The Nintendo NX is Now the Nintendo Switch
You've probably heard of this already. The much-teased Nintendo NX was unveiled this week and is now called the Nintendo Switch. The announcement trailer shows a few interesting things: the controllers, which are on either side of the screen, detach. The console itself can be plugged into the TV, which might be the "switch" part of the console. It runs on cartridges, which is probably a good move for handheld consoles these days (remember the UMD?) It also shows the console playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Skyrim, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and NBA 2K17. Another interesting thing to note is that the trailer shows plenty of trendy millenials playing with the console—but no kids. This, along with Skyrim's supposed presence on the system, might indicate a shift in Nintendo's target audience.
There are currently four confirmed games for the NX: The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, Dragon Quest XI, Project Sonic 2017, and Just Dance 2017. What's not confirmed is Skyrim or NBA 2K17, despite being present in the announcement trailer.
What's also not known is whether or not the console will have a touchscreen. Nintendo's been asked, but they refuse to say. If the NX has no touchscreen, this would also probably mean a lack of support for DS and 3DS games, which would be disappointing.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Teased by Rockstar
Hey, it's that game company that makes games people like! They're teasing a sequel to that one game people really liked, but wasn't on PC so I didn't play it! How is such a large and successful game company able to get away with this amount of secrecy? Who knows!
There's not really very much to this story.
Justin Roiland's First VR Game Is Out Now, Free
The new VR collaboration between The Stanley Parable's William Pugh and Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland has just been released. It's called Accounting. If you have a HTC Vive and about a two meter square of free space, you can try it now! For free!
Rick and Morty's other creator, Dan Harmon, is making a show about an e-sports team. It stars Arin Hanson, Dan Avidan, Michele Morrow, and Jesse Cox, and will premiere on the Game Grumps channel on YouTube Red. It sounds pretty bad. But you can watch it eventually! For not-free!
Dan Harmon's also got a show on Seeso called Harmonquest, where he plays DnD with friends. It's been renewed for a second season, if that's your thing.
Video Game Voice Actor Strike Has Officially Begun
After being authorized last August (that's August of 2015), SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) has finally begun their strike against video game publishers. There's two main issues they have against their emploeyers: the first is that the companies don't give them notice of what game the actor will be working on, which means they can't choose whether it's a project they want to be involved in. The other major issue is that, for really popular games, they don't get any extra compensation. They'd like actors to have the option to take a bonus if the game sells more than two million units. Among the companies affected by this strike are Activision Publishing, Electronic Arts, and Take 2 Interactive. They say this strike comes after eighteen months of negotiations between the companies and SAG-AFTRA.
I'd like to do a bit of commentary here. I've seen a lot of people online opposed to the strike because the developers, artists, and other people involved in the making of a game also have shitty working conditions—and that's true, that's a problem too. But what you should be doing is pushing for unionization of the rest of the industry, so these problems can be dealt with too. If they both have shitty working conditions, then that means both of them need help—that doesn't mean you should tell one group to shut up because another group also has it bad. Come on.
Samsung Pulls Video of Grand Theft Auto V Exploding Note 7 Mod
The Galaxy Note 7 is this month's top joke. The exploding phones, which were just recently pulled from sale, were featured in a Grand Theft Auto V mod where you could throw phones instead of grenades. But according to Samsung, they own the rights not just to the phone itself, but to the fan-made 3D model of such. Because of this, they have the right to pull a video of this Grand Theft Auto V mod. I'm not so sure that's correct, and the creator has successfully contested the claim, so it might not be.