We don’t have a sufficient budget to go to Germany, but we do have Twitter. Here are our the team’s hot takes from Gamescom 2018. Remember you can always follow along throughout the week on Twitter by checking out the hashtag #DailyHotTake.
New Spider-Man Trailer
At this point, we’re all just waiting for Spider-Man to come out already. While this trailer was great, we’ve seen enough. Just two weeks away!
Spider-Man will grant you great versatility in combat. From slinging webs in the shadows to immobilizing foes with new gadgets, the options so far seem endless. But with great power comes great responsibility… #DailyHotTake https://t.co/n74CHV260N
— Top Shelf Gaming (@TopShelfGaming) August 20, 2018
Life is Strange 2
After the free release of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit after E3, a game set in the Life is Strange universe, it was only a matter of time before we got our first big look at Life is Strange 2. This new entry into the series features two brothers on the run after they get tangled up in an “incident”. The story so far seems to want to tackle themes such as immigration, a hot issue in America right now. We’ll see how the developers handle such a sensitive topic when episode one drops later this year.
We're already rooting for the new duo in Life is Strange 2. Dontnod has done a good job of setting the tone for the new game. It feels serene but with an underlying tension, much like the original. We'll try to make time for ep. 1 alongside Red Dead Redemption 2. #DailyHotTake https://t.co/EintMbJ0jX
— Top Shelf Gaming (@TopShelfGaming) August 21, 2018
Luigi’s Mansion comes to Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Switch has a bad reputation of being a “port machine” but this is a port we’d actually want. Sadly, the Luigi’s Mansion remake has been announced for the 7-year-old Nintendo 3DS. Hm…
— Top Shelf Gaming (@TopShelfGaming) August 22, 2018
Cyberpunk 2077 makes a transphobic tweet
Many people were enraged the Cyberpunk account made a “DId you just assume my gender” joke. The account quickly removed that tweet and issued an apology. While this apology was sufficient for Marcus, a much wiser Devin pointed out that given the harmful nature of the joke, the non-apology was more problematic than the joke itself.
While assuming good intent is important, it is vital that we hold people accountable for their words and educate them on why some language can literally be fatal to others. See Marcus and Devin’s discussion below, and for an even deeper dive on this topic, listen to the cast of Waypoint Radio give more nuanced hot takes.
The account made a "Did you just assume my gender?" meme. It's innately transphobic but I don't think whoever posted the tweet understood the severity of its implications, especially considering they're a foreign company. Good on them to apologize so we can move on. #DailyHotTake https://t.co/UipQUNcsgG
— Host Marcus (@TopShelfMarcus) August 22, 2018
Blizzard releases a new Overwatch short featuring D.va.
New Overwatch shorts are always a rallying point for current, lapsed, and ancillary fans. This new short finally gives us some insight into the private life of the Korean celebrity D.va. We get to see her working on her mech and also the origins of her self-destruct ultimate move. It’s as epic as you’d expect from an Overwatch short. This was one of our favorite announcement from Gamescom 2018.
— Top Shelf Gaming (@TopShelfGaming) August 23, 2018
Update: Jacksonville shooting at Madden Tournament
At the time of preparing this article, it was reported that a shooting took place at a Madden Tournament in Jacksonville, FL. So far, there are 19 confirmed fatalities. This story is still developing. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and send our support to the victims and attendees of this event.
An update from the Jacksonville Madden event:
There appears to have been a shooting at the event, and @YoungDrini was grazed in the hand. He is away from the scene and safe.
— compLexity Gaming (@compLexity) August 26, 2018
We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don’t come running out. #TheLandingMassShooting https://t.co/qBJvkaO7xT
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 26, 2018