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It’s been another busy month in gaming, and we decided to take a few minutes to stop catching Pokémon and give you a quick rundown of what’s new. Pokémon GO taking over the world, new platform updates, what games you should playing, and so much more!
Gotta Catch ’em All
If you’ve been outside at all over the past week, you’ve probably seen at least one person embarking on their real life journey to catch ‘em all thanks to Niantic & Nintendo’s hit new app, Pokémon GO. The phenomenon has taken over mobile devices worldwide and is driving social interaction and getting people of all kinds out of their house to play! We even have our own growing group of trainers here at Fullscreen who get together regularly to explore and catch Pokémon around the office. Even though the gameplay isn’t much like the core franchise, it should be really cool to see where the title goes as they continue to update and add new features & monsters!
Last month we highlightedTwitch’s Clips feature, and this month they have another exciting new development on the platform. Their new Cheering feature is a new form of supporting your favorite creators using purchasable “bits” that you can cheer with during exciting moments of the stream you’re watching! Cheering is currently in beta with a number of high profile partners on the platform. You can find more information on cheering at their official blog.
What We’re Playing
The first title released by GameStop’s publishing initiative, Song of the Deep, is a “metroidvania” style adventure game from the brilliant minds at Insomniac Games. The title tells the story of Merryn, a young girl who delves into the depths of the sea to rescue her missing father after having a troubling vision. Like all titles in this same vein, you’ll spend plenty of time exploring and backtracking in your surroundings, looking for new equipment and items to help you progress. The visuals are absolutely stunning, and it has an equally beautiful soundtrack to match. If you’re a fan of exploration style games and want something fresh to play this summer, we’d highly recommend checking this one out! Song of the Deep is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Summer Games Done Quick
Speedrunning is one of the most interesting styles of gameplay out there, and is one of the oldest types of gaming to have an online video presence (pre-dating YouTube by quite some time)! The dedicated community of gamers who organize Games Done Quick have been getting together since 2011 to hold a 5-7 day long marathon of speedrunners besting all sorts of games to raise money for Doctor’s Without Borders & the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Their mid-year Summer Games Done Quick (SDGQ) event just ended this past Sunday raising over 1 million dollars, and producing some of the most impressive live speedruns in recent memory! If you’re new to this style of gameplay we’ve picked a few of our favorite runs from the week for you to check out:
- Pepsiman by theboyks
- Super Mario Maker race by Team Streambig.net & Team Hotpockets
- Super Meat Boy by warm_ham
- Pokémon Blue Reverse Badge Order by eddaket
- Super Metroid race by oatsngoats, sweetnumb, zoast, and Behemoth87
Their next event is scheduled for January 2017, be sure to tune in as each marathon is better than the last! You can find more information on the Games Done Quick official website.
Evo Championship Series 2016
This weekend the largest and longest running (founded in 1996) series of fighting game tournaments returns to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center! This year’s Evolution (Evo for short) features 9 of the most popular current fighting games with thousands of competitors duking it out to prove who’s best. With over $100,000 in prizes up for grabs, the competition is going to be fierce and definitely something you won’t want to miss. If you’re not one of the lucky spectators with tickets for the event in person, ESPN2 will be airing the competition and a free stream is going to be provided, so be sure to tune in and prepare for one of the biggest events in competitive gaming this year!
For more information check out the Official Evo 2016 Website.
Talent Spotlight: CrossCounter TV
Los Angeles-based creator Gootecks has been at the forefront of fighting game culture since launching CrossCounterTV on YouTube five years ago. From Mortal Kombat to Street Fighter, and nearly everything in-between, Gootecks teaches his fans to become expert-level players like himself. Passionate and articulate, his decades of gaming experience have earned him veteran status in the space.