Latest Death Stranding Trailer Looks Amazing and Batsh*t Cray Cray

Death Stranding is most likely going to be an amazing game. Hideo Kojima is both a certified genius and psychopath. I have never watched a trailer for a video game that both excited me and yet left me utterly confused. I have no fucking idea what this game is about and that’s okay.

Seriously, what the fuck is going on here? I’ve had fever dreams that made more sense than this.

Kojima is not holding back. The suits at Konami are no longer looking over his shoulder stifling his creativity. Sony has given him carte blanche to make an exclusive for the PS4 and Kojima is taking full advantage. I’m looking forward to playing this game baked and having my mind blown.

Also, if you have $200 burning a hole in your pocket, then you should totally get the Collector’s Edition which includes a life-size “bridge baby” pod. Totally looks like a pickled baby. If the neighbors see this thing, they’re calling the cops.

Death Stranding comes out exclusively for the PS4 on November 8.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

A Multiplayer Predator game from the Makers of Friday the 13th coming to PS4

“If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

Sony has announced during their latest State of Play broadcast that developer IllFonic, who released the Friday the 13th multiplayer survival game, is working on a new title from the Predator universe.

Predator: Hunting Grounds, which is still very early in development, appears to be functionally similar to Friday the 13th. From the PlayStation.Blog:

From the PlayStation.Blog:

One group of players will control members of an elite Fireteam who pack state-of-the-art conventional firepower, from shotguns and SMGs to sniper rifles and more.

Meanwhile, one player will control the Predator: a stealthy, acrobatic killing machine bristling with exotic alien technology such as the infamous Plasmacaster.

As the Fireteam attempt to carry out paramilitary missions – annihilating bad guys and recovering important items – the Predator will be closing in, using its advanced vision mode to track and ambush its prey.

Sounds like a neat and novel idea, and hopefully they don’t completely screw it up. The original Predator with AHNOLD is one of my absolute favorite movies and I would love to see a modern game give it some love.

[Source: PlayStation.Blog]

Sony Begrudgingly Adds Cross-Play to the PS4

After months of mealy mouthed excuses of why cross-play was not available on the popular PS4 console, while competitors Microsoft and Nintendo were allowing it, Sony has finally capitulated, allowing their consumers to play along with the unwashed savages. Lord have mercy.

The large angry mob of gamers demanding cross-play on the PS4 finally got what they wanted. Starting today in an open beta, PS4 Fortnite players can compete with folks playing on the Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac and mobile.

Perhaps this will open the floodgates, allowing other titles like Minecraft and Rocket League. Only time will tell.

[Source: Playstation.Blog]

Sony Shuffles PlayStation Management Team

As of today, Giovanni Ribisi lookalike and PlayStation head honcho, Andrew House, has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment. House’s former position will be occupied by Deputy President John Kodera.

House is a PlayStation lifer, having worked on the original PlayStation launch. He worked his way up the ranks and in 2002, was named Executive Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment America. In 2011, House was named President and Chief Executive Officer.

According to a Sony press release, House plans to stay on as Chairman for the remainder of year.

In case you don’t believe me, Andrew House really does look like Giovanni Ribisi and I am convinced that they may actually be the same person.

Full press release below:

Announcement of Executive Management Transition at Sony Interactive Entertainment

John Kodera promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew House to be appointed Chairman

TOKYO, JAPAN, OCTOBER 3, 2017 / SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA, OCTOBER 2, 2017 – Sony Corporation and Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (“SIE”) announced today that John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera, currently Deputy President of SIE, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, SIE, with immediate effect. Current President and Global CEO Andrew House will transition from operational management of SIE, but will remain with SIE as Chairman through the year to ensure a smooth transition. Mr. Kodera has also been appointed Representative Director and President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., SIE’s Japan-based legal entity, with immediate effect, while Mr. House has become Director and Chairman, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. Mr. Kodera will assume overall operational responsibility for SIE including its game and network services businesses globally, and will report directly to Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation.

In conjunction with the management transition at SIE, Mr. House is stepping down from his role as EVP, Corporate Executive Officer of Sony Corporation, also effective immediately. Mr. Kodera will continue his role as a Business Executive of Sony Corporation.

“When I passed the baton of leadership for Sony Computer Entertainment to Andrew House in 2011, I was confident that I was leaving the PlayStation business in the best possible hands, and so it has proved. I’m extremely grateful to Andy for the great contribution he has made to evolving the PlayStation business, and firmly positioning it as one of the drivers of our future growth. Andy and I go back more than 20 years and spent much of this time together, dedicating ourselves to ensuring the success of the PlayStation business. I would like to thank Andy for his contribution over many years, and wish him every success in the future,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “John Kodera has led Sony’s network service business since 2013 and played a pivotal role in its growth. He is a truly global executive, possessing strategic understanding, strength of conviction and outstanding leadership capabilities. Since his appointment as Deputy President of SIE last year, alongside Andy he has also been responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and product planning. With the significance of network services increasing across the entire Sony Group, I believe that John is ideally equipped to build on the foundations Andy has left in place, and drive Sony’s game and network services business to further growth and excitement going forward.”

“I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company. PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges. I shall always treasure the friendships and people that have made SIE such a wonderful place to work. I’m also grateful to PlayStation fans and gamers around the world for their loyalty and support. John and the team at SIE are world-class and I know the future of PlayStation is very bright,” said Mr. House.

“It’s a great honor to take on the role of President and CEO, SIE, and I’m very grateful to Kaz and Andy for the trust and faith they have shown in me. I intend to build on the amazing progress Andy has made enhancing the PlayStation brand and expanding the game and network services business, and will strive to further strengthen the unique value proposition we are able to offer via the PlayStation platform. I look forward to working together with the SIE team, and everyone across the Sony Group, to continue to strengthen relations with our business partners, and provide the best possible interactive entertainment experiences, that only PlayStation can deliver.” said Mr. Kodera.

Mr. House began his 27-year career at Sony in 1990, where he first served in corporate communications at Sony headquarters. In 1995, he moved to marketing and communications at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (“SCE”), where he contributed to the launch of the first PlayStation. After performing several key roles at both Sony Corporation and SCE, including Chief Marketing Officer of Sony Corporation, and President and CEO of SCE Europe Limited, in 2011 Mr. House was appointed President and Group CEO of SCE, assuming overall responsibility for the PlayStation business worldwide. Mr. House led the PlayStation business for six years, driving the strategy and launch of PlayStation 4, which has since become the fastest-growing platform in PlayStation history, and is set to reach cumulative sales of 78 million units this fiscal year. Mr. House redefined Sony’s network services strategy, centering it around a strengthened PlayStation™Network (PSNSM) – currently with more than 70 million monthly active users and a suite of recurring revenue services, including PlayStation®Plus. He oversaw the launch of the world’s first console streaming game service with PlayStation™Now and the interactive live TV service, PlayStation™Vue. In 2016 Mr. House established Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC – bringing together SCE and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI). Mr. House also oversaw the development and launch of PlayStation®VR (PS VR). He has grown the Game and Network Services segment into one of the key profit drivers for the Sony Group.

Mr. Kodera joined Sony Corporation in 1992, where he was first assigned to planning and control within Sony’s portable audio business. In 1998 he was transferred to Sony Electronics Inc. in the U.S., where he was initially responsible for planning and control of various portable and mobile products, before subsequently being appointed VP of product management for IT products such as PCs. In 2010 he assumed the role of SVP, Corporate Strategy, at the newly established Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI), and in 2013 was appointed President, SNEI. Since then, Mr. Kodera has engaged in the launch and the enhancement of an array of network services via the PSNSM platform. These have included PlayStation®Store, which sells the latest game titles, movies and TV shows; the PlayStation®Plus subscription service offering members exclusive benefits and content; and the PlayStation™Now online game streaming service. Mr. Kodera has also been integral to the launch of several other ground-breaking network services that have greatly enriched the PlayStation experience, including the PlayStation™Vue cloud-based TV service, PlayStation®Video content distribution service, and PlayStation™Music, which leverages a global strategic partnership with Spotify to deliver a best-in-class digital music experience on PSNSM. Mr. Kodera has contributed significantly to growing this recurring revenue business. Furthermore, since his appointment as Deputy President of SIE last year, he has worked closely with Mr. House on the overall management of the game and network services business including product development, business strategy and system and network engineering.

[Source: Sony]

A Refreshed PlayStation VR is on the Way

Look at all those beautiful young people up there having a blast with PlayStation VR. Maybe I should get one? (Looks at games line-up) Nah, I’ll pass. It’s not that I want to hate on the PlayStation VR. It’s a great concept, and cost wise, compared to the competition, it’s a relatively cheap way to get into VR gaming, but the library of games is still pretty weak.

The lack of solid library hasn’t stopped Sony from announcing a new PlayStation VR, which includes integrated stereo headphone cables and an updated processor.

The headphone integration is nice, as the original unit required quite the web of wires and cables, which was a turn-off for some.

Another welcome addition is HDR pass through, thanks to the new processor chip. The new processor will allow owners the ability to enjoy HDR-compatible content on their TV without having to unplug the unit first.

The new PlayStation VR will be released in Japan on October 14. A North American release date will be announced at a later date.

[Source: Official PlayStation US Blog]

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Officially Announced

After Target let the cat out of the bag early, Warner Bros. has officially announced the sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

The slated release date for the title is August 22, and it’s coming out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. To add a wrinkle, since we live in an interesting (some would say confusing) state of console gaming, the title will also be interchangeable between PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as the Xbox One and the Xbox Scorpio. It will also be an “Xbox Play Anywhere” game, so the WB is covering all their bases.

An official official gameplay reveal is scheduled for March 8, so more to come.

Death Stranding Looks Bonkers and Awesome

A lot of exciting stuff at The Game Awards 2016 last night. One of the biggest was a new trailer from Kojima Studios for Death Stranding.

First off, last night at The Game Awards seemed to be a cathartic closing of the door on Konami for Kojima and company. Kojima finally got his video game award, after being blocked from receiving one last year from is former employer.

After receiving his award, Hideo Kojima had a gift for us.

Everything about this trailer is insane. Guillermo del Toro is holding a winking baby in a glass jar. Mads Mikkelsen looks creepy with black stuff coming out of his eyes. Everything is bizarre and totally bonkers and I love every bit of it.

Death Stranding is described as an open-world action game and is the first title from Kojima Productions.

Sony Has Grand Plans for the 2016 PlayStation Experience

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Sony is not skimping out at the PlayStation Experience this year.  If your in Anaheim, CA December 3 and 4, and your a PS4 fan, this may be right up your alley.

Details from the Official PlayStation Blog below:

Panel Schedule

Saturday, December 3

12:00pm: Unannounced Panel
1:00pm: Unannounced Panel
2:00pm: Unannounced Panel

Sunday, December 4

10:00am: Horizon Zero Dawn
Join Guerrilla Games for an inside look at the world of Horizon Zero Dawn and the lore and machines that define it.

12:00pm: Kinda Funny: PS I Love You XOXO
Horizon Zero Dawn, GT Sport, and all the latest details coming out of PS Experience — 2017 is looking pretty dang good for PlayStation! Join Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty, plus special guests for a live recording of the internet’s No. 1 PlayStation podcast.

2:00pm: Accessibility: Making Games for All Gamers
Accessibility features help empower all gamers—not just those with disabilities—and we want to set an industry standard of inclusion. We’re bringing together some of the top minds from the accessibility community, PlayStation and Naughty Dog to discuss best practices for game developers and to share powerful stories about the broader impact of accessibility features in games.

Game Lineup

  • 2064: Read Only Memories
  • 3on3 Freestyle
  • Aaero
  • Ace Combat 7
  • Batman: Arkham VR
  • Bound
  • Boundless
  • Brawlhalla
  • Chasm
  • Cosmic Star Heroine
  • Cryptark
  • Death Tales
  • Death’s Gambit
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • Disc Jam
  • Divide
  • Drawn to Death
  • EarthNight
  • Eitr
  • EVE Valkyrie
  • Everything
  • Fallen Legion
  • Fantasy Strike
  • Farpoint
  • Flinthook
  • For Honor
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Future Unfolding
  • FutureGrind
  • Gang Beasts
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • GNOG
  • Graceful Explosion Machine
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • GT Sport
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
  • Heart Forth, Alicia
  • Here They Lie
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Human: Fall Flat
  • I Expect You To Die
  • Jenny LeClue: Detectivú
  • Just Shapes & Beats
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Let It Die
  • Loot Rascals
  • Mages of Mystralia
  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
  • MLB The Show
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Monsters and Monocles
  • Mosaic
  • NBA 2KVR
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Night in the Woods
  • Nioh
  • Obduction
  • Orcs Must Die! Unchained
  • Persona 5
  • Plague Road
  • Pox Nora
  • Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
  • Pyre
  • Rain World
  • Rainbow 6 Siege
  • Randall
  • Ray’s the Dead
  • Refactor
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League (PS VR)
  • Robinson: The Journey (PS VR)
  • Salt and Sanctuary
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Shakedown: Hawaii
  • SmuggleCraft
  • Snake Pass
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3
  • Sonic Mania
  • Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: Scarif
  • Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-wing VR Mission
  • Statik
  • Street Fighter V
  • Sundered
  • The Church in the Darkness
  • The King of Fighters XIV
  • The Last Guardian
  • Tooth and Tail
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: Survival
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • VR Worlds
  • Watch_Dogs 2
  • XING: The Land Beyond
  • Yakuza 0
  • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
  • Yooka-Laylee

5 Creepy Video Game Clowns, Just in Time for Halloween

Have you heard that there’s a creepy clown epidemic going on? It’s true, the media is going crazy reporting scary looking clowns menacing small children and adults alike. As someone who has a fear of clowns, sometimes referred to as “coulrophobia,” this is not a good time for yours truly.

My fear of clowns is something very real. I don’t go around saying that I have a fear of clowns because I’m trying to be cool or different, and yes there are people out there that do that. Clowns are annoying and dumb to most people, but to me, they cause an irrational fight or flight response. Clowns exists to do one thing and that is to fuck with you.  That is their humor and raison d’être. They use you as a prop to make others laugh, and my fear is that I will be the one that is singled out in a crowd to be that prop.

My fear is well known amongst my family and friends. My sister once invited me to an off Broadway show in New York City. I asked what it was about and she said it was like Cirque du Soleil. I reminded her that if there was one thing that I hated more than clowns, it’s artsy, European clowns. She assured me that there would be no clowns. My sister, you should know is a liar. The ENTIRE show consisted of sad, artsy, European clowns.

In between each act, in which there were three, clowns would descend into the audience where they would proceed to fuck with the audience. I sat in my seat, frozen with anxiety, gripping the armrests, praying that they would not approach me. I had visions that one would sneak up on me and have me smell a flower on his lapel, only to get squirted in the face. He would then offer his handkerchief, which would have no end when trying to pull it out of his pocket. He would then drop something, asking me to pick it up for him, only to bend over so that he can kick me in the ass. The audience would laugh and I would have punched him the face. Children would cry and then I’d be the asshole. It’s a lose/lose situation.

Now I find myself in the middle of this creepy clown epidemic. There are clowns standing on street corners in the middle of the night as well as reports of them menacing children. It’s ridiculous and the people who are doing this obviously have nothing better to do. They’re just playing stupid pranks, which is, after all, what clowns do.

I was at the chiropractor for my regular treatment, as I’m old and my body is falling apart, and I was getting a massage, when my masseuse, who loves to talk, brought up the topic of the clown sightings. First off, I wish my masseuse would talk less and massage more. I’m here trying to relax and clowns make me tense. SHE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!

She then asks me when I think the clown sightings will stop and I said nonchalantly that it will end when someone like me severely hurts or worse case, kills one, and then it will stop. She then utters the dumbest thing I have ever heard. She says that she feels bad for the “professional” clowns who are probably seeing a decline in work due to the creepy clown sightings. I could not disagree more. I hope the entire clown industry crashes and never recovers.

ONTO THE LIST!

  1. Mall Clown – Heavy Rain 

This incarnation of a fever dream is encountered relatively early in Heavy Rain. Ethan, the main protagonist, is asked by his son to purchase a balloon from this mall clown. Jason disappears shortly after. COINCIDENCE? I think not.

  1. Fargus – Pandemonium 1 & 2

I never played these games. I would see the box art in stores and see Fargus’ cold, dead eyes and be instantly turned off.

  1. Sweet Tooth – Twisted Metal Series

I loved the Twisted Metal series and one of the reasons why is because I could dispatch Sweet Tooth and his hoard of clown minions with extreme prejudice. Blowing up his demented ice cream truck had a cathartic quality for me.

  1. Adam McIntyre, aka Adam the Clown – Dead Rising 2 

What is up with mall clowns in video games? Adam the clown is a boss in Dead Rising 2.  Apparently, he went insane when zombies ate his audience. I say he was insane to begin with. One has to be to consider going into clowning as a profession.

Again, I experienced extreme satisfaction after defeating this clown and having him fall on his revving chainsaws. Rest in pieces Bozo.

  1. Nights – Nights into Dreams Series

Nights, I suppose, is a harlequin rather than your typical clown. Harlequins, as you know, originated in Italy in the late 16th century. Therefore, Nights is an artsy European clown and is the worst of the bunch. He’d be right at home at a Cirque du Soleil performance.

I was a Sega devotee growing up and had a Saturn. I picked up this game, despite there being a clown on the cover and against my better judgement. I so wanted to enjoy this game, but could not get into it. To this day I have no idea why people look back fondly at this title and its abomination of a main character.

Also, Nights only comes out at night (GET IT?), and in your dreams, so he’s essentially Freddy Kruger.

I’m sure I neglected to include many of your favorites. If so, let me know in the comments. Also, if you’re a clown, I’m sorry if I offended you. This is all a joke. Please don’t come to my house.