Ten After Ten: 9/30/19-10/09/19

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Four News Stories

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Hearthstone Pro Banned For Hong Kong Support

Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung lost his winnings and was banned for a year from tournament play after he supported the Hong Kong protests during a livestream. The two announcers who were also on the livestream were fired.

Blizzard states the reasoning for this is due to violation of tournament rule 6.1, which states they can take away prize money if they believe a player “offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damage’s Blizzard image.”

Blizzard joins a line of other organizations like the NBA and multiple tech companies in showing support for China, whether inadvertently or not. More news on the matter will likely be discussed in the next Ten After Ten.

Shawn Layden Leaves Sony

Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment and president of SIE America, has left Sony. This announcement came through a tweet on September 30th from Playstation’s Twitter account.

According to IGN, Layden has been with Sony since 1987, moving from role-to-role throughout the years until 2018, when he became the chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios. Worldwide Studios are all of the studios owned by Sony, including Insomniac Games and Guerrilla Games.

The reason for leaving, who will replace him, and what he will do in the future are unknown at this time.

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Fortnite Addiction Lawsuit

A legal firm in Montreal is requesting a class action lawsuit against Fortnite for being addicting. the firm represents two parents who believe their kids are addicted to the game.

Calex Légal, the firm firm going against Fortnite, is comparing the addiction of this game to the addiction of cocaine, and is arguing the game has been made to be “addictive as possible,” according to a lawyer at the firm.

In a 2015 ruling, Quebec ruled that tobacco companies didn’t tell customers the dangers of tobacco use, and the firm is using this ruling in relation to Fortnite addiction.

John Kirby Passes

On October 2nd, Nintendo attorney and Kirby name inspiration John Kirby passed due to Myelodysplastic Syndrome at the age of 79.

While he worked as an attorney for various companies and organizations, he is well known for his work with Nintendo, in which he defended Donkey Kong from Universal City Studios due to copyright infringement.

Nintendo gave him a sailboat titled “The Donkey Kong,” but his name became well known when Miyamoto named a new pink blob character “Kirby” in honor of John.

Kirby had a successful career full of achievements, and may he rest in peace.

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Three Game/Movie Releases

Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie follows Ash as he travels around his small, mostly abandoned down of Denska and paints on the walls, which comes to life. I’ve mostly ignored this game due to it being out in the public long enough, but I think the game looks great. The drab town mixed with the life-like painting is a nice contrast, and I am interested in seeing how the painting works considering they actually come to life. Concrete Genie released on the 8th for the PS4.

What the Golf

It’s always fun to see a game take a traditional game and turn it on its head, and What the Golf is no different. Every level seems to be doing something different, and I would love to see how it changes things up over time. Plus, I’m pretty sure there is a Superhot-themed level, which is enough to get me excited. What the Golf released on the 1st for PC and Mobile, with a Switch release happening in the near future.

Joker

The newest DC film follows Arthur Fleck in the 80s as he transforms into Joker. When it comes to movies, I am a fan of critically-acclaimed films more than anything else, and as a result I am tired of the constant superhero movie releases that people act like is anything above being basic action blockbusters. Joker, on the other hand, seems to stray away from its comic book origins and instead is trying to make a movie, which I appreciate and look for. Joker released into theaters on the 4th.

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Two Blogs

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My Top Five Anticipated Releases of October 2019

First blog up is my monthly anticipated release blog, going over the games of October. In my opinion, October and November are the two biggest months in terms of releases, and this year holds that opinion true. This month brings the next game into the Call of Duty franchise with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a new Nintendo title with Luigi’s Mansion 3, another entry into the Ghost Recon series with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, a sci-fi RPG with The Outer Worlds, and a new strategy game with John Wick Hex. Many other exciting titles, like Disco Elysium and Killer Queen Black are also coming out this month, but didn’t quite make the cut.

Ranking of Assassin’s Creed Part 15: Assassin’s Creed Origins

It’s been some time since my last blog on my Assassin’s Creed rank, but that doesn’t mean I forgot about it. There are only two games left to play (as of 2019) before I am fully caught up on the series, which leads to Assassin’s Creed Origins. Just like how Assassin’s Creed 2 changed the formula drastically from the first game, Origins drastically changes things up again for a new generation. Its shift towards being an RPG is a welcoming one, and I think the game has a ton of content to enjoy. There are just enough flaws to keep it from being my number one game, but number two on my rank out of fifteen isn’t half bad.

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One Game

Yakuza Kiwami

Even though I am only two games in, I am in love with the Yakuza series. The crazy story, the Kamurocho district with plenty to do, the larger-than-life characters, and so much more has a lot to love. Now, I am on the second game, Yakuza Kiwami, which is a remake of the first game. Overall, I am enjoying the game a lot, but I don’t think it is as great as Yakuza Zero. It feels like the same game, but with less features and more frustrating bosses. There are some neat things in this game like Majima Everywhere, but it feels like a lesser experience. Still, I am having a blast with the series, and I can’t wait to see what is to come with the series. A rank of this game will be up in the near future.