Xbox Smart Delivery, DKC on Switch, more

JULY 9, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

Transcript
How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer for Thursday, July 9th. Plenty of stuff to get into here today, so let’s kick it off once again with Xbox.
 
We’ve talked before about the new Xbox Smart Delivery service, which is the concept that you can buy a game for the Xbox One and not have to purchase that game again for the Series X. That’s something that will be applied to every first-party Xbox game, and what’s in the headlines today is that they’re actually being quite aggressive about it for third party developers as well. I mean, we already knew that games like Cyberpunk and Assassins Creed were opting in, but it turns out that Xbox is actually saying “hey you aren’t allowed to charge someone to upgrade to the Series X.” There’s definitely a bit of flexibility there though, because publishers can have their own systems in place, like EA’s Dual Entitlement program. I’m also not sure if this is a blanket statement that definitely applies to everyone, or if they are just strongly encouraging it, but nonetheless, the spirit is there and that makes me happy. Stuff like this is super important, and I hope Sony adapts that as well.
 
Nintendo Switch Online is getting another wave of NES and SNES games, and after a long wait, Donkey Kong Country is now going to be playable. That’s arriving on July 15th, and folks if you somehow haven’t played DKC but you like 2D platformers, then you definitely need to play this, it holds up despite being 25 years old. Joining it on the 15th is Natsume Championship Wrestling, and a game called The Immortal for the NES. I know that this library has been a slow trickle of games over the past few years, but hey better late than never right?
 
Hey folks I want to tell you about this really cool thing that I found out about, it’s called the Family Video Game Database. And essentially this is a curated database of games that are appropriate for children, teenagers, and young adults. My friends this thing is incredible. They list hundreds of games with a custom page talking about the game with a jargon that is tailored for non-gamer parents. And then they’ve got these categories like teamworking, coming to terms with ageing, or games that help you process grief. And I mean these aren’t just kid games, they’ve got Rayman, Valorant, Subnautica, Mini Metro, as well as a bunch of indie games that you probably haven’t heard of but look really good. You definitely need to take a look, the website is taminggaming.com, or just google the Family Video Game Database. It’s a great resource for parents, and even if you don’t use it, it’s a great thing to know about in case you have friends or family that could.
 
Just a heads up that if you ever wanted to try Ubisoft’s subscription service, called Uplay+, they are currently giving away 7 days for free to new and returning subscribers. It gives you unlimited access to their library for a week. If you have a lot of time on your hands you could probably knock out a game or two in that time, otherwise it’s good chance to perhaps try a game that you were thinking of buying.
 
This is an interesting one, we’ve got a new reality competition show based on a video game, it’s called The Sims Spark’d. It’s 12 people competing in design challenges using The Sims. They’ve got celebrity judges, the typical manufactured drama, all while people sit around a computer screen and design houses. As someone who is generally not a fan of reality tv, this didn’t look good, but maybe it’ll be up your alley, especially if you’re into the Sims. Again that’s The Sims Spark’d.
 
Alright folks that’s going to wrap us for today, but before we go I’d like to put out a new mailbag prompt. So here it is: what is a game you can play over and over without ever getting bored of it, and why? Answer that question for me in the Discord server, which you can access at thegamingobserver.com/Discord, and I’ll read out some of those answers here on the show. As always, providing depth in your answers is always appreciated, because it gives me more to work with.