The Update for week ending 23rd October 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 for the next 3 weeks and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)PSN and Xbox Apps affected by DDoS

A major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that has caused issues across the internet affected gaming services such as the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to their status pages.

Sony had serious trouble operating the PlayStation Network from Friday Morning to 6:17PM ET — its status page showed red lights for every service, meaning that they’re all “experienced issues.” The problems affected every platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, the web and “other.” Companies like Bungie (Destiny), Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online), Blizzard Entertainment (Overwatch) and Electronic Arts (Battlefield 1, which launched on Friday) acknowledged that their players on PS3 and PS4 were having trouble logging in and playing.

The overarching Xbox Live service appeared to be running normally, but certain apps were having issues. The problems are confined almost entirely to the Xbox 360, with broken apps including Fox News, NBA Game Time and OneDrive. On Xbox One though, the apps that were not working were major ones: the Blu-ray Player and Skype.
Of the three major platform holders, Nintendo seems to be escaping unscathed — all servers were operating normally, according to the Nintendo Network status page. On the PC side, Steam didn’t having any issues out of the ordinary.

The DDoS attack was made on Dyn, a DNS firm that serves some of the web’s biggest names. The assault on Dyn’s servers left services like Netflix, Twitter and Spotify — and websites such as Polygon and other Vox Media properties, Reddit, and CNN — unable to load properly.

2)Voice Actors declare strike against Video Game Companies

After a week of negotiations between actors union SAG-AFTRA and various video game companies, the voice acting community has declared a strike against some of the biggest publishers and developers in the industry.

SAG-AFTRA — the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — released a statement just after midnight on Friday morning declaring the strike against some companies, including EA, Activision, Disney Character Voices and Take-2 Interactive Software. According to SAG-AFTRA, after 19 months of unsuccessful negotiations, striking was the only viable option left to ensure their concerns about safer work conditions for the voice acting community was met.

“It’s time for video game employers to take our concerns seriously and negotiate a modern contract based on actor safety, industry precedent and best practices,” Ray Rodriuez, SAG-AFTRA’s chief contracts officer, said.

Voice actor Keythe Farley reiterated that actors don’t want to go on strike, but said that after close to two years of trying to renegotiate contracts, this was the only way to have their voice heard. This not only includes safer working conditions — there have been reports of voice actors seriously damaging their vocal chords because of strenuous and extensive recording sessions — but also an increase in the money they earn from projects.

SAG-AFTRA is demanding a reasonable bonus for every two million copies of a game sold, upfront conversations with producers about projects they’re working on and concerns from actors about working conditions taken seriously.

“This group of video game employers knowingly feeds off other industries that pay these same performers fairly to make a living,” a statement from SAG-AFTRA reads. “This represents a ‘freeloader model of compensation’ that we believe cannot and should not continue.”

A group representing various game publishers and developers issued its own response to the union’s strike threat earlier this week, chiding the organization for its actions and calling it a self-defeating gesture. The group added that going on strike would only further “harm their membership,” reminding the union that SAG-AFTRA only represents about 25 percent of actors working in the industry.

Some of those members, however, include well known talents like Jennifer Hale, who voiced Commander Shepard in Mass Effect, and David Hayter, best known for his work as the voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid. Both actors voiced their support for the strike earlier this week.

SAG-AFTRA members will picket in front of EA’s offices in Playa Vista, California starting today, Oct. 24.

joint 1)Nintendo Switch is announced

Nintendo’s next video game console will be called the Nintendo Switch, the company announced Thursday.

The system, which was known by the code name “NX” until now, is scheduled to be released in March 2017, confirming the window Nintendo previously gave.

The Nintendo Switch will be a hybrid gaming system. It will connect to a television when resting in the Nintendo Switch Dock, and when lifted out of the dock, will “instantly transition to portable mode,” according to Nintendo. The unit offers a “high-definition display,” and features two detachable Joy-Con controllers, one on either side.

Each Joy-Con controller can be slotted into an accessory called the Joy-Con Grip to “[mirror] a more traditional controller.” The console will also support a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to be used instead of the detachable Joy-Con units.

As both a console and a portable device, the Nintendo Switch will use cartridges known as GameCards. The portability is one of the system’s most important features; the trailer showed people using the Switch in handheld mode on a plane, in a car and on a city rooftop. Nintendo said that people can bring multiple Switch units into the same place for “local multiplayer face-to-face competition.”

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

While Nintendo did not provide any technical specifications for the Nintendo Switch on Thursday, Nvidia did confirm that the console runs on Nvidia hardware — specifically, a custom system-on-a-chip based on the company’s Tegra line of mobile processors. A Nintendo representative confirmed to Polygon that the Nintendo Switch will not be compatible with Nintendo 3DS cartridges or Wii U discs. It looks like it doesn’t have a disc drive at all, although Nintendo has not commented on that.

When asked by Polygon if the Nintendo Switch will support downloadable games — whether they’re Switch games or titles released on previous systems like the 3DS — the representative said that Nintendo isn’t discussing specifics on that front. For the time being, Nintendo fans can hold out hope that they’ll be able to play downloadable Wii U and 3DS games on the Switch.

The trailer included glimpses of games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a Mario Kart title, a Super Mario game, the Wii U title Splatoon and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (which has not been confirmed for release). But Nintendo said it will announce the launch lineup and show game demos “prior to the March launch.”

Nintendo announced in March 2015 — less than two and a half years after releasing its latest console, the Wii U — that it was developing new gaming hardware with the code name of “NX.” Then-president Satoru Iwata described the NX in the announcement as a “dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept.” Since then, Nintendo has divulged little about the NX.

This past April, the company said it would not discuss the NX at E3 2016, but announced that it planned to launch the console worldwide in March 2017. Nintendo also announced at the time that the next Zelda game — revealed at E3 as Breath of the Wild — will be released simultaneously on Wii U and NX sometime in 2017. In September, The Pokémon Co. said it would develop games for the NX.

Reports from anonymous sources had indicated that the system could use cartridges instead of discs, do away with region locking, and take the form of a hybrid unit that serves as both a console and a portable gaming system. Fans had been so starved for official details about the NX that they had taken to bombarding social media feeds for Nintendo and even companies like Papa John’s.

While developing the NX, Nintendo has also been getting into the mobile gaming market for the first time by teaming up with publisher DeNA. The first project from the partnership was Miitomo, a free-to-play social app that debuted in March 2016. The companies are now developing Super Mario Run, a mobile game due out this December on iOS and later on Android. Nintendo and DeNA have said they plan to release Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing titles on mobile platforms by the end of March.

joint 1)Red Dead Redemption 2 announced

Red Dead Redemption 2 will include a “new online multiplayer experience” when it hits next fall, Rockstar Games announced this week. A trailer for the game went live Oct. 20 as you can see below.

“Red Dead Redemption 2 will release worldwide in Fall 2017 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems,” according to a news post on Rockstar Games’ website. “An epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland, the game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

The game will be developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption, according to the press release.

“With Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world,” Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games, said in a prepared statement. “We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”

On Sunday, Rockstar tweeted a picture of its logo centered on a splotchy field of red. On Monday, Rockstar tweeted out a second image seemingly tied to Red Dead Redemption, this one showing seven figures silhouetted by an orange sun on a red backdrop. It was then discovered that Take-Two had registered the domain for Red Dead Online.

Open-world Western action game Red Dead Redemption was initially released in May 2010 to overwhelmingly positive reaction from both fans and critics. The game was built on the RAGE engine and ran on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Some critics have called it the best game to hit those two systems.

In the original title, you play as John Marston, who is forced to take on work from a gang after his wife and son are taken hostage. The game has you playing in a third-person perspective as you ramble through 1911’s Mexico and the western United States.

This summer, Red Dead Redemption received backward compatibility support on the Xbox One. That support included the original title as well as the Undead Nightmare add-on and Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition.

UK GAME CHARTS

EA knock themselves off the top spot with the highly anticipated Battlefield 1 debuting at No1 (PS4, Xbox One and PC). The Battlefield series, developed by Digital Illusions has been around since 2002’s PC only Battlefield 1942 and the current release is a definite return to form, outselling the combined week 1 sales units of the previous 2 versions (Battlefield 4 in 2013 and Battlefield Hardline in 2015). Battlefield 1 week 1 sales units are just under the amount generated by Ubisoft’s week 1 for Tom Clancy The Division back in week 10 this year. 

EA’s FIFA 17 drops to No2 after 3 successive weeks at No1 and 2K/Take 2 remain at No3 with Mafia III. Microsoft drop 2 places to No4 with Gears of War 4. The second highest new entry at No5 is Warner’s PS4 and Xbox One Batman: Return to Arkham.  There are 2 other new releases within the Top40:  debuting at No15 is 2K/Take 2’s Civilization VI for PC and debuting at No19 is Warner’s Lego Harry Potter Collection on PS4.

New at No.5:                BATMAN: RETURN TO ARKHAM

Down 2 to No.4:         GEARS OF WAR 4

Still at No.3:                MAFIA III

Down 1 to No.2:         FIFA 17

New at No.1:               BATTLEFIELD 1

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

Dark Souls III: Ashes Of Ariandel (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Yomawari: Night Alone (PC) – Digital Only
Farming Simulator 17 (XO/PS4/PC)
Tethered (PSVR) – Digital Only
Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3 (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER

Titanfall 2 (XO/PS4/PC)
World Of Final Fantasy (PS4/PSV)
Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (XO/PS4)
Yomawari: Night Alone (PSV)
√Letter (PS4/PSV)
Carnival Games (PSVR) – Digital Only
Just Dance 2017 (Wii/360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4) (PC) – Digital Only
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition (XO/PS4/PC)
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC)

YouTube videos of the week

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Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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