’t have that information, the media (and others) are forced to glean as many details as possible from family, friends, the community, social media profiles and other sources in order to assemble it in such away that makes a picture to provide better insight and reasoning. Of course, during this information gathering process, emotions can run high, people get concerned of what they find and jump to conclusions. And should someone have an online account for a game, it’s fairly certain someone is going to draw a line between the heinous act and a game itself as a definitive conclusion. When one person blames video games, most everyone turn into a flock of sheep and follow the “leader”, confirming their claim. It happens every time and will continue to happen.

Yes, there are some graphic games out there on the market. Yes, some of them do show gruesome scenes, and yes, some of them are excessive and over the top. But, there is something people quickly forget about video games: they are not real. They do not mimic the complex functions of handling a real gun. Anyone who has held a gun and played a video game knows that. But that’s lost on the general public; it’s just so much easier to say “he played Grand Theft Auto, so it’s the video game’s fault he did this!”. Have suspects in other events played video games? Quite probably. But there’s a bigger underlying picture, with video games (or any other media or propaganda) being one piece of the larger puzzle. There are so many questions that will go unanswered after this, and it’s important we don’t pervert the questions that are answered easily with knee-jerk reactions and emotions.

Everyone needs to take a step back, let the police and officials conduct their investigations fully and respect those affected by these tragic crimes by not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. This is not to defend the actions taken by suspects (or anyone else for that matter), but rather to focus on the facts instead of feelings. If you don’t like video games, that’s fine, but to pass out misinformation because of your dislike for this medium is misguided and dangerous. There are many out there who play video games and continue to lead constructive, positive lives, much to the detriment of newspaper letter writers like Doris.

Nintendo announces new Smash Bros. DLC, Animal Crossing, and other titles for E3 2019

Nintendo held their live-streaming Nintendo Direct presentation this morning at 9:00 am PDT as this year’s E3 kicked off. The event included plenty of announcements and surprises for new and existing titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Two new fighters were revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Hero from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and much requested Banjo and Kazooie from the Banjo and Kazooie franchise. Hero becomes available in the summer, with Banjo and Kazooie in the fall of 2019.

Luigi and his friends take a much needed vacation at a fancy hotel, but this hotel caters to a specific type of ghastly guest. Infested with ghosts, Luigi dusts of his trusty Poltergust in search of his friends and to rid the resort of its renegade creatures in Luigi’s Mansion 3. This title will be available later in 2019.

Luigi's Mansion 3 E3 2019

Luigi is caught off-guard by King Boo in Luigi’s Mansion 3.

More visuals for the remastered The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening were unveiled, including the ability to create custom dungeons to explore and acquire new items from. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is available on September 20th, 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening E3 2019

Link climbs the steps to the Wind Fish’s egg in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

While Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t be available until March 20th, 2020, the preview was enough to turn everything about the series upside down. Taking place on a deserted island, the player must build themselves up from nothing and take advantage of the services the crafty Tom Nook provides (and charges for). Players can now place items outside, build paths, create tools, and more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons E3 2019

You can now place objects outside of your home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

No new information was released regarding Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, as there was a Pokémon Direct video held last week. The Pokéball Plus accessory is compatible, however it won’t function as a controller, but can hold a Pokémon when travelling, or going on a walk.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield E3 2019

Trainers battle a Gyarados with Dynamax in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

At the very end, a brief clip revealed a follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works.

Other titles and franchises mentioned during the live-stream include:

  • ASTRAL CHAIN – August 30, 2019
  • Cadence of Hyrule~ Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda~ – June 13, 2019
  • DAEMON X MACHINA
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 – July 12, 2019
  • DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition – September 27, 2019
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – July 26, 2019
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order – July 19, 2019
  • Super Mario Maker 2 – June 28, 2019
  • Alien: Isolation – TBA 2019
  • CONTRA ROGUE CORPS – September 24, 2019
  • Dauntless – Late 2019
  • Dead By Daylight – September 24, 2019
  • Empire of Sin – Spring 2020
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong – TBA
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – November 2019
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale – Fall 2019
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – September 20, 2019
  • No More Heroes 3 – TBA 2020
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake – Winter 2019
  • Resident Evil 5 – Fall 2019
  • Resident Evil 6 – Fall 2019
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics – TBA 2019
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Fall 2019
  • The Sinking City – Fall 2019
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition – TBA 2019
  • TRIALS OF MANA – Early 2020
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood – July 26, 2019

If you missed the event this morning, you can watch it below.

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo announces Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for Switch

During an early morning Pokémon Direct video, Nintendo unveiled the titles of the two new games in the franchise coming to the Nintendo Switch: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Set in the Galar region that is reminiscent of the United Kingdom, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield introduces three new partner Pokémon to start with: grass-based Grookey, fire-based Scorbunny, or water-based Sobble.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield starters

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, your partners in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are expected to launch simultaneously in late 2019.

Source: YouTube

Reggie Fils-Aime to retire as president of Nintendo of America

If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’ve probably seen Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime in Nintendo Direct videos, at events across the United States or at E3, promoting the latest amiibo, systems or games, or at least remember the meme “my body is ready”.

Today, Nintendo released a video announcing the retirement of Fils-Aime, who has worked at the gaming company for over 15 years, with the last 13 as its president. On April 15th, 2019, he will transfer the reins over to Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa), who currently serves as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

Fils-Aime is retiring to spend to more time with his family.

A Message from Reggie

Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look.

Posted by Nintendo on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Source: Facebook

Xbox Live to increase supported platforms

Microsoft is working to expand the platforms its Xbox Live service supports, from its Xbox consoles to games on Android and iOS devices, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

Based on the information available, Microsoft wants to take its online service to rival devices, allowing gamers to login and play compatible titles on competing systems as well as manage their profile and account information.

Xbox Live is currently available on the Xbox One console and Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft is expected to make a formal announcement at the Game Developers Conference in mid-March 2019.

Sources: GameSpot, The Verge

Nintendo Direct on Sept 6, 2018 for new Switch and 3DS titles

Editor’s Note: The Nintendo Direct is rescheduled to Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT / 6:00 pm EDT. The original date and time was postponed due to a serious earthquake in Hokkaido.

Tomorrow at 3:00 pm PDT/6:00 pm EDT, Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct live video to announce new titles for its Switch and 3DS consoles.

Nintendo Direct is the Japanese gaming company’s way of sharing updates on its hardware and software properties. Catch the video here on Thursday afternoon.

Source: YouTube

Relive the classics with the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo this weekend

Video games have come a long way in the last 40 years, and the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo aims to keep the love for the classics alive this Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

From 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, join other gamers for a chance to experience retro consoles, buy that long forgotten title and catch up on live entertainment and music. Learn how to make older consoles work on your new televisions, sample music made with 8-bit systems, test your knowledge with trivia and get an up close look at the fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype console from the early 90s.

Tickets for the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo are available online or at the door for $25.00. The Anvil Centre is a quick walk from the New Westminster SkyTrain station on the Expo Line.

Game-themed restaurant and bar EXP to close at end of June

Vancouver’s video game-inspired restaurant and bar, EXP, is closing down on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

According to a post on the EXP Facebook page, The landlord informed restaurant management that they must shut down at the end of June. Leading up to the closure, food and drinks are being discounted with the funds going to staff as thanks for their efforts.

So come on down and power up with a Triforce Burger (or sip a Pikachu’s Revenge) while you still can.

It’s hoped, that EXP may be given a 1-UP to re-open at another site.

Source: Facebook

The battle continues with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with massive playable roster

During this morning’s Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, Masahiro Sakurai, a director at Sora Ltd., introduced the latest title in the Super Smash Bros. franchise: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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Super Smash Bros. coming to Switch in 2018

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct shared a lot of information many gamers were aware of: Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2 content, and so on. However, host Yoshiaki Koizumi held onto the best at the end of the roughly half-hour presentation: Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018.

The clip picks up after the Splatoon 2 announcements, where two inklings square off in a messy paint battle, only for the screen to go dark. The inkling girl stops and looks up to see the Super Smash Bros. circular logo reflected in her eye as reflections of Mario and Link briefly appear.

Preceding the Super Smash Bros. clip, Nintendo unveiled some of their 2018 line-up for both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS consoles. Titles include:

Nintendo 3DS

  • WarioWare Gold – August 3rd, 2018
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers – May 24th, 2018
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey – TBA 2019
  • Detective Pikachu – March 23rd, 2018
  • Luigi’s Mansion – TBA 2018

Nintendo Switch

  • Kirby Star Allies – March 16th, 2018
  • Okami HD – Summer 2018
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – June 8th, 2018
  • Octopath Traveler – July 13th, 2018
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – TBA 2018
  • DARK SOULS: REMASTERED – May 25th, 2018
  • Mario Tennis Aces – June 22nd, 2018
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – July 13th, 2018
  • UNDERTALE – TBA
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – July 10th, 2018
  • Little Nightmares: Complete Edition – May 18th, 2018
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – April 24th, 2018
  • Splatoon 2 version 3.0 update – April 2018
  • Super Smash Bros. – TBA 2018

Source: Nintendo

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