itch.io bundle complete, Fortnite breaks Twitch records, more

JUNE 17, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

Transcript

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to the Gaming Observer for Wednesday, June 17th. We’ve got a very exciting for you here today, let’s jump right in.

The itch.io bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is now finished. It raised $8.1 million dollars for charities supporting the Black Lives Matter movement over the course of 8 days. The average contribution to the bundle was around $10, and the top contribution was $5000. I mentioned it a few times on this show, this is probably going to go down as one of the best game bundles ever created, with games like Night in the Words, Overland, Celeste, Pyre, and Oxenfree all included in the 1700 game package. Super super happy to have seen this succeed in the way that it did, and folks I have yet another bundle to tell you about here. This time its from Humble, and it’s a little more curated, and little more expensive, but absolutely worth it. So for $30 american, which keep in mind is half the price of a major AAA game, you can get the following games and more: Baba Is You, Hyper Light Drifter, Jackbox Party Pack 4, Kerbal Space Program, NBA 2K20, FTL, Bioshock Remastered, and the last one I’ll mention is Elite Dangerous. All of those game are insanely high quality, it has other games I didn’t mention, it also has some books and comics included. To my PC gamers, go pick that up, it is such high value.

Fortnite held yet another in-game live event called The Device, and it was insanely popular. They ended up having to restrict the number of people that could be in the game at one time to about 12 million players — everyone else was either denied access or had to watch it on a livestream. Well it turns out that a lot of people did exactly that, with Twitch setting a new record for its concurrent viewership count at 2.3 million viewers. The previous record was 1.7, when League of Legends had its World Championship last year. So the game is doing better than ever, and they have clearly struck gold with these live events. I’m looking forward to what comes next.

Nintendo has just launched a brand new free game that they didn’t promote at all called Jump Rope Challenge. According to Eurogamer “Jump Rope Challenge is a skipping exercise game created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan during the coronavirus lockdown.” It’s got a very cute artsyle, they’ve got these little bunnies who are jumping rope on screen, every time you flick the joystick. Anyway, give that a look, it’s free on the Switch eshop.

Hey, here’s an interesting one, a video game is now able to be prescribed as medicine the in the United States. There’s this mobile game called EndeavorRX which is an endless runner that is designed to target specific neural systems in the brain. In this case, it is used to improve attention span, and doctors can now literally prescribe this game to any child between 8 and 12 that has inattentive or combined-type ADHD. Now obviously it’s not perfect, and it won’t be any kind of catch-all cure, but this is definitely a historic moment for gaming. We’re seeing this kind of thing more and more, there was another game called Sea Hero Quest which was used to detect early stages of Alzheimers. Crazy how that works.

Final story for today, if you own The Witcher 3 on Playstation, Xbox, or Steam, Origin, or Epic, you are now able to claim a free copy of the game on GOG.com. So you can take it from console to PC at no cost. All you have to do is download GOG Galaxy and follow the instructions. If you already own The Witcher 3 on GOG, then you are given a gift copy, which you can give to anyone. Interestingly I found a little hole in that, because I already owned the Game of the Year edition on GOG, but I also had the regular edition on Xbox, so now I have regular edition on GOG as well, which I couldn’t give away and have no use for, but. Pretty great deal there.

Alright folks that will wrap us up for today, thank you for tuning in, and huge shoutout to J. Wells for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. That’ll be all for today, back with the news tomorrow. and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.