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Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II of England. 96 year old is a heckuva run. To give some context, the Magnavox Odyssey came out when she was 46 years old. She had been queen for twenty years. The entire industry that supports both my professional and personal life was still in pre-adolescence when Queen Elizabeth became a grandmother. Just that timeline. . . baffles the mind.
I’m actually out of the office today, but I thought the above bit of trivia was worth popping in for a Kaser Focus. Since I’ve been here, I’ll tell you everything I’ve been up to on my day off. I’ve played some more Saints Row and I honestly don’t get a taste of it. The main supporting cast, if not the Boss himself, are whiners. I failed to warm them up as it felt like they were just complaining from the start. And the potential for satire of the modern millennial/zoomer experience is lost because the writing doesn’t sound authentic. It feels – and this may not seem harsh, but it’s the death knell for a Saints Row game – a bit basic.
As for news, PlayStation and Xbox seem to be taking their spit on Call of Duty audiences. After Phil Spencer said last week that Microsoft had done its best to keep the series available to PlayStation gamers, now Jim Ryan is firing back. He says that Microsoft’s actual offering “inadequate on many levels‘ and cast some shadow with, ‘I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this to the public forum.’ I’m curious how this resolves, if only to hear some more back and forth between these two.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge (if an exasperated) Assassin’s Creed fan, so I’ll be around for the Ubisoft show tomorrow. I’m curious how much they show of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the next title in the series. I’ll probably dive into Splatoon 3 a bit, and maybe even that new Disney Dreamlight Valley game, if there’s time.
What to play this week?
- Splatoon 3
- NBA 2K23
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
- Train Sim World 3
- Steel Rising
New on subscription services:
- Opus Magnum (Xbox Game Pass)
- Need for Speed Heat (PlayStation Plus Essential)
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PlayStation Plus Essential)
- Toum (PlayStation Plus Essential)
- Realm Royale Reforged (GeForce Now)
- Broken Pieces (GeForce Now)
- Horizon Chase 2 (Apple Arcade)
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