The Game Awards 2019, Germany funding local games, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, and welcome to your Daily Gaming Update for Wednesday, November 20th.

The Game Awards categories/nominees announced

The Game Awards have released the official nominations for each category, and voting has begun. There’s a whole bunch of categories, which you can see in full at thegameawards.com, but here are a select few categories and the games that are nominated. For Game of the Year, we’re looking at Control, Death Stranding, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and The Outer Worlds. And the reason you see Smash on the list is because games technically qualify between December 2018 through November 2019. I highly suspect that Death Stranding will will that one, but I’m personally rooting for Outer Worlds. For Independent Game of the Year we’re looking at Baba Is You, Disco Elysium, Katana Zero, Outer Wilds, and Untitled Goose Game. Ok and the last one that I’ll mention is Ongoing Game of the year, which has the nominations of Apex Legends, Desinty 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege. Lots of fun stuff to look at that, and my guess is that Katosepe and I will have full coverage of the event when they go live. Go check it out and get your votes in.

German government plans €50 million fund into local games

The German government have approved plans to begin a €50 million fund into local games studios. The Finance Committee agreed to introduce it into their federal budget for 2020. I guess they feel like they’re falling behind in that sector, saying that France, Britain, and Canada have all done it, and they want to do the same. The statistic they share is that for every €100 spent on video games in the country, only 4.3% of it goes to local developers, so the rest would be like corporations with an office in Germany. And just as a fun reminder, here are some of your favourite German developers. Crytek, Daedalic, Piranha Bytes, though they are now owned by THQ Nordic, and Yager, who are the people who did Spec Ops: The Line.

Article on DontNod and Tell Me Why

We’ve got a great article here about DontNod Entertainment, and their new game Tell Me Why, the first which will be produced by Xbox. And it starts off pretty clearly here, “At E3 earlier this year, just 5% of game protagonists showcased across the week were women…Other gender identities were almost nowhere to be seen.” The point here being that DontNod is kind of the first major developer to have a main protagonist who is trans, whose name is Tyler. What’s interesting about the interview though, is that it wasn’t in their original design. They just started writing about the main characters who are twins, and realised it would be a great story to tell. They reached out to multiple organizations for help, they’ve got a trans actor playing Tyler, and apparently the studio have learned a lot. They also emphasised that Tell Me Why is more that just Tyler and his gender identity, and is far from an archetype. Anyway, game launches next summer in three chapters, through Xbox, PC, and Game Pass. I’m really excited for this one.

Detroit: Become Human hits PC on December 12th

Hey just a heads up because I know a lot of my listeners are a fan of this game, Detroit: Become Human will officially be launching on PC on December 12th. This falls in line with the other games from Quantic Dream, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, it’ll be exlusive to the Epic Games Store. Around $30, critically acclaimed though plenty of flaws, and it will offer a 4K 60fps experience.

Hey, thank you so much for tuning in every Monday through Friday for the news, I’ll be back tomorrow with it, and until then…Happy Gaming Everyone.