The Update for week ending 11th July 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week , we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Summer Games Done Quick raises nearly $1.3 Million

Summer Games Done Quick closed on Saturday with nearly $1.3 million donated, again setting a record for the midyear edition of the week-long speedrunning festival.

The final tally stands at $1,297,924.44 raised from 22,840 donors. That is slightly more than the $1.2 million the event pulled in last year. Like last year, the money will go to Doctors Without Borders.

Summer Games Done Quick featured 177 speedruns. The bonkers Pepsiman speedrun (it was an advergame exclusive to Japan on the original PlayStation) can be watched below; the remainder of the runs are archived on Games Done Quick’s YouTube channel.

Games Done Quick’s next event will be the flagship Awesome Games Done Quick running at the beginning of 2017.

2)Resident Evil 4 coming to PS4 and Xbox One this August

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Resident Evil 4, one of the most acclaimed games of all time, will arrive Aug. 30, publisher Capcom announced this week.

That’s a few weeks earlier than expected — when Capcom announced its plans for current-generation versions of Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6, the company said it would release the oldest game’s port this fall.

The other two are already available: Resident Evil 6 launched on PS4 and Xbox One at the end of March, while Resident Evil 5 arrived last week. Like those ports, the current-generation versions of Resident Evil 4 will cost $19.99 in North America, €19.99 in Europe and £15.99 in the U.K.

Resident Evil 4 tells the story of Leon Kennedy’s mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the president’s daughter, who has apparently been kidnapped by a Spanish cult known as Los Illuminados. The game debuted in 2005 on GameCube and then PlayStation 2, and marked a turning point in the third-person shooter genre with its over-the-shoulder camera.

The PS4 and Xbox One ports of Resident Evil 4 will come with all of the original game’s bonus content, as well as elements that Capcom added in later versions. That includes the side story featuring Ada Wong, which was first released in the game’s PS2 port, and the Mercenaries mode.

1)Pokemon Go delayed in UK and EU

The new AR mobile title is now playable in the US, New Zealand and Australia, but remains unavailable to download from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes in the UK.

Niantic had confirmed earlier in the week that the Pokemon Go release date in the UK, as well as other countries around the world, was set to start in the days ahead.

However, this has now been changed and the official Pokemon Go release date for the UK and the EU moved further into the future.

Niantic president, John Hanke, has confirmed that the Pokemon Go UK rollout on the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes has been halted temporarily.

This is due to the fact that the game has been hit by server issues in places like the United States, Hanke believes that the game has proven more popular than they first anticipated.

The official Pokemon Go Twitter account recently gave an update on the server issues, writing: “Thank you for your patience. We have been working to fix the server issues.

“We will continue rolling out Pokemon Go to new countries soon.

“To ensure all Trainers can experience Pokemon Go, we continue to add new resources to accommodate everyone. Thank you for your patience.”

While it is unclear how long this Pokemon Go delay will last, fans in the UK can remain hopeful as reports have subsided since the initial online problems were first flagged.

This coming week could still see Pokemon Go arrive in the UK, Niantic have yet to offer a release date, so it’s best to keep checking your online phone stores over the coming days.

Gamers shouldn’t be surprised by the server problems found while trying to play Pokemon Go, high demand over a short space of time is known as a normal problem that all online games face.

While Pokemon Go underwent field-testing before it’s launch, it’s almost impossible for a developer like Niantic to perform a true server stress-test before a release, especially one that is free-to-play.

UK GAME CHARTS

Warner Bro’s Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes a second week at No1 and a WiiU version debuts this week, making for a total of 7 physical formats. Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch climbs one place to No2, as does Bethesda’s Doom, up from No4 to No3 as sales climb overall and particularly on PS4 thanks to price promotion. EA’s FIFA 16 drops 2 places to No4. 505 Games’ Rocket League is showing resilience by climbing to a best chart position in its third week since launch, up 2 places to No5. The lone new entry is Carmageddon: Max Damage for PS4 & Xbox One debuting at No22. This Carmageddon re-boot is published by Sold Out and developed by the original series developer Stainless Games (first published on PC in 1997). UK indie Stainless Games acquired the rights to the Carmageddon franchise – the original game generated around £4m in the UK as a boxed release, on PC, PS1, N64, Gameboy Color and Apple Mac.

Up 2 to No.5:                         ROCKET LEAGUE

Down 2 to No.4:                  FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.3:                         DOOM

Up 1 to No.2:                        OVERWATCH

Still at No.1:                         LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 12TH JULY

Song Of The Deep (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Kill Strain (PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 13TH JULY

Fru (XO) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 15TH JULY

Monster Hunter Generations (3DS)
Disney Art Academy (3DS)
Ghostbusters (XO/PS4)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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