Preview: ConnecTank

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Preview: ConnecTank

The Natsume Indies Program continues to churn out new and interesting games for Nintendo Switch. The latest, ConnecTank, is set to launch this fall and is bringing with it a quirky sense of humor and some very clever strategy gameplay. You can get your first look at the game in the trailer, below:

Let’s take a gander at the basic premise of ConnecTank:

ConnecTank is a 2D action-adventure game developed by YummyYummyTummy, Inc for 1-4 players that combines exciting tank battles with puzzle solving. In ConnecTank, players deliver packages for one of three Barons seeking to become the top Tycoon of New Pangea! Through innovative tank battle mechanics utilizing both skill and teamwork, players fight rival tanks to improve their existing tank or, once enough parts are collected, use new ones! Each mammoth sized tank comes with its own unique skills, strengths, and weaknesses, so choose wisely! With hundreds of missions, ever-changing powerups, and dozens of tanks to battle the possibilities are endless!

Round Table: E3 2021 Predictions

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Round Table: E3 2021 Predictions

E3 2021 is an all-digital affair, but that hasn’t stifled any of the excitement. Festivities are in full swing and everyone is wondering just what Nintendo has up its sleeve this year. With PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series already launched, Nintendo has an open path to wow fans and pundits with any number of potentially riveting announcements. What will we see? What won’t we see? The staff weighs in with its predictions!

I don’t expect to see Metroid Prime 4 beyond a wisp of a teaser at best, and at this point Bayonetta 3 is giving me Scalebound vibes. I am hoping for some interesting details from Breath of the Wild 2, but beyond that I’m without much hope for Nintendo sequels. As always, what I’d love to see but am not holding my breath for is a new Advance Wars (it has been 13 years), but my biggest hope is that Nintendo doesn’t try to coast another year on ports of old games. Nintendo, please, do something new. Bring back the experimentation of the DS and Wii era. Don’t just cede the space to indie devs.

Bits & Bytes: E3

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Bits & Bytes: E3

My first E3 was in 2014. I referred to it at the time as a bucket-list item officially checked off. Seven years later, I still look back incredibly fondly at that first trip. My scheme for getting to E3 was simple: a hotel cost too much money, so take a redeye train to Los Angeles (where the convention is traditionally held) and get to the expo right as it opens. Spend the day exploring the show, try out the games, then in the evening reverse the process and get back home to the Bay Area early the next day. At 10 PM, I found myself boarding an enormous Amtrak Thruway bus on my way down south.

Bits & Bytes: E3

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Bits & Bytes: E3

Bits & Bytes is a weekly column where Editor-in-Chief Robert shares his thoughts about video games and the industry on a lazy Sunday. Light reading for a day of rest, Bits & Bytes is short (except this week), to the point, and something to read with a nice drink.

My first E3 was in 2014. I referred to it at the time as a bucket-list item officially checked off. Seven years later, I still look back incredibly fondly at that first trip. My scheme for getting to E3 was simple: a hotel cost too much money, so take a redeye train to Los Angeles (where the convention is traditionally held) and get to the expo right as it opens. Spend the day exploring the show, try out the games, then in the evening reverse the process and get back home to the Bay Area early the next day. At 10 PM, I found myself boarding an enormous Amtrak Thruway bus on my way down south.

Nintendo Switch Digital Deals Sale Begins Tuesday

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Nintendo Switch Digital Deals Sale Begins Tuesday

Nintendo is coming out swinging this coming Tuesday, June 15. Not only will there be a Nintendo Direct broadcast that morning at 9 AM PST, but there will also be a flurry of sales to look forward to. The Nintendo Switch Digital Deals sale will provide discounts on select games of up to 50 percent off.

The #NintendoSwitch Digital Deals event goes live on Tuesday, 6/15! Stop by Nintendo eShop starting at 10am PT for some big savings on hundreds of games. pic.twitter.com/kKpVR0boyN

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 10, 2021

Here’s The Full E3 Broadcasting Lineup

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Here’s The Full E3 Broadcasting Lineup

E3 is less than a week away and with it will come a whole host of panels and presentations to partake in. With that in mind, here’s the list of everything to look forward to. Note that all times are Pacific Standard Time:

The fun begins this Saturday, June 12 at 10 AM PST with the Broadcast Pre-Show! Don’t forget that on Tuesday, June 15 at 9 AM PST Nintendo will be conducting its E3 Direct showcase. So much to see! So exciting! What are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments and on social media!

Source: E3 Twitter Page

$12 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Capcom For Copyright Infringement

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$12 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Capcom For Copyright Infringement

Recently, Capcom was the victim of a data leak. The ransomware breach occurred in November of 2020 and a bevy of private information and files were spilled onto the world wide web for all to see. Judy A. Juracek, a designer, came to find that mixed among the various bits of data floating around were a number of her photographs used across a range of Capcom video games. From Resident Evil 4 to Devil May Cry, hi-res image files had been seemingly pulled from the CD-ROM version of her 1996 book, Surfaces, for a myriad of different purposes. Here is an example of one of the over 200 alleged unauthorized appropriations of Juracek’s work:

As the diagram (courtesy of VGC) illustrates, the texture that fills the “4” in the Resident Evil 4 logo appears to be lifted directly from image G079, which is a closeup photo of shattered glass. There are multiple other images that Juracek has assembled offering similar examples and, unless this is all one massive coincidence, it looks like there is credence to her claims. Indeed, some of the image files from the Capcom leak even share the exact same file name as their counterparts in the Surfaces CD. Juracek is seeking $12 million in damages. She is also asking for between $2,500 to $25,000 in additional monies for each photo that was utilized without permission.

Sunblaze Is A Brutal Platformer Inspired By Celeste

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Sunblaze Is A Brutal Platformer Inspired By Celeste

A trend of the past decade, if not longer, has been indie studios gracing fans with the sort of brutal, over-the-top platformers that most AAA devs don’t seem interested in making. Celeste is a great example of this, brining tough-as-nails gameplay alongside a delightful and poignant narrative. This game is what’s serving as inspiration for Games From Earth and Bonus Stage Publishing’s platformer Sunblaze, which you can get a look at in this trailer:

What can we expect from Sunblaze? Let’s see what the studio has to say:

SUNBLAZE is a mind-bending 2D precision platformer inspired by Celeste. With a deep emphasis on solving witty
puzzles the game might cause massive brain growth, but has also proven to be dangerous for your controller. Lead
the main character Josie through a superhero training room operated by her retired superhero dad, but beware!
The room is going rogue, and attempts keep you trapped inside forever. Dash through over 700 handcrafted levels
and keep dying for hours and hours!

G FUEL Unveils New Tetris Blast Flavor

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G FUEL Unveils New Tetris Blast Flavor

G FUEL is an energy drink designed especially for video game players. Sold as a powder and in cans, G FUEL is notable for being sugar free and containing a proprietary mix of antioxidants and other ingredients to help players focus and remain energized. Now, G FUEL has partnered with the folks at Tetris to deliver a new flavor for fans to enjoy. Tetris Blast boasts “bursting rainbow candy flavor and attention-grabbing packaging,” according to the press release, and is available right now at select Sheetz stores and online.

Tetris Blast comes in a variety of different quantities, but perhaps the coolest way to get a hold of the new flavor is via the special collector’s box that’s available. It comes in gorgeous Tetris-themed packaging with a 40-serving tub and one 16 oz. shaker cup. The cup in particular is awesome, the perfect accessory for Tetris fans with a penchant for keeping up with their health. You can order Tetris Blast at this link. Will you be getting a tub? Tell us in the comments and on social media!

Source: G FUEL Press Release

Book Club: Press Reset: Ruin And Recovery In The Video Game Industry

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Book Club: Press Reset: Ruin And Recovery In The Video Game Industry

Book Club is where we take a look at books about the video game industry and its creators, offering our impressions and insights regarding the writing within. Part review, part reflection, Book Club is a great way to find something new to read about all of our favorite pastime.

Order a copy of Press Reset here.

I want to avoid hyperbole as I type this, but I don’t think that I’m being overly dramatic by saying that Jason Schreier’s latest work, Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry, is one of the most important books about the video game industry published in the past few years. Press Reset is a glimpse into the closures of several notable video game development studios in recent times. From Dead Space dev Visceral to BioShock masterminds Irrational, there have been many a notable shuttering of development houses that fans will undoubtedly have been curious about. As Schreier delves into the “why” behind what caused them to close he uncovers not just the nuts-and-bolts logistics of their stories, but also the brutal system of inefficiency and greed that is to blame.