Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

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Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ETWhat It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

about X hours ago from
Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ETWhat It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

Top Of The Table – Counter Attack

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Top Of The Table – Counter Attack

One of my favorite things about the board gaming hobby is the way games explore such a wide array of concepts, themes, and genres. The constraint of abstraction that is necessary to reduce a situation into something that can be clearly articulated on the table breeds a fascinating array of results. For longtime tabletop enthusiasts, much of the joy of a new game is discovering the way the designers and artists have crafted something that "feels" like the concept or activity the game presents, whether that idea is Lovecraftian monsters or bird-watching

This week, we're looking at a sphere of board gaming that rarely gets attention – the sports board game. In this case, the game at hand is Counter Attack, a wonderful project that captures much of the excitement and tactical thrill of soccer. And to offer the thoughtful perspective on the game that it deserves, my colleague Matthew Kato stepped in to check out the game, and offer his take as a guest columnist. He's had many years of experience with an array of sports video games, and because we're played board games together as well, I knew he'd have something meaningful to share about exploring this meeting point between sports and tabletop fun. 

Here's what Matthew Kato had to say about Counter Attack.

Top Of The Table – Counter Attack

about X hours ago from
Top Of The Table – Counter Attack

One of my favorite things about the board gaming hobby is the way games explore such a wide array of concepts, themes, and genres. The constraint of abstraction that is necessary to reduce a situation into something that can be clearly articulated on the table breeds a fascinating array of results. For longtime tabletop enthusiasts, much of the joy of a new game is discovering the way the designers and artists have crafted something that "feels" like the concept or activity the game presents, whether that idea is Lovecraftian monsters or bird-watching

This week, we're looking at a sphere of board gaming that rarely gets attention – the sports board game. In this case, the game at hand is Counter Attack, a wonderful project that captures much of the excitement and tactical thrill of soccer. And to offer the thoughtful perspective on the game that it deserves, my colleague Matthew Kato stepped in to check out the game, and offer his take as a guest columnist. He's had many years of experience with an array of sports video games, and because we're played board games together as well, I knew he'd have something meaningful to share about exploring this meeting point between sports and tabletop fun. 

Here's what Matthew Kato had to say about Counter Attack.

The Outer Worlds Is Rough On Switch

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The Outer Worlds Is Rough On Switch

The Outer Worlds is wonderful. The RPG from developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division was one of the best and most talked about games when it launched on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. The companies partnered with the studio Virtuos to create a Switch port, which releases tomorrow, June 5. However, if you were waiting for the Switch version to check out The Outer Worlds, you may want to reconsider.

As you can see from the comparison video above, The Outer Worlds is not at its best on Switch, since the visuals and performance take a serious hit on the system. The textures, framerate, lighting, and more have been downgraded to run on the hardware. 

None of this is exactly surprising. At the same time, playing on Switch is better than not playing at all. The Outer Worlds still has great writing, interesting choices, and a delightfully twisted sense of humor. If you have no choice apart from Switch, then this port is worth playing. But if any other options are open to you, explore those instead.

The Outer Worlds Is Rough On Switch

about X hours ago from
The Outer Worlds Is Rough On Switch

The Outer Worlds is wonderful. The RPG from developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division was one of the best and most talked about games when it launched on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. The companies partnered with the studio Virtuos to create a Switch port, which releases tomorrow, June 5. However, if you were waiting for the Switch version to check out The Outer Worlds, you may want to reconsider.

As you can see from the comparison video above, The Outer Worlds is not at its best on Switch, since the visuals and performance take a serious hit on the system. The textures, framerate, lighting, and more have been downgraded to run on the hardware. 

None of this is exactly surprising. At the same time, playing on Switch is better than not playing at all. The Outer Worlds still has great writing, interesting choices, and a delightfully twisted sense of humor. If you have no choice apart from Switch, then this port is worth playing. But if any other options are open to you, explore those instead.

Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

about X hours ago from
Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming - 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET What It Is: Sony will finally pull back the curtain on its PlayStation 5 console. This digital presentation, which is said to last "a bit more than an hour" will focus on games of PlayStation 5. Sony says this is just a part of an ongoing series on PlayStation 5 and that even after this digital event, it will have a lot more to share.
Where To Watch: PlayStation on Twitch

Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

about X hours ago from
Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming - 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET What It Is: Sony will finally pull back the curtain on its PlayStation 5 console. This digital presentation, which is said to last "a bit more than an hour" will focus on games of PlayStation 5. Sony says this is just a part of an ongoing series on PlayStation 5 and that even after this digital event, it will have a lot more to share.
Where To Watch: PlayStation on Twitch

Which RPG Is Right For You?

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Which RPG Is Right For You?

RPGs are a hefty investment, requiring time and dedication to delve into their complex intricacies. With a myriad of choices and divergent styles, finding the right one can be overwhelming. We’re here to help. This article breaks down our recommendations into a slew of categories, each for what’s important to you in an RPG. Whether it’s combat, story, or a preferred subgenre, it’s covered. We tried to recommend more recent games where we could, but didn’t want to completely eschew beloved classics in case you were itching for something more nostalgic. Read more...

Which RPG Is Right For You?

about X hours ago from
Which RPG Is Right For You?

RPGs are a hefty investment, requiring time and dedication to delve into their complex intricacies. With a myriad of choices and divergent styles, finding the right one can be overwhelming. We’re here to help. This article breaks down our recommendations into a slew of categories, each for what’s important to you in an RPG. Whether it’s combat, story, or a preferred subgenre, it’s covered. We tried to recommend more recent games where we could, but didn’t want to completely eschew beloved classics in case you were itching for something more nostalgic. Read more...