More fake news from the mainstream media kicked things off this week. The Washington Post literally fabricated news about human trafficking activist Monica Petersen, making up easily disprovable lies about her work, her reasons for being in Haiti, and her mysterious death. The outlet did so in an attempt to cover for the Clinton Foundation, which is why Petersen was in Haiti. She died while investigating the Clinton Foundation for human trafficking in relation to the mines there, but after a few weeks venturing back to the region to start up an NGO and recruit more human trafficking activists to further her investigation into the Clinton Foundation, she mysteriously strangled herself to death.
More awful news for Mighty No. 9 backers… there’s been more than six months of silence from Comcept regarding backer rewards. A bunch of people still haven’t received the items they were promised after pledging thousands of dollars to the project. And For Honor will embrace always-on DRM… Ubisoft just couldn’t let the game stand on its own merits. These awful stories and so much more in this pathetically depressing December 17th, 2016 edition of the Weekly Recap.
Washington Post Misleads Readers With PizzaGate Article
While the PizzaGate conspiracy continues to unfold, the Washington Post recently published an article filled with misinformation about the death of Monica Petersen. After breaking down their article it became apparent that there’s more at play than what meets the eye. The latest trailer for the Fast & Furious 8 went live and it’s a nonsensical jumbling of action and explosions, but it’s bound to make mad money at the theaters. Nintendo announced that Super Nintendo World is coming to Japan in 2020, just ahead of the summer Olympics. Echo Lake is coming to PC in early 2017. And there’s even more PizzaGate news, this time with a Wikipedia article that skipped some key details in order to go full anti-#GamerGate.
Mighty No. 9 Backer Rewards Still Missing
The backer rewards for Mighty No. 9 are still missing in action, and a lot of people are wondering what’s going on at Comcept? The game launched way back in June and the rewards were supposed to be delivered back in April of 2015. NaturalMotion revealed that they haven’t ruled out plans to support the Nintendo Switch and could very well do so after the system launches. If you don’t have an Xbox One but you do have a PlayStation Now subscription you can currently play Red Dead Redemption on PC. A new parkour survival game called Downward is set to launch during the early parts of 2017. DICE released the first free map for Battlefield 1 called Giant’s Shadow, but it won’t be available to the general audience until December 20th. And Niantic Labs have begun adding in second generation Pokemon to the mobile phenomenon, Pokemon Go.
For Honor Embraces Always-On DRM
It turns out that Ubisoft seemed to fib big time, as it turns out that their hack-and-slash medieval game For Honor will be pushing the always-on DRM nonsense upon release. No more single-player offline gameplay. The 3D adventure platformer that’s oftentimes been compared to Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, may not be a PS4 exclusive anymore… news has surfaced that the game Rime could be coming to the Nintendo Switch, soon. Speaking of the Nintendo Switch… it turns out that the developers have canceled the Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee and have instead repurposed it to launch on the Nintendo Switch. Turtle Rock Studios, the makers of Evolve and Left 4 Dead, have announced that they have a brand new cooperative four-player first-person shooter on the way, due for release in 2018.
Callvention Makes You Pay To Talk To Devs
Even though most gamers can interact with famous developers on Twitter or Facebook, one company allows gamers to pay to interact with developers by scheduling calls so that gamers can talk directly with them. Not everyone is fond of this new Callvention service, but some are okay with it. A new first-person mech shooter called Heavy Gear Assault has made its way onto Steam’s Early Access. The closed beta for For Honor is scheduled to take place in January in 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC… and the sign-ups are open right now. Ubisoft also added in a few extra character classes, revealing them via trailer. If you didn’t play Lost Odyssey back when it was on the Xbox 360 nearly a decade ago, you can play it now, for free, on the Xbox One. And the Patreon rendition of Cemu 1.6.4 has gone live for those paying the backer’s fee, adding improved compatibility and graphics features for certain games.
Super Mario Run Goes Live
Nintendo’s third foray into mobile gaming has gone live in the form of Super Mario Run. The game is currently available on iOS devices, exclusively. Wikipedia has officially deleted David Seaman’s entry due to his coverage of PizzaGate, using the deletion as a form of punishment. New details on the development of Shenmue 3 have emerged, giving gamers a small update on what they can expect from the upcoming title from Ys Net. Victor Vran is making the leap from PC to Xbox One and PS4 starting in early 2017. And there’s a detailed breakdown and examination of the e-mails concerning John Podesta and PizzaGate from the Wikileaks archive.