Nintendo shuts down games in Belgium, Grid, much more

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This is your Daily Gaming Update for May 22nd, 2019. I am your host, Adrian Simple, welcome to the show. For links and a transcript for today’s stories, be sure to visit thegamingobserver.com.

Nintendo shutting down mobile games in Belgium

Belgium’s loot box laws have come into effect once again, with Nintendo pulling both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes from the mobile store. The last time you will be able to download the games will be on August 27th, 2019. It’s interesting because they aren’t pulling away from the Netherlands, who have banned loot boxes before, though it seems like they were less aware of the gaming industry in general. Regardless, Nintendo follows a string of companies that have either had to pull purchasing from their games or otherwise removed entirely, including CS:GO, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Guild Wars 2, NBA 2K, FIFA. They’re doing some real damage and I looove it.

Info from Sony’s corporate strategy presentation

Sony had their corporate strategy presentation today, and they outlined some aspects of the company that are interesting. For one, their next-generation platform will have a key focus on backwards compatibility and cloud streaming, hopinh to provide a stable environment for content creators. Will they match the backwards compatibility features that Xbox has, who knows, but at least its on their mind.

Codemasters reveal Grid, the fourth in the Grid series

Codemasters has revealed a new game in the Grid series, aptly named Grid. This will be the fourth game in the franchise, following the first Grid, Grid 2, and Grid Autosport. They have a new trailer out so be sure to take a look if you’re a racing fan.

Oculus Rift S and Quest released

Two new Oculus VR headsets came out today, the Quest and the Rift S, both starting at $400. The Quest is a self-contained headset, meaning you don’t need a PC to run it. It seems like both of them of though are reasonable options in both the hardware and the wallet, so check it out if you’ve had your eye on VR.

The Sims 4 free-to-keep on Origin. Game release: Observation. Game release: Dauntless

Here are three game updates. First, The Sims 4 is currently FREE on the Origin store. Go pick that up now, there’s no DLC but I’m sure you’ll get plenty of fun out of it. Next, Observeration released today to between average and positive reviews. People almost universally love it’s narrative and immersion, but the people who disliked it say that the gameplay has too many hiccups. Lastly, Dauntless came out of Early Access today with cross-play on all platforms. It’s free to play, and people seem to like it, so there’s no harm in taking a look.

That’s the news for today. Thank you so so much for tuning in, and thank you to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. I am Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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