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Weekly News Roundup Issue #50

Author: Nick Banks
15-Apr-2019

Category: News

This is your latest Weekly News Roundup. Every week we gather together last week's most prominent news from right here at KeenGamer for the busier folks out there looking for more bitesize news. Over the course of last week, we looked into exciting new game building technology, the ongoing war on lootboxes, Star Wars and much more.

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50

Build Games With Software That You Talk To

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50 - Promethean's bedroom

We’ve all seen the classic sci-fi movies where a character speaks to an invisible computer. “Lights on”, they on say. Or in the case of Star Trek “replicator, give me a sunday roast”, and just like that, it’s dinner time. While the new Promethean A.I won’t fix your laziness when it comes to making dinner, it is certainly making waves in the games development scene. This tool can be spoken to, to request scenic templates which can then be modified and stylised. With plenty more on offer from Promethean A.I, take a look at how this tech could bring game development to a far more accessible stage

FTC Continues The Fight Against Lootboxes

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50 - The infamous lootbox

The Federal Trade Commission has taken up the challenge of fighting against lootboxes. When it comes to monetisation practices in video games, any official word of law remains fuzzy - just the way profiteering corporations like EA like it. However, after an almost universal acknowledgement that the use of loot boxes in games is an immoral act, we draw closer to genuine legislation being drawn up against the would-be lootbox fat cats of the world. The FTC will be holding a debating workshop on the matter, so to check out how you can watch the livestream, take a look at our say on the matter. 

Jason West Hops Over to Epic Games

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50 - Jason West

Jason West, co-founder of Infinity Ward and, later Respawn, has moved on to Epic Games. The man is responsible for some of the best loved Call of Duty titles and when the restrictions of Activision proved too repetitive for him, he co-founded Respawn Entertainment to focus on Titanfall. Clearly, West is a man of many talents and of great ambition, as his search for the right studio to truly flex his creative muscles goes on.  

PewDiePie Makes A Huge Livestream Transition

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50 - PewDiePie

PewDiePie is the largest independent content creator in the world after having amassed more than 100 million followers across social medias like YouTube and Twitter. While his roots in YouTube were largely founded in gaming, his channel moved on to more varied topical content. However, he now seems to be making another change in that he will be doing his streaming videos exclusively on a cryptocurrency based platform called DLive. To learn more about his involvement in DLive and the facts on this curious new platform, take a look at our coverage

PSN Name Changes Arrive

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50 - PSN Name changes are here

Much to the relief of many a PS4 gamer, it is now possible to change your account name. Before you rush over to your account to do so, we took a chance to caution our readers as to a couple of caveats. Things to bear in mind when doing a PSN name change include whether or not you have a PS Plus membership or even whether you have games that will continue from where you last saved! If you’re thinking of going for the PSN name change, take a quick at our coverage for all you need to know.

Bubbles The Cat is This Week’s Top Review

Weekly News Roundup Issue #50 - Bubbles The Cat

While you may never have heard of Bubbles The Cat, KeenGamer takes a certain pride in its love for indie titles. Bubbles The Cat is a frantic, colourful pixel art sidescroller. Don’t let its cuddly name catch you of guard though, as its fast paced reactionary gameplay seems more reminiscent of frantic titles like Battleblock Theatre or Super Meat Boy. So if you liked those titles, hop over to our review. Perhaps Bubbles is the new cat for you. 



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