Welcome to the Weekly World News, your regular instalment of significant, bizarre or otherwise intriguing stories from the world of videogames at large. Here are ten carefully selected pieces of videogame news from this past week:
- When the cloud burns – Many European Rust players have sadly lost their game progress after a data centre in Strasbourg caught fire. But hey, at least they can be sure they won’t get offline raided anymore.
- RoBux – Roblox IPO creates $45 billion market value exceeding that of EA, Take 2, mid-range countries. Only slightly exceeds cost of popular UK test-n-trace-em-up mobile game.
- Sumo Digital’s “Secret Mode” promises to be terrible at keeping secrets – The UK developer has launched a publishing label which will promote “smaller gems” as loudly and brazenly as possible.
- Indie dev sells Non Non-Fungible Tokens, plants small forest – Developer Far Few Giants is selling gifs of upcoming game Imagined Leviathans to raise funds for the carbon-offset project Ecologi in protest of NFT.
- The price isn’t right, says Take-Two CEO – Strauss Zelnick is the news for the second time this week after saying AAA games are ripe for a price hike.
- Dekeing on the jumbotron – Fans compensate for the absence of real sports by playing NHL 94 in an empty American football stadium, using the scoreboard as a screen.
- EA employee faces permanent relegation for foul play – A member of the FIFA team appears to have been caught selling ultra rare in-game items for thousands of pounds.
- Trowel love will find you in the end – The lead designer from Everybody’s Gone the Rapture is bringing The Magnificent Trufflepigs, a rom-com about amateur archaeologists set in the countryside of the North of England to PC and Switch later this year.
- Fallout ensues as Bethesda reveals some games will be Microsoft exclusive – PlayStation versions of future Bethesda games are potentially doomed.
- Humble Cashcow, Batman! – Humble Bundle sales raised $30M for charity in 2020 including $4.6M in a single week with the Fight For Racial Justice bundle.
- Call of Call of Duty proves too strong for wanted man – An escaped prisoner in Birmingham was caught by police after coming out of hiding to buy Activision’s latest military shooter.
- President Evil? – The higher ups at Capcom reportedly forced workers to come to the office during the pandemic.
Stay cool and groovy.
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